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SAUCHIE SNAKE ATTACK

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9 year old golden lab from Sauchie has survived a rare and unusual snake attack in a public park minutes from his house. Bouncer, was out for his usual walk at the park in Sauchie when the incident happened involving an Adder. Owner Mrs Mitchell told the Wee County News; “He was out with my husband

for his usual walk at the park. It was just a normal day, there was nothing strange about it. “We let Bouncer off the lead to run about as he likes the exercise, he was in the long grass at the edge of the park as normal, we did not suspect anything was wrong.” The Mitchell’s had no reason to suspect that anything was wrong with Bouncer until the next day when he started to act strangely. “He started acting weird, he could not sit down and his bits had swollen up” she said. “We had no idea what

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caused it, we certainly did not know it was a snake bite.” Bouncer was taken to the vet for treatment and luckily the vet in Alloa had seen this type of thing before and knew what to do. The Adder (Vipera berus) is the only venomous snake native to this country and when an Adder bites it typically injects around 1ml of venom. There are usually one or two small puncture wounds that may or may not bleed. Once bitten, around 20 minutes later the bitten area may become hot and red, with swelling and throbbing. Sometimes

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Bouncer made a full recovery after his snake encounter ten by a snake you should take immediate action. Quick action could save your pet’s life. Bouncer was given a course of treatment and has now been given the all clear, although when at the park, the Mitchell’s are keeping him on the lead for the time being.

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weecounty LETTERS Dear weecounty The front page of the paper really caught my eye this week and I was disgusted when reading the story as this is morally wrong. What Mr Brown did was out of the question and was not right in any shape or form and I think that giving him 12 months unpaid work is a very light sentence. Committing a crime like this is terrible and disgusting and not at all legal so sentencing him alone for the money he took in my eyes simply is not right. I understand he had problems dealing with the death of his mother and wasn’t spoken too for years and for that I feel for him but I don’t think this should have affected the judge’s decision. A crime is a crime and I think he should have received a harder punishment.

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Dear weecounty For many years MP’s have received great criticism for doing nothing to improve our community and it is fantastic to see Gordon Bank’s holding a charity event to help MacMillan cancer. Cancer is such a big disease that really needs the support of people everywhere, so to see that our local MP is taking part and hosting his own coffee morning is just breathtaking. This really makes a difference when people help and knowing that our councillors are paying attention and helping really is brilliant.

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Dear weecounty For local school pupils to be able to contact children for Jamaica is great as it lets them learn more about different cultures and also meeting new people in a safe environment using modern technology. This sort of work in the education is great and more of this needs to happen as it could open up great opportunities for pupils before they move up in education. Meeting new people from differ-

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ent cultures really makes people realise how lucky they are compared to people from other countries who struggle and I think this might be a good way to reduce crime as more and more pupils will hopefully be able to realise how lucky they are. This is a great scheme and I give it my full support. Craig, Tillicoultry

Dear weecounty I am beginning to struggle to understand why young people would want to destroy a college built for their benefit, or vandalise anything for that matter. Destroying the college is wrong and ruins the college experience for people attending further education and I do not see why people would want to spoil that for them. Many places including Alloa College are built mainly with young people in mind and the council don’t have a problem with young people using it but abusing premises like this abuse the rules and agreements made. It is a waste because so much good could come from having somewhere nice like that for young people to go. It really does make the difference when places are kept nice and tidy. Callum, Menstrie

Dear weecounty I really enjoyed reading the keeper for a day story this week as I thought it was highly entertaining. Seeing all the animals and the experience a young person got was great and this type of experience can make all the difference someone’s life. I thought this was a great thing to have in the paper and I think more of these opportunities should be available to young people as it will make all the difference. Fraser, Alva

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Fast food outlet is close to opening New fast food outlet is only a few weeks away from opening

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he new KFC restaurant being built in Alloa is only a few short weeks away from opening, creating around 40 much needed jobs. The new restaurant and drive thru is situated on the site beside Alloa Athletic’s Recreaction Park and is on the main road into Alloa. Building work began not so long ago and the workmen have not wasted any time in literally throwing up the structure. A spokesperson for KFC told the Wee County News: “We’re delighted to confirm that our new drive-thru in Clackmannan Road,

Mill Street taxi rank set to be scrapped

Alloa, will open next month. The restaurant will create around 40 career opportunities for the local community and we’re looking forward to welcoming local residents to the store.” One resident viewed their objections to the fast food giant coming to Alloa by saying; “They are building it literally across the road from the existing McDonalds, and there are plenty of take aways in the town. I just dont see the need.” Whilst another was ‘excited’ that KFC was coming to town saying; “I love KFC.”

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nder new proposals outlined by Clackmannanshire Council this week, taxi ranks in Alloa could be in line for a move. The review carried out by the council looked at the possibility of changing the existing taxi ranks in the town centre in favour of just one which would be situated in Drysdale Street – dropping the one currently situated in Mill Street. The proposals highlighted that the existing taxi rank on Mill Street could be alternatively used as a short term parking (30 minute),

which the review suggests would improve the turnover of vehicles in Mill Street, helping local traders. If approved, the council have highlighted that they will create an additional three taxi rank spaces on Drysdale Street to compensate for those lost on Mill Street. One local told the Wee County News when asked about the plans; “I think it is a good idea, there appears to be far too many taxi spaces already in the town. “There is not enough parking spaces in the town and this would certainly help.”

Another said; “I think the council has seen some sense this time, there are plenty of taxi spaces and most of the time the one on Mill Street is sitting empty or with just one car in it.” He did come up with a good idea though saying; “Why don’t they make Mill Street a taxi rank at night, which might help the people who are out in the town get home, and use it for parking during the day?” Local shops and taxi companies have been informed over the proposals and the council is looking for views on the plans.

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s reported previo archaeological di has unearthed so Hosted by the Ochils Lands Trust for Scotland as part o of around 40 volunteers exc behind Castle Campbell. Ov were given site tours by arc Hatherley. The dig focused on two tur intention of shedding more Various pieces of pottery an a piece of animal bone. The small rectangular turf build The team found a number o there are signs that a fire ha One of the most exciting finds came late on Friday afternoon, when one of the volunteers, Juliette Mitchell, found a piece of possible medieval pottery in the interior of the turf building. This pottery still needs to be specially analysed but once this has been done it will help date the building.

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lackmannan District Brass Band were competing in the National Brass Band finals in Cheltenham and have come 7th out of 17 in the First Section. The finals were held Cheltenham which were held at the weekend and the overall winners were Sheffield`s “Unite the Union”. Clackmannan District Brass Band`s conductor Paul McKelvie OBE said; “It was a great day for us. The band gave an outstanding performance of a really difficult piece. For us to finish 7th in such illustrious company is a real achievement!” The Brass band did come 1st in the Scottish 1st Section Championships earlier this year held in Perth.

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sly, there was an archaeological o be held and it has unearthed nds. pe Partnership and the National cottish Archaeology Month, a team ated a site on the north-west slopes the course of the week 70 people were sts Liz Jones and Candice Hatherley. anks and an earth mound, with the ht on historic activities in the Glen. glass were found on-site, along with a h mound was revealed to be a small

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is seems too small to have been a dwelling, its position suggests that it may have been a look-out hut for the Castle, or it might even have been a smokehouse for meat or fish. Excavation of the turf bank showed that it pre-dates the stone wall that runs alongside it. Although it has not yet been possible to date the turf bank, the team believes its function was related to deer hunting in the royal forest behind Castle Campbell. Despite the sometimes mixed weather volunteers worked all week on the site, abley guided by two National Trust for Scotland volunteer archaeologists. Volunteer, Nick Morris said “Who would have thought that digging in the mud could be so much fun!”. And another volunteer, James Toon, said “I’ve learned loads of new things and lots about archaeology with some great folks, volunteers and professionals alike”. As well as the 70 human visitors during the course of the week, there were around a dozen canine visitors to the site. It is hoped that further digs will take place over the next couple of years to add to knowledge about how the Ochils have been used by people over time. You can keep updated by checking www.ochils.org.uk. The Ochils Landscape Partnership is a partnership of 19 local organisations and will deliver 22 built, natural and cultural heritage projects by the end of 2014. It is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, EDF Energy, Clackmannanshire Council, the University of Stirling, Clackmannanshire Heritage Trust, and Clackmannanshire & Stirling Environment Trust.

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across Scotland using the social media channel to reach local residents from noon on 18 September to noon on 19 September. The event aimed to raise awareness of the breadth and complexity of services offered by councils by giving residents an insight into a day in the life of their council. Council Leader Gary Womersley said: “We are always looking for ways to engage with our residents, to let them know about our services and also find out what they think

about local issues. “We’re delighted with the success of this year’s event - we sent out 132 tweets over the 24 hour period. We gained 97 new followers and responded to 5 direct messages - all of which were positive feedback.” Tweets ranged from adult education classes and a schools cross country event to a stray dog being picked up and a booking for a wedding at the Cochrane Hall. The Twitter 24 project is coordinated by the National Communications Group in Scotland, who work together to promote local government and share best practice.

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Diamond Jubilee Exhibition in Alloa

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he final showing of the exhibition The Diamond Jubilee 2012: The Queen and Clackmannanshire began last weekend in The Gallery, Gordon R McFarlane FBHI, Watchmaker & Jeweller, 41 Mill Street, Alloa. This special exhibition has been created by Clackmannanshire Council Museum and Heritage Service to coincide with the celebration of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 years on the throne. It will run from 15th September until 6th October. The exhibition looks at aspects of life in Clackmannanshire in the 1950s and beyond, including the opening

of Greenfield House as Alloa Burgh Council’s headquarters in 1952, as well as the Queen’s visits to the county in 1963 and 1997, the latter being for the official opening of Alloa Tower. Commemorative memorabilia from public and private collections will be on display, including a very rare souvenir programme and other material from Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, various Coronation and other Jubilee programmes and a range of Royal literature. Councillor Donald Balsillie, Convener of the council’s Enterprise Committee, said: “ This exhibition recalls what life was like in the county

in the 1950s and I would encourage everyone to come along and see it. We are also hoping that people will bring along photographs and anything else which they might have, connected with Royal visits, other Jubilee celebrations and showing life in the county sixty years ago.” Neil McFarlane added: “”We are delighted to be hosting this exhibition at the end of a great summer of celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Games. We hope that people will come in to have a look at the display of objects and programmes connected with the Coronation and earlier Jubilee celebrations, either for a touch of nostalgia or to see them for the first time.”

Kirkin’ of the Council Provost to give reading at special service

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Kirkin’ of the Council service will be held in St John’s Episcopal Church, Alloa, on Sunday 7th October. Rev. Canon Dominic Ind is looking forward to welcoming visitors and councillors into his church on this special occasion. The service begins at 10.30am and will include readings by Provost Tina Murphy and Chief Executive Elaine McPherson. The service will be followed by refreshments in the Church. There will be a photo

opportunity after the service at 12noon at the Church. The traditional Kirkin’ service is a way for the Council to show its dedication and commitment to promoting the welfare of the community. All councillors are invited to attend the service and

the Council workforce and members of the public are also made welcome. Last year’s Kirkin’ service was held at Menstrie Parish Church.

The steering group also worked closely with local schools and businesses to raise awareness of Fairtrade and increase the use and availability of Fairtrade products. Provost Murphy went on: “The Fairtrade steering group is looking forward to continuing the campaign and contributing to making world trade more fair. There are plans for Alloa, Dollar and Alva to apply to be recognised as Fairtrade Towns.” As well as the certificate, the county were also presented with a Fairtrade banner, which will be displayed at all events,

including Fairtrade Fortnight in February/March 2013. Following on from the Fairtrade Zone award, Alva is now going for Fairtrade Town status. There will be a public meeting for anyone interested in joining the Alva Fairtrade Town steering group at 140 West Stirling Street, Alva’s Fairtrade shop, on Friday 5th October at 2.30pm.

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said: “I am absolutely thrilled and delighted that the county has been recognised by the Fairtrade Foundation as a Fairtrade Zone and been presented with this certificate. “The group has run a number of events in Clackmannanshire to raise awareness of Fairtrade, as well as working with individual schools and businesses, and this award has been earned by so many dedicated people. My congratulations to them all.” Mr Lamond said: “This is the result of over a year’s work by the Clackmannanshire Fairtrade steering group, which is made up of local volunteers, who are dedicated to making world trade fair, with support

lackmannanshire officially received their certificate this week to confirm that the county has been elevated to being a Fairtrade Zone. The certificate, from Harriet Lamb, Executive Director of the Fairtrade Foundation, was proudly paraded this week by Clackmannanshire Council’s Provost Tina Murphy, John Lamond, chairman of the local Fairtrade Steering Group, Rebecca Bell, Clackmannanshire Council’s Sustainability Officer, Andrew Mitchell of BIDS and Eileen Martin, a member of the Fairtrade Steering Group. Provost Tina Murphy, who represents Clackmannanshire Council on the steering group,

from Council officers, the Cooperative Group and the Alloa Town Centre BID. We were told it would take us at least two years to achieve Fairtrade status.” Clackmannanshire’s Fairtrade steering group was formed in Summer 2011 made up of volunteers from Clackmannanshire’s communities who are committed to promoting Fairtrade and working for trade justice. In January 2012 the Council unanimously passed a resolution agreeing to support Fairtrade and supporting the bid for Clackmannanshire to become a Fairtrade Zone Provost Murphy added: “To be awarded Fairtrade Zone

status, the steering group had to achieve a number of goals including one of the most important, that a range of Fairtrade products had to be readily available in the area’s shops and served in local cafes and catering establishments.” Fairtrade products are used by an appropriate number of local work places and community organisations in Clackmannanshire and have attracted media coverage and popular support for the campaign. The group has run a number of public events, including an African cooking evening, an art competition for children, a talk by a Palestinian olive oil producer, and a Fairtrade Fayre in Alloa High Street.

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Wetherspoon chain still coming to Alloa

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Image: Google maps Former Poundland store in Drysdale street will be the venue for a new Wetherspoon chain unit

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lacksPast, the new online catalogue of Clackmannanshire Council’s wide-ranging museum, archives and local history collections will be launched this week. ClacksPast is an exciting new venture which will enable everyone with access to the internet to have a virtual ‘rummage’ through

the wide range of fascinating objects, documents and photographs which are held by the Council. ClacksPast will be a useful resource for a range of enquirers, from the casual browser to the in-depth researcher who wants to learn more about specific topics - for example, photographs and memorabilia

from the old Burgh Councils of Alloa, Alva, Dollar and Tillicoultry, or perhaps the earliest pattern book and garment samples produced by John Paton, Son & Co. Ltd in 1896. ClacksPast will be launched at 4pm on Thursday 27th September in the Council Chamber, Greenfield House.

ClacksPast is a work in progress and will be updated regularly with new records and additional details added to existing ones. It also hoped that the site users will sometimes be able to help the council with quirky and interesting tales which breathe new life into this rich collection

ears were mounting last week that the proposed Wetherspoon site to open in Drysdale Street had fallen through. An Alloa resident told the Wee County News; “I have heard that they (Wetherspoon) are no longer opening in Alloa because they have opened in Stirling. “I was looking forward to them offering something different in Alloa and developing that eye-sore of a site. The same resident was critical of the state of the unit blaming Clackmannanshire council for its current state. He said; “I blame the council for how it is just now, they were the last ones

to use the unit with that gallery thing that they had. I would have though that they would have cleaned it up!”  However, Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon told the Wee County News; “Wetherspoon own the property and have planning and licensing permission, so in effect can start developing it as and when they want.  “At present the company does not have an on site or opening date, however, we can confirm to the newspaper that Wetherspoon will definitely be opening a pub on the site in due course, and in the process investing more than £1 million and creating 40 jobs.” 

of the material culture of Clackmannanshire. Council Leader Gary Womersley said: “This rich new online resource is a good way of finding out more about the history and heritage of the county and I would encourage everyone to have a look at it. If we want to keep our local history alive we have

to use the web, and thanks to ClacksPast our local heritage is just a click of the mouse away. There are thousands of records on this virtual museum covering hundreds of years of history which can now be accessed by a worldwide audience.”

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ouncil Leader, Gary Womersley, has welcomed the announcement last week by the Scottish Government’s Finance Secretary, John Swinney that more resources are to be given to the multi-million pound Schools for the Future Programme. The news follows the submission by the Council of an £8m funding bid to the Programme for a brand new state-of-the-art primary school in Clackmannanshire. The bid is based on an expected large population increase in the county, especially in Sauchie, which would lead to capacity issues for primary schools. Councillor  Womersley said: «If our bid is successful, we could have the option of delivering  an £8 million school for a Council contribution of only £2 million. With a major

new housing developments potentially in the pipeline in Sauchie, it makes sense that it would be the first priority for any new primary school. I hope that the increase in funding to the Schools for the Future Programme will improve our chances of attracting investment to Clackmannanshire.» Councillor Ellen Forson, Education Convenor, said: «This Council wants the best possible facilities for the young people of Clackmannanshire and investment in the primary school estate is a priority. The quality of a school building can have a real impact on pupils and we want to have the best possible environment for pupils to flourish in.» The Council›s bid is at the early stages of being assessed and a decision on its success is expected later in the year.

Councillor Womersley added: «If the Council›s bid is successful, there will be full consultation with the community as to how a new school might benefit Sauchie, particularly the Craigbank catchment area, which could see a significant increase in households.» Michael Payne chair of the Craigbank Parent Council told the Wee County News; “In my role as Chair of the Craigbank Parent Council, I think this is great news, and I am very supportive of this significant investment in the future of the children of Craigbank. “As this proposal progresses, the Craigbank Parent Council look forward to seeing the plans for the proposed development, and engaging and representing as appropriate, the views and any concerns of the parents, carers and children of Craigbank Primary School.”


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his week around 20 history enthusiasts embarked on training to brush-up their historical detective skills. Funded by the Ochils Landscape Partnership as part of its programme to protect and enhance local heritage, two courses will be delivered over the next few months by Drs Alasdair Ross and Jim Smyth from the University of Stirling. The classes will be held at Alva Academy. Volunteers will learn how to undertake archival research, read old handwriting (palaeography) and carry out oral history interviews to help them record people’s stories and memories of the past. Volunteers’ research

projects will then contribute to the on-site interpretation boards that will be installed locally over the next two years, as well as on-line articles and podcasts. These boards will give information to visitors about various sites across the Ochils Landscape Partnership area which stretches from Logie Old Kirk in the west to the Muckhart Nature Park in the East, up into the Ochils and down to the River Devon. The research will also be published as on-line articles on the projects website www.ochils.org.uk, and as podcasts. Two of the projects already underway are looking into the history of the Dollar mining industry

and the temperance movement in the Hillfoots. Whilst the course itself is full, if you would like to suggest an interesting local history research topic or get involved in the research then please contact Kirsty McAlister on 01259 452675 or kmcalister@clacks.gov.uk. The Ochils Landscape Partnership is a partnership of 19 local organisations and will deliver 22 built, natural and cultural heritage projects by the end of 2014. It is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, EDF Energy Community Recreation Fund, Clackmannanshire Council, the University of Stirling, Clackmannanshire Heritage Trust, and Clackmannanshire & Stirling Environment Trust.

Autumn Fair raises over £900 for church repairs

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he Autumn Fair held at St John’s Church held last week, on the 15th September was rated a great success.  It raised over £900 in two hours for the Church Repair Fund, Kate Middleton, who is Repairs Co-ordinator said; “We are very grateful to everyone who came last Saturday and supported us. Thanks are also due to the many people in the congrega-

tion who contributed by baking and donating goods to sell and to those who helped on the day. “The congregation has now raised over £9000 in 21 months by fundraising events, saving every week and this second Fair - it has been a wonderful effort by our small congregation.”    It is hoped the repairs will start in March 2013 - they will last for nine months and cost over £300,000 in total. 

St John’s church in Alloa

usic in Dollar is holding the first concert in its 201213 season of five concerts in the Gibson Hall, Dollar Academy on Saturday, 6 October, starting at 7:30pm. Back again by popular demand, ‘Swing 2012’ is always guaranteed to give a concert full of the ‘Hot Club’ style jazz made famous by the likes of George Gershwin, Count Basie and Duke Ellington. For this concert, Swing 2012 is joined by the eminent jazz pianist, Paul Harrison, promising a great evening of live music, in the heart of Dollar. Tickets are £8 per adult and are available on the door. Accompanied children are admitted free. The concerts usually last about two hours, with wine and soft drinks served during the interval. Julian Reeves from Dollar Music Society is hoping that more people than ever before will come along to enjoy the music and an interval drink. He said: “There’s an informal atmosphere at our concerts which the audience and performers seem to truly enjoy. “Thanks to the generous

support of Enterprise Music Scotland, our concerts are a great way for people to hear wonderful music performed by first-class musicians, right in the heart of their

community – at a fraction of the cost it would usually be. “We’re really keen for families to come along – so there’s no charge for accompanied children.”


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The 2012 Alva Glen Illuminations T

he annual Alva Glen Illuminations are being held on the 29th of September, from 7 pm to 9 pm. The Illuminations first ran from 1937 to 1954 where the used roman candles and over 600 fairy lights, and the modern Illuminations

re-started in 2004. Normally over 3,000 attend the illuminations and this year there will be various new lighting effects (including the underwater grotto), traditional music, fire jugglers, a giant fairy and aerial performers (who have just returned from

performing as Mary Poppins at the Olympics). The 2012 illuminations are gearing up to be a real treat for all of the family. More details can be found on their website at: http:// www.alvaglen.org.uk/event/ illuminations

St Bernadette’s win 2nd eco flag Top Left: Lanterns that were lit Above: Some of the entertainment that was on display for the family at last years illuminations.

Teacher Kirsty McDonald and the Eco Schools Committee at St Bernadette’s Primary School unfurl their second flag.

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t Bernadette’s Primary School in Tullibody are now able to fly their second Eco School Green flag with pride. In June 2010 the school achieved its first Green Flag. The momentum and enthusiasm continued to grow and more and more children became involved and engaged with the Eco agenda. This week vice-convener of Clackmannanshire Council’s Education, Sport and Leisure Committee, Councillor Walter McAdam, congratulated the pupils and staff on their achievement. Councillor McAdam said: “The school must be warmly congratulated on what is an outstanding achievement

in not just obtaining one Eco School Green flag, but now a second. I would wish them well for the future and going on to achieve a third in 2013.” The focus for the second flag was litter, waste minimisation and bio diversity. The school was very well supported by Jackie Reid, Clackmannanshire Council’s Waste Minimisation Officer and Euan Hills, the Council’s Countryside Ranger. Pupils were involved in a range of activities: recycling, composting and making sure the school remained litter free, Waste Free Wednesdays had everyone clearing their dinner plates and packed lunch boxes and pupils spent time photographing and

sketching bugs they found in their homes and gardens. Head Teacher Tina O’Neill said: “I am so very proud of everyone. Every pupil was involved as the work of the Eco Council was completed through our Vertical Groups and the work was shared across all stages. “We are grateful to those who helped us and to specifically to Miss Kirsty McDonald who leads this initiate in school. The Green Flag is a great award and with it goes our hope for the future that all our pupils will continue to be responsible and effective stewards of the earth”. The school will now continue to work hard towards their third green flag in 2014.

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Tuesday 25.9.12

Road Safety Books T

he Rotary Club of Alloa has donated 600 road safety books to all Primary 1 children attending Clackmannanshire Schools it was announced by Rotary President Alistair Spowage at the presentation to Mrs McCulloch, Depute Head teacher and pupils at Sunnyside Primary Primary School:“The Rotary Club sincerely hopes that parents take time out to read the important messages in the books and educate their child in road safety and environmental matters. It is hoped that if we all play our part then the incidents of injury caused by road traffic

collisions will be reduced if not eliminated.” This initiative sees the Rotary Club involved in various activities in all Clackmannanshire Schools from P1 right through to senior secondary stage. The Rotary Club is indebted to all schools, local police officers and Clackmannanshire Council Community Wardens for their wholehearted support in this initiative. Rotarian Hector Nicolson, Community Service Convenor, said:“This is an initiative instigated by the Rotary Club last year and one which we were asked to repeat this year. “Rotary Club’s are aware of the environmental, health

and economic benefits of having people walk as opposed to travelling by car, particularly to and from school. To that end, it was decided we would provide road safety educational materials to parents. “Young children need to be educated on road safety as they do not have the

skills to stay safe in traffic. We should not be so naive to think that children do not play on roads. They do. However, they don’t have the experience to judge the speed and distance of an oncoming car. “Parents and carers should be aware of the benefits of walking their

children to and from school, and be alert to the fact that there was a significant increase in injury collisions to children during 2011-2012.” Mrs McCulloch, Depute Head teacher said, “Sunnyside Primary School is indebted to the Rotary Club of Alloa for providing the road safety booklets, which will

be taken home by children for the benefit of parents and carers. We do place a great deal of emphasis on road safety matters at our school. We are also mindful of the fact that road safety is not the remit of any one individual or organisation. We all have a huge part to play.”

Alva In Line For A Super-Fast Broadband Boost I

t has been revealed by BT that over 2,600 local homes and businesses are set for fibre upgrade – investment hailed by Clackmannanshire Council and Scottish Government. 
BT announced a major investment for Alva, pledging to roll-out its £2.5 billion highspeed fibre broadband network to 2,600 local homes and businesses. It’s among the 35 latest Scottish locations being included today in the fibre broadband programme, which are due to be upgraded in 2013. It means more than a million Scottish homes and businesses will have access to BT’s fibre broadband network by the end of next year. The news was welcomed by Clackmannanshire Council Leader Gary Womersley, who said it would bring a boost for businesses, internet users and the local economy, with potential to create new enterprises and local jobs. Alva is joining Alloa in the programme, where 13,100 households and businesses will have access to fibre broadband, and BT is keen to bring more communities within

reach by working with the public sector. Brendan Dick, BT Scotland director, said: “The news marks a real milestone for Scotland, with more than a million homes and businesses now included in BT’s investment plans for fibre broadband. That means by the end of next year, around half the households in Scotland will be able to connect to our new fibre network. “Fibre broadband opens up a whole new, high speed world. This latest major investment will help the communities benefiting, including Alva, to overcome the current economic challenges and take full advantage of the upturn when it comes. “Digital technology is fundamental to how we live and work – and in an increasingly connected world, high speed communications will become even more essential in the years ahead. Research suggests fibre broadband could give a £143 million boost to a typical town’s economy and create 225 new jobs and 140 new businesses within 15 years. 1

“The fibre broadband network we’re building today will underpin the local economy for many years to come – and we’re keen to go further, working with the public sector to take technology to places outside current commercial rollout plans. “The arrival of fibre broadband in Alva will revolutionise the way people use the internet for work, education and connecting with public services.” Councillor Womersley said: “Today’s announcement by BT is helping to deliver world class broadband infrastructure in Clackmannanshire. Everyone recognises the importance of super-fast broadband, not just for its contribution to the local economy and potential to create new businesses and jobs, but for every aspect of modern life. In the current economic climate, such an investment is to be greatly welcomed. But longer-term it’s also essential that people and organisations take up this exciting technology and make the most of the new network.” Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Infra-

structure, Investment and Cities, Nicola Sturgeon, said: “I very much welcome this latest announcement from BT. It is essential that households and businesses everywhere in Scotland have access to highspeed connectivity and fibre broadband will play a key role in enhancing our digital offering. “The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that a world class digital infrastructure is in place across Scotland by 2020 and that a significant increase in coverage has been achieved by 2015. This investment, along with significant investment by the public sector, will ensure that this ambition is achieved.” BT’s local network business Openreach is making fibre broadband available to around two-thirds of UK homes and businesses on a commercial basis by the end of 20142 using a mix of fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) and fibre to the premises (FTTP) technologies. More than 11 million premises can already access fibre broadband and that number is growing all the time. Both technologies offer

speeds many times faster than the current UK average, reported by the regulator Ofcom to be 9Mbps. FTTC, where fibre is delivered to new street cabinets, offers download speeds of up to 80Mbps and upload speeds of up to 20Mbps3. FTTP, where fibre runs all the way to homes and businesses, offers a variety of download speeds with the current top speed being 330Mbps3. From Spring 2013 BT aims to make speeds of 330Mbps3 available on demand in any area where FTTC has been deployed4. Internet users with a fibre broadband connection can do much more online, all at the same time. A family can download a movie, watch a TV replay service, surf the net

and play games online simultaneously. A whole album can be downloaded in less than 30 seconds and a feature length HD movie in less than 10 minutes, whilst high-resolution photos can be uploaded to Facebook in seconds. The upload speeds are the fastest widely available to consumers in the UK, with large video and data files being sent almost instantly and hiresolution photos posted online in seconds. And high quality voice and video calls mean businesses can keep in touch with customers while they cut down on travel. For further information on Openreach’s fibre broadband programme visit www.superfast-openreach.co.uk


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ALLOA ACADEMY

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Inter-House competition This week’s results are as follow: Erskine House 15 points; Schaw House 12 points; Bruce House 9 points. Erskine house have been winners in this competition every week since the start of term. 2S1 had the highest level of co-operation this week and also the highest number of awards for excellent pieces of work, while 1E1 and 1E2 tied for the most outstanding effort comments. Additional House points were

gained this week by Hannah Birnie for her work photographing all of the House Groups. Congratulations Achieving the Advanced Bronze Award in Reading this week were Lyndsay Ross, Kevin Gibson, Emma Crawford and Chelsea Bryson. Adam Green, Dylan Carnegie, Abbie McAlpine, Darrell Young, Anna Reeves, Caitlyn Simpson, Amy

Rankine, Darcy Roger, Jake Neil, Cameron Smith and Ryan Glass achieved the Bronze Award and Reece Menzies both the Advanced Bronze and the Advanced Silver awards. Jamie Dowds and Ashley Baird achieved Bronze in both Reading and Writing. Well done to all – one House point gained for each pupil. Wow nails A group of 12 girls under the supervision of Mrs Datlen visited Ludgate House last week, to chat with residents and complete manicures. There was a great deal of laughter at this event, smiles all round and some very smart nails. Thank you to all concerned – we very much hope that we will be able to repeat this experience and build on it with students from our Music classes involved too. Assemblies Our assemblies this week have been led by members of Alloa Rotary Club who have been inviting pupils to join up with the very successful Inter-Act club. Our S2 girls have also had a presentation about the HPV

vaccination programme. Next week Young Scot information will be shared with all year groups at assembly. Parent Council Meeting The next meeting of Alloa Academy Parent Council will take place on Monday 1st October at 6.00 p.m. If you are interested in joining the Parent Council, please come along for this meeting – you will be made most welcome. Open Evening Please come along to our Open Evening from 6.00 – 8.00 p.m. on Wednesday 10th October. You can have a tour of the school; see pupils’ work exhibited; enjoy refreshments in the cafe and take part in short master-classes on how to pass various subjects. There will also be opportunities to buy materials to support work at home, particularly for exam classes. S1 Hockey Tournament Thanks to the PE department for organising a fun-filled and fiercelycontested Hockey Tournament, which was won by Schaw House. Focus Groups Many thanks to the 10 pupils form each year group who took part in our focus groups this week. Focus groups happen four times per session in alternate months to year group Pupil Councils. The information gained from the groups informs all planning within the school.

LORNSHILL ACADEMY MacMillan Coffee Morning. The S4 Social and Vocational Skills class will hold the annual MacMillan Coffee Morning on Friday 28th September. All catering will be organised by the class and fund-raising events will take place. S4 Work Experience Any pupil who has arranged their own Work Experience placement should ensure that forms are returned to Mrs Lowson by Friday

28th September. More jobs have been added to the system so pupils who do not have a placement yet should consider looking on the system again. S6 First Aid The first session of the S6 First Aid Certification began on Monday 24th September. Pupils attended a session after school. Food Hygiene Due to staff illness the first session

took part in the Federation of Master Builders Business Conference at Dunblane recently and the panel were presented with the question of Scottish independence and whether it would have a positive or negative impact for the UK construction industry. This question prompts a myriad of other questions that are facing the construction industry in respect of independence – issues such as what will the currency be, how will keeping the £ impact on business when Scotland would have no control over monetary powers or interest rates. Would Scotland be part of the EU and if so, how long will it take us to gain entry? What happens in the meantime when we have lost our access to a single market in the UK and the EU? In particular, reference to construction, the issues regarding any future bankers bonus tax and possible Vat reduction for home improvements, repairs and maintenance are all areas of likely confusion and potential negative impact on an independent Scotland. Scottish contracts to the construction sector in relation to UK defence spending would also disappear. Devolution can be constantly improved and I am happy that it was the Labour Party that introduced devolution to the UK and has been the driving force to deliver even more powers to Scotland through the recent Scotland Act. Procurement lessons need to be learnt in respect of public contracts such as the Forth Road Bridge and in general where Scottish SMEs have no faith in the process and would, as Michael Levack Chief Executive of the Scottish Builders Federation says “rather bet on a roulette wheel than tender at present”. The steel contract went to China, Spain and Poland and the cement contract worth £30 million went

to a Swiss company meaning we will have to import cement into the UK rather than buy it from Scotland's only cement producer, Lafarge in Dunbar. Scottish Businesses are missing out and badly needed jobs are going elsewhere. It’s a tragedy that the Scottish Government’s promised procurement reforms are not already in place. The Scottish Government need to get Scotland building again through housing and infrastructure programmes. if they don't more Scots will end up on the dole and more Scots businesses will fail. There are a great deal of unanswered questions about what independence would mean for the construction sector and as yet, there have been no real thoughtout answers forthcoming from the Scottish Government.

Summer of Sport With the Olympics and the Paralympic games, the summer of 2012 has been a glorious festival of sport for us all. We have much to be proud of and we have so much talent in the UK. Our own Andy Murray excelled at the Olympics then went on to triumph at the US Open, winning his first Grand Slam. I would like to offer my thanks to all those who contributed to making this a year to remember including the thousands of volunteers, our servicemen and women and the crowds who cheered and inspired our athletes – the patriotic spirit was palpable. Remember, if there are any issues you would like to discuss my contact details are; The Constituency Office, 49-51 High Street, Alloa FK10 1JF. Tel; 01259 721536 or email gordon.banks. mp@parliament.uk

of the Food Hygiene Course was postponed. This will take place on Tuesday 2nd October. Sports Clubs The following Sports Clubs will take place at lunchtimes in the school: Junior Badminton, Sq Dance, S1 Rock-it-Ball/Dodgeball and Gymnastics. The Fitness Suite will be open between 3.45 – 4.30 for girls only. These fitness sessions are free and are run by the leisure attendants.

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Tuesday 25.9.12

Dollar pupils learn guitar-building skills M

ost schools have a Book Club, a Choir, a Film Club, a Yearbook and an Eco Club, but John Delaney is fairly certain that Dollar Academy may have the only Guitar-Building Club. A bass player himself, Mr Delaney (a Technology teacher at the school) has taught himself how to make guitars, thereby combining his hands-on technological expertise with his love of music. ‘It’s something I just always wanted to do,’ he says. And, fortunately for Dollar pupils, he is most eager to share his knowledge and skills. Mr Delaney began the club almost two years ago, with only a handful of members. Now, ten pupils come along on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons to measure fret boards; shape guitar bodies; profile guitar necks; pore over design notes for the Fender Telecaster. Above all, they come to chat guitar chat and handle the chunks of wood, variously recognisable as bits of guitars, which will become their very own instruments, in the truest sense. ‘They all enthusiastic about guitars; they’re all musicians to some extent,’ says Mr Delaney. It’s a tricky and time-consuming business. Mr Delaney is an eloquent proponent of ‘high level craft skills’. ‘The pupils are developing skills they wouldn’t have the opportunity to otherwise. There’s still a real need to

teach practical skills. They’re using equipment and processes that are tremendously valuable.’ Guitar-making requires that one can operate a range of machine and hand tools safely; take measurements with exceptional precision; research different manufacturers’ designs; make aesthetic decisions about one’s own design; use software applications to measure fret distances that ensure one’s guitar will actually work. Of course, the more abstract (but equally invaluable) qualities such as patience, determination common sense are also crucial. The pupils themselves are at work on some extraordinary projects. Alasdair Findlay, in S6, has played guitar for years and is building a copy of his beloved Telecaster. Its body is a lovingly-shaped, pale sycamore; it’s taken him half a year to get the basic shape right. He hopes to finish the guitar by Christmas. Now, he demonstrates how he is using a router to cut a hole in the neck for the trussrod, which will keep it straight and strong. ‘There’s no chance I could have tackled something like this on my own,’ he says, ‘The access to tools and to professional advice. . . I wouldn’t have had a clue where to start,’ he says. Charlie Stewart, in S6, is making an electric fiddle from ‘a lump of unidentifiable softwood he found in a bookstore somewhere’. A fiddler himself, he says that, ‘I’d

quite like a louder thing’ to compete with the trumpets and trombones in his jazz band. Another club member, Seonaid McIntosh, in S5, doesn’t even play guitar. Yet. She decided she would learn to play as she built her own instrument; it’s a kind of incentive: ‘so I can play it when it’s done,’ she says. Their materials come from a wide variety of sources. A broken instrument bought on eBay provides the bridge; an old sideboard salvaged from a grandmother’s house (once lovingly cleaned, sanded and waxed) enjoys a second life as the body of someone’s guitar; a reclaimed science bench from Alva Academy provides the club with some exotic iroko wood. ‘If the pupils are prepared to hunt around’, they can make a guitar for remarkably less than the off-theshelf version. But the real aim is not to build something cheap, says Mr Delaney, but to build something ‘to one’s own specifications, something unique, something custom-designed’. Mr Delaney’s own hand-made bass is a shining beauty with elegant, English walnut curves; maple neck; gleaming African ebony fretboard and gold-plated tuning pegs. The pupils gaze at it admiringly, its very completeness inspiring amidst the sawdust and offcuts of the workspace. ‘To actually make your own guitar is not something that is commonly done in schools,’ he says, ‘And, once built, you’ll have it forever.’

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What’s on in your weecounty

Alloa Bookbug: go along and join free rhyme, song and storytelling sessions for under fives at the Bowmar Centre, Alloa, on Mondays from 10am to 10.30am and Thursdays from 11am to 11.30am, excluding schools and public holidays. Slimming world: every TUESDAY CRAWFOD HALL, BRAEHEAD (Next to Linden Inn) 7.00pm. Further details from Margo tel. 07879 477 921 Play Alloa: play Alloa has moved premises – you can now find them in their own base within Hawkhill Community Centre, 132 Hillcrest Drive, Alloa, FK10 1SB,telephone number is still 07800859161 and you can still contact them at playalloa@aol. com – their website is updated and a regular place for news and developments – www.playalloa. co.uk Alloa carers Centre: Alloa carers centre is working with community house and has a weekly coffee morning at community house, 23 Maree Court on Mondays between 10am and noon. All carers welcome. We are looking for new members both young and old, come along for a warm and friendly welcome. We cover all of Clackmannanshire. So if you reside in the area and feel free to come along and have a chat. Wee County Walkers: get to know your area better – have fun and become fitter! Free short walks – only about one hour – with walk leader! No booking required. In Alloa at noon, every Friday outside Tesco’s. Walks are suitable for all abilities. Short, safe walks open to everyone. Put on comfortable footwear, dress for the weather and enjoy. Go on your own or take a friend. Alloa Indoor Bowling Club Seniors Section: The new season starts on Monday, September 10. League details are posted on the stadium notice board. Pilates Class: Pilate’s classes every Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm at Lornshill Academy, Alloa. Contact Lorna on 07533 173 335 to book or to get further details. Yoga Classes: Classes meet on Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 8.30pm at the OAP Welfare Hall, Erskine Street, Alloa. For further details contact Betsy on 01259 213 096 or 07855 185 058. Healing Rooms: The group’s vision is to see the healing, liberating and life transforming power of Jesus made accessible to all. Healing Rooms are available to everyone, whether they have any connection or not, and prayer is offered free of charge by small groups of trained volunteers from different local churches. Healing Rooms are open every Tuesday 11am to 1pm in Moncrieff Church Hall, Drysdale Street, and every

Wednesday, 7.30pm to 8.30pm in Elim Church Greenside Street, Alloa. For further information contact the local director Elaine McDonagh telephone 07742 175 453 or e-mail alloa@healingroomsscotland.com. Circuit Class Every Monday 6pm to 7pm at Alloa Academy Games Hall. Cost - £4 (£2.90 concession) Suitable for all levels of fitness from beginners to advanced. Exercises are performed on a time basis and allow you to work at your own pace. A mixture of cardiovascular and resistance exercises which help with weight loss, improved muscle tone, self esteem and confidence leading to a healthier lifestyle. If you would like further information please contact: James on 07977 268 261 or e-mail jmculloch@ clacks.gov.uk. Alloa Spiritualist: Last weeks medium was by Glynis Daley from Edinburgh and took place in the OAP Hall, Erskine Street, Alloa and took place at 6.30pm. Alloa Ludgate Church: There is a Prayer Time at 9.15am each Sunday to pray for the concerns of the congregation and to prepare for worship. All are welcome to join at any time for service which blends traditional and contemporary worship in the peaceful surroundings of the refurbished sanctuary. The church invites all who are interested on this event, to meet the congregation, see the church and join in worship, fun and fellowship. For more information see website on www. alloaludgatechurch.org.uk Moncrieff UF Church: The church cafe continues on Mondays from 10am until noon. Office Bearers should note that meeting dates for September have been changed. The September issue of the “The Monthly Record” is now available and should be with members soon. Moncrieff Church Boys Brigade Company: All sections of the Company have begun their winter sessions with encouraging attendances, The Anchor Boys (boys in P2 and 3) meet at 5.30pm on Tuesdays in Moncrieff Church Hall and Juniors (boys in P4/5 and 6) and also meet in Moncrieff Church Hall at 7pm. The Company Section (boys in P7 – age 18) meets on Friday’s at 7.15pm in Alloa Academy. New members will be welcome in all Sections, and anyone with queries or seeking further information about the Company should telephone 01259 212 023. The Company Section of about 30 boys is seeking to recruit a few new adult helpers interested in working in the BB movement with boys who are mostly of secondary school age. BB Experience would be an advantage but is not vital, and anyone who thinks they may be interested is asking to contact the Company Captain on 01259 212 023. Alloa Bridge Club: Latest results – N/S 1 Eric Howman and Jimmy Hamilton, 2 Sandy Greenhill and Stewart Anderson, 3 Margo Webster and Jim Paterson. E/W 1 Mary Storrar and Mary Anderson, 2 Alex Anderson and Jutta Griffiths,

3 George Scales and Linda Sommerville. Care with Confidence: Do you help to look after someone who could not manage without your help? We can help you to learn some useful skills. Free Care with Confidence sessions are due to be held in your area at the Carers Centre, Alloa and other localities over the next few weeks. If you would like more information, please telephone Stella McDonald or Ian McCourt at the Falkirk Careers Centre on 01324 611510 or e-mail ianmccourt@centralcareers.co.uk Alloa East End Bowling Club: Junior Section – coaching sessions for all school aged children 17 and under on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3.30pm to 5pm. First session free the 50p thereafter. For further details please telephone Margo on 01259 216 953. Patons and Baldwins Recreation and Welfare Trust: Sequence Dancing Section meets on Wednesdays, 7pm to 9.30pm in the Sports Pavilion, Tullibody Road, Alloa. All are welcome. St Mungo’s RC Parent and Toddlers Group: A waiting list is now operating and a place on the list can be booked by telephoning 07791 321308. Golden Age Club: The club meets on a Wednesday in Patons Sports Pavilion at 1.30pm to 3.30pm while whist and dominoes are being played. Ladies and Gents are welcome. For details telephone 01259 212 252. Alloa Albion 1997, under 16’s are looking for new players. Training is Monday and Wednesdays 5.45pm till 7.30pm at the Redwell Park, Alloa. For more information contact Sammy on 07837 012 293. Alloa Tea Dance: A tea dance is held in Alloa Town Hall every Monday from 2pm to 4pm. All are welcome. Ceilidh: A family ceilidh is once again being organised by Donald Cowan at Alloa Town Hall on Friday, October 12 starting at 7.30pm. Dancing to the foot tapping, “Furry Boots Ceilidh Band” lead by local music mystro, Davy Sinclair, a great night is assured for all. Donald who has organised a number of celeidh’s and musical concerts over the last few years says that the whole aim is to have a great family night out, dancing to good music at a reasonable price whilst at the same time raising money for a charity. This time Donald has chosen, “Deafblind Scotland” as the charity for which all the money raised will be given too. Tickets cost £9 and are available from Donald on 07714 756 274 or from McFarlanes Jewellers, Mill Street, Alloa. There is no bar so please bring own refreshments with you. Patons Bowling Section: There is a Bowling dance planned for November so please support your club. Royal Scottish Country Dance Society: Alloa class will be starting their new session on Thursday,

September 20 in the Alloa Ludgate Church Halls, Bedford Place, Alloa from 7.30pm till 9pm. A fully qualified teacher and pianist will be on hand to teach you and all new members are welcome to come along. Make new friends and enjoy a new venture. For further information phone 01259 212 576. Clackmannanshire Woman and Girls Group: Bowmar – An Extraordinary General Meeting will be held on September 24 in the Bowmar Centre, Alloa prior to the group being dissolved. The meeting will start at 6.30pm.

Alva Alva Toddlers: Alva Toddlers continue with our usual Tuesday and Friday sessions at the Cochrane Hall 9.30am to 11.30am. Friday September, 28 will get all the wee ones up and jumping about with Active Start. Friday October, 5 is a very important session with Home Safety Advice from our local trading standards office. All preschool children and their grown-ups are very welcome. £2 per family, first session is free. Under 1s are now free at both sessions. All children get a healthy snack and milk, and there’s a coffee bar for the grown-ups. See you all there! Zumba Classes: Zumba Classes with Audrey Crawford will be held on a Thursday from 6.45pm to 7.45pm in Parklands, Alva. For further information phone 07515 534 902. Ditch the workout join the party. Bookbug sessions: Go along and join free rhyme, song and storytelling sessions for the underfives at Alva CAP on Thursdays from 10am to 11.30am. Excluding school and public holidays. Alva and Menstrie Girl Guiding: the girl guiding are looking for new rainbows 5 to 7 years: brownies 7 to 10 years; guides 10 to 14 years; adults and unit helpers 18+. For more information on how to join telephone Margret on 07765 494 424 or Janice on 07837 239 921. Despite this being the holiday season, the Crafters intended to remain open on Tuesday mornings, Wednesday evenings and Fridays. If you are having one of the currently popular “stay cautions,” why not come along and see what we have on offer. Who knows, you may reawaken some long dormant woody skills, in Alva at Corden Street. We regret that children under the age of 16 cannot take part, unless accompanied by a responsible adult. Contact Archie Scott 751947 or adscott@zoolou.co.uk, Robert Miller 219144 or miller.ripj@ mypostoffice.co.uk or Richard Douglas, 761618 or richard@ douglasfoto.force9.co.uk Fibro Friends Group: Meeting will be held on the second Friday of every month at 2pm in the 140 Fairtrade Shop, Alva. Join them for an informal cuppa (by donation), meet other ‘Fibromites’,

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and enjoy speakers as well as getting information and support. They ask for £1 as an entry fee that will be put towards running costs. For more information call Roni on 08448 872 425 or email fibrofriendsgroup@hotmail.co.uk

committee. Join our happy and growing band: we’re not called The Wee County Crafters for nothing! Contact Richard Douglas, richard@ douglasfoto.force9.co.uk or Ian Meacham, ian.heather@btinternet. co

Alva Baptist Church: Coffee mornings have resumed each Wednesday in the Church from 10.30am till noon. All welcome for a friendly chat over a cuppa and home baking.

Alva OAP’s Carpet Bowls Group: The group meet on a Monday and Friday from 1.45pm till 3.30pm at Parklands Centre, Alva. Members new and old welcome for the new season September to April.

Alva Pensioners Association: The next monthly dance will be on Saturday 29, September.

Alva Bridge Club: Latest results – N/S 1 S C Hopkins and A Smith +3710, 2 J Thomson and E Coales +1360, 3 M McGhee and D Shepherd +210, E/W 1 M Abel and D McAree +330, 2 L Morrison and J McGroarty +220, J McGowan and D Colquhoun -390.

Darby and Joan Club: The President Welcomed members to the weekly game of dominoes and whist. Domino result – 1 Mrs M Nolan, 2 Mrs I Emslie, consolation Mrs V Spence. Whist result – 1 Lady Mrs F Jones, consolation Mrs M Fisher. 1 gent Mr D Shepherd, consolation Mrs M Gillespi. New members will be made welcome every Wednesday at 1.45pm in the Cochrane Foundation Hall, Croftshaw Road, Alloa. Wee County Walkers: get to know your area better – have fun and become fitter! Free short walks – only about one hour – with walk leaders. No booking required. In Alva, noon every Monday at Car Park behind Cochrane Hall. Walks are suitable for all abilities. Short, safe walks open to everyone. Put on comfortable footwear, dress for the weather and enjoy. Go on your own or take a friend. Community Notice Board: The notice board is situated outside the CAP/library. Groups and individuals and ‘not for profit’ organisations can advertise activities and display posters here. Anyone wishing to use this facility please see the notice board for further details. Wee County Crafters: With the dark nights approaching, many people are turning their thoughts to autumn and winter activities. The Wee County Crafters are no exception to that and are hard at work preparing for the coming season. The workshop is looking spruce, spick and span after the painting day last week. It’s amazing how a lick of magnolia can brighten even the gloomiest of spaces. Not that The Workshop could ever have been described as gloomy. All of this effort is directed to the Open Day on Saturday October, 6. Members will be on hand from 10 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon to demonstrate the various activities on offer. Wood turning, carving, dolls’ houses, musical instrument making and general woodwork are on the agenda at present but if you want to practise a wood-based skill or you want to try your hand at something different, we’re always ready to listen to suggestions. Even if you have never picked up a tool since you left school and want to have a go, someone will be able to guide and advise you. If your craft group is looking for a home, we might have the space to accommodate you. So long as your hobby has an end product, whether that’s decorated eggs or photographs, come and talk to the

Age concern: Whist and dominoes latest result – Domino winner Mrs M Stewart, consolation Mrs M Nolan. Ladies whist Mrs M Hill, consolation Mrs E Campbell. Gents prize Mr I McLachlan, consolation Mr M Gillespie. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, September 20 in Alva Parish Church Hall. Community Council - The AGM of Alva Community Council will take place on Monday 8th October, 2012 at 6.15pm in Alva Baptist Church.  The normal monthly meeting will follow, commencing at 7.00pm.  Community business will be discussed.  Members of the public are welcome to attend

Clackmannan Clackmannan Parish Church of Scotland: Sunday Worship is at 11.00 am in the church. Sunday School including a Crèche and Vision Group for younger secondary school pupils meet during the service every week. On Tuesday the Coffee Morning is open from 10.00 am in the Church Hall. On Wednesday the Choir meet for practice at 6.45 pm. and the Prayer Group meet at 8.00 pm. For more information on these and other activities please visit our web site at www.clackmannankirk.org Anyone requiring the services of a minister should contact the Revd Scott Raby on 211255. Exercise Class: The Thursday takes place between 11am and noon in Clackmannan Town. Carers Support Group: The Group meets on the last Thursday of the month at 1pm in the Bruce Memorial Hall. The 36th Stirling (Clackmannan) Company: The Boys’ Brigade meets on Fridays. Parents should contact the leaders for details of the programme. Contact Kathy for Anchor Boys on 07891389542, Lucy for Junior Section on 07538693554 and Bill for the Company Section on 216763. Bookbug Sessions: Go along and join free rhyme, song and storytelling sessions for under fives at Clackmannan CAP on Wednesdays from 10.30am to


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What’s on in your weecounty 11am., excluding school and public holidays. Zumba class: On Wednesday from 7pm till 8pm feel the music and join in the fun with Zumba Fitness Classes. Entry fee £3. Contact – Jenna on 07930 254 979 or email her at jennagraham7591@hotmail.com. Wee County Walkers: Why not join in the free walks led by the Wee County Walkers? Become fitter as you enjoy an easy interesting walk. No need to book. Meet them outside the Library just before 2pm on Wednesdays. Walks are suitable for all abilities. Short, safe walks open to everyone. Put on comfortable footwear, dress for the weather and enjoy. Go on your own or take a friend. Beginners Pilates: Beginners Pilates will be held every Sunday at 6pm to 7pm in Clackmannan Town Hall. To book a space contact Lorna on 07533 173 335. Yoga Class: Yoga classes in Clackmannan Town Hall on Tuesdays at 1pm to 2.30pm. Details from June Mercer on 07835 835 919 or email june@ junesyoga.com Ian McLeans School of Dance: The class will be held in Clackmannan Town Hall every Tuesday from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. For more information telephone 01259 721 886. Zumba Class: A new Zumba class is starting at Clackmannan Town Hall from 6.30pm till 7.30pm. Contact 01259 721 886. Zumba Class: A new Zumba Class in Clackmannan Town Hall at 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Contact 01259 721 886 or 078811 762 687 for more details. Active Clacks Exercise Class Every Thursday 11a.m. to 12 noon in Clackmannan Town Hall. £2.50 per session - no need to book. Suitable for all levels of fitness. Bargains and Bites: Every Friday in Clackmannan Town Hall you have an opportunity to have a plate of home-made soup with bread and coffee or tea and biscuits and a browse through our stock of new-to-you fashions, tops, coats and trousers. Come and join us between Noon and 2.00 pm for fellowship, chat and bargain-priced clothing. Clackmannan Chapter No 464 Order of the Eastern Star: A bingo tea is being held on Tuesday 25 September in the Masonic Hall, Clackmannan at 7.30pm. Admissions include tea 60p. All are very welcome. Clackmannan Community Council: There will be a meeting of Clackmannan Community Council on Monday, October 1 in

Clackmannan CAP at 7.00pm. All members of the community are welcome. This will be a meeting to dissolve the Community Council and wind up any business. After recent elections we are sorry to say that there will be insufficient nominations for a Community Council in Clackmannan. If you are interested in your village and what goes on – for example planning applications and scrapping of the route between Alloa and Falkirk please come along to the meeting. Your community needs you to take an interest in it. Maker’s Dozen: meets Tuesday October 2 at 7.00pm in the BMH.

Coalsnaughton Coalsnaughton Burns Club: Cash bingo every Monday in the Lounge. Contact 01259 750517. Eyes down at 8.15pm, finished by 9.45pm. Fruit Barra: The Coalsnaughton Fruit Barra is open in Coalsnaughton Village Hall from Monday to Friday 10am until 5pm. Everyone is welcome to enjoy a cuppa at Coalsnaughton’s Community Café Society. If you have an hour or two to spare to help, please call into the hall. Telephone 01259 759 099.

can enjoy church together. The meeting ends at 6pm. If anyone would like to see what it’s like, you will be very welcome. There is no need to book, we are used to catering successfully for however many come. Wee County Walkers: Why not join in the free walks lead by the Wee County Walkers? Become fitter as you enjoy an easy interesting walk. No need to book. Meet them outside the Health Centre Just before 10am on Thursdays. Find out about the local area as you walk. Walks are suitable for all abilities. Short, safe walks open to everyone. Come on your own or bring a friend. Carer Support Group: The group meets on the last Thursday of every month at 10am in the Castle Campbell Hotel. Dollar Civic Centre: Information for community and voluntary groups. Clackmannanshire Third Sector Interface is providing an information surgery for community and voluntary groups to give help and information in areas such as funding, constitutions and policies. Go along and speak to Maureen Hill CTSI Organisational Support Officer at Dollar Civic Centre. These meeting take place on the last Thursday of every month from 1pm to 2pm.

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

Dollar Museum: The new exhibition celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Included are many artefacts and numerous photographs of the Coronation Celebrations that took place in Dollar on June 2, 1953: the fancy dress parade; the sports; five a side football; tree planting in the memorial gardens and the bonfire on the Gloom Hill. In addition there is a further display of photographs taken during the Queens visit to Dollar on June 28, 1963. Might you or someone you know be in any of the photographs? The permanent Devon Valley Railway photographs covering the line from Alloa to Kinross. Upstairs there is a small exhibition on the Japanese gardens at Cowden Castle and one on Dollar Academy. The museum is open until Christmas 2012 on Saturdays from 11am to 1pm and 2pm until 4.30pm, on Sundays from 2pm until 4.30pm. The last museum at the top of the East Burnside. Entry is free and all is welcome.

Ochil Hills Community Church : This Sunday (30th September) Ochil Hills again have “Messy Church” in the Dollar Civic Centre at 4pm. Messy Church is unlike church as you may know it. There are some craft activities, singing, a Bible story and   a meal.   Messy Church exists to be a place where parents and children

Dollar Boys Brigade Company: Mr Bob Anderson and Mrs Dianne Broome will welcome all boys in P7orJ2 at school – 18 years of age to the start of the new session of Company Section on Friday 24 August from 7.00pm – 9.30 in the Burnside Hall, Dollar. Various activities, competitions and badges are all part of this

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

uniformed organisation for boys. If you have not been before please bring shorts and a pair of trainers and come and give us a try. For further information please contact Mr Bob Anderson on 01259 742560. If any adults would like to help on a Friday night or some Friday nights with activities please let Bob know. Did you know that some companies will make a donation to the BBs when you shop on the internet? If you wish to support Dollar BBs this way please email Jessie Condie for further information – jessiecondie05@ btinternet.com Friends of Dollar Museum: The friends of Dollar Museum are organising a coach trip to the Burrell Collection on Thursday, September 27. The cost is £10 to cover the cost of the coach. Entry is free. There is disabled access, a café and a shop. The coach leaves Castle Campbell Hotel at 10am and returning at 4pm. Contact Sandra Davies on 01259 742 380 to sign up. St. James Episcopal Church: On Saturday, September 29 from 10am to 4pm and Sunday, September 30 from 2.30pm to 5pm there will be a Flower Festival in the Church in celebration of the 130th anniversary of the building of St James’s with the theme of St James the Great and St James’s Church: past, present and future. Entry by donation. On Sunday 30 the 10.30am All Age Service will be welcoming Bishop David Chillingworth, Primus, who will celebrate Holly Communion. There will be a bring and share lunch in the Parish Rooms after the Service. All are welcome. Dollar RSCDS Class: Their new session begins on Thursday, 4 October 2012 at 8.15pm in Strathdevon Primary School, Park Place, Dollar. Teacher - Mrs J Chapman. New members welcome. For more information please contact Catherine on 01259 743820. Please would you put into the next edition of your paper, under Dollar News.S.W.R.I. The next meeting of the Dollar Insitute will be held on Monday the 1st Oct., when the speaker will be Kirsty Lorenz, the artist. We meet at 7.25pm in the Civic Centre. Competitions.... 1. Favourite small painting.2.Pot of jam any kind.

Fishcross Charity Shop: The Cats Protection charity shop in Alloa Road, Fishcross, is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 1pm to 3pm and Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 4pm selling good second hand clothing, bric-a-brac, books and new goods.

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

Menstrie Menstrie Parish Church: Rev. M Lovett welcomed Margaret Shuttleworth as a guest preacher on Sunday. In her talk to the children she demonstrated that although we are all different god has no favourites. He loves us all. Reading from James 2:1-17 and Mark &:24-37. In her sermon she explained how “Great moments can catch us unaware.” How we feel and make others feel is important. We don’t always know the different we are making to someone when we let God shine through us. Kirk Sessions meets on Tuesday, September 18 at 7pm. The Ark is for children of all ages on Sunday mornings at 11am. Gaelic Parent and Child (0-5) Group – Croileagan Clatch Mhanainn: The group meets every Tuesday from 10am till noon in Menstrie Parish Church Hall. Everyone will be made very welcome. No knowledge for Gaelic required, just an interest. For further information contact Kerry on 01259 213 622. £1.50 per session, 1st session free. Menstrie Tiny Tots: A club ran by mums for mums. This voluntarily organised group meet during term time on Mondays and Thursdays from 10am until 12pm at the Dumyat Centre. All ages from babies to threeyears old are welcome. A healthy snack and drink are provided. A chance for mums and to

interact together through play and planned craft activities. £1.50 per visit – first session free. For more information call in or telephone Sarah on 01259 761 098.

Sauchie Sauchie and Fishcross UF Church: Communion Services took place last Sunday. In the morning Rev Graham Brown spoke on “Understanding Some Basics”. Ronnie Bingham read from Galatians chapter 1 and from 1 Corinthians chapter 15. The theme in the evening was “Our Thankfulness to the Lord”. Janet Doran read part of Isaiah chapter 53. The Women’s Christian Fellowship will have an Open Night on Wednesday September 26, beginning at 7.30 p.m. Bill Long will lead a Musical Evening.   The Women’s Association meets on Thursday at 2.15 p.m. when Isobel Martin will be the speaker and singer. The Leo Club meets on Friday at 6 p.m. All children at Primary School (finish at 7.30 p.m.) and Secondary School (finish at 8 p.m.) are welcome.    There will be a Coffee Morning on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 12 Noon in the Church Hall. All proceeds are for our Child Sponsorship with the Cogwheel Trust. Admission is £ 2-50. Donations of baking are invited and should be brought to the hall on Friday evening between 7 and 8 p.m.  Harvest Thanksgiving Services will take place on Sunday at 11 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. The Harvest offering will be for “Mary’s Meals.” The Kites Group and Crèche meet at 11 a.m. The new series of Bible Study and Prayer will commence on Wednesday October 3 at 7 p.m. and will meet fortnightly thereafter. All are welcome to attend. Sauchie and Coalsnaughton Parish Church: The Rev Bill Izett conducted the services on Sunday, September 9. A harvest lunch for Christian Aid was held in the Large Hall. The Craft Group has now resumed and meets on Tuesdays at 2 pm in the Small Hall. The Prayer Group meets on Thursday in the Committee Room at 7.30 pm. The Congregational Board will meet at 7 pm on Wednesday, September 19. The Guild has also resumed and its next meeting will be on Monday, October 1 at 7.30 pm in the Small Hall. Cancer Support Group: The Cancer Support Group has moved from the Dumyat centre to the Health Centre Building, Clackmannanshire Community Health Care Centre, Hallpark Sauchie (enter from the Sunnyside brae entrance). The


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group is on every Friday from 6pm till 8pm. Drop in for a chat – everyone welcome. Sauchie Tiny Tots: Tiny Tots run in Sauchie Hall on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday mornings from 9am till 11am during term time only. First visit is free then £2 per child, 50p per second child. Healthy snack, arts and crafts and lots more. For more information contact Laura on 01259 725 337. Sauchie Branch SNP: Raffle prizes are still required for the quiz night which is being held in Fishcross, on Saturday at 7.30pm, in the function room of the Ochil View Lounge. There is a prize of £200 on offer, and free whisky tasting during the interval. There will also be a buffet and a raffle. Teams of 4 (maximum) are required. For ticket details telephone 01259 570 577. Wee County Walkers: Go walk with Wee County Walkers – have fun and become fitter! Free short easy walks each week with walk leaders. No booking required. They meet in Fishcross just before 2pm every Tuesday at Ochil View car park beside Cats’ Protection. Find out about local history as . you walk. Walks are suitable for all abilities. Short, safe walks open to everyone. Put on comfortable footwear dress for the weather and enjoy. Go on your own or take a friend. Bookbug: go along and join free rhyme, song and storytelling sessions for under fives at Sauchie CAP on Tuesdays from 2pm to 2.30pm, excluding school and public holidays. Sauchie Active 8: Gym Crackers, Monday, 10am till noon; Spanish second level, Monday, 6.30pm till 8pm; Tuesday over 50 keep fit, 1pm till 3pm; Sign Language Course, 6.30pm till 8.30pm; Tuesday – Teen Night, 6pm till 8pm; Wednesday – Zumba, 10am till 11am; Fruit Barra, 10am till 1pm; Youth Club, 6pm till 8pm; Exercise for Adults, 6pm till 7pm; Beauty, 7pm till 8pm; Thursday – Zumba, 7.15pm till 8.15pm; Friday – Teenager Drop-in Night, 6pm till 8pm; Food Bank, 2pm till 3.30pm. Internet Cafe – Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10am till 1pm. Bingo Tea: There will be a prize bingo tea held on Wednesday, September 26 in Sauchie Hall. Eyes down at 7.30pm. Please take your own cup. Proceeds to Alloa Carers Office.

Tillicoultry Tillicoultry Parish Church: Choir practice is on Wednesday evening from 7.30pm. Girls Brigade also meets on Wednesdays at from 6.15pm. Thursday club meets from 2pm till 4pm and the Boys

Brigade meets on Thursday evenings at 6.30pm. On Sunday services will be held at 9am and 10.30am. Church Halls are available for let - Please contact David Dobbie for more details. EU Congregational Church Tillicoultry: Sunday Services begin at 11am with Sunday School at the same time. The Church is open every week day from 10am till 4pm. The sanctuary is open to anyone who would like some quiet time. The Church has a children’s play ground in the back garden. Indoors they have tea, coffee and snacks. They also have a small children’s activity area. Prayer Group meets at 1pm Mondays and Bible Study 1pm Thursday. All of these are open to everyone. 2nd Tillicoultry Rainbows: Is your daughter aged 5-7? Does she like playing games, doing art and craft, making new friends? If you have answered yes then contact 01259 211318 and leave a message for further details or you can Email clacksguides@yahoo.co.uk. Zumba fitness Classes: Classes will be held in Tillicoultry Parish Church Hall on Mondays from 7pm to 8pm with Irene Kane. For further information call 07743 785 103. Wee County Walkers: why not join in the free walks led by the Wee County Walkers? Become fitter as you enjoy an easy interesting walk. No need to book. Meet them outside the Nike outlet at Sterling Mills just before 10.30am on Saturdays. Walks are suitable for all abilities and last up to an hour. Short, safe walks open to everyone. Put on comfortable footwear, dress for the weather and enjoy. Go on your own or bring a friend. Bookbug: Go along and join free rhyme, song and storytelling sessions for under fives at Tillicoultry Library on Thursdays from 10am to 10.30am, excluding school and public holidays. Tillicoultry Toddler Group: Toddlers are open 5 days a week Monday to Friday, for all pre-school children and babies with their grown-ups. Lots of fun activities and a healthy snack in Tillicoultry Community Centre at 9.30am until 11.15am. Cost £2 per session. Zumba classes: A Zumba class is held in Tillicoultry Centenary hall on Wednesday’s from 8pm to 9pm. Contact 01259 721 886 or 07881 762 687 for information. CAP: Come along and join in our Rhyme, Song and Storytelling sessions for under five’s at Tillicoultry Library on Thursday’s from 10am to 10.30am. Tillicoultry SWRI: At the September Mr G McFarlane gave an entertaining and informative talk on gemstones. The winner of both competitions for a prize of bling

and a lavender bag was Mary Young. Tillicoultry Bridge Club: Latest results – N/S 1 Jim Paterson and Laura Knox +1570, 2 Kay and Sheila Anderson +1080, 3 Jimmy Hamilton and George Smith +1000. E/W 1= Winnie McDermott and Liz Duncan +680, 1= Alex Anderson and Jutta Griffiths +680, 3 Alan and Andy Roberts -110.

Tullibody Slimming World: Slimming World takes place on Wednesday’s from 5.30pm till 7.30pm in the Civic Centre, Tullibody. For further details call Margo on 07879 477 921. Tullibody and Cambus Girlguiding: To join the leadership team. Contact Ann-Margaret on 07908 252 104 or Girlguiding Clackmannanshire on 01259 211 318. Tullibody Healthy Living: If you are a resident of Tullibody, Cambus or Glenochil and have Clackmannanshire Council Leisure Membership Card (discounted rate) then you can swim for free at Alloa Leisure Bowl – Monday to Friday, 9pm to 5pm. To apply for your free swim card pop into Tullibody Healthy Living office at 13 Tron Court or call them on 01259 724 374 for more information. Tullibody Heritage Centre, Abercrombie Place (part of the Civic Centre) Tullibody is open each Saturday 2pm to 4pm or by arrangement at other times. Nominal charge for Adults. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Contact 01259 723 376 for further details or visit the website tullibodyhistorygroup.com. Local Fruit Barra: Tullibody Fruit Barra is open every Thursday at 13 Tron Court, Tullibody. For more information, contact the Tullibody Healthy Living Initiative by telephoning 01259 724 374. Tullian and Kincardine Church: The service last Sunday, August 12 is at 10.30am and will be led by the Rev Jim Cochrane. Tea and coffee will be served after the service. Crèche facilities are available. The Fundraising Committee will hold an All Age Quiz Evening on Saturday, September 22. Muirside Rise Residents Association: Anyone wishing to join the association should call June Anderson, secretary on 01259 220 766 of go along to one of their meetings. Slimming World: A new slimming world class takes place on every Tuesday at The Civic Centre in Tullibody (next to the Linden Inn). There are two classes on a

Tuesday, one at 5pm and the other at 7pm. For more information call Margo on 07879 477 921. Tullibody & Cambus Amateur Gardening Club: The next meeting will be held on September, 18 in the Civic Centre, Tullibody at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Geoff Bailey who is back with us, this time with his “Thingies Talk”, a curator‘s quiz. New members very welcome. Tullibody, Cambus and Glenochil Community Council: The council is holding their AGM at 7pm on Wednesday, September 26 in the Library Reading Room at Tullibody Civic Centre. The meeting is open to all residents of Tullibody, Cambus and Glenochil – tea and coffee will be served. If you want more information about the meeting please contact the secretary, Muriel Lockerbie on 01259 729 760 or Janette McGowan on 01259 211 598. If you would like to join the Community Council you can still obtain nomination forms from the Clackmannanshire Council Web-site. Remember the forms need to be returned by Thursday, September, 6 2012. Bookbug: Go along and join free rhyme, song and storytelling for

under fives at Tullibody Library, the Civic Centre, on Wednesdays from 10am till 10.30am, excluding school and public holidays. Tullibody History Group, winter programme of talks: Our first talk of the season will be by Alastair Durie on Thursday September 27 at 7-30pm in the Tullibody Heritage Centre, Abercrombie Place Tullibody. All welcome— nominal charge. Tea/coffee available at the end of the evening. The Heritage Centre continues to be open each Saturday 2—4pm until the end of the month, or by arrangement. Contact 01259 723376.

Stirling Stirling Hill Walking Club: The Stirling Hill Walking Club walk on Sept 30th will be Gleann an Dubh Choirein & Meall Odhar, 480m ascent, 16km distance. OS map 57, grid ref 711161.  Call 01506 418568 for further details. Information about Stirling Hill walking club is available on the website at http://www. stirlinghillwalkingclub.org.uk/ Osteoporosis Support Group:

are having their monthly Coffee Morning on Saturday 29th September from 10.30am until 12 o’clock in the Gallery Cafe, Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Dumbarton Road, Stirling.  Come along and join us for a coffee and pick up some information on Osteoporosis and the local Support Group. All welcome.  Contact Janice Paterson on 01786 463098 or email janice. paterson@hotmail.co.uk for more

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aving beautiful hands is big business. They are the first part of the body to show your age and imageconscious women spend millions of pounds every year on products which promise to keep their hands looking young and wrinkle-free. As well as smooth skin, nail art is the new must-have, with many women desiring mini works of art at their fingertips and happily spending hours - and money! - in nail bars having their talons primped, primed and painted with all the latest fashionable designs. Our hands are at the mercy of all sorts of everyday aggressors, from the weather to household detergents. We wear gloves for gardening so that we are not stung by nettles and scratched by brambles and we don’t think twice about pulling on our woolly mitts outdoors in winter to keep our hands safe from the cold and ravages of the harsh climate. But many of us neglect our hands when we are indoors. It’s not only cleaning agents that can be extremely harsh on both nails and hands; simply exposing them to water makes your nails swell and then shrink back as they dry, contributing to brittle nails. As well as beauty we need to be aware of hand hygiene, considered to be one of the biggest areas in the field of infection control, notably in hospitals, restaurants and care homes. Sanitized gel is widely used to combat germs. But making sure you have a regular supply of rubber gloves of various varieties means all you need to do is just slip on a pair to give yourself peace of mind that you are doing your best to keep those bacteria at bay and ensure your

hands and nails stay looking lovely. There are many types of gloves available in the marketplace, from heavy duty to lightweight and even closeclinging disposables which allow greater sensitivity and are ideal when preparing food, hand-washing delicate items of clothing or maybe dusting precious ornaments. Use the tougher gloves for heavy-duty cleaning: keep a pair in the bathroom and at least a couple of pairs in the kitchen for different tasks. As well as keeping your hands hygienic, another major bonus of using rubber gloves is that you never have to take off your precious rings to do your housework. We all know that washing up and other tasks can scratch and chip precious stones, loosen them from their settings or even result in them falling out and so many of us take our rings off beforehand. But one of the easiest ways to lose a ring is to remove it to do the chores and then forget where you have left it only to have it vanish forever. Investing in some rubber gloves not only saves your hands - it saves your jewellery too! Here are a few more simple tips to help keep your hands looking their best: Moisturise often with hand cream - keep bottles of it handy in the bathroom, kitchen and bedroomUse sunscreen lotion on hands to guard against ageing sun damage.Pat your hands dry frequently to avoid fungal infections.Use special treatments such as a warm oil bath and herbal therapies to keep your hands soft.Don’t use acetone polish removers as they dry out nails.Dip your fingertips in lukewarm

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his fresh and zesty combo makes the most of summer ingredients and is wonderful as a starter or light lunch. Serves 4 as starter, 2 as main. INGREDIENTS Six fresh plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped Three red peppers, roasted and chopped Six kalamata olives, chopped One tablespoon capers, rinsed and chopped One teaspoon red pepper flakes One clove garlic, peeled and minced One tablespoon basil, chiffonade, and one tablespoon parsley, chopped Two tablespoons extra virgin olive oil One tablespoon sherry vinegar Sea salt & fresh cracked black pepper Sourdough or italian bread, thickly sliced Extra virgin olive oil Garlic clove Sea salt Freshly grated parmesan cheese METHOD 1. Combine tomatoes, peppers, olives, capers and pepper flakes in saucepan and cook over low heat to warm. 2. Strain mixture in large strainer and allow liquid to drain away. 3. Place mixture in bowl and combine olive oil for stronger nails.Do not remove cuticles - they are there to protect your nails from infection.Wear gloves at all times while doing gardening, washing dishes or any grubby chores to protect your hands from dust, pollution and chemical reactions.

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with basil, parsley, olive oil and vinegar. 4. Season, stir and set aside. 5. To make brushetta - grill or toast slices of bread and rub with garlic clove. 6. Place on serving platter, drizzle with remaining oil and sprinkle with sea salt. 7. Place large spoonful of tapenade on each toast piece and sprinkle with parmesan.

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James Bond to Celebrate 50 years of success J

ames Bond (007) is one of the longest running film series ever created, spanning over 50 years. In this time a total of 22 productions have been created and their 23 is to be released at the end of next month. Seven star studded actors have taken to James Bond’s demanding role including Sean Connery, Roger Moore and Piers Brosnan, including the current James Bond Daniel Craig. The first James Bond movie, Dr. No was created in 1962 with Sean Connery being the first to tackle the role. The movie’s script was based around John Strangeways, a British Intelligence office and a colleague to James, being kidnapped and murdered, creating suspicion that

the CIA were involved in the criminal act. As James investigates, he meets Honey Ryder, played by Swiss Actress Ursula Andress, and during their travels, they make many discoveries and overcome several hurdles in true bond style. The director, Terence Young used a direct relation to the nursery rhyme, “Three Blind Mice” in the movie using the expression to describe the group of assassins who murdered John Strangeways. This expression was used fantastically as it was a direct analysis and name to describe the evil trio. The action packed movie was directed in various locations worldwide such as, Jamaica and Port Royal, St Andrews to create the

fictional location Crab Key, a small island in Jamaica where all the main action took place. The movie had a total budget of £615,000 for the making of the blockbuster and after being shown in 168 cinemas in the UK it brought in a total income of over 36.6 million over the period of two weeks. James Bond became the fifth most successful movie of that year in the UK due to its new found success and popularity and continued to release more fascinating films almost every second year. James Bond has been a rolling success since the day it was first released, making great financial income for the producers but also creating great entertainment for their

audience. Over the years James Bond has changed dramatically in appearance and also in the way the

film is presented. Modern technology has changed the appearance of the film substantially, as the picture and stunts that are

within the movie really do take your breath away. It is no wonder that James Bond is still a running success.


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Happy Birthday Ford Cortina

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ifty years ago, on September 21, 1962, Ford’s new Cortina was launched. Costing £573 for the standard 1200 saloon, it became an instant best-seller and enjoyed a 20-year career in which 4.3 million were produced. The last Cortina was assembled in July 1982, to be succeeded by the Sierra, by which time the entry-level model was priced at £4,515. The Cortina was so successful and so different from other cars in the industry that in Britain it inspired what became known as ‘the Cortina class’. Along with the parallel success of the Escort from 1968, this helped Ford gain market leadership in Britain, which it has maintained for 35 consecutive years. In 20 years, four generations of Cortina were launched - each selling more than a million around the world. When originally planned, Ford thought it could sell at least 100,000 Cortina models every year - yet more than 260,000 were sold in the first full sales year, 1963. Best seller The Cortina was Britain’s bestselling car for 10 of the 20 years it was on sale: 1967, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980 and 1981. It was in second place for eight years and in third for the remaining two. UK sales for the Ford Cortina totaled 2,816,639 and its best-selling month of all time was 25,790 in August 1981. Total Cortina production was 4,279,079, of which 3,155,161 were built at Dagenham. Cortina assembly also took place in Genk (Belgium), Amsterdam, Cork (Ireland) and at Cheshunt (Lotus-Cortina Mk I only). Cortina - the first fleet car In Britain, the demand for new cars grew steadily through the 1960s and 1970s. More than 820,000 were sold in 1960, 1,126,824 in 1970

and 1,536,243 followed in 1980. world’s most demanding rally - the Managers looking after fleets of East African Safari - in the same company-owned vehicles faced year. many pressures. They had to buy In motor racing the 1,558cc, twincars appropriate to every task and in cam Lotus-Cortina showed that the many cases they also had to match use of a powerful engine, strong but cars to the status of the staff using lightweight construction and driverthem. friendly handling could be a winning The Cortina was ideal for meeting combination. Lotus Cortinas won these requirements. Compared scores of races - in Britain, Europe with rivals, it was lighter, had more and North America - and on the rare stowage space and was simple occasions when they were beaten and extremely fuel-efficient. It it was invariably by 4.7-litre or even represented exceptional value and 7.0-litre V8-engined cars which also it built up an enviable low-cost carried a Ford badge. record in high-mileage use. Even before the Lotus-Cortina As Britain’s market moved arrived on the tracks, the Cortina steadily towards larger fleets in GT was a race-winning car in the 1970s, Ford’s Cortina range Britain (where Jack Sears won evolved accordingly. When the Mk the British Championship) and in III appeared in 1970 there were no the prestigious 12 Hour race at fewer than 32 different versions in Marlboro in the USA. In its first a range which included a choice of full season, 1964, Jim Clark’s four engines and no fewer than five Team Lotus entry won the British different trim/equipment packs. Championship and Sir John This philosophy ensured the Cortina Whitmore’s Alan Mann Racing maintained its appeal to fleets. Cortina in Motorsport First in rallying, then in saloon car racing, UNLEADED the Cortina immediately ASDA - Alloa - 137.7 punched above Morrisons - Alloa - 137.9 its weight in motorsport. Tesco - Alloa - 138.9 Formula 1 World Gulf - Tullibody - 140.9 Champion Jim Highest - 142.9 Clark used a Lotus-Cortina to DIESEL win the British ASDA - Alloa - 140.7 Saloon Car Morrisons - Alloa - 141.9 Championship in 1964 and Tesco - Alloa - 141.9 a team of Gulf - Tullibody - 144.9 factory-prepared Highest - 146.9 Cortina GTs also Source: petrolprices.com Prices dominated the

example won five events in Europe. Cortina on screen The Ford Cortina has made dozens of film and TV appearances. Carry On Cabby, released in 1963, was an early example and the Mk1 saw out the end of the black and white era in films like The Big Job, The Knack and How To Get It, in which Rita Tushingham, Michael Crawford and Donal Donally hitch a ride on a transporter-load of Cortinas. The MkII model turned up in productions as diverse as Billion Dollar Brain - driven by Michael Caine who, in reality, didn’t have a driving licence at the time - and The Benny Hill Show. Michael Caine again drove a Cortina in the iconic Get Carter in 1970. Further TV work for the Cortina was in the 1970-71 series Callan and the MkII’s sales in North America also led to the occasional role in Hollywood productions such as Alligator (1980). The Cortina was especially popular on TV shows such as Bless This House and The Sweeney, in which a 2-litre Cortina GT occasionally appears as a back-up car. Now, in the new Sweeney film premiered this month, a Ford Focus ST has

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ICE CREAM SERVICE PERSON Job No: ALL/23894 SOC Code: 7123 Wage: Meets Nat Min Wage Hours: 40+ PER WEEK, 5 DAYS FROM 7, BETWEEN 3PM-10PM Location: ALLOA, CLACKMANNANSHIRE FK10 Duration: Permanent Date posted: 17 September 2012 Pension details: No details held Description: Must have a full driving licence, previous experience is an advantage but not essential as training given. Duties are driving an ice cream van selling to customers in the local area. How to apply You can apply for this job by telephoning 0792 8063864 and asking for June Simpson. Employer Monteiths Ices AREA SALES CONSULTANT Job No: ALL/23902 SOC Code: 3542 Wage: £15 - £20k per annum OTE. £11,100 pa guarantee. Hours: 35 HOURS PER WEEK, MONDAY TO FRIDAY DAYS, EVENINGS Location: Alloa, Clackmannanshire FK10 Duration: Permanent Date posted: 19 September 2012 Closing date: 17 October 2012 Pension details: No details held Description: Must be 18 +. Exciting and rewarding opportunity to work for a progressive direct wine sales company. Experience is not essential as we offer a full and comprehensive training programme. Own car required initially. Existing client base provided together with company generated leads. Expenses plus holiday pay. The employer has claimed an exception under the. Equality Act 2010. How to apply You can apply for this job by sending a CV/written application to Donna Fenton at Pieroth Ltd, mike.cox@ pieroth.co.uk. Employer Pieroth Ltd ASSISTANT RETAIL SHOP MANAGER Job No: ALL/23880 SOC Code: 1163 Wage: £6.48 per hour Hours: 14 Hours Per Week, Including Weekends Location: Alloa, Clackmannanshire FK10 Duration: Permanent Date posted:12 September 2012 Pension details: No details held Description: BHF is the largest and most successful charity retailer in the UK. It` s also our second biggest source of revenue turning donated items in £ millions that

fund our life saving work. Our retail division won the industry award for the highest profit in the sector in 2010 and scores top on most key customer measures. With over 700 stores and an annual growth rate of 5% we` re able to offer a unique place to work within the High Street that provides many new opportunities for development and career progression. Helping to manage a busy shop, which sells both donated stock and a range of Bought In Goods, you will need to be commercially aware, well organised, hands on and able to motivate a team of staff and volunteers in order to maximise profits. How to apply You can apply for this job by visiting login.amris.com/ wizards/bhf/vacancyView. php?requirementId=474&jId=34 Opens new window (unless JavaScript disabled) and following the instructions on the webpage. Employer British Heart Foundation Shops LAUNDRY AND EVENTS ASSISTANT Job No: ALL/23833 SOC Code: 3539 Wage: Meets Nat Min Wage Hours: 5-16 hours per week, between 8.30am-5pm, various days Location: Alloa, Clackmannanshire FK10 Duration: Permanent Date posted: 04 September 2012 Closing date: 30 September 2012 Pension details: No details held Description: You will be part of a small team providing linen hire for weddings, corporate events and private parties. We offer a unique range of chair covers, chair sashes, table cloths, napkins as well as table centres and other specialist decorations. Your role will mainly involve pressing linens for events and co-ordinating linens within our own in-house laundry to ensure everything is ready and prepared for events. You will also be required to undertake deliveries and collection of linens as well as wedding and event set ups. Training will be given for this aspect of the job. Some laundry experience would be preferred and a full clean driving licence is essential. We are looking for a reliable, hard working individual with good customer service skills to join our team. This post will involve weekend work. How to apply You can apply for this job by sending a CV/written application to Hannah Jamieson at Silver Events, HANNAH@SILVEREVENT.CO.UK. Employer Silver Events PART TIME GARDEN CENTRE ASSISTANT Job No: SLN/22914 Employer Reference: sh24per SOC Code: 7111

Wage : MEETS NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE Hours :24 HOURS PER WEEK MON, WED, FRI BETWEEN 9AM-5:30PM Location: BANNOCKBURN FK7 Duration: Permanent Date posted: 17 September 2012 Closing date: 01 October 2012 Pension details: No details held Description: You will be working 3 days Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Additional hours may be available in the spring. Main duties are serving on the till but also involve communicating with customers and offering outstanding customer service, learning about gardening products and advising customers, constantly tidying and dusting the stock, locating and loading furniture and water features into customers’ cars, pricing and merchandising stock, handling live bugs in the pet area, advising customers in the pet area which specialises in reptiles, building display sets of furniture and shop stands. You must be hard working and capable of working at a very fast and accurate pace. Applicants must have a strong willingness to learn about gardening and retail. You must apply quoting reference sh24per. Please do not phone the garden centre. Or send CV and covering to Greenyards Garden Centre, Cowie Road, Bannockburn, Stirling, FK7 8AD Please quote reference sh24per How to apply You can apply for this job by sending a CV/written application to Kirsty Mcdonald at Greenyards Garden Centre, Bannockburn, Stirling, Stirlingshire, FK7 8AD or to ggcvacancies@yahoo.co.uk. Employer Greenyards Garden Centre SUPPORT PRACTITIONERS Job No: SLN/22907 Employer Reference: STIR/003 SOC Code: 6115 Wage: £14,602 per annum pro rata Hours: 39hrs, part time hours and flexible contracts available Location: STIRLING & TILLICOULTRY FK8 Duration: Permanent Date posted: 17 September 2012 Closing date: 05 October 2012 Pension details: No details held Description: We are currently recruiting Support Practitioners for services in the Stirling area, supporting individuals in their own home promoting independent living skills. This involves directly assisting with activities such as general housekeeping, personal care, social and recreational activities as well as helping individuals to develop meaningful relationships and links within their local communities. A full and clean driving licence with access to transport will be desirable for the above post. Protection of

Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme registration will be required for all successful candidates. Successful applicants are required to provide an enhanced disclosure. Disclosure expense will be met by employer. . westfife@trfs.org.uk or call Karen Mckenzie on 01383 622133. How to apply You can apply for this job by visiting www.trfs.org.uk Opens new window (unless JavaScript disabled) and following the instructions on the webpage. Employer THE RICHMOND FELLOWSHIP SCOTLAND CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE Job No: SLN/22927 SOC Code: 7212 Wage: £13795 PER ANNUM Hours: 40 HRS PER WEEK - 5 DAYS FROM 6 Location: STIRLING FK8 Duration: Permanent Date posted: 19 September 2012 Pension details: Pension available Description: Looking for a job where no two days are the same? Cheque Centre, a leading alternative financial services provider is looking for a CSR who will support the Branch Manager in delivering the store KPIs. You will be able to deliver excellent customer services and have a good eye for detail. Our stores are in town centre locations on easily accessible public transport routes and hours of work support a worklife balance. Please visit www.chequecentre.co.uk Opens new window (unless JavaScript disabled) for full details to apply. Cheque Centre is currently recruiting for a number of positions due to growth and expansion plans across the estate. This position is subject to a CRB check and Credit Check. How to apply You can apply for this job by visiting www.chequecentre.co.uk Opens new window (unless JavaScript disabled) and following the instructions on the webpage. Employer Cheque Centre CHEF DE PARTIE Job No: SLN/22946 SOC Code: 5434 Wage: £7.23 per hour Hours: Full time, days and times to be agreed Location: Stirling, Stirlingshire FK8 Duration: Permanent Date posted: 20 September 2012 Closing date: 10 October 2012 Pension details: No details held Description: You’ll be preparing food and making sure it is fit to send out to customers. You’ll rotate stock and organise the relevant storage of goods. You’ll train and supervise junior members of your team so they are all trained to the same standard.

weecounty You’ll be responsible for making sure your section is clean and maintain the correct health, hygiene and safety standards. To apply you’ll need: Passion, flair and imagination for quality food and service, previous experience in a four star hotel, qualifications 706/1 or 706/2 or NVQ equivalent level 3, basic food hygiene certificate, to be eligible to live and work in the UK. How to apply You can apply for this job by sending a CV/written application to Simon Briggs at Puma Hotels Collection, s.briggs@pumahotels.co.uk. Employer Puma Hotels Collection CHARGEHAND SCAFFOLDER Job No: SLN/22922 SOC Code: 8141 Wage: EXCEEDS NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE Hours: 39 HRS OVER 5 DAYS Location: PLEAN/ STIRLING FK7 Duration: Permanent Date posted: 18 September 2012 Closing date: 19 October 2012 Pension details: No details held Description: Your duties will include the day to day running of a 3 or 4 man scaffolding squad. You will be responsible for over seeing that all scaffolds are erected and dismantled in line with today’s relevant legislations ie, TG:20 and SG4:10 etc and with our company procedures. You must also be CISRS Basic Scaffolder registered and card must be in date and valid. Experience in this roll would be advantageous, but not essential. A company van will be available. How to apply You can apply for this job by telephoning 077919 24337 and asking for Ian Stevenson. Employer AR Services Scotland Ltd STIRLING-SUPERVISOR-FT 36.5HRS Job No: SLN/22912 SOC Code: 7111 Wage: £6.75 to £7.92 Per Hour Hours: 5 days out of 7 Location: STIRLING FK8 Duration: Permanent Date posted: 17 September 2012 Pension details: No details held Description: As a Supervisor you will report directly to a Sales Manager and will be responsible for the day to day running of a multi million pound turnover department and its Sales team within the store which could include: Cosmetics, Accessories, Childrenswear, Menswear, Womenswear and Home. You will drive the highest levels of customer service at all times and ensure excellent product presentation and availability. You will be a positive, confident and proactive individual who has a passion for selling and


weecounty retail. Strong commercial skills are preferable with the ability to make effective decisions. You will have excellent communication, delegation and time management skills as well as being a proven leader who can motivate and coach people to achieve. Numeracy and computer literacy skills are essential. How to apply You can apply for this job by visiting www.debenhamsjobs.com Opens new window (unless JavaScript disabled) and following the instructions on the webpage. Employer Debenhams Plc Store Vacancies ELECTRICAL & INSTRUMENT TECHNICIAN Job No: GRA/19076 Employer Reference: AHDAR101.1 SOC Code: 5224 Wage: £35,000 per annum Hours: 40 hours a week, Days and Hours to be confirmed Location: Grangemouth, Stirlingshire FK3 Duration: Permanent Date posted: 19 September 2012

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Pension details: No details held Description: As an Instrument Technician, you will be responsible for providing day to day maintenance, repair and calibration of electrical and instrumentation systems. Your duties will include working under supervision in order to achieve optimum efficiency and availability of a running plant, maintaining general Instrumentation PLC based systems, sampling systems, analysers, fire and gas fiscal measurement systems and adhering to all applicable Health and Safety laws. How to apply You can apply for this job by visiting www.aplitrak.com Employer Baxter Personnel Ltd HOMECARER Job No: GRA/19065 SOC Code: 6115 Wage: £6.70 TO £7.00 PER HOUR Hours: 30 PLUS HOURS OVER 5 DAYS OUT OF 7 Location: GRANGEMOUTH FALKIRK DENNY FK3

Duration: Permanent Date posted: 17 September 2012 Closing date: 01 November 2012 Pension details: No details held Description: You MUST be a driver and have your own car. We are looking to recruit a new team of homecarers to work throughout Falkirk Grangemouth Denny and surrounding areas. If you enjoy working with people and want to work for a progressive company, we would like to hear from you. No experience necessary as fully paid comprehensive professional training is provided including shadowing with one of our experienced carers. This post involves day, evening and weekend work and offers flexible working. Applicant must have checkable references. Before confirming an appointment, successful applicants must register for the protecting vulnerable groups scheme PVG. Cost will be met by the applicant. Phone Hazel on 01236 739947 between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm Mon

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to Fri or visit www.hazelhead. com Opens new window (unless JavaScript disabled) and download a job pack. Interviews will be held in our Cumbernauld office. How to apply For further details about job reference GRA/19065, 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. DIAGNOSTIC TECHNICIAN/ MOT TESTER Job No: GRA/19068 Employer Reference: R4/723 SOC Code: 5231 Wage: Exceeds National Minimum Wage Hours: 5 days from 7 Location: GRANGEMOUTH, Stirlingshire FK3 Duration: Permanent Date posted: 18 September

2012 Pension details: Pension available Description We are currently recruiting at our Mercedes Benz Dealership, Grangemouth for the following position. DIAGNOSTIC TECHNICIAN MOT TESTER. We are looking to recruit someone of Master Technician level or someone who aspires to achieve this level. You will attend manufacturers training courses as part of our ongoing training programme to assist you to achieve the standard we require. In addition, in the long term, you will be responsible for in-house training of other technicians and improving the work quality in the workshop. You will be required to work within agreed time scales and to perform tasks in a competent and efficient manner and demonstrate good customer service skills. You must be able to work as part of a team and also work on your own initiative. EMPLOYMENT WITHIN ARNOLD CLARK IS OFFERED SUBJECT TO SATISFACTORY REFERENCE AND DISCLOSU.

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running and administration of the nursery during the managers absence. Supervisory experience is compulsory requirement for this post .Excellent communication and support skills are necessary to ensure productive working relationship with the nursery manager and team members. We are looking for enthusiastic individual who can work on their own initiative. Must be registered with SSSC or be prepared to register if successful and should comply with SSSC qualification criteria related to a lead practitioner post. Successful applicants are required to provide a PVG and enhanced disclosure check, expenses met by applicant. Or can email a request with your address for an application pack : brendagk@btconnect.com How to apply You can apply for this job by telephoning 01324 563660 and asking for Brenda Gardner. Employer Glenbervie Kindergarden

CARE ASSISTANT Job No: FHH/25851 SOC Code: 6115 Wage: NEGOTIABLE DEPENDING ON EXPERIENCE + QUALIFICATIONS Hours: 24-40 HRS PER WEEK, 5 OVER 7, DAYS / NIGHTS Location: FALKIRK, STIRLINGSHIRE FK1 Duration: Permanent Date posted: 20 September 2012 Pension details: No details held Description: You must be 18+ due to providing personal care. Previous experience in a similar role is essential. NVQ level 2 or equivalent is an advantage but training can be provided. Duties include the personal care of residents within the home, helping with dressing, bathing and any other tasks as required. Successful applicants are required to provide an enhanced disclosure. Disclosure expense will be met by employer. The employer has claimed an exception under the Equality Act 2010. Alternative contact is Brian. You can also call

at address in person for an Application Pack. How to apply You can apply for this job by telephoning 01324 626090 and asking for Merissa Meason. Employer Thorntree Mews (Countrywide Care) ADMIN ASSISTANT Job No: FHH/25849 SOC Code:4122 Wage: Negotiable depending on experience Hours: 24 - 40 per week, between Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm Location: Bonnybridge, Stirlingshire FK4 Duration: Permanent Date posted: 20 September 2012 Pension details: Pension available Description: Must have previous admin experience. Knowledge of Sage and payroll is essential. Duties will include all aspects of accounts and payroll using Sage software. Temporary for a minimum of 6 months to cover maternity leave. How to apply

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Homeowners opt for DIY I t seems the credit crunch has not only prevented many of us from moving house, but has also stopped us hiring professional tradespeople to tackle home improvement jobs. Builders, decorators and plumbers who thought they would get a bite of the home improvements pie have been left sorely disappointed as eager homeowners turn to DIY in a bid to save money.  New industry evidence shows that tradespeople have been worst hit in the north of England. Thousands of small building businesses and oneman-bands up had expected to cash in on the crisis as property owners opted to make home improvements rather than move house. As the cost of living escalates and the average householder feels the pinch any non-essential home improvement work will undoubtedly be put on the

backburner.  According to job-auction website e-genie, tradespeople, especially those in the north, are taking the brunt of the economic downturn. The job auction website deals with hundreds of requests daily from householders looking for skilled people to carry out building, repair or decoration work. However, it seems homeowners in the south-east have more money to spare for vital home improvements than northerners, according to e-genie, which has been monitoring activity on its website over the past three months. More than half of the requests for work are from the south of England while only 28 per cent have come from the north and Scotland. Stefan Troester from eGenie says: “We have witnessed the demand for

plumbers, electricians, builders and other tradespeople has fallen sharply in recent weeks in the north of Britain. However, the opposite is taking place in the south - particularly London. This does highlight a marked change as earlier in the year, when the credit crunch was first starting to bite, as demand was spread far more evenly across the country.” In contrast to their cash strapped northern neighbours, Londoners make up a quarter of all requests for building work and home improvement. The capital made up 26 per cent of the total requests for tradespeople on the website last month. But it seems homeowners in Scotland and the northwest prefer a spot of DIY than paying out for a professional, as both areas accounted for less than nine per cent of auctions for workers. 

This scarcity of work for skilled people could lead to an increase in “rogue traders” warns the auction website and it asks homeowners to be on their guard.  “In this difficult climate, tradespeople need to be even more savvy and proactive when marketing their services and attracting new business. As the competition for business gets tougher, consumers need to be even more wary of cowboy tradespeople. Many see this as an opportunity to attract customers through low-cost services delivered without any professional expertise or training. In the long run, consumers could be seriously out of pocket, as they deal with the aftermath of a botched job,” says Troester. Picture caption: Cash-strapped homeowners prefer to dabble in DIY rather than get a professional to do the job.

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BASKETBALL competition on Saturday the 29th September for anybody interested. Top patterns; corixa; yellow owl; golden olive damsel; hare-lug; daddies and black/green mini-lures. Top catches; Willie Martin (Stirling) 5 for 13lbs; Ricky Cook (Alva) 2 Blues for 8lb 2oz; Larry Burns (Tullibody) 3lb 9oz Blue; Tam Hislop (Bannockburn) 3 for 8lb 2oz; Dougie McKenzie (Coalsnaughton) 5 for 13lb 4oz. with every offer he got, he could have had about 50 fish; instead he ended up with 2! The Fishery will be closing at 7.00pm this week. TOP CATCHES: Gavin Johnston, Stirling, 3 for 14lb 10oz including 8lb 12oz Rainbow and a Tiger, Grant Hendry, Falkirk, 8lb 12oz Blue, David McGowan, Stirling, 8lb Rainbow from the Meadow Pond, George Kochanek, Tullibody, 4 for 13lb 8oz including 2 Blues and a Tiger, Douglas Rutherford, Grangemouth, 4 for 12lb 12oz including 3 Blues, Alan Buchan, Stirling, 4 for 12lb 8oz including 2 Blues and a Gold, David Grigor, South Queensferry, 4 for 12lb including 3 Blues one day. Yesterday was great with the sun shining and the fish could be seen cruising round, frustrating for some but a challenge is what all anglers enjoy. Top Catches: Stewart Kidd Perth 3 fish 12.1/4 lbs Best 7.3/4 lbs Silver Humungous, John Beatson Alloa 3 fish 15 lbs Best 6 lbs Yellow Dancer, Jimmy Young Alloa 3 fish 9 lbs Yellow Dancer, Les Mitchell Haddington 4 fish 12 lbs Best 4.1/2 lbs Damsel, David Mitchell Edinburgh 4 fish 13.1/2 lbs 4.1/2 lbs Cat, Thomas Bramley (15) Stirling 2 fish 4 lbs Daddy & Orange lure

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he Stirling Knights men’s team - missing four key players including star man and top scorer Dan Donnelly - lost to Troon last Saturday in the Scottish National League at The Peak. With the two bleacher seats packed with 200 fans, the Stirling side got off to a good start thanks to the sharp shooting of Knights Community Coach Jack Burgess. The visitors kept themselves in the game though and through the speed of Scotland Guard Ifedade Thomas edged the first quarter 22-17. In the second quarter, Troon turned the screw and showed some good team play hitting four 3 pointers to go in at half time up 44-28. Knights sparked back into life through good play from David Porter and Matt Dick, with captain Mark Duncan beginning to rediscover his form. With Coach Duncan running the bench for the home side, junior players Connor Sharp and James Lindsay saw some court time - each performing well in their role. However, the experienced Troon side remained in control of the game to secure a 76-55 win. Top scorers for Knights were Mark Duncan with 14 and 7 rebounds, Jack Burgess with 13, Matt Dick with 7 points and 12 rebounds. Ifedade Thomas had 18 points with veteran Andy Pearson on 15 for Troon. Knights Head Coach Pete Duncan “We started brightly but our heads went down

quickly when things weren’t going our way in the second quarter. Once again, we have shot a pretty poor percentage and need to improve. We obviously were weakened today and missed Dan’s scoring and defence but we will look to bounce back for next week.” This week is Scottish Cup weekend, starting with a double header at The Peak on Friday 28th September when the Under 16 and Under 18 men host Dunfermline Reign and Boroughmuir Blaze. Saturday sees the men travel to the capital to face Blaze in a vital cup match.

TILLICOULTRY GOLF

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ictured is the group of Senior Gents who took part in the Ryan & Davis Trophy played recently at Tillicoultry GC. This Greensomes competition, which was sponsored by Peter Ryan & Eddie Davis, attracted 20 players, all trying to win this

inaugural competition. Conditions were excellent for the players with some good scores returned. Many thanks to Jim Junnier and his team for organising the competition, to Peter Ryan & Eddie Davis for the prizes, buffet, and refreshments which were

enjoyed by all at the end of play. Trophy winners: Davy Renwick & John Auld - 42, runners up: Alan Duncan & Jim McAra - 44 (bih), 3rd: Andy Gullen & Keith Watson - 44. Congratulations to all the prizewinners.

Borrowman (11) 65; 2nd Steven McPherson (5) 66; 3rd Jamie Aitken (+1) 67. Div 2: 1st James Roche (27) 64; 2nd Davie Cowie (16) 65; 3rd Jerry Cant (14) 66. Dollar Ladies Wednesday 19th September - Thistle Brooch

1st Margaret Stephenson (27) 73; 2nd Moragh Dunning (15) 75; 3rd Barbara Malcolm (26) 75. 2013 Membership Special Offer Join Dollar now to enjoy 15 months golf for the price of 12 - for further details please call 07703 572344.

DOLLAR GOLF Saturday 22nd September JB Scott (Greensome) Trophy 1st Jim Currie & Jeff McCluskie (14) 64; 2nd Scott Maxwell & Dugdale Bradley (20) 65; 3rd Norrie Cowan & Davie Cowie (14) 66. Sunday 23rd September Swanston Trophy Div 1: 1st David


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he outdoor season was brought to a finale at Grangemouth at the weekend with the annual Central AC club championships where all the clubs athletes go head to head to decide who is the club champion for the year. With so many successes and Scottish champions over the summer the standard was always going to be high. The senior mens event saw Scottish Decathlon international Calum Brown up against top Scottish steeplechaser Michael Wright of Stirling. Michael started strongly with a personal best 4:05.88 1500m then followed this with another personal best triple jump (11.40m) and a strong 800m run (2:05.1). However Calum showed his all round credentials with personal bests in the 100m (11.5s) and 110m Hurdles (15.8s, 8th Scottish Rankings) and 6.22m in the Long Jump to take the overall title. David Lindsay performed well in the 400m Hurdles, 800m and triple jump for 3rd. The under 17 mens event had a clear winner with Dunblane’s double Scottish sprint champion and pentathlon international Daniel Polatajko matching Calum Brown in the 100m with a personal best 11.5s then following this up with another personal best Long Jump (5.82m, 11th Scot 2012) and an excellent 200m (23.8s). Scottish Triple Jump champion Cameron Wilson of Bannockburn took 2nd spot with a personal best Long Jump (5.48m) and excellent triple jump (11.36m), narrowly ahead of Scottish hurdles medallist Liam Halliday from Denny who set a personal bests at 200m (25.3s) and 400m hurdles (66.4s). Scottish schools long jump champion Ryan Calder from Stirling was also a clear winner in the under 20 mens age group with a personal best 100m (11.8s) and solid performances at Long Jump (6.05m) and 200m (24.5s). The under 15 boys event proved to be extremely competitive. Balfron’s scottish hurdles champion Tom Chandler set a personal best in the 80m Hurdles (12.0s, 2nd Scot 2012) and had further excellent performances in the Long Jump (5.65m), 300m Hurdles (44.2s) and High Jump (1.65m) to take the overall title. The battle for the remaining positions was between Dunblane trio Ewan Corbett, Euan Lambert and Iain Davies. All 3 athletes gave their all setting personal bests in every event. Iain performed excellently in the middle distance with a 4:31.42 1500m (11th Scot) and 2:11.5 800m (16th Scot). Euan and Ewan tied in the 100m in 12.2s (=16th Scot) then Ewan Corbett pushed Scottish champion Daniel Polatajko all the way in the 200m with a huge

5 Scottish finalists & 3 Scottish champions go head to head at the start of the girls sprint hurdles” or “L-R leading Scottish hurdlers Sophie Parsons, Caitlin Edgar, Sarah Pearson, Lauren Bell and Anna Thompson line up at the start of the sprint hurdles at the Central AC club championships. personal best 24.3s (5th Scot) closely followed by Euan Lambert in 24.7s (14th Scot). In the Long Jump Iain jumped 4.63m and Euan 4.85m then Ewan threw 26.43s in the javelin. Once the points were added it was Ewan Lambert who took 2nd overall ahead of Ewan Corbett in 3rd. Iain Davies missed a top 3 spot by an agonising 4 points. As a measure of the strength of this event Iain’s performance for 4th would have won any of the 5 previous years. The under 15 girls was equally competitive. The 75m hurdles was always going to be a fast race with 4 Central athletes in the top 6 at the recent Scottish championships along with guest competitor Scottish U14 champion Lauren Bell. Scottish champion Sarah Pearson from Dunblane won in a superb new club record 11.4s (1st Scot, 5th UK) followed in by Scottish schools champion Caitlin Edgar of Crieff (12.1s, 3rd Scot, 26th UK), Balfron’s Anna Thomson (12.5s pb 9th Scot) and Thornhill’s Sophie Parsons. The High Jump produced further excellent performances with personal bests all round for Sarah Pearson (1.50m, 10th Scot), Amy Gullen (1.50m, 10th Scot), Caitlin Edgar (1.45m, 14th Scot), Jessica Stitt (1.40m) and Erin Travers (1.40m). Sarah completed her series with 43.6s in the 300m to take the overall win. Caitlin took second after adding a 4.58m long jump. Auchterarder girl Amy Gullen produced more personal bests in the Long Jump (4.48m) and 200m (27.5s) for 3rd. Anna Thomson took 4th after a personal best 100m (13.6s) with scottish throws medallist Bevhan Trevis of Dollar 5th with a pb discus (22.82m, 8th Scot) and 200m (28.9s). Sophie Parsons set a pb Triple Jump (9.15m) for 6th overall and Isla Burns made her Pole Vault debut (1.80m) and set a pb 200m (28.9s) for 7th. The under 17 womens event was also strong with Celtic games champion middle distance runner Kathryn Gillespie against

Scottish pentathlon international Emily Batchelor. Dollar girl Kathryn set an excellent pb 1500m (4:30.43, 1st Scot, 7th UK) and added a 10:24.10 3000m and 15.84m javelin. Emily of Dunblane smashed her 80m hurdles pb with 12.6s (5th Scot) then performed well at Long Jump (4.87m) and Triple Jump (9.95m). When the points were added it was Emily who narrowly came out on top overall. Emma Boyle and Roisin Bonucchi fought out a close 300m hurdles with Roisin coming out on top in 50.1s (11th Scot) to Emma’s 50.2s (13th Scot) but Emma finished 3rd overall after adding personal bests in the long jump (4.59m) and triple jump (9.29m) with Roisin 4th after winning the 800m in 2:32.7. There was a large field of 22 in the under 13 girls event and Georgia Smith from Kinross came out top after a personal best 1.30m High Jump (19th Scot) and 13.45s 70m Hurdles ahead of Madeleine Woods (Long Jump 4.26m, 8th Scot; 200m 30.5s) in 2nd and Catriona Laing 3rd (200m 29.2s, 16th Scot; 1500m 5:29, 16th Scot). The 1500m proved to be a strong event for Central with twins Kate Gallgher going to 12th in the Scottish rankings with 5:24.18 twin sister Evie 20th with 5:31.39 and Jenny Walls 22nd with 5:34.16. Kieran Halliday of Denny took the under 13 boys title (100m 13.7s, 20th Scot; 200m 28.7s,17th Scot; Long Jump 4.12m, 26th Scot) narrowly ahead of Joe Driver (100m 13.4s, 13th Scot; 200m 28.9s, 19th Scot, Long Jump 3.90m) with Jack Houghton 3rd. The under 11 girls event was very close with Abby Davidson tying with Katie Sharkey in the 100m (14.8s) however Abby won the 200m with 31.0s to Katie’s 31.5s take the overall win. Lucy Smith was 3rd and Anna McCarry 4th. Ross McKnight won the under 11 boys title ahead of Jack Haughton and Euan Smith and Ron Todd was masters champion.

member Carolyn Clode scooped the Ladies Turkey Trot prize. The last 2 Gents Wednesday medals were won by Stephen Leitch and Mike Allsop, while the Ladies Medal Final was won by Ann McCrorie whose net 74 just held off Justine Allen, Jane Black and Kath Norris by 1 shot. On Sunday our Juniors held their Annual Prizegiving after yet another successful season and grateful thanks go to the Junior ‘Management’ team and all the coaches for their hard work during the year. Trophy Winners were: Ross White: Blairhill, and Ritchie Trophies, Ian Hill: Hepburn Trophy, Robert Watson: Wanliss, Kumasi, John & Val Muston Trophies, Calum Hill: Junior Masters, Russell Malcolm: David Cartwright Trophy, Opening medal, September Medal, Neil Jubb; Keith Salmoni Cup and April Medal, Cormac Wcislo: Centenary Cup

Never mind a small event in the USA this week end, the tension is building ahead of our own Ryder/Solheim Cup with Muckhart’s ‘Clackmannanshire’ team taking on it’s ‘Rest of theWorld’ team over 2 days of foursomes/fourballs and singles. Team members (16 gents/ladies/juniors) have qualified from ranking points in this season’s competitions so it should be cracking weekend. Team Captains Ian Barker and Alex Glaister are keeping their pairings under wraps but the ‘sledging’ has already started. Full report and pictures will be available next week. Last weeks Open Day proved very successful so we are keeping our offer of 15 months membership for the 2012 annual rate with no joining fee, open till the end of September. Please phone Jim on 01259 781423 for further details or to arrange an inspection visit.

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ullibody Wrestlers recently competed in back to back competitions, Twelve wrestlers competed in the Scottish Open held in Bellahouston Leisure Centre, Glasgow, returning with five Gold, three Silver and a Bronze. Chelsea Murphy and Shannon Hawke competed in against each other in the same Weight group with Chelsea taking Gold in a very close Final defeating Shannon by one point. Brian Harper and Corey Keatings also came up against each other in the 50kg Final with Brian Winning Gold. Robbie Davies won his first Scottish title in the 32kg, Martin King and Ewan Maddox both won gold in the 66kg and the 96kg groups. Christopher Gibson won silver at 30kg and Robbie Duddy finished the day with a Bronze medal in the 46kg group. Just finishing outside the medals were Euan Gibson, Ben McQuire both 25kg and Jamie Harper at 24kg. The following week nine wrestlers travelled to Wirksworth in Derbyshire where they returned with three Gold and a Bronze.

Brian Harper 53kg, Shannon Hawke 56kg and Chelsea Murphy all won Gold and Robbie Davies won Bronze in the 33kg. Also competing for the club and just missing out on medals were Ewan Maddox 96kg 4th, Martin King 66kg 4th, Robbie Duddy 48kg 4th, Corey Keatings 53kg 4th and Ben McQuire

PUZZLES SOLUTION

Grangemouth - 15 September 2012

erth and Kinross County fixtures have dominated in recent weeks. Following on from our Bells Trophy success, the Coronation Scratch Foursomes team’s attempt to make it a Muckhart Double at Gleneagles was thwarted by a very strong Blairgowrie team 3-0 in the final. Nevertheless to make the final 2 years running was a tremendous achievement by James Paton’s team who are pictured here before the match. The club was proud to host our first Perth and Kinross County Autumn meeting on Sunday last as top golfers from all over the county descended on the course to be met with warm sunshine and excellent conditions with the greens in particular receiving great praise. It was a Muckhart double though as Robert Malcolm’s 72-2-70 won the A section and Paul Park’s 80-11-69 won the B section. Club Secretary Jim Kean is pictured here welcoming County Secretary Ian Simpson and it has been agreed Muckhart will now hold County meetings in the next 2 years. Onto ‘domestic’ business and Neil MacDonald’s successful year continues with a win in the Gent’s Turkey Trot, while new

26kg 5th. The clubs next competition is the British Open on the 6th 0f October. The club would like to thank Sportsmatch and NO MESSIN! For the continued support.


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Alloa Rugby Club Alloa 1ST XV 9 Grangemouth 1st xv 40

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rangemouth’s dominance in the scrum and line out held the key to this local derby. Secure first phase ball allowed the Grangemouth half-backs to dictate much of the play as well as unleashing some of their powerful forwards into Alloa’s backline and the inevitable gaps in defence eventually came. Alloa had started well and competed well in the loose play with a brace of Stevie Skelton penalties pushing the home side 6-0 ahead in

the first quarter. Grangemouth struck back with a try through their forwards and then scored a second touchdown after an Alloa clearance kick was charged down. Skelton’s third penalty brought Alloa back briefly within striking range however two further Grangemouth tries either side of the break brought about a bonus point and effectively killed the match. The visitors added two further tries before full time to run out emphatic winners.

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lloa twos pulled together a squad of eighteen for the visit of Bridgehaugh who are effectively Premier League Division One side Stirling County’s 3rd team squad. Alloa were unlucky to go in to the break three tries to one down however the visitors

dominated the second period and ran out worth winners. Alloa try came through strong play from their pack and was converted by Lee Cairney. This weekend sees both teams on the road, the 1st xv at Rosyth and the second team travelling to Perth.

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Hillfoots 20-20 Strathmore H illfoots hit the road again looking to improve on last weeks poor performance at Gordonians. Hillfoots kicked off and after a scrappy first few minutes gradually began to put some good phases together. The backs took the ball into the home ‘22 and with the forwards arriving in numbers, the ball was quickly shipped out to Kev Aitken, who went round his man to score in the corner. Hamilton failed with the conversion but made ammends shortly after with a well taken penalty.’Foots were on a roll and Hamilton extended the lead after a typical burst through the centre ended with a converted score. Strathmore pulled a score back after sloppy play from ‘Foots allowed the homeside

to turn the ball over and score in the corner.’Foots reply was instant. The forwards regained the ball from the kick off, the ball was then moved slickly along the bacline for Aitken to double his tally. With halftime looming Hillfoots should have closed the half out, but another lapse in concentration allowed the home side a lifeline. Half time 20-10 Strathmore were a different side in the second half. Hillfoots defence was solid and Strathy were struggling to breach the gain line, however, with so much pressure the penalty count was starting to rise and the refs patience was wearing thin. Chris Beetham was first to go, quickly followed by Keith Slade.

Down to thirteen men ‘Foots conceded a very dubiuos try after a blatant knock on went unnoticed by the referee whos’ postioning and communication skills left a lot to be desired. Strathmore drew level shortly after when Hillfots just ran out of defenders. Tied at 20-20 the homeside went looking fro the win. Although pinned in their own ‘22, ‘Foots were managing to turnover ball and clear their lines. With time running out, ‘Foots launched one final attack, driving deep into Strathmores half only for the ball to be held up and allow the referee to signal the end of the game. A much better performance than last week, with all players showing a passion for the jersey again.

ollar produced an outstanding performance to defeat a very big and physical Loretto side. Loretto entered the match feeling confident, having warmed up for this match with a couple of resounding recent victories against

Glenalmond and Fettes. Playing into a stiff breeze in the first half, Dollar players scored four well-deserved tries and defended with bravery and determination. The tackling was much improved from previous games, and this was the foundation of the Dollar

victory, producing their best performance so far this season. Loretto came back strongly in the second half, but the Dollar boys held on tenaciously. Dollar Under-16s also won their first-round match, coming out 34 – 27 winners against Glasgow Academy.

YOUTH FOOTBALL

Help support our Hearts

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ullibody Hearts football club under 11s are looking for help to buy kit for the 15 players they have either with sponsorship or from businesses in our area making donations . Tullibody hearts have been reformed this season when Manager/ secretary Ian Stone and good friend Bill Gray/ coach wanted to run the club differently from other clubs. We still train twice a week but our players enjoy what they do. We have been coaching most of these players for 3 years at another

club when we decided to resurrect Tullibody Hearts, the kids wanted to come with us as this was a well known name in the community for over 30 years until the manager passed away some time ago. There have been players that played with the Hearts that went on to play at the highest level, David Scott who left Tullibody Hearts to join Hearts in July 1978 and Tommy Hutchison singed for St Mirren from Tullibody in February 1989. Even Joe Tortolano played for the Hearts.

So we have the excitement of parents / grandparents can relate to the kids as they either played for Tullibody or have herd of us. Its exciting time for the kids so who play in the Forth Valley development league this is noncompetitive football but is watched by 50 plus adults every week. Please help them get the kit required so we can develop there skills further anyone interested please contact the wee county or myself Ian Stone on 07541478910 or tullibodyheartsfc@sky.com


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Bonnyrigg Rose 2 Sauchie Juniors 2 By Wee County Junior sports reporter: Mark Wallace

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t was a case of the new boys against the Super League Champions when Sauchie travelled through to New Dundas Park on Saturday. The weather was perfect with a large crowd in attendance and both teams served up a terrific match that Junior football can be proud of. Manager Fraser Duncan decided to make one change to the team that beat Broxburn Athletic last week, by bringing in holding midfield player, Kenny McLellan for Grant Penderleith. Sauchie Juniors got off the worse start possible when they conceded a goal after three minutes. From a corner kick, there appeared some confusion between Rennie and Halliwell regarding who was going for the ball, which allowed Burrell to nip in and header the ball into the near post. Rather than be down hearted, Sauchie responded immediately when Ally Burns collected a poor clearance form goalkeeper, Carlin. Burns collected the ball and moved into the penalty box before leashing a shot which went across the goals. On the fifteen minute, Sheilds brought the ball down on the edge of the box however failed to make a strong connection with the ball much to relief of the Sauchie defence. Two minutes later, the game was all square, when Gary Carroll popped up with a goal. From a Rennie long throw in, Darren Cummings collected the ball, turned the defence before chipping the ball across the goals. Carroll was unmarked at the far post and headed the ball into the Bonnyrigg net for a well deserved equaliser. The game continued to be played at a tremendous pace on a pitch which would be a spirit leveller’s nightmare. On twenty two minutes, Burns had an effort blocked and was followed up with a header from Chris Purdie which the Carlin saved but injured himself in the process. This was to be Carlin’s last involvement of the match. On the thirty minute mark, Sauchie produced a training session corner where from Purdie’s corner, he played the ball low to Cummings who met the ball, with his effort just passing the near post.

Against the run of play, Sauchie were to gift Bonnyrigg the lead through a mistake from the normally ever reliable Steven Rennie. A pass back was played to Rennie , who allowed the ball to slip through his legs, which Grady pounced onto and hit low pass Halliwell. Two minutes later, the two strikers for Bonnyrigg Rose combined to create an opportunity. Shields brought the ball down and played it to Grady who’s attempt was saved by Halliwell. With just minutes before half time, Sauchie equaliser once again. A clever through ball from Bell was met by the running of Gary Carroll who stepped up to put the ball past the Bonnyrigg substitute goalkeeper. Sauchie Juniors finished the first half as the strongest team, with Darren Cummings getting onto a long kick out from Halliwell before having his shot blocked. The first half was a feast for the supporters of both teams and the question was could they maintain this standard in the second half. The next forty five minutes proved to be exciting with lots of great football and ‘how did that not go in the goals’ moments. At the start, Bryn Halliwell produced a fantastic one handed save to deny Shields his first goal of the match. Sauchie got into the act themselves when Carroll crossed the ball for Bell who will be disappointed that his header went wide. Morgan had a free kick which was blocked by the wall, however Cummings reacted quickest to the rebound and returned the ball goal bound which the goalkeeper saved. After fifteen minutes Bryn Halliwell produced a world class save to tip a goal bound shot from Shields, some how onto the bar. Such was the save that both sets of supporters applauded it, definitely one of the best saves that New Dundas Park has ever seen. Unfortunately for Sauchie Juniors, Halliwell injured himself in the process and was replaced by the young talented Darren Dolan. Bonnyrigg went onto have their best spell of the match and created several chances. King, Shield, Renton and Grady all recorded attempts

Managers Comments

Saturday saw us take on last years super league champions and going into the game we had prepared well in training and the players knew exactly the way we wanted to attack the game. The lads were well prepared and we felt we had enough in our side to approach the game in a positive manner and we did that. Ally Burns and Steven Bell took there place upfront and with an attacking midfield of Gary Carrol, Chris Purdie, Darren Cummings and Brian Morgan with Kenny Maclellan doing his usual holding role. Bonnyrigg Rose got off to a very good start when we were caught very early sleeping from a corner. We hit back straight away with a cross from Darren Cummings found Gary Carroll who with superb conviction headed home. An unusual defensive mix up cost us another slack goal but shortly after again we hit back when Steven Bell flicked on with a superb touch into the other of Gary Carrol again who took the shot on with his left foot and struck into the bottom corner. We finished the half the stronger team and delighted at half time with the way we played apart from the two sloppy goals. Second half started well and Bonnyrigg were a bit more offensive and pressed us a lot quicker. It was certainly a very entertaining game for the fans with end to end stuff. Bonnyrigg are a very strong side and will certainly be looking to retain their league title this year but for us to go to there patch and collect a point is very pleasing and I would say a very well deserved point if not more, I was delighted with our attitude, work rate and the way we kept the ball at the right times was very pleasing. Two great second half efforts from Darren Cummings and Chris Purdie nearly won the game for us and again Bryn Halliwell pulled off two world class saves getting injured in the process and young Darren Dolan stepped in and also had a very good save and is a very capable keeper. A good result and on to our semi final on Wednesday night against Newtongrange Star away. We have four or five injuries which we will be looking to get cleared up this week and wait on results from Bryn’s injury. Thank you once again for our excellent travelling support.

Junior Football League Home Away TEAM P W D L F A Linlithgow Rose 4 2 0 0 6 3 Bonnyrigg Rose 4 2 1 0 9 4 Sauchie Juniors 4 1 0 1 4 5 Kelty Hearts 3 1 0 0 4 2 Camelon Juniors 4 2 0 0 5 2 Hill of Beath Hawthorn 3 1 0 1 3 3 Broxburn Athletic 4 1 0 1 3 1 Boness United 3 0 1 0 2 2 Musselburgh Athletic 4 0 1 1 3 4 Lochee United 3 0 1 1 3 6 Carnoustie Panmure 3 0 0 1 1 3 St Andrews United 3 0 1 0 2 2 on the Sauchie goals, however solid defending from Sauchie Juniors kept them out. Darren Cummings produced a superb attempt on goals, when his curled shot came back off the bar, with the goalkeeper beat. On eighty minutes kenny Feaks needed to be replaced after a 50-50 tackle with King from the Rose. The crunch of the two players colliding could be heard around the stadium. With five minutes left, Grady was left with his head in his hands, when his header came back off the post. Both teams pressed for a

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winner and Bonnyrigg came close when Renton played in Grady who mistimed his shot. On ninety minutes, Chris Purdie hit a great shot from twenty five yards which the goalkeeper just manage to get a hand to, which proved to best the last attempt of a pulsating match. Credit must go to both sets of players and both sets of supporters left New Dundas having had value for money. Both teams will be disappointed that they did not get all three points but over the piece a point each was a fair result. Sauchie Juniors can take

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away a lot from this match with their great work rate, attitude and great inter play. There are not a lot of teams that will go to New Dundas and give Bonnyrigg Rose such a scare. This Wednesday, Sauchie Juniors have a semi-final match against Newtongrange Star with a ko time of 7.30pm. Due to a Emirates Junior Scottish Cup replay, Lochee United are unable to play Sauchie Juniors this Saturday, leaving Manager Duncan and his players with well earned free week. Check the Sauchie website for any change in fixtures.


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By Sports correspondent: continued from back page get back into the game but found it difficult with Alloa spreading the ball about, taking full advantage of the extra man. Martin Grehan should have made it 3-nil in the 67 min as he found himself in a great position but his header from 10 yards sailed over the bar.Both Cawley and Holmes had good chances for the wasps but couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find the net in a half that Alloa completely beginning to dominate. Good play between Cawley and Doyle set up Grehan at the near post but from 5 yards the home striker missed in front of goal, hitting the ball off the goalkeeper.

Was it a miss or a great save? Alloa did add the third goal late on through a Graeme Holmes strike. Holmes collected the ball about 20 yards out, turned a defender before darting into the box. Holmes then side stepped and dodged a few attempts to clear the ball by the visitors defence, before drilling it home from 7 yards passed Cadwell. Alloa finally get that first home win of the season and by all accounts, could have scored 5 or 6 goals against a less than impressive Stranraer side. A real test though next week as the Wasps travel to Dumfries to face a strong Queen of the South side.

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Manager’s comments “

It was nice to get three points today, we were always in control of the game even later when they went down to ten men we still controlled the game. We had loads of possession and could have scored probably more goals. We were a bit slack at times but today getting the three points was the most important aspect, certainly after a bad defeat last week. It was a big game for the team today, I was looking for a reaction after a bad defeat and I was confident I would get that from the players. It was good to get David Cox back involved again today, he played 75 minutes in midweek in a bounce game and he gave us a good 60 minutes today, I was pleased with that, it was like having a new player for us having been unavailable recently. I was glad to get our first victory this season at home, last season one of our strengths was our home form and we would like to try and rediscover that for this season, but we have to remember we have come up a division but any teams home form is always important. Next week will be a tough game against the league leaders Queen of the South, they are the form team, they are going well, Allan Johnston is doing a great job there but we will make sure we are ready. We will go into the game with confidence and have a real go at them, it will be tough as they are at home, but on our day we are a match for any of the sides in this division. Kevin Cawley took a knock today and I took him off for precaution but I expect him to be fine for next week, he ran his socks off again today, got his goal and won sponsors “Man of the Match”. We have moved back up the to fourth in the table after today’s victory, we will look to win as many games as we can and see where that takes us.

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VERDICT Scott Bain Never had much to do but had to stay focused all game. 7 James Doyle Powerhouse defender never let you down, he would run all day if needed. 7 Daryll MeggattSteady at the back never put a foot wrong made the jersey his own. 7 Ben Gordon Now settled into the team with a consistent back four reads the game well. 6 Jason Marr Never lost a ball in the air all game gives you 100%. 7 Darren Young Would have been hurting from last week rallied his troops and lead the way. 7 Stephen Simmons Nothing fancy but put a shift in, won the penalty for Alloa. 7 Martin Grehan One week he is going to score 2 or 3, gets into good areas but never took his chances should have had a hat rick. 5 Graeme Holmes Back in the side after sitting out last week got Alloas third in the last min. 6 Kevin Cawley Head and shoulders above anyone on the park, his work rate is second to none. Took his goal well. 9 mom David Cox Back in the frame after missing the last 4 game, a talented boy who offers much, his direct running caused them problems all game only lasted 65 min good to see him back. 8 Robert Thomson Replaced Cox made a few good runs, 6 Ross McCord Replaced Simmons kept the ball well never lets you down. 6 Mark Docherty Replaced Cawley late on. No chance to shine. 5 Weekend Fixtures:

IRN BRU DIV 2 RESULTS

Saturday 29th September 2012

Saturday 22nd September 2012 Albion 4-4 Stenhousemuir

Ayr v Brechin

Alloa 3-0 Stranraer

Forfar v Albion

Arbroath 1-1 Forfar

Queen of Sth v Alloa

Brechin 0-3 Queen of Sth

Stenhousemuir v Arbroath

East Fife 2-3 Ayr

Stranraer v East Fife

Irn Bru Division 2: League Table TEAM 1 QUEEN OF STH 2 FORFAR 3 ARBROATH 4 ALLOA 5 STENHOUSEMUIR 6 ALBION 7 BRECHIN 8 STRANRAER 9 AYR 10 EAST FIFE

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W 3 2 2 1 1 1 2 1 0 0

D 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 2 1 1

L 0 0 0 2 1 1 2 0 2 2

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A 0 0 3 6 5 8 7 2 8 5

W 2 2 1 2 1 1 0 0 1 0

D 1 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 1

L 0 1 1 0 0 2 2 3 2 2

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A 2 5 9 1 6 3 4 9 8 5

GD PTS 14 16 8 13 -1 11 5 10 0 9 -3 7 -6 6 -6 5 -6 4 -5 2


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First home win for Wasps

Cawley gets Alloa off to a flying start

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lloa were looking to get back to winning ways after last week’s defeat to local rivals Stenhousemuir and Gaffer Paul Hartley eager to bounce back and get his first home win of the season under his belt. There were a few changes to the starting line up as he brought in David Cox and Graeme Holmes with Ryan McCord missing out with a flu virus. The visitors were at full strength with ex Alloa player Keith Knox looking for his first away win of the season as boss of Stranraer.

It was the wasps who were looking to put an early sting into the game with both Cox and Cawley causing trouble for the visitors. First Cawley set up Cox but from 10 yards the wee winger couldn’t find the target and his shot went wide. Then it was Cawley who got in on the act and a good one two with Grehan sent Cawley clear but from 15 yards David Mitchell saved well. Cawley – who has been in good form this season - wasn’t to be denied in the 21st min and again it was Cox who made it. His darting

run down the left set up Cawley and from 12 yards his curling lob over Mitchell found the top corner. It was the home sides reward for good attacking football, in which it could have been two or three to the home side, as Stranraer were finding it tough coping with Cox, Cawley and Grehan. Grehan put Alloa two nil up right on the half time whistle from the penalty spot. A fast flowing move between Simmons and Young sent Simmons free inside the box and as he rounded keeper Mitchell was hauled down as he was about to

pull the trigger. The referee deemed it to be a goal scoring opportunity and sent the goalkeeper off, which may have seemed harsh – a double blow for the visitors. Sub keeper Russell Cadwell took over in goal with Robert Love making way for Stranraer, and his first touch was to pick the ball up from the back of the net after Grehan slotted home the spot kick. HT ALLOA 2 STRANRAER 0 The visitors came out looking to

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