Pipe bands from across the UK will head to Paisley for the town’s growing Pipe Band Competition this weekend.

Bands from Milngavie to Manchester will take part in the national competition on Saturday 21 July presided over by Depute Provost John Caldwell.

This will be the third Paisley Pipe Band Competition which has become a key event in the lead up to the World Pipe Band Championships with bands coming from further across the UK this year including greater Manchester and Morpeth in Northumberland.

There will also be competitors from Milngavie, East Kilbride and Irvine as well as local bands from Paisley, Johnstone and Renfrew.

The event kicks off at 12pm with the main band competition taking place in County Square. There will also be a High Street competition from 12.15pm. The day culminates at 5.30pm with all the bands taking part in a ‘march past’ before Depute Provost Caldwell awards the winning competitors with their prizes.

Depute Provost Caldwell said: “I am really looking forward to presiding over the Paisley Pipe Band Competition for the first time. It’s great to have bands coming from all over to compete and perform in front of the people of Renfrewshire.

“As well as a competition it’s a fun day of entertainment for everyone and I hope to see lots of people out enjoying the fun.”

Paisley Pipe Band Competition is run by Renfrewshire Council in conjunction with the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association.

What’s On in Renfrewshire!
We have a fantastic season lined up – tickets now on sale!

Full details of performances, exhibitions, films, classes and events are available in our ‘What’s On Guide’. Get your FREE copy at Paisley Town Hall, Paisley Arts Centre or Paisley Museum.

Bookings and information:
Paisley Arts Centre, New St, Paisley PA1 1EZ
Tel: 0141 887 1010 (Mon – Fri:9.15am – 4.45pm – closed 12.30pm – 1.30pm Sat: 9.45am – 4.45pm – closed 12.30pm – 1.30pm)
Online: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking

Coming up……

Solar Viewings

Every Thursday afternoon, 2pm to 4pm from 12 July to 31 August
Coats Observatory
£FREE (No booking necessary)

We all owe our existence to the Sun. Without it, life on Earth would be impossible. The Sun provides heat, light, nourishment for plant and animal life right down to the very atoms that make up our bodies, …which are made of the same material found inside the Sun.

Safely view the Sun through the special telescopes housed in Coats Observatory. See sunspots, prominences and solar flares and learn more about our nearest star.

Please note that Solar viewing is weather dependent and will not take place in the event of thick cloud or rain.

Music: The Rat Pack is Back

Sunday 22 July
Paisley Town Hall, 7.30pm
£14 (£12 conc)

You are invited to come along and see Britain’s longest running tribute to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr; The Rat Pack is Back on Sunday 22 July with the fabulous Don Hunt Swing Band.

Frank, Sammy & Dean take you on a trip to the strip in Las Vegas to the Sands hotel where they performed all the classics.

The hit show perfectly captures not only the music and comedy of the original legends, but also the personalities of the stars who ruled the entertainment world from Las Vegas. Don Hunt from the Swing Band is also no stranger to the Rat Pack having played on shows featuring the real Sammy Davis Jnr.

The first 3 people to email us at ram.els@renfrewshire.gov.uk with ‘VIP TICKETS PLEASE’ in the subject will win a pair VIP ‘Meet & Greet’ tickets, where lucky winners will be invited backstage to meet the band and have their photograph taken with the Las Vegas legends.!

Family Events and Classes: Crazy Olympic Camp

Mon 30 July – Fri 3 Aug
Paisley Museum, 10am – 3pm
£31 (£23.50 conc for those in receipt of full working tax credit)
Suitable for ages 8-14

With the official launch of London 2012 upon us in just two short weeks, Renfrewshire Arts and Museums is gearing up for the fun with a themed summer workshop focusing on all things Olympic!

Using animation, film, drama, music and visual arts, our award winning Community Outreach team will be on hand to help children create and prepare their very own country for entry into the Crazy Olympic Games! The week of fun-filled, creative activities will culminate in an ‘Opening Ceremony’ on Friday 3 Aug, at which children will have the chance to show off their country’s flag and team uniform to their parents, families and friends.

To book call 0141 887 1010, max 25 places. Participants are asked to bring a packed lunch.

Exhibitions at Paisley Museum

Sixty Years, Six Lives
A photography exhibition from Ian Berry (Magnum Photos)

Tues 19 June – Sun 12 August
FREE (associated with The UN Refugee Agency and Scottish Refugee Council)

Photographer Ian Berry is known worldwide for his arresting, evocative photos – and as a member of the celebrated cooperative, Magnum Photos. Magnum Photos was formed following the Second World War by pioneers of photo-journalism including Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson. Today its photographers continue to chronicle the world and its people, with a powerful, individual vision. To mark the 60th anniversary of the UN Refugee Convention the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has partnered with Ian Berry and Magnum Photos to produce this exciting exhibition. Berry has photographed refugees around the UK, including Scotland, who came here seeking safety since the 1950s.


Friday 29 June – Sun 21 October

Following the popular “Paisley’s Glasgow Boys” exhibition, now the girls are back in town! This exhibition celebrates a century of female artistic creativity, including new acquisitions for the permanent collection at Paisley Museum.

There is an emphasis on artists associated with Glasgow School of Art, from trail-blazing Glasgow Girls, Olive Carleton Smyth and Stansmore Dean, through to their successors such as Joan Eardley and contemporary artist Mary Redmond, whose newly commissioned work is shown here for the first time.

Herstory Portraits

Friday 29 June – Sun 21 October

An exhibition of work by Glasgow-based artist Sharon Thomas, Herstory Portrait presents egg-tempera portraits of seven inspirational women, several of whom are the first females to gain key positions in their respective professions. Herstory Portrait includes preparatory sketches and is a unique opportunity to see inside the artist’s process.

Developed over the span of the last year its primary focus is on mapping female power and influence in Glasgow today and further afield but with a compass leg positioned firmly in the experience of Thomas; a female artist making paintings in the 21st Century in Glasgow.

Big Summer Chill

Tues 10 July – Sun 19 August

Every 1000th, 2000th & 3000th visitor is a winner!

Forget expensive foreign travel and rainy British beaches…you can have your summer holiday at Paisley Museum, where we’re bringing the seaside inside. An interactive natural history exhibition for all the family, no matter what the weather is like outside.

Activities include:

– Games zone with themed board games
– Interactive fishing game
– Art corner
– Story corner
– Soft play ‘rock pool’
– Boat for smaller children to play in

There will also be a chance to win some family passes to M&D’s Theme Park!! Every 1000th, 2000th and 3000th visitor is a winner.

Check in for the town’s top holiday destination, it’s FREE!

Why not drop in for your chance to be part of our summer holiday installation! Simply fill out one of the luggage labels explaining:

1. Your best holiday memory
2. Your ideal holiday destination if money was no object

Win With Us
Congratulations to our lucky winner M. Tomlinson of Renfrew, who took just a few minutes to fill in a short survey after attending Renfrew Gala Day and won a £30 gift card for Braehead.

We value your opinions and are always striving to provide you with the best possible service. Please take our quick survey and tell us what you think. Thank you.



Here is a list of places you will be able to vote at on the 3rd May 2012, please check first before going along as some of these places are subject to change.



Here is an event for you to attend this Friday 4-May-2012   Fire Walk Challenge, Normandy Hotel, Renfrew all in aid of the following

West Scotland Puppy Training Satellite

Canine Partners in Scotland continues to grow and expand.  As part of this, the West Scotland Satellite is moving to Paisley and we are keen to find new volunteer puppy parents in the area.

Can you…

Be at home most of the day?
Have transport to attend weekly puppy classes?
Follow Canine Partners’ training methods?
Wave the puppy goodbye when your good work is finished?
Enjoy the fun of classes and outings?

Do you…

Have a secure, dog-friendly garden?
Have the stamina to manage an active puppy?

If you live within an hour of Paisley, and would like to find out more, please contact Bryony White on 07826 695201 or email westscotland@caninepartners.org.uk.


Puppy classes are held once a week at the Martyrs Church, Broomlands Road, Paisley, although we sometimes visit other locations as well so it is always better to call first to check where we are.


We hope that the move to Paisley will help encourage more people to volunteer with us and raise awareness of Canine Partners in the Glasgow, Paisley and Renfrewshire areas.


For latest charity news, download our newsletter or sign up for more information here.

Up and Coming Events

Have your event advertised here, please call 08456 580 480
4-May-2012   Fire Walk Challenge, Normandy Hotel, Renfrew
27-May-2012   Charity Plant Sale, The Steading at Foulis Castle
15-Jun-2012   Duntreath Castle Garden Show, Nr Glasgow 15 – 17 June
29-Jun-2012   The GWCT Scottish Game Fair at Scone Palace 29 June – 1 July


check out more on their website http://www.caninepartners.org.uk/west_scotland

Business Matters in Renfrewshire – 2012
your local B2B event, 10th May 2012, 9am-4pm Paisley Town Hall


Please support your local B2B event – the event is free to attend and all are welcome (all businesses, entrepreneurs, career changers, students – all welcome – you do not need to be a member to attend). Please share this email with colleagues.

Free to attend, 30 exhibitors & 10 seminars plus keynote speech from Minister for Local Government & Planning, Derek Mackay MSP


Key Note Speech: Scottish Government Minister for Local Planning & Government, Derek Mackay MSP
9.30 – 10.30 Alexander Wilson Suite, 1st floor –
more info / just register me – click here

Renfrewshire Council seminar – Invest in Renfrewshire
10.45 – 11.30 – Alexander Wilson Suite, 1st floor –
more info / just register me – click here

Renfrewshire Council seminar – Trusted Trader
11.45 – 12.30 – Alexander Wilson Suite, 1st floor –
more info / just register me – click here

Renfrewshire Council seminar – Regeneration & Development
12.45 – 1.30 – Alexander Wilson Suite, 1st floor –
more info / just register me click here

Scotland’s Zero Waste Plan – What it means for Business – from The William Tracey Group
1.45 – 2.30 – Alexander Wilson Suite, 1st floor – more info / just register me – click here

Employment law for business: What do you need to know? – from bto
2.45 – 3.30 – Alexander Wilson Suite, 1st floor – more info / just register me – click here

Crowdfunding – A Blooming Revolution from Bloom VC
10.45-11.30 Loggia, 1st floor –
more info / just register me – click here

What’s the difference between management and leadership?- from Dr Stuart Paul of UWS
11.45 – 12.30 Loggia, 1st floor –
more info / just register meclick here

Coaching People to Perform – from On Track Training
12.45 – 1.30 Loggia, 1st floor – more info / just register meclick here

Social Media – The Good, The Bad and The Downright Mad – from NSDesign
1.45 – 2.30 Loggia, 1st floor – more info / just register me click here

Love Your Brand from Branding Boutique
2.45 – 3.30 Loggia, 1st floor – more info / just register meclick here

Examples of companies exhibiting include:

Renfrewshire Council – various departments
Business Gateway
Renfrewshire Chamber
Scotia Marketing
PCR Business
Reid Kerr College
University of West of Scotland
Campbell Dallas
The Cosmopolitan Normandy Hotel
The Royal Bank of Scotland
St Vincent’s Hospice
Ferguson Imaging
The William Tracey Group
Dark silence
Engage Renfrewshire
Skills Development Scotland
Prolife Fitness
Skills Development Scotland

hashtag for the event is #b2bpaisley

Business Matters PDF right here

Paisley heart Town

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Buddies to Bairns Big Heart Cycle


Sunday 27th May 2012 will see the first ever inter-Heart Town event in Scotland. Together with Renfrewshire Council and Community Health Partnership, the British Heart Foundation Scotland is bringing communities like Paisley together through fundraising and volunteering while raising awareness of heart disease. Falkirk is one of the other two Heart Towns in Scotland and to promote heart health in both areas an exciting route (which includes a ferry crossing!) has been drawn up for a family-friendly cycle from the Lagoon Leisure Centre to the Falkirk Wheel.

The event gives people the opportunity to take part in an organised cycle taking in 2 historic town centres (Paisley and Renfrew), the famous Renfrew Ferry crossing and the stunning Forth and Clyde Canal route directly to the Falkirk Wheel. The distance is approximately 34 miles and if you think the return journey would be just too much we are providing transport back to Paisley for you and your bike! There will be entertainment, information and snacks at both ends of the cycle and a chance for you to have your bike checked by professionals at the starting point. Entry is open to anyone, however you will need to have some degree of fitness and cycling ability to complete the route, and any children taking part must also be able to last the distance. Some of the route will be on main roads, although most of it is on cycle track, and participants will ride in groups of around 40.

The event starts at 10am from the Lagoon Leisure Centre, with groups leaving at 20 minute intervals after that, and it is anticipated that most people will complete the route in 3½ – 5 hours. Buses will leave the Falkirk Wheel to return to Paisley at 3.30pm and 5.00pm allowing people to enjoy the facilities and spectacle of this fantastic landmark. We can’t organise the weather unfortunately, but we can guarantee an enjoyable and healthy day out!

For more information, and to register, go to www.bhf.org.uk/paisley2falkirk or phone 0131 555 5891. The cost is £20 per adult and £5 per child under 16, however you can buy a family ticket for 2 adults and up to 3 children for £40. This includes transport back to Paisley, the ferry crossing and a BHF t-shirt and goody bag. Sponsor forms are also available from the above sources, and we would very much appreciate it if you would consider getting sponsored to do the cycle to raise vital funds for the British Heart Foundation Scotland. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, and they are limited, so don’t miss out!

Paisley Town Hall again plays host to the annual Paisley Beer Festival. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the biggest beer festival in Scotland once more brings the widest range of ales and cider available in one location.

To celebrate our 25th anniversary we will be featuring as many of the beers that appeared on the bar at our very first festival in 1986. We will also feature over 160 different real ales from all around Scotland; the English bar will be sourced from the Cumbria area; as well as a Foreign Beer bar which boasts draught and bottled beers from Europe and beyond.


Opening Times

Wed 25th 5pm – 11pm (Foreign Legion opens 5pm)
Thu 26th noon – 11pm (Foreign Legion opens 5pm)
Fri 27th noon – 12am (Foreign Legion opens 3pm)
Sat 28th noon – 9pm (Foreign Legion opens noon)


Altern8 Computer Repairs:

Why not give your pc or laptop a checkup, The bigger boys charge £40 for this, we’re only £30, we will scan your machine for virus or spyware, remove any unwanted toolbars, give your hardware a check over and give you advice on any upgrades which would help your machine to run faster, no booking necessary, just drop the machine into us, and remember, 95% of our work is carried out same day or next day.

10 Wellmeadow Street,

Website: www.altern8solutions.co.uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Altern8-Computer-Repairs/301497739919357

We would like to welcome our newest advertiser on www.paisley.org.uk. If you would like to find out more information about advertising please follow this link.


Abercorn Heating are giving TWO YEARS FREE SERVICING with any boiler installed with referrals from the Paisley website this summer, call 0141 887 0308 for a free quotation.  Abercorn Heating are based in Abercorn Street and have been supplying and installing commercial and industrial heating since 1981 in the Paisley area, they are gas safe registered and offer a full range of gas and oil fired boilers and warm air heaters.

Abercorn Heating Ltd,
107 Abercorn Industrial Estate,
Abercorn Street,

Telephone: 0141 887 0308

Website: www.abercorn-heating.co.uk

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For one day only we are going to let any business in Paisley post one ad on our Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/paisleyscotland


Tomorrow Friday the 30th March 2012 only.

Please add something like this:

Your Business Name

What you do i.e. services

Where you are

When you’re open if its appropriate

Your Website or Facebook page or both

Your twitter name if you have one

and of course your contact details and address

Don’t make the ad too big, you can promote yourself in just one or two paragraphs of text, please don’t over do it, keep it straightforward and think of your customer.

We may make this a regular thing, we have over 2,000 people on the page and it also gets sent to twitter to about 7,000 people too.

Anyone abusing it will simply be removed and an email won’t be sent to warn you.

Remember go to http://www.facebook.com/paisleyscotland tomorrow and advertise free..


So sell your business to the people of Paisley free of charge for one day only.

Don’t forget, we have advertising packages on  https://www.paisley.org.uk/advertise/ with great rates and lots of extras…

Make the most of it, let’s promote the businesses of Paisley!  If you’re tweeting use the hashtag #paisleybusiness and if you’re posting just put this at the end of your post too… Don’t worry if you don’t know what that’s about… Just promote your business to new and existing customers.