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Stooshe get set to switch on Paisley

Chart-topping girl-band Stooshe are set to put an extra bit of spark into Paisleys Christmas Lights Switch on this year.

The band will top the bill at this year’s event which for the first time will have all the main performances funded through private sponsorship.

StoosheStooshe have taken the charts by storm in 2012 with their hits “Love Me” and “Black Heart” and their own unique style and lyrics ripping the traditional girl-band image to shreds.

The girls, who are soon to be supporting J-Lo on her UK tour, will be headlining a full day of festive fun on Saturday 10 November before officially switching on Paisley’s Christmas lights.

Before the big finale there is also a terrific line-up throughout the day including the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and The Singing Kettle.
Renfrewshire Council have so far secured over £16,500 in commercial sponsorship for the event which will be used to fund the performers.
The main acts have been revealed following the announcement that this year Paisley will have two separate Christmas lights and Fireworks events providing a double events boost to the community and local retailers.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “After consulting with local businesses we took the decision to create two back to back all day events for the town centre which will really kick off the countdown to Christmas in style whilst also increasing local participation and providing a major boost to the town’s retailers. We’re also delighted to be working very closely with the business community to support our town centre events programme and for the first time ever fund all the main performers purely through private sponsorship.”

The event kicks off at 12 noon with the Piazza Shopping Centre’s traditional Reindeer parade from Gilmour Street, which will this year be lead by Santa with some special help from Buddie the Elf.

There will also be a Christmas farmers’ market and craft market.

The Clyde 1 Roadshow team will be leading the entertainment on the main stage from 1pm introducing the performers and offering some fantastic giveaways throughout the afternoon.
Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall said: “We’re delighted to be able to announce the line up for this year’s Christmas Lights Switch on. Stooshe are a really current and successful girl-band who’ll definitely bring something fun and different to this year’s event. It’s also great to have the fantastic Red Hot Chilli Pipers and family favourites The Singing Kettle returning as well as a huge range of activities and entertainment going on throughout the day.”

Sponsors so far include the Piazza Shopping Centre, the Paisley Centre, Braehead, St Mirren FC, Ingliston Country Club, Reid Kerr College, Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, Strathclyde Police, University of the West of Scotland, Renfrewshire Leisure and Central Building Contractors.

Paisley’s Christmas Lights Switch on Saturday 10 November. To keep up to date with all the event details follow @rencouncilnews on Twitter or like www.facebook.com/renfrewshirecouncil.

Tony Lawler

Everyone at www.paisley.org.uk would like to say a hearty ‘Congratulations’ to Tony Lawler who today discovered that he has been granted the honour of Freeman of Renfrewshire.

The Freedom of Renfrewshire has only been granted twice to our knowledge in the last few years, the most recent being The Argyle and Southern Highlanders also renowned

Tony Lawler

Sculptor Sandy Stoddart and prior to that it had not been awarded for 50 years.

Renfrewshire Council made Tony a Freeman of Renfrewshire in recognition of him carrying the Charleston Drum and leading the parade on Sma’ Shot Day for 20 years.

Those who know Tony will acknowledge that he is mightily proud of being given this position and he continually promotes the town of Paisley to the wider public.

(Pictured right is Tony Lawler, The Charleston Drummer with Renfrewshire Provost Anne Hall)

For more on Sma Shot Day 2012 click here

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Paisley Events Paisley’s River Exhibition

Legacy of the White Cart Water to be brought to life in new exhibition

Paisley’s River, an exhibition which examines the role the White Cart Water has played in the town’s development over the centuries will be displayed at Paisley Museum from 19 September 2012 – 20 January 2013.

 

‘Paisley’s River: The White Cart Water’ will take visitors on a journey downstream as we follow it from its source on Eaglesham Moor, through Glasgow and its suburbs until it crosses into Paisley at Hawkhead. Visitors will see exactly how the White Cart has shaped the town: from how industry once used the river as a source of power and trade to the wildlife that calls the White Cart Water home. Paisley’s shipbuilding industry, which once rivalled that of the Clyde yards, will also feature, as does the influence of the Cart on artists, highlighted by a number of paintings from the Paisley museum collection.

 

On display, the museum will showcase models of some of the ships that Cart-based companies such as Fleming & Ferguson would have built, as well as natural history specimens, commemorative items from river-related improvement programmes and a hugely detailed map of the town which features the river. The map has been kindly donated by Strathclyde police and likely dates from 1950’s, however its actual purpose in the force remains a mystery!

 

To bring the White Cart Water’s story to life, there is also a walk that visitors can follow along the banks of the river through Paisley. The walk begins at the Watermill Hotel and ends at Paisley Museum, taking in many of the historical places featured in the exhibition, including the Watermill, Abbey, Town Hall and the site of Paisley’s earliest harbour. The route of the walk will be printed on the back of the exhibition leaflet, which visitors can collect from Paisley Museum free of charge.

You can download the PDF Brochure by clicking here 

Renfrewshire Council

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Paisley Photographs Tunisian Market

The Tunisian Market on Paisley’s High Street is a carpet of colour as seen in these Paisley Photographs taken by Tracey Clements of www.paisley.org.uk

101 Arabian delights on offer at Tunisian Market

Don’t worry if you can’t get away this September weekend, because you can get a taste of Tunisia right here in Renfrewshire.

Experience exotic tastes, stunning traditional clothing and fabulous crafts when the popular Tunisian market returns to Paisley town centre.

There will be plenty of food available including paella, Tunisian BBQ and pancakes as well as dried fruit, nuts, olives and sweets.

There will also be Tunisian leather-ware handbags, ceramics, wall-tiles, tajines, lamps, pots, wood carved ornaments, jewellery, art, music, and traditional Tunisian clothes and slippers.

The Tunisian market is brought to Paisley by Renfrewshire Council.

Renfrewshire Council Leader, Mark Macmillan said: “The Tunisian Market has been a popular addition to the town’s calendar of events over the past couple of years, as well as the regular farmers markets. It offers shoppers a chance to try something a bit different and always adds a great buzz to the town.”

The market will be on Paisley’s High Street between 9.30am and 5.30pm, Saturday 22 – Sunday 30 September.

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

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Paisley pub has licence revoked

A Paisley town centre pub which had an alleged attempted murder take place outside its doors has had its licence revoked by Renfrewshire Licensing Board.

Councillors voted to impose the penalty on the Turf Tavern, Orchard Street, Paisley, after considering an application from police.

The pub is the first premises in the area to have its licence revoked for a breach of licensing objectives since the introduction of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005.

turf tavernA report from Chief Superintendent Alan Speirs detailed a series of incidents involving violence or anti-social behaviour at the pub over the past 18 months.

One of these related to a man being found seriously injured outside the premises on Saturday 30 June this year. Four men have been charged with attempted murder in relation to this incident.

The board also heard the pub previously had its licence suspended for four weeks in June 2011

In his report to councillors, Chief Superintendent Speirs said: “It seems that management and staff have learned nothing from their suspension a year ago.

“The serious nature of the above incidents shows once again a complete lack of control of the patrons by staff and the lack of responsible management in relation to levels of violence, drunkenness and anti-social behaviour.”

Councillor Alexander Murrin, Convener of Renfrewshire Licensing Board, said: “The council has a legal responsibility to promote various licensing objectives, including the prevention of crime and disorder, and securing public safety.

“While the vast majority of the 400-plus licensed premises in Renfrewshire operate responsibly, we will take decisive action against those who do not.

“This pub had already been subject to a suspension but continued to be at the centre of incidents involving anti-social behaviour, which is why the board opted to withdraw the pub’s licence to operate.”

Other incidents detailed in the police report included the following:

– 7 July 2012: Police on a routine visit to the pub were accosted by a customer who repeatedly swore at them, and was arrested for a breach of the peace, leading officers to warn staff that the man should not have been served any more alcohol;

– 29 September 2011: A customer was left locked inside the pub after it closed, and was heard banging on the door by a member of the public. It took almost two hours before a keyholder turned up to release the man, who couldn’t call for help as he had no mobile phone and there was no landline in the pub.

The licence-holders have a 21-day period in which they can appeal the decision.

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Glasgow Airport puts Renfrewshire children on road to recovery

A charity which helps young victims of domestic, physical or sexual abuse has received a cash injection from Glasgow Airport.

CHILDREN 1st has been awarded £4,621 to support its Paisley-based Renfrewshire Recovery from Abuse and Trauma service, which supports children aged from 5 to 18 who have been affected by either domestic, physical or sexual abuse.

The service is funded jointly by Renfrewshire Council and CHILDREN 1st. However the donation from the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund will “enhance the service significantly” according to the charity.

It plans to invest in materials for a gardening project which will provide the children with an outdoor space to relax and play, as well as a range of materials for art and play therapy.

A total of £1,300 will also go towards travelling expenses to ensure that children from all over Renfrewshire continue to benefit from the service, and that distance from Paisley does not prevent children from attending.

The number of support sessions required by each child is based on their individual needs, with some having only a few appointments while others can receive support over a period of several months. On average, the service provides support for 50 children every year.

Service manager Fiona McBride said: “We believe that childhood abuse should not be allowed to cloud the rest of a child’s life. Children who have been betrayed need to learn to trust again and many of those we work with don’t always feel they can tell us what is wrong straight away.

“Our staff offer children a safe environment in which they can learn to build trusting relationships through a range of therapeutic activities including counselling, art, play, role play and storytelling. It helps them to understand, express and cope with fear and anger, make sense of their experiences and build self-awareness and self-esteem.”

Campbell Mackinnon, Glasgow Airport’s operations director, said: “This is a fantastic project which provides real and tangible long-term benefits for some of the most vulnerable children in our community. It is exactly the type of project we look to support through our FlightPath Fund.

“Children who have been the victims of abuse often find it difficult to open up, interact with others and find their calling in life. Renfrewshire Recovery from Abuse and Trauma provides a safe and stimulating environment in which they can make sense of their world.”

Councillor Mark Macmillan, Leader of Renfrewshire Council, added: “CHILDREN 1st does outstanding work to help children who need our support. Renfrewshire Council has recognised the importance of the charity’s work and it’s very encouraging that Glasgow Airport’s well-established community programme is also contributing significant funding to help young people across Renfrewshire benefit from this vital service.”

CHILDREN 1st is the working name of the Royal Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children (RSSPCC), which was founded in 1884.

For more than 125 years, it has worked to safeguard children and young people, support them within their families and help them recover from abuse, neglect and violence.

The organisation speaks out for childrens’ rights and campaigns to change attitudes towards children. It currently has more than 300 employees and more than 1,000 volunteers working in Scotland. For more information go to www.children1st.org.uk 

The Glasgow Airport FlightPath fund is a community funding programme designed to ensure that surrounding communities share in its success. In 2011 it distributed over £170,000 to 60 organisations.

For more information please visit Glasgow Airports website.

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Paisley Museum Exhibition Launch

Paisley’s River The White Cart Water

Date: 19 September 2012 – 20 Jan 2013
Venue: Paisley Museum
Cost: FREE

Paisley’s River looks at the role the White Cart Water has played in Paisley’s development throughout the centuries, from powering industries to providing vital trade and commerce routes and even inspiring the work of artists and poets.

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The Launch of the Exhibition at Paisley Watermill Hotel

The exhibition will feature ship models, natural history displays and works of art from the museum’s collection.

Links – Paisley MuseumRenfrewshire CouncilWatermill Hotel

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Tunisian Market Paisley

101 Arabian delights on offer at Tunisian Market

Don’t worry if you can’t get away this September weekend, because you can get a taste of Tunisia right here in Renfrewshire.

tunisian marketExperience exotic tastes, stunning traditional clothing and fabulous crafts when the popular Tunisian market returns to Paisley town centre.

There will be plenty of food available including paella, Tunisian BBQ and pancakes as well as dried fruit, nuts, olives and sweets.

There will also be Tunisian leather-ware handbags, ceramics, wall-tiles, tajines, lamps, pots, wood carved ornaments, jewellery, art, music, and traditional Tunisian clothes and slippers.

The Tunisian market is brought to Paisley by Renfrewshire Council.

Renfrewshire Council Leader, Mark Macmillan said: “The Tunisian Market has been a popular addition to the town’s calendar of events over the past couple of years, as well as the regular farmers markets. It offers shoppers a chance to try something a bit different and always adds a great buzz to the town.”

The market will be on Paisley’s High Street between 9.30am and 5.30pm, Saturday 22 – Sunday 30 September.

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

 

The Tunisian Market last year was a huge success and made for a very colourful High Street. Here is last years event in our Paisley Photographs. https://www.paisley.org.uk/events/tunisian-market/ 

 

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Paisley Arts Centre Event

The Adventures of Butterfly Boy: a magical dance spectacular

Pucko Company in association with Brunton Theatre presents The Adventures of Butterfly Boy, which will take place at Paisley Arts Centre on Sunday 7 October at 3pm.

BBoy Master Image hi resThis enchanting dance show tells the story of a young boy who finds a tiny egg which soon comes to life as a greedy caterpillar. An explorer, adventurer and a dreamer, his obsession with the insect makes him an outsider and a target for those who do not understand him. As the caterpillar begins its transformation into a butterfly our adventurer begins his own journey and soon realises that growing up can be a mighty battle.

The Adventures of Butterfly Boy is a wonderful tale for all the family, as it explores the joys and frustrations of growing up and getting older. Tickets cost £5 and the performance is suitable for ages 5 and up. To book tickets call our box office on 0141 887 1010 or go online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking.

For further information on The Adventures of Butterfly Boy, future events and exhibitions log onto www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

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Paisley Fireworks and Christmas light switch on 2012

Double events boost for Paisley
Paisley is set for a double events boost after Renfrewshire Council decided to reintroduce two separate events in November for the Paisley Fireworks and Christmas Lights switch on.

The previous council combined the two events last year.

Abbey foreworksNow Renfrewshire Council has decided to bring them back as separate all-day events to start the countdown to Christmas in style.

The Paisley Fireworks Display will take place on Saturday 3 November.

The town’s Christmas Lights switch-on will be held on Saturday 10 November.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said the decision was reached after discussion with the business community and will deliver two “distinctive, cost-effective events” with increased local involvement.

“First and foremost, this council believes that Paisley deserves and can sustain two big events,” said Councillor Macmillan.

“I am sure that the move will be welcomed by Paisley residents and the thousands of visitors who come to the town to enjoy the festivities.

“It’s also important that we maximise the impact of these events as part of the continuing partnership approach to regenerate Paisley town centre. By having two big events with thousands coming in to Paisley throughout the day on two successive Saturdays, local retailers can get ready for a double boost to start the countdown to Christmas.

“We’ve seen several positive signs for Paisley in recent months.  Those include new shops coming soon to the former Littlewoods store on the High street, the announcement of major residential investment in Gilmour Street, the council’s recent decision to introduce free on street parking in the town centre on Saturdays, and our plans to encourage private property owners to tidy up the appearance of their buildings.”

“When I spoke to business leaders on how we could build on those achievements, there was unanimous backing for the council’s plans not only to restore but further boost these events.

“We are in the process of securing commercial sponsorship for the leading performers at the events.  That demonstrates the commitment of local retailers to our two event strategy and our broader programme for the town centre.

“We will also be increasing local participation and involvement in the town centre events. There are exciting plans to showcase local talent alongside more established performers.

“Overall, these plans are good for the community and economy of Paisley and I look forward to announcing more details in the next few weeks.”

Bob Davidson, chief executive of Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, said:  “Big events like these are great for Paisley – for businesses and  residents. And with the great turnout that I am sure these events will get, they’ll put Paisley proudly on the map as a great place for hosting events such as The Spree in October and the Royal National Mod next year. The Chamber encourages businesses to plan for these events and maximise the opportunity they bring – they are a great opportunity to attract new customers.”

Maureen Hill, Centre Manager at The Piazza Shopping Centre in Paisley, said:  “There’s a real buzz about Paisley on these big event days as tens of thousands of people come into the town centre.  It’s good news that Paisley will have two big events to launch the run up to Christmas.  I’m sure our stores in the Piazza will be looking to make the most of this opportunity and welcome existing and new customers.”

More details will be announced in the coming weeks on the performers and activities at both events.

To keep up to date with all the details follow @rencouncilnews on Twitter