Hot off the hooves of the British equestrian team’s success at the Olympics, horse-riding stars of the future will be racing to Renfrewshire for a major four-day international competition this week.

Thousands of people from across the UK and Ireland will be galloping into Renfrewshire for the Scottish leg of the Home Pony International Series being hosted at Ingliston Country Club, in Bishopton.

It will be the first time the major competition has been held in Renfrewshire where it will continue to be held for the next three years.

The competition will see potential Olympic riders of the future competing at Ingliston Country Club, which has been named the top equestrian venue in the UK for the last two years, is also part of the bid to bring the Youth Olympics to Glasgow in 2018.

Top junior show-jumpers from across the UK and Ireland will compete over four days, in six arenas, with more than 500 ponies and the event is expected to draw huge crowds over the weekend.

Paul Fraser, owner of Ingliston Country Club, said: “This event will see some of the very best young riders competing in one of the biggest equestrian competitions in the UK, some of whom without doubt will be big names in horse-riding in years to come. It’s a massive event and a real coup to have it coming to Renfrewshire not just this year but for the next three years.

“The event is completely free and open to everyone. You don’t have to know anything about horses to come along and it’s a wonderful opportunity to see the top young sportsmen and women in their field competing live.”

Ingliston Country Club is one of 84 local businesses to have signed up to Renfrewshire Council’s Invest In Renfrewshire campaign to reduce youth unemployment and support the local business community. Local young people taken on by the country club as apprentices under the scheme will be among the large numbers of staff working throughout the weekend.

The event will be officially opened on Thursday 9 August by Renfrewshire’s Depute Provost John Caldwell.

He said: “This really is a major sporting event taking place right on our doorstep, bringing with it not only enormously talented riders from across the UK, but also a huge number of horse-riding fans and tourists which will be a major economic boost to the whole area. It’s also great to see young apprentices gaining valuable experience working at such a big competition. I’m really looking forward to experiencing the atmosphere and hope to see lots of local residents making the most of this wonderful opportunity.”

The Scottish leg of the Home Pony International Series will take place at Ingliston Country Club, Bishopton, from Thursday 9 August to Sunday 12 August.

Ingliston Country Club can be reached off junction 31 of the M8.

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Thank you for your interest in advertising on www.paisley.org.uk. We are a community website which is run by volunteers.

We have on average 15,000 visitors per day with a huge number of page views.
Our Facebook pages have a combination of 2,400 likes (last month we had 250,000 views on our posts alone) and we have accumulated over 3,000 followers in our various Twitter pages.

We also have 2,500 registered users on the website. Now, is this the kind of advertising network that sounds appealing to your business?

How this can be of benefit to you?

We can now offer an introductory price of £150 for six months which puts your logo in every page (front page is exempt) and your ad goes out on Facebook twice a week.

We have two advertising positions to offer: First, a text link which is cost effective and can be placed in the footer of our pages (over 5220 indexed pages so therefore 5220 link backs to your own website). This can be purchased at a yearly rate of £100 or a monthly rate of £25 and uses either your business name or your keywords. It points at a webpage or landing page of your choice, no minimum contract.

We also have image links which have to fit within our website principles of promoting the town and businesses. An image can be created by ourselves or supplied by you, the position of which can vary on the main www.paisley.org.uk page and will also go inside every section.

Prices are as follows:

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  • To advertise on the front page it is £100 per month.
  • To advertise throughout the website it is £50 per month.
  • Text Link in footer £100 per year
  • rates are negotiable

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We are not sponsored by Renfrewshire Council or any other organisation and rely on any funds coming into the website being spent on maintenance and upkeep of the website, hosting etc. We have some plans for further promotions of the town and would like your help to do this.

We do not see your advertising on the website as a one way street with Paisley.org.uk being the winner, we see it as a partnership. We will promote all businesses that advertise on our website through blog posts, Facebook group, twitter and other social media websites, which have over 3,000 fans or likes on our various networks. We would love for you to be part of this.

To contact us please email Brian on brian@paisley.org.uk or use our contact form below.
You don’t have to have a business in Paisley to support or advertise on the website, we would like to advertise any Paisley owned business throughout the world….
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Use our Contact Page by clicking here, specify in the comments that you would like to advertise and we shall call you back a.s.a.p.

Two Rivers Music Festival this Saturday the 4th August in County Square 12pm – 8pm. (see Poster for details)

 

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The race is on! 10k winners announced as event gets closer

With three weeks to go until the Paisley Vision 10k and Fun Run, eight lucky winners have snapped up free registration to the major sporting event.

Event sponsors MEPC Hillington Park made the winning draw and Councillor Iain McMillan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Community and Family Care Policy Board, was on hand to congratulate the budding runners.

Councillor McMillan said: “My congratulations go to the lucky winners. It was a pleasure to meet them and we were able to share some running tips as we’ll all be taking part in the event. The 10k is flat, fast and takes competitors through the historic town centre, along Paisley canal and Kilmacolm cycle track. It’s a fantastic route.

“With just over three weeks to go, I’d urge as many local people as possible to sign up to take part. Why not take part as a family or a larger group? And if you’re not sure about doing the 10k – there’s the Fun Run as well. This year’s event is shaping up to be best yet, so don’t miss out.”

The event takes place on Sunday 26 August at 10am. Last year around 1,600 people took part. The Fun Run starts at 12.15pm.

Grant Edmondson, Managing Director of MEPC Hillington Park (event sponsors) said: “MEPC is delighted to sponsor one of Renfrewshire’s most prestigious sporting events. I would encourage everyone to take part or support the runners in some way. Best of luck to all involved”

MEPC gave 500 staff at its occupying companies the chance to take part in the draw. The winners are:
– John McGeady: Centri Force Engineering Co Ltd
– Graeme Fleming: Caledonian Industries Ltd
– Paul O’Brian: National Milk Labs
– Ewan Fisher: Haven Products Ltd
– Louise Cullen: Balfour Beatty Engineering Services Ltd
– Tracey McKenna: BAA (Business Support Centre Ltd)
– Viki Wilkinson: Cromwell
– Mandy McAulay: Johnson Construction UK Ltd

This year runners will also raise the profile of Renfrewshire as a Fairtrade Zone by sporting Fairtrade cotton t-shirts sponsored by MEPC Hillington Park– that is also Renfrewshire’s Fairtrade Flagship employer.

Entry information

The entry fee for the 10k is £18. There’s a group discount where one free entry is offered for every five paying entries when registering online.

The entry fee for the Fun Run is £8 for adults and £6 for children under 16. The adult and child discount offers a joint entry for £12.

Scottish Athletics League members are eligible for a further £2 discount.

Enter online at www.paisley10k.com

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What’s On in Renfrewshire!

We have a fantastic season lined up for what’s on Renfrewshire – tickets now on sale! (all text courtesy of Renfrewshire Council)
Full details of performances, exhibitions, films, classes and events are available in our ‘What’s On Guide’. Get your FREE copy at Paisley Town Hall, Paisley Arts Centre or Paisley Museum.

Bookings and information:
Paisley Arts Centre, New St, Paisley PA1 1EZ
Tel: 0141 887 1010 (Mon – Fri:9.15am – 4.45pm – closed 12.30pm – 1.30pm Sat: 9.45am – 4.45pm – closed 12.30pm – 1.30pm)
Online: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking

Solar Viewings

Every Thursday afternoon, 2pm to 4pm from 12 July to 31 August
Coats Observatory
£FREE (No booking necessary)

We all owe our existence to the Sun. Without it, life on Earth would be impossible. The Sun provides heat, light, nourishment for plant and animal life right down to the very atoms that make up our bodies, …which are made of the same material found inside the Sun.

Safely view the Sun through the special telescopes housed in Coats Observatory. See sunspots, prominences and solar flares and learn more about our nearest star.

Please note that Solar viewing is weather dependent and will not take place in the event of thick cloud or rain.

Sunday 22 July
Paisley Town Hall, 7.30pm
£14 (£12 conc)

You are invited to come along and see Britain’s longest running tribute to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr; The Rat Pack is Back on Sunday 22 July with the fabulous Don Hunt Swing Band.

Frank, Sammy & Dean take you on a trip to the strip in Las Vegas to the Sands hotel where they performed all the classics.

The hit show perfectly captures not only the music and comedy of the original legends, but also the personalities of the stars who ruled the entertainment world from Las Vegas. Don Hunt from the Swing Band is also no stranger to the Rat Pack having played on shows featuring the real Sammy Davis Jnr.

 

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Family Events and Classes: Crazy Olympic Camp

Mon 30 July – Fri 3 Aug
Paisley Museum, 10am – 3pm
£31 (£23.50 conc for those in receipt of full working tax credit)
Suitable for ages 8-14

With the official launch of London 2012 upon us in just two short weeks, Renfrewshire Arts and Museums is gearing up for the fun with a themed summer workshop focusing on all things Olympic!

Using animation, film, drama, music and visual arts, our award winning Community Outreach team will be on hand to help children create and prepare their very own country for entry into the Crazy Olympic Games! The week of fun-filled, creative activities will culminate in an ‘Opening Ceremony’ on Friday 3 Aug, at which children will have the chance to show off their country’s flag and team uniform to their parents, families and friends.

To book call 0141 887 1010, max 25 places. Participants are asked to bring a packed lunch.

Exhibitions at Paisley Museum

Sixty Years, Six Lives
A photography exhibition from Ian Berry (Magnum Photos)

Tues 19 June – Sun 12 August
FREE (associated with The UN Refugee Agency and Scottish Refugee Council)

Photographer Ian Berry is known worldwide for his arresting, evocative photos – and as a member of the celebrated cooperative, Magnum Photos. Magnum Photos was formed following the Second World War by pioneers of photo-journalism including Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson. Today its photographers continue to chronicle the world and its people, with a powerful, individual vision. To mark the 60th anniversary of the UN Refugee Convention the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has partnered with Ian Berry and Magnum Photos to produce this exciting exhibition. Berry has photographed refugees around the UK, including Scotland, who came here seeking safety since the 1950s.

Equals

Friday 29 June – Sun 21 October
FREE

Following the popular “Paisley’s Glasgow Boys” exhibition, now the girls are back in town! This exhibition celebrates a century of female artistic creativity, including new acquisitions for the permanent collection at Paisley Museum.

There is an emphasis on artists associated with Glasgow School of Art, from trail-blazing Glasgow Girls, Olive Carleton Smyth and Stansmore Dean, through to their successors such as Joan Eardley and contemporary artist Mary Redmond, whose newly commissioned work is shown here for the first time.

Paisley MuseumHerstory Portraits

Friday 29 June – Sun 21 October
Free

An exhibition of work by Glasgow-based artist Sharon Thomas, Herstory Portrait presents egg-tempera portraits of seven inspirational women, several of whom are the first females to gain key positions in their respective professions. Herstory Portrait includes preparatory sketches and is a unique opportunity to see inside the artist’s process.

Developed over the span of the last year its primary focus is on mapping female power and influence in Glasgow today and further afield but with a compass leg positioned firmly in the experience of Thomas; a female artist making paintings in the 21st Century in Glasgow.

Big Summer Chill

Tues 10 July – Sun 19 August
Free

The next 2000th & 3000th visitor is a winner!

Forget expensive foreign travel and rainy British beaches…you can have your summer holiday at Paisley Museum, where we’re bringing the seaside inside. An interactive natural history exhibition for all the family, no matter what the weather is like outside.

Activities include:

– Games zone with themed board games
– Interactive fishing game
– Art corner
– Story corner
– Soft play ‘rock pool’
– Boat for smaller children to play in

There will also be a chance to win some family passes to M&D’s Theme Park!! Every 1000th, 2000th and 3000th visitor is a winner.

Check in for the town’s top holiday destination, it’s FREE!

Why not drop in for your chance to be part of our summer holiday installation! Simply fill out one of the luggage labels explaining:

1. Your best holiday memory
2. Your ideal holiday destination if money was no object

Pipe bands from across the UK will head to Paisley for the town’s growing Pipe Band Competition this weekend.

Bands from Milngavie to Manchester will take part in the national competition on Saturday 21 July presided over by Depute Provost John Caldwell.

This will be the third Paisley Pipe Band Competition which has become a key event in the lead up to the World Pipe Band Championships with bands coming from further across the UK this year including greater Manchester and Morpeth in Northumberland.

There will also be competitors from Milngavie, East Kilbride and Irvine as well as local bands from Paisley, Johnstone and Renfrew.

The event kicks off at 12pm with the main band competition taking place in County Square. There will also be a High Street competition from 12.15pm. The day culminates at 5.30pm with all the bands taking part in a ‘march past’ before Depute Provost Caldwell awards the winning competitors with their prizes.

Depute Provost Caldwell said: “I am really looking forward to presiding over the Paisley Pipe Band Competition for the first time. It’s great to have bands coming from all over to compete and perform in front of the people of Renfrewshire.

“As well as a competition it’s a fun day of entertainment for everyone and I hope to see lots of people out enjoying the fun.”

Paisley Pipe Band Competition is run by Renfrewshire Council in conjunction with the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association.

What’s On in Renfrewshire!
We have a fantastic season lined up – tickets now on sale!

Full details of performances, exhibitions, films, classes and events are available in our ‘What’s On Guide’. Get your FREE copy at Paisley Town Hall, Paisley Arts Centre or Paisley Museum.

Bookings and information:
Paisley Arts Centre, New St, Paisley PA1 1EZ
Tel: 0141 887 1010 (Mon – Fri:9.15am – 4.45pm – closed 12.30pm – 1.30pm Sat: 9.45am – 4.45pm – closed 12.30pm – 1.30pm)
Online: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking

Coming up……

Solar Viewings

Every Thursday afternoon, 2pm to 4pm from 12 July to 31 August
Coats Observatory
£FREE (No booking necessary)

We all owe our existence to the Sun. Without it, life on Earth would be impossible. The Sun provides heat, light, nourishment for plant and animal life right down to the very atoms that make up our bodies, …which are made of the same material found inside the Sun.

Safely view the Sun through the special telescopes housed in Coats Observatory. See sunspots, prominences and solar flares and learn more about our nearest star.

Please note that Solar viewing is weather dependent and will not take place in the event of thick cloud or rain.

Music: The Rat Pack is Back

Sunday 22 July
Paisley Town Hall, 7.30pm
£14 (£12 conc)

You are invited to come along and see Britain’s longest running tribute to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr; The Rat Pack is Back on Sunday 22 July with the fabulous Don Hunt Swing Band.

Frank, Sammy & Dean take you on a trip to the strip in Las Vegas to the Sands hotel where they performed all the classics.

The hit show perfectly captures not only the music and comedy of the original legends, but also the personalities of the stars who ruled the entertainment world from Las Vegas. Don Hunt from the Swing Band is also no stranger to the Rat Pack having played on shows featuring the real Sammy Davis Jnr.

The first 3 people to email us at ram.els@renfrewshire.gov.uk with ‘VIP TICKETS PLEASE’ in the subject will win a pair VIP ‘Meet & Greet’ tickets, where lucky winners will be invited backstage to meet the band and have their photograph taken with the Las Vegas legends.!

Family Events and Classes: Crazy Olympic Camp

Mon 30 July – Fri 3 Aug
Paisley Museum, 10am – 3pm
£31 (£23.50 conc for those in receipt of full working tax credit)
Suitable for ages 8-14

With the official launch of London 2012 upon us in just two short weeks, Renfrewshire Arts and Museums is gearing up for the fun with a themed summer workshop focusing on all things Olympic!

Using animation, film, drama, music and visual arts, our award winning Community Outreach team will be on hand to help children create and prepare their very own country for entry into the Crazy Olympic Games! The week of fun-filled, creative activities will culminate in an ‘Opening Ceremony’ on Friday 3 Aug, at which children will have the chance to show off their country’s flag and team uniform to their parents, families and friends.

To book call 0141 887 1010, max 25 places. Participants are asked to bring a packed lunch.

Exhibitions at Paisley Museum

Sixty Years, Six Lives
A photography exhibition from Ian Berry (Magnum Photos)

Tues 19 June – Sun 12 August
FREE (associated with The UN Refugee Agency and Scottish Refugee Council)

Photographer Ian Berry is known worldwide for his arresting, evocative photos – and as a member of the celebrated cooperative, Magnum Photos. Magnum Photos was formed following the Second World War by pioneers of photo-journalism including Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson. Today its photographers continue to chronicle the world and its people, with a powerful, individual vision. To mark the 60th anniversary of the UN Refugee Convention the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has partnered with Ian Berry and Magnum Photos to produce this exciting exhibition. Berry has photographed refugees around the UK, including Scotland, who came here seeking safety since the 1950s.

Equals

Friday 29 June – Sun 21 October
FREE

Following the popular “Paisley’s Glasgow Boys” exhibition, now the girls are back in town! This exhibition celebrates a century of female artistic creativity, including new acquisitions for the permanent collection at Paisley Museum.

There is an emphasis on artists associated with Glasgow School of Art, from trail-blazing Glasgow Girls, Olive Carleton Smyth and Stansmore Dean, through to their successors such as Joan Eardley and contemporary artist Mary Redmond, whose newly commissioned work is shown here for the first time.

Herstory Portraits

Friday 29 June – Sun 21 October
Free

An exhibition of work by Glasgow-based artist Sharon Thomas, Herstory Portrait presents egg-tempera portraits of seven inspirational women, several of whom are the first females to gain key positions in their respective professions. Herstory Portrait includes preparatory sketches and is a unique opportunity to see inside the artist’s process.

Developed over the span of the last year its primary focus is on mapping female power and influence in Glasgow today and further afield but with a compass leg positioned firmly in the experience of Thomas; a female artist making paintings in the 21st Century in Glasgow.

Big Summer Chill

Tues 10 July – Sun 19 August
Free

Every 1000th, 2000th & 3000th visitor is a winner!

Forget expensive foreign travel and rainy British beaches…you can have your summer holiday at Paisley Museum, where we’re bringing the seaside inside. An interactive natural history exhibition for all the family, no matter what the weather is like outside.

Activities include:

– Games zone with themed board games
– Interactive fishing game
– Art corner
– Story corner
– Soft play ‘rock pool’
– Boat for smaller children to play in

There will also be a chance to win some family passes to M&D’s Theme Park!! Every 1000th, 2000th and 3000th visitor is a winner.

Check in for the town’s top holiday destination, it’s FREE!

Why not drop in for your chance to be part of our summer holiday installation! Simply fill out one of the luggage labels explaining:

1. Your best holiday memory
2. Your ideal holiday destination if money was no object

Win With Us
Congratulations to our lucky winner M. Tomlinson of Renfrew, who took just a few minutes to fill in a short survey after attending Renfrew Gala Day and won a £30 gift card for Braehead.

We value your opinions and are always striving to provide you with the best possible service. Please take our quick survey and tell us what you think. Thank you.

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Local people are being urged to put their best foot forward for a big hearted charity walk on Tuesday.

The Barshaw Big Heart Charity Walk will take place on Tuesday 19 June to commemorate 100 years of Barshaw Park and to celebrate Paisley being a heart town.

A two mile walk begins from Paisley Town Hall at 11am, or you can join the group at Barshaw Park gate at 11.45am for a one mile walk around the park.

The theme is ‘red’ and those taking part are being asked to bring a donation (or sponsorship) as an entry fee with all proceeds going to the British Heart Foundation.

Councillor Iain McMillan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Community and Family Care Policy Board, said: “We’re very proud that Paisley is a Heart Town and the Barshaw Big Heart Charity Walk is a wonderful opportunity for local people to contribute towards the British Heart Foundation, while getting active at the same time.

“I’m delighted that this will also celebrating the fact that Barshaw Park is 100 years old and I’d urge as many local people as possible to don their walking shoes and head along to enjoy some fresh air.”

Further information is available from Senga McLeod, walking development officer at senga.mcleod@renfrewshire.gov.uk or on 0141 889 1110.

Historical Adventures Theatre Company

Hi, my name is David O’Rorke, I run a theatre company called Historical Adventures Theatre Company and we specialise in school tours and youth theatre. The business is based in East Renfrewshire but as we are a touring theatre company your location doesn’t matter as we can come to you. For the most part the school tours are based on events in history and are in line with the current Curriculum for Excellence, but we will accept all topics. The youth theatre is based in Renfrewshire where we have 2 classes at the moment. One is on a Monday night at St. Aidan’s Church hall, Tower Road, Johnstone from 6.00 p.m. until 7.30 p.m. and the other is on a Thursday night at Foxbar Community Centre, Amochrie Road, Foxbar from 5.30 p.m. until 7.00 p.m. The age range for these classes is between 7 and 12 years old. The first class is free and thereafter it will be £3.50 per session. So please feel free to get in contact with me either if you are interested in a visit to your school or you want to sign your child up for one of the classes.

www.historical-adventures.co.uk

www.facebook.com/HistoricalAdventuresLtd

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Here is a list of places you will be able to vote at on the 3rd May 2012, please check first before going along as some of these places are subject to change.

http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/ilwwcm/publishing.nsf/AttachmentsByTitle/ce-LocalGovElectionPollingScheme.pdf/$FILE/ce-LocalGovElectionPollingScheme.pdf