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April / May 2015

Park Life puts the spotlight

On Callander - The Heart of the Trossachs

Park life’s Spring feature

on Homes & Interiors with top tips for Home Styling

Easter / SPRING events & THINGS TO DO

A Guide to keeping the kids busy with discount vouchers and Competitions! 20% off Plants at Benview Nursery, Wardtoll Win a Family Pass, Loch Lomond Sealife Centre 24 Ticket Giveaway For Scottish Homebuilding & Renovating Show! WIN Macroberts tickets, A Go Ape family pass

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


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Self Drive or Hire Drive Mini Digger & Dumper Hire MacColl Landscaping are pleased to offer hire drive and self drive mini excavators and dumpers. MacColl Landscaping purchased these machines from Thompson Plant Hire at Finnich Toll Killearn. Thompson Plant Hire have been supplying a quality groundwork and hire service in the local area for nearly 20 years and Maccoll Landscaping are proud to take over the operation. We look forward to working with existing customers and welcome any new enquiries. We also have excavators and dumpers for restricted access. Please see our website for more information.

Tel: 01360 550 792 M: 07727 045 939 For further information see www.maccolllandscaping.comwww.parklifescotland.co.uk

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10 Years on and we are still loving what we do...bringing you the best of what is local! January is like a dull and distant memory and the warmth of Spring is here. The Easter holidays are around the corner and we have brought you a full list of activities and outings to make your life a lot more fun without going too far! For this edition we have had some fun with our Homes & Interiors section scouring the villages to find businesses that can help you with your home design and we came up with some styling ideas of our own pg 42 & 43 and how to source them locally. The Callander feature pg 65 covers not only local businesses but an interview with an incredible character Jack Black pg 65.. Our very own Bear Grylls! Don’t forget to visit our new website www.parklifescotland.co.uk to enter the competitions and browse through our pages to find some great discounts. Enjoy your Spring and we will see you back here for our June-July issue.

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CONTENTS Activities for Spring............................................................... 6-25 Park Lfe Map �������������������������������������������������������������������������53 Cinema Listings����������������������������������������������������������������������21 Loch Lomond Shores Events ��������������������������������������������������22 What’s On Locally���������������������������������������������������������� 24 & 25 Homes & Interiors Feature������������������������������������������������ 26-43 Interior Tips������������������������������������������������������������������������ 42-43 Fitness page���������������������������������������������������������������������������44 Hollywood’s Calling����������������������������������������������������������������51 Spotlight on Callander����������������������������������������������������� 56-65 Bracklinn Falls�������������������������������������������������������������������������59 Where to Eat�������������������������������������������������������������������� 68-73 Spring Recipe�������������������������������������������������������������������������73 Fraser Robb Lanmower Tips����������������������������������������������������76 Spring Gardening Tips������������������������������������������������������������81 Gardening & Outdoors���������������������������������������������������� 75-83

COMPETITIONS & DISCOUNTS Win Family Pass Loch Lomond Sealife Aquarium...................... 9 Win tickets for macroberts Film House...................................... 9 30% off Loch Lomond Sealife Aquarium.................................. 9 20% offf Loch Katrine Cruise.................................................. 14 Win Go Ape Tickets & Voucher............................................... 19 Win Homebuilding & Renovating Show Tickets....................... 35 20% off all plants Benview Garden Centre............................ 83

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BATHROOM TRANSFORMATIONS

• Equipment Supplied at Trade Prices • Exclusively Managed Installations • Respected, Dedicated & Professional Service • Quality Installation • References Available on Request • All Work Guaranteed • Free Survey & Estimate

Park Life Useful Numbers Local Fitness Classes pg 17 Local Kids Clubs & Groups pg s 12 & 13 Police Non-Emergency 101 Police Emergency 999 or 112 Scottish Water 08000 0778778 Scottish Power 0800 0270072 Stirling Council 08452 777000 Libraries Strathblane 01360 770737 Drymen 01360 660751 Balfron 01360 440407 Callander 01877 331544 Balloch 01389 608989 Schools covered by Park Life Magazine Aberfoyle 01877 382278 Balfron High 01360 440469 Balfron 01360 440027 Buchanan 01360 870215 Buchlyvie 01360 850311 Callander 01877 331576 Drymen 01360 660410 Fintry 01360 860204 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

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Membership from £27.50 - No joining fee Join for 12 months and receive 2 months free Terms & conditions apply

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Discover the life and legacy of Scotland’s National Hero

Join Wallace’s army on a special adventure Historical presentations and activities from April to September. Keep in touch for the latest information at www.nationalwallacemonument.com facebook/NationalWallaceMonument

Abbey Craig, Hillfoots Road, STIRLING FK9 5LF Tel: (01786) 472140 • Email: info@nationalwallacemonument.com 1. left alligned 2. centred

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The Show will go on! s The 187th Drymen Show Sat 30th May 2015

Celebrating its 200th year in 2016, the show is being held for the 187th time this year. (Two World Wars and Foot and Mouth restrictions are the two main reasons for the missing years.) While today the show has broadened its reach and format well beyond those of 1816, it still holds true to two of its original foundations in terms of being an opportunity for livestock owners from across the region to show the best of their stock and hopefully win the top prizes in their entered class, thereby increasing recognition of them as a breeder and the value of their stock, as well as providing an opportunity for people involved, and in contact with the agricultural society, to meet

and celebrate their work. The Agricultural Sections this year includes top quality livestock in Cattle, Clydesdale Horses in hand and with Turnouts (wagons), Highland Ponies and 9 Breeds of Sheep which include the Scottish Blackface, Shetland and Zwartble Sheep. There is also a Light Horse Section with classes in Showing and Jumping. There will ask be a large number of Trade Stands, a Craft Tent, SWRI baking and craft competitions and Local Inter-School competitions for crafts, writing and poetry and football. There is also a Fun Fait for the young at heart. There is a Dog Section as well as a show competition for Rabbits, with the opportunity to pet a few alongside some other farm animals in the pet’s tent. In the afternoon in the main

s Saturday 30th May

ring there is a Parade of and Cup Presentation to the Prize Winning Animals and this starts off a varied selection of entertainment including Vintage Tractors, Heavy Horse Turnout, Childrens’ Races, Children’s Fancy Dress On Horseback and a main event TBC. (past years have had Motorbike Display, Equestrian Gymnastics, etc.) We hope to welcome you all in the beautiful setting of the Endrick valley in view of Buchanan Castle and the Cornish Hill.

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A fun filled day for all the family! Cattle, Sheep, Horses, Rabbits, Vintage Machinery, Junior Football, SWRI & School Competitions, Light Horse/Show Jumping. Trade Stand, advertising & sponsorship opportunities available.

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Park Life | Family

On Walk Up Prices When You Book Tickets Online up to 24 hours in advance

Visit Cammy

Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Online discount can not be used in conjunction with any other offer. 30% discount only valid on tickets booked online and at least 24 hours in advance. Please see website for full details.

WWW.VISITSEALIFE.COM/LOCH-LOMOND

WIN a Family Pass for 4!

To Loch Lomond Sealife Aquarium To enter simply visit

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WIN A WEE GROUP SAVER FOR THE FILM OF YOUR CHOICE! AT THE MACROBERT ARTS CENTRE FILMHOUSE

You’ll find an exciting and varied programme of films for all ages at Macrobert Arts Centre and with our Wee Group Saver priced at only *£23.20 – 4 tickets for any 4 people – it’s great value for money whether you’re out with children, family or friends. Find full details of the current film programme at www.macrobert.org or call 01786 466 666. To enter simply visit

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Park Life | Deanston Distillery

DEANSTON

WHISKY

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2015

• Whisky Masterclasses:

Enjoy a relaxed, personal and

Your chance to discover more about our whiskies – come and explore our malts with an extended masterclass session.

we source our Scottish malted barley

• Whisky and The Highland Chocolatier Tour & Tasting: Meet one of the UK’s finest chocolate makers, Iain Burnett. We were lucky enough to work with Iain last year to develop the perfect chocolate/ whisky match – come and see if you agree with our matching and experience the wonderful pairing of whisky and chocolate. It’s getting to be that time of year again – it’s getting warmer, the days are getting longer and our preparations for the next annual Deanston Whisky Festival are well underway. Our Whisky Festival takes place on Saturday 27 June 2015 and we’d love it if you could come and join in the celebrations. There are a number of activities taking place during the festival including:

• Whisky tastings: We are strong believers that there is a whisky for everyone…come and find out which one is for you.

• Handcrafted tours: As part of your tour of the distillery you’ll get an insight into the process of how our whiskies are made. Meet our Stillman, Mashman and Warehouseman who instil the magic into every drop of our famous ‘single malt’.

informative tour that explains how and our special long maturation process. Learn about the starting point for all great whiskies as we explain the timing of our “middle cut”

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maturation of our new make spirit in Warehouse 2b. This tour was a sell out at our inaugural Festival last year and we’re delighted that our Deanston experts are returning for 2015.

CEILIDH

Celebrate the start of summer and Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink in style. Wear your kilts, lace up your dancing shoes, and join us for a ceilidh on the distillery lawn. We’ll be dancing the night away, will you?

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Park Life | Kids Groups & Clubs

Event / Club

Vilage / Location

Aberfoyle Toddlers (age 0 - 5 years) Artworks classes (for 5 - 14 years) Baby Massage (Starting 1st April) Balfron “New Baby“ Cafe Balfron Monday Music Balfron Bairns Toddlers Balfron Razzamataz Balfron Barracudas Swim Club Balfron Gymnastics Balfron Outdoor Athletics Club Balfron Tennis Tigers Buchlyvie Baby & Toddlers Group Brig O Turk Playgroup Pre School Callander Kids Parents & Toddlers Group Callander Target Sports Club Drymen/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 Cubs Gartocharn Under 5’s Killearn Mother & Toddler Group Killearn Toddlers Kippen Playgroup Kippen Toddler Group Karate Zan Shim Kai Killearn Linda Turner School of Dance Killearn/Ballet Classes Desta Laiolo Killearn Monday Music Lets Dance with Lorna Pickford Strathblane Fun Hut Baby/Toddler Group Strathblane Linda Turner School Of Dance Thornhill Baby & Toddler Thornhill Pre-School Playgroup

Aberfoyle Memorial Hall

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McLintock Hall, Balfron 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 Church Hall, Drymen Village Hall, Drymen Buchanan Golf Club, Drymen Village Hall, Drymen & Killearn Community Centre, Gargunnock Community Centre, Gargunnock Gartmore Village Hall Drymen Church Hall Kilmaronock Millennium Hall (downstairs) Church Hall, Killearn Church Hall, Killearn Village Hall, Kippen Village Hall, Kippen Memorial Hall, Aberfoyle Village Hall, Killearn Village Hall, Drymen & Killearn Balfron & Killearn Mugdock Country Park Kirk Rooms, Strathblane Edmonstone Hall, Strathblane Community Hall, Thornhill Community Hall, Thornhill


Park Life | Kids Groups & Clubs

Day

Time

Contact

Wednesday

9.30 - 11.30am

Cindy 07786 511894

Saturday

Morning

fabartbalfron@gmail.com

Wednesday

10.30 - 11.30am

Claire 07803 047472

Tuesday

10.30 - 12noon

Susan 01360 449573

Monday

9.15 - 2.45pm

Clare 01360 550166

Wednesday

9.30 - 11.30am

Facebook - Balfron Bairns

Tuesday

Various times

Mark 07715 301841

Monday, Thursday & Saturday

Various times

www.balfronbarracudas.org.uk

Saturdays

10.30-4.45

balfrongymnastics@mail.com

Wednesday

6.30 - 8pm

balfronathletics@yahoo.co.uk

Saturday & Sunday

2 - 5pm

07837 339 558

Monday

9.30 - 11.20am

Emma 07841 908184

Monday (Inc Summer holidays)

10.00 - 12noon

Alex 01877 376347

Wednesday

9.30 - 11.30am

www.callanderkids.co.uk

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday

3.30pm

Raymond 01877 330854

Saturday, Wednesday & Thursday

(3 - 11 year olds) Various Times

Michelle 07791 034003

Monday & Wednesday

9.30 - 11.30am

Rebecca 01360 660102

Thursday

TBC

Jonathan 01360 660330

Monday / Tuesday

from 3.45pm / 6.30 - 8pm

0141 9421998

Monday & Thursday

9.00 - 11.30am

playgroup@gargunnock.com

Wednesday

10.00 - 11.30am

Nicola 07799 731050

Friday

9.30 - 11.30am

Laura Hart 07824 879501

Wednesday

6-7pm

Gavin 07590 370199

Wednesday

10.00 -11.30am

Suzanne 01389 720139

Wednesday

9.30 - 11.30am

Suzie 01360 440535

Wednesday

9.30 - 11.30am

Angela 07733 224598

Tuesday & Friday

9.30 - 12noon

Sam 01786 871268

Thursday

10.15 - 12noon

Aimee 07833 451979

Thursday

From 7pm

01877 382296

Wednesday & Thursday

Various times

01360 770390

Monday / Tuesday

from 3.45pm / 6.30 - 8pm

0141 9421998

Monday

9.15 - 2.45pm

Clare 01360 550166

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

01360 551689 / 07500 213473

Monday, Wednesday & Friday

9.15 - 11.15am

funhutstrathblane@gmail.com

Monday & Tuesday

Various times

01360 770390

Monday

10.00 - 11.30am

Fiona Beaton 01786 850510

Tuesday & Friday

9.45 - 11.45am

Collette Ashworth 01786 850533 www.parklifescotland.co.uk

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2015 Only 50 mins. from BALLOCH and STIRLING

Steeped in history and legend, Loch Katrine is the perfect place to start your Trossachs adventure.

Home of the Steamship Sir Walter

A SPECIAL *20% DISCOUNT TO READERS OF PARK LIFE There has never been a better time to enjoy a cruise on Loch Katrine - just bring this advert along to receive this special 20% discount offer.

• Classic Steamship Cruises on Sir Walter Scott • Legends of the Loch Cruise on the Lady of the Lake (Sailings commence 23rd May 2015)

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

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Loch Katrine is the birthplace of Scottish tourism Beauty spot was inspiration for Sir Walter Scott Setting off for work is no chore when your base of operations is one of the most beautiful spots in Scotland. Gordon Allan, managing director of steamship Sir Walter Scott Ltd, works in an area of great natural beauty, one which is steeped in history.

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The loch, on whose northern shores Rob Roy was born, has inspired many great writers. Not least is Sir Walter Scott – whose namesake steamship is skippered by Gordon. Sir Walter Scott was inspired to pen an epic romantic poem after visiting the area and the work has lent its name to sister vessel, The Lady of the Lake. The trio of vessels is completed with a titular tribute to Rob Roy. McGregor of Glengyle is the third of the company’s craft to ply its trade on the loch. Gordon said: “Loch Katrine is regarded as the birthplace of Scottish tourism. Not only is the scenery fantastic but the area is steeped in history.” The loch – which supplies the city of Glasgow with fresh water - is also a centre of engineering innovation. The Loch Katrine water project, devised by civil engineer John Frederick Bateman, was opened by Queen Victoria in 1859. Her cottage, built specially for her visit, can still be seen from the decks of Sir Walter Scott or Lady of the Lake if you join the sailing to Stronachlachar.

to enjoy the supreme beauty of the surrounding countryside.

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Gordon, a former employee of the Water Board, said: “The project was in history and legend,as fresh aSteeped remarkable achievement Loch Katrine perfect to to water is takenis the from Lochplace Katrine start your Trossachs adventure. Glasgow by gravity alone – there’s not a single pump involved.”

Experience the ever changing Trossachs landscape throughout the varying seasons, on board the Only 50 mins. from BAL company’s elegant LOCH vessels. and STIRLING

Sailings range from a one-hour single voyage to Stronachlachar to a two Home tour of the Steamship Sir Walter Scott lochs in association with Cruise Loch Lomond.

Each offers a different – but Loch Katrine has come to represent memorable – experience of the area. * Scotland’s beauty and rich heritage. A SPECIAL 20% DISCOUNT TO READERS OF PARK LIFEAll three vessels are available There has never been a better time to enjoy for corporate or special a cruise on Loch Katrine - just bring this advert along events. Charities such as to receive this special 20% discount offer. Children in Need have also benefited Scott from the support of • Classic Steamship Cruises on Sir Walter Gordon and his team. the Lake • Legends of the Loch Cruise on the Lady of (Sailings commence 23rd May 2015) For a relaxing experience, why

• Walking and Cycling on the shores of Loch notKatrine visit the loch’s Brenachoile Restaurant. It is open all day • Lochside Dining in the Brenachoile Restaurant • Katrine Gifts - Souvenirs & Crafts serving light • Katrinewheelz - Cycle hire • Borg Grech Photography evening meals

lunches and – and you can be sure of a warm welcome. If retail beckons, visit Trossachs Pier, Loch Katrine, By Callander, Stirling FK17therapy 8HZ Tel: 01877 376315/6 • Email: enquiries@lochkatrine.com the Katrine Gifts, which nestles www.lochkatrine.com in the former boathouse at * 20% Discount offer is not valid in conjunction with any other offer. Valid until 03-01-16. Trossachs Pier. LK Parklife A5 with bleed (Feb 2015).indd 1

Set against the backdrop of The Trossachs, the loch is surrounded by hills, mountains and woodlands. It is a favourite tourism destination for adventurers, international tourists and families throughout the year. The loch is the perfect venue for almost every outdoor activity from walking and cycling to climbing and bird watching. And it is the perfect place from which

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Why not build on your Loch Katrine adventure by taking to the road on two wheels. Katrinewheelz have a great range of family-friendly bikes for hire. With everything from children’s bikes to tandems and even electric bikes, Katrinewheelz can get you well and truly sorted for your big day out. You can also relax over tea or coffee at the Pier Tea Room at Stronachlachar. And if you’ve built up a big appetite, fill up with their delicious homemade soup or cakes and scones. Come to Loch Katrine for the experience of a lifetime.

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The Great Trossachs FunFest A week of fun activities in The Great Trossachs Forest April 11th - April 18th • Saturday 11th April - The Great Tartan Skidaddle. Take part in either an ultra-marathon or a duathlon challenge from Inversnaid to Callander. This event is run in association with Skidaddle. Booking is via www.skidaddle.org • Sunday 12th April - The Great Egg Assault Course Take part in a fun adventure making equipment to help your egg survive the assault in Little Druim Wood • Monday 13th & Tuesday 14th April - Great Walk in the Park A gentle stroll in The Great Trossachs Forest • Tuesday 14th April - RSPB Nature Cruise with Cruise Loch Lomond Departing from Tarbet, take a cruise with Cruise Loch Lomond and RSPB, along with a walk on the Inversnaid nature trail to spot wildlife

• Wednesday 15th April - Ramble with the Ramblers Join Callander Ramblers on a walk from Bochastle to the Trossachs Pier • Thursday 16th April - The Great Minibeast Hunt Have you ever wondered what is living in our woods and streams? Then this family event is for you! This is a free event and is suitable for all ages. There is no need to book & you can drop in any time between 10am & 2pm • Thursday 16th April - The Great Whisky & History Tales of Inversnaid The RSPB Inversnaid Nature Reserve has a fascinating history. Join RSPB Scotland to find out more about its history through the ages • Saturday 18th April - Loop o’ the Loch Take part in either the loopy cycle, the loopy run or the loopy duathlon around Loch Venachar. This event is run in association with Skidaddle. Booking is via www.skidaddle.org

Some of these events need to be booked in advance. For more information see www.thegreattrossachsforest.co.uk or contact suemorris@thegreattrossachsforest.co.uk (07775 034851)

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Fintry

Park Life | Business

Music Festival 2015

Tickets - www.fintrysportsclub.co.uk or call 01360 860205

Frida 15th y May Them Beatles create a concert experience of The Beatles covering all aspects of their career: from the early days of “The Cavern Club” and “Beatlemania” to the mind bending psychedelic period, through to the “Apple Years” and the final “Rooftop concert” in 1969. “Gobsmackingly good!” Cavern Club, Liverpool “More like the Beatles than the Beatles!” Real Radio “Absolutely Fantastic. We love them yeah yeah yeah!” The Hour, STV

Baka Beyond’s years of touring have paid off. The energy of their thoroughly uplifting and seamless blend of African rythym and Celtic melody defies anybody to sit still. They recently headlined Edmonton Folk Festival and vowed the 15,000 strong crowd, most of whom were new to the magic of Baka Beyond.

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African Rhythm

Celtic Melody

“if you are not dancing, maybe you should have someone check your pulse.” “The party atmosphere was irrepressible” Evening Standard

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Mugdock Country Park April-May www.mugdock-country-park.org.uk Tel: 0141 956 6586/0141 956 6100 Easter Eggstravaganza

Sun 5 April 2pm – 4pm
 Celebrate all things spring-like and join in with all the cracking activities! Remember to bring decorated eggs for the competition and hard boiled eggs for the rolling race and egg assault course. Activities will be based around the Visitor Centre. Free.

Have a Go Longbow

Sun 12 April & Sun 24 May - 2pm - 4pm
 Take a shot at medieval archery with the Green Hollow Bowmen. Watch the demonstration at 2pm or turn up and join in at any time. Meet in the Walled Garden near the Visitor Centre. Cost £1. Willow Basket in a Day. Sat 25 April 10am - 4pm
 Learn to weave a traditional willow round basket. Plenty of notes and info given and all materials and tools supplied. Cost £45.

Mugdock Nature Club – No Parents Required!

Sun 26 April 1.45pm-4pm Try dowsing - search for underground objects without digging a hole!
Ranger led activities for 8 - 12 year olds. Cost £2. 
Booking essential. Tel: 0141 956 6586

Big Band Movies Week See page 21

Kippen Tennis Club Exercise, Learn or Compete… Kippen Tennis Club could be right for You!

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Newly Furbished Courts & Great Facilities.

With 2 Newly painted all weather-courts and New lighting the village club has a lot to offer. Whether returning to tennis or interested to learn we can help you get in the swing of things. Online Booking facility making it easy for all and an active teams [mens, ladies and juniors] Look on line or send us an enquiry.

Early Bird Membership 2015/16

Discount for application before April *5% Discount on all Membership rates. Also FREE extra period membership in advance of April.

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

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

Join us every Saturday at Balfron High School Call Mark on 01389 386117 or 07715 301841 Web: www.razzamataz.co.uk email: balfron@razzamataz.co.uk

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Go Country, Kinlochard, nr Aberfoyle, Stirlingshire FK8 3TL Tel: 01877 387750 0845 6437089 lo-call rate Email: info@gocountry.co.uk www.gocountry.co.uk

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


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itor Centre e! is V t s e r o F e tim The Lodg Competition Win a £20 off voucher for The Lodge shop & cafe!

Come and vist our cafe where you can sit and enjoy the spectacular views, whilst enjoying a cup of fresh coffee and home baking. Our shop also has lots of gifts and souvenirs.

Win a family ticket for GoApe, Aberfoyle!

Ticket includes two adults and two children on a Treetop Adventure - spend the day getting in touch with your inner Tarzan!

To be in with a chance of winning, enter at www.parklifescotland.co.uk www.forestry.gov.uk/qefp Follow us on

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GREAT FAMILY SHOWS

@ MACROBERT ARTS CENTRE Northern Ballet

Pro Tours

Grinagog Theatre

Age 3-7

Age 2-1 0

Age 4+

Age 3+

The Edibles

Thu 9 Apr,

Sun 26 Apr,

Sat 2 & Sun 3 May,

Sat 30 May,

£8.50 / £30 Wee Group Saver

£8.50 / £30 Wee Group Saver

£12.50 / £46 Family Saver

£8.50 / £30 Wee Group Saver

12.15pm, 2pm & 4pm

4pm

12pm & 3pm

10.30am, 1pm & 2.30pm

Connect with us: MacrobertArtsCentre

For more family shows and to book, visit:

@Macrobert

Macrobert Arts Centre, University of Stirling, FK9 4LA

www.macrobert.org or call 01786 466666

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The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre

10am-4pm April 10am-5pm May - Open daily

Lodge Events Alice in Wonderland and Easter Fun,

Sunday 5th April 11am-4pm Booking essential for duck races, cost £2 per duck

Young and Intermediate Birdwatchers, Tuesday 7th, Monday 13th & Thursday 16th Apri 10am-12pm Cost £3, 50% discount for RSPB members

Ospreys Return Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th April, 11am-4pm

Monthly Nature Club Sunday 12th April, 10am-1pm Cost £3, 50% discount for RSPB members.

For further details or to book call The Lodge on 01877 382258 or e-mail: thelodge@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

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Cinema Listings Strathendrcik Film Society

www.film-society.org Films Start at 7.30pm. Balfron High School Theatre 3 April The Great Dictator (1940)

 125 min – Comedy | Drama | War Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel’s regime. Starring Charles Chaplin and Pauline Goddard). Nominated for 5 Oscars, Charlie Chaplin’s unforgettable satire on Nazism has power, propaganda, art and brilliant comedy.

Gartmore Community Cinema www.gartmorevillagehall.co.uk

4 April Gravity 1 May [kids - Friday]

The Lego Movie 2 May

Dallas Buyer’s Club Doors open 7pm, film starts at 8pm Licensed Bar from 7pm-11pm For info, contact Gordon Thomson 01877 382782 Annual membership of £10 gives reduced entry to films Members: £2 per film. Non-members: £4 per film Children: £2 per film

Mugdock Cinema

Booking essential 0141 956 6100
 or book online Cost £3 www.mugdock-country-park.org.uk 13 April Peter Pan (PG) The Blind Side (cert 12)
 11 May Mr Hulot’s Holiday (U) 18 May Big Band Movies Week

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The 1930s and 40s was the heyday of the big bands, many of whom have become household names. There can be few of us who are not familiar with the orchestras of Glenn Miller, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Artie Shaw or Cab Calloway. Join us for a week of nostalgia featuring these bands in motion pictures, all produced during Hollywood’s golden age.
 Mon 18 - Sun Valley Serenade starring The Glenn Miller Orchestra.
Tues 19 – The Dorsey Brothers starring Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey and their orchestras.
 Wed 20 - Second Chorus starring Artie Shaw & his orchestra. 
Thurs 21 - Stormy Weather starring Lena Horne, Fats Waller, Cab Calloway & his orchestra.
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Loch Lomond Shores Events April-May Ben Lomond Way, Balloch G83 8QL T: 01389 751031 E: info@lochlomondshores.com www.lochlomondshores.com 3 Apr Plays in the Park - the White Rabbit Visit the website

13 Apr - 12pm & 2pm Play in the Park - Teddy Bear Picnic Event 15 Apr - 12-4pm Fun Arts & crafts for kids

3 - 20 Apr Free Easter colouring in book giveaway for kids every day All day 4 & 5 Apr - 10am Springfest, the Scottish Food & Drink Festival 4 Apr - 10am Farmers’ Markets 4 Apr - 12-4pm Easter Arts & crafts for kids

16 May Visit the website Football fun with Dumbarton Riverside Juniors

18 April - 10am Farmers Markets

17 May - 10am Farmers’ Markets

23- 26th April Visit the website Big Kid Circus

22 May - 12.30-1.15pm & 2-2.45pm Murray the Magician 22 May - 10am-4pm Animal Man

25 & 26 April - 10am Artisan Craft Market 26 April - 3pm Play In The Park - Celebrating Shakespeare’s Birthday - Macbeths Walk

7 Apr - 10am -4pm Animal Man 10 Apr - 12.30-1.15pm & 2-2.45pm Murray The Magician

3 May - 10am Farmers’ Markets

11 Apr - 11am -3pm Car Boot Sale

3 May - 12.30-1.15pm & 2-2.45pm

shop

4 May - 12pm, 1.30pm, 3pm Drakes of Hazard Free Dog & Duck shows

16 April - 12pm, 1.30pm, 3pm Drakes of Hazard - Free Dog & Duck Shows

25 April - 12-4pm Caricaturist

6 Apr - 12pm, 1.30pm, 3pm Drakes of Hazard – Free Dog & Duck Shows

Murray the Magician

eat

24 May Visit the website Breast Way Round – Macmillan Motor Bike Ride 25 May - 12-4pm Summer arts & crafts for kids 30 & 31 May - 10am Artisan Craft Market 31 May - 2.30pm Plays in the Park - Wiz Around Oz

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Cadbury Easter Egg Trails We’ve teamed up with Cadbury again to bring Easter Egg Trails to 50 National Trust for Scotland places across the country from Good Friday to Easter Monday Turn eggsplorer with us as you follow the trail, collect the clues, solve the puzzle and win a Cadbury Egghead! Each of the trails is different – a great excuse to try your hand at more than one! Join in the fun at Ardess, Ben Lomond from Saturday 4 to Monday 6 April, 9.45am–4.45pm

Dates and times vary for each trail. You’ll find everything you need to know at

www.nts.org.uk

a place for easter

The National Trust for Scotland for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty is a charity registered in Scotland, Charity Number SC 007410

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Whats on Locally Scottish Fiddle Journey Concert Alastair Savage & Friends St Mary’s Episcopal Church Aberfoyle 24th Apr 7.30pm Tickets £8 Call Mark 01786 870710 concert0310@yahoo.co.uk

Mulberry Bush Montessori 10k Sun Apr 26th www.balfron10k.org.uk

The Great Trossachs Fun Fest (See pg16) Sat 11th Apr- 18th Apr

The Great Tartan Skidaddle

The Great Whisky & History Tales of Inversnaid Thurs 16th Apr

Loop o’ the Loch Sat 18th Apr www.thegreattrossachsforrest.co.uk

Cookroom Baking Classes

5/6yrs old welcome if accompanied by an adult. McLintock Hall, 9.30am-12noon Tel: Margaret Burgess on 01360 860 379

The Lodge Forest Events (See pg20) Easter Fun at the Lodge

Strathcarron Hospice Dinner

Wed 15th Apr

Drymen May 8th The Winnock Hotel

Great Walk in the Park Mon 13th & Tues 14th April

RSPB Nature Cruise with Cruise Loch Lomond

The Great Minibeast Hunt Thurs 16th Apr

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Drymen Show (See pg 8)

www.cookroom.co.uk for more details

Ramble with the Ramblers

Sun 12th Apr

Fri 15th May Them Beatles Sat 16th May Baka Beyond Sat 30th May

Tues 14th Apr

The Great Egg Assault Course

Fintry Music Festival(See pg17)

April – All classes 10.15-4pm Wed 15th Tea time treats Thurs 16th Puddings Galore Wed 22nd Perfect Pastry Thurs 23rd Tea Time Treats

Alice in Wonderland and Easter fun Sun 5th Apr 11am – 4pm Intrepid: Easter Mon 6th Apr 11am – 3pm Young Birdwatchers Tues 7th Apr and Monday 13th April 10am - 12pm Ospreys Return Sat 11th Apr and Sunday 12th April 11am- 4pm Intermediate Birdwatchers Thurs 16th Apr 10am – 12pm Monthly Nature Club Sun 12th Apr 10am - 1pm

Sat 11th Apr

James Grant (formerly of Love & Money) Doors 7.30 for performance at 8pm Tickets Gartmore Village Shop Tel: 01877 382214 and from www.wegottickets.com

Gartmore Village Hall Sat 9th May Tickets are £12.50.

Strathendrick Young Embroiderers’ Group 7-17yrs

Cancer research Uk Collection (See pg73) Psychic Charity Night Balfron McLintock Hall Sat 23rd May 7.30pm -10pm There will be three Mediums giving a Platform Demonstration, Raffle and an opportunity to talk with like minded people over a cuppa tea or coffee afterwards Tickets £8 at the door or pre book All the proceeds will be going to CHAS Jennifer Phillips. Tel: 07752 350204

Chloe McIntyre Yorkhill Childrens Charity Callander Golf Club 23rd May 4 Ball Texas Scramble £140 per team Includes Breakfast rolls & Meal Supported by Andrew Anderson & Sons Funeral Directors Tel: 01877 330398 To book call 01877 3330975


April-May 2015 Kippen School Parent Council Jumble Sale

Loch Katrine Sailings (See pg14)

Sat 16th May Kippen Village Hall 10.30am-12.30 £1 Entrance fee Refreshment Stall selling tea, coffee and home-made cakes. Jumble drop off on Friday 15th at 6.30pm to 8.30 pm and Saturday morning 9-10 am If you require help with your jumble donations , please ring Sam 07890 566668

www.lochkatrine.com

Gartmore Gala Day Sat 23rd May Circus Theme

Music for The Heart Raising money for Defibrillators in the Trossachs, The Trossachs Community Choirs and local musicians Sat 16th May 7.30pm Gartmore Village Hall Tickets available locally or call Aberfoyle Medical Centre 01877 382421

Drymen Art Club Annual Exhibition & Sale Drymen Village Hall Sat 11th Apr 10am to 7pm/ Sun 12th Apr 10am to 5pm Almost 200 original pictures to chose from. Admission is Free. All are welcome. Tea and coffee are available.

Killearn Country Market 1st Sun of the month Killearn Village Hall from 1pm - 4pm Stalls are a good mix of wonderful local produce and quality crafts. New kids activities planned for 2015. www.killearncountrymarket.com for more information, to take a stall contact gwendawatt@yahoo.co.uk

Macrobert Arts Centre (See pg19) Family Shows Thurs 9th Apr Elves & The Shoemaker Sun 26th Apr Captain Flinn & the Pirate Dinosaurs Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd May Fun Box Sat 30th May The Edibles www.macrobert.org

McLaren Leisure Centre (See pg62)

Tales from the Battlefield A Walk with Wallace Scotland’s National Hero www.nationalwallacemonument.com 01786 472140

Cadbury Easter Egg Trails Sat 4th-Mon 6th Apr 9.45am-4.45pm Ben Lomond

Callander 10k & 5k Spring Sat 9th May www.skidaddle.co.uk

The National Trust for Scotland (See pg23) Dunblane Chamber Orchestra (See BELOW)

Kids Camp 9am-4pm Mon-Fri www.mclarenleisure.com

Balfron Campus Easter activity camp 6th-10th April & 13th-17th April 8.30am-3.30pm Tel: 01360 440940

Wallace Monument (See pg7) Events for all the family to enjoy! In Wallace’s Footsteps

Fundraising Concert For Strathcarron Hospice May 31st 7pm Victoria Hall, Dunblane Tickets: £12 & £3 children

Killearn 10k Sat 6th June 11am www.killearn10k.com

Deanston Whisky Festival (See pg10) Sat 27th June

Fundraising Concerts For Strathcarron Hospice

May 31st - Victoria Hall, Dunblane - 7.00pm

Tickets: £12 & £3 children Enquiries to: Fiona Shearer 01786 822004 Dunblane Chamber Orchestra celebrates its’ 7th birthday this year! It gives two concerts a year and provides an opportunity to hear delightfully varied musical programmes. Our May concert features a Bassoon Concerto. Forthcoming concert: November 15th in Dunblane Cathedral at 7pm. Also in aid of Strathcarron Hospice.

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Quality that will last a lifetime

‘Katy Rodger Making Interiors’ provides a bespoke soft furnishing service with the emphasis on quality and personal attention to detail. A specialist in hand-made, interlined curtains and blinds, Katy has been manufacturing and fitting exquisite furnishings for private clients across Scotland for over 12 years. “The furnishings are designed and hand sewn in a way that they will look just as good in twenty years time” The newly redecorated showroom offers a glimpse of the style and workmanship available. Enjoy the stunning views from the book room while browsing the wide selection

of curtain and upholstery fabrics from designers such as Colefax and Fowler, Zoffany, G, P & J Baker, Mulberry and Ralph Lauren. An equal range of stunning wallpapers are also available to choose from. A truly tailor made service where measuring and fitting, curtain poles, lamps and accessories can all be included. With lots to think about, you are welcome to relax over a delicious coffee and cake just next door at The Courtyard Cafe.

Showroom next to The Courtyard Cafe at Knockraich Farm, Fintry, Stirlingshire G63 0LN

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HOMES & INTERIORS GUIDE

Image: The Fabric Gallery, Aberfoyle

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Local artist Sian Smith

wins a place on ‘Sky Arts Portrait of the Year’! of Balfron Station -

A week before my degree show at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design I found out I was one of the 72 people selected out of 1600 applicants to compete in the televised competition ‘Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year’ (aired in November 2014). I was beyond thrilled to have been chosen to take part but also fairly nervous as the show requires you to paint a famous sitter in just four hours and as the style I had developed until this point required days to produce a finished piece due to the application of thin layers I knew that this would be a challenge for me. I worked hard and practiced as much as I could in the few weeks I had prior to the filming of the show, I decided to go into the show with the aim of trying my

hardest but also just have fun and make the most of the experience. The competition was an even better experience than I had expected, everyone there; the crew, judges, sitters and fellow contestants were all great. I was also lucky enough to be sat beside the eventual winner of the show and fantastic artist, Christian Hook. I have kept in touch with Christian since filming ended and we have remained good friends, he has been helping me a lot with my work, giving me lots of hints and tips which I have been working hard on in my studio. Being chosen alongside so many other fantastic artists gave me the boost of confidence I really needed especially as a new graduate and provided a great start to my career

as a professional artist.

greengallery Spring Exhibitions featuring Helen Tabor, Sian Smith and gallery artists. March 22nd - 29th open everyday 11am - 5pm and then at weekends

Exhbitions will continue until the 12th April (weekdays by appointment)

Tel: 01360850180 • E: greengallery@sol.co.uk

You can now buy direct from www.greengallery.com and we offer interest free credit.

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T HE F LOORING S TUDIO CARPETS, RUGS, RUNNERS & HARD FLOORS

Traditional customer values for the 21st century The Flooring Studio is a family owned business established in 2010 and has evolved following 4 decades of retailing carpets and floor coverings and now appointed Farrow & Ball stockist of their wallpaper, paint and accessories. The owners live and work in the Stirling area and established the retail store in Bridge of Allan to serve the flooring needs of Central Scotland, Perthshire and beyond. There is a small team of consultants who are happy to assist you in selecting your preferred flooring and

are happy to advise on flooring to compliment existing or new decor schemes and liaise with designers and other trades. The Team offers specialist in-house flooring advice for new builds and extensions with home sampling service covering Central Scotland and a complimentary sampling and estimating service. The work is planned, co-ordinated and guaranteed for aspects of the installations and the team work with specialist carpet, hard floor and

wood installers. We work closely with our sister business in Glasgow and have a strong relationship with all the recognised carpet and flooring manufacturers. As a result of our enhanced group buying power we are able to offer you competitive prices and the very best value for money possible.

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

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

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Affordable Home Styling with Karen Stewart Karen Stewart Interiors has developed over the last 20 years from the basis of Karen’s experience initially as developer with a keen eye for interiors to the business as it is today specialising in home styling but also extending to interior design and make over’s in the commercial sector. Karen wants to bring the world of interior styling and design to within everyone’s grasp. There has long been public perception that it may not be affordable. Consequently people may be deterred from engaging a stylist rather than make an enquiry which would quite literally change their lifestyle and environment overnight. Home styling is an affordable way to get your home exactly as you want it to be. The most common problem Karen encounters is clients spending unnecessary money and failing to get the results they envisaged. With

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an extensive knowledge of the homes and interiors market Karen has a great depth of product resources both here and abroad which give her the edge over competitors and in addition give her the authentic, individual, original style she brings to clients. The secret is knowing exactly what you need, where to get it at the right price and then creatively putting it all together. With a little advice and professional know-how clients can be steered quickly and efficiently to realising their ideas. If you have spent countless hours and riches trying to create that look but never seem to quite get it, then there has never been a better time to think about home styling. “I was totally sold on Karen’s on

trend concepts and adopted all of all of her suggestions, voluptuous and inviting. She manged the process of delivery for me and the job was done on time, on budget and exceeded my expectations. I would highly recommend to anyone Karen’s skills as an interior stylist and look forward to working together again in the not too distant future.” RYAN JAMES (Proprietor of Two Fat Ladies Restaurants)


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KAREN STEWART INTERIORS Home styling consultants - from a single room to a whole house. Specialist room designs from a new nursery to a formal dining room. Advice on furnishings, wallcoverings, floor finishes, lighting and fabric.

Affordable home styling and interiors advice. “Interior styling is for everyone it shouldnt be considered solely as a luxury service. Its for every person interested in impoving their lives by surrounding themselves with what brings them joy. For me great design is a healthy blend of smart investment items mixed with offbeat selections and help to realise the space’s full potential with a breath of fresh air” for more detailed information please visit

www.karenstewartinteriors.com T: 01360 449490 • M: 0770380166 • E: karenstewartinteriors@gmail.com

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FK postcodes covered by Stirling Branch

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THE FABRIC GALLERY Top Designer & Discounted Furnishing Fabrics

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Quality Furnishings Made To Order Loose Covers, Curtains, Headboards, etc

Interior Design Service Wallpapers Home Accessories, Gifts Small Antiques Dolls House Food

Quality 2nd Hand Sofas & Chairs: Multiyork; Parker Knoll etc – call for details. Main Street, Aberfoyle (next to the Coach House)

Monday -Saturday : 10am - 4.30pm Tel: 01877 382873 | www.thefabricgallery.co.uk

Your chance to WIN a pair of tickets for the Homebuilding & Renovating Show in Glasgow SECC 16-17 May • Seminar Programme • Masterclass Programme • One to One advice

To enter simply visit www.parklifescotland.co.uk We have 12 pairs of tickets up for grabs!

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Eveything you need for a cozy night in!

WE STOCK: Peat, Logs, Kindling, briquettes Multi Fuel Stoves Wood Burner Stoves Companion Sets • Fire Screens Log Baskets • Fire Bricks Coal Hods • Grates

Screw It, 89 Main Street, Callander, Perthshire, FK17 8BQ | Tel: 01877 331281 | Mobile: 07823 774202

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It’s an Aladdin’s Cave! Panik Gallery

Looking for the finishing touches that tie a room together? The Panik Gallery has everything from gorgeous glistening chandeliers to elegant table lamps. If you’re a needle woman there is a vast range of remnant designer fabric suitable for cushions, blinds and drapes. The possibilities are endless.

Killearn

Based in the pretty Stirlingshire village of Killearn, the Panik Gallery is an Aladdin’s Cave of the most wonderful home furnishings, lighting and unique gifts at hugely discounted prices. The Panik Gallery is a family run establishment, open every weekend from 12.00 until 4.00pm. Curated and run by daughter Annika, a graduate of Glasgow School of Art. The stock comes from Town & Country Design in Killearn and the renowned Design Works of Gibson Street, Glasgow.

Whether shopping for your own home or looking for the perfect gift, a visit to the Panik Gallery this weekend is a must!

Designer furniture, rugs, readymade curtains, planters, all reflect current decor trends whilst retaining individualism. Interesting and quirky accessories for the home. Gifts ranging from little trinket boxes costing from £3.00 to large statement pieces.

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OPENING TIMES WEEKENDS ONLY 12-4pm

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For more information please contact us on

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John Gault m: 07748 283947 Allan Denton m: 07984 549933 Email: strathdp@hotmail.com Interior, Exterior Paint Work. Ames Taping. Coving and all types of Plasterwork.

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Sash & Case

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Custom made supplied & fitted, Renovations, Replacement of Sills, Draught Proofing, Pointing & Painting, Aquamac Seals Recommendations available

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Contact John: 07528 100396

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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: jackbrand@btinternet.com

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: Endrick.decorators@btinternet.com

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

www.eventsdecor.co.uk

Tel: 01360 44 10 44 E: luci@eventsdecor.co.uk Luci Anderson, “The Smiddy”, 14 Dunmore Street, Balfron, Near Glasgow G63 0TX

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Callander Covers

Chair cover hire and more Weddings and other celebrations

Best Rates Free Delivery and collections Fitting by arrangement if required e: callandercovers@gmail.com t: 07955163225 www.facebook.com/CallanderCovers

Interior Tips from

MIRRORS

The use of mirrors can give the illusion of more space and increase light in darker areas.

LIGHTING

When designing your lighting plan, first assess how much natural light you have. Take into consideration any focal points that you want to pick out such as art works or dining tables, then combine a mixture of floor lamps, table lamps and candles to create a flexible and inviting lighting plan.

HIDE CLUTTER

It’s not easy keeping our homes tidy, particularly if you have children, but our trunks and chests are an effective and attractive way to hide odds and ends. Wonderland p43 and The Panik Gallery pg37 keep an extensive range of delights for your home. If you have the room, declutter busy kitchen counters by storing your toaster, Kettle, Food mixer, rice cooker, and the like in cabinets or an oversized basket in your pantry.

WALL ART

Pictures and paintings will add interest to a room. Positioning is very important; they should be hung at eye level so that you look directly at them and grouping

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Design Park Life a number of smaller pictures together can also be very effective. The Green Gallery in Buchlyvie pg 28 has a huge range of artwork to choose from.

BEDROOMS

The bed is the main focus of a bedroom so a quick, costeffective way to refresh the room is to update your bed linen then add plenty of cushions and a throw to add luxury. Try Elspeth at The Sewing Room pg 42 to update or add soft furnishings or See pg 35 The Fabric Gallery, Aberfoyle for discounted designer fabrics.

SPLASH OF COLOUR

Elin Isaksson Glass Bespoke hand blown glass for interiors and garden

Studio & Gallery (by appt.)

Stirling FK8 3AH E: info@elinisaksson.com T: 07968871439

www.elinisaksson.com

If you’ve got a beautiful kettle or colorful piece of Le Creuset, leave it out on the stove for all to see. This is another great way to add a pop of contrasting colour.

Flooring

Define your rooms with beautiful flooring, Oak Flooring, Rugs and Carpets. Have your old wooden floor brought back to life by Fraser Murray of Household Industrial Floor Sanding pg 41 or The Flooring Studio in Bridge of Weir has a vast supply of carpets and runners to add that touch of luxury pg 31. Interior Design Service & Homes Styling advice can be found locally with Town & Country Designs in Killearn pg 37 and Karen Stewart Interiors pg 33.

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Park Life | Fitness

Class

Vilage

Day

Time

Contact

Tai Chi (for the Mature person)

Gargunnock

Thursdays

2pm

01786 860373

Body Control Pilates - Jane Meek

Gartocharn

Mondays

12.15pm

07759 182236

Body Control Pilates - Jane Meek

Gartocharn

Thursdays

6pm

07759 182236

Body Control Pilates - Jane Meek

Blanefield

Thursdays

9.45am & 8pm

07759 182236

Zumba - Jane

Strathblane

Saturdays

10am

07968 968944

Zumba - Jane

Killearn

Wednesdays

7.45pm

07968 968944

Siobhan Ashtanga Yoga

Killearn

Tuesdays

7.30pm

07825 392 334

Siobhan Ashtanga Yoga

Killearn

Fridays

9.30am

07825 392 334

Siobhan Mysore yoga class

Killearn

Mondays

9.30am-11am

07825 392 334

Siobhan Mysore yoga class

Killearn

Wednesdays

9.30am-10.45am

07825 392 334

Killearn Health & Fitness/Bootcamp

Killearn

Mondays

8pm

01360 551338

Killearn Health & Fitness/Chi-Gong

Killearn

Tuesdays

7am

01360 551338

Killearn Health & Fitness/Meta Fit

Killearn

Wednesdays

9am

01360 551338

Killearn Health & Fitness/Relaxercise

Killearn

Thursdays

10.30am

01360 551338

Killearn Health & Fitness/ Meditation

Killearn

Thursdays

11am

01360 551338

Killearn Health & Fitness /Fight Fit

Killearn

Thursdays

7.30pm

01360 551338

Killearn Health & Fitness/Astanga Yoga Killearn

Fridays

9.30am

01360 551338

Metafit - Janice

Kippen

Mondays

6.45pm

0756 5182259

Young at Heart Gold - Janice

Gargunnock

Tuesdays

11.30am

0756 5182259

Metafit - Janice

Kippen

Wednesdays

9.30am

0756 5182259

Young at Heart - Janice

Callander

Wednesdays

12.30pm

0756 5182259

Metafit - Janice

Gargunnock

Thursdays

6.30pm

0756 5182259 07917 541163

Cheerobics

Balfron

Mon

8.30pm

Body Revive Dance Central

Balfron

Tue/Thur

10.30am & 8.30pm 07917 541163

Kore Kickboxing

Balfron High School

Mon & Thur

8pm - 9.30pm

07813 884202

Short local walks (approx 45 minutes) Killearn/ Blanefield

Thursdays

2pm

07557 439111

Local walks (aprox an hour)

Various villages

Thursdays

11am

07557 439111

Longer walks (approx 2 hours)

Various villages

Tuesdays

Nordic walking and training

Various villages

10.30am

07557 439111

Wednesdays

1.30pm

07557 439111

Balfron High School

Wednesdays

5-6pm

07963 080078

Taekwondo Juniors & Adults (8 yrs plus) Balfron High School

Wednesdays

6-7pm

07963 080078

Ladies Netball

Balfron High School

Wednesdays

8 -9pm

All Abilities welcome

Balfron High School

Saturdays

10.30-5pm  balfrongymnastics@mail.com

Taekwondo Rainbow (4-8 yrs)

Balfron Gymnastics Club

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Park Life | Health & Wellbeing

Spring in your step for summer? Connect with your self-healing from the inside out

with Robert Miller@Killearnhealthandfitness “Robert’s training nourishes both the body and the soul. With his incredible insights into the mind and his approach to training the body, I haven’t come across such an approach before. Or felt the differences so pronounced in the way I FEEL and LOOK!” Dr Tim Calvert

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ABERFOYLE

P H A R M A C Y Longer Spring/Summmer Opening Hours

FREIPETION

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Now Open on Sunday 11am - 3pm

T: 01877 389127

Main Street, Aberfoyle FK8 3UG (next to The Fabric Gallery) E: Aberfoylepharmacy@gmail.com Open: Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm Saturday 9am - 4pm | Sunday 11am - 3pm Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in your own home including acupuncture & treatment for the following;

Low back pain • Sports injuries • Whiplash Osteoarthritis • Ligament sprains • Muscle strains Fractures • Tendonitis/repetitive strain injuries Post operative rehabilitation • Vestibular problems

Eat, Sleep, Heal Retreat Events April-May

1 Day Events are a ‘taster’ version of the full retreat. They will run from 10am until 2pm on a Friday. The day will consist of: A short introduction & talk on the relevant subject

Polly Douglas Nutrition

Cooking demonstration of food relevant to the topic

• Nutritional Therapy-Clinic in BoA • Cooking Lessons • 4 Day Retreats

Lunch will be served

www.pollydouglasnutrition.com www.eat-sleep-heal-retreat.com pollydouglasnutrition@gmail.com Tel: 07837 100 642

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Informal chat around the topic

Fri 1st May Balancing your energy

Fri 23rd May Healing your Gut www.eat-sleep-heal-retreat.com


Park Life | Business

Convert to renewable heating Receive generous RHI payments! The government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is paid over 7 years and rewards you for installing a biomass boiler, heat pump or solar thermal panels. This generous incentive is on top of the savings on your heating bills. Interest-free loans available up to £10,000! • Pellet, chip and log boilers • Ground and air source heat pumps • Solar thermal panels • Free site survey • Free RHI projection • Local company • Over 2,000 installations • Own installation teams • 10 years’ experience • Multi-technology capability

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• Fully seasoned firewood logs & kindling. • Delivered in bags or bulk loads. • Best prices guaranteed.

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Park Life | Business

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

T: 07791 718861 E: enquiries@sykamandco.co.uk W: www.sykamandco.co.uk

Are you over 55 and considering unlocking value from your home? Equity Release allows you to free up cash from the value of your home without the stress of having to sell up & move. Equity Release will allow you to remain in your home & release cash to use for whatever purpose you want. With equity release you: • Can pay off existing Mortgage • You can draw down your borrowings in instalments • Can keep paying the Interest for Life • You can pay back up to 10% pa of the amount borrowed

Call us today for a FREE personal consultation or visit our website Vision Equity Release, 21 Moffat Avenue, Carronshore, Falkirk, FK2 8TB T/F: 01324 559 976 E: info@visionfinancial.co.uk www.visionequityrelease.co.uk

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Vision Equity Release is a trading name of Vision Lifestyle Financial Planning Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Registered in Scotland, Registered No. SC392478. Registered address, 21 Moffat Avenue, Carronshore, Falkirk, FK2 8TB. This is a lifetime mortgage. To understand the features and risks, ask for a personalised illustration. A fee may be payable for Equity Release Advice. The precise amount will depend upon your circumstances, but we estimate it to be £499. Equity Release can reduce the value of your estate, state benefits may be affected and other fees may apply.

apricotstudios

Web Site Design & Development

Responsive & Mobile Friendly Sites Wordpress Site Specialist S.E.O & Copywriting

Web Hosting & Domain Names Social Media Integration

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mending broken windows and rotten apples

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

JONATHAN SMITH CONSULTING LTD WEALTH MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS

Mastermind your financial future We provide an experienced wealth management service and offer specialist advice in a wide range of areas including: • Investment planning • Retirement planning • Inheritance Tax planning For further details contact Jonathan Smith on:

Tel: 0141 341 2800 Email: jonathan.smith@sjpp.co.uk

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homeworx

Park Life | Business

property maintenance and repairs

HUBBARDS

painting and decorating (interior and exterior)

GARTOCHARN

ceramic tiling

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hardwood and laminate floor fitting joinery plastering all work considered

for a free quote, call 01360 550542 or 07870 329349

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Ferrous & Non Metals D.V.L.A. Certificate of Ferrous Destruction Supplied D.V.L.A. Certificate of Destruction Supplied

Phone Jack or Julie on 01389 830319

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

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

Velux Windows Chimney Work Insurance and General Roughcasting and Leadwork

23 Kirkland Avenue, Blanefield, Glasgow G63 9BY

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Park Life | Business

Unit 8 Phoenix Park, Springkerse industrial Estate, FK7 7SG www.rooflineadvicecentre.co.uk

e:mail-info@rooflineadvicecentre.co.uk 1. upvc fascias soffits guttering & cladding. 2. Full re-roofing service from as little as £60. per square metre. 3. Flat roofing from felt, single ply, fibreglass or rubber. 4. Free, no obligation quotes. 5. No deposits required payment only upon final completion certificate.

Freephone: 0800 1577 555 or landline 01786 823611 Central Scotland’s very own roofing specialists

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Breathing Space Animal Behaviour and Care Improving life for you and your pet ....because life should be fun! Qualified behaviour counselling, individualised training and pet care Rose Lederer

Veterinary behaviourist (PhD, MVM, MSc (Behaviour), MRCVS)

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• Cleaning to a high standard • Full House Cleaning from Top to Bottom

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Hollywood’s calling! an affair with his girlfriend.

Lee Crompton, a writer from Croftamie hopes to hit the silver screen in 2015 with his latest film script.

Lee has made a number of short films for the Glasgow and Edinburgh 48 Hour Film Competitions where entrants are given a prop, genre, line of dialogue and a character and two days to write, film and edit a short film. Lee has used locations in and around Loch Lomond together with St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross and Arrochar Torpedo Testing Station.

The thriller, called Digging Deeper, is an adaptation of his third novel based in Glasgow. Having reached the Quarter Finals of the Slamdance Film Festival and the Semi-Finals of the Shore Script Competition, it has now been requested by a number of producers in Hollywood.

He also enjoys working with local business and organisations and has produced promotional videos for the likes of The Drymen Inn and Loch Lomond Swimming and Triathlon Club.

The story follows a construction worker battling to return a briefcase to a ruthless mob in order to avoid being blackmailed after they witness him accidentally killing a coworker he suspects of having

For more information visit www.leecrompton.com

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We are delighted to be working with Liz Melville Social Media to bring you a brand new, fun, business networking group in the Park Life area. Since moving to Balfron recently, Liz had become increasingly frustrated by having to travel to Glasgow or Stirling for networking opportunities. Knowing that Katrina had previously run popular business networking for Park Life Magazine, Liz approached her with the idea of starting a new group, for business owners in the local villages and areas surrounding the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. And so Business Blether was born! Based on the name Liz had used for a Twitter networking group she runs every Thursday #SocialBlether – Katrina and Liz felt that a ‘blether’ was just the right word for their new, informal network!

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Drymen, Balmaha and Rowardennan

Business Blether will be held on the final Thursday of every month, and will alternate between a breakfast time ‘coffee drop-in’ and a more structured lunch or dinner event. Feel free to come along when you can, and network with other local business owners over a coffee or light refreshment – membership is completely FREE!

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• Kitchens,

• Renovations • Extensions

• General joinery • Insurance work

• Free estimate

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All Trades Provided

MJM GAS SERVICES

M: 07852 305884

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

Our prices start from £267 per m3 of pellets inc. of VAT & delivery. Exclusive offer 5% OFF with your first order when you quote: Parklife

Unit 9, New Albion Industrial Estate, Halley Street, Glasgow G13 4DT Tel: 0141 952 7108 | Email: enquiries@woodpelletsglasgow.com

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Domestic & Commercial Electricians

KITCHEN & BATHROOM SPECIALIST

Gregor Nicolson Domestic & Commercial Installations gnelectrical@live.co.uk Extensions & New Builds Full & partial Rewires Fuse Box Replacement Indoor & Outdoor Lighting 24hr Emergency Call Out Fault Finding TV/Satellite Installs PAT Testing Free Estimates & Advice Insurance Work

DRYMEN T: 07773 299 315

ALL JOINERY WORK UNDERTAKEN “We Fully project manage the job from start to finish, taking care of Installation, Electrics, Plastering, Plumbing.” “CMC will work with you to create a beautiful new Kitchen or Bathroom to suit your budget.” “We believe people want simple honest advice”

Call us now for a free estimate: t: 01389 720 412 m: 07776 061 471

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Independent agent, based in LLTNP, looking to recruit holiday properties in Scotland. If you would like to list your property (free of charge), please contact us below.

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• We have five Scottish countryside locations for you to enjoy • New 2015 caravan holiday homes for sale • Pre-loved caravan holiday homes for sale from only £7,000 • Luxury lodges for sale from £40,000 • Residential park homes for sale at Balgair Castle Holiday Park • Finance and trade-Ins available

To start enjoying holiday home ownership today, contact us on Tel: 01250 876666 or sales@holiday-parks.co.uk

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The ‘real’ Scotland starts here! Make a date with Callander

It’s a gateway to Highland and Lowland attractions - but there’s plenty for visitors to enjoy in and around the town itself.

The small but bustling town of Callander is regarded by many as the portal to the “real” Scotland.

Walks by the beautiful Bracklinn Falls and the River Keltie have been enjoyed for generations.

It’s a popular base for tourists exploring Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park and Rob Roy Country, or stopping off on their way into the Highlands.

The footpaths and cycle tracks which follow the old Callander to Oban railway are also well trodden, and

Set beneath splendid high and wooded crags, the cheerful town is home to many popular teashops and souvenir shops. Callander gained renewed fame as Tannochbrae, the fictional location for the original Doctor Findlay’s Casebook TV series. The town and its surrounding area has also been covered by Park Life magazine since 2008.

Pictures by Paul Saunders Photography

from the summit of Callander Crags there are spectacular sweeping views over the town and beyond to Stirling and the Forth Estuary. At the town’s centre is Ancaster Square. The north side of this is dominated by the former St Kessog’s Church, now home to the Tourist Information Centre. The Rob Roy connection is celebrated by the 79-mile Rob Roy Way which passes through Callander on its route from Drymen to Pitlochry. There is plenty of accommodation on offer in the town as well, ranging from small hotels, guest houses and B&Bs to the imposing Dreadnought Hotel towards the west end of the town.

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Poppies Hotel and Restaurant Poppies is one of the most charming small hotels and restaurants in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. The Martin family have owned and personally managed the hotel since 2004 and are delighted to enjoy many returning guests to the hotel and restaurant over these years. Poppies has nine lovely en suite bedrooms of individual style combining both traditional and modern comforts, some with the facility to accommodate families. Camerons Bar, our hand crafted oak gantry is a wonderful display, and features one of the best selection of Malt whisky in the area, including special bottlings and some rare vintages. Voted now into the top 100 Whisky Bars.

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We have special “whisky flights” and daily recommendations. There is also a full selection of spirits, wines and some local beers. It is the ideal place to enjoy pre and after dinner drinks or just to pop in. The restaurant offers excellent Scottish contemporary and classical cuisine. It is one of the best in the area for quality fresh cooking and features a superb value “Early Evening Option.” Recently awarded “taste our best” for delivering quality Scottish produce. Other recent awards include the Green Tourism Silver Award and the best new discovery hotel from the Good Hotel Guide

If you haven’t visited Poppies, why not let us look after you soon.

There is outside eating facilities for the better weather days too!

Susan and John look forward to seeing you.


Walks this way...

Park Life | Walking

Bracklinn Falls/Keltie Water/Crags

Callander

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

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Park Life | Spotlight on Callander

Logs - Kindling - Briquettes - Chimney Sweep

CALL DAWN

MOBILE 07795 966 514

Small animal feeds delivered to your home. Call Dawn for more info.

Andrew Anderson & Sons FUNERAL DIRECTORS Est. 1969

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

“Sand sure that we will look after you and your family”.

For all enquiries, call: 01877 330398 Email: info@anderson-funerals.co.uk www.anderson-funerals.co.uk

Funeral Home, Glenartney Road, Callander, FK17 8EB.

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


Living Life

in the Round Originally from Persia and its bordering lands, the Felted Trellised Nomadic Tent, or Yurt, has been in existence for over 2,000 years. I became interested in its structure and use 30 years ago. I apply traditional methods of construction, using locally sourced ash to steam bend the components. I sew a heavy duty canvas to withstand our adverse weather conditions. More recently, after several trips to Kyrgyzstan, I’ve further developed the yurt concept, to provide accommodation for weddings and honeymoons, and luxury camping options for festivals (from T in the Park to Doune The Rabbit Hole, Port of Menteith) and outdoor education centres. – Trossachs Yurts at West Mossside Farm, Thornhill. I now offer workshops in yurt building and have built a very efficient wood fired sauna from a yurt- now available for hire. The fleet of 24 yurts range in size from the 2 person, 8 foot in diameter yurt to the Mega 40 footer, which caters

to banqueting 150 people. Sale or leasing possibilities create affordable options, particularly for campsites.

My apprentice Jamie and I have become very busy lately and recruit local young people during the summer. Winter months are spent increasing our stock of yurts, to replace any that become available for sale. The yurt lends itself ideally to storytelling and book week events for schools. For this reason I wrote a story to be told in the yurt of a merchant that travels the Silk Road of Central Asia. Accompanied by Marco the monkey, the merchant encounters all kinds of adventures and hidden dangers from Kublai Khan and marauding robbers, from flying carpets to Yeti. Our next one day workshop will be 11th April. Paul Millard Cambusbeg Farm, Callander FK17 8LJ Email: paul@redkiteyurts.com Tel: 01877 330 943

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McLaren Community Leisure Centre Leisure Facilities:

●Swimming Pool ●Climbing Wall ●Fitness Suite ●Indoor Courts ●3G Pitch ●Café ●Soft Play Zone ●Classes ●Parties ●SQA Courses

McLaren Community Leisure Centre, Mollands Road, Callander, FK17 8JP Tel: 01877 330000

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At McLaren Leisure Centre, we’ve got something for everyone. This year we have opened a brand new Strength and Conditioning Zone, and launched 20 minute Blast Classes, which are included in our Fitness Memberships or just £2 per class for non-members. Our Soft Play Zone is now also 100% bigger and better. This Easter we have two weeks of our ever-popular Kids Camp. Running from 9-4 Monday to Friday, each day is packed full of fun activities including Swimming, Climbing, Sports, and individual and team games. For information on our kids sports programmes, fitness classes or memberships give us a call or visit our website.


Callander

Clubs Mclaren Leisure Centre T: 01877 330 000 www.mclarenleisure.co.uk

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Carol’s Dog Services Dog sitting in owner’s home Fully insured and disclosure

Callander Golf Club T: 01877 330090

Callander Community Development Trust T: 01877 339323 www.callandercdt.org.uk

Scottish Wildlife Trust

Callander Members Lesley Hawkins T: 01877 339080 mlhawkins@tiscali.co.uk

For inquiries call; 01877 330787 / 07943 333145

STEWART HOLLINGTON ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS

Established Since 1983 Stewart Hollington

Callander Library

Mon 10am - 1pm, 2 - 5pm Tues 10am - 1pm, 2 - 7pm Wed Closed Thurs 10am - 1pm, 2 - 7pm Fri 10am - 1pm, 2 - 5pm Sat 10am - 12noon T: 01877 331544

Callander Heritage Society kewright792@btinternet.com

Callander Youth Project

t: 01877 385231 m: 07885 841735

Whether you are starting your day with a Full Scottish Breakfast or looking for a substantial lunch to set you up for your adventures around the Trossachs, make sure not to pass our door.

T: 01877 330141

Callander Cricket Club Tony Philips T: 07590 900101 callandercricket@gmail.com

National Park Office T: 01389 722600 Mon-Fri 9am-4pm

McLaren Rubgy section@mclarenrugby.co.uk

Callander Film Society

Tickets £4 Memberships £22 or £10 www.incallander.co.uk/cfs/ For more information call Eammon on 01877 339323

Famous locally for our hot roast pork, so juicy & with perfect crackling! And don’t miss our fabulous ice cream or try our Gourmet Burgers, home baking and our selection of home made pies, Afternoon Tea and High Tea or an early evening meal to set you up for the journey home after a great day in and around the Trossachs.

Open from 8am - 7pm throughout the summer.

12 Main Street, Callander FK17 8BB Tel: 01877 330853 E: dsport@sky.com • www.tasteofthetrossachs.co.uk

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Trossachs Wilderness Treks Escape the mundane, hectic day to day life with one of our wilderness treks. Whether it’s a canoe safari, wildlife tour, bush craft skills, historical & cultural treks (Day or Overnight), navigation skills or birdwatching, we have a package to suit your requirements. Travel back to nature with our fully qualified instructor, Jack Black, with 27 years military service worldwide ops and peace keeping duties travelling the world on major expeditions to Africa, Kilimanjaro, Kenya, Himalayas, Everest, Kachenjungi, Annapurna, Antartica, South Georgia, Falklands, Smith Island, Europe and the Middle East.

You are in good hands with Jack! T 07542 508941

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Luxury self-catering cabins with private hot tubs, exclusively on Forestry Commission land, including two breathtaking lochside settings in Scotland - the perfect getaway for families, couples and groups of friends.

Save 10% on your luxury cabin accommodation at either Ardgartan, Argyll or Strathyre for all bookings made by 30th April 2015. Simply enter the code PARKLIFE15 when booking via www.forestholidays.co.uk or telephoning 03330 110495.

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Forest Holidays makes the outdoors great Meet Scotland’s own Bear Grylls If you and your family are seeking to get away from it all - why not escape into Scotland’s splendid wilderness.

and majestic mountains, you’ll begin to understand why this breathtaking landscape has inspired writers and painters for centuries. You could enjoy a big adventure - or indulge in gentle contemplation of the magical landscape - with Forest Holidays. Mountain climbing, forest walks, fishing, canoeing, shopping and sightseeing… A break in Strathyre will please everybody. Forest Holidays’ Strathyre cabins are in the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, watched over by the majestic peaks of Ben Ledi. Explore the great outdoors or simply enjoy the forest, a sanctuary for rare wildlife.

The Argyll location has 40 luxury cabins and is situated at Ardgartan where the pine-clad mountains sweep down to meet the shore of Loch Long at the edge of the Argyll Forest Park; just a short drive from Loch Lomond. A more perfect spot is hard to imagine.

Look out for red squirrels practically knocking on your cabin door, buzzards overhead and wild deer peeping from between the trees.

You can pack your days with action and adventure, hiring bikes or trying your hand at canoeing, gorge walking or a range of other pre-bookable activities. Or perhaps you prefer to luxuriate with a glass of champagne in your own private hot tub under a starlit sky, soaking up the serenity of the forest around you.

You will also find more of Scotland’s wild and natural glory in Ardgartan, Argyll. Driving past tranquil lochs

To make the most of your exploits in the wild, hook up with Forest Holidays’ own Bear Grylls.

Meet Jack Black - old soldier, survival expert, conservationist, entrepreneur, philanthropist, politician, Forest Ranger…and producer of a rather fine nettle tea.

Jack’s passion for the natural world began early as he explored the wild mountains and rivers of the Trossachs with his father. Naturally he was a boy scout, and as an adult he spent 27 years in the army, much of that time as a survival trainer for soldiers in arctic and desert terrains. You can meet Jack yourself when you stay with Forest Holidays at Strathyre. He runs a number of Forest Ranger activities, is the quizmaster at the weekly quiz and will always find time to answer pretty much any question you have about the local area, from where to spot the pine martens to which pub serves the best pint. Jack also runs his own business – Trossachs Wilderness Treks – why not check his Facebook page out and join him in a journey back to nature.

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Caravan&repairs & servicing Caravan Motorhome repairs & servicing Used caravan Sales

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Motor Movers supplied & fitted Motorhome habitation certificates Window replacement Motor Movers supplied & fitted Caravan Storage Used Caravans Wanted Caravan Storage Trade-ins welcome Window replacement

Full Full service service from from £120 £140

visit our website for more details:

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PHONE NOW FOR A FREE QUOTE

The Yard, Sauchenford, Plean, Stirlingshire FK7 8AP

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For Your Business…

For Your Family…

For Your Wedding…

Promotional Videos, Photography, On-Line Content, Social Media Support and Marketing Ideas.

A photography session held in familiar settings such as your home or a nearby park. Creating a series of beautiful and natural photographs.

Paul will tell the story of your wedding in a series of beautiful photographs. A natural and relaxed style of photography.

Paul Saunders Media & Photography

www.paulsaundersmedia.com www.paulsaundersphotography.com

01360 661029 - Based in Drymen

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Where to Eat in Loch Lomond

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& The Trossachs

Sunday Roast at The Inn at Kippen Award winning Scottish produce, deftly prepared and lovingly served Open all day for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Sunday Roasts £15 each. Bar open until 11pm (1am Friday & Saturday) for after dinner drinks, Local ales, malts, cocktails & coffee Menu includes full a la carte, a bar menu & high tea specials We look forward to seeing you soon Alice & Mark Silverwood

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Buy one Sunday Roast & get your second half price in April & May!

Fore Road, Kippen, FK8 3DT T: 01786 870500 www.theinnatkippen.co.uk E: info@theinnatkippen.co.uk Please quote ‘Parklife’ when booking & bring this advert with you. Cannot be used on Easter Sunday or in conjunction with any other offer.

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THE OAK TREE INN Muddy Boots Welcome Balmaha Destination Guide We have just launched a new destination guide for Balmaha. Available free at The Oak Tree Inn, Village Shop and St Mocha the guide has a map of Balmaha showing all the walks and places of interest.

Loyalty Discount Card

Loyalty Cards

www.theoaktreeinn.co.uk

Our new Loyalty cards, for 10% off of future visits, are available after six visits to The Oak Tree Inn / St Mocha Coffee Shop & Ice Cream Parlour. Ask there for more information.

Photography Competition We have two £250 vouchers to giveaway as first prizes in our photography competition, one for 16’s and under and one for adults. Please see our website to find out how to enter your Balmaha photograph.

This Spring Join the thousands that have visited Balmaha in the last few months to see the new Tom Weir statue, then visit St Mocha Coffee Shop & Ice Cream Parlour and enjoy our homemade ice cream flavours.

Tel: 01360 870357 | Email: info@theoaktreeinn.co.uk

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Dine out in Style....

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

Visit our website www.culcreuch.com to see our current menus

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New cafe restaurant features homely fare served with style! Buchlyvie welcomes

The Ground Bean & Bistro The picturesque village of Buchlyvie will shortly boast a fine new eating place to tempt your taste buds. The Ground Bean and Bistro cafe restaurant will provide homely fare in a pleasant atmosphere and served with style. Partners Abi Reilly and Sean Lacon aim to open their new eatery in time for the Easter Weekend so why not treat you and yours to a family feast.

The menu includes mouth watering breakfasts with omelettes and pancakes cooked to order – plus of course a full English breakfast to set you up for the day.

the trimmings and good old fish and chips – all prepared with locallysourced ingredients.

If it is a light lunch you fancy, pop in for a tantalising range of delicious pastas and quiches.

The Ground Bean and Bistro in Rockhill Main Street is going to be an intimate and innovative dining experience.

The restaurant’s dinner menu contains traditional favourites such as mouth watering steaks with all

Whether you fancy a light snack or a slap-up meal – it’s the new place to be.

Don’t miss their superb range of freshly baked cakes – go on spoil yourself.

Ground Bean & Bistro is a new cafe/restaurant in Buchlyvie serving fresh, locally sourced homemade food.

Open i April ng 3rd! Bring your own bottle but we will be licensed to serve alcohol by the Summer. High-End Breakfasts, Light Lunches and Dinner Specials Run by the former Manager of The Old Mill, Abi Reilly, and the former Head Chef, Sean Lacon. Child friendly with childrens area.

Rockhill, Main Street, Buchlyvie FK8 3LX t: 01360 850164 | www.g-bean-bistro.com | e: enquiries@g-bean-bistro.com Open: Mon-Wed 10am - 5:30pm serving breakfast, lunch & afternoon tea. Thurs - Sun 10am - 9:30pm serving breakfast, lunch & dinner

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COFFEE SHOP & ICE CREAM PARLOUR

Artisan Roasted Speciality Coffee • Teas Own brands of Loch Lomond Luxury & Bal-Moo-Ha Ice Creams Lunch Menu • Snacks & Home Baking. www.theoaktreeinn.co.uk - Next to the Oak Tree Inn & Village Shop, Balmaha Facebook.com/StMocha twitter.com/stmochacoffee

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“...an uncut gem, offering everything from a country pub...” Joanna Blythman

Main Street Fintry Tel: 01360 860224


Park Life Interview with Janet Rutherford

between April 20 -26. All our volunteers are local and live in the village in which they collect.

We can beat Cancer with your help! After I retired, I wanted to volunteer locally and I initially offered to be a collector in the annual House to House Collection and soon after joined the Local Committee. That was nine years ago and I now chair a team of very enthusiastic and committed volunteers. The annual collection takes place in April across the Strathendrick area involving nearly 100 volunteers in ten villages. It takes a lot of organisation but raises a huge amount of money. Last year it raised just short of £10,000 and we hope to smash that figure this year

We hold other fundraising events including Coffee Mornings, Ladies’ Lunch and Fashion Show and a Sale of Nearly New Clothes. We also receive funds from events at Golf Clubs in the area and from Balfron 10K last year. There are few families who have not known a friend or relative who has been diagnosed with cancer and we would encourage people to hold their own fundraising event - large or small - to help CRUK beat cancer.

please contact Janet Rutherford – 01360 449214. • CRUK receives no government funding and relies totally on public support • £351 million spent on research last year - £34 million in Scotland • CRUK researches over 200 different cancers

The Local Committee would assist with advertising, ticket sales etc.

• Over 30,000 people are diagnosed each year in Scotland

If you can spare a little time or would like to organise an event,

• Thanks to research, survival rates have doubled in the last 40 years

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ALAN ROBINSON

DOMESTIC APPLIANCE REPAIRS (established 27 years)

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

DRYMEN TILING Professional Tiling Services All Aspects of Wall & Floor Tiling Internal & External Tel: David on 07810 194226 drymentiling@btinternet.com www.facebook.com/drymentiling 74 |

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Y-MAC ENGINEERING

• LAWN MOWER & GARDEN MACHINERY REPAIR & SERVICE

• MOT PREPARATION & PRESENTATION • SERVICING, REPAIRS & DIAGNOSTICS ALL VEHICLE TYPES

• TRAILER & PLANT SERVICE & REPAIR • RECOVERY, COLLECTION & DELIVERY • MOBILE REPAIR FACILITIES • QUAD BIKE & ATV SPECIALISTS

LANDSCAPE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION LTD From initial consultation a nd full colour design to complete garden build... all u nder one roof!

CAMERON WILLIAMSON LENNOXTOWN – BLANEFIELD 01360 770182 07793 552071 YMACENGINEERING.CO.UK INFO@YMACENGINEERING.CO.UK

John Currie BR ICK & STONEWOR K

Tr aditional Stonework and PavingSkills Specialist For Your Home & Garden Stone Walling & Traditional Brickwork

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

Full design package Stone work Timber work Garden features Artificial lawns supplied & laid Turf supplied & laid Drainage

01786 841 719 / 01877 331 881 www.cruachanlandscaping.co.uk

Registered Member

Lime Mortar Work & Repointing CALL TODAY FOR FREE ADVICE & QUOTATION Steps & paths T: 01360 550087 M: 07966 864811 Patios & Slabbing E: johncurrie@hotmail.com Fireplaces

General Building & Property Maintenance

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Lawnmower Advice from Martyn Buzzing

should mix with the old, a shake of the machine will help achieve this.

Spring is in the air and as the weather gets warmer lawnmowers up and down the land will end their winter hibernation and get to work on the growing grass. Martyn Buzzing has been with Fraser C Robb for 5 years and has repaired many, many lawnmowers, so we thought we’d ask his advice on how to get your lawnmower ready for the season, here are his Top 5 Lawnmower Tips.

3. Check the blade is secure and in good condition. Before doing this you should for safety reasons disconnect the spark plug as shown below. Be very careful.

Looking after your lawnmower will help preserve its life and be more efficient. Fraser C. Robb can give your lawnmower a full service, preparing it for another year. If the time is right to replace your model our expert team can advise you on the right model for the size of area that you require cutting.

1. Visually check the lawnmower for loose items and oil or petrol leaks. Leavers, wheels and cables should be inspected for signs of problems. One simple test is to press the drive leaver and pull the lawnmower backwards; as you do that the rear wheels should lock. 2 Check fuel and oil levels. Add new fuel and top up the oil. Petrol is guaranteed for 30 days so unless it was left full over the winter any new petrol

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5. Walk the area that is going to be cut before going over with the lawnmower. Remove potential obstructions such as stones, bottles and cans etc. that if hit by the mower could be dangerous to the operator and people around it, plus cause damage to the machine.

4. Review the height of the blade. You may need to raise it for the first cut of the season if the grass is long.

Fraser Robb Drymen showroom Tel: 01360 660668. www.frasercrobb.co.uk


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Natural Stone

Architectural ~ Walling ~ Paving ~ Ornamental All Enquiries Welcome

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

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Since start up in January 2000, Scotia Gardens has been involved in the re-design and construction of many gardens and estates. Like many of these gardens, we are ourselves, undergoing a re-design. Over the last 15 years Scotia Gardens has enjoyed creating some beautiful gardens for our clients to enjoy. Whether it’s a brand new patio, a new driveway or even just some new fencing, we have undertaken the work to excellent standards. The experience gained over the years has led to working alongside both Landscape and Building Architects and has allowed us to get more involved in ground works and building services. We are therefore proud to announce that Scotia Gardens has been re branded and will be known as Scotia Contracts. Scotia Contracts will continue to carry out the garden and landscaping services offered before but will also carry out ground works and building services such as: GROUNDWORKS Ground clearance Excavation & earthmoving Field drainage installation and ditch clearing

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The name may have changed...

the quality remains

Drainage management projects gardens and large estates Kerbing, car park and driveway/ entrance construction Boundary walling & fencing Utility services installation.

BUILDING Foundations & excavations Garage construction/conversions House extensions Retaining and boundary wall construction Hardwood flooring installation

LANDSCAPING Patio construction Drainage installations Turfing Block paving, gravel and Tarmacadam driveways Hedge and shrub planting Boundary wall construction

All of these services can be offered to both residential and commercial clients across Central Scotland

After

We are always available to come and talk through your project on site so please contact us on 01877 381212 Kenny.stewart@scotiagardens.co.uk www.scotiagardens.co.uk


SCOTIA CONTRACTS

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GROUNDWORKS | LANDSCAPING | BUILDING

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

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

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Individuality Built In Graham Sandals garden buildings are made to last. Individually designed and locally built with locally sourced Scottish larch they require no wood treatment, and weather beautifully to a silvergrey that sits naturally within the landscape. Roofs of cedar shingle or sedum living roofs complete the building. The distinctive design style of the buildings can be easily adapted to meet individual requirements and examples include incorporation of ski stores, verandas, log stores, multiple rooms. With 15 years experience in both garden and garden building design and construction, Moorpark bespoke garden buildings include garden rooms and garages. • Garden rooms are insulated, double glazed and come with the option of a cosy wood burning stove too. • Garages are generally uninsulated, with safety / security glass rather than double glazing. A garden room can add extra space to your property as a home office, a place to relax, a studio, or even an occasional guest room. Graham would be happy to come to visit you to discuss your building requirements, and provide a design and quotation.

Graham Sandals, Moorpark Bespoke Garden Buildings & Garages.

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Gardening Tips for April & May April

May

• Prune winter flowering shrubs after they’ve finished flowering eg Forsythia

• Continue to protect blossom of fruit trees from frosts as well as any slightly tender plants.

• Protect the blossom of fruit trees from frost

• Lift and divide over crowded clumps of daffodils

• Top dress planted containers with fresh compost and fertilizer

• Feed spring bulbs after flowering so they can build up their reserves for next years’ flowers.

• Chit and plant out potatoes

• Take softwood cuttings of tender perennials

• Continue sowing flower and vegetable seed

• Mow lawns as necessary and when weather is milder

• Tie in the growth of climbing plants especially climbing and rambling roses

• Earth up potatoes as the shoots grow

• Take cuttings of conifers

• Put in supports for tall growing perennials now.

• April is the best month – weather permitting to feed the lawn and to treat it with weed and moss killer.

• Plant up hanging baskets and bring them on in the greenhouse (frost-free) until the end of the month

• Keep on top of the weeding now to save a lot more work later on.

• Remove reverted (plain green) shoots from variegated evergreen shrubs

• Feed trees, shrubs and borders with a balanced fertiliser lightly forked into the soil, then apply a layer of mulch to help keep the weeds at bay and retain moisture.

• Watch out for infestations of pests such as aphids and slugs and deal with them before they get out of control.

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Come and view our vast range of products!

ALLANDER

AGGREGATES LTD

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

Unit 11 Cloberfield, Milngavie, Glasgow, G62 7LN

Tel: 0141 956 4583

Open: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm Sat 9am-2pm Email: allander.aggregates@btconnect.com www.allanderaggregates.co.uk

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

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

STUMPZ TREE & GARDEN MANAGEMENT

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Garden Centre • Pet Shop • Farm Shop

Helping you get ready for Spring • Flower and veg seeds, seed potatoes etc • Propagation equipment and greenhouses • Home-grown bedding and veg plants • Pet food and accessories • Farm shop with local jams, cheese, fresh veg etc

HANGING BASKET ORDERS NOW BEING TAKEN Opening Hours: Mon - Sat 9am - 5pm, Sun 10am - 5pm info@benviewgardencentre.co.uk 01360 850525 www.benviewgardencentre.co.uk

Craig Tree Care

Tree Stump Removal ü ü Tree Surveys & Inspections Crown Lifting & Reduction ü Hedge Work ü ü Tree Felling ü Sectional Tree Dismantling

ü Wood Splitting ü Tree Hazard Management ü Working at Height ü Dead Branch Removal Site & Garden Clearance ü Leaf removal ü

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Park Life Interview with Graham Scott

Benview Garden Centre

Benview has expanded … From gardening supplies and pet foods to include a well stocked farm shop, greenhouses and garden stoneware! My initial training was in Geology at St Andrews but when that didn’t work out for me I turned to horticulture. Going back a few generations my great great grandfather was a head gardener in Kincardineshire and the gardening gene has followed down the generations. When did Benview open and was it your first Garden Centre? I’d worked in the garden centre in Balmaha for a few years before

starting my own wholesale plant nursery. I had no intention of becoming more involved in retail but was offered the chance to run Benview 7 years ago and saw it as a good opportunity for selling more of my own plants; the majority of the hardy plants (shrubs and herbaceous perennials) we sell still come from my nursery in Plean.

pet foods to include our farm shop, greenhouses and garden stoneware. We’ve physically expanded to fill almost the whole of our site so we are now trying to improve our facilities while continuing with the friendly feel of the place.

Biggest seller in the gardening season? Throughout the year pet foods are our biggest seller. However over the spring/summer we grow on almost all our own bedding plants which we sell individually or plant up in hanging baskets and although we produce more baskets each year it never seems to be enough to meet the increasing demand from the public and local hotels and pubs.

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Accountants/Banks/Financial Advice

Baxter Accounting  49 HSBC4 Sykam & Co Chartered Accountants48 St James Place Wealth Mgt 49 Vision lifestyle financial planning ltd48

Activities & Courses

Callander Mini Golf 62 Deanston Distillery 10 Drymen Show 8 Dunblane Chamber Ochestra 25 Fintry Sports Centre 17 Go Country 18 Kippen Tennis Club 18 Loch Katrine Cruises 14 Loch Lomond Shores 22 Loch Lomond Sea Life Centre 9 macroberts19 McLaren Leisure Centre 62 The Havan Spa & Leisure Club 7 The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre 20 The National Trust for Scotland 23 Trossachs wilderness Treks 64 Wallace Monument 7 Woodland Trust 16

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

40 29 29 38 29

Stirlingshire Caravans

66

Fowler & Son Chimney Sweep

52

The Sewing Room

42

Apricot Studios Kappa Computer Microcroft

48 48 49

Buchlyvie Electrical GN electrical Stewart Hollington Electrical

54 55 63

Caravans

Chimney Sweeps

Alterations & Soft Furnishings Computer Services

Electrical

Food, Drink & Accomodation

Blane Valley 73 Cookroom68 Cooper Cottages 56 Culcreuch Castle & Estate 70 Forest Holidays 64 Ground Bean and Bistro 71 House of Darrach 2 Holiday Parks 56 Inn at Kippen 68 Oak Tree Inn 69 Poppies Hotel & Restaurant 58 84 |

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Red Kite Yurts St Mocha Taste of the Trossachs The Beech Tree Inn The Courtyard Cafe & Creamery The Fintry Inn

61 72 63 70 26 72

The Cat’s Pyjamas 51 The Laundry Lady 86 Top to Bottom Cleaning Services 51 Craigievern Poultry Scotia Spice

87 72

Andrew Anderson & Sons

60

Lomond Logs Ltd Tartan Timber

47 60

Endrick Decorators of Killearn G Ford & Son Jack Brand Decorating  Strathendrick Decorators

40 38 40 38

Funeral Services

Galleries & Gift Shops

Christine Thomson Art 43 Elin Isaksson Glass 43 The Green Gallery 28 Wonderland43

Gardening & Outdoors

Allander Aggregates Ltd 82 Benview Garden Centre 82 Craig Tree Services 82 Cruachan Landscaping 75 Fraser Robb 77 John Currie Brick and Stonework 75 MacColl Landscaping 3 Moorpark Horticultural Consultants80 Scotia Contracts 79 Stumpz82

Health & Wellbeing

Aberfoyle Pharmacy 46 Killearn Fitness Health & Wellbeing45 Physio Fit Scotland 46 Polly Douglas Nutritional Therapist46 Salann Halotheraphy 45 Tir na nOg 45

Homes& Interiors

Apollo Blinds 34 Ardstove40 Burndale Workshop 41 J Walker Interiors 41 Katy Rogers Interiors 26 Karen Stewart Interiors 33 Kitchen & Bathroom Interiors 39 Sash & Case WIndows  39 Screwit36 Sparkle Carpets 35 Stirling Stove Centre 36 The Aga Shop 34 The Fabric Gallery 35 The Panik Gallery 37 The Flooring Studio 31 Town & Country Designs Coffee Shop37 Twice as Nice Blinds and Shutters  39 Kids Section Cellfield 17 Lomond School 88 Razzamataz 18

Landlords/Esate Agents Property Bureau Minerva Homes Northwood Landlords 

Laundry & Domestic Services

30 36 30

Local Produce Logs

Painting & Decorating

Pet Services

Carol’s Dog Services 63 Breathing Space - Animal Behaviour & Care51

Photography

Paul Saunders Media & Photography  67

Plumbers

Dunrite Plumbing MJM gas services Stewart Reid Plumbing Services

Trades & Services

52 54 85

Aberfoyle Satellite Company 74 AC Gold Energy 67 Adrian Pirie 85 A Ferguson Plastering 85 Angus Young Roofing Specialists 66 Appliance Repairs & Spares 74 Bathroom Transformations 6 CMC Home Improvements 55 C-Mix85 Drymen Tiling 74 Eco Living 47 Glasgow Wood Pellets  55 GS Roofing  50 Homeworx Killearn 50 Household & Industrial Floor Sanding services 41 Hubbards50 KM Joiners  54 LA Lodges 42 Man Aboot the Hoose  85 MCK/Waterman56 Render Mender 54 Roofline Advice Centre 51 RM Contractors 54 SD Garage Doors 39 Steven Skinner Joinery Services 85 Tradstocks77 Y-MAC Engineering 75

Weddings

Callander Covers Events Décor

42 41

Night & Day

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STEWART REID Plumbing Services Bathroom Suites, Kitchens & Central Heating Fitted Boiler Exchanges

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Gutters repaired Fitted & cleared

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from a tapwasher to a complete heating system

All plumbing enquiries contact Stewart: 07590 843607 / 01360 770847 sreidplumbing@hotmail.com

A. Ferguson Plastering

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General Building • Plastering • Roughcasting Decorating • Kitchen Fittings • Bathroom Fitting Plumbing • Electrical Roman Rd, Balfron, G63 OPW Mob: 07789 137215 Tel: 01360 440 065 E: a.ferguson_plasterers@hotmail.co.uk

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call now for a free estimate 11 Strathview Terrace, Balfron G63 0PS Telephone: 01360 449 080 Mobile: 07713 805 086 Email: stevenskinnerjoinery@gmail.com

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Farmers Markets Boquhan Farmers Market

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

Benview Farmshop

Open: Mon-Sat 9.30-4.30pm Sun 10.30-4.30pm From 1st March Mon-Sat 9am-5pm Sun 10am-5pm Farm shop stocking veg, cheeses, preserves, biscuits, cakes etc 01360 850525 www.benviewgardencentre.co.uk Ward Toll, Balfron Station G63 0QZ.

Edenmill Farm Shop

France Farm Fridays

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

Milngavie Farmers Market

1st Wednesday of the month; 10am-2pm Douglas Stre et. 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

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

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!

Craigievern Poultry We are based near Drymen (Loch Lomond) and have various breeds and ages of chickens and ducks available for sale. Contact us: 01360 660259 07951 721544 craigievern@aol.com

FOR SALE

Stirling Farmers Market

2nd Saturday 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.

Visit our website: craigievernpoultry.co.uk

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Park Life Magazine April/May 15  

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Park Life Magazine April/May 15  

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