Ferguslie Park Gala Day 2013

The annual Ferguslie Park Gala Day will take place this Saturday 20th July. Fun for all the family starting with the parade by all the kids around Ferguslie Park to kick off the celebrations and fun.


Entertainment starts at 1pm and finishes at 4pm. The Parade Leaves the Tannahill Centre at 12pm – arriving back at 1pm.

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Residents have their say at Ferguslie Park event

Community activists from Ferguslie Park got the chance to have their say on issues affecting the area at a special event run by council and police staff.

The event offered residents a platform to find out more about community safety work in the area, and speak to those delivering it.

Earlier this year, council staff joined forces with local police to conduct a series of interviews among Ferguslie Park residents, seeking their opinions on community safety in the area, and on what they wanted to see from the authorities.

Pic from event shows Divisional Commander Alan Speirs. Pic credit: Roy McKeag.

The event was used to feed back the results of that, with key findings being that residents want more visible patrols and better facilities for young people.

Speakers on the night included Alan McNiven, chief executive of Engage Renfrewshire, the area’s voluntary sector partnership, and police Divisional Commander Alan Speirs.

Topics covered included an overview on how the police and council anti-social behaviour staff work in partnership on community safety issues.

In total, 17 organisations were represented, including Victim Support, Fire and Rescue Scotland and the council’s trading standards and welfare reform advice teams.

Including partners, around 60 people attended the event, held in the hospitality suite at St Mirren Park.

Councillor Tommy Williams, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Housing and Community Safety Policy Board, said: “The issues affecting Ferguslie Park have been well publicised over the years.

“But something that comes across at events like this is the strong sense of community that exists in the area.

“We want to celebrate the work of those who are involved in that community and work with them to help make the best of the area.

“I would like to thank all who took part in what turned out to be an interesting discussion, and look forward to putting the suggestions they made into action.”

Inspector Kenny Morrison, based at Ferguslie Park police office, added: “We held this event to find out more about what people in the area want from us.

“What we plan to do now is work with them to put that into practice.

“The message I would send out to people is that we are here to help. But we can only do that if people are willing to get in touch to report issues to us.”

Residents can contact Police Scotland by calling 101, or Renfrewshire Council Community Safety Services on 0300 300 0380.

Ferguslie Park residents asked to have their say

Residents in Paisley’s Ferguslie Park area are being asked to have their say on issues affecting the area at a special event hosted by police and council staff.

The Ferguslie Park Community Safety Event will take place in the hospitality suite at St Mirren Park on Thursday 20 June, from 6 until 9pm.

policeOn the night, senior police officers and council officials will give a presentation on the results of a series of fact-finding interviews conducted with residents in the area earlier this year.

The signal interviews sought to discover what residents think about the area, and what they want to see from police and council services.

The presentation will be followed by a discussion over what police and council community safety staff can do to deal with those points.

There will also be around 15 stalls there on the night, allowing residents to access advice and help from staff from a variety of council and other services.

Councillor Tommy Williams, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Housing and Community Safety Policy Board, said: “Ferguslie Park may have had a few issues to deal with over the years, but one thing that stands out is the community spirit of the people who live there.

“We want people from the area to come along on the night and play their part in that community.

“Visitors will get the chance to hear about the work which is being done locally and to give us their opinions on what they want to see being done.”

Inspector Kenny Morrison, based at Ferguslie Police Office said: “We work closely with the various council staff which are involved in community safety work, such as the wardens service and the anti-social behaviour team.

“Between us, there are lots of things we are doing and can do to help make the streets safer.

“But we are limited in what we can do unless we have the support of the people who are out there in the community.

“Our message to them is that this is your area – come along on the night and let us know what you want from it.”

Organisations who will be represented on the night include the NHS, Victim Support and Engage Renfrewshire, with staff from the council’s trading standards, and welfare reform advice services also among those set to be there.

Paisley West End Fair 2013 Photographs

Paisley’s West End Fair took place on Sunday 26th May 2013 in the attractive surroundings of Ferguslie Gardens. This family event included a sound stage, full musical programme and the finals of the Paisley Talent Competition.

There was plenty of market stalls, a funfair, five-a-side football, youth buses, bouncy castles, fairground rides, displays and an information shop completed the line-up. This years event was officially opened by Renfrewshire Provost Ann Hall.

All photographs for were taken by Tom Chittick on a rare lovely sunny day in the west end of Paisley.

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Cannes and Sundance take a back seat to the Showcase Cinema in Linwood on Tuesday 26 June for the world premiere of the zombie shocker, ‘Dawn of the Fegs.’

Around 250 members of the local Ferguslie Park community are expected to attend the first showing of the 30 minute film.

Local youngsters wrote, directed and starred in the latest Romero inspired effort to commit the walking dead to celluloid. The film and companion graphic novel, Terror at the Tanny, are part of a community-based project supported by Creative Scotland’s Creative Identities CashBack for Communities programme.

Fegs is the locally used term for people from Ferguslie Park. The Tanny is the Tannahill Centre.

Some 20 ‘undead’ actors took part in the project for young people aged from 10 to 19 years old. Parents and grandparents were also drafted in to help with costume design and make-up. Dance workshops were another key component of the project along with sessions on how to carve out a career in the film industry led by Kate Dickie.

Councillor Iain McMillan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Community and Family Care said, “This project taps into the strong community spirit that exists in Ferguslie Park. You can see from the breadth of involvement from five year olds to 85 year olds that the film has really made its mark with local people.

“The idea behind the film is that Ferguslie is facing its own zombie apocalypse. It tells the story of how local people, and young people in particular, react to defend their homes and families.

“All the filming took place at local locations chosen by the young people. They also had creative control on the content of the film and the graphic novel.”

Eight children were involved in producing the graphic novel taking full control of the ideas, script, storyboards, artwork, layout and digital photography.

The Zombie Project has received £15,000 from CashBack for Communities through Creative Scotland’s Creative Identities Programme. Renfrewshire Council has contributed around £4,000 with additional help and support being provided by St Mirren Football Club, Allsorts, Right2dance and the Tannahill Centre.

Since 2007, the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities programme has reinvested over £45 million recovered through the Proceeds of Crime Act, back into communities to benefit Scotland’s young people. This includes an investment of £2.25 million over three years on cultural activities involving arts, music and dance. During 2012, the Year of Creative Scotland, over 8,000 young film-makers, dancers and musicians will be offered opportunities through CashBack to develop their skills.

Date: Tuesday 26 June

Time: 7pm till 8.30pm

Venue: Showcase Cinema, Phoenix Retail Park, Linwood, PA1 2BA



I confirm that carriageway resurfacing works in Ferguslie Park Avenue,
Paisley ( see attached layout) are programmed to start on Thursday 23 June
2011 and will last for approximately 1 week.

(See attached file: Ferguslie Park Av_surfacing extents.pdf)

The works involve the replacement of the existing carriageway surface,
along with deep patching where required. A full road closure will be in
place for the duration of the works, with access being maintained to
premises on and off Ferguslie Park Avenue. Access will be maintained for
emergency vehicles on either side of the works, but owing to areas of deep
patching, it will not be possible for such vehicles to drive through the

Alternative routes will be signed and are as follows:

Through traffic, including service buses, should proceed via McKenzie
Street and Blackstoun Road and vice versa.

Community Councils have been advised via e-mail.

Adjacent landowners will be advised via a letter which will be delivered
next week .

Ferguslie Park Av_surfacing extents

Picture sent in by one of our visitors Jim Spiers. here is what Jim wrote about the picture.

“I’ve added the names of the families I can remember. All the parents were involved in decorating the street and tables were set up where all the kids sat and ate their food. We lived in No 45 but we moved to No 13 round about 1966. We were back there a couple of years ago and with everything gone it was quite hard to establish where the houses were situated taking into account the railway line. Maybe some of the kids can identify themselves. I’m in the middle row 4th from the right.
Jim Speirs”

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