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CARSE OF STIRLING ROTARY
Last week saw Rotary Club of Carse of Stirling get together for our annual Drouthy Ramble. It was great to unwind some more, after a hectic month of Santa’s Sleigh activity. Rotarians met up at the Port Customs and enjoyed some chat and refreshments before moving on with their tour of Stirling. We’d encourage anyone who’d like to join us in socialising whilst helping people, both locally and abroad, to either pay us a visit on a Wednesday night, or get in touch through our social media channels, by searching for ‘@ carserotary’.
STIRLING & DISTRICT FLORAL ART CLUB
The club meets monthly in the Main Hall of Park Church, Stirling FK8 2NA on Tuesday afternoons. The 2023 meetings are on Tuesdays: February 21, March 14, April 11 and May 6, all at 2.30pm. We would like to send our members, visitors and demonstrators our thanks for their support in 2022 and every good wish for the New Year when we look forward to seeing them again. Further information available from the Honorary Secretary Mrs Sarah Murdoch. E-mail: email@example.com.
DUNBLANE CIVIC SOCIETY
Dunblane Civic Society continues its monthly programme of talks with a presentation on Monday, January 9, by Bill Carman titled ‘Ault Wharrie: the story of an Edwardian House in Dunblane’. The meeting will be held at the Braeport Centre, Dunblane at 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome and pay £2.
Royal British Legion Scotland (Stirling Branch) next meeting on Tuesday, January 10, will be the AGM to which all members are requested to attend. All serving and ex military personnel welcome to come along to the Kilted Kangaroo, Upper Craigs, Stirling at 7.30pm. Without sufficient attendance nothing can be changed for the better. For more information phone 01786 609770.
LODGE ABERCROMBY NO531
Our first regular meeting of 2023 will be held in the Masonic Temple, Bridge of Allan, on Tuesday, January 10, at 7.30pm. The business of the evening will be the FC Degree, to which the new Right Worshipful Master and Office Bearers extend a warm and sincere welcome to all
Brethren and visitors to attend.
STIRLING BURNS CLUB
The club returns to the Golden Lion Hotel, Stirling, for their 128th Annual Celebration of the Bard on January 27 at 6.30pm. Tickets from the hotel, any committee member or from club secretary Patrick Mcdermott by phone, text or Whatsapp on 0797 383 4173. Full details on the Stirling Burns Club facebook page.
STIRLING STAMP CLUB
The next meeting of Stirling Philatelic Society is at 7.30pm on Monday, January 9, at the Allan Centre, 25 Fountain Road. Bridge of Allan FK94AT. This will be a display by members. Visitors and/or new members welcome. The society’s website is nzstamps.org.uk/sdps.
STIRLING LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY
Next meeting on Thursday January 26.
STIRLING ROCK CRYPIC COUNCIL NO2
Stirling Rock Cryptic Council No2 - first regular meeting of the year will be held in the Masonic Temple, Bridge of Allan, on Wednesday, January 11, at 7.30pm when the RM, SM and SEMS Degrees will be conferred. All companions and visitors will be assured of a warm welcome.
FRIENDS OF THE SMITH
Monthly Stirling Smith lectures on Wednesdays at the Smith, Dumbarton Road, at 7.30pm, doors open 7pm. Admission by cash at the door, £5 adults, £4 Friends members, £2 students. Admission includes tea or coffee and biscuits. Brochure with details of the lectures available from the Smith.
RSVP WALKING GROUP
Walk leaders with the Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme organise and lead three walks every week, starting at various places across Stirling and Clackmannanshire on Wednesdays and Thursdays. If you would like extra exercise and a chat, contact Anne Marie on 07935 911156 for more information.
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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.
COUNCIL ON DISABILITY STIRLING
The office in Cameronian Street is open and available for all disability related work or enquiries. COD continues to operate successfully by phone for all types of benefit form completion and follow up work to tribunal if required. Whilst COD is not yet offering face to face appointments, the situation is monitored continually and staff look forward to re-introducing this as soon as practicable. Information at www.councilondisability.org. Phone 01786 462178 or 07521 186159 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stirling’s talking newspaper for the blind is free to visually impaired members of the community. Contact Mike Milne at email@example.com or 01786 816673.
Neuro Central aims to ensure people in Scotland who live with neurological conditions, as well as their carers and families, have access to high quality services, therapies, information and support in a friendly, relaxed environment. Next meeting at Stirling County Cricket Club 11am-1pm on Monday February 6. Further information call 07526 281747 or at neurocentral.org. uk.
Contact dementia advisor Donna Paterson at firstname.lastname@example.org, 01786 8311 or 07733 302772.
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 email@example.com.
FORTH VALLEY TOP TOES
Part of the Braveheart Association non-profit charity providing personal footcare service to adults who are unable to cut their own toenails. Cost is £15 per session which covers overheads and the customers’ nail care kit. It offers basic nail clipping and filing every six-10 weeks by a team of trained NHS approved volunteers but do not provide other podiatric treatments. The clinic meets at the Bellfield Centre, Stirling Community Hospital, Livilands Gate, Stirling on Thursdays from 9am-12.30pm. To book call 07596 375674/01324 633505 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
STIRLING POETRY SHARING GROUP
Group meets first Thursday of the month from 11.30am-12.30pm in the Smith Art Gallery, Dumbarton Road. All welcome to share and enjoy poetry read aloud. Bring a couple of poems of any era or style to read. If you do not wish to read yourself, the group will provide a willing reader. Further details from 07464 602207. Forthcoming dates January 12, 2023, February 2, March 2.
FORTH VALLEY U3A
Retired or semi-retired? Wondering what to do? Would you like to meet new people and become involved in a new hobby, interest, or activity? Brighten your autumn and winter by joining Forth Valley u3a, run by members for members. More than 60 interest groups in Forth Valley all meeting in local venues.
They include book groups, craft workshops, badminton, coffee clubs, current affairs, guitar, Mandarin, mahjong, poetry appreciation,
Spanish, scrabble, tai chi, and a walking group.
The membership also gets together socially once a month for an afternoon event.
More at www.forthvalleyu3a. org.uk.
STIRLING MALE VOICE CHOIR
If you are a male who has always fancied being part of a choir or has been in choirs before, there is no audition or test to join. Choir meets on Tuesdays from September to May at Logie Kirk Hall in Causewayhead from 7.309.30pm. All welcome. Contact secretary John Barbour on 01786 474166.
STIRLING CITY CHOIR
Rehearsals resume Tuesday, January 10, 7.30pm, at Park Church with practice for the Spring Concert - a performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah. New members welcome - come on
January 10 or contact us through http:// www.stirlingcitychoir.org.uk, twitter: @ stirling_choir, Facebook: Stirling City Choir.
TORBREX COMMUNITY CHOIR
This choir rehearses from 9.45-11.45am every Tuesday morning in Park Church, Stirling and performs two concerts a year generously supporting a local charity. If you enjoy singing upbeat music, in a mixed voice choir, with a great bunch of gregarious people please come along to Torbrex Community Choir whose rehearsals recommence on January 10 at 9.45am.
The Bridge of Allan stroke group meets on Thursdays in the Chalmers Hall, Bridge of Allan Parish Church at 1.45pm for 2pm. If you are a stroke survivor or know anyone who is, and would like to join with the friendly group for an afternoon of social interaction, stimulation, entertainment and tea or coffee and biscuits, contact Sandra on 07434 972818.
PROBUS CLUB OF STRATHENDRICK
The club will resume on Thursday, January 12, when we will hold our AGM. Normal meetings resume on January 19 when our speaker’s topic will be ‘Fur, Farming & Footpaths – Reporting on Scotland’s great outdoors’. We meet at 10.15am for 10.30am in Killearn Church Hall. We aim simply to provide fellowship and a variety of speakers that will be of interest to “retired professional and businesspersons”. A full schedule is planned for the coming weeks and new members will be welcomed.
OCHILS MOUNTAINEERING CLUB
The club hosts a talk by Anna Wells, well known mountaineer and climbing instructor, on Wednesday, January 11, at 8pm at Stirling County Cricket Club. Details of forthcoming meets at the club cottage and Achnasheen in January on www. ochils.com, or check out Ochils Mountaineering Club on Facebook.
Braco Countryside, Sunday, January 8, 10.30am. Moderate 7 miles / 11.3km. We explore the wild countryside to the west of Braco, following the Kier Burn and return by the River Knaik. The walking is mostly on tracks, some slippery and steep in places, and we have some walking over open moorland. Starting point: Braco Primary School, Feddal Road, Grid reference NN836098, nearest postcode FK15 9QA. To book your place contact walk leader Hilary Thomson on 01786 472726 or 07834529694. For more information, visit https://sfdramblers. wordpress.com.
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STIRLING, FALKIRK & DISTRICT RAMBLERS
service on Sunday, January 8, in Gartmore Church at 10am. Visitors will be warmly welcomed.
Next talk is ‘Who Owns Scotland?’ on Wednesday January 18 with Andy Wightman. Andy is best known for his work on land ownership in Scotland. He is the author of Who Owns Scotland (1996) and The Poor Had No Lawyers (2015). He was coordinator of the Land Action Scotland campaign and was a member of the Commission on Local Tax Reform examining alternatives to the Council Tax. Now an EX-MSP, Andy will reveal who actually owns Scotland (and how they got it), discuss the many misunderstandings surrounding land ownership and the legally complex and often surreptitious land transactions. This is a talk that will really shock you to the core.
INVERSNAID PARISH CHURCH KIPPEN BURNS SUPPER
Advance notice is given of the Burns Supper on Saturday January 28 in Kippen Village Hall. Tickets, £25 in aid of Friends of Kippen Kirk Trust, can be reserved by contacting Micky Hirst 01786 870283 or Mary Lawson 07884423797. Tickets are limited and are already half gone, so don’t delay to be sure of your chance of a delicious meal and a splendid line up of speakers and entertainment.
Mission Development Worker, Rob Rawson from Callander, will lead the service in Kippen Church this Sunday, January 8, at 11.15am. All welcome. However, if you feel unwell please look after yourself and stay at home. Updates of interest can always be found on Facebook ‘Kippen and Norrieston Parish Churches of Scotland’. Access also via ‘Google’.
There will not be an online service this Sunday.
There will not be a choir practice in Kippen Church this Sunday.
KIPPEN CHURCH GUILD
All welcome at the Guild’s Quiz on Tuesday, January 10, at 2pm in Church House (attached to the Church).
STRENGTH AND BALANCE
A weekly Strength and Balance Class organised by Active Stirling will take place at 10am on Wednesday, January 11, in the Village Hall, Fore Road.
There will be an opportunity to learn to play whist or brush up your skills in the Reading Room on Thursdays, Janurary 12, 19 and 26 at 7.30pm. This year the fundraising whist for Cancer Research UK will take place in the Village Hall on Friday February 3.