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Friday 21.10.11 Issue 846

In this issue...

50K town boost

Alloa pupils charity wash

Improvement Grants give local businesses a face lift Page 3

Hard working pupils raise money for LEPRA Page 5

Wee County growth above national average



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he population of Clackmannanshire is expected to rise at over three times the national average over the next 25 years. New statistics show that by 2033 the population of Clackmannanshire could reach 62,577. This represents an increase of 24 per cent compared to 2008, where the current population in Clackmannanshire is 50,630 which is one per cent of the total

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population of Scotland. The population increase for Scotland as a whole by 2033, is only expected to rise by 7.3 per cent. The statistics, published this week (October 19) by the Registrar General for Scotland make interesting reading. Also on the same report, births in Clackmannanshire were on the rise. The stats show births to be booming as the area beat the national average of a 0.4 reduction in births in 2010. Wee County women had 620 babies

last year, an increase of 1.6 per cent. Backing up the birth theme, the statistics also showed that the most popular name for children in 2010 was Logan for a boy and Brooke or Grace for a girl. The number of deaths in Clackmannanshire decreased from 498 in 2009 to 461 in 2010, this is a lower death rate than the Scottish average. The main cause of death for both men and women in the Wee County

was circulatory diseases at 30.4 percent followed by cancer at 29.5 per cent. Finally, the investment in making Clackmannanshire a better place to live and work seems to be paying dividends, as more people also decided to move into the Wee County than those who chose to leave according to the statistics. The figures show a net inflow of 106 people in 2010. This will be good news for the house builders.

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Recruitment P22 Services P23 Looking for a plumber, builder, roofer in your area, check out what the weecounty services has to offer

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Dear weecounty,

I am writing regarding your front page story on 14th of October entitled “Postie can’t be bothered”. Although I agree that the post man should not have littered the town when people are working so hard to make it nicer, I do think the message should extend to all people in the Wee County. The person that put the can into the post box is really to blame and the message should be sent out there are bins all around the town for people to use so they really should not be putting cans, or anything else for that matter, in post boxes.

I was very heartened to read on-line that the Disasters Emergency Committee has received £72million towards the famine in East Africa. I feel the famine has fallen from the thoughts of British people as it is not covered in the media. When it first happened we were flooded with pictures and videos of the horrific scenes taking place there, and rightly so, but now we see nothing.

Yours sincerely, Mr Robert Jamieson, Alloa Dear weecounty,

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Thank you for printing the drop a dress size in 6 weeks piece in last week’s paper, I am going to give it my all. I had been feeling a bit podgy of late and just needed that extra push to start my diet and your paper gave me that push. My first week has been going well and I was surprised at how simple the exercises were for me and how easy the food was to prepare. I am now looking forward to fitting into a gorgeous Christmas outfit and feeling great. Wish me luck! Ethel, Sauchie

I can only assume the famine is still ongoing and the scenes are still heart wrenching so why don’t we hear about it? So I was happy to see coverage again on in news sites to tell us how generous the UK had been and I hope it continues. That being said, I also think we need to keep these people in our minds even when there is not a famine going on. There are people dying every day in Africa and children living without even the basics we take for granted such as water, food, education and health care. It’s great that people gave money in a crisis but it would also be amazing if they could give regularly or even volunteer their time and ensure people get the help they deserve. Mavis McNabb, Dollar

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CRUICKSHANK (Rev Alistair) Peacefully at Alloa Community Hospital on Saturday 15th October 2011 Alistair aged 80 years beloved husband of Sheena, much loved father of Alexander, Gillean and Fraser, father-in-law of Julie and Meredith and devoted grandpaw to all his grandchildren. Service of thanksgiving will take place at Dollar Parish Church on Tuesday 25th October 2011 at 1pm followed by interment at Dollar Cemetery to which all family and friends are respectfully invited.


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50k boost to town centre businesses


54 grants awarded to local companies By Alison Mann


lloa town centre is set to receive a boost as local businesses share over £50,000 handed out from the latest Alloa BID Improvement Grant. The group had invited local businesses to register to receive part of the grant to be used to make the town a nicer place for everyone. Fifty four businesses applied for the grant and will benefit from the scheme. They will receive up to £1,000 which is awarded on a match funding basis, where every pound a business contributes, the Alloa Town Centre BID will match that pound. This grant continues the improvement work which was started through the Imagine Alloa Project, which started when Alloa won £2million from the Scottish Governments Town Centre Regeneration Fund. Businesses wishing to improve their shop fronts will have to follow the Alloa

Town Centre shop front improvement guide and colour scheme. Improvements that were approved at the Alloa Town Centre BID Board meeting, include new signage, internal and external painting, IT equipment, upholstery, lighting. Andrew Mitchell BID Manager “This current grant will help businesses improve their premises and help to attract and retain more town centre customers. This is the third grant which has been offered by the town centre BID, taking the total level of grant provided by the BID to over £160,000. All the shop fronts in Primrose Street were improved through the Imagine Alloa Project”. The BID has now delivered a number of projects which have improved the look and appearance of the town. All improvement works under this current grant scheme must be completed by June 1 2012, official confirmation of the grant award will be sent out this week.

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Government help for first time buyers £4.65m available for shared equity scheme By Alison Mann


irst time buyers are set to get some help from a government initiative to get their foot on the property ladder. Keith Brown, Minister for Transport and Housing, announced that an extra £4.65million has been allocated to the Open Market Shared Equity (OMSE) Scheme to help those on low to moderate incomes into home ownership. In the past four years, the LowCost Initiative for First Time Buyers (LIFT) shared equity schemes which OMSE is part of, has helped over 5,600 people by a home. The new funding allocation almost doubles the OMSE budget from £4.75million to £9.4million and means that the Scottish

Government can aim to help over 250 more first time buyers in Scotland to buy their first homes under the scheme. Through the Open Market scheme, buyers can own a home, but only pay for a proportion of it – between 60 and 80 per cent of its value – with the Government funding the remainder through taking an interest-free equity stake. The buyer does not pay any charges on the equity stake, but pays the Scottish Government a proportion of the sale price at the time of sale, or earlier if they wish. There are limits set on the price of homes that can be purchased under the open market scheme to ensure that only ‘starter’ properties are available through the scheme.

Highland trip for history group By Chris Calder Chairperson

wo members of Tullibody History Group travelled to Thurso to return borrowed fossils and artwork. The group had borrowed the fossils and art work for their exhibition celebrating the bicentenary of Robert Dick (18111866). Whilst in Thurso they were asked by Alan McIvor, chair of Thurso Heritage Society, to attend the unveiling of a beautiful Caithness stone seat in honour of the same gentleman, who was born in Tullibody and moved to Thurso in 1830. Links have been regenerated over the last few years between the two towns, with Caithness Horizons Museum curator Joanne

homeowners, but will also help the Scottish housing market. “We remain committed to continuing support to assist first time buyers under our Low-Cost Initiatives for First Time Buyers

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Mr Brown said: “The Scottish Government has already ploughed millions into a variety of shared equity schemes to help people get onto the property ladder as this will benefit not only those potential new

Howdle, who is responsible for the permanent exhibition on Robert Dick, the Thurso Heritage Society and Joanne Kaar, an artist whose inspirational art work focuses on the botanical specimens that are housed in Caithness Horizons Museum. The recent discovery of the actual specimen of the Tron Tree in Tullibody, sadly chopped down in 1958, which Robert’s sister sent to him at least 150 years ago is incredible. Tullibody History Group are awaiting the outcome of a funding bid to erect a stone monument in the village of Tullibody, publish a children’s book and have a blue plaque, to also mark the life of such an important man.

ordon Banks MP for Ochil and South Perthshire has expressed his concern at the worrying rise in the number of Jobseekers Allowance Claimants in the Ochil and South Perthshire constituency. The number of unemployed claimants in Ochil and South Perthshire in September 2011 was 2,381, a rise of 5.1% from September 2010 when the number was 2,094. Gordon Banks MP said; “This is very concerning and proof that the Coalition policies are failing. Unemployment in the Ochil and South Perthshire constituency has risen from 2,094 to 2,381 in a year - a rise of 287.” “My heart goes out to those who are out of work because they are fighting on all fronts. Winter and Christmas are approaching, food prices are rising, energy prices are rising, and the VAT rate still sits at 20%. When is the Coalition Government going to realise that this situation cannot continue – they just can’t make families suffer like this.”

shared equity schemes. “Once in the property, buyers then have the option to increase the share they own over time and eventually own the property outright.”

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Learning in fresh air


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New outdoor classroom ready for use By Alison Mann


upils at St Bernadette’s primary school are delighted to be able to use their new outdoor classroom that was built on the school’s grounds. The pupils have said a big thank you to the team who spent the summer building the classroom. Headteacher Tina O’Neill said: “As part of our improving school grounds project in partnership with Grounds for Leaning, we identified a number of developments to promote active learning outside. “The final phase of this project was to create a dedicated area in our grounds for learning. Building structures like these can be costly so we roped in the support of the

Council’s Criminal Justice Service who provided all the labour and created a fantastic classroom outside. “The classroom takes pride of place in our grounds having already withstood heavy rain, strong winds and an unfortunate attempt of vandalism.” The substantial structure was build during the school holidays by offenders as part of their community payback, community service or supervised attendance orders. The team were involved in the whole project from the initial design phase, to working with the wood in the service’s workshop to building it on site. The headteacher added: “We want to express our gratitude as we could not have completed this project

without the time and efforts of the team from Criminal Justice.” Councillor George Matchett, Inclusion Portfolio Holder, said: “Learning need not take place solely within classrooms. The

outdoor environment has massive potential to enrich pupils’ leaning and I’m delighted that an outdoor leaning area has been created at St Bernadette’s for the benefit of all pupils. “I’m also pleased to

hear that the work was carried out by offenders. I believe that work undertaken by those serving alternative prison sentences should be visible and benefit communities, just like this project.”



Alloa pupils in charity car wash Lepra charity to benefit from pupils hard work By Alison Mann


aring Alloa school pupils have been washing staff cars to raise money for a charity that helps those suffering from leprosy. The pupils from St Bernadette’s Enterprise and Charity Group were washing staff cars to raise cash for Lepra on Friday, October 14th. The charity has been working for 85 years to

provide care for those suffering from leprosy. Lepra’s vision is a world in which the poorest and most marginalised people have equitable access to health and an improved quality of life. Pupils chose this charity to benefit from the enterprising skills. The group is one of four groups of pupils in primary two to primary seven who work together on Friday afternoons. The other groups

explore health and well being, Eco Schools and Pupil Voice – all areas of the curriculum that impact positively on the school’s ethos and pupils’ skills for life and work. The enterprise and charity group have been planning their business venture through market research and decision making and are looking forwards to counting their profit. This event will be the second charitable fundraising this term, last week pupils raised £79 for Genes for Jeans, the charity that supports families with genetics disorders.

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The snow has finally arrived! I

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was excited to see Tweets from Glencoe Mountain and Cairngorm Mountain announcing snow had fallen on the hills over the last few days. Both ski centres posted pictures from their webcams showing white coverings on the mountain tops – which means skiing will again be on and climbing should get a lot more exciting from now. A quite mysterious hip injury meant I couldn’t ski last year so I am itching to put on my salopette’s and try my luck at not falling head first down a run. More importantly though, is snow on the hills when out walking and climbing – it makes it a lot more

fun, if a little chilly. Last year in early November I had my first proper taste of climbing in the snow and ice and found it so amazing. Looking at Ben More from the bottom I had no idea what a different world it would be up there. My boyfriend Iain and I embarked on the 3851ft mountain which started off pretty easily. It wasn’t until we were nearing the top the wind became very harsh and I was so glad I had layered up in thermals, waterproofs and a wooly hat. The snow became extremely thick very quickly and I found myself wading up the hills knee deep in the

stuff wondering what exactly was beneath me. Further up the snow became considerably icy and we trudged up the mountain, almost digging out a staircase to get up. As we approached the summit, which if you have not been, is pretty steep, we realised we would have to go round the side and let me tell you, I have never felt wind like it before! The wind was sharp and felt like it was freezing my face and although I could hardly feel my feet I knew I couldn’t fall as to the right of me looked like a sheer drop into a snowy abyss. The summit really was something else, as I struggled up through the hard ice I could hear the wind whistling through, which made it seem quite magical. Then was saw the cairn which, once just a pile of stones, was now so thick with icicles it looked like something from Narnia. Anyway, we made it down safely – sliding down on our bottoms once it was safe to do so nearer the bottom. We did more snowy Munro’s after that initial climb and although it could be a difficult, I enjoyed every

Alison at the summit one and cannot wait to get my winter gear out to do some more soon. I should probably mention, for safety’s sake, that Iain and I are experienced climbers and you should always check the weather forecast, take emergency supplies, ensure you have the correct

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Eco flag for St John’s Hard work by staff and pupils results in green flag By Alison Mann


reen fingered St John’s primary pupils were acknowledged for their environmental work by being awarded a Green Flag. The Alloa school children and staff put a lot of work to achieve the prestigious award and have made eco-awareness a whole-school initiative. To become Green Flag accredited, St John’s tackled litter, waste minimisation and recycling. They took part in initiatives that included collecting paper and milk cartons. They also charted the amount of litter collected from their playground, which they have managed to significantly reduce the volume of. Improvements to the playground have included wildlife and tranquillity garden areas being created. The school held an Eco Week last week and the pupils’ favourite event was a book swap day which they plan to repeat this year as part of their efforts to retain Green Flat status. Inclusion portfolio holder Councillor George Matchett said: “My congratulations to all involved in this achievement. It is vital that both children and adults are aware of the

Picture By Andrew Wightman St Johns Green Committee holding their green flag with Cllr Matchett, head teacher Mr McNicol and committee leader Mr McLauchlan impact their actions can have on the environment and I have been impressed with the efforts made at St John’s and other Clackmannanshire primary schools to embed environmentalism into the

curriculum. “The Eco School programme makes an important contribution to achieving environmental awareness by encouraging young people to learn

about and improve their environment and to live in a more environmentally sustainable way.” Eco Schools is an established international programme that encourages

positive attitudes and actions towards the environment. It raises awareness of environmental and sustainable development issues through activities linked to the curriculum.

Interact club raise £596 from Rotary walk


anna Rehman, President of the Alloa Academy Interact Club accepts a cheque for £596 from Club Interact Officer and Past President of the Rotary Club of Alloa, Jim Keenan. The Interact Club members raised these funds at the Rotary Club’s Annual Hill Walk in June. They will be donating these funds to their chosen charity which they will announce shortly.

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News Brief Wee County libraries will be getting ghostly as they hold spooky fun events for Halloween. Free Halloween craft drop-in sessions will take place on Saturday, October 29 in all libraries across Clackmannanshire and CAPs between 9.30am and noon. Various crafts will be available to colour-in and take away including masks, magnets, finger puppets and cards. People can go along for ten minutes to get creative. It is also a great chance to check out the great books available in the local library. It is easy to join, parents or carers just need to bring along something with their name and address and children will receive their own ticket. Book worm’s will be pleased to know that Alloa library will be extending its opening hours. The library will open half an hour earlier in the mornings and stay open half an hour later on a Tuesday evening, until 5pm. The new opening hours are, Monday 9am until 7pm, Tuesday 9am until 5pm, Wednesday 9am until 7pm, Thursday 9am until 7pm, Friday 9am until 7pm and Saturday 9am until 3pm. Councillor Bobby McGill said: “Over the past year we have centralised a full range of services within Alloa Library as part of our overall Customer Service Strategy, so the library is a one-stop-shop for an array of transactions and inquiries as well as being a great place to borrow books and access the internet. “This just goes to show, that even during difficult financial times we are finding ways of expanding and improving our services. There is often a queue of customers waiting to come into Alloa Library in the morning and most other town centre businesses open at 9am.” The Forth Valley branch of Prostate Charity Scotland will be holding their next meeting this month. The group will meet in Park Street Centre, Falkirk at 7pm on Wednesday, October 26 to hear a talk by clinical oncologist Dr Martin Russell. New Drug Treatments in Prostate Cancer is his subject. The group believe it is a subject likely to affect all Wee County residents. It is a very fast moving area of medicine and they are encouraging people to make the date in their diary. All are welcome to attend.



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lackmannanshire Council are holding an information evening for those who would like to learn more about adopting or fostering a child. The fostering and adoption

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information evening is being held at Alloa Town Hall on Thursday, November 3 from 7pm until 9pm. The free event will give potential adopters and foster parents the chance to find

out more about fostering and adopting. They will get the chance to meet social workers from the fostering and adoption team and talk to current carers and adopters. Councillor Janet Cadenhead, portfolio holder for regeneration, said: “Clackmannanshire Council offers fantastic training and access to local support groups for foster parents and

adopters, as well as an allocated social worker for continuity and support. For foster carers, there is pay and training available. “You do not have to be married or in a relationship to foster or adopt, but you will need a spare bedroom and plenty of patience and understanding. I hope lots of potential carers will take the opportunity to find out more about what’s involved.”

Doorstep crime still a major problem Bogus caller reminder for Wee County residents By Alison Mann


ee County residents are reminded to stay vigilant after elderly residents in surrounding areas became targets for bogus callers. Clackmannanshire Doorstep Crime Partnership has joined forces with the Stirling Partnership ensuring residents are not fooled by bogus or cold callers on the telephone. Trading Standards Officer Rosemary McLellan said: “Not all thieves break into homes - some will try to talk their way in and steal while you are distracted - they often pose as council workers, tradesmen or that they work for one of the utility companies for example gas, water, electricity. Bogus workmen turn up at the door offering to tar driveways, carryout garden work or fix roofs, and some pose as council workers. “There have been incidents recently of residents being approached by people claiming to work for the Council’s Roads Service to carryout work of this nature. We would like to remind people that Council workers would not approach residents to carryout work adhoc. Anyone claiming to work for Stirling Council should be asked for identification which can be confirmed by phoning the Council’s Contact Centre on

0845 277 7000 before any work is carried out.” “After being duped by these criminals, who often work in groups of two or more, the victim is often too embarrassed to make a complaint”, added Rosemary. After a spate of calls to members of the public in their homes claiming to be from Central Scotland Police, Derek Mitchell, Chair of the Stirling Reducing Doorstep Crime Partnership said: “Central Scotland Police will never contact members of the public by phone to obtain any personal banking details relating to ongoing enquiries.” “If any member of the public receives a phone call claiming to be from the police or any other agency our advice is do not divulge any personal details. These include, full name, dates of birth or any banking account or security details over the phone. “If any phone number is retained on a Caller ID Display or 1471 then note this and contact Central Scotland Police on 01786 456000 immediately”. “Should details be inadvertently given out then the matter should also be reported to the bank or building society as a matter of urgency to stop all activity on the account including bank cards and on-line banking”.


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so that they can have their fortune told!” If you are bothered by any of these trading practices please do not be afraid or embarrassed to contact the Police on 01786 456000 or Trading Standards on 0845 277 7000. Only by identifying these unscrupulous traders can we prevent others from becoming their next target.


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Friday 21.10.11

News Brief

Parliamentary changes would see Wee County MP cover Dunfermline By Alison Mann


he Wee County’s parliamentary boundaries could completely change if new proposals are accepted by the UK government. Currently Clackmannanshire sits in the Ochil and South Perthshire constituency represented by Gordon Banks MP. However, changes proposed by the Boundary Commission for Scotland mean seven Westminster MP’s will be cut from 59 to 52. The move comes after Parliament decided to cut MPs from 650 to 600, will not see Clackmannanshire lose the MP but will see the layout of the constituency change. The Boundary Commissions recommendations are now out for public consultation for 12 weeks until January 4th 2012 before the proposal will be submitted to the secretary

of state in October 2013. Under the new plans, Clackmannanshire Council areas will remain intact but will move away from the Ochil and South Perthshire constituency. In the current constituency, Clackmannanshire joins with Perth and Kinross Council to make up an electorate of 75,848. The Boundary Commission’s proposals will see Clackmannanshire join with the west side of Dunfermline to create a new Clackmannanshire and Dunfermline West constituency. The new electorate would be 80,438 with every Clackmannanshire Council ward coming under the new constituency. 35% of the old constituency will move to a Perth and Kinross-shire constituency and 15% will move to Stirling and Crieff.

Gordon Banks MP said: “I am disappointed the Boundary Commission has proposed to dismantle Ochil and South Perthshire, but they have dismantled lots of seats. “All parties now have to look at the proposals put forward and whether they want to argue for any changes, and the Labour party is no different. “Clackmannanshire and Dunfermline West as it stands just now covers Clackmannanshire where I have lived for 40 years and have represented as a Member of Parliament for ten years. “I know Dunfermline well, having worked there. It is an interesting seat as far as I’m concerned. “The biggest part of my seat is in Clackmannanshire and Dunfermline West so it would logical sense for me to express an interest in that

seat. “However, I still have four years left to represent Ochil and South Perthshire and I still have a job to do for which I was elected in 2010. “I will work just as hard for


South Perthshire as I would if the boundaries weren’t changing.” The new boundaries would be in place by the next anticipated general election in May 2015.

Five garages were broken into in Tillicoultry and police are appealing for information. The garages, situated to the rear of Ochilview Road, were broken into sometime between 5pm on Sunday October 16 and 10.30am on Monday October 17. Electrical equipment was stolen and police appeal for anyone with information can contact Central Scotland Police on 01786 456000 or information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Ochil Leisure Enterprises are still urging Wee County residents to get online and vote for them to receive a £6,000 grant. They have entered to receive an RBS Community Force award of up to £6,000. There are only three days left for people to vote for the group who will use the money to help make Alva Pool a great complex for local people. Visit to find out more and to vote.

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Clackmannanshire Principal Countryside Ranger, Euan Hil (second from right), welcomed Vice President Alistair Spowage (extreme right) and members of Alloa Rotary Club to Gartmorn Dam with a talk about its history, after which they enjoyed an invigorating walk around the Dam.

Alva pool update

Police are urging a taxi driver who may have information regarding a sexual assault to come forward. The taxi left The Beat nightclub in Bridge of Allan around 2am last Thursday (October 6) and headed to Wallace Street, Stirling. Police believe there were possibly two to four male passengers in the car with a female. Two passengers were memorable as one was dressed as a banana and one believed to be dressed as a clown. A spokeswoman for Central Scotland Police said: “We have carried out extensive inquiries in an effort to trace the taxi driver. We believe he may hold vital information and we are keen for him to come forward. We are certain that the taxi driver would remember this pick-up as two of the men were in fancy dress costumes.” Anyone with information can contact Central Scotland Police on 01786 456000 or information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Hillfoots RFC Annual Sports Dinner

A Fantastic Night of Entertainment to celebrate the clubs 40th Anniversary!


ampaigners to save Alva pool will be meeting with council representatives at the pool next week to discuss their business plan. The group have also requested that they are given time to present their business plan during a meeting of Clackmannanshire Council on November 3, when councillors will decide on the future of the pool. The pool visit on October 24 is designed to complement the interim business plan members of Ochil Leisure Enterprises (OLE) handed to the council’s Head of Facilities Management, Stephen Crawford on September 30. OLE have been campaigning to keep the Alva facility open and now hope Clackmannanshire Council will hand over the pool for the group to run. OLE will also redress any reservations council members may have about the


business plan. A member of the group said: “Although some questions are being asked about some details in the interim Business Plan, the aims of Ochil Leisure Enterprises are achievable and they are not so different from other community run swimming pools that a unknown detail can undermine the case for retaining the Alva Pool Complex. “One important difference for the Alva Pool Complex is that all other community run swimming pools benefit financially from investment by public authorities. OLE is still keen to discuss such investment with local health and social welfare stakeholders and examples of successful arrangements were referred to in the interim

Business Plan.” They also hope to put to rest any concerns that there is no demand for the complex, however OLE believe they can maintain demand for the facilities. They also have support from the Alva Medical Practice with statistics for health outcomes in Clackmannanshire. The group added: “OLE proposes to over employment, generate volunteering capacity and involve the community in the management of the Alva Pool Complex. Out charitable purposes, as stated to the Office of the Scottish Charities Regulator, maintain a strong commitment to the social, educational, sporting and health benefits of retaining the Alva Pool Complex. ”

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To celebrate the clubs 40th Anniversary, we have a packed night of entertainment for you... • Sparkling Welcome Drink • Delicious 4 Course Dinner with coffees • After Dinner Speakers • Special Guest....Alan Lawson, Vice President of the SRU Alan played for Scotland on 15 occasions as a scrum-half between 1972 - 1980, he is the father of Rory Lawson, also a Scotland Rugby Union International player and key member of the Bill McLaren Foundation, in memory of the late, great commentator • Les Peters – Ex policeman and firm favourite on the after dinner circuit • Bruce Fummey – always a firm favourite at the Edinburgh Fringe and guaranteed to have you falling off your seats with laughter. • Fundraising Auction & Raffle – with plenty of prizes to be won Please join us in what promises to be a ‘lively’ Hillfoots RFC night to remember!

To Book Tickets: Contact Jo Hood – 08712 249 720 or email Tickets cost £30 each and tables seat 8 people



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Alloa Academy Notes Inter-House competition Open Evening Congratulations to pupils in Bruce House who have won this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Inter-House competition and gain 15 points for the House. Schaw were in second place gaining 10 points with Erskine in third place gaining 5 House points. Topping the tables for outstanding effort and excellent pieces of work this week was 2S2.


Following on from an interesting rap poem written to stir up interest, our Cake sale for Breast Cancer Awareness on Friday 14th October raised good money. The rap was written by members of the group. Yo Alloa Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cake sale time I know itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weird, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m gonna rap and rhyme, Friday 14th October in the conference room, Time to raise some money for oor wee toon. This will take place at break and lunch, come along them and have a good munch. For Breast Cancer Research, this will help them well, so please come along so that we can sell Peace our form me, our names are her â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Zoey, Ailish, Ashleigh Chloe â&#x20AC;&#x201C; donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have no fear. Help us raise money for this charity this year.

Our Open Evening on Wednesday 12th October was a great success with a variety of activities for parents and their children to be involved in. There were poems to be completed in English; a â&#x20AC;&#x153;favourite piece of literature wallâ&#x20AC;? proved to be a big attraction with a wide variety of reads identified by parents, staff and pupils; in Science a wide range of stimulating activities included placing internal organs in the right place in a body; in Technology students demonstrated the use of equipmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in PE a coached basketball game took place and there was a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Biscuits for Excellenceâ&#x20AC;? challenge completed by finding biscuit information spread all around the school and instigated by the Art team. Our central cafe with music and singing from Senior Pupils was enjoyed by all. Well done to all who took part and thank you to all of you who visited us.

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keeping the Alva pool open for members of the community. Simon Kindlen, spokesman for the group said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;At our most recent meeting we discussed the project and came to the conclusion that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about more than the pool. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also to do with the health of a community and the wealth of a community and creating jobs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a fallacy that you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make

money from a pool. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will be a cultural community hub as well.â&#x20AC;? OLE had previously written a letter to Clackmannanshire council informing them that the report submitted today would be an â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;interim business planâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Time constraints meant they could not produce a full report. Within the letter, signed by Jenny Paterson, the group state the interim

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ee County residents took a walk to raise awareness and tackle stigma over mental health issues. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;See Me Walkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; was held on October 12 and Tullibody Healthy Living, Wee County Walkers and Clackmannanshire Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s integrated mental health service joined together to hold the walk. The route took the walkers through Alloa to Inglewood House were Ceteris provided teas and coffees and Tullibody Fruit Barra supplied lunch. Over 50 walkers took part in the event.


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he construction industry must be used to play a major role in the UK’s economic recovery according to local MP Gordon Banks. His call came after a Construction Products Association event in the House of Commons recently that brought together parliamentarians and senior representatives from across the industry. Ochil and South Perthshire

By Alison Mann MP Gordon Banks, who worked in the construction industry himself for nearly 40 years, has frequently called on the Coalition Government to ensure effective measures are in place to help the industry flourish again; which the MP believes is a vital way forward to lifting the country out of recession. Gordon Banks MP said:

“Once again we are hearing pleas to the Coalition government from the construction sector to help the industry become stronger, and it’s high time that they absorb the facts here. The industry is a key driver of economic growth and the government must look at a strategy to address the issues that are overwhelming the industry. Without this, the economy will continue to stagnate, as

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ee County residents are in for a treat as the annual fireworks extravaganza will be taking place once again. The show will take place at Westend Park in Alloa on November 5th and it is set to be one of the best professional fireworks displays in Central Scotland. The event has been organised by the Alloa and District Round Table and they have promised to improve on last year’s incredible evening. Local band Nae Danger are headlining the evening event, and will play right up to the start of the firework display, which, according to the organisers will be even

bigger and better than last year. David Westland, Round Table Firework Committee Chair “Last year’s event was a massive success for both Alloa and Clackmannanshire, offering an alternative local display which exceeded all expectations, and importantly raised thousands of pounds for local good causes.” Children’s entertainers will also be on site to entertain and amuse youngsters attending the event.

The Round Table will also be selling glow sticks, light sticks and food on the evening. It should be noted that alcohol and fireworks are not allowed into the park. Gates open at 5.45pm, the bonfire starts at 7pm and the fireworks begin at 7.45pm. Tickets for adults are £3 and children’s tickets are £2.

Residents invited to housing event By Alison Mann


ee County residents are invited to a consultation event on housing hosted by Clackmannanshire Council. The event will be about the Scottish Housing Charter in partnership with Ochil View and Paragon Housing Associations. It will give local people a chance to have a say on the standards social landlords should meet, and will enable them to learn more about how local landlords plan to take forward the implementation of the charter. The event will be held in the Tillicoultry Community Centre between 9.30am and 12.30pm on Wednesday, October 26. Councillor Eddie Carrick, Sustainability Portfolio Holder

said: “Following on from the successful consultation event we held in April, and others held throughout the country, the Scottish Government has proposed a specific set of outcomes that landlords across the country should be meeting. “We want our tenants, prospective tenants and our stakeholders to help local landlords determine if these proposals meet their customer needs.” The Scottish Social Housing Charter will be key for the new independent regulator Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR), which comes into force in April 2012 to protect and look after the interests of tenants, homeless people and others who use the services of social landlords. The Council, Ochil View and

Paragon Housing Associations hope that tenants and prospective tenants come along to the event where they will be able to give feedback on important issues such as rent level setting, repairs and allocations. Comments will be collated and fed back to the Scottish Government. As spaces are limited please contact Michelle Flynn on 01259 452404 or email mflynn@ to confirm your attendance. Transport will be made available on request. If you would like to make any general comments about the charter, please email housing@ The Charter Consultation is available at http://

predicted by the CPA - when are they going to listen – it’s not rocket science is it?” “We should be increasing capital investment on construction projects to sustain jobs and skills in the industry and also looking at how this capital investment can be delivered on a local and regional basis. We should be trying to create a business environment that nurtures and allows small and medium sized enterprises to grow and continue trading by getting the major lenders to increase the flow of credit.” “Helping first-time buyers to access finance; the government should be looking at ways to help people get on the housing ladder. A targeted VAT cut, these are all ways that would help the UK economy go forward.” “Everyone accepts that we have a housing crisis in the UK and if there isn’t a concerted effort to address this we will find that when we

MP Gordon Banks. come out of these economic doldrums the crisis will be a catastrophe. Addressing this issue now in a mature way will generate economic activity, increase tax revenues and improve skills in work force whilst at the same time providing accessible housing for the people of the UK” “The latest GDP figures make sobering reading also;

here in Scotland GDP growth has gone backwards and the construction industry is down 2.3 per cent despite SNP promises to boost infrastructure. This decline is deeply worrying. Do the Coalition and Scottish Governments need any further proof that we need a rapid change of course?”



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St Mungo’s Parish Church of Scotland: Date for your diary – the Christmas Market takes place this year on Saturday 26 November between 10am and 1pm in Alloa Town Hall. The Craft Group meets every Monday between 2pm and 4pm. New members will be made most welcome. This is followed by the ever-popular tea and coffee morning every Wednesday between 10am and 11.30am. Alloa Trefoil Guild: The next meeting, a Fellowship Evening, will take place at Alloa Ludgate Church Hall on Monday 24 October at 7.30pm. All are very welcome. Pilates: Change your shape for Christmas with Pilates. Every Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm in Ludgate Church Hall, Alloa. To book telephone Lorna on 07533173335.


Darby and Joan Club: The president welcomed members to their weekly game of dominoes and whist on Wednesday 12 October. Domino result – 1 Mrs M. Burt, 2 Mrs V. Spence, Consolation Mrs M. Peggie. Whist result – 1 lady Mrs C. Shepherd, consolation Mrs M. McGhee. New members will be made very welcome every Wednesday at 1.45pm.

Alva Bridge Club: Latest results – N/S 1 H. McKillop & B. Wischmann -230, 2 J. McGowan & D. Colquhoun -680, 3 H. Courtney & D. Thornber -940 E/W 1 A. Paterson & A. Frost +3170, 2 D. Coulter & A. Moore +2580, 3 M. Macleod & B. Huntly +1600.


Cambus Bowling Club: A bingo tea will be held on Tuesday 1 November at 7.30pm. Bring your own cup. Tickets 50p.


Scottish Country Dancing: An Autumn Scottish Country Dance will be held on Saturday 22 October 2011 in Clackmannanshire Town Hall at 7.30pm with the music by Frank Thomson SCD Band. Admission is £6.50 including supper. If you would like a copy of the programme or require more information please contact Lesley Ross on 01324 559793. The Circle of Friends: The next meeting will be held on Thursday 20 October in Clackmannan Town Hall at 7pm. All welcome.


Coalsnaughton Burns Club: Cash bingo is held every Monday in the lounge. Contact Cliff on 01259 750517 for details. Eyes down at 8.15, finished by 9.45pm.


Concert: The Men’s Club concert takes place on Monday evening 7 November at 7.30pm in Tulliallan Church. Entertainment will once again be provided by The Crossford Scottish Music Group. Tickets £3 can be obtained from any member of the Men’s Club.

Galatians chapter 1. Several people took part Dollar Museum Book in the services as this Sale: There will be a was Healthcare sale of books in the Sunday. Dollar Museum reading The Women’s room. It will be held Association meets on on Thursday, October Thursday at 2.15 p.m. 27 from 10.30am until Matt and Mary Knox will 1pm and from 2pm until speak and share. The 3.30pm. For any further Bible Study and Prayer information, please Meeting follows at 7 p.m. phone 01259 742282. and the Choir Practice at St James the Great, 8.10 p.m. Dollar – Coffee Morning MENSTRIE SWRI: At the October There will be no Friday St James the Great meeting held last week, Club for Kids (Leo Club) is holding a coffee members enjoyed this week, due to the morning on Saturday an interesting talk by school holiday 5th November between Joanne McKercher on On Sunday, the 10.00am and 12.00 the Diageo Archives. Morning Service and noon in the Burnside Competition winners: Old Kites Group (for children) Hall, Dollar. Admission is Scottish Postcard 1 J. both meet at 11 a.m. £2 per person (children up to the age of 12 - £1) France, 2 J. Conlan, 3 L. The Evening Service will MacLeod. Apple Tart 1. be as usual at including tea/coffee/ E. Minty, 2. L. MacLeod, 6.30 p.m. juice and home baking. 3. M. McKenzie. There will be various TILLICOULTRY stalls selling cakes, MUCKHART Tillocoultry Flood Action Christmas cards, gifts Muckhard Quilters: Group – A meeting is and crafts. This will be The group meet on the to be held of the group an ideal opportunity to first Tuesday of each in the Devonvale Hall start your Christmas month in the Coronation on Thursday, October shopping - everyone Hall from 7pm to 9pm. 27 at 7pm to which welcome! New members always all other members of welcome. For further the community with FISHCROSS information contact concerns relating to Fishcross Primary Mavis 781473 or Sue flooding are invited. School: On Tuesday 743226. 25 October the school TULLIBODY is holding a bingo tea SAUCHIE Tullibody and Cambus in Ochilview Lounge, Sauchie and Fishcross Amateur Gardening Fishcross Primary Club: The next meeting School. Fantastic prizes, U F Church :Last Sunday morning, Rev is on the 25 October at home baking, raffle, Graham Brown spoke 7.30pm in The Gallery, bottle stall. Entry £1, on the theme, “Coping Tullibody Civic Centre. 50p for children. Doors The speaker will be Dr open 6.30pm, eyes down with Illness”. Eleanor Lindsay read part of s Roy Sexton, Chairman 7pm. All are welcome, Corinthians chapter 12. of Scottish Wildlife Trust please bring your own At the Evening Service. who will talk on Wild Plat tea cup. The minister on “Paul’s Poisons and their uses. Portraits of Himself”. The New members very KINCARDINE Bible Reading was from welcome. Men’s Club Annual


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Elizabeth Kinloch Roy MBE 9th June 1925 — 27th September 2011

Obituary written by Isobel Wood of the Clackmannanshire Field Studies Society


much loved Alloa woman who founded the Clackmannanshire Field Studies Society has died. Elizabeth Kinloch Roy MBE, known as Betty, died of a brain tumour, peacefully in the Forth Valley Royal Infirmary on September 27, with her family around her. She was born in Alva on June 9, 1925 and moved to Alloa. She had a break from Alloa when she married a Polish gentleman and went to live in Poland for eleven years. When she returned, she went to Aberdeen to study to become a teacher. She had a lengthy career as a primary school teacher with Clackmannanshire Council, later Central Regional Council and was much liked and respected by pupils, parents and colleagues. Following a local history class held in Clackmannan College of Further Education in 1970, Betty became a

founder member of the Clackmannanshire Field Studies Society. For 40 years, Betty was the driving force behind the Society, which organises annual lecture series and frequent field trips. Betty devoted much of her time to the work of the Society, encouraging interest in the local environment and history of Clackmannanshire and surrounding areas. Betty was chairperson since the early 1980’s and was a central figure in the management and organisation of the Society. She received her MBE for voluntary service to heritage in Clackmannanshire in June 2009. Betty was the Co-Author of: Alloa Tower and the Erskines of Mar; Mines and Minerals of the Ochils; Linn Mill; Clackmannanshire Field Studies Society Newsletter and Survey of the Old Kirkyard. All of this work was

undertaken on a voluntary and unpaid basis and she was always willing to help people who were working to promote conservation or heritage matters. There is much to be proud of in the history of Clackmannanshire and Betty had done more than any other person to make this proud heritage known about and accessible to the general public. She not only helped to preserve historic buildings such as Alloa Tower; through her work as a Trustee of Clackmannanshire Heritage Trust; she researched and made available records of what exists and where it can be found. Her enthusiasm, organising ability and great fund of readily available knowledge have inspired many others to take up the work she started so successfully. Betty took a leading role in getting Alloa Tower

re-established as a tourist attraction. This building was open by HM the Queen in 1996. Betty pioneered Walking Tours of Alloa, showing historic parts of Alloa to the public. These were organised and conducted by Betty and took place regularly. The walking tours started in 1973 and continued up until 18 months ago. Betty helped plan and operated tour bus trips around Clackmannanshire. She also took a leading role in Alloa Kirkgate outreach project, which surveyed and recorded the historic gravestones in Alloa Old Kirkyard. The results of this project were lodged in the libraries of Edinburgh, Stirling and Alloa. A tour guide of the Old Kirkyard was produced, which is used by visitors to trace particular headstones or to better understand the symbols on view.

Lottery funding helps Alloa groups Community groups benefit from Awards for All By Alison Mann


wo groups in Alloa are set to benefit from a share of over £800,000 of Lottery funding through the highly popular Awards for All scheme. Kidzworld Nursery Parents Group and the Indian Community Centre will each receive grants from Awards for All. The community centre will use their £7,444 grant to establish a regular lunch club for older members of the group and the local community. The grant will fund hall hire, food and refreshments, a range of activities, transport costs, a PA system, a microphone with stand and a video projector. Gordon Banks MP said: “I am delighted to congratulate the Indian Community Centre

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on their Big Lottery Fund Award. I’m sure the lunch club will be a great success; beneficial for older members and those in the local community. It’s a great idea and the award will help make it happen. “There aren’t enough such facilities in the area for local people as funding is so stretched, and there is a social element to this project which will be invaluable for those who are on their own.” Kidzworld Nursery Parents Group received a grant of £10,000 and hope to use it to enhance the current outdoor play facilities in their

nursery garden. The grant will fund a sensory garden, play equipment, safety matting, safety surfacing and a decking area with a shade. Jodie Scotland, a supervisor at the Alloa nursery said: “It’s fantastic that we got the award from Awards for All. “The parents have been fantastic and have been putting in lots of their own ideas. “Some parents also helped to clear the garden and put down grass so it is ready for the children.” Awards for All is the National Lottery’s small grants scheme which gives out grants of between £500 to £10,000 that make a big difference across Scotland. This round of awards saw 115 organisations across the country benefit from a share

of £810, 331. The scheme is supported by three of the National Lottery Good Cause distributors in Scotland, Creative Scotland, the Big Lottery Fun and sportscotland. An Awards for All spokesman, said: “All of these grants are a great way to show what a big difference the funding can make to local communities across Scotland. “We are always surprised at the varied number of applications we receive and it is fantastic to see that there is still considerable interest in the Awards for All programme. “What is crucial to all of these grants is that relatively small amounts of money can make a real difference. We wish all of these groups the greatest of success.”

Betty still received queries from people all round the world who were tracing their ancestors. Betty helped to establish Friends of Alloa Tower; she was chairperson when she died. She was a Committee Member of the Friends of Clackmannanshire Museum & Heritage Service. Betty was a Trustee from 1996 till the present of

Clackmannanshire Heritage Trust. In the past Betty was a former President of Alloa Town & Country Club, and many other organisations. Betty is survived by her daughter Irene, granddaughter Suzi and son in law Robert. Her kind, gentle, friendly manner and unswerving commitment will be missed by family, friends and colleagues.

Uni students study energy efficiency in Wee County By Alison Mann


hree students from the University of Stirling’s Management School have completed dissertations on issues vital to those who live in the Clackmannanshire Council area. William White, Stephen Lochran and Mike Sun are the latest graduates to complete their MSc Energy Management as part of the School’s innovative partnership with Clackmannanshire Council. All three worked with Council staff on projects aiming to reduce fuel poverty, reduce carbon emissions and promote sustainability. Mr White’s work was aimed at reducing fuel poverty in Council homes through the use of thermal imaging and improved understanding of how residents decide on their energy use, while Mr Lochran analysed the viability of installing renewable energy systems for space heating at the Forestmill residential development. Mr Sun’s work proposed synergies between the Council’s Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy that would save resources while reducing carbon emissions and fuel poverty. Councillor Eddie Carrick, Portfolio Holder for Sustainability,

said: “This is the third year of our relationship with Stirling University and I am pleased to see it going from strength to strength. Their students bring a fresh perspective to the Council and are able to work on projects that we can’t always dedicate resources to. In return, I hope they gained in insight into the working environment and how to put their ideas into practice.” Dr Ian Lange, Director of the MSc Energy Management programme, said: “We aim to deliver a high quality programme to develop the students’ knowledge and skills needed for a successful career in energy management, but which also can be of direct benefit to society. “Our successful partnership with Clackmannanshire Council, through these dissertation projects, is a prime example of this.” William White said: “Writing my dissertation with Clackmannanshire Council allowed me to get involved with energy issues affecting a real community. The Council staff were helpful to a fault and I received a great deal of support when conducting my research. I gained valuable knowledge and experience during my time with the Council and I would not hesitate to recommend this to future students.”



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Following on from last week’s prison story, here is the next story in the series, again, this story’s and the rest in the series will be a collection of real life prison stories from someone who started a life sentence when he was only a young man. These will be factual, real and sometimes upsetting, but I believe it’s the only way that they can be told. Sit back and learn, hopefully reading these true life events will tell the youth of today that prison is not a place you want to be.



AY 3, door opened, dinner laid down …. Full of cabbage, so I took a wee runny and scoop kicked it right back out the door, and I swear to this day it was coincidental that a big Screw was walking by and it hit him right in the coupon. Him and 2 other screws fired right into my cell and grabbed me, pinned me against the wall and one of them kneed me right in the stomach. I felt an explosion in my stomach when he done this. They threw me down and told me they’d be coming back for me. What they were away to do was to shut the hall down as they were about to take me back down to the spiral dungeons. I felt my stomach and then I began to smell …. The smell. I then realised what the explosion had been, they had literally kicked the crap out of me. I put my hand down the back of my trousers and felt the wet patch …… eeeuuugghhh. Just as I pulled my hand out, my cell door opened, I flicked it at the screw that walked in first and he started shouting he’s covered in crap and amazingly they all backed out the cell and locked me in on my own. I ran to the door and blocked the spyhole so they couldn’t look in. I heard them leaving the hall, it was 5pm, all halls are locked up between 5 and 6 every night, and I knew they were going for their tea and would be back at 6pm to deal with me. It didn’t take me long to tipple that I had a bit of power here, so I decided to go for it. I wiped my hand clean on the wall and spread and smeared it over as much space as I could. Hand down the breeks again and got another handful …. again smeared the walls. It was starting to reek. Got a fair wee bit smeared over the wall, but I knew that to keep

them from me I had to slap it on myself. That way they were less likely to grab me. So, top off, I done my first smear across my chest, then another, top of the arms. Also thought that I would have to do my face if they were going to take me serious …… so on it went like a red Indians warpaint, 2 stripes on each cheek with dots on the forehead …. Eeuuugghhhh. I had a beard at the time so that was enough for now. At 6pm they came back and I knew they would deal with me first. By this time I had the walls well smeared and plenty all over me …. Its amazing how much the stuff can spread. They could obviously smell it as they opened my door, but all they done was spray some bleach on the floor and threw down some crushed air fresheners at my door, took a look at me hunched in the corner, muttered that I was mad and pulled the door shut again. Ya beauty, I thought, I’m in charge now …. And right at this moment I could hardly wait for my next, eh movement, bring it on (or out) I was saying. That happened during the night, wasn’t the biggest I’d ever done, but then again I’d hardly had anything to eat in the last few days because of the cabbage. But it was enough, got some more smeared over me. Then I decided to rinse it through my beard and make it into something that resembled icicles all sticking out from my face. I found this amazing, I was like a porcupine …. None of them were going to come near me now. They opened me up the next morning and I must have been a sight to behold. Just a pair of scants on and these big icicles of hair and crap sticking out of my face and chin. When you are on a dirty protest you are never allowed out of your cell. All in all, I was just a mess, and unbelievable as it may seem, I was feeling great about it all. On my first full day, something happened that I hadn’t realised would. The flies started appearing. Jimmy Boyle hadn’t mentioned this in a “Sense of Freedom” I was thinking. Killed the first one, then the second, third, fourth, fifth. Within an hour, there was as many wee red squashed specks of dead fly on the wall as there was brown marks. And they

weren’t going away, no matter how many I killed. I wasn’t as cocky now and decided that if it was still like this the next day I would admit defeat and give it up. Round about the same time as this, a big mate of mine was up in Inverness Cages and he had just come to the end of his dirty protest which had lasted 9 months, at that time it was the longest dirty protest ever in the Scottish Penal History …. 9 months I was thinking, he must have killed a million flies. As another night passed, it had already become a little easier and I was starting to get used to the flies. All the governors had been over to see me, the doctors, even a psychiatrist, and they were all asking why ? By this time I had decided not to talk to them and just stare every time they came in and asked. The truth is, every time I went to speak, it just semed ludicrous to utter that we were all in this position just because of a plate of cabbage, especially to a psychy, so I just kept my mouth shut. By day 3, my head was like a hedgehog, with the crap streaked through my hair and beard, I was covered in it, flies all over the place, I was hunched in one corner that I’d kept dry by using my blanket as a dam. But there was a lot of rumblings in the hall about the smell, and I’d also heard Robert Mone refusing to leave his cell. This was a plus as a Screw had to sit outside his cell, so would have to smell the smell all the stronger. This is how a dirty protest works, the pressure is brought to bear on the Governor to end it from other prisoners and screws who want rid of the smell. I thought that tomorrow, I would start talking, and ask that I do not be punished for this, and to be let back into mainstream immediately and I would clean everything up …. A simple plan. But it wasn’t to be, as I was trying to get to sleep, I heard Goblin shouting out the window to me. As I said, he was losing it, and he then told me he had a plan that might give an opportunity for escape. Is there a helicopter demand involved, I joked. No, he said. He was going to set his cell furniture on fire, and when the screw came and opened him up, he was going to take him hostage. Some guys on the bottom flat had furniture, it was all made from

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cardboard, and this is what Goblin was going to set on fire. A cardboard table and chair. But there was a problem that he hadn’t taken into account. These cells were so old and had been painted over so many times that around the top of the walls the paint was peeling off, sometimes it seemed like palm leaves bending outwards and downwards, and it was easily 6 or 7 layers. When he set the cardboard furniture on fire the flames immediately latched on to the peeling paint and within seconds his painted walls were ablaze and the fumes were overpowering him. Only the screw that is permanently stationed outside Mone’s cell saved the wee Goblin that night. Without him there, it would have took another nightshift screw 5 to 10 minutes to get there. Even then the screw was hesitant to open Goblins door when he was by himself, the guy broke the rules that night and opened the door and dragged the wee man out. Meantime, in this row of 5 cells, 3 to 7, there was a heating pipe that ran through the lot of them …. And the smoke was seeping into all the cells through the hole that the pipe went through. Now I have been in a few fires whilst locked in my prison cell, and it can be terrifying, you are totally dependant on someone unlocking your door …. As the smoke starts getting thicker, it’s a scary moment. And the screw wasn’t for opening any more doors as he knew he was then outnumbered. Luckily on this occasion the cavalry arrived in the shape of 3 other nighshift screws and they opened the other 4 cell doors and proceeded to put out the fire. Seen right away that the wee Goblin fella was well burnt around the head and hands, he’d been a lucky wee man and I told him that. When he turned to talk to me he nearly jumped out of his skin ……. WTF happened to you, he said. I’d forgotten for the moment that I was in my scants covered in keech with all the bits sticking out from

my face. So there was me, Goblin all burnt, Robert Mone and 2 other cons standing there at 2am in the morning. Now, the wee mone guy is a certified, dyed in the wool, schizomaniacalnutcase …… and even he looked at me as if I was crazy, when I answered the only thing I could think of ……… “it’s all that bloody cabbages fault, they shouldnt have given me cabbage” Goblin told me to have a look in the glass front at the screws office and see what I looked like. If ever there was a site to put somebody off a dirty protest, this was it. It was at this moment that I knew that, if I wasn’t insane already, I wasn’t too many bus stops away from it. My wee mate used to say “we all get on the wrong bus sometime, it’s realising this and knowing when to get off it that really counts”, well, it’s a true wee saying, and it was time for me to get off this particular bus that I’d just tippled was the wrong one. Wasn’t long before we were locked up again, and I had some right food for thought to throw around my mind now. Time for change I thought …. So when I get up in the morning I decided that I would ask for a shower. Sounds simple doesn’t it …… it was a life-changing moment for me, this situation, to go cap in hand, and ask for a fresh start. It does sound simple, it should have been simple ……… but it wasn’t, because just when I was thinking it couldn’t get any worse ……. Murphy’s law dictated it was just about to get horrific, but that’s another story for another day. Never saw or heard of the wee Goblin fella after that incident again, until a few years later I got hold of an Evening Times and read that he’s died of a suspected overdose. Another young Glasgow life that ended up not really worth living, so R.I.P the wee Gormley chap from Maryhill.

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Your Horoscope Predictions By Anne Smith Aries (21 March - 20 April)

Libra (24 Sept - 23 Oct)

The xxxxlatter part of the month is best for business dealings of all kinds, from the 27th onwards financial dealings are favorable, it is important to remember to gather facts before you go into meetings and not to go in with the blinkered approach. Relationships on personal levels will take on a fresher and more honest approach, try to keep some diplomacy.

This month see’s you stepping up xxxxxxxxxx the mark, paying attention to future securities and friendships. There will be new people and interesting people to visit and an awaking of how existing relationships are working or not if the case may be, time to clear away and start anew.

Taurus (21 April - 21 May) Life is what you make it, sitting waiting xxxxxxxxx for things to happen will only hold you back, time to push forward as you become competent by reputation and get results by applying positive mental attitude. Try to look beyond the obvious, it may well surprise you.

Scorpio (24 Oct - 22 Nov) Time to stop, look and think! Reflect on xxxxxxxx what you wanted to achieve this year and take stock of where you are now, accept the things you cannot change and make plans to re-align those you can now. Time to trust your inner knowing as it is trying to help you sort out what is needed in your life.

xxxx your creative flair to Use complement your natural talents this month and new doors will open, believing in yourself is the first step to making it happen. Romance and adventure go hand in hand this month are you ready to allow it in?

Gemini (22 May - 21 June)

Sagittarius (23 Nov - 21 Dec) xx benefit this month from You networking with, friendships old and new. Your telepathic radar will guide you to people and places who share your dreams and interests for happiness and success, your dedication to achieve at work brings rewards and desired results.

Cancer (22 June - 23 July) A good month to put down strong roots xxxxxxxxx for future endeavors; you will find that friends and colleagues rally round to give you the support you need. October is a month of action and you find the motivation to go get what you want. Remember that patients is a virtue as your plans will take a little nurturing to come to fruition.

Capricorn (22 Dec - 20 Jan) xxxxx in communications and Shifts career spells greater recognition and responsibility within your working life, time to put your best foot forward and look out for opportunities. Think out of the box this month and try to see what is in front of you as a step up is in the cards.

Leo (24 July - 23 Aug) Those Leos born at the end of July xxxxxxxxx into the 5th of August may well be dealing with chronic health issues, it is best to deal with these head on as procrastinating will only add stress to the situation. Mars return in your sign gives you the motivation to launch new health and fitness campaign’s

Aquarius (21 Jan - 19 Feb) The reason we have lessons in our xxxxxxx life is to learn from them, repeating history and standing still is no good to anyone, time to push yourself out of your comfort zone and make a move forward, this will help you achieve your goal and ultimately your dreams.

Virgo (24 Aug - 23 Sept)

xxxxxxxxx Your feelings of self-worth are changing and you will be asking for more commitment from those around you, and you will sort out the wheat from the chaff where friendships are concerned. Relationships are the source of deep change and issues can be solved by listening to your heart and not your head.

Pisces (20 Feb - 20 Mar)

A month which sees you contemplating xxxxxxxxxx on what and who matters to you most, a time of deep reflection, especially on an emotional level .At last you awaken, you see beyond the facade, and stop giving time and space to nae sayers and trivialities. This awareness allows you to move forward on many levels but mostly your private life becomes settled and more harmonious.

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the ATM but out of sight at the top of the machine. The idea of prevents you from getting into it is to record your card being 1 your large account. pumpkin put into the slot of the ATM and 2 pints of chicken stock Now, this is all pretty much then you entering your PIN. This Pinch of cinnamon run of the mill stuff but how safe then allows the scammers to Pinch of paprika areand youpepper when using an ATM? You pick up the camera later in the Salt would how unsafe day and play it back through a Small tubbe of surprised single cream you can be, we have seen Perth laptop or PC and identify the card Carefully slicetimes the topover fromthe thepast pumpkin, scoop out the seeds hit several number and alsoand the associated carefully scoop out the flesh. Try to keep a half inch of flesh on the skin. couple of years by ‘scammers’ PIN. They will then use this Set aside, you can use the pumpkin to serve the soup. Place the pumpkin whoseonaim is to part information to buy goods, chunks a roasting dishyou andfrom season with salt and pepper. Drizzle a littleforeign cash.oven The 180c for 20exchange or even sellTransfer it to other oilyour and hard roast earned in a moderate minutes until tender. toquestion a pan, add cinnamon and paprika. Bring to the boil and is the howstock do they do this scammers/thieves. Themash best orand passwhat through sieve. the cream. Gently pour into the pumpkin canayou do Add to stop way to prevent this scam from shell to serve. Great with crusty buttered bread. them? working is to cover the keypad There are several ways the when you tap in your PIN and scammer works two of the also hold your fingers over the Witches Hairbut Pasta Or, if you enter the wrong PIN it Spicy Pumpkin Soup

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card number when you put it into the slot. I would suggest you always do this anyway to prevent someone looking over your shoulder. Slot trap scam. This is done by inserting a loop of video tape into the slot of the ATM and sealing it with glue so it does not pull away. The scammer then waits for someone to come and use the ATM and, when you put your card into the slot it gets trapped by the video tape. This prevents it going into the working part of the machine and it also cannot be ejected as it is being held by the tape. The scammer then makes his move and stands behind you. They will then suggest that this happened to them the day before and that you need to hold down the star key and the eject key whilst tapping in your PIN.

This is impossible to do as you do not have enough hands so they suggest they will hold the keys down whilst you tap in your PIN. You end up doing this a couple of times and the scammer memorises your PIN then, when you go to make a complaint about the ATM not working, they lift the tape off the slot and lift out your card. By the time you have reported the problem the scammer has already withdrawn £300 in cash and spent more on goods…. Best thing to do is run your thumbnail across the slot and if you feel anything catching DO NOT USE THE ATM. If you have any queries about any of this please feel free to contact me at KPG Professional Services on or by calling 07413 943228 for help and guidance.

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Cook the pasta to your liking and toss through the sauce. Arrange on a large plate using the egg halves as eyes. Stand the carrot up in the middle for the nose and the olives for her black witchy teeth.

Toffee Apples Eating apples, cox’s are good this time of year 200g of sugar 2 tbsp water Knob of butter 2 tbsp syrup We are on the prowl to find the Wee County’s dodgy parkers but we need your Lolly sticks

help! Unfortunately, we cannot do this campaign on our own – so please send in your dodgy parking pictures to Does one of your

Heat the sugar, water and syrup in a heavy colleagues suffer from dodgyparkingitis? If so, take a picture of the evidence and pan.send Once boiling add the butter. Continue it to us! to boil forworry, 5 minalltaking carewill not let it burn. Push a registrations lolly stick into each out. Don’t identities beto protected and vehicle blanked apple dip one in the pan over coat well with the any Thisand is all in each the name of good fun,and andspoon in no way aretowe personally attacking toffee. Standortogroup. cool and harden on greaseproof paper. Be VERY careful individual as boiling sugar is dangerous and can cause a nasty burn. Make sure little ones are well out of the way.


Spooky Cookies

Across 170g plain flour 1. Entrust (7) 170g self raising flour 5. Small thin biscuit (5) 120g caster sugar 8. Dissonance (5) 240 g margerine or butter 9. Projecting upper floor (7) Icing Food colouring 10. The sheltered side (7) 12. Unvarnished (5) 13. Scheme (6) Rub the butter into the flour add the sugar 15. Become and knead together until it forms a dough. Wrap in cling film andvisible rest (6) Flowed in fridge for 15 min. Flour the worktop and your rolling Roll back out to(5) ½ inch thickness and cut into cookie shapes. Round 19. shapes are fine Athlete (7) although you can get Halloween style cutters from most shops. window Bake forblind (7) 21. Hinged 10 min in a moderate oven 180c . Allow to cool. Make up your icing and 22. Slight push (5) add your colouring. Ice the cookies and allow to set. If you are really Twoto oruse more contesting artistic you could buy some icing pens and add detail.23.I like a black groups (5) icing pen over white icing to make cobwebs. 24. Striking (7)

Have you got any dodgy pictures that you would like to add to our ‘Dodgy picture hall of shame’? Then send them in and the next dodgy picture might be yours in a future issue of the hub for everyone to see!

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How to find the perfect pair of jeans


here’s nothing simpler than a pair of blue jeans, they go with anything, can be dressed up or dressed down, can be smart enough for work or just right for lounging. So how is it that finding the perfect pair can be such a trauma? Take the skinnies, which until recently were the fashionista’s denim of choice. Sure they looked fabulous on Kate Moss and the high

street served up pairs in every colour and to suit every wallet. But the truth be told, though most of us were wearing them, 99% didn’t really suit them. Ditto the high waist, the extreme flare, the peg and even the boyfriend jean. Fashion or no fashion, the right pair of denims needs to suit your shape. But fear not fair maidens, the right pair of jeans doesn’t have to mean boring old bootcut. There is a style-forward shape out there for you whether you’re an apple, a pair or a beanpole.

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Friday 21.10.11 Skinny minnies may be the envy of the more voluptuous woman but a stick thin figure is as difficult to dress as the widest behind. You can pull off skinnies, yes, but be aware that they will accentuate thin legs. Add curves with a high waist, wide set back, high up pockets and a good flare which, if you aren’t afraid of your height, will look fabulous with a rocking pair of wedges. Pears shaped ladies may bemoan their inability to work the rock chick trend but there’s nothing that looks finer than a pair of lovely wide legs with a high heel and a simple beaded vest top on a curvy figure. A wider leg balances hips and conceals thunder thighs but beware of too much stretch across the behind, which can make a large bum look huge. Shorter legs can be elongated with straight-legged jeans, especially those which crop at the ankle, giving the illusion of a longer, thinner leg and do away with the need for adjustment. Although beware of a too-short crop which can make a petite lady look shorter and a sturdy calf look positively chunky. Long legs with a short body can be equally difficult, especially when it comes to finding jeans to fit. Check Gap or J Brand for longer inseams and avoid high waists at all costs. Slouchy boyfriend jeans that hang on your hips look great on longer legs but watch out for less than perfect tummies that can peek out if your top is too short. Boyish figures that are a little muscular or too straight-up-and-down might find slim-fitting jeans too figure hugging on heavy calves but flares to slouchy on barely-there bums. You’re in luck though - this year’s peg leg jeans look perfect on you, adding a curve to your figure, particularly with the addition of a high waist. If you’re still unsure about which jeans are going to suit you and the world of fashion is just too fickle for your credit card there’s some good news. Head for the back of your wardrobe now because the word on the catwalk is that the bootleg cut is heading for a major comeback.

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o you scream to yourself when you look at your hair in the mirror every morning? A quick wash, brush and dry sounds like the perfect cure, but you still end up looking like something a magpie would steal chicks from. If your bad hair days extend through the entire week your problem could be as simple as washing your hair incorrectly or using the wrong brush. The way you wash your hair can hinder or help your scalp, hair and style as well. Experts advise that you should apply shampoo on completely wet hair and only on the hair nearest the scalp. By gently working the hair into lather around your scalp it concentrates the shampoo where the oils and impurities build up while allowing a diluted amount of shampoo to run through to the ends of the hair follicle to retain healthy oils in the fragile ends. You should also avoid

Say goodbye to bad hair days shampooing your hair upside down which tends to create additional tangles. If you have long hair, use your fingers to detangle with conditioner in your hair. After rinsing, gently squeeze the water from each section of your hair. Pat dry with a towel without rubbing. A well-made brush is a beauty investment that should last you for many years when taken care of correctly. Everyday you loose hundreds of hairs that build up in your brushes along with

the hair oils and scalp exfoliation. This debris can alter the performance of the brush and inhibit the look of the style you are trying to create. To safely clean your brush, start by using a comb to remove built-up hair. Continue the cleaning process by soaking your brush in a solution of hot water and a few drops of shampoo or mild detergent. Rinse and dry thoroughly before use. Choosing the correct type and size of brush can also affect the overall condition of your hair and scalp. Thick, coarse hair that doesn’t need additional volume can benefit from using a cushion-style paddle brush, which can be used to create smooth look and sleek style. If your hair is course and dry, natural bristles are an excellent way to re-distribute the natural hair oils evenly and to massage your scalp. If you have wavy hair, buy a round vented brush with rounded nylon ball tips that are moulded as part of the bristle and not just attached to the top. Brushing your hair with a brush that is missing the nylon ball tips on some bristles can pull hair or cause breakage. Wavy and curly hair may also be frizzy and flyaway when it is dry brushed, so only use a wide toothcomb between washes. If you have fine hair, a vented brush can help you achieve a straight look. Use a brush with natural bristles, which nourishes the hair follicles. A barrelshaped thermal brush can help provide lift if you hold the hair away from the scalp as you blow dry. When used with the heat from a hairdryer, the metal core of the brush heats up like a hot roller to create body and curl. If you have long hair, never use a brush to remove tangles as this splits the hair. To style, you can also use a vented or round brush. Vented brushes allow for faster drying time while round brushes allow you to shape your hair or create the Madonna flick. You can also buy paddle thermal brushes that are ideal for straightening untamed long hair.



his traditional pie can be found on pub grub menus all over the country but is just as easy to make at home if you’ve got a spare couple of hours. This recipe uses ready-made pastry for a bit less work. Serves 4.

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INGREDIENTS 1tbsp olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 2 cloves of garlic, crushed 1kg braising steak, cut into small chunks 500ml strong ale 3 beef stock cubes 1/2 tsp chilli powder 2tsp dried thyme 175g mushrooms, chopped 300g ready-made puff pastry 1 beaten egg, to glaze salt and pepper METHOD 1. Preheat the oven to 170C/Gas Mark 3 2. Heat the oil in a large heavybottomed pan and add the onion and garlic, frying for 1 minute

3. Add the steak and fry until each cube is seared. Leave the juices in the pan. 4. Add half the ale and leave to simmer for a couple of minutes. 5. Add the thyme, chili and the rest of the ale. Season to taste, then crumble in the stock cubes. 6. Stir in the chopped mushrooms and simmer for 10 minutes before transferring to a large casserole dish, adding a dash of water if the gravy doesn’t fully cover the steak and mushrooms.

7. Bake in the oven for 1 hour 30 minutes. 8 . While baking, roll out the pastry and cut to the right size for your casserole dish. Remove the dish from the oven, cover with the pastry, trim to fit, brush with the egg to glaze, then return to the oven for a further 20 minutes at 180C/ Gas Mark 4. 9. Remove from the oven and serve.



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shift basis which is Monday to Friday 0600 - 0800 then 1500 - 1915. Total of 31.25 hours per week. Candidates will have to apply for a PVG for this work which Brightwork will pay part of. This is temporary work on a week to week basis. How to apply You can apply for this job by telephoning 0131 4749192 or 0131 2758000 and asking for Alex Ramsay.

to cover overtime and occasional nightshift. Duties will include movement of glass to and from the warehouse, heat shrinking of pallets and general forklift duties. Please contact Wendy Halliday on 01259 218822 Ext 4239. How to apply You can apply for this job by telephoning 01259 218822 ext 4239 and asking for Wendy Halliday.

FORKLIFT DRIVER Job No: ALL/22780 SOC Code: 8222 Wage ÂŁ6.08 Per Hour Hours 6am-2pm and 2pm-10pm Location ALLOA, Clackmannanshire FK10 Duration Temporary Date posted 05 October 2011 Closing date 14 October 2011 Pension details No details held Description Forklift driver required to work on an ongoing Mcfarlane & Nicol Opticians temporary Ophthalmic and Contact Lens Opticians basis. You Alloa Alva Selkirk will be required to work on a Part-time Receptionist/Office Clerk Required shift rotation basis, hours Part time receptionist required. Hours 9am to 5.30pm Thursday and of work will Friday, 9am to 1pm alternate Wednesdays and Saturdays. Approxibe 6ammately 19 Hours per week. Applicants should possess strong communication skills and have a friendly manner. They should be able to work 2pm and independently as well as part of a team. Please supply handwritten 2pm-10pm. application with C.V. to Nicols Opticians, 97 Stirling Street, Alva, Flexibility FK12 5EF. Closing date for applications 31st October 2011. is required

ELECTRICIANâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S MATE Job No: ALL/22773 SOC Code: 9139 Wage Negotiable depending on experience Hours 40 per week, Monday-Friday, 8am to finish Location Alloa, Clackmannanshire FK10 Duration Temporary Date posted 05 October 2011 Pension details No details held Description Must have previous experience. Duties to include assisting the Electrician and all general tidying up. This is a temporary post for 4 months. How to apply For further details about job reference ALL/22773, 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.

CLEANER Job No: ALL/22782 SOC Code: 9233 Wage ÂŁ6.08 Per Hour Hours 31.25 over 5 days Location ALLOA, Clackmannanshire FK10 Duration Temporary Date posted 06 October 2011 Closing date 14 October 2011 Pension details No details held Description This vacancy is being advertised by Brightwork Ltd who are operating as an employment business. We are currently recruiting for our client in Alloa and require a temporary Cleaner. Candidates must have previous cleaning experience and be able to use a buffing machine. Main duties include buffing, vacuuming, dusting, polishing, emptying bins, cleaning toilets and any other duties as required. Hours of work are on a split

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Curriculum. The results of the report have prompted the RAC to call for an urgent and immediate reform of the driving test and driver training. A review of the standard driving test is supported by the wider motoring community who are keen to help rather than restrict young drivers’ freedom through zero tolerance measures such as higher penalties and night time curfews. Almost three quarters of British drivers believe more emphasis should be given to young people to help them drive more safely, such as better initial training and education. Two-thirds would like there to be an obligatory period of supervised driving after passing the test.

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Scottish Amateur Cup 2nd Round Symington Tinto 2-2 Tullibody Community Amateurs


The team with Chairman Scott McNabney (Left) and Nick Hutchison (Right) from sponsor Peppes.

fter an early morning pitch inspection, Tullibody Community Amateurs travelled to Caledonian league side Symington Tinto to play in the second round of the Scottish Amateur Cup. Tullibody got of to a shaky first 15 minutes but thanks to a couple of good saves from Danny Craggs, he kept his side in the game. Tullibody decided to change formation with Bryan Little moving from sweeper, he then sat in front of the defence and took control of the game. In an entertaining first half good pressure was applied from both sets of teams and with chances missed the teams were level at the interval. Second half started literally the same as the first but once Tullibody got started it wasnt long before Owen McParland made a good run up the right and crossed for Roghainn Patterson to slide the ball home to make the score one nil to the visitors. Further good goalkeeping from Craggs and solid defending from Tait

and Rafferty saw Tullibody slam the door on the Tinto strikers. Tullibody were holding their nerve until the last ten minutes and two quick goals from Tinto gave them the advantage and it seemed Symington where heading into the next round. Tullibody were forced to use an injured sub when Gary Little came of worse in a fifty fifty and so Lee Dawson entered the frame with five minutes on the clock. Tullibody pilled on the pressure and went three at the back and a the start of injury time good play from McParland set up Dawson; the ball was deflected and went spinning into the top corner. Tullibody could have stole the tie in the final minute of the game but were denied a penalty when the ball struck the arm of the tinto defender but was turned away by the ref. With the game ended 2 - 2 the two side will now have to replay the tie on Satuarday 22nd at the Tullibody civic centre 2pm Kick off.

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Cross Country test for Central


POOL Week 3 Results

A League:Inn V Locker Room A (Postponed) Crown B 5 Locker Room B 4 Alva Golf Club 3 Allanbridge 6 Oakwood A 5 Oakwood C 4 Crown A 6 Peppes 3 B League:Oakwood D 8 Cairn B 1 Weirs 5 Rileys 4 Upstairs 4 Crosskeys 5 Gartmorn 5 County 4 Cairn A 6 Hammies 3 Davy McGowan Memorial Congratulations to the Crown B,5-3 winners over Oakwood C and Alva Golf Club,5-1 winners over Weirs who will clash in the second semi final on Tues 18th Oct in the Locker Room. First semi final was taking place last night(Thurs) between Locker Room A and Oakwood A with the final taking place next Fri 21st Oct in the Locker Room. The league once again extends there thanks to the Locker Room for their continued sponsorship of this popular memorial trophy for an equally popular former pool player.


tirling University was the venue for the first of this Season’s East District Cross Country League meetings on Saturday 15 October with Central Athletic Club acting as hosts for what proved to be a testing course following recent heavy rain. The Under 11 Boys and Girls race started proceedings with Jenny Walls well to the fore over the 1600metres test as she finished fourth in an impressive 6min 1secs to lead the Central Girls Team to second place on the day with Heather Scott, also 6.01 in seventh and Skye Henderson (6.42) in 14th and Shamsa Scott-Angell also 6.42 in 16th.Rena Fleming came home in 23rd (7.03). Top Central finisher in the Boys race was the determined Andrew Currie (22nd with 6.23) ahead of Matthew McGarva (29th; 6.38) and Connal Ferguson 34th; 6.52) as the Boys finished eighth team; Also looking impressive in the 2,800metre Under 13 Race was Matthew Crawford, as he came home in fourth in 10min 17secs, the team coming through in sixth through Rory Strachan (26th; 11.30) and Anthony Quinn (27th; 11.31). Scott Fleming finished 32nd (11.58) ahead of M Bain (33rd; 12.26), Lewis Stewart (37th; 12.57) and Craig Jardine (46th; 13.31). The Under 13 Girls did well to pack closely at the head of the race to move into a slender lead in the League from Edinburgh AC. Eilidh Russell led the Girls home in seventh (11.59) a stride ahead of Catriona Laing (eighth; 12.00) with Jodie Currie (tenth; 12.25) rounding off the scoring trio. Sophie Rose came home 17th (12.57) ahead of Jessica Stitt (19th; 13.20) Eilidh MacCorquodale was always well to the fore in the Under 15 Girls Race as she confidently strode round the two laps of the 3,200metre course to finish second (11min 19secs) while Emily Greenan also continued her recent good form in fifth in the Under 17 race (10.54). A Henderson (25th; 15.19) ensured the Club finished in fifth overall. The Under 15 Boys saw Jack Kerr come home in a tasty 10.51 for 13th placing

County Doubles 2011/12 The draw was carried out at Mondays meeting with 39 pairs looking to take the title and dates and venues can all be found by visiting with prelim ties scheduled for Thurs 3rd Nov. Many thanks to our web-master Michael Empsom for uploading the draws so quickly and efficiently as usual. Scottish Doubles As reported last week Pete Smith & Billy Snaddon headed up the A9 to Inverness last weekend to compete for the Scottish title and gave a good account of themselves only to lose a tight game in the quarter-finals 6-4 to the eventual beaten finalists Pat Holtz & Danny Kinney from Uddingston .Good effort guys and always next year !! Youth, Juniors & U-23 Scottish Singles Good luck to all Clacks youngsters heading over to Airdrie on Sunday to compete for the Scottish title.

ahead of Cameron Harris (17th; 11.06) and Iain Davies (19th; 11.15) as the Boys finished fourth team. Kieran Potter also caught the eye in 20th (11.16) while Malcolm English (26th; 12.05) and Lewis Strachan (27th; 12.18) rounded off Central’s challenge. Conor Kerr had an excellent race in the Under 17 Mens race, covering the 6,000metre course in 21min 37secs in third while team mate Sam Fraser finished 18th (24.21) and the team in sixth. This race doubled up with the Senior Women and here it was newcomer Kerry MacPhee who disposed of a high class field to lead Central home in first (22.27). Jennifer Emsley moved along confidently for sixth (23.12) and Alison McDonald ensured Central finished as leading team with her eleventh place (23.59). Under 20 runner Karen Glover

ran well to finish 23rd (26.04) with Jane Waterhouse competing well in 37th (27.39) while Claire Brisbane came 63rd (29.42). Michael Wright was Central’s top finisher in the Senior Mens 9,000metre Race with a fine eighth place (31.06). Cameron Milne is proving a useful addition to the Club and here came home 17th (32.07) ahead of two improving Under 20 runners Ross Milne (24th; 32.47) and David Hutchison (30th; 33.20). Chris McHardy (2nd; 34.41) and Colin Alexander (78th; 36.10) ensured that Central’s counting six finished third on the day. ------Six of Central’s Senior Men made the journey to Sutton Park, Birmingham to compete in the English National Road Relay Championships, also held on Saturday 15th October. All the athletes should be proud of

their efforts as the Team finished twenty-second overall. Alex Hendry was on the first leg and picked up from his strong run the previous week to hand over in fifteenth in the fastest Central time of the day (17min 38secs). This was Under 20 Scott Green’s first exposure at this level and he will have gained much experience from his 19.06 effort which saw the team slip to 38th. Lewis Millar’s effort of 18min 55secs kept the team in 38th on the third leg while Alistair Hay’s fourth leg of exactly 19 minutes brought the team to 36th. John Newsom also underlined his early season form with a 17.52 run to bring the team through to 24th and it was left to Scottish 10K and Marathon Champion Ross Houston to round off the Club’s effort with 17min 38secs for an overall 1 hour 50min 29secs.

Adults Scottish Singles Final local qualifying for the mens Scottish singles takes place this Saturday in the Locker Room with 8 players fighting it out for the final place to join Darren Mooney & Pete Smith at the national finals in East Kilbride in around a month’s time. Good luck to all players. County Fund Raising Race Day The fund-raising committee would like to thank all publicans, teams and various businesses throughout the league and the wee county who have donated so many different prizes for this Sundays race day taking place in the Thistle Lounge at 1.30pm and would like to urge all players and friends to come and visit the lounge to boost the fund raising effort even further in what is sure do be a great day.

Week 4 Results

A League Oakwood C V Alva Golf Club(postponed) Locker Room A 3 Oakwood A 6

Peppes 2 Crown B 7 Crown A 8 Inn 1 Allanbridge 6 Locker Room B 3 B League Rileys 8 Gartmorn 1 Crosskeys 4 Weirs 5 Oakwood B 6 Hammies 3 Cairn A 6 Upstairs 3 County 6 Cairn B 3 Davy McGowan Memorial Cup Following their defeat the previous evening to the Oakwood A the Locker Room A were looking to avenge that defeat on Thurs evening in the first semifinal of this cup and avenge they did with a 5-3 victory to book their place in tonights(Fri) final to be held in the Locker Room at 8pm.Who they meet in the final was decided on Tues evening and was a battle between two teams from Alva with either Alva Golf Club or Crown B due to meet the defending champions. Report of this match and the final will be in next week’s report. Gents Scottish Singles The final local qualifier took place in the Locker Room on Sat with the final 8 players fighting it out looking to join already qualified Darren Mooney and Pete Smith at the national finals in the Murray Owen Centre East Kilbride on Sat 5th & Sun 6th November. After a few titanic battles it was the Locker Room’s Billy Snaddon who came through with a 7-6 victory over teammate Alan Banks, a 7-1 win over Crown’s Grant Polley and a 7-3 win over Sean McEwan(Locker Room B).Good luck to all 3 representing Clackmannanshire at the finals. Youths & Junior Scottish Singles Four youngsters from the Shire travelled through to Airdrie on Sunday for the qualifying of the national singles with Steven Smith(Locker Room B),Greg Wardlaw(Oakwood A) and Grant Polley(Crown A) all giving good accounts of themselves but unfortunately not making it through to the finals. Highlight of the day was the performance of Kevin Polley(Crown B) who played brilliantly in the Under 16’s to reach the final which will be played in East Kilbride on the same weekend as the men’s finals. All of the pool league wish Kevin well in his first major final. SPA IM5 Finals Good luck to Sean McEwan, Gordon Jaglar, Grant Polley and Frank Jaffray who will be representing the wee county at this weekend’s finals in Bonnyrigg Sports Club. Fundraising Race Day This took place on Sunday and was a resounding success and the league extends its thanks to all race sponsors, the hosts Billy and John Douglas at the Thistle Alloa, all league teams who donated various prizes, all the local businesses who donated and of course all who attended to make it a success. Special thanks to Billy Snaddon for all his efforts and organization. With it over now it will be safe to answer a call from Billy now!!! The magnificent total of £1780 was raised and will certainly help both county teams with new shirts and expenses for the upcoming county team events.

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Tulliallan’s Callum Macaulay just missed out on a place in the Challenge Tour’s Grand Final for places in the 2012 European Tour. At the start of the Rome Open, Callum knew exactly what he had to do…. finish 3rd or better to give winnings of about £10,000 and ensure a ranking in the top 45. His strategy of attack paid off at his very par score of 66. Rounds of 68, 72 and 69 followed to give him a 9 under par total (equalling his best total of 2011) and 5th place on his own. Only two shots behind the winner….. but unfortunately this wasn’t enough and he finished about £2000 short and a 49th place in the rankings. His Challenge tour place is assured for next season, but it’s a visit to the Qualifying school in December to try and regain a category on the European Tour. Even missing out at Rome, he must be pleased with his performance which shows quite clearly he has the golf game to compete at the highest level.


The Midland Alliance is well into its 2011-2012 season and in the latest event over the Downfield course in Dundee, local golfers were out of the prize lists. Best Scratch scores of 76 came from Bob Stewart (Tulliallan) and Braehead professional Jamie Stevenson. In the handicap section Alloa’s Chris Westland finished in 4th place with a net 74. In the Amateur prize lists, Chris Westland leads County golfers with a 5th placing---- Alloa’s Ray Barton and Hugh Hunter are tied with Bob Stewart in 14th equal place. In the professional prize lists, Jamie Stevenson lies in second place.


Alva’s Lawrence Allan has his last chance of 2011 to make a big impact on the Junior golf scene at the Duke’s course St Andrews this weekend. The double Junior and Match play Champion will represent Clackmannanshire in a field of 60 ( 42 boys, 18 girls)… all of them have won Championships at Junior level. Lawrence is first off at 9.00 am on Sunday.


Golf of course is all about numbers and working out some sort of achievement, and Alloa’s Michael Niven is right there. With a long and successful golfing career stretching back to the 1950’s, he still managed a new achievement last week---- that elusive number that equals or beats your age. In a competition at Pitlochry, Michael did just that scoring a remarkable age equalling 70 less his handicap of six to give a net 64 and ensure that his handicap is at a lower level than one year ago. Hope for us all…. Well done Michael!


Sat 15th Oct Winter Medal Congratulations to: 1st - N Richardson

- 37 pts bih

2nd - S McGhie

- 37 pts

3rd - R Duncan

- 36 pts bih


Winter season underway


ollar’s winter season got underway on Saturday with the first round of the Polish Cup, presented by former long time member Jan Szpula, and which competition runs until the Opening Day of the 2012 summer season. In the mild conditions with hardly a breath of wind there were some excellent scores returned which augers well for this popular winter event. Saturday 15th October 2011 Polish Cup (Round 1) Div 1: 1st Vic Allan (6) 43 pts; 2nd William Hamilton (12) 43 pts; 3rd Sandy Bonnar (11) 42 pts.


Alloa fail to take advantage of first half lead Madras 1st xv 30 Alloa 1st xv 11

long before yellow cards were produced, first the home scrum half for foul play and then Alloa’s Ally Beattie for slowing ball down at the ruck were sent for a ten minute break. The disruption in numbers seemed to affect Alloa more than the home side as first Madras reduced the deficit through a second penalty and then really cut loose in spreading the ball wide scoring two tries via the right wing channel. Stevie Skelton pulled back three points via a penalty during one of Alloa’s rare second half forays into Madras territory and the game was back to within a single score. However Alloa knocked the ball on from the


lloa relinquished a half-time lead for the third time in four matches, this time to last season’s League Champions, Madras, at Station Park, St Andrews. The revamped Midlands Division Two was always going to be a tough proposition and Alloa are learning the hard way that no less than eighty minutes concentration will be enough to secure points. The opening exchanges were fairly even with Alan Keir exchanging penalties with his opposite number before Alloa forged ahead. Matt Pope in typical style picked up the ball in open play and scorched round the despairing Madras defence for an excellent individual try. Pope was unlucky not to add to his tally shortly before the break, shooting up the blindside only to be hauled down close to the try line. Alloa finished the half with the upper hand and an 8-3 advantage. The early action in the second period was littered by infringements from both sides which prompted the match official to issue a warning to both skippers. It wasn’t too

restart and from the resulting scrum a clever chip through gave the Madras centre a simple touchdown. Madras secured the bonus point from a try from the last play of the match. Alloa need not be too downheartened as they have competed extremely well in every fixture this season that has been against teams who held a higher league position than them last season. They now face Kinross at Earlsfield this Saturday (kick-off 3pm) and then another home fixture against Carnoustie two weeks later in what will be seen as must win games to elevate the club to the top half of the division.

Kinross 15 : 0 Fife South Madras 30 : 11 Alloa Grangemouth 32 : 6 Blairgowrie RFC Stirling Uni 58 : 13 Carnoustie HSFP St. Andrews Uni 82 : 12 Harris Acad FP

Weekend Fixtures: Sat 22nd October Alloa V Blairgowrie RFC V Carnoustie HSFP V Harris Acad FP V St. Andrews Uni V

Kinross Fife South Madras Grangemouth Stirling Uni






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195:28 226:75 131:169 152:59 140:82 53:98 54:89 36:133 76:198 68:200


Bonus Points 3 5 2 4 4 1 2 1 0 1

27 25 22 20 16 9 6 5 4 1


Good away win for Hillfoots Glenrothes RFC 18 Hillfoots 29


illfoots travelled to take on their league’s closest rivals, Glenrothes. After losing to this team last season, Hillfoots were in for a hard game. Both teams started well and were both playing hard, defensively. Hillfoots soon took control and it wasn’t too long before Kenny Paterson got the visitors off the mark. A break through from Calum McGee then pop off to the winger saw Paterson score under the posts. Ali Page converted for 7 early points. It then didn’t take long for the lads to increase the lead when the other winger Kevin Aitken scored after good all round team play, involving Page,


Div 2: 1st Stephen Leitch (13) 45 pts; 2nd Davie Cowie (15) 43 pts; 3rd Charles Norman (16) 41 pts.

Results: Sat 15th Oct


David Cree and Jamie Doyle. The conversion was missed but Hillfoots were coasting. Straight from the kick-off, Gavin Spowage collected and popped off to a flying Aitken who was stopped only by the opposition full back. An offload to Cree and break towards the line saw a pass inside to Gregor Manson who scored under the posts, for his second in as many games. An outstanding try for anyone to admire. Hillfoots play flowed well and the backs were dominating. In the midst of the confidence, an inside pop was intercepted in the visitors half and the centre ran the rest of the pitch to score a converted try under the posts. A small dent in ‘Foots confidence saw another try scored off a bad lineout call, this time unconverted.

Half-Time. 17-12. ‘Foots gathered the restart and piled the pressure back on immediately. A few more good moves by the backs saw play move deep into the local side’s territory. A high loop pass fell into the hands of Hillfoots front row, Sandy Penman, who charged over the line from 15 metres out, shrugging off the opposition winger like a small child. Another missed conversion that could seal the game, but ‘Foots looked defiant and weren’t going to let anymore tries slip through. A couple of ruck infringements a few minutes later allowed Glenrothes to claw the game back, kicking from the spot. Fortunately ‘Foots were clinical enough to see the game out and substitute Logan Bonar rounded off the day with a superb


Stephen Leitch, best score in the Polish Cup (Round 1)


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155:83 155:112 144:138 161:121 129:112 136:154 140:204 115:129 101:175 142:150

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27 23 21 20 18 12 11 8 6 5

individual try under the posts, the young stand-off then slotted his own conversion to give a final score of 29-18 to Hillfoots. A great bonus point victory for the Tillicoultry side and the first win away from home, this season. Man of the Match went to Kevin Aitken, for a dazzling show on the wing. Hillfoots welcome Northerners, Caithness, this coming Saturday. A 3pm kick-off at Tillicoultry Public Park. All support is welcomed and greatly appreciated.

See Hillfoots RFC Annual Sports Dinner advert on page 11 RBS CALEDONIA REGIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION 1 Results: Sat 15th Oct Mackie Acad FP 23 : 15 Aberdeen Uni Orkney 17 : 16 Strathmore Glenrothes 18 : 29 Hillfoots Highland 18 : 29 Gordonians Caithness 11 : 21 Aberdeenshire

Weekend Fixtures: Sat 22nd October Aberdeen Uni V Orkney Mackie Acad FP V Glenrothes Strathmore V Highland Hillfoots V Caithness Gordonians V Aberdeenshire



Friday 21.10.11


Newtongrange Star up next Manager looking forward to playing a game

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ith another game called off due to weather and our new drainage system at Beechwood not kicking in yet, the management team decided to go along and watch our Scottish cup opponents in action. Renfrew beat Newmains convincingly and looked decent going forward. They have some experienced players in their team and will give us a good test. This week is a huge week again for the club with a very hard and challenging game away to Newtongrange Star. Star are one of the favourites for league glory this year and it will be a very hard game for Sauchie and one which we really need to get something from. The team has been strengthened this week with



- SPONSORED BY ABERCROMBY & OAKWOOD The Gents Prelims will be held this Monday Oct 24th at the Abercromby & Oakwood with a 730pm prompt start at each venue , Players names for the Abercromby are as follows: D Hulston, A Ferguson, J Flanagan , S Laverty, I Mitchell, D Keenan, A Flanagan, G Watson I Prentice, C McFadyen, J Young, J Docherty, C Stein , D Robertson, R Bond Jnr , S Gavin, G Stevenson, C Mccormack, C Hunter, G Mcbeath, W Cadger, R Somerville, J Campbell, G Smith, N Cadger, G Ross, S Gillies, J Scott, B McAdam, S Mckee, G Burns , B Allan, B Keenan, B Mccubern, G Mckinsley, G Westwood, J Mcauley, A Haggerty, D Mclennan, B Mckee, A Hunter, G Hill, D Jennings, J Glass (gart) , F Raeburn, S Grieve, S Mcalister, S Mccartney, J Mckinsley, D Wilkinson, G Fortheringham, S Wise, G Purvis, C Said, D O Rourke, N Paterson, All other players will play at the Oakwood , Players must be in the venues for 730pm start, , The Ladies & Gents Finals will be held in the Oakwood on Friday Oct 28th 730pm start

Manager Fraser Duncan the return from holiday of Jazza Donaldson. Its a vital game and we start to prepare for it at training this week. It’s a few big weeks coming up for the club and

we need to take as much from it as we possibly can. We’ll hopefully start with a good performance on Saturday at Star and then a hard Scottish cup tie away to Renfrew.

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CAPTAINS MEETING The next meeting will be held in the oakwood on tues Nov 1st with a 730pm start, Names & Fees for the County Fives will be taken £15 per Team with £4 league fees due also FACEBOOK Clackmannan County are now on Facebook this will feature news from the County and League , Please give it a visit !

Home Away TEAM P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts Oakley United 5 2 1 0 10 2 2 0 0 6 4 10 13 Tayport 6 1 0 2 2 3 3 0 0 6 0 5 12 Glenrothes 4 2 0 0 7 4 1 1 0 4 3 4 10 Penicuik Athletic 4 2 0 0 8 4 1 0 1 2 1 5 9 Newtongrange Star 5 1 0 1 3 2 1 1 1 8 7 2 7 Sauchie Juniors 4 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 6 6 1 7 Broughty Athletic 6 0 1 2 5 10 2 0 1 4 4 -5 7 Ballingry Rovers 6 1 1 1 8 7 0 1 2 1 5 -3 5 Arniston Rangers 6 0 1 2 1 5 1 1 1 3 6 -7 5 Broxburn Athletic 4 1 1 0 4 2 0 0 2 2 7 -3 4 Armadale Thistle 6 0 2 2 1 4 0 2 0 2 2 -3 4 Downfield 4 0 0 2 2 4 0 0 2 3 7 -6 0



- SPONSORED BY OAKWOOD The Tennents Cup Semi Finals & Final will be held in the Oakwood this friday Oct 21st all players please be in venue for 730pm Alva Golf Club v Oakwood Lounge, Oakwood B v Abercromby A, SCOTTISH MIXED TRIPLES The County play offs for the Mixed Triples will be held in the Oakwood on Saturday Nov 12th with a 1230 reg, All names to Davie Hanson asap

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Friday 21.10.11




Action shots from Saturday’s Irn Bru Divsion 3 match

Irn Bru Division 3 Results: Saturday 15th October Alloa 1 Berwick Holmes (7) McLeod (16)


Annan Athletic 1 Gibson (74)

Elgin Cameron (4)


Clyde 7 McDonald (14) Brown (19) Neill (31) Gallagher (77) Oliver (81) Cusack (82) Archdeacon (90)

East Stirling 1 Bradley Coyne (82)

Peterhead 1 Stranraer McAllister (68) McKeown (12) Stirling (39) Moore (90)


Queen’s Park 3 Montrose 1 Daly (55) Boyle (30) Longworth (81, 87)

Weekend Fixtures: Saturday 29th October Annan Athletic v Peterhead Clyde

v Alloa Athletic

East Stirling v Berwick Elgin

v Montrose


v Queen’s Park

Irn Bru Division 3: League Table

Hand ball or not? Referee said no ...

Annan Athletic Stranraer Alloa Athletic Elgin Clyde Queen’s Park Berwick Montrose Peterhead East Stirlingshire

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Wasps fail to take chances Draw deemed as two points dropped by Hartley


lloa were back in league action at the weekend after the international break, looking to keep their promotion dreams alive after the 5-0 defeat to Elgin City. With some players missing due to being sent off in the last league match, manager Paul Hartley was forced into making some changes to his Wasps side. Goalkeeper McDowall was given the number 1 jersey and Doyle moved to left back with McCullagh playing on the ride side of the defence. It was a match that the Wasps should have won convincingly but failed to make an impact at the business end of the field when it mattered most. A series of golden chances missed could have put the game out of sight of the visitors. That said, credit must be given to the visiting goalkeeper, Barclay who certainly had a fantastic game with a display of fine goalkeeping, but in the end both sides settled for a draw. From the kick off it was clear that the home side were looking to make

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up for their shortcomings in the Highlands and pressed forward. Winters was looking lively and was moving about the park like a 20 year old. With just seven minutes on the on the clock, Alloa were ahead. McCullagh was driving down the right wing, heading for the by-line before drilling a low hard cross over into the box. The ball whizzed through finding the oncoming Holmes, who managed to connect driving the ball into the bottom corner from inside the six-yard box, sending the crowd wild. Alloa could have and should have found themselves two up moments later but McCords shot went agonisingly wide at the right hand post. Goal scoring defender Gordon was also in on the attacking action and his header sailed narrowly over the crossbar, in what was a real dominant attacking spell for the Wasps. At this point, you had a feeling that Alloa were going to run the visitors ragged and it would be only a matter of time before they added to their tally. However, the visitors started to get back into the game and started passing the ball well moving it about the park. This allowed them good possession to begin testing the Alloa defence. On the 13th minute, the visitors were back level. McLeod managed to get on the end of a cross from the left to head the ball past McDowall into the top corner. Berwick were given a boost by the goal and nearly went ahead after a good headed effort by Noble. McDonald’s effort went close and

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Alloa 1 Berwick 1 Robbie Winters on the attack looking to put Alloa in front Wasps keeper McDowall was forced into pushing an effort over the crossbar in what was a good spell for the visitors. Alloa nearly snatched the lead just before the interval when McCord managed to get on the end of McCullagh’s cross from deep on the right, only for his header to smash off the crossbar – very unfortunate not to put his side ahead. Into the second period and the visitors had the best opening chance only to be denied by McDowall in goal. Alloa pushed forward looking to take the lead but Cawley’s effort was saved by the goalkeeper. Trialist Masterton was introduced to match midway through the second half and made a good impact in the midfield battle for possession.

As the match moved into the final stages, Alloa piled the pressure on Berwick. The Wasps threw literally everything forward and only some good saves and defending in numbers kept the score line the same. Claims for a penalty were dismissed after Winters’ effort looked to have been blocked by the arm of the Berwick defender as the ball was deflected wide. Alloa kept pressing for the winner and left a gaping hole at the back, nearly allowing the visitors to snatch a win but the game finished level. It was however an entertaining encounter full of action – just what the fans wanted! Manager Paul Hartley said after the game; “We had loads of possession again today but we could not quite find that second goal. The first goal was a terrific

goal, great movement good football and a good finish from Graeme Holmes but we never really capitalised on it. “I’m very disappointed I feel it is two points dropped today. I was again pleased with the effort and the attitude, which was great. We are still making plenty chances – every single week we have made chances but today we could not find that winning goal. “We must move on and look forward to a cup tie next week against league leaders Annan Athletic which already has been described as the tie of the second round, therefore we will need to be at our best.” There was good news for Wasps fans after the final whilst when trialist, Steve Masterton signed with the club until the end of December, 2011.

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