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STIRLING’S LOCAL MAGAZINE

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Welcome to the

CONTENTS

Winter edition

Welcome to the last edition of 2014 – our Christmas edition, which is so full of all things festive we should have put bells on it! Discover loads of wonderful places to eat out and celebrate the Festive season with family and friends. Some delicious recipes for home cooking, plenty of Christmas gift ideas for everyone, extensive Christmas event guide and much more. Now, more than ever, it is important we support our local shops and retailers, so please, mention Love Local Mag when you contact them. Don’t forget to bookmark our website and like us on Facebook and Twitter. Finally, we hope you all have a very safe and Merry Christmas.

Love Local Editor

A Local Christmas Dinner

Page 6

Mi cuit of duck liver pate

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Cheesecake

Page 13

Mistletoe and Wine

Page 15

Turkey, ham & leek pie

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Bodyfat Overshooting

Page 18

Christmas Gift Guide

Page 25

Gift of Giving Back

Page 31

Why Buy a Real Christmas Tree

Page 32

Christmas Events

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Biomass Boilers

Page 43

Christmas Crafts for the home

Page 44

Winter Gardening Tips

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A Local Christmas Dinner by FORTH ENVIRONMENT LINK AND LOVE FOOD HATE WASTE SCOTLAND Food is at the forefront of our thoughts, never more so than in the Festive Season. No matter what you decide to have for Christmas dinner, here are some ideas for Greening your Christmas menu. The average Christmas dinner is likely to have travelled around 30,000 miles before it gets to your Christmas plate. So think about having a local Christmas Lunch by checking out Stirling’s Local Food Map for suggestions on where to buy local food from. Remember, smaller food producers and farmers markets might need more time so get your orders in soon. Save money at Christmas. Every year in Scotland we throw away over 630,000 tonnes - or £1 billion worth - of food. That’s £39 a month, for the average household.... Which is a lot of money to throw in the bin, a huge amount of waste and a fairly sizeable chunk of unnecessary carbon emissions. Here are some tips to help you cut costs over the festive period : • Check your store cupboards, freezers and fridges before you shop • Plan out your meals and numbers of people coming along • Write a shopping list and don’t be swayed by impulse buys • Check best before and use buy dates and never shop when you’re hungry! • Store food properly and use the best before date to prioritise what you eat and when • Label, store, cook and eat leftovers – they can be delicious too!

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Excess Turkey Problems Visit the Love Food Hate Waste Scotland website; it has some excellent recipes to help transform your turkey leftovers: Turkey Pie, Turkey Stroganoff, Turkey and green bean risotto to name a few. Shop by bike. Why not use the fantastic new bike hire scheme in Stirling, supported by Stirling Cycle Hub. Burn off some calories in preparation for the Christmas excess! scotland.lovefoodhatewaste.com/recipes www.greenerscotland.org/sites/all/themes/ greener/layouts/food_waste/SX0618HTSWF-PDF-23Jan14.pdf www.nextbike.co.uk/en/stirling www.stirlingcyclehub.org


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Buy direct from the farm. It’s fresher, cheaper and better! by FALLENINCH FARM Taste the benefits of buying direct from our traditional farm – and see your money go further! You’ll be in good company – since 1964 we’ve been supplying quality produce to hundreds of hotels, restaurants and caterers across central Scotland. With Christmas just around the corner, our selection of fantastic Falleninch Farm festive packs and fare will delight family and friends, alongside our regular range of tasty butcher’s produce and special offers.

from 5am to 3pm with our team ready to provide advice and serve you with a smile. Many customers enjoy collecting their orders directly from the farm, while others take advantage of our free local deliveries within 20 miles of the farm with orders of £50.00 or more. Orders can be placed via our easy to use online shop at www. falleninchfarm. co.uk or by phone on 01786 446653.

Our team of skilled butchers prepare all produce at Falleninch Farm, which lies in the shadow of Stirling Castle. The butchers’ counter is open Monday to Friday

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Enjoy a fEStivE fEaSt at thE BirdS and BEES Bar and rEStaurant Voted the DRAM Gastropub of the Year, you won’t find a more friendly welcome anywhere in central Scotland. Relax with a glass of wine in the cosy bar or enjoy a coffee by the roaring fire in the lounge. Choose from our daily seafood market specials, traditional brasserie favourites and children’s menu.

Come and enjoy our Christmas Festive Fayre available throughout December. Easter Cornton Road, Causewayhead Stirling FK9 5PB T: 01786 473663 E: rum4@aol.com W: thebirdsandthebees-stirling.com

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Enjoy casual yet delicious French and Scottish inspired meals and snacks throughout the day in our two storey restaurant.

FANTASTIC FESTIVE VALUE 2 courses £12 • 3 Course £16 Booking essential. Book now to avoid disappointment.

Riverview, High Street, Dunblane, FK15 0EE T: 01786 824 234 E: Dunblane@Cafe-Continental.co.uk W: www.cafe-continental.co.uk Find us on Facebook

Live Entertainment throughout December. Riverview room available for private dining, weddings, meetings and functions for up to 40 people.

Mi cuit of duck liver pate (serves 6) by JASON HENDERSON, KNOCK CASTLE HOTEL & SPA Ingredients for pate

Method

1 lobe of duck liver, 1 bottle pink sparkling Pinot Grigio, 6 figs, ½ bottle of port, 6 springs of rosemary, Salt and pepper, Honey

1. Ensure duck liver is at room temperature 2. Using the back of a spoon remove as many veins as you can, season and mould back into a long, cylinder shape (approx 1 inch) 3. Wrap in a muslin cloth 4. Submerge in pink sparkling Pinot Grigio (pour a glass to reward yourself, and then use the rest for maturing). Leave in fridge for 3 days To plate up: Criss-cross the top of the figs, and push sprig of rosemary into the slit and drizzle honey in the centre and roast in oven (180C for 4 minutes) Remove liver from Pinot Grigio, remove cloth and dry. Slice as required, place on plate with roasted figs and a port reduction.

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Serve with a glass of Vigneau Chevreau Vouvray Sec Silex, £13, available from Woodwinters, Bridge of Allan


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Taste of Scotland awarded cafe boasting a varied menu of freshly prepared, local produce. Receive a warm welcome whether you join us for breakfast, lunch, or delicious Italian coffee and home bakes.

Cafe Circa @ Doune Situated next to the Scottish Antique Centre Doune, FK16 6HG Open 10am until 5pm Daily 01786 841 683

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Local Delicatessen specialising in food and drink from around the world. Freshly prepared food and fresh coffee Breakfast Rolls, Paninis, Baguettes, Ciabattas Homemade Soup, Tapas and Home Baking Daily Chef Specials including Stovies, Lasagne, Macaroni, Chilli con Carne and many more. We also have a selection of Scottish and Continental Products, including cheese and meats, wines and fine ales. Come visit us, sample our delights and get your taste buds tingling! FRIDAY NIGHT FOOD THEME NIGHTS! 01786 842796 1 The Cross, Doune


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Mini Cheesecakes by JASON HENDERSON, KNOCK CASTLE HOTEL & SPA Ingredients 875g Cream Cheese, cubed 150g Egg Yolks 250g Caster Sugar 600ml Double Cream 225g Egg Whites 300g Dark Chocolate 325g White Chocolate 250g Digestive Biscuits, crushed 100g Butter Tart rings

1. Beat the cream cheese, egg yolks and 100g of caster sugar until smooth and fluffy. Gradually add the cream. Mix well. 2. Whisk the egg whites until foamy, gradually add remaining caster sugar, whisking until a stiff meringue is formed. Fold the meringue into the cream cheese mixture and set aside.

white chocolate, mix gently but thoroughly. Set aside. 5. Melt the butter and mix with crushed digestive biscuits. Cover a baking tray with tin foil and sit tart rings on top. Divide the biscuit between the rings and press down to form a base.

3. Melt both chocolates separately.

6. Put the chocolate mixtures in separate jugs, simultaneously pour them into the rings, so one half is white and other dark. Leave in the fridge to set.

4. Combine half the cheese mixture with the dark chocolate and half with the

7. To serve, warm the outside of the tart rings with a hot cloth and carefully lift off the rings.

FOR BOOKINGS: 01786 406027 fvctheplace@forthvalley.ac.uk www.forthvalley.ac.uk/gallery Forth Valley College, Stirling Campus, Drip Road, Stirling, FK8 1SE

Opening hOurs: Open daily 4 pm till 11pm. Closed Tuesdays. Order & pay online @ www.justeat.co.uk

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All information was correct at time of publishing, but may be subject to change.

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Mistletoe and wine by DOUGLAS WOOD, WOODWINTERS WINE, BRIDGE OF ALLAN Choosing the right drinks to serve on Christmas Day can be a difficult task but here are a few simple tips to help you. Champagne is always a welcome start to the day. To keep the palate perky, look for a lower dosage, or 'Brut Natur' where it is roughly 50% less sugar than normal Champagne. Gin is also enjoying something of a resurgence, try the latest tonics from Fevertree for a perfect aperitif that allows the gin to sing (not just the tonic!) When it comes to choosing a wine to accompany your main the options are endless. Wine should enhance not overpower the flavours of the meal. Having said that; beauty is in the eye of the beholder, there is no ‘right or wrong’; and trying different

wines throughout the meal is totally fine! A full-bodied, creamy white with citrus notes, like a white burgundy, or a refreshing, crisp Pinot Noir (serve slightly chilled – 10mins in the fridge will do it), both work well with turkey. An aromatic rich red, such as a Chianti or a Rioja, have enough tannin and flavour to work well with game. While a lush, fruity Malbec or Bordeaux has enough warmth and depth of flavour for roast beef. Add half a glass of wine to the gravy or accompanying sauce to help marry flavours together. Still a bit flummoxed? Visit Woodwinters in Bridge of Allan, your local wine store for expert help. The only info you need to know is your budget and what you have preferred before (even if it is only telling them red or white!)

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Turkey, ham & leek pie by CAROLINE MARSON, LOVE FOOD HATE WASTE This is an ideal recipe to make use of leftover turkey from Christmas. Visit the Love Food Hate Waste Scotland website for more recipes. Ingredients 90g butter 25g flour 1 litre turkey stock Salt & pepper 1 tbsp English mustard 350g cooked leftover turkey or chicken 125g cooked ham chunks 6 chopped leeks 2 tbsp chopped parsley 1 lightly beaten egg 200g ready-make shortcrust pastry

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Method 1. Preheat the oven to 220°C / 425°F / Gas Mark 7. 2.  Melt the butter in a heavy based pan and add the flour off the heat. Whisk in the turkey stock and cook over a medium heat, stirring all the time until the sauce is smooth. Season well and add the mustard. 3. Place the turkey pieces, ham and leeks in the bottom of an oval pie dish, sprinkle with the fresh parsley and pour over the sauce. 4. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface and cover the pie dish with the pastry. 5. Brush the top of the pastry with a little beaten egg and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes. After this time reduce the heat to 180°C / 350°F /Gas Mark 4 and bake for a further 15 minutes. Serve with a glass of Novello 2014 wine, £8. Available from Woodwinters, Bridge of Allan.


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Bodyfat Overshooting! by TIM MEADOWS, PERSONAL TRAINER OPERATING FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF STIRLING As we head into the festive period and no doubt we all try to trim up to look good for our indulgent and glamorous nights out , I felt it was important to address a phenomenon that happens on a regular basis and is the culprit of yo-yo dieting and severe kcal deficit diets – bodyfat overshooting. Firstly, appreciate your body is one clever beast. You can’t out smart your body. Secondly, we all start off with a set metabolic rate point; it’s like an internal signal that dictates how much fuel we need. Fuel is food. Food is fuel. Fuel is essential, therefore food and kcals is essential. You can increase and decrease your metabolic set point – basal metabolic rate (BMR) through weight training and diet. Case study example; Jane is a stone overweight and her diet isn’t ideal. She consumes bad snacks in forms of crisps and chocolate, her breakfast (if anything) is a cereal with low fat milk and her dinners are generally microwave meals or takeaways. However, she maintains her weight with 2000kcals, we call this “maintenance kcals”. She will neither gain nor lose weight if she consistently consumes 2000kcals. Now she goes on a “diet”, adopts a generic 1200kcal or shake plan diet. So her energy or fuel intake, food is fuel remember, is reduced from 2000kcal to 1200kcal, effectively she has cut her energy intake by 40%, yet she still has the exact same lifestyle. How does her body cope?

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Jane’s body isn’t daft; it has to slow down metabolic processes to make the 1200kcals maintain her lifestyle. Less coal on the fire analogy – body goes into a slowdown and hormones from the thyroid are down regulated as she has to survive with 40% less fuel than before. Her BMR has dropped as her body struggles to adapt to the severe kcal reduction, which impacts on her maintenance kcal set point, also lowering it from 2000kcals to say 1600kcal. As with any drastic low kcal diet, it isn’t achievable long term, despite some weight loss, after a binge Jane goes back to her previous eating habits of 2000kcals. But hang on, her maintenance kcals has already been lowered, so in effect she’s over consuming 400kcals, she puts the weight she lost back on with some extra lbs and all hope is lost as Jane feels depressed & guilty all because she stopped her unachievable diet. What happens next? Jane reverts back to the 1200kcal or fad diet, but her maintenance is now at 1600kcals, so after the severe kcal diet her maintenance kcals is even lower and when she tries to eat normally again, she regains the lost weight and extra lbs. See the cycle? Who does Jane blame? Who gains from this cycle, not Jane but the dieting companies. Avoid yo-yo diets, fad diets and bodyfat overshooting. Take these simple tips to ensure you improve your diet and nutrition where long term sustainable fat loss to get lean and toned is achieved without stepping


HEALTH & WELLBEING into the cycle of “bodyfat overshooting”; • Increase your protein intake – aim for 0.8g per lb bodyweight • Ditch the word diet from your vocabulary • Ditch fat free and low fat foods – they’re a chemical storm loaded with sugar • Increase your intake of vegetables – fibre is essential for fat loss • Understand kcals are essential – it’s the food sources you need to adjust • Start any form of exercise – however weight lifting is optimal •

Be consistently good with your meals

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Gift of Giving back this Christmas… by LOVE LOCAL Christmas can be a wonderful time of year for many of us, but unfortunately not all of us. As we approach the season of giving, we’ve come up with a few easy, costeffective ways for you to “Love Local” and to support others this Christmas Donate to Foodbanks - We have run several articles on Stirling local Food Bank Charity, Start-Up Stirling and although support has been fantastic, don’t forget to support them at Christmas. Buy gifts from charity shops - Charity shops make great hunting grounds for gifts and generate vital income for charities. Why not challenge yourself to get one small item for everyone on your Christmas list from a charity shop. Donate unwanted gifts - make sure you donate any unwanted gifts to charity shops. Good Green Fun in Stirling gratefully accept donations of children’s clothes, nearly-new toys, books etc which they then sell on at affordable prices. Pet presents - we spend around £100 million on Christmas presents for pets. The Dogs Trust and Cats Protection have several pet products which you can get for your cuddly companion and help charity at the same time. Why not donate some food or toys to our local dog shelter, Bandeath? (Source CAF.org) Volunteer - In today’s world, most people feel stressed and worried about many different aspects of their lives and, often, do not know to whom they can turn. The Samaritans are always looking for new volunteers for this very worthwhile and rewarding work of listening. You can talk to a Samaritan by calling 08457 90 90 90 at any time, or send an email to jo@samaritans.org.uk

Macrobert Aladdin Christmas Appeal: Macrobert Arts Centre are helping to support local children and families living with poverty, disability or ill-health to share in the magic of Christmas with a visit to this year’s pantomime, Aladdin. Macrobert has recognised that Christmas is not always a joyous occasion, and many children have never witnessed the magic of a festive show with their family. Therefore, staff at the centre, along with your kind donations are working with Strathcarron Hospice, Aberlour Trust, Stirling Young Carers, Barnardos and other local charities to give tickets to children and their families most in need of a little cheer this season. If you would like to donate then please visit the Macrobert website or contact Alex Duncan, Development Manager, on 01786 467152. £15 - you will give a child a fun-filled time at the Panto. £30 - you will help a child take a special person to the Panto this Christmas. £60 - a family of four will have a magical time together. £300 - 20 children or five families will enjoy a fabulous time at the Panto. £600 - you will give 10 families of four memories to share.


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Why Buy a Real Christmas Tree from the grower? When you buy from an independent, locally-owned Christmas tree farm, you are investing in the local economy. It takes approximately 10 years for a tree to grow to its harvestable height, and during this time a local grower will employ local people to maintain the trees including ensuring weeds are controlled so the trees get all of the soil's goodness. At Edenmill Farm, they bottom handle trees, which means they remove the branches at the base of the tree to stunt its growth, make it easier to fell and easier for customers to place in stands. Trees are fertilised, or fed twice a year to make them green and help them to grow. Christmas tree farms stabilize soil, protect water supplies and provide refuge for wildlife whilst creating scenic green belts. Trees are "sponges" for carbon

dioxide and release oxygen back into the air helping reduce pollution in the atmosphere and giving us clean air to breathe! Finally, by selecting a Christmas tree from a local grower, you know exactly when the tree has been harvested. A local grower will start felling their trees around the last week of November/1st week of December compared to a national producer who will need to harvest their trees at the start of November to ensure they reach retail outlets in time. Trees straight from the grower ensure maximum freshness. WIN: 1 of 5 Premium, locally grown Christmas Trees from Edenmill. Enter online at www.lovelocalmag.com

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Christmas Events Dunblane Christmas Craft Fair 15th November 11am - 4pm Over 60 stalls full of unique and special Christmas gift ideas. Free Entry - Refreshments available Dunblane Centre Black Tie Benefit Saturday 29th November - Dunblane Hydro 7pm start with drinks reception 3 course meal, entertainment by the Soul Doctors and all proceeds go to the Dunblane Youth and Sports Centre Trust which operates the Dunblane Centre Tickets: £60 per person. Tickets available from Dunblane Centre or online www. theatreindunblane.co.uk Dunblane Centre Panto – Knight Fever Tues 9th – Sat 13th Dec 7.30pm start (and 2pm Saturday Matinee performance) Join King Arthur and his knights, Lester the Jester, Dame Daisy and Justin Thyme as they attempt to defeat the Black Knight and rescue the princess. A traditional family panto with all our usual adult culprits, a chorus of 80(ish) fabulous kids, some fabulous songs, a dragon and more sequins than Strictly. Tickets £8 adult and £5 concession Tickets available from Dunblane Centre or online www.theatreindunblane.co.uk Discover Dunblane Christmas Extravaganza Thursday 27th November. This year’s extravaganza promises to be an evening of wonderful shopping, exciting entertainment and with a visit from Father Christmas and his reindeer all your Christmas wishes could come true! Woodhouse, Kippen 3rd December 6-8pm Late night shopping experience.

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Bo’ness Santa Train Dates: 29 & 30 November, 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 & 21 December Santa will be travelling by Steam Train again this year and kindly giving a gift to each of the young passengers. Pre-booking essential see website for details www.bkrailway.co.uk Christmas Tree Festival: Friday 12th to Sunday 14th December (Opening hours: Friday 10.30 - 6.30 pm, Saturday 10.30 - 6 pm, Sunday 10.30 - 5 pm) 20-25 trees decorated by businesses and charities, refreshments, home baking stall plus entertainment from Stirling Academy of Dance, Callander Chimes and Harp2Harp. Location: Holy Trinity Church, Albert Place, Stirling FK8 2RG


CHRISTMAS Edenmill Festive Family Days Out Only 45 minutes from Stirling and open 7 days a week from 1st December, they have Christmas all wrapped up for you. Adults can enjoy some mulled wine whilst choosing their own freshly cut, home grown Christmas tree, sample mouth-watering festive fayre and pick up everything for “the big festive feast.” Children can visit Santa in his Grotto, have fun on the hay bales in the play area, and meet Santa’s Reindeer and other friendly farm animals! Edenmill Farm, Blanefield, Glasgow, G63 9AX The Carse of Stirling Rotary Santa Sleigh Santa and his sleigh will be visiting a street near you courtesy of the Carse of Stirling Rotary. Santa’s helpers will be collecting money for local charities. The collections are generally between 6-8pm. Monday 8th December Livilands/ Shirras Brae, Tuesday 9th Broomridge (Upper), Thursday 11th Broomridge/Wallace Park , Monday 15th Torbrex, Tuesday 16th Coney Park, and Thursday 18th Kings Park.

Bannockburn Primary School Winter Fayre Friday 21st November, 6pm - 8pm Bannockburn Primary School's first ever Winter Fayre, will offer a variety of local craft stalls to help raise much needed funds for the school. Bannockburn Primary School, Quakerfield, Bannockburn, FK7 8JA Bridge of Allan Enjoy some festive shopping in the wonderful independent shops of Bridge of Allan on Sunday 7th December and take advantage of special offers and competitions. Santa and a local choir will also be there. Stirling Christmas Light Switch On See Santa and his reindeer parade through town on Sunday 16th November, The Corn Exchange at 2pm, ending with the opening of Santa’s grotto within the Thistles Shopping Centre at 2.20pm. The reindeer will be outside Costa Coffee until 4pm. Santa will be in his grotto every day until 24th December. For details visit www.thethistles.com

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Macrobert Christmas events Christmas is all wrapped up at Macrobert with great live entertainment for everyone aged 0-100. Aladdin Our brand new panto written by Johnny McKnight, runs from the 26th November 2014 – 4th January 2015. Grab your boogie shoes because this Xmas we guarantee that you should be dancing. The Twankey family live in the town that Stirling Stella almost forgot - Discotopia. Here lives Widow Marge O'Reen Twankey owner of the last laundrette in town. Her oldest daughter, Aladdin, is wildly in love with Prince Jasper but can love survive the grease stains and smell of fabric conditioner? And if love's trials and tribulations weren’t enough Lady Lilith D'ijin has arrived in town claiming herself the long-lost relative of the Twankey family, and all she wants for Christmas is some rusty old lamp....

Too Many Penguins? 2nd-28th Dec. How many penguins can we get in one space? Squeeze into this fun theatrical experience, created especially for 3-6 year olds, to find out. It might get crowded, but we promise the arrival of the penguins, however many, will entertain and delight. The Pine Tree, Poggle and Me 6th – 21st Dec. This is a funny, sensory dance theatre piece for ages 0-3, with live music, clapping rhythms and bubble popping throughout! Come on an adventure this Christmas exploring the forest, meeting beasties and climbing magical musical trees.

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Kilted Kangaroo Comedy Nights 7th November - Headlined by Rev. Obadiah Steppenwolfe III 5th December - Headlined by Stuart Mitchell Comedy nights start at 8.30pm with doors opening at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10.00 and are available from www.kiltedkangaroo.com or by calling 01786 451130.

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WIN a family ticket to the national Wallace Monument Discover the life and legacy of Scotland’s National Hero We are giving 5 lucky families the chance to discover the life and legacy of Scotland’s National Hero! Enjoy a visit to one of Stirling’s most distinctive landmarks, which tells the story of the patriot and martyr Sir William Wallace. From the crown of this famous tower the views of the countryside around Stirling are simply stunning – and as you climb up the 246 steps you can visit the galleries which tell the story of The Battle of Stirling Bridge, and of Wallace’s rise to fame. To enter visit www.lovelocalmag.com

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Park and Ride buses taking you direct to the heart of Stirling this Christmas Our two Park and ride sites offer free parking and provide a frequent and direct service to the city centre so why not let the bus take the traffic out of your festive season. An adult return is £1.20, a child return only 60p and under 5’s travel free! Castleview Mon-Sat every 15 mins, 7.30am-6.30pm Springkerse Mon-Sat every 12 minutes, 7.30am-6.30pm, Thurs 7.30am – 8.30pm Over Christmas both sites will be closed 25th & 26th December and 1st & 2nd January. For full information on the Park & Ride Service visit www.stirling.gov.uk

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