Crowds turn out for Barshaw Gala Day

A big crowd braved an unseasonably cold and rainy day for the first big event in Renfrewshire’s summer calendar when Barshaw Gala Day took place at the weekend.

The popular annual council-run event offered up fun for all the family, with a wide range of activities on offer.

Main stage entertainment was provided by acts associated with the Erskine Music and Media Studio, who wowed the crowds with a range of musical styles.

Elsewhere in the park, more than 20 separate attractions offered something for young and old alike.

Established favourites like face painting, karaoke and children’s entertainers sat side by side with a falconry display and vintage fire engines.

Visitors were also able to take a wander through a selection of stalls, with a wide range of charities and community groups having a presence in the park on the day.

Sporty activities included orienteering and mini-tennis, with staff from the area’s award-winning Street Stuff youth diversionary scheme laying on street football and a mobile youth bus.

Animal-lovers had the chance to say goodbye to the park’s long-serving donkeys, Jenny and Angel, who are soon to retire to an animal sanctuary.

Visitors were able to suggest names for the park’s two replacement donkeys, set to arrive later this summer after improvement work to the paddock is complete.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said: “Barshaw Gala is always a crowd-pleaser and this year was no different.

“After last year’s centenary celebrations, Barshaw Park is now 101 years old. And I’m sure we can look forward to this popular annual event going from strength to strength for years to come.

“Events like this are all about community, and can only be successful if the community does its bit and gets involved.

“I would like to thank all the volunteers who played their part on the day, and those who helped organise and manage the event.

“I’d also like to thank everyone who braved the elements to come along and enjoy the day. Everyone I spoke to had a great time.”

Among those with a presence in the park on the day was the Friends of Barshaw Park Group – which is aiming to recruit local volunteers to help look after the park and plan how it could be used in the future.

Anyone wanting to find out more about on getting involved can call 0300 300 0380.

Recorded crime is now at a 39 year low recent figures have revealed. These figures reveal that the last time that crime was this low Richard Nixon was President, Kojak was one of the top TV series and the Bay City Rollers were in the charts.

Speaking on the figures Paisley’s MSP, George Adam said:

Town Hall‘It was thought a few years ago that it would be difficult to reduce crime any further. These figures show how seriously crime is taken by the government.

‘In 2007 the SNP was elected with a pledge of 1000 extra police on the beat. It is no coincidence that crime has continued to fall since then. This increase not only gives peace of mind, it is a valuable presence which deters crime.

‘The SNP were the only party to make this proposal. The Labour party said it would take 13 years to implement. Well thank goodness we have an SNP government if that is Labour’s work rate, or were they just making claims that were less than accurate?

‘I’m sure that everyone will agree with me in congratulating our police service in this record reduction in crime and I’m sure all of us will help them in continuing this crime breaking trend.’
Commenting on the figures, Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said:
‘Today’s statistics show that Scotland’s communities are becoming safer places to live, with recorded crime falling for the sixth year in a row to its lowest level for 39 years.
‘We are continuing to work tirelessly to reduce knife crime and violence in Scotland, and believe education and prevention are key to tackling the root causes of violence. That’s why we are investing in the No Knives, Better Lives initiative – now in 11 areas across Scotland – and why we work with other key partners like the Violence Reduction Unit and Medics Against Violence. Together, we are working hard to change attitudes to violence and knife crime – making it clear that it is never acceptable.
‘We are also taking a robust approach to enforcement –sentences for carrying a knife in Scotland are the toughest in the UK and our prosecutors are taking a zero tolerance approach. Today’s figures show these united efforts to tackle knife crime are beginning to pay off, but there will be no complacency.

‘While today’s overall statistics are encouraging, it is concerning to see that the number of sexual offences recorded by police have increased by five per cent. This may be down to increased reporting but the public should be assured that the Scottish Government, police and prosecutors take the investigation and prosecution of these traumatic crimes extremely seriously and are taking action to address them.

‘At a Government level, we have strengthened the law around sex crimes by bringing in the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009. We are also giving £3.6 million funding to support victims of rape from 2012-15. Just yesterday, I met with the Rape and Sexual Crime External Advisory Group which now operates across Police Scotland and works closely with police officers to help inform and improve rape investigations. Meanwhile, the Scottish Police Service has launched a new National Rape Taskforce to further improve the investigation of rape and other sexual crimes right across the country.’

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The Chaplins – Scotland’s hottest new Americana band Interview

Live at The Paisley Arts Centre

Sat 29th June 2013

Doors: 7:30pm

Tickets: £12 – available from Apollo Music, Causeyside Street, Paisley. Tel: 0141 887 6293

Interview below by Peter Greenwood for Paisley.org.uk

The Chaplins

Over 1,000 children take part in Renfrewshire’s Gateway to the Games Week

Over 1,000 children took part in Renfrewshire Council’s Gateway to the Games activity week which included the seventh annual Special Games for children with physical, sensory and learning disabilities.

Pupils from a total of 17 primary, secondary and special schools are took part representing: Bishopton, Castelhead High, Clippens, Corseford, Heriot, Houston, Johnston Hish, Kersland, Langcraigs, Lindwood High, Mary Russell, Mossvale, St Andrew’s Academy, St Anthony’s, St Benedict’s, St Paul’s and Trinity High.

The children enjoyed some of the following: athletics, boccia (a special type of indoor bowls), bowling, curling, football, golf, hockey, karate, rugby and tennis.

A range of partners have come together to make the games a success including volunteers and students from: Renfrewshire Council’s Active Schools Team, James Watt College, sports leaders from Parkmains High, Johnstone High, Glennifer High, students from the Renfrewshire School of Sport Education, St Mirren and Sports Development.

All Photographs taken for Paisley on the web by Tom Chittick.

Glasgow Airport MD awarded OBE

Glasgow Airport’s managing director, Amanda McMillan, has been recognised by the Queen for her services to business and tourism by being named on the 2013 Birthday Honours List.

Ms McMillan, who was appointed managing director of Glasgow Airport in 2008, has received an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in recognition of her success in steering it through the worst downturn in aviation history.

During this time she has succeeded in growing passenger numbers and fostering positive relationships with the airport’s city and national partners, with whom she has worked to further strengthen Scotland’s connectivity. This has included the introduction in June 2012 of Emirates’ second daily Glasgow to Dubai service.

Commenting on her achievement, Ms McMillan said: “Not only is receiving an OBE a tremendous honour, it is both humbling and wholly unexpected. To be recognised by the Queen in this way is a source of great personal pride but I truly believe it is in recognition of my team, who work tirelessly to ensure Glasgow Airport continues to deliver for the city and for Scotland.”

Earlier this year, Ms McMillan unveiled details of an ambitious £17 million investment programme which will see key parts of the main terminal building undergo a major makeover in 2013. This includes international arrivals which for many will be the gateway to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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Paisley Museum’s Lunchtime Talk: Renfrewshire’s Frontier Poet.

This year is the 200th anniversary of the death of Alexander Wilson. Born in Paisley, Wilson immigrated to the United States as a young man. Poet, artist, scientist and social commentator, he rose to become one of the towering figures in the history and science of ornithology.

This Wednesday, June 19, local historian Alan Steel will survey the astonishing range of achievements Alexander Wilson has made and the lasting impact he has had on American identity.

The Lunchtime Talk, ‘Renfrewshire’s Frontier Poet’, will take place at Paisley Museum on June 19 at 12.30pm. Admission is free and open to all.

For more information on Lunchtime Talks, future performances or events please visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts

Some Other Mother – Half price theatre at Paisley Arts Centre

Part of Refugee Week Scotland, Some Other Mother is just one event taking place from 17 – 23 June that celebrates the diversity of Scottish culture and raises awareness of refugee issues. 

Some Other Mother is a new play by AJ Taudevin produced in association with The Tron, the Scottish Refugee Council and support from Stellar Quines. Set high up in a Glasgow tower block, ten-year old Star and her mother await the outcome of their claim for asylum. As Mama’s mind fragments under the pressure of their unknown future, Star constructs a poetic and fantastical world of her own. Some Other Mother is a story of loss and survival which explores the traumatising impact of the asylum system, regardless of the outcome.

Some Other Mother (part of Refugee Week Scotland)

Paisley Arts Centre

Thursday 20th June, 7.30pm

£5 (£3 conc)

Booking: Call the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or go online to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking

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Salon tells Apprentice: ‘You’re hired’

Bosses at a Paisley salon ran their own talent search to find a hairdressing star of the future.

Napier Hair and Beauty, in Neilston Road, staged their own apprenticeship challenge, with a modern apprenticeship place on offer for the winner.

Teenage entrants competed through a series of crimping challenges – including presentations to salon owner Elaine Napier – before the winner was announced at a special ceremony.

Cllr Mark Macmillan with Ryan Healy and Elaine Napier

Successful candidate Ryan Healy, 17, of Paisley, will now receive on-the-job training from experienced colleagues, while being supported through a formal SVQ qualification.

The salon was supported to run the contest by staff from the council-run Renfrewshire Youth Employability Hub, in Gauze Street, Paisley.

Council staff provided help and advice, and attended the contest’s open evening, where advisors talked to youngsters and parents about their career options.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan popped by the salon to congratulate Ryan on his success and to find out more about the scheme from bosses.

Councillor Macmillan said: “I was impressed by the commitment shown by Elaine and her staff at the salon to providing quality training for young people.

“I would like to congratulate Ryan on his success and am sure he will have a great career ahead of him here.

“Napier Hair and Beauty is one of more than 300 local companies to have signed up to Invest in Renfrewshire – the council’s £7m programme to support the local economy and tackle youth unemployment.

“The aim of the scheme is for the council to build partnerships with local firms who want to make an investment in young people and in themselves.

“We have a range of funding packages available, including wage subsidies, graduate internships and business development grants, which can help them do so.”

Cllr Mark Macmillan with Ryan Healy and Elaine Napier

Salon owner Elaine Napier was moved to run the contest through her belief that high-quality salon-based training gives aspiring stylists the best start to their careers.

She said: “If I take a young person on, it’s my job to train them and nurture them and complete their apprenticeship.

“If you don’t invest in people, you have no business at the end of it. If you take a youngster on, you can enrich them.

“The provision of quality training is a big issue for the industry. This is a full modern apprenticeship, and there will be a job at the end of it.”

Invest in Renfrewshire provides support for businesses and job opportunities for Renfrewshire young people aged between 16 and 24.

For more information about what the scheme could offer you, call 0300 3000 144, visit www.investinrenfrewshire.com, or email invest@renfrewshire.gov.uk

Civic welcome for Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 5th Battalion

Renfrewshire’s Depute Provost John Caldwell has spoken of his ‘honour and pleasure’ in hosting a civic welcome for the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders following their recent parade through Paisley.

Depute Provost Caldwell met with officers and soldiers at the Lagoon Leisure Centre in Paisley following the parade by The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (5 Scots).

DP with soldier families

“I know from speaking to some of the soldiers, their families and their commanders just how much it has meant for the community of Renfrewshire to honour their tradition of service and their historic links with the area.

“Everyone involved stressed that although the 5th Battalion’s role is changing, the links with the traditional recruiting areas will remain as strong as ever.

“When I was looking at the history of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in advance of meeting with the soldiers, it was amazing to see the history they have been involved in and helped to shape.

“That history includes the Boer War, the Somme, the Crimean War, the Peninsular war, the Korean War and right up to more recent conflicts.

“In 2011, Renfrewshire Council awarded the Freedom of Renfrewshire to the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in recognition of that service and that proud local connection.

“I was delighted to take this opportunity to say to the battalion that the deeds and courage of current and former officers and soldiers will continue be remembered with pride in Renfrewshire.”

Depute Provost Caldwell rounded off the occasion by exchanging plaques with battalion and regimental commanders.

Paisley soldiers

Paisley soldiers at Renfrewshire Council’s civic welcome for Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

Cpl Gary Adam, Cpl Arron White, Cpl William Hart, Pvt James Connelly, Cpl Sean Dick, Cpl John Fay, Cpl john Downie.

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Johnstone Class

Hello! Welcome again to another instalment of the ‘Historical Adventures’ blog.  Recently our Johnstone Class has been tremendously hard at work, putting scenes together as well as remembering their lines for each scene (and believe us, there are a good few scenes to remember!).  The children have been fantastic and as such, we’ve even had them doing some character work for their characters to help emphasise their performances.  It has been a wonderful sight to see the villagers of Pantoland be so happy and jolly, to see Buttons so historical-adventuresenergetic.  On the other hand however it has been a very scary time watching how nasty the evil Step-Sisters are to poor Cinderella.  As well as how cruel her Step-Mother is to her by making her do all the housework and all the chores.  It simply isn’t fair.  Although, you can help!  By coming along to the show and cheering Cinderella on and booing all those nasty people who are so unfairly mean to her.  I’m sure Cinderella and her friends would appreciate all the help they could get at this point!

To help, simply come along to our performance of Cinderella in St Aidan’s Church Hall at (TIME).  Tickets will cost (PRICE) per person!

Our Johnstone Youth Theatre (for children and teenagers aged 7 – 14) takes place on a Monday evening at 6:00 pm and finishes at 7:30 pm in St Aidan’s Church Hall.

For more details or inquiries, please contact David O’Rorke by email at:

historical-adventures@yahoo.co.uk 

Or alternatively, contact by phone at the following number: 07812437559 or go to our Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HistoricalAdventuresLtd

Foxbar Class

Hello! Welcome again to another installment of the ‘Historical Adventures’ blog.  Recently our Foxbar class has been tremendously hard at work putting scenes together as well as remembering their lines for each scene (and believe us, there are a good few scenes to remember!).  The children have been fantastic and as such, we’ve even had them doing some character work for their characters to help emphasize their performances.  It has been a wonderful sight to see the villagers of Pantoland be so happy and jolly, to see Buttons so energetic.  On the other hand however it has been a very scary time watching how nasty the evil Step-Sisters are to poor Cinderella.  As well as how cruel her Step-Mother is to her by making her do all the housework and all the chores.  It simply isn’t fair.  Although, you can help!  By coming along to the show and cheering Cinderella on and booing all those nasty people who are so unfairly mean to her.  I’m sure Cinderella and her friends would appreciate all the help they could get at this point!

To help, simply come along to our performance of Cinderella in the Foxbar Community Centre at (TIME).  Tickets will cost (PRICE) per person!

Our Foxbar Youth Theatre (for children and teenagers aged 7 – 14) takes place on a Thursday evening at 5:30 pm and finishes at 7:00 pm in the Foxbar Community Centre.

For more details or inquiries, please contact David O’Rorke by email at:

historical-adventures@yahoo.co.uk 

Or alternatively, contact by phone at the following number: 07812437559 or go to our Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HistoricalAdventuresLtd