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Historical Adventures Youth Theatre

Over the October holidays, Historical Adventures Youth Theatre will be helping children to write, rehearse and perform 2 spooky, original and exciting plays.
At the end of the Day you will have the chance to watch the amazing show that the children have put together.
The workshops will run from 10.00 a.m. until 4.00p.m. and will cost £12.
Suitable for ages 7-14 years
To book a place on Spooky October Theatre 2012 please e-mail us at david.ororke@historical-adventures.co.uk or phone/text us on 07812437559. Please book early to avoid disappointment. All staff are enhanced disclosure checked (P.V.G. checked also). Please remember to bring a packed lunch and a snack!

1ST PLAY. VAMPIRE AND ZOMBIE CAMP
TUESDAY 16TH OF OCTOBER 10.00A.M -4.00P.M. £12
A winter get away goes awry as a camping resort turns out to be a place for Vampires who want to turn vegetarian, but not all are as keen as others… In addition, the rival camp next door, “Camp Zombie” they are up to their own ghoulish tricks and pranks. How will our heroes cope with being stuck between fangs and zombies?

2ND PLAY. CHILDREN OF HALLOWEEN
THURSDAY 18TH OF OCTOBER 10.00A.M -4.00P.M. £12
Ghouls, Goblins, Vampires, Werewolves, Witches and Warlocks are all simply terrified of the scariest thing of all… children!
How will they deal with Halloween night when their most dreadful nightmares all come true? Will they be able to work together to deal with their common fear? Or will they be helpless against sugar-crazed school children in costumes? Only time will tell…

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Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce ROCCO 2012 Shortlist

The 9th ROCCOs – the annual business awards of Renfrewshire Chamber – are the largest business event in Renfrewshire and one of the top corporate events in Scotland. Held this year on Friday 16th November at The Cosmopolitan Normandy Hotel, the ROCCOs are a great way to celebrate and gain recognition for your business success.

renfrewshire-chamber-commerce2012 seen Renfrewshire Chamber receive its highest ever number of entries. Commenting on the shortlist Chief Exec’ Bob Davidson said “thank you to all that entered and congratulations to all the shortlisted companies. The sheer number and quality of entries shows that Renfrewshire is a thriving business community with great companies old & new – all with outstanding potential. We are looking forward to the ROCCO Awards, as the Chamber to will be celebrating following another year of growth and commercial success. Plus having recently been awarded Investors in People Silver, successfully passed our 3 year export documentation audit and finally finding out this week that we have been shortlisted for the 2nd year running in the prestigious British Chambers of Commerce “Chamber of the Year 2012”. Thank you to all our members for their continued support”.

The shortlist for each category is:

ROCCO Award for Employer of the Year – sponsored by Rolls Royce
– Phoenix Car Company
– Spectrum Service Solutions
– The Malcolm Group

ROCCO Award for Invest in Renfrewshire- sponsored by Renfrewshire Council
– Cosmopolitan Hotels Group
– Fission Creative
– Scottish Leather Group

ROCCO Award for Third Sector Recognition- sponsored by Engage Renfrewshire & The Royal Bank of Scotland
– Accord Hospice
– Renfrewshire Association for Mental Health
– The Star Project

ROCCO Award for Most Promising New Business – sponsored by Renfrewshire Council
– Fresh Cleaning
– Meso
– SIP PMC Ltd

ROCCO Award for Excellence in Manufacturing – sponsored by the Scottish Leather Group
– Caledonian Industries
– Life Technologies
– Rolls-Royce plc

ROCCO Award for International Trade – sponsored by Glasgow Airport
– Caledonian Industries
– Chivas Brothers
– Scottish Leather Group

ROCCO Award for Family Business of the Year – sponsored by The Malcolm Group
– Gillies Gas Services
– Phoenix Car Company
– Spectrum Service Solutions

ROCCO Award for Young Business Person of the Year – sponsored by Reid Kerr College
– Anna Devitt – Direct Devitt
– Mark McShane – Training Developments Scotland
– Nick Cohen – PCR Business

ROCCO Award for Excellence in Customer Service – sponsored by Braehead
– Enchanted Forest Nurseries
– Glasgow Airport
– NS Design

ROCCO Award for Journey to Zero Waste – sponsored by The William Tracey Group
– Consult Lift Services
– Scottish Leather Group
– Spectrum Service Solutions

ROCCO Award for Innovation & Technology – sponsored by Hillington Park Innovation Centre
– Caledonian Industries
– IRW Systems Ltd
– Meso

ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business >25 employees – sponsored by Phoenix Car
– Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport
– Scottish Leather Group
– The Malcolm Group

ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business <25 employees – sponsorship tbc
– ChemTech
– Fresh Cleaning
– Sarkar Defence Solutions Ltd

ROCCO Award for Business Leader of the Year – sponsored by Diageo – nominees and winner announced on the night

Fred MacAulay returns as ROCCO host and the Chamber encourages companies to book a table / seats as early as possible as the event will sell out. For more info please visit www.roccoawards.com

RoSPA award

Glasgow Airport has been recognised for its focus on health, safety and accident prevention at a national awards ceremony.

The airport received a Gold award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) at the Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2012, which took place at Glasgow’s Hilton Hotel.

The award reflects the airport’s comprehensive approach to health, safety and accident prevention, health improvement activity and the progress that has been made in recent years towards implementing a ‘safety first’ culture at all levels of the organisation.

In order to be eligible for the award, Glasgow Airport had to provide a comprehensive overview of the measures now in place to ensure a safe workplace. These include the Behavioural Based Safety Group, Managing Responsibly programme, Safety Bingo, Senior Manager Safety Tours and Healthy Working Lives initiatives.

RoSPA awardKenny Brown, Glasgow Airport’s health and safety assurance manager, said: “It is very satisfying to receive recognition from an organisation like RoSPA. This award proves that we are on the right track in terms of our focus on health, safety and accident prevention, and it also demonstrates the maturity of the various systems we have in place to go beyond merely complying with regulations.“

David Rawlins, awards manager at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), added: “The RoSPA Awards programme provides well-deserved recognition for the winners and spurs on other organisations to raise their standards of accident and ill health prevention.

“We congratulate Glasgow Airport on its success and encourage it, and all our other winners, to remain committed to safety and health, an approach that is well recognised to be good for workers and the bottom line.”

The RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards scheme is the largest and longest-running programme of its kind in the UK, dating back to 1956. It recognises commitment to accident and ill health prevention and is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas.

Visit the Glasgow Airport website www.glasgowairport.com or follow them on Twitter @GLA_Airport

Tony Lawler

Everyone at www.paisley.org.uk would like to say a hearty ‘Congratulations’ to Tony Lawler who today discovered that he has been granted the honour of Freeman of Renfrewshire.

The Freedom of Renfrewshire has only been granted twice to our knowledge in the last few years, the most recent being The Argyle and Southern Highlanders also renowned

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Sculptor Sandy Stoddart and prior to that it had not been awarded for 50 years.

Renfrewshire Council made Tony a Freeman of Renfrewshire in recognition of him carrying the Charleston Drum and leading the parade on Sma’ Shot Day for 20 years.

Those who know Tony will acknowledge that he is mightily proud of being given this position and he continually promotes the town of Paisley to the wider public.

(Pictured right is Tony Lawler, The Charleston Drummer with Renfrewshire Provost Anne Hall)

For more on Sma Shot Day 2012 click here

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Paisley Events Paisley’s River Exhibition

Legacy of the White Cart Water to be brought to life in new exhibition

Paisley’s River, an exhibition which examines the role the White Cart Water has played in the town’s development over the centuries will be displayed at Paisley Museum from 19 September 2012 – 20 January 2013.

 

‘Paisley’s River: The White Cart Water’ will take visitors on a journey downstream as we follow it from its source on Eaglesham Moor, through Glasgow and its suburbs until it crosses into Paisley at Hawkhead. Visitors will see exactly how the White Cart has shaped the town: from how industry once used the river as a source of power and trade to the wildlife that calls the White Cart Water home. Paisley’s shipbuilding industry, which once rivalled that of the Clyde yards, will also feature, as does the influence of the Cart on artists, highlighted by a number of paintings from the Paisley museum collection.

 

On display, the museum will showcase models of some of the ships that Cart-based companies such as Fleming & Ferguson would have built, as well as natural history specimens, commemorative items from river-related improvement programmes and a hugely detailed map of the town which features the river. The map has been kindly donated by Strathclyde police and likely dates from 1950’s, however its actual purpose in the force remains a mystery!

 

To bring the White Cart Water’s story to life, there is also a walk that visitors can follow along the banks of the river through Paisley. The walk begins at the Watermill Hotel and ends at Paisley Museum, taking in many of the historical places featured in the exhibition, including the Watermill, Abbey, Town Hall and the site of Paisley’s earliest harbour. The route of the walk will be printed on the back of the exhibition leaflet, which visitors can collect from Paisley Museum free of charge.

You can download the PDF Brochure by clicking here 

Renfrewshire Council

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RSNO surprise Glasgow Airport passengers with live orchestral performance

Scotland’s national orchestra gave a rousing performance at Glasgow Airport as thousands of passengers took to the skies for the September holiday weekend.

Led by Scottish conductor Douglas Boyd, 70 RSNO musicians gave two performances in the departures lounge featuring Felix Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

Last year the Orchestra surprised travellers and airport staff in the check-in area with an impromptu rendition of Ravel’s Boléro, an online video of which has been viewed around the world.

The RSNO performance is the culmination of Glasgow Airport’s six week Best of Scotland campaign which has celebrated the best of Scottish food, drink, culture and entertainment.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “We are always looking for ways to entertain our passengers but it doesn’t get more exciting than having Scotland’s national orchestra perform live in the terminal.

“Joining forces with the RSNO for this unique event is a fantastic way to round off our Best of Scotland campaign which proved hugely successful. In addition to highlighting what is great about Scotland, the various events over the last six weeks have created a real buzz in the airport.

“The campaign also provided an opportunity to highlight the fact that we have invested millions of pounds in new retail and catering facilities for our customers over the past 18 months.”

RSNO chief executive Michael Elliott said: “In recent years the RSNO has developed a reputation for taking live orchestral music out of the concert venue and into public spaces. It never fails to surprise me how much of an impact our music can have, especially when performed in unexpected surroundings.

“It’s extremely gratifying to see people new to live orchestral music enjoy the experience with so much enthusiasm. Our thanks go to Glasgow Airport for allowing us to present these performances.”

More than one million passengers passed through the airport during the Best of Scotland campaign, which has showcased some of the country’s most iconic brands and successful exports including Irn Bru, Tunnocks, Mackie’s ice cream and Harris Tweed.

The RSNO performance is one of a series of musical, theatrical and comedic events which have helped to create a carnival atmosphere in the terminal during one of the busiest periods of the year.

For more information please visit the Glasgow Airport website. www.glasgowairport.com

For more information on the Royal Scottish national Orchestra please visit their website . www.rsno.org.uk

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Paisley Photographs Tunisian Market

The Tunisian Market on Paisley’s High Street is a carpet of colour as seen in these Paisley Photographs taken by Tracey Clements of www.paisley.org.uk

101 Arabian delights on offer at Tunisian Market

Don’t worry if you can’t get away this September weekend, because you can get a taste of Tunisia right here in Renfrewshire.

Experience exotic tastes, stunning traditional clothing and fabulous crafts when the popular Tunisian market returns to Paisley town centre.

There will be plenty of food available including paella, Tunisian BBQ and pancakes as well as dried fruit, nuts, olives and sweets.

There will also be Tunisian leather-ware handbags, ceramics, wall-tiles, tajines, lamps, pots, wood carved ornaments, jewellery, art, music, and traditional Tunisian clothes and slippers.

The Tunisian market is brought to Paisley by Renfrewshire Council.

Renfrewshire Council Leader, Mark Macmillan said: “The Tunisian Market has been a popular addition to the town’s calendar of events over the past couple of years, as well as the regular farmers markets. It offers shoppers a chance to try something a bit different and always adds a great buzz to the town.”

The market will be on Paisley’s High Street between 9.30am and 5.30pm, Saturday 22 – Sunday 30 September.

For regular updates on local news and events follow @RenCouncilNews on Twitter or the council’s Renfrewshire page on Facebook.

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Paisley Competition Who’s Who

We have a fantastic chance for someone to win a Pair of tickets the LNP Promotions ‘Who’s Who’ Gig on the 17th November in The Union on Storie Street, Paisley.

WHOS WHO

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is answer this question.

Who was the lead singer for the band The Who?

  1. Pete Townshend
  2. John Entwistle
  3. Roger Daltrey
To enter simply send an email with your answer
  • i.e 1. Pete Townshead
  • The Draw will take place on Friday the 28th of September picking one name at random
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Paisley pub has licence revoked

A Paisley town centre pub which had an alleged attempted murder take place outside its doors has had its licence revoked by Renfrewshire Licensing Board.

Councillors voted to impose the penalty on the Turf Tavern, Orchard Street, Paisley, after considering an application from police.

The pub is the first premises in the area to have its licence revoked for a breach of licensing objectives since the introduction of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005.

turf tavernA report from Chief Superintendent Alan Speirs detailed a series of incidents involving violence or anti-social behaviour at the pub over the past 18 months.

One of these related to a man being found seriously injured outside the premises on Saturday 30 June this year. Four men have been charged with attempted murder in relation to this incident.

The board also heard the pub previously had its licence suspended for four weeks in June 2011

In his report to councillors, Chief Superintendent Speirs said: “It seems that management and staff have learned nothing from their suspension a year ago.

“The serious nature of the above incidents shows once again a complete lack of control of the patrons by staff and the lack of responsible management in relation to levels of violence, drunkenness and anti-social behaviour.”

Councillor Alexander Murrin, Convener of Renfrewshire Licensing Board, said: “The council has a legal responsibility to promote various licensing objectives, including the prevention of crime and disorder, and securing public safety.

“While the vast majority of the 400-plus licensed premises in Renfrewshire operate responsibly, we will take decisive action against those who do not.

“This pub had already been subject to a suspension but continued to be at the centre of incidents involving anti-social behaviour, which is why the board opted to withdraw the pub’s licence to operate.”

Other incidents detailed in the police report included the following:

– 7 July 2012: Police on a routine visit to the pub were accosted by a customer who repeatedly swore at them, and was arrested for a breach of the peace, leading officers to warn staff that the man should not have been served any more alcohol;

– 29 September 2011: A customer was left locked inside the pub after it closed, and was heard banging on the door by a member of the public. It took almost two hours before a keyholder turned up to release the man, who couldn’t call for help as he had no mobile phone and there was no landline in the pub.

The licence-holders have a 21-day period in which they can appeal the decision.

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Glasgow Airport puts Renfrewshire children on road to recovery

A charity which helps young victims of domestic, physical or sexual abuse has received a cash injection from Glasgow Airport.

CHILDREN 1st has been awarded £4,621 to support its Paisley-based Renfrewshire Recovery from Abuse and Trauma service, which supports children aged from 5 to 18 who have been affected by either domestic, physical or sexual abuse.

The service is funded jointly by Renfrewshire Council and CHILDREN 1st. However the donation from the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund will “enhance the service significantly” according to the charity.

It plans to invest in materials for a gardening project which will provide the children with an outdoor space to relax and play, as well as a range of materials for art and play therapy.

A total of £1,300 will also go towards travelling expenses to ensure that children from all over Renfrewshire continue to benefit from the service, and that distance from Paisley does not prevent children from attending.

The number of support sessions required by each child is based on their individual needs, with some having only a few appointments while others can receive support over a period of several months. On average, the service provides support for 50 children every year.

Service manager Fiona McBride said: “We believe that childhood abuse should not be allowed to cloud the rest of a child’s life. Children who have been betrayed need to learn to trust again and many of those we work with don’t always feel they can tell us what is wrong straight away.

“Our staff offer children a safe environment in which they can learn to build trusting relationships through a range of therapeutic activities including counselling, art, play, role play and storytelling. It helps them to understand, express and cope with fear and anger, make sense of their experiences and build self-awareness and self-esteem.”

Campbell Mackinnon, Glasgow Airport’s operations director, said: “This is a fantastic project which provides real and tangible long-term benefits for some of the most vulnerable children in our community. It is exactly the type of project we look to support through our FlightPath Fund.

“Children who have been the victims of abuse often find it difficult to open up, interact with others and find their calling in life. Renfrewshire Recovery from Abuse and Trauma provides a safe and stimulating environment in which they can make sense of their world.”

Councillor Mark Macmillan, Leader of Renfrewshire Council, added: “CHILDREN 1st does outstanding work to help children who need our support. Renfrewshire Council has recognised the importance of the charity’s work and it’s very encouraging that Glasgow Airport’s well-established community programme is also contributing significant funding to help young people across Renfrewshire benefit from this vital service.”

CHILDREN 1st is the working name of the Royal Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children (RSSPCC), which was founded in 1884.

For more than 125 years, it has worked to safeguard children and young people, support them within their families and help them recover from abuse, neglect and violence.

The organisation speaks out for childrens’ rights and campaigns to change attitudes towards children. It currently has more than 300 employees and more than 1,000 volunteers working in Scotland. For more information go to www.children1st.org.uk 

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

For more information please visit Glasgow Airports website.