Page 1





Special Edition Celebrating Local Business Success Special Feature on Kippen 3 great competitions plus your chance to Showcase your writing with Figment Creative Expression Offers Inside From: Bridge of Allan Sports Club, Briarlands Farm, Brucefields Family Golf Centre, Carpet Connections, Clementine Blue, Cross Keys, Darran Kidd Painter & Decorator, Elite Decorators, Knock Castle, Party People Alloa, Liz Melville Social Media, Sealife Sanctuary and Stirling Carpets and Flooring.

Pirnhall Road, Bannockburn, Stirling FK7 8EH T: 01786 818184 BRUCEFIELDS BISTRO: 01786 358285 E: W:

Welcome to a great day out for all the family. We offer you a 30 bay driving range, Par 3 Course, 9 Hole Main Course, shopping in the American Golf Store and then finish your day with a wonderful meal in the Brucefields Bistro.

BRUCEFIELDS BISTRO SPECIAL OFFER 10% off all food – on redemption of your voucher, you’ll have the chance to enter our prize draw to WIN a £25 food voucher.

SPRING/SUMMER OFFERS 50 Range Balls & 9 Holes Par 3 Course £5 each (max. group of 4)

(on production of these tokens)

9 or 18 Holes Main Course Buy one get one free OR Buy two get two free

All vouchers expire on 31st August 2014, conditions may apply. 2 | LOVE LOCAL

Welcome to our


May edition

Welcome to the 6th edition of Love Local Magazine. The ethos behind Love Local is to support and highlight the amazing local independent businesses in and around Stirling and in this edition we have a highlighted several Local Business Success Stories. You can discover the picturesque village of Kippen, learn about pre and post workout nutrition advice from Tim Meadows, why Renewable Energy is the way forward and much more. Finally, are you an aspiring writer? Don’t forget to enter our writing competition with Figment Creative. Please support the businesses that promote themselves in Love Local Magazine by mentioning us when you contact them. Don’t forget to bookmark our website ( in your browser and like us on Facebook and twitter so you can find out about latest events and competitions.

Love Local Editor

Chilli Prawn with fresh asparagus and spaghetti

Page 6

Whisky & Thyme Smoked Chicken Page 11 Writer’s Block – The Daisy Chain

Page 12

The Magic of Music

Page 13

Feature on Kippen

Page 16

Tim Meadows Workout Nutrition Advise

Page 22

Time for tennis

Page 25

The Big Weekend

Page 28

Scribblers Picnic – More than just a festival

Page 30

Rise of Renewable Energy

Page 37

Window Treatments

Page 40

Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Awards

Page 47

What Does Your Business Card Say About You?

Page 48

Liz Melville’s Social Media Tips

Page 49

GET IN TOUCH lovelocalmag @lovelocalmag Look out for Love Local’s stickers displayed in shop windows across Stirling. Order your free window sticker by emailing

KST Marketing, publishers of Love Local Mag cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies in advertisements nor any consequences arising from this. Opinion expressed by contributors or advertisements are not necessarily those of the publisher. Magazine owned and edited by: Karen Tully, KST Marketing Ltd. Magazine designed by: Central Agency, Stirling.



Local Business Success Story – Caledonian Cheesecake Company by LOVE LOCAL

Like many small businesses, it can start from an idea that begins at home. Chef James King and Martin Merrilees got together to form The Caledonian Cheesecake Company in the summer of 2013, opening Scotland’s first ever cheesecake shop in Grangemouth. In November 2013, a second retail shop and large production facility were opened in Stirling, with further expansion planned for the future. But this wasn’t the beginning of the journey. Originally branded and promoted as “The Scottish Cheesecake Company”, the partners were forced to change the name when Companies House told them that the name Scottish can only apply to ‘pre-eminent’ companies and so was born the Caledonian Cheesecake Company. Initially making cakes at home an opportunity of a shop became available and what happened next was something they both didn’t expect. Their first day was a sell out with queues out the door. A start to their business they never expected that continued for 3 months…. The company expanded and now employs 14 members of staff all within a


year and is fast collecting awards; Falkirk Herald Business awards 2013, Highly commended best start up business and runner up best website and most recently winners of the Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Awards for Best Start Up Business 2014. The company now works closely with Mrs Tilly’s, a confectionary brand recognised all over the country. The Caledonian Cheesecake Company is the ONLY company to make a range of Mrs Tilly’s Cheesecakes. The Caledonian Cheesecake Company has become one of Scotland’s most recognisable brands in a short space of time. Their range already consists of over 150 flavours with new and exciting products constantly under development. Wedding cheesecakes, for example, are now becoming ever more popular. But the only way to see for yourself is to visit their website, at www. or better still try one of their fantastic cheesecakes. It’s great to see a local business succeed and one that really does live up to its motto “Small Company, Big Reputation”

Delicious, handmade cheesecakes using the finest, locally sourced ingredients where possible. Flavours such as: Millionaire • Mrs Tilly’s Fudge • Mrs Tilly’s Tablet • Strawberry • Drumstick Parma Violet • Raspberry • Lemon Fudge Drizzle • Cherry Vanilla Milk Chocolate • Dark Chocolate • Bounty • Galaxy Caramel • Maltesers Crunchie • Reese’s Peanut Butter • Salted Caramel with Chocolate Popcorn Terry’s Chocolate Orange • After Eight • Cookie Dough • Cadbury’s Creme Egg … and much more!

Unit 6, Jackson House, Jackson Avenue, Grangemouth, Falkirk FK3 8JU Telephone: 01324 484 901 Unit 6, 9 Munro Road, Springkerse Industrial Estate, Stirling FK7 7XQ Telephone: 01786 449 662

Follow on Facebook and Twitter and download our app to keep up to date with our daily flavours. LOVE LOCAL | 5


Chilli Prawn with fresh asparagus and spaghetti 12 sticks of asparagus 12 king prawn, raw 1 medium chilli, finely chopped 2tbsp olive oil 1 clove garlic, crushed 1tbsp chives, finely chopped 1/2 glass white wine extra chilli to finish (optional) 1. Start by putting your pasta into a pot of boiling salted water. While you are preparing your prawns the spaghetti will be cooked. 2. Boil your asparagus in some slightly salted water and set aside. For extra flavour these can be griddled for a couple of minutes to add a charred flavour. 3. Now heat a pan and add the olive oil followed by the chilli and garlic.

RED LEMON Event Catering

Allow to cook for a minute without colouring. Add your prawns and allow to take a colour on both sides. Remember the smaller your prawns the quicker cooking time. Now add your wine and allow to reduce by half. Put your asparagus into the mix to keep warm. This part of the process will take maybe 5-6 minutes so the entire dish is magical to create to impress guests in minutes. 4. Drain your pasta and toss in with your prawns allowing to coat the pasta. Throw in your chives and if you feel like a bigger kick of chilli now is the time to add some extra. Serve at once.

RED LEMON is the new outside catering arm from two of Stirlings’ favourite & most imaginative restaurants… Gabes’ Diner Bistro and The Loft. Why not let us pair our experience with your ideas to create your perfect event? For events, weddings, private functions or parties give us a call…






Opening hOurs: Open daily 4 pm till 11pm. Closed Tuesdays. Order & pay online @ Delivery service to Bannockburn, stirling, riverside, st. ninians, Cambusbarron, raploch, plean, Cowie, Fallin. Tel: 01786 812215


Simple. Seasonal. Fresh. Vegetarian cafĂŠ in the heart of Stirling! 27 Stirling Arcade FK8 1AX Roots Stirling @RootsStirling

a place where great service comes naturally... KNOCK CASTLE HOTEL AND SPA, YOUR LUXURY HOTEL IN PERTHSHIRE. AFFORDABLE LUXURY WITHOUT COMPROMISE - IN THE HEART OF SCOTLAND If you are looking for great Scottish hospitality, award-winning food, stunning countryside and a luxurious country retreat, Knock Castle has it all. You could be in search of a quiet meal out together, a weekend break in the heart of Scotland, an unrivalled wedding venue or a great place for business you’ll find we offer exactly what you require and real value for money.

20% OFF


Knock Castle Hotel and Spa, Drummond Terrace, Crieff, Perthshire PH7 4AN Tel: 01764 650088 • Fax: 01764 655659



Local Business Success Story

The “Extraordinary” Butcher – Skinner of Kippen by LOVE LOCAL Skinners of Kippen, previously known as T & R Skinner is a 3rd generation butcher trading under the same principles as Cameron Skinner’s Grandfather; buying the highest quality produce through the local markets and suppliers, with most products sourced within a 30 mile radius of the village of Kippen. Starting as a small village shop in the days of his Grandfather, Cameron saw the need to diversify to attract a wider customer base. Back in 2009 they took on a project with QMS to reduce the salt and saturates in their everyday products such as sausages and steak pies and they have now spread their wings to have counters at The Woodhouse in Kippen, and Dobbies in Stirling as well as supplying many local restaurants and dispatching their products overseas. Cameron’s vision in breaking down the way sausages are made and the combinations of flavours to produce healthier low sodium products has allowed him to create the “Extraordinary Sausage Company” with extraordinary flavours to match - banana madras, kelp, rhubarb and ale to name but a few. This in turn has resulted in top awards being presented to the company. Cameron is so dedicated about his products that this has pushed him to take his Extraordinary Sausage Company to a further level by taking his products to the streets. “Street food” has always been a passion of Cameron’s – presenting delicious fresh food cooked as you wait, and he has started his “Street Food with a Twist” – noodle boxes packed with delicious fresh noodles, crisp vegetables and of course some delicious extraordinary


sausages - YUM - a bit different from your usual bangers and mash!!! Over the years Cameron has also extended his business and moved with the times to not only provide top quality meats to the public but to also cook and offer outside catering services. He started with requests for BBQ’s and Hog Roasts and has recently teamed up with Diana Davidson who has had over 20 years’ experience in outside catering, to now be able to provide full outside catering services from informal parties to corporate hospitality, fine dining dinners and weddings. So your local butcher is not just a butcher – “never judge a book by its cover” as they say, this butcher has many arms to his business, and as I think you will agree he really is an “extraordinary butcher”.


Whisky & Thyme Smoked Chicken on a New Potato & Chive Salad,

Accompanied by an Apple & Vanilla Comp么te by JASON HENDERSON, KNOCK CASTLE HOTEL & SPA Ingredients 250g oak chippings 5 good sprigs of thyme Tablespoon of salt Shot of whisky 2 chicken breasts 200g of new potatoes boiled and quartered Chopped chives 2 granny smith apples Vanilla pod 2 tbsp mayonnaise 100g sugar 200ml water Method 1. Place the whisky, oak chippings and thyme into a deep roasting tray and

place a wire grill on top, heat on top of cooker until smoking. Place chicken on top and cover with tin foil.

the vanilla pod. Add to the syrup and leave to cool.

2. Place in oven at 180掳C and smoke the chicken for 10-12 minutes. 3. Place the quartered potatoes, finely chopped chives and mayonnaise in a bowl and mix. Season to taste. 4. For the comp么te heat the sugar and water until it reaches a syrup consistency. 5. Dice the apple and extract the seeds from



The Daisy Chain by ANNE F BROWN This had to be made in someone else’s garden. In our garden the lawn was so neatly manicured that no daisy reached the flowering stage, its head was chopped off long before that. If there was ever a daisy that reached the flowering stage it was a freak of nature with such a stubby short stem that no-one could ever split it to allow another stem to be passed through to make a link in the chain. It would also be so rare that there wouldn’t be another like it, and you definitely cannot make a daisy chain with one daisy! Chains were made in pal’s gardens, where mothers gave us plastic beakers of diluting orange juice and digestive or rich tea biscuits on a plastic plate. Luxury! We’d make our daisy chains and put them on our heads, circlets of pretty bridal flowers or magic fairy rings depending on the pretending game of that day. We’d make necklaces and bracelets to complement the hair decorations and prance around the garden as fairies or slowly walk up the path as brides or princesses.

The call from home for tea would come and the poor wee circlets would be abandoned to their fading fate. No point in taking them home to be told that the devil makes work for idle hands and I’d have been far better off tidying my room as cleanliness is next to godliness. Before tea the payment for pleasure had to be made. The nailbrush and carbolic soap had to be utilised to get rid of the green daisy juice stains. Red, sore, smelly fingers, the price of a moment of daydreaming, but so worth it.

Writers Block Would you like to see your work printed in Love Local Mag? In conjunction with Figment Creative Expression we now offer local writers the opportunity to showcase your work - right here! Regardless of genre, life-writing or poetry, non-fiction or flash fiction your writing is special to you, and to us. There are no submission fees, just the fantastic chance to see your work in print and online! The winning piece of writing will be published in the July/August edition of Love Local magazine and online on www. and Enter via



Music Spot


Quality Instruments and Sound Advice from Professional, Knowledgable & Experienced Musicians. Specialising in Quality Orchestral Music Instruments Traditional and Pop and Rock instruments. Music Spot provides: 9 Professional music lessons (for all ages) 9 Quality music instruments 9 Accessories 9 Sheet music 9 Repairs. • • 9 Friars Street, Stirling FK8 1HA • 01786 448630

The Magic of Music Learning a musical instrument as a child gives the brain a boost that lasts long into adult life, say scientists. Adults who used to play an instrument, even if they have not done so in decades, have a faster brain response to speech sounds, research suggests. (Source: BBC News, 6th November 2013). No matter your age, learning to play a musical instrument is a great way to learn new skills, develop the brain and keep active. Self teach books are helpful but professional tuition will set you off on the right path. Music Spot, in the centre of Stirling, aims to support musicians from a young age to professionals, through selling musical instruments, accessories and sheet music, alongside a range of lessons for Orchestral Percussion & Drums, Violin, Viola, Guitar, Piano and Keyboard, Harp and more! Please contact Music Spot for more details.



Helping Children to Become Successful Learners! by IAN MCGOWAN OF THE MOVEMENT AND LEARNING CENTRE By the time a child starts school it is assumed that he or she can look, listen, be still, follow instructions, pay attention and respond positively to learning to read, write and count. For most children this is the case and their learning develops normally. For some children this is not the case and they may struggle in the classroom. Common learning and behavioural difficulties include the following: • Poor coordination, balance and sports skills e.g. clumsiness, difficulty learning to ride a bicycle, ball catching, doing buttons and messy handwriting; • Short attention span, easily distracted and fidgety behaviour;


• Poor organisational skills; • Misinterpretation of questions, difficulty following instructions; • Reading difficulties. These symptoms suggest a delay in the child’s development and a lack of readiness to respond fully to their school experience. The good news is that delayed development can easily be identified and resolved through a programme of noninvasive developmental exercises which allows the child to release their potential and become a successful learner! If you have concerns for your child, you may wish to complete, free of charge, the questionnaire at


Beautiful clothes for the special little people in your life.



* just mention this advert

07791 959177

WEEKDAY BOUNCY CASTLE FOR ONLY £50 Hire any of our bouncy castles on a weekday for just £50. Ideal as an after school surprise treat. Just imagine their little faces when they see a huge bouncy castle in the garden. Call 01259 230507 for this unbeatable offer.

YOU CAN NOW SHOP ONLINE Facebook/partypeoplealloa 01259 230507



Discover Kippen by LOVE LOCAL Kippen lies on the line of an eighteenthcentury military road between Stirling and Balloch, but with a bypass built in 1971 it would be easy to miss it as you travel along the A811. Which would be a pity as Kippen is a small but interesting village with a long history. It nestles between the Gargunnock and Fintry hills and overlooks the Carse of Forth. The village commands enviable views over some of Scotland’s finest scenery and is blessed with numerous local walks. Being only 9 miles from Stirling, a short trip to Kippen is ideal for lunch or dinner, some shopping or just a pleasant walk. The visitor has various options starting on the main road, the A811, with a spot of shopping at Boquhan Estates. Boquhan Estates offer a large selection of high quality, country and equestrian clothing for women, men and children. Their shop also boasts a vast selection of agricultural and animal supplies. If you visit on Wednesday or Thursday from 8am - 2pm you will also be able to experience their market, which offers the very best of fruit, vegetables, fish delicious cakes, Dermia natural and organic skin care and Edenmill meats. After some retail therapy, The Woodhouse is the ideal place to relax, chat and enjoy wonderful food. This award winning and environmentally friendly building is set in 5 acres of Scottish native woodland. The wood-burning stove will ensure a cosy, welcoming place to visit whatever the weather. A place to unwind, start a country walk or a halfway stop for a bike ride, whatever the reason, you will get a warm welcome. Their newly opened shop also offers a fabulous range


of gifts and quirky items for your home, all from local craftsmen and artists. In the village itself one of the oldest buildings is home to the traditional “Cross Keys Inn”. At over 300 years old, it is the oldest continuous licensed premises in Stirlingshire, with deeds dating back to 1707. With seats out front and a beer garden to the rear it is ideal for sitting out in the summer. Well worth a mention is the long established family business, Skinner of Kippen, a traditional butcher and winner of many awards. You will also find a Skinners counter at the Woodhouse. The village shop, a delicatessen, the stylish Inn at Kippen and the remains of the Old Parish Church, circa 1691 all add further interest for the visitor. The Fallen Brewing Company is a relatively recent and hugely successful addition to Kippen. Try its draft beer at the Cross Keys or buy a bottle from local outlets to take home. Finally each year the village holds its Street Fayre. Saturday 14th June is Kippen Street Fayre day, so put the date in your diary and get ready for a day of entertainment and fun for all ages! Enjoy the live music, taste some great local food, sample some local brews, browse an array of interesting stalls, support local community groups, be entertained by the much anticipated dog show, be amazed by the magician, and watch the fancy dress parade and crowning of the King and Queen of Kippen…. And that’s just for starters!! Visit for more information on the village of Kippen.


a Midsummer night event Join us on the

21st June, for an evening of

live music, local beer,

twinkly lights,

in the dark

and great grub!

Tickets available now at the Woodhouse Coffee Shop & Farm Shop Kippen Station Stirling FK8 3JA t: 01786 870156

The Woodhouse coffee shop provides the perfect place to meet up with friends or family for a relaxing coffee or light lunch. Come and stock up on delicious food at the Farm

Shop, with artisan cheeses,

award winning meat from Skinners of Kippen, and some tempting tipples from the

Fallen Brewery range of local craft beers. Not to mention the olives, cakes, wine, smoked salmon, chocolates...

The Woodhouse and Farm Shop Opening Hours: Mon to Sat, 9am-5pm, Sun, 10am-5pm Last food orders at 4pm



Gargunnock to Kippen Distance: 6km / 3¾ miles; mildly undulating; 2-3 hours

This is a fine wee half day stroll along an ancient route, linking two attractive villages not far from Stirling. It’s easy underfoot and there are some fine views back to Stirling and over the Carse to the mountains beyond. For some of the way you’ll be walking on the old Stirling to Dumbarton military road, dating back to the mid 18th century. However, an earlier busy trading route existed. Today it forms part of the 55-60 miles William Wallace Way. Refreshments:- Village shop(s) and Inns at both ends but bring your own snacks and drinks by all means. Litter bins at each end for the empties. Try to ‘Leave No Trace’. Getting there:- There is some street parking in both villages but using the bus might be better. Check at (087 200 22 33) for times. Numbers 12 or C12 go from stance 11 regularly throughout Mondays to Saturdays, but there are only two on Sundays (afternoons). Get off at Gargunnock Square, and for the return go to the Cross at Kippen. • Before you head off, have a look around you. The Parish Church, on the site of an early 15th century church, is worth a look, and the fine bridge near by. Both William Wallace and Bonny Prince Charlie passed through here and King James V, the Laird (or Gudeman) of Ballengeich, is known to have been here also. • From Gargunnock Square walk past the shop and the Inn (if you can), and head up Main Street, as far as Stevenson Street on the left. Turn left here and go to the end to find a footpath on the right. • Follow this path to and across Drummond Place to reach a fine tree lined path, known as The Beeches, along the edge of fields. • At a bend in the tarmac road ahead, keep going in the same direction. Pass a


wood on the right and then a field with a long mound behind the hedge. This mound is a Ha-Ha, to shield a property, Watson House, from prying eyes. • Shortly after, cross a bridge over the Leckie Burn and turn immediately right on to a track, beside a boarded up brick building. • Follow this track, with trees on the right and fields to the left, until a three way sign post by the group of farm buildings of Old Leckie is reached. Turn left here. You are now on the military road to Kippen. • Don’t turn off this direction until you reach the centre of Kippen. From here on there are fine, elevated views across the Carse, and a feeling of promenading. • After a wee while a short section of

KIPPEN FEATURE tarmac road is reached and a bridge is crossed beside a building on the right. Where the motor road curves downhill, still keep going straight ahead, to the left of a bungalow on the corner. • Pass a barn on the left and cross another bridge across a gorge like section of the Boquhan Burn. Here the track zigzags up round a wee hill on the right, Keir Hill of Glentirran, to straighten up and pass between two fields. • Pass a wood on the left, the derelict mink farm on the right, to reach the public road that leads straight to the heart of Kippen at the Cross. • The road curves slightly to the right just after the string of houses of Glentirranmuir. Then it’s gently uphill to the outskirts of the village and the finish. Well done! © Margaret Porter, C-N-Do Scotland Ltd;




wStables & yard equipmentw

wAlan Paine Tweedsw wPikeurw wDubarryw

wTimber & electric fencingw wRubber mattingw wBedding, Feeding etc.w wHorse rug wash service!w wLeatherworkw wShowing productsw

wToggiw wJoulesw wMuckbootw wTuffaw



wStalls every Thursdayw wMcKechnie's fruit & vegw

wGarden equipmentw wPet suppliesw

wFresh fish from Crieffw

wFencing materialsw wGarden shedsw wKennels built to orderw

wWee County cup cakesw wDifferent Breid sour breads etc.w

Mains of Boquhan Kippen, Stirlingshire FK8 3JQ Tel: 01786 870253 8.30 - 5.00pm Monday - Friday & 10.00am - 4.00pm Saturday. Closed Sunday LOVE LOCAL | 19


25% off Your total food bill on both lunch & dinner Monday - Friday* Available until 30.06.14 (*Please quote offer at time of booking or bring this voucher with you)

Telephone: 01786 870293

pub. food. rooms. log fires. beer garden

Charity Garden Open day - Settie TRADITIONAL BUTCHER OF THE HIGHEST QUALITY Counters at: Main Street, Kippen also supplying catering & hospitality for all events: • • • •

hog roast bbq’s fine dining spit roasts

• • • •

weddings corporate events parties/buffets kids parties

introducing our “street food” quick fresh take away food with a twist! Enquire At: MAIN STREET, KIPPEN, FK8 3DN 01786 870203


A 1½ acre country garden located to the south west of Kippen on an exposed site benefitting from wonderful views of the Trossachs. Settie is gaelic for “windy spot” and the owners have divided this garden up into a series of rooms divided by tall random rubble sandstone walls. Directions: Take the Fintry Road out of Kippen and take the second on the right. Settie is approximately a 1/3 of a mile west of the outskirts of Kippen. Charities: Riding for the Disabled receives 40%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries Sunday 22 June 2:00pm - 5:00pm Admission: £6.00 for both Settie and neighbouring Thorntree Gardens in Arnprior.

Beautiful dentistry with you in mind



Committed to providing our patients with healthy, functional and good looking teeth for life. If you are considering; Dental Implants - We won 'Best Implant Clinic in the U.K.' at the Private Dentistry awards in London and have place over 3,000 implants. A smile makeover - We work with our own in house dental laboratory and can make you look 10 years younger!

Adult Orthodontics - Six Month Smiles速 orthodontics are tooth coloured braces that straighten teeth in 6 months. Facial Aesthetics - All our treatment is provided by our own clinicians in a medically sterile environment. Whiter / cleaner teeth - our hygienists use air flow handy machines, perfect for stained teeth (you don't need to see a dentist first).

Consider us! Make a free consultation appointment today to discuss any concerns or to explore your options.

Call 01764 652607 or Email 34 Comrie Street, Crieff, Perthshire PH7 4AX

LOVE LOCAL | 21 Visit for more information


Peri – workout nutrition: To enhance your training by TIM MEADOWS Along with breakfast, the food and drink you consume before during and after your workout has a massive impact on the effectiveness of your training. We call this window “peri-workout” which encompasses pre (before), intra (during) and post (after) foods, drinks and supplements. The importance of a protein based breakfast to set up optimal hormonal functioning that will assist in maintaining steady energy levels, lowering bodyfat and maintaining lean muscle has been discussed before, and is thankfully getting the general public attention over a sugary wheat based breakfast. Hopefully we are into the habit of buying single ingredient foods from our supermarkets and avoiding the chemically laden processed foods. However, you can drastically increase the effectiveness of your training, regardless of goal by adopting some simple steps to maximise hormone changes when your body undertakes bouts of physical activity. Why not enhance your alertness and fuel your body with crucial nutrients prior to working out? Why not replenish your body’s muscle and fuel stores post workout to aid in recovery and growth? Foods ideal to consume pre-workout should be protein and carbohydrate based. Timings will vary on the individual but depending on the portion size 1-2 hours is the normal time required for healthy gut clearing. Some ideas include porridge, fruits, legumes, milk, nuts, cottage cheese, oatcakes, Total Greek yoghurt, eggs and protein rich meats (beef, chicken, turkey, venison, pork).


Foods ideal to consume post-workout should again be a combination of protein and carbohydrate, if possible laden with green leafy veg. Your body’s muscle glycogen stores will be depleted and need carbohydrate. Your body’s muscles will continually undergo synthesis and need a positive amino acid balance to ensure your muscle is maintained. Similar to foods listed above and include vegetables which are rich in vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. Making an effort to get your peri-workout nutrition as optimal as possible will assist in you ensuring you hit the correct kcals from your macronutrients every day, training and non-training. This will further enhance the prospects of reaching your health goals.

Supplements. What, if and when? The supplements market is massive. It can be difficult to distinguish between what’s worth spending your hard earned cash on, or even if it’s worth buying any. Firstly, optimal foods are fundamental for ensuring ANY health or fitness goal is achieved. Quality foods from grocers, butchers and markets is the base, think of it as the floor, walls and roof of a house. Supplements are the furnishings, the curtains, carpets etc. There is no point spending your money on supplements unless you have a house to put them in.

HEALTH & WELLBEING With that in mind, let’s look at optimum supplements for common goals; TO LOSE BODYFAT (TONE): • 20-30mins pre – 5g BCAA’s with double espresso and coconut oil or a 200mg caffeine tablet • During – cold water and 5g BCAA’s • 30-60mins post – whey protein (25-30g) shake with 5g BCAA’s and a banana. INCREASE MUSCULAR PERFORMANCE: • 20-30mins pre - 5g BCAA’s with double espresso and coconut oil or a 200mg caffeine tablet • During – 10g BCAA’s and 10g dextrose powder • 30-60mins post – whey protein (30g), PeptoPro protein (10g), 20g dextrose, 5g BCAA’s & 5g Creatine and a banana.

*BCAA – branched chained amino acids (building blocks of protein) which enhance muscle protein synthesis, fat loss and performance (endurance and strength). *Whey protein – Is a fast assimilating protein made from milk which has all 9 essential amino acids to improve lean mass and support fat loss. *PeptoPro – a partially digested Casein protein which supports glycogen uptake post exercise and provides a great full amino acid profile. *Creatine – the most researched supplement has extensive evidence on increasing muscular strength, size & endurance. (Source: Supplement-Goals Reference Guide, Contact Tim on for any nutritional or training support

The Yoga Tree Lovely Yoga studio in the Stirling Arcade

Different Classes. Different Teachers. Different Vibe.

Richard, of Total Massage, invites you to come and experience a range of massages catered for your needs whether it is to be:    

The Yoga Tree Stirling @YogaTreeStg

25B Stirling Arcade FK8 1AX Phone: 07427 486722

relaxed with a flowing Swedish massage revitalised with a seated acupressure massage or If you’re in need of a remedial sports massage you are in the best hands Richard is also experienced in Kinesio Taping which helps to promote muscular and postural directional stretching and mobility.

Richard has been trained in Western Schools to a very high standard uses all his skills to make sure you receive a massage specific to your needs. For further information contact Richard on 07941790622 or visit his website at

email –



FAMILY FUN ALL YEAR ROUND 4 Clay Courts. 2 Floodlit All Weather Courts. Regular Social Tennis for all ages. All year round Coaching Programmes. SAtuRdAy JuNIOR SOCIAL NIghtS 5-7PM (Free for members / £3 for non members) includes coaching from Adam Brown’s Tennis Central Coach team. Food and Refreshments available.

PLuS, ENJOy FuLL ACCESS tO OuR OthER FACILItIES 4 Squash / Racketball Courts. Fully equipped Gymnasium. Sauna, Snooker, Darts and Table Tennis. Fully Licensed Lounge Bar.

NEW MEMBER SPECIAL OFFER jOIN FOR A ONE MONth tRIAL For more information and membership category details contact Steve Ingram on 01786 834397 or e-mail:



Minewood 24 | LOVEPavillion, LOCAL Mine Road, Bridge of Allan, Stirling FK9 4DY



It’s Time for Tennis LOVE LOCAL INTERVIEWS CENTRAL DISTRICT COACH ADAM BROWN It’s hard to believe it’s almost a year since that magical moment on the 7th July 2013 when Andy Murray lifted the Wimbledon trophy aloft. Since that historic victory, Central District Coach Adam Brown has pulled out all the stops to ensure local children have had the chance to follow in the footsteps of their hero. From last October, the local children in P2-P5 were offered tennis with qualified coaches during their school day. This meant over 1500 youngsters from 21 schools all sampled the game. For those who enjoyed it and wanted to play a bit more also had the chance to attend after school tennis clubs at their school for free until December. Judy Murray showed her support for the project by coming along to the schools tennis end of term Christmas party! Early in 2014 Brown established drop-in sessions at indoor facilities in Bridge of Allan and Stirling for a nominal charge of just £1, thanks to generous sponsorship from FES and Sportsmatch. There are now over 250 children receiving quality coaching on a weekly basis despite the weather! Plans for the first Stirling Schools tennis competition are already in place. The project has had the backing and support from Active Stirling.

Brown, who won Coach of the Year 2013 in the Stirling Sports Awards, commented “This has been an enormous but worthwhile challenge to undertake. I was determined that the local area would benefit from Murray’s success and I was fortunate enough to be able to secure the funding needed to enable some of the best coaches in the area to go into the primary schools and pass on their expertise at no cost to the schools. I was really keen to offer the local children the chance to play tennis not just for a few weeks but throughout the school year and I sincerely hope that this project will inspire children to increase their activity levels through tennis and start to play regularly. I am already for planning for the next academic year to see if we can keep the momentum going.”

Winner’s Choice To be in with a chance of WINNING expert tennis coaching enter online at Chose either an individual 1 hour, one to one tennis lesson OR a block of 6 week group coaching. T&C’s One to One lesson is for juniors aged 14 and under Group Classes will be held late August – October half term. Group Classes available at either Bridge of Allan Sports Club or Stirling Tennis Club.

For more information on tennis in the area contact Adam Brown adambrowntennis@ or go to


Central Scotland’s Best Kept Secret

Guardian SyStemS 10 Springkerse Trade Park Craigleith Road Stirling FK7 7GN Tel. No: 01786 449912 Fax No: 01786 449913

Within our purpose built building we manufacture PVC, Aluminium, Timber and the famous Hybrid composite System made up of Aluminium outside and timber inside making a maintenance free timber product.

Our range is very extensive so please view our full range of bi-folding doors, replacement insulated conservatory roofs then the ultimate WINDOW the Hybrid Vertical Slider to replace your old draughty sash & case window.

OPeninG HOurS Monday – Friday 9-5 pm Saturday 10-4 pm Sunday 12-4 pm


The Big Weekend It’s a big year for Stirling: around 170 festivals, exhibitions and other events taking place in Stirling and the surrounding area throughout the year, with three key events taking place over one weekend in June.

Over 40,000 people are expected to attend the Armed Forces Day National Event on Saturday 28th June. Activities are expected to include a parade, an air show, military displays and musical performances.

Stirling’s Big Weekend, which runs from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th June, includes Pipefest, the Armed Forces Day National Event and Bannockburn Live.

Bannockburn Live, which takes place from Saturday 28th to Sunday 29th June, will see visitors experiencing battle reenactments, a food and drink showcase, a clan village and other outdoor activities.

Provost Mike Robbins said: “We’re thrilled to have so many exciting, interesting and important events taking place in the Stirling area. There will be something for everyone in Stirling in 2014. It’s undoubtedly the place to be, and certainly during our Big Weekend in June.” Pipefest, which takes place on Friday 27th June, will see around 2000 pipers and drummers march from the castle esplanade to the city to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn.

Other activities in Stirling in 2014 include: Spirit of Stirling Whisky Festival, Queen’s Baton Relay, Stirling Angling Festival, Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival and Stirling’s Hogmanay 2014. For more information, go to

Be at the heart of Scotland for our Big Weekend 28-29 June



V.I.P. Feeding Experiences SHARK


Get up close and personal with the VIP Shark Feed Experience at Loch Lomond SEA LIFE Aquarium where you can feed sharks in our Ocean tank which is home to 9 species of Shark including Black Tip Reef Sharks, White Tip Reef Sharks, Guitar Shark, Marmalade Shark and Bonnethead Shark.

Get up close and personal with some of the most fascinating creatures of the ocean as you take part in the VIP Turtle Feed Experience. Come and feed Cammy the Giant Green Sea Turtle, Loch Lomond SEA LIFE Aquarium’s hungriest and most popular resident.

Experience includes: Priority Entrance, Complimentary Guidebook 30 Minute Shark Feeding Experience Trained Aquarist throughout your experience

Experience includes: Priority Entrance, Complimentary Guidebook 20 Minute Turtle Feeding Experience Trained Aquarist throughout your experience

All for only £40 per person (Maximum two people per experience)

All for only £40 per person (Maximum two people per experience)

For more details or to book telephone: 01389 721500

50% off

Terms & conditions This voucher entitles a maximum of 4 people to 50% off the standard individual or fully priced adult or child day entry. Valid until 31/03/15, excluding 25/12/14. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer. Ref: LoveLocal2014

Oban, Argyll, PA37 1SE



MORE THAN A FESTIVAL The first Scribblers Picnic was a memorial gig held in tribute to local musician and teacher Graham Whitelaw who died of cancer in 2001. Graham (who was also a writer) penned a column in the Stirling Observer titled ‘The Scribbler’ – hence the festival’s name. The successful gig organised by Graham’s friends and family led to The Scribblers Picnic setting up as registered charity. The annual event at Stirling Rugby Club blossomed and now has eight stages of music, charity and trade stalls, food vendors, beer tent and children’s shows. Run entirely by volunteers, it has a fun, family-friendly atmosphere, where people can remember loved ones lost to cancer or celebrate those who have battled the disease. The Scribblers Picnic donates all its proceeds to cancer related charities and runs under the tagline ‘musicians helping the fight against cancer’. It has helped raise over £100,000 for charitable causes. Graham’s daughter


Katy Whitelaw, who helps organise the festival, said: “It is devastating watching someone you love die of cancer. This festival is a positive way to bring people together and help individuals touched by cancer. We might all need the help of one of the charities The Scribblers Picnic donates to one day. “Music is a very emotive medium. It can evoke powerful memories, put a smile on your face or reduce you to tears. The Scribblers Picnic brings people together to enjoy some great music and help those affected by this terrible disease – it is not just musicians against cancer – it is Stirling v. cancer.” Stirling Rugby Club 12 noon – 8pm Sunday 11 May 2014 Family £25 (2 adults 3 under 16s); Adult £10; Under 16s £5; Under 5s Free Buy tickets at www. or on the gate To win tickets visit facebook/ scribblerspicnic


The Kilted Kangaroo Charity Birthday Bash Every year The Kilted Kangaroo run two mini-music festivals in their large beer garden in aid of some very worthy charities. The second event this year is The Kilted Kangaroo’s 7th Annual Birthday Bash and falls on Sunday 25th May. Their brand new outside bar will be open so that customers can enjoy a selection of cold drinks, Aussie beers and Scottish craft ales. The BBQ will be fired up from 2pm serving some of the Kilted Kangaroo’s famous burgers as well as some other grilled delights. Bands appearing at Kilted Kangaroo events include the likes of Jack Butler and GT’S Boos Band. All proceeds from the event on 25th May go to ABF – The Soldiers’ Charity. A donation of £5 is suggested as entry to the event. For the full line-up of confirmed acts check the Kilted Kangaroo’s website –



From the wildlife reserves to the adventure park and attractions, there is fun for all the family at Blair Drummond. For your chance to WIN this fantastic prize simply enter online at Family pass admits 2 adults and 2 children (aged 3-14years). Pass valid until 2nd Nov 2014.

40+ FREE events including the Tartan Ball, Wild in the Woods, Hillwalking, Geo-caching, Musical Mayhem, Canoeing, Gorge Walking, Historic Kirkyards Events, Foraging, Scottish Genealogy, loads of craft sessions and much more! Don’t miss


(Sat 21 June, 11-3pm, Dumyat Centre, Menstrie)

Jacobites and other historical re-enactors, forest creatures puppet shows, animations, leathercraft, bushcraft, animal magic, archaeology and a whole host of other FREE activities to keep the whole family entertained!

s al funder ils Festiv The Och


A huge range of FREE events for all! Visit or phone 01259 452675 Landscape | Heritage | People



A new view for visitors at

Stirling’s famous landmark The life and legacy of Scotland’s National Hero is the focus of new exhibition galleries.

commissioned new film depicting Wallace and Andrew de Moray discussing their famous victory.

A symbol of Stirling and a distinctive feature on the city’s skyline for almost 150 years, the National Wallace Monument has undergone a total refurbishment for the 2014 season, with new displays and exhibitions now completed • In The Hall of Arms on the first floor, the story is told of The Battle of Stirling Bridge, with the scene of Wallace’s encounter with the forces of Edward I depicted on an innovative new large scale plan, and a specially

• The Hall of Heroes focuses on Wallace’s life – with his legendary broadsword at the centre of this gallery, surrounded by the busts of famous Scots, from Robert the Bruce to Robert Burns. • Younger visitors can have a go at building their own monument in the third floor gallery, where facts and figures behind the construction of the famous tower are revealed. Information on visiting the National Wallace Monument is available at, and you can also keep in touch at:


WALLACE The life and legacy of Scotland’s National Hero NEW EXHIBITIONS NOW OPEN From the triumph of the battlefield to the tragedy of his betrayal and capture.

Abbey Craig, Hillfoots Road, STIRLING FK9 5LF Telephone: (01786) 472140 1. left alligned 2. centred

32 | LOVE LOCAL 3. as title


“New” Summer Holiday PaSS! Visit as many times as you like during the School Summer holidays for oNly £55 for a family of 4.

Early bird offEr

• F armer’s Den Tea Room with home baking and hot & cold food • Tractor go-karts • ‘Natural’ play equipment & cable ride • Giant jumping pillows • Indoor craft area

£5 off the new family Summer School Holiday pass. * With this advert. Must be purchased before June 22.

“New” after ScHool rate!

Half price admission Monday-Friday after 3.30pm during term time only.

Briarlands Farm, Blairdrummond, FK9 4UP E: T: 01786 841309

60 mins. from Glasgow & 75 mi ns. from Edinburgh


• Classic Steamship Cruises on Sir Walter Scott • Panoramic Cruises on Lady of the Lake • Dining in The Brenachoile Café - Restaurant - Bar • Katrine Gifts - Souvenirs & Scottish Crafts • Katrine Kiosk - Snacks, Drinks & Sandwiches • Katrinewheelz - Cycle hire for all the family



Local Business Success Story – Showcase Glass by LOVE LOCAL

Jon opened Showcase Glass just over 2½ years ago and was delighted to be commissioned to produce the awards for the 2013 Stirling Business Panel ceremony. He is a creative, vibrant and dynamic warm glass artist specialising in fused glass. His work is very tactile and textual and he has a diverse range of both functional and artistic glassworks available to purchase from Showcase Glass on the Broadleys Industrial Park. Unlike most artists he encourages visitors to ‘touch and feel’ his work to appreciate its uniqueness and form with prices ranging from £5 upwards. Since opening Showcase Glass the business has now grown to sell glass supplies and provides a One-Stop-Shop for Central Scotland with a complete range of fusible and stained glass, consumables and accessories. Commissions are welcomed from your own design from small ‘one-off ’ private individual pieces through to larger

collections for corporate organisations including gifts for special occasions (awards, anniversaries, weddings) kitchen & bathroom splash-backs and fire surrounds. Showcase Glass also functions as a training space where Jon and Colene provide private tuition as well as a range of workshops covering both fused glass and stained glass. They also offer special events for corporate days out and team bonding, hen and teenage birthday parties and other occasions. Beginners Glass Fusing Course 2 Day Crash Course Wed 9th & Thurs 10th July - 11am-17pm Intermediate Glass Fusing Course 2 Day Crash Course Wed 16th & Thurs 17th July - 11am-17pm Advanced Glass Fusing Course 2 Day Crash Course Wed 23rd & Thurs 24th July - 11am-17pm

SHOWCASE GLASS Glass Supplies Shop

Fused Glass, Stained Glass Workshops & Classes Fusible Glass I Stained Glass Glass Accessories I Tools & Equipment Kiln Hire I Gift Vouchers Available

Glass Artists Studio

Come and see Jon at work and have a go yourself Group Classes I Individual Tuition I Corporate Team Building Fab fun for families I Make your own jewellery Special Celebration workshops & Hen Parties

Unit 7, Imex Business Centre, Craigleith Road, Broadleys Industrial Park, Stirling FK7 7WU


T: 01786 359 252

Glass Gallery & Gift Shop

Wall art, Statement pieces, Garden art Personalised Gifts for Special Occassions Fused Glass Commissions for Domestic & Commercial Splash-backs for kitchens & bathrooms

M: 07812 812 812



17 Upper Craigs, Stirling FK8 2DG Tel: 01786 470 740 Mob: 0754 597 1104 (available 24hrs) New Summer Opening Hours: Mon-Friday 9am - 5pm Saturday 10am - 3pm NOW OPEN Sunday 12 - 4pm



What we do

Key cutting 24hr locksmith Photos to canvas Number plates Tool and knife sharpening Car key replacements Glass engraving Cut to code keys Passport photos Trophies engraving Watch strap and batteries Dedicated British standard lock supplier

PROFESSIONAL OVEN CLEANING SERVICE 9 Removable parts are cleaned in a tank of our special caustic free formula. 9 Using our cleaning tools, all traces of carbon and fat are removed leaving the oven in as new condition. 9 No caustic chemicals are used at all in the oven revive process. CONTACT FOR A QUOTE Mob: 07944 631 689

• Digital aerials supplied & fitted • Supply & fit foreign satellite • New satellite dishes supplied & fitted • Extra points no problem • Freeview supplied & fitted • Approved Sky agents

Call Karen on 0141 774 5000 or Chris on 07463 683655 LOVE LOCAL | 35




Rise of Renewable Energy BY AC GOLD ENERGY With the cost of energy continuing to rise and no real indication of a slowdown, many people are now turning to Renewable Technologies such as Solar and Biomass. Love Local approached local experts AC Gold for some advice. WHAT IS BIOMASS? Biomass heating uses wood fuel as a heat source e.g. wood logs, pellets or chips. Current oil or LPG fuel consumers can cut fuel costs dramatically and earn money through the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), a scheme aimed at encouraging the uptake of renewable heat technologies among householders, communities and businesses. WHAT IS SOLAR PV? Solar Photovoltaic (PV) panels are a highly effective way to generate free electricity. Contrary to popular belief they do not depend on sunlight but will also generate electricity on a cloudy day. This technology also gives you the opportunity to generate an additional income through the government’s Feed in Tariff ensuring you get a return on your initial investment, usually in about 6 years.

WHAT CAN AC GOLD OFFER? AC Gold Energy are an established company committed to helping our customers cut costs and improve environmental awareness in a growing renewable energy market. In 2012 we opened our Renewable Energy Centre in Stirling. As part of our commitment to the supply of the very best technologies available, we have just been appointed as exclusive distributor for the Värmebaronen product range of biomass boilers which critics are calling the hottest thing to come out of Sweden since ABBA! Our revamped showroom is the ideal place to see a selection of renewable technologies in action from a variety of manufacturers, obtain impartial information and discuss your own personal requirements with knowledgeable and friendly staff. Further information can also be found on our website at or by calling: 01786 849099.

And of course you will cut your carbon footprint: solar electricity is a green, renewable energy and doesn’t release any harmful carbon dioxide or other pollutants.



Bathroom Planet Stirling



NOW KITCHENS Tel: 01786 472227

E l eg a n t Pa i n ted I vo r y & B lu e

Smooth painted Shaker, available in eight fashionable colours. Please see pages 10 - 13 for more options.

Bathroom Planet (Stirling) Ltd 10 Munro Road Stirling Stirlingshire FK7 7UU

Shown with handle suite 203





John Colquhoun Joinery Joiner & Building Contractor All Trades Supplied Domestic & Commerical 9 9 9 9 9


Extensions/New Builds Renovations/Conversions All types of Joiner work Kitchens Supplied & Fitted Windows & Doors

Quality service by experienced tradesmen at a competitive price. CALL TODAY FOR A QUOTE Tel: 07919 363732 / 01786 469870

Providing a full range of services including: • • • •

All painting & decorating work Internal & external work Paper hanging Varnishing & staining

20% OFF

Wallpapers Available FREE Estimates oun olquh John C

y Joiner


Call Darran On 01786 811 687



Window Treatments by JULIA GRANT When deciding how to dress your windows, set aside style considerations for a moment; function comes first and will limit your window treatment choices, in a good way. Your first consideration therefore is whether you like to sleep in total darkness and want something that blacks out morning light, or whether you enjoy sunlight flooding through the windows at the start of the day. If you don’t have double glazing, creating warmth will be an issue and you may have to allow for lined or thicker curtains. I have listed below a few different options I tend to use. DRAPES For a room in which minimal privacy is needed, take advantage of natural light and choose sheer fabrics that let the sun stream in. For more privacy and a cosy effect, create shelter with a soft wall of opaque texture and rich colour. Better yet, multiply your options by choosing a double


drapery pole, which lets you layer a sheer drape under a heavier one for added depth and maximum light control, colour and contrast to windows. The length of your drapes can have great impact on the look of a window. For a clean, casual look, hang drapes so that they just touch the floor. For a more dramatic effect, allow the fabric to pool four to six inches on the floor in luxurious folds. There are also different heading types, fabric options and styles of poles to be taken into consideration if drapes are the option you prefer. SHUTTERS If you want a modern and sleek look where you can control the light coming into the room louvered shutters is an option. I personally love these and use them often. They come in different size blades and finishes and colours to suit your interior. Shutters are also a good option for French doors and bay window. SLIDING PANELS Another option in modern setting is floor to ceiling sliding

17056_In_toto_Stirling_Ad_184hx60.5w_v1 10/04/201


panels. They run on a track usually fitted to the ceiling and the panels can be in varying widths depending on how much or little you would like to cover the window. You can also alternate the fabric. I often use a sheer combined with a thicker solid panel. This combination introduces colour, texture and pattern as well as creating interesting effects of natural light.



BLINDS Blinds have a more architectural quality, so they work well in contemporary rooms. They are also a better option for awkwardly shaped windows where curtains would be hard to hang. But don’t make the mistake in thinking because there is less materials in roman blinds they will be a lot cheaper than the other window treatments, as they are more complicated to manufacture so there is no big cost saving in going for this option. Whether airy and open, architectural elements or dramatically draped, window treatments define the style and mood of a room. Tip: to create the illusion of added height, hang the pole slightly higher than the window frame.

in-toto kitchens 79 King Street Stirling FK8 1BN T: 01786 448898 E:




NEW SHOWROOM NOW OPEN CASTLE ROAD, CAUSEWAYHEAD Call Jim MacDiarmid on 01786 460228 or 07810 818459 Qualified Master Fitter C.S.C.S NICF NVQ2




10% OFF everything or 8mm Underlay in stock When you spend over ÂŁ199

33-35 Burghmuir Road, Stirling FK7 7PE T: 01786 464095 1 McFarlane Crescent, Falkirk, FK1 1LQ T: 01324 633110



Upholstery Courses Interior Furnishings is preparing to launch an upholstery and soft furnishings training centre in Stirling. The centre will offer leisure classes for individuals wishing to learn a skilled craft, as well as upholstery courses accredited by the Association of Master Upholsterers & Soft Furnishers (AMUSF) at basic level, stage two, stage three or a combined stage two and three course to individuals looking for a career in the craft of upholstery and soft furnishings. For details, email

Curtains By Elaine

Coming soon to our Stirling Workshops. Leisure & Accredited Upholstery Courses. Please e-mail to note your interest.

Curtains, Roman Blinds, Pelmets, Cushions & Throws

Free advice at your convenience for Supply a wide range of fabrics & matching wallpapers, curtain poles/tracks and tie backs. We refurbish homes, room by room at your pace.

39 John Player Building | Stirling Enterprise Park Stirling | FK7 7RP T: 01786 451 451 | F: 01786 451 451 E: W:


Contact Elaine for advice

01786 823340 or 07867 754702 Wedderburn Road, Dunblane


Get your garden ready for Summer With Summer approaching, it’s a great time to get out into the garden and continue some Spring cleaning. Regularly hoe off weeds and lift and divide overcrowded clumps of daffodils and other springflowering bulbs. You should be able to plant some bedding plants now, but be careful of some late frost! It is also time to polish off the lawn mower as the grass will be loving some warmer temperatures. If you don’t have a garden, now is a perfect time to invest in a window garden and grow some herbs.

TOTAL LANDSCAPES Combining ideas, to create a garden for you. • Decking • Patio • Mono Blocking • Turfing • All Tree Work • Garden Design • Landscaping • Fencing • Maintenace • Excavation • Drainage • Logs for Sale • Log Splitting Tel: 01786 471995 Mob: 07941 790622 LOVE LOCAL | 45





9 Keep your caravan & motorhome warranty valid 9 ACOP & CITO Trained Engineers as recommended by the NCC 9 Awaiting NCC Approval Certificate 9 Full Caravan Service from £140 9 Motorhome Habitation - MOTs & Services 9 Caravan Repairs & Services 9 Insurance Work Accepted 9 Motor Movers Supplied & Fitted 9 Window Replacement 9 Secure Caravan & Motorhome Storage with 24 Hour CCTV 9 Caravan & Motorhome sales - see our webiste for more details.


01786 489022.

9 9 9 9 9 9

Professional Chimney Sweeping Can be done in any weather No Mess Part of ICS Stove Insulation CCTV Inspections

Single Story from £45 Two - Story from £55 Call Dawn on 07795 966 514

Service, repair & sharpen of garden machinery, outdoor power tools & small plant. Fully Qualified mechanics. Competitive prices. Call us for a FREE quote or just pop in and see us.

The Yard, Sauchenford, Plean, FK7 8AP TEL: 01786 489022 or 07776 438147 EMAIL: WEBSITE:


Unit 4, 11 Cunningham Road, Springkerse Ind Estate, Stirling. T: 07866027834 or 07531232984


Local Businesses win Awards by FORTH VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Forth Valley Chamber recently held its inaugural Business Awards at the MacDonald Inchyra Hotel in Polmont. The gala dinner was the culmination of 9 months of planning to recognise achievement and excellence in local businesses, and 12 Categories were awarded, covering a range of topics from E-Commerce to Innovation. The event was sponsored by the Ministry of Defence and SaBRE, and keynote speaker Brigadier Paul Harkness delivered an entertaining message to the 340 attendees on the importance of employing reservists. A total of 38 finalists made it through to the big night, and these had been whittled down from hundreds of entries from across the Forth Valley. The initial shortlisting involved cross referencing entries against the award criteria and a rigid scoring system produced 3, or in some cases, 4 finalists to go through to the next round of judging. If things were tough at this stage due to the extremely high standard of entries, then things were about to get worse for our panels of judges who had the unenviable task of deciding the final winners and highly commended finalists. Each finalist gave a presentation to the judges, and they were again scored accordingly. “It was incredibly difficult selecting the final winners” said CEO Laurence Barrett who chaired all of the judging panels. “The judges were consistently impressed by the presentations and the level of achievement of the businesses in front of them. They were all winners in our eyes, and it was very hard to

select just one in some categories.” After the enormous success of the night, it is hoped that the Forth Valley Chamber Business Awards will become the main event in the business calendar in Central Scotland. Celebrating local business success is an important part of what the Chamber does, and the publicity available to finalists and winners helps them to generate new business. Local suppliers were used to support the event from catering to printing, Audio Visual to photography and, as the amazing feedback from the event showed, local businesses really know how to deliver! For a full list of the winning and highly commended businesses please visit



What Does Your Business Card Say About You? BY GRAHAM WRIGHT, DPA (DESIGN PRINT ADVERTISE) View your business card as an important networking tool. By creating an above average business card, you can help further your professional image and make a better impression on your contacts. Here are 5 tips to keep in mind: 1. Don’t overdo it - A sleek and simple card design should suffice. 2. Print in color - a full-color business card is best for catching attention.

4. Don’t use a flimsy business card - Do you want your business card to tell others you are firm and solid, or do you want your card to tell others that you fold easily? 5. Utilise the back of your card - By adding some sort of content (or value), you might just save it from the bin. If you remain vigilant about the design and printing of your business card, you can help shape your image in the minds of others and continue to make good impressions.

3. Include your photo - you can help solidify your identity with those you meet, and help them remember you.


We deliver full IT Management solutions “on demand”

From Business Cards to Banners From Leaflets to Letterheads Full Graphic Design Service

Call Graham on 01786 897 023

• IT Support • Telephony • Internet Connectivity • Software Development • Printing & Document Management

• Cloud & Online Services • Virtual Computing • Back Up & Disaster Recovery • Networks & Security • Websites & E-Commerce

Stirling’s Fastest Growing Local Printer Check Out Our Promotional Website with 40,000+ branded products


Tel: 0800 270 0401 DDI: 01786 357060 email: web: blackfrogit


Jacob Gordon



things you need to know about Facebook

Struggling to make social media work for your business?



1. FACEBOOK DECIDES WHAT YOU SEE! Facebook uses a complex algorithm to decide which posts you are most likely to want to see in your Newsfeed. In short, to make your business posts visible, you need to write interesting content, and get people to interact with your posts. 2. KNOW THE BEST TIME TO POST Check out your Facebook Insights to find out when your fans are most likely to be online. You may be surprised! 3. KEEP IT SHORT Shorter posts don’t just work on Twitter! Posts of less than 80 characters have been shown to get up to 66% more engagement on Facebook.

· Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and much more! · Workshops · One to One training · Online support 15% discount on all training for Love Local customers... Quote ref LL2014 202

92 5 45 4 8 0 A y on EDI M toda z L i L A Call OCI








el .lizm


4. USE PHOTOS…..AND TEXT! Photo posts tend to inspire more engagement on Facebook. But text only posts gain more reach. Mix your content, using the right type of post for the outcome you want to achieve. 5. TWEETS ON FACEBOOK Don’t be tempted to link your Twitter account to Facebook. The audiences on each network are different. Instead, craft your messages differently to suit each network, and post separately. Next Issue: 5 Ways to Be Successful on Pinterest


ADVERTISE WITH US. If you are reading this, then so are your potential advertisers. With 31,000 circulation and door to door delivery with Royal Mail, Love Local is guaranteed to reach your target audience. Contact Karen: 07824630305 or



Wallace Oven Cleaning DOmesTiC Oven CLeAning serviCes BAseD in sTirLing COvering CenTrAL sCOTLAnD & BeYOnD



Individual and Couple Counselling • • • • •

Relationship Issues Workplace Concerns Anger, Anxiety, Stress Grieff, Loss, Trauma Low Self-Confidence


Walkers Ways specialise in organising self-guided walks on the West Highland Way, 96 miles of beautiful scenery on the West Coast of Scotland. We offer: Accomodation, Luggage Transfers, Guide Book with Map, Itineraries to suit. Dogs are welcome.

Carpets & Upholstery - from £25 Whole House cleaned including kitchen appliances - from £80 General household Cleaning Spring Cleans Domestic & Commercial Competitive Rates


CALL TODAY 07818553094


01786 818 283 / 07789750310 07768 422359 • Bridge of Allan


Joinery • Plumbing • Electrical Plastering • Painting

Professional plumbers and heating specialists in Stirling, Falkirk and surrounding areas. Call us today 01786 818049 07932 811557

E: W: T: 01838 400338 / 07971 815248

Painters & Decorators Commercial & Domestic Exciting NEW wallpapers available from Carpet Master, St Ninians. T: 01786 472704 or 07789404754 W: E:



CALL BOB ON 0754 5971104 50 | LOVE LOCAL

advertise here for as little as

£1 A DAY

Contact Karen on



EST. 1985


Visit our showroom in Stirling. See all our latest styles and colours. With friendly staff to help and advise. Made-to-Measure Blinds & Curtains. Specialists in Silent Gliss Curtain Tracks & Poles bent to suit bay windows Motorised Senses Roller Blind with matching pelmet. NO CORDS, NO CHAINS. FREE ESTIMATES, FREE FITTING. Markilux Awnings ideal for your garden patio.


Profile for Love Local Mag

May - June 2014  

May - June 2014