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Legacy of Gerry Rafferty

Bring It All Home (2 – 4 May) is a celebration of songwriting inspired by the legacy of Gerry Rafferty.

The Paisley-born singer-songwriter, who passed away in 2011, is best known for iconic hits like ‘Baker Street’, ‘Right Down the Line’, and ‘Stuck In The Middle With You’ which was recorded with band Stealer’s Wheel.

Bring It All Home will feature performances from internationally-renowned artists and some of the best local songwriting talent in the area.

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On Thursday 2 May, Paisley Abbey will play host to a concert from James Grant and Friends which promises to be one not to miss!

On Friday 3 May, the action moves over to the Wynd Centre for A Night at the Wynd featuring Carol Laula and some special guests in what promises to be another must-see event.

Free songwriting events in the town, including one very special James Grant Masterclass in Paisley Museum & Art Galleries on Saturday 4 May, will look to inspire a new generation of singer-songwriters.Watch this space for more details!

Tickets for the shows on 2-3 May can be bought right now from on 08444 155 221 or from the food counter of Marks & Spencer, High Street, Paisley.

For more information about Bring It All Home, e-mail us at and follow us on Facebook or on Twitter@BIAHFestival


Bowfield 5k Charity Road Race

Will you help St Vincent’s Hospice at the Bowfield Hotel & Country Club 5k by volunteering to be a Marshal for the race?

Can you give just 2 hours of your time from 10am to help line the race route for all our runners?


If you are available to help please contact Ashley on 01505 705635 or

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Easter activities for all the family at Renfrewshire Arts & Museums.

With the Easter Weekend and the school Spring Holidays fast approaching, what better way to keep the kids entertained than by paying a visit to Paisley Museum or catching a performance at Paisley Arts Centre.

Starting on Good Friday and running throughout Easter Weekend, Paisley Museum will embark upon its annual Easter Egg Hunt around the galleries and Observatory with help from Museum mascot ‘Easter Buddy’. Plus, visitors can create their very own masterpiece by decorating an egg to be added to our growing Easter Tree or submit an entry for our new Buddy the Lion drawing competition. All Easter activities at Paisley Museum are FREE. The Museum will be open 11am – 4pm on Good Friday, 30 March and Easter Monday. Open 2pm – 5pm Easter Sunday.

Beyond Easter Weekend, our arts programme at Paisley Arts Centre is jam-packed with eggsellent, boredom-busting performances guaranteed to entertain spring chicks. Easter marks the start of the Puppet Animation Festival, the country’s largest performing arts event especially for children. Paisley Arts Centre will be hosting two events in conjunction with this festival; glow-in-the-dark puppet adventure ‘Oscar and the Deep Sea Pearl’ on April 10, plus a matinee showing of the hand-crafted, animated film ‘A Cat in Paris’ on April 13. Then, for ages 8+, we have the swash-buckling superhero adventure ‘The Mark of Zorro’ swooping on to the stage on April 4.

The Mark of Zorro is on 4 April at 1.30pm. Suitable for ages 8 +, tickets cost £5. Oscar and the Deep Sea Pearl is on 10 April at 2pm. Suitable for ages 4+, tickets cost £4. A Cat in Paris (PG) will be screened 13 Apr at 2pm. Tickets cost £4 (£2 concession). Tickets can be booked online at or by calling the Box Office on 0300 300 1210.

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St Mirren in the Community


St Mirren in the Community are delighted to announce details of our forthcoming Easter Camps.

The details are as follows:

St Mirren in the Community – Easter 2013 Football Camps

Week 1: Monday 1st to Friday 5th April 2013Week 2: Monday 8th to Friday 12th April 2013



St Mirren Camp

Week 1: Monday 1st to Friday 5th April 2013Details: 3 to 12 years – 9:30am to 12:30pm – £35The St Mirren Camp is open to all boys and girls aged 3 to 12 years of all abilities. This fun filled week will include small sided games, skill zones, skills practices and speed sessions. The week will also include visits from St Mirren players and the Paisley Panda, and all attendees will receive a goody bag at the end of the week including tickets for a St Mirren match.


St Mirren Goalkeeper Camp

Week 2: Monday 8th to Friday 12th April 2013Details: 5 to 14 years – 9:30am to 12:30pm – £35The St Mirren Goalkeeper Camp is open to all budding Craig Samson’s aged 5 to 14 years. This fun filled week will include fun goalkeeping activities and games. The week will also include visits from St Mirren players and the Paisley Panda, and all attendees will receive a goody bag at the end of the week including tickets for a St Mirren match.


St Mirren Advanced Player Development Camp

Week 2: Monday 8th to Friday 12th April 2013Details: 5 to 12 years – 9:30am to 12:30pm – £60 (includes training kit)The St Mirren Advanced Player Development Camp is open to boys and girls currently playing with a team and looking to further develop their skills.  The focus of the week will be developing individual players technique, including moves to beat an opponent, 1v1 situations, football homework and a variety of small sided games. The week will also include visits from St Mirren players and the Paisley Panda, and all attendees will receive a goody bag at the end of the week including tickets for a St Mirren match.

As part of the St Mirren Advanced Player Development Camp, each player will receive a St Mirren in the Community Training Kit which they can wear to the Camp each day. This will include a St Mirren t-shirt, shorts and socks. To ensure your child receives this training kit on the first day, please book in advance.

To register your interest or to make a booking for any of the camps please contact Brian Sproul by phone: (0141) 840-6125 or e-mail:  Alternatively you can download a booking form by clicking on the link below…


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Bad Idea Honours List

This was one of the projects that supported to get crowd funded alongside other local business, I am a Captain of the Revolution but two other companies I am associated with have helped beyond means too, please take not only the time to read this press release but what is all about and why they exist. You can find out more from all the links below but just to say helped too..


This is from Anthony the project’s inspirational oner and founder:
My apologies for not having this prepared earlier, i was a little distracted with the Bad Idea workshops which began just 96 hours after the crowd-fund campaign closed!

I am delighted to tell you that the pilot workshops were a huge success, but what better way to show you just how successful they were than by inviting you to view all 20 of our budding young entrepreneurs in action:

None of this would have been possible without your generous support and for this i simply cannot put into words my gratitude!

Please follow this link: to the ‘Honours List’ page where you will be immortalised forever as an original supporter of the Bad Idea Youth Enterprise Competition.

Please check the details and let me know of any changes, alterations, links and so on that you want included/removed. I will endeavour to complete this page in the next day or two. I would also like to include a picture of you, your organisation, business or whatever else you wish so please send these to me before i make it public – i still have acknowledgements to include for some people so please dont be annoyed if you’re not listed yet!

I have tons of video content being edited from the workshops and there are still ‘elevator pitches’ being added to the kids’ campaign pages as i write. I will follow-up with the promotional video soon, and would hope you could help share amongst your networks and contacts in the media and press.

If you would like to offer any quotes, blogs, be available for video interviews and so on then please get in touch – the more noise we make the better!

This is just the beginning for Bad Idea, and the next stage of this mission is to scale the project nationally. I cannot do this myself and am calling on you to support in any way you can. The next step is securing a minimum £87,000 for the organisation to put in place our functional digital resource, infrastructure and resources. This project also requires a team of exec and non-execs who can make this the global Revolution it has the potential to be. Access to contacts, networks, individuals and organisations will be key too, so lets get talking, sharing and unite in the fight against the Tyranny of the Status Quo! 

Revolutionists, I salute you!

Vive la Revolution!


Oh, and get donating to the kids who are raising their funds! :-)

Twitter handle: @bad_idea_org

Facebook: /badideaorg

Kiltr: /bad

P.S. The rewards will be following as soon as i can get some time to put them into production.

P.P.S The final/awards ceremony will be the evening of Saturday 20th April 2013 – so make sure you keep this free as you are all invited!

E: W: A: Digital Enterprise Centre, Glasgow G4 0ND

Bad Idea Organisation is a registered Community Interest Company Limited by Guarantee (SC440535)

Help support the next generation of entrepreneurs Support Bad Idea Here


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St Vincent’s Hospice Press Update

Door to Door

Will you help us make a difference?

Can you spare 2 hours to help someone living with a life limiting illness?

Monday 22nd to Saturday 27th April 2013 – Bishopton, Johnstone, Howwood and Bridge of Weir.

All this involves is you posting a donation envelope through the doors in your street or surrounding streets and returning at the end of the week to collect them and send them back to the hospice.

Your help would mean that St Vincent’s Hospice can continue to provide essential care, totally free of charge to the local communities of Renfrewshire. Be Part Of It – Contact Us Now! T:01505 705635 E:


Can you spare 2 hours to help us with a collection? During April we have the following collections: * Monday 8th April – Bucket Collection – Asda, Linwood – 10am to 4pm * Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st April – Bucket Collection – IKEA Glasgow – 10am to 4pm Your help would mean that St Vincent’s Hospice can continue to provide essential care, totally free of charge to the local communities of Renfrewshire. Buckets and tabards are provided. Be Part Of It – Contact Us Now. T: 01505705635 E:


Bowfield 5k Road Race

There is still plenty of time to come and join the Bowfield Hotel & Country Club for their first ever 5k Charity Road Race in Howwood in aid of St Vincent’s Hospice.

For all you local runners, joggers and walkers this is an event just for you! Take part in this local road race for your local Hospice.

For more information and to register please contact the Leisure Team at the Bowfield Hotel & Country Club on or call 01505 705225.

If you are not taking part in the race but would like to be involved, we are looking for volunteers to help with the Marshalling on the day. If you can give a couple of hours to help with this event please contact the fundraising team at the hospice on 01505 705635 or email


Silver Anniversary Ball

2013 sees St Vincent’s Hospice celebrate 25 years of providing care in Renfrewshire and the surrounding areas. As part of our 25 anniversary year celebrations we are holding a special Silver Anniversary Ball on Friday 10th May in the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow. You’re in for a night of glitz and glamour starting with our champagne reception followed by a 3 course dinner plus coffee. Our celebrity hosted evening includes music from our live band followed by a DJ to get you on the dance floor. There will also be plenty of opportunities to help raise funds for the hospice in our exclusive auction and luxury raffle, full of prizes and surprises. Tickets are £48 and dress code for the evening is black tie. For more information and to book tickets please contact Karen Milne on 01505 705635 or email

Challenge Yourself

One of our brand new events for this year is ‘Challenge 25’; an exclusive weekend cycle and trek on the Isle of Arran. One of the first people to sign up for this was our very own Director of Fundraising & Communications Karen Milne. She has jumped at the chance to get her cycling gear on and put pedal to the metal in aid of St Vincent’s Hospice.

“After such a long, dark winter I needed something to get me motivated and out into the fresh air; I thought Challenge 25 was a great excuse to get back on my bike and shake the dust off my walking boots. Signing up for Challenge 25 is a great way to get exercising, attempt a new challenge and raise funds for local patients and their families.

Karen’s enthusiasm has been inspiring lots of supporters to sign up to take part in this fantastic challenge! Places are starting to fill up so if you would like to take part please visit or email for an information pack and booking form.




Welfare Reform Act 2012


The UK Government is changing the benefits system. In Renfrewshire many people could be affected, if you are of working age and receive benefits. There may be a need for individuals to apply for a new type of benefit or people may receive less money than before. We know this could be worrying for your clients and customers.

Like us I’m sure you will feel it is important that as local service providers we all understand what could change and what we need to do to when planning services which may be influenced by these changes. Some of the changes to who the system of benefits work have already taken place but some of the most significant changes – the ones that affect local Council services – begin in April 2013.

This survey has been put together in a bid to capture local service delivery and will be used to inform the local third sector and local public bodies.  It will also be used to help identify the changing needs and demands being made on your service provision as a result of the implementation of the duties of the Welfare Reform Act 2012. In addition it will also hopefully provide a starting position for:

·         exchanging ideas on how to support existing services,

·         leading change where required and

·         sharing good practice.

We very much appreciate you taking the time to complete this survey – thanks!

Click Here to take the survey

Douglas van Henten

Quality and Resource Officer


Engage Renfrewshire

10 Falcon Crescent

Paisley PA3 1NS

Tel: 0141 887 7707

Fax: 0141 887 8808


Paisley People’s Archive wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

If you would like to get involved in this project contact Evelyn Laurie on 0141 887 8433 or ev@redmarketing.nePaisley People’s Archive (PPA), a newly formed charity, has received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to create an oral history archive, which will capture the memories of people who worked in Paisley’s threadmill industry and preserve this important heritage for generations to come.

Working with heritage professionals from Strathclyde Oral History Centre, the project will enable local volunteers to be trained in oral history recording techniques in order to interview surviving workers and managers of all of the various mills and finishing factories spanning the decades from the 1940’s to the 1990’s when the last mill closed and recording their stories. The recordings will be digitally stored to form the ‘people’s archive’. A website will be established to provide more information about the background history and also up to date information as the work progresses.

Other outputs from the year-long project will include a short film and an App which will provide a guided walk through the town, identifying mill buildings and other buildings important to the social history of the town and supported by clips from the sound archive. Resource for use by local schools will also be developed. Commenting on the award, Shirley McLean, Chair of PPA said: “We are delighted to receive the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and look forward to starting work on what we think will be a very valuable asset to the town and contribute to cultural tourism in the area.”

Colin McLean, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland, said “We are delighted to support this project as these people’s lives are inextricably woven into Paisley’s rich history. Sadly, it is an element which is in danger of disappearing as it slips out of human memory. This project will not only capture those vital memories but in doing so will give different sections of the community the opportunity to meet, forge new friendships and learn new skills. Together they can celebrate, and take pride in their past.”

Video from Tour Scotland of Paisley Abbey


New textile recycling service goes live

Renfrewshire’s new textile recycling service has ‘gone live’ – and a local councillor was on hand to personally make one of the first collections.

The area’s new on-demand service came into operation on Monday 18 March, meaning residents who wish to recycle their old textiles and shoes should call a special number to arrange uplift, rather than using their blue bins.

And to help publicise the launch, Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, popped round to the home of Paisley resident Thomas Burke, who was one of the first to call the number.

Councillor Devine said: “This new service will make it easy for residents to recycle their textiles and shoes.

“With just one call, our contractors will come round and pick the bags up from your door, or from an agreed place.

“We are grateful to all residents who are helping the area work towards its recycling target of 50% of household waste for 2013.”

To book an uplift, call the Greener Renfrewshire helpline on 0300 300 0300 and choose the option for ‘textile recycling collection’.

Or, you can book it online at

Items will be collected by staff from the council’s contractor, European Recycling Ltd, who will carry cards identifying them as working on behalf of the council.

Please make sure all items are dry, shoes are tied in pairs, and there is a knot in the top of the bag to ensure items are kept dry.

Clothes, shoes, curtains, bed linen, blankets, handbags and belts will be accepted but pillows, duvets and cushions will not.

Residents can also take textiles to any one of 17 recycling banks across the area.

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Enjoy hit Edinburgh Fringe 2012 show ‘The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs’ at Paisley Arts Centre.

Upcoming theatre performance, ‘The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs’ will make you question what you thought you knew about one of the world’s most recognisable and worshipped brands.

Both hilarious and harrowing, the piece is described as an ‘emboldened, passionate diatribe’ originally written in 2010 by American monologist Mike Daisey. Despite its author being an Apple fan and an admirer of the corporation’s late, legendary leader Steve Jobs, the tale looks into the legality and morality of electronic sweatshops in China and explores Daisey’s own, growing misgivings about the way in which our beloved iPhones and Apple products are built.

In this production, brought to Paisley by Gilded Balloon Productions, Daisey’s part is played by talented actor Grant O’Rourke. Mixing light-hearted humour (O’Rourke’s gadget geek character confesses to smelling his new technology!) with disturbing tales of armed guards and the toxic effects of hexane within the factories, ‘Agony’ certainly packs a punch that might not be enough to topple an empire, but will certainly give it a righteous shove.

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs will be at Paisley Arts Centre on Fri 12 April, 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 (£8 conc) and can be booked by calling the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or going online to

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