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life on the banks of the allan water

SUMMER 2015 issue 60

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Hello & welcome to the Summer edition of theWire Summer is here! It’s cold and rainy as I write this but I’m keeping everything crossed that the sun comes out and we all get a chance to relax.... The schools will be breaking up when this is delivered, with seven long weeks ahead of us. Good luck everyone as we prepare to balance work and family time! Here’s hoping that our children stop squabbling early on and we have a lovely time together.... failing that, may the days go quickly and your supply of chocolate never run out!! Start Up Stirling is having a big campaign over the summer and looking for your help. As lots of the groups and societies, (who collect regularly for them), take a break over the next month or so, their donations drop dramatically. But those they help, still need supplies, so please add a few extra groceries when you shop, and drop them off at a point convenient to you - it’ll make a lot of difference to a lot of people. This next issue of theWire is delivered at the end of August, and returns to normal monthly editions. Deadline will fall on the 11th August.

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Features & Editorials Money Saving Expert The Secret is Out Inheritance Tax Planning Start them Young National Allotment Week Cinema Releases Plant of the Month Watering Without Guilt Girl Guiding in Dunblane It’s all child’s play School Jotters Centre newsletter Play Time Reinvent Yourself Pocket Money Basic Car Maintenance -Biographies Left Handers Day Hypnotherapy: supporting young people Sunscreens T-Shirt Tips It’s Better to Exercise Outside Successful Dating Why Floss? A Good Read Recipes The Spice of Life Community News Calling All Bards Fling Insider DDT What’s On Guide Useful Numbers A-Z of Advertisers



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About a year ago, we were contacted by the previous owners of the post office asking if we would be interested in taking over from them due to their retirement. After careful consideration we decided to express an interest and a lengthy process began to choose the appropriate candidates to become the new owners of the branch. We were required to present a thorough plan explaining how we would make the post office thrive in our community and ways in which the people could benefit from their local branch. After the six-month procedure which included background checks, meetings, stringent security measures; we were delighted to be informed that we had been successful in our application and were officially the new owners! Weeks of training followed and after this, our new venture had begun. As part of our plans, we decided a complete refurbishment was required as the current layout was out-dated and inefficient. We wanted a more modern style and open plan layout to utilise the available space within the branch. We also felt a refit would encourage more people to use the post office and the services which are provided. Unfortunately the branch had to close to make sure work was carried out safely but we are happy that we are now open and fully operational. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the wonderful community for their patience, support and kind words through this transition, and we hope to see you in our branch soon. Keep up to date on our Facebook page for all the things we do and stock and of our grand official opening - we’d like to celebrate with everyone soon! Kindly provided by Azra Bhatti 8

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We must have been doing something right!

Somebody certainly loves us!! We had a perfect day for our annual Duck Race, which, together with the Dunblane Fling and local businesses setting up stalls on the High Street and opening their premises, meant visitors had a huge range of things to do, see and taste. To have been blessed with a warm balmy day, with little or no wind, was perfect for this event. The river level was ideal too, and we managed to find sponsors for the almost 5,000 ducks which were launched from the Faery Bridge. Added to this, thanks to the large number of visitors to the Drying Green, we sold all the crepes we could make and, finally, the younger children had a merry old time on the “bouncy castle,” which was at maximum capacity for most of the day. The outcome of these activities was that Rotary managed to generate well over £5,000 for the charities that are the main beneficiaries of the fundraising at this event; namely C.H.A.S. and ChildLine. The consensus appears to be that this was one of the best years ever, thanks to the co-operation with the Fling and Discover Dunblane and one we are likely to repeat. July sees the changeover of the Officers of the Club, and this year is particularly special since Mary Fraser will take over as the Club’s first lady President. At our recent “Club Assembly”, Assistant Governor Alistair Spowage congratulated the Club on its successes over the past year. Our membership is well above the average, when compared with the other clubs in the UK, and our activities over the past year will have succeeded in raising over £32,000 for the various charities and other good causes the Club supports. The Club has about 14% of lady members who have contributed hugely to its success over the past years. They have brought a new dimension to our activities and we are sure Mary will bring a new inimitable style to her year as President.

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Introducing Dunblane’s newest Double Act! The process of buying and selling property has changed immeasurably over the last decade. Gone are the days of scouring the streets in an area we love or pouring over the photos in a High Street window. These days our phones ping with the latest alerts from online portals instantly relaying sample homes, attributes we have pre-ordained, the moment they are sucked up into the ether. The internet ensures that buyers can find our property without even leaving their sofa. Why then should we still feel compelled to commission agents who appear to do little to justify their sizeable fees, most employing nothing more than a production line approach to the sale of our most valued asset. Do we even need them at all? Couldn’t we just market our own homes ourselves? The short answer is, of course, yes! The truth though, is that few of us have the confidence to turn our backs on the professionals and the unfortunate reality is that most of us have neither the time nor the inclination to do it ourselves.

Forget irritations like ignored instructions, delayed call backs, limited viewings and even those unexpected ones who appear before you’ve had the chance to clear the knickers from the radiator in the kids’ bedrooms! Expect an imaginative ‘one to one’ experience, attention to detail and a fully inclusive approach to staging and marketing your home for sale. Double Aspect guarantee exceptional service, to represent your home to its best advantage with a strategy tailored to you and your target market, with implicit local knowledge and a genuine commitment to honest and timely feedback supported by accompanied viewings as a standard. Launching August 1st – Double Aspect – ‘excellence through a singularly unique service’.

Join us for our open house launch party at 7pm on Thursday 23rd July at Anchorcross Farm South, Old Doune Road, Dunblane or contact us on 07931 835 274 or 07809 158 952 to discuss our limited time, flat fee opening Disillusioned by the attempts of others to offers. market their homes, Julianne Duncan and Maggie Gorman, are launching their own ‘We were looking to revamp our living room to make solution to property sales in Dunblane with a well loved painting a focal point. A fifteen minute Double Aspect, a property consultancy consultation, a couple of emails to clarify details and combining modern service and old fashioned some fantastic recommendations for inexpensive but values. With professional and consulting classic looking fabric and furnishing has transformed careers behind them in Law, Accountancy the room. Would highly recommend Maggie and her and Risk Management, they have undeniable team for their high end vision and reasonable prices! ‘. Fiona, Dunblane. credibility as individuals and together have decided to harness a passion and instinct for ‘throughout the viewing, sale and post sale period we property that will set them apart. Julianne has found Mrs Duncan to be extremely professional, helpful, trained and worked in the service oriented prompt and thoughtful. Without her involvement I very much doubt whether the house purchase would have US realtor style of property sales. Maggie gone through. I have no hesitation in recommending has owned her own interiors business in Mrs Duncan as an estate agent based on our Auchterarder and has worked as a Home experience’ Dr John Farley, Dunblane. Stager while living in the US. A firm focus on personal service and an inclusive marketing package will differentiate Double To advertise in the wireAspect. t. 07720 429 613 e. 12

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13 Feature by Martin Lewis, MoneySavingExpert

6 ways to get cheaper loans 1. Is borrowing worth it?

Unless you’re seriously financially savvy and are stoozing (where you make money by playing 0% credit card deals – see www.mse. me/stooze) only borrow if you really need to. Otherwise it’s far better to wait and save up for something instead. If you are planning borrowing, it will usually fall into one of two categories…, its sister Yorkshire Bank (www. and Fail to clear the debt in that time and they jump to 18.9% representative APR.

Now you may be thinking, “hold on, I’ve seen longer 0% deals?” There are longer deals, but they’re only for balance transfers (best buys at – where you shift debt from an existing credit card – not for new Just funding your ongoing lifestyle. This is borrowing. the worst type as it means you’re consistently living beyond your means and risk a debt 3. The cheapest ever loans spiral. Avoid it. Instead, stick to a budget, stop If you can’t pay on a card, need to borrow unnecessary spending, and cut your cloth more or for longer, or want the discipline of accordingly. If in trouble, seek help from a fixed monthly repayments, personal loans non-profit debt counselling agency like www. win. The loans go as cheap as 3.6% which is or www.stepchange. lower even than anything before the credit crunch. However they’re tougher to get now, org. and loans if you’re borrowing smaller amounts For a needed, planned purchase. Eg, a car for are a lot more expensive. a new job, or to pay annual car insurance as it’s cheaper than monthly. Here you need to £2,500-£2,999: is 8% rep minimise the amount borrowed, repay quickly APR. Yes I know you usually think of Hitachi to keep interest costs down and ensure your as electronics, but it is trying to break into repayments are comfortably affordable. If not, the loans market, and for small amounts is far cheaper than anyone else – the next cheapest don’t do it. for this amount is 14.9%

2. The cheapest way to borrow – 20 £3,000-£4,999: Hitachi again at 7.8% rep APR. months 0% With no interest and no fee, 0% credit cards are the cheapest way to borrow provided: a) you can pay for the purchase(s) on plastic; b) you can clear the debt within the 20 months; and c) you pay at least the monthly minimum

And currently we have three cards offering new cardholders the longest ever fees free 0% deals on new spending – all at 20 months, they are Clydesdale bank (www.cbonline. 14

£5,000-£7,499: is 4.6% rep APR £7500 -£15000: com is 3.6% rep APR as is www.sainsburysbank. if you’re borrowing for 1-3 years and have a Nectar card. It’s also worth checking out www.zopa. com and – who can be cheaper than those above, but their rates are more personalised so it depends.

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There are two key need-to-knows though... 1) A 3.6% loan can charge you 20%. All loans are ‘representative’ rate, meaning only 51% of those accepted get that rate. There is no way to know in advance, which is outrageous because the mere act of applying marks your credit file. My can give your likely acceptance odds (without impacting your future credit) for each loan and in general the higher your acceptance odds are roughly, the more likely you are to be given the advertised rate. 2) Borrow more, pay less? As rates decrease the more you borrow, at the borders you can play the system. Eg, borrow £2,499 and the cheapest is 14.9%, borrow £1 more and it’s 8%. On a 5 year loan you’d then repay £540 less. Keep the extra cash for repayments.

5. Can I use a 0% card for a loan?

Yes. For smaller amounts, if you need cash or are buying something you can’t pay for on a card then the winner - for a fee - is a specialist 0% money transfer credit card. These pay money directly into your bank account, so you owe the card firm instead – effectively a loan, and they are usually far cheaper especially for smaller amounts. offers 24mths 0% for a 1.94% fee and gives an extra year at 0% (36mths), but for a much larger 4% fee. Always ensure you clear the card by the time the 0% ends, or you’ll pay 22.9% and 20.9% rep APR after, respectively. And never miss the min monthly repayments, or you can lose the 0%. If this is new to you read my full guide first.

6. Struggling? You may be eligible for a Government 0% loan

If you can’t get the mainstream credit above and are instead looking at horrid debts such as payday loans or store cards (as you’ve no alternative and need to borrow), then there are Government loans that are a far better. There’s no credit check, but they will check you can repay. Local council support schemes: Typically for those in emergencies with no savings, these are administered by local councils (www., making it a postcode lottery as to whether support’s available. Sometimes they’re grants not loans, or vouchers not cash (eg, for furniture, clothing). Budgeting loans: If you’re on some incomebased benefits, you could be eligible for a loan of up to £800 to help you meet essential living costs. Apply for one via the Jobcentre or via the form on at budgeting-loans. Alternatively, try your local credit union: These are small savings and loan mutuals, helping local communities. They usually lend from £50 to £5,000 - APRs are typically about 13% but can be higher (though they’re capped at 42.6% APR). To find your local one go to www. @MoneySavingExpert

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The Secret is OUT! How to beat the market The epicenter of financial activity for investors is the Stock Exchange. Be it in London (FTSE), New York (NYSE), Paris (DAC), Johannesburg (JSE), Sydney (ASX) or just about any country advantage of it is to set up an investing plan in the world - the stock exchange is where it via an online broker in an index tracking fund all happens. or Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) and commit On the corner of Wall and Broad streets, the to it for the long term. Through the highs and site of George Washington’s inauguration, the lows. Get a plan and stick with it. That’s the New York Stock Exchange is perhaps the what I’ve been doing for well over twelve most iconic of them all. The famed Wall Street years now and what I’ve got my nieces and bull statue standing proudly on the corner nephews doing. Each month they are setting is snapped by thousands of tourists sensing aside some money to invest into businesses the energy and importance of this place. (as I prefer to think of it) that they plan to hold Ironically, fewer than 24% of these people for a long time. actually own any stock or invest in the stock Not tickers. Not charts. Not trading. Not “great market. tips” from the hairdresser.... Great Businesses What pops out when you visit the floor of the + Investing + Long term = the Wealth Chef NYSE or the London Stock Exchange is how Recipe. So when it comes to helping my few people seem to be working at the trading family put their money to work, I do what posts. This is always a bit of a letdown for me. I always do – I turn to Expand Your Dough I keep hoping to see crazy traders running Recipe in The Wealth Chef book. around with tickets in their hands like we see I stick to the tried-and-true wealthy approach in the movies Wall Street or Trading Places. to regular and consistent investing, thinking But those days are long gone, replaced with of my stocks as businesses with true assets, electronic trading from all over the world, and competitive advantages, and earnings power. that’s a good thing for individual investors like I invest with the intention of owning for years you and me. Investing is more available, more - decades, even. accessible, more transparent, and cheaper And that’s the huge difference between than ever before. No need to ring up your Wealth Chef investing and the kind of activity broker anymore to buy a “lot” (100 shares) of conducted by so many traders, whether they a stock. are on the floor of the NYSE, FTSE, ASX or DAC; That’s because we have access to low-cost sitting in a hedge fund office suite; trying investing like never before. We also have to catch the spread on the forex market; or access from where ever we happen to be. excessively trading a client’s account in Any Sitting on the beach in Mozambique - a quick Town, WORLD. buy or sell via my online broker and back to Wealth Chefs are business-oriented, longliving life. term investors. We know the value of being That’s pretty awesome – to be able to owners of great companies and sharing in the buy hundreds or thousands of a stock, to value. It has worked well for me and it can become a part-owner (even just a fraction) work for you, too. of great businesses for less than a six-pack of By Ann Wilson, The Wealth Chef something nicely chilled. sharing the recipes for wealth. One way (the best, in my mind) to take 16

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Has inheritance tax planning been turned on its head?

From time to time there is a change to the income or corporation tax system which can significantly impact on capital tax planning. Some would argue that the new tax treatment of pension funds is one such change. Where an individual has not bought an annuity, a defined contribution pension fund remains available to pass on to selected beneficiaries. Inheritance tax (IHT) can be avoided by making an “expression of wishes” to the pension provider suggesting to whom the funds should be paid. However, under the old system there were other tax charges. These charges reflected the principle that income tax relief was given on contributions into the pension fund and therefore some tax should be payable when the fund was paid out. In some situations tax at 55% of the fund value was levied. A new era There are now significant exceptions from the tax charges for benefits first paid on or after 6th April, 2015. • Anyone who dies under the age of 75 will be able to give their defined contribution pension fund to anyone completely tax free. This is subject to the condition that the fund is transferred into the names of chosen beneficiaries within two years. A beneficiary can take the fund out as a lump sum, buy an annuity or take income when required through drawdown. • Those aged 75 or over when they die will also be able to pass their defined contribution pension fund to any beneficiary who will then be able to draw down on it as income whenever they 18

wish. They will pay tax at their marginal rate of income tax when the income is received. The same tax position applies where a beneficiary receives an annuity payment. Beneficiaries will also have the option of receiving the fund as a lump sum payment, subject to a tax charge of 45%. It is proposed that from 6 April, 2016 the lump sum will be charged to tax To advertise in thew at the recipient’s marginal rate of income tax. The fund does not have to be left to just one beneficiary – it can be split among beneficiaries and the beneficiaries are not restricted to the person’s family. The new tax treatment does not apply to the extent that the pension fund exceeds the Lifetime Allowance (currently £1.25 million but set to fall to £1 million from 6 April, 2016). Example Eric is 65 and is thinking of retiring. He has built up a good pension fund and has other investment assets. He has passed control of his company to his son who is now running the company but he envisages he will continue to receive a reasonable dividend from the company. His wife is to inherit his non-pension assets. He completes an expression of wishes form leaving 50% of his pension fund to his daughter, Jane who is not involved in the company and the remaining 50% to be split between his grandchildren. Eric dies aged 80. He has accessed some of his pension fund but most of the fund remains intact. As he was over 75, the beneficiaries of his fund are taxable at their marginal

rates of tax but only if, and when, income is taken. So if a grandchild is still in full time education when Eric dies and has no other income, withdrawals up to the personal allowance could be taken with no tax and further amounts at relatively low tax rates. If another grandchild is already earning a good salary and is a higher rate tax payer, their fund could be left to grow and accessed in their retirement. These changes may for some turn traditional IHT planning on its head. With a 55% tax charge on inherited funds and 40% on assets not in a pension fund, the message was “don’t leave money in your fund – take it out while you can” Now the message is “if you have other assets, live off those and save the pension fund for another day” You may need access to the fund later in life, but if you don’t there is comfort in knowing that your chosen beneficiaries will have the chance of accessing the accumulated wealth in a tax efficient way. Kindly provided by The A9 Partnership Ltd

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Moss growth on roof surfaces should be removed periodically – but why, it’s only moss? Moss can disturb the flow of rainwater on roof surfaces. Removing the moss will help maintain the most important part of your home – the roof over your head! Moss is usually worse where the roof tiles have partly-porous surfaces, more typical of aging concrete tiles. The problem of moss and algae growth is wide spread in Scotland due to our naturally damp, cooler climate. Moss does not damage your roof tiles directly but it can create unwanted conditions that reduce the overall lifespan of your roof such as lifting your tile allowing water to enter where it doesn’t belong. Moss often grows in the form of moss balls feeding the algae below. After a while and with the help of the Scottish weather, moss balls drift into your gutters, clogging them up and disturbing the flow of rain water to your downpipe. It can also over flow onto your external walls creating further maintenance problems. Chemicals can be sprayed to prolong the return of moss but eventually nature will take its course. Antifungal paint can be applied to roofs but it is vital the removal of moss is undertaken thoroughly in advance. Not only does a moss free roof give a property a well maintained look, it prevents the build-up of costly maintenance issues going unnoticed. Kindly provided by Homeworx – Dunblane

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Start them Young Would you like to see your youngsters spending more time outdoors and get them eating healthy foods too? Then what better idea than to involve the kids in growing their own? While we’d all love a string of willing, young, helpers on the vegetable plot you do have to be realistic. Children can have short attention spans, will only want to do the jobs that appeal to them, and usually expect quick results. Us adults on the other hand tend to be stuck in our ways, place great importance in doing things slowly and methodically and don’t usually take well to sudden changes of plan! So how can you encourage your little ones, without boring them out of the garden, or having them dig up your row of prize leeks? If it is at all possible give children a space that is completely their own on the plot. Get hold of some good quality child size tools and encourage their attempts even if it isn’t quite what you’d have done - if digging holes and making mud pies is more in their line than neat rows of seedlings perhaps they could create a wildlife area? A shallow dish sunk into the ground can be used by birds, frogs, toads and hedgehogs, and a log pile will be home to all sorts of insects plus providing a possible hedgehog home. Giant sunflowers are great fun, especially if you have a growing competition, and wild flower seeds can just be scattered and will, in time, encourage useful insects and birds - natural pest control!


Keen young growers can browse seed packets or catalogues to see what takes their fancy. Quick growing crops are a good suggestion radishes and salad leaves pop up in no time at all and should give them almost instant satisfaction! Sweet young carrots are likely to tempt even picky eaters, as are those lovely little cherry tomatoes. Popping peas out of their pods is very appealing and how about growing their own hideaway in the form of a lush green wigwam of peas or beans? They may not be keen on eating greens, but there is certainly a much better chance that they’ll be tempted to try something they’ve grown themselves. Fruit, such as strawberries and raspberries is usually popular, and if you haven’t got any of your own planted yet you can always get them enthusiastic by having an afternoon out at the pick your own farm. Ready grown plug plants can be good for helping them to set up an ‘instant’ plot - take a trip out to the garden centre to see what is on offer. If you already have seedlings started, then they could have the choice of some for their own plot (and you can see whose grows best!). Finally, don’t forget ‘indoor’ growing activities too - clean out the bottom half of a boiled egg and draw a face on it. Fill it with cotton wool soaked in water and sprinkle on some cress seeds - in just a few days the egg man will be growing hair and not only can they cut his hair but they can eat it too!

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10th-16th August is National Allotments Week During World War II and immediately afterwards, almost everyone with a garden grew fruit and vegetables. Food was rationed so people supplemented their diet with produce they’d grown in their own back garden, or down on their allotment. To me the very word ‘allotment’ evokes memories of my granddad and post-war community spirit. During the 1960’s allotments began to go out of fashion and continued to decline in popularity until very recently. As a society we were more affluent; more likely to buy what produce we needed from the local supermarket, and vegetable gardening just wasn’t considered sexy! There’s an old saying: what goes around comes around, and it encapsulates perfectly the fate of allotments which are currently enjoying a popularity surge. Suddenly we’re concerned about food in a big way. The number of food banks is growing as families struggle to put even the most basic provisions on the table. There are concerns about additives and pesticides on shopbought fruit and veg, while the cost of organic food puts it out of the reach of the masses. And what about all those thousands of food-miles our strawberries and courgettes clock up on their journey to the supermarket shelves? Surely that’s damaging the environment. Then there’s the thorny problem of childhood obesity. The list of food-related concerns seems to be growing exponentially. In the absence of clear leadership from the top, many of us are taking matters into our own hands, deciding to emulate our 28

grandparents and grow our own food. Yet modern housing often means tiny back gardens and frequently no front garden, so where are we going to grow all this lovely produce? The answer of course is to acquire an allotment and many people are doing just that. To join them simply approach your council. Price and availability varies around the country. In some areas there are waiting lists. But councils are taking allotments much more seriously and many are actively seeking to provide new sites. If a plot is too large for your personal needs you may be able to rent half or find a like-minded friend to share it with. Enquire today and you and your family could soon, quite literally, be reaping the benefits!

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The Scottish Rock Garden Club DUNBLANE’S SUMMER FLOWER SHOW Flowers of the Hills & Mountains Saturday 22nd August 10.00 am till 4.00pm FREE ENTRY

Victoria Hall & Dunblane Christian Fellowship Hall, Station Road, Dunblane. The SRGC Summer Event celebrates the plants and flowers which members from all over Scotland grow in their gardens. It will highlight the beauty, diversity and garden worthiness of a wide range of rock and woodland garden plants, bulbs, shrubs and trees. Most of the exhibited plants can be grown locally in central Scotland. The show is one of the ways in which the SRGC encourages the exchange of plants and information about them. This will be an ideal opportunity to buy plants from some of the country’s top nurseries to fill spaces in your own garden. Entry to the show is free. Susann Nilson from Sweden will give two interesting lectures during the day. 11am Pulsatillas of Europe and Asia & 1.30 pm Plant Treasures of Mongolia & Eastern Russia. Entry to the talks is by ticket bought in the hall on the day. Everyone interested in plants and gardens is invited to the show and lectures, where they will be warmly welcomed. Tea and coffee will be available. Further information from Sandy Leven. 01786 824 064 or on our web site

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CINEMA Latest Film Releases The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man. Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world. Fantastic 4: Some failed scientific experiments don’t really matter. Others, however, have dire consequences. When Reed Richards, Susan Storm, Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm are involved in a teleporting experiment, things go terribly wrong, and they emerge alive, but irrevocably changed. Faced with new abilities that they must learn to live with, the group become a team known as the Fantastic Four. Can they learn to control their abilities and work together to achieve something extraordinary? Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation: The fifth instalment of the Mission: Impossible franchise sees Tom Cruise return to one of his most famous roles, accompanied by Jeremy Renner (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Simon Pegg (The World’s End), and Alec Baldwin (Still Alice). Directed by Christopher McQuarrie, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is a thrilling action adventure that is sure to thrill and amaze. Ethan Hunt and his dedicated IMF team take on their toughest task yet, squaring off against “The Syndicate,” an international rogue organization whose members are just as skilled as the IMF and have nefarious intentions. Terminator Genisys: The Terminator franchise launched in 1984 with Arnold Schwarzenegger as the title character and spanned three subsequent films, which have earned more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office. When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future… 30

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Watering without Guilt Who remembers their dad hosing the garden on warm summer evenings? We always seemed to have a lush lawn when I was a child, apart from the summer of 1976 when hosepipes were banned and we all used stand-pipes for weeks. But nowadays hosepipes are the horticultural equivalent of a bad taste joke: out of style and somewhat frowned upon. But gardens need water to survive so what can we do?

Ground preparation is really important. Dig in lots of home-produced compost, well rotted horse manure, or spent mushroom compost. This organic matter will help the soil retain any moisture it receives. Make sure the irrigation lines run under the tips of the branches rather than at the base of the plant. This will water the roots more efficiently.

Make sure you mulch. Mulch can be a membrane, gravel, bark chips or cocoa shells. The aim is to keep moisture in the soil. I favour organic mulches because they gradually rot down and can be dug in to improve the soil A water butt is a simple, economical solution texture further. for most urban gardens. Butts will catch the A few simple measures will ensure that your rainwater from your gutter and store it until garden stays green this summer without it’s required. They typically hold between 100 costing the earth! and 300 litres depending on size. Well the truth is, we have more than enough water in the UK to sustain an average garden, but it tends to fall in the winter when all the plants are dormant.

You can now buy huge rainwater tanks which hold up 1000 litres and are great if you have the space. There are also underground storage tanks which hold over 2500 litres! With special attachments, stored rainwater can be fed into hoses and sprinklers, so you can use them guilt-free. However, if you want to make the most of your saved water then irrigation systems are the best choice. They typically reduce the amount of water you use by 70-90%, which is a huge saving. Here are a few tips for getting the best from an irrigation system.


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Dunblane Brownies visiting Briarlands

Girl Guiding in Dunblane Girl guiding is popular and thriving in Dunblane with 13 units of Rainbows, Brownies and Guides. Girls are involved in a wide range of activities and experiences, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their community. We aim to build girls’ confidence and raise their aspirations. The girls are led and supported by a wonderful team of volunteer leaders and helpers who give their time generously to keep it all going. Unfortunately there are also a great number of girls waiting to join guiding which is frustrating for all concerned. However there are ways in which you can help. The waiting-to-join list is there because of the continued popularity of guiding but also because there is a shortage of adults coming forward to offer their time both to run and help run units. More adult help would mean that the waiting list would be shorter and more girls could enjoy all the benefits that guiding offers. A Plea for Help! To sustain the level of service to girls in our community we urgently need people who would be willing to be reliable assistants to 42

Brownie and Guide leaders and ideally also to work towards their leadership warrant. Many of you lead very busy lives but would still like to be able to help out in some capacity. If you can volunteer an hour or two a week, an hour or two a month, individually or shared with friends, then we would love to hear from you. We’ll make sure you feel welcomed and valued and of course you will never be left on your own. You will be supported by others who are also balancing the demands of home, family and quite possibly work too. With a little of your time, we’ll soon be able to offer more girls from our community the chance to take part in guiding - something they are so clearly asking for. It’s an immensely rewarding role: all parents who have volunteered to help say how much pleasure and satisfaction they get out of being involved. Our volunteers give the girls a fantastic opportunity to shine in a wide range of activities and adventures. It’s also great Fun!! If you can help, please contact: Hazel Robertson, District Commissioner on 07919 402 742 or Ann Hale, Divisional Commissioner on 07821 187 365 Thank you.

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Wee Bug Photography - Child and Newborn Portraiture Specialist Unit 27, Stirling Enterprise Park, Stirling. FK7 7RP 07799 060 519

Capturing those precious moments with Kimberly at Wee Bug Photography Since moving back to Scotland some 10 years ago, my two wee boys have come along. Marley aged 2 and Wallace aged 9 months and my word do they keep me on my toes! So although I’ve had ready-made cute models at home, it’s been really exciting to set up a new children’s photography studio in Stirling. My children have played their part in helping though, from modeling when I’ve been trying new lighting set-ups, to keeping me company in the studio on the dark winter evenings when I’d just taken the studio on. Since the studio opened it’s doors in February this year I’ve met lots of wonderful children and parents, photographed super messy birthday cake smashes, played with lots of fun props in the child portraiture sessions and had a super chilled out time with gorgeous babies as young as 8 days old. If you’d like some more information on the kind of work I can do, either look at or phone me, Kimberly, on 07799 060 519 and I’d be happy to answer your queries.

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Getting Messy!

If there was such a thing as a Messometer - a tool for measuring views on mess, I wonder where you’d put yourself? At the pristine end of the scale where everything has its rightful place and food is most definitely to be eaten rather than played with? Somewhere in the middle, where a good amount of carefree messy play is healthy, but only when balanced with a sense of order and boundaries? Or perhaps at the far extreme? The kind of house that when you walk in you’re not sure if it’s been burgled, in which case Cheerios and hamster food on the floor offer daily opportunities for messy play! With washing products now offering triple action cleaning the removal of stains is child’s play, yet an aversion to getting messy is sadly commonplace among parents and children. People watch in the rain and you will probably see children discouraged from exploring puddles with their whole bodies, feet or hands as, sidetracked by practicalities, us adults fail to see the age-old learning value, not to mention sheer fun. Returning to that messy scale, I’d like to think I’m somewhere in the middle, much more tolerant than my husband and generally able to see the positives of mess! In fact I have always found myself drawn to messy and sensorial play, as well as making a business of it this has formed a key part of my own children’s childhood, be it offering sand, shredded paper, water, cooked couscous, dried lentils and rice, sandy paint or


shaving foam. With adequate planning and preparation, messy play can provide a calm and enriching experience for all involved, but I’ve learnt the hard way that preparation and boundaries are key to ensuring that this is a stress free experience. I can still remember an episode of particularly messy play with cooked couscous. Heavily pregnant, my husband arrived home from work to find me under the kitchen table on all fours, scraping sticky gunge, sprayed by my creative 3 year old all over the kitchen! Taking a work call in the middle of the play taught me a hard lesson. Allowing my daughter to experiment Jackson Pollack style with couscous it left me close to tears with exhaustion reaping the consequences of messy play! If you’re not a natural lover of getting messy then it’s good to know that there’s a wealth of research on the huge benefits of giving children a sensory education. Persuaded of its importance, the next step is making sure that we don’t inadvertently project our anxieties about mess and clearing up as children picking up adult vibes and this can affect their ability to explore and become truly immersed. When trying something new or personally challenging, the best approach can often be taking it slowly. So dipping your toe in the world of messy play means leaving cooked couscous to the last! Most materials have the potential to be used for messy or sensory play but that is not to suggest that they are

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Arnhall Nursery is a private day nursery that provides high quality childcare from birth up to 5 years.

uniform in the way they perform, respond to touch or appeal to children. For a child with sensory processing issues, who can’t happily touch sticky wet substances, an awareness of the wealth of messy play possibilities may be key to including them. Far from being an issue just for special needs, growing numbers of children find touching wet sticky things particularly challenging. With this in mind it may be helpful to consider Messy Play materials in terms of how they feel, as this is closely linked to both the amount of mess they create and what children with sensory issues can tolerate: Dry Textures: dried lentils, sand, leaves, wood shavings, fabric and packing peanuts In-between Textures, i.e., Resources that are not dry but don’t stick to the skin: play dough/ Play-Doh, clay, moon sand, cooked spaghetti, water beads, Messy Pots Messy Textures: shaving foam, gloop, jelly, finger paints, yoghurt and mud A good (and low cost) starting point could be a paddling pool or washing-up bowl filled with shredded paper, sand or dried lentils. Simply add a few containers and spoons for pouring and filling, (recycled pots and funnels are great) and get stuck in. Best of all June is the perfect time for taking messy play outdoors, so what’s not to like?

It’s all Child’s Play

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We have pre-school grant funded places available & have been graded Excellent & Very Good by the Care Inspectorate in our recent report; the nursery is set in the beautiful rural surroundings of the Keir Estate on the outskirts of Dunblane with ample car parking. Open all year round from 7.30am to 6.30pm All meals included home cooked by our in-house chef Fully qualified and trained staff For further details or to arrange a visit please contact the Nursery direct on 01786 822 391 Keir Estate, Dunblane, FK15 9NU

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School Jotters

Emily Watson (far left in pink) and her Beaconhurst friends get ready for their canoeing expedition.

S6 Beaconhurst pupil Emily Watson, from Bridge of Allan, talks about how the

school runs Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award programmes with a difference where pupils canoe rather than hike for their final expedition …. “I started the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme when I was in S3 and continued with the programme throughout my school years recently completing my Gold Award. It’s a great opportunity to learn new skills and have fun with your friends and the expeditions were one of the best parts of the whole experience. At Beaconhurst, you have the chance to do the expeditions a little differently when you reach Gold level - because you do them by canoe rather than the traditional hiking trips. For Bronze and Silver we went on hiking expeditions but when it came to Gold we swapped our walking boots for paddles and canoes which was much more fun! We began by learning to canoe on the loch at Stirling University then we did a one-night practice followed by a three-night practice in Scotland before travelling to France to do our final expedition on the River Dordogne last July. I was in a group of eight – three girls and five boys – and we had to get together and do route cards first figuring out how far we would paddle each day. We had to have eight hours of planned activity per day so we would mostly spend that canoeing around 30km a day. Then if we reached the campsite early we would go off and look around the nearest French village. We were in two-person canoes and carried all our gear – food, sleeping bags, tents, mats and spare clothes and so on – in plastic barrels on the boats. The Dordogne is quite a slow moving river so we had to put in a lot of effort and it was also quite warm so it was tough going at times. But it was easier than walking because you don’t have to carry all your equipment on your back. It was also much more fun and in our group we sang loudly to pass the time and that kept us going. I really enjoyed the camping, the camaraderie and getting to know people well during the expedition. It was nice to be on the water all the time and some funny things happened like when me and my friend James ended up going backwards down some rapids! When we got to the campsite in the evening we would put up our tents, have a shower and cook our meals before playing boules and card games. There was also another Beaconhurst group doing the same journey so we would have a chat and catch up with them. We learned so much during the trip including how to survive in the outdoors and all about team communication. We spend four days journeying and three nights camping and we all came home with some great memories. I would really recommend the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme to everyone and having the chance to go on a canoeing trip for the Gold expedition was just fantastic. I’ve now completed my Gold Award and will be going to Holyrood Palace to be presented with it at some point in the summer. I’m now looking forward to going to Dundee University to study Psychology and I think the skills I learned during the DoE programme will definitely help me in the future.” To advertise in thewireSchool. t. 07720 429 613 e. By 18, Beaconhurst 46Emily Watson,

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Road Safety Magic at Dunblane Primary School On Monday the 1st of June, Allan and his Magic Show came to Dunblane Primary School as part of our Health and Wellbeing fortnight. Allan showed us his magic, high visibility jacket and explained to the children that the jacket was magic as it would save your life. The jacket was also magic as lights came out of it. We were also taught the four magic road safety words which were STOP, LOOK, LISTEN and THINK. Innes helped the magician to make the four black and white words turn coloured. Allan taught us how to cross the road safely. We know that we must always cross with an adult but never a stranger. Allan used ropes which were 3 different sizes, and he told us that it doesn’t matter what size you are, but you always need to use the words – STOP, LOOK, LISTEN and THINK. Allan managed to change the ropes from different sizes to make them all the same size. We met Allan’s dog Robbie, who got a fright last night as he crossed the road between parked cars. Allan taught us that we should always cross at a clear space. Allan has a clear balloon and he managed to put a huge pin all the way through the balloon without the balloon popping. We were taught the three colours of the traffic lights – red means stop, yellow get ready and green means go. Allan did some magic with the three coloured balls and managed to change their order. We learnt that we should never cross the road when the green man is flashing. Finally, Allan drew a picture of a lollipop person and then he used his magic to make the eyes and mouth of the drawing move and speak. We really enjoyed Allan’s Magic Road Safety Show and while having fun we learnt lots about keeping safe on the road. By Sylvie Clarke. 48

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Athletics Festival

Newton School Transition at Dunblane High School Throughout the year Primary 7 have been participating in lots of transition activities such as our residential trip to Dalguise, with the Dunblane Learning Community Schools, visiting Dunblane High School during our Leading and Learning sessions and most recently we have enjoyed 2 full days visiting our S1 classes and teachers. On our first full transition day, May the 29th, we started off by finding out our classes. Then we waited in the Murray Hall and Mr Boyce came and gave us a talk. Following that, we got given our timetable for the day and the S4 mentors showed us to our classes. Some of the periods included Maths, English, Science and Art. On June the 3rd we participated in a sports morning. We enjoyed lots of mini activities on the AstroTurf. After break, the girls did a basketball tournament and the boys, a football tournament. When lunch came we were all really excited to use our new lunch cards! Following lunch, we had a Maths lesson and then a talk from Mr Lennon on the school badge and heritage, which was very interesting. We all had a super day and look forward to moving up in August! Please mention thewire when responding to adverts


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On Wednesday the 27th of May Newton’s Athletics Team went along to Stirling University to take part in a track and field event. There were 5 events and 1 boy and 1 girl took part in each event. The events were long jump, turbo javelin, 80m, 150m and 600m. Then there was a team relay in which all 5 girls and all 5 boys took part in. At the athletics festival there was a really good feeling in the air and everyone was excited. There were medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and a shield was presented to the overall winning school. We all really enjoyed the day and displayed very good teamwork skills. As a result, all of our hard work and training paid off as we won several medals. Calum got silver in the boys turbo javelin, Mitchel got silver in the boys long jump, and the girls relay team got a gold medal for coming 1st! The most exciting moment from the day was when Newton Primary School was awarded the shield for the overall winning school. The competition was really tough and there were 33 schools participating. It was a great day!



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Bowls has been seen as a sport for older people since day one. It’s a known stereotype for the sport and it’s one that is slowly but surely changing. I have been playing bowls from the age of 8, and I’m now 17. Now that’s an awful lot of time to squish into a small article. But I’ll start at the beginning. Aged 8, I started bowling, and quickly realised I was no good at it, but had appreciated that it was a competitive sport just like any other. I began practicing and practicing until I eventually became a stronger competitor in games. Now 9 years on, I’m a fully qualified coach, and have a number of trophies to my name, and I have made better friends than I have made anywhere else. The support from the club is probably the most important thing in my experience. The elements of the game that others have taught me and the tips for coaching have been what have made my experience so successful. We welcome anyone to come and give the sport a try, and we will encourage anyone to be the best they can be. This sport is becoming more and more popular, but it takes support from people to maintain that popularity. Come along and give it a try on our Fun Day and see if it’s something you enjoy! by Katelyn McIntyre (pictured) 50

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Brekkie Flapjacks Put the oven on at 180°c (160°c fan), gas mark 4. Ingredients: 85g chopped mixed nuts 200g rolled oats 12.5g sunflower seeds 85g self raising flour 40g dried cranberries 70g demerara sugar 125g butter 3tbsp golden syrup 2 mashed bananas 1 egg • Pop everything into a mixing bowl, except for the sunflower seeds, and mix it all up (make sure the butter is softened first so it’s easier to stir). • Once it’s all mixed up, put the mixture into a 22cm square shallow tin. • Bake the flapjacks in the oven for about 20 minutes. • Allow to cool slightly and then slice up. Please mention thewire when responding to adverts


Dunblane Centre NEwsletter Message from Gemma, Centre Manager We’ve had a great and very busy first half of the year, with June alone seeing our Race Night, (see pictures below) choir concert and Lego-tastic Unleash the Brick event.

As well as the summer holiday youth programme (more below), summer at the Centre can only mean … Show in a Week! This year it’s Seussical - bigger, bolder and more bonkers than ever :-) It kicks off on Monday 3rd August, then the performances are on Friday 7th August (7.30pm) and Saturday 8th August (2pm and 7.30pm). Want a little flavour? After all those years being stuck on a page Did you ever imagine you’d see me on stage? Now I’m here, there is no telling what may ensue! No, there’s no telling what! But I’ll give you a clue…


So says the mischievous Cat in the Hat at the onset of this fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza. Seussical lovingly brings to life all of our favourite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie and all of the Whos of Whoville! These classic, colourful tales are seamlessly brought together by Jojo, a young boy and thinker of strange and wonderful thinks! Combining Dr Seuss’ relevant and often thought provoking themes with a larger than ever and slightly mad stage, everything from slides to scramble nets, fireworks to snow, not to mention our amazing 140 or so young people who will learn the entire show in a week. To advertise in thewire t. 07720 429 613 e.

The music’s a mix of musical styles, ranging from Latin to pop, swing to gospel, and R&B to funk. So let your toes tap, your fingers snap, and your imagination run wild in the world of Dr. Seuss. Tickets are available from the Centre or online at Make sure and purchase your tickets well in advance to avoid disappointment – we do normally sell out!

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Dunblane Centre Summer opening hours For the first couple of weeks of the summer holidays we will be doing split opening times. The Centre will be open the following: Monday 29th June – Friday 3rd July: 9am – 4pm and 6pm – 10pm Saturday 4th July: 8.30am – 5pm Sunday 5th July: CLOSED Monday 6th July – Friday 10th July: 9am – 4pm and 6pm – 10pm Saturday 11th July: 8.30am – 2pm Sunday 12th July: CLOSED The Centre is available for booking outside of these times, please get in touch if you like more information.

Dates for the diary Friday 7th August: Saturday 8th August: Friday 28th August: Sunday 20th September:


Big Quiz The Centre’s quiz night is back on the events calendar... and it’s a whole lot smarter! Dust off your neurons and put them to the test in this awesome night of knowledge. Age 18+, bar and snacks available. £4.00 per person, max 6 per team. Places are limited, book a space for your team on 01786 824224 or Here’s hoping you have a lovely summer, whether you stay in sunny Scotland or go off on some exciting adventure, I hope it’s a great one

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SUMMER NEWSLETTER Update from Catherine, Youth Worker

Hi All,

My name is Catherine McGivern and I’m the Centre’s new Youth Worker. I started in May and was lucky enough to shadow Andy for a couple of weeks before he headed off to sunnier climes. Between him and the rest of the Centre staff it feels as if I’ve been introduced to most of Dunblane, however please forgive me if I don’t quite remember everyone straight away! If we’ve already met you may have gathered I’m not a local girl! I come from Airdrie and have worked within the youth and community sector for nine years now, with a strong background in sport. My passion for coaching young people has taken me from Scotland to Ireland, from Highlands to Lowlands and even across the water to the USA. Each has brought their own experiences and challenges and I look forward to new ones here at the Dunblane Centre. Well, our youth Summer Programme starts Monday 13th July and I for one can’t wait to get involved in all the exciting activities, including seeing everyone perform in ‘Show in a Week’. After the Summer I hope to see many more faces at our evening youth groups, which start back the week beginning 24th August, so do make sure you pop along to one of the following: Mondays - P7: 6:45pm-8:45pm Tuesdays - S1-S3: 7pm-9pm Wednesdays - P5/6: 6:30pm-8:15pm Saturday Night Project - S1-S6: 7pm-10pm Also please keep an eye on our Facebook page and website for when all our other activities within the Centre are starting back. Hope to see you all soon!


As always, you can keep up to date with everything we’re doing on our social media pages: or @DunblaneCentre

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Play Time Children could organize Highland Games for family and guests. Beforehand they could make admission tickets, and medals and cups to present after the games. Traditional games such as caber tossing, hammer throwing and weight throwing can be adapted for even the smallest children, using lighter objects. Welly throwing is popular. Everyone knows “tug o’ war”, and a lesser known trial of strength is maide leisg, pronounced mad-yuh ly-eshk, which we call “lazy stick”, in which two contestants sit on the ground with the soles of their feet touching; each holds onto the same stick, hands side by side, and the object of the game is to pull your opponent’s bottom up off the ground as you both keep hold of the stick. Include sprints and hill racing if possible. In between games children can play musical instruments, not necessarily pipes, harps and fiddles. Everyone can join in with the Highland Dancing! Kindly supplied by Wee Acorns Nursery

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Reinvent Yourself! How to change for the better this school year

Growing up, I lived within throwing distance of the local primary school, yet every morning I arrived late and was greeted with a chant from other children: “You’re late, you’re late, your dinner’s on your plate!” I hated being singled out in this way and it has taken me years to shake off the ‘late’ label.


Our children need to arrive at school properly prepared. Having the correct equipment such as pens, pencils, rulers, rubber and reading diary are all important, but so are getting enough sleep and having a decent breakfast at the start of the day. It’s been proven that I’m sure I’m not the only child to be labelled adequate sleep, food and water all aid for a particular habit or behaviour. For others concentration. it might be “lazy”, “quiet”, “disruptive”, “noisy” Some food and drink, however, is or “disorganised”. But whatever the past may counterproductive. Foods high in sugar and have held, the start of a new school year caffeine can cause hyperactivity, so choose brings with it a clean slate and the chance carefully what to put in their lunchbox to to start anew. Defeat and discouragement avoid a negative impact on their afternoon should be left where they belong – in the past lessons! – while children take the chance to reinvent themselves and work towards a brighter Though ultimately a child is responsible for their own behaviour and performance, future. parents do have their part to play. Take an Education experts say that getting a new interest in what they are doing, ask them school year off to a good start can influence a about their day when they get home and child’s attitude, confidence and performance become involved in school life when you can. both socially and academically. So how do we give our children the best chance of making a Children are our real-life mirrors; they tend to imitate what they see. If they see that they are positive new start? important to you and that school is important First and foremost, our children need to want to you, they’ll take it much more seriously and to change for the better and adopt the right be more responsible. attitude for achieving this. They need to accept responsibility for their own conduct The start of a new school year should be and make a commitment to change. For exciting, a time of celebration, a time to look example, they might decide to be punctual or forward, not back. Good luck as you and your polite or to get their homework done on time. child embark on a future of new possibilities! As parents we can help by being positive and 58

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Pocket Money

The Annual 2014 Pocket Money Survey by the Halifax revealed that 8 to 15 year olds received an average amount of £6.35 per week. Whilst parents or guardians were the main givers, a third of those surveyed also received pocket money from grandparents. Thirteen year olds were the most likely age group to receive weekly amounts and boys received more on average than girls. Only a third of children said they would save up for something expensive, most preferring to ask for it as a present. Other surveys such as those by Roosterbank suggest children as young as 3 are getting pocket money.

Commonly a basic payment plus bonus system is recommended. This includes a fixed amount which is given as long as children do certain expected things, perhaps keep their rooms tidy and do their homework for example. It is then ‘topped’ up by extra amounts if children do additional chores or achieve something significant Of course you will need to make the possibilities appropriate to their age, and different chores can attract different bonuses depending on the time and effort required.

If you are having trouble deciding how much pocket money to give your children, think about what you expect them to pay for from that money. You can involve your children in the decision process. Do you expect them to buy their own sweets and magazines with the money for example, and would this mean that they ended up eating fewer sweets than you currently buy for them which may lead to healthier choices? Or would you prefer to buy this type of thing and money will be for ‘special extras’ only?

they want to buy and why they want it is also important. This can help them understand the value of things much more clearly than when you pay for things for them because they have to decide whether to buy x or y. If you can bear it, it really is best to let them learn from their financial mistakes. Whilst many children will have a splurge when they first start receiving pocket money, as they get used to it they tend to become more careful about their choices. You can also help stimulate their thinking by talking about how you budget.

Many parents find that the use of a reward chart is helpful, particularly for younger Whatever the amount, pocket money given in children as it shows clearly the financial the right way can help children to learn the benefits of completing extra tasks. necessary skills and gain the confidence to Having regular conversations about what handle money responsibly. children are doing with their money, what


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It is always important to keep up to date with your pets vaccinations. These vaccinations ensure your pets immune system is able to fight against those nasty diseases that are out there! Both dogs and cats should be vaccinated once a year. However here at Struthers and scott we know life gets in the way and things are forgotten. For the month of July we are offering a discounted vaccination programme for pets that have lapsed.

Restart vaccinations for the price of a booster!!! Incredible savings! Please call the surgery for any questions or to make an appointment on 01786 841 304 Normal Surgery Times: Mon - Fri: 8am - 6.30pm Sat: 8am - 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 e: 70, Main Street, Doune

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Basic Car Maintenance A holiday is a wonderful opportunity to relax and take things easy, but it’s also when we place extra demands on our car. Whether planning a break on UK soil, or a trip by ferry to the continent, chances are that our motor is going to travel more miles than usual, and this could bring about unwanted trouble if we don’t take precautions. Holiday car-breakdowns are misery-inducing. I have vivid memories of steam billowing out of our car’s engine one summer as a teenager, and of my dad fixing up some temporary repair that involved a pop bottle. Amazement that he had the know-how to do such a thing (I had up to this point branded him as a mechanophobe, if there is such a thing) didn’t make up for the frustration of being cooped up in a hot and stuffy car when I should have been out in the sunshine enjoying myself! Most car faults are simple things which could easily be avoided by a pre-holiday inspection. So, at least a week before you are due to go away, carry out these simple checks to reduce the risk of your dream break turning into a holiday nightmare! First, check that your car won’t be due for an MOT or service while you’re away. Next, check all the fluid levels – engine oil and coolant; brake, clutch and power steering reservoirs; screen wash; automatic

transmission fluid if appropriate – and top up if required. Inspect the fan belt for cracks and separation of the belt plies and get a new one fitted if necessary. Consider carrying a spare. Check the condition of the tyres, including the spare. Inspect for cuts, abrasions, bulges or embedded nails or stones. This could also be a good opportunity to use the jack and ensure it works properly! Check the tread and tyre pressure. If you are likely to be driving at sustained high speeds or with the car fully loaded, you may need to raise the pressure to higher than normal. Check the condition of the wiper blades and clean them with a tissue dipped in screen wash concentrate. If they look damaged or if they smear a clean screen, renew them. Make sure all external lights are functioning, including rear fog lights. Try the horn, clean the windows and wipe the lamp lenses and door mirrors. Finally, make sure you have a warning triangle, spare bulbs and a First Aid Kit, especially if you are travelling abroad as they are required in certain countries. Prevention is always better than cure, but don’t forget to take your breakdown cards and membership details – just in case!

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Mercedes-Benz CLA Class Sometimes a pair of new shoes feels just right. No blisters ever appear and they soon become your go-to choice of footwear. Others cause you a little discomfort at first – but, once worn in, you feel as though you’d never sauntered in anything else. The Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 AMG Sport I drove was very much the latter example. It took me a while fine-tuning the seat to give me the best driving position. I then had to adjust the steering wheel several times – and then get the lumbar support right. For the first day I just couldn’t nail it and, squirming uncomfortably, I was convinced this car wasn’t for me. But, by the second day of my week with the Merc, I felt it was made with my name on it. Some car seats just require a quick twiddle here and there and you’re all set up. I think the CLA’s sports seats with integral headrests simply take some getting used to. They’re sculpted in a curve-forwards position, and make you feel like your head needs to go back more – although that could have been me being fussy on the day the car was delivered. Anyway, enough of the seats and my hairsplitting; let me explain why, on the whole, the CLA is an excellent piece of German machinery. Aesthetically, its proportions and dynamic design give the compact four-door salooncum-coupé an unmistakable appearance. The vehicle’s striking features include the bonnet embedded in the front end with powerdomes and a diamond-look grille. The light modules and LEDs behind the headlamp cover glass have been arranged in such a way as to create a characteristic “flare effect” for the daytime driving lights and indicators. This light signet defines the car’s energetic form and shapes a new, youthful Mercedes face. 64

The width-emphasising rear end exudes muscle and athleticism, featuring an interplay between convex and concave surfaces. The gently sloping roof contour and the pronounced, hallmark curvature of the rear window, provide the CLA 250 AMG Sport with a coupé-style character from the rear, too. The exterior’s progressive, sporty appearance is continued inside the Benz. All trim surfaces are galvanised in silver shadow, resulting in a cool-to-the-touch metallic finish. The instrument panel incorporates five large round vents and there’s a prominent freestanding display screen that features a black piano-lacquer-look front panel with a flushfitting silver frame. In the back, the seats, once again, become a sticking point. They are cramped for adults and not even the best fit for two child seats. On the plus side; boot space is good for this type of car. On the road, the CLA 250’s turbocharged fourcylinder engine rocks for most situations. The car has excellent grip when pushed through corners and its seven-speed automatic transmission climbs and descends excellently under pressure. Especially noteworthy is the Mercedes’ direct steer system, which offers precise feedback in comparison to conventional power steering. Safety hasn’t been overlooked either, with numerous driving assistance systems offering support and reducing your workload behind the wheel. Standard-fit features include drowsiness detection and radar-based collision prevention assist with adaptive brake assist, which helps to protect you from collisions from a speed of only 4mph.

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13th August 2015 Since 1976, sinistromanual people the world over have been celebrating their ‘right’ to be left handed - see what I did there?! Even though around 13% of the world’s population are left-handed they are, as one disgruntled leftie put it, “the most discriminated against minority” around! No one knows for sure why a person is lefthanded, but research suggests it is genetic and left-handedness does tend to run in families. As any left-hander knows, the world isn’t really designed to cater for them, so having a whole day dedicated to raising awareness of the everyday issues and challenges faced by the left-handed population is one way of changing that. In days gone by left-handers may have been forced to use their right hand (at school for example) but nowadays the world is becoming a friendlier place. Tools such as scissors, tin openers, vegetable peelers, knives and tape measures are all available for the non-right-handed. Left-handedness is controlled by the right side of the brain, which means that lefties are likely to be creative - excelling in music, the arts and media. They are also inclined to be good at ball sports and at anything requiring hand-to-eye co-ordination. Though being left-handed might once have been considered a disability, today’s lefties refuse to let it hold them back. “I may be lefthanded,” says one, “But I’m always right.” I’m not going to argue! 66

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Hypnotherapy... Supporting young people through stressful situations Something strange seems to be happening to our children and young people. They seem to be under increasing pressure and many are beginning to show signs of stress, such as irritability, poor concentration, insomnia and digestive problems. Depression, anxiety, eating disorders and behavioural disorders are also on the increase. Watching television programmes where children compete alongside adults in ‘talent’ competitions gives us an insight into the pressure young people feel to succeed or to be the best. Who can forget the uncomfortable sight of the young girl in one such show a few years ago reduced to tears because she had forgotten her words and pleading to be allowed to start again? Unlike adults, children are not equipped to deal with the pressures they experience. They can’t escape to the pub or go to stay with someone else if their school day has gone badly or someone has picked on them in the playground. It is undeniable that there is a great deal of pressure on young people to do their best and get good results. The stresses and strains of school life can get on top of them and they then may find it increasingly difficult to concentrate in school or get on with their homework. This can be due to a number of factors, they may find it difficult to concentrate in class because there is disruption around them, there could be problems with friends and bullying, they may find it difficult to relate to their teachers, there may be pressure around course or exam work, there may be specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia or they may feel unsupported by parents or carers. As a result of any of these factors, some children and young people may simply refuse to participate 68

in lessons at school or may flatly refuse to do their homework. Their marks may fall and they stop trying. They become increasingly stressed and anxious and could announce that they don’t want to go to school at all. In addition to all of this, exam stress can cause problems with eating and sleeping, anger and anxiety levels and if a child is already experiencing emotional problems or mental health difficulties, this stress can be the last straw. I am not arguing that pressure of any sort should be avoided at all costs nor do I want to see perfectly normal insecurities, which are part of growing up turned into mental health problems. It is essential that we do not undermine children’s resilience and capacity to deal with stress and pressure by rushing in to wrap them up in cotton wool. But, at the same time, we should be alert to signs of real worry and anxiety so that we can intervene in good time. At this time of year, thousands of young people are walking into exam rooms across the country. Reminding them that they only need to do their best, that they are loved and accepted exactly as they are as well as helping and supporting them to be calm and relaxed are the greatest gifts we can give our children. Hypnotherapy and Coaching with NLP can support young people to latch on to their strengths rather than their weaknesses and can help restore their confidence and self-belief. Contact Francine at Orrganise to find out how Hypnotherapy and NLP Coaching can support young people and their families. Don’t agonise...Orrganise. Kindly provided by Francine at Orrganise Also practising at Woodside Pharmacy, Doune

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Sunscreens Do you know your factor 8’s from your factor 30’s and your UVA protection from your UVB? Browsing a display of sunscreens can certainly be confusing, so here’s a little help. First to the basics: how do sunscreens work? Sunscreens, also commonly referred to as sun block, sun tan lotion and sun cream, are products which contain a combination of ingredients which help to prevent the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation from reaching the skin. There are two types of radiation, UVA has longer wavelengths and can cause lasting skin damage, skin aging and skin cancer, because they are not absorbed by the ozone layer and so can penetrate skin deeply, potentially causing the most harm. UVB has shorter waves, is partially absorbed by the ozone layer but can still cause sunburn and also skin damage and skin cancer. Most products focus on protecting against UVB rays, but those that describe themselves as broad spectrum provide protection against UVA and UVB. Sunscreens both absorb and reflect the sun’s harmful rays. You will see the expression ‘sun protection factor (SPF)’ on products. This is a measure of the products ability to prevent UVB from damaging the skin. For example if your skin would usually start to redden in the sun 70

after 10 minutes, using a sunscreen with a factor of 30 suggests that you will not redden until you have been in the sun for 30 times as long as that which is 300 minutes. You should remember that this is only a guide. You will also find additional guidance about which factor to choose depending on how fair your skin is as the fairer you are the faster you will generally burn. The time of day you are out will also have an impact. For example protection won’t be as good if you are exposed to full strength mid day sun compared to early morning rays. You should also remember that you will need to reapply sunscreens regularly throughout the day. There are a huge range of products to choose from. Sunscreens now come in lotions, creams, gels and oils. Many have additional ingredients to make them smell nicer, be water resistant, show up as a colour or be easy to rub in. There are also special varieties developed for the face and lips. One final thing to remember is that certain health conditions and medications can make a person more sensitive to sun exposure, so you might need to use a higher SPF if on antibiotics or antihistamines for example. If you are on medication it is best to seek professional advice.

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T-Shirt Tips T-shirts have come a long way from the undergarments they once were. They were introduced by the U.S Navy more than a century ago, and then became a staple item for manual workers. In the 1950s, the T-shirt was popularized in Hollywood by James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause, and Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire and The Wild One. In the decades that followed, tees became more popular with both men and women. Today T-shirts are the most commonly purchased men’s clothing item. On average, each American owns about 15 of them, according to a recent survey of 6,000 men and women by trade group Cotton Inc. Cotton prices are rising though, so manufacturers have looked for cheaper alternatives. Many modern tees are made of low-quality cotton or cotton-blends. I’m sure I’m not the only person to be frustrated by a T-shirt which lost its shape after one wash, or bags in the wrong places after a couple of wears. When designers talk about tees they talk about fit, thickness, drape, and a T-shirt’s ability to hold its shape. These qualities are more often found in slightly pricier T-shirts. So what can we look for on a label that indicates a good quality T-shirt? Look for extra-long-staple cotton, plied yarns, mercerized cotton, combed cotton, Supima cotton, and ring-spun cotton. Those terms generally suggest the cotton will be more durable and more lustrous. If a tee starts to show signs of deterioration after having been washed according to the care instructions, it could mean the brand isn’t using plied yarns, which are two single yarns twisted together to offer better strength, lustre and uniformity. If a shirt starts to lose its shape or stretch, it could be due to the lack of strength of the seams, insufficient twist in the yarn, or too few stitches per inch.


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Check the seams, neckband, and hem. They should all lie flat and look smooth. Pay attention to the shoulder seams. Make sure that they are symmetrical. Avoid tees with tight or wrinkled underarm seams. This is a sign of poor construction. Check the weight of the fabric. Unless the T-shirt is of the “tissue tee” sort that’s supposed to be really sheer and meant to layer, women will generally want to be sure that the fabric is heavy enough to conceal their bra. Pull the shirt over your hand to check for transparency. Look for the most flattering neckline. V-necks flatter large chests, scoop necks elongate the neck, and crew necks enhance small busts.

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SORRY GYM BUNNIES... IT’S NOW BETTER TO EXERCISE OUTDOORS I like working out in the gym. And I love to see people new to exercise coming along – or out jogging or power walking in the fresh air. I prefer being outside. It feels better being outside (especially when the rain stops). Gulping in all of that clean, fresh air and ‘feeling at one with nature’. Big surprise though, it’s official! Just looking at pictures of nature can lower blood pressure, stress levels and mental fatigue. Especially images that contain water. And it’s 10 times better if you can actually make it outside to exercise (rather than just the pictures thing)! Because … 1. 2. 3.

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It can help with depression (I get kicked out of the house for a run every time I’m cranky). It decreases stress levels (because it decreases cortisol – which can lead to all sorts of horrible stuff ). People who exercise outdoors tend to stick to their habits for longer than gym goers (many don’t last more than a year). Exposure to trees can boost your immune system It can improve revitalisation, selfesteem, energy and pleasure.

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Successful Dating

When should you start again? Splitting up from a long term relationship or marriage can be a difficult and troubled time for both parties. Adjusting to being on your own and not with someone you once loved and cared deeply about is not always easy. Change can be a terrifying prospect and bring deep anxieties. Whether you are the person leaving the relationship or the one being left, there will be drastic changes for both of you, in terms of home arrangements, children (if any involved) and dealing with the perception of what the outside world will think. Your financial situation may also be drastically affected and the legal side of a split isn’t always straight forward. You will also find that a lot of your friends are not necessarily there to support you through this difficult time and may feel let down. This is mainly due to not knowing which side to take and therefore, sitting on the fence. Adding to the mix that you will still need to perform well in your job as well as dealing with your own feelings of loss and loneliness, it is easy to see why some people become desperate for company and try to recreate what they have lost. This gives them reassurance of their own worth, as they want to feel special and loved again. Dating too quickly however will not serve you in any way. Whilst it may seem obvious, it is essential to acknowledge that you will never recreate what you have lost. The realisation of this often leaves people with a feeling of dissatisfaction, pain and general greater sense of mourning. 74

It is equally important to take your time to deal with emotional baggage. Dismissing why it ended rapidly or just blaming the other party will create future unhelpful behaviours and patterns. A split doesn’t normally happen overnight and there will be many reasons why it happened. These are seeded over weeks, months and sometimes years so you must take the time to reflect and look at the relationship as a whole. The dating process can be emotionally draining so you will need to be well prepared. It is often underestimated how much energy you will need to throw at it and how disheartening it can be. If you are already feeling low because of the loss of the relationship, it could contribute to making you feel worse and probably affect your own sense of worth and self-esteem. To counteract the loneliness, it would be better to expand your social circle with new single friends who will understand what you are going through as well as be more available for activities and/ or support. The best time to start dating is when you are actually feeling ready, not just because you want to be with someone and the company or security you feel they will provide. You should feel happy in your own skin, as a single person and only looking for a partner to enhance your life, not to fill a void. Only once you have reached that stage and dealt with the loss will you indeed be ready to get back out there. By Sophie Personne

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Why Floss? You might clean your teeth religiously twice a day and feel that you are doing all you can to keep your gnashers looking and feeling clean and fresh, but if you fail to include flossing as part of your daily dental routine, you are only doing just over half the job. Every tooth has five surfaces, and brushing only gets to three of them (the top/bottom, back and front). If you don’t floss, it leaves the two side surfaces unclean and potentially subject to disease. Food and sticky bacteria, commonly known as plaque, lodge in the space between teeth. If left, plaque generates acid which can cause cavities, irritate gums and eventually lead to gum disease. Gum disease isn’t pretty. It eats away at gums and teeth and in advanced forms even attacks the bones that support the teeth and the lower third of the face. Floss is the only thing that can get into the space between teeth to remove these harmful bacteria. If done before brushing, flossing can expose a larger area for the fluoride in the toothpaste to act upon. The best way to care for your teeth is to combine plaque removal through flossing and brushing with chemical cleaning via toothpaste and mouth wash.

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A Good Read Eating for England – Nigel Slater Subtitled ‘The Delights and Eccentricities of the British at Table’, this is an extended love letter to British food over the last forty years. If you have fond memories of sharing a box of Black Magic at Christmas or spooning jam over school rice pudding, then this is for you. Anyone who owns one of Nigel Slater’s cookbooks will know that there is as much pleasure to be had from reading the recipes as there is from following them. He writes about food with passion, knowledge and honesty, admitting his fondness for Heinz Tomato Ketchup , Smarties and other nongastronomic treats. Here, he devotes short chapters (often no more than a paragraph or two) to a whole range of peculiarly British delights. Some are drawn from childhood memories, such as his father’s unsuccessful experiment with a coffee percolator (it ends up packed away next to the Christmas tree lights) or his mother’s blancmanges. Others are more contemporary and tells of the delight to be had from a visit to the fishmonger or the ritual of a Saturday farmers’ market. All are well written, funny and evocative. Whether you read this from cover to cover, or simply scan the chapter headings for whatever takes your fancy, this is a perfect book for thinking about food – and despite Slater’s reservations the last chapter will probably send you out to the shops for a packet of Pink Wafers!

Why is Snot Green? – Glenn Murphy Want to see a nine year old boy (or indeed, a thirty-nine year old boy) reading? Well, buy a copy of this book and that’s what you’ll get. In fact, you’ll get more than that. Written by a member of staff from the Science Museum, this book answers those questions you’ve always wanted to ask – ‘Could you dig your way to Australia?’ (Come on, admit it – you tried to on the beach when you were seven), ‘Are people with bigger heads cleverer?’ and’ Why do we walk on two legs?’ for example – as well as some – ‘Do spiders have ears?’– that might never have occurred to you. Each question is answered in conversational style, anticipating the reader’s responses and taking the explanation further. Whilst there is a fairly heavy concentration on the grosser side of science – poo, snot and gas feature heavily – there’s also plenty of technical terminology and you really do learn something new on every page. Even how to stop an ice-cream headache – so well worth a read for that alone!


Barbecued Fruit

Grilling or barbecuing fruit is a lovely way to bring out its natural sweetness. You can use your own favourite fruits: mango, apricots and bananas also work well.

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Stand the pineapple on its flat base, and use a knife to trim down the sides, cutting off all the skin. Cut out any remaining woody bits. Cut into quarters lengthways then carefully cut off and discard the core from each quarter. This leaves the lovely sweet flesh. Chop the pineapple into nice chunks Halve the peaches or nectarines and throw away the stones, then cut into large chunks Pick the leaves off the strawberries and leave whole.

To make the sauce • • • •

For the fruit kebabs 1 pineapple 4 peaches or nectarines Small punnet of strawberries Vegetable oil For the sauce A large knob of butter Zest from half an orange and juice from one whole orange. 3 tbsp runny honey 2 cloves 1 cinnamon stick

Melt the knob of butter in a pan over a medium heat Finely chop half the orange zest, then add it to the pan. Then add the juice. Add the honey, cloves and cinnamon stick. Warm through for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, then remove the cloves and cinnamon stick.

To cook the fruit • •

Rub the bars of a clean grill, barbecue or griddle pan with a little vegetable oil. Make sure it’s really hot. Lightly drop the fruit on to the bars and let them cook for a few minutes. Different fruits cook differently so keep checking by lifting the pieces with tongs and checking underneath. When the fruit is soft, remove it from the heat. A little charring is fine.

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Transfer all the cooked fruit to a bowl and pour the warm syrup over. Toss everything together until nicely coated. Divide the fruit between six plates. Serve immediately with vanilla ice cream or natural yoghurt. To advertise in thewire t. 07720 429 613 e.

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by Wendy Gudgeon Ingredients (serves 4) 60ml/4 tablespoons pinhead oatmeal 280ml/10 fl. oz. double cream 30ml/2 tablespoons whisky 45ml/3 tablespoons clear liquid honey 250g/8 oz. raspberries

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Place the oatmeal in a shallow roasting tin and place in the oven 180C/Gas 4 for approx.15 mins. stirring once or twice until toasted golden brown. Lightly whip the cream taking care not to make it too stiff. Add the oatmeal, whisky and honey to taste. Set aside a few raspberries and gently stir the rest into the mixture. Spoon the mixture into 4 glass dishes, sprinkle the remaining raspberries on top and chill until ready to serve.

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The Spice of Life – Basil A super culinary herb, basil is versatile and widely used in many dishes and comes in over 60 varieties incorporating scents reminiscent of lemon, cinnamon, pineapple or cloves. Many people associate the combination of basil and tomato as classically Mediterranean in flavour as well as Pesto which is made from basil leaves and pine nuts. Basil plants look a little like peppermint and this is because they belong to the same plant family. Choosing fresh over dried is preferable as the flavour is far superior and don’t be put off as it keeps well. If it is cut it can be wrapped in a slightly damp paper towel and kept in the fridge. You can freeze whole or chopped basil in airtight containers, or pop some into ice cube trays and cover with stock for use when preparing stews or soups. Also used for: In essential oils Provides a good source of vitamin A

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Crab and Salmon Fish Cakes with Tartare Sauce Preparation time: 30 minutes + 30 minutes chill-time Cooking time: 30 minutes Serves 2

For the fishcakes:

250g/9oz salmon, poached, flaked, bones removed 150g/5oz white crab meat 150g/5oz brown crab meat 1 tbsp good quality mayonnaise Handful fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped Handful fresh dill, chopped 1 red chilli, finely chopped 1 tsp Dijon mustard Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 tbsp olive oil

For the tartare sauce

4 tbsp good quality mayonnaise 4 small gherkins, finely chopped 1 tbsp capers Handful fresh flat leaf parsley, finely chopped ½ lemon, juice only 1 tsp grated fresh horseradish Sea salt and freshly ground  Black pepper

Method: • Preheat the oven to 200C / Gas 6. • For the fishcakes, combine the salmon, white and brown crab meat, mayonnaise, parsley, dill, red chilli and Dijon mustard in a bowl. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. • Use your hands to shape portions of the mixture into little balls, then flatten them slightly and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. • For the tartare sauce, mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl and season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Set aside. • To cook the fishcakes, heat the oil a large frying pan over a medium-high heat. Fry the fishcakes in the oil for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until golden-brown and crisp. • Serve with baby potatoes and wilted spinach, drizzled with a little olive oil, and seasoned, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper. 84

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Mary’s Meals Million In May, Mary’s Meals celebrated feeding one million children every school day. From a family driving supplies to war torn Bosnia, the charity (then known as Scottish International Relief ) began to develop a variety of projects across the world. Then in 2002 SIR’s founder Magnus Macfarlane-Barrow asked a 14 year old boy in Malawi what his hopes for life were. He replied, “I want to have enough food to eat and to go to school one day”. This was the beginning of Mary’s Meals. The concept was simple: the provision of school meals which would both encourage school attendance and enable children to make the most of their education. To receive help, local volunteers are required to build their own kitchen and to cook the meals. Mary’s Meals then equips the kitchen and pays for locally grown food. It costs £12.20 to feed a child for a year. Many people in and around Dunblane support Mary’s Meals in different ways but most visibly through the charity shop in the High Street. The shop has an ever changing range of clothes, books, toys, small items of furniture and ‘bric-a-brac’ - the till category for everything else! If you’ve not been in why not take a look. Shop volunteers, people who donate goods and those who buy them all contribute to feeding children across the world. By 10 June 1,035,637 children were being fed. The charity’s motivation is to think of the next child that can be fed. Can we in Dunblane help to feed that next child?

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An exhibition of paintings based on a contemporary perspective of Scottish landscape by Prentice Smy.

Edgelands Exhibition runs from 3rd—30th July at Dunblane Museum Open 10.30am-4.30pm(Closed Sundays)

The art works are a personal reflection on the changing Scottish landscape, exploring boundaries, spaces and symbols. Themes emerge representing Scotland’s contemporary identity, for example depicting semi-industrial symbols such as oilrigs, poly tunnels, fish farms and wind turbines as motifs within abstracted compositions. The aim of the exhibition is to show a body of work that explores the mysterious complexity of our human response to the physical environment we inhabit today.

DUNBLANE BOYS’ BRIGADE OLD BOYS AND FRIENDS DINNER Calling all former members and officers of 25th Stirling (Dunblane) Boys’ Brigade. We are celebrating the 115th year of the company in 2015 and are holding a dinner to mark the occasion, inviting everyone who has a previous connection with the company. It will be held on Saturday 3rd October at 7.30pm in the Victoria Hall. We will have some speakers from different BB generations, recalling memories of camps, trips, sports and all the camaraderie of the organisation from years past. We’re looking for photographs, old badges and uniform and other memorabilia for a display as well. Whether you left two years ago or 62 years ago, we’d love to have you along. There will be an excellent four-course meal and cash bar and all money raised will go towards BB funds to support the Company’s activities with almost 200 boys. For more information or to register, e-mail or call 01786 823192. You can also check or dunblanebb Please mention thewire when responding to adverts


Calling all Bards On the 300th anniversary year of the Battle of Sheriffmuir, in the place that inspired Burns, Tannahill, Hogg, Lewis, Penny and others to compose verse that once made Dunblane a place of poetical pilgrimage, thanks to The National Lottery through Creative Scotland, scotsbard, Paraig MacNeil, is giving Dunblane a cultural kiss of life, unearthing her ancient yarn and weave to join it with the new verse of its present day bards, in a selection of poem and song. The on-going e-book anthology’s three chapters will exhibit works of: the traditional bards, the Battle of Sheriffmuir and the ‘15’, and the modern bards. This will be available for all as a resource, to assist the growing population of the area, or increase a cultural identity focal point, helping to generate more of an interest in the local community through its native literature. Also as a community project, part of Paraig’s contribution is to hold periodical showcase/ performances in local venues, as well as constructing home-made videos with verse/ lyrics for folks to follow. Besides the traditional verse collected, Paraig has about eighteen modern contributors so far. So, if you are resident in Dunblane and area and have been writing verse, or if you have written verse about Dunblane and area, or both, and wish to contribute, then please let Paraig know soon on: scotsbard@gmail. com or telephone 01786 824 563. ‘The Bards o’ Allan Water’ is scheduled to be published in early November. You can follow the project and the videos on:


So it’s over for another year, but I think we all agree that Fling 2015 was one of the best ever – at least, that’s what people are telling us! The fun started on Thursday with the Jazz Night at the Westlands Hotel, followed on Friday by the Ceilidh at Victoria Hall featuring Skelpit Lugs Ceilidh Band – both enjoyable evenings and a great way to start the weekend. And the weather was on our side again for the Duck Race and Fling by the River – amazing when you think of the rest of the ‘summer’ so far. It was great to have so much happening in the High Street, which was closed for the whole afternoon, as well as all the events taking place on the Drying Green. Like many others, I enjoyed the food on offer at various outlets - thanks to Discover Dunblane for their involvement. Only 2 adult teams turned up for our new event, the tug of war, but that meant we were able to have a Boys v Girls tug of war. Great fun, and guess who won? The girls, of course! The concert on Saturday night featuring Manran, supported by Something, Someone and Dunblane Barber Shop Boys was enjoyed by all who attended, if the dancing is anything to go by. The weekend was rounded off at Dunblane Folk Club’s Fling Festival Club with food generously supplied by many local businesses. The feedback we’ve had on our Facebook page suggests a beer tent and more children’s events. What would YOU like to see in future Flings?

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Community Group Alert Need more “wind in your sails”? Every year the Braes of Doune Windfarm awards some £14,000 to community projects in the Dunblane/Ashfield/Kinbuck area. If you have a project requiring financial support, the Windfarm Fund Committee now welcomes applications from local groups for 2015 grants. Last year 13 local groups were helped with grants including: The Fling, Soccer Club, Preschool Play Association, Dunblane in Bloom, Rangers & Rainbows and Victoria Halls. Application forms, guidance rules and further details are available at OR contact Christine Campbell on 07539 179 761 or at

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Whats On: during the week MONDAY: • • • • • •

2284 Dunblane Air Cadets for boys & girls ages 13 to 18. Meet Mon & Wed 7pm to 9.30pm. For more information contact Ft.Lt. Peter Mulkerrins on email oc.2284@aircadets. org or 01786 825355 Bridge lessons will be restarting in September in Doune, days and venue still to be decided. Anyone interested in learning the game or updating their skills should contact Susan on 01786 842684/07778 506 406 or e-mail ST MARY’S BABY AND TODDLER GROUP every Monday (including holidays) 1011.30am at St Mary’s Church Hall. All parents and children aged 0-5 years are welcome, £2.50 a session. Dunblane Library, free beginners computer classes from a Forth Valley College lecturer every Monday from 9am until 12, offering a variety of flexible learning courses. Jazz Night from 8pm at the Westlands Hotel. Everyone welcome, admission free Dunblane Runners group run – 5 or 6 miles – meet at 7pm at Hydro gym

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Doune & Dunblane Bridge Club meets at the Catholic Church Hall, 2-4.30pm. No partners required. Call 01786 824080 for further information. Beginner/Mixed Ability Run 6pm@Run4It, Bridge of Allan. Supervised by qualified Jog Scotland leaders and catering to those that want to start jogging for the first time through to intermediate runners. Free of charge Hills and Drills 7pm@Run4It, Bridge of Allan . Not for the faint hearted, it improves strength and endurance & lasts around an hour. Free of charge. St Blane’s Drama Group meets every Tuesday evening Sept to May in St Blane’s Church Hall at 7:30pm. We are a friendly mixed age group, members of the Scottish Community Drama Association and our membership is free and is open to all residents of the Dunblane and Stirling District. Enquiries to Tudor Rees 823716 Stirling Speaking Society warmly welcomes anybody who would like to build up confidence in speaking in public, whether to groups or individuals, through a supportive process of advice on techniques, practice, and friendly feedback. We meet in Dunblane Cathedral Halls on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7.30 for 8 o’clock. To find out more, please email, or go to our website at, or phone 0741 322 8050. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Army Cadet Force, 7pm till 9pm at the Queen Victoria School. Anyone aged 12-18 years old can just come along. Contact Vikki Paul by email: for more information. Nordic walks, Tuesday evenings 6.45pm – 8pm. Contact Tricia on 07557 439111 for details on training with Nordic poles and the meeting points for the walks. Poles will be supplied. Fencing Club ages 9-18. Tues, 7-9pm intermediate. 6-7pm: beginner. Contact Charity McArdle at or on 07535 702 430 Dunblane Community Preschool Rising 3s. 9.30am – 11.30am at the Braeport Centre. Open to children ages 2 - 3. A fantastic stepping stone between toddler groups and preschool, led by an early childhood educator with parent assistance. Please telephone 07920 249 631 for further information.

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Whats On: during the week (Continued) WEDNESDAY: • • • • • • • • • • •

Tea n Toast - drop-in for parents with or without tots at St Mary’s Church Hall, 9 to 11am DPPA PARENT & BABY GROUP. 10am – 11.30am at the Braeport Centre. (Term Time Only) Open to babies from birth to 12 months. Drop in for a cup of coffee & a chance to meet other local parents. Please telephone 07920249631 for further information The Chatty Crafters Club meet in Christian Fellowship Church (Next to the Victoria Hall) from 10am-2pm. All welcome to drop in to suit. More details from Morag on 0777 055 2815 25th Stirling (Dunblane) Boys’ Brigade Anchor Boys (boys aged 5 up to P3), 6.05-7.10pm in the Cathedral Hall. Contact Rosemary McLellan on 825039 or anchors@dunblanebb. 2284 Dunblane Air Cadets for boys & girls ages 13-18. Meet Mon & Wed 7-9.30pm. Contact Ft.Lt. Peter Mulkerrins on 01786 825355 or e: Doune Bridge Club meets at 7.15pm in the Red Lion Hotel, Doune (back room). Small friendly club and welcome all standards, with or without a partner. Contact Derek on 01786 842224 Local walking group meet at Dunblane Cathedral at 10.30am for a 30-45min walk on good surfaced paths. Walks are free, no need to register in advance. Contact Tricia on 07557 439 111 or enquire at the health centre for more details. Dunblane Cathedral Society of Change Ringers. The tower bell ringers practice from 7:30-9:00pm in the Cathedral. For further information contact Judith Frye on 824779 or e-mail Dunblane Free Church. ‘Open Door’ session between 10 and 12 noon where we invite members of the local community to pop in and meet us. Robertsons of Kinbuck, Auctions every Wednesday at 11am, alternating between a general household sale & an antiques and collectables sale. Viewing is on Tues & Weds. Website address for pictures & catalogue is Fencing Club for High School pupils; 6-8pm; intermediate. Contact Charity McArdle at or on 07535 702 430

THURSDAY: • DPPA TODDLER GROUP. 10am – 11.30am at the Braeport Centre. (Term Time Only) Open to children from 6 months to 2 years. Drop in for a cup of coffee & a chance to meet other local parents. Children’s snack is provided. Please telephone 07920249631 for further information. • Dunblane Whist Club meets every Thursday Lesser Hall, Victoria Hall 1.30 - 3.30pm. (Last one in the session is 18th June, resumes in August 6th) Come along to find out if this group is suitable for you. Ten players joined us last term forming new friendships. Ladies & gentlemen all welcome. Friendly tuition given if required. Information from Dolly Gemmell 01786 822 387 • Bridge of Allan & Dunblane Rotary Club, at the Westlands Hotel at 6.00 for 6.30, visiting Rotarians or interested visitors should contact our Secretary Iain Fraser on 01786 822751. or email: • Going Forward Stroke Group provides activities and entertainment for stroke survivors. 2-4pm in the Chalmers Hall, Bridge of Allan. New members are always welcome. Tel 01786 - 831608 or 832228 for information.


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Open Doors@Dunblane Christian Fellowship. The doors open for anyone who is looking for a bit of company. There will be various activities on offer, tea and cake. More information from Helen on 01786 825974. Mixed Ability Run 6pm@Run4It, Bridge of Allan. Offering alternatives from 3.5 miles to 7 miles. This run accommodates all levels with certified Jog Scotland leaders accompanying each group. Meet at Run4It. Free of charge Dunblane Bowling Club Bingo, Eyes Down 7.30pm. All Welcome Oor Woollie, 7-9pm, Dunblane Cathedral Halls. Nutty on knitting or hooked on crochet or want to learn? Bring along your needles and yarn. Tea, coffee & biscuits are available. Contact Kate: 07904 440491 or Lesley 01786 821 427. Dunblane Runners training session – 7pm – locations vary each week. See our Facebook page for info.

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Tea Dance at the Victoria Halls, 2-4pm. Admission £4, all welcome. Held on the 14th, 21st & 28th August. No dances in July. DPPA TODDLER GROUP. 10am – 11.30am at the Braeport Centre. (Term Time Only) Open to children from 6 months to 2 years. Drop in for a cup of coffee & a chance to meet other local parents. Children’s snack is provided. 07920 249 631 for further information. Dunblane Woodies (Woodcraft Folk). Braeport Centre (term times)3.45 - 5.15pm. Woodchips 3 - 5 yrs and Elfins 6 - 8 yrs. Contact Jo, 07855 787 672. WCF is a national youth organisation. At group nights we run activities based on the principles of co-operation, equality, respect, environmental sustainability, social justice and fun! With an emphasis on spending as much time as possible outdoors! Group nights are organised and run by volunteers 25th Stirling (Dunblane) Boys’ Brigade Junior Section (P4-P6) 6.15 - 7.45pm in the Cathedral Hall. Contact Fraser Boyd on 821387 or 25th Stirling (Dunblane) Boys’ Brigade Company Section (P7-S3) and Seniors (S4-S6) Fridays 7.45-10pm in the Cathedral Hall. Contact Paul Christmas on 823192 or e-mail 1st Dunblane Girls Brigade Company: Explorer Section (P1-P3) 6-7pm. Junior Section (P4-P7) 7-8.30pm & Brigadier Section (S1-S6) 7-8.30pm. All meeting in St. Blane’s Church Hall. Contact Jacqueline Cassidy (Captain) on 07759 046 474. e-mail:


Training Run 9am @ Run4It, Bridge of Allan - a longer training run. typically be at least 9 miles in length and are ideal for the aspiring half marathoner (and beyond!) - Meet at Run4It. Free of charge Dunblane Runners social run – meet 8.30am at Cathedral car park.



St Mary’s Episcopal Church, Dunblane, 8.30am Said Communion; 10.30am Sung Eucharist with provision for children. See for more detail. Religious Society of Friends [Quakers] Dunblane Meeting. Meeting for Worship, Sunday 10.30 am at The Braeport Centre. Children welcome. See www.quakerscotland. org/dunblane for more detail. To advertise in thewire t. 07720 429 613 e.

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Dunblane Cathedral Handbell Ringers, Cathedral Halls. Beginner adults from 6.307.30pm. Those of High School age, 5.30-6.30pm. Children in Primary 5-7 from 6.307.30pm. The adult group for experienced musicians rehearses from 7.30-9.15pm. For more info, contact Malcolm Wilson (t.825387) or e-mail Dunblane Folk Club meet at the Braeport Centre, 8pm. BYO bottle, everyone welcome.

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Wednesday 1st July - until October. Temporary exhibition of the 1715 Battle of Sheriffmuir, Dunblane Museum. 3rd—30th July Edgelands Exhibition at Dunblane Museum. Open 10.30am4.30pm(Closed Sundays) Sunday 5th July, Art’n’Mart Community Market, Victoria Halls. 11am-4pm. Entry is free but we would ask people to make a donation to our local charity of the month as they enter the venue instead. Saturday 18th July, Dunblane Bowling Club Fun Day 11am - 5pm. Come down and give bowls a try. A range of activities for the whole family and fun for everyone. Free entry. Thursday 23rd July, Double Aspect Launch Party. 7pm at Anchorcross Farm South, Old Doune Road, Dunblane Limited time flat fee opening offer! 07931 835 274 or julianne@ Saturday 1st August, Strathcaron Fundraiser -’It’s a Knockout!’ see page 59 Sunday 2nd August, Art’n’Mart Community Market, Victoria Halls. 11am-4pm. Entry is free but we would ask people to make a donation to our local charity of the month as they enter the venue instead. Saturday 2nd August, Loch Lubnaig End to End Open Swim. See www.vigourevents. com for information Friday 7th - Saturday 8th August, Dunblane Centre Show in a Week - Seussical. Book your tickets by calling 01786 824 224 or online at Saturday 22nd August, Dunblane Summer Flower Show. 10.00 am till 4.00pm, FREE ENTRY Victoria Hall & Dunblane Christian Fellowship Hall, Station Road, Dunblane. Everyone interested in plants and gardens is invited to the show and lectures, where they will be warmly welcomed. Tea and coffee will be available. Further information from Sandy Leven. 01786 824 064 or on our web site Friday 28th August, Big Quiz, Dunblane Centre. Dust off your neurons and put them to the test in this awesome night of knowledge. Age 18+, bar and snacks available. £4.00 per person, max 6 per team. Places are limited, book a space for your team on 01786 824 224 or Dunblane Arthritis Care have a break from monthly meetings until September 14th when we will have Jewellery Making Demonstration from Karen. Meetings Victoria Hall 1.30 - 3.30pm second Monday monthly. Details from Pat Anderson 01786 822505 Dunblane Library: Summer Reading scheme is now on, it is free to join for all children aged 4-11 years. Come along and join Record Breakers this summer. Special Dvd offers will be available this summer.


Dunblane Rambling Club The Club meet once a fortnight, on Sundays, and use their own cars sharing the cost of the transport. The winter programme normally has low level walks within easy travelling distance. In summer we go further and higher! All walks (except where noted in the programme) leave Dunblane at 9am from the car park by Tesco. Depending on the weather conditions or problems encountered on the recce, walks may be changed at short notice and replaced with an alternative. Membership costs are as follows and are payable at the start of the season (May 1st): single £3, Family £5. It is club policy not to bring your dog on the walk. Questions about the walks programme, joining the club or any other matters, should be addressed to: the Chairman, Ray Kent on 01786 832 158 or the Walks Convenor, Eric Howman on 01259 742 889

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This summer, we face the most challenging time of our year. With many of our supporters and donors on holiday, we struggle to collect enough food to distribute at our Crisis Food Banks. At the same time, with children not getting school meals, many more families find themselves struggling to cope. Around 160 people each week, including around 40 children, will rely on our emergency food-packs, yet we are desperately low on supplies already. This photo shows our empty shelves and just how much we need donations of food. Please help by dropping any of these items at one of our Donation Stations: • tinned meat, veg, fish, fruit • UHT milk • ready meals • rice • cooking sauces • cereals and cereal bars (we have plenty pasta and baked beans) Our Donation Stations can be found at Co-op (Dunblane and Callander), TSB (Bridge of Allan and Stirling), St Mary’s Episcopal Church (Dunblane), Sainsbury’s (Stirling), Clive Ramsay’s (The Peak and Stirling University), Dunblane Centre or dropped into our warehouse at Unit 9, 10 Munro Road, Springkerse Industrial Estate, Stirling FK7 7UU. Please phone on 01786 561027 or email to find out how else you can get involved.

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Useful Numbers Dunblane Police Station 101 Dunblane Health Centre 821777 Forth Valley Hospital, Larbert 01324 566000 Stirling Community Hospital 434000 Bannermans, High Street 823266 Bannermans, Anderson St. 822030 Dunblane Library 823125 Dunblane Post Office 825317 Stirling Council Local Offices 823300 Registrar of Births, Deaths & Marriages 823300 Scottish Gas Emergency 0800 111999 Hydro Electric Emergency 0800 300999 Scottish Water Emergency 0845 6008855 Floodline 0845 9881188 Scottish SPCA 03000 999999 Dunblane Primary School 822351 Newton Primary School 824484 St Mary’s Primary School 822740 Dunblane High School 823823 Dunblane Centre 824224 Kinbuck Centre 823183 Ashfield Village Hall 825419 Victoria Hall 822176


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