Paisley 10k Photographs

Paisley 10k Photographs

First Pics: Sunday the 26th of August saw runners pound the streets and we will have all the Paisley 10k Photographs to show you. The run was officially started by Phil Packer MBE (see text below).

Also the Fun Run, which took place on the same day, is a great day out for families and friends. It’s a great way for all the family to keep fit and raise money for a good cause.

The Paisley 10k Road Race is one of the flattest and fastest courses with easy transport access. The course, which was the same course as last year, is accredited by Scottish Athletics as an accurate 10k distance.

Here is the first selection of the Paisley 10k Photographs, more will be available tomorrow (Monday 27th).

All photographs were taken by Annie Crawford for Paisley on the web.

You can find out more about the Paisley 10k by visiting here.

On your marks: Phil Packer MBE will help kick off Paisley 10k

Missing the Olympics? Don’t worry because Renfrewshire is gearing up for the biggest event in its sporting calendar.

Paisley 10k and Fun Run will take place this Sunday 26 August and is expected to be the biggest yet with keen runners and beginners alike set to flock to the town.

Not only that but Phil Packer MBE who’s spending the month of August walking in every county in Scotland as part of his 2012 BRIT challenge – will reach Paisley just before the 10k starts.

Phil Packer The fundraising hero will meet Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall in County Square ahead of the race starting before he sets off on the Renfrewshire leg of his walk with the Scouts and the Lord Lieutenant Guy Clark.

Provost Anne Hall said: “I’m really looking forward to this year’s 10k which is shaping up to be the best yet and what a fantastic coincidence that Phil Packer MBE will reach Paisley on the same day as the event.

“This summer has been all about Olympians inspiring the country and Phil Packer MBE, is also an inspiration to us all. After being told he’d never walk again following a rocket attack while serving in Basra, he took part in many challenges including rowing the Channel and finishing the London Marathon.

“Now he’s walking 2,012 miles around the country to raise £15m to build the BRIT Centre of Inspiration for young people facing adversity.  It will be an absolute pleasure to meet him in Paisley ahead of the 10k starting, as he continues on this amazing challenge.”

The 10k starts at 10am and the Fun Run kicks off at 12.15pm. Phil will meet the Provost at 9.30.

Many roads in and around Paisley town Centre will close from 8am until 2pm. The full road closure notice and route maps are on the homepage of the council website.

The cut off for online registrations is Friday 24 August. Register at www.paisley10k.com

If anyone has registered in the last fortnight – they’ll need to pick up their race pack on the day.

For more information about the 10k or Fun Run please contact Youth and Sport Services, by phone on 0141 889 1110 or email spdev.els.renfrewshire.gov.uk

Image copyright of Phil Packer website www.philpacker.com

Ceilidh Dance

Ceilidh Dance 31st August in the Wynd Centre. Tickets are still available..

If you would like to purchase tickets please contact
Ealasaid MacDonald on 07535 514 385
or alternatively from the Printing Copy, 61 Paisley High Street.

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Ceilidh Dance 31st August in the Wynd Centre is one of many events in the run up to next years Royal National MOD Paisley 2013

The Mòd

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.”

Paisley MOD 2013

The eight-day festival is famous for celebrating Gaelic linguistic and cultural heritage and provides opportunities for people of all ages to perform across a range of competitive disciplines including Gaelic music and song, highland dancing, instrumental, drama, sport and literature.

Councillor Lorraine Cameron, Renfrewshire Council’s Education Convener, said: “There is a fantastic atmosphere here and it’s great to see the whole community getting involved, which is how we want the Paisley Mòd to be in 2013.

“It will be important for us to bring our communities together to ensure that the first ever Paisley Mòd is a success. It will be particularly exciting for local schoolchildren to learn more about the Mòd and the Gaelic cultural heritage in the lead up to and during the festival.”

Ealasaid MacDonald, chair of Meur Phàislig, said: “We are delighted at the positive response we have received from the Gaelic community at large and have recently set up the local organising committee to get preparations underway for 2013.”

“Bringing the Royal National Mòd to Paisley will provide a wonderful focus on the language and help us to develop wider awareness and participation locally. Local Gaelic classes are already popular and we have witnessed the success of local groups, such as Sonas and Clann Gaidhlig, which are going from strength to strength. “

This will be the first time Paisley has hosted the national Mòd. The town will follow on from Stornoway in 2011 and Dunoon in 2012.

Press Release from Renfrewshire Council 

Dont forget book your tickets for the Ceilidh Dance 31st August in the Wynd Centre by using the details above

Scottish musical talent set to kick off Renfrewshire Arts and Museums’ new autumn programme

Superb line-up of Scottish musical talent set to kick off Renfrewshire Arts and Museums’ new autumn programme:

Autumn has arrived in Renfrewshire with a new and exciting arts programme jam packed with music gigs, plays, film screenings, stand-up comedy, exhibitions, dance pieces and outreach classes and events taking place at venues across the region.

The music programme kicks off with Heidi Talbot sharing a stage with John McCusker, Kris Drever and Ian Carr, quickly followed by a new series of Paisley Underground gigs which returns for its third year focusing on artists from 3 of the country’s most dynamic record labels as well as developing and promoting emerging talent.

Again the theatre programme boasts a diverse mix of themes, from the heart-warming and hilarious ‘The Matchmaker’ to the wonders of witchcraft, Wi-Fi and wild imagination in ‘The Scarlett WWWeb’. Moreover, the newly refurbished Renfrew Town Hall will play host to ‘The Monster in the Hall’ by award winning playwright David Greig and come November you are encouraged to lose control as ‘Sing-a-long-a Grease‘ hits Paisley Town Hall with an electrifying performance.

The countdown to Mòd 2013 is now well underway and as a taster, Gaelic musicians Mairi Morrison and Alasdair Roberts take to the stage to perform their stunning new recording of ‘Urstan’ during The Spree festival in October.

Renfrewhire Arts and Museums is again working with The Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival to bring you insightful discussions, films, such as ‘My Name Is Joe’, and a drama performance called ‘Piece of Mind’; which brings to life the experiences of young people suffering from Bipolar Disorder.

Two exhibitions not to be missed at Paisley Museum this season are Paisley Artists 100th Annual Exhibition and ‘Paisley’s River’, a presentation of the role that the White Cart Water has played in the town’s development over the years.

Once again our talented outreach team will be running an extensive programme of creative art, fashion design and animation classes, as well as family favourites Playdays! @ the Museum and themed Baby Discos.

The new Autumn What’s On brochure, complete with the full arts programme is available from various venues and hotspots across Renfrewshire and Glasgow.

You can also keep up to date with Renfrewshire Arts and Museums by following www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts, logging onto www.renfrewshire.gov.uk or signing up to their e-newsletter by emailing rem.els@renfrewshire.gov.uk where you have the chance of winning a £50 Amazon gift card if you do so before 2 November.

Today Saturday 18th August marked the annual commemoration of the 1820 Radicals at Woodside Crematorium Paisley.

The Radical War, also known as the Scottish Insurrection of 1820, was a week of strikes and unrest, a culmination of Radical demands for political reform under the banner of ‘Scotland Free or a Desert’.   Artisan workers, particularly weavers in Scotland, sought action to reform an uncaring government, gentry fearing revolutionary horrors recruited militia and the government deployed an apparatus of spies, informers and agents provocateurs to stamp out the movement.

The main leaders of the uprising were Andrew Hardie, John Baird and James Wilson who were executed for their actions.  A monument to them stands in Woodside Cemetery, Paisley.

For further info: 1820 Radical War: wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radical_War

Pictures from the Annual Commemoration at Woodside Crematorium Paisley, pictures taken by Mags MacLaren.

Heidi Talbot and Friends play at Paisley Arts Centre on Saturday 8 Sep.

A remarkable collection of talent share the stage at Paisley Arts Centre on Saturday 8 Sep.

Heidi Talbot, former lead singer with Irish Folk pioneers, Cherish The Ladies will joined by John McCusker, Kris Drever and Ian Carr for one special night in Paisley.

Kildare singer Heidi is right at home in the twin worlds of Irish traditional and roots music. 2010 saw Heidi nominated for two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and record and tour with Idlewild, Eddi Reader, Michael McGoldrick, and Kris Drever. It also saw her play sell-out concerts all over the UK and Ireland and launch her new record The Last Star to rave reviews.

Playing material from her upcoming record, Angels Without Wings, Heidi will be joined by world renowned Multi Instrumentalist/Producer John McCusker, Orcadian Singer/guitarist Kris Drever and the inimitable guitar playing of Ian Carr.

Heidi Talbot and Friends will be playing Paisley Arts Centre on Saturday 8 Sep. Doors are at 7.30pm, tickets cost £12 (£10 conc) and can be booked by calling 0141 887 1010 or log onto www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking.

For further information on Heidi Talbot and Friends or any events at Paisley Arts Centre please visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

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Education and training providers in Renfrewshire are teaming up for an event aimed at helping young people aged 16-24 find out about local opportunities to develop their skills and careers.

FuturesFest will take place in Paisley Town Hall on August 22 from 11am – 4.30pm.

The event is being organised by Renfrewshire Council, SDS (Skills Development Scotland) and Jobcentre Plus.

The aim is to provide in one place on one day, the information and advice needed by 16-24 year-olds on training, education and employment opportunities in Renfrewshire.

Although not a jobs fair, some employers who are about to embark on seasonal recruitment drives will be represented.

In addition to the event organisers, other organisations participating will include Reid Kerr College, UWS, Kibble, AM2PM (Amazon Recruitment), Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, Engage Renfrewshire, and Renfrewshire-Wide Credit Union.

“Everyone involved is aiming to give as much practical advice and information as possible to young people aged 16-24 about their future options,” said Councillor Roy Glen, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Employment and Economic Development Task Force.

“Recently there was very encouraging performance by Renfrewshire pupils in the national exam results and advice will be available for those who are looking to build on their exam achievements.

“Equally, we want to assist those who may have been out of school or higher education for some time and want to look again at the opportunities available to them.

“There’s lots of up to date advice available in an informal setting and we’d urge young people to come along.  It could make a real difference to their futures.

“Renfrewshire Council is already doing a lot to assist 16-24 year-olds into employment through the £2.5million Invest in Renfrewshire programme to support and grow the local economy.  FuturesFest is another example of a joint approach which is putting support in place for young people in these difficult economic times.”

Event organisers stressed that no pre-booking is required and that anyone aged 16-24 is welcome to turn up on the day.

In addition to the general guidance on offer, there will also be half-hour sector-based workshops on childcare, hospitality and construction.

Sessions will also be hosted by SDS on social media awareness.  The council’s community learning and development team will also run a workshop to help participants improve their employability.

www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

Doors Open day Paisley

Renfrewshire: 08 September 2012 – 09 September 2012

This is a great 2-day event across Paisley and Renfrewshire with over 50 buildings taking part, Doors Open day Paisley.

Children’s Passport Scheme – Children collect a passport highlighting buildings taking part in DOD. If they visit at least 5 buildings and get their passport stamped they will receive a prize.

Brediland Allotment Association

08.09.12 (11.00-16.00)
3 Cardell Drive, Foxbar PA2 9AD
The Brediland Allotments were established in 1916, local knowledge states it was gifted by a generous farmer.

There are 41 plots of various sizes with a section for pigeon lofts. Over the years the allotment has changed from a men only past-time to having more women, families and even the local nursery starting to grow their own food.
There has been a massive revival of interest in people wanting to grow their own fruit and vegetables in
recent years. As a result, Renfrewshire is starting to see the development of a number of innovative community led projects to allow people to start growing their own fresh produce.

Therefore today’s visit is an opportunity to learn more about the secret world of allotment gardening, pick up some tips on gardening which you might apply in your own garden or even gain inspiration to start a community gardening project in your own neighbourhood.

Assisted access for disabled.
Children’s Passport Scheme.

Paisley Abbey & the Place of Paisley

08.09.12 (10.00-16.00)
Paisley Abbey interiorAbbey Close, Paisley, PA1 1JG
A stunning medieval gem, restored in the late 19C and early 20C and now with a sumptuous collection of 25 stained glass windows by 15 different artists. Tower open, access to parts of the Place of Paisley not normally open to the public. See the wonderful 10th century Barochan Cross.
Architect: Restoration by Rowand Anderson, Robert Lorimer
Building Date: 12th century onwards

Note the archaeological dig on the Abbey Drain, in Abbey Close.

Children’s Passport Scheme.

Paisley Anchor Mill

08.09.12 (10.00-16.00)
Lonend, Paisley, PA1 1TJ
Largest of the 40 Clark mill buildings on the Anchor Mills site, the Domestic Finishing Mill stands in an imposing location on the White Cart by the Hammills waterfall and forms the third of the trio of iconic buildings in this part of the town, the others being the Abbey and the Town Hall. The huge atrium space formerly
housed the engines from which drive was taken to work the equipment on each of the four floors.
Architect: Woodhouse & Morley
Building Date: 1886

Mill Bridge (off Lonend)

The iconic footbridge across the White Cart, built around 1880 is a fine example of a bow string trussed footbridge with wrought iron railings. The Prince’s Regeneration Trust in collaboration with Renfrewshire Council Planning and Transport Services, Morrison’s PLC and Historic Scotland contributed £590,000 to its restoration by Heritage Engineering.

Paisley Arts Centre

08.09.12 (09.45-16.45)
New Street, Paisley, PA1 1EZ
Built by the Town Council as Paisley’s first post-reformation church, the Arts Centre was a place of worship for nearly 250 years until it was converted to its present purpose in 1987. In keeping with Arts and Museum’s royal theme.
Architect: James Baird & John Hart
Building Date: 1736-38

The Centre will be running a drop-in arts session at which you can fashion your own crown or jester’s hat (11.00-15.00).

Children’s Passport Scheme

Paisley Central Library

08.09.12 (09.00-17.00)
High Street, Paisley, PA1 2BA
Reference library by John Honeyman, 1868-71. Lending and Children’s Libraries: Honeyman, Keppie and Mackintosh, 1904, with extension by Keppie and Henderson, 1933. Today’s reference library was the second free municipal library in Scotland, 3 years after Dundee’s. Charles Rennie Mackintosh drew the plans of today’s lending libraries in 1902. While the exterior respectfully matches the Greek Ionic of the 1868 Museum and Library by his mentor Honeyman, inside Mackintosh’s influence can be seen in the finished building in the bookcase friezes and glazed screens, the doors’ oval glass panels and in the roof trusses.
Architect: John Honeyman
Building Date: 1868, 1904, 1933

The library holds amazing archives of maps, photographs and drawings and additional exhibitions and competitions will run on the day.

Assisted access for disabled.

Children’s Passport Scheme.

Paisley Community Fire Station

08.09.12 (10.00-16.00)
Canal Street, Paisley, PA1 2HQ
This is a fantastic opportunity to take a peek inside an active fire station.
Get up close to the engines.

Children’s Passport Scheme.

Paisley Martyr’s Sandyford Church

08.09.12 (10.00-15.00)
Broomlands Street, Paisley, PA1 2PP
The union of the Martyrs and Sandyford Churches was formalised in November 2009 with the new named church maintaining a presence both at Broomlands Street and Montgomery Road, with
the Broomlands church being the one open on Doors Open Day.
Architect: Changes by T G Abercrombie, 1904-05
Building Date: 1847

Organ music will be played throughout the day.

Children’s Passport Scheme.

Paisley Masonic Temple

08.09.12 (10.00-16.00)
68 Maxwellton Road, Paisley, PA1 2RD
Built as the clerks’ dining hall for the Ferguslie Thread Works, see fine stained glass stair window. Purchased by the Masons of Paisley in 1956/57.
Architect: Woodhouse and Morley
Building Date: 1886

Restricted disabled access.

Children’s Passport Scheme.

Paisley Museum & Art Galleries and Coats Observatory

08.09.12 (11.00-16.00) – 09.09.11 (see note)
Paisley MuseumHigh Street, Paisley, PA1 2BA
Museum & Galleries: uplifting neo-Classical palace of the visual arts, gifted by Sir Peter Coats. The museum houses a number of fine collections including the largest assortment of Paisley shawls in the world.Observatory: A solar telescope, Alexander Stoddart’s bust of Newton and painted glass windows depicting famous astronomers can all be found in the observatory.Open on Sunday 14.00-17.00 for the collection of prizes only.
Architect: Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh; T G Abercrombie
Building Date: 1868-81, 1902, 1915. Observatory 1883
Museum & Galleries: there will be a royal themed treasure hunt and colouring activities on Saturday.

Observatory: Guided tours will be taken at 11:30, 12:15, 15:15 and 16:30 (bookable at museum reception).

Children’s Passport Scheme.

Paisley Sheriff Court & Justice of the Peace Court

08.09.12 (10.00-16.00)
St James Street, Paisley, PA3 2HW
Entering the former County Buildings, one emerges into the palazzo and is confronted by the grand staircase. A 40 feet relief sculpture by John Rhind stands in the panelled County Hall. The bust by James Fillans and the exteriors raised portico by F. W. Pomeroy are further highlights. The building was extended and refurbished extensively in 1997.
Architect: Clarke & Bell, 1885-90. Baxter, Clark & Paul, 1997
Building Date: 1885-90
Assisted access for the disabled.

Children’s Passport Scheme.

Paisley Threadmill Museum

08.09.12 (10.00-16.00)
Mile End Mill, 12 Seedhill Road, Paisley, PA1 1JS
More than 10,000 people used to wind and bind thread for J & P Coats in this imposing A-listed building. Six tall floors high in red brick, 18 bays long, with stair towers topped with landmark copper roofed lanterns. The building now functions as a business centre and an area of the ground floor has been provided rent free for the development of a museum devoted to the thread industry of Paisley, run by volunteers.
Architect: W J Morley of Bradford for J & P Coats
Building Date: 1899

The ground floor’s museum showcases an archive of photographs that offers a glimpse into the life of a mill worker.

Children’s Passport Scheme.

Paisley Town Hall

08.09.12 (10.00-16.00)
Abbey Close, Paisley, PA1 1JG
This substantial classical building was gifted to Paisley by the Clarks, one of the town’s wealthy mill owning families. It houses a suite of grand halls and rfunction rooms and the views of the Abbey from the first floor Loggia and Balcony are stunning. The Town Hall has been at the heart of Paisley’s artistic and civic life since it opened in 1882.Disabled access via Gauze Street entrance.
Architect: W. H. Lynn
Building Date: 1872-82
Royalty will be the theme of the day in the Town Hall. You will be able to dress up as a prince or princess, king or queen, and pose in front of a green screen backdrop for a photograph that you will treasure forever (11:00-15:00).

Disabled access via Gauze Street entrance.

Children’s Passport Scheme.

Paisley: Allan’s Snack Bar

08.09.12 (11:00-20:00)
6 Storie Street, Paisley, PA1 2AR
Allan’s Snack Bar is one of Paisley’s most historic and famed fish ‘n’ chips shop, and is a design gem as well.
Refreshments avaialable.

Paisley: Church of the New Jerusalem

08.09.12 (10:30-15:30)
17 George Street, Paisley, PA1 2LB
This is a good example of an early Scottish Methodist chapel. The church was purchased by the Swedenborgian Church in 1860 for £600 and was formally opened and dedicated on 15th Septem-ber 1861. In 1868 the interior was remodelled and new pews, a pulpit and stained glass windows were instated. The stained glass cost £103 and was designed by the artist Sir Noel Paton RSA, whose parents belonged to the congregation.
Building Date: 1810 and 1868
A documentary film produced by the Swedenborg Society discussing the life and work of Emanuel Swedenborg will be shown and there will be a quiz and drawing materials for children.

(Access difficult for disabled).

Children’s Passport Scheme.

Paisley: Hamishes’ Hoose

08.09.12 (11:00-23:00) – 09.09.12 (12:30-22:00)
42-46 Old Sneddon Street, Paisley, PA3 2AP
The venue will host live music on both days.
Children’s Passport Scheme.

Paisley: John Neilson Institute

08.09.12 (10.00-14.00)
Oakshaw Street West, Paisley, PA1 2DE

This astonishing addition to Paisley’s skyline is a fabulous distortion of antique classical forms, known to locals as the “Porridge Bowl”. Originally a school bequeathed to the town by a local grocer, it has been converted into flats.
Architect: Charles Wilson
Building Date: 1849-52

The central atrium, with its statue of Diogenes by Alexander Stoddart, will be open.

Wheelchair access (difficult) assistance needed.

Children’s Passport Scheme.

Paisley: Mill Bridge

08.09.12 – 09.09.12 (public walkway)
Lonend, Paisley, PA1 1JR
The iconic walkway across the White Cart, built around 1880, is a fine example of a bow string trussed footbridge with wrought iron railings. The Prince’s Regeneration Trust in collaboration with Renfrewshire Council Department of Planning and Transport, Morrison’s PLC and Historic Scotland contributed £590,000 to its restoration by Heritage Engineering.

Paisley: Oakshaw Trinity Church

08.09.12 (10.00-16.00)
Oakshaw Street East, Paisley, PA1 2DD
The church’s steeple is one of the most pronounced on Paisley’s skyline. There are also seven notable stained glass windows: two by Oscar Paterson c. 1918; two by Alec Walker c. 1909 and 1921; and one each by Gordon Webster, 1951; Sadie McLellan, 1973; and John Clark, 1996.
Architect: John White, 1754 & 1767-70; Rennison & Scott, 1877
Building Date: 1750-56, steeple 1770
Tours will be given.

Children’s Passport Scheme.

Paisley: Russell Institute

08.09.12 (10:00-16:00)
30 Causeyside Street, Paisley, PA1 1UR
Sculpture by Archibald Dawson. Reinforced concrete skeleton clad in clean-cut sandstone, this 1920s temple to child-care is fitted out with Italian marble. The building is in full use, but the entrance hall with Dawson’s busts of donor’s brothers and amazing staircase are open for inspection. It is one of the most beautiful buildings, inside and out, in Paisley.
Architect: James Steel Maitland
Building Date: 1923
‘Revisiting The Russell’, a 1920s themed event inviting three generations of Renfrewshire to share their memories of the Russell Institute, will be in full swing on the day. There will be prohibition-style cocktails, Charleston dance classes, an auction of opus couture dresses and a live jazz band with Charleston dance performances.

Restricted access.

Children’s Passport Scheme.

Paisley: St Mary’s RC Church

08.09.12 (10.30-13.00)
163 George Street, Paisley, PA1 2UN
Designed by Pugin & Pugin, decorated Gothic in red sandstone.
Building Date: 1891, apse added 1905
Post war stained glass above the choir and in the apse. Church completely restored, including Watt organ.

Paisley: Tannahill’s Cottage

08.09.12 (11.00-15.00)
11 Queen Street, Paisley, PA1 2TT
The cottage was built by the father of Robert Tannahill, the “Weaver Poet” and compatriot of Robert Burns, who lived there for most of his life (1774-1810). Now home to the Paisley Burns Club, one of the oldest in the world, it reopened after a fire in 2003
Architect: James Tannahill
Building Date: 1775
View a display of Burns and Tannahill memorabilia.

Assisted access.

Children’s Passport Scheme.

Paisley: The Bield (Martyrs’ Parish Church)

08.09.12 (10.00-16.00)
40 Broomlands Street, Paisley, PA1 2NP
The church was named in honour of two men who were hung at Paisley Cross in 1685 for refusing to renounce the Covenant and acknowledge the King’s supremacy. The building is now the headquarters of the 7th Paisley (JNI) Scout Group.
Building Date: 1835
Activities will include archery, a climbing wall, a bouncy castle and face painting.

Children’s Passport Scheme.

Paisley: The Bull Inn

08.09.12 (11.00-00.00) – 09.09.12 (12.30-00.00)
7 New Street, Paisley, PA1 1XU
Rare Art Nouveau pub with dark joinery, stained glass, cosy snugs around beautiful top lit rear lobby. A ten flat tenement towers above like an Arthur Rackham fantasy.
Architect: William D. McLennan
Building Date: 1900-01

Paisley: Wallneuk North Church

08.09.12 (11.00-15.00)
Niddry Street, Paisley, PA3 4AB
Hailed as the triumph of stylish Paisley architect Thomas Graham Abercrombie, this perpendicular Gothic creation is one
of the most powerful compositions to be found in Paisley.
Architect: Thomas Graham Abercrombie
Building Date: 1913-15

Music will be playing and tours given on the day.

Assisted disabled access.

Children’s Passport Scheme.

Paisley: WASPS Studios

08.09.12 (11.00-16.00)
32 A + B, Broomlands Street, Paisley, PA1 2NR
Wasps Studios is a charity that provides affordable studios to support artists and arts organisations, and the units in Paisley have been operating for over 20 years.
Caroline Watson will be opening up her studio for an exhibition of her multimedia artwork. Karen James will show diversity in claywork by holding a hands-on demonstration.

Children’s Passport Scheme.

Ralston Community Sports Centre

08.09.12 – 09.09.12 (09.00-15.00)
Penilee Road, Paisley, PA1 3AX
Built around 1930 this is a delightful Art Deco building in the style of Thomas Tait which has in the last two years been refurbished into a community sports centre, housing a dance studio, state of the art gym and changing facilities for the synthetic football pitches which are adjacent. Its authentic balcony, downstairs reception foyer and gorgeous outdoor balcony make it an ideal function space for weddings, christenings and parties as well as being an attractive hub for the whole community.
Building Date: c. 1930

Children’s Passport Scheme.

Renfrewshire House

08.09.12 (10.00-14.00)
Renfrewshire Council HQ, Cotton Street , Paisley, PA1 1HY
Renfrewshire House is Renfrewshire Council’s Headquarters building which, in addition to its refurbished open plan offices, features a new Customer Services Centre, Marriage Suite and Council Chamber. Its focal point is the new Chamber which is suspended over the public service desks and is elliptical to embody the principles of equality and inclusive debate in local democracy.
Architect: Council’s own architects
Building Date: 1985

Customer Services and Council Chambers open.

Children’s Passport Scheme.

Sma’ Shot Cottage

08.09.12 (12.00-16.00)
11/17 George Place, 14 Shuttle Street, Paisley, PA1 2HZ
Headquarters of the energetic Old Paisley Society which has restored these cottages as a museum. 18th century weavers’ cottage and loomshop, plus Victorian interiors typical of Paisley’s historic 19th century development.
Building Date: 18-19C

The Victorian interiors tell the story of Paisley’s 19th century development.

(Wheelchair access to lower floors only).

Children’s Passport Scheme.

St James’s Church of Scotland

08.09.12 (10.00-16.00)
Underwood Road, Paisley, PA3 1TL
Muscular Gothic revival dominated by a tall, strong steeple. A landmark but also a building of considerable architectural merit. Almost certainly this church and the accomplished treatment of the cruciform plain interior helped to win Blanc the commission for the Coats Memorial Church. Stained glass throughout the church mostly by A Ballantine & Gardiner.
Architect: Hippolyte Jean Blanc
Building Date: 1880, 1904

There will be organ music and the opportunity to try your hand at handbells.

Children’s Passport Scheme.

Thomas Coats Memorial Church & Paisley Photographic Society

08.09.12 (12.00-16.00)
High Street, Paisley, PA1 9NH
Known as the “Baptist Cathedral of Europe”, this Gothic church forms the climax of the view along the High Street. The opulent interior has been excellently preserved and hosts sculptures in oak, bronze and marble. The Victorian vestry has restored stencilling and lavatories.
Architect: Hippolyte Jean Blanc
Building Date: 1894
You will be able to take in the artful surrounds to the sound of organ music. The Paisley Photographic Society will also be exhibiting their members’ photography.

Assisted access.

Children’s Passport Scheme.

Doors Open day website

Top cyclists from across the country will head to Paisley to compete in a national competition against the backdrop of the historic town centre.

The Scottish Cycling Circuit Race 2012 will be back in Renfrewshire for the fourth year in a row.

Cyclists, ranging from under-eights to the fastest adult riders in the country will compete in their respective categories on this fast and technical course.

The popular event will take place on Sunday 19 August, starting at 10am with the youth events. As well as the races, The Clan cycle stunt team will be showing off their skills, making a great family day out.

Councillor Jim Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment and Infrastructure Policy Board, said: “This will be the fourth time the Circuit Race Championship will be held in Renfrewshire and the second year in a row that it will be taking place in the heart of Paisley. It’s a challenging course and a great backdrop for all the excitement and fun on the day. This is a major cycling event and a great family day out, so I hope to see lots of people heading into the town to cheers on the competitors.”

The event will incorporate the 2012 Scottish Circuit Race Championships, the Youth Road Race Championships and the West of Scotland Circuit Championships.

Starting on Gauze Street at Paisley’s Town Hall the circuit turns left at Paisley Cross, down St Mirren Brae, left onto Orchard Street, left again onto Bridge Street over the White Cart River, past the Council HQ Building on the right, the historic Paisley Abbey on the left, before sweeping round the final bend and the finishing straight up to Paisley Cross.

A fleet of vintage fire engines will roll through Paisley town centre when the popular Fire Engine Rally returns on Saturday 18 August.

The free event will see an impressive fleet of engines, dating from the 19th century to the present day, proceed through the town from the Fire Station on Canal Street to County Square.

The parade will leave the fire station at 11am, progressing through Causeyside St and Gilmour St.

There will be plenty of entertainment for adults and children throughout the day, including fire safety demonstrations and giveaways. It is hoped that there will be an opportunity to see some of the impressive fire appliances used at Glasgow Airport.

Area Commander Alan Fairbairn of Strathclyde Fire and Rescue said: “I am absolutely delighted that Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Preservation Society have this opportunity to showcase their vintage fire engines. This wonderful event allows us to meet the communities that we serve, in order to make Renfrewshire a safer place to live, work and visit.”

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall said: “This is Paisley’s fourth annual Fire Engine Rally and it has developed into a wonderful event. It’s a great opportunity to see up close some of the fascinating vehicles which have been used over the years by the fire service.”

The event is run in partnership with Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Preservation Society which is operated by volunteers who have an interest in the traditions of the fire service. Most weekends they provide fire appliances to events, open days and galas as well as supporting charitable causes.

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The Spree national festival will bring something new to the Scottish arts scene and to prove it organisers have announced its programme for under 18s.  Three local initiatives; Create, Pace Theatre and Loud ‘n’ Proud will show just how talented you people can be.

Create is inspired, informed and run by volunteers and interns who are dedicated to building a creative arts focused future for Paisley where a community of confident young artists and musicians can develop and thrive.

On Friday 26 October, Create, in association with Hit the Road will hit the stage with Create Wars 2012, its final battle of the local bands.  Last year’s winner Crown of Storms will head the bill before hitting the road on their own Scottish tour. The Wynd Centre, Paisley, from 18:00, £2

On Saturday 27 October, Loud ‘n’ Proud will present the Wee Band and the Acutones with special guests.

Loud ‘n’ Proud was founded in 2001 as a local music project and it has developed an impressive track record in developing musical talent.  Loud ‘n’ Proud graduates regularly perform at festivals and win competitions.   Spiegeltent, Paisley, 12:00 – 14:00, £10 / 8

The Spree’s about a good laugh too, so there’s a Kids’ Comedy Club, in association with The Stand Comedy Club on Saturday 27.  Viv Gee, Billy Kirkwood and Steven Dick, offer comedy and magic in a show aimed at  8 – 12 year olds.  All content is age appropriate, every young fan must be accompanied by an adult and the club is not suitable for the under 5s. The Wynd Centre, Paisley, from 14:00, £5

Local theatre company, PACE, will  be performing “Terra Nova”……………The roots of our lives spread out in all directions, some to the north, some south, east and west, creating a true concordia of ideas to inspire our spirit with every step we take into the unknown…”

In a unique work devised for The Spree’s Spiegeltent, young actors pave the way for more vibrant creativity in the reflective sight of their Terra Nova … In words, movement and song PACE is stepping out to the rhythms of its heart. Spiegeltent, Paisley, from 15:00

All photographs taken for Paisley.org.uk by Tracey Clements.