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..


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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.

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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.

Renfrewshire Provost’s Charity Abseil Photographs

Provost Hall joined Renfrewshire Council chief executive David Martin and 20 volunteers who abseiled from the roof of the council’s HQ in Cotton Street, Paisley, on Saturday. (May 25).

As usual we were on hand to record the events for the benefit of the community to highlight the positive action being taken by all individuals involved, all Paisley Photographs were taken by Alex Kyle for

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Provost’s thanks after charity abseil

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall has thanked ‘everyone who contributed’ to the success of a charity abseil in Paisley.

Provost Hall joined Renfrewshire Council chief executive David Martin and 20 volunteers  who abseiled from the roof of the council’s HQ in Cotton Street, Paisley, on Saturday. (May 25)

The event launched a new charity-giving scheme to support four local charities chosen by Provost Hall.

The charities – Renfrewshire Carers’ Centre, RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health) and two hospices, Accord and St Vincent’s – will share equally in donations received over the Provost’s term in office.

Renfrewshire Provost Anne Hall

Well-wishers, families and friends gathered to support the abseilers – many of who were dressed as superheroes including Batman, Superman and the Black Widow from The Avengers.

“There are always so many people to thank on an occasion such as this – particularly when the event launched a new charity-giving scheme for Renfrewshire,” said Provost Hall.

“The abseilers all did themselves proud and I’m sure their sponsors will reflect that in their support.

“We also got a lot of support in kind.

Civil Defence Scotland (CDS), a registered charity which provides a volunteer national emergency response team, were tremendous in guiding us through the preparations and organising everything to do with the abseiling.

“Gus Michael of Pulse 98.4FM hosted the event with typical aplomb.

“Irwin Stringfellow of Funtime Carnivals donated free the use of the inflatable slide and beat the goalie.

“The profits from the mobile kiosk operated by the council’s Community Services will also be donated to our fundraising as will the funds raised from charity stalls.

“I’d like to remind people that can they can support this joint charitable venture for Renfrewshire anytime – it doesn’t necessarily have to be a sponsorship contribution for the abseil.”

Donations can be made direct to the collective charity fund online or in bank branches using Account Number: 20041937

Sort code: 82-54-04.  Further information on the scheme is available at

“The abseil proved a very encouraging start to this joint fund-raining approach and I look forward to more people getting involved in the months and years ahead.”

Photograph above taken for by Alex Kyle, more photos will be available soon.

Paisley West End Fair 2013 Photographs

Paisley’s West End Fair took place on Sunday 26th May 2013 in the attractive surroundings of Ferguslie Gardens. This family event included a sound stage, full musical programme and the finals of the Paisley Talent Competition.

There was plenty of market stalls, a funfair, five-a-side football, youth buses, bouncy castles, fairground rides, displays and an information shop completed the line-up. This years event was officially opened by Renfrewshire Provost Ann Hall.

All photographs for were taken by Tom Chittick on a rare lovely sunny day in the west end of Paisley.

If you would like to add your own photographs for everyone to see please visit our Facebook Page

Creative kids Skoob-up library prizes

Creative kids from across the county are competition winners after helping Renfrewshire Libraries with a new initiative.

‘The Skoobs’ are a bunch of colourful characters created by Renfrewshire Libraries to encourage children to read more. Lurking on the library shelves, the animations are designed to attract the eye of younger borrowers.


Until recently, all they lacked were their own names but a competition over the Easter school holidays saw hundreds of local kids suggest what they could be called.

Nine children were picked out as winners after coming up with the names chosen for each of the nine Skoobs.

Lochwinnoch-based children’s author Franzeska G Ewart was one of the competition judges.

Franzeska said: “It was a real honour to be asked to judge and great fun reading all of the hugely-imaginative names that were submitted.

“Ideas like The Skoobs are so good because they help give children a feeling of involvement with books.”

Councillor James Harte, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s sport, leisure and culture policy board, presented the winners with their prizes.

Councillor Harte said: “It’s always encouraging to see how keen Renfrewshire children are to take part in competitions like this and it was great to meet the winners and see how enthusiastic they are.”

“Congratulations to all of the winners and I hope they’ll enjoy the pleasure of a lifetime of reading!”

The winners received a T-shirt each featuring the Skoob they had successfully named and a certificate.

Competition winners were:
* Molly Wishart, aged 6, Newmains PS
* Cameron Morton, aged 8, Brediland PS
* Kate Beverland, aged 10, Lochwinnoch PS
* Max Ralston, aged 6, Kirklandneuk PS
* Olivia Vanni, aged 5, Thorn PS
* Chloe Termini, aged 10, St Paul’s PS
* Aisling Murray, aged 8, Bridge of Weir PS
* Amy Beverland, aged 8, Lochwinnoch PS
* Angel McCallum, aged 7, West PS

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Renfrewshire Council Leader in ‘toxic debt’ of payday loans warning

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan is urging local residents to avoid falling into the toxic debt spiral of using payday loan companies and join the local credit union instead.

Renfrewshire Council has banned access of payday loan websites from council PCs and the Leader recently met with the board of the Renfrewshire Wide Credit Union to hear about their services.

Anyone who lives or works in Renfrewshire can join and make full use of a range of financial services including affordable credit – meaning there’s no need to resort to payday loans.

renfrewshire council logo .JPGCouncillor Macmillan said: “Put frankly, these payday loan companies are absolutely shocking. To charge ridiculous interest amounts of anything up to 4,000 per cent, fail to check if the customer can afford the repayment then use bully tactics to hound for payment when they fall behind, is appalling practice. The result is vulnerable people falling into a spiral of toxic debt that they can’t get out of.

“I’d urge all Renfrewshire residents to avoid these companies. They are still unregulated and they will unfortunately be looking to take advantage of hard-pressed families in 2013 as benefit cuts start to take hold.

“Our local credit union offers a far better alternative. I had a really useful  meeting with its board recently. The credit union has a positive role to play in the community to help people through these difficult times by encouraging saving and ensuring access to affordable credit rates.”

For more information drop into the Renfrewshire Wide Credit Union at 41 High Street, Paisley, or call on 0141 889 7442.