Love Local Stirling March - April 2017

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CONTENTS 5 ways to save money & reduce food waste Restaurant review: Bite East Quick chilli con carne

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Improve Survival from Cardiac Arrest Local Fitness Timetable

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University of Stirling celebrates 50th Anniversary Shortlist of Remarkable Women All About Art

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Love Local Fashion

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Choosing a Wedding Theme A Hamlet with History Wedding Decor and Flowers Engraved Wedding Gifts

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Seasonal Pet Health

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5 Tips for Spring Clean Success Houseplant with Staying Power

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How to Build a Brand

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5 ways to save money & reduce food waste by LOVE FOOD, HATE WASTE

Money Saving Expert's Martin Lewis says: “Throwing food away is the purest waste of money possible. I’ve been banging on about how to beat it for years, so it’s wonderful to see the Love Food Hate Waste campaign." So what’s the secret to stop throwing food away and save us money? 1. Get familiar with your fridge and friendly with your freezer. Understanding food dates and what the ‘best before’ and ‘use by’ labels really mean is key to making the most of your fridge and freezer. Just by opening the fridge and checking the ‘use by’ dates on what’s inside, you can begin saving money. Meat, fish and ready meals are often the most expensive things we buy – regularly checking the dates on perishables in your fridge can help save them from the bin. Move recently bought items into the freezer if you don’t think you’ll have time to eat them or cook them soon. Dairy products are often forgotten at the back of the fridge. Why not grate odd bits of cheddar and mix with breadcrumbs for a savoury topping, or stir into mashed potatoes? You can use up your yogurts in fruit smoothies or as delicious toppings on breakfast cereals. When you get home with your shopping, transfer as much as you can straight into the freezer. If you have large packets of chicken pieces or fish, divide them up using freezer bags and freeze individual portions. 2. Store cupboard savvy: Try and keep your store cupboard and freezer wellstocked with a variety of canned, dried and frozen goods, rice, pulses, pastas and sauces that you know you, your partner and your family love to eat. With these you can always rustle up a decent meal or create delicious dinner from leftovers. 3. Getting your portions right: Day after day we serve up basic staples like bread, rice, potatoes and pasta, and quite often what we can't eat ends up going straight in the bin. Are you getting your portions right? Use our portion calculator as a handy way to

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measure just the right amount. For instance, a mug full of rice will serve four adults. 4. Lovely leftovers: Being crafty with your food is the clever way to save money – and it really boils down to thinking before you throw. With a bit of preparation, your leftovers can create some delicious meals, and they don’t have to be second best. It’s amazing how many meals you can get from one chicken. If you enjoy a roast on Sunday, the remains of the joint can make a great curry or a delicious risotto later in the week there may even be enough for a sandwich or two. With a little time, the carcass can also be boiled up for stock and soups. Sunday roast is the perfect time to do it, when you might have a bit more time. Keep the stock in the fridge or freezer for when you need it. If you have some dinner left in the pan, put it in a freezer bag and pop it in the freezer as a ‘ready meal’ for one. Smaller amounts can be pureed up as baby food or served as a kid’s portion for lunch the next day. The last dregs of wine or beer can be frozen in ice cube trays and popped out into stews and casseroles when cooking. Cut the bruises off old apples and toss into the pan with your sausages. Don’t throw out those black bananas – mash them up and add cream for a super-quick pudding everyone will love. 5. Planning your meals: Meal planning is one of the most effective ways you can save on your food bills. Start by checking your fridge, freezer and store cupboard and ask yourself what you really need. Then, before you go shopping, think carefully about what you're going to need for the week and write a list. That way you won't shop for things you already have. Get your partner, friends or the kids to help – ask them to share their favourite meals and what they'd like to have that week. Then you can work out a meal plan for the week, and make sure you have everything you need.


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Share informal tapas, with family and friends in our inviting and relaxed atmosphere Tapas dishes from £5 and delicious sharing boards for £15 which is made up of meats, cheeses, olives, anchovies and sun dried tomatoes. Opening Hours: Mon - Thurs 1pm to 11pm Fri & Sat 1pm - 12pm Sunday 1-10pm 1 Allanvale Road, Bridge of Allan, Stirling FK9 4NU

01786 834365

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LOVE FOOD & DRINK

Restaurant Review: Bite East by NIKKI REID, FREELANCE FOOD BLOGGER AND EDUCATOR; FOUNDER OF COUTHECANTIE.

I’m told that “Dim Sum” translates from Chinese to English as “touches the heart”, and there are certainly several touches from the heart, at 52 Port Street, Stirling. That is where you will find Bite East, a relatively new restaurant in town which offers an authentic oriental dining experience. The first thing that struck me as I entered, for my first time, was the welcoming nature of our hosts. Despite the modern and minimal décor of the restaurant there was a genuine warmth about the place, and although we were eating quite early for a Saturday night (18:30) there were already tables full of guests – most of whom were visibly of Asian descent – which I took as a very positive sign indeed. Upon reading the menu I had to take my time and have some dishes explained to me – there was just so much to choose

from! All dishes were written in both Chinese and English with separate pages covering Chinese, Japanese, Street Food as well as more ‘Westernised’ Eastern dishes - there is truly something for everyone. My husband and I shared both of our courses and each dish was deep with flavour. From king prawn tempura and dim sum to a selection of satay skewers, chicken in a pineapple (yes… in!), noodles and rice. By the end we were beyond full as we found the portions at Bite East to be more than generous. As our evening went on we noticed take-away orders flying out the door with pick up and home delivery being offered. So whether you fancy a night out in town, or just fancy a delicious meal from the comfort of your couch, Bite East is sure to tick both boxes on a trip for your taste buds.

Sushi, Japanese Cuisine, Authentic Chinese Dishes, Sichuan Hot & Spicy, Dimsum, Hotpot and Bubble Tea

£5 Voucher £5 off when you spend £20 or more

H O M E D E L I V E RY AVA I L A B L E T: 01786 479799 • Address: 52, Port Street, Stirling FK8 2LJ

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Nutritious and delicious. The clue is in the name. Diced Beef Chilli £3.65 from our Nutritious & Delicious range

Those clever chefs at Wiltshire Farm Foods know how to make really healthy food, really tasty. Take the Nutritious & Delicious range – each flavoursome meal is under 400 calories, contributes to your 5 a day, and is low in salt and fat. All delivered free.

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Quick Chilli Con Carne

by CAROLINE MARSON, LOVE FOOD HATE WASTE

When cooking a mince dish like this one it makes sense to double up and freeze a second meal for another day. INGREDIENTS 500g frozen beef mince 2 tablespoons olive oil, for frying 1 onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 ½ tablespoon tomato puree 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes 1 x 400g tin red kidney beans 400ml meat stock 1 cinnamon stick INSTRUCTIONS 1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and cook the onions with the garlic, chilli, spices and tomato puree for 5-10 minutes.

2. Add the mince and cook over a high heat, stirring until all the meat changes colour and there are no lumps, bubble until the meat begins to catch. 3. Add the tinned tomatoes bring to the boil and leave to cook down for about 5 minutes. 4. Pour in the meat stock and kidney beans, drop in the cinnamon stick and bring to the boil. Stir and turn heat down, cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the cinnamon stick, taste, season and serve. To freeze: Complete the recipe up to the end of step 4. Cool, put into an airtight container, label and freeze for up to 3 months. To use: Defrost overnight in the fridge. Simmer the chilli in a pan on the hob until piping hot.

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LOVE HEALTH & WELLBEING

SELF-HELP WELLBEING GROUP Take control of your life. Whatever the reason NOW is the time to take YOUR health, emotions and wellbeing into YOUR own hands. Be healthier and fill your life with joy, peace and contentment.

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Fortnightly workshops Hillhead Retreat, Near COWIE ; Stirlingshire, FK7 7DJ £10.00 per session. 2 hour sessions + 30 min beforehand for refreshments, introduction and catch-up.

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KALMED CLINIC Kalmed Clinic is a unique Private Dispensing General Practice conveniently located in Stirling.

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he Clinic has been established by Dr. Kyle Lifson (MBChB, MRCP, MRCGP) who has over 20 years experience as an NHS Dispensing GP, extensive Hospital and Travel Medicine experience. Kalmed Clinic provides a full range of General Practice services, corporate healthcare, travel medicine combined with medication dispensing for private patients. The Clinic is based in Springfield House, which is located in the attractive Kings Park area of Stirling and ensures a highly professional and quality environment for Consultations combined with ample parking and appropriate patient access.

SERVICES Consultations • Medicals • Investigations • Referrals Travel & Expedition Clinic • Vaccinations & Dispensing

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Improving Survival from Cardiac Arrest by DR KYLE LIFSON, KALMED CLINIC In Scotland this month 575 people will die from a cardiac arrest and the vast majority of these victims will die before reaching the hospital. Community Cardiac Arrest Facts: • Less than 2% will receive life-saving defibrillation before the ambulance arrives. • Less than 40% of UK victims receive bystander CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). • Ambulance services respond to approximately 60,000 community cases of suspected cardiac arrest annually (UK). • Resuscitation is only attempted by ambulance crews in less than 50% of these victims, 50% are already dead. • Less than 10% of victims survive to be discharged from hospital in the UK compared to 20-25% in other countries where there is greater public awareness, CPR training and provision of public access automated external defibrillators (AED). In Japan, the government has promoted a large-scale campaign for CPR training and public access defibrillation, including: • Active promotion of the safety of the public using defibrillators • The number of public access defibrillators has increased from 10,961 to 428,821 (2005-2013) • The percentage of patients receiving shocks from public access defibrillators increased from 1.1% in 2005 to 16.5% in 2013. In Japan there is one defibrillator per 300 people compared to one per 7000 people in the UK and one per 10,000 in Scotland. The Chain of Survival above describes 4 key steps, which if delivered effectively can dramatically improve survival from community cardiac arrests. These guidelines from the 2015 UK Resuscitation Council website for adult basic life support and AED are informative and contain easy emergency steps to follow. The 5 main actions required to improving UK

survival from community cardiac arrests are: 1. All school children taught CPR and how to use an AED 2. All people who are able should be taught CPR 3. Widespread placement of public access defibrillators 4. Defibrillators should all be nationally registered online 5. Ambulance service can deploy the nearest available defibrillator to the scene Having spent 30 years as a doctor working in pre-hospital, general practice, hospitals and undertaking cardiology research in heart attacks, I have been involved in thousands of cardiac arrests across the divide of community and hospitals. I have seen vast improvements in the management of heart attack patients within the NHS and in Scotland we are extremely fortunate to have cardiology centres of excellence where patients receive the highest level of cardiac care. Sadly, this has not been matched by major improvements in the community in terms of cardiac arrest victim survival. We require a high-level commitment to provide the above 5 actions to raise awareness of the key issues in the Chain of Survival. Please make a difference and get involved with the Save a Life for Scotland Campaign, British Heart Foundation CPR / Defibrillator training schemes and the tremendous work of the Trossachs Search and Rescue Team who provide free community training and have provided 100 public access defibrillators in the Trossachs and surrounding areas.

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• Our trainers are fully qualified, professional & friendly. • Training times to fit around your life and commitments.

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Coming soon

New Indoor Play Centre at Opening in Easter 2017 Around 25 minutes from Stirling this amazing facility will include a new baby and toddler play frame plus a new, two storey junior frame and a spacious play area!

Easter Party Saturday 15th April Come and join us for themed games, face painting, an Easter egg hunt, plus much more! More information available soon, follow us on Facebook or check our website for more details Mollands Road, Callander, FK17 8JP

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Local Fitness Class Timetable CLASS

LOCATION

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CONTACT

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

Studio in Kings Park, Stirling

Mon 10-11am, 7-8pm Tues 10:30-11:30am, 7pm and 8:15pm Wed 7pm and Thurs 10:30am

Elaine at Stirling Fitness 07933 911522

HIIT/Circuits - a balance of strength and aerobic training.

Studio in Kings Park, Stirling

Thurs 7-8pm

Elaine at Stirling Fitness 07933 911522

Fitness Yoga/Pilates - a flowing mix of some of the best moves from each, great for flexibility and core strength.

Studio in Kings Park, Stirling

Sunday 10-11am

Elaine at Stirling Fitness 07933 911522

Barre Fitness – fun, functional and fatburning – a beautiful fusion of Ballet, Yoga and Pilates moves.

Studio in Kings Park, Stirling

Wed 6 pm

Elaine at Stirling Fitness 07933 911522

Morning Yoga a warm, friendly, seasonal yoga practice for all levels of fitness. Relax & feel good!

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

Fri 9:30-10:30am.

Nicola Park on 07968 948722 nicolapark2003@ yahoo.co.uk

Line Dancing Improver level. Great way to get fit plus no partner required. Good variety of music. Experienced instructor. Contact for beginner info.

Cambusbarron Community Centre

Tues 3:30-4:30

Virginia at virginia.keppie@gmail.com

Lou Mac Macafit - 30 minute high intensity interval bodyweight training with 30 minute core.

Bannockburn Masonic Hall

Everyday at 9:30 PLUS Mon 10:15am and 5:15pm, Tues, 5:45pm and 6:20pm, Wed 6:15pm, Thurs 6:45pm and 7:15pm, FSat 8am

Louise MacLaren on 07974445774

Lou Mac MacastrongCircuit Style Training.

Bannockburn Masonic Hall

Mon 6pm, Wed 7pm and Sat 8:30am

Louise MacLaren on 07974445774

Kings Park Yoga Yoga Basics (Ashtanga Based Short Form)

Cambusbarron Community Centre

Mon 10-11am and Thurs 8:15-9:00pm

Lynne on 07939 689864, lynnekpyoga@gmail.com or www.kingsparkyoga.co.uk

PIYO - combine the benefits of Pilates with the strength and flexibility of yoga. fat-burning, low-impact workout

Dunblane Centre

Tuesdays 6pm, Thursdays 6pm, Friday 9.15am Saturdays 11am

01786 824224 or email contactus@ dunblanecentre.co.uk

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LOCATION

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Yin Yoga - A simple balancing practice for hectic lives. Yin calms the mind and stretches the body.

Cambusbarron Community Centre & The Wee Yoga Room*

Mon 11-12pm, Wed 9:45-10:45am* Thurs 9:00-9:45pm Thurs 6.15-7.15pm *

Lynne on 07939 689864, lynnekpyoga@gmail.com or www.kingsparkyoga.co.uk

Base Fitness - Metafit High intensity class that involves working at your maximum for a short period of time with minimal rest. It ensures you get the most out of your time!

Allan Centre, Bridge of Allan

Thurs 6:30-7pm. £3.50.

Ian on 07779214605 Ian@Base-Fitness.co.uk

Base Fitness Kettlebells Short but intense strength and toning class using kettlebells. Be ready to get strong and fit!

Allan Centre, Bridge of Allan

Every Thursday 6-6:30pm. £3.50. Kettlebell and Metafit deal - both for £6

Ian on 07779214605 Ian@Base-Fitness.co.uk

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

Allan Centre, Bridge of Allan

Every Monday 6:30pm. £5.

Ian on 07779214605 Ian@Base-Fitness.co.uk

Pilates Realign, rebalance and restore your body with Pilates. Classes suitable for all levels.

Bridge of Allan Sports Club

Tuesday 10am Beginners/Improvers Tuesday 7.30pm Mixed Ability Thursday 7.30pm Men's Pilates

Jacquie Robertson 07711336075 jacquie@beaumontbodys.co.uk www.beaumontbodys.co.uk

Tango Classes: No experience or partner required.

The Yoga Tree Stirling Arcade

Tuesday 20.30 - 21.30 Friday: Beginners 7:30-8:15. Int-Adv 8:15-9pm Guided Practice 9-10 Free dance until 11pm Every other Sunday 1-2pm

info@yirajetango.co.uk 07720212500 www.yirajetango.co.uk

Cecchetti Ballet Adult Ballet Classes, suitable for all ages and abilities. Booking required.

Dunblane Centre

Wednesdays 8.30-9.30pm

Yvonne at cecchettiballetdunblane@ hotmail.com or 07763 861305

Empowering Wednesdays: A holistic Hatha Yoga practice designed to re-centre and connect to a balanced state of mind. This class is safe and challenging for all.

The Yoga Tree Stirling

Wednesday 9.30am 10.45am

Will Fisher 07732951964 completeunityyoga.comwill@completeunityyoga. com

Kettlebell and Metafit deal - both for £6

Whilst every care has been taken to ensure all details are correct at time of printing, we recommend you contact the fitness class organiser to confirm dates/times and costs prior to attending.

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University of Stirling celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2017 The University of Stirling celebrates a landmark ‘golden’ anniversary this year, having been founded by Royal Charter on 13 November 1967. At that time, it was the first truly new university in Scotland for over 400 years and has since become one of the UK’s leading research universities in health and wellbeing, the environment, enterprise, the economy, and sport. Additionally, the University is ranked 1st in Scotland and 3rd in the UK for graduate employability (Telegraph/HESA 2016) and achieved a 5 star excellence award for both Employability and Teaching (QS Stars World University Rankings 2016/17). To mark its momentous 50-year anniversary, the University has designed a special programme of events for staff, students, alumni, and the public. Commencing in January 2017, core events throughout the year will focus on the University’s unique history, culture and achievements; its cutting-edge teaching, research and innovation; and its ambitious plans and predictions for the future. Culminating in the launch of the new publication “Stirling: our story told through 50 objects,” the 50th Anniversary programme is packed with an abundance of exciting and engaging

activities, including: an expansion of the University’s annual public lecture series, with a focus on ‘Innovation and Excellence’ and ‘Challenges of our Time’; art collection lectures and exhibitions; a Burns Supper; International Women’s Day celebrations and activities; and Japan Week - a series of events including keynote lectures, karate, koto and kimono demonstrations, and a sake lecture and tasting sponsored by the Consul General. As part of the celebrations, the University will invite schools, prospective students, alumni and the local community to its campus for ‘Stirling Open Doors’ day on 18 March. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience engaging talks and seminars, discover the significant impact and benefits of each faculty’s expertise, explore the history and multi-faceted nature of the University through the Archives, showcase hidden entrepreneurial talents in a ’Dragon’s Den’ style competition, and participate in a number of other educational and fun activities - including an adaptation of the daily mile challenge! For further information, or to register your interest in Stirling Open Doors, please visit our website stir.ac.uk/50 or contact alumni@stir.ac.uk.

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Shortlist of Remarkable Women by STIRLING DISTRICT TOURISM Following a rigorous selection process The National Wallace Monument in Stirling has revealed the final shortlist of remarkable women ahead of adding the first female figurehead to the Hall of Heroes gallery within the famous Scottish landmark. The commemorative exhibition of leading figures that have made major contributions to Scotland’s history will welcome one of the fourteen shortlisted women following a vote by members of the public and visitors to the Monument. Màiri Mhòr nan Òran, Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, Jean Redpath, Nancy Riach, Elsie Inglis, Sophia Jex Blake, Maggie Keswick Jencks, Dorothée Pullinger, Victoria Drummond, Chrystal MacMillan, Mary Somerville, Christian Maclagan, Jane Haining and Mary Slessor make up the shortlist that recognises the achievements

of women who have shaped Scotland in the areas of Arts, Culture & Sport, Medicine, Science & Engineering and Public Life. Cast your vote now online www. nationalwallacemonumentcom/scotlandsheroines/cast-your-vote, or via a voting ballot in person at the Monument. The deadline for final entries is 31st March 2017.

Specially designed 'Hero' letters by artists Justine Bainbridge & David Barbara

Discover the life and legacy of Scotland’s National Hero March - October 2017 Historical presentations and activities in a magnificent setting. Event details can be found online at www.nationalwallacemonument.com.

the perfect place to stop & relax - any time of day.

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Sailings and events throughout the year

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Steeped in history and legend, Loch Katrine is the perfect place to start your Trossachs adventure. Take a minute, enjoy the breathtaking scenery and explore somewhere special.

• Classic steamship cruises on the iconic Sir Walter Scott * • Legends of the Loch cruise on the Lady of the Lake • Family friendly special events throughout the year • Walking & cycling on the shores of Loch Katrine • Brenachoile Restaurant • Katrine Gifts • Katrinewheelz - Cycle hire • Borg Grech Photography

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*Steamship cruises commence on Saturday 25th March 2017


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Enjoy early spring and Easter at The Lodge: enjoy the trails, watch the wildlife, see if the ospreys have returned and take part in our Easter duck race! The Three Lochs Forest Drive is open from 1st March - explore this scenic drive and enjoy spectacular views from the comfort of your car or get out and discover the trails with your family and a picnic. For more information call the Lodge on 0300 067 6615 or Email: thelodge@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

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ANTIQUE, VINTAGE & COLLECTORS FAIR

ALBERT HALLS DUMBARTON ROAD, STIRLING, FK8 2QL Saturdays 1st March & 1st April Thousands of interesting items for sale at bargain prices: • Gold, silver & costume jewellery • Coins, medals and militaria • Books, postcards and ephemera • Pictures & Prints

• Copper and brass • Pottery and Porcelain • Glass and crystal • Clocks & watches • Collectors items • Vintage clothing

10am - 4pm Adults £2.00 Call 01764 654340/654555 Follow us on twitter @scotfairs1 WWW.SCOTFAIRS.CO.UK 20 | LOVELOCAL

Alsorts provides childcare before and after school during term-time and full days in the holidays. Alsorts aims to provide a welcoming, safe and fun environment that meets the needs of the children and parents attending the provision. During holiday time we offer outdoor play, organised outings and special events as well as general day to day child care. BORESTONE HUTS, BORESTONE PRIMARY SCHOOL, NEWPARK CRESCENT, STIRLING, FK7 0QA TEL/FAX: 01786 449339 MOBILE: 07807348264 EMAIL: alsorts@btconnect.com


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As well as a wide selection of…… Shrubs and perennials, lawn and plant feed, tools and equipment and bird food & feeders Open 7 Days 9.00am – 5.00pm. Muthill Road, Crieff, PH7 4HQ Restaurant: 01764 654065 Retail: 01764 654014 Garden Centre: 01764 652722 www.crieff.co.uk LOVELOCAL | 21


Arresting Images Exhibition featuring Rosanne Barr and gallery artists from Sunday 5th March | Buchlyvie opening times during exhibition: open daily 11-5pm, closed thursday

Photography and Prints Exhibition from Friday 7th April | Dollar opening times: wednesday - saturday 11-5pm or by appointment

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All About Art: A celebration of local talent at GreenGallery Jo Walker Jo Walker set up her Fife pottery studio five years ago and now sells work throughout the U.K. Most of her pieces are thrown on the potter’s wheel and then decorated using the technique of sgraffito. Each piece is dipped into a contrasting coloured slip and the design is scratched through to reveal the white clay body underneath. Inspired by nature, Jo’s botanical range champions the underdogs of the plant world. Weeds and seedpods that are often overlooked take centre stage on a vase or jug. Her love of midcentury pattern and the simplicity of Scandinavian and Japanese design also influence her aesthetic.

Karen McGregor Inspired by the Scottish shoreline Karen McGregor's hand made silver jewellery features various tiny sea creatures and precious sea glass found on countless beach-combing experiences. We will feature Karen's work in Dollar.

GREENGALLERY OPENING HOURS Dollar: Wednesday - Saturday 11-5 or by appointment Buchlyvie: During exhbitions open daily 11-5 (closed Thursday.)

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Big this season... Stripes, frills & florals by ALISON KILGOUR OWNER OF CAPTURE AND COUNTRY PURSUITS 1. Frilled Stripe Shirt, Blue and White - £35 S/M/L Capture Boutique Combining this seasons love for all things stripe and frills, this cotton shirt is a great piece for casual weekends. We love it with denims or Robell Rose Crop Trousers (available at Country Pursuits). 2. Floral chiffon frilled Tea Dress - Lemon Sass it up with tanned legs (we are currently loving Fake Bake 5 Minute Tan) and some wedges or heels or wear it more casual over leggings or skinny denims with over the knee boots. Comes with an underlay and in sizes 8-14 £45 3. Floral Embroidery? Check! Black and White check shirt dress, Capture Boutique 8-16 £30 4. Floral Embroidery is essential this season. We especially love the simplicity of this white shirt with vivid embroidered detail. Pair it with distressed denims for an every day casual ensemble. Shirt 8-14 £40, Capture Boutique 5. Get stripy! Wear this striped linen top with shorts or crops (we love robell crops available also at Country Pursuits) This fun bias cut linen dress will cover all your spring summer needs from date night, to girly cocktails at The 55 (Bridge of Allan's HOTTEST new bar - over 150 varieties of Gin) to a day at the races, your best friend's wedding to your niece's christening. Value for money - tick! Sizes 8-18, Country Pursuits

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ur Italian restaurant is a family run establishment which opened its doors on the Bridge of Allan high street in 1994, when Chef Claudio and his wife Janet Menichetti moved back to Stirling from Bologna with their son Marco and three daughters. Since 2008 we have relocated our restaurant to the tranquil location of upper Bridge of Allan into the former Victorian Spa house with a large beautiful garden and many of the original characteristics that you would expect to find from a building which has stood there since 1861. The Vecchia Bologna is available for private hire. It will make a perfect and intimate venue with views second to none (even the Wallace monument makes an appearance) for any special occasion or private party. We can offer personalized events with the aim to suit all your needs and to make your day perfect.

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Choosing a theme for your wedding by LOVE LOCAL MAG It is one of the most important milestones in your life and probably you have been thinking about it for quite some time. If you have been dreaming of a summer wedding, the warm months are a popular season for tying the knot, so now is the time to choose a theme and secure the ideal venue for your big day. Planning a wedding needn't be a stressful experience if you are organised and have a proper plan in place - it should be fun and exhilarating! Whether you are planning a small, intimate affair or a huge fairy tale 3-day event, Stirlingshire offers an enormous variety of wonderful venues to suit every size, theme and budget - from quaint rural bistros and boutique restaurants to historic country houses and castles galore. However, the most important consideration before choosing a venue is your wedding theme; a style concept that defines and reflects who you and your fiancé are as a couple. This will help to simplify matters, narrow down your choices and keep everything cohesive. Finding your style But how does one choose a theme, you ask? It doesn’t have to be complicated, nor does it have to be ‘stylish’ or ‘on trend’. You simply need to look within to find your style; something that will make your guests think “this is so them!” When you look at your wedding photos and video years later, you want them to really convey your unique style, not what happened to be fashionable at the time you got married - trends change year upon year, but our own inherent taste and personal style remains relatively consistent (give or take a few fashion faux pas along the way). Sit down with your partner, brainstorm, and write down words and key elements that define you as individuals - and as a couple. Visual aids are really effective, so think about creating a mood board, too. Look to your personal styles (clothing, jewellery,

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home decor), travel experiences and favourite holiday destinations, photographs, childhood memories, hobbies and passions, music, and ideal weekend activities that you enjoy doing together. These simple things will give you a wealth of ideas and help you to identify what you both like and who you are as a couple. Some useful questions to consider when choosing a wedding theme are: 1. How would you describe your personal style? Classic, glamorous, chic, bohemian, vintage, retro, rockabilly, punk, preppy, outdoorsy? 2. What type of atmosphere do you want to create? Relaxed or formal, simple or extravagant? 1920s cocktail chic, traditional Scottish ceilidh, casual BBQ, classic British garden party with bunting and fairy lights, seaside party, Moroccan marquee, Tuscan villa, enchanted forest? 3. During which season are you getting married? Lots of inspiration can be drawn from the time of year. This can help when choosing your colour scheme, flowers, attire, food, and whether to have an indoor or outdoor ceremony and/or reception. 4. How many guests do you plan to invite? This will help to narrow down your choice of venues in terms of size, location, guest accommodation and travel logistics. Once you’ve established your theme, it will be much easier to choose your venue accordingly. And you don’t have to stick to just one theme or style - you can mix and match. It’s your day, so you get to do whatever the heck you want!


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Planning your wedding... you should first consider The Birds and Bees, Stirling A day full of wonderful and happy memories, the dream of every bride and groom. At The Birds and Bees we take pleasure in helping you fulfil your dreams and being a family owned business we are delighted to offer you that truly personal touch. We will have pleasure in providing you with all the flexibility to tailor your special day to match your wishes. We can even help with all those little and not so little details that will make your day such a perfect occasion. You can even arrange your Wedding Service in our Lomond Suite, Courtyard Lounge or the award winning Courtyard Garden where you and your guests can mingle in the sunshine.


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A hamlet with history and a hall to hire THE river Allan bubbles along through the hamlet of Kinbuck, just four miles outside Dunblane. Kinbuck in early references was spelt Kinboch or Kenbuc. The area was probably owned by Richard, Knight of Kenbuc, around 1208. Another laird was Malcom of Kenbuc. His daughter Marjorie, was the last of the family of Kenbuc in the 13-14th century. Later in history during the Battle of Sheriffmuir in November 1715, the Jacobite army, under the Earl of Mar, camped on the Kinbuck marshes, awaiting the major fight with the Duke of Argyll’s troops. It is reported that Jacobite officers settled for the night in the Old Mill in Kinbuck ahead of the battle. Kinbuck mill, dating from the late 18th century, is now derelict and stands battered but proud in the middle of the hamlet. First owned by the son of Helen Duncanson, a shipowner, the Allan Water was used to power the machinery. It appears only 20-25 people were employed. There is reference in

the Kirk minutes, to a school in Kinbuck in 1839 with only 20 pupils. The teacher's pay of £10 was supplemented by fee paying pupils. The present Old School building was built and used as a school in the early 1900’s, with only one teacher, Mr Ferguson and 80 pupils the opportunity for literacy was stated as being better here than at Dunblane schools. The school closed in 1998 with only 24 pupils attending. The building is now a community hall venue, run by a committee of local people. Various events are staged each year, including a Beer Festival, Burns Night and Jazz BBQ. There are two halls for hire. The larger is suitable for bigger gatherings such as Wedding receptions while the smaller hall is useful for small groups/meetings. For hall hire details contact secretary@ kinbuck.com or visit www.kinbuck.com.

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Wedding Decor and Flower Trends by LOVE LOCAL MAG Trends in wedding decor are constantly changing, evolving and recurring, so it can be quite tricky keeping your finger on the pulse of what’s ‘in’ and what’s not. There has been a big shift in wedding flower trends in recent years, with more and more couples moving toward experimental and informal florals, as opposed to highly stylised bouquets and formal table arrangements. In your mind’s eye, visualise Impressionist gardens, rather than landscaped estates. This preference is going to continue throughout 2017 as rustic-chic and industrial-luxe weddings grow in popularity. 2017 is all about greenery and height. Foliage, sculptural ferns, hanging floral arrangements, and simple specimen vases filled with seasonal blooms, such as sweet peas and peonies, are going to be big features this year. Large centrepieces are being replaced with suspended centrepieces and floral chandeliers, tall trumpet vases, garlands and soft cascading greenery. Elevated flower arrangements create a wonderful, intimate ambience and provide more space on tables. Small accent arrangements or petals can be dotted around the tables to add a delicate floral touch without causing obstruction to your guests. Paper flowers and decorations are growing in popularity. You can do so many interesting things, whether used as an amazing backdrop to your top table, for keepsakes, crepe-paper pendants and garlands, bunting, or in floral bouquets and centrepieces. It’s an incredibly economical and a unique way to preserve special ‘memory moments’ from your wedding, and you can make some really wonderful cake decorations, too. This paper trend is particularly well-timed because tall, tiered cakes are making a comeback, in place of cupcakes, doughnuts and cake pops - a great opportunity to get creative! Modern, industrial decor is predicted to

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be big this year. Many couples are looking for a little more edge to their wedding, so warehouse and barn-style receptions are on the rise, with interiors glammed up with fairy lights, candles and natural floral arrangements. In terms of colour trends, golds and shiny silvers are being replaced with soft brushed metallics and whites, whilst blush rose remains the ‘it’ wedding colour for 2017. These palettes work so well with the romantic, softpetal blooms and boho trends that are set to dominate this year’s weddings. With the wedding season fast approaching, now is the time to be inspired and start finalising your decor and floral plans for your special day. If you’re looking for a local florist or full wedding decor services in Stirlingshire, we highly recommend The Flower Studio and Party People, situated on Main Street, Sauchie. The creative proprietors provide top-notch services and both happen to be getting married this year, so they’re in full wedding mode already to help you choose your perfect flower arrangements and decor!


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Engraved wedding items & gifts

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Engraving is a wonderful way to personalise otherwise simple, everyday wedding items and gifts, from rings to guest favours. Whether you're looking to memorialise your big day or find a unique gift for newlyweds, we’ve got some great ideas here to inspire and tickle your fancy. Wedding bands A popular tradition, which traces back to the courts of medieval Europe, is to add a thoughtful inscription to the inside of wedding bands - be that a romantic, spiritual or humorous message, a few words from a poem or song, or the names of you and your other half. And if your spouse is a tad forgetful, why not engrave your wedding date to ensure he or she never forgets your anniversary! Personalised quaichs A quaich is typically made from pewter or sterling silver and often referred to as a ‘cup of welcome’ or ‘loving cup’. Traditionally, newlyweds share their first drink from this Scottish cup as part of their ceremony or during the reception, so this would be a lovely item to have engraved as a gift or to feature in your own wedding day celebrations.

Glassware gifts Crystal paperweights, glass hanging hearts, champagne glasses, a decanter set… there are so many glass and crystal items you can personalise for a unique wedding present. A thoughtful inscription will ensure the recipients always remember the origin of the special gift - particularly handy for the newlyweds when it comes to sending their “thank you” cards! Bridesmaid and best man gifts It’s common to give a gift to the best man, bridesmaids and ushers. Popular choices are hip flasks, cufflinks, pocket watches, lockets and other pieces of jewellery. Adding an engraved message or design can transform them from simple items to unique, distinctive gifts that your loved one’s will really appreciate. Local engraving services in Stirling Bob’s Locks and Scottish Engraving, both offer a wide range of specialised engraving services and unique gifts, including quaichs, flasks, glassware and pocket watches.

Range of Crystal Glassware Available from Bob's Locks, Upper Craigs Stirling and online at Scottish Engraving scottishengraving.co.uk

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At Scottish Engraving we aim to provide our customers with the greatest quality of engraved goods. We are based in central Scotland and have been offering personalised engraved goods for a decade. We pride ourselves on the quality of our engraving service which allows full customisation to otherwise plain gifts for that special personalised touch.

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Seasonal Pet Health Facts BY STRUTHERS & SCOTT Fascinating Facts about Fleas

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• F leas can bite up to 400 times a day with a female flea consuming 15 times her own body weight in blood every day.

•T icks are part of the arachnid family so are closely related to spiders.

• A female flea can lay 2000 eggs in her lifetime with as many as 50 eggs a day! Just one flea can multiply to 100 fleas on your pet and in your home in 21 days. • 95% of flea eggs, larvae and pupae live in beds, rugs, carpets and sofas - not on your pet! • On average, a flea lives 2-3 months and most of their adult life is spent feasting on your pet. • Fleas can jump over 150 times their own size. A flea can leap 30,000 times without stopping. • Fleas can transmit tapeworm, may cause anaemia and can cause skin complaints for pets.

• Female ticks lay up to 2000 eggs in spring then they shrivel up and die. •T ick larvae hatch from eggs and only have 6 legs, when they moult into nymphs they have 8 legs. • Ticks do not jump; they climb or drop onto your pet's coat. • Ticks can be active all year round but are most active Spring to Autumn. • Ticks feed by feasting on your animal's blood once full they will drop off. • When ticks feed between animals they pass on microbes which may cause disease such as Lyme Disease • Recent research shows that almost one third of dogs in the UK carry ticks

Struthers & Scott have been caring for your pets for over 50 years, and whilst our practice has grown considerably in size, we still hold the same values now as we did in our early days. Hills Dog Food. £5 off your first bag, and every 6th bag is free.

Our Pet Health Plan allows you to spread the cost of your routine and preventative treatments over the year, starting at only £10 per month. Ask a member of our team for more details.

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5 Tips for Spring Cleaning Success by LOVE LOCAL MAG Spring is traditionally the time to spruce up the home, an opportunity to air out the home after winter and give a deep clean to all the bits that don’t routinely get done. Follow these simple steps for a fresh, squeaky clean and healthy house, from top to bottom. 1. Make a list There are lots of ready-made checklists online, but you might want to create one that’s specific to your own home. Things easy to miss off your list include: Kitchens – Shelves, doors and tops of your cupboards,stainless steel, dishwashers, fridges and freezers, ovens and microwaves, disinfecting bins, polishing silverware. Bathrooms – Tiled surfaces, regrouting and clearing drains. Bedrooms – All bedding, including pillows and duvets, flipping and rotating your mattress. All areas – Windows, walls, skirting boards and cornicing, disinfecting door and cupboard handles.

should be included on your checklist as they also need cleaning from time to time. 4. Plan ahead for bigger tasks Some jobs will cause more disruption than others so it’s good to plan ahead. If you plan to declutter your wardrobes and cupboards, these tasks may take an afternoon to do and create more of a mess, so be realistic with how much time you’ll need. Spring cleaning is a great time for carpet cleaning and you can shampoo yourself or hire a professional company to do the job. Just keep in mind that some areas might be out of bounds whilst carpets are drying. When washing sofa cushion covers, curtains or conditioning leather furniture, allocate time for these to dry before putting them back into use. 5. Take breaks and try to keep it fun Make the annual spring clean manageable for your lifestyle and it will be less of a chore. Create a playlist and keep your favourite tunes playing as you go – your home will be spick and span in no time!

2. Find helping hands Many hands make light work, so get your family to help.Split your list up and allocate jobs out – make the kids earn their pocket money! Dusting and vacuuming are easier jobs, just remind them to get to all the hard-to-reach spots too, or they can clean and tidy their own rooms. Small prizes make good incentives to do a good job! 3. Gather supplies and equipment Gathering all your products and equipment before you start will ensure you don’t lose momentum. There are a huge variety of products to choose from now, including many eco-friendly brands, and there is always the option to try out DIY cleaning product recipes using things like vinegar and bicarbonate of soda. Remember your appliances, such as washing machines and dishwashers,

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The houseplant with staying power One plant that should stand the test of time is the orchid. These exotic-looking houseplants may have a reputation for being tricky, but they are really not if you just follow a few rules.

they've finished flowering, use a pair of sharp secateurs to cut the flowered stem back to just above a joint, two or three joints up from the base. It should draw up another spike within a few weeks.

Orchids, which originate from South East Asia, are not as fragile as they seem and really don't like too much fuss. Most of them are pretty tough and they are getting easier to grow as nurseries bring out new varieties. It's generally overwatering that kills them Most hybrids come from warm, humid forests and like a warm, tropical climate.

Orchids don't have a yearly cycle of producing flowers. They can develop flower spikes at any time of the year. They have rambling roots which spread across the surface of the pot, searching for nutrients. The roots contain chlorophyll and produce energy from light, so growing them in open lattice baskets or clear pots is better. That way you are also more likely to notice if the roots are wet or dry.

Trends are changing as people start to shy away from the big, showy flowers to the more dainty, subtle and smaller flowered types. Slipper orchids (Paphiopedilums), popular in Victorian times with their waxy leaves and lip-shaped pouch at the front of the flower, are again becoming popular. The flowers are usually long-lasting and can remain in bloom for months. Moth orchids (Phalaenopsis) are probably the most popular and are well suited to life indoors, requiring a minimum temperature of 16C (61F). There are many myths about orchids - that they are difficult to grow and that they must be shaded. In fact, they do well on a windowsill and flower more freely if you give them some sun. However, don't make the mistake of moving them from somewhere very shaded into direct sunlight or they will suffer leaf scorch. Another myth is about misting them. Orchids don't need misting. They can be left without water for a week then submerge the pot in a bowl of tepid water for a few minutes until it is moist all through, take it out and leave it on the draining board for the same amount of time, until the excess water has come out, before returning it to its permanent spot. Then leave it for another week. The plant should be allowed to dry out between watering. Put half strength orchid feed in with the water each time you water the plant. Once

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Orchids need bright light, but not direct sunlight. They benefit from extra artificial light in winter to encourage flowering, in an ideal room temperature of around 20C (68F) and phalaenopsis don't like the cool nights favoured by some other types, so don't let the temperature inside fall lower than around 18C. However, they do need a resting period after flowering. I generally put them on a windowsill out of direct sunlight in a cool room, until they start to show signs of new growth again. Moth orchids should be repotted about once a year - you can buy specific compost for orchids from garden centres and while it is expensive, it's worth it. Don't be tempted to cut off the roots growing outside the pot, as they are aerial roots which absorb moisture from the air, keeping the plant healthy. If you are growing a cymbidium orchid indoors, be warned that it does not like being repotted and may not flower for several years afterwards. These orchids, which come in a wide colour range with spikes bearing up to 20 long-lasting flowers, normally flower from early winter to late spring.


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