Saturday, 31 December 2011

Survivors from the Glen Cinema Disaster in Paisley, which occurred on 31st December 1929, gathered at the Cenotaph today to remember the 71 children who died that day just yards away.

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Russell Institute For Sale

The Russell Institute has been put up for sale by Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board. Having transferred the various clinics  around Renfrewshire the Health Board have now taken the ultimate step to dispose of the unique building.

Opened in 1927 by HRH Princess Mary, the building, designed by James Steel Maitland was a gift to the town by Mrs Agnes Russell in memory  of her two brothers.  However, the Health Board have now decided that it is surplus to requirements and it is to be sold off to save money. Since its closure the Fire Brigade have been called out on several occasions to the building and the fear is that if it lies empty for much longer the building could be lost forever. In my opinion the building belongs to the town of Paisley so how it has ended up being the property of the Health Board is beyond me and I am sure that Mrs Russell would be livid that her kind donation  has been abused in such a manner.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Paisley Christmas Lights On and Fireworks Display

The line-up for the combined Guy Fawkes Fireworks and Christmas Lights-On extravaganza on 5th November has just been announced.

Stacey Solomon, Gamu, The Red Hot Chilli Pipers and The Singing Kettle will all be performing and will culminate in a Walt Disney Fireworks Display at 6pm.

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Opening of New Tennis Courts

The newly refurbished Tennis Courts at Brodie Park were officially opened on Saturday, 17th September. Judy Murray hosted a coaching session for Paisley youngsters alongside Tennis Scotland coaches as the new all weather courts were revealed.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Brodie Park, Tennis, Courts,

The Tennis Courts at Brodie Park are almost ready to play on after they underwent a total refurbishment. The old clay courts have now gone and in their place are new all weather courts.

The official opening is this Saturday, 17th September, and Judy Murray and the Tennis Scotland team will be on hand  to deliver a fun session for children from the local schools from 10am till noon.

Back in early July the refurbishment of the courts was announced with a visit to the courts by Andy Murray and the GB Davis Cup Team as well as Judy Murray. Thousands turned up that day to see the World No.4 player amid chaotic scenes.
Saturday promises to be a more organised affair.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Abbey Drain

As part of the Doors Open Day weekend in Renfrewshire a major dig around Paisley Abbey's Medieval Drain took place.

The dig in conjunction with Renfrewshire Local History Forum and Guardian Archaeology Ltd uncovered what is believed to be a medieval oven in one trench while in the other trench a cobbled footpath was unearthed. Both of these discoveries further enhanced our understanding of the drain and its construction.

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Friday, 9 September 2011

Doors Open Day

This Saturday and Sunday, 10th and 11th September, is Renfrewshire Doors Open Day.

See behind the doors of some of Renfrewshire's historic buildings and watch an archaeological dig take place at the Abbey as the secrets of the Abbey's Medieval drain are uncovered.
Among the new buildings to see this year is Lapwing Lodge,on the Gleniffer Braes, where you can get a chance to try out the high wire activities as well as participating in organized walks on the Braes.