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CONTENTS Spring Vegetable Risotto Buy fresh From Falleninch Farm How To Make The Perfect Irish Coffee

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Whisky and Clackmannanshire Local Business Showcase: Angels Share Glass The Curly Coo Poppies Hotel

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Discover Creiff

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

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May Events June Events

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A Bit About Hypnotherapy

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The Plastic Plague Food Waste Facts Get Ready For Local Food Welcoming Stirling Wooden Carvings Local Business Showcase: Logline Ltd Villagers Battle Against Quarry Renewa-what now!?- De-bunking The Jargon

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Local Business Showcase: MRES Ltd Spring Garden Tips

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Spring Vegetable Risotto Serves 2 by Lyndon Gee, Food Waste Scotland.com INGREDIENTS:

METHOD:

2 dashes olive oil (or vegetable oil)

1. Add oil to a saucepan and cook the onion 5 minutes, until starting to brown. In a separate pan heat the stock, simmering gently.

1 onion, finely chopped 900ml /1½ pints stock (1 stock cube to 900ml/1½ pints water) 1 clove garlic, crushed Good pinch pepper 250g (8oz) mixed vegetables (e.g. leek, broccoli florettes, beans, peas) 150g (5oz) risotto rice (or shortgrain rice) 1 teaspoon dried basil (or handful fresh) 15g (½ oz) butter 15g (½ oz) Parmigiano cheese, finely grated (or any hard cheese) plus cheese to serve

2. Add the garlic, pepper and half the vegetables to the onion, stir 1 minute then add the rice. Stir 2 minutes, then add two ladles stock, enough to just cover the rice and stir again.

4. After 15 minutes, add remaining vegetables and basil, stir another 2-5 minutes, testing the rice to make sure its cooked ‘al dente’ (slightly firm) and adding any remaining stock. 5. Finally, add the butter and cheese, stir vigorously for 1 minute, cover and allow to stand 2 minutes. Serve with extra grated cheese.

3. Regularly stirring the rice, add hot stock a little at a time so the rice is just covered. The risotto should be very gently bubbling.

Chef’s tip from Lyndon Stirring is essential, the more you stir the creamier the risotto. Keep stock simmering in a separate pan so it doesn’t reduce the temperature and stop the rice cooking. Add a little at a time; if you run out just add a little boiling water. You don’t need lots of butter, by adding a little at the last minute and stirring vigorously, you get a creamy risotto. Variations Endless options, but classics include mushrooms, pumpkin, smoked bacon, pea or tomatoes. Use any vegetables that need using up. You can also add chicken or fish. White wine is often added for extra flavour, add a small glass after the rice has been fried, then stir until it evaporates before adding stock. Add wild mushrooms, garlic, cheese, or herbs such as basil, mint, dill, tarragon or sage.

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Each portion contains Calories

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5g 6%

13g 10%

Saturates

Salt

Fibre

6g 30%

1.8g 30%

5g 20%

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Cut out the supermarket. Buy direct from the farm - it's fresher, cheaper and better quality! As the days get longer, lighter and warmer we're all looking forward to summer, and whether it rains or shines, what would summer be without a barbecue!

Visit their website to see the full range, including great value selection packs www.falleninchfarm.co.uk or call on 01786 446653.

Make the most of the opportunities to eat outdoors and share good times with friends and family this year. Falleninch Farm Butchers have everything you need for your family meals and amazing barbecues. Available to collect from the farm (or delivered free to your home with orders over ÂŁ50) you can choose from a wide range of quality fresh meat products including versatile chicken to marinade and grill along with your choice of steaks, boneless pork ribs and chops, tender lamb cuts, a variety of enticingly flavoured steak burgers and everyone's favourite... sausages!

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How to Make Irish Coffee Makes 4 What better way to celebrate both Whisky Month in May and UK Coffee week on the 4th – 10th May than with an Irish coffee! INGREDIENTS:

METHOD:

500 ml hot coffee

1. Brew the coffee to suit your taste.

4 good measures of Irish whisky 20 ml or 4 teaspoons brown sugar 300 ml of thick double cream, or heavy cream Hot water Chocolate (optional)

2. Pour the cream into a jug or bowl and lightly whip. The cream is ready when it becomes smooth and doesn't drip off the spoon. 3. Warm the glass. 4. Pour a measure of the whisky into each glass and add about a teaspoon of brown sugar. Mix.

6. Fill the remainder of the glass with the cream. Spoon some of the whipped cream over the hot coffee. Don't mix it in, it should float on top. 7. Serve. Although optional, it can be extra delicious to top off the Irish coffee with a favourite chocolate.

5. Add the coffee to about a 1/2 inch from the top of the glass.

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Come along and visit our brewhouse located in the leafy former spa town of Bridge of Allan and enjoy traditional Scottish hospitality and some award winning hand crafted real ales and ciders. Relax in front of our wood burning stove with a pint of our beer and soak up the atmosphere. Choose bottled beers from our large unique selection or enjoy some outstanding live music with our popular “Log Fire Sessions.”

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The Allanwater Brewhouse; Pourin' and Brewin' Since 96 If you are adventurous enough to voyage behind the two-century-old Queens Hotel in Bridge of Allan and follow the somewhat misleading signs, you may stumble across what has been dubbed one of Scotland's hidden gems; Scotland's smallest commercial brewery, traditional pub and Visitor Centre - the Allanwater Brewhouse. As real craft ale is taking the beer world by storm, the Brewhouse is a must see attraction for all lovers of the frothy beverage. A unique selection of tours and tasting sessions are also available to buy for yourself or a gift. “We offer an array of different tours at prices that suit all our visitors” says owner, Mr. Ross. “They start at our standard Bronze Tour, which lets you see the brewery, learn about and taste the different ingredients and taste all of our drinks that are on tap on that day.

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Tours can include meals, bottled beers, gifts, and there's even a chance to become a brewer for the day and make your very own beer.” In addition to the day to day business of being a brewery-pub and offering tours the brewery is also a frequent host to live music events. Monthly Jazz club on Sunday, Open Mic every second Wednesday, and weekly bands fill the room with an atmosphere that cannot be trumped. No wonder the Allanwater Brewhouse was voted the BEST STIRLING TOURISM BUSINESS IN 2013


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LOVE WHISKY LOVE CLACKMANNANSHIRE The exhibition in the Speirs Centre from the 2nd May - 15th August 2015 will celebrate the rich heritage of distilling in Clackmannanshire, exploring the wonderful stories of the distilleries and the families who owned them, the people who worked in them and, of course, the whisky.

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Whisky & Clackmannanshire! An aerial view of Clackmannanshire will let you see the scale of the footprint that Diageo, owners of the David Beckhamfronted Haig Club, has in the county.

Clackmannanshire should encourage whisky enthusiasts to visit the county where mass-production of whisky and its exportation first began.

Go back in time and you will find that Clackmannanshire’s role in the whisky industry, as we know it today, was equally significant.

2015 is the Year of Food & Drink, so it is fitting that there should be an acknowledgment of Clackmannanshire’s influence on the success of our national drink. The ruins at Kennetpans Distillery recently received funding via the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative to begin restoration work that will enable visitors to safely see where it all began.

Clackmannanshire is embarking on a mission to let the world know that whisky distilling on an industrial scale first took place there and, had it not been for the innovations of Robert & John Stein, owners of Kennetpans and Kilbagie Distilleries, whisky would have taken much longer to reach the world. The birthplace of John Jameson, founder of Jameson Irish Whiskey, Clackmannanshire can claim that one of her own created a whiskey that is the third highest selling in the world. John Jameson returned later to Clackmannanshire, which remains his last resting place, as he was buried in Alloa Old Kirkyard in 1823. With a whisky heritage that includes the Stein brothers and John Jameson, as well as the fact that Jameson married Margaret Haig, sister of the founders of Haig Whisky, it seems only natural that

Clackmannanshire is working towards having its very own Whisky Heritage Trail that will present visitors with the opportunity to visit sites that were part of the Haig, Jameson and Stein whisky revolution. Clackmannanshire Council will also be displaying a Whisky Exhibition at the Speirs Centre, Alloa throughout May and June 2015. Clackmannanshire Business is working with Haig Club and The National Trust for Scotland to highlight its role in taking whisky to the world. Whether it is whisky or whiskey, Clackmannanshire is at the heart of it…Slàinte!

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5* Trip Advisor for 2013 & 2014 • Drammie Award for 2013 & 2014 Over 130 Malt Whiskies • Cosy traditional bar 51 Barnton Street Stirling FK8 1HH • 01786 447 191 01 • www.curlycoobar.com

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Local Business Showcase: Curly Coo Bar The Coo was born in April 2009 initially in Crieff. Needing a unique selling point, owner Mandy decided to create a Whisky Bar. She started with 6 bottles of Malt Whisky and a limited knowledge of the product. As time went on and her knowledge grew, the collection expanded and word spread. The collection stands at over 130 bottlings now. Mandy told Love Local “I tried every dram in the Coo, (somebody had to!!)” She imagines the postie thought she was a secret alcoholic, as he often caught her sampling a new whisky quite early in the day. In June 2013, due to the sale of the building, Curly Coo in Crieff closed and was relocated to Stirling. Whisky has turned into Mandy’s passion and she loved discovering the different flavours in each bottle. Mandy takes selling her drams very seriously and it is very important to her that every one

of her customers enjoys their dram and The Coo experience; therefore she likes to spend time chatting with each customer and helping them choose the right dram. As well al loyal locals, The Coo customers have come from as far as Sweden and Germany. The Curly Coo has been awarded 5 stars from Trip Advisor for 2012 - 2014, won the Drammie Award in 2013 and 2014, voted ‘The Best Whisky Bar in The World and had an entry in ‘Lonely Planet Travel Guide’ 2013. Last year, The Curly Coo Bar in Stirling was voted the 3rd Best Whisky Bar in Scotland, in the Scottish Field Whisky Awards. Follow The Curly Coo on Facebook for tasting events and information on the Wee Whisky Fest in September/October. Next time you're passing, drop in for a dram...

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Local Business Showcase: Poppies Hotel and Restaurant Poppies Hotel and Restaurant in Callander has been under the Martin family ownership since 2004. Over the years it has gained a reputation as one of the best quality small hotels in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs area. One of the main areas that has been developed is Cameron’s Whisky Bar. The prime feature is the hand crafted a bespoke Oak bar gantry and counter. The bar was designed by local company Dovetail Scotland in Fintry, and has featured in many whisky magazines and attracted many enthusiasts and visitors over the past few years. Poppies now has one of the largest Malt Whisky collections in the area, including some rare and special bottlings. It is also listed in the top 100 Whisky Bars (Dram Scotland).

There are regular Whisky promotions and “ Whisky Flights” for the customers to take advantage and sample a variety of styles of whisky from the different areas and distilleries. World Whisky Day, 16th May, will also see a special promotion. Why not match the wonderful array of whiskies with the very best of Scottish produce in their restautant. Poppies has received a flurry of awards and recognition at the end of last year and the beginning of 2015, including the “taste our best” for delivering quality Scottish produce, The Green Tourism Silver Award and the best new Discovery Hotel from the Good Hotel Guide were other accolades received. Well worth a visit!

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Discover Crieff by LOVE LOCAL Crieff is the main town of Strathearn and the second largest town in Perthshire with a population of almost 6,000. The bustling capital of Strathearn gets its name from the Gaelic word “craobh”, meaning trees and the name Strathearn means the valley of River Earn. Once an ancient cattle market, where Highlanders would descend for the great castle trysts and Rob Roy McGregor, Bonnie Price Charlie and Robert Burns and so many others from Scotland’s history have walked the High Street. Those days have long gone and have been replaced by a thoroughfare of restaurants, bars and wonderful independent shops, including delis, sweet shops and Scottish craft shops such as Tangled in Blue which is situated on East High Street. History and literature lovers will be intrigued by Innerpeffray library, which is the oldest surviving lending library in Scotland. Close by the library is the charming chapel set in a peaceful pocket hideaway close by the river Earn. Other terrific attractions include Crieff Visitor Centre and the Glenturret Distillery (home of the Famous Grouse.) Situated right at the entrance to Crieff, you can’t miss the Visitor Centre. You can easily spend a relaxing few hours meandering around the Gift Shop, the adjoining Gallery, Antique Area and Garden Centre, before visiting the craftsmen at work in the

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Caithness Glass workshop and viewing gallery. Finally, complete the experience with some homemade food in the spacious family-friendly Drovers Restaurant. Glenturret Distillery is Scotland's oldest working distillery. For those keen to taste and learn more, take an exclusive and unique tasting tour within Warehouse No.9. Here you will be guided through a range of traditionally hand-made malts ranging from 10 years to 30 years old while others mature behind you. A short 4 kilometers south of Crieff is Muthill parish, Pronounced “mew-thill”, the name comes from the Gaelic, maothail, possibly meaning “soft place” ie a comfortable place to be based. Muthill boasts the beautiful Drummond Castle and gardens. The castle comprises a tower house built in the late 15th century, and a 17th-century mansion, both of which were rebuilt in Victorian times. The eclectic gardens are rooted in Italian style with fountains, terracing, urns and statuary. They have been described by Historic Scotland as "the best example of formal terraced gardens in Scotland” and date back to the 1630s, although they too were restructured in the 19th century. Whilst in Muthill, we recommend you pop into the Barley Bree for a coffee, lunch, dinner or even rest your weary legs and eyes and stay overnight. We know you will be excited to visit this wonderful town, but don’t forget the average speed camera on the A9!


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What’s On in Crieff Crieff Arts Festival: 22nd & 23rd August 2015 One of the main events is the Great High Street Exhibition, where shops display paintings, sculpture and craftwork. Other exhibitions include a Festival Exhibition, 7th Day Adventists and others from the Strathearn Arts Society. The 2015 Tryst walking festival: 10th to 17th October 2015 Crieff & Strathearn Drovers' Tryst annually celebrates the life, work and play of the people who made Crieff the cattle-droving crossroads of Scotland in the 1700s. The modern day Tryst is a walking festival run by volunteers and built around a programme of guided walks. The walks vary in difficulty but all are enriched by wildlife, plants, trees, history and the company of like-minded people. Complementing the walks is a series of evening social events, a mountain bike event, and photography competition!

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River Earn Path Distance: 9km (5½ mile) with some steep slopes and steps in the town. Approx time: 3 hours one way Start & Finish: Stuart Crystal car park. Return by bus from Muthill. At the entrance to the car park is a footpath sign for Strageath via Templemill, however you can continue this path to Muthill. You will also find a sign titled “The River Earn Walk”, with a map outlining the woodland path along the river and Strathearn farmlands.

old railway line. Leaving the straight and narrow paths, delve into Sallyardoch Wood and then join the quiet road into Muthill. Bennybeg Nature Tail: A wee detour from the River Earn path takes you to a 1 ½ km circular wheelchair friendly trail with a viewing platform overlooking Bennybeg Pond.

Clues to the history of Crieff can be found in the place names and millstones glimpsed as you move between houses and gardens. The majority of this path follows the River Earn and winds its way through the fields South of Crieff. The derelict piers crossing the river mark the point where the path parts company with the Earn to make new use of the

THE SETTING: Historic 18th Century Inn with the rustic charm of a bygone era set in Muthill. THE MENU: Great value lunches & dinners using the finest Scottish ingredients prepared by Award-winning Chef, Fabrice Bouteloup and his team. THE OFFER: Book a table for 2 or more, receive a complimentary glass of wine. Bring this voucher to receive the Barley Bree offer.

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“Fishmonger of the Year” In February of this year Fish in Crieff won 'Fishmonger of the Year' for North-west Scotland in the latest Scottish Independent Retail awards. The awards are based solely on public vote and it was with a real sense of pride that Willie accepted the award at the ceremony at Glasgow's Crowne Plaza Hotel. This was the first time the shop had been nominated since opening a little under nine years ago, so to win was quite an achievement. Owner Willie would like to thank his customers for their continued support over the years and for nominating the shop for this award. He would also like to thank his staff for their hard work and commitment to delivering the service that made this award possible.

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FISH IN CRIEFF IS DIFFERENT. WHY? Because we buy straight from landing markets and boats. We fillet and pack as you watch, giving you the freshest fish possible. Fish that’s days if not hours from being landed – not weeks. And you’ll know that’s true by its smell, or lack of, to be exact! Come and see us, we are different, and you’ll always be greeted with a smile. One last thing, we also have a restaurant, Little’s Restaurant in Blairgowrie, where you can have the freshest fish prepared and cooked for you by me. Yes me, Willie. FIND US AT BOQUHAN MARKET, KIPPEN, EVERY WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY.

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May Local Events Event: Scribblers Picnic Location: Stirling Rugby Club When: Sun 10th May The unique music event will feature hundreds of musicians covering a broad array of music across the day in the grounds. It runs under the tagline 'Musicians Helping the Fight Against Cancer' and is run in association with Stirling and Bridge of Allan Round Table. Event: Dunblane Hydro Road Race Location: Dunblane Hilton Hydro When: Sun 10th May 1pm 7.5 mile road race, 12.00 children's race An unusual distance run along mainly country roads with a great finish up the Hydro Hill. Event: Day Out With Thomas Location: The Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway When: Sat 16 & Sun 17 May, hourly 10.30-15.30 £12.00 per person pre-booking essential. All aboard for a Day Out With Thomas! Meet Thomas the Tank Engine™ and his friends at the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway. Experience a ride on a real steam engine, shake hands with The Fat Controller and take part in Thomas themed activities in the Imagination Station.

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Event: Jazz at The Brewhouse Location: Allanwater Brewhouse When: Sunday 17th May The Jazz Pack play live at the Brewhouse from 4pm - 7pm Event: Dunblane Fling Jazz Night Location: The Westlands Hotel, Doune Road, Dunblane When: Thurs 28th May Doors open 7:30pm Tickets: £5 The Jazz night is the opening event of this year's Dunblane Fling festival and is one of the most popular and enduring dates in the Fling calendar. Embracing all styles of Jazz, with musicians from throughout Scotland taking part. Event: Dunblane Fling Ceilidh Location: Victoria Hall When: Fri 29th May Doors open 7:30pm Tickets are £10 and £8 concession. Children £5 (up to 14 and under 5s free) Tickets include a stovie supper and the fabulous music of the Skelpit Lugs! Event: Dunblane Fling Concert Location: Victoria Hall When: Sat 30th May Doors open 7:30pm The Fling Concert will be headlined by Mànran. Mànran have rocketed to

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the top of the Scottish music scene with their powerful combination of Gaelic/ English songs underpinned by driving Accordion, Fiddle, Flute and a backline of drum and bass. Mànran are also the only band to host Highland and Uilleann pipes together in one line up to create a sound like no other. Event: Fling by the River Location: The Drying Green below Dunblane Cathedral When: Saturday 30th May, 12 - 4pm. The Dunblane Fling is an annual festival of music, culture and family fun. Fling by the River kicks off with The Pipe Band leaving the Catherdral at noon and the Rotary Duck Race commences at 1pm (if you don’t have a duck, there will be a stall open on The Drying Green.) You are requested to make a suggested donation of £2 per person or £5 per family to help cover the cost of running the event. Event: Mixed Traffic Gala Location: The Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway When: Sat 30 & Sun 31 May Back by popular demand, enjoy a weekend of steam & diesel trains. Special timetable & fares apply See website for details www.bkrailway.co.uk


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June Local Events Event: The Major Series Location: Cardross Estate, Port of Menteith, Stirlingshire, FK8 3JY When: Sat 6th June. Starts at 9:30 Free entry, including free technical t-shirt, medal and goodie bag. The Major can’t contain his excitement for the second Major Series in Scotland. Cardross Estate is a 4000 acre stunning estate just a stone's throw away from Stirling. There is no shortage of mud, water, hills and, of course, obstacles. Event: Strathcarron Hospice Mud & Stuff Weekend Location: Cloybank Estate, Banknock When: Sat 6th and Sun 7th June from 10am. Mud & Stuff Weekend Challenge – Participants are challenged to complete a muddy mayhem course featuring tyre and log obstacles, crawl nets, jelly obstacles, gorge swings, water obstacles and lots and lots of mud. Saturday 6th June: 5.30pm Mud & Stuff Big Bash & BBQ with live music! Event: Kippen Street Fayre Location: Kippen Main St When: Sat 13th June, 10am – 4pm. Fantastic, fun day out for all the family. The Street Fayre will be packed full of

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Event: Father’s Day Event Location: The Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway When: Sun 21st June

Event: Music for a Summer Evening Location: Dunblane Cathedral When: Sun 14 June, 7.30pm.

Bring Dad for a nostalgic day out, a treat for all the family – steam trains and classic cars and for the only time in 2015, the vintage carriages. Afternoon Tea on a steam train also available, pre-booking advised. More information on fares and timetable at www.bkrailway.co.uk

Admission £5 (concessions £4, children free). Over 50 handbell musicians from USA, Singapore and Scotland will present music to suit all tastes - the synchronised movement of over 100 gleaming handbells combining to produce lush harmonies in rich arrangements of many well-known melodies. Event: Orchill 10k and 5k Location: Gleneagles Activities Centre When: Sun 14th June at 10.30am For a great out and back 10k amidst the beautiful Perthshire countryside enter this race. Event: Strathcarron Hospice Midnight Sparkle Walk Location: Stirling When: Sat 20th June, from 9.30pm Featuring a Pre-Walk Midsummer Shindig with live entertainment (9.30pm.) Walk commences at Midnight. Take to the streets of Stirling for a 5 or 10 mile sponsored walk in aid of Strathcarron Hospice

Event: Jazz at The Brewhouse Location: Allanwater Brewhouse When: Sun 21st June The Jazz Pack play live at the Brewhouse from 4pm - 7pm Event: Afternoon Tea on a Steam Train Location: The Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway When: 7th, 13th, 14th, 21st, 27th June Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea of freshly made sandwiches, cakes and homemade scones with clotted cream and Scottish jam served with a pot of coffee or tea aboard a lovingly restored steam train. Pre-booking advised, more information at www.bkrailway.co.uk


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A Bit About Hypnotherapy by Vicky McLeod, Meridian Wellbeing Hypnotherapy Hypnotherapy in a clinical setting is a world away from our first impressions from stage shows. Hypnosis is a natural state, and we go into light states of hypnosis spontaneously, when concentrating, reading, or driving a familiar route without remembering much of the journey. In clinical hypnotherapy, this state is used for a specific purpose, to make a behavioural, emotional or psychological change. Clients differ in how much they remember and what they experience. It is similar to the space between sleep and wakefulness, where the mind is creative, fluid, imaginative, and open to suggestion. In this relaxed state, our mind may be more alert, however the conscious mind is pushed back, allowing the subconscious mind, containing our experiences, beliefs and habits to come to the fore. In this state, it is possible to begin to see a new way forward, free of the problem. The subconscious mind wants to protect us, so when change is perceived as threatening, we resist the change. We may want to lose weight, but we keep eating unhealthily, because our subconscious reasons that if eating unhealthy foods provides comfort, without them we can’t be comfortable. Our subconscious mind doesn’t know the difference between us vividly imagining something, and it actually happening, so as we reinforce our goals, as if realised, our subconscious moves us toward that vision. We may not realise we’ve chosen an apple, when before we

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would have chosen a cream cake, we just do it, it’s what we want to do, to be healthy. By uncovering the root cause of behaviours that contradict our conscious goals we can resolve them, to move beyond outdated, self-sabotaging behaviours. Hypnotherapy is used to address many problems, returning us to calm, relaxation, control and balance.

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The ‘plastic plague’ ‘The everyday ‘plastic bag’, in use by consumers worldwide since the 1960s has now surpassed annual global demand of 1 trillion. The amount of plastic bags seen in fields, parks, trees and rivers is frightening and growing all the time. Our planet has its very own plague, a plastic one. The plastic bag, long a part of our ‘throwaway culture’, is now responsible for some quite astonishing facts around how they affect the world we live in. The cost to us Based on surveys, the average family use approx. 800 plastic bags per year. With the government’s bag tax already in place in Scotland, this would cost approx. £34 per year in plastic bag charges. The amount of petroleum used in making 800 bags could power a car for almost 60 miles, while the U.S alone uses 12 million barrels of oil each year solely producing plastic bags. The bag charge will be law in England from October 2015. Wildlife A painful cost however lies in what happens to all those discarded plastic bags. With a biodegradable period of between 40-1,000 years, there are millions now clogging up our parks and beaches. At bigfatbags (www.bigfatbags.co.uk), we offer the UK’s 1st lifetime embedded antibacterial collapsible shopping box that helps address all of these issues by offering a true ‘bag-for-life’ that provides a long term sustainable and safe alternative to plastic.

Over 100,000 dolphins, sharks, turtles & whales are killed every year plus 1 million sea birds with plastic bags the main culprit. Over 170 different types of land animals suffer or die each year as a result of plastic debris by either digestion, strangulation or being rendered helpless. Is the common ‘bag-for-life’ a safe solution? Considering the volume of food stuff etc. carried in them, it’s not surprising to know they can also be a haven for bacteria. Tests carried out by Glasgow Caledonian University found coliform, (a faecal bacteria) in over 50% of ‘bags-for-life’ tested. Studies elsewhere recorded E-Coli found in 12% of bags tested.

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Get Ready For Local Food! by FORTH ENVIRONMENT LINK Forth Environment Link (FEL) has been awarded funds from the Climate Challenge Fund for “Get Ready for Local Food” – Stirling’s local food project. The project will aim to help our local communities take more control of their food system. Helping people get more involved with food at every level from growing and harvesting to sourcing, cooking and eating.

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FEL will be working closely with local communities, community food projects and local food businesses to increase access to local, sustainable, healthier and lower carbon food. FEL Project Co-ordinator, Emily Harvey, said: “Through this project we are aiming to increase local food opportunities in Stirlingshire, at both a business and community level. We also want to help reduce the environmental impacts of our food by delivering workshops within our communities that specifically cover things like food waste reduction, cooking and growing.

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“It’s a really exciting project and will build on lots of great work already underway locally.” If you are interested in getting involved as an individual, part of a group or as a local food business then please get in touch. You can email Emily@forthenvironmentlink.org or call 01786 449 215

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Food Waste Facts by Food Waste Scotland Did you know that every year in Scotland we throw away over 630,000 tonnes of food and drink from our homes? That’s enough to fill over 9 million wheelie bins, or over 869 Commonwealth Game sized swimming pools. Some of it is just peelings and bones, but most of it is good food that we simply didn’t get around to eating.

• 346,000 Potatoes

The cost of this avoidable food waste is around £1.1 billion. That’s £470 a year, or £39 a month, for the average household. If we all stop wasting food that could have been eaten, the benefit to the planet would be the equivalent of taking 1 in 4 cars off the road.

By following some simple steps to waste less food, like planning your meals, storing food in the right way, and cooking with leftovers, you could save yourself up to £470 a year! Find out how at www.lovefoodhatewaste.com

The foods we waste the most are fresh fruit and veg, bread and dairy products. Each day in Scotland we throw out the following from our homes:

• 110,000 Tomatoes • 140,000 Sausages • 67,000 Loaves of bread (2.6 million slices per day) • 300,000 slices of cheese • 210,000 unopened yoghurts

Or by using your food recycling service for your food waste: Energy from Scotland’s food waste could power a city the size of Dundee for 6 months.

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Walkers heading down to the woods today might notice something a little bit different. Stirling Council Ranger Service and Stirling Council Land Services have created a series of magical wooden carvings. Creations have already provided talking points in Dunblane, Bridge of Allan and Fintry, with more planned for Aberfoyle, Strathyre, Callander and Killearn. Stirling carvings, located on The Back Walk are all based on stories from the area’s rich and colourful past, supplied by staff at the Stirling Smith Museum and Art Gallery and with two of the designs based on ideas from pupils at the nearby Allan’s Primary School Story No 1: The Wolf. This was carved from a sycamore tree and the wolf is part of Stirling's coat of arms. Legend has it that in the 9th century, a wolf saved Stirling by alerting the townspeople to a Viking raid. Story No 2: The Apple and Worm. This carving represents fruit trees which were probably planted on this terraced area of back Walk. Stirling Castle, an old apple

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introduced in about 1830 by Drummonds of Stirling and planted in the orchards below the castle is a very specific local variety. Story No. 3. The Archer and Deer. This hunter and his quarry are along near the Butt Field, where archers would practice and compete using targets (archery butts). The King's hunting forest also surrounded this area, across the Carse. Story No 4: The Radical Weavers. John Baird and Andrew Hardie were Stirling weavers who called for reform during the Radical Wars of 1820. They were beheaded by a surgical student from Glasgow, Thomas Moore, who was drafted in since the local executioner refused to carry it out. Story No 5: The Bomb and Football. This carving was designed by Angus McEwan, a P7 pupil at Allan's Primary School in Stirling. Only one bomb landed on Stirling during WWII - it blew up King's Park FC's pitch at the old Forthbank. After this, the pitch was moved and rebuilt.


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Local Business Showcase: LogLine Limited LogLine Limited is a family-run firewood business based in Clackmannanshire where the issue of sustainability is taken seriously; from a programme of re-planting and extending the area laid down to trees, to encouraging customers to return bags for re-use. Over the last few years several areas of strategic woodlands have been planted; designed to use poorer parts of the farm to create habitats and wildlife corridors. These will yield a more diverse and attractive landscape as well as producing wood fuel for future generations. The areas supplying most of the current stock have been thinned and in time, these will also be clear-felled and re-planted. LogLine’s objective is that the trees planted now will one day turn into the mature ‘old ladies’ which can be seen all over the farm today.

After felling, the timber is stacked for a year before being logged and stored under cover in a purpose-built aerated wood shed until it is fully seasoned. Many companies buy into the soundbite that is ‘sustainability’, while actually only paying lip-service to the concept. At LogLine, the team ‘puts its money where its mouth is’. On-site there is a small wind-farm which supplies 75% of the electricity used and with that in mind, the processing facility was recently fully electrified, thus further reducing the company’s carbon footprint. LogLine Limited was recently approved and registered with the Biomass Suppliers List (BSL), meaning they are now authorised to supply logs to RHI claiming customers with biomass boilers.

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Renewa-what now!?- De-bunking The Jargon by AC GOLD So let’s be honest I live in what I call the renewabubble. A magical land where most things are acronyms and technical jargon and everyone speaks the language. Which is great, unless you don’t. So this issue we are de-bunking some of that jargon to help you find your way around the world of renewables. AC/Alternating Current - The type of electricity delivered by the national grid and used by most household appliances Carbon Neutral/ Low Carbon - Using fuels gives off carbon into the atmosphere. If the fuel you use gives off no carbon (e.g. sunshine) then it is carbon neutral. If it gives off only a little carbon (e.g. wood) then it is a low carbon fuel source. In biomass the carbon given off by burning wood can also be reabsorbed by growing more trees, thus making it carbon neutral. DC/Direct current - The type of electricity made by batteries and solar PV Panels. District heating - This is a heating system where two or more properties are heated by one boiler. This can be as simple as two small properties that are side by side sharing one boiler all the way up to whole towns being

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heated by a large power plant on a heat network. FiT - The Feed in Tariff, this is what you get paid for “generation” (see you are using it already) from an electricity generating technology. Generation - what we mean here is how much energy is/will be made by the product. Normally either electricity (e.g. solar PV panels, wind turbines) or heat (e.g. solar thermal panels, biomass boilers) GDA - Green Deal Assessment, this lets you know whether you will be eligible for the RHI, it also includes and EPC assessment. So if you need this, don’t bother getting a separate EPC. kWh/ kilo Watt hour a unit of measurement for energy. These are the units that your generation will be measured in. Also the units used to measure the energy you buy from your utility company. 1kWh is the amount of energy it takes to run a 1kW appliance for an hour. e.g. Most immersion heaters are around 3kWs so if you put the immersion heater on for an hour it will use 3kWh of energy. PV/Photovoltaic Used in referring to solar PV/Photovoltaic panels. These are the kind of solar panels which make electricity. Photo comes

from the Latin word for sun and voltaic the Latin for electricity. Quite simply electricity from the sun. MCS - Microgeneration Certification Scheme, these guys are a certification body. They certify both installers and products in the Microgeneration industry. Both the installer and the product need to be certified for you to benefit from the financial incentives. Renewable Energy this is energy which comes from a sustainable fuel which won’t run out. Solar for example uses energy from the sun, which won’t run out (at least not for a very long time and if it does electricity is the last of our worries!!) or biomass, which uses trees which we can, and do, grow more of. So they won’t run out either. Retro-fit - Usually used when talking about a renewable installation. Retrofit means the renewable energy system will be put on to/into an existing building. For example when you have solar panels put on to the home you already live in or you decide to swap your old oil boiler for a shiny new biomass one. RHI - The Renewable Heat Incentive, this is what you get paid for “generation” from a heat generating technology.


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Villagers battle against quarry giants by Save Gillies Hill Stirling Council will soon vote on whether quarrying should restart at Gillies Hill, the historic backdrop to the village of Cambusbarron.

they will create six jobs but will they go to locals or will they be relocated from company sites elsewhere?

Since the threat to resume blasting operations emerged in 2006, Save Gillies Hill (SGH) campaigners have worked tirelessly to preserve a beauty spot enjoyed by thousands of families each year whether mountain biking, dog walking, bird watching, geo-caching or just rambling and enjoying the panoramic views.

The scale of the proposed excavations is mind-boggling. There will be 132 HGV trips each day on Polmaise Road, over the M-way bridge, past a hospital, children’s nursery and old folk’s home before the 32-tonners rumble round historic King’s Park itself, then charging past tourists photographing the Stirling Castle ramparts from the recently established lay-bys below.

SGH has been backed in the past by councillors of every party. Now the crunch is coming, which way will they vote? You can help by telling your councillor to “Save Gillies Hill.”

Can we grit our teeth and put up with it for a few years? Absolutely not! The blasting will produce 300,000 tonnes of stone each year for the next FORTY years, a total of 12 million tonnes altogether.

The quarriers, Patersons, who also operate landfill sites, may not be stopped even if the councillors refuse permission. In the past, Patersons have steamrollered local opinion by successfully appealing to the Scottish Government against council opposition.

If Patersons get the go-ahead, their neighbours on Gillies Hill, Tillicoultry Quarries will have carte blanche to destroy the other half and the skyline will disappear – no magnificent giant redwoods and peregrine falcons and, underneath, no red squirrels, pine martens, badgers or bats.

So why have Stirling people chosen to protest in their thousands through petitions and newspaper and TV stories?

It cannot be allowed.

Many feel that that there are plenty places in central Scotland, much more remote and less treasured in people’s hearts, from which whinstone could be quarried. Patersons boast

Want to support the campaign? Email - cambusbarroncc@gmail.com Facebook - Save Gillies Hill Letters or notes can be left in Cambusbarron Library c/o Save Gillies Hill

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Business Showcase: MRES MRES put professionalism and expertise at the heart of everything they do. With a huge focus on the customer they pride themselves on a reliable, honest, efficient service which delivers the highest possible quality product every time. Based in Stirling, Managing Director of MRES Ltd Moray Robertson has more than 30 years’ experience as an electrical subcontractor. Over those years there has been a big change on the demand of an electrical sub-contractor, none more so than meeting the requirements of the ever growing and important renewable sector in Scotland. Moray has ensured that MRES have put the specialist servicing of the renewable sector at the heart of the MRES business. MRES have invested heavily in giving their team the right training and qualifications to ensure they help clients such as 3R Energy keep the

lights on and reduce costly down time. In addition to a focus on renewables MRES pride themselves on the engineering work they do with some of the best businesses in Scotland such as Grahams Dairy. Combined with the focus on renewables and engineering MRES provide a full range of general contracting services to both commercial and domestic clients in Scotland. The overall approach of MRES is one of expertise, quality and customer service. They take this approach with all their customers and will go the extra mile to ensure they solve all your electrical problems as soon as possible. For the best renewable, engineering or general electrical help call MRES on 01786 448562.

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Gardening Tips Summer's on its way Bulbs are dwindling and herbaceous borders are growing, meaning summer should be on its way! June 21st is the longest day of the year, and the extra light and warmth will hopefully encourage a burst of growth in your garden. 10 jobs to do in May and June 1. Protect tender plants from late frosts. 2. Earth up potatoes and promptly plant any still remaining 3. Investigate ways to collect rainwater and recycle for irrigation 4.
 Regularly hoe off weeds 5.
 Mow lawns 6.
 Check for nesting birds then clip hedges 7.
 Lift and divide overcrowded clumps of daffodils and other spring-flowering bulbs 8.
 Plant out summer bedding at the end of the month (except in cold areas) 9.
 Position summer hanging baskets and containers outside 10. Stake tall or floppy plants

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Did you know? Did you know that you should get your stove or chimney cleaned at least once a year? This is the perfect time to “Spring clean” your stoves and chimney as they will (hopefully) be off for the summer.

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Tartan Timber run an annual maintenance program to keep your fire and flue in tip top condition, including chimney sweeping, replacement of any broken parts, fire bricks, cracked glass and fire cement for resealing. Make sure you treat your fire right to ensure it gives you the best economical performance for years to come. Cleaning your chimney/flue on a regular basis ensures that any blockages and soot are removed which reduces the chances of a chimney fire, it also reduces the risk of dangerous fumes such as carbon monoxide and it will increase the efficiency of your fuel (thus saving you money.)

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Stirlingshire Caravans care about our customers and reputation That is why all our technicians are put through the most stringent and up-to-date Caravan & Motorhome training and we are now a member of the National Caravan Councils APPROVED WORKSHOPS We are one of the leading specialists in damp repairs and are approved dealers for Truma, Alde, Powertouch, Reich, Fiamma. We have produced a pre-travel check list below, hope you find this useful. Stirlingshire Caravans pre Journey Check List Things to Remember Extending mirrors, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, fuses, spare bulbs, tool kit, tow rope, warning triangle, torch, stabiliser, caravan jack, corner steady winder, mover remote, mover engager, leveller, caravan toilet chemicals, gas bottles, hitch and wheel lock, mains electric lead, spare keys, steady winder (manual), spirit level, water containers (waste/water), water hoses (waste/fresh), awning & groundsheet, curtains, sun canopy & poles, windbreak, annexe & inner tent, pegs Safety checks BEFORE YOU GO It is recommended that every caravan and Motorhome has a Habitation or service carried out by a fully Trained CITO engineer Every 12 Months and before your first journey of the year. Gas bottle disconnected, tyre pressures/ cuts or damage to tyres, roadlights, 12n, 12s or 13 pin adaptors, stabiliser fitted, extending mirrors, wheel bolts on caravan, breakaway cable, noseweight, windows, doors & rooflights locked, 12v master switch off, fridge 12v switch on, mover off, jockey wheel raised.

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