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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.



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.


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!

SHOPPERS are being given the chance to vote for their favourite store, restaurant and entertainment venue in the 2018 intu Braehead retailer awards.

Thousands of people are expected to pick their favourites in an online poll just launched.

There are awards for the store categories – menswear, footwear and accessories, food and drink, kids, specialist retailer, ladieswear, jewellery, health and beauty along with retailer of the year, entertainment venue and world class customer service.

All you have to do to vote is log on to www.intu.co.uk/braehead and those who pick their favourites in the poll will get the chance to win a £250 intu Gift Card. The closing date for voting is Thursday, September 6.

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, David Lyon said: “We’ve got some fantastic stores, cafes, restaurants and fun entertainment venues and this gives people the chance to vote for their favourites.

“And the awards are a great way of recognising the businesses that give shoppers such a great service.”

Renfrewshire councillors have become the first in Scotland to collectively undergo Dementia Friends Information sessions.

They have joined tens of thousands of people to learn more about dementia and the small things we can all do to help people with the condition, which can leave them feeling vulnerable and isolated.

Councillors from across the parties, including Council Leader Iain Nicolson and Provost Lorraine Cameron, turned out for the first session run by  trained Dementia Advisor Iain Houston, from charity Alzheimer Scotland.

It’s understood to be the first time an entire Council chamber has signed up to become registered Dementia Friends.

Councillor Nicolson said: “Sadly so many of us have a loved one or know a family affected by dementia.

“It has been extremely rewarding to take part in the Dementia Friends sessions to find out how we can all educate ourselves to help support people with dementia and help them go about their everyday lives.

“It’s clear that small things like being patient in a queue can make a big difference and we are all keen to play our part in helping families and communities cope with the challenges.”

Provost Cameron said: “It’s been great to get an added insight and understanding of what dementia is and how it affects people.

“We are all now keen to take the learning from the sessions and apply this to work together to break down the stigma of the condition.”

Dementia isn’t an inevitable part of ageing but is caused by diseases of the brain. There are around 90,000 people living with the condition in Scotland, with more than 3,000 under the age of 65, while in Renfrewshire around 2,750 people have dementia and related conditions.

There is a multi-agency group being led by the Health and Social Care Partnership which is looking at improving services within Renfrewshire for people with dementia and their carers.

More than half of Scots with dementia have Alzheimer’s disease but other forms include vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies and frontotemporal dementia.

The village of Lochwinnoch has become the first in Renfrewshire to become a dementia friendly community.

Anne McWhinnie, Dementia Friends Programme Manager at Alzheimer Scotland said: “We’re delighted that Renfrewshire Council have taken positive steps to become Dementia Friends and have committed to making the small but vital changes that will help people with dementia to feel understood and valued in our communities. This is a crucial step towards building a Dementia Friendly Scotland, where nobody should face dementia alone.

“Dementia Friends information sessions demonstrate the small changes that can often make a big difference to people living with dementia such as adapting how you speak, giving clear information, removing some of the challenges that can cause confusion and changing behaviour – such as simply being patient in a queue.”

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Renfrewshire Employability Awards celebrating the successes of people supported through Renfrewshire’s Local Employability Partnership programmes.

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It is the fifth year of the popular awards organised on behalf of the partnership by Renfrewshire Council’s economic development service Invest in Renfrewshire.

Invest work closely with more than 1000 local businesses to support Renfrewshire residents from its base at Paisley’s Russell Institute building.

Together, the programme provides direct access to vacancies, work experience, training, personal support and finance.

There are nine awards across a range of categories including Most Promising New Entrepreneur and Apprentice of the Year. The awards also recognise school pupils and people building their CV through volunteering as they prepare for the world of work.

Last year’s glittering celebrations recognised top intern Debbie Campbell, whose work with award-winning community charity I Am Me Scotland raised awareness of disability hate crime.

Johnstone High School pupil Morgan Spence won the Youth CV builder award, the Kilbarchan teenager’s stop-motion film-making skills being viewed more than a million times online.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “The Renfrewshire Employability Awards are always an excellent event, recognising new employees making a real difference to local businesses and celebrating the successes of those who transform their lives and future careers through involvement in Renfrewshire’s employability programmes. I would encourage people to submit their nominations as soon as possible.

“Invest in Renfrewshire organises these awards on behalf of the Local Employability Partnership in recognition of Renfrewshire’s success in this area and the hard work and effort put in by our local people.

“The Invest team themselves have built strong partnerships with the local business community and together are creating work and training opportunities for more than 1400 people each year. This is hugely important, reducing unemployment and enabling our local economy to grow.”

Deadline for nominations is Friday 14 September 2018 with the awards ceremony taking place at Paisley Town Hall in November.

The ever-popular event is also an opportunity to thank local businesses for their contributions which has helped the Renfrewshire economy grow significantly in recent years.

“In June we set out a five-year commitment to help the people most in need into work,” added Councillor Nicolson. “We will help communities facing deprivation and those unemployed and underemployed, changing people’s opportunities and making the most of the major areas of growth coming to Renfrewshire in areas such as childcare, tourism and manufacturing.

“These annual awards are a great way to celebrate the successes and acknowledge the many partners playing their part in creating a thriving Renfrewshire, open for business.”

For full details of the awards and to make a nomination, visit: www.investinrenfrewshire.com/awards-2018/

Get ready to raise a glass as Scotland’s biggest full-day whisky event comes to Paisley as part of The Spree Festival 2018.

The National Whisky Festival (NWF) will take place at Paisley Town Hall on Saturday 13 October and will see two sessions of drams, masterclasses, food, whisky related arts, crafts and a fantastic programme of live music.

The Spree festival is one of the highlights of Paisley’s annual cultural calendar and takes place in various venues around the town from 12 to 20 October.

The National Whisky Festival sessions will start at Paisley Town Hall from 12pm – 3.30pm and 4.15pm – 7.45pm and by purchasing a ticket whisky lovers will be able to enjoy:

  • entrance to one of the 3.5-hour sessions
  • access to over 50 whiskies on the tasting floor
  • two £5 discount vouchers for use on purchases at the on-site bottle shop
  • a complimentary line-up of fantastic live music
  • your own NWF branded Glencairn crystal nosing glass to use on the day and take home
  • access to masterclasses (ticketed separately)
  • official festival programme

Colin Campbell, National Whisky Festival organiser, said: “The National Whisky Festival is a combined celebration of the best of Scottish culture and our national drink.

“The event at Paisley Town Hall will see a whole host of exhibitors and distilleries in attendance, each carefully considered to provide the most enjoyable experience of whisky tasting and entertainment on the day.

“We couldn’t be more excited to bring the festival to Paisley as part of The Spree Festival 2018 for a brilliant day of drams, delicious food and thrilling live music.”

Louisa Mahon, Head of Marketing, Communications and Events at Renfrewshire Council, said: “We are delighted to welcome the National Whisky Festival to Paisley as part of this year’s Spree Festival.

“The Spree Festival is one of the highlights of Paisley’s annual cultural events calendar and has continued to go from strength to strength as it enters its seventh year.

“Hosting an event such as the National Whisky Festival shows Paisley’s ability to host large-scale events and we can’t wait to welcome visitors from all over to Paisley Town Hall to enjoy a celebration of whisky and the best of Scottish culture.”

Visitors to the festival will also be able to enjoy delicious food from local restaurants and street food vendors, a craft beer bar and an on-site bottle shop provided by the Good Spirits Company.

The inaugural National Whisky Festival took place at Glasgow’s SWG3 in January 2017 as part of the city’s Celtic Connections festival.

The Spree Festival is run by Renfrewshire Council and programmed by Synergy Concerts and Renfrewshire Leisure.

Martha Reeves and the Vandellas will perform at a special Closing Gala show at Paisley Town Hall on Saturday 20 October alongside the London African Gospel Choir who will perform Paul Simon’s Graceland.

Black Sabbath guitarist and rock music legend Tony Iommi will also appear at Paisley Town Hall on Friday 12 October for a special show giving music fans the inside story of his career – called ‘Tony Iommi in conversation with Phil Alexander: A Life in Music’.

Other big-name acts coming to Paisley for this year’s Spree include The Orb, ex-Kraftwerk member Wolfgang Flür, Gang of Four, Aidan Moffat and RM Hubbert, Big Minds (made up of members of Big Country and Simple Minds), Vieux Farka Touré, The Wandering Hearts and more.

The Wee Spree will also be back as part of the festival with plenty of fun activities to keep the kids entertained during the October holidays.

Tickets for all shows (including the National Whisky Festival) are on sale now via The Spree Festival website. Visit www.thespree.co.uk


Nowadays, the trend of taking loans to fulfill immediate requirements have become very common. You can now take a loan from some lending company or a bank for paying your tuition fee, to buy home or car, to start a business, etc. Also, the process is simple and easy to understand. But still, certain things need to keep in your mind when you plan to take a loan for anything you want to buy right now.

Given below are the things that you must keep in mind, and some tips are shared so that you may not make any mistake. Read them thoroughly, and you will find out that how important information you just learned.

  1. Eligibility to Avail Loan

If we technically see this point, then it is obvious that every person who is earning some money can take a loan. This is important because income is the sign that you will be able to pay back the money you borrowed from the lender company. But having an income is not just that they need to approve you as an eligible person for a loan. You have to make sure that the amount of your income is enough for you to take out some money to pay back the loan. Also, you have to prove the lenders that the income has been consistent for many years and it will remain for years to come.

So, you must identify the lender company and then search for their rules and regulations for this eligibility. Depending on their criteria, calculate your income and determine if you will be eligible or not.

  1. The Rate of Interest on Loan

The rate of interest is the next most important thing to consider when you are planning to take a loan for yourself. It is important because different companies have different rates and some companies also offer multiple types of interest rates depending on the condition of the person taking the loan. Other than this you must also gather IVA information and advice from some expert lender. This will help you find out where you stand at that point.

You have to make sure that the company you are planning to get a loan from also have the best interest rates that you can afford to pay each month or on a yearly basis.

  1. Review Your Credit Score

Before you apply for the loan, keep in mind that your credit score is good or at least not bad enough that you get a rejection. If you feel that it is not as good as the lender company would want, then before applying for the loan try to fix your credit score and then move on.

By keeping in mind these three points, it is not going to be any issue for you to take a loan for anything you want. If you follow it rightfully then very soon you will reap the fruitful results. They are simple and easy to understand but very important to consider.


A will is a legally binding document that allows you to give instructions about what you would like to happen to your estate when you die. Your estate is everything you own, including money, property and belongings.


Many of us underestimate the importance of putting together a will. It’s a way to make sure your wishes are carried out and your loved ones are provided for in a way that you’ve always wanted. It can also prevent them from having to make painful decisions or deal with financial problems that you may have left behind.

A will can also help with funeral planning as you can point your loved ones in the direction of your prefered funeral director. Organising a will means that you and your family have less to worry about.


For those of you who are unsure or need a little help with your will, we have put together this step by step guide.


How to make a will


  • Calculate the value of any money, property and possession you have. Remember to include any debts and investments you have.



  • Decide what you want each beneficiary to receive and how you want to divide your estate. You might want to leave a percentage of your estate, an exact amount of money or a particular possession to someone – your will is as flexible as you wish.


  • Consider who you want to sort out your will, whether it’s family, friends or a professional such as a solicitor. Normally you appoint more than one individual for this in case one person is unavailable to act for you when the time comes.


  • Draw up your will.


  • Give a copy of your will to your executor/s along with the list of your money, property and possessions. A good idea would also be to give your solicitor or bank a copy of this.


  • Make sure you review your will and update it every five years or whenever your circumstances change.


How to draw up your will

There are three different ways to draw up a will:


Ask your solicitor

Asking a solicitor to draw up your will, will ensure it’s valid and contains the correct information. This is helpful if your affairs aren’t straightforward. For example sharing a property with someone who isn’t your husband, wife or civil partner. Or, you have an ex-spouse or children from a previous relationship who may want to make a claim on your will.


Use a will writing service

A will writing service will cost but prices vary and you can approach legal firms for quotations. Services such as Beyond offer a will writing service that free, solicitor approved and easy to use.


Write a will yourself              

You can also write a will yourself, but you need to be using certain language and wording for it to be legal and valid. You can ask for a solicitor’s help when writing this.


When completed, the will must be signed and witnessed by two adults who saw you sign  the will. These witnesses cannot be beneficiaries of your will or a spouse/civil partner of your beneficiaries.


If you haven’t made a will or your will is invalid, your money, property and possessions will be shared out according to the law. This is known as ‘intestacy’. This means that people you want to leave your estate to could get nothing and, those who you don’t want to leave anything to could get everything. So, to make sure you get your wish, make a will.

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ORGANISERS of this year’s Paisley 10k Road Race and Fun Run are making last-minute preparations for the popular event on Sunday. (August 19)

And with the deadline of noon on Friday (August 17) looming for entries, people are being urged to sign up before they miss their chance to take part .

The Paisley 10k organising team from Renfrewshire Leisure are expecting to match last year’s record-breaking entry of 3600 runners and if there is a last-minute surge in entries to the race and fun run, that figure could even be overtaken on the final straight.

Macmillan Cancer Support is the Paisley 10k Race and shorter Fun Run official charity partner for the fourth year and the event is sponsored by sports and outdoor retailers Decathlon.

Chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, Joyce McKellar said: “The route for the 10k and Fun Run is through the centre of Paisley and is relatively flat. It’s ideal for both experienced and novice runners.

“It’s a great route to run as people will pass the town’s famous landmarks and hundreds are expected to line the route giving encouragement to the runners.

“There’s a fantastic atmosphere throughout the day with lots of families, clubs and groups coming along to take part in the fun run as well as the more serious athletes who will be giving their all to be first to cross the line in the big race.”

The activities start in Paisley’s County Square at 9.40am on Sunday with Renfrewshire Provost Lorraine Cameron welcoming the runners and their supporters. The Paisley 10k Race warm-up is at 9.45am and the race starts at 10am. Winners will be presented with their medals around 11.30am.

The Fun Run warm-up starts at noon with the starting gun fired at 12.15pm and the presentation if prizes expected around 1pm.

There will also be hoops of fun in County Square during the day as BasketballPaisley will have a basketball stand set up for youngsters to try their hand at the sport.

Joyce added: “This is always a great day for Paisley with a carnival atmosphere showing of the town at its best.”


When you want to play slots online, you want to have fun, and that will not happen when the sounds and animations are sloppy. That is why you need to find an online slot that will give you an experience that you can enjoy.

There are slots with sounds that feel like they are not even trying. If you want to have an immersive experience that will give you fun and no fatigue, find the coolest games. If you are having trouble doing this, then this list by SlotStory should help.  

You probably realize at this point that games from a long time ago, like 2010 and back, does not really have the graphics for it. They appear dated and uninteresting. That is why in this review of the top 5 slots with cool animations and sounds, we look at very new games.

So, here we go:


  • Jumanji


No doubt, you have heard of Jumanji in your lifetime. This fame is not without precedent. That is why the games have done well. The slot game is awesome in terms of music and animation. NetEnt has done a great job on this one.

There are so many animations with the sticky vines, the wild symbols, the monsoon features and various other things happening which all combine to give you a real thrill that will keep you entertained for hours.

The hype is not for nothing. This game has had success as a board game, and now it is in the slot casino world. There is no way that you should miss out on this.


  • Fortunium


This pokie that is playable on the phone is a release of Microgaming, and they have been in the game for a long time. This one has high definition graphics that will immerse you in the whole scenery. Fortunium succeeds on all levels in terms of visuals.

The music is not bad and if you combine that with everything else, it will give you a good time. There are 40 paylines and 5 reels. All these will keep you busy, and you will not have much to complain in terms of visuals.

Fortunium has a vaguely ‘Wizard of Oz’ feel to it in terms of the graphics, and you will find this to be very attractive visually.


  • CashOccino


This is a beverage themed game that has one of the best gameplay ever. The colours of coffee are the themes that you will find on the reels. They drive the game forward. The wild symbol in this one takes the form of a coffee cup that we all recognize.

The other symbols are for the other coffees, and they will include; Café Latte, Mocha Swiss, Espresso, Americano and Bella Roma. The logos themselves have the coat of arms design. This will give you a feel of progress when there is a noticeable change in the animation.

The game excels on so many levels. Get your shots of caffeine now.


  • Poke The Guy


Now here is a slot that redefines the genre. It is different, and it has all the cool stuff that you look for and more. Microgaming made this one too. There is a fork with a force field that has arrows on both sides. This is not all. The game’s graphics are rendered so well.

There are no wild symbols but there is this guy who moves randomly, and all you have to do is throw stuff at him and hope you hit him. He will be moving around what appears to be Las Vegas. There will be landmarks too like Mt. Rushmore and the Eiffel Tower.

It is a fun game with graphics intended to make the game even better.


  • Poltava – Flames Of War


This challenging and visually beautiful title is something that I think you will enjoy if you love slot games. The setting is the beginning of the 18th century in Ukraine. The army of Russia, led by Peter the Great of Russia meets the Royal Forces from Sweden.

This battle determined the power of both these countries. The pokie is simply stunning, to say the least. The battlefield is shown very clearly. The atmospheres are well designed to be awesome. The symbols are all military of course, and this sets the scene for a great game.

The soundtrack is more movie-like than a slot. It is not a pokie that you should pass up. Get ready, pick a side and charge into war.

In Conclusion

Now that we have seen the games that do their job well, it is time you pick one and play it. You have to realize that these are not the only games with cool animations and music, there are more. Happy playing!

Primary One pupils at a Renfrewshire school are learning how to read and write from aptly named teachers – Mrs Reid and Mrs Wright.

Ms Reid and Wright at Brediland Primary School Renfrewshire 15.8.18

As Brediland Primary School in Paisley welcomes its latest intake, the teachers admit that their pairing has raised a chuckle among colleagues.

Maureen Reid, 48, who’s taught at the school for 14 years, said: “Neither of us actually realised at first, it was a colleague who made the connection and he certainly found it very funny.

“I don’t think the younger children will make the connection but I’m sure the older children and parents will.

“We will work very closely together with lots of interaction between the two classes so I’m sure there will be lots of comments.”

Her fellow teacher, Audrey Wright, 40, said: “I’ve been at the school for eight years and this is my first year teaching primary one. I’m really looking forward to it. I think our names will raise a smile from the parents.”

Depute Head Teacher Lisa Robertson said: “The new Primary One children that we welcome to Brediland this session have had a head start.  What better way to begin to learn at school than with a teacher called Mrs Reid and a teacher called Mrs Wright?

“Surely only good things can come from this.”

Schools across Renfrewshire are recording improvements in pupil’s reading, writing and numeracy skills thanks to the innovative projects introduced as part of the Scottish Government’s Attainment Challenge.

One pioneering project between Renfrewshire Council and the University of Strathclyde has led to an improvement in children’s literacy attainment regardless of their background.

The Renfrewshire Literacy Approach, funded by the local authority and the Scottish Government, is a teacher and leadership training programme designed to enhance knowledge and skills in the teaching of reading.

There have been improvements made in pupils’ reading age scores across primary three to seven, while further analysis also indicates that the teaching programme may have had the greatest positive impact on children living in the most deprived areas.

It also shows a positive increase in pupil attainment at all stages, particularly for those children who have previously struggled with aspects of learning to read.