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Join the Tartan Walk Renfrewshire.

Renfrewshire’s residents have the chance to take in the picturesque sights of Lochwinnoch by joining the Tartan Walk!

Organised by Renfrewshire Council in partnership with Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, the Tartan Walk takes place on Wednesday 26th of February at 11am and is suitable for all ages and levels of fitness.

The walk starts and finishes at the Castle Semple Visitor Centre and is approximately 2.5miles in length. While there are a few small inclines along the route, walkers are encouraged to walk at their own pace as community spirit is the order of the day.

Those taking part are required to embrace the tartan theme and immerse themselves in the occasion enjoying the chat and the singing along the way.

The Tartan Walk follows on from the success of December’s Tinsel Walk which attracted over 90 people. Similar numbers are expected in February as Renfrewshire Council’s Walking Network continues to flourish.

Senga McLeod, Renfrewshire’s Walking Development Officer, said: “This is a fun activity for both families and social groups to join in. They can get fitter while being thoroughly entertained at the same time.”

Regular walks take place across Renfrewshire every week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, alongside a monthly walk on a Sunday, with new walkers welcome to participate at any time.

For further information on getting involved with the Tartan Walk, or walking with a group on a more regular basis, contact Renfrewshire Council’s Youth and Sport Services team on 0141 889 1110.

Courtesy of Renfrewshire Council.

Lochwinnoch Arts Festival Outreach

Presents a Pre-Mòd Concert featuring The Largs Gaelic Choir and our own Witches’ Brew aka  Clare Robertson and Pauline Vallance

The Factory Street Quartet featuring Colin Frame, Dominic Snyder, Connor Burgess & Alan Dixon and Willie Gamble

Saturday 28th September 2013
Lochwinnoch Parish Church
7.30pm,  tea/coffee included

Tickets £5 and £2.50 cons available at
Calder Gallery and The Junction

Paisley Abbey

Explore area’s hidden gems for Doors Open Day

The countdown is on to Renfrewshire’s Doors Open Day, with more than 60 local buildings set to offer visitors a peek behind the scenes this weekend.

The event offers residents a showcase of the area’s fascinating architectural history, with this year marking the 20th anniversary of Renfrewshire’s participation.

This year – for the first time – there is a special feature for children in the form of a wicked-history-themed Diabolical Diaries booklet.

There will be prizes for any child who picks up at least five ‘venue-stamps’ in their booklet, available through all libraries and participating venues.

Buildings set to throw open their doors include historic gems such as Paisley Abbey as well as newer sites like St Mirren Park and the On-X Leisure Centre in Linwood.

Other highlights include a chance to see the A-listed Bascule Bridge at Renfrew in action, with the bridge set to open at 11am, 1pm and 3pm on Saturday.

Also open will be local churches, fire stations and Paisley Sheriff Court. There will also be tours of Glasgow Airport, but places on these are now fully booked.

Paisley Abbey

Other events of note include:

– a family fun day in Paisley’s Johnston Street to mark the end of a £1m investment in the Causeyside Street area from noon until 5pm on Saturday;

– an information event regarding the project to restore the stunning 19th-century Grand Fountain in Paisley’s Fountain Gardens from 1 to 4pm on Saturday;

– a consultation event to let residents have their say on the latest proposals for the Semple Heritage Trail project in Lochwinnoch’s Castle Semple Centre on Sunday from noon until 4pm.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall said: “Doors Open Day is a great chance for residents to uncover the hidden gems on their own doorstep.

“Renfrewshire has some superb buildings, both old and new, and I would encourage everybody to get out and about and take stock of their own surroundings.”

Residents are also invited to take part in a photo competition through social media.

All they have to do to be in with a chance of some great prizes is share their photos of the day on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or Instagram tagged with the hashtag #doorsopendaysrenfrewshire

Doors Open Day is one of many European Heritage Days, which take place in over 50 countries, with more than 20 million visits each year.

For more information and for a full list of participating venues, visit, or pick up a brochure from any Renfrewshire library.

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Language teaching boost for Renfrewshire schools

Six Renfrewshire primary schools are to pilot an ambitious new approach to language learning.

Pupils will be able to learn a foreign language from primary one. A second additional language will be offered to pupils no later than primary five.

Following an evaluation of the pilot scheme, it is anticipated that all Renfrewshire primary schools will deliver a modern language from primary one on a phased basis from the 2014-15 school year.

renfrewshire council logo .JPGThe teaching of a second foreign language from primary five is set to follow on a phased basis in the 2015-16 session.

The six primary schools taking part in this year’s pilot scheme are Todholm, Lochfield, Lochwinnoch, Kirklandneuk, Houston, and St James (Renfrew).

The approach will take forward the ‘1 plus 2’ model of foreign language teaching as recommended by the Scottish Government’s report , Language Learning in Scotland – a 1 + 2 Approach.

The aim is that children will be given the opportunity to start learning two foreign languages in primary school in addition to their own mother tongue.

Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board, said, “The opportunity to learn foreign languages helps pupils’ general learning as well as being useful in later years for employment, further study, or even simply making the most of trips abroad.

“There’s no doubt that there’s a need to maintain children’s interest in and commitment to learning foreign languages. Starting that work in primary school is a great way to do that.

“We are setting ambitious and challenging targets but we want to support our schools and our pupils in this key area.”

Wear Red for BIG heart Cycle

Sunday 23rd June 2013

The second Big Heart town cycle will take place this weekend in Renfrewshire.
It all begins at The Lagoon Leisure Centre and ends at Castle Semple Visitor Centre in Lochwinnoch.


British Heart Foundation Scotland is working together with Renfrewshire Council and The Community Health Partnership to raise awareness of Heart Disease through fundraising and volunteer work.

Dont have a bike ? Thats no excuse as they can lend you a bike free of charge – contact Bernadette Reilly on 0141 618 6810 for further information.
The event starts at 10am at The Lagoon Leisure Centre and its anticipated most participants will complete the cycle in 1 ½ – 2 hours…

Free transport will be provided back from Lochwinnoch to Paisley early afternoon for participants and their bike
Entry cost is £5 per adult and child entry is free. Children under 16 are welcome to take part but must be accompanied by an adult
BHF Scotland are also asking if participants can wear RED for the event

Sponsor forms are available from or by telephoning 0121 661 5100 and pressing option 4. The British Heat Foundation Scotland would very much appreciate it if you would consider getting sponsored to do the cycle to raise vital funds for BHF Scotland.


Well-plaid! Residents asked to join Tartan Walk

Renfrewshire residents are being encouraged to be dressed to kilt as they step out in style for a Scottish-themed fun keep-fit event.

The area’s annual Tartan Walk event will take place in Lochwinnoch on Wednesday 23 January and organisers have extended the invitation to the public.

Renfrewshire_Council_ezg_1The route will take walkers round the outskirts of the village. Although there will be a few small inclines, it will be of a level suitable for everyone.

Walkers are encouraged to get into the spirit of the occasion by donning an item of tartan clothing for the Burns-Night-themed event.

Councillor Jim Harte, convener of the council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board, said: “Events like this offer residents a chance to get out and about and meet new people while keeping themselves fit and healthy.

“I would encourage anyone who is interested to get themselves along to Lochwinnoch on the day.”

Walkers are asked to be at Castle Semple Visitor Centre in advance of the 11am start.

For more information, call the council’s sports development team on 0141 842 3000.

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Get in the festive spirit and step out for Renfrewshire’s tinsel walk

Local people are being urged to put their best foot forward and get in the festive spirit for Renfrewshire’s annual tinsel walk.

The walk will jingle all the way around the outskirts of Lochwinnoch on Wednesday 12 December at 11am.

It’s suited to everyone and while there may be a few small inclines – walkers can go at their own pace.

Don’t forget to bring some tinsel and your singing voices to enjoy some carols as you go.

tinsel walkCouncillor Iain McMillan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Community and Family Care Policy Board, said: “The annual tinsel walk is a wonderful opportunity for local people to get into the festive spirit while getting active at the same time.

“Walking is an excellent form of exercise and gives you the chance to socialise too, so don your walking shoes and head along.

“The tinsel walk will move at a fairly easy pace so everyone is more than welcome to join the walkers as they enjoy the views and fresh air that Lochwinnoch has to offer.”

The walk will meet at Castle Semple Visitor Centre, Lochwinnoch at 11am on Wednesday 12 December.

Further information is available from Senga McLeod, walking development officer at or on  0141 842 3000.


Lets get ready to Go! Renfrewshire

Renfrewshire residents are being invited to take part in two-week festival to celebrate the great outdoors of Renfrewshire.

Over the course of the two week festival it is hoped to that people will walk, run, cycle , row or horse-ride the equivalent of the 66 mile boundary of Renfrewshire many times over.

Go! Renfrewshire 2010 will be the area’s first ever outdoor activities festival.

As well encouraging people to get out and have fun, the aim of the festival is to promote what Renfrewshire has to offer and how it can be enjoyed responsibly using the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

A packed programme of activities has been organised including walks, cycles, horseriding, picnics, treasure hunts and even Tai Chi.

A Renfrewshire Council spokesperson said: “GO! Renfrewshire 2010 is a two week festival to celebrate Renfrewshire’s great outdoors. We want to see as many people as possible getting out and getting active as part of the festival so have a huge range of activities on offer. Events are taking place throughout the area and to suit people of all abilities so there really is something for everyone.”

Go! Renfrewshire 2010 kicks off on Saturday 22 May with a launch event including music and activities in County Square, Paisley. A group of walkers will then lead a walk from Paisley town centre to Elderslie to join the village gala day parade.

Other programme highlights include a Paisley Mystery Tour, a walk to the old Barytes Mine at Clyde Muirshiel, an introduction to horseriding at Ingliston Equestrian Centre in Bishopton, a picnic on Gleniffer Braes, and Tai Chi.

There are also a number of groups aiming to walk or run the equivalent of Renfrewshire’s 66 mile boundary in the four weeks leading up to the festival and during the festival itself.

As well as Renfrewshire Council, other local groups taking part include, Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership, Paisley District Scouts, Lochwinnoch and Paisley Kayak Club, Castle Semple Sailing Club, Clyde Muirshielf Regional Park, Finlaystone Estate, and Ingliston Country Club.

The Go! Renfrewshire programme is available in council buildings, libraries and leisure centres. You can also see what’s going on by logging on to

download go renfrewshire  pdf


Glad to see that CAMRA Beer Festival is back for another year in Paisley Town Hall, I know they were maybe having to say last year was the last year and it certainly wasn’t for lack of interest as every year the Paisley Beer festival is well attended and gets drunk dry every year “I know I shouldn’t but I had to lol” so get yourself along from April the 29th till Saturday 2nd of May 2009.

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