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Paisley wishes Western Isles well for the Mòd 2011

Representatives from Renfrewshire Council and Meur Phàislig have been in Stornoway this week for the Royal National Mòd 2011.

The team have made the trip to the Western Isles to wish this year’s organisers and competitors well and also to give visitors a preview of what they can expect when Paisley hosts the Mòd in 2013.

Paisley MOD 2013Renfrewshire Council Leader Brian Lawson said: “We wish the organisers and all of the competitors well in this year’s Mòd and congratulate them on delivering what is sure to be a successful event.

“The Mòd is a huge, much-loved festival which has brought the focus of Scotland and Gaelic music lovers across the world to Stornoway.  It takes years of planning to achieve this and they have done a fantastic job.” Read more

Stacey set to switch on Paisley

Singing sensation and TV star Stacey Solomon is set to light up Paisley as the headline act at this year’s Christmas Lights Switch On event.

Stacey, who shot to fame on the X-Factor and finished third overall, will perform to thousands at the event in Paisley town centre on Saturday 5 November.

After her X-Factor show and tour success Stacey became even more of a household name when she took part in hit reality TV show I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here in November 2010 and was crowned ‘Queen of the Jungle’.

Following her performance to the Paisley crowd, Stacey will be joined by Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson to officially launch the town’s countdown to Christmas.

Stacey will headline a host of entertainment throughout the day which will also include fellow former X-Factor contestant Gamu Nhengu.

The event will also see the return of two hugely popular acts from last year, blazing bagrock experts The Red Hot Chilli Pipers and children’s favourites The Singing Kettle.

The fantastic family fun day will be topped off with a spectacular Disney-themed fireworks display.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson said: “Stacey is extremely popular and a fantastic singer so I’m delighted that’s she’s coming to switch on the Christmas lights in Paisley this year.

“It’s always a great event and this year is set to be our best yet with this fantastic range of performances and entertainment, all topped off with a stunning fireworks display. The people of Renfrewshire always turn out in their thousands to enjoy this event and I’m looking forward to seeing them all there again this year.”

The fun packed family day will also include a traditional Reindeer Parade, a Clyde 1 Roadshow, SNO!Zone, a funfair, craft fair and Accord and St Vincent’s Hospices Fun Day.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Brian Lawson, who is also chair of the Paisley Vision Board, said: “This year we are trying something different by combining the Paisley Christmas Lights Switch On and Fireworks Display into one spectacular event. This means we are able to host a bigger and better event that will bring people to the town for the whole day and really kick off the festive season in style.”
Free overflow parking is being provided at Reid Kerr College, Paisley Grammar School and Castlehead High School.

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Renfrewshire’s countdown to Christmas will be kicked off in spectacular style this year with a festive fireworks extravaganza.

A full day of fabulous fun and top-notch entertainment will be held in Paisley town centre on Saturday 5 November topped off with a stunning fireworks display to mark the start of the festive season.

The event will see the usual Paisley Fireworks and Christmas Lights Switch-On events rolled into one bigger and better event.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson will be joined on the day by top performers as well as local talent to lead the celebrations. Read more


An exhibition and public meeting are being held to showcase final designs for improvements to the environment of Paisley town centre.

The exhibition will feature proposals to resurface and widen pavements, and install new crossing points and street furniture.

The proposals are centred on the Causeyside area of Paisley Town Centre Conservation Area.

The WRVS Cafe, Unit 37, Paisley Centre, 20 Causeyside Street will host both the exhibition and the public meeting. The exhibition takes place from 10am to 5pm each day from Monday 3 to Thursday 6 October. Read more


£12m housing boost for two-storey homes in Renfrewshire

Renfrewshire Council tenants living in two-storey properties are to benefit from a £12million project to improve the outside of the homes.

The first £3million phase is already underway in Johnstone and Elderslie with 229 homes benefitting from new roofing, roughcasting, new gutters, downpipes, energy efficiency measures as well as landscaping and environmental improvements. Read more

The Renfrewshire Festival Team is proud to present this 4th programme as part of the national Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival.

Our programme features 47 events, including the genres of: art, comedy, drama, dance, film, music and words, in venues from theatres to pubs, and involves many participating partners including community arts groups, service user groups, Renfrewshire Council and Renfrewshire CHP.

‘Beating Stigma’ is our big public launch in County Square on 1 October 11am—3pm. It promises to be an interactive & entertaining event; showcasing the talents of local musicians,
singers and dancers hosted by Gina McKie of Radio Clyde. Read more

Provost’s Charity Ball raises £30,000 for charity

A massive £30,000 has been raised for two local charities at a glittering ball hosted by Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson.

The funds will be split between the Provost’s two chosen charities for 2011, St Vincent’s Hospice, in Howwood and Accord Hospice in Paisley.

XFactor and Popstar to Operastar winner Joe McElderry performed for guests at the glittering event at Mar Hall along with local talents Sorcha Lynch, Kiera Swift and Jenna Milroy.

The night, which was compered by STV weatherman Sean Batty, was a huge success with local organisations, businesses and residents all taking tables and digging deep for the charity auction. Read more


Two bids worth almost £4million for funding to build new council houses in Renfrewshire have been accepted by the Scottish Government.

Renfrewshire Council has been awarded a grant of £1.1million from the Innovation and Investment Fund to build 37 new homes on the site of the former Castle House care home in Paisley. In addition, Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association has been awarded a further £2,799, 530 to build 71 homes in Gallowhill.

Councillor Kenny MacLaren, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Housing and Community Safety Policy Board, said: “This is great news for Renfrewshire. In the current economic climate there are more people than ever struggling to find affordable homes for rent so these new homes will be a very welcome addition to the range of housing options available locally.”
The Castle House site on Barrhead Road already has planning permission for housing, and had previously been earmarked for sale to private developers however no deal was agreed. Read more

1,600 runners go bananas for Fairtrade

Nearly 1,600 people who took part in this year’s Paisley 10k and 3k fun runs were welcomed across the finish line by a gorilla.

The friendly gorilla was there to provide a much needed energy boost by giving each runner a Fairtrade banana, generously donated by the Co-op.

Liz Armstrong, Co-operative and Membership Officer from The Co-operative Group Scotland and Northern Ireland said: “The Co-operative membership was again delighted to support such an athletic bunch with an ethical munch at the end of the race. Our Fairtrade bananas were well received by all those participating.” Read more


Council bids to be part of scheme to create more affordable housing

Renfrewshire Council has put itself forward to be included in a national scheme to create more affordable housing in Renfrewshire.

The National Housing Trust Initiative (NHT) allows councils to join with developers to make new homes available for lower rent levels in areas where there is a shortfall of affordable housing.

Renfrewshire Council has told the Scottish Government that it would like to be considered for the next round which is due to start in September 2011. Read more