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COUNCIL CALLS FOR ACTION TO ENSURE THE FUTURE OF THE RURAL ECONOMY IN SCOTLAND

A report highlighting ten key outcomes to ensure a sustainable future for the rural economy in Scotland has been presented to the Scottish Government following one of the biggest consultations in recent years.
The consultation, which was coordinated by the National Council of Rural Advisers (NCRA), an independent body providing advice and recommendations on rural policy to the Scottish Government, took place earlier this year.
Rural Economy Secretary, Fergus Ewing, with NCRA co-chairs Alison Milne and Lorne Crerar
In addition to feedback from a series of workshops and events across the country, 130 responses and comments were received in response to an initial NCRA discussion document. The NCRA’s remit was to provide advice and recommendations on future rural policy, and support for communities and enterprise, which would help create a sustainable and productive rural economy.
The recommendations made in the report, which is described as a blueprint for Scotland’s rural economy, include recognition of the strategic importance of the rural economy and ensuring that it is included within all policy and decision-making processes.
The report also recommends developing an interim rural economic framework to provide a structure for the development and implementation of a new approach to rural policy, development support and investment.
The creation of a rural economy action group to ensure that the recommendations of the report are set in place and that those involved are held to account is also called for in the report.
Other outcomes include investment plans encouraging sectoral diversity to recognise the opportunities for growth in non-traditional rural areas, providing female-focused enterprise programmes and support for women returning to work, and creating rural skills work experience opportunities. A Rural Challenge Fund in place of LEADER is also called for.
Improved access to rural housing and other services such as public transport and wider transport links, child care, and broadband and digital connectivity, were also highlighted in the report.
 
Alison Milne, co-chair of the NCRA, said: “Scotland’s rural economy is bursting with talent and potential.
 
“With an abundance of natural capital, world-renowned heritage and vibrant, diverse communities, our rural economy is not just crucial to Scotland’s national brand, it is crucial to our national prosperity.
 
“However, national policy making processes do not always effectively represent rural interests and have not delivered the best economic outcomes for Scotland.”
 
She added: “It is only by addressing the complex structural issues that prevent change can we realise the vast opportunity that rural Scotland presents.
 
“The Scottish Government has embraced our call for a rural economic strategy putting the rural economy at the heart of the national economic plan, and we now need to build on that momentum with radical changes to redefine the contribution the rural economy makes to Scotland and ensure recognition and support of its significance.
 
“Rural economic policy must be mainstreamed within the national economic agenda within the next two years.
 
“This report is the first step towards ensuring Scotland is recognised as a world-leader in rural economic development and inclusive growth.”
Welcoming the publication of the report, the Rural Economy Secretary, Fergus Ewing, said:
“As I challenged them to do so, it questions the status quo and is full of fresh ideas that can help us continue to develop rural Scotland further. 
“I believe rural Scotland is well placed to deliver even more economic, social and environmental impacts that benefit the whole of Scotland. Without a cohesive vision and strategic support that recognises and grows the rural economy’s substantial contribution, these opportunities will be missed.
“We need decisions and structures that support rural businesses and communities, while recognising the value and importance of the rural economy. That is why the Council’s call for the rural economy to be mainstreamed within all policy and decision-making processes is compelling.”
Links to the report and the consultation responses can be viewed online at www.ncra.scot
Follow the NCRA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by searching for @NCRAScotland
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Match Report: St Mirren 0-1 Hibernian

St Mirren were edged out by Hibernian at The Simple Digital Arena despite a spirited performance against Neil Lennon’s side.
The goal came 14 minutes in with the first chance of the game. An in-swinging corner from Stephen Mallan found David Gray at the back post who headed into the ground with the ball bouncing into the roof of the net.
Almost 20 minutes in and St Mirren created a half chance, with debutant Simeon Jacksons cross just failing to connect with the boot of Ryan Edwards. The Saints attack was really struggling to breakthrough Hibernian’s defence.
Moments later and at the other end Hibs had another opportunity, this time Mallan found himself free on the edge of the box and just sliced the ball over Samson’s goal.
Saints rallied with Cameron MacPherson whipping a fast ball into the visitor’s box, just missing several St Mirren heads as it went out for a goal kick.
Just after the half hour mark The Buddies had their first real chance of the game. Paul McGinn played a one-two with Cammy Smith, Smith’s smart chip over the Hibs defence found McGinn, who fired the ball into the stand-off of his weaker left foot.
As Hyndman charged towards the Buddies box he played a pass wide to David Gray, looking for his second of the game, his low shot forces Samson into a diving save.
With seconds left before the referee blew for half-time David Gray made one last chance for the visitors – his low cross bounced around the box before it fell to the head of Horgan, who guided the ball into the path of Craig Samson for a routine save. The Irishman would have been disappointed to pass up a great opportunity from close range.
It was a difficult first half for the Saints, but Kearney’s men started to come into the game as the half came to a close. 
At the beginning of the second half Agyepong nearly made it 2-0 to the visitors. The winger intercepted the a loose pass from Lee Hodson close to the St Mirren box. The pacey winger got a shot away but Jack Baird threw himself in front of the shot to protect the St Mirren goal.
Simeon Jackson created a golden opportunity on the 50th minute as he looked to mark his Saints debut with a goal. He outmuscled Efe Ambrose and charged into the box. His low curling shot forced Adam Bogdan into a good save, as Hibs cleared the ball, barely preserving their lead.
St Mirren nearly found themselves caught on the counter. Agyepong was again causing problems, his break down the wing came to Mallan, whose shot just curved wide of the Saints goal.
The Saints had started to take control of the game, leaving Hibs to counter attack, with Agyepong continually causing problems with his pace. But overall the home side were starting to cause some serious problems. The only thing lacking is that final touch in the box, with a number of chances going wide of the opposition’s goal.
On the 77th minute Stephen McGinn swung a beautiful ball over the Hibs, with Cammy MacPherson running in behind to meet the ball. But MacPherson’s touch could only guide his shot mere inches wide of Bogdan’s goal. 
As the game entered the closing minutes the Saints started to really press the visitors, keeping them pressed within their half. But despite the late pressure Hibs were able to hang on to all three points.
For Kearney they’re still positives to take. Strong performances from both debuting Simeon Jackson and youngster Sam Jamieson will leave him with good options up front.
St Mirren: Samson, P.McGinn, Baird, Ferdinand, Hodson, McGinn, Flynn, MacPherson, Edwards, Smith (Jamieson 77), JacksonSubs Not Used: Lyness, Heaton, Kirkpatrick, McShane, Willock, Erhahon
Hibs: Bogdan, Gray (Whittaker 64), Ambrose, Porteous, Stevenson, Mallan, Milligan, Hyndman (Shaw 64), Horgan, Agyepong (Slivka 84), KamberiSubs Not Used: Laidlaw, Bartley, Nelom, McGregor
Referee: Euan AndersonAssistant Referee: David McGeachieAssistant Referee: David DoigFourth Official: Kevin Clancy
Attendance: 6,082St Mirren were edged out by Hibernian at The Simple Digital Arena despite a spirited performance against Neil Lennon’s side.
The goal came 14 minutes in with the first chance of the game. An in-swinging corner from Stephen Mallan found David Gray at the back post who headed into the ground with the ball bouncing into the roof of the net.
Almost 20 minutes in and St Mirren created a half chance, with debutant Simeon Jacksons cross just failing to connect with the boot of Ryan Edwards. The Saints attack was really struggling to breakthrough Hibernian’s defence.
Moments later and at the other end Hibs had another opportunity, this time Mallan found himself free on the edge of the box and just sliced the ball over Samson’s goal.
Saints rallied with Cameron MacPherson whipping a fast ball into the visitor’s box, just missing several St Mirren heads as it went out for a goal kick.
Just after the half hour mark The Buddies had their first real chance of the game. Paul McGinn played a one-two with Cammy Smith, Smith’s smart chip over the Hibs defence found McGinn, who fired the ball into the stand-off of his weaker left foot.
As Hyndman charged towards the Buddies box he played a pass wide to David Gray, looking for his second of the game, his low shot forces Samson into a diving save.
With seconds left before the referee blew for half-time David Gray made one last chance for the visitors – his low cross bounced around the box before it fell to the head of Horgan, who guided the ball into the path of Craig Samson for a routine save. The Irishman would have been disappointed to pass up a great opportunity from close range.
It was a difficult first half for the Saints, but Kearney’s men started to come into the game as the half came to a close. 
At the beginning of the second half Agyepong nearly made it 2-0 to the visitors. The winger intercepted the a loose pass from Lee Hodson close to the St Mirren box. The pacey winger got a shot away but Jack Baird threw himself in front of the shot to protect the St Mirren goal.
Simeon Jackson created a golden opportunity on the 50th minute as he looked to mark his Saints debut with a goal. He outmuscled Efe Ambrose and charged into the box. His low curling shot forced Adam Bogdan into a good save, as Hibs cleared the ball, barely preserving their lead.
St Mirren nearly found themselves caught on the counter. Agyepong was again causing problems, his break down the wing came to Mallan, whose shot just curved wide of the Saints goal.
The Saints had started to take control of the game, leaving Hibs to counter attack, with Agyepong continually causing problems with his pace. But overall the home side were starting to cause some serious problems. The only thing lacking is that final touch in the box, with a number of chances going wide of the opposition’s goal.
On the 77th minute Stephen McGinn swung a beautiful ball over the Hibs, with Cammy MacPherson running in behind to meet the ball. But MacPherson’s touch could only guide his shot mere inches wide of Bogdan’s goal. 
As the game entered the closing minutes the Saints started to really press the visitors, keeping them pressed within their half. But despite the late pressure Hibs were able to hang on to all three points.
For Kearney they’re still positives to take. Strong performances from both debuting Simeon Jackson and youngster Sam Jamieson will leave him with good options up front.
St Mirren: Samson, P.McGinn, Baird, Ferdinand, Hodson, McGinn, Flynn, MacPherson, Edwards, Smith (Jamieson 77), JacksonSubs Not Used: Lyness, Heaton, Kirkpatrick, McShane, Willock, Erhahon
Hibs: Bogdan, Gray (Whittaker 64), Ambrose, Porteous, Stevenson, Mallan, Milligan, Hyndman (Shaw 64), Horgan, Agyepong (Slivka 84), KamberiSubs Not Used: Laidlaw, Bartley, Nelom, McGregor
Referee: Euan AndersonAssistant Referee: David McGeachieAssistant Referee: David DoigFourth Official: Kevin Clancy
Attendance: 6,082

Reaction: Oran Kearney Post-Hibernian

St Mirren boss Oran Kearney gives his thoughts on The Buddies narrow loss to Hibernian this afternoon in the Ladbrokes Premiership.
David Gray’s first half goal gave the visitors all three points despite a spirited performance from Saints. 
St Mirren boss Oran Kearney gives his thoughts on The Buddies narrow loss to Hibernian this afternoon in the Ladbrokes Premiership.
David Gray’s first half goal gave the visitors all three points despite a spirited performance from Saints. 

Paisley’s Witch’s Horseshoe: curse or contribution?

Our towns and city centres have many things in common: not least, the closure of retail outlets and the hollowing out of our high streets.  We know that new solutions are required but where do we find the inspiration, and how do we know if our ideas are on the right lines?

A new initiative designed to link creative high Street initiatives in Scottish towns is being developed, initially between Dumfries with the Stove Network (https://thestove.org) and Paisley.
 
In Dumfries, artists are “reclaiming” the High Street: bringing culture, footfall and people back into the town. The artist network now owns several important town centre properties: renovating them with sensitivity and respect for the heritage importance as well as their potential for the future.
 
There are several initiatives in Paisley’s High Street that the Stovies are looking at with interest: the Incube hub giving Business support for makers, the Made in Paisley studio space opened recently by Caroline Gormley and Fablevision Studios’ new base in The Paisley Centre. They will also meet with Renfrewshire Leisure to hear of plans for the refurbished museum and ideas for example, to develop shared artists work and gallery space.
 
One project of particular interest is the private/voluntary/public sector collaboration that has delivered on the rejuvenation of number 30 High Street.
 
Like all our precious High Street buildings, the four storey property which is number 30 was in an appalling condition. Following decades of neglect by absentee landlords, dry rot, wet rot, asbestos, a leaking roof and flooded basement, were just some of the problems facing new owners and developers, Calside Contracts.
 
A local business, Calside Contracts principals are committed to contributing to the regeneration of the town. They had estimated it would take a year to complete the works but, because they have been determined not to cut corners or compromise on quality, it has taken more than double that time. Almost everything that is not the actual stonework has been replaced, from basement to brand new roof.  Even the stonework has been sensitively cleaned using chemical free techniques and nothing but gentle coaxing with fresh clean water. The result is a stunning exemplar of what our high street could be again. The butterfly has emerged from the Chrysalis and we now have a benchmark to which we all must aspire as we regenerate the whole of our High Street. No compromises.  We deserve the best. And we have a tangible example of the best now at number 30.
 
Marta Zurakowska, conservation scientist says:
Paisley has outstanding sandstone buildings and High Street built heritage is part of the finest architecture in the town. Unfortunately, lack of maintenance is the main cause of the stone deterioration in Paisley buildings. It has been a great surprise to see the recently renovated 30 High Street building. Not only is the frontage repaired and restored, but also the stone has been cleaned to the highest standard (according to relevant stone conservation standards) and this looks like the best example of stone cleaning and repair of sandstone building in the whole of Paisley. Yes, in last year we have seen nice restorations of the Firestation building and Russell Institute, but the first one, although looking great, still has some plants not removed from the top of the building and Russell Institute stone was not cleaned! Number 30 High Street is a great example of how to clean and preserve a building. Comparing to next door sandstone facades (e.g. the Liberal Club), number 30 will not only will remain clean and pleasant for decades to come, but all deterioration will be slowed down – preventing further stone decay. The building has set the bar: it is the example to aspire to for future restoration projects.” 
 
The investment in this massive undertaking has come from Calside Contracts themselves with a small contribution from Renfrewshire Council who have funded the restoration of the ground floor shop frontage to reflect original heritage designs.
 
The final pieces in this four-way collaboration have been with private business, White Cart Company Limited and third sector voluntary charity, Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697 who are moving into the shop units: White Cart Company will be in number 30 with bespoke cards and gifts and RWH1697 in number 30A, with their creative, costume and re enactment project, Renfrewshire Witch Hunt Experience.  The Witch Hunt Experience tells the story of Christian Shaw who, in 1697 had seven citizens of Renfrewshire garrotted and burned as “witches”, with their ashes buried under the horseshoe at Maxweltown Cross.  If that horseshoe is ever lifted, so the story goes, Paisley’s fortunes will go down the drain.  In the 1960s, during road works, the horseshoe was lifted.  The mills closed, car factories closed and by 2012, Paisley High Street was a ghost town of empty boarded up shops.
 
In 2012, Paisley Development Trust replaced the horseshoe.  Whether anything to do with the “witches curse” or not, from 2012 to the present day, our fortunes have turned around. Culture and stories like this one are the key drivers in that turn around (led of course by our bid for UK city of Culture in 2020).
 
Is number 30 High Street a potential exemplar for Paisley as well as other towns throughout Renfrewshire and more widely across Scotland? With three floors of newly refurbished flats above the shops, we will have people and families living in our High Street again. With exciting cultural initiatives on the ground floor we will have tourists and footfall attracted into the town (at the very moment when the Museum will be closed for several years) to learn about the events of 1697 and how Christian Shaw went on to found the thread industry on which Paisley’s wealth was built.  There will be the opportunity to “experience” the story: in multi media inside the venue and in walking tours around the sites associated with the witch hunt story, including of course, the abbey and mill buildings.
 
Renfrewshire Witch Hunt and the White Cart Company Limited are two of a multitude of creative, cultural and heritage projects that are helping to reclaim our streets and regenerate our Renfrewshire towns.  Paisley is looking forward to building collaborations and learning opportunities with the Stove in Dumfries and other Scottish towns.
 
Just don’t let anyone lift that horseshoe again!!
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Cosmopot

A visit to Paisley’s Observatory gave theatre director Clare McGarry the inspiration for a new children’s show that will be touring locally next month.
Clare is the Artist in Residence at Paisley Arts Centre and had the beginnings of an idea to create a show for children that was set inside a teapot.

Then she was given a tour of the Observatory and saw a photograph of a group of the brightest stars in the Sagittarius constellation called The Teapot and that was a light bulb moment for Clare.
She explains: “I’d been toying with the idea of making a show set inside a teapot when, as part of my residency at Paisley Arts Centre I was given a tour of the Observatory.
“On the way up the stairs the tour guide paused to point out a photo of he Teapot constellation of Sagittarius. It felt like one of those magical moments when it was just meant to be and I love the idea there will be a link to one of the iconic buildings in the town.”
The show for five to eight year olds is called Cosmopot and tells the story of a young boy called Chip, who lives with his mum and has an impressive of space. One day Chip clumsily knocks over his mum’s precious teapot and it smashes to pieces.
That night Chip sees The Teapot constellation through his telescope and decides to build a rocket and travel into space and find a replacement teapot for his mum.
Clare reveals the names of two of the main characters in the show – Chip and Mrs Silver – came from children from Gallowhill Primary School.
Clare, who is also the lead artist in the Cosmopot continues: “The whole show takes place inside a teapot and encourages the audience to interact at various points of the performance.
“The inside of the teapot dome where the show takes place will be multi-sensory with the set design and visually spectacular lighting effects.
“Cosmopot is a truly magical experience for children as I believe live theatre like this should always be about firing young imaginations.
Cosmopot is presented by Paisley Arts Centre in association with Imaginate as part of Paisley’s The Spree festival and is funded by Creative Scotland
Cosmopot opens at Paisley Arts Centre on Saturday and Sunday October 13 and 14 at 10.30am and 1.30m. The show then goes on to play Foxbar Community Centre on Wednesday, October 17 at 1.30pm; Tweedie Hall, Linwood, on Thursday, October 18 at 1.30pm.
The show also plays Renfrew Town Hall, on Friday, October 19, at 1.30pm and Johnstone Town Hall on Saturday, October 20, at 1.30pm and Sunday, October 21 at 10.30am and 1.30pm. Tickets costing only £4 are available online at www.renfrewshireleisure.com/arts or by calling 0300 300 1210.
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Young people in Renfrewshire have their say on improving mental health services

Young people in Renfrewshire have come up with a list of ten recommendations to improve youth mental health services.

More training on youth mental health in schools and young people being given the tools to help peers who may experience issues, are among ten proposals put forward by Renfrewshire’s Youth Commission.
The recommendations came after a survey of young people aged 11 – 22 across Renfrewshire, which revealed that 45 per cent believe there should be quicker access to mental health services.
Other findings revealed that half of young people speak to a parent or carer first if they are experiencing poor mental health and more than half –  57 per cent – believe the best place to get information is online,

Almost half – 49 per cent – of young people believe there should be a drop-in at school for young people experiencing poor mental health.
The proposals, which also included using Apps to bring resources into the 21st Century, were put to the Youth Generations Assembly in Paisley Town Hall. Pupils from every secondary school in Renfrewshire were asked for their feedback.
The final recommendations will be presented to professionals working locally with young people experiencing poor mental health. They will be asked to adopt these within their organisational practice.
Jade Lochhead, 23, from the Youth Commission on Mental Health, said: “Most of the members of the Youth Commission are still in school, so the recommendations very much reflect their experiences.
“Mental health a big issue for young people and it’s amazing that we get to have our say. I think the more young people who are consulted, the better. We will be the next generation to take things forward and opportunities like today mean we have a real voice.”
Education and Children’s Services Convener, Councillor Jim Paterson said: “Young people have shown they are able to make decisions on issues which matter to them and want to play a key part in designing effective strategies to tackle these.
“We are committed to giving young people a voice and to understand what they need to be supported. The Youth Generations Assembly is a great forum for them to tell us what they have found out about mental health in Renfrewshire and what can be done to ensure all young people have positive mental health.”
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Fitness fans raise cash for hospice charities

Two local hospices were given a fundraising boost thanks to Renfrewshire Leisure staff and customers.
A total of £10,608 was raised after various sponsored events were held throughout the year at the sports and leisure centres throughout the area.

Now the money is being split between St Vincent’s and ACCORD Hospices.
Charlie McDougall, senior facilities manager at the ON-X, who organised the charity fundraising, said:
“Every year we just seem to raise more and more money for these two worthy causes. The generosity of our staff and customers knows no bounds and I’m really proud we have raised so much money this year.
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MODSTUFF RETURNS TO THE SPREE

We love ModStuff here at Spree HQ, so we’re all kinds of happy to say that it’s coming back again for this year’s festival!

The team at LNP Promotions always bring a cracking line-up with them on Saturday 20 October, and it’s no different this year. They’ve also teamed up with the Paisley Vespa  Club to raise funds for the Renfrewshire Carers Centre with the Scooter Ride-out and Afternoon Show – so you’ll also be helping a very worthy local cause as well as having an absolutely top afternoon in the Spiegeltent…
LNP Promotions organises high profile gigs in Paisley to raise money in support of  many charitable projects (they’ve supported Loud ‘n’ Proud since 2013). Give them a like over on FACEBOOK.
Paisley’s own Gerry McGuire will be DJ for ModStuff, playing the best in Mod, Northern Soul and R&B all day and evening in the Spiegeltent, and this is your line-up of bands…
AFTERNOON SHOW (FREE)

LEMON SOUL
Lemon Soul rose from the ashes of punk (then 80’s indie) covers band The Lemons. Three new vocalists were recruited: Charlie McFadden, Stephanie Green and Julie Castro Standen (all from Paisley) and a new direction taken. To the surviving rhythm section of John Wilkie, bass and Tom Docherty, drums were added Ally Wilson, guitar, Jim McCann, sax and Grant Urquart, keys. Lemon Soul have been together for over two years building up their set and their gigging profile across the west of Scotland.
Follow them on FACEBOOK.
START!
START! were formed in January 2016, brought together by a love of all things relating to Mod.
They play a fantastic set of tunes from The Small Faces, The Kinks, 60’s soul and tunes from the Mod revival of the late 70s. Start! have been building their reputation with plenty of gigs around Glasgow, Ayrshire and Renfrewshire. Most of the band come from the Paisley area and are delighted to be playing Modstuff in their home town.
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THE DEXY’S TRIBUTE BAND
The world’s only Dexy’s Midnight Runners Tribute band. This is not a couple of guys with midi files, this is a full blown, 8-piece HUGE sound, faithfully re-creating the halcyon days of all incarnations of Kevin Rowlands imagination including a 3 piece horn section, banjo, accordion, organ, piano, guitar, bass, fiddle, and drums. Once seen never forgotten, and a fistful of songs that will take you back to the days when you were Searching For the Young Soul Rebels!!! Now for the caper.
Follow them on FACEBOOK.
EVENING SHOW (£12.50)
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THE ABSOLUTE JAM
The Absolute Jam capture the authentic raw energy and sound of The Jam – from their early punk roots, to topping the charts in the 80’s. The band play a full range of songs from The Jam’s back catalogue – everything from In The City, Going Underground, Town Called Malice, Eton Rifles and The Modern World to album tracks and B sides.
They are guaranteed to please both the avid Jam fan as well as those only familiar with the hits. This is one show you do not want to miss. That’s entertainment!
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Les BOF!
After years as a musical enemy number one of the town council of Marseilles, Laurent Mombel estimated that his talents were ignored and wrongfully punished. In exile in the United Kingdom, Laurent, put himself about to find the musicians of Garage that were most endowed within their neighbourhoods – unfortunately they all were occupied and thus decided to make do with a few old tearaways met in the wild regions of Scotland – Thus Les BOF! were formed and after that, a series of concerts left them in the not very enviable situation of premier garage rockers of French language in Great Britain.
‘BOF!’ literally translates as ..don’t care!’ or ..not interested!’ but do not see there a group for which one would not have to be interested, but rather a group universally rejected by the established order – a situation, we are sure, you all know too well and with which you can only sympathize. Vive Les BOF!
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The Signatures
The Signatures Northern Soul Band have established themselves as the UK’s leading live Northern Soul Band. Bringing their own brand of power and energy which has made them one of the best live acts around, The Signatures put their own expression to may classic and rare Northern Soul numbers creating a true balance between authentic but modern in sound. The Signatures can be seen at ModStuff with UK soul artist Stefan Taylor, fronting the band.
The band can be seen at many scooter rallies across the UK, along with hosting Northern Soul nights in collaboration with many Northern Soul/ Motown DJ’s.
The Signatures as a backing band have worked with Orginal Northern Soul Artists such as Dean Parrish, Tommy Hunt, Brenda Holloway, Tobi Legend. 2018 seen the band working further with Dean Parrish & Tommy Hunt as well as working with Chairmen Of The Board, Bobby Brooks Wilson (Jackie Wilsons son) Ruby Andrews, Spyder Turner as well as UK soul vocalists Stefan Taylor & Paul Stuart Davies.
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‘Rome-ing’ Bear gets a Papal audience

Children from a Paisley Primary School were stunned when their prayer bear was sent on a trip to the Vatican – and got to meet the Pope.

St Charles’ Primary School gave Mungo the bear to Bishop of Paisley, John Keenan to take on a visit to Rome.
But they couldn’t believe their eyes when the teddy turned up at the Vatican with Pope Francis.
The school’s idea of using prayer bears came from this years ‘The World Meeting of Families’ in Dublin where they heard how a parish in Ardboe, Armagh had introduced prayer bears in local primary schools.
After sharing the idea with their own Parish Priest, Father Jim Duggan and Bishop Keenan, each agreed to take a bear on their travels.

The bears – named Mungo and Maggie, after Scottish saints –  both set off complete with backpacks and their own rosary beads and Mungo acompanied Bishop Keenan to Rome on a visit with the rest of Scotland’s bishops on their five yearly visit.
Bishop Keenan said: “I am delighted to have been able to present Pope Francis with Mungo the prayer bear of St. Charles’ Primary School in Paisley.
“He was very pleased to hear about the good work of our young people in Scotland and I promised that we will continue to keep him in our prayers.”
St Charles’ Head teacher Grace Hannigan said: “The children, staff and parents have all been absolutely thrilled to see the photograph of Mungo with Pope Francis.
“Maggie’s first stop was Rome where she visited churches before heading to the Basilica in Ravenna and then onwards to Venice. Mungo headed straight to the Vatican and we couldn’t believe it when he managed to see and spend time with Pope Francis.
“We thought the bears were a wonderful idea, so simple and yet powerful, showing faith in action in our community.
“We hope when they return to school they will share their adventures with our children and tell them what they have learned about our faith. “
Children will be given the opportunity to take the bears home and each month the furry friends will attend First Friday Mass in St Charles’ Church with children from the school.
The head teacher added: “We already have plans for Maggie to visit Carfin Grotto next month and Mungo is booked to go to Lourdes in summer of 2019.”
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Four chances to win £500 of Christmas shopping in Paisley town centre this Christmas!

Look out for special Christmas Golden Tickets this winter and you could win £500 of Paisley town centre gift vouchers!

Ten lucky shoppers in Paisley this year have already won £250 of town centre gift vouchers each thanks to the Paisley First Golden Ticket Competition.
For Christmas, Paisley First is adding some extra special sparkle and doubling the prize pot to £500 to help make your Christmas dreams come true!
Tickets will be available in most town centre businesses from Monday 1st October.

Customers will be given a Golden Ticket with their receipt in participating outlets; all you have to do is complete the ticket with your contact details and post in one of the Golden mailboxes located within the Paisley Centre and the Piazza Shopping Centre.
One lucky winner will be chosen every week for four weeks, each winning £500 of vouchers to be spent within town centre businesses, just in time for Christmas!
Each winner then gets to choose where in the town centre they wish to spend their vouchers!
The Christmas draw dates are Saturday 24th November, Saturday 1st December, and Saturday 8th December with the final draw on Saturday 15th December.

This follows the success of previous Golden Ticket Competitions at Easter and during the Jurassic Bricks adventure in the summer.
Previous winners were able to spend their vouchers in a wide variety of Paisley businesses including Dooley’s Cycles, Pendulum, Outdoor Summits, Burger & Keg, White Cart Company, The Lane, Marks and Spencer, JD Sports and Genova to name but a few.
Chairman of Paisley First, Graeme McGowan, said: “We are encouraging people to take a fresh look at all Paisley has to offer – when you shop & socialise locally you are contributing to the local community – great independent shops, great places to eat, lots of cultural events plus beautiful, historic buildings.
“This is a great initiative to promote our fantastic businesses within Paisley, and when it comes to festive shopping we have a lot of fantastic independent retailers as well as national chains throughout the town centre.
”Pick up your Golden Ticket this winter for your chance to win!”
For more information on the Paisley First Golden Ticket Competition head to www.paisleyfirst.com
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