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The Big Bake Off Paisley

All you lovely, creative people and owners of establishments etc. Paisley Development Trust are having a Bake Off on the 4th May at Hamishes Hoose to raise funds so we can continue with our good work in the town.

We would love your donations of prizes for our raffle and games tournaments, however big or small and would also love for you to come and join in if you can. Lots going on: baking competition, games tournaments, live music etc. Please send me a message or hand something into Piero at Hamishes’ Hoose, we very much appreciate your support, thank you!!!!

Marie Connelly, Paisley Development Trust

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The Paisley Development Trust Grand Summer Bake Off

Hamishes Hoose Proudly Presents The Paisley Development Trust Grand Summer Bake Off Sunday 4th of May, Hamishes’ Hoose, High Street, Paisley.

Bake something yummy, bring it to Hamishes Hoose and enter it in the bake off competition (£2 per entry into the competition.)

Lots of games and other fundraising entertainment will be there and live music, don’t stay away if you haven’t baked, there’s lots of other things going on.

It’s going to be a belter. It’s the Sunday before the May day holiday so staying out for a drink afterwards is on!!!

This event is to raise funds for Paisley Development Trust, we do great work for your home town. Check out the website for further details of what we do. http://www.thepdt.org.uk/

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The Russell Institute Refurbishment

The Russell Institute Refurbishment.

Today the PDT met with the Council’s project manager in charge of the Russell Institute refurbishment, we had a very productive meeting at which we were assured that the folk of Paisley will have a building to be proud of and fit for purpose in the heart of our town for the foreseeable future.

She also asked us to ask our friends and followers if you have any original drawings, photographs or artefacts of the Russell building itself or family photos or documents, these would be carefully scanned and returned to you. Or if you don’t things to leave your possession arrangements can be made for a worker to pop round to your place and scan the document.

She is also looking for the family of Agnes Russell and folk who have worked in the Russell to get in touch and share their stories and memories.

If you could send your details to us at paisley_development_trust@yahoo.co.uk we will pass them on to the project manager.

Keep tuned for more details.

Photograph taken by Raymie Greenlees.

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Russell Institute Work starting soon

Russell Institute Work starting soon.

Work will be starting soon on the Russell Institute at the moment the tendering process is underway to appoint a design team, and it will be around June time when that team will be identified, early in the New Year tenders for the actual work will be sought.

There is a lot of work to be done in order that the building meets todays stringent health and safety criteria. Community benefit is now part of the councils policy and the tender submissions must illustrate how the community will benefit from their involvement.

Training, education etc are the areas that we will be looking at. The PDT will get updates on progress on the Russell and as soon as we do we will post them here..

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Piero Pieraccini (PDT chair) Cllr Mark Macmillan, Tony Lawler (PDT treasurer)

£500k cash boost for Russell Institute project

£500k cash boost for Russell Institute project.

Plans to bring one of Paisley’s finest historic buildings back into use have received another boost after £500,000 was confirmed towards the costs of restoring the Russell Institute.

The Category A-listed former health centre in Causeyside Street – considered one of the town’s architectural treasures – is set to be turned into offices under a £4.5m restoration project led by Renfrewshire Council.

Last December saw the council secure a Scottish Government grant of £2m towards the cost – and Historic Scotland has now added half a million pounds to the pot through their building repair grant scheme.

Piero Pieraccini (PDT chair) Cllr Mark Macmillan, Tony Lawler (PDT treasurer)

Under the restoration plans, ownership is set to transfer from the NHS to the council, who will lead a project to turn it into modern office space by 2017.

The plan is for the building to be used as a skills and employment hub – with Skills Development Scotland as the anchor tenant – which should bring around 80 new jobs to the town.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “The Russell Institute is one of Paisley’s most striking landmarks and a big part of the town’s history.

“A lot of hard work has gone in to get the project to this stage and we are delighted our plans to bring it back into use are now coming together.

“The council recently announced ambitious plans to use Paisley’s considerable heritage appeal to drive regeneration and tourism locally – and keeping buildings like the Russell in use complement that perfectly.

“Aside from that, this project will bring significant economic benefits, by creating new jobs and keeping existing ones in the town centre.”

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs added: “I am pleased to announce this funding for the Russell Institute which will deliver considerable improvements to this important historic building.

“I am particularly pleased that this investment will see a building that currently lies unused given a now lease of life and play an active role again in the community.”

The project to restore the Russell Institute has included the Paisley Development Trust – a local group of volunteers dedicated to the regeneration of the town.

The Category A-listed Russell Institute sits on the corner of New Street and Causeyside Street and was opened in 1927.

It was gifted to Paisley Burgh by Miss Agnes Russell, who wanted it to be used as a child welfare clinic as a memorial to her two brothers.

The building is notable for the distinctive bronze and stone sculptures on the exterior walls, and was used as a health centre until it closed in 2011.

Courtesy of Renfrewshire Council.

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Paisley Thread Mill Museum New Opening Times

Paisley Thread Mill Museum New Opening Times.

Following a recent award from the Weir Trust, we are now open all year around on Wednesday and Saturdays from 12-4pm.  Visitors can be taken around the museum’s displays by one of our volunteer guides, some of whom are former mill workers and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.

We currently run a stitching group on the days we are open to stitch two panels about Paisley for the Scottish Diaspora project, designed to celebrate the Scottish influence around the world as part of the 2014 Year of Homecoming http://www.scottishdiasporatapestry.org/index

New volunteers are always welcome, especially if you have a personal connection to the Mills or practicals skills that can help us maintain the museum and our displays.   If anyone is interested in volunteering, please drop in when we are open or contact us via our websiteFacebook or twitter.

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Glen Cinema Disaster Memorial Service

Glen Cinema Disaster Memorial Service.

We invite you to the Cenotaph in Paisley tomorrow “Hogmanay” to commemorate the Glen Cinema Disaster where there will be a short service to remember the victims and survivors of the Glen Cinema Disaster in 1929. The service will begin at 10:30am December 31st 2013.

Poem by Fred McNeill which will also be read out tomorrow.

The Children Of The Glen

As children kissed their Mammy’s goodbye
Daddy’s and Grandparents
Hugged their young weans
Waved them bye bye

O how they never imagined
They wouldn’t return
When children gathered together
In the heart of Paisley town
Looking forward to having loads of fun

Given coppers for the matinee
Cowboys with guns riding into the sun
Their pockets filled with bags of yummy sweets
To see them through the show
Such a delightful treat
Little smiles did glow

The season of goodwill was still to be fulfilled
When families where preparing
The birth of a New Year
As Mothers had a list of needy chores
To first foot family, close friends
And loved ones dear
A wee dram of whiskey with a glass of beer

Running skipping laughing in joy
Along those stone cobbled streets
Today we still think of those girls and boys
From North South East and West
O how Paisley town was in deep distress

As children gathered at Paisley cross
We never knew it would be
Our towns greatest loss
The children of the Glen
Joy then turned to sorrow
When somebody cried fire
Never again will their parents
Touch smiling faces tomorrow
From Streets and Lanes
You could hear the weans call

O how that tragic hogmanay day 1929
When we lost the young so small
A dark cloud soon hovered over tearful Paisley skies
The day the innocent died
From every corner street
You could hear our community weep
That day 31st of December
In our hearts we shall always remember
The children of the Glen

© Fred McNeill 20/11/2010
Paisley Creative Writers

Piero Pieraccini (PDT chair) Cllr Mark Macmillan, Tony Lawler (PDT treasurer)

£2m boost for plans to restore Russell Institute

£2m boost for plans to restore Russell Institute

Plans to restore one of Paisley’s architectural treasures to its former glory are taking a giant leap forward after Renfrewshire Council secured a £2million funding windfall.

The Russell Institute is one of the town’s most striking landmarks – but the former health centre is lying empty and needs work to be brought back into use.

The council has been working with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde on a plan to save the building, with the health board having gifted the Institute for the good of the community.

An organisation has been lined up to move in if funding to help pay for the revamp could be secured.

And a £2m application to the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund has now been given the green light.

Work to make the 1,750 sq m interior of the building suitable for modern office use is expected to take around two years, and could begin in summer 2014.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “Paisley’s stunning architectural heritage is one of the greatest features of the town.

“The Russell Institute is a magnificent building and a recognisable town centre landmark, and we are delighted to be able to help bring it back into use.

“This project will also bring significant economic and social benefits, by creating new jobs and allowing us to keep existing ones in the town centre, in addition to the jobs created during construction.

“This is just the latest stage in our continuing effort to make the best of the area’s built heritage, including the major revamp of Paisley Town Hall earlier this year.

“Plus, the £3.5m Townscape Heritage Initiative has seen major improvements to the Causeyside Street area, including restoration work on the Arts Centre.”

The council has been working with the Paisley Development Trust – a local group of volunteers dedicated to the regeneration of the town.

They initially commissioned a feasibility study into the building, which formed the basis for the grant application.

The trust’s chair Piero Pieraccini said: “This is fantastic news for the town and I am delighted to hear this money has been secured.

“This is a fantastic building which could have been left empty but this money will allow it to be brought back to life.”

The Category A-listed Russell Institute sits on the corner of New Street and Causeyside Street and was opened in 1927.

It was gifted to Paisley Burgh by Miss Agnes Russell, who wanted it to be used as a child welfare clinic as a memorial to her two brothers.

The building is notable for the distinctive bronze and stone sculptures on the exterior walls, and was used as a health centre until it closed in 2011.

Courtesy of Renfrewshire Council.

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The Russell Institute Paisley

Hi Folks,

What brilliant news about the future of the Russell Institute. Renfrewshire Council have had their application for funding to undertake the remedial works on the Russell approved by the Scottish Government with Skills Development Scotland as potential tenants, work to start in the Summer of 2014 with an entry date of 2 years later.

We in the Paisley Development Trust are delighted with this outcome as it ensures the ongoing viability of one of Paisley’s most prominent and architecturally important buildings.

The PDT entered into this as we were afraid that this building would go the same way as the Half Timers, TA Hall and old Fire Station. We were undaunted by the huge task before us as we were determined not to lose another great Paisley asset.

We are grateful to so many folk who have assisted and guided us along the way, George Adam MSP asked to meet with us to see if he could help in anyway and was instrumental in arranging a first meeting between the PDT and the Planning Department of Renfrewshire Council.

Norie Mackie from the Pierce Institute in Govan guided us through meetings with Architects, Quantity surveyors etc and was a great source of knowledge with a wide circle of contacts, his input and lead was crucial in achieving our desired result.

“Mark MacMillan leader of Renfrewshire Council” had frequent meetings with us and was ultimately the person responsible for instigating the funding application for the Remedial works.

Architectural Heritage Fund provided the majority of the funds and the BAA Flightpath filled the gap required, which enabled us to commission the feasibility study from Elder and Cannon Architects who were fantastic and who did far more work on the report than the funds available allowed.

The unique aspect about this project is that it brought together a varied group of people and organisations with the common purpose of bringing one of the most iconic buildings in Scotland, let alone, Paisley back into use.

Paisley Development Trust received wide support from the Russell Family; our elected members and councilors of all parties; officers of Renfrewshire Council; Individuals; Photographers and from the majority of the Community of Paisley.Thanks to you all.

Piero