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Your what’s on guide and advertiser for Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Bearsden & Milngavie

FEB/MAR 19

GETTING MARRIED IN LOCH LOMOND Property market in Scotland Bringing your local community together covering: Bearsden • Milngavie • 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

Loch Lomond Coffee St Mocha and The Oak Tree now serve coffee roasted on site in Balmaha. The coffee is roasted by our very own Loch Lomond Coffee Co. Don’t forget we also serve homemade Loch Lomond Ice Cream

Loch Cruises Balmaha will once again have more waterbus services and loch cruises this season. Thanks to our new pontoon you can cruise around the beautiful islands of Loch Lomond or take a return trip to Luss.

The Batter Inn Coming soon at St Mocha – The Batter Inn. A new fish and chip take away for Balmaha. After the huge success from the pop up shop that we trialled last year we can’t wait to launch the Batter Inn!

Red Squirrels Bags of Loch Lomond Coffee can be bought on line at lochlomondcoffee. co.uk and in St Mocha Coffee Shop. 50p from each bag sold will go to support red squirrel conservation in Loch Lomond.

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Sailings and events throughout the year Steamship Sir Walter Scott D The is fully wheelchair friendly

• Legends of the Loch cruises on the Lady of the Lake • Steamship cruises on the iconic Sir Walter Scott* • Eco Lodges & Campsite • The Steamship Café* • Katrine Gifts also offers a wide range of snacks, soup, delicious cakes and hot drinks to satisfy all our visitors.

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*The Steamship Café is only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday until March 2019. Steamship cruises resume in March 2019.

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Contents

FEB-MAR EDITION 2019

Balmaha Audio installation��������������������������������������� 8 Strathendrick Golf Club����������������������������������������� 12 House buying in Scotland�������������������������������� 16/17 Wedding Feature������������������������������������������������������� 26 Nick Nairn Events��������������������������������������������������� 35 Edenmill Cafe Review��������������������������������������������� 37 Balmaha

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Competitions & Sales Macroberts Competition����������������������������������������� 42 Moon 50% off����������������������������������������������������������� 47 Benview Nursery up to 50% off����������������������������� 53

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THE BOAT HOUSE 2019 WINE DINNERS Join us at The Boat House for our Gourmet Wine Dinners. Guests will enjoy a welcome drink, followed by a four course meal with specially paired wines introduced by our sommelier and a host from each winery.

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THURSDAY 21 ST FEBRUARY 2019, 6.30PM £50 PER PERSON

RIOJA VIVANCO SPANISH WINE DINNER THURSDAY 23 RD MAY 2019, 6.30PM £50 PER PERSON

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Welcome

FEB-MAR EDITION 2019

In This Edition...

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appy New Year 2019 to all our readers and advertisers. And particularly for our new audience at the south of our coverage in Bearsden and Milngavie, I hope you’ll be with us all for many more belated greetings. I think I’m probably the last one to be wishing everyone well for the New Year, since February is the first opportunity I get! Park Life’s core is giving useful information, from advertisers offering us relevant services and products, events organisers sharing their dates to put in our diaries, and informative articles

with insights for Loch Lomond and the Trossachs residents and businesses. We are always looking for information to share with you. With the last two of those core ingredients in mind, I have two little requests. If you have an event coming up, no matter how far away it seems, let us know the details and we’ll include it in our events calendar. And if you fancy seeing your name in print and can put together a short informative article for your fellow readers, please get in touch. So, let’s get on with the year!

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New audio installation at Balmaha keeps visitors in the know

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isitors to Balmaha on the eastern shores of Loch Lomond can learn some interesting facts about the local area thanks to an innovative and eco-friendly audio installation gifted to the community by local resident Joe Twaddle.

by Chrissie Bannerman, German by Thosten Hesse, French by Brian Prosser and Spanish by Ada Tebeni. Other topics – scripted and narrated by local musician Dave Arcari who also produced the audio recordings for the project – include the Highland Boundary Fault, things to do in the area and information about water life in the loch. The audio hardware was sourced via Black Box AV and installed at the boulder site by Sandy Fraser and his team of Willie Kirkland, Graham Scott and Paul Kott who have been instrumental in the overall development of the former toilet block site.

Located by the boulder that forms the focal point of a rest area beside the visitor centre car park, the self-powered audio point allows visitors to select a topic of interest, turn the handle and listen to the relevant narration. The main topic is an educational narration of the geological origins of the boulder and the surrounding area…told from the boulder’s point of view. The narration is based on a script by John Urquhart and is available in English, Gaelic, French, German and Spanish all translated and voiced by local residents and friends. The English version of the boulder story is narrated by Joe's wife Betty, the Gaelic version

Joe and Betty Twaddle try out Balmaha’s new audio installation. (Dave Arcari/Loch Lomond Studios)

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A WEE GEM OF A COURSE

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n the hillside, bounded by the River Endrick at Drymen, lies Strathendrick Golf Club. With its listed Pavilion clubhouse this 9-hole parkland course designed by Willie Fernie of Troon in 1901, really is unique. Visitors, who mostly stumble across it, wax lyrical about the challenge of its gullies and hills; the stunning views towards Ben Lomond; and the quality of its greens. Surprisingly, to many locals – including golfers - it remains a hidden gem. If you fancy a visit, there’s no booking in advance. Just post your money in the honesty box and enjoy the peace and quiet. At Open competitions you will find friendly faces and delicious home baking. And for members, social events are held throughout the year.

Strathendrick Golf Club Drymen A beautiful 9-hole parkland course on the banks of the river Endrick. • 18-35 year olds membership only £136 • Join as a 2nd club for £113 • Get into Golf with tuition £170 for new players • Day tickets £15, 9 holes £10 Fees are modest at £340 per year for full membership with other offers available. For younger golfers who may find it difficult to commit to the expense and time required to play 18-hole Clubs, Strathendrick offers 60% off the annual fee to those aged 18 to 35, with full member rights. That’s only £136 pa! Another fantastic deal, at £113, is to play Strathendrick as your 2nd club for social golf. Seriously? Yes - what are you waiting for?

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Scottish Property Market

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n the last year, the Scottish Property Market has remained a little more stable than the UK as a whole, with prices gradually on the rise. And in the latter half of last year the ever increasing customer demand has been better satisfied, with more properties coming to market and more sold. Sellers have been benefitting from the rises in price and demand. And it would appear that increased availability of mortgages, and of course the continued record low interest rates, is helping drive that demand, so helping buyers too. The Scottish Government’s first time buyers incentives are also helping new homeowners. Renters, too, are finding the market stable in Scotland, with the obvious exception of Edinburgh, where rental pricing continues to increase above the rest of the country. The shortage of residential property in Edinburgh and ever increasing demand will likely keep that upward trend going for some time.

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Using lawn-friendly specialist stump grinding machines, Glasgow Stump Removal will grind your tree stumps into mulch, removing stumps 6 to 12 inches below ground level. The mulch is used to fill the hole to ground level. This enables the ground to be restored back to grass or flower bed, or it can be paved over. We use various machines to efficiently and effectively grind stumps of different sizes and in awkward access locations.

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GETTING MARRIED IN LOCH LOMOND AND THE TROSSACHS Can you think of a more romantic location for your wedding than Loch Lomond?

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ow about taking your vows in a marquee overlooking the loch? Or a ceremony with the mountains of the Trossachs as your background, with beautiful scenery surrounding you. Spend the evening dancing to a live band in a lochside hotel or cruising on the Loch. Or arrive at your venue by boat. And on the horizon, watch the historic Maid of the Loch steam by (soon to be restored to service). Using local wedding specialists from the area opens the door to stunning photo opportunities, deliciously fresh local cuisine, and all the hidden venues, accommodation and entertainment to make your wedding a unique experience. Let your imagination go - as a wedding destination, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park has all the ingredients for a magical start to your journey together.

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Making your wedding the special experience it deserves to be can be surprisingly easy! Our advertisers have long experience of transforming a list of wedding essentials into an unforgettable experience for you and all your guests. Getting married in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is unforgettable. However you plan your special day, let us help you make it on the “bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond�. Article by Mike McGinn


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Elin Isaksson Wedding ‘Unity Ceremony’ with glass crystals Bespoke wedding décor & gifts Studio & Gallery (Open by app) Braehouse | Touch | Stirling | FK8 3AH E: info@elinisaksson.com T: 07968871439

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Darcey’s Candles sold by Tracy 07403 498132

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Chair Flowers &&Foliage Foliage••Table TableLinen Linen ChairCovers Covers && Decoration Decoration •• Flowers Decorative Fabric&&Drapery Drapery DecorativeLighting Lighting •• Table Table Centres Centres •• Fabric

Heather Hamilton www.eventsdecor.co.uk

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To Make your Special Day even more Beautiful ! • Free & no obligation wedding consultations now available for 2019/20 • Professional service & advice • Please call or email to book an appointment

4 Cross Street, Callander FK17 8EA | T: 01877 331994 | E: theflowerroom.nc@gmail.com

Duntreath Castle Weddings & Events

We offer you a privately tailored glamorous venue quite unlike anything else.

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Welcome to the exciting world of

funky light up furniture! Bring the wow factor to your next party with this attention-grabbing mood light bar.

Bring Your Party Out of the Kitchen! How to choose the focal point of your party

“Talking point of the night!” INTRODUCTORY

OFFER!

£60 per night for the light up bar and light up ice boxes

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t’s always important to make a good impression at parties, particularly your own!

Getting the atmosphere right is a great start, and Light Up Events is a local company that helps you do that. With a variety of light-up accessories centred around a substantial light-up bar, you can create the mood you need for wedding celebrations, house parties, kids’ birthday parties, christenings, or any other event. You don’t have to use it to serve drinks or food- your living-room DJ could perform there! The bar has remote control internal lighting with twelve colours, so you can change the mood at the press of a button. And it has a built-in Bluetooth speaker to provide music from your phone’s playlist, while the lighting pulses to the music. The bar can be used outdoors, since it is waterproof (has to be for our unpredictable weather) and wireless, and it will stay lit for up to fourteen house on a charge. Of course, being waterproof means it will take the inevitable drink or trifle spillage in its stride.

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So if you want a striking focal point for your party, check out the Light Up Events advert opposite!


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£2900

40 Day Guests 80 Evening Guests

Additions can be arranged, the venue can accommodate up to 120 day guests. 2019 / 2020 / 2021 DATES AVAILABLE • Venue hire • Glass of sparkling for arrival • Ceremony charge • Master of ceremonies • Half bottle of House wine for meal • Glass of sparkling for toast • Cake stand and cake knife • 3 course menu • Table stationery • Hot Filled Rolls for 80 Guests • Choice of 2 centre pieces • Dance floor • Full table linen

Subject to availability.

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Ardoch is such a versatile venue that it can be transformed into the ideal setting for almost any event. Ardoch has played host to many diverse groups from a music and yoga retreats, Highland Games for a team-building events, photography and writers workshops and more! For inspiration on how you can make Ardoch yours, contact us!

Ardoch, Gartocharn, G83 8ND t: 01389 710401 e: Info@Ardoch-Scotland.com w: www.ardoch-scotland.com

INTERIOR DESIGN

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FABRIC WALLPAPER LAMPS CHANDELIERS MIRRORS RUGS FURNITURE & ACCESSORIES A GREAT RANGE OF FABRIC REMNANTS & LARGE PIECES IDEAL FOR CUSHION COVERS, BLINDS AND COVERING CHAIRS.

OPENING TIMES WEEKENDS ONLY 12-4pm

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Want to earn money from your home, but don’t have the time?

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs is the ideal short holiday let location, with excellent letting success on AirBnb, TripAdvisor, Booking.com and HomeAway.

Aerovista will take all the effort out of letting your property or room on AirBnb, TripAdvisor etc, and maximise your rental income.

So talk to the local letting managers who know your area.

Aerovista will • Take professional standard photographs • List your property/room on AirBnb and other platforms • Synchronise all calendars (avoids booking clashes)

• Advise and manage pricing • Contract for cleaning, linen and maintenance services • Manage bookings and communications with guests

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FARM SHOP, CAFÉ & SOFT PLAY

Indoor Car boot sale / Craft market Feb 17th, Mar 17th. £10 per stall booking. Call the cafe to book. Open from 10 - 4 pm. A great way to clear out after Christmas!

Come and say hello to our new Head Chef Gordon Provan, who has recently joined us from The Rogano in Glasgow! New menu soon to be released!

We are always interested to hear what Park Life readers want to see happening at Edenmill, why not call us, message us on social media or drop in and let us know! Things in the pipeline include steak nights, a book club, children’s cooking classes, walkers club and more!

TODDLER MONDAY MORNING SESSIONS £3.00 with crafts, games and even dancing! Now on! No need to book!

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Edenmill Farm, Blanefield, Glasgow G63 9AX www.edenmill.co.uk Tel: 01360 771707


PARK LIFE REVIEWS....EDENMILL FARM SHOP, CAFÉ & SOFT PLAY AREA Having two small grandchildren who have been asking every time we pass Edenmill if “the softplay is opened yet?” – I was delighted to take this opportunity and check it out during December.

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he setting is really stunning with the carpark now landscaped, offering ample parking with disabled and family spaces available. The massive inflatable Santa had the kids very excited from the start and there was little time to explore the great selection of Christmas trees and decorations at the pop-up shop outside although I could see it was manned by some very cheerful looking Elves. The children wanted to check out the play facilities first and so lunch had to wait….. they were not disappointed with an additional room now available for adults and children to enjoy a good oldfashioned climb and play in the hay bales, there was a lot of fun had by young and old! Also in this room there was a an inflated bouncy slide and bouncy castle a bit like an assault course. The main soft play area has a good-sized play frame with a short steep slide that the kids all love, ball pit, swings and lots of secret hideaway bits that children always seem to find! There is a separate quieter area for the younger children where there are suitable aged toys for them to play with. The whole area has been covered in a

soft grass like flooring. In both areas there are ample tables and chairs the cafe staff are happy to provide carryout cups for any hots drinks that you might want to have whilst watching the kids play. Lunch was fabulous with the staff offering to cook something fresh to cater for my grand-daughters lactose intolerance. The menu is extensive, catering from a simple coffee and piece of delicious home baking, freshly made sandwiches and homemade soup to main courses of Fish and Chips, Meatballs, Steak burger to name but a few. The quality meats are provided by the on site butcher and after having the tasted the venison burger for lunch we bought some more before we left! The children’s menu for under 12 had a great selection too and priced at a very reasonable £3.95.

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We are always interested to hear what Park Life readers want to see happening at Edenmill. Things in the pipeline include steak nights, a book club, children’s cooking classes, walkers club and more!

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Mark Gibson Edenmill

A copy of The John Muir Way map was on every table and clearly shows a circular walk that can be taken from the car park or if walking doing the full JMW you would most certainly enjoy a stop at Edenmill – we will definitely be back with or without the grandchildren! Article by Heather

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Marketing Support for local businesses

Helping businesses to grow with cost effective marketing consultancy. One off projects, or on-going support for businesses in the Park Life area.  Marketing  Photography

 Video  Websites

 01360 661029

 Social Media  Brand Design

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Stay at the gateway to the glorious Trossachs

Recently refurbished to

✩✩✩ Awarded by Visit Scotland

TROSSACHS MIDWEEK BREAK – Enjoy a relaxing, great value midweek break in the glorious Trossachs. Break available from Sunday to Friday and includes Dinner, Bed & Breakfast.

2019

Dates Released Please see website for details

2 NIGHTS from only £59pp

Saturday Dinner Dances & Tribute Nights – 4 Course Dinner, Live music, Bed & Breakfast and late check-out for only £65pp Extra night Dinner, Bed & Breakfast for only £30pp

Aberfoyle, Stirlingshire FK8 3UX | Tel: 01877 382 245 | Email: info@robroyhotel.co.uk | www.robroyhotel.co.uk

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

Large Whisky Selection • Real Ales • Beer List • Scottish Craft Gins Stone baked pizzas available sit in or takeaway. Restaurant with extensive menu and weekly specials. Food served all day - Now taking bookings.

Accommodation will be available from May with beautifully refurbished bedrooms.

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BUTCHERY • CAFÉ • FARM SHOP • DELI

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right and airy café, with stunning views and a fresh, interesting menu including delicious daily specials and fabulous home baking. Shop selling daily essentials, fruit, veg and milk, unusual gifts and speciality food and drink. Multi-award winning butchery with quality meat that is locally sourced. Deli with a fabulous range of cheeses and cured meats. Blair Drummond Smiddy, Blair Drummond, Stirling FK9 4UY Tel: 01786 235024 Email: hello@blairdrummondsmiddy.co.uk Open Daily: Monday – Sunday 9am – 5pm www.blairdrummondsmiddy.co.uk

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e have another exciting year ahead, our first masterclass is scheduled for February with one of Scotlands best loved artists, a chance to watch and listen to how Rosanne Barr creates her wonderful land and seascapes...a unique opportunity to see the artist at work and a chance for a Qand A afterwards (details on the web-site) March sees the return of our collaboration with Stephen Burgess and his design team in Rooms 2, featuring new artist Catriona Millar (opp) for those who did not come last year we divided the gallery into themed rooms and added sculpture, lighting and textiles to create the complete Room! As always we aim to source exciting

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new talent as well as showcasing York Academy of Arts, alongside established and alsoStreet, offer galleryFK14 artists and then November 53artists Bridge Dollar, 7DG t: 01259 7 flexible payment plans on all our Bumper Christmas Exhbition purchases, in addition we offer a and Fair... The Coachhouse, Ballamenoch, Buchlyvie, Stir taking the gallery to you package..... Buchylvie is open per exhibition if you want to see work in situ email: greengallery6964@gmail.com www.g (inbetween time by appointment we we will bring your chosen pieces always have a gallery full of work) and hang in your home with no Dollar is open wed-sunday 10.30 -5 obligation, we believe in offering the and 12-4 on sundays. very best customer service and seeing All dates to be confirmed please work in your own home helps you check the website for details. understand what will work. In May We look forward to seeing you. we will have our big Weekend lots of fabulous stalls/demonstrations/ pizzas and lots more. Sept we see Sian Smith back from completing her masters at the New

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53 Bridge Street, Dollar, FK14 7DG t: 01259 740149 The Coachhouse, Ballamenoch, Buchlyvie, Stirlingshire, FK8 3NX t: 01360 850180 email: greengallery6964@gmail.com www.greengallery.com

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WIN A FAMILY TICKET* TO SEE

FOUR GO WILD IN WELLIES (SUN 10 MARCH, 2PM)

Win a chance to go wild in wellies with Indepen-dance 4 in a playful story about how friendships are built, broken and mended. This whimsical adventure also include tents with a life of their own, bobble hats and of course lots of fun with wellies. Enter for the chance to win a *family ticket (any 4 people) Find out more about the production: www.macrobertartscentre.org

McLaren Leisure

School Holiday Activities Swimming pool Birthday parties Climbing wall Soft play Sports hall Fitness suite Classes 3G pitch Events Memberships

Train - Play Relax - Compete

*Subject to availability and not exchangeable.

To enter visit www.parklifescotland.co.uk

TRY SOMETHING NEW TODAY... Now open on Saturdays

• Pony Club and Sunday morning 10am-12pm lessons for adults • Sat pony club 1-4pm £25 7yrs plus and children Pony Club activities & • Riding lessons for children on ladies day on a Thursday Sunday afternoon & 3.30-5pm on week nights and adult lessons on weekdays • Pony/Horse share opportunities • 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

www.castlerednock.com Email rednocktrekking@yahoo.com Visit our Facebook page for further information

Tel: 01877 385276 | 07801 699497

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01877 330 000

Soprano and Mezzo Duet Recital Pianist Chavdar Mazgolov

23 March at 7.30pm

Hannah Sandison and Annabella Ellis, both former students of Kathleen, have both sung at Glyndebourne Opera and are now forging successful international singing careers.

Tickets £12 & £15 from coubroughkathleen@gmail.com or fergusonk@btinternet.com or via our website www.classicsatkippen.co.uk Wine will be served at the interval


10 Years of Specialist Dyslexia Help in Stirling

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019 is a significant year for teacher, Fiona Macdiarmid, who is known to many parents as Director of Stirling’s successful Kip McGrath Education Centre.

Fiona is passionate about helping people achieve their potential and for the last 16 years she has been running her own tuition centre. Ten years ago she travelled to New Zealand for training in the unique Cellfield Dyslexia Programme and since then has been delivering Cellfield in her centre. Fiona believes strongly in the programme’s capacity to improve the lives of people struggling with dyslexia and similar processing difficulties: “Cellfield is the most exciting development in education I have come across”, says Fiona; “I consistently hear from clients and their families that Cellfield is life changing because not only do they see improvements in reading and language, they also see a positive impact on overall self esteem”.

Based on neuroscience and brain plasticity research, Cellfield is a multi sensory programme which stimulates the brain networks processing visual and auditory aspects of reading. This leads to improved reading and language processing and average gains of up to 2 years in reading age can be achieved. Fiona advises families who feel their child is struggling to consult their child’s school in the first instance because there are many resources – coupled with good teaching practice – which can help. However, families in the Stirling and Trossachs area are also fortunate to have convenient access to the unique Cellfield programme. www.cellfield.co.uk

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Park Life LOCAL EVENTS

February - March

Booking Essential for all events 0141 956 6100 www.mugdock-country-park.org.uk

Come and Try Conservation Volunteering Kirkintilloch Sat 9th Feb 10.30am – 12pm

Forest School, Mugdock – Where are All the Animals? 3-5 years Sun 10th Feb 2pm – 4pm

Mugdock’s History & Mysteries Tues 12th Feb 1pm – 3.30pm

Mugdock Sensational Safari: Winter Wildlife. 8-12 years Wed 13th Feb 1pm – 4pm

Forest School, Mugdock – Keep on Running! 8-12 years Sun 24th Feb 2pm – 4pm

Stargazing at Mugdock Thurs 28th Feb 7pm – 8:30pm

Forest School, Mugdock – Problem Solving 8-12 years Sun 3rd Mar 2pm – 4pm

Stargazing at Mugdock Fri 8th Mar 7pm – 8:30pm

Come and try Conservation Volunteering Kirkintilloch Sat 9th Mar 10.30am – 12pm

Walk – Mugdock Wood No Children Required! Sun 10th Mar 2pm – 4pm

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Rush and Cane Chair Seating Course

Mon 11th & Tues 12th March, 10am to 4.30pm

Forest School, Mugdock Survival Sun 17th Mar 2pm – 4pm

Come and try Conservation Volunteering, Lenzie Moss Clean Up Sat 23rd Mar 11am – 12pm

Mugdock Castle Open Day (Volunteer Castle Steward Recruitment) Sat 23rd Mar 12pm to 4pm

Felt Brooches and more… Hand Sewing Felt Workshop for Adults Sun 24th Mar 10.00pm- 1.30pm

Rush and Cane Chair Seating Course

Mon 25th & Tues 26th March, 10am to 4.30pm

Willow Weaving in a day Sat 30th Mar 10am to 4pm

Sensory Sunday at Mugdock Forest School for Wee Folk. Sun 31st Mar 2pm – 3pm

Killearn Malawi Group

Famous Annual Jumble Sale Sat 23rd Feb 10-12am Killearn Kirk. Entry £1 Donations gratefully received at Killearn Kirk Hall on Friday 22nd February from 6-8pm. Please note we cannot accept electrical goods or large items like furniture. If there's any other information you'd like about the event, or our organisation, please don't hesitate to get in touch with me. We can also be found at www.killearnmalawigroup.org


Park Life LOCAL EVENTS Beth Christie: Journey to Antartica

February - March

Strathendrick Singers Spring Concert

Featuring Haydn’s supreme choral masterpiece, THE CREATION Sun 24th Mar 7pm Killearn Kirk Tickets (£12 for adults, under 16s free) will be available at the door or from choir members.

Drymen Library

Thurs Feb 28 7.30-9pm. Victoria Halls, Sinclair Street Beth shares her passion for transforming education for a sustainable future by weaving reflections from an all-female expedition to Antarctica with stories from her academic research. She highlights the essential role of outdoor learning and learning for sustainability in fostering the values, attitudes, skills and confidence needed for people, places and the planet to flourish. Organised by Royal Scottish Geographical Society. Tickets free to Royal Scottish Geographical Society Member. Tickets £10 + booking fee for non members Book tickets via EVENTBRITE

Forest Theatre Company presents The Sound of Music Wed 13th -Sat 16th March Gartmore Village Hall Doors and bar open at 7.00pm Performance starts at 7.30pm Tickets £10 adults £7 child (under 16) Concessions for 60+ £7 on Wed & Thu Further information contact 01877 382910 alison.collier20@gmail.com

Strathendrick Singers Musical Coffee Morning

Sat 2nd Mar 10 am -12 noon Killearn Kirk Hall Home baking, musical entertainment and much more.

Crochet, Knit and Natter (Free) – 10.30am – 12.30pm – Come along and share your knitting and crocheting ideas. Beginners welcome. Monday 4th February. Monday 18th February Monday 4th March. Monday 18th March Bookbugs – 10am – 10.30am - 0-4 years (free) – Songs, rhymes, stories and lots of fun with Bookbug. Tuesday 15th January. Tuesday 12th February Tuesday 12th March Storytime – (free) – (pre-school) – 9.30am – 10.30am – Songs and stories, play and coffee. Friday 1st February If anyone needs any more information, they can call the library on 01360 660 751.

Marie Currie Daffodil collection 2019 March/April www.mariecurie.org.uk Grab a friend and join a Great Daffodil Appeal collection near you Just two hours of your time will make a big difference to families facing the toughest times. Why volunteer? Volunteering just two hours of your time will help to raise the money needed to make sure more dying people get the care and support they need at the end of their lives. What’s more, collecting is lots of fun, you can do it on your own or with friends, and we'll support you from the moment you sign up.

Buchlyvie SWI

Buchlyvie Village Hall on the second Tuesday of each month 12th March. The Story of Stirling Gin Distillery, with tasting June McCann, Co-Owner of Stirling Gin 9th April. Become a Dementia Friend Annie McWhinnie. Alzheimer Scotland

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A sustainable community... Is this possible? Ruth Glasgow of The Hub G63 gives advice on what we can do.

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e are a newly established social enterprise based in Drymen, but we exist to serve the G63 area. With our main focus on food we are working to promote and support sustainable living in the community. There is so much in the news these days about our future, climate change and sustainability but we felt that, being rural, our community often misses out on events happening in urban areas (even though we won’t escape the effects of climate change etc and we can definitely still take action to help). So, The Hub G63 is designed to bring opportunities to our community. This means, through e.g. workshops, raising awareness of global topics like the environmental impact of food etc but also more upbeat activities like establishing community food growing topics and getting people together over community meals. We are helping with the revamp of Drymen Playpark (led by Charlotte Wallace and Carol Still) which will include food growing, not

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just for children but as a way of bringing different generations together to share skills and knowledge and just spend time together. We are working with the Scottish Food Coalition as ‘Good Food Nation Ambassadors’ to raise awareness of the proposed Good Food Nation consultation and Bill: we are hosting a potluck community lunch on Feb 23rd in the Church Hall to this end. We will soon launch zerowaste food retail (online ordering at first) and ultimately we are trying to find suitable premises for a shop front and so we can truly be a community Food and Sustainability Hub. Its not all about food – the date is yet to be confirmed, but in March/April we are bringing Transition Stirling to Drymen to host a Repair Café. You can bring small electricals/jewellery/ clothes along to be repaired by a team of volunteers. This is free of charge and encourages ‘reuse and repair’ rather than wasteful consumerism, which is unsustainable.

Ruth Glasgow and Richard Boddington, Two of the Directors of The Hub.

There is so much more to what we plan to do so keep watching and listening. We are a community project so if you have any ideas or want to get involved: find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/hubG63 or email info@thehubg63.org


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FAMILY SHOWS @ Connect With Us:

MacrobertArtsCentre

@Macrobert

Tall Stories

Indepen-dance 4

ROOM ON THE BROOM

FOUR GO WILD IN WELLIES

For age 3+

For ages 3 to 5

Tue 12 Feb, 1.30pm & 4pm Wed 13 Feb, 10.30am & 1.30pm

Sun 10 Mar, 2pm

Tickets: £11.50 / £42 Wee Group Saver (any 4 people)

Tickets: £9.50 / £34 Wee Group Saver (any 4 people)

Book tickets:

01786 466666 | www.macrobertartscentre.org

Stylish women’s clothing, accessories and much more

Moon of Drymen

Gift Vouchers Available

50% OFF ALL WINTER STOCK New stock arriving every week

Summer opening hours

Main Street, Drymen, Stirlingshire G63 0BG tel: 01360 660523 Mon to Sat 10-5 & Sun 12-4

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CALLING ALL THOSE WHO LIKE TO SING

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ur choir has been in harmony for over seven years. It has brought like minded folk together to expand our lungs, to laugh at our mistakes, to chat over tea and cakes and return home smiling. So that we don’t just keep it to ourselves we’ve organised a ‘Come and Join Us’ evening. Anyone and everyone is invited. Singing is optional but smiling and enjoying yourself is obligatory! And it’s free – except for a couple of pounds for the half time refreshments. You’ll see how we warm up, harmonise together and learn new songs with Jim our brilliant and charming choirmaster . Please make a note in your diary: Monday 25th February, a 7.30 start, meet in the room behind ‘The Black Bull’ pub in Gartmore Village, plenty of parking around. We’ll feel certain you would love to join in on the night and, best of all, to join the choir yourselves. Remember you don’t need to audition, you don’t need to sing like an opera star but, like I said above, you just need to have fun. Even better: bring a friend to enjoy the evening with you We, The Gartmore Community Choir, meet most Mondays, same time, same place. All just £5/night or even cheaper if you sign up for 10 sessions! If you need any more info then please just ring me on 07754199780 Ian Workman

Cinema Listings

February March

Gartmore Community Cinema The Friday Night Film Club

The Death of Stalin 1st Feb The 100 year man who climbed out of the window 1st Mar Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 29th Mar Evening Screenings: (Door & Bar opens 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!

Strathendrick Film Society Phantom Thread Fri 8th Feb Jean de Florette Fri 22nd Feb The Third Man Fri 8th Mar www.strathfilmsoc.org.uk Balfron High School. Entry £5 non members

Callander Film Society Hereditary Sun 10th Feb Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool Shoplifters Sun 17 Mar Sweet Country Sun 31 Mar

Sun 24 Feb

Films Start 7.30pm. Callander Youth Project, 6 Bridgend, Callander, Stirlingshire, FK17 8AH

Mugdock Country Park Cinema Three Billboards outside Ebbing Missouri Mon 4th Feb 7.30pm

Chappaquiddick Mon 18th Feb 7.30pm Please Don’t Eat the Daises Mon 4 Mar 7.30pm Hidden Figures Mon 18 Mar 7.30pm Cost £4, Children £3. Booking Essential Tel: 0141 956 6100 www.mugdock-country-park.org.uk 48 |

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Killearn Movie Hoolie @Killearnmovies Killearn Film Festival running 25th July – 27th July 2019

Further details of films screening to be announced later. Teen DV Filmmaking 2 Day Workshop in Killearn Kirk Hall From Wednesday 24th July – Thursday 25th July Ages 13 - 18 years. Maximum 10 places Price to attend £30, includes lunches, snacks, 2 youth worker/dv filmmaking tutors with pizza party and teen movie on the last night and entry to all other eligible films screening. Contact: Anna Gower anna@ideaslink.org to note interest and for further details. An Ideas Link CIC project, Ideas Link a not-for-profit organisation

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Loch Lomond Shores Events www.lochlomondshores.com

The Market at Loch Lomond Shores 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month Join us from 10am on Sundays for homemade treats, arts & crafts, artisan food & drink and fresh produce from a wide selection of local producers and makers. There’s hot coffee and food to eat while you browse, and plenty on offer to take home afterwards. Most of what’s on offer is fresh, unique or seasonal, so no two markets are the exact same. Pop by and have a look for yourself – and why not finish up with a bit of brunch while you’re here, to really celebrate the weekend? Free to attend. For up-to-date information see our Facebook page.

Spring half-term school holidays From the 9th to the 13th of February there will be a variety of onsite kids activities. See our website for details.

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Mugdock has lots of events and activities for 2019 and the Easter programme is no exception. From a mixture of Ranger led activities to ‘have a go craft’ sessions, children’s cinema, treasure hunt and magic workshops, there’s something to attract everyone. Our new ‘what’s on’ booklet, starting from March 2019 is available in the Visitor Centre detailing all the events and activities for the next 6 months. You can also check out our website at www.mugdock-country-park.org.uk or our facebook page and posters around the Park.

Sew Together, Brooch Making Workshop. Minimum age is 7

years Tuesday 2nd April, 10am11:30am, 12pm-1:30pm, 2pm-3:30pm

Mugdock Sensational Safari Workshop Moorland Exploration

– No Parents Required! 8-12 years Tuesday 2nd April, 1pm-4pm

Have A Go Workshops

5+ craft activities. Parents required. Wednesday 3rd April, 11am-12 pm, 12.30pm-1.30pm, 2pm-3pm, 3.30pm-4.30pm.

Frog Fun at Mugdock

Crafty Amphibians. Wednesday 3rd April, 11am-12 noon & 2pm-3pm

Twechar Sensational Safari

Children’s Easter Cinema Club

Magic Workshops

Come and try Conservation Volunteering

Children’s Easter Cinema Club

Forest School, Mugdock

Countryside Adventures. No Parents Required. 8-12 years - Thursday 4th April, 1pm-4pm 5-16 years - Thursday 4th April, 2pm-3pm or 3pm-4pm Wreck it Ralf 2, Ralf Breaks the Internet - Friday 5th April, 11am

Come and try Conservation

Volunteering, Mugdock. 16yrs + Saturday 6th April, 10am-12.30pm

Attention all Treasure Hunters

Mary Poppins (1964 original) Friday 12th April, 11am

Kirkintilloch. 10-15 years - Saturday 13th April, 10.30am-12pm Trails in the Old World. No Parents Required. 8-12 years - Sunday 14th April, 2pm-4pm

Water Weirdies, Mugdock Friday 19th April, 10.30am11.30am or 1.30pm- 2.30pm

No Parents Required. 5-10 years – Mon 8th April OR Tues 9th April, 2019, 10am-12pm

Easter Fun at Mugdock

Woodland Art

Tuesday 9th April, 1pm-3pm

Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Sunday 21st April, 11am

Mugdock Sensational Safaris

Forest School, Mugdock

The Awakening. 8-12 years - No Parents required. Wednesday 10th April, 1pm-4pm

What do Mugdock’s Owls Have for Dinner? No Parents

required. Thursday 11th April, 10.30am-11.30am & 1.30pm-2.30pm

Strathblane Sensational Safari Wild Places, Wild Life! No Parents required. 8-12 years - Friday 12th April, 1pm-4pm

Sunday 21st April, 2pm-4pm

Children’s Cinema Club

Water lot of Fun. No Parents Required. 8-12 years - Monday 22nd April, 2pm-4pm *Please check our website for prices and booking details or call the Visitor Centre on 0141 956 6100.

Mugdock Castle is having an open day on Saturday 23rd March, 12pm-4pm.

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• Foods to suit all dogs from family pets to working dogs • Well-balanced and complete • Maintain health and condition • Value for money • Already popular with many owners, kennels & breeders

15kg bags from as little as £19.99

Love Bite Dog Treats

Ethical maker and baker of accessories & treats for your dog.

We upcycle most of our fabrics to create unique and stylish bandanas, scarves & coats for your pooch. Our yummy biscuits are 100% natural, using human grade ingredients and no palm oil. Our grooming range includes varieties of Dry Shampoo and a natural Paw Balm. Ethically sourced and all natural, what more could your best friend want!

Hounds Connect

Therapy for Dog Owners Your dog wants you to be happy

What if your dog could tell you everything you need to know to be happy, successful and fulfilled? At Hounds Connect we help you to hear the messages your dog is sending you. From your dog’s heart to yours.

Joanne Frame B.Sc M.Sc BEHD FRSA Mob: 07796 338584 Tel: 01360 660474 www.houndsconnect.co.uk

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LANDSCAPE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION LTD

Planting the Seed

From initial consultation a nd full colour design to complete garden build... all u nder one roof!

www.cruachanlandscaping.co.uk ww.cruachanlandscaping.co.uk

01786 841 719 01877 339 993

Registered Member

BIG SALE Up to 50% off Jan - Feb

www.benviewgardencentre.co.uk T: 01360 850525 Ward Toll, Near Aberfoyle G63 0QZ info@benviewgardencentre.co.uk

John Currie BR ICK & STONEWOR K

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 & Traditional Dry Stone Walling • Steps &Brickwork Paths NaturalLime Indian & York Stone Paving Specialist Mortar Work & Repointing • Patios Barn & & Property Slabbing •Renovation Fireplaces Bespoke Features General Building & Property Maintenance Dry Stone walling CALL TODAY FOR FREE ADVICE & QUOTATION Lime Mortar Work & Repointing T: 01360 440893 M: 07966 864811 Steps & paths

E: johncurrie@hotmail.com Patios & Slabbing www.johncurriebrickandstonework.co.uk Fireplaces

General Building & Property Maintenance www.parklifescotland.co.uk

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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

Graham Sandals Timber Buildings Huts,Bothies & outbuildings in Scottish grown Larch

Tel 01786 841788 07773 809345

www.grahamsandals.co.uk info@grahamsandals.co.uk

Full Range of Plastering Services General Property Maintenance Domestic and Commercial Cleaning Services Tel: 01360 860098 Mob: 07786378323 gwbplastering@hotmail.com

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MACINTOSH

• All types of fencing erected, no job too big or small

FENCING

CONTRACTING For all your equestrian, agricultural & garden fencing needs As farmers and horse owners we understand the importance of excellent fencing and services

• Fence maintenance • Garden & tree clearing & maintenance

10% OFF all Garden Fencing booked before end of May 2019

• Paddock Maintenance, Fencing,Spraying, Harrowing and Poo Hoovering

Talk to us about how we can help you • Free no obligation quotes • Quality service guaranteed

Contact James Macintosh on 07969 506305 or Hannah MacIntosh on 07875 321788 or email us on macintoshfencing@gmail.com

MacIntosh Fencing

To discuss your project and get a free estimate please call Dugie on Tel: 07734 069952 www.dugieclarkstonework.co.uk

Garages & Bothies Bridge Repairs New Houses & Extensions Garden Features Dry Stone Dykes Building Conservation Patios & Paving Private & Commercial Work Shandon Wood, Ruskie, Stirling FK8 3LG | Tel: 07734 069952Tel: 01786 850764 | Email: dugieclarkcm@btinternet.com

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Garden Magic from Cordless battery equipment from ÂŁ99 to power through your garden

Stirling Road, Drymen, Glasgow G63 0AA

01360 660 688 www.frasercrobb.co.uk

Decking, fencing & outdoor timber DECKING, FENCING & OUTDOOR Artificial turfTIMBER Decking, fencing ARTIFICIAL TURF& outdoor timber Turfing

Artificial turf& hedge Decking, fencing & outdoor timber TURFING Grass cutting cutting Decking, fencingtimber & outdoor timber Turfing Artificial turf Decking, fencing &&outdoor GRASS CUTTING General garden maintainence Artificial turf HEDGE CUTTING Grass cutting & hedge cutting Turfing Artificial turf Power washing Turfing Decking, fencing & outdoor timber General garden GENERAL GARDEN Grass cutting & maintainence hedge cutting Turfing MAINTAINENCE or a free no cutting obligation quote call Pat Grass cutting & hedge cutting Artificial turf Power washing General garden Grass & maintainence hedge cutting Decking, fencing & outdoor timber POWER WASHING General garden maintainence Turfing Power washing General garden maintainence Call: 07891868143 or a free no obligation quote call Pat Artificial turf Grass & hedge cutting Power washing Decking, fencing & outdoor timber Power cutting washing Decking, fencing & harpergardenservices@gmail.com Email: or a free no obligation quote call Pat Turfing General garden maintainence Call: 07891868143

Artificial Artificial turf For a free no obligation quote Pat turf or a free no obligation quote call Pat call Grass cutting & year hedge cutting Power washing works all round harpergardenservices@gmail.com Email:Pat Call: 07891868143 Turfing Turfing General garden maintainence Call: 07891868143 Call: 07891868143 harpergardenservices@gmail.com Email: or a free no obligation call Pat fencing & outdoor timber Grass cutting & hedge cuttingGrass cutting & h PatPower works all Decking, yearquote round washing Email: harpergardenservices@gmail.com Email: harpergardenservices@gmail.com turf Pat works all Artificial year round General garden maintainence General garden m Call: 07891868143 Turfing or a free no obligation quote call Pat Pat works all year round Pat works all Email: harpergardenservices@gmail.com Grass cuttingyear & hedge round cutting Power washing Power washing

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Cameron

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

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

“I found Russell very reliable, professional and a fast worker achieving a lot in a days work” Lisa, Killearn

Russell Cameron Fully qualified greenkeeper T: 07425164195 E: cameronlc@sky.com

Hardwood LOGS

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

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Net bags of logs Net bags of kindling Net bags of peat Bulk bags of logs

Barn dried, delivered & stacked. Call Blair day or evening

01786 870328

E: wdbuchanan@btinternet.com

T : 01786 821750 M : 07428 122018 E: finn@tdtrees.co.uk www.tdtrees.co.uk www.parklifescotland.co.uk

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GROUNDWORKS | LANDSCAPING | BUILDING

• Site clearance, excavations, foundations and driveway construction. • Land drainage, Drainage and septic tank installation. • Extensions, remodelling and conversions. • Garage, garden room and holiday cabin construction. • Patios, fencing, decking and turfing.

We take great care and pride in the work we do, so if you like what you see please feel free to call us on 07818 002770. kenny.stewart@scotiacontracts.co.uk

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Contact Park Life - Get in touch Katrina - Director | e: katrina@parklifescotland.co.uk m: 07791 976910 t: 01360 550857 Parklife Magazine, Killearn Mill, Killearn, Glasgow G63 9LQ 60 |

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Area covered by Park Life Magazine now including Bearsden and Milngavie Our next Edition covers April and May 2019 Copy deadline is 12th March.

Delivered by Royal Mail and Hand delivered to 28,000 Homes & Businesses Dropped to over 400 pick up points

BOOK NOW! for this busy edition

Lisa - Sales Director | e: lisa@parklifescotland.co.uk m: 07792 066706 t: 01360 550857 www.parklifescotland.co.uk www.parklifescotland.co.uk

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Doune Woodyard Ltd

Lochill Industrial Estate, Doune, FK16 6AD

01786 841 204 sales@dounewoodyard.co.uk

Your local Hardware Shop

We carry a wide range of products from basic decorating items to building products. Cutting services are available and any timber can be delivered for a small charge. Our Prices are competitive and quotes are available on request. We carry a wide range of Fencing, Decking, Mouldings, Finishings and Sheet Materials. All of our timber and sheet materials can be cut to your own required measurements. We are now selling bin stores which can be made to your own required size! You are very welcome to come and visit our premises and have a look around. One of our friendly members of staff will help and advise you on your DIY projects!

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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

Repairs & Services, Secure Storage with 24 Hour CCTV. Caravan and Motorhome sales. We also fit satellite systems, solar chargers and motor movers.

01786 489022 The Yard, Sauchenford, Plean, FK7 8AP

www.stirlingshirecaravans.co.uk

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PARK LIFE’S TOP TEN THINGS TO DO IN YOUR GARDEN FEBRUARY - MARCH Prepare vegetable seed beds, and sow 1 some vegetables under cover Prune winter-flowering shrubs 2 that have finished flowering Divide bulbs such as snowdrops, and 3 plant those that need planting

'in the green'

4 Prune Wisteria Prune hardy evergreen hedges and renovate overgrown 5 deciduous hedges Spring usually arrives by mid-March and the frequent sunny days provide the opportunity for an increasing range of gardening tasks. It's time to get busy preparing seed beds, sowing seed, cutting back winter shrubs and generally tidying up around the garden.

1 Plant shallots, onion sets and early potatoes 2 Plant summer-flowering bulbs 3 Lift and divide overgrown clumps of perennials 4 Mow the lawn on dry days (if needed) 5 Prune bush and climbing roses

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John Coubrough & SON FUNERAL DIRECTORS Est. 1961

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

Golden Charter Funeral Plans are also available

• 24 Hour Service

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

Natural Stone

Architectural ~ Walling ~ Paving ~ Ornamental All Enquiries Welcome

Thornhill: 01786 850400 | Livingston: 01506 873081 | info@tradstocks.co.uk

www.tradstocks.co.uk

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MacColl Landscaping have been working in landscape design and construction in central Scotland since 2007. Our name has quickly become synonymous with quality workmanship providing superior standards in all aspects of landscaping from conception through to completion. Over the past ten years we have built up an extensive portfolio of work and pride ourselves in being able to turn our clients vision into a reality. With a wealth of knowledge in garden design and construction we know we can create the perfect environment for you. In 2017, we incorporated P. D. Stokes - a landscaping company based at Dobbies Garden World Milngavie, established in 1982. P. D. Stokes has built up a exceptional reputation for high quality garden design and construction. We now, as one company, will build on our combined reputations and Cement MacColl and Stokes Landscaping as one of the best private garden design and construction firms in central Scotland.

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Andrew Anderson & Sons Funeral Directors Est.1969

“Stand Sure we will look after you & your family”

We are proud to offer a 24 hour caring and professional service to the local community.

A wide range of memorial stones are available. We can also clean and add further inscriptions to existing family memorials. CALLANDER, Funeral Home, Glenartney Road, Callander, FK17 8EB, Tel: 01877 330398 BALFRON, 64B Buchanan Street, Balfron, Glasgow, G63 0TW, Tel: 01360 441023 STIRLING, 90 Drip Road, Stirling FK8 1RW, Tel: 01786 237480

Email: info@anderson-funerals.co.uk • www.anderson-funerals.co.uk

David Dodds Electrical 07900 251 131 Services include: • Complete rewires • Switches & sockets • Fault finding

• Consumer units • All aspects of lighting • Faults & rectification

• Emergency repairs • Inspection, testing & certification

Please contact me for free no obligation quotes and advice. David Dodds Electrical | 07900251131 | Daviddoddselectrical@gmail.com www.parklifescotland.co.uk

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Out of hours and home appointments available Wills Power of Attorney • Residential Property • Executries • •

Suzie Falconer

0141 847 4946

Your Local Solicitor

suzie.falconer@walkerlaird.co.uk

Spring clean your legal affairs!! Is it time to put a Will in place, or review your existing Will? A Will can save your loved ones a lot of time, stress and money, and ensure your wishes are carried out after your death. Maybe you are considering granting a Power of Attorney to enable someone you trust to manage financial and/or welfare matters if you become unable to deal with them yourself due to failing or ill health. It is crucial that a Power of Attorney is put in place while you still have mental capacity. What about the title deeds to your house? Are you the joint owner of a property, is there a survivorship clause in the title? This is a crucial point with regards to estate planning. Your existing mortgage may have been repaid, but has it been removed from the title? Perhaps you are concerned about what will happen to your assets should you go into care and what will be left for your family? Suzie Falconer of Walker Laird is a solicitor living in your area who is able to help with these and many more legal matters. She is available for out-of-hours or home appointments, first consultations are free and there is no charge if you decide not to proceed. Contact Suzie on 0141 847 4946 or email suzie.falconer@walkerlaird.co.uk to find out more.

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Balfron Podiatry Clinic A variety of treatments for most conditions relating to the foot are available. Advice, diagnosis and treatment is offered for ingrowing, fungal and thickened nails, painful corn and callous. Skin conditions such as athletes foot, assessment of the foot in relation to diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and poor circulation. Alison also has some availability for home visits within a limited radius.

Put Your Feet in Our Hands!

Connie Gribbon/Alison Raeper Podiatrist BSc, MChS, HCPC T: 01360 440009 | 22 Buchanan St, Balfron, By Glasgow G63 0TT

Expert Mortgage Advice at your convenience! Carolyn Dunion from McKendry Dunion Financial provides a personal service to those looking to get on the property ladder or review their mortgage arrangements. Carolyn says, ‘it is amazing that our mortgage is usually the biggest expense we will have in our lives and yet often we forget to review our arrangements and that can cost us thousands of pounds unnecessarily. Similarly, many would be first time buyers can be scared off by the overwhelming amount of information surrounding mortgages’. McKendry Dunion look to help clients get the best solution for their circumstances. They aim to be approachable and as they offer evening appointments they can help at a time that suits you. Based in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs area they can offer help to clients throughout Scotland.

To have an informal no obligation chat to see if they can help you contact Carolyn on 07957252223 or carolyn@mckendrydunion.co.uk

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Body Control Pilates - Jane Meek

Gartocharn

Monday

12.15pm

07759 182236

Body Control Pilates - Jane Meek

Gartocharn

Thursday

6pm

07759 182236

Body Control Pilates - Jane Meek

Blanefield

Thursday

9.45am & 8pm

07759 182236

Zumba - Jane

Strathblane

Saturday

10 - 11am

07968 968944

Zumba - Jane

Strathblane

Tuesday

7 - 8pm

07968 968944

Balfron High School

Mon & Thur 8pm - 9.30pm

Balfron High School

Wednesday 8 - 9pm

Kore Kickboxing

Ladies Netball

07813 884202 All Abilities welcome

Balfron Gymnastics Club

Balfron High School

Saturday

Balfron Gymnastics Club

Balfron High School

Thursday

Killearn Village Hall

Tuesday

10.30am - 12noon 07712 862823

Bearsden Town Hall or Assembly Hall Monday

7.30pm - 9pm

Dance Sing

Dance Sing

STUDIO 63

10.30 - 5pm  balfrongymnastics@mail.com 5 - 8pm 

balfrongymnastics@mail.com 07712 862823

Michelle www.studio63bookwhen.com

Linda’s Body Control Pilates (Beginners welcome) - 07758 496 820 email@lindaspilates.co.uk Body control Pilates

Bearsden

Wednesday 2pm-3pm & 6.30pm - 7.30pm

Body Control Pilates

Gartmore

Monday

9.30am - 10.30am

Body Control Pilates

Gartmore

Tuesday

6.30pm - 7.30pm

Body control Pilates

Gartmore

Friday

9.30am - 10.30am 10.30am - 11.30pm

Just do Pilates with Willie MacIntosh Tel: 07733 406464 Bearsden Ski Club

Wed 7.30pm - 8.30pm (Beginners)

Bearsden Ski Club

Thurs 7pm - 8pm (Multilevel) & 8.15pm - 9.15pm ( Beginners)

Guide Hall, Oakburn Ave, Milngavie Killearn Village Hall, Killearn

Fri 9.30am - 10.30am (Multilevel) & 10.45am - 11.45am (Beginners)

Monday 9.30am - 10.30am (Beginners)

Thursday 11am - 12pm (Beginners)

Julia Osfield Yoga - 07866 153328 Yoga

Callander Golf Club

Monday

9.30am - 11am

Chair Yoga

Callander Golf Club

Monday

11.15 - 12.15am

Gentle Yoga

Callander Golf Club

Monday

3pm - 4pm

Yoga

Callander Golf Club

Monday

7pm - 8.30pm

Yoga

Callander Golf Club

Wednesday 11am - 12.30pm

Yoga

Brig O Turk Village Hall

Wednesday 7pm - 8.30pm

Family Yoga (age 8+)

Callander Golf Club

Thursday

4.30pm - 5.30pm

Family Yoga (age 5+)

Callander Golf Club

Thursday

5.30pm - 6.30pm

Yoga

Callander Golf Club

Thursday

8pm - 9.30pm

Dancercise with Yasmin - 07979 856837 Yasmin@Throthegrapevine.co.uk (See Page 71) Adult Dance Class(all ages/abilities)

Balfron High Campus

Tuesday

7pm - 8pm

Morning Classes for 50+

Buchlyvie Village Hall

Tuesday

10am - 11am

Blanefield Edmonston Hall Wednesday 10am - 11am

Killearn Village Hall

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Adult Dance Class

The feel-good work-out Tuesday 7-8pm Balfron High Campus This lively class is ideal for anyone who loves to dance and wants to get fitter and leaner.

Classes £5.50 drop in or £30 for 6 week block

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Morning Classes for 50+ Low impact dance based exercises and routines for (over 50’s) ladies and gents!

Tuesday 10-11am Buchlyvie Village Hall Wednesday 10-11am Blanefield Edmonstone Hall Friday 10-11am Killearn Village Hall Improve posture, strength, balance & co-ordination. The best way to exercise the body & mind! Classes £5.50 (Drop in) No experience necessary and suitable for all levels whether you’re 52 or 92! Just bring a smile and some water with you.

For details call 07979 856837 email: yasmin@throthegrapevine.co.uk or Dancercise with Yasmin

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Whether you are young or old, male or female, recovering from illness, injury, or adding another dimension to your fitness regime - Pilates is an incredible method of fitness and rehabilitation. The small class size will allow you to learn and master the techniques that will improve your strength, stability and mobility.

Willie McIntosh Just Do Pilates

Limited availability please contact to book

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Tel: 07733 406464 Email: williemac.justdopilates@gmail.com ONE TO ONE TUITION & MAT CLASSES www.parklifescotland.co.uk

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Earn While You Learn

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ave you ever dreamed of a career in Engineering or Healthcare? Do you wish to understand the importance of having a good Digital Marketing strategy, or perhaps you want to upskill with a Management qualification to strengthen your career prospects? These are just a few of the Skills Development Scotland (SDS) funded SVQ qualifications available to the employees of Scottish based businesses. If you work for a Scottish based organisation you may be eligible to apply for a funded qualification to be delivered by Dumbarton based SDS Training Partner, The TELL Organisation. With Engineering top of the skills gap list in the UK, an estimated 124,000 new skilled Engineering recruits needed each year until 2024 to meet demand. Engineering is forefront to TELL’s repertoire, delivering across frameworks including Aeronautical, Electrical, Electronic, Mechanical/ Manufacturing, Maintenance, Fabrication and Welding and Plant Maintenance. Maybe you dream of being a modern-day Florence Nightingale and helping others? TELL deliver a range of funded ‘Social Services and Healthcare’ qualifications Scotland-wide to meet with the evergrowing demand of the sector. Do you see yourself as the next Alan Sugar? If your passion lies in the boardroom you could consider the funded Management qualification which is suitable for individuals who work as supervisors or managers, with specific responsibilities for managing team members. This is a fantastic tool to assist your business in terms of Performance Appraisals and the setting and achieving of KPI’s.

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Or is marketing and social media more your cup of tea? Would you like to explore how the four classical Ps of marketing should be married with the four digital Cs? If so, the funded Diploma in Digital Marketing could be for you. TELL also deliver a funded Business and Administration qualification which is appropriate to many job roles, from junior administrators and receptionists to PA’s and office managers.

If you are a business and wish to upskill your staff or bridge a skills gap by having an apprenticeship programme or an individual looking for their next career move then contact Lynne Somerville for information on how TELL can assist e: lynnes@tell.co.uk t: 01389 726555


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BALFRON Wednesday 5.30pm and 7.30pm Masonic Hall, Dunmore Street Tel: Fiona 07771 918363

slimmingworld.co.uk 0344 897 8000

BLANE INTERIORS

kitchens . bathrooms . bedrooms . conversions

KITCHENS DESIGNED WITH YOU IN MIND If you are planning a transformation in your home but aren’t quite sure where to start please contact us. We are a family run business, offering 25 years experience in design, supply and installation of bespoke kitchens. Whether you are considering a full renovation or looking to revitalise with new doors and worktops, Blane Interiors will support you every step of the way and realise the potential. We bring the showroom to your home, with a huge selection of styles to suit any budget. Our trusted team of tradesmen are committed to making sure your kitchen is tailored to your every need and that your vision becomes a reality. We look forward to working with you.

Call to discuss your quality kitchen or bathroom requirements

Call: 07799405172 or email: info@blaneinteriors.co.uk

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Local Walks

Loch Venachar

Distance 7km Time 2Hrs Stage 1

There is a car park on the left at the end of the public section of the road to Invertrossachs along the south shore of Loch Venachar. Begin the walk by following the forestry track which climbs gradually across the hillside from here. The route soon passes a bench near some electricity pylons. Keep straight ahead when another track joins in from the left. The next section of the forest has been clear-felled and now gives excellent views across the loch to Ben Ledi.

Stage 2

The tall sitka spruces soon block out the views once more (unless more felling has taken place). After another kilometre or more a fork is reached. Turn right here to reach an attractive little lochan almost hidden in the forest, a good place to spot Whooper Swans. The track climbs round the north side of the lochan before swinging to the right back into the trees.

Stage 3

The track now passes through a rocky little bealach or pass, with a small quarry on the right at the top. From here there are grand views over Loch Venachar. Almost immediately the track forks; take the right hand branch.

Stage 4

The track makes a long and winding descent to the shores of Loch Venachar where it meets part of the National Cycle Network, specifically Route 7 which runs from Carlisle to Inverness. Turn right along this, which is a private tarmac road at this point.

Stage 5

The route gives excellent views across the loch, especially of Ben Ledi directly opposite and the Venachar cafe on the opposite shore. Pass the Invertrossachs Scouting Centre and the Loch Venachar sailing club before the track eventually leads back to the start after around two and a half kilometres.

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Accounting, Legal & Finance Baxter Accounting  69 Walker Laird  68 McKendry Dunion  69 Activities & Courses Castle Rednock Trekking Centre  42 Cellfield  43 Classics at Kippen  42 Loch Katrine Cruises  3 MacRoberts Centre  47 McLaren Leisure Centre  42 Mugdock Country Park  51 Strathendrick Golf Club  12 Architects & Consultants Malcolm Parry Architects  21 MH Planning  21 Morris Architects  21 MW Consultants 25 WD Harley 25 Caravans Stirlingshire Caravans  63 Car, Bus & Taxi Hire & Sales E Mac Bus  11 Helensburgh Motor Sales Ltd 13 JGM Executive Travel 10 Graphic Design Skep Design 66 Electricians Buchlyvie Electrical 79 David Dodds electrical 67 Stewart Hollington 77 Food Drink & Accomodation Ardoch Management Co Ltd 32 Blair drummond smiddy Farm shop 40 Cameron House Hotel  5 Edenmill Farm 36/37 Nick Nairn Cook School 34/35 Rob Roy Hotel 38 Town & Country Designs Coffee Shop32 The Clachan Inn 39 The Oak Tree Inn 2 Wood Leisure Holiday Parks 40 Funeral Directors Andrew Anderson & Sons 67 Archibald Billet 63 John Coubrough Funeral Directors65 Galleries & Gift Shops Darcey's Candles sold by Tracy 28 80 |

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Loch Lomond Shores 50 Moon 47 Sheila Fleet Jewellery  14/15 The Green Gallery  41 Wonderland  29 Garage Lennoxlea Garage (y mac) 75 Gardening & Outdoors Benview Garden Centre 53 Cameron Garden & Grounds Maintenance 57 Craig Tree Services 54 Cruachan Landscaping 53 Dugie Clark Clachan Mhor 55 Fraser Robb 56 Glasgow Stump Removal 22 Graham Sandals Timber Buidings  54 Harper Garden Services  56 John Currie Brick and Stonework  53 MacColl/P.D. Stokes Landscaping contractors 66 Macintosh Fencing 55 Paterson Garden Buildings Ltd 58 Scotia Contracts Ltd 59 Sorbus Tree Service 58 T D Trees 57 Tradstocks  65 Health & Wellbeing Balfron podiatry  69 Dancercise  71 Just Do Pilates  71 Slimming World  73 Tir Na Nog  71 Homes & Interiors Apollo Blinds  19 Colin Johnson Traditional Upholstery  21 Durashield Windows  83 Dream Doors  24 Edge of the wood  54 Elspeth Bennie artist blacksmith  19 Blaine Interiors  73 Household & Industrial Floor sanding services  79 J Walker Interiors  20 Kitchen & Bathroom Interiors  18 Town & Country Designs Coffee Shop  19 Trend Transformatiions  24 Ventrolla Scotland  23 watsinteriors & flooring Ltd  20

Laundry & Domestic Services The Laundry Lady  76 Painters & Decorators Blain Painters  81 Endrick Decorators of Killearn 78 Jack Brand Decorating  77 Rebecca Louise Decorating  76 Pet Supplies Hounds Connect  52 Love Bite Dog Treats  52 Scotia Pet Supplies Ltd  52 Photography and Media Paul Saunders Media & Photography  38 Property Sale & Letting Aerovista  33 Corum  84 Endrick Property  7 Killearn Mill Business Park  10 Stoves & Fuels Wood for Fuel  9 Hardwood Logs  57 Feeds & Stoves  18 Trades & Services Aberfoyle Satellite Company  81 Adrian Pirie  79 Appliance Repairs & Spares  81 Bathroom Transformations  11 C-Mix  79 Drymen Tiling  81 Dunrite Plumbing  79 Gareth Hamilton  77 GS Roofing Ltd  75 GWB Plastering  54 Homeworx Killearn  75 K M Joiners  78 Oil Boiler Maintenance  76 RM Contractors  77 Doune Woodyard  62 SD Garage Doors  20 Simon Head Joinery  77 Your Heating Ltd  10 Weddings Duntreath Castle  28 Events DĂŠcor  28 Elin Isaksson Glass  28 Light Up Events  30 The Flower Room  29 House for an Art Lover  31


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Farmers Markets Buying local, regional produce at the market means lower food miles and benefits the local economy in terms of employment and growth.

FRANCE FARM FRIDAYS Every Friday; 9am-5pm Beside Millennium Hall, Gartocharn family run market, selection of local produce including fruit & veg, cooked meats, cheese, eggs, butcher meats.

MILNGAVIE FARMERS MARKET 1st Wednesday of the month; 10am2pm 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. www.scottishfarmersmarkets.co.uk

THE MARKET AT LOCH LOMOND SHORES 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month 10am. Homemade treats, arts & crafts, artisan food & drink and fresh produce from a wide selection of local producers and makers. There’s hot co ee and food to eat while you browse, and plenty on o er to take home afterwards. For up-to-date information see our Facebook page.

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STIRLING FARMERS MARKET

CALEDONIAN MARTS FARM SHOP, STIRLING

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. www.stirlingfarmersmarket.co.uk

Tueday, Wednesday,Thursday 8am-2pm. 01786 450922 Fruit. & vegetable, Traditional handmade bread, fresh fish & shellfish and The Mart Cafe. www.caledonia-marts.com

BENVIEW FARMSHOP Incredibly well stocked and loads of Gift ideas. Mon-Sat 9.30am - 4.30pm Sun 10am - 4.30pm Farm shop stocking veg, cheeses, preserves, biscuits, cakes. Tel: 01360 850525 www.benviewgardencentre.co.uk Ward Toll, Balfron Station G63 0QZ.

GLASGOW FARMERS MARKET 2nd and 4th Sat in the month 10am-2pm Mansfield Park, Hyndland Street, Dumbarton This market usually has around 40 stalls selling farm produce, locally grown vegetables, Scottish beef, lamb, venison and wild boar. A range of speciality producers have chutneys, jams, locally produced honeys and breads on offer as well as a good selection of Scottish cheeses. Fresh salmon and trout are usually available. Shellfish and other seafood are on sale when in season www.scottishfarmersmarkets.co.uk 0141 287 2500


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