Lauren Brownlie

Lauren is studying HND Journalism at Glasgow Clyde College. I have an interest in writing general news stories suited to the websites target audience of Glasgow and Paisley.

Quirky things to do in Glasgow: Hillhead Bookclub

Located on 17 Vinicombe Street in Glasgow’s West End, Hillhead Bookclub is labelled as one of the quirkiest places in town or as they describe their venue – ‘somewhere left and right handers can exist in harmony without fear of persecution.’ With its title, people are surprised to hear it’s actually a pub/bar/restaurant and not a library of some sort. The west end building is an old cinema that was

Why spend a fortune buying a dress when you will only wear it once? 

An affordable dress shop has been opened by three young sisters in Elderslie, taking the cost out of the weekend by providing party wear to rent. The Dress Library aims to prevent the unwritten rule of ‘outfit repeating’ by renting out party dresses and outfits for as little as £10. Hannah, Rachael and Erin Boyle opened the store in December – renting out dresses for nights out, graduations, proms, balls

How QTS encourage women and children in rail

One of the UK’s leading rail contractors, QTS, is encouraging young kids as well as women to pursue a career within the rail work force in order to fulfil an engineering skills gap within the sector. The family owned business that was founded in 1990, by managing director Alan McLeish, provides specialist services in rail engineering, infrastructure and training. Over the next 10 years the UK’s rail network will need

Paisley Buddies prove how important their community Facebook group is throughout the extreme weather conditions

The people of Paisley have been showing various acts of kindness for others in their town by offering help and support throughout Scotland’s first ever severe red weather alert. The ‘Beast from the East’ has caused school and workplaces around the country to be closed, all methods of public transport to be cancelled and drivers stranded for hours on motorways. Despite the deep snow and dangerous roads, members of the

Popular community farm asks for donations in order to prevent animals being re-homed

Erskine’s Lamont City Farm are appealing for donations from the public to help the farm through the winter as the cost of caring for the animals is considerably rising. The farm on Barrhill Road, which is run by volunteers, was founded in 1977 and this year sees it celebrate its 40th Christmas. Various animals such as rabbits, horses, donkeys, goats, pigs, and llamas rely on the farm for safety, comfort

Generous shoppers help children through a 'Giving Christmas Tree'

A ‘Giving Christmas Tree’ that is currently located in the Parkhead Forge Shopping Centre has so far seen hundreds of gifts being donated this festive period to the ‘With Kids’ charity. The charity tree features the wish lists of children in the local Glasgow area that may not receive any gifts this Christmas for a variety of reasons. Shoppers are encouraged to take a list and purchase the items listed


Thousands of Paisley citizens used their social media accounts yesterday in order to celebrate their 2021 UK City of Culture. The UK Government Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) encouraged the five shortlisted cities for the City of Culture bid to share photos, facts and messages of support on social media. Yesterday, Monday the 4th of December, was Paisley’s chance to get involved and celebrate by sharing content

Jam Jar Paisley's eye-catching cocktails are turning heads

The popular Paisley restaurant Jam Jar is known for its great service, food and value for money. But also for the creativity of the cocktails that the team have been serving since June. The Italian restaurant on Shuttle Street that has a 4.9 star Facebook review and a 4.5 star TripAdvisor review has an extensive cocktail menu, however serves ‘secret cocktails’ that are inspired by a range of different items