Local people are being urged to put their best foot forward for a big hearted charity walk on Tuesday.

The Barshaw Big Heart Charity Walk will take place on Tuesday 19 June to commemorate 100 years of Barshaw Park and to celebrate Paisley being a heart town.

A two mile walk begins from Paisley Town Hall at 11am, or you can join the group at Barshaw Park gate at 11.45am for a one mile walk around the park.

The theme is ‘red’ and those taking part are being asked to bring a donation (or sponsorship) as an entry fee with all proceeds going to the British Heart Foundation.

Councillor Iain McMillan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Community and Family Care Policy Board, said: “We’re very proud that Paisley is a Heart Town and the Barshaw Big Heart Charity Walk is a wonderful opportunity for local people to contribute towards the British Heart Foundation, while getting active at the same time.

“I’m delighted that this will also celebrating the fact that Barshaw Park is 100 years old and I’d urge as many local people as possible to don their walking shoes and head along to enjoy some fresh air.”

Further information is available from Senga McLeod, walking development officer at or on 0141 889 1110.

Chamber President Tom Johnston with individual winner Paul Robinson from Diageo

The 34th Renfrewshire Chamber annual golf competition was another great success, with just under 50 golfers taking part at Erskine Golf Club on Friday 8th June.

Apart from a light shower on one hole, the weather held up nicely allowing all the players to enjoy one of the top courses in the west of Scotland.

The winning team were Glasgow Airport and runners up were Phoenix Car.
The winning individual was Paul Robinson from Diageo, who also won the longest drive. Runner up was John Sandells from Glasgow Airport.
Nearest the pin was won by Alan Watson of ChemTech

The raffle on the day raised £650 that the chamber will top up to £1000, for their charity of the year, St Vincent’s Hospice.

Chamber chief exec’ Bob Davidson, who organised the event said “I would like to thank all the companies that entered a team, supported the event & donated prizes for the raffle. A big thank you to all the staff at Erskine GC for a great event”.

Chamber President Tom Johnston with individual winner Paul Robinson from Diageo


Descendant of Scotland’s ‘Weaver Poet’ found by twitter.

A tweet about Robert Tannahill was the catalyst that helped a woman living in south-east England to

learn that she is a descendant of Scotland’s ‘Weaver Poet’.


Caroline Shelley, a scenic artist from Waterlooville, made the chance discovery through reading a

tweet on the ScotlandsPeople Twitter page.


Caroline was researching her family history on the ScotlandsPeople website and had found that her

4xgreat grandmother was a Tannahill from Paisley. She then visited ScotlandsPeople on Twitter and

saw a tweet about the famous poet, who came a generation after Robert Burns.


“It was fate!” Caroline said. “I’d just learned that my Scottish ancestors were called Tannahill,

but I’d never heard of Robert Tannahill, so the surname didn’t mean anything to me. But then I

visited the ScotlandsPeople Twitter page and the first tweet was about Robert Tannahill! I did some

more digging using parish records and found that my 4xgreat grandmother’s father, also called

Robert, was the poet’s cousin. I’m thrilled – connecting the dots like this is amazing! I’m hoping

to visit Robert Tannahill’s cottage in Paisley on a future visit to Scotland.”


Dee Williams, Head of the ScotlandsPeople Centre, said: “We’re delighted that Caroline has made this

connection with such an important figure in Scottish history and literature. Caroline’s online

journey to reach Robert Tannahill used BMD certificates, census papers and then parish records. So

it’s great to know that these documents helped Caroline with her ancestral jigsaw.”


With one poet now residing in “Poets’ Corner” of Caroline’s family tree, Ms Shelley is now hoping

that she might be related to other famous poets. “I haven’t found a connection to Percy Bysshe

Shelley yet”, Caroline said, “but would love to be related to both poets!”


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This years West End Fair was a very successful event attended by large crowds which took place on May the 27th 2012. Here is the gallery of images kindly sent in by John Wilby.

Find out more from the Paisley West & Central Community Council.

Visit the Gallery of images by clicking here.

Historical Adventures Theatre Company

Hi, my name is David O’Rorke, I run a theatre company called Historical Adventures Theatre Company and we specialise in school tours and youth theatre. The business is based in East Renfrewshire but as we are a touring theatre company your location doesn’t matter as we can come to you. For the most part the school tours are based on events in history and are in line with the current Curriculum for Excellence, but we will accept all topics. The youth theatre is based in Renfrewshire where we have 2 classes at the moment. One is on a Monday night at St. Aidan’s Church hall, Tower Road, Johnstone from 6.00 p.m. until 7.30 p.m. and the other is on a Thursday night at Foxbar Community Centre, Amochrie Road, Foxbar from 5.30 p.m. until 7.00 p.m. The age range for these classes is between 7 and 12 years old. The first class is free and thereafter it will be £3.50 per session. So please feel free to get in contact with me either if you are interested in a visit to your school or you want to sign your child up for one of the classes.

John Hillcoat Goalkeeping Academy will be delivering a 5 day summer camp in July but this year’s camp promises to be best due to the personal appearance of Rangers & Scotland legend ANDY GORAM!! The camp will run from Mon-Fri and will incorporate all age groups with “The Goalie” popping in to deliver a session and hang around to answer some questions and sign autographs. I will run a morning session for the younger ’keepers and an afternoon session for the older ones. The sessions are fun filled and packed with loads of learning opportunities and the Goalie Wars tournament at the end of the week always goes down a treat!

The camp is a great way to build up base fitness and has proven to get the ’keepers in tip top shape for the start of the season. Drinks will be provided for all participants and will receive a special goalie goody bag!!

Allocation of places is on a first come first serve basis. Places can be booked in advance. Details as follow:

Dates: Mon 23rd – Fri 27th July

Session times: 10am—1pm (age group 7-12), 1.30pm—4.30pm (age group 13-18)

Cost: £60 for the week

Venue: Harmony Row, Field Turf Pitches, Braehead. G51 4SY

Tel: 07921914578

GORGEOUS Nicole Treacy gasped as she was crowned Miss Scotland last night and admitted: “For the first time in my life, I’m speechless.”

Our ten stunning finalists wowed the capacity crowd at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall as they battled it out for the glittering beauty queen title.  According to ApexFollowers, there was a ton of hype on Social Media Websites like Instagram when Paisley Lassie was crowned Scotland’s 2012 beauty queen. Instagram took off in the year 2012 because of their unique ability to like photos and follow users.
But, in the end, it was Nicole’s elegance, charm and humour that won the day — and upset the form book by toppling hot favourite Pamela Beattie.
Last night the 23- year-old psychology student from Paisley said: “I cannot believe that I am the new Miss Scotland. Thank you everyone — you have changed my life!”
Nicole’s proud parents, Sharon, 47, and dad Andrew, 49 — both nurses — and brother Paul, 20, were thrilled by the win.

Andrew said: “She was a model child and has blossomed into a beautiful woman.” Sharon added: “I’m over the moon.”

Favourite Pamela, 23, of Cambuslang, near Glasgow, came third, while Megan McLean, 19, from Airdrie, was the runner-up.
Winner Nicole now takes home a bumper £10,000, a beach photo shoot in Majorca courtesy of Jet 2, a Fossil handbag, a £250 clothing voucher from Quiz, and a year’s free hair care from celebrity crimper Taylor Ferguson.
Later this year she’ll jet off to China to represent Scotland in the glittering Miss World pageant, clutching a cuddly lucky polar bear from toy giants Hamleys.
Keeping our golden girl tanned and gorgeous will be Deborah Clark from Beauty In The City.
Last night, the champagne flowed as the celebrations began and the action moved to the after-party at Glasgow’s Corinthian.
With every one of our finalists simply sizzling, it had been a tricky night for our judges.

But Scottish Sun Editor Andrew Harries, Scotland rugby ace Richie Gray, Sun Bizarre editor Gordon Smart, news reader Catriona Shearer, the Glasgow St Enoch Centre’s Susan Nicol, and Taggarts’ Chloe Gerber were unanimous Nicole was our girl. Andrew said: “She will be a wonderful ambassador for our great nation.”

Susan, general manager of the St Enoch Centre, added: “I wish Nicole every success.”
Last year’s Miss Scotland, Jennifer Reoch, 22, of Giffnock, Glasgow, handed over her crown to Nicole and said: “Nicole’s just begun the journey of a lifetime.”
Betting firm McBookies were also celebrating after making a killing when favourite Pamela lost out to 12/1 shot Nicole.
More than 1,500 supporters and celebrities turned out to cheer the girls on in a movie-themed dance show hosted by Louie Spence.
Abbie Draper, 22, of Kilmarnock, and Denise Wilkie, 19, of Bellshill, Lanarkshire, were a couple of real whip-crackers in their homage to Doris Day as Calamity Jane

Pamela, Eilidh Bennett, 22, of Newton Mearns, Glasgow, and Antonia Ciarletta, 22, of Kirkcaldy, glammed it up for Grease favourite Beauty School Dropout.
Chicago’s classic All That Jazz kept Megan, Danielle Lynch, 22, of Falkirk, and Glasgow’s Sophie Benton, 20, on their toes.
Haley Bartlett, 23, of Airdrie, and Nicole sparkled through Gentlemen Prefer Blondes classic Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend.
Our new Miss Scotland said: “It’s the most wonderful moment of my life. Thank you Scotland — I’ll do you all proud!”


Source:Scottish Sun

sma shot

On Sunday 23rd September, Lanarkshire Paranormal will be investigating Paisley’s Sma’ Shot Cottages in Shuttle Street.

Lanarkshire Paranormal are an experienced team of paranormal investigators, carrying out investigations in reportedly haunted locations around Scotland and are solely driven to find the truth behind the sightings and reports that have been debated for centuries.

As a non-profit organization, from time to time Lanarkshire Paranormal invite the public to join them on an over night ‘ghost hunt’, donating the proceeds to charity.

Now a donation-run museum, Sma’ Shot Cottages has had many reports of paranormal activity including an apparition seen in the garden area and many ghostly noises and sounds throughout the building. Built in the 1700s, this location is very deceptive in size.

Lanarkshire Paranormal will be setting up cameras all over the building and trying many experiments with the public to find the truth behind the strange happenings people have been reporting for many years.

With only 15 tickets available, The Sma’ Shot Cottages investigation will be an exciting night, will anything happen when the lights go out?

Tickets costing £25 each, with 80% going to Sma’ Shot, can be booked via their website Age restrictions apply; investigation starts 9 p.m. until 3 a.m.

More information on Sma’ Shot Cottages can be found on their website

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