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Christmas Edition 2014

Park Life puts the spotlight on Aberfoyle Village

CHRISTMAS FEATURE Everything you need to know about what is on in the area, New Year local walk, buying your tree and so much more!

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Find out what is new and what is happening at Loch Lomond Shores this Christmas.


“The people of Forth Valley are so lucky to have such a wonderful place as Strathcarron Hospice.”

Lomond School

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We are inviting applications for Junior and Senior School for August 2015. Bursaries are available for up to 100% of tuition fees from S1 upwards. For further information and to request an application form, please contact our Admissions department. 2


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Thank you to all those who have supported us throughout the year. The magazine has gone from strength to strength with this Christmas edition being another 88 page bumper edition. We bring you all the local Christmas fun, celebrations and competitions galore. Hope you enjoy your read.


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CONTENTS Moon Fashion Show Spotlight on Aberfoyle Coach House Restaurant Review Rob Roy Way Walk Fitness Page Lomond Shores Local Cinema Listings Christmas Events Local Pantos Blane Valley in Review Fintry Inn Recipe Mugdock Country Park Events Local Gift Guide Index Farmers Markets

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our readers and advertisers!

Katrina, Heather, Lisa & Jennifer Next edition covers Feb-March. Deadline is 12th of January. 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

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We are delighted to be working with Liz Melville Social Media to bring you a brand new, fun, business networking group in the Park Life area. Since moving to Balfron recently, Liz had become increasingly frustrated by having to travel to Glasgow or Stirling for networking opportunities. Knowing that Katrina had previously run popular business networking for Park Life Magazine, Liz approached her with the idea of starting a new group, for business owners in the local villages and areas surrounding the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. And so Business Blether was born! Based on the name Liz had used for a Twitter networking group she runs every Thursday #SocialBlether – Katrina and Liz felt that a ‘blether’ was just the right word for their new, informal network! Business Blether will be held on the final Thursday of every month, and will alternate between a breakfast time ‘coffee drop-in’ and a more structured lunch or dinner event. Feel free to come along when you can, and network with other local business owners over a coffee or light refreshment – membership is completely FREE! For more details about Business Blether and forthcoming meetings, visit

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Fashion show at Buchanan Arms in aid of Strathcarron Hospice On a dark, blustery, rainy Thursday evening in Drymen, two hundred elegant ladies parked their cars, put up their umbrellas and ran to the newly refurbished Clairinch Suite in the Buchanan Arms Hotel. The occasion was the Moon of Drymen in conjunction with Park Life Magazine Fashion Show in aid of Strathcarron Hospice. Umbrellas and raincoats discarded, pink champagne and delicious canapés were served by the lovely staff. The weather was soon forgotten. Katrina from Park Life welcomed everyone with a few words and dedicated the evening to her good friend Laura Leven who had died a few weeks earlier. Laura had been suffering from Multiple Sclerosis and she and her family had benefited greatly over the years from services provided by Strathcarron. Cathy Kelly a nurse of Strathcarron gave a short talk on the work and services the hospice offers. Not only in the Hospice but within patients’ homes and the support they offer to the families.

The Fashion Show began and the very glamorous models were enthusiastically received as they sashayed down the cat walk showing a fabulous array of separates, accessories and dresses. From smart and casual to glamorous and glittery evening and cocktail outfits. All in a good range of sizes and beautifully accessorised from the wide selection of jewellery, scarves and handbags from Moon of Drymen. Mairi Mcginn of Moon introduced the fashions and models throughout the evening and would like to thank all the models for giving up their evening to support a great cause. The evening concluded with exciting bidding for an overnight stay at the 5 star Hilton Glasgow and a fabulous raffle which was drawn by Laura’s mother Eilidh and twin sons Fraser and Ross. The evening was a wonderful success and over £2000 was raised. Thankyou to everyone who contributed, participated and spent lots of money! photography by Paul Saunders

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Business 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!

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Aberfoyle In the mid-nineteenth century Aberfoyle earned the title “Gateway to the Trossachs” because of the hundreds of fans of Sir Walter Scott who came by train in search of the locations and landscapes described in his immensely popular poems and novels. Today, more than 150 years later, people still come to Aberfoyle in huge numbers but for very different reasons. They come now to walk, cycle, ride or jog on the miles of footpaths, tracks and trails that run through the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park that surrounds the village. And Aberfoyle welcomes

Business them with free parking for more than 100 cars on the very land where the railway station and goods sidings once stood. To help the visitors make the most of their time in The Trossachs there is a large Tourist Information Centre with books, maps and timetables. To sustain them on their adventures there are cafes, restaurants and pubs, a Deli and a well-stocked supermarket. Internet access and the usual postal services are available in the Post Office Shop and petrol or diesel for the journey home can be obtained at the Community-owned Petrol Station. The largest employer in town is probably the Forestry Commission whose District Offices stand at the eastern edge of the village, while their Lodge Forest Visitor Centre, with its wonderful views and Go-Ape zip wire, sits on the hill just above the village on The Dukes Pass , the road to the Trossachs.

We are an independent butcher cradled in the heart of the Trossachs, in Central Scotland.

We offer a taste of the EXCEPTIONAL…exceptional meat which has texture and flavour rarely experienced nowadays. The Aberfoyle Butcher can supply direct to your kitchen, whether it’s in an exquisite restaurant, hotel, or if you simply appreciate the finest food at home.

Mail order service available 206 Main Street, Aberfoyle FK8 3UQ

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Tel: 01877 382 191 Main Street Aberfoyle FK8 3UG

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The Black Rocks are superheated to 440˚C, then placed onto our specially designed grill platters. Your choice of meat or fish is placed before you at the table. The stones stay hot enough to cook your meal for 45mins so no rush, ..take your time, eat,chat make merry. New dishes are being added to the Hot Rock Menu all the time including our popular Mixed Grill and the latest addition a Vegetarian layered halloumi and roast vegetable creation.

The Brown Family heads to the Coach House, Aberfoyle. On a beautiful Autumnal afternoon we headed to Aberfoyle, where in the heart of this picturesque village you will find The Coach House. Under new ownership since the summer, we were given a warm welcome from the friendly staff and immediately our daughter Lucy (3) felt at home and headed straight for the in-house ‘mini cinema’ to choose a film. Throughout our meal we were able to observe her munching on the delights of the ‘Cinema Tray’ from the children’s menu, which included a hot dog, ice cream and other cinema goodies. What a fantastic idea! With so many tasty temptations on the menu, we had to give in and share a starter of my all-time

favourite chicken liver pate…served with home-made oatcakes it did not disappoint. Then it was on to mains where Harry (13) tucked into a delicious beef burger, which got the thumbs up from an experienced teenage ‘burger expert’. Hubby just had to have the spicy pizza with the spicy kick just hitting the right note, but it was my fillet steak cooked on the black rock volcanic grill that stole the show. It arrived at the table on a specially designed grill platter where I was able to finish off the cooking to my own preference using no oil or fat making it a healthier, tastier option. It’s a great cooking concept from America and, I am told by the head chef, the only one of its kind this side of Scotland.

To finish off it was the home-made strawberry cheese cake that tickled the taste buds, perfection on a plate, devoured in seconds. With exciting new refurbishment plans for the New Year and great family orientated initiatives, The Coach House is well worth a visit. A very contented Brown Family headed home, with Lucy singing songs from Frozen (her film choice) and Harry thinking he would like to be a famous food connoisseur! Review by Jen Brown

Tel: 01877 382 191 Main Street Aberfoyle FK8 3UG

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The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre

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Discover th beauty of ree Christmas al trees! The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, Dukes Pass, Aberfoyle

Monday 1 to Monday 22 December 10am - 4pm A great day out, collect a real Christmas tree and enjoy a mince pie along with our home baking, teas and coffees in the cafĂŠ. Take part in our festive trail quiz and win a prize! Take part in Christmas activities each weekend on the lead up to Christmas. Visit our website for more info or call 01877 382258

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As you will be reading this during the holiday season, you may be buying or setting up new laptops, tablets or phones - and I hope that’s all going to plan. If, however, you’re reaching the stage of opening the window to see how well these things Frisbee, please stop and give us a call, because we’re celebrating 10 years of computer stress relief in the Trossachs, and are well placed to solve your digital dilemmas! So, if you’re thinking of jumping on a plane to escape the weather (or the family), why not drop your computer in for a check-up while you’re away? Or if you’re trying to order an inflatable Santa and your internet feels like its being piped through treacle, we can pop in and get you un-stuck in no time. And please remember, don’t answer the phone to anyone who says they are phoning from Microsoft or Windows – and please don’t let them control your computer! Stay safe.

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Take a walk on the wild side...

The Rob Roy Way This walk follows the tracks and paths used by Rob Roy MacGregor in the 17th & 18th centuries as he worked fought and lived the life of Scotland’s most notorious outlaw. The paths were also well used by other historical characters throughout the Jacobite uprisings, and the feuds between the local clans. 
Sense the history of Scotland as you travel through glens, along rivers & burns and past mountains & lochs. Soak up some of Scotland’s greatest scenery.

Day 1 – Drymen to Aberfolye Starting in the centre of Drymen, your 92 mile hike begins with a single step! The hike takes us through the ancient Loch Ard Forest and through the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park before arriving at the quaint village of Aberfoyle. Distance 16km

Day 2 - Aberfoyle to Callander An ascent out of Aberfoyle leads you to open moorland with views over the Menteith Hills. You then descend to picturesque Loch Venachar before the route arrives in the village of Callander, known as the Gateway to the Highlands. Distance 16km

Day 3 - Callander to Strathyre Today’s route is particularly scenic, passing by peaceful lochs and rivers as it winds its way north. It starts with a walk along a disused railway track bed before you follow the shores of Loch Lubnaig, admiring the mountain views all the way to Strathyre. Distance 15km

Day 4 - Strathyre to Killin Departing Strathyre you ascend through an enchanting forest before dipping down to pass the famous Kingshouse Hotel with its Rob Roy Bar. The path then starts to climb, offering magnificent views down to Lochearnhead below. Crossing the disused viaduct to Lochan Lairig Cheile, you then follow the trail to Killin to reach the spectacular Falls of Dochart. Distance 19km

Day 5 - Killin to Ardtalnaig A long steady ascent provides good views and is balanced by an equally long descent to Ardeonaig. You then walk along quiet backroads for 6km before reaching Ardtalnaig for your transfer back to Killin, where you spend a second night. Distance 19km

Day 6 - Ardtalnaig to Aberfeldy A short transfer takes you back to Ardtalnaig so that you can continue hiking where you stopped the previous day. An easy start takes you along a minor road before the trail heads uphill at Acharn. Here you will see the fantastic Falls of Acharn before making you way along the path know as the Queen’s Drive. You continue on through forest to the splendid woodland gorge of the Birks (Falls) of Aberfeldy before descending down into the village. A long but rewarding day! Distance 24km

Day 7 - Aberfeldy to Pitlochry The day starts with a stroll alongside the River Tay as you make your way to Grandtully. You then head off into the forest for an equally enjoyable walk, which takes you down into the pretty town of Pitlochry, famous for its theatre, dam and fish ladder. Pitlochry is also home to the Blair Athol Distillery, well worth a visit to reward yourself with a wee dram as you complete the route! Distance 18km

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Health & Wellbeing

Lets get to the nuts and bolts of your pain! Osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of balance, using touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms. Osteopaths’ patients include the young, older people, manual workers, office professionals, and sports people. Patients seek treatment for a wide variety of conditions, including back pain/ sciatica; postural problems caused by driving or work strain, the pain of arthritis and sports injuries.

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Mary was taking 6 medications a day – she is down to 2 (-counting) and feeling younger, healthier and happier than ever. Payment is based on the gift economy (pay what you can afford) but if you don’t lose a size in 4 weeks you’ll get your money back.

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In recent years, concerns have been raised that people are consuming too much salt. High levels of sodium in the diet are believed to increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes and may also cause high blood pressure. However, salt is also essential for the human body to function. It is required for blood, sweat, digestive juices and efficient nerve transmission. Beyond that though, salt is now being recognised as having natural healing properties. It is a powerful anti-bacterial agent and is a natural anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine.

For almost 200 years, people in Eastern Europe (Poland and Russia particularly) have been visiting salt mines and natural salt caves to take advantage of the healing properties of salt. Speleotherapy as it is known is still used today to treat a wide range of respiratory and skin conditions. If there are no natural caves or mines nearby, there is still a way to enjoy these health benefits. Halotherapy.

A new halotherapy centre is due to open in Glasgow in early 2015. Salann Halotherapy will be only the second centre of its kind in Scotland and will have two full size treatment rooms, one for up to 12 adults and the other for up to 10 children accompanied by adults. There will also be a third smaller VIP treatment room that can hold two people. The treatment rooms or “salt caves� will recreate the natural salt cave micro-climate using a special machine called a halogenerator. The machine will grind up sodium chloride crystals into ultra-fine particles and circulates the particles in the atmosphere. These particles, invisible to the naked eye, will penetrate deep into the respiratory system, reducing inflammation and helping to clean out mucus blocking the airways. Through direct contact, the particles will also act upon the skin, reducing redness and swelling and improving skin tone.

The treatment is natural and 100% drug free and is safe for pregnant women and children over 6 months old. Treatable conditions include asthma, bronchitis, hayfever, sinusitis, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and more serious conditions including COPD and cystic fibrosis.

Visit the website for further details or to book a free, no obligation consultation, or call 0330 0010990 to talk to the team.

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Hand drawn portraits for a special Christmas gift. Prices from £75. 10% discount up until xmas. Gift vouchers available for friends and family For more information; Tel: 07720 593078 E:

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w open in Killearn, “Lumsdaine Halls Therapy oms” offers exceptional therapy services on r doorstep, giving you local access to a range of ependent therapeutic specialists. Our services m to compliment the existing NHS provision hin the area.

experienced therapists will treat you in clean and fortable facilities within our three treatment rooms which e been finished to the highest possible standards. We are ted in Killearn next door to “Killearn Pharmacy” on the main d towards Balfron. are able to offer a combination of daytime and evening ointments, private car parking, a spacious waiting area and bled toilet facilities. currently offer Physiotherapy, Foot Health Care, Speech Language Therapy, Deep Tissue Massage, Hypnotherapy, puncture & Counselling and look forward to expanding hese services in the future. our website ( to discover e about our current specialists and consultation times. en booking a consultation, contact our therapists directly via il or mobile for a prompt appointment. We can also pass on r details if you prefer by contacting us on 01360 551783. also welcome enquiries from other experienced therapists ing for a professional high quality facility in which to offer r services. Follow us on

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Glasgow 2014 Killearn Drymen Rabbie Burns Bannockburn Mackintosh Architectural GSA ‘The Mack’ GSA Reid Building Other recent work on website..

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Business NICK NAIRN ALWAYS LOOKS GOOD IN STOCKINGS. What are you putting in your loved one’s Christmas stocking this year? How about growing their love of food and cooking with a Nick Nairn Cook School at Port of Menteith gift card? Prices start at just £49 and can be easily purchased at Go on, give the gift that really does keep on giving. 01877 389 900

Christmas Gift Ideas Gift cards can be used against classes or in our cook shops. Redeem online, by telephone or in person at our Cook Schools. Valid for 12 months.


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a Sheila Fleet Daisy Necklace These beautiful, bright Daisies in silver and enamel have been created by wellknown Orkney jewellery designer, Sheila Fleet. The winner of this lovely necklace will hold not only a fine piece of craftmanship but also part of a poignant story. All the Daisies support Sheila’s former employee, Emily Findlay, in her fight against cancer.

All Sheila’s exquisite Daisies contribute to Emily’s Fund at the Orkney Charitable Trust, Sheila first met Emily when she began working in her Boutique shop in Kirkwall, To win one of Sheila’s Daisies Orkney. A cheerful 18-year visit www.parklifescotland. old, Emily loved her new Saturday job but after only 3 The winner may choose an months she relapsed and was original summer Daisy or forced to stop. a winter Ocean, Shallows, Peacock, Surf or Champagne Sheila decided to help by Coloured Daisy as their prize. creating a special collection of delicate, silver Daisies, Emily’s See our blog for Emily’s story: favourite flower. The first with sunshine-yellow for-emily, our website for all centres and waving white the Daisies www.sheilafleet. crystal petals appeared in early com and visit Sheila Fleet summer 2014. A myriad of in Jenners at Loch Lomond Coloured Daisies followed as Shores, Balloch to touch and | 24 the winter drew in. try on the Daisies.

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Pendant above shown in Shallows enamel while Emily wears Ocean.

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Designed and Made in Orkney, Scotland

Jenners Loch Lomond Ben Lomond Way Balloch G83 8QL 01389 722 212

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Loch Lomond Shores Events this Christmas! Story-telling with Santa on the Santa Express This year Santa has come out of his grotto and is spending time on his very own train. Why not come along to join Santa and hear one of his special Christmas tales whilst tucked under a cosy blanket on board his train. Each child will receive a sweetie from Santa along with a hot drink and mince pie, and of course the big kids will get a hot drink and mince pie too! Christmas time is for everyone after all. Santa will be on the Story-telling Express every Saturday and Sunday until Christmas from


11am until 5pm. To ride with Santa costs £4.50 per person (Adults & Children). If you would like any further information call Santa’s helpers on 01389 751035.

Lomond Pirates Play Zone & Cafe Lomond Pirates Play Zone & Café is now open within the upper shopping mall with a spectacular pirate themed soft play zone which will be open for daily play sessions and delicious home baking, teas and coffees in their cafe as well as being the new fun kids party place with oodles of entertainment.


December Events Farmers Market 7th Dec 10am Christmas In Bloom 13-14th Dec Christmas silk floral arrangements for sale with all proceeds going to charity. Helensburgh & Lomond Youth Brass band 20th Dec 11am-3pm Farmers Market 21st Dec 10am Clyde Community Orchestra 22nd Dec 2-4pm

January Events Pamela Randall Art Sale & Display 3rd & 4th Jan 10am Mike Belton Art Display 17th & 18th Jan 10am


Close to home, far from ordinary The ultimate festive shopping and day trip destination.

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A magical festive shopping day out awaits you on the stunning banks of Loch Lomond.

Loch Lomond Shores is set to wow visitors again this Christmas with an unrivalled shopping and day trip experience like no other. From top name brands at the prestigious Jenners, a House of Fraser store, independent gift boutiques, a delicious assortment of cafes serving home-baking, teas and coffees with uninterrupted views across the loch to soaking up the scenery and taking part in a wide range of winter outdoor activities, this five star destination has it all.

During December visitors can not only enjoy late night shopping at Jenners until 8pm on Thursdays but they will also be treated to live music on selected dates from orchestras, local brass bands and young Carol Singers. So whether you fancy visiting their exclusive shops and relaxing in one of their superb cafes or restaurant, or you want to wrap up, get active and enjoy the beautiful outdoors at their stunning loch-side setting, there’s something for everyone at Loch Lomond Shores. It’s no wonder they have just introduced the new tag line ‘Close to home, far from ordinary’.

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Deanston Distillery Visitor Centre

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Interview with Lorraine Kelly

You do so much work for so many charities, how did you get involved with Strathcarron Hospice?

How would you encourage the general public to get more involved with supporting the Hospice?

I became involved thanks to the force of nature that is Angela Gillies who was working as Fundraising Manager for the Hospice. She invited me to come and see the work being done there and I was so impressed by the sheer joy, love and positivity of Strathcarron. It was a place to come to live, not die, and that was remarkable.

I would urge everyone to do their bit for the Hospice, no matter how much you can contribute, it all helps. The Hospice isn’t funded by the government and needs to raise over £70,000 each week just to keep going. The work they do is so important and makes all the difference to someone needing care and also to their relatives.

What are your favourite fun events to take part in for charity? We have all done such a lot of fun events to raise funds for Strathcarron. The charity ball was always really enjoyable and the Midnight Walk around Stirling is a big highlight, even in the pouring rain. There is such a wonderful team spirit and a real sense of achievement when we cross the finish line.

Strathcarron Ladies Midnight Tiara Walk 20th June 2015 Join a thousand ladies for this sparkling event!

Television presenter Lorraine Kelly, an enthusiastic supporter of the hospice, said “The people of Forth Valley are so lucky to have such a wonderful place as Strathcarron Hospice.”

Lorraine Kelly

To find out more visit or call 01324 826222

Each of the distillery’s expressions, Deanston 12 Year Old, Virgin Oak, and our Distillery Exclusive Editions, have been made onsite using Scottish-grown barley and are known and celebrated for their sweet, fruity tastes with hints of honeyed spiciness. With a range of tours available, budding whisky connoisseurs can enjoy a dram while they learn about everything from the heritage to our distilling techniques; Or if you have a passion for chocolate, why don’t you come to one of our Whisky and Chocolate Tours. Join us in one of our tours, visit our gift shop full of local crafts and whisky or have a

festive treat at our Distillery Cafe, Deanston Distillery is a place for all the family. In January, we will be celebrating Robert Burns, with haggis available from the Coffee Bothy and Deanston whisky, there is not better combination to celebrate our renowned Scottish poet. We are open 7 days a week from 10am until 5pm* *Closed 25th and 26th of December and 1st and 2nd of January. 24th and 31st of December from 10am until 3pm For more information phone 01786 843010 or visit

No better time than this Business festive season to come to Deanston Distillery!

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Wreaths and stands also available.







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Visit Santa’s Grotto


Edenmill Farm, Blanefield, Glasgow G63 9AX t: 01360 771707 30 |

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Why buy a Christmas tree from a local grower? When you buy from an independent, locally-owned Christmas tree farm, like Edenmill Farm you are investing in the local economy. It takes approximately 10 years for a tree to grow to its harvestable height, and during this time Edenmill will employ local people to maintain the trees. At Edenmill Farm, they bottom handle trees, which means they remove the branches at the base of the tree to stunt its growth, making it easier to fell and easier for you to place in stands. Trees are fertilised twice a year to make them green and help them to grow. By selecting a Christmas tree from Edenmill, you know exactly when your tree has been harvested. A local grower will start felling their trees around the last week of November/1st week of December compared to a national producer who will need to harvest their trees at the start of November to ensure they reach retail outlets in time.

Edenmill Farm Shop Edenmill Farm is proud to produce high quality, locally sourced meat and poultry products. Edenmill offers a one-stop shop for your Christmas Kelly Bronze Turkeys, New Year steak pie, and delicious Aberdeen Angus beef, venison and pork all year round.

Have an Edenmill Christmas For the best festive, family experience this Christmas, look no further than Edenmill Farm. Open 7 days from 1st December, they have Christmas all wrapped up. Adults can enjoy mulled wine while selecting a Christmas tree, sample mouthwatering festive fayre at the Old Cow Shed Restaurant, and pick up everything “the big festive feast.” Children can visit Santa in his Grotto, have fun on the hay bales in the play area, and meet Santa’s Reindeer and other friendly farm animals!

It has never been easier to shop at Edenmill; you can visit the farm shop (with new product ranges), shop on line or order over the phone (01360 771707). Edenmill butchers are friendly, highly skilled and knowledgeable, and can prepare products to suit your requirements. The Farm shop is open 7 days a week in December, closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day then resumes normal 9am - 5pm Wednesday to Sunday opening hours. Alternatively, they can come to you… Just phone in your order on a Wednesday and your products will be delivered straight to your door on Friday!

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Cinema Listings

Gartmore Community Cinema A welcome return to a most popular activity in Gartmore’s social calendar! Annual membership of £10 gives you reduced entry to all films. Members: £2 per film Non-members: £4 per film Children: £2 per film

6 Dec - The Day I Became A Woman 19 Dec [kids - Friday] - Frozen 20 Dec - Miracle on 34th Street 9 Jan 2015 [kids - Friday] - Avengers Assemble 10 Jan 2015 - American Hustle

Mugdock Cinema

Booking essential 0141 956 6100
or book online Cost £3 It’s a Wonderful Life (cert U) Mon 1st Dec 7.30pm
 Our special Christmas Movie Evening! (with drinks and tasty treats provided by Charlie’s) An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed.

Strathendrcik Film Society 5 Dec 7.30pm in Balfron High School Theatre. Sunshine on Leith (2013)
 100 mins Comedy | Drama | Musical

The Bird Cage (cert 15) Mon 12th Jan 7.30pm
 The Bedford Incident (cert PG) Mon 26th Jan 7.30pm

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Two Scottish soldiers return from Afghanistan, home to Leith to the warm embrace of their families. With Jane Horrocks and a “soft, vulnerable” Peter Mullan, this is a feel-good musical featuring the Proclaimers’ music with some stirring performances from its young cast. “A jubilant, heartfelt musical about the power of home, the hearth, family and love.”


Christmas Trees Norway Spruce Lodge Pole Pine Nordman Fir

Come and cut your own tree... make it a family day out!

Noble Fir Cut, Rooted or Potted

...Try a “ Duff ” tree this Christmas! S & J Duff & Son, Wester Auchentroig Farm, Buchlyvie, Stirlingshire FK8 3PB OPEN 9am - 6pm throughout December Tel/Fax: 01360 850404 | Mobile: 07710 579752 |

Santa’s Woodland Experience! North Ballochruin Farm, Balfron G63 0LE

Open Daily for Christmas Trees and Decorations, Handmade Wreaths & Table Decorations.

Tel: 07741 539964 or


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Killearn Kirk



Registered Charity Number: SC024414




in Killearn Kirk on 6.00–7.00pm Saturday, 20 December 2014 audience to be seated by 5.45pm in aid of MAGGIE’S CENTRE, Glasgow and KILLEARN KIRK An outstanding hour of Christmas music and entertainment featuring Entry by ticket only, at £8.00 each under 16s free

Drinks by donation

Maggie’s Centres offer free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their families and friends

Robin Versteeg: Organ/Piano Emma Versteeg: Soprano Paul Boutcher: Trumpet

Ticket Sales: Lavinia Drew T: 01360 440544 email:

mince pies

Killearn Kirk (Church of Scotland), Balfron Road, Killearn, Glasgow, G63 9NL. Registered Charity Number: SC012140

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Christmas Events!


Kippen Christmas Market

Ealain Gallery Drymen

Village Hall Sat 29th Nov 1pm-4pm A large selection of Gift Stalls with Tea/Coffee and home baking

Ladies Christmas Shopping Evening Fri 5th of Dec 6-8pm Enjoy some Christmas Shopping with Fizz, Nibbles and 10% off all purchases on the night. 11 Main Street, Drymen 01360 660996 e.

Culcreuch Castle Xmas Fayre Sun 30th Nov noon – 4.30pm Free entry/ donations to Strathcarron Hospice. Excellent selection of stalls for Christmas gifts including Rhubarab & Lime, Mhor Bread, Jewellery, Knitwear, Candles, Soaps and so much more! An excellent way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

A Festive Lunch and Christmas floral decoration demonstration by Amanda Clayden- Green Pea Studio

Strathblane Primary & Nursery Christmas Fayre Fri 5th Dec 6.30pm-9pm We look forward to welcoming you for a fun filled festive evening with craft activities & games for the children, a chance for Christmas shopping and an “Audience with Father Christmas”!

Peter Pan A fun filled Christmas panto

Kippen Village Hall, 11th, 12th & 13th December at 7.30pm (matinee on Saturday13th - 2pm)

Tues Dec 2nd 11.45 for 12 noon Port of Menteith Village Hall Tickets in Aid of Port of Menteith Church Restoration cost £20 ,which will include the talk,a glass of wine and lunch. Please ring Sarah Chester 01877 385634 to reserve a place.

Buchanan Primary Xmas Fayre Fri 5th Dec 10am-11.45am Coffee/Cake/Xmas stalls We look forward to see you there and your support is hugely appreciated

TicKeTs: £6 adults, £4 children available from.. Joyce 01786 870620 Ann - 01786 870517

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Christmas Events

Town and Country Designs Christmas Shopping Evening 10% off on the evening Thurs 4th Dec 5-8pm Come along and have a glass of bubbles and home made mince pies while you browse over our fabulous selection of gifts and accessories for Christmas.

Killearn Primary School Christmas Fayre Fri 5th Dec 6-9pm Killearn Village Hall It will be a fabulous family event with a wide variety of craft, jewellery and Christmas stalls and Santa will be in attendance.

Fintry Primary School Christmas Fayre Sat 6th Dec 10am-12noon £1 for adults, kids are free Tearoom serving tea, coffee & selling home baking, kids games, face painting, arts and crafts table, raffle prizes , tombola, and various stalls selling Xmas wreaths, jewellery, Xmas cakes and biscuits. Paintings and painted stones.

Killearn Christmas Market Sat 6th Dec 10am-1pm Large selection of stalls selling gifts and fresh goods. Entertainment from Strathendrick Singers.

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St Andrew’s Kirk Christmas Bazaar 6th Dec 10-3pm

Victoria Halls, Helensburgh This is the final push towards raising the remaining amount required for our New Halls Development which will be in the heart of the town, providing meeting rooms for clubs and societies involving all ages A place of refuge and peace for people just wanting a cup of tea, a chat and a listening ear. Please come and join in, check out the Christmas stalls, enjoy a tasty light lunch, and, to top it all, your ticket entry will automatically go in the free prize draw for a Christmas Hamper worth over £100. Light lunch and refreshments served Adults £1.50 Children 50p

Christmas Bazaar

Aberfoyle Parish Church 5th - 7th Dec Forth Inn Annexe, next to Guyana 10am - 4pm Fri & Sat 1pm -5pm Sun All sorts of treasures, including books, household items, toys, gifts for Christmas.

Drymen Primary School PTA Christmas Fundraiser Join us for a fun-packed festive family fete! Sun 7th Dec 2.30pm-4.30pm Drymen Church Hall Children’s Crafts, Tombolas, Christmas Games Bake sale, Elves Workshop, Ski-Sunday Competition, Adopt a teddy and more.

Strathendrick Singers Come and join us for an evening of

Christmas SONGS Sun 7th Dec 6.30pm for 7pm Gartmore Village Hall £8 adults, £4 children (under 16yrs) Available from gartmore village shop, 01877 382214 Free glass of mulled wine and mince pie!

B Flats Christmas Concert Kilmaronock Millenium Hall Gartocharn Christmas music and old favourites with Festive nibbles Fri 12th Dec 7pm for 7.30pm Adults £6 Children £3 Tickets available from The Village Shop or call Linda 01360 660706 Charity - The National MS Society

Strathendrick Singers Killearn Kirk Fri 12th Dec 7.30pm

GARTMORE GIGS Presents Skerryvore

Sat 13th Dec 7.30pm for 8pm Gartmore Hall Tickets £15 Available form Gatmore Village Shop or online

Kippen Primary School Christmas Concert Featuring a cast of Local Talent Wed 17th Dec 6.15pm Kippen Parish Church Adults £5 Children Free For tickets Call Morna 07968912062 or email parentcouncil@

Christmas Events

Balfron Bairns Christmas party

Railton Scott Annual Christmas Cancer Appeal Shopping Fayre

Wed 17th Dec 9.30-11.30am McLintock hall Carols, Christmas craft activities and a visit from Santa. Donations only and all welcome with 0-5 year olds!

A Christmas Concert Killearn Kirk Sat 20th Dec 6pm – 7pm In aid of Maggie’s Centre Glasgow

Fri 6th Feb 7pm Kippen Village Hall Come and play whist in a friendly village atmosphere, bring along a wonderful tea, and help to raise money for this worthy cause. Email Stuart on or phone 01786 870529

Buchlyvie Rural

Meetings are at 7.30pm in Buchlyvie Village Hall and visitors are welcome. 9 th Dec

Christmas Entertainment

Buchlyvie 10k Sat 24th Jan We raise money for local committees ( Buchlyvie Village Hall , Children and Old folks and the Playpark appeal ) and also for Lomond Mountain rescue and Andrew Clark Trust, last year we had 258 runners and we raised £2750

13th Jan

Bill Keeping The Road to Mandalay A trip around Burma Contact: Margaret Sparkes 01360 850492.

2nd Dec 6pm-9pm £5 includes free on-site parking Take the stress out of holiday shopping with an evening showcasing famous Scottish brands and local crafts, fine food and drink.

 Children under 16 go free but must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Medieval Merriment 7th Dec 12.30pm - 3.30pm Step back in time and join the royal court as they celebrate the festive season. Experience the traditions of a medieval feast and enjoy music, dancing and games as the court are entertained throughout the afternoon. Price: Event included in admission price.

Blane Valley Burns Club

Carols at the Castle

Sat 31st Jan Edmonstone Hall, Blanefield Tickets £17pp Available from Strathblane Library or George Eastcroft 01360770390 3 Course meal/BYOB/Entertainment & Raffle

14th Dec 7pm £15 Adults £10 Children We are delighted to welcome back the Stirling contingent of the National Youth Choir of Scotland. Carols at The Castle will feature traditional carols as well as popular Christmas songs.

Stirling Castle Events

Win a family pass to at macrobert!

Grab your boogie shoes and find a spot on that light up dance floor, because this Xmas we guarantee that you will be dancing! Join the Twankey family in the town that Stirling Stella almost forgot - Discotopia. Here lives widow, Marge O’Reen Twankey, owner of the last laundrette in town. Her oldest daughter, Aladdin, is wildly in love with Prince Jasper but can love survive the grease stains and smell of fabric conditioner? Thanks to macrobert, one lucky family can join in the fun by winning a family pass (up to 2 adults and 2 children).

To Enter please visit Tickets subject to availability of performance date and time.

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Macrobert macrobert & Barrowland Ballet Presents

A Frozen Charlotte and macrobert co-production

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It’s Panto Time... ...Oh yes it is!

Business Kippen

Peter Pan 11,12,13th December Kippen Village Hall 7.30pm (Sat Matinee 2pm) For Tickets call; Joyce 01786 870620 Ann 01786 870517

Principal girl ‘Heidi’ and her dog ‘Kodak’


‘Frankenstein - the Panto’ Written by David Swan. 3rd-6th Dec with a Sat Matinee Village Hall The show is perhaps best described as it was some years ago by the Glasgow Herald theatre critic: “Inspired mayhem… Frankenstein the Panto is pure dead brilliant with knobs on! The script is a marvellous gatherup of cinematic genre, where Dracula, Frankenstein and some St Trinians type schoolgirls come together in a series of hectically daft encounters. There’s some wonderfully awful jokes and some crackingly clever ones and lots of audience participation. It works because it has no pretentions other than to make everyone enjoy themselves” Tickets from the Library in Drymen

Macrobert Theatre


26 Nov – 4 Jan A brand new panto written by Johnny McKnight. Grab your boogie shoes because this Christmas we guarantee that you should be dancing. The Twankey family live in the town that Stirling Stella almost forgot - Discotopia. Here lives Widow Marge O’Reen Twankey owner of the last laundrette in town. Her oldest daughter, Aladdin, is wildly in love with Prince Jasper but can love survive the grease stains and smell of fabric conditioner? Tickets are on sale now - to book call 01786 466666 / book online at

Mugdock Country Park It’s Panto time!

Beauty and the Beast


Performances at 2pm and 4pm on 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 Dec.

Menzies Hall Fintry 27-29 Nov and 4-6 December.

Performances (for school groups) at 10am and 1.30pm on 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18 and 19 Dec.

Ticket details will be put on our website and on our FINTRY AMATEUR DRAMATIC SOCIETY facebook page.

Performances at 6.30pm on 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23 and 24 Dec. Cost £10/adult and £6/child. Follow us on 0141 Booking essential 956 6100.| 39



Join us every Saturday at Balfron High School Call Mark on 01389 386117 or 07715 301841 Web: email:

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


SAVE 50%! Terms & conditions: This voucher entitles a maximum of 6 people to 50% off the standard individual entry at Loch Lomond SEA LIFE Aquarium. Valid until 30/09/14. This voucher is not valid with any other offer. REF:PARKLIFE2014

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within the heart of the village. Our little people therefore have many opportunities for local trips and outings....Journeying into Killearn Glen is a favourite! We have newly introduced named co-ordinators leading weekly classes in Yoga, Music, Outdoor Play, Baby Massage, Gymnastic and Gardening. The very much in demand and busy Out of School Club is somewhere

for older school children to create, chill or even do some “ Dreaded” homework. We would be delighted to meet with you, to show you some more of what we do, Come visit, have a good look around our happy nursery, meet with our team and discover what a nursery day means. Thank You, Gabi & Fiona.


At Heron House we have a team of fully qualified early childcare professionals who are enthusiastic about your child’s experiences and opportunities. Nursery offers family friendly, flexible childcare, where children / babies are secure and happy within a loving and kind environment. Heron House educators are motivated and happy which promotes a positive atmosphere, encouraging learning and enabling children to reach their full potential. Our nursery is beautifully set

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


y pla ces Nurturing environment avai lable Encouraging active learning Promoting positive attitudes Supporting health and well-being After school facility (18 places) Learning through play 100% qualified passionate team Term Time/flexible places available Daily walks for babies am/pm Regis Solid local partnerships t now f er o 959 Crookston Road, Glasgow G53 7DT 2015 r t: 0141 810 5777 e:

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The Glasgow Academy

LEARNING WITHOUT LIMITS The Glasgow Academy is closer than you think

The best way to experience the atmosphere of our unique school is to see it for yourself. Contact us to arrange a visit or ask about our taster days.

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Free door to door bus service

Mugdock Road Milngavie G62 8NP

Giving your child the opportunity to achieve! At The Glasgow Academy Milngavie the difference is clear. You get all the benefits of The Glasgow Academy at your convenience in a unique woodland setting. We can even give parents a helping hand with our door-to-door free bus service. The Glasgow Academy Milngavie provides first-class education for boys and girls from Nursery (age 3) through to the beginning of Primary 5 when pupils move on to our Kelvinbridge campus in the West End of Glasgow. Although situated just two minutes from Milngavie town centre, the school has a country feel to it. Individual attention in small classes makes it the perfect choice for parents of children who want independent school excellence on their doorstep.

We strive to nurture our young people, enabling them to develop confidence and a spirit of ‘can do, will do’. We have high expectations and encourage them to work hard and to be the very best they can be. They grow into articulate and wellrounded individuals - and key to that are the exceptional range of activities, inspiring teachers, individual attention, smaller classes and support that they enjoy at The Academy. The best way to experience the atmosphere of our unique school is to see it for yourself. Contact us to arrange a visit or ask about our taster days. 0141 955 0874 The Glasgow Academy, Mugdock Road, Milngavie, G62 8N.

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Life Changing Approach to Dyslexia

Cellfield is a unique approach to help people overcome dyslexia and other language processing difficulties. Based in Stirling, Cellfield was introduced to the UK five years ago

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by former teacher and Headteacher, Fiona Macdiarmid who also runs Stirling’s successful Kip McGrath Education Centre. Fiona travelled to New Zealand for training because she believed passionately that Cellfield’s unique brain plasticity approach would help students break through the barrier to their learning caused by dyslexia and similar processing issues. Fiona’s faith in Cellfield has paid off as many people have benefitted from the programme and there are now 5 additional Cellfield centres around the UK. Cellfield is a multi sensory computer based programme which develops and strengthens the areas in the brain used by good readers. After only 2 weeks clients gain on average 2

years in their reading age. However, the benefits of Cellfield extend beyond reading and can be life changing as the positive impact of the programme results in improved confidence and self esteem, helping Cellfield clients towards achieving their potential. Contact Cellfield on 01786 447527 or visit the website

Where to Eat

Cu l c•r e u• c h Castle COUNTRY ESTATE



Festive Season at the Castle

Come and relax over the festive period by one of our roaring fires. Walk on the estate in beautiful winter surroundings and come in to warm yourself by the log burning stove with perhaps a small glass of mulled wine or chef’s own eggnog. You can enjoy the informal setting of our 700 year old Dungeon Diner for lunch or dinner and choose from either our Christmas menu or our full bar menu.

For a small supplement enhance your experience by booking a candlelit dinner in our oak panelled Dining Room with its cosy open fire from Wednesday to Sunday. The evening will start with chef’s canapés and a glass of prosecco in the Drawing Room while you peruse the menu. A wee warming shot of homemade soup will be served at your table along with our artisan bread. After a superb dinner you can either stay at your table or retire to the Drawing Room with coffee and a warm mince pie. Please call us for details and booking. | | 01360 860555 | Culcreuch Castle Hotel & Estate, Fintry G63 0LW









Come and enjoy a feast of edible goodies while doing some xmas shopping from our extensive range of unique gifts... large and small.

10% OFF all food and drink in the month of December! Just mention Park Life magazine!

Buchlyvie Pottery Shop and Coffee Kiln

Have a look at their new website which has a vast selection of pottery gifts!

Open till 7pm for Pizzas & Pottery, Fridays & Saturdays! Main Street, Buchlyvie, Stirlingshire FK8 3LP. Tel: 01360 850405 |

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Self-Catering Cottages in Scotland • Castle, Cottage or Lochside accommodation • Self Catering properties in beautiful locations • Each has its own individual Scottish charm • Dog friendly properties • Groups, bikers, walkers, cyclists all very welcome • Mobile friendly website, book and pay online Independent agent, based in LLTNP, looking to recruit holiday properties in Scotland. If you would like to list your property (free of charge), please contact us below.

Wishing all our owners and guests best wishes for Christmas and 2015!

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to John and Susan Martin from Poppies Hotel & Restaurant in Callander

Winners of The Good Hotel Guide 2015 Editors Choice Award Well done from the Park Life team!

Blane Valley Inn... A Gastro Pub Delight! Wonderfully delicious, Dining and Drinking experience at The Blane Valley Inn, Blanefield, is what you will find upon entering. Set within a beautiful rural background, we were made to feel welcome in the newly completed refurbished Inn, by its new owner Jamie Wray. My friend Heather and I were treated to a Gastro Pub Delight....I was swayed by the Melt In your mouth Hand Battered Fillet of Haddock, with handmade rustic style thick chips, served with a modern twist reflecting past times. Heather was tempted by the wafting aroma coming from the In-house Smokery and chose ‘The BV Burger’, topped with home smoked Applewood cheese and home smoked Bacon. We would highly reccommend both meals and look forward to our next visit this time bringing our families to sample more of the Blane Valley Inn’s, top quality hospitality.

Their young and talented chef Cara Roberts, took the time, to come and talk to us about the menu, and we were delighted to find out that Cara creates all the meals using all fresh ingredients, and uses the InHouse smokery to prepare freshly smoked fish, meats and cheeses . Also they have designed a host of daily specials including a daily Senior Citizens Lunch, also every Thursday Two Main Meals & a Bottle of Wine

for just £19.99. Their is also plenty of entertainment on offer with a Quiz night on a Thursday and also Live Music. Or if you are looking to host a private function the Blane Valley Inn can provide this, and can seat up to 30 people. They will also be open on Christmas Day and are now taking bookings, for then, and the Christmas Menu is now available to look at.

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Muddy Boots Welcome Special Offers Visit our website and sign up for a newsletter to receive special offers. Currently all of our rooms are half price until just before Christmas (see website for full terms).

Christmas at The Oak Tree Our Festive menu is available from 1st to 24th December. We also have Christmas gifts and vouchers for sale. See website for more details

New Year at The Oak Tree See in the new year at The Oak Tree, book our Hogmanay ‘Bubbly at the Bell’s accommodation and dinner package. Call for more details.

St Mocha Coffee Shop Keep warm this winter at St Mocha with artisan roasted coffee and speciality teas. We also offer home baking and have a lunch time menu that includes stone based pizzas.

Tel: 01360 870357 | Email:

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Pear Tarte Tatin or upside down tart





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You can use apples or pears for this recipe. I prefer pears straight from the garden. The best pears for this dish are Comice, they are firm when ripe and hold their shape when cooked. The also grow well in Scotland.

Serves 4 2 large pears (or 4 small) 140g butter 140g caser sugar 1 star anise 1 vanilla pod 1 cardamom pod ½ cinnamon stick Splash of brandy (optional) 300g butter puff pastry

Method 1. Peel and half the pears length ways and using a tea spoon remove the core. 2. In a thick based pot add the sugar, butter and all spices and gently heat until it starts to colour. 3. Add pears, carefully, with the rounded side down. 4. When the pears have a little colour and the caramel is the colour of toffee. Add a splash of brandy sauce remove from heat. 5. Carefully remove pears and place them round side down into 10 cm individual tart pans, if you don’t have these, space them out on a tray allowing 4cm between each one. 6. Spoon 3 table spoon s of the caramel over the pears, set aside to cool. 7. Divide the pastry into 4, roll into as best a circle as possible with a

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diameter of 12cm. 8. When pears are cool wrap the pastry over the top and gently tuck down the sides. It should still look circular rather than taking on the pear shape too much. Make a small hole in the middle of pastry with a skewer, this will allow steam to escape and help crisp it up. 9. Place in oven at 200C / fan180C /gas 6 10. Cook for 10-12 min or until pastry is golden brown, let rest for 5 min and carefully turn out. I you are looking for extra sauce, simply add a splash of cream to pot with excess caramel, bring to boil and drizzle on plate. Serve with a generous scoop of ice cream, I use Katy Rodgers Original Ice cream, and she also does a Christmas pudding flavour.

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Scots Sisters, Gillian, Nichola and Linsey Reith, recently celebrated three years in business with the launch of their third café, Three Sisters Bake, in Killearn, on Wednesday 5 November 2014. Their third café venture, situated in Killearn Village Hall, adds to the sisters’ growing food business, which includes two cafes, a food truck, and an outside catering business. Their cookbook, ‘Three Sisters Bake: Delectable Recipes for Everyday’, was published by Hardie Grant in March 2014. Their Killearn café will offer Three Sisters Bake’s signature style of cooking and eating - breakfast treats, quiches, homemade soups, sandwiches, colourful salads and mouth-watering cakes, scones and traybakes all freshly baked on the premises. The café is open seven days for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea and is licensed. The sisters take great pride in cooking from scratch and source the majority of their ingredients from Scottish suppliers, including coffee from Glasgow based roaster, Dear Green and free range eggs from Corrie Mains Farm in Ayreshire. They will also be supplied by a couple of very local businesses, with meats from Edenmill Farm and beer from Kippen based, Fallen Brewery. Before launching Three Sisters Bake, Gillian, Linsey and Nichola Reith spent years cooking and tasting their way around the

world, the Reith sisters have worked in a variety of eateries, yachts and ski-chalets fine-tuning their culinary skills. Their love affair with food is also hereditary, with a home economics teacher for a mother and with

grandparents who owned a sweetie shop they had baking in the blood. Gillian Reith, Three Sisters Bake, said: “As well as being one of the most beautiful villages in the vicinity of Glasgow city centre, Killearn is very similar to Quarriers Village it is a real destination café. The building has recently undergone a multi million pound renovation, with a stunning, glass architect designed extension being added, which will house our café space. Local people have put so much effort into restoring and developing the village hall, allowing it to become a thriving community hub. We very much look forward to becoming an active part of this community.” Bernard Sheridan, Business Gateway advisor for Three Sisters Bake, said: “Working with Gillian, Nichola and Linsey and contributing to their business development has been very rewarding. Their complimentary skills have made their Quarriers venue a huge success, attracting customers from all over – including from my neck of the woods Bearsden and Milngavie. Speaking as their Business Gateway Adviser, I am confident that the Killearn Village Hall location is a great opportunity that makes perfect business sense and, speaking as a Milngavie resident, I am delighted to have them on my doorstep in Killearn and FollowI wish us onthem | 51 the very best.”

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Beautifully Benview For something a little different this year, make sure you visit our Christmas gift shop. From gifts for the keen gardener to presents for your pet, you are sure to find something for everyone.

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Locally Benview We like to support local producers in our Farm Shop whenever we can so if you are thinking of a hamper then look no further. With our great choice of products we are sure you will find something to suit everyone’s taste. Choose from our ready-made hampers or we will be more than happy to make up a hamper to your requirements.

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House Of Darroch 54 Inn at Kippen 55 Nick Nairn Cook School 23 Oak Tree Inn 48 Poppies Hotel & Restaurant 46 The Fintry Inn 49 Three Sisters Bake 50 & 51 Town & Country Designs Coffee Shop 52 & 53 Galleries & Gift Shops Christine Thomson Art 22 Ealain Gallery 72 Elin Isaksson Glass 72 Ian Gallagher Jewellers 9 Loch Lomond Shores 26 & 27 Moon 8 Sheila Fleet Jewellery 24 & 25 The Scottish Wool Centre 16 Wonderland 9 Gardening & Outdoors Allander Aggregates Ltd 63 Benview Garden Centre 60 Craig Tree Services 63 Cruachan Landscaping 62 Fraser Robb 63 John Currie Brick and Stonework 62 Moorpark Horticultural Consultants  60 Scotia Gardens Ltd 61 Stumpz 62 Hair & Beauty Trilogy Hair Salon 22 LMH Hair 22 MacKenzie Stewart Hair 21 Rebbeca Sinclair 22 Health & Wellbeing Aberfoyle Pharmacy 16 Killearn Fitness Health & Wellbeing 18 Lumsdaine Halls 21 Osteopathic Clinic 18 Physio Fit Scotland 18 Salann Halotheraphy 19 Siobhan Fitzgerald 18 Tir Na Nog 21 Homes & Interiors Apollo Blinds 70 Ardstove 68 Burndale Workshop 70 Ironhorse Studios 71 J Walker Interiors 69 Screwit 68 Sparkle Carpets 71 Steven Burgess Furniture 88 Stirling Stove Centre 70 The Fabric Gallery 11 Twice as Nice Blinds and Shutters69 Kids Section Heron House Early Years 41

Loch Lomond Sea Life Centre 40 Lomond School 2 Razzamataz 40 The Glasgow Academy 42 & 43 Laundry & Domestic Services The Cat’s Pyjamas 87 The Laundry Lady 86 Top to Bottom Cleaning Services 87 Local Produce Scotia Spice 56 Logs & Fuel James D Bilsland Ltd 83 Lomond Logs Ltd 83 Strathendrick Logs 82 Tartan Timber 82 W.Wilson & Sons 83 Painting & Decorating Endrick Decorators of Killearn 3 Jack Brand Decorating  74 Strathendrick Decorators 68 Photography & Portraits Georgia Boyd Portraits 21 Paul Saunders Media & Photography  23 Sport & Leisure Buchanan Arms Leisure Club 64 The Pro Shop 66 Trades & Services Aberfoyle Satellite Company 78 AC Gold Energy 80 Adrian Pirie 84 A Ferguson Plastering 84 Appliance Repairs & Spares 78 Bathroom Transformations 7 Callum Walker energy Source 81 CMC Home Improvements 74 C-Mix 84 Drew Johnston 68 Drymen Boilers 84 Drymen Tiling 78 Dunrite Plumbing 76 G&S Roofing Ltd 77 G Ford & Son 77 GWB Plastering 74 Homeworx Killearn 75 Household & Industrial Floor sanding services 76 Hubbards 80 KM Joiners  75 Man Aboot the Hoose 84 RB Steel & Co 79 Render Mender 76 RM Contractors 76 Stewart Reid Blumbing 84 Steven Skinner Joinery Services 84 Tradstocks 75 Window Cleaning Night & Day 69 Follow us on

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Killearn Country Market 1st Saturday of the month ; Killearn Village Hall, Balfron Road Monthly indoor market offering local crafts & farm foods with an emphasis on the handmade and those producing or making locally

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

Milngavie Farmers Market 1st Wednesday of the month; 10am-2pm Douglas Street. A weekday market, which is extremely well supported locally. A wide variety of producers from all over Scotland in a splendid central position give this market a tremendous traditional atmosphere.

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 Scotland. The market is located in the pedestrian area of the city centre (outside M&S) and is within easy access of the main streets, car parks, rail and bus stations.

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

Loch Lomond Shores Farmers Market

Benview Farmshop

1st & 3rd Sunday of the month; 10am-4pm Balloch Most panoramic location of any Scottish market. A magnificent selection of produce, nearby

Gatmore 9-5pm Mon-Sat, 10-5pm-Sun A large selection of Fruit & Veg. grown on site, Preserves, Cheese, Meat also stocked.

The Old Cow Shed Enjoy a delicious meal at ‘The Old Cow Shed’ Restaurant open from 29th Nov to 24th Dec Mon-Fri 9am-6pm & Sun 9am-5pm

Edenmill Farm Shop Open 7 days a week from 1st Dec 9am-5pm Delivery service available Order your Kelly Bronze Turkey and Steak pies for the festive season! Call 01360 771707

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Next edition covers February-March. Deadline is 12th of January. We have moved! You can find us at Killearn Mill, Killearn, G63 9LQ.

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