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STIRLING’S LOCAL MAGAZINE

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JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2017

CELEBRATING EVERYTHING LOCAL

IN AND AROUND STIRLING, BRIDGE OF ALLAN AND DUNBLANE.


Repairs & Services, Secure Storage with 24 Hour CCTV. Caravan and Motorhome sales. We also fit satellite systems, solar chargers and motor movers.

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business that caters for all your caravanning and Motorhome needs. All our technicians are trained in the installation, fault finding, sales & servicing of the Truma and Alde range. We offer a fast, friendly and professional service. Customer satisfaction is our main priority. The advantage of storing your caravan with us is the onsite caravan repair and servicing along with our valet service that we offer, so your caravan is always ready for your holidays. We also supply and fit motor movers, Fiamma awnings, solar charging systems and more. The Yard, Sauchenford, Plean FK7 8AP

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Welcome to Love Local Mag PUBLISHER Independently published by KST Marketing EDITOR Karen Tully FOR ADVERTISING OR GENERAL ENQUIRIES CONTACT Karen@lovelocalmag.com

FOLLOW US ONLINE lovelocalmag.com @lovelocalmag lovelocalmag Love Local Mag is distributed 10 times per year. Love Local Stirling is bi-monthly and distributed to 33,000 homes in Stirling, Bridge of Allan and Dunblane by the Royal Mail. Love Local Clacks is a quarterly publication delivered by the Royal Mail to 28,000 homes and businesses in Clackmannanshire.

CONTENTS Wiltshire Farm Foods Review: The Crook Bar Budget Buster Lentil Soup

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Love Dunblane

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All Childs Play Struthers & Scott Pain Clinic

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DanceSing Page 18 Interview with Firpark Ski Instuctor Page 21 Fitness Timetable Page 22 Heat Fitness Page 24 Jo Pudelko Jewellery Classes Interview with Love Local Photographer David Robertson The Curious Thing

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Traditional Building Check Home Improvements New Year Resolutions for Gardeners

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Winter Car Safety Checks

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Wiltshire Farm Foods - a recipe for an easier life by WILTSHIRE FARM FOODS For people who want to enjoy life to the full, there’s not always enough time in the day to prepare a meal from scratch or go shopping. With a delicious range of frozen meals delivered directly to the front door, Wiltshire Farm Foods is here to help people eat well and look after themselves in their own home, whatever their plans. Wiltshire Farm Foods provides an unparalleled range of individual delicious, nutritionally balanced frozen meals, (over 300), along with starters, desserts, cakes, soups and breakfasts and they are delivered straight to your freezer. Our meals can be heated easily in a conventional oven or microwave, from frozen. That means no more shopping, preparation or lifting heavy pots and pans – it will cut down on the washing up too! We cater for most appetites, diets and budgets.

And with main meals from just £2.95 our prices are designed to be genuinely affordable, offering good value as well as nutrition and flavour. We cover a range of dietary needs including gluten-free, low fat, low salt and reduced/low sugar. There is also our award-winning Soft and Pureed range that has been created for those who have swallowing difficulties. Another big benefit of Wiltshire Farm Foods is that the service is completely commitment-free, customers can order as much or as little as they like, whenever it suits them. (Minimum order value applies in some areas.) No contracts, no fuss and regular deliveries. For more information please contact us on 01764 655 859 or visit www.wiltshirefarmfoods.com.

Nutritious and delicious. The clue is in the name. Diced Beef Chilli £3.65 from our Nutritious & Delicious range

Those clever chefs at Wiltshire Farm Foods know how to make really healthy food, really tasty. Take the Nutritious & Delicious range – each flavoursome meal is under 400 calories, contributes to your 5 a day, and is low in salt and fat. All delivered free.

Call us today for your FREE brochure

01764 655 859 wiltshirefarmfoods.com

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The Westerton Arms Whether a coffee or pint whilst browsing on our free wifi, a lunchtime snack in our beer garden or an evening meal in our restaurant a warm welcome awaits you at The Westerton.

SPECIAL OFFER: 2 Course set menu £7.99. Monday to Friday 12 - 2.30pm and 5 - 7pm.

34 Henderson Street, Bridge of Allan, FK9 4HR • T: 01786 833999 E: info@westertonarms.co.uk • W: www.westertonarms.co.uk f

BUY LOCAL, BUY DIRECT

NEW

BETTER QUALITY, AT A LOWER PRICE!

STEAK PIES

Wide range of great value fresh meat packs and products available. Order online now (and get free delivery with orders over £50) or pop in and visit our farm butcher’s shop (open Monday to Friday 5am to 5pm and Saturday 9am to 3pm).

FalleninchFarm.co.uk Or call 01786 446653

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Review: The Crook Bar They say that ‘variety is the spice of life’, and that’s exactly why I love tapas! A little bit of ‘this’ and a little bit of ‘that’ brings a wide array of flavours, textures and smells to the table. So when I heard there was a new tapas bar in town, I just had to be one of the first through the door. The Crook Bar, in Bridge of Allan, opened its doors in early October 2016 when owners Tony and Chelsey brought a bit of Spain, along with fresh décor, family friendly fun and genuine warmth to the previous ‘Crooked Arms’. As a past resident of Bridge of Allan, I was worried that the poor reputation of the prior establishment had carried forward in some way, however I’m happy to say The Crook Bar is all new. With a clean, fresh and semi modern styled seating area accompanying the rustic wood and stone work surroundings, The Crook Bar is very inviting and to top it all – dogs are welcome too, with bowls, water and biscuits being provided free of charge! Tapas is sociable. Instead of tucking into

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by COUTHIE CANTIE

a full plate of food - perhaps not coming up for air - smaller portions, which are typically served to you at regular intervals rather than all at once, force you to pause, savour, chat and enjoy - not only the food, but the company you’re in too. Originating in Spain, Tapas was traditionally served to accompany drinks from a bar which is very in keeping with Tony and Chelsey’s philosophy as they host an open door policy to those who just seek a drink or two, as well as those who come to dine. From top quality sharing platters served with warm bread to hot and cold authentic dishes to choose from there is something for everyone including those with food allergies or vegetarian, vegan and gluten free preferences. Personally I recommend the goat’s milk cheese, and warm chorizo! For more information check out The Crook Bar online at thecrookbar.com, via Facebook @thecrookbar, or better still – pop in and share a selection. Enjoy!


Share informal tapas, with family and friends in our inviting and relaxed atmosphere Tapas dishes from ÂŁ5 and delicious sharing boards for ÂŁ15 which is made up of meats, cheeses, olives, anchovies and sun dried tomatoes. Opening Hours: Mon - Thurs 1pm to 11pm Fri & Sat 1pm - 12pm Sunday 1-10pm 1 Allanvale Road, Bridge of Allan, Stirling FK9 4NU

01786 834365

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Budget buster lentil soup by LOVE FOOD HATE WASTE At around 20p per serving, this soup will give you a hug when times are tight. INGREDIENTS: 200g/7oz red lentils 1 carrot (65g/2oz) 1 onion (120g/4oz) 1 ¼ litres/2 ½ pts vegetable stock Juice of half a lemon Salt, pepper, cumin powder and chilli powder, to taste

METHOD: 1. Peel and finely chop the onion and carrot. Put into a large saucepan with the stock and lentils. Simmer, covered, for 25 minutes until the lentils are disintegrating. Allow to cool, then liquidise. 2. Reheat to serve and adjust seasoning with lemon juice, salt, pepper, ground cumin and ground chilli. * Cook’s tip: It’s worth making double quantities and freezing this soup in small portions. Don’t miss out the lemon, it makes all the difference. Other vegetables could be chopped up and cooked with the lentils, but don’t include potatoes as they will tend to make the consistency gluey.

Sushi, Japanese Cuisine, Authentic Chinese Dishes, Sichuan Hot & Spicy, Dimsum, Hotpot and Bubble Tea

£5 Voucher £5 off when you spend £20 or more

H O M E D E L I V E RY AVA I L A B L E T: 01786 479799 • Address: 52, Port Street, Stirling FK8 2LJ

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CAFÉ CIRCA eat

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shop

Enjoy a relaxing Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch or Afternoon Tea in our comfortable, Bistro Style Cafe. Our seasonal menu is accompanied by Chef’s daily specials so whether it’s breakfast, a light brunch or a more substantial lunch, we have something for you.

Now open in Callander

Scottish Antiques & Arts Centre, Doune 7 days a week 10am - 4:30pm

...and now open upstairs in CCW Callander, 9am - 5pm, 79-81 Main St, Callander FK17 8DX

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Discover Dunblane and leave a winner! With an impressive variety of independent shops and businesses across a bustling town centre, this New Year think local, think Dunblane. Located just a short 10 minute journey from the centre of Stirling by train or car, the historic cathedral city of Dunblane is your first choice destination for a unique and memorable shopping and leisure experience. With an impressive selection of award winning independent businesses offering great value, the very best service and an unrivalled selection of products and services you will find everything you need in the home of champions. Accommodation providers, restaurants, cafes, bars, sporting facilities, shops and a golf course are all available in Dunblane, making it an excellent place to take a short break. The town also boasts many celebrated attractions including the popular Gold Postbox and stunning Dunblane Cathedral. Re-painted following Andy Murray’s first

Wimbledon victory in 2012, the Gold Postbox has become the number one selfie spot in town (be sure to post yours on the Discover Dunblane Facebook and Twitter pages). From the postbox, you can see the majestic Dunblane Cathedral. Dunblane Cathedral, built upon a site first established by St Blane around the year 600, is one of the few surviving medieval churches in Scotland. The building is largely 13th century in date, though it incorporates an originally free-standing bell-tower of 11th century date on its south side. This tower was increased in height in the 15th century, a change clearly visible in the colour of the stonework, and in the late gothic style of the upper storey's windows. The cathedral stands serenely amid a clutch of old-world buildings, among them the 17th century Dean's House, which houses Dunblane Museum. The unassuming exterior is dwarfed by the tardis

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like interior spanning several buildings and containing many exhibits on local history; including a very special Andy Murray collection of memorabilia. Close by, the oldest private library in Scotland, Leighton Library houses 4,500 books in 90 languages printed between 1500 and 1840. Visitors can browse through some of the country's rarest books, including a first edition of Sir Walter Scott's Lady of the Lake. From hairdressers to accountants, pet styling to toys, Dunblane has so much to offer residents and visitors alike. For a full list of Discover Dunblane member businesses visit the website: www.discoverdunblane.co.uk

We want you to think local, think Dunblane this New Year. To help you get started we are offering you the opportunity to WIN a ÂŁ50 Discover Dunblane gift voucher to spend at any participating member business in 2017. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is to complete the draw entry form on the Discover Dunblane website at: www.discoverdunblane.co.uk/lovelocal LOVE LOCAL | 11


Discover

DUNBLANE

I would like to ďŹ nd a ________ in Dunblane


Think Local Think Dunblane With many award winning independent businesses providing a variety of products and services, think Dunblane as your first choice destination for a memorable shopping, eating and leisure experience. Discover Dunblane and leave a winner!

www.discoverdunblane.co.uk


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Empathy. Integrity. Respect.

Discover the Beaconhurst way.

Open Afternoon Thursday 9th February 2017 | 2.30-4.30pm admissions@beaconhurst.com | 01786 832146 | beaconhurst.com

It's All Childs Play: January Blues by SUE GASCOYNE Picture a grey January day and kids going crazy from being cooped up indoors. Children it seems are immune to ‘bad weather’, but without sun or snow to tempt us out of our cosy centrally heated homes, we adults sometimes need a nudge. If you’re looking for some inspiration on those cold grey January days, then mother of two and author Sue Gascoyne is on hand with some tried and tested fun ideas for things to do outdoors: Make a mud pit as this is great for splashing in, mixing up hearty concoctions with old pots and pans and making mud pies. Go puddle jumping as there’s something irresistible about cracking the glass-like layer of ice on a puddle. Add powder paints for some fun welly printing! In Winter birds can really struggle to find enough food to eat so why not make bird

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cakes and encourage an interest in bird spotting? Heat up some lard and carefully mix with bird seed. Children can create a tally to record and identify the winged diners or why not get involved in a national Birdwatch campaign. Fill an old ice cube tray with mud and leave outside overnight to freeze. Turn the mini bricks out for lots of building fun. Go on a family walk, armed with a list of things for you all to spot. Include a mix of unusual as well as unexpected things that will add challenge and excitement. One of the best things about getting cold outdoors is the pleasure of warming up afterwards with a cup of hot chocolate and a roaring fire. There’s nothing like the tingle of cold cheeks to make you feel alive, so what are you waiting for, the outdoors awaits!


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Struthers & Scott Pain Clinic Struthers & Scott Veterinary practice offer a specific clinic for patients suffering chronic pain. The pain clinic is run by Sarah Day, one of their vets who specialises in pain management and holds the General Practitioners Certificate (GPcert) in Western Veterinary Acupuncture and Chronic Pain Management. Pain is a complex disease and requires a multimodal approach to treatment. It can be debilitating for pets and very upsetting to owners. The pain clinic is designed to determine how much your pet is suffering.

from injury or secondary to conditions like osteoarthritis. Muscular pain can be more painful than the primary condition. Post- Operative Pain Control can help speed up post-operative recovery and improve patient comfort. Trauma may include physical injury such as fractured bones or muscular strains. Working dogs or agility dogs can also present with muscle fatigue. Unknown Cause Of Pain - the integrated approach Sarah uses can help determine the source of pain and therefore look at treatment options.

What conditions can be treated? Osteoarthritis is one of the most common conditions. The clinic can assess your pet and see if anything more can be done to help. Neuropathic pain arises from nerves or from abnormalities in central processing. Often behavioural changes can be an indication of this pain. Muscular pain can be debilitating and primarily occurs

If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment at the pain clinic call Struthers & Scott Vets on 01786 841304.

A multimodal approach is used to treat chronic pain and this is tailored to each individual but may include: medications, acupuncture, physiotherapy, tailored exercise regimes, weight assessments and environmental changes.

FELINE FRIEN Here at Struthers an

Our feline friends are very particul and not afraid to let us know! It upsetting some cats coming Struthers & Scott have been caring for your pets for over 50 years,for and having to share their space whilst our practice has grown considerably in size, we still hold the same values now as we did in our early days.

Struthers and Scott are now off every Wednesday fro

Hills Dog Food. ÂŁ5 off your first bag, and every 6th bag is free.

Our Pet Health Plan allows you to spread the cost of your routine and preventative treatments over the year, starting at only ÂŁ10 per month. Ask a member of our team for more details.

Please call the practice for an on 01786 841 304 and as receptionists! Pu

Normal Surgery Times: Mon - Fri: 8.30am - 6.30pm Sat:

Opening Hours

Mon - Fri 8.00am-7.00 pm Sat 8.30am-12.30pm

Our emergency out of hours service ensures that your animals will re

when they need it. So you can call us 24 hours a day, 36 70 Main Street, Doune Perthshire, FK16 6BW Farm and Equine clients now have a separate, dedica www.struthers-scott.co.uk

& need to call 0845 177 1956 or email forthvalleyvets@

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LOVE HEALTH & WELLBEING Friendly learning environment No previous dance experience needed No dance partner required

Stop Smoking • Weight Loss • Gastric Band Stress & Anxiety • Phobias • Pain • Trauma Exams • Public Speaking • Driving Test IBS • Workplace • Performance • Sport etc Professional, Friendly, Confidental. Based in Stirling.

DANCE SCHOOL

WHEN:

VICKY MCLEOD

CPsychol, AFBPsS, TFT - DX, Dip. AH, GQHP

FRIDAYS, 19.30 23.00

www.meridian-wellbeing.co.uk info@meridian-wellbeing.co.uk Tel: 07859 063834

19.30 20.15 BEGINNERS 20.15 21.00 INTADV 21.00 22.00 GUIDED PRACTICA FREE DANCE UNTIL 23.00

WHERE: THE YOGA TREE 25B Stirling Arcade FK8 1AX

www.yirajetango.co.uk info@yirajetango.co.uk /Yirajetango/ 07720 212500

Base Fitness

MeridianWellbeing

Personal Training Sessions Available Now.

Personal Training

Call Ian to book your FREE consultation.

Is your New Year’s resolution to get fit and healthy, but you’re not sure where to start? At Base Fitness we use proven training methods and plans tailored specifically to you to make sure that you reach your goals. As a mobile Personal Trainer, this allows us to maximise the time we have together and minimise the time out of your busy schedule. I bring all equipment to you along with the motivation required to make sure you succeed! Visit www.Base-Fitness.co.uk to get your journey started!

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www.Base-Fitness.co.uk ian@Base-Fitness.co.uk 07779 214 605

Base Fitness Group Classes Circuit Training Monday 6.30pm £5 Kettlebells Thursday 6pm £3.50 Metafit Thursday 6.30pm £3.50 Kettlebells + Metafit £6

Allan Centre, Bridge of Allan

All Welcome


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DanceSing - combine dance, singing & friendship DanceSing is a new class combining dance, singing and friendship. danceSing has been created by ex professionally trained ballet dancer and fitness guru Natalie Garry. She is passionate about helping people find the balance in their lives through singing, dancing, fun and friendship in a relaxed and exclusive environment.

The second part of the class is all about dancing. Natalie guides you through different genres of dance. The class is cleverly structured to work the whole body, the steps are simply broken down into achievable parts and build up over each term.

What happens at a danceSing class? Your first class is a FREE TASTER. There is always a friendly welcome, everyone is encouraged to work at a level that is appropriate to themselves, there is NO PRESSURE. First you sing with a professionally trained musical leader. There is no audition and you don’t need to be able to read music. You just need to want to sing and enjoy yourself.

“Natalie makes it such fun I don’t even realise that I am working out, the classes are full of joy and laughter” Katie There is no pressure to perform but for those who wish they can join in with all the other classes to perform. Sundown midsummers night at The Kelpies, flashmob at Marks and Spenser's raising funds for worthwhile causes.

The danceSingers are very social and frequently go for coffee after the “I was told that I couldn’t sing at classes, it is becoming a gorgeous family school, I realise that I can sing and of friends with members attending itdanceSing brings meAD_126 such joy” Jane. different lunches and coffee. x 89.5_Layout 1 29/11/2016 12:07 Pageclasses, 1

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UNIQUE CRYOTHERAPY TREATMENTS IN STIRLING STS is uniquely equipped to offer a Thermic Shock to treat many conditions: Back Pain, Head and Shoulder Pain. Whiplash, Frozen Shoulder, Tennis Elbow, Carpel Tunnel, Tendinitis, Arthritis and any other inflammatory conditions. Too name a few.

Thermic Shock is a combination of extreme cold and high pressure providing key effects in the human body: • Analgesic for Pain Relief • Anti-Inflammation • Reduce Swelling • Increase Mobility • Strengthen and Speed Recovery • Muscle Relaxation.

Taking the "Ice Bath" to the next level and experienced Cryotherapy. Absolute magic! 1 min application on each Hamstring and Calf muscle. Instant release of niggles and increase in range of movement to hip flexor and knee joint! - Grant

Sports Therapy Scotland Unit 95, Stirling Enterprise Park John Player Building, Stirling FK7 7RP

07966570733

david@sportstherapyscotland.co.uk


Welcome to Firpark Ski Centre Ski and Snowboard instruction by qualified and friendly staff Tel: 01259 751772

Email: firpark@clacks.gov.uk www.clacksweb.org.uk

February Holiday Ski School

Learn To Ski and Snowboard Programme

Monday 13th to Thursday 16th February 2017 8 hours instruction; Adult - £104.00 Child £52.30

Classes available in 6 week blocks from beginner to trainee instructor Weekday evenings and weekends 6 hours instruction

Easter Holiday Ski Schools Monday 3rd to Thursday 6th April 2017 Monday 10th to Thursday 13th April 2017

Private Tuition

Summer Holiday Ski Schools

Introduction to Race Training

Monday 3rd to Thursday 6th July 2017 Monday 10th to Thursday 13th July 2017 Monday 17th to Thursday 20th July 2017

Thursdays 4.00 to 5.30 p.m. minimum level 3, £4.00 per session

Available on Saturdays and Sundays and on demand depending on slope time

Call the Clackmannanshire Councils Contact Centre to book now on 01259 213131 To check details of classes please see the following web page http://clacksweb/culture/firparkenrolment/ Follow us on twitter for up to date information @Firparkski @ActiveClacks


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Firpark Ski Centre

INTERVIEW WITH SKI INSTRUCTOR

Firpark Ski Centre at Firpark in Tillicoultry offers dry ski slopes with dendix matting and a Poma Button Tow designed to teach children and adults the techniques of skiing and snowboarding. The instruction team of over 25 instructors is led by Senior Instructor Sharon Crossan. We have asked Sharon a few questions about her job and her passion for ski. How did you first get introduced to skiing? I was introduced to skiing at Firpark Ski Centre when I was 14 years old. After a 5 year hiatus, when I started again at 23 skiing became an important part of my life and my career. What is it that has attracted you to skiing, what keeps you motivated? Initially I loved the excitement of sliding and going fast, and learning how to turn. What kept me motivated was the challenge of improving my skills, getting qualified as an instructor and eventually being a Trainer for the British Association of Snowsport Instructors and Snowsport Scotland. I love sharing my passion for skiing and introducing skiing to beginners and seeing them develop over years really is the best job ever! What is your role at Firpark Ski Centre? My role at Firpark Ski Centre is that of Senior Instructor, which involves planning and organizing all the programmes which Firpark offers, responding to customer enquiries and managing my ski instructors - a very important aspect to the smooth running of the Ski School.

How is skiing on plastic matting different from skiing on snow? Skiing on snow is always better than plastic matting however, the dry slope environment is the perfect opportunity to develop skiing skills to a high standard so that when you next ski on snow you can experience more challenging terrain and snow conditions. Not to mention a dry slope gives the enjoyment of skiing all year round, not just in winter. What can you tell readers about the activities at Firpark? We offer skiing and snowboarding lessons for all ages from 3 years up in different formats to suit our diverse range of clients. We run Learn to Ski classes during term times, Holiday Ski Schools in all the school holidays, Private Lessons as well as Individual Lets for groups who wish to ski with their own families and friends. Tubing is also offered for birthday parties and team building sessions - this is available on Saturday and Sunday evenings and other times on request. All lessons are delivered by highly qualified staff who are friendly, approachable, professional and enthusiastic, and who all love to share their passion for skiing with their learners.

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Fitness Timetable CLASS

LOCATION

DATE & TIME

CONTACT

Fitness Pilates dynamic and exciting, with emphasis on strength, flexibility and functional movement.

Studio in Kings Park, Stirling

Mon 10-11am, 7-8pm Tues 10:30-11:30am, 7pm and 8:15pm Wed 7pm and Thurs 10:30am

Elaine at Stirling Fitness 07933 911522

HIIT/Circuits - a balance of strength and aerobic training.

Studio in Kings Park, Stirling

Thurs 7-8pm

Elaine at Stirling Fitness 07933 911522

Fitness Yoga/Pilates - a flowing mix of some of the best moves from each, great for flexibility and core strength.

Studio in Kings Park, Stirling

Sunday 10-11am

Elaine at Stirling Fitness 07933 911522

Barre Fitness – fun, functional and fatburning – a beautiful fusion of Ballet, Yoga and Pilates moves.

Studio in Kings Park, Stirling

Wed 6 pm

Elaine at Stirling Fitness 07933 911522

Morning Yoga - A mix of both flow and Yin, reflecting the seasons and participant experience.

Bridge of Allan Parish Church, 12 Keir Street, FK9 4NW

Fri 9:30-10:30am.

Nicola Park on 07968 948722 nicolapark2003@ yahoo.co.uk

Line Dancing Improver level. Great way to get fit plus no partner required. Good variety of music. Experienced instructor. Contact for beginner info.

Cambusbarron Community Centre

Tues 3:30-4:30

Virginia at virginia.keppie@gmail.com

Lou Mac Macafit - 30 minute high intensity interval bodyweight training with 30 minute core.

Bannockburn Masonic Hall

Everyday at 9:30 PLUS Mon 10:15am and 5:15pm, Tues, 5:45pm and 6:20pm, Wed 6:15pm, Thurs 6:45pm and 7:15pm, FSat 8am

Louise MacLaren on 07974445774

Lou Mac MacastrongCircuit Style Training.

Bannockburn Masonic Hall

Mon 6pm, Wed 7pm and Sat 8:30am

Louise MacLaren on 07974445774

Kings Park Yoga Yoga Basics (Ashtanga Based Short Form)

Cambusbarron Community Centre

Mon 10-11am and Thurs 8:15-9:00pm

Lynne on 07939 689864, lynnekpyoga@gmail.com or www.kingsparkyoga.co.uk

Kings Park Yoga Kids Yoga

Cambusbarron Community Centre

3-5 year olds: Tues 2-2:30pm 5-8 year olds: Thurs 4-4:45pm

Lynne on 07939 689864, lynnekpyoga@gmail.com or www.kingsparkyoga.co.uk

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CLASS

LOCATION

DATE & TIME

CONTACT

Yin Yoga - A simple balancing practice for hectic lives. Yin calms the mind and stretches the body.

Cambusbarron Community Centre & The Wee Yoga Room*

Mon 11-12pm, Wed 9:45-10:45am* and Thurs 9:00-9:45pm

Lynne on 07939 689864, lynnekpyoga@gmail.com or www.kingsparkyoga.co.uk

Base Fitness - Metafit High intensity class that involves working at your maximum for a short period of time with minimal rest. It ensures you get the most out of your time!

Allan Centre, Bridge of Allan

Thurs 6:30-7pm. £3.50.

Ian on 07779214605 Ian@Base-Fitness.co.uk

Base Fitness Kettlebells Short but intense strength and toning class using kettlebells. Be ready to get strong and fit!

Allan Centre, Bridge of Allan

Every Thursday 6-6:30pm. £3.50. Kettlebell and Metafit deal both for £6

Ian on 07779214605 Ian@Base-Fitness.co.uk

Base Fitness - Circuit Training. A circuit based class suitable for all! Get strong and fit fast!

Allan Centre, Bridge of Allan

Every Monday 6:30pm. £5.

Ian on 07779214605 Ian@Base-Fitness.co.uk

Pilates Class: Beginners/Improvers Level. Focusing on the traditional methodology as created by Joseph Pilates

Bridge of Allan Sports Club

Tuesday 10am

Jacquie Robertson 07711336075 beaumontbodys.co.uk

Tango Classes: No experience or partner required.

The Yoga Tree Stirling Arcade

Friday: Beginners 7:308:15. Int-Adv 8:15-9pm Guided Practice 9-10 Free dance until 11pm Every other Sunday 1-2pm

info@yirajetango.co.uk 07720212500 www.yirajetango.co.uk

Kettlebell and Metafit deal - both for £6

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The heat is on! by HEAT FITNESS Are you feeling a bit toxic and sluggish? Looking for something to boost your immune system; get your skin glowing; sort out your list of aches and pains and help you start the New Year feeling and looking great? We’ve just opened Stirling’s first purpose built hot yoga and suspension training studio, HEAT FITNESS, offering plenty of classes; changing rooms and showers; a chill out area; yoga clothing and weekend workshops. It’s the perfect time of year to start afresh and help your body get back some balance after a hectic festive season. Founders of Heat Fitness, Juliette Cassidy and Jack Paton said: ‘We remember our first ever Hot Yoga class; it was like nothing we’d ever done before! We took part in a Bikram yoga class, which includes 26 postures done twice, in a room heated to 40 degrees with 40% humidity. We walked out of class and just looked at each other! We were physically and mentally elated just to get to the end of class, but later as we chugged down some much needed coconut water and cooled down, we both said: ‘we can’t wait to do this again’. That was over five years ago and following hundreds of sweat inspired yoga sessions plus some intensive teacher training in Los Angeles and London, we’ve now brought hot yoga to Stirling. Coupled with TRX suspension training, our goal is to create a balanced and complete workout, where yoga and fitness runs alongside each other. At Heat, you have the opportunity to work on your strength, flexibility and cardio. Our introduction deal ‘20 days for £20’ allows you to take part in as many yoga

and TRX sessions as you like and really get a feel for what we are offering. Our background is in sport and fitness, but our journey led us to hot yoga, which helped us heal old injuries, release tension from our body and correct a few muscle imbalances and overuse irritations. An added side effect to all this hot yoga was a glowing skin, because, yes, you sweat a lot and it’s very detoxifying and addictive! The heat intensifies everything and your heart and lungs get a good workout, whilst you work every muscle in the body, stretching and strengthening. Initially for us, the training effect from both the heat and the postures made us go back week after week, but the real magic happened when we saw the benefits of a calmer and clearer mind, a stronger immune system and improved health and vitality. Our teachers are all hot yoga qualified and passionate about what they do. We offer three of the leading hot yoga sequences available across the world today: Bikram, Fiercegrace and Absolute Hot Yoga. Celebrities and sports stars love it and use it to their advantage and in fact both Andy Murray and Serena Williams have acknowledged how Bikram hot yoga has helped them in the past. If you’ve never tried hot yoga before, don’t worry, it’s perfect for beginners; in fact Bikram calls it the beginners’ series. For those who prefer a more gentle approach, we are also running warm gentle Hatha yoga classes and Yin restorative yoga sessions and in fact our monthly candlelit Yin with yoga nidra,


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where we focus on stillness and softness, will be the perfect counterbalance for the yang (strength and fitness) in your life. Our TRX sessions are born out of a passion for helping our clients build a solid foundation for life, work and sport. We knew the minute we tried the TRX this was something we’d be doing forever! It was a ‘game changer’! We’ve spent the past 10 years running group TRX classes in Australia and training instructors to do the same and we are excited to be running these sessions in Stirling. We know that the TRX delivers tangible results for everyone, from post-natal mums looking to tone up and strengthen their pelvic floor to an athlete looking for an edge. We’ve worked with clients rehabbing their body following knee surgery and older adults working on

balance and stability and that’s the beauty of TRX, three generations can work safely and effectively alongside each other. We love it and we hope you will too! Alongside the Hot Yoga and TRX we also offer Jab boxing for fitness and circuit classes incorporating TRX, concept rowers, spin bikes, slam balls, kettle bells, battle ropes and more. Our boxing classes are low impact and high cardio and our circuit sessions are aimed at every fitness level. If you are looking to improve your cardio in a fun, safe and effective environment, these are the sessions for you. For more info on monthly deals, casual visits or our intro offer, please visit our website: www.heatfitness.co.uk or call Tel: 01786 474447 or 07495588307.


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Jo Pudelko Jewellery Classes New jewellery classes are launching this January in the Victoria Hall in Dunblane. Why not treat yourself to a break from your busy schedule and take a class with the Central Scotland School of Jewellery? Learn to make rings, bangles, earrings and pendants in brass, copper or silver. The classes are suitable for complete beginners or for students with previous jewellery making experience who wish to build their skills.

The classes also make the perfect Christmas gift. Gift certificates are available for a block of classes, a weekend workshop or for a set amount. Upcoming weekend workshops include a stone setting and a stacking ring workshop. Please see www.centralscotlandschoolofjewellery. co.uk for more details or call Jo on 07775 843 872 if you have any questions.

Tutor Jo Pudelko has taught evening classes in Edinburgh for the past ten years and also teaches jewellery at Edinburgh College of Art. Jo says “It was an evening class in jewellery that sparked my own interest in the subject which led me to apply to Art College to study for a degree in Jewellery & Silversmithing. After working and teaching in Edinburgh for many years, I relocated my workshop to the local area and was so surprised to find out that there were no classes running here.” “Students find learning jewellery skills really rewarding – there is a steep learning curve but students are amazed at how quickly they can produce really professional looking pieces of jewellery. Making creative work is also a chance for people to take some time for themselves and really disconnect from a busy week.” “Using the creative part of your brain really does help you switch off from the stresses of daily life! I have students in my Edinburgh evening class who have been coming for more than five years. They have already mastered the skills they need to produce amazing work but they keep coming back as they really value having that time in their week that is devoted to creative making.” The inaugural term will run from 12th January to 30th March 2017 with a half term break on the 16th February. All tools, equipment and materials are provided with the exception of precious metal which can be purchased at the class. More importantly tea, coffee and cake will be provided!

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Explore around The Lodge this winter and enjoy a stroll down to the waterfall, watch wonderful wildlife from our hide, build a den or play in the water feature. Visit The Lodge shop and enjoy the views from The Lodge café. Call the Lodge on 0300 0676615 or Email: thelodge@forestry.gsi.gov.uk for more info.

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Interview with Love Local Mag's 2017 Cover Photographer: David Robertson, Scot-Image.com We are delighted to feature David Robertson, photographer extraordinaire and Love Local Magazine’s Local Cover Photographer of the year. We have asked him a few questions to find out more about his passion for photography.

and exposure settings give me complete control over the image. Photoshop and Capture One are my main bits of software. But the best bit of kit I own is my eye!

How did you develop an interest in photography and do you have any formal training?

My favourite image is usually a recent one and I'm really happy with an image I took in Torridon this autumn. I spent a couple of hours looking at erratic boulders above Upper Loch Torridon on a cloudy afternoon, eventually finding this scene. After setting the camera up it was just a case of hoping and waiting for the light to develop. And it did! (Bealach-na-Gaoithe-Torridon image)

I bought my first camera to record my Munro bagging exploits and am entirely self-taught. My first published work was in photography magazines but the best advice and help I received was from the owners of The Still Moving Picture Company, a stock agency based in Edinburgh, now sadly closed. With their help I very quickly became a full time photographer. This was before the days of digital photography. What sort of work do you specialize in and how would you describe your style? Landscape photography is what I enjoy most. My style? Stock photography encourages taking images quickly and in quantity but I prefer a more relaxed method, setting up the tripod and waiting for the light, for that magic moment. What technology, software and camera gear do you use to help you achieve the best photographs? Digital cameras are great but soulless! I now use a Sony A7ii with medium format Mamiya and Pentax 645 lenses attached via tilt/shift adapters. A tripod, manual focus

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Among your works, which one is your favourite and why?

What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started? The value of a really good tripod. What advice would you have for amateur photographers who want to up their game? I'm not keen on the "amateur" or "professional" tags. There are some amateurs out there producing some really fine images, as good as any professional. But I'd encourage anyone wanting to improve not to worry about having the latest gear but develop an eye for composition. If you would like to further admire David’s photography or order a print from his portfolio, please visit www.scot-image.com.


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The Curious Thing The Curious Thing is Stirling’s newest social enterprise, offering a diverse range of evening classes for grown-ups to explore new passions, hobbies and skills. Its mission is to provide regular opportunities for adults to explore all kinds of fascinating topics, and to do so in a sociable, relaxed and – above all – a really fun environment. “I believe passionately that learning is an intrinsically positive thing – not only for giving the brain something to chew on, but also in terms of meeting new people, sharing thoughts and ideas and driving curiosity and concern for the world around us” – Kathryn Welch, Founder of The Curious Thing. As a social enterprise, all profits from The Curious Thing will be reinvested to provide free learning opportunities for adults who’ve struggled in formal education, working with local charities to make learning available to all.

Q&A with Kathryn Welch, Founder of The Curious Thing Where did the idea for The Curious Thing come from?

into the world from people with a real passion for sharing their knowledge. What makes The Curious Thing’s business model distinctive? As a social enterprise, all profits from The Curious Thing are reinvested to achieve social change. All profits are used to provide free classes for people who haven’t had a brilliant experience of formal education, and we’ll be working with local charities to make sure as many people as possible are supported to access these opportunities. Who’ll be teaching the classes? Classes at The Curious Thing are taught by all kinds of people with a passion for everything from fashion to fan belts. Our tutors are friendly, engaging and enthusiastic, and are able to share their knowledge in a really accessible and hands-on way. If you have a skill you’d like to share, please get in touch! What’s next?

The Curious Thing grew from a desire to create a much more exciting range of evening classes for grown-ups. In particular, I wanted to create sociable places for people to come together to learn from passionate, inspiring tutors, and to access all kinds of classes that are affordable, hands-on and genuinely fascinating.

The Curious Thing’s classes begin in March 2017, with more classes added to the website regularly. Join us on social media to keep up to date, book onto the classes via our website, and see you soon!

What kind of classes should we expect?

The Food Lab

Anything and everything goes! Classes will be cover everything from what’s inside a bee hive, to how to change a tyre, and what makes great poetry. They’ll be hands on – whether that’s foraging for wild food, blending and roasting coffee, taking better photos or using power tools. And they’ll be truly fascinating – insights

Discover how different ingredients can be used and combined to produce distinctive flavours and textures within a dish. Experiment by combining ingredients in new and exciting ways to conjure up a range of delicious sauces and dips, under the guidance of local food blogger and champion Couthie Cantie.

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Make it LOUD: Perform your own spoken word piece

home your own mounted masterpiece.

Join spoken word artist Katie Ailes for some fun creative writing exercises to help you write your own poetry. Learn expert tips for performance, and get ready to share your work with the world!

Coffee fiend? Join the experts from CounterRoast coffee to discover the practicalities of sourcing and roasting coffee, learn to taste coffee like an expert and to create your own blends. Leave with a bag of your own blend!

Mug o’ tea and a spanner: Getting (and keeping) your bike on the road Under the expert guidance of The Bike Station, learn to give your bike an MOT, fix common issues, and keep your bike on the road! Work on your own bike, or borrow one for the evening. Speed sketching in Stirling Capture the history and architecture of Stirling with well-known artist Mark Kirkham, also known as the Edinburgh Sketcher. Create sketches out on location before adding watercolours whilst warming up over hot chocolate, and take

Your coffee: From bean to brew

Capture the winning shot Join Picture the Possible to get your camera ready for a season of sport! Practice capturing your winning sports shot without that frustrating blur, frame your images for atmospheric effect and be sure to know the best vantage points to create a stunning sports portfolio Check out www.thecuriousthing. org for full details, and to book.

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Traditional Building Health Check The Traditional Buildings Health Check Scheme (TBHC) is the first of its kind in Scotland, a 5-year pilot scheme open to all owners of traditional building types within the Stirling City boundary. The TBHC is a membership based service providing impartial and expert advice on the maintenance and repair of the external fabric of traditionally constructed buildings. By joining the scheme traditional buildings owners could save money, safeguard their building’s condition, be energy efficient, sustainable and support skills training and employment in the local area. The scheme is operated on a not-forprofit basis by registered charity the Stirling City Heritage Trust and funded by Historic Environment Scotland (HES) and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Scotland. Opened to members in 2014 with over 150 members throughout the city from as central as King Street to as far out as Cambusbarron; the TBHC has seen considerable success in the Stirling City area. Most members have had a full comprehensive inspection carried out on their property allowing them to make informed decisions regarding repair work to their building. Members also have access to conservation experts in the TBHC team to discuss any issues regarding maintaining their traditional properties. In addition, once an inspection has been completed TBHC members have the opportunity to apply for the TBHC grant which Mr Cramb, a member of the scheme since May 2015 discusses below:

My wife and I joined the Traditional Buildings Health Scheme as we live in a house that is over 125 years old and we wanted to maintain it to standard so that it can continue to be here for another 125 years. We believed that the TBHC scheme could help us achieve these aims with their expertise and knowledge and they have not let us down. We had an inspection carried out which pointed out many things that needed to be done and we set out to have all of our sash and case windows repaired and we received a 50% grant to carry out this work which was a great help. We applied again and have been granted a second 50% grant to carry out work on our roof. Once this work has been completed, the house will be in much better condition and able to survive the elements. The expert advice and help provided by the TBHC, along with the grants are second to none and both my wife and I have nothing but praise for the TBHC scheme. We would advise anyone who is eligible for the TBHC Scheme to join as it can only help you improve your property and help preserve Stirling’s beautiful traditional buildings. With two years left of the pilot scheme, the main focus is for the TBHC scheme to reach as many new members as possible in this time. This will ensure the longevity of as many traditional buildings in Stirling as possible, in the hopes the TBHC can expand and continue into the future. For further information call the Traditional Building Health Check team on 01786 498463, email sara@scht.org.uk or go to www.traditionalbuildingshealthcheck.org

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Home Improvements Now that the festivities are over many families’ thoughts turn to 2017 and the things that they didn’t manage to organise last year, for example that sunroom extension that helps connect the house to the garden and enhance those pleasant summer months.

and building warrant applications process can run concurrently, however even then you should allow several months for these statutory approvals to be put in place.

When undertaking a project such as this it is important to understand the timescales involved moving from your initial design ideas through to starting the works.

Once you have chosen your preferred builder there is often a further period of negotiation finalising those important details before the builder is then ready to start.

Now is the time to start planning your project for the summer. From the appointment of your architect you should allow two months to agree the design and submit for planning approval. Most families have busy lives and can only manage time at weekends to review design proposals, so it is very easy for the weeks to disappear. With good organisation the planning

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Next you have the tender procedures, when the plans are sent out to several builders for pricing.

Overall it typically takes around six months from inception to starting to build. It is essential to determine your project ambitions and financial budget as early as possible when embarking on any construction project, big or small. Don’t hesitate to call your local chartered architect for a free design consultation to help develop your ideas.


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Protect your home this Winter Winter is fully installed and although the festive season is over we are still facing a few months of cold weather. Maybe the quiet and cold time of the year is a good opportunity to assess how your home is faring against it. Waterproof Your Home There is nothing worse than damp at this time of year (ok, perhaps we can think of a few worse things) so make sure you inspect your roof and tackle any repairs it might need before they become an issue. Make sure you have a roofing professional inspect and repair any damage. Sort Plumbing Issues If plumbing in your home makes strange noises, it is probably the cold weather putting extra strain on them. This would be a good time to have a plumber around to check or replace any parts that have cracked to avoid the risk of flooding.

Service Your Central Heating During the cold months your central heating will be more used and it is known that boilers collapse on the coldest night of the year. It is best not to wait until then to have your central heating serviced by a professional, but having regular checks during the year. Add Extra Window Treatments One of the small improvements you could make at this time of year is to add extra warm window treatments to your home. You might find January sales handy for thicker, warmer curtains to keep the cold at bay. This might be a good time to assess your insulation and consider speaking to professional about options and grants, clean up your fireplace and hire a chimney sweep, as well as clearing up the garden from dead leaves and branches, plant bulbs in early February so that come Easter your garden will become a field of colour.

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New Year Resolutions for Gardeners by LOVE LOCAL MAG Gardening practice, like the garden itself, can always be improved. We can all resolve to do a little more, or do a little better.

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I’ve always liked the idea of New Year’s resolutions even if I wasn’t completely successful in keeping them. Taking stock of where you are and what you need to change; all with an eye to improvement or the realization of a goal or two. Here are a few suggested gardening goals for 2017:

Plant more herbs and use them in cooking. Herbs are beautiful and easy to grow. Try growing a few annual herbs such as basil or 'Fernleaf' dill; or a few perennial herbs such as sage or oregano. You will be amazed how much better the taste is compared to dried herbs.

Use more compost during planting to enrich the soil. Rather than relying on synthetic fertilizers to "feed" plants, use compost to "feed" the soil. Compost contains important plant nutrients, but also helps to improve soil structure and water retention.

Encourage the good bugs by planting appropriate flowers such as alyssum and asters. Insect predators and parasites are help in the battle of the bad bugs.

Be more realistic about the amount of time available for gardening and enlist

Enjoy gardening and appreciate your garden more. Sit in your garden every day. Ok, with our weather maybe every week... Ok, at least once a month!

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