Video From Paisley Film Maker David Baker.

Mission X (Paisley Arts Centre Tuesday 16th March 2010)

Poor Grant. He’s only trying to make it as a documentary film maker, when he gets a break – an interview with a real tough guy – a mercenary, gun for hire, bona fide bad guy. All is going well for Grant. He can hear the compliments, see the awards and is mentally rehearsing his interview on Newsnight with Kirsty Wark. Then things start to unravel and Grant is pulled into a situation he never imagined and he’d sooner forget.

Mission X . . . marks the spot for local film maker David Baker. Come see this locally filmed flick, with plenty of opportunity to ask the man himself after the screening.

Mission X screens on Tuesday 16th March at 7.30pm
(Note: Strong language used throughout.)
Members £3 Non Members £5/£4
And . . . the chance to vote for your Buddies Choice is coming to a close. It’s been a tough fight between The Usual Suspects and Passport to Pimlico. Voting closes tomorrow! Vote here:

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Two projects in Paisley North area are to benefit from almost £20,000 in grants.

The Y Don’t U? Youth activity group has been awarded £11,000 to take local youngsters on a residential activity weekend to Aviemore, and Paisley West and Central Community Council has been given £9,000 to hold their first gala day.

The grants were agreed by Paisley North Local Area Committee, which is made up of councillors, council officers, and representatives of local groups such as community councils and tenants and residents groups.

Councillor Brian Lawson, convener of the Paisley North LAC, said: “The local area committees were set up with the purpose of bringing local residents into the process of making decisions which affect their communities. The LACs are able to award grants of up to £20,000 to projects which will provide benefits to the members of those communities. These are two great projects which have clear benefits for local people and the communities they live in.”

Y Don’t U? Group is run by Ferguslie Park Sports Recreation and Leisure Trust and was set up after outreach work showed that local young people wanted to participate in more activities and set up a constituted group to develop, coordinate and manage these activities.

The £11,000 grant will be used to fund a residential weekend at Glenmore Lodge National Training Centre, Aviemore, for young people aged between 14 and 18 from the Paisley North area.
Gerard Carr, Chair of Y Don’t U?, said: “The overall aim of Y Don’t U? is to provide sports, leisure and educational activities to the young people in the Paisley North area without having any barriers of cost. Previous activity weeks held at Ferguslie Sports Centre have been extremely well attended with over 150 young people per day. The aim of the residential weekends at Glenmore Lodge are to provide additional activities and training to young people to boost their self esteem and confidence and help them volunteer for future activities.

“Since the start of the group Y Don’t U? has seen 12 young people gaining ASDAN qualifications, 8 young people gaining SHOKK Assistant Coach qualification, a further 12 young people working towards their ASDAN Bronze & short course qualification, as well as Child Protection training and First Aid training, 2 young people gaining employment with the Renfrewshire Diversionary Project and 4 young people gaining employment at Ferguslie Sports Centre. None of this would have been possible without the help and support of the Paisley North Local Area Committee.”

Sherie Gilchrist, 16, a member of Y Don’t U? Said: “It’s been great getting involved with the Y Don’t U? The school holiday activities have been great and the residential weekends at Aviemore were really good. We climbed Meall a Bhuachaille (2,657ft) and went kayaking on Loch Morlich which was exhausting but really good.”

Paisley West and Central Community Council will use their £9,000 grant to fund the first Paisley West End Fair.

John Wilby of Paisley West and Central Community Council said: “We are delighted that the Local Area Committee is supporting our efforts to promote and develop a community spirit in the West End. The Fair’s theme, Unity in Diversity, reflects the aim to highlight the positive aspects of cultural diversity and build on the Council’s plans for regeneration”

For more information on Local Area Committees email or call 0141 840 3399


Tuesday 2 March
Paisley Arts Centre 7.30pm
£5 (£4 conc) £3 Paisley Film Society members

This award winning film is a must-see. A Mumbai teen who grew up in the slums, becomes a contestant on the Indian version of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” He is arrested under suspicion of cheating, and while being interrogated, events from his life history are shown which explain why he knows the answers.

Do you know someone who might like this? Forward it on!

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Renfrewshire residents looking to find out more about Fairtrade and how to get involved in local campaigns are invited to a special event this weekend.

As part of Fairtrade Fortnight (Feb 22 – March 7) a special Fairtrade Tea Party is being held on Saturday 27 February in Paisley Town Hall.

The event will include a talk by Haitham Hasasneh, a livelihood development officer in the occupied Palestinian Territory working for Oxfam.

Haitham is a Palestinian agronomist with 20 years experience. His role is focused on increasing the quantity and quality of olive oil produced for markets and developing good cooperative governance and management by and for the farmers. He also focuses on promoting access of small scale farmers to international fair trade markets and producers like those in Scotland.

The Tea Party is also an opportunity for people to find out more about Fairtrade in their town or village and how to set up a local Fairtrade group. Members of Lochwinnoch, Bishopton and Erskine’s local Fairtrade groups will be on hand to give information and advice.

There will also be representatives of the Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group, who have lead the campaign to make Renfrewshire a Fairtrade zone.

Councillor Brian Lawson, chair of the Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group, said: “This event is open to everyone and is a good way to encourage people to hear about Fairtrade. However we are also specifically appealing to people who may have thought about getting involved in supporting Fairtrade in Renfrewshire but are not sure how to do this. We are really pleased to welcome Haitham to Renfrewshire and I am really interested to hear more about his Fairtrade work.

“On the day we will also be encouraging people to sign up to Renfrewshire’s I Swap Campaign running throughout Fairtrade Fortnight. We are aiming to get as many people as possible to sign a pledge to swap one of their regular shopping items for a Fairtrade version.”
The Fairtrade Tea Party starts at 10am in the Alexander Wilson Suite in Paisley Town Hall.


This is probably an old page, certainly the news is old but I hadn’t seen this page before, this shows you the artists impression of the new Paisley Cultural building to be designed and built into the space that currently is the Museum and Art Galleries.

here is some text which is on the page.

Page Park has recently completed a pre-feasibility study for Renfrewshire Council. The practice has drawn up plans for a new cultural centre in the town following a brief from the Public-Private Partnership ‘Paisley Vision’. The proposals entail refurbishing the existing Town Hall, Library and refurbishing and extending the Museum to provide improved cultural facilities, with the designs forming part of the wider regeneration strategy for Paisley Town Centre.

The first Phase of the £30m proposals will be the £7m refurbishment and enhancement of the existing town hall. The designs include plans to relocate the central lending library into a wing of the town hall, this would allow the existing library space to be incorporated into a new cultural centre. The Cultural Centre will comprise gallery facilities as well as providing a new 175 seat auditorium with cafe and bar.

read more on this link here.

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Dancers at a special Fairtrade tea dance in Paisley swapped their usual cuppa for giant mugs of Fairtrade tea to launch Renfrewshire’s “I Swap” Campaign.

The Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group are launching the campaign as part of the upcoming worldwide Fairtrade Fortnight (February 22 – March 7).

The “I Swap” campaign will see people across Renfrewshire asked to sign a pledge to swap one regular purchase for a Fairtrade version. All those who sign a pledge will be entered into a prize draw to win a special Fairtrade prize at the end of Fairtrade Fortnight.

As part of the campaign Renfrewshire Council have already pledged to swap to using only Fairtrade tea and coffee at all future tea dances in the town hall.

Councillor Brian Lawson, Chair of the Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group, said: “The national theme for Fairtrade Fortnight is ‘the big swap’, so our campaign is asking people to pledge to making one small swap, whether it’s tea, coffee, bananas, chocolate, because lots of small changes can make a big difference.

“The tea dances are a really popular, regular event, so this is taking Fairtrade to a different audience in Renfrewshire. We have made our swap, now we’re asking everyone in Renfrewshire to do the same.”

The Fairtrade Tea Dance also saw the launch of Renfrewshire’s 2010 Fairtrade Guide, which provides information on where to buy Fairtrade products in Renfrewshire and how to get involved in the campaign.

Provost Celia Lawson said: “Buying Fairtrade products helps to tackle poverty and injustice by giving producers in the developing world a better deal for the work they do and putting them in control of their own lives. Renfrewshire is already leading the way as a Fairtrade county, with a number of Fairtrade villages, towns and schools. Now we want to push that even further and get everyone in Renfrewshire supporting Fairtrade.”

A wide range of events will be taking place across Renfrewshire during Fairtrade Fortnight including:

– Fairtrade Tea Party in Paisley Town Hall on Saturday 27 February from 10am

– A Fairtrade football tournament hosted by the University of the West of Scotland on Saturday 27 February

– A tour of Renfrewshire schools by Fairtrade walnut producers

– Coffee mornings in Lochwinnoch at The Junction on Wednesday 24 February, 9am – 12pm, and at the RSPB Reserve on Thursday 25 February, 11am – 1pm.

– “Big Swap” events and Fairtrade display in Bishopton Library from Monday 22 February until Monday 8th March.

– Fairtrade event at Bishopton Primary school on Friday 5 March with pupils presenting information on Fairtrade through music and song. Proceeds will go to Mary’s Meals.

– Coffee morning in Our Lady of Lourdes new church hall, Bishopton, Saturday 6 March, 10.30am to 1pm.

– Fairtrade event at Reid Kerr College on Wednesday 3 March between 11am and 3pm, offering a range of Fairtrade products for people to swap their usual purchases.

– Rainbow Turtle will be running the 90Kg Rice Challenge, urging people to help them sell 90 bags of Kilombero rice from Malawi. The sale of 90 1kg bags of rice, for a fair price, would give a farmer sufficient income to send a child to secondary school for one year in Malawi, where only one third of children go to high school because their families can’t afford the fees.

To find out more information about Fairtrade in Renfrewshire or to get a copy of the guide please email or phone 0141 840 3611.

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Renfrewshire is celebrating it’s first birthday as a Fairtrade county.

The campaign to make the whole area an official Fairtrade zone got the go ahead this week in 2009 and to mark the occasion the Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group, who ran the campaign, celebrated with a special Fairtrade birthday cake.

Members of the group, including elected members and staff from Renfrewshire Council, Paisley, Lochwinnoch, Bishopton and Erskine Fairtrade groups, local schools and churches.

Councillor Brian Lawson, chair of the steering group, said: “Everyone in Renfrewshire should be really proud of this anniversary. Supporting Fairtrade gives third world farmers and producers a fairer deal and Renfrewshire over the past two years has proven to be one of the leading areas in Scotland backing Fairtrade.

“A huge amount of time and effort has gone into the campaign to achieve Fairtrade status, mainly by people volunteering their own time and skills to raise awareness, host and staff events. That hard work has continued over the past year to progress the campaign further by encouraging new Fairtrade groups to set, for example in Erskine. We’ve also had great achievements in the past 12 months such as Houston Primary and Nursery becoming Renfrewshire’s first Fairtrade primary and nursery school.

“I’d like to congratulate all of the people in Renfrewshire who have supported Fairtrade, whether it’s by running or attending events, or choosing Fairtrade products as part of their weekly shop.”

The Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group are now finalising plans for the lead up to and during Fairtrade Fortnight 2010 (20 February – 7 March). Highlights of this year’s programme will include:

– A Fairtrade Tea Dance in Paisley Town Hall on Wednesday 17 February.
– A Fairtrade Tea Party in Paisley Town Hall on Saturday 27th February from 10am.

– A tour of Renfrewshire schools by Fairtrade walnut producers

– Coffee mornings in Lochwinnoch at The Junction on Wednesday 24 February, 9am – 12pm, and at the RSPB Reserve on Thursday 25 February, 11am – 1pm.

Councillor Lawson added: “Having Fairtrade status doesn’t mean the campaign is over. We will continue to work as a group to raise awareness and keep up the momentum. This year’s Fairtrade Fortnight we have a packed programme and we are confident it will be our biggest and best yet.”


New figures show that the level of violent crime in Renfrewshire fell during the festive season compared to the year before.

Between early December and early January there were significant drops in serious assaults, attempted murders, domestic violence and robbery or assault with the intent to rob across Renfrewshire compared to the same period the year before.

Statistics show that in the period between 7 December 2009 and 10 January 2010 there was reductions of:
– A drop of 42% in serious assaults
– A 59% drop in Robbery/Assault with intent to Rob
– A 25% drop in Domestic Incidents

400 people were charged with breach of the peace and drinking or urinating in public – a 30.6% increase in detections.

There were also no attempted murders or serious assaults in Paisley Town Centre.
Superintendent Donald McCallum, of Strathclyde Police, said “Officers working in Renfrewshire and Paisley Town Centre have achieved some significant results over the past year and over the festive period in reducing violent crime, targeting repeat offenders and policing trouble spots.
“While the recent bad weather has caused people to stay indoors, we have also seen a 25% reduction in domestic incidents over the festive period.
“There are more police on the streets of Renfrewshire than ever before and violent crime is at its lowest for years.
“We will continue to search people in hotspot areas and be as visible as possible in deterring those intent on violent crime or anti-social behaviour.
“I am proud of the hard work of local officers and staff in contributing to these very positive results. There has been an incredible amount of support for officers from Renfrewshire Wardens and the local community.
“While violence is at a low level it is still too high and we are not complacent. This focus will to continue. I hope everyone in Paisley and Renfrewshire are reassured by these results and I give them my assurance that we will continue our efforts in reducing violence and anti-social behaviour”
The results are great news for the Safer and Stronger Renfrewshire Partnership which has seen the police team up with Renfrewshire Council, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, Paisley Partnership Regeneration Company and Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership, to tackle key community safety issues with a joint approach.

As part of the £35,000 festive safety campaign there were additional police and wardens patrols, taxi marshals in place to help ensure people get home safely after a Christmas night out.

Councillor Brian Lawson, Renfrewshire Council’s Community Safety spokesman, said: “Over the course of the last year we have seen a number of significant achievements in terms of falling crime figures, including decreasing levels of youth disorder in areas where the partnership’s youth diversion activities are in place. We have also seen the lowest crime level in Renfrewshire in the last ten years.

“These figures for the festive period build on that success and are a very encouraging sign that we are making Renfrewshire a safer place to live, work and visit. We will be continuing to work together in 2010 to see this trend continue.”


Video from the Glen Cinema Memorial on the 31st December 2009 at Paisley Cenotaph, organised by the Paisley Development Trust, for more information on the Glen Cinema please check out the website

video taken by Brian McGuire, check out our gallery for images.


Emily brown with the wreath

This morning was a time to reflect on the 71 young lifes lost in 1929 when there was a tragic loss of life at the Glen Cinema in Paisley. Today is the 80th anniversary of this tragic event.

The Paisley Development Trust and Renfrewshire council both laid wreaths at Paisley Cenotaph this morning to commemorate the event, I will upload a video soon of the ceremony and add some images as well.

Welcome and intro:- Father John Tormey

Opening prayer (remembering 80 years ago, the kids who lost their lives in the Glen) Bishop Tartallia

Reading:- Rev Briss

Poem  :- Father Tormey

Moment of Silence (laying of wreath) Martyn R,  assisting first Emily Brown laying wreath on the trusts behalf and then Derek Mackay (leader of council).

Prayers of intercession :- Father Tormey

Our Father:-All

Blessing:- Bishop Tartallia

for more information on the cinema go to where you can also buy a DVD commemorating the event too.