Johnstone Christmas Lights 2018

Thousands descended on Johnstone town centre to mark the start of the festive season this weekend at the annual Christmas Lights Switch On.

Johnstone Christmas Lights 2018

The Pulse FM DJs hosted a main stage in Houstoun Square packed with young up-and-coming talent who helped get everyone in the festive mood.

Youngsters in attendance were spoilt for choice with the chance to visit Santa’s Grotto as well as take part in free festive face painting and Christmas crafts.

Provost Cameron with competition winner Jonathan, 9, from St Anthony's and the Pulse FM DJs

Kids could also meet some of Santa’s reindeer and enjoy the funfair rides in the square.

A Christmas market was run by St Vincent’s Hospice with a selection of goodies available for those early Christmas present ideas.

At 5pm, Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron was joined by lucky competition winner, nine-year old Jonathan from St Anthony’s, on stage to push the button and light up Johnstone

Provost Cameron said: “It’s been another fantastic event and I was so pleased to see such a great turn out in Johnstone this year.

“I was honoured to have Jonathan with me to switch the lights on and I hope he had an incredible day that he will remember forever.”

The lights switch-on was organised by Renfrewshire Council as part of its town centre events programme.

Thorn Primary School

Pupils and teachers from Thorn Primary School in Johnstone have taken part in a “30 Challenge” for St. Vincent’s Hospice as part of their 30th Anniversary celebrations, raising an incredible £1,664.50.

Thorn Primary School

Primary 7 classes, teachers and staff each committed to walk, jog or run for 30 minutes every day for 30 days straight. Regardless of weather conditions, they faithfully brought their running kit to school every day to make sure they took part.

The primary 7 teachers, Mrs McLeod, Miss Murphy and Mrs Adams, were proud of all of the pupils for taking on this Challenge and giving it their all.

They said: “We noticed as the weeks went passed that there was an overall improvement in fitness and willingness to complete the challenge for such a worthy cause.  Our runs involved looping the entire school grounds which meant other pupils and staff could see our efforts, and often encouraged them to keep going. This definitely gave pupils the feel good factor.

“Pupils also did their own 30-minute walk, jog or run during the weekends and were supported greatly by parents in order to complete the Challenge.

“As teachers, we have felt really inspired by this 30-day Challenge and thoroughly enjoyed participating in and out of school. We are thankful to everyone who sponsored us and feel a great sense of achievement for the P7 pupils of Thorn and of course the money raised for St. Vincent’s which is such a worthy, local cause.”

If you would like to take part in your own 30 challenge, contact the Hospice directly info@svh.co.uk.

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On Saturday 1st December, Santa Clause is coming to Johnstone High Street as part of the St. Vincent’s Hospice Christmas Fayre from 12 – 5pm. With stalls, games, presents and real life reindeer, kick off the festive season with a day of fun for the whole family in aid of a good cause.

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Linda Campbell, Fundraiser for St. Vincent’s Hospice, said: “Our Christmas Fayre is set to be an absolutely incredible day, and we sincerely hope that you can join us on the day! Santa will be arriving at 12pm, and what an entrance he will be making, riding into town on a classic fire engine before meeting all the good boys and girls in his grotto.

“If that’s not enough, we also have a tombola, face painting and crafting, with some delicious cupcakes to keep the kids happy and energised all day. For the adults, we are also offering the chance to get in a bit of Christmas shopping with a fantastic selection of stalls, including hand crafted gifts, jewellery, handbags, scarves, Christmas decorations and rustic wooden garden ornaments. Perfect if you’re looking for something different to give to family and friends this year.

“One of the things we are most excited about, however, is our Preloved Lego Stall. Thanks to an amazing donation from 10-year old James Blair, our Hospice now not only has lots of Lego for children to play with, but it also means we have an amazing range of boxed Lego sets for sale, at a fraction of the price you would pay in the shops!”

For more information, email: Info@svh.co.uk.

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St. Vincent’s Hospice invite you to support their ‘Light up a Life ‘event   on Sunday 25th November.  This year begins at 4pm with a torchlight procession from their new footpath opposite Corseford School, with the service itself beginning around 4.25pm and official lighting and dedication shortly after.

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Chief Executive of St. Vincent’s Hospice, Kate Lennon, said: “Light up a Life is one of the most well loved and meaningful events of the Hospice calendar.  It is a chance for all of us to remember a loved one at a time of the year where traditions are important and emotions are heightened.

“This is also an opportunity to do something truly special by sponsoring a light in memory of a loved one or a special occasion, and making a meaningful difference to those who need it most.

“Over the last year, you have supported us to deliver over 1,400 bereavement support sessions to individuals, families, young people and children all of whom lost someone special in their life.

“The funding to do this comes directly from people just like all of you, our supporters in the community. Every penny raised from Light Up a Life goes directly towards providing the care and support needed by so many people at this time of year. As we come towards the end of our 30th Anniversary year, we hope that you will wrap up warm and come and join us for carols, readings, mince pies and hot drinks as we light up a life, this Christmas.”

To dedicate a light on the tree, visit: http://www.svh.co.uk/fundraising/light-up-a-life

Parking is available on the day of the event at Capability Scotland, Corseford School (Beith Road, PA10 2NS) with convenient access via our bus service or the new footpath across the road. Only disabled parking will be available in the Hospice grounds.

Provost Cameron with all sponsors

The stars in Renfrewshire’s communities are set to be honoured once again this year and the long-standing sponsors of the awards have shown their support once more.

Provost Cameron with all sponsors

Glasgow Airport Ltd, ACRE Industiral, UNISON Renfrewshire and the Piazza Shopping Centre have committed yet again to sponsoring one of the awards which aims to recognise the unsung heroes of Renfrewshire.

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Nominations for the 2019 awards are now open and will see six individuals or groups celebrated for their hard work and dedication within Renfrewshire.

Anyone who lives or works in Renfrewshire is invited to nominate in any of the following categories:

  • Community Volunteer (sponsored by Glasgow Airport Ltd)
  • Community Group (sponsored by the Piazza Shopping Centre)
  • Sporting Achievement (sponsored by ACRE Industrial)
  • Employee of the Year (sponsored by UNISON Renfrewshire)
  • Carers Award (sponsored by former Provost Nancy Allison)
  • Arts and Culture Award (sponsored by Renfrewshire Council)

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron said: “We’re delighted to have the continued support of our sponsors who make it possible for me to honour some of the amazing people in our communities.

“It’s a fantastic part of my role being able to reward the inspiring people we see nominated every year and I can’t wait to see who is put forward this year.

“Please don’t miss the chance to give that person or group the recognition they deserve and get your nominations in now.”

The deadline for entries to all categories is Wednesday 12 December.

The Provost will be joined by the award sponsors and other local elected members to choose the winners who will be invited, along with their nominator, to the awards ceremony on Friday 15 March 2019 and the Lynnhurst Hotel in Johnstone.

For more information, and to submit your nomination, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/provostawards2019, email provostawards@renfrewshire.gov.uk or call 0141 618 7102.

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A team of 14 staff and supporters from SPAR took on the daunting challenge of Zipsliding at high speed across the River Clyde for St. Vincent’s Hospice, bringing an impressive end to their fundraising efforts over the last several months, as they raised a staggering £6,500.

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SPAR Scotland, owned and operated by CJ Lang and Son, the largest independent retailing and distribution company in Scotland, are a proud Pearl Sponsor of St. Vincent’s Hospice as part of their 30th Anniversary year.

Taking place on Saturday 15th September, Team Spar joined a host of other supporters from around the community, and was made up of a wide variety of individuals, with some looking to remember a loved one, some aiming to conquer a fear of heights and others just looking for an adrenaline rush.

Commenting on the event, Fundraising Manager at St. Vincent’s Hospice, Carol-Anne Lamont, said: “The support from everyone at SPAR has been absolutely incredible and we cannot thank them, and all of the supporters who took part, for everything they have done for us. They have been fundraising for us consistently over the last several months, and had already donated an exceptional amount, before adding more than £4,000 to their total with the Zipslide.

“In spite of some winds which threatened to make the day a bit scarier than any of us had been expecting, it was a fantastic event, with everyone doing us proud as they sailed over the Clyde. Every single penny raised from this event makes a real difference to families from all walks of our community, allowing us to provide care and support for people during some of the most difficult times of their lives.”

St. Vincent’s Hospice is a specialist provider of palliative and Hospice care for individuals and families affected by life-limiting conditions from all across Renfrewshire. They also provide bereavement counselling and support for children and young people who have experienced the loss or illness of a loved one.

Area Manager for Spar, David Cunningham, said: “We are delighted to be given the opportunity to assist St. Vincent’s Hospice in the fundraising that allows them to continue to deliver the valuable care and support they provide within the community. All our staff had a fantastic time on the day and were delighted it helped contribute to such a worthy cause!”

If you would like to become involved and support St. Vincent’s Hospice, please visit: www.SVH.co.uk or email Info@svh.co.uk.

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‘Classics at Castle Semple’ Car show will return to the shores of Lochwinnoch for its 8th year this Sunday, 21st October 2018, with proceeds going towards supporting St. Vincent’s Hospice.

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An essential for any car lover and a fun day out for the whole family, the event will run from 11am until 3pm, with special attractions, extremely rare models and prizes to be won.

Chosen charity for the event, St. Vincent’s Hospice, is a specialist provider of palliative and hospice care for people and families affected by life limiting conditions from all across Renfrewshire.

Event Organiser and Visitor Centre Assistant at Castle Semple, Jane Fawcett, said: “This year sees 50 years since the Ford Escort first came onto the market, and we will have a few fine examples of this classic, alongside some American stars, stunning Triumphs, Morris’, Austins and even the much loved Beardmore Taxi.”

“Special attractions on the day will include a Vauxhall Wyvern, Alfa Alfetta, Citroen Traction and the extremely rare 1946 Fordson Van. The cars will be competing for the prizes of Best in Show, sponsored by Power Doors, and Judges Choice, sponsored by Clyde Muirshiel. With everything to play for, everyone get polishing and we will see you on Sunday.”

This week, St. Vincent’s Hospice, are taking part in Hospice Care Week 2018 and are looking for your help in shaping the future of their services.


The theme for this year is “Heart My Hospice”, led by the national hospice and palliative care charity, Hospice UK, and St. Vincent’s are asking you to get involved in a very simple way – by sharing your voice as part of their Community Services Review.

Director of Care for St. Vincent’s, Brona McGee, said: “Hospice Care Week aims to encourage people to become actively involved in supporting the vital work we carry out every day, but this year we are asking you to do this in a slightly different way – by filling in a short survey.

“As we get ready for the future, we are inviting members of the public and our professional colleagues to be directly involved in shaping the direction of our services. This involves reviewing our existing community services, as well as exploring new opportunities for developments.”

The Hospice will be reviewing their Community Nurse Specialists, Day Services, Bereavement Support Service and considering proposals for new support services. This aims to ensure they are prepared for the future and continue to offer the right care in a way that is best suited to meeting the constantly changing needs of the community.

Brona added: “Every year more than 200,000 people in the UK receive Hospice Care, with a direct impact on local families and patients from all across the community. By offering your voice to our survey, you can play a real and meaningful part in helping us provide the best possible care for the local community for years to come.”

The deadline for submitting comments to the Community Services Review is Sunday 14th October. To take part, visit: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MFR5HVT

Two local hospices were given a fundraising boost thanks to Renfrewshire Leisure staff and customers.

A total of £10,608 was raised after various sponsored events were held throughout the year at the sports and leisure centres throughout the area.

Now the money is being split between St Vincent’s and ACCORD Hospices.

Charlie McDougall, senior facilities manager at the ON-X, who organised the charity fundraising, said:

“Every year we just seem to raise more and more money for these two worthy causes. The generosity of our staff and customers knows no bounds and I’m really proud we have raised so much money this year.

St. Vincent’s Hospice have been overwhelmed by the support and generosity of the local community following the break in and robbery of one of their charity shops in Paisley earlier this week.

The Hospice, which provides specialist palliative care for individuals with life limiting illnesses, reported that their Glenburn store had been broken into in the early hours of Monday 18 December. Along with the contents of the till and safe, the thieves caused extensive damage to the shop itself.

In the days since the news came out, members of the local community have come out in force to support the charity, offering money, time and effort to help spread the word, raise awareness and get them back on their feet in time for Christmas.

Chief Executive of St. Vincent’s Hospice, Kate Lennon, said: “This week started with the shocking and sad news that someone would do this to a charity which works so hard for people during some of the most difficult times of their lives. In the few short days since then, however, we have been absolutely overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of so many people from throughout the community, who were committed to getting us back on our feet in time for Christmas.”

The Hospice has received hundreds of pounds in donations via anonymous drop-ins and their JustGiving page. This included Olivia Anderson, who made the incredible donation of £640, on behalf of her family in memory of her Mum who was cared for in the Hospice.

Along with offers of support from trade workers and organisations offering to carry out work to repair the damage to the shop. After learning that the door to the shop was damaged beyond repair, local joiner William Galloway contacted his suppliers at A1 Ironmongers and is now supplying and fitting a brand new door completely free of charge.

Moya and Willie Paton also went above and beyond the call of duty, stopping by the store the day after the break-in to provide them with a new cash register, to let them get up and running.

Kate added: “There are too many people to thank individually, but whether you have made a cash donation, shared out posts across social media or offered your time and effort to help fix the store, please know how humbled and grateful we are for all of your support. Our team work extremely hard 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and to see how much this means to so many is genuinely heart-warming, especially so close to Christmas.

“We are delighted to say that the shop is once again open for business, and on behalf of everyone at St. Vincent’s Hospice, I would like to say thank you all and we hope you have a wonderful and peaceful Christmas.”

You can continue to support St. Vincent’s Hospice via their JustGiving page at: https://www.justgiving.com/stvincents/donate