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Glasgow Airport and Emirates will make Scottish aviation history with the first arrival of the A380 aircraft, which touched down at 19.45 on Tuesday, April 16.

Last week saw the first the time world’s largest commercial passenger aircraft which has been introduced to scheduled service in Scotland. Glasgow Airport has invested more than £8m upgrading its infrastructure to welcome the iconic aircraft, including the introduction of Scotland’s only triple airbridge.

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Video of the Aircraft arriving via social media on our Facebook page.

 

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Next Saturday from 1pm its family entertainment on a new level at St Mirren…

  • inflatable hungry hippo
  • Bouncy Castle with slide
  • inflatable basketball
  • inflatable beat the goalie
  • music from @lkowalskimusic , Hollie Robinson & Sasha Kaloheris
  • face painting
  • balloon modelling
  • sweets from the Panda
  • prizes

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Rukeri Lorry with Lisa

Spring has officially sprung, and it is safe to say that staff at Rukeri have a spring in their step as they are well and truly ready for the new landscaping season to kick off properly. Rukeri grow and supply premium lawn turf from their fields at North Arkleston Farm, Paisley. A lot of time is spent throughout the year preparing and maintaining the many acres of fields to ensure that the lawn turf they supply is green, healthy and sure to delight their customers.

Rukeri Lorry with Lisa

Rukeri, a brand of Salt and Grit Solutions Ltd, has been growing and supplying turf for 6 years. The company has an expanding customer base that includes house builders, landscape gardeners and house holders. Rukeri has been in a fortunate position to expand year on year and now offers a full range of landscaping products – everything you need for your landscape project. Other products on offer include organic soils, colourful decorative aggregates, barks and sands, paving, fencing and decking. Tools, fencing hardware and other landscaping accessories are also available to purchase from their store.

 

Lisa Taylor, Business Development Manager at Rukeri says, ‘Both Salt and Grit Solutions and Rukeri are very seasonal arms of our business, and as we move into each season we are prepared and ready to go with gusto. This year we have invested in a new Rukeri curtain sider lorry with a colourful branded print on the side, and have designed new marketing material – including brochures, flyers and advertising campaigns. Keep an eye out for Rukeri about town!’

 

All products available from Rukeri can be viewed from their yard in Paisley. A colourful display area has been created to showcase the landscape products in mini garden concepts, giving a real-feel for how they will look in situ. Rukeri will be open this bank holiday weekend (excluding Easter Sunday) making it an ideal time to visit and get ready to transform your garden in time for summer.

 

For more information contact Rukeri on 0141 8891455 or visit www.rukeri.com .

Oran Kearney - St Mirren Manager

Young footballers are being given the opportunity to sample life as a professional and take to the field at the Simple Digital Arena, home of St Mirren Football Club.

Part of the celebrations to mark Street Stuff’s ten-year anniversary of working in the Renfrewshire community, aspiring footballers will have the opportunity to cross the white line and play on the pitch as part of a festival of football.

Oran Kearney - St Mirren Manager

The five-a-side football event is free for all Street Stuff participants, aged 8-16, and will take place in the evening of Wednesday 15 May.

Players can register individually or as a team, with all consent forms to be returned to St Mirren in advance of the tournament taking place.

St Mirren FC Manager, Oran Kearney, said “The people of Paisley and Renfrewshire have given the team brilliant support in my time at the club so it’s great that the young people of Renfrewshire will get the opportunity to play on the pitch at the stadium and have the chance to emulate their heroes.”

Since its inception in 2009, Street Stuff has seen more than 200,000 young people come through its doors, each having the opportunity to take part in sport, make new friends and engage in social activities.

A firm fixture of the community for a decade, the programme has contributed to a sustained reduction of 65% in reported youth disorder and anti-social behaviour in Renfrewshire.

Street Stuff provides activities such as football, dance and gaming six days a week, as well as hosting four holiday camps throughout the year where a healthy meal is provided to each young person who attends – with more than 26,000 healthy meals provided in the last four years.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “What a fantastic opportunity for our young people to make it out of the stands and onto the pitch at St Mirren and hopefully we can inspire the next generation of footballers for the club.

“Street Stuff works hard to provide opportunities for sport and exercise for young people that they may not otherwise have the chance to experience and the work of our staff, coaches and volunteers really is changing the lives of young people in Renfrewshire.

The project runs in partnership between Renfrewshire Council, St Mirren Football Club, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Engage Renfrewshire.

For more information on how to sign up, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/StreetStuff.

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Communities are being urged to help shape their area by applying for a grant from their Local Partnership.

Applications for funding from the Local Partnerships, which replaced Renfrewshire’s Local Area Committees, are now open.

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The funding, which used to be known as Local Area Committee grants, is available for projects which help each Local Partnership meet its local priorities. These priorities were set by each Local Partnership at meetings in March and April.

There have been important changes to the way this funding works since the introduction of the Local Partnerships in 2018, with groups now having to demonstrate how their application will contribute to the local priorities of the partnership they are applying to.

All applicants are advised to read the new guidance for Local Partnership funding, available on the Renfrewshire Council website, before submitting their applications.

Local Partnerships are a new way for communities, elected members and public organisations to work together at a local level. The partnerships adopt a more informal and inclusive approach which allows local people to have more of a say in decisions which affect their area.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “People in Renfrewshire are passionate about their communities and Local Partnerships are a great way for them to shape their community and get involved in decision making.

“This funding will allow Local Partnerships to support projects that are important to local people and address their local priorities, making a difference to their communities.

“If you are looking for funding and have a project that supports your Local Partnerships’ local priorities, I’d encourage you to apply.”

The Council’s Community Planning Team will hold two drop-in sessions to provide potential funding applicants with information on how the grants work, what the local priorities are for their Local Partnership and advice on alternative funding sources. The sessions will take place on Wednesday 24 April from 5.30pm-7.30pm at Johnstone Town Hall and Thursday 2 May from 2-4pm at the Abercorn Centre, West College Scotland in Paisley.

Anyone who cannot attend the drop-in sessions can call our Community Planning Team on 0141 618 4168 or email communityplanning@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

The deadline for applications is Monday 20 May 2019.

A decision on funding applications will be made by Local Partnerships at their next meetings in June.

To book a slot at our Johnstone drop-in session, visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/local-partnerships-grant-funding-drop-in-session-tickets-59523195480. To book a slot at our Paisley drop-in session, visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/local-partnerships-grant-funding-drop-in-session-tickets-60530532452

For more information on Local Partnerships and their local priorities or to download an application form, visit http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/localpartnerships

Bikers meet

A well-established, unmissable day in Erskine’s calendar is the Erskine Motorbike Meet, to be held on Sunday 26 May 2019.  Once again the Veterans charity will open its Estate in Bishopton to welcome over 1,000 bikes from up and down the country for a fun filled family day.

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This popular event will kick off with a spectacular parade of bikes and trikes led by Erskine Veterans in vintage cars. The parade leaves from the Park Mains High School in Erskine at 12.40pm and arrives at The Erskine Home for the official opening at 1pm.    From then on it is an afternoon filled with attractions which will appeal to old and young alike.

This year’s entertainment includes fairground rides; Port Town Rockers; Rock Us Choir; Ardblair Stones; Kennedy Cupcakes; UK Garrison, Market Village and lots of street food.  There is also military support on the day including 7 Scots who will have a deactivated weapons display and the Royal Artillery with their light gun display.

Bikers meet

One of the highlights of the afternoon is the Boccia Bowls match between the Bikers and Veterans.   Needless to say this is highly competitive and the Erskine Veterans have won on more than one occasion, but will they triumph this year?

The Erskine Motorbike Meet runs from 1-5pm.  Entry is £5 per bike and £2 per adult (free for children) with parking available at HP, Bishopton, PA7 5PP which is a short walk from The Erskine Home or you can hop on the shuttle bus kindly provided by McGills.

For further information on the event please contact the Erskine Events & Corporate Fundraising Manager Jennifer Campbell on 0141 814 4729 or email: Jennifer.campbell@erskine.org.uk

perfect blinds

At perfect window blinds, Paul and team share many years experience in the industry. We aim to work with our customers on a face to face approach, this means cutting out any middle men. We carry out all the measuring and fitting ourselves as a team so you know who you are dealing with at all times, using good reputable suppliers to ensure you have the best blinds in the business.

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Browse our range of fantastic blinds then either come and visit our showroom in Johnstone, or let us come to you by arranging an appointment.

iconic

iconic. – not just another gym. At iconic they help create an active and healthy community.

I’ve been asked in the past year “Mhairi, with so many gyms around, why do you go to iconic.?”

There is not one definitive answer. The reasons are many why I choose this diamond in the rough.

I may go off on a tangent, so please bear with me…….

Fiona, female gym owner. Marathon runner. Personal trainer. A mother. A friend. Motivator. Enthusiastic. Conscientious. Redefining the idea of working out in Paisley town centre. Designing a lifestyle brand to turn an exercisintoto an enjoyable routine. The right attitude and lots of energy!

Harry, James and Martin. Personal Trainers at iconic. All extremely focused, committed and knowledgeable. Notable results. Observing, learning and inventing new ways to challenge, inspire and bring fun and excitement in an ever expanding fitness market.

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iconic. members. All ages, shapes, weight, sizes, goals and reasons for being there. Non-judgemental. Motivate, praise and encourage. Ignore how disgusting I look (and smell!) post workout.

On a very personal note, I started back training at the end of 2017 after being quite ill for a number of years. Exercise and strength training had always been my “go to”, my “sanctuary” but being poorly meant I could no longer escape. After being given the all clear from my consultant in Nov 2017, I started at iconic. and I’ve never looked back. I’m back to the old me. The me I’d never thought I’d ever find again. My health has improved. I’m on less medication. I’ve lost weight. I’ve gained a new sense of me. Gained friends, knowledge and a belief. These are all things money can’t buy.

So, this is my snapshot of “why I go” and also “why I’ll stay” at iconic. Yes it’s not quite the finished shiny gym that you see popping up ten a penny. Yes it got things that could be better. But that’s part of the appeal and charm. This coupled with the knowledge that I know Fiona is in this for the long haul. She has a vision and is committed to delivering it. It’s not a “one size fits all” attitude. It’s a determination and energy which is also reflected in the whole iconic. team.

I would recommend iconic. in a heartbeat to anyone looking to improve their fitness goals with a dedicated and knowledgeable team.

the buddy beat
The award winning The Buddy Beat is a mental health drumming group for adults across Renfrewshire that meets every Thursday morning at Johnstone High Parish Church Halls, Ludovic Square, PA5 8EE, 10 am to 12.
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We help promote social inclusion and drumming has been found to help reduce stress, session full of therapeutic, improves self-confidence and self-worth. No experience is necessary and our style of drums are easy to learn. We also include percussion and singing to make every session is full of invigorating music and fun.
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Drumming helps people self-manage their week and has helped many find other community activities, education courses, volunteering and employment. And real, lasting friendships blossom too.
 
We also run an Open Drum Circle on the last Wednesday evening of each month at The Charleston Centre in Paisley. Open to anyone, this runs from 6.00 pm to 7.45 pm.
 
For anyone interested in joining either of our activities, please email tom.thebuddybeat@sky.com for more information. Please also visit our Facebook page– Renfrewshire’s The Buddy Beat
who cares scotland

Who Cares ? Scotland Renfrewshire  is an organisation that supports care experienced young people. We offer free quarterly  training  and information sessions and the next one is being held at the Lagoon in Paisley . We are trying to reach all those who support children and young people across Renfrewshire whether paid or voluntary.

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We have our own Facebook page and it is the pinned post on here  https://www.facebook.com/whocaresscotlandrenfrewshire/

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*Free training and information session*

Do you work with children and young people either paid or voluntary?
Do you support, teach or coach young people in any capacity ?

Then you hold important relationships with our care experienced people. They would like you to understand more about their lives and invite you to a free training and information session.

Our next Listen and Learn is being held at Paisley Lagoon on 9th May – click below to find out more and for FREE registration .

https://whocaresscotland9thmay.eventbrite.co.uk