Paisley & District had five members attend the World Scout Jamboree in Japan. Over the next few weeks we will be hearing from each of the members on their experiences on the trip of a lifetime. Our third reflection piece is from Helen Dykes who is a Cub Scout Leader & Training Advisor with the 15th Paisley – Lylesland. 

“From our visit to Tokyo, a vast city, to Hiroshima Peace Park and then the journey in between by bullet train Japan was just incredible to see. I was also shocked to see how beautiful the countryside in Japan is. I didn’t know what I expected but it was so green and hilly and in a way similar Scotland which I had not expected.scouts

“From our visit to Tokyo, a vast city, to Hiroshima Peace Park and then the journey in between by bullet train Japan was just incredible to see. I was also shocked to see how beautiful the countryside in Japan is. I didn’t know what I expected but it was so green and hilly and in a way similar Scotland which I had not expected.

“The best bit however for me was the Jamboree site and my patchwork base. To be able to have an input into the young people’s experience of the jamboree and see them develop was rewarding. To be able to chat to so many young people (sometimes in broken English and sign language) and hear all about their scouting life in their country was just incredible.

“Our target for the patchwork was 156 squares and the hope that we got as many countries as possible to contribute. Within days we had about 10 countries and a few rows complete. We had a visit from my pals at Unit 63 Clyde & Unit 65 who I had been working with for the past two years and they made some wonderful patches. One leader left a challenge for me a- picture of what she wanted and I was to make it… I need to teach her to sew!!

“After the Scottish added 8 squares my English colleagues said “maybe that is enough Scottish squares now Helen”

“The next challenge was to get Australia to complete squares from all continents so I was sent out on a mission in our huge marquee to find some Australians. Due to the vast number of young people I was able to also find Scouts from Peru, Mexico, Chilli, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka in all we managed to get a contribution from 51 different countries and all 156 squares complete a huge achievement.

“Don’t get me wrong as the Jamboree is so large you can sometimes feel quite lonely as you are not necessarily with the rest of the people you knew and came with or your tent buddies due to shift work. However when you get over this and realise this is what a jamboree is like you make the most of chatting to the other 34,500 people you don’t know yet!! Wither it was sitting having an ice cream in the garden centre/shop/cafe/petrol station/restaurant (off site by a few yards but the best place ever for food, ice cream and a beer when you finished work a change from water!!) you just talk to people and make friends with other IST for all over the world and also the thousand of Japanese people who were daily visitors to the jamboree site.

“And if you are wondering what will happen with the patchwork it is currently being sewn together and will be quilted and go on display first in Sheffield and then I hope I will get a loan of it to display and show the units from Scotland.”


[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Last night over seven Cub Packs from across Paisley & District got together to compete to win the annual Trophy.

The girls and boys aged 8-10.5years turned out in force and it was the 18th Paisley (Coats Memorial) who won the prize for the second year in a row.


Commenting on the evening Assistant District Commissioner (Cubs), Gerry Green said:
“What a fantastic evening of having fun and trying to get as many strikes as possible.


“Seeing our girls and boys really getting excited about bowling was truly a sight to see. I am pleased we had great numbers at this District event.

“Well done to Coats Memorial Cub Pack for winning the trophy for the second year in a row.


“Cub Scouts numbers are on the rise, with more girls and boys aged 8-10.5years joining in the adventure. This is due to the excellent balanced programme we are providing.

“If you are interested in joining in the movement please email or visit our website”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Opening of the Bield Activity Centre.

The Bield Activity Centre, owned by 7th Paisley JNI Scout Group, was officially opened at the weekend by Graham Haddock, Chief Commissioner of Scotland.

The Provost of Renfrewshire, Anne Hall, joined the many invited guests along with the Lord Lieutenant of Renfrewshire Guy Clarke, who presented Matthew Hesselmann with his Queens Scouts Award. There were presentations of the highest Scouting Youth awards: Chief Scouts Awards, Duke of Edinburgh and the Queens Scouts Awards.

scouts17The UK Chief Commissioner for Scouting Wayne Bulpitt, who had travelled from London, addressed the audience and spent time chatting to the youngest members of the Group.

The JNI Group offers Scouting activities to girls and boys from 6 to 18 years, with 150 members throughout the Group.
The centre has been developed for the wider community over the last 2 years at a cost of £400,000, now boasting 2 climbing walls within the 3 separate halls.

At present there are 15 community groups making use of this great facility weekly, three of which were represented at the opening ceremony. The centre is also available for hire on a one-off basis for parties and wedding receptions. Contact Tom Allan on 01505 814502.

The main funders of the project are The National Lottery, Postcode Lottery, Community Energy Scotland, Renfrewshire Council, and Scouting.

All photographs taken by Alex Slaven Photography on behalf of

Paisley Remembrance Day

Paisley Remembrance Parade Photographs.

Photographs from today’s Remembrance day parade at Paisley’s Cenotaph Sunday November 10th 2013.

All photographs were taken by Anchor Mill Studio and allowed for use on

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.