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A PRIEST is literally in a race against time to save his church from closure.

Father Frank Hannigan is running in the Paisley 10k Race and Fun Run raising funds to help keep St Paul’s RC Church open.
He’s hoping to raise £5000 in sponsorship for completing the course, which will go towards the £30,000 the Paisley church needs by November to pay its annual running costs and guarantee it stays open next year.

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St Paul’s Church – a landmark in the Foxbar housing scheme for generations – was opened in 1964, but a falling population and declining attendances has meant less money coming in.
Already, cost-savings have been made with Masses being held in the church hall during winter to save on the huge heating bills having to open the large main church building.

Fr Hannigan has praised the way parishioners have rallied round with their fundraising efforts to keep the church open. And now he’s doing his bit by pounding the streets of Foxbar as he trains for the Paisley 10k, on Sunday August 30.

The 44-year-old priest explains: “We have a shortfall of £30,000 this year and a lot of hard work has gone into raising this money by November. We are about two-thirds there and I can’t thank enough the people who have raised money for St Paul’s. I’m hoping I can get enough sponsors to help us reach our target.

“If we don’t raise the £30,000 by November, the church could close. So, along with lots of other good people I’m trying to save St Paul’s.

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“In the early 1960s, the people of Foxbar paid to have this church built by going round doors collecting money in tins and wooden boxes. Now we’re fundraising to keep the church open.”
Fr. Hannigan added: “I wanted to do something myself to raise money for the church and after I lost some weight last year, Claire O’Neill, who runs a Metafit class in our church hall that I went to, reckoned I was fit enough to run the Paisley 10k.

“The training certainly hasn’t been the easiest thing I’ve ever done, as I’m not a natural athlete. But I’ve persevered and I’m sure I’ll complete the course.”

Anyone willing to sponsor Fr Hannigan should type #running4stpauls into their internet search engine and that will take you to his Just Giving page.

Joyce McKellar, chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, who are one of the race organisers, said: “Well done to Fr. Frank for putting himself through the training schedule needed to take part in the Paisley 10k.

“There will be lots of other runners doing the same to raise money for charities and good causes by taking part in the big race, or the shorter fun run, which is much easier to complete.”

There’s also still time to register to take part in the Paisley 10k and 3k Fun Run, sponsored by Hillington Park. Log on to for an application form.


[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]EVENT: Community Action Day – Durrockstock Park LNR

DATE:1st November 2014

TIME:10:30am start

VENUE: Durrockstock Park, Foxbar,

“Community Action Day – Durrockstock Park LNR”

Renfrewshire Environmental And Restoration Group (R.E.R.G) is calling on everyone to lend a hand to improve their local environment. It wants to prise people free of their armchairs and get them involved in their local community by lending a hand at Durrockstock Park, Local Nature Reserve, Foxbar.


Renfrewshire Environmental And Restoration Group will be working to tidy up Durrockstock Park, which is a Local Nature Reserve, this will involve litter Picking, Clearing Paths etc. Durrockstock Park is in need of some more major repair works and while talks are ongoing with Renfrewshire Council – Who are supporting us fully- we want to do what we can to make the Local Nature Reserve a better place.

Renfrewshire Environmental And Restoration Group have been working in Renfrewshire for Four Years now and carry out varies activities and tasks across the area. Most recently has seen them work with 32 Primary Six Pupils doing Environmental Education and Conservation to achieve the John Muir Award. The Group have been working behind the scenes for a long time, doing work in Local Areas without being noticed though as the organisation has grown so has our publicity.

Jordan, who is co-ordinating the project, wants to see as many people as possible come along to help on the day.

“Everybody can get involved in their local outdoor spaces. They are a shared resource and a shared responsibility. From the smallest individual action to a national campaign, every contribution helps! I urge people to come along and try it out – We can all do our bit to make Renfrewshire a Cleaner, Greener and Safer Place.”

If you are keen to learn new skills, improve your local environment and have fun at the same time. If you would like to come along please tell us on Facebook or email us at[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

St John Bosco Primary

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Renfrewshire begins primary schools catchment reviews.

Renfrewshire Council is starting a series of catchment reviews for local primary schools and pre-five centres.

The phased series of reviews is expected to take two years to complete and is linked to the council’s agreed £32.5million investment in the primary and pre-five sector.

St John Bosco Primary

That investment will include: an £11m fully refurbished shared campus with extended nursery provision at St John Bosco Primary and Bargarran Primary, both in Erskine, which could open in 2018; a £6m refurbishment of St Anthony’s Primary in Johnstone which would include a relocated Spateston pre5 centre and could open in 2019; a £6m refurbishment of St Paul’s Primary in Foxbar which could open in 2018 and would include a relocated Foxlea pre5 centre, and a new £5.35m replacement school on the site of the current St Fergus Primary which could open in 2017.

The initial catchment reviews will focus on three groups of primary schools – St Fillan’s Primary in Houston and Our Lady of Peace Primary in Linwood; St Anne’s Primary in Erskine and the new St James’ primary schools in Renfrew; and St Fergus’ and St Mary’s primary schools in Paisley.

Those reviews are expected to be completed and proposals brought forward by March 2015.

Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board, said: “During the consultation on the schools investment, we made clear to parents that we would come back for further detailed consultation on catchment areas and we are now fulfilling that pledge.

“This is an exciting time for education in Renfrewshire with the massive investment the council is making in schools even in our very difficult funding situation.

“We carried out a lot of work and athered a lot of information in preparing the investment plans and that will help inform the catchment reviews.

“Parents will have plenty time and opportunity to make their views known and we look forward to working with them on the catchment reviews.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]


Historical Adventures Youth Theatre


(The Tale That’s As Old As Time)

Foxbar Community Centre, Amochrie Road
7:00 PM
Friday, 6th December, 2013
(Doors Open 6:45 PM)
Adults: £4.00
Children: £2.00



Council expands letting scheme to Foxbar.

Renfrewshire Council is expanding its choice-based housing letting service to the Foxbar area of Paisley.

HomeChoice@Renfrewshire gives applicants the opportunity to decide where they want to live and the specific property they’d like to apply for.

Available properties are advertised weekly online and in housing offices, in a similar style to the way estate agents market private properties.


The scheme has proven successful for the people who have recently moved into the newly-renovated flats in Gallowhill. It will now be extended to Foxbar and will include all Council properties available for letting of any size and type.

Councillor Tommy Williams, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Housing and Community Safety Policy Board, said: “HomeChoice@Renfrewshire was introduced earlier this year and has been very successful in Gallowhill, so I’m delighted we’re now able to expand to Foxbar and also involve a wider range of properties.

“Modern applicants want as much choice as possible, and that’s what we aim to give them with this scheme. With more involvement in choosing a property, we’re hoping tenants will be happier with the end result and that they’ll feel settled in their new home for many years.

“Taken together with our multi-million pound investment in new build homes and in bringing our current stock up to the Scottish Housing Quality Standard, it all adds up to a major commitment to making Renfrewshire a better place to live.”

Properties in Foxbar included in the HomeChoice@Renfrewshire – Choice Based Lettings scheme will be advertised from Monday 11 November 2013.

More information about the scheme is available online at

More nursery time on the way for Renfrewshire 3 and 4 year olds.

Renfrewshire Council has launched a new consultation for parents about changes to nursery provision.

Currently every three and four year old in Scotland is entitled to 475 hours of government funded pre-school education each year. The Scottish Government is increasing this annual entitlement to 600 hours from August 2014.

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Families in Renfrewshire with children under four have six weeks to tell the council what nursery arrangements suit their needs best so the council can plan for this change.

Whether it’s longer days or more days at nursery for their child, parents can register their views online at

Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board: “It’s necessary that we plan and develop a nursery provision that meets the Scottish Government’s commitment, but more importantly, also suits the needs of children and families within Renfrewshire.

“This change complements the work already underway to give children in Renfrewshire a great start in life.

“Our £7 million Families First programme is improving access to early learning and supporting families to deal with the issues that impact on their youngster’s ability to learn and develop or which prevents them for reaching their potential.

“A nursery provision that meets the needs of families will give parents the option to participate in work, training or education and the opportunity to build a better future for their family”.

Parents have until 1 December to take part in the consultation, which can they do online at or by calling 0300 300 0300 to arrange for a paper copy to be sent to them.

Well after another great summer of circus skills, murder mysteries and comedy workshops, the time to go back to our regular classes has come.

The Johnstone class will commence on Monday the 20th of August 2012 from 6.00 p.m. till 7.30 p.m. at St. Aidan’s church hall, Tower Road, Johnstone and the Foxbar class will commence on Thursday the 23rd of August 2012 from 5.30 p.m. till 7.00 p.m. at Foxbar community centre, Amochrie Road, Foxbar.

The classes are £3.50 per session and your first night is free. This is suitable for ages 7- 14. We will be starting work soon on our winter 2012 panto “Cinderella” which should be a lot of fun to put together and a lot of fun to watch. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me at or phone me on 07812437559.

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St Paul’s Primary celebrates Golden Jubilee

A Paisley primary school has ended a year of outstanding achievement with a celebration of 50 years of service to its community.

St Paul’s Primary in Foxbar was recently praised in a report to Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board.

The review found “significant progress” among staff, pupils and in the level of parental involvement.

St Paul’s has followed that success with a Golden Jubilee Mass and reception for current and former staff and pupils, parents, church representatives, and councillors.

St Paul’s Church in Brediland Road was the venue for the Mass which was concelebrated by Bishop Philip Tartaglia, Father Frank Hannigan and Father Eddie Cameron.

Then it was on to the school for a reception where memories could be swapped and friendships revived.

“The whole day was a marvellous occasion and reflected all aspects of the school’s life and history,” said recently appointed head teacher Claire Giudici.

“St Paul’s has strong links with our community but equally the community we serve has clearly valued the work that everyone associated with the school has done over five decades.

“It was lovely to see people catching up again, celebrating what has been achieved and seeing young people and not so young former pupils telling each other about their school experiences.”

Councillor Lorraine Cameron, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board, “This was a very special occasion and the school and the community really enjoyed their day.

“I’d like to add my congratulations and thanks to everyone who has given their support and commitment to the school over 50 years.”

courtesy of Renfrewshire Council


Residents of Brediland House, Paisley, 1949 – 1952

Image sent in by two of our visitors Ken and Rita Berry, the picture was taken at Brediland House and show the “Gang” at Brediland’s. The names of the group members were researched by Ken and Rita as the group were scattered worldwide. (thanks for sending this in to if you have any old images you would like to show then please send them in to

Back Row
1 Peter Barker Ponteland, Northumberland. Worked in Babcock London office
2 Derek Vigor Surrey, died circa 1980 in Saltdean
3 Denis Hoare Kent, Kuwait, Banchory
4 Alex Geddes Edinburgh
5 Ken Berry Liverpool, New Zealand
Centre Row
6 John Vaughan Regina, Canada.
7 Frank Jones Sites Girawal, Nova Friburgo, Brazil, NE of Rio de Janeiro
8 Cliff? Haynes?
9 John Raby
10 Ian Norris Chislehurst, Kent
11 Roderick Ross W. Highlands, Aberdeen
12 Peter Hurcomb
13 Mike Greaves Bruxelles. Worked for English Electric, Leics.
Front Row
14 Peter Broadbent
15 John Applebe Clapham, London
16 Peter Sheehan Battersea, London
17 Bill Kerr Australia
18 Amar? Singh? India
19 Derek? Johnson?
20 Alexander McKenzie Dr.? S. Africa, Cromarty
21 Fred Rowe
22 Terrence McCabe Bexleyheath, Kent. Died circa 1985. Married a Paisley girl
23 Ian Wood Wick
24 Frank Ireland Paisley. Died circa 2007. Stayed with Babcocks until he retired. Married a Paisley girl
25 Chrighton Wilkinson Glasgow, died circa 1989. Was with Foster Wheeler
Not In Photograph
A Austin Aitken Surrey, Kuwait, Hampshire. Married a Paisley girl. Joined MN Anchor Line? Worked in Kuwait. Lives in Hampshire
B Ken Saunders Merton Park, Tipton
C Geoff Lake Essex
D Rob Herbert Kent. Met him in Kuwait late 1980s he was on his way to Singapore working with Babcock Construction
E Bob Blake ?
F Stan Williams Essex
G Malcolm Cunningham Huddersfield, played rugby for Melrose?
H Tony Shaw-Davis Cheam, Surrey
I Jim Dickson Sorbie, Wigtonshire. Married a Paisley girl
J Ted Liddle N. Ireland, died circa 1970 Met him in Kuwait when he was there on business in circa 1968
K Doug Brazier
L Peter Rogers Surrey
M Reg Granville
N ? Forbes-Gore
O Mike Butcher Babcocks Research 1958, from which retired 1992
Lives in Paisley, married Paisley girl 1956

“Ken adds that, Denis Hoare and his wife Greta (Paisley girl) who met while at Bredilands and are now living out of Aberdeen between them  did 99% of the hard work, with Ken doing  a little recognising of a few of the guys.  He says ” its time to say a little thank you to Paisley for looking after us all.”