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Your what’s on guide and advertiser for Loch Lomond, The Trossachs & surrounding area

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Ideas & top tips AT PANIK GALLERY, 13 MAIN STREET, KILLEARN for your home

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Lots of ideas to keep the family busy!


copies covering ALL these local areas!

Bringing your local community together covering: Strathblane • Blanefield • Croftamie • Drymen • Killearn • Balfron Balmaha • Rowardennan • Gartocharn • Fintry • Buchlyvie • Arnprior • Kippen • Gargunnock • Cambusbarron Thornhill • Ruskie • Port of Menteith • Callander • Kilmahog • Brig O Turk • Aberfoyle • Kinlochard • Balloch

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THE OAK TREE INN Muddy Boots Welcome

SLTN Award The Oak Tree Inn has once again won one of the most prestigious hospitality industry awards – Scotland’s Independent Pub of the Year 2015. This was presented by the SLTN. The Oak Tree previously won this award in 2012.

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Loyalty Cards

If you regularly visit The Oak Tree and St Mocha make sure you pick up one of our loyalty card entry forms. Collect a stamp each time you visit then once you have six you’ll get a 10% off card for future visits.

St Mocha St Mocha Coffee Shop & Ice Cream Parlour, next to The Oak Tree Inn, serves artisan roasted speciality coffee, teas, home baking a lunch menu and homemade authentic Loch Lomond Ice Cream. St Mocha is open daily from 10am-6pm.

Weir’s Rest - Balmaha The Tom Weir Statue has been a huge success during its first year. Over the last few months Weir’s Rest has been updated with new picnic benches, local history and nature panels and a Mountain Garden. Come and see it soon.

Tel: 01360 870357 | Email:






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Sailings and events throughout the year


The Steamship Sir Walter Scott is fully wheelchair friendly

• Classic Steamship Cruises on Sir Walter Scott • Panoramic Cruises on Lady of the Lake (Summer Cruises Commence on Friday 27th May 2016)

• Walking & Cycling on the shores of Loch Katrine • Lochside Dining in the Brenachoile Restaurant • Katrine Gifts - Souvenirs & Crafts • Katrinewheelz - Cycle hire • Borg Grech Photography

Easter Weekend Join us at Loch Katrine for an egg-cellent Easter Egg Hunt all Easter Weekend including Easter Monday.


Trossachs Pier, Loch Katrine, by Callander, Stirling FK17 8HZ Tel: 01877 376315/6 • • | 3

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Fun Morning at Lomond School

Saturday 7 May 2016 - 9.30 am to 12.15 pm Calling all 4 to 12 year olds... Children aged between 4 and 12 are invited to come along for a fun-filled morning. On offer are some fun, action packed activities and arts & crafts. All activities delivered in a relaxed and informal setting. No experience necessary. Fresh coffee, tea and baked goods will be available for parents. Some of the activities on offer: ■ Animation ■ Drama ■ Forest schools ■ Art workshop ■ Cooking ■ Science lab ■ And much more



Places are FREE but not unlimited. To secure your place email | 10 Stafford Street, Helensburgh G84 9JX | Tel 01436 672 476 4



Drymen Show

Strathyre Music Festival


Contents • Events Spring is here and once again we are reminded of all the amazing resources we have in the Park Life area. With winter a dull and distant memory we are bringing you a packed list of activities and outings to make your life a whole lot easier without going too far (see page 82 for the Park Life Map) 88 pages of Fitness Events, Articles, What’s On, Reviews, Recipes, Interviews and so much more. We hope you enjoy your read and please get in touch to let us know of any up and coming events and we will get them listed for you. Happy Easter!

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Useful Numbers .................................................................... 36 Scotland’s Gardens ............................................................... 14 Homes & Interiors ............................................................. 18-28 Homebuilding & Renovating Show Tickets............................. 22 Anthony Nolan ...................................................................... 45 Food & Drink..................................................................... 46-53 Culcreuch Castle Review ...................................................... 47 Fitness Classes....................................................................... 54 Spring Fun/What’s On ............................................................ 59 Park Life Map of Activities ...................................................... 82 Cinema ................................................................................ 64 Kids Clubs & Groups......................................................... 70-71 Loch Lomond Shores............................................................. 73 Strathyre Music Festival .......................................................... 75 What’s On ........................................................................ 78-79 Killearn 10k ............................................................................ 80 Index ..................................................................................... 84 Farmers Markets .................................................................... 86 Scotia Spice on STV! .............................................................. 87

Competitions! Firberry Picture Framing .......................................................... 24 Loch Katrine Competition ...................................................... 60 Macrobert Arts Centre ............................................................ 59 The Wayfarers ......................................................................... 46 Nick Nairn Cook School .......................................................... 76

Park Life Magazine June / July 2016

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Creating unique spaces Outdoor Perspectives dedicates itself to designing and constructing unique, high-quality, domestic and commercial spaces. Our team are extremely flexible and responsive to our clients design needs or changing ideas. Whether it be a luxury, contemporary or traditional living space that you are after, Outdoor Perspectives will ensure a high standard of finish and good attention to detail Fencing - We pride ourselves on going that extra mile where fencing is concerned, using dressed timber and oil we can create that ultimate modern look you only see in magazines. Patios - There is now a vast range of paving on today’s market. This can sometimes be offputting and confusing. We can guide you and advise you on all products to suit your budget. There is no need to spend a fortune on paving to create a beautiful layout. Decking - With new materials entering the market, decking is now becoming more attractive and durable. Giving a modern or traditional feel to your garden whether it be simplistic, split level or constructed to fit around a fire pit, Outdoor Perspectives can create the look you desire. Lighting - We understand that outdoor living is reaching an all time high. Our aim is to ensure the ultimate in outdoor comfort for our clients. All of our lighting is operated by remote control and is installed by our fully qualified electricians. Fire Pits/Surround Sound - Our gas burning fire pits allow you to bring the indoors out and ensure you can relax in your garden all year round. They can be built in any shape or size and be incorporated into patios or decking. To ensure all health and safety requirements are met, Corgi registered gas installers sign all of our gas pits off. Stonework - We cover various ranges of stonework from block and render to sandstone walling. Our team also specializes in croft walling where each piece of stone is cut to suit the layout of certain areas.

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We go the extra step at a time. Not many people actually have the time or patience to tend to their garden and trees. Thankfully, Oakburn Gardens and Trees is here to help. Whether you want to spruce up your garden for that upcoming barbeque or create a professional, manicured look for your outdoor space put our experienced team of professionals to work for you.

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DECORATIVE STONE, GRAVEL & SAND for all your landscaping & building needs

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Decorative Gravels • Building Sand • Sharp Sand • Kiln Dried Sand • Red Granite Sand Top Soil/Compost • Bark/Composting Bark • Feature & Rockery Stones Cement/Postcrete • Type1/Ballast/Whin Dust • Fencing Material/Panels Garden Sheds/Gazebos • Walling Stone • Paving/Driveways • Membrane/Terram Drainage channels & pipe • Firewood • Rocksalt • Cold Tar

Craig Tree Care

Professional Tree Surgeons

full range of work with trees including: • Pruning & reduction • Tree removal & replacement • Consultancy & advice • Conservation & preservation

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Park Life Interview

with Finn Millard from TD Tree & Land Services Ltd Tree surgery looks like a dangerous business! Tree surgery is one of the most dangerous jobs out there if not done by the professionals. Not only can you do yourself some serious harm (just in January Ryder Cup golfer Jamie Donaldson severed a finger in a chainsaw accident) but if you don’t know what you’re doing you can also irreversibly damage your tree. Good tree surgeons can really improve the look and light in your garden by improving the shape of your trees, pruning deadwood and loose limbs, reducing hedge heights or simply removing unwanted or unhealthy varieties.

How long has your business been going and when did you expand? Our family-run company was already well established in the Scottish Borders when we decided to employ a team based in Doune. I set up that team in 2012 and over the years we have developed a strong reputation for quality workmanship, with many repeat customers. Our friendly squad provides a range of arboricultural services, from tree reports (for planning permission or for safety reasons) and all types of tree work right through to stump grinding and site clearance. As well as domestic clients we have also worked for Stirling Council, Forestry Commission Scotland and Moray Estates. My team has many years experience, and many practical qualifications that enable us to work safely and professionally. Unlike some rogue operators we’re also comprehensively insured. What’s important for us though is to take pride in our work – and enjoy it! What kid wouldn’t want to climb trees for a living.

Professional Tree Surgeons • Tree Removals • Tree Pruning • Hedge Cutting • Stump Removal • Tree Surveys • Logs Our qualified, insured and experienced team is based in Doune, specialising in all aspects of tree surgery and arboriculture. Call or email Finn Millard for a free, no obligation quote.

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• Landscaping • Drainage & Construction • Lawncare & Turfing • Fencing & Decking • Foundation excavation and groundworks • Garage building & conversions • Internal flooring works • Extensions & attic conversions

We take great care and pride in the work we do, so if you like what you see please feel free to call us on 01877 381212 for a FREE consultation.

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Landscaping & maintenance

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Fencing/Decking Hedge trimming Turf Laying

One off tidy ups Firewood Patios/Paving

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Shire Landscapes Quality Hard & Soft Landscaping Fully Insured • Free No Obligation Quotes Sean Stewart E: M: 07979 213997

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R.G Paving & Hard Landscaping • Patios • Paths • Steps • Ponds • Drainage • Turf • Artificial grass

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Quality Workmanship at affordable prices Call for a free quotation today! Robert Graham E: Mobile: 07990 635530 | Landline: 01786 842343 Over 12 years experience, all work guaranteed, fully insured

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Kilmahog, Callander FK17 8HD Opening Times: Sunday 24 April 2:00pm - 5:00pm Disabled Access: None Admission: £4.00, children free Charities: Crossroads Caring Scotland (West Stirling) 40%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries.

DUN DUBH Kinlochard Road, Aberfoyle FK8 3TJ Opening Times: Sunday 15 May 2:00pm - 5:00pm Disabled Access: Partial Admission: £4.00, children free Charities: Help for Heroes 40%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries.



PLANT SALE The Village Hall, Main Street, Gartmore FK8 3RN Opening Times: Plant sale Saturday 7 May 10:00am - 12:30pm Disabled Access: Full Admission: £3.00, accompanied children free Charities: Crossroads Caring Scotland (West Stirling) 40%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries.

Bridge of Allan FK9 4NB Opening Times: Sunday 22 May 2:00pm - 5:00pm By arrangement 1 April - 31 May Disabled Access: Full Admission: £4.00, accompanied children free Charities: Strathcarron Hospice 40%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries.


Sheriffmuir, Dunblane FK15 0LP Opening Times: Sunday 29 May 2:00pm - 5:00pm Disabled Access: Partial Admission: £5.00 for both gardens, accompanied children free Charities: Forth Driving Group RDA 40%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries.




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AW Contracts

At The Ward Toll Balfron Station G63 0QZ 4 miles south of Aberfoyle on the A81


Professional expertise in all aspects of tree surgery • Large tree felling in confined spaces • All tree pruning and shaping • High hedges reduced • Woodchipping and waste removal • Advice on protected trees • Certified arborists • Fully insured

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Everything you need to get your gardening year going. Flower & Veg seeds, seed potatoes Summer flowering bulbs Shrubs, trees, Garden Furniture.

Greenhouses on display. Farm shop stocking veg, cheeses, preserves, biscuits, cakes etc. Opening Hours: Mon - Sat: 9am - 5pm, Sun: 10am - 5pm 01360 850525


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Spring 2016

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Ideas & Top Tips to have your home on trend for 2016

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Excellent products & first class service... TWICE AS NICE B L I N D S



High quality made to measure blinds and shutters

freephone: 0808 192 7001

Twice as Nice Blinds and Shutters is based in Kirkintilloch, Glasgow and solely owned and operated by David Friel. Having been involved in the industry for the the past 17 years, David established Twice as Nice Blinds and Shutters four years ago as a sole trader. The business is run from a small home office, and David has built a strong customer base that includes domestic, commercial and schools across the central belt. David specialises in all types of blinds and shutters and carries out all selling and installations and has found out first hand that customers do very much appreciate that personal level of service.


Twice as Nice has been part of the ‘Make it Safe’ campaign since 2013 and in November last year, successfully applied and received full membership to the British Blind and Shutter Association (BBSA), to consolidate its position as a company with a reputation for excellent products and first class service.

If you are thinking about updating your window coverings, why not call David on 0808 192 7001.

Child safe blinds always! Ask me how

Graham Sandals Timber Buildings Garden rooms, garden design, garden build for buildings for gardens BUILDING FEATURED IN HOMES AND INTERIORS SCOTLAND JULY/ AUGUST 2015 Unit 5 Craigarnhall, Bridge of Allan, Stirling. FK9 4NG Tel. 01786 841788 Mobile 07773 809345

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Now in-store the 9 new Farrow & Ball colours for 2016 From soft neutrals and muted pastels, to strong brights and rich dark tones, the nine new colours feel like natural additions to the Farrow & Ball palette. The Flooring Studio is an independent specialist flooring business established in 2010. We are also now an appointed Farrow & Ball stockist of their wallpaper, paint and accessories. Our small team of experienced

and friendly consultants are happy to assist you in selecting your preferred flooring to compliment existing or new decor schemes and to liaise with designers and other trades. We offer specialist in-house flooring advice for new builds and extensions and operate a home sampling service covering Central Scotland and a complimentary estimating service. All aspects of installations are

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ordinated and guaranteed and we work with specialist carpet, hard floor and wood installers. We have a large and varied selection of products from all the leading manufacturers on show. Our own Greendale ranges are excellent value for money whatever your project and budget.

A collection of the UK’s leading flooring brands presented by knowledgeable and friendly staff. Unrivalled customer service and value for money.

Appointed Farrow & Ball stockist of their wallpaper, paint & accessories 82 Henderson Street, Bridge of Allan, FK9 4HS | 01786 833 383 |

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We’ve teamed up with the organisers of The Scottish Homebuilding & Renovating Show to giveaway 50 pairs of tickets. The show is back at the SECC, Glasgow on 21 - 22 May. It’s a one-stop shop for all your needs, whether extending, undertaking a conversion, renovation or building your home from scratch and will feature over 140 exhibitors presenting their latest products and services on everything from architectural design, furnishing, lighting to insulation and loft conversions. Whether you’re mid-way through a project or not sure where to start, The

Scottish Homebuilding & Renovating Show is brimming with bright ideas. Swap months of scouring the internet for face-to-face consultations, expert advice and hundreds of products – all under one roof. Experts will be on hand to provide free guidance and support for every project from first home alterations to a full scale self build, at 32 free seminars and masterclasses as well as the Ask the Architects and The Advice Centre advice areas. The show is taking place at the SECC, Glasgow on 21 - 22 May 2016. Opening hours: Sat 10am - 5pm; Sun 10am - 4.30pm. For more information call 0844 858 6754 or visit Advance tickets, which can be booked until 3pm on Friday May 20, cost £8 and on the door tickets £12. Under16s go free.

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The breakout star of 2016 is going to be metallics, and - given their ability to instantly bring a sophisticated and glamorous touch to any space - it’s not hard to see why. Whether adding a sleek touch with silver or chrome or warming a room with gold, rose gold or copper, every school of design can benefit from this trend. One key difference that sets this year’s take apart from previous metallic trends is the flexibility to mix and match. Don’t hesitate to use one type of metal as the focal point of the space while working in a different type for a smaller accent role.

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Need it Done Right?

DUNRITE PLUMBING Pride in Workmanship

Minor repairs to complete installation

Complete Bathrooms and Kitchens 4x4 Van for all weather conditions No call out charge FREE Estimates Fully Insured

T: 01360 550799 M: 07772944521 E:


Established Since 1983

t: 01877 385231 m: 07885 841735

Buchlyvie Electrical All Electrical Work Undertaken Davie Haggerty Specialising in thermal dynamic electric radiators replacements for old storage heaters. Email:

Fully Insured T: 07826 628320

Anderson Project Management If you are considering or already have Planning Consent for your Self Build Home or Extension we offer a complete local Project Management and Construction service. We are able to provide assistance from preparation of initial costings in a format acceptable to your Lender through to completion of your project. Proper early advice could not only save substantial costs but give you peace of mind from the beginning. We provide a full Architectural, Surveying and Engineering package. We can supply full vetted experienced contractors. We have over 35 years professional and practical experience in House Building and Renovation.

Our first meeting is free and without obligation, even call us just for a chat. Phone: 01360 440 040 / 07528 817 896 Email:

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Your local bagged pellet supplier for Biomass and Equine use. We are a family run company based in the West of Glasgow. We deliver promptly and will handle any delivery from 4x4 access, tight driveways and other special requirements.

Our prices start from ÂŁ267 per m3 of pellets inc. of VAT & delivery. Exclusive offer 5% OFF with your first order when you quote: Parklife


Unit 9, New Albion Industrial Estate, Halley Street, Glasgow G13 4DT Tel: 0141 952 7108 Email:

property maintenance and repairs

painting and decorating (interior and exterior) ceramic tiling hardwood and laminate floor fitting joinery plastering all work considered

for a free quote, call 01360 550542 or 07870 329349

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Call us today: 01360 770708 07968 831313 Time served quality tradesmen

We are a family business providing a range of services throughout Glasgow and the surrounding areas in Stirlingshire. All our quotations are free of charge and carry no obligation. Services: Re-roofing Slating and Tiling Soffit and Fascia Guttering services

Velux Windows Chimney Work Insurance and General Roughcasting and Leadwork

23 Kirkland Avenue, Blanefield, Glasgow G63 9BY

Archibald Billett Funeral Directors Expertise & experience to ensure you give your loved one the perfect send off.

Archibald Billett Funeral Directors provide both traditional burial and cremation packages to suit all. We can arrange memorials and Floral Tributes on request. Pre paid funeral plans through Golden Charter are available to give your family peace of mind.

Tel: 07718 759908 | Tel: 01877 382829 | Gualann, Gartmore, Stirling FK8 3RP

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Park Life Useful Numbers Police Non-Emergency 101 Police Emergency 999 or 112 Scottish Water 08000 0778778 Scottish Power 0800 0270072 Stirling Council 08452 777000 Libraries Strathblane 01360 770737 Drymen 01360 660751 Balfron 01360 440407 Callander 01877 331544 Balloch 01389 608989 Schools covered by Park Life Magazine Aberfoyle 01877 382278 Balfron High 01360 440469 Balfron 01360 440027 Buchanan 01360 870215 Buchlyvie 01360 850311 Callander 01877 331576 Drymen 01360 660410 Fintry 01360 860204

Slating • Roughcasting • Gutters

Joinery • Leadwork • Storm Damage All aspects of roofing work carried out Insurance work welcome Family business

Tel: 01389 605352 | Mob: 07519 267764 Public Liability Insured

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Gartmore 01877 382343 Gargunnock 01786 860291 Killearn 01360 550430 Kippen 01786 870373 Mclaren High 01877 330156 Port of Menteith 01877 385225 Strathblane 01360 770608 Thornhill 01786 850207 Balfron Tip opening times Mon-Fri 5pm-8pm Sat 10-2pm Health Centres Drymen 01360 660203 Kippen 01360 850237 Balfron 01360 440515 Aberfoyle 01877382421 Callander 01877 331000 Killearn 01360 550339 Dentist Drymen 01360 661097 NHS 24 Helpline 111


imon Head Joinery Services

All Trades Contractor Domestic & Commercial Maintenance & Repair • • • •

Extensions New Builds Glazing Bathroom renovations

• • • •

Loft conversions Kitchens supplied and fitted All types of insurance work Window board-up service

No job too big or small Free Estimates Mob: 07764 255163

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Fed up with your old storage heater? Economy Seven or Total Control...more like NO control!

IVE MASSINGS SAVpared to com cher! Fis

Features include:

4 Radiators Supplied & fitted from


Then try our new Thermodynamic Electric Radiators Fully compatible with wood burning stoves

Advanced Energy Management Open Window Sensor Surface Temperature Control Boost up to 2 Hrs Side Covers 100% Aluminium

For information contact Davie Haggerty, Buchlyvie Electrical T: 07826 628 320 | E:



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Covering Glasgow & The West

Call us now on 01786 845 866 |


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Park Life | Accountants

Are you: Struggling with your Self Assessment? Starting a new business but don’t know where to start with accounts? Paying fines & penalties for late returns? Requiring more time to focus on your core business? Looking for a local, client-focused adviser? Newly established in 2011 by Kate Baxter, a highly experienced Chartered Tax Adviser, Baxter Accounting & Tax Services is here to fulfil all the accounting and tax needs of individuals and private businesses. Based in Strathblane, our focus is on excellency, efficiency and dedicated personal service.

Call today to discuss how we can help you.

Are you starting, growing or just want to improve your business? Approachable, practical and pro-active accounting, tax and business service. Contact Stuart McDonagh FCA for a free initial consultation SYKAM & Co, Chartered Accountants, Balfron

T: 07791 718861 E: W:

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Welcome to LA Lodges Special Lugarde Discount We specialise in providing quality interlocking log buildings and traditional house extensions. We can provide any size or shape of structure. The most popular requests we receive are for Holiday Homes, Lugarde Summerhouses, Traditional homes, Garages, Budget Summerhouses, Home offices and Sport Pavilions. Whatever you are interested in you can rest assured that LA Lodges will provide sound advice and excellent value for money. We also supply a Planning , Building Warrant, Project Management and full assembly service regardless of building size if required. 2016 Lugarde now have new doors, a new building system and glass walls!

National Park... we've got it covered Bearsden

0141 943 1110


01786 464449


01436 674537

Letting and Estate Agents

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Advice on renewable and sustainable living. ROWAN HOUSE, 4 CASTLE GARDENS B A L L I K I N R A I N , B A L F R O N , G 6 3 0 LT TEL 01360 441 075 MOB 07866 426 746 EMAIL

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We can design, or redesign, your home to effectively meet the demands of modern living as well as enhance the value of your property.

t: 07799 778086 e:

mending broken windows and rotten apples

tel: 01877 382994 mobile: 07796 002001 Computer Support for Home & Small Businesses in and around the National Park

Microcroft is a computer support and repair company based in and around the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, covering north Glasgow, western Stirlingshire and southern Perthshire. Started in 2005 by Graham Flett, with the aim to provide friendly jargon-free support to small to medium sized businesses and home users, Microcroft has grown by word-of-mouth recommendations for great service and fair pricing. Graham is an experienced computer engineer, coming from the commercial sector in Glasgow where he worked as an IT manager, dealing with a 500 seat network and advanced telephony systems. “Originally coming from a rural background, I saw a gap in the market for IT support in some of the more far flung areas, where the big city companies didn’t provide a competitive service. There are more people working from home and starting their own businesses in the rural areas of the country, and since broadband, don’t have to be in the main centres to compete. These are the people I primarily support, but as it turns out, there seems to be no shortage of folk getting in to a jam with their computers!” “Working in the sticks you have to be willing and able to troubleshoot all types of problems. I’ve found myself naturally expanding my range of expertise to include things like mobile phones, websites, smart TVs and satellite systems on top of the usual computers, laptops, screen repairs and networking. It all adds to the diversity of the job, which keeps it interesting, and of course keeps me busy!”

“No Fix, No Fee” Repairs from £10 PC and Mac Repairs Home Call Out Service Components & Peripheral Sales

Laptop & PC’s from £199

iPhone + tablet repair

Visit your local experts at 59 Milngavie Road, Bearsden G61 2DW (opposite ASDA)

0141 942 4020

Open: 9am-5.30pm, Mon-Thur. Fri 10am-5pm. Sat 10am-4pm

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John Coubrough & SON FUNERAL DIRECTORS Est. 1961

Grant Coubrough, with over 35 years of experience can be depended upon to provide a professional, caring and dignified service in your time of loss. All funeral packages, including floral tributes, catering needs and memorial stones can be taken care of.

Golden Charter Funeral Plans are also available

• 24 Hour Service

“TULMORE”, 27 Castlehill Loan, Kippen FK8 3DZ. TEL: 01786 870737 • 07702 490285

Andrew Anderson & Sons FUNERAL DIRECTORS

“Stand sure that we will look after you and your family”. For all enquiries, call:

01877 330398

Email: Funeral Home, Glenartney Road, Callander, FK17 8EB & 64B Buchanan Street, Balfron, G63 0TW 42 |

We are proud to offer a 24 hour caring and personal service to the local community. We are pleased to offer Golden Charter Pre-Paid Funeral Plans. “Creating peace of mind for you and your family”

A wide range of memorial stones are available. We can also clean and add further inscription to existing family memorials.

WOW! Spring has finally sprung! Park Life | Business

Roofing & Building Contractors • Slating • Tiling • Flat Roof Specialists • Groundwork • Drainage • Patios • Driveways

For a FREE ESTIMATE or ADVICE contact Jason McGregor Tel 0800 4488286 / Mob 07766182195

And if you’re thinking of any home improvements over the summer months or you just need your roof / building looked at, Then why not let Jason or one of his experienced / qualified tradesmen give you’re property the once over it deserves? Whether it’s a new Pitched Roof, or a worrisome flat roof or maybe some problematic roughcasting or you’re thinking of a new PVCu roofline then put your mind at ease and get MBS to give you a FREE no obligation QUOTE. Looking forward to your enquires. Jason and the team





The Old Bank... offering new office solutions

The Old Bank in Drymen, now newly refurbished, comprising of 4 high quality office units available for immediate rental. The office spaces vary in sizes to suit different business requirements.



Premises also include a Conference Room available for those all-important meetings and can accommodate up to 8 people.

RENTAL IS AVAILABLE ON A HALF OR FULL DAY BASIS For further details and to obtain your business specific quote, please contact us on the details below.

Tel: 01360 660400 Mobile: 07795 424821 Email: Address: 52 Main St, Drymen, Glasgow G63 0BG



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Gold Award Success for Callander Business! Parklife is delighted to hear that ‘Taste of the Trossachs’, a Callander Cafe & Restaurant, has won a gold award in the World Scotch Pie Awards 2016. Their top prize was in the Hot Savoury category for their renowned Steak Mince and Red Onion Pie. After weeks of hard work refurbishing their premises at 12 Main Street, which were flooded along with several other local traders, the business owners David and Rachel Stewart are looking forward to displaying the prestigious award certificate to customers. Park Life hears that the refurbishment has gone well and the business has now re opened and they are looking forward to a busy season ahead and welcoming back their customers. David said; “We were delighted as this is the first time we have entered this competition and to receive an award at such a prestigious event makes all ours and our staff’s hard work worthwhile. It’s great to be recognised in this way”.

This is the 17th year the World Scotch Pie Awards have been running, celebrating bakers and butchers high quality artisan pastry products. More than 500 products were entered this year by nearly 100 entrants and were judged by a panel including 50 experts and the football legend Jim Leishman.

Congratulations to Taste of the Trossachs from the Parklife team!

Caters for Coach Parties / Outside catering / Wholesale pies for retail outlets

Newl Refurb y ish for 201 ed 6!

Don’t miss our fabulous S.Luca Dairy ice cream or try our Gourmet Burgers, home baking and our selection of home made pies, Afternoon Tea and High Tea or an early evening meal to set you up for the journey home after a great day in and around the Trossachs.

Open from 8.30am - 6pm 12 Main Street, Callander FK17 8BB Tel: 01877 330853 E:

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Sixty-year-old woman seeks toy boys...

By Joanne Simms

Good grief! What is this magazine coming to, if it can print a headline like that? Well, now I’ve got your attention, let me explain why I’m on the prowl for men aged 16 to 30-years-old. Relax, I’m no cougar. I’m about to hit 60 and on the plus side I get a bus pass; I can go and interfere in the lives of my children and grandchild first-hand more often and not just annoy the hell out of them on the phone. On the downside I have to leave the potential donor register at Anthony Nolan the charity which has saved so many people with blood cancer. For all kinds of health reasons once you hit 60 you can no longer be a blood stem cell donor. Henny Braund, the chief executive at

Anthony Nolan, has just sent me a letter thanking me for my support over the years and asked: ‘Are you able to replace yourself?’

More importantly, and forgive the pun, can I help to inject some new, young, blood. Henny said: ‘We urgently need more young men aged 16-30 as they are more likely to be chosen to donate but currently account for just 12 per

cent of donors on our register.’ One of the best and most exciting things that happened to me was the arrival of a letter saying I was a possible match. I was just an ordinary woman when I bent down to pick that Anthony Nolan letter up off the doormat. Once I’d opened it I was a would-be lifesaver bringing hope to a frightened family, because no one has cancer on their own. I went through the second, more thorough, compatibility test and sadly I was not a good enough match. I had a palpable sense of disappointment. I would love to think that someone I helped to recruit was a perfect match, to go the distance and save a life. So come on guys, how about it? To enrol, visit:

Braeval Coffee Shop & Restaurant

Aberfoyle Golf Club is pleased to announce that the Clubhouse is under new management and will open as Braeval Coffee Shop & Restaurant, serving light bites, coffee/cakes, lunch & evening meals. To book an evening meal call 01877 382 493 Private functions are also catered for please call to discuss your requirements.

Everyone is Welcome!

Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 10am - 5pm | Fridays & Saturdays: 10am - 9pm | Sundays: 10.30 - 5.30pm

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Park Life | Food & Drink

Nestled between Balloch, Stirling and Glasgow in Croftamie near Drymen. On the doorstep to Loch Lomond. Dining out for that special occasion, or just passing through, we always offer you a warm welcome. Enjoy casual dining at great prices without compromising on quality or standards. Just call in to enjoy our exceptional dishes.



Croftamie, Near Drymen G63 0EU

t: 01360 660358 |

12-2pm from only £14.50 Enjoy a relaxing lunch with family or friends Monday to Sunday or join us for a Traditional Sunday Lunch with 2 or 3 course options.

SPECIAL EARLY EVENING MENU EVERYDAY 6-7PM 2 Courses £14.50 3 Courses £18.50 A La Carte also available 6-9pm For reservations call 01877 330329 or email

WIN! with Park Life Magazine 3 course meal for two with a bottle of wine

at The Wayfarers Restaurant & Bar To enter visit

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The Dungeon Diner at Culcreuch Castle Hotel In the beautiful Culcreuth Castle Hotel, the Dungeon Diner & bar offers an attractive & atmospheric setting. A wedding party was gathering in the bar as we arrived but we were led straight through to our table and service was prompt & very friendly. After ordering drinks, we were given the menus which offered a wide variety of options along with the choices on the daily specials board. We chose Goats cheese & beetroot starter, which was light & subtle, and the mussel & leek chowder which, apart from tasting great, had a generous serving of mussels.

Main courses were a chicken breast, haggis strudel, saute potatoes and Drambuie sauce (unusual but perfectly balanced dish) and a more traditional Scotch Beef burger with relishes, brioche bun with very moreish hand cut chips. We finished off with a banoffee crumble and, from the specials board, a raspberry swiss roll with cherries, which we fought over; can’t remember having a better dessert. Great setting, lovely atmosphere, friendly & knowledgeable staff and beautiful food at a very reasonable price. We’ll be back! Reviewed by Murray & Kate

Dine out in Style....

Our award winning AA Rosette Restaurant offers a contemporary Scottish dining experience showcasing the best produce from Scotland’s larder. The kitchen team carefully select all our core ingredients from only the best local and national suppliers including free range poultry from St. Brides Farm and lamb & beef from Gilmours. Booking is essential to help us provide the highest level of service. If you have special dietary requirements please let us know when making your reservation. For a more informal experience enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the Dugeon Diner. A unique setting within the Castle Keep’s 700 year old stone walls.

Visit our website to see our current menus

Culcreuch Castle, Fintry, Stirlingshire G63 0LW | 01360 860555

Cu l c r e u c h Castle COUNTRY ESTATE



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Dram or sf Finalistmer o Cust e! Servic Quiz Night Every Thursday • Live Music • Inhouse Smoker • Seasonal Menu Sunday Roast • Children Welcome • Outside Catering Also Available • Dog Friendly




Walkers Welcome


54 Glasgow Road, Blanefield G63 9BP | T: 01360 770303 | E: Follow us on facebook for specials!


Celebrating our 1st year in business! Summer Opening from 21st March Open 7 days 10am - 4pm

Awarded Service of Excellence by Trip Advisor 2015


Country Mumkins @ The Artisan Café

• Loving restored church building with cosy wood burner • Delicious home baking and tasty lunch menu • Artisan roasted coffee and speciality teas served in vintage china cups! • Over 20 crafters now selling with us – unusual & beautiful hand made gifts • Now stockists for Neil’s Yard Remedies

Spring craft course – wet and needle felting, silk scarf making, candle making and peg loom weaving . Please check our website for more information. Children’s craft table & ceramic painting – perfect rainy day activity! The old Strathfillan Church, Tyndrum, FK20 8RU T: 01838400391 E:

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Craft themed children’s birthday parties can be organised on request.

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THE KIRKHOUSE INN Glasgow Road, Strathblane, Glasgow, G63 9AA

Spring & Summer at The Kirkhouse Inn Dining Out 2 Course Lunch

£10.95 2 Course Dinner

£13.95 Loudmouth’

Back by Popular Demand Saturday 30th April Free Entry

New Menu

Spring/Summer Menu from 1st April


FUNCTION available for Weddings,

Call us now on: 01360 771771

Funerals, Anniversaries and Birthdays (up to 120)

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The fleet of 24 yurts range in size from the 2 person, 8 foot in diameter yurt to the Mega 40 footer, which caters to banqueting 150 people. Sale or leasing possibilities create affordable options, particularly for campsites.

Originally from Persia and its bordering lands, the Felted Trellised Nomadic Tent, or Yurt, has been in existence for over 2,000 years.

Cambusbeg Farm, Callander FK17 8LJ | Email: | Tel: 01877 330 943








Main Street Fintry • Tel: 01360 860224 • Email:

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Afternoon tea for two Relax amidst stunning scenery overlooking Loch Ard with an indulgent spa escape including afternoon tea for two and a 30 minute spa treatment each at Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa. Package includes: Choice of 30 minute treatment from: Elemis deep tissue back massage Elemis taster facial Lime and ginger po-collagen hand and nail treatment Sole delight grooming for feet


Full use of leisure club and spa facilities Robes and slippers

To book please call 0344 879 9057 or visit MACDONALD FOREST HILLS Kinlochard, The Trossachs, Aberfoyle-by-Stirling, FK8 3TL Terms and conditions apply and subject to availability.

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Park Life’s delicious Lemonade Layer Cake for Spring! Ingredients CAKE: 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar 6 tablespoons butter, softened 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind 3 tablespoons thawed lemonade concentrate 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 large eggs 2 large egg whites 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 1/4 cups fat-free buttermilk Cooking spray FROSTING: 2 tablespoons butter, softened 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind 2 teaspoons thawed lemonade concentrate 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 8 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Preparation Preheat oven to 350°. To prepare cake, place first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 5 minutes). Add eggs and egg whites, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda; stir well with a whisk. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture; beat well after each addition. Pour batter into 2 (9-inch) round cake pans coated with cooking spray; sharply tap pans once on counter to remove air bubbles. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pans. Cool completely on wire rack. To prepare frosting, place 2 tablespoons butter and the next 4 ingredients (2 tablespoons butter through cream cheese) in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until fluffy. Add powdered sugar, and beat at low speed just until blended (do not overbeat). Chill 1 hour. Place 1 cake layer on a plate; spread with 1/2 cup frosting. Top with remaining cake layer. Spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake. Store cake loosely covered in the refrigerator. Enjoy!


• Craft bakery - award wining sweet and savoury bakes, hand made in small batches in Scotland. • Catering - delicious food created with passion for your special occasion. • Classes - bring out the baker in you at our small friendly classes.

Kinlochard FK8 3TP e: t: 01877 387236 52 |

The Old Mill - a Charming Village Pub

The pub area of this charming 18th Century steading (which underwent an extensive renovation in January 2016) has a cosy, but modern feel with an open fire, board games and shelves of recipe books for those not so lovely Scottish days. It’s a relaxing area perfect for enjoying a drink and a chat. At night the pub has a lively and fun atmosphere with regular appearances from bands and local musicians, comedy acts and a monthly Sunday night quiz! We boast an extensive range of Scottish and British gins, bourbon, rye, and vodka, and of course a great selection of Scottish single malts. As well as having a large selection off premium lagers and ciders, we also serve guest ales from local brewers including the Houston Brewery, Fallen Brewery, the Loch Lomond Brewery and many more and on tap we always have Black Isle Blonde, Twisted Thistle and Guinness. Our wine list offers an extensive mix of grapes from all over the world! We have a large selection of loose leaf teas and all our staff are barista trained by Brodies of Edinburgh coffee.


01360 550068

PUB 01786 870500



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Body Control Pilates - Jane Meek Gartocharn Monday 12.15pm 07759 182236 Body Control Pilates - Jane Meek Gartocharn Thursday 6pm 07759 182236 Body Control Pilates - Jane Meek Blanefield Thursday 9.45am & 8pm 07759 182236 Zumba - Jane Strathblane Saturday 10am 07968 968944 Zumba - Jane Killearn Wednesday 7.45pm 07968 968944 Killearn Health & Fitness Slow Flow Yoga Killearn Monday 2-3pm 01360 5513338 Group Personal Training Killearn Monday 8-9pm 01360 5513338 Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Killearn Tuesday 10.30am-12pm 01360 5513338 Slow Flow Yoga Killearn Tuesday 2-3pm 01360 5513338 Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Killearn Tuesday 6-7.30pm 01360 5513338 Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Killearn Thursday 10.30am-12pm 01360 5513338 Slow Flow Yoga Killearn Thursday 2-3pm 01360 5513338 Group Personal Training Killearn Thursday 6-7pm & 8-9pm 01360 5513338 Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Killearn Friday 10.30am-12pm 01360 5513338 Introductory Class is Free Cheerobics Balfron Mon 8.30pm 07917 541163 Body Revive Dance Central Balfron Tue/Thur 10.30am & 8.30pm 07917 541163 Kore Kickboxing Balfron High School Mon & Thur 8pm - 9.30pm 07813 884202 Taekwondo Rainbow (4-8 yrs) Balfron High School Wednesday 5-6pm 07963 080078 Taekwondo Juniors & Adults (8 yrs plus) Balfron High School Wednesday 6-7pm 07963 080078 Ladies Netball Balfron High School Wednesday 8 -9pm All Abilities welcome Balfron Gymnastics Club Balfron High School Saturday 10.30-5pm The Yoga Place – Killearn Mysore programme Monday 9:30am-11am Siobhan Yin Restorative Yoga Monday 6:45pm - 8pm Adelaide Pilates Monday 8:10pm - 9:10pm Kirsty Mindful Movement Yoga Tuesday 10:30am - 11:50am Craig Post - Natal Pilates Mum and Baby Tuesday 1:15pm - 2:15pm Kirsty Ashtanga Beginner led class Tuesday 6:15pm - 7:25pm Siobhan Full led Primary Ashtanga Tuesday 7:30pm - 9pm Siobhan Mysore class Wednesday 9:30am -11am Siobhan Gentle Hatha flow Yoga Wednesday 11:30am - 12:50pm Gillian Pre-natal yoga Wednesday 1pm - 2.15pm Siobhan Physio rehabilitation to movement Wednesday 2:15pm - 3:45pm Francoise Zumba Wednesday 7.45pm - 9pm Jane Mysore programme Thursday 9:30am -11am Siobhan Seasonal Vinyasa yoga Thursday 1pm-2pm Elaine Mindful Movement Yoga Thursday 7:30pm-8:50pm Craig Full led primary series Friday 9:30pm - 11am Siobhan Mysore programme with Pranayama Saturday 8am - 10am Siobhan Pliates Buchlyvie Village Hall Thursday 8pm 07859 226761 Pilates Gartmore Village Hall Monday 10am 07859 226761 Dance Fitness Buchlyvie Village Hall Monday 6.30pm 07859 226761 Nia fitness Gartmore Village Hall Wednesday 9.30am 07859 226761 Kellie Currie Pilates classes & Private Tuition available at Tirnanog Holistic Centre 07859 226761/ Metafit Kfit Strathblane Village club Tuesday 07766 073675 7.15pm Corefit Kfit Strathblane Village club Tuesday 7.45pm 07766 073675 Metafit Kfit Strathblane Village club Friday 9.30am 07766 073675 Legs, Bums and Tums Kfit Strathblane Village club Friday 10am 07766 073675 Jacquie Robertson - Email Gargunnock Community Hall Thursday 9.30-10.25am 07711 336075 Pilates for Beginners Pilates one-one Tuition Stirling Call for details 07711 336075 54 |

Breakfast, the best meal of the day! Polly Douglas Nutrition

Killearn Body Mind and Soul

Life Coaching | Weightloss Coaching | Energy Healing | Yoga Personal Training - One to One or Group If you WANT to end your struggles and you WANT to create a greater vision of success then coaching may be for you. If you WANT to end your dramas and you WANT to advance in the direction of your dreams then coaching may be for you. Specialising in personal training, healing, long term emotional weight loss, health recovery, stress/anxiety/depression recovery. If this sounds like it resonates with you call or book online for a FREE consulatation. What have you got to lose? or contact me, Robert Miller, direct: 01360551338 or 07464272469

How many of us fuel our day with coffee and biscuits? No time to sit and eat lunch or breakfast? We may keep going, but we’re doing nothing for our long term energy levels or our waist lines.

Some easy changes to make: • Add ground nuts or seeds to porridge • Granola or muesli with added nuts, natural yogurt & fruit • Have an egg on wholegrain toast • Peanut butter on wholegrain toast, add half a mashed banana Our traditional choices of cereals or toast and jam will give us an instant hit of sugar, raising our blood sugar and insulin levels. Our body soon processes this, turning excess sugar into fat, and dropping our blood sugar levels too low. With a dip in sugar levels our energy and concentration also dips and does nothing for our ability to focus on our daily work. Polly Douglas is a nutritional therapist offering one to one advice for individuals, or groups and also corporate sessions on how to help support your workforce make better dietary choices. It is not about changing everything completely, but small, achievable changes can make a huge difference to how we feel. Tel: 07837 100 642 | 55

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Ears Feeling Blocked?

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Volunteers needed for new hearing aid trial Do you or does someone you know have a hearing loss? At Clements Hearing Services we believe that the best hearing solutions are those that offer real benefits to real people in real situations. That’s why we’re looking for volunteers to help us evaluate ReSound LiNX², the latest hearing aid technology from leading manufacturer GN ReSound.

ReSound LiNX² is: • Cosmetic and discreet • Has top rated sound quality • Connects wirelessly to a range of technologies and hearing accessories This free, no obligation trial, includes: • A free hearing test • The opportunity to try ReSound LiNX2 for a two week period

To find out more about this trial, please call 0141 954 6030 Clements Hearing Services, 538 Crow Road, Jordanhill, Glasgow G13 1NU Clements Hearing Services is a leading independent hearing aid centre offering friendly and professional | 57 hearing healthcare in Glasgow.

Park Life | Business

ALFY Health and Care Advice Line An advice line known as ALFY (Advice Line for You) has recently been launched across Forth Valley to support people aged 65 and over to remain well at home.

The Service which is run by NHS Forth Valley in conjunction with Stirling Council and other Council colleagues in Forth Valley, provides a dedicated 24 hour, 7 days a week phone line 01324 567247 operated by experienced nurses who can provide advice, support and a range of other health and care services. They can also help with drawing up an informal care plan known as Your Plan to help older people,

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their family/carers to write down all the important things that matter to them in relation to their current and future health and care needs. Vicky Chisholm, a NHS Forth Valley community nurse who works on the ALFY service, said: “Many older people have already

Information sessions for the public are taking place over the next few months to help raise awareness of the new service and answer any questions local people may have.

contacted the ALFY phone line and found it very helpful so we are keen to raise awareness of this service and encourage more older people to get in touch.�

Details of the sessions are available on the NHS Forth Valley website: or by calling ALFY on 01324 567247.

Park Life

Spring Fun

Activities / What’s On / Kids

TRY SOMETHING NEW TODAY... • Saturday openings • 2 late evening openings (Mon & Thur) Additional Activities • Own a pony for half a day (Sat Morning) • Adult lessons weekdays • Horsemanship workshops led by Johnnie Smith • Horse management sessions (evenings and weekdays) • Segways in the shed 1/2 hr sessions of indoor challenges (age & weight restrictions apply) • Segway parties (as above) • Children`s pony parties • Guided walks (by arrangement) • Gift Vouchers available Email

Tel: 01877 385276 | 07801 699497

Win a Family Ticket to Roald Dahl’s The Three Little Pigs!


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Children’s Classic Concerts are back at Macrobert Arts Centre with a new show for all the family and here’s your chance to win a Family Ticket (2 adults / 2 children). They’ll huff, and puff and blow you away with a great concert for all the family. You can also Meet the Musicians after the show (this is a free workshop, but you need to book in advance). Find out more about this and other events at Macrobert Arts Centre –

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Fairy Homes carved out of wood, Aberfoyle in honour of a local Legend. Another great day out with for the kids within the Park Life area According to folklore the Rev William Kirk claimed to have spotted fairies in the woods in the 1600s. The new wood carvings are sited along a popular family walking route, starting point Aberfoyle Car Park for Doon Hill & Fairy Knowe walk. The unusual sight is part of a wider project being run in woodlands around the Stirling area in conjunction with Loch Lomond and Trossachs Countryside Trust, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Forestry Commission Scotland. Nicole Paterson, Stirling Council’s senior manager of environment, said: “It’s been fantastic to work so closely with a range of other organisations to make this happen and we certainly hope that people will enjoy this something extra on what is already a pretty popular trail.

“It’s part of a wider programme of work that has been going on to increase interest in all our woodlands, increase visitor numbers and hopefully provide a boost for local businesses as well. “We recently completed a number of spectacular new carvings on the Back Walk under Stirling Castle and new sculptures have also been created in rural woodlands - with others to come in Strathyre, Callander, Killearn and Balmaha. “All of the new carvings and sculptures are created using dead wood from the woods themselves and are unique to each area and tied to specific local heritage themes.”

WIN OUR FABULOUS LOCH KATRINE DAY OUT COMPETITION! The prize includes a cruise for 4 (2 adults and 2 Children) With bike hire and lunch at Brenachoile Restaurant!

To enter simply visit

Full Size Games Hall 20m swimming Pool Outdoor Tennis Modern Fitness Suite Fitness Classes 30ft Climbing Wall Mollands Road, Callander FK17 8JP | Tel: 01877 330000

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Drymen Show will be held on Saturday 28th May at the Showfield, Drymen Bridge, Drymen.

2016 is the 200th year of Strathendrick Agricultural Society, which hosts the show. It formed in 1816 when James 3rd Duke Of Montrose instituted the Society from a Farmer’s Club which met in the Buchanan Arms to improve the breed of their livestock. Since then the President of the Society has always been the Duke Of Montrose and we welcome His Grace again this year to present our agricultural champions their Trophies. Along with our usual agricultural and light horse classes, which this year sees an all female panel of

judges, we are delighted to host a range of other attractions many of which are supported by our local communities and include; our Rural Tent, which also hosts our Bake Off competition, Schools Tent, 5-A-Side School’s Football Competition, Craft Tent and a particular favourite with all the children our Rabbit and Pet’s Tent. We also have a fantastic collection of Vintage Tractors and Trade Stands, while other entertainment comes from local live bands, the Fun Fair and our Main Ring attractions ,which this year include amongst other things Pig Racing courtesy of Craigievern Poultry.

Saturday 28th May



A fun filled day for all the family! Cattle, Sheep, Horses, Rabbits, Vintage Tractors, Junior Football, SWRI, Bake Off, School & Light Horse / Show Jumping Competitions plus Pet’s Corner, Live Bands, Fun Fair, Craft Tent & Pig Racing! Trade Stand, advertising & sponsorship opportunities available.

Details from David Steel or at

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Park Life | Pet Supplies

Why would a veterinarian offer pet care and training? Because I want to improve life for pets and owners and I endeavor to do so by offering a variety of helpful and affordable services that every pet guardian needs. My motto “Life should be fun” is reflected in reward-based training and fulfilled, yet safe, walks and a good time despite the owner’s absence. My veterinary background and postgraduate degree in Clinical Animal Behaviour mean that your pet gets the very best of care on many levels and every owner competent advice. “There is no one reality, only everyone’s own perception”, so make your pet’s world filled with good perceptions, starting now.

Please call for more information.


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A nurturing enviroment for our children provided by Heron House

At our Nurturing and Learning Environment, at Heron House Killearn we provide all children with positive learning experiences and opportunities from the very minute they arrive! Our fees are competitive, our staff are loving and experienced. We drop off and collect pre-school children from Killearn Nursery Class. Our nursery has an Out of School facility for siblings only as places are at a premium.

We previously, for 15 years, had partnership status with Stirling Council Education Services to provide funded places for eligible 2-5 year old children. We are delighted to announce as of August 2016 we return to this status. This will equate to, in the region of £2000 refunded by cheque directly to parents over three terms.



Come along, visit us and discover more of what we provide for” our” little people who are happy, loved and thriving. Our beautiful nursery sits adjacent to Killearn Glen with ample private parking. The large secure garden has a mud kitchen, children’s allotment and a hard surface for bikes and trikes. Fiona or Gabi are happy to chat to you. We look forward to your visit.

Beech Drive, Killearn G63 9SD t: 01360 550 162 e: 959 Crookston Road, Glasgow G53 7DT t: 0141 810 5777 e:

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Cinema Listings Buchlyvie Village Hall Cinema Sun 3rd April Charlie & The Chocolate Factory. Doors open 1.30pm, showtime 2pm. All tickets £3. An envelope will be given to every ticket buyer - only one lucky envelope will contain a ‘golden ticket’. The prize will be a mini chocolate hamper. Sat 30th April Alvin & The Chipmunks: The (New Release) Doors open 6.30pm, showtime 7pm. Adults £4, kids £3

Road Chip.

Sat 21st May Ladies Night: Dirty Dancing Doors open 7.30pm, showtime 8pm. Tickets £7.50 includes nibbles. BYOB and a ‘boogie’ after the film.

Callander Film Society St Kessogs, Ancaster Square, Callander £4 at the Door/Membership details & Listings on the website

Strathendrick Film Society Films Start at 7.30pm Balfron High School Theatre 1st April To

Kill a Mockingbird

Mugdock Cinema Visit website for up to date information Booking advised 0141 956 6100 or book online. Cost £3 Mon 11th April 7.30pm As

Good as It Gets

Mon 25th April 7.30pm Pride

Mon 9th May 7.30pm Wuthering Mon 23 May 7.30pm From

Heights Russia with Love (PG), (1963)

LOCH LOMOND SHORES SEALIFE CENTRE – CINEMA Sat 9th April 5.30pm, Doors Open 5pm Kung

Fu Panda 3 Sat 9th April 8.30pm Doors open 8pm Hail Caesar Sat 30th April 5.30pm Doors Open 5pm Zootropolis 3 Sat 30th April 8.30pm Doors Open 8pm Batman Vs Superman Gartmore Community Cinema Licensed Bar from 7pm-Midnight For more info, please contact Steve Calveley 01877 382514 Annual membership of £10 gives you reduced entry to all films Members: £2 per film Non-members: £4 per film Children: £2 per film 22 April

Hunger Games - Mockingjay Part 2 (TBC) The Secret Service (15)

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at Aberfoyle & Peebles

k u . o c . e p a o g t a k Boo or call 0845 643 9152 quote PRKLFE †

*Offer valid until 30th November 2016, excludes Saturdays and Corporate Events. Discount code must be entered at time of booking. Only valid at Aberfoyle and Peebles. †Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge. Participation and supervision ratios apply - please see our website.

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Trossachs Highland Gathering

returns this Summer to Aberfoyle! Sunday 24th July This Summer sees the revival of the great ‘Trossachs Highland Gathering’ at Kirkton Farm. Last held in the 80’s in the halcyon days of Geoff Capes and TV Strongmen. Top Contemporary athletes from home and abroad will be vying to break the 30 odd year old distances still recorded since last held in 1987. There will also be a range of strongman challenges including...

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• The stones of Density • The V12 classic car pull • The hailstane of talent • Its not all about strength though with highland dancing, solo piping, bands plus a range of country pursuits Archery, clay pigeons, falconry, fly casting, sheepdogs, dog show and more and many craft and traders stands.

Ample car parking and gathering is located adjacent to village of Aberfoyle at Kirkton Farm FK8 3UQ Put the date in your diary now Sunday 24th July! Tel: 07400 052830 • E:

How much? Pasta class just £29 for 2 hours! Curry class just £39 for 3 hours! When? Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th April How to book? Visit or call now on 01877 389900

Why should kids have all the fun? Our special Saturday Night with Nick & John (award-winning chef tutor John Webber) is on Sat 19th April at just £69, from 5.30-8pm. What’s included? Glass of fizz, flatbreads from our wood-fired oven, wine, and make and eat our Thai Chiang Mai Chicken Curry. Plus a free glass of wine at the Lake of Menteith Waterfront Hotel after – we’ll shuttle you there. Call 01877 389900 to book. (No gift vouchers are eligible for this event.)

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Our primary role is the saving of lives our Community First Responders and Urban SAR dogs do just that. But, TSAR does a whole lot more... Our Heartstart initiative in your community is in partnership with the British Heart Foundation and we train over 300 people each year how to perform CPR and use a defibrillator - all FREE OF CHARGE.

Our Public Access Defibrillator project aims to raise funds to place defibrillators in every community and at key tourist sites. We have placed 50 so far and have seen 2 lives saved. Our next venture is to launch our Public Access Defibrillator App in partnership with the Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs to help you locate your closest unit in the event of a cardiac arrest. We can only do this work with YOUR help. The charity is made up entirely of local volunteers. No one receives any payment nor is any funding received from the government. To continue to provide such a vital community service, we rely purely on the charity of the community within which we serve. If you would like to make a donation, visit or text donate TSAR04 ÂŁ10 to 70070 (Just Text Giving by Vodafone). @TrossachsSAR

TrossachsSAR Scottish Charity no SC028266

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Water Kayaking • Hamster Ball • Canoeing • Horse Riding • Fishing • Archery Park Park Life |•Business

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We provide customised programmes for groups of all sizes and make up. Including stag and hen parties, young people and just groups of friends. As well as drawing on our range of activities there are also specific activities designed for groups. We can accomodate groups of any size and can tailor packages and days to your requirements.


Our activities are ideal for you people for a great day out. Some of our most popular activities are our waterpark, gorge walking, archery, canoeing and horse riding. In addition we organise group activities for children including Birthday Parties and Overnight Camp Outs.

Corporate Groups

We customise programmes to suit the specific requirements of corporate groups benefit from the exciting and challenging experiences which improve team working, communication and leadership skills, increase the confidence of individuals as well as the group as a whole.

Group and Fun Days

Go country provide a popular venue for groups of friends whether in stag and hen parties, to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, family reunions, clubs or just friends have a fun day out.

Go Country, Kinlochard, nr Aberfoyle, Stirlingshire FK8 3TL Tel: 01877 387750 | 0845 6437089 lo-call rate Email: |

Take advantage of our equipment hire experience, we hire all equipment including Canoe & Bike Hire!

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£4 Entry

Now running for its 5th year, the Killearn Beer Festival will host another great day out for the whole family to enjoy a relaxed atmosphere with great beers, food and music at The Old Mill, Balfron Road, Killearn. Sample a variety of superb craft ales from local favourites such as Fallen Brewery and Fintry Inn with the focus this year on up and coming breweries from Southern Scotland and the Lothians. And for cider lovers we will have traditional and speciality ciders. An entry fee of £4 will get you a KBF glass and tasting notes. A full list of the beers and tasting notes will be posted on the Killearn Beer Festival facebook and web site pages. As a non profit organisation surplus funds from the event are distributed to local events and causes. Killearn Beer Festival



Friday Night is Steak Night

Tasty Lunches every day 12 - 2.30pm Fitness Room • Squash • Saunas Top-Class catering for all types of function - weddings, parties, reunions - See website for photographs Friday Evening is our special dining night - booking essential Snacks, Breakfasts and Lunches served every day A charity providing sports and recreation facilities in West Stirling. SC001505

Tel: 01360 860205

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Park Life | Kids Groups & Clubs

Event / Club

Vilage / Location

Aberfoyle Toddlers (age 0 - 5 years) Artworks classes (for 5 - 14 years) Art4you Kids Drawing (P5-P7) & Portfolio Class (S1-S6) Baby Massage (Starting 1st April) Balfron “New Baby“ Cafe Balfron Monday Music Balfron Bairns Toddlers Balfron Razzamataz Balfron Barracudas Swim Club Balfron Gymnastics Balfron Outdoor Athletics Club Balfron Tennis Tigers Buchlyvie Baby & Toddlers Group Brig O Turk Playgroup Pre School Callander Kids Parents & Toddlers Group Callander Target Sports Club Drymen Cubs 8-11yrs (boys and girls) Drymen Scouts 11-14yrs (boys and girls) Drymen/Spanish/El Club Espanol Drymen Under 5’s Drymen Children’s golf lessons Drymen/Ballet Classes Desta Laiolo Gargunnock Playgroup Gargunnock Toddlers Gartmore Parent & Toddler Group Gartocharn Under 5’s Killearn Baby & Toddlers Group Kippen Playgroup Kippen Toddler Group Karate Zan Shim Kai Killearn Linda Turner School of Dance Killearn/Ballet Classes Desta Laiolo Killearn Monday Music Lets Dance with Lorna Pickford Strathblane Fun Hut Baby/Toddler Group Strathblane Linda Turner School Of Dance Thornhill Baby & Toddler Thornhill Pre-School Playgroup

Aberfoyle Memorial Hall

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McLintock Hall, Balfron Balfron Station Tir na nog Church Hall, Balfron (Term Time only) Balfron & Killearn Balfron McLintock Hall McLintock Hall, Balfron Balfron Campus Pool Balfron High school Balfron Campus Pitches Balfron Campus Buchlyvie Village Hall Brig O Turk Playgroup Pre School Kirk Hall, Callander Camp Place, Callander Drymen Church Drymen Church Church Hall, Drymen Village Hall, Drymen Buchanan Golf Club, Drymen Village Hall, Drymen & Killearn Community Centre, Gargunnock Community Centre, Gargunnock Gartmore Village Hall Kilmaronock Millennium Hall (downstairs) Church Hall, Killearn Village Hall, Kippen Village Hall, Kippen Memorial Hall, Aberfoyle Village Hall, Killearn Village Hall, Drymen & Killearn Balfron & Killearn Mugdock Country Park Kirk Rooms, Strathblane Edmonstone Hall, Strathblane Community Hall, Thornhill Community Hall, Thornhill

Park Life | Kids Groups & Clubs





9.30 - 11.30am

Cindy 07786 511894



Wednesdays & Fridays



Various times

Claudia Duncan 07981 768081


10.30 - 12noon

Susan 01360 449573


9.15 - 2.45pm

Clare 01360 550166


9.30 - 11.30am

Facebook - Balfron Bairns


Various times

Mark 07715 301841

Monday, Thursday & Saturday

Various times


6.30 - 8pm

Saturday & Sunday

2 - 5pm

07837 339 558


9.30 - 11.20am

Emma 07841 908184

Monday (Inc Summer holidays)

10.00 - 12noon

Alex 01877 376347


9.30 - 11.30am

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday


Raymond 01877 330854


6pm - 7:30pm

Gavin 07590 370199


6pm - 7:30pm

Gavin 07590 370199

Saturday, Wednesday & Thursday

(3 - 11 year olds) Various Times

Michelle 07791 034003

Monday & Wednesday

9.30 - 11.30am

Michelle 07961 722757



Jonathan 01360 660330

Monday / Tuesday

from 3.45pm / 6.30 - 8pm

0141 9421998

Monday & Thursday

9.00 - 11.30am


10.00 - 11.30am

Nicola 07799 731050


9.30 - 11.30am

Laura Hart 07824 879501


10.00 -11.30am

Suzanne 01389 720139


9.30 - 11.30am

Angela 07733 224598

Tuesday & Friday

9.30 - 12noon

Jane Bain 07922 093595


10.15 - 12noon

Aimee 07833 451979


From 7pm

01877 382296

Wednesday & Thursday

Various times

01360 770390

Monday / Tuesday

from 3.45pm / 6.30 - 8pm

0141 9421998


9.15 - 2.45pm

Clare 01360 550166

Sat ( 10.30 & 16.45) Thurs ( 17.00 & 20.00)

Wed 1 - 1.45 Tots Age 2-3 | 2 - 2.45 Pre-School Age 3-4 | 4.15 - 5.15 Primary P1-P4

01360 551689 / 07500 213473

Monday, Wednesday & Friday

9.15 - 11.15am

Monday & Tuesday

Various times

01360 770390


10.00 - 11.30am

Joanna Bassett 01786 850707

Tuesday & Friday

9.30 - 12noon

Fiona Beaton 01786 850510

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Book your epic & adventurous Bushcraft Birthday Party, Family Gathering or Office Team Building event in our wild woods this summer!

wee SKELF’s Easter Holiday Club

Green Aspirations

Every weekend over the summer we’ll also be running our most popular bushcraft workshops, woodland craft Scotland CIC workshops and selected activities from our wee SKELFs Birthday Parties Bushcraft programme! Our workshops include Birchcraft, Green Why not try something different for your child’s birthday party this year exciting adventures out in the woods where we offer a variety of woodworking, Axecraft and more. Ourwith wee SKELFs bushcraft and fun activities. Our main area is covered overhead with a programme is aimed at kids between 5 cosyand 12whereand campfire the party ends with toasted marshmallows. includes den building, making and shooting bows and arrows, team games and more. With so much going on, there’s something for everyone! Party Activities to choose from:

Craft Workshops

Birthday Parties

Treasure Hunt- Figure out the clues & find the treasure! Stick Challenge- Build the highest tower with sticks & string Bushcraft Art- make a dream catcher, stick people, mobiles using

woodland treasures

Green woodworking (ages 10 & over- sharp tools) make something cool out of wood! Den Building- use natural materials in the woods to build a cool den Campfire cooking- Learn how to make cupcakes and bread over a cosy campfire! Make a bow & arrow- from natural materials found in the woods Make a kite- with sticks and paper and fun decorations! Fire Lighting - learn different techniques...and putting out!

Wide range of woodland skills & craft workshops in our woodland or we can come to you! Like Facebook! Like us on Facebook!

Book us for Events

Follow us @aspirationgreen Follow us on Twitter: Twitter! To book email 0141-342-4188 0141-342-4188

Family Bushcraft Experience

Green Scotland All Aspirations photos are our own. CIC is a Company Limited by Guarantee Company No. 442821. Green Aspirations Scotland is a Community Interest Company Guarantee. Company No. 442821. All photo’sLimited are ourby own.

FAMILY SHOWS @ Connect With Us:


Children’s Classic Concerts


Sun 24 Apr, 2.30pm Tickets: £10.50 / £6.50 Conc / £31 Family Saver

Book tickets:

For ages 4 to 12



Barrowland Ballet & Macrobert Arts Centre


Sat 30 Apr & Sun 1 May, 12noon & 3pm Tickets: £12.50 / £46 Family Saver


For ages 2 to 10

Sun 15 May, 11am & 2pm Tickets: £8.50 / £30 Wee Group Saver (4 people)

01786 466666 |

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For ages 6 months to 5 years

What’s On at Loch Lomond Shores SPRINGFEST, THE SCOTTISH FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL Loads of delicious food, drink, cookery demos, live music and entertainment plus loads more over two days, it’s even bigger and better than last year. Free event, open daily from 10am. www

Friday 15th - Drakes of Hazard Dog & Duck Show, 12noon, 1:30pm & 3pm Sunday 17th - Farmers Market, 10am - 4pm Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th - Artisan Craft Market, 10am - 4pm Saturday 30th - The Walking Theatre Company present Robin Hood, 2pm For information visit Tickets available from



Monday 4th - Sunday 10th - Big Kids Circus (tickets available at: Monday 4th - Drakes of Hazard Dog & Duck Show, 12 noon, 1:30pm & 3pm Tuesday 5th - The Regal Storytellers, 12-4pm Thursday 7th - Iron Man & Captain America meet & greet, 1-3pm Saturday 9th - Arttoon cartoons & caricaturist, 12-4pm Monday 11th - Rainbow Twisters arts & crafts, 12-4pm Tuesday 12th - Ron Ray Magic Show, 12-4pm Thursday 14th - Wee COOKIES kids cooking club 11am - 1pm & 2-4pm

Monday 30th - Drakes of Hazard Dog & Duck Show, 12noon, 1:30pm & 3pm

Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd April

Sunday 1st - Farmers Market, 10am - 4pm Monday 2nd - Ron Ray Magic Show, 12-4pm Sunday 15th - Farmers Market, 10am - 4pm; Allsort Choir, 2-4pm Sunday 22nd - Murray Magician Friday 27th - Angry Birds walkabout, 12-3pm Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th - Artisan Craft Market, 10am - 4pm Sunday 29th - Breast Way Round Finale

More than you could ever imagine Shop. Eat. Play. Open daily from 9.30am Balloch G83 8QL

Free parking 01389 751031

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With Summer fast approaching, and hopefully bringing with it lots of sunshine and smiles, what better way to get the most out of it than coming along to “The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre”, near Aberfoyle. There can’t be many things more satisfying and invigorating than a forest in summer … the cool, clean air, the warm dappled shade, the sense of peace and quiet, and plenty of space for all ages to explore and have fun! The woods around the Visitor

Come to The Lodge this Spring and follow our come and have an adventure in our very own enjoy some honey in the Lodge caf nature play treats and take advantage Centre, and across and the Queen visit TheofLodge Shopmaze, and enjoy the view Elizabeth Forest Park, arehide, the perfect the willow hammocks,

setting for your own adventure and Hobbit houses and tunnels, and the Lodge on 0300 what better place to startCall thanThe at the climbing tree. 067 6615 or five-star Lodge. With email: information the for mor See the forest, and the surrounding displays, activities, and of course the area, in all its summer glory. Take fantastic café, the Lodge can the time to enjoy one of our themed start an amazing day out. From here Follow us on trails: the @LodgeAberfoyle wheelchair friendly you can venture out and indulge in Waterfall trail, the Oak Coppice Trail, some wildlife viewing at the squirrel the Duke’s Trail or the Lime Craig Trail hide, or visit our resident highland …. then reward yourself with a visit cow, or watch our live cameras to see to the Lodge café. how the Ospreys are doing. You could even join the kids in some fantastic Perfect!

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Come to The Lodge this Spring and follow our bee themed trail down to the waterfall, come and have an adventure in our very own “Hundred Acre Wood”, play pooh sticks and enjoy some honey treats in the Lodge cafe. Watch wonderful wildlife from our hide, visit The Lodge Shop and enjoy the views from The Lodge Cafe. Call The Lodge on 0300 067 6615 or email: the for more info. Follow us on

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Fri 27th - Sun 29th May 2016 £5 per day entry fee • Under 16’s free Strathyre Music Festival started in 2013 and is now back again for a 4th year. Hosted by top local band Balvaig; this event is one of Scotland’s largest community events with a reputation for high standards and value for money. The 3 day Festival offers a wide selection of music from over 100 performers including local artists, plus aspiring young talent providing an eclectic mix of Rock, Folk, Blues, Americano, Traditional and Country something for everyone. Headlining acts have been confirmed as follows: on Friday we have top Glasgow band Papa Shandy and the Drams, Saturday from the Wild West Coast of Argyle, blues band Mudslide. Sunday we finish with a Ceilidh courtesy of Stirling’s own Riverside Ceilidh Band. Tickets are priced at £5.00 per adult per day, children under 16 free but must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Tickets are available on the day or from our local Box Office courtesy of The Village Shop. The Festival Market returns to the centre of the Village and is opened on Saturday morning at 11.00am by The McLaren High School Pipe Band. Sunday opening is from 12 noon. A wide variety of local produce and crafts will be available. All proceeds go to next year’s Festival.

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Mother & Child Rights are not given much importance in certain societies.

WIN 2 KIDS PLACES! On the Nick Nairn Cook School’s ‘Kids Can Cook Curry’ Class on April 13th

In Malawi and other poverty stricken countries, and sometimes in ours, this observation is more obvious. Such shortfalls need to be corrected, by increased capacity for Education and Health of women and schoolgirls. Changing culture requires the educated in societies to be strengthened so that health is improved for mothers to have significant reduced mortality in pregnancy, which is needlessly high in Malawi, and greatly improved babies health. Sexual and Reproductive Health with Rights Education is the ambition of the young people themselves and other enlightened people whom we have met. Progress is being made but very slowly and will improve with international partnerships.

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A brilliant kids cooking class at the Nick Nairn Cook School – cooking pasta, meatballs and a fresh tomato sauce.

To enter visit

Browse more great classes for adults and kids here

Additional developments are a) water harvesting for vegetable growing at schools to improve understanding of nutrition & nutrients. b) provision of a power source through solar panels for cooking c) mobile phones for improved communications for health access and transport. These require partnerships among midwives, teachers and a local charity for education. We have links with the Malawi-Scotland Partnership, schools, university staff and graduates in Malawi and Scotland. Local supporters and donors will be welcomed and badly needed. Email: 76 | Scottish Charity no SCO44961

Join us every Saturday at Balfron High School Call Mark on 01389 386117 or 07715 301841 Web: email:

Life Changing Approach to Dyslexia: Hannah’s Story Fiona Macdiarmid, who runs Stirling’s Cellfield Centre, recently welcomed back former client, Hannah (20) who she first met 4 years ago. Hannah was struggling to cope with studying for her Highers and her self esteem was very low. Following consultation with Fiona, Hannah discovered she was dyslexic and undertook the Cellfield programme. A multisensory computer based programme, Cellfield was introduced to the UK 7 years ago by Fiona, who also runs the successful Kip McGrath tuition centre in Stirling. Undertaken over 10 days, Cellfield neurostimulates the brain networks which process the visual and auditory aspects of reading to achieve sustainable improvement in reading and language processing. Cellfield is very effective in helping people overcome dyslexia and similar processing difficulties and average gains of 2 years in reading age can be achieved. In addition to gains in reading, Cellfield also can be life changing because of the overall positive impact on self belief and confidence. Hannah is at University now and believes Cellfield changed her life: “it had a huge impact on me. It made a big difference to my academic studies and my day to day life”. Contact Cellfield to find out more. 01786 474818

A unique & effective approach to overcoming Dyslexia

Call Cellfield in STIRLING

01786 447 527

Cellfield changes lives...

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Picture by Paul Saunders Photography

What’s On April-May Events Cinema Listings pg 64

Drymen Art Club

Macrobert Arts Centre Family Shows pg 66

Sat 16th April 10am - 7pm Sun 17th April 9am - 5pm Annual exhibition of members’ paintings Drymen Village Hall Free entry. All welcome Drymen Village Hall

Loch Lomond Shores Events pg 73 Loch Katrine Egg-cellent Easter Egg Hunt pg 3 All Easter Weekend including Easter Monday

The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre pg 74 Open Easter Weekend and Easter Holidays

Mulberry Bush Montessori Balfron 10k Sun 24 Apr

art4you Scotland Charity Exhibition Opening Fri 1st April 7-9pm Sat 2nd & 3rd April 10am – 4pm In Aid of Rainbow Valley Proceeds to charity include: £2 entry (Kids free) Donation for drinks Silent auction Commission on work sold Balfron

Springfest at Loch Lomond Shores pg 73 Lomond School pg 4 Fun Morning Sat 7th May 9.30 am -12.15 4-12yr olds Activities Arts & Crafts Booking essential admin at

Psychic Charity Night Balfron in the McLintock Hall Sat 21st May 7:30 - 10:00 pm Tickets £10 at the door or pre book All the proceeds will be going to CHAS Jennifer Phillips. 07752 350204

Knit & Natter at Drymen Library Last Mon of the Month 10.30-12.30 Come and join us for a relaxing knit! (or crochet)

Nick Nairn Junior Chefs pg 66

Car Boot Sale Lomond Shores

Tues 12 – Wed 13 Apr

Last Sunday each month March-Oct In Aid of Cancer Research UK 10am-1.30pm Pitch £10 Held in the Overspill Carpark

Green Aspirations Easter Holiday Club pg 72 Wee Skelfs Programme 5-12yrs

Kirkhouse Inn pg 49 Loudmouth Music Sat 30 Apr Free Entry

Scottish Home Building Show pg 22 21-22nd May

Foraging walks for beginners Balfron, Drymen and Strathblane Saturdays throughout April and May Dates and bookings can be made at

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Strathyre Music Festival pg 75 Fri 27-Sun 29 May

The golden Years residents (anyone over 60 ) Killearn Annual dinner Fri 8th April at 7pm Killearn Kirk Halls Peter Rea on 550432, Bob Ballantyne on 550310, Anne O’Neill on 550605 or Doreen Snedden on 550834

‘The Great War through German Eyes’, Lecture for the (SDFAS) April 21st, 10:45 for 11:00, lecture finishes at 12:00. Guests, £7:00. A survey of German artists and sculptors who had experience of the Great War. Albert Halls, Stirling,

Alison Kinnaird, a glass artist. ‘Cutting Edge’ Lecture for the (SDFAS). May 19th, 10:45 for 11:00, lecture finishes at 12:00. Guests, £7:00. Albert Halls, Stirling,

JUST PLANE FUN! Drymen Village Square Saturday 7th May; 10am -2pm Enjoy getting behind the controls of a CESSNA plane used by Mission Aviation Fellowship [MAF] to bring medical supplies, food and hope to the most desperate and needy peoples in the world. Fun for all the family.

BIG BREKKIE! Drymen Church Sunday 22nd May at 9.30am Come and join this breakfast for Christian Aid.

Blythswood Care Callander Blythswood Care is keen to help by receiving donations of curtains, cushions, clothing and shoes, bric a brac, books, games, toys and small items of furniture. The Blythswood Care shop in Callander is happy to take in donations, and an uplift of larger items such as furniture can be arranged by calling Hillington depot on 0141 882 0585.

GARTMORE VILLAGE HALL Rab Noakes Sat 2nd April 7.30pm for 8.00pm Tickets £10.00

Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham Tues 17th May 7.30pm for 8.00pm. Tickets £18.00

What’s On April-May Events “STILL HAZY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS” An audience with Aly and Phil as they celebrate 30 years of working together.

Killearn Kirk Bangers & Brass Family Concert Sat 28th May at 7.30pm Callander Brass Band will play and the bangers supplied by edenmill farm shop entertaining,fun evening so come along. Entry is by ticket only (£10 each -under16’s free) Richard drew (440544), Helen gee (550831), Anne o’neill (550605) or Katie withers (449358) .the event is in aid of killearn Kirk

The Inner Wheel Of Strathendrick “House of Colour” Sat14th May from 10 -12 Demonstration and a Coffee Morning in aid of Robin House Killearn Kirk Halls Tickets £5 Contact Mary Frood (770646) Anne O’Neill (550605) Linda Ashley-Jones (440235)

The Golden Years Outing 11th June Aberfeldy lunch will be provided in the Kenmore Hotel and there will be time for shopping etc . The bus will leave Killearn at 10.30 and seats are available for anyone over 60 For more details , look out for posters nearer the time or contact Peter Rea on 550432, Bob Ballantyne on 550310,Anne O’Neill on 550605, or Doreen Snadden on 550834

Drymen Show pg 61 28th May

Killearn 10k pg 80 Sat 4th June

Killearn Beer Festival pg 69 Sat 4 June

Trossachs Highland Gathering Aberfoyle pg 72 Sun 24th July

IT’S TEN OUT OF TEN FOR MULBERRY BUSH MONTESSORI BALFRON 10K Organisers are hoping for a perfect ten when the Mulberry Bush Montessori Balfron 10k marks a decade of successful races in April. Having grown from a small village event to one of the most popular fixtures on the national running calendar, the race will be celebrating its landmark year on Sunday, April 24. Over the past ten years the Balfron 10k has become one of Scotland’s favourite events with around 600-plus runners tackling the challenging course in the shadow of the Campsie Hills Appealing to both the serious runner as well as the weekend runner and first-time 10k-er, the event’s popularity has seen it consistently appear in the top rank of Runner’s World magazine’s league table. And the runners’ pain has seen others gain – in the past ten years the event has raised more than £60,000, with the funds being split between Balfron Primary School, Balfron High School and nominated charities. This year the Stirling-based mental health charity Action in Mind will be a beneficiary as amongst its many services, it offers counselling support to pupils at Balfron High School. And Mairi Clark, owner of Mulberry Bush Montessori, main sponsor of the event, added: “Mulberry Bush Montessori is tickled pink and as proud as ever to be the main sponsor of this prestigious event in the running calendar, which attracts entrants from both the local area and as far away as Bournemouth and Barra.’’ The race, which starts at Balfron Campus at 11am, follows a scenic out and back route. A chip timing device ensures a quick and accurate result for runners. Enter online now at the website

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Saturday 4th June is an exciting date for local runners.

Bush Montessori, every runner that crosses the 10k finish

At 11am the starter’s klaxon will sound on Killearn’s Main Street marking the start of the 2016 Killearn 10k. This annual event will have 250 places for runners and all of these are expected to sell out well in advance of the race date.

Killearn 10k medal. There will also be a range of class

10k runners will register in Killearn Primary School before mustering in the park. Following in the footprints of previous successful Killearn 10k events, runners head out of the village on Main Street and up to the pipe track. When on the track they head to Glengyone Distillery and beyond to the turnpoint. Weather permitting, the picturesque route back into Killearn gives runners a fine view of the Arrochar Alps and Ben Lomond.

Killearn Mile fun run will take place at 10am. The Killearn

With the support of this year’s main sponsor, Mulberry

on Saturday 4th June at

line will be rewarded with a generous goody bag that will include a technical t-shirt or vest and the much coveted prizes generously donated by our many local sponsors. The 10k is not the only exciting event on 4th June. The Primary Fundraising Group will be hosting a family fun day to coincide with the 10k. And, of course, the day wouldn’t be the anticipated annual event without the Killearn Beer Festival, which will hydrate runners and spectators alike well into the evening! You can find out more about the various events that will take place

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Park Life | Index Accountants Baxter Accounting 38 JMC Chartered Accountants 38 Sykam & Co Chartered Accountants 38 Activities/Entertainment/Kids Castle Rednock Trekking Centre 59 Caledonia Play 63 Drymen Show 61 Fintry Sports Centre 69 Go Ape 65 Go Country 68 Green Aspirations Scotland 72 Heron House Early Years 63 Killearn Beer Festival 69 Kip McGrath/Cellfield 77 Loch Katrine Cruises 3 Lomond School 4 Macrobert Arts Centre 72 McLaren Leisure Centre 60 Mother and Child Rights 76 Nick Nairn Cook School 66 Razzamataz 76 Strathyre Music Festival 75 Trossachs Highland Gathering 66 The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre 74 Architects Malcolm Parry Architects 40 MH Planning 40 Morris Architects 40 MW Consultants 40 Caravans Stirlingshire Caravans 82 Clothing Alterations & Soft Furnishings The Sewing Room 60 Computers Services Laptop and PC Doctor 41 Kappa Computer 41 Microcroft 41 Electrical Buchlyvie Electrical 33 Buchlyvie Electrical Radiators 37 Stewart Hollington 33 Food/Drink & Accommodation Blane Valley 48 Braeval Coffee Shop & Restaurant 45 Cookroom 52 Country Mumkins 48 Culcreuch Castle & Estate 47 Inn at Kippen 53 Kirkhouse Inn 49 MacDonald Forest Hills Hotel 51 Poppies Hotel & Restaurant 46 Red Kite Yurts 50 Taste of the Trossachs 44 The Fintry Inn 50 The Oak Tree Inn 2 the Old Mill Bar and Restaurant 53 The Wayfarers 46 84 |

Funeral Services Andrew Anderson & Sons 42 Archibald Billet 35 John Coubrough Funeral Directors 42 Galleries & Gift Shops Ian Gallacher Jewellers 81 Loch Lomond Shores 73 Moon 81 Wonderland 67 Gardening & Outdoors Allander Aggregates Ltd 8 Aqua terra Landsculpting 16 AW Contracts 15 Barclay’s Landscaping 15 Benview Garden Centre 15 Boquhan Estates 17 Calum Massie Landscaping 11 Craig Tree Services 8 Cruachan Landscaping 16 Fraser Robb 17 John Currie Brick and Stonework 16 MacColl Landscapes 13 Oakburn Gardens and Trees 8 Outdoor Perspectives 7 R.G Paving 12 Scotia Contracts Ltd 10 Scottish Stone 11 Shire Landscapes 11 T D Trees 9 Tradstocks 12 Y-MAC Engineering 14 Health & Wellbeing Clements hearing services 56/57 Forth Valley NHS 58 Killearn Fitness Health & Wellbeing 55 Polly Douglas Nutritional Therapist 55 Tir Na Nog 55 Trossachs Search & Rescue 67 Homes & Interiors Apollo Blinds 27 Burndale Workshop 22 Colin Johnson Traditional Upholstery 22 David Thompson 25 Elspeth Bennie artist blacksmith 19 Firberry Picture Framing 24 J Walker Interiors 23 Kitchen & Bathroom Interiors 19 KMC Carpentry 18 Sparkle Carpets 6 The Fabric Gallery 23 The Flooring Studio 21 The Panik Gallery 25 Town & Country Designs Coffee Shop 25 Twice as Nice Blinds and Shutters 20 Ventrolla Scotland 24 Laundry & Domestic Services The Cat’s Pyjamas 86 The Laundry Lady 86

Local Produce Scotia Spice 87 Logs Lomond Logs Ltd 83 Tartan Timber 83 Painting & Decorating Andrew Steele Painter & Decorator 28 Endrick Decorators of Killearn 27 Jack Brand Decorating 29 Strathendrick Decorators 29 The Paint Shed 26 Pet Services Breathing Space 62 Scotia Pet Supplies Ltd 62 Photography Paul Saunders Media & Photography 67 Plumbers Dunrite Plumbing 33 JTM Plumbing & Heating 28 MJM Gas Services 29 Stewart Reid Plumbing Services 85 Property Sale/Rent/Office Corum 88 The Old Bank Office Solutions 43 Property Bureau Stoves Ardstove 30 Stirling Stove Centre 30 Tartan Stoves 30 Trades & Services Aberfoyle Satellite Company 32 Adrian Pirie 85 A Ferguson Plastering 85 A Hopes Roofing 32 Appliance Repairs & Spares 32 Anderson Project Management 33 Bathroom Transformations 6 CMC Home Improvements 18 C-Mix 85 Drymen Tiling 28 Fowler & Son 85 G&S Roofing Ltd 35 Graham Sandals Timber Buidings 20 Glasgow Wood Pellets 34 Homeworx Killearn 34 Household & Ind Floor sanding services 29 KM Joiners 28 LA Lodges 39 Lorne Howell Joiners & Builders 31 Man Aboot the Hoose 85 MBS Roofing 43 Render Mender 34 RM Contractors 36 SD Garage Doors 37 Simon Head Joinery 36 Your Heating Ltd 34 Windows Night & Day 6

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Every Friday; 9am-5pm Beside Millennium Hall, Gartocharn Family run market with a huge selection of local produce including fruit & veg, cooked meats, cheese, eggs, butcher meats. A selection of breads from Mhor bread also available.


1st Wednesday of the month; 10am-2pm Douglas Street. A weekday market, which is extremely well supported locally. A wide variety of producers from all over Scotland in a splendid central position give this market a tremendous traditional atmosphere.


1st & 3rd Sunday of the month; 10am-4pm Balloch Most panoramic location of any Scottish market. A magnificent selection of produce, nearby parking, wonderful shopping in the Lomond Shore Gateway Centre, picnic areas and restaurants.


2nd Sat of each month; 10am - 4pm Port Street, Stirling. A very busy and well organised market with a superb cross section of produce from all over Central Scotland. The market is located in the pedestrian area of the city centre (outside M&S) and is within easy access of the main streets, car parks, rail and bus stations.


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Yasmin McDonagh of Scotia Spice cooks live on STV! The owner of a small but growing Punjabi cookery business based in Balfron made her debut on television in February.

Yasmin was invited to cook on the ‘tea for a tenner’ slot on STV’s popular daily magazine show ‘Live at Five’ which features a chef making an affordable dish live on the show for the presenters and guests to enjoy.

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Yasmin learnt authentic Punjabi cooking as a young child and decided to turn her passion into a business as her own family grew up. Today Scotia Spice is a small food business based in Balfron combining a cook school where Yasmin teaches Punjabi cookery courses, with an online business selling her beautifully designed curry kits. Yasmin says, ‘’I was so pleased to be invited. It’s not every day that a business like ours gets to showcase itself on the television. “I’d never been on live TV before so I was nervous and excited in equal measures, I was just hoping not to drop anything and that they would love my food. The team at STV were so kind, professional and relaxed they really put me at my ease and the whole experience was great fun!’’

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Yasmin cooked one of her favourite recipes from her Lamb kit using classic Punjabi spices. ‘’Lamb Keema makes a great, affordable mid-week supper. It’s full of flavour and spice as well as being quick and easy to make. It’s really tasty, and I was delighted the presenters and guests loved it too.’

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