St. Vincent’s Hospice invite you to support their ‘Light up a Life ‘event   on Sunday 25th November.  This year begins at 4pm with a torchlight procession from their new footpath opposite Corseford School, with the service itself beginning around 4.25pm and official lighting and dedication shortly after.


Chief Executive of St. Vincent’s Hospice, Kate Lennon, said: “Light up a Life is one of the most well loved and meaningful events of the Hospice calendar.  It is a chance for all of us to remember a loved one at a time of the year where traditions are important and emotions are heightened.

“This is also an opportunity to do something truly special by sponsoring a light in memory of a loved one or a special occasion, and making a meaningful difference to those who need it most.

“Over the last year, you have supported us to deliver over 1,400 bereavement support sessions to individuals, families, young people and children all of whom lost someone special in their life.

“The funding to do this comes directly from people just like all of you, our supporters in the community. Every penny raised from Light Up a Life goes directly towards providing the care and support needed by so many people at this time of year. As we come towards the end of our 30th Anniversary year, we hope that you will wrap up warm and come and join us for carols, readings, mince pies and hot drinks as we light up a life, this Christmas.”

To dedicate a light on the tree, visit:

Parking is available on the day of the event at Capability Scotland, Corseford School (Beith Road, PA10 2NS) with convenient access via our bus service or the new footpath across the road. Only disabled parking will be available in the Hospice grounds.

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Paisley’s heritage collection has found a new home in one of the most iconic buildings in the town.


With Paisley’s Central Library and adjacent Museum closing as part of a multi-million refurbishment, the Heritage Centre has now opened in new premises – in the Abbey Mill Business Centre, housed in the former Mile End Mill, in Seedhill Road.

There’s a treasure trove of books, maps, archive newspapers and other resources to help research your family history and the local history of the area inside the bright and spacious area of Unit 907 on the ground floor of the business centre.


Opening hours are 9am to 5pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 9am to 8pm on a Thursday and 9am to 5pm with an hour closed for lunch on a Saturday.


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Fiona Naylor, Acting Chief Executive of Renfrewshire Leisure said: “The Heritage Centre is a great facility and service for people who want to find out about the history and culture of their area.

“The excellent staff at the Heritage Centre have also transferred to the new facility, at the former Mile End Mill, so it’s business as usual.”

Paisley Central Library will move to a temporary home in early 2019 next to the Lagoon Leisure Centre before moving to the new learning and cultural hub being built on the High Street when it re-opens in 2021.

Public access PCs are available at the Paisley.Is offices at 5a High Street, Paisley. Library staff will be on-hand to assist visitors and the opening hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 9am to 5pm and Tuesday and Thursday, 9am to 8pm.

The work is part of an investment in Paisley town centre venues by Renfrewshire Council to support a wider push to use the town’s unique cultural and heritage assets to transform the area’s future and bring new footfall to the town centre.

That programme includes the transformation of Paisley Museum, a revamp of Paisley Town Hall and Paisley Arts Centre and a new learning and cultural hub on the High Street.

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The stars in Renfrewshire’s communities are set to be honoured once again this year and the long-standing sponsors of the awards have shown their support once more.

Provost Cameron with all sponsors

Glasgow Airport Ltd, ACRE Industiral, UNISON Renfrewshire and the Piazza Shopping Centre have committed yet again to sponsoring one of the awards which aims to recognise the unsung heroes of Renfrewshire.

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Nominations for the 2019 awards are now open and will see six individuals or groups celebrated for their hard work and dedication within Renfrewshire.

Anyone who lives or works in Renfrewshire is invited to nominate in any of the following categories:

  • Community Volunteer (sponsored by Glasgow Airport Ltd)
  • Community Group (sponsored by the Piazza Shopping Centre)
  • Sporting Achievement (sponsored by ACRE Industrial)
  • Employee of the Year (sponsored by UNISON Renfrewshire)
  • Carers Award (sponsored by former Provost Nancy Allison)
  • Arts and Culture Award (sponsored by Renfrewshire Council)

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron said: “We’re delighted to have the continued support of our sponsors who make it possible for me to honour some of the amazing people in our communities.

“It’s a fantastic part of my role being able to reward the inspiring people we see nominated every year and I can’t wait to see who is put forward this year.

“Please don’t miss the chance to give that person or group the recognition they deserve and get your nominations in now.”

The deadline for entries to all categories is Wednesday 12 December.

The Provost will be joined by the award sponsors and other local elected members to choose the winners who will be invited, along with their nominator, to the awards ceremony on Friday 15 March 2019 and the Lynnhurst Hotel in Johnstone.

For more information, and to submit your nomination, visit, email or call 0141 618 7102.


PAISLEY’S Central Library may have closed, but its free Bookbug sessions for kids are still going on at a new venue.


Bookbug’s new home every Monday is at The Lagoon Leisure, Centre, in Paisley.

The Baby Bookbug Group meet to hear stories being told, sing a song or two and generally have lots of fun from 10.15am to 10.45am and the Toddler Group meets from 11.15am to 11.45am.

Bookbug is Scottish Book Trust’s Early Years programme, encouraging parents and children to read together from birth along with a range of fun activities.

Paisley Central Library will move to a temporary home in early 2019 next to the Lagoon Leisure Centre before moving to the new learning and cultural hub being built on the High Street when it re-opens in 2021.

Public access PCs are available at the Paisley.Is offices at 5a High Street, Paisley. Library staff will be on-hand to assist visitors and the opening hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 9am – 5pm and Tuesday and Thursday 9am – 8pm.

The heritage library will go to a temporary home in Mile End Mill for the next four years then move back into the museum when it reopens.

The work is part of an investment in Paisley town centre venues by Renfrewshire Council to support a wider push to use the town’s unique cultural and heritage assets to transform the area’s future and bring new footfall to the town centre.

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Looking for something spooktakular to do this coming Saturday with the family? Why not think about the SPooky SK8 Family Roller Disco in the Lagoon Leisure Centre this Saturday the 27th 3-4:45 its amazing fun and guaranteed

Find out more by visiting here.


Fun-loving revellers are being given the chance to swing into Christmas at three party nights.

The first evening of festive entertainment, on Friday, December 14, at Johnstone Town Hall, starts with a red carpet entrance, a glass of bubbly, a delicious three-course meal and live entertainment from the popular Singer Swingers tribute group.


The boys in the band will be singing and dancing their way through favourites from the Rat Pack and other swing music legends.

The following night at the same venue, entertainment is from five-piece party band, Dizzy Heights, playing songs from the 50s to today chart hits.

A third festive party is being held in Linwood’s Tweedie Hall, featuring Scotland’s top Take That tribute band, followed by a disco, on Friday, December 21.

The Christmas Party Nights are organised by Renfrewshire Leisure and unless you’re getting up for a dance you won’t have to leave your seat as there is table service to bring drinks to you.

Joyce McKellar, chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure said: “Our Party Nights are a great way of getting into the spirit of Christmas and if previous years are anything to go by, everyone will have lots of fun.

“It’s ideal for a works Christmas night out or for family and friends to get together in the run-up to Christmas.”

People booking before October 31 – by logging on to or by phoning 0300 300 1210 – will get a special rate of £27 per ticket. After this date the ticket price is £30.

Renfrewshire Leisure is responsible for attractions including Paisley Museum and Coats Observatory and also manages sport and leisure facilities, including On-X Linwood and Paisley’s Lagoon Leisure Centre.

Victoria Hollows has visited some of the facilities she will take charge of and met with the Renfrewshire Leisure board members and staff.

Victoria said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be joining such a dedicated and passionate team who are delivering the very best in culture, leisure and sport within the area.

“It is an honour and a privilege to have been chosen to lead the company at such an exciting time for the area. Renfrewshire Leisure is firmly established as one of the UK’s best and everything I do will be aimed on building on that success to provide the best facilities, services and experiences for Renfrewshire residents and visitors alike.”

The chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes, said: “Victoria comes to us with an impressive track record and we are thrilled that she is on board.

“I’m confident that her experiences, coupled with the commitment and passion of our fantastic staff, will deliver top-class sport, culture and leisure opportunities for the people we serve.”

Victoria will replace outgoing chief executive, Joyce McKellar, who is stepping down after 13 years at the helm.


The people who deliver the wide variety of sports activities locally have been honoured at a special ceremony.

The annual Renfrewshire Sports Awards were presented to the coaches, volunteers and officials who help run clubs and sports for the benefit of others.

The awards are organised by Renfrewshire Leisure, in partnership with Sport Scotland and West College Scotland and were presented at a dinner held in Johnstone Town Hall.

Former professional footballer and now media pundit, Des McKeown, hosted the evening. Special guest at the event was award-winning runner Jemma Reekie, from Kilbarchan Amateur Athletics Club, who was interviewed on stage.

The Community Coach Award was won by William Broadley, who started the Houston Soccer Academy, in 1996; Disability Sports Coach of the Year was Tammy Johnston, one of the lead coaches at Fit 4 Sport and Ben Harwood, football coach at Park Mains High School, won the Young Coach of the Year.

Volunteer of the Year Award went to George Morrison, who is currently chairperson of Bishopton FC; Young Volunteer of the Year was won by Craig Kennedy, who is a Young Ambassador, at Park Mains High School and David Coulter, peer volunteer at the RAMH Saturday football group, lifted the Community Health Volunteer Award.

The Technical Official of the Year Award went to Matthew Retson, who is one of the lead officials for the Renfrewshire School’s Hockey League and Mark Fulton, current President of Kelburne Hockey Club, won the Dedication to Sport Award.

School Recognition Awards for giving young people a chance to take part in sport were presented to Renfrew High and Castlehead High Schools.

Chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure, Councillor Lisa Marie Hughes said: “Our awards showcase the talent, dedication and commitment of individuals in our community.

“The variety of award categories is excellent and I’m thrilled to honour our winners and nominees who dedicate their time to make sport happen across Renfrewshire.”

Joyce McKellar, in her final annual sports awards event before she retires added: “Along with our partners we’re proud to celebrate the outstanding contribution to sport from individuals across Renfrewshire.

Volunteers from across Renfrewshire hailed the Spotless September Challenge a success as they took to the streets to make a difference to the cleanliness of their local area.

More than 700 inspiring local people, both young and old, took part in more than 20 clean ups as schools, community groups, businesses and volunteers donned their bibs and set out with their litter picker to tidy up their community.

A fantastic 280 bags of rubbish were collected by Renfrewshire Council’s StreetScene team as part of the joined-up approach which the Team Up to Clean Up campaign has become known for.

Jake Fulton, Houston Litter Crew, said: “We were delighted to have taken part in the Spotless September Challenge. Litter picking is such a worthwhile thing to do in support of our community and to be part of a Renfrewshire-wide event makes it all the more meaningful and special.

“Team Up to Clean Up is a wonderful initiative, which mobilises and assists communities to improve their environment. It creates a sense of momentum, it brings communities together and it allows new friendships to form.”

Litter picks are supported by the Community Wardens who offered advice, encouragement and the equipment to take part as part of the drive to change the behaviour of those who drop litter and fail to take care of where they live.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “I’m continually astounded by the support and enthusiasm that the community put behind the Team Up to Clean Up campaign and this weekend of action is yet another example.

“We are working hard behind the scenes to ensure that we’re sweeping the streets, clearing gullies and collecting litter more often than has been done before as we realise that commitment is needed on both sides to make this campaign a success.

“We are making a real difference to the cleanliness of our streets and I want to thank everyone person, group or business who is taking the campaign forward.”

To close the weekend, a special thank you event was hosted at Paisley Town Hall to pay tribute to the local people who have driven the campaign forward from the grassroots level.

Local groups were awarded certificates of appreciation as they gave short presentations on why they’ve taken part and what they have achieved so far.

Karen Campbell, Pals of the Privies, said: “We have come a long way in such a short space of time as part of the Team Up to Clean Up campaign. We’ve never had a plan, simply going by our community’s concerns, but we’ve managed to change an area that people were previously scared to use as well as giving our children a safe place to play.

“Over the last 8 months our community has started to become the Ferguslie we all know best so thank to my community for supporting us to Team Up to Clean Up.”

There was also a showcase of the new Team Up to Clean Up caddies which will provide local groups with equipment to carry out clean ups and will be available for use later this year.

Councillor McEwan added: “I was delighted to see such a great turnout for the thank you event as we wanted to show our appreciation for all the fantastic work which local people are carrying out.

“It’s great to see people taking a real pride in their community and taking it upon themselves to make a difference – be it a two minute clean up on their way home or an afternoon spent cleaning up the local park.

“We’ll continue to do our bit and I know that these inspiring people will continue to do theirs, who’s going to join them?”

The Team Up to Clean Up campaign has been allocated £2.5million across five years to make a difference to the local environment in Renfrewshire.

As part of the investment an increased programme of road sweeping and gully cleaning is in place, as well six community litter pickers across Renfrewshire and an enhanced Rapid Response Team who deal with roadside litter and local community issues.

For more information on the campaign, what it entails and how to get involved, visit

It’s child’s play for library staff after a new and improved Toy Library service was launched.

Parents and carers who are adult members of Renfrewshire Libraries can now go online to borrow two sets of toys at any one time for four weeks and the service is free.

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There are all kinds of toys for youngsters up to the age of eight available to borrow with themed toy packs featuring characters such as The Gruffalo and dinosaurs. There’s even a sensory pop up tent to borrow with specialist items and toys for youngsters to play with inside the tent.

There are three categories of toys available to borrow and they are:

Read – a collection of books, puppets, story sacks and song and rhyme kits, which will enhance a child’s reading, experience and bring your favourite characters to life.

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Discover – a range of toys to help youngsters explore the world around them including water play resources, space exploration, outdoor fun and much more.

Learn – kids can have fun learning to play new games, solve puzzles and develop new skills with this selection of learning toys.

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Adults should log on to to choose which toys to borrow and which local library they would like to pick them up from.

Joyce McKellar, chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure said: “Play is crucial in a child’s development and by borrowing from our Toy Library youngsters can fire up their imagination, become creative and learn how to play with other children and share their experiences.

“But the toys aren’t just for the very young as the whole family including older brothers and sisters can join in the fun.”