Renfrewshire kids enjoy the area’s first Winter Games

Around 200 Renfrewshire high school kids took part in the area’s first ever Winter Games last week.

S1 and S2 pupils from Renfrewshire’s high schools were invited to take part in the games at Linwood Sports Centre on Friday – which featured three indoor sports: Ultimate Frisbee, dodgeball and indoor curling.

Councillor Susan McDonald, Renfrewshire Council’s Sports Champion, said: “The 2011 Winter Games is a new and welcome addition to a well-established and popular Secondary School Sport Calendar.

“We have many after school clubs featuring dodgeball and Ultimate Frisbee as a result of pupils requests, so the Winter Games gave our lower high school pupils the chance to enjoy these sports in a larger-scale game situation.”

The winning teams for each category are

-Dodgeball: Castlehead High School
-Ultimate Frisbee: Renfrew High School
-Indoor curling: Renfrew High School

Please click on the link for photos.

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Renfrewshire chamber

2011, for Renfrewshire Chamber has been one of its best ever years. It was officially the fastest growing Chamber in the UK, with growth of >25% and the reached the UK final of Chamber of the Year. The Chamber is on its way to approaching a target of 600 members by end of March 2012 – and to help it achieve that is offering new members the chance to join in January 2012 and save 25%. Our AGM and final event of the year (Christmas Lunch) are on Thu 15th December at the Glynhill.

Renfrewshire chamberThe Chamber uses Paisley venues as best it can – and in addition to its regular lunches, will be holding its 2nd B2B event at Paisley Town Hall – Business Matters in Renfrewshire on the 10th May 2012. The event in 2011 attracted 250 businesses. We are also planning to hold an event in the Museum / Observatory in early March.

To find out how your local Chamber can help your business “grow and prosper” visit  www.renfrewshirechamber.com

We’re very excited to be able to offer a new range of dance party packages at One Dance Studio. Ideal for Private Parties, Hen and Stag Nights, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Work Nights Out, Celebrations or just for fun, these include dance classes with one of our instructors, transport and a Party T-shirt for each of your friends.

 

Choose from a selection of options for both Adults and Kids:

The adults only “Party Like A Celeb” Night offers a Burlesque, Belly Dancing or Hip Hop dance lesson for you and your friends, a party vehicle to drive you on to your night time destination, party photos taken by a professional photographer and souvenir T-Shirt for each party-goer.

The kids party option includes a Hip Hop dance class with one of our talented instructors, the chance to play around in a fully equipped play bus, plus a One Dance Studio goodie bag and party photos taken by a professional photographer.

Prices start at £28 per person, with packages available for up to 23 people.

Other combinations are available to suit your requirements, contact us to talk how to make your dance party go with a swing!

http://www.onedancestudio.co.uk/2011/10/new-dance-party-packages/

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The Jingle Bell Fun Run will take place on Sunday 11 December at Barshaw Park. It’s a unique family event that caters for all ages and all abilities.

Choose from a 5k run (11am) or a 1k family fun run/walk/pramathon (12noon).

This year we’ve teamed up with the British Heart Foundation to promote Paisley is a Heart Town. Runners are being encouraged to get raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

A DJ will spin some Christmas sounds and there will be a mass warm up before each event. Plus there will be the opportunity to try out the gym bus or youth bus and Renfrewshire Community Health Initiatives ‘Smoothie Bike’.

Jogging Buddies and British Heart Foundation will also have an information stand on their activities and an opportunity to sign up for the classes starting in the New Year.

There will be a medal and goody bag for all finishers, spot prizes up for grabs and a prize for the best Christmas costume.

We’re also looking for volunteer stewards to marshall on the day. Please give us a call on the number below if you can help.

Entries are: adults £5, children £3, family of four £13.

You can fill out the attached entry form and send it to Jogging Buddies, Barshaw Park Golf Pavillion, Barshaw Park; or enter on the day from 10am until 10.45am. You can also enter online at the Runner’s World website.

Date: Sunday 11 December
Venue: Barshaw Park, Paisley
Cost: Adults £5; kids £3; family of four £13
Entry line: 01505 815943

 

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You may have seen me in todays Paisley Express and I am fortunate enough to be able to possibly save someones life who is suffering from Lukemia, this is something I feel strongly about, I donate blood regularly as you never know when you need it yourself (you cant donate blood when your a potential donor though).

The are desperate for men aged between 18-30.

Here is a snippet from the Anthony Nolan website:

Join The Register:

We use our register to match remarkable donors willing to donate their blood stem cells to people who desperately need lifesaving transplants. So far we’ve saved thousands of people from blood cancers, such as leukaemia. With your help, we could save many more.

Right now, we can only find a matching donor for half the people who come to us in desperate need of a lifesaving transplant. Men aged 18-30 are more likely to be chosen to donate, but they currently account for just 12% of donors on our register. That’s why we need more of them to come forward.

The just of it is you can Save a Life, make a difference to someone and their family..

go to http://www.anthonynolan.org/What-you-can-do/save-a-life.aspx or email brian@paisley.org.uk and I can help you with any questions but basically, its easy to join the register and extremely worth it in the end, imagine the power to save someones life and change their whole world, the thought of that inspires me… We are sometimes mixed up and caught up in our own little world and yet, one act of kindness can change someone for ever..

Please consider it now…

Brian McGuire
www.paisley.org.uk

 

Click here to visit the Anthony Nolan website.

 

Can I just say a big thank you to Allison Rennie from the Paisley Express for her Article today visit their website http://www.paisleydailyexpress.co.uk/ or visit them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/paisleydailyexpress

You can now get involved and volunteer to delve into Paisley’s dark and murky past, click the poster below to find out more information.

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All of Renfrewshire’s schools and pre-five establishments will close at 1pm tomorrow (Thursday 8 December). All special schools, including Hollybush Pre-Five centre will be closed all day.

The decision to close the schools was taken after the Met Office issued a red alert, warning of gale force winds potentially reaching 90mph.

The Renfrewshire Council Schools’ Music Service Christmas Concert, scheduled to take place in Paisley Town Hall tomorrow evening has also been cancelled and will be rescheduled.

Red alert warnings are highly unusual with only one or two being issued a year.

Councillor Lorraine Cameron, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board, said, “The safety of our pupils is our chief concern. We have been given a clear warning from the Met Office to expect severe weather that could damage buildings and cut power supplies.

“We realise that this decision will cause parents some inconvenience but in these circumstances we have no other choice given the severity of the weather predicted.”

The Met Office warning said, “Through the day on Thursday winds will strengthen with severe and potentially damaging and dangerous gales developing through the central belt during the afternoon and into the evening rush hour with winds as high as 80 mph, and a risk of some gusts to 90 mph. Transport disruption, including complete closure of bridges, power supply disruption and structural damage are all possible with gusts of this magnitude.”

Press release issued: Wednesday 7 December 2011, 5pm

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Please also in any tweets to keep people updated of the changing weather and hazards to motorists etc, if you are tweeting please use the hashtag #paisleyweather so we can inform people of the conditions asp..

Also keep an eye on the Met office website which is fantastic for realtime weather information http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/st/paisley_forecast_weather.html

Make your festivities Fairtrade

People in Renfrewshire are being urged to make their festive season a Fairtrade one this year.

Renfrewshire’s Fairtrade Steering Group is encouraging local residents to keep up their excellent track record of supporting independent producers in developing countries by buying gifts and decorations with the approved Fairtrade logo this Christmas.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Brian Lawson, Chair of Renfrewshire’s Fairtrade Steering Group, said: “By buying items with the Fairtrade logo we are ensuring a better deal for the people who make them. This is especially important at Christmas time, the season of goodwill.

“There is a huge range of Fairtrade products available these days from present ideas such as bags, jewellery, clothes, to Christmas cards and decorations, wrapping paper or even Fairtrade food and wine.”

Fairtrade items are available in several major shops and local retailers. Councillor Lawson popped into Paisley’s Rainbow Turtle shop on Gauze Street to check out their collection of festive Fairtrade goods.

There is also a range of cafes, restaurants and venues in Renfrewshire serving Fairtrade food and drink where you can pop in for a coffee to refuel after your shopping trip, or for Christmas celebrations with friends and family.

Councillor Lawson added: “This has been a great year for Renfrewshire’s Fairtrade campaign with many schools achieving Fairtrade status. Paisley Fairtrade Partnership was also named runner up in this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight Award for the Best Cotton activity. Let’s all keep up this hard work by making this a Fairtrade festive season.”

A full list of Renfrewshire Fairtrade outlets can be found on Renfrewshire Council website, www.Renfrewshire.gov.uk/fairtrade.

For regular updates on local news and events follow @RenCouncilNews on Twitter or our page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/renfrewshirecouncil.

Film actress joins Renfrewshire women to speak out on trafficking

Renfrewshire women were joined this week by film actress Kate Dickie in taking a stand against the trafficking of women and children at home and abroad.

Kate was one of the guest speakers at Renfrewshire Women’s Association annual Outrage conference exploring issues of gender violence, which took place at Paisley Town Hall on Tuesday 29 November.

The title of this year’s conference was ‘Nobody’s Free until Everyone’s Free’ with participants sharing their own experiences and discussing the trafficking of women and children.

One of the highlights was an exhibition of human sculpture and worry dolls which explored the individual identities of trafficked women and the struggle for survival many women and children face. Eight local community groups produced some very provocative and thoughtful artwork.

The conference ended on a poignant note as white ribbons carrying messages of support were tied to a wreath laid in Dunn Square, Paisley, at a plaque dedicated last year to all the victims of domestic abuse in Renfrewshire.

Kate Dickie is patron of the Renfrewshire Women’s Association.

Kate said: “It was an amazing day and I want to say just how fantastic I think the women of the association are. I am so honoured to be their patron.”

“They inspire me on so many levels and I thought that they tackled the issue of human trafficking in such an honest and thought-provoking way. I was bowled over by the openness and trust that the women put into it by sharing their private experiences.”

“This is an issue that is so often ignored and I think the people of Paisley will have gained a valuable and necessary insight into the plight of human trafficking.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about Renfrewshire Women’s Association should call 0141 887 7227 .

http://www.renfrewshirewomensassociation.co.uk/

http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

Renfrewshire chamber

Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce’s members play an integral role in creating prosperity for the area, placing Renfrewshire firmly in the commercial spotlight and making it the place to do business.

We work to represent our members as they grow their businesses, develop new technologies, create employment and diversity in Renfrewshire, and seek funding for further growth.

For as little as 8p* per employee per week
being a member gives your business access to

  • A robust network of business contacts – approaching 500 members / 30,000 employees
  • Forums, networking lunches, guest speakers, events, and the ROCCO Awards
  • Legal expense cover & HR advice for your business
  • Savings on products such as healthcare, factoring & merchant services for your business
  • Current business news & information.
  • Representation in Holyrood and in Westminster
  • Discounted access to the Business Centre at Glasgow Airport
  • Several channels to promote your business – Business Matters magazine, fortnightly eNews, first Chamber iPhone app in Europe / our website
  • Active across all social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Linkedin)

The Renfrewshire Chamber is a private company and is directed by a volunteer board selected from its members. Our 8 staff members are based at Glasgow Airport.

The Chamber is a fully accredited and active member of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce and the British Chambers of Commerce, making Renfrewshire’s businesses an integral part of the most important business group in Britain.

On behalf of our staff, directors, and members, we would be delighted to speak to you about the Chamber and what we can offer you and your business. Please get in touch on 0141 847 5450 or click here for more information.

Find out more and visit the Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce website www.renfrewshirechamber.com