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Find out how you can join in this year’s Halloween festivities by decorating and lighting up your windows 🎃👾
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As part of Paisley Halloween Festival presents Out of This World, you can get involved by registering your otherworldly decorations and creations as part of a special Window Wanderland trail.

It’s free to take part and you can create whatever you want, from lights in the window, a cutout silhouette, simple to spectacular it’s up to you!

Plus, spread the word with your friends and neighbours – we’d love to see your streets transformed into magical outdoor galleries.

Head over to our website to find out more on how you can register your window 👉

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From Paisley First:

Have you seen the latest edition of our Love Paisley magazine?

This special autumn and winter issue has you covered for the festive season with our Paisley town centre Christmas Gift Guide!
We also have all you need for winter fashion so you can stay warm and on-trend!


And we’ve got the latest from our hair and beauty businesses who will make sure you are looking fabulous for the festivities!
If thoughts of the dark nights have you heading to the kitchen for some feel-good food, our independent food retailers have you covered!

Or, if you’re looking to stay social and get creative, we have the latest on classes and activities for adults available in our town centre businesses.
Plus. we take you on a tour of Paisley’s much-loved pubs and bars!

Move or improve? If your home is top of your to-do list at the moment, we have a special section devoted to helping you take that next step up the housing ladder or turn your current house into your dream home.

So, if all that’s whetted your appetite for more, you can see the digital version of the magazine here!
Or why not head into town and pick up your copy from our leaflet racks in either the Piazza Shopping Centre Paisley or The Paisley Centre!

Remember, around 65p from every pound spent locally, stays local – so by picking up that coffee, going for lunch or buying that gift, you can do your bit to support the local community and its businesses.

Love Local, Love Paisley!

Cllr McGurk at Lochfield Bowling Club

Volunteers from Renfrewshire’s award-winning Team Up to Clean Up campaign are set to have access to £40,000 for environmental projects across the area.

If approved by councillors, volunteers will be able to apply for funding to carry out environmental improvements such as sowing wildflowers, installing planters or improving green spaces for local wildlife and would allow them to work with landscapers or purchase small items of equipment to carry out the work themselves.

Cllr McGurk at Lochfield Bowling Club

It would be allocated from the Renfrewshire Council’s Green Spaces, Parks and Play Areas and Villages Investment Fund which has funded community-led projects worth more than £1.7million since it was created in 2018.

Of the 62 projects supported, 34 have originated from Team Up to Clean Up volunteers and numerous parks, community gardens and nature reserves have benefitted from the coordination of the campaign and the fund.

Cllr McGurk at Lochfield Bowling Club

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “Our Team Up to Clean Up campaign continues to be a fantastic example of how we can work together with the community as a Council, as is the Green Spaces Fund which has helped deliver improvements within almost every community in Renfrewshire.

“This funding would give volunteers the opportunity to carry our small environmental projects which they believe would make a significant difference to their local green spaces and I look forward to this being brought forward to the forthcoming board for consideration.”

Tuecheen Woods path

The award-winning Team Up to Clean Up campaign brings the Council and community together to improve Renfrewshire’s local environment, with a £2.5million investment by the Council in additional road sweeping, fly tipping removal, litter picking, and gully cleaning enhanced by litter picking carried out by dedicated volunteers from the local community.

Team Up to Clean Up logo

Since it launched in 2017, the area’s street cleanliness has improved significantly – with the area now being well above the Scottish average and moving from 26th in Scotland to 13th last year.

For more information on the campaign, including how to take part, visit or join more than 3,200 members of the Facebook group at

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Powerful impact of writing project in forging friendships highlighted as Renfrewshire Leisure and Ethnic Communities Cultural Steering Group secure grant to continue creating cultural connections

Children from diverse ethnic and migrant communities have described how finding pen pals has made them feel loved as they build lives in Renfrewshire.

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A group of six to 11-year-olds have forged new friendships while taking part in a project aimed at encouraging understanding and creating new cultural connections.

Ten children of Syrian refugees living in Renfrewshire have been paired with 10 youngsters of African heritage, writing to each other – sharing all kinds of experiences and feelings – so that they can learn more about the background of each other’s families.

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The scheme, led by the region’s Ethnic Communities Cultural Steering Group – comprising, Renfrewshire Leisure, Pachedu, School of African Cultures, Jambo Radio, Inspiring Families and the University of the West of Scotland – aims to create a greater understanding of the diverse cultures that make up modern communities, particularly “new Scots”, whether they be those whose families have lived in the country for many years or those who are new to the country.

Its success is attracting national interest, with a pilot project launched as part of Refugee Week securing £4,420 to continue it through this year.

Describing how the work made them feel, one of the children who took part said: “It helps create love, friendship and respect for people from all countries, fighting racism everywhere.”

Another said: “I want to make a new friend – someone who can relate to me but who is completely different.”

The cultural steering group is spearheaded by community charity Renfrewshire Leisure, which works with communities across the region.

Heather Paton, Renfrewshire Leisure

Cultural Development Officer Heather Paton said: “A rich diversity of cultures make up modern Renfrewshire and Scotland. We want to build relationships between and celebrate them all, encouraging understanding. It’s so important. Families will have shared experiences that each can relate to.

“It has been fantastic to see the difference this has made to the children. Particularly during lockdown, we could see the difference that these connections were making, tackling loneliness while allowing them to learn about each other and what they enjoy about being in Scotland.

“This project will play an important part in shaping their outlook on life here while celebrating their family’s roots as well. This is something we can all embrace.”

The project is run in alliance with Pachedu – a charity which promotes dignity and tolerance – and its School of African Cultures, established to enhance cultural identity for children of African descent born in Scotland and to redress stereotypes in wider society.  

Young people of African Heritage from The Redeemed Assemblies church also took part in the pilot scheme.

Explaining more about Pen Pals, Regine Bews, Founder and Project Coordinator at the School of African Cultures, said: “We want to build bridges between different ethnic communities in Renfrewshire – Polish, Chinese, Syrian, African, Asian – and find ways to connect with each other.

“Children are a great way to break down barriers and reach adults. Introducing the Pen Pal Project to the Syrian Community was a way for the African Community in Renfrewshire to say ‘welcome’. 

“The theme of Refugee Week 2021 was ‘we cannot walk alone’. This connection has demonstrated that the Syrian children who are settling in our communities are not walking alone.

“Children from all of the communities in Renfrewshire love Scotland.

“Through these letters, young people connect with other ethnic community groups, they learn about other countries and cultures, they present their own country and culture, they improve their art and English writing skills, contributing to removing cultural barriers and stigma.”

Rahaf Sharif, who coordinated the Syrian children who took part and works closely with Syrian families living in Ferguslie,  said: “The children really enjoyed it.

“It was something new that made a difference for their lives during the restrictions in the pandemic. It helped them socially to make new friends, gave them confidence, meant less screen time and more positivity and self-expression through creativity.

“They learned to do something their parents had before the internet which helped improve their English writing, communication skills and encouraged them to learn about other cultures and be creative.”

It is hoped that the new Scottish Government grant will further strengthen connections across communities, allowing the team to work with up to 40 children over four months. News of the support has been welcomed.

Aneel Singh Bhopal, Regional Integration Coordinator for the South West of Scotland with the Scottish Refugee Council, said: “It’s great to see Renfrewshire Leisure’s Pen Pal project receive funding to build on the positive work done with children from refugee and other minority ethnic communities from across Renfrewshire and the West of Scotland.

“I am confident that the project will continue to help strengthen connections, improve integration and enhance the artistic skills of a diverse group of young people living in Scotland at a crucial time.”

The stories and artwork that the children share with each other will be collated into a book so that everyone who takes part has a copy to keep. That book is set to be shared with the public as part of Paisley Book Festival in February, where all of those who took part will be invited to an event to celebrate the work.  Copies will be shared in Renfrewshire’s libraries.

The project is supported by Future Paisley and part-funded through the European Union Asylum Migration Integration Fund, making management of migration flows more efficient across the European Union.

Its successes are also being highlighted as part of Black History Month events in Renfrewshire throughout October. More details about those can be found at

Robyn Red

The Southmartins are back at The Bungalow tonight. John Lyon of NNE said “After one of the best gigs of 2019, we’ve managed to convince Andy, Naomi and the band to head back to Paisley for 2021” The Southmartins give you the hits and bits of the Beautiful South and the Housemartins. It is the best sing-along night of the year belting out Happy Hour, Old Red Eyes is Back, Song For Whoever, Me and the Farmer, Don’t Marry Her, Perfect 10, Caravan of Love and many, many more.

Robyn Red

The band has toured the UK at sell out venues and was invited to play at Paul Heaton’s own venue in Salford for the launch of the “comeback” album with Jacqui Abbott. Lead singer Andy is about as close as you’ll come, vocally, to main man without it being himself and the night will leave you with a smile on your face and a song in your heart.

In support is and up and coming young talent Robyn Red. She is a singer-songwriter from Airdrie. She spoke to me last week and told me “I write country-pop-rock music and my influences are Amy Macdonald, Luke Combs, Carly Pearce and Lee Brice” Robyn started learning keyboard when she was five years old, then later when she was 13 she bought her first guitar and learned how to play it from you tube videos. In 2019 at only 14 she travelled to LA to represent UK in the World Championships of Performing Arts. She won gold for self-accompanied pop and silver for self-accompanied country. Although only 16 she was on the bill for Party in the Palace and Gig in the Goil. She is the one to watch. Tickets are on the door and opens at 7pm


Tomorrow afternoon The Bungalow has a fantastic lineup of local singer-songwriters with host Johnny Barr Free event and starts at 2pm. 

If you remember the days of The Sweet, T Rex, Slade, Mott the Hoople and Roxy Music, Hot Love are bringing their nostalgic show to The Bungalow tomorrow night. The band has brought together some of the finest musicians and singers around to create this upbeat, exciting and ultimate 70s tribute show. Performing hit after hit from the 70s, Hot Love can guarantee that you will know every song and every lyric too. You will be taken on a journey back in time when flares, double denim and perms were a thing. Tickets on the door and opens at 7pm.

The Cave has another fantastic Four in a Row for you again this weekend. Starting tonight at 9pm it is Mojo Filter, then in the early slot tomorrow at 6pm it is The State Blues Band followed by Blackout at 9pm. Sad Ida is playing on Sunday at 6pm and the night isn’t over because Grant Cherry is back with his After Show Party from 9pm. 

Local singing trio Feeva are putting on The Ultimate Motown Show tonight at The Old Swan. Doors are at 7pm and tickets are £10. Arizona plays tomorrow from 4pm followed by Esquire at 8pm then Emma Nailen at 9pm. . The Swing afternoon on Tuesday starts at 2.30pm. Tonight Proposal are at Tannahills from 8pm. Jenna Milroy is singing at The Glennifer Hotel from 8.30pm tomorrow night. Old Bohemia are at The Keg tonight from 9.30pm. 

Rocknrolla’s is back with a bang with a superb 80’s tribute doubleheader featuring the hits of synth legends Erasure and The Pet Shop Boys. Tickets are only £10 to get the hits from Sometimes, A Little Respect, Drama, It’s a Sin, Always on my mind and maybe a wee Abba cover in there somewhere. Doors 7pm. 

The Anchor has Moonshine Mojo in at 4.30pm on Sunday. Mr Brightside 9pm at Harvies tomorrow night. 

Open Mic Nights this week are Sunday: The Columba Club 2pm, Monday: Dunky Hunter at The Abbey 8.30pm, Tuesday: The Anchor with Andy Lindsay 8pm, gantry at 9pm, Wednesday Andy again at The Patter Bar 8pm, The Keg with Johnny Barr 8.30pm. 

Lots on this week – Keep Music Live. 


Halloween event

EVOLVE Halloween Spooktacular

Date: October 29th

Times: 3-6pm

Location: McKerrell Street Play Park, McKerrell Street, PA1 1NJ

Free: trick or treat bags Halloween game starts activities bouncy castle face painting film tent food

Halloween event There will also be a wheelchair accessible portaloo on site. We’re delivering the event with our project partners, Williamsburgh Housing Association and Renfrewshire Leisure, which is part of the Culture Collective funded through Creative Scotland. We’re also delivering the event in conjunction with ROAR – connections for life. Food is being provided by Ladyburn Diner, is free and will have vegan and vegetarian options, and the free food packs for cooking at home are provided by the Darkwood Crewe.

1. Dr Bike, Hannah, Hayley & Harmony at a Beat the Street Renfrewshire event last week

The final push for points has started as the interactive travel game Beat the Street Renfrewshire draws to a close.

1. Dr Bike, Hannah, Hayley & Harmony at a Beat the Street Renfrewshire event last week

From today (Wednesday, 20 October) until the end of the game, 27 October, players will take part in Go Celebrate week where every Beat Box in the game will be giving out double points.

The game comes to an end at 7pm on 27 October when the leaderboards will be taken down and the winners announced shortly afterwards.

More than 6,230 people from Bridge of Weir, Elderslie, Houston, Howwood, Kilbarchan, Linwood, Johnstone and Lochwinnoch have taken part and have together walked, cycled, wheeled, run and scooted an incredible 45,000 miles so far in the competition.

Fordbank Primary School leads the total points leaderboard and Thorn Primary School leads the average points leaderboard for schools. The teams that top both leaderboards will each win £300 in book or sports vouchers and a trophy.

It is hoped that the game will have a lasting impact on local people and they continue to lead healthier, more active lifestyles.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board said: “I can’t believe ‘Go Celebrate Week’ is here and we’re into the final week of Beat the Street.

“The game has really been the talk of the participating towns and villages for the past few weeks, and it has been fantastic to see everyone getting active as a community.

“We’ve heard heart-warming stories of communities coming together, of people telling us how they’ve got chatting to neighbours and of players getting to experience green spaces and parts of their towns that they might not have known about before.

“The Beat the Street game itself is just the start though – when the game comes to an end, we’ll then continue to work with the local community to ensure that these healthy lifestyle habits are put into action and players are signposted to activities and community groups that they might not have known about before.”

Beat the Street Renfrewshire has been commissioned by Renfrewshire Council in partnership with Renfrewshire Leisure and is funded by The Scottish Government’s Smarter Choices, Smarter Places programme, administered by Paths for All. It is being delivered by Intelligent Health.

More information will be available at and on social media @RenfrewshireBTS

Crowd at The Twilight Sad - The Spree 2021
Rise Against Abuse

Woman teams up with her niece to form a survivors’ group for domestic abuse victims

Rise Against Abuse

Aunt and niece team Lynne MacKenzie and Amy MacDonald have launched Rise Against Abuse Community Interest Company, a new survivors’ group for domestic abuse victims based in Renfrewshire and Inverclyde. Rise Against Abuse offers support and advice to women trying to free themselves from abusive partners and offers a new ‘one stop shop’ to help women tormented by sexual, physical or emotional abuse.


“We want to give women caught in this cycle a way out and access to the justice system” says Amy MacDonald, Managing Director at Rise Against Abuse.


Rise Against Abuse offers:



Legal Advice

Practical help

Access to the Freedom Programme


The women say discovering the Freedom Programme, a self help method created by Pat Craven, helped them to move on. The course examines the attitudes and actions of abusers, as well as the responses of victims and survivors, to help people understand what is happening to them. 


The Freedom Programme is available now on zoom and Rise Against Abuse are looking into venues for face to face meetings in the new year. The Freedom Programme is free to everyone. For more information on the Freedom Programme, visit

Rise Against Abuse

“We understand because we have been through this ordeal ourselves” says Lynne MacKenzie, Managing Director at Rise Against Abuse. “We are a survivor led organisation, all staff have been through abuse.”


For more information:

✉️ Email us –


🐥Twitter – @AgainstAbuseCIC

📷 Instagram – @RiseAgainstAbuse

👻 Snapchat – @RiseAACIC

💙 Facebook – Rise Against Abuse Community Interest Company

Beast Decoys

It’s been a fantastic Spree so far and for local venues Spree for All has been a huge success. Paisley has been buzzing since it started last Thursday and hasn’t slowed down and there is more to come starting with Hells Bells at The Bungalow tonight. Hell’s Bells are in their 20th year of rocking out! They are the UK’s finest and most entertaining tribute to the great AC/DC. For those about to Rock, HELLS BELLS we salute you. Tickets are on the door at £12 and doors are at 7pm.

Beast Decoys

Baby face and The Beltin Boys will be playing tomorrow afternoon from 2pm in place of The Byres Road Big Band who had to pull out. They are an authentic Americana, Swing, Rhythm and Blues, Country and much more. They played outside The Bungalow on Shuttle Street during the summer and attracted a lot of attention and this time they are onstage inside which will make them sound even better.


Tomorrow night The Beast Decoys play in Paisley for the first time. Beast Decoys are as would guess a Beastie Boys Tribute act and are Europe’s number one tribute to Beastie Boys. The Beast Decoys’ members all hail from Blackpool UK, and have over 20 years performance experience within the Hip Hop Scene. DJ Scott Rogan provides the platform for the performance and is a turntable veteran and Hip Hop purist, his knowledge has been key to keeping the performance on point and his attention to detail is the backbone to Beast Decoys stage show. All 3 MC’s are established recording artists in their own right and have shared the stage with the likes of DJ Premier, The Mouse Outfit, Jurassic 5 members Chali 2na and Akil, Rahzel, Skinnyman, Kalashnikiv, Ugly Duckling, Krafty Kuts, DJ Wood, DJ Format & Abdominal, Rodney P and Chuck Mosley from Faith No More to name a few. The Beastie Boys are without doubt one of the most inspirational Hip Hop acts of all time and it’s the Beast Decoys mission to bring the unforgettable energy of the Beastie Boys to the UK crowd for a full live experience. Doors 7pm and tickets are £10.

On The Beat a Youth Music Project from Loud n Proud showcases young talent from 2pm on Sunday. It is free entry. After the youngsters Fred MacAulay and Bruce Morton two of Scotland’s best know comedians are on stage from 7pm and tickets are £10.


CC’s have Killer Instinct and support on tonight. It is a free gig and doors are at 7pm CC’s. Drty Luv are at The Anchor on Sunday from 4pm.

You might recognise the name Sophie Davis from gigging at Fairfull’s Cafe during the Summer and busking at The Cross. Tonight she will be singeing from 8.30pm at Zambretto and Rock Choir Musical Director Charlene Gordon starts from 8.30pm. Dizzy Corner will be at Harvies from 9pm tomorrow night.


One of the most energetic and talented young bands around The Best Bad Influence are at The Cave from 9pm. Tomorrow there is a double header starting with Drty Luv at 6pm Followed by The Black Triangles at 9pm. The |Jim Keilt Blues Jam Sessions back on Sunday from 6pm. Anyone is welcome to turn up and sing or play along in what has got to be the best around.


Absolute Unit will be starting at 9.30pm tonight and going on till late at The Keg. Warren Capaldi the younger brother of the well known Scottish singer Lewis will be playing at The Keg from 9.30pm.


The Swan has a Live Acoustic Session from 5pm and tomorrow Blackout are playing in the ‘Shoppers Slot’ from 4pm tomorrow followed by Kirk Strachan at 8pm.The Casual Swans will be back on Monday for some jamming and entertainment from 4pm.


The Paisley Open Mic sessions are: On Monday Dunky Hunter will be the host at The Abbey from

8.30pm. On Tuesday it is Stevie D at Gantry starting at 9pm, The Keg on Wednesday with Johnny

Barr from 8.30pm.