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Multiple Sclerosis sufferers in Renfrewshire are to benefit from more than £22,000 which was raised by this year’s Provost’s Charity Ball.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson presented a cheque for £22,722.04 to Glenda McKenzie of MS Society Scotland.

The massive total was raised at the ball which was held at Mar Hall Hotel, Bishopton, in November.

The ball featured a charity auction which included a full set of Harry Potter books signed by JK Rowling, which alone raised £3,500, a holiday for four, VIP tickets to see Runrig in concert and an overnight stay at Mar Hall.

Provost Celia Lawson said: “The ball was a great night but what made it extra special was the knowledge that all the proceeds were going to such a worthwhile cause.

“MS affects a larger proportion of people in Scotland than in many other countries so there are sadly many people whose lives are affected by it. I am delighted that through the generosity of all the guests we have raised such a fantastic amount which will go towards supporting MS sufferers within our community.”

Glenda MacKenzie, Fundraising Manager, MS Society Scotland, said: “The MS Society Scotland is absolutely delighted to accept this cheque following the wonderful fund raising efforts of the Provost and her team. All the money will be used to benefit people in the Renfrewshire area who are affected by MS.”

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Date: Sunday 13 December 2009
Time: 7pm
Venue: Paisley Town Hall
Cost: £9.50 (£8 concessions)

Tickets available from November onwards from Aileen McMillan on 0141 884 6267.

Following on from their highly-successful 20th anniversary season, Paisley Philharmonic Choir will hold their ever-popular carol concert in Paisley Town Hall. Their guests will be the acclaimed Scottish Co-op Brass Band.

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Our roving reporter Westender was out on the streets of Paisley yesterday to take some pictures of the Santa Fun run held in Paisley. Please click on any of the pictures to be taken to the main pictures online.

Also we have a video taken by another one of our visitors John McIntyre who created an excellent video of the “Jingle Bell Fun Run”

many thanks to both our contributors.

Renfrewshire Council Press Release:
Jingle Bell Fun Run

Hundreds of runners in festive fancy dress took to the streets of Paisley this weekend for Renfrewshire’s annual Jingle Bell Run.

Runners donned their Santa hats as well as their trainers to take part in the 3km fun run on Saturday 5 December.

Provost Celia Lawson officially started the race on Abbey Close outside Paisley town hall while inside Accord Hospice ran a Christmas craft fayre.

Provost Lawson said: “This was our second year holding the Jingle Bell Run and it really is a great festive family event. It’s lovely to see all the runners in their Christmas outfits as well as their family and friends out supporting them in Paisley town centre.”

The Jingle Bell Run is part of Renfrewshire Council’s Active Renfrewshire campaign which aims to give people more opportunities to get active.

Councillor Susan McDonald, Renfrewshire Council’s Sports Champion, said: “There are so many different ways for people to lead active lifestyles and as well as the health benefits the important thing is that they enjoy themselves. Events like the Jingle Bell run are a fun way to take part in a physical activity and it is something that people of all ages can do either on their own or with friends and family. Active Renfrewshire is about making it easier for people to try new sports or keep up an active hobby by providing as many different opportunities as possible.”

Click here for Renfrewshire Councils website.

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A Victorian bridge in Paisley has been restored to its former glory following a £1.5million refurbishment programme.

Abbey Bridge has been shut to the public for the last six months while its support structures were replaced and iron panels and parapets recast.

The historic landmark, which spans the White Cart River in the heart of Paisley, was built 130 years ago, but earlier this year the B-listed structure was found to be in need of repair.

During the renovation programme the support structures were replaced, the lattice girder walkways lifted out and 13 tonnes of iron panels and parapets recast.

Engineers replaced all the metal work on the bridge during the project but managed to save the lanterns and the centre pieces, which date from 1979.

Councillor Marie McGurk, of Renfrewshire Council, has welcomed the work, which she said is vital to the town.

She said: “It is actually paramount to the centre of Paisley and allows people to access from one part of Paisley to the other. It encroages on the Abbey, Paisley Town Centre and the council itself.”

News story from STV.TV News http://news.stv.tv/scotland/142144-victorian-bridge-reopens-after-refurbishment/

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New Mobile Office To Tackle Anti-Social Behaviour

Residents suffering problems with anti-social behaviour and vandalism now have a new way to get help.

Renfrewshire Council have launched a new mobile office which will be used by the anti-social behaviour investigation team (ASIST) and housing service to provide additional support to people in their own communities.

Councillor Brian Lawson, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Housing and Community Safety Policy Board, said: “Things like recurring vandalism, graffiti and anti-social behaviour can have a real negative impact on communities but sometimes it can be difficult to speak up or to know who to talk to. The Council’s ASIST team work very closely with local residents and other organisations, including the police, to tackle these issues and improve our communities. However, they cannot help if things aren’t reported to them.

“The new mobile office is a great facility which will make it even easier for people to speak to ASIST about any issues affecting them or their community. By bringing the office to people’s front door we aim to encourage more people to use the support offered by ASIST and the Housing service.”

The mobile office is initially being launched as part of the Festive Safety Campaign, run by the Safer and Stronger Renfrewshire Partnership which brings together a number of local organisations to improve community safety in Renfrewshire.

The mobile office will go out over the coming months to various locations and in the lead up to Christmas ASIST will be focusing in particular on youth disorder and antisocial behaviour.

Councillor Lawson added: “Unfortunately the festive season can see an increase in youth disorder and anti-social behaviour. The mobile office is one of a wide range of initiatives we are running to make this Christmas safer than ever.”

The mobile office will be on Braehead Road, Glenburn, on Thursday 10 December and Wednesday 16 December, between 1.30pm and 3.30pm.

Issues can also be reported at any of the Council’s customer contact points and centre or by calling the Anti-Social Behaviour freephone helpline on 0800 169 1283 which is available everyday from 9am to 10pm.
Alternatively you can contact ASIST direct on 0141 840 2163 during normal office hours.

More information can be obtained from www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

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People in Renfrewshire are being urged to have a Fairtrade festive season.

Renfrewshire’s Fairtrade Steering Group is encouraging local residents to continue their efforts to support Fairtrade by buying goods with the approved logo this Christmas.

Councillor Brian Lawson, Chair of Renfrewshire’s Fairtrade Steering Group, said: “By buying items with the Fairtrade logo we are ensuring a better deal for the people who produced them. This is especially important at Christmas time, the season of goodwill.

“There is a fantastic and wide range of Fairtrade products available these days, so whether it’s presents, Christmas cards, wrapping paper or even decorations why not try making at least some of your Christmas shopping Fairtrade this year.”

Fairtrade items are available in several major shops and local retailers. Councillor Lawson popped into Paisley’s Rainbow Turtle shop on Gauze Street to check out their collection of festive Fairtrade goods.

Councillor Lawson added: “This has been a great year for our Fairtrade campaign with Renfrewshire and Lochwinnoch both achieving Fairtrade status at the start of the year, through to Houston Primary becoming our first official Fairtrade primary in November. Let’s all keep up this hard work by making this a Fairtrade festive season.”

for more information please see www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

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St Andrew’s Day gets Renfrewshire running and reeling

Children from across Renfrewshire got running and reeling on St Andrew’s Day as part of the national Homecoming Finale Weekend Celebrations.

Renfrewshire school children were given a holiday so that they could get involved in events including a baby ceilidh, an alternative highland games and a digital tapestry project.
The day was a huge success with children from across the area getting involved in the fun.

Councillor Lorraine Cameron, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board, said: “This year as the year of the Homecoming we wanted to make it our biggest St Andrew’s Day celebration yet. In particular we wanted children to get involved and give them a special day to remember. The baby ceilidh and the highland games were fantastic fun and everyone really enjoyed themselves, including the parents.

“Things like the highland games and the digital tapestry project had children working together in schools during the weeks and months leading up to St Andrew’s Day. There was also a great programme of children’s reading and author events in our libraries across the area which were very popular.”

Little ones aged up to four enjoyed ceilidh dancing, a DJ playing contemporary Scottish rock and pop, traditional Scottish circle games, sing-a-long of Scottish songs as well as helping to make a mural of Nessie at the baby ceilidh.
While the alternative highland games saw primary school pupils compete in events including tossing the caber, three legged race in one large kilt, welly throwing, putting the neep, a relay race and tug of war. Pupils across Renfrewshire took part in school heats leading up to St Andrew’s Day and the top six schools competed on the day. Williamsburgh Primary school were the winning team.
Councillor Susan McDonald, Renfrewshire Council’s Sports Champion, said: “As part of our Active Renfrewshire campaign we aim to give people of all ages more opportunities to get involved and try new sports and activities. The alternative highland games gave pupils the opportunity to be active as well as having lots of fun.”
Schoolchildren have also been working on an innovative digital tapestry project exploring what it means to be Scottish in 2009.
Through workshops the young people explored varied ideas of Scotland and recreated them through fashion and photography. A vox-pop booth was also set up which allowed pupils to give their views on ‘Scottishness’ to the camera and the final production was

for more info see www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

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More than 100 young people from Renfrewshire got the chance to carry the Queen’s Baton for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi when it visited Paisley on St Andrew’s Day.

The Queen’s Baton 2010 Delhi was welcomed to Renfrewshire as part of its tour of the UK ahead of the Games in March.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson officially welcomed the Queen’s Baton and its delegates, before handing it over to local 800m runner and Commonwealth Games hopeful Claire Gibson to officially start a special relay race around the historic Paisley Abbey.

Claire was followed by fellow local athlete Callum Hawkins who also carried the baton on a lap of the town centre, as well as 45 secondary school students who are training as sports coaches with the Renfrewshire School of Sport Education.

Provost Celia Lawson said: “The Queen’s Baton Relay 2010 is a very prestigious event and it was an honour to welcome it to Renfrewshire. It was particularly special for the young people who got the opportunity the carry the baton and I am delighted we were able to get so many youngsters involved.

“We have a proud sporting past and a very strong future in athletes like Claire, Callum and William. Our Renfrewshire School of Sport Education is also contributing to our goal of creating an Active Renfrewshire by helping young people to share their enthusiasm for sport through coaching. For these reasons Renfrewshire was a perfect choice for the Queen’s Baton Relay to visit and we were all delighted to be given the opportunity to show off our town and our sporting talent.”

Local dance group Right 2 Dance added to the proceedings with a modern Scottish dance performance in front of Paisley Town Hall before the relay.

The Queen’s Baton Relay then continued to the Lagoon Leisure Centre where 60 local primary pupils also got the chance to carry the baton in an indoor mini-relay event.

www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

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Just to wish everyone a very Happy St Andrews day, its starting to get bigger each year and now the kids have started to get school holidays, it should be recognised as a National holiday and for us all to think of our roots in Scotland and feel proud to come from such a beautiful country and to be Scottish and proud.

There are various events being held across Paisley and Renfrewshire ” Events on the Renfrewshire Council website

Baby Ceilidh
Paisley Town Hall
An opportunity for families to celebrate their Scottish identity through creative play and dance.

St Andrew’s Night Ceilidh
Paisley Town Hall
A traditional evening of Scottish dance music.

Alternative Highland Games
Lagoon Leisure Centre
See local schoolchildren try their hand at Welly Boot throwing, putt the neep and 3-legged racing in a giant kilt!

Digital Tapestry
Lagoon Leisure Centre/Paisley Town Hall
A multimedia presentation of Scotland in the 21st Century through the eyes of young people in Renfrewshire projected onto Paisley Town Hall.

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For a good few years now the former T.A building in Paisley’s High street has been derelict and slowly going into a state of disrepair.. Its very sad to see this building go the way of so many other buildings of such significance not just in the town of Paisley but elsewhere..

I am sure many an x soldier has signed his life away in this building “I know I once did as a 16 year old” and the building was used to great extent by the Territorial Army for so long..

The new owners “no not Renfrewshire Council, but a private owner” should be held account to the future of this building and we should start to raise awareness before its too late.

One of our visitors to the website has even seen demolition vans parked up outside the building, what could be the purpose of this? There also has been numerous fires and police call outs.

Why don’t you get involved and tell us your memories of the building if you have ever used it or what the building should be used for in the future “residential use was one of the proposed planning applications see this reference here, this was for the “Refurbishment of main building & subdivision to form 8 flats; refurbishment of chapel to form 1 house; demolition of rear buildings & erection of 17 new build flats & maisonettes with associated parking and landscaping”.

A message board topic has been opened and we would like for you to discuss what you think.. Click here.

Please also note that it is a private company who has ownership of the building and for Renfrewshire Council to do a compulsary purchase order a future use for the building would be needed…

IMPORTANT:  If you notice any suspicious activity at the building please report it to the Police.

Anyway discuss, discuss, discuss and lets do something to preserve our historical and architecturally stunning buildings.