Jack and the beanstalk

Tickets for Historical Adventures Youth Theatre’s ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ are now on sale. They will be performing this fun filled pantomime at St. Aidan’s Church Hall, Tower Road, Johnstone. The dates and times are: Friday 2nd of December 7.30 p.m., Saturday 3rd of December 2.00 p.m. matinee and 7.30 p.m. Ticket prices are: Adult £4, child £2 and family £10. (Family Tickets cover 2 adults and 3 kids). To book your tickets please call the box office on 07842 709 598 or email me at david.ororke@historical-adventures.co.uk. Hope to see you all there!

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Thirty girls take part in area’s first ‘opt in’ rugby academy

Thirty Renfrewshire girls rolled up their sleeves earlier this week to take part in the area’s first ‘opt in’ rugby academy and give the sport a try.

Youngsters from primary 6 through to sixth year were given expert coaching from the council’s rugby development officer, Lindsey Smith, who also plays for the Scottish women’s team.

They also heard first hand how enjoyable rugby is from two local teenagers who only took up the sport this time last year – and now make the national under-20s team.

Amanda Moore (from Paisley) and Lauren Hagan (from Bridge of Weir), both 17, were coached in the sport for the first time last year at a rugby development day and now play for the Scottish women’s under-20s team.

Lindsey said: “Rugby is a fantastic sport. It helps youngsters develop key skills such as decision making and working as part of a team while encouraging them to be active and gain fitness and strength.

“As a female rugby player and coach, I think it’s really important that girls realise that rugby is very much a sport they can take part in and enjoy. The academy was fantastic and I was delighted that Amanda and Lauren came along and show the younger girls just how fun rugby is.”

While girls’ rugby sessions have taken place in Renfrewshire as part of school PE – this is the first time an ‘opt-in’ academy has taken place. It includes learning the laws of the game, learning to run and avoid tacklers and tackle techniques.

The academy will continue into the New Year on Wednesday afternoons at Castlehead High. Anyone interested in taking part should call 0141 842 3000.

Councillor Susan McDonald, Renfrewshire Council’s Sports Champion, said: “The girls’ rugby academy is a wonderful idea. There’s an ideal sport out there for everyone, and I’d urge Renfrewshire girls to give rugby a try. Who knows? You could enjoy the sport as much as Amanda and Lauren and get to be part of the national team one day.”

Courtesy of Renfrewshire Council.

Meso Derek Mackay

A Renfrewshire company that sparked interest from Hollywood star Tom Hanks over its latest hi-tech project has welcomed a rising star at Holyrood.

Derek Mackay, MSP for Renfrewshire North & West, visited award winning product design company Meso Design at their Renfrewshire HQ.
The fast growing company was formed in 2008 by three design engineering graduates – Danny Kane, Gregor Aikman and Craig Lynn – and now employs 12 staff at its base in Inchinnan.

Since its launch, Meso has worked on more than 40 projects for clients across a range of sectors, including food and drink, medicine and consumer products.

Its latest collaborations include Popa, which transforms the iPhone into an instant camera, and MoviePeg, an easy to fit stand that allows users to watch movies on any smartphone and tablet device. Both products were developed by Manchester based Beep Industries with design support from Meso.

Another product, a portable camera dolly for film makers, designed on behalf of Paisley based Glidetrack, is due for release in the next month.
Meso’s growing client list of high profile clients includes SECC, Glasgow School of Art, Whyte and Mackay, Famous Grouse, Thales and Courvoisier.
And from next year, Meso intends to design, manufacture and market its own range of products, and expand into new premises in Renfrewshire.
Meso director Danny Kane said: “We were delighted to welcome Derek Mackay to meet the team at Meso. We’re a relatively small company, proud of our association with Renfrewshire, and ambitious for the future. We’d like to think that, in our own small way, we’re helping to establish Renfrewshire as a centre of excellence for product design and manufacture.

Derek Mackay MSP said: “I am thoroughly impressed by the work that Meso are doing, and from what I have seen during my visit, it is not surprising that there has been strong demand for their services and products.

“Renfrewshire is increasingly becoming a fantastic place for business growth and success, attracting business from both the local area and from further afield.

“This is a thriving local company, I’m pleased to see them expanding into new premises to support their growing business and I wish them all the best with their future success.” Read more

Jack and the Beanstalk is running from Saturday 26th November to Saturday 3rd December in Johnstone Town Hall.
Tickets £9/£8 with a special ticket price on Monday evening and Thursday matinee – just £5!

Ticket Prices:

£9.00 – Adults
£8.00 – Concessions

Evening performances start at 7.30pm and matinees on both Saturdays start at 2pm.

Date-26th November to 3rd December,
Time-2pm and 7:30pm,
Venue- Johnstone Town Hall.

Advance bookings can be made through club members or by calling the box office on 07748 827 727

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Kwang Tung Chinese Restaurant:

Our restaurant has a history dating back to the sixties, making it one of the first Chinese establishments in Paisley.

A short time afterwards extensive refurbishment was undertaken to allow seperate takeaway facilities and renewal of furnishings.

The original restaurant was called “China” later renamed “Kwang Tung” in 1982.  The current proprietors took over management of the establishment four years later.

Since that time this family owned and run establishment has grown in reputation and popularity for its Authentic Chinese Cuisine, Varied European Dishes and large selection of quality wines, beers and spirits. Read more

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The Elderslie Kirk Players present three one-act comedy plays.
Performances on Friday 18th November and Saturday 19th November.
The line up is as follows:

  • When the Applause Stops, by Eric Fowler
  • The Mixer, by Glyn Blakeborough
  • A Nice Cup Of Tea, by Jos Biggs

Doors open at 7:00pm and the event kicks off at 7:30pm.
Adults: £5.00
Children: £3.00
Senior Citizens: £3.00

Tickets can be bought at the door. (Subject to availability)
Venue Details:
Elderslie Kirk Church Hall
Main Road

For more information visit http://ekp-drama.mysite.orange.co.uk
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Renfrewshire council tenants and owner occupiers are being invited to give their views on ways to improve housing in the Blackstoun Oval and the Tannahill area of Ferguslie Park.
The council’s housing team will be out in the area with their mobile office to speak to residents from the area about their views on how to attract more people into housing in the area.
The officers are also keen to speak to people living elsewhere who would consider moving in to the area.

The mobile office will be visiting the area on:

  • Tuesday 22 November, 10am – 12.30pm, at Blackstoun Oval
  • Tuesday 22 November, 1.30pm – 4pm, at Tannahill Road
  • Thursday 24 November, 10am – 12.30pm, Blackstoun Oval
  • Thursday 24 November, Thursday 24 November, 1.30pm – 4pm, at Tannahill Road.

Councillor Kenny MacLaren, Renfrewshire Council’s Housing Spokesperson, said:

“This is an opportunity for tenants to and residents to share their ideas and views. We want to hear from local people so that we can take on board all of the issues affecting housing in the area.

“The Council is currently working on the biggest ever investment programme to improve Council housing across Renfrewshire. As part of this £138m investment programme, new kitchens, bathrooms and heating systems are being installed and external improvements are being carried out. Tenants in Ferguslie Park will benefit from these improvements and the Council is speaking to tenants about housing issues in the area generally before the planned work starts.”

To find out more information about Delivering Housing Improvements go to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/housingimprovements

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A postcard designed by a Renfrewshire schoolgirl will be used by a major car dealership to contact their customers.

Lucy Wight, of Ralston Primary, was chosen from hundreds of entries from across Renfrewshire after primary five pupils were set a design challenge by Infiniti Car Dealership, at Braehead.

The competition came about after Renfrewshire’s schools became members of the Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, of which Infiniti are also a member, earlier this year.

Infiniti centre manager Jason Blane set the challenge of asking local school pupils to design Infiniti a new customer postcard.

Another Chamber of Commerce member, Fission Creative, based in Paisley, also came on board by running a training session for staff to learn about the process of approaching a design for a business client. The staff were then able to use what they’d learned to support the pupils taking part.

A total of 244 primary five pupils entered the competition and all of their designs will all go on display on the front window of the showroom for two weeks.

Six finalists were selected and invited to an awards ceremony hosted by Infiniti at their showroom.

The finalists were:

  • Lucy Wight, Ralston Primary
  • Billy Todd, Bargarran Primary
  • Rebecca Dolan, Ralston Primary
  • Ruairidh Sutherland, Bishopton Primary
  • Laura Nicole Eadie, Ralston Primary
  • Ellie Little, St Fillan’s Primary

Each of their finalists and their families were driven to and from the event in cars sent out by Infiniti.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Brian Lawson, who was there on the night to help present the prizes, said: “This is a great example of how local schoolchildren are learning about the business world through their partnership with the Chamber of Commerce. The task they were set was to design a postcard that will be used by a major car dealership to contact their customers. They were given a real brief just as if they were a company commissioned by a client and they all took it seriously and approached it in a professional manner. I’d like to congratulate Lucy and all the finalists, as well as all those who took part.”

On the night Lucy was announced as the overall winner whose design will be on the postcard. She was also presented with a framed version on her design.

Bob Davidson from Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce and Morag Malloy of Fission Creative were also there to meet all the finalists.

Jason Blane, Infiniti Centre Manager, said: “I wanted the postcard to have a real feeling and to have a picture of the centre on it so that people could visualise what we looked like. We are always looking to do things in the local market and thought that it would be great to involve the children in this project. I have to say the standard was incredibly high and so creative, we had a real task in choosing the six winners but with the help of Wilma, Morag and the staff at the centre we eventually did it. The prize giving was such a good night and it was fabulous to see all of the children and their families, they were all so excited, well done to everyone who took part.”

Renfrewshire’s schools became members of the Chamber of Commerce in March in order to build up contacts with local employers who may be able to contribute to the curriculum and support enterprise initiatives.

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We are always looking to increase our partnership within organisations in the Paisley area, we find it essential for the growth of not only our social enterprise but the business and organisations awe are associated with, everyone gains from a partnership with ourselves. We will be running various courses soon and our partners get a discount.

What does a partner with us mean? Well it means we should essentially be in contact and share a common goal, we should help each other out with experience or pass on the details of someone who could help further.

How do you become a partner? Simple contact us brian@paisley.org.uk and in your title just put partner. And tell us a wee bit more about yourself and organisation.

How much does it cost to be a partner? Well it’s free, yes it really is, if you wish to make a donation then that’s fine by us but primarily we want to talk to as many people as possible and take it from there, we are centrally based in the town and ideal for meeting up with other groups informally or formally. Just give us a shout.Paisley

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Council signs green pledge to promote sustainable timber

Renfrewshire Council has signed up to a new scheme committing the local authority to buy sustainable timber.

The scheme, operated by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), discourages the illegal harvesting of timber products and the destruction of large parts of forest with no replanting taking place.

The council has pledged to support events that spread the message about sustainable timber and to train its own purchasing managers in responsible buying of timber products.

Figures from the WWF show that 1.5 million cubic metres of timber imported into the UK each year comes from illegal sources. New EU regulations to be introduced in 2013 will require anyone introducing a forest product into the UK to show where it’s come from and prove that it isn’t illegal.

Cllr Allan Noon, Renfrewshire Council’s finance spokesperson, said: “Last year, the council spent £95,000 on timber products for various services. And the public sector as a whole is responsible for 20% of all the timber purchased in the UK.

“As significant buyers of these products, we want to do what we can to influence and encourage responsible purchasing.

“We’ve all got a part to play in protecting our environment and a greener Renfrewshire is a major commitment of ours.”

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