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Stirling Observer - - DISTRICT NEWS -

by con­duc­tor Max Fane and stu­dents from the Royal Con­ser­va­toire of Scot­land. Ten­nis Club The an­nual quiz night takes place in the vil­lage hall on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 20 at 7.30pm. Jumble Sale In The Read­ing Room on Satur­day Oc­to­ber 21 from 10am un­til noon. Empty your home of un­wanted items and bring them along next Fri­day night from 6.30pm. The com­mit­tee will col­lect if needed, phone 870747. No­mad’s Tent This colour­ful event re­turns to The Myre­ton, Glinns Road, cour­tesy of John­nie and Kirsty Cuth­bert from to­day (Fri­day) un­til Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 22. Open 10am un­til 5pm daily, there are plenty of lovely rugs, tex­tiles, lanterns and jew­ellery to be pur­chased, to­gether with Christmas gifts and dec­o­ra­tions. Plan a visit and also en­joy tea/cof­fee and cake or light lunches by do­nat­ing to­wards Mu­sic In Hos­pi­tals. Messy Church There will be a Messy Har­vest on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 22 at Kip­pen Par­ish Church from 3-5pm. A warm wel­come to young and old to join in for an af­ter­noon of fun, fel­low­ship and food. Vin­tage Mar­ket The mar­ket is open­ing its doors again on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 22 from noon un­til 4pm in the vil­lage hall. This year sees an even more ex­cit­ing mix of vin­tage, up-cy­cled, an­tique, pre-loved, quirky and mod­ern-rus­tic items for sale, with some of last year’s stall hold­ers and some new ones, all with lots of fas­ci­nat­ing trea­sures to mull over. The lo­cal SWI is run­ning the cafe again - £3 gets you gets you tea or cof­fee and some leg­endary home bak­ing. En­try is by do­na­tion to the Vil­lage Hall Fund. WI news All are wel­come to en­joy the Celebrity Cooks demon­strate plain bak­ing at the Oc­to­ber meet­ing in the Read­ing Room on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 18 at 7.15pm. Mem­bers’ com­pe­ti­tion is a tof­fee ap­ple. Kip­pen mem­bers Mora Adam, Margery Stir­ling, He­len Wil­son and Fiona Clark rep­re­sented the Fed­er­a­tion at the Mat­ter of Opin­ion Na­tional Fi­nal in Stone­haven last Satur­day. It was an en­joy­able event and at the end of a cheer­ful day, Kin­car­dine Fed­er­a­tion were the win­ners. The fed­er­a­tion au­tumn whist driven takes place in the Al­bert Hall, Stir­ling, at 1pm on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 18, with mem­bers and friends most wel­come. Com­mu­nity trust De­tails of funds avail­able through the Kip­pen Com­mu­nity Trust have been posted on the com­mu­nity no­tice­board out­side the post of­fice.

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Par­ish Church Sun­day wor­ship will be at 10am and led by Rev Dr Va­lerie Allen. All wel­come. There will be a box in the vestibule for do­na­tions of toi­letries, which Start Up Stir­ling has agreed to dis­trib­ute to the var­i­ous char­i­ta­ble bod­ies re­quir­ing these prod­ucts. This ini­tia­tive will run through­out Oc­to­ber. Coun­cilor’s surgery Coun­cil­lor Martin Earl will be in the vil­lage hall on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 16 at 6.30pm. Messy Church There will be a Messy Har­vest on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 22 at Kip­pen Par­ish Church from 3-5pm. A warm wel­come to young and old to join in for an af­ter­noon of fun, fel­low­ship and food.

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SWI news Pres­i­dent Anne Ar­tis ex­tended a warm wel­come to mem­bers and friends. There was an ex­cel­lent turnout to hear the speaker for the evening, Ann Ross whose talk was en­ti­tled ‘Felt Road To Mon­go­lia’. Ann’s Mon­go­lian felt jour­ney came to life as she showed the au­di­ence a DVD of her time there. She also had some Mon­go­lian felt ar­ti­cles with her, beau­ti­ful colours and ex­quis­ite stitch­ing. Com­pe­ti­tions: craft item based on pom poms: Win­ner of the Puskie Plate - Anne Ar­tis; 2 El­iz­a­beth Dykes. Colour­ful knit­ted/bought item - 1 Jan­ice Oman; 2 Anne Ar­tis; 3 El­iz­a­beth Dykes. It was an­nounced that Ann David­son had won the cup for most points in the monthly com­pe­ti­tions and the cup for gain­ing most points at Doune and Dun­blane Show. A de­li­cious sup­per was pro­vided by He­len Lit­tle, Vivien Leckie and Sheenagh Beaton. Mini Mak­ers Tues­day in the kirk­rooms, 9.30-10.30am. Art and cre­ative fun for 18 months-five.

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Play­group For over-twos, Tues­days 9.45-11.45am, Fri­days 9.30am-noon, term time in the com­mu­nity hall. Tea’n Chat On the last Wed­nes­day of each month, 10am–1pm at the com­mu­nity hall. To have a stall con­tact He­len Myles on 01786 850608 or Belinda MacMil­lan 01786 850692. Nor­rieston Church Rev Ellen Lar­son David­son will lead the wor­ship on Har­vest Thanks­giv­ing Sun­day at 10am. Gifts of dried, tinned and non per­ish­able goods as well as sham­poo, soap and any suit­able toi­letries will be much ap­pre­ci­ated. All goods will be taken to Startup Stir­ling. The Shoe­box Christmas Ap­peal is here al­ready and shoe­boxes have to be brought to the church by Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 29. Leaflets are avail­able from the vestibule of the church. Or, con­tact Mar­garet McNi­col. There will be tea, cof­fee and time to pur­chase from the Traid­craft stall in the church hall after the ser­vice. All wel­come. Mem­bers were all sad­dened to hear of the death of Dr Alis­tair Durie. Alis­tair was well known to the Nor­rieston con­gre­ga­tion as he led wor­ship at Ar­mistice and Christmas as well as many Sun­days when the min­is­ter was away. Thoughts and prayers go out to his fam­ily. Gar­den­ing So­ci­ety The AGM will be held on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 24 at 7.30pm in the church hall. This is your chance to have a say on the con­tents of the sched­ule for the flower show. The first meet­ing of the win­ter ses­sion is Tues­day, Novem­ber 14 when the speaker will be Kate White from Cow­den Castle, Dol­lar. Macmil­lan Cof­fee Morn­ing The won­der­ful sum of £736.17 was raised in the church hall. Thanks go to all who do­nated, at­tended and helped to make this event a suc­cess. Flu Clin­ics Adult drop-in flu clinic will be held in the com­mu­nity hall dur­ing Tea’n’Chat on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 25 from 10am to noon. This clinic is for pa­tients who are 65 years and over or in an “at risk” group, in­clud­ing preg­nant women and car­ers. SWI news The next meet­ing will be held in the school on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 18 at 7.30pm. Brian Devlin from Trossachs Search and Res­cue will give a talk. The com­pe­ti­tions for those who wish to en­ter are: A whis­tle and an ar­ti­cle us­ing cross stitch. New mem­bers and vis­i­tors wel­come. Tea will be served. Messy Church There will be a Messy Har­vest on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 22 at Kip­pen Par­ish Church from 3-5pm. A warm wel­come to young and old to join in for an af­ter­noon of fun, fel­low­ship and food. Christmas fair On Fri­day, Novem­ber 17 from 6-8.30pm in Thorn­hill Pri­mary School, in aid of the par­ent coun­cil. Free ad­mis­sion. Stalls in­clude, school sale ta­ble, cakes, pet sup­plies, jew­ellery - plus mulled wine and pies. Stalls are £10, con­tact Tracy on 07939 416258.

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