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Welcome to our Love Local Mag Welcome to the first edition of Love Local Clackmannanshire. I hope you enjoy your edition, which is full of local business advertising, local news and information, events, offers, competitions and more! We pride ourselves on celebrating everything local, and believe the magazine will be stronger if we work together, so if you have any knowledge you would like to share or would like to write an article about the local area, please get in touch. Now grab a coffee, sit back and enjoy your magazine! Love Local Editor

CONTENTS Harvieston Brewery Juniper Bar & Restaurant Gluten Free Sticky Toffee Pudding What's in Season Tullibody Mini Chef Whisky & Clackmannanshire

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Flexible Co-Working World Business Gateway Workshops Consumer Champion

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Discover Alloa Discover The Makers Gallery Knockhill Racing Circuit Local Events

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Local Fitness Class Timetables Local Walk - Gartmorn Dam Does Hypnotherapy Work

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Barking Mad What is a Doula? Babes in the Womb

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Upholstery Courses Guardian Soft Furnishings Guardian Systems Perfect Plants

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Harviestoun Brewery For more than 30 years we've been experimenting, juxtaposing, playing with world famous whisky casks, chasing after aftertastes; and exploring the many possibilities of our craft. In short, we live to expertly hand brew ground-breaking, quality iconic beers for discerning drinkers to enjoy across Scotland, the rest of the UK and the globe! Our independent, family-owned brewery sits proudly at the foot of the Ochil hills in the Alva Industrial Estate, and as our local Clackmannanshire neighbours (and if you're at least 18 years of age), we welcome you to come in to meet our amazingly helpful and friendly Customer Services team to buy and take away any of our range of award-winning bottled beers directly from our brewery shop to enjoy at your leisure!

To whet your appetite for great beers, at the World Beer Awards, our Bitter & Twisted golden ale has won World's Best Ale, and our Schiehallion craft lager has won World's Best Pilsner (Lager) - go Clackmannanshire! We passionately make (and enjoy tasting) our moreishly flavoursome beers and we'd love for you to try them and to enjoy tasting them too!

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Juniper Bar and Restaurant by LOVE LOCAL MAG A Stirling chef recently opened Juniper Bar, an innovative new restaurant focusing on seasonal, locally sourced produce in Tillicoultry. Kenny Wilson has over 25 years’ experience in acclaimed restaurants including Gleneagles Hotel and the QEII. He also transformed the culinary offering in legendary Glasgow eatery The Cabin, and presented STV’s popular Square Meals cookery show, as well as appearing regularly on Radio Scotland’s Something for the Weekend. He said: “Our ethos is very simple - we believe in supporting the Scottish food industry and the local economy. Our aim is to be driven by seasonality and to buy from family-run businesses within a 30-mile radius of Tillicoultry and not from multi-national companies. There

is a wealth of delicious, fresh produce available in the area, so we will be using poultry from Gartmorn farm, beef from Falleninch Farm and J Hutchison & Son, rapeseed oil from Crieff, game from Auchterarder and beer from Harviestoun Brewary in the next village.”

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Gluten-Free Sticky Toffee Pudding by KENNY WILSON, JUNIPER BAR & RESTAURANT, TILLICOULTRY INGREDIENTS: 225g whole Medjool dates 175g boiling water 1 tsp vanilla extract 175g gluten free selfraising flour, plus extra for greasing 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 2 eggs 85g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing 140g demerara sugar 2 tbsp black treacle 100ml milk Cream or custard to serve (optional) For the toffee sauce 175g light muscovado sugar 50g butter, cut into pieces 225ml double cream 1 tbsp black treacle

METHOD: 1. Stone and chop the dates quite small, put them in a bowl, then pour the boiling water over. Leave for about 30 mins until cool and well-soaked, then mash a bit with a fork. Stir in the vanilla extract. Butter and flour seven mini pudding tins (each about 200ml/7fl oz) and sit them on a baking sheet. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. 2. While the dates are soaking, make the puddings. Mix the flour and bicarbonate of soda together and beat the eggs in a separate bowl. Beat the butter and sugar together in a large bowl for a few mins until slightly creamy (the mixture will be grainy from the sugar). Add the eggs a little at a time, beating well between additions. Beat in the black treacle then, using a large metal spoon, gently fold in one-third of the flour, then half the milk, being careful not to overbeat. Repeat until all the flour and milk is used. Stir the soaked dates into the pudding batter. The mix may look a little curdled at this point and will be like a soft, thick batter. Spoon it evenly between the tins and bake for 20-25 mins, until risen and firm.

stirring all the time, until the sugar has completely dissolved. Stir in the black treacle, turn up the heat slightly and let the mixture bubble away for 2-3 mins until it is a rich toffee colour, stirring occasionally to make sure it doesn’t burn. Take the pan off the heat and beat in the rest of the cream. 4. Remove the puddings from the oven. Leave in the tins for a few mins, then loosen them well from the sides of the tins with a small palette knife before turning them out. 5. When ready to serve, heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Warm the puddings through, still covered, for 15-20 mins or until the sauce is bubbling. Serve them on their own, or with cream or custard. Top with chopped stem ginger and pistachio nuts just before baking to add a twist to this classic pudding.

3. Meanwhile, put the sugar and butter for the sauce in a medium saucepan with half the cream. Bring to the boil over a medium heat,

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A taste of Italy

in the heart of the Forth Valley brought to you by Bar Aldo’s. Choose from an extensive menu, have a memorable lunch or dinner while relaxing in a comfortable restaurant setting, appreciating fine italian wines. Bar Aldo’s cater for intimate tables for two, small groups of individuals, larger corporate, office and private parties.

Ample free parking close by and only 5 minutes walk from Alloa train station

Bar Aldo’s 9 Coalgate, Alloa Clackmannshire FK10 1EH

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Tullibody Chef Caitlin cooks her way to be crowned UK Best Mini-Chef 10th March 2016: Celebrity Irish chef, Paul Rankin, has today announced budding Scottish chef, Caitlin Charity, age 6, from Tullibody in Clackmannanshire, as the UK’s top mini-chef in a national cooking competition that challenged young chefs to cook up their best sausage recipe. The leading chef, who is a regular on our television screens, launched the competition, in association with Tourism Ireland, in October 2015. The challenge encouraged children across the UK to get in to the kitchen and devise their own sausage recipe using his new Rankin Selection Irish Family Sausages. Beating stiff competition from mini-chefs across the UK, Caitlin was declared the winner after creating a hearty Rankin Selection Irish Family Sausage Hotpot recipe. Commenting on Caitlin’s recipe, Paul said, “Caitlin’s recipe was a standout classic for me and she is a very worthy winner. Caitlin’s sausage hotpot is the perfect winter warmer dish that the whole family can enjoy. It’s an incredibly easy dish to make yourself at home and is packed full of great flavours, including the taste of the traditional Irish Family Sausage.” “I launched this competition to encourage kids to get in to the kitchen and get involved in family meal times. That’s what I love about these recipes – the humble sausage is a British favourite and a great wholesome

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and versatile meal solution for families. You can check out Caitlin’s dish and other great sausage recipes on the Rankin Selection website www.rankinselection.com/recipes/.” Courtesy of Tourism Ireland, Caitlin will jet off to Belfast with her family and soak up the sights and sounds of the city with a visit to the multi-award winning Titanic Belfast. Her prize also includes the chance to learn from the best with a fantastic cookery lesson from Paul Rankin. Caitlin and her family will also be treated to entry into Belfast’s mustsee visitor attraction, Titanic Belfast. Vanessa Markey, Tourism Ireland’s Head of Great Britain, said; “Tourism Ireland is delighted to have sponsored the Rankin Selection Irish Family Sausage Mini Chef Competition. This year, Northern Ireland is celebrating its Year of Food and Drink and showcasing the fantastic produce of NI, so this has been a great time to team up with Paul Rankin. “Northern Ireland has become a hub for high quality food and drink, with a reputation for natural ingredients, freshness and superb quality. We look forward to welcoming Caitlin and her family to Belfast,” added Vanessa.


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Irish Family Sausage Hotpot Recipe by CAITLIN CHARITY, AGED 6 Ingedients:

Method

200g Rankin Selection Irish Family Pork Sausages 2 onions 1 leek 1 turnip 4 carrots 2 large potatoes (chopped) 100g peas 1 stock cube 500 ml boiling water Sea salt Black pepper Olive Oil

1. Boil the potatoes in a large pan of lightly salted boiling water for 10 minutes or until tender. Drain and set aside. 2. Add oil to a deep casserole pan. Add the chopped onions and cook for three to four minutes. Add the sliced sausages and cook for a further five minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the carrots, leek, turnip, peas and chopped stock. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. 3. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot for a delicious warming meal.

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

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

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

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

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

Clackmannanshire is working towards having its very own Whisky Heritage Trail that will present visitors with the opportunity to visit authentic sites of historical interest that were part of the Haig, Jameson and Stein whisky revolution. Discover Clackmannanshire is working with Haig Club and The National Trust for Scotland to highlight the massive role The Wee County had in taking whisky to the world. Whether it is whisky or whiskey, Clackmannanshire is at the heart of it…Slàinte!

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The new, flexible co-working world by CETERIS, ALLOA At Ceteris we provide an extensive range of business space solutions within business parks and business centres across Clackmannanshire and in Stirling. As well as providing fully-serviced business offices and industrial units, we have cost-effective options for flexible co-working via our hot desk and shared office packages.

personalised telephone answering service with unique business number (and 24/7 remote voicemail access) will ensure that you never miss a call!

We also understand that the needs of new, small and growing businesses can be unique and so offer a further range of affordable and flexible working packages across the Wee County - but without the usual associated costs.

Our customers are our priority and understanding their business needs is key to us providing the appropriate services. Our expert property and business advisers will listen to your needs and assist accordingly – we are here to help.

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Consumer Champion: Fighting for your rights by JAMES WALKER Five common customer complaints, and how companies should resolve them… If you’ve got a complaint to make to a company, what’s it likely to be about? And what sort of response can you expect? Of course, the sorts of complaints an individual company will receive depend entirely on the sort of services or goods they offer. The appropriate responses will vary hugely too. In short, the world of complaints and how to respond to them is a tricky business for companies, and every complaint is different, but there are certain categories of complaints and general customer service issues that we see more regularly than others via resolver.co.uk. Here are some of the most common, and how you can expect the best companies to respond: The compensation claim This sort of complaint tends to be linked to some sort of legislation and is likely to be part of a groundswell of other complaints in a similar vein. This could be because of a news campaign, a change in the law or a precedent-setting court case. Whatever the cause, it’s likely the best companies will hold their hands up and pay up. This is generally because, whenever there’s a large-scale compensation opportunity, solicitors and specialist claims management companies will spring up and force an industry to pay… so for them taking the path of least resistance will generally be better in the long run. The ongoing PPI saga is a classic example of this where banks, with public confidence in them at rock-bottom, were found to have consistently mis-sold payment protection insurance. Another example is flight-delay compensation, where recent court cases have caused a flood of claims against airlines.

The replacement This is one of two types of common complaints related to products – if you buy something (whether physically on the high street or online) that subsequently breaks, you are likely to be entitled to a replacement. This is one of the simplest complaints to resolve, and you should be entitled to expect a swift, efficient response from the best companies. The service failure Another very common issue – and potentially more complex to resolve – is some sort of failure on the part of a service provider paid for by a regular subscription or bill. This could be anything from a poorly installed broadband connection to a water leak, to a problem with domestic gas supply. The way to resolve an issue like this will often be specified in the small print of your terms of service and can be defined by legislation too. This makes resolution easier as there is a clear path to take. Communication is key here – the best companies will always let you know where in the process you are and will manage your expectations accordingly. The apology Surprisingly often, a simple ‘we’re sorry’ is all that we really want to hear when we make a complaint. The issue here is about respect, and about a sense that your concerns are listened to. The suggestion for improvement This is similar to the apology but, crucially, you also want to feed back on how a service or product could be improved. Again, this ought to be easy for a responsible company to deal with - as long as you feel you are being listened to and have some idea of how the customer service team will pass on your suggestions to the wider company.

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Discover Alloa Town Centre For visitors to Alloa Town Centre and Clackmannanshire and local residents who have not visited the town recently, we would like to extend a warm invite to visit and see what’s changed – and remember car parking is FREE. Alloa is also accessible by train with frequent services into the town. Alloa Town Centre has been transformed over the past eight years which has been driven by the Alloa Town Centre Business Improvement District, Clackmannanshire Council and funding from the Scottish Government.

Street which complements Alloa’s other coffee shop favourites which includes D’nisi’s, The Lady Bird Tea Room and Joan’s Tea Room. We also have Subway, the Sandwich Club and Enjoy if you’re looking for a quality takeaway lunch. For shopping Alloa has a good blend of independent retailers and national stores such as Argos, New Look, as well as a high proportion of independent retailers for those unique gift ideas which can’t be bought elsewhere.

Alloa Tower, which has a Trip Advisor Rating of 4, dates back to the 14th century and proudly sits within the town centre. The tower was once home to the Erskine Family, latterly Earls of Mar. The Speirs Centre, has recently been transformed and renovated into the new modern library facility which has public Wi-Fi and computers for public use. There is also an exhibition area upstairs which highlights the rich history and heritage of Alloa and Clackmannanshire. If you are looking for something active for you and your family, then the Leisure Bowl Sports Centre and Swimming Pool is worth a visit. In close proximity to Alloa there are seven established golf courses. When it comes to dining out Bar Aldo’s Italian is guaranteed to delight. For quality Indian Cuisine we have Azad’s and Mr Singh’s and for quality pub grub we have Weatherspoon’s – Bobbing John, The Thistle Bar, The Station and The Old Brewery. Costa Coffee has also opened in the High

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Discover The Makers Gallery & Bistro. by LOVE LOCAL MAG Located in the heart of Alloa, The Makers Gallery & Bistro is a vibrant welcoming bistro delivering delicious fresh food in a flexible gallery and shop setting, selling contemporary gifts, art and design. However, this is not just a commercial venture, The Makers Gallery & Bistro is a not for profit social enterprise providing employability training and personal development opportunities for unemployed people with mental health issues and barriers to employment. Funded by Big Lottery, trainees on the programme are offered structured skill development, real on the job training and individual support, helping them move closer to the labour market and improving confidence and self-esteem. Any profits made through the social enterprise are gifted to parent company Reachout With Arts In Mind. Located next door to The Makers Gallery & Bistro, Reachout is an innovative, award winning expressive arts and mental health charity, celebrating 22 years delivering activities and support that improve lives. With the attraction of delicious food and cakes in the bistro, the gallery & bistro has achieved a reputation for the destination to admire artwork, have some lunch and also pick up unusual and contemporary gifts. The range of products include jewellery, textiles, accessories, ceramics, glass, stationery, art prints and homeware; which sit alongside a changing exhibition of artwork. To see our upcoming exhibitions, submit work to the gallery or find out more about our trainee programme, take a look at The Makers Gallery & Bistro website www.makers-gallery.co.uk.

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Knockhill Racing Circuit Knockhill Racing Circuit, Scotland’s National Motorsport Centre, is located 4 miles north of Dunfermline in Fife. For 40 years, it has been providing Scottish race going fans some of the best racing action in the UK. This season is no different and they are hosting a tremendous selection of events for everyone to enjoy, including

the MCE British Superbike Championship and Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championships which attract up to 15 000 people. Check out their website for the full diary of events, together with the exciting range of on track Driving Experience vouchers, karting circuit, and range of corporate days on offer.

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• Classic Steamship Cruises on Sir Walter Scott • Panoramic Cruises on Lady of the Lake (Summer Cruises Commence on Friday 27th May 2016)

• Walking & Cycling on the shores of Loch Katrine • The Brenachoile Restaurant • Katrine Gifts - Souvenirs & Crafts • Katrinewheelz - Cycle hire • Borg Grech Photography 28th and 29th May - Loch Katrine Steam Weekend – with small steamships sailing with the Sir Walter Scott and traction engines, and special ‘Rob Roy MacGregor’ sailings. Come and meet the famous outlaw and find out all about his exploits.

11th June - Special Queen’s Birthday Cruise – with live music (1:00pm) 19th June - Father’s Day Cruises – with half-price sailings for all dads! 26th June - 28th August Music on the Loch – sailings on Sunday afternoons (4:00pm) on the Sir Walter Scott, with live music to suit all tastes, from jazz to rock & roll and traditional Scottish music.

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Local Events Event: Alloa Wedding Show Location: Alloa Town Hall When: 8 May at 1pm - 4pm Take the stress out of searching for everything you need for your wedding or civil partnership, meet a variety of wedding suppliers and discuss your requirements for your special day. Fashion Show starts at 3pm. Free entry, Event: Armed Forces Day Location: Alloa Town Hall When: 1st June at 10am Clackmannanshire Council wish to show its support for the extraordinary men and women in the country who have made an outstanding contribution to society by serving in the Armed Forces. There will be a Parade through Alloa Town Centre onto Alloa Town Hall where there will be a Flag Raising Ceremony. Event: Strawberry Tea and Plant Sale Location: Menstrie Parish Church Hall When: Saturday 4th June Come along and enjoy a delicious strawberry tea while helping to raise much needed funding for the local Alzheimer Scotland Branch who provide events for local people with dementia and their carers to enjoy thoughout the year. Event: Menstrie Gala Day Location: Menstrie Park When: Saturday 11th June from 12noon One of the highlights of the year in the village of Menstrie. Entertainment for

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Event: Funbox Animal Magic Location: Alloa Town Hall When: 22nd June Performances 10am (schools & nurseries) & 6pm (general public). From the tops of the trees to the deep blue sea and all the world in between come and join Funbox for their new singalong show and come dressed as your favourite animal! Event: Animal Man Petting Zoo Location: Performance Area, High St, Alloa When: 7 July from 11:30am The best children’s animal handling experience you’ll ever have! Get up close and personal for a hands on interactive animal encounter with mammals, birds, lizards, snakes, amphibians, spiders, and creepy crawlies. Event: Gary Dunn's Magic Show Location: Performance Area, High St, Alloa When: 14th July frm 11:30am Glasgow Magician, Gary Dunn, Is one of Scotland’s Premier Children’s Entertainers! With over twenty years experience in the business of fun, Gary will wow your children with great magic and lots of big laughs. Event: Owl Magic Location: Performance Area, High St, Alloa When: 21st July from 11:30am Come and meet Woody & Maisie, African Brown Wood Owl & Mottled Owl along with the other owls and Birds of Prey. Opportunity to hold the birds and photo opportunity for a small cost.

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Fitness Timetable CLASS

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Ladies only fitness kickboxing

Scottish Martial Arts Centre

Monday 1:30pm, Tuesday 6am & 1:30pm, Thursday 6am & 1:30pm, Fri 6am, Sat 10am.

01259 222904

Senior Kickboxing

Scottish Martial Arts Centre

Monday 7pm and Friday 7pm

01259 222904

Beginners MMA

Scottish Martial Arts Centre

Monday 7:30pm and Friday 7:30pm

01259 222904

Mixed Fitness Boxing

Scottish Martial Arts Centre

Monday 8pm, Wednesday 8:30pm and Thursday 7:30pm

01259 222904

Muay Thai

Scottish Martial Arts Centre

Thuesday 7pm, Thursday 7m and Friday 7pm

01259 222904

Advanced Muay Thai

Scottish Martial Arts Centre

Tuesday 8pm and Thursday 8pm

01259 222904

Lift & Burn

Scottish Martial Arts Centre

Tuesday 8pm

01259 222904

BJJ

Scottish Martial Arts Centre

Wednesday 7:30pm and Saturday 2.30pm

01259 222904

Senior Taekwon-Do

Scottish Martial Arts Centre

Wednesday 7:30pm and Saturday 12noon

01259 222904

Mixed Fitness Kickboxing

Scottish Martial Arts Centre

Wednesday 8:30 and Thursday 7:30

01259 222904

Senior Kickboxing

Scottish Martial Arts Centre

Friday 7:30pm

01259 222904

The Circuit Class

Scottish Martial Arts Centre

Thursday 6:30pm

01259 222904

Senior Boxing Class

Alloa Boxing Club

Monday, Tuesday and Thursuday 7-9pm

John Whyte 07399438622 or on Facebook

Movitude - Dance with Attitude

Burnside Hall

5:30-6:30pm ÂŁ6 per call (does not run onschool holidays)

Holly EhretBrown 07752441549

Movitude - Dance with Attitude

Dollar Civic Centre

Tuesday and Thursday 9.30-10.30am

Holly EhretBrown 07752441549

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Childrens Fitness Timetable CLASS

LOCATION

DATE & TIME

CONTACT

Boxing Junior Club

Alloa Boxing Club

Tuesday and Thursday 6pm7pm

John Whyte 07399438622 or on Facebook

TKD Tigers

Scottish Martial Arts Centre

Sunday 10am, Monday 5pm, Wednesday 5:30pm, Thursday 5:30, Friday 5pm and Saturday 10am.

01259 222904

Junior TaekwonDo (Green Belt+ / 11yrs+)

Scottish Martial Arts Centre

Monday 6pm, Wednesday 6:30pm and Friday 6pm

01259 222904

Junior Taekwon-Do (White-Green Belts/ 6-10yrs)

Scottish Martial Arts Centre

Monday 6pm, Wednesday 6:30pm and Friday 6pm

01259 222904

Junior Taekwon-Do (Mixed)

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Local Walk

Gartmorn Dam Country Park Visitors Centre by RAMBLERS SCOTLAND BRONZE ROUTE - 15 minutes Starting at the Visitor Centre head towards the overflow car park, crossing over a bridge. Just after the bridge turn left onto a tarmac path, through a strip of woodland. After about 20m, turn left onto a farm track and continue until you come to a crossroads. Turn left and head down the hill and round a sharp bend to the left. Take the grassy path to the right of the water treatment plant and follow it into the woods by the Brothie burn. Continue along the path with the burn on your right, over a manmade “waterfall” until you reach two red sandstone buildings. Climb the concrete steps to your left. At the top of the steps, turn left and then go straight on back to the Visitor Centre.

park onto the North Shore Path. Take the first path on your left and go straight up the hill past the fields of poultry. Continue past the Forestry Commission sign into Gartmornhill Wood. Follow the path through the wood and through a metal gate at the other end. Turn right onto the track. Take the first track on your left and follow this though an area of woodland to the end, then turn left and immediately right. The path now passes in between fields. At the next junction turn right along a farm road. Take the next path on your right (signposted ‘Visitor Centre’). Follow this path along the North Shore path, through the overflow car park and then turn left back up to the visitor centre.

SILVER ROUTE - 30 minutes

GOLD ROUTE - 60 minutes

From the Visitor Centre head towards the overflow car park, past its entrance and take first path on the right. The path goes up hill through Cowpark wood. Turn right at the next junction and continue through the woods until you see a path off to the right. Turn right here. At the next path junction turn right. The path now enters a denser and darker woodland. Just before you reach a metal gate turn sharp right and continue along the path until you reach the edge of the wood. Go straight on down a farm track with fields of poultry to your right. At the bottom of the hill turn right onto the North Shore path. Carry on straight through the overflow car park and then turn left back up to the Visitor Centre. From the Visitor Centre head down to and through the overflow car

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From the Visitor Centre head down to and through the overflow car park onto the North Shore Path. Take the first path on your left and go straight up the hill past the fields of poultry. Continue past the Forestry Commission sign into Gartmornhill Wood. Follow the path through the wood and through a metal gate at the other end. Turn right onto the track. Take the first track on your left and follow this though an area of woodland to the end, then turn left and immediately right. The path now passes in between fields. At the next junction turn right along a farm road. Take the next path on your right (signposted ‘Visitor Centre’). Follow this path along the North Shore path, through the overflow car park and then turn left back up to the visitor centre.


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Does Hypnotherapy Actually Work? by VICKY MCLEOD, MERIDIAN WELLBEING HYPNOTHERAPY A question I'm asked often as a hypnotherapist is whether hypnotherapy actually works. Hypnosis is actually a natural state, a level of altered awareness like those we can gently go in and out of ourselves through our day. For example, when concentrating on a task, and very deeply involved in it, you’ll notice time seems to go by slightly differently. You might be surprised to discover that what feels like 20 minutes, was in fact over an hour. Similarly, if you've ever driven a very familiar route, you might have arrived at your destination to discover you couldn’t remember the journey, because you were so deeply involved in thought about something else. In hypnotherapy we are able to utilise this natural tool, by applying it in a specific and concentrated way to address areas in our life we want to change. Our subconscious mind is a bit like a database, holding our beliefs, habits, expectations and our memories - all of the things that are stored on a deeper level. Our conscious mind dips in and out of that subconscious information, and those things can influence our behaviour and choices in ways that we often don't consciously recognise. In hypnosis we can reframe erroneous, outdated information which is not serving us positively anymore. We can look at our behaviours, habits and thoughts in a different way, and suggest alternative ways of perceiving and behaving which can allow us to move forward more positively and effectively.

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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A floral boutique with gift shop in the picturesque town of Dollar, specialising in weddings and events. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 01259 740218 www.theflowerroomdollar.co.uk

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ABOUT US At Cameron & Greig, our team of experienced veterinary surgeons and nurses are fully committed to the well-being of the small companion, equine and farm animal community. Our long-established veterinary practice is proud to maintain high clinical standards, whilst providing a complete, caring and comprehensive service.

Experienced veterinary surgeons and registered veterinary nurses, run full consultations by appointments throughout the day. Vaccinations, microchipping, flea and worm prevention, or start a practice plan which spreads the cost of annual vaccinations, health care and flea & wormers. Routine services include neutering, dental procedures and lump removals. We also have a full radiographic services, in house blood testing, endoscopy and ultrasonography. We also cater for large animals, providing full first opinion equine and farm animal work. Services include endoscopy, ultrasonography, fertility work, fertility scanning, worming protocols and health planning, bull semen sampling, health checks and vaccination advice.

Puppy/Kitten Starter Deal ÂŁ56.99 Includes primary vaccinations, worming and flea prevention, sample of food, microchip and 1 months free insurance.

Surgery hours by appointment only but we have our own out of hours service Reception Opening Hours Monday - Friday 8.30am - 6.30pm Saturday 10.30am - 12noon

Unit 1 & 2 Barnpark Drive Tillicoultry FK13 6BZ

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The perfect local alternative to kennels for your dog can be found at Barking Mad. With heavy emphasis on professionalism and high standards, Barking Mad arranges accommodation for dogs in a genuinely caring, loving home from home environment with select host families, where their existing feeding and exercise routines are maintained. The success of the business is due not only to the pets being extremely well cared for, but also because they are suitably matched with a host family whose environment is similar to their own. Join the Barking Mad team of host families. The service has been specifically designed for dog owners who share the belief that their furry friends are part of the family. You will receive photographs of your dog whilst they are on their holiday and they come home with a postcard too!

Many hosts are active retired dog lovers who, having owned pets all their lives, do not wish to commit again to the full time responsibility of owning their own dog but miss the companionship. With more and more dog owners looking to use this service, Barking Mad are always looking for additional host families to join the team. If you would like to find out more about becoming a Host for Barking Mad or you would like to find out more information about how you can treat your dog to a holiday with Barking Mad then please do get in touch! Just remember when you book a Barking Mad holiday, you can be confident your dogs are going to have as good a time as you although secretly I hope it’s even better! www.barkingmadclackmannanshire.co.uk or call Isla on 07825 141 240

Looking for an alternative to family, friends, housesitting or kennels? We arrange for your dog/s to stay with one of our carefully selected, very special host families. We tailor each pet holiday to meet the individual needs of your dog/s, matching them with the most appropriate family who will maintain their home life routine for excercise and fedding. Our service also includes an initial home visit to register your dog, together with door to door transportation - all designed to give you complete peace of mind.

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What is a Doula? by MORTICA CRONE Services offered as a doula birthkeeper can range from antenatal visits and birth companionship to postnatal visits or any combination in between. Antenatal visits usually consist of us meeting and discussing whatever you the mother or the couple have a desire to work through. We talk about birth plans, alternate plans; we talk about those who will be present at the birth and what kind of birth you would like to have; we talk about issues, fears, ideas and goals. The birth consists of me being oncall generally during a four week period, attendance at the birth and debriefing afterwards. Postnatal visits can be booked as part of a package to accompany antenatal and birth or can be booked separately up to 10 at a time. w

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Ultrasound Scanning by BABES IN THE WOMB This month, we are celebrating 10 years of being what we easily believe to be the very best private antenatal ultrasound scanning clinic anywhere. Our customer service and products are second to none with stunning clinics featuring state of the art equipment and stress-free environments, all displayed in wide screen for up to 6 of your family/friends to watch. Our NHS trained Sonographers have been hand-picked for their experience and personalities. Our full scan ranges from early Dating and Growth to the very latest 3D/4D. All presented

with pictures and paper reports. It's taken a long time to perfect what we do, but we guarantee that you will have not only the best in reassurance but also in scanning quality and compassion. No other company has the full range of packages and unique features we do. Like our Movie themed DVD and exclusive heartbeat teddies. Lastly we want your scan to be a beautiful reassuring and bonding experience you will remember forever, therefore if we can't achieve satisfactory images due to baby's position, we'll bring you back completely free of charge!

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Upholstery & Soft Furnishing Courses by UPHOLSTERY CRAFT TRAINING CENTRE Please come along to our open day and look at our students fantastic work. Upholstery Craft Training Centre Scotland Ltd are an Approved Training Provider delivering their upholstery diploma qualifications for the Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers (AMUSF) Accredited courses Based in Stirling, we offer a range of courses and classes from professional qualifications accredited by the AMUSF as well as day and evening leisure upholstery classes and taster courses.

Each verifier has many years practical experience of the craft and trade, therefore, you can be assured that the quality of our teaching is suitable for those wishing to forge a career within the industry. WE ARE NOW INTERVIEWING FOR SEPTEMBER’S COURSES Please email Jackie if you would like to apply. info@upholsterycrafttraining.com

Approved to Deliver AMUSF Qualifications. Our professional accredited upholstery diploma qualifications courses are assessed and verified on an annual basis by independent members the AMUSF.

YOU ARE INVITED Upholstery Craft Training Centre Students’ Show & Presentations Open Day Saturday 2 July 2016 11.30 a.m. to 1p.m. Presentations 12 noon RSVP Phone Jackie (07743)135958 info@upholsterycrafttraining.com 39 John Player Building , Stirling Enterprise Park , Stirling FK7 7RP www.upholsterycrafttraining.com f

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Guardian Soft Furnishings interview with KATE MCDONALD How do you inspire and bring customer design ideas to life?

Do you enjoy watching your ideas “come to life”?

Guardian Soft Furnishings hold the largest fabric library in Scotland. We are an experienced and qualified design team. We can take ideas and colours and use this to make fabric and style suggestions, to create an aesthetic and practical design for our customers’ homes.

It is a huge benefit for our customers that they are buying directly from the manufacturer. The design team can have a very hands-on approach and can learn from our highly experienced manufacturing team.

How do you keep up to date with current trends and help customers create the look they envisage for they home? The Guardian Design Team are constantly trend forecasting whilst also looking at historic design and more traditional looks to build an eclectic mix of styles to suit everyone. Whilst some customers follow current trends, others have a more traditional taste…We can cater for everyone.

What advice would you give to customers who are unsure what kind of soft furnishings to choose for their home? We would always recommend if you are unsure to come in have a chat with our design team in our Stirling showroom. Customers could bring photographs, magazine cuttings or any existing furnishings, such as cushions, which we could use for inspiration.

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Guardian Systems interview with FRED FINDLAY Do Guardian manufacture products themselves?

Do you employ your own installers, surveyors and salesmen?

Yes, uPVC, Timber, Aluminium, Alu-Clad. Guardian have been manufacturing in Stirling for the past 21 years.

Guardian employs over 50 local employees, some of whom have been with us for over 20 years.

Do you install? We cover the whole of Scotland, North England, Ireland, and have recently installed in Southern France. How long will windows and doors be guaranteed for? 10 years for manufacture and installation. We also offer a 10 year insurance backed (CPA consumer protection association) guarantee. Where do your enquiries come from? Over 80% of our business comes from recommendations and existing customers.

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

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Professional Chimney Sweeping Can be done in any weather No Mess Part of ICS CCTV Inspections Single-storey from ÂŁ50 Two-storey from ÂŁ60 Call Dawn on 07795 966 514

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Perfect Plants for May and June by LOVE LOCAL MAG Azalea shrubs are beautiful plants to see bloom. These plants can grow up to 60cm tall and can be found with either red, pink or white blossoms. Although these plants are native to China and Thailand, they can be found in many parts of the world. Being relatively easy plants to maintain, they are also easy to grow in most climates. The best time to plant Azaleas is either late spring or early autumn and preferably in slightly acidic soil that has been well drained.

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Nothing says “Spring” more than a bright, vibrant, colourful flower and you can find all these qualities in the Pulmonaria plant. More commonly referred to as ‘Lungwort’, the Pulmonaria are wonderful as they can act as both foliage and flower. Their ever changing leaves can be found in shades of plain green, silver or with splashes of white. Their flowers also come in a variety of beautiful shades of blue, pink, white and red. They are native to Europe and thrive in British gardens and are well known for being woodland plants. Pulmonarias hate dry conditions but are relatively easy to grow and can be grown under shrubs or trees.


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