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The Jingle Bell Fun Run will take place on Sunday 11 December at Barshaw Park. It’s a unique family event that caters for all ages and all abilities.

Choose from a 5k run (11am) or a 1k family fun run/walk/pramathon (12noon).

This year we’ve teamed up with the British Heart Foundation to promote Paisley is a Heart Town. Runners are being encouraged to get raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

A DJ will spin some Christmas sounds and there will be a mass warm up before each event. Plus there will be the opportunity to try out the gym bus or youth bus and Renfrewshire Community Health Initiatives ‘Smoothie Bike’.

Jogging Buddies and British Heart Foundation will also have an information stand on their activities and an opportunity to sign up for the classes starting in the New Year.

There will be a medal and goody bag for all finishers, spot prizes up for grabs and a prize for the best Christmas costume.

We’re also looking for volunteer stewards to marshall on the day. Please give us a call on the number below if you can help.

Entries are: adults £5, children £3, family of four £13.

You can fill out the attached entry form and send it to Jogging Buddies, Barshaw Park Golf Pavillion, Barshaw Park; or enter on the day from 10am until 10.45am. You can also enter online at the Runner’s World website.

Date: Sunday 11 December
Venue: Barshaw Park, Paisley
Cost: Adults £5; kids £3; family of four £13
Entry line: 01505 815943

 

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You may have seen me in todays Paisley Express and I am fortunate enough to be able to possibly save someones life who is suffering from Lukemia, this is something I feel strongly about, I donate blood regularly as you never know when you need it yourself (you cant donate blood when your a potential donor though).

The are desperate for men aged between 18-30.

Here is a snippet from the Anthony Nolan website:

Join The Register:

We use our register to match remarkable donors willing to donate their blood stem cells to people who desperately need lifesaving transplants. So far we’ve saved thousands of people from blood cancers, such as leukaemia. With your help, we could save many more.

Right now, we can only find a matching donor for half the people who come to us in desperate need of a lifesaving transplant. Men aged 18-30 are more likely to be chosen to donate, but they currently account for just 12% of donors on our register. That’s why we need more of them to come forward.

The just of it is you can Save a Life, make a difference to someone and their family..

go to http://www.anthonynolan.org/What-you-can-do/save-a-life.aspx or email brian@paisley.org.uk and I can help you with any questions but basically, its easy to join the register and extremely worth it in the end, imagine the power to save someones life and change their whole world, the thought of that inspires me… We are sometimes mixed up and caught up in our own little world and yet, one act of kindness can change someone for ever..

Please consider it now…

Brian McGuire
www.paisley.org.uk

 

Click here to visit the Anthony Nolan website.

 

Can I just say a big thank you to Allison Rennie from the Paisley Express for her Article today visit their website http://www.paisleydailyexpress.co.uk/ or visit them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/paisleydailyexpress

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All of Renfrewshire’s schools and pre-five establishments will close at 1pm tomorrow (Thursday 8 December). All special schools, including Hollybush Pre-Five centre will be closed all day.

The decision to close the schools was taken after the Met Office issued a red alert, warning of gale force winds potentially reaching 90mph.

The Renfrewshire Council Schools’ Music Service Christmas Concert, scheduled to take place in Paisley Town Hall tomorrow evening has also been cancelled and will be rescheduled.

Red alert warnings are highly unusual with only one or two being issued a year.

Councillor Lorraine Cameron, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board, said, “The safety of our pupils is our chief concern. We have been given a clear warning from the Met Office to expect severe weather that could damage buildings and cut power supplies.

“We realise that this decision will cause parents some inconvenience but in these circumstances we have no other choice given the severity of the weather predicted.”

The Met Office warning said, “Through the day on Thursday winds will strengthen with severe and potentially damaging and dangerous gales developing through the central belt during the afternoon and into the evening rush hour with winds as high as 80 mph, and a risk of some gusts to 90 mph. Transport disruption, including complete closure of bridges, power supply disruption and structural damage are all possible with gusts of this magnitude.”

Press release issued: Wednesday 7 December 2011, 5pm

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Please also in any tweets to keep people updated of the changing weather and hazards to motorists etc, if you are tweeting please use the hashtag #paisleyweather so we can inform people of the conditions asp..

Also keep an eye on the Met office website which is fantastic for realtime weather information http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/st/paisley_forecast_weather.html

Make your festivities Fairtrade

People in Renfrewshire are being urged to make their festive season a Fairtrade one this year.

Renfrewshire’s Fairtrade Steering Group is encouraging local residents to keep up their excellent track record of supporting independent producers in developing countries by buying gifts and decorations with the approved Fairtrade logo this Christmas.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Brian Lawson, Chair of Renfrewshire’s Fairtrade Steering Group, said: “By buying items with the Fairtrade logo we are ensuring a better deal for the people who make them. This is especially important at Christmas time, the season of goodwill.

“There is a huge range of Fairtrade products available these days from present ideas such as bags, jewellery, clothes, to Christmas cards and decorations, wrapping paper or even Fairtrade food and wine.”

Fairtrade items are available in several major shops and local retailers. Councillor Lawson popped into Paisley’s Rainbow Turtle shop on Gauze Street to check out their collection of festive Fairtrade goods.

There is also a range of cafes, restaurants and venues in Renfrewshire serving Fairtrade food and drink where you can pop in for a coffee to refuel after your shopping trip, or for Christmas celebrations with friends and family.

Councillor Lawson added: “This has been a great year for Renfrewshire’s Fairtrade campaign with many schools achieving Fairtrade status. Paisley Fairtrade Partnership was also named runner up in this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight Award for the Best Cotton activity. Let’s all keep up this hard work by making this a Fairtrade festive season.”

A full list of Renfrewshire Fairtrade outlets can be found on Renfrewshire Council website, www.Renfrewshire.gov.uk/fairtrade.

For regular updates on local news and events follow @RenCouncilNews on Twitter or our page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/renfrewshirecouncil.

Film actress joins Renfrewshire women to speak out on trafficking

Renfrewshire women were joined this week by film actress Kate Dickie in taking a stand against the trafficking of women and children at home and abroad.

Kate was one of the guest speakers at Renfrewshire Women’s Association annual Outrage conference exploring issues of gender violence, which took place at Paisley Town Hall on Tuesday 29 November.

The title of this year’s conference was ‘Nobody’s Free until Everyone’s Free’ with participants sharing their own experiences and discussing the trafficking of women and children.

One of the highlights was an exhibition of human sculpture and worry dolls which explored the individual identities of trafficked women and the struggle for survival many women and children face. Eight local community groups produced some very provocative and thoughtful artwork.

The conference ended on a poignant note as white ribbons carrying messages of support were tied to a wreath laid in Dunn Square, Paisley, at a plaque dedicated last year to all the victims of domestic abuse in Renfrewshire.

Kate Dickie is patron of the Renfrewshire Women’s Association.

Kate said: “It was an amazing day and I want to say just how fantastic I think the women of the association are. I am so honoured to be their patron.”

“They inspire me on so many levels and I thought that they tackled the issue of human trafficking in such an honest and thought-provoking way. I was bowled over by the openness and trust that the women put into it by sharing their private experiences.”

“This is an issue that is so often ignored and I think the people of Paisley will have gained a valuable and necessary insight into the plight of human trafficking.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about Renfrewshire Women’s Association should call 0141 887 7227 .

http://www.renfrewshirewomensassociation.co.uk/

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Renfrewshire chamber

Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce’s members play an integral role in creating prosperity for the area, placing Renfrewshire firmly in the commercial spotlight and making it the place to do business.

We work to represent our members as they grow their businesses, develop new technologies, create employment and diversity in Renfrewshire, and seek funding for further growth.

For as little as 8p* per employee per week
being a member gives your business access to

  • A robust network of business contacts – approaching 500 members / 30,000 employees
  • Forums, networking lunches, guest speakers, events, and the ROCCO Awards
  • Legal expense cover & HR advice for your business
  • Savings on products such as healthcare, factoring & merchant services for your business
  • Current business news & information.
  • Representation in Holyrood and in Westminster
  • Discounted access to the Business Centre at Glasgow Airport
  • Several channels to promote your business – Business Matters magazine, fortnightly eNews, first Chamber iPhone app in Europe / our website
  • Active across all social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Linkedin)

The Renfrewshire Chamber is a private company and is directed by a volunteer board selected from its members. Our 8 staff members are based at Glasgow Airport.

The Chamber is a fully accredited and active member of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce and the British Chambers of Commerce, making Renfrewshire’s businesses an integral part of the most important business group in Britain.

On behalf of our staff, directors, and members, we would be delighted to speak to you about the Chamber and what we can offer you and your business. Please get in touch on 0141 847 5450 or click here for more information.

Find out more and visit the Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce website www.renfrewshirechamber.com

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paisley logo webStreet Stuff Christmas Tournament

Young football fans from across Renfrewshire could score themselves an early Christmas present and win the chance to share a pitch with some of their SPL heroes.

Youngsters aged 10 – 16 are being invited to take part in a Street Football tournament on Saturday 10 December.

The winning team in the 13 – 16 age group will then get the chance to take part in a half time 10 second challenge on the first team pitch at the St Mirren V Rangers match on Christmas Eve.

The top two teams in the 10 – 12 age group will get the chance to play a small sided game during half time at St Mirren and Dundee Utd match on December 28.

The tournament is being run as part of the popular Street Stuff programme which is a hugely successful youth diversion activity programme which has helped contribute to significant reductions in youth disorder in communities across Renfrewshire.

The programme has this year expanded to encourage local young people to give back to their communities.

The Kick and Collect scheme encourages the teenagers to give back to communities and in return get the chance to take part in more activities.

St Mirren Manager Danny Lennon said: “This is a great opportunity for young people to get on the pitch in front of a packed crowd at a major SPL game and test their skills. It’s a bit of fun as well as a great way to get young people involved in giving something back to their communities and be a positive example to others.”

All teams taking part in the street football tournament on Saturday 10 December must take part in a community clean up scheme.

Councillor Kenny MacLaren, Renfrewshire Council’s Community Safety Spokesperson, said: “Street Stuff has been a huge success since it started three years ago and now it’s expanding to not just get young people taking part in positive, healthy activities but also to get them giving back to their communities. The Kick and Collect Scheme is a great way to show our appreciation for their hard work.”

Anyone interested in submitting a team (No league teams allowed) send your completed application form to us no later than Friday 2 December 2011

The tournament will run from 5.30pm – 8.30pm at St Mirren FC’s astro parks, Greenhill Road, Paisley.

To find out more information or get a form contact Stephen Gallacher on 07557281581 or stephen@saintmirren.net.

Street Stuff is run in partnership by Renfrewshire Council, Strathclyde Police, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, Engage Renfrewshire, Arriva, St Mirren FC and Reid Kerr College.

Provided by Renfrewshire Council.

Thirty girls take part in area’s first ‘opt in’ rugby academy

Thirty Renfrewshire girls rolled up their sleeves earlier this week to take part in the area’s first ‘opt in’ rugby academy and give the sport a try.

Youngsters from primary 6 through to sixth year were given expert coaching from the council’s rugby development officer, Lindsey Smith, who also plays for the Scottish women’s team.

They also heard first hand how enjoyable rugby is from two local teenagers who only took up the sport this time last year – and now make the national under-20s team.

Amanda Moore (from Paisley) and Lauren Hagan (from Bridge of Weir), both 17, were coached in the sport for the first time last year at a rugby development day and now play for the Scottish women’s under-20s team.

Lindsey said: “Rugby is a fantastic sport. It helps youngsters develop key skills such as decision making and working as part of a team while encouraging them to be active and gain fitness and strength.

“As a female rugby player and coach, I think it’s really important that girls realise that rugby is very much a sport they can take part in and enjoy. The academy was fantastic and I was delighted that Amanda and Lauren came along and show the younger girls just how fun rugby is.”

While girls’ rugby sessions have taken place in Renfrewshire as part of school PE – this is the first time an ‘opt-in’ academy has taken place. It includes learning the laws of the game, learning to run and avoid tacklers and tackle techniques.

The academy will continue into the New Year on Wednesday afternoons at Castlehead High. Anyone interested in taking part should call 0141 842 3000.

Councillor Susan McDonald, Renfrewshire Council’s Sports Champion, said: “The girls’ rugby academy is a wonderful idea. There’s an ideal sport out there for everyone, and I’d urge Renfrewshire girls to give rugby a try. Who knows? You could enjoy the sport as much as Amanda and Lauren and get to be part of the national team one day.”

Courtesy of Renfrewshire Council.

Meso Derek Mackay

A Renfrewshire company that sparked interest from Hollywood star Tom Hanks over its latest hi-tech project has welcomed a rising star at Holyrood.

Derek Mackay, MSP for Renfrewshire North & West, visited award winning product design company Meso Design at their Renfrewshire HQ.
The fast growing company was formed in 2008 by three design engineering graduates – Danny Kane, Gregor Aikman and Craig Lynn – and now employs 12 staff at its base in Inchinnan.

Since its launch, Meso has worked on more than 40 projects for clients across a range of sectors, including food and drink, medicine and consumer products.

Its latest collaborations include Popa, which transforms the iPhone into an instant camera, and MoviePeg, an easy to fit stand that allows users to watch movies on any smartphone and tablet device. Both products were developed by Manchester based Beep Industries with design support from Meso.

Another product, a portable camera dolly for film makers, designed on behalf of Paisley based Glidetrack, is due for release in the next month.
Meso’s growing client list of high profile clients includes SECC, Glasgow School of Art, Whyte and Mackay, Famous Grouse, Thales and Courvoisier.
And from next year, Meso intends to design, manufacture and market its own range of products, and expand into new premises in Renfrewshire.
Meso director Danny Kane said: “We were delighted to welcome Derek Mackay to meet the team at Meso. We’re a relatively small company, proud of our association with Renfrewshire, and ambitious for the future. We’d like to think that, in our own small way, we’re helping to establish Renfrewshire as a centre of excellence for product design and manufacture.

Derek Mackay MSP said: “I am thoroughly impressed by the work that Meso are doing, and from what I have seen during my visit, it is not surprising that there has been strong demand for their services and products.

“Renfrewshire is increasingly becoming a fantastic place for business growth and success, attracting business from both the local area and from further afield.

“This is a thriving local company, I’m pleased to see them expanding into new premises to support their growing business and I wish them all the best with their future success.” Read more

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Renfrewshire council tenants and owner occupiers are being invited to give their views on ways to improve housing in the Blackstoun Oval and the Tannahill area of Ferguslie Park.
The council’s housing team will be out in the area with their mobile office to speak to residents from the area about their views on how to attract more people into housing in the area.
The officers are also keen to speak to people living elsewhere who would consider moving in to the area.

The mobile office will be visiting the area on:

  • Tuesday 22 November, 10am – 12.30pm, at Blackstoun Oval
  • Tuesday 22 November, 1.30pm – 4pm, at Tannahill Road
  • Thursday 24 November, 10am – 12.30pm, Blackstoun Oval
  • Thursday 24 November, Thursday 24 November, 1.30pm – 4pm, at Tannahill Road.

Councillor Kenny MacLaren, Renfrewshire Council’s Housing Spokesperson, said:

“This is an opportunity for tenants to and residents to share their ideas and views. We want to hear from local people so that we can take on board all of the issues affecting housing in the area.

“The Council is currently working on the biggest ever investment programme to improve Council housing across Renfrewshire. As part of this £138m investment programme, new kitchens, bathrooms and heating systems are being installed and external improvements are being carried out. Tenants in Ferguslie Park will benefit from these improvements and the Council is speaking to tenants about housing issues in the area generally before the planned work starts.”

To find out more information about Delivering Housing Improvements go to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/housingimprovements

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