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Apr / May 2014 Mulberry Bush Montessori 10k April 27th Voted the number one 10k in Scotland!

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TERMS & CONDITIONS: This voucher entitles a maximum of 6 people to 50% off the standard individual or fully priced adult or child day entry at SEA LIFE centres/Sanctuaries in the UK. Not valid with any other offer, concession or online/call centre booking. This voucher has no cash value. This voucher is automatically void if sold, offered for sale or if any attempt or offer is made to transfer the voucher for value. This voucher is valid at Loch Lomond SEA LIFE Aquarium until 31st December 2014. Exclusions: this voucher is not valid on the following dates: 25th Dec ’14. This voucher must be presented at the Attraction entrance & Ref: Parklife2014 surrendered.

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The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre

The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre Open daily February 10am-3pm (holiday weekends 10am - 4pm)

March 10am - 4pm Easter Sunday, 20th April, 10am-4pm Commonwealth duck race. £2 per duck. Races start 12, 1 & 2pm Easter bonnets and crafts - small charge Easter trail quiz - win prizes For more details call 01877 382258 or e-mail: til 15% of f This offer runs un November 2014, ys. excluding Saturda at e lin Book on rfoyle using the ll 0845 643 9215 ca or FC 15 AB code

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Lettter from a reader My main reason for writing today is to thank you so much for reassuring me about paying to a ‘website’ for my ParkLife deal. Loathe to admit it in this ‘internet’ age but I do still worry about paying over the net, so after speaking to you and knowing you were up the road and that I could call or pop in if needed took all the concern away that is there with some of the bigger promotion companies on the net. I don’t usually buy these kind of deals, but was attracted because 99% of the offers that have come through are local ones and it’s nice to ‘go local’ where possible. I know all the places that you are promoting because they are close by which is great. I don’t like being inundated with promotions every day so I look forward to your weekly deal on a Friday now - although still hoping you might do something every Tuesday too. Now that I know you (and thanks to Jen even understand how to work the website!) I might even try the occasional city deal you put on when it comes through. I know it must be hard for you to get businesses on board but as a customer I think these deals are a brilliant way for them to thank their regular customers - but also to find new ones. I know I have gone to a few places I would never have tried and have now gone back because I liked it.

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Register FREE & get access to incredible local deals! Covering Loch Lomond and The Trossachs From local restaurants, shops, spas and many more. Whether a treat for yourself and friends or a gift for a special occasion, you can buy and print off your voucher within minutes and as we personally know and visit every deal we offer, you can be assured that you won’t be disappointed! For full details of how our fantastic new discount scheme works, why not call us on 01360 441006 or visit our website today!

I am now telling all my friends to give it a bash, if I can do it they can! Thanks again P.s. Great too to see that in your own small way you are helping employment in the area, I will watch out for your ParkLife Fiat zooming about and give you a wave! Thanks again

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Homes & Interiors Special Feature



Well here we are in Spring again with an 80 page bumper edition full of fantastic competitions, readers offers/discounts, great interviews, lunch reviews and not forgetting our special feature on ‘Homes & Interiors’. We are also keeping you right up to date with all the latest news and events in the Park Life area, so no excuse for the kids to say they’re bored at the weekends and in the holidays. Remember to visit our face book where we will also keep you posted regularly.

MBM Balfron 10k 10 Stirling 2014 11 Fitness Groups 21 Local Events  22 & 23, 54 & 55 The Inn at Kippen Lunch review 25 Fintry Sports Centre food review 26 Recipe from Scotia Spice 30 ‘Homes & Interiors’ Special Feature 35-46 Interview with Denis Coleman, The Paint Shed 37 Kids Groups & Clubs 50 & 51 Interview with Paul Saunders Photographer  52 Interview with Oona McFarlane for Tir na nog 57 Book Review ‘Collectors Daughter’  58 Index 77 Farmers Market 79


Go Ape! Family Ticket12 Loch Lomond Sea Life Aquarium Family Passes  15 MacRobert Tickets to see Craig Campbell Live 15 Mariposa Therapies Hypnotherapy session 56

We do hope you enjoy this edition and we will see you again on our return in the June/ July Edition.

Next edition covers June-July, Deadline is 9th of May. We have moved! You can find our office at Killearn Mill, Killearn, G63 9LQ.

Have a great Easter and Fingers crossed for some nice weather!

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From Glendrick Roost Animal Welfare Centre When was Glendrick Roost Animal Welfare Centre established? “Glendrick Roost is a small selffunded charity set up in 2003 by myself, my mum Mione and a small group of dedicated volunteers. We rescue abused, abandoned and unwanted animals from gerbils to Clydesdale horses and give them a home for life at our sanctuary, with a focus on special needs cases, such as our blind Labrador and 3 legged greyhound which are qualified Therapy pets. We use these animals’ stories for educational purposes, taking a display and selection of our animals to events, groups and communities around the country… the ultimate goal being to provide an educational visitor centre where community groups and families can interact with our full range of animals. These visits not only raise awareness of animal welfare issues but also bring in our funding through donations…we receive no funding from government bodies.

What kind of cases do you deal with? After the loss of our premises a few years ago, we have been struggling to keep afloat as the animals have been spread far and wide in temporary accommodation, forcing us to spend a huge chunk of our time travelling between locations to care for our rescues and limiting opportunities for fundraising. This not only means we cannot provide the quality of care to our animals that we would like, but also means we cannot yet provide activities and opportunities at our centre for local 8 | groups. We have at last secured

permanent premises near Aberfoyle where we are setting up the visitor centre and activity venue, allowing local people and groups to visit our animals, learn about or participate in their care and try out new activities. This visitor centre provides a great opportunity for local businesses and individuals to get involved by sponsoring a structure…whether it’s a shed for our wee furries, a length of artificial grass for a pathway, a portocabin for our reptile house, a fence around a paddock or a barn for the horses…every donation will be acknowledged with a plaque on the structure and business advertising on our ‘local good guys’ board so everyone’s a winner!

These two dogs are Ben the chihuahua who was rescued from a tiny cage on a puppy farm, tyke the yorkie was rescued with a smashed pelvis after being hit by a car... no owner could be found so the police asked us to take him.

Two young volunteers!

We also need help with fundraising, either by helping to man our stall at events round the country, or by helping us come up with new fundraising options, or by sponsoring an animal on a monthly basis, or by doing your own fundraiser for us, whether it’s a bake sale at your school, making things to sell to raise funds, doing a sponsored silence/ skydive etc etc…you can be as creative as you want and every penny really does help! We would also be grateful for any help in developing our site…we urgently need sheds/ barns to accommodate the rest of our animals, a reception/office/ activity building, funds and materials (fence posts, planks, woodchips, artificial grass/ground mesh etc) to build fences, paths etc, as well as assistance with getting mains water supplied to the site…the list goes on! Our vision is very much rustic and natural…we do not need fancy, luxury materials or buildings, just functional basic shelters for animal residents and human visitors, but we can’t do it without YOU! If you are interested in helping in any way at all or would like to know more, please call 07827911006 or email Thank you!

Can local people help you? To be able to provide this facility for local communities, we need your involvement and input, and there are countless ways you can help! We are in urgent need of new animal care volunteers who could give a bit of time on a regular basis to help care for our rescued animals.

These cows were rescued from slaughter.


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Mulberry Business Advertising Bush Montessori Balfron 10K Runners Head For The Hills The race is an important fund-raiser for the two schools with Balfron High using cash from previous years to buy lacrosse and gymnastics equipment as well as football and basketball strips. The youngsters aren’t left out of the event either with tots to teens taking part in nursery races, fun runs and the hotly-contested Balfron 4k road race - which are open to pupils of Balfron Primary and High Schools.

It will be a case of heaven and hill for hundreds of runners as they tackle the annual Mulberry Bush Montessori Balfron 10k next month. The spectacular Campsie Hills will prove a welcome distraction for the competitors tackling the challenging route when the popular race gets under way on Sunday, April 27 at 11am. A record number of runners, keen to get into the spirit of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, have already signed up for the annual fund-raising race. The Mulberry Bush Montessori Balfron 10k, regularly voted the number one 10k in Scotland by the readers of a national running magazine, is now in its 8th year and so far raised a bumper £50,000, with the funds being split between Balfron Primary School, Balfron High School and a nominated charity. This year Cancer Research UK will be a major beneficiary.

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Attracting more than 600 entrants from all over Scotland and beyond, organisers say the Mulberry Bush Montessori Balfron 10k is becoming more popular year by year. The event is a real community affair with locals not only running in it but also helping with organisation, marshalling, photography and the all-important cheering on of competitors. Race director Colin Mendham said: “Each year the Mulberry Bush Montessori Balfron 10k gets bigger and better and 2014 is already shaping up to be our busiest yet. The response to the race has been fantastic with entries coming in thick and fast. “With the sporting spotlight this summer very much on Glasgow as it

hosts the Commonwealth or ‘friendly’ Games, it is fantastic to be able to host our very own friendly 10k where runners are guaranteed to have great day out.’’ Mairi Clark, of the Mulberry Bush Montessori, said: “I am once again thrilled to be the main sponsor of the MBM Balfron 10k. As well as being a really important fund-raiser for local schools, it continues to encourage more and more children and adults from the immediate community and villages around us, to run and take part and be more fit, focused and fun!” 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 and check out the website at

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Be at the heart of Scotland for our Big Weekend 28-29 June

It’s a big year for Stirling with an exciting and varied programme of high-quality events lined up. Around 170 festivals, exhibitions and other events will take place in Stirling and the surrounding area throughout the year, with three key events taking place over one weekend in June. Stirling’s big weekend, which runs from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th June, includes Pipefest, the Armed Forces Day National Event and Bannockburn Live. Provost Mike Robbins said: “We’re thrilled to have so many exciting, interesting and important events taking place in the Stirling area. There will be something for everyone in Stirling in 2014. It’s undoubtedly the place to be, and certainly during our big weekend in June.” Pipefest, which takes place on Friday 27th June, will see around 2000 pipers and drummers march from the castle esplanade to the city to commemorate the 700th anniversary

of the Battle of Bannockburn. Over 40,000 people are expected to attend the Armed Forces Day National Event on Saturday 28th June. Activities are expected to include a parade, an air show, military displays and musical performances. Bannockburn Live, which takes place from Saturday 28th to Sunday 29th June, will see visitors experiencing battle re-enactments, a food and drink showcase, a clan village and other outdoor activities. Other activities in Stirling in 2014 include; Spirit of Stirling Whisky Festival, Queens Baton Relay, Stirling Angling Festival, Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival and Stirling’s Hogmanay 2014.

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

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The UK’s Number One Tree-Top Adventure Think you and your tribe can handle up to 3 hours of tree top adventure? Are you wild enough to climb 30ft up a rope ladder, Tarzan Swing into a giant rope net then zip wire through trees, crawl through tunnels and tackle high wire rope bridges? If the answer’s yes, you’re ready to Go Ape.

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MICHAEL CLARK COMPANY animal / vegetable / mineral WED 18 & THU 19 JUNE 7:30PM


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Experience •Classic Steamship Cruises on Sir Walter Scott •Panoramic Cruises on Lady of the Lake •Dining in The Brenachoile Café - Restaurant - Bar •Katrine Gifts - Souvenirs & Scottish Crafts •Katrine Kiosk - Snacks, Drinks & Sandwiches •Cycle hire with Katrinewheelz - For all the family

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OVER THE EASTER WEEKEND (18-20 April) Children can enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt on board with every ticket purchased. Present this advert when purchasing your tickets. (Not valid in conjunction with any other offers).

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Fintry Music Festival 2014

Red Hot Chilli Pipers Fri 16th May Supported by The Tatties £10/£6

During this event we hope to raise awareness of the work of the John Hartson Foundation

Abba Mania Sat 17th May Supported by Acoustic Station £10/£6

The African Childrens’ Choir Thurs 22nd May £5/£3

Tickets from Fintry Sports Club, Tel: 01360 860205 or by Paypal at A charity providing sports and recreation facilities in West Stirling. SC001505

2 Family passes to give away!

Win tickets! to Craig Campbell live at macrobert Fri 23 May

Internationally acclaimed Canadian stand-up Craig Campbell brings his highly anticipated new live show to macrobert.

Win a day out at Loch Lomond SEA LIFE Aquarium! Use your tickets to get up close and personal with our playful otters, majestic sharks and if you are brave enough you can even touch a crab or a starfish! These tickets can be used between 29th March and 5th May 2014. Visit our website for more information

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

Outdoor adventure activities for all ages and abilities


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


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

Corporate Groups

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

Group and Fun Days

Go country provide a popular venue for groups of friends whether in stag and hen parties, to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, family reunions, clubs or just friends have a fun day out. Take advantage of our equipment hire experience, we hire all equipment including Canoe and Bike Hire!

Go Country, Kinlochard, nr Aberfoyle, Stirlingshire FK8 3TL | Tel: 01877 387750 | 0845 6437089 lo-call rate Email: |

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7th - 14th June 2014

Along with the myriad of momentous events in Scotland in 2014, the inimitable Killearn Hoolie returns with a brilliant series of community happenings! Proceedings kick-off with the HOOLIE MILE at 10am on Saturday Morning, 7th June. This family walk / jog around the village is followed at 11am by the KILLEARN 10k: now established as one of the best events in the runners’ calendar, entries are now open at In the afternoon, the KILLEARN BEER FESTIVAL returns for its third year at The Old Mill Inn. Fine ales, brilliant music, good food and great craik! The following day, Sunday 8th June at 4pm, something new, the inaugural WEE FLING a family ceilidh in Killearn Village Hall. Throughout the week community organisations stage their own events including a Treasure Hunt, the Street Football Competition; a Cheer Leading Workshop; and The Great Hoolie Bake Off to name but a few! And then to the main event, THE HOOLIE GALA on Saturday 14th June. Proceedings are launched with a procession along Main Street, led by the Hoolie King & Queen. Then at 12 noon the Gala opens and the fun and games will begin: including Strathblane Birds of Prey Display; Animal Man; A Climbing Wall; The Hoolie Market; Archery - plus many more attractions. Then, to close the week, THE FINAL FLING on the Saturday evening; simply the best party in town. Cocktails, music from the Tina Jordan Rees, and party Supper will be followed by: Roadhouse - who will play classic tunes through to the early hours! Visit the Hoolie website for details.

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Annual memberships available from £240 Contact Secretary on 01360 550613

Choose the right club. Enjoy an 18-hole golf course, great kids’ facilities, the latest gym kit, a superb pool, innovative group classes and luxurious spa facilities with a complimentary visit. Simply call 01415 302 561 in advance to arrange it.


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Mugdock Country Park Cinema Nights


Film Society

EventsBooking this April Essential - Tel 0141 956 6100 or book online

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Father of the Bride My Sister’s Keeper

(cert 12) (cert PG) Mon 14 April 7.30pm Mon 28 April 7.30pm In London, a counter Doting father George espionage agent Banks’ (Steve Martin) deals with his own world comes tumbling bureaucracy while down around his investigating the ears when daughter kidnapping of British Annie announces her Scientists. engagement. Cost £3. Cost £3.

Mon 12 May 7.30pm Anna is conceived in order to be a genetic match for her older sister who suffers from Leukemia so that she can donate compatible organs. Costs £3.

The Black Swan (cert 15) Mon 26 May 7.30pm A psychological thriller set in the world of New York Ballet. Cost £3.

North by Northwest 1959 4th April A New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive.

Dates for the diary! MBM Balfron 10k 27th April

Fintry Music Festival 16th & 17th May Drymen Show 31st May This amazing event involves walking/running and cycling along the stunning Rob Roy Way. For more information Covering 55 miles, teams walk or run 16 miles from Drymen, near Loch Lomond, to Callander, where they switch to bikes for a 39 mile cycle to Kenmore – all in around eight to 12 hours. If 55 miles is that bit too far why not sign up for the Bronze or Silver finishes? The challenge is tough but achievable and there’s a firm emphasis on fun! To take part in the challenge you must be part of a team, this can be a team of two or a team of 20 – it’s up to you.

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Deanston Whisky Festival 7th June Killearn 10k 7th June Killearn Hoolie 7th-14th June Drymen, Croftamie & Buchanan Gala Day 14th June

Events this April

Deanston Distillery

Whisky Festival After the success of last year’s inaugural event, the Deanston Distillery Whisky Festival is returning to its picturesque location on the River Teith for a second year of fantastic festivities on Saturday, 7th June. This year is set to be bigger and better, bringing a celebration of Scotch whisky, food and the local community to Deanston, Doune and the surrounding area. The distillery are calling on local producers, craft makers, ‘homepreneurs’ to take part in this summer celebration as the festival is the perfect place to showcase and celebrate the area’s hand crafted products to the community. Whether it’s bespoke knitwear or home-made delicacies, stalls are available free of charge for all those who would like to sell their crafts at the festival. Deanston Distillery’s Visitor Centre celebrated its first full year of opening in 2013 welcoming locals and visitors to the home of their classic Perthshire single malt whisky. The distillery is a great place to experience traditional scotch whisky production methods, have a dram or have a coffee and scone with friends an its distillery cafe, The Coffee Bothy. The festival is a celebration of local history and culture, and from master classes and distillery tours for discerning whisky lovers to local music and farms stalls, the festival will offer a fantastic day out for all the family. With the addition of an evening of dancing and live music, everyone can make a day of it. To book a stall please contact the distillery by phone on 01786 843010 or by email on To find out more about Deanston visit

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Oak Tree Inn Balmaha, Loch Lomond

This unique building in the picturesque village of Balmaha has become the place to eat in the Loch Lomond area.

You can be assured that a warm welcome awaits you at the Oak Tree Inn with it’s huge roaring log fire in the bar and it’s extensive range of malt whiskies and locally brewed Scottish ales. Enjoy the best of Scottish cooking in our welcoming bar or restaurant.


The new Tearoom will be officially opening this Easter! You will find this little treasure tucked snugly beside Balmaha Village Shop. It will serve speciality loose teas and small batch roasted coffees. The outside refreshment/seating area will be partitioned from The Village Shop and landscaped with dry stone dyke walling and flowerbeds. Inside you will find a dry stone fireplace. There is also a counter area/servery, cake display counter, more tables and chairs, a disabled toilet and even an ice-cream parlour to follow! So why not pause for a while in the new Tearoom for a small refreshment!

Food served from 12pm - 9pm every day Open all year - Children Welcome Disabled Access - Parking Opposite

Loyalty Cards - Visit 6 times & earn 10% OFF all food for future visits

Gift Vouchers available from our online shop or by phone the ideal gift for any occasion

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Our emphasis will be on local quality ingredients using fresh and responsibly sourced produce from around Scotland, Open fo exciting fresh seasonal menus, daily special boards, craft beers and ales and a family friendly relaxed atmosphere. Breakfa r We will be serving tea, coffee & beautiful home baking every day. st e v ery day Lovely sunny beer garden.



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The skies are blue, spring is in the air and The Inn at Kippen is under new management and it’s all good. Walking in the front door you are welcomed by the sight of cake and are tempted inside by the specials board. The menu is varied and appealing to all tastes, a variety of options suitable for all with fresh and wholesome sharing boards which spoil you.

We chose The Inn’s sharing board, stunned by the variety of choice from beef, smoked salmon, cheese, chicken liver parfait, pickles, chutney, salad and more. Add a glass or two of something chilled and you can sit, nibble and relax.

to read, even cheese on toast, tasty. In a rush, grab a coffee (and cake) takeaway. Time on your hands, book a room! Oh and doors open to the public for breakfast at 9:30. Go on, check it out!

For our next course I selected the venison grill and can honestly say it was the best I have ever had. The venison melted in my mouth, delicious. My companion opted for the curried squash with aromatic rice, Amazing! The staff are knowledgeable and friendly, there when you need them (I loved the recommended wine, perfect for the venison) but never rushing you, so relaxing. Family friendly, kids have their own menu (smaller portions of the adults menus are available), special offers where they can eat for free, books Follow us on

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Fintry Sports Club Managed by Brenda Ross & Team

An ideal venue for those indulging in the various sports activities at the club. Strathendrick Rugby, indoor bowling centre and squash club provide a very ready clientele, who can have a range of food, such as, good quality soups - omelettes - baguettes with an excellent range of fillings and various paninis to order. (Summer menu available soon!) On Friday evenings Brenda puts on a steak dinner night which is well patronised, and starting at 8oz steaks for £13.50 is great value. Service is very good, with the impression that nothing is too much trouble (small & large parties can also be catered for). The food we had was fresh, obviously homemade, and served with a smile. Certainly a place to recommend. Tel: 01360 860205

TWO DINE WITH WINE FOR £29 Enjoy two main courses and a bottle of wine Choose from our chefs selection of main courses & 3 specially selected wines

Simply bring in this voucher and present it when you order The Meadowpark, 56 Kenilworth Road, Bridge of Allan, FK9 4RY | Tel: 01786 834084 | Terms and conditions 1. Valid from Monday to Wednesday until the 30th may 2014. 2. Present this voucher at time of ordering. Food serving times apply. 3. This voucher allows you and your guest to purchase your two choices of mains and a bottle from our selected wines for £29 per couple. One voucher per couple, per visit.

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Bellway Homes

Sometimes, more is more. More space. More luxury More for your money.

FOREST WALK Robertson Way, off Stirling Road, Callander FK17 8JF

UNIQUE 3, 4 & 5 BEDROOM HOMES. PRICES FROM £154,995 to £399,995



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HELP TO BUY • Own 100% of your home • 20% interest free equity loan is provided by the Government • You only need to secure a 75% mortgage

Experience a true feeling of space. Designed to maximise views to the outside and bring maximum light inside. Forest Walk is a totally unique & exclusive development.

Call: 01877 339 984 OPEN: Friday - Monday 9.30am - 5.30pm. Late night Thursday 11am - 7pm. (Closed Tuesday & Wednesday).


*Pictures for illustration purposes only. Prices correct at time of going to press. YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE OR ANY OTHER DEBT SECURED ON IT. Available on new build homes up to £400,000 subject to the Government ‘Help to Buy’ Scotland terms and conditions and only available to customers where a primary mortgage is secured. Not available on second, additional homes, buy-to-let or let-to-buy properties. HomeBuy Scotland agent eligibility check required. Subject to status, terms and conditions apply. Offers cannot be used in conjunction with each other. On selected sites & plots.

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Situated in Glasgow’s South Side in Bellahouston Park and less than 10 minutes from Glasgow City Centre, House for an Art Lover is an architectural gem built on designs by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Gallery and Shop and hosts regular art, design and architecture related events in its purpose built studios and seminar rooms. The exterior of House for an Art Lover has been realised, in materials, craftsmanship and dimensions, as closely as possible to the Mackintosh designs of 1901. Take a stroll around the House and into the nearby walled garden, you will see that the House sits comfortably in its parkland surroundings, almost as

House for an Art Lover provides an excellent resource for visitors as a cultural attraction and tourist destination, while also being one of the city’ s finest wedding and events venues. The House is home to the popular Art Lovers Cafe,

if Mackintosh himself had selected the setting. Inside the House, Mackintosh designed the entire layout of rooms but he and his wife provided detailed interior designs for only the double height Entrance Hall, the Dining Room, Oval Room and Music Room. This group of rooms have been realised in breathtaking detail together with the Main Staircase and Gallery and is referred to as ‘The Mackintosh Suite’, to which visitors are welcome.

Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, House for an Art Lover provides an excellent cultural attraction and tourist destination, while also being one of the city’s finest wedding and events venues. The House is home to the popular Art Lovers Café, Gallery and Shop and hosts regular art, design and architecture related events in its purpose built studios and seminar rooms.






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RED LEMON Event Catering

RED LEMON is the new outside catering arm from two of Stirlings’ favourite & most imaginative restaurants… Gabes’ Diner Bistro and The Loft. Why not let us pair our experience with your ideas to create your perfect event? For events, weddings, private functions or parties give us a call…


Delicatessen & Coffee Shop Soups, Tasty Lunches and Homemade Cakes Fresh fruit and Vegetables Extensive range of Wines, Beers and Ciders Take away available Gifts & Wrappin Cards g Ser Availab vice le

Main Street, Kippen FK8 3DN Tel: 01786 870077 Follow us on

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When I’m not running courses or developing recipes for my ‘Cookery Course in a box’ I love to bake for the family but I’m always looking for ways to make recipes healthier. This is one of the most popular in our house, and I’ve tweaked the original recipe to use wholemeal flour and substitute some of the butter for yoghurt. If you’ve never tried the combination of chocolate and beetroot before you are in for a treat, it’s rich and moist and keeps well for a few days, if there is any left that is! Ingredients 500g whole raw beetroot • 50g butter 200g plain chocolate • 250g caster sugar 3 eggs • 50g low fat natural yoghurt 100g plain flour • 25g cocoa powder Method 1. Peel and chop the raw beetroot and put into a large bowl. Add a couple of tablespoons of water and cover with cling film. Microwave on a high heat for 12 minutes. 2. Whilst the beetroot cooks heat the oven to 180c. Line a 20cmx30cm tin with baking parchment. Cube the butter and roughly chop the chocolate. 3. the beetroot and add the chocolate and butter. | 30Drain

Put into a food processor or blender and blitz until you get a puree as smooth as you can manage. 4. Beat the eggs and sugar with an electric hand mix until thick and foamy, this usually takes about two minutes. Using a large metal spoon fold the beetroot puree and the natural yogurt into the egg mixture followed by the flour and sifted cocoa powder, working gently to conserve as much air as possible. 5. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake for 25 to 30 mins until risen and with just a little quiver in the centre of the cake. Cool completely in the tin before cutting. Yasmin McDonagh runs the Scotia Spice Cookery School specialising in authentic Punjabi home cooking.


Main Street, Buchlyvie, FK8 3LX Macmillan’s is a small family run bistro offering a relaxed and friendly environment for you, your friends & family. Freshly prepared Food, Daily Specials, Quality Coffees, Speciality teas and Delicious home baking are served all day, 7 days a week. New spring lunch and evening menu. Last orders 8.30pm. We operate a BYOB policy (bring your own bottle), glasses supplied.


For reservations & general enquiries please call 01360 850164 or email

Mon-Thurs 10am-4pm Fri-Sun 10am-10pm Wed & Thurs available for private bookings.

Homebakes and Coffee


Café Circa at Doune

Friday & Saturday Evenings for candle lit, log fire dinners

Open 7 days 10am - 4.30pm. Freshly Prepared Breakfasts & Lunch

Beside The Scottish Antique Centre, Calendar Road, Doune FK16 6HG Tel: 01786 841 683 Follow us on

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Callum Walker Energy Source

“Scotland's Largest renewable energy & Passivhaus centre”

Energy Efficient Triple Glazed Windows & Doors

Renewable Heat & Pellet Fired Stoves

Wintergardens & Bi-Folding Doors

Scotland's largest dedicated Passivhaus and renewable energy centre displaying: Internorm windows, Solarlux Doors, Wintergardens, Bio-Mass Systems, heat pumps, pellet stoves Thermofloor underfloor heating packs & jaga low temperature heating systems. Callum Walker Energy Source 24 Fairykirk Road, Rosyth, Fife KY11 2QQ

Mon – Fri : 8am – 5pm

Tel: 01383 415 914 Email:

Sat : 10am – 4pm

Sun : Closed

Opening Hours

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Still heating your home with Oil or LPG? Ecoliving is a local renewable energy installer helping householders get the most out of converting to renewable heating. We offer free site surveys and tailored proposals. We have been involved in over 2,000 installations, have our own installation teams and are MCS accredited.

• Ground and air source heat pumps • Solar thermal panels • Wood, woodchip and pellet boilers • Wood-burning stoves REDUCE YOUR HEATING BILLS • Up to £10,000 interest free loan over 12 years • 7 years of RHI Payments from Spring 2014


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The Big Woodland Event The


Transition Stirling is hosting this event on the 17th May in Mine Woods, Bridge of Allan. There will be activities for all ages, giving everyone the chance to have some fun in the woods!


From music, shelter building, arts and crafts, woodland walks, woodcarving, woodworking, chainsaw carving, bug walks, kids and adult games, local orchard visits, citizen science activities ….the choice is yours!

11am - 4pm | Mine Wood

Meet your local environmental organisations and grab some yummy food provided by the Loving Food Truck, or bring your own picnic to enjoy with friends.

Saturday 17th May


If you are looking for a great day out with the chance to enjoy nature, learn some new skills, listen to live music and soak in the atmosphere, The Big Woodland Event is for you!


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So come along and join us to play, explore and learn new skills. For more information or to get involved, visit our website at or like us on Facebook.

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The Paint Shed & Interiors HOMES e

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The Paint Shed Scotland’s largest independent paint & decorating retailer

We have great deals on these and many more items in-store.

Home delivery is available, go to:

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Unit 8&9, 20 Munro Road, Springkerse Ind Est, FK7 7UU

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Park Life Interview with...

Denis Coleman Manager of The Paint Shed, Dumbarton

Denis comes from the printing industry where he has had 15 years experience and has been with the PaintShed for four years. What is it that The Paint Shed offers that others cannot? The Paint Shed offers a wide range off quality Trade Paint and decorating supplies. We take great care and pride ensuring our customer service is first class, both in store and online. We will even deliver it to your door.

Do all your staff come from a painting and decorating background? The Paint Shed staff have a wide range of experience, and all have a passion and knowledge of product. We love sharing top tips and product advice with our customers, helping to get the right product for the job.

What is a typical Paint Shed customer? Our customers are from both a Trade/Professional and Retail background. We supply a vast range of high quality finishes and colours mixed to order to our individual customers requirements.

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FK postcodes covered by Stirling Branch

01786 472335 Glasgow postcodes covered by Clydebank Branch eg G61 G62 G63

0141 941 1852

Give New Life to old Kitchens


Transform your kitchen in just a few days by replacing the doors and worktops

• Free estimating, planning & design service • Huge choice of doors, worktops, sinks, taps & appliances * Terms & conditions apply - please ask for full details

Call Ian for a FREE Quote on

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Visit our showroom at 161 Milngavie Rd, Bearsden, G61 3DY

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We can make your home Sparkle Oven cleaning is a dirty business so let us help you! Removal of stubborn grease and burnt carbon build up can be completed quickly and efficiently by our fully trained professional staff using the process of heated dip tanks and safe, industrial strength non – toxic cleaning agents. From single ovens, hobs & extractors to ranges & Aga’s we cover it all satisfaction guaranteed. Carpet and rug cleaning provides an effective and cost efficient alternative to replacing dirty and stained floor coverings or upholstery. Our professional fully trained & insured staff will clean using a 5 stage process including industrial vacuum, pre spray chemical & deodoriser, agitation, extraction and finishing using the latest Airflex equipment for fantastic results. Interested? Why not check out our website for further information.

Commercial & Domestic Cleaners

01436 676921






Tel: 01360 550830 / 551166

handmade lampshades

Bespoke lampshades made to order using fabric, wallpaper or vintage maps

Handmade Lampshades is now based within the Interiors Shop in the old Panik Gallery

**NEW...lampshade re-covering** Dawn Cullen 07760 114845 Follow us on

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Handmade in Stirling Business Advertising David Mackay runs Mackay’s Flooring Services, but his other passion apart from floors is the furniture that sits on top of them. David’s furniture is handmade in his home workshop in the heart of Scotland, Stirling. The materials that he sources all come from local woods and quarries in the central belt, ensuring a low carbon footprint and giving greater meaning to the stamp of “Hand Made in Scotland”. He often has to go by bike or on foot to old quarries and forgotten woods where there is no road access, which shows his love and dedication to finding the perfect materials. The sustainable materials he uses are storm damage wood like yew or beech, reclaimed wood such as oak and elm or reclaimed vintage items, which are then married with schist stone or wooden table tops, giving a natural look with a rustic edge.

a uniqueness of its own. The design of the furniture starts with David looking at his natural materials, and using his imagination to decide how he will create each item. David can also create a range of bespoke furniture to meet your requirements. All his pieces are handmade made with great care and attention and the wood is finished with natural ecofriendly wood oil, therefore suitable for indoor and outdoor use.

You can view all available pieces at, or to receive a digital copy of the stock list please email handmadeinstirling@ or visit or shops on etsy. com or

His love of using sustainable natural resources gives each piece

interior furnishings Traditional & Period Upholstery Specialists SPRING SEAT WITH HAND STITCHED HAIR SEAT PAD AND RECOVERED IN ISLE MILL TARTAN WOOL. Learn skill th a new is Uphols Spring.... te Course ry Training s, leisu re and accred it Stirling ed, at our worksh ops Contac t below .

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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 | Follow us on

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Traditional Lime Mortar Ltd Specialists in traditional lime pointing and repair



The Fauld, Woodend Farm, Buchlyvie FK8 3PD T: 01360 850177 or 07789 960369/07786 940700 E:

Colin Johnson

Traditional Upholstery Service

*Upholstery classes available, £75 per day £30 per evening

Thinking of learning a new skill/Taking up a hobby? Upholstery classes with Colin Johnson

£75 per day or £30 per evening


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National Park... we've got it covered Bearsden

0141 943 1110


01786 464449


01436 674537

Letting and Estate Agents

Selling your home?

In 25 years as an estate agent there are some things that just keep recurring! I wish I had the proverbial pound for every time someone has said to me ‘I just know my house will sell quickly’. Really! There’s nothing original about this often misguided expectation. In fact, I sometimes know that I’m going to hear it even before the person saying it has uttered it, and so you see, there really is very little that has changed! At least, not in people’s minds. But, selling your home has changed. And quite a lot. We now have Home Reports, the internet, greater social mobility, a different economy, greater

competition, greater choice and greater aspirations. We now have greater access to information and we now have have a plethora of house selling options.

But, if you’re thinking of selling your home and want to cut through all of this and maximise your prospects there are still 3 golden rules. 1. Prepare and present your home to the highest possible standard. 2. First impressions matter and with so many choices buyers will always favour the one that is well maintained and looks best. 3. Chose an experienced estate agent who will market it properly and who

you have confidence in.

4. The internet is your shop window. Make sure it’s going on the preeminent web sites and that your agent has an eye for attention to detail and takes quality photographs. 5. Be realistic about its true value. 6. Everyone wants the highest price. Price too high and you’ll kill your sale stone dead and lose impetus. Be guided by your Home Report valuation and your agent. I expect I’ll still be giving the same advice in the years ahead. What goes around comes around! Martin Turner Director Property Bureau Follow us on

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Stirlingshire Caravans Stirlingshire Caravans Traditional & log buildings of all sizes (Timber cladding/Roughcasting also available)



House Extensions

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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

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Log cabins • Garden Offices • Garages • Summerhouses

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MACKAY’S FLOORING SERVICES Your Local Flooring Company

Mackay’s Flooring is registered with the National Institute of Carpet and Floorlayers, The NICF, and is fully insured to carry out domestic and commercial flooring. We supply a full range of floor coverings to a very high standard and pride our self in our attention to detail, polite service and affordable prices.

Free full range of samples brought to your door as part of our shop at home service CARPETS VINYL KARNDEAN LAMINATE SEAGRASS REAL WOOD

Tel: 01786 431835

Unit 68, John Player Building, Stirling FK7 7RP

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SB STOVES Complete design and installation of quality multi fuel traditional and contemporary stoves

The Chimney Sweep Chimneys swept No mess Problems solved Nests removed Fully trained Certificates issued


Call today on 01360 849 315 07805 453369

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Discover yourself at Beaconhurst

Open Day Sat 3rd May 10am–11.30am At Beaconhurst School we focus on developing the talents and abilities of every individual. Join us to sample th~e unique Beaconhurst experience. We welcome children from 3–18 years. Call us or simply pop in for a chat. – Showcasing Performing Arts – Various Fun Nursery Activities – Faculty Fair : Meet the Teachers

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Discover Business Advertising Beaconhurst... ...Discover Yourself As a flourishing all-through independent school, Beaconhurst is well placed to deliver an exceptional education for boys and girls aged 3–18. Located in Bridge of Allan, Stirling, Beaconhurst offers a supportive environment, in a superb location; where our expert staff can help your child build on his or her individual skills and achieve excellence. From our award-winning nursery to our senior school, the Beaconhurst ethos is based on personal and academic development.

Our Open Day on Saturday 3rd May 2014 provides a fantastic opportunity to come along and watch a celebration of Performing Arts by pupils; it’s a chance to talk to other parents, meet the teachers at the Faculty Fair and see our school in action! At Beaconhurst we provide academic rigour plus: • Wrap around care across all ages from 8am -6pm.

• 8 subject choices at National 5’s (including 3 sciences)

• A sporting pathway from age 3 through to 18 with exceptional opportunities for talent development particularly in tennis, triathlon, golf and hockey.

• Outstanding pastoral care • Value for money, inclusive fee structure

• An outdoor education pathway starting in nursery and incorporating Gold Duke of Edinburgh expeditions in senior school.

• Stirling University sports membership for all school pupils Join us on Sat 3rd May and Discover for Yourself what Beaconhurst can do for your child!

Valentine Footwear

CHILDREN & WOMEN Childrens Quality & Fitted Footwear Women Brands Sensible Prices

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Tel: 0141 956 22 00 Open: Tues-Sat 10am-5pm


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Nurturing environment Encouraging active learning Promoting positive attitudes Supporting health and well-being All staff fully qualified & experienced Responsive, respectful & reflective of our families’needs After school facility

Beech Drive, Killearn G63 9SD t: 01360 550 162 e:

959 Crookston Road, Glasgow G53 7DT t: 0141 810 5777 e:

GARGUNNOCK PLAYGROUP & TODDLERS Gargunnock Playgroup runs every Monday and Thursday from 9-11.30am in the Gargunnock Community Centre. We are an independent Playgroup, taking children from 2½ yrs to pre-school and are registered with the Care Inspectorate. Our staff are highly experienced, trained in First Aid and participate in the PVG scheme. The cost is only £6.00 per session. Ad hoc rates and discounts for more than one child are available. Gargunnock Toddlers provides lots of toys, snack time and a warm welcome for babies, toddlers and their older siblings every Wednesday from 10-11.30am in the Gargunnock Community Centre. It’s also a great opportunity to get to know other parents/carers in the area. Why not come along and see for yourself!


We will be holding an Open Day on Sunday 1st June from 2pm-4pm in the Gargunnock Community Centre. This is a fantastic opportunity for us to share our Playgroup and Toddlers activities from 2013/14 with the wider community, as well as giving prospective parents/carers the chance to find out more about what we offer. For more information, email: or visit

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Aberfoyle Toddlers (age 0 - 5years)

Aberfoyle Memorial Hall

Artworks classes for 5-14 yrs

McLintock Hall, Balfron

Balfron “New Baby “Cafe

Church Hall, Balfron

Balfron Monday Music

Balfron & Killearn

Balfron Bairns

Balfron McLintock Hall

Balfron Razzamataz

McLintock Hall, Balfron

Balfron Barracudas Swim Club

Balfron Campus Pool

Balfron Artworks

Mclintock Hall, Balfron

Balfron Outdoor Athletics Club

Balfron Campus Pitches

Balfron Tennis Tigers

Balfron Campus

Buchlyvie Baby & Toddlers Group

Buchlyvie Village Hall

Brig O Turk Playgroup Pre School

Brig O Turk Playgroup Pre School

Callander Toddlers Group

Kirk Hall, Callander

Callander Target Sports Club

Camp Place, Callander

Drymen/Spanish/El Club Espanol

Church Hall, Drymen

Drymen Under 5’s

Village Hall, Drymen

Drymen Children’s golf lessons

Buchanan Golf Club, Drymen

Drymen/Ballet Classes Desta Laiolo

Village Hall, Drymen & Killearn

Gargunnock Toddlers

Community Centre, Gargunnock

Gargunnock Playgroup

Community Centre, Gargunnock

Gartocharn Cubs

Drymen Church Hall

Gartocharn Under 5’s

Kilmaronock Millennium Hall (downstairs)

Killearn Mother & Toddler Group

Church Hall, Killearn

Killearn Toddlers

New Church Hall, Killearn

Kippen Playgroup

Village Hall, Kippen

Kippen Toddler Group

Village Hall, Kippen

Karate Zan Shim Kai

Memorial Hall, Aberfoyle

Killearn Linda Turner School of Dance

Village Hall, Killearn

Killearn/Ballet Classes Desta Laiolo

Village Hall, Drymen & Killearn

Killearn Monday Music

Balfron & Killearn

Strathblane Fun Hut Baby/Toddler Group

Kirk Rooms, Strathblane

Strathblane Linda Turner School Of Dance

Edmonstone Hall, Strathblane

Thornhill Baby & Toddler

Community Hall, Thornhill

Thornhill Pre-School Playgroup

Community Hall, Thornhill

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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


10.30 - 12noon

Susan 01360 449573


9.15 - 2.45pm

Clare 01360 550166


9.30- 11.30am


Various times

Mark 07715301841

Mon, Thurs & Sat

Various times



Gillian 01360 449425


6.30 - 8pm

Saturday & Sunday

2 - 5pm

07837 339 558


9.30 - 11.20am

Lynsay 01360 850078

Monday (Inc Summer holidays)

10am - 12noon

Vicki 01877 376259

Wednesday & Friday

9.30 - 11.30am

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday


Raymond 01877 330854

Sat, Wed & Thurs

(3-11 year olds) Various Times

Michelle 07791 034003

Monday & Wednesday

9.30 - 11.30am

Rebecca 01360 660102



Jonathan 01360 660330

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Wednesday & Friday

10 - 11.30am

Shona 01786 860404

Monday & Thursday

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Gavin 07590 370199



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9.30 - 11.30am

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been the opportunity to work with many tourist businesses making promotional videos for them and providing photography to showcase their business. My photography and videos for Love Loch Lomond has been used to market the area around the world.

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Interview with...

Paul Saunders Photographer

Drymen based Paul Saunders came to Scotland 10 years ago to run the programming on Radio Clyde. Soon after moving to Drymen he saw the potential to start his own business, which he did in 2010.

What made you want to start your own business? I’d loved working in radio, but had always wanted to work as a photographer. Launching my own business has meant that I’ve been able to combine both media with photography.

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You’ve got a varied job, what do you enjoy the most? What brought you to Drymen? When my daughter was born 6 years ago my wife and I decided that a top floor tenement flat wasn’t the most practical. We had enjoyed coming out to Loch Lomond at weekends and have loved living here.

Have you got much business locally? I’ve had the pleasure to photograph many Parklife readers. There’s also

I get asked that a lot, it’s a tough question, family and wedding photography is great fun and often quite emotional. You’re in demand too for photography training. I make my ‘Take Better Photographs’ easy to understand. People are amazed at how easy it is to learn how to take control of their camera; they love it that they can see better results straight away. Currently I am filming a DVD of the course, which will be available in the next few weeks.

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Mugdock Country Park Events April-May Mugdock Country Park 0141 956 6586 Mousetale Puppets, Oscar and the Lost City of the Incas Sun 6 Apr 1pm - 2pm and 3pm - 4pm Cost £5/£7. Come and Try Longbow Sun 6 April 2pm – 4pm Meet in the Walled Garden near the Visitor Centre. Cost £1.

Glendrick Animal Roost Sun 6 April 12pm - 4.30pm This animal welfare sanctuary will be coming to visit us this afternoon, with a selection of their animals.

Notes of Fun Mon 7 April. 10am – 10:45am (Pre-school) 11.30am - 12.45pm (P1-P4) Come along on this EGGcellent Adventure and help the Easter Bunny find her lost basket. Cost £4/£5

Family Craft Session – Silk Painting Mon 7 April 1pm – 3.30 Suitable for age 5 to 105. Just turn up and join in. Cost £3.

Bush n Bash (ages 5-9) Tues 8 April 10am - 11.30am and 12.15pm – 1.45pm. Pull on your wellies because its time to get muddy! Brought to you by Wild by Nature, see Cost £5.

Family Craft - Willow Weaving Tues 8 April 1.30pm - 3.30pm Approx £2.50, just turn up, join in and have fun!

Young Storymakers – Magic and Mayhem (age 3-8) Thurs 10 April 11.30am – 12.15pm and 1.30pm – 2.15pm Cost £5 per child, must be accompanied by an adult.

Sat 19 April 10am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm - 3.30pm Cost £15 for one adult and one child, additional children £7.50 each.

Family Craft Session

Easter Eggstravaganza

Thurs 10 April 10am – 12.30pm / 1pm-3.30pm £3 per child, just turn up and join in.

Sun 20 April 2pm – 4pm Celebrate all things spring-like and join in with the chick hunt and lots of other cracking activities! Activities will be based around the Visitor Centre.

Batik Workshop (age 8) Sat 12 April 10am – 12.30 Cost £20. Booking essential 0141 956 6555.

Family Craft session – Felt work (age 5) Sat 12 April 1pm – 3.30pm Cost £5. Turn up and join in.

Furry Animal Toy Trail Sun 13 April 11am – 12pm All 3 – 6 year olds who enjoy stories and activities can join in the search. Meet at the Visitor Centre

PlayTalkRead - have fun from day one! Mon 14 April 10am - 12.15pm and 1.45pm – 4pm

Let’s Dance! Wiggle, Giggle and Groove! Thur 17 April £5 9.30am - 10.15am (18mths ) 10.30am - 11.15am (Pre-School) 11.30am - 12.30pm (P1-P4) Bush n Bash (ages 5-9) Frid 18 April 10am - 11.30am

Pull on your wellies its time to get muddy!

Come & Try Survival (age 6)

Brought to you by Wild by Nature, see Cost £5.

Wed 9 April 12pm and 2pm £4.50 per person, approx 90 mins. No booking. See

Frid 18 April 12.30pm – 3.30pm Cost £17.

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Lads ‘n’ Dads Survival Course (age 6)

Can you see me? (age 9-12)

Willow Weaving, Basket in a Day Sat 26 April 10am - 4pm Come along and create a traditional round basket. A wonderful workshop suitable for all abilities including first-timers! Cost £45.

Nature Club No Parents Required! Sun 27 April 1.45pm - 4pm

Communication - Do you know your runes from your semaphore? Ranger led activities for 8-12 year olds. £1.

Live Music in the Bandstand Sun 25 May 2.00pm – 4.00pm We aim to have live music in the bandstand on Sunday afternoons mid May - start September. Check our website to see who’s playing today.

Mugdock Castle Open! Sat 24 and Sun 25 May 2pm – 5pm (last entry 4.40pm). Sat 31 May and Sun 1 June 2pm – 5pm (last entry 4.40pm). Mugdock Castle is open to visitors and staffed by our Castle Stewards who will take you on a tour.

Loch Lomond Shores April-May Events Face painting

Apr 7th, 10th, 11th, 13th, 14th, 17th, 19th, 20th, 27th

Loch Lomond Wedding Exhibition Sat 5th & Sun 6th, 11am - 4.30pm

Victor Perry Art

Sat 5th & Sun 6th, 10am - 6pm

Mickey & Minnie Mouse

Sat 5th, 11am - 4pm

Farmers’ Market 10-3 BBC The Great Antiques Map of Britain 10-3 Big Shuggie’ the 10ft Scotsman 12-4

Sun 6th

Ron Ray Magic Shows

Mon 7th, 12pm – 4pm

Animal Man’s Mini Zoo

Tues 8th, 10am – 4pm

Continental Market Thurs 10th – Sun 13th, 10am – 6pm

Drakes of Hazard dog and duck show

Teddy Bears Picnic Wed 16th, 12pm & 2pm

Animal Man’s Mini Zoo Thurs 17th, 10am – 4pm

Drakes of Hazard dog and duck show Frid18th, 12pm, 1.30pm & 3pm

Sunday 4th, 11.30-2.30pm

Drakes of Hazard dog and duck show

Easter themed arts and crafts for kids

Mon 5th, 12/1.30pm & 3pm

Tiny Tots Togs Sat 19th, 10am - 6pm

Thurs 8th – Sun 11th

Easter themed arts and crafts for kids

Sat 19th, 12-4pm Tiny Tots Togs 10-6pm

Farmers’ Market 10-3pm

Fire Eater 12-4pm City of Glasgow Accordion Band 11.30-2.30pm Sun 20th

Mickey & Minnie Mouse

Family fun with full size Scalextric set

Sat 26th&Sun 27th, 10-6pm

Linda Grace Originals Art

Sat 26th- Sun 27th, 10-6pm

Walking Theatre – Treasure Island

Open air walking theatre for families. Booking essential at Sun 13th, 2.30pm

Ron Ray Magic Shows

Tues 15th, 12pm – 4pm

Farmers’ Market 10-3pm Fiesta MK1 Rally 9am The City of Glasgow Accordion Band

Tiny Tots Togs

Mon 21st, 11-4pm

Sat 12th – Sun 13th, 10am – 6pm

Face Painting May 4th, 5th, 18th ,23rd, 26th

Sat 19th & Sunday 20th

Thurs10th, 12pm, 1.30pm & 3pm

Fri 11th & Sat 12th, 10am – 6pm


NEW Craft Fair Linda Grace Originals Art John Muir Festival Finale

NEW Big Kid Circus Victor Perry Art Sat10th & Sun 11th, 10-6pm

Walking Theatre – Wiz Around Oz Open air walking theatre for families. Booking essential at Sun 11th, 2.30pm Tiny Tots Togs Sat 17th & Sunday 18th, 10-6pm

Parklands School car boot sale 9.30am Clann An Drumma 12pm Sun 18th

Craft Fair Sat 24th - Sun 25th, 12pm -4pm

Celebrating the launch of the John Muir Trail from Dunbar to Helensburgh, a full day of events with live music, street food, fireworks and a ceildh. Sat 26th, All day

Sat 24th, 10-4pm

Clann An Drumma

Sun 25th

Sun 27th, 12pm

Animal Man’s Mini Zoo Fire Eater 12-4pm Clann An Drumma 12pm Ron Ray Magic Shows Mon 26th, 12-4pm

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WIN a single hypnotherapy session chosen from my website, Fears, Phobias, Weight Reduction, Smoking Cessation & Past Life Regression. Everyone that enters is eligible for a 50% discount on all therapies on the website during April & May. The outcome as with all hypnotherapy depends on the participant.

Back or Neck Pain, Sports Injury, Muscle Tension, Arthritis, Stress

These are some of the many conditions that benefit from deep tissue massage therapy. Also available Hopi Ear Candles, excellent in the treatment of hay fever, tinnitus, sinusitis and many other ear, nose or throat conditions. Availability: Weekdays, Evenings and Sunday For further details contact:

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Keep an eye on our Facebook page to get your great deals! Fabulous premises in the beautiful and tranquil setting of Tir na nOg, Balfron Station.

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Weight Loss and becoming Healthy takes so much more than a diet plan and exercise routine, so we do much more than this! Low of energy? Sick of taking medication? We specialise is helping you become healthy from the inside out. Healing is an internal job when the correct environment is allowed. Chronic health issues? Come have a chat and see what can be done- everything can be improved given the right conditions.

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Interview with...

Oona McFarlane From Tir na nOg

Oona McFarlane owns and runs Tir na nOg Holistic Centre, where visitors can experience a great range of healing and relaxing therapies, a busy calendar of courses and events, a shop full of unusual and interesting gifts, and beautiful grounds to walk through.

We were so saddened to hear about the fire at Tir na nOg, how did it start? Thank you. It was obviously a huge shock for all of us to see the building on fire like that, and we were so sad when we realised the extent of the damage. It seems that an electrical

helped keep us motivated and inspired through the whole process of rebuilding. And on a lighter note, it was time to redecorate! We have tried to make the most of the time that we haven’t been open as normal to do lots of work behind the scenes so that the new-look Tir na nOg will be better than ever before, with a fresh layout in the shop, more availability for therapies, fun plans for the outdoor spaces, and new businesses joining us here in our lovely courtyard.

fault in the lighting system was the likely cause. Fortunately the wonderful local Fire Brigade were on the scene incredibly quickly and did a great job of dealing with it, we are deeply grateful to them for all their help!

Every cloud has a silver lining, what are your plans for 2014? Yes, there is always an up-side, even in a disaster! For me, the biggest gift in this particular calamity was the wonderful support from our lovely customers, who literally overwhelmed us with kind messages and offers of help - it has really

How will you celebrate your re-opening? We think it deserves a whole weekend of celebration, so we will be having an Opening Weekend on the 19th & 20th of April, with special offers in the shop and on therapies, and lots going on throughout the centre and grounds, for adults and children. Probably followed by a little glass of champagne after all this hard work!

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Collector’s Daughter The Untold Burrell Story This fascinating piece of social history has quite a lot of local connections. The story of Sir William Burrell’s daughter Marion is told by her god-daughter, Sue Stephen who has lived for nearly forty years in Stirlingshire at Balfron.

When Burrell endowed his famous collection to the City of Glasgow in 1944 it was doomed to remain under wraps for four long decades before a suitable site could be found to house almost 8,000 precious items which were waiting for a home. Before the Clean Air Act came into being pollution was a major problem and the medieval tapestries and embroideries were especially at risk. Due to this worry the collector was anxious to find a site north of Glasgow where the atmosphere would be free of industrial smoke, and so the countryside surrounding Killearn was the area that he chose. Because a baronial setting was favoured, Mugdock Castle was considered as well as the castles of Buchanan and Duntreath. Country estates were also contenders included Dougalston, w open inwhich Killearn, “Lumsdaine Halls Therapy Finnich Malise, Whiteflat oms”Carbeth, offers Balfunning, exceptional therapy services on and Ballindalloch, whereyou Suelocal Stephen lived fortothirty years.of ur doorstep, giving access a range As the years passed, Burrell’s ever increasing Collection ependent therapeutic specialists. Our services m to compliment the existing NHS provision presented a serious storage problem and some local thin the area. people can still remember seeing rare items from the experienced therapists will treat you in clean and Collection which once enjoyed a temporary home in mfortable facilities within our three treatment rooms which Killearn house. If changing conditions had not created e been finished to the highest possible standards. We are air for the door Burrell be built in Glasgow on ated inclean Killearn next toMuseum “KillearntoPharmacy” on the main the Pollock estate, SIr William’s amazing treasures might d towards Balfron. are able toresiding offer aincombination now be Stirlingshire. of daytime and evening ointments, private car parking, a spacious waiting area and abled toilet facilities. Specialist Musculoskeletal currently offer Physiotherapy, Foot Health Care, Speech Physiotherapy in your Language Therapy, Deep Tissue Massage, Hypnotherapy, own home including puncture & Counselling and look acupuncture forward &totreatment expanding these services in the future. for the following; t our website ( to discover Low back pain • Sports injuries • Whiplash re about our current specialists consultation times. Osteoarthritis • Ligamentand sprains • Muscle strains en booking Fractures a consultation, contact our therapists directly via • Tendonitis/repetitive strain injuries ail or mobile a prompt appointment. We can also pass on Postfor operative rehabilitation • Vestibular problems r details if you prefer by contacting us on 01360 551783. also welcome enquiries from other experienced therapists king for a professional high quality facility in which to offer ir services.

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Marion Burrell often visited Balfron when she came to stay at Ballindalloch and the geans (wild cherry trees) which blossom each spring on the avenue were planted there as a generous gift from the Collector’s daughter. Collector’s Daughter The Untold Story is now available to buy from Balfron Library with all profits going to the RNLI.


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

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

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Park Life Spring Gardening Tips Spring has sprung and for those of you just itching to get outdoors and tidy after winter, here are some tips to help you make the most of your garden. Get your hands dirty!

Whether you’re a keen gardener or a complete novice, all gardens need a good tidy up after the winter months. Tackle any young weeds that are starting to appear as the weather gets warmer, and mulch with compost or manure.

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If you didn’t get round to planting the shrubs and trees you wanted to during autumn ( Like me!), the ground should now be free from ground frosts for you to do so now. Spring is the perfect time to get plants, trees and shrubs fully established before winter comes around again. (See pg 68 Benview Nursery for plants)

Cut the grass

It’s time to dust off the mower and give the grass a regular mow, weed and feed. (See pg 68 Fraser Robb to get your mower serviced)

Sow summer plants

Sow summer bedding plants like marigolds and busy lizzies indoors in early spring. These can be moved outdoors in late spring/early summer once the weather warms up and there’s little chance of frost damage.

Top tip:

When planting bulbs, always wrap each one in a thin layer of steel wool to keep them safe from animals that like to dig!

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At The Ward Toll, Balfron Station G63 0QZ (4 miles south of Aberfoyle on the A81) Tel: 01360 850525

Garden Centre • Pet Shop • Farm Shop Everything you need to get your gardening year going. Flower & Veg seeds, seed potatoes & propagation equipment. Shrubs, trees, summer flowering bulbs. Greenhouses on display.

Farm shop stocking veg, cheeses, preserves, biscuits, cakes etc. Pet, wild bird and poultry supplies.

Opening times: Monday – Saturday; 9am – 5pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm

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

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DOMESTIC APPLIANCE REPAIRS (established 27 years)

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

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Slating & Tiling • General Building Work Lead Work • Roughcasting • Joinery uPVC Cladding • Brickwork • Plumbing General Building • Patios • Walls

For a reliable service, help and advice FREE ESTIMATES

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

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K 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.

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

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