The Great Antiques Map of Britain.

The Great Antiques Map of Britain is a new BBC series that is coming to your area. And they are looking for people to take part! Do you have an item from the local area with an interesting story; do you ever wonder if it might be worth something?

Tim Wonnacott embarks on a nationwide journey to discover the people, the places, the antiquities and the collectables that tell the story of Great Britain.

Britain is famed around the world for the quantity and quality and variety of its arts, crafts, collectables and antiquities. In this series, Tim Wonnacott sets out in his ‘Valuation Station’– an Airstream doubling as an antiques valuation centre – to visit the hotspots of British arts and antiques, from large festivals to local markets.

In each episode Tim rolls up into a specific city, town or village: each with a rich heritage in antiquities. From Glasgow with its Clutha Glass, to Bristol Fry’s Chocolate and Worcester’s Royal Porcelain. Each location provides a wealth of historical take out as Tim visits key sites and locations.

But while he’s there he’s also got some extra work to do. Pitching up his Valuation Station, Tim will throw down the challenge to the locals to bring him their precious family heirlooms and antiques for an expert opinion and appraisal. It’s their chance to show and tell. Will it be “Trash or Treasure Time”?  Will any of the items have a life-changing value for the owners? And will Tim find any fabulous survivors of the region’s antique heritage amongst the offerings?

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These journeys he will take us through the process of the creation of the artworks and antiquities revealing the fascinating human, industrial and social history of Britain.

An amusing and revealing gallivant around Britain’s antiques and art hotspots, “The Great Antiques Map of Britain ” tells the history of the United Kingdom, through its renowned artistic heritage and the people and places who gave birth to it.

To contact the research team on The Great Antiques Map of Britain call: 0117 9742369 or email

Dobbies Santa

Our campaign, along with Maura Currie, (@mauracurrie & @paisleyorguk ) has been resolved by Dobbies and Santa will now appear in the Paisley store, here is the press release from the Dobbies Facebook page. This decision was taken after intense campaigning via Twitter and Facebook with the help of the Paisley Daily Express’s Alison Rennie. We spoke to Amanda from Dobbies Garden centre’s press team who confirmed that they have now reversed their decision for Santa to not visit the store, and he will now be appearing on the dates below.

Dobbies Santa

Press Release from Dobbies:

Thanks everyone for all your comments on Santa at Paisley. We value our customers’ opinions and as a result of your feedback we are delighted to announce that Santa will be coming to the Centre on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December. This free festive family event will run across weekend, where children can meet the big man in red and receive a free gift – we hope this event will add some festive cheer for our loyal customers at Paisleyahead of the stores closure at the end of the year.



Bee Gees star Robin Gibb discovers a tale of poverty and grit as he finds out how his paternal great grandfather overcame the odds to become a decorated soldier. The trail leads back to Paisley, the famous centre of Scottish weaving, as Robin attempts to solve the mystery of a family breakdown.
On his mother’s side, Robin wants to find out more about his great grandmother, Cecilia Lynch, who was a midwife. As Robin follows the document trail, he is shocked to discover that his great grandmother was hauled before the Midwives Penal Board in a tragic case involving one of the babies she had delivered. What happened – and was Cecilia at fault? Read more


The Great British High Street

For those who seen the post yesterday on to watch the BBC Programme on the Great British High Street shall be pleased to know that the BBC shall be doing the same here in Paisley with a 1930’s Grocers shop.

The event shall be filmed at the pop up shop Paisley which shall be located within the Paisley Centre between 10am and 5pm 25th – 27th of this month more info at


For the second series of Cowboy Trap, presented by Clive Holland, we are looking for homeowners whose lives and properties are in chaos thanks to ‘cowboy’ workmen.

This is your chance to get the job finished properly, call to account the builders, plumbers, electricians, roofers or joiners who are to blame, and share your experience to help prevent other viewers from falling into the ‘cowboy trap’.

Filming takes place between January and July 2010, so get in touch now.

Cowboy Trap is produced for the BBC by Mentorn Scotland.

You can find out more information by clicking this link


Events planned to mark death of poet Tannahill: BBC link

A Scottish poet who killed himself after being rejected by a publisher is to be remembered on the 200th anniversary of his death.
Robert Tannahill, also known as the Weaver Poet, was once viewed as being almost comparable to Burns.
The centenary of his death saw 15,000 people head to Paisley’s Gleniffer Braes, one of his favourite spots, to listen to his songs. It is hoped that Paisley buddies and poetry lovers will again turn out in force to pay tribute to the poet.
New CDs of Tannahill’s work are being released, concerts are being put on and a series of events will take place in May, including walks, talks and a play.
Tannahill was born in 1774 to a weaving family but showed a talent for writing poetry. His song Braes o’ Balquhidder is thought to be the basis for the famous folk song Wild Mountain Thyme.
Valerie Reilly, from Paisley Museum, said Tannahill was inspired by the beauty of nature. read more ..

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Link to Tannahill in Paisley History section.

Link to Tannahill in Famous people from Paisley section.


best in the world

best in the world

A former firefighter from Renfrewshire has seen off competition from 19,000 rivals to be crowned the UK’s favourite lollipop man.
John Foley, 56, from Paisley, was recognised for his work at the town’s Bushes Primary School.
He won a £1,500 holiday voucher and £3,000 for the school to build a community garden.
Staff and pupils at Bushes Primary nominated Mr Foley for his enthusiasm and dedication to the role.
As well as helping the school’s 358 pupils get safely across the road, he also helps the dinner ladies set up for lunch and has even stepped in to change car tyres for teachers with a puncture.
Mr Foley, who retired from the fire service last year when he was diagnosed with ME, said he was “grateful” for the award and praised the school for its “feel-good atmosphere”.

He’s such an important part of our school and we really don’t think the title could go to a better person. The kids love him and so do we
Moira Monaghan
Head teacher

He added: “It’s marvellous, it’s just marvellous. It’s very generous sponsorship so it is good for the school as well.
“It is a wonderful school, and I am doing a job that I love. It’s a wonderful place. The staff, the kids, the whole ambience to the place is just marvellous.”
Mr Foley won the Scottish title last month before taking the UK title of Kwik-Fit Insurance Lollipop Person of the Year.
He was presented with the award at a ceremony in the school on Monday.
Head teacher Moira Monaghan said: “We were over the moon when we heard John had been picked as the winner for Scotland but when we took the call saying he had won for the whole of the UK we just couldn’t believe it.
“He’s such an important part of our school and we really don’t think the title could go to a better person. The kids love him and so do we.”
During the presentation ceremony, pupils serenaded Mr Foley with their version of The Proclaimers’ hit 500 Miles, with the words changed to praise their lollipop man

Link and Text from the BBC website please follow this link to the full article


The Paisley Choral Festival takes place at the end of October, check it out for more information.


paisley festival company

Paisley Festival Company is a registered Scottish charity, established in June 2005 and headed by a Board of Directors, all unpaid and working on a voluntary basis. All its income, after payment of event expenses, goes back into funding the next series of events on behalf of the community.

The Company builds on the long and strong musical tradition in the area, the continuing high level of accomplished choral activity and the availability of a range of beautiful and interesting venues dating from Paisley’s monastic and industrial past. It promotes activities in the area of arts and culture to foster urban regeneration, boosting tourism in a part of Scotland served well by transport infrastructure and within easy reach of a range of things to do and visit. The Company has established links with local government, higher education and voluntary community organisations as well as effective connections with academic musical interests in the West of Scotland and beyond.

The Company was set up by ‘Voices in Paisley’, originally a network of choirs in the Renfrewshire/East Renfrewshire area formed with the idea of promoting a choral festival. The first Paisley Choral Festival was held in 2004, the success of which encouraged the group to pursue its plan to set up a company to take the festival forward into the future. Meanwhile, the Member Choirs of the original ‘Voices in Paisley’ continue to co-ordinate their involvement in Paisley Choral Festival.

Check out the Paisley Festival Company website by clicking here.