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THE OAK TREE INN Muddy Boots Welcome

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

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St Mocha St Mocha Coffee Shop & Ice Cream Parlour is expanding, in addition to our location next to The Oak Tree Inn we have just opened a kiosk on Luss Pier. Freshly roasted artisan coffee, delicious home baking and of course our very own Loch Lomond Luxury Ice Cream in Balmaha and Luss. Open 10am-6pm

BRAW IS BACK After last years amazing event, The Oak Tree is once again staging Balmaha’s Braw Weekend on October 1st and 2nd. It’s a weekend of food, drink, live music, crafts, rides, attractions and family entertainment on the banks of Loch Lomond, behind the Oak Tree. Free entry from 11am-5pm.

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30th July - ‘Family Charity Fun Day’ – bring the whole family along to enjoy all the fun.

13th & 14th August - ‘Sir Walter Scott’s Birthday’ – an opportunity to meet the great poet, playwright & novelist, and hear about his life.

17th & 18th September - ‘Victoriana Weekend’ – Meet Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and discover how Loch Katrine became the water supply for the city of Glasgow.

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This time last year we were celebrating our 50th Edition and how we had grown from 40 to 88 pages, covering a larger area and printing 20,000 copies. How time flies, another 6 editions published and we hope that you enjoy this busy Summer edition offering a selection of reader’s offers and competitions to enter, along with interviews, local news and events from around the area. Thank you again to our readers and the continued support of the local businesses that advertise. Enjoy the rest of the Summer and Keep your Park Life magazine handy to avoid missing any of the Local Fun Events!

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Contents • Events Green Gallery ....................................................................... 17 Food & Drink Guide .......................................................... 18-27 Balmaha’s Braw Weekend ..................................................... 21 Benview Coffee shop review ................................................. 26 Interview Buchanan Arms ...................................................... 31 Gardening & Outdoors .................................................... 43-51 Cinema listings ...................................................................... 52 Fashion Show lunch............................................................... 53 What’s on Loch Lomond Shores ............................................ 55 Local events ..................................................................56 & 58 Kids groups & Clubs ......................................................... 64-65 Callander Jazz Blues Festival ................................................. 68 Useful phone numbers .......................................................... 69 Fitness Classes.................................................................. 74-75 Curry Queen, Yasmin McDonagh ......................................... 75 Scotland’s Weirfest & Toorie hat festival ............................ 78-79 Killearn Horticultural 150th Birthday ........................................ 80 Farmers Markets .................................................................... 86

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Established 24years ago the Green Gallery has garnered a reputation for showcasing the very best artists and artists craftsmen working in Scotland. In our existing purpose-built gallery in Buchlyvie we have four eclectic exhibitions a year with established artists and new graduates. We are not governed by commercial trends so we like to show artists that are exciting and talented. Over the years we have developed our own unique gallery style. Buying artworks should be an enjoyable experience. We offer insightful advice on starting a collection, hanging and framing and offer flexible payments plans to suit clients’ needs. We offer personal consultations, visiting clients’ homes and advising

BUCHLYVIE | DOLLAR on painters and coming up with ideas to suit every home and budget. The first solo show at Dollar will be at the end of July and feature the renowned Scottish abstract artist Jackie Gardiner. Thereafter we will have mixed and themed exhibitions that will change regularly.

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Originally from Persia and its bordering lands, the Felted Trellised The fleet of 24 yurts range in size from the Nomadic Tent, or Yurt, has been in existence for over 2,000 years. 2 person, 8 foot in diameter yurt to the Mega 40 footer, which caters to banqueting 150 people. Sale or leasing possibilities create affordable options, particularly for campsites.

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Buchanan Arms Hotel Drymen

Braeval coffee shop & Restaurant ● Aberfoyle

Hewitt & Aker Fine Food & Wine Killearn

Lunch Menu ● • Snacks & Home●Baking.

Open 10am-6pm in Balmaha & now also on Luss Pier • Next to the Oak Tree Inn & Village

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Poppies Hotel & Restaurant Callander

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Tir Na nOg / Soup Dragon Near Drymen

Town & Country Designs/ Coffee Shop Killearn

Fintry Sports Club Fintry

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A must visit for locals and everyone else! Since opening our doors for the first time on 13th June, we could not have anticipated a warmer welcome from our clients, both local & from further afield. We are most happy about the fact that local people seem to have adopted us as their village store and we are having a good level of returning customer, which is one of the things we were hoping for. Our work continues to expand and complete our product offering, not by just getting in some of our long awaited produce to arrive, but also based on comments & requirements from the customer.

establishing themselves to be firm favourites. Also proving to be very popular is our freshly baked bread offering, along with some freshly baked products made In the village which again is a theme we would like to expand on. “Foodie Gift” service has been a huge success with it’s unique approach of beautiful ceramics filled with fine confectionery & chocolates or olives, gift wrapped and ready to be taken to that special occasion. This will be closely followed by our idea of providing fully loaded Charcuterie Platters, & Cheese Boards, which we will construct according to customers requirements. A huge thank you to you all!

The take away sandwich range has been well received & will continue to develop and we will be offering a wider selection during the next couple of months.

We are continuing to work on fine tuning the wine selection and sample bottles for tasting will be available at the weekends where we hope to present some of our lesser known wine types. Our first “mini” wine tasting was very well received and we will continue to develop these, nal shop name and Logo Font with the next ones being in the diary from August onwards. We have received a very positive reaction to our wide & varied cheese selection, with certain cheeses already

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• Wide variety of Cheeses & Charcuterie • Daily fresh Bread & Bakery • Wine & Craft Ales • FIne Chocolates

• Takeaway Sandwiches (you can order by phone) • Unique collection of ceramics as gifts filled with olives or confectionery & wrapped for you • Specialised Teas & Coffee

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Last year over 5,000 people visited Balmaha’s Braw Weekend. The event staged by The Oak Tree Inn in their grounds on the banks of Loch Lomond, features food, drink, music, rides, attractions and family entertainment. This year Balmaha’s Braw Weekend will take place on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October, with plans well underway. Most of the attractions and entertainment are under cover, so whatever the weather the fun will continue. Once again some of Scotland’s leading food and drink producers will be taking part, with demonstrations and sampling. On stage during the day there will be live music, plus a magic show and children’s entertainment. There will also be fairground rides and attractions, entry is free during the day. On Saturday night there will be live music in a huge marquee, featuring Have Mercy Las Vegas and Dave Arcari, with more acts to be announced. Entry for Saturday night is £5. Keep up to date with all of the news from the build up to Balmaha’s Braw Weekend at www.balmahasbrawweekend.co.uk BalmahasBrawWeekend @BalmahasBraw

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Benview Coffee Shop Delicious lunch with a view!

It was a sunny day so we decided to visit a local coffee shop for lunch. After seeing the advert in the previous edition about the new management we decided to visit Ben View Coffee Shop. Although it was extremely busy the friendly and welcoming staff found us a table by the window where we could appreciate the picturesque views. We ordered drinks and we were then presented with menus containing varied options for lunch. It included, snacks; light bites as well as more substantial meals, cakes and coffees. After browsing the menu, we each decided to select one of the light bites. We had butternut squash soup along with fresh crusty bread as well as a toasted Panini with humous, beetroot and onion chutney served alongside a light salad. We then finished our meal by choosing one of the many varieties of coffee on the menu. Although selecting only one delicious course from the menu we will be back again to try some more. Friendly staff, great service, good food, value for money! After which you can browse the garden centre. All in all, very enjoyable! Reviewed by Eilidh and Helen

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Try these Fresh & Fruity Recipes!

Ingredients • 3 fruit (2” dia) – kiwi • 1 container (8 oz) – Greek Yogurt • 1 tablespoon – honey • 1/2 tsp – vanilla extract • 1/2 cup chips (6 oz package) – chocolate chips, semisweet • 1 teaspoon – coconut oil Directions

Ingredients • 1/2 cup – peanut butter, all-natural • 1 cup – yogurt, plain • 1 cup – almond milk, unsweetened • 2 tablespoon – honey • 1 cup – raspberries • 2 cup – orange juice • 1 ounce – hemp seeds Directions 1. blend nut butter, yogurt, milk and honey until smooth. Pour the mixture into molds until they are filled half way or even one-third of the way. I had filled a few with solely this mixture as requested by my son. Cover and freeze for approximately one hour. 2. Next, stir together the raspberries and juice, divide among your molds and then insert the sticks. Top off the pops with some hemp seed if desired, or sprinkle hemp seeds between the layers. 3. Cover and place back in the freezer until completely frozen. This can take a few hours and up to 6-8 hours depending on how large your mold is. 28 | www.parklifescotland.co.uk

1. Peel the kiwi fruit, place in a blender and blitz until smooth. If you are struggling to blend it add a couple of teaspoons of water to get it going. 2. Add roughly 1/2 tablespoon of the blended kiwi fruit to the bottom of 6 small yogurt pots (or Popsicle molds) and place them flat in the freezer for one hour. 3. Meanwhile, mix the Greek yogurt, honey / maple syrup and vanilla extract together. After an hour, remove the Popsicles from the freezer and add roughly 2 tablespoons of the yogurt mixture to each, leaving some space at the top for the final kiwi layer. Tap the pots or molds down on a hard surface to remove any air pockets. Press a Popsicle stick into each. The first kiwi layer should be firm enough to now hold the stick in place. Return to the freezer for another hour. 4. Add the final layer of blended kiwi to the Popsicle and freeze for a couple of hours or overnight. Melt the dark chocolate and coconut oil in a saucepan or the microwave (be careful not to let it burn) and drizzle onto the popsicles. The frozen popsicles will make the chocolate shell harden immediately. 5. Serve straight away or keep in an airtight bag or container in the freezer for up to 6 weeks.


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Towering 20ft high this exhilarating High Ropes Course provides a great view of Jurassic Parrr. Wearing a harness you are permanently attached to the frame so you can clamber, balance and swing your way around the course safely without the fear of falling. Sky Trail is currenlty open at weekends and holidays 12-4pm subject to weather, if in doubt please call ahead 0141 944 4141 or check Facebook. You need to be at least 5 years old and over 1m tall, if you are between 1m and 1.3m you must be accompanied by a responsible adult over 18yrs old.

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Win a three course meal for two with a bottle of house wine! at the Buchanan Arms Hotel and try out the new seasonal menu by head chef Geoff Burt.

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with Colin Henderson (General Manager) Geoff Burt (Head Chef) Brian Stewart (Leisure Manager) of Buchanan Arms Hotel & Leisure Club

Colin Henderson; Are you enjoying working back at the hotel with the new owners? It has been 10 years since I last worked here and it feels like coming home. The new owners have invested heavily and hope to bring the place back to its former glory. Our main priorities are to spearhead corporate business and to bring back the local clientele whilst maintaining our successful wedding business. Having moved from the 4 Star Gleddoch House Hotel, I have brought the head chef Geoff Burt and together we have fresh ideas and enthusiasm to build the business. Training and developing the staff from inside and employing some new experienced staff will enable us to offer a sound base and consistency. Geo Burt; Head Chef is a hugely important role for a Hotel and will come with challenges, have you any thoughts on how to take them on?

In the very short time of working here it has helped to work alongside the owners, share my creative ideas with them and have my thoughts well received. My focus and passion is creating a positive dining experience for the guests and I would always prefer to use local fresh seasonal produce. With this in mind I have introduced new seasonal menus and sourced new suppliers. It is an exciting challenge taking on a role like this but it has will been well worth it when I hear that local people and hotel guests are returning after enjoying their experience. Brian Stewart; You have been manager for 5 years now and there have been significant changes in the last two years, have you more plans for 2016? The investment in the leisure club has been of huge benefit to our members. The changing Rooms, Reception area, Pool area & gym

have all received a make-over. This year we are looking to increase our membership numbers and we are offering a large selection of free classes, discounts on Hotel food for members, fitness assessments, nutritional advice and ongoing exercise programme; all included in your membership. Call me on 01360 660434 to find out more about memberships and seasonal taster memberships. Colin Henderson; What are your ambitions for the Hotel in 2016? 2016 will bring more improvements and renovation works within the main hotel and we hope to bring back a lot of local custom by offering excellent service and dining in the Restaurant or functions. Come along and see the difference for yourself and enjoy the experience as we begin to build toward a stronger and brighter future. www.parklifescotland.co.uk

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We are very excited about being able to supply you with a fantastic range of wall coverings and co ordinating fabrics and now have a fabulous selection from Voyage Decoration, Iliv, and Pip Studio, offering an eclectic mix from the bold and beautiful to the subtle and sublime!

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A curtain and blind making service is also available with selected fabrics. Why not have a bespoke chair or sofa made from Voyage Decoration, choose the style, fabric and design and they will make you a truly individual piece!

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At Laptop and PC Doctor we are Apple Mac, PC, Laptop and Tablet repair specialists. With years of experience inlaptop repairs in Glasgow behind us, our qualified technicians will service and repair your PC or Mac in our fully fitted workshop in Bearsden or travel to your home or business. Whether its a cracked IPad screen or a laptop power jack needing replaced, at Laptop and PC Doctor we will guide you through the repair process with no jargon and with our fast turnaround time you will have your system back in no time. We have a NO FIX NO FEE policy, and remember, diagnostics are always free! We can cover network installation and maintenance from setting up your home broadband to planning and installing a network for your office, we can tailor a networking service to suit your needs. In our custom-built workshop we have the latest specialist equipment and use the latest software and technology so you can be assured our PC and laptop repair service will be the best available—and your equipment will be in expert hands. Everyone here at Laptop & PC Doctor has been working in the Laptop repairs Glasgow and servicing industry for years and we understand the need for an efficient and professional repair service that our customers can trust and rely on.

For Computer repair in Glasgow Simply call us on tel: 0141 942 4020

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Craig Tree Care

Professional Tree Surgeons

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August Garden Tips... Sultry late summer August is usually one of the hottest months of the year making watering essential. Try to use grey water wherever possible, especially as water butts may be running low if it has been a dry summer. August is traditionally holiday-time, so you might need to enlist the help of friends and family to look after the garden while you are away. When you are at home, take the time to prune summer-flowering shrubs. 1

Prune Wysteria

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Deadhead flowering plants regularly

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Watering! - particularly containers, & new plants, preferably with grey recycled water or stored rainwater

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Collect seed from favourite plants

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Harvest sweetcorn & vegetables as they become ready

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Keep ponds & water features topped up

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Oakburn Gardens and Trees Hoticultural & Landscaping Services

John Currie

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• Garden Design • Landscaping • Tree Surgery • Small Civils • Drainage

• Natural Stone Paving • Tobermore Block Paving • Tree Planting • Resin Bound Surfaces

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

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GARDENS OPEN ON A SPECIFIC DATE Kilbryde Castle, Dunblane FK15 9NF

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1 Feb - 30 Nov

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T: 01259 781559

Thorntree, Arnprior FK8 3EY

1 April - 15 Oct

T: 01786 870710

Gardener’s Cottage Killearn, G63 9QB

1 May - 31 Oct

T: 01360 551682

The Tors, Falkirk FK1 5LG

1 May - 30 Sept

T: 01324 620877

Plaka, Bridge of Allan, FK9 4LY

1 June - 30 Sept

T: 01786 832287

GARDENS OPEN REGULARLY Gargunnock House Garden, FK8 3AZ

GARDENS OPEN BY ARRANGEMENT

Natural Stone

Architectural ~ Walling ~ Paving ~ Ornamental All Enquiries Welcome

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

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Park Life | Gardening & Outdoors

Driveways • Patios • Paths • Steps • Ponds Fencing • Drainage • Turf • Artificial Grass Quality workmanship at affordable prices Call Robert for a free quote today!

07990 635530 • 01786 842343 rgpaving@hotmail.com O V E R 1 2 Y E A R S E X P E R I E N C E | A L L W O R K G U A R A N T E E D | F U L LY I N S U R E D .

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Cinema Listings Mugdock Cinema

Booking Essential - 0141956 6100 or book online £3 www.mugdock-country-park.org.uk

The Seven Little Foys (U) - Mon 8th Aug 7.30pm After the young wife of vaudevillian Eddie Foy passes away, he incorporates their seven children into the act and takes it on the road.

The Theory of Everything - Mon 22 Aug 7.30pm A look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife.

About a Boy - Mon 12th Sept 7.30pm A cynical, immature young man is taught how to act like a grown-up by a little boy.

The Woman in Black - Mon 26th Sept 7.30pm

A young lawyer travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorisng the locals.

LOCH LOMOND SHORES SEALIFE CENTRE - CINEMA www.visitsealife.com

Finding Dory - 29th July -14th Aug Shows 12.30 & 3.30pm £3 with admission ticket Cinema Only evening shows will also be available 19 July, 30th July & 6th Aug Doors open 6pm Show starts 6.30pm £5 per child £6 per adult

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Fashion Show Lunch Saturday 1st October

Britain’s Got Talent, Edward Reid to host charity lunch in Drymen...Hold onto your hats ladies as this is going to be fun!

After hosting two successful joint Moon/Park Life Charity fashion shows the team have decided to give it a little twist and turn the event into a Ladies Charity Fashion Show Lunch on Saturday 1st October 12.30pm at Buchanan Arms Hotel.

MAGAZINE

The event will be compered by Britain’s Got Talent semi finalist Edward Reid, this will ensure that it is a fabulous event and get everyone involved as Edward can really get a party started! The models will be strutting their fashions around the dance floor in a less formal format than previous years allowing guests a chance to see the clothes up close. There will be an opportunity for ladies to purchase some of the lovely accessories and jewellery from Moon. The ticket price £40.00 includes

Champagne reception/ 2 course lunch/coffee and Goodie Bag. There will be dancing and entertainment and a raffle. Sponsors of the Event will be Moon, Park Life Magazine and Beaute Pacifique UK. The chosen Charities to benefit from the event this year are Think Pink Scotland and Robins House Balloch. Tickets available to buy from Moon in Drymen. Tickets selling fast!

Stylish women’s clothing, accessories and much more, including a wide selection of bags, jewellery, hosiery and scarves.

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Jewellery by Orli and Envy

of Drymen

Massive Summer Savings! Gift vouchers available

summer opening hours: Mon to Sat 10-5 & Sun 12-4 Open 7 days a week

Main Street, Drymen, Stirlingshire G63 0BG tel: 01360 660523

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Award winning cookroom goes from strength to strength! cookroom was established both to meet a change in lifestyle for its proprietor Morag Philips and in recognition of an emerging need for dietary products for those with a wheat and gluten intolerance. Awarded Great Taste Gold Awards in its first year and each year since for its artisan bakery products the business continues to deliver high quality products that everyone

can enjoy. Morag also runs baking classes in the Spring and Autumn for those keen to emulate the great British bake off! cookroom now majors on events and functions catering in different venues for weddings and private functions where the client can specify exactly what they want for their special occasion.

Morag said “ Undoubtedly couples today love the opportunity to create a bespoke event for their special day. Apart from what the bride is wearing, the food is the next most talked about topic at weddings! So, in discussion with our clients, we strive to deliver a menu to reflect the couple’s wishes with friendly and efficient service. We also offer celebration cakes for all occasions”.

cookroom

• Craft bakery - award wining sweet and savoury bakes, hand made in small batches in Scotland.

• Catering - delicious food created with passion for your special occasion. • Classes - bring out the baker in you at our small friendly classes. Kinlochard FK8 3TP e: contact@cookroom.co.uk www.cookroom.co.uk t: 01877 387236

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What’s On at Loch Lomond Shores - August NEW - Island Discovery Waterbus Inchailloch & Inchmurrin 1st – 28th Departing from Loch Lomond Shores this Island Discovery water service sails to Inchmurrin and Inchcailloch. Hop off to explore the Islands or simply relax on-board and enjoy the loch. Owned and managed by the Scott family, Inchmurrin is the largest and most southerly Island on Loch Lomond. If you wish to visit Inchmurrin your ticket includes morning coffee and a delicious home baked scone for the morning stop or a tasty soup and sandwich for the lunchtime stop all served in the Inchmurrin Hotel overlooking the loch. Inchcailloch is a small wooded island with a rich biodiveristy and a haven for birdlife! Cherish the tranquility and explore this picturesque Island on one of its walks. An ideal picnic spot for the family for a day away. Look out for our “Activity Friday’s” in conjunction with the RSPB. With easy access from Loch Lomond Shores there’s really no excuse not to get out and explore these fascinating Islands. Book your ticket in advance at http://www.clydecruises. com/clydecruises/loch-lomond-island-explore/ Services run from 11am till 2.30 on Wed – Sun or find out more by calling Tel: 01475 721 281. Ticket prices from £12 adults and £6 for children.

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27th – 28th

Zippos Circus – Live & Amazing Meet Big Shuggie (12-4pm) Kids free arts & crafts (12-4pm) The Regal Storytellers – free kids activity (12-4pm) Kelpie handmade craft sale Farmers’ Market and live music Drakes of Hazard sheepdog and duck show 12-3pm Plays in the Park – Treasure Island (tickets from www.itison.com) Regal Storytellers 12-4pm Loch Lomond Wedding Exhibition Bike for Bobath Keltic Wings – Goldwing bikers (fundraiser event) Farmers’ Market and live music Great Scottish Swim Murry The Magician, free magic shows 12-3pm Artisan craft market

September 3rd – 4th 17th -18th 18th 24th -25th

Loch Lomond Food & Drink Festival Kelpie handmade craft sale Farmers’ market Artisan craft market

5th -7th 7th 8th 10th 11th 13th -14th 20th 21st 21st 26th – 27th 27th

Please visit www.lochlomondshores.com/whats-on for all the latest event news

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August & September - Events HIGHLAND GAMES

7th August Bridge of Allan Highland Games 11th August Ballater Highland Games 12th – 13th August Atholl & Breadalbane Highland Gathering 20th August Bute Highland Games 21st August Crieff Highland Gathering 25th August Argyllshire Gathering 25th – 27th August Cowal Highland Gathering 27th August Glenurquhart Highland Games 27th August Lonach Highland Games

KIPPEN HERITAGE TRAIL

Come along to Kippen Reading room on the main street to browse through a century of photographs. Learn about the curling clubs success and about the game of summer ice. Enjoy a quick visit to centuries old smiddy at kippen cross. Sat 20 and Sun 21 Aug from 2-5pm each day no charge Be surprised that Kippen had a busy boat yard - the necessary equipment can still be seen at Shirgarton These three destinations can all be viewed over the weekend of Saturday Aug 20 and Sun 21 from 2-5pm each day no charge

115TH ANUAL FLOWER SHOW Kippen Village Hall Sat 20 Aug 12,30-4pm admission £1 Lunch, Snacks, Teas, Coffee, Cake

SEPTEMBER 2016

BRAW WEEKEND

3rd September The Braemar Gathering 10th September Pitlochry Highland Games 17th September Invercharron Highland Games

Braw is back for 2016! The first Balmaha’s Braw Weekend in October 2015 was a huge success. Staged by The Oak Tree Inn, the event attracted over 5,000 at our festival site in Balmaha, on the banks of Loch Lomond. This year Braw will be bigger and better with two days of live music, family entertainment, plus some of Scotland’s leading food and drink producers. There will also be fairground rides, attractions and lots of fun. Saturday night will feature live music with beer and whisky. The event takes place on October 1st and 2nd 2016.

BALFRON RURAL INSTITUDE The next meeting will take place on the 12th of September, 2016 in the McLintock Hall at 7.30pm. We will be entertained by the ‘Mondayleles’. New members will be most welcome.

THE LODGE FOREST VISITOR CENTRE Open Daily Aug 10am-6pm Sept 10am-5pm, Oct 10am-4pm Light up the Forest-Story Wood Sat 15th Oct 6.30-9pm Cost £7.50 per adult £5 per child Children under 4 go free Booking Esssential

STIRLING FRINGE FESTIVAL 9th - 11th September 2016 NEWS: We’re having a hoolie; a party; a right good knees-up! We’ve decided to re-brand and re-invent. So from this year we’re launching THE SHINDIG!

WALLACE MONUMENT 10th Sept – 11th Sept It’s 1297 – and Wallace’s greatest victory has just taken place – join in the celebrations in Stirling!A special weekend for all the family. A mix of fun games, entertainment and the chance to discover more about Scotland’s National Hero.

Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd October Braw Weekend Updates on @BalmahasBraw @BalmahasBrawWeekend balmahasbrawweekend.co.uk And on our official radio partner Central FM 56 |

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TIR NA NOG

www.tirnanog.co.uk See pg 71 Seichim Level 2 Training with Oona Sept 3 & 4 Reiki Share Sept 18 Firewalk Instructor Training 24 Sept-1 Oct Reiki Level 1 training with Oona 1 - 2 Oct Reiki Share 16 Oct

THE GREEN GALLERY

Autumn Exhibition – 13 sept – 18 Oct See pg 17 for advert

MACROBERT FAMILY SHOWS

Cinderella Sat 8th Oct 11.30am-2.30pm Snow White Tues 11 Oct 7pm Wed 12 Oct 2pm The Shape of Things Sat 15 Oct 11am & 2pm


Park Life | Business

TRY SOMETHING NEW TODAY...

Bramble & Thyme Flowers

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

Beautiful, bespoke flowers for weddings and events. E: info@brambleandthymeflowers.com M: 07791292421 www.brambleandthymeflowers.com

Tel: 01877 385276 | 07801 699497

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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August & September - Events CALLANDER JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL Fri 30th Sept-Sun 2nd Oct The Callander Jazz and Blues Festival is the largest rural Jazz & Blues festival in Scotland and is firmly established on the UK festival map. First held back in 2006, the festival has grown every year, with last years event featuring over 50 gigs at 16 venues, performing live jazz, blues, soul and boogie over 3 days. From solo artists to 21 piece big bands, over three hundred musicians ensured a long weekend of great music in the autumn splendour of the Trossachs. Come and join us for a fantastic weekend of fun and music in the beautiful setting of Callander.

BALFRON BASH Sat 20 August 1pm-4pm Donaldson Park, Balfron. Once again, “It will cost a packet (or a tin) to get in”, through donations for the Start Up Stirling food bank. Last year we raised an impressive 160k of food for them. Lots of entertainment planned, and a wide variety of community stalls and activities.

KIPPEN FLOWER SHOW Saturday 20th August 2016 Village Hall, Fore Road, Kippen

GARTMORE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY. Sat 27th August Gartmore Village Hall. Doors open 13.45pm.

TROSSACHS BEER FESTIVAL Fri 26th Aug - Sun 11th Sept 2 Join us for our annual Scottish Real Ale festival at the Scottish Real Ale shop and The Lade Inn Sample a selection of wonderful Scottish real ales all locally produced. These will be available on draught in our bar or can be purchased by bottle in our shop. Why not make a night of it and have a delicious meal in our restaurant. We also have great live Scottish Folk Music on Friday and Saturday nights. 01877 330152 or e-mail info@theladeinn.com

SKIDDADDLE www.skidaddle.org 28 Aug Callander River Festival 10 Sept Ben Ledi Triathlon 24 Sept Glen Finglas MTB Race

BUCHANAN FLOWER SHOW Sat 27th August Fruit, flowers, veg & rural industries. 2pm, Entry £1.50 includes tea. Download show booklet

Green Aspirations Events • Wee SKELFs holiday club for kids, running every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday (9:30am - 4:30pm) between 5th July and 18th August • Stool making workshop on 13th August, 10am till 4pm • Introduction to Green woodworking on 28th August, 10am till 4pm • Natural Cord & String on 6th September, 6:30pm - 9pm • Axecraft on 17th August, 10am till 4pm • Family Bushcraft Experience Day on 18th August, 10am till 3pm • Spoon Carving on 18th August, 10am till 4pm • Birchcraft on 24th August, 10am till 4pm •58Birch Shrink Pots on 25th August, 10am till 4pm | www.parklifescotland.co.uk

THE YOGA PLACE KILLEARN OPEN DAY

Sun 14th Aug 12-4pm Meet & Greet 12-1pm Classes 1-4pm Trial Classes, Meet the Yoga Place Team, Come along and have a chat about what we can offer you. See pg 73 for advert

BALFRON PRIMARY SCHOOL SUMMER FAYRE

Sat 3rd Sept 10a.m As part of the fayre, there will be the grand opening of the wonderful new Growing Garden, built by volunteers with support from Incredible Edible Balfron and the PS Parent Council. Plan early for Christmas and think about filling a gift box for Blythswood Care. Warm clothing, toiletries, stationery, tools, household items or toys – and a bag of sweets – will give hope to someone who has very little. Visit the Blythswood Shop at 19 Main Street Callander, or call 0141 882 0585 to get a leaflet or arrange a talk to your group. Boxes for adults, teenagers and children are delivered to Blythswood Care’s partners in Pakistan, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Albania, Kosovo, Bulgaria, Moldova and Ukraine.

KNIT AND NATTER Drymen Library 10.30am - 12.30pm Last Monday of the month

See pg 71 for advert

All of these events take place at Tir na nog. Booking in advance is essential for all events.


Park Life | MACDONALD FOREST HILLS HOTEL AND SPA

Business

Pure Bliss Spa Day Choice of two of the following 30 minute treatments per person: • Elemis Taster Facial • Exotic Lime & Ginger Salt Glow • File & Polish • Green Tea Body Exfoliation • Deep Tissue Back Massage (Upgrade your Deep Tissue Back Massage to a Hot Stones Back Massage for £5.00)

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Park Life | Kids/Activities

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It really is Christmas all year round at Macrobert Arts Centre and we’ve just added a lovely new festive show for ages 5 and under to our programme for 2016 – How to be a Christmas Tree. Enter this competition for the chance to win a *family ticket (any 4 people).

Join us every Saturday at Balfron High School

Find out more about the production: www.macrobertartscentre.org

*Subject to availability & only for performances between Tue 29 Nov & Tue 6 Dec 2016 (No performance on Mon 5 Dec)

To enter visit www.parklifescotland.co.uk

Call Mark on 01389 386117 or 07715 301841 Web: www.razzamataz.co.uk email: balfron@razzamataz.co.uk

entre C r o it is V t s e or The Lodge F -6pm , m August, 10a October 10am-4pm Open daily , m p -5 10am September,

What’s on at the Lodge Follow our themed trail down to the waterfall. Watch the birds and red squirrels on camera in our Wildlife Room. Visit the Lodge Visitor Centre to enjoy the view and plan your adventure in the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. Light up the Forest - Storybook Wood! Saturday 15th October, 6.30-9pm Cost £7.50 per adult and £5 per child, children under 4 go free. Booking essential.

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

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

Children

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

Corporate Groups

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

Group and Fun Days

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

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

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

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Park Life | Kids/Activities

School of Dance Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Modern Stage

Taught to children from 2½ years Enrolment for Strathblane classes is on Tuesday 23rd August 3pm - 5pm in the Edmonstone Hall Blanefield. Enrolment for Killearn classes is on Wednesday 24th August 3pm - 5pm in Killearn Village Hall

Lynda Turner School of Dance

Tel: 01360 770390 E: lyndaturnerdancing@hotmail.com

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CINDERELLA

THE SHAPE OF THINGS

SNOW WHITE

For ages 7+

For ages 6+

Sat 8 Oct, 11.30am & 2.30pm Tickets: £8.50 / £30 Wee Group Saver

Tue 11 Oct, 7pm Wed 12 Oct, 2pm Tickets: £10.50 / £8.50 Conc / £5.50 Students / £30 Wee Group Saver

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Sat 15 Oct, 11am & 2pm Tickets: £8.50 / £30 Wee Group Saver

01786 466666 | www.macrobertartscentre.org

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Event / Club

Village / Location

Aberfoyle Toddlers (age 0 - 5 years) Artworks classes (for 5 - 14 years) Art4you Kids Drawing (P5-P7) & Portfolio Class (S1-S6) Balfron “New Baby“ Cafe Balfron/Killearn Monday Music Balfron Bairns Toddlers Balfron Razzamataz Balfron Barracudas Swim Club Balfron Gymnastics Balfron Outdoor Athletics Club Balfron Tennis Tigers Buchlyvie Baby & Toddlers Group Brig O Turk Playgroup Pre School Callander Kids Parents & Toddlers Group Callander Target Sports Club Drymen Cubs 8-11yrs & Scouts 11-14yrs (boys and girls) Drymen Under 5’s Drymen Children’s golf lessons Drymen/Ballet Classes Desta Laiolo Gargunnock Playgroup Gargunnock Toddlers Gartmore Parent & Toddler Group Gartocharn Under 5’s Killearn Baby & Toddlers Group Kippen Dance club Pre-school expressive Dance Kippen Dance club P1-3 Ballet, Tap and Modern Kippen Dance club P4 + Ballet Kippen Dance club P4+ Musical Theatre Kippen Playgroup (2-5 years) Kippen Toddler Group (0-5 years) Karate Zan Shim Kai Killearn Linda Turner School of Dance Killearn/Ballet Classes Desta Laiolo Lets Dance with Lorna Pickford Strathblane Fun Hut Baby/Toddler Group Strathblane Linda Turner School Of Dance Thornhill Baby & Toddler Thornhill Pre-School Playgroup

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McLintock Hall, Balfron Art4you Studio, Balfron Station Church Hall, Balfron (Term Time only) Balfron & Killearn Balfron McLintock Hall McLintock Hall, Balfron Balfron Campus Pool Balfron High school Balfron Campus Pitches Balfron Campus Buchlyvie Village Hall Brig O Turk Playgroup Pre School Kirk Hall, Callander Camp Place, Callander Drymen Church Village Hall, Drymen Buchanan Golf Club, Drymen Village Hall, Drymen & Killearn Community Centre, Gargunnock Community Centre, Gargunnock Gartmore Village Hall Kilmaronock Millennium Hall (downstairs) Church Hall, Killearn Reading Rooms, Kippen Kippen Primary School Kippen Primary School Kippen Primary School Village Hall, Kippen Village Hall, Kippen Memorial Hall, Aberfoyle Village Hall, Killearn Village Hall, Drymen & Killearn Mugdock Country Park Kirk Rooms, Strathblane Edmonstone Hall, Strathblane Community Hall, Thornhill Community Hall, Thornhill


Day

Time

Contact

Wednesday

9.30am - 11.30am

Cindy 07786 511894

Saturday

Morning

fabartbalfron@gmail.com

Wednesdays & Fridays

Morning

Claudia Duncan 07981 768081

Tuesday

10.30am - 12noon

Susan 01360 449573

Monday

9.15am - 2.45pm

Clare 01360 550166

Wednesday

9.30am - 11.30am

Facebook - Balfron Bairns

Tuesday

Various times

Mark 07715 301841

Monday, Thursday & Saturday

Various times

www.balfronbarracudas.org.uk

Wednesday

6.30pm - 8.00pm

balfronathletics@yahoo.co.uk

Saturday & Sunday

2.00pm - 5.00pm

07837 339 558

Monday

9.30am - 11.20am

Emma 07841 908184

Monday (Inc Summer holidays)

10.00am - 12noon

Alex 01877 376347

Wednesday

9.30 - 11.30am

www.callanderkids.co.uk

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday

3.30pm

Raymond 01877 330854

Wednesday

6pm - 7:30pm

Gavin 07590 370199

Monday & Wednesday

9.30am - 11.30am

Michelle 07961 722757

Thursday

TBC

Jonathan 01360 660330

Monday / Tuesday

from 3.45pm / 6.30pm - 8pm

0141 9421998

Monday & Thursday

9.00am - 11.30am

playgroup@gargunnock.com

Wednesday

10.00am - 11.30am

Nicola 07799 731050

Friday

9.30am - 11.30am

Laura Hart 07824 879501

Wednesday

10.00am -11.30am

Suzanne 01389 720139

Wednesday

9.30am - 11.30am

Angela 07733 224598

Mondays School Term

2.30pm - 3.10pm

Karen Mackinnon 07747791423

Mondays School Term

3.30pm - 5.00pm

Karen Mackinnon 07747791423

Mondays School Term

6.00pm - 8.00pm

Karen Mackinnon 07747791423

Mondays School Term

6.00pm - 7.30pm

Karen Mackinnon 07747791423

Tuesday & Friday

9.30 - 12noon

playgroup.toddlers.kippen@gmail.com

Thursday

10.15 - 12noon

playgroup.toddlers.kippen@gmail.com

Thursday

From 7pm

01877 382296

Wednesday & Thursday

Various times

01360 770390

Monday / Tuesday

from 3.45pm / 6.30 - 8pm

0141 9421998

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

balfrongymnastics@mail.com

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

Tuesday

10.00 - 11.30am

Joanna Bassett 01786 850707

Tuesday & Friday

9.30 - 12noon

Fiona Beaton 01786 850510 www.parklifescotland.co.uk

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Girl Guiding within the Park Life area Did you know that there are 5 Guide, 8 Brownie and 6 Rainbows Units plus 1 Senior Section offering the Guiding Experience to over 300 girls within Endrick Division, which covers Gargunnock, near Stirling to Strathblane in the west With the very busy lives that we all have now – keeping all these units running smoothly and successfully is a massive challenge and we are constantly looking for new leaders to join the various units. Gone are the days when a Leader would stick with running a unit for 20 years or more although there are still a few stalwarts within the area and they are a great asset to the new leaders when they join sharing their knowledge and experience. We are looking for people from all walks of life whether you have been involved in Guiding yourself as a child or

have children of a Guiding age. Perhaps you are new to the area – this is a great way to meet new people and share and learn new skills. Maybe your children have gone off to university/work leaving you with extra time – an average weekly meeting is only 1 hour and a few people working on a rota system can work so well. Job sharing is very popular now and works well in Girlguiding sharing the load and responsibilities. Girlguiding provide training for all new leaders and can act as a stepping stone for young people that are looking for a career in childcare/teaching. Please give this some thought and if you think you could help in your local Village please call Fiona Hunter, Endrick Division Commissioner on 01786 870322 or email fionaihunter@btinternet.com for further information. Anyone wishing to become a member of Girlguiding, either as a volunteer or a girl wishing to join a local unit should go to the Girlguiding website – www.girlguiding.org.uk. Click on register your interest and follow the instructions. Keep our Guiding family supported in The Park Life area.

FINTRY SPORTS CLUB

Friday Night is Steak Nighytday

Snacks, Breakfasts & Lunches served

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INDOOR BOWLING & SQUASH Season starts September JOIN NOW! See website for details. A charity providing sports and recreation facilities in West Stirling. SC001505

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A nurturing enviroment for our children provided by Heron House With a Nurturing and Learning Environment, we provide “our” children with positive learning experiences and opportunities from the very minute they arrive. Our fees are competitive and our staff are loving and experienced. We drop off and collect pre-school children from Killearn Nursery Class. Our nursery has an Out of School Facility for attendees only, as places are at a premium!

Some other info: The Family Fun Day BBQ raised £630.01p for The Beatson Cancer Charity; We have a brand new Baby Garden; Our 3-5 children chose their own summer trip to the Safari Park, it was a roaring success! From August 2016, funded LA places available for 3-5 year olds, apply now; Graduation Day was celebrated with a picnic at Mugdock Country Park.

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

Beech Drive, Killearn G63 9SD t: 01360 550 162 e: heronhousekillearn@gmail.com 959 Crookston Road, Glasgow G53 7DT t: 0141 810 5777 e: heronhousecrookston@gmail.com

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Park Life | Kids/Activities

Summer Holiday Activities 29th June - 22nd August Kids Camp • Swim School • Football Camp • Rugby Camp • Family Fun Days For more information on any of our camps or summer activities please call us on 01877 330000 or visit our website www.mclarenleisure.co.uk

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Park Life | Health & Wellbeing

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There’s a change afoot at Tir na nOg, but things are also very much as they were - the cafe space is having a makeover, with a new name (The Soup Dragon) and new menu, but the friendly faces serving customers, and the chefs preparing the new offerings have already been with us for some time.

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We will really miss David and Kellie of Macmillan’s as they move on to their new cafe venture at Ben View garden centre, but chefs Marco and Stephen, who have already been running the kitchen here of late, are looking forward to putting together a new menu of fresh, exciting dishes to cater to all tastes (and also to dietary needs), alongside the ever-popular light menu of soup, sandwiches and snacks. And there will always, always be cake!


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Park Life | Business

Tir na nOg Holistic Centre Bushcraft Birthday Parties

Why not try something different for your child’s birthday party this year with exciting adventures out in the woods where we offer a variety of bushcraft and fun activities. Our main area is covered overhead with a cosy campfire where the party ends with toasted marshmallows.

Balfunning, Balfron Station by Glasgow G63 0NF T: 01360 449300 info@tirnanog.co.uk www.tirnanog.co.uk www.celticfire.co.uk Party Activities to choose from:

Craft Workshops

Birthday Parties

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

woodland treasures

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

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

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Follow us @aspirationgreen info@greenaspirationsscotland.co.uk Follow us on Twitter: Twitter! To book email hello@greenaspirationsscotland.co.uk info@greenaspirationsscotland.co.uk 0141-342-4188 0141-342-4188 www.greenaspirationsscotland.co.uk Green Scotland All Aspirations photos are our own. CIC is a Company Limited by Guarantee Company No. 442821. Green Aspirations Scotland is a Community Interest Company Guarantee. Company No. 442821. All photo’sLimited are ourby own.

Claire Crawford Holistics & Beauty Fabulous premises in the beautiful & tranquil setting of Tir na nOg, Balfron Station.

Celebrate 10yrs in business with 10% OFF in Sept when booking 2 treatments! New Head to Toe Indulgence Treatment - 1 hour Facial + Back Massage + Foot massage (all for just) £50! Tel: 07803 047472 www.clairecrawford.co.uk

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Sometimes it’s not the silence that’s golden

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

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Our primary role is the saving of lives - our Community First Responders and Urban SAR dogs do just that. But, TSAR does a whole lot more... We train over 300 people each year in local communities how to perform CPR and use a defibrillator - all FREE OF CHARGE. Defib Locator App

Our Public Access Defibrillator project aims to raise funds to place defibrillators in every community and at key tourist sites. We now have 75 in place and lives have been saved. Our Defib Locator App, which can help you locate your closest unit in the event of a cardiac arrest can be downloaded at: www.trossachsdefibrillator.co.uk

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Body Control Pilates - Jane Meek Gartocharn Monday 12.15pm 07759 182236 Body Control Pilates - Jane Meek Gartocharn Thursday 6pm 07759 182236 Body Control Pilates - Jane Meek Blanefield Thursday 9.45am & 8pm 07759 182236 Zumba - Jane Strathblane Saturday 10am 07968 968944 Zumba - Jane Strathblane Tuesday 9.30am - 10.30am 07968 968944 Zumba - Jane Killearn Wednesday 7.45pm 07968 968944 Double O Fit Suitable for all levels of fitness. Olivia on 07712587423 or via Facebook (www.facebook.com/DBLOFIT) Interval training and body conditioning McLintock Hall, Balfron Monday 9.35am - 10.35am Interval training and body conditioning Kippen Village Hall Monday 7.30pm - 8.30pm Interval training and body conditioning Kippen Village Hall Wednesday 9.30am - 10.30am Interval training and body conditioning Kippen Village Hall Thursday 6.10am - 7am Interval training and body conditioning Blair Drummond Community Hall Thursday 7.15pm - 8.15pm Buggy Mums Briarlands Farm, Blair Drummond Thursday 10am - 11am Cheerobics Balfron Mon 8.30pm 07917 541163 10.30am & 8.30pm 07917 541163 Body Revive Dance Central Balfron Tue/Thur Kore Kickboxing Balfron High School Mon & Thur 8pm - 9.30pm 07813 884202 Ladies Netball Balfron High School Wednesday 8 -9pm All Abilities welcome Balfron Gymnastics Club Balfron High School Saturday 10.30-5pm balfrongymnastics@mail.com The Yoga Place – Killearn. Tel: 0782 5392334 Mysore class Monday 9:30am-11am Siobhan Yin Restorative Yoga Monday 6:45pm - 8pm Adelaide Pilates Monday 8:10pm - 9:10pm Kirsty Mindful Movement Yoga Tuesday 10:30am - 11:50am Craig Post - Natal Pilates Mum and Baby Tuesday 1:15pm - 2:15pm Kirsty Ashtanga Beginner led class Tuesday 6:15pm - 7:25pm Siobhan Full led Primary Ashtanga Tuesday 7:30pm - 9pm Siobhan Mysore class Wednesday 9:30am -11am Siobhan Pilates Wednesday 6:15pm - 7:15pm Iona Pre-natal yoga Wednesday 1pm - 2.15pm Siobhan Zumba Wednesday 7.45pm - 9pm Jane Mysore class Thursday 9:30am -11am Siobhan Seasonal Vinyasa yoga Thursday 1pm-2pm Elaine Beginner Ashtanga Yoga Thursday 6.15pm-7.15pm Siobhan Mindful Movement Yoga Thursday 7:30pm-8:50pm Craig Full led primary series Friday 9:30pm - 11am Siobhan Mysore class Saturday 8.30am - 10am Siobhan Pliates (starts 20th June) Buchlyvie Village Hall Thursday 8pm 07859 226761 Pilates (starts 20th June) Gartmore Village Hall Monday 10am 07859 226761 Zumba Buchlyvie Village Hall Monday 7pm 07859 226761 Nia fitness (starts 15th June) Gartmore Village Hall Wednesday 9.30am 07859 226761 Kellie Currie Pilates classes & Private Tuition available at Tirnanog Holistic Centre. Email: soledanceuk@icloud.com Metafit Kfit Strathblane Village club Tuesday 7.15pm 07766 073675 Corefit Kfit Strathblane Village club Tuesday 7.45pm 07766 073675 Metafit Kfit Strathblane Village club Friday 9.30am 07766 073675 Legs, Bums and Tums Kfit Strathblane Village club Friday 10am 07766 073675 Jacquie Robertson - Email jacquie@beaumontbodys.co.uk Pilates for Beginners Gargunnock Community Hall Thursday 9.30-10.25am 07711 336075 Pilates one-one Tuition Stirling Call for details 07711 336075

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Curry Queen 2016! Yasmin McDonagh Scotia Spice!

I was thrilled and delighted to receive the Scottish Curry Queen 2016 award, it really means a lot to know that the Scottish curry industry recognises and supports what we’re doing at Scotia Spice. Showing people how to make authentic Punjabi food at home is at the heart of everything we do. The Scottish Curry Awards started in 2008 which makes this the 9th year of the awards. The awards celebrate excellence in the production, presentation and sales of one of Scotland’s favourite foods – the humble curry.

The awards recognise and reward the hard work and commitment of those who work tirelessly to provide us with the nations much loved dish – curry. “With a vast amount of restaurants and takeaway in Scotland the competition is always fierce. To be amongst such passionate people who love what they do, is truly inspiring.” commented Yasmin Mahmood, Operations Director of event organisers Oceanic Consulting.

As well as recognising the curry industry in all its facets, the event also raised just over £1770 for the official charity partner The Well Foundation. Well done to Yasmin and her team, it has been a pleasure to watch a local business go from strength to strength over the years and we wish you all the best for the future!

Punjabi curry kits and cookery school

The Glasgow Marriott Hotel welcomed a gathering of over 400 attendees from across Scotland in a celebration to reward the best in the curry industry. The winners of the 9th annual Scottish Curry Awards were announced at the lavish affair held on April 4.

True Punjabi Cooking www.scotiaspice.co.uk T: 01360 449399 www.parklifescotland.co.uk

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Scottish Charity Awards:

Chris Martin wins Exceptional Employee Judges deemed Chris’s dedication and innovation key in transforming Callander Youth Project Trust into the success it is today. The founder of one of the country’s most innovative social enterprises has spoken of his delight at winning Exceptional Employee at this year’s Scottish Charity Awards. Chris Martin, the Managing Director of Callander Youth Project Trust, has transformed it from a small youth group into a burgeoning social enterprise. As well as running a number of social enterprises from its hub in rural Stirlingshire, the organisation also offers vital youth work services. The charity runs the popular Callander Hostel which has become a huge success in its own right. Judges deemed Chris’s dedication and innovation key in transforming the organisation into the success it is today. As a product of good quality youth work myself, I am keen to facilitate opportunities for young people - Chris Martin On receiving his award at a ceremony in Edinburgh, Chris said: “I am both humbled and delighted to have won Exceptional Employee at this year’s Scottish Charity Awards.

“I am happy to work tirelessly in my role as I am a strong advocate of the fact that ‘Youth Work Changes Lives’ and, as a product of good quality youth work myself, I am keen to facilitate opportunities for young people to engage with local youth work services.” Shulah Allan, Convener of Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), which organises the awards, added: “I’m in awe of all the finalists and winners. “Thanks to their efforts, more people in Scotland are receiving the support they need when they need it and we’re all more aware of important issues, and causes, which affect vulnerable people, and us all.”

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Picture by Paul Saunders Photography

Second Weirfest and Scotland’s Red Toorie Hat Festival is a roaring success! Thousands of visitors flocked to a sunkissed Balmaha Bay on Loch Lomondside on Saturday to enjoy the second ‘Weirfest’, the annual festival set up to honour Scotland’s most-loved mountain man, Tom Weir, with a mixture of music, entertainment and family fun beside his iconic statue. The event, held with the assistance of a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, was headlined on the main musical stage by popular Scottish entertainers Jimmie MacGregor and Alistair MacDonald, as well as the Loch Lomond Ukulele Orchestra who added colour to the programme with red toorie hats in abundance. Visitors were also able to enjoy various wildlife demonstrations, while the chance to throw wet replica versions of Tom’s signature red toorie hat and following Tom’s Discovery Trail added some extra fun to the day. The work of 300 school children from the 6 primary schools around the loch was celebrated with an exhibition showcasing their drawings and stories on the wonders of the Loch Lomond. A 28 page booklet on the theme of Tom Weir’s Loch Lomond Wonderland was also launched at the event to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Tom writing special features on Loch Lomond in the Scots Magazine.

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people to the natural and cultural heritage wonders of Loch Lomond and some of Tom’s great writings on the loch. An important feature of the booklet is a series of spreads featuring what is special about Loch Lomond to the hundreds of local children who attend local primary schools and I am delighted so many of them got so enthusiastically involved in this project and learnt more about what is on their doorstep.’’

already-rich history of this site, which only became a reality 18 months ago but has already proven to be an enormous hit with so many visitors to this iconic part of Scotland. Tom Weir would be thrilled to see so many visitors to Loch Lomond on a summer day like today, and equally we are just as delighted with the turnout. Friends Chairman James Fraser added: “We are delighted with the bumper turnout of people who came along to this year’s Weirfest. We are also grateful to all exhibitors, performers, volunteers and to Sandy Fraser and his team at the Oak Tree Inn who all contributed to making the day such a great success. “The effort to maintain the Tom Weir Statue and picnic area goes on and the funding raised from Weirfest will help us to maintain this popular site to a high standard throughout the coming year.”

Rhona Weir, at the age of 96, was also able to join in the day’s events at the site, which has attracted over 120,000 visitors since the statue of her late husband was unveiled in December 2014. It has recently been augmented with the launch of a new mountain garden and storyboards which tell Tom’s story and introduce visitors to the heritage of Balmaha Bay. Weirfest, which was first staged in May 2015, was organised jointly by the Tom Weir Memorial Group and Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs, both of whom helped to establish the statue site and continue to be responsible maintaining it all year round. Susan Taylor, Administrator of the Tom Weir Memorial Group, said: “This has been another fantastic day in the

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Killearn Horticultural Society, 150th birthday show Saturday 27 August 2016 marks 150 years of flower shows in Killearn and we are having a big celebration.

Art4u, a spinning demonstration and more. Musical entertainment through the afternoon will be from the Dunbartonshire Concert Band with 50 players conducted by Robert Baxter and Balfron Community Choir. Still more attractions in the pipeline. There will be lots of fun things for the children to see and do. Our venue has expanded to include the village and church halls as well as the Kirk and a marquee and gazebos on the adjacent field. The outside areas will be open from 11.30am and the halls 1.00 - 4.30pm The tearoom will be open from 2.00p.m. There are four options for lunch both on site and within a few steps of the venue. In conjunction with the flower show Killearn Kirk will be holding a flower festival on Sunday 28 August which will include flowers and arrangements from the show. The Kirk will be open on Sunday from 12 noon to 4.30pm. But of course the most important part of the show will as always be the wonderful exhibits of flowers, vegetables, plants, floral art, baking, crafts, photography, art and children’s entries for all of the above. The schedule includes some special classes to reflect the last 150 years and also some novice classes for first time entrants. The show is open to exhibitors out wth the local area. For further information or a copy of the show schedule (£2 which includes unlimited entries and entry to the show for all the family) please call Glenda on 01360 550142. We look forward to seeing you on 27 August!

Extra attractions this year include displays by local societies including Colourful Killearn, Killearn growers, Blane Valley Allotments, Embroiderers Guild and the Archive group. There will also be displays by the Scottish rock garden club, Scottish Dahlia society and Scottish Vegetable Society all ready to answer your horticultural questions. The RSPB are coming as well as a bee keeper and his bees. We will have a gentleman demonstrating crook making, demonstrations on how to fill a winter basket from Spadework, an art demonstration from 80 |

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Park Life | Funerals

Andrew Anderson & Sons Funeral Directors Est. 1969 We are proud to offer a 24 hour caring and professional service to the local community We are pleased to offer Golden Charter Pre-Paid Funeral Plans “Creating peace of mind for you and your family” A wide range of memorial stones are available. We can also clean and add further inscription to existing family memorials. For all enquiries Callander Tel: 01877 330398 • Balfron Tel: 01360 441023

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

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

John Coubrough & SON FUNERAL DIRECTORS Est. 1961

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

Golden Charter Funeral Plans are also available

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MORRIS ARCHITECTS

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

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Buchlyvie Electrical

All Electrical Work Undertaken Electric Radiators Supplied and Fitted

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

MJM GAS SERVICES

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

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Park Life | Index

District Guides 66 Accountants Baxter Accounting 14 JMC Chartered Accountants 14 Sykam & Co Chartered Accountants 14 Activities/Entertainment/Kids Sky Trail 29 Balmaha’s Braw Weekend 21 Caledonia Play 54 Callander Jazz & Blues Festival 68 Castle Rednock Trekking Centre 57 Fintry Sports Centre 66 Go Country 61 Green Aspirations Scotland 71 Heron House Early Years 67 Kippen Playgroup 52 Lomond School 4 Lynda Turner School Of Dance 62 Loch Katrine Cruises 3 MacRoberts Centre 62 McLaren Leisure Centre 69 Razzamataz 60 The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre 60 Woodland experiences 63 Architects & Consultants Malcolm Parry Architects 82 MH Planning 82 Morris Architects 82 MW Consultants 82 Caravans Stirlingshire Caravans 87 Alterations & Soft Furnishings The Sewing Room 86 Computer Services Laptop and PC Doctor 42 Kappa Computer 42 Microcroft 42 Electrical Buchlyvie Electrical 83 Stewart Hollington 83 Florists Bramble and Thyme Flowers 57 Food, Drink, Accomodation & Venues Braeval coffee shop & Restaurant 22 Fridge/Freezer Mobile Unit for Hire 32 Hewitt & Aker 20 Kirkhouse Inn 27 Cookroom 54 MacDonald Forest Hills Hotel 59 Pestle & Mortar 25 Poppies Hotel & Restaurent 23 Red Kite Yurts 18 St Mocha 18 Town & Country Designs Coffee Shop 33 The Oak Tree Inn 2 The Wayfarers 25 84 |

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Funeral Services Andrew Anderson & Sons 81 John Coubrough Funeral Directors 81 Galleries & Gift Shops Ian Gallacher Jewellers 16 Loch Lomond Shores 55 Moon 53 Schrowtime Studio 16 The Green Gallery 17 Wonderland 15 Gardening & Outdoors Allander Aggregates Ltd 45 Aqua terra Landsculpting 46 AW Contracts 46 Barclay’s Landscaping 43 Benview Garden Centre 26 Boquhan Estates 15 Calum Massie Landscaping 45 Craig Tree Services 43 Cruachan Landscaping 49 Fraser Robb 45 Graham Sandals Timber Buidings 47 John Currie Brick and Stonework 47 MacColl Landscaping 44 Oakburn Gardens and Trees 47 RG Paving & Hard Landscaping 51 Scotia Contracts Ltd 48 Scottish Stone 51 T D Trees 49 Tradstocks 50 Health & Wellbeing Beaute Pacifique 77 Callander Physiotherapy 70 Clements hearing services 72 Liz Ewing Sports Massage 70 The Yoga Place Killearn 73 Tir Na Nog 71 Trossachs Search & Rescue 73 Homes & Interiors Apollo Blinds 41 Burndale Workshop 32 Colin Johnson Traditional Upholstery 32 David Thompson 40 Dream Doors 40 Elspeth Bennie artist blacksmith 38 J Walker Interiors 38 Kitchen & Bathroom Interiors 38 Sparkle Carpets 38 Steven Burgess Furniture 7 The Fabric Gallery 33 The Flooring Studio 33 Town & Country Designs Coffee Shop 32 Ventrolla Scotland 39 Watsinteriors & flooring Ltd 39 Laundry & Domestic Services The Cat’s Pyjamas 86

The Laundry Lady 86 Local Produce 75 Scotia Spice Logs & Fuels Lomond Logs Ltd 34 Tartan Timber 35 Painting & Decorating Andrew Steele Painter & Decorator 35 Endrick Decorators of Killearn 37 Jack Brand Decorating 83 Strathendrick Decorators 36 The Paint Shed 37 Pet Services Scotia Pet Supplies Ltd 76 Photography Paul Saunders Media & Photography 57 Plumbers MJM gas services 83 Stewart Reid 83 Property Corum 88 Northwood Landlords 12 Holme Properties/Offcie Space to rent 69 Stoves Ardstove 83 Stirling Stove Centre 83 Tartan Stoves 9 Trades & Services Aberfoyle Satellite Company 85 Adrian Pirie 6 A Ferguson Plastering 85 A Hopes Roofing 34 Appliance Repairs & Spares 8 Bathroom Transformations 9 CMC Home Improvements 8 C-Mix 6 Drymen Tiling 9 DM Joinery 36 Dunrite Plumbing 6 G&S Roofing Ltd 8 Homeworx Killearn 10 Household & Ind Floor sanding services 6 K M Joiners 87 Lorne Howell Joiners & Builders 11 Man Aboot the Hoose 6 MBS Roofing 10 McNairs 13 Render Mender 10 RM Contractors 85 SD Garage Doors 41 Simon Head Joinery 87 Steven Skinner Joinery Services 85 Your Heating Ltd 85 Window Cleaning Night & Day 14


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Farmers Markets 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 Street. A weekday market, which is extremely well supported locally. A wide variety of producers from all over Scotland in a splendid central position give this market a tremendous traditional atmosphere.

LOCH LOMOND SHORES FARMERS MARKET

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.

STIRLING FARMERS MARKET

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

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

BENVIEW FARMSHOP Open: Mon-Sat 9.30am-4.30pm Sun 10.30am-4.30pm Farm shop stocking veg, cheeses, preserves, biscuits, cakes etc. Tel: 01360 850525 www.benviewgardencentre.co.uk Ward Toll, Balfron Station G63 0QZ.

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

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