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Drink driver may lose his BMW Police have requested the courts seize the £20,000 car By Alison Mann
n Alloa driver spent Christmas day in the cells and may lose his pricey BMW after allegedly driving whilst drunk. Police in an unmarked car spotted the 36-year-old driver swerving about the carriageway, during an early morning Christmas Eve drive in Alloa. When the driver braked erratically police swooped and became concerned the driver was under the influence of alcohol. When the driver refused to provide breath samples for analysis, he was hauled into
custody where he is awaiting a court appearance. Police have now requested court officials to consider seizing the BMW vehicle which is worth over £20,000. The driver was stopped as part of the national ACPOS Festive Drink Drug Drive Campaign which saw nine people detected last week. Chief Superintendent Kate Thomson, ACPOS lead on drink driving, said: “As we continue through the festive season and more people will undoubtedly be socialising with friends and family, I would urge anyone who has a drink to avoid driving. “We highlight weekly along
with the statistics the incidents that have been extreme, for example the very high readings or those who are inexperienced or disqualified drivers. I would like to remind everyone that these are the exceptions to the rule and the majority of offenders caught are those who take a few drinks and take the chance to drive home or to work. “As we move in to the new year party season, I would ask everyone to consider these statistics and remember that no matter what the level of alcohol is in your body. “If you are over the limit even by a small amount, you will lose your licence, you will receive a fine and
you will be arrested and treated like any other criminal. “The message must get out to those drivers who continue to risk their lives and the lives of other road users. Don’t risk it. Don’t drive while under the influence of alcohol and drugs. “I would encourage anyone who suspects that a person is driving or attempting to drive whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs to contact the police. “They can either call the police direct via their local office or 999 or through the Crimestoppers number 0800 555 111 where the information will be treated in confidence of anonymity.”
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After a short illness at Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Larbert on Wednesday 28th December 2012, Robert (Bert, of Alva), aged 82 years. Beloved husband of the late Mary, a dearly loved dad of Gordon and Kenneth and father-in-law of Hazel. Also a much loved and devoted grandad to Julie and step grandad to Stacie and Amanda. Will be sadly missed. For funeral details please contact Hillview Funeral Services on 01259 725999.
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Criminal money to fund charity Venture Trust to benefit from seized money
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Clackmannanshire charity is set to benefit from thousands of pounds of money gained from criminals. Venture Trust, Clackmannanshire, was awarded £4,716 from the CashBack for Communities Youth Work Fund. The money is part of more than £6.5million to be spread over Scotland which has been seized from criminals. The CashBack for Communities Youth Work Fund is administrated and delivered by YouthLink Scotland, the national agency for youth work. Following the latest allocation of grant funding from the fourth round of the Fund, 6,580,199 pounds has now been distributed to 641 separate organisations delivering diversionary youth work activity across all 32 local
authority areas in Scotland. Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Kenny MacAskill said: “CashBack is making a real difference in the lives of young people across the country and I am delighted to announce the latest tranche of over 1.33 million pounds for the Youth Work Fund, which means that over 6.5 million pounds has now been awarded for projects which are helping our youngsters to make positive choices and realise their full potential. “Since 2007, we have invested over 44 million pounds of criminals’ seized cash into our communities through sporting, cultural, community, youth and third sector organisations. This has made a significant difference reaching over 600,000 young people across the length and breadth of the country and helping to build a brighter future for Scotland.” The Venture Trust help people gain
skills that they need for the rest of their lives through running wilderness programmes. Chief Executive of YouthLink Scotland, Jim Sweeney, added: “YouthLink Scotland is delighted to play an integral role as a primary partner in delivering the innovative and highly successful CashBack for Communities Youth Work Fund. “Youth work positively engages with more than 300,000 young people in Scotland, helping to build their skills, self-confidence and sense of community cohesion through a range of challenging and exciting activities. “For the many young people and communities it engages with every day, youth work represents the ultimate form of preventative spend, offering fantastic value for money. “The CashBack Youth Work Fund has supported and helped to deliver exciting youth work initiatives right
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Kenny MacAskill, Cabinet Secretary for Justice across Scotland and has become a catalyst for first class partnership work underpinned by meaningful involvement from local communities.”
entral Scotland Police are currently investigating a robbery which occurred in Tullibody. Around 6pm on Monday, December 26th the news agents at Tullibody Post Office, Stirling Street was robbed. Police are appealing for information in relation to anyone who was seen acting suspiciously in the area. Inquiries are at an early stage and anyone with information can contact Central Scotland Police on 01786 456000 or information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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new hub is giving Clackmannanshire residents a chance to volunteer as a carer. The Hub is the new home to the Clackmannanshire Third Sector Interface (CTSI) and the Ace Recycling furniture outlet. The new accommodation has been created in the former Forma Furniture Store on the Whins Road. Malcolm McArdle, ACE Chief Executive said: “We are absolutely delighted to have relocated our furniture business to the Whins site. It’s a terrific space and we’ll be able to offer people a much more appealing experience when they come shopping for bargain furniture. “But I’m just as delighted to be welcoming the CTSI to the Hub. They have a major role to play in promoting and encouraging local groups, including Social Enterprises like the ACE furniture outlet, so it’s brilliant that they’ll be based in such a central, spacious building which is far more accessible than their previous home.” The CTSI is the leading organisation for developing the
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third sector in Clackmannanshire, which includes community, social enterprises and charitable groups, as well as volunteering organisations, or people looking to volunteer. It will be based on the ground floor of the Hub, and the team are encouraging people to drop-in and find out what’s going. Robert Walters, Chief Executive of the CTSI said: “We were set up by the Government to act on behalf of community groups, helping them with issues like accessing funding, or managing their finances – even running meetings. But we’re also there to help put people interested in volunteering in touch with local groups in need of help. “Both of these roles mean being based in a central location where people feel free to drop in at any time is really important, and we couldn’t be happier with our new accommodation. ”We have the luxury of space, which means we can also offer training and meeting facilities to local groups. Meeting space is always at a premium and we have some really lovely space to offer. There’s going to be so much going on at the Hub, this is only the beginning.”
HUB is home to CTSI and Ace Recycling furniture outlet
We can help good causes and make good pieces of furniture available to local people who are looking for a bargain. ACE’s furniture outlet specialises in selling refurbished furniture and household items – everything from sofas to small electrical items, books to bric-abrac. And with new bespoke space to fill, the firm is appealing to local people to hand in their unwanted items and pack the new store with quality goods. Malcolm said: “The money we make goes to create and support local jobs, and we also make regular donations to local
Council agrees in principle a tax freeze for Wee County
lackmannanshire Council has agreed in principle to freeze council tax for another year. Finance Secretary John Swinney has welcomed the confirmation that all councils in Scotland have agreed to freeze the council tax for another year. All 32 councils have confirmed, in principle, to accept the Scottish Government’s funding offer for next year, which also maintains maintain police and teacher numbers. That means a household in the average council tax band will have saved over £500 by the end of 2012-2013 as a result of the council tax freeze since 20072008. As a percentage of income, households with the lowest income gain the most from the council tax freeze. Mr Swinney said: “We work closely with local government
to deliver better outcomes for people and communities across Scotland. “Despite the most dramatic reduction in public spending ever imposed on Scotland by the UK Government, over the next three years, local government will receive a larger share of Scottish Government funds than in 200708. “Like the Scottish Government, councils face a number of competing pressures on their budgets, so I am delighted the package I offered to local authorities has been accepted in principle by every council. This will see the council tax freeze continue for another year, putting over £500 into the pockets of hard pressed households since 2008, while maintaining teacher numbers and the number of police officers on our streets benefitting every household in Scotland.”
charities. At the moment we’re working with Action for Children to donate money from the furniture store to projects in Alloa and Stirling. ”At this time of year people are traditionally getting ready for Christmas, throwing out old sofas and getting their house sorted for Santa! All we ask is that people give us a call and we’ll come and collect the furniture from their home. We can help good causes and make good pieces of furniture
available to local people who are looking for a bargain.” ACE and the CTSI would like to thank local businessman John Marshall for his help in making the move to the Whins possible. If you have furniture or other items to donate to the ACE furniture outlet, call 01259 215090. The CTSI officially moves into the Hub on December 5. To speak to someone, call 01259 213840.
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anchory primary pupils really got into the festive spirit with their spectacular Christmas show. All primaries at the school participated in the show called; ‘Banchory does Broadway’ which was a new format to the traditional festive shows. This year, the productions included Toy Story, Sound of Music and Bugsy Malone.
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he fate of the Alva pool now rests in the hands of Clackmannanshire council as members of Ochil Leisure Enterprises handed in their business plan today (Friday). The group rallied round support and handed their plan to the council, which if accepted could create much needed jobs in the area as well as providing obvious health benefits. Their proposal outlines their plans for
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keeping the Alva pool open for members of the community. Simon Kindlen, spokesman for the group said: â€œAt our most recent meeting we discussed the project and came to the conclusion that itâ€™s about more than the pool. â€œItâ€™s also to do with the health of a community and the wealth of a community and creating jobs. â€œIt is a fallacy that you canâ€™t make
money from a pool. â€œIt will be a cultural community hub as well.â€? OLE had previously written a letter to Clackmannanshire council informing them that the report submitted today would be an â€˜interim business planâ€™. Time constraints meant they could not produce a full report. Within the letter, signed by Jenny Paterson, the group state the interim
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n Alloa woman is making the most of her retirement by starting up a new care service in the area. Alison Ferguson, 55 has just launched Flourish Home Support Services alongside her partner Karen Richardson, 28, Alison retired early from her role as a psychiatric nurse in November and decided she wanted to concentrate on giving local people a choice in how they receive their care. Flourish Home Support Services provides high quality support to people who require care services, including those with physical and mental disabilities, which allows them to remain in their own home. Alison is well placed to provide this service, having worked in the health and social work sector for 40 years. She trained as a psychiatric nurse at Bellsdyke Hospital and through this she was given the opportunity to furnish the newly built day care centre at Carronbank House, Denny which incorporated a Reminiscence area, Snozeolen room and Personal Care facility. This led her to help develop the award winning Caledonia Clubhouse. She also became the only person in the Forth Valley to achieve the tough Leadership and Management of Care Services Award in April 2011. Karen is also highly experienced in the care industry, with ten years experience.
Alison took the decision to launch her own business as she wanted to offer something different, she said: â€œWe felt people live longer and itâ€™s cheaper for them to stay in their homes so we wanted to offer a quality home care service. â€œIâ€™ve always worked in care and although Iâ€™m retired I wanted to keep my nursing registration up to date by continuing to work. â€œOn a personal level, Iâ€™ve travelled over the bridge for
many years and I want to work in Alloa, where I belong.â€? Alison would like to take on private clients from the local area, she would also like to encourage people who receive Self Directed Support to discuss choosing Flourish Home Support Services to provide their care with their social worker. To find out more contact Alison on 07719 045 799 or e-mail Alison@ flourishhomesupportservices. com.
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Sterling Furniture launched a new shopping incentive on Boxing Day – the Sterling Fuelback scheme – to mark the start of the winter sale which offers up to 50% off furniture and home accessories.
T Members of the community help during the Hawkhill litter pick up day By Alison Mann
awkhill Community Association has been working alongside the Clackmannanshire Third Sector Interface to help local people. They took part in a listening event which allowed them to find out what Clackmannanshire’s assets are and how they could draw upon them. Following this event the group help a litter pick event in November, which saw local people take to the streets with bin bags and litter grabbers to gather up winter litter. Gary Allan, Association Treasurer said: “At the listening event people told us the look and feel of the estate was important to them, so we organised a litter pick, which was a brilliant thing to see. “By involving the community we’re empowering people, giving them back a sense of control of their own community. And the council worked with us that day,
offering a `rubbish amnesty’ where they toured the estate, offering special uplifts.” The Association is also keen to take over a piece of land next to the centre and develop it as a community garden, something which the CTSI is helping to make happen with the council who own the land. Robert Walters, Chief Executive of the CTSI explained: “We’re working with the Association and the council to help discussions around a piece of land in Hawkhill. A big part of what we do is act as go between, putting groups in touch with the right person, helping them look at funding options and how to make sure their plans and strategies are on a sound footing.” The Hawkhill Association is now planning a special evening for older people in the community on January 20, where their waiters for the evening will be members of the Senior Youth Club. Gary added: “We’re trying to encourage trust and
understanding between the generations – with a bit of bingo thrown in. “We’ll collect our local older people and treat them to a slap up meal at a time of year that’s traditionally a bit bleak and lonely for some. Again, we’re doing this as a result of the feedback we received at our listening events – and it’s the community taking the lead.” For more information on what the CTSI can do for your group, call Robert, Hazel Donaldson or the CTSI’s new Organisational Support Officer, Maureen Hill. Maureen is there to support community groups on all issues around governance, management, funding and finance issues. You can also pop into the CTSI offices at The Hub (in the old Forma furniture store next to Beatsons) or visit the website www.ctsi.org.uk. To find out about the latest events at Hawkhill, drop in on the community centre at 132 Hillcrest Drive, Alloa, or call 01259 218139.
Robert Walters, Chief Executive of the CTSI
he new initiative, set up to relieve the petrol price burden for Scots bargain hunters, gives out free petrol vouchers during the winter sale to all shoppers spending £500 or more. Customers visiting Sterling Furniture’s network of nine stores across Scotland and spending £500-£999.99 will automatically be given a £15 petrol voucher and those spending £1000 or more will receive a £30 petrol voucher as part of the Sterling Fuelback scheme. The petrol vouchers are valid between Monday 26 December 2011 – Monday 30 January 2012. Gordon Mearns, Managing Director, Sterling Furniture, said: “The Sterling Fuelback scheme is a completely new initiative for Sterling and the first time we have given our customers something as tangible as a fuel
voucher as soon as they shop with us. “Petrol is one of the biggest areas of expense for householders today and we want to help alleviate some of the challenges of increased living costs by giving our customers something back at a time when they need it most. “There are many great bargains in our winter sale with up to 50% off many of our ranges from dining sets to bedroom furniture, sofas and accessories and with the added incentive of a petrol voucher there has never been a better time to shop at Sterling.” The flagship Sterling Furniture store in Tillicoultry continues to be one of the UK’s largest furniture stores spanning over 200,000 sq ft with a design house, homestore, garden centre, foodhall, Hub Café and Butterfly Inn Restaurant.
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Every month the Wee County News will be publishing a short story by one of the members of the Alloa Writers Club. Here is the first piece by John Glass, entitled The Best Gift of All.
The best gift of all
t was Christmas Eve, the snow lay deep over the land and the wind blew cold. This was turning out to be the worst winter for years and his aching bones told him so. He had been walking for hours looking for shelter, but had been pushed on from one place to the next, until he could go no further. Old Tom had lived this way all his days, keeping to himself, never bothering anyone, living off the land, the odd rabbit for some hot stew, vegetables from the fields and sometimes a few hen’s eggs. But Father Time was catching up with him and now when he needed help, no one wanted to know. On the farm road, drifts of snow piled high along the fences on both sides, with only tracks of a tractor barely visible. Tom looking about, with the snow still falling heavily and no buildings in sight, sat down for a breather. Pulling his old ex army overcoat, he had managed to liberate from a farmers barn years previously, tighter around him, was his only shield from the swirling snow and the snarling wind, a wind that was saying, ‘I’m going to get you this time Tom.’ Pushing himself deeper into the snowdrift to escape the worst of the wind only helped for a while, until in the end he felt compelled to seek better cover. He waited a few minutes more then on aching limbs, forced himself to stand and slowly but slowly, one foot after the other he made his
way painfully along the old tracks until suddenly he was sheltered from the wind and snow. Looking around he thought, ‘that’s strange’. But no more surprising than to see over to his left, deep in the woods a glow from a fire and a man dressed all in white sitting beside it. Tom hesitantly moved over towards the stranger, who on turning around as he approached, said, ‘Hello Tom, come join me. You look like you could do with a heat and a bite to eat?’ Welcome words Old Tom thought, not since before he had had the disagreement with his brother and left home, had he heard them. Tom sat down without a word and let the heat spread through his body. Feeling his joints ease and the pain disappear he stretched out his hands towards the fire, rubbed them together, ‘My this is a grand fire, how did you manage to kindle it with all the green wood and the wind?’ The man looked at Tom and smiled, ‘What wind?’ Tom then asked himself the same question. There wasn’t a wind, only the warmth from the fire. Unsure how to ask whom he was speaking to, he stared at the flames as they danced around the logs. Just as he was about to ask, the man said, ‘You don’t need to know my name Tom, just that I’m a friend and have been by your side all your life, guiding you, but now it’s time for you to make amends with your brother.’ That was the last thing he remembered about the man dressed in white. It was five days later Old Tom came to in a nice warm soft bed in the nearby farm suffering from hyperthermia. Opening his eyes; he stared until they focused on a man standing before him with tears running down his cheeks. Slowly he recognised his brother. Having not seen one another in twenty five years, Tom was bewildered how his brother could have found him, ‘How, how did you know where to find me?’ His brother wiping the tears from his eyes replied, ‘I didn’t, the dogs woke us up and we found you lying on our door step.’
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uperintendent Gordon Dawson is the new Area Commander for Stirling and Clackmannanshire and took up the post on Monday December 19. He replaces Superintendent Alan Douglas who has been promoted to Temporary Chief Superintendent with responsibilities for Specialist Operation and Governance. Superintendent Dawson has 27 years service with the force and joined in 1984 as a constable in Bo’ness. He has worked in CID across the force and the Drugs Unit. He was Detective Chief Inspector responsible for the Crime and Drugs; the Sub Area Commander for Grangemouth and latterly the Director of Intelligence. Supt Dawson is recognised nationally for his work on internet safety and is a graduate of the Open University with a Bachelor of Law (Honours). He said: “I am delighted to be in charge of policing Stirling and Clackmannanshire to lead a highly
committed and motivated team of police officers, police staff and special constables. I am looking forward to building on the existing good working relationships with partners to improve the quality of life in our communities. “Our communities have made it clear they want to have officers who are highly visible to them. I am fully committed to delivering a quality policing service that is influenced by local needs and that means having the right number of officers, in the right places, at the right time. Together with our partner agencies and with your help, support and encouragement, we can make a positive difference to our communities. “I can assure everyone within Stirling and Clackmannanshire of our ongoing determination to stop anyone intent on criminal and antisocial behaviour, as well as our commitment to improving the lives of everyone who lives, works and visits our communities. I need people to continue coming forward with
alented Craigbank Primary Pupils have been treating audiences to performances of their nativity play. The Primary one to three pupils treated parents, grandparents, carers and residents of Hillview Nursing Home to performances of their nativity play, Mend the Manger. Audiences were further entertained by primary seven pupils singing a selection of Christmas favourites, which they had also recently performed for the residents of March
Gordon Dawson, new Area Commander for Stirling and Clackmannanshire information and to keep telling us what the problems and issues area. Without this we can’t do our job effectively.”
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lackmannanshire fundraisers have been asked to sign up to the Three Peaks Challenge to help Breast Cancer Campaign. The challenge runs from July 13 to 15 and sees participants attempt to scale the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales in just 24 hours to help the charity continue to beat
breast cancer. Renowned for being one of the toughest challenges in the UK, the Three Peaks is perfect for anyone looking for a new physical test. Participants will hike approximately 24 miles and climb and descend over 10,000 feet in just 24 hours. Supporters need to sign up before April to take part and allow enough time to prepare,
train and fundraise for the leading breast cancer charity. Kelly Walton, Breast Cancer Campaign’s Events Executive, said: “Whether you’ve resolved to get fit, lose weight or be more adventurous in 2012, this could be the perfect challenge to help you achieve your New Year goals. Not only will participants have the experience of a lifetime,
they’ll also be helping the charity continue funding vital breast cancer research.” Further dates planned in 2012. For more information on this or any of Campaign’s UK Challenges please contact 0207 749 4114, email ukchallenges@ breastcancercampaign.org or visit our website www. breastcancercampaign.org
he Rotary Club of Alloa said goodbye to Santa on Sunday after hosting him for the past four weekends at the Sterling Homestore. President Graham Kerr would like to thank Sterling Homestore for their sponsorship of this successful event which will benefit children’s charities and also Triple S supplies, Devonside for the supply of quality gifts
which all the children enjoyed The children’s visit was enhanced by the presentation of professional produced photographs. President Graham would also like to thank the number of loyal visitors who have made a point in visiting Santa at Sterling over the past five years, some of them have travelled from as far as the west coast just to see Santa.
Glen. All classes enjoyed Christmas parties, with primary one and primary two pupils receiving a special visitor – Santa Claus. The school is also very grateful to everyone who contributed to the success of the Christmas Fayre, held on Saturday December 3. Almost £1500 was raised by pupils, who worked with the Parents’ Association, running stalls selling items made or collected, in addition to many other fundraising activities.
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he Bumble Bee Fund is based in Cape Town, South Africa. They research into SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) and support families with children of this illness. South Africa does not have any social care and support for people with disabilities. The money went to help buy a special wheel chair that doubles as a standing frame. It was bought in the UK and shipped out to South Africa for a little boy called Marc (pictured left), who suffers with this illness as does his sister. He cannot walk and just gets round on his knees. This special chair means that he can get round on his own and the standing position helps with his muscles.
he photograph above shows Sophia Norton receiving a formal presentation of the funds totalling £634, which Sophia raised for the Bumble Bee Fund at the Rotary Club of Alloa Annual Hill Walk. This took place in June, and was organised by Vice President Alastair Spowage, on the right of the picture. President Graham Kerr congratulated Sophia on her efforts at the Hill Walk and raising funds which have gone to help give a young lad a better quality of life.
Have you done your Faster broadband is coming to Alva News welcomed by Clackmannanshire Council benefit check? C
lackmannanshire pensioners are being asked to take a benefits check to ensure they are accessing the lowest energy rates. Housing Minister and MSP for Clackmannanshire and Dunblane, Keith Brown has urged the elderly to take the check on offer through the Scottish Government’s Home Energy Scotland Hotline. More than 34,000 people have now been referred through the Scottish Government’s Home Energy Scotland Hotline to services which maximises income through checking eligibility for benefits. The average increase for pensioner households who get an increase in income is 1,681 pounds per year. Mr Brown, Minister for Housing said: “As we head towards 2012, European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, it is vital that our older people are accessing benefits due to them. We are talking about sizable amounts, which can make a real difference to the income our pensioners receive. “Through the Home Energy Scotland Hotline our service includes energy efficiency
advice. We want to help ensure that more money stays in our pensioner’s pockets by securing the best deals from the energy companies to heat their homes. “Many people fail to claim for what they are entitled to in benefits and tax credits simply because they don’t know it’s there. We all have a job to do to make sure that older people across our communities know that there are services available to help maximise their income.” Mike Thornton, Director of the Energy Saving Trust, who deliver the Home Energy Scotland Hotline on behalf of the Scottish Government, added: “We have referred over 34,000 people for benefits checks and for those pensioners where the referral generates an increase in income, this averages 1,681 pounds per household. Coupled with an average reduction of 130 pounds in annual energy costs for those switching to social tariffs, receiving rebates or discounted rates, the one-stop shop through the Home Energy Scotland Hotline is continuing to help people most in need to save money.”
announced last week that more than 3,800 homes and businesses in Alva will have access to faster broadband by next summer. The Clackmannanshire town is among 47 Scottish communities – passing 186,000 premises – included in the latest roll-out plans for BT’s next generation broadband service delivered over copper lines. (A full list is at the end of this release.) The BT investment makes available broadband speeds of up to 20 megabits per second (Mbps) – more than double the maximum speeds previously available to the majority of UK homes and busi-
nesses. Today’s announcement means that the technology will be available to more than 1.5 million homes and businesses in Scotland by next summer – equivalent to about 72 per cent of all premises. The new next generation broadband network is available on an open, wholesale basis to all companies providing broadband services. This investment is in addition to BT’s on-going £2.5 billion UK roll-out of super-fast fibre-based broadband, which is expected to bring even faster speeds to two-thirds of UK premises by the end of 2014. Brendan Dick, director BT
Scotland, said: “BT’s roll-out of faster broadband across Scotland is gathering pace. Earlier this month we announced plans which will make super-fast, fibre-based broadband available to 695,500 homes and businesses by the end of next year. Now we are able to confirm a further major investment in faster broadband speeds over copper lines. “Nobody is doing more than BT to roll-out faster broadband across Scotland. At a time of economic uncertainty these major improvements will provide a big boost for Clackmannanshire businesses and offer many additional educational and entertainment opportunities for local households. “And we want to go further. We want to work with the public sector to find ways of bringing faster broadband to areas which are geographically and commercially more challenging.” Clackmannanshire Council leader Sam Ovens said: “The
Council very much welcomes this latest announcement from BT, and I’m sure our local business community will too. Faster broadband is going to play a key role in the future success of the region. In an increasingly competitive and technological world it is vital that local businesses and households have access to high-speed sophisticated communications. “Just like roads and railways, broadband is a vital part of the essential infrastructure of Scotland. I’d like to thank our business community who have played no small part in helping to deliver this project, and I’m absolutely delighted that all their efforts are now paying off.” David Watt, executive director, Institute of Directors Scotland, added: ““This is more good news from BT. Faster, next generation broadband is one of the fundamental building blocks which will play a pivotal part in growing the nation’s economy. It’s great to see the faster broadband footprint spreading across Scotland and in these tough economic times it gives Scottish businesses something to look forward to in the new year.”
Alison Mann My Christmas dinner triumph C hristmas is now, sadly over and almost a distant memory, however I am still feeling fat after my huge dinner! After worrying about cooking my first Christmas meal I have to say, I did alright (well in my opinion anyway). With help from my dad, who acted as sous chef and chopped up many carrots, onions and even made bread crumbs, I managed to put together a feast. Granted, I was cooking all day as I hadn’t organised my timing quite right and dinner was an hour late but at least everyone was hungry! I managed to whip up a delicious Lancashire Cheese and Onion Pie, and a Pecan
and Vegetable Loaf for the veggies. There wasn’t a collapsed pie or smooshy mushroom in sight. They loved their options. I also managed to cobble together some turkey, chipolatas, Brussels sprouts and yummy garlic roast potatoes. There was a minor hitch though, as we had no white pepper to hand, it meant the pie just “wouldn’t taste quite right” according to Simon Hopkins, but I don’t think the veggies noticed. After stuffing our faces we took a rest but were so full we didn’t even manage to fit in the fresh fruit and scone topping pie that was planned.
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I didn’t even get to eat the leftovers on Boxing Day as I spent the day on my boyfriend’s family’s farm in Dumfries which ended up in a fun but muddy dogwalking experience. I loved every moment of Christmas this year and will definitely be cooking dinner this year, hopefully improving on it.
Hope everyone has a very happy new year!
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What’s on in your weecounty
Alloa Writers: The Alloa Writers Club will be off until Monday, 9 January 2012. 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.
Community Council - The next Meeting will be held on Monday 9th January, 2012 at 7.00pm in Alva Baptist Church. Community Business will be discussed. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Community Council Agenda/ Minutes can be viewed at Alva Cap/Library or on line at www. alvacommunitycouncil.co.uk
Clackmannan Clackmannan Community Council: The next meeting will be held in Clackmannan CAP on Monday 16 January 2012 at 7om. All members of the public are welcome to attend. Clackmannan Parish Church of Scotland: On Saturday we
Coalsnaughton Burns Club: Cash bingo every Monday in the lounge. Contact 01259 750517. Eyes down at 8.15pm, finished by 9.45pm. 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 Coalsnaighton’s Community Cafe Society. If you have an hour or two to spare to help, please call into the hall. Telephone 01259 759099.
Dollar Dollar Bowling Club: Thanks to everyone who has supported the bingo teas. The bingo teas resume in 2012 on Monday 30 January at 7.30pm. Dollar Museum: The Museum shop has a great range of exclusive items which would make ideal Christmas gifts. Besides Christmas cards there are fridge magnets, coasters, key rings, mugs, tea towels and notepads. All are designed especially for Dollar Museum. The 2012 calendar has 12 colour photographs of local views and comes in a DVD-size box which, when open, sits on a desk or table. All these items can be sent easily by post. The Museum is open at weekends until Christmas - Saturdays 11 - 1 and 2 - 4.30 and Sundays 2 - 4.30. Entry is free and there
Fishcross Wee County Walkers: Why not join in the free walks led by the Wee County Walkers? Become fitter as you enjoy and easy interesting walk. For more information contact Jane on 01259 290316 or 07825 052677. Walks resume from Monday 9 January, weather permitting. Charity Shop: The Cats Protection charity shop in Alloa Road, Fishcross, is open on Saturday from 1pm to 4pm and Sunday from 1pm to 4pm selling good second hand clothing, brica-brac, books and new goods.
Muckhart Muckhart Quilters: The group meet on the first Tuesday of each month in the Coronation Hall from 7pm to 9pm. Contact Mavis 781473 or Sue 743226.
Kincardine Tulliallan and Kincardine Parish Church: The New Year’s Day service is at 10.30am and will be led by Rev. Douglas Aitken. Please note that there is no tea and coffee after the service. Next Choir practise Thursday 12 January. The Men’s Club resumes on Monday 9 January. Anyone requiring the services of a minister can contact Rev. Douglas Aitken on 01383 852730. The Guild resumes on Tuesday 10 January.
Menstrie Menstrie Pensioners Association: The Christmas Dance held on Friday 9 December was a very enjoyable evening enjoyed by 88 members and non-members. The next meeting will be a visit to Aladdin performed by Forefront Children’s theatre in Alloa Town Hall on Wednesday, 18 January. Menstrie Parish Church: The next Guild meeting is the
There are a limited number of tickets available for Tillicoultry Community Council’s Hogmanay Hoolie taking place in the Devonvale Hall. Tickets £10 each, this includes supper and live music from Darloch Ceilidh Band. For further information contact Robert – telephone 01259 751103. Devon Angling Association: The Annual General Meeting of the Devon Angling Association will take place at The Royal Arms, Tillicoultry, on Tuesday 10 January at 7.30pm. All members are invited to attend.
Tullibody Tullibody and Cambus Girlguiding: To join the leadership team. Contact AnnMargaret on 07908252104 or Girlguiding Clackmannanshire on 01259 211318.
OGMANA H Y IE Sauchie Hall 7pm till 1am
Alva Baptist Church: Coffee mornings are held in the church each Wednesday from 10am to 11.30am. Go and join them for a friendly chat over a hot drink and home baking.
New Zumba Fitness Class: The classes are held on Wednesdays in Maguire Gymnasium, Dollar Academy, from 8.15pm to 9.15pm. Call Irene on 07743785103.
Festive Dinner on Tuesday 17 January in the church hall at 6.30pm for 7pm. Anyone not paid their monies for the dinner (£10.50) should do so as soon as possible to Mrs Edna Crawford. Thanks to everyone who brought gifts of food for the Alloa Food Bank and those who assisted in any way with the hospitality during all the Services and activities leading up to Christmas. Rev Mairi Lovett conducted worship on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The New Year’s Day service will be at 11am.
Sunday night dance: Old time, modern and sequence dance will be held in Alloa Town Hall from now until April 15 2011 from 7pm for 7.30pm until 10.30pm. Admission is £5. On January 29, J Morgan’s Spicy Music will be providing the entertainment. Bring your own refreshments.
is still time to see this year’s exhibition on Farming.
remember 2011 as the year comes to a close at 6,30 pm in the Bruce Memorial Hall. Come along with your favourite hymn that may have inspired or comforted you this year and share it with us. On Sunday welcome the New Year at 11.00 am. in the church.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.
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New Year hangover
lcohol sales go through drinking and not cola or coffee, the roof at New Year as do which might make you feel better the number of people suffering for a short time but the caffeine from hangovers. Here, we within them will only lead to It’s that time of year again. When you have to decide explore the cures some more more dehydration. A glass of fruit how to use than up allothers the stuff cluttering upcould the freezer scientific that could juice help to replace the before you hitofthe shops for and Christmas essentials like big rid revellers their nausea vitamins the body has lost and bags of ice forthe allmorning your drinks!! kidding, bottom headaches after Onlythe natural my sugars in the juice freezer drawer is always full of ice.would ☺ One thing I love the night before. boost your energy levels ridyou yourwould body of toxins. about Christmas is that you buy andand eathelp stuff AVOID, AVOID, AVOID!at any other time of year. Which normally never have It may sound dullI need to some but nutcracker. HAIR OF(No THEjokes DOG reminds me that a new the best way to cure a hangover Some people swear by a about Karen or Paula please Ed!) heehee. If like me you is to avoid getting one in the Bloody Mary or a pint of beer are expecting some visitors over the festive season, then first place by not drinking at the morning after the night here few ideas for some tasty canapés. Most be all.aAlternatively, theres a few before, but whilecan drinking made in you advance, make you seem like the hostess things could do before going another alcoholic with drink in the theout mostest really leave shop to makeand the morning after the freezer morning maybought seem to improve a ones standing. Anyas sandwich shapes a a temporary a little easier, such eating a cut into hangover, thiswith is just heartycookie meal tocutter slow down alcohola winner. effect and is only postponing the festive is always absorption, or eating full fat misery. It actually stops the liver yoghurt to give the stomach a processing alcohol thats already protectivePuds lining. in your system, so the levels of Yorkshire You made could also a milk thistle metabolic poisons created when Ready smalltake Yorkshire supplement, known as silymarin, your body processes alcohol puddings tocooked protectthinly the liver from damage. temporarily drops. Then they rise Cold sliced roast beef Vitamin Bsauce and C(optional) supplements again even further as the new Horseradish could prepare your body for alcohol, on top of the old, starts Gravy what it is about to lose and will being processed again. speed up thegood rate quality that thegravy liver Make up some alcohol. RAWlast EGGS mixprocesses or like methe defrost some you made with weeks roast Raw eggs saidoftogravy be a dinner. Place some beef, ¼ tsp of horseradish and are a tbsp intoWATER each pudding. Alternatively you cancommon use roasthangover pork andcure because Much of the pain of a hangover of their and antioxidant apple sauce or chicken and stuffing.is Reheat in aprotein hot oven 190c by dehydration, so drink content, but many people find for caused about 10-12 min. water before you go to bed and they just increase the feeling of again when you get up. However, nausea. Mini Bruschetta make sure its water youre If you think you could stomach Toast
raw eggs, heres a cocktail to try: THE VIRGIN FOGCUTTER * teaspoon Worcestershire sauce * drop Tabasco * raw egg * teaspoon lemon juice * salt and pepper to taste Mix together and drink LIGHTEN UP Avoid drinks that contain large amounts of congeners - the toxic chemicals that are formed during the fermentation of alcohol - as these tend to cause more severe hangovers. Generally, congeners are found in dark-coloured drinks such as red wine, brandy, and port. Also, drink water or soft drinks between each alcoholic tipple,
Garlic cloves Fresh chopped tomatoes with seeds removed Fresh mozzarella Basil leaves
which will make you consume less booze and automatically reduce the severity of your hangover. FULL ENGLISH BREAKFAST The sheer number of calories in a full English will help to give the body a much-needed energy boost. Eggs and meat are rich in the amino acid cysteine, which is thought to be good at clearing out toxins. However, it will also contain a lot of fat that would not be good for you if eaten too often.
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Cheese cut into cubes Can of pineapple chunks Cocktail sticks
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Mini mincemeat puffs
Jar of good quality mincemeat Pack of all butter puff pastry Beaten egg Sugar
Using a fancy shape cut out the pastry. Add a tsp of mincemeat and using the beaten egg as a glue top with another shape. Prod with a fork to make steam holes. Brush with the beaten egg and sprinkle with sugar before baking in a hot oven 190-200c for 15-20 min until well risen golden and crispy. Have a bowl of whipped cream or a jug of single cream on the side.
Well folks take care, have a good one and see you all in the New Year Name: .................................................................. T:. ............................................ Love Susie xx Address:.....................................................................................................................
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Feng-shui your love life A
re you stuck in a love rut? If you’ve been single for some time or your current relationship is going nowhere, try looking around your home for the answers. It may sound daft, but according to the ancient Chinese practice of Feng Shui, your love life can be turned around with a few simple changes to your bedroom. Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese practice believed to utilize the laws of both heaven (astronomy) and earth (geography) to help one improve life by receiving positive Chi or positive energy. A key element of Feng Shui is creating a smooth flow of Chi through your space. When it is blocked, the energy becomes stagnant and you are likely to feel blocked in life, and your enthusiasm for matters of the heart will be low. Balancing and correcting the chi of your bedroom could help to rectify this and bring your relationship back to life. Stephanie Roberts, Feng Shui expert and author of the Fast Feng Shui book series has provided some quick and easy ways to enhance your love life by improving the energy of your home. MAKE ROOM FOR LOVE If you want to attract a new
romantic partner or move a casual relationship closer to commitment make sure there is space for that person in your home. Look at your closets, shelves and dressers, especially in the bedroom. If they are all filled to capacity with your own stuff, make clearing some room for your current or future partner a priority. When you are done, take a moment to visualize your loved one’s belongings finding a home there. DE-CLUTTER YOUR BEDROOM When your bedroom is cluttered and untidy, the energy in there will be low and slow. Clutter is a sure sign that Chi is stuck, so roll up your sleeves and clean the place up if you want to jump-start your love life. Ring a bell, shake a rattle, or clap your hands loudly around the room to clear out old, stale energy. DON’T WORK OUT IN THE BEDROOM When you exercise in the bedroom, or store your sports equipment there, you bring the energy of hard work and exertion into your romance space. Do you want your relationship to feel like a tough workout? If not, move your workout stuff somewhere else and your relationship is likely to move
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REMOVE OLD RELATIONSHIP ENERGY Go through your home - especially your bedroom - and remove anything that reminds you of past failed relationships. This could be an ex-boyfriend’s old sweater you find in the cupboard, photographs of you with a previous partner or even a gift that reminds you of a giver with whom you are no longer in love. REMOVE NEGATIVE IMAGERY The images with which you surround yourself can have a powerful effect on your love life. Feng Shui clients who complain of difficulty finding romance have often surrounded themselves with images of a person alone. Inappropriate imagery includes anything that represents solitude, loneliness, aggression, hard work, conflict, or disagreement in any way. OPEN THE DOOR TO LOVE. Make sure both the front door of your home and the door to your bedroom open easily and completely. Doors that stick, squeak, or only open part way are blocking the flow of romantic energy and opportunity into your home.
Feng Shui your bedroom to invite love into your life. MOVE YOUR BED If one side of your bed is against the wall, the person who sleeps on that side may feel confined or disempowered in the relationship. If possible, place the bed so there is equal space on either side, so you and your partner can find equal enjoyment in the relationship. The ideal position of the bed will be on the opposite side of the room from the door, but not directly in line with it.
BRING ROMANTIC CHI INTO THE BEDROOM If possible place romantic imagery on the wall opposite the foot of the bed (where you naturally look when lying in bed), and whatever area of the room you first see when you enter. Beautiful, romantic artwork is always good, as are fresh flowers and anything in pairs (such as birds, cherubs, candles, or decorative pillows).
Short Bread - Perfect for Hogmanay
Finn Age: 2 and a bit years
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PET of the week
Finn was rescued after being abandoned in a boarded up house in Ireland. He was on ‘death row’ in a pound in Ireland when he was brought here to be fostered by Karen Connal, only to discover she was rubbish at fostering and he is now a permanent member of the Connal family. He has since gone on to compete in CaniX at Crufts and is excelling in the agility ring.
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A quick and irresistibly, delicious Shortbread recipe. Shortbread is eaten around Christmas time and is part of a traditional Scottish New Year. Although, it is just too good for once a year, why not eat it year round? The success of a ‘shortie’ as shortbread is also known is to handle the dough with care. Do not pound or knead heavily, and make sure your hands and the dishes you use are cold. The resulting shortbread will then be be light and crumbly with a dense buttery taste. Choose the method you prefer for ‘rolling’ out the dough. You can either roll with a pin, or press directly into a tin or a shortbread mould if you have one. • Prep Time: 20 minutes • Cook Time: 25 minutes • Depending on method up to: 45 minutes • Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes Ingredients: • 2 ¼ sticks/225g butter • Tiny pinch of salt • ½ cup/110g fine/caster sugar , plus extra for sprinkling • 2 cups/225g all-purpose/plain flour, plus extra for dusting • 3 ½ oz/100g cornstarch / cornflour
Preparation: Preheat the oven to 325°F/170°C/Gas Mark 3. In a large bowl cream together the butter, salt and sugar. until light and fluffy and pale in colour. This can take at least 10 minutes. Alternatively use a food mixer. Mix together the flour and cornstarch and sieve into the bowl of butter and sugar. Mix quickly and thoroughly to bring all the ingredients together but do not over mix. Tip the mixture onto a lightly floured work surface and bring knead lightly and quickly to form a loose dough. then either: Roll out the dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper to ¼”/1 cm thick. Prick the surface all over with a fork. Cut
into desired shape or rounds using cookie cutters. Place the shortbreads on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake for 25 mins or until pale brown and crisp. Sprinkle the warm shortbreads with fine sugar and leave to cool on a wire cooling rack. Grease a Swiss roll tin 9” x 13”/23 x 33cm with butter. Press the dough into the tin and press with your fingers to level the surface, prick all over with a fork. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes or until golden brown. With the shortbread still in the tin, cut into squares or fingers, leave to cool for 15 minutes then carefully remove to a wire cooling rack. Store in an airtight tin or box.
Date posted 02 December 2011 Pension details No details held Description A cleaning operative is required to work in a busy retail shop. Experience is preferred and must be able to work on your own initiative, candidates must be able to start work immediately. How to apply You can apply for this job by sending a CV/written application to Michelle Dixon at Platinum Environmental and Hygiene Ltd, mdixon@ platinumenvironmentalgb.co.uk. Employer Platinum Environmental and Hygiene Ltd
a high standard of cleanliness and hygiene within the Care Centre, whilst ensuring a safe, comfortable environment at all times.Daily Cleaning:-Empty waste bins and wipe out-Vacuum throughout.-Shake out cushions.-Clean dining rooms / lounges / lavatories.-Clean taps and sinks.-Clean soap dishes.-Clean toothbrush holder s.-Spot clean all floorings. Weekly Cleaning: -Polish all mirrors-Clean all pipework in lavatories.-Dust handrails and radiators.- Successful applicants are required to provide an enhanced disclosure. Disclosure expense will be met by applicant. Job Reference: HCO31873 How to apply You can apply for this job by sending a CV/written application to Southern Cross Healthcare at HC-1, jobs.83735.776@hcone. aplitrak.com. Employer HC-1
Door to Door Sales Person Job No: ALL/22961 SOC Code: 7121 Wage ÂŁ12,500 PER ANNUM Hours 40 HOURS PER WEEK, MONDAY-FRIDAY, 12PM-8PM WITH BREAK Location Alloa, Clackmannanshire FK10 Duration Permanent Date posted 08 December 2011 Pension details No details held Description The ideal candidate will be motivated and driven to hit and exceed achievable targets. You will also be customer focused. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone wanting to build their sales skills into a career within a progressive and established multinational market leader. Ideally you will either have some sales experience or a military, authorities background and eager to move into a sales career. Full driving licence is essential. This is a rewarding door to door sales role where you will be provided all of the necessary tools and technology to achieve great results. You will be advising potential customers on the benefits and savings available for them when switching to a competitive package for their home energy, as well as providing solutions for them to save on their usage. Employer states OTE ÂŁ29,972.00 or call Kevin on 0191 230 3947 How to apply You can apply for this job by sending a CV/written application to Kevin Tinkler at Prime Time Recruitment, firstname.lastname@example.org. Employer Prime Time Recruitment
Kitchen Assistant Job No: ALL/22980 SOC Code: 9233 Wage ÂŁ12646.40 per annum Hours Days & hours to be agreed Location Alloa, Clackmannanshire FK10 Duration Permanent Date posted 19 December 2011 Closing date 02 January 2012 Pension details No details held Description Kitchen assistant required to assist in organising and controlling the efficient and economic production of quality food within the allowed budget, whilst maintaining high standards of cleanliness and hygiene. Job Reference: HCO31874 How to apply You can apply for this job by sending a CV/written application to jobs at HC-1, email@example.com. Employer HC-1 Cleaning Operative Job No: ALL/22942 Employer Reference: Sterling Mills SOC Code: 9233 Wage ÂŁ7.50 Per Hour Hours 12 hours over 5 days Location Sterling Mills, Tillicoultry FK13 Duration Temporary
Assistant Manager/Manageress Job No: ALL/22954 SOC Code: 1163 Wage ÂŁ6.50 PER HOUR
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2) BMW X5 – when this car launched back in 2001 it really did shake up the premium SUV market. And, you could argue that it is the best in its class – picking up many awards in its time. The new model was launched in 2007 but we found a 2002 (02) plate 3.0i Sport X5 with 95,000 miles for sale at £9,500. New, it would have cost in the region of £35,000 with the new model starting from £40,000.
3) Mercedes M Class – Mercedes were early entrants into the premium SUV market and wanted to offer their customers a luxury SUV and take on Land Rover. One thing about the ML is that they generally were well equipped, but really did lack on ride quality. They changed it back in 2005 with the all new M-Class, but we found a 2003 (03) Facelift ML320, 102,000 miles for just £7,495. This car would have been around £33,000 new.
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4) Lexus RX300– It is well known that when you buy a Lexus – you buy Japanese precision engineering and is highly unlikely to break down! The RX300 was a new and bold step for Lexus back in 2003 – and actually won over many of those who doubted it. Fully loaded and offered rear reversing cameras to help you park. Luxury motoring indeed. We found a 2003 (03) RX300, 100k for £7,995. New this would be around £34,000.
5) Volkswagen Touareg - The Touareg was something different, introduced in 2003, a first for VW, it sold pretty well. For some bizarre reason VW decided to launch with a 5.0 V10 Diesel engine – great performance but somewhat thirsty! With VW you know what you are paying for – excellent, reliable build quality. We found a 2003 (03) 5.0 V10 Diesel Touareg for £10,995. This would have cost around £45,000 new.
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CAPTAINS MEETING The first meeting of the new year will be held in the Oakwood on Tues Jan 10th with a 7 30pm start , Names & Fees for the Ladies & Gents County Doubles will be taken £5 per pair plus £4 league fees. Tenders will also be taken for the Wee County News Cup and the County Doubles.
ALLOA MASTERS FINALS The Masters Finals will be held again in Alloa Town Hall on Friday Aug 17th, Pro Players Gary Anderson , Darryl Fittion & the bad boys of Darts Ted Hankey & Paul Nicolson will take on 4 qualifiers for the title. Organizer Davie Hanson said this week that more than half the venue had already sold out as ticket sales from all over the UK have went crazy for this one ! Any Tables or Tickets that have been booked must be paid by the end of Jan 2012 Tel 07872078715
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he latest race in the Central Athletic Club Cross Country Series on the morning of Saturday 17 December saw an almost doubling of numbers from previous fields as the athletes made light of the frost bound conditions. As the race unfolded it was Under 15’s Aidan Cameron and Iain Davies who raced stride for stride at the front of the field. A slight mix-up on the final turn caused some confusion but didn’t seem to overly disturb either of these talented athletes and it was Aidan who prevailed in 5min 3secs as Iain eased off near the line (5.10). It was good to
see Lewis Hetman contesting the event, coming home in a more than useful 5.26, a few strides ahead of Under 13 Andrew Quinn (5.27) with Ewan Randfield (5.29), Lewis Strachan (5.36), Rory Strachan (5.38), Gary MacFarlane (5.40) and Scott Fleming (5.41) also finishing strongly. Campbell McNicol (5.50) also looked good as he held off Ben Parkinson (5.51) while there was also some quality running from Ross Hutchison (6.03), Lewis Stewart (6.05) and James Thomson (6.06). Thomas Hanson (6.07) and Neils Gouw (6.08) showed great character with their runs
Christmas Race C
entral Athletic Club’s eagerly awaited Christmas Handicap was held around the traditional two and a half mile course at the University of Stirling on the evening of 22nd December. For once the conditions were excellent, far from the icy problems of recent years. This is one of Central’s most competitive events with the runners vying all the way round the winding course with concern of swifter athletes sweeping past. Winner of the handicap was the lively Gillian Kernochan with Jonathon Barlow in second, having closed in throughout. Gordon Milne, Colin Sinclair, Ainsley Normand, David Lindsay, Cameron Campbell, Lynsey Millard, John Millar and Ian McDonald all came through in close order to
make up the top ten. Top times on the night came from Alex Hendry with an excellent 12min 14secs in 14th overall. Alistair Hay is coming back to fitness and form and here ran 12min 39secs ahead of gutsy runs from Michael Wright (13.19), Under 20 Scott Green (13.20) and Andrew Butchart (13.29). Jennifer Emsley underlined her recent form as fastest female (15min 1sec) ahead of Under 20 Catriona Buchanan (15.36), Jennifer Hutchison (16.17) and Ainsley Normand (16.34) while Under 17 Emily Greenan won the Junior prize with 16.45. In a quality Masters competition Alex Milne took the honours with 15.05 ahead of Liam McCabe (15.34), Roger Greenaway (16.00), Robert Hutchison (16.15) and Simon Barlow (16.22).
while Calum Findlay (6.19), Michael Hewitt (6.26), Comhnall Ferguson (6.33), Craig Agnew (6.38), Jonathon Hanson (6.39), Jonathon Kerr (6.46), Ruari Doherty (6.49), Thomas Robertson (6.51), Ross Mason (6.52), Stephen Gallagher (6.57), Jack Thomson (6.58), Josh McArdle (7.03), Ross MacKinlay (7.03) and Kyle Howie (7.04) all underlined their potential as they raced home. Anthony Eckersley (7.22) stuck well to his task with Scott Gracie (7.38), Callum Peebles (7.43), Stuart Thomson (7.51), Tom Roberts (8.07) and yet another Stuart Thomson (8.15) all striving
hard throughout. Under 13 Girl Catriona Laing caught the eye with a mature run to win the Girls race in 5min 36secs ahead of Kate Gallagher and Roisin Bonucchi, both 5.43. Evie Gallagher (5.53), Eilidh Russell (5.55), Jenny Walls and Beth Gallagher, both 5.56, came through in close order just ahead of another strong effort from Heather Scott (6.01). Jane Brisbane and Shannon MacFarlane crossed the line together in 6.07 ahead of solid runs from Helen Mitchell (6.31), Lauryn Turnbull (6.36), Pippa Samphier (6.38) and Skye Henderson (6.39). Sophie
Rose (6.55), Sian ScottAngell (7.05), Darcy Baxter (7.12), Ellie Bryce (7.15) and Elizabeth Winton (7.20) came through in style with Amy Peebles (7.40), Kirsty Reay (7.43), Rena Fleming (7.48), Aithne Lawrence (7.48), Sophie Poulter (8.11), Alison Mitchell (8.13) and Ellie Thomson (8.33) all racing for the line. With numbers flowing through there was great effort all round but some missed times and places from Eve Cairney, Catherine Abbess, Ariane Nelmes, Freya Poulter, Eve Ogilvie, Charlie Gallagher, Claudia Price, Ben Greengrass and Ben Petrie.
Boxing day racing at Gartmorn T
here was an excellent turn out for Central Athletic Club’s Boxing Day Outing at Gartmorn Dam, Sauchie. With the majority of athletes opting for a long training run to ease the Christmas indulgences, it was again left to the Club’s youngsters to continue the traditional Race around the Dam. With extreme winds it was never going to be a day for records but Jack Kerr proved his
resilience in the tough conditions to cover the three miles in a tasty 18min 55secs. Ben Parkinson overcame the challenge in 21.14 followed by a strong run from Skye Henderson (22.06). Ross McCorgray ran strongly throughout to finish with 23.49 followed to the line by Alana Henderson with Jenny Walls (24.20) and Sandy Holl (24.41) in close pursuit. Jenny Holl picked herself up from an early fall to finish in 28.55 just ahead of Darcy Edwards (29.08).
MANAGER’S COMMENTS Alloa Manager Paul Hartley: “The first half we were tremendous today, I said at half time although we were 1-0 in front, Elgin City were still very much in the game. “We came out in the second half and were terrific again, some of our football was great , good goals, and I was pleased with the overall performance, even after going down to ten men again, our goalkeeper makes a great save from the resultant penalty kick. “We then seen the game out which is pleasing and more importantly this was a great result for us. “We go top of the league which is good for the club and reward for the players but there is a long way to go, a lot of hard work to
be done, the players have worked ever so hard to get to this position – so we must keep it going and maintain the standards which we have set. “We are there just now but we know there is a chasing pack and we will hope to stay there. “We know we have great spirit and commitment, the players work ever so hard for each other, Stevie May up front was absolutely different class, he ran his socks off, but it was a team performance in which there was not one failure and that was pleasing.”
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Wasps look for ‘Shire win
IRN BRU DIV 3 RESULTS SATURDAY, 24 Dec 2011 Annan Athletic 2 Berwick 2 Watson (18) Gibson (og 77) Harty (41) Gribben (82)
s Alloa head over the water to play East Stirling next week, they will be without Ben Gordon who will sit out a two game ban due to him being sent off against Elgin. Fraser Forrest will come into the side, and Steve Masterson will be looking for a starting place after coming on as a sub. Robbie Winters will also be looking for a starting position as he has found himself on the bench as of late. The ‘shire caused a big upset recently at the Recs as they held Alloa to a draw, with the Wasps goal coming very late on. Despite being firmly rooted to the bottom of the league, it will be a hard match that the Wasps need to win to keep the pressure on in the race for the Third Division title. Kick off at Ochilview is 3pm.
MANAGER’S COMMENTS Elgin City Manager, Ross Jack: “We got beaten by the better team they took their chances, but I think we can still be in the promotion hunt come May but we have to be better than today.”
Queen’s Park 2 East Stirling 0 Watt (38) Smith (67) MONDAY, 26 Dec 2011 Alloa 3 Elgin 0 Docherty (16) Cawley (59) Ry McCord (90+2) Clyde 1 Neill (28)
Stranraer 1 Grehan (18)
Peterhead 2 Strachan (74) Bavidge (90+4)
Montrose 3 Strachan (og 15) McGowan (62) Crawford (90+2)
Fixtures: SATURDAY, 31 Dec 2011 Stranraer v Annan Athletic MONDAY, 2 Jan 2012 Berwick v Montrose Clyde v Queen’s Park East Stirling v Alloa Peterhead v Elgin
Irn Bru Division 3: League Table ALLOA STRANRAER ANNAN ATHLETIC QUEEN’S PARK BERWICK ELGIN CLYDE MONTROSE PETERHEAD EAST STIRLING
Pld W 17 5 17 5 16 6 16 4 17 3 14 5 16 3 16 3 16 1 17 2
D 3 2 2 3 2 1 2 1 3 2
L 0 2 1 1 3 1 3 3 4 5
W 4 4 3 3 3 1 2 2 1 0
D 3 2 2 1 3 3 4 1 1 1
L GD Pts 2 6 33 2 19 31 2 9 31 4 4 25 3 3 23 3 6 22 2 4 21 6 -11 17 6 -11 10 7 -29 9
weecounty sport WEE COUNTY DARTS UPDATE Alloa Elgin City
GREAT WIN PUTS ALLOA TOP
he boxing day fixture list threw up a home tie for the Wasps against the last team to beat them, Elgin City. Alloa were looking for revenge as Elgin thumped them 5-0 in the Highlands in what was a bad day at the office. Since then, the Wasps have gone 8 games unbeaten in the league and still maintain their unbeaten at home status. Manager Paul Hartley added Steve Masterton who was back after his injury and Fraser Forrest to the Alloa bench. Loan signings Steven May and Kevin McHattie, both who have been in fine form since arriving at the Recs, both kept their place in the starting line up. Robbie Winters also found himself on the bench. Alloa had the better of the early play and you could see that the Wasps were up for the challenge. The visitors did force a good save from Bain from a corner as the keeper managed to get a hand on the ball pushing the ball to safety. May was starting to come into the game and was beginning to irritate the Elgin defenders with his weaving across the pitch, full of energy. Defender Gordon pulled off a good block moments before Mark Docherty put Alloa ahead on the 16th minute. A good run and cross from the right by Ryan McCord found Docherty at the back post, and from
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Wasps Chairman Mike Mulraney takes to the pitch after the floodlight failure 12 yards shot high into the net past Clark, sending the home crowd wild. Alloa had a very good spell and could have added more, only to be denied by the Elgin keeper Clark. He saved well from Cawley’s efforts as the Wasps piled on the pressure. It really should have been two-nil in the 25th min but Cawley saw his net bound shot tipped onto the bar by Clark. Elgin’s top scorer Craig Gunn nearly brought his side back into the game as he rattled the bar with a long range effort in the 32nd minute. Minutes later, Gunn had a good chance from a free kick but could not find the target. The Wasps went in at half time
one in front after a very entertaining first half. Alloa came out for the second half full of running and were denied again by an inform Clark. May’s effort was pushed over the bar by the goalkeeper. Alloa eventually added to their tally on the 59th minute. Cawley collected the knock down from May and the Wasps top scorer saw his shot slip through Clark’s hands in the visitors goal from 15 yardsmuch to the fury of the goalkeeper for a schoolboy error. The game was to come to light in the 65 min when referee Robertson awarded Elgin a spot kick after a challenge by Ben Gordon on
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sub Paul Miller. The official must have deemed it as a goal scoring opportunity and red carded the centre half. Bain was to become a hero saving the spot kick from Crooks, turning it past the post, keeping the Wasps two goal advantage intact. It was a big turning point in the game as Elgin seem to lose heart and it was Alloa who could have been three up in the 73rd min, May raced clear but his shot was well saved by Clark. Alloa’s titles hopes were left in the dark after the floodlights failed in the 75th minute and the referee brought the match to a halt. Chairman Mike Mulraney was down
on the pitch assuring the officials that the lights would be back up and running. Within minutes the lights where fully working again and the match resumed. Alloa secured the victory as they went three up as the match approached stoppage time. May chased down a long ball from Young as he went head on with Clark who was rushing out of his box. The clearance fell to Ryan McCord 18 yards out and he rolled the ball into the empty net. It was the least the home side deserved as it one of their best displays of the season and one that took the wasps two points clear at the top.
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