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Your what’s on guide and advertiser for West Stirlingshire, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs

FREE Feb / Mar 2018

PLAN YOUR EASTER HOLIDAYS using our guide to What’s On in the local area


Accomodation, Venues & Catering

MOTHERS DAY & VALENTINES DAY Where to dine out with your loved ones


copies printed. Delivered by Royal Mail 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

St Mocha St Mocha Coffee Shop & Ice Cream Parlour, next to The Oak Tree Inn, is now roasting its own coffee in Balmaha from The Loch Lomond Coffee Co. The Coffee Shop is open daily from 10am.

Explore Balmaha Come and visit Balmaha and explore the amazing scenery that’s right on our doorstep. Then round off your visit with a meal at The Oak Tree Inn, or coffee and cake at St Mocha Coffee Shop.

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.

Locallly 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.

Tel: 01360 870357 | Email:






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Sailings and events throughout the year

Home of the Steamship Sir Walter Scott

• Legends of the Loch cruises on the Lady of the Lake • Walking & cycling on the shores of Loch Katrine • Brenachoile Café • Katrine Gifts - Souvenirs & Crafts • Katrinewheelz - Cycle hire • Borg Grech Photography • Pier Café - Stronachlachar

Actors in perio d dress as Qu een Victoria and Prince Albert

Enjoy a glass of fizz and chocolates, whilst taking in the breathtaking panoramic views around Loch Katrine onboard the Lady of the Lake. Cruises depart from Trossachs Pier at 1pm and 2.30pm.

Lochside Eco Lodges offering a truly magical experience Take a break this winter in one of our 8 cosy Lochs and Bens Eco Lodges (4 en-suite with underfloor heating) & enjoy cruise and cycle hire discounts. Alternatively park your motorhome at one of our specially designated spaces near Trossachs Pier with new hook up facilities.

Loch Katrine A821 A821

Callander A84

Aberfoyle A81

To Glasgow To Stirling, M9 and Edinburgh

Trossachs Pier, Loch Katrine, by Callander, Stirling FK17 8HZ T: 01877 376315/6 E: | 3 Events cruises are very popular so booking ahead is highly recommended. Events and cruises are subject to change.

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A typical CALA street scene

If you’ve discovered your forever home, why let your old property hold you back...? CALA can help to keep things moving, because with part exchange*, everything’s possible 4 bedroom homes with prices from £379,995 to £430,000



0 1 3 6 0 5 0 4 3 7 7 | C A L A . C O. U K PL01FEB *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 criteria. Image enhanced in post production. 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. Calls may be recorded for training purposes. Please ask a CALA representative for further details. Prices are accurate at time of going to print.



Fraser Robb Community Hub

Welcome to our first edition of 2018! 2018 will be bringing lots of changes here at Park Life with a new website and different platforms to promote your business. Please continue to send us your articles and events so that we can spread the word for you here in Park Life, that gets delivered door to door by Royal Mail and we can share on Facebook. We will see you back here for our Spring edition, roll on the sunny weather!

Katrina, Heather & Lisa

Crescent Cabs 07710 800067


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Contents Fraser Robb Business Hub Update�������������������������������������14/15 Recipe�����������������������������������������������������������������������������������27 Dave Arcari News�������������������������������������������������������������������28 Melanie Andrews Book Review�����������������������������������������������29 Fintry Amateur Dramatic Society��������������������������������������������32 What’s On�������������������������������������������������������������������������34/35 Fitness Blog�����������������������������������������������������������������������������36 Kids Groups & Clubs����������������������������������������������������������38/39 Cinema����������������������������������������������������������������������������������42 Fitness Listings�������������������������������������������������������������������������46 RSPB���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������59 Interview with Kenny Wilson of Scotia Contracts���������������������61 Gardening Tips for Fraser Robb’s Team����������������������������������64 Community Partnership�����������������������������������������������������68/69 Internet Safety Advice������������������������������������������������������������72 Index��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������76

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Win a Melanie Andrews Cook Book���������������������������������������� 29 Macroberts Art Centre������������������������������������������������������������ 44 To enter our competitions visit

Park Life Magazine April - May 2018

Our next edition covers April and May, copy deadline is 12th March.

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• Killearn • Drymen • Croftamie Thornhill Gargunnock • Blanefield ore • Kippen • Strathblane h • Gartm • Arnprior her covering: chard • Balloc • Buchlyvie unity toget oyle • Kinlo charn • Fintry local comm an • Garto O Turk • Aberf Bringing your • Rowardenn der • Kilmahog • Brig aha Balm • • Callan Balfron of Menteith 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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�-woodforf A local family business producing reliably high quality wood fuel products from the forest to your fire.

Suppliers of Sustainable Scottish Firewood and Woodchip

Owoodsure assured quality woodfuel

l{ILN & FORCE DRIED LOGS All our softwood and hardwood logs are screened to remove loose bark and debris, and then either kiln or force dried to ensure all products are consistently at the correct low moisture content.

LOGS AVAILABLE IN VARIOUS LENGTHS Our specialised production process enables us to cut your logs to the correct length for your appliance, to help achieve


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


• Force Dried Softwood Logs 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 & 20" lengths • Force & Kiln Dried Hardwood Logs In standard 10" lengths • Briquettes and Kindling Supplied in handy sacks • Woodchip Force Dried and Screened Suitable for Biomass Boilers & CHP Units 6


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Here’s what some of our customers had to say about our work:

• Equipment Supplied (Trade Prices) • Project Managed Installations • Professional Quality Installations • References Available On Request • All Work Guaranteed

07887 711 165 01360 771952

To arrange a free estimate please contact Stevie Melvin

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Installation service only also available

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



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2 hed 198 Establis


Tel: 0141 942 8251 M: 07727 045 939 For further information see

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• 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 and 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



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Park Life Useful Numbers Police Non-Emergency 101 Police Emergency 999 or 112 Scottish Power 0800 0270072 Stirling Council 08452 777000 Water Help Line 0800 0778 778 Gas Emergencies 0800 111 999 The Samaritans 24hr 08457 90 90 90 Libraries Strathblane 01360 770737 Drymen 01360 660751 Balfron 01360 440407 Callander 01877 331544 Balloch 01389 608989 Schools covered by Park Life Mag Aberfoyle 01877 382278 Balfron High 01360 440469 Balfron 01360 440027 Buchanan 01360 870215 Buchlyvie 01360 850311 Callander 01877 331576 Drymen 01360 660410 Fintry 01360 860204 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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· Oil Heating Engineers · AGAs, Rayburns & Boilers · Central Heating & Hot Water

A family business based in Thornhill Stirlingshire, covering Stirling, Perthshire, Fife, Kinross, Clacks, Lothian, Lanark, Dumbarton and more...

tel: 01786 599771 / 07398 510771

email: web:

Trossachs Cabs Quality Private Hire Services Airport Transfers All Western Villages Covered 6, 9 and 16 Seater Vehicles Available Mini Bus Hire Stuart Hall

Tel: 07956 914988

Main Street, Aberfoyle FK8 3UX E:


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• New builds • Renovations • Extensions • Free estimate • Kitchens, Bathrooms • Property Maintenance Design & Installation • Project Management • General joinery Services • Insurance work

All Trades Provides

Kevin Morgan - Tel 07825 006101 |

Roofing & Building Contractors

Slating • Tiling • Flat Roof Specialists Groundwork • Drainage • Patios • Driveways For a FREE ESTIMATE or ADVICE contact Jason McGregor Tel 0800 4488286 / Mob 07766182195

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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


(Next to Highland Spring)

Under New Management Come Meet Cammy & The Team! Lennoxlea Garage provides MOT testing, servicing, repairs & diagnostics on all vehicle types. Your helpful, friendly & reliable local garage. • Diagnostics & Fault Finding

• MOT Testing (Class 4)

• Tyres & Exhausts

• Servicing

• Brakes & Suspension

• Repairs

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(Free delivery & ready to burn)

VERDO Briquettes Hotties & Hotties Mini Heat Logs Hotmax Heat Logs Peat


15% OFF *

Approved stockists for Arada Charnwood Woodwarm Mendip Burley Nordpeis Varde HETA PEVEX Clock Dovre Yeoman


HETAS Approved Installer Visit our one stop stove and firewood shop for a friendly welcome and expert advice on choosing the perfect stove for your home.

*Excludes sale items – expires 31st March 2018

GARDEN & OUTDOORS Quality Wood Fired Pizza Ovens Masonry BBQ’s Complete Outdoor Kitchens Bedmax Horse Bedding

Unit 3a Bandeath Industrial Estate, Throsk FK7 7NP 01786 357 057 | |

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Out with the old, in with the new. NEW DRYMEN BUSINESS HUB The new year started at Fraser C Robb with the arrival of builders, to create a new showroom for their Drymen business, this will allow them to showcase more of their ever expanding range of ground care and garden equipment. The showroom though is only half the story. Thanks to funding contributions from Stirling Council and Forth Valley & Lomond LEADER, Fraser C Robb will also be introducing Drymen Business Hub. This will be built above the newly enlarged Fraser C Robb showroom. To acknowledge our funders, it is important that we point out that the Drymen Business Hub is being part-financed by the European Union Forth Valley & Lomond LEADER Programme 2014-2020 and the Scottish Government. Europe Investing in Rural Areas. Whilst Fraser C Robb will own and operate Drymen Business Hub it will have a separate entrance and facilities. There will be disabled access and a range of services to support local businesses. These will include a meeting room, training courses, networking meetings, hot desks and a business parcel collection service. Well done to Fraser C Robb who certainly practice what they preach and are buying locally, with the vast majority of suppliers for the building work being based in the local area.

In the next edition of Park Life Magazine we will have more information and photographs to show you of the progress of the building work, with more information about the services for local businesses that will be provided.

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Designer Rings W I T H



For centuries we have expressed a bond of love by exchanging beautiful rings‌ Above our Secret Hearts rings in silver are crowned with your choice of a little gold heart or deep red heart enamelled by hand with a goose quill. Venus, Tidal and Reef Knot below are all created in gold. Garnet gems glow in our Venus rose gold ring to the left while Reef Knot on the right is crafted in white gold. Tidal in the middle combines three tones of gold yellow, white and rose and flows like the sea. Janice and her team look forward to showing you more of Sheila’s designer rings, iconic collections and new pieces. Love is in the air...

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O R K N E Y ,


Inspired by...

Love Reef Knot in white & rose gold with a handset red garnet binds two strands together symbolising unity, security and eternal devotion

Designed & Made in Orkney, Scotland LOCH LOMOND SHORES | BALLOCH | 01389 722 212

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Natural and timeless stor ytelling photography TEL: 01360 661 029

Elin Isaksson

Hand blown glass gifts for him and her. Glass Hearts, T Lights & Classes Stockist: Made in Stirling Studio & Gallery (Open by app) Braehouse | Touch | Stirling | FK8 3AH E: T: 07968871439

Online shop:

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For each anniversary, there are certain types of gifts to give. Everybody knows that the Silver anniversary is the 25th and the gold anniversary the 50th. But how about all the ones in between? Well, read on as we have the answers... Year Traditional Gift

Modern Gift

Year Traditional Gift

Modern Gift

1st Paper


2nd Cotton


3rd Leather

Crystal, Glass

4th Linen, Silk

Electrical Appliances

5th Wood


6th Iron


7th Wool, Copper

Desk Sets, Pen & Pencil Sets

8th Bronze

Linen, Lace

9th Pottery, China


10th Tin, Aluminum

Diamonds, Jewelry

11th Steel

Fashion Jewelry, Accessories

12th Silk

Pearls, Colored Gems

13th Lace

Textiles, Furs

27th 28th 29th 30th Pearl 31st 32nd 33rd 34th 35th Coral 36th 37th 38th 39th 40th Ruby 41st 42nd 43rd 44th 45th Sapphire 46th 47th 48th 49th 50th Gold 55th Emerald 60th Diamond 75th Diamonds, Gold

Sculpture Orchids New Furniture Diamond Timepieces Conveyances Amethyst Opal Jade Bone China Alabaster Beryl, Tourmaline Lace Ruby Land Improved real Estate Travel Groceries Sapphire Original Poetry Tribute Books Optical Goods Luxury items Gold Emerald Diamond Diamonds, Gold

14th Ivory (note: now banned) Gold, Jewelry 15th Crystal



Silver holloware







20th China



Brass, Nickel




Silver Plate


Musical Instruments

25th Silver

Sterling Silver


Original Pictures

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ulcreuch Castle

hire, Scotland 860 555

Let the romance begin Let the romance begin...

Our 13th century Castle standing within its own 1600 acre estate offers a unique and magical setting for your special day. We also have eight self catering lodges, perfect for you and your loved ones.


Monday to Thursday any month - 50 daytime guests from £3000 includes 2 course buffet meal, drinks package. For a small supplement we can offer a 3 course sit down meal plus prosecco with drinks package. Three Star AA rated. 2 AA Rosette award winner


Call us to arrange a visit or request our wedding brochure Culcreuch Castle, Fintry, Stirlingshire, G63 0LW | 01360 860555 • •

Here are 7 top tips for improving your photography in 2018 from our very own local photographer Paul Saunders. TIP 1. Give yourself a year long project. Photograph the same scene throughout the year, and reflect the changing seasons.

(Tom Weir Statue, Balmaha in Autumn & Winter)

TIP 2. Shoot in what the photographers call the golden, or magic hour. That’s the first and last hour of daylight. The sun is low in the sky, creating some incredible light for photgoraphy.

(Drymen Viewpoint & Milarochy Bay)

TIP 3. For portraits, try to give the subject some top shade, instead having light coming in from the sides. You’ll need to turn the subject until you see their eyes catch the light. TIP 4. Keep your camera with you, you may never again get the chance to photograph what you see. Like this example in Luss, where I’ve never seen the leaves look quite like this.

TIP 5. Get up close to nature, ideally using a prime (fixed focal lens) for some amazing quality.

TIP 6. Back to portraits and give your subject something to do that’s fun - especially kids! They’ll be more natural. TIP 7. Plan a daytrip, like going to Staffa (ferry from Oban) to photograph puffins, or the bluebells in May on Inchcailloch Island.

Paul photographs weddings, businesses and families throughout the Park Life area and beyond. He also runs regular photography training courses in Balmaha. For more details and ideas please visit

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Weekend Wedding Package

Late Availability 2018


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 Lover’s Café Bar. • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Venue hire Glass of House sparkling for arrival Ceremony charge Master of ceremonies Half bottle of House wine for meal Glass of sparkling for toast Cake stand and knife 3 course menu Table stationery Hot Filled Rolls 80 Guests Choice of 2 centre pieces Dance floor Full table linen

New bookings only. Additional guests can be arranged.



MOST UNIQUE WEDDING VENUES House for an Art Lover offers couples the opportunity to celebrate their special day in a beautiful set of rooms imagined by Charles Rennie Mackintosh himself. The house was designed by Charles in 1901 as an elegant country retreat, and finally realised when it was built and opened in 1996. The Southside Glasgow location provides a leafy parkland setting, only a short drive from the city centre and with fantastic transport links. For over 20 years House for an Art Lover has been one of Glasgow foremost venues, providing a backdrop unlike any other for couples celebrating their special day. The venue marries stunning architectural design with beautifully crafted menus and a dedicated team of staff to provide a truly memorable day – as the feedback shows! We would definitely do it again. If you are thinking about the House of an Art Lover, don’t hesitate, you will not be disappointed. Laura & Herb (16.10.2017) If you are considering booking the house for an art lover for your wedding, stop thinking about it, just do it. The staff and venue are amazing. Thank you so much for giving us a day we will never forget. Mr & Mrs Taylor (16.09.2017) The venue is in the unique position of having some wonderful weekend dates still for 2018 with the late Availability Package at only £3990. Suitable for 60 day guests and 80 evening guests the all in price includes venue

hire, drinks package, 3 course menu and evening buffet, as well as table flowers, table stationery, dance floor and your master of ceremonies. The rooms themselves are so picturesque that any additional decoration can only enhance them, the choice is yours! Voted one of the 50 best wedding venues in the UK by the Independent newspaper, couples can plan their day with the added advantage of knowing that their dedicated co-ordinator Hannah will be with them every step of the way. With her expert guidance you will organise your day moving from room to room to maximise on the best features of the suite. Whether it’s an intimate meal for 2 to a banquet for 120 Hannah will work with each couple, as well as our head chef, so 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: Hannah Cochrane, Wedding Co-ordinator on 0141 353 4773 or email:

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A Family Business Since 1994 Where it’s Chemistry, not Chemicals

Professional Cleaners of carpets, curtains, upholstery & leather We are the proud recipients of the

National Award for Perpetual Excellence for our Carpet, Curtain & Upholstery Cleaning In the West End since 1994

Domestic and Commercial • Call for a free no obligation quotation • Carpets dry within 2 hours • Upholstery cleaned in your home • Curtains cleaned where they hang • Rug and leather cleaning specialists Check out services and reviews on our website • Phone us free on 0800 298 1295

Or Bearsden office: 0141 943 2305 Hillington office: 0141 892 6300 All 24 hour lines

T: 0141 892 6310

McMillan’s Rug Spa have been involved in rug cleaning and carpet cleaning for around 20 years and have recently invested in a purpose built rug cleaning spa. This is where we take your rugs through our extensive cleaning process, leaving them cleaner, revitalised and sparkling. BEFORE




• • • •

Persian Silks Oriental Indian

• Turkish • Kilims • Tribals • and others

• Pet urine odour removal • Supply non-slip rug pads • Remove smoke/soot odours • Moth treatment • Fringe cleaning WE CLEAN ALL TYPES OF RUGS:


• Stain guard

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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. Butchery department with quality meat that is locally sourced. Blair Drummond Smiddy, Blair Drummond, Stirling FK9 4UY Tel: 01786 235024 Email: Open Daily: Monday – Sunday 9am – 5pm

Ardoch i s  a  secluded,  exclusive-­‐use  venue  with  a  warm  atmosphere,  tailor-­‐made   service,  high   standards  and   breathtaking  views  of  Loch   Lomond.    Located   in  the  village  of  Gartocharn,  the  133  acre   estate  offers  17  en-­‐suite  bedrooms,  a  large  dining  room   and  numerous  spaces  for   a  multitude   of  uses.    Our  wedding  p ackage   includes  venue  hire,   accommodation  and  b reakfast  for  30  people.     WEDDINGS                          CORPORATE  RETREATS   CHARITY  EVENTS  

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

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Park Life RECIPE Chicken Soup –

Pressure Cooker Method Prep Time: 15 mins Cook Time: 35 mins Total Time: 50 mins Ingredients • 2 tablespoon butter • 2 medium onion chopped • 3 lbs chicken thighs • 4 celery ribs, sliced • 4 carrots, sliced

Delightfully satisfying and comforting chicken soup on the quick! This use of the pressure cooker creates both a wonderful soup broth and perfectly cooked chicken (not that soggy stuff…) ALL IN ONE POT.

• 3 handfuls spinach (1 to 1 1/2 pounds)

The pressure cooker has earned its place on the shelf with this recipe. You might be thinking, damn, I don’t have a pressure cooker. Take a quick scroll through this recipe any way and check out the result. See how incredibly fast you can have delicious soup?

• 2 lemons, juiced (about 4 tablespoons)

This soup features two layers of flavor, the deep rich and savory

• 8 cups filtered water • 3-4 bay leaves • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves

flavor from the fresh chicken broth and then it’s brightened up at the end with a large handful of spinach and some lemon juice. The lemon is amazing because the acidity enhances the flavor similar to salt AND causes the broth to transform into a white opaque color. Whooaaa food chemistry… • Get the water boiling prior to adding the chicken. • Set a timer and keep an eye on it once the chicken is in the pot and up to pressure, 15 minutes. • Use a quick release method to release the pressure and stop the cooking right after 15 minutes is up!

Recipe from

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Park Life welcomes Dave Arcari back for his first local gig in a year after the huge success of his new album!

Win Afternoon Tea for Two!

at Blair Drummond Smiddy Farm Shop, Butchery & Cafe Blair Drummond, Stirling FK9 4UY

WIN! with

Park MagaLife zine

To be booked 24Hrs in advance

To enter visit


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Dave Arcari plays on home ground at Buchanan Memorial Hall. SCOTTISH alt.blues troubadour Dave Arcari plays his first local show of 2018 at Buchanan Memorial Hall, Milton of Buchanan on Saturday 10 February – almost a year after his latest album Live at Memorial Hall was recorded at the same venue. Special guest for the show is London-based singer/ songwriter Lucy Zirins who opened for Arcari on his recent album launch shows in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Live at Memorial Hall was released on 1 September on double 180g coloured vinyl and digipak CD as well as download/streaming via iTunes, Spotify, Amazon MP3 and the usual digital services. The album has been attracting rave reviews and radio airplay at home and abroad, making album of the week on Celtic Music Radio. The release has also been in the top five in the Independent Blues Broadcasters’ Association chart since it’s release and voted as a ‘pick of the month’ by the association’s members. Arcari kicks off 2018 with a headline show at Belfast’s Out to Lunch Festival on Saturday 20 January and follows his Memorial Hall date with a bunch of Scottish shows, UK and European festivals and a return to the USA in October. Advance tickets (£8) are available from http:// – entry on the foor is £10 (subject to availability). Doors open at 7.30pm and showtime is 8pm sharp. The show is a ‘bring your own bottle’ event and open to all ages. “Dave plays like he got his skin turned inside out and pretty soon my skin was inside out too listening and it was all good. That boy bleeds for you – he a real down deep player and a soul man…” SEASICK STEVE

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with master baker Melanie Andrews MBE of Helensburgh Baking with Melanie Andrews celebrates old fashioned tried and tested recipes whilst combining them with modern day technology to “recreate and simplify great bakes”. The book proves you do not need a million different ingredients to create masterpieces and shows that baking is not as difficult as some perceive. Melanie is a great believer of all things natural and so her recipes are absent of preservatives, colourings or any other nasty ingredients you have never heard of. She also is an avid believer of taste over appearance and thinks the ethos of aesthetically pleasing cakes only counts if the product tastes exceptional too! Master baker Melanie Andrews is self-taught with over 40 years of experience, 25 of them professional. She has baked many times on TV and has appeared alongside Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood in London.


visit ou parklifesc r website otlan to win a co Melanie A py of ndrew ’s book!

What is your favourite recipe if you had to choose one? If I had to choose a favourite recipe it would most definitely be one containing good quality chocolate. I adore my Nemesis cake in my book and its not for the faint hearted. If I wasn’t allowed to pick the The Nemesis because of favouritism it would have to be my Cranachan cake . This recipe is my own original and has won many awards. It is also the most impressive to look at but the easiest to make - No Cook ,No Bake . It also symbolises everything I love about Scotland in a Cake . Good whisky, Rolled oats , Honey and Perthshire raspberries. Cranachan is a traditional Scottish dessert which I developed into a Cake.

Baking with Melanie Andrews, published by Austin Macauley For more information, visit

Where did your inspiration come from for this book? The inspiration for my Book was the need for simplicity in modern day cookery books. The market is saturated with cookery and Bakery books by people we have only heard of for 5 minutes. Most books over complicate the art of Baking and there really is no need. My books are designed to look easy and are easy. After trying too many internet recipes by bloggers, Bakers and so called food critics I hadn’t heard of, I decided that the customer deserves to read and use a book by someone who has decades of experience that can be backed up with real honest images that are their own and not found on the Internet search engine.

Do you have any advice for those of us that are not so handy in the kitchen? My advice to those that are not so handy in the kitchen is simple. Set aside time where you have the house to yourself, switch off your mobile phones and relax. Preparation is paramount. There is nothing worse than going to the cupboard and the ingredients you are needing are not there . I have a baking cupboard in my house which is always fully stocked. Also paramount are good recipe books and if possible a good video ( I also provide video tutorials).Sometimes watching somebody baking or cooking can be invaluable to picking up tips. Always read the recipe through first and lay out your ingredients in front of you before starting. Happy Baking! | 29

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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.


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FINTRY AMATEUR DRAMATIC SOCIETY are presenting “JOURNEY’S END” by R.C. Sherriff September 26th, 27th, 28th & 29th September 2018. Directed by Jonny North. Jonny North has lived with his family at Boquhan House all his life. He is a very busy businessman but still makes time to devote to participation in F.A.D.S. committee and productions! He is very much a “hands-on” participant and has a great collection of “everything” re props and antiquities. He could in fact, be accused of holding on to the past and has always wanted to direct “Journey’s End”, a play set in the World War One trenches. As this year is the centenary of the end of WW1 it is very fitting that the production should take place in 2018.

We then asked, “what is it about and where can we see it?” He answered, “the play is set in Northern France during WW1 leading up to the battle of St. Quentin, March 1918.Set over the course of four days leading up to a massive German attack on the British Captain Arthur Jewell North M.C. trenches in 1918, Northumberland Fusiliers. “Journey’s End” 1893 - 1918 charts the tension and claustrophobia as the new recruit to the company, Lieutenant Raleigh, discovers that Captain Stanhope, his former childhood friend and hero has changed almost beyond recognition.” R.C.Sherriff served as an officer in WWI and wrote ‘Journey’s End’ ten years after the war ended. You get the impression his writing has been greatly influenced by his experiences. “I wanted to perpetuate the memory of me I had known” His other works include: Goodbye Mr Chips, The Four Feathers, The Invisible Man and the Dam Busters.

Jonny visits his grandfathers grave near Ypres. When he was asked “why this play?” he answered. “I saw this play whilst I was at school and it left a deep impression with me. This will be my first step into the shoes of the director of a play. It’s been my ambition for some time and I always had this play in mind when I thought of my Grandfather who was killed around the same time and whose grave I visited only last year. I feel there will be many in our community who lost family in this dark period in our history and who will want to reflect, on this, the centenary as a mark of respect for what they endured.” 32 |

F.A.D.S. production will take place at The Playground, a converted barn, on Alan Cuthbert’s farm, (a mile along the Fintry road heading from Killearn) this autumn between Wednesday 26th and Saturday 29th September. Tickets will be available from the usual contacts and outlets. Look out for posters with information in your area. We would also like to invite anyone with stories, memories and memorabilia that may be used in a planned exhibition of local peoples past and present of this war that will accompany this production to contact Jean Woodburn or phone 01360 440 745. It is important to remember those who fought and fell a hundred years on.

Happy 2018 to our families and friends! “Children’s lives are directly impacted by their environment, their experiences and the adults around them.” Our beautiful nursery, nestles adjacent to Killearn Glen and offers a variety of indoor and outdoor learning. This is a safe, loving environment where babies and young children are valued,welcome and respected. Heron House Educators are an experienced, knowledgeable and qualified team. We are committed to, and passionate about children’s learning Our environment has a breadth and balance of planned and spontaneous

learning intentions and experiences. Our current priorities are Maths & Numeracy, Language & Literacy and Health & Wellbeing. We promote our children’s curiosity, encourage investigation/exploration and we facilitate the extension of this. Heron House Early Years is in partnership with Stirling Council as a recognised educational setting. We currently offer 15 hours per week, of assisted early learning and childcare, for children aged 3-5 years. Application forms available. NEWS...August 2020 we will offer 30 hours of FREE early learning and

childcare for children aged 3-5 years! Our beautiful, bespoke Baby department, with its separate sleep, sensory and change rooms has a limited number of places which are in high demand. Heron babies are happy to be outside daily in their baby garden or for an adventure walk, whatever the weather. We advise early viewing and enrolment. So come along, visit with us, meet our team and find out more of what we do.

Call Fiona James on 01360 550 162 or email

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Park Life Events Feb-March 2018 Loch Katrine pg 3 The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre pg 40 Loch Lomond Shores pg 45 Cinema pg 42 Wake up with Wallace Half price History Hour at The National Wallace Monument Save 50% on admission charges when you visit the Monument between 10:00am and 11:00am from November to February

Strathendrick Singers Spring Concert

Sun 25th March. 7pm Killearn Kirk We will be singing Gabriel Faure’s beautiful Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racine and the uplifting Magnificat by John Rutter. Tickets (£10 for adults, under 16s free) available at the door or from choir members

CRUK 2018

Annual Whist drive Fri 2nd Feb 2018 7pm Kippen Village Hall All welcome. Contact Stuart Thomson on 01786 870529 or email: There will be some lessons in the Reading Room in Kippen prior to the event. Dates to be announced.

Dates for the diary 16 – 22 April Volunteers go House to House for CRUK. Local committee members and a host of volunteers will be collecting donations House to House for Cancer Research. Last year’s collection realised more than £11,000 which makes a tremendous contribution to the organisation’s vital work.

Stirlingshire Snowdrop Festival

Stirling Scottish Marathon

Railton Scott Appeal for Cancer U.K.

27th January to 11th March See pg 35

Buchlyvie Garden Society meetings Buchlyvie Village Hall February 15th - Kenneth Cox “Scotland’s gardens” March 15th- Matthew Pease “The Japanese garden in Dollar” New members and visitors are welcome. Tea/coffee and an opportunity to chat or ask questions after the talk.

Forest Theatre Company Presents Oliver! Thurs 1st – Sat 3rd March See pg 45

Strathendrick Singers Musical Coffee Morning Sat 3rd March 10am to 12 noon Killearn Kirk Hall Home baking, musical entertainment and much more. 34 |

29th April Blair Drummond Safari Park The Stirling Scottish Marathon returns to the heart of Scotland for 2018! With a new start and finish in the city centre this phenomenal course in its second year is an exciting addition to the Great Run Series and offers a truly electric atmosphere. Not only will you be able to take in the stunning views through Doune, Dunblane and the Bridge of Allan but you will also be running past the fantastic Blair Drummond safari Park before making your way back into Stirling City Centre! It will be a unique marathon experience unlike any other!

Stirling 5K

Stirling 5K Sunday 13 May 2018 £10.00 Children. £14.99 Women. £14.99 Young Women Under 6 entry boys & Girls free This is suitable for all abilities. Thousands of women uniting with

one purpose! Walk, Jog or Run to raise valuable funds for research. This is beating CANCER! Contact the Sports Team on 0300 123 5461

Play Bridge

Killearn Bridge Club Taster sessions available with tuition & Refreshments

Knit & Natter

Last Monday of the month 10.30am-12.30pm

Balloch Run ‘n’ Park, Balloch Castle Country Park

Every Saturday at 9.30am How do you fancy a run around our National Park here at Balloch? West Dunbartonshire Athletics Club host a 2k & 5k run every Saturday at 9.30am, starting just inside the main gates of Balloch Park. There is no registration, no fee and no official recording of times, just turn up for a Run in the Park! The run is suitable for all ages but please note that children under 11 years of age must be accompanied by an adult and all participants run at their own risk.

Anita Mannig and her Great Western Auction team

Killearn Kirk Entry £10 inclides three items to be valued. Tea and Coffee provided 27th April 10am -2pm for a valuation day For more information contact Anne O’neillcrawford

Forest Theatre Company

Oliver! presents

Gartmore Village Hall Thursday 1st - Saturday 3rd March

Adults £10 / Children (U17) £7 (60+ concessions £7 on Thu only) This is an amateur performance by arrangement with MusicScope & Stage Musicals Ltd of New York.

Further information: 01877 382910 Stirlingshire Snowdrop Festival 27th January – 11th March 2018

Dunblane and Doune. On Scotland’s Gardens’ open days the garden is signposted from A820.



Tel: 01360 770215 Open by arrangement from 1 February Admission: £4.00, children free. Charities: All proceeds to SG Beneficiaries. Directions: A81 north of Glasgow between Blanefield and Killearn.


Tel: 01786 824897. Open by arrangement from 1st March. Admission: £4.00. Charities: Leighton Library receives 40%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries. Directions: Three miles from Dunblane and Doune, off the A820 between

27th January to 11th March 11:00am - 3:30pm (every day) for Snowdrop Festival. Admission: £4.00, children free. Money to go in the Honesty Box at the Car Park. Charities: Children’s Hospice Association 20%, Gargunnock Community Trust 20%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries. Directions: Five miles west of Stirling on A811, follow the Scotland’s Gardens signs.

Gardens opening on behalf of Scotland’s Gardens Scheme raising money for charity. If you would be interested in opening your garden next year or being a member of the Stirlingshire Branch of Scotland’s Gardens Scheme and the benefits it would bring please contact Gillie: For more information on the gardens visit our website: WWW.SCOTLANDSGARDENS.ORG

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Just some of the many benefits are: • Helps growth and repair of muscle tissue and as we all know the more muscle you have, the more calories you are burning.

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• Promotes muscle recovery • Provides satiety (keeps you fuller for longer). • Makes hormones & enzymes • Keeps nails and hair healthy There are 9 amino acids the body needs but can’t produce and you get all of these from protein. Our bodies can’t store protein so we need it on a regular basis.

By Liz Ewing Personal Trainer & Sports Therapist

How much protein should you be consuming? Depending on how physically active you are, I would generally advise somewhere between 1.5-2g of protein per kg of body weight.

Are You Eating Enough Protein?

A guidance of 20-30 g of protein in every meal along with a snack containing protein will help you to reach these levels of protein required.

One of the reasons that clients come to me is to lose body fat. To do that, you have to be in a calorie deficit. You need to be burning more calories than you are consuming. Nutrition plays a major role in losing body fat, therefore, I regularly ask clients to keep a food diary and log exactly what they’re eating, this allows us to implement changes to improve it. One thing I always ask clients is “are you eating enough protein”? Protein is an important macronutrient that is a great tool for fat loss.

It is highly likely you are eating enough protein if you are eating 30% plus of your diet as protein. Ideal Protein Sources are chicken, turkey, lean beef, eggs, fish, greek yogurt and milk. Protein supplements such as Whey protein can be helpful if you are struggling to get enough protein into your daily diet.

Liz can be contacted on 07779 784191 or

MCLAREN HIGH SCHOOL, CALLANDER SAT 10 FEB, 7.30PM Registered in Scotland Number SCO37531 Scottish Charity Number SCO19787

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Supported by The Friends of Scottish Opera & JTH Charitable Trust

From £12/£5 (u26s) Box Office: Callander VisitScotland iCentre Tel: 01877 330 342 (no sales over the phone)

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Park Life Magazine

April-May Edition 2018

coming soon!

Your what’s on guide and advertiser for West Stirlingshire, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs


Our next edition covers April & May 2018, Copy deadline is 12th March.

April / May 2018


Gardening & Outdoor Guide Drymen Show 2018 Competitions and Readers Offers

Preparing for Spring


Saturday 26th May 2018


Contact Park Life - Get in touch Katrina - Director | e: m: 07791 976910 t: 01360 550857 20,000

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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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Aberfoyle Toddlers (age 0 - 5 years) Artworks classes (for 5 - 14 years) Art4you Kids Drawing (P5-P7) & Portfolio Class (S1-S6) Baby Massage Balfron “New Baby“ Cafe Balfron Monday Music Balfron Bairns Toddlers Balfron Razzamataz Balfron Barracudas Swim Club Balfron Gymnastics Balfron Outdoor Athletics Club Balfron Tennis Tigers Buchlyvie Baby & Toddlers Group Brig O Turk Playgroup Pre School Callander Kids Parents & Toddlers Group Callander Target Sports Club Drymen Cubs 8-11yrs (boys and girls) Drymen Scouts 11-14yrs (boys and girls) Drymen/Spanish/El Club Espanol Drymen Under 5’s Drymen Children’s golf lessons Drymen/Ballet Classes Desta Laiolo Gargunnock Playgroup Gargunnock Toddlers Gartmore Parent & Toddler Group Gartocharn Under 5’s Killearn Baby & Toddlers Group Kippen Playgroup Kippen Toddler Group Karate Zan Shim Kai Killearn Linda Turner School of Dance Killearn/Ballet Classes Desta Laiolo Killearn Monday Music Lets Dance with Lorna Pickford Strathblane Fun Hut Baby/Toddler Group Strathblane Linda Turner School Of Dance Thornhill Baby & Toddler Thornhill Pre-School Playgroup 38 |

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

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9.30 - 11.30am

Cindy 07786 511894



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Various times

Claudia Duncan 07981 768081


10.30 - 12noon

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itor Centre is V t s re o F e g d o L The d April, 10am-4pm Open March an ril, 10am-5pm th March-13th Ap Easter holidays: 30

Enjoy Easter at The Lodge Enjoy the trails, watch the wildlife, see if the ospreys have returned and take part in our annual Easter duck race! For the adventurous why not try a treetop adventure on Go Ape.

Three Lochs Forest Drive - open from 1st March Explore this scenic drive and enjoy spectacular views from the comfort of your car or get out and discover the trails with your family and a picnic. For more info call The Lodge on 0300 067 6615 or Email: Follow us on


Award winning, nutritious & delicious feeds Treats, toys & accessories   Gifts for animal lovers                               Guaranteed next day local delivery *               Luxury groom room now open for DIY grooming

NEW SHOP NOW OPEN! Cunningham Road, Springkerse Ind Est, Stirling FK7 7SW Open Monday-Saturday. Late night Thursday * Subject to stock availability

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

visit us

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:

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

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:

Tel: 0141 576 4569 / 07715 301841


TRY SOMETHING NEW TODAY... Segway Trekking is one of our new activities... These unique machines are fascinating and fun to operate. Suitable for all above 10 years old and below 17 stone. The 45 min session includes indoor Don’t forget to visit our training followed by an outdoor Facebook experience for £20. page, with over 3000 likes now and daily updates on Pony Trekkingage local 4 &news above £18and (1 hour) £32Send (2 hours) events. us your MAGAZINE Reductionevents for families of 4 and and on Facebook (1/2 the more. Pony Rides we can help£10 spread Your what’s on hour sessions). word for you to make guide & advertiser your day even busier! Other activities include for West Stirlingshire, orienteering, Shetland driving and Nordic walking. Loch Lomond and

The Trossachs

• 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 Email Visit our Facebook page for further information

Tel: 01877 385276 | 07801 699497

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Cinema Listings Loch Lomond Sealife Aquarium Cinema Tel: 01389 721500. Adults £6, Child £5, Under 3 Free

Mugdock Cinema Booking Essential 01419566100 £3 Children’s Cinema £4 Adults

Gartmore Community Cinema Crash 6th Jan 8pm Il Postino 3rd Feb 8pm A Street Car Named Desire 3rd Mar 8pm Out of Africa 31st Mar 8pm

Callander Film Society All films start 7.30pm Hidden Figures Sat Feb 3rd Elle Sat Feb 17th Moonlight Sat Mar Viceroy’s House Sat Mar 17 Double Indemnity Sat Mar 31st The Clanranald Theatre, St Kessogs, Ancaster Square, Callander, Stirlingshire, FK17 8ED.

Strathendrick Film Society Tea with Mussolini 2 February Fences 16 March All films start 7.30pm Entry for non members £5

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Unlock Potential with Cellfield Dyslexia Programme

It is believed that dyslexia affects about 10% of the population and, whilst the degree of dyslexia varies widely, in essence being dyslexic means your brain processes things differently from others. These processing difficulties inhibit fluent reading and learning and can have a major impact on school work, eventual job prospects and overall self-esteem.

Some families can struggle to find help if they suspect their child suffers from some degree of dyslexia. The first thing to do is always to consult the child’s school because there are many resources – coupled with good teaching practice – which help. There are also alternative approaches and one of these is conveniently located in Stirling: Cellfield is a powerful programme which helps people overcome dyslexia and similar processing difficulties. Based on neuroscience and brain plasticity research, Cellfield stimulates brain networks to work more efficiently and can help bring about sustainable improvements in reading and language processing. Cellfield is being delivered in Stirling by teacher and former Headteacher,

Fiona Macdiarmid, who also runs the popular Kip McGrath Education Centre in Stirling. She is passionate about Cellfield and the impact it can have: “Cellfield really can be life changing for people”, she explains “this is because, in addition to improvement in reading and language, clients also feel it has a positive impact on their overall self esteem”. To find out more contact Cellfield on 01786 447527.

A unique & effective approach to overcoming Dyslexia

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Volunteers go House to House for CRUK.

Local committee members and a host of volunteers will be collecting donations House to House for Cancer Research from 16 to 22 April 2018. Last year’s collection realised more than £11,000 which makes a tremendous contribution to the organisation’s vital work. CRUK receives no government funding and relies totally on the public’s generosity - all donations, however small, are greatly appreciated. Although the committee has a number of collecting volunteers, more are always needed ......if you could spare just a few hours and would like to help please call the committee chairperson, Janet Rutherford on 01360 449214. The Commitee hopes that area residents will give as generously this year as they have in the past.



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*Win a Family Ticket to experience Funbox’s Dinosaur Adventure at Macrobert Arts Centre - Sat 21 (3pm) & Sun 22 Apr (12noon & 3pm). Enjoy some stone-age singalong silliness with Anya, Kevin, Gary and Bonzo in their most roarsome adventure yet. or call 01786 466 666. *Subject to availability, no refunds or exchanges and offered at the discretion of Macrobert Arts Centre.

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Sat 14 Apr, 2pm

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Park Life Magazine

April-May Edition 2018

coming soon!

Your what’s on guide and advertiser for West Stirlingshire, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs


Our next edition covers April & May 2018, Copy deadline is 12th March.

April / May 2018


Gardening & Outdoor Guide Drymen Show 2018 Competitions and Readers Offers

Preparing for Spring


Saturday 26th May 2018


Contact Park Life - Get in touch Katrina - Director | e: m: 07791 976910 t: 01360 550857 20,000

copies printed & delivered by Royal Mail

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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Body Control Pilates - Jane Meek




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Wednesday 7.45pm

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Mon & Thur 8pm - 9.30pm

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

0344 897 8000

Train - Play Relax - Compete -Swimming Pool -Sports Hall -Climbing Wall -Fitness Suite -Parties -3G Pitch -Soft Play

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A dierent kind of dentistry... 36 Buchanan Street, Balfron G63 OTR Tel 01360 440777

New Patients Welcome

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Our advanced hearing clinic offers state of the art hearing aid solutions. These include rechargeable hearing aids which allow you to hear naturally without fiddling with replacement batteries. Just charge and go!

Phonak AudÊo™ B and charger case

Our solutions can also connect to your iphone, allowing you to take phone calls and listen to music through your hearing aids! These big features come in a small package - many of our hearing aids are nearly invisible. A comprehensive FREE hearing assessment will allow us to tailor make the best hearing solution for you.

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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 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 to find out more.

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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 Standards procedures.




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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


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Don’t forget to visit our Facebook page, with over 3000 likes now and daily updates on local news and events. Send us your events on Facebook and we can help spread the word for you to make your day even busier!

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J Brand Decorating All aspects of interior and exterior decorating and plasterwork undertaken.

5 Kiltrochan Drive, Balfron G63 0QJ

T: 01360 440 945 M: 07867672495 E:



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

Quality Roman Blinds,Furnishings Headboards, Curtains, Loose Covers MadeTailored To Order

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We have now moved to our NEW premises and are very excited about being able to supply you with a fantastic range of wall coverings and co ordinating fabrics. We now have a fabulous selection from Voyage Decoration, Iliv, and Pip Studio, offering an eclectic mix from the bold and beautiful to the subtle and sublime! A curtain and blind making service is also available with selected fabrics. Why not have a bespoke chair or sofa made from Voyage Decoration, choose the style, fabric and design and they will make you a truly individual piece!

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Gardening & Outdoors Craig Tree Care

Professional Tree Surgeons

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

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call today for free advice & quotation Garden & Grounds Telephone 01360 550087 Maintenance Mobile 07966 864811 Email • Lawncare • Tree Services

SUNSET GOOSE WALK SATURDAY 3 FEB 4.30PM – 6.30PM (BOOKING ESSENTIAL) As the sun goes down over Loch Lomond, watch as 1000s off geese make their way to their roosting area. £7 (£5.50 for members)

EASTER FUN WEEKEND AT RSPB SCOTLAND LOCH LOMOND SATURDAY 31ST MARCH DROP-IN 11-3PM SUNDAY 1ST APRIL DROP-IN 11-3PM Bring the whole family along for springtime adventures, nature crafts and a treasure hunt at RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond. Explore our paths, go in search of minibeasts and take part in a treasure hunt in the woods. Please drop-in between 11am and 3pm. £5 per child, £4 for members.

• Grass Cutting • Garden Clearance • General Maintenance • Turfing • Hedge Trimming • 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:

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• 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.

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with Kenny Stewart

of Scotia Contracts Your business has expanded over the last few years, what new contract work are you undertaking? Over the last few years the company has become more involved with larger ground works and construction projects in and around the national park area. It was a natural move as we have the kit and the know how to carry out these larger projects. On the groundworks side we have carried out road and bridge construction, land drainage and concrete foundations for house building, garages and extensions and outbuildings. On the building side we have been involved in re modelling homes to create new rooms within the existing property along with the construction of both timber and traditional built garages and garden rooms.

Do you prefer the building or landscaping work? Ultimately the landscaping is the bread and butter of the business but I do enjoy the challenges that the building and groundworks brings to the business. It’s great to see the transformation from an existing building to the remodelling , or the construction of a new extension or building that will be there for years to come. Whether its landscaping or building you always leave site with the knowledge that you have a happy client and have delivered on their original concept.

What is the most unusual landscaping job you have been asked to do? We have carried out a lot of various landscaping projects over the years including turfing , drainage decking etc. but one client we had was a very keen golfer. His remit was to build a private putting green in has garden. There was a slope within the garden as well so he could practice his long , uphill puts. The specification of the green matched that of any professional course with a full drainage system, USGA spec rootzone for the grass to grow on and a fully automatic irrigation system. It was a great project to do. I’m not sure if it helped his short game though. There’s some things I can’t help with!

Where do you see your business in a years time? Continue to have satisfied clients! Hopefully getting involved with more groundworks and development projects for homes and businesses within the local area. At the moment we are involved with some clients to create the infrastructure and construction of holiday cabins which covers all the groundwork, construction and landscaping requirements that we carry out so hopefully we can grow this side of the business.

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Doune Woodyard Ltd Lochill Industrial Estate Doune Perthshire FK16 6AD

Tel: 01786 841204 Email:

Fencing Decking Mouldings Finishings Sheet Materials We carry a wide range of products Prices are competitive for decorating and building. and quotes available on request Our prices are competitive and quotes are available on request. Come and visit our premises

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For sales or service of all types of ground care & garden equipment…

...Hire or buy locally at Stirling Road, Drymen, Glasgow G63 0AA T: 01360 660 688

Graham Sandals Timber Buildings SATURDAY MAY 26TH 2018!

Scottish Larch Garden Rooms, Studios, Garages & Shelters

Drymen Show is a fun filled day out for all the family. On the day there will be the judging of some of the finest livestock including: Clydesdale Horses, Highland Ponies, Light Horses, Cattle and Sheep. There will also be numerous other attractions including a fun fair, helicopter rides, trade stands, terrier racing and pet and craft tents. We also have classes and competitions to see in our rural and school tents, including our very own “Drymen Show Bake Off”. Come along and join us for a fabulous family day out!

Unit 5 Craigarnhall, Bridge of Allan, Stirling FK9 4NG Tel: 01786 841788 | Mobile: 07773 809345

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TIPS from the team at Fraser C. Robb

With Spring just around the corner it’s time to plan for the first gardening session of the season. To help you on the way here are some top tips from the team at Fraser C Robb. A month or so in advance of the first cut it’s sensible to start up your lawnmower to check that it starts successfully. If there are any problems you can book it in with us for a service. We’ll give the machine a full check over, sharpen and balance the blade, change the oil and fully service the engine. Before you start using your lawnmower, first walk over the grass area and remove any stones that may have got there. These can damage the blade of your mower, so it is well worth checking before the first cut of the season. In Spring rake your lawn and lightly scarify (a more heavier scarifying takes place in the autumn). Apply moss killer 7-10 days in advance of scarification. Spring is also a good time for pruning of hedges, ahead of a more major cut in the summer months. Whenever using garden equipment ensure that you are wearing the correct protective clothing. Each year we organise a free chainsaw training day, that covers safety procedures. We can advise anytime about safety and can notify you of the next scheduled training day. If you’re looking for more advice, or to replace any item of garden equipment, let us help you. Call in at our showroom, just outside Drymen and we’ll be happy to help you.

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R.G Paving & Hard Landscaping

Quality Workmanship at competitive 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: 50% Off all furniture

Wild Bird food & Pet Supplies

Plants - Hanging Baskets Garden Sundries -Tool Sharpening Gifts & Food - Café by Macmillan’s

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Garages & Bothies • Bridge Repairs New Houses & Extensions Garden Features • Dry Stone Dykes Building Conservation • Patios & Paving Private and Commercial Work

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Weekdays 9am till 5pm

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Play Houses

Garden Sheds Garages/Workshops

Summerhouses Dog Kennels & Garden Stores

Picnic Tables

BBQ Shelters

Garden Seats, Benches & Tables

Table & Chair Sets

Log Edging & Log Roll Fence Panels,Gates & Posts


Arches Planters

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Specialists in High Quality Timber Products and Wood Fuels at Competitive Prices For comprehensive information on all of our products please visit our website

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Phone 01506 847999 - E-mail - Champfleurie Estate, Linlithgow, EH49 6NB

Community Champions make huge impact at the Community Partnership Gathering! On Saturday the 4th November, at The Millennium Hall in Gartocharn, communities from in and around Loch Lomond and the Trossachs park area gathered together to celebrate the achievements of the real stars and community groups who have made a huge impact and contributed greatly to the development and enhancement of their communities. The Community Champion awards were part of this year’s Community Partnership Gathering programme ‘Heritage; sharing experience, creating legacy’; a daytime community event designed to inspire and develop collaborations around heritage across the park area. This year’s awards were broken down into four categories: The first Volunteer of the Year award went to one green fingered Drymen

resident Marina Brennan, who was nominated by Drymen Community Council. Marina has lived in Drymen since she was a child and when the Village in Bloom committee was formed many years ago Marina was ready to get to work. Marina is expert in her ability to plan and display the many tubs and containers in and around the village and she has a team helping her at the busiest times, sourcing different bodies and grant giving departments. She is a very community spirited person and loves village life. The community has benefited enormously from the time and efforts that Marina gives freely to making their village a very attractive and pleasant environment not only for residents but also for the many hundreds of tourist visiting the area”

Other nominations for this award received a highly commended; James Kennedy (representing the Strathard Community Trust and Strathard Heritage Network), Louis Stott (from Strathard for his lifelong contribution to local heritage) and Moira Tester (representing ‘Shore Sweepers’ from Benmore & Kilmun). The winner of this year’s Rising Champion award was nominated by the Callander Resilience Group, a sub-group of Callander Community Development Trust to recognise one outstanding Callander resident. Louise Corrieri who was responsible for initiating and organising significant and urgent fund-raising activities in response to two major fires in Callander and Balquhidder in May last year was met with amazing success. Using social media,

(Community Organisation of the year: left to right: Highly Commended Award Duncan MacLachlan (Arrochar Hydro Scheme), Highly Commended Award Eileen Connel on behalf of Pat Lynn (The Hub, Benmore & Kilmun), James Kennedy and Katinka Dalglish (Strathard Community Trust and Strathard Heritage Network).

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Hub’ in Benmore & Kilmun). The final award Young Volunteer of the year went to one young man from West Dunbartonshire in recognition of his commitment to supporting his community.

Louise started fund-raising appeal/ activities to help people in hardship or homelessness resulting from these two serious fires. She organised fundraising buckets, tombola, jumble sale for items remaining, followed by collection of unwanted clothes in exchange for payment or collection by other charities. Local businesses donated high value gifts, which were auctioned raising more funds via a Just Giving page. From these activities, Louise raised over £12.5k providing food, clothing, replacement furniture and household goods for fire victims. These acts of kindness and generosity have had a big impact on the Callander Resilience Group, resulting in a revision of their local emergency plans in the event of a fire. The Trust confirmed that “Without Louise’s amazing efforts these people would not be in the position they are today!” Community Organisation of the year received four great nominations from several community interest groups who have shown innovation, commitment and a positive

approach to improving life for those who live in, work in or who visit their community. The nomination that swayed the judges came from Strathard Initiative partners SEPA and Forest Enterprise Scotland who have been working closely with this year’s winners; The Strathard Community Trust and the newly formed Strathard Heritage Network. At the helm of the Trust is Katinka Dalglish, and James Kennedy for the Heritage Network who have both helped to reinvigorate community action and drive forward priorities in their new Strathard Community Action Plan. The Strathard Heritage Network is leading on a project call ‘Robert Kirk revisited’ and they are keen to make a link with other groups. To find out more about the Trust and Network and all their latest projects visit www. Other nominations for this award received a highly commended; Duncan MacLachlan (for the Arrochar Hydro Scheme), Pat Lynn (for ‘The

Jonathan Rainey has been and remains on an environmental mission through social media and local action, to raise public awareness around littering and the disposal of waste material. Jonathan’s campaign includes picking litter from Overtoun Estate Woods, the beach beside Levengrove Park and he is currently assisting the council part-time in Fisher Woods, Balloch. He posts the results from his litter picks using hashtags #CleanUpOvertounWoods #CleanUpLevengrovePark #Litterati and more recently #CleanUpBalloch to highlight just how much public waste and litter is discarded. Jonathan who has high-functioning autism has come on leaps and bounds through his passion to clean up our environment, and runs a blog called ‘The Young (Autistic) Litter Picker” and posts regular videos on YouTube. If you share Jonathan’s concern for litter then follow him on Twitter @ JonathanR1994 to find out more! The Community Champion Awards are an annual event, so if you have someone that you think deserves recognition, please get in touch!

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For all your maintenance needs... Over 19 years experience

Sandstone Repair & Restoration Proprietor Gavin McGregor

• Roughcasting • Gutters • Joiner • Slating • Leadwork • Storm Damage • All aspects of roofing work carried out • Rubber roofing for flat roofs • Sandstone Repair & Restoration • Family Business • EPDM Roofing System

T: 01389 605352 M: 07519 267764


Damaged, cracked, split, spalling and eroded sandstone & limestone masonry. Walls, window ems, lintels, Jambs, cornice, copings and plinths. We only use Lithomex to re- face the sandstone and all pointing is only carried out with a lime mix. Stone windowsills add Old-World charm to many buildings. If sills are sandstone, the stone tends to deteriorate with age, exposure to rain, snow and freeze-and- thaw cycles.

EPDM Roofing System EPDM is an extremely durable synthetic rubber roofing membrane (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer) widely used in low-slope buildings in the United States and worldwide. Its two primary ingredients, ethylene and propylene, are derived from oil and natural gas. EPDM is available in both black and white, and is sold a broad variety of widths, ranging from 7.S feet to fifty feet, and in two thicknesses, 45 and 60 mils. EPDM can be installed either fullv adhered. mech1nicallv attached or ballasted, with the seams of the roofing system sealed with liquid adhesives or specially formulated tape.

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

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

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

Velux Windows Chimney Work Insurance and General Roughcasting and Leadwork

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All types of painting& decorating work undertaken

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Park Life asks Microcroft for Internet safety advice When the news broke at the end of last year that several high street banks were to close local branches, I didn’t immediately realise the impact this would have on rural areas, and indeed how many people still use branches from most or all of their banking requirements. I have run my own rural business for over 13 years, during that time I have slowly moved from branch banking to online. The thing is, quite a lot of my customers haven’t. It seems the main concern I often hear is a worry about security. What if someone hacks in to my computer? I must concede, with nearly weekly reports of viruses and hackers, I can understand the concerns.

So how safe is internet banking?

I suppose the main argument for banking online would be - if it isn’t safe, why are so many people doing it? In my experience, I’ve only once come across a case where a spoof phone call talked their way on to a computer and actually managed to get in to the banking and attempt to withdraw funds. The bank spotted the irregular payment and blocked it before the money had left the account. For every other home and small business that I’m aware of, they don’t seem to hit any problems.

How I can help.

If you are unsure of online banking and how secure it actually is, I would be happy to look at your computer or tablet/phone and check the security etc. I can also help you set-up online banking for you with the help of your bank; make it as easy as possible to access it. I can also advise on how to avoid scams and phishing Emails. I have found online banking safe, secure, easy to use and very convenient. With the way things are going, I think it is worth considering getting it set-up, if you find getting to the local branch a problem.

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About me. I have been running Microcroft from Aberfoyle since 2005, understanding the needs of the local community is key to my business. Living in a remote location has many benefits but sometime the IT infrastructure can limit productive use. I hope to bring you current, helpful & relevant articles that will enhance your current IT knowledge.

If you’re looking for computer assistance please get in touch: Tel: 01877 382 994 or 07796 002001 Email:

mending broken windows and rotten apples

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

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Strathendrick Decorating Plastering & Joinery

John Gault m: 07748 283947 Allan Denton m: 07984 549933 Joe McLaren m: 07980 983995 Email: Interior, Exterior Paint Work. Ames Taping. Coving and all types of Plasterwork. Joinery.

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.



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Gareth Hamilton

Gas Engineer For a local, professional gas service covering:

Servicing • Repairs Gas safety checks • Installation On all models of gas boilers, cookers & fires

For both householders & landlords Why choose us?

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T: 01360 550799 M: 07772944521 E:

Endrick Decorators Of Killearn Professional, fully guaranteed, high standard of work carried out by qualified tradesmen. Interior and Exterior • Painting • Coving Paper Hanging • Ames Taping

Plastering Service Now Available Call Timmy Kearney for a free, no obligation quote. Westerton Farm Cottage, Killearn G63 9LE Email:

Tel: 01360 660407 Mobile: 07591 586596


Established Since 1983

t: 01877 385231 m: 07885 841735

Buchlyvie Electrical

All Electrical Work Undertaken Electric Radiators Supplied and Fitted

Davie Haggerty Specialising in thermal dynamic electric radiators replacements for old storage heaters. Email:

Fully Insured T: 07826 628320

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Accounting /Legal Baxter Accounting JMC Chartered Accountants Walker Laird

37 37 50

Kids & Activites Castle Rednock Trekking Centre Drymen Show Go Country Heron House Early Years Cellfield Loch Lomond Shores Loch Katrine Cruises MacRoberts Arts Centre McLaren Leisure Centre Razzamataz The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre

51 51 52 51

Caravans Stirlingshire Caravans


Taxi/Bus & Car Hire E Mac Bus Trossachs Cabs

24 10

Alterations & Soft Furnishings The Sewing Room


Computer Services Microcroft


Electricians Buchlyvie Electrical Stewart Hollington

75 75

Food, Drink & Accomodation Blair Drummond smiddy Farm Shop26 Culcreuch Castle & Estate 20 House for an Art Lover 22/23 Natures corner 24 Town & Country Designs Coffee Shop28 The Clachan Inn 30 The Fintry Inn 31 The Oak Tree Inn 2

Funeral Directors Andrew Anderson & Sons 73 Archibald Billet 70 John Coubrough Funeral Directors7 76 |

Fuels & Stoves

Sheila Fleet Jewellery 16/17 Wonderland18

Calido13 Stirling Stove Centre 56 Feeds & Stoves 55 Wood for Fuel 6

Garage Lennoxlea Garage

41 63 41 33 43 45 3 44 47 41 40

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

Galleries & Gift Shops


Gardening & Outdoors

Painters & Decorators

Benview Garden Centre 65 Cameron Garden & Grounds Maintenance 59 Champfleurie Estate Ltd 67 Craig Tree Services 58 Cruachan Landscaping 64 Dugie Clark Clachan Mhor 66 Fraser Robb 63 Graham Sandals Timber Buidings 63 John Currie Brick and Stonework 59 MacColl Landscaping 8 RG Paving & Hard Landscaping 65 Scotia Contracts Ltd 60/61 Tradstocks58

Blain Painters Endrick Decorators of Killearn Jack Brand Decorating  Strathendrick Decorators

Health & Wellbeing

Cala Homes Corum 

Cherry Bank Dental Practice Clements hearing services Neuro Physio Scotland Slimming World Tir Na Nog

48 49 48 47 48

Homes & Interiors Apollo Blinds 53 Colin Johnson Traditional Upholstery54 Dream Doors 54 Edge of the wood 55 Elin Isaksson Glass 18 Elspeth Bennie artist blacksmith 55 Household & Industrial Floor Sanding Services 53 J Walker Interiors 54 Kitchen & Bathroom Interiors 52 McMillan’s Rug Spa 25 McMillan’s Chem Dry 25 The Fabric Gallery 56 Town & Country Designs 56 Ventrolla Scotland 52 watsinteriors & flooring Ltd 57

Laundry Services The Laundry Lady


71 75 56 73

Pet Services Dixie Doodles Feeds & Stoves

40 55

Photography & Media Paul Saunders Media & Photography


Plumbers Dunrite Plumbers 75 Stewart Reid Plumbing Services 77

Property 4 80

Trades & Services Aberfoyle Satellite Company Adrian Pirie Appliance Repairs & Spares Bathroom Transformations C-Mix Drymen Tiling Gareth Hamilton GS Roofing Ltd Homeworx Killearn K M Joiners Lorne Howell Joiners & Builders MBS Roofing Oil Boiler Maintenance RM Contractors Doune Woodyard Ltd SD Garage Doors Simon Head Joinery Your Heating Ltd

74 56 77 7 77 77 74 71 74 11 9 11 71 70 62 57 74 10

Weddings Ardoch  Culcreuch Castle & Estate House for an Art Lover

26 20 22/23

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Plumbing Services

Bathroom Suites Supplied & Fitted from £1495 Kitches & Central Heating fitted

Boiler Exchanges

Outdoor Taps Fitted from £59

Gutters repaired Fitted & cleared

No call out fees

All plumbing enquiries contact Stewart: 07938 473604 / 07938 473571

DRYMEN TILING Professional Tiling Services


DOMESTIC APPLIANCE REPAIRS (established 27 years)

All Aspects of Wall & Floor Tiling Ceramic, Porcelain & All Natural Stone Repairs & Regrouting

Tel: 07810 194226

tes and advice Call for estima Dumbarton: 01389 762324 Drymen: 01360 661161 | Mobile: 07831 127234


• Only pay for what you use

• No Waste

• Deliveries from 1m3

• No Part load charges

• Barrow Service

• No waiting charges

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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.

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

MILNGAVIE FARMERS MARKET 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.

LOCH LOMOND SHORES FARMERS MARKET Every 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.

STIRLING FARMERS MARKET 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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BENVIEW FARMSHOP Incredibly well stocked and loads of Gift ideas. 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

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T: 01389 721095 Commercial

Contract Hire for: Bed, Bath & Table Linen Laundering Linen for: Hotels • B&B’s Restaurants • Health Clubs • Hairdressers

Domestic Laundry & Dry Cleaning • Service Wash Ironing • Pet Beds

EQUINE LAUNDRY SERVICE We use a trustworthy third party with over thirty years experience. The equine laundry uses only NIKWAX washing and proofing products for top quality results.

Units 8 & 9, North St Ind Est, North Street, Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire G83 0EA

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