Paisley Photographs of Paisley Abbey Medieval Fair

Twin town band bring their big brass sound

A 30-strong band from Renfrewshire’s Danish ‘twin town’ will bring their big brass sound to the area next week.

The FDF Gladsaxe Brass Band will play two free lunchtime concerts in Paisley.

The band will play Paisley Abbey on Monday 15 July (12.30pm – 1.30pm) and the town’s Cenotaph on Friday 19 July (12.30pm – 1.30pm).

Paisley Photographs of Paisley Abbey Medieval Fair

The 30-strong band has toured extensively around Europe and is a previous winner of their national brass band championships.

Depute Provost John Caldwell is preparing to welcome the band and said: “I’d like to extend them a warm welcome and, hopefully, the weather is going to do the same!

“Brass bands are incredibly popular in this country, with a strong culture of brass brand participation in our industrial towns and villages. It will be so interesting and enjoyable to hear a band from another country playing.

“The abbey is such a stunning venue for concerts and I’m sure the band will sound excellent in these surroundings.”

“This is another great example of the cultural exchange that can take place when areas across Europe twin with each other.”

Both concerts are free to attend with locals encouraged to simply turn up on the day

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Bad Idea Honours List

This was one of the projects that supported to get crowd funded alongside other local business, I am a Captain of the Revolution but two other companies I am associated with have helped beyond means too, please take not only the time to read this press release but what is all about and why they exist. You can find out more from all the links below but just to say helped too..


This is from Anthony the project’s inspirational oner and founder:
My apologies for not having this prepared earlier, i was a little distracted with the Bad Idea workshops which began just 96 hours after the crowd-fund campaign closed!

I am delighted to tell you that the pilot workshops were a huge success, but what better way to show you just how successful they were than by inviting you to view all 20 of our budding young entrepreneurs in action:

None of this would have been possible without your generous support and for this i simply cannot put into words my gratitude!

Please follow this link: to the ‘Honours List’ page where you will be immortalised forever as an original supporter of the Bad Idea Youth Enterprise Competition.

Please check the details and let me know of any changes, alterations, links and so on that you want included/removed. I will endeavour to complete this page in the next day or two. I would also like to include a picture of you, your organisation, business or whatever else you wish so please send these to me before i make it public – i still have acknowledgements to include for some people so please dont be annoyed if you’re not listed yet!

I have tons of video content being edited from the workshops and there are still ‘elevator pitches’ being added to the kids’ campaign pages as i write. I will follow-up with the promotional video soon, and would hope you could help share amongst your networks and contacts in the media and press.

If you would like to offer any quotes, blogs, be available for video interviews and so on then please get in touch – the more noise we make the better!

This is just the beginning for Bad Idea, and the next stage of this mission is to scale the project nationally. I cannot do this myself and am calling on you to support in any way you can. The next step is securing a minimum £87,000 for the organisation to put in place our functional digital resource, infrastructure and resources. This project also requires a team of exec and non-execs who can make this the global Revolution it has the potential to be. Access to contacts, networks, individuals and organisations will be key too, so lets get talking, sharing and unite in the fight against the Tyranny of the Status Quo! 

Revolutionists, I salute you!

Vive la Revolution!


Oh, and get donating to the kids who are raising their funds! :-)

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P.S. The rewards will be following as soon as i can get some time to put them into production.

P.P.S The final/awards ceremony will be the evening of Saturday 20th April 2013 – so make sure you keep this free as you are all invited!

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The school holidays are almost upon us and we all know what that means for the kids….boredom! But hopefully the Academy’s 5 day summer camp will help burn up some of their energy.

The camp will run Mon-Fri and will incorporate all age groups. I will run a morning session for the younger keepers and an afternoon session for the older ones. Last year’s camp was made that little bit special when St Mirren Goalie Paul Gallacher, Killie keeper Alan Combe, Buddies legend Campbell Money and St Johnstone hit men Jody Morris and Chris Miller popped in and spent the afternoon signing autographs and answering questions from the participants.

Hopefully I can persuade other S.P.L stars to pop in this year for a wee game of beat the goalie with the boys! Drinks will be provided for all participants. Allocation of places is on a first come first serve basis. Places can be booked in advance. Please note that discounts apply for group bookings i.e, siblings/boys clubs etc. Details as follows:
Dates: Mon 25th – Fri 29th July
Session times: 10am—1pm
(age group 8-12),
(age group 13-16)

Cost: £60 for the week

Venue: Harmony Row, Field Turf Pitches,

From Renfrewshire to Delhi: Local representative set off for bootcamp ahead of Commonwealth Games handover ceremony

Renfrewshire’s Provost wished good luck to an excited group of Renfrewshire representatives as they headed off for three intensive weeks of bootcamp, before taking part in the Glasgow 2014 Flag Handover Ceremony in Delhi next month.

Nine people from Renfrewshire, six dancers and three community sports ambassadors, have been selected to join representatives from across Scotland taking part in the performance, at the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games on October 14.

Before they go, they are taking part in for three intensive weeks of Bootcamp in Glasgow, where they will rehearse a mass choreographed dance routine for the ceremony.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson said: “I am delighted that this talented group will be representing Renfrewshire, performing in front of a capacity crowd of 60,000 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi. This is an amazing opportunity and we are all very excited for them. As well as taking part in the ceremony they will return to Renfrewshire and share their training and experience with local schools and communities, helping to build Renfrewshire’s legacy as the Gateway to the Games 2014. I am sure they will make us all proud.”

The Flag Handover Ceremony is the event that concludes the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games and it will be the first public statement to the world that Glasgow will be the next Host City, inviting the world to Glasgow in four years time.

Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive John Scott said: “We deliberately developed an innovative recruitment model that would ensure that people from a range of communities and diverse backgrounds from all over Scotland would have the opportunity of a lifetime to proudly represent Scotland as part of the 346-strong Cast who will perform the eight minute performance.

“Glasgow Life who have managed the project worked closely with existing Scottish education, sports, arts and volunteering networks to recruit the Cast Members. This wasn’t the easiest route to take, but it was the one with the greatest potential to create a once in a lifetime opportunity for people from across Scotland. After the Handover Ceremony, cast members will become Ambassadors for the Games in their community, and will be involved with the Games for the next four years, leaving a positive and direct legacy that is Scotland-wide.”

Aileen Stevenson, 25, Kilbarchan said: “Going to Delhi is pretty awesome. It’s a good opportunity to see the world. It’s very exciting but I think it’s also going to be a lot of hard work.”

The Closing Ceremony will be broadcast in the UK on BBC2 from 2.30pm with the Flag Handover Ceremony starting at approximately 3.30pm.

Laura Savage, 23, from Foxbar, said: “I don’t even know where the boot camp is! I’m really excited and looking forward to it. It’ll be good to go and learn some choreography.”

The six dancers have been funded by Renfrewshire’s Local Area Committees for this project.