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The Scottish Cycling Championships in Paisley were excellent, the action on the circuit was intense and an excellent days competition took place. We have lots more photos online at www.facebook.com/paisleyscotland or click here for our photos from todays Paisley Event which was another cracker to the towns event calendar. Read more

The Annual Wallace Day parade which starts from Ludovic Square in Johnstone right up to the William Wallace memorial in Elderslie is always an excellent event in the Renfrewshire Calendar.

Here is a video of the parade which took place on Saturday the 20th of August 2011. Read more

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Provost predicts huge charity boost with psychic night

Renfrewshire’s Provost is predicting a huge boost for two local charities by bringing back a popular psychic night.

Provost Celia Lawson is inviting local residents to support her chosen charities for 2011, St Vincent’s Hospice and Accord Hospice, at the event on Monday 29 August by coming along to the event.

 

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Scottish Cycling championships head to Paisley town centre

 

Top cyclists from across the country will head to Paisley to compete in a national competition against the backdrop of the historic town centre.

The Scottish Cycling Circuit Race 2011 will head back to Renfrewshire for the third year in a row but will this year move from Erskine waterfront to Paisley town centre.

Cyclists, ranging from under 8s to the fastest adult riders in the country will compete in their respective categories on this fast and technical course.

The popular event will take place on Sunday 21 August . As well as the races there will be a host of entertainment and activities on offer for spectators including The Clan cycle stunt team showing off their skills.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment and Infrastructure Policy Board, said: “This will be the third time the Circuit Race Championship will be held in Renfrewshire and due to its growing popularity we’ve decided to move it right into the heart of the town centre. This will give riders a new challenging course and make it great backdrop for all the excitement and fun on the day. This is a major cycling event and it is also a great family so I hope to see lots of people heading into the town to cheers on the competitors.”

The event will incorporate the 2011 Scottish Circuit Race Championships, the Youth Road Race Championships and the West of Scotland Circuit Championships.

Starting on Gauze Street at Paisley’s Town Hall the circuit turns left at Paisley Cross, down St Mirren Brae, left onto Orchard Street, left again onto Bridge Street over the White Cart River, past the Council HQ Building on the right, the historic Paisley Abbey on the left, before sweeping round the final bend and the finishing straight up to Paisley Cross.

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School kids give underpass a makeover

Local school pupils have teamed up with a professional artist to give unwelcoming underpasses in their village a makeover.

Primary seven pupils from both Houston Primary and St Fillan’s Primary in Houston worked with artist Meredith Crone to design and paint the murals.

The project came about through the school travel planning process, lead by Renfrewshire Council’s Planning and Transport Service, which highlighted that the underpasses were considered undesirable places to walk through. Pupils suggested painting them with bright murals to freshen them up.

Meredith visited the schools on several occasions to deliver workshops and gather ideas from the pupils. He then drew up a plan for how the murals would look using the pupils’ artwork and mapped out the murals so that the pupils could bring them to life.

The children chose to paint a seascape on one wall and an enchanted forest on the other.

Councillor Marie McGurk, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment and Infrastructure Policy Board, said: “The aim of school travel plans is to identify ways to encourage greener and safer ways to travel to and from school. This project is a great example of how pupils contribute to their school’s travel plan by identifying potential issues that might put people off walking to school and suggesting ways to address this. The children were really involved from start to finish and had a great time working together as well as with Meredith. The young people who were so heavily involved in the project hope that the local community will appreciate their efforts to brighten up these underpasses and will enjoy the murals for years to come.”

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Residents urged to have their say at conference events

Renfrewshire residents are being urged to express their views on local issues at a series of community planning conferences being held this autumn.

Renfrewshire Community Planning Partnership will host their tenth annual community planning conferences this September.

The theme of this year’s events is “Our Renfrewshire, Our Future” and is designed to bring public sector agencies and members of the public together in a discussion about how to improve the quality of life in the area.

Participants can choose from discussions on topics such as tackling crime and offending, improving health, improving Renfrewshire’s economy or simply ‘your local area’.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Brian Lawson, who chairs the Renfrewshire Community Planning Partnership, said: “Anyone who is interested in how public agencies, community and voluntary groups and the wider public can work together for a better Renfrewshire should definitely think about attending.

“We’ll explain what the council and our partners are doing to tackle the challenges of budget cuts, economic downturn and a changing society, and what our key priorities are in building a better Renfrewshire.

“But we also want your views on how we can improve our services, how we can work together better and how we can reach out to our communities more effectively.

“With question and answer sessions, open discussions and drop-in surveys, everyone should have the opportunity to put their point across.”

Daytime and evening conferences have been arranged. Conferences will take place on the following dates:
* Monday 12 September – Glynhill Hotel, Renfrew
* Wednesday 14 September – Johnstone Town Hall
* Tuesday 20 September – Paisley Town Hall
Bookings are being taken now on a first-come, first –served basis.

Places can be booked online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/communityplanning or by calling Renfrewshire Council on 0141 840 3349.

The school holidays are almost upon us and we all know what that means for the kids….boredom! But hopefully the Academy’s 5 day summer camp will help burn up some of their energy.

The camp will run Mon-Fri and will incorporate all age groups. I will run a morning session for the younger keepers and an afternoon session for the older ones. Last year’s camp was made that little bit special when St Mirren Goalie Paul Gallacher, Killie keeper Alan Combe, Buddies legend Campbell Money and St Johnstone hit men Jody Morris and Chris Miller popped in and spent the afternoon signing autographs and answering questions from the participants.

Hopefully I can persuade other S.P.L stars to pop in this year for a wee game of beat the goalie with the boys! Drinks will be provided for all participants. Allocation of places is on a first come first serve basis. Places can be booked in advance. Please note that discounts apply for group bookings i.e, siblings/boys clubs etc. Details as follows:
Dates: Mon 25th – Fri 29th July
Session times: 10am—1pm
(age group 8-12),
1.30pm—4.30pm
(age group 13-16)

Cost: £60 for the week

Venue: Harmony Row, Field Turf Pitches,
Braehead

http://www.hillcoatgoalkeeping.co.uk/

Look out on www.paisley.org.uk Paisley on the Web for an exclusive competition… Information will be posted on Facebook, Twitter and The website.

From Russia with love the world’s most famous circus
brings it’s best kept ‘SEKRET’ to you as Moscow State Circus visits SCOTLAND!

The Moscow State Circus brings its latest and most spectacular show to date to the UK with this sensational extravaganza BABUSHKIN SEKRET.

BABUSHKIN SEKRET.
Inspired by the legend of ‘THE 12 CHAIRS’, the new show takes us on an incredible journey in the company of – without a doubt – the greatest circus performers on earth.

A mammoth cast of Russia’s greatest and most talented circus artistes, many of which have never performed in Britain, transform the most famous circus in the world, combining contemporary and classical circus in way never before witnessed.

The newly devised show includes the beautiful queen of Russian circus, Yana Alievia on a revolving aerial chandelier; the breathtaking Stalkions (three men and two girls walk, back flip and perform unbelievable pyramids 30 feet in the air on the legendary high wire); the Whirlwind Rubsovsm troupe who acrobatically catapult themselves across and high into the big top at breakneck speed; the juggling Sherbakovs on the reverse pyramid of St Petersburg; the Doktrovs, flying and spiraling in the apex of the auditorium with grace, beauty and elegance; the unbelievable vertical pole balancing of The Alikanov and the high flying bouncing bamboo bravados of The Perushkins.

If all this isn’t enough to keep you on the edge of your seats, then the hilarious clowns, Valik & Valerik will have you falling off them with laughter.

Add to this the sensational production that is housed in a specially designed chapiteau big top and is uniquely domed to accommodate the complex rigging for the aerial acts, it is supported by only four ‘king’ poles so as not to obscure the audience’s view.

BABUSHKIN SEKRET
The story behind the spectacle.

Inspired by the legend of the ‘12 Chairs’.
In Soviet Russia in 1927, a former member of nobility works as a desk clerk until his grandmother reveals on her deathbed that her family jewelry had been hidden from the Bolsheviks in one of the 12 chairs from the family’s dining room set.

Those chairs, along with all other personal property, had been expropriated by the government after the Russian Revolution.

The desk clerk, played by Valerik and his sidekick Valik, become a treasure hunter and the Bolsheviks try to track down the chairs.

The two ‘comrades’ find the chair set which is put out to the auction, but fail to buy it and afterwards find out that the set has been split up and sold individually.

They are not alone in their quest to find the jewels, but through a process of elimination, the two finally discover the location of the twelfth and final chair – but will this chair contain the treasure?

Follow our buffoons in their quest for fame and fortune as they discover if their fate lies in the stars or in a fools paradise.

THE TWELVE CHAIRS
Other productions inspired by the story.

The book has not only inspired The Moscow State Circus in its latest production, but also a series of films and live comedy shows.

In ‘Keep Your Seats Please’ (Ealing Studios, 1936) starring George Formby, the action takes place in England. Another difference between the book and the film was that this story revolved around seven chairs, not twelve.

The comedy ‘It’s in the Bag!’ (1945) starring Fred Allen and Jack Benny was very loosely based on the novel, using just five chairs.

In 1962 Tomas Gutierrez Alea made a Cuban version titled ‘Las Doce Sillas’ in a tropical context starkly similar to the Soviet one of the novel.

Mel Brooks later made a film more closely based on the novel titled ‘The Twelve Chairs’ (1970), but with a sanitized ‘happier’ ending.

The story also served as the basis for the film ‘The Thirteen Chairs ‘(1969) starring Sharon Tate. Shortly after that, two adaptations were made in the USSR: a film in 1971 by Leonid Gaidai and a miniseries in 1976 by Mark Zakharov, featuring Andrei Mironov as Bender.

In total, the novel inspired as many as about twenty adaptations in Russia and abroad.

“I’m privileged to have seen these fabulous entertainers, the country should be privileged to have them here.” – Coventry Evening Telegraph

“Genuinely eye-popping” – The Evening Standard.

“Thrilling” – The Times.

“Manages to marry the traditional with the contemporary yet still retain everything you would expect and more” – Liverpool Echo.

PAISLEY
St. James Park
Greenock Road
PA3 2LQ

Friday 24 – Tuesday 28 June

Friday 5pm and 7.45pm
Saturday 2pm, 5pm and 8pm
Sunday 2pm and 5pm
Monday 5pm and 7.45pm
Tuesday 5pm only

Tickets available from Ticketmaster 0844856 555

WIGAN
DW Stadium
Car Park 1
Robin Park
WN5 0UH

Ticketmaster 0844 856 5555
Information line 07721 565558

Wed 01 – Sun 05 June
Wednesday 7.45pm
Thursday to Saturday 3pm & 7.45pm
Sunday 2pm & 5pm

LYTHAM ST ANNE’S
Fylde Rugby Football Club
Woodlands Memorial Ground
Blackpool Road
FY8 4EL

Wednesday 08 – Sunday 12 June 2011

Wednesday to Friday 5pm and 7.45pm
Saturday 3pm and 7.45pm
Sunday 2pm and 5pm

CHESTER
Roodee Racecourse
Watergate Square
CH1 2LY

Wednesday 15 – Saturday 18 June 2011

Wednesday to Friday 5pm and 7.45pm
Saturday 2pm and 5pm

WORKINGTON
The Cloffocks Lorry Park
Griffin Road
CA14 3YH

Monday 20 – Wednesday 22 June

Monday to Tuesday 5pm and 7.45pm
Wednesday 5pm only

DUNFERMLINE
Pittencrieff Park
Milton Green
KY12 8QH

Thu 30 June to Sun 03 July

Thursday 7.30pm
Friday 5pm & 7.45pm
Saturday 3pm & 7.45pm
Sunday 3pm

INVERNESS
Canal Pitches
Bught Park
IV3 5SS

Wed 06 to Tue 12 July

Wednesday 7.30pm
Thursday to Saturday & Monday 3pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 3pm
Tuesday 2pm & 5pm

ELGIN
Lossie Green
Boroughbriggs Road
IV30 1AP

Thurs 14 to Tue 19 July

Thursday 7.30pm
Friday & Saturday & Monday 3pm & 7.30pm
Sunday & Tuesday 2pm & 5pm

ABERDEEN
Queen’s Links
Beach Boulevard
AB24 5EF

Thu 21 July to Mon 01 August

Thursday 21st July
Fri & Sat 3pm &7.30pm
Sun 2om & 5pm
Mon to Wed 3pm & 7.30 pm
Monday 1st August 2pm & 5pm

DUNDEE
Riverside Park
DD2 1AZ

Wenesday 3rd to Sunday 7th August

Wednesday 7.30pm
Thursday to Saturday 3pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 2pm & 5pm

EDINBURGH
Ocean Terminal
Leith, EH6 6JJ

Venue No: 105

Tuesday 09 – Sunday 21 August 2011

Tuesday 9th 7.30pm Only
Wednesday 10th 2pm and 5pm
Thursday 11th to Saturday 13th 3pm and 8pm
Sunday 14th 2pm and 5pm
Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th 3pm and 8pm
Wednesday 17th NO CIRCUS SHOWS
Thursday 18th and Friday 19th 5pm and 8pm
Saturday 20th 3pm and 8pm
Sunday 21st 2pm and 5pm

Tickets available from Ticketmaster 0844856 555

As you probably know Scotland is in a pretty bad way with fire stats. Only 40% compliance with the fire Scotland act 2005, 1 in 10 fires in this area are commercial fires and you are twice as likely to die in a fire in scotland than any other country in the UK. Insurers also pay out £3.8m per day in commercial fire claims.

This has a huge impact at home, the local community, in business and on the economy.

Last year in Broomlands Street there was a fire in 1 or 2 flats and it came to light that none of the 6 flats had a working fire alarm to give an example.

I have been trying to promote #testittuesday on twitter and facebook and get others to RT it to get people to test their smoke alarms at home. I have been using one of my blog posts that gives practical advice on smoke alarms and also info about contacting Strathclyde Fire and Rescue to get a free alarm etc.

http://codered-fire.co.uk/smoke-alarms/useful-guide-glasgow-extinguishers/

this link is for monthly checks for fire extinguishers at work.
http://codered-fire.co.uk/guidance-and-advice/fire-extinguisher-glasgow-maintenance-checks-paisley/

http://codered-fire.co.uk/

Paisley Tile Centre are based in Greenhill Road, Paisley they have an excellent range of products and services including the best range of tiles, underfloor heating, shower enclosures, wet room solutions and lots more.

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