Paisley War Memorial

New Paisley war memorial

New Paisley war memorial marks the fallen from 70 years of conflict

A new war memorial was unveiled in Paisley on Saturday 1 September. The memorial marks the sacrifice of the soldiers, sailors and aircrew from Renfrewshire killed in the 22 conflicts involving British forces since the end of World War II.

The dedication ceremony was attended by 120 guests including the Lord Lieutenant for Renfrewshire, Guy Clark, Renfrewshire’s Provost, Anne Hall and representatives from the Royal British Legion Scotland and local schools.

The service was conducted by the Reverend Alan Birss and Monsignor John Tormey. The memorial was unveiled by Charles McLachlan of Co-operative Funeral Care and James Wilson of the Royal Engineers’ Association.

The inspiration for the new memorial has come from the Royal British Legion Scotland. James Gaughan, Chairman of the Paisley Comrades Branch said, “We were in France a couple of years ago looking at the graves and war memorials. All these young boys were left over there to be buried and we wanted to do something to mark their sacrifice.

“The British Army usually buries its dead on the battlefield and this memorial gives relations somewhere where they can come and remember their loved ones. People can look at this memorial and think, ‘My papa or my granddad fought there, in Borneo or Cyprus or Korea.”

Mr Gaughan counts himself fortunate. He was wounded three times while serving with the 1st Battalion of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders in a military career that spanned 25 years. He said, “I was lucky, my wife never got that chap on the door.”

Sadly John McLachlan’s family did get, ‘that chap on the door.’ John was 18 years old when he was killed in Korea while serving with the King’s Own Scottish Borderers. His brother, Charles was just five at the time but remembers the sadness in the house. “John was posted missing in action. It was two years before we knew he was dead. We had some hope for those two years. We had to wait till all the prisoners of war were released in 1953 before we got John’s death certificate. We never got his remains.

“This memorial will be good for Renfrewshire and for my brother. This will give us somewhere where we can remember him. This is the first time that all these wars have been thought of or recognised. All these young lads lost their lives and there hasn’t been anything to mark them.”

Renfrewshire’s Provost, Anne Hall, said, “There has hardly been a year since 1945 that British forces haven’t been in action somewhere in the world. The names of these conflicts span the globe from the deserts of Dhofar to the jungles of Borneo.

“Many of the conflicts are hardly known here so it is right and proper that we name them and remember the brave soldiers, sailors and aircrew from Renfrewshire who lie in graveyards in far off countries.”

The memorial marks the fallen from fighting in: Aden, Afghanistan, Borneo, Bosnia, Brunei, Cyprus, Dhofar, the Falklands War, the Gulf War, India, Kenya, Korea, Kosovo, Malaya, Northern Ireland, Oman, Palestine, Radfan, Sierra Leone, Suez, the Cold War and Vietnam.

It has been erected with the support of Co-operative Funeral Care, McLaughlan Glaziers, the Paisley branch of the Royal Engineers’ Association, Renfrewshire Council, the Stirling Castle Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders and Barclays Bank.

British Legion..

All Paisley Photographs taken by Jean-Marie Stewart for www.paisley.org.uk

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Paisley Natural History Society

Paisley Natural History Talks at Paisley Museum.

Paisley Natural History Society is starting its autumn programme of evening talks with an illustrated talk by Kate Sampson, National Trust for Scotland, Arran Ranger Service on Thursday 6th September at 7.30pm in Paisley Museum.

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Red Squirrel – on feeder image by N. Tait

This talk will take a closer look at the conservation and mountain wildlife of the magnificent Goatfell property on the Isle of Arran.

Golden eagles soar overhead, red deer roar in the glens, and adders hiss at your feet. Come along and find out more about these and some of the more unusual mountain wildlife of Goatfell and some of the conservation projects aiming to improve key habitats.’

This talk is free of charge and open to everyone whether you are a member or not.

For more information about the Paisley Natural History Society visit our website at www.paisleynaturalhistorysociety.org.uk

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Dannsa at Paisley Arts Centre

Step Change – Making connections across Scotland

Step-dancers and musicians from Scotland and Cape Breton to tour new Scottish audiences with driving rhythmic footwork, fresh new dances and finely crafted music on pipes, fiddle, guitar and Gaelic song.  

Following the huge success of a Dannsa’s north of Scotland tour in April 2012, Creative Scotland have strengthened their backing for the Highland-based traditional music and dance company by supporting their first central belt tour as part of the Scottish Government’s Year of Creative Scotland.

Although Dannsa have performed and taught throughout Scotland for many years, the tour that runs from 11th to 22nd September to six venues in the central belt is expected to bring a new audience to traditional music and step-dance.

Dannsa’s ‘Connections’ tour interweaves Scottish song, music and dance with the step-dancing and music of Cape Breton; exploring the connections between both countries’ living heritage with a warm and personal approach.

Connections is not simply a traditional dance and music show; its uniqueness is in the way music and dance are intertwined to create a great evening of entertainment. The dancers and musicians choreograph the show together, making pieces which are fresh, new and different and that reflect the performers’ rich background in the traditions of song, story and dance.

Dancers Caroline Reagh, Sandra Robertson and Frank McConnell are joined by Matheu Watson, multi-instrumentalist and guitarist for the soundtrack of Pixar’s Brave, Mod Gold Medallist Catriona Watt and step-dancer musicians Fin Moore from Perthshire and Mac Morin from Cape Breton.

Connections will tour to Stirling, Paisley, Glenrothes, Musselburgh, St Andrews and Cumbernauld, and also to Laurencekirk in Aberdeenshire.

Thursday  20 Sept – Paisley Arts Centre, 7.30pm

Tour Dates and links to venue ticket booking

More information

Also Dannsa have a Paisley connection with our very own Frank McConnell..

Frank McConnell

Frank McConnell was born and brought up in Glasgow of a family with strong Hebridean ties and no interest in the arts. He trained as a PE teacher but found an escape route into dance from which he has never returned. After training with Royston Maldoom and the Arts in Fife, he cultivated at a deep interest in creativity but has maintained a passion for education in its broadest sense.

He is the founding member of three significant dance companies in Scotland:  Dundee Rep Dance Co (now Scottish Dance Theatre);  Dannsa (with whom he continues to perform);  and his own company plan B.

He has performed and collaborated with Communicado Theatre company on seven occasions

but it is principally known as a choreographer.  Having created work for Northern Stage (England), Freshmess (Scotland), Le Groupe de la Place Royale (Canada), and the National Opera in Holland, Frank feels equally at home working with a small community group in Achiltibuie (Scotland).

In May 2000, he was one of the first people in Britain to be awarded a Fellowship from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) and used this time to explore his own creativity within a Highland landscape and culture.

Frank set up his own company plan B in 1989 (with Caroline Docherty) to explore new ways of creating and presenting original work.  The company is now based in Easter Ross and contributes to dance developments throughout the Highlands. plan B’s most recent production “The Shoogle Project” is currently touring Scotland – a collaboration with the band Shooglenifty.

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Paisley Philosophical Institution

The Paisley Philosophical Institution, founded in 1808, has played a long and significant role in the cultural and educational development of the town of Paisley.

The main function of Institution, the PPI, is to provide lecturers, speakers and other resources to develop the knowledge and experience of the membership and to encourage and promote participation.

paisley-philosophical-institutionThe talks, held in the Paisley Museum and Art Galleries‘ Lecture Hall from September to March, cover a wide range of topics to appeal to a wide range of interests and age groups.

The talks are always interesting and stimulating at a general level and often very entertaining. You do not need a PhD to enjoy a pleasant and rewarding evening out in line with Petrarch’s definition of Philosophy as “the study of the art of happiness and living well”.

History of the Paisley Philosophical Institution

When Paisley Technical Collage was opened in 1897, the Institution was represented on the Board of Governors – an arrangement which lasted well into the 20th century.

Over time, Natural History, Astronomical and Photographic Societies have become independent, and the Library and Museum became Local Authority responsibilities.

By the 1920s the Paisley Philosophical had become recognisable as the Institution it is today. Its real strength had become the high calibre of the speakers and the range and diversity of topics they addressed. The list of twentieth-century speakers reads like a roll of honour covering travel, literature, science, music and the arts, with a fair sprinkling of well-known personalities from radio and television. Occasionally, a larger venue has been required and in 1954 over 1000 people attended a lecture on ‘The Ascent of Mount Everest’ by one of the successful expedition.

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Paisley Arts Centre

Splinters Productions presents The Matchmaker at Paisley Arts Centre on Thursday 13 Sep.

This beautifully written play by the late John B Keane, one of Ireland’s most prolific and respected literary figures, centres around Dicky Mick Dicky O’Connnor, a small farmer in Kerry, who follows the great Irish tradition of matchmaking, pairing off the local lonely hearts.

the-matchmaker paisley arts centreKeane conjures up a delightful gallery of glorious eccentrics; a lonely cripple from Cork; a sex starved spinster; a jovial, five foot nothing, seven stone jockey; a pious Kerry widow with a penchant for toffees. Dicky must match them all with his unique blend of intuition and cunning.

The results are heart-warming and hilarious, a potent mix of humour and poignancy – a celebration of Irish country people in their search for love.

The Matchmaker will be playing Paisley Arts Centre on Thursday 13 Sep at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 (£6 conc) and can be booked by calling 0141 887 1010 or log onto www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking.

For further information on The Matchmaker or any events at Paisley Arts Centre please visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

Paisley Arts Centre

Paisley Arts Centre is an intimate performing arts venue presenting drama, jazz, folk, comedy, dance and family events throughout the year. Bar and café open to the public.

Paisley Arts Centre is one of Scotland’s most vibrant and exciting venues, programmed all year round with a diverse range of drama, dance, physical theatre, comedy, jazz, popular music and family events.

This small scale studio theatre is superbly equipped and provides one of the most intimate theatre spaces in Scotland.
A 158 seater theatre with cafe and bar, situated in Paisley. Eclectic range of performances and workshops. read more about Paisley Arts Centre..

New Street Paisley
PA1 1EZ
Tel: 0141 887 1010
Fax: 0141 887 6300

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TK Maxx Paisley

New Look TK Maxx Paisley store re-launches September 15th  

TK Maxx Paisley will be opening its doors on September 15th at 10am to reveal a smart new look to give customers an even better shopping experience.

tk maxx Paisley

TK Maxx buyers shop the world all year round and negotiate great deals to bring customers savings of up to 60% on this season’s designer and famous brands at a fraction of the normal retail price.  A typical TK Maxx store stocks an average 50,000 items with daily deliveries bringing up to 10,000 new items to store every week so customers will always find a constantly fresh and exciting mix of top brands and great quality every time they visit.

“We are really excited about our new look store. There’s no change to our exciting shopping experience giving customers savings of up to 60% off the RRP on all their favourite high street and designer brands across fashion, accessories and homeware,  but now we’ve made it an even more stylish place to discover those bargains,” said store manager Margaret Semple.

“To celebrate the opening, we’re giving away £10 gift cards to the first 200 people through the door so set your alarm clocks get here early and we look forward to welcoming you,” she added.

Visit the official website for more information about their products www.tkmaxx.com

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The Mission Hall

The Mission Hall in the West End of Paisley was a building approved for demolition by Renfrewshire Council. It was rescued and lovingly restored by Starlight Youth Music Theatre Group owners Maria & Adrian with help from their friends and family.

Paisley on the web visited the Mission Hall to find the building not only restored but now having a purpose once again, it is such a beautiful building. The building has been restored to a make home for Starlight Youth Music Theatre group, find out more information below the video.

 

Starlight Youth Music Theatre

Starlight is a theatre company which was established in 2002 for young people aged between 3 and 19 years. We have our own, newly refurbished premises at 16 Wellmeadow Street, Paisley, where we meet for rehearsals on a weekly basis. In our classes we are constantly working towards the next performance in which we aim to achieve the highest standards possible.

Starlight offers both a high standard of training in all aspects of musical theatre as well as giving you the chance to take part in a fully staged show with lights, sound, costumes, scenery and a full orchestra.

To find out more about Starlight Youth Music Theatre visit their website starlightyouthmusictheatre.co.uk

 

Paisley Abbey Medieval Fair

Paisley Abbey Medieval Fair

Paisley Abbey Medieval Fair, Saturday 15 September 2012, 10.30 am to 4 pm, the celebration of 850 years continuous presence in Paisley begins on St Mirin’s Day and events will take place in and around the Abbey. There will be a history camp, stilt walkers, birds of prey, a craft fair, an archery demonstration, street performers, face painting, puppet show, a balloon launch, a story teller, a minstrel, entertainers, medieval stocks, games, creative activities, Arbroath smokies, hog roast, and lots of other food. Around 3 pm, Provost Anne Hall will officially launch the year of celebrations. We are grateful to Renfrewshire Council for sponsoring and supporting this event.

Paisley Abbey Medieval Fair

Floral Art Demonstration
Jane Gordon, who is a regular demonstrator to clubs across Scotland, and for the Scottish Association of Flower Arrangers, will host an afternoon of flowers and tea on Wednesday 19 September 2012, 2 pm to 4 pm. Tickets cost £5 and can be purchased at the Abbey shop.

Car Boot Sale
The choir are currently trying to raise funds for a concert in March 2013 as part of our 850 celebrations.
They will be participating in a series of car boot sales over the next few months. If you have toys, books or bric-a -brac which you are considering getting rid of, they would be delighted to hear from you. Instead of donating to a charity shop could you please contact the office on 0141 889 7654 or on info@paisleyabbey.org.uk or hand in to any of the choir members.

You can find more events from Paisley Abbey on their website www.paisleyabbey.org.uk/events

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Renfrewshire Fairtrade Campaign

Renfrewshire will celebrate a major milestone in its Fairtrade campaign with a weekend of events at the end of the month.

Two days of events will be held in Paisley to mark the tenth anniversary of Rainbow Turtle, Paisley-based Fair Trade charity, social enterprise and a key member of Renfrewshire’s Fairtrade Steering Group.

Over Friday 31 August and Saturday 1 September, a series of events will take place in Paisley Town Hall including the Scottish Fairtrade Forum’s national Campaign Day.

fair tradeThere will also be a business lunch, workshops for schoolchildren, a session on churches supporting Fairtrade and an evening celebration for volunteers and supporters which will feature Rainbow Turtle’s producer partners from the organisation Families Especiales (Special Families) from Nicaragua.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan, who will open the weekend of events, said: “Renfrewshire has a strong reputation for being one of the leading areas in Scotland for supporting Fairtrade. Over these two days we’ll be celebrating that, in particular by marking the 10th birthday and major contribution of one of our key Fairtrade partners and champions, Rainbow Turtle.

“As well as looking back on the achievements so far, the weekend will aim to keep pushing Fairtrade forward by reaching out to new partners and supporters from all areas of the community particularly local businesses.”

As part of the celebrations Traidcraft will be bringing their Autumn roadshow to the town hall and CEO Paul Chandler will be speaking to local business representatives at the business lunch about the benefits of involving Fairtrade in the workplace under the topic ‘How being good can be good for business’. The lunch will be made with Fairtrade ingredients by local catering company Redss.

Also on Friday 31 August, local schoolchildren have been invited to workshops which will include a talk on Fairtrade from Rainbow Turtle’s Nicaraguan producer partners Families Especiales.

Paul Chandler will also be speaking at a churches event on Saturday 1 August which will explore the role of churches in Fairtrade.

Rainbow Turtle was established in 2002 by a group concerned with the promotion and development of Fair trade. It is made up of two distinct areas of activity. Rainbow Turtle Just Trading runs the shop in Paisley town centre as well as supplying Fairtrade products to schools, workplaces and other organisations across Scotland. Rainbow Turtle Charity works in partnership with developing world producers to raise the profile of fair trade.

Liz Cotton, of Rainbow Turtle said: “When we started Rainbow Turtle 10 years ago fair trade was hardly on the spectrum. Little did we know how far things would go over the last decade. Thanks to the many volunteers, customers, schools, churches, village and town groups and the local council who not only caught the vision but also took fair trade forward  Renfrewshire  is now seen as one of the flag ship regions in the Scottish fair trade campaign. Fair trade is such a simple concept  but makes a huge difference to people on the other side of our world and is something we can all buy into. RainbowTurtle is more than just a shop, it changes lives and we need your continued support.”

To find out more details about all the events visit www.rainbowturtle.org.uk

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

Paisley 10k Photographs

Paisley 10k Photographs

First Pics: Sunday the 26th of August saw runners pound the streets and we will have all the Paisley 10k Photographs to show you. The run was officially started by Phil Packer MBE (see text below).

Also the Fun Run, which took place on the same day, is a great day out for families and friends. It’s a great way for all the family to keep fit and raise money for a good cause.

The Paisley 10k Road Race is one of the flattest and fastest courses with easy transport access. The course, which was the same course as last year, is accredited by Scottish Athletics as an accurate 10k distance.

Here is the first selection of the Paisley 10k Photographs, more will be available tomorrow (Monday 27th).

All photographs were taken by Annie Crawford for Paisley on the web.

You can find out more about the Paisley 10k by visiting here.

On your marks: Phil Packer MBE will help kick off Paisley 10k

Missing the Olympics? Don’t worry because Renfrewshire is gearing up for the biggest event in its sporting calendar.

Paisley 10k and Fun Run will take place this Sunday 26 August and is expected to be the biggest yet with keen runners and beginners alike set to flock to the town.

Not only that but Phil Packer MBE who’s spending the month of August walking in every county in Scotland as part of his 2012 BRIT challenge – will reach Paisley just before the 10k starts.

Phil Packer The fundraising hero will meet Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall in County Square ahead of the race starting before he sets off on the Renfrewshire leg of his walk with the Scouts and the Lord Lieutenant Guy Clark.

Provost Anne Hall said: “I’m really looking forward to this year’s 10k which is shaping up to be the best yet and what a fantastic coincidence that Phil Packer MBE will reach Paisley on the same day as the event.

“This summer has been all about Olympians inspiring the country and Phil Packer MBE, is also an inspiration to us all. After being told he’d never walk again following a rocket attack while serving in Basra, he took part in many challenges including rowing the Channel and finishing the London Marathon.

“Now he’s walking 2,012 miles around the country to raise £15m to build the BRIT Centre of Inspiration for young people facing adversity.  It will be an absolute pleasure to meet him in Paisley ahead of the 10k starting, as he continues on this amazing challenge.”

The 10k starts at 10am and the Fun Run kicks off at 12.15pm. Phil will meet the Provost at 9.30.

Many roads in and around Paisley town Centre will close from 8am until 2pm. The full road closure notice and route maps are on the homepage of the council website.

The cut off for online registrations is Friday 24 August. Register at www.paisley10k.com

If anyone has registered in the last fortnight – they’ll need to pick up their race pack on the day.

For more information about the 10k or Fun Run please contact Youth and Sport Services, by phone on 0141 889 1110 or email spdev.els.renfrewshire.gov.uk

Image copyright of Phil Packer website www.philpacker.com