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.”

People of all ages across Renfrewshire are being urged to back the Fairtrade Foundation’s ‘Take a Step campaign’ by helping poverty stricken farmers and workers around the world take their own steps towards a brighter future.

The campaign is part of this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight (27th February- 11th March). As part of the campaign the Fairtrade Foundation is aiming to achieve 1.5 million steps in 2012.

The Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group is backing the challenge and urging individuals and groups in the area to take steps towards Fairtrade, no matter how big or small.

A step is any action that supports Fairtrade – taking a first step could be choosing to buy a Fairtrade coffee on the way to work, or making sure the weekly shopping basket contains one or two more Fairtrade products like Fairtrade tea or bananas, or encouraging friends and family to switch to Fairtrade

Councillor Brian Lawson, chair of the steering group, has already written to all the schools in the area asking pupils and staff to take part by Pledging a Step and is urging other groups, including churches and youth groups to join in.

All the step pledges made in Renfrewshire will then be gathered together and sent off to the Fairtrade Foundation to help them achieve their target.

Councillor Lawson said: “The support for Fairtrade in Renfrewshire is constantly growing, and as a result this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight looks set to encourage even more people to step into Fairtrade.  In particular we really want Renfrewshire to back the Fairtrade Foundation’s challenge of reaching 1.5 million steps this year.”

A series of Fairtrade Fortnight events have also been lined up throughout Renfrewshire for people of all ages to get involved in.

The steps that are being taken around Renfrewshire range from coffee mornings and afternoon teas, to a Fairtrade film night and a Fairtrade Step Trail around Bridge of Weir and Houston.

As part of the campaign activities, a Fairtrade producer will visit Renfrew Town Hall to talk to Fairtrade supporters. Mrunal Lahankar, from the Chetna Organic Farmers Association (COFA), India, will be telling groups about how Fairtrade benefits the community and plays a vital role in reducing poverty and creating sustainable development.

For a full list of events running in Renfrewshire over Fairtrade Fortnight, go to or follow @RenCouncilNews on Twitter or our page on Facebook at


Kids Need Our Ward meeting
The Children’s ward at the RAH has been saved, at least for now, as Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board finally realise that closing the ward at the hospital will affect many other services and have a catastrophic domino effect on the Hospital.

The unexpected news came as KNOW campaigners prepared to lobby Tuesday’s Health Board meeting, at which it was expected that the closure of the ward would go out to consultation.

Now the health board say that:

Overall service provision should be incorporated into the wider strategic review of clinical services across NHSGGC to ensure that all of the implications in relation to other services are considered within the wider strategic framework.

They at last admit that

The paediatric inpatient service at RAH interfaces with a number of other services, which require to be considered as part of the wider and more strategic review, including:

  • Emergency Department & Adult Medical Services
  • Maternity Unit/Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Surgery and Anaesthetics Directorate, specifically ENT, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, General Surgery, Anaesthetics and Critical Care
  • Diagnostic Services

This means that they now know that they can’t close the ward without it having a disastrous effect on the hospital and overall service provision across the area, which is what KNOW has said all along.

But this is far from the end of the matter. The report makes it clear that the financial and staffing pressures that formed the “drivers for change” have not simply gone away. The health board will still find it difficult to manage it’s rotas in the coming years, but our campaign has always said that the answer to these pressures should never be to centralise services.

The two main drivers for change were the European Working Time Directive, which bodies have had 13 years to prepare for and Modernising Medical Careers, a set of rules that brought changes to the way doctors are trained to create a “consultancy led service”. Both of these meant that there are real staff pressures on hospitals including the RAH, essentially a shortage of middle grade doctors, but we have always said that services shouldn’t have to suffer from these pressures.

Clinicians that we have spoken to have advised us that rota pressures could be alleviated by making consultants to fill the gaps in middle grade doctors and if the issue is costs, then the health board should demand more money.

KNOW campaigners are delighted that RAH is safe, for now, but this wider review combined with the financial pressure on NHSGGC means that they will be back, maybe not for the children’s ward, but for something, so our campaign will keep a watching breif.

Thanks to everyone who has been involved

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Renfrew Town Hall Wedding Fayre: Saturday 25th February 11.00 am – 4.00pm

Are you a local band or DJ? Do you supply beautiful wedding cakes or supply wedding flowers? Or
perhaps you create stunning wedding photography?

Our event planners are looking for suppliers for this fantastic wedding fayre at the beautifully
refurbished Renfrew Town Hall, to provide potential clients with everything they will need to make
their big day with us truly perfect.

Event Details

The newly restored and modernised Town Hall will be decorated in beautiful wedding style and the
various rooms within the building will be set up for a wedding reception. The main hall will be laid
out complete with tables, chair covers and a live band & DJ, allowing future brides and grooms to
experience the glamour and elegance that the venue could offer them.

As a locally based wedding supplier exhibiting your products and services, we hope our new clients
will find everything they need to plan their most important day all under one roof.

There is no cost to be an exhibitor. For more details please contact our event planning team at:

Paisley Town Hall 0141 887 1007

Some video and pictures taken of the recent gig at Paisley Town Hall by Magic on their ‘A kind of Queen’ tour on Sunday the 29th January 2012. Pictures and video taken for with permission from  Renfrewshire Arts

Widely regarded as the finest tribute to Queen they performed all their greatest hits including ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘A Kind of Magic’, ‘Under Pressure, ‘We Are The Champions’ and many more. Well known on the UK theatre circuit for their tributes to Queen, the Electric Light Orchestra and even the Beach Boys, Magic has been entertaining with a truly live show for more than 20 years. A loyal fan base just keeps on growing as a new generation of music lovers takes the opportunity to hear their favourites performed live!

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Renfrewshire Council is urging residents to make a resolution to have their say by signing up to a local panel that tells the council what people think of issues affecting the area.

The Renfrewshire Public Services Panel was set up to give locals a voice on local issues 14 years ago – and the council is looking for new people to join.

Renfrewshire residents of all ages and backgrounds are being urged to sign up and take part in four surveys each year which can be completed either online or by post.

Each survey takes about 15 minutes to complete – so being a member of the panel will only take up an hour each year, and members can opt out any time.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Councillor Brian Lawson said: “If you haven’t made a New Year’s resolution yet – why not make one to have your say in 2012? The Public Services Panel is a well established way of the council finding out residents’ views on a wide range of issues. The feedback we receive is incredibly useful when it comes to looking for new ways of working and ways to improve services.”

Residents who are interested should go to and click on the spotlight item at the top of the page and fill in the form on the page by 27th January.

For regular updates on local news and events follow @RenCouncilNews on Twitter or the council’s Renfrewshire page on Facebook.


Pupils from Renfrewshire Council schools are being invited to jazz things up a bit in 2012.

Renfrewshire Instrumental Service, in conjunction with Strathclyde Youth Jazz Orchestra is offering free workshops with internationally renowned musicians to young people in Renfrewshire.

The project, funded by Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative, is calling for pupils who can play to roughly grade 3 standard and/or are able to play chromatic scales on their instrument. All instruments are welcome, even if they are not traditional “jazz” instruments.

Councillor Lorraine Cameron, Convener of Renfrewshire’s Education Policy Board, said, “This will be the second year of the project following on from last year’s highly successful partnership. It offers a fantastic opportunity to our pupils to be creative and to work alongside a highly acclaimed Orchestra and I’m really looking forward to hearing them perform together in the Spring.”

Renfrewshire also celebrated last year when former Paisley Grammar pupil, Neil Paton, returned to his old school to be presented with one of the most prestigious music awards in Scotland. Neil was chosen as the winner of the Young Scottish Jazz Musician Award for the under 17 category in awards organised by the Scottish Jazz Federation.

So for pupils who would like to follow in Neil’s footsteps, workshops and rehearsals will take place at Paisley Grammar school on Thursday evenings from 4:30-6:30 from 26 January and will culminate in performances at the Annual Spring concert series as well as a ‘side by side’ with Strathclyde Youth Jazz Orchestra, one of Britain’s most highly regarded jazz ensembles.

To register for the workshops, please contact Youth Music Initiative Development Officers on: 0141 840 8925, or by emailing or for consent forms and a rehearsal schedule.

For regular updates on local news and events follow @RenCouncilNews on Twitter or our page on Facebook at

Paisley MOD 2013

Paisley MOD 2013

Mòd Phàislig & Voices in Paisley are offering an exciting opportunity to compose the tune ‘Paisley welcomes the Royal National Mod 2013’which will celebrate the historic visit of the renowned Gaelic festival to the town in 2013. As their contribution to Weaving Musical Threads, the arts extravaganza which takes place across Renfrewshire on 3 & 4 March, the Mòd Phàislig 2013 team have combined with Voices in Paisley to host this competition, with the winner being unveiled on Saturday 3 March when a number of Gaelic choirs will perform in the town as part of the celebrations.

In order to enter the competition email or post a manuscript of your composition to the Mòd Phàislig team. Do not put your name on the manuscript as the judging will be anonymous. It would be useful if entrants could also submit some audio of the tune being played, although this is not essential. In addition to the manuscript, a covering letter is required with full contact details, as well as any information you feel is necessary. E-mail entries to or post to Mòd Phàislig 2013, 12 Ben Nevis Road, Paisley, PA27LA by 8 February. If you have any queries contact Ealasaid MacDonald on 07535514385

In addition to having the honour of their tune being the soundtrack to the Mòd Phàislig celebrations, the winner will receive a cheque for £150. Judging the competition to the final two are three stalwarts of traditional music, Duncan Nicholson, Pipe Major of Strathclyde Police Pipe Band, Brian Laurie of the Brian Laurie Accordion Music School and Andrew Gifford of the renowned band Fiddlers Bid. It will be the audience at the Gaelic Choirs event on 3 March that will make the final decision.

Jim Drennan, Chair of Voices in Paisley said:

‘We are delighted to be working with Mòd Phàislig 2013 as our contribution to Weaving Musical Threads. The tune will provide a lovely soundtrack to the preparations for the Mòd, and will be a lasting legacy. We hope composers from Renfrewshire and afar take the opportunity to be part of two exciting events.’

Ealasaid MacDonald, Convenor of Mòd Phàislig 2013, said

‘This is an excellent opportunity for people to be at the centre of the Mòd Phàislig celebrations. The tune will be central at all events as we prepare for the Mòd and also while it is here in the town. We are grateful to our judges for giving their time to judge and I know they are looking forward to seeing the different interpretations of ‘Paisley welcomes the Royal National Mòd 2013’.

For press queries contact Ealasaid (Liz) MacDonald on 07535514385 or email