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Historical Adventures Youth Theatre

Over the October holidays, Historical Adventures Youth Theatre will be helping children to write, rehearse and perform 2 spooky, original and exciting plays.
At the end of the Day you will have the chance to watch the amazing show that the children have put together.
The workshops will run from 10.00 a.m. until 4.00p.m. and will cost £12.
Suitable for ages 7-14 years
To book a place on Spooky October Theatre 2012 please e-mail us at david.ororke@historical-adventures.co.uk or phone/text us on 07812437559. Please book early to avoid disappointment. All staff are enhanced disclosure checked (P.V.G. checked also). Please remember to bring a packed lunch and a snack!

1ST PLAY. VAMPIRE AND ZOMBIE CAMP
TUESDAY 16TH OF OCTOBER 10.00A.M -4.00P.M. £12
A winter get away goes awry as a camping resort turns out to be a place for Vampires who want to turn vegetarian, but not all are as keen as others… In addition, the rival camp next door, “Camp Zombie” they are up to their own ghoulish tricks and pranks. How will our heroes cope with being stuck between fangs and zombies?

2ND PLAY. CHILDREN OF HALLOWEEN
THURSDAY 18TH OF OCTOBER 10.00A.M -4.00P.M. £12
Ghouls, Goblins, Vampires, Werewolves, Witches and Warlocks are all simply terrified of the scariest thing of all… children!
How will they deal with Halloween night when their most dreadful nightmares all come true? Will they be able to work together to deal with their common fear? Or will they be helpless against sugar-crazed school children in costumes? Only time will tell…

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Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce ROCCO 2012 Shortlist

The 9th ROCCOs – the annual business awards of Renfrewshire Chamber – are the largest business event in Renfrewshire and one of the top corporate events in Scotland. Held this year on Friday 16th November at The Cosmopolitan Normandy Hotel, the ROCCOs are a great way to celebrate and gain recognition for your business success.

renfrewshire-chamber-commerce2012 seen Renfrewshire Chamber receive its highest ever number of entries. Commenting on the shortlist Chief Exec’ Bob Davidson said “thank you to all that entered and congratulations to all the shortlisted companies. The sheer number and quality of entries shows that Renfrewshire is a thriving business community with great companies old & new – all with outstanding potential. We are looking forward to the ROCCO Awards, as the Chamber to will be celebrating following another year of growth and commercial success. Plus having recently been awarded Investors in People Silver, successfully passed our 3 year export documentation audit and finally finding out this week that we have been shortlisted for the 2nd year running in the prestigious British Chambers of Commerce “Chamber of the Year 2012”. Thank you to all our members for their continued support”.

The shortlist for each category is:

ROCCO Award for Employer of the Year – sponsored by Rolls Royce
– Phoenix Car Company
– Spectrum Service Solutions
– The Malcolm Group

ROCCO Award for Invest in Renfrewshire- sponsored by Renfrewshire Council
– Cosmopolitan Hotels Group
– Fission Creative
– Scottish Leather Group

ROCCO Award for Third Sector Recognition- sponsored by Engage Renfrewshire & The Royal Bank of Scotland
– Accord Hospice
– Renfrewshire Association for Mental Health
– The Star Project

ROCCO Award for Most Promising New Business – sponsored by Renfrewshire Council
– Fresh Cleaning
– Meso
– SIP PMC Ltd

ROCCO Award for Excellence in Manufacturing – sponsored by the Scottish Leather Group
– Caledonian Industries
– Life Technologies
– Rolls-Royce plc

ROCCO Award for International Trade – sponsored by Glasgow Airport
– Caledonian Industries
– Chivas Brothers
– Scottish Leather Group

ROCCO Award for Family Business of the Year – sponsored by The Malcolm Group
– Gillies Gas Services
– Phoenix Car Company
– Spectrum Service Solutions

ROCCO Award for Young Business Person of the Year – sponsored by Reid Kerr College
– Anna Devitt – Direct Devitt
– Mark McShane – Training Developments Scotland
– Nick Cohen – PCR Business

ROCCO Award for Excellence in Customer Service – sponsored by Braehead
– Enchanted Forest Nurseries
– Glasgow Airport
– NS Design

ROCCO Award for Journey to Zero Waste – sponsored by The William Tracey Group
– Consult Lift Services
– Scottish Leather Group
– Spectrum Service Solutions

ROCCO Award for Innovation & Technology – sponsored by Hillington Park Innovation Centre
– Caledonian Industries
– IRW Systems Ltd
– Meso

ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business >25 employees – sponsored by Phoenix Car
– Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport
– Scottish Leather Group
– The Malcolm Group

ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business <25 employees – sponsorship tbc
– ChemTech
– Fresh Cleaning
– Sarkar Defence Solutions Ltd

ROCCO Award for Business Leader of the Year – sponsored by Diageo – nominees and winner announced on the night

Fred MacAulay returns as ROCCO host and the Chamber encourages companies to book a table / seats as early as possible as the event will sell out. For more info please visit www.roccoawards.com

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Paisley Competition Who’s Who

We have a fantastic chance for someone to win a Pair of tickets the LNP Promotions ‘Who’s Who’ Gig on the 17th November in The Union on Storie Street, Paisley.

WHOS WHO

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is answer this question.

Who was the lead singer for the band The Who?

  1. Pete Townshend
  2. John Entwistle
  3. Roger Daltrey
To enter simply send an email with your answer
  • i.e 1. Pete Townshead
  • The Draw will take place on Friday the 28th of September picking one name at random
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Glasgow Airport puts Renfrewshire children on road to recovery

A charity which helps young victims of domestic, physical or sexual abuse has received a cash injection from Glasgow Airport.

CHILDREN 1st has been awarded £4,621 to support its Paisley-based Renfrewshire Recovery from Abuse and Trauma service, which supports children aged from 5 to 18 who have been affected by either domestic, physical or sexual abuse.

The service is funded jointly by Renfrewshire Council and CHILDREN 1st. However the donation from the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund will “enhance the service significantly” according to the charity.

It plans to invest in materials for a gardening project which will provide the children with an outdoor space to relax and play, as well as a range of materials for art and play therapy.

A total of £1,300 will also go towards travelling expenses to ensure that children from all over Renfrewshire continue to benefit from the service, and that distance from Paisley does not prevent children from attending.

The number of support sessions required by each child is based on their individual needs, with some having only a few appointments while others can receive support over a period of several months. On average, the service provides support for 50 children every year.

Service manager Fiona McBride said: “We believe that childhood abuse should not be allowed to cloud the rest of a child’s life. Children who have been betrayed need to learn to trust again and many of those we work with don’t always feel they can tell us what is wrong straight away.

“Our staff offer children a safe environment in which they can learn to build trusting relationships through a range of therapeutic activities including counselling, art, play, role play and storytelling. It helps them to understand, express and cope with fear and anger, make sense of their experiences and build self-awareness and self-esteem.”

Campbell Mackinnon, Glasgow Airport’s operations director, said: “This is a fantastic project which provides real and tangible long-term benefits for some of the most vulnerable children in our community. It is exactly the type of project we look to support through our FlightPath Fund.

“Children who have been the victims of abuse often find it difficult to open up, interact with others and find their calling in life. Renfrewshire Recovery from Abuse and Trauma provides a safe and stimulating environment in which they can make sense of their world.”

Councillor Mark Macmillan, Leader of Renfrewshire Council, added: “CHILDREN 1st does outstanding work to help children who need our support. Renfrewshire Council has recognised the importance of the charity’s work and it’s very encouraging that Glasgow Airport’s well-established community programme is also contributing significant funding to help young people across Renfrewshire benefit from this vital service.”

CHILDREN 1st is the working name of the Royal Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children (RSSPCC), which was founded in 1884.

For more than 125 years, it has worked to safeguard children and young people, support them within their families and help them recover from abuse, neglect and violence.

The organisation speaks out for childrens’ rights and campaigns to change attitudes towards children. It currently has more than 300 employees and more than 1,000 volunteers working in Scotland. For more information go to www.children1st.org.uk 

The Glasgow Airport FlightPath fund is a community funding programme designed to ensure that surrounding communities share in its success. In 2011 it distributed over £170,000 to 60 organisations.

For more information please visit Glasgow Airports website.

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Tunisian Market Paisley

101 Arabian delights on offer at Tunisian Market

Don’t worry if you can’t get away this September weekend, because you can get a taste of Tunisia right here in Renfrewshire.

tunisian marketExperience exotic tastes, stunning traditional clothing and fabulous crafts when the popular Tunisian market returns to Paisley town centre.

There will be plenty of food available including paella, Tunisian BBQ and pancakes as well as dried fruit, nuts, olives and sweets.

There will also be Tunisian leather-ware handbags, ceramics, wall-tiles, tajines, lamps, pots, wood carved ornaments, jewellery, art, music, and traditional Tunisian clothes and slippers.

The Tunisian market is brought to Paisley by Renfrewshire Council.

Renfrewshire Council Leader, Mark Macmillan said: “The Tunisian Market has been a popular addition to the town’s calendar of events over the past couple of years, as well as the regular farmers markets. It offers shoppers a chance to try something a bit different and always adds a great buzz to the town.”

The market will be on Paisley’s High Street between 9.30am and 5.30pm, Saturday 22 – Sunday 30 September.

For regular updates on local news and events follow @RenCouncilNews on Twitter or the council’s Renfrewshire page on Facebook.

 

The Tunisian Market last year was a huge success and made for a very colourful High Street. Here is last years event in our Paisley Photographs. http://www.paisley.org.uk/events/tunisian-market/ 

 

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LNP Promotions Whos Who

LNP Promotions announce The No 1 tribute to The WhoWhos Who – are coming to Paisley on 17th November, playing a loud n proud fundraiser at The Union Storie street.
Open to everyone – students & non students.

tickets £10 each (booking fee may apply)

http://www.lnppromotions.co.uk/who-tribute-announced/

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Whos WhoSince their humble beginnings in West London in 1996 to now; Who’s Who, the longest established Who Tribute Show in the UK, have received incredible reactions across Europe and beyond for their exciting live performances. Pete Townshend’s leaping and Roger Daltrey’s microphone whirling antics have all but transformed the standard of tribute shows and set a benchmark within the industry for others to follow. Widely recognised and respected by their musical peers and acknowledged by members of (and those close to) The Who, as the group that most interprets the songs of Pete Townshend and the legendary live performances of The Who with honesty and integrity. Giving nothing less than 100% during a performance, Who’s Who ensure that a night to remember is guaranteed for those people who are lucky enough to be able to attend.

Fans of the band include Simon Townshend (The Who), Doug Sandom (The Detours), Peter “Dougal” Butler (Keith Moons’ right hand man), John Schollar (Beachcombers), Alison Entwistle and the Moon Family.

Singer Gary, has been personally praised by Pete Townshend and he also played at The Who Convention in Shepherds Bush in 1995, with Roger Daltrey and the late John Entwhistle.

The Keith Moon Blue Plaque Reception at The Grosvenor Hotel in Mayfair, London in 2009, saw Zak Starkey watch the entire set, completely transfixed by the incredible authenticity and timing of bass player Terry Wyatt; prompting Zak to single him out for the kind of praise that only members of a rhythm section can truly understand, but coming from the son of Beatle, all the more memorable.

Drummer Paul “Moonie” Kemp bears an uncanny resemblance to the late great Keith Moon and prides himself on complete authenticity when drumming styles and kit specification is concerned. The kit(s) he plays are completely identical to the original spec, all the way down to the nuts and bolts that hold it together and represent a labour of love with regard to sourcing and application. He’s very close to the Moon family and is a familiar visitor for the odd cup of tea at Kit’s house. A complete “one off” on the live circuit, his explosive application to the style of Keith Moon, has to be seen to be believed; there is no need to “close your eyes” with him!

Between the members of the band, they have three International Who Conventions under their belt, including the first ever airing to an audience of Quadrophenia at the 2006 event, which led Simon Townshend to declare, “What an absolutely brilliant band Who’s Who are!” They celebrated the 40th anniversary of “Live at Leeds” in 2010, touring extensively and performing the whole of “Tommy” to audiences in the UK and Europe, amid critical acclaim and have now racked up five appearances at the Isle of Wight Festival (2006-2010, 2012).  Just this year, they played to over 10,000 people on Bournemouth beach, finishing off the weekend proceedings of the International Bournemouth Air Show.

With the raw power, passion and soul of the members that make up Who’s Who, these guys deliver far more than your average “run of the mill” band. Their longevity is testament to the reputation they have worked extremely hard for and as history rolls on; they have proved to be an essential ingredient to fans of The Who and their legacy, highlighting a void and illustrating just what The Who have left their fans and the music world. http://www.lnppromotions.co.uk/who-tribute-announced/

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Paisley Arts Centre Event

The Adventures of Butterfly Boy: a magical dance spectacular

Pucko Company in association with Brunton Theatre presents The Adventures of Butterfly Boy, which will take place at Paisley Arts Centre on Sunday 7 October at 3pm.

BBoy Master Image hi resThis enchanting dance show tells the story of a young boy who finds a tiny egg which soon comes to life as a greedy caterpillar. An explorer, adventurer and a dreamer, his obsession with the insect makes him an outsider and a target for those who do not understand him. As the caterpillar begins its transformation into a butterfly our adventurer begins his own journey and soon realises that growing up can be a mighty battle.

The Adventures of Butterfly Boy is a wonderful tale for all the family, as it explores the joys and frustrations of growing up and getting older. Tickets cost £5 and the performance is suitable for ages 5 and up. To book tickets call our box office on 0141 887 1010 or go online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking.

For further information on The Adventures of Butterfly Boy, future events and exhibitions log onto www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

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Renfrewshire Chamber networking lunch

This month’s Renfrewshire Chamber networking lunch takes place at the Watermill Hotel in Paisley on the 27/9 with Andy McGeoch, Director of Marketing and Business Development with M&Co who this year are celebrating their 50th anniversary. The family business now based in Inchinnan has a turnover over in excess of £200M and employ almost 4,000 staff.

M&Co is one of the largest, privately-owned fashion retailers in the UK and has been selling quality clothing for 50 years. Originally a small family business of only 6 shops in Glasgow owned by the McGeoch family in the 1960s, M&Co, as they are now known

, has almost 300 stores nationwide.

To book please visit www.renfrewshirechamber.com or call 0141 847 5450

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Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce

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.

The Renfrewshire Chamber is a private company and is directed by a volunteer board selected from its members. Our team is 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.

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ScotlandsPeople Website

Celebrating Ten Years of Tracing Scottish Ancestors!

the ScotlandsPeople website is ten years old in September 2012

The family history website, ScotlandsPeople.gov.uk, celebrates its tenth birthday in September 2012.

scotland-peopleOfficially launched in mid-September 2002, ScotlandsPeople was one of the first genealogy sites to arrive on the web. The site now contains over 90 million digital records and corresponding images, and adds new sets of fully-searchable historical records on a regular basis.

With over one million registered users from across the world, the website remains the biggest online resource for Scottish census, birth, marriage and death records. The website has evolved through a decade of huge technological growth and in a time where interest in genealogy has soared.

Chris van der Kuyl, the CEO of brightsolid, the company that enables ScotlandsPeople for the National Records of Scotland, said:

‘ScotlandsPeople was our first ever family history website, and our partnership with the National Records of Scotland has undoubtedly enabled brightsolid to expand our business to become one of the world’s leading publishers of online genealogy.

‘When the Scotlandspeople website was launched back in 2002, we were truly leading the way, offering a unique online product for family historians. We are immensely proud of how ScotlandsPeople has evolved over the last decade. We continue to add exciting new data sets and innovative search techniques to the site, making family history research easier and more accessible around the globe.’

George MacKenzie, Registrar General and the Keeper at the National Records of Scotland, said:

‘ScotlandsPeople has gone from strength to strength since its launch ten years ago. I am delighted that in our special birthday year we’ll be enhancing this very popular resource for Scottish family history by adding hundreds of thousands of new wills from 1902 to 1925.’

Visit ScotlandsPeople.gov.uk for more information.

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Plans for new Renfrewshire School

Plans for new £18 million school for pupils with special educational support needs

Children with special educational support needs could soon be enjoying the benefits of an £18million, state-of-the-art school if Renfrewshire Council can secure £9 million match funding from the Scottish Futures Trust (SFT).

Education and Leisure Services have already been discussing the options with local parents and will seek approval for a full consultation exercise at the Council meeting on 27 September.

If the funding can be secured the school could be open by summer 2016.

Under the proposals Clippens School, Kersland School and the Hollybush Pre 5 Centre would close. They would be replaced by a larger, single building, designed from the ground up to meet the specific requirements of children with special educational support needs.

Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board, said, “Kersland School and Clippens School both have an unrivalled reputation for the excellent quality of the teaching and care that they provide. What is required is accommodation that meets the same exacting standards.

“Consultation is the key to this process. We have held meetings with parents and will continue to do so on a regular basis throughout this process. We will listen to parents and we will be guided by their wishes.

“We recognise that the physical environment at Clippens and Kersland does not meet the learning and development needs of the pupils who use the schools. It simply isn’t good enough that in Clippens we have a two storey building where many of the pupils use wheelchairs.

“If we can get the funding from the SFT, we have an opportunity to provide local children, who have special educational needs, with the facilities that they deserve, facilities which are fit for the 21st century.”

The new school would provide:

  • · better access to PE and sporting facilities
  • · better ICT facilities
  • · specifically designed outdoor areas
  • · improved personal care areas which would help promote pupils’ independence and dignity
  • · improved accessibility and more effective support for pupils with sensory and physical difficulties.

Schools are normally judged on how close they are to the maximum number of pupils they can take, their physical condition and the suitability of their facilities.

Kersland School is currently overcrowded. It was designed for 65 pupils but currently has 81. Clippens School is satisfactory with a school roll of 58 against a capacity of 78. Hollybush Pre 5 Centre is severely underused with just 18 pupils, well below its maximum of 42.

Clippens and Kersland schools are both rated as ‘poor’ in terms of the conditions of the buildings while Hollybush is satisfactory.

Clippens was originally designed as a primary school and has two storeys. It has been modified to meet its pupils’ support needs but many are in wheelchairs and the building is unsuitable for them.

Kersland similarly scores poorly on suitability as the internal social areas and facilities are too small. Facilities are also spread over a number of annexes.

The Scottish Futures Trust is a public corporation, set up by the Scottish Government in September 2008, to improve public infrastructure investment.

www.renfrewshire.gov.uk