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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Bridge of Weir war memorial boundary wall has been damaged by a hit and run driver, just weeks after contractors, working for Renfrewshire Council, completed a £13,500 restoration project.

The work, part funded by Historic Scotland through the Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund, involved: cleaning the granite Celtic cross, replacing and repainting missing lettering, pointing, replacing damaged stonework and cleaning and painting the ironwork fencing surrounding the memorial.

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During the work the name of Private James McClure, who served in the 7th Battalion of the Royal Inniskillng Fusiliers and was killed in action at Flanders on 11 November 1916, was also added to the roll of the fallen.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said, “This year is the centenary of the start of the First World War. Across the country millions of people are making a special effort to honour those who gave their lives for our freedom. In this spirit the council has been working to restore all of Renfrewshire’s war memorials to pristine condition.

“This makes it all the more disappointing that a vehicle has clearly struck the memorial and the driver has simply driven off.

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“The stone gatepost at the entrance to the memorial has been badly damaged. However, we will ensure that the memorial is made safe and that the Remembrance Sunday service can go ahead as planned on 9 November.”

“We would urge anyone with any information to contact the Police on 101.”

The council will ensure the boundary wall is repaired to the same standard as the restoration work but this will be after the Remembrance Sunday service.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Renfrewshire Council nominated at national apprentice awards

A council scheme to introduce young people to the world of work is one of a string of local individuals and organisations to be nominated for prestigious national honours.

The shortlist for Scotland’s Modern Apprenticeship Awards 2013 sees Renfrewshire Council listed as a finalist in the Public Sector Employer category, in recognition of the council’s highly-regarded modern apprenticeship scheme.

Angela Wilson

Renfrewshire Council employee Angela Wilson is a finalist in the Apprentice Champion category, for former apprentices who have continued to make exceptional achievements and promote the scheme.

Angela completed her modern apprenticeship in 2012, before moving into a job with the council’s youth employment team.

And the event could be a big celebration for the area, with two other individuals and two companies from Renfrewshire also nominated.

The companies are Cairellot Nursery of Bishopton (SME Employer category) and Scottish Leather Group of Bridge of Weir (Large Employer).

The individuals are Sean McBride, from Renfrew, and Neil Stewart of Bishopton. Both are on the shortlist for the Apprentice of the Year – Technical and Professional award.

The awards are run by Skills Development Scotland and will take place on 13 November at Glasgow Science Centre.

Other good news is that another council apprentice, Ryan Finnigan, has been named as a finalist in the Candidate of the Year category of the SQA Star Awards 2013.

Councillor Roy Glen, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Economy and Jobs Policy Board, said: “These nominations are testament to the quality of the council’s modern apprentice scheme, which has earned itself a good reputation over the years.

“I would like to offer my congratulations to all involved in the scheme, and to Angela and Ryan – who have been shinings example to other apprentices.

“It is also great to see so many other Renfrewshire companies and individuals make it on the shortlist for the Modern Apprenticeship Awards.

“Several of the firms involved have worked closely with the council through our Invest in Renfrewshire programme, which aims to boost the local economy and tackle youth unemployment.

“For six of the 29 nominees at a Scotland-wide awards ceremony to be from Renfrewshire is a tribute to the quality of the workplace-based training schemes we have here.”

A modern apprenticeship allows a young person aged between 16 and 19 to pick up on-the-job experience while studying for a vocational qualification.

Renfrewshire Council offers modern apprenticeships in both office and craft-based environments, covering disciplines such as construction, horticulture, vehicle maintenance and many more.

For more info about the scheme, visit the council’s website or call 0141 618 7277.

The council recently agreed to make available an extra £200,000 to create 40 new apprenticeships through the Invest in Renfrewshire programme.

Thirty girls take part in area’s first ‘opt in’ rugby academy

Thirty Renfrewshire girls rolled up their sleeves earlier this week to take part in the area’s first ‘opt in’ rugby academy and give the sport a try.

Youngsters from primary 6 through to sixth year were given expert coaching from the council’s rugby development officer, Lindsey Smith, who also plays for the Scottish women’s team.

They also heard first hand how enjoyable rugby is from two local teenagers who only took up the sport this time last year – and now make the national under-20s team.

Amanda Moore (from Paisley) and Lauren Hagan (from Bridge of Weir), both 17, were coached in the sport for the first time last year at a rugby development day and now play for the Scottish women’s under-20s team.

Lindsey said: “Rugby is a fantastic sport. It helps youngsters develop key skills such as decision making and working as part of a team while encouraging them to be active and gain fitness and strength.

“As a female rugby player and coach, I think it’s really important that girls realise that rugby is very much a sport they can take part in and enjoy. The academy was fantastic and I was delighted that Amanda and Lauren came along and show the younger girls just how fun rugby is.”

While girls’ rugby sessions have taken place in Renfrewshire as part of school PE – this is the first time an ‘opt-in’ academy has taken place. It includes learning the laws of the game, learning to run and avoid tacklers and tackle techniques.

The academy will continue into the New Year on Wednesday afternoons at Castlehead High. Anyone interested in taking part should call 0141 842 3000.

Councillor Susan McDonald, Renfrewshire Council’s Sports Champion, said: “The girls’ rugby academy is a wonderful idea. There’s an ideal sport out there for everyone, and I’d urge Renfrewshire girls to give rugby a try. Who knows? You could enjoy the sport as much as Amanda and Lauren and get to be part of the national team one day.”

Courtesy of Renfrewshire Council.

Rockin’ with style – Jill Jackson at Amaretto

Amaretto ristorante & pizzeria,
60 Main Street, Bridge of Weir
Time: 8:00pm

Entry is Free

For an evening of cool style with an edge pop over to Amaretto, Bridge of Weir, on Thursday 1 September at 8pm and hear local girl Jill Jackson rock.

A free taster event for the Voices in Paisley Fringe, it gives a hint of what we can expect when the Fringe kicks off properly in October.

A great way to ease yourself into September, come and enjoy as Jill entertains with her rich vocals on what is sure to be a fun, entertaining and eclectic night. Pop, rock, folk and country, Jill mixes them all superbly, and with the added excitement of a home crowd, it is sure to be a night to remember! Read more