Renfrewshire Mental Health Arts and Film Festival

Renfrewshire Mental Health Arts and Film Festival Programme 2012

The Big Drum Event

Renfrewshire Mental Health Arts and Film FestivalFrom the Charleston Drum of Paisley to the djembes of Buddy Beat. A collaboration of drumming groups creating a big drum circle. Come and listen, enjoy, get in the groove and join in.

Thurs 27 Sept

2-4 pm

Paisley Town Hall, Abbey Close, Paisley PA1 1JF]

Free

Information: 0141 842 3421

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Paisley Photographs

Here are some cracking Paisley Photographs sent in by one of our visitors, Hugh Craig, You too can send in your photographs of Paisley to be seen by our thousands of daily visitors by sending them with a description to brian@paisley.org.uk 

The photographs Hugh has sent in are as follows:

  • Gabriels gets a facelift. It’s the best pub in town.
  • Cloisters at The Abbey.
  • Arnott’s.
  • PaisleyTown Hall. The sun was behind the Clock Tower lighting up the skeleton of the scaffolding through the dust netting.

Paisley Townhall

In 1873 George A.Clark, a member of the famous thread family, left £20,000 in his will to build a Town Hall in his native Paisley.

A site was found next to the Abbey which was suitable under the terms of the will; the hall was to be in the New Town, east of the Cart, where George Clark had been born and where his family’s thread mills were.

The George A. Clark Town Hall was officially opened in January 1882 among great celebrations. A procession made its way through the decorated streets, and at night there was a firework display from the High Church steeple.

The impressive building became a landmark in Paisley. The taller of the two towers, with its sculptured figures representing the four seasons, housed a clock and a chime of bells which could play a different tune for every day of the month.

The many rooms of the Town Hall proved ideal for meetings and social events. By the 1980s, however, the chimes no longer worked and the halls and rooms were shabby and run-down. Plans for repair and modernization were drawn up.

By 1988, in time for the celebration of Paisley 500, the chiming mechanism in the bell-tower was restored. In 1990 work began on renovating the interior of the building, and as this continues we can see the Town Hall, over a hundred years old, ready to plan its full part again in Paisley life.

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Renfrewshire Chamber networking lunch

This month’s Renfrewshire Chamber networking lunch takes place at the Watermill Hotel in Paisley on the 27/9 with Andy McGeoch, Director of Marketing and Business Development with M&Co who this year are celebrating their 50th anniversary. The family business now based in Inchinnan has a turnover over in excess of £200M and employ almost 4,000 staff.

M&Co is one of the largest, privately-owned fashion retailers in the UK and has been selling quality clothing for 50 years. Originally a small family business of only 6 shops in Glasgow owned by the McGeoch family in the 1960s, M&Co, as they are now known

, has almost 300 stores nationwide.

To book please visit www.renfrewshirechamber.com or call 0141 847 5450

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Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce

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.

The Renfrewshire Chamber is a private company and is directed by a volunteer board selected from its members. Our team is 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.

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Sma Shot Cottages Public Ghost Hunt

Public Ghost Hunt run by Lanarkshire Paranormal to raise funds for the Sma’ Shot Cottages on Sunday 23rd September. Call 07837 949356 and ask for Janice, or visit the website (link below).

Lanarkshire Paranormal

Lanarkshire Paranormal are a dedicated team of paranormal researchers. Based in Scotland, we investigate both private locations and organize many nationwide events. With the latest in hi-tech equipment and over 16 years experience, Lanarkshire Paranormal are at the forefront of paranormal investigations. We are solely driven to find the truth behind the sightings and reports that have been debated for centuries. Lanarkshire Paranormal arrange and cooordinate exciting paranormal investigations throughout the country for people to experience the unexplained realms of the paranormal. Lanarkshire Paranormal are a non-profit organization, raising funds for many charities throughout the UK So please check our events pages for more details on how to book and secure your place for an experience you will never forget. If you would like us to visit your own property, please feel free to contact Lanarkshire Paranormal.

http://lanarkshireparanormal.co.uk

Sma Shot Cottages

sma shotSma 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.

11/17 George Place

Paisley

PA1 2HZ

Tel: 0141 889 1708

Fax: 0141 889 0530

Wed & Sat 1200-1600 Apr-September
http://www.smashot.co.uk

Paisley Abbey medieval Festival

Paisley Photographs of Paisley Abbey Medieval Festival

Here are some excellent Paisley Photographs sent in of the Paisley Abbey Medieval Festival which took place on September 15th 2012. All photographs are taken by John MacIntyre for www.paisley.org.uk 

Please click on one of the thumbnails below to see the full size image. Images are not to be used without permission.

Paisley Abbey Medieval Fair, Saturday 15 September 2012, 10.30 am to 4 pm, the 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 this event.

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 info@paisleyabbey.org.uk or hand in to any of the choir members.

You can find more events from Paisley Abbey on their website www.paisleyabbey.org.uk/events

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Paisley Fireworks and Christmas light switch on 2012

Double events boost for Paisley
Paisley is set for a double events boost after Renfrewshire Council decided to reintroduce two separate events in November for the Paisley Fireworks and Christmas Lights switch on.

The previous council combined the two events last year.

Abbey foreworksNow Renfrewshire Council has decided to bring them back as separate all-day events to start the countdown to Christmas in style.

The Paisley Fireworks Display will take place on Saturday 3 November.

The town’s Christmas Lights switch-on will be held on Saturday 10 November.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said the decision was reached after discussion with the business community and will deliver two “distinctive, cost-effective events” with increased local involvement.

“First and foremost, this council believes that Paisley deserves and can sustain two big events,” said Councillor Macmillan.

“I am sure that the move will be welcomed by Paisley residents and the thousands of visitors who come to the town to enjoy the festivities.

“It’s also important that we maximise the impact of these events as part of the continuing partnership approach to regenerate Paisley town centre. By having two big events with thousands coming in to Paisley throughout the day on two successive Saturdays, local retailers can get ready for a double boost to start the countdown to Christmas.

“We’ve seen several positive signs for Paisley in recent months.  Those include new shops coming soon to the former Littlewoods store on the High street, the announcement of major residential investment in Gilmour Street, the council’s recent decision to introduce free on street parking in the town centre on Saturdays, and our plans to encourage private property owners to tidy up the appearance of their buildings.”

“When I spoke to business leaders on how we could build on those achievements, there was unanimous backing for the council’s plans not only to restore but further boost these events.

“We are in the process of securing commercial sponsorship for the leading performers at the events.  That demonstrates the commitment of local retailers to our two event strategy and our broader programme for the town centre.

“We will also be increasing local participation and involvement in the town centre events. There are exciting plans to showcase local talent alongside more established performers.

“Overall, these plans are good for the community and economy of Paisley and I look forward to announcing more details in the next few weeks.”

Bob Davidson, chief executive of Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, said:  “Big events like these are great for Paisley – for businesses and  residents. And with the great turnout that I am sure these events will get, they’ll put Paisley proudly on the map as a great place for hosting events such as The Spree in October and the Royal National Mod next year. The Chamber encourages businesses to plan for these events and maximise the opportunity they bring – they are a great opportunity to attract new customers.”

Maureen Hill, Centre Manager at The Piazza Shopping Centre in Paisley, said:  “There’s a real buzz about Paisley on these big event days as tens of thousands of people come into the town centre.  It’s good news that Paisley will have two big events to launch the run up to Christmas.  I’m sure our stores in the Piazza will be looking to make the most of this opportunity and welcome existing and new customers.”

More details will be announced in the coming weeks on the performers and activities at both events.

To keep up to date with all the details follow @rencouncilnews on Twitter

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 info@paisleyabbey.org.uk or hand in to any of the choir members.

You can find more events from Paisley Abbey on their website www.paisleyabbey.org.uk/events or visit the Paisley Abbey official website

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ScotlandsPeople Website

Celebrating Ten Years of Tracing Scottish Ancestors!

the ScotlandsPeople website is ten years old in September 2012

The family history website, ScotlandsPeople.gov.uk, 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 ScotlandsPeople.gov.uk for more information.

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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.

www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

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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.