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\Aberfoyle Walk in the park Led by trained volunteers. Lasts 15-60 minutes. Next walk Monday, September 17. Meet at Woollen Mill car park 10.20am for High Mains walk at Drymen Golf Club (new walk, DRT or car share). Contact Cathy Scott on 01877 330055 or email cathy.scott@lochlomondtrossachs.org.

Strength and balance For older adults, Mondays in the Forth Inn 12.15-1pm, followed by 10-min walk. Yoga and mindfulness Classes in Memorial Hall, Mondays 7.30-9pm. Scottish Country Dancing Classes resume on Wednesday, October 3 in the Memorial Hall from 7.30-9.30pm. For more details telephone Allan at 01877 385236 . Fun and gentle exercise. All welcome.

St Mary's Scottish Episcopal Church On Sunday at 8am, Holy Communion (Anglican Book of Common Prayer) at St Anthony's RC Church, Balfron and 11.15am Holy Communion at St Mary's. At 3pm on Sunday, Alastair Savage and friends are in concert at St Mary's with the Fiddle Music of Scotland. Lodge Bailie Nicol Jarvie No 1036 Regular meeting on Tuesday, September 18, exemplification of the FC degree. Members and visitors please note this will be an 8pm start. Parish Church The service on Sunday will be at the usual time of 11.15am with worship being conducted by the Rev Graham Bell. All are welcome. People are asked to note that the next fundraising stall is on Monday, September 24 and Service of Harvest Thanksgiving on Sunday, September 30. More details next week.

\Balfron Adult fitness Dance-based exercises and routines on Thursdays from 7-8pm in Balfron Campus studio. Take a mat, cost PS5.50. Contact Yasmin on 07979 856837 or email yasmin@throthegrapevine.co.uk. Community Cafe Open Tuesdays, 2pm in Balfron Bowling Club. Bingo Every Friday in the McLintock Hall during the bowling season. Eyes down 8pm, cash prizes. SWI news The season got off to a lively start on Monday night with a superb demonstration of upholstery renovation by Gillian Munro. Gillian educated, entertained and enthused members all with her knowledge, skill and insider tales-of-the-trade. She set members up very well for the year ahead. The ladies also discussed some of the changes to the constitution which were put forward at last Saturday's annual conference in Perth. Balfron will be represented at the Federation Draft Constitution Meeting, seeking clarity on a couple of "sticking points".

Church Balfron Flower Festival will be held in the church tomorrow (Saturday) from 10am-4pm and Sunday, September 16 from 2pm-4pm. Cream teas will served in the church rooms. On Sunday, the service will be led by Mrs Sandie Kerr at 11.15am. Tea/coffee will be available after the service. A Thanksgiving Service for the repair and redecoration of the church will be held on Sunday, September 16 at 6pm and will be led by Rev Brian Porteous. The Praise Band will also be taking part. Prayer group meets on Tuesday, September 18 in the church rooms at 7pm. Lunch Club meets from noon on Thursdays. Drop-in A drop-in session for people affected by hearing loss will be held in the library. The event, Action on Hearing Loss, includes an information event and a free hearing screening. The scheme will be in the area on Tuesday, September 18 at Balfron from 2-4pm.

\Blairdrummond Councillor's surgery Councillor Evelyn Tweed will be in Thornhill Primary School on Tuesday, September 25 at 7pm.

\Blanefield Walking group Thursdays, 2-2.45pm, alternate weeks between Blanefield and Killearn. Call 07867 672513.

Strictly Seniors Over-60s dancebased fitness classes on Wednesdays from 10-11am in Edmonstone Hall. Cost PS5.50. Contact Yasmin on 07979 856837 or email yasmin@throthegrapevine.co.uk.

\Buchlyvie Yoga Classes in the village hall on Wednesdays, 9.30-10.30am. Strictly Seniors Over-60s dancebased fitness classes on Tuesdays from 10-11am in the village hall. Cost PS5.50. Contact Yasmin on 07979 856837 or email yasmin@throthegrapevine.co.uk.

Bible talks Held on Sundays at 6pm in the village hall.

Church Service on Sunday at 11.15am will be led by the Worship Group. Please note Harvest Thanksgiving is on Sunday, September 23 at 11.15am. Donations of food items will be gratefully received. Rev Scott Brown will lead worship.

Otago Class in the church hall every Tuesday from 11.30am-noon. Contact Christina Feaks, Community Physical Activity Inclusion Officer on 01786 273555.

Buchlyvie United The wait is over. United won the Cameron Cup for the first time since 1957 on Sunday when they beat Thornhill 3-1 at Balfron courtesy of second half goals by Craig Steele, Malcolm Scobie and Graeme Rankin. There were further reasons to celebrate as Louis Watters won the Billy Gordon Memorial Shield as Man of the Match in the final. Louis is the first ever Buchlyvie player to win this trophy which was donated to the Forth and Endrick Football Association in memory of Buchlyvie's late chairman. The celebrations went on well into the night and the club would like to thank those who turned out to support the players in what turned out to be a very special day for everyone associated with the club over the years. Special thanks to The Buchlvie Inn who contributed to a great evening of celebrations. The cup is on display in the Inn for all to see and for anyone who would like their photo taken with it.

SWI news The first meeting of the new session saw an excellent turnout of members and visitors to hear Lynsey Thomson interview the Rev Scott Brown CBE on his career as a naval chaplain. Through a series of well crafted questions Lynsey elicited a fascinating account of Mr Brown's career to date entertaining the audience with many humorous anecdotes. The proceeds of the raffle (PS60 ) was donated to Mr Brown's work in Cambodia. The results of the competitions were as follows: jar of lemon curd - 1 Elspeth Murdoch; 2 Lynsey Thomson; 3 Muriel Holroyd. Favourite slimmer's recipe - 1 Muriel Holroyd; 2 Lynsey Thomson; 3 Eileen Mayhew. After the business, members exercised their brains with a word quiz before heading for home after a very enjoyable evening.

\Callander Walk in the park Led by trained volunteers. Lasts 20 minutes to one hour. Next walk is Tuesday, September 18. Meet at Ancaster Square at 10.20am for Strathyre walk (car share, dementia-friendly). Summer walks every Wednesday, meeting at 7pm in Ancaster Square. Various routes: 20-45 minutes (dementia-friendly). On Wednesday, September 19 at 7pm there is a bat walk - 45 minute walk with bat guide Bev. See Drymen notes. Contact Cathy Scott on 01877 330055 or email cathy.scott@lochlomond-trossachs.org.

Strength and balance For older adults, Tuesdays, meet at fire station, 2-3pm.

Car boot sale Summer car boot sale is at St Joseph's Church tomorrow (Saturday) from 9am-4pm. To book a spot call 01877 330359.

St Andrew's Scottish Episcopal Church Communion on Sunday and Wednesday at 10am.

Callander Royal Arch Chapter No. 277 Next meeting is on Tuesday, September 18. There will be a committee meeting at 7.30pm and then a business meeting.

Callander Kirk Early worship on Sunday at 10am in the kirk hall is led by David (Creation - Cedar). Morning service is at 11.15am in Callander Kirk, followed by Informal communion. Please note Time for Silence will not take place this week. Teapot Cafe is open in the kirk hall library on Wednesdays from 10.30am tono on. Offers of help will be much appreciated. Messy Church, a chance for families to have fun, relax, explore faith and enjoy a meal together, will be held in the kirk hall on Saturday, September 22 from 10.30am to 12.30pm. All welcome.

\Croftamie Walk in the park Led by trained volunteers. Meet outside the Winnock Hotel, Drymen, on Thursdays at 10.20am. Email fran.crumley@lochlomond-trossachs.org for details. SWI news The recent meeting included a talk on millinery by Annie Bell. Competitions were; a jar on jam - 1 Chris Bilsland, 2 Anne Ewing; favourite hat - 1 Anne Ewing, 2 Davina, 3 Gillian Munro.

\Doune, Deanston Keep fit Mondays, 7-8pm in the Rural Hall. Aerobics and legs/bums/ tums, suitable for beginners to advanced. Cost PS5. Bridge club Wednesdays, 7.15pm in the Red Lion Hotel.

Young at Heart Low-impact dance fitness classes for 50-year-olds and over on Tuesdays in the Rural Hall from 9.30-10.15am and Thursdays from 10-10.45am. Contact Janice on 07565 182259.

\Drymen Walk in the park Led by trained volunteers. Meet outside the Winnock Hotel, Thursdays at 10.20am. Email fran.crumley@lochlomondtrossachs.org for more details. Senior citizens The new season begins on Tuesday, September 18 when "Fine Fettle" are welcomed back with their songs, music and stories. As usual, the meeting is in the village hall at 2pm and after the entertainment there is a cuppa and a blether (please bring along a cup). Membership remains at PS5, and visitors are welcomed and can pay PS2 on the day. Victor Borge once said: "A smile is the shortest distance between two people", so if you're over 60 and would enjoy a light-hearted afternoon amongst friends, come along. Bridge Results from Thursday, September 6: NS 1 David Amon and Maureen McKeand; 2 Irene Hardie and Jean Aitken; 3 John McGregor and Margaret Neufield. EW 1 Laurence and Jane Crawford; 2 Betty Laing and Joy Kirkland; 3 Barbara Ross and Margaret English.

Drop-in A drop-in session for people affected by hearing loss will be held in the library. The event, Action on Hearing Loss, includes an information event and a free hearing screening. The scheme will be in the area on Tuesday, September 18, at Drymen from 10am-1pm.

\Fintry Kirk Sunday's service at 9.30am will be conducted by Mrs Sandie Kerr. A creche is available and tea and coffee will be served after the service. All welcome.

\Gartmore Circle dance Group meets every second Thursday of the month in Gartmore Village Hall, 2-4pm. Church Sunday service at 10am with the Worship Group. All welcome.

\Gargunnock Young at Heart Low-impact dance fitness classes for 50-year-olds and over on Tuesdays in the community centre from 10.45-11.30am. Contact Janice on 07565 182259.

Church The service on Sunday at 10.30am will be conducted by Rev Alan Dunnett.

SWI news Meetings start on Tuesday, September 18 at 7.30pm in the community centre when the new programme for the year will be revealed. Councillor's surgery Councillor Graham Lambie will be in the community centre at 7pm on Monday, September 17.

\Killearn Walking group Thursdays 2-2.45pm, alternate weeks between Blanefield and Killearn. Call 07867 672513. Otago Active adults strength and balance class, Tuesdays 9.30-10am and 10.10-10.40am in the church hall, PS2. Call 01786 448308. Contact Christina Feaks: Community Physical Activity Inclusion Officer on 01786 273555.

Colourful Killearn The AGM takes place on Tuesday, September 18, in the village hall at 8pm. All welcome. Adult fitness Dance-based exercises and routines on Tuesdays from 7.30-8.30pm in the village hall. Take a mat, cost PS5.50. Contact Yasmin on 07979 856837 or email yasmin@throthegrapevine.co.uk.

Strictly Seniors Over-60s dancebased fitness classes on Fridays from 10-11am in the village hall. Cost PS5.50. Contact Yasmin on 07979 856837 or email yasmin@throthegrapevine.co.uk.

Tennis club Autumn coaching takes place on Fridays until October 12. Coaching for P1-P3 is from 4-5pm; P4-6 is from 5-6pm and P7 up from 6-7pm. Contact 07986 221506 for more details.

Community council The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 19 at 8pm in Killearn Primary School. A warm welcome is extended to all local residents.

Strathendrick Embroiderers Guild The guild meets in Killearn Kirk Hall on Tuesday, September 18 at 10.30am for stitch and chat. AGM is at noon and at 2 pm Louise Collins will talk about her journey into textile design 'An embarrassment of riches'. Visitors welcome for the afternoon talk PS3. Councillor's surgery Councillor Robert Davies will be in the primary school on Wednesday, September 19 at 7pm.

\Killin Walk in the park Led by trained volunteers. Lasts 15 minutes to one hour. Next walk is Wednesday, September 19. Meet at 10.20am at McLaren Hall car park golf club walk (car share). Contact Cathy Scott on 01877 330055 or cathy.scott@lochlomond-trossachs.org to book.

Strength and balance Exercise class for older adults in the Killin Hotel from 1.30-2.30pm each Wednesday, followed by 10-minute walk.

\Kippen Otago The exercise class is on every Wednesday from 9.45-10.15am in the church hall. All welcome. The instructor will provide further details. Contact Christina Feaks: Community Physical Activity Inclusion Officer on 01786 273555. Church The service on Sunday will take place at 11.15am.

Cappuccino Chatter On Wednesdays from 10.30-11.30am in the Church House.

Over 60s Christmas Dinner A great village tradition reaches its 60th anniversary this year and it is hoped to put on an extra special afternoon of food and entertainment to celebrate. The dinner is a much-appreciated event made possible by local businesses, generous donations from village organisations and a small army volunteers on the day. Once again, each Kippen organisation is requested send a representative to attend a short meeting. In addition, any individuals interested in joining the committee to plan the happy occasion will be warmly welcomed. Please attend on Wednesday, September 19 at 8pm at Woodstone House. Further information from Mary on 01786 870202 or Tracy 01786 870385. Doors Open Day This weekend (September 15-16), Kippen Heritage will take part with the opening of the Old Smiddy at The Cross and the nearby Old Kirkyard when Irene Chapman will give small group tours (weather permitting). Kippen Parish Church on Fore Road will also be open on each day from 2-5pm.

Whist drive Owing to repairs in the Reading Room the monthly winter wee whists will not start until October 10.

Reading Rooms Over the last three weeks, the Reading Rooms has been undergoing the first phase of a major improvement and refurbishment programme. This has been made possible by welcome grant aid from the Windmill Funds controlled by the Kippen Community Trust. As the initial stage of the programme is close to completion, the management committee is keen to ensure that the planned improvement to the kitchen and development of the meeting rooms upstairs provide new, additional facilities that will be of use to as many village organisations as possible. The committee will be holding an open meeting tonight (Friday) between 5.30pm and 8pm at which the current plans will be presented, with drawings developed by the architect.

It would be most useful to get both input and ideas from all those in the village who have an interest in the use of the Reading Rooms - bequeathed in trust to the village by the Mitchell family in 1934. The meeting will be in the main hall, and there will be wine and cheese.

SWI news All are welcome at the opening meeting in the Reading Room on Wednesday, September 19 at 7.15pm. The Joy of Gin will be explained by local business Gin Thing and the competition will be a recipe for a gin cocktail. At the annual national rural meeting in Perth, Kippen was represented by Dianne Louttit. Community council The upcoming community council election will be used to try and enlist more members to represent the village, At present Kippen has five community councillors, but nine are required. The elections are next month when it's hoped many new names appear on the voting list. Information can be found on the Stirling Council website, from current chairman Helen Wilson and on the community noticeboard outside of the Post Office.

\Ruskie SWI news Laughter and chat filled Ruskie Hall and president Anne Artis gave a warm welcome to members and friends. There was an excellent turnout to hear Claire Bird of Stirling Council give a super presentation entitled 'Foraging is Fun'. Claire told of the delights that are in our countryside and seashore. She gave the ladies lots of different ideas and her passion was obvious as she took members on her foraging journey which started on walks with her family as a child. Claire brought with her a wide range of examples of her own foraging, which she offered to members to taste, these were enthusiastically received. Competitions: Wooden object - 1 Eleanor Muir; 2 Sheenagh Beaton; 3 Christine Bauer. Food/drink containing brambles -1 Eleanor Muir; 2 Sheena Gibson; 3 Allison McLeod. A delicious supper was provided by Catriona Burnett, Janice Milne and Heather Millar \Port of Menteith Parish Church Sunday worship will be at 10am and led by Rev Graham Bell. All welcome. Advance notice of the Harvest Thanksgiving service on September 30. There will be a collection of tinned goods for Start Up Stirling. A list of food needed will be in the vestibule. The collection will continue throughout October.

\Strathblane Mini Makers Tuesdays in the kirkrooms, 9.30-10.30am. Art/creative fun for 18 months-five years. Heritage society Next meeting is in the village club on Wednesday, September 19 at 7.30pm. Donald Peddie will be speaking about the Blane Valley railway. All are welcome. Drop-in A drop-in session for people affected by hearing loss will be held in the library. The event, Action on Hearing Loss, includes an information event and a free hearing screening. The scheme will be in the area on Tuesday, September 18 at Strathblane from 4.30-7pm \Strathyre Councillor's surgery Councillor Evelyn Tweed will be in the village hall on Wednesday, September 19 at 7pm.

\Thornhill Playgroup Over-twos on Tuesdays 9.45-11.45am, Fridays 9.30am - noon, term time in the community hall.

Tea 'n' chat The last Wednesday of the month coffee morning 10am- 12.30pm in the community hall. Anyone interested in having a stall can call Belinda 01786 850692 or boghallfarm@btinternet.com. Young at Heart Low-impact dance fitness classes for over-50s in the community hall on Mondays from 12.15-1pm, More details from Janice on 07565 182259.

Thornhill Players The new season has started and the ever-growing membership still needs painters for scenery, sound and light support, wardrobe helpers as well as more actors. For more information phone Charlotte (01786 850288) or email thornhillplayersdrama@gmail.com. Norrieston Church Sunday worship will be led by Rev Ellen Larson Davidson at the usual time of 10am. Following the service tea and coffee will be in the church hall where there will be an opportunity to purchase goods from the Traidcraft stall. All are welcome.

Macmillan coffee morning The Macmillan Cancer Care coffee morning will be held in the church hall on Friday, September 28 from 10amnoon. All are welcome to come along and support this worthy cause. Big Onion Competition The fantastic sum of PS2182.50 was raised at last weekend's competition where the winning onion, entered by Pat Milligan, weighed 4lb 2oz. There were 46 entries in total. The majority of the money goes to the fund for the Senior Citizens' outing with some other donations to local causes. Thanks go to Fiona and her staff and all who helped to make this a successful day. Councillor's surgery Councillor Evelyn Tweed will be in the primary school on Tuesday, September 25 at 7pm.
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