Facebay Fundraising

Facebay Fundraising has raised £290 for the RAH Children’s Ward from their Facebook page.

People donated their unwanted items to the site and the money raised was spent on presents for the sick children in the Paisley R.A.H Children’s Ward, the staff on the ward were delighted with the presents. This is all thanks to their supporters who donate unwanted items to the Facebay Fundraising website.

There are five charities in the group which are Macmillan Cancer Support, Alzheimer Scotland, R.A.H Children’s Ward, PDSA and MND (Motor Neurone Disease). People donate their unwanted items to the site and choose which charity they want the money to go to. They are then given links on the site to pay into.

So far we have raised over £3,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support, please feel free to have a look at the items on the site. Everyone is welcome to join the site, all donations welcome. We are also selling raffle tickets for a hamper at £1 a strip which can be purchase from Irene McDonald from Facebay Fundraising, proceeds raised from the raffle will be donated to the PSDA Glasgow. If anyone would like to donate an item for the hamper, it would very much be appreciated. Irene can be contacted on https://www.facebook.com/groups/FacebayFundraising/ or irenemcdonald@live.co.uk

Facebay Fundraising is a Paisley-based fundraising group set up to help people dispose of unwanted items people may have cluttering up their homes, whilst raising money for charity.

Pupils ‘dig’ new school facilities

Work has started on a new combined £15.5million primary school, pre-5 and community education facility in Renfrew.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan and Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of the council’s Education Policy Board, donned hard hats and dug in with pupils to celebrate the ‘cutting of the soil’ of the new St James’ Primary School, Moorpark Pre-5 Centre and Community Learning Centre.

The new facilities will mirror the recently opened Park Mains High School in making use of flexible learning spaces to support innovative approaches to teaching and learning.

There will also be opportunities for outdoor learning on the site adjacent to the existing school.

The new school, community learning centre and pre-5 centre will open in April 2014.

Councillor Mark Macmillan said: “The cutting of the soil marks the start of an investment which will boost education and learning for the whole community it will serve. These will be great facilities for current pupils and for future generations.”

Councillor Jacqueline Henry said: “The new school will provide a stimulating educational environment that will better support the new ways of learning and teaching in the 21st century.

You can already sense the enthusiasm of the pupils, staff and the local community who will reap the benefits in the long-term.”

Margaret Convery, head teacher of St James’ Primary, joined pupils at the soil-cutting ceremony. She said: “We are all looking forward to the completion of our new school, community learning centre and pre-5 centre. Pupils and staff are all excited about this development and eager to move into the new building and sample the new facilities.”

The building contract has been awarded to DC Community Partnerships and construction company CBC are the lead contractors for the project.

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



Leaps and Bounds Nursery

We are a Children’s Nursery based in Paisley. We opened in June 2004 and are in partnership with Renfrewshire Council.

leaps-boundsWe can accommodate up to 96 children in our spacious purpose built building-we have a Baby Suite; 2-3 Room and 3-5 Room.

We are open throughout the year with the exception of public holidays and our opening hours are Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 6pm.

You can contact us at 23 Clarence Street, Paisley or by telephone on 0141 887 9955, you can also check out our facebook page or our website at www.leapsandboundsinfo.co.uk.

Paisley Business

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REEM – Renfrewshire Effort to Empower Minorities

From the Community Champions Section (click here to be redirected)


During the summer of 2010 a ‘Taste of Africa’ event was held in Paisley Town Hall, organised by West of Scotland Regional Equality Council Ltd, working in partnership with local African volunteers and performers. From this event a few of the participating volunteers decided to get together to become a group and take forward some of the ideas and requests raised at the event. The more popular requests were for more events, family based activities, and setting up a ‘drop-in’ information shop somewhere in Paisley.

To assist with the various parts of how to set up a group and go about arranging activities and so on, two volunteers, during early November 2010, the group contacted members of staff at PPRC asking to arrange a meeting with one of the development officers. Just after the first meeting of REEM and PPRC a group established to support local Polish people approached REEM and asked if they could join up with them as they found themselves facing similar situations to the Africans – for example, they struggled with issues such as learning how best to contact health service providers, how to connect with the wider community of Paisley and Renfrewshire, and how to become more aware of the cultural and social norms that are taken for granted by the indigenous population.


The group and committee members have undertaken a number of consultation sessions. They have held open meetings of the committee to find out what types of things people want to do, where they would like to visit and gauge interest in holding a carnival/parade. They have held an African cultural event in Paisley town Hall, where again they asked people what they saw as the main issues for REEM to tackle. REEM are in the process of recruiting more volunteers through their own community networks and with the assistance of Engage Renfrewshire. They have also accessed local funding and been involved in CPP community based consultation events.


So far the group have organised a trip for around 50 people to the Falkirk Wheel. Within the feed-back on future ideas, people were asking to visit places that make Scotland ‘Scotland’ – for example Stirling/Edinburgh Castle, Glasgow River Side Museum, Kelvingrove Park, The Burn’s visitor Centre and lots more. As money becomes available trips and days out will be organised for as many people as they can get transport for.

The shop has proved extremely successful in generating quite a lot of ‘footfall’ with Africans and Eastern Europeans coming in to find out about numerous issues. The numbers coming in have surprised the committee so much that they are now looking at how to raise funding to employ people, and negotiate with various agencies and organisations for them to provide additional drop-in information sessions.

Visit www.renfrewshireefforttoempowerminorities.org.uk

Engage Renfrewshire – Community Champions

For more information about Engage Renfrewshire please visit www.engagerenfrewshire.com

The ‘Community Champions’ section is a showcase of local community groups and organisations in the town. Each group has been working in the community for years dealing with all sorts of issues. In partnership with Engage Renfrewshire, Paisley on the web will promote each of these groups via the website, social media and through our volunteer network.


‘Engage Renfrewshire’ – the single door access for community action, volunteering and the voluntary sector in Renfrewshire

All of us here at Engage are committed to a strong, diverse and influential community and voluntary sector in Renfrewshire. We support local voluntary action by providing support, knowledge, and where possible innovation. We work in partnership with other support organisations and with the public and private sectors.

A large element of our work involves promoting the views and needs of people involved in local groups. We like to share ideas and we’re keen to make local working relationships better.

Engage Renfrewshire Website

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Welcome to La Mesa, bar de tapas!

La Mesa Bar de Tapas brings a little piece of beautiful Spain to the centre of the historic town of Paisley. Offering delicious tapas, paellas and daily specials accompanied by our extensive range of beers, wines, cocktails and, of course, sangria, La Mesa is the perfect place to eat, drink and relax with friends and family. No matter what the Scottish weather brings the sun is always shining at La Mesa. See you soon!


New on Tuesdays! ‘Dine out for £25’

Paella for 2 with glass of original sangria each for only £25!

Also Last minute festive parties, Book Now.. 

La Mesa
12 New Street
Paisley PA1 1XY
Tel: 0141 889 5333

Paisley Business

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Hamishes’ Hoose

Hamishes’ Hoose has still a couple of tables available for the days running up to Christmas with what is the best deal in Renfrewshire. Along with our fabulous homecooked regular menu we are offering a fantastic Traditional Christmas dinner on a Buy One Get One Free basis. Yep Santa has come early to the Paisley area, this means that you can sit with your pal and select anything from the menu inc steaks and get the cheaper one free. We know how to stretch your festive pound.

hamish-hoose-logoOn Christmas Eve there is a Crimbo Karaoke session starting at 3pm and going on till 7pm, the same on Boxing Day a ‘Merry Christmas Karaoke again at 3pm. On Hogmanay Chris dons his Karaoke Kilt and prepares us for the New Year Bells another afternoon gig starting at 3pm. 2nd Jan you can blast away the cobwebs of drink befuddled night before, have a nice meal and get involved with the bet singing session in Paisley.

Our regular Karaoke sessions are on Thurs (£50 Cash Prize), Friday and Saturday nights
All in all a fantastic meal and the best entertainment only available in the Hoose, we hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and an extremely prosperous New Year
To allow our fantastic staff to have some time with their families we will be closed Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Look out for some more brilliant news in the new Year?


Paisley Business

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LH Regional

Glasgow Airport lands direct Lufthansa service to Düsseldorf

Glasgow Airport is to further strengthen its route network after Lufthansa Regional confirmed it will launch a direct service to Düsseldorf in April 2013.

LH RegionalIt is the first time Glasgow Airport will have served Düsseldorf, which is located in the heart of the prosperous Rhine-Ruhr region, in 20 years and the launch of the route will also mark the return of the Lufthansa network to Glasgow.

Lufthansa Regional will initially operate six flights per week with the inaugural flight taking off on 8 April 2013 and it will increase to a daily service week commencing 24 June 2013.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “The introduction of Lufthansa Regional’s Düsseldorf service is fantastic news for Glasgow Airport as not only will it result in a direct, daily flight to one of the wealthiest regions in Europe, our passengers will once again have access to the extensive onward connectivity offered by the Lufthansa network.

“Both Düsseldorf and Glasgow are economic powerhouses in their own right and whilst there will undoubtedly be strong demand for this service from within the business community, it will prove a big draw for leisure travellers and has huge potential to generate significant in-bound tourism for Glasgow.

“If we are to further enhance Scotland’s global connectivity then Glasgow must have links with European hubs such as Düsseldorf and we are looking forward to working with Lufthansa to ensure the success of this route.”

Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “Lufthansa Regional’s new route between Düsseldorf and Glasgow, which has been supported through the council’s Air Route Development Fund, is a major boost for the city. Germany represents the largest international market for Glasgow with more than 71,000 trips made each year by German visitors who generate more than £19 million for the local economy.

“The benefits of this new service are two-fold. Firstly, it presents us with a significant opportunity to grow short-break leisure tourism from Germany. Secondly, increased access is a key driver in attracting more delegates to the conferences that meet in Glasgow and this vastly improves the city’s international competitiveness by providing passengers with greater worldwide connectivity through the Lufthansa network.

“Landing this new service has been the result of strong partnership working in recent months, which has included Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, Glasgow Airport, the German Consulate in Glasgow, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and VisitScotland. It is through this partnership approach that we will continue to develop sustainable airline routes into Glasgow – ensuring that Glasgow International Airport remains Scotland’s leading business and leisure gateway – and connect the city to the global marketplace.”

Stuart Patrick, Chief Executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, said: “This is really excellent news. It gives Glasgow direct flight access to one of the most important industrial centres of Germany in North Rhine Westphalia with an 18 million population, including four of Germany’s largest cities – Dusseldorf, Cologne, Dortmund and Essen – and nine of the top 20 urban centres in the country.

“From a business perspective, the Ruhr-Rhine region is one of the best known industrial centres in the world with many leading German companies like ThyssenKrupp headquartered there. We congratulate the team at Glasgow Airport on securing another important trading connection to add to many others – such as the Emirates double daily route to Dubai – that they have won this year.”

Lufthansa is a founding member of the Star Alliance network which was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Overall, the Star Alliance network offers more than 21,900 daily flights to 1,329 airports in 194 countries.

Lufthansa Regional’s direct flights to Dusseldorf are currently on sale at www.lufthansa.com.


Itsy Bitsy Dance

Interactive creative dance classes for toddlers (18 months-3 yrs with parent/carer)

Come along with your active toddler and you can both enjoy bringing nursery rhymes to life through creative dance.
Your child will love to jump, skip and twirl around the room in these fun 50min dance sessions.

Parents take part to held guide and encourage their child during the sessions, so it is also a great workout for the parent too!

Classes start back Monday 7 January 12.45pm (50min class) 8 week booking required, although you can come and try the first class £5.

Classes held in The Wynd Centre, school wynd, Paisley.
Please book inadvance by emailing info@itsybitsydance.com

Itsy Bitsy Ballet for 3-4yr olds also starts back 7 January 1.35pm (55min) places are limited so please book in advance.

For further information please visit the website on www.itsybitsydance.com or email info@itsybitsydance.com

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Bears by Sue Quinn,

Sue Quinn is a long established and award winning creator of traditionally styled jointed Teddy Bears and other animals. Her bears, hedgehogs, rabbits, squirrels, mice & other friends are sought by collectors worldwide.

They are mostly sold at specialist fairs and shops around the UK, but they are entirely made in Sue’s Paisley studio at 7 Hunter Street, where she has been based for the past 8 years or so, and where visitors are welcome to come and have a look at her creations.

Made to her own designs, Sue uses only top quality natural fabrics such as luxury mohairs, silks and alpacas for the bears themselves. Some are dressed in outfits (also made by Sue) using where possible vintage cottons and tweeds. Bears can also be made from or dressed in customer’s own fabrics – perhaps a favourite child’s dress for example.


These are not cheap throwaway children’s toys. They are intended as gifts that can be treasured for a long time. Prices start at £25.
If you already have an old favourite but worn out teddy bear that has seen better days, Sue also provides a repair service that can sympathetically restore your bear to something like it’s previous glory, without altering it’s character.

The studio is usually open weekdays from 10.00 to 15.00 (closed Thursdays), and at other times by appointment only. It’s best to contact Sue first if travelling a distance to avoid disappointment.

Bears by Sue Quinn, 7 Hunter Street, Paisley PA1 1DN
Website : www.bearsbysuequinn.co.uk
Email : sue@bearsbysuequinn.co.uk
Phone : 0141 887 9916
Facebook :
Twitter : @bearsbysuequinn

Download our brochure here.

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Festive bin collection details released

Renfrewshire Council’s bin collection services will continue as normal over the festive period – apart from on Christmas and New Year’s days.

Residents who normally have their bins collected on Tuesdays – the day on which December 25 and January 1 falls – are being asked to put them out on the preceding Saturday (the 22nd and 29th) instead.

Renfrewshire_Council_ezg_1All other collection days for the grey/blue bins will continue as normal over the Christmas/New Year period.

If services are disrupted because of bad weather, residents should put out their bins on the usual day and they will be collected as soon as possible.

Information about disruption will be available on the council’s website at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

Residents will receive a leaflet through their doors with details of how bin collections will be affected during the festive season.

Councillor Jim Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment and Infrastructure Policy Board, is asking residents to help make it a green Christmas by remembering to recycle.

He said: “You may end up with more household waste than usual over the festive period, and we hope people will recycle as much of it as they can.

“People in Renfrewshire are now recycling more than ever, and we are grateful for your help with this, at all times of the year.

“Residents can use their blue bins for any paper, plastic, unbroken glass or cardboard – which means you can recycle wrapping paper, bottles, cardboard and plastic packaging and Christmas cards.

“Any items such as old electrical equipment and household appliances can be taken to one of the council’s six household waste recycling centres.

“These will be open as usual, other than on Christmas and New Year’s days, when they will be closed.”

Residents will also be able to recycle their Christmas trees between 6 and 13 January at the following places: Barshaw Park and Underwood Road recycling centre, both Paisley; Thomas Shanks Park, Johnstone; Barwood Park, Erskine, and Lochwinnoch Public Park.