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AFTER CLAIMING “YOU STOLE MY BAIRN’S MONEY” by Wee County court reporter


Post Office in Maple Court, Alloa at around 4:05pm on the 7th of August which was busy with customers, children and staff and had been acting in an agitated manner, perhaps under the influence of drugs or alcohol. He was then supposed to have approached the complainant and begun insulting him saying something along the lines of ‘You stole my bairn’s money!’ he was then asked to leave and did, only to walk back in again this time to strike some display shelves causing £400 worth of damage. He was again asked to leave but this time did not comply, instead he reportedly forced the complainant against a wall and raised his fist at him, the complainant BLIND COMPAN ALLOA Y was then said to have struggled free, trying to make it to the entrance and escape. Domestic & Commercial Before he got there The Only Blind Company however, he was supposedly cornered You Need To Call again by the accused Quality Service Guaranteed. who proceeded to strike Vertical, Roller Venetian and Velux the complainant in the Free Estimates face and body with the WHINS ROAD, ALLOA majority of the blows

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weecounty LETTERS Dear weecounty I was very shocked to see the front page story this week being about house calls that are a scam in this area. Phone calls such as this do annoy me and I never give my details over the phone but it is a shame when people get caught out by these people who are trying to steal money or details from them and they do not realise. Now a days you have to be very careful about giving over details as people are nasty enough to partake in calls such as these. John, Alloa Dear weecounty It is really nice to see a new restaurant come into the local area and I wish them all the best. In the main town of Alloa we have takeaway businesses and a lovely restaurant in Shillinghill but it is really nice to have a new fresh local business come into the area. I think the business will be very popular and do very well. Beth, Tullibody Dear weecounty I think the scheme that the council has started in the tennis is very good indeed. Getting kids active is what is needed and offering the courts for an hour for just a pound is a brilliant idea. This is giving kids the opportunity to get active and healthy is great and gives them the boost to do something with the time during summer. This is a very positive thing that the council is backing and it is a great scheme that I think is going to very popular. Sarah, Sauchie

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Dear weecounty I was very glad to hear that the footbridge has finally reopened as it was frustrating and annoying when it was closed. Now that they have finished all the repairs on the other bridge they have now closed off the back road at the other side of the bridge which is a popular route for local people coming into Alloa. This is not handy with this being closed. Greg, Clackmannan Dear weecounty I was very shocked and stunned to learn that beggars have been pleading with local people in Alva for money as they do not have much. This will make people living there very uneasy as this makes the street unsafe. I think it is good that authorities are trying to resolve the situation and stop this from happening. I feel sorry for people in these circumstances but the safety of local people must come first. Heather, Alloa


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Tullibody based photographer shortlisted for national competition


rian Smith from Tullibody, has beaten off hundreds of other photographers to be shortlisted in a national competition run by social investor Nominet Trust. The eventual winner will see their image displayed in a countrywide photography exhibition – Our Digital Planet. Entrants submitted images illustrating what the internet means to them and the difference it has made to their lives. Brian’s entry demonstrates how the internet has revolutionalised the traditional working environment. Brian describes his ‘alfresco summer office as making work instantly more appealing and productive. The beautiful black and white photograph impressed judges due to its powerful, simple and very candid portrayal of just how the internet is changing the way we live

and interact with our surroundings. The competition winners’ photograph, to be announced

on the 16th August 2012, will complete a 24 image exhibition going on tour in five cities to demonstrate the power of the

Council and Community Council Team up against anti-social behaviour L

ast week representatives from both Clackmannanshire Council and Alva Community Council met in order to fully discuss the various concerns that local residents have had over anti-social behaviour in Alva, and more generally throughout Clackmannanshire. Council Leader Gary Womersley, Councillor Les Sharp the Convenor of the Council’s Housing, Health & Care Committee and Council Chief Executive, Elaine McPherson, met with representatives of Alva Community Council and the Joint Community Councils’ Forum (JCCF) Councillor Womersley said: “It was a very productive meeting. This Council has prioritised tackling antisocial behaviour and, working closely with partners such as Central Scotland Police, intends to use all the powers available to it. “I fully appreciate the very difficult issues which can be faced in some of our communities and we will only be able to solve that by working

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collaboratively. This Council has, however, already funded and commenced work on a whole tranche of initiatives, such as the appointment of a new Head of Housing & Community Safety with an explicit remit to address antisocial behaviour. “I would hope that this strong added impetus and vigour will, working with partners, deliver results communities deserve.” Upon a request from the Community Council, a further meeting will occur with both the Leader and Convenor with added intention to invite representatives from the Tenants & Residents’ Federation, the Joint Community Councils’ Forum and local businesses to participate. George Horsburgh of the JCCF said : “Both myself and the Chair of Alva Community Council are pleased with the positive outcome of our meeting and the stance and atti-

tude of the Council regarding this very important and emotive issue which has, for far too long blighted the lives of hard working and decent residents of Alva and Clackmannanshire. “Hopefully the robust action to be taken by the Council officers in conjunction with the police will have the desired effect of stopping the unacceptable anti social behaviour being suffered at the present time. “While anti-social behaviour may not be halted overnight, the council has assured us that it is committed to eradicating this particular issue as a matter of urgency.” Councillor Les Sharp added: “We are determined to work with communities to do all that we can to tackle the antisocial behaviour which can be the cause of so much distress to individuals. “There are no easy solutions but what we have in Clackmannanshire is a shared commitment to working together to solve the problems in partnership.”

internet to change our lives for the better. Our Digital Planet will visit Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Liverpool and Glasgow between August and December 2012. The winning entry will take centre stage at the exhibition, alongside other evocative images depicting a range of areas where the internet has positively affected our lives. In addition, Nominet Trust, which believes in the power of digital technology to improve lives and communities, will award the winner with over £500 of photography equipment and a personal photography workshop with renowned photographer David Collingwood. Annika Small Nominet Trust CEO commented: “The internet has made a positive difference to our lives in so many ways and this has been demonstrated so vividly through the images we have received to the competition. From keeping in touch with loved ones, to new ways of working, from learning new skills to making new friends this competition


has highlighted just what the internet means to people and the impact it has had. It was a hard decision to whittle down so many excellent entries to a shortlist of six and I would like to thank everyone for taking the time to enter. We hope that the winning image, alongside the other 23 inspiring photographs will highlight to exhibition visitors the massive reach of the internet, and its potential to change people’s lives.” Shortlisted entrant Brian Smith said: “There are so many ways in which the internet has a positive impact on my life and that of my family, and it was an enjoyable challenge picking just one area to capture in a single image. But I’m really pleased with the photo I entered and how it highlights a

small part of what the internet means to me. I’m delighted to have got this far and have my fingers crossed I can beat the tough competition and go on to win. Best of luck to everyone!” Joe Tree, founder of Blipfoto said: “Blipfoto has been delighted to help host this national competition. Like Nominet Trust, we’ve been impressed with the quality of entrants and we can only hope that ultimately, the exhibition encourages people to start using the internet.” During the exhibition visitors who have never used the internet, or those who are not so confident, will have the opportunity to get online with guided support. For further information or to find out more about the competition, visit:

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ILS creates 30 new jobs in Clackmannanshire I ndependent Living Services has embarked upon a major recruitment drive within the Clackmannanshire area. With care at home services growing in demand across the region, Independent Living Services, (ILS Scotland Ltd), is embarking on a new recruitment drive as part of its continued expansion in Clackmannanshire, with the creation of 30 new care worker positions. ILS provides services on contract to Clackmannanshire Council, and supports older people at home and people of all ages challenged by disabilities and other issues which make it hard for them to cope with life alone. The company is looking for a range of full-time, part-time and relief support workers. Full staff training is provided prior to working in the community as well as ongoing training and support with the opportunity for career progression. An SVQ training programme has recently been launched for all members of the teams. ILS Scotland is a major, long established provider of care across Scotland, working in partnership with local authorities, and has a workforce of 1600 across the county. Services are also provided on a private basis to those who wish to augment the care they receive through the council, or have other requirements for support.

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Susan McCormack, Service Manager at ILS in Clacks, says: “We train and develop all of our staff, so if you’ve never worked in care, but think you have the right skills to work for us, this might be

for you. Care workers range widely in age, from 18 to over 65, and come from all walks of life. ILS offers very flexible working patterns, which makes work in this sector attractive to many different types of people, including mums going back to work, the older generation, and career changers. “Many of our care workers have made a real career for themselves at ILS and we’re delighted to have helped them. It’s a great opportunity and can be totally life-changing - for them and so many others. I would be happy to hear from anyone looking for employment in the Clacks area who thinks they have the right skills to work for us.” ILS provides care at home, predominantly for older adults, but also for adults with a disability, and support for children and families. The new recruits will support these people, helping them

to remain within their own homes, and will assist with personal care, meal preparation, supervising a medication regime and other daily living tasks. A typical day in the life of a care worker will involve dropping in to see and support several different people in one day, working on a rota and a shift system. Care and support is generally provided on a one-to-one basis, and those who work with ILS derive great job satisfaction which comes from a genuine interest in working with people. Carol Gillies, 48, from Tullibody, joined ILS in 2004 and has never looked back. She had previously worked in the retail sector for several years and knew that she needed a new challenge. Her daughter had already started working for ILS and was enjoying it so much that Carol decided that this could be just the change that she needed. And she couldn’t have been more right – she has been promoted three times over the last eight years, and is now Assistant Service Manager for ILS in Clacks. “We have a fantastic team here, and provide such an important service to the local community,” says Carol. “Most of our clients are vulnerable adults and an ILS care worker might be the only person they see in a day. And although we provide support for simple everyday things such as personal care, shopping and meal preparation, companionship is also vitally

important. My job is much more office based these days, managing a big team and a fleet of 12 cars, overseeing care plans, and carrying out reviews and spot checks. But I still have contact with a lot of clients through courtesy calls and feedback meetings, which is great, as I really like

working amongst people and get great job satisfaction from what I do. “ILS provides brilliant training as well as opportunities to climb the career ladder, and I’m delighted that I’ve been able to come so far. Now I can’t imagine doing anything else, and I’d definitely recom-

mend it to anyone who thinks they could be suited to a career in the care sector.” Anyone interested in working in the Clacks area for ILS can get in touch by calling the recruitment hotline on 0800 085 3522, or through the ILS Recruitment website

House Ownership on the Rise R

esponding to CML figures out today showing a decline in the number of repossessions in the second quarter of 2012, but a small increase in the number of homeowners with arrears of more than 10% of their mortgage balance, Graeme Brown, Director of Shelter Scotland, said: “Although a fall in the

number of households losing their home through repossession is good news, there is no room for complacency. “For most families and individuals, affordability and security make a house a home. 8,500 families and individuals had their lives ripped apart by repossession in the last quarter alone because they could not afford

by Conor McQuillian to keep up with payments. “We are particularly concerned to see an increase in the number of homeowners with arrears of 10% and over - 28,300 homeowners in total. We’re also worried by the trends we’re seeing from people calling our free

national helpline. In the last year alone calls from homeowners who are living in fear of losing their homes have increased by 110%. “With the continuing squeeze on household finances, the effects of welfare reform kicking in and a rise in some mortgage rates, thousands of homeowners up and down the country are

living on a knife edge.” Graeme Brown added: “When things start collapsing around them, people often put their head in the sand. If they come to us sooner we can do more to help – there’s always hope. Whether you’re worried about missing this month’s mortgage payment or you are already falling behind

with bills, we can help stop things from spiralling out of control. Call Shelter Scotland’s free helpline on 0808 800 4444 or visit” Shelter Scotland believes everyone should have a home. We help people find and keep a home. We campaign for decent housing for all.


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Community Council Elections MP meets R with Minister over EU standards on blind cords safety esidents are now being invited to make nominations for their next community councils, notices will be going up at all key community locations throughout Clackmannanshire as a reminder. All the current members of the Alva, Clackmannan, Dollar, Menstrie, and Tullibody Cambus and Glenochil community councils are going to be standing down at these elections; each council will have 14 vacancies, with the exception of Muckhart which has 12. These elections come right as the Scottish Government is looking at ways to strengthen and develop Community Councils across Scotland in an attempt to build their resilience and capacity, and in order to enhance their role as the voice of their communities. Public participation in community councils is crucial at the moment, as the Scottish Government explores the possibility of changing legislation to bring community councils further into the design and de-

resulting ‘Muckhart Area Plan’ has helped us in our extensive negotiations with the Council on the Local Development livery of public services locally, Plan. or even in delivering public ser“Over the past few years vices themselves. Muckhart Community Council Depute Provost, Councillor has dealt with a great variety Donald Balsillie said: “People of issues such as speeding, must realise that we developing our infraare changing how we structure and protectdo things here to make “I would urge you to consider ing the character of our democracy more becoming a community councillor the village. inclusive, and there is “We organised the going to be much more yourself or at least to take part Information Evening reliance on community in the nomination and election because it is imporcouncils to speak for process.” tant, if Muckhart is gotheir communities. ing to continue to have “It is important that an active community all residents of Clackaffect their area can contribute council to carry on with this mannanshire make sure the to the work of their community sort of work, that we have a full people they know to be capable council; both Induction training Community Council of twelve of fulfilling this role on behalf of and support is readily available. members for Muckhart. The their communities are on their The community councils are only way to do this is if at least community council. already preparing for the elec- twelve nominations are submit“I would urge you to consider tions; Muckhart Community ted during the nomination the becoming a community councilCouncil has held an Informa- period.” lor yourself or at least to take tion Evening to give locals an The nomination process is part in the nomination and opportunity to meet existing simple just fill out your nominaelection process.” community councillors, to dis- tion form and find two people Community councillors don’t cuss informally the work of to support you. Anyone who need to have any particular the Community Council and to is both over the age of 16 and find out about how to become who appears on the electoral a community council member roll can stand. themselves. Nomination forms can be Jon Jordan , Chair of Muck- found on hart Community Council, said: uk or by contacting the Return“Our community council has ing Officer’s staff on 01259 many achievements which in- 452266; the closing date for clude a key role in the delivery receipt of completed nominaof the Play Park, Muckhart Na- tion forms is 4 pm Thursday, ture Park, and the pathway to 6th September 2012. the hills. Information about the role “We have also rebuffed a of a Community Councillor and number of unwelcome devel- the election process is availaopments. Recently we carried ble on out a comprehensive survey of community councils for more by Conor McQuillian what our community wants to details call 01259 452112 or see in the village in the future email adminservices@clacks. same time had the chance to and what it doesn’t and the take in views of Scotland that they said were fantastic. They also got the chance to meet new people and develop new friendships. Clackmannanshire Council’s Education, Sport and Leisure Committee Convenor, Councillor Ellen Forson said: “We were delighted to be part of this annual series of COSLA New Horizons voyages, and the three people who went from Clackmannanshire will have benefitted greatly from the experience and it will something which they will keep with them for the rest of their lives. “We look forward to continue to support this marvellous project in future years.” Following the expedition the three young people have signed up to do their Gold level Duke of Edinburgh Award and will be volunteering with Youth Service to develop a programmes for other young people.

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Youth Success F

ollowing the highly successful Tall Ships project in 2011, Ocean Youth Trust Scotland, COSLA, and Young Scot have developed an annual series of COSLA New Horizons voyages. Three young people from each local authority were selected to take part in this life changing experience. The Clackmannanshire representatives were Scott Paterson, Michael Murray and Kris Christie. The three young people set sail from Oban on Monday, 16th July on board the Ocean Youth Trust Alba Endeavour vessel and sailed 160 nautical miles around the Western Isles taking in the sights of among other islands, Mull and Iona. They returned to Oban on Friday, 20th July. The three Clackmannanshire youngsters said on their return: “We had a great time. It was the experience of a life time and we would recommend it to any young person’.” The whole experience of life on the vessel was really hard work but they enjoyed every minute of it and at the

qualifications or background experience, but they must be on the electoral roll for their local area. Everyone who wants to help their community achieve its aspirations, to take the action the residents feel is necessary, and influence the decisions that will


ordon Banks, MP for Ochil and South Perthshire has met with Consumer Minister, Norman Lamb MP and representatives from the Product Regulations Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), to discuss the way forward for blind cord safety. As a result of this meeting, Gordon Banks has made submission to BIS in respect of the revisions to draft documentation being considered by the department. The British Standards Institution (BSI) is currently compiling draft revised blind cord production standards for submission to the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) who will draw the final standards up. Gordon Banks has been a vocal campaigner for several years in his attempts to spread awareness of the dangers, and bring about change in the way looped blind cords are constructed.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has reported an increase in deaths, with most accidental deaths involving blind cords occurring in the bedroom in children between 16 and 36 months old. Gordon Banks MP said; “After several years of campaigning for better safety standards, I was glad to be able to forward my views on what should be included for consideration in the future production of blind cords. Current designs allow breakaway systems to be by-passed, by for instance tying, and therefore this method whilst useful, is not the solution to the problems of strangulation. We need an operational redesign to facilitate operation without cords that are looped or can be looped to completely eliminate the risk of strangulation to children. This is of paramount importance to the prevention of future deaths in this way.”



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he annual flower show will take place in coronation hall, Muckhart on Saturday 25th August. The doors open at 2pm with official opening and prize giving at approximately 2:15pm. This is the 126th show and it will be opened this year by the Lord Lieutenant, the Rt Hon Sir George Reid and his wife. Please come and support you’re wee village show with your vegetables, S ubstitute pot plants, you home r combaking pslips and crafts &encourage upgrade your children yoto ur take flyerspart to too, it is 5000fun. good The hall will be open as usual from 7pm to 9pm on Friday night, 24th ofgAugust and on o

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afternoon teas or a prize for our raffle would also be much appreciated; proceeds from the raffle go towards society funds and local charity The Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) a local charity. Come and keep this tradition alive, please give the committee you’re support, feed those plants, finish that

crochet, paint a picture, take a photograph or maybe make some jam, we have something on the show schedule to suite everyone. We look forward to seeing you all. If you need any further information about the show you can phone Margaret Johnston on 01259 742389 or Tim Turner 01259 781270.

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esonate Arts House will be putting on a show from the 1st to the 30th of September when they will be presenting ‘Adornment’ an exhibition of jewellery and textiles related artworks. The exhibition is themed around exploring the human need to embellish and decorate, and contains work from Angela Beardsley, Nicola Glennie, Megan Morgan, Linzi Knox and more.

The Woodland Turnery Spinning wheel makers and restorers are coming to Alloa on September 25th from 11am to 6pm and will be joining the exhibition and holding a fun day with fibre related crafts. Spinners will be on hand to demonstrate and share their skills with spinning wheel and drop spindle, there will also be spinning equipment on sale, an arts and crafts materials shop which will be open for the day

and a wheel surgery. These are both free events so if you want to enjoy an art filled day out or have always fancied having a go at spinning fleece or even bringing your own wheel for a spin in then head to the Resonate arts house. Resonate Arts House is open 10am to 4pm from Wednesday to Saturday or at other times by appointment, it is located within Units A3 and A4, North Castle Street, Alloa, FK10 1EU.


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Delightful Donation for Delph Pond Forum L

ast week the Delph Pond Forum; which is a sub group of the Tullibody Cambus and Glenochil Community Council, was among 3 local causes to receive a generous donation. This fantastic donation came from Glynis Watters and was for the purpose of purchasing bulbs and planting equipment for their Biodiversity Day in the Delph Pond woodland on Saturday October 13th. Glynis Watters is not as you might expect from a charity or organisation; Glynis is an immensely kind hearted local who has taken it upon herself to hold a Christmas party event each year for the last 3 years, the proceeds of which always go to local charities or community organisations. This year she has managed to raise £380 at her annual Christmas party, the proceeds of which were then divided up and distributed among her chosen three worthy causes: The Delph pond Forum received £180.00 to buy bulbs and equipment, to help get the local community and schools involved in a special biodiversity woodland planting

osses at HMP Glenochil prison in Clackmannanshire told the jailhouse lawyer that Beggs’ papers, collected during regular legal fights with the authorities, are a fire risk. Mr Beggs has lost a court battle to keep piles of legal files in his cell due to them being deemed a fire hazard, despite his pleas of this being against his human rights. William Beggs, who studied at Teesside Polytechnic in the 1980s, is serving a minimum 20 years for butchering teenager Barry Wallace in 1999. Beggs, 48, crime was the abduction and murder of 18-yearold Barry in Kilmarnock in 1999. The victim’s limbs and torso were found in Loch Lomond and his head was discovered on Barassie Beach near Troon by a woman walking her dog. Beggs, who subsequently became known as the limbs-inthe-loch killer, was jailed for life in 2001 and ordered to spend at least 20 years behind bars. Beggs spent over ten years trying to evade justice, and still regularly tries to get his sentence reduced. But in March this year, law lords at the Supreme Court in London knocked back his final appeal on the length of his sentence. They said he could keep

News Brief New defibrillator for St Andrew’s First Aid

event to be held at the Delph pond. The Sauchie Community Group has received a cheque for £150.00 to help them towards buying camping equipment for use within the

community. And the final amount of £50.00 was given to the Tullibody history group to help them cover some of their annual running costs as they currently operate only on

‘Limbs-in-the-loch’ killer loses court battle to keep files



some in his cell and others in a filing cabinet in his prison hall, but surplus files would have to be put in outside storage or destroyed. Beggs claimed his human rights were being breached and took the case to Scotland’s highest civil court, the Court of Session. But Lord Hodge rejected him permission for an order allowing him to keep his files. He ruled that the prison authorities had to obviously tackle “an acknowledged fire risk”. A spokeswoman for the Scot-

tish Prison Service welcomed the decision. She said: “We have clear fireled information that we give to prisoners to keep them safe. “They have to have a reasonable amount of items in their cell, particularly flammable items like paper, toiletries, and things like that. “We had an individual who had way more than the prison allows for everybody. “We don’t just have to consider just one prisoner, we have to consider the safety of all our prisoners and staff.”

Gordon Banks MP Surgery Notification

17th August 2012 2.00 – 2.30 Centenary Hall, 41 Hamilton St. Tillicoultry 3.00 – 3.30 Clackmannan Town Hall Main Street 4.00 – 5.00 Alloa Constituency Office, 49-51 High Street Alloa Email Gordon at Phone Gordon on 01259 721536 (Alloa) or 01764 654738 (Crieff) or 0207 219 8275 (London) You can also subscribe to my E-Newsletter which details all my recent activity as the MP for Ochil & South Perthshire. If you would like to subscribe please email me at the above address with the word ‘SUBSCRIBE’ in the subject line.

public donations. Glynis said: “We always used to hold a Christmas party but eventually we stopped doing it so I and my colleagues just thought how hard could it be and we decided to do it ourselves. “We’ve always kept it local,

when we’ve got the money we usually just ask Michelle who tells us what local causes need a bit of help and we divide the money between them.” The Delph pond donation was handed over last Thursday at the Tullibody

St Andrew’s First Aid Clackmannanshire Company are holding a presentation on Tuesday 21st August at Diageo’s Carsebridge site. At the presentation a rep from the Community Chest along with John Marshall (from Marshall Construction) will present the company with a new Defibrillator, which will taken with the team on all of their duties. Heritage Centre by Michelle Flynn of Clackmannanshire Council who presented the cheque on Glynis’ behalf to a very grateful Muriel Lockerbie and Chris Calder, two of the Delph Pond Forum members.


After Exam Advice A


Tuesday 14.8.12

day after exam results have landed on the doorstep of university and college applicants, UCAS advisers, including their social media team, are available to help anyone with questions about the confirmation and clearing process. Applicants can log in to Track on the UCAS website, at track/ from around 9am on SQA results day (August 7) to see if they have been accepted or are eligible for clearing - but they won’t be able to make a formal clearing choice until early afternoon. They should call universities and colleges beforehand, to discuss courses that interest them, in search of a provisional offer. After checking their status in Track, eligible applicants can browse clearing vacancies on the UCAS website Andrea Robertson, Director of Customer Operations at UCAS offered this advice to applicants: “If you achieve the results you need for your firm or insurance choice, then congratulations on all your hard work. If your grades don’t quite meet the offer requirements, there’s no need to panic. “Clearing is there to help anyone who is without a place on results day, for whatever reason. “You can find detailed guidance about the Clearing process on the UCAS website,

by Conor McQuillian

Local MP and Shadow Scotland Minister visits Alloa care home L

alongside courses still available. “It’s very important to be flexible and determined when looking at the alternatives, and to research the requirements properly. “You should be as well informed as possible before you make that call to admissions staff to discuss your potential acceptance.” Expert advisers from UCAS will be on hand to answer questions on 0871 468 0 468 from 08:30 on Scottish results day. Their social media team will be available at the same time, and you can put your questions to them on Twitter and Facebook. If you don’t get the results you expected (whether higher or lower) and need advice about future options, you might also find it helpful to contact professional careers advisers on the free Skills Development Scotland Exam Results Helpline 0808 100 8000. The line is open from 8am on Scottish results day.

ocal MP and Shadow Scotland Minister, Gordon Banks, will meet local residents and staff at Alloa based care home, Parklands, today (Tuesday 7 August). The exclusive tour follows the recent official opening of the £4.7 million care home which is owned by Meallmore, one of Scotland’s leading providers of nursing and residential care. Care Home Manager, Julie Wyllie, will personally accompany Mr Banks on a tour of the purpose-built care home which features state-of-the-art facilities and security to ensure the best quality of care for older people and those living with dementia. Mr Banks MP commented: “Parklands represents a major investment by Meallmore in the local area. I’m pleased to be visiting the care home today and seeing firsthand how it is helping to benefit people locally by delivering high quality standards of care for older people and providing new jobs. “I would like to thank residents and staff for such a warm welcome and wish them every success in the future.” Since opening in January,

the 62-bed home offering nursing care for frail elderly people, and specialist services for people with dementia and its related conditions, has brought more than 100 jobs to the area. Care home manager Julie Wyllie said: “It’s a great pleasure to welcome Mr

Banks MP to our care home. Parklands has had a phenomenal response since from the local community since opening our doors at the start of the year and it’s a real boost to our residents and staff when dignitaries take an interest and visit our home.”

The development, which currently has 30 residents, includes an activity and reminiscence room, six dining rooms, as well as a hair and beauty salon for residents. For information about Parklands please call Care Home Manager Julie Wyllie on 01259 720172.

Accused of a robbery cut short L

ast week Robert and Bryan Gladwin appeared in court, Bryan accused of theft by opening a lockfast place with intent to steal and Robert accused of the same crime with an added accusation of assault. In the prosecutions version of events the two were supposed to have gained unlawful entry into the complainant’s property, a work yard, at around 10:30pm, and then to have tried to break into the complainant’s garden shed. It was then put forward that following an approximate five minute period of the complainant’s dogs barking, the complainant upon a suggestion from his wife decided to look outside; he then proceeded to open his caravan door and noticed

nothing so closed it again, returning inside. The complainant’s daughter had then supposedly noticed two men through the window inside the garden shed; the complainant’s son had then opened his blinds and confirmed that there were indeed two men in the shed. Through questioning the prosecution also heard that the shed had been empty besides a dog and its pup and some hay bales. The complainant upon hearing of the two men then opened his caravan door shouted and then walked towards the shed, followed shortly after by his son; upon reaching the shed the complainant tried to hold the two men in the shed, however this incident

occurred December 28th 2010 and there was a thick covering of snow on the ground. The complainant was said to have slipped backwards and upon being hit on the wrist with a hammer by one of the assailants fell onto some empty gas canisters; then the man with the hammer then is supposed to have fallen on top of him. They then were said to have began ‘wrestling’ on the ground while the other man stood by, it is then that the son supposedly confronted the second man who, after being shouted at to leave, struck out hitting the son on the hand with a pick shaft, ran, jumped a fence and got away. The son then was said to have turned his attention to his father

who by now had disarmed the hammer from his attacker and made it back onto his feet, it was heard that he was now struggling with his attacker near the middle of the yard. The son then supposedly approached the two and asked the remaining thief to leave, he then got closer, in the time that followed it was said that the attacker pulled a knife and cut the father across the elbow, was pushed by the son, ripped the son’s shirt over his head and ran, jumping a fence to get away. The defence’s version of events painted an entirely different picture, Bryan’s defence was intent on proving that if it was in fact Bryan who had been the man that ran away first then it was evident he only wished

to escape, not wanting to be further involved. Robert’s defence who had an added assault charge to disprove put to the court that Robert too had in fact wished to simply escape, but also that in the time after the first thief escaped and the hammer wielding thief had been disarmed the complainant and his son had prevented the remaining thief’s escape and begun attacking his with some blunt objects; and that it was in fact the complainant who had instigated the violence in the first place. By 5pm the trial was still only half complete and so had to be adjourned, however we will update you with the final results of this case as and when they become available to us.


Tuesday 14.8.12

A fayre away from fairtrade


lackmannanshire County is now right on the edge of finally becoming a Fairtrade Zone, possibly pending on the success of just one event. A Fairtrade Fayre to be held on Saturday August 18th could be the final necessary step for the area according John Lamond, chairman of the Clackmannanshire’s Fairtrade Steering Group. “Thanks to the commitment and enthusiasm of everyone involved in making Clackmannanshire a Fairtrade Zone we are almost there. “The progress we’ve made in the last 15 months has been fantastic and through activities like this fayre we can keep up the momentum we need to get even more people signed up to buying ethically.” In the last ten years the demand for fairtrade products has risen immensely; there are now ten times more fairtrade coffee and bananas sales, as well as nearly 200 times more fairtrade chocolate products than a decade ago Provost Tina Murphy Clackmannanshire Council’s ‘Fairtrade Champion’ said: “Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world: all goals

we are proud to support, “We hope that local people really embrace the thinking behind event and learn why Fairtrade is the right trade.” The Fayre will take over Alloa’s High Street from 10am until 2pm, stallholders at the Fayre include: No. 140, Alva, a Fairtrade Shop; Comfort Rwanda, who supply Fairtrade crafts; The Co-operative, who

will be exhibiting Fairtrade products; and Fairtrade Clacks, who will supply information about Fairtrade in Clackmannanshire. Clackmannanshire Council has decided to support the Fairtrade Zone bid as it will form an important part of the Council’s Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy.

safe and that anti-social behaviour at these places is tackled swiftly and effectively.” In particular, officers will also use the boat to patrol the islands in the lochs which can suffer from antisocial behaviour such as vandalism and litter which has an impact on the wildlife and landscape. “This boat will enhance our work during Operation Ironworks and elsewhere throughout Scotland for police diving operations,” said Inspector Baird. Bridget Jones, Visitor Experience Manager for the National Park, said: “Working with the Police has produced positive results and we’re keen to continue this important partnership. Providing a boat to

Central Scotland Police now means our Rangers have additional patrol support on the water and islands. “We are committed to making sure the National Park is a safe environment for visitors and residents to enjoy. Running alongside other initiatives such as Respect the Park and Operation Ironworks, the new boat is a welcome addition and we look forward to continuing to work together.” Anyone with information about anti-social behaviour in the area can contact Central Scotland Police on 01786 456000 or information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111

New Boat for Central Scotland Police


entral Scotland Police have obtained a new boat for their Underwater Search Unit courtesy of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority. They transferred ownership of the 7.5m Humber Ocean Pro rigid inflatable to the force for an agreed amount of increased patrols within the National Park area. Inspector David Baird, responsible for the Underwater Search Unit, said: “The boat previously used by the Underwater Search Unit was old and beyond economic repair. This one given to us is in good condition and has only been used in fresh water.” The boat has been modified to meet police specifications which include police markings, sirens and blue lights. Inspector Baird said: “We were delighted to receive this boat and our Underwater Search Unit is already making good use of it by carrying out regular patrols on Loch Lomond and the other lochs in the National Park area. We will continue to use it, alongside our partners, to engage with other water users and to support land-based patrols. These patrols will help to ensure that Loch Lomond and other lochs in the National Park area remain




Tuesday 14.8.12

Rugby summer camp a hit with the kids A

s reported last week, there is a new Rugby Summer Camp being run by Clackmannanshire Council’s Sports Development team at Alloa Rugby Club, running this week from 13th-17th August. All young players taking part will receive top level coaching from qualified Scottish Rugby coaches, including the Council’s Rugby Sports Development Officer, Stevie Swindall, a former Scotland “A” internationalist and member of the Glasgow Warriors. Primary one to three children at Rugby Camp are being taught basic skills through games, meeting new friends and having plenty of fun. Primary four and five rugby enthusiasts are also learning the basics as well as improving on those basic skills through games. Councillor Ellen Forson, Convenor of Clackmannanshire Council’s Education, Sport and Leisure Committee, said: “The whole camp is aimed at developing fitness while at the same time having fun and building confidence.” There are sessions for primary six and seven pupils aimed at developing the player, developing

game and understanding of players. The sessions will also improve their core technical skills through games and build on specific fitness needed for rugby.” Councillor Forson added: “ There are also sessions during the camp for first and second year pupils at Secondary school where they will be encouraged in learning to train and advancing their skills through games. “Nutrition, fitness, injury prevention advice and how to improve their fitness while having fun will also form part of what will be a busy but enjoyable programme for the children during the camp.” Third to fifth year pupils will get the chance to take part in a strength and conditioning academy and to train like a pro for a week. The sessions are geared at improve strength, speed, flexibility and skill. They will also receive nutrition and recovery advice. The Rugby Camp is being held each day from 10am until 2pm at a cost of £40 for the week. For further information telephone the Contact Centre on 01259 213131.

Champions League Football for Kids


nter Milan, Chelsea and Barcelona are due to play each other at Alloa Academy over the next few Saturday mornings. At least that is the plan as part of FREE kids football sessions being run there from 11.00-12.00 every Saturday. The sessions are open to any child from aged 5 -12 who simply wants a game of football irrespective of their footballing ability. Based on a “turn up and play” basis, teams will be picked each week for a mini league tournament based on the numbers, ages and abilities of the players attending. All team names will be the same as those major clubs who

Good Egg Campaign by Conor McQuillian

C are regular contenders in the Champions league. Everyone is welcome and everyone is guaranteed a game. So if you’re not with a club, or if you don’t have a game that weekend, why not come along. Anyone wishing to take part should come along to Alloa Academy on Sat 18th August at 11.00pm and every Saturday thereafter.

entral Scotland Police and the Good Egg Campaign carried out checks on car seats over three days throughout the force area from Wednesday July 25 – Friday July 27. Over 90 percent of those checked were found to be incorrectly fitted during the car seat safety clinic held in Stirling, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire. Road Safety Officer Elaine Marshall said: “I was shocked to see that around 25 percent of these were dangerous as the seats were loosely fitted. This could result in a child being seriously or fatally

injured should they be involved in a collision.” Faults found included car seats not being correctly fitted, the child’s harness being loosely fitted and car seats with no instructions on how to be fitted being passed by family and friends to those with children. Elaine said: “Our advice is to buy a car seat from an independent or specialist retailer and have it fitted by an expert. “Children often slip out of their harness and it is the responsibility of the driver to check that the child is secure. Even if a collision occurs at five miles per hour it is advisable

to get a new car seat.” Elaine added that other dangers found in cars included loose objects such as toys, shoes, bottles of water and even fire extinguishers. She said: “These should always be put in a secure place such as in the boot so it reduces the risk of the car occupants being hurt by any flying objects, should there be any sudden braking or even a collision.” For more information and advice on child car seat safety you can visit the Good Egg Campaign website http://www.protectchild.


Tuesday 14.8.12




illicoultry Community Weekkicked off on Sunday night with live music from young local musicians in the Woolpack, continued on Monday with events at Tillicoultry Golf Club and a series of varied activities for kids in the Baptist Church. And on Monday afternoon

Jim Love (pictured), the man who keeps local streets clean and tidy every day, was joined by a team of local volunteers on a litter pick in the high street. Local Councillor Archie Drummond joined in the litter pick and said, “We have an exciting week ahead of us in Tillicoultry and the response to this

initiative from the Baptist Church and our Community Council is superb. “The programme for the week has been built up by local groups and businesses and the variety of events and activities, for all ages, is amazing given the speed with which this has come together. “Leaflets have been de-

livered and posters are up around the town setting out the programme and I would urge everyone in our community to make sure they get involved. I am sure there is something for everyone. “I am personally glad that we are having a visit from a group of French friends from Crevecoeur le Grand

Disney Pixar’s film Brave so you and the children can find out fascinating and unusual facts about Stirling Castle’s history. The Year of Creative Scotland is a Scottish Government initiative led in partnership by EventScotland, VisitScotland, Creative Scotland and VOCAL. The quiz will be available at Stirling Castle from Friday 3rd August to coincide with the opening

of the film in Scotland. Gillian MacDonald, Executive Manager of Stirling Castle said: “If you’ve seen ‘Brave, bring the children and explore one of the real castles which inspired the film. “Come along on a fun, fact-filled mission around the castle by taking part in our quiz inspired by the themes in Brave, and seek the answers to questions such as which remarkable ball was found in the Palace

and where was the nursery of the Scottish kings. “Fill in your details at the end for the chance to win a Historic Scotland membership and a children’s goody bag.” The quiz can also be downloaded from the website: www.historic-scotland. Visit the website to find out additional information about the film and Historic Scotland attractions.

by Conor McQuillian


f you have taken the children to see the film ‘Brave’ and are wondering what to do to entertain them now that the summer holidays are drawing to a close, why not take them to Stirling Castle, one of the beautiful attractions in Scotland which inspired the film.“ Historic Scotland has compiled a special quiz celebrating the release of

this week as they will be able to join in some of the activi-

ties and get a taste of the real Tillicoultry.”


Tuesday 14.8.12

News Brief Fire Crew assist Ambulance with child hit by car Central Scotland Fire Service were called out to an incident yesterday (Monday 13th August) around 2pm to assist the Ambulance service after it was reported that a child was hit by a car. 1 appliance assisted at the incident on Clackmannan Road.

Waste ground fire reported Fire crews were called out to a reported fire at Ashley Terrace last night (Monday) after concerned members of the public contacted them over fears of a fire on the waste ground. It turned out to be rubbish that had been set on fire and was easily dealt with by the Alloa crew using a hose reel jet.


Business Excellence Award for CVS Clackmannanshire

CVS crowned ‘Committed to Excellence’ winners at the Scottish Awards for Business Excellence


HE hard work and dedication of staff and volunteers at the Council for Voluntary Services in Clackmannanshire has been honoured in spectacular fashion at the recent Scottish Awards for Business Excellence organised by Quality Scotland. At a glittering event staged at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow, the Alloa-based organisation won the coveted Committed to Excellence award for ‘maintaining a consistent high level of ‘best practice’ quality procedures within the scope of its business excellence strategy.’ Ross Paterson from CVS Clackmannanshire commented: “This award has been won thanks to the sterling effort shown by all staff and volunteers across Clackmannanshire. They do so much great work in the community. They

enrich the lives of others and much of what they do often goes unheralded. This ‘Committed to Excellence’ Award gives them recognition of just how important a role they play amongst the people they help. In the past year, we have seen not just some extraordinary work and outstanding achievement carried out by our team, but a major shift in how the importance of the wider impact of what we do is appreciated by community groups across the county.” Offering his congratulations, Dave Bradley, Chief Executive Officer, Quality Scotland said: “CVS Clackmannanshire stands out as a prime example of how a commitment to sustaining business excellence can bring about transformational change to a voluntary organisation in relation to its staff development and

best practice programmes. The staff and its many volunteers acknowledge that business excellence is a continual journey and can take

great heart in what they have achieved with this ‘Committed to Excellence’ success.” The organisation is part of Quality Scotland’s Voluntary

Sector Network (VSN) - a network of members who strive towards organisational excellence and believe in sharing best practice.



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Tuesday 14.8.12

Warm Clackmannanshire welcome for champion fundraiser Phil Packer R

ound Britain fundraiser Phil Packer stopped off in Clackmannanshire on his epic 2,012 mile walk to raise £15 million for his children’s charity. Phil, who was told he would never walk again after being injured on active service in Iraq, was welcomed by Convenor of Clackmannanshire Council’s Education Sport and Leisure Committee, Ellen Forson. They joined kids taking part in the Council’s Olympic Flames Festival at Lornshill Academy to complete the latest leg of his marathon journey. “It’s important that I visit every area of the country on this journey to talk to and explain what it is we are trying to do and I’m grateful for the support I’ve had on my quest so far and the warm welcome I’ve had here in Clackmannan-

shire,” said Phil. He is visiting every county in the UK and when he finishes in December will have walked the equivalent of approximately 310 Marathons in 330 days to raise funds for British Inspiration Trust “Listening to Phil’s amazing story will be truly inspirational for the thousands of young

people supporting him on each stage of his mammoth trek,” said Councillor Forson. To find out more about how you can support Phil Packer and donate towards the BRIT Centre of Inspiration, please visit: Follow BRIT on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channel or con-


tact for more information.

What’s on in your weecounty

Alloa Slimming world: every TUESDAY CRAWFOD HALL, BRAEHEAD (Next to Linden Inn) 7.00pm. Further details from Margo tel. 07879 477 921 Play Alloa: play Alloa has moved premises – you can now find them in their own base within Hawkhill Community Centre, 132 Hillcrest Drive, Alloa, FK10 1SB,telephone number is still 07800859161 and you can still contact them at playalloa@aol. com – their website is updated and a regular place for news and developments – www.playalloa. Alloa carers Centre: Alloa carers centre is working with community house and has a weekly coffee morning at community house, 23 Maree Court on Mondays between 10am and noon. All carers welcome. We are looking for new members both young and old, come along for a warm and friendly welcome. We cover all of Clackmannanshire. So if you reside in the area and feel free to come along and have a chat. Wee County Walkers: get to know your area better – have fun and become fitter! Free short walks – only about one hour – with walk leader! No booking required. In Alloa at noon every Friday outside Tesco’s. Walks are suitable for all abilities. Short, safe walks open to everyone. Put on comfortable footwear , dress

for the weather and enjoy. Go on your own or take a friend. Pilates Class: Pilate’s classes every Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm at Lornshill Academy, Alloa. Contact Lorna on 07533173335 to book. WAGGS: Clackmannanshire Women and Girls Group are always looking for new with fun ideas, if you are looking for something different to do on a Monday night why not come along to the Bowmar Centre 6.30 till 8.30. You can join our Zumba class, relax and have a cuppa and a chat, learn a new craft, browse the Centre library, swap books, make new friends as well. We are presently working out or monthly activities and were interested in learning new skills. So if you are female, aged 10 to 110, and would like to join us we will be pleased to see you. We have a crèche most nights so no worries about the bairn. We are quite a musical lot, so there could be the odd karaoke night; we try to put on a festival show each December, which involves singing, dancing comedy could be a budding star, but don’t worry it’s not compulsory. For more information phone Aileen on 07519656215 or Heather on 07709189880. Yoga Classes: Classes meet on Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 8.30pm at the OAP Welfare Hall, Erskine Street, Alloa. For further details contact Betsy on 01259 213 096 or 07855 185 058. Healing Rooms: The group’s vision is to see the healing, liberating and life transforming power of Jesus made accessible to all. Healing Rooms are available to everyone, whether they

have any connection or not, and prayer is offered free of charge by small groups of trained volunteers from different local churches. Healing Rooms are open every Tuesday 11am to 1pm in Moncrieff Church Hall, Drysdale Street, and every Wednesday, 7.30pm to 8.30pm in Elim Church Greenside Street, Alloa. For further information contact the local director Elaine McDonagh telephone 07742 175 453 or e-mail Circuit Class Every Monday 6pm to 7pm at Alloa Academy Games Hall. Cost - £4 (£2.90 concession) Suitable for all levels of fitness from beginners to advanced. Exercises are performed on a time basis and allow you to work at your own pace. A mixture of cardiovascular and resistance exercises which help with weight loss, improved muscle tone, self esteem and confidence leading to a healthier lifestyle. If you would like further informtaion please contact: James on 07977 268 261 or e-mail Alloa Spiritualist: Due to the summer holiday, meetings will not be in for the next two weeks. They will start again on August 12 in the OAP Hall, Erskine Street, Alloa at 6.30pm. Alloa Ludgate Church: All are very welcome to come and join now or over the summer and all children will be welcome to the services over the summer period. Service start at 10.30am. Advanced warning is being given about the Family Fun Day that will take place on September, 8 in the grounds outside of the church and a Songs of Praise that

will commence on the evening of September, 9. More information will be available from posters and fliers. The services are now being held in the newly refurbished sanctuary. The comfortable chairs, modern audio and visual equipment and the beautiful colour scheme are very much appreciated by the congregation who look forward to worshipping and welcoming many from the community into these excellent and flexible surroundings in the coming weeks. On Tuesday, August 14, the Guild summer meal will be held in the Junction. Wednesday, August 15 sees the closing date for articles for the next issue of the magazine. Sunday, August 19 is “Back to School Sunday” and we plan to include our Scratch Band that week. So its time to dust down that musical instrument and prepare to make a joyful noise. Further details shortly. There is a Prayer Time at 9.15am each Sunday to pray for the concerns of the congregation and to prepare for worship. All are welcome to join us at that time. St Mungo’s Parish Church of Scotland: The annual BBQ in the grounds of the Manse takes place on Saturday, August 25 at 2pm, to which friends and members are cordially invited. An outing to the Perth Concert Hall to see the musical, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat has been arranged to take place on Wednesday, September 12, and will be leaving at 11.30am and will return to Alloa at 6pm. For more details please contact John Carruthers on 01259 213690.

Moncrieff UF Church: Moncreiff Church Hall is available on a number of days in the week and is available for hire for meetings and other events. Contact Graeme Forrest on 07711370369 for further details and information. Moncrieff Church Boys Brigade Company: All Section meetings have now ceased for the summer, other than the Company Section’s Annual Camp from August the 4 to the 11. For any information about the company telephone 01259 212023. Alloa Bridge Club: Latest results – N/S 1 George Smith and Alan Roberts, 2 Christine Wallace and Moria Bain, 3 Alex and Kay Anderson. E/W 1 Pam Dawson and Tony Cervi, 2 Jim McGroarty and Bob Wichman, 3 John Bain and Sheila Logan. The club is closed for two weeks and will recommence on Wednesday, August 15. Care with Confidence: Do you help to look after someone who could not manage without your help? We can help you to learn some useful skills. Free Care with Confidence sessions are due to be held in your area at the Carers Centre, Alloa and other localities over the next few weeks. If you would like more information, please telephone Stella McDonald or Ian McCourt at the Falkirk Careers Centre on 01324 611510 or e-mail ianmccourt@ Alloa East End Bowling Club: Junior Section – coaching sessions for all school aged children 17 and under on Wednesdays and Thursdays

from 3.30pm to 5pm. First session free the 50p thereafter. For further details please telephone Margo on 01259 216953. Patons and Baldwins Recreation and Welfare Trust: Sequence Dancing Section meets on Wednesdays, 7pm to 9.30pm in the Sports Pavilion, Tullibody Road, Alloa. All are welcome. St Mungo’s RC Parent and Toddlers Group: A waiting list is now operating and a place on the list can be booked by telephoning 07791 321308. Golden Age Club: The club meets on a Wednesday in Patons Sports Pavilion at 1.30pm to 3.30pm while whist and dominoes are being played. Ladies and Gents are welcome. For details telephone 01259 212252. Alloa Albion 1997, under 16’s are looking for new players. Training is Monday and Wednesdays 5.45pm till 7.30pm at the Redwell Park, Alloa. For more information contact Sammy on 07837 012 293. Alloa Tower: Costume Guided Tours – tours will take place on August, 4 from 1-4pm. Go along and meet characters from the past in 16th century costume, and hear their stories of the tower. Alloa Carers Centre: Alloa Carers Centre is working with Community House and has a weekly coffee morning at Community House 23 Maree Court on Mondays between 10am until noon. All carers welcome.



Tuesday 14.8.12


What’s on in your started back on September, 5.

Alva Alva Toddlers: Alva Toddlers are running all through the summer holidays with our usual Tuesday and Friday sessions at the Cochrane Hall 9.30am to 11.30am. Friday 17th August is last session with those off to school and we are celebrating with our wonderful Olympic Sports Day! Friday 24th of August is Join in Storytelling where you can be part of some popular children’s stories. All pre-school children, and their grown-ups are very welcome. See you all there! Zumba Classes: Zumba Classes with Audrey Crawford will be held on a Thursday from 6.45pm to 7.45pm in Parklands, Alva. For further information phone 07515 534 902. Ditch the workout join the party. Bookbug sessions: Go along and join free rhyme, song and storytelling sessions for the under-fives at Alva CAP on Thursdays from 10am to 11.30am. Excluding school and public holidays. Alva and Menstrie Girl Guiding: the girl guiding are looking for new rainbows 5 to 7 years: brownies 7 to 10 years; guides 10 to 14 years; adults and unit helpers 18+. For more information on how to join telephone Margret on 07765 494 424 or Janice on 07837 239 921. Despite this being the holiday season,the Crafters intended to remain open on Tuesday mornings, Wednesday evenings and Fridays. If you are having one of the currently popular “staycautions,” why not come along and see what we have on offer.Who knows, you may reawaken some long dorment woody skills, in Alva at Corden Street. We regret that children under the age of 16 cannot take part, unless accompanied by a rresponsible adult. Contact Archie Scott 751947 or, Robert Miller 219144 or miller.ripj@mypostoffice. or Richard Douglas, 761618 or Fibro Friends Group: Meeting will be held on the second Friday of every month at 2pm in the 140 Fairtrade Shop in, Alva. Join them for an informal cuppa (by donation) meet other ‘Fibromites’, enjoy speakers as well as getting information and support. They ask for £1 as an entry fee that will be put towards running costs. For more information call Roni on 08448 872 425 or email Alva Baptist Church: Please note that there will be no coffee mornings in the Church until after the school holidays. Alva Pensioners Association: The next two Bingo Tea will be held on Wednesday, August 8. The bus trip to Breahead ,Glasgow will be held on Tuesday, September 18, leaving form Alva at 10.30am and not returning from Glasgow until 4pm. Tickets cost £5 and will be on sale at Parklands on Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 August from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Darby and Joan Club: The club

Wee County Walkers: get to know your area better – have fun and become fitter! Free short walks – only about one hour – with walk leaders. No booking required. In Alva, noon every Monday at Car Park behined Cochrane Hall. Walks are suitable for all abilities. Short, safe walks open to everyone. Put on comfortable footwear , dress for the weather and enjoy. Go on your own or take a friend. Community Notice Board: The notice board is situated outside the CAP/ library. Groups and individuals and ‘not for profit’ organisations can advertise activities and display posters here. Anyone wishing to use this facility please see the notice board for further details.

Clackmannan Thank you to everyone who made ON YOUR MARKS, the “global games”, such a huge success. Morning service on Sunday is at 11.00 am in the Church. On Tuesday the Coffee Morning is open from 10.00 am. in the Church Hall. On Wednesday the Prayer Group meets at 8.00 pm. Our church building is open every week-day from 2-4 pm. The Stamp Exhibition “Life of Jesus” can be seen in the church during the open days. For more information on these and other activities please visit our web site at www.clackmannankirk. org Anyone requiring the services of a minister should contact the Revd Scott Raby on 211255 Exercise Class: The Thursday Exercise class will not be running for three weeks including the week of August 9. Classes will resume in Clackmannan Town Hall on Thursday 16 August at 11am to noon. Carers Support Group: The Group meets on the last Thursday of the Month at 1pm in the Bruce Memorial Hall. The 36th Stirling (Clackmannan) Company: The new session will start after the school holidays. Parents should contact the leaders for details of next session’s programme and dates. Contact Kathy for Anchor Boys on 07891 3889542, Lucy for Junior section on 07538 693554 and Bill for the Company Section on 01259 216 763. Bookbug Sessions: Go along and join free rhyme, song and story telling sessions for under fives at Clackmannan CAP on Wednesdays from 10.30am to 11am., excluding school and public holidays. Zumba class: On Wednesday from 7pm till 8pm feel the music and join in the fun with Zumba Fitness Classes. Entry fee £3. contact – Jenna on 07930 254 979 or email her at jennagraham7591@hotmail. com. Wee County Walkers: Why not join in the free walks led by the Wee County Walkers? Become fitter as you enjoy an easy interesting walk. No need to book. Meet them outside the Library just before 2pm on Wednesdays.

Walks are suitable for all abilities. Short, safe walks open to everyone. Put on comfortable footwear , dress for the weather and enjoy. Go on your own or take a friend. Beginners Pilates: Beginners Pilates will be held every Sunday at 6pm to 7pm in Clackmannan Town Hall. To book a space contact Lorna on 07533 173 335. Yoga Class: Yoga classes in Clackmannan Town Hall on Tuesdays at 1pm to 2.30pm. Details from June Mercer on 07835 835 919 or email Ian McLeans School of Dance: The class will be held in Clackmannan Town Hall every Tuesday from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. For more information telephone 01259 721 886. Zumba Class: A new Zumba class is starting at Clackmannan Town Hall from 6.30pm till 7.30pm. Contact 01259 721 886. Zumba Class: A new Zumba Class in Clackmannan Town Hall at 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Contact 01259 721 886 or 078811 762 687 for more details.


and friends are invited to this. If any further information is required, please telephone 01259 769309.

Dollar Dollar, Muckhart and Glendevon Parish Churches: Last Sunday, August 12 the morning worship service, Dollar took place in the Burnside Hall, at the regular time of 10.45am, as they celebrated the start of the Holiday Club Week. The service was lead by Rev Alan Ward and Mrs Trisha Tilly. Dollar Golf Club: Dollar Amateur Open – Dollar Golf Club has enjoyed a great season despite the bad weather with little or no interuption to competitions. The Dollar Open with scratch and handicap prizes up to £75 is on Sunday, August 11 – entry forms are available via the club website (www.dollargolfclub. com) and SGU Golf Central as well as by email to matchsecretary@ or telephone 01259 742 400. Half-yearly Membership are now available at Dollar to cover the remainder of 2012. For further details please call 07703 572 344.

Coalsnaughton Burns Club: Cash bingo every Monday in the Lounge. Contact 01259 750517. Eyes down at 8.15pm, finished by 9.45pm.

Dollar newspaper and magazine collection: Dates for 2012 – 7 August; 4 September; 2 October; 6 November; 4 December.

Fruit Barra: The Coalsnaughton Fruit Barra is open in Coalsnaughton Village Hall from Monday to Friday 10am until 5pm. Everyone is welcome to enjoy a cuppa at Coalsnaughton’s Community Café Society. If you have an hour or two to spare to help, please call into the hall. Telephone 01259 759 099.

Dollar Bowling Club: The next prize bingo tea will be held on Monday 6 August at 7.30pm. All are welcome.

Scripure Union Holiday Club: Scripture Union and Ochil Hills Community Church are running a Holiday Club for children of Primary School age. This will take place in the Community Hall starting Tuesday 14thAugust through to Friday 17th. The meeting will be from 2pm to 4pm. On Sunday 17that 4pm, again in the Community Hall, there will be the final meeting of the Club. Parents, relatives and friends are invited to this. If any further information is required, please telephone 01259 769309. Friday 10am until 5pm. Everyone is welcome to enjoy a cuppa at Coalsnaughton’s Community Café Society. If you have an hour or two to spare to help, please call into the hall. Telephone 01259 759 099. Scripure Union Holiday Club: Scripture Union and Ochil Hills Community Church are running a Holiday Club for children of Primary School age. This will take place in the Community Hall starting Tuesday 14thAugust through to Friday 17th. The meeting will be from 2pm to 4pm. On Sunday 17that 4pm, again in the Community Hall, there will be the final meeting of the Club. Parents, relatives

Zumba fitness classes: classes will be held on Wednesday on the Maguire Gymnasium, Dollar from 7pm until 8pm. For more information telephone Irene on 07743785103. Dollar Horticular and Garden Club: The Annual Flower and Vegetable Show, including the crafts competition will be held on Saturday 1st September 2012 at the Burnside Hall, Dollar. Doors open at 1.30pm with the presentation of prizes at 2pm. Entrance £1 for adults, children 50p and families £2. Afternoon teas will be available at a cost of £2 for adults. Class schedules are available at thee Paper Shop and Brian Devlin’s in Dollar or can be downloaded by following the links at www. Wee County Walkers: Why not join in the free walks lead by the Wee County Walkers? Become fitter as you enjoy an easy interesting walk. No need to book. Meet them outside the Health Centre Just before 10am on Thursdays. Find out about the local area as you walk. Walks are suitable for all abilities. Short, safe walks open to everyone. Come on your own or bring a friend. Carer Support Group: The group meets on the last Thursday of every month at 10am in the Castle Campbell Hotel. Dollar Civic Centre: Information for community and voluntary groups. Clackmannanshire Third Sector Interface is providing an information

surgery for community and voluntary groups to give help and information in areas such as funding, constitutions and policies. Go along and speak to Maureen Hill CTSI Organisational Support Officer at Dollar Civic Centre. These meeting take place on the last Thursday of every month from 1pm to 2pm. Dollar Museum: The new exhibition celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Included are many artifacts and numerous photographs of the Coronation Celebrations that took place in Dollar on June 2, 1953: the fancy dress parade; the sports; five a side football; tree planting in the memorial gardens and the bonfire on the Gloom Hill. In addition there is a further display of photographs taken during the Queens visit to Dollar on June 28, 1963. Might you or someone you know be in any of the photographs? The permanent Devon Valley Railway photographs covering the line from Alloa to Kinross. Upstairs there is a small exhibition on the Japanese gardens at Cowden Castle and one on Dollar Academy. The museum is open until Christmas 2012 on Saturdays from 11am to 1pm and 2pm until 4.30pm, on Sundays from 2pm until 4.30pm. The last museum at the top of the East Burnside. Entry is free and all is welcome.

Fishcross Charity Shop: The Cats Protection charity shop in Alloa Road, Fishcross, is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 1pm to 3pm and Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 4pm selling good second hand clothing, bric-abrac, books and new goods. The award winning Ochil’s Writer’s Group, who meet every second Monday in Menstrie’s Dumyat Centre, have a couple of spaces available after loosing two writers to work obligations. The group had an anthology published last year, Beneath the Hills Vol. 1, and plan to publish another this year. The anthology was reviewed positively in a number of publications, both local and national. If you are interested in joining the group, please Email Monika Mackenzie Wee County Walkers: Why not join in the free walks lead by the Wee County Walkers? Become fitter as you enjoy an easy interesting walk. No need to book. Meet us in the car park beside Cats Protection just before 2pm on Tuesday. Back in time to meet the children coming out of school. Walks are suitable for all ages and abilities. Find out about local history as we walk. Put on comfortable footwear, dress for the weather and enjoy. Short, safe walks open to everyone. For more information contact Jane on 01259 290316 or 07825 052 677. Come on your own or bring a friend.

Menstrie Menstrie Parish Church: In her children’s address last week the

minister spoke about the training and dedication needed by the athletes competing in the Olympic Games. She spoke about the importance of encouragement for them. The congragation were then able to show their encouragement to their treasurer, Bill Mackay, as he reached his target weight for his fundraising Zorbing attempt. In her seremon, Mairi continued with the sporting theme, with Bible readings from Isaiah 40 v 27-31, 1 Corinthians 9 v 24-27 and Hebrew 12 v 1-3. Anything worthwhile takes commitment. In the journey of faith we must preserve and not get distracted, pressing on towards our promised prize from God. Tea in 2 each Wednesday and Saturday from 10.30am till 11.30am. Join for a cuppa and a a chat. Sunday Service at 11am. All welcome. Elders’ Discussion on Tuesday 7 August at 7pm for final section of the Purpose Driven Life. Thank you to everyone who helped with the Summer Stall on Saturday, July 28. £230 was raised for church funds. Next stall will be held on Saturday, August 26. From Sat 30.06.12, and on the last Sunday of each month until September, Menstrie Parish Church will be holding a fund raising table sale outside the Church Hall from 10.00am to 12pm. All donations of plants, home baking, and all sellable items welcome. More information from Helen on 01259 762 925. Gaelic Parent and Child (0-5) Group – Croileagan Clatch Mhanainn: The group meets every Tuesday from 10am till noon in Menstrie Parish Church Hall. Everyone will be made very welcome. No knowledge for Gaelic required, just an interest. For further information contact Kerry on 01259 213 622. £1.50 per session, 1st session free. Menstrie Tiny Tots: A club ran by mums for mums. This voluntarily organised group meet during term time on Mondays and Thursdays from 10am until 12pm at the Dumyat Centre. All ages from babies to threeyears old are welcome. A healthy snack and drink are provided. A chance for mums and to interact together through play and planned craft activities. £1.50 per visit – first session free. For more information call in or telephone Sarah on 01259 761 098. Menstrie Pensioners Association: there are a few seats available for the half day trip to Largs on Thursday, August 16. Menstrie Matters: Work is now ongoing for the September issue of the Menstrie Matters. Anyone wishing to contribute or advertise could you please get it to Linda – menstriematters@ or phone 01259 761 431 no later than August 11. There have been a lot of events in the community over the last 2 – 3 months so it would be good to do a letters page and get some feedback from the people who attend any of them.


Tuesday 14.8.12


What’s on in your weecounty

Sauchie Art Club: The Art Club will be closed during the month of August but will open again in September. Sauchie and Fishcross UF Church: Last Sunday morning, Rev Graham Brown spoke on “Lessons from Paul’s Ministry to the Gentiles”. Sylvia Rankine read part of Romans chapter 15. The theme in the evening was “Living is Building”. The Bible Reading was from the end of Matthew chapter 7, and was read by Tom Dawson. Services on Sunday will be us usual at 11 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. This year’s Denominational Day Event is entitled “Running the Race” and will take place on Saturday August 25 in Dunblane High School from 10 a.m. until 4.15 p.m. The main speaker will be Rev Willie Black, former minister of the High Church in Stornoway, and also a former missionary. There will also be a selection of workshops, from which you are asked to choose two. Booking forms are now available. All ages welcome.

Sauchie Community Group: Carpet bowls will start up again in September. Sauchie and Coalsnaughton Parish Church: The Rev Bill Izett and Mrs Lynne Mack conducted the services on Sunday 12 August. The Scripture lesson was taken from Deuteronomy Ch 30 v15-20 and 1 Corinithians Ch 3 v1-9. Mrs Mack delivered the sermon at the 11am service.  The theme was ‘Choose Life’.  As Christians we are still ‘under construction’ but God invites our love and wants us to obey His laws.  When we choose life with God we put our faith and trust in Him who has promised to give us the strength to cope with life and any problems we may face.  No matter how good we think we are all glory is God’s.  To choose life is to choose God, to choose God is to choose life.  Anyone wishing to join the Strollers on Wednesday 15 August should meet at the Beechwood bus stop at 1 pm to catch the bus for Dollar. The Church is taking a stall at Sauchie Gala on Saturday 18 August and volunteers are needed from 12 noon to 4 pm to work on the stall. 

Donations of jam, marmalade and wrapped baking (no cream) are required. Goods for sale may be handed in to the office on Thursday 16 August from 9-12 noon, Friday 17 August from 5-6 pm or at the stall in the park on Saturday at 11.30 am.  Keith and Ida Waddell, our prayer partners from Zambia are visiting on Wednesday 29 August at 7.30 pm.  A light supper will be served.  All welcome. Cancer Support Group: The Cancer Support Group has moved from the Dumyat centre to the Health Centre Building, Clackmannanshire Community Health Care Centre, Hallpark Sauchie (enter from the Sunnyside brae entrance). The group is on every Friday from 6pm till 8pm. Drop in for a chat – everyone welcome. Sauchie Tiny Tots: Tiny Tots run in Sauchie Hall on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday mornings from 9am till 11am during term time only. First visit is free then £2 er child, 50p per second child. Healthy snack, arts and crafts and lots more. For more information contact Laura on 01259 725 337.

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Wee County Walkers: Go walk with Wee County Walkers – have fun and become fitter! Free short easy walks each week with walk leaders. No booking required. They meet in Fishcross just before 2pm every Tuesday at Ochil View car park beside Cats’ Protection. Find out about local history as . you walk. Walks are suitable for all abilities. Short, safe walks open to everyone. Put on comfortable footwear dress for the weather and enjoy. Go on your own or take a friend. Bookbug: go along and join free rhyme, song and story telling sessions for under fives at Sauchie CAP on Tuesdays from 2pm to 2.30pm, excluding school and public holidays. Sauchie Active 8: Sauchie Active 8 play scheme started on Monday, July 2 at 10am to 1pm, £1. Sauchie Gala is now August 18. Internet Cafe, Monday – Friday, 10am to 1pm; Gym Crackers, Monday 10am to noon; Spanish Advanced Course – start on Monday – 6pm to 8pm; Tuesday over 50s keep fit, 1pm to 3pm; Sign Language course; Tuesday Teen Night 6.30pm to 9pm, games, cooking, etc; Wednesday – Zumba 10am to 11am; Fruit Barra 10am to 1pm is now accepting Healthy Start vouchers; Men’s keep fit class 1.30pm to 3pm; Youth Club 6pm to 8pm; Ladies keep fit 6pm to 7pm; Beauty 7pm to 8pm; Thursday Zumba – 7.15pm to 8.15pm; Beginners Spanish Class – 6pm to 8.30pm; Friday Teen Night 6.30pm to 9pm; Saturday – Zumba for Parents and Kids, 11am to noon; Youth Club 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Computer Lessons for beginners on Monday, 1-3pm. Sauchie Pensioners Club: The pensioners club resumes its fortnightly meetings on Tuesday 11 September. The artist will be organist John Geddes. New and old members will be made welcome. Go along and spend a pleasant afternoon from 2pm to 4pm in Sauchie Hall, Mar Place, Sauchie.

Tillicoultry Tillicoultry Parish Church: Vester Hour took place on Wednesday, August 1 at 6.30pm. The holiday club was a great success and the appeal for pennies to circle the church raised £210 for Mary’s Meals. This will provide food for 30 children for a year. The church halls are available for let – please contact David Dobbie. Lodge Ben Cleuch 782: A bingo tea will be held on Friday, August 10 at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm. All welcome. Snowball still going. The next committee meeting will be held on Monday, August 20 at 7.30pm in the upstairs room at the lodge. 2nd Tillicoultry Rainbows: Is your

daughter aged 5-7? Does she like playing games, doing art and craft, making new friends? If you have answered yes then contact 01259 211318 and leave a message for further details or you can Email Zumba fitness Classes: Classes will be held in Tillicoultry Parish Church Hall on Mondays from 7pm to 8pm with Irene Kane. For further information call 07743 785 103. Wee County Walkers: why not join in the free walks led by the Wee County Walkers? Become fitter as you enjoy an easy interesting walk. No need to book. Meet them outside the Nike outlet at Sterling Mills just before 10.30am on Saturdays. Walks are suitable for all abilities and last up to an hour. Short, safe walks open to everyone. Put on comfortable footwear, dress for the weather and enjoy. Go on your own or bring a friend. Bookbug: Go along and join free rhyme, song and storytelling sessions for under fives at Tillicoultry Library on Thursdays from 10am to 10.30am, excluding school and public holidays. Tillicoultry Toddler Group: The toddler group is for children aged 0-3 years and is open every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday during term time from 9.30am to 11.15am. The playworker provides a variety of fun activities everyday including arts and crafts, freeplay and rhymetime. A healthy snack and drink is provided for toddlers and there is tea/coffee and a biscuit for parents and carers. A normal session following registration costs £2, however your first session is free so come along and give us a try. You’ll find them in Room 5, Tillicoultry Community Centre. Everyone welcome. Zumba classes:A Zumba class is held in Tillicoultry Centenary hall on Wednesday’s from 8pm to 9pm. Contact 01259 721 886 or 07881 762 687 for information. CAP: Come along and join in our Rhyme, Song and Storytelling sessions for under five’s at Tillicoulty Library on Thursday’s from 10am to 10.30am. Tillicoultry SWRI: The first meeting of the new session of the Tillicoultry SWRI took place in the congregational Church Hall on Thursday, Spetember 6 at 7.30pm. The speaker was Mr McFarlane who will be discussing gemstone. The competitions are a favourite piece of bling and lavender bag. New members will be made welcome.

Tullibody Slimming World: Slimming World takes place on Wednesday’s at 5pm in the Civic Centre, Tullibody.

Tullibody and Cambus Girlguiding: To join the leadership team. Contact Ann-Margaret on 07908 252 104 or Girlguiding Clackmannanshire on 01259 211 318. Tullibody Healthy Living: If you are a resident of Tullibody, Cambus or Glenochil and have Clackmannanshire Council Leaisure Membership Card (discounted rate) then you can swim for free at Alloa Leisure Bowl – Monday to Friday, 9pm to 5pm. To apply for your free swim card pop into Tullibody Healthy Living office at 13 Tron Court or call them on 01259 724 374 for more information. Tullibody Heritage Centre, Abercromby Place (part of the Civic Centre) Tullibody is open each Saturday 2pm to 4pm or by arrangement at other times. Nominal charge for Adults. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Contact 01259 723 376 for further details or visit the website Local Fruit Barra: Tullibody Fruit Barra is open every Thursday at 13 Tron Court, Tullibody. For more information, contact the Tullibody Healthy Living Initiative by telephoning 01259 724 374. Tullian and Kincardine Church: The service last Sunday, August 12 is at 10.30am and will be led by the

Stirling Rev Jim Cochrane. Tea and coffee will be served after the service. Crèche facilities are available. The Fundraising Committee will hold an All Age Quiz Evening on Saturday, September 22. Stirling Hillwalking Club: The Stirling Hillwalking Club walk on August 5th will be Cairn of Claise & Tolmount, 950m ascent, 20 km distance. OS map 43, grid ref 148800. Phone 01506 418568 for further details. Information about Stirling Hillwalking club is available on the website at http://

Do you have an event you would like to publish in ‘whats on in your wee county’? Email the details to: weecounty@ or call: 01259 404006



Tuesday 14.8.12

Annual Garden Co Mrs P Saunders Upper Yetts Muckhart


his year marked Clackmannanshire Councils 37th Annual Garden Competition which the judges have now released the winners from each category. As a reminder of what the competition entailed, the categories are: Floral; Allotment; Floral Containers; Commercial Premises; Vegetable Garden; Newcomer; Biodiversity; and Council Tenant. There was also a secondary element to the competition in which the best floral gardens from every town in Clackmannanshire are also judged and selected. All of the categories were judged on the same criteria which are: General appearance and layout of the garden; Utilisation of plant material within the garden; and the standard of cultivation and maintenance of the garden.

Best overall garden

This year’s competition was judged by Provost Tina Murphy from Clackmannanshire Council and by a member of the Falkirk Council; together they personally judged each and every one of the entries to this year’s competition from the preliminary look to the final judgment. It was obvious from the entries to the competition that the gardeners of Clackmannanshire had been working hard and that it had really paid off; there were many beautiful displays from both newcomer and seasoned veteran alike, and it was clear that every entrant was going all out. Some entrants refined tried and tested methods and some even went to efforts to try something completely new but in either case the quality was outstanding which made judging the competition quite a difficult task. Provost Tina Murphy who is an

Entrant Billy Dawson inspecting his plants

Mr & Mrs Ramage


avid gardener and flower arranger herself said:” A decision has been made about the prize winners but the standard despite the weather was extremely high, they were really outstanding gardens and it was such a beautiful day, I Thoroughly enjoyed myself. “It was really difficult judging in the end, entries had been narrowed down to the cream of the crop, the gardener’s standard even with all the rain was really a credit to them and there was really a great effort by all; the winners will be notified shortly.” All of the winners chosen in this year’s garden competition will receive a variety of vouchers for garden centres; perhaps they’ll use them to prepare their gardens for next year.





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entertainment weecounty

Tuesday 14.8.12

Out & about with Michelle Henderson


here is a new film going to be released in late October and personally I think it is going to be an amazing asset to film. The new James Bond film called Skyfall sounds and looks very entertaining. All the previous bond films have been very good and Daniel Craig is an amazing actor to play James Bond. I really enjoy these films and I think

that this latest created film will be a big hit in the box office as this release has been very anticipatively waited for by many people. This film is the 23 James Bond film to be created and will be released to tie in and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first ever James bond film to have been released. The first film was called Dr No which was released in 1962. This film was meant to be released

last year but due to bankruptcy and lack of funds, filming for the movie came to a standstill. After gaining the funds for its production the long awaited and anticipated film is nearly ready to be released. I think it is going to be a major hit all over the world.

Summer Trips in Scotland S ummer time is when you do something different and go on day trips to places you have always wanted to go and explore so if you fancy something that little bit different then maybe consider a ferry trip to an island away from the main land of Scotland.

As mentioned previously you could get the ferry from Cairnryan to go to Belfast in Ireland, a totally different country, or you could go to some of our very own Scottish Islands. Down the west coast of

Scotland there are three ferry trips that you could take. One that will take you too the Isle of Bute, to a small village called Rothsey, a short sail over to Cumbrae to visit the tourist destination of Millport or go on a long sail to the stunning Isle of Arran. All these islands have stunning scenery, lovely wildlife and great coastal drives that are relaxing and gorgeous to take.

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ith the weather picking up, the music has also been improving this week with the release of some great new songs, ideal for the better summer weather.

Seeing the country is an amazing experience, as I have taken all these trips myself and from personal experience it is the ideal trip to take on the most gorgeous of days. It is a trip that has not to be missed.

PET of the week

One new song that has been very popular is Home Run by Misha B. She was a contestant on last years X Factor and got all the way to the semi- finals. Her new single Home Run is very R&B style with a hint of the reggie style music mixed in creating various different beats throughout the song. I really like this song as the beats are very good and fit well with the type of soul voice that she has. Florence and the Machine recently released a new song called Spectrum and personally I love this song. The song has various different speeds and beats and


the lead singers voice goes with this song fantastically. She has a very powerful voice and this is exactly the reason I think this song is very good. Both these songs have their own reasons for being really great songs and they fit in with the better summer weather as they are very catchy. This is what summer is all about.


Orange & Chicken Pasta Salad


he Asian flavours combined with fresh veg and the citrus tang of mandarins make this chicken pasta salad a nutritious and delicious lunch or a light dinner. Serves 6. INGREDIENTS

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One teaspoon finely chopped, peeled root ginger Five tablespoons rice vinegar Four tablespoons orange juice and four of vegetable oil One teaspoon toasted sesame oil Two tablespoons dry onion soup mix Two teaspoons caster sugar One clove garlic, pressed 225g farfalle pasta Half a cucumber scored, halved lengthways, seeded and sliced 75g diced red pepper 85g coarsely chopped red onion Two plum tomatoes, diced One carrot, grated 175g fresh spinach One 295g tin mandarin orange segments 275g diced cooked chicken 50g flaked almonds, toasted 200g strawberries to garnish


1. For the dressing, whisk together root ginger, rice vinegar, orange juice, vegetable oil, sesame oil, soup mix,

sugar and garlic. Cover and refrigerate. 2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Add the pasta and cook for eight to 10 minutes. Drain, rinse under cold water and transfer to large bowl. 3. Mix the cucumber, pepper, onion, tomatoes, carrot, spinach, mandarin oranges, chicken and almonds with the pasta. 4. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss again to coat.5. Slice strawberries, dress salad and serve.



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Your Horoscope A Predictions By Anne Smith

Aries (21 March - 20 April) Venus’s move into Cancer reminds you of xxxx emotional issues which need addressed, wither it is family or friends thing need to be put right. Now mercury is direct communications will be clearer and understood, no more crossed wires. There is news arriving which helps put a family back on track and you can’t help but smile!

Taurus (21 April - 21 May) xxxxxxxxx All that hard work and effort will begin

to pay off now, as communications flow and blocks seem to be removed from your path, there may be luck attached to artistic or emotional projects. As Venus your ruling planet moves into Cancer you can really feel things moving at a quicker, more exciting pace and phase begins!


(22 May - 21 June) As your ruling planet is direct again you xxxx feel that stuck feeling shifting, however a new way of thinking is required in order to move forward! You are ready to make the changes required to bring stability back into your life no matter what the cost, Venus move into Cancer will help you make an impact on your decisions over your current finances.


(22 June - 23 July) Some of you may have been dealing xxxxxxxxx with emotional or relationship issues, however as Venus moves into your sign and with Mercury direct communications over emotions are cleared and a new and happier direction can be achieved. You seem to be centre stage and enjoying the attention that it brings use this time wisely.


Libra (24 Sept - 23 Oct) You seem to be spending too much xxxxxxxxxx time in the past raking through old emotions will not serve you well but as Venus your ruling planet moves into Cancer there are happy days around family and home, this fills you in the most delicious way and you feel happier than you have for yonks!. Scorpio (24 Oct - 22 Nov)

A tenacious sign you are not afraid of hard xxxxxxxx work, even though it has been a bit of an uphill struggle lately things are on the up, everything speeds up and you seem to be in the right place at the right time, Venus move into your sister sign of Cancer, brings out your emotional attachments and possibly questions on how or what you feel!

Sagittarius (23 Nov - 21 Dec)

This xx week may be intense and somewhat difficult as there seems to be one hurdle after another to get over, but with courage, determination and self-belief you will achieve. With Venus leaving your partnership house of Gemini, you can expect changes in your emotional life too, old flames could reappear and cause friction in current relationship, try to be diplomatic.

Capricorn (22 Dec - 20 Jan)

The resurrection of old emotions and xxxxx dramas are surfacing causing you something of a dilemma, however as these emotions bubble to the surface you now feel ready and in a position to deal with then and put them to rest once and for all. It may cause a little mayhem in the short run, but over all a feeling of “Lightheartedness” is yours!

Aquarius (21 Jan - 19 Feb)

(24 July - 23 Aug) xxxxxxxxx The sun is your sign showing your strength of convictions, you are not know for your diplomacy and now Mercury is direct and as Venus moves into Cancer those you love will know clearly where they stand this week. Education or learning will draw so of you in as you focus on making a better and brighter future.

Change xxxxxxxis not a factor you deal well with, but it is a coming whither you want it or not and I feel it is for the better, with courage and determination; you can and will achieve all you set out to. There are new people coming into your life too so take the time to evaluate these changes and process why the universe has directed it and you will welcome them as they are needed in order to move to a new phase in your life, enjoy!

Virgo (24 Aug - 23 Sept)

xxxxxxxxx Your ruling planet is direct again and anything that has been stuck will soon get that move forward, any business dealings that have been delayed will move forward now. Continue using your guile and instincts when dealing with people and situations this week too as someone is try to pull a fast one, but they will need to get up early to try to catch out a Virgonian!

Pisces (20 Feb - 20 Mar)

xxxxxxxxxx The sun shines down on the righteous and you are feeling its glow. Your spirits are high and the world seems a much brighter place to be in at this time, you seem to be putting a time of uncertain behind you as you move forward into calmer times, love and marriage may be on the cards for some, and clear communications in the work place allows you to stay focused on your goals.

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experienced too the visitation of an Angel, Anne now works to help you connect to your own Angels, Angelic Energies and spirit guides. Having developed her work and trained as a Reiki Master and Angel Therapist, Anne is also accredited as a Demonstrator and Speaker with the S.N.U. (Spiritualist National Union). About to embark on a tour across Scotland Anne has a Workshop with Joan Charles, The Scottish Sun’s no1 Psychic, at the Millennium Hotel, Glasgow on the 15th September. Anne also has Psychic Shows in Airdrie, Linlithgow, Helensburgh, Dumbarton and Ayrshire. For more information and for tickets see

fake laugh a day keeps the boss away T

hree in every four people rely on fake laughs to get them through the day, a survey has revealed, with bosses, work colleagues and friends most likely to trigger our guilty giggles. Where women use fake laughter to fill awkward silences, men are far more likely to use it to make themselves look good in front of their peers. And, when it comes to the age groups, it’s the younger generation of 18-34 year olds that are most likely to fall back on their fake laughs rather than admitting they don’t get the joke or find it funny. What people do find amusing, however, is themselves, with over two thirds of people admitting to laughing at their own jokes and almost half believing that they’re the funniest person in their social circle! Unsurprisingly, men are far more confident in their comic abilities than women.In fact, 55% of men believe they’re the funniest person they know compared to just 22% of women. Men also keep more jokes up their sleeves, being able to tell an average of five funnies from memory; more than doubling the two that women can recall. When it comes to hitting our humour hotspots, a witty one liner is the most effective type of joke throughout the UK with rude or blue punch lines falling to fourth in the leader board behind topical and long, story-style gags. Liverpudlian accents were voted the best for joke delivery but it’s those in Birmingham that


feel the most self-assured in their joke telling abilities giving themselves an above average score for their sense of humour. The survey findings have been released as part of a nationwide study into British humour conducted by Old Jamaica ginger beer in its on-going search to unearth the UK’s freshest joke-telling talent. Heather Jones, Senior Brand Manager, says: “With wet weather and financial fears dominating the headlines, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Britain may be feeling a little blue this summer but that’s certainly not the case. ”We may not necessarily think that the people around us are hilarious but, as the research shows, we’re full of confidence when it comes to our own comedy flair and that’s great news for the nationwide talent businessmen triggered were times more likely to use search we’re currently humour when leading a rewarded with laughter, undertaking.”But while men meeting while women might at least 80% made by are likely to get a chorus of be advised to keep their their female counterparts laughs if they make a joke in jokes for people who will the boardroom, women have resulted in silence. appreciate them! Unsurprisingly, given the more chance of being met findings, men are three with an awkward silence. Linguistics expert Judith Baxter undertook ACROSS DOWN an 18-month 1. Italy’s former currency 1. Arms study into speech 3. Fire emergency door 2. Eager patterns at 3. Outside limit business meetings, 5. Graphic including at two 6. Actor, ... Pitt 4. Child’s toy, ... bear companies in the 8. Listened to 7. The A of PA FTSE 100 and 8. Makes hot found that women’s 10. Inscription carvers 13. Homo sapiens 9. Grubby attempts at humour are often 15. Use computer keyboard 11. Ache seen as “contrived, 16. Stupid 12. Wading bird defensive or just 17. Writing implement 14. Singing pitch mean”. 18. Level 15. Confiscate She discovered that while 90% of jokes made by




Tuesday 14.8.12


Athens: an ancient city in a modern world W

ith its magnificent architecture, legendary cultural attractions and unparalleled place in history, the Greek capital continues to captivate. The city blends the classical and the contemporary and boasts some of the world’s oldest landmarks. The Acropolis No visit to Athens is complete without a journey through the acropolis - the sacred rock of Athens. Acropolis Hill dates back to the Archaic period (650-480 BC), when precious offerings were made to honour the city’s patron goddess, Athena Parthenos. During the Classical period (450330 BC) three temples were erected on the site: the Parthenon, the Temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheion, along with the monumental entrance called the propylaea. Today, the temple ruins still command the city landscape. Ancient legends Near the acropolis is the Hill of the Muses (Philopappou Hill), where philosopher Socrates was sentenced to death for his antidemocratic views and

advanced ideas on youth and religion. Socrates was ordered to take his life by his own hand by drinking a cup of hemlock in accordance to Athenian law. In Horologion, known as the Tower of the Winds, listen closely for the voices some say speak from an ancient time. A Roman legacy In what was the ancient walled quarter of Athens, you’ll also discover the striking Hadrian’s Arch, a gift from the Athenians to the Roman emperor Hadrian. The marble arch, inaugurated by Hadrian in 131AD, lies on an ancient street that led from the old city of Athens to the new Roman section he built. The Temple of Olympian Zeus The ancient temple is now in ruins in the centre of Athens. Although begun in the 6th Century BC, it was not completed until the reign of the emperor Hadrian in the 2nd Century AD, when it became the largest temple in Greece. Hadrian dedicated the temple to Zeus, known to the Romans as Jupiter, to the king of the gods. He erected a giant gold and ivory statue of Zeus and placed an equally large one

Pictures of T

hey may be hidden away in the attic, tucked safely into an old purse or buried deep within the pages of an out-of-date diary but most of us have them. Be it your first love or your latest, many of us are loathe to part with photographs of people we once loved and lost - whether we look at them regularly or just feel better knowing they are there. Now new research has revealed that an incredible 21.6 million Brits have held onto photographs of their former partners long after the relationship has ended. The survey of over 2,000 adults across the UK found that women are more sentimental than men, with 61% claiming they keep the pictures as they highlight a part of their life they don’t want to forget, compared with just 56% of men.But men may be hiding more from their partners than their other halves realise. One in five men who are cur-

rently in a relationship who have photos of their ex partners say they have hidden the pictures, fearing disapproval from their new partner, compared to only nine per cent of women. Men also seem to have more weighing on their conscience, as 17% said they sometimes feel guilty about keeping photos of their former loves, compared with just 11% of their female counterparts.However, women may have good reason for this as more than one in 10 men who keep photos of their former loves admit they still have feelings for their ex, compared to just five per cent of women. The majority of us keep these snaps in old photo albums but 31% stash them in cupboards and drawers, 12% prefer to keep them hidden in the attic and nine per cent of men say they purposely keep the pictures in concealed files on their computer.Behavioural psychologist Corinne Sweet says: “It’s not surpris-

of himself next to it. It is not known when the building was destroyed but, like many large buildings in Greece, an earthquake probably brought it down during the

mediaeval period. Ancient in setting, modern in feel Athens’ historic appeal is well balanced with its modern and sophisticated restaurants, shops

lost love ing that nearly half of us keep some kind of visual memento of past partners; a photo generates strong emotions as it unleashes memories of past attachment and times. ”The main reason people hide their photos - especially men - is probably due to a fear of their current partner’s jealousy, or of evoking comparisons in terms of attractiveness and sexiness, etc. Emotionally mature partners will be able to accept you have a past love-life.”The point at which people are able to put an ex-partner’s photo away after a split, divorce or death - is usually the time they are emotionally ready to move on. Yet, it is totally understandable for people to keep photos to remind them of previous loves, as, indeed, these imag-

es do form part of our life stories - whether for better or for worse.”Matt Bushby, Head of Friends Reunited which commissioned the survey, says: “We all have photos from our past we want to keep; whether we want to share with others, or remain private. Old photos are often the best - they bring back memories and blasts from the past, even if we think we’d sometimes prefer to forget.”

and colourful outdoor markets. The Plaka is a lively shopping district at the foot of the acropolis, dating back to the 19th Century. Here you’ll find a maze of cobblestone

pedestrian streets lined with shops, boutiques, souvenir stands and antique flea market stalls that beckon to all who visit.

weecounty SEMI SKILLED ROOFING LABO AREA SALES REPRESENTATIVE Job No: ALL/23728 SOC Code: 3542 Wage: £15,000 to £22,000 per annum Hours: 35 HOURS MINIMUM, MONDAY - FRIDAY (INCLUDES EVENINGS) Location: Alloa, Clackmannanshire FK10 Duration: Permanent Date posted: 09 August 2012 Pension details: Pension available Description: Exciting and rewarding opportunity to work for a progressive direct wine sales company. Experience is not essential as we offer a full and comprehensive training programme. Own car required initially. Existing client base provided together with company generated leads. Expenses plus holiday pay. Career Progression Opportunities. On target earnings between . £15,000 and £22,000 rising to £25,000 to £30,000 by year 3. How to apply You can apply for this job by sending a CV/written application


to Donna Fenton at Pieroth Ltd, Employer Pieroth Ltd SEMI SKILLED ROOFING LABOURER Job No: ALL/23724 SOC Code: 9121 Wage: Negotiable depending on experience Hours: 40 PER WEEK, MONDAY FRIDAY, 7:30AM - 4:30PM Location: TILLICOULTRY, CLACKMANNANSHIRE FK13 Duration: Permanent Date posted: 09 August 2012 Pension details: No details held Description: Previous experience is not essential as training will be given. A valid clean licence is essential. A CSCS card is an advantage. Duties involve assisting slaters on roofing duties and chimney repair work, assisting all trades people on site, chimney sweeping and all associated tasks. How to apply You can apply for this job by telephoning 01259 753408 and asking for Donald Henderson. Employer

Tuesday 14.8.12

D Henderson Chimney Specialist and Roofer Ltd DRIVER/SALES Job No: ALL/23723 SOC Code: 3542 Wage: £250 to £1000 Per Week Hours: 5.5 days over 7 Location: Alloa FK10 Duration: Permanent Date posted: 09 August 2012 Pension details: No details held Description: Driver Sales people required Applicants must have own car and phoneYou will be required to deliver samples to customers homes, with some sales involved. Previous experience not essential as full training will be provided. Immediate starts. How to apply You can apply for this job by telephoning 0800 8089118 and asking for Shelby McDermott. Employer Ultra Energy CPCS ARTICULATED DUMP TRUCK DRIVER Job No: ALL/23722 SOC Code: 8229 Wage: Negotiable

Hours: 07.30-3.30pm Location: ALLOA, Clackmannanshire FK10 Duration: Temporary Date posted: 09 August 2012 Closing date: 17 August 2012 Pension details: No details held Description: CPCS Dump Truck driver required for ongoing contracts in Central Belt and Glasgow - Previous site experience is essential - Please email cv to angela.taylor@ - Brightwork operate as a recruitment business for temporary workers. How to apply You can apply for this job by telephoning 0141 5651506 and asking for Angela Taylor. Employer Brightwork Ltd ASSESSOR Job No: ALL/23704 SOC Code: 3531 Wage: £18,000 pro rata per annum Hours: 37.5 hours per week, MonFri,9am-5pm Location: ALLOA, CLACKMANNANSHIRE FK10 Duration: Permanent


Date posted: 06 August 2012 Closing date: 03 September 2012 Pension details: No details held Description: Responsibilities: Assessing clients knowledge, understanding and skills against real-life work environment and/or under simulated conditions, or in a classroom or workshop. Act as an assessor/internal verifier to the required quality standards of any relevant awarding bodies. Compile training information provide additional training where needed. Contributing to the quality assurance of Assessment. Responsible for creating learners portfolios and ensuring it is submitted for evaluation. Monitor and review progress of all candidates/clients. To provide candidates with feedback from assessment. To liaise with previous assessor experience. IV Experience desired. Successful applicants are required to provide an enhanced disclosure. Disclosure expense will be met by employer. How to apply You can apply for this job by sending a CV/written application

Volunteer Development Officer

Organisation: Clackmannanshire Third Sector Interface (CTSI) Salary: £25,000 Salary Info: Full time/37.5 hour week, 52 week pa worked flexibly as required by the role Job Type: Permanent Closing Date: 22nd August 2012 Location: Clackmannanshire

Role:Volunteer Development Officer

The Volunteer Development Officer is the main point of contact for Third Sector organisations seeking information, advice and support and therefore has responsibility for: • The delivery of a comprehensive and high quality volunteer development service to the public and to all Third Sector organisations operating in the Clackmannanshire council area (those organisations will include all voluntary and community groups/organisations) • Being the lead officer for VBay/MILO; ensuring a smooth transition from VBay to MILO and all liaison associated with the transition and ongoing maintenance and development of MILO • The establishment of a resource library and support network designed to compliment service delivery • Leading on a comprehensive needs analysis of all Third Sector organisations/groups in relation to support and developmental needs • The planning and organisation the annual Volunteer’s Week activities and award ceremonies • Contributing to the ongoing strategic and operational development of CTSI in supporting the Third Sector in Clackmannanshire • Marketing and communications • Supporting the work of the Chief Officer and the Board of Directors Location: The post will be based in the offices of Clackmannanshire Third Sector Interface (CTSI) in Alloa. Possession of a full driving licence and access to a vehicle is a condition of employment for this post. Application notes: for a full job description and application form visit and return the completed application form and equality monitoring form to by the closing date.



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to Human Resources at Life Skills Central Ltd, hr@lifeskillscentres. com. Employer Life Skills Central Ltd

You can apply for this job by telephoning 0125 9215560 ext 0 and asking for Julie Jack. Employer Hunters Executive Coaches

PSV / PCV COACH DRIVER Job No: ALL/23685 SOC Code: 8213 Wage: COMPETITIVE RATES OF PAY Hours:FULL TIME AND PART TIME OVER 7 DAYS MAINLY DAYS AND EVENINGS Location: CENTRAL BELT OF SCOTLAND FK10 Duration: Permanent Date posted: 01 August 2012 Pension details: Pension available Description: Must have clean appropriate manual licence and previous experience. Will need to be flexible over availability. Working for a friendly local coach company duties involve driving, generally throughout the Central Belt of Scotland, keeping vehicle clean and fuelled, daily walkround check, plus all related tasks. An immediate start is possible. How to apply

ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS OPERATIVE Job No: ALL/23700 SOC Code: 3551 Wage: ÂŁ7.42 per hour, ÂŁ9.92 for weekends Hours: 40 plus hours per week days and times to be agreed Location: Alloa, Clackmannanshire FK10 Duration: Permanent Date posted: 03 August 2012 Closing date: 15 August 2012 Pension details: Pension available Description: Oran Environmental Solutions are currently recruiting for an Environmental Solutions Operative. The role is to operate and manage onsite operations including dewatering, lime stabilisation and sludge management. You will liaise with the customer to ensure an excellent service. You will have a responsibility to ensure that Health and Safety standards

are maintained. The successful candidate will be flexible as some weekend and overnights may be required. A confined space ticket would be an advantage but is not essential as full training will be given. How to apply You can apply for this job by sending a CV/written application to Erin Hamilton at Oran Environmental Solutions, Employer Oran Environmental Solutions RIDE ON ROLLER Job No: ALL/23684 SOC Code: 8229 Wage: Negotiable Hours: Monday to Friday Location: ALLOA, Clackmannanshire FK10 Duration: Temporary Date posted: 01 August 2012 Pension details: No details held Description: This vacancy is being advertised on behalf Vital Resources who are operating as an employment business. We require a Ride on Roller operator for 17T self propelled vehicle. CPCS ticket required. Immediate start 2

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Employer Compass UK and Ireland PLASTERER Job No: ALL/23674 SOC Code: 5321 Wage: ÂŁ11.00 PER HOUR Hours: 40 PER WEEK, MONDAY TO FRIDAY 8AM-4.30PM Location: ALVA, CLACKMANNANSHIRE FK12 Duration: Temporary Date posted: 27 July 2012 Closing date: 27 August 2012 Pension details: No details held Description: We are currently looking for an experienced candidate. The candidate must have experience of doing plaster. Candidate must have own tools and a CSCS card and must provide two checkable references. Immediate start. How to apply You can apply for this job by telephoning 0131 5543454 and asking for Jonathan Dowie. Employer Advance Global Recruitment Ltd PARK MANAGER Job No: ALL/23609 SOC Code: 1231 Wage: Negotiable depending on experience Hours: 40 PER WEEK 5 DAYS OUT 7 BETWEEN 8AM - 6PM Location: Dollar, Clackmannanshire FK14 Duration: Permanent Date posted: 12 July 2012 Pension details: No details held Description: Must have previous experience in a similar role. Duties are to carry out site maintenance and must be competent, have excellent people skills and sales experience would be an advantage. How to apply You can apply for this job by sending a CV/written application to Dannielle Jacobs at Life Style





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This is an opportunity to join an expanding company who have a strong portfolio of newspapers across South Lanarkshire, Perthshire and Clackmannanshire. Three papers will be launched from the Alloa office in the very near future and you will play a key part in shaping their content. A car owner would be preferred. Send written applications, including CV and clippings to: Hub Media Ltd Scott Mochar Ellismuir House, Ellismuir Way, Uddingston G71 5PW Tel: 01698 803909 Email:

weecounty Living, enquiries@lifestylelivinguk. com. Employer Life Style Living VEHICLE MECHANIC Job No: ALL/23606 SOC Code: 5231 Wage: Exceeds Nat Min Wage Hours: 44.5 per week, Monday to Saturday, between 8:30am to 5:30pm Location: Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire FK13 Duration: Permanent Date posted: 11 July 2012 Pension details: No details held Description: A time-served fully qualified mechanic required for busy automotive centre. Previous experience is essential. References will be required. How to apply You can apply for this job by telephoning 01259 759001 ext 0 or 0783 4994349 ext 0 and asking for Jim Mckinnon. Employer Hillfoots Tyre and Auto Centre SORTING ASSISTANT Job No: ALL/23600 Employer Reference: dac/so/cl SOC Code: 9134 Wage: £8.00 - £10.50 PER HOUR Hours: 36 HOURS PER WEEK. BETWEEN MONDAY AND SUNDAY Location: ALLOA, CLACKMANNANSHIRE FK10 Duration: Permanent Date posted: 10 July 2012 Closing date: 17 July 2012 Pension details: No details held Description: Factory Assistants required to work within a busy established production manufacturing company, based in Clackmannanshire. This company manufacture specialist products and distribute worldwide. Duties of the factory assistant will include: assisting with packaging, quality control and processing, keeping the factory floor clear of debris at all times, working as part of a crew, working according to strict rules and instructions. They are required to follow standard protocol regarding health and safety policies and procedures. Qualifications: no specific academic qualifications are required for this role, but it is expected that the Factory assistant will have an understanding of quality control, as well as the ability to use machinery and work as part of a team. An understanding of health and safetylegislation is an asset.


How to apply You can apply for this job by sending a CV/written application to Lynsey Farmer at Pertemps, Employer Pertemps DRIVER/SALES Job No: ALL/23598 SOC Code: 3542 Wage: OTE £40,000 PER ANNUM - £16,000 PER ANNUM BASIC Hours: 40 PER WEEK, 6 DAYS OVER 7 Location: ALLOA, CLACKMANNANSHIRE FK10 Duration: Permanent Date posted: 10 July 2012 Closing date: 10 September 2012 Pension details: No details held Description: Driver required in a new and exciting role for an ever expanding National Company. Available for hard working and selfmotivated people. Delivering products in and around your area with a certain amount of sales involved. No sales experience necessary as full training will be given. Please contact Peter on 07758 298462. How to apply You can apply for this job by sending a CV/written application to peter at Weatherseal, Employer Weatherseal DATA ENGINEERS Job No: ALL/23596 SOC Code: 5242 Wage: £10 Per Hour Hours: 37.5 Location: DOLLAR, Clackmannanshire FK14 Duration: Temporary Date posted: 10 July 2012 Pension details: No details held Description: Data engineers required for 6 weeks work in dollar duties will include cat5 cat6 install please call Craig on 01506 461352. How to apply You can apply for this job by visiting and following the instructions on the webpage. Employer Platinum Recruitment Services Ltd BAR STAFF Job No: ALL/23594 SOC Code: 9225 Wage: Meets Nat Min Wage Hours: 16 per week, shifts over 7 days, between 10.30am-1.30am

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Location: Alloa, Clackmannanshire FK10 Duration: Permanent Date posted: 09 July 2012 Pension details: No details held Description: Must be aged 18+ due to licensing laws and working late nights. Bar Staff required for busy newly refurbished bar/lounge. Must adhere to company dress standards and have a pleasant outgoing personality. Must have good communication and customer service skills. Previous experience in a similar role is essential. Good prospects for the right candidate. Duties include serving customers food and drink and cash handling. The employer has claimed an exception under the Equality Act 2010. Mark for the attention of Mr G Sleith How to apply You can apply for this job by sending a CV/written application to Graham Sleith at Station Bar, 48-50 Primrose Street, ALLOA, Clackmannanshire, FK10 1JG. Employer Station Bar CLEANING OPERATIVE Job No: ALL/23591 SOC Code: 9233 Wage: £6.08 Per Hour Hours: 6 DAYS OVER 7 DAYS Location: ALLOA FK10 Duration: Permanent Date posted: 06 July 2012 Pension details: No details held Description: Cleaning Operative required for retail outlet in ALLOA. Basic cleaning experience preferred. Previous experience in cleaning large floor areas and experience of using floor cleaning equipmentwould be an advantage. All other cleaning duties as and when required. Apply on line and search for the Employers ref no 6151. How to apply For further details about job reference ALL/23591, please telephone Jobseeker Direct on 0845 6060 234. Lines are open 8.00am - 6.00pm weekdays only. All calls are charged at local rate. Call charges may be different if you call from a mobile phone. Alternatively, visit your local Jobcentre Plus Office and use the customer access phones provided to call Jobseeker Direct. The textphone service for deaf and hearing-impaired people is 0845 6055 255. HEAD CHEF Job No: ALL/23616

SOC Code: 5434 Wage: £8.68 PER HOUR Hours: ROTA BASIS Location: ALLOA, CLACKMANANNSHIRE FK10 Duration: Permanent Date posted: 12 July 2012 Pension details: No details held Description: You will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Catering Services within the Home. The company offers an attractive remuneration package including Overtime Rate, Company Sick Pay Scheme. Previous applicants need not apply. Telephone for application forms between 9am and 5pm only. How to apply You can apply for this job by obtaining the employer’s application form by telephoning 01259 720172 ext 0 and asking for Admin section or alternatively by emailing the employer at and returning it to Admin section at Parklands Care Home, Alloa Park Drive,ALLOA, Clackmannanshire, FK10 1QY or to parklands@ Employer Parklands Care Home ACTIVITIES ORGANISER Job No: ALL/23580 SOC Code: 6115


Wage: Exceeds Nat Min Wage Hours: 37.5 Per Week, Monday Friday, 9AM-5PM Location: Alloa, Clackmannanshire FK10 Duration: Permanent Date posted: 04 July 2012 Pension details: No details held Description: Must be self motivated and able to work on own initiative. Must be creative, patient and understanding with an ability to fundraise. A driving licence is preferred but not essential. Previous experience and qualification an advantage. Duties to include organising activities for the residents. Successful applicants are required to provide an enhanced disclosure. Disclosure expense will be met by applicant. How to apply You can apply for this job by obtaining a Jobcentre Plus application form by selecting this link es5.pdf Opens new window (unless JavaScript disabled). Alternatively you can request an application form from any Jobcentre Plus Office and returning it to Patricia Mangan at Marchglen Care Centre, 2 Gannel Hill View, Fishcross, Alloa, FK10 3GN. Employer Marchglen Care Centre


OTE £100,000 Due to expansion and increased workload we require experienced IFAs to join our team. Working with a broad level of clients ranging from corporate to HNW individuals, you will provide tailored financial planning to meet those needs of our clients. Advice will be given to clients on the whole spectrum of planning requirements. Successful candidate will also have experience in managing introducers. Employed and Self Employed positions available and will see candidates working to set quarterly targets. Rewards for managing and increasing funds under management alongside the generation of new business are given.

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t’s already recognised as one of the most stylish city cars in the world, and now the Fiat 500 looks set to continue that trend with the launch of a new range called Colour Therapy. Positioned between the highly popular 500 Pop and Lounge specifications, the new Colour Therapy range is designed to bring back the spirit of the 1970s with a collection of vibrant colours and retro white detailing. A new marketing campaign announcing the range will celebrate some of the stylish combinations that made the Fiat 500 famous in Italy and around the world during the 1960s and 1970s. Highlighting the car’s history and heritage, a stylish set of posters showing the new retro exterior colours is accompanied by headings such as: ‘Ace’, ‘You Dig?’, and ‘Far Out’, together with the strapline ‘500 in 70s Colours’. And top fashion and beauty photographer Elisabeth Hoff, has been commissioned to capture the ‘70s inspired colour and design of Colour Therapy. Her pictures use the ‘70s technique of ‘colour blocking’ - multiple shades of the same colour with modern highlights - to accentuate the retro feel of the Colour Therapy line-up. Available in both hatchback and convertible versions, and with 0.9-litre TwinAir and 1.2-litre petrol engines, the cars come in five special paint colours: New Age Cream, Countrypolitan Yellow, Pasodoble Red, Volare Blue, and Tech House Grey. Distinguishing white details, coupled with the solid colours of the exterior, give the car a distinctive and unique personality, while emphasising its huge appeal - well over 100,000 examples have been sold since the Fiat 500’s launch

in the UK in 2008. The mid-range Colour Therapy still gets air conditioning, special paint, white mirror covers, white wheel covers, a ‘poolball’ design gear knob and specific key cover as standard. It costs £800 more than the entry-level Pop, but adds more than £1000 worth of extra equipment. “The special colours and stylish new touches will make the Fiat 500 an even more attractive proposition for our customers,” says Elena Bernardelli, marketing director, Fiat Group Automobiles UK. “Tasteful features such as the white UNLEADED door mirror covers ASDA - Alloa - 132.7 and ‘poolball’ design gear knob in matching Morrisons - Alloa - 131.9 colour, take the Tesco - Alloa - 132.9 popular 500 to a new Gulf - Tullibody - 136.9 level, showing just how timeless this Highest - 138.9 classic city car really DIESEL is.” ASDA - Alloa - 137.7 The Fiat 500 Colour Therapy range starts Morrisons - Alloa - 137.9 at £10,760 (OTR) Tesco - Alloa - 137.9 for the 1.2 Colour Gulf - Tullibody - 139.9 Therapy, rising to £14,510 (OTR) for the Highest - 141.9 500C 0.9-litre Colour Source: Prices correct at time of print. Therapy TwinAir.


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DARTS ALLOA MASTERS FINALS 2012 - SPONSORED BY OAKWOOD LOUNGE & GH TAXIS One of Scotlands major darts events, the Alloa Masters Finals 2012 will be held this Friday Aug 17th at Alloa Town Hall. The event sees PDC Premier League Champion Gary Anderson taking on Alloa Player Kris Glass. The other ties see Sauchie player Craig Baxter taking on Ozzie Champion Paul Nicolson, County Captain Colin Mitchell playing the Dazzler Darryl Fitton and tie of the round, Two Time World Champion Ted (The Count) Hankey playing John Goldie from Alloa. ALLOA MASTERS TICKET DETAILS Doors open from 5pm for Vip ticket holders only. 6pm Players Champange reception for Vip Only All other tickets 7pm. Please note the first four rows in the venue are all Vip. Limited Balcony Tickets are availble Tel 07872078715 LEAGUE WEEK ONE The Wee County Darts League gets back underway on Monday Sept 3rd with League Week One. CAPTAINS MEETING The First Captains Meeting of the new season takes place in the

EQUESTRIAN Fishing Report – 06.08.1212.08.12 Bright sunshine and a return to easterly winds combined to make the fishing quite tough this week at Swanswater. Water clarity is extremely good at present and although the fish are sitting just under the surface, they are being hooked around 2 feet down. They are quite active and a fast retrieve is often the best method. A wide range of flies were working well this week including small lures, nymphs and wet flies. Sedges were also taking fish as were other dries on the small ponds. The Tigers and Browns are still sitting round the margins and in the burn area with other varieties spread all round the waters. A wide variety of “colours” features in the catch returns including several Goldies which

are being stalked especially on the small ponds. Joe Potts, Inchinnan, took the biggest fish of the week in his 5 for 19lb 12oz including 10lb 5oz Blue, Brian McNeish, Stirling, 10lb 4oz Rainbow, Frank Barr, Falkirk, 5 for 19lb including 8lb Blue and 2 Golds, Gary Ross, Carron, 2 for 9lb 12oz from the Meadow Pond including 7lb 12oz Blue and a light Blue, Darren Hill, Alva, 9 for 21lb 4oz from the Meadow Pond including 6 Blues, biggest one at 5lb 4oz, 2 Golds and a Tiger, in two visits, Robert White, Camelon, 8 for 23lb 4oz including 2 Blues, 2 Tigers and 3 Browns, in two visits, Paul Brown, Alva, 5 Tigers for 14lb 12oz, Charles Devine, Stirling, landed 2 Blues, a Gold and 2 Tigers from the Millpond for 10lb and returned another 9, in two visits, Nan Morrison, Stirling, 2 for 7lb including a Blue, Alan Hunter, Alva, 2 for 7lb including a Blue

Sunday 12th August, 2012 It has been a great week to enjoy fishing in the sunshine and it was good for everyone’s moral. Some were still getting fish on the top with dries but a lot of the anglers were getting them about 2 - 3 feet down when the sun was really hitting the water. There is still a mass of activity on the surface lots a natural wee black flies, damsels corixa and other water beetles and minoes, and bloodworm for the fish to feast on. Tom McEwan-Stirling- 3 fish 11.1/2 lbs on his favourite Pinkie, Boo Haughton-Stirling 3 fish 12 lbs Pinkie, Hector Wilson-Bannockburn 3

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istory was made at the European Junior Vaulting Championships last weekend when Rebecca Norval and Andrew McLachlan from the Wee County Vaulters won the Gold Medal in the inaugural Pas de Deux class. The Championships which were held


in Pezinok, Slovakia also saw Andrew McLachlan take bronze in the Individual Junior male class, becoming the first British male to win an FEI championship medal. On both occasions the vaulting horse was Tylers Kernel lunged by John Eccles.


few of Central Athletic Club’s aspiring athletes were on show at the Celtic Games in Aberdeen on Saturday 11th August. In a four sided match between Scotland, Ireland, Wales and a Scottish Futures Team Kathryn Gillespie, representing Scotland, scored an emphatic victory in the Under 18 Womens 1500 metres recording 4min 41.19secs, some 5 seconds ahead of her International rivals. Emily Batchelor recorded a fine personal best 5.30 metres Long Jump on behalf of the Scotland Futures Team while Sarah Pearson competed well in the first race of the day, the Under 16 Girls 80metres hurdles, earning third place points for the

Scotland Futures Team in a time of 12.45secs into a strong headwind. Tom Chandler tackled the 100metre hurdles for the Scottish Futures Team clocking 15.70secs, again into a headwind. Daniel Polatajko ran as a guest in the Under 16 Boys 200metres and upstaged his Scottish and Scottish Futures rivals clocking a high quality 24.03secs, the time also affected by the wind. The previous weekend Calum Brown had been competing for Scotland in a Home Countries Decathlon International in Stoke. Calum raised his Decathlon best to 6002 points including a new 400metres personal best of 51.64secs.


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COUNTY GOLF IT’S A GOOD TIME FOR WEE COUNTY GOLF With Alva’s Lawrence Allan representing Scotland in the Boys Home Internationals last week, and Dollar’s Scott Borrowman in the Scottish team for the Men’s Home Internationals, it should give Clackmannanshire locals a sense of pride in their golfers. Allan played in all three Boys International matches at County Louth just north of Dublin---- a 7000 plus yard layout that has been used for the Irish Open. His statistics of 2 wins from 6 do not do justice to his fine play over the three days-----all his matches were close and of a very high standard. His play in the closing holes was impressive, and he can be proud of the many good shots played under a bit of pressure. It was a good start in the foursomes against Wales--- partnered by Scottish champion Craig Howie, the pair recorded a 1 hole win thanks to a 10ft putt on the 18th from Lawrence. However he fell in the singles by 2/1 to Welsh player Delon Hau. Allan had to wait till day three in the English match to record another win in his singles. by 2/1. The Scottish team finished runners-up to England with Ireland and Wales in 3rd and 4th place. This week sees Lawrence competing in the British Boys Championship to be held at Nottingham. This week its Scott’s turn in the Men’s Home Internationals at Glasgow Gailes, played to the


same format as the boys. AUTUMN COMES EARLY FOR COUNTY GOLF. The last county Meeting is being played at Alloa Golf Club on the 18th August. Late entries are still available for this event which will decide the 2012 season trophies. With some adjustment needed from some Club competitions, the current positions are as follows. HARROWER TROPHY ( Aggregate of Spring, Summer, Autumn meetings) Dollar’s Darren Hulston leads on 145 from Braehead’s Allan Watson on 147. Further back are S Horne (149), M Robertson (150) R Benvie (151). ORDER OF MERIT. Darren Hulston leads on 375 points from Allan Watson (265), J Aitken (215) , D Findlay(180) and M Robertson (125). A BUSY WEEK FOR THE WATSONS

The family of Bobby Watson the 1973 Scottish Boys Champion were in action last week. Playing from Muckhart, Eilidh Watson played in the Girls Home internationals at Radyr in Wales. Thanks to a fight back from Eilidh when she won the last three holes for a halved match, the Scottish team secured a draw in their first match--- that proved to be their best as they suffered defeats in the next two. Robert Watson played in the English Under 14’s Championship at Blackwell Golf Club in Worcestershire--- he recovered from a bad opening round of 84, recording two final rounds of 75 and 77 to finish in the middle of the field. FORTHCOMING GOLF FIXTURES 16/17th August Scottish Seniors North Meeting - Cruden Bay 23 August Opening Midland alliance meeting - Muckhart 25 August Ladies Open - Alloa



ictured are winners of last weeks Senior Mixed Greensome John Burns from Muckhart and Di Dunning from Dollar with Muckhart Captain Ian Barker The penultimate event of an incredibly successful Open Season was held on Sunday when over 60 pairs from all over Scotlandcompeted in the Muckhart Ladies Greensome Open. The scratch prize was won by Claire Penman and Frances Millar of Carnoustie whose excellent 75 pipped Jenny Potter of Cathkin Braes and Susan Wood of Drumpellier on a better inward half. The handicap prize was won by Linda McBain and ChristinePeebles from Alva with a net 67, beating Braehead pair Val Purdie and SarahWalker by a shot. Local player Gillian Black flew the flag for Muckhart taking 3rd place along with partner Fiona Ramsay from Crieff with 69, while Muckhart pairing Kay Morrison and Ingrid Brooker took 4th with 70. On Saturday 18th the final

Open of the Season takes place and it’s the club’s flagship Stewart Open for Gents up to 12 handicap with excellent scratch and handicap prizes. There are still spaces available which can be taken up by phoning our Pro Shop on01259 781493. On the domestic front an excellent 72 by Ross White took the scratch prize in Saturday’s Izat Medal while Fred Brett’s season’s best net 67 took the Handicap Prize. The Wednesday Medal saw

some excellentscoring as Roy Houston shot net 63 to hold off net 66s by Harry Grant, Russell Malcolm, and Kyle Jolly. The Ladies Drumburn Stableford was won by Olive O’Sullivan with 38 points 2 ahaed of Anita Collins and Kay Morrison. A reminder also to Gents members that the annual invitation day takes place on Sunday 19th August where members can invite apartner from another club to play in 4BBB Stableford format. Entries to ProShop as normal.


ALLOA GOLF PURKIS & WEIR TROPHYS Saturday 4th August saw the Purkis & Weir Trophies played in excellent conditions at Alloa Golf Club. This year saw both competitions rescheduled and played on the same day for the first time due to the extremely wet weather in June, however it proved to be an extremely enjoyable day for all competitors, with some even complaining that it was too hot!!! The winners were as follows: Winner - D Hulston 68 1st, Handicap C Johnston 73-5-68 2nd Scratch J McLaren 72 (BiH), 2nd Handicap S Crawford 81-12-69 (BiH) 3rd Scratch I Ross 72, 3rd Handicap R Hume 73-4-69

Pictured are winners at the Dollar Sponsors Day event. 4th Scratch D Abernethy 74, 4th Handicap R Dow 78-8-70 (BiH) 5th Handicap J Meekin 75-5-70 The CSS was 72 for both Home & Visiting players

BRAEHEAD GOLF Gents Midweek Medal 07/ Aug/2012. Par 70 C.S.S 69 Results Div 1. D Beaton 69-4-65 A.C.B, G Carroll 75-10-65, R Ebsworth 76-10-66 Div 2. C Anderson 78-13-65, A Branham Jnr 79-13-66, J Syme 82-14-68 Div 3. G Feeney 87-22-65 A.C.B, A Malcolm 86-21-65, A McGillivary 88-21-67 August Medal Sat 11/08/12. Par 70. CSS 70. Div 1. F Gray 76-11-65, T Stafford

77-11-66, G Kerr 75-8-67 Div 2. B Robinson 76-14-62, R White 82-19-69, T Todd 8014-66 Div 3. E McMenemy 92-24-68, G Anderson 88-19-69, A Mcgillivary 90-20-70 Junior’s. August Medal 13/08/12. Css 69 Par 70 R Alexander 71-5-66, R Calder 73-5-68, S Mitchell 8111-70 Seniors. Claret Jug. 1st J Kerr, 2nd C Mckie, 3rdR Pringle 8th Aug. Spencer Pot. 1st R Black, 2nd D Hawke,

3rd B Christie , 4th G Ferguson Ladies. Wednesday 8th August. Royal Tankard CSS 73 1st J Fotheringham 73, 2nd D Skelton 74 A.C.B, 3rd S Walker 74, Best Gross L Bisset 78 Sunday 12th August. Geeenkeepers Revenge (stableford ) 1st D Skelton, 2nd L Bisset, 3rd M Wallace. I am sure that all the Prize Winners and all fellow competitors and members would like to thank the green keeping staff for the excellent course presentation and condition Well Done Lads!! Best Par None.

Sponsors Day - Thursday 9th August Fine weather and a course in excellent condition was enjoyed by the teams competing in the annual Sponsors Day event at Dollar on Thursday 9th August. Made up in teams of four, the Stableford format and the three best net scores to count it was a repeat of last year with Lowcostspares (Peter Muss, Kenneth Christie, Gordon Fenwick and Charlie Murray) taking the honours with a total of 120 Stableford points. In second place with 108 points was Tyres Direct and Belhaven third with 107 points. Dollar Amateur Open Saturday 11th August Sponsored by David Tait Construction of Dollar there were some 100 competitors for the Dollar Amateur Open on Saturday 11th August with players competing in both Division 1 (handicaps of 14 and below) and Division 2

(handicaps 15-28). Conditions were ideal for golf, dry and mild with the course and greens in excellent condition. Winner on the day, and the Dollar Open Champion for 2012, was local member Darren Hulston who plays off +3 and whose two under par 67 was two shots better than that of runner-up Mark Walker of Tillicoultry Golf Club. In Division 2 the winner of the Osbourne Elliot Cup was Charles Norman (Dollar) with a gross 83 and the J M Ritchie Trophy went to Tom Moffat, also a local member, playing off 20 with a nett 67. The full results are: Div 1 (Scratch) 1st Darren Hulson 67 (Winner of the Harry Whyte Trophy); 2nd M. Walker 69. Div 1 (Handicap) 1st A. Herd (13) 62; Joint 2nd T. Burt (12), R. Stewart (13) 65; 4th B. Miller (10) 66; 5th J. Seth (12) 67; 6th C. Craigie (11) 68. Div 2 (Scratch) 1st Charles Norman 83 (Winner of the Osbourne

Elliot Cup); 2nd W. Morrison 86. Div 2 (Handicap) 1st Tom Moffat (20) 67 (Winner of the JM Ritchie Trophy); Joint 2nd A. Hrrower (20), D. Stewart (17), D. Bradley (18), A. Meikle (19), D. Harper (17) 70. Gibson Medal - Sunday 12th August Div 1: 1st Steven McPherson (5) 41 pts; 2nd Michael Todd (10) 39 pts; 3rd Sandy Bonnar (11) 39 pts. Div 2: 1st Terry Young (17) 38 pts; 2nd Davie Cowie (15) 37 pts; 3rd Charles Norman (16) 36 pts. Dollar Ladies Marie Dawkin Trophy Wednesday 8th August 1st Maria Symington (18) 67; 2nd Kayleigh Marshall (17) 69; 3rd Christine Hogg (24) 70. Part-year Memberships Part-year memberships are now available at Dollar to cover the remainder of 2012, for further details please call 07703 572344.



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DECHMONT FORKLIFT SOUTH Sauchie Juniors 2 Armadale Thistle 0 By Junior Sports Correspondent Mark Wallace Sauchie started their Dechmont Forklift South League Cup campaign against rivals, Armadale Thistle on a Wednesday evening prefect for football. With the sun still shining and the pitch looking in tip top condition, the atmosphere was set for Sauchie to get off to a flyer. With preaprations completed, manager, Fraser Duncan gave debuts to new signings, Grant Penderleith and Kenny McLellan. With the absence of regular club captains, it was regular goalkeeper, Bryan Halliwell who wore the captain’s armband. Duncan also went with the tried and tested duo of Steven Bell and Darren Cummings up front, with Ally Burns showing his versaility by playing centre half alongside Kenny Feaks. The first half started with Sauchie Juniors on the back foot, as Armadale Thistle took the game to them. In the first ten minutes, it was the Sauchie defence that had to look lively as they were forced to clear the ball several times from the attacking Armadale strikers. When Sauchie did get forward after ten minutes, their efforts were rewarded with a penalty. A long free kick from Kenny Feaks was played deep and Chris Purdie managed to win a throw in from the Armadale full back. From the resulting throw in Purdie played the ball to Cummings who was kicked

in the head for his efforts, requiring medical treatment from Physio, James Simpson. Brian Morgan stepped up and hit his attempt low into the keeper’s left side. The Armadale goalkeeper dived and saved Morgan’s shot, following up with a further save, putting the football out for a corner kick. From the corner, McLellan looped the ball over the bar from the edge of the box. Armadale responded by making Halliwell dive to save from the Armadale number eleven who cleverly played the ball along the box to create a shooting chance for himslef. On the stroke of the first half hour, Halliwell was again called into action, this time producing a save from the Armdale centre forward who shot from the edge of the box. Two minutes later, Sauchie Juniors were to take the lead. Cummings ran through onto a long ball, which the goalkeeper knocked away but only as far as McLellan who played the ball to Morgan. As he did it appeared as if it hit the arm of the advancing Armadale defender, however the referee played adavantage. Morgan crossed the ball to Bell, who managed to bundle the ball over the line to score Sauchie’s first competitive goal of thre season. Three minutes later Morgan played a one two with Cummings, ending in the Armdadle goalkeeper having to produce a save.

Darren Cummings then had a chance himself after linking with Penderleith, however Cummings shot wide. The first half ended with a great opportunity for Penderleith to score on his debut, however, his shot was hit across the goal line. The second half was played with Sauchie Juniors having the lowing sun in their eyes. The second half started with an injury to Kenny McLellan. After some great link up play between Cummings and Morgan, Purdie shot was knocked out. McLellan went for the loose ball and in doing so, was hit late in the tackle. He was required to leave the pitch after an injury to his right leg. Gary Carroll replaced McLellan. The game continued to be played in a cup tie fashion, with both teams trying to score. Burns demonstrated his ability as a defender with a strong tackle on the advancing number nine, denying him a shooting chance. The same player then got a header in which Halliwell held. Again Halliwell was called in action after fifiteen minutes of the half when he held a poorly hit free kick from Armadale. Sauchie nearly gave away an equaliser after some hesitation between Feaks and Halliwell, allowing the number number ten to nip in and put his shot wide. Another unnecessary scare for the Sauchie supporters.

Manager:- Fraser Duncan Well our 2012/13 season kicked off in league cup action against Armadale who we left in the Premier League last season. This was our fist competitive game and we started slowly and looked like losing a goal early on as Armadale pressed forward with some good play and looked very lively, we slowly came into the game. Darren Cummings was causing problems with his sharpness and Steven Bell was also looking lively as the half went on. We had a different look at the back with our three youngsters Feaks, Burns and Dolan playing and did very well. We had settled ourselves in and looked the more likely team and we were awarded a penalty after great

work from Darren Cummings earned us a penalty. The likely to score Morgan unfortunately missed which you will agree is not like him. We got our rewards when Steven Bell followed up very well to finally get the ball over the line and kick off our season. We finished the half as the better side and were confident at half time we could go out and get the decisive goal in the game. Second half was played in the same way we ended the first with our players controlling most parts of the game. Our new signing Kenny Mcllellan was taken off due to sustaining an injury and was replaced by Gary Carroll. The wide areas was where we created most in the

At times Sauchie were struggling to win the first ball, which in turn was stopping their forward line from getting the necessary service. On the seventy five minute, Alan Scott came on for his competitive debut when he replaced the hard working Bell. Five minutes later Sauchie increased their lead. A through ball for was met by Cummings who then played a one two with Scott. Cummings then composed himself before striking the ball past the helpless goalkeeper and putting the tie to bed. With five minutes remaining, there was a repeat of the mix up between Feaks and Halliwell, with ball not cleared, which allowed the number ten the opportunity to put his attempt across the goal line. The game ended with Darren Cummings creating a chance for Scott after some strong running. Alan Scott’s attempt was blocked and resulted in a corner. The final whistle was blown shortly after this, with Sauchie winning three points out of three. Overall a satisfying result for Fraser Duncan and his players, who achieved the three points with the bonus of not conceding a goal. The manager will be pleased with several of his players’ performance especially those of his new signings, although it willl be hoped that McLellan’s injury is not as bad as it first looked.

second half with new signing Grant Plenderleith showing he has excellent determination and is very quick and him and Dougie (Jinky) Wilson on the other side was creating openings with his great control and confidence. The game was sealed late on when some good forward play by our front men and other new signing Allan (Jove) Scott made a good run and Daz managed to sneak in a one-two before firing the ball home into the net to seal the first three League Cup points of the season. Saturday we faced a tough test away from home against a revived and re-assembled Bathgate team who have spent well over the summer. We knew this was going to be a hard game especially away from home

and with us already facing four or five injuries we were a bit under strength but still very capable. Alan Comrie, Steven Hutchison, Kenny McClellan , Jon Tully and another of our new additions who has fitness trouble at the moment with a re-occurring injury missing. We started the game with three up front and looked dangerous and with Ally Burns, Kingy and Kenny Feaks defending brilliantly at times looked solid in defence. Although the game finished in a nil - nil draw it was very entertaining and I do feel we deserved something from it. We had a very big shout for a penalty which for some reason was turned down and we also missed four

or five chances. Good performances from Garry Carroll, Darren Cummings, Allan Scott and the rest of the boys was pleasing and we now need to look forward to a local derby against Camelon on Saturday at Beechwood and try to get some more points on the league cup board. Steven Hutchison is currently waiting on an operation to fix his Knee ligaments injury sustained last year and all at the club wish him a speedy recovery and we will hopefully have him back towards the end of the season. The club will hold a function on Saturday night and fans are welcome to come along free of charge and enjoy.

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Bathgate Thistle 0 Sauchie Juniors 0 By Junior Sports Correspondent Mark Wallace Sauchie travelled to The Creamery Park to face stiff opposition in the form of Bathgate Thistle. Having won against Armadale on the previous Wednesday and Bathgate in search of their first points after being beaten from Bo’ness, two - one in their last match, Sauchie were confident of gaining something from this encounter. Manager Duncan juggled his team with the introduction of Gary Carroll, Alan Scott and Graeme King in place of Kenny McLellan, Brian Morgan and Steven Dolan. The weather conditions were prefect for both teams. Before kick off both sets of players and supporters observed a minutes celebration in memory of Bathgate committee member, Barney Callaghan, who recently passed away. Sauchie Juniors enjoyed some of the earlier chances in the match, with Carroll having a shot blocked and Cummings having his attempt held by Andrew Murphy, in the Bathgate goals. Feaks linked up with Bell who returned his pass to Feaks before a shot by Alan Scott which Murphy was alert to and made a great save. At the other end, Halliwell was called into action when he saved from Bonnes, who was starting to look sharp around the Sauchie box. The game started to move from end to end with each side creating chances. Chris Purdie broke from midfield before leashing a shot which the

keeper held. Again Bonnes tested Halliwell, with a weakened header. Mid way through the match, Plenderleith produced some great individual play when he took the ball into the Bathgate box, beating four players on his way, before placing the ball into Cummings path. Unfortunately the goalkeeper was able to block Cumming’s attempt. Lee Johnstone for Bathgate watched his shot come off the bottom of Halliwell’s left post before being cleared from the danger zone. The first ended with either side making any break through. The second half followed a similar pattern to that of the first with a lot of end to end play. Cummings and Wilson did a lot of running for Sauchie, trying to create an opening for the team, however much of the play from both teams was long balls due to the pace and pressing. Neither team lacked commitment. Wilson had a shot just go wide and Bell got onto a knock down from Scott, however his shot did not trouble Murphy. Purdie had a free kick sail over the bar and Wilson had a second attempt just go inches over the bar. The second half saw both teams reduced to ten men on separate occasions. Lee Johnstone was given his second booking for a terrible tackle on Scott. Later, the teams were evened up when Steven Bell was given a straight

red for retaliation. Manager Duncan brought on fresh legs in the form of Rennie, Morgan and Dolan as the team pushed for all three points. A controversial moment was when Wilson produced a fantastic run swerving past three Bathgate defences before passing to Plenderlieth who was then up-ended with the out stretched leg of the Bathgate number four. Instead of a penalty, the referee booked Plenderleith for diving,which appeared a strange decision. The game was played out with neither teams getting the break through due to the strong defences. Sauchie Juniors now have four points from a possible six and another clean sheet, which will please the management team of Fraser Duncan and Davie Beaton. Again the manager can take heart so early in the season from the performances of his players. The next game against Bo’ness, which was due to be played on Wednesday 15 has been cancelled and moved to the Wednesday 22. Supporters please note the change of kick off time at Bo’ness which is earlier at 6.45. This means that Sauchie Juniors have a full week to prepare for the meeting of visitors, Camelon Juniors, at Beechwood Park with a 2.30 pmko. Camelon are a fellow Super League team, which will be a great test for the Sauchie Juniors team.



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Att 625 Ref: Frank McDermott continued fron back page but went in for the break behind thinking they should have been in front, if only they had taken their first half chances. Ht Alloa 0 East Fife 1 The home side came out after the interval with full intentions in taking the game to the Fifers, and had good efforts to get back on level terms though Cawley and Holmes but couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find a way passed Brown in the away goal. Alloa finally did made the break through in the 70 min when good running by Cawley won Alloa a corner, and from that kick Stephen Simmons plodded home from close range. Alloa then brought on young loan signing Robert Thomson from

Dundee Utd to try and bring the three points home. Thomson had a great impact on the game, going close on two occasions only to be denied by a goal line clearance. Alloa made a change in the 73rd min taking off the hard working Cox and bringing on Ross McCord and Alloa seemed to take charge of the midfield area. Alloa were pressing hard for the winner and now had the Fifers well and truly on the back foot but couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find a winner. In the end, it was a story of missed chances and good goalkeeping but only one point in the end for the Wasps as they start life in the Irn Bru Second Division.


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Marr joins Wasps


lloa have signed 23 year old defender Jason Marr. Marr who started his career with Celtic had loan spells at Falkirk and

Ross County before being released and joined Clyde where he made 16 appearances for them last season in the Third Division.

Hartley secures Dundee United striker on loan deal


lloa Manager Paul Hartley has signed 19 year old striker Robert Thomson from Dundee United on loan, prior to opening league game of the season. The six foot two striker has been a target for other SFL Clubs before choosing Alloa Athletic after training with club on Thursday evening. Robert will be at the club on loan from Dundee United until 1st January, 2013.

Bain called up to Scotland U21 squad A lloa goalkeeper Scott Bain was called up to the Scotland U21 squad ahead of their game against Belgium tonight (14th August). Alloa number 1 Bain has been in great form last season and has started this season in a similar form and it was only a matter of time before his talent was recognised. Bain, the only second division player to be called up will join the squad alongside other goalkeepers, Jordan Archer (Tottenham) and Mark Ridgers (Hearts).

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SFL boss David Longmuir presents Chairman Mike Mulraney with the Third Division Championship Flag

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t was the day that all Wasps fans had been waiting for, the return of league football at Recreation Park in the Irn Bru Division 2. Alloa also unveiled the Third Division flag with SFL boss David Longmuir doing the honours. In a nice turn, the East Fife players stood guard of honour to welcome the home side onto the park, but the hospitality stopped there as the the Bayview side

got the new 2012/13 season underway. Alloa had new signing Jason Marr in at centre half and on loan signing from Dundee Utd Robert Thomson on the bench, whilst East Fife had ex Rangers man Bob Malcolm on also the bench. The game started at a great pace with the Wasps coming very close to scoring in the 4th min, summer signing Cox played in Kevin Cawley but his shot went narrowly

over. At the other end Scott Bain was at his best to keep out a net bound Wardlaw shot that would have put the visitors ahead. The Wasps had the best of the early play but both Grehan and then Cox missed chances to open the home teams account as Brown in the East Fife Goal denied both with fine saves. The away side took the lead on the half hour mark when a Steven Simmons clearance fell to full back

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Darren McCormack and from 20 yards his shot flew passed the stranded Bain in the Alloa goal. It was his first goal with is new club and a real peach of a goal it was too. And just on the halftime whistle, Martin Grehan had Alloa’s best chance when he found himself clean in on goal but blasted over from 10 yards out. Alloa rallied towards the interval

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