His­tory ses­sions re­turn

Stirling Observer - - PRIMARY ONES -

Loch Ard Lo­cal His­tory Group is set to re­turn af­ter the sum­mer break with a packed pro­gramme.

The group, which serves the com­mu­ni­ties of Stronach­lachar, In­ver­snaid, Kin­lochard and Aber­foyle, was started in 1999 and is still go­ing strong, hav­ing met reg­u­larly since its in­cep­tion.

Its main fo­cus is on its an­nual win­ter pro­gramme, which runs from Oc­to­ber to April. Meet­ings are held in Kin­lochard Vil­lage Hall at 7.30pm on the first Wed­nes­day of the month (ex­cept Jan­uary) although the group can meet in other venues if it ben­e­fits the pre­sen­ta­tion.

Group sec­re­tary Joyce Kelly said:“We also or­gan­ise an an­nual ex­cur­sion where pos­si­ble, tied to one of the sea­son’s pre­sen­ta­tions.

“This year the an­nual ex­cur­sion will be to the Inchma­home Pri­ory. John Sn­odin, our Jan­uary speaker, will host the out­ing and be our guide for the day. Re­cent prac­tice has been to round off the out­ing with a group lunch which is usu­ally very pop­u­lar.

“If any­one is in­ter­ested in join­ing the group or just at­tend­ing spe­cific pre­sen­ta­tions they are as­sured of a warm wel­come.”

Events this sea­son in­clude: Oc­to­ber 4, Keith Wil­son with‘Sad­ness and Joy: Two Cal­lan­der tales’; Novem­ber 1, Pro­fes­sor Paul Bishop with‘The Lo­cal Wa­ter Mill’; De­cem­ber 6, Mem­bers Evening with‘The His­tory and So­cial and Eco­nomic Con­text of the House I Live In’; Jan­uary 10, Mur­ray Cooke with ‘Ro­man Around Stirling: Oc­cu­pa­tion, Trade and War­fare, the Ro­man Em­pire in The Forth Val­ley’; Fe­bru­ary 7, John Sn­odin with ‘Inchma­home - An Au­gus­tinian Pri­ory’; March 7, Laura Nicholson with‘Sum­mer Ice’; and April/May, group away day to In­chamhome Is­land and Pri­ory on the Lake of Men­teith.

The cost for mem­ber­ship is £15 per sea­son or £4 per ses­sion. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Joyce on (01877) 387292 or email: kel­ly10kelly@bt­in­ter­net.com.

Past times Pic­ture from group’s ar­chives show­ing van used by Aber­foyle branch of the Scot­tish Co-op

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