Calling all folk fans! Walk 500 Miles to see Blueflint, The Proclaimers’ brilliant support act.

Catch an evocative and atmospheric live set when Blueflint’s tour brings them to Paisley Arts Centre next month. 

The Edinburgh based five piece band cleverly intertwine banjos, fiddle, double-bass and drums to accompany the singers in beautifully-crafted songs. They successfully thwart attempts at musical pigeonholing as their fresh and original sound stretches across several musical genres; from the dark underbelly of folk to buoyant Americana-tinged ballads.

After the success of their lauded 2009 debut album High Bright Morning, Blueflint’s much anticipated second title Maudy Tree raised their profile even further, gaining the band serious acclaim throughout the music press and airtime on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio Ulster. 


Then in 2012, Blueflint supported The Proclaimers for six weeks on their Like Comedy UK tour, taking in venues like Edinburgh’s Playhouse and London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Playing in front of audiences ranging from 2000 – 4500 in capacity (just under 80,000 people in total during the tour) Blueflint were met with an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response and have proved themselves to be formidable live performers, gaining a strong reputation and following spanning the length and breadth of the country. 

But their latest tour, which sees a stop off in Paisley, is just one of Blueflint’s goals for 2013. In April the band announced they had started work on their hotly anticipated third album which will be packed with fresh new tracks.

Catch Blueflint at Paisley Arts Centre on Friday 10 May, 7.30pm. Tickets to the gig cost £10 (£6 conc) and can be booked by calling the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or online at

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Me and My Shadow, My Shadow and I: an innovative show specially designed for kids.

Highly visual, interactive and revolutionary early years’ theatre performance My Little Shadow has been written and produced specifically with young audiences in mind.

Taking place at Paisley Arts Centre in late April, My Little Shadow magically blends dance with live music, song, film and clever puppetry to tell the story of a young girl and her mischievous shadow.

From front row seats, children will join the rogue Shadow as she sneaks out at night for an out of this world adventure. Zoom off on the rocket with her as she flies into space and back – but not before encountering a friendly little alien!

As My Little Shadow is focused on interacting with young theatre-goers, the story is broken up with opportunities for the audience to participate; including helping to launch the rocket with a rousing blast-off countdown and ‘pass the move’, where children mimic the dancers’ movements on stage.

The production has been created and produced by Renfrewshire Arts & Museums’ Outreach Team in partnership with local dance organisation, Right2Dance. Written and directed by Vanessa Rigg, she will also provide the narration and live soundtrack for My Little Shadow. The lead characters, the young girl and her shadow are brought to life by Right2Dance performers Joanne Garbutt and Eilidh McCormick with choreography courtesy of Right2Dance tutor Aileen Palombo.

Young families can join in the My Little Shadow fun at Paisley Arts Centre on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 April. There will be two performances each day at 10.30am & 1.30pm. Tickets cost £4 per adult (an adult ticket includes 1 free child’s ticket) and additional children’s tickets cost £2. Tickets can be booked by calling our Box Office on 0300 300 1210.

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Civic reception honours St Mirren cup heroes

St Mirren’s cup-final winning heroes were honoured at a special event hosted by Renfrewshire’s Provost.

The civic reception saw Provost Anne Hall welcome 26 members of the first-team squad plus directors and staff.

The St Mirren contingent mixed with councillors, local MPS and MSPs and invited guests for a three-course meal.

As Paisley Town Hall is out of action due to a £2.36million refurbishment, the event took place at St Mirren Park.

St Mirren won the Scottish Communities League Cup for the first time in their history last month, defeating Hearts 3-2 in a memorable final at Hampden.

Provost Hall welcomed guests to the reception, and gave a speech praising the club for its achievement in winning the trophy.

After the event, she said: “I was delighted to be able to host the civic reception for St Mirren, and I hope all who were there enjoyed their night.

“It was great to hear manager Danny Lennon and others connected to the club give a first-hand account of how they managed to make history on that day.

“The scenes of joy in the centre of Paisley on the night of the cup final showed just how much the cup win meant to the people of the town.

“St Mirren’s success gave Renfrewshire an occasion it will never forget, and it is a privilege to be able to honour those responsible.”

Provost Hall was joined at the top table by St Mirren vice-chairman George Campbell, who praised the club’s players and staff and thanked the council for the help given to the club.
Around 15,000 black-and-white-bedecked fans made the trip to Glasgow for the game on Sunday March 17.

And thousands lined the streets of Paisley town centre that night to see the team parade the trophy on an open-top bus, before taking to the stage in County Square at the official council-organised victory party.

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Renfrewshire Hit with £60 million Welfare Cuts

Renfrewshire is going to be hit with £60 million of cuts through welfare reform each year.  This has been revealed from research carried out by Sheffield Hallam University, amounting to £530 for each and every adult in Renfrewshire.  This is a straight removal of money from the local economy.

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

‘This is a significant hit against those most in need in Renfrewshire.

‘Eight out of ten households affected by the bedroom tax are the homes of disabled people.

‘This is where we are, the most vulnerable in society being targeted, ‘Bedroom Tax’ being collected from the disabled.

‘We must remember that the UK is the 4th most unequal society in the developed world.  This is the current situation as part of the UK, the gap between rich and poor widening.

‘At the same time there has been a reduction in tax for millionaires, getting a tax cut of £100,000.

‘This is not the fairer society that we want to see.  Times are hard but seeing the disabled being crushed with millionaires getting hundreds of thousands of pounds turns my stomach.

‘I joined the SNP in the eighties after seeing injustice done in Scotland with industry being destroyed and the ‘Poll Tax’ inflicted on Scotland a year before the rest of the UK.

‘’With financial powers outwith our control Scotland is still being hit with policies that we did not vote for.

‘We must recognise that the Westminster Government’s own figures say that if Scotland had full control over finance every man, woman and child in Scotland would be £824 better off.

‘We have the chance to change this unfair society.  We must take it.’


On your marks. Get set. Go online to register for the Paisley 10k

Renfrewshire runners are being urged to get their entries in for this year’s Scottish West 10k Championship and Fun Run and make the most of the early-bird discount that’s just been launched.

The annual event takes place in Paisley, this year on Sunday 25 August and is expected to be the biggest ever. Last year over 1,400 people took part, ranging from serious athletes to fun runners raising cash for charity.

The cut-price entry fees are available from 12 April until 1 June. Runners taking part in the 10k can save £3 on the normal entry fee, while adult fun runners save £1 and children save £2. The discounts are only available online at

Councillor Jim Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board, said: “Each year the 10k is a key fixture in the West of Scotland’s athletics calendar and together with the fun run – it really puts Paisley on the map with both locals and visitors coming to the town to enjoy the event.

“It’s a great opportunity for keen runners to challenge their personal best, plus with finally spring here, now is the ideal time for beginners to dust off the cobwebs and sign up for a healthier, fitter way of life in time for summer.

“The event also helps to raise Paisley’s profile as one of three British Heart Foundation Heart Towns in Scotland while combining sporting participation, top class competition, charity fundraising, and a fun day out. Get online to register now and make full use of the early bird discount.

Paisley 10k 2013

This year the race is sponsored by Renfrewshire’s Fairtrade Flagship employer MEPC Hillington Park and Paisley Vision.

Jamie Cumming, Commercial Director, Hillington Park said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring the Paisley 10K. As a major contributor to the economy in Renfrewshire, Hillington Park is committed to supporting local initiatives like this. We hope many occupiers on our Park will put on their running shoes and take part in what always proves to be a fun day out that raises vital money for charity.”

The entry fee for the 10k is £18 with a t shirt (early bird £15) or £12 without a t shirt   (early bird £10). There is a group discount where one free entry is offered for every five paying entries.

The entry fee for the Fun run is £8 with a t shirt for adults (early bird £7) or £5 without a t shirt (early bird £4) and £6 with a t shirt for children under 16 (early bird £4) or £3 without a t shirt (early bird £2). The adult and child discount offers a joint entry for £12 with t shirts (early bird £10).

Scottish Athletics League members are eligible for a further £2 discount on all categories.

Paisley’s 10k is noted for being flat and fast, with a course that takes competitors through the historic town centre, along Paisley canal and Kilmacolm cycle track.

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Glasgow Airport reports passenger growth for March 2013


Passenger growth at Glasgow Airport has continued with over 510,000 people travelling through the airport in March 2013, representing an increase of 0.6% compared to the same period last year.

The launch of Wizz Air’s flights to Warsaw and Gdansk contributed to a rise in demand for international travel, as did the decision by Icelandair to introduce a fourth weekly service to Reykjavik. The airport was also boosted by Celtic’s Champions League fixture against Juventus which resulted in additional international traffic.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport said: “The addition of new routes, such as Wizz Air’s services to Poland, has been key to our recent success in growing passenger numbers and we will continue to work towards providing customers with greater choice.

“We enjoyed a busy Easter get-away and the launch of Lufthansa Regional’s direct flight to Dusseldorf, which also marked the return of the Star Alliance network to Glasgow, was particularly pleasing. Plans for our £17 million investment programme which will see key parts of the terminal building undergo a major makeover, are well underway and we are now looking forward to a busy summer season.”


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Silver Anniversary Ball

Celebrate 25 years of care for all with St Vincent’s Hospice at the Silver Anniversary Gala Ball on Friday 10th May, 2013 in the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow, hosted by Shereen Nanjiani. Enjoy a night of glitz and glamour starting with a  champagne reception followed by a glass of wine, 3 course dinner plus coffee, 15 piece big band and DJ until 1am, plus prizes & surprises throughout the night. Tickets are just £48; reception from 7pm, meal 7.30pm, carriages 1am, dress to impress. A very limited number of tables remain – to reserve/book your tickets email or call 01505 705635.

Challenge Yourself

One of our brand new events for this year is ‘Challenge 25’; an exclusive weekend cycle and trek on the Isle of Arran. One of the first people to sign up for this was our very own Director of Fundraising & Communications Karen Milne. She has jumped at the chance to get her cycling gear on and put pedal to the metal in aid of St Vincent’s Hospice.

“After such a long, dark winter I needed something to get me motivated and out into the fresh air; I thought Challenge 25 was a great excuse to get back on my bike and shake the dust off my walking boots. Signing up for Challenge 25 is a great way to get exercising, attempt a new challenge and raise funds for local patients and their families.

Karen’s enthusiasm has been inspiring lots of supporters to sign up to take part in this fantastic challenge! Places are starting to fill up so if you would like to take part please visit or email for an information pack and booking form.

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Will you help us make a difference?

Can you spare 2 hours to help someone living with a life limiting illness?

We have a couple of different collections coming up over the next couple of months which we need volunteer support with:

Door to Door Collections

Monday 29th April to Saturday 4th May – Lochwinnoch, Elderslie, Paisley, Neilston and Barrhead..

Bag Pack

Marks and Spencer, Braehead – Saturday 18th May, 10am – 4pm

Bucket collection

Ikea Braehead – Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st April, 10am – 4pm

Your help would mean that St Vincent’s Hospice can continue to provide essential care, totally free of charge to the local communities of Renfrewshire. Be Part Of It – Contact Us Now! T:01505 705635 E:


Tribute Night

Friday 7th June 2013, Normandy Hotel Renfrew

The Normandy Hotel are delighted to promote this fabulous event in aid of St Vincent’s Hospice. A showcase of tributes to the stars, including Shania Twain, Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue, George Michael and Cher! Tickets are just £26 which includes a 3 course dinner plus coffee, with tribute acts followed by a DJ to dance the night away to. Book now to avoid disappointment. To book tickets please contact the Normandy Hotel on 0141 886 4100 or visit

Barn Tearoom

As of the 22nd May we will no longer be serving hot meals in the Barn Tea Room. Teas, coffee, cakes, sandwiches and soup will still be available to purchase, alongside our exciting range of vintage goods and furniture.

We wish to take this opportunity to thank you for your continuing support to the Barn and the hospice. This will help us to continue to care for patients and their families who require our services now and in the future



Paisley historian Ellen Farmer MBE – who devoted much of her to improving the town she loved so much – has passed away.

Former mill girl Ellen, 74, died on Friday night and tributes to the woman who “had Paisley in her heart” have poured in.

Ellen Farmer inside the Sma Shot CottagesShe was a well-known face in the town and was a tireless campaigner with Sma’ Shot Cottages and the Thread Mill Museum, and also started Paisley Development Association, which became the Trust (PDT).

In 2004, Ellen, who was president of the Old Paisley Society, was awarded the Fellowship of the University of Paisley for helping to preserve the town’s illustrious heritage, seven years after receiving the MBE from the Queen for services to the town’s history.

To read more please visit the Paisley Daily Express website, where you can read the rest of the article written by Lynn Jolly.. Click here…



Paisley’s MSP pledges to back Prostate Cancer

Paisley’s MSP pledges to back Prostate Cancer UK’s Quality Checklist

George Adam MSP has pledged to support the swift implementation of a Prostate Cancer UK initiative to help Scottish men with prostate cancer receive the best possible care and support, regardless of where they live.

This comes as interim findings of a new survey suggest that support offered to men with prostate cancer in Scotland is falling short of satisfactory standards. The survey has been commissioned by Prostate Cancer UK to consult a sample of prostate cancer patients in Scotland about their experiences of care. The evidence so far highlights that despite recent improvements, there are gaps in the provision of information and support men with prostate cancer receive.

 28.3.2013. Scottish Parliament. MSPs show their support for Prostate Cancer UK.

Initial findings from the survey show that ( 1)


  • almost all men with prostate cancer questioned (91%) were not offered a written assessment and care plan,

  • three quarters (74%) were not given information on available financial help,

  • over half (55%)were not given written information on the type of cancer they had

  • and 4 out of 5 (59%) felt they did not have the potential side effects of treatment explained to them in an understandable way.


In a bid to help stamp out these inequalities, Prostate Cancer UK has produced a Quality Checklist to be used as a best practice guide for men and clinicians. The checklist sets out 15 national standards for care and support that Scottish men with prostate cancer should expect and demand, from the point of their diagnosis through to the end of their life.

George showed his support for the Quality Checklist at a recent campaigning event held at Holyrood where George met with people affected by prostate cancer from across the country.

George said: “Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, yet the quality of care men receive in Scotland varies.  It is incredibly important that we do all we can to ensure all men with prostate cancer get the care and support they need. I am therefore delighted to endorse Prostate Cancer UK’s Quality Checklist, and call on Greater Glasgow and Clyde to ensure it is adopted as soon as possible to help all men who are diagnosed with the disease.”

Dr Sarah Cant, Director of Policy and Campaigns at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “Our interim report highlights some worrying gaps in prostate cancer support in Scotland. This shows just how far we have to go before men in Scotland get the help and support they both expect and deserve. There are over 19,000 Scottish men living with prostate cancer, many of whom have to make difficult treatment choices or cope with tough side effects. It is vital that every man with prostate cancer has access to the world class information, care and support he needs and deserves if we are to help men have a better quality of life in the future.”

“We are delighted that George has shown his support for men with prostate cancer by endorsing our Quality Checklist, and urgently call on health professionals and Health Boards to follow their lead. Men with prostate cancer deserve the best, and we’re absolutely determined that’s exactly what they are going to get.”

The charity is working closely with men and their families, healthcare providers, politicians and health professionals to ensure that the checklist is adopted and implemented throughout Scotland.

To view the Quality Checklist please visit

For more on George Adam MSP please visit

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Town centre trade waste scheme launched

Renfrewshire businesses are being told to expect a knock on the door from council staff to check their waste arrangements are up to scratch.

The visits are taking place as part of a town centre trade waste initiative, aimed at improving the environment in local shopping and business areas.

Private firms are legally responsible for all waste generated by their business, and it is unlawful for them to dump it in public bins.

They are required to arrange for commercial waste to be collected by a contractor, which can either be the council or a private waste-collection firm.

Environmental protection officers will be visiting premises in Paisley, Johnstone and Renfrew over the next few weeks to discuss whether their trade waste arrangements are appropriate.

They will then follow these up with enforcement visits at a later date, to check whether firms are complying with their responsibilities.

The visits are taking place as part of the council’s Do Your Bit campaign, which will aim to encourage residents and businesses to help keep the area clean.

Officers will also be advising on how firms can prepare for upcoming changes to the law – as of 1 January 2014– requiring businesses to separate recyclable material while putting out their waste.

Councillor Eddie Devine, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said: “Trade waste can be anything from paper or food waste to large-scale industrial material.

“Clearly, any bags of rubbish left lying on the streets for longer than is necessary create a health risk, as well as being visually unattractive.

“We want our town centres to be clean and attractive places for people to live, shop, visit and do business, which will in turn boost trade.

“The aim of this scheme is to work with local businesses to achieve that, by helping with any issues they may have over how to dispose of their waste.

“This year, Renfrewshire will welcome large numbers of visitors when the Mod and The Spree festivals take place in Paisley, and we want the area to look at its best.

“A clean and tidy environment is in everybody’s interest and we want to encourage local businesses to take responsibility and do their bit to help achieve that.

“These visits are intended for us to offer advice – however, we will be reminding businesses that we have the right to take enforcement action against any who are not meeting their legal obligations.”

A web page has been created at to help answer any questions about the initiative.

For more information, businesses can also email or call 0300 300 0380.