What’s On in Renfrewshire!
We have a fantastic season lined up – tickets now on sale!

Full details of performances, exhibitions, films, classes and events are available in our ‘What’s On Guide’. Get your FREE copy at Paisley Town Hall, Paisley Arts Centre or Paisley Museum.

Bookings and information:
Paisley Arts Centre, New St, Paisley PA1 1EZ
Tel: 0141 887 1010 (Mon – Fri:9.15am – 4.45pm – closed 12.30pm – 1.30pm Sat: 9.45am – 4.45pm – closed 12.30pm – 1.30pm)
Online: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking

Coming up……

Solar Viewings

Every Thursday afternoon, 2pm to 4pm from 12 July to 31 August
Coats Observatory
£FREE (No booking necessary)

We all owe our existence to the Sun. Without it, life on Earth would be impossible. The Sun provides heat, light, nourishment for plant and animal life right down to the very atoms that make up our bodies, …which are made of the same material found inside the Sun.

Safely view the Sun through the special telescopes housed in Coats Observatory. See sunspots, prominences and solar flares and learn more about our nearest star.

Please note that Solar viewing is weather dependent and will not take place in the event of thick cloud or rain.

Music: The Rat Pack is Back

Sunday 22 July
Paisley Town Hall, 7.30pm
£14 (£12 conc)

You are invited to come along and see Britain’s longest running tribute to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr; The Rat Pack is Back on Sunday 22 July with the fabulous Don Hunt Swing Band.

Frank, Sammy & Dean take you on a trip to the strip in Las Vegas to the Sands hotel where they performed all the classics.

The hit show perfectly captures not only the music and comedy of the original legends, but also the personalities of the stars who ruled the entertainment world from Las Vegas. Don Hunt from the Swing Band is also no stranger to the Rat Pack having played on shows featuring the real Sammy Davis Jnr.

The first 3 people to email us at ram.els@renfrewshire.gov.uk with ‘VIP TICKETS PLEASE’ in the subject will win a pair VIP ‘Meet & Greet’ tickets, where lucky winners will be invited backstage to meet the band and have their photograph taken with the Las Vegas legends.!

Family Events and Classes: Crazy Olympic Camp

Mon 30 July – Fri 3 Aug
Paisley Museum, 10am – 3pm
£31 (£23.50 conc for those in receipt of full working tax credit)
Suitable for ages 8-14

With the official launch of London 2012 upon us in just two short weeks, Renfrewshire Arts and Museums is gearing up for the fun with a themed summer workshop focusing on all things Olympic!

Using animation, film, drama, music and visual arts, our award winning Community Outreach team will be on hand to help children create and prepare their very own country for entry into the Crazy Olympic Games! The week of fun-filled, creative activities will culminate in an ‘Opening Ceremony’ on Friday 3 Aug, at which children will have the chance to show off their country’s flag and team uniform to their parents, families and friends.

To book call 0141 887 1010, max 25 places. Participants are asked to bring a packed lunch.

Exhibitions at Paisley Museum

Sixty Years, Six Lives
A photography exhibition from Ian Berry (Magnum Photos)

Tues 19 June – Sun 12 August
FREE (associated with The UN Refugee Agency and Scottish Refugee Council)

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.

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Friday 29 June – Sun 21 October
FREE

Following the popular “Paisley’s Glasgow Boys” exhibition, now the girls are back in town! This exhibition celebrates a century of female artistic creativity, including new acquisitions for the permanent collection at Paisley Museum.

There is an emphasis on artists associated with Glasgow School of Art, from trail-blazing Glasgow Girls, Olive Carleton Smyth and Stansmore Dean, through to their successors such as Joan Eardley and contemporary artist Mary Redmond, whose newly commissioned work is shown here for the first time.

Herstory Portraits

Friday 29 June – Sun 21 October
Free

An exhibition of work by Glasgow-based artist Sharon Thomas, Herstory Portrait presents egg-tempera portraits of seven inspirational women, several of whom are the first females to gain key positions in their respective professions. Herstory Portrait includes preparatory sketches and is a unique opportunity to see inside the artist’s process.

Developed over the span of the last year its primary focus is on mapping female power and influence in Glasgow today and further afield but with a compass leg positioned firmly in the experience of Thomas; a female artist making paintings in the 21st Century in Glasgow.

Big Summer Chill

Tues 10 July – Sun 19 August
Free

Every 1000th, 2000th & 3000th visitor is a winner!

Forget expensive foreign travel and rainy British beaches…you can have your summer holiday at Paisley Museum, where we’re bringing the seaside inside. An interactive natural history exhibition for all the family, no matter what the weather is like outside.

Activities include:

– Games zone with themed board games
– Interactive fishing game
– Art corner
– Story corner
– Soft play ‘rock pool’
– Boat for smaller children to play in

There will also be a chance to win some family passes to M&D’s Theme Park!! Every 1000th, 2000th and 3000th visitor is a winner.

Check in for the town’s top holiday destination, it’s FREE!

Why not drop in for your chance to be part of our summer holiday installation! Simply fill out one of the luggage labels explaining:

1. Your best holiday memory
2. Your ideal holiday destination if money was no object

Win With Us
Congratulations to our lucky winner M. Tomlinson of Renfrew, who took just a few minutes to fill in a short survey after attending Renfrew Gala Day and won a £30 gift card for Braehead.

We value your opinions and are always striving to provide you with the best possible service. Please take our quick survey and tell us what you think. Thank you.

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Creative summer workshop for children – the Crazy Olympics Camp!

To coincide with the official launch of London 2012, Renfrewshire Arts Outreach Team will be channelling their Olympic spirit and athletic energy into the Crazy Olympics Camp from 30 July – 3 August at Paisley Museum.

Using animation, film, drama, music and visual arts, the week-long camp will be full of fun filled, hands on, creative activities that children will love joining in with.

With the Olympics in mind, children will have the chance to create their very own country: from the national flag right down to their country’s team uniform, with a view to displaying their artistic creations at the official Crazy Olympics ‘Opening Ceremony’ on Friday 3 Aug, to which parents, family and friends will be invited to attend.

To enrol your child in the week-long activities workshop please call 0141 887 1010. Please note that places are limited to a maximum of 25.

The camp is suitable for children aged 8 – 14 years and will take place on Monday 30 July to Friday 3 Aug from 10am – 3pm at Paisley Museum. Crazy Olympics Camp costs £31 per child and £23.50 concession (for those in receipt of full working tax credit). All participants are asked to bring a packed lunch each day.

For further information on the Crazy Olympics Camp, future events and exhibitions log onto www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

Saturday 7th July saw this year’s Sma’ Shot Day parade from Brodie Park to Abbey Close. 

This year the weather played a major part in the event – the night before the event the contractors who were tasked with setting up the many stalls outside Paisley Town Hall had major problems with the wind and had to construct two large marquees instead. The main parade was also hit by the weather when strong heavy rain tried to dampen spirits just before and during the parade but thankfully the parade and its participants all smiled and braved the rain.

Just as the parade started and was heading towards Neilston Road shops, Tony Lawler the Charleston Drummer hit straight through the side of the drum (which dates back to Napoleonic times) cutting his thumb in the process. The parade was temporarily halted but Tony was made of sterner stuff and the parade snaked its way down to Paisley Town Centre to lots of applause from those watching from the side.

The now traditional pint of lager at the Wellington was a welcome distraction for Tony and a welcome rest for the parade as it reached its half way point. As the parade hit Abbey close the crowds gave it a rapturous reception and the participants could relax.

From the pictures above, you can see the parade from start to finish as well as the excellent BMX Stunt Riders “The Clan”. The video below is the journey from Brodie Park to the end point in Abbey Close, you will notice the rain is a feature in almost all the images!

Renfrewshire’s best young business brains showed they were on the ball when they presented their ideas for a St Mirren football museum to club bosses.

The 30 teenagers from the area’s Recruit programme impressed with their business plans for how the memorabilia extravaganza could work at the club.

The Recruit is a council-run youth employment project loosely based on telly favourite The Apprentice, which sees young hopefuls compete through a series of business-based challenges, with jobs on offer for the winners.

The hugely-popular programme has taken place in Renfrewshire since 2010, but this summer sees two editions running simultaneously – one for S5/6 pupils, and another for unemployed 16-19-year-olds.

This task saw the youngsters from the S5/6 group asked to locate St Mirren memorabilia – with tickets, programmes, strips, old photos and even a ball dating back to the club’s foundation in 1877 among the items tracked down and pictured.

The teams then presented their plans for the museum, detailing how they would market and run the facility and what its website would look like.

The event took place in the home dressing room at St Mirren Park, before a judging panel of club community coaches Brian Sproul, Steven Sweeney and Gary Hocknull.

After picking the winners, Brian said: “We were really impressed with the hard work of everybody involved, and with the quality of their research.”

The group winners were Team Cutting Edge – Jatinder Singh, 16, of St Benedict’s High; Nicola Edoni, 16, of Trinity High; Kaitlin Douglas, 17, of Johnstone High; and David Pirie, 17, who has just left Paisley Grammar.

There was also an individual winner – Gleniffer High pupil Ross Mills, 16, of Team Stratosphere – who impressed the panel with his presenting skills and enthusiasm.

Councillor Roy Glen, Convener of Renfrewshire’s Employment and Economic Development taskforce, said: “Tackling youth unemployment is a big priority for the council, and schemes like The Recruit are a big part of that.

“The Recruit programme has been so popular that it has grown in size over each of the three years it has been running and that is testament to its success.

“We would like to thank St Mirren, who have been great supporters of The Recruit over the years, as well as all the other employers who are taking part.”

Some of the other tasks which this year’s Recruits have already taken part in include a week-long army-style residential camp and other career-focussed training.

The two programmes will continue to run over the summer, with the Top Recruits set to be crowned at a finale event to be held in Paisley Town Hall in August.

 

One picture attached: (l to r) Gary Hocknull, Steven Sweeney, David Pirie, Nicola Edoni, Ross Mills, Kaitlin Douglas and Brian Sproul, at St Mirren Park.

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Thomas Coats Observatory

New season of afternoon viewings launches next week

On Thursday 12 July, Coats Observatory in Paisley launches its regular solar viewing season.

We all owe our existence to the Sun. Without it, life on Earth would be impossible.  The Sun provides heat, light, nourishment for plant and animal life right down to the very atoms that make up our bodies, which are made of the same material found inside the Sun.

You can get a closer view of our nearest star by attending one of the solar observing sessions at Coats Observatory. These will run every Thursday afternoon, 2pm-4pm from July 12 to Aug 31 in the garden of Coats Observatory. Telescopes dedicated to safe Sun watching will be set up, allowing visitors to see detail such as sunspots, solar flares and prominences, and observatory staff will be on hand to answer any questions that visitors may have.

Coats Observatory point out that, on a point of safety, the telescopes in use at Coats Observatory to view the Sun are specially designed only for solar viewing. We should never look at the Sun with binoculars, an unfiltered telescope or even with the naked eye as permanent damage to your eyes will occur very quickly.

Admission to the solar viewing events is free and there is no need to book. For further information log onto www.renfrewshire.gov.uk or follow us on facebook at www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

Please note that solar viewing is weather dependent and will not take place in the event of thick cloud or rain.

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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.

For further information on our range of events and exhibitions log onto www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/museums or follow us on www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

 

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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.

For further information on our events log onto www.renfrewshire.gov/museums.

 

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.

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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.”

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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 senga.mcleod@renfrewshire.gov.uk or on 0141 889 1110.