St Fillan’s Primary School step into the Dragon’s Den for Fairtrade

Pupils and staff at St Fillan’s Primary in Houston are celebrating after achieving Fairtrade status.

The primary seven class celebrated the news with Councillor Brian Lawson, chair of Renfrewshire’s Fairtrade Steering Group. He said: “I am delighted that St Fillan’s Primary has become a Fairtrade primary school. This is a fantastic achievement and I’d like to congratulate all the staff and pupils for their hard work.” Read more

Signature Strength

Are you aspirational for Paisley? Do you want it to be a better place to live and work?

Take a minute just now and brainstorm 5 good things about where you live now – things you have enjoyed recently.

For me it would be:

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  • our back court (love the trees & bushes),
  • my neighbours, family & friends (can’t beat a blether)
  • the wee Italian restaurant I had lunch in yesterday (La Trattoria, yum!)
  • the Lagoon for swimming with the kids (can’t wait to see it when it’s refurbished) and finally…
  • Barshaw Park (great free entertainment & exercise… and great for people spotting!)

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Paisley Abbey

The Renfrewshire Doors Open day programme of events has been released (please see the bottom of this post for the area wide pdf). This is a great weekend for gaining access to some of our amazing visitor attractions. Take your camera and the family and you will be in for a treat. Read more

Paisley Girl to join Star DJ’s celebrate local cancer charities 100th birthday!

Paisleys Amy White will join Clyde 1 DJ’s Knoxy and Robin Galloway to celebrate 100 yeasr of Macmillan Cancer Support. The DJ Duo toasted their cocktails to Macmillan Cancer Support and urged supporters to attended the Macmillan Cancer Support West of Scotland Centenary Ball on the 3rd of September where Amy will be a guest speaker.

The ball being organised by west of Scotland trio Alison Millar and Ann McNulty and Victoria Gibbs who have all been touched by the support Macmillan offers to people and their families affected by cancer. All funds raised on the night will go towards supporting local Macmillan projects including information drop in centres in Renfrewshire. Read more

Fibromyalgia Paisley & Inverclyde Network are holding a Christmas Craft Fayre & Table Top Sale and are looking for local crafters & community groups who are interested in booking a table at the event. Tables will cost £5.00. It is hoped to have a large variety of locally crafted items for sale, allowing people the opportunity to purchase some unique Christmas gifts. Local community groups can also book a table and raise funds through sale of items etc. The event will take place on Saturday 19th November 2011, in St Mirins Cathedral Parish Halls, Paisley, starting at 11.00am.

Tables can be booked by contacting Hazel on fibroinfo@paisleyfm.org or 07886 811407 Read more

The Annual Wallace Day parade which starts from Ludovic Square in Johnstone right up to the William Wallace memorial in Elderslie is always an excellent event in the Renfrewshire Calendar.

Here is a video of the parade which took place on Saturday the 20th of August 2011. Read more

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Provost predicts huge charity boost with psychic night

Renfrewshire’s Provost is predicting a huge boost for two local charities by bringing back a popular psychic night.

Provost Celia Lawson is inviting local residents to support her chosen charities for 2011, St Vincent’s Hospice and Accord Hospice, at the event on Monday 29 August by coming along to the event.

 

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Scottish Cycling championships head to Paisley town centre

 

Top cyclists from across the country will head to Paisley to compete in a national competition against the backdrop of the historic town centre.

The Scottish Cycling Circuit Race 2011 will head back to Renfrewshire for the third year in a row but will this year move from Erskine waterfront to Paisley town centre.

Cyclists, ranging from under 8s to the fastest adult riders in the country will compete in their respective categories on this fast and technical course.

The popular event will take place on Sunday 21 August . As well as the races there will be a host of entertainment and activities on offer for spectators including The Clan cycle stunt team showing off their skills.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment and Infrastructure Policy Board, said: “This will be the third time the Circuit Race Championship will be held in Renfrewshire and due to its growing popularity we’ve decided to move it right into the heart of the town centre. This will give riders a new challenging course and make it great backdrop for all the excitement and fun on the day. This is a major cycling event and it is also a great family so I hope to see lots of people heading into the town to cheers on the competitors.”

The event will incorporate the 2011 Scottish Circuit Race Championships, the Youth Road Race Championships and the West of Scotland Circuit Championships.

Starting on Gauze Street at Paisley’s Town Hall the circuit turns left at Paisley Cross, down St Mirren Brae, left onto Orchard Street, left again onto Bridge Street over the White Cart River, past the Council HQ Building on the right, the historic Paisley Abbey on the left, before sweeping round the final bend and the finishing straight up to Paisley Cross.

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School kids give underpass a makeover

Local school pupils have teamed up with a professional artist to give unwelcoming underpasses in their village a makeover.

Primary seven pupils from both Houston Primary and St Fillan’s Primary in Houston worked with artist Meredith Crone to design and paint the murals.

The project came about through the school travel planning process, lead by Renfrewshire Council’s Planning and Transport Service, which highlighted that the underpasses were considered undesirable places to walk through. Pupils suggested painting them with bright murals to freshen them up.

Meredith visited the schools on several occasions to deliver workshops and gather ideas from the pupils. He then drew up a plan for how the murals would look using the pupils’ artwork and mapped out the murals so that the pupils could bring them to life.

The children chose to paint a seascape on one wall and an enchanted forest on the other.

Councillor Marie McGurk, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment and Infrastructure Policy Board, said: “The aim of school travel plans is to identify ways to encourage greener and safer ways to travel to and from school. This project is a great example of how pupils contribute to their school’s travel plan by identifying potential issues that might put people off walking to school and suggesting ways to address this. The children were really involved from start to finish and had a great time working together as well as with Meredith. The young people who were so heavily involved in the project hope that the local community will appreciate their efforts to brighten up these underpasses and will enjoy the murals for years to come.”

Courtesy of Renfrewshire Council