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.

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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

Take part in the Mini Game Jam University of the West of Scotland

On 19th June 2013, 56 Primary 7 children from Royston and Carntyne Primary will be visiting the University of the West of Scotland to take part in the Mini Game Jam.

mini-game-jamAmanda Wilson a PHD student from UWS and Gavin Divers from XBLGamerhub a Paisley based XBox online community who are running the event said.

“After almost 3 years researching games construction with children I thought it would be a good idea to get a couple of schools together and let the children spend the day working on games, while at the same time spending time in a university environment and getting the chance to work with lecturers and others from the games industry.”

If you would like to find our more about the Mini Game Jam then please visit the Facebook page by clicking here..

If you would like to visit and join the Xbox Live community of XBLGamerhub then please click here..

Heidi Talbot closes a fantastic season of folk music at Paisley Arts Centre.

Over the course of Renfrewshire Arts & Museums’ Spring 2013 season, Paisley Arts Centre has hosted gigs from favoured folk artists like Karine Polwart, Blueflint and the Southern Tenant Folk Union, attracting music fans from right across Scotland. To round off our season of live music at the venue, award winning singer songwriter Heidi Talbot will be performing tracks from her new album ‘Angels Without Wings’ on June 21.

Formerly the lead singer with Irish-American supergroup Cherish The Ladies, the County Kildare songstress is right at home in the twin worlds of Irish traditional and roots music. Subtlety is Heidi’s magic ingredient – from her gossamer voice to the delicate re-working of traditional and contemporary material; a talent that earned her rave reviews for her debut album In Love and Light in 2008.

Thereafter, 2010 saw Heidi nominated for two BBC Radio 2 Folk Music Awards and record and tour with Scottish rock band Idlewild, Eddi Reader, Michael McGoldrick and Kris Drever. It also saw her play sell-out concerts all over the UK and Ireland and launch her new record The Last Star to rave reviews.

On June 21, Heidi promises to treat folk fans to a brilliant live set, peppered with tracks from her latest offering Angels Without Wings; an album packed with original compositions and collaborations with well known artists such as King Creosote, Louis Abbott (Admiral Fallow) and Karine Polwart.

Heidi will take to the stage on Friday 21 June, 7.30pm at Paisley Arts Centre. Tickets to the gig cost £12 (£10 conc) and can be booked by calling the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or going online to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking

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

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Home Pre-Season Games

The pre-season games at home against Morton and Newcastle United will be all-ticket. Tickets will be on sale from the St Mirren Ticket Office and the Online Ticket Shop from Friday 14th June.

 

The ticket details are as follows:

St Mirren v Morton,  Saturday 20th July 2013

Adult – £10

Concession – £5

12 & Under – £2

St Mirren v Newcastle United,  Tuesday 30th July 2013

Adult – £15

Concession – £8

Children – £5

Newcastle United FC team will be made up from 1st team/reserves and U21 players

 

Season Tickets 

Ticket office is open as follows: 

Monday to Friday 10am – 2pm plus

Thursday 20th June 5-6pm

Saturday 22nd June 9.30am  -12 o’clock

 

Alternatively you can purchase season tickets at www.smfctickets.co.uk or contact the Ticket Office on 0141 840 6130 or by email tickets@saintmirren.net

 

Please remember if you wish to qualify for the free child place this cannot be done online, it must be done at the Ticket Office. If you try to complete this process online you will be charged. If this is a new application you will also need to bring along either a passport or a birth certificate for the child.

If you are due to receive a new Smartcard, please note that we are waiting on delivery of the cards from our supplier and they will not be available for collection until after 16th June at the earliest. We will update the newsletter and website accordingly.

 

St Mirren Plaque

The Club are offering Season Ticket holders the opportunity to personalise their seat for the 2013/14 season.

The personalised plaque will show your name and seat number on the back of a St Mirren shirt icon and it will be securely adhered to your seat.

If you wish to take up this offer you can place an order for your plaque, which will cost £15, when you purchase your Season Ticket at the Ticket Office (online option also available when purchasing your Season Ticket at the Online Ticket Shop).  If you have already purchased your Season Ticket you can still order a plaque by popping into the St Mirren Ticket Office or giving us a call on 0141 840 6130

If you require further details please contact the St Mirren Ticket Office either by tel: (0141) 840-6130 or e-mail: tickets@saintmirren.net

Shirt Printing As of Monday 17th June, shirt printing will be available instore at the Club Shop. While shirts can only be bought at J.D. Sports, you can now bring your shirt to the Club Shop to be printed whilst you wait.

St Mirren in the Community News

Walk Football

St Mirren in the Community have launched a Walk Football class which will take place every Monday evening at the St Mirren Airdome.

Walk Football is, as the title suggests, football where you must walk.  In fact if you run a free-kick will be awarded against your team!

While the Community team see this version of football as a good support mechanism for previous participants of the Football Fans in Training (FFIT) programme, it is also aimed at those who feel they can no longer run about for 90 minutes but still want to be involved and participating in the sport of football while also getting or keeping fit.

The Walk Football sessions will take place at the St Mirren Airdome every Monday between 5:00pm and 6:00pm and will cost you £2 to take part.

 

For more info or to register your interest please contact Brian Sproul by e-mail: brian.sproul@saintmirren.net.

 

Summer Camps

Schools will be stopping soon for the summer break and the St Mirren in the Community team are ready and waiting with the ever popular football camps to help you pass the long summer days!

The brand new St Mirren Dome will be the primary location for the camps with further camps being held at the St Mirren Youth Academy in Ralston and at the Lochbarr Sports Arena in Lochwinnoch.

The football camps will cover six weeks of the summer break. Full details can be found at http://www.saintmirren.net/pages/?p=24301

 St. Mirren Airdome

The new St. Mirren Airdome is a multi-purpose indoor venue suitable, with a synthetic all weather astroturf surface. It is suitable for a variety of sports and can comfortably accommodate different user groups. The dome is available for hire for birthday parties, sports events, club training and small-sided matches.

 

For booking or enquires please contact:

David Mackay: 07809 341 876

Email: david.mackay@saintmirren.net

Ross Paterson: 07702 287 693

Email: ross.paterson@saintmirren.net

 

St. Mirren Community Tel: 0141 840 6131

Community Classes @ St. Mirren Dome

Wednesdays: Goalkeeping Development Centre  4-5pm (5-12 years)

Saturdays:

3-5 years: 9-10am

5-7 years: 10-11am

8-12 years: 11am-12pm

Sundays:

3-5 years: 10-11am

6-12 years: 11am-12pm

Additional Support Needs: 12pm-1pm

£4 per session. Pay on the day. 1st session is free.

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PINNACLE TRAINING MOVES TO PAISLEY
 New premises and new relationships for 2013

Pinnacle Training, an accredited training provider, recently moved to Paisley and are looking forward to growth and expansion in the Renfrewshire area.
Pinnacle deliver bespoke training courses Scotland wide, covering a broad range of industry sectors including First Aid, Construction, Health and Safety, Fire Safety, OSAT VQ’s, Licensing and In-House short courses, among many others. Pinnacle Training also offer freelance Assessing/Verifying services, time served tradesmen
and professional services.

Pinnacle LogoPinnacle Training was established in 2012 and over the past year, has grown to be an approved training provider for large scale organisations such as North Lanarkshire Council.
They have one lead trainer/assessor/verifier, James Furie, who has over 10 years training experience, and over 30 years trade experience across various industries. Mr Furie previously ran a successful Property Maintenance business, before turning to the Training sector. 
”I asked myself if there was a way to use my trade skills and knowledge in another way, and realised the Training sector was the way forward.” says Mr Furie.

Over 10 years later, after working with young people on the Modern Apprenticeship Programme, and working for various companies including HB Training,
Learning World Acadamies (Pearsons Group, Edexcel) and notably becoming an External Verifier for SQA, Mr Furie decided to start his own company; Pinnacle Training was born.

However, in Spring 2013, Pinnacle made the decision to move their business from North Lanarkshire to a new location; Paisley, Renfrewshire.
This move enables them to offer their services and training to a broader audience, whilst providing training services to Paisley Buddies.

Director and Lead Trainer, James Furie, says, “Moving to Paisley is an exciting development for Pinnacle, we are working closely with several organisations to make the transition as smooth as possible. We are looking to offer a few very special offers to the companies in Paisley, as a way of introducing ourselves and we are looking forward to being a part of Paisleys thriving community.”

As part of their move, they intend on working closely with local businesses offering discounts/promotions, announcing their events and courses through organisations such as Build Scotland, What’s On Renfrewshire, local Newsletters etc.
Pinnacle Training support local and national charities, and very recently delivered a free First Aid course “No Bodies Perfect”, Scotland’s Charity for Eating Disorders (SC043354). Previously, they offered free monthly Paediatric First Aid courses in the Lanarkshire area for members of the public and not-for-profit organisations; this is something to keep an eye out for in the coming months in the Renfrewshire area.
For a friendly personalised service, and no commitment discussion, you can contact Director James Furie on 07775428676, or email pinnacletrainingscotland@yahoo.co.uk. For anyone wishing for more information, all contact details and course list can be found on their website;
www.pinnacletrainingscotland.co.uk