Zaction Man’s wishes come true thanks to Glasgow Airport

Glasgow Airport has helped a young boy who suffers from rare genetic condition live out some of his wishes.

Zac Borland from Cumbernauld, or ‘Zaction Man’ as he has become known among staff at the airport due to the items on his wishlist, is on a strict programme of medication but was able to forget his troubles during a day of fun with his family.

Asked what he would like to do most, Zac’s responses included: fly in an aircraft, put out a real fire with some firemen, and dash round Hamley’s toy store.

He and his family – mum Trudi, dad Ronnie and sisters Kim and Jenny – were collected from their home by in a chauffeur-driven limousine. At this stage Zac had no idea what was in store.

They were driven to Glasgow Airport where they were taken out on the airfield by the fire service. Zac and his sisters got behind the wheel of the airport’s new ‘Panther’ fire appliances and doused a real fire with the powerful hose.

The family then had lunch at Frankie and Benny’s before heading into Glasgow where Zac, Kim and Jenny dashed round Hamley’s, grabbing whatever they wanted.

After the excitement had died down, mum Trudi said: “It was amazing. Zac went into school the next day and one of the teachers asked him about it. His answer was something along the lines of ‘there are no words to describe it’.

“He absolutely loved being out with the fire crew and he has not stopped talking about it. His prized possession is the helmet they gave him. The girls loved it too.

“The whole day was fantastic from start to finish and although Zac was quite shy to start with, his smile got bigger and bigger as the day went on. It was lovely to see him just being a wee boy having fun, without having to worry about his condition.

“We would like to thank everyone, including those behind the scenes, who made this possible as it made our family feel so special.”

Unfortunately Zac was unable to fly on an aircraft due to unfavourable weather conditions, but is set to return in 2013 to fulfil this particular wish.

Flybe has also gifted the family, who have never flown before, complimentary flights to any of their UK destinations in 2013.

Trudi added: “Zac is so looking forward to that as well. The first thing he tells everyone is ‘I’m going to have a flying lesson’ and he has started to wind up one of his friends, who wants to be a pilot.”

Visit www.glasgowairport.com or Follo Glasgow Airport on Twitter twitter.com/GLA_Airport

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NEWS FROM THE ROTARY CUB OF PAISLEY

QUEST4TALENT 2013

Have you got what it takes?

The Rotary Club of Paisley is gearing up to launch the 2013 Quest4talent competition for young people.
Now in its fifth year this has become a popular established competition which has already helped some of the areas most talented young performers on the road to success.

Q4TlogoThe competition is open to young people from 6 to 25 years with categories in vocal, instrumental, soloists and groups, choirs, bands,dance, and entertainers.
This year there are two new categories- musical theatre and Scottish traditional music.

The Grand Final is on Saturday 20th April 2013 in Paisley Town Hall with the heats taking place during March.
The competition aims to give as many young people as possible a chance to perform on the stage and at the same time raises money for charity.
In the past the charities which have benefited have included Rotary’s End Polio Now, Yorkhill Children’s Hospital, and Paisley YMCA.

www.quest4talent.org.uk

Santa visits St Vincent’s patients

Patients at St Vincent’s Hospice are in for a real treat on Friday 21st December when Santa is due to visit, followed by Christmas lunch and a pantomime performed by staff and volunteers.

Day Hospice patient Eric Burns, from Johnstone, said “I feel like a school kid again; I’m all excited because I know Santa is coming.”

st-vincents-hospiceJohn Hair of Johnstone, who also uses Day Hospice services, said “I get picked up by the hospice, brought in and taken home at the end of the day and I couldn’t make it here unless that was the case.”

“I was sent to St Vincent’s Hospice for my breathing; to learn to breathe again. I enjoy it because it’s not a big clinic, it’s welcoming and there is always somebody to listen to you. We get exercises to do and I feel I’ve really improved since coming.”

It costs £5,000 per day to run services at St Vincent’s Hospice. Specialist care is provided to all those living with cancer and other life limiting illnesses; hospice teams support the physical, psychological and emotional needs of patients and their loved ones.

Chief Exec Kate Lennon said “Christmas is such an emotional time for many people; the care provided here offers a real lifeline to local families who may find it difficult coping with illness at this time.”

“The generosity of our local community is greatly valued at this critical time, our supporters are very special people and we need their continued help to maintain the care we are providing for all our patients and their families.”

To donate to St Vincent’s Hospice visit www.justgiving.com/stvincents/Donate or call 01505 705635 for debit/credit card donations.

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Lunch with Santa in the Barn Tearoom

This year’s Lunch with Santa which took place on Sunday 16th December, was another successful day with 20 children from age 2 years – 7 years attending. A great day was had by all enjoying an afternoon of singing, dancing and games.

We raised a fantastic £158.00 and are looking forward to it all again next year.

Flo Ferguson from the Barn Tearoom front of house team said “It was a great afternoon and all the children enjoyed spending it with Santa. Santa did a great job, well done Santa!”

www.stvincentshospice.co.uk

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New Partners: What’s on Renfrewshire

We are always looking at ways to improve our service to our visitors and to do that, aim to partner up with other organisations. We can then provide added value to areas where, as volunteers, we can’t put in the resources and time needed to make those sections as informative as we would like.

whats-on-ren-bannerWe have an excellent events section, however it’s extremely hard to provide up to date events information as it takes time to do the research. What’s on Renfrewshire do an excellent job in finding local events not only in Paisley but in the whole of Renfrewshire and sometimes beyond.

We are happy to announce that our websites will now be working together to update everyone with all the latest events. You can still send your events in to us at paisley.org.uk or alternatively send them direct to What’s on Renfrewshire, who will display the events. Our team of volunteers can turn up to the event, take some photos, write a review and promote it on our social networks, giving double exposure to your event.

We welcome What’s on Renfrewshire to our partnership of sites promoting Paisley and Renfrewshire to the wider public.

What’s on Renfrewshire:

Our single aim at What’s On Renfrewshire is to make sure local events are promoted throughout the community for free! We understand that not every event being held has a budget for marketing, we also know that there are thousands of Renfrewshire residents who want to know what’s going on locally to them and that’s where we come in.

Part of our strategy is to build strong ties with other community groups and organisations allowing us to reach an even wider audience with our event listings, which is why partnering with Paisley.org.uk was a no brainer!

Paisley.org.uk has such a strong presence not just in Paisley but throughout the West of Scotland and beyond and we’re proud to be working alongside Brian and the team to make sure local events get the best coverage they can!

Keep up to date by following and visiting What’s on Renfrewshire via the website www.whatsonrenfrewshire.co.uk or via Facebook www.facebook.com/WhatsOnRenfrewshire

Gaelic Christmas in Paisley

Photographs from Holy Trinity & St Barnabas Church, Paisley of the Gaelic Christmas in Paisley with Alison Buchanan. Paisley.org.uk were on hand to take photos of the festive celebrations as Alison recited the traditional carols and brought a Gaelic sparkle to Christmas.

All Photographs taken by Alex Kyle for www.paisley.org.uk. You can find more about Alex and his photographs on www.facebook.com/alexkylephotography

For more information on Mòd Phàislig please visit the website www.modphaislig.org

Mod Phaislig

The Royal National Mòd is Scotland’s premier Gaelic festival which aims to showcase Gaelic language and culture to the wider world, through music, dance, drama, art and literature.

The first Mòd was held in 1892 in Oban and since then, it has traveled to many places throughout Scotland. Next year in Paisley, we will be celebrating the 110th Royal National Mòd!

To find out more about the Mòd, please visit www.acgmod.org/

Pupils ‘dig’ new school facilities

Work has started on a new combined £15.5million primary school, pre-5 and community education facility in Renfrew.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan and Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of the council’s Education Policy Board, donned hard hats and dug in with pupils to celebrate the ‘cutting of the soil’ of the new St James’ Primary School, Moorpark Pre-5 Centre and Community Learning Centre.

The new facilities will mirror the recently opened Park Mains High School in making use of flexible learning spaces to support innovative approaches to teaching and learning.

There will also be opportunities for outdoor learning on the site adjacent to the existing school.

The new school, community learning centre and pre-5 centre will open in April 2014.

Councillor Mark Macmillan said: “The cutting of the soil marks the start of an investment which will boost education and learning for the whole community it will serve. These will be great facilities for current pupils and for future generations.”

Councillor Jacqueline Henry said: “The new school will provide a stimulating educational environment that will better support the new ways of learning and teaching in the 21st century.

You can already sense the enthusiasm of the pupils, staff and the local community who will reap the benefits in the long-term.”

Margaret Convery, head teacher of St James’ Primary, joined pupils at the soil-cutting ceremony. She said: “We are all looking forward to the completion of our new school, community learning centre and pre-5 centre. Pupils and staff are all excited about this development and eager to move into the new building and sample the new facilities.”

The building contract has been awarded to DC Community Partnerships and construction company CBC are the lead contractors for the project.

For regular updates on local news and events follow @RenCouncilNews on Twitter or the council’s Renfrewshire page on Facebook.

 

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Glasgow Airport lands direct Lufthansa service to Düsseldorf

Glasgow Airport is to further strengthen its route network after Lufthansa Regional confirmed it will launch a direct service to Düsseldorf in April 2013.

LH RegionalIt is the first time Glasgow Airport will have served Düsseldorf, which is located in the heart of the prosperous Rhine-Ruhr region, in 20 years and the launch of the route will also mark the return of the Lufthansa network to Glasgow.

Lufthansa Regional will initially operate six flights per week with the inaugural flight taking off on 8 April 2013 and it will increase to a daily service week commencing 24 June 2013.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “The introduction of Lufthansa Regional’s Düsseldorf service is fantastic news for Glasgow Airport as not only will it result in a direct, daily flight to one of the wealthiest regions in Europe, our passengers will once again have access to the extensive onward connectivity offered by the Lufthansa network.

“Both Düsseldorf and Glasgow are economic powerhouses in their own right and whilst there will undoubtedly be strong demand for this service from within the business community, it will prove a big draw for leisure travellers and has huge potential to generate significant in-bound tourism for Glasgow.

“If we are to further enhance Scotland’s global connectivity then Glasgow must have links with European hubs such as Düsseldorf and we are looking forward to working with Lufthansa to ensure the success of this route.”

Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “Lufthansa Regional’s new route between Düsseldorf and Glasgow, which has been supported through the council’s Air Route Development Fund, is a major boost for the city. Germany represents the largest international market for Glasgow with more than 71,000 trips made each year by German visitors who generate more than £19 million for the local economy.

“The benefits of this new service are two-fold. Firstly, it presents us with a significant opportunity to grow short-break leisure tourism from Germany. Secondly, increased access is a key driver in attracting more delegates to the conferences that meet in Glasgow and this vastly improves the city’s international competitiveness by providing passengers with greater worldwide connectivity through the Lufthansa network.

“Landing this new service has been the result of strong partnership working in recent months, which has included Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, Glasgow Airport, the German Consulate in Glasgow, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and VisitScotland. It is through this partnership approach that we will continue to develop sustainable airline routes into Glasgow – ensuring that Glasgow International Airport remains Scotland’s leading business and leisure gateway – and connect the city to the global marketplace.”

Stuart Patrick, Chief Executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, said: “This is really excellent news. It gives Glasgow direct flight access to one of the most important industrial centres of Germany in North Rhine Westphalia with an 18 million population, including four of Germany’s largest cities – Dusseldorf, Cologne, Dortmund and Essen – and nine of the top 20 urban centres in the country.

“From a business perspective, the Ruhr-Rhine region is one of the best known industrial centres in the world with many leading German companies like ThyssenKrupp headquartered there. We congratulate the team at Glasgow Airport on securing another important trading connection to add to many others – such as the Emirates double daily route to Dubai – that they have won this year.”

Lufthansa is a founding member of the Star Alliance network which was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Overall, the Star Alliance network offers more than 21,900 daily flights to 1,329 airports in 194 countries.

Lufthansa Regional’s direct flights to Dusseldorf are currently on sale at www.lufthansa.com.

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Renfrewshire Council to host welfare reform summit

Renfrewshire Council is hosting a high level summit to coordinate efforts to help thousands of local people cope with the estimated £22million loss in benefits they are expected to suffer because of changes in the welfare system.

The summit, involving housing associations, charities and voluntary organisations, is being held at India of Inchinnan on Tuesday 11 December.

Renfrewshire_Council_ezg_1During the summit Renfrewshire Council will present its plans for preparing the community to cope with what has been described as “a tidal wave of benefit cuts.” Lyn Kilpatrick from the Chartered Institute of Housing and John Campbell of Rights Advice Scotland will give the views of housing and advice services professionals.

The event will also feature workshops where organisations will have the opportunity to highlight their preparations and consider what else needs to be done.

Councillor Mike Holmes, Renfrewshire Council’s Welfare Reform spokesperson, said: “Renfrewshire residents are facing a tidal wave of benefit cuts. The changes being made by the UK Government will see 2,900 local working-age households affected by new under-occupancy rules.

“Over 2,000 working-age disabled people will also lose out when Disability Living Allowance is replaced by Personal Independence Payments.

“The under-occupancy rules alone could see local council and housing association tenants lose more than £1.8million of housing benefit. Disabled people, tenants in social and private housing, and families on working tax credits are going to be hit hardest, with many of them facing not one but several of these changes at once.

“The council is already working hard to make sure Renfrewshire residents know about the changes and how they are likely to be affected by them. This seminar is a vital part of those preparations. We are keen to work with our partners wherever possible to support local residents. The Welfare Reform summit will be an important opportunity for us to get together and discuss a joined up approach.

“Concerted, proactive measures are needed to minimise the damage that these far reaching changes are likely to inflict on the welfare safety net.”
Under-occupancy rules, or ‘the bedroom tax’, will introduce new rates of housing benefit that take into account the size of each property. Where people are considered to have more rooms than they need their housing benefit will be reduced.

The UK Government is also handing over responsibility for lifeline support such as community care grants and crisis loans to local authorities while reduced the funding available. Families working less than 24 hours a week will also lose out on Working Tax Credits.

Information about the imminent changes is also available on Renfrewshire Council’s website and Facebook page. Staff training is also being carried out to ensure key groups of council employees can advise the public of changes that might affect them and where they can get support.

More information about the changes is available on 0300 300 0288 and online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/benefitchanges

Bounce Unders is a NEW under 18’s event happening in Moloko on Friday 14th December 2012 between 6pm and 9pm.

On the night we will have two Great DJs and Singer,

Emily Cochrane will sing We Found Love by Rihanna

DJ’s – 

Dekky & DJ Stewart Campbell

They will be on the decks playing all the best 
Chart, Electro, House and much more,

Entry is £5.00 and
All Drinks are only 99p each,

For more information you can contact event promoter Declan McGovern on his Bounce Unders Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/bounce.unders.7 or email dekky@generationsound.co.uk

No alcohol will be on sale,