M8 Driving School

M8 Driving School

M8 Driving School has been going now for over 5 years in and around the Paisley area. Numerous people have passed their test with both Steven and Paul over the years and in the process looked forward to their lessons due to the relaxed and fun atmosphere.

Steven and Paul hold grades 6 & 5 respectively which is the highest grades achievable. Steven also holds his Fleet badge, SAFED for vans, a Btec in coaching for driver development and is a Practitioner in NLP (neuro linguistic programming).

M8 Driving SchoolFor more information please find the contact details below.

M8 Driving School
Tel: 01505 345 372
Mob: 07747 600 672
Email: admin@m8drivingschool.co.uk
Web: www.m8drivingschool.co.uk
st vincents hospice

Silver Anniversary Ball

Celebrate 25 years of care for all with St Vincent’s Hospice at the Silver Anniversary Gala Ball on Friday 10th May, 2013 in the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow, hosted by Shereen Nanjiani. Enjoy a night of glitz and glamour starting with a  champagne reception followed by a glass of wine, 3 course dinner plus coffee, 15 piece big band and DJ until 1am, plus prizes & surprises throughout the night. Tickets are just £48; reception from 7pm, meal 7.30pm, carriages 1am, dress to impress. A very limited number of tables remain – to reserve/book your tickets email info@svh.co.uk or call 01505 705635.

Challenge Yourself

One of our brand new events for this year is ‘Challenge 25’; an exclusive weekend cycle and trek on the Isle of Arran. One of the first people to sign up for this was our very own Director of Fundraising & Communications Karen Milne. She has jumped at the chance to get her cycling gear on and put pedal to the metal in aid of St Vincent’s Hospice.

“After such a long, dark winter I needed something to get me motivated and out into the fresh air; I thought Challenge 25 was a great excuse to get back on my bike and shake the dust off my walking boots. Signing up for Challenge 25 is a great way to get exercising, attempt a new challenge and raise funds for local patients and their families.

Karen’s enthusiasm has been inspiring lots of supporters to sign up to take part in this fantastic challenge! Places are starting to fill up so if you would like to take part please visit www.svh.co.uk or email info@svh.co.uk for an information pack and booking form.

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Will you help us make a difference?

Can you spare 2 hours to help someone living with a life limiting illness?

We have a couple of different collections coming up over the next couple of months which we need volunteer support with:

Door to Door Collections

Monday 29th April to Saturday 4th May – Lochwinnoch, Elderslie, Paisley, Neilston and Barrhead..

Bag Pack

Marks and Spencer, Braehead – Saturday 18th May, 10am – 4pm

Bucket collection

Ikea Braehead – Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st April, 10am – 4pm

Your help would mean that St Vincent’s Hospice can continue to provide essential care, totally free of charge to the local communities of Renfrewshire. Be Part Of It – Contact Us Now! T:01505 705635 E: ashley.moran@svh.co.uk


Tribute Night

Friday 7th June 2013, Normandy Hotel Renfrew

The Normandy Hotel are delighted to promote this fabulous event in aid of St Vincent’s Hospice. A showcase of tributes to the stars, including Shania Twain, Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue, George Michael and Cher! Tickets are just £26 which includes a 3 course dinner plus coffee, with tribute acts followed by a DJ to dance the night away to. Book now to avoid disappointment. To book tickets please contact the Normandy Hotel on 0141 886 4100 or visit www.normandytributes.co.uk/event

Barn Tearoom

As of the 22nd May we will no longer be serving hot meals in the Barn Tea Room. Teas, coffee, cakes, sandwiches and soup will still be available to purchase, alongside our exciting range of vintage goods and furniture.

We wish to take this opportunity to thank you for your continuing support to the Barn and the hospice. This will help us to continue to care for patients and their families who require our services now and in the future


a cat in paris

Catch a classic on the silver screen at Paisley Arts Centre.

We are fast approaching the halfway point of our spring 2013 film season at Paisley Arts Centre but fear not, there are lots of classic pictures still to come on our silver screen. Next up on the bill: wonderful French animation, A Cat in Paris.

A beautifully hand drawn caper, A Cat in Paris (PG) is a humorous tale about Dino, a cat that leads a double life on the shadow-drenched alleyways of Paris. By day, he lives with Zoe, a little girl whose mother is a detective in the Parisian Police force. But at night, Dino sneaks out to work with Nico – a slinky cat burglar with a big heart, whose fluid movements are poetry in motion as he evades captors and slips and swishes from rooftop to rooftop across the Paris skyline. Programmed for our popular Saturday matinée slot, A Cat in Paris is an exciting animation packed with plenty joie de vivre and is the perfect afternoon out for young audiences with big imaginations! Catch it at Paisley Arts Centre this Saturday (13 Apr) at 2pm.

a cat in paris

Thereafter, June 17 marks the start of Refugee Week Scotland, an annual programme of lively events that take place across the country to help celebrate diversity and raise awareness of refugee issues. Renfrewshire Arts & Museums will be getting in to the spirit of this event with a free screening of Africa United (12A) on 18 June (at 7pm), specially selected by the Association of African Communities in Renfrewshire (AACR). This will then be followed by a short performance courtesy of Renfrewshire Effort to Empower Minorities (REEM).

J.M Barrie’s 1904 book The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up inspired our final screening on June 22 (at 2pm), the 1953 version of the classic, Peter Pan (PG). Join the mischievous young boy who refuses to get older, his hot-tempered pixie pal Tinker Bell and the Darling Children as they soar away to the mysterious Never-Never Land where childhood lasts forever in this magical, musical adventure brought to life by Walt Disney.

Plus, to accompany all of our 2pm films, children’s lunch bags will be available to purchase from our new Paisley Arts Centre cafe provider Beangrinder, making it even easier for children and families to enjoy movie day with us.

Tickets to A Cat in Paris and Peter Pan cost £4 (£2 concession). Children’s Lunch bags (available from the Paisley Arts Centre cafe before all of our 2pm films) cost £2.50 each. Admission to the Refugee Week Scotland Film is free. Tickets can be purchased from our Box Office at Paisley Arts Centre, by calling 0300 300 1210 or by going online to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking.

For further information on any of the films on at Paisley Arts Centre this season, future events and shows log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

Bringing It All Home for Gerry and the songmakers

Bringing It All Home for Gerry and the songmakers

Paisley is gearing up to honour one of its favourite sons with a series of songwriting events in the town this May.

Bring It All Home (2 – 4 May) is a celebration of song inspired by the legacy of Gerry Rafferty.  The Paisley-born singer-songwriter, who died in 2011, is known for his iconic hits ‘Baker Street’, ‘Right Down the Line’, and ‘Stuck In The Middle With You’.

Bring It All Home will feature performances from internationally-renowned artists such as Love and Money’s James Grant as well as a celebration of Paisley songwriters.

James Grant will open the event in Paisley Abbey on 2 May, where he will welcome friends Chris Thompson(Friends Again and The Bathers), Graham Skinner (Hipsway), Monica Queen (Belle and Sebastian collaboratrix), Fraser Spiers and bandmate and producer Paul McGeehan.

Home-grown songwriting talent will feature with Carol Laula and Yvonne Lyon performing in the Wynd Centre on 3 May and Michael Cassidy, local artist and winner of a council-sponsored songwriting prize in 2012, opening the Abbey concert.

In this first year of a new annual event, budding songwriters can join a free ‘masterclass’ in the town in a special session in Paisley Museum with James Grant.

Paisley’s Songwriting Guild will also perform free in The Bungalow Bar on Thursday 2 May and in Hamishes Hoose (just after the masterclass in the Museum) on Saturday 4 May.

Martha Rafferty, Gerry’s daughter, said: “Gerry’s talent is recognised as much today as it ever was and he would have hoped to inspire people from Paisley to pick up a guitar and try writing a tune or two themselves, I’m sure.”

“He was passionate about his music and he was passionate about his hometown – any combination of the two is a great way to remember him.”

Renfrewshire Council is backing the event with Council Leader Mark Macmillan describing it as “another step in promoting Paisley as an exciting cultural venue”.

Councillor Macmillan said: “The Paisley music scene has always been incredibly vibrant and we’re doing all we can at Renfrewshire Council to encourage musicians and music fans to the town.

“We’ve been blessed to have talents like Gerry Rafferty over the years and it’s great to have this opportunity to celebrate what he and his music brought to Paisley.

“This is a huge year for music in the town.  In October, Paisley will take centre-stage as the showcase for traditional and contemporary Scottish culture when we see the return of The Spree festival and we play host to the Royal National Mòd.

“All of these events attract people into the town and that’s what we need as we work to regenerate Paisley after some tough years.”

Tickets for the shows on 2-3 May can be bought from www.tickets-scotland.com on 08444 155 221 or from the food counter of Marks & Spencer, High Street, Paisley.

More information about the festival is available online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/bringitallhome

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Kids competition at Renfrewshire Libraries

Libraries across Renfrewshire want local kids to help name some friendly little monsters who live among their books!

The ‘Skoobs’ are a bunch of colourful characters designed to attract children to the library.

Kids up to the age of 12 can enter a competition to name the Skoobs. The winner will have their picture taken with a life-size Skoob in May.

Paisley Library - Paisley Museum

Younger kids can pop into the library to help the staff colour in some of the smaller Skoobs.

Franzeska G Ewart will be on the judging panel. Franzeska is a Lochwinnoch-based children’s author who has written over 20 novels.

Franzeska said: “The Skoobs are a great idea – the competition should give children a feeling of involvement with books, and that has to be good!

“It’s a real honour to be judging the competition and I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of names we get in.”

Competition entry forms can be picked up from any Renfrewshire Library from 8 April onwards. Completed entries can be posted in the Skoob postbox in each library. The closing date for entries is Saturday 27 April.

More information is available online at www.renfrewshirelibraries.info


St Vincent’s Hospice Press Update

Door to Door 

Will you help us make a difference?

Can you spare 2 hours to help someone living with a life limiting illness?

Monday 22nd to Saturday 27th April 2013 – Bishopton, Johnstone, Howwood and Bridge of Weir.

All this involves is you posting a donation envelope through the doors in your street or surrounding streets and returning at the end of the week to collect them and send them back to the hospice.

Your help would mean that St Vincent’s Hospice can continue to provide essential care, totally free of charge to the local communities of Renfrewshire.

Be Part Of It – Contact Us Now! T:01505 705635 E: ashley.moran@svh.co.uk

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Can you spare 2 hours to help us with a collection?

During April we have the following collections:

* Monday 8th April – Bucket Collection – Asda, Linwood – 10am to 4pm

* Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st April – Bucket Collection – IKEA Glasgow – 10am to 4pm

Your help would mean that St Vincent’s Hospice can continue to provide essential care, totally free of charge to the local communities of Renfrewshire.

Buckets and tabards are provided.

Be Part Of It – Contact Us Now. T: 01505705635 E: ashley.moran@svh.co.uk

Bowfield 5k Road Race

There is still plenty of time to come and join the Bowfield Hotel & Country Club for their first ever 5k Charity Road Race in Howwood in aid of St Vincent’s Hospice.

For all you local runners, joggers and walkers this is an event just for you! Take part in this local road race for your local Hospice.

For more information and to register please contact the Leisure Team at the Bowfield Hotel & Country Club on enquiries@bowfieldhotel.co.uk or call 01505 705225.

If you are not taking part in the race but would like to be involved, we are looking for volunteers to help with the Marshalling on the day. If you can give a couple of hours to help with this event please contact the fundraising team at the hospice on 01505 705635 or email Ashley.moran@svh.co.uk

Strictly Come Prancing 2013

Friday 19th & Saturday 20th April at the Normandy Hotel in Renfrew.

Be involved in our exclusive, fast selling dance event as a member of the audience.

Enjoy a 2 course dinner with coffee, plus the very best quality live entertainment complete with Brucie, Tess and professional judges.

Tickets are still available for the Friday night, so get yours reserved now to avoid disappointment. Contact Lorraine on 01505 705635 or email Lorraine.jaffrey@svh.co.uk.


Join St Vincent’s Hospice for our ‘Back to the 80’s Zumba Party’ on Sunday 28th April 2013 at the Lagoon Leisure centre.

Be 1 of 200 lucky participants taking part in this 80’s influenced, fun-filled retro Zumba Party hosted by Instructor Cheryl Stevenson from Zumbawithcheryl and joined by local instructors.

Only £5 registration fee then raise £20 minimum sponsorship giving a total of £25 to help mark our 25th Anniversary year.

For more information contact 01505 705635 or email Lorraine.jeffrey@svh.co.uk.

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Games Fund enters home straight

The race for applications to a Commonwealth Games-inspired fund for local sports clubs, organisations and athletes has entered the home straight.

Renfrewshire Council’s Commonwealth Games funding programme has grants of up to £5,000 for coaching, training, equipment, transport and marketing.

Councillor James Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board, said: “Renfrewshire is the ‘Gateway to the Games’ in 2014 and we’re looking to use this opportunity to build a legacy of sporting activity and achievement.

“Whether you’re an individual or a sporting club, it can be expensive to take part in your chosen sport so this funding could be a big help.”

“This money will help nurture local competitors and allow them to reach their full potential at next year’s Games. And for those of us who don’t compete at the elite level, it might just help in getting some great fun out of sport.”

Grants are available to any voluntary or not-for-profit organisation or club which delivers sport or physical activities within Renfrewshire. They are also open to elite athletes.

Individual awards of up to £5,000 are available although more may be on offer in exceptional circumstances.

Application forms are available now at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk or from the Active Renfrewshire team on  0141 889 1110

Applications must be returned by Friday 5 April 2013.

ON-X Linwood

Plenty for kids this Easter break

Wondering what will keep the kids busy during the school holidays?

The answer might be a packed programme of sports and leisure activities from Renfrewshire Council.

The Active Renfrewshire team promise Commonwealth Games-themed activities, sports ‘taster’ sessions and outdoor activities such as fishing and cycling. Other less-sporty types might prefer the arts, dance and multimedia activities the StreetStuff team bring with them on the Youth Bus.

The team will be out and about across the towns and villages from 1-14 April.

ON-X Linwood

Details of where they will be and when are available online at www.activerenfrewshire.co.uk or from the Youth & Sport Services Team on 0141 889 1110.

Sports centres operated by Renfrewshire Leisure, including the new On-X Linwood centre, will host Spring Activity Camps during the holidays. These highly-popular camps are available for four or five days and are designed around ‘early risers’ or ‘afternoon kidz’ to suit parents’ needs.

Places can be booked online at www.renfrewshireleisure.com or on 0300 300 0250.

Councillor Jim Harte, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board, said: “With the weather being so bad lately, I’m sure the kids are raring to get outside and have some fun. But even if it stays as bad, we’ve got plenty going on, from the activity camps to the Youth Bus, which the weather won’t beat!

Benefits are changing day

Residents turn out for welfare reform info event

Renfrewshire residents turned out to a special event to spread the word over wide-ranging and controversial changes to the benefits system.

The council-run ‘Benefits are Changing Day’ was held at the Tannahill Centre in Ferguslie Park, Paisley to raise awareness of UK Government’s welfare reform programme.

These include changes to housing benefit – dubbed the ‘bedroom tax’ – which will see cuts in housing benefit for social housing tenants deemed to have more bedrooms than they need.
Benefits are changing day
It is thought that the changes – due to come into effect on April 1 – will affect around 3,000 households in Renfrewshire.

Those affected will include council and housing association tenants, who could find themselves with less money to go towards their rent.

Visitors to Benefits are Changing Day were able to speak to a range of advisors about the help available to them.

Groups represented at the Tannahill Centre included the council’s housing, benefits and AdviceWorks teams, Renfrewshire Employability Partnership and Ferguslie Park Housing Association.

Councillor Michael Holmes, Renfrewshire Council’s deputy leader and welfare reform spokesman, said: “The UK Government’s welfare reform agenda will take around £22 million out of the area’s economy.

“Many of the people worst-hit by these changes will be the ones who most need help, with more people at risk of being pushed into poverty and homelessness.

Benefits are changing day

“As the council is the body responsible for administering these benefits, we are doing everything we can to make people aware of the changes and what they should do.

“Renfrewshire Council has created a 45-strong team to support and advise local people about the changes, and to help them with financial issues.

“Events such as the Benefits are Changing Day are part of that process, and I was pleased to see so many people turn out to take advantage of the help on offer.”

For more information about the changes, tenants should call their landlord. Anyone wishing advice about housing benefit entitlement can call 0300 300 0204 for more information.

More information is available on the council website at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/benefitchanges


Bowfield 5k Charity Road Race

Will you help St Vincent’s Hospice at the Bowfield Hotel & Country Club 5k by volunteering to be a Marshal for the race?

Can you give just 2 hours of your time from 10am to help line the race route for all our runners?


If you are available to help please contact Ashley on 01505 705635 or ashley.moran@svh.co.uk.