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STIRLING’S LOCAL MAGAZINE

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Christmas Recipes Local Events Local Gift Guides for Men, Women, Children and Pets Competitions, Offers and More..

Offers Inside From: Bob’s Locks, Edenmill Farm, Mandarin Hair and Beauty, Tartan Timber and The Woodhouse. WISHING YOU A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR


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Late Night Christmas Shopping - 10% off It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas... So come and join us on Wednesday 2nd of December for a festive late night shopping & tasting evening from 6-8pm. Enjoy 10% off all Woodhouse purchases all evening, and enjoy a glass of mulled wine and homemade mince pies... our treat!

gifts hampers christmas trees turkeys wine Kippen Station Stirling FK8 3JA t: 01786 870 156 Mon to Fri 9am-5pm, Sat & Sun 10am-5pm facebook.com/thewoodhousekippen


Welcome to our Festive Edition I can’t believe this is the last edition of 2015! The last 12 months have flown by, but what a year it has been. I want to say a massive thank you to all the wonderful local businesses that have advertised with Love Local Mag this year and all you wonderful readers for picking the mag up and supporting these businesses! To top off this fantastic year, I am honoured to announce Love Local Mag was shortlisted under the “Best Front Cover” award at this year's Independent Magazine Publisher Awards! Anyway, I will sign off now and let you continue to read this very festive edition, packed with delicious recipes for home cooking, recommended places to eat out and celebrate, Christmas gift ideas for all your loved ones, Christmas events and so much more we probably should have wrapped it up in a ribbon! I hope you enjoy our final edition of 2015 and all have a healthy, happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

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CONTENTS Royals from the Sea Recipe Have a Falleninch Christmas Christmas Scones Recipe The Festive Food Freeze Feed a Family Appeal

Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 11 Page 12

Hair Tips Keep Calm at Christmas Local Fitness Timetables

Page 13 Page 14 Page 15

Local Gift Guide for Her Local Gift Guide for Him Local Gift Guide for Kids Top 10 Wrapping Tips Local Gift Guide for Foodies Christmas Events

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Christmas Craft Stay Warm this Winter 12 Plants of Christmas

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Local Gift Guide for Pets Lungworm Advice

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GET IN TOUCH Karen@lovelocalmag.com lovelocalmag.com

FOLLOW US ONLINE Front Cover: Wallace Monument by: Sandy Dornan

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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: Black Square, Stirling.

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Tribute Nights At the Queen's 17th October Roberta Childs Divalicious

4th December Jim Smart Freddie Mercury

14th November Jamie Mac Michael Bublé

19th December Mr Onkel Soul Show

The Queen’s Hotel 24 Henderson Street | Bridge of Allan | Stirling | FK9 4HP tel +44 (0) 1786 833 268 email info@thequeenshotel.co web www.thequeenshotel.co

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Bookings now being taken for Christmas 3 Courses & Glass of Fizz £25 / 2 Course Lunch £15

classic and contemporary cocktails • old and new world wines local food and real ales • artisan coffee and home baking riverside dining • wood burning stove Stirling Road, Dunblane, FK15 9EP • 01786 823318 • www.theriversidedunblane.co.uk Opening Times: Mon - Thurs 10am - 12am, Fri - Sat 10am - 1am, Sun 11am - 12pm LLCAOCT14

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

2 courses £13.99 / 3 courses £18.99

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FVC The Place...

‘Where the art of fine dining combines with stunning scenery!’

Visit - http://theplace.forthvalley.ac.uk or call - (01786) 406027 Forth Valley College (Stirling Campus) Drip Road, Stirling, FK8 1SE

© Forth Valley College 2015 All information was correct at time of publishing, but may be subject to change. CM160

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FISH IN CRIEFF IS DIFFERENT. WHY? Because we buy straight from landing markets and boats. We fillet and pack as you watch, giving you the freshest fish possible. Fish that’s days if not hours from being landed – not weeks. And you’ll know that’s true by its smell, or lack of, to be exact! Come and see us, you’ll always be greeted with a smile. One last thing, we also have a restaurant, Little’s Restaurant in Blairgowrie, where you can have the freshest fish prepared and cooked for you by me. Yes me, Willie. FIND US AT BOQUHAN MARKET, KIPPEN, EVERY THURSDAY.

Royals from the Sea

30 East High St, Crieff, PH7 3AF 01764 654509

a perfect Christmas day starter

by WILLIE LITTLE, LITTLE’S RESTAURANT IN BLAIRGOWRIE AND FISH IN CRIEFF FISH 100 grams Halibut per person 100 grams Turbot per person 1-2 Scallops per person

Ask your local fishmonger to cut the halibut and turbot into chunks, and ask for hand-dived scallops only.

FRUITS (for 4) 1 apple, sliced 1 orange 100 grams pineapple chunks Black and green grapes Orange zest Grain mustard Coriander

Whisk egg yolks over a pan of steaming water until light and fluffy, and slowly add the melted butter.

HOLLANDAISE SAUCE (for 4) 2 medium egg yolks 150 gram clarified butter White wine vinegar 1 lemon Salt, Pepper & Cayenne Pepper to taste

Reduce vinegar to a tablespoon and add lemon, salt, pepper and cayenne. Segment orange and squeeze remaining juice out of carcase. Add grain mustard.

Mix together and allow to rest. Do not chill as it is to be served warm. Shallow fry fish in olive oil and season, turning once. Remove from heat and allow to rest for a few minutes. Serve with fruits on bottom, fish on top, and glaze with hollandaise. All this can be sourced from Fish in Crieff.

Halve grapes and check for seeds, then add pineapple, orange zest and apple slices.

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Have a Falleninch Christmas Many of us can’t imagine Christmas dinner without turkey. However, turkey is a fairly recent Christmas tradition. It was initially imported from America in the 1500s but it is only in the last 60 years or so that turkey has become a Christmas standard. In line with modern customer preferences for great quality and maximum convenience in preparing Christmas dinner, Falleninch Farm do not sell whole turkeys but instead provide boneless turkey crown joints which are easy to cook, easy to carve, full of juicy flavour – and nothing goes to waste! Going one step further in the convenience stakes, their Festive Packs ensure that everything you need for a fantastic family Christmas meal is included with the meat of your choice – sausagemeat stuffing, chipolatas, pigs in blankets and goose fat for crispy roast potatoes are all part of the bundle Easy Carve Turkey Pack – Serves 8-10 Fresh boneless turkey crown (approx. 2kg) Pork chipolata sausages (2 x 454g packs) Sausagemeat stuffing (1 x 454g pack) Streaky bacon (1 X 454g pack) Goose fat (1 x jar) Large Easy Carve Turkey Pack – Serves 16+ Fresh boneless turkey crown (approx. 4kg) Pork chipolata sausages (3 x 454g packs) Sausagemeat stuffing (2 x 454g pack) Streaky bacon (1 X 454g pack) Goose fat (1 x jar) Festive Gammon Pack - Serves 8-10 Gammon joint (approx. 2kg) Pork chipolata sausages (2 x 454g packs) Sausagemeat stuffing (1 x 454g pack) Streaky bacon (1 X 454g pack) Goose fat (1 x jar)

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of goodies offered. With packs starting at only £25, there’s something for everyone! If you’re bored of turkey, there are some great alternatives that could feature on your Christmas table this year, such as succulent gammon or beef roasting joints, both of which are also available in Falleninch Farm Festive Packs. But if you like them all or are feeding a large party then you’ll love the Complete Christmas Pack – which contains turkey, gammon and beef joints and loads of trimmings and extras - enough to feed 24! Whichever you choose, make sure that you will have enough for leftovers on Boxing Day, when you can relax after the excitement of the big day and enjoy slices of cold ham, roast beef sandwiches with lots of mustard, or a quick turkey curry! Festive Beef Pack - Serves 8-10 Topside roasting joint (approx 2kg) Pork chipolata sausages (2 x 454g packs) Sausagemeat stuffing (1 x 454g pack) Streaky bacon (1 X 454g pack) Beef dripping (1 x 454g) Goose fat (1 x jar) Complete Christmas Pack - Serves 24+ Fresh boneless Turkey crown (approx. 2kg) Gammon joint (approx. 2kg) Topside roasting joint (approx 2kg) Pork chipolata sausages (5 x 454g packs) Sausagemeat stuffing (3 x 454g pack) Streaky bacon (3 X 454g pack) Goose fat (1 x jar) Beef dripping (1 x 454g) Yorkshire pudding mix (1 pack)


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Christmas Scones Makes approx. 8 scones by THE CDF BAKERS AT CAFÉ DES FLEURS, DOLLAR Ingredients

Method

350 g self raising flour

1. Heat oven to 200C / gas 7

Pinch salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 85g butter - cubed 3 tablespoons Caster Sugar 175 ml milk 1 teaspoon mixed spice 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon cinnamon 100g mixed dried fruit soaked for 1 hour in boiling water with a generous dash of Brandy! 30g Glacé cherries quartered Beaten egg to glaze

2. Mix flour salt and baking powder then rub in butter with a knife until mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs. You could also do this in the food processor. Stir in caster sugar. 3. Drain fruit and add to dry mix with spices and cherries

together the rest of the dough and cut out more scones. 7. Brush with egg and put in oven for around 10-12 minutes - they should be golden brown. We serve these warm from the oven with Cinnamon butter or clotted cream and jam. Delicious!

4. Pour in milk and mix together lightly with your knife until it comes together into a dough. 5. Scatter some flour on the work surface tip out dough - do not roll out!! Just pat lightly into a disc shape. 6. Using a 5 cm cutter cut out as many rounds as you can - don't twist the cutter or the scones will be uneven - Place on baking tray. Bring

Perfect pairing Meinklang Prosa Pinot Noir Frizzante - £12.50, 75cl There’s nothing better with an afternoon tea than a little fizz and if you don’t fancy some Champagne and want a change from Prosecco then this is the thing. This lightly sparkling rose is made in Austria using organic and biodynamic practices. Soft and gently fizzy with welcoming strawberry and redcurrant flavours from the 100 % Pinot Noir.

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

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The Festive Food Freeze by FORTH ENVIRONMENT LINK Get Ready for Local Food run by environmental charity Forth Environment Link is looking forward to the coming festive food months celebrating our local food larder. That’s why our friends at Love Food Hate Waste have prepared great recommendations on freezing food to help us make food go further, keep your home grown food fresh for longer and most importantly to reduce food waste. It may surprise you, but you can freeze almost ALL foods, as long as they’re stored correctly. Many people find it fascinating that you can freeze items such as eggs, bread, berries, fruits, vegetables, cheese and cake. That said, there are just a couple of foods that aren’t fans of freezing: • Some dairy: soft cheeses – think cream cheese and cottage cheese, mayonnaise and sour cream • Some herbs: basil, chives and parsley turn brown in the freezer • Some vegetables with high water content: salad greens, cucumber and uncooked potatoes don’t hold up well, because the thawing causes a change in texture. Better to puree or stew these foods than freeze in their original state.

FOOD WASTE CHALLANGE If you are interested in receiving a food waste toolkit and taking part in our food waste challenge this winter then please get in touch. You can email Donna@ forthenvironmentlink.org or call 01786 449 215 Forth Environment Link’s Stirling Cycle Hub project right at the train station now has a selection of electric bikes. You can try them out for free if you are joining any of their led rides. For those who have been thinking about getting an e-bike this is a great way to test ride one. You can enjoy a led cycle ride and a team member will be at hand to answer any questions you might have If you want to find out more about the e-bikes available at the Stirling Cycle Hub just give them a call on 01786 474160 or email cyclehub@forthenvironmentlink.org

EGGCELLENT FREEZING! Do not freeze eggs in their shells as they may explode. Just break them and beat until the yolk and egg white is just about blended. Put them in an airtight container and label with the date and the number of eggs you’ve used. Whites and yolks can also be frozen separately. Store egg whites in freezer bags for use in omelettes, meringues and mousses. Beat a pinch of salt or sugar into yolks to stop them from thickening too much and freeze in an airtight container, great for Eggnog...

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Delicious Festive Dinner Three course festive dinner available from

Fantastic Festive Lunch

£19.95

Christmas Day at Cook’s

Delicious two course festive lunches from

£11.95

Enjoy a 4 course Christmas Day dinner at Cook’s for

£59 per adult

01786 430890

78 Upper Craigs, FK8 2DT

Feed a Family Appeal How much does Christmas mean to you? How much does it mean to a family in financial crisis? How much does it cost to make a difference - £5? £20? £50? By supporting Start-Up Stirling’s Christmas ‘Feed a Family’ Appeal you could help make Christmas special for those who would otherwise go without. A donation of £5 will provide turkey or ham for Christmas dinner; £20 could buy an entire Christmas dinner; or for £50 you could ensure a family of 4 enjoy a Festive Food-Pack with all the trimmings. Our Food Banks distribute emergency meals to 120 households every week throughout the year. Please help us ensure that all families in Stirlingshire can enjoy Christmas dinner without having to choose between heating

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by START-UP STIRLING

or eating. Donate online at www. startupstirling.org.uk, follow the ‘Donate Now’ link on our Facebook homepage or contact us on mail@startupstirling. org.uk to make a real difference. On behalf of all the families who will enjoy a Christmas Dinner as a result, thank you.


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35 Forth Crescent, Riverside, Stirling, FK8 1LG

TAKEN NOW CHRISTMAS BOOKINGS

FREECUT WITHCOLOUR UNTIL THE END OF NOVEMBER

Open six days a week Late night Tuesday and Thursday Student & senior citizen discounts Scottish Hair & Beauty Awards Finalist 2013 and 2014

Tel: 01786 473557 Web: mandarinhair.com

Hair Tips Here are a few of our tips to get the best of your salon experience this Christmas; Book appointments in advance Our stylists can get extremely busy in the run up to Christmas, please arrange a slot in plenty of time to avoid disappointment. Wear suitable clothing to your appointment Consider wearing something that doesn’t have to be removed overhead, that way you won’t ruin your lovely new style. For Hair up clients If possible, wash your hair the night before rather than on the day. Follow aftercare advice Your stylist will tell you how to maintain your look, how to brush out backcombing and taking pins out, what shampoo and styling products to use for your hair type.

by MANDARIN HAIR AND BEAUTY Why not add an accessory Bring along anything you would like to add to your style, a little bling can make all the difference. Ask about extra colour glossing services or temporary colour Bring your hair to life, refresh, re-tone or add incredible shine with temporary colour. At Mandarin our stylists will advise on the best options to suit you. Purchase a treat for yourself Go on, treat yourself with a handy handbag size hairspray, shine spray or serum for a special finish or pamper yourself with a conditioning mask. Hope you have a fantastic Christmas from all the girls at Mandarin Hair!!

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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

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

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

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Keep Calm at Christmas by VICKY MCLEOD, MERIDIAN WELLBEING HYPNOTHERAPY Even for the most festive people, Christmas can cause increased stress and anxiety. When we feel under pressure, or that demands currently outweigh our resources to meet them, we begin to feel stressed or anxious. At Christmas people can feel an escalation in this pressure, from the increased financial expenditure, increased social expectations, pressure to cook, host a party, source appropriate gifts, maintain our ideal weight or stick to a healthy diet. On top of this shops and roads become busier often making everyday tasks more difficult or time consuming. Here are a few practical tips and tools to make the festive season more relaxing and enjoyable. • Make time for you to enjoy the season and the things that make it special.

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• Be organised, make lists, plan ahead and you will avoid the stress of last minute queues and crowds or the panic of missing last postal dates. • Christmas doesn’t cause stress; it is our perception of and reaction to Christmas that causes stress. Keep things in perspective. It is not the end of the world if you burn the turkey or buy the wrong sized gift. • Relaxation techniques help to reduce tension and stress, by slowing your breathing and heart rate, reducing blood pressure, and releasing tension from your body. A free hypnotherapy MP3 – ‘Keep Calm & Enjoy the Holidays’ and other free resources are available from www.meridian-wellbeing.vpweb.co.uk


Fitness Timetable CLASS

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

Studio in Kings Park, Stirling

Monday 10-11am, 11.10am 12.10pm, 7-8pm Tuesday 10.30 -11.30am, 8.15pm Men’s Pilates Tuesdays 7-8pm Wednesday 7pm – 8pm Thursday 10.30-11.30am Sunday 10.00 – 11.00am

Elaine at Stirling Fitness 07933 911522

HIIT/Circuits a balance of strength and aerobic training

Studio in Kings Park, Stirling

Thursday 7-8pm

Elaine at Stirling Fitness 07933 911522

PiYo a fun, challenging class fusing Pilates and Yoga. You will burn calories, tone muscles, work on balance and get a great stretch..

Dunblane Centre

Saturdays 11am-11.45am

Contact 01786 824224 to book

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

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

Friday 9.30am - 10.30am. Block starts 13th November to 18th December.

Shams, on 07886 100 523 or email shamsabu-tayeh@ hotmail.com

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

Beaconhurst School, 52 Kenilworth Rd, FK9 4RR

Thursday evening 6.15pm - 7.15pm Block starts Thursday 12 Nov - Thursday 17th December.

Shams, on 07886 100 523 or email shamsabu-tayeh@ hotmail.com

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

Beaconhurst School, 52 Kenilworth Rd, FK9 4RR

Thursday evening 7:30 - 8:30pm. Block starts Thursday 12 Nov - Thursday 17th December.

Shams, on 07886 100 523 or email shamsabu-tayeh@ hotmail.com

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

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

Every Friday 7-8pm

Shams, on 07886 100 523 or email shamsabu-tayeh@ hotmail.com

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

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

Every Tuesday 10am -11am

Book at www.headover heelsdance fitness.co.uk

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Home of Caithness Glass

GIFTS GALORE

Our Gift Shop comes alive at Christmas with a wonderful selection of gifts, cards and homewares

GARDEN CENTRE

Come and visit the Christmas display in our Garden Centre and from mid-November purchase your Christmas trees, wreaths, poinsettias and much more.

FESTIVE MENU

Our delicious Festive Menu will be available in the Restaurant from Monday 7 December. To reserve a table call us on 01764 654065 or email – rest@crieff.co.uk Open 7 Days 9.00am – 5.00pm. Muthill Road, Crieff, PH7 4HQ. Tel: 01764 654014 LOVE LOCAL | 17 www.crieff.co.uk


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Gifts for Her 1. Seaweed skincare from £9.50 from Stirling Health Food Store, Dumbarton Road, Stirling 2. Vintage Floral Heart Umbrella £19.99 heartsweethearts.com (Dunblane) 3. Snood by Pia Rossini £33.90 Headband by Pia Rossini - £18.00. Both available from Crieff Visitor Centre. 4. Pots Of Dreams £9.99. Available from Right Medicine Pharmacy. 5. Cushion by Shruti £22.95. Available from Crieff Visitor Centre 6. Christmas Yankee Candle set £22.99. Available from Right Medicine Pharmacy. 7. 18 ct gold earrings from £125 Available from Ian Gallacher Jewellers. 8. Hand blown glass ‘Snowstorm Vase’ £145 and ‘Snowstorm Candle holder’ £48 by Elin Isaksson. Order online www.scotlandglassblowing.co.uk 9. MAIREAD HUME Harris Tweed Golf Collection - Shoe Bag £80. Available from www.maireadhume.com (Dunblane.) 10. MAIREAD HUME Harris Tweed Golf Collection - Valuable Pouch £55. Sunglass Case £30. Available from www.maireadhume.com (Dunblane.) 11. 18 ct gold pendant from £225 Available from Ian Gallacher Jewellers. 12. A glamorous supercar for a glamorous lady! She will feel like true superstar behind the wheel around Knockhill Racing Circuit. £199

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Beautiful quality fresh flowers and plants & inspiring home interior and gift ideas. 25 yrs experience in all aspects of floristry. Local delivery service. For something special and a little outside the box, trust The Secret Garden to create something wonderful. Wishing you a lovely Christmas and a happy healthy New Year 2016. 6 High Street, Dunblane, FK15 0AD 01786 826 937 info@secretgardendunblane.co.uk www.secretgardendunblane.com FIND US ON FACEBOOK

T: 01786 473696 E: info@iangallacher.com W: www.iangallacher.com FOLLOW US ON

Leading the way in Diamonds Monday to Saturday 0845 - 1700 7 Murray Place, Stirling FK8 1DQ

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CHRISTMAS VOUCHERS NOW AVAILABLE FUNCTIONS • SPA • CORPORATE EVENTS BAR • FINE DINING • ACCOMMODATION

Knock Castle Hotel and Spa Drummond Terrace, Crieff, Perthshire PH7 4AN T 01764 650088 E reservations@knockcastle.com W knockcastle.com


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Robertsons is a family run business located in Scotland from 1986. We are renowned throughout the area as providing one of the finest framing services available.This is a combination of having two guild commended framers on site who can provide you with all the information you need, and also our dedication to getting you your work back in a timely manner. We stock many of the UK's most popular artists, ranging from Fabian Perez and Mark Spain to JJ Adams and Lynn Rodgie. We also sell many fantastic gift ideas ranging from candles and diffusers to LSA Glassware. 64-66 Bridge Street, Dollar, FK14 7DQ www.robertsonfineart.co.uk 01259 740047 LOVE LOCAL | 21


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Gifts for Him 1. Fred Bennett (sterling silver and sapphire) Cufflinks £96 Available from Ian Gallacher Jewellers. 2. Beer making kits from £13.20, available from Stirling Health Food Store, Dumbarton Road, Stirling

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5. Kiln Embers £39 – limited release warming peated malt available from WoodWinters 6. Thornback & Peel handkerchiefs £14.50. Available from Crieff Visitor Centre

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7. Pots Of Dreams £9.99. Available from Right Medicine Pharmacy. 8. Hand blown glass by Elin Isaksson. ‘Whisky glass’ £45. Order online www. scotlandglassblowing.co.uk

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1. Dairy free Christmas treats, from £1.99 available from Stirling Health Food Store, Dumbarton Road, Stirling 2. Child's Kit Health pendant £35 Available from Ian Gallacher Jewellers. 3. Fairtrade, hand-knitted dinosaurs, £21 for the pair. Available from www.mybababoo.co.uk 4. Karting Fun Fun Fun for kids from just 8 years old. Kids and Family sessions available at Knockhill Karting from just £10 5. The Irish Fairy Door – Invite a Fairy into your home this Christmas. Various Colours available £20.00. Available from Toy Hub, Dunblane or online at www.toyhubdirect.co.uk 6. Large Hand-crocheted, Fairtrade Santa doll, £15.00. Available from www.mybababoo.co.uk 7. The Elf on the Shelf – adopt your boy or girl elf. Each elf comes with a hardback copy of The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition Story Book. £27.95 Available from Toy Hub, Dunblane or online at www.toyhubdirect.co.uk 8. Blade & Rose Leggings £10. Available from Clementine Blue, order via phone on 07791959177 or Facebook.com/ clementinebluebaby. 9. Luxury Organic Skincare Giftset, Mother & Baby Gold award-winning selection, £42.00. Available from www.mybababoo.co.uk 10. Olive & Moss Babygrow. £20. Available from Clementine Blue, order via phone on 07791959177 or Facebook.com/ clementinebluebaby. 11. Handmade, luxury double plush blanket £42. Available from www.mybababoo.co.uk

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10 Simple tips for wrapping like a professional by WRAPISTRY BY CHERENE 1. The simple rule is, if the gift is soft put it in a gift box or gift bag, if it is in a box or some other firm outer covering wrap it in paper! 2. Always wrap on a hard surface. If you wrap on a carpet it’s harder to keep control of the paper, so it is more likely to tear. 3. Place the gift face down so that the gift wrap overlaps on the underside of the gift, and the bow and nametag is on the top. 4. Don’t forget to hide the price; however don’t cut off the tag making it difficult to return it. Try and get a gift receipt and include it in with the gift. If that's not possible pop a festive sticker over the price! 5. Scissors and sellotape are fine but, to become a better gift wrapper invest in the correct tools such as a rotary cutter, double sided tape, wrapping dots, glue gun and most importantly a craft mat so not to damage any surface that you might be cutting on! Using paper scissors to cut ribbon could blunt your scissors. 6. Recycling old Christmas paper through a paper shredder to create lining for gift boxes or gift bags. 7. Last year’s Christmas cards can be cut to create a beautiful gift tag, tag. Simply cut out the part you want to use, punch a hole and thread through ribbon, garden twine or laces. Then attach to the gift!

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8. Brown paper and twine makes a beautiful, natural, timeless gift wrap. Make it extra special by adding fresh holly, a waxed seal or even some dried orange slices and Star Anise to give it that festive aroma. (Simply dry orange slices with kitchen roll then place on a low heat in oven for 8 hours.) 9. Ran out of gift wrap? Don’t worry; try recycling newspaper (be careful as the ink can sometimes come off), magazine covers, greaseproof paper or even tin foil! 10. Encourage children to wrap with you. There is always something they can do and they love to be included, but don't leave children unattended with scissors or sharp objects! This is how my love of wrapping was born: from a young age I wrapped with my mum and she always made it so special with either Christmas movies or Christmas songs playing in the background, we still do this together and now my daughter Grace joins in too! Remember a gift should never be judged on its size or cost but simply on the size of heart that gives it and any gift can be transformed into a masterpiece! Make all your Christmas gifts extra special with beautiful wrapping by WRAPISTRY BY CHERENE. www.facebook.com/wrappedbycherene 07581 216503


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Shop Local poem

Gift for foodies

by RUTH ANNE BAXTER Twas the night before Small Business Saturday When all through the UK Consumers were being encouraged To shop ‘small and local’ for a day.

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The ‘conglomerates’ may print it on vouchers But that’s really not the same. If you’ve never tried ‘small and local’ Then get them on your list

1. Luxury Japanese sushi kit £29.50 available from Stirling Health Food Store, Dumbarton Road, Stirling

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Christmas @ Macrobert Arts Centre Christmas is all wrapped up at Macrobert Arts Centre with a fantastic new Panto written by and starring Johnny McKnight The Little Mermaid (25 Nov to 3 Jan) – a fishy underwater pirate ‘tail’ for all the family! There’s also Robin, a lovely new show for 3 to 6 year olds and their grown-ups on from 1 to 27 December. Robin’s not so reliant and getting his feathers in a twist, but this is a fun show promising lot of Christmas cheer. The Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker is on in the Filmhouse on 16 and 17 Dec at 7.15pm and the new Star Wars film will also be screened – dates and times to be confirmed. Tickets for all of these events are available from www.macrobertartscentre.org or by calling 01786 466 666.

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Christmas Events Event: Christmas Craft Fair Location: The Dunblane Centre, Dunblane, FK15 9EY When: Sunday 15th November 11am – 4pm With around 60 different stalls you can get your Christmas shopping off to a great start whilst supporting a local charity. Soft play from 1pm and the chance to visit a Santa in his grotto. Event: Holy Rude Christmas and Craft Fair Location: Church of the Holy Rude When: Saturday 21st November between 10 a.m. and 3.p.m The fair will have a variety of stalls with goodies from local crafts people and plenty of Christmas shopping opportunities, whilst raising funds for Stirling’s second oldest building. All-day cafe. Event: Bridge of Allan Light Switch On Location: Henderson Street, Bridge of Allan When: Saturday 21st November, 2:30 – 5:30pm For the very first time, festive lighting is coming to Bridge of Allan, join the village to witness the magical switch on. Event: Blair Drummond Christmas Fair Location: Blair Drummond Community Hall, FK9 4UX When: Friday 27th November from 7pm till 9pm Over 20 stalls including jewellery, tile mosaics,

winter hampers and Christmas Cards. Entry is £1 for adults and 50p for children which includes tea/juice and a mince pie/ shortbread. There will be a charity raffle and proceeds will be donated to the Defibrillator Fund for Blair Drummond.

Join Aladdin, Wishee Washee and the Genie as they join forces to defeat the evil Abanazer and win the hand of the princess Jasmine. Tickets £8 adult and £6 concession. Tickets available from the Centre or online www. theatreindunblane.co.uk

Event: Fintry Amateur Dramatic Society Panto Location: Menzies Hall, Fintry, Stirlingshire When: 26th – 28th Nov. 3rd – 5th Dec. 7.30pm (2pm matinee on Saturdays)

Event: Christmas Ceilidhs Location: The Tollbooth, Stirling When: Sat 12 December

“Dick McWhittington” – a hilarious pantomime for all the family in which our hero strives to save Glasgow from Queen Rat and her hordes. All the fun of the traditional story with a 21st Century Scottish twist - oh! yes, it is!! Event: Discover Dunblane Christmas Extravaganza Location: Dunblane Main Street When: Thursday 26th November. 3:30pm 8:00pm Discover the best that Dunblane has to offer at Christmas time. Meet Santa and his reindeer, browse the shops, enjoy the fantastic eateries and be entertained into the evening with a Fireworks Display at 8pm. Event: Aladdin Location: The Dunblane Centre, Dunblane, FK15 9EY When: Tuesday 8th Dec – Saturday 12th Dec. 7.30pm with a 2pm matinee on the Saturday afternoon.

Family 3-5pm £7/£9 / Evening 8-11pm £9/£11 Expect the usual preChristmas fun with the ever popular Brian McAlpine and his International Ceilidh Collective - bring a friend(s) or come alone and make some when you get there. Event: Bridge of Allan Christmas Spectacular Location: Henderson Street, Bridge of Allan When: Sunday 13th December, 12:00pm - 4:00pm Meet Santa and his reindeer and soak up the Christmas atmosphere at Bridge of Allan’s mini Christmas market and vintage fairground. With carollers, hot chocolates, and lots and lots of festive cheer.

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Woodland Light Experience Bringing the woodland to life is the inspiration behind the beguiling Woodland Light Experience. The natural habitat is transformed into a magical theatre of light and shadow play, set against the backdrop of dark autumnal skies. Suitable for the entire family, both adults and children will be in awe of the beautiful lighting effects, dazzling projections and the breathtaking finale featuring light, music and water. Children, with their keen senses and curious minds, might spot something altogether more magical in the woodland. Running from the 12th – 25th November, and within a short drive from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Perth, the theme for

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2015 is ALIVE. Seeing the woodland as a living space is the inspiration behind the theme this year, and the professional lighting sympathetically enhances and captures that organic feel. Owner and Director at Woodland Experiences, Ken Hendry, worked alongside award-winning company NL Productions to realise his creative dream for the woodland he planted nearly twenty-five years ago: “The woodland is a living and breathing habitat, that is teeming with life. At night it’s also a place that fires the imagination. I wanted to capture that, and the lighting does give that sense of something alive and magical with the trees.”


Enjoy the magnificent scenery and all the festivities of the winter season onboard the Steamship Sir Walter Scott as it sets off on its journey across the winter wonderland of Loch Home Katrine. of the Steamship Sir Walter Scott Join our popular “Sail with Santa� cruise on the iconic Steamship Sir Walter Scott. On this hour long sail Santa and his helpers will spend time with each child and give them a wrapped up gift. Our price includes a glass of mulled wine for the adults and local Christmas fayre. Saturday & Sundays 5th & 6th, 12th & 13th, 19th & 20th December 2015

Join our popular one hour New Year Celebration Party Cruise, aboard The Steamship Sir Walter Scott, and in addition to enjoying the magical scenery of Loch Katrine and the Trossachs, we invite you to join us in a complimentary toast to the Auld and New Year with traditional, locally produced black-bun and shortbread. Sunday 28th to Wednesday 30th December and Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd January 2016

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Join us for some Christmas Cheer! Get into the festive spirit and join The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre in Aberfoyle for some Christmas cheer! Pick out your real Christmas tree from the sales centre where you can choose from a selection of species and sizes, and join in with Christmas activities every weekend in December. Highlights include: 12th December: Lomond Mountain Rescue Team will be bringing their dog to the Lodge and running a tombola to raise money for their worthy cause. 12th-13th December: The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre will be hosting a Winter Wildlife Festival where you can learn all about hibernation and take part in crafts and activities They will also be running a festive themed trail down to the waterfall; pick up a quiz sheet from the Lodge and set off on an adventure! And after all that fun, why not relax with a mince pie in the cafĂŠ along with fresh food and hot drinks. Open from 10am-4pm from the 1st -22nd December.

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Cork Christmas Tree Craft Creating you own Christmas decorations can be a fun, educational and interesting thing for all the family. This particular project is very easy, and barely warrants a tutorial as you can probably figure it out just with the final picture, however here are some tips‌ Start with some hot glue and one wine cork. Attach another cork to start forming your tree. If you have corks from red wine, make sure that you put the red ends of the corks on the same side. That way the front of your tree will all be the same color. You can also use felt tip pens to colour the other corks and make an attractive pattern.

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Glue a third wine cork on the top‌ and you just build from there! Note, it is likely your wine corks will be different sizes and lengths, so make sure you level them out on the front so it is flat (simply press them against the table to ensure they are even.) Three standing corks makes an ideal tree trunk, or a champagne cork! * Big thanks to The Old Bridge Inn and Wrapistry by Cherene for your help with this!


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Stay warm this winter – the coldest for 50 years! by AC GOLD Weather forecasters have predicted that this coming winter is set to be the coldest for the last 50 years, with heavy snow and temperatures expected to fall to as low as -20°C. Experts warn that the big freeze could plunge the nation into chaos earlier than normal and emergency services have been told to prepare for a devastating winter. With weather expected to be so severe, staying warm in your home becomes even more important – but could prove to be costly. (*) REDUCING HEATING BILLS Heating bills can be reduced in a number of ways: • Check that you are getting the best deal available from your energy supplier. • Stop draughts. Use a draught excluder, or fabricate your own using blankets placed at the bottom of doors and tape over draughty keyholes and window seals. • Put good quality tin foil behind radiators to ensure all heat is radiated back into your room. • Improve your loft insulation. Or consider getting cavity wall insulation. • Change your heating system to a renewable source such as a biomass boiler that saves money on fuel and qualifies for Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments from the government. • Weather compensation controls added/ incorporated into your heating system (fossil fuel or renewable type heating).

also has the advantage that it doesn’t add any CO2 to the atmosphere and is a renewable source of fuel. RENEWABLE HEAT INCENTIVE Sweden and much of Europe have been heating their homes with gasified wood fuel and biomass for half a century. And now the UK government have made the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) - a government backed scheme which encourages the uptake of renewable energy sources to generate heat and pays people to heat their properties in a carbon-neutral way. Ofgem pays householders with registered biomass heating systems for every kilowatt hour of energy which is produced. For domestic systems, payments are made for 7 years at a rate of 6.43p per kWh of renewable heat produced since 1 October 2015. * Info from Daily Express newspaper (16 September 2015) **Info from website: www.biomassenergycentre.org.uk

THE COST OF FUEL Electricity is the most expensive way to heat your home, followed by LPG, heating oil, natural gas, and then wood fuel. Wood fuel

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Guardian Systems Interview with FRED FINDLAY Do Guardian Manufacture products themselves? Yes, uPVC, Timber, Aluminium, Alu-Clad. Guardian have been manufacturing in Stirling for the past 21 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.

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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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12 Plants of Christmas by JILL BURT, VIALII GARDEN DESIGN As Christmas edges closer we start to think about making our houses bright and colourful over the festive period. But why not make sure your garden is full of interest too? Here are our 12 plants of Christmas to give your garden some winter cheer... 1. Mahonia Ă— media 'Charity' The spiny leaves of this shrub are attractive but it's the yellow, scented flowers that make this shrub a must for winter.

of its lovely scent. Lovely black fruit follows on from the flowers. 9. Carex buchananii All grasses are wonderful additions to the winter garden, especially when they are covered in frost. We love the bronzed colour of the buchananii and its graceful clumped shape. Mass plant for effect. 10. Corylus contorta (Contorted Hazel)

The white flowers of the niger are particularly attractive, nodding above the attractive foliage.

The contorted hazel looks wonderful all year round with its catkins in Spring and lovely crinkly foliage over Summer. But for us it looks best in winter when you can truly appreciate its magical contorted structure.

3. Hamamelis Ă— intermedia (Witch Hazel)

11. Ilex (Holly)

The witch hazel provides wonderful colours through Autumn but it's winter when you will get the beautiful, yellowy orange, fragrant flowers.

It just wouldn't be Christmas without a spot of holly would it? Plant its pal hedera helix (ivy) for the full effect!

4. Cornus alba 'Elegantissima' (Red Barked Dogwood)

Yes, the good old sprout isn't just for the dinner table. Use them to make a funky wreath for the front door!

2. Helleborus niger (Christmas Rose)

The red stems of the dogwood make a wonderfully eye-catching feature in a winter border. Mass plant for full effect. 5. Skimmia x confusa 'Kew Green' The shiny green leaves and gently scented flowers are a great addition to a winter garden. Plant alongside a female plant and she will reward you with berries too.

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So it needn't just be the inside of your home looking colourful and interesting this Christmas. For more information on all things garden related visit www.vialiigardendesign.co.uk

6. Viburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn' "Bod Dawn" is a lovely addition to the garden. A vigorous shrub with lovely pink flowers over winter. 7. Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postill' Another fragrant joy for the garden over winter, the daphne also has pretty flowers and foliage. 8. Sarcococca confusa (Sweet Box) The sarcococca is a beautiful evergreen shrub but make sure you plant it somewhere you can take full advantage

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Gifts for pets 1. Turkey and cranberry Dog Treats £2.99 available from Ballachallan Feeds, ballachallanfeeds.co.uk

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

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

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There has been a lot of discussion about Lungworm recently and we wanted to keep you updated and advised on how to keep your dog safe. Lungworm (or Angiostrongylus Vasorum) has a lifecycle which involves slugs and snails. Your dog can only become infected if it eats these (on purpose or by accident in long grass). Research into the slug and snail population of three parks in Glasgow has shown that 6 percent of the slugs and snails there were infected. It is still an uncommon disease. We do not know the percentage of slugs and snails that are infected across Stirlingshire. Once your dog has eaten an infected slug or snail the parasite travels through their body and settles in the heart. Here the adult worm produces eggs which develop into larvae. These larvae can then travel to the lungs where they are coughed up and swallowed. They can then be passed in the faeces and the slugs and snails can ingest these larvae. And the cycle continues.

Symptoms of lungworm in your dog include breathing difficulties, coughing (especially coughing up blood), tiring easily and bleeding disorders. If left untreated lungworm can be fatal. But there is no need to panic. We can easily prevent Lungworm. Lungworm can be prevented by using regular worming products which we can advise you on. Please note that not all worming products are effective against Lungworm and you will need to speak to us for guidance. Our vets, nurses and receptionists are very happy to discuss Lungworm prevention with you. If you have any concerns that your dog has any of the symptoms described above then please contact us immediately. We have a very dedicated team who run our own out of hours service in the case of an emergency.

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