Well I’m moving down that line. And it’s been so long, But I will be there…

Santa’s on his way! Good tidings to you and your kin. 

 Paisley is bidding for UK City of Culture 2021 – and everybody in Paisley is invited to be part of it.
The bid is taking place as part of a wider push to use heritage and cultural assets to transform Paisley’s future. 

It will aim to take the town’s unique story as the home of the Paisley Pattern and the one-time centre of a global industry and retell it to the world. A successful bid would mean a transformation for the town – a year of major national events, which would put the town in the international spotlight, attract tourism, create jobs, generate town centre footfall, and help build a new sense of pride in Paisley. The bid was launched in November with an event in Paisley Abbey which helped achieve widespread publicity, and over the next 18 months the bid team will be pulling together a bid which showcases everything Paisley has to offer. But they can’t do that alone. If Paisley is to win the title, it needs the whole community to help shape the bid and make it unique to us.

 We have a well-established Creative Network in Renfrewshire and the members of that group will be working hard to support the bid, but we hope all community organisations and local forums see the Paisley 2021 bid as something they can get involved in.

 We are looking for representatives of all local groups to join us in supporting the community engagement part of the bid – and that support can be everything from simply pledging your support or even hosting events which promote the objectives of the bid. 

 If you would like to get informed or get involved, please reply to info@engagerenfrewshire.com letting us know. We will be looking at dates in the New Year to hold a large get-together to see what’s possible and the best way forward. We expect social media and on-line engagement to be a big part of this approach so even if you’re unable to attend we’d still love to hear from you.

 You can find out more about the bid at the new website at http://www.paisley2021.co.uk

 You can also keep up to date on Facebook (/paisley2021) and Twitter (@Paisley2021) and even show your support by using #Paisley2021

 We look forward to hearing from you!

Here’s to a wonderful festive season – all the best.

Alan

 
 

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My, my it’s dark out there. Next week we’ll have the winter solstice and then the light will start to creep back into the day. Then it’s Christmas of course. Shopping done? Family coming to your house?  Weans going berserk? It’s my youngest’s nativity tomorrow at the school and I’m looking forward to that – always a few parents greetin’ – me included. Yes, Christmas is busy, stressful, and expensive  – but it’s also fun – right? Well it should be, and this year I’m looking to remind myself of what’s really important about the festive period… TV & chocolate.

Our good friends at RAMH @ramh_scotland have produced a Top Tips for good mental wellbeing over Christmas and into 2016. Just follow the link below:

http://ramh.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Top-Tips-for-good-mental-wellbeing-over-Christmas-and-into-2016.pdf

What ever you’re up to over the festive season, have a peaceful time.

All the best

Alan