SNP councillor and parliamentary candidate for Paisley, Cllr George Adam, led the tributes at the annual 1820 Society commemoration to the leaders of the 1820 Insurrection at the Martyrs Monument in Woodside Cemetery on Saturday 14th August 2010.

Every year the 1820 Society hold a commemoration to the leaders of the 1820 Insurrection – John Baird, Andrew Hardie and James Wilson; and remember the sacrifices that these men, and many others, gave in standing up for the rights of ordinary working people to give them an equal voice in society. The state execution of Baird, Hardie and Wilson did nothing to extinguish the demands of the working class in Scotland.

The proceedings were overseen by the Ian Ramsay of the 1820 Society and included speeches John McNaughton of Paisley and District Trade Union Council with Mags MacLaren, Convenor of Paisley SNP, laying the wreath at the monument.

Cllr George Adam said;

“In looking forward to a fairer, modern Scotland we must not forget the struggles of the past and especially the courage of ordinary working people such as Baird, Hardie and Wilson who gave their lives for the cause that they believed in.

“As a long term member of the 1820 Society I was honoured to give the speech welcoming members and supporters of the 1820 Society to this year’s commemoration and was delighted by the turnout including many members of Paisley SNP, including Cllr Kenny MacLaren the only local ward councillor for the area who attended the event.

“Paisley has a history of radical politics and come the Scottish Parliament election in May 2011 this can be repeated by a victory for the SNP over the stale, incoherent and stifling policies promoted by Labour. Only the SNP have been pushing a positive vision for Paisley –and I am proud to be a Paisley Buddie standing up for my local town.

“Despite Labour’s recession and the Coalition’s cutbacks, the SNP are leading the regeneration in Paisley with investment in new and improved facilities such as the Lagoon, improving council housing and pushing for town centre improvements such as the redevelopment of the Arnotts building.”

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George Adam is Paisley Candidate!

Councillor George Adam, elected member for Paisley South, was recently selected as the Parliamentary Candidate for the new Paisley Constituency in for next years Scottish Parliamentary election in May 2011. This is the first time that a Paisley-only seat has been contested in the Scottish Parliament, due to recent boundary changes.

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George was elected to Ward 5: Paisley South Ward of Renfrewshire Council in 2007 Council election. George has been involved with the Scottish National Party since he was 18. He was previously a Scottish Parliamentary Candidate for the Paisley North Constituency during the 2003 Scottish Parliament election.
George was born in Elderslie, in June 1969 (41), he is a true Paisley Buddie and is a fanatical supporter of St Mirren FC. George lives in the towns eastend with his wife Stacey. He has two children- James 18 and Jessica 16 – who live with their mother locally. George and his wife Stacey regularly attend St Mirren matches and follow the Scottish Football team when ever they can

George is convenor of Paisley South Local Area Committee on Renfrewshire Council and has been heavily involved, with that committee, in the regeneration of the Park areas in his ward. The Outdoor Gym in Brodie Park is one of many innovations from this and has proved so popular that another was commissioned for Durrokstock Park in Paisley. He has regularly involved himself in fund-raising for local charities and has ran Paisley 10k for Paisley & District MS Society and MND Scotland for 2010.

Councillor George Adam says:

“I am really excited about this campaign and I am extremely proud that I am the first candidate for this new Scottish Parliamentary seat of Paisley. Paisley is my home town and when I discovered what the new boundaries would be, I knew the 2011 Scottish Elections in the town could be a historic event.

Paisley Buddies are fed up with the tired and troublesome Labour MSP’s who have represented them over recent history. Very few actually come from the town and many where just political placements. This has lead many locals to look cynically upon local politicians and I believe things could be different.

We only have to look at the work the Renfrewshire administration has already done in regeneration of the Paisley Town centre. The Arnotts site will be transformed in the coming years, empty shops being actively promoted and vastly improved town centre events that increase the shoppers to our town. But it is a work in progress and we must ensure that this continues. It is important that we cannot rely on the inactive Labour MSP’s of the past that have no ideas and only provide us with soundbites and cliches.

We are living in very difficult economic times and it is important that we have representation from someone who has Paisley’s best interests at heart. I believe I am that person. I want to build further on the foundations laid by the local SNP and make Paisley the town we all want it to be.

I will be the only local candidate in next years election. The only one that can claim the title of a true Paisley Buddie. This alone is a very important distinction between myself and the rest. It is time we take Paisley back for ourselves. Moving away from the fatigued , failing politicians of the past and working together for the betterment of our town.

A number of years ago an employer of mine asked me if there was anything more to George Adam than I’m from Paisley, I support St Mirren and I’m in the SNP. I flippantly added – apart from my wife and children that’s about it. But on reflection I can look at this comment and put it into context for the coming election. My name’s George Adam, I come from Paisley and I want to be the your first Member of the Scottish Parliament!”

Community Champions recognised by Scottish Parliament
Aug 16 2010 by Alison Rennie, Paisley Daily Express

A NEW project which aims to honour voluntary groups and charities working hard in our communities has been recognised by the Scottish Parliament.

Community Champions is a new section on the popular website which highlights a different Renfrewshire organisation every month.

The section was the brainchild of Councillor Kenny MacLaren who spoke to the Renfrewshire Council for Voluntary Services (RCVS) and about new ways of promoting local charities and voluntary groups.Now West of Scotland MSP Stuart McMillan has put a motion in the Scottish Parliament recognising the initiative.

He said: “I would like to congratulate RCVS, and Councillor MacLaren for working together to bring forward this new initiative.“This is an excellent idea to promote local organisations to a wider audience.“This collaborative approach will help to boost the profile of many local groups who don’t often get the recognition they deserve.“I was more than happy to lodge a motion in the Scottish Parliament in support of Paisley Community Champions, and I wish this project well in the future.

Brian McGuire, who runs said he was honoured by the Scottish Parliament recognition.He added: “I am delighted for the groups that we are supporting. This is superb. To be written into Scottish History, albeit in a very small way, is really something, and I would like to thank all the MSPs who have supported the motion and also Councillor MacLaren for all his hard work.”Community Champions picks a different group to be their Champion of the Month.

A special profile is put online which highlights the good work the members have been doing and the services and opportunities the group offers.It can be found by logging on at Councillor Kenny MacLaren said community groups have been contacting him to put themselves forward as Community Champions.

He added: “The Community Champions project is an excellent example of people and groups coming together to find a solution to benefit all.“When I first raised this idea with Brian and RCVS I was delighted by the enthusiasm they showed.“This helped to drive forward a project that can be copied in other areas, and shows that Renfrewshire is leading the way.“Since its launch, I have been in touch with a few groups who have seen the press stories about this site and who are interested in putting themselves forward.

”Community Champions launched in July with a profile on Rainbow Turtle, which promotes Fairtrade across Renfrewshire.

This month’s Champion is the Renfrewshire Carers Centre. Any charity, voluntary group or social enterprise in Renfrewshire who’d like to be involved with Community Champions can contact Gordon Mclean at RCVS online at or by calling 0141 587 2487.

The Full listings for the Doors Open day 2010 are now online, if you have not taken part in the Doors Open day in the past, I would urge you to try it out and visit a few locations in the town or throughout Renfrewshire, its amazing to see some of the gems in our town.

Renfrewshire:  11 September 2010 – 12 September 2010

This is a great 2-day event across Paisley and Renfrewshire with over 60 buildings taking part.

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.

Paisley Abbey Cluny 2010 – This year towns and villages throughout Europe have been celebrating the eleventh hundred anniversary of the founding of the Cluniac Order.  Paisley Abbey is one of only two Cluniac monasteries (the other being Crossraguel) and a series of events have taken place to celebrate the anniversary including a medieval fair, concert, coach tours, historical talks, a conference on Scotland’s Cluniac Heritage and an exhibition ” Charters and Chamber Pots: Aspects of Medieval Paisley” at Paisley Museum.

Celebrating Tannahill – 2010 marks the 200th Anniversary of the death of Robert Tannahill and to mark this a series of events focusing on  and celebrating his life and work has been taking place including poetry readings,performances, talks, guided walks, exhibitions, concerts and the creation of two poetry walls.  Tannahill’s Cottage will be included in the DOD programme.

Renfrewshire residents will be running, walking, cycling and sailing during a week of active events later this month.

A series of events staring with a youth cycling challenge on Friday 20 August will run through to Sunday 29 August with the Paisley 10K Road Race, making up the Big Active Week.

Councillor Susan McDonald, Renfrewshire Council’s Sports Champion, said: “The Big Active Week is part of the Active Renfrewshire strategy to give people of all ages across Renfrewshire opportunities to get out and get fit and healthy. The range of events taking place shows how much Renfrewshire has to offer no matter what your ability. We hope to see as many people as possible taking part in these events.”

The Youth Cycling Challenge runs from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Erskine Harbour, Kilpatrick Drive for 10 – 18 year olds. Renfrewshire Council Youth Services are running the event which comprises races for under 12s, 14s and 16s on the Scottish Cycling Circuit Race Championship course, a mobile skatepark for BMX and skateboards and a bike skills challenge. The event is completely free and all bikes, BMX, skateboards and safety equipment will be provided. For more information contact Michael Wood, Sports Development Officer, Youth Services on 0141 889 1110.

Renfrewshire will also be hosting the Scottish Cycling Circuit Championships at Erskine harbour on Saturday 21 August. Cyclists, ranging from under 8s to the fastest adult riders in the country will compete in their respective categories. There will also be a host of entertainment and activities on offer for spectators including internationally renowned stunt riders Danny McAskill and The Clan, plus Real Radio will be on site with a roadshow. There will also be a Scottish Cycling Go-Ride area, information stalls, cycling surgery and activities for children.

Renfrewshire Council and Clyde Muirshiel Country Park are also holding a Sporting Chances event for adults with disabilities on Friday 27 August from 11am until 3pm. The event offers the chance to come and try outdoor activities including kayaking, canoeing, sailing, power boat, cycling, led walks, pond dipping, bat and bird box making.
Participants are welcome to come along on the day. However some activities have limited spaces and should be booked in advance by contacting 0141 847 4999.

The free Walk About A Bit event on Saturday 28 August invites people to take part in a ten mile walk from Paisley to Lochwinnoch. The walk has been divided into approximately two mile sections and people are invited to walk as much as they feel able.

There are staffed water stations along the route and participants can start and leave the walk at any of these points. This event is suitable for all ages and abilities as the route is totally flat. This walk is led by qualified walk leaders and is in partnership with Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park.
The Big Active Week culminates with Paisley 10K Road Race, which also includes the 3K Fun Run on Sunday 29 August. Groups entering the 10K will receive a discount with one person going free in every group of five.
If people sign up for the 10K or fun run online before the day they receive a discount on the entry fee. To enter go to

Council Leader gets training back on track for 10K

With less than four weeks to go until Paisley 10K, Renfrewshire Council’s Leader is making a final push with his training for the big race.

Council Leader Derek Mackay paid a visit to race sponsors Pro-Life for a session in the gym to get his training back on track after summer holidays.

Cllr Mackay said: “I have to admit I’ve let my training slide a bit over the summer due to holidays and various other things getting in the way. Now that I’ve realised there’s only a few weeks left I’ve decided to step up my game. The Paisley 10k is sponsored by both Pro-Life and Renfrewshire Leisure, so really I’ve got no excuse.”

Pro-Life’s managing director Gayle Brannigan oversaw the training session. She said “We are delighted to be supporting the Paisley 10K this year. This is a huge sporting event for people in Renfrewshire and beyond. I’m sure plenty of our members will be taking part and we’ll be backing them and Derek Mackay all the way.”

While on his visit to Pro-Life, Cllr Mackay also stopped in at Good 2 Run, the on-site running and fitness sportswear shop, for some expert advice on what he should be wearing on his feet on the big day too.

He added: “I knew I needed a new pair of trainers so it was great to get some proper advice. I ended up buying myself a new pair so now I’m ready for the big day.”

Good 2 Run will be in County Square on the day of the Paisley 10k offering free gait analysis checks to all competitors and spectators on the day.

There’s still time to enter both the Paisley 10k and fun run and receive a discount on the entry fee. There is also a discount for groups entering the 10k with one person going free in every group of five.

Paisley 10k and fun run takes place on Sunday 29th August. Starting in County Square, Paisley, right next to Paisley Gilmour Street railway station.

To sign up for the Paisley 10k or fun run go to

Renfrewshire scores second SFA School of Football

Plans to set up a second school of football in Renfrewshire have been given the go ahead by Renfrewshire Council.

The Scottish Football Association (SFA) in partnership with Renfrewshire Council have developed a proposal to establish a school of football at Renfrew High School.

The plans follow on from the success of the pilot school of football set up at Castlehead High School in 2008.

Members of Renfrewshire Council’s Community and Family Care Policy Board have now approved the plans and a group of around 16 pupils at Renfrew High are expected to begin the year one programme when the school returns from summer holidays later this month.

The School of Football is a project designed to help develop the social and academic skills of pupils from S1 to S3.

It uses football to develop pupil in a range of transferrable skills such as teamwork, leadership, mutual respect and decision making. These skills can then be applied in the classroom environment and socially. Pupils’ continued involvement in the School of Football is dependent on their attendance at school and their attitude towards achievement.

Councillor Eileen McCartin, Convener of the Community and Family Care Policy Board, said: “The pilot School of Football at Castlehead High School has been a great success with extremely positive responses from pupils, parents and teachers. This project not only gives pupils increased opportunities to take part in sport and physical activity but helps contribute to their academic and social development.

“There is a great deal of enthusiasm for a second school of football in Renfrew. Renfrew High is an ideal location given its proximity to the SFA Regional Team at King George V playing fields.”

Castlehead High School in Paisley is one of nine Schools of Football around the country which are part of the SFA’s mission to encourage more people to play the game, more often.

Scottish FA Regional Manager Paul McNeil said: “We’re delighted to be working with Renfrewshire Council and the staff at Renfrew High School to set up a second School of Football in the area.

“The Schools of Football are about more than just playing ability, they aim to mold better citizens, as well as better footballers, through social and educational development.

“The programme at Renfrew High School will be led by Scottish FA player and coach development officer Brian McLaughlin, an experienced coach who enjoyed a playing career at clubs including Celtic and Wigan.

“Based on the progress made by pupils at Scottish FA Schools of Football around the country, we’re confident that the 16 players who will undertake the programme at Renfrew High School will grow and develop over the next two years, and more importantly, take a lot of enjoyment from the experience.”

As part of the programme a group of pupils are selected to follow an enhanced timetable which includes periods of football activity every day.

A licensed SFA coach is employed specifically for the School of Football and is responsible for the daily delivery and coordination of the project but the programme is run in partnership with the school teachers, active schools co-ordinators and football development officers. Tuition includes technical, tactical, physical and mental skills.

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Big-hearted cricketers aim high for Paisley 10k

Big-hearted cricketers from a historic Paisley club are hoping to raise a massive £5000 for a local charity by entering a team into this year’s Paisley 10k Road Race.

Kelburne Cricket Club, who this year celebrate their 150th anniversary, are aiming to reach their impressive fundraising target in aid of St Vincent’s Hospice.

They are one of the many groups who have signed up to this year’s 10K and fun run as a team.

Kenny McLeod, Club President, said: “Our anniversary has meant that it’s been a superb year for us all round at the Club, and we decided to take this opportunity to make a big splash and do our bit for the local community, too – so to mark the occasion over 20 adults and children will take part in the 3K and 10K races, with the aim of raising much needed funds for St Vincent’s Hospice.
“Fundraising is in its early stages at the moment, but we’re hoping to raise £5,000 as this is the amount it takes to run the Hospice for just one day. It would be amazing to reach this target and really do something special for the charity, as we know that every penny counts to help them continue to provide such a fantastic service for the people of Renfrewshire.
“We’ve got some guys on the team who will most definitely complete the race in under an hour, and there will be a few of us who will be glad just to get to the finish line! We’re a competitive bunch, but our focus is really to raise as much as we can for those most in need.”
Stuart O’Connell, who has been a member of the Cricket Team at Kelburne for over 20 years, will be running the 10k with his son Jak O’Connell, who also plays at the club. Stuart commented:
“It will be a great event and is for such a good cause, so it’s brilliant that all of the team are in this together and we’ll hopefully all have our friends and families around for some moral support and to cheer us on on the day!”
The Paisley 10K Road Race, on Sunday 19 August, is one of the flattest, fastest and easiest courses on the 10K circuit, and is this year aiming to be the biggest in its 11-year history.

This year registration has been opened up to allow groups to register together and the Fun Run will see even more colourfully costumed runners take to the streets.

Councillor Susan McDonald, Renfrewshire Council’s sports champion, said: “The Paisley 10K is one of the town’s biggest events and Kelburne Cricket Club are a historic local sports club. I’m delighted that the club have entered a team into this year’s 10k and especially that they are doing it to raise funds such a worthy local charity.
“This is the first year you can enter the Paisley 10K as a group so it’s great to see clubs like this getting in on the act for a good cause. There’s still plenty of time to enter the 10K, whether you want to do it individually or with a group of friends, colleagues or teammates. Or if you don’t fancy taking on the 10K why not sign up as a group for the fun run and join the hundreds of runners who take to the streets in fancy dress.”
The Paisley 10k and fun run takes place on Sunday 19 August, starting in County Square, Paisley. To sign up log on to
Donations to the Kelburne Cricket Team can be made at

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Top Cycling Event Returns to Renfrewshire

Top cyclists from around the UK are gearing up for a national cycling championship event returning to Renfrewshire later this month.

The Scottish Cycling Circuit Race and Youth Road Race will be held at Erskine waterfront on Saturday 21 August following the success of the event being held there for the first time in 2009.
Cyclists, ranging from under 8s to the fastest adult riders in the country will compete in their respective categories on this fast and technical course.

There will also be a host of entertainment and activities on offer for spectators coming along to enjoy the thrill of the races.

Internationally renowned stunt riders Danny McAskill and The Clan will once again be displaying their skills, while Marc Martin from Real Radio will be on site with a roadshow. There will also be a Scottish Cycling Go-Ride area, information stalls, cycling surgery and activities for children.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment and Infrastructure Policy Board, said: “Last year was the first time the Circuit Race Championship came to Renfrewshire and was such a hit with cyclists and organisers that they were keen to come back.

“This is a major cycling event which brings competitors and spectators from all over the country. It is also a fantastic, fun family day out which will be bigger and better than last year with more races, entertainment and activities on offer on the day.”

As well as the Scottish Cycling Circuit Race, Renfrewshire Council’s youth service is running a Youth Services Cycle Challenge on Friday 20 August for 10 to 18 year olds.

This free event includes races for under 12s, 14s, and 16s on the Scottish Cycling Circuit Race course. There will also be a mobile skatepark for skateboards and BMX, and a bike skills challenge. All bikes, BMX, skateboards and safety equipments will be provided.

The Youth Services Cycling Challenge takes place on Friday 20 August between 6.30pm and 8.30pm. For more information contact Michael Wood, Sport Development Officer, Youth Services on 0141 840 1110.

The Scottish Cycling Circuit Race takes place on Saturday 21 August from 12pm.

Races will start and finish at Kilpatrick Drive, Erskine, north of the Bridgewater shopping centre and Erskine sports centre. As parking is limited in this area a free shuttle bus will run from Paisley town centre, at Gauze St (nearest Paisley Town Hall) to Erskine Harbour on the hour from 10am and will leave Erskine half past the hour until 5.30pm.

On Saturday free parking is available in Paisley town centre at Renfrewshire House, Cotton Street, Paisley.

Free parking in Erskine is also available at Park Mains High School.