\Brig o’Turk

Stirling Observer - - DISTRICT NEWS -

\Aber­foyle

Walk in the park Led by trained vol­un­teers. Lasts 15-60 min­utes. Next walk Mon­day, De­cem­ber 10. Meet at Woollen Mill car park 10.20am for Balle­ich walk (de­men­tia-friendly), fol­lowed by Christ­mas lunch at noon in the Forth Inn. Please pre-or­der your food. Con­tact Cathy Scott on 01877 330055 or email [email protected] lochlomond-trossachs.org. This is the fi­nal walk of 2018 and the next one will be on Mon­day, Jan­uary 14. Strength and bal­ance For older adults, Mon­days in the Forth Inn 12.15-1pm, fol­lowed by 10-minute walk. Scot­tish coun­try danc­ing Last class of 2018 is on Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 12 and first one of 2019 is on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 9. The group meet ev­ery Wed­nes­day till the end of March from 7.30-9.30pm in the Me­mo­rial Hall. For more de­tails tele­phone Al­lan at 01877 385236 . Fun and gen­tle ex­er­cise. All wel­come. Parish Church The ser­vice on Sun­day is at the usual time of 11.15am with wor­ship be­ing con­ducted by the Rev Dr Va­lerie Allen. Later that day the Ser­vice of Car­ols and Read­ings by the Loch at Kin­lochard Vil­lage Hall takes place at 3pm. Fol­low­ing the ser­vice, mulled wine and mince pies will be served. Sun­day, De­cem­ber 16 is Gift Giv­ing Ser­vice, when we think of peo­ple less for­tu­nate than our­selves. This will be at 11.15am and gifts for ladies, gents and se­lec­tion boxes for chil­dren will be re­ceived. Mon­e­tary do­na­tions can also be given to al­low for a hot meal on Christ­mas Day. St Mary’s Scot­tish Epis­co­pal Church Sun­day at 11.15am is Holy Com­mu­nion fol­lowed by the An­nual Parish Meet­ing. All wel­come. Con­tact Rec­tor Richard Grosse 01877 382887.

\Bal­fron

Adult fit­ness Dance-based ex­er­cises and rou­tines Tues­days 7-8pm in Bal­fron Cam­pus stu­dio. Take a mat, cost £5.50. Con­tact Yasmin on 07979 856837 or email [email protected] throthe­grapevine.co.uk. Hog­manay party West Stir­ling­shire Friends of Strath­car­ron Hos­pice Hog­manay Party is in the McLin­tock Hall, 9pm to 1am on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 31. Mu­sic by The Mc­Don­ald Broth­ers, bar and snacks. En­try £15 by ticket only, avail­able from Jean 07540 620365; Rowan 07876 683288 and Rina 01360 440697. Bowl­ing Club Join Jen­nifer Phillips and friends at a spir­i­tu­al­ist evening to­mor­row (Satur­day) at 7.30pm in the bowl­ing club. To book your place on the night phone Rena on 01360440697 or gra­ham on 01360441011 or see Face­book. Parish Church The ser­vice on Sun­day will be a Gift Ser­vice - an un­wrapped gift for a child or do­na­tions for Start-Up Stir­ling would be most wel­come. Ser­vice will be led by Rev Si­grid Marten at 11.15am. Cof­fee/tea will be avail­able. Prayer group meets in the church rooms at 6pm on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 11 and lunch club meets on Thurs­days from noon.

\Blair­drum­mond

Coun­cil­lor’s surgery Coun­cil­lor Eve­lyn Tweed will be in Thorn­hill Pri­mary School on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 11 at 7pm. Coun­cil­lor’s surgery Coun­cil­lor Mar­tin Earl will be in the vil­lage hall on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 13 at 7pm.

\Buch­lyvie

Yoga Classes in the vil­lage hall on Wed­nes­days, 9.30-10.30am. Dancer­cise Classes for over 50s in Buch­lyvie Vil­lage Hall on Tues­days at 10am. Cost £5.50. Con­tact Yasmin on 07979 856837 or email [email protected] throthe­grapevine.co.uk. Bible talks Held on Sun­days at 6pm in the vil­lage hall. Otago Class in the church hall ev­ery Tues­day from 11.30am-noon. Con­tact Christina Feaks on 01786 SWI news Buch­lyvie branch will cel­e­brate its Christ­mas meet­ing with a dif­fer­ence when Yasmin McDon­agh of Sco­tia Spice will demon­strate Pun­jabi cook­ing. Mem­bers are asked to bring a fork to sam­ple the food. The com­pe­ti­tions are: A folded Christ­mas nap­kin and a piece of party jew­elllery. The do­na­tion of an item for the raf­fle would be ap­pre­ci­ated. Church Ser­vice on Sun­day at 11.15am will be led by Rev Scott Brown CBE. Coun­cil­lor’s surgery Coun­cil­lor Gra­ham Lam­bie will be in the vil­lage hall on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 13 at 7pm.

\Cal­lan­der

Walk in the park Led by trained vol­un­teers. Lasts 20 min­utes to one hour. Next walk is Tues­day, De­cem­ber 11. Meet at med­i­cal cen­tre at 10.20am for Keltie Bridge walk (de­men­tia-friendly), fol­lowed by Christ­mas lunch in The Old Bank at noon. Please book. Con­tact Cathy Scott on 01877 330055 or email [email protected] This is the fi­nal walk of 2018 and the next one will be on Tues­day, Jan­uary 15. Strength and bal­ance For older adults, Tues­days, meet at fire sta­tion, 2-3pm. St An­drew’s Scot­tish Epis­co­pal Church 10am Holy Co­mu­nion Sun­day and Wed­nes­day. Con­tact Rec­tor Richard Grosse 01877 382887. Christ­mas plea River­side Vet Clinic at La­grannoch In­dus­trial Es­tate is col­lect­ing good­ies for dogs and cats this Christ­mas. They will be hand­ing over dog beds, col­lars, leads, tow­els, blan­kets, bowls, food, toys and treats to Ban­death Dog Shel­ter and cat beds, cat car­ri­ers, beds, blan­kets, toys and treats to Cats Pro­tec­tion. Do­na­tions can be taken to the clinic. Christ­mas din­ner This year’s old folks Christ­mas din­ner is on Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 12 at Cal­lan­der Youth Project , 5.30pm for 6pm. Books to reg­is­ter are in the main post of­fice and East End News. Re­mem­ber when putting down your name to tick if you need picked up. This is free, come along, bring your friends and have a great night. Con­tact Dan McKir­gan 07935 364066 for any queries. Lodge Ben Ledi No 614 The next meet­ing will be held at the Ma­sonic Tem­ple, Craigard Road at 7.45pm on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 11 when a cer­e­mony of ini­ti­a­tion to the sec­ond or Fel­low Craft De­gree de­gree will be en­acted. Coun­cil­lor’s surgery Coun­cil­lor Eve­lyn Tweed will be in the Cal­lan­der Youth Project, Brid­gend House on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 10 at 7pm. Cal­lan­der Kirk All age ser­vice at 11.15am on Sun­day in Cal­lan­der Kirk with Time for Si­lence at 8pm, also in the kirk. The Teapot Cafe is now closed un­til Fe­bru­ary - thank you all for your sup­port over the year. Or­gan­is­ers wish all a happy fes­tive sea­son and look for­ward to see­ing the cus­tomers again in Fe­bru­ary. Coun­cil­lor’s surgery On Mon­day, De­cem­ber 17, Coun­cil­lor Eve­lyn Tweed will be in the Cal­lan­der Youth Project, Brid­gend House at 7pm.

\Crof­tamie

Walk in the park Led by trained vol­un­teers. Meet out­side the Win­nock Ho­tel, Dry­men, on Thurs­days at 10.20am. Email fran.crum­[email protected] lochlomond-trossachs.org for de­tails.

\Dol­lar

Se­nior ci­ti­zens’ cof­fee morn­ing Dol­lar Academy’s Char­i­ties Com­mit­tee is host­ing a cof­fee morn­ing for se­nior ci­ti­zens fea­tur­ing per­for­mances from the school’s Cham­ber Choir. The event takes place on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 14 from 10-11.15am in Dol­lar Academy Din­ing Hall. Free en­try, all wel­come.

\Doune, Deanston

Keep fit Mon­days, 7-8pm in the Ru­ral Hall. Aer­o­bics and legs/bums/ tums, suit­able for be­gin­ners to ad­vanced. Cost £5. Bridge club Wed­nes­days, 7.15pm in the Red Lion Ho­tel. Young at Heart Low-im­pact dance fit­ness classes for 50-year-olds and over on Tues­days in the Ru­ral Hall from 9.30-10.15am and Thurs­days from 9.30-10.15am. Con­tact Jan­ice on 07565 182259. Line danc­ing The Western Sun­set Line Danc­ing Group meets in Doune Cas­tle Bowl­ing Club on Tues­days from 7.30-9.30pm. Christ­mas fayre Kil­madock Christ­mas Fayre takes place at Doune Cross tonight (Fri­day) from 6-9pm fea­tur­ing crafts, en­ter­tain­ment and Santa. Coun­cil­lor’s surgery Coun­cil­lor Jeremy Mc­Don­ald will be in the Muir Hall on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 10 at 7pm.

\Dry­men

Walk in the park Led by trained vol­un­teers. Meet out­side the Win­nock Ho­tel, Thurs­days at 10.20am. Email fran.crum­[email protected] for more de­tails. Se­nior Ci­ti­zens’ As­so­ci­a­tion Next meet­ing is the Christ­mas Lunch in the Win­nock Ho­tel on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 11 at noon for 12.30pm. The chil­dren of Dry­men Pri­mary School are kindly com­ing along to sing after the lunch. Any mem­ber who has not yet put their name down and wishes to come, please ring Linda on 01360 660706. SWI news Dry­men branch holds its an­nual Christ­mas Din­ner on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 13. Please con­tact Mrs Morag Ma­son to reg­is­ter a place, if not al­ready done. Please re­mem­ber to bring a child­hood pho­to­graph for the “Guess Who” com­pe­ti­tion. Sea­sons greet­ings to all mem­bers past and present. Church Sun­day wor­ship is at 11.30am, tea and cof­fee is avail­able be­fore and after the ser­vice. The Stir­ling food­bank col­lec­tion will also take place. The usual dried pro­duce and ready meals grate­fully re­ceived but please could you also do­nate some fes­tive good­ies for chil­dren. Cash do­na­tions to pur­chase fresh pro­duce also wel­come. Bridge Re­sults from Novem­ber 29: NS 1 Iso­bel Brown, Jean Cole; 2 Flora Hunter, Wilma Brownlee; 3 Irene Hardie, Jean Aitken. EW 1 Betty Laing, Joy KIrk­land; 2 Anne Ma­cLach­lan, He­len La­mont; 3 Rosie Walls, Carol Jones.

\Fin­try

Kirk Sun­day’s ser­vice at 9.30am will be con­ducted by Rev Si­grid Marten. A creche is avail­able; tea/cof­fee after the ser­vice. Sun­day, De­cem­ber 9 is the Chil­dren’s Gift Ap­peal. Please do not wrap gifts, wrap­ping pa­per may be given if de­sired. Coun­cil­lor’s surgery Coun­cil­lor Gra­ham Lam­bie will be in the Men­zies Hall on Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 12 at 7pm.

\Gar­gun­nock

Young at Heart Low-im­pact dance fit­ness classes for 50-year-olds and over on Tues­days in the com­mu­nity cen­tre from 10.45-11.30am. Con­tact Jan­ice on 07565 182259. SWI news Gar­gun­nock branch holds its Christ­mas din­ner in the Gar­gun­nock Inn at 6.30pm on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 11. The next meet­ing will take place on Jan­uary 15 when Peter Row­ell will be giv­ing a talk on Scot­tish Both­ies. Church The ser­vice on Sun­day at 10.30am will be con­ducted by Mr Ian Roy.

\Gartmore

Cir­cle dance Group meets on the sec­ond Thurs­day of the month in Gartmore Vil­lage Hall, 2.30-4.30pm. Cir­cle Danc­ing is a mix­ture of tra­di­tional folk dances and con­tem­po­rary dances to mu­sic – tra­di­tional, clas­si­cal, mod­ern, fun and med­i­ta­tive. It is light to moder­ate ex­er­cise, good for the mem­ory and co­or­di­na­tion and is mean­ing­ful and up­lift­ing. No ex­pe­ri­ence is nec­es­sary as all the dances are taught first. No part­ner is needed. Con­tact Romma Cle­ments 01877 382956 or Maria Miller 01259 220679. Christ­mas fayre The an­nual Gartmore News Christ­mas Fayre, this year in­clud­ing a cel­e­bra­tion of 40 years of the vil­lage newslett­ter, will be held to­mor­row (Satur­day) at 2pm in the vil­lage hall. The usual wide va­ri­ety of stalls run by vil­lage or­gan­i­sa­tions, and hope­fully Santa will pop by. En­trance is £2 adults/ 50p chil­dren, in­cludes tea/cof­fee and bis­cuits. Christ­mas Con­cert The Stra­then­drick Singers Christ­mas con­cert is in Gartmore Vil­lage Hall on Sun­day De­cem­ber 9 at 7pm. Tick­ets £10 adults, £25 fam­ily ticket and £3 chil­dren (in­clud­ing fes­tive re­fresh­ments), avail­able from choir mem­bers or at the door. Coun­cil­lor’s surgery Coun­cil­lor Eve­lyn Tweed will be in the vil­lage hall on Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 12 at 7pm. Church On Sun­day, the ser­vice at 10am will be led by Rev Scott Brown CBE. There is a joint Ser­vice of Re­flec­tion at 7pm at Buch­lyvie Church with the Wor­ship Group.

\Kil­learn

Walk­ing group Thurs­days 2-2.45pm, al­ter­nate weeks be­tween Blanefield and Kil­learn. Call 07867 672513. Otago Ac­tive adults strength and bal­ance class, Tues­days 9.30-10am and 10.10-10.40am in the church hall, £2. Call 01786 448308. Con­tact Christina Feaks on 01786 273555. Dancer­cise Classes for over-50s in Kil­learn Vil­lage Hall on Fri­days at 10am. Cost £5.50. Con­tact Yasmin on 07979 856837 or email [email protected] throthe­grapevine.co.uk. Kil­learn Kirk The Guild Christ­mas Cof­fee Morn­ing is in Kil­learn Kirk Hall to­mor­row (Satur­day) from 10am-noon. There will be a bak­ing stall and sales ta­ble. All wel­come. The Guild Christ­mas lunch is with the Thurs­day Club on De­cem­ber 13. Cater­ing by Turnip The Beet. It will be held at the church hall at 2pm. Stra­then­drick Singers Christ­mas Con­cert at Kil­learn Kirk is on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 14 at 7.30pm. The Singers will be per­form­ing Fan­ta­sia on Christ­mas Car­ols by Vaughn Wil­liams and Ce­cilia McDowall’s A Win­ter’s Night. Tick­ets £10 adults and £3 chil­dren will be avail­able at the door or through choir mem­bers. Re­fresh­ments will be pro­vided. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Ju­dith Neil at sec­re­[email protected]­then­dricksingers.org. uk.

\Killin

Walk in the park Led by trained vol­un­teers. Lasts 15 min­utes to one hour. Next walk is Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 12. Meet at 10.20am at Caper­cail­lie for Craig­navie Road walk (de­men­tia-friendly), fol­lowed by Christ­mas lunch in the Caper­cail­lie at noon. Please pre-or­der your food. Con­tact Cathy Scott on 01877 330055 or [email protected] to book. This is the fi­nal walk of 2018 and the next one will be on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 16. Strength and bal­ance Ex­er­cise class for older adults in the Killin Ho­tel from 1.30-2.30pm each Wed­nes­day, fol­lowed by 10-minute walk.

\Kip­pen

Wee Whist All wel­come at the Wee Whist in the Read­ing Room on Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 12 at 7.30pm. Church On Sun­day the can­dle of hope was lit. At the ser­vice on Sun­day led by Mr Mark Evans DCS, Di­rec­tor of Spir­i­tual Care at Queen Mar­garet Hospi­tal, Dun­fermline, the can­dle of peace will be lit. All wel­come. Guild Christ­mas Lunch Guild mem­bers who have booked are re­minded that the Christ­mas Lunch takes place on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 11 at 12.15pm in The Lion and Uni­corn, Thorn­hill. Christ­mas Mar­ket Kip­pen Play­group and Tod­dlers would like to thank every­one who sup­ported their Christ­mas Mar­ket and Raf­fle. Around £3000 was raised, all of which will be used to help the group con­tinue in 2019. Otago All wel­come at the Otago gen­tle ex­er­cise class on Mon­day at 9.45am in Kip­pen Church House. The in­struc­tor will pro­vide fur­ther de­tails.

Rem­i­nisc­ing Stir­ling Ro­tary Club past pres­i­dent Sandy Leven (right) spoke at the last meet­ing about the changes he had seen in Stir­ling over the past 40 years. He is seen her with fel­low past pres­i­dent Craw­ford Gor­don (left) and cur­rent pres­i­dent Sandy Far­quhar­son

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