Abbey Drain Concert 6.9.19-5415

A Paisley singer songwriter who is inspired by Renfrewshire’s music and culture travelled underground to play in a unique venue.

Abbey Drain Concert 6.9.19-5415

Michael Cassidy has become the first person to ever perform a gig in Paisley’s historic Abbey Drain.

The medieval drain was reopened for tours as part of Doors Open Days (7 and 8 September).

As a prelude to the expeditions, Michael performed a new song, Colour the Darkness, inspired by one of the treasures discovered in the drain – a stone carving of one of the first pieces of polyphonic music.

He said: “I’m so proud to have had the opportunity to perform in such an unusual venue. The Abbey Drain is an iconic part of Paisley and to be able to perform there was just brilliant.

“Kenneth Elliott at the University of Glasgow transcribed the music found on the carving into modern notation and made it possible for me to find the notes that I could use as a stimulus for a new song.

“The lyrics of Colour the Darkness talk about how the drain remained unnoticed for years in the darkness, and that finding out more about what’s underground has added colour to our knowledge of Paisley.

“Paisley has an incredible history of songwriting and it’s easy to be inspired by all the fantastic poets and artists that Renfrewshire has produced over the years.

“It was a great experience and one that I will never forget.”

Paisley performed two further songs as part of the gig.

Paisley’s Abbey Drain is an ornate underground passageway, around 100m long and believed to be more than 700 years old, which was discovered in the 19th century and rediscovered in the 1990s.

The eight-week Abbey Drain Big Dig – co-ordinated by Renfrewshire Council and led by Guard Archaeology Ltd, with support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and Renfrewshire Local History Forum – uncovered a 14th century stone archway marking the exact point the drain and its contents once flowed into the River Cart.

Renfrewshire Council leader Cllr Iain Nicolson said: “The Abbey Drain is now a big part of Paisley’s history and heritage, and it’s fantastic that we were able to use it as a music venue before Doors Open Days.

“The Big Dig was a great community project and it captured the attention of people all over Scotland.

“We would like to thank Michael for his involvement and for celebrating our history and heritage in this way.”

Michael has been hosting a programme of songwriting and music workshops with adults and young people, and will also be appearing at Paisley in Song at Paisley Arts Centre on 17 October as part of The Spree.

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The songwriting programme is funded by the Paisley TH.CARS2 initiative, and The Spree event will be presented in collaboration with Renfrewshire Council, Renfrewshire Leisure and Create Paisley.

For tickets and to find out more, visit


You’ll be ecstatic by your kid’s happiness when they see their favourite Disney characters come to life in front of their eyes, dancing on the floor, twirling in the air, and performing stunts breathtaking enough to take you back to your childhood.


But the amazing extravaganza called ‘Disney On Ice’ has a lot of details you need to know and take care of. If you wish to create a memorable experience for your child rather than playing free spins live casino on your couch, continue reading.


What is Disney On Ice?


Disney On Ice is a series of touring ice shows produced by Feld Entertainments Ice Follies and Holiday on Ice, Inc. under agreement with The Walt Disney Company. The show is primarily aimed at children and portrays figure skaters in the roles of popular Disney characters in performances derived from various Disney films. 


A new show is launched every year and is hosted by Mickey Mouse, sometimes assisted by Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and Buzz Lightyear.


Tips for the best ‘Disney On Ice’ experience


  1. Pick the best show


Disney On Ice has multiple shows on different days, so make sure to pick the one that’s best for you. Here’s a summary of each of the shows:


  • Disney On Ice presents Dream Big – Everything from Disney princesses and princes to villains and the 7 dwarves. This show is for people who like the royal side of the Disney universe.


  • Disney On Ice presents Reach For The Stars – A truly star-studded show featuring only the biggest stars like Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Anna, Elsa, and many other Disney princesses.


  • Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream – Your favourite Disney princesses including the latest ones like Moana.


  • Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart – Classic Disney princesses are accompanied by iconic Pixar characters from Nemo, Inside Out, and Toy Story.


  • Disney On Ice presents Frozen – Prepare to let it go with the phenomenal Frozen characters.


  1. Dress smart


The ‘Disney On Ice’ website specifies that the temperature in the arena is usually 10+ degrees cooler than outside. Though the inside of the arena is surprisingly comfortable, it does depend on your affinity to cold. So it’s advisable to be prepared and don some extra layers both on yourselves and your kids.


  1. Break Time


Disney On Ice shows usually run from 90 minutes to two hours long, and you only get a 15-20 minute intermission halfway through them. The show is captivating, but kids may get restive from time to time. Spot out the restrooms beforehand and take breaks as needed. The restrooms may have a long line during the intermission, so be prepared for it.


  1. Make it Magical


The festive magic from Disney’s amusements parks carries over to their Ice shows, so don’t hesitate to get creative with your kids’ fashion. Dress them up in Disney Princess gowns and Toy Story costumes, but make sure to add some layers on top to keep away the cold.


  1. Sit Down


Usually, the stadiums where Disney On Ice shows are held are huge, and that presents the problem of where to sit. The best seats come at a higher price but are worth it if the front row is important to you. However, the view and experience will definitely be wonderful wherever you sit.

Here at Nik makeup artist we are celebrating another great interview this time with national magazine Tie the Knot Scotland.

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We where also delighted to see our work from a previous wedding printed on the beauty pages.

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Calculating film dimensions to flow wrap your product is one of the most difficult tasks. A slight mistake can either create a big gap or can leave a small part outside the flow wrap. In this article, we will teach how to calculate film dimensions accurately in order to flow wrap your product. Once you have the right dimensions you can easily wrap the product using flow wrapping machine

Basic Details about Wrappers

Every wrapper has a back stand (film feed assembly), an infeed conveyor, a cutting head, a discharge area, a film-forming area, and a fin seal (bottom seal). All the products (food and non-food) are placed on the infeed conveyor of the flow wrapper by the processing equipment. This can also be done manually by hand feeding. 

As the infeed conveyor drop-ship a product to the forming space, the film is drawn from the ‘film feed assembly’ into the forming space, and a movie tube is made around the product and a fin seal is formed. The film tube and therefore the product both are delivered to the cutting head. The cutting head creates the top seals and it cuts the adjacent wrapped product into individual packages, and delivers it to the discharge space. 

Types of Film

There are two types of films cold seal film and hot seal film. The type of film to use depends on various reasons including product characteristics, material costs, required capacity/speed, necessary barriers (ultraviolet, oxygen, etc.), hermetic seal strength or integrity. 

A base material (carrier) and a skinny layer of glue are the main components of cold seal film. In order to make this sort of film waterproof, it is pressed with two layers of glue together. This is why cold seal films can be used at higher film speeds than heat seal films. Hot seal films area unit is usually multi-layered and includes an outer coating to stop the film from melting. The core of the film includes plastic, and a sealer layer on the inside that has a lower melting temperature and bonds to seal the package along.

Calculating Film Dimensions

The first step to calculating film dimensions is determining the correct cut-off length. This is more important for registered film with graphics that need to be at the center of each package. To determine the amount of film taken by the angle to the seal, divide the product height with 0.86603. 

Once you’ve determined the cut-off length, its time to determine the film web width. The 5mm (o.2″) is often explained by the gap (including the peak and thickness of the deck plates) from the merchandise to the fin seal rollers and a few further films to assure sensible chase within the fin seal rollers.  Common fin seal roller heights square measure half dozen, nine and fifteen metric linear units along with the 5mm of film for chase functions, this leads to fin seal widths of eleven, fourteen and twenty metric linear units severally.

Final Thoughts

The above-mentioned formulas are just for calculating the basic film dimensions. For better and accurate film sizing and cut-off, test it on your machine with the actual product and film.


Between working, looking after children, cooking meals, and just trying to find some downtime, it can easily seem as though your house is getting on top of you. Running a home isn’t cheap, and keeping it tidy doesn’t just happen overnight, so what can you do when you have very little spare time to create some order amongst the chaos? Well, if you would like to get a handle on your household so that you can reduce the stress that comes with running a home, then here are a few simple tips on how to make your home more financially and physically manageable. 


Reduce clutter


Do you ever look around your home and think you have a lot more stuff than you really need? Well, that’s because anything that you’re keeping around your house that doesn’t add value to your life in some way is just clutter which you would be better off without. It may seem like a daunting task right now to go through everything you don’t need and get rid of it, but it is possible that you may actually find the process quite therapeutic; after all, decluttering can help to reduce stress and provide you with a sense of control. 


You may find it easier to work outwards from a room which you don’t use as much, such as a loft or basement space, because that way you won’t notice the mess created by your clear-out as much. Set goals and come up with a sorting system, and then you can just work through it in your own time. Try to avoid simply throwing away items where you can, as you could donate them or even make money off of them by selling the things you don’t want at a boot fair or online. 


Prioritise storage space


The more items you have out on display along your surfaces, or left out on the floor, the more cluttered your home is going to look and feel. It can be incredibly off-putting to walk into the house after a long day and be confronted by mess. Therefore, you may find a great amount of benefit to increasing the quantity of storage space you have in your home.


Make use off all the space you have available to you by fixing cupboards and shelves to the walls, allowing you to free up some of the square footage of your home. There are also a lot of brilliant ways to bring storage into your home without it being noticeable, such as with under bed storage devices, as found in ottomans and divan beds. Under the stairs is another perfect storage space which is often under-utilised: use this space wisely by building in a cupboard with shelving, or even build shelves directly into the side of the staircase for easy access. 


Reduce your energy bills


There are lots of different ways that you can make a huge difference to the cost of your energy bills over time. To start simply, you can manage your energy usage by always switching off plugs and lights when they aren’t in use, and not leaving appliances plugged in overnight. You could also benefit from a smart thermostat, which allows you to easily adjust the heating usage of your home and program it to accommodate your personal needs. 


If you’d like to go a step further and make a long-term investment in reducing your energy bills, then you might want to consider looking into solar energy with Green Power Technology. Renewable energy sources such as this are not only beneficial to the environment but could also save you money in the long run. Additionally, by better shielding your home with wall insulation and double glazing on your windows, you will be able to reduce the amount of energy you waste each day. 


Choose a more minimalistic layout


When your house is full to the brim with furniture, it doesn’t matter how much stuff you clear out or how much storage space you introduce, its always going to feel like there is too much stuff in a finite space. In a minimalist home, everything has a purpose and place, making the space much easier to utilise and clean, and creating a more visually appealing aesthetic.


For example, instead of having a mix match of seating options in your living area, you might find that giving those items up and replacing them with one or two larger seating options creates a more uniform and useable space. Over time, you may find that these simple changes alone could have a huge impact on how clean and manageable your space feels.

St. Vincent’s Hospice have raised more than £600 at the Johnstone Gala Day, thanks to the fantastic support of the community, Johnstone Community Council and an extremely generous donation of bikes from the KibbleWorks.

Fundraising Manager for St. Vincent’s Hospice, Carol-Anne Lamont, said: “Thank you so much to everyone who came along to or donated to our tea tent at the Johnstone Gala Day! It was a fantastic day out, and was great to meet so many kind hearted families from our local area.

“We also owe a massive thank you to KibbleWorks for their amazing donation of children’s and adult bikes, completely free of charge, which we were able to sell on the day. These made such a difference to our stall, and raised more than £300 through their sale alone, which goes directly towards our caring services!”

Mark Robertson, depute Head Teacher at KibbleWorks said: “We are delighted to work with St. Vincent Hospice to help a fantastic cause. Supporting charities such as these allows our young people to see the positive impact of their work, and gives them an opportunity to demonstrate the skills they have learned through the Kibble Bikes programme.”

St. Vincent’s Hospice is a specialist provider of care for people and families in Renfrewshire affected by life limiting conditions. Every year, they have to generate more than £1.5 million in voluntary donations and fundraising efforts from the community.

Carol-Anne added: “We are absolutely delighted with how well our partnership with the KibbleWorks has come together for this event, not only supporting people in the local community through our care, but by giving the opportunity for families and individuals to get more active and healthy with these good as new, affordable, bikes. Thank you again to everyone for all your support, and of course to Johnstone Community Council for organising the day and inviting us to be part of it!”

To find out more about St. Vincent’s Hospice and how you can get involved, visit:


Brand new affordable housing is set to be developed in Ferguslie and Johnstone as contracts were approved to build 140 brand-new homes.

Renfrewshire Council’s Finance, Resources and Customer Services Policy Board approved works for more than £19million to create affordable living opportunities as part of Renfrewshire Council’s newbuild programme and Strategic Housing Investment Programme.


The council will build 101 new homes in the Tannahill area of Ferguslie by the end of 2021, and a further 39 properties will be built on Auchengreoch Road in Johnstone by May 2020 – with the detailed designs for the housing now to be finalised with residents within these communities.

The two new developments form part of the council’s commitment to providing high-quality, affordable homes and are being part funded by the Scottish Government’s Affordable Housing Programme.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: ““We are committed to providing homes and communities that encourage people to come and live and work in Renfrewshire.

“I look forward to seeing the communities in both Ferguslie and Johnstone enhanced as we address increasing demand for housing in these areas with two new developments.

“This investment will ensure people can access homes they are proud to live in as we look to create positive, thriving communities throughout the area.”

Following completion of the contract awards, the new homes in Ferguslie will be built by A S Homes (Scotland) Limited and McTaggart Construction Limited will carry out the works in Johnstone.

Councillor John Shaw, Convener of the Finance, Resources and Customer Services Policy Board, said: “It will be fantastic to see these new homes built in Ferguslie and Johnstone and it’s great to see the contracts include vital community benefits for the young people in the area.

“Modern apprenticeships and work experience will be offered to those interested in the trade, as well as visits by the construction companies to local schools to offer advice and guidance.

“We want to help people in Renfrewshire wherever we can, whether that’s providing a step onto the employment ladder or giving a school pupil the moment which sparks their career ambitions, and that is why it so important that community benefits are included in all our contract awards.”

For more information on housing projects within Renfrewshire, contact the Planning and Housing Team via or visit

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200 lucky people will see Britain’s Got Talent 2019 semi-finalist John Archer when he does his one night only comedy and magic show in Paisley.  Online tickets from Eventbrite, priced £10 (plus fee) are disappearing quickly for this stand up gig at 7.30pm, Friday 27 September in Elim Christian Fellowship, 20 Gordon Street, PA1 1XD.  Ticket sales will help fund local charities, Roar and St Vincent’s Hospice. 


Elim Events Missional Community (MC) leaders Pete and Norma Murchie said: “Audiences loved watching John Archer’s act on TV.  Now people can see him perform live in Paisley.  John’s a very funny guy and his routine has plenty of magical surprises.  Tickets include a free cuppa and cake at the interval.  Not only will people enjoy a great evening out but part of their ticket money is going to support two very good causes.

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Paisley Youth Arts Festival – a brand new multi-arts festival for young people in Paisley – has been launched today (Wednesday 21st August 2019).  The festival will run from 3-15 September 2019 and will feature over 50 events taking place in venues around the town centre, attracting up to 6000 young people from Paisley, Renfrewshire and beyond. 

The project is one of the initiatives to come out of the Paisley 2021 legacy’s focus on youth arts events and is an independent project by local partners:  Create Paisley; Erskine Music and Media Studio; Outspoken Arts Scotland, PACE, Renfrewshire Leisure and University of West of Scotland (UWS).

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The festival will feature gaming, virtual reality, workshops for skills knowledge and pathways, podcasts, exhibitions, talent showcases, live music, open mic nights, parties and much more.  There are three strands to the programme: Kids (age 5-12 year olds); Teens (age 13-18) and Young Adults (18-25 year olds).  

Renfrewshire Leisure have programmed an evening of cool new bands and rising talent featuring: Man of Moon, Tiny Murder, Ghost Baby, Lunir + others.  Fresh from a summer tour, taking in Kelburn Garden Party, Belladrum, King Tut’s and the Outwith festival, the formidable Man of Moon bring their juggernaut of sound to Paisley. On the night they will be joined by up-and-coming Tiny Murder, who will bring their unique cinematic dream pop to the audience one of the most talented young groups to come from Renfrewshire, the unmissable Ghostbaby and electronic duo, Lunir.  Tickets available here:

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Outspoken Arts Scotland’s programme for the festival will celebrate women in music with a full evening of folk, acoustic, singer-songwriters, unique and original talent at UWS.  The event will feature Paisley’s very own Carol Laula, who will perform with her band in this female-focused, variety-packed music extravaganza, presenting a full and fabulous set of her own whilst introducing some exciting women in music showcasing songs old and new. Featuring:  Jordan Stewart; Lisa Kowalski; Mandulu & Hephzibah; Marina Rolink; Erskine Music & Media; PACE Youth Theatre Choir + other acts tba. Book here:


PACE Rep Company present four shows:  Little Wings, fresh from Edinburgh Festival; The Diary of Anne Frank; Avalanche and Sad Eyes to Smile With by performance poet, Ink Asher Kemp.  PACE will also be running workshops in acting, directing and performing skills.  All events take place at The Wynd on School Wynd. Tickets available here:

POP at The Piazza shopping mall in Paisley town centre will be the festival hub and will feature a variety of events including: a Retro Gaming Zone with a chance to play some of the classic platform games over each weekend;  The Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging – a visual art installation by artist, Toby Messenger; a live Scottish video games podcast from The Nearly Men; an Open Mic Session by Erskine Music and Media Studio and a Zero Waste origami wallet/purse making workshop hosted by ReModeCreate Paisley will run a young creators relaunch party and art workshops for:  paper and ipad; poster printing and giant string arts.

Erskine Music and Media Studio will present: ‘Intro 2021‘- a compilation album featuring young up-and-coming artists aged between 12-25 from within Renfrewshire. The album will be launched at Comicrazy in Paisley with vinyl available to purchase at the event. This is a family-friendly free event celebrating the exciting local music scene in Renfrewshire.

University of West of Scotland’s Student Union in Storie Street will host their Freshers’ Finale UV Paint Party; The Big Quiz; A White T shirt party club night; a karaoke night; a ceilidh and whisky tasting and a silent disco.

The Fourth Wall is a virtual reality experience by John M Walter, part of 131st Annual Exhibition of Paisley Art Institute in the old Co-Op unit in The Piazza. 

Quotes from Erskine Music and Media Studio; UWS and Renfrewshire Leisure to follow. 

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Steven Thomson, Creative Director, Outspoken Arts Scotland, commented: “The team at Outspoken Arts Scotland are absolutely delighted that Paisley Youth Arts Festival has truly emerged as a shining example of collaboration and partnership with other key youth organisations in the area and as a direct outcome of all of our efforts in the bid legacy from Paisley 2021 UK City of Culture.” 

For further information and to see the full programme:

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