Families and young people in Renfrewshire are benefitting from a £1million investment in Renfrewshire’s play parks as complete renewals take place in 9 play areas across the area.

The latest play park to reopen, after the entire play area was replaced with all-new equipment, is Durrockstock Park in Paisley and it now includes an exciting five-way swing, zip slide, chutes, accessible roundabout and climbing frame.

Local communities, including schools, community groups and elected members, were asked for what they thought should be included in their area and this feedback shaped the plans for each play park being renewed as part of the seven-figure investment.

Councillor Michelle Campbell, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “Play parks are an integral part of the local community and it’s so important that we provide exciting equipment for young people and families to take advantage of.

“Our free play spaces across our communities are a priority for our administration, as they were for our previous administration. We continue to recognise and listen to our communities to ensure these modernised spaces reflect what children will engage with for play. It is an essential part of childhood development.

“We want our parks to be busy, inviting places to visit which is why we’ve committed more than £1million to completely renew Durrockstock play park and 8 others in Renfrewshire.

“I’m delighted that this play park is now open and seeing how well-used it is already is so encouraging with the school holidays set to begin – I can’t wait to see all the others open this summer too.”

Durrockstock follows the reopening of play parks at Barwood Park in Erskine and Morar Drive in Paisley as part of the £1million investment.

The projects have been funded from Renfrewshire Council’s Parks Capital Investment Fund and the Scottish Government’s Play Area Renewal Fund, with more play parks set to see a complete renewal of equipment this summer including Tinto Square in Renfrew, Lochwinnoch Park, Ellerslie Street in Johnstone, and Maxwellton Park, East End Park and Ben Lawers Park in Paisley.

Further play areas have been achieved through community fundraising and the Council’s Green Spaces, Parks and Play Areas and Villages Investment Fund, with Sandyflats in Johnstone now reopened with brand-new equipment and work set to begin in Kilbarchan Park in mid-July.

Durrockstock Play Park was designed and installed by leading playground manufacturer Kompan.

Sports stars of the future will be able to play and train on their home pitches in Inchinnan after Renfrewshire Council approved a Community Asset Transfer of the India Tyres playing fields.

Inchinnan Development Trust (IDT) will now take up a long-term 50-year lease which will see them work in partnership with the local community and St Mirren Youth Football Club.

The two groups will work together to maintain and develop the site as they aim to transform the playing fields into an asset for the whole community.

Proposals include increasing the range of sports uses and activities, rebuilding the pavilion on the site to provide changing facilities, improving the drainage, and investigating the development of an astroturf pitch at the site in the future.

Lacey Lindsay, Inchinnan Development Trust, said: “We are delighted to have been successful in our application to Renfrewshire Council for a Community Asset Transfer.

“We are at the very beginning of a five-year plan to preserve and develop the green space into a place for communities to enjoy, thrive, grow, and play and the development will bring opportunities, connectivity, strengthen community, and inspire partnership working.

“IDT is keen to involve anyone and everyone in the process, especially those who live closest to the fields, as everyone doing a little bit helps to achieve a lot.”

St Mirren YFC will continue to train and play at the playing fields as their home ground with hundreds of young people set to benefit.

Stephen Mann, St Mirren YFC Soccer School Lead, said: “On behalf of St Mirren Youth Football Club, I’d like to congratulate the Inchinnan Development Trust on securing the India Tyres Playing Fields as a community-use green space for local people and the wider population to enjoy for generations to come.

“We have been looking after ‘The Tyres’ since 2018 at the invitation of Inchinnan Community Council and we are determined this historic site can be developed into a field of dreams, where young people can play there dreaming of playing for Scotland in a World Cup, local people can learn about the history of the site, from its agricultural days, to its aero engineering heritage and for half a century or so – where “the finest Tyres made” were manufactured – all here locally in Inchinnan.

“We are delighted to be part of this community partnership to regenerate a former sports ground into a modern facility and look forward to the challenge ahead in exploring the funding streams to make The Tyres into a field of dreams.”

Renfrewshire Council purchased the playing fields in 2021 with the aim of transferring ownership to a local organisation who would be able to use the playing fields to benefit their community, retain part of the community’s heritage and support healthier, more active lives.

Councillor Michelle Campbell, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “As Convener and a local councillor, I’m delighted that this Community Asset Transfer was approved as it will bring great benefit to the local people of Inchinnan and surrounding areas of Renfrewshire.

“Inchinnan Community Development Trust are a wonderful example of community led organisation making the difference for modernised spaces which serve the recognised needs within the village communities.

“Working with the community to develop our green spaces and create opportunities for young people and adults to play sport and get active is something I’m passionate about and this is a fantastic example of what can be done when the Council works together with local community groups and organisations.

“The proposals that are in place for the development of the playing fields are hugely exciting and I’m looking forward to seeing investment made in this green space over the coming years.”

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IMPROVEMENTS are now starting to be made to Hawkhead Cemetery only weeks after a pressure group began campaigning for Renfrewshire Council to carry out the work.

The Friends of Hawkhead Cemetery group was set up by Paisley newsagent, Desmond Barr after complaints about the “disgraceful state” of the Council-owned graveyard.

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Shortly after the group was launched, they carried out a public survey to find out what issues people most wanted Renfrewshire Council to take action on at Hawkhead Cemetery. These included better maintenance and weeding of pathways, more regular grass cutting, repairing the many potholes on the roads throughout the cemetery and new signage.

Led by Desmond Barr, the Friends of Hawkhead Cemetery passed on the results of their survey to the local authority and began lobbying council officials and councillors to carry out repairs and better maintain the cemetery. Now the group report that the council has –

  • begun a programme of regular and improved grass cutting;
  • is investigating and has experimented with the best type of machinery to clear weeds and moss that covers pathways;
  • started repairing potholes in the part of the cemetery that is currently most in use for new graves.
  • new Hawkhead Cemetery signage will soon be erected.

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Desmond said: “We have won some initial and important victories in the short time the Friends of Hawkhead Cemetery group has been campaigning for improvements.

“We’ve made a strong start to our campaign and have gained support from many members of the public and councillors from all political parties. These latest developments from the council to begin improvements to the cemetery are very welcome, although there is still a long way to go.

“I’ve spoken to several councillors and as recently as Sunday evening, organised a visit to Hawkhead Cemetery for Councillor Stephen Burns, who is the depute convener of the council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board.

“I got the impression from him that he thought the necessary improvements had already been made to the cemetery, but was shocked when he saw the disgraceful state the cemetery was still in.

“And within a couple of days workmen were out repairing potholes.”

The Friends of Hawkhead Cemetery survey – which more than 550 people completed – revealed that 95.3 per cent of those who took part either strongly agreed, or agreed that the council should give more attention to general maintenance including clearing fallen leaves and debris and weeding pathways.

The survey showed that 94.94 per cent strongly agreed or agreed that roads within the cemetery should be repaired and 89.69 per cent strongly agreed or agreed that grass cutting should be improved.

The questionnaire also saw 87.16 per cent of people strongly agreed or agreed that the council should increase community warden patrols in the cemetery grounds to counter issues such as anti-social behaviour and dog fouling.

Desmond added: “We appreciate the actions being taken by Renfrewshire Council but, as a group, we will remain vigilant to make sure the improvements remain in place long term and that other important issues the public have raised are also dealt with.”

To find out more about Friends of Hawkhead Cemetery, visit their website at www.friendsofhawkheadcemetery.org or to join the group go to the Friends of Hawkhead Cemetery Facebook Page.

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Businesses in Renfrewshire can apply for a new grant bringing them big benefits and playing their part in Renfrewshire achieving its climate change targets.

The £500,000 Net Zero Business Fund has been created by Renfrewshire Council and is now open for online applications.

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Cllr Jim Paterson

Small and medium sized companies can apply for grants up to 50 percent funding to a maximum of £10,000 to make carbon reducing changes to their premises and operations.

This could be switching to solar powered energy and other zero carbon generating technologies, installing energy-efficient lighting or making building upgrades to improve insulation.

Businesses can also use the funding towards new equipment which delivers zero carbon operating processes like moving to digital services.

Councillor Jim Paterson, Convener of the Council’s Planning and Climate Change Policy Board, said: “Reaching net zero is key to tackling the global climate emergency and that’s why we’re committing funds and driving action to make Renfrewshire net zero by 2030.

“To achieve this ambition, everyone will have to play their part, including local businesses. We’ve established the net zero business fund to help small and medium businesses in Renfrewshire make vital carbon reducing changes.

“As well as the benefits to the local environment, by adopting greener operations businesses will enjoy big benefits such as cost savings and greater resilience, while also meeting the growing consumer demand for sustainable brands.”

The online application form at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/business-grants-and-loans takes around 10 minutes to complete.

As part of the application, businesses provide their baseline carbon footprint data, with handy guides on how to do this available from Scottish Enterprise and Business Energy Scotland.

Renfrewshire Council declared a climate emergency in 2019 and is preparing a plan for net zero, shaped by business and community consultation.

Alongside this, the Council is adapting to more sustainable service delivery, replacing its fleet with electric vehicles and making Council homes energy efficient just some of its initial activities.

Businesses interested in finding out more about the grant funding and for advice and support can contact Green Economy Officer Mhairi Gardiner by email to mhairi.gardiner@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

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  • Renfrewshire Council Leader reaffirms commitment to create conditions for growth during visit to leading local company

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson saw first-hand the critical role apprenticeships are playing in supporting skills development and local business growth during a visit to City Gate Construction (CGC).

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The Council provides support to 85 Modern Apprentices working in local businesses and with the Council itself across a wide variety of roles including in construction, mechanics, administration and early years education.

CGC are continually recruiting apprentices to support their business growth and encourage young people to join the construction industry.

Formed in 2003 in Renfrewshire, CGC now employ more than 225 people across six UK offices, with an annual turnover in excess of £30million this year.

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Re-elected last month, Councillor Nicolson, visited the workshop at CGC’s Linwood headquarters, meeting second year apprentice joiner Liam Russell, from Bishopton, and first year apprentice polisher Danny Dempsey, from Paisley, as well as Toby Roughton, from Barrhead, who is completing work experience prior to starting his apprenticeship in August.

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“It was really enjoyable to meet the apprentices and hear about the skills they’re learning and projects they are working on,” said Councillor Nicolson. “It’s fantastic that companies like CGC and others across Renfrewshire continue to take on apprentices, recognising the benefits it brings to the young person and their business growth too.

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“We are doing everything we can to ensure the workforce in Renfrewshire have the skills, knowledge and talent they need to support local business growth and bolster the local economy. It’s undoubtedly been a very challenging time for business and throughout the pandemic we worked hard to deliver more than £55million in lifeline grant support.

“Now, we are continuing in our commitment to help local businesses by creating the conditions for growth. Major investment is taking place right across Renfrewshire in skills, innovation and infrastructure.

“This includes the establishment of AMIDS, Scotland’s home of manufacturing innovation and new transport and active travel links to better connect communities to employment. Realising this investment will deliver huge benefits, not least a strong, productive economy, with more jobs and opportunities for local people.”

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Since its formation, CGC has recruited around 180 Renfrewshire residents and is offering a further seven apprenticeships from August.

Walter Matthews, CGC Facilities Management Operations Director, said: “CGC are committed to nurture young talent in our local communities, offering opportunities for apprenticeships, work placements, training and mentoring to join us on our journey to continued growth and success.”

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More than 150 third year pupils in Renfrewshire got to grips with traditional building skills at a career-building event held outside Paisley Town Hall.

Building on Paisley’s historic environment, the event hopes to encourage more young people to get into traditional building crafts as part of the budding construction industry in the area.

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Renfrewshire Council, Morrison Construction and West College Scotland jointly hosted the event, which included talks on college courses, foundation and modern apprenticeships, and the wider opportunities in the constructions field, including graduate apprenticeships and trainee schemes.

Young people took part in taster sessions for traditional skills like wood turning, painting, slating and leadwork, as well as seeing for themselves how some of these skills are being used in the refurbishment of Paisley Town Hall.

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Morrison Construction are delivering the town hall transformation and, as part of the contract are delivering a series of community benefits to the local community including recruiting local people and providing work experience, training and skills development opportunities.

It also builds upon the council’s work on the Paisley Townscape Heritage and Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme and the wider heritage and culture of Paisley.

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Convener for education at Renfrewshire Council, Councillor Emma Rodden, said: “Renfrewshire is steeped in heritage culture and has many buildings of great historic and architectural interest. These workshops are a fantastic opportunity for our young people to get a taste of the traditional crafts used to build them in times gone by.

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“Construction and manufacturing are rapidly expanding industries in Renfrewshire, and we hope that these sessions will encourage young people to consider entering these fields as a career when leaving school”

David Ewing, managing director for Morrison Construction (Central), said: “We are delighted to be working in Partnership with Renfrewshire Council and West College Scotland to organise the traditional building skills event. We hope that by using the Paisley Town Hall site as a learning tool at this event, we can encourage pupils in Renfrewshire to consider a career in construction and highlight the opportunities within Morrison Construction, our supply chain and the wider industry.”

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Thousands of kids, parents, families and friends enjoyed a day in the sun at Renfrew Gala Day this weekend.

Students at McCallum School of Music, Rachel Elliot Performers and Karen E. Moir Dance and Drama took to the stage across the day, treating spectators to excellent performances.

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The Gala Day stage also hosted a special preview performance of Trinity High School’s production of Oliver!

Alongside the performances, a variety of activities including football, rugby dance and circus skills had enough to keep everyone entertained.

There were a variety of stalls and food vendors on site, and the funfair and inflatables ensured there was something on offer for all ages.

Renfrew Burgh Band also provided music throughout the day and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Heritage Trust were on site with three of their appliances for some great family photo opportunities.

Renfrewshire’s Depute Provost, Cathy McEwan said: “We had a great turn out from the Renfrew community to support the Gala Day.

It was fantastic to see so many people out enjoying the good weather and the activities on offer. I hope everyone had a great day.”

For more information on events held in Renfrewshire visit: www.paisley.is

On the one-year anniversary of the tragic death of 13-year-old William McNally, his aunts, Jayne and Claire Drennan, paid tribute to him in a touching video that aims to make all young people aware of the dangers of swimming in open waters.

William passed away on 5 June last year after getting into trouble in the water at the Clay Pits in Linwood, part of the River Gryffe, while swimming with friends. In the video, Jayne and Claire talk openly about the impact William’s death has had on their family.

Jayne said: “William had been involved in an accident in the River Gryffe when he had been out with his friends that day and we we’re contacted in the early hours of the Thursday morning and just told to get to the hospital.  When we got there, they said his injuries were catastrophic as he’d spent, what they called, a significant period of time stuck under the water and the damage to his brain was irreparable.

“The impact of losing William has been catastrophic on the whole family. There’s a hole been blown through us that will never, ever, be able to be fixed. It is just a case of trying to get through the day really, and it’s been that way for a year.

“My sister has lost her son. My niece and nephew have lost their brother. My parents have lost their grandson and we’ve lost a nephew.”

Renfrewshire Council responded to the tragedy by placing seven new GPS signs at potentially dangerous areas along the River Gryffe as part of a drive to improve the safety of all waterways in Renfrewshire.

The new equipment is one of the first actions of the Renfrewshire water safety working group that brings together the council, the area’s civil contingencies service, OneRen, Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Scottish Ambulance Service and Open Water Rescue.

Communities and housing convener, Councillor Marie McGurk, said the council commissioned the video featuring Jayne and Claire to help young people know the dangers of swimming in rivers and other bodies of water.

Councillor McGurk said: “William’s death was a tragic accident, and this first anniversary of his passing is a harrowing reminder of the dangers swimming in open water can pose. In commissioning this video, we hope to make more young people aware that, no matter how tempting, swimming in rivers and other bodies of water can be dangerous.

“We have also installed new GPS signage around the river that make it easier for people to tell emergency services exactly where they are so they can respond as quickly as possible. The GPS signage also includes a life buoy, a throw-line rope and a reminder that people shouldn’t swim in the river.”

Jayne added her plea for young people to familiarise themselves with the signage and be aware of the dangers of the water swimming.

She said: “It’s important to know where you are, know what’s underneath you, and know how to use the nearby equipment, with signage and codes. Just familiarise yourself with where you are and try to know the risks a wee bit better. Just be more aware and look after each other and if somebody does get into difficulty, then get the right help as quickly as possible.”

Sharron Drennan, William’s mum, also made a plea for young people to look out for each other.

She said: “I want to thank everyone who tried to help William that day. William was, and still is, very much loved and adored. He is missed by everyone, which was made abundantly clear last year when Linwood came to a standstill for his funeral.

“I want to make a plea to all young people, please make sure your mum doesn’t have to go through what I have. Please look out for each other and make sure all of your friends get home safely.”

Chris Dalrymple, manager for communities and regulatory services at the council, said that preventing this kind of accident from happening again through improving water safety is something he and the council’s partners are working together to ensure.

He said: “I’ve worked closely with Jayne and the family to try and provide them with whatever support they’ve required in the past year, including keeping them up to date with the additional safety measures and equipment that we’ve put in since William’s passing.

“As chair of the working group, I’m aiming to ensure that, with our partners, we make our waterways as safe as possible, although we would always repeat that wild swimming is dangerous and should be avoided at all times.

“We’ll continue to work hard to make improvements wherever possible and I hope that this new video will have an impact on our young people and make them think twice before entering the water in potentially unsafe places.”

A new water safety policy has also been adopted by the council, which outlines how it will review and tackle water safety issues, consider the introduction of additional lifesaving equipment, educate the public, especially children and young people, about the dangers of open water, and how it will work with private landowners.

The working group also work closely as a partnership to educate young people about the dangers of open water swimming and will deliver presentations to schools, as well as in-person talks with local young people at known spots for open water swimming.

Sean Kersse, who works with Scottish Fire and Rescue Service as a liaison officer to councils, said: “Swimming in open waters, such as rivers, is very dangerous and we urge all young people to know the risks as well as how to keep safe. There is equipment available and signs indicating that it is not safe to swim in these rivers. Always familiarise yourself with the equipment and if someone does get into trouble in the water, use the life ring and throw-line rope and call emergency services, quoting the unique location number on the nearest sign.”

For more information on water safety in Renfrewshire, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/water-safety.

Crowds turned out to celebrate in Paisley as Renfrewshire lit a beacon to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on Thursday 2 June.

 

Over 3,000 beacons were simultaneously lit across the United Kingdom, Isle of Man and Channel Islands, with many others lit in UK Overseas Territories and in Commonwealth counties in recognition of the Queen’s long and selfless service.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron and Queen’s Chaplin, Reverend Jim Gibson, welcomed guests to the service. At 9.35pm local piper, Peter McGeoch played ‘Dui Regnare’, a unique tune composed for the occasion.

At 9.40pm Audrey Paul announced the lighting with a specially written bugle call, entitled ‘Majesty’.

The Lord-Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, Colonel Peter McCarthy, lit the beacon at 9.45pm as the Paisley Abbey Choir sang ‘A Song for the Commonwealth’, conducted by George McPhee.

Colonel Peter McCarthy said: “It was an honour to light the beacon outside the historic Paisley Abbey to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

“Reaching 70 years of service as monarch is an incredible achievement and I was delighted that so many people came out to celebrate with us.

“I know there are many other celebrations taking place in the community over the weekend and I know just how much The Queen will be inspired by so many people taking part.”

Events are also taking place in the community across Renfrewshire this weekend, and residents can add both public and private events to the online map at https://platinumjubilee.gov.uk/events/

Paisley Abbey will also be holding a service to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at 11am on Sunday 5 June. All are welcome to attend.

 

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Renfrewshire will join thousands of towns and cities across the Commonwealth in lighting a Beacon to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee outside Paisley Abbey on Thursday 2 June.

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Her Majesty the Queen will become the first monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after 70 years of service and over 2,000 beacons are expected to be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories, and one in each of the capital cities of Commonwealth countries in recognition of The Queen’s long and selfless service.

The beacons will enable local communities, individuals and organisations to pay tribute to her as part of the official Platinum Jubilee Weekend of celebrations from 2 to 5 June.

In Renfrewshire, the service will begin at 9.30pm. A piper will play ‘Dui Regnare’, a unique tune composed for the occasion, at 9.35pm. At 9.40pm a cornet player will announce the lighting with a specially written call, entitled ‘Majesty’.

The Lord Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, Colonel Peter McCarthy, will light the beacon at exactly 9.45pm to tie in with beacon lightings in other towns and cities across the UK. As the beacon is lit the Paisley Abbey Choir will sing ‘A Song for the Commonwealth’.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron, who will welcome guests to the service, said: “It’s great to see Renfrewshire taking part in this national celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Reaching 70 years of service as our Monarch is an incredible achievement and it is only appropriate that this unique milestone in history is marked with beacons and music.”

Members of the public are welcome to attend the beacon lighting ceremony and can also mark the occasion by organising their own Jubilee celebrations at home or in the community. Ideas and guidance can be found online at – https://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/platinumjubilee

As part of the Jubilee year, individuals and community groups can get involved in The Queen’s Green Canopy, a unique tree planting initiative encouraging communities to enhance our environment by planting trees during the official planting season from October 2022 until the end of the year.

With a focus on planting sustainably, the campaign will encourage planting of trees to create a legacy in honour of The Queen’s leadership of the Nation, which will benefit future generations.

More information on the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is available on the Renfrewshire Council website.

 

This year’s Renfrew Gala Day takes place at Robertson Park from 12pm until 5pm on Sunday 5 June and families across Renfrewshire are invited to come along for the royal treatment.

The theme of this year’s event is ‘Kings and Queens’ to tie in with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Activities will include football, rugby, dance and circus skills, and there will also be a funfair and inflatables.

The McMaster Centre tearoom will be serving food and drink, along with a selection of food vendors, and there will be plenty of bargains on offer at the stalls.

Local musicians and dancers will provide live entertainment throughout the day.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron said: “Our gala days are very important for our communities, as they encourage people of all ages to join together in celebrating everything that’s good about the local area and I’m glad to see these return in 2022.

“It’s a fantastic day out for all the family and a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.”

As part of Gala Week, there will be a special Renfrew on Film screening at Renfrew Town Hall on Tuesday 7 June.

The sold out screening will feature local films old and new, with music from Renfrew Burgh Band, and will include the premiere of a new film about local writer Ely Percy and a special celebration of 60 years of Kirklandneuk Primary School.

To find out more about Renfrew Gala Day visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events

Barshaw Gala Day will take place at Barshaw Park on 18 June.

 

Participants in Renfrewshire Council’s Not Far? Leave the Car campaign can now pick up prizes from OneRen for getting active and using sustainable travel.

Every mile that people travel on foot, by bike, or using public transport will earn a BetterTicket entry into the prize draw, with up to a maximum of twenty per week available per person, and one lucky winner will be drawn at the end of each month.

Prizes worth more than £500 include gym memberships, tickets to a OneRen Arts Performance‍ and adult swim pass‍es, as well as spot prizes of reusable coffee cups, water bottles and OneRen bags.

This adds to discounts and money off from more than 100 local Renfrewshire businesses, all from purely getting active and leaving the car at home.

All people have to do is start tracking their journeys by downloading the free app via www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/leavethecar.

Elaine Lorimer is the lead officer for the Renfrewshire Council project and is delighted with the support for the campaign so far.

Elaine said: “It’s brilliant to see so many people signing up to take part in the campaign as we encourage people to leave the car at home to lower our emissions in Renfrewshire and support people to have healthier, more active lives.

“We’ve connected with more than 100 businesses so people can exchange their points for £5, £10 and £20 gift cards at their favourite local stores, cafes and restaurants.

“Join hundreds of others taking part by downloading the app, leaving the car at home and picking where to spend your prizes.”

OneRen is the local charitable trust in Renfrewshire providing culture, leisure and sporting opportunities to help people enjoy active and healthy lives.

Mark Tokeley, Head of Leisure and Community Services at OneRen, said: “We are delighted to be supporting Renfrewshire Council’s Not Far? Leave the Car campaign.

“As we all play our part in the region’s journey towards net-zero, we must embrace alternatives to using our cars whenever we can.

“As a community charity helping people to leave better, healthier lives, this campaign chimes heavily with our own aims and our team members look forward to meeting the prize-winners, with advice on all types of exercise available at all of our leisure centres.”

For more information on the range of services OneRen deliver, visit oneren.org