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DOORS OPEN – SATURDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER

Brediland Allotments

Cardell Drive, Paisley PA2 9EJ

11:00am – 3:00pm

 

Butterfly Room
10a Lady Lane, Paisley

10:00am – 5:00pm

 

Castle Semple Visitor Centre

Lochlip Road, Lochwinnoch PA12 4EA

10:00am–5:00pm

Castle Semple Country Park

Diane Mitchell Music School

Brick Lane Studios, 7 – 9 Weir Street, Paisley PA3 4DW

10:00am – 4:00pm

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Doors Open Day, Limo Style!

J&W Goudie, 10 – 12 Maxwellton Street, Paisley PA1 2UA

10:00am – 1:00pm

 

Erskine Community Allotments

Barhill Road, Erskine PA8 6BX

10:30am – 4:00pm

 

Fountain Gardens

Love Street, Paisley PA3 2DZ

11:00am – 5:00pm

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Heritage Centre

Unit 907, Abbey Mill Business Centre, 12 Seedhill Road, Paisley PA1 1JS

9:00am – 5:00pm

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Holy Trinity & St Barnabas Church

Back Sneddon St, Paisley PA3 2AG

10:00am – 4:00pm

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Houston & Killellan Kirk

Kirk Road, Houston PA6 7AR

10:00am – 4:00pm

 

Inchinnan Parish Church

Old Greenock Road, Inchinnan PA4 9PH

10:00am – 4:00pm (All Hallows Graveyard 11am – 4pm)

 

John Neilson Institution

Oakshaw Street West, Paisley PA1 2DE

10:30am – 3:30pm

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Johnstone Community Sports Hub

Beith Road, Johnstone PA5 0JA

 9:00am – 5:00pm

 

Johnstone History Museum

Inside Morrisons, Napier Street, Johnstone PA5 8SF

10.30am – 4:00pm

 

Johnstone Community Fire Station

Kings Road, Johnstone PA5 9HW

10:00am – 6:00pm

 

Johnstone Town Hall

25 Church Street, Johnstone PA5 8FA

9:00am – 1.30pm

Lagoon Leisure Centre

11 Christie Street, Paisley PA1 1NB

9:00am – 5:00pm

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Lamont Farm Project

Barhill Road, Erskine PA8 6BU

10:00am – 4:00pm

 

RSPB Lochwinnoch

Largs Road, Lochwinnoch PA12 4JF

10:00am–5:00pm

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Oakshaw Trinity Church

Oakshaw Street East, Paisley PA1 2DD

10:30am – 3:00pm

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On-X Linwood

Brediland Road, Linwood PA3 3RA

9:00am–5:00pm

Paisley Florist Society Gardening Club

St Mirin’s Cathedral Halls, Incle Street, Paisley PA1 1HR

1:00pm – 4:00pm

 

Paisley Methodist Central Hall with Paisley Photographic Society

7 – Gauze Street, Paisley PA1 1EP

11:00am – 4:00pm

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Paisley Abbey

Abbey Close, Paisley PA1 1JG

10:00am – 4:00pm

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Paisley Art Institute 131st Annual Exhibition

Unit 43A & 54, The Piazza, Central Way, Paisley, PA1 1EL

11.30am – 5.30pm

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Paisley Arts Centre

New Street, Paisley PA1 1EZ

10:00am – 4:00pm

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Paisley: The Secret Collection

9 High Street, Paisley PA1 2AE

11:00am – 3:00pm (last admission 2.45pm)

 

Paisley Sheriff Court

St James Street, Paisley PA3 2HW

10:00am – 4:00pm

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Paisley Thread Mill Museum

Abbey Mill Business Centre, 12 Seedhill Road, Paisley PA1 1JS

10:00am – 4:00pm

 

Renfrew Association of Growers and Gardeners

84 Broadloan Gardens, Broadloan, Renfrew PA4 0BY

10:00am – 4:00pm

 

Renfrew Leisure Centre

Paisley Road, Renfrew PA4 8LJ

9:00am – 5:00pm

 

Renfrew North Parish Church

14 Renfield Street, Renfrew PA4 8TT

10:00am – 1:00pm

 

Renfrew Police Office

Station Road, Renfrew PA4 8RP

10:00am – 4:00pm

 

Renfrew Town Hall

Hairst Street, Renfrew PA4 8PF

10:00am – 4:00pm

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Renfrewshire Council Chambers

Renfrewshire House, Cotton Street, Paisley PA1 1TR

11:00am – 1:00pm

 

Renfrewshire Witch Hunt Experience

30a High Street, Paisley PA1 2AS

10:00am – 5:00pm

 

Russell Institute

30 Causeyside Street, Paisley PA1 1UN

10:00am – 4:00pm

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Sma’ Shot Cottages

2 Sma’ Shot Lane, Paisley PA1 2HG

12:00pm – 4:00pm

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Stanely House – Youth with a Mission

14 Stanely Crescent, Paisley PA2 9LF

10:00am – 4:00pm

 

St Machar’s Ranfurly Church

1 Kilbarchan Road, Bridge of Weir PA11 3EG

10:00am–4:00pm

 

St Margaret’s Scottish Episcopal Church

Oxford Road, Renfrew PA4 0SJ

10:00am – 4:00pm

 

St Matthew’s Church

Gordon Street, Paisley PA1 1XL

10:00am – 4:00pm

 

St Mirin’s Cathedral

Incle Street, Paisley PA1 1HR

7:00am – 7:00pm

Tannahill’s Cottage

Queen Street, Paisley PA1 1TT

11:00am – 3:00pm

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Thomas Coats Memorial Church

High Street, Paisley PA1 2BA

12:00pm – 4:00pm

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Trinity Church Scotland

13 Paisley Road, Renfrew PA4 8HJ

10:00am–3:00pm

 

University of West Scotland

UWS Gardner Building, George Street, Paisley, PA1 2BE

11:00am – 4:00pm

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Wallneuk North Church

Abercorn Street, Paisley PA3 4AB

10:00am – 12:00pm

 

West End Community Centre

5a Underwood Lane, Paisley PA1 2SL

2:00pm – 6:00pm

 

DOORS OPEN – SUNDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER

 

Castle Semple Visitor Centre

Lochlip Road, Lochwinnoch PA12 4EA

10:00am–5:00pm

 

Diane Mitchell Music School

Brick Lane Studios, 7 – 9 Weir Street, Paisley PA3 4DW

12:00pm – 4:00pm

 

Grow in Glenburn

Glenpark, Glenfield Road, Paisley PA2 8TY

11:00am – 4:00pm

 

Houston & Killellan Kirk

Kirk Road, Houston PA6 7AR

1:00pm – 4:00pm

 

Johnstone Community Sports Hub

Beith Road, Johnstone PA5 0JA

9:00am – 5:00pm

 

Johnstone History Museum

Inside Morrisons, Napier Street, Johnstone PA5 8SF

10.30am – 4:00pm

 

Johnstone Credit Union

26 Church Street, Johnstone PA5 8DU

11:00am – 2:00pm

 

Johnstone High Parish Church

Ludovic Square, Johnstone PA5 8EE

10.30am – 2:00pm

 

Lagoon Leisure Centre

11 Christie Street, Paisley PA1 1NB

 9:00am – 5:00pm

 

Kilbarchan Parish Church

Steeple Square, Kilbarchan PA10 2JD

12.30pm – 4:00pm

 

On-X Linwood

Brediland Road, Linwood PA3 3RA

9:00am–5:00pm

 

PACE Youth Theatre

Spires Drama Studios, School Wynd, Paisley PA1 2DA

11:00am – 4:00pm

 

Paisley Abbey

Abbey Close, Paisley PA1 1JG

12.30pm – 3.45pm

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Paisley Art Institute 131st Annual Exhibition

Unit 43A & 54, The Piazza, Central Way, Paisley, PA1 1EL

12:00pm – 5:00pm

 

Paisley Arts Centre

New Street, Paisley PA1 1EZ

10:00am – 4:00pm

 

Paisley: The Secret Collection

9 High Street, Paisley PA1 2AE

11:00am – 3:00pm (last admission 2.45pm)

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Renfrew Association of Growers and Gardeners

84 Broadloan Gardens, Broadloan, Renfrew PA4 0BY

10:00am – 4:00pm

 

Renfrew Fire Station

123 Paisley Road, Renfrew PA4 8LJ

9:00am – 4:00pm

 

Renfrew Leisure Centre

Paisley Road, Renfrew PA4 8LJ

9:00am – 5:00pm

 

Renfrewshire Witch Hunt Experience

30a High Street, Paisley PA1 2AS

10:00am – 5:00pm

 

RSPB Lochwinnoch

Largs Road, Lochwinnoch PA12 4JF

10:00am–5:00pm

 

Russell Institute

30 Causeyside Street, Paisley PA1 1UN

10:00am – 4:00pm

 

St Mary’s Scottish Episcopal Church

Johnstone Road, Bridge of Weir PA11 3EE

2:00pm – 4:00pm

 

St Matthew’s Church

Gordon Street, Paisley PA1 1XL

11:00am – 3:00pm

 

St Mirin’s Cathedral

Incle Street, Paisley PA1 1HR

7:00am – 6:00pm

 

Thomas Coats Memorial Church

High Street, Paisley PA1 2BA

12:00pm – 4:00pm

 

Weaver’s Cottage

The Cross, Kilbarchan PA10 2JG

1:00pm – 5:00pm

 

Wellmeadow Bowling Club

Argyle Street, Paisley PA1 2ER

11:00am – 6:00pm

 

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We’re one of the best-connected towns in Scotland. Paisley is less than 15 minutes from Glasgow on Train, just off the M8 and A737 as well as great bus links to most venues, whats stopping you.

 

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We are really sorry to let you know that we are cancelling Saturday’s Fireworks event in Paisley. This is due to severe wind gusts and rain forecast for tomorrow and the rest of the weekend, which make it impossible for us to deliver the event safely.

 

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We have been monitoring the situation closely and have taken the advice from our display contractor, health and safety and the event advisory group. Paisley Fireworks is one of the highlights of our event year and we know lots of people will be very disappointed.

We want to give local people and all of our supporters as much time as possible to change their plans and we hope to see everyone back in Paisley on Saturday the 17th for our fabulous Christmas Light Switch On. Please take care if you are out and about this weekend.

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Paisley.org.uk, Paisley leading community focused website founded by Brian McGuire has announced its full support and backing of Paisley Community Trust’s proposed plans for a new Performing Arts and Film Theatre for the Town.
As part of a series of early stage discussions, first draft designs of the Trust’s proposed Performing Arts and Film Theatre have been shared with key stakeholders

in the Town. The plans, created by award winning architects Stallan Brand, outline the Trust’s proposals for a new state of the art community facility featuring a flexible main theatre, secondary studio theatre, rehearsal rooms, dressing rooms, dance studios, several unique cinema spaces as well as bar and restaurant facilities.

 

Paisley Community Trust carried out a comprehensive feasibility study into the project and identified an overwhelming market demand for such a facility in the town. At present a number of sites have been shortlisted with a preferred option emerging.

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Final plans are set to be publicly unveiled in September 2017. “We were delighted to be approached by Paisley Community Trust to review their plans for the newly proposed Cinema and Theatre for the town. What can we say, we were blown away with what we saw! The designs look amazing. Having been a massive supporter of the town and with close relationships to the communities, we have a fairly good idea of what people are looking for and what the town needs. The Trust’s plans are exactly what the town needs. It will put Paisley back on the cultural map, not just locally but nationally. It will attract people and communities back into use the town.

You’ll be able to take part in a variety of classes or to catch a movie or a show. There is no doubt this will provide the transformation the town needs. Community groups, Council and Paisley Buddies need to get behind the Trust’s vision. We’re in!”

Brian McGuire, Founder, Paisley.org.uk

“Paisley.org.uk is without doubt one of the key websites for Paisley. They work closely with the town, businesses and community.

They have their finger on the pulse when it comes to what the town needs. We were nervous in showing them because we really respect their knowledge, however we shouldn’t have been. The response was overwhelmingly positive. Their backing and support confirms the need in the town for what we are planning. We’ve agreed that Paisley.org.uk will be one of our key partners in engaging and discussing with the town’s communities. We’re delighted to share a teaser image for Paisley.org.uk to exclusively publish with more news to come!”

Gary Kerr, Chairman, Paisley Community Trust

Have you ever wondered what a credit union is? My Credit Union Renfrewshire will answer all your questions.

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We are delighted to announce the launch of a new website, outdoor advertising and radio campaign that will raise awareness of credit unions in Renfrewshire and answer the common question ‘What is a credit union’. To celebrate the launch, we are extending an invitation to the public and press to an event that will take place on Thursday 20th October (International Credit Union day) in the Piazza centre Paisley at 11am.

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www.mycreditunionrenfrewshire.co.uk has been designed to promote the benefits of Credit Unions to the people of Renfrewshire. The fresh, easy-to-use website signposts people to credit unions throughout Renfrewshire, lists all their services and highlights the many benefits of saving and borrowing affordably. A key aim is to raise public awareness of credit unions generally and to help people enjoy the benefits of sound money management.

The website is funded by Renfrewshire Council who have committed up to £500,000 of funding to support credit union development in Renfrewshire as a key strand of their Tackling Poverty strategy. This substantial investment has been used in a variety of initiatives to tackle the rise in high cost lending and to provide access to a wider range of ethical and affordable financial products for the Renfrewshire community.

Gleniffer Credit Union, Johnstone Credit Union, Renfrewshire-Wide Credit Union, Scotwest Credit Union and White Cart Credit Union have collaborated on the development of the website to ensure that the Renfrewshire community can make an informed choice on the best credit union for their needs. Paula Ferrier, the Marketing Officer overseeing the website development said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for credit unions in Renfrewshire, to have a campaign that promotes good value financial products and services and the many free benefits that are available. Credit unions are not for profit, member-owned financial cooperatives, so they can’t always compete with the massive marketing budgets that banks and high-cost lenders can deploy. In some ways, credit unions are a well-kept secret! However, more and more people are discovering how much better off they are by joining a credit union, and with over a million members across the UK, mycreditunionrenfrewshire will help open credit union doors to even more people in Renfrewshire.”

To mark the launch of this vibrant new website and to celebrate International Credit Union Day, representatives from all five credit unions will be in the Piazza Centre, Paisley on Thursday 20th October from 11am to 1pm to chat and answer any questions about joining a credit union. Additionally, Councillor Mike Holmesdeputy leader of Renfrewshire Council, and several third sector agencies will be present to help raise awareness of credit unions and help mark the occasion.

There will be lots of credit union freebies being handed out – so call into the Piazza Centre and let Renfrewshire credit unions help you to make the most out of life and your money!

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Drug and alcohol abuse is one of the growing concerns of the modern world with a staggering number of addiction cases. In fact, in the U.S., addiction has become a leading cause of fatalities. Things become even worse when addicts can’t find out any way out for rehabilitation. The majority of the people live their lives in the dark dale of addiction with deteriorating mental and health conditions because they don’t get the courage to ask for help. And even if they get courage to let out a cry for help, they don’t know what to do and where to go.

Self-rehabilitation efforts are most of the time not fruitful enough to bring back an addict to life while living in the same depressing environment. A rehabilitation center can help you here! But unfortunately, there are so many myths associated with the rehabilitation center that people feel reluctant to give it a try.

If you or your loved one is addicted, then here we have debunked some rehabilitation myths so that you can come back to normal life through professional help.

You have to be a Total Mess:

Most people think that you have to hit rock bottom and wreck your life before giving rehabilitation center a try. You might have seen homeless people, indebted individuals and mentally unstable people going to a rehabilitation center. But it doesn’t mean that you necessarily have to touch the worst in life to give a professional treatment a try. You can reach out for rehabilitation even during the initial phase of your addiction. It helps in treating the addiction more quickly, easily and effectively.

It Makes You Go Broke:

It is true that addiction is an expensive deal, significantly when you opt inpatient rehab facility. But it doesn’t mean that there isn’t any rehab option for low budget people. Different rehab options cater different budgets, you just need to find them out.

Some rehab centers lower the fees on their own, considering your low income. While in other cases, insurance can help you out because many rehab centers do accept insurance options. You should talk to an insurance provider regarding your type of insurance plan because some insurance companies don’t cover rehabilitation costs.

If you need to find the best rehabilitation center according to your budget and requirement, you can consult help4addiction.co.uk.

Hooligans Work in Treatment Centers:

Another common, but the wrong perception is that addicts are treated harshly in rehabilitation centers. They mentally torture them by putting the addicts in a room by cutting off all the drugs or alcohol. God knows who came up with this concept, but it is totally wrong. The practitioners and helpers working in such centers detox people in the most professional, comfortable and friendly way. There are special programs for different therapies and counseling that motivates individuals to come back to healthy and addiction-free life.

So, now you know that everything you hear is not always true. Don’t let false rumors come in the way of your life. You get life for once, make sure that you live it healthily and happily!

 

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St. Vincent’s Hospice are inviting you to celebrate the life of a loved one by making a donation and dedicating a light on their Christmas tree, before joining them for their annual Light Up a Life dedication service on Sunday 24 November at 4.30pm.

The annual campaign runs all through the holiday season, giving people the chance to come together, share stories, remember those who have been lost and give the gift of specialist, compassionate care to patients and families who need it most.

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Commenting on Light Up a Life Spiritual Care Co-ordinator for St. Vincent’s Hospice, Catherine McGrath said: “Christmas is a time of celebration and sharing, but we know it can also be difficult, especially if you have lost a loved one. Light Up a Life is a way to celebrate their life, by dedicating one of the hundreds of lights on our tree, before coming together at the Hospice for an evening of carols, readings, mince pies and hot drinks.

“This is an incredibly special event for so many people, for so many different reasons. For some, it brings a sense of peace and joy to be surrounded by others who understand what you are going through. For others, it provides an opportunity to take a moment to reflect on those they have lost. For all, it’s a great way to kick off the Christmas season and help a good cause!”

To make a dedication and donation to St. Vincent’s, you can visit their new Light Up a Life Website by visiting: https://events.svh.co.uk/e/18

This year, for the first time, a few moments after you have made your dedication, you will be able to view it and share it with your family and loved ones on our beautiful Night Sky dedication page.

You can view, and search all dedications made this year by visiting: https://events.svh.co.uk/dedications/18

Catherine added: “Our dedication event will begin at 4.30pm at the Corseford School, with a candlelit procession along our footpath, ending in the Hospice Courtyard. So wrap up warm and join us as hundreds of lights are lit to shine out this Christmas in memory of those being honoured.”

Please be aware, that due to the large numbers in attendance, only disabled parking is available at the Hospice. Additional parking will be available at Capability Scotland’s Corseford School, with a shuttle bus service available for those who may require it. For more information contact Events@svh.co.uk.

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Paisley’s annual Halloween Festival returns on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 October with a Dark Circus theme for 2019 promising plenty of chills and thrills for visitors.

One of the largest festivals of its kind in the UK, this year’s event promises to be the biggest and best yet with internationally acclaimed outdoor theatre specialists, Cirque Bijou, helping to transform the entire town centre into the perfect Halloween playground.

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The two-day spectacular, which routinely attracts tens of thousands to the town, will serve up a whole host of frighteningly fun, free activities for everyone to enjoy with the entire town serving as the stage.

The main spectacle of the festival is the carnival-style Halloween Parade which takes place on the Saturday and will see more than 300 costumed performers and community groups led through the town by the sinister Svengali ringmaster. The parade has a new, extended route for 2019 taking over the entire town centre and will boast magnificent floats and ferocious fire performers, creepy clowns and curious creatures, along to thrilling live music.

Immediately following the parade, no matter where visitors are positioned around the town centre, there will be something to see or experience as a series of live acts and activities will restart.

Aerial artists, All or Nothing, will also perform their death-defying act ‘Into the Dark’, which will see the artists circle and swirl around the haunted carousel over the grounds of the town’s iconic Abbey.

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A new addition to this year’s festival is the ticketed spooky silent disco. Held in the heart of the town the disco is sure to deliver plenty of dancing, singing and Halloween fun for all the family.

The weekend will offer plenty of opportunities to join in the fun with a range of family-focussed Halloween-themed arts and crafts activities and workshops including pumpkin carving. Street theatre acts and walkabout performances will pop up around the town centre featuring the likes of the Spark LED Drummers and Mr Wilson’s Second Liners as well as acrobatic and hula hoop artists. There will also be a creative craft trail in a number of local cafes where visitors can do everything from building a bug to creating their very own gargoyle from clay.

Louisa Mahon, Head of Marketing, Communications and Events at Renfrewshire Council, said: “The annual Paisley Halloween Festival is always a highlight in our events calendar. Our increasingly ambitious programme attracts thousands of visitors each year and is now regarded as one of the best events of its kind in the UK.

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“The festival has really cemented the town’s position as a key destination for visitors and is great for the local economy, with last year’s event worth more than £1.9m to the town and attracting 34,000 people. This year we aim to attract even more visitors to enjoy fabulous performances taking place across the town from high wire acts to the spectacular parade, and to sample our great selection of cafes, restaurants and shops.”

The Paisley Halloween Festival, which was supported in 2018 through the Year of Young People event fund, was awarded £16,950 of National Programme funding from EventScotland for this year’s event.

Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland, said: “The Paisley Halloween Festival continues to go from strength to strength and it is hugely exciting to see it sporting its biggest ever programme for 2019. This year’s exciting and innovative programme will no doubt engage audiences of all ages with aerial performances, arts & crafts activities, outdoor street theatre and the stunning Halloween Parade. Scotland is the perfect stage for cultural events and the festival is a great boost for Paisley, drawing thousands of visitors and locals alike to the town centre to enjoy this spectacular annual celebration.”

To find out more about Paisley Halloween Festival please visit www.paisley.is/halloween

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Pirates gave new netminder Danny Morris his competitive debut and it proved to be a successful one for him as the club recorded a fine victory over the Kestrels.

The visitors got off to a flying start and were ahead in under a minute as player/coach Adam Walker was on hand to net and give his side the lead after only 49 seconds. It got better for Pirates as with less than four minutes on the clock Guy linked up with Thorp to double the advantage as he fired beyond Simpson for 2-0. Back came the hosts to get on the board through Quinn in the 8th minute, and while both teams continued to press neither could alter the score board, and thus the opening 20 minutes ended with Pirates holding a slim 2-1 lead.

Pirates again came out flying and doubled their lead after only eleven seconds as former Kestrel Conor Duncan was on hand to score against his old side and stretch the lead to 3-1. The scoreline remained the same until the second half of the period, when a flurry of goals decided the match. The home side pulled a goal back through Wands in 31 minutes but a three goal in 90 seconds burst through Guy, Andreucci and Abercrombie took the score to a handy 6-2 lead for the visitors within two minutes and the match was effectively over as a contest.

Anderson did net a 3rd goal for the Kestrels in the early part of the final session, but Pirates remained comfortable at 6-3 and saw out the remaining minutes for a good win.

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PIRATES BEGIN HOME SCHEDULE

 

Paisley Pirates finally commence their home schedule this SATURDAY when they play host to Aberdeen Lynx, who scored a dramatic 4-3 penalty shot win at Dundee Tigers at the weekend. Pirates similarly recorded a win on the road, beating Kirkcaldy Kestrels 6-3 in Fife, after which player/coach Adam Walker commented, ”It was a good road win for the boys. There’s lots of work to be done yet, but we’re getting better every day.”

“We’re looking forward to playing in front of our own fans after a few weeks on the road,” said Off Ice Operations Manager Jackie Turley. “Our matches with the Lynx are usually entertaining  affairs, so in a lot of respects they’re the ideal opponents to be first footing us come Saturday night, and we’re sure that returning fans and, indeed, new supporters, will get an excellent return for their £9.”

She went on, “It will give the fans who haven’t been able to travel their first chance to see our new look team in action, and they will be wearing their new look home strips too. The away tops seem to have taken a trick with our travelling fans, so we’re hoping the home strips will get a similar favourable response. A lot of the jerseys have already been individually sponsored by fans and local companies for only £60, and while we’re very happy with that reaction, other potential backers still have the chance to jump on board with our Jersey Sponsor scheme.”

 

The match on Saturday commences at 6.30pm.

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With a long history of high-quality education, Scotland is now famous for many world-class educational institutions. The country has always played a great role in the institutionalization of education, thanks to some great minds. Some credit goes to Roman Catholic churches which, during the medieval period, played a great role in formalizing education. 

Medieval period

 

Grammar and singing were the most important subjects taught in early church schools. In the 1400s, some universities were founded in the cities of Aberdeen and Glasgow. During this period, only noble families had access to formal learning, and education was compulsory only for the eldest sons of noble families. 

 

In the 17th century, Scotland made a lot of progress in teaching and learning important stuff, beating other European countries. Physical education, tuition in Latin, religious instruction and arithmetic were the most common subjects taught in this period. 

 

There were primary and secondary phases of schooling, and tuition was provided six days a week. Every day, students had to spend 10 to 12 hours in their educational institutions. 

The great transition

 

Scottish educational institutions began to teach other subjects such as medical sciences by the 18th century. Education Act in 1872 made school attendance compulsory for all children. Emphasis was mainly placed on reading, writing and arithmetic. The legislation resulted in greater subsidization and, and the government built many new schools. 

 

More and more children began to attend school, but education was still not free. Parents had to pay fees. This legislation had a huge impact on society because more and more people became interested in formal learning. 

Present states of Scottish education

 

In modern times, Scotland is one of the seats of learning. But the Scottish education system is in many ways different from the systems followed in Britain, Ireland and other European countries. While Scotland tends to focus on many different subjects, other countries choose to focus on fewer subjects and learn them deeply. 

 

However, this system often creates a lot of pressure on students. Super busy students often hire professional writers to get their academic papers written. Some students even use PhD thesis writing services that write theses for busy students. Students who have to do part-time jobs find these writing services helpful.  

 

There is another thing to notice. Courses in Scottish universities are usually a year longer than the courses offered by other European Universities. However, by attending a few specialized exams, students can skip the first year. 

 

Local authorities own and operate the schools, and students must attend both primary and secondary schools. A government body, which is responsible for maintaining the standard of education, regulates all schools. As a result, all institutions are required to follow a set course. 

 

Children attend school, usually between the ages of 4.5-5.5 years old. However, many younger children attend nursery schools. Most children attend secondary school at the age of 12. In secondary schools, students study as many as eight subjects. Before enrolling in a university, a student has to study for intermediate and higher grade exams. 

 

If you wish to learn more about the history of Scottish education, you can do your own research. There are a lot of sources that will help you learn more. 

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Employees are a vital component of every business organization. They are termed as the lifeline of a business organization. However, hiring and managing employees in an organization is a tedious task. A company requires hardworking and talented employees for keeping it running for years to come. Moreover, even after the employees have been recruited, one has to constantly make sure that employees are performing their assigned tasks using best of their abilities.

Company also has to make sure that employees are happy and satisfied with amount of work they are getting regularly. Creation of proper working environment and communication is also essential. All these tasks cannot be performed by an organization on its own. They require the help of a certain professional who has the required expertise in the area of recruitment and management of employees. This is the point where HR professionals come into the light.

An HR recruiter or professional has a number of responsibilities towards an organization and the employees who are subsequently hired by him/her. Some are listed below:

  1. Talent acquisition:

The first and the foremost task of every HR professional is to hire talented employees for the organization. They have to acquire the employees who have the skills and abilities which are right for the organization. They conduct various seminars and organize workshops in order to attract talented pool of candidates for taking up job in the organization. They even conduct campus placements drives for direct recruitment.

  1. Screening of employees from amongst the applications received:

HR professionals are vested with the duty to identify the best candidates for the job by screening the applications received for recruitment. They conduct various interviews and tests for selecting the best candidate for the job.

  1. Ensuring timely payment of salaries and perks:

They even make sure that employees are getting their salaries at the proper time and in the right amount as promised upon recruitment. They even make sure that the employees feel safe while working in the organization. Creating a safe working environment for the employees is their most important job.

  1. Appraisal:

Apart from ensuring employees happiness and safety, they are also vested with the responsibility of conducting appraisals at the end of the year. They conduct surveys and analyse the work performed by employees throughout the year. They create reports on the basis of this survey which helps in deciding whether an employee must be promoted or demoted accordingly to the best interest of the organization.

These duties make an HR the most important individual in an organization. Therefore, it becomes essential to hire the best Individual who can carry out the responsibilities of an HR with full sincerity and perseverance.

An organization can use various methods for selecting the best candidate for taking up the post of an HR. Using traditional system of screening resumes and conducting interviews may not reveal the true skills and talents an individual possesses. Therefore, companies have started using online aptitude tests for selecting the best man or woman for the job.

An Aptitude test measures an individual learning ability i.e. assessment of an individual’s mental abilities with which he/she can take right decisions and perform best according organizational needs. This aptitude test for HR recruiter help in revealing some hidden talents and traits of a potential recruit which may not be revealed by conventional methods.

Every aptitude test has three major sections:

  1. Verbal ability – comprehension and language abilities;the ability to speak and interact with fellow members and employees.
  2. Quantitative aptitude – ability to use number logically and for the betterment of the organization.
  3. Logical reasoning – ability to solve complex problems by using mental abilities.

Apart from all the above tests, an organization can also use personality tests which judges an individual on the basis of his/her social skills and emotional stability.

These tests are an important part of overall aptitude assessment which predicts an HR’s ability to manage and help employees in the future. The test can contain a range of questions of different types like MCQ’s, true & false, comprehension questions, case studies and fill in the blanks etc.The performance of an individual in these three sections decides whether or not individual possesses the right level of technical and business knowledge which is must according to the industrial experts.

These tests grade an individual on the basis of various traits they possess:

  1. Flexibility:

This measures the ability of an individual to adapt himself/herself according to changing times. An individual who can learn continuously and change himself for the betterment of the organization and employees is considered to be the best HR professional.

  1. Leadership skills:

An individual who has the necessary leadership skills and can earn their employees trust are termed the best HR managers.

  1. Business skills:

HR professional must have problem solving skills. He/she must aware about the happenings in the business world and should be able to help create a better business strategy for the organization as a whole.

  1. Relationship building and improvement skills:

An HR manager should be able to resolve conflicts between employees and supervisors. They should have empathy and deep understanding of the problems employees face while working in an organization.

These aptitude tests are best suited for the organizations where HR plays a major role in overall success of an enterprise. It can be used companies engaged in providing different services like:

  1. Healthcare
  2. Retail and manufacturing
  3. Banking and insurance
  4. Information technology solutions
  5. Telecommunications services

These tests can be created by an organization on its own or can be outsourced from a company provides such services. Mettl is one such company which through its assessment tests, analytics programs and talent measurement experts helps an organization search and hire the best HR professional. This enables the top management hire an elite HR professional who can efficiently manage the human resource pool of an organization i.e. employees. Moreover, the assessment results are backed by strong analysis programs and psychological professionals which makeMettl the best company for developing and providing aptitude tests for hiring HR professionals. HR managers are the ones directly connected to employees which make them essential for successfully running a business.

 

Paisley, with a population of nearly 77,210, earning it the nickname of “Scotland’s largest town has only one casino. There is only one casino at the moment, but many people feel that it isn’t quite enough as the demand outgrows the supply, especially during the tourist season. Admiral Paisley is accessible from a variety of locations, provided by McGill’s Bus Company. Bus numbers 7,10, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 22a, 29, 60, 61, 61a, 64, 66, 70, 757, 904 and x21, will take you directly to our Admiral venue. For drivers, the nearest car park is just 200 meters away at School Wynd Car Park.

Paisley is one of Scotland’s biggest towns with a rich history, especially in textiles. It was one of five UK cities to have been shortlisted for the UK City of Culture 2021. Once a quiet market town, Paisley was transformed into an international hub for textile design and production during the Industrial Revolution. In the present day, Paisley is a vibrant town with a lively music and entertainment scene alongside a great selection of shops, museums and attractions combined with excellent travel connections across Scotland and its own international airport. 

 

Top Attractions in Paisley

Paisley Abbey

Founded in 1163 but with origins dating back to the 6th or 7th centuries, the abbey is located on the east bank of the White Cart Water in the center of Paisley town. Paisley Abbey is a spectacular and imposing building. Complete with royal tombs, stunning wood carvings, one of the finest organ in Scotland and stained glass windows, the Abbey is Paisley’s most popular attraction and well worth a visit.

Thomas Coats Memorial Church

A striking feature of the Paisley skyline for more than 100 years, the Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church stands at the end of Paisley High Street. Commissioned by the family of Thomas Coats of Ferguslie, six architects were invited to submit designs for the new church in a competition. The winning design came from Hippolyte J Blanc who was an admirer of medieval architecture, hence the building’s Gothic Revival style.

Cardosi

Near the museum, Cardosi’s is a local favorite that makes a reliable meal stop on a visit to Paisley. Solid Italian fare, with tasty fish specialties on offer as well as pasta, pizzas and typical meat dishes, is served in contemporary comfort. There’s a good-value lunch special for £10.

Glasgow, another town in Scotland near Paisley has multiple land-based casinos, each offering its own vibe and set of games for players to choose from. But what if you live in Paisley and you simply don’t feel like driving to Glasgow in order to play casino games? Well, there might be an alternative to that.

Paisley Thread Mill Museum

One of Paisley’s must-see attractions, Paisley Thread Mill Museum gives visitors the opportunity to learn more about the town’s industrial and social past. Opened in 2003, the museum displays samples of products, photographs, mill machinery related to the thread industry and artifacts donated by people connected with the local mills.

The Rise of Online Casinos

Online gambling has become popular in a lot of countries around the world and has also become part of most people’s lives in one way or another. You would assume that the huge increase in remote gambling is due to more and more punters favoring the online methods of gambling and making the shift away from traditional methods. But this isn’t the case; we can see that both industries have seen a strong increase in numbers, showing that online gambling appeals to more than just those who have never gambled as a new, convenient and engaging way to place wagers. Existing non-remote gamblers are also embracing the digital age, whilst still enjoying the experience of visiting non-remote betting outlets.

For example, some countries count on land-based and online casinos to attract more people. Paisley has good internet, and good internet means that online casinos and poker rooms are always an option.

 

What are Online Casinos?

Casino games are enjoyed by millions of people all over the world and have been for many years. Playing at online casinos can be a lot of fun, and of course, there is also the opportunity of winning some money. It’s also really quite straightforward, even if you’re not particularly great with computers, and perfectly safe, too. Additionally, web-based casinos allow for a broader choice as they offer hundreds of different games from branded and progressive slots to dozens upon dozens of variations of classics like roulette, blackjack, and baccarat. 

How to Gamble Online?

Pretty much the first thing you need to do if you want to give online gambling a try is signing up at a gambling site. Most sites are decent enough, but only a select few will give you the very best experience. The leading sites simply have that much more to offer, and they know how to look after their customers very well.

So this begs the question, are Online Casinos like Max Free Bets more convenient than the local Admiral Casino?

 

Paisley Fireworks 2019

The skies above Paisley Abbey are set to be lit up with a dazzling fireworks display on Saturday 2 November.

Thousands are expected to don hats, scarves and gloves and head into Paisley town centre to watch the beautiful array of catherine wheels, rockets and sparklers on display backed by a soundtrack of popular 90s classic hits.

Paisley Fireworks 2019

Gus from Pulse FM will welcome crowds with music and banter from 6.30pm before the fireworks get underway at 7pm lasting approximately 20 minutes.

Paisley’s winter events programme will continue with the town’s Christmas Lights Switch-On on Saturday 16 November. There will be plenty of Christmas family fun including Christmas Choir concerts, Santa’s Grotto and the chance to meet Santa’s reindeer. Visitors will also be able to enjoy exciting street artists, fantastic performances on the live stage and even head along to the festive roller disco.

The festive fun will also extend across Renfrewshire with Christmas Lights Switch-Ons in Renfrew on Saturday 23 November and Johnstone on Saturday 30 November. The town centre also sees the return of the WinterFest event from 23 November until 30 December, run by Paisley First, featuring an outdoor ice rink, LEGO Paisley Penguin Parade Trail and plenty of festive fun.

For more information about Paisley Fireworks Spectacular, visit: https://paisley.is/featured_event/paisley-fireworks-spectacular/

DIRTY FEET DANCE CO

Laura Forbes had never fully been out of her wheelchair before participating in aerial workshops as part of this year’s Paisley Halloween Festival, but next week she will perform 100ft in the air in front of Paisley’s iconic Abbey alongside her Dirty Feet Dance Company family.

The Paisley-based Dirty Feet Dance Company aims to create opportunities for disabled and non-disabled people and carers to enjoy, express and fulfil their potential through dance. They have been working with professional performers from Scotland’s leading aerial dance company All or Nothing, on the ‘Into the Dark’ show which is taking place as part of this year’s Paisley Halloween Festival on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 October.

DIRTY FEET DANCE CO

During the workshops the group have been given the opportunity to take to the sky in special aerial harnesses to allow them to express themselves in the air.

Laura Forbes (40), joined Dirty Feet Dance Company in 2013 and this is the first time she has tried anything like this. She said: “I’ve never been fully out of the wheelchair before, when I get lifted in the harness it’s an amazing feeling, it’s freedom.

“Before I first went up in the air I was scared but after the first time in the harness I just loved it. It gives me a total sense of freedom out of my wheelchair. If there’s something I’ve learned from this experience it’s that I won’t let being scared stop me from trying something new.”

“I can’t wait for us all to perform at next week’s festival. When we all come together we can do anything and achieve anything – we’re all like family.”

DIRTY FEET DANCE CO

Clare Easdon (37) has been a member of the group since 2006. She said: “It feels amazing when you’re up in the air. I know I’m a wheelchair user but I don’t feel disabled when I’m up there. Being part of Dirty Feet Dance Company lets me try new experiences – this is the first time I’ve ever done aerial and I love it. I think it’s amazing what we’re able to do as wheelchair users.”

During the workshops the performers are able to use either a full body or sitting harness attached to a pully rope system to give them the opportunity to see how their bodies react in the air.

Ruth Foster, Co-director of Dirty Feet Dance Company, said: “It gives the performers a real sense of weightlessness and allows them the chance to explore their range of motion in a new platform and artform which has been a great experience for everyone.

“It’s within their power how high to go. They can stay a few feet off the ground or can ascend all the way up to the ceiling. They are in complete control of their movements in the air.”

Marie Williamson, aerial instructor and performer at All or Nothing, said: “The system we use gives them the opportunity to stretch out and discover their movement for themselves.

“From my point of view it’s an incredible thing to be part of – what I can see them get from it is fantastic. They all have such great characters and a real ‘do it’ attitude. They are very determined to show what they can do. I think people will be surprised by what they’ll see.”

This is one of a series of workshops taking place as part of the Paisley Halloween Festival pairing professional performance companies with local community groups to give them the opportunity to learn new skills and be involved in the town’s major events programme.

The award-winning Paisley Halloween Festival is widely regarded as one of the best events of its kind in the UK. This year’s event takes on a Dark Circus theme and promises to be the biggest yet with internationally acclaimed outdoor theatre specialists, Cirque Bijou, helping to deliver an extended programme of performances to thrill, chill and enthral.

In addition to the daring aerial performances visitors will be captivated by the mass costumed parade through Scotland’s largest town featuring giant animated puppets, frightening floats and a cast of spooky circus characters. There will also be bizarre street theatrics, a ticketed silent disco and a fantastic array of family-friendly activities taking place in locations throughout the town centre over the two-day event.

The Paisley Halloween Festival, which was supported in 2018 through the Year of Young People event fund, was awarded £16,950 of National Programme funding from EventScotland for this year’s event.

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The world of marketing has changed more dramatically in the past decade than it ever has in its entire history, and this continuous growth doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon.

Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, Artificial Intelligence is now significant in just about every aspect when it comes to digital marketing. Eventually, this resulted in the development of several marketing tools and strategies used by marketers to keep up with competitors. 

However, with such a large pool of options to choose from, it can often be tedious trying to look for the appropriate strategies that will be effective for your brand.

Often online articles will tell you to make use of free apps such as a character counter tool or market managing robots. 

The field of marketing is a land of constant trial and error. Amongst those trials, we were able to uncover the top 10 ways to effectively market your brand online.

1. User-Generated Content

This strategy makes use of user-generated content in such a way that appeals to the younger generations. By providing incentives to your audience you can increase engagement rates on your site significantly. 

A good example of this is GoPro’s YouTube channel solely dedicated to user-generated content. Their channel shows off the high-quality videos made by their products. 

 

2. Use Geo-Fencing 

To put it simply, geo-fencing allows real-time audience targeting based on a user’s location. This is a marketing strategy most fuel companies use on Waze to alert nearby people that an available branch is nearby.

Geo-fencing is one of those ways that companies can market a user to convert from just digital users to brick-and-mortar consumers. 

 

3. Predictive Analytics

Predictive analytics is the practice of mining data and the usage of machine learning and predictive modeling to identify an individual user’s patterns to better suggest products a consumer might enjoy.

 

4. Video Marketing

Video marketing is one of the trendiest marketing strategies today. According to research, 70% of users say they have shared a brand’s video before and 72% of companies state that video marketing has effectively improved their conversion rate as well.

 

5. SEO A/B Split Testing

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) split testing enables you to isolate variables that increase traffic to acquire a targeted approach to certain content changes.

Using this marketing strategy will allow you to improve the click-through rate (CTR) which is the number of clicks and traffic your platform gets.

 

6. Programmatic Advertising

This method requires the use of AI to automate ad buying, which then, in turn, targets more specific audiences. Automated advertising is a quicker and more efficient way to market your brand on several different online platforms. 

 

7. Personalization 

Standing out from your competitors is one of the most sure-fire ways to get the attention of your targeted audience. Personalizing your brand doesn’t just make it more attractive, but it is also a good way to show off your personality. 

Consumers are constantly hungry for variety and will often look at your brand more if you spice up your image regularly. 

 

8. Influencer Marketing

This marketing method focuses on using key leaders to drive your brand’s message to the public. Influencers can be anyone related to your niches such as celebrities, iconic online personalities, and known figures. 

This is effective because 92% of people trust other consumer’s recommendations. 

 

9. Social Media Marketing

Social media is one of the biggest platforms on the internet today. With so many people spending most of their time online on these different platforms, it makes it a gold mine for online marketing. 

There are two key strategies for marketing your brand on social media. 

The first is by creating your own brand’s official page and posting updates regarding products and events involving you. The second is by directly contacting your brand’s followers and direct marketing through chat. 

 

10. Voice Search and Smart Speakers

The increasing popularity of voice search functions has forced companies to re-develop their marketing strategies to optimize this feature. 

Adopting a marketing strategy that allows you to remain relevant with current trends is a key factor for marketing success. Voice search provides all relevant information to the user without needing to get up or type. This feature is most often used on smartphones and personal AI assistants like Siri or Alexa.