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


February / March 2017


Venues, Catering and Decor

INTERVIEW with local champion Joe Twaddle


announces new ventures in the Park Life area


How to Buy, Sell and Preparing


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 Thornhill Ruskie • Port of Menteith • Callander • Kilmahog • Brig O Turk • Aberfoyle • Kinlochard • Balloch • Gartmore

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THE OAK TREE INN Muddy Boots Welcome

Half Price Rooms From now until March 31st all of our rooms are half price from Sunday to Thursday nights. Come and enjoy a break away at The Oak Tree Inn. To book just visit our website and enter your dates to check availability.

Loyalty Discount Card

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-5pm.

Locally sourced ingredients Pick up a copy of the Oak Tree news when you’re next in and see how many of the ingredients in our dishes are sourced locally, with many produced on site too. As well as our popular menu check out the daily specials boards in our bar and restaurant.

Tel: 01360 870357 | Email:






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The Steamship Sir Walter Scott is fully wheelchair friendly

Steeped in history and legend, Loch Katrine is the perfect place to start your Trossachs adventure. • Classic Steamship Cruises on the Sir Walter Scott (Commence on Saturday 25th March 2017) • Legends of the Loch Cruise on the Lady of the Lake • Lochside Dining in the Brenachoile Restaurant • The Pier Tearoom, Stronachlachar • Katrine Gifts - Souvenirs & Crafts • Katrinewheelz - Cycle hire • Borg Grech Photography VISIT US ONLINE FOR DATES OF ALL OUR YEAR ROUND EVENTS • Music on the Loch Cruises • Family Fun Days • Historical Character Cruises • Loch Katrine Steam Weekend • Sail with Santa • New Year Party Cruises

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

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James D. Bilsland Ltd Oil, Gas & Solid Fuel Distributors

Fuel for OPEN FIRES Fuel for STOVES Coal Doubles • Premium Coal Oxbow Glow Ovoids We also supply Wood Briquettes for Open Fires & Stoves All supplied in 25KG bags

Call: Mon - Fri 8am - 5pm 24hr answerphone service. Fast Efficient Service.



Parkview, Croftamie, Glasgow G63 0EU Tel: DRYMEN (01360) 660264 Fax: DRYMEN (01360) 660001 Email:

MW Consultants P39 Welcome to our first edition of 2017! Facebook is a great social media tool to keep our readers up to date on changes, local businesses, event cancellations or last minute events so please pop over and like our page at Park Life Magazine and don’t miss out again! A big highlight of this edition was finding out more about the truly inspiring Joe Twaddle and all he has given back to the community over the years, see pgs 70-71 to find out more. An interesting interview with Stuart and David Fraser pgs 60-61 gives us an insight into their plans for 2017 with new developments in the area which we at Parklife can’t wait to visit and support. Thank you for your support and don’t forget to keep sending us your events past and present and we will do our best to list them for you in our Spring Edition.

Katrina, Heather & Lisa


Contents • Events Park Life Map ............................................................................6 Weddings .............................................................................. 11 Balfron Bicentenary ............................................................... 21 Kids Groups & Clubs......................................................... 24-25 Loch Lomond Shores Events.................................................. 27 Local Cinema ....................................................................... 29 Local Events ..................................................................... 30-31 Useful Numbers ..................................................................... 33 Interview with MW Consultants............................................... 39 Gardening Tips ...................................................................... 43 Fitness Classes....................................................................... 54 Forever Living Clean 9 Review ............................................... 56 Interview with Stuart & David Fraser .................................. 60-61 Nick Nairn Recipe.................................................................. 62 Interview with Joe Twaddle ............................................... 70-71 Marie Curie ........................................................................... 74 Local Walk ............................................................................. 78 Drymen Collections............................................................... 79 Farmers Markets .................................................................... 80 Property Feature .................................................................... 82 Index ..................................................................................... 84

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copies covering ALL these local areas! • Killearn • Drymen • Croftamie Thornhill • Blanefield n • Gargunnock Strathblane Gartmore ior • Kippe • Balloch • her covering: yvie • Arnpr unity toget • Fintry • Buchl Aberfoyle • Kinlochard local comm • Gartocharn rdennan • Bringing your • Brig O Turk aha • Rowa • Kilmahog Balfron • Balm Menteith • Callander of Ruskie • Port

Contact Park Life - Get in touch Katrina - Director | e: | m: 07791 976910 t: 01360 550857 Lisa - Sales Director | e: | m: 07792 066706 t: 01360 550857 Parklife Magazine, Killearn Mill, Killearn, Glasgow G63 9LQ



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Park Life Magazine

April-May Edition 2017 Your what’s on guide and advertiser for Loch Lomond, The Trossachs & surrounding area

FREE April / May 2017


Fantastic competitions and exclusive readers offers!


Winter is a dull & distant memory, get your home ready for summer!

EASTER HOLIDAYS & SPRING MADNESS So much to do in this beautiful part of the world!

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Our next ediiton covers April & May, Copy deadline is 8th March. Easter Holidays & Spring Madness Homes & Interiors Competitions & exclusive readers offers! Contact Park Life - Get in touch Katrina - Director | e: m: 07791 976910 t: 01360 550857


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 Thornhill Ruskie • Port of Menteith • Callander • Kilmahog • Brig O Turk • Aberfoyle • Kinlochard • Balloch • Gartmore



Lisa - Sales Director | e: m: 07792 066706 t: 01360 550857 Parklife Magazine, Killearn Mill, Killearn, Glasgow G63 9LQ

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SHOWHOME NOW OPEN A luxury development of 3, 4 & 5 bedroom homes. 100% part exchange* available

At CALA, we’re doing a great deal more to help you make that move possible. So just ask, and you’ll find the perfect time…is now.


PLIFEFEB17 *CALA will obtain 2 independent valuations based on achieving a sale in a 4-6 week period, part exchange considered subject to CALA’s purchasing criteria, terms and conditions. Up to 100% part exchange and other incentives available on selected plots, subject to terms and conditions and not in conjunction with each other or any other offer. Visit for full terms and conditions and purchasing. The image shown is taken from The Elliot showhome at Endrick Meadows and features fixtures, décor, flooring and soft furnishings which are not fitted as standard in a CALA home. These are used to suggest possible finishes you could adopt in your own home and would be an additional cost. Telephone calls within the British Isles will be charged at local rate. Telephone calls may divert to a mobile service in which case, call charges may vary. Please consult a Sales Advisor for further details.



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CONSERVATORY ROOF CONVERSIONS • A new super lightweight tiled roof • Variety of tile colours available • Fully Insulated • “U” Value of 0.15

Providing you with a conservatory for all year round use

• Extensions • Attic Conversions • Fitted Kitchens & Bathrooms • Windows & Doors Replaced • Full Roofing Service • Timber Decking • Hardwood Floors • Design & Drawing Service • All Property Maintenance Undertaken



For free advice and quotations call Lorne on: 07763 790838 or 01360 771351

SUPPLIERS OF SUSTAINABLE SCOTTISH FIREWOOD AND WOODCHIP We have a real passion and understanding of the importance to produce reliable high quality wood fuel products for our customers. All our products are audited and accredited by WoodSure HETAS Plus and are also BSL approved. We Force or Kiln dry your wood with our exclusive drying systems ensuring all products are consistently at the correct low moisture content. Our specialised production process enables us to cut your logs into various lengths to ensure you are burning the correct size to achieve optimum efficiency.

Our friendly and reliable delivery drivers will always try to deliver your wood when and where you need it.

PRODUCTS AVAILABLE • Force Dried Softwood Logs 7”, 10”, 12”, 14”, 16” & 20” lengths in Large Builder Bag (0.8m3) • Force Dried Softwood Logs Standard 10” - other lengths available on request Large Builder Bag (0.8m3) • Kiln Dried Hardwood Logs Standard 10” - other lengths available on request Large Builder Bag (0.8m3)

• Kindling Supplied in economy sacks • Woodchip Dried & Screened Suitable for Biomass Boilers & CHP Units Available in various sizes and quantities • Wholesale & Commercial Contracts Bulk Bags available: 10” Kiln Dried Hardwood in sealed bags, 10” Softwood in nets, Kindling in nets

For more information please visit or call Anna on 07824 366321 / 01360 449369



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Weddings Feature

I, take you, to be my partner, to have and to hold, from this day forward; for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part.

Originally from Persia and its bordering lands, the Felted Trellised The fleet of 24 yurts range in size from the Nomadic Tent, or Yurt, has been in existence for over 2,000 years. 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.

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

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2017 Wedding Package Late Availability


60 Day Guests | 80 Evening Guests Your ceremony and meal will take place in the stunning surrounds of the Mackintosh Suite, with your evening reception to follow in the Art Lovers Café Bar. Venue hire Ceremony charge Glass of House sparkling for arrival Half bottle of House wine for meal Glass of House wine for toast 3 course menu, tea and coffee Full evening buffet for 80 guests

Master of ceremonies Full table linen Choice of 2 centre pieces Table plan, place cards, menus, table names Dance floor Cake stand and cake knife

Add additional day guests at £50pp | New bookings only, please quote LA2017

Get in touch to find out more about dates and availability.

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Set in the majestic surroundings of Bellahouston Park in Glasgow, House for an Art Lover has become one of Scotland’s truly unique, artist-designed, wedding venues in Scotland. Designed by artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1901 as an elegant country retreat for a person of taste and culture, it was built in 1996 and combines: an event venue, art gallery and exhibition space, café, multipurpose studios, making it a magnificent visitor attraction.

windows, fireplace, wall cupboards and stained glass ceiling light. The light fittings, fireplace and window seats were created using photographs from the interior of Mackintosh’s Hous’hill. The Lower Gallery features details taken from another Mackintosh masterpiece, Windyhill. Lanterns light the space and two tall windows overlook a small entrance forecourt with window recesses, similar to The Hill House and the Glasgow School of Art, forming semi-private spaces for two people. Perfect for photographs of newlymarried couples. Surrounding the house is an award-winning ARTPARK featuring an art pavilion and Heritage Centre. The Victorian walled garden and the Sculpture garden, featuring work from prominent Scottish artists, are particularly good for photographs. Couples planning to invite children to their wedding can keep them occupied all day with full use of the play park, situated at the rear of the house.

Voted one of the 50 best wedding venues in the UK by the Independent newspaper, couples planning their wedding can choose one of the spectacular venues within the house - whether it’s the minimalist wonder of The Music Room – designed to Mackintosh’s specifications from everything down to the lighting. Its palette of white, rose pink, violet and green with metallic silver and gold, with a white-panelled scheme and furniture enhance the space and light in the room. A wall of French windows leads out to the balcony which overlooks the picturesque park. The Oval Room, originally the room where Edwardian ladies were expected to withdraw after dining, is oval shaped – Mackintosh’s customary feminine symbol. This shape continues throughout the room, incorporating the

Our team of Chefs at the house can prepare anything from an intimate meal for 2 to a banquet for 110. Wedding co-ordinator, Rachel Fyfe, is assigned to each couple to ensure that their wedding is tailored to their every need with no request too large or small.

To find out more about weddings at House for an Art Lover contact: Rachel Fyfe, Wedding Co-ordinator on 0141 353 4773 or email: | 13

Bramble & Thyme specialises in providing beautiful flowers for weddings and events.

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Bramble & Thyme Flowers

Marc Millar Photography

Beautiful, bespoke flowers for weddings and events. E: M: 07791292421 Based in Blairdrummond Helena Gore Photography

Weddings are a large part of Bramble & Thyme’s work from marquee weddings featuring large installations to more intimate celebrations. No event is too large or too small and Fiona will very happily arrange an informal consultation to discuss ideas. Fiona likes to use seasonal flowers when possible and often uses flowers from her cutting garden as well as flowers from Holland. Arrangements are loose and relaxed full of texture and interesting foliage. When spring arrives lovely blossom, vibrant, fresh green foliage and beautiful spring flowers will feature in designs. If you would like to chat about wedding flowers or flowers for a special occasion get in touch or have a look at Bramble & Thyme’s website, FB, Instagram or Pinterest boards to get a flavour of Fiona’s work.

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Picture this... helping people to master the controls and settings of their cameras to take better photographs. Paul also captures photography and video, and assists with marketing for many local businesses including The Oak Tree Inn, who he helped to organise Balmaha’s Braw Weekend for last autumn. Local photographer Paul Saunders has a very varied job, he could be on a boat one day photographing Loch Lomond for tourism photographs and on another filming a demonstration of the latest item of garden equipment that Fraser C Robb are selling. The majority of Paul’s business comes locally from within the Park Life Magazine area. He photographs weddings and takes family portraits in the beautiful area that we live in as well as organising regular photography training courses,

Portrait & Wedding Photography Drymen based, offering Family Photography Sessions, Wedding Photography, Photography & Video for Businesses and Photography Training Courses

Tel: 01360 661029 16 |

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Bridal Radiant beauty, future happiness‌ Rowan in Frost enamel promises life and renewal. We can match our enamels to the bride’s chosen colours for her special day. Lunar pendants, shown above, can be enamelled in almost any colour, perfect for bridesmaids and the mother-of-the-bride. Our designer engagement rings wedding bands and interlocking ring sets symbolise unity and love. Call into Lomond Shores, Janice and her friendly team will be delighted to size your finger for a made-to-measure ring.

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Train - Play - Relax - Compete

McLaren Leisure, Mollands Road Callander, Perthshire, FK17 8JP 01877 330000

Swimming Pool - Sports Hall - Climbing Wall - Fitness Suite - Parties - 3G Pitch Fitness Classes - Soft Play - SQA Courses

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Win a family WI ticket to see Parwk itLhN! Black Beauty Magazinifee in 2017! One of the best-selling books of all time comes to Macrobert Arts Centre in a re-telling that is not to be missed and here’s your chance to win a family ticket to see the show.

We are the ideal place for boys and girls age 4-18 with an interest in performing, to learn Pop Singing, Street Dance, Musical Theatre & Drama!

NOW ENROLLING! For further details contact: Mark Long E:

In a stable yard, where the smell of fresh dung is never far away, Patrick and Hamish take the bit firmly between their teeth and tell the classic tale of Black Beauty. Saddle up, jump on and gallop headlong in to a story where loneliness gives way to hope and courage saves the day. Black Beauty (Traverse Theatre Company & Red Bridge) Sat 18 Feb at 2.30pm or 6pm | 01786 466 666

Tel: 0141 576 4569 / 07715 301841

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On 9th April 1817 the renowned Victorian architect Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson was born in Endrick Cottage Balfron near Ballindalloch Mill which had made the village into a cotton ‘boom-town’ just under 20 years before. To celebrate this important bicentenary Balfron Heritage Group has teamed up with the local Development Trust, Community Council and other key individuals to create a month-long Festival of events throughout April. A successful bid to the Celebrate Scotland – Big Lottery Fund has ensured that most of the events are free. The Group has worked closely with the Alexander Thomson Society which has its own exciting calendar of events across the year.

Endrick Cottage Balfron – Thomson’s birthplace

here will also be used to display the work of the FABARTS children who are currently working on a Thomsonbased project and art4you clients who choose the architects work as their inspiration for this term. It is hoped that the residents of Balfron’s Greek Thomson Road will organise a street party for the birthday itself. To encourage young people into architecture and design BRICKS4KIDZ will run LEGO workshops in the McLintock Hall on Wednesday 12th April. These will be free but ticketed because of numbers.

Thomson’s legacy to his native village.

The Heritage Group has managed to secure the stunningly colourful images of Phil Sayer of Thomson buildings and interiors now in the custody of Historic Environment Scotland for their centrepiece exhibition in Balfron Library from Saturday 8th April. A second interactive exhibition is also planned for the John McLintock Hall. Space

On Thursday 13th April the Heritage Group will host a specially-written short one-man play “Speculations on Infinity” based on Thomson’s life and work. This will be accompanied by a 1960s archive film of the architect’s life and work from the NLS Film Archive. Again, this event will be free but ticketed because of the McLintock Hall’s capacity.

Free Guided Local History walks around the village starting from Balfron Library will take place over the course of the month as well as their regular days throughout the summer months. Apart from these scheduled walks groups can arrange alternative dates by contacting the Library or well in advance.

Cupola – Holmwood – Cathcart from Phil Sayer collection (Balfron Library Heritage Group Exhibition.

Balfron Community Singers’ Spring Concert will provide the finalé to the Festival where apart from their usual varied repertoire the Première of the new pipe tune Alexander Greek Thomson commissioned by the festival co-ordinator Jim Thomson from prizewinning piper Daniel McDermott will be performed. A fitting ending to a stimulating | 21 month of events!

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Ferguson Highland Dance Company • Classes for age 3 1/2 and over, all abilities welcome • Opportunities to sit exams, do competitions & performances • Balfron classes Thursday’s at Mclintock Hall Stirling classes Monday’s Holy Trinity Church Hall (near the Albert Hall) • Professional dancers available for all events. No event too big or too small. • Lessons available in Balfron & Stirling City Centre

Ferguson Highland Dance Company are available for hire for all events and festivals, whether its a large corporate function, a wedding, or a small get together we are here to liven up your evening with traditional highland dances, choreographed dances or even to help with ceilidh demonstrations. We also provide lessons for all ages and abilities, and are available for workshops. Taught by professional dancer Gemma Ferguson who danced in events in countries all over the world.

Contact Gemma Ferguson 07796 018918 | E: fergusonhighlanddancecompany

FAMILY SHOWS @ Connect With Us:



Fish and Game and Unicorn

Traverse Theatre Company and Red Bridge



Thu 16 Feb, 1pm & 3pm Tickets: £8.50 / £30 Wee Group Saver

Book tickets:

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For ages 2-5

Sat 18 Feb, 2.30pm & 6pm Tickets: £8.50 / £30 Wee Group Saver

01786 466666 |

For age 6+

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TRY SOMETHING NEW TODAY... • Pony Club & Sunday morning 10am-12pm • Riding lessons for children on Sunday afternoon & 3.30-5pm on week nights and adult lessons on weekdays • Pony/Horse share opportunities • 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 & parties • Children`s pony parties

Water Park • Kayaking • Hamster Ball • Canoeing Horse Riding • Fishing • Archery

Outdoor adventure activities for all ages and abilities Groups • Children Corporate Groups Group and Fun Days Take advantage of our equipment hire experience, we hire all equipment including Canoe and Bike Hire!

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

Clay Pigeon & Rifle Shooting • Mountain Biking Gorge Walking • Climbing & Abseiling

Visit our Facebook page for further information

Tel: 01877 385276 | 07801 699497

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Enjoy exploring the trails around The Lodge, watching red squirrels and birds from the hide and taking part in our nature top twenty challenge. Try the new teas in The Lodge Café and throughout February enjoy a bowl of soup and a sandwich for £8. If you are feeling adventurous then why not swing through the trees on the new Go Ape course due to open in February? Call: The Lodge on 0300 067 6615 or Email: for more info. Follow us on


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Event / Club

Village / Location

Aberfoyle Toddlers (age 0 - 5 years) Artworks classes (for 5 - 14 years) Art4you Kids Drawing (P5-P7) & Portfolio Class (S1-S6) Balfron “New Baby“ Cafe Balfron/Killearn 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 & Scouts 11-14yrs (boys and girls) 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 Dance club Pre-school expressive Dance Kippen Dance club P1-3 Ballet, Tap and Modern Kippen Dance club P4 + Ballet Kippen Dance club P4+ Musical Theatre Kippen Playgroup (2-5 years) Kippen Toddler Group (0-5 years) Karate Zan Shim Kai Killearn Linda Turner School of Dance Killearn/Ballet Classes Desta Laiolo 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 Art4you Studio, Balfron Station 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 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 Reading Rooms, Kippen Kippen Primary School Kippen Primary School Kippen Primary School Village Hall, Kippen Village Hall, Kippen Memorial Hall, Aberfoyle Village Hall, Killearn Village Hall, Drymen & Killearn Mugdock Country Park Kirk Rooms, Strathblane Edmonstone Hall, Strathblane Community Hall, Thornhill Community Hall, Thornhill

Park Life | Kids Clubs & Events





9.30am - 11.30am

Cindy 07786 511894



Wednesdays & Fridays


Claudia Duncan 07981 768081


10.30am - 12noon

Susan 01360 449573


9.15am - 2.45pm

Clare 01360 550166


9.30am - 11.30am

Facebook - Balfron Bairns


Various times

Mark 07715 301841

Monday, Thursday & Saturday

Various times

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


6.30pm - 8.00pm

Saturday & Sunday

2.00pm - 5.00pm

07837 339 558


9.30am - 11.20am

Emma 07841 908184

Monday (Inc Summer holidays)

10.00am - 12noon

Alex 01877 376347


9.30 - 11.30am

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday


Raymond 01877 330854


6pm - 7:30pm

Gavin 07590 370199

Monday & Wednesday

9.30am - 11.30am

Michelle 07961 722757



Jonathan 01360 660330

Monday / Tuesday

from 3.45pm / 6.30pm - 8pm

0141 9421998

Monday & Thursday

9.00am - 11.30am


10.00am - 11.30am

Nicola 07799 731050


9.30am - 11.30am

Laura Hart 07824 879501


10.00am -11.30am

Suzanne 01389 720139


9.30am - 11.30am

Angela 07733 224598

Mondays School Term

2.30pm - 3.10pm

Karen Mackinnon 07747791423

Mondays School Term

3.30pm - 5.00pm

Karen Mackinnon 07747791423

Mondays School Term

6.00pm - 8.00pm

Karen Mackinnon 07747791423

Mondays School Term

6.00pm - 7.30pm

Karen Mackinnon 07747791423

Tuesday & Friday

9.30 - 12noon


10.15 - 12noon


From 7pm

01877 382296

Wednesday & Thursday

Various times

01360 770390

Monday / Tuesday

from 3.45pm / 6.30 - 8pm

0141 9421998

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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Loch Lomond Shores - Coming Soon SPRINGFEST

1st & 2nd April Now in its third year, Springfest returns to celebrate Scottish food and drink. Expect a weekend packed full of amazing food and drink suppliers, cookery demos, family-friendly entertainment, live music and more. Free to attend. From 10am both days.

February ART AT RHU SALE 4th, 5th, 25th & 26th Feb 4th 5th, 25th & 26th March The exceptionally talented artist, Linda Gemmell, will be exhibiting and selling her work at Loch Lomond Shores.

KELPIE DRIFTWOOD 11th, 12th, 18th & 19th Feb 11th, 12th, 18th & 19th March Crafted by Scottish artisan, David Belton, Kelpie handmade gifts are created from driftwood, whiskey casks and Scottish storm wood.

MARKET DAY 5th & 19th February



6th & 7th February We’ll be rolling out the red carpet as we invite King Robert the Bruce and his queen, Elizabeth, to Loch Lomond Shores. They’ll be performing knighting ceremonies and handing out chocolate coins. 12-4pm, with breaks each hour.

5th & 19th March Open air market on the banks of Loch Lomond, with a selection of farmers market and craft market stalls. Plus live music to add to the atmosphere. From 10am.


CAR BOOT SALE ‘FROZEN’ THEMED KIDS’ WEEKEND 11th & 12th February Lots of Frozen themed fun for the family, including mascots, fairground rides, face painting and more. Check out for full details.

SCHOOL HOLIDAY FUN Week commencing 13th Feb Struggling to keep the kids entertained during the midterm break? Then check out what’s on at www. for full details.

26th March Car Boot Sale for Cancer Research UK, 9am – 12noon. Book your stall by calling 01436 671699


MOTHER’S DAY 26th March Treat mum to lunch or dinner at one of our cafes or restaurant and pop into the Mall to take your very own personalised ‘I Love You Mum’ message. Plus visit the website,, from 20 Feb to find out more about our special Mother’s Day competition.

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A nurturing enviroment for our children provided by Heron House Happy New Year! Our Christmas show “Whoops A Daisy Angel” was well attended and thoroughly a celebration for all. A very jolly time was had and together we raised £348.68 for the Beatson Cancer charity. FAB ! Some of our Christmas celebrations included Santa visits with presents for all,christmas parties and we also created beautiful gifts for our families to enjoy. At Heron House Killearn our focus is always on Nurturing and Learning

through play. Experiences are both planned and spontaneous. Our current priorities are Maths, Language & Literacy and Health & Wellbeing. We encourage our children to explore, investigate and extend their indoor and outdoor learning. Our experienced, professional staff team is committed to and passionate about children’s learning and development. Heron House Early Years Killearn is in Partnership with Stirling Council Education Services as a recognised

Educational Nursery.We provide 15 hours of assisted Childcare for children aged 3-5 years.Application forms available. We really all do have a genuine love of children, how they develop and learn and how we can extend their knowledge. Come along, meet us and find out more of what we do for the most important people in your lives. Call Fiona or Gabi to arrange a viewing. 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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FO P OS AT R HH LAC C TE K ES ND PR Qualified Passionate Team EE EVI S O OU Daily Am & Pm walks for babies NL S Y Environment rich in Literacy & Numeracy

Local Authority Funding available for 3-5 year olds

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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Chime, Music & Gym classes weekly Out of School Care HHK attendees only Holiday Care for children aged 5-11 years old Nurturing & Learning is our ethos

Cinema Listings

Mugdock Cinema

Bridge of Spies Mon 6th Feb - 7.30pm

During the Cold War, an American Lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and help the CIA exchange the spy for a Soviet captured American pilot.

The Aviator Mon 20th Feb - 7.30pm A biopic depicting the early years of legendary director and aviator Howard Hughes’ career from the 1920s to the mid-1940’s. Booking essential 0141 956 6100 All Tickets £3

Gartmore Community Cinema Delicatessen 4th Feb - 8pm The Quiet Man 18 Mar - 4pm The Guard 18 Mar - 8pm

Saturday Matinee screenings: (doors open 3.30pm) Ticket costs: Children £1.00 (under 16) / Adult £2.00 Saturday Night Screenings: (doors open 7.30pm) Ticket Costs: Adults £4.00 / Children £2.00 (Under 16) Season Ticket: £20.00 and free entry to ALL films. Tickets available on the door Season tickets also available in the Gartmore Village shop.

Callander Film Society The Big Short Sat 4 Feb Mustang Sat 18 Feb Eye in the Sky Sat 4 March Brand New Testament Sat 18 March

Screening location - St Kessogs, Ancaster Square, Callander, Stirlingshire, FK17 8ED

Strathendrick Film Society

The Lady in the Van Fri 3 Feb Spotlight Fri 17 Feb Roman Holiday Fri 3 March The Butler Fri 17 March Entry for non members £5

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Park Life Events Feb - March FOREST THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS ‘PETER PAN’ Gartmore Village Hall Thursday 2nd – Saturday 4th March

BUCHLYVIE SWI 14th February Speaker Clive Wright (Stirling Makker) 14th March ‘Trials & Tribulations of a Police Surgeon’ speaker Dr John Rankin 11th April Speaker Alistair Campbell (Deputy lieutenant for Stirling & Falkirk) All dates above are at Buchlyvie Village Hall 7.30pm Contact Alison Moffat 01360 850501

ABERFOYLE TRAIL RACE Saturday 18th February A 2km, 5km, 7km hill run on forest trails Enter online

STRATHENDRICK SINGERS MUSICAL COFFEE MORNING Saturday 25th February 10 am-12 noon Killearn Kirk Hall Home baking, musical entertainment and much more.

STRATHENDRICK SINGERS 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPRING CONCERT Sunday 26th March 7pm Killearn Kirk To celebrate 40 years of singing, the choir will be performing Carl Orff’s dramatic cantata Carmina Burana, and the premiere of a new work written specially for the choir by Aran Browning, a very talented young graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. 30 |

DRYMEN LIBRARY The Square, Drymen, G63 0BL Tel/Fax: 01360 660 751 Bookbugs 2pm -2.30pm 21 Feb, 21 March,18 Apr, 16 May, 13 June Chatterbooks 3.45pm - 4.45pm 23 February Knit and Natter 10.30am - 12.30pm 30 Jan,27 Feb,27 March, 24 Apr

lecture will take place in the Albert Halls, Stirling, and will start 11:00am prompt. Visitors, £7:00. Thurs 16th Mar ‘Feeling Blue’, the symbolism, history and science of the colour blue in Western Art. The lecture will take place in the Albert Halls, Stirling, and will start 11:00am prompt. Visitors, £7:00.



Sat 29th April 11am-3pm Old Viewforth, Stirling There will be a great variety of stalls including car boot stalls; craft stalls; market place; bouncy castles; pony rides; treasure hunt; face painting; show casing local talents; refreshments including home baking and raffle stall. All proceeds raised will go towards Unison’s There for You Charity. If you would like a stall or more information please contact Pam Campbell 01786 233141, or email

in aid of Cancer Research UK. Kippen Village Hall Friday 3rd February at 7pm. Reserve a table through Stuart Thomson, 01786 870529 or

CRUK Strathendrick Local Committee of Cancer Research UK Big Band Night on Sat 4th Mar Buchlyvie Village Hall with Acoustic Station performing from 8 until midnight.

ANNUAL HOUSE TO HOUSE COLLECTION March 27th to April 2nd We rely on around 100 volunteers in all the villages to undertake this mammoth task which raises a fantastic sum of money each year. As a token of the Charity’s appreciation, we will be holding a “ Thank You” evening in Balfron Church Rooms for all our collectors on Friday March 10th. Invitations will be sent out in February.

STIRLING DECORATIVE AND FINE ARTS SOCIETY Thurs 16th Feb ‘My Father and Other Artists’. Lachlan Goudie talks about his upbringing and the role it has played in his development as an Artist. The

BEN GULLIPEN HILL RACE Saturday 11th March Out and back race covering 10km (shorter junior route) Enter online

The Fire Service needs you! Who turns up in a fire engine when a call for help is made? A firefighter of course. In the Strathfillan area, Killin Crianlarich and Tyndrum, it could easily be someone you know. Each of these stations are crewed by Retained Duty System (RDS) Firefighters. These are individuals who live or work close to specific stations and can commit to providing an emergency response service for that station Most of them are women and men who whose primary employment is in another field, but in addition to that , they provide the same range of emergency service as their full time firefighter colleagues, in some of Scotland’s smaller towns and rural villages.

Could you do it? As an RDS Firefighter your role would be challenging and demanding. There are stressful and hazardous situations to be faced and you will require to deal with these while providing comfort and reassurance to members of the community. Call numbers vary for Retained stations, with some responding to over 800 calls year and other responding to less than 50. The role of the fire and rescue service has changed in recent years with firefighters working to reduce the number of fires, fire related deaths and injuries through a range of Community fire safety initiatives. Many Retained Firefighters play an important role within their communities, by helping to promote Fire safety messages, giving Fire safety advice to schools, and other

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organisations as well as carrying out free home fire safety visits. The training you receive will provide you with new skills such as first aid and Large Goods vehicle driving – the fire service also provides development in the areas of management and leadership, for those seeking additional responsibility.

What’s in it for you? You must be available to respond to emergency calls from your home, or place of work (by employer agreement), at any time of the day or night within 5-8 minutes of emergency call-outs, however if you do not meet these requirements your application may still be considered. To ensure you maintain the relevant knowledge and skills required for the role, you will be required to attend your station for a 2-3 hour session each return you will be paid a retainer fee along with additional payments for every incident and training night you attend. Being a retained Firefighter is a fulfilling role

that allows you to develop additional skills and earn extra cash while providing and invaluable lifesaving service to your community.

To become and RDS Firefighter, you must; • Be 18 years of age or over • Be physically fit and in good health • Have good unaided vision and colour perception • Be seriously interested in helping to provide an invaluable emergency service for your local community • Have the express permission of your primary employer to become an RDS Firefighter. If you have the flexibility and commitment to be a retained Firefighter and would like more information contact Station Manager Gordon Kerr on 07770826972 or email Applications and further information is available online at

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Colin Johnson Furnishings

Traditional Upholstery Service

Commercial & Domestic Work Undertaken Furniture Repair & Restoration


Quality Upholstery and Curtain Fabric, Isle and Islay Mills, Ross, Wemyss, Bute, etc Traditional upholstery classes, Day, Evening & Weeklong classes Cushion making & revamp service, curtain making & track for sale


Antique Chairs, Sofas & Stools, French, Georgian, Victorian etc Tel 01786 850 615 E: The Old Schoolhouse, Ruskie by Stirling FK8 3LG

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Mob: 07792 639029 Email:

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A new look for your old kitchen this spring Est. 1999

From a simple door swap to a complete kitchen • Huge choice of doors, worktops, appliances, sinks & taps

• Free estimating and planning

• 50% deposit, balance on completion


Call Ian or Laura For a Free Estimate

01419 420 977

161 Milngavie Road, Bearsden, Glasgow, G61 3DY

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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

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Meet the faces behind The Fabric Gallery!

THE FABRIC GALLERY Huge Range of Designer & Discounted Furnishing Fabrics Quality Furnishings Quality Furnishings Made to Order

Made To Order Roman Blinds, Headboards, Curtains, Tailored Loose Covers Loose Covers, Curtains,

• Headboards, Wallpapers etc Design Service • Interior Interior Design • Wallpapers Home Accessories & Gifts Home Accessories, Gifts • Small Upholstery & Loose Covers Antiques

off Selected KOBE Fabrics •15% Dolls House Food

Our Tracks2nd / Poles Fitted & Curtain Hanging Service Quality Hand Sofas & Chairs: Multiyork; ParkerCollections Knoll etc – call for details. New Fabric Available

Main Street, Aberfoyle Main Street, Aberfoyle (next to the Coach House) Monday Saturday :: 10am 10am -- 4.30pm 4.30pm Monday--Saturday

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David and Ailsa Assenti have over 30 years experience of managing boutique and luxury hotels. In 2005 they retired from the industry having latterly owned Cromlix House near Dunblane. They have refurbished each property they’ve worked and lived in over those 30 years, working to tight deadlines and budgets. David was first introduced to interior design by Nina Campbell when they worked together on a project in 1972. He has been offered commissions by clients and friends over the years to refurbish their homes and establishing The Fabric Gallery is an opportunity for him to share his experience and expertise.






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Giving your home the interior it deserves

free design service complete project management full installation service bespoke kitchen furniture family run business

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In The Scottish Stove Centre

63, Main Street, Croftamie, G63 0EU

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FK postcodes covered by Stirling Branch

01786 472335 Glasgow postcodes covered by Clydebank Branch eg G61 G62 G63

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Tel: 01360 550830

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New to WatsInteriors & Flooring are gorgeous Wallpapers & Fabrics. We work with Voyage and iliv to bring you a quality service. Voyage Decoration fabrics can be tailor made into cushions, sofas & chairs. Our other company, iliv fabrics can be tailor made into cushions, curtains, throws & blinds. Come into our shop to see our full range.

Home Interiors & Domestic Flooring 4 Cross Street, Callander FK17 8EA

Tel: 01877 331994

Sash & Casement Window Repair

Double & Secondary Glazing | Bespoke New Windows



Book your free, no obligation survey & quote Call today

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Make the most of your space extensions new build houses home offices Whether you want a contemporary or traditional design, we cover all aspects of the design process from initial sketches through to detailed design as well as negotiating the Planning and Building Warrant procedures.



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Park Life Interview with Murray Watt MW Consultants Architecture & Design

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What services do you offer?

Do you prefer a particular design style?

Do you just do residential projects?19/01/2017

We never impose our preferences on the client. We listen to what the client wants, what styles they prefer and most importantly how they need their house to work when finished - is it a family home that will work equally well for small children through to the teenage years and beyond? Is it a home that will also work as a bed & breakfast when required? Or is it remodelling the existing home to make it work better?

In addition to all the residential work, we also do commercial projects. From large scale projects such as delivering renewable energy systems including a large scale Combined Heat & Power unit, to the Tom Weir statue and picnic area in Balmaha. We also have a wide experience in securing Holiday Chalet approvals around Loch Lomond.

We offer architectural services, from a ‘no obligation’ initial meeting, to establishing what the client wishes to get from the completed project, through to completing the design work, submitting planning & warrant packages where necessary, putting the project drawings out to tender and supervising work on site if required.

What makes your practice different? We mix the traditional craft skills with the latest techology; we can do hand drawn perspective drawings and make models as well as presenting our drawing packages in a CAD (digital) format. The best of both worlds.

What areas of the country do you cover? We cover the whole Parklife/Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park area and beyond.

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“No Fix, No Fee” Repairs from £10 PC and Mac Repairs Home Call Out Service Remote Support Data Recovery

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

We’ll have your system back in no time! At Laptop and PC Doctor we are Apple Mac, PC, Laptop and Tablet repair specialists. With years of experience in Laptop repairs in Glasgow behind us, our qualified technicians will service and repair your PC or Mac in our fully fitted workshop in Bearsden or travel to your home or business. Whether it’s a cracked iPad screen or a laptop power jack needing replaced, at Laptop and PC Doctor we will guide you through the repair process with no jargon and with our fast turnaround time you will have your system back in no time.

We have a NO FIX NO FEE policy, and remember diagnostics are always free. Simply call us on tel. 0141 942 4020.

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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MORRIS ARCHITECTS mending broken windows and rotten apples

tel: 01877 382994 mobile: 07796 002001 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

Computer Support for Home & Small Businesses in and around the National Park

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Craig Tree Care

Professional Tree Surgeons

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

t: 01360 449 275 | m: 07725 834 846

Scotland Limited


Stonework and PavingSkills Specialist Tr aditional

Stone Your Walling &Home Traditional For & Brickwork Garden Natural Indian & York Stone Paving Specialist Barn & Property Renovation • Bespoke Features Stone Walling & Tr aditional Brickwork Dry Stone Walling • Steps & Paths Natural Indian & York Stone Paving Specialist Lime Mortar Work & Repointing • Patios Barn & & Property Slabbing •Renovation Fireplaces Bespoke Features General Building & Property Maintenance Dry Stone walling


T: 01360 440893 07966 864811 Steps &M: paths E: Patios & Slabbing

LARGE & DANGEROUS TREE REMOVAL SPECIALISTS Members of Tree Removal High Pruning Tree Survey & Reports Tree Planting Scottish Power Authorised Contractor Fully Insured Suppliers of Firewood & Wood Chippings

East Coast Office 01592 747 596 West Coast Office 0141 573 1739 Head Office 01786 478 126 Mobile Unit 07798 762 510 e:

Fireplaces General Building & Property Maintenance

Check Facebook for our monthly offers

call today for free advice & quotation AGGREGATES LTD Telephone 01360 550087 DECORATIVE STONE, GRAVEL & SAND for all your landscaping & building needs Mobile 07966 864811 Unit 11 Cloberfield, Milngavie, Glasgow, G62 7LN Email Decorative Gravels • Building Sand • Sharp Sand • Kiln Dried Sand • Red Granite Sand


Tel: 0141 956 4583

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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

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Tips for the Garden What to do in February • Winter prune apple trees. • Prune any dead, diseased or damaged or crossing branches from trees and shrubs. • Roses are best pruned at the end of March. • Cut down canes of autumn fruiting raspberries • Chit early potato varieties such as Charlotte. • Force rhubarb by placing a light-excluding pot or dustbin over the crowns. • Dead head winter pansies and winter bedding plants. Now is the time to sow tomato and chilli seeds in a warm place – you can start them off in the airing cupboard or on a sunny windowsill. The moment they poke their heads through the compost, give them warmth and plenty of light so your seedlings don’t get leggy. Prick them out in March and you’ll have tomatoes in the summer when they need the light and heat to ripen. Late sowings result in plants that fruit in autumn with green tomatoes. Sow early to get sweet red tomatoes! You can also sow rocket, chives, coriander, pak choi, mizuna, lettuce, parsley, leeks, onions, chard, broad beans and hardy peas. It’s best to start all these off in the greenhouse with some heat or on a window sill in the house.

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GROUNDWORKS | LANDSCAPING | BUILDING From initial consultation, to completion and beyond, we can do it all. Scotia Contracts are available to carry out all aspects of groundworks, landscaping and building projects for the domestic market, local authorities and commercial projects.

GROUNDWORKS • Excavations • Foundations • Drainage • Kerbing

LANDSCAPING • Paths, Patios & Driveways • Walling • Drainage • Fencing

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

BUILDING • Garage construction • House renovations • Garden building • Extension

Scotia Contracts

T: 01877 381212

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Hire or Buy Locally at... Stirling Road, Drymen, Glasgow G63 0AA T: 01360 660 688 E:

✔ Extensive Range ✔ Friendly Team ✔ Expert Advice ✔ Training Provided ✔ Service & Support

Fraser C Robb is delighted to continue supporting Trossachs Search & Rescue through 2017’

Natural Stone

Architectural ~ Walling ~ Paving ~ Ornamental All Enquiries Welcome

Thornhill: 01786 850400 | Livingston: 01506 873081 |

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Groundcare Hi there, we are a local company on going for 5 years now we have over 40 years experience within our work force. We are a ground maintenance specialists, professional in pruning in shrubs & small trees, also offer hedge trimming services. We offer ground maintenance of keeping shrub & flower borders free from weeds by manual practice. We also keep drives, gravel areas, path ways & car park areas weed free by chemical application done to manufacturers guide lines. We offer summer & winter bedding plants either to plant yourself or we can plant them for you with free delivery of plants. We also carry out garden tidies, winter tidies, one off site visits of any size, power washing, soft landscaping projects and lawn cutting services at 1,2,3 or 4 visits per month with weed & feed optional.

For a free ESTIMATE throughout Scotland, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Tel: 07983 626830 Email:



Providing all the following services and more....

Grass and Hedge Cutting • Planting and Pruning Herbicidal Weed Control • Bedding Plants and Shrubs Power Washing

Contact info - Garry on 07983 626830 Email:

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Professional Tree Surgeons

Traditional building services Lime pointing • Stone walls Stone repair • Lime render

• Tree Removals • Tree Pruning • Hedge Cutting • Stump Removal • Tree Surveys • Logs

Call or email Malcolm Roy for a free, no obligation quote.

New for 2017



Our qualified, insured and experienced team is based in Doune, specialising in all aspects of tree surgery and arboriculture.


Architectural, hand cast, stone effect lintels, window surrounds & quoins. Ideal for renovations, replacement & new builds.

T : 01786 821750 M : 07428 122018 E: 48 |

Colour matching available Variety of tooled finishes Delivery available Call Rory Dench on 07719 895339 Email:



Cameron Garden & Grounds Maintenance

Garden & Grounds Maintenance • Lawncare • Grass Cutting • Turfing • Hedge Trimming

• Tree Services • Garden Clearance • General Maintenance • Winter Gardening

Russell Cameron Fully qualified greenkeeper T: 07425164195 E:

R.G Paving & Hard Landscaping

“Russell Cameron has been employed to do many gardening jobs in Buchanan Castle Estate from simple grass cutting, clearing beds, lopping branches and clearing overgrown areas to laying new turf. He is very trustworthy and reliable and will go the extra mile to ensure the job is done the just the way you want it. Russell is happy to work alongside you to help with any gardening projects you need a bit of extra help with.” Heather “We have Russell round all year to keep the garden looking great, he brings all his own gardening equipment and always takes the garden debris away with him. He clears our Autumn leaves and keeps our very large grass areas tidy. He is very efficient and offers great value for money.” Emma

Quality Workmanship at affordable prices

DRIVEWAYS • PATIOS • PATHS • STEPS • PONDS FENCING • DRAINAGE • TURF • ARTIFICIAL GRASS Contact us today for a free quote! M: 07990 635530 | T: 01786 842343 | E:

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For further information see

Walks this way...

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Bracklinn Falls/Keltie Water/Crags

Callander A circular walk taking in the idyllic Bracklinn Falls, a very popular local beauty spot. Once over the bridge the route climbs through forestry before descending to the quiet upper glen, with a return by minor road. Good path and track with some steps - walk to the Falls is suitable for some baby buggies. Care should be taken at the Falls where there are steep drops and slippery stones. Drive to Callander on the A81 or the B822 via Fintry, turn right into the high street and take a left turn into a minor road, following signs for the Bracklinn Falls and Golf Course. Continue past the Golf Course Visitors’ Car Park and head up a very narrow road until you see a parking area and signpost for the Bracklinn Falls (NN639084). Go down the steps from the car park and follow the well-defined path through meadows filled with wild flowers, and natural woodland of alders and rowan trees.

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New developments at

‘The nOg’

2016 was the best year yet for Tir na nOg, with our complementary therapy team often fully booked weeks in advance, and the launch of the new Soup Dragon Cafe. By November, we decided it was time to open 7 days a week, which has been a great success. With 2017 now in full swing, we have lots more exciting new plans. This year we will be adding 2 new therapy rooms in the Spring, allowing

us to accommodate more clients for massage, facial treatments, reflexology, Reiki and many other treatments.


In addition to Monday openings, we will also have evening events in The Soup Dragon, with delicious set menus catering for omnivores, vegans and everyone in-between.

our outdoor space. We already have

The first evening event of the year is ‘For The Love Of Food’ on the 17th February. Contact the cafe for more information.

Tir na nOg holistic centre

Massage Complementary Therapies





Glendrick Roost Animal Sanctuary to some of the horses and ponies on site here, and more adorable rescue animals will be with us soon - follow us and the Roost on Facebook to keep up with news on opportunities to meet the animals and to volunteer with them.



at Tir na nOg

Open for light lunches and a range of snacks & drinks 10.30am-5pm 7 days a week

Yoga Classes Workshops Jewellery Crystals Candles Gifts


Vouchers Available!

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welcoming staff and animals from

Currently offering Physiotherapy Osteopathy Sports Massage Speech & Language Therapy Acupuncture Foot Health Are you a practitioner looking for accommodation? Sessions available - come and join us! 13 Balfron Road Killearn 01360 551783551

Mana therapies

“KCR is a tool that should belong to everyone and one day it will� Hugh Gilbert, PT

Bringing the body back into balance through an integrated approach to health & wellbeing. For further information please contact

Sally Simmers Accredited KCR Practitioner m: 07753 934 767 e: Kinetic Chain Release Connective Tissue Release Postural Energetics

Health & Wellbeing

Therapy Rooms

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Body Control Pilates - Jane Meek Body Control Pilates - Jane Meek Body Control Pilates - Jane Meek Zumba - Jane Zumba - Jane

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Monday Thursday Thursday Saturday Tuesday

12.15pm 6pm 9.45am & 8pm 10am 9.30am - 10.30am

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Zumba - Jane




07968 968944

Double O Fit with Olivia Cheerobics Body Revive Dance Central

Kippen Village Hall Balfron Balfron

Monday Mon Tue/Thur

7.30pm - 8.30pm 07712 587423 8.30pm 07917 541163 10.30am & 8.30pm 07917 541163

Kore Kickboxing

Balfron High School

Mon & Thur 8pm - 9.30pm

Ladies Netball

Balfron High School


8 -9pm

Balfron Gymnastics Club

Balfron High School



The Yoga Place – Killearn. Tel: 0782 5392334 Mysore/Ashtanga for all Hatha Yoga and Breath Yin Restorative Yoga Pilates Mindful Movement Yoga Dru Yoga Ashtanga level 2 Ashtanga level 3 Mysore/Ashtanga for all Pilates Zumba Yoga early bird Seasonal Flow Ashtanga Level 1 Mindful Movement Yoga Ashtanga level 2 Post-natal mother & baby Yoga Afternoon Flow Pregnancy Yoga Mysore/Ashtanga for all Pilates Hatha Yoga and Breath

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One of the UK’s leading children’s charities Barnardo’s works to transform the lives of the most vulnerable children and young people. Many of the children we work with have been through more than any child should have to. What they really need now is a stable, loving home and committed foster carers who can help them achieve their potential. Fostering can make a profound difference to a child’s life. And it can also bring profound changes to yours. That’s why when you take a child into your family, we’ll take you into ours. Helping you with on-going support and advice – not just through the application process, but throughout the time you foster. Foster with Barnardo’s Scotland and help to change a child’s life.

If you would like further information you can contact us by phone 0845 894 9501 or visit

Interested in becoming a Foster Carer? We are looking for people across Scotland who can offer a stable home environment to children who need care and support. You don’t need formal qualifications as Care Visions provides training and financial support. • Are you over 25? • Do you have a spare room? • Are you able to give a child the support they need? For an information pack, or to talk to one of our team,

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C9 Great way to kickstart a healthy lifestyle I have to say I’ve always been very negative about these things but .... I needed something drastic to change my way of thinking, I needed to cut out bread, alcohol, salt, crisps and all the crap as I was now weighing in much heavier than I should.So a week before I started c9 I cut out all carbs and fat, this put me in good stead for what was ahead.The first day was easy, I woke up at 6am on the second day bright as a button, but it was a tough day due to work etc but I got through it as the supplements help

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a lot.Ive joined the gym and really enjoyed my first day and I think this diet is perfect for giving you the kickstart and change of mindset that you may need, I know it’s certainly what I needed! Ive lost a stone in 10 days doing this and my pre c9 diet and now have 6 days to go ! We know healthy living and exercise works but it takes a while so if you are like me and need a big boost to start then go for it, but constant exercise and a change of eating habits longterm will keep the weight off!

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Help with hearing Loss of hearing is something that happens to roughly one in five of us at some point in our life. At Clements Hearing Services we have state of the art testing equipment as well the latest hearing aid techonology to get you the best service available on the market.

The most important thing to us is good customer service and it must remain personal... You get to know us and we get to know you.”

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As Scotland’s oldest registered licensed premises, The Clachan Inn is steeped in history.

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Park Life Interview with Stuart & David Fraser

from the Oak Tree Inn

The last time that we interviewed Stuart and David Fraser for Park Life Magazine they had just built and opened St Mocha Coffee Shop & Ice Cream Parlour, next to The Oak Tree Inn, in Balmaha. Since then they have enjoyed huge success and now have a number of other projects to keep them busy. We met with them again at the start 60 |

of 2017 and started by asking them...

Has St Mocha exceeded their expectations? (Stuart) Yes, it’s had a great reaction. We are busy throughout the year and always have to be prepared to cope with the demand of the day, from a run on our homemade ice cream for hot days to kids wanting

businesses and groups attending, participating, exhibiting and performing. (David) We’ve decided to take a break this year, the event takes a lot of organising and we have some other ideas up our sleeve for later in the year! But I am sure that Balmaha’s Braw Weekend will be back again in the future. hot chocolate on a bright crisp winters day. (David) Last year we opened another St Mocha on the pier in Luss and will be back there from Easter. People seem to love the brand, we’ve had many sales of our retro style t-shirt and social media contains lots of photographs of the shop and its detail that have posted by our customers.

We’ve read on Facebook about your recent purchases, both of the former garage site in Drymen and just recently The Carbeth Inn. What are your plans for these sites?

standards are kept high. We have become a major employer in the area and achieve our consistency through a hard working and loyal team, many of whom have been with us over a number of years. (David) We are constantly looking for additional senior staff and managers to help run our businesses and are always keen to recruit local people into key roles. As our business expands it is important that we bring on more good people to keep the standards high.

What other plans have you got for 2017? (David) We will continue to make improvements to the village and destination, here in Balmaha. We have invested a lot of money in the appearance of the village and the facilities over the last few years and think that is been money well spent.

(David) We recongise the potential that both sites have and are excited by the plans that we have, however both require a lot of work so it won’t be an overnight turnaround. (Stuart) We have been thrilled with the positive support that we have received. We have also been contacted by many businesses that would like to work with us on opportunities for these sites, which is great as we are always open to ideas.

You’re opening other businesses and outlets, how do you manage to keep The Oak Tree running so smoothly? (Stuart) David and I, along with other members of the family work closely with The Oak Tree team to ensure

Last year you staged the second Balmaha’s Braw Weekend, were you pleased with the event and what are your plans for future ones? (Stuart) Delighted, we were helped by incredible weather, the atmosphere was amazing and it was good to see so many local people,

(Stuart) Our food and drink brands, from St Mocha Coffee, to Loch Lomond Chocolate Co and Loch Lomond Ice Cream have been very well received. We will expand our ranges further and create more food and drink production on site. Our customers love that authentic Loch Lomond provenance and quality.

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Filo Flan of Courgette, Tomato, Feta and Basil Method First make the pesto. Have a spatula handy to scrape down the sides of the food processor. Do this several times as you add the ingredients. Place the garlic and oil in the food processor and blitz for a few seconds. Now add the basil and blitz for about 90 seconds. Add the pine kernels and process for a few seconds more, depending on how much texture you want in the finished pesto. Add the Parmesan and pulse twice to just combine, then pour and scrape the mix out into a bowl. Taste and season. Spoon into a Kilner or screwtop jar and cover with a layer of olive oil. For the flans, preheat the oven to 200C/400F/gas mark 6. Carefully unwrap the filo pastry and lay it onto a flat surface, covering it with a cloth or cling film to avoid it drying out and crumbling. Take a sheet of filo, lay it out flat, and using a pastry brush, brush lightly but evenly with the clarified butter. Cover with another sheet of pastry and repeat until you have a piece of pastry four layers thick and covered in clarified butter. For the clarified butter, melt about 250g unsalted cubed butter in a small saucepan over a low heat, without letting it boil and burn. Allow it to stand for a few minutes until all the oil rises to the top and the milky solids sink to the bottom. Skim or pour off the oil into a sealable plastic container and refrigerate for up to 2 months. Alternatively, instead of pouring off the oil, you can leave the entire container in the fridge to set, simply lifting off the oil once it?s solid. Re-melt the oil to use. Using a small plate or bowl (about 10-14cm in diameter) as a guide, cut circles out of the layered pastry with the point of a sharp knife. The number of discs you can cut will depend on the size of your filo sheets. For four people you need four discs. Arrange the discs on a couple of baking sheets and put in the fridge until the butter sets. Blanche, peel and de-seed the tomatoes. Cut the flesh into 7mm dice and set aside. Top, tail and wash the courgettes, then slice into 2/3 mm thick rounds, preferably using a mandoline. Heat a large shallow pan and pour in a little olive oil and heat. Half cook the courgette slices by tossing in the hot oil with a bruised clove of garlic (skin left on)

Serves 4 Ingredients For the an packet filo pastry about 100ml clarified butter (see Mise en Place) 3 courgettes of an even width all the way down olive oil 3 tomatoes, plum if possible 4 tsp homemade pesto (see below) 170g feta cheese, finely cubed 1 clove garlic 50g pine kernels fresh basil, finely shredded sprig thyme Maldon salt and freshly ground black pepper For the pesto Makes about 250ml 2 garlic cloves, crushed and chopped 6 tbsp virgin olive oil 100g fresh basil leaves 30g pine kernels 80g freshly grated Parmesan cheese Maldon salt and freshly ground black pepper

and a sprig of thyme for flavour. Do this in batches. Do not season at this stage and only soften the veg, don?t colour. Spread the cooked courgette on to a tray and allow to cool. When cold, arrange the courgettes in concentric circles on top of the filo discs starting 5mm in from the edge and overlapping each slice slightly until each disc is covered, with the last piece of courgette in each circle slipped under the first. Place a spoonful of tomato cubes in the centre of each disc and top with a dollop of pesto, followed by another spoonful of tomato. Then divide the feta cheese cubes between the flans still in that central circle, and sprinkle each with pine kernels. Bake for approximately 8 minutes or until the pastry is golden and crisp. Serve scatt with shredded basil and drizzled with a little extra pesto. 62 |ered

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BALMAHA’S Oak Tree Inn was the venue for a recent surprise event to thank a local champion. At the event Joe Twaddle was honoured by the Buchanan community for his untiring service on Buchanan Community Council at the gathering where he was presented with a specially commissioned painting. During more than 30 years’ as secretary on the Community Council Joe has ensured the interests and safety of the community have been a top priority on an endless list of voluntary tasks and duties. With his colleagues, he steered initiatives resulting in an agreement that has seen log lorries avoiding local roads during school bus times as well as the creation of the clearway (no stopping or parking) between Balmaha and Rowardennan. 70 |

environmentally and socially – had become intolerable,” adds Joe, who’s passion and time working with the National Park and Scottish Government on the camping and alcohol bylaws added vital impetus to the bylaws becoming a reality. Joe highlights Milton of Buchanan’s Memorial Hall as an example of how his work with other members of the community and community council has borne fruit. Kitchen, heating, car park and general refurbishments have all come about through grants applied for with the help of Joe and his colleagues.

“Before the clearway was implemented there was chaos on the road with vehicles parked in dangerous places and congestion along the entire road,” says Joe, who more recently played a key role in driving forward the bylaws that have transformed the east shores of Loch Lomond. “The





And after the latest car park surfacing and drainage works, Joe – with the help of Arthur Hannan – landscaped the banking behind the main parking area. “Joe was the backbone of the community council for longer than most of us can remember,” says the Duke of Montrose who was chair of

the community council when Joe became involved in the early 1980s. “He has always ensured records were properly maintained and kept an eagle eye on issues in the area. He’s been involved in everything, really, and never let anything slip or been daunted by level of correspondence and work required. “The amount of stuff Joe has done over the years is terrific.” And while Joe is humble about his achievements and role in the areas’ successes, he puts it all down to quietly making contact with folks and working with them, not against them He’s often quoted as saying the area is ‘the centre of the universe’ but is

quick to point out that it is “as much to do with our relationships with people who live here as it is to the geographical beauty and heritage.” Although no longer involved with the community council Joe continues to make a significant contribution to the community as an active member of the affordable housing panel… and is and very much hands on with improvements to local amenities. Joe and his wife Betty first moved into the area in 1966 when he took up his appointment at the University field station (now SCENE) assisting director Dr Slack organise field work for visiting university and student bodies. Much of his voluntary work– both

within and outside the community council – was carried out while he working as a science and guidance teacher at Dunblane and Balfron High Schools. After retiring in 2000 he continued to run his own landscaping business. As well as assisting Betty with running Passfoot Cottage B&B – where guests have been enthralled by Joe’s seemingly encyclopaedic knowledge of their area to the benefit of guests – Betty and Joe’s hospitality and ability to throw a party are legendary through the local area and beyond as they continue to welcome friends, family and guests from around the world.

Joe Twaddle with the specially commissioned painting

Picture: Dave Arcari

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Park Life | Funeral Directors

Archibald Billett

F U N E R A L D I R E C T O R S 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. Independent Funeral Director

Established Since 1955

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

Andrew Anderson & Sons Funeral Directors Est. 1969 We are proud to offer a 24 hour caring and professional 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. For all enquiries Callander Tel: 01877 330398 • Balfron Tel: 01360 441023

“Stand sure we will look after you & your family” Funeral Home, Glenartney Road, Callander, FK17 8EB & 64 Buchanan Street, Balfron G63 0TW

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The New Year’s resolutions you can keep...

Make a Will and Power of Attorney! Why should you make a Will? • It’s the only way to ensure your assets are passed on to who you want after your death. • If you don’t have a Will your assets will be distributed in accordance with statute -i.e. the government has decided for you.

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• You may be able to mitigate inheritance tax and care home costs or make other financial planning provisions. • It’s not too expensive (usually around £100 plus VAT) or time consuming and you can change your Will at any time if your circumstances change. Suzie Falconer of Walker Laird solicitors is available to discuss these or any other legal matters with you. Consultations are free and there is no charge if you decide not to proceed.

• You are giving someone you trust the power to deal with your affairs if you are no longer able to do so yourself; for example, if you are suddenly incapacitated by a stroke or car accident or if you develop dementia. • Your spouse and family will not automatically get access to your finances if you lose capacity.

Out-of-Hours and Home Appointments available. • • • •

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• If there is no Power of Attorney, they will need to apply to court for a Guardianship or similar order. This is an expensive and time consuming court process, generally costing around £2,000 and taking at least 6 months.

Wills and Executries Power of Attorney Asset Protection Buying and Selling Property

• A Power of Attorney costs between £200 -£300 plus VAT. It may never be needed, but think of it as an insurance policy; worthwhile if the unforeseen does happen.

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EVERY DAFFODIL COUNTS! There are 755 hours in March. Could you spare just two, to help us to make Every Daffodil Count? You can collect at one of our Great Daffodil Appeal collections in your local area, exchanging donations for

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daffodil pins. Every Daffodil bought and every collector who takes to the streets will help Marie Curie Nurses provide care and support to people in your community living with a terminal illness and their loved ones when they need it most.

Signing up couldn’t be easier just head over to uk/daffodil to find a collection near you or call 0800 716 146.

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Home Heating Fuels • Home Heating Oils • Tank Suppliers & Installers • Domestic Bottled & Bulk Gas • Industrial & Commercial Fuels • Agricultural Fuels • Lubricants • Pink Paraffin Call Mon - Fri 8am - 5pm 24hr answerphone service Fast Efficient Service - same day or next day delivery

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SATURDAY MAY 27TH 2017! Put it in the diary as we’d love you all to come along to this year’s Drymen Show. We already have a host of entertainment organised which we’ll start to share over the coming months.

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Walks this way... Kippen Common & Nature Trail A very gentle walk crossing Kippen Common and the village football field to Burnside Wood Nature Trail. Lovely views of the trossachs over the roof tops of kippen can be enjoyed on returning along Burnside. Length: 1 1/4 miles.

Back Road & Broich Past the Smiddy in to Rennie’s Loan and down the Old Drove road, through the parkland and woods of Anrgomery Estate, emerging on a small road leading to Cauldhame where a panoramic view of the carse of Stirling and the River Forth can be enjoyed before dropping back into kippen. Length: 2 1/4 miles.

Burnside Wood & Kippen Vine* A short circular walk, part metalled, part track, through woodland and paddocks where horses graze and spectacular views of the Trossachs can be enjoyed. This walk takes you past the *old site of the famous Kippen Vine*. Length: 2 1/4 miles.

The Spout of Ballochleam A more challenging walk to the top of the Gargunnock hills giving spectacular views to the North & South. Length: 6 miles one way (Footpath sign)

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Drymen Library

Re:Collections We will be working with our Archives section to provide a resource for the community for local and family history and to help those in the area living with dementia.

digitally scanned so that we can create a ‘Memory Box’ for Drymen and the surrounding area. We will also be asking local people to be interviewed to make sure that those precious memories are recorded for the future. All photographs will be digitally scanned and returned to their owner. We need images and accounts of the 1950s, 60s 70s and 80s. We will be asking people to share their photographs by having them

There will be a dedicated week at the library (Monday 30th January – Saturday 4th February) during which local people will be asked to bring in

photographs and be interviewed for the oral history project. There will also be a drop in session where the community can chat to Archives and Libraries staff about their records and how best to store them. This will be on Tuesday 31st January. Once the project has reached it’s fruition, the ‘Memory Box’ will be available to all those who wish to use it for reminiscence work or local history study, or just to look through at their leisure. The oral history interviews will also be available at the library along with transcipts.

Drymen Library, The Square, Drymen, G63 0BL. Tel/Fax: 01360 660 751

Punjabi curry kits and cookery school

True Punjabi Cooking T: 01360 449399

If you caught up with us at Country Living or Hopetoun House last year you will have had a sneak preview of our brand new ‘Yasmin’s range.’ Containing a spice blend hand crafted in the Scotia Spice kitchen and a recipe card featuring one of my authentic Punjabi dishes, these wee pouches just require fresh ingredients to make four portions. We’ve been delighted with how quickly they’ve flown off the stand. If you would like to purchase the new product please email, £3.95 each or 3 for £10 plus postage.

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Farmers Markets


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.


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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BOQUHAN FARMERS MARKET Wednesday & Thursday each week; 7am-2pm Boquhan Estate Wednesday – fruit, veg & dairy products. Thursday - additional fresh fish, bread, jams and cakes.



Newly opened! Incredibly well stocked and LoLivefes! loads of Gift ideas. Open: Mon-Sat 9.30am-4.30pm Sun 10.30am-4.30pm. Farm shop stocking veg, cheeses, preserves, biscuits, cakes. Tel: 01360 850525 Ward Toll, Balfron Station G63 0QZ.

EDENMILL FARM SHOP 9am-5pm Wed to Sun Edenmill deliver to local areas every Friday. If you would like to place an order, give the shop a call (01360 771 707) on a Wednesday, and your order will be delivered straight to your door on Friday, at no extra cost!

KILLEARN COUNTRY MARKET Killearn Village Hall First Saturday of the month 10am-1.30pm

New Developments Graham tells us what’s new at Benview! and giving gardening talks at Benview – there’ll be details on our facebook page, @BenviewGardenCentre, so please give us a LIKE and we’ll keep you posted.

This spring the garden shop is undergoing a makeover – we’ll have a greater range of tools and accessories for serious gardeners and can offer advice on which tool to use for which job.

Our first workshops will be on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th February – Holly will be running Hearts and Crafts workshops for

Tim is now offering a tool-sharpening service – just bring your loppers, secateurs and tools into Benview and Tim will get them sharp and ready for the new season. This year we’ll be running workshops

Valentines day decorations. Come along and weave a heart for your home or make a gift for a loved one. There’ll be quick and easy hearts craft for beginners and children and a longer workshop for the weaving. See our website and facebook page for more details. To celebrate mothers day and the start of spring , on Saturday 25th March we’re holding paper craft workshops for families, making cards and decorations. We’ll have some beautiful gifts, aromatherapy products, potted spring bulbs and early flowering plants so come along for some spring treats. The café will be open the whole weekend for breakfast, lunch and afternoon teas. Remember to book early for Mothers day on Sunday 26th!

Spring at Benview Gifts & Crafts for Valentines and Mothers Day!

Garden Centre, Farm Shop & Café T: 01360 850525 E:

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There has never been a better time to sell with Corum Bearsden. Unlike other agents, we only focus on selling property, that’s why we have had great success in your area when selling properties previously marketed by other agents. Corum, the best sellers. Our recent sales successes SOLD

3 Endrick Way, Croftamie With panoramic countryside views and almost an acre of garden grounds, this glorious detached villa offers a wonderful home.


Craeagmhor Lodge, Aberfoyle An elevated five bedroom detached stone built family home that overlooks the River Forth and farmland with a dramatic backdrop of Craigmore at the rear.



Earlscraig, 18 Campsie Dene Road, Blanefield Prestigious Earlscraig provides a truly unique detached home set within approximately three quarters of an acre of natural garden grounds.



The Shian, Kepculloch Road, Balfron Wonderful architecturally designed and privately built family home, it sits on the edge of this sought after village and bordering the picturesque golf course.

3 Dunmore Gardens, Fintry Delightful modern detached villa set in a private cul-de-sac off Fintrys’ award winning and picturesque Main Street. Perfect for families or downsizers escaping to the country.

Whitecourt Lodge, Main Street, Killearn A stunning individually designed detached family home close to the beating heart of the picturesque village of Killearn.

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Park Life Tips to selling your home

Prepare your home for a viewing Presentation matters. Buyers are coming to look around your property, and you need to make an effort to show your home at its best. Don’t make buyers imagine how good it could be – show them. Decide on the strengths of your property and show them off. Go all out to impress. Here we share some tips to prepare your home for a viewing.

Drive by appeal Many buyers will make a drive-by visit to your property before they decide whether or not to make a viewing. Tidy up the outside of your home, regularly mow the lawn, trim hedges and remove any weeds from your beds or pathways. Consider giving the front door and the window frames a lick of paint, and if it’s the right season put some pots or baskets outside your property. Make them want to come in.

Bathrooms & toilets Clear away the mountain of toiletries, sponges, medication and make up that seems to accumulate in the bathroom. Clear away children’s bath toys and put out clean, dry, folded towels. Bath and shower fittings should be spotlessly clean.

Open windows to clear away any excess moisture. Consider replacing bath and shower sealants if mould has accumulated.

Living areas You need to declutter. Clutter makes a room feel smaller and makes it harder for a buyer to imagine living in your home. Make sure distinctive features like fireplaces can be fully appreciated. Let the natural daylight flood in by pulling back the curtains and removing any items that might block light such as vases or photo frames on window sills. Keep the house warm in the winter but, whatever the season, be sure to regularly throw open the windows to let fresh air in. During viewings, turn off the TV and any music that might be distracting.

Kitchen Clean and polish all surfaces, fittings, handles, cupboard fronts and appliances. Clean inside the oven and any integrated appliances that are included in the sale. Clear any clutter from surfaces and make sure the sink and draining area is completely clear. Pet bowls should be cleared away, and always let in a blast of fresh air to clear any stale cooking smells. Freshly brewed coffee or baked bread are still the most appealing aromas to be

found in the kitchen – it’s a cliché, but it’s true!

Space & order Potential buyers will want to see every room, so make an effort on every space in your house. The kids’ rooms can look like warzones, but spend some time sorting them out so they look like bedrooms again. Toys can be boxed and all clothes, including shoes, should be cleared away. Buyers will want to look in cupboards and lofts too, so try to put these spaces in order.

Garden For many people the garden is one of the biggest selling points. Tidy away any rubbish, weed and cut the grass, and put out some potted plants to soften patios and yards. A seasonal fertiliser will add colour to a tired lawn. Be sure to cut back any boisterous bushes, particularly in smaller gardens.

And finally, you love your pets but... ...your potential buyers may not. Ask a friend or neighbour to take care of them during a viewing so as not to distract (or scare) a potential buyer from your property.

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Baxter Accounting 40 Sykam & Co Chartered Accountants 40 Walker Laird 73

Activities/Entertainment/Kids Castle Rednock Trekking Centre Ferguson Highland Dance Go Country Heron House Loch Katrine Cruises MacRoberts Centre McLaren Leisure Centre Razzamataz The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre

23 22 23 28 3 22 20 20 23

Alterations The Sewing Room


Architects/Consultants Malcolm Parry Architects MH Planning Morris Architects MW Consultants

41 41 41 38/39

Caravan Stirlingshire Caravans


Computers/Admin Laptop and PC Doctor Microcroft

40 41

Florists Bramble and Thyme Flowers Care Visions

14 55

Food/Drink/Weddings Cameron House Hotel 59 Events Decor 14 House for an Art Lover 12/13 MacDonald Forest Hills Hotel 15 Red Kite Yurts 11 The Clachan Inn 58 The Oak Tree Inn 2 Town & Country Designs Coffee Shop 63

Fostering Barnardos Fostering

55 72 72

Galleries & Gift Shops Ian Gallacher Jewellers Loch Lomond Shores Sheila Fleet Jewellery 84 |

Allander Aggregates Ltd 42 Benview Garden Centre 81 Cameron Garden & Grounds Maintenance 49 Craig Tree Services 42 Cruachan Landscaping 43 Fraser Robb 46 GK Groundcare 47 Heartwood Trees Scotland Ltd 42 John Currie Brick and Stonework 42 MacColl Landscaping 50 Natural Stone Craft 48 RG Paving & Hard Landscaping 49 Scotia Contracts Ltd 44/45 T D Trees 48 Tradstocks 46

Health & Wellbeing Catriona Stewart Clements hearing services Lumsdaine Halls Mana Therapies Tir Na Nog

56 57 53 53 52

Homes & Interiors Apollo Blinds Colin Johnson Traditional Upholstery David Thompson Designs Dream Doors Edge of the wood Elspeth Bennie artist blacksmith Household & Industrial Floor sanding services J Walker Interiors Kitchen & Bathroom Interiors Sparkle Carpets Town & Country Designs The Fabric Gallery Ventrolla Scotland watsinteriors & flooring Ltd

35 32 32 33 35 32 35 34 34 17 36 34 37 37

Laundry Service

Funeral Services Andrew Anderson & Sons Archibald Billet


Gardening & Outdoors

The Laundry Lady Scotia Spice

10 27 18/19


Local Produce 79

Logs & Fuels Hardwood Logs Lomond Logs Ltd

75 75

Wood for Fuel James D Bilsland Ltd James D Bilsland Coal

9 75 4

Painting/Decorating Endrick Decorators of Killearn Jack Brand Decorating Rebecca Louise Decorating Strathendrick Decorators

68 67 67 67

Photography Paul Saunders Media & Photography 16

Property Cala Homes 7 Corum 88/82 Graham Sandals Timber Buidings 85 GS Properties 86/87

Stoves Stirling Stove Centre


Trades & Services Aberfoyle Satellite Company Adrian Pirie A Ferguson Plastering Appliance Repairs & Spares Bathroom Transformations Buchlyvie Electrical C-Mix David McLeod Joinery Drymen Tiling Dunrite Plumbing Forth & Endrick Oil Boiler Service and Maintenance Fowler & Son GS Roofing Ltd Homeworx Killearn KM Joiners & Builders Lorne Howell Joiners & Builders Man Aboot the Hoose MBS Roofing RM Contractors Simon Head Joinery Stewart Hollington Stewart Reid Plumbing Services Thistle Plumbing Services West Coast heating Your Heating Ltd

69 69 69 69 17 66 65 69 65 65 75 65 64 64 75 8 65 68 64 66 66 77 76 76 66

Window Cleaning Night & Day


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Flexible designs that meet customer requirements and site constraints are key. The buildings featured are all of the same design, which has been adapted to suit the individual site and intended use by the customer. The aim is to create the durable structure that suits your requirements and is extremely cosy in use. With wood burners to provide heat brew the coffee and even cook lunch especially if you choose a log burner with a little oven.

when you want to sit out but need some protection from the elements also. With doors and wood burners positioned so you can see the stove when siting looking out when the doors are open or closed. You get to choose how much of the weather you are exposed to. Some structures are designed solely as a covered out side space where you can enjoy being outdoors to cook and and entertain in the knowledge your fine what ever the weather. Look out for these latter.

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DO YOU EXTEND YOUR HOUSE OR SELL IT ? By Gordon Adams of G & S Properties despite the fact the property could be well beyond its location value.

Many purchasers today have become frustrated with the system of acquisition of residential property deciding to stay where they are and extend their existing house as they continue to make offers for houses and are unsuccessful. The reasons for their un-success are varied, from stronger competition in the offers, not offering enough because the worry of their own sale not achieving the price they would need to purchase or being misled by the agent on the asking price. Being able to have a one to one dialogue with the selling agent is paramount to success as often the alternative is not the best route to take. Estate agents are faced on many occasions having to try and sell overdeveloped houses which have been extended and have either over capitalise the property for the area or the extension does not suit the style or size of the property. More than often the vendor is still looking to re –coup their capital expenditure

A three bedroomed semi-detached house that has been increased to accommodate a fourth bedroom with the ground floor living room extended below often could now be at a price that you could purchase a detached villa. Purchasers would always look to a detached villa before a semidetached in the same price bracket There are many examples of over developed property both in detached, semi-detached and terrreced houses which were never ment to be extended and invariability the design has created rooms off rooms or disproportionate sizes to the property style with the new layout often not fit for purpose. Many vendors cannot visualise the completed extension only realising after the completion of their project they should have left well alone and moved house. Before vendors contemplate extending their property they should take advice from a professional on the marketability of the final result and the cost involved to ensure that

the property will not have been over capitalised and put it outside its market value in the given location – you cannot have a three bedroomed terrace house at £250,000 when you can purchase a 3 bedroomed semi for £260,000 in the same street. Apart from conservatory extensions in many instances it is more economical to move house and obtain a property fit for purpose rather than one which has been forced into alteration. Extensions are expensive and the costs to extend are often inconsistent to the floor area gained, the professional fees and the service costs also are disproportionate unless they are spread over a sizeable extension. These costs are usually fixed whether you build 200sqft or 1000sqft. By the time professional fees and VAT are added to the building costs it is often much more financially feasible to move house. The watchword is “prudence” take independent advice on your design objectives and obtains a completed project value and ascertain whether or not the alteration will over capitalise the house in any given area.

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You want your property to receive the attention it needs and so do we. Corum focus on selling property and only property, that’s why we have been able to successfully sell a number of properties in your area, which were previously left unsold by other agents. If you are looking to sell or require a fresh approach to marketing your home, call James Lang on 0141 942 5888 today for a complimentary up-to-date appraisal of your property. Email Visit our website Open 7 days

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Park Life Magazine February/March 2017  

A Whats On and Local Advertizer for the Trossachs area

Park Life Magazine February/March 2017  

A Whats On and Local Advertizer for the Trossachs area