Paisley Photographs of Paisley Abbey Medieval Fair

Paisley Photographs of Paisley Abbey Medieval Fair

Paisley Photographs were at the Medieval Fair Paisley Abbey, celebration of 850 years continuous presence in Paisley begins on St Mirin’s Day and events will take place in and around the Abbey. There will be a history camp, stilt walkers, birds of prey, a craft fair, an archery demonstration, street performers, face painting, puppet show, a balloon launch, a story teller, a minstrel, entertainers, medieval stocks, games, creative activities, Arbroath smokies, hog roast, and lots of other food. Around 3 pm, Provost Anne Hall will officially launch the year of celebrations. We are grateful to Renfrewshire Council for sponsoring and supporting the Medieval Fair Paisley Abbey.


Floral Art Demonstration
Jane Gordon, who is a regular demonstrator to clubs across Scotland, and for the Scottish Association of Flower Arrangers, will host an afternoon of flowers and tea on Wednesday 19 September 2012, 2 pm to 4 pm. Tickets cost £5 and can be purchased at the Abbey shop.

Car Boot Sale
The choir are currently trying to raise funds for a concert in March 2013 as part of our 850 celebrations.
They will be participating in a series of car boot sales over the next few months. If you have toys, books or bric-a -brac which you are considering getting rid of, they would be delighted to hear from you. Instead of donating to a charity shop could you please contact the office on 0141 889 7654 or on or hand in to any of the choir members.

You can find more events from Paisley Abbey on their website or visit the Paisley Abbey official website


ScotlandsPeople Website

Celebrating Ten Years of Tracing Scottish Ancestors!

the ScotlandsPeople website is ten years old in September 2012

The family history website,, celebrates its tenth birthday in September 2012.

scotland-peopleOfficially launched in mid-September 2002, ScotlandsPeople was one of the first genealogy sites to arrive on the web. The site now contains over 90 million digital records and corresponding images, and adds new sets of fully-searchable historical records on a regular basis.

With over one million registered users from across the world, the website remains the biggest online resource for Scottish census, birth, marriage and death records. The website has evolved through a decade of huge technological growth and in a time where interest in genealogy has soared.

Chris van der Kuyl, the CEO of brightsolid, the company that enables ScotlandsPeople for the National Records of Scotland, said:

‘ScotlandsPeople was our first ever family history website, and our partnership with the National Records of Scotland has undoubtedly enabled brightsolid to expand our business to become one of the world’s leading publishers of online genealogy.

‘When the Scotlandspeople website was launched back in 2002, we were truly leading the way, offering a unique online product for family historians. We are immensely proud of how ScotlandsPeople has evolved over the last decade. We continue to add exciting new data sets and innovative search techniques to the site, making family history research easier and more accessible around the globe.’

George MacKenzie, Registrar General and the Keeper at the National Records of Scotland, said:

‘ScotlandsPeople has gone from strength to strength since its launch ten years ago. I am delighted that in our special birthday year we’ll be enhancing this very popular resource for Scottish family history by adding hundreds of thousands of new wills from 1902 to 1925.’

Visit for more information.


Plans for new Renfrewshire School

Plans for new £18 million school for pupils with special educational support needs

Children with special educational support needs could soon be enjoying the benefits of an £18million, state-of-the-art school if Renfrewshire Council can secure £9 million match funding from the Scottish Futures Trust (SFT).

Education and Leisure Services have already been discussing the options with local parents and will seek approval for a full consultation exercise at the Council meeting on 27 September.

If the funding can be secured the school could be open by summer 2016.

Under the proposals Clippens School, Kersland School and the Hollybush Pre 5 Centre would close. They would be replaced by a larger, single building, designed from the ground up to meet the specific requirements of children with special educational support needs.

Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board, said, “Kersland School and Clippens School both have an unrivalled reputation for the excellent quality of the teaching and care that they provide. What is required is accommodation that meets the same exacting standards.

“Consultation is the key to this process. We have held meetings with parents and will continue to do so on a regular basis throughout this process. We will listen to parents and we will be guided by their wishes.

“We recognise that the physical environment at Clippens and Kersland does not meet the learning and development needs of the pupils who use the schools. It simply isn’t good enough that in Clippens we have a two storey building where many of the pupils use wheelchairs.

“If we can get the funding from the SFT, we have an opportunity to provide local children, who have special educational needs, with the facilities that they deserve, facilities which are fit for the 21st century.”

The new school would provide:

  • · better access to PE and sporting facilities
  • · better ICT facilities
  • · specifically designed outdoor areas
  • · improved personal care areas which would help promote pupils’ independence and dignity
  • · improved accessibility and more effective support for pupils with sensory and physical difficulties.

Schools are normally judged on how close they are to the maximum number of pupils they can take, their physical condition and the suitability of their facilities.

Kersland School is currently overcrowded. It was designed for 65 pupils but currently has 81. Clippens School is satisfactory with a school roll of 58 against a capacity of 78. Hollybush Pre 5 Centre is severely underused with just 18 pupils, well below its maximum of 42.

Clippens and Kersland schools are both rated as ‘poor’ in terms of the conditions of the buildings while Hollybush is satisfactory.

Clippens was originally designed as a primary school and has two storeys. It has been modified to meet its pupils’ support needs but many are in wheelchairs and the building is unsuitable for them.

Kersland similarly scores poorly on suitability as the internal social areas and facilities are too small. Facilities are also spread over a number of annexes.

The Scottish Futures Trust is a public corporation, set up by the Scottish Government in September 2008, to improve public infrastructure investment.

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Glasgow Airport cash helps basketball starlets take on the cream of Europe

A group of promising young basketball players are set to play in a prestigious international tournament with a helping hand from the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund.

The St Mirren U18s girls team will test themselves against the best in Europe after being invited to take part in the Girona Basketball Tournament, which takes place every summer near Barcelona.

basketballpaisley 7The Paisley-based team is made up of 10 girls, some of whom are already internationalists, from Paisley, Erskine, Renfrew, Bishopton, Bridge of Weir and Houston. Their coaching team insists the event will enable them to develop as players by taking on the best that Europe has to offer.

They will relish the challenge after dominating in their own age group on these shores, winning the National League for the last three seasons – remaining undefeated in the process – and taking last season’s Scottish Cup.

The girls will depart for Spain on Thursday 20 September, with the opening friendly match taking place the following day, and £1,400 from the FlightPath Fund will be put towards the overall cost of the trip.

basketballpaisley manages the St Mirren women senior team as well as the U16s and more than 20 other teams of various ages and abilities. It recently launched a new logo with the slogan ‘Participation, Potential, Performance’.

The organisation has to meet the cost of flights, accommodation and meals during the trip. It also hopes to invest in new equipment, kit and additional training in advance of the event.

Chief Executive Lindsay Lang, who founded basketballpaisley in 1995 and is assistant coach of the team, said: “Spanish basketball and European basketball in general is very strong compared to the game here and this tournament will be another level for the girls, who have been very successful at national level here in Scotland.

“While many of them have played in Europe before, and represented their country, being invited to take part in this tournament is a benchmark. The money from the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund will help us meet the cost of the trip and we are extremely grateful for it.

“We hope the team will be able to compete, but regardless of the results it will be a great learning curve for them as it’s generally a different level of fitness and intensity with overseas teams. The girls are very excited about it.”

Maureen Jamieson, Glasgow Airport’s head of procurement, said: “basketballpaisley is a fantastic organisation which promotes participation in the sport at all levels in addition to managing several successful teams which have been dominating at national level in Scotland for several years now.

“To be invited to compete in an international tournament is a great achievement and we are happy to support the development of the very successful St Mirren U18s girls team. We wish them every success in the event, but most of all we hope they enjoy taking part in it.”

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

Paisley Abbey Britain from above

History of Scotland 1 – LLNG07016 Credit and Level:10 points SCQF Level 7

Entry Requirements: LLNG07008 First Steps in IT or Basic IT competence

Assessment: Group project

Paisley Abbey Britain from aboveDelivery/Location:

Tuesday 6-9pm, September – Hamilton  from 25th Sept

Wednesday 6-9pm, September – Paisley from 26th Sept

Fee: £110 – Can be funded though ILA and first time students may qualify for a fee waver depending on their benefits.


This module aims to introduce students to the history of Scotland from the 5th Century to the 15th Century, and to encourage recognition of the complexity of Scotland’s past,

through the study of primary and secondary sources. During this period Scotland emerged as a unified entity within the British Isles and established a national identity that

still remains today. The wars that led to the development of Scotland from a number of different kingdoms, and the later Wars of Independence fought between Scotland and

England, are central to this module.  Although the Focus is on Scotland, Paisley and Renfrewshire are dominant in the module giving participants a good introduction to local history as well as National, as does the 1697 Witch hunt case, where i spend a session looking at the accusations and its background.


Family Histories LLNG07014 Credit and Level: 10 points SCQF Level 7

Entry Requirements: LLNG07008 First Steps in IT/Basic IT competence

Assessment: Individual coursework, including family tree

Delivery/Location: Monday 6-9pm, September – Paisley from 24th Sept

NB. This module is delivered over 10 weeks.

Fee: £110 Can be funded though ILA and first time students may qualify for a fee waver depending on their benefits.


This module will introduce the main issues associated with genealogical research in Britain and Ireland. It will embed basic research techniques for conducting online

and practical archive enquiry within the broader historical context of the west of Scotland in particular and the British Isles generally.

You will learn how to identify the key historical resources involved in genealogical research, notably the census, birth, death and marriage registers, and how to extract

and collate this information in the form of a ’family tree.’ This module will also give you an understanding of the economic, social and political circumstances that shaped

the life experiences of previous generations dating back to the early-Victorian era. The classes will consist of a combination of lectures and practical tutorials working

with family tree-building software such as that offered by MyHeritage, and online resources, in particular the official records made available through

Please note: there will be additional costs to participate fully in this module. These concern the downloading of certificates and documents from the governmental agency run Scotland’s People website.

Lifelong Learning –  0141 848 3193

or Email:

graduate recruitment initiative

Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce

Chamber delivers new pilot to encourage SME growth – The Graduate Recruitment Incentive

Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce has been chosen as one of 4 Scottish Chamber areas for a new Scottish Government pilot taking place between Sep 2012 & March 2013, aimed at encouraging small, local businesses to employ a graduate. (Other areas include Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway). The Graduate Recruitment Incentive (GRI) is a payment of at least £3,000, available for employers that successfully employing a graduate into a new, permanent position.

graduate recruitment initiative Commenting on the new initiative Chamber Chief Exec’ Bob Davidson said “…. for companies based in Renfrewshire of 50 staff or less, this incentive of at least £3000 allows local businesses to grow by employing a graduate. We hope this incentive will encourage organisations from all sectors to create a new position for a graduate and help move their company forward. Combining this with the new Invest in Renfrewshire programme from Renfrewshire Council – there is great support available to reduce youth unemployment and grow the local economy”.

For information on the GRI please visit or call Bob Grant on 0141 847 5455

Paisley Underground

Paisley Underground presents Fence Records: The Pictish Trail plus Randolph’s Leap solo set

The second night of live music on the trifecta of Paisley Underground gigs sees Fence Records artists, The Pictish Trail and Randolph’s Leap take to the stage on Friday 5 October at Paisley Arts Centre after a free panel event featuring music industry professionals.

The Pictish Trail is the nom de plume of singer-songwriter Johnny Lynch, who, alongside Kenny (King Creosote) Anderson, runs micro-indie DIY-folk collective Fence Records, from a remote fishing village in Fife, Scotland. His music is a sonorous mixture of acoustic driven balladry and lo-fi synthesised pop that has been described as a “post-summer trove of sun-warped electro, anamorphic folk” (Plan B Magazine). Pictish Trail has recorded various albums, EP’s and singles of his own material for the Fence label – working with a number of artists such as King Creosote, James Yorkston, and KT Tunstall amongst others, along the way.

A mixture of pop through to folk, Randolph’s Leap will perform an intimate acoustic set courtesy of their guitarist and vocalist Adam Ross. Normally an 8-piece band from Glasgow, Randolph’s Leap are set to follow up their recent lo-fi cassette album ‘The Curse of the Haunted Headphones’ with a brand new polyphonic EP on Fence Records later this year.

Paisley Underground is once again providing platforms for local artists by offering Reid Kerr College students KiDD, a support slot for the show on October 5.

A free, music industry led panel event will be running prior to the show on October 5 offering keen musicians and industry enthusiasts the unique opportunity to put their questions on artist management directly to the experts. The panel event ‘Step into my office, baby’, will start at 6pm at Paisley Arts Centre on October 5 and while tickets are free, customers should reserve a place via the booking office, 0141 887 1010. A full list of panel members can be found at or

The final label will be Still to come, the mighty Chemikal Underground record label with Human Don’t Be Angry and Miaoux Miaoux, playing from a Spiegeltent on County Square on October 25, as part of The Spree festival.

Doors open at 8pm. Tickets cost £12 (£10 conc) and can be bought from the box office by calling 0141 887 1010 or by logging onto

For further information on Paisley Underground, future events and exhibitions log onto or follow us on

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Active Renfrewshire

12,000 get Active in Renfrewshire 

Thousands of children in Renfrewshire are swapping the sofa for the sports hall according to a new report.

Last year over 12,000 pupils took part in lessons, events and taster sessions designed to make local children more active and help to build up the area’s sporting infrastructure. The figures are contained in the 2011/12 annual report for Active Schools – a partnership which promotes healthy lifestyles and involvement in sport.

The intensive sporting activity over 2011/12 generated a significant haul of precious metals for Renfrewshire. Pupils won 10 gold medals and three silvers at events outside the region. Six competitors from the Paisley Piranhas Swimming Club secured a further eight gold medals and two silver medals at the regional championships at the Scotstoun Leisure Centre.

Councillor Iain McMillan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Community and Family Care Policy Board, said, “Our Active Schools programme is a key part of our drive to deliver on the National Physical Activity Strategy, ‘Let’s Make Scotland More Active.’

“Active Schools is about building exercise into young people’s lives by developing Renfrewshire’s sporting infrastructure. A major part of the programme is to train the trainers and create qualified coaches who can take their expertise into the community. Over 400 volunteer coaches have been recruited, trained and deployed. These figures show that we are achieving our goals.

“But this isn’t just about hitting targets. Active Schools helps pupils develop a lifelong passion for sports that will protect their health and build their fitness. Not only that but we are now seeing graduates from the training programmes going on to represent Scotland in our national teams.”

The foundation for the programme’s success is this core of trainers which consists mainly of teachers and students from the Renfrewshire School of Sport Education and other award programmes. These help pupils acquire essential life skills such as team working, organisation and communication.

The Active Schools programme for primaries involves seven key sports: tennis, badminton, hockey, rugby, basketball, netball and athletics. It also includes dance events.

Between August and March 2011 some 382 clubs were open to pupils in primaries one to seven. These prepared the 8,822 participants for the Gateway to the Games event held during National School Sports Week 2012. The primary school programme also enabled pupils to take part in 44 sporting festivals.

Over 800 pupils got involved in primary school football and netball leagues and another 600 took part in two dance performance evenings held in March 2012 with partners, Infusion Dance.

St Mirren Football Club and the Scottish Football Association helped deliver a six week football programme for primary twos and threes in 12 primary schools. Similar programmes were also held for rugby, hockey and basket ball.

The secondary Active Schools programme focused on badminton, hockey, rugby, tennis and volleyball. Dance and fitness clubs were also provided in all schools to target girls and young women.

Fit for Girls, an innovative new scheme supported by the Youth Sport Trust and Sportscotland ran in seven secondary and two special schools. The aim of the project is to encourage less active girls to take part in all-girl activities which are designed to build their self-confidence and remind them that sport can be fun.

Girl’s rugby was a prominent feature of the Active Schools during 2011/12. One hundred girls took part in the first ever West of Scotland 7s tournament at Scotstoun Leisure Centre. A girl’s rugby academy has also been established for primary six to S6 and 30 pupils regularly attend training. Two of the pupils were selected for the West Under 18s in 2011 and are now playing in the Scotland Women’s Under 20 squad.

Pupils from Renfrewshire’s special schools took part in the Renfrewshire Special Games and hosted two regional events for children with a disability – the West of Scotland Junior Boccia Championship and the Renfrewshire ASN Indoor Athletics Championship.

Active Schools’ key sports are developed and delivered with relevant local clubs including Paisley and Bishopton Rugby Clubs, Kelburne Hockey Club, Strathgryffe Tennis Club, Basketball Paisley, Kilbarchan Athletics Club and Netball Renfrewshire. This partnership approach encourages pupils to become more involved in community club sports.

Courtesy of Renfrewshire Council

Episcopal Church Paisley by Anne Mcnair

Paisley Photographs

Paisley Photographs of Paisley Episcopal Church taken on Doors Open Day 2012 by Anne Mcnair for

Church of the Holy Trinity & St Barnabas

The Scottish Episcopal Church is a self-governing province of the worldwide Anglican Communion. Within that family our nearest sisters are the Church in Wales, the Church of Ireland and the Church of England.

It is called Scottish because we trace our history back to the earliest known Christian communities in Scotland about 400 CE. It is Episcopal (from the word for bishops) because we maintain the three orders of bishop, priest and deacon, dating from the early Church. Women have been ordained as priests since 1994 and legislation passed in 2003 allows women priests to become bishops.

Scotland is divided into seven dioceses or areas that are under the care and leadership of a Bishop. Each diocese has a mother church, called the Cathedral which is the focus of the worshipping life of the diocese at different times in the year.

There are 325 congregations in Scotland and 325 active priests (although only 176 are full-time). We have approximately 52 000 members. Congregations vary in size from 4 or 5 people meeting together in a house on one of the western isles to over 900 on a Sunday in one of the Edinburgh churches. The Scottish Episcopal Church is a lively church; liturgical innovation is encouraged, built around our distinctive Scottish liturgy and influenced by the rediscovery of our Celtic roots.

The Scottish Episcopal Church is an open and inclusive family welcoming all who wish to belong.

Sma Shot cottages taken by Mags MacGee

Paisley Photographs

Paisley Photographs of Sma Shot CottagesSma Shot Cottages taken on Doors Open Day 2012 by Mags MacGee for

Sma Shot Cottages

Sma Shot Cottages, Paisley is a fully restored and furnished 18th century weavers cottages with photographs, artifacts of local interest and a tearoom. Also featuring a row of mill workers houses from the 1840’s. Out with opening hours visits are by prior arrangement.

the cottage on the left is a typical weaver’s cottage and is one of the only two remaining in Paisley. It was originally built in the 1740′s and its layout exactly matches written descriptions of such cottages as found in histories of the town. Slight alterations were made during the 1800′s in order to increase the size of the back room, thus providing more living space for the weaver and his family.

The cottage has three rooms, two of which were living quarters, the third being a loom shop where the weaver and his family worked.
Back in the 1700′s the cottage was a workshop as well as a home. Over and above looking after her husband, her children and the cottage, the weaver’s wife would spin and use the pirnwheel.

The weaver would have to work very long hours in order to make enough money to support his wife and family.

Find more information on Sma Shot Cottages on this website and on the Sma Shot website