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Violent drunk mother drops 8-week old baby on its head

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n Alloa mother appeared at court last week charged with assault and cruelty to her 8 week old child. Natasha Murray (30) was accused of dropping her 8 week old-child on its head during a drunken, violent attack on the partner of her friend. It was heard how Murray had turned up at a friends house drunk with her child and had demanded more alcohol.

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Murray and her friend then ventured out to the Co-op in Alloa to buy more alcohol, vodka, before returning to the property. It was at this point that friends raised concerns over the wellbeing of her child as it was in need of attention and appeared to be seeking food. Murray then went on the defensive and attempted to feed her child some milk from a bottle, whilst continuing to consume alcohol herself. The court heard that Murray was holding the child inappropriately and when her friend suggested that she should go have a sleep, C BLIND OMPAN ALLOA Y started to get abusive towards her hosts. Murray proceeded Domestic & Commercial to the bedroom where The Only Blind Company it was heard in court that she left the child You Need To Call unattended, causing it Quality Service Guaranteed. distress as it continued Vertical, Roller Venetian and Velux to cry. Free Estimates When Murray reWHINS ROAD, ALLOA entered the living room

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she was holding the child upside down by its legs, at which point her friends partner attempted to intervene and take the child. As he stepped forward, Murray repeatedly punched him in the face whilst at the same time dropping her child on its head. Murray continued to shout and swear until police arrived. Police confirmed that the accused was drunk and the child was taken to hospital to be examined. The child was kept in hospital with bruising to its head. The defence for Murray cited that alcohol was the underlying problem, however she had been making positive steps and changes in her life to move on from this episode. Sheriff Mackie told Murray; “My primary concern is to know that your child is being looked after. This is a very serious issue that you are in. “I have to balance this against the charges, this was assault at the end of the day.” Murray wept as she was admonished by Sheriff Mackie.

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Driver fell asleep at the wheel causing a fatal pile up

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DRIVER who caused a fatal four car pile-up by falling asleep at the wheel was jailed for 52 months last week. Sales consultant James Moran, 60, was also over the legal alcohol limit when his Mercedes Vito van brought chaos to the A876 road near the Clackmannanshire Bridge. He had driven through the night from Manchester after drinks at a charity golf event. Father-of-two Peter Harper, 44, died of multiple injuries, trapped in the wreckage of his silver Vauxhall Astra. Jailing Moran at the High Court in Edinburgh, judge Lord Turnbull told

him the prison term was not meant to measure the Harpers’ loss. Lord Turnbull added: “It will probably seem insignificant in comparison with the sentence you have imposed on that family.” Moran of 7 Cloves, Menstrie, Clackmannanshire, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving on August 5 last year. The court heard that a firefighter and a passing GP who were at the scene were unable to save Mr Harper, who had been driving to work in Broxburn as a site manager with Marshall Construction. Advocate depute Kath Harper, prosecuting,

told the High Court in Edinburgh that Moran also a father-of-two - had left his Menstrie home about 6a.m. on August 4 2011 to take part in a charity golf event. His friend, James Marshall, accompanied him during the four-hour journey. They finished a day of golf about 6p.m. then went to a dinner and presentation at a hotel, where wine was served. Ms Harper said Mr Marshall stayed in the bar and, when he went to the room he was sharing with Moran, the other man was already in bed. Soon afterwards Moran woke Mr Marshall and asked if he wanted to go home.

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The court heard that Mr Marshall slept most of the way and Moran dropped him off at his home on Armadale, West Lothian. Moran then started out on the final leg of his journey to Menstrie, about 30 miles away. Ms Harper said the scene of the accident was a three lane stretch of road where there were two lanes for north-bound vehicles and one lane for southbound traffic. Moran, heading north, swerved, forcing another car onto the grass verge to avoid a collision. Driver John Copeland, 43, later told police Moran had his chin on his chest and his head was moving with the motion of the van. Mr Copeland drove on, watching in his rearview mirror as Moran’s Mercedes Vito strayed into the south-bound lane, into the path of three oncoming vehicles. He hit a grey MG

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Coalsnaughton man was given a £100 fine over his actions involving a breach of the peace and police assault that happened in August. John Robertson (37) was in the dock over charges of breach of the peace and police assault at Alloa court last week. The court heard that back on the 16th August, Robertson and his partner Joanna Turnbull had been at the pub with some friends, and had consumed a ‘fair bit’ of alcohol. Turnbull told the court that they had spent £130 that evening before heading ‘up the road’ to their Muircot Place home. It was told how they arrived home around 1am and the accused nipped out to go to the bank, but his mood soon changed when he found out that there was no money in the bank. Robertson started to argue with Turnbull over the lack of funds in the bank, shouting and swearing at each other. It was heard how the argument soon turned into a fight and the accused pushed Turnbull on the stairs. Turnbull then pushed the accused back before running up the stairs to get away from Robertson. It was heard how Robertson went ‘off his heid’ when Turnbull pushed him and pulled her by the hair as he tried to grab her at the top of the stairs. ‘I kicked him back down the stairs’ Turnbull claimed in an act of self defence. Once at the bottom of the stairs, the accused then started arguing with a friend who had

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causing the car to spin and collided with Mr Harper’s Vauxhall. The force of the impact lifted both vehicles from the ground. Behind them was a blue Kia. “The deceased’s silver Vauxhall car turned clockwise in the air and landed across the top of the Kia’s bonnet. The Vauxhall continued to move through the air and came to rest on top of the crash barrier,” said Ms Harper. Firefighter Douglas Robertson, 36, who was on his way to work, found Mr Harper trapped and slumped unconscious over his steering wheel. GP Elizabeth Dunn, 29, tried to help Mr Harper as firefighters tore the roof off the car to free him. Moran was taken to Forth Valley Royal Hospital where doctors found abrasions caused by his seat belt and blood samples confirmed he was

just over the legal limit. He said he could not remember what had happened, but accepted he had fallen asleep at the wheel, said defence advocate Barry Smith. Moran said he did not know how much he had drunk, because people kept topping up his glass, but he would not have driven if he had felt unfit. Mr Smith said Moran apologised to the Harper family. “He has a sense of all the damage this has caused and will continue to cause. He sincerely regrets his action.” The lawyer continued: “He will struggle to come to terms with what he considers to be a gross error of judgment.” Mr Smith added: “He is tormented that a man died as a result of his action when he himself survived.” Moran - who has four speeding offences on his licence - was also banned from driving for ten years.

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accompanied them back to Muircot Place, and it was then stated that they started to fight. ‘It was not a fight, it was just a push about at the bottom of the stairs’ Turnbull told the court. ‘It was just a wee scuffle’ she said. When Turnbull said she was calling the ‘polis’ the accused fled the property to return the following day. It was heard that Robertson was behaving ok for about 10 minutes before ‘going mental’ shouting and swearing again. Turnbull escaped from the property over fears for her safety again, at which point Robertson smashed the front window from within the house. She said; ‘I was feart that something else was gonna happen, that’s why I wanted to call the polis.’ When the police arrived at the locus, it was heard how Robertson went off on one and

attempted to resist arrest and was acting aggressively. He was throwing punches in the air at the officers and was shouting and swearing at them. Police had to take evasive action, using their CS spray on Robertson. Robertson had been in custody since 20th August before bail was granted on the 25th September. The defence cited that Robertson was unemployed, suffered from bi-polar and had one eye. Sheriff Brown told Robertson; ‘I take into account the time you have spent in custody, which would be the equivalent to 72 days.’ He handed out two £50 fines to Robertson saying; ‘These do not reflect the offence itself but do reflect that you had done the equivalent of 72 days in custody.’

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Swing 2012 with Paul Harrison (piano) in full swing at Dollar Academy first-class playing and humour were much appreciated by everyone. The band members played with energy and enthusiasm, clearly enjoying themselves and keeping the audience’s feet tapping throughout the concert. Julian Reeves, from Dollar Music Society, said: ‘There was a great atmosphere in the hall. I hope the rest of the season’s concerts are as Swing 2012’s lead guitarist, well attended as this one, Stephen Coutts and that everyone enjoys near record audience of them as much as the over 130 attended Music audience did tonight. in Dollar’s opening concert “The generous support we on Saturday 6 October in the receive from the Scottish Arts Gibson Hall, Dollar Academy, Council, through ‘Enterprise to hear Swing 2012 and the Music Scotland’, allows us to bring eminent jazz pianist, Paul top-quality musicians to the heart Harrison perform their own of our community at a fraction of brand of ‘Hot Club’ style jazz. the cost it would usually be. They thrilled the audience “We hope to see lots of regulars, with performances of well-know and new faces at our next concert, numbers including, ‘Swonderful, on 10 November, which features I’ll See You In My Dreams and Andrea Gajic (violin) and Anna Stranger On The Shore. Their Rastopchina (piano).”

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lackmannanshire Council’s Sports Development Department has linked with other Council Services, local sports clubs and local activity providers to create an exciting action packed programme for the duration of the October school holidays. The programme of activities, entitled Active Autumn, will run Saturday, 13th October until Sunday, 21st October and are for pre-school children, children aged 5-12 years, secondary aged pupils and adults. Clackmannanshire Council’s Convener of Sports and Leisure, Councillor Ellen Forson said: “ Sports Development and Leisure have come together to create a nine day programme of activities for the October week. It is a varied and exciting programme for all the children in the area over the school holidays, and the first time that Sport and Leisure have provided such a programme during this particular holiday

break.” Active Autumn is focused on the Lornshill Academy campus, as it boasts first-class sporting facilities, and can cater for a wide range of programmes at one time. Councillor Forson added: “Our activities run throughout the holiday period, with something to suit everyone with a flexible programme. Our valued team don’t just maximise their people skills, they use their technical abilities to the full. They also ensure your time is action packed, fun, safe and enjoyable.” Among the many activities on offer during the packed nine day programme for active teens, aged 12-18 are, urban rebounding, a basketball camp, girls and boys rugby (under-18s), Peer Education training for the 13s and over, badminton, a music workshop, Young Scot Champions Academy and cake decorating. There will also be an exciting badminton tournament held on Day Nine, Sunday, 21st October, for the under-16s. It will take 38 Primrose Street, Alloa FK10 1JG

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Sauchie lunatic held policewoman under the water at Gartmorn Dam

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sauchie lunatic appeared at the High Court in Edinburgh last week charged over an incident that happened back in June whereby he tried to drown a policewoman at Gartmorn Dam. The court heart how the policewoman on duty feared she would die after a “lunatic” held her face down in water at a beauty spot when she responded to a call about damage to cars. PC Angela Melia was grabbed by James Brand as he struggled with officers at Gartmorn dam, near Alloa in Clackmannanshire, and pulled down, ending with her face in the water. The officer tried to pull her head out but realised she could not because her attacker was holding her in the water. Advocate depute Iain McSporran told the High Court in Edinburgh: “She began to panic and inhaled water and silt.” “The sandy floor of the dam made it difficult for her to get a secure hand or foot hold the better to break free and witnesses saw her struggling and thrashing about in an effort to break free from the accused’s hold,” said the prosecutor. “She believes that the weight of her stab-proof vest also contributed

to her inability to break the surface of the water,” he said. Her colleague PC Mark Ormesher tried to free her and managed to push Brand backwards into the water before spraying him with CS gas. Brand, who was out on two bail orders over assault allegations, still continued to struggle and fight with police reinforcements called to the scene even after the original officers managed to handcuff him. Unemployed Brand (23) of Woodlands, Sauchie, Clackmannanshire, was originally charged with attempted murder following the attack on July 1 this year. Last week athough, the Crown accepted his guilty plea to assaulting PC Melia (33) to her injury and the danger of her life by seizing her by clothing, causing her to fall into the dam and forcibly holding her head in the water. He also pled guilty to assaulting, resisting, obstructing, molesting and hindering Central Scotland police officers by struggling and fighting with them. He committed the offences after being granted bail at Alloa Sheriff Court on June 7 and December 2 last year. He also had a sentence

deferred at the time for vandalism. The court heard that Brand has previous convictions for violence, disorder and breaching bail. PC Melia and her colleague were called out to the dam, which is popular with walkers and anglers, after a report that two men had been damaging cars parked at the leisure spot. Brand was one of two males seen walking away from the area and was pointed out to the officers. They caught up with them and spoke to the other man. Brand kept walking away down an embankment towards the dam and was approached by PC Ormesher. Mr McSporran said: “He was seen to be under the influence of some substance, swaying from side to side. He adopted an aggressive and uncooperative demeanour.” Brand walked backwards towards the water despite being warned against it. PC Melia thought her colleague required help and walked towards them with the other man warning her: “You better watch him, he’s a f---ing lunatic.” “Ultimately the officers got close enough to the accused to seize hold of his arms in an attempt to pull him away from the water and deal with

him,” said the prosecutor. But he added: “The accused reacted violently to this, struggling and lashing out with his arms and attempting to strike the officers while shouting and swearing at them. All three ended up standing in the water.” Brand then grabbed PC Melia and pulled her down so that she ended up face down in the water. Mr McSporran said: “The water was not particularly deep at that point but was certainly deep enough that her face was fully immersed to the extent that her face touched the sand/silt bottom.” He said that after the incident the two police constables were left “very shaken”. PC Melia had muscular injuries to her neck, back and arms. The prosecutor said: “The danger caused to PC Melia’s life by being held face down into water is selfevident.” “The evidence suggests that PC Melia’s face was immersed for a very few seconds, but she is quite

clear that she believed she would die when it was immediately obvious that the accused was intent on forcibly holding her head in the water,” he said. Mr McSporran said a senior officer said the incident had a “devastating” impact on the victim, who attended her family doctor the day after when she had “gone to pieces” after it was reported in the news. “She became agoraphobic, did not leave her house for two weeks and was unable to return to work for five weeks,” he said. “She suffered difficulty sleeping, had nightmares and has been prescribed medication to deal with those symptoms,” he added. Mr McSporran said her selfconfidence has been affected and “she does not believe that she will ever get over the incident”. The judge, Lord Brailsford, deferred sentence on Brand for the preparation of a background report and remanded him in custody.

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n Alloa woman has reached the top three in the prestigious Kennel Club Dog photographer of the year competition beating over 5000 other ‘snappers’. Sarah Brown from Alloa, has come third in the competition, after facing 5,000 amateur and professional photographers from all around the world. This event has been taking place annually for seven years, analysing photographs for an array of categories such as Portrait, Man’s Best Friend, Dogs At Play, Dogs At Work, Puppy and I Love Dogs Because. Over 5,000 people entered the competition this year as the competition was free entry for the first time. In previous years, the

entry fee was given to the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which looks after the health and welfare of dogs. Despite the event having free entry, £1,000 was raised from donations given by the spectators, showing their support for the work this charity carries out. Sarah entered two pictures under the categories Dog portrait and Man’s best friend, with both images winning third place. One image saw an intimate moment between her dog Whippet and her sister and the other, shows Whippet lying in a field of poppies. Sarah spoke of her delight at winning saying, “I was really surprised to win two third place wins but i am very delighted and happy

By Michelle Henderson to have won. I have never really entered a competition like this before but I have had compliments about my pictures in the past so I decided to enter. I thought someone might enjoy looking at my pictures on display. I also really enjoyed looking at the other photographs that were on display, both by winners and other participants and they really were fantastic. I will wait and see what pictures I have next year before I consider entering next year’s competition.” The winning images will be on display at Discover Dogs, which is due to take place at Earls Court, London on November 10 and 11.


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ollar Academy’s Four Tunas Club delighted in a very successful sea fishing trip last Sunday. Eleven pupils, ranging from F1-F6, came along; the trip was open to experienced fishermen and women as well as complete beginners. All necessary equipment (and expertise) was provided. The keen and active anglers in the club more regularly go fishing at Orchil Fishery, so this trip represented not merely a chance for some very fine fishing, but also a grand adventure on the high seas off the East coast of Scotland. Mr Ainge, Head of Biology and founder of the club, said, ‘It was a really nice experience for all of us.’ The trip departed from Arbroath and their ship, the wonderfully-named ‘Ultimate Predator’, travelled about a half mile offshore before moving up and down the coast to take in the best of Arbroath’s famously good local fishing. They were lucky and had perfect weather for the day’s adventures: sunny skies and light southerly winds meant that all the pupils could focus on their fishing, whilst revelling in being on the usually harsh North Sea in benign conditions. Initially, those on

board caught mackerel in abundance, using mackerel feathers. Mr Daniel, Dollar Academy’s Deputy Rector, ‘topped the chart at seven’, according to Mr Ainge. Then, the skipper moved them to a nearby reef where the club caught four large cod, each about 12 pounds. Darwin Douglas (F2), using squid as bait, caught a cod which ‘was one of the biggest fish they’ve had all season on the boat. They had to open the gate—it was so big they couldn’t even net it!’ said Mr Ainge, with evident glee. Though each of the cod was large enough to keep, the pupils elected to return two of the fish to the open seas. After their return, Mr Ainge said of the club’s activities, ‘It’s been a brilliant, an excellent season this year. It’s super to have access to such fantastic venues to let pupils sample fishing for the first time.’

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lacksfirst BID has forged many partnerships that benefit the businesses within the Business Improvement District throughout Clackmannanshire’s foremost industrial estates and business parks. One of those partnerships is with Criminal Justice Service (CJS) delivering a variety of services including the removal of discarded pallets, graffiti, litter, flytipping and an assortment of environmental

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Alva student awarded top scholarship A ndrew Dunbar from Alva Academy has been awarded the much sought-after Arkwright Engineering Scholarship that identifies him as one of the country’s future leaders in engineering and related areas of design. The renowned Arkwright Engineering Scholarship provides the Alva student with a £600 financial award to enhance his Scottish Higher studies and a range of activities to enhance his understanding and experience of engineering. Alva Academy will also receive £400 for the Scholarship that Andrew has been awarded. The Scholarship is respected by leading universities and industrial companies and is supported by top engineering employers such as Rolls Royce, BT, BAE Systems, National Grid, Balfour Beatty, Microsoft Research, Thales, The Royal Air Force and The Royal Navy. Andrew, 15, successfully completed a rigorous selection process consisting of a detailed application form, a two hour aptitude paper and an interview

hosted at a top engineering university. The aptitude paper tested Andrew’s flair and originality in solving engineering design problems. The interview was a grilling in which Andrew, who is in fourth year, had to discuss an engineering project he had conducted. During the interview day he took part in a team exercise to solve a handson engineering problem working with students he had never met before. Andrew and his parents also toured the engineering facilities at the host university and explored the diversity of engineering and design careers and their importance to the UK economy. Clackmannanshire Council’s Convener of Education, Councillor Ellen Forson, said: “It is an outstanding achievement by Andrew to have been awarded this highly prestigious scholarship, and I would like to offer my personal congratulations to him and wish him all the very best in his future studies and career.” Andrew aims to stay on

n Alva Toddler group volunteer has picked up the national title of ‘volunteer of the year’. Emma Wilson (17) was nominated for the award without her knowledge and was presented with the Pollock Memorial Trophy. The Scottish Pre-School Play Association is the body that looks after all the toddler groups, nurseries and settings for preschool children.  Volunteer of the Year is their national award for volunteering.  The winner of the award is presented with the Pollock Memorial Trophy, awarded by Isabel Dunn in memory of her parents.  The Alva Toddlers group nominated Emma for the award without telling her, so she was even more surprised when she won!  The award was presented on Thursday 4th October at the SPPA annual conference, by TV celebrity Dr Hilary Jones.  Emma is only 17 years old and joined the group a little over a year ago at just 16, having been referred to us by the local careers office. Having just left school, Emma’s interest in Childcare made her the perfect person to volunteer with us. She has since

put in 191hours of volunteering time at Alva Toddlers.  At the sessions Emma sets out toys and clears up at the end, helps prepare their snack, runs errands, helps run the activities, looks after the reception desk, takes the money, and anything else that helps the group run.  The group said that Emma was reliable, punctual, consistent, uses her initiative, takes on extra work and in a nut shell: invaluable and indispensable.  Emma is also well known to all the regulars at the group and as she is about the only person there without children to look after, she is a really useful set-of-extra-hands for the harassed grown-ups. 
 
 Emma’s involvement has made a significant impact on the group too. She has been a trailblazer for Alva Toddlers in a number of ways:  as their first official volunteer and the first to be PVG Disclosure checked, Emma contributed to the development and implementation of our volunteer policy and procedures

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at school and eventually move on to Heriot Watt University to study engineering, with a view to becoming an aeronautical engineer. He was one of only 138 students out of 1000 throughout the UK to be awarded an Arkwright Scholarship, and has become the eighth Alva Academy pupil to be awarded the Scholarship since 2008. The Scholarship will be formally presented at a ceremony hosted by The Institution of Engineering and Technology later in the year.

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and helped with the induction of subsequent volunteers by showing them the ropes.  The group has also been involved in a pilot project called Timebank where for the first time Clackmannanshire Council are working with them, as an external organisation to reward young volunteers for their time with vouchers for the cinema, music etc. It’s been a tremendous year for Emma, the award is very well deserved and everyone at Alva Toddlers is extremely proud of her achievements.

Dr Martin Thomas, National Director of the Arkwright Scholarships Trust said: “I am delighted to see Andrew from Alva Academy secure this prestigious accolade. Clearly, there is considerable technical talent in the Clackmannanshire area. “With the competition for rewarding jobs becoming ever-more fierce, the receipt of an Arkwright Engineering Scholarship can help dynamic young people at the start of their journey to be the country’s future leaders in engineering and related areas of design.”

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former shopkeeper was given a £200 fine for selling alcohol to under agers. Mohammed Sarwar (53) was found guilty of the charge at Alloa court last week on the basis that he did not do a thorough enough check to prove the age of the individual. The court heard that Sarwar did make enquiries to the youths age and was convinced that the driving licence produced made him 18 – when in fact was on 17 at the time of trying to buy. The defence stated that his client had taken

‘reasonable steps to prove the young persons age’. There were also questions raised surrounding the authenticity of the document used to prove the young persons age. Questions were also raised about the time period taken for the document to be handed over to the police from the date of the incident. Sheriff Brown told Sarwar as he handed out a £200 fine, “I am satisfied that the document produced as evidence here today were in fact the document given to you.”


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be paid and the reduction in payments for “underoccupancy” of premises and reductions for those of working age. Localised council tax support will replace council tax benefit, and working tax credits will be reduced. Child benefit ceases for those earning over £60,000. The number of benefits claimants in Clackmannanshire is currently 5,266 on Housing
benefit and 5,791 on Council Tax benefit. Councillor Drummond went on: “Certain groups will be affected by the changes significantly more than others - the unemployed, disabled, pensioners, those occupying larger properties, those currently receiving benefits in excess of £500 per week and lone parents. “Although all areas of Clackmannanshire will suffer from the impact of Welfare Reform, the areas relatively hardest hit by the reduction in benefits will be Fishcross, Sauchie and Alloa South and East. “Council’s debt recovery and prosecution policies will be

ouncillors have had it made clear to them the impacts that the effects of Welfare Reform and public spending cuts will have on Clackmannanshire. Councillors were also told that significant changes to the welfare and benefits system would have an impact within Clackmannanshire as households have a higher than average percentage of income derived from welfare and benefits Convener of Resources and Audit, Councillor Archie Drummond, said: “The changes include a reduction in public spending, and the inevitable changes to the shape, size and structure of the public sector workforce and how public services are delivered in the future.” Councillors were also told that significant changes to the welfare and benefits system would have an impact with Clackmannanshire households having a higher than average percentage of income derived from welfare and benefits. The committee also heard of the changes to the criteria under which benefits will

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tested if debt levels increase. “The economy is fragile at the moment. Estimated job losses in the public sector across Clackmannanshire is 456; the same number of jobs in the private sector will also be lost. “The changes to the benefits system in conjunction with the economic situation results in a need to re-evaluate how the council provides its services and what our priorities are. “Preventative work could reduce the demand on services and funding and partnership working might provide solutions to the pressures facing public services over the next few years.” Council Leader, Councillor

Gary Womersley added: “I’m glad that this Report, which the former Scrutiny Committee asked for, came before Councillors at the new Resources and Audit Committee. “The impact of Welfare Benefit Reform coming from the UK Westminster Government is likely to strip over £18Million from the Clackmannanshire economy by 2015/16. “It is absolutely vital that the Council does everything it can to mitigate the effects where possible - the stark reality is, however, that the whole of Clackmannanshire is likely to suffer a significant degree of impact from this dismantling of the Welfare State.”

Muckhart Community council members named

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he voters of Muckhart have elected their Community Council members. The counting of votes took place on Thursday 4 October in the Coronation Hall, Muckhart. It was a first past the post style election whereby the 12 candidates who polled the highest number of votes were elected. Voters were instructed that they could vote for one or more candidates, but no more than 12. The count itself took approximately one and a half hours. Several of the count staff were Clackmannanshire Council’s Modern Apprentices giving them their first taste of being

involved in the democratic process. Depute Returning Officer, Andrew Hunter who presided over the count said: “We are very pleased with the turnout, 56.2% of the voters returned their papers. I would like to thank Muckhart Community and the candidates for their participation in this election.” The following have been elected as members to Muckhart Community Council: John Anderson; Daniel Conroy, Stuart Dean, Douglas Fisher, Terence Hollis; Jonathan Jordan, Colin Mann, Margot McKerrell, Matthew Pease, Mireille Pouget; Niall Simpson and Marlene White.

Council to crackdown on corporate fraud

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ast week, the Council’s Resources and Audit Committee re-affirmed it’s zero tolerance approach to fraud. The performance of Clackmannanshire Council’s fraud investigation team during 2011/12 stands out as one of the best in Scotland. Convener of the Resources and Audit Committee, Councillor Archie Drummond, said: “Everyone has a role to play in preventing and detecting fraud. “The benefits investigation work will continue to ensure that the Council maintains its position as one of the most efficient and effective in relation to fraud detection and recovery.” Clackmannanshire has one of the highest performance

rates in Scotland. It consistently appears into the top quarter for performance. In 2011/12 each inspector took an average of 10 prosecutions to the Procurator Fiscal. Only Fife Council had a higher average in Scotland. Clackmannanshire issued the third highest number of cautions and the second highest number of administrative penalties were issued. At the end of the 2010/11 10 frauds totalling £39,340 were detected, compared to 12 fraud cases in 2008/09 totalling £47,328. Of the 10 fraudulent cases, all related to Housing Benefit fraud and £36,690 is being recovered. The balance of £2,650 could not be recovered. Councillor Drummond add-

ed: “Despite this excellent performance an Improvement Plan has been prepared to build on the success. No one is complacent, we want to continue to improve. The Audit and Fraud team will continue to progress during 2012, with corporate fraud

being a key objective of this team.” In 2012 annual fraud loss will cost the UK economy £73 billion with £20.3 billion of this sum affecting the public sector. The majority of this relates to fraud against the tax system.

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Violent attacker gets 9-months

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verything from Blackbeard the Pirate to Captain Jack Sparrow could be found at Sauchie Nursery School recently, when the children held a “Talk Like a Pirate Day.” Staff and pupils at Sauchie Nursery were all talking and

looking like Pirates as part of Talk like a Pirate Day, with a brilliant array of costumes and props organised, to really make it a day to remember. It was a fantastic day, with lots of pirate activities, such as looking for treasure using

a map, making pirate masks and even a pirate snack thrown in for good measure. At the same time it wasn’t just a fantastic day for the children and staff it was also an educational experience with the children learning lots about pirates.

Tullibody man gets £250 for mistreating his dog T

he Scottish SPCA has expressed disappointment after a man who allowed his dog to become severely underweight was not given a ban on keeping animals in court. John Graham, 30, of Redlands Road, Tullibody, Clackmannanshire, appeared at Alloa Sheriff Court last week charged under S19(2) (A&B) of the Animal Health and Welfare (SCOTLAND) Act 2006. Graham was found guilty of failing to provide adequate nutrition and required veterinary attention for his female Labrador named Susie and was fined £250. The court heard evidence from all sides and how Susie now lives with Graham’s sister and her family. Unemployed Graham claimed that he walked Susie twice a day for a few hours at a time, citing this as the reason that she was thin.

It was also heard that Graham was feeding the dog human supplements in an attempt to ‘gain’ weight as he was aware that she was looking thin. Graham also claimed that having no money was one of the reasons that the dog was in the condition that it was. Inspector Nicola Liddell from Scottish SPCA said, “Poor Susie was shockingly thin when I found her. Her head was hanging down and her ribs, shoulder blades, spine and hip bones were clearly visible, even through her thick coat. “I immediately took her to a vet where she was assessed as having a body score of one, with one being emaciated and five being obese. “Susie weighed just 16.5kg when she should have been around 23kg and the vet advice was that Susie had been deprived of adequate nutrition for a matter of weeks rather

than days. “Following our investigation, Graham has been convicted of causing an animal unnecessary suffering and now has a criminal record. “We had recommended that a ban on keeping animals would be appropriate in this case, an option available to the courts under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006. “It is disappointing that no ban has been given as, in our opinion, Graham has demonstrated he is unfit to care for any animal. “Thankfully, Susie made a full recovery and is now a very healthy and happy dog who has loving owners.” Sheriff Brown told Graham; “Before us today we saw a black Labrador called Susie which you failed to feed causing the dog unnecessary suffering. It was the vet’s view that the dogs condition was due to malnutrition, and I am satisfied that this is the case. “I am also satisfied that you also knew that something was wrong with the dog and I am concerned that the vet’s view was one of being unsure if the dog would pull through given its condition.” “The excuse of having no money does not have any weight with me and I have to consider the statutory provisions. I do believe though that you were misguided in your approach to the well being of the dog. “You are fortunate the dog survived!”

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n Alloa man was given a 9-month jail sentence last week after attacking his partner in their home. John Russell (27) was given a 6-month sentence for his savage and violent attack on his partner and a further 3-months for breaching his conditions. The court heard how the accused had been at home with his partner and their two children on the evening of the 29th August when he received a phone call resulting in him leaving the house to go ‘drinking’. Around 2200 hours, Russell returned home visibly drunk and started kicking and punching the front door of the property. He became aggravated further and started shouting and swearing. Russell’s partner screamed for help due to the volatile nature of the accused and when a neighbour appeared they took the 2-year old child away. At which point, Russell then pushed his partner to the ground and started to repeat-

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and swearing at them and was waving his clinched fists at the officers. He issued a warning to the officers; “Get out of my face or I’ll f*****g do you!” When detained, Russell started banging his head on the charge bar at Stirling police station. Russell was also guilty of breaching his community payback order. Sheriff Mackie told him; “By the nature of charge 1, against your record warrants a custodial sentence, and your breaches make a community payback inappropriate.” At which point he handed out a 6-month custodial sentence to Russell. “Regarding your breach matter, you have exhausted ever option available. By breaching these conditions, I impose a 3 month consecutive jail sentence.”

edly kick and punch her to the head and body as she lay on the ground. Russell then left the property and threw a garden chair at the window causing it to smash. Not content with his actions, Russell then turned to the neighbour’s house and started shouting and swearing and issuing threats of further violence. Police detained Russell later that evening whereby he offered no reply other than; “That’s bull****!” Russell was further in trouble with the law for an incident that happened back in June where he was causing a disruption in East Castle Street in the early evening. He was again under the influence of alcohol and was shouting and swearing and passers by, challenging them to a fight – in front of residents and “He pusher her to the children. When police ground and repeatedly arrived, Russell kicked and punched her” started shouting

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ack Marshall is the new Social Enterprise Development at the Clackmannanshire Third Sector Interface, based at The HUB on Whins Road. Jack’s role is to support social enterprises to grow and part of that is to help them build the right foundations. To help social enterprises develop, Jack has tried to broker good deals to do this ranging from design and print with Wee County Design and Print and with professional domains and email addresses via Kenny Dickson IT. On the IT front, Jack and Kenny have devised varying levels such as bronze, silver and gold package i.e from email addresses and domains, through to email, domains, websites and a wide range of online admin services including Microsoft andante virus software. Marion Levett was their first customer they managed to sort out her domain, www. women4women.org.uk for her website and email, and Kenny has supported and configured her laptop and everyone is very happy. Marion is also receiving support from Maureen Hill, Organisational Support

and Julie McGrath Volunteering Support and have provided her the incubator to develop her ideas and meeting rooms for her groups. The CTSI offers good professional support for a small community organisation in Clackmannanshire and their services are on offer to all other groups. Talking to the Wee County News, Marion said; “With CVS closing through lack of funds, CTSI stepped in and provided us with a room which allowed us to continue our meeting. “The have been a great help and without that help we might not be where we are today. I really need to thank Jack for everything that he has done.” Women4women is a group that supports women in crisis – no matter what that

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modern design software and will assist the creation of the perfect kitchen or bathroom with the customer able to visualise the product in their own specific room layout. Just when you thought the experience couldn’t be improved, you’ll find that Alloa Kitchen and Bathroom centre reveal they display the largest range of Porcelanosa tiles outside Glasgow. Offering their clients the opportunity to create distinctive designs that can be totally individual. Quality is assured through an in-house installation team of handpicked, highly experienced craftsmen with Alloa Kitchens and Bathrooms managing every project from initial meeting at the showroom, through the design process, to the completion of the installation. LATE NEWS : A major showroom refurbishment allows the opportunity to sell off many ex display settings at prices up to 70% off RRP. To take advantage of this offer, do not delay as all are sold on a first come, first served basis. Alloa Kitchens and Bathrooms are open Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm and Saturday 9am – 4pm. We are situated within Beatson’s Building Supplies on Whins Road, Alloa. For more information drop in and discuss your requirements over a coffee or call on 01259 210910.

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report tabled before Councillors has revealed an “extremely positive picture of performance” at Clackmannanshire Council for the year 2011/12. Councillors on the Resources and Audit Committee were told on Thursday (4th October) that that performance was consistently above the Scottish average for 69% of performance indicators where comparative data was available, moving the Council from 5th to 3rd place in Scotland for overall performance across the range of Statutory Performance Indicators. The Clacks 1000 Citizens’ Panel survey showed consistently high satisfaction with local neighbourhoods as a place to live, with a number of indicators connected with the area having a much more positive image and attracting people and businesses also improving. Committee convener, Councillor Archie Drummond said: “Perceptions of our schools have improved with particularly

high levels of satisfaction with primary schools. “We also continue to perform above the Scottish average for Council buildings, from which public services are delivered, that are suitable and accessible to disabled people. “Overall results throughout this report demonstrate an extremely positive picture of performance across Clackmannanshire Council. Audits, self-assessments and on-going analysis will also provide valuable insight into areas requiring attention and the Resources and Audit Committee will continue to be involved in that process.” Road maintenance improvements can be seen in all classes of road, with the Council performing marginally above the Scottish average. There was also a reduction in people killed or seriously injured as a result of road collisions. Council Leader, Councillor Gary Womersley, said: “This Council has made concerted efforts to

improve services. I’m delighted that across a whole range of nationally assessed performance indicators, the overall level of performance of this Council has improved considerably. “Whether it’s been Food Safety Inspections, Community Payback, Mental Health, Discharges from Hospital or many other key Council activities, to see Clackmannanshire improve to third highest nationally across all Councils, is something I would hope everyone can take comfort from. “There are areas to improve on, but there are also areas where Clackmannanshire’s performance is in the top quarter in Scotland and it would be remiss not to acknowledge these.” On the environment Clackmannanshire Council, ranked first for many years in Scotland for recycling, improved further and may be the first Council in the country to report having recycled over half of its annual waste, achieving 53.2% in 2012.


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ALLOA ACADEMY Inter-House competition This week’s results are as follow: Erskine House 16 points; Schaw House 11 points; Bruce House 9 points. Erskine classes were top in every year group apart from S2 last week. 2S2 topped the second tear competition. Our fortnightly focus on homework has been extended to the end of term so that we can ensure that the message about the importance of homework has been communicated. We are looking forward to our S1 Inter-house quiz arranged by our House Captains on Friday. Congratulations Academy Ambassadors have been recruited for each year group. S1 ambassadors are: Lucy Kay of 1E2, Jennifer smith of 1S2 and

Ross Chalmers of 1B1. S1 Rugby Team News Well done to all members of the rugby squad who took part in the Central Schools Rugby championship on Wednesday afternoon at Hillfoots rugby club. Tries were scored by Euan Clark, Bryce Clark, Adam Bell, and Orin Bingham. Lewis Meldrum took a serious knock during the game, but has recovered well. Reading Awards There has been excellent achievement in the Reading Awards by our new S1s and this week we have several achievers. Achieving Bronze on both Reading and Writing were Wilson Xu, Chloe Hutcheon, Josie Mitchell, Lucy Kay, Leah Stone and

Devon Douglas. Darcey Rodger has achieved the silver Level in Reading and Writing. Well done to all. Forth Valley Disability Sports Regional School Swimming Gala. Congratulations to all involved in the gala – a total of 10 medals was brought home by the Alloa Academy Team. Jeans for Genes Our Jeans for Genes total stands at £1006, which is a fabulous total which is still rising, but a big thank you is due to all who helped to make the collection such a success. Many pupils supported the wearing of jeans with school uniform on top, the Wow nail team did nails through the week while there was a sponsored aerobic session supported by senior pupils and staff on Thursday at lunchtime. The Teddy Bear raffle was won by Ms Lang and Mrs Shepherd. A final total will be shared on the school website by the end of this week. Thanks again to everyone who donated. October Holiday Please be aware that school will close at 3.10 on Friday 12th October for the October holiday. The return date for Alloa Academy pupils is Tuesday 23rd October at 08.40. (Monday 22nd October is an In-service day for secondary schools only.)

ALVA ACADEMY Art The portfolios of last years S6 pupils Georgia Collins and Jalisha Khalid have been selected by SQA markers to be showcased at the second National exhibition of Advanced Higher Art and Design work. The exhibition is intended to allow teachers, parents and pupils from all over Scotland to view examples of excellence from the Advanced Higher Course. Being selected for this exhibition is a fitting accolade for these girls whose attitude and effort last year was exemplary. Library With the introduction of Alva Academys new librarian ,Miss. Lees there are a number of changes happening. The Book Club meets on a Monday and

Tuesday at break times and is open to people of all years groups. The pupose of the club is to upgrade reading skills and have some quiet fun during break with a good book. Along with the introduction of the book club a new writing club has been established in the library. This club runs on a Wednesday and Thursday at break time and also on a Friday during lunch. This is a club for people who are enthusiastic writers and have a passion for telling stories. In this club members have the opportunity to start work on a novel, poem or any other writing they wish to do. The librarian will be on hand to encourage and help pupils with their writing throughout the

LORNSHILL ACADEMY year. The library will be teaming up with English to welcome the Metafrogs who are a company that will introduce an interactive lesson with the first year English who are currently studying A Midsummer Nights Dream .During this lesson they will be taught how to story board. Football U15 Scottish Cup Coltness 1 Alva 6 Initially Coltness provided us with stiff competition which is not reflected by the score. It was only late in the second half that three of the goals were scored. 4 goals came from Michael Ross and one each from Lewis Goor and Jordy McLaren. Player of the match was Michael Ross.

End of Term Activities. There will be whole school activities on the last day of term, Friday October 12th. Senior pupils have been working hard to organise various fund-raising events, including a music/ talent contest ( for staff as well as pupils!), stalls and a Football Fiesta. House Captains have been selling tickets for two weeks now and they report high levels of sales. Please note that Friday 12th will be a non-uniform day when staff and pupils can choose to wear casual clothes by paying 50 pence for charity. School will close for one week on Friday 12th October and will reopen to pupils on Tuesday, 23rd October at 9.05 am. School is open on Monday 22nd October for staff In-Service training. Parent Newsletter

An end-of-term Newsletter was issued to pupils, via pupil post, on Tuesday 9th October in tutorial. Parents should check bags as the newsletter contains important information . If you have not received one, please contact the school office. S4 Interim Reports These were issued on Friday 5th October. PSA Lornshill Academy PSA will have their first meeting on Thursday 11th October at 6.00pm in the Conference Room. Parent Council A meeting of the Parent council will be held in the school on Thursday 11th October. All welcome. Higher/Int 2 Drama Showcase, Thursday 4th October This was a well-attended

event and our students presented three pieces of drama which demonstrated well their developing skills and awareness of theatrical techniques and stagecraft. The audience were enthusiastic and response to the wide range of emotions and social themes touched upon in the performances: drug awareness and coping with bereavement were presented along with a lighthearted, highly entertaining modern day version of the Cinderella story. Well done all performers and backstage crew and a special thank you to ms Woodward. ECO Group We are keen to retain our Green Flag status. Ms Imrie is re-establishing an ecogroup to help us meet the award renewal criteria.


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Alloa Bookbug: go along and join free rhyme, song and storytelling sessions for under fives at the Bowmar Centre, Alloa, on Mondays from 10am to 10.30am and Thursdays from 11am to 11.30am, excluding schools and public holidays. Shopping event: A craft fair is being held on Saturday, October 27 at Moncrieff United Free Church Hall, Drysdale Street, Alloa between 11am and 2pm. There will be 20 or more stalls at the event, selling crafts, gifts and a lot more. There is something for everyone. The event is free entry. Slimming world: every TUESDAY CRAWFOD HALL, BRAEHEAD (Next to Linden Inn) 7.00pm. Further details from Margo tel. 07879 477 921 Play Alloa: play Alloa has moved premises – you can now find them in their own base within Hawkhill Community Centre, 132 Hillcrest Drive, Alloa, FK10 1SB,telephone number is still 07800859161 and you can still contact them at playalloa@ aol.com – their website is updated and a regular place for news and developments – www. playalloa.co.uk Alloa carers Centre: Alloa carers centre is working with community house and has a weekly coffee morning at community house, 23 Maree Court on Mondays between 10am and noon. All carers welcome. We are looking for new members both young and old, come along for a warm and friendly welcome. We cover all of Clackmannanshire. So if you reside in the area and feel free to come along and have a chat. Wee County Walkers: get to know your area better – have fun and become fitter! Free short walks – only about one hour – with walk leader! No booking required. In Alloa at noon, every Friday outside Tesco’s. Walks are suitable for all abilities. Short, safe walks open to everyone. Put on comfortable footwear, dress for the weather and enjoy. Go on your own or take a friend. Alloa Indoor Bowling Club Seniors Section: League details are posted on the stadium notice board. Pilates Class: Pilate’s classes every Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm at Lornshill Academy, Alloa. Contact Lorna on 07533 173 335 to book or to get further details. Healing Rooms: The group’s vision is to see the healing, liberating and life transforming

power of Jesus made accessible to all. Healing Rooms are available to everyone, whether they have any connection or not, and prayer is offered free of charge by small groups of trained volunteers from different local churches. Healing Rooms are open every Tuesday 11am to 1pm in Moncrieff Church Hall, Drysdale Street, and every Wednesday, 7.30pm to 8.30pm in Elim Church Greenside Street, Alloa. For further information contact the local director Elaine McDonagh telephone 07742 175 453 or e-mail alloa@ healingrooms-scotland.com. Circuit Class Every Monday 6pm to 7pm at Alloa Academy Games Hall. Cost - £4 (£2.90 concession) Suitable for all levels of fitness from beginners to advanced. Exercises are performed on a time basis and allow you to work at your own pace. A mixture of cardiovascular and resistance exercises which help with weight loss, improved muscle tone, self esteem and confidence leading to a healthier lifestyle. If you would like further information please contact: James on 07977 268 261 or e-mail jmculloch@clacks.gov.uk. Alloa Spiritualist: Last week’s medium was by Glynis Daley from Edinburgh and took place in the OAP Hall, Erskine Street, Alloa and took place at 6.30pm. Alloa Ludgate Church: There is a Prayer Time at 9.15am each Sunday to pray for the concerns of the congregation and to prepare for worship. All are welcome to join at any time for service which blends traditional and contemporary worship in the peaceful surroundings of the refurbished sanctuary. The church invites all who are interested on this event, to meet the congregation, see the church and join in worship, fun and fellowship. For more information see website on www. alloaludgatechurch.org.uk Moncrieff UF Church: The church cafe continues on Mondays from 10am until noon. Moncrieff Church Boys Brigade Company: All sections of the Company have begun their winter sessions with encouraging attendances, The Anchor Boys (boys in P2 and 3) meet at 5.30pm on Tuesdays in Moncrieff Church Hall and Juniors (boys in P4/5 and 6) and also meet in Moncrieff Church Hall at 7pm. The Company Section (boys in P7 – age 18) meets on Friday’s at 7.15pm in Alloa Academy. New members will be welcome in all Sections, and anyone with queries or seeking further information about the Company should telephone 01259 212 023. The Company Section of about 30 boys is seeking to recruit a few new adult helpers

interested in working in the BB movement with boys who are mostly of secondary school age. BB Experience would be an advantage but is not vital, and anyone who thinks they may be interested is asking to contact the Company Captain on 01259 212 023. Alloa Bridge Club: Latest results – N/S 1 Eric Howman and Jimmy Hamilton, 2 Sandy Greenhill and Stewart Anderson, 3 Margo Webster and Jim Paterson. E/W 1 Mary Storrar and Mary Anderson, 2 Alex Anderson and Jutta Griffiths, 3 George Scales and Linda Sommerville. Care with Confidence: Do you help to look after someone who could not manage without your help? We can help you to learn some useful skills. Free Care with Confidence sessions are due to be held in your area at the Carers Centre, Alloa and other localities over the next few weeks. If you would like more information, please telephone Stella McDonald or Ian McCourt at the Falkirk Careers Centre on 01324 611510 or e-mail ianmccourt@ centralcareers.co.uk Alloa East End Bowling Club: Junior Section – coaching sessions for all school aged children 17 and under on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3.30pm to 5pm. First session free the 50p thereafter. For further details please telephone Margo on 01259 216 953. Patons and Baldwins Recreation and Welfare Trust: Sequence Dancing Section meets on Wednesdays, 7pm to 9.30pm in the Sports Pavilion, Tullibody Road, Alloa. All are welcome. St Mungo’s RC Parent and Toddlers Group: A waiting list is now operating and a place on the list can be booked by telephoning 07791 321308. Golden Age Club: The club meets on a Wednesday in Patons Sports Pavilion at 1.30pm to 3.30pm while whist and dominoes are being played. Ladies and Gents are welcome. For details telephone 01259 212 252. Alloa Albion 1997, under 16’s are looking for new players. Training is Monday and Wednesdays 5.45pm till 7.30pm at the Redwell Park, Alloa. For more information contact Sammy on 07837 012 293. Alloa Tea Dance: A tea dance is held in Alloa Town Hall every Monday from 2pm to 4pm. All are welcome. Ceilidh: A family ceilidh is once again being organised by Donald Cowan at Alloa Town Hall on Friday, October 12 in aid of Deafblind Scotland and is due to start at 7.30pm. Dancing to the foot tapping,

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

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

Engine! All pre-school 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. We will be open as usual during the October Holidays. See you all there! Zumba Classes: Zumba Classes with Audrey Crawford will be held on a Thursday from 6.45pm to 7.45pm in Parklands, Alva. For further information phone 07515 534 902. Ditch the workout join the party. Bookbug sessions: Go along and join free rhyme, song and storytelling sessions for the under-fives at Alva CAP on Thursdays from 10am to 11.30am. Excluding school and public holidays. Alva and Menstrie Girl Guiding: the girl guiding are looking for new rainbows 5 to 7 years: brownies 7 to 10 years; guides 10 to 14 years; adults and unit helpers 18+. For more information on how to join telephone Margret on 07765 494 424 or Janice on 07837 239 921. Despite this being the holiday season, the Crafters intended to remain open on Tuesday mornings, Wednesday evenings and Fridays. If you are having one of the currently popular “stay cautions,” why not come along and see what we have on offer. Who knows, you may reawaken some long dormant woody skills, in Alva at Corden Street. We regret that children under the age of 16 cannot take part, unless accompanied by a responsible adult. Contact Archie Scott 751947 or adscott@zoolou. co.uk, Robert Miller 219144 or miller.ripj@mypostoffice.co.uk or Richard Douglas, 761618 or richard@douglasfoto.force9.co.uk Fibro Friends Group: Meeting will be held on the second Friday of every month at 2pm in the 140 Fairtrade Shop, Alva. Join them for an informal cuppa (by donation), meet other ‘Fibromites’, and enjoy speakers as well as getting information and support. They ask for £1 as an entry fee that will be put towards running costs. For more information call Roni on 08448 872 425 or email fibrofriendsgroup@hotmail.co.uk Alva Baptist Church: Coffee mornings have resumed each Wednesday in the Church from 10.30am till noon. All welcome for a friendly chat over a cuppa and home baking. Darby and Joan Club: The President Welcomed members to the weekly game of dominoes and whist. Domino result – 1 Mrs M Nolan, 2 Mrs I Emslie, consolation Mrs V Spence. Whist result – 1 Lady Mrs F Jones, consolation Mrs M Fisher. 1 gent

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Mr D Shepherd, consolation Mrs M Gillespi. New members will be made welcome every Wednesday at 1.45pm in the Cochrane Foundation Hall, Croftshaw Road, Alloa. Wee County Walkers: get to know your area better – have fun and become fitter! Free short walks – only about one hour – with walk leaders. No booking required. In Alva, noon every Monday at Car Park behind Cochrane Hall. Walks are suitable for all abilities. Short, safe walks open to everyone. Put on comfortable footwear, dress for the weather and enjoy. Go on your own or take a friend. Community Notice Board: The notice board is situated outside the CAP/library. Groups and individuals and ‘not for profit’ organisations can advertise activities and display posters here. Anyone wishing to use this facility please see the notice board for further details. Wee County Crafters: With the dark nights approaching, many people are turning their thoughts to autumn and winter activities. The Wee County Crafters are no exception to that and are hard at work preparing for the coming season. The workshop is looking spruce, spick and span after the painting day last week. It’s amazing how a lick of magnolia can brighten even the gloomiest of spaces. Not that The Workshop could ever have been described as gloomy. If your craft group is looking for a home, we might have the space to accommodate you. So long as your hobby has an end product, whether that’s decorated eggs or photographs, come and talk to the committee. Join our happy and growing band: we’re not called The Wee County Crafters for nothing! Contact Richard Douglas, richard@ douglasfoto.force9.co.uk or Ian Meacham, ian.heather@ btinternet.co Alva OAP’s Carpet Bowls Group: The group meet on a Monday and Friday from 1.45pm till 3.30pm at Parklands Centre, Alva. New and old members welcome. Alva Bridge Club: Latest results – N/S 1 S C Hopkins and A Smith +3710, 2 J Thomson and E Coales +1360, 3 M McGhee and D Shepherd +210, E/W 1 M Abel and D McAree +330, 2 L Morrison and J McGroarty +220, J McGowan and D Colquhoun -390. Age concern: Whist and dominoes latest result – Domino winner Mrs M Stewart, consolation Mrs M Nolan. Ladies whist Mrs M Hill, consolation Mrs E Campbell. Gents prize Mr I McLachlan, consolation Mr M Gillespie.


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What’s on in your weecounty Clackmannan Clackmannan Parish Church: Sunday Worship, including the Guild Dedication Service, is at 11.00 am in the church, and there is a Traidcraft stall afterwards.  Sunday School including a Crèche and Vision Group for younger secondary school pupils meet during the service every week.  We are again supporting the Alloa Food Bank during October and the collection starts this Sunday.  Tins, packets,cartons and jars of food (detailed list available) can be donated at church each week.   Our afternoon service, for those who cannot get to a morning service, is in the Bruce Memorial Hall at 3.00pm. Transport is provided if you require it.  If you would like to join us please speak to your elder or phone the office when it is open for details.  At 7.30 pm on Monday the Guild entertainment will be provided by Maria Miller and her Circle Dancers.  In coming weeks the Guild will be supporting the annual Blythswood Care Shoebox Appeal targeted at various countries in Eastern Europe.  Information leaflets are available if you want to support them in this venture.  On Tuesday the Coffee Morning is open from 10.00 am. in the Church Hall and the Kirk Session meet at 7.00 pm.  (Please note the change of date!)  On Wednesday the Choir meet for practice at 6.45 pm. and the Prayer Group meet at 8.00 pm.  For more information on these and other activities please visit our web site at www. clackmannankirk.org Anyone requiring the services of a minister should contact the Revd Scott Raby on 211255. Anyone requiring the services of a minister should contact the Revd Scott Raby on 211255 Exercise Class: The Thursday takes place between 11am and noon in Clackmannan Town. Carers Support Group: The Group meets on the last Thursday of the month at 1pm in the Bruce Memorial Hall. The 36th Stirling (Clackmannan) Company, The Boys’ Brigade: meets on Fridays. Parents should contact the leaders for details of the programme. Contact Kathy for Anchor Boys on 07891389542, Lucy for Junior Section on 07538693554 and Bill for the Company Section on 216763. Bookbug Sessions: Go along and join free rhyme, song and storytelling sessions for under fives at Clackmannan CAP on Wednesdays from 10.30am to 11am., excluding school and public holidays.

Zumba class: On Wednesday from 7pm till 8pm feel the music and join in the fun with Zumba Fitness Classes. Entry fee £3. Contact – Jenna on 07930 254 979 or email her at jennagraham7591@hotmail.com. Wee County Walkers: Why not join in the free walks led by the Wee County Walkers? Become fitter as you enjoy an easy interesting walk. No need to book. Meet them outside the Library just before 2pm on Wednesdays. Walks are suitable for all abilities. Short, safe walks open to everyone. Put on comfortable footwear, dress for the weather and enjoy. Go on your own or take a friend. Beginners Pilates: Beginners Pilates will be held every Sunday at 6pm to 7pm in Clackmannan Town Hall. To book a space contact Lorna on 07533 173 335. 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.

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

hall. Telephone 01259 759 099. Dollar 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 Crossroads Clackmannanshire

Dollar Coffee Morning: A coffee morning will be held in aid of Crossroads Clackmannanshire on Saturday October 20 in the Burnside Hall, Dollar between 10.00am and noon. There will be baking and book stalls and tombola. We look forward to welcoming you. interruptions to competitions. Special rate first year memberships are now available from £275 plus SGU capitation to cover 15 months to December 31 2013. For further details please call 07703 572344, find application forms that are available via the club website www.dollargolfclub.com, by email to secretary@dollargorlfclub.com or telephone the clubhouse on 01259 742400. Dollar newspaper and magazine collection: Dates for 2012 – November 6; December 4. Wee County Walkers: Why not join in the free walks lead by the Wee County Walkers? Become fitter as you enjoy an easy interesting walk. No need to book. Meet them outside the Health Centre Just before 10am on Thursdays. Find out about the local area as you walk. Walks are suitable for all abilities. Short, safe walks open to everyone. Come on your own or bring a friend. Carer Support Group: The group meets on the last Thursday of every month at 10am in the Castle Campbell Hotel. Dollar Civic Centre: Information for community and voluntary groups. Clackmannanshire Third Sector Interface is providing an information surgery for community and voluntary groups to give help and information in areas such as funding, constitutions and policies. Go along and speak to Maureen Hill CTSI Organisational Support Officer at Dollar Civic Centre. These meeting take place on the last Thursday of every month from 1pm to 2pm. Dollar Museum: The new exhibition celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Included are many artefacts and numerous photographs of the Coronation Celebrations that took place in Dollar on June 2, 1953: the fancy dress parade; the sports;

five a side football; tree planting in the memorial gardens and the bonfire on the Gloom Hill. In addition there is a further display of photographs taken during the Queens visit to Dollar on June 28, 1963. Might you or someone you know be in any of the photographs? The permanent Devon Valley Railway photographs covering the line from Alloa to Kinross. Upstairs there is a small exhibition on the Japanese gardens at Cowden Castle and one on Dollar Academy. The museum is open until Christmas 2012 on Saturdays from 11am to 1pm and 2pm until 4.30pm, on Sundays from 2pm until 4.30pm. The last museum at the top of the East Burnside. Entry is free and all is welcome. Dollar Museum Book Sale: A book sale is being held on Thursday, October 25 between 11am and 1pm and 2pm and 3pm. Anyone wishing to donate books which can be uplifted call 01259 742 282. Dollar Boys Brigade Company: Mr Bob Anderson and Mrs Dianne Broome will welcome all boys in P7orJ2 at school – 18 years of age to the start of the new session. Various activities, competitions and badges are all part of this uniformed organisation for boys. If you have not been before please bring shorts and a pair of trainers and come and give us a try. For further information please contact Mr Bob Anderson on 01259 742560. If any adults would like to help on a Friday night or some Friday nights with activities please let Bob know. Did you know that some companies will make a donation to the BBs when you shop on the internet? If you wish to support Dollar BBs this way please email Jessie Condie for further information – jessiecondie05@ btinternet.com Dollar RSCDS Class: Their new session has begun. New members welcome. For more information please contact Catherine on 01259 743820.

Fishcross Charity Shop: The Cats Protection charity shop in Alloa Road, Fishcross, is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 1pm to 3pm and Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 4pm selling good second hand clothing, bric-a-brac, books and new goods. The award winning Ochil’s Writer’s Group, who meet every second Monday in Menstrie’s Dumyat Centre, have a couple of spaces available after losing two writers to work obligations. The group had an anthology published last year, Beneath the

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

Menstrie Menstrie Parish Church: Rev. M Lovett welcomed Margaret Shuttleworth as a guest preacher on Sunday. In her talk to the children she demonstrated that although we are all different god has no favourites. He loves us all. Reading from James 2:1-17 and Mark &: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. Gaelic Parent and Child (0-5) Group – Croileagan Clatch Mhanainn: The group meets every Tuesday from 10am till noon in Menstrie Parish Church Hall. Everyone will be made very welcome. No knowledge for Gaelic required, just an interest. For further information contact Kerry on 01259 213 622. £1.50 per session, 1st session free. Menstrie Tiny Tots: A club ran by mums for mums. This voluntarily organised group meet during term time on Mondays and Thursdays from 10am until 12pm at the Dumyat Centre. All ages from babies to threeyears old are welcome. A healthy snack and drink are provided. A chance for mums and to interact together through play and planned craft activities. £1.50 per visit – first session free. For more information call in or telephone Sarah on 01259 761 098. Menstrie WRI: The next Meeting will be at 7pm on October 10th in Menstrie Scout Hall when we will be entertained by a Cat Walk by CHAS. There will also be

Christmas cards, etc. for sale by CHAS.   Please note the earlier

Sauchie time of 7pm. Sauchie and Fishcross UF Church: A Family Service took place last Sunday morning. The children of the church took part with music and drama. A Congregational Lunch took place after the Morning Service. In the evening, Rev Graham Brown spoke on “Handling Troubles”. The Bible Reading was Psalm 6. The Women’s Christian Fellowship meets on Wednesday October 10 at 7.30 p.m. The speaker will be Amy Stalker who will speak on Christian Motor Bikers. The Women’s Association will meet on Thursday at 2.15 p.m. This will be a Women2gether.   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.    Services will be as usual on Sunday at 11 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. Kites Group and Creche as usual at 11 a.m. Sauchie and Coalsnaughton Parish Church: The Rev Bill Izett conducted the services on Sunday October 7. The scripture reading was taken from Psalm 19 and was read by Mrs Shirley McCouat. As it was Bible Sunday the sermon focused on the work of the Scottish Bible Society who distribute food, basic necessities and bibles all over the world so that people may learn of God’s love for them.  The Scottish Bible Society’s vision is to see communities and cultures transformed as people encounter God in the Bible.  Anyone wishing to join the Strollers on Wednesday October 10 should meet in the Church’s car park at 1 pm.  There will be a Kirk Session meeting on Wednesday 17 October at 7 pm.  The Badminton Club has resumed and meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.30 pm in the Church Hall. The Thursday Circle has also resumed and meets on Thursdays at 2.30 pm in the Large Hall.  The Prayer Group meets on Thursdays in the Committee Room at 7.30 pm.  The next meeting of the Guild will be on Monday October 15 at 7.30 pm.  There will be no Young Church on Sunday October 21. Charity Paychic Night: A charity night is being held in The Oakwood, Sauchie in Thursday, November 8 at 7.15pm. There will be a special raffle for Mini Reading/ Healing costing £5 each and all money raised will go towards the Children’s Charity P F C C. Tickets can be purchased from Kelly by calling her on 07843 143892  or by Facebook -  PFCC.


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Cancer Support Group: The Cancer Support Group has moved from the Dumyat centre to the Health Centre Building, Clackmannanshire Community Health Care Centre, Hallpark Sauchie (enter from the Sunnyside brae entrance). The group is on every Friday from 6pm till 8pm. Drop in for a chat – everyone welcome. Sauchie Tiny Tots: Tiny Tots run in Sauchie Hall on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday mornings from 9am till 11am during term time only. First visit is free then £2 per child, 50p per second child. Healthy snack, arts and crafts and lots more. For more information contact Laura on 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.

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.

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.

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.

Epilepsy Meeting: An Epilepsy Meeting for people with epilepsy, their family, carers and friends will take place on Wednesday 31 October 10.00am – 12.00pm in the Health Education Room (next to WRVS Café), Clackmannanshire Community Healthcare Centre, Hallpark Road, Sauchie.  All welcome. Talk topic for October is Epilepsy and Memory, followed by tea/ coffee. To book a place, please leave a message for Epilepsy Connections fieldworkers on 01324 673750.

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.

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.

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

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.

Tullibody Slimming World: Slimming World takes place on Wednesday’s from 5.30pm till 7.30pm in the Civic Centre, Tullibody. For further details call Margo on 07879 477 921. Tullibody and Cambus Girlguiding: To join the leadership team. Contact Ann-Margaret on 07908 252 104 or Girlguiding Clackmannanshire on 01259 211 318. Tullibody Healthy Living: If you are a resident of Tullibody, Cambus or Glenochil and have Clackmannanshire Council Leisure Membership Card (discounted rate) then you can swim for free at Alloa Leisure Bowl – Monday to Friday, 9pm to 5pm. To apply for your free swim card pop into Tullibody Healthy Living office at 13 Tron Court or call them on 01259 724 374 for more information. Local Fruit Barra: Tullibody Fruit Barra is open every Thursday at 13 Tron Court, Tullibody. For more information, contact the Tullibody Healthy Living Initiative by telephoning 01259 724 374. Muirside Rise Residents Association: Anyone wishing to join the association should call June Anderson, secretary on 01259 220 766 of go along to

one of their meetings. Slimming World: A new slimming world class takes place on every Tuesday at The Civic Centre in Tullibody (next to the Linden Inn). There are two classes on a Tuesday, one at 5pm and the other at 7pm. For more information call Margo on 07879 477 921. Bookbug: Go along and join free rhyme, song and storytelling for under fives at Tullibody Library, the Civic Centre, on Wednesdays from 10am till 10.30am, excluding school and public holidays. Tullibody History Group: The next talk of the season will take place on Thursday October 25 at 7-30pm. In Tullibody Heritage Centre, Abercromby Place. The topic will be “What the Vikings Did For Us” By Julian Ward. Tea/ coffee will be served afterwards and there will be a nominal charge for the evening. During the winter months the Heritage Centre can accessed by contacting 01259 723376. Groups and individuals all welcome.

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

Cambus Bowling Club: A bingo tea is being held in aid of Stathcarron Hospice on Tuesday, October 9. Everyone to be there for 7pm and festivities will begin at 7.30pm.

The Stirling Hillwalking Club

Stirling walk on October 14th will be Abernethy Glen to Lochmill Loch, 450m ascent, 14km distance. OS map 58, grid ref 188141.  Phone 01506 418568 for further details. Information about Stirling Hillwalking club is available on the website at http://www. stirlinghillwalkingclub.org.uk/   Charity Christmas Party: A charity Christmas Party for Women is being held at Vinneys Bar,  Stirling on Friday  November 16 between 8pm and late. The Scrummy Butlers will be making an appearance and the event is optional fancy dress so guests can dress up in outfits such as Mrs Clause, Fairy, Elf etc. Entry costs £5 and tickets can be purchased from Margo by calling 07879 477 921 or by Email margomcgregor@fsmail. net. All money raised will go to the Children’s Charity PFCC.

Kincardine Kincardine History Group: The first meeting of the new session is on Wednesday,17th October at 7pm in the Glancy Lounge of the Community Centre. Our speaker is Ian Low whose subject is “ Where There is Life There is a Hope” 500 years ot the Hope Family of Hopetoun House. The new Winter Syllabus offers a variety of interesting topics, and visitors are welcome to come along to any that are of particular interest to them. Meetings, which are held once a month, cost £1.50 and there is an annual charge of £3.50 for Community Council membership. Posters of forthcoming meetings are displayed throughout the Village -look out for them! So why not give the TV a rest and see real live presenters in action! Everyone is welcome to come along, and afterwards have a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits.

Missionaries Enjoy “The Mormon Moment” in Alloa A

s Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign heats up in the United States and the “The Book of Mormon” musical prepares to open in London’s West End, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Alloa have been enjoying that many commentators are calling “The Mormon Moment”. For many years full-time missionaries have proselyted in Alloa and the surrounding area and the Alloa Ward of the Church is one of the strongest in central Scotland. In recent months the missionaries and members have enjoyed more opportunities that ever before to respond to inquiries and questions about the Church and its beliefs. There are currently three full-time missionaries working in Alloa. These are missionaries, normally young men aged between 19 and 25, put on hold education, business and sporting pursuits for a two-year period to serve away from home in an

area assigned to them by Church leaders. In preparation for their missionary service the young men are ordained as “Elders in the Church – a priesthood office that allows them to preach, teach, baptize and confer the gift of the Holy Ghost after baptism. Elder Clark, Elder Orgill and Elder Oman are the current group of missionaries in Alloa. Elder Clark hails Farmington, Utah, Elder Orgill is from Lehi, Utah and Elder Oman is from Seattle, Washington in the Unites States. Utah in the most traditional heartland of Mormonism but interestingly the Church now has more members that live outside the United States among its almost 14 million members worldwide.

Of the missionaries currently serving in this area, each has ancestral ties to Scotland. Elder Orgill summarizes the feelings of the elders being in Scotland “It feels like we have come home.” Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Alloa meet each Sunday morning at the LDS Chapel on Grange Road.


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ocal Children between the ages of 5-18 were given the opportunity to celebrate the Paralympics this week at a free Festival held in Alloa Academy on Sunday. The festival ran between 1pm and 3pm with over 30 young people with physical, learning and sensory difficulties coming together for the event, as well as enthusiastic young people wanting to be part of the day’s festivities. The event was organised by the

Sports Development Department in Clackmannanshire Council, alongside various other organisations, with their sole aim being to celebrate the Paralympics and to make children aware of opportunities available to them within the local area. The children were given a variety of sports to take part in including, tennis, football, races, throwing games, boccia and their very own Olympic Torch Relay. They were split into groups, giving children the opportunity to talk to people from different backgrounds and circumstances. Local Olympic Torch bearers Megan Dawson 19, the number one track athlete in Scotland and Jamie Docherty 18, fast tracker into the GB squad were both on hand to help the young people and talk to them about their sporting

achievements and experiences. Claire Morrison, a volunteer coach for the GB Boccia squad attended the event, teaching the young people how to play the sport. Claire commented on the day’s events saying, “I love doing what I do as it is so worthwhile seeing what the kids are getting from it. These events help us to see if there are any new talent for the upcoming Commonwealth Games but also just to get the young people involved in sport and to show them the benefits. It brings the kids together which is great.” Jean Duncan, Active Schools coordinator and Additional support Needs worker, organised the event and spoke of her delight and aims she hopes the event will bring. She said:”Having been to the

Paralympics at the summer we wanted to celebrate the event with young people in the local area. We want them to engage an interest in the Olympics but also to meet new people by taking part in the sports that were available to them. We want to point these kids in the right path, showing them opportunities of Active sports clubs and competition they can take part in, in and around the local area. We want to put them in touch with the right people and help them progress further.” Clackmannanshire Council’s Convener of Sport and Leisure, Councillor Ellen Forson said: “Those who came along got to try sports such as Goalball, Boccia, Football, Sitting Volleyball, Racket Sports and loads more.”


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embrace your pale side. But don’t forget that, while pale skin looks fab against blonde, brunette or red hair, it can look ashy and grey if not looked after. Encourage a lustre with a twice daily application of moisturiser and to add that real shine and cover up bruises and blemishes (which show up so much more on paler skins) use METHOD MAC’s superb Face and Body. When it 1. In a large saucepan, heat the comes to the vamp-ish face it’s vital to oil and add the garlic and onions. use a foundation which doesn’t leave Cook for a couple of minutes until you looking chalky so be sure to choose something with a light reflective quality softened. 2. Add the mince and cook, stirring which is as close to your natural skin frequently, until browned. tone as possible. Blush is also a must with a subtle 3. Add the carrots and celery and apricot or baby pink stain the ideal no reason to shy away from lipstick if compliment to the palest skin. But you’re pale either. In fact nothing looks beware of creating cheeks that are finer on a pale brunette than a great red too doll-like by blending under the lip - a stain is less heavy than a lipstick cheekbone, not on the apple. - while a good, glossy nude is great on A Blanchett-esque smoky eye looks great blondes and redheads. while black mascara is a must and there’s

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hen you feel the onset of a cold are you more likely to reach for the paracetamol or the Echinacea? If it’s the latter then you’re not alone, as more of us are turning to natural remedies over traditional ones, according to a recent study. Once thought of as old wives tales or airy-fairy, alternative remedies from natural sources are now used by 61 per cent of adults, says a report by honey producer Rowse. Natural remedies such as honey and lemon are used by 72 per cent of us, while 48 per cent of us use Echinacea for the relief of colds. A third of us would look to herbal remedies such as St John’s Wort for the relief of mild depression, says the report. An increasing disillusionment with traditional medicine is behind this trend for natural remedies, according to the report. As a result, traditional medicines such as paracetamol, anti-depressants and flu remedies are being shunned in favour of alternative

treatments. In fact, half of UK adults admitted they were more likely to use naturalbased remedies today than five to 10 years ago. However it’s not just herbs we reach for when we’re not feeling well. Foods are also helping us to battle conditions such as colds and high cholesterol. You might use aromatic root vegetable garlic in a recipe, but 58 per cent of us have used it to boost our immune function and lower our blood pressure. It’s not only garlic and honey that people have been raiding the larder for protein-rich almonds are not only a delicious snack but are used by 43 per cent of us to help reduce cholesterol. Similarly a refreshing glass of pomegranate juice is the remedy chosen by 48 per cent of people to help keep their hearts healthy. Foods and herbs are not just good at easing colds and flu. They can help in other areas of life too, such as weight loss. In particular, green tea, which acts as a natural antioxidant that helps free your body of free radicals, can also help to stimulate your metabolism.

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Your Horoscope Predictions By Anne Smith Aries (21 March - 20 April) This month is all about getting you back on xxxx

track as there is a driving force within you pushing you to realise your full potential with your hopes and aspirations for the future. You have a canny knack of striking when the iron is hot and I can tell you as long as you pay attention to the finer details to you will make your mark.

It’s hardly surprising that 45 per cent of people use it when trying to shed those unwanted pounds. People are also turning to natural remedies when they feel a bit sluggish, as 42 per cent of us reach for some ginseng to improve our energy levels or as a general tonic. Stuart Bailey, Rowse chairman, says: “The research clearly shows that people are seeking alternative and natural ways to treat their ailments because they realise they can deliver real benefits. Rowse commissioned the report because we’ve seen an increase in the number

of people contacting us regarding the health benefits of honey.” Other findings from the Rowse survey include the fact that just over a third of UK adults would most likely follow their mum’s advice when it came to switching to natural remedies. In contrast, 42 per cent of women opted to consult their friends over switching to alternative medicines - but only 29 per cent of men did. However, there is still a place for conventional medicine, as 60 per cent of adults would still seek expert advice from their doctor or a health expert.

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James Bond to Celebrate 50 years of success F

or centuries, James Bond has created some stunning masterpieces that get the audience hooked on the action and the story lines. They have been a worldwide success but their most well known films to people in this generation are the movies in which actors Piers Brosnan and Daniel Craig took to the role of James. The first movie that was ever created by Piers Brosnan was called GoldenEye, which was released in 1995.

James Bond has to go on a mission in search for satellite weapon software that can control a mechanism that could destroy earth. James flies to Russia to stop this devastating disaster from occurring but his every move is being followed by a genius mastermind. He is also followed by another assassin, in which she uses passion as her objective of getting these agents killed. James has to overcome these obstacles to get what he is looking for in Russia and to save the Earth from

being destroyed. The film’s budget came to £36 million and brought in just over a staggering £219 million in box office sales. Overtime the budgets for these James Bond movies has increased meaning the income also for these movies will also increase, increasing profits. The more money these productions get the better the film is as the production firm can do more tricks and stunts to make it even more entertaining. Normal filming for the Bond films was done

at Pinewood Studios in America but at the time of filming, the studio was being used for creating another film by a different company. The set then moved into an old RollsRoyce factory, where it was filmed between the months of January and June of that year. The film was very enjoyable and very action filled, showing where the money for the production went to.

Vote for Meggan Dawson- Farrell Meggan Dawson is a Parra-athlete who is training for her place in the 2014 Commonwealth Games with the Scottish Squad but is hoping to raise money through a scheme called Cash for Causes. The scheme is run by Kumho Tyres and Meggan needs people to vote for her to win an additional donated cash sum of £2,000.

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If Meggan wins this money, she will use this for transport and to look after her equipment that she needs for her training. She needs to raise £14,000 to help her succeed. To vote for Meggan go to http://kumhocauses.com/ find-a-cause/retailer.php?retailer=1FF4C12C.

Taurus (21 April - 21 May) xxxxxxxxx There is a lot of emphasis on people this month and communication, it has been a testing time of late and people have let you down in the past, remember not to tar all of the people with the same brush as there are one or two genuine bits of gold out there and they may be coming to show you a new way of thinking.

Gemini

(22 May - 21 June) A great time for getting new ideas or xxxx projects of the ground and if we can increase your staying power you could be seeing success for you all the way through to 2013. Time to start making plans and push yourself out with your personal boundaries, use your excellent communications skills to help open those doors of opportunity

Cancer (22 June - 23 July)

A time of searching your soul for who and xxxxxxxxx what fits into your emotional life, you have focused on family matters and the structure of how you fit into the dynamics of your family, it important now to focus on what you receive back from those you give of yourself so freely. Fate has a real influence in all your dealings this month so don’t make decisions before looking at all the options.

Leo (24 July - 23 Aug)

xxxxxxxxx Saturn the planet of structure has brought about some great changes in your life and as long as you have learned from these lessons then you have no need to worry the influence of the planet in your sign may have you reminiscing about past loves and feeling somewhat sentimental, try to keep focused on what you have rather on what you have lost.

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(24 Sept - 23 Oct) With Saturn now left your sign you now xxxxxxxxxx feel much lighter in mood and more in control of the outcome of your own decision making, the lighter feeling flows into your work, home and love life as you positive feel more like the goddess of love, try to keep plans in line over the next few weeks so this coming winter is a happy place.

Scorpio

(24 Oct - 22 Nov) Saturn the planet of structure has now xxxxxxxx entered into your sign, it is never an easy transition as it begins restructuring your life in all areas, as long as you learn each lesson as it arises then there will be no need to repeat the process, try to focus on what you would like to achieve over the next few years and stick to it.

Sagittarius

(23 Nov - 21 Dec) xxis not a time to be starting new It projects but to continue as you are at the moment until the influence of Saturn leave your chart, it is a time to see how you can move forward and finishes projects you started a couple of years ago, you may be feeling nostalgic but looking in the past can sometimes stop us from enjoying where we are now.

Capricorn (22 Dec - 20 Jan)

At times you are a recluse closing xxxxx yourself off from the world, this month see’s you getting closer to people and possible getting involved in group activities, at times you may wish to hide from the lime light but Pluto is pushing you forward to meet new people and new places. Some of you are looking to change your surroundings.

Aquarius

(21 Jan - 19 Feb) A good month for you as no matter xxxxxxx what you do you seem to land on both feet and come out of difficult situations smelling of roses. It is good for you to push forward with plans for the future if there was set backs doors will now open gracefully, a time when a positive mental attitude of “I can do” should be your motto.

Pisces

(24 Aug - 23 Sept) xxxxxxxxx You are on a mission this month to be the best you can be, you are take the world on head first showing all who know you that you can achieve abd succssed in your own m,erit, a force not to be reckoned with this month, just try to take some of the lesser mortals with you, it can get lonely away up there!!

(20 Feb - 20 Mar) xxxxxxxxxx You may have had a stressful time of late and all your beliefs and attitudes could go topsy turvy! The good news is a time of peace is coming after a struggle and victory will be your remember not to preach to the converted and use your new found freedom into converting those who didn’t have faith in your abilities.

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personal experience of the spirit world since an early age and sees her talents as a gift from past generations. Having experienced too the visitation of an Angel, Anne now works to help you connect to your own Angels, Angelic Energies and spirit guides. Having developed her work and trained as a Reiki Master and Angel Therapist, Anne is also accredited as a Demonstrator and Speaker with the S.N.U. (Spiritualist National Union). Currently on tour across Scotland Anne has a Workshop in Airdrie, Linlithgow, Helensburgh, Dumbarton and Ayrshire. For more information and for tickets see www.angelanne.co.uk


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STORE MANAGER Job No: ALL/23937 SOC Code: 7111 Wage: Negotiable depending on experience Hours: 37.5 PER WEEK, 5 DAYS OVER 7, BETWEEN 9AM - 6PM Location: Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire FK13 Duration: Permanent Date posted; 28 September 2012 Pension details: Pension available Description: Applicants must have previous experience. Duties include being the primary key holder, cash handling, financial banking, management and training of staff and all associated tasks as required. Must work towards KPI’s, meet sales targets, must be self driven. Temporary for 13 weeks leading to permanent. Please note in subject box to add job title and location of store How to apply You can apply for this job by sending a CV/written application to Scott Weddle at W Yeomans Ltd, sweddle@hotmail.co.uk. Employer W Yeomans Ltd

MERCHANDISER Job No: SLN/23042 SOC Code:7129 Wage: ÂŁ15000 PER ANNUM PRO RATA Hours: MONDAY-FRIDAY Location: STIRLING FK8 Duration: Permanent Date posted: 02 October 2012 Pension details: No details held Description: Big Green Company is looking to employ a Merchandiser to work with marketing sites to merchandise promotions. The successful candidate must be an excellent time keeper and be able to keep an accurate diary. The main duties of the role will include but not be limited to: Merchandising stock in several sites a day. Maintaining records of site visits and sites due to visit. Evaluation of personal stock and maintaining regular contact with head office. You will also be expected to acquire new sites and build a rapport with the managers and owners. You must have a full driving license. It is also essential that the successful applicant has excellent communication skills. The right candidate will receive a salary of 15,000 plus bonus scheme and company car. To apply, please send your CV to merchandising@ biggreencompany.co.uk.

How to apply You can apply for this job by sending a CV/written application to Lee McCarthy at Big Green Company, merchandising@ biggreencompany.co.uk. Employer Big Green Company MOT TESTER Job No: SLN/23045 SOC Code: 5231 Wage: Negotiable depending on experience Hours: Monday to Friday, hours are negotiable Location: Stirling, Stirlingshire FK7 Duration: Permanent Date posted: 02 October 2012 Pension details: No details held Description: Experienced MOT tester required. Applicants must be reliable, be punctual and hold all the necessary certification. Applicants must hold a clean driving licence although minor points will be accepted. Duties will include carrying out Class 4 MOT testing ensuring that the MOT station working area is kept clean and tidy at all times. . . or hand in CV at employers business address How to apply You can apply for this job by telephoning 0178 6447200 ext 0 and asking for Caroline McGurk. Employer Smart Fit

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Forthbank SOC Code: 9233 Wage: COMPETITIVE RATES OF PAY APPLY Hours: 30 HOURS DAYS,WEEKENDS,EVENINGS Location STIRLING, STIRLINGSHIRE FK8 Duration: Temporary Date posted: 28 September 2012 Closing date: 26 October 2012 Pension details: No details held Description: Reporting to the home manager, the Domestic Assistant will be accountable for maintaining a high standard of cleanliness and hygiene within the care home whilst ensuring a safe, comfortable environment at all times. You will be a team player. Kindness will be second nature to you. You will have a keen eye for detail, always act with integrity and be driven by the principles of fairness. You will behave in a transparent manner always showing respect to our residents, their families and your colleagues. You will have a genuine interest in working within elderly care. Previous cleaning experience is not essential but would be desirable although full training will be provided. How to apply You can apply for this job by sending a CV/written application to Online or email applications only at HC-One, jobs.71353.776@ hcone.aplitrak.com.

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SUPPORT WORKER Job No: ALL/23934 SOC Code: 6115 Wage: ÂŁ6.77 Per Hour Hours: Evenings w/ends Location: ALLOA, CLACKMANNANSHIRE FK10 Duration: Permanent Date posted: 28 September 2012 Pension details: No details held Description: Mobile Services Weekend workers - vehicle provided All posts are on a permanent basis We are a major provider of care and support to people living in the community. Due to continued growth development, we have exciting job opportunities locally. Previous experience and qualifications are desirable but we are equally keen to hear from people interested in this type of work. Staff will receive continued training opportunities and ongoing career development. All posts are subject to PVG vetting procedures. Interviews will be held locally. Successful applicants will be invited to our 3 day induction training course. If you are interested in joining us, please contact 08000853522 How to apply For further details about job reference ALL/23934, 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.

BAR STAFF Job No: ALL/23932 SOC Code: 9225 Wage: MEETS NAT MIN WAGE Hours: AS AND WHEN REQUIRED. NO SET WORKING PATTERN. Location: ALLOA, CLACKMANNANSHIRE FK10 Duration: Permanent Date posted: 28 September 2012 Closing date: 12 October 2012 Pension details: No details held Description: Must be over the age of 18 due to the serving of alcohol. Previous experience would be an advantage but not essential as full training can be given. Duties are serving customers, setting up for functions, checking customers in and out, dealing with customer enquiries, handling payments and any other general tasks as required. The employer has claimed an exception under the Equality Act 2010.MUST HAVE GENUINE INTEREST IN WORKING IN A HOTEL AND BE FLEXIBLE IN HOURS AS WILL BE WORKING AT FUNCTIONS/EVENINGS ETC. How to apply You can apply for this job by sending a CV/written application to Susan Westland at Claremont Lodge Hotel, info@ claremontlodgehotel.co.uk. Employer Claremont Lodge Hotel

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Location: DOLLAR, CLACKMANNANSHIRE FK14 Duration: Permanent Date posted: 02 October 2012 Closing date: 12 October 2012 Pension details: No details held Description: Solsgirth House, the 5 Star Exclusive venue near Dollar, part of the Aurora Hotel Collection is seeking a Kitchen Porter to assist the kitchen brigade. Main duties will include the cleaning of kitchen equipment, cooking utensils, operation of the dishwasher and high standards of cleanliness within the kitchen areas. Functions will take place both in the main house and the pavilion with numbers up to 350 being catered for. An interest in catering is desirable but the ability to work within a small team or on own initiative are absolutely essential together with attention to detail and meticulous standards. Full training ,uniform and after qualifying period, company benefits relating to leisure membership and hotel accommodation. How to apply You can apply for this job by sending a CV/written application to Richard Stewart at Cairn Hotel, richard.stewart@ solsgirthhousehotel.com. Employer Cairn Hotel

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Employer Reference: STI000003 SOC Code: 7111 Wage: £6.19 PER HOUR + OTE Hours: 40 PER WEEK, Days/time to be agreed Location: Stirling, Stirlingshire FK8 Duration: Permanent Date posted: 03 October 2012 Pension details: No details held Description: If you cannot imagine life without your mobile phone, then this is your chance to spend all day talking about it (rather than just on it!), as you welcome potential and existing Vodafone customers into our store. As one of our friendly Retail Advisers, we wont tell you what to say to customers. Instead, we will let your natural l charm and personality shine through as you chat to customers, and share your passion for our products and services. An approachable adviser, you will be able to immediately put people at ease, listen to what they need and help find a solution that is perfect for them - rather than one that is just off the shelf. You will also guide our customers through all the latest. How to apply You can apply for this job by visiting and following the instructions on the webpage. Employer Vodafone Retail ROADSIDE PATROL TECHNICIAN

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Job No: SLN/23037 Employer Reference: Stirling SOC Code: 5231 Wage: £26823 TO £35000 PER ANNUM Hours: 40 PER WEEK, DAYS AND NIGHTS Location: STIRLING FK7 Duration: Permanent Date posted: 02 October 2012 Pension details: Pension available Description: A Roadside Patrol Technician is required by the leading recovery firm to attend breakdowns to assist their members. You will need to be a fully qualified technician and have excellent diagnostic skills. You will need to diagnose and repair the vehicles at the roadside and be courteous to our members at all times. With our bonus structure you can earn around £35,000 per annum. E mail your CV to paul@ mechanicsrus.co.uk to apply. How to apply You can apply for this job by sending a CV/written application to Paul Riches at MechanicsRus Ltd, paul@mechanicsrus.co.uk. Employer MechanicsRus Ltd

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Q’s Views! BATMAN: THE TENUOUS LINK

A certain tabloid newspaper printed a feature entitled “THE CURSE OF BATMAN”, revealing all the bad things that happened to cast members of the Chris Nolan Batman movies. The death of Heath Ledger was tragic; no question. But some of the links to tragedy were somewhat tenuous, and not exactly tragic. For example: MICHAEL CAINE- Broke his finger during filming MORGAN FREEMAN- Damaged an ankle ligament during filming CHRISTIAN BALE- Swore at someone on the set of another film. CHRIS NOLAN- Got a parking ticket at the Premiere Ok, I’m exaggerating a wee bit, and I made up the last one. But it’s ridiculous what some of the tabloid press will do to get tragedy into a story. It’s a lot harder for them now that they cant hack phones.

At time of writing, I am on holiday in Perthshire celebrating my first year of marriage with Claire. We’ve beaten Kim Kardashian by a long shot. Anyway, we were in a bar and got talking to an American tourist who was drinking a popular Scottish ale which I shan’t name. He was amazed at the information written on the side of his glass which revealed that it was brewed using water from Loch Katrine. To a tourist, that sounds impressive. To me, I’m certain it’s the loch which supplies drinking water to most of the west of Scotland. Not so impressive now eh? I didn’t have the heart to tell my American friend though. Based on this, I’m seriously thinking of bottling water from my taps and selling it to tourists. It’s not illegal; so long as I reveal what loch it came from I’m not lying. Plus, when people in the south of England have hose pipe bans they’ll be infuriated at a Scottish guy getting free water by the bottle…and selling it. This reminds me of the ill fated Dansani Water, when it was revealed that you were drinking water from

the River Thames. You’d probably be safer drinking the beer consumed by the American tourist.

PUSSY RIOT

Because I’ve been away enjoying peace and tranquillity, I haven’t been watching the news, so tuned into Newsnight to catch up. The main feature was on the Pussy Riot scandal in Russia, and it made me giggle when posh English TV presenters uttered the words “Pussy Riot”. Anyway, in case you haven’t heardPussy Riot are a Russian girl punk band whose songs criticising everyone from Vladimir Putin to God have caused much controversy in their home country. Things came to a head when they burst into Moscow’s main cathedral, performed a can-can whilst wearing balaclavas, and sang a not very nice song about God. This act really riled the Russian establishment,

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The Wee County is pleased to have the infamous ‘Q, from Airdrie’ writing for the Entertainment Pages, to give you all some comic relief. As a regular contributor to the Glasgow Metro newspaper, and a regular in the comedy scene in Glasgow and Edinburgh, Q has given the Wee County an exclusive column, which we are sure will have you wanting for more in the next edition of the Wee County!

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so much so that they gave them 2 years in prison. I’m also advised that during their “protest” they asked the Virgin Mary to get rid of Vladimir Putin. This has caused a real stir. Don’t know why myself; I know people who have been asking the Virgin Mary to get rid of Maggie Thatcher since 1979, and nobody has jailed them. Out of curiosity, I went looking for some of their music, so contacted my mate Spanner who has a talent for finding any sort of music no matter how obscure it is. Having listened to their stuff, we agreed that to describe it as music was stretching it somewhat, and that it gave the word “guff” an exciting new meaning. However, whilst they were wrong to burst into the house of God and cause trouble, to jail them for 2 years was plain silly. Just think; if the Sex Pistols were starting their careers in Russia right now, they’d probably be executed in Red Square. Many celebrities, including chess genius Gary Casparov (there’s a man I never thought would be associated with a band like Pussy Riot) have campaigned for their release. As I say, it was wrong to jail Pussy Riot, but if these celebrities want to fight a cause, I’d strongly advise that they contact

Amnesty International to find some wrongly imprisoned people to support. Not enough people know about these victyims- who are suffering a horrific fate in jail compared to Pussy Riotand who may never leave prison, let alone leave to find that their record sales are up 500%.

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In the early 1990s, do you know what got the most complaints in the history of the BBC? It wasn’t their adaptation of Lady Chatterley being absolutely filthy, or their short lived soap opera Eldorado being absolute rubbish (it would have been cheaper to take millions of pounds of licence payers money, and simply flush it down the toilet). No, the thing that got the most complaints in the history of the BBC at that time was when Wels rockers The Manic Street Preachers performed their song “Faster” on Top Of The Pops. Why? They were wearing balaclavas. So there you have it. Your average British punter doesn’t mind his licence fee being used to fund a porno or a rubbish soap opera filmed in Spain, but put someone on TV in a balaclava and he’ll do his nut. Imagine Pussy Riot had tried their stunt over here in St Pauls Cathedral: - “Well, they desecrated the church, sang nasty things about the Lord, but worst of all was the fact they wore balaclavas”


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ess than three years into its life-span, Kia’s much-loved SUV, the Sorento, has been comprehensively revised. The new Sorento is available to order from Kia dealerships from the beginning of October with customers able to pick up their models from December. Far more than just the usual midterm upgrade, this is a front-to-rear and top-to-bottom re-engineering of the car which improves safety, comfort, luxury and driving dynamics while lowering fuel consumption, emissions and running costs. In a simplified range, all models now have permanent all-wheel drive system and are powered by a revised version of Kia’s 2.2-litre CRDi turbodiesel engine. There is an all-new platform and a more rigid bodyshell with additional front, side and rear structures to disperse impact energy. Torsional stiffness has been increased by 18 per cent compared with the previous model, thanks to the use of 25 per cent ultra-high-strength steels in the body construction. This should ensure New Sorento maintains the five-star Euro-NCAP safety rating awarded to the previous model, despite increasingly tougher test conditions. The length and width of the car are unchanged at 4,685 mm and 1,885 mm respectively, but New Sorento is 10 mm lower than the outgoing model at 1,700 mm as a result of a corresponding reduction in ride height. This has the benefit of lowering the centre of gravity, an ideal starting point for the much-improved on-road agility and responsiveness of New Sorento as well as improved access and easier loading ability as well. Re-engineered chassis for a sharper drive The sharper driving dynamics of New Sorento are also down to the major changes introduced to the suspension, steering and brakes. While the basic suspension layout of MacPherson struts at the front and an independent multi-link arrangement at the rear has been retained, a new H-shaped front subframe and an additional reinforcement at the rear have improved straight-line stability and ride comfort and raised road holding through more precise tyre contact with the road. New highperformance dampers at all four corners, larger suspension bushes and longer trailing arms at the rear also add to New Sorento’s greater levels of comfort. The hydraulic power steering system on the outgoing model has given way to Kia’s widely used Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) in New Sorento. This saves fuel by drawing power from the engine only when the car is turning and improves agility thanks to a lower steering gear ratio. The Kia Flex-Steer system, which allows the driver to choose between Normal, Sport and Comfort levels of assistance according to where and how the car is being driven, is fitted to the range-topping ‘KX-3’ model. The 18-inch alloy wheels which are

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standard on’ KX-3’ are now 7.5 soft-touch materials used to inches rather than 7 inches wide, trim the cabin and higher levels increasing the contact patch on of equipment for all four trim the road for greater traction and grades - ‘KX-1’, ‘KX-2’, ‘KX-2 turning capability. They also help Sat-Nav’ and ‘KX-3’. Leather is to improve stopping power, which used to trim the steering wheel benefits further from the larger of every model, the door pillars front brake discs now fitted to all (except ‘KX-1’) and extendable models. New Sorento requires sun visors are cloth-lined and up to 2.6 metres less than its chrome has been applied predecessor to come to rest from around the cabin as a garnish, 62 mph. while a wood grain finish on The suspension revisions also the ‘KX-1’ and ‘KX-2’ and metal contribute to New Sorento’s inserts on the ‘KX-3’ have greater refinement. In addition, been added to the dash and a three-layer dash pad, a tunnel door trims, giving New Sorento insulator and a redesigned wind a premium look and feel. All deflector ahead of the panorama versions apart from ‘KX-1’ have roof fitted to ‘KX-3’ help to reduce ambient lighting in the front vibrations, boom and road centre console and door trims and noise entering the cabin - what every model has door sill scuff engineers refer to as noise, plates - aluminium on the two vibration and harshness (NVH). ‘KX-2’ models and aluminium with Engine revisions lower fuel front illumination on ‘KX-3’. consumption, emissions and In ‘KX-3’ the standard three-dial running costs instrument cluster has been All versions of New Sorento are replaced by a 7-inch TFT LCD now powered by a revised version multi-function high-definition of Kia’s 2.2-litre CRDi turbodiesel display. In all models dual-zone engine, driving all four wheels via automatic climate control with a six-speed manual gearbox or the rear-seat air ventilation is fitted, company’s’ six-speed automatic. allowing all occupants to fine-tune A new exhaust-gas recirculation the temperature in their area of system has helped New Sorento the cabin. achieve class-leading fuel The new front centre console economy and CO2 emissions of features flexible cup holders 47.9 mpg and 155 g/km (manual) with a sliding cover, while the - improvements of 5.7 mpg and re-designed gearshifters of New 22 g/km over the outgoing model, Sorento leave more space for which in turn rewards buyers with storing small items. A slightly a saving of £155 in the first year’s smaller boot of between 116 road tax (VED). The figures for litres (seven seats upright) and New Sorento with the six-speed 1,530 litres (all rear seats folded) automatic transmission - still one includes an under-floor storage of only a few to be completely tray and power outlet. ‘KX-2’ and designed, engineered and built in‘KX-3’ variants have a luggage house in the global auto industry net. - are 42.2 mpg and 175 g/km Additional equipment to be with the 17-inch wheels fitted to found as standard on all versions the majority of models, or 41.5 of New Sorento includes bodympg and 178 g/km for KX-3 with coloured bumpers, chrome 18-inch wheels. These represent exterior door handles, aero reductions of up to 4 mpg and blade-type front wipers, projection 19 g/km. Automatic versions of headlamps with cornering lights, New Sorento have Kia’s Active electrically folding, adjustable ECO feature which adjusts the and heated door mirrors, operation of the engine and chrome interior garnish, rear air transmission to promote maximum ventilation, LED daytime running fuel economy. lamps, cruise control, extendable The 2.2-litre CRDi engine sun visors with illuminated develops 194 bhp at 3,800 rpm vanity mirrors and a ticket and 422 Nm of torque from just 1,800 rpm, endowing New Sorento with outstanding driveability onand off-road. New Sorento accelerates from 0-60 mph in 9.4 seconds (manual) or 9.5 seconds (auto), and all versions have a top speed UNLEADED of 118 mph. ASDA - Alloa - 135.7 More space and luxury with additional equipment Morrisons - Alloa - 135.9 The new platform which Tesco - Alloa - 136.9 underpins New Sorento has improved space for Gulf - Tullibody - 138.9 passengers in rows two and Highest - 139.9 three without any increase in the car’s overall footprint DIESEL or wheelbase. In the middle ASDA - Alloa - 139.7 row there is an extra 30 mm of knee room and Morrisons - Alloa - 139.9 for occupants of the two Tesco - Alloa - 140.9 rearmost seats an extra 9 mm of knee space. Gulf - Tullibody - 142.9 All occupants benefit Highest - 144.9 from more luxurious Source: petrolprices.com Prices surroundings, with notable correct at time of print. improvements in the

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pocket, reversing sensors, highperformance dampers and MDPS steering. ‘KX-2’ versions additionally now have rain-sensing front wipers, a leather-trimmed instrument panel and a 4.3-inch LCD colour touch-screen with reversing sensors. The ‘KX-2 Sat-Nav’ version adds a seven inch touchscreen navigation system with European mapping and Traffic Messaging Channel (TMC) while the luxurious ‘KX-3’ model also has the panoramic sunroof, Xenon adaptive front lighting with automatic levelling, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and a four-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, ventilated front seats, heated outer rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a multi-function full colour display and the Flex-Steer. The satellite navigation system is combined with a 10-speaker premium audio system delivering 495 watts of power. It includes a central speaker, external amplifier, sub-woofer and an 11-channel DSP amplifier for maximum surround-sound quality. Refined sturdy looks point to outstanding safety When Kia began designing the second-generation Sorento it took into account that SUV buyers are younger, increasingly likely to be female and often wealthy urbanites who want the car for family use rather than the traditional country lifestyle. New Sorento builds on the

sophistication, refinement, design and quality of the outgoing model while preserving the air of solidity and safety that has always been one of its greatest attributes, with its towing capabilities remaining at up to 2,500kgs. The new front end has an even stronger but more modern appearance, with a simple moulding and greater bodycoloured areas - including the new bumpers, which help to emphasise the high-tech detailing of the latest lamp units. Careful attention to surface detailing has reduced aerodynamic drag. All models now have projection headlights and LED daytime running lamps. The tailgate has been completely redesigned to give New Sorento a more high-tech appearance and visually stretch the width, while the new body-coloured bumpers include a step which adds to the robust image. Redesigned rear lights - LED on ‘KX-3’ - add a touch of extra sportiness to Kia’s large Sports Utility Vehicle. New Sorento’s look of solidity and strength is more than matched by the safety it delivers. The safety specification is uniform across the range. Particular attention was paid to the B-pillar areas, where a roll-over hoop is incorporated and ultra-high-strength steel made by the hot-stamping method is used in the side sills and the floor and dash cross members plus the fuel-tank surround. Additional side impact protection is provided

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by the absorbent interior door trim panels. Every Sorento has anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) to allow drivers to steer and brake simultaneously in emergencies and to ensure the stopping effort is directed to the wheels with most grip. A flashing LED Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) is also fitted to warn following motorists if the driver has to brake rapidly or severely. New Sorento also has Electronic Stability Control (ESC) featuring Downhill Brake Control (DBC). Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) connects to the ESC and steering system to automatically correct any tendency to under steer or over steer by braking individual wheels, reducing engine torque or both. DBC maintains a steady speed of 5mph on steep descents. There is also Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) to prevent wheel-spin or roll-back when setting off on steep or slippery upslopes. Six airbags (twin front, side and side curtains) are standard, as are active front headrests that prevent or minimise whiplash injuries should the Sorento be hit from behind. There are also front seatbelt pre-tensioners and load limiters. New Sorento, like every other Kia, benefits from a seven-year or 100,000-mile warranty.

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Up until Friday the last two weeks have seen an incredible improvement to catches at Harviestoun. The air temperature has cooled and fish have been actively chasing flies and hammering lures. Some cracking browns are appearing among bags as well as some very large rainbows. We have stocked a large number of 3lb plus tiger and brown trout over the last three weeks which have now settled into the water. Unfortunately strong gales and very wet weather expected at this time of year hit Central Scotland at the end of last week unsettling conditions and put the fish down. Well done to all the hardy anglers who braved strong

gales on Saturday’s fishing competition. The conditions were extremely difficult but some nice trout were caught nevertheless. The heaviest fish went to Sean Mann (Coalsnaughton) with a 3lb 10oz Brook Trout, David Morrison (Falkirk) was the overall winner with heaviest bag 1 brown and two rainbows for 9lb 3oz and Robert Johnson (Stirling) won runner up. Top catches this week; Sean Mann Coalsnaughton 4lb 12oz Brown and 3lb 10oz Brookie (two visits); Ali Reid (Tullibody) 2 for 12lb 9oz including a 9lb 2oz Rainbow; Dougie McKenzie (Coalsnaughton) 8lb 8oz Rainbow; Willie Martin (Stirling) 5 for 11lb 8oz; Sean Hill (Alloa) 3 for 10lb 4oz including a 4lb 8oz brown.

It was another excellent week for fishing at Swanswater. At the beginning of the week, the fish were spread out over most of the pond, with the dam wall and area around the big tree continuing to be productive. The front of the island and the roadside were also fishing well. The mild weather together with a strong breeze and heavy showers saw fish remain active in the top 3 to 4 feet of water, with a mix of lures, nymphs and wets all catching fish. Towards the end of the week fish were more concentrated in the main part of the pond around the dam and overflow. Bright sunshine during the day, together with cold nights and early morning frost pushed fish slightly deeper to around 4 to 5

feet, although fishing remained good, with majority of fish taken on buzzers and lures. The best patterns this week were Hot Head Damsel, Crafteye Cat, Cutthroat Cat, Ace of Spades, Diawl Bach, Kate McLaren, Butcher and buzzers. Both of the small ponds also fished well, in particular the bottom end of the Millpond. Top Catches: Jimmie Smith, Polmont, 2 Blues for 12lb 8oz biggest 9lb 5oz, Frank Turner, Alloa, 8 for 24lb 8oz including 5 Blues, Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, 6 for 24lb 4oz including 4 Blues, biggest 7lb 14oz and a light Blue, John Weir, Shotts, 5 for 19lb 12oz including 3 Blues, biggest at 5lb, Davy Quinn, Dunfermline, 5 for 19lb 4oz including a Blue and 2 Tiger.

The Stirling Castle Club had a beautiful sunny day today after the frost lifted which made the fishing a pleasure. The Club caught 73 fish for 181 lbs with Tucker Hamilton taking the heaviest basket with 4 fish for 14 lbs, and the heaviest fish was a 8 pounder caught by Joe Smith. Yesterday the small Linlithgow Bridge Inn Club had another dry day taking 20 fish for 49 lbs with

Sandy Kay taking the heaviest basket with 4 fish for 12 lbs 6 oz, best 6 lbs. Top Catches: Steven Gilmour Pitlochry 3 fish 12 lbs best 8 lbs Damsel & Bloodworm, David Pitcaithly Falkirk 3 fish 10 lbs Damsel, John Graham Crieff 2 fish 8 lbs Damsel,Alex Sidey Perth 3 fish 7.1/2 lbs Daddies, Allan Stirling Auchterarder 3 fish 6 lbs Daddies

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However a kindly bounce and a couple of defenders falling off tackles saw Panny secure a second try which stretched their lead to twelve points. However the home pack were visibly tiring and after some heavy pressure on the Panmure line, Brian Ireland managed to touch down from close in. The momentum was now firmly with Alloa and a perfect running line from Alan Keir saw the young winger cut through for the second try. Keir’s two conversions took his side ahead for the first time in the afternoon. Alloa were soon back pressing and an excellent line break and offload by Michael Doig gave room for Fraser Smith to crash over. Alan Keir converted and a smart drop-goal with the last kick of the match from Stevie

tremendous last half hour which yielded 24 unanswered points saw Alloa claim their first league victory on the road. The broad expanses of Panmure’s Forthill Ground which were in excellent condition coupled some beautiful Autumn sunshine encouraged Alloa’s back division to spread the ball wide in the early stages. David Jess was particularly unlucky not to see a fantastic break yield an opening try. However the home pack began to get on top and after some narrow escapes Alloa’s line was eventually breached in the second quarter. Alloa turned round only 5-0 down and with a rock steady scrummage were looking forward to taking charge of the second half.

Skelton sealed an outstanding victory. This was a good all round team performance however special mention to Craig McKeown and Lewis McIntyre who were at the heart of Alloa’s forward effort and David Jess. These lads now form a group of five who have made the step up from Colts Rugby to 1st xv action this season. Alloa again travel to Tayside this weekend when this time they face Harris. In a hard fought and entertaining local derby, Alloa 2nd XV played some nice rugby in a 32-10 defeat to a well drilled Hillfoots 2nd XV side. Daniel Murrell and Stuart Skelton scored the Alloa tries. This weekend the 2nd XV make the short trip to face Grangemouth Stags.

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oots., were able to field a strong team when they travelled to local rivals Alloa which was fortuitous as they came up against a very spirited Alloa side. Once again they were able to field a new player in Gareth Parry, who fitted in well. Alloa started off strongly and managed to steal a couple of balls . However Foots., nerves were settled when Lewis MacMahon ghosted his way over after Ian Kelly had put him away, uncoverted. Grant Carmichael was then tested but put in a fine try saving tackle. Mike Kilbank went over for a try after good play by the backs. Foots., then began to assert themselves with a couple of balls against the head but once again too many penalties held them back. With Alloa electing to run most of

thesepenalties Foots., had to dig deep to keep them out. The pressure was eased when Daryn Smith put a box kick up and Scctty Thomson and Callum MacKay put pressure on the Alloa player leading to a line out which was won by Mark Johnston. Callum Graham then made a good break and Ben Harrison ‘stepped’ his man to put Daryn Smith in for a try converted by Lewis MacMahon. Foots., then had a player sin binned and Alloa came back strongly , going over for a tryjust before half time. Half time Alloa 5 – Foots 17 Alloa started the half strongly and went over for a try soon after the restart which was unconverted. Still giving away penalties Foots., had to struggle hard to gain position but were rewarded when Scotty Thompson went over for a try. Lewis Coutts went over next

for the first of two tries when he ghosted over for a fine individualists try. The dour battle continued until late in the half when Graham Cree won a line out and the ball was moved quickly out to Bryan Conlan who fed Lewis and he outpaced the opposition to go in for his second try which was converted by Lewis MacMahon. Final score Alloa 10 – Foots., 34 This was a tough game made harder by our penchant for giving away penalties. Please try and attend training where we can attempt to iron out our problems. This week we are at home to Bannockburn which will be tough. We already have seven of todays team not available so it is a big ask from the rest of you, so please make every attempt to make yourselves available

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lasgow Storm were the visitors to a packed Stirling Sports Village at The Peak last Friday to take on the Knights Senior Men in the Scottish National Basketball League. With the crowd providing a buzz the Knights got off to a brilliant start scoring four 3 point shots in the opening period which saw them race to a 21-12 lead, with all 12 of the visitors points scored by their big man Martin Walmsley. In the second quarter, Storm found their rhythm and Scotland Under 23 Guard Kevin Scott went on a run to hit 15 points with Knights own Scotland Star Dan Donnelly replying with 9 to keep his team 36-35 up going in at halftime. In the third, Knights’ veteran defender David Hannah was introduced to the line up and shut Storm’s danger man Scott down. This improved the team defence and the Stirling

side held their Glaswegian visitors to just 9 points in the period whilst notching 20 themselves, led again by the unstoppable Donnelly who drew numerous fouls and scored 8 of his 10 third quarter points from the foul line. In the fourth, Knights were up by as much as twenty points with coach Duncan running his bench but the aggressive Storm team fought back and made a game of it, picking up numerous fouls and unsportsmanlike calls with four of the team fouling out. Knights held on for their first home league win 74-66 and maintain their fourth placed league position. Top players for Knights were Dan Donnelly with 30 points and 14 rebounds, supported by Matt Dick with 10 points, 18 rebounds and 4 blocks. Connor Rankin and Mark Duncan added 11 points each with the defence of David Hannah worth special mention. For Storm, Kevin Scott had 21

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s the majority of Central Athletic Club’s endurance athletes look forward to the Cross Country Season starting next weekend with the East District Relays in Camperdown Park, Dundee. Alex Hendry and Lyndsay Morrison rounded off their Road Race Season competing for the East of Scotland in the BUPA Great Edinburgh 10K on Sunday 7th October.

and Martin Walmsley 22. Knights Captain Mark Duncan “We performed well on defence tonight and our offence was much better too. We still missed some easy stuff and we missed 17 free throws, we could have won by much more but we’re pretty happy with how we’re developing”. Indeed, the development of the club as a whole is impressive with around 150 members now from Under 12 up to Senior and with crowds continuing to pack The Peak many supporters have commented how fantastic it is to see the

youth of Stirling having such a great opportunity in Basketball and on a Friday night being involved in something positive. The Knights have a break this weekend and pick up league action again on Saturday 20th October away to Glasgow University.

Rileys Stirling with 4 spots up for grabs for the biggest event of the year to be held in the Erskine Bridge Hotel on the 20th/21st of October. In the first group Pete Smith(Thistle) was looking to return to the tournament that saw him reach the final in last year. And he started off with that intention in mind when in his first match against Greg Wardlaw(Crown B) he gave the youngster no chance whatsoever winning by 8 frames to nil. In his next match Pete was up against a former Scottish internationalist in Barry Wraith(Weirs) and he again was in no mood to hang about showing some

devastating potting and sealed a highly impressive 8-0 victory again. In his final match it was an all family affair as his son Steven Smith(Crown B) had came through his side of the draw with an 8-7 victory over Gregor Sneddon(Inn),coming from 7-4 down to win,and a bye into the final match.Steven wasnt going to make it easy for his father and went into a 3-2 lead. However, the more experienced ‘faither’ put it to good use and secured his place at the finals and maybe his place in the top 16 for a third year with a 8-4 victory. Group 2 was a much tighter affair with Sean

On a beautiful autumn day Lyndsay showed superb form to come home sixth in the Womens race (37min 24secs) to assist the East Women to victory over the West. In the Mens Race Alex came home seventh clocking a tasty 32min 21secs over one of Scotland’s toughest 10K courses, the East Mens Team missing out on victory by the narrow margin of 22 seconds overall.

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in beautiful condition, considering all the rain we have had recently. Trophy winner: Jimmy Fisher - net 59, runner up: Steven Watson - 67, 3rd place: Colin McKenzie 68. Division 2 winner: Jim Adamson - 70net (bih), runner up: Andy Holburn - 70, 3rd place: William Ross - 71. Congratulations to all the prizewinners.

CHARITY SINGLES Congratulations goes to Colin Mitchell (Oakwood Lounge) who beat Kris Glass (Oakwood Lounge) 4 -1 to take the Men’s title. Congratulations to Jenni Tully (Peppes ‘A’) who beat Tracy Wood (Red Lion ‘B’) 3 -1 to take the Ladies title. The charity who gained from this tournament was the Scottish Autism Society in Clackmannanshire. Thanks to the Oakwood who sponsored the tournament. LEAGUE RESULTS – MONDAY 8 OCTOBER 2012 DIVISION ‘A’ Upstairs ‘A’ 3 – Oakwood Lounge 9 Alva GC 5 – Star ‘A’ 7 Oakwood ‘B’ 10 – Gartmorn 2 Weirs 3 – Abercromby ‘B’ 9 Abercromby ‘A’ – Bye DIVISION ‘B’ Abercromby Arms 9 – Peppes ‘B’ 3 Cairn 6 – Upstairs ‘B’ 6 Peppes ‘A’ 6 – Star ‘B’ 6 Star ‘C’ 2 – Johnstone 10 Red Lion ‘A’ v Inn – Postponed Red Lion ‘B’ – Bye Best Darts Singles – K Glass 16 (OL)

180s – K Glass (OL) CLACKMANNANSHIRE COUNTY DARTS CENTRAL v CLACKMANNANSHIRE – SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER Overall Result Central 15 – Clackmannanshire 14 Congratulations to both the ‘A’ teams on winning, the Mens first win and the Womens second win. Also congratulations to Angie Narloch and Charlene McCubbin winning their first ever county game and to one of Clackmannan’s youths who played his first ever county game today Dean Keenan. He was very unlucky to get beat 3-2, with a 16 dart leg and a 19.00 average, well done. MENS ‘A’ Central 4 – Clackmannanshire 8 – Man of the Match - Craig Baxter MENS ‘B’ Central 6 – Clackmannanshire 0 WOMENS ‘A’ Central 2 – Clackmannanshire 4 – Lady of the Match – Angela Narloch WOMENS ‘B’ Central 5 – Clackmannanshire 1 – Lady of the Match – Anne Fisher

McEwan (Thistle) opening up with a hard fought 8-6 win over Davie McIntosh (Cairn). Sean followed this up with an excellent 8 frames to 2 win over Colin Hutchison(Alva GC). In the other half Brian Allan (Inn) had to battle hard in his 8-6 win over Eck Hutchison (Alva GC).In the final match Sean wasn’t going to give his chance up lightly and sealed a 8-3 win. Group 3 again was a tight section and the results proved that. Steven Dobbie (Oakwood) opened up with final frame win 8-7 over Ryan Hutchison (Alva GC) followed with a bye. Michael Boyd (Inn) was

safely through 8-4 over Jamie Hutchison (Alva GC) and the final between the two again was a tight affair with the match going to a final frame shoot-out with Michael unfortunately missing a final double to let Steven in to win. The final group was equally hard to call with Alan Banks (Thistle) overcoming Frank Jaffray (Oakwood) 8-5 and Stuart Anderson (Oakwood) defeating Denis Lindsay (Thistle) by the same score. And it was Stuart who showed some of his old form to seal an 8-3 win over Alan to book his place in the finals. Good luck to all four players.

POOL LEAGUE A League:- Rileys 3 Thistle 6 Crown B 3 Allanbridge 6 Oakwood IFRMT 5 Peppes 4 Inn 6 Oakwood D 3 Crown A 7 Alva Golf Club 2 B League:- Oakwood C 4 Weirs 5 Bannockburn Miners 6 Cairn B 3 Peppes B 5 The Bank 4 Cairn C 8 Upstairs 1 Oakwood B 7 Eagle 2 Cairn A 7 Red Lion 2 Davy McGowan Memorial Cup:The final two semi finalists booked there place last week with the first semi final on the Tuesday night between the A division’s Allanbridge and the B league’s newcomer’s The Bank. With a lot of experienced players in the Bank’s team

it was them whom prevailed with an excellent 5-2 victory. In that semi final they will be up against the Oakwood IFRMT who were up against another league newcomer the Bannockburn Miners Welfare team. And tested they were with the Oakwood boys winning 5-3 and will be up against the Bank team on Thurs night.The first semi final will take place on Tuesday night with the hosts the Thistle up against there big rivals the Crown A from Alva with the final taking place next Thurs night.Good luck to all teams. Scottish Singles Qualifying:The qualifying for the final ranking event of the year took place on Saturday in


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Hill O’ Beath 2 Sauchie Juniors 1 By Sports correspondent Mark Wallace

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raser Duncan and his players will still wondering how they left Keir’s Park on Saturday with nothing to show for their efforts and domination of this Super League match. After the disaster of their last match against Newtongrange Star when they lost the semi-final match, there was a lot of questions of this Sauchie side, which they were able to answer. The Sauchie squad travelled through to Fife with several first team players missing, including Halliwell, Rennie, Tully, Comrie and Purdie. So depleted was the squad that Manager Duncan could only list three substitutes. With a bright autumn sun shining on a pitch which appeared heavy with the recent rain, Sauchie started the match brightly by taking the game to Hill O’ Beath. Early chances fell to Cummings and Morgan who were unable to direct their shots on target. On the seventeenth minute,

Hill O’ Beath took the lead. Dougie Wilson was judged by the referee to have fouled Ross Allum just inside the box. Darrin Wright stepped up to put the ball the opposite way to the diving Darren Dolan. Sauchie took this blow on the chin and pressed for an equaliser. Darren Cummings created an opportunity for himself when he got into the box before putting his shot across the goals. From a Sauchie corner the ball was headed towards the goals in a packed box from the head of Feaks only for it to be cleared off the line. Stuart Hall in the Hill O’Beath goals continued to be a thorn in the Sauchie side with some excellent goalkeeping. He needed to be alert to deal with a corner from Darren Cummings, which he managed to turn over for an other corner. On another opportunity, Scott managed to break free from his defender to turn with the ball and have his shot brilliantly saved one handed

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by Hall. He also denied Scott at the end of the first half when Morgan, Cummings and Scott all linked up, with the result being a shot from Scott. Sauchie could consider themselves unlucky to be going in at half time one nil, especially when they had a shot from Cummings who from thirty yards out hit the bar. The second half continued in very much the same vein with Brian Morgan playing the middle of midfield which he controlled through his passing and winning of the ball. However the best early chance fell to Allum how should have converted his chance. Their new signing from Lochgelly Albert got down the Sauchie bye line before putting in a low cross. With an open goal in front of him, somehow and to the relief of the Sauchie Supporters he sent the ball sky high. After ten minutes of the second half, Manager

Duncan made a tactical change by replacing Steven Bell with Steven Dolan and putting Ally Burns up front. A minute later this paid off. Again Wilson continued to torment the Hill O’Beath defence with strong running and this time he managed to play the ball to Cummings, who stepped inside of the defender before hitting a low shot which deflected off a defender and into the net. Ally Burns very nearly put Sauchie into the lead when his close range shot, which Wilson set up was saved by the on form Hall. Sauchie continued to press and push for the winner with Morgan, Wilson and Cummings all contributing with chances. As the game progressed, Hill O’ Beath started to come back into the match and Darren Dolan had to be alert to deal with an in swinging corner. After seventy seven minutes, Hill O’Beath restored their lead. Darrin Wright hit a specular thirty yard free kick which

came down off the ball and over the line. Although Sauchie continued to look for an opening, the Hill O’Beath defence stood firm and managed to deal with the Sauchie pressure. Alan Scott had a great chance towards the end but could watch his effort go wide. Right at the end Hill O’Beath were reduced to ten men, when Craig Duncan was shown his second yellow of the match. Although huge disappointment for Manager Duncan and his players, he can take a lot of positives from their commitment and effort over the ninety minutes. It was again two set pieces that cost them the goals, but considering the growing list of injuries to the squad, the players deserve a lot of credit for the way they bossed the match and never gave up. This Saturday Sauchie are at home to Lochore Welfare in the Fife and Lothians Cup with a 2.30 ko.


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Managers Comments Saturday was really difficult to take as we played very well. We kept the ball for long periods and were really in charge of the game from start to finish but unbelievably we never took anything from the game and were beaten 2-1 by Hill of Beath Hawthorn. Before the game started we knew it would be a tough one with them finishing second last season and our squad severly depleted due to injuries etc. The performance from the players was exceptional apart from the fact that we are not ruthless enough and need to start putting the ball in the back of the net. It’s clearly telling on us now as we play great football and create some very good opportunities. However can’t seem to finish sides off. Brian Morgan and Dougie Wilson were creating good chances from midfield and came close, but its experience we need and the hard bit in our side that can force us through in these types of games. Darren Cummings got our goal which took us on to level terms after a soft penalty decision from the referee cost us our first goal, Daz managed to get us back in the game and we dominated for so long and there is always the danger that we give something away and it was to be the case as they scored a very undeserved winner in the 81st minute, hard to take but that’s football and it’s going to be a battle for every point this season.

Junior Football League Home Away TEAM Linlithgow Rose Boness United

P W D L F A 5 3 0 0 10 4 5 1 1 0 4 3 Hill of Beath Hawthorn 5 2 0 1 5 4 Bonnyrigg Rose 4 2 1 0 9 4 Sauchie Juniors 5 1 0 1 4 5 Carnoustie Panmure 5 1 0 1 2 3 Kelty Hearts 4 1 0 0 4 2 Camelon Juniors 5 2 0 0 5 2 Broxburn Athletic 5 1 0 2 4 3 St Andrews United 5 0 1 1 3 8 Musselburgh Athletic 5 0 1 2 4 6 Lochee United 3 0 1 1 3 6

W D L F A GD Pts 2 0 0 6 2 10 15 2 0 1 8 5 4 10 1 0 1 3 5 -1 9 0 0 1 1 3 3 7 1 1 1 6 5 0 7 1 1 1 4 5 -2 7 1 0 2 6 5 3 6 0 0 3 5 8 0 6 0 1 1 3 5 -1 4 1 0 2 4 9 -10 4 0 1 1 2 3 -3 2 0 1 0 2 2 -3 2


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continued from back page and sent winger Kevin Cawley on for the hard working Megginson and Grehan on for Thomson, it was the clear what the Wasps intentions were. And with just 7 mins left on the clock, they found it. Big centre half Ben Gordon was sent up to attack a corner and was rewarded when he scored from just 8 yards out. It would seem to be just rewards for the Wasps who worked well

through out the game to see of a good Forfar side, who still sit above them in the league table. They say you have to score goals to win games but Scott Bain in the Alloa goal had 2 world class saves to help his team mates take the points. Simmons, Docherty and Megginson were all standouts in a solid Alloa display. They were three great points for the Wasps that keeps them in fourth place in the table.

Manager’s comments

“I thought in the first half we played well, in the second half we knew that they would come at us and they put a lot of high balls into our defence but we coped okay with it – disappointed that we didn’t get back in, great resilience and great desire not to get beaten. We were trying to win the game and it was good the two defenders scored, this was due to good deliveries into the box at set pieces – a great three points I think it is important especially going into the break that you like to win. This is not an easy place to come, they have been flying high so we are delighted to get the victory. Two goals from corners was pleasing, as I said It is all about the delivery and the movement and hopefully the ball goes in – it is not rocket science! I didn’t introduce anything different, I just told them to try and get good delivery into the box, go and attack it see if you can get your head on it, have a bit of desire and we did. I was pleased with the first half the way we played, we knocked the ball about well and we looked as we could score every time we went up the park, having said that Scott Bain had two brilliant saves right at the start of the match and on another day it could have started differently, but that is what he is there for, we know he is a fantastic young goalkeeper , still learned but has a great future ahead of him. Mitch Megginson came in for his debut and had a fantastic start, he tired in the second half due to the fact he has not played competitive football for a wee bit but he was a bright and sharp up front with “Tommo” and we had great attacking options on the bench, I wanted a victory today and was positive in my team selection.”

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aul Hartley returned to one of his old clubs, Aberdeen to bring in young 20 year old striker Mitchel Megginson on loan last week, initially for a month. Mitchel is currently on fringe of first team at Pittodrie, with manager Craig Brown insisting that he is has still high hopes for the player who is still an important part of his plans. Mitchel made his Aberdeen debut in the Europa League against Sigma Olomouc from Czech Republic in 2009, since then he has had successful spells on loan to Arbroath & Brechin City. He has won 6 caps and scored 3 goals at Scotland Under 17 level, he will be added to “The Wasps” squad for visit to Station Park on Saturday against Forfar Athletic.

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VERDICT SCOTT BAIN THE ALLOA KEEPER HAD TWO GREAT SAVES TO HELP HIS SIDE TAKE FULL POINTS. IS IN GREAT FORM THAT’S SEEN HIM INCLUDED IN THE SCOTLAND UNDER 21 SQUAD 8 JAMES DOYLE STEADY AS A ROCK WENT OFF LATE WITH AN INJURY 7 DRYALL MEGGATT UP AND DOWN ALL DAY SOLID SINCE HIS MOVE FROM QUEEN’S PARK IN THE SUMMER 7 BEN GORDON THE BIG DEFENDER SCORED THE WINNER. COPED WITH BOTH CAMPBELL AND TEMPLEMAN ALL DAY 8 JASON MARR HAS FORMED A GREAT PARTNERSHIP WITH GORDON AND LIKE HIS FELLOW DEFENDER GOT ON THE SCORE SHEET 8 STEPHEN SIMMONS THE EXPERIENCE MIDFIELDER PULLED HIS SIDE THROUGH TAKING UP THE HOLDING ROLE VERY WELL MOM 9 MITCHEL MEGGINSON ON LOAN HITMAN PUT A SHIFT IN REPLACED LATE ON 7 RYAN McCORD LEAD THE MIDFIELD WELL HIS STRENGTH AND DRIVE PUSHED HIS TEAM ON 7 ROBERT THOMSON LINKED UP WELL WITH MEGGINSON REPLACED LATE ON 7 GRAHAM HOLMES SAME OLD HOMER NEVER LETS YOU DOWN, COOL, CALM, COLLECTIVE AT ALL TIMES 8 MARK DOCHERTY IN FROM THE COLD OVER THE LAST FEW GAMES NEVER LETS YOU DOWN, PUT A GOOD SHIFT IN DOWN THE LEFT 8 MARTIN GREHAN ON FOR THOMSON RAN THE HOME DEFENDERS RAGGED LATE ON 7 KEVIN CAWLEY CAME ON IN THE LAST 20 MINS. HIS DIRECT RUNNING WAS LOOKING TROUBLESOME 7 ROSS McCORD ONLY SEEN THE FINAL MINUTES REPLACING DOYLE LATE, NO REAL TIME TO MAKE AN IMPACT 5

Weekend Fixtures:

IRN BRU DIV 2 RESULTS

Saturday 20th October 2012

Saturday 6th October 2012 Arbroath 3-1 Brechin

Albion v Arbroath

Ayr 2-1 Albion

Alloa v Ayr

Forfar 2-3 Alloa

Brechin v Stranraer

Stenhousemuir 3-0 East Fife

East Fife v Forfar

Stranraer 0-2 Queen of Sth

Queen of Sth v Stenhousemuir

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

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GOAL: McCordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s penalty puts Alloa in front

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he wasps were looking to bounce back after their narrow defeat to QOS last week but were up against it as captain Darren Young missed out through injury. Alloa started with on loan pair Robert Thomson and Michael Megginson up front, looking to cause the Forfar defence some problems, and ultimately leave with all three points, giving their promotion aspirations a boost. The game started at a fast pace and Bain in the Alloa goal had to be at his best saving well from a Ross Campbell shot early on but it was

the visitors who took the lead. Thomson found himself clear and when rounded keeper Souter was brought down, leaving the official no doubt to point to the spot. Ryan McCord was tasked with the spot kick and coolly slotted home with just 7 mins on the clock. The Wasps joy was very short lived as just a single minute had passed and the home side were level. Denholm shot home from close range, giving Bain no chance. It was end to end action and both teams could have went in front but it was the Wasps who

did in the 22nd min. Docherty delivered an inswinging corner that landed perfectly on the head of defender Marr, who directed the ball powerfully past Souter. Alloa were causing Forfar all sorts of problems on the left hand side with Docherty and Meggatt finding some real good form and young Megginson and Thomson were giving the back four of Forfar something to think about, keeping them on their guard at all times, knowing all too well that a lapse in concentration could be disastrous for the home side.

At half time it was the Wasps who went into the break in front HT Forfar 1 Alloa 2 Both teams came out looking to attack and Forfar had the best chance in the 61st min, Ross Campbell found space in the box but again Scott Bain held well. Forfar werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t to be denied in the 79th min and it was that man Denholm again who struck again, guiding the ball home from 12 yards to bring his side level. Hartley was going for the winner

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