2012 Sees the return of the Paisley & District Annual Duck Race.  

This year will bring a larger array of entertainment and activities for all of the family making it truly bigger and better than ever before-probably just as well, as a few of the ducks have grown up and will be in a race of their own this year.

The Duck Race will be held on Saturday 12th May with the fun starting at 11.30am with the corporate sponsors race starting at 2.30pm and the main race starting at 3pm along the stretch of the River Cart from Morrison’s Bridge at Thread Street to the Mill Street Bridge.


The Race will be started this year by June Brown – more commonly known as Dot Cotton from Eastenders.

There will also be music throughout the day provided by Paisley School of Rock including the Glee Club and The Rock Choir. Cameron McKennor, Scottie McClue and Steff Mac as well as Nurse Ducky- Jan McLaughlin.



This year we have decided you can adopt a duck for the race for the price of £2.00 or adopt a family of 3 ducks for £5.00. Both these options will be available from every Beaver, Cub, Scout Explorer, Networker and Leader within Paisley & District.

All of the money raised from the race this year will be split equally between Paisley & District Scouts, Accord Hospice and the St. Vincent Hospice, both truly well deserving charities from the local area.
Accord and St. Vincent Hospices provide palliative care for people living with cancer and other life limiting illnesses. Both of these hospices rely on donations to carry out their day to day work and care. Through raising funds for these charities we can help them provide much needed care and support those people who require it.




£30,000 study aims to find a future for world’s oldest machine factory

A £30,000 architectural, structural and financial investigation could be the key to restoring a crucial piece of Scotland’s industrial heritage to its former glory.

Renfrewshire Council has commissioned The Prince’s Regeneration Trust to carry out a major feasibility study into finding a new future for Paton’s Mill in Johnstone.

The 227 year old mill, believed to be the world’s oldest surviving machine factory, has been empty and increasingly derelict since production stopped in 2004. The Category A Listed mill was the first building to be constructed in the new town of Johnstone in the 18th century.

The feasibility study follows a £25,000 investment by Renfrewshire Council to seal the mill’s windows and doors. The move is designed to protect the iconic building from fire-raisers and thieves, who had started to remove lead flashing from the roof.

The Prince’s Regeneration Trust was invited to get involved by the Council following its highly acclaimed regeneration work at the Anchor Mill and Seedhill Bridge in Paisley. The £12million project saw the historic mill and surrounding area comprehensively regenerated into a vibrant hub for the local community.

Cllr Iain Nicolson, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Planning and Economic Development Policy Board, said, “The Prince’s Regeneration Trust is unique. It is the only agency in Scotland that has the capacity and the remit to undertake a feasibility study of this nature on such an important part of our built heritage.

“Renfrewshire Council worked very closely with The Prince’s Regeneration Trust on restoring Paisley’s Anchor Mill and we hope that we can achieve a similar success with Paton’s Mill.”

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, said, “We at the Trust have enjoyed a fantastic relationship with Renfrewshire Council working on the magnificent £12 million restoration of the 19th-century Anchor Mill and Seedhill Footbridge in Paisley. Together we have really set the gold standard for heritage regeneration work of this type. We’re thrilled to be able to help rewrite the future for Paton’s Mill which is part of Scotland’s industrial soul and of enormous historical significance.

“The options appraisal is the first step on the ladder for the mill and will hopefully bring forward a scheme that results in the sensitive regeneration of this fantastic building that will help revive the area and give a boost to the local community, as well as help save one of the world’s oldest mills.”

Paton’s Mill is the earliest surviving cotton mill in Scotland and one of the earliest in Britain. It was built on the banks of the Black Cart River in 1782 by the Corse and Burns Company.  The mill was a fully operational textile factory continuously for nearly 220 years.
It is also known as the Bootlace Factory due to its most recent use making shoe laces. At its peak, the mill produced around 25 million pairs of laces a year. Production finally ended in 2004 when Paton’s moved its operation to a nearby business park.

The Prince’s Regeneration Trust is a charity established by HRH The Duke of Rothesay which focuses on heritage-led regeneration.  The Trust’s projects enable under used or redundant buildings to perform a new function, unlocking a regeneration of the wider community.

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PACE Theatre Company was formed in 1988 and is a registered charity and non-profit making company based in Paisley, Scotland.

PACE is compromised of four main components:- a professional theatre production and theatre-in-education company; PACE Youth Theatre – the largest youth theatre in the UK with over 2,000 members; PACE Casting – a casting agency which represents youth theatre members; and PACE Media Productions – a media production company specialising in educational and dramatic video productions.

PACE Youth Theatre always welcomes new members to join the waiting list, and with famous past members including James McAvoy, Paulo Nutini David Sneddon and Richard Madden, the chance to join our workshops – based around confidence building, cooperation, communication and performance skills – is one not to be missed!


World Accordion Championships   21st – 26th October 2008   Normandy Hotel , Renfrew .  Grand Ceildh , Sat 25th Oct , Normany Hotel . Further information email


Remember this weekend see’s one of Paisley’s sporting and fun occasions happening on the streets of our fair town, yes its the Paisley 10k and 3000m Fun run.

31 August 2008
Start time for the 10K road race will be 10:00am and for the 3000M Fun Run it will be 12:00pm

Don’t forget you can still take part even on race day “small extra fee will be charged” if you want to take part then get running over “sorry couldn’t help myself” to and complete your entry and remember to smile when you pass the finishing line as you will be snapped by some very handsome looking photographers… alright I lied….. you might not finish lol


Village Funday
Tweedie Hall, Linwood
Saturday 30th August 2008
11am- 4pm

There’s an incredible range of events and activities on offer for all the family at this FREE event, including a bouncy castle, £100 cash prize bingo, chocolate fountain, face paints, tattoos, hook a duck, adult & kids tombola, balloon modeller and a stage show by ‘Class Acts’.

The Renfrewshire Environmental Trust will also be there to run an event offering you the opportunity to have your say on the future of Linwood.

Further information can be found HERE.


The SSPCA Race night is coming on Saturday 4th October in a fabulous we place called the Wallace Bowling club in Elderslie 7.30pm for 8pm start with cheap drink. If you haven’t already been then its a fun night with prizes, excitment and a lot of shouting at a screen and at other tables!!!

A small entry fee on the night and if would like to buy a wee horse then let me know they are £5  and the sooner you let me know the better as the horses go fast!!!!

submitted by Mhairi Heron.


SCO tour brings popular classics to life
Summer touring season brought to a close across central lowlands

Charismatic SCO Principal Maximiliano Martín takes centre stage with a performance of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto as part of the four-concert Autumn Classicstour across Central Scotland and Fife between 3-6 September 2008.

Following the success of the Orchestra’s tour across the central lowlands last year, the players will perform in Paisley Town Hall (Friday 5 September).

The programme will be directed by young Austrian conductor Aleksandar Markovic, who makes his SCO debut with this tour. It opens with Haydn’s rousing Symphony No 96 ‘Miracle’, with its lyrical writing for the wind section, the prominence of which was unusual for its time. Completed in 1791, the ‘Miracle’ nickname came about after a chandelier fell from the ceiling of the concert hall during the performance, narrowly missing the audience. However, it later turned out that this actually occurred during a performance of Haydn’s later symphony, No 102. But the name stuck.

Mozart’s popular concerto is the centre piece of the programme, and soloist Maximiliano Martín features on an SCO/Linn Records recording of the work on the highly acclaimed Mozart Wind Concertos CD, released in 2006. The concerts close with Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony, which is explosive from start to finish.

Maximiliano explained: “Performing as a soloist is always a special occasion and even more if it is with the SCO. I have played the Mozart Concerto many times but this concerto is always a challenge, it is so popular that basically it has to be perfect.”

SCO Concerts Director Judith Colman added:  “There was a great reception for our first tour of Central Scotland last year and we’re very much looking forward to bringing the SCO to the region again in September.  The full Orchestra will perform in Motherwell, Falkirk, Paisley and Dunfermline, with a popular programme bringing together some of the greatest Classical composers and featuring Mozart’s wonderful clarinet concerto with soloist Maximiliano Martín.”


Its only 2 days to go until the Glasgow River Festival.

The opening ceremony starts on Saturday the 19th July at 11am on HMS Middleton and there are lots of events during the Glasgow fair weekend to keep the family entertained. for more information and events diary please visit the Glasgow River Festival website.


Sunday 20th July 2008

Finlaystone Country Estate

Teddy Bears’ Picnic & Dolls’ Tea Party 1.30pm onwards

Bring teddy or dolly and a picnic for the special tea party.  Fun and games for all with puppet and magic shows

For more information call 01475-540505 or email

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