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Eat Local in 2016 2016 Local Events Local Fitness Class Timetable Competitions, offers and much, much more





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Welcome to our first 2016 issue Welcome to our first edition of 2016! Not only do we have another packed edition, which focuses on local eateries who support local suppliers, local fitness classes, health and wellbeing and key events to look forward in 2016 to we have a fantastic new website to match! Why don’t you promote your business to local people with Love Local Mag? 33,000 copies of Love Local Mag are delivered direct to your potential customers homes by reliable Royal Mail delivery. Each magazine is packed with local interest articles and attracts a loyal, local readership. Our competitions, offers and brand new website make Love Local Mag an interactive medium. Contact Karen for more information on how we can help your business karen@lovelocalmag.com Love Local Editor


CONTENTS Eat well and be well Local Suppliers are important to The Riverside New community bakery Café Circa supports local suppliers What’s in Season Crema supports local suppliers Mixed Fruit Pancakes All’s well that combines well Hot roasted root vegetable soup

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Local Fitness Class Timetables New Year, New Me No Year Resolution The Healing Power of Plants

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Love Charity

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Welcome to the world of Sparklify Tiana’s Sparklabalance Zone Finn’s Up-Cylcing Area

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2015 In Pictures Dates for the diary in 2016 Celebrate the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design

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New Year, New You – The big fat truth Page 37 Discover Petticoat & Dovetails Fernlaw Crafts

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Eat well and be well


We all make New Year resolutions each year. We set a new focus on life and turn over a healthy new leaf.

some free workshops too. Find out more at www.forthenvironmentlink.org/ projects/grow-forth/get-ready-for-local

Well this year, what about making 2016 all about delicious local food. Perhaps grow some of your own food, buy fresh local produce or even dust off those cook books? Your 2016 New Year resolution could be a simple pledge to eat well and be active.

Pledged to eat more healthily, why not try getting active? Get out and explore the local food map by bike. You could join the Stirling Cycle Hub which offers great bike rides for everyone. They also love local food, and sometimes visit local orchards for apple picking or stop at local cafes to enjoy some scrumptious local food, all as part of their led cycle rides. Visit the hub team at Stirling Train Station or take a look at their upcoming events at www.stirlingcyclehub.org

Forth Environment Link’s Grow Forth team believe that eating locally sourced food is a fantastic way to support your local farmers and producers, and at the same time put something fresh and seasonal on your dinner plate. The Stirling Local Food Map could make achieving your local food resolution simple. Start exploring Stirling’s local food offerings at http:// www.forthenvironmentlink.org/projects/ grow-forth/local-food . Why not try visiting the Stirling Farmers Market which takes place every 2nd Saturday of the month, where you can enjoy learning what is in season and where it comes from. Another great way to get involved in local food is to become a Community Food Champion with the Grow Forth team, where you can gain food-based skills and knowledge absolutely free. And as you enjoy your delicious local food why not learn about cooking, growing and wasting less food too. Take the Food Waste Challenge! Find out how much of your food goes to waste and then use our food waste toolkit to help you slim down that bin. You can even take part in


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Local suppliers are very important to the Riverside by THE RIVERSIDE The Riverside pride themselves on sourcing local suppliers, who not only provide wonderful food and drink, but who are also committed to protecting and nurturing the local economy and preserving our countryside and heritage.

JOHN HILL BUTCHERS – Award winning Master Butcher based on Dunblane High Street. John is committed to only sourcing the highest quality products from Scottish farms which subscribe to the highest standards of welfare for their stock.

Primarily, their buying policy is based on their intention to give you the best quality possible, whilst minimizing the impact on the environment and helping to keep jobs, and as much of the money as possible, within the local communities.

STEWART TOWER DAIRY - Award winning, artisan ice cream producer based near Perth. Their Holstein cows graze on green pastures in spring & summer and feed on conserved grass, wheat and barley produced on the farm during the colder winter months.

Some of the local producers used by The Riverside include:

THE TOWER BAKERY – Family owned, traditional bakery located in the city of Perth.

GLENLYON COFFEE ROASTERS - Artisan coffee roasters based in Highland Perthshire. Passionate about coffee, they source only the best single-origin beans from around the world and all of their coffees are totally traceable.

CAMPBELLS OF LINLITHGOW - A family run business for over 100 years who source all of their fish daily.



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Buy direct from the farm,it’s fresher, cheaper and better quality! View our large range of products at www.falleninchfarm.co.uk and order online or by phone and have it delivered directly to your home. Deliveries throughout the central belt.

New Community bakery opens in Stirling by LOVE LOCAL The Riverside Bakery, community interest company, is a social enterprise which sprouted in a loop of the Forth, in September 2014, from the combined efforts and visions of three home bakers: Theo, Nils, and Tom. Along the way, they benefited from the help and support of many, like Stirling University Students' Union and the Sunlite cafĂŠ, who gave them the use of their kitchen space and encouraged them to run workshops. The seed was sown, and the central aim of the project remained, to grow a Community-Supported Bakery by offering local, handmade breads that are leavened using natural ferments like sourdough, running workshops and cultural events, working with communities, schools or care homes, and participating in growing a truly


local and fair food culture by involving people in the running of the business itself. At the moment, the bakery runs on Thursdays and Friday from the Hillview Community Centre, and delivers bread by bike around different pick up points and the farmers' market. They also run workshops, and are open to new ideas and skills, and would be keen to take on volunteers, interns, and be involved with school projects and other organisations. info@riversidebakerycic.org www.riversidebakerycic.org




EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD FISH AND CHIPS WITH FISH FROM ‘FISH IN CRIEFF’ DOUNE, Stirlingshire FK16 6HG Antiques & Arts Centre 01786 841 203 Cafe Circa 01786 841683 f

Café Circa by LOVE LOCAL Café Circa, who also own Delicious to Go in Doune, are proud to make everything onsite themselves, from fresh scones, cakes and home baking, accompanied by specially selected coffees roasted in Glasgow, to home made soups and stews. Where possible, locally sourced Scottish ingredients are used and as all dishes are made to order they can be made gluten free where possible. Cafe Circa use Gloat Burn free range eggs from Perth, Tower Bakery in Perth, Inveralmond Brewery, butcher meat from Skinners of Kippen, fresh fish from Fish in Crieff and they try to use seasonal fruit and veg in all dishes.

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Sprinkle Happiness Simple no fuss food is what Sprinkle Happiness Catering is all about which is why we’re excited about being part of the Get Ready for Local Food project run by local charity Forth Environment Link. Since joining the project last March we’ve met and bought from some amazing local producers. Over the last year we’ve cooked with Stirlingshire berries, lamb, pork, beef, pumpkins, chilies, apples and tomatoes. We’ve visited farms and watched our food being picked and have loved being able to tell our customers exactly what they’re

eating, the name of the farm it came from and the farmer who raised it. We cater for lots of different small scale events and love finding and making the perfect food every time. Contact Sara on 07814 235326 or visit www.sprinklehappiness.co.uk

What's in season and tastes best in January and February? by GREENER SCOTLAND Start the New Year off on the right foot and make the most of seasonal root vegetables by making your own soups and stews. They’re simple and cheap to throw together and make for a hearty lunch or dinner. Venison, hare and other game are also in season and can be bought from most local butchers. Make the meat go further by putting it in a casserole with plenty of veg. In February, take advantage of plump mussels and other affordable seafood. Savoy cabbage and purplesprouting broccoli join cauliflower and leeks at this time of year. JANUARY AND FEBRUARY SEASONAL VEGETABLES Beetroot, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Celeriac, Horseradish,


Kale, Leeks, Mushrooms, Onions, Parsnips, Potatoes, Radish, Rocket, Shallots, Spinach, Spring Onions, Swede, Turnips, Winter Squash. SEASONAL FRUIT Apples and pears SEASONAL MEATS Beef, Chicken, Duck, Goose, Lamb, Pheasant, Pork, Rabbit, Venison, Woodpigeon SEASONAL FISH Clams, Cockles, Cod, Crab, Farmed Halibut, Farmed Rainbow Trout, Farmed Salmon, Haddock, Hake, Langoustine, Lemon Sole, Lobster, Mackerel, Monkfish, Mussels, Oysters, Plaice, Pollack, Razor Clams, Scallops, Winkles, Whelks, Whiting.


The home of ‘Cakes by Helen’

Stirling’s leading independent café situated in the heart of the city. Open 7 days a week from 8am – 6pm. All products created in our own kitchen every day from locally sourced fresh ingredients. Relaxed and friendly atmosphere. A wide range of hot and cold drinks. Soups, sandwiches and specials available all day. Cakes for all occasions designed to your specification.

32 – 36 Murray Place, Stirling 01786 464620

Crema supporting local suppliers by CREMA At Crema ‘local’ is the centre of everything we do - owned by a local couple, employing local people and supplied wherever possible by local producers. All of our freshly made sandwiches, toasties, paninis, baguettes and of course our delicious soups - at least 3 varieties available every day - are made on the premises. Our customers tell us that our soups are ‘the best in Scotland’. Our cake cabinet has something to suit every taste and everything is made by our skilled staff. Talk to Helen if you need a cake for a special occasion Our local suppliers include: FALLENINCH FARM – situated in the shadow of Stirling Castle, Falleninch Farm supplies us with a wide variety of stock. ALEXANDER GRAY BUTCHERS – this wonderfully run family butcher in the Upper

Craigs in Stirling have been supplying us with meat for the last two years. Their haggis is to die for! HENRY’S COFFEE COMPANY – based in Falkirk, HCC have just taken over our supply of coffee. Watch out for a new tea range that Brian at Henry’s is working on. GRAHAMS DAIRY – this Bridge of Allan dairy supplies all our dairy products as well as their delicious range of Ice Cream. Our vegetables are sourced from markets in Glasgow and Edinburgh and are delivered fresh every day. Only the very best veg makes it into our soups. The next time you are in town why not pop into Crema and enjoy the unique taste that only comes from freshly produced products.



Mixed fruit pancakes by LYNDON GEE INGREDIENTS:


1 egg, beaten 150ml (5floz) milk 100g (3oz) flour (plain, wholemeal or gluten-free) 50g (2oz) dried mixed fruit 100g (3oz) finely chopped fruit (e.g. apple or pears) Dash oil 1 teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoon mixed spice or cinnamon

1 Beat the egg into the milk, then put the flour in a bowl and gradually stir in the milk mixture until smooth, then mix in the dried and fresh fruit (pears can be used instead of apples about 100g). 2 Heat a nonstick pan and add the oil, then add a tablespoonful of the mixture. 3 Cook for 2 minutes then flip over with a spatula and cook for another minute or two on the other side.


The pancakes should be about 8 cm (3in) in diameter and only 3-4 mm (1/8in) thick. You should be able to cook 2 or 3 in a large pan at the same time. 4. Mix the sugar and spice together and sprinkle over the hot pancakes before serving.


All’s Well That Combines Well: Holistic Nutrition by SANDRA ROSE GUNN,PH.D Belching, bloating, gas, indigestion, heartburn, mucus flowing, coughing… sound familiar?

electrolytes and nutrients for optimum nerve energy and to accelerate recovery of our power, strength and endurance.

It’s all down to wrong food combining.

The purpose of this article is to introduce you to the Art of Proper Food Combining, explain more about physiological chemistry, acid/alkaline balance and help you put together health promoting meals. Each issue we will discuss foods in season, what they should be combined with and what’s an absolute “combo-no-no”.

Digestion is governed by physiological chemistry, but we continue to feast on menus and recipes made up of a mixture of foods without thinking of the decomposition of these combinations and the poisons they are causing. The human digestive tract was not designed by nature to digest complex meals and a stomach of decomposing food will not supply the body with the calories and vitamins originally contained in the foods. There are certain physiological limitations of the digestive glands, digestive enzymes and digestive juices that should be considered in planning any meal. When we incorrectly combine food, not only is our digestion impaired, but all the food consumed will ferment and putrefy in the digestive tract leading to a number of health issues. As they say, it’s not what we eat, but what we can actually digest and assimilate that adds to our health, strength and well being. Digestion of food requires approx. 60% to 70% of our cellular energy over 24 hours or more. Different food classifications require different times for digestion. For example flesh foods require approx. 10-12 hours, while an acid fruit like an orange requires only one, and this is when they are eaten alone. Just imagine how long it would take the digestive system to try to digest different incompatible food classifications together!

Let’s start with some of our foods in season now. Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage and leeks. The food classification for these foods is “Non-starchy & Green Vegetables” (digestive time: 4-5 hours). They combine perfectly with each other and should be combined with :• Mild starch Vegetables (digestive time : 4-5 hours) such as carrots, pumpkin, turnip and zucchini • Protein Starch Vegetables (digestive time: 10-12 hours) such as all legumes, wild rice, brown rice, soy and wheat • Flesh foods (digestive time : 10-12 hours): fish, meat, chicken etc • Protein Fat (digestive time: 10-12 hours) such as avocado, cheese, nuts and seeds. (A word on leeks: leeks contain mustard oils that irritate the digestive tract unless young and sweet). Why not try some of our recipes “clever combo” recipes available at www.lovelocalmag.com.

It is always best to choose foods which require less digestion time to allow the body to then dedicate more time to regeneration and rebuilding of body tissue, recharging our battery cells with electrically charged



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FVC The Place… Roasted Root Vegetable Soup by THE PLACE, FORTH VALLEY COLLEGE Ingredients


50g cooked root 2 vegetables – parsnips, celeriac, carrots, squash etc

1. Over a low heat, cook chopped onions in a pot until soft with no colour

250g cooked potatoes

2. Add garlic and ginger

2 large onions chopped

3. Then add the vegetables and potatoes, followed by the bouillon (stock)

20g freshly chopped garlic 10g freshly chopped ginger 1 litre vegetable bouillon (Stock) 100ml double cream

4. Bring to boil and boil rapidly for 5 minutes

50g crushed crackers

5. Turn down the heat, add the cream, nutmeg and cinnamon

Pinch of nutmeg

6. Season to taste

Pinch of cinnamon

7. Blend until smooth

150g crumbled cheese

8. Pour into warm bowls and sprinkle crumbled cheese and crackers over the top


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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, 8.15pm Men’s Pilates Tues 7-8pm Wed 7pm – 8pm Thurs 10.30-11.30am Sun 10:00 – 11:00am

Elaine at Stirling Fitness 07933 911522

HIIT/Circuits a balance of strength and aerobic training

Studio in Kings Park, Stirling

Monday 8.10pm (45 mins) Thursday 7-8pm Saturday 10am (30 mins)

Elaine at Stirling Fitness 07933 911522

Pilates - A mind and body technique that begins from a central core of stability.

Dunblane Centre

Tues 10am and 11am Thurs 9am and 10am

Contact 01786 824224 to book

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 9.30am - 10.30am. Block starts Fri 8th Jan - Fri 12th Feb

Shams, on 07886100523 or email sham sabu-tayeh@ hotmail.com

Gentle Flow Yoga: Awaken the body by adding movement to the poses.

Beaconhurst School, 52 Kenilworth Rd, FK9 4RR.

Thurs evening 6.15pm - 7.15pm Block starts Thurs 7th Jan - Thurs 11th Feb

Shams, on 07886 100 523 or email shamsabutayeh@ hotmail.com

Yin Yoga: A meditative approach with deep physical focus. Awaken flexibility and create a stillness in your practice.

Beaconhurst School, 52 Kenilworth Rd, FK9

Thurs evening 7:30 – 8:30pm Block starts Thurs 7th Jan - Thursday 11th Feb.

Shams, on 07886100523 or email sham sabu-tayeh@ hotmail.com

Belly Dancing is a fun way to tone up, improve posture and boost your confidence. Suitable for all levels and experience.

Head Over Heels Dance Fitness 40 Cowane Street Stirling FK8 1JR

Every Fri at 7pm

Book at www. headover heelsdance fitness.co.uk

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

Allan Centre, Bridge of Allan.

Mon 630pm. £5.

Ian on 07779214605







Pole Dancing is for EVERYONE, any age and any level of fitness, it builds muscle and conditions your whole body in a fitness style workout.

Head Over Heels Dance Fitness 40 Cowane Street Stirling, FK8 1JR

Every Tues 10am -11am

Book at www.head overheels dancefitness. co.uk

Cuban Salsa - for all levels and abilities. Great way to keep fit, have fun, and socialise with friends. Learn to dance like they do in Cuba.

Honeyman Hall, Keir St, Bridge of Allan FK9 4NW (opposite the Co-op carpark)

Wed 7.30pm-8.30pm for Improvers/Intermediates, 8.30-9.30pm for Beginners

Denise at Latin Dance Connection on 07803 043263, email info@ latindance connection. co.uk

Argentine Tango - for all levels and abilities. Great way to keep fit, have fun, and socialise with friends. Learn to dance like they do in Argentina, with instructors trained and qualified in Buenos Aires.

Scout Hall, Queen St (junction with Upper Bridge St), Stirling FK8 1HN

Thurs 7.30pm-8.30pm Beginners/Improvers (followed by free practice time), 7.30pm-9.00pm Intermediates and above (followed by free practice)

Denise at Latin Dance Connection on 07803 043263, email info@ latindance connection. co.uk

Macafit: 30 minute high intensity interval bodyweight training with 30 minute core.

Blairdrummond Community Hall

Mon 6pm, Thurs 7pm

Louise MacLaren on 07974445774

Macafit: 30 minute high intensity interval bodyweight training with 30 minute core.

Bannockburn Masonic Hall

Mon 10:15am, Tues 9.30am, 5:45pm and 6:20pm, Wed 6:15pm, Fri 9.30am and Sat 8am

Louise MacLaren on 07974445774

Macastrong : Circuit Style Training

Bannockburn Masonic Hall

Wed 7pm and Sat 8:30am

Louise MacLaren on 07974445774

www.latindance connection.co.uk

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Base Fitness Personal Training New Year’s resolution to get fit but unsure 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.

Monday 6.30pm Allan Centre, Bridge of Allan

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 see our New Year offers to get your journey started!


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New Year, New Me! by ELAINE AT THE RE-INVENTION ROOM Style and Wardrobe tips from the Re-Invention Room: • Banish Black! It is dull, draining and if you are curvy will give a silhouette of your shape. Go instead for pattern which will distract the eye and try a different base colour such as navy, charcoal or chocolate to enhance colour and complexion.

Wardrobe Workouts Personal Shopping in Stirling, Glasgow, Newcastle Style and Colour Analysis Party Nights

• Cobalt blue, emerald green and bright purple suit most and will add impact to any outfit. All work well with navy as base. • If you are busty or top-heavy avoid shirts, front pockets and narrow trousers/tight skirts. And get your bra fitted!

For more help with your new look call me 07933 911522. elaine@re-inventionroom.co.uk www.re-inventionroom.co.uk

• A correctly fitted bra can lengthen your torso and drop you a dress size. It will also improve your posture. • If you have a big behind avoid back pockets and wear mid-thigh length tops. • Green will always make you look younger!

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NO Year Resolutions! by VICKY MCLEOD, MERIDIAN WELLBEING HYPNOTHERAPY While nearly three quarters of British adults will be resolving to stop or start doing something in 2016, research shows that 80% of them will fail to keep those New Years’ Resolutions. The reasons for these statistics vary. We all want to develop, to better ourselves, but often the goals we set are not really our own goals, they are goals we think we should do. The difficulty with setting goals in this way is that our motivation to achieve them is extrinsic – it comes from outside of us, and so it quickly loses its power. When we tell ourselves that we have to do something, we are telling ourselves that we don’t have a choice. When we feel we don’t have a choice, our subconscious mind will resist, to protect us from the coercion and keep us ‘safe’. However, when we know why we want to do something, and the pain of not achieving it is more, our motivation becomes intrinsic – from inside of us. We don’t need to remind ourselves to do it. It has become a part of us, our self-image has changed to encompass it, and it is automatic. When we want to make changes, it’s important to recognise that all behaviours, even those we want to change, serve some purpose on a deeper level. While one part of us sees the benefit of making a change, another part might wonder how we will cope without the old behaviour. Overeating might provide comfort, associated with the good feelings of sharing time with loved ones. Smoking might increase our status at work if cigarette breaks are shared with colleagues. When stressed after a long day, we might prefer the sofa to the gym. If we separate the benefits we seek from the unwanted behaviour, it’s possible to find more effective ways to fulfil them, without the need for the old behaviour. Walking with a friend might equally provide the time to unwind, reflect and recover from a stressful day, as sitting on the sofa. Starting


a new hobby or pastime, might provide similar feelings of comfort that were previously found from a chocolate biscuit, but without those negative consequences. Remind yourself every day why you choose to make the changes you desire, and if you choose not to, that you are willing to accept the consequences of your decision.

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. VICKY MCLEOD

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The Healing Power of Plants by NIKKI BIDDIS, BOTANICAL HEALING Spending time in nature has been shown to boost wellbeing and there is a rich tradition in using a number of commonly found plants for health. Local Medical Herbalist, Nikki Biddiss shares her knowledge of how plants found in gardens and hedgerows can be used to manage a number of common ailments. CAMOMILE - Gentle enough to use in children but powerful enough for adults, this is used for insomnia, stress, indigestion, to stimulate appetite and to relieve menstrual pain. Externally, it makes an effective cream for eczema. Recent research indicates drinking it daily can increase longevity in women. PEPPERMINT - Much-loved by IBS sufferers, it aids digestion after a heavy meal and is used to relieve fevers, coughs and colds. While drinking the tea, inhale its vapours to decongest blocked sinuses. ROSEHIPS - Rich in vitamin C, a syrup at this time of year can ward off coughs and colds for the whole family. Applied externally its oil reduces scarring, alleviates acne and smooths wrinkles. SAGE - Not just for stuffing, sage tea makes a great gargle for sore throats as it is antiinfective and it is popular amongst women of a certain age to relieve menopausal symptoms.

acid which nourishes dry skin and its antiinflammatory action eases dermatitis. DANDELION A natural diuretic (the French 'pissenlit' means ‘wet the bed’) it reduces water retention and cellulite and helps flush out toxins relieving rheumatism. Its bitter taste also stimulates liver detoxification. Consult a Medical Herbalist before taking any herbs particularly if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or on other medication. Nikki Biddiss is resident herbalist at Napiers, Glasgow and also offers consultations in Bridge of Allan. Call Nikki on 07528341206 or visit botanicalhealing.co.uk for details.

BORAGE - Carried by Roman soldiers to give courage, it is traditionally used as an adrenal tonic and it is anti-rheumatic and diuretic. Its oil is high in gamma-linoleic



So Precious by ALISON KILGOUR, FOUNDER AND TRUSTEE OF SO PRECIOUS So Precious is a charity dedicated to supporting Neonatal, Maternity and Paediatric Care for NHS Forth Valley. The charity was founded by my Husband David and I in February 2011 after our introduction to parenting conquered a difficult start. We almost lost our first born son and it is only due to the impressive and outstanding care that our son received that we are now enjoying planning his 7th Christmas. Forever in debt to the incredible paediatricians, midwives, nurses and staff at the Neonatal Unit in Forth Valley, David and I felt a want to raise money to ensure that the neonatal services at NHS Forth Valley could deliver world class care in an environment that supports the whole family. We are a very small charity with big ambitions and bigger principles. We do not employ any staff or have any fancy and expensive overheads. Instead we are run by a team of 8 dedicated volunteers who give up their valuable time for a cause that has helped so many vulnerable babies and children.

We are a small, but effective charity and anyone who has experienced paediatrics services at NHS Forth Valley will agree, that we make a huge difference in helping the amazing and heroic team saves lives. www.so-precious.btck.co.uk READ ALISON’S FULL STORY ONLINE AT WWW.LOVELOCALMAG.COM

Opening More Doors SC036384 This local charity group, formed 10 years ago in Alloa, has raised money to help fund projects for small groups and larger ones. Recently they held a successful all-day event which raised £9000 for Strathcarron Hospice. Each year they choose three different causes to support and plan to continue doing this next year. A ceilidh to be held in Alva in January and a Bridge Day at Schaw Park in Alloa in February will get 2016 off to a good start. There is more information about the charity on www.openingmoredoors.org.uk


Kit Gow and Linda Aikman greeted the guests at Gean House on Thurs 12 Nov for a wonderful day of "Fun, Food, Flowers and Fashion". £9000 was raised for Strathcarron Hospice.


Samaritan In today’s world, most people feel stressed and worried about many different aspects of their lives and, often, do not know to whom they can turn. It could be a young person worried about impending exams, relationships with their peers or a breakup in their family. An older person might have financial, job or drink problems, whilst a pensioner might be very depressed as a result of living alone. Many people suffer from physical or mental health illnesses and do not know with whom they can confide. Samaritans offer a confidential listening service on a 24/7 basis for anyone wishing to telephone, email, text or write a letter. Anyone is also welcome to come to the Central Scotland Samaritans office in Falkirk, during the day, and talk through their problems in complete confidence. Sometimes, the person contacting Samaritans may have harmed themselves, or even be so desperate that they are thinking about ending their lives. Samaritans will not offer advice, but give an opportunity to talk through alternative options. The organisation is always looking for new volunteers for this very worthwhile and rewarding work of listening. However, one can become involved in different ways, either as a fully trained Samaritan or on the organisational side or through fundraising. For a potential volunteer, the first step would be to attend an Information Evening to see if they would be interested in the

work. If they wished to learn more, they would have an interview, and then follow a selection process. After selection, the training is excellent, and is uniform throughout Britain. The training really prepares a volunteer for the constant variety of calls and emails that come in, as well as how to greet anyone who visits the branch in person. The volunteer will then have a mentor for the first six months of training. Branch volunteers are all extremely helpful and supportive. If you would be interested in finding out more please call the administration line on 01324 671266. Although everyone gives their time freely, it still costs £25,000 annually to run the Central Scotland Branch and so different methods of fund raising are always being sought. If is you that are worrying about life, just remember that you can talk to a Samaritan by calling 08457 90 90 90 at any time, or send an email to jo@samaritans.org.uk or write to Chris, PO Box 9090, Stirling, FK8 2SA.

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Welcome to the world of Sparklify! by SANDRA ROSE GUNN & SIOBHAN HENCHER Here all the Little Earthlings can learn how to Sparklify and use special sparklatools to stay super healthy and ever sparklified. Sparklifying is sending positive energy in the form of magical sparkles to everyone and everything around us. In this first issue we will be learning to Sparklify Pets. Before sparklifying we must activate our sparklifiers! How to activate your sleeping sparklifiers: •

Hold out your hands, palms facing up.

• Take the middle finger of one hand and draw 7 circles in the palm of the other hand. • Do the same with the other palm. This wakes up the sleeping sparkles in a special place called the “Chakra”. • Now put your hands together like you’re getting ready to clap, but leave

a little space between your hands. • Imagine a small, golden ball of sparkles growing between your palms. • Look at your palms and imagine the ball bouncing bigger, left to right, back and forth between your palms. • Do you feel a sparkly feeling in your palms? You are ready to sparklify!!! The Sparklify Zone Column aims to bring a little of the magic from our classes which run on Thursdays at The Dunblane Centre Sparklify Zone for you to have fun with at home. In each issue there will be a different theme from the Sparklify The Earth book, written by Sandra Rose Gunn PhD, some related Yoga positions carefully chosen & demonstrated by Miss Tiana Hencher (age 5) & some fun up-cycling ideas by Finn Hencher (age 8).

A fun column for children, by children!

Sparklify The Earth Theme - Sparklify your Pets! Hello Little Earthlings….Do you have a pet at home? Our pets give us so much love. Let’s Sparklify them! Or someone else’s pet. They need love too. There’s nothing more beautiful than letting our little furry friends know how much they are loved! We call this sparklify technique “Hand Hugs” Follow the Step by Step technique: 1 Sit quietly near your pet.

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2 Gently put your hand on your pet’s back. Be gentle so it isn’t frightened. 3 Send lots of sparkles through your hands to your little furry friend. 4 Say the magic words: “for my pet a special touch, shows I love you very much.” From this moment your pet will be filled with sparkles of love. It will be a happy little creature!





Tiana's Sparklabalance Zone by TIANA HENCHER (AGE 5) Practise these fun animal yoga positions; stretching like a cat, a playful puppy & a sleepy mouse. Benefits include: • Stretches the back & neck • Lengthens the spine. • Strengthens the shoulders & wrists. • Increases blood circulation. • Eases back pain and calms the mind. This simple & fun sequence helps to keep us strong, balanced & happy. Simply breathe in love to your heart & then breathe out sending that love to all the pets in our planet. Tiana calls these asana’s happy cat, down dog, up dog & squeaky mouse! What other pets can you mimic?

Finn's Up-Cycling Area - Sparklacrafts! Paper Plate Pets!


You will need: Paper plates, paper, tape, glue, paint, pens, felt shapes (or paper), googly eyes/buttons/paper & pipe cleaners or wool/string. Twigs/fruit kebab sticks/ chopsticks to provide a handle. Step 1. Paint your paper plates… leave to dry. Step 2. Prepare other features using buttons, material etc.. There are no rules here, get creative with your up-cycling. Step 3. Time to glue all the parts into place. Step 4. If you would like, you could tape a lollipop stick/twig to add to the fun. Finn says “these fun plate pets are fab for imaginative play or to brighten up your playroom walls.” Get creative & send pics into Sparklify@dunblaneCentre.co.uk WIN: One lucky reader will win a copy of Sparklify the Earth Ebook as well as a block of 5 free Sparklafive Kids classes at The Dunblane Centre. Just send us in a picture of you with your plate pet to sparklify@dunblanecentre.co.uk FAO Finn Hencher.

2015 was a fantastic year for Stirling with so many exciting events across the city and beyond, here are some shots of various events, many submitted via our Facebook page from our readers. We hope they help you reminisce fondly on such a wonderful year.



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1. Braveheart Bear - © Wallace Monument 2. Actor Performance - © Wallace Monument 3. Stirling Fringe - © Stirling Fringe 4. David Stirling Monument - © Jason Curl 5. Bloody Scotland Festival - © Eoin Carey 6. Soweto Encha - © Stirling Fringe 7. Robert the Bruce - © Robert Gibb 8. Stirling Highland Games - © Alistair Barclay 9. Stirling Fringe - © Ralph Dunning 10. Wallace Monument Staff - © Wallace Monument 11. Stirling Highland Games - © Alistair Barclay 12. Stirling Highland Games - © Alistair Barclay 13. Stirling Highland Games - © Alistair Barclay 14. Stirling District Tourism - © Wallace Monument 15. Stirling's Christmas Tree - © Darryl Comrie


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Dates for the diary 2016 Event: The Nutcracker Date and Time: Fri 5 - Sat 6 Feb 2016 Location: MacRobert Arts Centre Event: Photography Workshops Date and Time: Thu 11 - Fri 12 Feb 2016 Location: MacRobert Arts Centre Event: Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival Date and Time: 9th -11th Sept Event: Stirling Highland Games Date and Time: Saturday, 20th Aug at 10:30am - 9:30pm Location: Stirling Games Field, Royal Stuart Way, FK7 7UF Stirling Event: Stirling Fringe Festival Date and Time: 8th – 11th Sept





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Celebrate the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016 in Stirling by JASON CLARK, STIRLING WALKING TOURS This is a Scottish Government initiative led by VisitScotland, providing the chance to highlight, celebrate and promote Scotland's achievements in innovation, architecture and design to our people and our visitors. To join the celebrations, Stirling Walking Tours would like to highlight a few key local landmarks. Stirling Old Town boasts perhaps the finest concentration of historic buildings in Scotland. Beautifully preserved medieval and renaissance churches and mansions below the imposing cliff-top fortress of Stirling Castle. THE ATHENAEUM Located at the top of King Street, this iconic structure was constructed to the design of architect William Stirling. It was originally used as a reading room. The foundation stone was laid in 1815 and the striking statue of William Wallace was added later in 1859 by Rev. Charles Rodgers, one of the driving forces behind the construction of the National Wallace Monument. COWANE’S HOSPITAL This wonderful building, packed full of character, is located at the top of St John’s Street opposite the imposing Church of The Holy Rude. Built between 1637 and 1649 as an Almshouse for decayed members of the guild of merchants. It has been used as a guildhall, schoolhouse, hospital and, most recently artists’ studios and coffee shop. One of the most interesting features is the statue of Auld Staney


Breeks’ above the main entrance. Legend has it that each New Year’s Eve, as the Tolbooth clock chimes midnight, Cowane’s statue is possessed by the merchant’s spirit and he comes alive, dancing and chasing young women around the top of town! MAR’S WARK Located at the top of Broad Street, on the Castle Wynd, just down from Argyll's Lodging, this is the striking remains of a remarkable renaissance mansion built around 1570 by the powerful Earl of Mar, hereditary Keeper of Stirling Castle and one time Regent of Scotland during the minority of James VI. The Earls of Mar were originally the Erskine Family who were appointed by David II as hereditary keepers of Stirling Castle. The shell of a striking renaissance-style town house is all that remains of a once grand building at the top of the Old Town. The facade of Mar's Wark is decorated with stone carvings, panels, gargoyles and much of the stone would have come from the ruined Cambuskenneth Abbey. The 11th Earl of Mar supported the Jacobite cause and following the failure of the 1715 rebellion, the house was converted into barracks. During the 1745-6 rising it was damaged by cannon fire and fell into ruin. It was later repaired to house soldiers. In the 1730’s the town council made plans to convert it into a workhouse, hence the name Mar’s Wark. Stirling Walking Tours offer 5 star tours of Stirling Old Town with costumed guides during the summer season and private tours by arrangement. www.stirlingwalkingtours.com




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FELINE FRIENDLY???? Here at Struthers and Scott we are! Our feline friends are very particular in their likes and dislikes and not afraid to let us know! It can be very stressful and upsetting for some cats coming into the vets, never mind having to share their space with canine friends. Struthers and Scott are now offering a feline only clinic every Wednesday from 6pm - 7pm.

Please call the practice for any further information on 01786 841 304 and ask our feline friendly receptionists! Puuurrffecct!! Normal Surgery Times: Mon - Fri: 8.30am - 6.30pm Sat: 8:30am - 12.30pm Our emergency out of hours service ensures that your animals will receive the care they need, when they need it. So you can call us 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Farm and Equine clients now have a separate, dedicated service & need to call 0845 177 1956 or email forthvalleyvets@outlook.com www.struthers-scott.co.uk e: info@struthers-scott.co.uk 70, Main Street, Doune

New Year, New You - The Big Fat Truth by SOPHIA BOWERMAN AT STRUTHERS AND SCOTT Obesity in our canine and feline friends is a problem that we commonly see. Some animals are more prone to gaining weight than others. Risk factors include reduced mobility i.e. arthritis, neutered pets and reduced exercise due to owners circumstances. Obesity can have a huge impact on your pet's quality of life; affecting their mobility and enthusiasm to exercise and play and increasing their risk of certain diseases such as Diabetes and Heart Disease. A vet or nurse can assess your dog's body condition and score your dog on a scale of 1-9 based on: • Fat coverage over the ribs you should be able to see and feel the outline of their ribs

• Their tummy- this should be tucked up when viewed from the side. In general terms an animal will gain weight if it consumes more calories than it burns off. Weight management is an important part of our day-to-day work and obesity can be successfully managed through changes in your dog's diet. We offer free nurse weight clinics where we can discuss diet plans and exercise management in a supportive and open-minded consultation. Please call the surgery to organise a FREE weight clinic appointment today and help give your pet the best possible start for the New Year.

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Discover Petticoat & Dovetails new to Stirling by LOVE LOCAL Petticoat and Dovetails started out many years ago as a hobby, when owner Brenda’s mum gave her a free rein to decorate her bedroom. Brenda’s creativity includes drawing people's life stories in a frame, which are now featured throughout several countries worldwide. They came to Stirling Arcade in August 2015 and offer furniture painting workshops for those who would love to paint existing furniture to give it a fresh new look. Brenda also works on commission, painting furniture in your own home, which saves moving heavy bulky items. She also runs regular workshops which are both great fun and very informative, learning application techniques and finishes i.e. distressing, decoupage. Brenda is hands on in the workshops helping everybody achieve the look they want for their piece of furniture. This will give you the confidence to tackle larger projects when you go home!

Brenda is a qualified Interior Designer and has been in the soft furnishings industry now for over 25 years, she offers home consultations for some inspiration and planning of colours and styles of Made-to-Measure bespoke soft furnishings. This can also lead on to updating your furniture which can create a whole new look and change an entire room for a fraction of the cost of replacing every item. She stocks a full range of beautiful fabrics from James Hare silks to MOON 100% wools which are also suitable for upholstery jobs. treeoflifeforyou.co.uk You can find both Petticoat and Dovetails and Tree of Life For You on Facebook to keep up to date with future classes and new stock arriving.




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Fernlaw Crafts produce handmade lampshades, pictures and T-shirts in Stirling. All lampshades use Suzie’s original designs and are made by hand. The images are created by carefully cutting and layering iridescent paper. The paper is backed onto PVC which is UV stable, flame retardant and engineered for lampshade making, having passed the glow wire test carried

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