Paisley celebrates its most radical story with two-day festival
Thousands helped Paisley celebrate one of the oldest workers’ festivals in the world – Sma’ Shot Day – with a weekend of history and heritage.
Costume-clad kids, street performers and families joined the parade led by the Charleston Drum – the traditional means of calling the weavers out for their annual festival.
An afternoon-long party of live music and entertainment took place on Abbey Close – featuring performances from PACE youth theatre and Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697 – all building up to the traditional Burning of the Cork.
The festival began in 1856 after the Paisley weavers won their dispute with the manufacturers to be paid for the Sma’ Shot – a hidden cotton thread that held the Paisley Pattern shawls together.
It’s one of Paisley’s most spectacular stories and couldn’t be better timed as a new campaign – What’s Our Story? – is launched asking local people to share what makes Paisley and Renfrewshire great and help transform the region’s image.
The campaign aims to capture the everyday moments and tales that make the area one of Britain’s most exciting and diverse to live in.
Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall says: “Sma’ Shot Day is a fantastic piece of history for the town and a huge boost as momentum builds on our bid for UK City of Culture 2021.
“In celebrating the struggle of the Paisley weavers to receive rightful compensation from their employers – the manufacturers of the Paisley Pattern shawls – it’s an event that shows we are renowned as passionate, radical people.
“Sma’ Shot is just one of the town’s stories and we know there are lots more the people of Paisley and Renfrewshire have to tell. What’s Our Story? is all about capturing the full, authentic warmth and vibrancy of local people.
“A new brand for Renfrewshire must come from the people who live, work and study here. It is for that reason twe are asking everyone in Renfrewshire for their help.”
The weekend’s entertainment continued with the popular poetry slam and two radical theatre productions – From the Calton to Catalonia and specially-commissioned Silver Threads.
Sma’ Shot Day is part of an exciting calendar of events for Renfrewshire that supports Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.
The bid is taking place as part of a wider push to transform the town’s future using its unique cultural and heritage offering as the home of the Paisley Pattern and the one-time centre of the global textile industry.
Bids are expected to be lodged with the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport in spring 2017.
For more information on Paisley 2021, visit www.paisley2021.co.uk, like /Paisley2021 on Facebook or follow @Paisley2021 on Twitter and Instagram.
To submit your story about Paisley or Renfrewshire, visit WhatsOurStory.co.uk, share your story on social media using #MyStoryMyTown or complete one of the comments cards.
Thanks to warrenmedia for the images.
Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 will use the town’s unique and fascinating story to transform its future – by putting the town in the international spotlight, attracting visitors, creating jobs and using culture to make people’s lives better.
The one-time global textile hub and birthplace of the Paisley Pattern is also home to stunning architecture, an internationally-significant museum collection, Glasgow Airport, University of the West of Scotland, West College Scotland, PACE Theatre Company and a thriving contemporary cultural scene.
The UK City of Culture competition is run by the UK Government. The shortlisted cities will be announced in spring 2017, and the winner at the end of the year. Find out more about our story at www.paisley2021.co.uk.
Sma’ Shot Day
Sma’ Shot Day celebrates the victory of Paisley’s weavers over the town’s mill owners in the 19th century.
The owners refused to pay their staff for the Sma’ (small) Shot thread, which was unseen but held together the famous Paisley Patterned cashmere shawls.
A long fight and political battle ensued which the weavers eventually won and renamed the traditional July holiday Sma’ Shot Day
GLASGOW AIRPORT CONTINUES MARCH TOWARDS RECORD ANNUAL PASSENGER NUMBERS
Airport reports busiest March on record – up 9% on previous year
Glasgow Airport recorded its busiest March on record after more than 660,000 passengers travelled through its doors during the month, representing an increase of 9% on the same period last year.
The airport also created history after it exceeded 8.9 million passengers during a rolling 12 month period for the first time ever. The numbers ensure the airport remains on course to exceed nine million passengers during what is its 50th anniversary year.
International traffic grew by 11% due to strong demand on European routes to Berlin, Dusseldorf and Bucharest. Aer Lingus also added capacity on its Dublin service and the airport welcomed Air France on board which launched its new service to its hub at Paris-Charles de Gaulle.
Domestic traffic increased by 7.2% with Flybe, EasyJet and Loganair all adding extra capacity on services. British Airways and Ryanair also reported strong demand for their London services.
Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport said: “Our performance during the first quarter of 2016 has ensured we’ve made what is our busiest ever start to a year. The fact we have achieved this in our 50th anniversary year makes it all the more pleasing.
“Our passenger numbers continue to benefit from Glasgow’s success in attracting large scale events, such as the World Irish Dancing Championships which saw over 5,000 competitors from 20 different countries descend on the city last month.
“We have also continued to strengthen our route network, particularly our links with major European cities, and the addition of one of the world’s major flag carriers, Air France, was a significant achievement. Providing a greater choice of direct routes not only opens up a host of new markets for Scottish passengers, it ensures Scotland is more accessible for the growing number of tourists who continue to visit our shores.”
CALL TO YARNS!
It is time for The Renfrewshire Tapestry
Andrew Crummy, Scottish artist and designer – who drew the panels for the Battle of Prestonpans, the Great Tapestry of Scotland and the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry – will be working together with an eclectic group of people to create a tapestry for Renfrewshire. It will be a celebration of the amazing global importance of this part of Scotland, a tourism draw and have its part to play in the City of Culture bid 2021.
Want to know more? Want to take part?
Everyone is welcome to our Call to Yarns! – The Renfrewshire Tapestry project launch
On Saturday 20 February 2016
At Paisley Abbey
From 11am until 1pm
Andrew Crummy will be introducing the project, as well as leading a workshop.
You can also:
- Take part in a textile walk
- Chat to historians and meet up with a monk, walk with Wallace, greet a gallus Mill Girl…
- Tell your stories and memories
- Try your hand at a stitch or more
- Please also – Donate your tapestry wool – authentic Anchor tapestry wool is needed to sew the tapestry. We are determined the tapestry will only be sewn with authentic Anchor yarn. Please look out any tapestry wool that you have in your households… and bring it with you.
The Renfrewshire Tapestry will reflect the wonderful history of Renfrewshire. Everyone who is involved will be acknowledged in this stepping stone in the continued celebration of the unique status of Renfrewshire.
WELCOME to Call to Yarns! – The Renfrewshire Tapestry Launch
Images copyright of Andrew Crummy, Alex Hewitt and Weaving Musical Threads [WMT]
Paisley Pirates go into their Scottish National League match at North Ayr this Saturday (face off 6.30) boosted by their season’s best 14-1 win over Kilmarnock Storm, but with their coach in very cautious mood about their forthcoming trip to the seaside in Ardrossan.
“Yes, it’s a totally different proposition we’re facing this weekend, with all due respect to the boys at Kilmarnock,” commented coach Ian Turley.” North Ayr are probably one of the form teams in the league at the moment, they’ve been a totally different side since some of their more established players returned to them earlier in the season, and I reckon they will fancy their chances of beating us. Our home record remains at 100% after we took care of business against the Storm, but away from home we’ve struggled a bit and that’s a concern.”
“I think that the Wild start favourites for this game, and that’s not doing our players any disservice, it’s just that the hosts are playing very well at the moment, and just like we’ll fancy ourselves against anyone at the Braehead Arena just now, equally, they’ll be rating their chances of turning us over at the Auchenharvie Leisure Centre on Saturday night.”
“The league is very open this year and with Dundee Tigers turning over Edinburgh Capitals in Edinburgh on Sunday the title race is wide open with maybe five or six teams, the Wild and ourselves included, looking to be top of the pile at the end of it all. The North Ayrshire blokes have a couple of guys in their side who used to wear a Pirates’ top and, equally, we’ve got a few players who used to ice for the Wild, so there’s always a wee bit extra spice in the matches against each other. I know the North Ayr boys always enjoy a win against us, and we’ll be no less keen to win at the weekend, but we need to find the kind of form away from Braehead that has been missing so far this season.”
“It makes for an interesting and, I hope, very entertaining game at the weekend, and I’m hoping that our very vociferous fans will make the relatively short journey to Auchenharvie to cheer us on, in games like these, every single bit of support might be enough to tip the balance, so the more fans in the red, white and black we can hear cheering us on Saturday, the better I’ll like it!”
Paisley Pirates return to action after the festive break on Sunday (10 January) with a home league match against Kilmarnock Storm (face off 6.00pm).
“It will be good to get back into action after a couple of weeks off,” said coach Ian Turley. “Our last match was the 2-1 win against Dundee Comets just before Christmas, and while it was fine to get the feet up for a wee while and enjoy the festivities, it’s always nice to get back on the ice. We’ve got a busy spell of matches coming up, every one of them important, starting with the match against the Storm.”
“They’ve struggled a bit this season and lost a whole lot of players early on, but sometimes adversity brings a team closer together so we’ll not be preparing for this match any differently from any other fixture. Their coach, Myles Watson, is well known to Pirates’ fans as he skippered the last Paisley side to win the Scottish Cup in 2005, and he’s brought along a whole bunch of youngsters who are getting regular ice time, which will speed up their development no end. They’re going to break their duck against someone this season, so we’ll just have to be very sure that it’s not against us!”
“We’ve got difficult looking matches too for the rest of the month, as we have an away trip to face a vastly improved North Ayr side the following week before hosting Edinburgh Capitals, then at the end of the month we go to Elgin to face Moray Typhoons, a rink where we’ve sometimes struggled, so no match is a gimme, and in the time honoured tradition, using a well known cliché, we’ll be taking one game at a time. It’s a well used phrase, but it’s no less best practice as the only way to approach matches, so we’ll be looking to take care of business against the boys from Killie before we look ahead to the next match.”
[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]New plans to merge local authority and NHS services for adults have been given the green light by Renfrewshire Council.
The move is designed to help adults in Renfrewshire enjoy longer, healthier lives, lived in their own homes. It will also help local services work together to deliver the Scottish Government’s nine national health and wellbeing goals at a local level.
The plans were approved at the council meeting on Thursday 26 February.
Renfrewshire Council and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde will now set up the Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) Integration Joint Board (IJB) to oversee the effective design and delivery of services.
The IJB will be responsible for a £200m budget for local services. A key aim will be to join up community services so that they work effectively together and with those provided by hospitals and GPs.
Renfrewshire Council Leader, Mark Macmillan, said, “The council has taken a pioneering approach to partnership working and a number of joint social work and NHS teams are already delivering real benefits for Renfrewshire residents.
“Our Reablement Team offers a range of services designed to help people recover their independence and stay in their own homes. It includes occupational therapists, speech therapists, physiotherapists, stroke nurses and home carers.
“The team is a one-stop shop for clients. It gives them easy access to a range of health care specialists, allowing all their needs to be addressed as efficiently as possible.
“Another example is our Integrated Alcohol Team which includes nurses, psychology, occupational therapy, social worker and family support staff. It follows the same model as the Reablement Team, bringing together all the specialists that people with alcohol problems need to address their addiction effectively. It also minimises duplication and uses shared resources more effectively.
“I fully expect that bringing all of Renfrewshire’s health and social care services together will build on these success stories and make a significant contribution to the health and wellbeing of local people.”
David Leese, the Health and Social Care Partnership’s Chief Officer Designate, said, “In Renfrewshire, we are already seeing benefits from health and social care services working together. The creation of this new partnership will provide a platform to build upon so we can deliver the best possible services for the local community.”
While the board will include workers from both Renfrewshire Council and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde the staff will remain employees of their parent organisation.
The Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership Integration Joint Board is being set up under the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014. Similar partnerships are being established across the country.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
Paisley Charity Benefits from Ben Nevis Climb
16 colleagues took fundraising to new heights in order to raise £4,048 for a learning disability charity based in Paisley.
The team from Scottish recruitment business Eden Scott put their energy and endurance to the test to tackle Britain’s highest peak at 1,352m to raise money for The Richmond Fellowship Scotland.
The Richmond Fellowship Scotland’s Blackford service is a purpose built home for 8 young people with low functioning autism. The service is in the process of creating a sensory garden so the young people can make better use of the outside space.
The money raised by Eden Scott will go towards building this new sensory garden which will allow the residents to plant and grow their own flowers and vegetables, as well as provide a sensory environment based on smells and textures.
A bespoke swing set will also be built to promote socialisation, the sensory experience of movement encouraging positive interaction between the individuals at the Blackford service.
The charity was nominated by Eden Scott recruitment consultant Nicolle Sinclair, whose cousin is one of the service users.
Sinclair commented “I cannot thank my colleagues enough for enduring such a physical challenge to raise a fantastic amount for The Richmond Fellowship Scotland. The charity has had such a positive impact on my cousin’s life, allowing him to make the transition of living at home and relying on respite to a young man living as independently as he possibly can.”
Linsey Gallacher, Area Manager for The Richmond Fellowship, is immensely grateful to the Eden Scott team, “the team at Eden Scott have really helped make the new sensory garden at the Blackford service a reality. I would like to thank Eden Scott, as well as everyone who supported them during their fundraising efforts.”[/vc_column_text][vc_separator icon=”star”][vc_column_text]
About The Richmond Fellowship Scotland
The Richmond Fellowship Scotland is one of the country’s leading providers of care to individuals supporting them to live as independently as possible.
The charity provide support to over 2,800 individuals across Scotland with a wide range of services including mental health, learning disabilities, dementia, autism and much more.
Although they have pioneered initiatives such as Participatory Funding, (where they have allocated over £80,000 towards projects that supported individuals shape, design and control themselves), they have many other projects which also enable, extend and enrich the lives of the people that they support.
For example their Blackford service, which is two large connected purpose-built homes for 8 Young People with low-functioning autism, is in the process creating a sensory garden element within their large garden grounds. This is so that the young people support there can make better use of the garden space and they can extend the range of outdoor activities that the charity can provide for them. This included the purchasing of large robust garden games, a sensory net swing and sunken trampoline.
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Happy New Year Paisley.
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All the best..
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