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Paisley is preparing for one of the oldest workers’ festivals in the world. Sma’ (Small) Shot Day celebrates the historic victory of the weavers over their employers in 19th century Paisley and has developed into an annual celebration of arts and culture.
This Saturday 4th July 2009 is Sma ‘ shot day in Paisley, the day traditionally begins with a parade from Brodie Park this year leaving at 12 noon, weaving its way to Abbey Close, led by a replica of the Charleston Drum with Tony Lawther at the realm of the drum, The parade shall feature banners representing Ferguslie, Toonheid, Sandholes, Sneddon, Causeyside, Newtoun and Charleston.
A wealth of stalls, funfairs, street theatre and onstage entertainment – including a re-enactment of the Sma’ Shot Story by local youth theatre PACE, and the ‘Burning of the Cork’ – will ensure that Saturday night will be a memorable one.
This year there is a later start to the parade as it weaves out of Brodie park at 12 noon, and with the whole day overhauled this year to include sections designed to meet age groups there is something for everyone, Clyde 1 , street entertainers and the highlight of the night starting at 8pm for the festival of fire and burning of the cork and music this is the ideal time to spend your day in Paisley.
What is Sma’ Shot Day?
The festival came about as a result of a political battle fought between the weavers of Paisley and their employers, the manufacturers, in the 19th Century.
The Sma’ (small) Shot was a cotton thread which bound all the colourful weft threads into the warps of the famous shawls.
However, the Sma’ Shot was unseen in the finished garments and so the manufacturers, known locally as ‘corks’, refused to pay for the thread.
The weavers had no choice but to buy the thread themselves. Without it the shawls would fall apart and the weavers would not be paid for their work. A long dispute followed.
The Charleston drum, which was beaten through the streets of Paisley to summon the weavers in times of trouble, was beaten once again to rally the weavers in protest marches. After a long and hard struggle, the manufacturers backed down and the weavers were paid for the Sma’ Shot.
In 1856 the first Saturday in July, a traditional holiday for the weavers, was renamed Sma’ Shot Day in honour of the victory.
From that day and for many years, the Charleston drum was used to rally weavers and lead them to the departure point for their annual trip, usually “doon the watter” to Ayr.
The demise of the weaving industry, the introduction of the five day working week and a change in local government brought an end to Sma’ Shot Day in 1975, but in 1986 local councillors and the people of Paisley decided to revive this great tradition.
Since then, on the first Saturday of July, once more the beating of the Charleston drum rallies the people of Paisley to a gathering outside Paisley Town Hall, and a procession is held through the streets of Paisley, led by ‘The Cork’, an effigy of one of the manufacturers defeated by the Paisley weavers.
The first UK Armed Forces Day will be taking place on Saturday 27 June 2009. It is an annual day to celebrate the work of the Armed Forces community.
Armed Forces Day is an opportunity for the nation to show its support for our Service men and women, whether veteran or still serving. It’s an opportunity to honour and celebrate the work they do in support of our country
See the website here www.armedforcesday.org.uk
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Wine Tasting Friday 19th June 2009
Wine Tasting for the wicked!
Fabulous night at the Liberal Club, Paisley if you like wine! Loads on offer to try.
7.30pm (small entry fee of £6 per person) spaces are limited so please let me know if you can make it.
the wine tasting is in Aid of the Scottish SPCA all monies raised stays in Scotland
Taken from Renfrewshire Councils website,
Swine Flu update – Renfrewshire schools and nurseries
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Here is the latest information on Renfrewshire schools and nurseries that have been affected by cases of swine flu.
- St Paul’s Primary, Foxbar and Glenfield Community Nursery, Paisley
- St David’s Primary and Cochrane Castle Primary
- Paisley Grammar and Gleniffer High
A primary school and a nursery, both in Paisley, are to close for a week (from Friday June 12) after pupils were diagnosed with H1N1 influenza.
A P6 pupil at St Paul’s Primary in Foxbar has tested positive. A number of other pupils are showing symptoms and the advice of public health authorities is the school should close for a week.
One three year old and one four year old who both attend Glenfield Community Nursery in Paisley have tested positive. Two members of staff are symptomatic. The nursery will close for a week.
Parents of children at the school and the nursery are being given letters with information and guidance on H1N1 influenza
Press release: Friday 12 June 2009
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Parents of all 222 pupils at two Renfrewshire primary schools St David’s and Cochrane Castle, both in Johnstone, were told not to send their children to school on Wednesday 10 June after new positive tests on pupils for H1N1 influenza. Pupils at both primaries which share a campus in Johnstone will not attend school until 17 June 2009.
25 Pupils in the composite P2/P3 class at St David’s Primary had already been told to stay away from school for a week (on Monday 9 June) after a pupil tested positive. At the time both public health and the council said that the situation would be kept under constant review.
A Renfrewshire Council spokesperson said: “The schools and the education service have again liaised closely with public health authorities.
“We fully understand parents’ concern and will be writing to all parents with the latest on the situation. Meanwhile we are advising all parents from both primaries to keep their youngsters at home for seven days.”
Parents of the 23 children in the composite P3/P4 class at Cochrane Castle were issued with Tamiflu capsules for their children on Wednesday.
Children at West Johnstone Family Centre who do not come into regular close contact with the primary school pupils can continue to attend the centre.
Press release: Wednesday 10 June 2009
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Almost 200 S1 pupils in Paisley Grammar School did not attend school during the week beginning Monday 8 June after a pupil tested positive for H1N1 influenza (swine flu).
Another 149 pupils from years 4, 5 and 6 at Gleniffer High in Paisley who sat Chemistry exams at their school on Wednesday 3 June also did not attend school for the week. A pupil who sat the exam tested positive for H1N1 influenza.
Renfrewshire Council contacted parents and asked them to attend the schools. Public health and education officials were on hand to issue Tamiflu capsules for their children. Parents were also able to have their questions answered and were given information about H1N1 influenza.
Any parents who weren’t able to go to the schools were given information on where they could obtain Tamiflu capsules.
Apart from the pupil groups indicated, the schools continue to operate normally.
S3 pupils at Paisley Grammar had already been advised to stay away from school this week following an earlier case of H1N1 influenza involving an S3 pupil.
John Rooney, Director of Renfrewshire Council’s Education and Leisure Services said: “The schools and the education service have again liaised closely with public health authorities and the Scottish Government.
“All the pupils involved are being given Tamiflu capsules and will not come to school for the next week as a precautionary measure.
“We are continuing to work closely with public health colleagues and to monitor any cases that arise. I fully understand this situation is a matter of concern for parents. We’re following the advice we’ve received from the public health professionals just as we have done throughout.”
Press release: Monday 8 June 2009
See our Swine Flu information page for more information and useful links to other websites.
Swine flu – questions and answers
Information about swine flu – what is the disease and what are the possible health risks?
27 April 2009 11:27 AM
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Q: What is swine flu?
A: It is a contagious respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza viruses. Pigs are hit by regular outbreaks. There are many different types of swine flu and the current cases involve the H1N1 strain of type A influenza virus.
Q: How do humans catch it?
A: While people do not normally catch it, humans can contract the virus, usually if they have been in close contact with pigs. It is also possible for the constantly changing infection to spread from person to person, which has happened in the latest outbreak. Experts believe it spreads in the same way as seasonal flu – through coughing and sneezing.
Q: What are the symptoms?
A: The symptoms of swine influenza in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human seasonal influenza infection and include fever, fatigue, lack of appetite, coughing and sore throat. Some people with swine flu have also reported vomiting and diarrhoea.
Q: What is the difference between swine flu, avian flu and the flu commonly seen in the UK during the winter?
A: Influenza viruses are commonly circulating in the human and animal environment, with different strains causing illness in humans, bird and pigs. Seasonal influenza is caused by viruses that are adapted to spread in humans.
Humans have some natural immunity to the strains that are in common circulation, and this immunity can be boosted by immunisation with a vaccine. Avian influenza is caused by influenza viruses adapted for infection in birds. Similarly, swine influenza is caused by influenza viruses adapted for infection in pigs. However swine flu can pass between human to human, while this is rare with avian flu viruses.
Q: How dangerous is it?
A: Thousands of people have been made ill by swine flu – with some cases proving fatal. The World Health Organisation has warned the outbreak has “pandemic potential” and countries have been advised to step up surveillance and preparation in case the infection spreads rapidly.
Flu viruses have the ability to change and mutate, making it difficult for drugs manufacturers to ensure effective vaccines are available.
The new version of the H1N1 virus is a mix of different animal and human versions of the disease. Mixing can lead to the development of changed viruses to which humans have little immunity.
However, testing has shown that the antiviral drugs oseltamavir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza) appear to be effective against the human swine influenza H1N1 strain.
Q: What is a pandemic?
A: If the flu spreads over a wide geographic area and affects a large proportion of the population it goes beyond an epidemic and becomes a pandemic.
According to the Health Protection Agency, an influenza pandemic is defined as a new or novel influenza virus that spreads easily between humans.
When new influenza viruses are introduced into the environment, humans do not have any natural immunity to protect against them. Therefore, there is a risk that new influenza viruses could develop into a pandemic if the virus passes easily from human-to-human.
Q: What is being done in the UK to prevent the spread of the infection?
A: Seven people who were in contact with the two infected individuals in Scotland are being “appropriately cared for” after showing “mild” symptoms which have not been confirmed as swine flu. They are receiving drugs at home, not in hospital.
The HPA has advised people to follow general infection control practices and good hygiene to reduce transmission of all viruses. This includes covering their nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, disposing of dirty tissues promptly and carefully, washing hands frequently with soap and water and cleaning surfaces which are regularly touched.
information kindly borrowed from news.stv.tv
Just to let you know that Scott Duncan of KDS distribution comleted his parachute jump in aid of charity.. hats off to you Mr Duncan…
Everyone at the Paisley website wishes Scott Duncan “penfold” all the very best on his parachute jump for tomorrow in aid of the charity BRAKE which is a road safety charity click here for more information on the charity..
The St mirren news that is always on the front page has been removed until proper pre season gets back under way, you can still see the latest from the St mirren section and we still support the Paisley Saints in all ways… bring on next season…
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First UK swine flu critical case
There are now 339 confirmed cases of swine flu in the UK
A Scottish man is the first person in the UK to become critically ill wholly because of swine flu, it has emerged.
The other is a 38-year-old woman who has underlying health problems.
A 37-year-old man, also with underlying health problems, remains in a critical condition in a Glasgow hospital. There are now 362 swine flu cases in the UK.
The Scottish government said it expected the number of confirmed cases to increase significantly in the coming weeks.
The Health Protection Agency said it was important for parents and schools to be vigilant, and take prompt action if children who have been abroad during half-term start showing flu-like symptoms.
taken from http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8079716.stm