Fun for all the family at Barshaw Gala Day

Renfrewshire residents are gearing up for the first big event in the area’s summer calendar when Barshaw Gala Day takes place later this month.

The popular annual event is set to attract thousands of people to the park in Paisley’s east end on Saturday 15 June between noon and 4pm.

A varied programme of attractions includes music and entertainment on the main stage provided by young people from the Erskine Music and Media Studio.

A series of local acts of varying musical styles will take to the stage throughout the afternoon, with acoustic acts stepping in to keep the crowd entertained between performances.

Elsewhere in the park, there will be more than 20 separate attractions, including family favourites such as face painting, children’s entertainers and karaoke.

Other highlights will include a dog display, falconry display, cattle tent, model boats, pony rides and vintage fire engines.

Those who are feeling sporty can take part in orienteering, beat-the-goalie and mini-tennis, with street football and the mobile youth bus from the area’s award-winning Street Stuff youth diversionary project also set to be in attendance.

There will also be a wide range of stalls from community groups, with the police, fire brigade, Renfrewshire Libraries, Renfrewshire Leisure and the Territorial Army among those there on the day.

The gala day will also give visitors a chance to pay a fond farewell to Jenny and Angel, the park’s two donkeys, who will soon be retiring to a special animal sanctuary in The Borders.

Over the next month, the council will be renovating the donkey paddock with two new animals set to arrive later this summer. Visitors to the gala day will get the chance to suggest names for the new donkeys.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said: “Barshaw Gala is always a popular and well-attended day out and this year’s event looks set to follow in that tradition.

“Last year’s event was a large-scale 100th birthday party for the park but this year’s event will have a more traditional gala day set-up.

“There are loads of attractions planned and there should be something for everyone, so I would urge people to get themselves along and enjoy the occasion.”

Also there on the day will be a stand for the new ‘Friends of Barshaw Park’ group, who are looking to recruit volunteers to help look after the park in the years to come.

Visitors to the event should park in the designated overflow car park at the east end of the park, or at Paisley Grammar School, where free parking will also be provided.

Maps showing where the attractions will be in the park will handed out on the day, and will also be available to download onto your smartphone at

Accord Hospice Summer Fayre

Paisley Town Hall welcomes the annual Accord Hospice Summer Fayre

Accord Hospice is an independent charity giving free Specialist Palliative Medical and Nursing Care and support to people whose illness is causing physical pain and emotional distress and for whom curative treatment may no longer be appropriate.

This years event  is to be held on Saturday 8th June 2013 10am – 4pm

Accord Hospice Summer Fayre always attracts a huge crowd and this year is already promising to be bigger than ever

A craft fayre, bric-a-brac stall, a tea room, hot food stalls, games, competitions and lots lots more

And to keep the kids amused there will be face painting, bouncy castles and more

So come along and support ACCORD  – we hope to see you there.


The Chaplins – Scotland’s hottest new Americana band

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

The Chaplins



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St Vincent’s invite all to Summer Gathering

St Vincent’s Hospice continues its 25th Anniversary celebrations with an open invitation to the Summer Gathering on Sunday June 23rd from 2-4pm.

The annual Summer Gathering is a celebration of thanksgiving and remembrance and St Vincent’s are keen to highlight that the invitation is for everyone, not only those who have received services through the hospice.

st vincentsCatherine McGrath, spiritual care coordinator, said “we extend this invitation to everyone who would like to join us, there may be family and friends that you would want to remember. You don’t have to have a personal connection with St Vincent’s Hospice, everyone is very welcome indeed.”

“The event is a celebration including songs, readings and reflections – there’s something for everyone. We use symbols such as placing stones to form a cairn to remember those we love, all in a spirit of thanksgiving, for what that person means to us.”

A humanist celebrant will join spiritual representatives from churches and faith groups in the event led by the Patient & Family Support Team of St Vincent’s Hospice. Tea, coffee and refreshments are served afterwards.

No booking required, simply arrive on the day or for more information contact 01505 705635 or


Glasgow Airport is first five star UK airport

Glasgow Airport has become the first airport in the UK to achieve five stars in a rigorous audit by the British Safety Council

The airport was assessed over four days, achieving the accreditation and the maximum five stars at the first attempt.

glasgow-airport-safety-carThe outcome of the Combined OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Audit was based on interviews with managers and staff, site tours, inspections and a review of the airport’s safety management. The final report highlighted a number of areas of good practice.

Alex Botha, chief executive of the British Safety Council, said: “We warmly congratulate the staff and management at Glasgow Airport for their success in gaining five stars in their first audit undertaken through the British Safety Council. Managing one of the UK’s major airports, and all the risks that entails, is immensely challenging.

“Everyone concerned should derive tremendous satisfaction from their achievement. The auditors identified many strengths in Glasgow Airport’s management of risk in its operation, including the role played by senior management in providing leadership and direction, and the role of the wider workforce in ensuring the airport is kept safe and secure.”

Gillies Crichton, Glasgow Airport’s head of assurance, said: “The safety of our passengers and staff is our number one priority at all times and to be the first UK airport to achieve five stars in this audit is a fantastic achievement, particularly at the first attempt. It reflects the hard work which has taken place across the campus to reach this level.”

This is the latest in a long line of initiatives undertaken by the airport, which has received a host of awards for its excellent health & safety performance. In 2012, it received a Healthy Working Lives Gold Award, an International Safety Award, and a Gold award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

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Collins & Paterson Auctioneers on Antiques Road Trip

David Harper & Paul Laidlaw pictured whilst filming for BBC2’s Antiques Road Trip with Administrator Gil Young and Stephen Maxwell from Collins & Paterson Auctioneers Paisley.
(Time of airing is not confirmed).

Collins & Paterson Auctioneers hold jewellery, antique & general auctions every fortnight on a Tuesday at 10.30am, the next one is on 4th June, the viewing is Monday 9am – 4pm, the auctioneers take items in Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm & Saturday 9am – 1pm, everyone is welcome..


Auctioneers & Valuers
10 Walker Street
Telephone: 0141 889 2435

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Across the Pond from Paisley; celebrating the life and achievements of Alexander Wilson.

A new exhibition, entitled Alexander Wilson – Paisley’s Poet, America’s Ornithologist, opens at Paisley Museum on Friday 14 June. The exhibition will run until Sunday 1 September and admission is free.

One of Paisley’s most famous sons, Alexander Wilson was a weaver and a poet, but is best known for his illustrations of North American birds. This exhibition commemorates the bicentenary of Alexander Wilson’s death, looking at his life both in Scotland and America and highlighting his outstanding contribution to the science of ornithology.

Born in 1766, Wilson first found employment as a cow-herder before being apprenticed at the age of 13 as a weaver. It was during this time that he first turned his hand to poetry, a pastime which was almost a tradition amongst Paisley weavers. Some of his work however, was deemed to be libelous by the authorities of that time, and in 1794, after a couple of brushes with the law, Wilson made the decision to immigrate to America.

His interest in nature, in particular bird life, was further enhanced by his exposure to the wilds of the American countryside, vast areas of which were still unexplored at that time.

His first epic journey took him to Niagara, where he travelled all 1200 miles on foot, and provided the catalyst for what would become his life work – to describe and record all the birds of North America.

His publication ‘American Ornithology’ ran to nine volumes and illustrated all North American birds for the first time. This led Wilson to become known as the ‘Father of American Ornithology’.

This exhibition will celebrate the life and times of one of Paisley’s most famous sons, and the legacy he left to the science of ornithology.

For more information on Alexander Wilson, future exhibitions or events please visit or follow us on Facebook


RMC Plumbers

Searching for a plumber? Need to upgrade the shower? Want a tap installed properly in the back garden for summer? Need to install a kitchen appliance like a washing machine or dishwasher?

RMC Plumbers have been providing a quality service to the people of Renfrewshire for many years, with over 30 years in the trade, there isn’t a job too big or to small! Just give Ronnie a bell on 07754 468 992 and let us give you a quote.

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The June special offer: Upgrade your Bathroom!

Summer offer for bathroom suites:

Fully fitted customer supplied suite for £400.00 inclusive of VAT materials and labour!

Fully fitted and supplied from £800.00! We won’t be beaten on price and will beat any like for like quotations.

Kilbarchan Lilias Day 2013

The parade will leave Tandelhill Road at 1.30pm and proceed through the village to the steeple, then onwards to the public park.

The procession will arrive at approximately 2pm when Miss Lilias, this year played by Miss Iona MacLeod, will read the proclamation.


Over the course of the afternoon, a number of events will take place in the arena; there is a seven a side football match between Kilbarchan Primary and Bridge of Weir Primary. We have a dog show from 12 noon with prizes for different categories. There will be a
number of local organisations with stalls selling home baking, tombolas and raffles for great prizes in the park from 1.30pm. This year we are delighted to announce we have two arena event one is Quack Commandos display. This is a fun display where border collies will herd Indian Runner ducks. The other is Owl Magic who will give a performance show with Owls.

Lilias Day is a major fundraiser for all the organisations who take stalls in the park, they really do rely on the support of people from Kilbarchan and other local villages. We ask that you make Lilias Day a date for your diary and come along with your friends and family to support this local community event.

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St Mirren Youth Academy

Why not pop along and give your support to the St Mirren Youth teams who are playing at the Training Ground at Ralston this weekend.  Home fixtures are:


Sunday 2nd June  – St Mirren U15  v    Motherwell U15     kick off 1pm


St MirrenSt Mirren Youth Academy Golf Day

The big tee-off for this year’s St Mirren Youth Academy Golf Day will take place on Tuesday 2nd July at the Dundonald Links.  All proceeds from the day will go directly to the St Mirren Youth Academy to support the excellent work being done in producing Saints players of the future.
Each team of three that is entered will be joined by either a player, member of the coaching staff, a director or a celebrity fan to make up a four ball who will all be in place for a ‘Shotgun Start’ at 9:00am on the day.
Prizes will be awarded for Best Team, Nearest the Pin and Long Drive competitions.
Entry for each team of three is £450.


The day will start at 8:00am with coffee and bacon roll.  Then after the round of golf a three course lunch will be served at 1:30pm which will be followed by the presentation of prizes. There will be photo opportunities with the League Cup and you can also hear Danny Lennon’s thoughts for the forthcoming season.
Please note that there are limited team numbers so entries will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.  Teams will be drawn a week before the event.
To reserve your team\’s place please e-mail or for further information please click on the link at the bottom of this email.


St Mirren Youth Academy Auction

A number of players have donated their shirts and boots used during the season just ended to help raise funds for the Youth Development system.


Player worn mementos from the League Cup semi-final and final and the league campaign are up for grabs, so to be in with a chance of getting your hands on one of these prized possessions all you have to do is place a winning bid. The auction will run from now until 6/7th June.


Each of the items listed below are lots in the Youth Development Auction.


For all the terms and conditions, info on placing bids and keeping up with the latest bids please check out the Youth Development website by clicking here.


Happy bidding and good luck!


Season Tickets

2nd June is the last day for buying  discounted season tickets for the new season.

Ticket office is open as follows:


Thursday 30th May 10am – 2pm then 5pm – 6pm

Friday 31st May 10am – 5pm

Saturday  1st June  9am – 12 noon

Sunday 2nd June 11am – 1pm

Monday to Friday (June)  10am- 2pm


Alternatively buy at or contact the Ticket Office on 0141 840 6130or by email


St Mirren in the Community News


As the latest class in the Football Fans in Training (FFIT) programme comes to an end St Mirren in the Community are looking to set up an exit strategy programme that will give participants a support mechanism as they start to go it alone.


The highly successful FFIT programme has been up and running since late 2010 and has helped many fans get back on the road to fitness by helping them to create a healthier lifestyle for themselves.


It was felt by previous participants of the programme that when the course was over that they felt left in limbo in terms of future support. During the 12 weeks of the course the support the participants receive is invaluable so we are now looking to carry that over beyond the course to try and help everyone stay on the right road for a healthier and fitter life.


With this is mind St Mirren in the Community are looking to put together a class initially on a Monday from 5:00pm to 6:00pm (start date to be confirmed) at the St Mirren Airdome where participants can take part in physical activity which will be predominantly a Walk Football session. The current group who are just finishing their course are very keen for this to happen so we now want to reach out to all former FFIT participants and the general body of Saints fans who want to be involved.


To get an idea of how many people would be interested in this programme we would ask you to lodge your interest in joining this programme by sending an e-mail to Community Coach Brian Sproul with your details. We will follow this up with an open night where participants can register for the support programme.


At present we also have the ‘Jogging Buddies’ which is held at the stadium every Wedesday evening from 6:00pm. We have two groups of ‘Jogging Buddies’ – one for beginners and another for experienced runners. All welcome.

For more info or to register interest please contact Brian Sproul by e-mail:


Summer Camps

Our highly successful Camps will be running again this summer with a full 6 weeks of activity and a something for everybody at all levels. The camps will be operating at the New Indoor Dome at St Mirren Park , Our Youth Academy at Ralston and a weeks Camp at Lochwinnoch (Lochbarr ) during Week 3.


The hugely popular Advanced player camp along with our Goalkeeper camp will be running at our very own Youth Academy,  where perhaps your child could end up as a star of the future, so why not book early to avoid disappointment.

You can register for the Summer camp by following the link on the Official St Mirren website or email or by calling 0141 840 6125



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


Ross Paterson: 07702 287 693



St. Mirren Community Tel: 0141 840 6131

Community Classes @ St. Mirren Dome

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


3-5 years: 9-10am

5-7 years: 10-11am

8-12 years: 11am-12pm


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.