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Award-winning activities for young people kick off the new year.

Young people in Renfrewshire can kick start the new year with FREE evening activities taking place across the area as part of the award-winning Street Stuff programme.

Street Stuff will be running sessions on Monday to Saturday evenings providing young people aged between 10 and 18 with a range of free activities including Street Football with coaches from St Mirren FC and The Box multi-purpose activity space among others.

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There will also be activities taking place in the fantastic Carbrini@JD Airdome facility at St Mirren Park.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said: “The Christmas holidays may be over but there’s still plenty of fun to be had for young people in Renfrewshire thanks to the Street Stuff programme .

“These sessions are a great way for young people to get out and have fun in a healthy, positive environment with access to high quality facilities and top class coaching from St Mirren Football Club. The new timetable has activities running in lots of locations across the area which I’m sure will be as popular as ever.”

Street Stuff is a diversionary project providing young people with an opportunity to have fun, get fit and active and meet other people their age.

The new timetable will run from January to March with activities taking place in Gallowhill, Linwood, Bargarran, Foxbar, Shortroods, Ferguslie, Johnstone and St Mirren Park.

Street Stuff sessions will take place on

Mondays 6.30pm-9.30pm at:
·       Our Lady of Peace Primary School , Linwood,
·       Shortroods MUGA, Paisley,
·       Johnstone Castle Top Spot, Johnstone

Tuesdays 6.30pm -9.30pm at:
·       Gallowhill Community Centre MUGA, Paisley
·       Our Lady of Peace Primary School, Linwood
·       Amochrie Road MUGA, Foxbar, Paisley
·       Ferguslie MUGA, Paisley,
·       Johnstone McMaster Centre MUGA, Johnstone

Wednesdays 6.30pm – 9.30pm at:
·       Gallowhill Community Centre MUGA, Paisley
·       Bargarran MUGA, Erskine
·       Brediland Road, near Esk Drive, Foxbar, Paisley
·       Ferguslie MUGA, Paisley

Thursdays 6.30pm – 9.30pm at:
·       Ferguslie MUGA, Paisley
·       Johnstone McMaster Centre, Johnstone

Fridays 6.30pm -9.30pm at:
·       Gallowhill Community Centre MUGA, Paisley
·       Bargarran MUGA, Erskine
·       Brediland Road, near Esk Drive, Foxbar, Paisley
·       Johnstone Castle Top Spot, Johnstone
·       SMFC Carbrinin@JD Airdome, Paisley

Saturdays 5.30pm -8.30pm at:
·       Gallowhill Community Centre MUGA, Paisley
·       Bargarran MUGA, Erskine
·       Brediland Road, near Esk Drive, Foxbar, Paisley
·       Johnstone Castle Top Spot, Johnstone
·       SMFC Carbrinin@JD Airdome, Paisley

Street Stuff is run in partnership with Renfrewshire Council, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Engage Renfrewshire and St Mirren Football Club.

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Council pledges to use bedroom tax loophole to help local people.

Renfrewshire Council is working flat out to apply the recently-discovered bedroom tax loophole to local residents.

The loophole means those who continuously claimed Housing Benefit since 1996 are entitled to receive the Housing Benefit they lost since the ‘bedroom tax’ was introduced, and have it backdated to April last year.

renfrewshire council logo .JPGIt also means they can be made exempt from the ‘bedroom tax’ until the UK Government changes the legislation.

Councillor Mark Macmillan, Leader of Renfrewshire Council said: “I’m not surprised that the UK Government didn’t get its house in order as it ploughed ahead with this ill-thought-out policy, and I’d again like to urge them to do the right thing and scrap the ‘bedroom tax’.

“This loophole demonstrates utter chaos at the heart of benefit reform and will only lead to worry and confusion among benefit claimants who are already anxious about welfare changes.

“We are doing all we can to find the residents this loophole applies to; make them exempt from the unfair bedroom tax and backdate this to April last year when it was introduced.

“We realise this is likely to be a temporary loophole which will no doubt be closed in the near future so I’d like to assure residents that our officers are working as fast as they can to check our systems and find everyone who this may apply to.”

Source: Renfrewshire Council

Renfrewshire Arts & Museums is delighted to announce its brand new arts programme for spring 2014.

The arrival of the New Year marks the start of a fresh new events programme for Renfrewshire Council’s Arts & Museums service.

Prepare to be entertained at monthly comedy nights, live gigs from award-winning musicians, captivating theatre performances, fascinating new exhibitions and a remarkable number of activities for children – there really is an event to suit all tastes taking place in our venues from now until July.
Some performance highlights include: a brand new bill of stand-up comedians for A Buddy Good Laugh; a fascinating biopic of a superstar in The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe; a thrilling live folk gig courtesy of Lau and a beautiful ballet performance of the timeless classic, Swan Lake.


To book tickets to any of our forthcoming performances please contact the Box Office at Paisley Arts Centre on 0300 300 1210 or book online at

Paisley Museum will be unveiling several fascinating new displays too. Visit in March and be Inspired by incredible works of art from talented Renfrewshire school pupils, or take in vibrant prints by the French artist Matisse in the exhibition Matisse: Drawing with Scissors, opening in June.

Paisley Museum will also remember Gerry Rafferty with a display of his album covers created by his long term friend and fellow Buddy John Byrne. Catch the Bring It All Home exhibition when it opens to the public in March.

For a full view of what’s on this January – July pick up a copy of The Guide, the Renfrewshire Arts & Museums brochure.

The Guide is now available to collect, for free, from Paisley Town Hall, Paisley Arts Centre, Paisley Museum and Renfrew Town Hall or alternatively can be viewed online, just visit

For the very latest Arts & Museums news follow us on Facebook (, Twitter (@RenArtsMuseums) or sign up to our free, weekly e-news service; simply email and provide an email address.

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Fifth annual service to remember suicide victims.

The fifth annual service to remember those who have lost their lives to suicide in Renfrewshire will be held on Tuesday 21 January.

The ceremony will take place at council HQ in Cotton Street, Paisley, where there is a memorial tree for victims of suicide.

The event is being organised by the Renfrewshire support group, Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS), and will be attended by Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall.

The service will be led by Reverend Alan Birss of Paisley Abbey and Father John Tormey of St Mirin’s Cathedral.

Provost Hall said: “This annual event is a worthy cause which we are happy to be able to support. I would like to extend the invite to any local people who wish to join us on the day.

“Suicide can affect people of all ages and backgrounds and there are various groups which can offer help. This occasion offers support to those who have lost loved ones and, crucially, highlights the help that is in place to prevent suicide.

“Talking about problems can save lives and there are plenty of people and organisations where individuals or their families and friends can talk and get help.”

Friends and relatives should meet from 3.15pm on Tuesday 21 January in the marriage suite to collect a commemorative purple heart on which they can write a message for their loved one.

At 3.45pm, there will be a procession to the tree, where the Provost will lay a wreath and light the tree, after which visitors can place purple hearts on the tree.

Afterwards, all attending are invited to join the Provost for refreshments in Paisley Abbey.

The event is being supported by Choose Life, the national strategy to prevent suicide in Scotland.

Anyone wanting more information on the Renfrewshire meetings of SOBS, can call Choose Life’s Young Person’s Resource Worker Lisa Jane Aitken on 0141 849 2200, or email

The national helpline Breathing Space can be reached on 0800 83 85 87, and the number for The Samaritans is 08457 90 90 90.

Glasgow Airport enjoys busiest year since 2008.

  • Passenger numbers up 2.9% in 2013
  • December traffic up 3.9%


Glasgow Airport enjoyed its busiest year since 2008 after 7.4 million passengers travelled through its doors in 2013, representing an annual increase of 2.9%.

It is the airport’s third consecutive year of growth and much of its success can be attributed to a marked increase in long haul and European traffic which grew by 11% and 15% respectively.

The arrival of airlines such as Wizz Air and Lufthansa Regional contributed to the increase in international traffic, as did the strong performance of long haul carriers Emirates, United and Virgin Atlantic, all of which reported growth in 2013.

There was strong demand for Glasgow’s London and UK regional routes, and the decision by British Airways and Flybe to add extra capacity contributed to a 2.5% increase in domestic traffic.

The growth in the annual figure was mirrored in December’s performance which saw over 455,000 passengers travel through the airport, an increase of 3.9%. International traffic was a particular area of growth, up 11.8%.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “To have recorded our busiest year in five years and our third consecutive year of growth is very pleasing. We enjoyed considerable success throughout 2013 in further strengthening our route network and we committed significant investment to enhancing our facilities.

“Whilst the growth in numbers would appear to suggest a renewed confidence amongst airlines and passengers, we are still operating in what remains a difficult economic environment and achieving further growth will be a challenge. There is, however, much to look forward to. 2014 is set to be a momentous year for Glasgow and our focus will be on ensuring we play our part in the successful delivery of what will be the biggest sporting event in Scotland’s history, the 2014 Commonwealth Games.”



Air Malta has announced it will commence flights from Glasgow Airport in 2014 a month earlier than planned, adding more than 1,300 extra seats.

The inaugural weekly flight from Scotland’s largest city to the Mediterranean island nation will depart on Tuesday 8 April.

Air Malta’s decision to bring the first flight forward by four weeks is based on anticipated demand around the Easter holidays, which fall in April this year.

The Maltese flag carrier will serve the country’s only airport, located near the capital Valletta, every Tuesday until 21 October using 168 seat Airbus A320 aircraft. There are 30 return flights operating, with a total of 10,080 seats on sale.

Malta is a popular tourist destination with one of Europe’s warmest climates. The island has numerous resorts, activities and historical sites, including nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Philip Saunders, Air Malta’s chief commercial officer, said: “We are excited to be returning to Glasgow Airport in 2014 and have decided to start our summer 2014 programme earlier than planned due to an increase in demand for shoulder and off-peak holidays.

“The Maltese climate during the spring is ideal for Scottish holidaymakers looking to explore the island and everything it has to offer.”

Francois Bourienne, Glasgow Airport’s commercial director, said: “We are looking forward to the return of Malta’s flag carrier this year after a successful summer in 2013. Scots can  book flights directly through the airline, or choose from a range of holiday packages available through tour operators and travel agents.”

Air Malta offers a 20kg checked-in baggage allowance and a 10kg hand baggage allowance for each passenger.

The Glasgow flights are on sale now and available to book at, as well as through various tour operators and travel agents.

The Moscow State Circus INTU Breahead.

The Moscow State Circus returns to the UK with its latest & greatest production to date.
Set in the mystical centre of Moscow’s cultural & artistic quarter ‘PARK GORKOGO’ (Gorky Park) is the perfect seasonal back drop for what is undoubtedly the greatest & most famous circus on earth.

Superstar Clowns Splendid Pavlik & Klava invite the audience to this wondrous & mysterious place, a place to romance, a place to stroll & take in Moscow at sunset & a place to see magnificent feats of human achievement, the like of which have never been witnessed in Great Britain before.

As our Loveable Buffoons reminisce about past times in one of the most famous cities on earth they are surrounded by a multitude of flying, back flipping, juggling & roller skating performers

As the park changed in accordance with the mood of the new century, it’s traditions were the basis of the new concept of Park Gorkogo, these changes are reflected in the new show, as like a pendulum, it swings from the earth to the sky in incredible breath-taking succession.

This years show features the
Award winning Flying Trapeze of Alievs White Birds,
The unbelievable roller-skating of the Veslovskis.
Three bathing beauties swept up on the revolving Ariel Ring and the unique Yakovlev Vertical Pole Jugglers.
From the most demanding feats of strength from the hand balancing of Vladislav Khostik to the gorgeous & gracious Ariel sail of Natalia Goncharova.
Add to this mix, the Kozak whip crackers & the revolving Russian Swing, catapulting its 10 strong troupe high into the apex of the chapitou at breakneck speed.

Don’t miss this amazing show, created especially for its first ever European tour.

The Moscow State Circus
INTU Breahead, Glasgow (Formally Xscape)
Thursday 9th to Sun 19th January
Thursday 9th – 7:45pm
Friday 10th – 5pm & 7:45pm
Saturday 11th – 2pm,5pm & 8pm
Sunday 12th – 2pm & 5pm
Monday 13th – 7:45pm
Tuesday 14th – no performances
Wednesday 15th – 7:45pm
Thursday 16th – 5pm & 7:45pm
Friday 17th – 5pm & 7:45pm
Saturday 18th – 2pm,5pm & 8pm
Sunday 19th – 2pm & 5pm

ticketmaster 0844 856 555

All photographs above were taken for by Alex Kyle Photography.

Cash for Kids at Christmas.

Clyde 1 and Clyde 2 annual Cash 4 Kids appeal has had another successful year, which means yet again they are helping thousands of families with a small cash award to help make Christmas that little bit easier and offering grants to many.

Today Cash for Kids was in Paisley, and we were lucky enough to speak to one of the recipient families…

The young mum who wished to remain anonymous said “The money they give may not seem like a lot to some, but when you have children and you are struggling to make ends meet especially at this time of year, it makes a difference. I had to give up my job to care for my partner who has many health problems, I also have 4 young children at home including a disabled child, I cannot thank Cash for Kids enough and of course the people who donate and raise money for the charity..

As part of the Bauer Radio network of charities across the UK, Clyde 1 & 2’s Cash for Kids was established over thirty years ago to provide much needed support to Glasgow and the west of Scotland’s most disadvantaged children in local communities.

With the support of our listeners and corporate partners we aim to help children suffering from the effects of abject poverty, ill-health and disability by providing the support they so rightly deserve.

You can find out more about Cash for Kids by visiting their website

Cash for Kids at Christmas


Glasgow Airport has been awarded the British Safety Council’s coveted Sword of Honour which recognises the ‘best of the best’ in health and safety management.

The airport was one of 68 organisations from around the world which received the accolade at a recent ceremony in London.

It is the first airport in the UK, and the joint first in the world alongside Hyderabad in India, to be given the sword.

Glasgow Airport became eligible to compete for the sword after achieving the maximum rating in the British Safety Council’s Five Star Occupational Health and Safety Audit earlier this year. It then had to prove to an independent panel that it has embedded a culture of best practice for health and safety throughout the organisation.

Gillies Crichton, head of assurance at Glasgow Airport, said: “It is a great achievement to be the first airport in the UK, and the joint first in the world, to receive the Sword of Honour.

“The wellbeing of our staff and customers is always our top priority and we take a very proactive approach to health and safety. We are absolutely thrilled our efforts have been recognised by the British Safety Council in the form of this prestigious award.”

Lynda Armstrong OBE, chair of the Trustees of the British Safety Council, said: “Our warmest congratulations to Glasgow Airport. What the Sword of Honour being bestowed enables us to do is recognise and celebrate the excellence of the winning organisations and their employees in managing health and safety risks.

“The winning organisations are united in their shared belief that proportionate and competent risk management brings both financial and social benefits to their organisations. Managing health, safety and environmental risks effectively does not need to be onerous; quite the opposite.”

The Prime Minister David Cameron added his congratulations. In a message to the winners, he said: “I am delighted to send my congratulations to all of those organisations being presented with an award by the British Safety Council.

“These awards recognise the crucial success that these organisations and their employees have achieved in their pursuit of excellence in the management of health, safety and environmental matters at an international level during a time of global challenge.”

Courtesy of Glasgow Airport.

500 not out for council’s Invest in Renfrewshire scheme.

A family-run Renfrewshire engineering firm has just become the 500th local business to sign up for a council scheme aimed at boosting the local economy.

Reekie Machining of Inchinnan has been in existence for almost 70 years, but is now the newest sign-up for the £8m Invest in Renfrewshire programme.

Invest in Renfrewshire offers various packages of financial support to local firms with the twin aims of boosting business and tackling unemployment.

Reekie Machining – currently sub-contracted to work on the project to build a new Forth Road crossing – has received a business development grant through Invest.

This will go towards the cost of purchasing new high-tech measuring machinery which will help the firm increase the range of services offered to clients.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan met operations director David Reekie – whose grandfather started the firm back in 1947 – to congratulate him on becoming the 500th sign-up, and see for himself where the money will go.

He said: “When Invest started back in summer 2012, we set the target of signing up 1,000 businesses over what we initially expected to be a four-year programme.

“To have made 500 – and counting – within 18 months of the launch shows we are actually ahead of schedule.

“But the hard work doesn’t stop here – there are many more businesses out there who could benefit from the support we have to offer and who we can work with to help create employment opportunities for local residents.

“The council has made a sizeable financial commitment to Invest in Renfrewshire because we have a role to play in making Renfrewshire a better place to do business and see the local economy as one of our biggest priorities.

“We want the 500 companies who have signed up to Invest in Renfrewshire to help us spread the word to others and help the programme’s success continue.”

David Reekie, operations director of Reekie Machining, added: “The firm used to make and sell portable machine tools but these days we provide in situ machining services to clients, mainly in the oil and power industries.

“Our business development grant will help pay for a co-ordinate measuring machine, which will allow us to make more accurate measurements of machine parts.

Invest in Renfrewshire is a really good scheme – it helped us make the decision to invest in this machinery, as we may not have gone for it without the funding.”

Other financial support available through the scheme includes an employer recruitment incentive, which helps firms meet the wage costs of hiring an unemployed young person, as well as business loans and grants.

To date, Invest in Renfrewshire has supported the creation of more than 350 new local jobs.

To find out more about Invest in Renfrewshire, call 0300 300 1180, email or visit