Forget expensive foreign travels and rainy British beaches… you can have your summer holiday at Paisley Museum, where we’re bringing the sea and sun inside from 10 July to 19 August for the Big Summer Chill exhibition.

Like other holidays the fun just begins once you check in, and just like your favourite resort there will be something to see and do for all the family plus some fantastic competitions to be won.

For younger children there is a soft play rock pool and pirate ship where you can dig for the hidden treasure. Older children can have a go at indoor fishing or enjoy our art and reading area, and the whole family can enjoy playing our exciting array of board games with a nautical theme.

There are also great exhibits of weird and wonderful creatures that inhabit the sea.

At the big shipwreck exhibit we would like you to share your holiday memories and imagine your ideal holiday destination. This section will continue to grow as visitors, both young and old, are encouraged to contribute their memories and dreams by filling out the luggage tags on display.

Not only will visitors experience the fun and surprise of an authentic holiday in Paisley Museum, every 1000th visitor will win Family Passes to M&D’s Theme Park.

Renfrewshire Arts & Museums service are excited to be organising such an exhibition like Big Summer Chill and visitor assistants at the museum will be delighted to welcome everyone through the doors.

Big Summer Chill will run from 10 July to 19 August and is free.

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Sixty Years, Six Lives exhibition at Paisley Museum opens with guest speakers Joe Brady, (Head of Integration at Scottish Refugee Council) and Jimmy Muyanja from Renfrewshire Effort to Empower Minorities, (REEM).

An exhibition of photographs, Sixty Years, Six Lives by Ian Berry (Magnum Photos) to mark 60 years of the UN Refugee Convention, commissioned by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees for Refugee Week 2012 is now opened at Paisley Museum from runs to Sunday 12 August.

Photographer Ian Berry is known worldwide for his arresting, evocative photos – and as a member of the celebrated cooperative, Magnum Photos. Magnum Photos was formed following the Second World War by pioneers of photo-journalism including Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson. Today its photographers continue to chronicle the world and its people, with a powerful, individual vision. To mark the 60th anniversary of the UN Refugee Convention the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has partnered with Ian Berry and Magnum Photos to produce this exciting exhibition. Berry has photographed refugees around the UK, including Scotland, who came here seeking safety since the 1950s.

Joe Brady (SRC) and Jimmy Muyanja (REEM) opened the exhibition with a fascinating talk on the issues refugees face and their contribution to cultural diversity in Scotland.

Joe Brady, Scottish Refugee Council:

The Arts play an important part of the integration process for refugees. It offers opportunities to build bonds, create links and friendships; Sixty Years, Six Lives is a great example of this. The exhibition is a valuable insight into the courage needed to restart your life in different countries. The theme of this year’s Refugee Week is ‘Spirit’; the people of Paisley have always shown great spirit and enthusiasm in welcoming refugees. Long may it continue.

The exhibition will precede and run throughout Refugee Week 2012 (June 18-24). It is one of over 110 events that make up the programme for Refugee Week Scotland which celebrates the contributions refugees have made to the UK, and marks 60 years since the lifesaving UN Refugee Convention was created.

Cllr Iain McMillan, Convener of Community and Family Care:

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This is the third consecutive year that Renfrewshire council’s arts and museums service has participated in Refugee Week Scotland and I am particularly delighted that Paisley museum is hosting this exhibition of specially commissioned work to mark the 60th anniversary of the UN refugee convention. Events such as this provide an opportunity for people to gain insight to, and understanding of, the issues faced by refugees, and are an excellent example of how art and culture can have a positive impact on the lives of those

who connect with it.

Sixty Years, Six Lives runs from Tuesday 19 June to Sunday 12 August. Admission is free and there is no need to book.

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A week-long series of events is being held by Renfrewshire Council to raise awareness about the help and support available to people with learning disabilities.

Learning Disability Week (18 – 22 June) is being staged in partnership with Mencap, the national learning disability charity.

The council offers day services, residential accommodation, respite facilities, home support and befriending services for people with learning disabilities. Information and advice on all these services will be available along with an opportunity to contribute to the Scottish Government’s evaluation of the ‘Same as You’ policy.

Councillor Iain McMillan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Community and Family Care Policy Board said, “The council provides a fantastic range of services for people with learning disabilities and has invested millions of pounds in combined facilities such as the new Mirin Day Opportunities Service based in the refurbished Lagoon Leisure Centre.”

Mencap is currently running a campaign, ‘Stand by Me,’ to highlight the issue of the number of hate crimes committed against people with learning disabilities.

Renfrewshire Council is backing the campaign with a ‘Stand by Me’ event during its Learning Disability Week programme.

Councillor Iain McMillan said, “Research carried out by Mencap shows that people with learning disabilities suffer an appalling toll of abuse when they are just going about their daily lives. Nine out of ten people with learning disabilities reported being bullied in the last year with over 30% of them suffering verbal or physical assault every day or every week.

“Some people seem to think that because another human being is vulnerable they are fair game to be attacked, robbed and demeaned. They cannot be allowed to go on thinking this. Racial abuse and religious intolerance are rightly condemned and face heavy legal sanctions. One of the goals of our Learning Disability Week is to place hate crimes against people with disabilities in the same league of public revulsion as racism and sectarianism.”

Sarah Van Putten, Family Support Service Manager at Down’s Syndrome Scotland, “We find many people with Down’s syndrome and their families find it difficult to talk about being bullied. However, it’s important that these things are discussed. This is why we continue to raise awareness of Down’s syndrome in schools as bullying often comes out of ignorance.”
Mencap’s Living in Fear research shows many incidents take place without any evidence of provocation. People reported attempting to go about a daily activity and being attacked verbally, threatened or physically assaulted for no apparent reason.

Over 70% of people with a learning disability have been verbally abused, threatened or assaulted in a public place.

A significant number of people reported that they had been harassed in their own neighbourhood, many by neighbours and strangers as well as by local children and young people.


Renfrewshire Council is set to honour service people who have died for their country in wars since 1945 by revealing a memorial stone at council HQ in Paisley.

The monument will commemorate the 22 armed conflicts which the UK has been involved in since the end of the Second World War.

The plans came about after the council was approached by the Royal British Legion, which is donating the stone in conjunction with Co-operative Funeralcare.

Although there are various existing war memorials throughout Renfrewshire, these are designed to remember the First and Second World Wars only.

The new stone will sit within the existing memorial garden at Renfrewshire House in Cotton Street, will be almost one metre wide, and will have rose bushes planted on either side. It is expected the stone will be formally unveiled in September.

The other groups who have contributed to the purchase of the stone are the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, the Royal Engineer Association Paisley Branch, McLaughlan Glaziers and Barclays Bank

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall said: “The wars in which people have ultimate sacrifice in the name of their country should never be forgotten.

“While those who fell in the two world wars are commemorated elsewhere, this monument will ensure the conflicts which have taken place since then will also be remembered.

“We are grateful to the Royal British Legion, Co-operative Funeralcare and all the others who have contributed to this project, for everything they have done to make this possible.”

“Renfrewshire has a proud military tradition, and the council, the armed forces and the community have strengthened that link in recent years.

“We’ve seen Renfrewshire’s participation in Armed Forces Day, the granting of the Freedom of Renfrewshire to the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, the introduction of a children’s remembrance service, and the signing of a community covenant which provides mutual support between the civilian and armed forces communities.

“This new venture is a continuation of that connection, and is further evidence of its strength.”


Local people are being urged to put their best foot forward for a big hearted charity walk on Tuesday.

The Barshaw Big Heart Charity Walk will take place on Tuesday 19 June to commemorate 100 years of Barshaw Park and to celebrate Paisley being a heart town.

A two mile walk begins from Paisley Town Hall at 11am, or you can join the group at Barshaw Park gate at 11.45am for a one mile walk around the park.

The theme is ‘red’ and those taking part are being asked to bring a donation (or sponsorship) as an entry fee with all proceeds going to the British Heart Foundation.

Councillor Iain McMillan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Community and Family Care Policy Board, said: “We’re very proud that Paisley is a Heart Town and the Barshaw Big Heart Charity Walk is a wonderful opportunity for local people to contribute towards the British Heart Foundation, while getting active at the same time.

“I’m delighted that this will also celebrating the fact that Barshaw Park is 100 years old and I’d urge as many local people as possible to don their walking shoes and head along to enjoy some fresh air.”

Further information is available from Senga McLeod, walking development officer at or on 0141 889 1110.


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Buddies to Bairns Big Heart Cycle


Sunday 27th May 2012 will see the first ever inter-Heart Town event in Scotland. Together with Renfrewshire Council and Community Health Partnership, the British Heart Foundation Scotland is bringing communities like Paisley together through fundraising and volunteering while raising awareness of heart disease. Falkirk is one of the other two Heart Towns in Scotland and to promote heart health in both areas an exciting route (which includes a ferry crossing!) has been drawn up for a family-friendly cycle from the Lagoon Leisure Centre to the Falkirk Wheel.

The event gives people the opportunity to take part in an organised cycle taking in 2 historic town centres (Paisley and Renfrew), the famous Renfrew Ferry crossing and the stunning Forth and Clyde Canal route directly to the Falkirk Wheel. The distance is approximately 34 miles and if you think the return journey would be just too much we are providing transport back to Paisley for you and your bike! There will be entertainment, information and snacks at both ends of the cycle and a chance for you to have your bike checked by professionals at the starting point. Entry is open to anyone, however you will need to have some degree of fitness and cycling ability to complete the route, and any children taking part must also be able to last the distance. Some of the route will be on main roads, although most of it is on cycle track, and participants will ride in groups of around 40.

The event starts at 10am from the Lagoon Leisure Centre, with groups leaving at 20 minute intervals after that, and it is anticipated that most people will complete the route in 3½ – 5 hours. Buses will leave the Falkirk Wheel to return to Paisley at 3.30pm and 5.00pm allowing people to enjoy the facilities and spectacle of this fantastic landmark. We can’t organise the weather unfortunately, but we can guarantee an enjoyable and healthy day out!

For more information, and to register, go to or phone 0131 555 5891. The cost is £20 per adult and £5 per child under 16, however you can buy a family ticket for 2 adults and up to 3 children for £40. This includes transport back to Paisley, the ferry crossing and a BHF t-shirt and goody bag. Sponsor forms are also available from the above sources, and we would very much appreciate it if you would consider getting sponsored to do the cycle to raise vital funds for the British Heart Foundation Scotland. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, and they are limited, so don’t miss out!

Paisley Town Hall again plays host to the annual Paisley Beer Festival. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the biggest beer festival in Scotland once more brings the widest range of ales and cider available in one location.

To celebrate our 25th anniversary we will be featuring as many of the beers that appeared on the bar at our very first festival in 1986. We will also feature over 160 different real ales from all around Scotland; the English bar will be sourced from the Cumbria area; as well as a Foreign Beer bar which boasts draught and bottled beers from Europe and beyond.


Opening Times

Wed 25th 5pm – 11pm (Foreign Legion opens 5pm)
Thu 26th noon – 11pm (Foreign Legion opens 5pm)
Fri 27th noon – 12am (Foreign Legion opens 3pm)
Sat 28th noon – 9pm (Foreign Legion opens noon)

Cumbernauld Theatre presents Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson at Paisley Arts Centre on Friday 27 April, 7.30pm.

This fantastic new adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s timeless classic Kidnapped.  Set against the backdrop of revolution in Scotland, this epic tale brings a host of memorable characters to life onstage with all the evocative language of Robert Louis Stevenson.  A terrific and exciting story of intrigue and adventure.

Ed Robson, Artistic Director of Cumbernauld Theatre said:

“Robert Louis Stevenson was simply a genius and Kidnapped is one of the best known stories in all the world – adapting it for the stage has been a fantastic experience. It’s a true classic because it’s all about us, the Scots, our hopes and fears, the people and the country we live in.  Right now, when there’s talk of independence in the air, Kidnapped has never been a more important story to tell.”

Robert Louis Stevenson is one of Scotland most well known and well loved authors, his powerful and evocative descriptions along with ship-wrecks, murder and deadly pursuit all combine to create a production which young people and adults will thoroughly enjoy.

Tickets cost £10 (£7 conc) £6 under 18s or £16 (£13 conc) £12 under 18s as part of Paisley Arts Centre Plate and a Play option. Tickets are available by calling 0141 887 1010 or logging onto

Suitable for all ages from 8+.

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Renfrewshire’s unsung heroes have been honoured at the 2012 Provost’s Community Awards.

STV’s Sean Batty and River City star Tom Urie joined Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson for the celebrations which recognise the special achievements of local heroes.

The awards, now in their 14th year, were also the last to be hosted by Provost Lawson before she steps down in May.

Each of the nominees, their families and the people who nominated them were invited to the ceremony, held at the Glynhill Hotel, Renfrew.
This year’s winners were:
Arts and Culture Award (sponsored by Acre Industrial and Cleaning Services) – The Buddy Beat
Adult Achiever Award (sponsored by Diageo) – Alice Beaton, Lamont Farm.
Special Needs Award (sponsored by Scottish Power and former Provost Ronnie Burns) – Edward Garry, Paisley
Community Volunteer Award (sponsored by BASF Performance Products UK) – Ian Williams, Paisley

Carer’s Award (sponsored by former Provost Nancy Allison) – Irene Struthers, Johnstone

Spirit of Fairtrade Award, (sponsored by the Piazza Shopping Centre) – Katrina Millar and Brooke Hepburn, Gleniffer High School

Child of Achievement (sponsored by Glasgow Airport Ltd) – Robbie Colquhoun, Paisley.

This year for the first time, there was also an overall winner’s award, chosen by the panel of judges from all the categories. Overall winner’s award went to Alice Beaton, for her service of more than 20 years to the Lamont Farm charity in Erskine.

Provost Lawson said: “The Provost’s Community Awards are always a very special occasion and this year was particularly special for me as it was my last time hosting the awards.

“It is one of my favourite jobs as Provost to be able to host this event and pay tribute to the many people who make such worthwhile contributions to our communities and overcome significant personal difficulties and tragedies at the same time. All the winners and nominees were fantastic and an inspiration to others. I’d like to congratulate them all, as well as the sponsors, without whom the awards wouldn’t be possible.”

Sean Batty said: “Being from Renfrewshire myself, it is a great pleasure for me to be able to join the Provost in honouring these local residents for all their achievements and contributions to the community. It’s always really inspiring and a really great, positive event. The winners, and nominees, are all very deserving and I really enjoyed meeting them and hearing their stories. It’s also been a pleasure to work closely with Provost Lawson on this and several other community events over the past few years and would also congratulate her on her huge contribution to the community as well.”

Renfrewshire Council Leader Brian Lawson also spoke at the event to congratulate Provost Lawson on all her work over the past five years.

He said: “The Provost’s Community Awards have become one of the key community events in Renfrewshire over the past 14 years and have grown under Provost Lawson to incorporate awards that recognise local achievements in Fairtrade and Arts and Culture. She has always been a huge supporter of the community and local charities and will be sadly missed as Provost. So as well as all very deserving winners and nominees, it’s also fitting to congratulate the Provost.”