Renfrew Christmas Light Switch On Photographs.

The sky over Renfrew was lit up tonight as the annual Christmas Light Switch On went with a bang. There was a terrific crowd along the High Street and the families gathered there were not disappointed with the show. The photographs were taken from Hairst Street where the crowds were much quieter allowing for better photographs of the fireworks display.

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“Renfrew’s town hall only reopened in 2012 after a £5m revamp, and events like this allow everybody to take advantage of the improved facilities.”

This year’s event will be bigger than before thanks to additional funding of £7,500 provided by the council’s Renfrew and Gallowhill Local Area Committee.


Renfrew Town Hall

Renfrew Town Hall

The newly refurbished Renfrew Town Hall was well worth a visit on Doors Open Day, money very well spent on this landmark building. The photos show the Main Hall and the Lesser Hall and the building is available for hire for weddings and other events. The modernised Renfrew Museum is also housed in this building and some of the displays change regularly.

All photographs taken by Anne McNair and allowed for use on

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Music for a spring evening

Venue: Renfrew Town Hall

Date/Time: 27th April 2013

Event Price: £12.50/£10

Event Information: Featuring Thomas Walker (Tenor) with guests Fiona Menzies (Piano) and Gwen Mairi Yorke (Clarsach/Harp). Also appearing will be Starlight Music Youth Theatre.

An evening featuring well known classics from the world of song and opera set in the fantastic surroundings of the refurbished Renfrew Town Hall.

ordered by emailing or by calling 07456 197214. Tickets can also be paid for using Paypal, cheque or cash.

The event is promoted by Renfrew & Gallowhill SNP.

Flight Path Fund speeches at Renfrew Town Hall

Glasgow Airport supports eco project for local primary schools


A unique project which encourages youngsters to respect and care for the environment has received £11,000 from the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund.


The Tree Amigos project will educate 150 pupils from five primary schools in communities around the airport about a range of issues including climate change and carbon footprints.


Flight Path Fund speeches at Renfrew Town HallGlasgow Airport has now supported the project, which was created by Trees4Scotland, through its FlightPath Fund for three years.


Angus Crabbie, who founded Trees4Scotland in 2008, received the cheque from Archie Hunter, chairman of the FlightPath Fund, and Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, at an event in Renfrew Town Hall to celebrate the success of the Fund, which was launched in 2010.


Angus will continue to work with the schools that have been involved in the project over the last 12 months, providing an opportunity to enhance the pupils’ understanding of the environment and issues like climate change.


They are Killermont Primary, Bearsden, Our Holy Redeemer Primary, Clydebank, Whitecrook Primary, Clydebank, St Claire’s Primary, Drumchapel, and Rashielea Primary, Erskine.


The first phase of the programme sees Angus visit each school for an introductory workshop, at which they discuss a range of issues and the importance of taking an active interest in protecting the environment.


Each pupil receives an information pack and the schools work through a series of mini projects in their own time to build up the pupils’ knowledge. It culminates in a field trip to Teaghlach Wood in Perthshire, where each school plants 75 trees.


Angus Crabbie said: “The support of Glasgow Airport has been invaluable in getting the Tree Amigos project off the ground. We have now had more than 1,000 children take part and it has been so successful that parts of it have been integrated into the Curriculum for Excellence.


Archie Hunter said: “Tree Amigos is a fantastic idea and it is exactly the type of project we are keen to support through the FlightPath Fund. It is innovative and constantly evolving, with tangible benefits for the communities around the airport. The focus is both educational and environmental, and the importance of teaching our younger generations about nature cannot be overstated.”


Amanda McMillan said: “As one of the largest businesses and employers in the West of Scotland it is important that we take our responsibility seriously by supporting the communities we serve. Since the FlightPath Fund was established in 2010 it has grown in stature and continues to attract an increasing number and diverse range of applications from community groups and charities.”

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Brides Make An Extra Special Entrance In Renfrew Town Hall

A group of lovely ladies from across Renfrewshire Council have come out in force to show their support for the newly re-opened and beautifully restored Renfrew Town Hall by donning their bridal gowns one more time for a unique town centre bridal gathering.


bridesRenfrewshire brides and bridesmaids who have been married in the town recently to others who are celebrating longer anniversaries all jumped at the chance to wear that special dress again though this time with friends and colleagues in order to help raise awareness of Renfrew’s hidden gem fairytale castle style wedding venue.


Sheonna Anderson, Valerie Kelly, Michelle Carslaw, Linsey Matthews, Bobbie O’Donnell , Mary Longwell and Tricia Gault all from various sectors across the Council braved the weather and stopped traffic in Renfrew town centre yesterday as they made their way up the High St in their beautiful gowns.


Kathleen Kennedy of Renfrewshire Arts & Museums Service said,’ We were absolutely delighted to have received so much support from our colleagues across the Council, many of whom live in the area, to get involved in our campaign ‘Your Dream Setting Is Nearer Than You Think’ and to raise public awareness of such a beautiful venue which makes for the perfect wedding location. We hope the elegant and classic style of the facilities, which were just restored to their former glory earlier this year will make more bridal parties think of the Historic Burgh of Renfrew as their choice.’


Renfrew Town Hall has a rich and varied past dating back to 1670. It has served as a courthouse, an early 19th century jail, a focal point for community and civic activities and more recently of course a wedding venue.


The venue was officially opened by deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on 28 January 2012 after a £5.2million programme to fully refurbish and renovate all aspects of the building.

To view the building and take full advantage of the event planning service offered by Renfrewshire Arts & Museums, enquiries and visits can be arranged by calling 0141 887 1007 or emailing

Renfrew goes back in time as 139 year old time capsule is revealed

Construction work on a £5.2million modernisation of Renfrew Town Hall has revealed a 139 year old time capsule.

The time capsule is in the form of a large glass jar which was found in the clock tower of the town hall.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson joined museum and community representatives at the opening of the time capsule in the Renfrew Community Museum in the town’s Brown Institute.

Preliminary work by museum curators has found that the capsule contains documents signed by the then Provost along with a photograph of Renfrew Town Hall, coins, newspapers and a trades directory.

Among the newspapers included are copies of the Edinburgh Scotsman, Glasgow Herald, Glasgow Daily Mail, Paisley and Renfrew Gazette and Renfrewshire Independent.

Along with the insights it gives into Renfrew’s and Scotland’s history, the time capsule has a special history of its own.

From its base in the clock tower of Renfrew Town Hall, it survived a major fire in 1877 which led to much of the current town hall being rebuilt.

Now the time capsule has been rediscovered during construction work on the £5.2million refurbishment of Renfrew Town Hall which has been supported by Renfrewshire Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Scotland.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson said “This is an amazing discovery. It’s a very special moment for me as Provost to be part of this unique civic experience begun by a provost almost 140 years ago.

“It’s particularly pleasing that the time capsule has been rediscovered through the programme to restore the iconic Renfrew Town Hall to its rightful role at the heart of our community.

“Preserving Renfrew’s history and traditions have been at the heart of that programme and the town hall will have an adjoining new Renfrew Community Museum.

“In the lead up to the town hall and community museum opening in December this year, Renfrewshire Council’s arts and museums service has been working with young people and local history groups on how Renfrew’s history can be told.

“There will be particular interest in this new discovery from our school pupils working on the ‘Renfrew: Past, Present and Future’ project which will result in a time capsule being buried in the town hall for future generations to discover”.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Brian Lawson said “Renfrew has a proud history from its origins as a royal burgh to its shipbuilding heritage and the fact that it had Scotland’s first municipal airport.

“Throughout the development of the programme to redevelop Renfrew Town Hall we’ve had strong backing and commitment from the local community.

“As we move towards the final stages of that investment, it’s a great boost to be able to find and display such a distinctive part of Renfrew’s heritage”.

Craig Elliott, Marketing and Access Co-ordinator for the council’s arts and museums service
Said: “The initial assessment of the objects in the time capsule is that they appear to be extremely well preserved.

“However, most of the objects are paper which can present significant issues concerning conservation and redisplay. We will be working with freelance conservator Ann Evans who will provide advice on handling and displaying the objects.

“All being well we anticipate the objects becoming a focal point of the displays in the new Renfrew Community Museum due to open in December”.

Nationally, 1872 saw the widespread introduction of free education through the Education Act, the first international football match – a 0-0 draw between Scotland and England – and the introduction of the secret ballot by Prime Minister Gladstone on voting for Westminster MPs.

Locally, the newspapers contained in the Renfrew time capsule tell of the parade of tradesmen which accompanied the laying of the memorial stone for Renfrew Town Hall.

There’s also the story of the theft of £190 from a Renfrew cattle dealer while in a “house of ill fame in Paisley.”