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Glasgow Airport cash helps basketball starlets take on the cream of Europe

A group of promising young basketball players are set to play in a prestigious international tournament with a helping hand from the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund.

The St Mirren U18s girls team will test themselves against the best in Europe after being invited to take part in the Girona Basketball Tournament, which takes place every summer near Barcelona.

basketballpaisley 7The Paisley-based team is made up of 10 girls, some of whom are already internationalists, from Paisley, Erskine, Renfrew, Bishopton, Bridge of Weir and Houston. Their coaching team insists the event will enable them to develop as players by taking on the best that Europe has to offer.

They will relish the challenge after dominating in their own age group on these shores, winning the National League for the last three seasons – remaining undefeated in the process – and taking last season’s Scottish Cup.

The girls will depart for Spain on Thursday 20 September, with the opening friendly match taking place the following day, and £1,400 from the FlightPath Fund will be put towards the overall cost of the trip.

basketballpaisley manages the St Mirren women senior team as well as the U16s and more than 20 other teams of various ages and abilities. It recently launched a new logo with the slogan ‘Participation, Potential, Performance’.

The organisation has to meet the cost of flights, accommodation and meals during the trip. It also hopes to invest in new equipment, kit and additional training in advance of the event.

Chief Executive Lindsay Lang, who founded basketballpaisley in 1995 and is assistant coach of the team, said: “Spanish basketball and European basketball in general is very strong compared to the game here and this tournament will be another level for the girls, who have been very successful at national level here in Scotland.

“While many of them have played in Europe before, and represented their country, being invited to take part in this tournament is a benchmark. The money from the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund will help us meet the cost of the trip and we are extremely grateful for it.

“We hope the team will be able to compete, but regardless of the results it will be a great learning curve for them as it’s generally a different level of fitness and intensity with overseas teams. The girls are very excited about it.”

Maureen Jamieson, Glasgow Airport’s head of procurement, said: “basketballpaisley is a fantastic organisation which promotes participation in the sport at all levels in addition to managing several successful teams which have been dominating at national level in Scotland for several years now.

“To be invited to compete in an international tournament is a great achievement and we are happy to support the development of the very successful St Mirren U18s girls team. We wish them every success in the event, but most of all we hope they enjoy taking part in it.”

The Glasgow Airport FlightPath fund is a community funding programme designed to ensure that surrounding communities share in its success. In 2011 it distributed more than £170,000 to 60 organisations.

Paisley Abbey Britain from above

History of Scotland 1 – LLNG07016 Credit and Level:10 points SCQF Level 7

Entry Requirements: LLNG07008 First Steps in IT or Basic IT competence

Assessment: Group project

Paisley Abbey Britain from aboveDelivery/Location:

Tuesday 6-9pm, September – Hamilton  from 25th Sept

Wednesday 6-9pm, September – Paisley from 26th Sept

Fee: £110 – Can be funded though ILA and first time students may qualify for a fee waver depending on their benefits.


This module aims to introduce students to the history of Scotland from the 5th Century to the 15th Century, and to encourage recognition of the complexity of Scotland’s past,

through the study of primary and secondary sources. During this period Scotland emerged as a unified entity within the British Isles and established a national identity that

still remains today. The wars that led to the development of Scotland from a number of different kingdoms, and the later Wars of Independence fought between Scotland and

England, are central to this module.  Although the Focus is on Scotland, Paisley and Renfrewshire are dominant in the module giving participants a good introduction to local history as well as National, as does the 1697 Witch hunt case, where i spend a session looking at the accusations and its background.


Family Histories LLNG07014 Credit and Level: 10 points SCQF Level 7

Entry Requirements: LLNG07008 First Steps in IT/Basic IT competence

Assessment: Individual coursework, including family tree

Delivery/Location: Monday 6-9pm, September – Paisley from 24th Sept

NB. This module is delivered over 10 weeks.

Fee: £110 Can be funded though ILA and first time students may qualify for a fee waver depending on their benefits.


This module will introduce the main issues associated with genealogical research in Britain and Ireland. It will embed basic research techniques for conducting online

and practical archive enquiry within the broader historical context of the west of Scotland in particular and the British Isles generally.

You will learn how to identify the key historical resources involved in genealogical research, notably the census, birth, death and marriage registers, and how to extract

and collate this information in the form of a ’family tree.’ This module will also give you an understanding of the economic, social and political circumstances that shaped

the life experiences of previous generations dating back to the early-Victorian era. The classes will consist of a combination of lectures and practical tutorials working

with family tree-building software such as that offered by MyHeritage, and online resources, in particular the official records made available through

Please note: there will be additional costs to participate fully in this module. These concern the downloading of certificates and documents from the governmental agency run Scotland’s People website.

Lifelong Learning –  0141 848 3193

or Email:

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Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce

Chamber delivers new pilot to encourage SME growth – The Graduate Recruitment Incentive

Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce has been chosen as one of 4 Scottish Chamber areas for a new Scottish Government pilot taking place between Sep 2012 & March 2013, aimed at encouraging small, local businesses to employ a graduate. (Other areas include Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway). The Graduate Recruitment Incentive (GRI) is a payment of at least £3,000, available for employers that successfully employing a graduate into a new, permanent position.

graduate recruitment initiative Commenting on the new initiative Chamber Chief Exec’ Bob Davidson said “…. for companies based in Renfrewshire of 50 staff or less, this incentive of at least £3000 allows local businesses to grow by employing a graduate. We hope this incentive will encourage organisations from all sectors to create a new position for a graduate and help move their company forward. Combining this with the new Invest in Renfrewshire programme from Renfrewshire Council – there is great support available to reduce youth unemployment and grow the local economy”.

For information on the GRI please visit or call Bob Grant on 0141 847 5455

Paisley Underground

Paisley Underground presents Fence Records: The Pictish Trail plus Randolph’s Leap solo set

The second night of live music on the trifecta of Paisley Underground gigs sees Fence Records artists, The Pictish Trail and Randolph’s Leap take to the stage on Friday 5 October at Paisley Arts Centre after a free panel event featuring music industry professionals.

The Pictish Trail is the nom de plume of singer-songwriter Johnny Lynch, who, alongside Kenny (King Creosote) Anderson, runs micro-indie DIY-folk collective Fence Records, from a remote fishing village in Fife, Scotland. His music is a sonorous mixture of acoustic driven balladry and lo-fi synthesised pop that has been described as a “post-summer trove of sun-warped electro, anamorphic folk” (Plan B Magazine). Pictish Trail has recorded various albums, EP’s and singles of his own material for the Fence label – working with a number of artists such as King Creosote, James Yorkston, and KT Tunstall amongst others, along the way.

A mixture of pop through to folk, Randolph’s Leap will perform an intimate acoustic set courtesy of their guitarist and vocalist Adam Ross. Normally an 8-piece band from Glasgow, Randolph’s Leap are set to follow up their recent lo-fi cassette album ‘The Curse of the Haunted Headphones’ with a brand new polyphonic EP on Fence Records later this year.

Paisley Underground is once again providing platforms for local artists by offering Reid Kerr College students KiDD, a support slot for the show on October 5.

A free, music industry led panel event will be running prior to the show on October 5 offering keen musicians and industry enthusiasts the unique opportunity to put their questions on artist management directly to the experts. The panel event ‘Step into my office, baby’, will start at 6pm at Paisley Arts Centre on October 5 and while tickets are free, customers should reserve a place via the booking office, 0141 887 1010. A full list of panel members can be found at or

The final label will be Still to come, the mighty Chemikal Underground record label with Human Don’t Be Angry and Miaoux Miaoux, playing from a Spiegeltent on County Square on October 25, as part of The Spree festival.

Doors open at 8pm. Tickets cost £12 (£10 conc) and can be bought from the box office by calling 0141 887 1010 or by logging onto

For further information on Paisley Underground, future events and exhibitions log onto or follow us on

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Active Renfrewshire

12,000 get Active in Renfrewshire 

Thousands of children in Renfrewshire are swapping the sofa for the sports hall according to a new report.

Last year over 12,000 pupils took part in lessons, events and taster sessions designed to make local children more active and help to build up the area’s sporting infrastructure. The figures are contained in the 2011/12 annual report for Active Schools – a partnership which promotes healthy lifestyles and involvement in sport.

The intensive sporting activity over 2011/12 generated a significant haul of precious metals for Renfrewshire. Pupils won 10 gold medals and three silvers at events outside the region. Six competitors from the Paisley Piranhas Swimming Club secured a further eight gold medals and two silver medals at the regional championships at the Scotstoun Leisure Centre.

Councillor Iain McMillan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Community and Family Care Policy Board, said, “Our Active Schools programme is a key part of our drive to deliver on the National Physical Activity Strategy, ‘Let’s Make Scotland More Active.’

“Active Schools is about building exercise into young people’s lives by developing Renfrewshire’s sporting infrastructure. A major part of the programme is to train the trainers and create qualified coaches who can take their expertise into the community. Over 400 volunteer coaches have been recruited, trained and deployed. These figures show that we are achieving our goals.

“But this isn’t just about hitting targets. Active Schools helps pupils develop a lifelong passion for sports that will protect their health and build their fitness. Not only that but we are now seeing graduates from the training programmes going on to represent Scotland in our national teams.”

The foundation for the programme’s success is this core of trainers which consists mainly of teachers and students from the Renfrewshire School of Sport Education and other award programmes. These help pupils acquire essential life skills such as team working, organisation and communication.

The Active Schools programme for primaries involves seven key sports: tennis, badminton, hockey, rugby, basketball, netball and athletics. It also includes dance events.

Between August and March 2011 some 382 clubs were open to pupils in primaries one to seven. These prepared the 8,822 participants for the Gateway to the Games event held during National School Sports Week 2012. The primary school programme also enabled pupils to take part in 44 sporting festivals.

Over 800 pupils got involved in primary school football and netball leagues and another 600 took part in two dance performance evenings held in March 2012 with partners, Infusion Dance.

St Mirren Football Club and the Scottish Football Association helped deliver a six week football programme for primary twos and threes in 12 primary schools. Similar programmes were also held for rugby, hockey and basket ball.

The secondary Active Schools programme focused on badminton, hockey, rugby, tennis and volleyball. Dance and fitness clubs were also provided in all schools to target girls and young women.

Fit for Girls, an innovative new scheme supported by the Youth Sport Trust and Sportscotland ran in seven secondary and two special schools. The aim of the project is to encourage less active girls to take part in all-girl activities which are designed to build their self-confidence and remind them that sport can be fun.

Girl’s rugby was a prominent feature of the Active Schools during 2011/12. One hundred girls took part in the first ever West of Scotland 7s tournament at Scotstoun Leisure Centre. A girl’s rugby academy has also been established for primary six to S6 and 30 pupils regularly attend training. Two of the pupils were selected for the West Under 18s in 2011 and are now playing in the Scotland Women’s Under 20 squad.

Pupils from Renfrewshire’s special schools took part in the Renfrewshire Special Games and hosted two regional events for children with a disability – the West of Scotland Junior Boccia Championship and the Renfrewshire ASN Indoor Athletics Championship.

Active Schools’ key sports are developed and delivered with relevant local clubs including Paisley and Bishopton Rugby Clubs, Kelburne Hockey Club, Strathgryffe Tennis Club, Basketball Paisley, Kilbarchan Athletics Club and Netball Renfrewshire. This partnership approach encourages pupils to become more involved in community club sports.

Courtesy of Renfrewshire Council

Episcopal Church Paisley by Anne Mcnair

Paisley Photographs

Paisley Photographs of Paisley Episcopal Church taken on Doors Open Day 2012 by Anne Mcnair for

Church of the Holy Trinity & St Barnabas

The Scottish Episcopal Church is a self-governing province of the worldwide Anglican Communion. Within that family our nearest sisters are the Church in Wales, the Church of Ireland and the Church of England.

It is called Scottish because we trace our history back to the earliest known Christian communities in Scotland about 400 CE. It is Episcopal (from the word for bishops) because we maintain the three orders of bishop, priest and deacon, dating from the early Church. Women have been ordained as priests since 1994 and legislation passed in 2003 allows women priests to become bishops.

Scotland is divided into seven dioceses or areas that are under the care and leadership of a Bishop. Each diocese has a mother church, called the Cathedral which is the focus of the worshipping life of the diocese at different times in the year.

There are 325 congregations in Scotland and 325 active priests (although only 176 are full-time). We have approximately 52 000 members. Congregations vary in size from 4 or 5 people meeting together in a house on one of the western isles to over 900 on a Sunday in one of the Edinburgh churches. The Scottish Episcopal Church is a lively church; liturgical innovation is encouraged, built around our distinctive Scottish liturgy and influenced by the rediscovery of our Celtic roots.

The Scottish Episcopal Church is an open and inclusive family welcoming all who wish to belong.

Sma Shot cottages taken by Mags MacGee

Paisley Photographs

Paisley Photographs of Sma Shot Cottages taken on Doors Open Day 2012 by Mags MacGee for

Sma Shot Cottages

Sma Shot Cottages, Paisley is a fully restored and furnished 18th century weavers cottages with photographs, artifacts of local interest and a tearoom. Also featuring a row of mill workers houses from the 1840’s. Out with opening hours visits are by prior arrangement.

the cottage on the left is a typical weaver’s cottage and is one of the only two remaining in Paisley. It was originally built in the 1740′s and its layout exactly matches written descriptions of such cottages as found in histories of the town. Slight alterations were made during the 1800′s in order to increase the size of the back room, thus providing more living space for the weaver and his family.

The cottage has three rooms, two of which were living quarters, the third being a loom shop where the weaver and his family worked.
Back in the 1700′s the cottage was a workshop as well as a home. Over and above looking after her husband, her children and the cottage, the weaver’s wife would spin and use the pirnwheel.

The weaver would have to work very long hours in order to make enough money to support his wife and family.

Find more information on Sma Shot Cottages on this website and on the Sma Shot website

Paisley Sheriff Court by Anne McNair

Paisley Photographs

Paisley Photographs of Paisley’s Sheriff Court taken on Doors Open Day 2012 by Anne Mcnair for

Paisley Sheriff Court

Entering the former County Buildings, one emerges into the palazzo and is confronted by the grand staircase. A 40 feet relief sculpture by John Rhind stands in the panelled County Hall. The bust by James Fillans and the exteriors raised portico by F. W. Pomeroy are further highlights. The building was extended and refurbished extensively in 1997.
Architect: Clarke & Bell, 1885-90. Baxter, Clark & Paul, 1997
Building Date: 1885-90
Assisted access for the disabled.

St James Street, Paisley, PA3 2HW


Paisley Doors Open Day 2012 by JMS

Paisley Photographs

Doors Open Day taken by JMS for Paisley Photographs and community website. If you have any photographs you would like to submit then please send them to


Paisley Photographs Day

Paisley Photographs Day will take place on Paisley Doors Open day 2012, what better day to offer you a personal photographic challenge?

This is a chance to take part in something unique. We are challenging you to take a Paisley Photograph on 8th September, Doors Open Day. Now the rules for this are pretty simple and all ages can take part.

paisley town hallWherever you are and at any time of day on 8th September you simply take one picture and send it into us with your details. We need:

  • Your name and email
  • Who shot it.
  • Where it was taken.
  • What it is a picture of.
  • Why did you choose this?

I hear some of you saying “But I’m not in Paisley!”  No problem! If you’re from Paisley and have moved abroad, take a photo of wherever you are on 8th September, anywhere in the world. For those of you on different planets, I can’t wait to see the results…

This will be a snapshot of life taken by Paisley folk, wherever they are, on one day and shared with everyone, so capture something that means a lot to you.

We have to have some simple rules and they can’t be bent, however long I’ve know you or if even if you offer me money!

  • Do not take pictures of children, this goes without saying. However if it is your child or a friend’s child and you have permission then great.
  • People must give their consent, street photography is very cool but permission must be asked. Without permission their faces must either not be visible or they are in a group of people. If you are photographing the High Street then use common sense.
  • Rude or offensive material will be binned immediately.
  • I am not against showing negative images of the town as everywhere has undesirable areas. But please don’t go out of your way to focus on that, try to be positive.
  • Make sure your photo does not show nudity, unless it’s of an animal – they’re all naked right?


By sending in one photo, we assume your permission to copy the photo to add to our collection of images. All credit will be given, and we shall not use it for any purpose other than for the Paisley Photo Challenge.

So it’s very simple, take a photo and send it in to or via twitter or Facebook.


We will be organising photo tours on that day as it coincides with Paisley Doors Open day 2012. For more information on these, watch this space.

This is not a competition, there are no prizes apart from seeing your photo on the website, it is a personal challenge, enjoy!

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Glasgow Airport Flightpath Fund

Glasgow Airport helps senior citizens get into Olympic spirit

A support group for senior citizens in Renfrewshire has delivered another successful sporting event for its members thanks to Glasgow Airport.

With the country on the crest of a sporting wave thanks to Team GB’s successful showing at the London Olympics this summer, and an encouraging start to the Paralympics, it was time for Renfrewshire’s finest to step forward.

glasgow airportThe Senior Alternatives group organised the Beechwood Senior Olympics event for its members this year to coincide with the main event, and the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund donated £1,000 to fund the event.

Senior Alternatives meets every fortnight in Paisley’s Beechwood Community Centre, often drawing as many as 60 people to a session. The idea is to encourage social inclusion through activites that, while challenging, can be undertaken by elderly people and particularly those with disabilities.

Members hail from Paisley, Johnstone, Renfrew, Linwood, Erskine and Kilbarchan. People from care homes in Hunterhill, Foxbar and Renfrew also join in the fun on a regular basis.

Games days, cultural theme days, karaoke and a range of other activities are a challenging but fun way for the members to stay active. This year the Beechwood Senior Olympics were added to the timetable of events, with heats for more than 50 competitors taking place and the 12 top performers progressing to the finals.

Myra Speirs, who used her background from a career in social work and an extensive network of contacts to establish and develop Senior Alternatives into the success story it is today, said: “The Beechwood Senior Olympics was a great success this year and it was clear that everyone who took part really enjoyed themselves. Our members put everything into it, both physically and mentally.

She added: “Senior Alternatives is growing all the time helping to reduce social isolation and encouraging people to feel more confident. The positive feedback from our members encourages us to carry on planning and managing the service, including fundraising. We are very grateful to the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund for making the Beechwood Senior Olympics possible.”

Craig Martin, Glasgow Airport’s head of HR, presented the medals and said: “Promoting sport and physical activity in the community, particularly among those who may find it difficult to get access to facilities and require supervision, is one of the main objectives of the FlightPath Fund.

“The Beechwood Senior Olympics was a very well organised event, and clearly it left a lot of people on a high, just like the London Olympics. It is clear that Senior Alternatives provides a very valuable service to elderly people in Renfrewshire, and we are pleased to support it.”

Just like in London, those taking part and the audience were treated to opening and closing ceremonies with entertainment provided by local groups such as the Gaelic SONAS Choir, and children from Mossvale and St James primary schools.

Events on both days included shot putt, javelin and a quintathlon. Crawford Dobie, a member of the Senior Alternatives Management Committee, took the gold medal, but had to leave before the presentation so activity officer George Watson accepted the medal on his behalf. The silver medal went to Helen Graham and Annie Wilson took bronze.

Senior Alternatives meets on the second and fourth Friday of the month from 12 noon till 3pm. Able-bodied people aged over 50 or disabled people aged over 60 are welcome to join.

The Glasgow Airport FlightPath fund is a community funding programme designed to ensure that surrounding communities share in its success. In 2011 it distributed more than £170,000 to 60 organisations.

Click here for more on the flightpath fund.