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damning report that criticises historic staffing levels and caseloads of Clackmannanshire council’s Childcare services, highlights significant shortcomings in the ability of the Council to fulfill its role. An independent review of the childcare services at Clacks was previously agreed by the current Administration in an attempt to highlight just how bad previous staffing

and caseload figures were. The findings of the report formed the basis of a special meeting called by Council Leader Gary Womersley whereby it was agreed that significant investment was badly needed. The report found that the shortcomings had been the result of previous budget cuts within social services that has seen a “real terms reduction” of £127,000 since 2008/09 relative to Scotland. It highlighted that childcare spend in Clackmannanshire was less than the national average and child protection

figures in the Wee County were in the top two areas in Scotland over the past three years. This was double the rate for Glasgow over the same period. To make matters worse, the report found that childcare services in Clackmannanshire was historically ‘significantly under resourced’. Worryingly for the council, the report highlighted that the staffing shortfalls and previous budget cuts presented a potential corporate risk which required immediate and significant investment to ensure that

the council properly carries out its statutory duties, effectively protects children and meets its duties of care as an employer. Therefore, it was relative good news when it was agreed that significant additional investment in childcare services would be given the go ahead at a special council meeting last week. Under-capacity at the front line was highlighted as a general issue in the independent review, was considered by the Council in June and an exercise has now been completed

to quantify that, which has resulted in £700,000 investment in the service, in addition to sums previously committed by the current Administration earlier in the year. Council Leader Gary Womersley said: “This Administration has ensured that a whole root and branch investigation has taken place into the failings previously discussed at Special Council meetings. There have been significant investigations into the issues raised by both the Sheriff in his note and subsequently by continued on page 9

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Jackie, Alloa Dear weecounty It was nice to see an event being held that enabled all walks of life coming together and getting along. Children mixing together is something that needs to happen a lot more and to see an event like this doing this it is fantastic. Children getting involved in sport is another issue and seeing them enjoying themselves and talking to other people, as well as learning, it really does show that this can happen and that is does make a difference.

Dear weecounty Clackmannan Community Council was dissolved recently and I would like to take this opportunity to put pen to paper in recognition of the community spirit, dedication and commitment shown by all past and more recent members. Several of the Community Councillors who felt that it was time to step down have many years of service under their belt, and we owe them our thanks for striving to represent the village interests during that time. Having been a Community Councillor in Clackmannan myself for several years, I remember some of the many achievements, such as the installation of automatic doors for the village health centre, and the very successful Christmas parties that were enjoyed by our pensioners year upon year. Every battle couldn’t be won of course, but the Community Council tried their best. Now we have fresh hopes that the Community Cuncil will reconvene and I would encourage Clackmannan residents to consider being part of this.

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Cllr. Kathleen Martin Clackmannanshire East Dear weecounty Last Thursday a Special Meeting was held for councillors to discuss the way forward for Childcare Services in Clackmannanshire. The purpose of the meeting was to inform councillors about under-capacity issues in the service, to put forward proposals for approval that would make the service the best-resourced and financed in Scotland, and to bring councillors up to date with ongoing activity. There are areas of council business that should remain sacrosanct and free from any attempts for political gain. Childcare services is one such area - for the simple reason there is no room for it - the focus should be wholly on the vulnerable, without political distraction. Sadly, Thursday’s meeting, instead of being about 18 councillors working together to make Clackmannanshire Childcare Services better, it was used as a political football by Councillor Womersley and his group to attach blame to an individual councillor, having consistently refused to allow proper investigation into the situation and stifling any attempts made by Councillor Cadenhead to enter into discussion. The notice of censure against Councillor Cadenhead was put forward in a cowardly and underhanded way which served no other purpose than to drive a wedge between the political parties at a time when we should all have been coming together to ensure that the huge investment being put into childcare was used to best effect to protect the children and keep them from harm. Regardless of the above, we will continue to work together with all parties to support the new management and staff and in all circumstances put the needs and the future of the children first - you don’t play political games with vulnerable children. The Labour Group Clackmannanshire Council

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Dear weecounty Reading the front page came as a shock to me that any mother could be that careless to their child. Mothers are meant to do anything for their children and for this woman to drop her child on its head at such a young age id disgusting. That child could have been injured a lot worse, but it is thankful that the child is okay. This woman should feel terrible for what she has done and she was lucky that she was warned because if it was me I would have given her a horrible sentence. The justice system is all wrong.

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On Thursday 11th October Melissa (nee Williams aged 26 years, dearly beloved wife of Michael, mum of Kyan and dearly loved daughter of Petrina suddenly passed away after a short illness at Forth Valley royal hospital. Funeral service will take place at Devonvale Hall Tillicoultry on Friday 19th October at 11am to which all are welcome. Cremation thereafter is private. Family request no floral tributes but a retrial collection will be taken on the day for neo-natal unit at F.V.R.H. In Larbert. Melissa’s favourite colour was purple. She will be sadly missed by all family and friends.

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Former leader criticised Third eco flag for Claremont primary by her ‘colleagues’ School delighted with flag success

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here was cause for celebration last week at Claremont Primary School as they have gained a remarkable third Green Flag from Eco Schools Scotland. They were awarded with their first Green Flag in June 2008, and their efforts were rewarded with a second in May 2010. Now the school have achieved the fantastic distinction of a third. Head Teacher at Claremont Primary School, Kay Strang, said: “Everyone at Claremont has been working hard on our three eco topics – litter, saving energy and health. “Children took part in lots of activities to promote saving energy and reducing our energy bills. We had health themes throughout the year including ‘Jump Rope for Heart’ and encouraging everyone to bring healthy snacks and understand the importance of a balanced diet and keeping fit.”

The school’s Eco Committee shared their work at a whole school assembly and published it on their Eco school web page. They have also collected lots of photographs to evidence all the Eco activities they take part in throughout the year. Convener of Education, Councillor Ellen Forson said: “Being an Eco school is very important to everyone at Claremont Primary and we are really delighted they have

gained their third flag. It is a tremendous achievement and something everyone at the school should be very proud of.” Claremont Primary School are not prepared to sit back and take the plaudits, far from it. They have already started work on their Eco audit and will soon decide on their next topics to continue to be an Eco school and gain a remarkable fourth flag.

Firework display set to go off with a BANG

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Motion of Censure, thought to be the first of its type made by Clackmannanshire Council, was passed in respect of what were deemed to be failures of Cllr. Janet Cadenhead (pictured right). It was deemed that the cllr had failed deliver on her political responsibilities in her previous roles as former Council Leader/relevant portfolio holder despite having given assurances as far back as 2007 that previously identified failings would be addressed. Indeed, despite these assurances staff and budget levels decreased against a backdrop of ever-increasing workloads. Speaking of the motion of censure passed by council last week, current Council Leader, Cllr. Gary Womersley commented; “Council heard today that despite the former

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Council Leader and portfolio holder Cllr. Janet Cadenhead, having given assurances that previously identified and externally criticised failings of child services having been made as far back as 2007 would be remedied, what actually happened was that budgets and staffing levels were cut in the face of doubling demand on services. “This state of affairs was reported to Council as presenting significant corporate risk for years to come and that in effect the former administration had been failing in its carrying out of statutory duties, the protecting of children and also in its duty of care to staff. “This has the potential to see the Council facing

huge claims being made against it for years to come due to the sheer magnitude of these failings. Against this backdrop, the unprecedented censure for Cllr. Cadenhead for failing in her political responsibilities seems entirely appropriate.” Labour Group Leader Bobby McGill said; “We are disgusted by this action. Cllr Cadenhead has offered to assist and be part of any investigation. It would appear that she has been made scape goat from a party that is more interested in putting politics before the interests of our children.”

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is ran successfully and safely, with all the money raised going to Clackmannanshire charities and other good causes. This year Elvis Impersonator Johnny Lee Memphis is headlining the main stage. Clackmannanshire based Johnny has a massive global following after winning “Best

Vegas Elvis 2008” and by singing at various events throughout the UK and Europe. Children will also be entertained prior to the fireworks by a fire juggler and children’s entertainer. Park gates will open at 5:45pm with entertainment starting at 6pm.

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Your views sought on changing nursery proposed plans to change Ladywell nursery classes

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lackmannanshire Council is seeking views on Ladywell Nursery becoming a nursery class of St Serf’s Primary School. Managing nurseries and primary schools together makes the move from nursery to school easier for

children and supports continuity of learning for 3-6 year olds. The Council has already moved two nurseries into nursery classes within primary schools and inspections have shown that the quality of early years education has been sustained and built on.

The proposals would keep the number of nursery places the same and keep the same staff. The nursery would remain in its current building and be managed by the headteacher of St Serf’s Primary. Education Convenor Councillor Ellen Forson, said “Ladywell Nursery

Council seeks to enhance local influence in new police and fire services structure

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lackmannanshire Council wants to ensure that its voice will be heard once the single national police and fire services are introduced next year. Councillors agreed at last week’s Council meeting to write to the Acting Chief Constable saying that the preferred approach to area policing is to have a senior officer dedicated to Clackmannanshire to ensure that the there is a strong focus on local needs and priorities. Councillor Les Sharp said: “This Council hopes that police and fire reform will offer Clackmannanshire the best of both worlds, with a strong local focus as well as greater strategic capacity and flexibility of

resource deployment.” It is anticipated that there will be a Chief Inspector dedicated to Clackmannanshire and also a more senior officer who will work across a number of local council areas. In addition, as part of the new arrangements, there will be local policing and fire plans for Clackmannanshire which will have to be agreed with the Council and which the Council will play a key role in monitoring. Councillor Sharp added: “Through the arrangements this Council intends to put in place to scrutinise the performance of police and fire services, there will be much greater accountability than ever before.”

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has an excellent reputation and already works closely with St Serf’s Primary School. Changing the nursery to become St Serf’s Primary School Nursery Class will allow us to build on this good work with the same dedicated staff, supporting improved transition for children moving from

nursery to primary education.” The consultation will run from Monday 22nd October until Friday 7th December and will be available online. A public meeting will also be held on Tuesday 27th November. Please see ClacksWeb for more information.

Plan in place for a better Clackmannanshire

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Corporate Plan, which sets out the Council’s vision and priorities for the next five years, was adopted at today’s Council meeting. 

 The draft plan, called ‘Taking Clackmannanshire Forward’, was subject to consultation with the public, partners and other stakeholders during September. 

 The overall vision contained within the plan is: 

Better services 
Better opportunities 
Better communities. 

 Council Leader Gary Womersley said: “This aspirational plan clearly sets out this Council’s priorities for the years ahead. Having a clear direction and strong focus for Council services is even more important in a financial climate such as present. We need to make sure that we tar38 Primrose Street, Alloa FK10 1JG

get resources in the most effective way possible and our communities are a vital component in this regard.

 “Whether its educational attainment initiatives, better housing and community safety initiatives or increased funding for Kinship Carers and improving all of our local communities, these Corporate Priorities will form the overarching goals this Council will concentrate on over the next five years. 

 “This Council has already been responsible for funding many projects that our communities have been asking for and I very much want this dynamic of working partnership to continue.” 

Copies of ‘Taking Clackmannanshire Forward’ will be available on the Council’s website and in local offices in the near future.

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Wee County News reader has been named as the region’s top Nectar Card Holder as Sainsbury’s celebrate 10 years of the loyalty card. As Nectar - the UK›s largest loyalty programme, with 18.5 million collectors - celebrates its 10th birthday, new data has revealed that Sainsbury’s customers in Falkirk could have accumulated as much as an estimated 748 million* points between them since Nectar began.  The figure is equal to £3.7 million to spend in store - enough to buy 2.5 million chocolate birthday cakes or 185 thousand bottles of champagne!  The data also showed that savvy shopper Irene Wilson is the region’s top Nectar card holder, collecting a huge £326 worth of points to spend in store over the last two years alone. Since the loyalty programme’s launch in 2002, almost £2bn rewards have been given back to collectors including money off shopping, travel, eating out, entertainment and homewares. Irene Wilson, from Falkirk, said, “I’ve been shopping at

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Sainsbury’s for years collecting my points through my Nectar card every time I shop. To think that I have been rewarded with more than £326 to spend over the last two years is great. “I often look at the rewards available to me beforehand and will buy things that I can get the best deals on through my Nectar points. “It means I can treat my family when it matters, we are currently saving our points to spend on some special treats this Christmas time.” Andrew Mann, Director of Loyalty at Sainsbury’s said: “Customers are concerned about the future and are always looking for ways to balance quality and price. At Sainsbury’s, we work hard to help our customers live well for less.  One way we do this is through Nectar. “Nectar allows customers to collect points in Sainsbury’s and a range of partners and spend them on things they want: a big Christmas Shop in Sainsbury’s, a flight on Easyjet or a cinema ticket at Vue.  “It’s simple and rewarding, which is why in the last ten years, it’s become the UK’s biggest loyalty scheme.”

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Locals petition for new community council

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lackmannan and Tullibody, Cambus & Glenochil residents have successfully petitioned the Chief Executive of Clackmannanshire Council to establish a Community Council in their areas. Clackmannanshire Council has started the nomination stage and is inviting residents of these areas to consider becoming a Community Councillor.   Clackmannan Community Council has 14 vacancies. Tullibody, Cambus & Glenochil Community Council also has 14 vacancies. Nomination is simple – just follow the process on the nomination form. You need

two people who live in your area to support you, but you do not need any particular qualifications or prior experience to become a community councillor. Anyone who is over the age of 16 and who appears on our electoral roll can stand.   The deadline for receipt of nominations is Thursday 8th November at 4pm. Nomination packs and further information on the role of a Community Councillor and the election process are available on our website at  www.clacksweb.org.uk/ community councils or by calling 450000 and asking to speak to the democracy team.

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New agreement will benefit local communities across the Wee County

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It is also a key means by which to deliver projects which offer multiple benefits to residents of and visitors to Clackmannanshire - Council Leader Gary Womersley

o c a l communities in Clackmannanshire will benefit from a unique agreement between the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) and Clackmannanshire Council, which will help to improve the social, physical, cultural and environmental well-being of the area. The CSGN is Europe’s largest greenspace initiative which seeks to transform Central Scotland into a place where the environment adds value to the economy and where people’s lives are enriched by its quality. Clackmannanshire Council is the second Council to sign up to the CSGN’s Local Authority Concordat, after the City of Edinburgh Council, which recognises its commitment to formally help deliver the CSGN vision and highlights the fundamental role local authorities have to play in helping to achieve the network’s aims. In signing up to the scheme, Clackmannanshire Council has welcomed the Scottish Government’s commitment to the CSGN, as expressed through the network’s inclusion in Scotland’s second National Planning Framework, as well as the opportunities the CSGN has to offer. Clackmannanshire Council has also pledged to embed the CSGN in all relevant policies, strategies and plans and to deliver a programme for the

enhance its partnership work to realise the CSGN. Keith Geddes, Chair of the Central Scotland Green Network Partnership Board, said: “In order to achieve the CSGN aims of delivering a high quality green network that will meet the Scottish Government’s environmental, social and economic objectives, we need to share resources, best practice and new thinking. “Our Local Authority Concordat represents a collective understanding that working in partnership will ensure policies and resources are aligned and will in turn achieve the optimum results for all parties involved. I hugely welcome the fact that Clackmannanshire Council has come on board and we look forward to building on our relationship to create a lasting legacy for the future.” Clackmannanshire Council Leader Gary Womersley said: “By signing up to the network we are underlining this Council’s commitment to a greener Clackmannanshire. “CSGN has an important role to play in supporting the Council’s Corporate Strategy, Taking Clackmannanshire Forward, to provide better towns and villages, a better environment and better opportunities for all. “It is also a key means by which to deliver projects which offer multiple benefits to residents of and visitors to Clackmannanshire,

delivery of Green Network priorities in the area. The Council has also committed to

supporting the Single Outcome Agreement priority outcomes of improved health,

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an enhanced environment and providing Clackmannanshire with a more positive image. “We have already done a lot of work to create a better environment in Clackmannanshire with routes for walking and cycling and the efforts we take as an organisation to reduce our carbon footprint. “But we can certainly do more, with plans including a project to promote the multi-benefits of woodland including biodiversity, climate change adaptation, access, timber production and wood energy which is benefited from CSGN funding. We are also working with CSGN and a local primary school to create

‘Alloa urban trees’ - small thickets of native trees and shrubs which will enhance parts of the Devon Way.” Five projects in Clackmannanshire have already benefited from support through the CSGN Development Fund. Clackmannanshire Council has been awarded £92,110 to date and has undertaken partnership projects including the Green Mapping project and the Gartmorn Gateway project. Most recently, in 2012 the Council was awarded £9,810 to improve the amenity and biodiversity value of the southern end of the Devon

Way, immediately adjacent to Alloa town centre. Thickets of native trees and shrubs, as well as standard trees, will be planted by local school children to enhance this trafficfree access route from Alloa town centre, railway station and Alloa’s leisure centre, to the Clackmannanshire Community Healthcare Centre and on to the Hillfoots. Stretching from Ayrshire, Inverclyde and Dunbartonshire in the west, to Fife and the Lothians in the east, the CSGN encompasses 19 local authorities across 10,000 sq km and has the potential to benefit 3.5million

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people, equating to 70 per cent of Scotland’s population. The CSGN is encouraging other local authorities across Central Scotland to follow in the footsteps of Clackmannanshire and the City of Edinburgh Councils by signing its Local Authority Concordat. The agreement marks a significant step forward in bringing together the right expertise, resources and people, in order to realise an ambitious project which will help to make Central Scotland a more attractive and distinctive place to live, to visit and to do business in.

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Alloa gymnastics club will be getting a new facility

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lloa Amateur Gymnastics Club, the oldest established club of its kind in Scotland, are looking forward to moving into their new home in the Wasp Centre, Alloa. The Club which currently operates in the Speirs Centre has been involved in negotiations for over a year involving Clackmannanshire Council, Wasp Community Club, Sports Scotland and Scottish Gymnastics with a view to creating a dedicated specialist gymnastics facility in the area. The facility, which will be managed by Wasp Community Club and Alloa Gym Club, will also be open to other interested parties involved in the sport who might wish to rent in time. Council funding, which will support the creation of a state-of-the-art gymnastics facility for the whole of Clackmannanshire, was agreed earlier in the year. An additional one-off payment of £61,000 to Alloa Gymnastics Club was also previously agreed by the Council. Alloa Gymnastics Club, in association with Wasp Community Club and the Mul-

raney Group, are now set to begin work to develop a new permanent gymnastics facility at Clackmannan Road, Alloa. Funding from SportScotland is less then previously anticipated and the additional Council funding will meet that shortfall, with SportScotland hopefully matching the Council’s funding. Depute Leader of Clackmannanshire Council, Councillor Craig Holden said: “This funding will allow the club to develop a new facility in Alloa which will maintain their position as a leading club of competition level gymnastics. Alloa Gymnastics Club have competitors who have competed at the highest national and international levels. “This new facility will be an enormous boost to gymnastics across Clackmannanshire and will act as a catalyst for further gymnastic development in Clackmannanshire, supporting the already very successful preschool and primary school gymnastic programmes.” Work on the new facility began this week with some of the young members of the Alloa Gymnastics Club taking the chance to have a look around what will soon become their new home.

Wasp Community Club Chairman, Greig Strang, said: “The establishment of the Gymnastics Centre is another important step for Wasp Community Club to expand its involvement in a variety of sports. “The Club has had great success in football, basketball, and dance and continues to expand at a fantastic rate, with well in excess of 300 members.  “The move into gymnasDeal tics will allow the ClubExclusive to continue this expansion and this Sony 42” P in conjunction with a number Home Entertainment is a of partners, start to look at exciting with th lot more potential employmentFull op-HD LED TV and Blu-R portunities that a clubconnectivity of this for movies, size can generate. “Wasp Community Club is very excited with the opportunity this facility will afford for the development of gymnastics in Clackmannanshire and INCLUDES looks forward to building SONY on BLU-RAY PLAYER the work already taking place in schools and in the local gym clubs”.

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The ‘other’ Miliband to be keynote speaker at Alloa dinner

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he Right Honourable David Miliband MP is coming to Alloa. The former Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and world renowned politician will be the keynote speaker at a corporate dinner organised by Ochil & South Perthshire Labour Party on Friday 2nd November in the Dunmar Hotel, Alloa. An audience with David Miliband in this community is not an opportunity to be missed.   This will be a notable occasion for the guests and their associates.   There is to be an op-

portunity for personal introductions and to put questions to David on what promises to be an interesting evening.

weecounty Council agree to money saving schemes

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lackmannanshire councilors have agreed to the implementation of two innovative schemes that will save the Council money in the long term at a meeting last week. The proposals were given the green light as part of the budget strategy, as services across the Council continue to prepare for the setting of the Council’s budget for 2013/14. 

The first ‘spend to save’ scheme will see solar panels installed onto appropriate public buildings owned by the Council. This will both reduce long term carbon emissions and ultimately generate income for the Council. It is latest of server initiatives introduced by the Council to reduce its carbon footprint. 

 The second proposal involves the Council buying up to 50 homes as part of a series of measures to increase Council housing stock. As well as being cheaper to

buy homes and making more permanent stock available, the Council also saves money by not needing to house families in B&B accommodation. 

Council Leader Gary Womersley said: “This Council has a robust approach to financial planning. Our budget strategy involves a year-round approach to the identification, development, monitoring and implementation of proposals to reduce the Council’s expenditure and/or increase income, which is why I am delighted that we have been able to give the go ahead to these two innovative schemes today. 

“Both these schemes save the Council considerable money as well as also delivering immediate outcomes for Clackmannanshire. Not only are these initiatives canny, they contribute to the Council delivering on its Corporate Priorities that people told us they wanted the Council to deliver. 

 “This continues to be an

extremely challenging time for Council services, and these financial challenges are forcing us to think about delivering services in a different way.” 

The last budget strategy report, which was presented to the August meeting of the Council, predicted a funding gap of £12.511 million for the years to 2014/15. The forecasting of this funding gap is regularly reviewed taking the changing economic outlook into account. This gap has now reduced slightly to £11.965 million, following the Scottish Government’s draft budget announcement. This includes a funding gap of £6.494 million which requires to be bridged in order to set a balanced budget in 2013/14. In order to meet this gap services are to be allocated a budget reduction  target. Given the scale of the financial challenge the Council faces, these targets will be extremely challenging for

services. 

Accountants, service managers, elected members and Trades Unions continue to contribute to the budget challenge process. Business cases are currently being drawn up on a list of proposals which will help to bridge the gap. The Council’s corporate priorities, as set out in the Corporate Plan, are the key driver in formulating the transition programme. 

 Councillor Womersley added: “With a likely shortfall in funding, it is important that effective measures are put in place to bridge that gap in a sustainable way. Much has been delivered so far, but it is clear that further significant savings are required for the future. We have a process for reducing expenditure, with a year-round approach and constant cycle of budget reviews, which is bringing all elected members closer to the process and early discussion of proposals.”

Tilly’s twinning agreement formally signed up “Tillicoultry twinned with Crevecoeur le Grand”

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ndependent Councillor Archie Drummond joined the celebration of the formal signing of the twinning agreement between Tillicoultry and Crevecoeur le Grand. He said:- “I was delighted to be present in the Mairie in Crevecoeur le Grand last Saturday when Jock Mulholland and Andre Coet put pen to paper. In just nine months, building on the

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HS Forth Valley Psychology Department have teamed up with Clackmannanshire Libraries, plus the local wellbeing website, Heal The Whole of Me, to provide Wellbeing Books. Falkirk Community Trust Libraries, Stirling Council Libraries and Stirling University Library are also involved. This week, Clackmannanshire Council’s Education, Sport and Leisure Convener, Councillor Ellen Forson, went along to the Speirs Centre Library, to see for herself at first hand,

the new range of Wellbeing books. Wellbeing Books are a range of recommended selfhelp and guided self-help materials available to the public to help them improve their own mental wellbeing. Councillor Forson said: “These books will complement traditional medical treatments and will help patients obtain a greater understanding of their condition.” Subjects covered include bereavement; chronic pain; eating disorders; health issues; obsessions and compulsions; parenting; perinatal and postnatal issues; relationships

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self-esteem and sleep problems. The book scheme includes a range of books for children and young people and those with dementia and their carers. Councillor Forson added: “Librarians are delighted to be working with colleagues in the Health Service to provide access to this range of information and resources which has been selected by health specialists.” Books are available to borrow from libraries throughout Clackmannanshire, including the library at the Speirs Centre, NHS Forth Valley and the University of Stirling.

TILLICOULTRY COMMUNITY ACTION GROUP QUESTIONS COUNCIL’S COMMITTMENT

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t a meeting of TCAG on Monday evening, yet another ‘no show’ from Council representatives increased the concern of group members surrounding the progress on Tillicoultry’s new Community Centre. Despite repeated efforts

by the group, they were still no further forward in their attempts to ascertain at what stage the project is at. Current Community Centre users continue to be in the dark as to when and where they will be decanted following the closure of the existing centre.

Group member Claire McKay expressed the groups concerns around the apparent lack of interest from the Council around communication “We have tried to engage with Council representatives to discuss the ongoing project to no avail - with potentially

External report on previous administration Continued from front page independent expert Addie Stevenson. I am pleased that these issues were reported to a further Special Council meeting today – both Councillors and the public deserve to know the actual extent of the issues faced. “This is not an issue that the Council can fail to address. The overall investment by us, of over £850k million, including a further 17 additional staff, shows the degree of commitment held by this Administration to resolve these issues. That the money being invested by us roughly mirrors the extent of budget cuts under the former administration, should show quite clearly the extent of the predicament inherited by us. “This Administration intends to ensure that the childcare service is fit for purpose and having the

right number and mix of staff at the frontline is vital to that. The further additional staffing that we have agreed today will mean that caseloads will be more in keeping with recommended national best practice and guidelines.” As well as additional staffing, Council has also agreed to invest in a new information system for the childcare service. Councillor Les Sharp, Housing, Health & Care Convenor, said: “Staff have said that one of the things which would assist them is a system which streamlines the administration around assessment and case management. As well as that, we want to improve the quality of performance information which is available for both managers and elected members to scrutinise.” The Council is also

pleased to be working with experts from the Centre for Looked After Children in Scotland, the Scottish Government and the Care Inspectorate all of whom are offering specialist support. Councillor Womersley added: “This Administration welcomes the additional direct support which has been proposed by these national bodies. Childcare can be a very complex and demanding field and the input of specialists is another strand to bolstering overall capacity. This Administration has played a key role in bringing matters to the attention of the Council in the first place, establishing independent investigations and keeping Council informed. Working with all parties, we will remain committed to taking all remedial and improvement action required.”

only 4-6 weeks before this new centre opens, the promised liaison with community groups has not happened, the details around the where and when, never mind the actual requirements that they may have from the new building, have not been established.

It’s simply not acceptable and needs to be addressed as a matter of priority if this project is to be a success”. Councillor Archie Drummond, who is also a TCAG member, has endeavoured to facilitate dialogue between the group and Council representatives

and a meeting between the two is proposed to take place early next week. TCAG are keen to work with the Council to ensure that all user groups’ requirements are satisfied. This in turn will ensure a positive start for the town’s new Community Centre.


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Dollar Academy CCF Inspection Day

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ollar Academy CCF held its annual Inspection Day last Monday 8 October. The day always provides an excellent opportunity to gather the contingent together and take part in a wide range of cadet activities. In the morning the Officers and Cadets posed for the Annual Contingent

Photograph and then carried out a full Inspection with the Pipe Band playing as Contingent Commander Lt Col Stewart took the salute at the March Past from RSM Robbie Jones (VI). During the afternoon the Sections undertook varies training activities under their Senior Cadets, Coxsn Josh Geddes (VI) Royal Navy, CSM Louis Stewart (VI) Royal Signals, CSgt El-

eanor Taylor (VI) Infantry, Cpl Adam Shannon (VI) REME and FSgt Lyndsey MacKay (VI) RAF. The Recruits section also took part in Shooting, Fieldcraft, Rations and Navigation under their Form V Instructors. The day proved a huge success with over 200 cadets parading on a wonderful, sunny October day.

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ALLOA ACADEMY Inter-House competition This week’s results are as follow: Erskine House 16 points; Schaw House 11 points; Bruce House 9 points. This is exactly the same result as last week! We also held our merit draw on Friday morning. Each pupil

was entered once into the draw for each merit gained over the last term. These were randomised and a winner form each year group wins a £20.00 voucher for the shop of their choice. Our winners are Darrel Young, Connor Hann, Greta Martyniuk, Cameron Chalmers and Ryan Gray. Open Evening Many thanks to all who attended our Open Evening on Wednesday of last week. Around 500 people dropped in on the night to see the work of the school. Parents were particularly positive about masterclasses

designed to help them support their children’s achievement in National qualifications, but there was also a great deal of fun in the shape of wacky experiments in Science, completion of Literacy and Numeracy star awards, dance exhibitions, artwork raffles, a tombola and a very popular cafe with music. A selection of photographs is available on the website. Jeans for Genes final total The final total for our Jeans for Genes day is £1207.05. A huge thank you to all who helped in any way to make the day such a success. S4 Parents’ Evening A reminder that the S4 Parents’ Evening will take place on Monday 29th October between 4.00 and 6.30 pm. Appointment sheets will be distributed to S4 pupils on the first day back after the holiday. Reading Awards There has been excellent achievement in the Reading Awards by our new S1s and this week we have several achievers. Achieving Bronze in both Reading and Writing were Wilson Xu, Chloe Hutcheon, Josie Mitchell, Lucy Kay, Leah Stone, Adam Black, Attiya Anjum, Caitlin Simpson and Devon Douglas. In Reading Abbie McAlpine, Jake Neill, Jamie Dowds, Lene McFarlane, Lennon Malcolm and Jennifer Smith

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Lucy raises £400 for Macmillan L

ucy Cousin, a Form 2 pupil at Dollar Academy, organised a highly successful MacMillan Coffee Afternoon which raised almost £400 for cancer research. ‘I’ve always wanted to help people,’ Lucy says, ‘But I never knew how until I saw an advert on the television about the biggest coffee morning in Britain.’ Most people would see the advertisement and think to themselves: what a great idea, maybe I’ll do that someday. Lucy picked up the phone, rang the number and ordered her information pack that very instant. Not long after, a bulging package of fundraising materials, invitations and balloons landed on her doorstep from MacMillan Cancer Research. Most people might reflect upon their initial rash enthusiasm and quickly stuff

the package in a ‘To Do’ box somewhere. Lucy began addressing invitations and building a contact list of classmates, family friends and neighbours. She made plans and gathered recipes. That is, Lucy made sure that this big event would happen: at her home on Saturday 22 September. With her mother’s help, Lucy sent out all of her invitations and spread the news by word of mouth. She decorated the entire house. She organised a tombola. And then, Lucy began to bake. On the Friday before, she was up all night baking cakes (‘some of which did not turn out quite according to plan’ she giggled) till the crack of dawn. They also made a special cake decorated with the words ‘Macmillan Coffee Afternoon’ for the raffle winner to take home. At 2 o’clock, the steady stream of guests began to arrive— about 60 people, in the end. Instead of asking for an entrance fee, Lucy left a donation box

in the kitchen. ‘It turned out very well,’ she says, ‘We managed to raise £360 for Macmillan Cancer Research.’ She would like to extend a sincere thank you to all those who donated their time, additional cakes and especially, money to her MacMillan Coffee Afternoon. ‘I wanted to do it,’ says Lucy, ‘because I think about how fortunate I am compared to all of the unfortunate people who suffer from any type of cancer. If I had cancer, or any of my friends or family did, I hope that someone would do the same for me.’ Most girls Lucy’s age work hard to save money for new clothes, new handbags. Lucy’s awareness of suffering in the world is rare and startling. But still more inspiring is her swiftness and effectiveness of action in organising this event. ‘It was a great experience,’ says Lucy, ‘And I can’t wait to do it again.’ She and her mother have plans to make the coffee afternoon a yearly event.

completed the Bronze level while Louise Johnston, John Preston and Kasey Manzie achieved Bronze in Writing. Darcey Rodger has achieved the silver Level in Reading and Writing. Well done to all. Alloa Academy pupils help out in Hawkhill Local school pupils are giving the grounds of Hawkhill Community Centre a face-lift. New planters are in place and a nature garden has been cleared. Now pupils of Alloa Academy are busy preparing flower beds and borders around the Community Centre car park. By performing this voluntary service the pupils will eventually gain the

new, government sponsored, Saltire Award. Centre co-ordinator May Richmond said: ”The children are doing a marvellous job of rejuvenating the gardens. It’s great to see local children getting involved in their community”. Improvements to the centre and its surroundings are planned to continue. Holiday The return date for Alloa Academy pupils is Tuesday 23rd October at 08.40. (Monday 22nd October is an In-service day for secondary schools only.)

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class of Form 3 pupils from Dollar Academy, taught by Mrs Sam Kennedy were fortunate to attend a one-day workshop at the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh at the start of October. Pupils took part in a practical workshop and gallery discussions related to the current exhibition “Van Gogh to Kandinsky”. This exhibition represents a collaboration between the National Galleries of Scotland, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and the Ateneum Museum in Helsinki. The pupils were immersed in the imaginative delights of a wide variety of avant-garde Symbolist landscape

painters such as Paul Gauguin, Vincent Van Gogh and Edvard Munch. In the morning, pupils were involved in exploring experimental markmaking techniques using metal screw etchings and charcoal drawings; their work developed through discussions, later in the day, of form and abstraction. During the afternoon, pupils went on to carbon print drawings and water colour work. Pupils were delighted to have an opportunity to see original works in Scotland. The visit was part of a prize won by Victoria Walls (Form 3) in the National Gallery Schools competition last year.


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Council to review single Stress Control Classes Continue Are you feeling stressed? person discount

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lackmannanshire council is about to start a review of all single person discounts offered to residents who live alone across the county at the end of the month. All households in Clackmannanshire claiming a single person’s discount of 25% on their council tax bill are being checked for their authenticity using sophisticated data matching technology. This is part of an on-going review to validate legitimate single person discount claims and identify and remove those being claimed in error or fraudulently. A 25% discount, worth a minimum of £250 a year, is given to anyone who claims to be living in a property on their own; currently 9196 people in Clackmannanshire. It is estimated that by ensuring only those who are eligible are in receipt of the discount, we will save around £100,000 - enough

to pay for bed and breakfast accommodation for five or six homeless people for a year or provide respite care for an elderly person with a disability for 139 weeks. In partnership with nationally respected firms, Liberata UK Ltd and Equiniti Data Services, the Council will check to see whether people are genuinely living alone, by cross-referencing with other sources of information about their household such as, but not limited to, the electoral roll and financial sector information. The review process will be carried out between October and November 2012, during which time, anyone whose claim for single person discount is under question will be contacted via letter and / or telephone as part of the review process. Anyone who fails to respond to requests for further information in relation to their claim will have the discount withdrawn. Where it is established, through the review process, that another adult

is living at the address, the discount will be withdrawn. Council Leader Gary Womersley said: “We will be contacting all those where the information received may indicate that the discount awarded requires further examination, but in the meantime, I would urge anyone who is claiming the discount and whose circumstances have changed to contact us immediately by ‘phoning us on 450000. “The longer you leave it, the larger your backdated bill will be, so it makes sense to tell us as soon as possible. “Even if you were living alone when you received your bill for the year, if another adult is living with you now, we will need to re-calculate the amount you need to pay. “People who are genuinely claiming the discount have nothing to worry about, but anyone found to be deliberately misleading us could face a fine of up to £75 and legal action.”

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tress Control Classes have shown to be very popular and beneficial in Clackmannanshire. Stress Control was devised by Dr Jim White - the STEPS team leader (NHS Glasgow) - and is now used across the world. It is a free class that runs over six sessions. If you want to learn better ways to handle common problems such as anxiety, depression, low self-confidence, poor sleep and panic attacks then come along to Stress Control. Stress Control is an evening class - not a group therapy - so you do not have to talk about your problems in front of others. You just sit back and learn some great ways to control stress. Each week, you will get handouts to take away as well as a free relaxation CD. Stress Control classes are being provided in Clackmannanshire thanks to the Council’s Integrated Mental Health Services. The next session starts on

Thursday 8th November and will run from 6.30-8pm. What happens at the sessions: Session 1: Information about stress Session 2: Control your body: relaxation, exercise Session 3: Control your thoughts: learn to think your way out of stress Session 4: Control your actions: boost self confidence Session 5: Control panic

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What’s on in your weecounty

Alloa Bookbug: go along and join free rhyme, song and storytelling sessions for under fives at the Bowmar Centre, Alloa, on Mondays from 10am to 10.30am and Thursdays from 11am to 11.30am, excluding schools and public holidays. Shopping event: A craft fair is being held on Saturday, October 27 at Moncrieff United Free Church Hall, Drysdale Street, Alloa between 11am and 2pm. There will be 20 or more stalls at the event, selling crafts, gifts and a lot more. There is something for everyone. The event is free entry. 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.co.uk 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. Alloa Indoor Bowling Club Seniors Section: League details are posted on the stadium notice board. Pilates Class: Pilate’s classes every Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm at Lornshill Academy, Alloa. Contact Lorna on 07533 173 335 to book or to get further details. 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 alloa@ healingrooms-scotland.com. 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 information please contact: James on 07977 268 261 or e-mail jmculloch@clacks.gov.uk. Alloa Spiritualist: Last week’s medium was by Glynis Daley from Edinburgh and took place in the OAP Hall, Erskine Street, Alloa and took place at 6.30pm. Alloa Ludgate Church: 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 at any time for service which blends traditional and contemporary worship in the peaceful surroundings of the refurbished sanctuary. The church invites all who are interested on this event, to meet the congregation, see the church and join in worship, fun and fellowship. For more information see website on www. alloaludgatechurch.org.uk Moncrieff UF Church: The church cafe continues on Mondays from 10am until noon. Moncrieff Church Boys Brigade Company: All sections of the Company have begun their winter sessions with encouraging attendances, The Anchor Boys (boys in P2 and 3) meet at 5.30pm on Tuesdays in Moncrieff Church Hall and Juniors (boys in P4/5 and 6) and also meet in Moncrieff Church Hall at 7pm. The Company Section (boys in P7 – age 18) meets on Friday’s at 7.15pm in Alloa Academy. New members will be welcome in all Sections, and anyone with queries or seeking further information about the Company should telephone 01259 212 023. The Company Section of about 30 boys is seeking to recruit a few new adult helpers

interested in working in the BB movement with boys who are mostly of secondary school age. BB Experience would be an advantage but is not vital, and anyone who thinks they may be interested is asking to contact the Company Captain on 01259 212 023. Alloa Bridge Club: Latest results – N/S 1 Eric Howman and Jimmy Hamilton, 2 Sandy Greenhill and Stewart Anderson, 3 Margo Webster and Jim Paterson. E/W 1 Mary Storrar and Mary Anderson, 2 Alex Anderson and Jutta Griffiths, 3 George Scales and Linda Sommerville. 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@ centralcareers.co.uk 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 216 953. 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 212 252. 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 Tea Dance: A tea dance is held in Alloa Town Hall every Monday from 2pm to 4pm. All are welcome. Ceilidh: A family ceilidh is once again being organised by Donald Cowan at Alloa Town Hall on Friday, October 12 in aid of Deafblind Scotland and is due to start at 7.30pm.

Dancing to the foot tapping, “Furry Boots Ceilidh Band” lead by local music mystro, Davy Sinclair, a great night is assured for all. Donald who has organised a number of celeidh’s and musical concerts over the last few years says that the whole aim is to have a great family night out, dancing to good music at a reasonable price whilst at the same time raising money for a charity. Deafblindness is a disability of a different order, a low incidence disability which affects around 5000 people in Scotland. Some have been Deaf since birth, are sign language users, and then lose their eyesight as adults, with devastating results. Others lose both senses as they grow older and are totally unprepared for the communication problems this brings. Deafblind people tend to live quietly, in the community, alone, and often lead very isolated lives, rarely leaving their homes. Deafblind Scotland’s aim is to bring a little quality to their lives, to offer opportunities to learn, to engage with their local community, and to socialize with others who share their tactile communication method. The intensive 1:1 specialist support needed to make these activities meaningful to deafblind people is not easily or cheaply provided, but this vital support is essential if Deafblind Scotland is ever to achieve its vision of a “society in which deafblind people have the recognition and support necessary to live active and fulfilled lives. This time Donald has chosen, “Deafblind Scotland” as the charity for which all the money raised will be given too. Tickets cost £9 and are available from Donald on 07714 756 274 or from McFarlane’s Jewellers, Mill Street, Alloa. There is no bar so please bring own refreshments with you. Patons Bowling Section: There is a Bowling dance planned for November so please support your club. Royal Scottish Country Dance Society: Alloa class session on Thursday, in the Alloa Ludgate Church Halls, Bedford Place, Alloa from 7.30pm till 9pm. A fully qualified teacher and pianist will be on hand to teach you and all new members are welcome to come along. Make new friends and enjoy a new venture. For further information phone 01259 212 576.

Alva Alva Toddlers: Alva Toddlers continue with our usual Tuesday and Friday sessions at the Cochrane Hall 9.30am to 11.30am. Friday October 12 is “All Things
Autumn” and Friday October 19 there will be a visit

from the Fire Engine! All preschool children, and their grownups are very welcome. £2 per family, first session is free. Under 1s are now Free at both sessions. All children get a healthy snack and milk, and there’s a coffee bar for the grown-ups. We will be open as usual during the October Holidays. 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 “stay cautions,” why not come along and see what we have on offer. Who knows, you may reawaken some long dormant woody skills, in Alva at Corden Street. We regret that children under the age of 16 cannot take part, unless accompanied by a responsible adult. Contact Archie Scott 751947 or adscott@zoolou. co.uk, Robert Miller 219144 or miller.ripj@mypostoffice.co.uk or Richard Douglas, 761618 or richard@douglasfoto.force9.co.uk Fibro Friends Group: Meeting will be held on the second Friday of every month at 2pm in the 140 Fairtrade Shop, Alva. Join them for an informal cuppa (by donation), meet other ‘Fibromites’, and 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 fibrofriendsgroup@hotmail.co.uk Alva Baptist Church: Coffee mornings have resumed each Wednesday in the Church from 10.30am till noon. All welcome for a friendly chat over a cuppa and home baking. Darby and Joan Club: The President Welcomed members to the weekly game of dominoes and whist. Domino result – 1 Mrs M Nolan, 2 Mrs I Emslie, consolation Mrs V Spence. Whist result – 1 Lady Mrs F Jones,

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consolation Mrs M Fisher. 1 gent Mr D Shepherd, consolation Mrs M Gillespi. New members will be made welcome every Wednesday at 1.45pm in the Cochrane Foundation Hall, Croftshaw Road, Alloa. 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 behind 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. Wee County Crafters: With the dark nights approaching, many people are turning their thoughts to autumn and winter activities. The Wee County Crafters are no exception to that and are hard at work preparing for the coming season. The workshop is looking spruce, spick and span after the painting day last week. It’s amazing how a lick of magnolia can brighten even the gloomiest of spaces. Not that The Workshop could ever have been described as gloomy. If your craft group is looking for a home, we might have the space to accommodate you. So long as your hobby has an end product, whether that’s decorated eggs or photographs, come and talk to the committee. Join our happy and growing band: we’re not called The Wee County Crafters for nothing! Contact Richard Douglas, richard@douglasfoto. force9.co.uk or Ian Meacham, ian. heather@btinternet.co Alva OAP’s Carpet Bowls Group: The group meet on a Monday and Friday from 1.45pm till 3.30pm at Parklands Centre, Alva. New and old members welcome. Alva Bridge Club: Latest results – N/S 1 S C Hopkins and A Smith +3710, 2 J Thomson and E Coales +1360, 3 M McGhee and D Shepherd +210, E/W 1 M Abel and D McAree +330, 2 L Morrison and J McGroarty +220, J McGowan and D Colquhoun -390. Age concern: Whist and dominoes latest result – Domino winner Mrs M Stewart, consolation Mrs M Nolan. Ladies whist Mrs M Hill, consolation Mrs E Campbell. Gents prize Mr I McLachlan, consolation Mr M Gillespie. The Crafters’ open day was a resounding success, a gratifying number of would-be turners and


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What’s on in your weecounty other woodwork aspirants came along to The Workshop in Alva’s Cobden St. to see what goes on and to have a try for themselves. Lucky members of the public enjoyed Mrs Bayliss’ chocolate cake, biscuits, tea and coffee and some were so impressed that they joined The Wee County Crafters there and then. The result of this influx is that the Crafters are likely to extend their working week to two extra sessions on Thursdays, probably morning and evening. Mondays are also being looked at for more sessions, depending on demand. An exciting development is that one of the new members turns green – i.e. unseasoned – wood on a traditional pole lathe. This technique is as green as the wood she turns, since the lathe is foot powered. We look forward to having a go on that. Pole lathes are simple machines, made largely of wood and the joinery people are already measuring the timber for an Alva-built version. The conventional woodturners have had a population explosion too. They are now in the happy position of having more turners than available machines. If Granddad’s old lathe is rusting in the shed, perhaps you might like to consider giving it a new lease of life in The Workshop in Alva’s Cobden St.? We are happy to “store” - and restore - it for you, on the understanding that it remains your property and that you are free to dispose of it at any time. An outright gift would be appreciated too. Any donations or “lend-lease” arrangements regarding tools or equipment are very welcome. All the Crafters’ assets are held in common and they are constitutionally bound to dispose of them to the benefit of similar organizations, should the Crafters be wound up. With the cooler nights upon us, a wood burning stove and flue liner would be fallen upon with cries of delight. Until other arrangements are made, The Wee County Crafters meet on a Tuesday from 10AM until early afternoon, Wednesday morning also from 10AM and in the evening from 7PM until 9 and on Friday mornings from10AM. All are welcome, beginners receive tuition, advice and the use of tools. Materials may be bought from club stores or you can bring your own. A six-monthly membership fee is £10 and the weekly subscription, entitling members to any or all sessions, is £5. Your first session is free. Contact Richard Douglas richard@douglasfoto.force9.co.uk or 07778 327545, Ian Meacham ian.heather2011@btinternet.com for further details and directions to The Workshop.

Clackmannan Clackmannan Parish Church:

Sunday Worship, including the Guild Dedication Service, is at 11.00 am in the church, and there is a Traidcraft stall afterwards. Sunday School including a Crèche and Vision Group for younger secondary school pupils meet during the service every week. We are again supporting the Alloa Food Bank during October and the collection starts this Sunday. Tins, packets,cartons and jars of food (detailed list available) can be donated at church each week. Our afternoon service, for those who cannot get to a morning service, is in the Bruce Memorial Hall at 3.00pm. Transport is provided if you require it. If you would like to join us please speak to your elder or phone the office when it is open for details. At 7.30 pm on Monday the Guild entertainment will be provided by Maria Miller and her Circle Dancers. In coming weeks the Guild will be supporting the annual Blythswood Care Shoebox Appeal targeted at various countries in Eastern Europe. Information leaflets are available if you want to support them in this venture. On Tuesday the Coffee Morning is open from 10.00 am. in the Church Hall and the Kirk Session meet at 7.00 pm. (Please note the change of date!) On Wednesday the Choir meet for practice at 6.45 pm. and the Prayer Group meet at 8.00 pm. 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. Anyone requiring the services of a minister should contact the Revd Scott Raby on 211255 Exercise Class: The Thursday takes place between 11am and noon in Clackmannan Town. 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 Boys’ Brigade: meets on Fridays. Parents should contact the leaders for details of the programme. Contact Kathy for Anchor

Boys on 07891389542, Lucy for Junior Section on 07538693554 and Bill for the Company Section on 216763. Bookbug Sessions: Go along and join free rhyme, song and storytelling 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. THE CIRCLE OF FRIENDS The October meeting will be held in Clackmannan Town Hall on Thursday, 18 October at 7 p.m. All welcome 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. Active Clacks Exercise Class Every Thursday 11a.m. to 12 noon in Clackmannan Town Hall. £2.50 per session - no need to book. Suitable for all levels of fitness.

Bargains and Bites: Every Friday in Clackmannan Town Hall you have an opportunity to have a plate of homemade soup with bread and coffee or tea and biscuits and a browse through our stock of new-to-you fashions, tops, coats and trousers. Come and join us between Noon and 2.00 pm for fellowship, chat and bargain-priced clothing. Crossroads Clackmannanshire Coffee Morning: A coffee morning will be held in aid of Crossroads Clackmannanshire on Saturday October 20 in the Burnside Hall, Dollar between 10.00am and noon. There will be baking and book stalls and tombola. We look forward to welcoming you. Clackmannan Parish Church of Scotland Sunday Worship is at 11.00 am in the church. Sunday School including a Crèche and Vision Group for younger secondary school pupils meet during the service every week and this evening Night Vision meets in the Manse. We are again supporting the Alloa Food Bank during October and the collection continues this Sunday. Tins, packets,cartons and jars of food (detailed list available) can be donated at church each week in October. At 7.30 pm on Monday the Guild will hear about this year’s project ‘Scottish Churches Housing Action’ . In coming weeks the Guild will be supporting the annual Blythswood Care Shoebox Appeal targeted at various countries in Eastern Europe. Information leaflets are available if you want to support them in this venture. On Tuesday the Coffee Morning is open from 10.00 am. in the Church Hall. On Wednesday the Choir meet for practice at 6.45 pm. and the Prayer Group meet at 8.00 pm. 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. Bargains and Bites Every Friday in Clackmannan Town Hall you have an opportunity to have a plate of home-made soup with bread

and coffee or tea and biscuits and a browse through our stock of new-to-you fashions, tops, coats and trousers. Come and join us between Noon and 2.00 pm for fellowship, chat and bargainpriced clothing. CRAFT & GIFT FAIR Saturday 27 October gives you the perfect start to your Christmas shopping in Clackmannan Town Hall. From 10.00.am until 2.00 pm you will have access to handcrafted items of jewellery, artwork, toys, handknits,and lots more. Tea, coffee and home baking will be available for an entrance fee of £2.50 (£3.00 for an family).

Coalsnaughton 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 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 Dollar Parish Church: Sundays Service was held by Mrs Lynn Mack, Reader. Dollar Golf Club: The club has enjoyed a great season despite the bad weather with little or no interruptions to competitions. Special rate first year memberships are now available from £275 plus SGU capitation to cover 15 months to December 31 2013. For further details please call 07703 572344, find application forms that are available via the club website www.dollargolfclub. com, by email to secretary@ dollargorlfclub.com or telephone the clubhouse on 01259 742400. Dollar newspaper and magazine collection: Dates for 2012 – November 6; December 4.

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 artefacts 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. Dollar Museum Book Sale: A book sale is being held on Thursday, October 25 between 11am and 1pm and 2pm and 3pm. Anyone wishing to donate books


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A book sale is being held on Thursday, October 25 between 11am and 1pm and 2pm and 3pm. Anyone wishing to donate books which can be uplifted call 01259 742 282. Dollar Boys Brigade Company: Mr Bob Anderson and Mrs Dianne Broome will welcome all boys in P7orJ2 at school – 18 years of age to the start of the new session. Various activities, competitions and badges are all part of this uniformed organisation for boys. If you have not been before please bring shorts and a pair of trainers and come and give us a try. For further information please contact Mr Bob Anderson on 01259 742560. If any adults would like to help on a Friday night or some Friday nights with activities please let Bob know. Did you know that some companies will make a donation to the BBs when you shop on the internet? If you wish to support Dollar BBs this way please email Jessie Condie for further information – jessiecondie05@btinternet.com Dollar RSCDS Class: Their new session has begun. New members welcome. For more information please contact Catherine on 01259 743820.

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-a-brac, 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 losing 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 runglee@btinternet.com. 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: Rev. M Lovett welcomed Margaret

Shuttleworth as a guest preacher on Sunday. In her talk to the children she demonstrated that although we are all different god has no favourites. He loves us all. Reading from James 2:1-17 and Mark &:2437. In her sermon she explained how “Great moments can catch us unaware.” How we feel and make others feel is important. We don’t always know the different we are making to someone when we let God shine through us.

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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.

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.

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 three-years 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 WRI: The next Meeting will be at 7pm on October 10th in Menstrie Scout Hall when we will be entertained by a Cat Walk by CHAS. There will also be Christmas cards, etc. for sale by CHAS. Please note the earlier time of 7pm.

Sauchie Sauchie and Fishcross UF Church: Sauchie and Coalsnaughton Parish Church: Charity Paychic Night: A charity night is being held in The Oakwood, Sauchie in Thursday, November 8 at 7.15pm. There will be a special raffle for Mini Reading/ Healing costing £5 each and all money raised will go towards the Children’s Charity P F C C. Tickets can be purchased from Kelly by calling her on 07843 143892 or by Facebook- PFCC. 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 per child, 50p per second child. Healthy snack, arts and crafts and lots more. For more information contact Laura on

Sauchie Branch SNP: Raffle prizes are still required for the quiz night which is being held in Fishcross, on Saturday at 7.30pm, in the function room of the Ochil View Lounge. There is a prize of £200 on offer, and free whisky tasting during the interval. There will also be a buffet and a raffle. Teams of 4 (maximum) are required. For ticket details telephone 01259 570 577.

Bookbug: go along and join free rhyme, song and storytelling sessions for under fives at Sauchie CAP on Tuesdays from 2pm to 2.30pm, excluding school and public holidays. Sauchie Active 8: Gym Crackers, Monday, 10am till noon; Spanish second level, Monday, 6.30pm till 8pm; Tuesday over 50 keep fit, 1pm till 3pm; Sign Language Course, 6.30pm till 8.30pm; Tuesday – Teen Night, 6pm till 8pm; Wednesday – Zumba, 10am till 11am; Fruit Barra, 10am till 1pm; Youth Club, 6pm till 8pm; Exercise for Adults, 6pm till 7pm; Beauty, 7pm till 8pm; Thursday – Zumba, 7.15pm till 8.15pm; Friday – Teenager Drop-in Night, 6pm till 8pm; Food Bank, 2pm till 3.30pm. Internet Cafe – Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10am till 1pm. Epilepsy Meeting: An Epilepsy Meeting for people with epilepsy, their family, carers and friends will take place on Wednesday 31 October 10.00am – 12.00pm in the Health Education Room (next to WRVS Café), Clackmannanshire Community Healthcare Centre, Hallpark Road, Sauchie. All welcome. Talk topic for October is Epilepsy and Memory, followed by tea/coffee. To book a place, please leave a message for Epilepsy Connections fieldworkers on 01324 673750.\ Sauchie and Coalsnaughton Parish Church Dr Alistair Durie conducted the services on Sunday 14 October. The scripture reading was taken from Paul’s letter to Philemon which included the story of Onesimus, a useless slave who had run away from his master. Onesimus became a Christian while in prison with Paul and was useful to Paul during his time there. The sermon focused on how God wants us to make ourselves useful and how this can be done by doing lots of little things for other people. We should all pull our weight for God as he makes us useful not useless. Something all of us can do is remember others in our prayers. There will be a Kirk Session meeting on Wednesday 17 October at 7 pm. The Guild are holding a Coffee Morning on Saturday 20 October from 1011.30 am. There will be no Young

Church on Sunday 21 October. There will be no 9.30 am service on Sunday 28 October as Rev Margaret Shuttleworth will preach as sole nominee for the vacancy at the 11 am service. It is hoped that there will be a good turnout of Church members on 28 October. Sauchie & Fishcross U F Church Last Sunday morning, Rev Graham Brown spoke on “Initial Considerations Before Reaching Others”. Bill Brunton read parts of James chapters 1 and 2. In the evening, the theme was “Kingship and Creation”. The Bible Reading was Psalm 8. The Bible Study and Prayer meeting is on Wednesday October 17 from 7 until 8.30 p.m. All are welcome. The Women’s Association will meet on Thursday at 2.15 p.m. Matt and Mary Knox will be present with Christmas Cards, Calendars and Christian literature for sale. There is NO meeting of the Leo Club this week due to the school holiday. Friends of the CCHC are holding a Coffee Morning in our hall on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 12 Noon. All welcome. Services will be as usual on Sunday at 11 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. Kites Group and Creche as usual at 11 a.m.

Tillicoultry Tillicoultry Parish Church: Choir practice is on Wednesday evening from 7.30pm. Girls Brigade also meets on Wednesdays at from 6.15pm. Thursday club meets from 2pm till 4pm and the Boys Brigade meets on Thursday evenings at 6.30pm. On Sunday services will be held at 9am and 10.30am. Church Halls are available for let - Please contact David Dobbie for more details. EU Congregational Church Tillicoultry: Sunday Services begin at 11am with Sunday School at the same time. The Church is open every week day from 10am till 4pm. The sanctuary is open to anyone who would like some quiet time. The Church has a children’s play ground in the back garden. Indoors they have tea, coffee and snacks. They also have a small children’s activity area. Prayer Group meets at 1pm Mondays and Bible Study 1pm Thursday. All of these are open to everyone. 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 clacksguides@yahoo.co.uk. 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.

Tuesday at The Civic Centre in Tullibody (next to the Linden Inn). There are two classes on a Tuesday, one at 5pm and the other at 7pm. For more information call Margo on 07879 477 921.

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.

Bookbug: Go along and join free rhyme, song and storytelling for under fives at Tullibody Library, the Civic Centre, on Wednesdays from 10am till 10.30am, excluding school and public holidays.

Tillicoultry Toddler Group: Toddlers are open 5 days a week Monday to Friday, for all pre-school children and babies with their grown-ups. Lots of fun activities and a healthy snack in Tillicoultry Community Centre at 9.30am until 11.15am. Cost £2 per session.

Tullibody History Group: The next talk of the season will take place on Thursday October 25 at 7-30pm. In Tullibody Heritage Centre, Abercromby Place. The topic will be “What the Vikings Did For Us” By Julian Ward. Tea/coffee will be served afterwards and there will be a nominal charge for the evening. During the winter months the Heritage Centre can accessed by contacting 01259 723376. Groups and individuals all 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 Tillicoultry Library on Thursday’s from 10am to 10.30am. Tillicoultry Bridge Club: Latest results – N/S 1 Jim Paterson and Laura Knox +1570, 2 Kay and Sheila Anderson +1080, 3 Jimmy Hamilton and George Smith +1000. E/W 1= Winnie McDermott and Liz Duncan +680, 1= Alex Anderson and Jutta Griffiths +680, 3 Alan and Andy Roberts -110.

Muckhart Muckhart SWRI: Our next meeting will be the 88th Birthday Dinner on Tuesday, October 16. Please contact Nancy Wilson if you wish to attend. Our November meeting will be held on November 20 in the Coronation Hall, Muckhart at 7.30pm when we will have a Jewellery Demonstration. Competitions will be a Favourite Necklace and 3 x Treacle Toffee. New members will be made very welcome.

Stirling Tullibody Slimming World: Slimming World takes place on Wednesday’s from 5.30pm till 7.30pm in the Civic Centre, Tullibody. For further details call Margo on 07879 477 921. 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 Leisure 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. 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. Muirside Rise Residents Association: Anyone wishing to join the association should call June Anderson, secretary on 01259 220 766 of go along to one of their meetings. Slimming World: A new slimming world class takes place on every

Charity Christmas Party: A charity Christmas Party for Women is being held at Vinneys Bar, Stirling on Friday November 16 between 8pm and late. The Scrummy Butlers will be making an appearance and the event is optional fancy dress so guests can dress up in outfits such as Mrs Clause, Fairy, Elf etc. Entry costs £5 and tickets can be purchased from Margo by calling 07879 477 921 or by Email margomcgregor@fsmail.net. All money raised will go to the Children’s Charity PFCC.

Kincardine Kincardine History Group: The first meeting of the new session is on Wednesday,17th October at 7pm in the Glancy Lounge of the Community Centre. Our speaker is Ian Low whose subject is “ Where There is Life There is a Hope” - 500 years ot the Hope Family of Hopetoun House.
The new Winter Syllabus offers a variety of interesting topics, and visitors are welcome to come along to any that are of particular interest to them.
Meetings, which are held once a month, cost £1.50 and there is an annual charge of £3.50 for Community Council membership. Posters of forthcoming meetings are displayed throughout the Village -look out for them! So why not give the TV a rest and see real live presenters in action! Everyone is welcome to come along, and afterwards have a cup of tea or
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t was a fun afternoon for the pupils at Lornshill Academy just before the school stopped for the midterm break. Whilst it was fun and games, at the same time they were raising money for charity. Face and nail painting, live music, games, a musical performance from the school orchestra and even a BBQ were all on hand for the pupils and staff to enjoy. Well done to all involved.


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Wage: Competitive rates of pay apply Hours: 37.5 PER WEEK, MON FRI, TIMES TO BE AGREED Location: Scotland FK14 Duration: Permanent Date posted: 11 October 2012 Closing date: 02 November 2012 Pension details: No details held Description: The principal duties of a Technician are to: carry out site operational and maintenance duties including both scheduled and unscheduled turbine maintenance; respond to breakdown calls; site safety and environmental management. Candidates must have a minimum of an NVQ level 3 in an electrical and/or mechanical engineering discipline and experience in an electro/ mechanical engineering environment. Previous experience in this work is preferable but not essential. Training will be provided as and when necessary. Please visit the company website for fuller details regarding the requirements of this vacancy at www.b9energy.co.uk Opens new window (unless JavaScript disabled) . OR GO ONLINE: www.b9energy.co.uk Opens new window (unless JavaScript disabled). REF: HST Vacancy How to apply You can apply for this job by sending a CV/written application to Paula Coard at B9 Energy O and M Ltd, p.coard@b9energy.co.uk. Employer B9 Energy O and M Ltd ACTIVITIES ORGANISER Job No: ALL/24003 SOC Code: 6115 Wage: Meets Nat Min Wage Hours: 37.5 PER WEEK, MONDAY - FRIDAY, 9AM-5PM Location ALLOA, CLACKMANNANSHIRE FK10 Duration: Permanent Date posted: 11 October 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. Previous applicants are welcome to re-apply. Please call between

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9am-4pm How to apply You can apply for this job by obtaining a Jobcentre Plus application form by selecting this link www.dwp.gov.uk/ docs/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 RETAIL SECURITY OFFICER Job No: ALL/23980 SOC Code: 9241 Wage: £6.28 PER HOUR Hours: 40 PER WEEK Location: ALLOA FK10 Duration: Permanent Date posted: 09 October 2012 Pension details: Pension available Description: Must be age 18. Refers to SIA licence and nights. Experience is essential. This is working for a prestigious client. Proven checkable work or back to school history required. Duties include patrolling retail outlet, liaising with customers and management, store checks, health and safety checks and completing paper work and writing reports. Benefits include: Simply Health plan, legal helpline and free uniform. To apply please send CV to j.bisset@oltecgroup.com. The employer has claimed an exception under the Equality Act 2010. How to apply For further details about job reference ALL/23980, 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. WAREHOUSE OPERATIVE Job No: ALL/23979 SOC Code: 9149 Wage: MEETS NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE Hours: VARIOUS SHIFT PATTERNS OVER7 DAYS BETWEEN 7AM -11 PM Location: DUNFERMLINE, FIFE FK10 Duration: Temporary Date posted: 08 October 2012 Pension details: No details held

Description: Must be able to get to Dunfermline no public transport goes there. Aged 18+. . A drug and alcohol screening policy is enforced by the employer. Duties will involve picking, packing and despatching customer orders. Also opportunities for fork lift truck drivers. Must have own email address for online Disclosure Check. Employer will pay cost. You will be required to provide a 24 month checkable background or back to school history. You will need to provide a valid passport or full birth certificate, confirmation of National Insurance Number and proof of address. There are various shift patterns between 7am 11pm, to apply please request an interview slot to attend Alloa Jobcentre on Friday 19th October 2012 How to apply For further details about job reference ALL/23979, 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. Printer friendly ENTERPRISE COORDINATOR Job No: ALL/23999 SOC Code: 3543 Wage: £18,441 PER ANNUM PRO RATA Hours: 22.5 per week, job share - days and times to be confirmed Location: ALLOA, CLACKMANNANSHIRE FK10 Duration Temporary Date posted: 11 October 2012 Closing date: 02 November 2012 Pension details: No details held Description: The post holder will be responsible for the development of enterprising activities of the project trainees there by supporting them to move towards employability, establish ways of developing the Maker Gallery & Bistro to generate an income from activities & move towards sustainability & a successful commercial venture, maximising potential marketing &. enterprise from a local to national level as appropriate & managing financial social & operational

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requirements within the gallery. Must have experience of identifying & securing funding streams, experience of event management, a proven track record in effective finance & budget management & excellent communication & organisational skills. Temporary, 3 months leading to permanent. Successful applicants are required to provide a standard disclosure. Disclosure expense will be met by applicant. Please email or call: 01259 214 951 for an application form. DO NOT SEND CV. Previous applicants need not apply. How to apply You can apply for this job by obtaining the employer’s application form by telephoning 0125 9214951 ext 0 and asking for Lynda Smith or alternatively by emailing the employer at info@ reachoutwithartsinmind.org. uk and returning it to Lynda Smith at Reachout With Arts in Mind, Unit 2 and 7, Alloa Makers Vil, Ludgate, ALLOA, Clackmannanshire, FK10 2DE or to info@ reachoutwithartsinmind.org. uk. Employer Reachout With Arts in Mind CARE ATTENDANT Job No: ALL/23961 SOC Code: 6115 Wage: £6.65 PER HOUR Hours: 16 PER WEEKMORNINGS,,EVENINGS AND WEEKENDS Location: ALLOA, CLACKMANNANSHIRE FK10 Duration: Temporary Date posted: 05 October 2012 Pension details: No details held Description Driving licence and use of car is essential. Due to an increase in demand for the service, we require extra care attendants. No experience is required, training will be given. Duties will include caring for clients of all ages and different health backgrounds, and support to carers in the community. Mileage allowance of 37 pence per mile. PVG will be carried out by the company. The costs will be met by the employer. Must be flexible with days and hours of work. Temporary in the first instance. Duration unknown but could lead to permanent position. Collect an application pack in person from employer’s premises. How to apply You can go and see the employer about this job without telephoning beforehand. Ask for Elaine


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McLeod at Crossroads Caring Scotland, 19 Mar Street, Alloa, Clackmannanshire, FK10 1HR. Employer Crossroads Caring Scotland PROJECT OFFICER - AUTISM Job No: ALL/23996 SOC Code: 3232 Wage: ÂŁ21,000+ per annum Hours: 21 hours, Monday - Wednesday, times to be agreed Location: Alloa, Clackmannanshire FK10 Duration: Permanent Date posted: 11 October 2012 Closing date: 24 October 2012 Pension details: Pension available Description: The job: To provide tailored one to one and small group sessions about sexual health, relationships and puberty to young people aged eight -19 on the autistic spectrum, their parents and front line professionals. The person: Experience of delivering educational sessions to young people on the autistic spectrum as well as their parents and carers. Knowledgeable about sexual health, relationships and puberty. Highly organized, flexible and able to work

with minimal supervision. Excellent communication and negotiation skills. Able to travel with occasional overnight stays, valid driving licence and access to a car. Interviews in Alloa 7 and 8 November 2012. PVG expenses will be met by the employer. How to apply You can apply for this job by visiting www.fpa.org.uk/ aboutus/jobsatfpa Opens new window (unless JavaScript disabled) and following the instructions on the webpage. Employer FPA GARDENER/FIREWOOD PROCESSOR Job No: ALL/23842 SOC Code: 5113 Wage: NEGOTIABLE DEPENDING ON EXPERIENCE Hours: 40 PER WEEK, MONDAY TO FRIDAY, BETWEEN 8:00AM - 8:00PM Location: ALLOA, CLACKMANNANSHIRE FK10 Duration: Permanent Date posted: 06 September 2012 Pension details: No details held Description: Must have full driving licence with trailer towing and

previous employment in a similar role, including garden maintenance, is essential. Duties will include general garden maintenance, grass cutting, weeding, hedge cutting and all associated tasks and processing and delivering firewood.Desirable skills ,basic joinery /fencing. How to apply You can apply for this job by sending a CV/written application to Jamie Macaulay at Gartlove Gardening, Gartlove Farm, ALLOA, Clackmannanshire, FK10 3PZ or to jamiemacaulay@msn. com. Employer Gartlove Gardening SEWING MACHINIST Job No: ALL/23886 SOC Code: 8113 Wage: ÂŁ6.08 PER HOUR Hours: 36 PER WEEK, MONDAY - FRIDAY, BETWEEN 8AM - 4.45PM Location: ALVA, CLACKMANNANSHIRE FK12 Duration: Permanent Date posted: 13 September 2012 Pension details: No details held Description: The Campbell Group is

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these environments is highly desirable. You must have full valid Commercial gas tickets, and a full driving licence. How to apply You can apply for this job by sending a CV/written application to Joanne Crampton at Thorn Baker Limited, joanne.01501EC0.0@ applythis.net. Employer Thorn Baker Limited SALES ASSISTANT Job No: SLN/23135 SOC Code: 7111 Wage: MEETS NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE Hours: PART TIME /FULL TIME Location: STIRLING ALLOA FK7 Duration: Permanent Date posted: 11 October 2012 Closing date: 01 December 2012 Pension details: No details held Description: We are recruiting in Fallin, Cowie, Stirling and Alloa. Must have retail experience, the ability to work as a busy team. Have excellent customer service and outstanding communication and the ability to work with

technology. Must be flexible with hours and able to work week ends. Key Tasks :-Till Operation ensuring a high standard of customer service is provided at all times Checking Merchandising News Magazines deliveries returns Processing Stephens Bakers deliveries returns Processing all lottery transactions Checking delivery of goods received Reporting discrepancies to line manager Checking quality freshness temp checks of fresh goods received Replenishment, Merchandising Ticketing stock to company standards Date checking stock rotation Recording of temperature checks Reporting customer complaints to Management. How to apply For further details about job reference SLN/23135, 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

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Direct. The textphone service for deaf and hearing-impaired people is 0845 6055 255. SUPERMARKET ASSISTANT Job No: SLN/23120 SOC Code: 7111 Wage: MEETS NAT MIN WAGE Hours: VARIOUS FULL TIME AND PART TIME Location: STIRLING FK8 Duration: Permanent Date posted: 10 October 2012 Closing date: 21 October 2012 Pension details: Pension available Description: New Supermarket opening in Stirling. Waitrose invites all interested candidates to apply for the Supermarket assistant role within the store. This role will cover various positions all through the store and further information and application can be found on WWW. JLPJOBS.COM from 15/10/12 PLEASE NOTE : ONLINE APPLICATIONS ONLY. How to apply You can apply for this job by visiting WWW.JLPJOBS.COM and following the instructions on the webpage. Employer Waitrose

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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.

Successful advisors will see on target income in excess of £100,000.

Contact us at info@urbanblack.co.uk or on 0808 108 1186 for further information. Urban Black Associates, Lomond Suite, Ellismuir House, Ellismuir Way, Tannochside Park, Uddingston, G71 5PW. Urban Black Associates is a trading style of Urban Black Ltd.

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re you looking to make the next move that will put your career on the right path? Or perhaps hoping to take that first step into the world of journalism? Hub Media is looking for a talented reporter /trainee reporter to join its team working on the Wee County News, based in Alloa. The successful applicant will be adaptable and able to cover news and sport while bringing exciting ideas to the table. We are looking for an ambitious reporter or graduate with a qualification in journalism, shorthand and knowledge of Scots Law. The ideal candidate will have an excellent news sense and the ability to remain calm while working to a strict deadline. 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:

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is people spending their hard-earned money on the comforts of home.” Carrying out home improvements over the past four weeks appears to have been a more popular task than going away on holiday, with spending on airlines down by some 25 per cent on an annual basis. And it seems the whole family is getting in on the DIY act as it is reported that Dads’ do-it-yourself skills are saving their grown-up children a significant sum of money. Research carried out by cosyhomesonline.com reveals that three-quarters of homeowners have called in their father for help with

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same work they would charge £2,413. A spokesperson for the website states: “The research shows dads lead the way when it comes to DIY skills.” Meanwhile, recent research from Yorkshire Bank revealed that 61 per cent of people are looking to carry out home improvements over the remainder of 2009, while just five per cent are aiming to move. However, as the summer months rapidly approach, those looking to get to grips

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Honda sell 1 million hybrids

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onda has announced that its cumulative worldwide

sales of hybrid vehicles broke the 1 million mark at the end of September 2012.

This milestone was reached almost 13 years after sales began of the first generation Honda

History of Honda’s Hybrid Models

Month / Model introduced Honda’s cumulative worldwide to the market hybrid vehicle sales 1999 November: First generation Insight 2001 December: Civic Hybrid 2004 December: Accord Hybrid (North America only) 2005 April: 100,000 units 2007 May: 200,000 units 2009 February: Second genera- August: 400,000 units tion Insight 2010 February: CR-Z December: 600,000 units Year

October: Fit Hybrid 2011 June: Fit Shuttle Hybrid (Japan only)

December: 800,000 units

October: Freed Hybrid (Japan only) Freed Spike Hybrid (Japan only) 2012 May: Acura ILX Hybrid September: 1,000,000 units (USA, Canada only)

Insight in Japan in November 1999. The first generation Insight achieved fuel economy of 35km/ litre* which was the world’s highest fuel economy among all mass-production petrol-powered vehicles at the time. Hybrid is an essential step from the internal combustion engine towards full Electric Vehicles and Honda believe this technology will play an increasingly important role. Building on the unique features of its original lightweight and compact IMA (Integrated Motor Assist) hybrid system, Honda has been enhancing its hybrid vehicle lineup and currently sells 8 hybrid models in approximately 50 countries around

which delivers both superior handling and excellent fuel economy. This system will be applied to the new NSX which will be sold in Europe.

Under the global environmental slogan of ‘Blue Skies for Our Children,’ Honda will continue its efforts to develop the world including 3 and sell hybrid vehicles hybrid models in Europe.

 in an aim to realise a low Honda is developing its carbon society. hybrid technologies to meet differing customer demands. By further advancing its current onemotor IMA hybrid system Honda will UNLEADED aim to achieve number one fuel ASDA - Alloa - 135.7 economy among all Morrisons - Alloa - 135.9 hybrid vehicles. Tesco - Alloa - 135.9 In addition, Honda Gulf Tullibody 138.9 will introduce a new two-motor Highest - 140.9 hybrid system for DIESEL mid-size models ASDA - Alloa - 139.7 and an efficient, Morrisons - Alloa - 139.9 high-output threeTesco - Alloa - 140.9 motor hybrid system, the Sport Gulf - Tullibody - 142.9 Hybrid SH-AWD® Highest - 144.9 (Super Handling Source: petrolprices.com Prices All Wheel Drive), correct at time of print.

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Outgoing Audi A6 – grab a bargain

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t has been well known that in the executive market, there are a few cars that spring straight to mind. Natural choice is the BMW 5 series, followed closely by the E-Class Merc and the Audi A6. With the new A6 available, does buying up an outgoing model stack up? Yes it does, particularly if you are looking to travel in business class but only have the budget for a Fiesta. The Audi A6 has all you need in a saloon at very sensible prices in the used car market. With the A6, Audi has managed to blend refinement with a relatively sporty drive (depending on which model you opt for). The suspension on the A6 is firm, which allows good nimble handling with the feeling of plenty of grip. If you opt for the sports suspension the A6 can feel unsettled on bumpy roads. One thing you would notice is just how light the steering is on the A6, which to some may feel unusual at first, but it does make low-speed manoeuvring, such as parking, much easier. The build is generally very good, which means that Audi have managed to control wind and road noises, even at

from Audi these days, the fit and finish are literally flawless, utilising high quality materials. In terms of which power plant to go for, you would be best spending your hard earned cash on one of the many diesel options. The diesel cars are far more common than the petrols variants, and hold their value better. That said, the entry-level 138bhp 2.0-litre TDI performs well in such a large car but can be found lacking under certain circumstances. If you crave more performance, then the smooth middle of the road, 178bhp 2.7-litre V6 is the next best option. The A6 also is had to be cool: the colour of your shirt, available with a your choice of car, your behaviour, your 233bhp 3.0-litre impression of him or her… So who’s been saying it? To my ear, V6 diesel, everyone under 40, plus Clarkson. And despite being especially the children. When their noses the quickest aren’t stuck to US-made telly programmes, A6 diesel they they use “cool” where “nice” would have are very hard to been my generation’s description for, say, a tasty wee cookie… er, biscuit. come by. Anyway, I just wanted to say, if I may: It would be Please cool off, Jeremy, before you find wise to consider yourself judging the coolness of this or a petrol model, that Zimmer frame.

motorway speeds. Inside the cabin and there’s generous head- and legroom inside for four adults and the boot is suitably cavernous and, on some models, the rear seats fold down, allowing for those all important golf clubs to be carried with ease. As you would expect

Clarkson Cool or not? By Rick Wilson

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ho does he think he is, deciding at his age whether or not this or that car is “cool”? When people like Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson adopt such words, the words can be no longer... er, cool. Indeed, it’s just been confirmed for me, by a trendy one who should know, that cool is now distinctly uncool, if you get my drift. I wasn’t told what had replaced it, but could it be that we have won one back from the Americans at last? For 20 years or so everything has

though, if the price is right. Buyers can select from an array of engines here ranging from the turbocharged 2.0-litre with 165bhp, three V6s and two V8s with between 177 and 345bhp. Like all Audi’s, their fantastic quattro four-wheel drive is an option certainly worth looking out for. While the quattro does improve handling and traction, it could be argued that it doesn’t add much extra to the A6. When looking for a second hand A6, it would be wise to search out an automatic gearbox version as they are smooth and feel well matched to the engines. Kit in the A6 was pretty good, at SE level you’ll get a goodies, including climate control, CD player, four electric windows and cruise control. Opting for the more sportier S line variant you get stiffer suspension and racier cabin detailing. Cars that have metallic paint, auto gearboxes, satnav and leather seats will

fetch better resale values. Economy is an important part of buying a car these days and the A6 is able to offer something for everyone. The 2.0 litre diesel returns an official average of 44.8mpg, compared with the 2.0-litre petrol’s 34.5mpg. The 2.7-litre diesel is respectable at 40.9mpg, with the 3.0 V6 at 35.3mpg. Servicing costs are typical for this type of car, but there are plenty of specialist independent garages who will save money but the top tip is to shop around and only go to the main dealer if you really have to. For cars that are three years old and over Audi dealers have fixed-price

servicing, along with set prices for replacing standard parts, such as brake pads, which represent decent value. The A6 has a good reputation for reliability, but like all manufacturers, some issues have become known more than others. Top of the list is the aircon, which is surprisingly susceptible to faults; make sure it blows ice cold. The diesel engines can get through a fair amount of oil between services, so it is vital to keep an eye on the oil level. In all, the A6 is an excellent car and available at very competitive prices.


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Six British Champions and two make Olympic team

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an outing to Swanswater on Sunday with five of the more experienced members fishing the main pond from boats for the first time. All the youngsters enjoyed their morning and their all-round fishing ability and general behaviour on the water brought many compliments from adult anglers round the water. Robert Fyfe had the best bag of 2 for 6lb 6oz plus a biggish Brown returned. The Fishery is now closing at 6.30pm TOP 5 CATCHES: John Dailly, Glasgow, 4 for 16lb, including 3 Blues biggest at 6lb, Alec Knox, Glasgow, in two visits, 7 for 24lb 12oz, including 4 Blues, biggest one at 5lb 12oz, Brian McIntosh, Banknock, 3 Blues for 12lb 4oz, biggest one at 5lb, Alan Smith, Cumbernauld, 5 for 15lb including a Blue, Willie Martin, Stirling, 5 for 10lb from the small ponds including 4 Blues

The good spell of weather ended on Thursday evening and into Friday monrning with so much rain falling I thought it was going to sink the boats if it had not stopped. The water has been fishing very well with a wide variety of dries and lures. There is still plenty of flies hatching and there has been a lot of sedges on the top. It was

great having six sunny days the most sun we have had all year. Top Catches: Matt Kirk Helensburgh3 fish 8 lbs Blk&Gr & Wh&Gr Fritz, D Brownlie Grangemouth 4 fish 11.3/4 lbs Yellow Dancer, John Stevenson Cowie 3 fish 8.1/4 lbs Blk & Green Fritz, N Riley Perth 2 fish 7.1/2 lbs Dry Fly, David McCrae Falkirk 4 fish 12.1/4 lbs Buzzers

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a place in the team. Both Wrestlers showed their class by dominating the bouts and winning the first two rounds, receiving their invitations to compete in the youth Olympics. After the selection trials it was back to the competition with the rest of the wrestlers inspired they went on to display some great performances. Shannon went on to win gold in the 57kg for her sixth British title, Brian won Gold at 52kg for his eighth British title, Chelsea Murphy defeated Romanian Julia Russo to win her second British title at 59kg, and Corey Keatings won his fourth British title at

he British Open Wrestling Championships returned to Scotland last weekend after seven years, giving Tullibody Wrestling club a chance to compete on home soil. This proved to be a great advantage to the club as they went on to win six British titles and four Bronze medals. Also at stake were three places in the Olympic team for the upcoming Olympic youth Festival to be held in Australia in January. Shannon Hawke had to compete in a wrestle off against Irish wrestler Bobby Cardwell and Brian Harper had to wrestle Mathew Walton for

50kg in the Juniors. Mark Sheehan took Gold in the 60kg juniors group and Jordan Archibald rounded of the Gold medals winning the 120kg category. The Bronze medals went to Robbie Davies who competed at 32kg and in their first British open Ben McQuire 26kg, Christopher Gibson 33kg and Robbie Duddy 47kg all put on a great performance to take third place. Henry Martin finished in fifth place in the 84kg group. Club referees for the day were Darren Bridges and Chelsea Murphy. The club thanks NO MESSIN! And SPORTSMATCH.

DOLLAR GOLF Saturday 13th October - Polish Cup (Round 1) It was a damp day and wet underfoot for the first round of Dollar’s winter season Polish Cup competition on Sunday 13th October. For all this there was a good turn-out and some excellent golf. In particular, it was Gordon Fenwick who quickly came to terms with conditions to top the leader board with a high scoring 44 Stableford points. Div 1: 1st Gordon Fenwick (12) 44 pts; 2nd Jim McEwan (7) 43 pts; 3rd Brian Miller (10) 41 pts. Div 2: 1st Terry Young (18) 39 pts; 2nd Charles Norman (15) 39 pts; 3rd Tom Dow (18) 37 pts.

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The settled weather at the start of the week, with cold nights and sunny, calm days, led to some excellent conditions for fishing. Cloudier conditions and heavy overnight rain towards the end of the week coloured the water very slightly but the fishing was still very good at the weekend. Many anglers were having a rather frustrating time hooking and losing fish, but others were holding on to their catches. The fish are around four feet down and are still active, looking to chase a wide variety of lures and nymphs. Favourite patterns included the usual Dancer, Damsel, Cat’s Whisker and Buzzer, with Tadpole, Ace of Spades, Montana, Diawl Bach and Hare’s Ear also taking fish. There were no really big fish landed this week, although a few were hooked and lost, but several in the 5lb to 6lb range feature in the catch returns. The Swanswater Cygnets JAC had

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BANNOCKBURN TOO STRONG FOR FOOTS., 2ndXV

FOOTS., 2ndXV 5 – BANNOCKBURN 22

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ith Foots., coming up against a 1st XV in Bannockburn it was always going to be a tough game and so it proved as Bannockburn brought a well drilled side . Foots., welcomed another new player in Australian Nick Anderson who slotted in well. Foots., were hampered once again by multiple changes plus two ‘no shows’, which left them without a recognizable set of half backs, found it difficult to settle and were put on the back foot almost immediately. Mike Killbank and Mike Slade did well to kill Bannocburns first attack. Despite some Sterling work by the Foots., pack particularly the back row and Ben Harrison, who was pressed into the scrum half role, Bannockburn were held out for about

15 minutes. However Bannockburn eventually won a scrum and moved the ball well across field until Grant Carmichael put in a cracking tackle, unfortunately for Foots., Bannockburn were quicker onto the spilt ball and dashed over for a try, which was unconverted. The game was then transferred to the 1st team pitch due to a bad leg injury to one of the Bannockburn players . We wish him a speedy recovery. Foots., playing with real attitude managed to hold Bannockburn out until almost half time when they went over for a try. Half time Foots., 0 – Bannockburn 10 Playing downhill Foots., could have been expected to put pressure on the visitors put poor handling let them down and Bannockburn benefitted

enough to run in twotries, both of which they converted. Shortly before full time Bannockburn were stopped just a meter or so from the Foots., try line and quick hands from Nick Leeson, Daryn Smith, Cameron Wallace and Kenny Paterson took the ball well downfield, from where Foots., managed to mount a succession of attacks, one of which resulted in Neil Leeson getting a good try. Full time Foots., 5 – Bannockburn 22 Once again Foots., failed to do themselves justice due to the lack of just one or two extra bodies. A big thank you to Norrie Edgar , Jim Kerr, Kevin Fyffe and Kenny Paterson for turning out at the last gasp and putting in good performances. This sat.. we are home to Falkirk.

DARTS LEGENDS LIVE IN EXHIBITION The Legends of World Darts are heading to Alloa Town Hall on Friday Oct 26th , Eric Bristow , Bobby George , John Lowe & Bob Anderson Will be on hand to help the County Raise much needed funds , Tickets start from only £10 with vip at £20 and tables of 8 £150 Tel 07872078715 to book , Can all local players who are taking on the legends pls contact Davie Hanson LEAGUE NIGHT OFF The Local league will be on

a night off on friday Oct 26th due to the County Fundraiser , All league players are very welcome to attend With Tickets at only £10 get along and support the County INTER COUNTY The Next Match for the Inter County Team will be at Home to Perthshire on Saturday Dec 1st , All players please be in the Oakwood For 10am SCOTTISH TRIPLES PLAY OFFS The County play offs for the Scottish Triples will be held

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revious matches between these 2 sides have historically been close affairs, but whilst the score line may suggest otherwise this was another keenly contested encounter. Rarely can a team walk off a park after a 5 try defeat with their heads held high, but this was exactly what the Alloa side managed against a side who now sit top of the league. The visit to Elliott Road was always going to be a tough task, but the visitors started the match very much on the front foot and for the first 10 minutes it looked like they were capable of upsetting league form. However, a moment of madness from Tam McGowan, effectively killed off any chance of the league points leaving Dundee. The Prop forward felt that he was on the wrong end of a stamping incident and foolishly decided to take the law into his own hands, which was only ever going to result in a red card and ensure that his team mates were destined for an uphill battle for the remaining 70 minutes of the match. Whilst the visitors were trying to reshuffle their pack,

the Dundee side took all of 2 minutes to press home their numerical advantage when they scored a nice try out wide after the forwards had created some space by drawing in the Alloa defence. Alloa were then quickly dealt another blow when Captain, James Dawson was forced to leave the pitch with an ankle injury and once again within a few minutes the home side doubled their lead with a neat backs move which carved open the visitors defence. As half time approached, Alloa created a few chances of their own but were thwarted by a strong defence. Although, Alloa battled hard to regain some parity in the second half, they gradually had to retreat deeper and deeper into their own half and despite some heroic efforts in defence the extra man advantage was always going to be a deciding factor. The next score followed from some concerted pressure on the Alloa line and eventually the ball was shipped out through the backs to the home side winger who scorched over for a converted score.

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lloa’s second team really came of age over at Glensburgh last Saturday where the pushed a very strong home team right to the final whistle. Grangemouth scored first however a Lee Cairney penalty brought the half time score to 5-3 in favour of Grangemouth. Alloa had a number of chances to win the match in

the second period however a lack of support at the final pass was to prove crucial. Grangemouth scored a second try however Alloa were still within a score right to the death when the home side scored their third and final try with the last play of the match. This was a fantastic performance from the young Alloa side who tackled and

TILLICOULTRY GOLF Champion Grant Murray (also Braehead). Dollar’s Eilidh Watson playing out of Muckhart will be trying to improve on her 4th place finish in 2011 It will be a challenging test over the long course and against 63 of the best boys and girls in Scotland so best of luck to all! CALLUM CZECHS OUT A GOOD SCORE Tulliallan’s Callum Macaulay has been having a tough time on the Challenge Tour---- after some missed cuts in the middle of the

Alloa continued to battle and were unlucky when an excellent break from Scrum Half, David Jess was ended when he only marginally failed to find his support runner with an inside pass after a defender appeared to slap the ball forward deliberately, but the offence was missed by the referee. Alloa deserved a score for all of their hard work and efforts, but the home side held firm and eventually secured their bonus point win with a fourth try which was quickly followed by a fifth with minutes remaining. Taking nothing away from a deserved home side win, but Alloa left the field with a feeling that things could have been different had they managed to keep 15 players on for the whole 80 minutes and the remaining players can hold their heads high after producing a sterling team effort. Whilst everyone gave their all, Fraser Smith had an outstanding match in the Forwards and Kris Aitken was given man of the match for his tireless defensive work. Alloa host Stirling University at home this Saturday – 3pm KO.

Grangemouth 2nd 15 Alloa 2nd xv 3

COUNTY GOLF TOP COUNTY JUNIOR GOLFERS IN ACTION Clackmannanshire has four representatives in the Scottish Junior Champion of Champions to be held over the Duke’s course St Andrews this weekend. Entry is by invitation and is restricted to elite Scottish boys and girls plus Champions from Areas and Counties. Representing Clackmannanshire will be Lawrence Allan (Alva), County Boys Stroke Play Champion Rikky Alexander (Braehead) and County Boys Match Play

Harris FP RFC 1st XV……………………..29 Alloa RFC 1st XV…………………………….0

summer, he has fought back in August and then last week in the Czech Challenge Open he finished the leading Scot. Four well compiled sub par rounds (69, 70, 67, 69) gave a 13 under par score and a share of 11th place. With only two events left--- he competes in Denmark this week--- it’s a very tall order (but not impossible) to reach the top twenty and move to the European Tour. However he must be considerably encouraged by his last performance. Best of luck as well!

Pictured is the winning team who competed in the last competition of the season at Tillicoultry GC - the Graham Trophy A total of 24 gents and ladies had a really good afternoon in this annual event with the Blue Team, under the captaincy of Maria Leel being triumphant. Once again all credit to Davy Drummond and his team for the preparation of the course which is in good condition so late in the season. Thanks to all who contributed to the raffle, and to the caterers who finished off the event with a buffet. Congratulations to all the prizewinners

competed magnificently all day. The spirit and discipline shown is exactly what is needed to keep the Alloa club moving forward. Thanks go to the Grangemouth club for a tough game and their post match hospitality. The 2nd xv are at home this Saturday when they entertain Glenrothes – kickoff 3pm.


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First XI Win Independent Boarding Schools Tournament

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he annual Independent Boarding Schools Tournament took place on Sunday 9 October at Strathallan. Dollar qualified for the semifinals with wins in the group stages against Glenalmond College (1-0) and St Leonards School (2-0). Some high-quality play in the semi-final, combined with excellent team discipline, ensured that Dollar reached the final by beating Strathallan (1-0) with a strike

from a penalty corner by Lindsay-Anne Duff. In the final, against Fettes College, the Dollar XI were two goals down but showed tremendous passion and determination to pull the score back to 2-2. The match then went to penalties with Dollar becoming champions following goals by LindsayAnne Duff, Ciara O’Connell and Alix Brewster and some excellent saves by Lucy McCran in goal. The Dollar girls were

delighted to win the tournament. Captain Alix Brewster spoke extremely well on behalf of the team at the medal presentation. Dollar’s hockey team are having a very successful season having only lost one game so far. Heather Aitken has recently been selected for the Scotland Under 18 squad. The girls will now enjoy a well-deserved mid-term break before returning to action in a couple of weeks’ time.

POOL LEAGUE A League:- Thistle 8 Inn 1 Allanbridge 5 Crown A 4 Crown B 2 Oakwood IFRMT 7 Oakwood D 2 Alva Golf Club 7 Peppes 6 Rileys 3 B League:- Oakwood B 6 Peppes B 3 Cairn B 4 Eagle 5 Cairn C 7 Oakwood C 2 Weirs 4 Cairn A 5 Red Lion 6 B’Burn Miners 3 Upstairs 3 The Bank 6 Davy McGowan Memorial Cup:- The two semi-finals were due to take place last week but unfortunately the first match between the Crown A and the Thistle was unable to be played due to some personal circumstances from within the Crown team and with no other date available to suit both teams the Crown awarded the tie to the Thistle. In the second semi final the Oakwood IFRMT was up against one of this seasons new teams in The Bank from Alloa whom had some very experienced players in their ranks. However,the Oakwood boys were not to be denied and duly booked their place in the final securing a 5-2 victory with the minimum of fuss. The final will take place

this Thursday in the sponsors venue of the Thistle with an 8pm start and all spectators are most welcome. County DoublesSponsored by Oakwood:The draw for this years event took place at last Mondays monthly meeting and served up some interesting ties with a very healthy entry of 50 pairs. The prelim ties are scheduled to take place on Thurs 15th Nov with the first round proper taking place the following week. All web-site members can view the full draw at clackspool.net Scottish Singles Finals:The national singles title is up for grabs this weekend in the Erskine Bridge Hotel with 4 qualifiers from the wee county looking to go far. Sean McEwan(Thistle) is first up at 10am against Edinburgh’s Ricky Anderson. In a repeat of last years final,Pete Smith(Thistle) comes up against the defending champion Pat Holtz at 11.45am. Steven Dobbie(Oakwood) is up against Steven Kirkpatrick at 1.30pm and Stuart

Anderson last but not least on at 3.15pm against Paul Slorach. Good luck to all players. Nations Cup Dublin:- The Scottish under 23 and under 18 teams were in Dublin at the weekend taking part in the Nations cup with 3 brothers from the Crown Alva making their mark on the national scene. Kevin Polley was taking part in the under 18 event and played his part in taking the team to the semi-final but unfortunately they were beaten 13-10 by a strong Wales B1 team. In the under 23 event both Michael and Grant Polley were playing together and they too were excellent helping their team to reach the final but just couldn’t make the final hurdle and lost narrowly to England 13-9. Another major highlight was Michael reaching the final of the Nations Cup under-23 singles event where he stormed into a 3-0 lead only for his opponent to come storming back in an excellent final to defeat Michael 6-3, an excellent achievement to reach the final though.

Central Athletic Club’s Press Report - East District Cross Country Relays held at Camperdown Park, Dundee on Saturday 13th October. Central AC dominated the opening fixture of the cross country season in winning both the men and women’s senior east district relay titles at Dundee’s Camperdown Park. Further strength in depth led to the senior men’s B team taking bronze medals and juniors finishing fourth and fifth respectively in the girls and boys races.

overall. The Club’s ‘B’ team saw James Thomson (10.31/27th), followed by two Under 15’s (James Price (10.07) and Keiran Potter (9.20) finishing 27th overall. Two incomplete teams of Under 13’s saw Ross Hutchison (9.20), Niels Gouw (10.30) and Finlay Ross (9.44) enjoying their runs and picking up useful experience. The Women’s race over three legs of 4,000, saw Jennifer Emsley bring the team home in third place with her time of 14:38, passing on to Fiona Thompson who quickly moved through to

First off were the junior girls teams with three legs of 2500metres, first leg runners Kate Gallagher (sixth in 9:55) and Madeleine Woods (seventh/10:24) ran strongly and passed on to Evie Gallagher (sixth/10:09) and Jenny Walls (seventh/10:05) for the second Under 15 leg. Eilidh MacCorquodale brought the A team through to fourth place with her run of 10:05. The Young Male race was held over the same 2,500 metres loop as the Young Females. Under 13 Conor Ryan started Central’s ‘A’ team challenge finishing in a highly competitive seventh place (9min 06secs). Under 15 Iain Davies picked up the challenge with a sound effort of 8min 30secs to bring the team up to fifth and it was another Under 15, Cameron Harris, who pushed on against Under 17’s to complete the team’s effort (8min 26secs) to finish a highly creditable fifth

second and then came back to the changeover with a good lead with her time of 14:49. Lyndsay Morrison then had the pressure leg of holding the position, but ran strongly with 14:35 to come home well clear of Fife and Edinburgh. The Masters team of Shona Aiken, Kate Weldon and Hazel Dean came in 16th place overall. The Central’s Mens Teams have a history of winning this event going back some six years so there was pressure on the ‘A’ team to deliver once again. With four legs of 4,000 metres it was Alistair Hay who led after the first leg (12min 18sec) recording the second

fastest time of the day. Lewis Millar (12.40) continued the effort followed by another strong run from Alex Hendry (12.29). With the improving Corstorphine AAC only some 30 seconds behind there was some pressure on Andrew Butchart on the final leg. Andrew held his nerve and his pace to bring home the Gold medals with a final leg of 13min 9secs. The Central ‘B’ Team of Sean Reilly (13.05), Cameron Milne (13.00), Scott McDonald (12.30) and Michael Wright (13.28) all produced strong runs to lift the Bronze medals. Central’s ‘C’ team ofTom Watson (13.47/19th); Andrew Hood (15.08/20th); Ross Milne (14.36/16th) and Will Hensman (14.44) to finished 15th overall. Central’s top Masters Team of Johnathon Barlow (15.58); David Eckersley (14.52); Alex Milne (15.25) and Phil Williams (14.24) finished 24th overall and a highly respectable sixth Masters Team. Central’s second Masters Team of Douglas Findlay (16.37); Gordon Adam (16.17); Liam McCabe (16.07) and Stuart Watson (16.36) also did well to finish as 13th Masters Team and 36th overall. The Club’s third Masters team of Allan Gall (17.41); Cameron Campbell (18.24); George McHardy (20.14) and John Millar (19.27) finished 49th overall and 21st Masters Team in what is becoming an ever increasing competitive age group. The team of Chris McHardy (14.35); David Lindsay (15.22) and Sam Fraser (14.57) were lying in a very useful 21st place but were lacking a final runner to finish off their effort.


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Satisfactory performance in Cup win for Sauchie 1st Round Fife and Lothian Cup Sauchie Juniors 3 Lochore Welfare 1 By Sports correspondent Mark Wallace Continued from back page half which did not help the playing conditions for both sets of players. On the twenty-fifth minute, Alan Scott produced a great turn within the Lochore Welfare box to get a shot in which again just went wide. A minute later Wilson and Plenderleith combined on the right wing to enable Cummings to have an attempt, which went over the bar. Sauchie at this point were in control of the match and looking the most likely of the teams to score. Indeed on the twenty-eight minute mark, Sauchie had the ball in the back of the Lochore net. Some great individual play from Wilson, who turned the Lochore full back inside out, then cross to McLellan just on the edge of the box before releasing his shot through a crowded box and into the net. Referee Jordan Stokoe, who is no stranger to the Sauchie supporters from last season decided that Cummings was in an offside position and interfering with play. This was a let off for Lochore Welfare who should have been a goal down. Sauchie continued to push with play down both wings involving Wilson, Carrol, Plenderleith and Cummings, however with no end product. Before half time, Lochore Welfare forced three corners in succession, however King and his defence where able to marshal the ball away each time. Just before the stroke of half time. Sauchie got the reward for their efforts when Plenderlieth got down the wing before cross to the smallest player on the pitch, Wilson. His header from ten yards out went over Inglis and into the net to put Sauchie Juniors one nil up. The second half started with Lochore Welfare scoring from the kick off. With supporters still returning to their seats, Fortheringham played the ball to left winger John Ferguson who managed to get his shot on target and past Darren Dolan in the Sauchie goals. This had been a major feature of the Lochore play with Fortheringham getting the ball to Fergsuon at every opportunity and this time it paid off. For a period Sauchie were unsettled by this and took time to get back into their stride. Kevin Goodwin had a chance when his header went wide. By the sixtieth minute Sauchie restored their advantage. A cross from the right wing was challenged between Scott and goalkeeper Inglis, with the ball dropping to the unmarked

Darren Cummings. With the earliest of chances, Cummings headed the ball into the empty net. Lochore Welfare players protested regarding the challenge on their goalkeeper but referee Stokoe decided it was a fair one. Very sure the goalkeeperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s union may have a different viewpoint. Five minutes later, David Bryne met a Fortheringham cross however his attempt failed to meet the target. Sauchie came close too with attempts from their strikers, Cummings and Scott, which Inglis was able to manage. Darren Dolan had to be sharp when he had to deal with a shot from Kevin Masson after he got onto a ball from Harrower. As the game headed into the last ten minutes, Sauchie continued to push for the third goal to kill off the tie. Chris Purdie had a great thirty yard shot saved by Inglis and then from a corner Carroll got the ball to Purdie who rounded the goalkeeper to play the ball across the goal line without any takers. With two minutes of full time left, Plenderleith broke through and as the keeper came out he played the ball forward and Burns who had earlier replaced Cummings tapped the ball into the net. The Lochore welfare players surrounded the referee and their supporters were vocal in their views that the goal was offside, but Burns appeared level with Plenderleith before receiving the ball. The goal stood and Sauchie Juniors saw out the remaining minutes with a comfortable score line of three - one and into the draw for the next round of the Fife and Lothianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cup. Manager Fraser Duncan will be pleased to have recorded a victory in difficult playing conditions for his players who like to play the ball around the pitch. Better news is the improvement of his list of injured players who will be coming back at a crucial time for the team. This Saturday Sauchie travel to meet Premier League leaders, Ballingry Rovers in the second round of the Emirates Juniors Scottish Cup. Although Sauchie beat Dave Baiklieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team twice last season, Ballingry have been splashing the cash with many new signings from the senior ranks. It promises to be a cracking match and a hard test for the Sauchie players, however one they are more than able to meet. Kick off is 2.30pm.

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Managers Comments Saturday was back to winning ways with and

a convincing 3-1 victory over Lochore in the Fife and Lothians cup. We changed the team about a bit on Saturday and gave a few lads chances to get some good game time in and the team overall played some decent stuff and looked dangerous every time we went forward. With the first goal coming from a marvellous header from Dougie Wilson before half time. The second half Lochore scored with an adventure forward and after that I felt we controlled the game and never looked in any doubt as Darren Cummings and Ally Burns wrapped up the game for us and put us into the next round. A few injuries are starting to clear up and we hope to have Alan Comrie back in contention for the Scottish cup tie away to Ballingry on Saturday. This will be a huge game for the club and they have spent well in the summer and are looking very good with recent form so we will need to be at our best and again we need to be a little bit more ruthless and really put away our chances

if we can do that on

Saturday then we will do well, if not we will find it really testing and will need to defend with everything we have. Bryn Halliwell is still injured and wont be back for a few weeks yet and Jon Tully is training again and looking to return to action in the next few weeks. We will need to be up for the test on Saturday and play to our very best.

Junior Football League Home Away TEAM P W D L F A Linlithgow Rose 6 3 0 0 10 4 Boness United 6 2 1 0 8 5 Kelty Hearts 5 2 0 0 8 2 Hill of Beath Hawthorn 6 2 0 1 5 4 Broxburn Athletic 6 2 0 2 7 3 Bonnyrigg Rose 5 2 1 0 9 4 Sauchie Juniors 5 1 0 1 4 5 Carnoustie Panmure 5 1 0 1 2 3 Camelon Juniors 5 2 0 0 5 2 St Andrews United 6 0 1 2 4 12 Lochee United 3 0 1 1 3 6 Musselburgh Athletic 6 0 1 2 4 6

W D L F A 3 0 0 10 3 2 0 1 8 5 1 0 2 6 5 1 0 2 3 8 0 1 1 3 5 0 0 2 3 7 1 1 1 6 5 1 1 1 4 5 0 0 3 5 8 1 0 2 4 9 0 1 0 2 2 0 1 2 2 7

GD Pts 13 18 6 13 7 9 -4 57 2 7 1 7 0 7 -2 7 0 6 -13 4 -3 2 -7 2


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Cup win for Sauchie Boys did what they needed to progress to next round

Scottish Cup 3rd Round Ticket Information

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fter losing two games on the bounce, Sauchie got back to winning ways when they met visitors Lochore Welfare in the first round of the Fife and Lothian’s cup at Beechwood Park. Manager Fraser Duncan brought in Steven Dolan for Ally Burns and Kenny McLellan for Steven Bell as his only changes, although the home support were pleased to see the inclusion of Jon Tully and Alan Comrie as substitutes. A sign that both players are overcoming their long-term injuries which have contributed to their lack

of first team football this season. The first attack of the first half belonged to Lochore Welfare when John Ferguson broke clear but was tackled in the box by Kenny Feaks. Dougie Wilson then had a shot for Sauchie put out for a corner a minute later. As typical in a cup-tie the play swung from end to end in the early stages with player manager Ray Fortheringham combining with Ferguson on one attacked before King stepped in to clear. Darren Cummings also had shooting opportunities with an attempt just

going wide of Inglis’ post. With fifteen minutes on the clock, Wilson played a deep cross which was not properly cleared and Cummings nipped in to blast the ball over the bar from nine yards. Indeed Gary Inglis ex-Rangers and Dunfermline goalkeeper had to be alert to deal with a dangerous cross from the attacking Grant Plenderleith and then a free kick from Morgan. The pitch was heavy with constant rain throughout the first

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