Easter youth clubs offering free holiday fun

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Young people looking for something to do during the spring break holidays can sign up for fun activities across Renfrewshire.

The Council’s youth services team are offering free laser tag sessions at four venues – Glenburn Go Zone, Nepalese Hall in Gallowhill, Tannahill Centre in Ferguslie and West Johnstone campus – for the first time as part of their spring break programme.
Spaces per session are limited to 30 places and young people in primary 6 and above are encouraged to sign up ahead of time to ensure they can take part.
Free Easter-themed games and challenges will also take place in all four venues as well as Bargarran Community Centre in Erskine and Foxbar Youth Drop In.
Young people will also hear about what’s happening in Renfrewshire for the Year of Young People and find out how they can get involved.
Education and Children’s Services Convener for Renfrewshire Council, Councillor Jim Paterson, said: “Youth clubs offer loads of great free activities for young people to get involved in during the school holidays. They are also a great opportunity for young people to find out more about Year of Young People events in Renfrewshire.
“The laser tag sessions are bound to be popular and I would urge anyone who wants to take part to sign up now.”
To book your place, search ‘Youth Services Laser Tag’ on www.eventbrite.co.uk. Further information on the youth clubs can be found at https://young.scot/renfrewshire.

Step forward for new Johnstone Castle homes

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Plans to deliver 95 newbuild Council houses that meet the needs of local people in Johnstone Castle have taken a step forward as Councillors approve the project’s contractor.

A report recommending ENGIE Regeneration Limited are awarded the newbuild contract was given the green light at the Finance, Resources and Customer Services Policy Board.
Work is anticipated to start this summer to build a mix of two and three bedroom houses and own-door flats that will replace the tenement flats approved for demolition in 2014.
Councillor John Shaw, convener for the board, said: “We have given approval to appoint a contractor to deliver new, affordable, high quality Council houses for the area.  The construction costs of almost £13million will be funded from the Council’s housing investment programme and a Scottish Government grant.”
Communities, Housing and Planning Convener, Councillor Marie McGurk, added:  “We are delighted to be moving onto the next stage of this regeneration project, which will provide modern, energy efficient Council houses of the type we know people want to live in.”
Housing staff continue to work closely with residents in Johnstone Castle regeneration area to keep them up-to-date and informed on progress.
For more information, residents can contact Evonne McMahon, Regeneration Housing Officer, on 0141 618 6003 or visit the team based at Johsntone Castle Community Centre on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

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Step forward for new Johnstone Castle homes

Plans to deliver 95 newbuild Council houses that meet the needs of local people in Johnstone Castle have taken a step forward as Councillors approve the project’s contractor.

A report recommending ENGIE Regeneration Limited are awarded the newbuild contract was given the green light at the Finance, Resources and Customer Services Policy Board.

Work is anticipated to start this summer to build a mix of two and three bedroom houses and own-door flats that will replace the tenement flats approved for demolition in 2014.

Councillor John Shaw, convener for the board, said: “We have given approval to appoint a contractor to deliver new, affordable, high quality Council houses for the area.  The construction costs of almost £13million will be funded from the Council’s housing investment programme and a Scottish Government grant.”

Communities, Housing and Planning Convener, Councillor Marie McGurk, added:  “We are delighted to be moving onto the next stage of this regeneration project, which will provide modern, energy efficient Council houses of the type we know people want to live in.”

Housing staff continue to work closely with residents in Johnstone Castle regeneration area to keep them up-to-date and informed on progress.

For more information, residents can contact Evonne McMahon, Regeneration Housing Officer, on 0141 618 6003 or visit the team based at Johsntone Castle Community Centre on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

More than 105,000 passenger gearing up for Easter getaway at Glasgow Airport

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– 105,000 PEOPLE WILL TRAVEL THOUGHT THE AIRPORT THIS WEEKEND –
Glasgow Airport is preparing for one of its busiest periods of the year as an expected 455,000 holidaymakers travel through the terminal for the Easter school holidays this weekend.

With Easter weekend falling at the beginning of the holiday break this year, the airport is preparing for three exceptionally busy weekends ahead.
This weekend is likely to be the busiest with more than 105,000 people expected to travel through the airport. A further 350,000 passengers are expected to travel through the airport during the entire school break.
The majority of travellers will be heading to popular sun destinations such as the Canary Islands, the Costas in Spain, Dubai and Florida.  Passengers are also expected to jet off to a number of city and short-break destinations such as Rome, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Naples, Donegal, Munich and the new Daily Frankfurt service launched by Lufthansa earlier this week.
Glasgow Airport will have extra staff in place to help guide passengers, especially those with young children, through check-in and security.  There will also be Easter entertainment on offer for our younger departing passengers this weekend, including an arts and crafts stall and a face-painting.
Francois Bourienne, commercial director at Glasgow Airport, said: “This Easter school holiday break is gearing up to be one of our busiest on record, particularly given the cold weather we experienced this winter.
“There’s always a fantastic atmosphere in the terminal during the Easter break as we welcome thousands of people through the terminal during the next two weeks. To make sure our passengers enjoy a smooth journey through the airport we’ll have plenty of staff on hand and there will also be lots of activities to keep the little ones entertained as they head off on their holidays.”
Glasgow Airport is advising all travellers to ensure liquids carried in hand luggage are within the 100ml limit to help ensure a speedy security process for the Easter weekend.

Shine the light Miss March

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SHINE THE LIGHT MISS MARCH
March’s “Shine The Light” nominee is Kathleen Weisner

She was nominated by her colleagues at Glasgow’s New Victoria Hospital, where she is an Auxiliary Nurse.
Kathleen,72, had previously retired but decided she was not finished with the world of work.
Having worked at clothing store Cones in Shawlands for 25 years, she was made redundant and so entered the world of nursing. She has been at Glasgow’s New Victoria Hospital for the last 9 years and is a highly esteemed member of the Day Surgery Unit.
Colleagues of Kathleen, described as “Very attractive and glamorous!”, praise her highly, inspired by her passion, “She keeps saying she needs to retire but she loves her job so much she just keeps going!”

But it is not just in the nursing world that she is held in admiration.
Kathleen, along with her partner of 30 years, Brian, are both parents and foster parents.
Kathleen and Brian have four children and 8 grandchildren between them as well as two boys, their foster children who are a permanent fixture in the home.
Kathleen was introduced to fostering by her friend, also a fosterer. She decided to apply as this would allow her to help her friend out at weekends.
Her daughter Niki says “It does not surprise me that she fosters, she always had a full house!”.
When two boys were in need of emergency respite, the social worker dealing with the boy’s case remembered Kathleen’s compassionate comment, “All kids need is a roof over their head and a safe bed to sleep in.”
This would lead to Kathleen taking the boys in almost instantly; they are considered family and are treated as such. Kathleen and Brian have helped the older boy get through high school and learn to drive, thanks to Brian’s driving instructing. He passed his test, got himself a part time job and and has saved up hard to buy himself his first car, with some help from Kathleen and Brian!
Every year they all go to Spain, re-affirming to the boys that they are indeed, family.
Kathleen’s story is a heartwarming reminder of the amazing individuals in our community.
Her daughter said “She completely deserves recognition.”
She is credited with always “Being about everyone else, never herself”, “A very caring person”, “All the staff think very highly of her”, “She’s chatty, with good manners and very helpful!”. She even decided to try ice skating with the foster children at the regal age of 70 (ish!..)
Senior staff nurse, Kirsty McHugh, said “She deserves this, she’s amazing. Some of the staff were brought to tears with the thought of her being recognised, because she won’t think she deserves it at all.”
With high praise comes high recognition and that is why we are thrilled to award Kathleen with the title of “Shine The Light – Miss March!”
Anyone wishing to nominate an April star can do so by emailing: admin@pinnacletrainingscotland.co.uk
Photos: Kathleen being awarded hamper and certificate with friend Pat in background
Kathleen with colleague Kirsty McHugh who nominated her.
Kathleen with son, sister and daughter (left to right)

Renfrewshire’s dog owners called on to lead by example

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Dogs of all shapes and sizes are set to undertake their daily walk in new surroundings as part of a push to remind owners of their responsibilities.

Taking place on Sunday 8 April at 1pm, dog owners from all across Renfrewshire are invited to Robertson Park in Renfrew to take part in a special dog walk which will bring together like-minded people to tackle the issue of dog fouling.
A key strand of the Team Up to Clean Up campaign, responsible dog owners are being asked to join together to illustrate what the majority of owners recognise – that picking up after your dog is essential and failing to do so is against the law.
There will be the opportunity to learn more about the dog fouling campaign in Renfrewshire and how to support it both individually and collectively, including the chance to sign up to the Responsible Dog Owner’s pledge.
As well as the opportunity to meet many other furry friends, dogs and their owners will have the chance to see dog agility in action as the Phoenix Flyers showcase the talents of their four-legged companions, as well as providing tips on how best to train your pride and joy.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, was joined by local dog trainer Graeme Hunter of Blackmuir Dog Training and Behaviour Centre at Robertson Park to promote the dog walk.
Councillor McEwan said: “We recognise that dog fouling is a real problem on our streets, which is why we made it a key focus of the Team Up to Clean Up campaign.
“We’re working hard to change the behaviour of those who fail to pick up after their dog, as well as those who do pick up but fail to dispose of the waste into a bin afterwards.
“We do recognise though that the majority of dog owners in Renfrewshire are responsible and it’s those owners that we want to lead by example and make it clear that failing to pick up is unacceptable.
“So come and join us for this special walk, meet other responsible owners and make your Sunday dog walk a bit more interesting!”

As part of the dog fouling campaign, streets throughout Renfrewshire with an identified problem are being targeted with luminous spray paint, street stencilling, informative posters and increased warden activity.
The new approach aims to shock those who are failing to pick up after their dog into thinking twice the next time they take their dog for a walk in the local area and be aware if the potential £80 fine should they be caught.
For more information on the Team Up to Clean Up campaign, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/teamuptocleanup and for the event visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/teamupdogwalk.

Former Masterchef the Professionals winner to share top tips at Paisley Food and Drink Festival

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Jamie Scott, winner of Masterchef the Professionals 2014, will run a series of cooking demonstrations sharing his top cooking tips at Paisley Food and Drink Festival.

The chef, who runs the stunning The Newport restaurant overlooking the River Tay in Fife, will deliver three, free cooking demonstrations on Saturday 28 April to show audiences how to create top-class and delicious dining experiences at home.
The demonstrations will cover tasty recipes such as a how to get creative with your Sunday roast leftovers – delivered in association with Love Food Hate Waste, a mouth-watering vegetarian dish of cauliflower fritters and a fantastic spiced pork dish.
Chef, Jamie Scott, said: “I’m really looking forward to being part of this year’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival. Events like this are a great way to get insight into local producers, suppliers, restaurants and cafés.  It’s a great way for people to get involved with food particularly those that take an interest in cooking.”

Love Food Hate Waste will provide advice on the day on making the most of your leftovers and the best ways to avoid food waste.
Ylva Haglund, Food Waste Campaigns Manager, Zero Waste Scotland, said: “With Scottish households throwing away more than 600,000 tonnes of food every year, the Love Food Hate Waste campaign wants to inspire everyone about what they can do with their leftovers, including making a delicious meal the whole family can enjoy.
“We can all do more to tackle waste and to demonstrate, we are delighted to be teaming up with Chef Jamie Scott who will be demonstrating easy to make recipes that will provide people with new ideas for how to make the most of our food.”
Baking sensation Three Sisters Bake will also run a demonstration on the day for those keen to get some expert tips on creating some sweet treats.
This year’s festival will take place over two days for the first time ever from Friday 27 to Saturday 28 of April when the very best of Scotland’s producers will showcase their wares to visitors in Paisley’s iconic Abbey Close. Visitors on the Friday night can enjoy street food from Pitt Street traders, expert tastings with Gin 71, a Rum Shack Bar and acoustic music performances. On Saturday there will be a full programme of children’s workshops and entertainment, farmers’ market, craft market and plenty of delicious street food to enjoy and traders to purchase foodie gifts and goodies from.
The festival will run alongside Paisley’s Beer Festival which will take place from Wednesday 25 to Saturday 28 April run by the Renfrewshire branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, which attracts people from all over Scotland and beyond. The group will also run an outdoor bar on the Friday and Saturday.
Although the demonstrations are free spaces are limited so please book places in advance. You can find out more about the event and the demonstrations here: www.paisley.is/cookingdemos/.

Former Masterchef the Professionals winner to share top tips at Paisley Food and Drink Festival

Jamie Scott, winner of Masterchef the Professionals 2014, will run a series of cooking demonstrations sharing his top cooking tips at Paisley Food and Drink Festival.

The chef, who runs the stunning The Newport restaurant overlooking the River Tay in Fife, will deliver three, free cooking demonstrations on Saturday 28 April to show audiences how to create top-class and delicious dining experiences at home.

The demonstrations will cover tasty recipes such as a how to get creative with your Sunday roast leftovers – delivered in association with Love Food Hate Waste, a mouth-watering vegetarian dish of cauliflower fritters and a fantastic spiced pork dish.

Chef, Jamie Scott, said: “I’m really looking forward to being part of this year’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival. Events like this are a great way to get insight into local producers, suppliers, restaurants and cafés.  It’s a great way for people to get involved with food particularly those that take an interest in cooking.”

Love Food Hate Waste will provide advice on the day on making the most of your leftovers and the best ways to avoid food waste.

Ylva Haglund, Food Waste Campaigns Manager, Zero Waste Scotland, said: “With Scottish households throwing away more than 600,000 tonnes of food every year, the Love Food Hate Waste campaign wants to inspire everyone about what they can do with their leftovers, including making a delicious meal the whole family can enjoy.

“We can all do more to tackle waste and to demonstrate, we are delighted to be teaming up with Chef Jamie Scott who will be demonstrating easy to make recipes that will provide people with new ideas for how to make the most of our food.”

Baking sensation Three Sisters Bake will also run a demonstration on the day for those keen to get some expert tips on creating some sweet treats.

This year’s festival will take place over two days for the first time ever from Friday 27 to Saturday 28 of April when the very best of Scotland’s producers will showcase their wares to visitors in Paisley’s iconic Abbey Close. Visitors on the Friday night can enjoy street food from Pitt Street traders, expert tastings with Gin 71, a Rum Shack Bar and acoustic music performances. On Saturday there will be a full programme of children’s workshops and entertainment, farmers’ market, craft market and plenty of delicious street food to enjoy and traders to purchase foodie gifts and goodies from.

The festival will run alongside Paisley’s Beer Festival which will take place from Wednesday 25 to Saturday 28 April run by the Renfrewshire branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, which attracts people from all over Scotland and beyond. The group will also run an outdoor bar on the Friday and Saturday.

Although the demonstrations are free spaces are limited so please book places in advance. You can find out more about the event and the demonstrations here: www.paisley.is/cookingdemos/.

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Renfrewshire’s dog owners called on to lead by example

Dogs of all shapes and sizes are set to undertake their daily walk in new surroundings as part of a push to remind owners of their responsibilities.

Taking place on Sunday 8 April at 1pm, dog owners from all across Renfrewshire are invited to Robertson Park in Renfrew to take part in a special dog walk which will bring together like-minded people to tackle the issue of dog fouling.

A key strand of the Team Up to Clean Up campaign, responsible dog owners are being asked to join together to illustrate what the majority of owners recognise – that picking up after your dog is essential and failing to do so is against the law.

There will be the opportunity to learn more about the dog fouling campaign in Renfrewshire and how to support it both individually and collectively, including the chance to sign up to the Responsible Dog Owner’s pledge.

As well as the opportunity to meet many other furry friends, dogs and their owners will have the chance to see dog agility in action as the Phoenix Flyers showcase the talents of their four-legged companions, as well as providing tips on how best to train your pride and joy.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, was joined by local dog trainer Graeme Hunter of Blackmuir Dog Training and Behaviour Centre at Robertson Park to promote the dog walk.

Councillor McEwan said: “We recognise that dog fouling is a real problem on our streets, which is why we made it a key focus of the Team Up to Clean Up campaign.

“We’re working hard to change the behaviour of those who fail to pick up after their dog, as well as those who do pick up but fail to dispose of the waste into a bin afterwards.

“We do recognise though that the majority of dog owners in Renfrewshire are responsible and it’s those owners that we want to lead by example and make it clear that failing to pick up is unacceptable.

“So come and join us for this special walk, meet other responsible owners and make your Sunday dog walk a bit more interesting!”

As part of the dog fouling campaign, streets throughout Renfrewshire with an identified problem are being targeted with luminous spray paint, street stencilling, informative posters and increased warden activity.

The new approach aims to shock those who are failing to pick up after their dog into thinking twice the next time they take their dog for a walk in the local area and be aware if the potential £80 fine should they be caught.

For more information on the Team Up to Clean Up campaign, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/teamuptocleanup and for the event visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/teamupdogwalk.

Thrills as UK’s tallest indoor slide opens in Soar at intu Braehead

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THE UK’s tallest indoor slide has opened at Climbzone, in Soar at intu Braehead.

The modern-day version of a helter skelter is 16 metres high and ideal for thrill-seekers looking for excitement and fun.
And for those not quite ready for The Big Slide, there’s also a smaller six metres high version to try out.
It only costs £1 to go sliding down from the very top of Soar to the ground in the flume-like corkscrew tube. Children under 1.1 metres in height need to be accompanied by an adult.
The helix helter skelter is the brainchild of Climbzone director, Neil Mackay, who was inspired by a slide exhibition, at the Tate Modern Art Gallery, in London.

Neil said: “I wanted to offer a quick, cheap and fun activity that would appeal to kids, teenagers and adults alike and a slide ticks all the boxes.
“So I designed the biggest slide I could fit in the building. The stainless steel structure is stunning and I hope it will have universal appeal.”
Marketing manager for intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: “The top of the Big Slide is even higher than the Climbzone Skypark aerial adventure course, so it’s going to be a daredevil ride to the ground.
“Coming down the slide really gets the adrenalin going and I’ve no doubt this is going to be a very popular and exciting addition to all the other leisure and entertainment attractions we have in Soar.”