Dance Ihayami Interview and Photographs

Photographs and Interview from when Dance Ihayami visited and performed in Paisley Arts centre recently. Dance Ihayami is Scotland’s Indian dance company, dedicated to the contemporisation of Indian dance. The company challenges ideas about Indian classical dance and creates innovative contemporary work, regularly collaborating with different art forms and media.

Photographs below taken by Alex Kyle for find more of Alex’s photos here 

Dance Ihayami Interview produced by Peter Greenwood

Interview and photos were courtesy of all the members from Dance Ihayami so we would like to thank them all for their time and the performance was amazing and mesmerising… Find out more by visiting

Hillman Imp Linwood Rally

Linwood Imp Returns to Linwood.

Photographs of the Hillman Imp Rally at St James Business Centre, Thursday 2nd May 2013. All Photographs taken for by Tracey Clements

The centre-piece of the celebrations was a parade involving a 50-strong convoy of vintage Imps, which have now set off on a 320-mile journey from the Linwood site to the former Rootes headquarters in Ryton-on-Dunsmore.


Young people encouraged to attend apprentice event

Young people from throughout Renfrewshire are being encouraged to attend a special event designed to showcase the benefits of a modern apprenticeship.

Renfrewshire Council is organising the one-off information evening on Tuesday 21 May, from 6 to 7.30pm.

It will take place in the Youth Employability Hub at Assurance House, 17-19 Gauze Street, Paisley.

The event – taking place as part of Scottish Modern Apprentice Week – is targeted at pupils in S4-6, and young people aged between 16 and 19 who have left school but are not already in further education.

Young people who sign up for a modern apprenticeship receive on-the-job training from their employer, who supports them through a relevant vocational qualification.

Those attending on the night will get the chance to speak to representatives of around a dozen local companies with their own training programmes.

Also there will be representatives of the council’s own modern apprenticeship programme, which offers office-based and craft apprenticeships within a variety of areas.

The programme has just been launched for 2013 and opportunities in horticulture, bricklaying and painting and decorating are currently available on the MyJobScotland website.

The council’s MA scheme was recently honoured at a prestigious national awards ceremony, when it was named the joint-winner of the Apprentice Award category at the s1jobs recruitment awards.

There will also be a ‘meet the apprentice’ feature allowing visitors to speak to young people who have benefited from apprenticeships, and who can answer questions about their own experiences.

Staff from Skills Development Scotland – which funds modern apprenticeships in Scotland – will be there, while advisors from Renfrewshire Employability Partnership will be on hand to talk young people and their parents through their options.

Councillor Roy Glen, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Economy and Jobs Policy Board, said: “Modern apprenticeships are a great way for young people to learn practical job skills, while also picking up a vocational qualification.

“The council’s MA programme has proved very popular over the years and has now been recognised as among the best of its kind in the country.

“There will also be a number of other major local employers there on the night, all of whom have their own training programmes, which could open the door to a great career for those involved.

“This event will allow young people and their parents to get a feel for what might be out there for them, and I would encourage them to go along on the night.”

coats observatory

Ideal SaturN-Day Night viewing! See Saturn up close in this year’s space-themed celebration.

Paisley Museum and Coats Observatory will be throwing open their doors on Saturday 18 May for a one off evening event packed with out-of-this-world activities.

Running as part of the national Museums at Night festival; Paisley Museum’s very own ‘SaturN-Day Night’ event offers a programme of free, astronomical activities suitable for all the family.

Museums at Night is the annual, after-hours celebration of arts, culture and heritage when hundreds of museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage sites open their doors for special evening events.

Coats Observatory

From 7.30pm at Paisley Museum, visitors can catch a show in our brand new digital Planetarium, or settle down to hear a Space Story, read in the stunning, new-look Pillar Gallery. Plus there will be plenty of hands-on activities for creative kids and those interested in science and film; with a Van de Graff experiment, make your own zoetrope and cosmic crafts.

Then, at 10pm as the light fades, SaturN-Day Night moves into the Dome in Coats Observatory for a spot of Saturn viewing and stargazing through the telescopes. An undisputed jewel in the crown of our solar system, Saturn is a sight that once seen, is never forgotten!

Renfrewshire Arts & Museums’ Observatory Officer John Pressly explained what visitors can hope to see (weather permitting of course!) on May 18.

“In May, Saturn has just gone past opposition – when it is directly opposite the Sun – meaning it will be at its brightest in the sky. Around 10.30pm, when the sky darkens, the planet will be shining brightly in the south-east. Visitors will see Saturn up close, including its rings, composed of billions of pieces of rock, ice and dust that constantly orbit the planet and may even catch a glimpse of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, the only other place in the Solar System apart from Earth where liquid flows on the surface.” 

SaturN-Day Night will run from 7.30pm – Midnight. Please see below for the full list of activities and times.

Planetarium Shows 

7.45pm, 8.30pm & 9.15pm

Coats Observatory

Booking essential on 0141 618 5087. Max of 15 places per show. Suitable for ages 5+. Each show lasts 20 mins.

Experience our new state-of-the-art digital planetarium taking you on a journey through distant galaxies and star clusters, zooming in on constellations and objects too faint to be seen except through a powerful telescope, all without leaving the comfort of your chair.

Space Stories 

7.30pm and 8.30pm

Paisley Museum

Please book at front desk on the night. Max of 25 places per session.

Come along to our storytelling sessions and escape into the magical world of ‘The Little Prince’ by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – an enchanting children’s tale about a pilot stranded in the desert who meets a young prince fallen to Earth from a tiny asteroid. A fascinating story for children and adults alike.

Family Arts Activities 

7.30pm to 9.30pm

Paisley Museum

Drop-in activities including:

  • Fantastic Film – discover the science behind early film and create your own zoetrope and a short animation.
  • Van de Graff experiment – a mini science experiment with the Van De Graff generator and a microscope
  • Plus many more space-themed activities…


Saturn Viewing 

10pm to 12midnight

Coats Observatory (entry at this time will be via Oakshaw St)

The Dome will be open to allow visitors the chance to take in spectacular sightings though the telescope and to view mesmerising sights of Saturn at its best.*

Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

*Please note this activity is weather dependant.

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School meals pilot serves up a treat for pupils

Pupils in St Catherine’s Primary School in Paisley have given a pilot school meals service the thumbs-up.

The school catering service has been revised following feedback from pupils, head teachers and parent councils to provide a modernised approach to school meals, with the new service piloted in six schools in Renfrewshire

The service has moved away from a traditional meal to a ‘Grab & Go’ and ‘Dine in Day’ service.

The ‘Grab & Go’ menu, offered four days a week, gives pupils three choices of two-course meal options – two hot meals and a third cold option. One day a week, a ‘Dine in Day’ restaurant-style service is provided with pupils selecting their own menu choices. A morning break service and pre-order system ensures a speedy service for pupils, and once a month there are themed menus.

The dining halls have also been rebranded to offer a more modern, fresh environment for children to eat and socialise in.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said: “We are investing in the school catering service to deliver a modern service that meets the wishes of pupils and parents.

“Pupils also told us they wanted to be able to spend more time with their friends during breaks, so the ‘Grab & Go’ menu allows them to do this, with the service more efficient and faster than before.

“Pupils are also encouraged to ‘do your bit’ to recycle food packaging to contribute towards the schools eco committee and green flag status.”

Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of the Education Policy Board, said: “Catering and teaching staff are working well together to deliver the pilot approach at St Catherine’s Primary.

“There has been an increase in both paid and free meal pupils now opting to have a school meal proving that the pupils are enjoying the new style of service and menu choices.”

Teresa Brown, head teacher of St Catherine’s Primary, said: “Everyone has been enjoying this new approach to school meals. The ‘Grab & Go’ menu makes time available to pupils to have their lunch and then be able to play during the break. Pupils are also able to vote for the ‘Dine in Day’ option from an extensive list of options and have it served to them at the table. One pupil said that the ‘Dine in Day’ was ‘Just like a dinner party.’”

The pilot will be evaluated by pupils and parents before the summer holidays.  The feedback will be used to refine and extend the service throughout primary schools across Renfrewshire.

Be Silent or Be Killed

Be Silent or Be Killed. A terrifying true story brought to life on stage.

Moray based theatre company Right Lines Productions, in association with Eden Court, Inverness, will be visiting Paisley Arts Centre with their powerful new play on May 22. Be Silent or Be Killed, by Euan Martin and Dave Smith is based on the book of the same name by North-East businessman Roger Hunt and Kenny Kemp.

40 hours under siege in Mumbai hidden and alone. What would you do? Be Silent or Be Killed concerns the impact of international terrorism on the individual and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

be-silent-or-be-killedIn November 2008, Roger set off from his home in Macduff destined for Mumbai, to set up a new project for the Royal Bank of Scotland in India’s financial capital. However, little did Roger know that this routine business trip would turn into an extraordinary, life-changing experience.

Shortly after his arrival in Mumbai, Roger became caught up in a deadly terrorist attack which claimed the lives of many innocent people. For 40 hours, Roger lay hidden and alone in his hotel bedroom as terrorists moved from floor to floor seeking Western targets. Amazingly, he was able to communicate via his Blackberry phone with colleagues at RBS headquarters in Edinburgh, and it was this support, along with Roger’s calculated decision-making, personal resilience and determination to survive that lead to his eventual rescue. The fourth anniversary of his ordeal was in November 2012.

The highly talented Scottish cast are James Mackenzie (who plays Roger), Helen Mackay (Irene) and Euan Donald (Chris). The play is directed by highly acclaimed creative artist Ian Grieve.

Be Silent or Be Killed is a multi-media project, with both audio and visual aspects forming an integral part of the production from the outset; recreating an evening of dramatic theatre you can’t afford to miss.

Be Silent or Be Killed will be at Paisley Arts Centre on Wed 22 May, 7.30pm. Tickets to the show cost £10 (£6 conc) and can be booked by calling the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or going online to Be Silent or Be Killed is suitable for ages 14+ and contains some strong language, disturbing images and loud noises.

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Paisley Food Bank
Trussell Trust Foodbanks work in partnership with other agencies to help people in times of crisis. These agencies (listed below) issue the vouchers to those they deem to be in greatest need. This way the Trussell Trust can manage their supplies and ensure that those in genuine need are reached.

Trussell Trust Foodbanks are about dealing with the root cause of food crisis. Along with the professional agencies, they need to be sure that the client is engaging with all services which can tackle the individual root cause, whether it is benefit delay, debt, budget issues, homelessness etc.

food-bank-paisleyExternal agencies holding vouchers include

  • Social Work Dept
  • All housing and homeless services (council)
  • Housing Associations
  • Job Centre Plus
  • Advice Works
  • Addiction services
  • CPNs

If you are in food crisis you should speak to any one of these agencies who works with you. If you do not have access to such agencies and need food, you can contact Roslyn McVeigh (foodbank manager) directly on 0141 889 7999 and she can direct you to a suitable agency to obtain the voucher.

Food parcels cannot be given without a voucher.

Once you have a voucher we are open from 2:00-4:00 pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 31 Broomlands St Paisley PA1 2NG OR at Johnstone High Parish Halls, Quarry St Johnstone on Wednesday 10:00am-Mid-day

Anyone wishing to donate food can drop it off at the warehouse at Unit 12 Abercorn Ind Estate PA3 4AT. Its open for food donation on Monday and Friday 10:00 am -mid-day and again Thursday 6:00-7:00pm. For enquiries please contact: 0141 889 7999

paisley patter

Paisley Patter are looking for anyone willing to volunteer their time for the fabulous Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry Exhibition at Paisley’s Anchor Mill (The Atrium), Thread Street.

We need people who could cover the following shifts:

Wednesday (1st), Thursday (2nd) or Friday (3rd May), 5pm-8pm.  There will be one other volunteer with you so you are not alone.

Sunday 5th May, 1pm – help with dismantling the tapestry and loading it into Arran’s van – some lifting of boxes etc required, (I’m a girl and I managed to do it so no wimping out!)

It’s a fantastic way to get involved in your community and meet new people.

The tapestry is world-famous so having it here in Paisley is a great thing for our town.

Paisley Patter is a project which involves the stitching of the Paisley Panel of The Great Tapestry of Scotland, also the gathering of stories from anyone who has one to tell about Paisley in the 1930s. We meet 1-3pm Wednesdays and Saturdays and you would be made most welcome at any of our meetings. This week’s meetings are at Anchor Mill, Thread Street and after that we meet at the Thread Mill, Seedhill Road.

Contact for details on any of the above which interests you.

paisley abbey flower festival

Paisley Abbey 850 Flower and Fabric Festival

Abbey’s 850 anniversary Flower and Fabric Festival which is taking place in the Abbey from Thursday 9 May, – Saturday 11 May from 10am to 4pm each day. On display will be hangings made over the last 18 months by the Abbey Stitcher’s and these will be complimented by floral art displays. The Accord Hospice art exhibition will be on during that time, too, so there should be something for everyone.

9,10 and 11 May 2013Tickets £5 from the Abbey shop or at the door

Tea and Coffee available

Open from 10 am till 4pm

Find out more about Paisley Abbey here



the single kettle

Meet the new-look Singing Kettle cast for new show, Rumble in the Jungle.

Anya Scott-Rogers has recently been unveiled as the brand new cast member of the Singing Kettle, joining existing members Gary Coupland and Kevin Macleod just in time for the Singing Kettle’s next show-stopping adventure, deep into the jungle!

Stopping off at Paisley on their busy tour of Scotland, the Singing Kettle will bring their new show, ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ to the Town Hall stage on Sunday 12 May. With the new characters leading the way, young audiences will follow the jungle beat on a quest for magical coloured kettles and find clues for songs that will captivate and enthral mums & dads as well as the kids! Bozo the dog will also take to the stage, causing mischief and mayhem with all his monkeying around.

Be part of the action by coming along dressed as your favourite wild animal and join in the fun with Singing Kettle friends both old and new on this wonderful safari adventure.

The Singing Kettle, Rumble in the Jungle show will take place at Paisley Town Hall on 12 May at 1pm and again at 3.30pm. Ticket prices vary, please call the Box Office for more information and to book, or visit

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