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Macmillan Steps Up The Heat

Local cancer charity Macmillan Cancer Support challenges you to step out and take part in a Halloween Firewalk to raise funds to help people affected by cancer.

The first ever Firewalk is taking place at the Watermill Hotel in Paisley on the eve of Halloween, October 30. The ultimate adrenaline rush of walking across burning hot coals, with a core temperature of 1,235 degrees Fahrenheit, will leave you with the most unbelievable feeling of personal satisfaction and achievement!

Local Macmillan volunteer Lynne Ogilvie, says “we are really excited about this event we hope to raise over £15,000 to help local people living with cancer. It’s a life changing challenge, so please take that step and call us today to register.”

“One in three people in Scotland are at risk from getting cancer at some point in their lifetime, the need for Macmillan’s services is vital and we can all help” Susan Selkirk, Fundraising Manager for Macmillan said.

“The donations raised from this event will be ploughed into local services. The firewalk event is proving popular with dare devils already registering.  Places are limited so please get in touch with Macmillan as soon possible.”

All participants are asked to raise £150 minimum sponsorship  “£150 will pay for one of our local Macmillan Benefits advisers for one day, providing patients and family members with vital financial information and advice on the benefits and grants which are available to them,” says Susan.

The walk itself will be approximately 5 meters long and 1 meter wide, so will easily be crossed in 6 comfortable strides. All walkers will participate in a training seminar to master their physiology and psychology – it’s simply mind over matter. The company running the event has a 100% documented injury free event history and hot footing it across the glowing embers is handled by a professional company. Macmillan has a history of hosting many successful Firewalks throughout Scotland and has already riased money to fund Macmillan local services.

Macmillan is hosting a Halloween fancy dress party at the Watermill Hotel after the event to toast all walkers in their success.

To do somtheing “hot” call Susan on 0808 100 6000 for a fundraising pack, to register and for Halloween party tickets or email

Susan Selkirk

Fundraising Manager – Ayrshire, Renfrewshire and South Lanarkshire

Macmillan Cancer Support

1st Floor, Erskine House, North Avenue, Clydebank Business Park, Clydebank, G81 2DR.

Tel – 0141 952 0085 Mobile –  07801 307 026

Feel Good!

You can still be part of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning! Donate £3 – or the cost of your coffee – to Macmillan Cancer Support  – Text “beans” to 70123 visit to find out more.

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LONDON (Reuters) – The country’s largest dairy farmer co-operative reported a loss for the 2008/09 financial year on Friday and said it had dipped into reserves to shelter members from a market downturn.

First Milk, based in Paisley, Scotland, reported an after-tax loss of 7.1 million pounds for the year ended March 31, with group turnover declining by three percent to 582 million pounds.

The company cited a decrease in returns for milk powder, cheese and whey in the second half of the year. read more of the article here

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The new updated social networking sections of have now been put online.

You can now upload your own pictures, videos and blog. You can also use chat, private messaging and add friends or simply use the message board to air any issues or answer any issues about the town.

Also the Now and Then picture gallery is back online and being updated at the moment so you can view buildings and streets from the past and how they look in the exact same position today. Gallery Link.

Join the Paisley website today and take part in our active website.

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You may notice the website going offline “or parts of it” as we will be moving our web hosting to another server and one which should give us better capacity for future expansion on our site.

Please note this may take up to 48 hours and the site will show as offline during this perdiod so dont be worried that it is having problems…

Lets hope its hassle free…

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some pics from today.. enjoy…

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Get into some fascinating buildings this September with Renfrewshire’s ‘Doors Open Days’.  New this year, the Anchor Mills West Gatehouse, completing the regeneration of the vast mill complex.  Also archaeology at Paisley’s unique Abbey Drain, and near the Collegiate Chirch, Castle Semple.

for more information click here for the Doors Open Day website.

Dont forget you can showcase your videos and pictures on the Paisley social section.

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A team from Glasgow Archeological Research Division (GUARD) are plumbing the depths of a medieval drain in the grounds of the 14th century Paisley Abbey, in Renfrewshire, Scotland. The dig is jointly part of Scottish Archaeology Month and Doors Open Day Scotland – an annual event that allows the public free access to otherwise off-limits buildings, historical and modern, across the country throughout September. Michael Fediginan, who runs the local interest website, has been on hand to photograph and record the excavation, and gave Heritage Key an insight into progress so far. read more “text from Heritage Key”

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St Mirren chairman Stewart Gimour has put the Scottish Premier League club up for sale after deciding to step down.

Gilmour and vice-chairman George Campbell have formed a consortium with other board members to sell their 98,000 shares in a single block.

A 52% stake is available, with the club hoping to find a buyer by January.

Gilmour told BBC Scotland that it was the right time to sell, adding: “There’s a fresh input required of finance and, more importantly, energy.”

The St Mirren chairman revealed that the consortium had been mulling over the move for the past 12 months and that it had achieved its objectives of making the club debt-free. news story from the bbc click here to read the rest of the entry

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The Paisley Choral Festival takes place at the end of October, check it out for more information.

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Today, we can confirm that as part of Doors Open Day and Scottish Archaeology Month, archaeologists from the University of Glasgow “GUARD Glasgow University Archelogical Research Division” are conducting an investigation around the modern manhole which is the present access to the Drain, i was luckily enough to be told in june about the planned dig which started this morning on schedule.

Paisley Abbey’s drain is almost unique in Britain, being in parts somel.5 to 2 metres in height, beautifully built of dressed ashlar blocks. The drain was rediscovered in 1990 when archaeologists from the GUARD (Glasgow University Archaeological Research Division) were directed to the modern manhole by Frank Snow, of the then Strathclyde Sewage Department. The drain was excavated of 2 feet (60 cm) of silt which contained some amazing finds.

Fragments of pottery from several hundred vessels were recovered, along with a complete chamber pot (on display in Paisley Abbey sacristy). Work has been carried out this summer by Sabrina Gillman a post graduate student at Glasgow Uni, to catalogue and study this pottery. She has been assisted by many volunteers from Renfrewshire Local History Forum and Glasgow Archaeology Society.

Other finds included inscribed slates, buckles, lead seals, gaming pieces, and remains of more than one hundred and forty plants. Amongst these are food plants such as barley, wheat, onions, kale, imports such as mace and figs, and medicinal plants such as opium poppies, greater celandine and hemlock.

The excavation’s purpose is two-fold. First to provide information about the construction of the drain, and, it is hoped, help date the structure and reveal any earlier form of drain on the site.
Second, to establish whether there is any valuable archaeology here which might preclude use of the area for any future permanent viewing facility.
The archaeologists will be on site during Doors Open Day to explain their findings, and there will be an exhibition in Paisley Abbey providing more information about the drain.

paisley is very grateful to the University of Glasgow’s Archaeology Department, particularly Professor Steven Driscoll, Robert Will and Sabrina Gillman for their expertise and enthusiasm; the University of the West of Scotland, particularly Tony Grace of the School of Media, Language and Music for recording the dig and helping make it more widely known; Renfrewshire Local History Forum, particularly Andrew Eadie and Bruce Hendry for their unfailing support and enthusiasm; Frank Snow – the man who knew where the Drain was when the archaeologists couldn’t find it and who has kept his sense of excitement and ownership for nearly twenty years; and On Site Ltd, Acre Industrial and Scot Jet Ltd for their generous sponsorship of the dig.

information sent in by “historicalpaisley”

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Wallace day pictures taken by our very own westender..

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“posted by Westender on the forum

Well it’s that time of year again to access all the great Historic Buildings of Renfrewshire, Dust the cobwebs off the hiking boot’s if your climbing the Coats Memorial, And cameras at the ready to share our photographs of our stunning architecture with the world on-line.

This year there shall no doubt see changes as we go about our town places lost such as the Regal which shall no longer be seen looking down from the stunning views of the Coats Memorial Church or maybe even our last chance to look at the old St Mirren stadium from the top of the Coats Memorial, So this year if your sitting in the Council Chambers pretending to be our Provost or if your in the cells below the Sheriff Court please come back into and share your pictures of the day.

New this year, the Anchor Mills West Gatehouse, completing the regeneration of the vast mill complex. Also archaeology at Paisley’s unique Abbey Drain, and near the Collegiate Church, Castle Semple.

Specially for Homecoming Scotland 2009, Renfrewshire’s Registrar Service will provide taster sessions in searching for your family history. To book a half hour slot with a registrar in Renfrewshire House Customer Service Centre, Paisley, phone 0141 840 3362.

Guided walks at Formakin, Johnstone town centre and on Oakshaw in Paisley.

Don’t forget Renfrewshire’s Children’s Passport, which makes our Doors Open Day a great family day out.…PP=All&areaID=32