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

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Feb / Mar 2015 Park Life puts the spotlight on Kippen Village

Wedding guide 2015

Everything you need to know about planning your wedding in the area!

Tom Weir Statue

Unveiled on the banks of Loch Lomond

Dining in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs for Valentines and Mothers Day.


Park Life | Business

Siena

Welcome Spring with our up coming events!

Valentine’s Night at Siena Saturday 14th February

Treat your loved one to dinner £39 per couple including a glass of prosecco Mushroon and Truffle Soup Fillet of Beef Carpacio Twice Baked Goats Cheese Souffle Smoked Salmon Salad Braised Morrocan Lamb Corn Fed Chicken with Pudding Mash & Grain Mustard Jus Sea Bass Marinier Roasted Red Pepper Risotto Chocolate Torte Lemon Posset Cherry Clafoutis Cheese and Biscuits

Mother’s Day

Sunday 15th March

“Carvery in the Conservatory” £12.95 for 2 Courses

Spring BBQ

Sunday 29th March

Afternoon Hog Roast, BBQ and Live Music in Siena Cafe & Conservatory to greet the arrival of Summer! The Square, Drymen G63 0BJ | Tel 01360 660458 | E sienacatering@gmail.com

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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.

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THE STEAMSHIP SIR WALTER SCOTT

JANUARY SAILINGS - Wednesday 14th, Saturday 17th, Sunday 18th, Wednesday 21st, Saturday 24th, Sunday 25th, Saturday 31st. FEBRUARY SAILINGS - Sunday 1st and Wednesday 4th. (ALL SAILINGS AT 1pm)

• Sightseeing Cruises on Lady of the Lake - recommence 7th February 2015

• Classic Steamship Cruises on the Sir Walter Scott - recommence 28th March 2015

• Brenachoile Restaurant • Katrine Gifts • Katrine Kiosk • Katrinewheelz • Borg Grech Photography

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Welcome to Parklife in 2015! We have had such fun putting this edition together with our 88 pages full of events, articles, and a wealth of local businesses. One of our highlights was interviewing Bunty Orchard (90 years old!) see page 61 to find out what Bunty has to say about her beloved Kippen Village. We were also delighted to be there for the unveiling of the Tom Weir statue pg 52 & 53, if you have not visited yet I am sure you will after reading about this man’s truly inspiring life! Trossachs Search and Rescue on page 76 informs you how you can become a first responder and a lifesaver within this area, incredible work carried out by dedicated local volunteers. With Valentines Day and Mothers Day fast approaching you will find many places to eat locally that will be providing special menus for these occasions, see page 2 for Bar Siena’s menu (Highly recommended by the Parklife team!) This is a welcome edition to the Parklife area.. Italian cuisine! Thank you for reading and don’t forget to keep sending us your events past and present and we will do our best to list them for you in our Spring edition.

Katrina, Heather, Lisa & Jennifer

Spotlight on Kippen

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Wedding Guide

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CONTENTS Buchlyvie Climbing Wall 

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Spotlight on Kippen  57 to 62

Kids Groups & Clubs  12 & 13

Kippen Walks 

59

Winner of Balmooha ice cream competition 

15

Fitness Classes 

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Interview with Bunty Orchard 

61

Kippen contacts 

62

Gardening Tips 

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Local Events 

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Mugdock Country Park Events 

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Sir Walter Scott Steamship Journey  19 Local Cinema Listings Wedding Guide 



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Paul Saunders Multi Media Man 

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Punjabi Dessert Recipe 

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Killearn Country Market 

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Tom Weir’s Statue 

52 & 53

Loch Lomond Shores Events 

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Fintry Amateur Dramatic Society update 

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Trossachs Search and Rescue 

76 & 77

Mulberry Bush Montessori 10k 

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Finance Tips from Sykam  83 Index 

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Farmers Markets 

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COMPETITION

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4 Tickets for Macroberts 

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Meal for two at The Coach House 

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Our Next Spring Edition covers April and May. Deadline is 10th March. Features will include: Spotlight on Callander - the heart of the Trossachs. Spring Feature on Homes and Interiors. Easter Events - a guide to keeping the kids busy! We have moved! You can find our office at Killearn Mill, Killearn, G63 9LQ. To contact us about advertising or events please call 01360 441006 email katrina@parklifescotland.co.uk | www.parklifescotland.co.uk “Like” our facebook page to get many more special offers. Sign up for Parklifedeals.co.uk and we will bring you a local deal every week!

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Park Life Magazine has established a loyal readership since launching in 2004. Our readers get a copy delivered through their door with Royal Mail every two months and visitors to the area can collect a copy at one of our 400 pick up points. Our local magazine is then kept for reference for all local events, increasing the number of times an advert is seen.

• You can advertise with us from as little as £60. • Spread payments over 12 months with Direct Debit • Published 6 times a year. Supporting the Local Community

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To arrange a FREE ESTIMATE please contact Stephen Melvin

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Heron House Early Years wishes a warm and friendly, Happy New Year to all. Welcome to our new families, we are privileged to look after your children. In December our amazing children, OSC, Nursery and Babies, performed their Christmas show “Ralph the Reindeer” on stage in Killearn village hall. An audience of Parents, Families and Friends, thoroughly enjoyed the singing and dancing and refreshments too. Well done to them all. What a successful way to round off the year. Two words...SHINING STARS! A huge “THANK YOU” to everyone for

their kind contributions, purchasing raffle tickets for our Christmas hamper, making donations and helping out in other ways. It was such an enjoyable event with us all being together and having Aileen Saunders, our music specialist from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and CHIME, to co-ordinate the show was wonderful. All of this enabled us to raise funds for The Beatson Cancer Charity. Funds which can contribute towards improving the paediatric waiting area and providing complementary therapy such as massage and

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Beech Drive, Killearn G63 9SD t: 01360 550 162 e: heronhousekillearn@gmail.com

reflexology. This will really help patients, young and older to manage the side effects of their treatment. WELL DONE FAMILIES! At Heron House Early Years within our nurturing and Learning Environment, some of what we do is to encourage openness to new thinking, have respect for others, work in partnerships and effectively contribute. Please feel you can come, look around, meet our team and learn more. Thank you again, we look forward to welcoming you. Gabi and Fiona (01360 550162)

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If we build it...

Park Life | Feature

Commonwealth Games Legacy 2014 Fund was looking for applications from groups like ours. We upgraded our plans and were awarded a match funded grant. With help from people like Stevie Flynn (who cycled to 500 miles off road to raise funds) and the Buchlyvie Pottery and many others; we matched it. Since a group of parents came together three years ago to form the Buchlyvie Community Association. We’ve had a mountain of fundraising to climb, but are nearing the summit with the opening of the amazing man made feature that is the Buchlyvie Climbing Boulder.

We consulted with Mountaineering and Climbing Scotland, and Stirling Council to ensure that once the

boulder was built; it would be something people would want to use. After going out to tender we appointed Rockworks Ltd, who put founds down to which they fixed the polystyrene sub structure before spraying it with three layers of concrete, and a shingle base around it. Now that it’s been approved by R.O.S.P.A. and adopted by Stirling Council, it can be used by anyone from the area.

This fulfils an items asked for at our initial public consultation, asked for a climbing structure in the play park. Our landscape architect Keith Woods put a climbing wall in the plan, which was approved by Stirling Council. Then we heard the Sport Scotland

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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entre C r o it is V t s e . or The Lodge F y & February 10am-3pm O p e n J a nu

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Come and join us for our monthly nature club then relax in the cafe and try one of our specials. In February we have two pizzas for £10.00 (Mon-Fri) & in March Soup & Sandwich £7.50 (Mon-Fri) For further details or to book call The Lodge on 01877 382258 or e-mail: thelodge@forestry.gsi.gov.uk www.forestry.gov.uk/qefp Follow us on

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FINTRY SPORTS CLUB

Indoor Bowling • Squash • Fitness Room • Restaurant Friday evening special dining night,

booking essential!

Quality food at reasonable prices.

Teas,Coffees,Scones and Cakes served all day

Quality Sports Facilities for West Stirlingshire

A charity providing sports and recreation facilities in West Stirling. SC001505

Tel: 01360 860205

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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) Balfron “New Baby“ Cafe Balfron Monday Music Balfron Bairns Toddlers Balfron Razzamataz Balfron Barracudas Swim Club Balfron Artworks 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 Church Hall, Balfron Balfron & Killearn Balfron McLintock Hall McLintock Hall, Balfron Balfron Campus Pool Mclintock Hall, Balfron 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

Sat P1-3; 9 - 9.45am P3-5; 9.50 - 10.50am or 10.55 - 11.55am P5+; 12 - 1pm

fabartbalfron@gmail.com

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

Saturday

Mornings

Gillian 01360 449425

Wednesday

6.30 - 8pm

balfronathletics@yahoo.co.uk

Saturday & Sunday

2 - 5pm

07837 339 558

Monday

9.30 - 11.20am

Lynsay 01360 850078

Monday (Inc Summer holidays)

10.00 - 12noon

Vicki 01877 376259

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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T: 01389 721095 Commercial

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

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Laundry & Dry Cleaning • Service Wash Ironing • Equine Laundry • Pet Beds Units 8 & 9, North St Ind Est, North Street, Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire G83 0EA

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New Flavour of ice-cream

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hits the shores of Loch Lomond!

Amy Pocock was the winner of The Bal-Moo-Ha Ice Cream Competition run by St Mocha Coffee Shop & Ice Cream Parlour in Parklife Magazine. 14 year old Amy won the first prize by coming up with the best choice of new flavours for The Bal-Moo-Ha range of children’s ice cream. Bal-Moo-Ha follows on from the huge success that St Mocha had with

their Loch Lomond Luxury Ice Cream brand. Bal-Moo-Ha, just like Loch Lomond Luxury Ice Cream is all made on site in Balmaha.

As you can see from the close up picture of Amy’s creation it looks amazing, and we can confirm that it tastes superb too.

The flavour that Amy wanted created was ‘Wee Ginger-bred Man’ and recently she got the opportunity to join St Mocha’s ice cream specialist Lizanne to produce the very first batch. Amy even drew a picture showing how she wanted the ice cream created, her choice of ingredients: Ginger Ice Cream, Biscuit Chips and Chocolate Chip Buttons.

Amy’s prize is free ice cream for a year in St Mocha Coffee Shop & Ice Cream Parlour. Bal-moo-ha ice cream will be on sale this summer with this flavour and a selection of others using choices from the children that entered the competition. Thanks to everyone who took part. 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

You can help raise funds for McLaren Leisure’s soft play area!

Full Size Games Hall 20m swimming Pool 30ft Climbing Wall Sauna and Steam room Fitness Classes Modern Fitness Suite www.mclarenleisure.co.uk Mollands Road, Callander FK17 8JP | Tel: 01877 330000

Raise cash for MCLC Soft Play Area every time you shop online! It’s free, easy, and helps raise the vital funds needed to maintain and develop Callander’s Soft Play facilities. All you need to do is go to easyfundraising and register with them to support the cause. You can choose from thousands of top retailers that are associated, each time you buy online, and every time you do, you can help a very worthwhile, local cause. Happy fundraising/shopping!

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Sage Osteopathic Clinic

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Experienced osteopathic practitioner, established in Inverclyde 1998. Expert assessment of patients presentations Safe treatment to reduce symptoms (eg pain, stiffness, nerve irritation) by addressing underlying causes Individualised intervention for a diverse range of conditions, throughout the body Full attention of osteopath throughout 40/30 min appointments

Lumsdaine Halls, 13 Balfron Road, Killearn Contact Jonathan on T: 01360 551783 | M: 07971 795970 E: sageosteo@gmail.com

www.sageosteopathicclinic.co.uk

salann halotherapy

Treatments for dermatological and respiratory conditions using the natural healing properties of salt Treatable conditions include ƒ asthma ƒ eczema ƒ hayfever ƒ psoriasis ƒ sinusitis ƒ COPD

Contact us today to book your first consultation 07949 250 355 www.salann.co.uk

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Park Life | Fitness

Class

Vilage

Day

Time

Contact

Tai Chi

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 Pre natal pregnancy Yoga

Tir Na Nog

Thursdays

10am

07825 392 334

Siobhan Ashtanga Yoga

Killearn

Fridays

9.30am

07825 392 334

Siobhan Mysore yoga class

Killearn

Wednesdays

9.30am-11am

07825 392 334

Dynamic Flow Yoga

Tir Na Nog

Tuesdays

1:30pm-2:45pm

07825 392 334

Pregnancy Yoga

Tir Na Nog

Thursdays

10am-11:15am

07825 392 334

Restorative Yoga for all

Tir Na Nog

Thursdays

12pm -1pm

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

10.30am

07557 439111

Nordic walking and training

Various villages

Wednesdays

1.30pm

07557 439111

Exercise Class (Adults)

Balfron High School

Wednesdays

7-8pm

07963 080078

Taekwondo Rainbow

Balfron High School

Wednesdays

5-6pm

07963 080078

Taekwondo Juniors

Balfron High School

Wednesdays

6-7pm

07963 080078

Balfron High School

Wednesdays

8 -9pm

All Abilities welcome

Ladies Netball

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We have tenants looking for rental properties in North Glasgow Area, please get in touch.

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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Steaming through history.

Park Life | Feature

The Steamship Sir Walter Scott what an incredible journey it had to get to Loch Katrine! Named after Scotland’s much loved poet and author Sir Walter Scott, our iconic 115 year old steamship is one of Scotland’s major visitor attractions. Built by Denny Bros at Dumbarton, the steamship’s journey to Loch Katrine was not easy. She was meticulously dismantled before being transported by barge to Inversnaid on Loch Lomond and then by horse drawn carts to Stronnachlachar where she was rebuilt and first sailed on the 1st April 1900. The steamship has undergone a number of changes over the years, including a new passenger saloon, and although still powered by her original 1898 Mathew Paul triple expansion steam engine, her new boilers, replaced in 2007 use environmentally friendly bio-fuel. Season after season, the Steamship Sir Walter Scott, which provides full disabled access and facilities, continues to welcome cyclists, hikers, families and international tourists on board, to enjoy the stunning scenery of Loch Katrine. Relax on board with a drink and snack while listening to the tales and legends of the loch narrated by our knowledgeable and experienced crew. Sailings depart daily from Trossachs Pier, please check our web-site or leaflet for sailing times and prices. Should you be planning to cycle back along the loch shore road from Stronnachlachar, we recommend you book in advance. [see our advert on page 3]

Captain McKinnon, the first ever skipper of the steamer dated 1900 Ship crew circa 1925 Steamer approaching Stronnachlachar, circa 1947 Steamer leaving Trossachs Pier, circa 1947 www.parklifescotland.co.uk

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Competition! WIN A WEE GROUP SAVER (4 Tickets) FOR NOTHERN BALLET’S ELVES & THE SHOEMAKER Thurs 9 April, 12.15pm, 2pm & 4pm Suitable for ages 3+ Following the fantastic sell-out success of Three Little Pigs, Northern Ballet is delighted to return to macrobert with their latest ballet for children. A kind-hearted but poor shoemaker gives his final pair of shoes, all he has left in the world, to a poor lady in need of help. The next morning the shoemaker awakes to find that his last piece of leather has been transformed into the most magnificent pair of shoes overnight. He discovers that not only are the shoes beautiful; they are also magical. Who is the mysterious

WIN

maker of these marvellous shoes? Retelling the famous Brothers Grimm story, Elves & The Shoemaker is the perfect opportunity to introduce your little ones to the magic of live ballet, music and theatre. Using live music, storytelling and a rich visual language that will delight and surprise its audience. Tickets on sale now, visit www.macrobert.org or call 01786 466 666

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Cinema Listings

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Strathendrcik Film Society

www.film-society.org Films Start at 7.30pm. Balfron High School Theatre 20th February Erin Brockovich (2000)

 131 mins | Biography | Drama (in association with Balfron Church Eco-Group) An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city’s water supply. Starring Julia Roberts (won the Oscar) and Albert Finney (Oscar nominee) – 3 other Oscar nominations. “Excellent performances … it will make you cry, it will make you stand up and cheer. (NY Times)

6th March

The Butler (2013)

 132 mins | Biography | Drama

As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man’s life, family, & American society. Starring Forrest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey and John Cusack. “A veritable star-spangled jamboree… Whitaker makes a very admirable fist of the least starry “starring” role in recent mainstream movie-going memory.

20th March

The Intochables (2011)

 112 mins | Biography | Comedy Drama (French with subtitles) After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caretaker. “For once, the hype is justified. This is a charming, uplifting French drama, with great acting – an irreverent, humorous take on disability closely drawn from real-life” (Philip French)

Mugdock Cinema

Booking essential 0141 956 6100
 or book online Cost £3 www.mugdock-countrypark.org.uk

An American in Paris (U)

Mon 9th February 7.30pm


Saving Mr Banks (PG)

Mon 23rd February


The Magnificent Seven

Mon 9th March

The Color Purple Mon 23rd March

Loch Lomond Shores Sealife Centre Cinema Listing 28th March

Big Hero 6 5.30pm Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 8.30pm www.visitsealife.com/loch-lomond/cinema

Gartmore Community Cinema

www.gartmorevillagehall.co.uk

The Commitments (1991) 6th February 12 Years A Slave 7th March 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 www.parklifescotland.co.uk | 21


AGA – home to great cooking Introducing the AGA Dual Control The AGA Dual Control is designed for those who like flexibility but still want to take advantage of great tasting food and the indefinable AGA warmth in the kitchen. It offers everything you love about AGA, but with massively reduced running costs and servicing costs. The AGA Dual Control’s ovens are more as you would expect from a traditional AGA cooker and operate together. What’s more, the two hotplates can be turned on and off independently, meaning you can make a reduction in the overall heat input into the room from the cooker when desired. The AGA Dual Control is available in electric, or with gas ovens and electric hotplates. Taste the AGA difference at AGA Glasgow.

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The AGA treats food differently. Put simply, it doesn’t blast food with drying direct heat. Instead, radiant heat from the cast iron ovens gently cooks food, locking in flavour, moisture and goodness, meaning the food you serve tastes delicious. To find out more, or to book a demonstration, call or visit AGA Glasgow, 130-132 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G4 9AD. 0141 332 8486 agaliving.com


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Flower garden and studio, where seasonal scented flowers, roses & herbs are grown for weddings, workshops, bouquets and gifts. Perfect for all occasions. All enquiries welcome - please contact Amanda E: greenpea06@btinternet.com M: 07749198521 www.greenpeastudio.com

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GROWING AMBITION… Flowers are the so called icing on the cake for a wedding or any special occasion but how much nicer if you can use locally home-grown flowers, cleverly displayed in beautiful arrangements? This is exactly what Amanda Clayden, founder of Green Pea Studio near Port of Menteith, Stirling has created. As a very talented and creative florist/gardener Amanda grows her own flowers, herbs and foliage which she then uses to produce the most imaginative and stunning bouquets, posies and arrangements. Weddings are her speciality, but she also runs floral and gardening workshops, takes commissions and sells artisan gifts directly from Green Pea Studio and at various markets.

bespoke jewellery, repairs & restringing ♥ candles ♥ decorations ♥ homewares cards ♥ hearts galore ♥ toys www.awonderland.co.uk ♥ 147 Buchanan St, Balfron ♥

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Amanda Clayden, Green Pea Studio & Garden Blaircessnock, Port of Menteith, Stirling FK8 3JZ


Interview with...

Luci Rooney of Events Décor, Balfron Although originally from a set design for television background, I set up eventsdecor in 2005 to fill a gap in the market for a local event decorator which can provide the full venue dressing service, a one-stop shop if you like along with a unique personal service. I love working in this part of the world, there is such a variety of venues and we have a showroom and store in Balfron (where I also live).

What has been your favourite event so far? It’s really difficult to pick a favourite event from all the ones we have decorated at eventsdecor, as it’s well over 500 now. We decorate a

huge variety of events from simple table centres at a tiny party to full dressing of a huge wedding. The transformation of Fintry bowling club for an incredible wedding springs to mind as well as a burlesque themed party in the playground (barn venue). Do you have any top tips for creating the right atmosphere in the room? Decoration is about making the most of and enhancing your venue, we can dress any venue to create the atmosphere the client is looking for, and sometimes all it needs is a few well-placed touches. As well as atmosphere, practical elements need to be taken into consideration, we can help you with issues such as only providing table centres that are tall and thin or lower than eye level to allow views across the table, decorative lighting is the most atmospheric, but how can we attach string lights? will chair covers fit the chairs in the venue?

Looking forwards, following our “Vows” nomination last year, 2015 is already getting busy, there are three of us in the business now, we are expanding into new venues and building up hire stock for all types of events, all of which can be seen in our showroom in Balfron, please call for an appointment and free, no-obligation consultation. Luci

Is 2015 going to see Events Decor expanding?

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 www.parklifescotland.co.uk

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Your love is our passion‌ At House for an Art Lover, we are passionate about weddings. This Charles Rennie Mackintosh inspired house, set in the grounds of Bellahouston Park, is the perfect setting for your special day. Your special day deserves a memorable setting.

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Floral Inspiration! Bramble and Thyme, run by Fiona Wallace, is a vibrant, new business specialising in providing beautiful flowers for weddings and events. Using the best quality flowers we like to create natural, elegant arrangements that reflect the client’s personality and style and enhance the venue making for a truly memorable occasion.

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Planning a wedding or event?

Fiona can advise on colour and style and has plenty of innovative ideas from the vintage to the contemporary to inspire you. Visit our website! www.brambleandthymeflowers.com

• Fabulous flowers • Personal attention to detail and style • Unique simple arrangements to stunning extravagant creations Bramble and Thyme will be exhibiting at the Stirling Wedding Fair 15th February 2015. Come and see us!

E: info@brambleandthymeflowers.com T: 07791 292421 www.brambleandthymeflowers.com

Gartmore Village Hall is the ideal venue for your special day. We offer superb facilities in a beautiful rural location. The hall is situated in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park with stunning views of Ben Lomond. Within the village of Gartmore, we have a Parish Church, the Black Bull Hotel, bed and breakfast locations and self-catering accommodation. There are local catering companies, florists and a wedding make-up artist whose details we can supply you with to help you plan your day.

Wedding packages are tailored to your needs therefore please contact our Hall Co-ordinator, Siobhan Smith by email at gartmore-hall@outlook.com and visit www.gartmorevillagehall.co.uk

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Wedding Anniversary traditional gift list 1 year is paper 2 years is cotton 3 years is leather 4 years is linen 5 years is wood 6 years is iron 7 years is wool 8 years is bronze 9 years is copper 10 years is tin or aluminium 11 years is steel 12 years is silk 13 years is lace 14 years is ivory 15 years is crystal 17 years is turquoise 20 years is china or porcelain 25 years is Silver Jubilee or silver wedding 30 years is pearl 35 years is coral or jade

40 years is ruby 45 years is sapphire 50 years is Golden Jubilee not to be confused with the ‘golden birthday’ (not at a fixed age) 55 years is emerald 60 years is Diamond Jubilee 65 years is blue sapphire 70 years is Platinum Jubilee. 75 years is diamond wedding 80 years is oak wedding

Ian Gallacher

Wonderland Ironhorse

T: 01786 473696 E: info@iangallacher.com W: www.iangallacher.com FOLLOW US ON

Leading the way in Diamonds Monday to Saturday 0845 - 1700 7 Murray Place, Stirling FK8 1DQ

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Ardkinglas Weddings A unique but affordable wedding venue on the West Coast of Scotland.

The secluded and tranquil setting of Ardkinglas, approached through ancient woodland and with sweeping terraced lawns opening out onto the shores of Loch Fyne, is a hidden gem. In addition to the garden, the spacious reception rooms on the first floor of this exceptional house are available for ceremonies and receptions. The many options available enable us to tailor a package to suit your particular needs, whether you have 2 or 200 guests. This enchanted venue can be exclusively yours for the day, to enjoy without interruptions from the outside world. We will be glad to arrange a viewing, at your convenience. “Ardkinglas was perfect in every way”

For wedding, party and event catering

      Wedding banquets Canapés and party food Private dining Wood fired bbq www.beetrootandchocolate.co.uk sam@beetrootandchocolate.co.uk

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The Playground Venue for hire - Balfron Large Barn (100ftx40ft) and Bothy with toilets, galley kitchen and parking Weddings • Parties Corporate Entertainment • Filming

Alan Cuthbert: 07760 262361 cuthbert@glensidehouse.co.uk

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Elin makes contemporary hand blown glass for gifts, decoration, architecture and lighting. All glass is designed and made by Elin in her glass blowing studio in Stirling, Central Scotland. Clients are individuals and businesses looking for modern bespoke sculpture, awards, corporate gifts and more. Elin has 15 years experience of working with Scandinavian and European glass making techniques and can offer a bespoke service which includes design, prototype and manufacture. Inspiration is often drawn from her travels: ranging from the cold north of Sweden to the exotic Asia, always intrigued by the play of light and textures in nature. ‘Making glass is a way of accessing a world increasingly excluded from our everyday life.’ To buy Elin’s glass in our online shop and to book glass blowing courses visit: www.scotlandglassblowing.co.uk

Elin Isaksson Glass Hand blown unique wedding & birthday gifts

Studio & Gallery (by appt.)

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

Online shop:

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Inchmurrin Island on Loch Lomond is a unique setting for a romantic wedding. Sail to the beautiful island surrounded by panoramic views for a truly memorable day. Ceremonies for up to 80 guests can be held in the garden, a marquee can be provided, or in the Tartan room overlooking the loch. Dinner and drinks packages are available for all budgets. Accommodation can be provided for 24 people in self catering properties. Each wedding is tailor made and we will be happy to discuss your individual requirements to make your wedding day extra special.

Please contact Dot on 01389 850245 | Email: scotts@inchmurrin-lochlomond.com www.inchmurrin-lochlomond.com

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Nestled deep within the Queen Elizabeth Forest lies historic Duchray Castle, a romantic retreat offering luxury accommodation in a stunning, secluded location. The perfect venue for your fairytale wedding.

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Delightful new venue for 2 to 50 guests Exclusively yours All types of marriage ceremonies accommodated Accommodation for 8 within the castle Honeymoon suite with 4 poster bed Experienced wedding planner • Beautiful castle with Victorian gardens and woodlands

+ 44 (0) 1877 389333 stay@duchraycastle.com www.duchraycastle.com

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Stylingnal ! Start your day with our friendly professional stylists who will use all their expertise to make you feel photo ready. Large salon with good parking.

2 The Galleries, Balloch Rd, Balloch, G83 8SS

Tel/fax 01389 720150 www.mackenziestewarthair.com


‘The Garden Shed’ at Knockraich

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A fabulous NEW party and wedding venue available for hire at Knockraich Farm. Enjoy the freedom to create your own unique event with licensed bar, ample space for live music and dancing, and an atmosphere like no other. Overlooking beautiful orchard gardens, this venue oozes with rustic charm and character. Luxury self catering accommodation is now also available at Knockraich Farm. We aim to provide a completely bespoke service to you where the only limitation is your imagination. Knockraich Farm, Fintry, Stirlingshire, G63 0LN Tel 01360 860202 enquiries@knockraich.com www.knockraich.com

Ardoch i s  a  secluded,  exclusive-­‐use  venue  with  a  warm  atmosphere,  tailor-­‐made   service,  high   standards  and   breathtaking  views  of  Loch   Lomond.    Located   in  the  village  of  Gartocharn,  the  133  acre   estate  offers  17  en-­‐suite  bedrooms,  a  large  dining  room   and  numerous  spaces  for   a  multitude   of  uses.    Our  wedding  p ackage   includes  venue  hire,  accommodation  and  b reakfast  for  30  people.     WEDDINGS                          CORPORATE  RETREATS   CHARITY  EVENTS   Ardoch,  Gartocharn,  G83   8ND                  t:     01389  710401                      e:    Info@Ardoch-­‐Scotland.com            w:    www.ardoch-­‐scotland.com    

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Perfect wedding memories - Getting married at Loch Lomond Your wedding day will be the most special day of your life. There is no more special a place to say ‘I do’ than amid the stunning scenery of Loch Lomond and surrounding areas. Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is known throughout the world. The amazing scenery, From the rolling landscape in the south to high mountains in the north. With many lochs through out the park, Loch Lomond is the most famous and possibly the most romantic setting for your wedding. When looking for a wedding venue, Loch Lomond and surrounding area offers a vast and varied choice. From the traditional Country House Hotel to one of Loch Lomond’s Islands, or on a boat or in a castle, or on the loch side, or in a marquee in the grounds of an hotel. The list is endless there is a venue to meet all budgets and styles. For perfect wedding memories, whether a stylish country house wedding or small intimate wedding the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond have the most romantic and picturesque settings. Lynne Philips is the local registrar based in Balfron. She can conduct ceremonies almost anywhere...from your hotel to the summit of Ben Lomond.

Let the Romance begin...

Our 13th century Castle standing within its own 1600 acre estate offers a unique and magical setting for your special day. Our wedding team provide the highest quality service with a personal touch. We would welcome the opportunity to meet with you and your family to answer any questions and show you around.

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Best Man’s Speeches The Top 3 Mistakes! Sooner or later in every man’s life, unless you are immensely unpopular, you will get asked to perform best man duty. As much of a privilege as this is to be asked, it is a daunting task that will undoubtedly cause untold panic, make you lose sleep, and ultimately test your friendship – that is what the stag do is for right? But to most the thought of writing the speech is the first thing that springs to mind and then delivering the speech is enough to make a grown man fall to the floor, get into the foetal position and wish he had never even bothered to challenge this guy to a game of conkers 20 years ago and put himself in this position in the first place!

1) DON’T MILK IT Yes, you’ve got a big part to play in the day’s proceedings, but remember; you’re not the main event. A good best man’s speech should be limited to not more than 1000 words. That’s about

seven minutes. Any longer and you’ll start to lose your audience. If things are going well, don’t be tempted to improvise and add to your speech. An ill-considered ad lib can turn the crowd against you and once their attention starts to drift, it’s hard to get them back.

2) SHELVE THE SHAGGY DOG STORIES Amusing incidents from the groom’s past can be gold dust, but not if the punch line takes ten minutes to setup. Consider whether you need to relate an entire story. If it can be potted down to two or three lines of hard-hitting humour, it will get a much better response. A 500 word summary of Steve’s disastrous 1992 pot-holing holiday might be entertaining for your fellow spelunkers at the reception, but you’d be better off distilling it into a single gag …

“As anyone who remembers Steve’s notorious caving accident in ‘92 will know, he’s used to being trapped in a harsh, cold environment which no light can reach. So he should find marriage a breeze.”

3) DON’T MENTION THE EX Hopefully, this one’s obvious. If you can’t see why talking about his exes on your mate’s wedding day might upset some people (not least the bride), then you’re probably already heading for a Best Man disaster of epic proportions. In fact, just for you, here are couple of extra do’s and don’ts: Don’t punch the bride’s Dad. Do wear a tie … and trousers. Don’t puke on the cake. Do bring a gift.

Black Bull Hotel - Gartmore

Situated in the picturesque conservation village of Gartmore, the Black Bull Hotel could be your perfect wedding venue. Our function room comfortably seats 70 people and with the impressively refurbished village hall adjacent to the hotel they combine to provide a unique venue. Enjoy the comfort of our dining room and the cosy traditional bar and make the most of the modern, spacious hall for your evening dance. We would be delighted to tailor a wedding package for your big day, just give us a call or drop us a note.

www.blackbullhotel.net | 01877 382225 | info@blackbullhotel.net

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The Great Trossachs

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FunFest

To celebrate the opening of our new Visitor Gateways and The Great Trossachs Path we are arranging a fantastic week of events. There is something for everyone to enjoy. From April 11th to April 18th a host of activities will be held at various locations within The Great Trossachs Forest. We would love you to be involved, or come along and support others.

Saturday April 11th to April 18th

Woodland Trust photo library

The programme is still being finalised but the following events are confirmed: • Saturday 11th April - The Great Tartan Skidaddle. Take part in either an ultra-marathon, a duathlon or a walking 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 - Family event at Glen Finglas More details to follow • 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 • Date to be confirmed. Photography workshop Learn how to improve your photographic skills in the great outdoors

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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Stirlingshire Caravans Stirlingshire Caravans

Arromar Want to create a bigger presence? I am firm believer in the power of marketing. So by designing your website, writing your blog, or managing marketing activity: Arromar can help you increase your presence online in a range of ways. Contact Peter on 07540 22 55 72 or email: peter@árromar.com

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Caravan&repairs & servicing Caravan Motorhome repairs & servicing Used caravan Sales ACOPS Gas & CITO trained engineers Motorhome habitation certificates (Keep your Warranty Valid!) Motor Movers supplied & fitted Motorhome habitation certificates Window replacement Motor Movers supplied & fitted Caravan Storage Window replacement Full Full Used Caravans Wanted service Caravan Storage service Trade-ins welcome from from

✹ £120 £140

visit our website for more details:

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For more information visit

The Yard, Sauchenford, Plean, Stirlingshire FK7 8AP

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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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Affordable Alarm & CCTV Systems

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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

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01786 472335 stirling@apollo-blinds.co.uk Glasgow postcodes covered by Clydebank Branch eg G61 G62 G63

0141 941 1852 clydebank@apollo-blinds.co.uk

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Domestic & Commercial Electricians

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

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Multi Media Man

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Drymen based Paul Saunders is well known in the Parklife area as a photographer. What you may not know is that he also runs his own media company. We caught up with Paul to find out more about that side of his business. Paul tell us about your media background? ‘I worked in radio for two decades, including Radio Clyde where I was Programme Director. When I set up my own business in 2010 I decided that I wanted to continue media and marketing, combining it with being a Professional Photographer’. Who are your clients? It’s a varied collection that includes a comedian, charities and many tourism businesses. I work with them to drive their results, increasing bookings, revenue etc. Give us an idea of some of your work? For The Oak Tree Inn it’s been about

developing marketing ideas, updating logos and launching a brand new website for them. We’ve recently published a new map and guide for Balmaha that will be very effective for them. What kind of services do you specialise in? I produce videos, create promotions, design website content, social media, not forgetting photography of course! Every client is different and my starting point is always about developing the right strategy for them.’

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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THE OAK TREE INN Muddy Boots Welcome Special Offers Get an amazing deal on our accommodation. We have a half price B&B sale for rooms through to 31st March (Saturday nights not included). Visit our website for more details and to check availability.

Loyalty Card Visit The Oak Tree Inn and St Mocha Coffee Shop & Ice Cream Parlour six times to earn a loyalty discount card which will give you 10% saving off of food and non-alcoholic beverages on future visits.

Photography Competition Win big prizes in The Oak Tree Inn’s brand new photography competition running through until the summer. We are looking for the best photographs of Balmaha and surrounding area. See our website for more details.

Tom Weir Statue This was the unveiling of the Tom Weir Statue next to The Oak Tree Inn on Dec 29th. Come and see this tribute to this legendary climber, author and broadcaster. The statue was unveiled by Tom’s widow Rhona (pictured) from Gartocharn on the 100th anniversary of his birth.

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

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A taste of the exotic with a Punjabi Dessert! Rose flavoured Phirini (Serves 4) Ingredients 500ml full fat or semi-skimmed milk 1/4 cup ground rice ½ cup sugar according to taste 2 tsp rose water a few natural pistachio nuts to garnish

Whilst we all love to cook spicy Punjabi food desserts are often overlooked. Punjabi people have a sweet tooth and really appreciate a good pudding. This one is amongst the most popular. Incredibly quick and easy to make, it’s sweet comforting and fragrant and of course totally delicious! Ground rice is an ingredient that has gone out of fashion but is still very easy to come across in Supermarkets and Asian shops. Garnishing with dried rose petals (or fresh f you prefer) and pistachios not only looks lovely but tastes delicious too.

Method 1. Set the milk over a low flame. 2. Add the sugar and the rice flour and stir. 3. Continue stirring until the mixture starts to thicken, this usually takes 5 to 10 minutes until you have a consistency like thick custard. 4. Turn off the heat, add the rose water and mix well. 5. Garnish with sliced pistachio nuts. This dish is delicious eaten hot or cold. Recipe supplied by Yasmin McDonagh of Scotia Spice. Yasmin offers authentic Punjabi cookery courses and also an exciting new range of “Cookery Courses in a box” to find out more visit www.scotiaspice.co.uk

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Comfortable rooms, fine food & drink and function rooms available The Killearn Hotel would like to wish a Happy New Year to all our patrons, and look forward to seeing you in 2015. We have launched a new bar menu to compliment our restaurant menu, giving you the choice of a more informal dinning experience. With great Homemade Burgers, Tasty Sharing Platters, and old favourites like Gammon Steak Scampi and Macaroni Cheese, the new bar menu has something for everyone to enjoy. We also have a great calendar of events for the year which include live music nights, Summer Hog roast and Ale Festival to name a few. You can find a full list of events on our website and can follow us on facebook so you don’t miss out on our special offers. So come and enjoy the Killearn Hotel in 2015!!!

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Encouraging Local Talent to Showcase in Killearn in 2015 The idea behind the Killearn Country Market is to showcase and support the wonderful local produce, crafts and other talent found in the area and to help encourage new and exciting ‘seedcorn’ businesses, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. It can be the perfect place to gain vital feedback for new businesses, build relations and confidence and to use as a spring board for further development. It is also a regular platform for all to enjoy, both stall holders and visitors, with lots of community involvment and we would encourage even the most established of local small businesses to take a stall every now and then as it is a great community event to meet others and share experience.

run in tandem, highlighting artists and photographers and with the opening of the well known Three Sisters Bake at the Village Hall, we hope to work together to attract visitors from further afield too, making the Killearn Country Market a well known destination Saturday morning experience. Killearn Country Market will be changing to the 1st Sunday of every month 10am - 1pm at Killearn Village Hall.

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Moving Home in 2015? I wonder just how much those who live within the Loch Lomond National Park really appreciate what they have? Quite simply some of the best scenery within Britain, Europe … the world! Add to this the wonderful wildlife, the diversity of flora and fauna, and the individuality of the people and you realise what a fabulous place it is to stay. The Victorians realised this when they built many of the fine homes that adorn the area. This is further enhanced with the many wonderful rural properties, charming villages and small towns we have.

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Weir’s Way

Countryside Legend Tom Weir’s Statue Unveiled on the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond as Hundreds Join in Centenary Celebrations All roads led to Balmaha on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond on Monday 29th December as hundreds of people from all over Scotland witnessed the unveiling of an impressive bronze statue in memory of countryside legend and ‘’Scotland’s most popular mountain man’’ Tom Weir. They joined in the celebrations by raising replicas of Tom’s signature red and white toorie hat to mark the centenary of his birth and his great contribution to

introducing generations to Scotland’s outdoors through his adventures as a climber, naturalist, writer and broadcaster. Well-known outdoor writers and broadcasters Cameron McNeish and Jimmie MacGregor joined Tom’s widow, 94 year old Rhona Weir, to unveil the statue against the idyllic backdrop of Balmaha Bay. A special musical tribute was performed by popular Scottish minstrel Alistair

McDonald who played some of Tom’s favourite music, including Loch Lomond and The Rowan Tree. Speaking at the statue unveiling, Cameron McNeish said: “Tom would have been 100 years old today and it’s interesting that he was born only a few days after the death of the great John Muir. The two men were so similar in many ways; in their passion for wild land and in their belief that we should look after and

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Tom, wearing his signature red and white toorie hat

nurture the natural world as much as we could. “After the first of his regular appearances in Macgregor’s Gathering on Radio Scotland it was obvious that no script was required, such were his natural talents as a communicator. It is impossible to calculate the number of people who were introduced to the splendours of the Scottish countryside by Tom and we all owe him a great deal.” Tom’s widow, Rhona Weir, is delighted with the quality of the statue and said: “The level of detail and likeness to Tom is amazing and I am pleased the statue has been sited at one of Tom’s favourite spots on Loch Lomondside which inspired so much of his writings and broadcasts on Scotland’s great outdoors . Susan Taylor, Administrator of the Tom Weir Memorial Group, added: “This special celebration and statue unveiling is the culmination of almost three years hard work by a dedicated group of volunteers who were determined to mark Tom’s contribution to enriching the lives of many tens of thousands of people with his writings and broadcasts on facets of Scotland’s rich and diverse heritage. “The fact that we have raised over £70,000 is tribute to the high regard Tom is held in and we are grateful to the hundreds of knitters

who donated thousands of Tom’s signature red and white toorie hats, which has been a great fundraiser and are very much in evidence today, and the thousands of other members of the public who have generously donated funds.

STV and The Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs, without whose help it would not have been possible to fund and deliver the statue and associated works in memory of Tom in time for his centenary anniversary.’’

“We are also grateful to other funding partners including the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, Stirling Council, DC Thompson,

The statue sculptor Sean HedgesQuinn, who was in attendance at the statue unveiling presented Tom’s widow, Rhona with a miniature replica. The delivery of this project, which included a phase 1 facelift to the existing picnic area and creation of a raised plinth and walling to provide a high quality setting for the statue, was coordinated by the conservation charity, Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs and site contractors were Alexander Fraser Electrical Services Ltd and Lomond Grass of Balmaha. The upgrading scheme designers were MW Architecture & Design of Balfron Station.

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Loch Lomond Shores Events February - March

Loch Lomond Shores, Ben Lomond Way, Balloch G83 8QL T: 01389 751 031 | E: info@lochlomondshores.com | www.lochlomondhsores.com 1st & 15th Feb Opens at 10am Farmers’ Markets 6th – 11th Feb Shopping Mall & Outdoor Range of kids entertainment/ activities for the school mid term break ( please check the website for more details) 7th – 8th Feb Opens at 10am Artisan craft market 15th Feb 11am -2.30pm

Cooking food from the Farmers’ Market Live demos with Christopher Trotter 1st & 15th Mar Opens at 10am Farmers’ Markets 7th Mar Car Boot Sale In the overflow car park 7th- 8th Mar Opens at 10am Art in Scotland, Art Fair

Fintry Amateur Dramatic Society News Following our outstanding success in 2014 with our British Championship winning play, ‘Victor’s Dung’, we are currently rehearsing our competition entry for 2015. This is a Commedia dell’arte (“theatre of the professional or actor”) production of ‘The Path of True Love’. This highly stylised form of theatre evolved in Venice in the 17th Century and it underpins much of modern comedy. The hugely successful ‘One Man Two Guvnors’ starring James Corden is a reworking of an original Commedia dell’arte play. Our production will have its first public airing at the Stirling District Round of the SCDA One Act Play Festival which will, conveniently for us, be held in the Menzies Hall Fintry on 6 and 7 March 2015. FADS is also rehearsing a further one act play ‘Ladybirds’ by Tony Layton. It’s about a village drama group that has lost all their men. The future looks bleak until a bright, young director, Francesca Delmarco, agrees to help them out with a somewhat controversial play she has written herself. When the word gets out, the local vicar’s wife attempts to ban the production, but the manipulative ladies have their own way of dealing this. ‘Ladybirds’ will appear in Fintry along with ‘The Path of True Love’ at the Menzies Hall in late March on dates yet to be agreed. See our website www.fintrydrama.org.uk and our Facebook page for further details when they emerge. 54 |

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Spotlight on Kippen “Oot o’ the Warld and intae Kippen” is a well-known local saying, a great description of the scenery and life of a truly rural village. Rising steeply above the flat Carse of Stirling, the view from the steel map at the top of the Main Street, shows the 9 Munro’s of the Foothills of the Grampian Mountains in a panoramic sweep from Ben Lomond in the West to the Forth Bridges of the East. Four roads meet at Kippen Cross, the centre of the village, with its two long established small Hotels, four shopsLicensed Grocer and Post Office, Butcher, Café/Deli and Hairdresser, a few steps away. Many local scenic walks start from the Cross and a detailed leaflet is available. The handsome red sandstone Church Clock Tower is a splendid landmark, with magnificent interior, and the spacious Village Hall, Primary School, Reading and Recreation Room, and the recently refurbished Sports Field, all nearby. Unfortunately the only thing missing is a Car Park, but fortunately the streets are wide and access easy. Until 1964, Kippen had the largest Indoor Vine in the world. Planted in 1891 at the top of the village, it

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flourished and eventually annually provided around 2,000 bunched of delicious “Gros Colman” black grapes. A family concern, it had to be destroyed, just before “Tourism” arrived, tho’ cuttings thrive in local garden/greenhouses and a Vinery at Culzean Castle, Maybole, seeks to keep the original vine flourishing. Kippen had a Church from the Twelvth Century, and local history records Kippen men concerned with Covenanting times. The annual Flower Show is held each August, the 113th this year on August 22. Since 1980 a Street Fayre takes place all day each second Saturday of June. The Kippen Football Club founded in 1910 is still active in the local League AprilSeptember each year, The Curling Club is in its 172nd year, and up to last year Summer Ice was a popular Winter game in the village. The School Roll is presently 110 pupils and the school choir entertained when the Commonwealth Baton stopped in Kippen Church Hall Garden last July. Editorial kindly supplied by Winnie.

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Walks this way...

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

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

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

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

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Alice & Mark Silverwood took over The Inn at Kippen in January 2014. We caught up with them to see how the last year has been and find out what they have planned for the future. It’s has been a brilliant year and although it’s been hard work we are really pleased with what we have achieved. It couldn’t have gone better for us and we have had tremendous support from the local community. We really felt welcomed and it was great having people come in saying they had seen us in Parklife! Our team have been fantastic and it’s great to work with such an enthusiastic and hardworking people. We have gained accreditation from Visit Scotland for

both our rooms and food plus we will be appearing as a recommended restaurant in the Michelin Guide to be published in September. We also got married in June – there’s nothing like keeping busy! Our plan for the future is to keep working hard! Mark is really enjoying the Scottish ingredients and our menu over Christmas included Hare, Pheasant, Grouse & Venison all from the hills behind us. We are getting involved with The Kippen Street Fayre this year and are currently writing menu’s for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and planning our spring summer menu’s. We would like to thank all of our customers for their support this year, Alice & Mark Silverwood.

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Bunty Orchard is a Kippenite of the first order and I feel honoured to have met her. Bunty Orchard is a ninety year young resident of Kippen. She has lived her entire 90 years in the village. Born in Cambusbarron at her maternal grandmother’s home her parents returned to Kippen two days after Bunty was born with their young family in 1924. We went along to meet Bunty and hear her memories of Kippen over the years. In her pristine sitting room this healthy, active nonagenarian with a keen sense of humour and a zest for life most of would envy talked about her life as a Kippenite. A Kippenite is a resident of Kippen who gets involved in the village and community. It doesn’t matter how long or short a time you have been a resident - just be involved! Bunty, her two brothers and one sister all attended Kippen Primary and she remembers the numerous shops on Main Street, the sweetie shop, shoe shop, bakers. Skating on Burnside Pond when it froze in the depths of winter and playing ice hockey with upside down walking sticks and an empty shoe polish tin. Happy memories. At the start of World War 2 all the young men went off to war and women replaced them in the workplace. Bunty and two friends went to work at Gargunnock Sawmill. When their time at the Sawmill ended Bunty was the only one of the three girls with all her fingers! After the war Bunty trained as a nurse and spent many years ‘down the road’ at Killearn Hospital. She left Killearn Hospital in an ambulance with the very last patient to leave when the hospital closed in 1973. On to the Southern General in Glasgow and finally Kildean Hospital in Stirling until she retired. At the same time Bunty had her own family, son David and daughter Sandra, and now six grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. All of whom are regular visitors. A military thread has run through Bunty’s life of which she is justifiably very proud, and continues to this day. Bunty is actively involved in village life, with the Rural, the Guild and Heritage Society . She writes on occasion for the Kippen Grapevine and shows no sign of slowing up. She’s a Kippenite of the first order and I feel honoured to have met her. Interview with Katrina Gardner

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Park Life | Kippen The Name KIPPEN probably comes from the Gaelic (indigenous language of the Scots) wordmeaning Place of the little stump or outcrop or block. This refers to the geological nature of the village of Kippen as it sits on an outcrop of the Gargunnock Hills. Gelngyle Garage Petrol & Diesel Fuel 01786 870254 Open: Mon-Fir 8.30am-8pm Sat 9am-7pm Sun 10am-7pm McNicolls Country Store 01786 870237 Mon-Sat 9am-5pm Sun 10am-4pm Kippen Curling Club Ann Fulton Annagram3@btinternet.com Kippen Bowling Club Agnes McLaren 01360 850264 Kippen Community Trust www.kippencommunitytrust.co.uk Kippen WRI Dianne Louittit 01786 870659 Kippen’s War Memorial To make a donation or to help with the upkeep of the tubs please contact Naomi 01786 870282 Ann 01786 870291 Fiona 01786 87068 Kippen Playgroup Tues & Fri 9.30am-12pm Kippen Village Hall Rebecca 07811100045 Margaret 07761299760 Doctors surgery Castlehill Loan, Tel 01786 870369 Kippen Church Guild Visitors are always welcome! Oct-Mar meetings held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm. Feb 24th 2pm Reverend Ian Patterson guest Speaker Sat 14th Mar 10.30am-12pm Coffee Morning For more information please call or email Joanna McPhail on 01786 870681 / joanna.mcphail@ btinternet.com Kippen Drama Club Interested in joining us? Call Ann on 01786 870517 Kippen Tennis Club Small friendly and relaxed club with

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Kippen Fayre Saturday June 13th 2015 300 years ago, there was a fair or

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Benview Garden Centre offers everything you need to get your garden growing from flower and vegetable seeds, propagation equipment and tools, a wide range of composts, pots and fertilizers, to canes, stakes and trellis. And for when you feel the garden is under control, we have a range of garden furniture. Between us we have been working with plants for over 40 years and we are always on hand to offer the benefit of our experience.

Everything you need to get your gardening year going. Flower & Veg seeds, seed potatoes Summer flowering bulbs Shrubs, trees, propagation equipment.

Greenhouses on display. Farm shop stocking veg, cheeses, preserves, biscuits, cakes etc. Opening Hours: Mon - Sat 9.30am - 4.30pm, Sun 10.30am - 4.30pm From 1st March, Mon - Sat: 9am - 5pm, Sun: 10am - 5pm info@benviewgardencentre.co.uk 01360 850525 www.benviewgardencentre.co.uk

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Gardening Tips for February & March February • Prepare vegetable seed beds, and sow some vegetables under cover • Chit potato tubers • Protect blossom on apricots, nectarines and peaches • Net fruit and vegetable crops to keep the birds off • Prune winter-flowering shrubs that have finished flowering • Divide bulbs such as snowdrops, and plant those that need planting ‘in the green’ • Prune Wisteria • Prune hardy evergreen hedges and renovate overgrown deciduous hedges • Prune conservatory climbers • Cut back deciduous grasses left uncut over the winter

March • Protect new spring shoots from slugs • Plant shallots, onion sets and early potatoes • Plant summer-flowering bulbs • Lift and divide overgrown clumps of perennials • Top dress containers with fresh compost • Mow the lawn on dry days (if needed) • Cut back Cornus (dogwood) and Salix (willow) grown for colourful winter stems • Weeds come back in to growth - deal with them before they get out of hand • Start feeding fish and using the pond fountain; remove pond heaters • Open the greenhouse or conservatory doors and vents on warm days

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Craig Tree Care

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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

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Traditional Family Home benefits from the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) to the tune of £33,000. A Perthshire family looking to reduce their heating costs by replacing their oil boiler contacted Ecoliving to explore renewable heating alternatives. With a large, older house requiring a high temperature system and a fairly high heat demand the most appropriate solution was a pellets boiler. Ecoliving conducted an on-site survey to determine the heat loss and discuss the potential locations of the

An Austrian built ETA pellets boiler was specified and installed with an output of 20kW, fed by a 6 tonne pellet store located outside through the wall from the boiler. The installed cost of the boiler was £23,965. LeckiePelletsStore – External Pellet Store

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Killearn Health & Fitness

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Robert Miller started out in the fitness industry 14 years ago as a Personal Trainer. With continued study and development, he has broadened and enhanced those skills to offer a comprehensive service to his diverse spectrum of clients. Robert has helped hundreds of clients look and feel their best.

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The philosophy behind his success is to treat the body as a whole through corrective exercise, holistic health and nutrition. The benefits of which are wide ranging, from; reduced cellulite, clearer complexion, reduced stress and anxiety, better sleep and a healthier immune and digestive system, reduced blood pressure and improved fertility. This holistic approach to health has brought unprecedented success for clients, whether battling with weight issues, low self-confidence or illness.

New Year- New You? Connect with your soul- healing yourself from the inside out! with Robert Miller@Killearnhealthandfitness Come and experience Robert’s unique approach. Lose weight for a lifetime (not just one diet), get fit, get healthy, reduce unnecessary medication, lift depression, stress, anxiety, or chronic health problems, aches or pains. Whatever your problem, Robert will design a program unique to you.

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Adult Classes

starting end of February and start of March

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Junior Golf Classes please call for details

Gift Vouchers available

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Events February - March Callander Jazz Club

Monthly Jazz Jam Sun 1st Feb & Sun 1st Mar 3pm-6pm The Riverside Inn, Leny Road, Callander

Drymen/Croftamie Fun Race Night (with wooden horses!)

Drymen Village Hall Sat 21st March at 7.30pm in aid of Croftamie Thursday Minibus. BYOB - Tickets and more information from Anne Ewing, Croftamie Community Trust. Horses and races available for sponsorship too! Tel: 01360 660877 or email: croftamie@live.co.uk

B Flats Concert “Over the Rainbow”

Port of Menteith Church Sat 21st March 7.15 for 7.30pm Songs on a Colours theme with Soft Drinks and Nibbles. Local talent: Seonaidh from the Port and Ava from Gartmore. Adults £8 Children £4 Wear something in a bright colour! Tickets at the door or book from Linna 01360 850 274

Strathendrick Young Embroiderers Creative Textile Craft Group

1 Saturday a Month 9.30am-12noon [24th Jan,28thFeb & 21st March] MCLintock Halls We do textile art with 8-18 year olds. We run September to March and are keen for more members. contact Heather 01360 550980 or Heatherwrightuk@aol.com

Buchlyvie Rural

Monthly meetings are on 2nd Tuesdays at 7.30pm in Buchlyvie Village Hall. visitors are welcome. 10th Feb Christine Thompson. Creation and Process: The Art of Laser Cutting 10th March Ashley Coombes Photography 14th April Shona Philpot Griddle Baking Margaret Sparkes 01360 850492 or mgtsparkes@btinternet.com 72 |

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Scotland’s Gardens Snowdrop Festival 2015

The following gardens are opening: 15th Feb 1pm to 4pm Gargunnock House, Gargunnock FK8 3AZ 22nd Feb 1pm to 4pm West Plean House, Denny Rd Stirling FK7 8HA 1st to 8th Mar 11am to 4pm Duntreath Castle, Blanefield G63 9AJ By Appointmen The Linns, Sherrifmuir, Dunblane FK15 0LP 01786 822 295 For further information contact Gillie Drapper on 01360 860 243or visit www.scotlandsgardens.org

2015 Aberfoyle Trail Race

Sat 7th Feb 2km, 5km or 7km Hill run on forest trails David Marshall Lodge Aberfoyle Enter online www.skiddadle.com

South Pacific Callander Show!

Thur 19th Mar - Sat 21st Mar 7.30pm Sat matinee show on the 21st at 3pm Tickets £10 (concessions available, £8 each, Thursday evening show and Saturday matinee only). Its showtime for the Callander Amateur Operatic Society .This year’s production is South Pacific and this popular Rodgers and Hammerstein musical is a real delight. McLaren High School Tickets at the Visit Scotland office, Main Street, Callander Online at www.c-a-o-s.org.uk or from any society member Jen Shearer 01877 330446

Callander Amateur Operatic Society Coffee Morning at the Kirk Hall

Sat 7 Feb 10am It’s always a good fun morning, full of song and cheer to brighten up a winter’s day. And while you enjoy a cuppa, let the CAOS cast transport you to a special island where the sun is shining and the sea is clear blue. There’ll be a cake stall to buy delicious homemade goodies. And, of course, the CAOS raffle - with prizes galore. How can you resist!

Siena Cafe Spring BBQ

Sun 29th Mar Afternoon Hog Roast, BBQ and Live Music in SIena Cafe & Conservatory to greet the arrival of Summer! Drymen.

Celebrate St Valentine’s Day with Les Trois Blondes

The only band in Scotland specialising in Bal Musette, the French café music of Paris. John Burns (lead Accordion, George Burns (2nd Accordion) and Fergus Wood (drummer and compere) Gartmore Village Hall Saturday 14th February 2015 Doors open 7.30pm, performance starts at 8.00pm Tickets £10.00. BAR Tickets available at the door or from Gartmore Village Shop 01877 382214

FOREST THEATRE COMPANY presents

Book by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa Based on characters created by Charles Addams Gartmore Village Hall 26th-28th March 2015 performance starts 7.30pm Tickets - £10 adults, £7 children (under 16 yrs) Available from Gartmore Village Shop Tel : 01877 382214

The Addams Family is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW), 570 Seventh Ave, Suite 2100, New York, NY. 10018. (866) 378-9758 www. theatricalrights.com


Mugdock Country Park Events February - March

www.mugdock-country-park.org.uk | Booking essential 0141 956 6586/0141 956 6100

Tree Buds, Mugdock Sun 1 Feb 2pm – 3pm Its winter, there are no leaves, so which tree is which? Meet the Ranger at the Visitor Centre for a walk round the Park. Free.

Friday Night Live at Charlie’s The Euan Stevenson Trio Fri 6 Feb 8pm
 Tickets £10 (£8 for Keyring Members). Booking Essential 0141 956 6775, by email fnliveconcert@ gmail.com) or direct from Charlie’s Theatre Bar.

Try Conservation Volunteering, Mugdock Mon 9 Feb 10am – 12.30pm
 Ranger led hands-on task to benefit Mugdock’s green places. Free. 16 , no experience necessary. Kid’s Conservation, Mugdock – No Parents Required! Tues 10 Feb 10am – 12pm
Get dirty, have fun and help out Mugdock’s wildlife! Ranger led conservation task for 8-12 year olds.

956 6775, by email fnliveconcert@ gmail.com) or direct from Charlie’s Theatre Bar.

956 6775, by email fnliveconcert@ gmail.com) or direct from Charlie’s Theatre Bar.

Garden Willow Structures Sat 28 Feb & 28th Mar 10am - 4pm 


Mugdock’s History and Mysteries Sat 7 Mar 2pm – 3.30pm


Learn to weave a tall obelisk plant support and small hurdles using willow and dogwood. All materials and tools supplied. Cost £45. Booking essential 0141 956 6100 or book online here www.mugdock-countrypark.org.uk/makeabooking.html.

Enjoy a ranger led walk through time, from a 13th century castle to WWII gunsites and a 1950’s zoo! Meet at Visitor Centre. Free.

Making RagRugs Tues 3 Mar 1pm - 3pm
 Making RagRus with Makker Margo Winning. The art of transforming old unwanted fabric into beautiful textile art items and rugs. Learn the traditional craft techniques of ‘hooky’ and ‘proddy’ to get creative with recycling. All materials and tools supplied. Cost £25. Booking essential on 0744 343 7475 or email margo@ margow.f9.co.uk

Friday Night Live at Charlie’s Linsey Aitken & Ken Campbell Fri 6 Mar 8pm

 Tickets £10 (£8 for Keyring Members). Booking Essential 0141

Willow Basket in A Day Sat 21 Mar 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’s Moths Sat 21 Mar 9am – 10.30am 
 Join John Knowler our county moth recorder to get a closer look at these amazing flying creatures. Booking essential.

Friday Night Live at Charlie’s The Train Wreckers Fri 27 Mar 8pm

 Tickets £10 (£8 for Keyring Members). Booking Essential 0141 956 6775, by email fnliveconcert@ gmail.com) or direct from Charlie’s Theatre Bar.

Mugdock Nature Club – No Parents Required! Sun 22 Feb & Sun 29th Mar 1.45pm – 4pm
 Don’t get lost! Try orienteering. Ranger led activities for 8-12 year olds. Cost £1.

Friday Night Live at Charlie’s The Deke McGee Band Fri 27 Feb 8pm
 Tickets £10 (£8 for Keyring Members). Booking Essential 0141

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

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

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

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The Heart of the Community Would you be interested in joining either the Trossachs Search and Rescue and/or become a qualified First Responder? As the saying goes, you have it in you to save a life. They say actions speak louder than words and this certainly applies to the determination and perseverance of the MacInnes family, in particular their son Euan. It was his public spiritedness and dogged fundraising

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to the tune of £1500, that has ensured there is now a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) located on the outside wall of the Drymen Post Office. ‘PADS’ as they are referred to are springing up throughout the local area, following on from the very first at Croftamie on the Wayfarers in 2013 through to the most recent addition outside the Oak Tree Shop in Balmaha in April. Currently there are 11 spread throughout the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and beyond,

some even housed in reconditioned BT phone booths such as at Arnprior and Loch Katrine. Two further are now in Killearn and Callander. Such equipment especially for rural communities has already shown to increase the chance of someone, who could be a family member, visitor etc survive a cardiac arrest when the defibrillator is applied, prior to the emergency services arrival. These PADS are evidence of the work carried out by the Trossachs Search


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and Rescue team (TSAR), a local charity who comprise a network 30 strong volunteers, formed in 1998 and continues to survive despite the lack of any financial support from the government. These highly skilled volunteers who alongside their trained dog team, were involved in the ground support at the Clutha tragedy and who also recently marked the 10th anniversary of their at the Stockline plastics explosion, can only function today due to the public’s generosity in keeping this vital public service maintained. TSAR as part of the overall PADS programme also provide free Heartstart classes run on behalf of the British Heart Foundation. The local uptake has been fantastic with members of the community taught over a 2 hour period, how to perform basic CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) to help restore airways, breathing and circulation through to how to deal with choking. The feedback from attendees has been extremely positive as they leave with the core skills to confidently assist in such an emergency. For free Heartstart Class bookings contact Joanne Reid 07803 909 214 or email trossachs.sar@binternet.com

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And finally as part of the TSAR role within the community, a number of the volunteers are also trained as First Responders for the Scottish Ambulance Service. Each member, when on call, carries a full medical kit including a portable defibrillator and oxygen to attend a medical emergency in advance of the ambulance arrival. Should anyone be interested in joining either the Trossachs Search and Rescue and/or become a qualified First Responder please contact Matthew Mitchell on 07896 329668.

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property maintenance and repairs

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What Is Equity Release? Equity Release enables you to unlock some of the value in your property if you are over the age of 55. There are 2 main options available: 1) INTEREST ROLL UP - You make NO interest payments and the interest is instead added on to your borrowing. This is designed for those people who have insufficient retirement income to service the debt or those who have no wish to leave the property to ie someone with no children. 2) INTEREST ONLY - You pay the monthly interest for the remainder of your life which ensures the debt NEVER increases. This is designed for those who have sufficient retirement income to service the debt and who wish to pass on an inheritance to their family. NONE of your traditional High Street lenders offer Equity Release to their customers. At Vision Equity Release, we specialise in helping people with this complex subject. We come to you and meet in the comfort of your own home. Call today on 01324 559976 for a free consultation.

Is Equity Release right for you? 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 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.

Put a spring in your step with the 2015 Mulberry Bush Montessori 10k Calling all those looking to tackle the festive flab and get fit in the New Year – entries are now being taken for the 2015 Mulberry Bush Montessori 10k in Balfron. The 2015 event will take place on Sunday, April 26 and organisers are looking to build on the success of last year’s event which saw more than 600 runners – from all over central Scotland and further afield – tackle the spectacular road course in the shadow of the Campsie Hills. Race director Colin Mendham said: “We’re appealing to runners of all abilities to put the excesses of the festive season behind them and sign up for the 2015 Mulberry Bush Montessori 10k in Balfron. “There is nothing like having a race date in your diary to get you motivated and the Balfron 10k offers 80 | www.parklifescotland.co.uk

a rewarding challenge for everyone – from serious club runners to weekend joggers. It’s a great festival of running in the most beautiful of surroundings.”

Mulberry Bush Montessori, said: “I am once again thrilled to be the main sponsor of the Balfron 10k. We’re looking for people to carry on the spirit of last summer’s

Photo: Runners, including Olympic medal winner Lauren Gray, at the start of the 2014 race.

Now in its ninth year, the Balfron 10k, consistently voted the number one 10k in Scotland by the readers of a national running magazine, has so far raised more than £56,000, with the funds being split between Balfron Primary School, Balfron High School and a nominated charity. Mairi Clark, of main sponsors

Commonwealth Games, get involved, get fit and take part in fantastic events like the Balfron 10k.” The race, which starts at Balfron Campus, follows a scenic out and back route. A chip timing device ensures a quick and accurate result for runners. Enter online now at www.balfron10k.org.uk


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Keyboard Tips for your iPad

Here are a couple of ways to make typing easier on your iPad. Caps Lock: sometimes you need to type all in capitals and hitting Shift before each letter is slow. So double-tap the shift button whenever you are typing to turn on Caps Lock. Tap once to switch it off. Rather than tap the 123 key to get to the apostrophe and speech marks, just tap and hold the exclamation mark to get an apostrophe , tap and hold the question mark to get speech marks. For more hints and tips about your iPad, book a home visit for some jargon-free 121 tuition from Gail at Gemini Solutionz 07930 527051.

One to One Friendly Jargon-free Computer Training for beginners.

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Small Business Finance Tips Now that personal tax returns have been submitted, it’s a good time to highlight a few points for business owners to think about for 2015.

Before 5 April 2015: Do you employ anyone? Make sure that you have claimed the Employment Allowance covering the first £2,000 of employers NI, otherwise you’ll lose this benefit for the year. It’s also available for 2015/16 so again make sure you claim it.

employers (no matter how small) will need to offer employees a workplace pension and will be required to auto-enrol eligible employees into a suitable scheme. For most small businesses this won’t be a requirement until 2016 or 2017, so why do anything now? Well, from the start of 2016 there will be over 100,000 employers a month needing a scheme and very few professionals giving advice or pension providers offering schemes.

You need a minimum of 6 months to get everything in place, so plan ahead and don’t wait until the last minute as the fines can be very high. You can get a scheme in place ready to go well in advance, so why wait? Stuart McDonagh, SYKAM & Co Chartered Accountants To discuss any of the issues raised above or for a free initial consultation call Stuart on 07791 718861.

Are you a director of an owner managed business? Now is the time to review your salary to ensure that you’ve used all of your personal allowance and taken advantage of the Employment Allowance if applicable. If your company has sufficient after tax profits available consider paying dividends for the tax year up to the higher rate tax band.

During 2015: Need to invest in equipment? There is up to £500,000 Annual Investment Allowance for purchasing plant and equipment available until the end of 2015. This gives your business full tax relief on the cost of purchase. It’s likely to drop to £25,000 after 31 December 2015 so for any large purchases, it would be worth making them this year (note the total allowance available could be less than £500,000 depending on your business year end and the date the equipment is purchased). What about Pensions Auto Enrolment?

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

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Accountants/Bookkeeping

Baxter Accounting 81 Carol Robb Bookkeeping Services 82 JMC Chartered Accountants 81 MH Planning 56 Sykam & Co Chartered Accountants 83

Garages

Glengyle Garage

58

Allander Aggregates Ltd Benview Garden Centre Craig Tree Services Cruachan Landscaping Fraser Robb John Currie Brick and Stonework Moorpark Horticultural Consultants Scotia Gardens Ltd Stephen Paul Associates Stumpz

67 65 67 63 65 63 67 64 58 63

MacKenzie Stewart Hair

32

Aberfoyle Pharmacy Killearn Fitness Health & Wellbeing Osteopathic Clinic Physio Fit Scotland Salann Halotheraphy Tir Na Nog

48 71 16 15 16 16

Apollo Blinds Ardstove Burndale Workshop Edge of the wood Ironhorse Studios J Walker Interiors Katy Rodgers Interiors  Kitchen Interiors Screwit Sparkle Carpets Stirling Stove Centre The Aga Shop The Fabric Gallery Town & Country Designs Coffee Shop Twice as Nice Blinds and Shutters

40 38 39 87 39 39 42 51 38 8 51 22 39 45 38

HSBC 4 Vision lifestyle financial planning ltd 80

CJ Cafferty Joinery Services Drew Johnston Joinery K M Joiners Steven Skinner Joinery Services

54 40 38 85

Bramble and Thyme Flowers Endrick Blooms

27 32

Heron House Early Years Razzamataz

9 10

Bar Siena Blane Valley Cooper Cottages Inn at Kippen Killearn Hotel Oak Tree Inn Poppies Hotel & Restaurant RhubarbLime Courtyard Cafe & Creamery The Fintry Inn

2 45 47 60 46 43 42 58 42 47

Northwood Landlords Property Bureau

18 50

The Paper Cut Artist Wonderland

15 24

Activities & Courses

Balfron High School Fintry Sports Centre Go Country The Steamship Sir Walter Scott at Loch Katrine McLaren Leisure Centre Stirling Council 2014 The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre Woodland Trust

70 11 10

Malcolm Parry Architects Michael Homfray Land Surveys Morris Architects MW Consultants

55 56 56 56

Stirlingshire Caravans

37

The Sewing Room

77

Fowler & Son Chimney Sweep 

40

Arromar Skep Design Apricot Studios Gemini Solutionz Kappa Computer Microcroft

37 37 82 81 82 82

Buchlyvie Electrical GN electrical

38 40

MacRoberts Centre

20

Architects/Surveyors

Caravans

Soft Furnishings & Alterations Chimney Sweep

Computers / Admin / Graphic Design

Electrical

Entertainment

Financial Adviser/Banks Florists

Food/Drink & Accommodation

Galleries & Gift Shops

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3 15 48 11 36

Gardening & Outdoors

Hair dressers

Health & Wellbeing

Homes & Interiors

Joiners

Kids Section

Letting/ Landlords/Estate Agents Laundry & Domestic Services

The Cat’s Pyjamas 77 The Laundry Lady 14 Top to Bottom Cleaning Services 77

Local Produce Scotia Spice

44

Hardwood Logs Lomond Logs Ltd Tartan Timber

58 86 86

Logs

Painting & Decorating

Endrick Decorators of Killearn G Ford & Son Harry Paton Jack Brand Decorating 

Photography

18 8 73 74

Paul Saunders Media & Photography 41

Plumbers

Akwa Plumb 68 Dunrite Plumbing 74 MJM gas services 54 Stewart Reid Plumbing Services 7

Removals & Storage RB Steel Sport & Leisure The Pro Shop

Trades & Services

88 71

Aberfoyle Satellite Company 79 AC Gold Energy 68 Adrian Pirie 85 A Ferguson Plastering 85 Appliance Repairs & Spares 79 Bathroom Transformations 7 CMC Home Improvements 78 C-Mix 85 Drymen Tiling 79 Eco Living 69 G&S Roofing Ltd 74 GWB Plastering 74 Homeworx Killearn 78 Household & Industrial Floor sanding services 70 Hubbards 78 Man Aboot the Hoose  85 Render Mender 56 RM Contractors 75 SD Garage Doors 75 Tradstocks 75 Y-MAC Engineering 62

Weddings

Ardoch Management Co Ltd Ardkinglas House Beetroot & Chocolate Black Bull Hotel Gartmore Cookroom Culcreuch Castle & Estate Duchray Castle Elin Isaksson Glass Events DĂŠcor Gartmore Village Hall Green Pea Studio House for an Art Lover Ian Gallagher Jewellers Inchmurrin Island Loch Lomond Party Events Paul Saunders Photography The Garden Shed/Knockraich The Playground

33 29 29 35 31 34 32 30 25 27 24 26 28 31 30 24 33 30

Night & Day Sash & Case WIndows 

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Windows


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

LOMOND LOGS LTD

Order your regular supplies from Andrew on m: 07793 158817, t: 01360 660911 or by email: andrew@lomondlogs.co.uk www.lomondlogs.co.uk

Logs - Kindling - Briquettes - Chimney Sweep

CALL DAWN

MOBILE 07795 966 514

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


Farmers Markets

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

France Farm Fridays

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

Milngavie Farmers Market

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.

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.

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

Benview Farmshop

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!

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 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

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