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Celebrate Burns Night at the  Glynhill Hotel, Renfrew  

Friday  23th January 6.30pm 9pm


The Red-Hot Firewalk Challenge .

To make this event a success and to help us raise vital funds for people affected by Huntington’s disease, their families and carers, we need you to register and take part.

This exciting fundraising event will be held at the Glynhill Hotel, Renfrew (

A firewalk is inspirational and empowering.  It is, as the name suggests, a barefoot walk over 10 feet of red-hot wood embers measuring around 1236 degrees fahrenheit.  No tricks. No special effects.  Just you and the fire…

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By taking part, not only will you be ‘celebrating Burns Night in style’ but all money raised will benefit families affected by Huntington’s disease across Scotland.    We need to raise vital funds in order to ensure we can continue to support people living with Huntington’s disease, their families and carers.


Scottish Huntington’s Association is the only organisation in Scotland providing dedicated HD specialist services in the community for people affected by HD, their families and carers.  The services we provide are a lifeline for those devastated by this condition.


So if you have a burning desire to take part, please call me on 0141 848 0308 or email to register and receive a fundraising pack.  All we ask is that you pay a part sponsorship donation of £30 and commit to raising a further minimum sponsorship of £100.


This is the difference your funds will make:


  • £3 pays for a 5 minute call that can change a life
  • £6 buys a handbook for carers, giving them the advice they need.
  • £30 pays for a home visit to someone affected by Huntington’s disease.
  • £465 pays for a residential summer camp for one young person affected by Huntington’s disease.

Event Format:

6.30pm                   Arrival / Registration          Glynhill, Renfrew

7pm                            Training Session                    Function Suite

8pm                           Firewalk                                     Private Car park

9pm                         Back to function suite, for certificates, celebrations, raffle, tea and coffee

To see what a Firewalk is really like, you can view photographs and comments from our previous Firewalk on our Facebook page (Scottish Huntington’s Association).

Council leader hosts event for karate visitors

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan laid out the red carpet for a group of dignitaries who visited Paisley at the weekend for a prestigious sporting event.

Councillor Macmillan hosted a reception at Renfrew’s Glynhill Hotel for delegates of the JKAWF traditional karate Afro-Eurasia Championships, which took place over Saturday and Sunday at Paisley’s Lagoon Leisure Centre.

The event saw 72 competitors from 17 different countries – as far afield as Nigeria, South Africa and Russia – travel to Renfrewshire to fight it out.

The event took place in the main sports hall at the Lagoon, which has been transformed over the past few years by an £8.5 million refurbishment.

Councillor Macmillan said: “I was delighted to host the reception for the delegates, many of whom had travelled thousands of miles to come to Renfrewshire for these championships.

“The fact the area was able to host a truly international event of this scale is testament to the infrastructure and the standard of sporting facility we have here.

“Hopefully, the success of these championships will allow Renfrewshire to attract other events of this kind in the future.”

The event saw team and individual contests, with elimination rounds on Saturday and finals on Sunday, and attracted a crowd of hundreds over the two days.

The event was organised and brought to Paisley by Elderslie man Ken Taylor, who is the JKAWF’s chief executive for the Afro-Eurasia region.

Ken said: “We put in a bid to bring the event to Scotland and we could have held it in Glasgow, but I wanted it to be in my home area.

“The facilities here at the Lagoon have been ideal and the staff here have been brilliant, they have bent over backwards to help us.

“I would like to thank everyone at Renfrewshire Council for their help in facilitating this event, as that has been much appreciated.”

Renfrewshire’s unsung heroes have been honoured at the 2012 Provost’s Community Awards.

STV’s Sean Batty and River City star Tom Urie joined Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson for the celebrations which recognise the special achievements of local heroes.

The awards, now in their 14th year, were also the last to be hosted by Provost Lawson before she steps down in May.

Each of the nominees, their families and the people who nominated them were invited to the ceremony, held at the Glynhill Hotel, Renfrew.
This year’s winners were:
Arts and Culture Award (sponsored by Acre Industrial and Cleaning Services) – The Buddy Beat
Adult Achiever Award (sponsored by Diageo) – Alice Beaton, Lamont Farm.
Special Needs Award (sponsored by Scottish Power and former Provost Ronnie Burns) – Edward Garry, Paisley
Community Volunteer Award (sponsored by BASF Performance Products UK) – Ian Williams, Paisley

Carer’s Award (sponsored by former Provost Nancy Allison) – Irene Struthers, Johnstone

Spirit of Fairtrade Award, (sponsored by the Piazza Shopping Centre) – Katrina Millar and Brooke Hepburn, Gleniffer High School

Child of Achievement (sponsored by Glasgow Airport Ltd) – Robbie Colquhoun, Paisley.

This year for the first time, there was also an overall winner’s award, chosen by the panel of judges from all the categories. Overall winner’s award went to Alice Beaton, for her service of more than 20 years to the Lamont Farm charity in Erskine.

Provost Lawson said: “The Provost’s Community Awards are always a very special occasion and this year was particularly special for me as it was my last time hosting the awards.

“It is one of my favourite jobs as Provost to be able to host this event and pay tribute to the many people who make such worthwhile contributions to our communities and overcome significant personal difficulties and tragedies at the same time. All the winners and nominees were fantastic and an inspiration to others. I’d like to congratulate them all, as well as the sponsors, without whom the awards wouldn’t be possible.”

Sean Batty said: “Being from Renfrewshire myself, it is a great pleasure for me to be able to join the Provost in honouring these local residents for all their achievements and contributions to the community. It’s always really inspiring and a really great, positive event. The winners, and nominees, are all very deserving and I really enjoyed meeting them and hearing their stories. It’s also been a pleasure to work closely with Provost Lawson on this and several other community events over the past few years and would also congratulate her on her huge contribution to the community as well.”

Renfrewshire Council Leader Brian Lawson also spoke at the event to congratulate Provost Lawson on all her work over the past five years.

He said: “The Provost’s Community Awards have become one of the key community events in Renfrewshire over the past 14 years and have grown under Provost Lawson to incorporate awards that recognise local achievements in Fairtrade and Arts and Culture. She has always been a huge supporter of the community and local charities and will be sadly missed as Provost. So as well as all very deserving winners and nominees, it’s also fitting to congratulate the Provost.”