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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 www.renfrewshire.gov.uk.

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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.

courtesy of www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

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Medieval times come to life for Cluny celebrations

Medieval knights, strolling minstrels, and the chance to be trained as a soldier in the army of William Wallace, will be some of the attractions on offer in Paisley this weekend as part of a three-day celebration of the town’s ancient abbey.

Abbey Close will travel back in time on Saturday 15 May when a medieval fair takes place in and around the Abbey.

Re-enactors in medieval costume will set up camp with a fletcher (arrow-maker), women demonstrating tapestry, wool work and making children’s bracelets, a selection of children’s costumes and medieval games as well as a display of ancient weapons including a replica of Wallace’s sword.

This fascinating event will offer children the chance to try old-fashioned games, hunt for gargoyles, make masks and design a stained glass window. There will also be demonstrations of tapestry-making, and designing a stained glass window. All events and activities on the day are free.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson said: “This is going to be a fantastic, exciting family event with activities and demonstrations taking places covering all aspects of medieval life. Paisley Abbey has such an interesting history and this event will literally be bringing that history to life. So don’t be surprised if you see a medieval knight or a strolling minstrel wandering through the town this weekend!”

The medieval fair is part of a three-day programme of events celebrating the 1,100th anniversary of the founding of the abbey at Cluny, France.

Eventually over 1500 Cluniac priories and monasteries were established, from Portugal to Italy, from Scotland to Switzerland. Paisley Abbey and Crossraguel in North Ayrshire were the only two Cluniac monasteries in Scotland and the two farthest flung from Cluny itself.
Events celebrating the anniversary are taking place all over Europe throughout 2010. A delegation of 30 visitors from Cluny, including the Mayor of Cluny Jean-Luc Delpleuch and the Chairmanof the Federation of Cluniac Sites, Michel Gaudard, will visit Paisley for the events.

These will also include a concert in Paisley Abbey on Saturday 15 May, and a conference in Paisley Town Hall. Leading historians and archeologists will present papers on various aspects of monastic life in the abbeys of Paisley and Crossraguel and consider French influences in Scotland from the 12th to 16th centuries.
There will also be coach tours on Saturday 15 May departing from Paisley to Crossraguel, also visiting Dundonald Castle and Kelburn Castle with historic re-enactments at each venue.
For full details pick up a programme from Paisley Abbey or any Renfrewshire Council building. Alternatively log onto www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

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Yes, in the blink of an eye, Paisley Film Society has reached the grand old age of one! We couldn’t have done it without your support and enthusiasm – thank you! To celebrate our first year come join us at our next screening (Moon – see below for more details). As well as getting a great presentation from John Pressley of Renfrewshire Libraries, there will be cake . . .
Its been a long three years, alone, on the moon. With his stint almost over Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) is on the count down to head home, back to his wife and family. Satellite links are down, he is utterly on his own. But all that time in solitude can start to play tricks with your mind.

Harvesting helium isotopes isn’t all its cracked up to be. With only the onboard computer Gerty (brilliantly voiced by Kevin Spacey) for company, Sam soon thinks he is losing it after he sees someone else whilst out on a routine maintenance drive in the moon buggy. Keen to investigate more, Sam quickly realises all may not be as straightforward as he thought.

This is the feature debute for Director, Duncan Jones (the son of David Bowie) and received incredible praise when first released. Though paying homage to 2001: A Space Odessey, Solaris, Silent Running and other vintage sci-fi movies, it has carved out a place in modern sci-fi movie history as being a classic in its own right.
Not a member of Paisley’s very own Film Society yet? Click here: www.paisleyfilmsociety.com/ go to the Contact Us tab, fill in the contacts box telling us you want to be a member and we’ll get everything sorted out for you. Autumn / Winter dates are soon to be announced so do keep checking back to our website.

Moon screens Tuesday May 4th at 7.30pm
Tickets at the door £5/£4 £3 for Members.
Hope to see you there!

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Paisley and Renfrewshire North constituency

Alistair Campbell Scottish Conservative and Unionist website
Ruaraidh Dobson Scottish Liberal Democrats twitterwebsite
Mags MacLaren Scottish National Party (SNP) twitterwebsite
Gary Pearson Independent (no webpage and no twitter?)
Chris Rollo Scottish Socialist Party (no webpage and no twitter?)
Jim Sheridan Scottish Labour Party website
Paisley and Renfrewshire South constituency

Douglas Alexander Scottish Labour Party twitterwebsite
Andy Doig Scottish National Party (SNP) website
Ashay Ghai Scottish Liberal Democrats website
William Hendry Independent (no webpage and no twitter?)
Jimmy Kerr Scottish Socialist Party website
Paul Mack Independent (no webpage and no twitter?)
Gordon McCaskill Scottish Conservative and Unionist website
If you know a candidates personal/business website or if they have a twitter acount then please contact us via brian@paisley.org.uk
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Lets get ready to Go! Renfrewshire

Renfrewshire residents are being invited to take part in two-week festival to celebrate the great outdoors of Renfrewshire.

Over the course of the two week festival 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.

Go! Renfrewshire 2010 will be the area’s first ever outdoor activities festival.

As well 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.

A packed programme of activities has been organised including walks, cycles, horseriding, picnics, treasure hunts and even Tai Chi.

A Renfrewshire Council spokesperson said: “GO! Renfrewshire 2010 is a two week festival to celebrate Renfrewshire’s great outdoors. We want to see as many people as possible getting out and getting active as part of the festival so have a huge range of activities on offer. Events are taking place throughout the area and to suit people of all abilities so there really is something for everyone.”

Go! Renfrewshire 2010 kicks off on Saturday 22 May with a launch event including music and activities in County Square, Paisley. A group of walkers will then lead a walk from Paisley town centre to Elderslie to join the village gala day parade.

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.

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.

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

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 www.renfrewshire.gov.uk.

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Paisley Abbey has selected top Scottish architectural firm Simpson and Brown (www.simpsonandbrown.co.uk) to design a new entrance and visitor facilities for the Abbey and renovations to the Place of Paisley. The firm was selected from ten who were invited to compete for this prestigious commission. The selection panel included representatives from the Abbey, the Church of Scotland, Renfrewshire Council and Historic Scotland.

The Abbey and the Place of Paisley have a long and varied history at the heart of the town’s church and community life. The Abbey wishes to continue to strengthen its role in Paisley’s cultural life.

A key part of the Abbey’s strategy is to create new indoor space between the Abbey and the Place, as well as to adapt existing accommodation in the Place of Paisley. These improvements will provide better facilities for visitors, the local community and the congregation, and help the Abbey to become more financially sustainable in the future.

The Abbey wishes to create an inspirational new public space which both the congregation and the local community will use, share and feel proud of. The intention is to conserve the Abbey and Place as special places – in terms of their religious, architectural and historical significance – and create an extension of the very best architectural quality.

This is an exciting opportunity to create something which is open and welcoming to all the people of Paisley – something which not only they will be proud of, but which will be of international quality.

The Minister of Paisley Abbey, the Reverend Alan Birss, said:

“As minister, I am very excited about the proposed development. We have a long tradition in the Abbey of welcoming pilgrims and visitors and of serving the parish and community around the Abbey. This development, when completed, will greatly enhance our work in these areas and reaffirm for a new generation the Abbey’s central place in the life of the whole community. Our hope is that the new and upgraded facilities will enable visitor and local resident alike to feel ‘at home’ in the Abbey and that, in a real sense, the Abbey ‘belongs’ to all.”

The Abbey’s aspiration is that the extension and renovations will open their doors to the public on the 850th anniversary of the founding of the Abbey: 15th September 2013, St Mirin’s Day. The architects will be starting design work shortly with this target date in mind.

For further information please contact:

Rev. Alan D. Birss (Minister of Paisley Abbey)
Paisley Abbey
Abbey Close
Paisley
Renfrewshire
PA1 1JG
tel: 0141 889 7654
email: info@paisleyabbey.org.uk

www.paisleyabbey.org.uk

www.renfrewshirecouncil.gov.uk

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The sights, sounds and tastes of the Tunisian bazaar come to Paisley from Thursday 15 April till Saturday 17 April

Nearly 30 stalls will have hundreds of exotic offerings on sale from hand made ceramics to spices from the orient. The market is open from 9am till 5.30pm. Shoppers will also be able to enjoy cous cous, crepes and paella as they look around the stalls.

The Tunisian bazaar and continental market has been organised by the Paisley Vision Board as part of the partnership approach to regenerating the town centre. The market is one of a programme of events which has already seen the hugely successful Fireworks Night and Christmas lights switch on draw 20,000 strong crowds.

Renfrewshire’s Provost, Celia Lawson, said, “Shoppers will be able to experience exotic tastes, stunning traditional clothing and fabulous ceramics when the Tunisian bazaar and continental market comes to town.

“There will be hot food with dried fruit, nuts, olives and sweets. There will be Tunisian leather-ware, handbags, ceramics, wall-tiles, tagines, lamps, pots, carved wooden ornaments, jewellery, art, music and traditional Tunisian clothes. There is even a stall selling slippers – perfect for Grandpa’s Christmas present!”

The following products be available:

  • Handmade leather goods including slippers, handbags and belts
  • Hand made ceramics, pottery lamps, tiles and tagines
  • Fresh olives and spices
  • Olive wood carved ornaments
  • Hand made fashion clothes
  • Silver frames, jewellery, glass ornaments and mirrors
  • Clay drums (tamtam)
  • Hand knitted table covers
  • Freshly cooked cous cous
  • Tunisian cakes (patisseries)
  • Dry fruits and nuts
  • Spanish paella
  • French pancakes
  • Pashminas and scarves.

Press Release by Renfrewshire Council

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We are going to gather a list of all the politicians who are up for election in their area and either using Twitter, facebook or other online methods to keep future voters updated of their schedule.

We already follow quite a few of the elect but rather than publishing our lists we wish for anyone to tell us who is online.

Remember we are a non political website but we do wish to keep visitors and Paisley updated

Send in any names and their addresss to brian@Paisley.org.uk forthwith

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Paisley Abbey Set to go Back to Medieval Times

Paisley’s Abbey Close is to be transformed back to medieval times with knights, jesters and musicians for a special event celebrating the town’s historic Abbey.

A medieval fair featuring historic re-enactments and old-fashioned children’s games, will be held in and around Paisley Abbey on Saturday 15 May as part of a weekend of events taking place in Renfrewshire, Ayrshire and Glasgow.

From Friday 14– Sunday 16 May the ancient abbeys of Paisley and Crossraguel, in Ayrshire, will be the focus of European attention as part of celebrations taking place to mark the 1,100th anniversary of the founding of the Abbey of Cluny in Burgundy, France.
The Scottish abbeys, the only two Cluniac houses in Scotland, are the furthest flung from Cluny which once had a network of over 1,400 priories stretching from Poland to Portugal, from Scotland to Italy.
The medieval fair is open to everyone and will include historic re-enactors such as an apothecary, a calligrapher, musicians, an arrow maker, a blacksmith and weavers as well as knights in combat.

There will also be a craft fair and a range of children’s activities. Coach tours will run from Paisley Abbey to Crossraguel, Dundonald Castle and Kelburne Castle in Ayrshire with historic re-enactments taking place at the various venues.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson said: “Paisley Abbey has a very rich and varied history and, along with Crossraguel in Ayrshire, is one of the only two of these monasteries in Scotland.

“The weekend of Cluny celebrations offers something for everyone. From the medieval fair which will give children and families the chance to step back in time and enjoy some medieval games and activities, to the exhibition, concert and conference which will bring a huge range of people into the town to celebrate the unique history of the Abbey.”
The Cluny celebrations in Paisley will also see leading historians and archeologists flock to the town for a major conference in Paisley Town Hall on Scotland’s Cluniac Heritage.

There will also be an exhibition of medieval treasures in Paisley Museum called Chamber pots and Charters, including the Arbuthnot Missal, a French book of Hours and the chamber pot rescued from Paisley Abbey’s unique Great Drain.
The evening of Saturday 15 May will see an impressive choral and organ concert in Paisley Abbey with French music of the 13th and 14th century being performed as well as the Requiem by the French composer, Duruflé.

for more info

www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

www.paisleyabbey.org.uk