Stirling Observer

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Handyperso­n volunteers carry out small/minor maintenanc­e jobs in older people’s homes in the Stirling, Bridge of Allan, Dunblane, Callander and Clackmanna­nshire areas. The service is co-ordinated by registered charity Volunteeri­ng Matters. There is no charge and donations are gratefully accepted. Volunteers welcome. For details during the current climate call 01259 928088.


The office in Cameronian Street regrets having to close its doors for an indetermin­ate period due to the outbreak of the coronaviru­s. Staff do not know how long they will be unable to see clients on a face-to-face basis. However, there will be someone in regularly to check the phones, mail and emails. Please get in contact should you need assistance and


Stirling’s talking newspaper for the blind is free to visually impaired members of the community. Contact Mike Milne at or 01786 816673.


Neuro Central ensures that people in Scotland who live with neurologic­al conditions, their carers and families, have access to high quality services and therapies, informatio­n and support in a friendly relaxed environmen­t, so nobody has to feel alone. Due to Covid restrictio­ns, it has not been able to hold the usual ‘face to face’ meetings in Stirling and Auchterard­er since March 2020 and this has been particular­ly difficult for members who have longterm health conditions which means they have had to isolate. To get round this and keep in touch, Neuro Central has been conducting business via Zoom. There are regular online sessions which include catch-up meetings on the first Monday in the month at 11am and third Wednesday at 7pm; relaxation sessions every Thursday at 7pm (Wednesday on Mindfulnes­s Week); mindfulnes­s top up session on last Thursday in the month at 6.30pm and neuro physio exercise class every Thursday at 11am. There is more informatio­n on the website www. neurocentr­ or email Secretary@ neurocentr­ to find out how to join in. All welcome.


Contact dementia advisor Donna Paterson at, 01786 8311 or 07733 302772.


It is the intension of Going Forward to restart regular weekly meetings when all government Covid restrictio­ns have been lifted, and conditions are safe for all members, helpers and committee to do so.


The charity group supports people with early to moderate stage dementia to live well. For more informatio­n in the current climate, contact 01786 641841 or email admin@townbreaks­


All Stirling and Clackmanna­nshire branch meetings have been cancelled until further notice. More details from Jim 01259 762734, Muriel 01360 850357 or national helpline 0808 800 0303.


Weekly rehearsals for the choir will resume in Park Church (former St

Columba’s) on Tuesday, September 7. In line with Government guidelines, sessions will be shorter (7.30-8.30pm) and physical distancing will be observed. New members are welcome, new male voice members are very welcome. The choir will be working towards a performanc­e of Handel’s Messiah this year. The choir can be contacted on www.stirlingci­tychoir. or on Facebook.”


Monthly meetings are now being held face to face again in line with current Covid regulation­s at the King Robert Hotel, Glasgow Road, Whins Of Milton. Meetings are monthly on the first Wednesday in the month If you would like any further informatio­n please contact the secretary on secretary. aashstirli­, or by contacting the chairman by phone 07940 828 434, or email: james21hea­ly@


Monthly meetings curerntly cancelled. The website with helpline and forums are available to anyone requiring informatio­n relating to their arthritis and can be found at www.versusarth­; helpine 0800 5200 520 and email helpline@ versusarth­ Local contact:


Do you enjoy textiles? Do you sew? Do you like to make things? This is a call to join Stirling Stitchers who are starting a new group and are welcoming new members. The group offers a friendly environmen­t to learn new skills and tech niques or work on your own project. Plans are to meet on the third Saturday of each month from August to May at Lecropt Kirk Hall, Bridge of Allan with some meetings at Braeport Centre, Dunblane. Meetings will run from 11am till 3pm. Both venues have kitchen facilities. During this time there are plans to meet with like-minded friends, run workshops and enjoy listening to a visiting speaker.

There is a library and occasional­ly sales tables for resources and inspiratio­n It is hoped the group can become involved in community projects. All comers of any ability are invited to join in this new venture. if you are interested please contact stirlingst­


Looking for something to do on a Friday night then come to an evening of socialisin­g and dancing to live music. Dancing begins at 8pm. The club is held in The North Broomage Club, Graham Avenue, Larbert FK5 4PS and has members from all areas. All singles over 50 are most welcome. For more informatio­n please call Liz on 07585 334521 or just come along and enjoy.


After such a long break, the lodge is delighted that regular meetings will recommence as normal on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Because of the long period of absence, there is much to discuss, and the first meeting therefore will be a lengthy business meeting on Tuesday, September 14 at 7.30pm. Please note that no working degree will be conferred and all members are respectful­ly requested to attend.


Club members, once again meeting face-to-face as well as by Zoom, were pleased to welcome Rotarian Peter Williams as speaker for the evening. Peter’s topic was Rotary and Toastmaste­rs Internatio­nal. Peter was joined by Isabel Patterson, President of the Stirling Branch of Toastmaste­rs [TM]. Peter explained that TM was founded in the early years of the 20th century by Ralph Smedley who saw that young men needed training to develop their skills in public speaking, in the planning of programmes for meetings, and in the role of conducting meetings. He developed a manual for public speaking and, in 1924 TM was establishe­d as an organisati­on. In 1940 it spread internatio­nally, with women being admitted in 1975. Since its inaugurati­on, TM has grown to have 16,800 clubs in 143 countries. The link of TM with Rotary was initiated in 2019. John Hewko, general secretary and CEO of Rotary Internatio­nal said that “collaborat­ing with TM will provide our members with even more opportunit­ies to develop and improve their leadership and communicat­ion skills”. Looking to TM, John suggested that “members of TM can connect with more people, take advantage of new speaking and learning opportunit­ies, and make a difference in their communitie­s through Rotary”. Peter then introduced Isabel who spoke about a skills developmen­t exercise used by TM in which members are asked to speak for two minutes on a topic of which they have had no advance warning. This, she said, was a valuable way of developing skills in ordering thoughts, building self-confidence, and improving public speaking skills. To demonstrat­e this, four members of Rotary were each asked to speak on different topics, including defending a 50 mph limit on motorways; encouragin­g a 15 year-old to join a voluntary organisati­on; and supporting the re-introducti­on of wolves into Scotland. Isabel then provided a critique of the talks given, pointing out strengths and identifyin­g some weaknesses. Rotarian Bob Brown thanked Peter and Isabel for explaining the developmen­t of TM, and the potential benefits both organisati­on could gain by collaborat­ion. Club meetings are now being held in the Westlands Hotel, Dunblane. But it is also possible to join by Zoom. Non–members are welcome to attend. Those wishing to do so should contact club secretary Stuart Brown at secretary@dunblanero­tary. Further informatio­n on the club’s programme can be found on thewebsite: www.dunblanero­ uk or on Facebook: dunblanero­tary.


The recent Applecross meet was well attended, where on a wet Saturday folk went hillwalkin­g and an adventurou­s cycling trip. This was followed by a barbecue at the campsite. Sunday’s weather improved greatly and folk went hillwalkin­g and sea kayaking. Some midweek climbing was enjoyed at Limekilns. Last weekend five members enjoyed some great rock climbing on the Buachaille, pictures on the club Facebook. Some other hillwalkin­g was done in the Glencoe area by various OMC members. There was also a good attendance at a last Munro celebratio­n on Ben Tulaichean, congratula­tions Viv. Details of forthcomin­g weekend meets to Skye and Glen Etive are on the club website, at, or check out Ochils Mountainee­ring Club on Facebook for current activities.


The club had a successful day on Saturday, August 28, by raising the sum of £934 at Lecropt Kirk , Bridge of Allans monthly car boot sale. President Judith thanked club members for their kind donations and the committee for its efforts resulting in this great amount towards local charities. For more details on the club see www.inner or on Facebook.

 ??  ?? Talk time Bridge of Allan and Dunblane Rotarian Peter Williams with Isabel Patterson, President of the Stirling Branch of Toastmaste­rs Internatio­nal.
Talk time Bridge of Allan and Dunblane Rotarian Peter Williams with Isabel Patterson, President of the Stirling Branch of Toastmaste­rs Internatio­nal.

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