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Christmas Lego workshop for kids aged 5-12

‘As snowflakes fall, don’t let your child’s curiosity and creativity freeze up! Ignite their desire to learn with the fun and exciting model plans & building activities offered at our Christmas Workshops. Children will bring their creations to life using traditional bricks, character figure models, motorised technic machines and mosaic art projects!

Themes include construction, super heroes, space, cities, master builder techniques and more! Creative building time, games and mini-figure & mini model Xmas gift add to the fun!’

kids aged 5-12 at Mossvale Community Church, 60 Greenock Road, Paisley, PA3 2LE on Friday 22nd December. The 3 hour workshop is on from 10:30am-1:30pm and costs £20.00 per child (this includes a lego mini-figure & small lego mini-model to take home).

 

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This Saturday at the Piazza Shopping Centre

This Saturday at the Piazza Shopping Centre we have an afternoon full of musical entertainment, first up is The Renfrewshire Community Gospel Choir followed by performances by Heriot Primary, St Peter’s Primary and St Charles Primary in our Christmas Choir Concert.

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Renfrew High pupils book in for advent calendar with a difference

PUPILS at Renfrew High School have been opening an advent calendar with a difference in the run-up to Christmas.


Instead of a chocolate treat, youngsters from S1 to S3 are getting the chance to win a brand new book as a present every day of Advent, right up to Christmas Eve. The winners are chosen in a prize draw.

The unusual Festive initiative is part of a programme of events encouraging pupils to read more, after Renfrew High was one of only six schools, in Scotland chosen to take part in the First Minister’s Reading Challenge for secondary schools.


Funding for the Advent books has come from the Scottish Book Trust, together with a discounted price from Waterstones bookstore, at intu Braehead.

Already pupils have had visits by authors, two youngsters travelled to the Scottish Book Trust headquarters, in Edinburgh to discuss the initiative and other pupils were guests on BBC Radio Scotland talking about books and reading.

The First Minister’s Reading Challenge programme at Renfrew High is being led by Renfrewshire Leisure librarian, Robin Dunlop, in conjunction with staff at the school.


Other schools taking part in the secondary reading challenge are St Andrew’s and St Bride’s High, East Kilbride; Bannockburn High; Arbroath Academy; Clydebank High and Sgoil Lionacleit, on Benbecula.
Chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, Joyce McKellar said: “The concept of the First Minister’s Reading Challenge is to raise awareness and provide a reading for pleasure culture among teenagers.
“Along with staff at Renfrew High, Robin is doing a fantastic job in creating a new interest in reading among the pupils there.

“And giving out a book every day of Advent is certainly a gift of reading, which hopefully the pupils will continue to do as they make their way to adulthood.”

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Intu Braehead mall opens to midnight – just in time for Christmas

The clock’s ticking towards Christmas Day, but intu Braehead is making sure shoppers have plenty time to buy the presents they want to give family and friends.


The shopping mall is open until midnight every day from Monday, December 18 to Saturday, December 23.

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: “We want to take the pressure off shoppers and make Christmas shopping a bit more relaxed and enjoyable.

“Our longer opening hours are always popular with our shoppers, especially with people doing a day’s work and then having to make sure all the right Christmas gifts are bought and nobody misses out.

“Our midnight opening is ideal for people with busy lives and people can even keep up with their favourite soaps on TV in the early evening before nipping out to intu Braehead to do some Christmas shopping.

“And everybody loves being able to drive into one of our free car parks and get to the shops within minutes.”

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Paisley First Winterfest

Love Paisley? Love Christmas!

Paisley First WinterFest has arrived in Paisley town centre to help you get in the festive mood this Christmas!

In association with M&D events, this Christmas spectacular will run daily in the town until Christmas Eve!

Get your skates on for our outdoor ice rink just under the Piazza Car Park.

See Paisley in a whole new way with the Paisley panoramic Sky Swing or take part in our free interactive Nutcracker trail for children with a chance to win WinterFest prizes!

Take a browse through the continental style Christmas market, or pick up your free Paisley Guide to Christmas – we’ve got your Christmas shopping all wrapped up!

PA postcode? Then get 20% off ice rink prices at the ticket office when you show proof of your address!

And once you have had some fun and ticked off your Christmas shopping list, Paisley has plenty of great places for food and drink when you need to rest your weary feet!

Paisley also has an array of hair and beauty salons to help you look your best for those Christmas parties, nights out with friends and the big day itself!

Paisley First is also holding a free festive Nutcracker Trail with 10 nutcracker kings spread throughout the town from Saturday 2nd December until Saturday 16th December.

Paisley First Chairman, Ian Henderson, said: “This will be a great event to showcase everything that Paisley has to offer during the festive season.

“There is so much to see and do in the town already and this will help cement the town’s reputation as a visitor destination.

“We will also be running a Christmas retail campaign; when it comes to festive shopping we have a lot of fantastic independent retailers as well as national chains throughout the town centre.

“And after hitting the shops and enjoying the Christmas entertainment, visitors can take advantage of our many cafes, restaurants and bars.

“This year, Paisley will have Christmas all wrapped up.”

The event is a great showcase for the town as Paisley enters the final straight in the town’s bid for UK City of Culture in 2021 and will wrap up Paisley’s winter season, which has already seen over 50,000 people enjoy events in the town.

M&D’s Events Director, Douglas Taylor, said: “Paisley already has a rich cultural scene and this type of Christmas event is an ideal addition to the town.

“We are working with Paisley First to ensure this event will be a great attraction for the local community, who will be eligible for discounted rates, as well as visitors from further afield.”

Ian added: “We believe the continental style market will really complement the existing Christmas shopping available in the town and we are also hoping some of the local traders will get involved too.”

The Nutcracker Trail will see visitors collect special booklets and complete the trail for a chance to win a special WinterFest prize! For more details on our Nutcracker Trail click HERE

Plus Santa’s reindeer helpers will be coming to Paisley on the afternoons of Saturday 9th, Sunday 10th, Saturday 16th and Saturday 23rd December – come and get a selfie with Rudolph!

Heading to Paisley for WinterFest?

Check out our parking map in advance!

As well as plenty of parking facilities, there are also great public transport links…

You can get a train from Glasgow Central train station to Paisley Gilmour Street train station which will bring you straight to County Square, just minutes away from the ice rink!

Plus buses from Glasgow City Centre include the McGill’s 38 bus and First Bus No.9.

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Gavin Newlands MP joins Mars UK to celebrate the season of sustainability

Gavin Newlands MP pledged to walk more often in 2018 at a Mars UK event showcasing the role of sustainable business and the urgent need for businesses to help tackle key threats to the planet.

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Mr Newlands joined guests representing various sustainability charities at the reception, which kicked off the festive season in style with plenty of delicious Mars goodies.  The key theme of the event was Mars’ Sustainable in a Generation Plan and the company’s global efforts to create a #generationofchange

Guests were invited to make their own sustainability pledge on a Christmas tree bauble and hang it on a Christmas tree to highlight their commitment.  Mr Newland pledged:‘I will walk to work more often (and walk kids to school!)’

Those who did so were also entered into a prize draw to win a donation to a charity in their constituency and a Mars Christmas hamper for their office. The draw was won by Gordon Marsden MP (Lab, Blackpool South).

The reception was arranged following the launch of Mars’ Sustainable in a Generation Plan in September. The plan sets out the company’s ambition to grow in ways that are good for people, good for the planet, and good for the business. As part of this Mars is investing $1 billion over the next few years to tackle urgent challenges facing global society, including climate change, poverty, and scarce resources. The plan centres around three interconnected ambitions:

»      Healthy Planet: To reduce environmental impacts in line with what science says is necessary to keep the planet healthy – focusing on climate action, water stewardship and land management. Targets include reducing GHG emissions across Mars’ value chain by 27% by 2025 and 67% by 2050.

»      Thriving People: To meaningfully improve the working lives of one million people – focusing on increasing income, respecting human rights and unlocking opportunities for women. Earlier this year Mars Food announced that all basmati rice sold under UNCLE BEN’S® or SEEDS OF CHANGE® is now sourced from farmers who are working towards the Sustainable Rice Platform’s standard for sustainable rice – a first in the global rice industry.

»      Nourishing Wellbeing: To advance science, innovation and marketing in ways that help billions of people and their pets lead healthier, happier lives. In a sign of Mars’ commitment to this Mars Petcare has been working in its local town, Melton Mowbray, all year on projects to transform the lives of residents by bringing pets and people together. Last month, Melton Mowbray was named the UK’s most welcoming town for dogs in a public vote

David Manzini, Market Transition Lead, Mars Chocolate UK and Wrigley UK said: “It was fantastic to welcome Mr Newlands and so many other guests to our festive parliamentary reception. This was a great opportunity to highlight the role that responsible businesses can play in driving change on key global threats to the environment and human wellbeing. At Mars UK we are committed to sustainable growth in a way that is good for people, planet and performance. Our Sustainable in a Generation Plan represents the next stage in the company’s mission to tackle urgent global threats.”

 

Gavin Newlands MP said, “I was pleased to join Mars to celebrate the start of the festive period and make a personal commitment as part of the wider#generationofchange campaign. Each of us has a part to play in ensuring a sustainable future for our children and grandchildren.”

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The legacy of Paisley’s 2021 UK City of Culture bid endures with Culture, Heritage and Events Fund

The legacy of Paisley’s 2021 bid for UK City of Culture continues with public applications invited from community projects for funding from Renfrewshire Council’s flagship cultural grants programme.

The Culture, Heritage and Events (CHE) Fund is available for organisations looking to stage a cultural event.

One of the key legacies of the town’s bid, it has so far supported 80 projects to the tune of more than £630,000.

Paisley was the only Scottish place on the shortlist for the UK City of Culture 2021 competition alongside Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland, Swansea and Coventry, which took the title.

The CHE fund aims to raise cultural ambition, enhance participation and unlock creative potential in Renfrewshire.

Application deadlines have just been approved by Renfrewshire Council’s Leadership Board for the next four rounds of funding.

New applications for 2018/19 will be considered at three levels, from £1,000 and under, from £1,000 to £10,000 and over £10,000.

The first round should be submitted by February 12th 2018, with a decision by 24 April.

A further three rounds will follow, on May 10th, October 10th and December 10th.

The initial fund amount of £500,000 was doubled to £1 million in February this year, with the first five rounds of funding attracting a total of 242 applications from businesses, communities and cultural organisations across Renfrewshire and Scotland.

There have been total funding requests of around £3 million.

Voluntary or community organisations, schools, colleges and universities, independent artists and makers, artist’s collectives, cultural organisations and networks and business, including creative industries, can all apply.

Projects to have received funding so far include teenage animator  Morgan Spence’s Lego video about Paisley and a collaboration between local group Right2Dance and the internationally renowned  Sir Matthew Bourne’s Re:Bourne company .

The projects should contribute to regeneration and can show imaginative use of the townscape or buildings and enhance the annual cultural calendar.

Strengthening cultural capacity –and showcasing the talent of Renfrewshire are among the other objectives.

Renfrewshire Council Leader and Convenor of the Leadership Board, Councillor Iain Nicolson, said: “The UK City of Culture contest may have come to a close but the CHE Fund continues as one of the key legacies of Paisley’s bid.

“Renfrewshire has a great creative scene and the 2021 bid shone a spotlight on that and let people see what was out there, and the CHE Fund will keep allowing that to happen.”

The fund can support a range of activities, such as training and cultural learning opportunities, new and one-off events or enhancements to existing festivals and bodies of work.

For more information on the CHE Fund, visit www.paisley2021.co.uk.

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Six key sectors to a thriving Renfrewshire economy

Renfrewshire businesses are forming specialist teams to grow six key sectors of the local economy.

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Members of Renfrewshire’s Economic Leadership Panel – which brings together the region’s business and education experts – have identified the six target areas of culture, health and childcare, manufacturing, skills, tourism and transport.

Now plans are in place to create six groups who will meet in January as they formulate specific strategies for each area of emphasis.

The Leadership Panel was established in the summer to drive Renfrewshire’s future economic success. Its membership is drawn from companies large and small across the area together with representatives from the public sector, further and higher education and national agencies.

Its first task is to support the development of a long-term economic strategy for Renfrewshire from 2018-2035 and the sector specific groups will play a key role.

Audrey Cumberford, Principal and Chief Executive of West College Scotland and Chair of the Renfrewshire Economic Leadership Panel said: “This panel is about taking action and about each organisation recognising its responsibility to develop Renfrewshire’s economic potential.

“These teams will focus on areas we know are hugely important to Renfrewshire’s economic health and will ensure people with the right knowledge and expertise play their part in accelerating the area’s economic fortunes.”

These latest developments come as Councillors on the Leadership Board today (Tuesday 12 December, 2017) approved a new Renfrewshire Economic Profile, providing bitesize data on how the local economy is faring.

The six-monthly snapshot will be shared online and give councillors a handy tool to track local progress.

The example November 2017 profile shows Renfrewshire’s employment rate at 74.7 per cent, outstripping the Glasgow City Region and higher than the Scottish average.

It also shows a five per cent unemployment rate, again bettering the national position, with average weekly earnings £14 up on the average Scot.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “We are committed to putting the measures in place which attract new jobs and opportunities to Renfrewshire. The Economic Leadership Panel provides vital strategic direction and the formation of these new teams are most welcome to devise specific plans for these six hugely important sectors to the Renfrewshire economy.

“It is only through partnership working that we can achieve our collective goals and at the same time having this regular profile of our economic performance enables us to make the strategic directions to deliver a thriving Renfrewshire.”

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Renfrewshire pupils are on song at Paisley Abbey

The sound of music flowed through Paisley Abbey as pupils from across Renfrewshire performed in the annual schools Christmas concert.

Aspiring musicians from a variety of Renfrewshire schools utilised the stunning acoustics of the historic venue to showcase their talents and musicianship to the local community.

The performance began with the violins and cellos of the Renfrewshire Schools String Ensemble’s as they performed ‘The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba’.

This was followed by a moving performance of Africca and Tron Legacy by the assorted battery of the Schools Percussion Ensemble, which incorporated an array of instruments including timpani, drums, marimba, tubular bells and more.

The Senior Concert band then played a range of Gershwin Classics, as well as music from Shrek, leaving the Abbey reverberating with the sounds of trumpets, saxophones and flutes.

Culture and tradition then enveloped the Abbey as the Feis Phaislig Choir opened the second half with a selection of Gaelic songs.

The Senior Ceilidh Band had the audience tapping along as they concluded the concert with a fantastic rendition of ‘Let Ramensky Go’, featuring Sorcha Alcorn Stewart on vocals.

Councillor Jim Paterson, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Policy Board, said: “We have a wealth of aspiring musicians in Renfrewshire and it’s fantastic to see our pupils bring their talents together to put on such an extraordinary performance.

“It is vital that we encourage our young people to express themselves musically which is why we committed to offering free music tuition to our school pupils, allowing them the opportunity to find their talent from an early age.

“We want our pupils to aim high and achieve their dreams and what better inspiration than performing in the same venue as our home-grown success story Paolo Nutini did so recently.”

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Business leaders welcome National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland to Renfrewshire

Business leaders welcome National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland to Renfrewshire

Renfrewshire’s business community has welcomed the news that Scotland’s National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland (NMIS) will be established in Renfrewshire.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon yesterday (Monday 11 December) announced the industry-led institute will be built on Abbotsinch Road, next to Glasgow Airport, and will become the anchor tenant of a new 130-acre business and manufacturing innovation district in Renfrewshire.

A collaborative project between the Scottish Government and national skills and enterprise agencies together with the University of Strathclyde and Renfrewshire Council, the Institute will bring together skills, expertise, research and innovation to attract investment and develop Scotland into a global leader in advanced manufacturing.

The enabling infrastructure of roads, bridges, cycleways and pedestrian routes are being delivered by Renfrewshire Council through the £39.1million Glasgow Airport Investment Area project, funded through the Glasgow City Region City Deal.

Chair of Renfrewshire’s Economic Leadership Panel, Audrey Cumberford, feels the new institute will allow Renfrewshire to realise its economic potential.

She said: “Choosing Renfrewshire as the base for the National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland is a clear indication of the area’s potential to be a leading light in the global manufacturing sector.

“The levels of private investment this could bring to Renfrewshire cannot be underestimated and this will provide a substantial boost to the area’s economic growth.

“The investment, combined with the significant improvement to infrastructure in the area, will be a key contributor in making Renfrewshire a more attractive, vibrant and sustainable place to live, work, visit and invest in.”

Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive, Bob Grant, has also welcomed the announcement citing the promise of thousands of new jobs coming into the area.

He said: “It is fantastic that Renfrewshire has been chosen as the home for the National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland and it is recognition of our growing position within the international manufacturing sector.

“Thousands of highly-skilled jobs are set to be created across the next 20 years in a boost to employment across the area, while also providing an opportunity to inspire young people into an exciting and rewarding career within the industry.

“New and existing businesses in the area will feel the benefit of the increase in skilled workers in Renfrewshire, as well as the expertise and technological advances the institute brings, as it aims to allow Scotland to compete globally in manufacturing.”

The announcement builds on the recent development of the £8.9million Lightweight Manufacturing Centre, set to open in May 2018 at the Doosan Babcock site in Westway, Renfrew.

The centre will develop new manufacturing processes for lightweight materials for the aerospace and automotive industries.