Gavin Newlands MP

Gavin Newlands, the MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has congratulated the ‘Ralston Community Sports Centre – Keep It Open’ campaign on successfully pressuring Renfrewshire Leisure to suspend all changes and cuts until further notice.


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After Renfrewshire Leisure’s cuts to Ralston Community Sports Centre were announced, Gavin Newlands MP attended Ralston Community Council and the ‘Keep It Open’ public meeting to speak to the local community and hear their views. The Renfrewshire MP called on “Renfrewshire Council to reconsider their decision to cut services at Ralston Community Sports Centre and to enter into consultation with the community council and the wider community to reach a decision that is fair for local people”.

On 31st March 2016, the ‘Keep It Open’ campaign have reported that “all changes and cuts are suspended until further notice while Renfrewshire Leisure works with the [Ralston] Community Council on new proposals to make the sports centre viable”.

Gavin Newlands, the MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said:

“After attending Ralston Community Council and the ‘Keep It Open’ public meeting, I could see the groundswell of public opinion against these cuts first-hand and I was keen to support my constituents in any way that I possibly could.

“I am delighted that the ‘Keep It Open’ campaign have successfully pressured Renfrewshire Leisure into suspending these cuts and that the long overdue consultation with the Ralston community will now finally take place.”

Get fit to help our hospices

Former members of Paisley’s Pro-Life gym who have given up on their fitness regime have the chance to get moving and back into shape without spending a penny.


In a cracking Easter holiday giveaway the fitness centre in New Sneddon Street is inviting anyone who has abandoned working out there to get back into the routine with free training and use of the facilities right up until Monday April, 18.

02/05/14// PAISLEY. ProLife fitness centre paisley handed over to two charities

ProLife fitness centre paisley handed over to two charities

The team at the centre, which is run by Renfrewshire Sports Charity to raise funds for St Vincent’s and ACCORD hospices, is keen to welcome back some familiar faces in a bid to make the community fitter and healthier.

Members are also getting the chance to take their own family and friends along to workout, or train under the watchful eye of the team of professionals as part of this programme to get Renfrewshire moving.

Gayle Brannigan, chief executive at RSC, said: “Keeping fit and sticking to a good nutritional diet goes hand in hand with good health. The benefits of exercise are well documented and we are happy to pass on our knowledge to those who come along.

“It is a marvellous opportunity for anyone who used to come along and just fell away for one reason or another to start afresh. We would love to see some familiar faces back over the next couple of weeks.

“We are also looking forward to welcoming some new faces as our members encourage family and friends to get into shape and support the aims of the charity at the same time. All our profits go to help the community we live in.”

THE Easter Bunny has gone all sporty after he paid a visit to Renfrew Leisure Centre.  He was checking out the venue, which is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt and Fun Day this Saturday, March 26 between noon and 3pm.

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The Easter Bunny is eggs-pecting lots of youngsters to come along to enjoy the Easter Egg Hunt, games, bouncy castle and arts and crafts.

Entry is £1.50 per child and youngsters under the age of eight must be accompanied by an adult. There will be a prize for the winner of the Easter Egg Hunt.

The event is organised by Renfrewshire Leisure whose chief executive, Joyce McKellar said: “If anyone is looking for something to do with the kids this Easter weekend, then there’s plenty of fun and games going on at Renfrew Leisure Centre.
“And the Easter Bunny will be there to make sure that’s exactly what happens!”

The Arts Development team at Renfrewshire Leisure have scheduled a programme of free film screenings at Paisley Museum. Renfrewshire on Film is a programme of films that covers different aspects of life in Renfrewshire, from the archive footage of local film-maker Falconer Houston to social and political filmmaking in the area.

Renfrewshire On Film
These screenings will run at Paisley Museum from 12pm to 1pm and are FREE of charge. Details and dates of the screenings are:

23 March – Renfrew on Film
13 April – Films of Falconer Houston
27 April – Amateur Film in Renfrewshire
11 May – Social and Political Filmmaking in Renfrewshire
25 May – The Professional Eye (Important films made about local matters from the National Library of Scotland)
8 June – Children on Film: A collection of locally produced films made with, by and for children

Richard Weeks, New Media Outreach Worker at Renfrewshire Leisure and organiser of the Renfrewshire on Film screenings states ‘Its a really exciting time for local film-makers in Renfrewshire, with various film clubs and events starting up in venues around the area for all ages. I’m really pleased that we have a programme of films showcasing the talents of local film-makers, past, present and future.’

St Mirren in the Community are now taking bookings for next month’s Spring Football Camps.

The Camps will run over the upcoming school spring holiday at the club’s exclusive Carbrini@JD Airdome.

The fun will all kick-off on Monday 4th April with camps running Monday through to Friday over the two weeks of the school break.

There will be camps for 3 to 5 year olds and 6 to 12 year olds, a Goalkeeper Camp and a Breakfast Club for those who need to drop their kids off at the camps a bit earlier.

Participants at the Football Camps are required to bring with them suitable indoor clothing and footwear (no metal studs or blades) in addition to a light healthy snack and water, and lunch for those who are attending the 6-12 year camps and goalkeeping camps. If booking Breakfast Club/early drop-off please contact Ross Paterson on 07702 287 693 for more information.

Bookings can be made by downloading and printing the attached booking form, completing it in full and returning it to Football Development Officer, Ross Paterson at the address provided.

For further information please contact Football Development Officer, Ross Paterson on mobile: 07702 287 693 or e-mail:

Sports teams all over Renfrewshire have a fantastic chance to bag free training this week at Paisley’s Pro-Life Fitness Centre as the professional experts down at the gym get behind the build up to Sport Relief this weekend.


The centre at 98 New Sneddon Street, which is run by Renfrewshire Sports Charity to raise funds for St Vincent’s and ACCORD hospices, is opening its doors to any team in the community who want to take advantage of the expert advice and top of the range equipment available at the centre.

Gayle Branningan, chief executive at Renfrewshire Sports Charity, said: “We at Pro-Life are supporting Sport Relief in many ways but thought it would be a good idea to offer free training for any team or individual member of a team in the community during the build up as our aim is to make people fitter and healthier.

“We already sponsor a number of teams including Paisley Pirates, Kelburne Hockey Club, The Trojans and Rockettes who all train here. Now we would like to give other teams, whatever sport, the chance to come along for free and tap into our expert knowledge and use the fantastic equipment available.”

Gayle added: “Of all the money raised by the public through Sport Relief 50 per cent is used to make a 

difference right here at home in the UK and the other 50 per cent goes to transforming lives across the world’s poorest communities.

“We might just transform a life by introducing someone to a healthier lifestyle so we would encourage folk to come along Our doors are open and it won’t cost you a penny up until end of play on Sunday.”

So whether you are a young dance group, boxing club, athletics squad, football team or involved  in any other team sport check  this super offer out by calling Pro-Life on  0141 889 5027 to get your free sessions.

If you have young ones interested in film this is a great local opportunity.

Workshops provided by BFI,
Award Winning scriptwriter James McCreadie,
Nigel Honey (BBC , C4, SKY)
and even the young people from Wee Red dOt!

ATHLETES and fun runners are being urged to get off their marks to enter this year’s Paisley 10k Race.
The popular event – sponsored by Paisley First and the Decathlon sports and outdoors retailer – takes place on Sunday, August 21.

10/03/16.... PAISLEY Photocall to promote the Paisley 10k race Stuart Terris, Joyce McKellar, Gemma Rankin, Derek Hawkins and Ian Henderson

And the starting gun has been fired for people to register for the 10k race and shorter 3k Fun Run.
Last year, more than 1700 people raced around the streets of Paisley in the 10k and were quickly followed by 700 fun runners, many taking part to raise tens of thousands of pounds for their favourite charities and good causes.
Macmillan Cancer Support is the Paisley 10k Race official charity partner for the second year.

Great Britain marathon runners and local Kilbarchan Amateur Athletics Club athletes, Derek Hawkins and Gemma Rankin are planning to compete in the race again this year if their training schedules allow. Both are previous winners of the Paisley 10k and they were in the town yesterday to help promote the race.

Gemma said: “The Paisley 10k is good if you are a serious athlete because there is some real competition in the race”. “But it’s also great for getting people more active as they train for the 10k or the Fun Run”. “You don’t have to be Usain Bolt to enjoy yourself running, so I hope lots of people sign up for the race and have a great day out.”

The race and fun run, on a flat course, is being organised by Renfrewshire Leisure in conjunction with Renfrewshire Council.

Renfrewshire Leisure chief executive, Joyce McKellar said: “Anyone who has been to a Paisley 10k and Fun Run will know it’s a fantastic event to be part of. The town centre is full of people running, jogging or even just walking the course and there’s a great camaraderie with everyone taking part”.  “The amount of money raised for charities and good causes is phenomenal with being people sponsored to take part and complete the course”. “We’ve got all ages taking part – from primary school kids to pensioners – and there’s a real carnival atmosphere in the town on race day with lots of street stalls and entertainment”. “If you can put one foot in front of the other, why not consider putting in a wee bit extra training over the next few months and enter the Paisley 10k or Fun Run?”.

Joyce added: “There’s more than £1700 of prize money and trophies up for grabs in the Paisley 10k and for the fun runners there are prizes for the first boys and girls from primary and secondary schools over the finishing line.
“But the real prize for the fun runners is how much you will enjoy yourselves and the benefits to your health and fitness.”

You can register for the race by logging on to or by telephoning 0141 842 3000 or picking up an entry form from any Renfrewshire Leisure venue.

Almost 2,000 primary six pupils from schools across Renfrewshire have been taking part in safety workshops designed to keep Renfrewshire children safe.


The Safe Kids programme is being held over a two-week period and hosted by St Mirren FC at the Paisley 2021 Stadium.

Safe Kids is a unique learning programme coordinated by Renfrewshire Council and involving the police, the fire and rescue service and other organisations that make up Renfrewshire Community Safety Partnership.

The Safe Kids programme, which has been running in Renfrewshire schools for nearly 20 years, helps to educate young people about a wide range of safety issues.

This year, children will be taking part in workshops on issues including internet safety, fire safety, antisocial behaviour, drug and alcohol awareness, litter and dog fouling, CCTV and first aid.

At a special VIP Day on Thursday 10 March, five primary six pupils were awarded certificates by Provost Anne Hall for their prize-winning Safe Kids poster designs.

The winners were:

  • Stuart Chalk, Houston Primary
  • Daisy McCaffrey, Arkleston Primary
  • Clara Cowan, Lochfield Primary
  • Mark James Quinn, St James’s Primary
  • Stuart Wilson, Lochwinnoch Primary

Councillor Jacqueline Henry, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy board, said “The key to the success of Safe Kids is the way it is delivered. The workshops allow the kids to have fun while they are learning about tough issues and keeping themselves safe.

“It is important to make sure our young people are equipped for the different risks they may face in their lives, particularly now that many have access to the internet at a young age.

“Initiatives like Safe Kids are a great way to give children the skills and confidence they need to make good decisions in difficult situations.”

Councillor Eddie Devine, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment policy Board, said:

“The members of Renfrewshire’s Community Safety Partnership are working more closely than ever to make our communities safer.

“A key thrust of our activity is about providing kids with information on how to keep safe in a wide range of real-life situations.

“The kids really enjoy spending the day at St Mirren and all the partners bring a unique message to the children.”

Safe Kids aims to keep children safe by reducing the number of accidents involving young people, promoting positive behaviour and reducing risks.

The Safe Kids workshops are delivered by Renfrewshire Council, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, St Mirren Football Club, and Renfrewshire’s Alcohol and Drugs Adolescent Resource (RADAR).

‘Get Into Film’ is an event organised by the team of young people at Wee Red Dot.  Throughout the afternoon of Saturday March 19th at Paisley Art Centre there are workshops with award winning filmmakers as well as screenings and Paisley’s only film awards ceremony.  The event is free and suitable for ages 10 to 18.

wee red dot organising committee

Running from 12.15 to 3.45 pm ‘Get Into Film’ is a great opportunity for budding filmmakers to learn all about screenwriting, editing and making film.  They can be inspired by local film and take part in Paisley’s only film awards!

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At 4 pm til 6 pm this exciting afternoon of film is rounded off by Martin Scorcese’s feature film  ‘Hugo’ and families are welcome to rejoin their children to watch this classic family adventure!

Workshops are: ‘Screenwriting’ with award winning writer James McCreadie, ‘54321 Action’ provided by Into Film Scotland, ‘Editing for Film’ provided by Nigel Honey and ‘Open Source Filmmaking’ provided by the Wee Red dOt Team!

If you love film, acting directing, editing or just meeting other creative young people then get down to ‘Get into Film’

All events are FREE but places are limited

Bookings:  Paisley Art Centre 0300 300 1210