Pupils from Kersland School will join Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson and serving soldiers from the 1st Battalion Scots Guards, for the official raising of the Armed Forces Day flag 2010.

Lance Sergeant Jamie Robertson, 1st Battalion Scots Guard, Regimental Support Team, will raise the official Armed Forces Day flag in the ceremony taking place outside Renfrewshire House, Cotton Street, Paisley on Monday 21 June.

Lance Sergeant Robertson will be joined by pupils from Kersland School who will unveil a special Armed Forces Day flower display and 14-year-old pupil Lyndsay Hunter, from Paisley, will read a poem called ‘I Miss You’.

A short service will be lead by Reverrend Alan Birss from Paisley Abbey. The Armed Forces Day flag will fly for seven days.

The flag-raising ceremony takes place ahead of Renfrewshire’s joint service with Inverclyde and East Renfrewshire councils being held in Paisley Abbey on Armed Forces Day (Saturday 26th June).

Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson said: “The flag-raising ceremony is the first stage in Renfrewshire’s celebrations for Armed Forces Day 2010. I am delighted that pupils from Kersland School will be involved in the ceremony along with Lance Sergeant Robertson. Renfrewshire has a proud military history and this is a chance for all generations to honour servicemen and women of the past and present.”

Armed Forces Day in Renfrewshire will this year include a parade led by the Royal British Legion who will be joined by different serving regiments and volunteers. The parade will set off from the Royal British Legion, Renfrew Road, Paisley, at 9.30am marching to Paisley Abbey.

The Armed Forces Day service starts at 10am in Paisley Abbey. The service is open to the public


Fairtrade Summer Roadshow

Renfrewshire’s Fairtrade steering group will be out and about this summer encouraging as many local people as possible to support Fairtrade.

The group’s army of volunteers will be at a series of gala days and community events over the coming weeks including:

– Barshaw Park gala day, Saturday 19 June
– Howwood Fete, Saturday 19 June
– Sma Shot Day, Saturday 3 July

The group are also celebrating the news that Renfrewshire’s Fairtrade zone status has been renewed for 2011. The Fairtrade Foundation praised the Renfrewshire campaigners’ dedication and energy and acknowledged the amount of time and hard work that goes into keeping the campaign going.

Councillor Brian Lawson, Chair of the Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group, said: “I am delighted that the Fairtrade Foundation has once again recognised the efforts of all the local campaigners and volunteers who give up their own time to attend events and share their enthusiasm for Fairtrade with others.

“Buying Fairtrade products ensures the people who make these items get a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. The more people choose Fairtrade items, the more available they will become and the more third world producers will benefit.

“The summer roadshow is a great way to reach out to more local people and in particular we are keen to support more towns and villages in Renfrewshire to become Fairtrade zones. Our volunteers will be on hand with loads of information about how to get involved in the campaign and how to set up a Fairtrade group in your community. There will also be the chance to enter a free draw for prizes including luxury Fairtrade hampers, Fairtrade footballs and rugby balls.

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Council Leader and staff are put through his paces ahead of Paisley 10K

Renfrewshire Council Leader Derek Mackay was put through his paces in a gruelling exercise bootcamp session as part of his training for this year’s Paisley 10K.

Councillor Mackay was joined by council employees Philippa Simms and Jamie Gardyne to have their fitness tested by Renfrewshire Leisure’s tough bootcamp instructors Neil Hutchison and Gordon Law.

The trio were made to run and sprint round the playing fields at Ralston Community Sports Centre before more sprinting with weights, boxing, and sit ups.

Councillor Mackay said: “I have done the 10K for the last few years in a row so I like to think I’m quite physically fit but these guys do not mess around. They literally scream in your face and really push you to work harder but it’s all good for your training. I really enjoyed it and actually wanted to keep going when it finished.

“It’s given me an extra push to start gearing up for the 10K in August. Last year I was happy with time my but this year I’m planning to beat that….now all I’ll need to do is imagine Neil and Gordon are shouting at me again!”

The Paisley 10K and fun run takes place on Sunday 29 August kicking off in County Square. The event, one of the flattest, fastest and easiest courses on the 10K circuit, is aiming to be the biggest in its 11-year history.

Philippa, Business Development Executive with Renfrewshire Council, said: “Last year’s race was my first ever 10k and this year my target is to improve my time. I run regularly with Jogging Buddies, which is really sociable and a a great way to keep motivated, especially when you’re a beginner. Running is a really good way to keep active and signing up for a race like the 10K gives you something to work towards. I really enjoyed the bootcamp although it did make me think I need to get fitter!”

This year registration has been opened up to allow groups to register together and the Fun Run will see even more colourfully costumed runners take to the streets.
Councillor Mackay added: “The 10K is one of Paisley’s most popular events and this year we’re hoping it will be bigger than ever. Being able to register as a group means you can sign up with your work colleagues, friends or family or if you’re part of a club you can sign up with your teammates.

Councillor Mackay added: “The council is committed to giving people of all ages and abilities opportunities to lead a healthy active lifestyle and the 10K, along with the huge range of activities and new facilities available, is a great example of that.”

The exercise bootcamps are one of a great range of activities on offer by Renfrewshire Leisure, one of the 10k sponsors, this summer to help runners get fit for the 10K.

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Schools Dragons’ Den Event

Seven teams of school pupils in Renfrewshire faced a panel of ‘dragons’ in a bid to win financial backing for each of their school’s social enterprise projects.
Projects including a mobile beauty service, a wormery to help break down rubbish into compost, a project to clean up a local forest, a service supplying affordable school uniforms, a nail bar, a school newspaper and a Fairtrade Cafe were all successful in the Schools’ Dragons’ Den Event.
The event, organised by Renfrewshire Council, was open to all Renfrewshire schools with the aim of giving young people practical experience in social enterprise and financial education.
Councillor Lorraine Cameron, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board, said: “The Dragons’ Den project is a fantastic way to get young people thinking about finances and how to run a viable business. It’s also a great opportunity for teamwork and giving back to their local communities. It’s wonderful to see the range of different ideas presented by the winners and the level of thought they’ve put into their business plans. I’d like to congratulate all of them on their success and look forward to hearing how their businesses are getting on in future.”
All entrants had to submit a business plan which identified how much funding their project would need to make their business sustainable. A key element was also to focus on social enterprise that would in some way give back to the community.
A shortlist of seven finalists were selected to go up in front of the panel to present their ideas and take questions on the viability and the social enterprise aspect of their idea.
On the night, held at Reid Kerr College, all seven projects impressed the judges enough to secure funding.
The five ‘dragons’ were Social Entrepreneur Jay Lamb, Jim Lally from Learning and Teaching Scotland (LTS), Audrey Cumberford, vice principal of Reid Kerr College, Linda Wilson from Clydesdale Bank and Alison Dowling from Renfrewshire Credit Union.

The seven winning projects were:
Mary Russell School,
Project title: Vermi Good
Vermi-composting is the process of using earthworms to break down kitchen and garden waste materials into quality, nutrient-rich compost and concentrated liquid feed. This project will provide the pupil ‘gardeners’ with compost and liquid fertiliser for their flower and vegetable gardens, potted plants and potato barrels.
It will support the school’s eco status and will encourage pupils and staff to be responsible for appropriate disposing of their rubbish. It will help the pupils develop an interest in their local environment by recycling rubbish, care for the environment, lower their carbon footprint.
Our Lady of Peace Primary School
Project title: Ecoforms
The school plan to open a shop selling recycled uniforms as a practical way for pupils to see how they can reduce their carbon footprint by re-using items of clothing which are still in good condition. It will be set up and run by pupils, giving them real business experience and the opportunity to learn about teamwork, good communications, coping with problems.
Paisley Grammar School
Project title: Bringing Glamour to the Grammar
Pupils who have completed a City and Guilds Beauty course have already raised money for charity by offering a nail-painting and hand massage service to staff. They plan to establish a full nail and beauty bar in the school to open the service up to staff and pupils raising regular funds for charity. They would also use funds raised to offer a free mobile treatment service to residents of a nearby care home. The care home manager has welcomed the proposal.
Auchenlodment Primary
Project title: Fantastic Forests
The school plans to further develop partnerships it has with the rangers, community wardens and Forestry Commision to clean up the wood which surrounds the school. The aim being that the woods can be used by the local community. This would also help develop children’s interest in local wildlife, and actively involve children in improving their local area, and attract the public to the woods.
Bushes Primary School
Project title: Sparkles Nail Salon
The school plans to run a weekly nail salon service which sees pupils convert the maths bay in the school into a nail bar. The business runs every Friday and the service is available to staff and pupils. A large part of the profits go to charity. The project is part of the school’s leadership and active learning. The P7 girls who run the nail bar will create a training manual and work with a team of P6 children to carry on the nail bar when they go to secondary school.
Bushes Primary will be presented with a 2010 Social Enterprise School Award by Finance Secretary John Swinney at a ceremony in Glasgow this month.

St Fillan’s Primary
Project Title: Fairtrade Cafe
The business plan involves setting up a Fairtrade cafe which would use the profits it makes to sustaining the service. They would also implement four enterprise drives each year to increase their profit margin. The profits would be divided between four charities: sponsoring a guide dog, supporting businesses in the third world, the school fund for developing ICT in the school and SCIAF which helps children in Africa.
Trinity High School
Project Title: School Magazine
The aim is to develop the success of the existing school magazine called The Trinity Times by expanding readership and making it more attractive and colourful to readers. The team want to produce a colour version of the magazine in response to complaints from readers about it being only in black and white. The magazine celebrates the many achievement of pupils, staff and parents in particular on issues affecting the wider community.
The magazine has been nominated for Best Feature Article and Best Commercial Strategy in the Scottish Schools Magazine Competition.


Date: Saturday 5 June 2010
Venue: County Square, Paisley
First band on stage: 1pm

Scottish rock band GUN will headline the Two Rivers Rock Festival 2010, and will be joined on the bill by The Virgin Marys and The Loud and Proud Rock Orchestra.

GUN are making a return to the music business after ten years away and with brand new album ‘Popkiller’ just completed, they’re sure to please the Two Rivers crowd with hits old and new.

Manchester group The Virgin Marys are on the cutting edge of the heavy blues revolution that’s about to take place. Inspired by Led Zeppelin and touching on the heavy indie-rock of the early 90s, they combine a unique approach with classic riff-led energy to produce a performance festival goers won’t forget quickly!

Paisley locals will be more than familiar with the super-talented Loud and Proud Rock Orchestra. This collection of youngsters certainly live up to their name and will be raising the volume a few notches with their performance on the day. The orchestra will also be performing in the Apollo Story at the Clyde Auditorium this August.

The festival takes place in County Square and will be presented by 96.3 Rock Radio’s Tom Russell and Father Ted.

Tom Russell said, “Rock Radio hosted the event last year as well and we’re just delighted to be back and part of the action again for 2010. The Two Rivers Festival is a brilliant day out for music fans and the fact that it’s free and people get to see such a high calibre of bands for nothing is just fantastic! There’s no excuse not to come down on the day and join in the fun.”

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Gilded Balloon Comedy Circuit 2010
Friday 11 June 8pm
Paisley Arts Centre £10 (£8 conc)

Suitable for age 16+

With its excellent reputation for top-notch comedy, the Gilded Balloon is bringing a selection of top comedy talent to Paisley during a whistle-stop tour of Scotland! Check out some of the sharpest stand-ups Paisley has ever seen:

Susan Calman
‘Everyone who knows anything about comedy knows that Susan is one of the funniest women around’ The Daily Record
‘A consistently engaging hour of pointed observations and snappy one-liners’ Metro

Scott Agnew
“Chic Murray was kind of a genius… something tells me they might be saying something similar about Scott Agnew in the not too distant future.” The List
“a bold, brash, barnstorming performance… hilariously graphic… a powerhouse set” Chortle


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Fri 18 June

Celebrate the Music of Ella & Oscar

Paisley Arts Centre 7.30pm
£10 (£6 conc)

Joni Keen’s tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson has thrilled audiences and critics at sell out shows across the country.

This wonderful performance, with anecdotes, humour and beautiful songs allows audiences to understand the genius that was Ella. Appealing to all age groups, the show is an evening of timeless classics. Joni will be accompanied by The Euan Stevenson Trio.

“Everyone loves the music of Ella, young and old alike and it’s great seeing this diverse audience really enjoying themselves” Joni Keen


Sat 26 June

William Shakespeare’s
The Rape of Lucrece
Directed by Gareth Armstrong

Paisley Arts Centre 7.30pm
£10 (£6 conc)

The Rape of Lucrece is a brilliant, brutal narrative poem by William Shakespeare giving an account of the terrible crime of rape and its dreadful consequences for victim and perpetrator.

Gareth Armstrong brings the poem to life on the stage. Simple and stark: a single actor, a bare stage – rapist and victim springing to searing life.

“…great acting meets classic writing…..Shakespearean acting at its absolute finest”.
Three Weeks (Brighton Festival 2009)


Fri 2 July

Michael Marra
Paisley Arts Centre, 7.30pm
£10 (£6 conc)
Part jazz, part blues and deeply rooted in Celtic traditions, anyone who has had the pleasure of seeing Michael Marra perform will testify to his talent to entertain. Through his combination of humour and thought provoking lyrics, he delights audiences everywhere he goes, and is sure to provide a great night’s entertainment as he joins us at Paisley Arts Centre once again.

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Zatoichi is the epic tale of a blind masseur, gambler and swordmaster (what a combo) who wanders around the country, making his living by gambling, singing and giving massages. In Japan, giving massages was a traditional occupation for the blind. Blind persons and masseurs were on the lowest social level, no better than beggars. Unbeknown to those around him though, Zatoichi is also highly-skilled in swordsmanship and is equally talented in Sumo wrestling.

This is a fantastic film, garnering cult status quickly. It doesn’t get much screen time when up against the Hollywood blockbusters, so grab this chance to see it on the big screen.

Please note this film is Certificate 18.

Zatoichi screens on Tuesday 1st June at 7.30pm
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Sun 23 May

The Singing Kettle

Paisley Town Hall 1pm and 3.30pm
All tickets £10, family saver £36, group bookings 10+ £7, babes in arms (under 12 months) £2

Scotland’s favourite children’s entertainers, The Singing Kettle, will dress to impress after being invited by Lord Spout of Glenkettle to help rescue his run down castle. The Singing Kettle wonder how difficult can it be to hang a portrait, display a suit of armour or place a stag’s head on the wall – but nothing’s easy at Calamity Castle! Join us for lots of Scottish songs, and an action packed adventure full of mishaps! And remember to dress up in tartan!

“…….. a delight for kids, parents and grandparents alike. The laughter, singing and inter-action is contagious!” Edinburgh Evening News


Mon 24 May

Blue Hen

Paisley Town Hall 7:30pm
£12 (£10 conc)

Suitable for ages 16 +. Contains some strong language.

Following the huge success of ‘Singin` I`m No a Billy, He`s a Tim’, award winning writer, Des Dillon is back with another gripping production. Starring Coronation Street’s Jim McDonald, Blue Hen is a gritty and moving drama.

Paddy and John are two ordinary working class guys who are out of work and out of luck when they come up with a plan to keep them occupied and keep their bellies full. They’re going to rear chickens in their garden and sell the eggs for profit. But it’s not easy being the only honest men in Coatbridge’s roughest scheme and their venture doesn’t exactly go to plan. As their dreams of self-sufficiency crumble, a powerful story of friendship against the odds unfolds.



Sat 29 May

Mousetale Puppets presents

Oscar and the Highland Castle

Paisley Arts Centre 2pm

Suitable for ages 4+

It’s 1307. Scotland lies defeated and Robert the Bruce is hiding from the English…..

Answering a call for help, Oscar the mouse leaves his attic home and heads for Loch Ness where he finds Incy Wincy Spider among the ruins of an old castle. Mysteriously swept back in time, Oscar joins Incy’s campaign to free the castle from English rule and restore Scotland’s independence!

With a beautiful blend of ultraviolet technology and traditional shadow puppetry, together with up-beat music, one of Scotland’s most evocative folktales comes vividly to life in a show which is funny, absorbing and educational.


Whether it’s walking, running, cycling, kayaking or horseriding Renfrewshire residents are being urged to get outside and get active as part of the Go! Renfrewshire festival later this month.

Go! Renfrewshire is a two week festival celebrating the great outdoors of Renfrewshire. Over the course of the fortnight it is hoped to that people will walk, run, cycle, row or horse-ride the equivalent of the 66 mile boundary of Renfrewshire many times over.

The festival kicks off on Saturday 22 May with a launch event in County Square, Paisley. The launch will include music and loads of fun activities like Beat the Cycle Clock and demonstrations from Renfrewshire Leisure including Body Pump, Body Combat, Zumba, Kids Games. There will also be stands with information on local activities.

A group of walkers will then lead a walk from Paisley town centre to Elderslie.

As well as encouraging people to get out and have fun, the aim of the festival is to promote what Renfrewshire has to offer and how it can be enjoyed responsibly using the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment and Infrastructure Policy Board, said: “This is our first ever outdoor access festival and there’s going to be loads going on. A packed programme of activities has been organised including walks, cycles, horseriding, picnics, treasure hunts and even Tai Chi.

“There are events for people of all abilities and taster sessions for those looking to try something new. There are also a number of groups aiming to walk or run the equivalent of Renfrewshire’s 66 mile boundary in the four weeks leading up to the festival and during the festival itself.

“Renfrewshire Council is committed to giving providing everyone with a range of opportunities to lead a fit and healthy lifestyle and this festival is a great way to showcase what’s on offer in our communities.”

Other programme highlights include a Paisley Mystery Tour, a walk to the old Barytes Mine at Clyde Muirshiel, an introduction to horseriding at Ingliston Equestrian Centre in Bishopton, a picnic on Gleniffer Braes, and Tai Chi.

Charlie Woodward, Regional Park Manager said: “I’m delighted to see so many groups and organisations coming together to celebrate and make active use of all the wonderful countryside in Renfrewshire.

“The Regional Park is used by many to enjoy many different recreational activities we hope this festival will highlight how easy it can be for everyone to enjoy the outdoors on your doorstep. We know that recreation has benefits in physical and mental well-being; it gives us opportunities to see our cultural, landscape and natural heritage first hand; and it is FUN, so come and join in.”

As well as Renfrewshire Council, other local groups taking part include, Castle Semple Sailing Club, Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, Finlaystone Estate, Ingliston Country Club, Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership, Lochwinnoch and Paisley Kayak Club and Paisley District Scouts.

The Go! Renfrewshire programme is available in council buildings, libraries and leisure centres. You can also see what’s going on by logging on to


Pro-skaters roll into Renfrew for skatepark open day

Professional skateboarders will be showing off their skills at a special event this weekend to mark the official opening of a state of the art skatepark in Renfrew.

The open day, Saturday 15 May, kicks off at 12pm, will feature professional demonstrations and giveaways by the Vans UK skate team. Local families are invited to bring their kids along for the fun family afternoon.

The event will be a celebration of years of campaigning by local skateboard group, 30 Acres, who worked with Renfrewshire Council to bring the skatepark project to life. They also worked closely with leading UK skatepark builders Gravity Parks on the state-of-the-art design.

Ramsay Maclennan, spokesperson for 30 Acres, said: “The skatepark is excellent and gives the people of Renfrew, young and old, a brand-new sports facility. It is something to be truly proud of. Its design is first-class and it is one of the best, if not the best in Scotland.”

The 1300square metre park includes sprayed concrete and brick obstacles, such as bowls, quarter pipes, banks, hips, blocks and rails.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Derek Mackay said: “This is something we’ve never had before in Renfrew so the open day is a great opportunity for everyone to come along and see for themselves what it’s all about and be impressed by the skills that will be on display – not just by the professionals but even some of our local youngsters.”

The skatepark in Renfrew has also been welcomed by the local police as an excellent facility for young people.

Inspector Eric Kennedy, Renfrew Police said: “Prior to the construction of the Skatepark, the police in Renfrew had been working with partner agencies towards this diversionary facility. Since it opened in March, the area has been monitored on a regular basis by the police, community wardens and environmental officers.
I believe it is an excellent facility for young people.”

The project has been funded by the Scottish Government’s Fairer Scotland Fund and the Renfrew Common Good Fund.

Young people are encouraged to use the skatepark responsibly and reminded that the facility closes at 9pm.

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