Drama project takes centre stage with Glasgow Airport support.

A theatrical production which educates young people on the devastating effects of disability hate crime will be delivered in Renfrewshire schools.

An award of £4,900 from the Glasgow Airport Flightpath Fund will allow the Paisley-based PACE Theatre Company to carry out the first phase of its ‘I Am Me’ initiative.

PACE founder and executive director David Wallace received the cheque from Archie Hunter, chairman of the FlightPath Fund, and Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, at an event in Renfrew Town Hall to celebrate the success of the Fund.


Mr Wallace spoke at the event about how the FlightPath Fund supported a previous PACE project to raise awareness of cyber bullying. Representatives of other organisations which have received financial support in the past also addressed the audience, which included MPs, MSPs and councillors.

The I Am Me play will be accompanied by discussion workshops and the intention is to raise awareness of what constitutes a disability hate crime, reduce the number of incidents and encourage more reporting of incidents.

PACE is working with partners Renfrewshire Council and Police Scotland on the project, which will be delivered in schools, community groups and disability support groups. A steering group will be set up to seek the views of young people and disabled people which will influence the design and direction of the productions and workshops.

David Wallace said “More than a fifth of the population of Renfrewshire is classed as disabled or having a long-term illness. Too often people with a disability become the victims of crime because of that and appear to accept abuse as part of daily life.

“It is estimated that 97% of disability hate crimes go unreported and the purpose of I Am Me is to bring about a clearer understanding of the effect that incidents have on individuals, perpetrators and communities. We are extremely grateful to Glasgow Airport for the financial support which allows us to get this project off the ground.”

Archie Hunter said: “I Am Me is a fantastic initiative and one that we are very proud to support. PACE is an extremely innovative organisation which uses theatre to engage with young people in Renfrewshire, raising awareness of serious issues in a way they can relate to. Disability hate crime is undoubtedly a big problem in our society and the PACE Theatre Company is to be commended for tackling it in a creative way.”

Amanda McMillan added: “It is important that the population around the airport can share in our success and it was very encouraging to hear from some of the groups who have benefitted from the Flightpath Fund. Listening to representatives of these organisations speak passionately about their work makes us even more determined to continue supporting our communities.”


Council expands letting scheme to Foxbar.

Renfrewshire Council is expanding its choice-based housing letting service to the Foxbar area of Paisley.

HomeChoice@Renfrewshire gives applicants the opportunity to decide where they want to live and the specific property they’d like to apply for.

Available properties are advertised weekly online and in housing offices, in a similar style to the way estate agents market private properties.


The scheme has proven successful for the people who have recently moved into the newly-renovated flats in Gallowhill. It will now be extended to Foxbar and will include all Council properties available for letting of any size and type.

Councillor Tommy Williams, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Housing and Community Safety Policy Board, said: “HomeChoice@Renfrewshire was introduced earlier this year and has been very successful in Gallowhill, so I’m delighted we’re now able to expand to Foxbar and also involve a wider range of properties.

“Modern applicants want as much choice as possible, and that’s what we aim to give them with this scheme. With more involvement in choosing a property, we’re hoping tenants will be happier with the end result and that they’ll feel settled in their new home for many years.

“Taken together with our multi-million pound investment in new build homes and in bringing our current stock up to the Scottish Housing Quality Standard, it all adds up to a major commitment to making Renfrewshire a better place to live.”

Properties in Foxbar included in the HomeChoice@Renfrewshire – Choice Based Lettings scheme will be advertised from Monday 11 November 2013.

More information about the scheme is available online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/homechoice.


Celebrating a spa-cial birthday .

CLIENTS turning up for EVE Spa’s first birthday party will end up getting a gift themselves.

The luxury spa in Paisley’s Lagoon Leisure Centre is marking being open for one year with a day of celebration for customers and staff.

And when clients buy special VIP Birthday treatments costing £30 and £20, they will be given a gift card for the same value to spend on health and beauty products.


EVE Spa beauty therapist, Jenna Cowan, left and spa manager, Lynne Nesbit with a first birthday cake.

The EVE Spa birthday party starts at 10am, on Friday November 8 and the celebrations go on all day until 7pm. Everyone is invited and guests will get a free glass of bubbly, fruit juices and a goodie bag to take away.

The £30 VIP Birthday treatments include an anti-aging, or hydrating facial; a body strategist cellulite treatment, or Rasul mud treatment for two with use of the Thermal Experience area. For £20 guests can have a spray tan or an express or gel manicure.

EVE Spa manager, Lynne Nisbet said: “We’ve had a fantastic first year and as a special thank you to all our clients, EVE Spa is going to give them a birthday present instead of receiving one.

“I hope lots of people come down to join the party and if you haven’t been to EVE Spa before, this is a great chance to visit us and see the first-class luxury treatments that are available in the centre of Paisley.”

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6000 used car complaints reported a month.

6000 used car complaints reported a month – AMENDED, apologies please discard earlier version

A new campaign has been launched urging people who thinking about buying a used car to ‘check it, don’t regret it.’

Renfrewshire Council’s Trading Standards & Licensing Team and Citizens Advice Scotland, are steering Renfrewshire residents in the right direction this month when it comes to buying a used car.

Second-hand cars are the most complained about product to the Citizens Advice Consumer Service. Nationally, the helpline receives around 6,000 complaints each month with faulty cars being among the most common problems. renfrewshire council logo .JPGrenfrewshire logo

The organisations have teamed up to urge people buying a used car to ‘check it, don’t regret it’ by taking simple steps to assess whether it is safe, legal and what it seems.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convenor of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board said, “Buying a second-hand car can be bit of a bumpy road. Whether you have £500 or £5,000 to spend, it can be difficult to make sure the car you buy is ‘as described’ by the dealer.

“If consumers don’t carry out appropriate checks they can find themselves out of pocket or with a string of unexpected expenses. They may even find they’ve bought a car which isn’t safe or roadworthy. Renfrewshire residents buying a used car should follow our top tips to ensure they make an informed purchase.”

Consumer Minister Jo Swinson said, “Last year over seven million used cars were sold in the UK. As Citizens Advice’s figures highlight, too many consumers end up footing the bill when their car needs repairs or, worse still, ends up on the scrap heap just weeks after purchase.

“Consumers need to know what to look out for when buying a used car. The ‘Check it, don’t regret it’ campaign during National Consumer Week is an excellent way of making people think about some of the basic checks they should be doing before parting with their hard earned money and stop those traders looking to exploit buyers in their tracks.”

Nationally the Citizens Advice consumer service helped with over 84,000] problems with second hand motors in the last 12 months – making it the most complained about problem to the Citizens Advice consumer service. Nationally drivers spent over £363 million on these complained about cars.

An analysis of 2,519 complaints about second hand cars, made to the Citizens Advice consumer service in the first two weeks of September 2013, finds 83% were about faults, of which:

– more than half (53%) developed faults within a month of buying the car

– 4 out 5 cars required essential repairs

– 139 cars were worthy of the scrap heap.

Essential repairs include smoke emerging from the engine, corroded break pipes and snapped clutch.

Problems with second hand cars are a massive issue for consumers and many of them lose out because they don’t know their rights. On average, consumers have to fork out £425 each, around £85 million a year in total, because they have had to fix faults on newly bought second hand cars which should have been repaired by the dealer.

Top tips for buying a used car

* Check the MoT certificate – indicates if the car is roadworthy. You can also check MoTs online at www.motinfo.gov.uk The website allows you to view a vehicle’s MoT history, including the recorded mileage at the time of the test,

* Check service history – shows if the car has been maintained,

* Check V5 registration document – shows if the car is stolen,

* Check if car is a write off – helps you know what you are buying,

* Check finance history – ensures the car doesn’t have an outstanding hire purchase agreement,

* Test drive and walk around to check – for signs the car isn’t what it seems,

* Get an engineer’s check – shows condition of the car and any hidden dangers,

* Check price value guide – indicates a reasonable price to pay,

* Check the car has not been recalled – details of all recalls and safety issues are listed on the Vehicle & Operators Services Agency (VOSA) website www.dft.gov.uk/vosa/apps/recalls/default.asp

Under the Sale of Goods Act, when consumers buy a car from a car dealer or an online car dealer it must be:

* Of satisfactory quality.

* Fit for purpose

* As described

If a car doesn’t meet any of these points, the consumer will usually have the right to:

* Repair.

* Replacement.

* Refund.

Clearly the age of the car and its mileage will have a bearing on the remedy available. If a consumer buys a car from a trader online or over the phone, they also have the right to a ‘cooling-off’ period. This means they have seven working days once the car has been delivered to cancel their order and get their money back.

If a consumer buys a car from a private seller or at a car auction, they have fewer rights. The car only has to:

* Match the description given by the seller.

* Be theirs to sell (eg, the car isn’t stolen and doesn’t have any outstanding finance on it).

Some car traders try to use disclaimers such as ‘sold as seen’ or ‘no refunds’ to limit a consumer’s rights. This is against the law and any trader that tries this should be reported to Consumer Direct, the Government’s consumer advice service.

If you have a problem with a second hand car, you can get help from the Citizens’ Advice consumer service on 08454 04 05 06 or visit www.adviceguide.org.uk

For more information contact Renfrewshire Council’s Trading Standards & Licensing Team on 0300 300 0380 or by email on ts.es@renfrewshire.gov.uk

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Linwood car factory immortalised in play.

Linwood No More, a new play created by White Stag Theatre Company, will immortalise the former Rootes / Chrysler car factory near Paisley with two site-specific performances on Thursday 7 November.

The year 2000. As the new millennium dawns, a homeless alcoholic awakens to reflect on the events that changed his life. Recalling his first day at the Rootes car factory near Paisley, Linwood No More is a nostalgic, humorous and often harrowing journey through life in the town of Linwood and a factory that is no more.

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Written by Paul Coulter, Linwood No More stars well known Scottish actor Vincent Friell (Trainspotting, Taggart, Restless Natives) in the title role. Playing the part of a former factory worker, Friell’s character is made redundant in 1981 when the factory closes, having worked at the plant since 1965 building iconic cars such as the Hillman Imp, Hillman Hunter and the Talbot Sunbeam over the course of his career.

To complete its tour of Scottish theatres, the final two performances of Linwood No More will take place at the only remaining building of the former Rootes factory, within the St James Business Centre in Linwood. The factory closed after only 18 years of production and lay derelict for many years before being transformed into a retail park in the 1990s.

Playwright Paul Coulter comments:

“2013 is an important year for the Hillman Imp and for the village of Linwood. For many years the story of Linwood has been neglected and it is important that in the 50th anniversary of the factory opening we celebrate the success of the Hillman Imp motor car and the huge contribution the people of Linwood made to Scotland and the UK’s motoring heritage. The Hillman Imp was one of the first cars with a hatch back, automatic choke, aluminium engine, split folding rear seats and pneumatic throttle. The car was way ahead of its time at launch and its achievements need to be recognised.”

Linwood No More will be at the former Rootes car factory, St James Business Centre, Linwood on Thursday 7 November. The 7.30pm performance has now sold out but there are a handful of tickets left for an additional performance at 9pm. Tickets cost £10 (£6 conc). To book please call the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or go online to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking

For further information on Renfrewshire Arts & Museums’ events log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts or Twitter @RenArtsMuseums.

Councils team up to help out heroes.

East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and Renfrewshire councils have teamed up for a new initiative helping Armed Forces veterans.

The three councils, working with the Veterans Support Service, have introduced a new customer service initiative designed to make sure veterans get the help they need.

Customer service advisors at all three authorities have been trained to ask the right questions to identify veterans and ‘signpost’ them to specialist advice in housing, employment, benefits or medical treatment.

Lt Col Neil Russell with Renfrewshire customer service advisor Stacey Stuart

The initiative was given a significant boost this week when the UK Government announced that it will receive £87,000 from the Armed Forces Covenant (LIBOR) Fund.

Monies raised from fines imposed on UK banks which manipulated LIBOR – the interest rate at which banks lend to each other – is used to support the Armed Forces Covenant, a pledge from public services to do what they can to ensure veterans are not disadvantaged.

Each of the three councils has signed the covenant in the past year and all participate in the Firmbase initiative to co-ordinate veterans’ support across the west of Scotland.

The customer service initiative was launched this month when elected members from the three councils met with Lt Col Neil Russell of the Army Personnel Centre. Lt Col Russell also spoke with Stacey Stuart, customer service advisor at Renfrewshire Council, to try out the new service.

Lt Col Russell said: “I’m in uniform today so it’s immediately obvious that I’m with the Armed Forces. But if someone walks in off the street and into a council office, how would you know if they’ve served in the forces? It seems so simple, but unless an advisor asks, then they might not get to the heart of what the person needs.”

“The enthusiasm and interest shown by all of the advisors trained has been to their credit and it’s clear they want to do what they can to help.

“Initiatives like this are so important to supporting veterans and I’m very appreciative of the resources all three councils have invested in making this happen.”

Brian Finch, Scottish regional manager for the Veterans Welfare Service, part of the MoD, said: “We provide advice to the ex-service community and service personnel. Young or old, they can get advice and help from us.

“It’s crucial that people in other agencies coming into regular contact with veterans understand this and can signpost them to us. We’re delighted to be contributing to this initiative and believe it will be of real benefit to our veterans.”

Cllr Anne Hall, Renfrewshire’s Provost, said: “Renfrewshire has a proud tradition of support for the Armed Forces and for service veterans. We’ve been home to the Erskine veterans’ charity since 1917 so we know how difficult it can be for those who have served to make the adjustment to civilian life.”

“I’m glad to see that we’re still finding new ways of helping our veterans and I hope this new initiative goes from strength to strength.”

Cllr Jim Fletcher, leader of East Renfrewshire Council, said: “The Libor Funding is a welcome boost and a recognition of our community covenant pledge and the innovative work we are doing with public, health and voluntary sectors to help service personnel, families and veterans access support.

“This funding will enable us to continue to assist our community fully and further strengthen the support given to East Renfrewshire’s in-service and ex-service personnel.”

Cllr David Wilson, depute Provost of Inverclyde Council, said: “We have a long and proud association with the armed forces in Inverclyde so I am delighted we are part of this service offering help and support.

“It is also an opportunity to promote better understanding and awareness of the issues facing veterans and their families and will be of real benefit to them.”

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Renfrewshire Council procurement team celebrates success.

Renfrewshire Council’s procurement team is celebrating after its performance was recognised at its industry Oscars.

The team – which oversees the council’s purchasing needs – was highly commended in the Team of the Year category at the Government Opportunities (GO) Awards Scotland this month.

The council established its procurement team in 2009 and since then has achieved significant financial savings by introducing more efficient practices.

Cllr Eddie Grady with the council's procurement team

Councillor Eddie Grady, who attended the GO Awards ceremony with the team, said: “The council spends more than £200 million a year on a massive range of goods and services from thousands of different suppliers, both big and small. It’s crucial that we get value for taxpayer money in all our dealings.

“The job of the procurement team is to co-ordinate all contracts and spending as efficiently as possible. For the team to be recognised by their peers is testament to how well they are doing.

The team was also shortlisted in award categories for excellence in collaboration and corporate social responsibility.

The team may be in line for further success with the recent news that Julie Welsh, Head of Procurement and Business Support for Renfrewshire Council, has been shortlisted for the national award of ‘Procurement Professional of the Year’ by the Society of Procurement Officers (SOPO).

The corporate procurement unit’s innovative structure – with one centralised team dealing with all council spending – is considered rare within local government.

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Paisley Fireworks Video in full.


Paisley Fireworks Photographs 2013.

The Paisley Fireworks event this year was on probably the wettest night of the year but luckily the event didn’t become a damp squib. There were rumours on social media of the event being cancelled during the day, so after a frantic flurry of phone calls and social media postings we managed to inform as many people as possible that the event was still on. The referee at St Mirren Park didn’t get the memo though as the game between St Mirren and Ross County was abandoned, just around the same time that Renfrewshire Council officials confirmed the display in Paisley would still go ahead.

Photographers from Paisley on the web were still in town braving the non stop rain to capture some excellent photographs of the days’ events, hosted by Clyde 1’s Gina McKie and including some great young local talent on stage.

Set 2:

The second set of photographs were taken by Alex Slaven for www.paisley.org.uk


Historical Adventures After School Clubs.

We will now be starting two classes at St. Catherine’s Primary School. The first day for the Junior class will be Thursday the 7th of November from 3.00 p.m. till 4.00 p.m. and this will be suitable for 5-7 year olds. The Senior class will be starting on Friday the 8th of November from 3.00 p.m. till 4.00 p.m. and will be suitable for 8-12 year olds.

historical adventureshistoricalahistorical-adventuresOther after school classes that are available are:

  • St Anthony’s Primary School juniors on a Monday 3.00 p.m. till 4.00 p.m.
  • Fordbank Primary School on a tuesday 3.00 p.m. till 4.00 p.m.
  • St. Anthony’s Primary School on a wednesday 3.00 p.m. till 4.00 p.m.
  • Please note you must attend these schools in order to attend the classes.


Classes that are open to everyone are:

  • Hunterhill community centre on Wednesday’s
  • Juniors ( 5-7 year olds ) 3.30 p.m. till 4.30 p.m.
  • Seniors ( 8-12 year olds ) 4.30 p.m. till 5.30 p.m.

Foxbar community centre on Thursday’s

  • Seniors ( 8-12 year olds ) 5.30 p.m. till 7.00 p.m.

Find out more by visiting facebook.com/HistoricalAdventuresLtd