Welcome to issue 7 of the Wee Vine

We publish this edition during the fantastic heat wave hitting the UK. This has been wonderful for all the outdoor events featured in this issue including the Kippen Street Fayre and Open Gardens. Many thanks to our band of photographers covering the events. June Waley, Annabel Griffin and Kath Ferguson. We will feature more photographs on our website edition.

Thanks to our school reporters keeping us up to date with all the interesting stories.

Check out the events section for forthcoming happenings and the important message from the Woodland Group in Community Affairs.

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Special Feature

Kippen Street Fayre 2018

The sun shone, the music played, and the costumes were fantastic – it’s fair to say that the 2018 Kippen Street Fayre was a great success.

The warm weather was particularly welcome after last year’s downpour which didn’t let up until late afternoon. The Disney theme also went down well, resulting in some of the most imaginative fancy dress costumes seen in a long time. From Pinocchio and the Queen of Hearts to Mary Poppins and Cruella de Vil (to mention just a few), it was great to see adults and kids alike getting into the spirit of things. This year’s King and Queen, Ewan Milligan and Ava Scott, along with attendants Charis Bell, Freya Hadley Stove, Edward Boyd and Grant O’Donnell, led the street parade with the help of local piper Murray O’May. They were also joined by Special guests Elsa and Anna from Frozen (aka Shooting Starz) whose appearance on stage went down a storm (although we have to say the boys were better at following the dance moves than the girls!).

Charlie Sullivan won the sausage competition for her pork, rhubarb and lime recipe which local butcher Cameron Skinner made on the day. People also had the chance to have a go at making their own sausages, which helped raise more than £80 for Contact the Elderly.

People came from far and wide, with one visitor from Derbyshire winning the prize for the furthest travelled.  The dog show, sponsored by Struthers and Scott, was very popular, especially the agility course which saw some underhand dog swapping (one black lab looks very much like another, right?).

Stallholders, local pubs and cafes did a roaring trade, especially those offering liquid refreshments to help quench the thirst in all that heat (not that anyone needed an excuse for a cocktail or two).

The raffle was popular as always and helped raise more than £500 for local groups and charities, thanks. A big thanks to the all the local businesses who donated prizes.

Musical entertainment was provided by Old Play, the Dodgy Characters, Alan Stewart and the lovely young singer Christie McEachern, who kept the crowds entertained throughout the day.  Thanks are due to those involved in organising this year’s event and everyone who came along on the day to show their support.  Special thanks also to Kippen Windfarm Initiative for their generous grant, which helped buy a number of new gazebos for this year’s event.


Kippen Bowling Club

By the time you read this we will be 3 months into the outdoor bowling season – more bowling ballsthan half way through.

We are still hoping for some new members to come along and join us on our fun evening on a Monday night.  Tuition and bowls are offered free to anyone coming along for the first time.

Situation – lefthand side going down Fore Road about 50 yards past the entrance to Kippen Church.

We are fortunate in our village to have such a great facility so even if you have never played before, come along and see what it is all about.

Further particulars from our Secretary.

Agnes McLaren


01360 850264


Kippen Junior Football Club

Each Thursday during term time we meet either at the football field or in the village hall for fun football sessions.  We run classes for P1-7 for both boys and girls.  We would love to hear from anyone who would like to join us.

Our summer camp this year will be from the 13th-17th August 9.30-11.30 am on the football field.

Please email kippenjuniorsfcsecretary@gmail.com to book your place and find out more!


Flower Tubs

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Naomi and Fiona having a rest from planting the flower tubs in early June along with a friendly, inquisitive dog. The tubs are needing a lot of watering with this wonderful warm weather, and the sunshine is bringing them on a treat. The Dekkers have kindly offered to ease the load in watering, which is most welcome.

A great big thank you to The Beavers who raised money to add to our reserves, and, as always, thank you to the villagers who pop their change into the box in McNicolls. We have a healthy balance, but all donations are most welcome.


Community Affairs

Kippen Surgery

Our online prescription ordering system, Patient Access, has been upgraded.  You cannot use your email address to sign in until it has been verified.  Please contact the Surgery to get a note of your User ID for your first log-in if needed.

We are no longer able to accept prescription requests over the telephone.  We offer an Online ordering service for repeats, which also has a free text option for items not on repeat. Please ask at Reception to be registered for this service.  We also have a Special Request form at reception to be filled in for items not on repeat. And if all else fails, we will accept a written note!

Our next CREATE staff training days are Thursday 16th August and Wednesday 24th October.  We will be closed from 12.30pm and NHS24 is covering for emergencies.

Our next Public Holidays are Monday 3rd September, Monday 15th October, Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th December.

Annett Schmautz


Community Affairs

The Reading Rooms

Surprisingly, the summer is a good time to talk about the Reading Rooms. Thanks to Suzy Aldous’s brilliant gardening, the garden was opened for Kippen Garden Day and coffee and teas were served with assistance from the Cubs.

The committee and the Mitchell Trustees are very pleased to report that the Windmill Fund has agreed to provide a grant towards the refurbishment of the Rooms and the structure, for which we are most grateful, and which will benefit the community in general.

We are now engaged in fine tuning plans for an upgrade and relocation of the kitchen, cloakroom and toilet facilities on the ground floor. The plan includes creating a serving hatch into the main hall, direct from the relocated kitchen, as this will greatly help function organisers as well as significantly reducing the risk of accidents associated with moving both hot food and boiling water.

We also have plans for the rooms upstairs and are examining the possible creation of a library, which would see a return of one of the original purposes of the Reading Rooms.

John Walsh has been doing a great job for the committee by bringing his engineering experience to bear and working with contractors.

To ensure that this development results in the Reading Rooms providing the facilities needed by as many user groups as possible, we would like to hear the views of those users over the coming months. To that end, it is currently planned to hold an Open Morning when the plans will be available. In the meantime, our office bearers, Jeremy Gaywood, Betty McAllister or Ricky Muir- Simpson would be delighted to hear and discuss any views which residents of the village may have regarding the planned changes.

Finally, as always, our annual income is significantly dependent upon successful Jumble Sales and the support received from all the village and from the many helpers is very much appreciated. The next one will be held on October 27th, 2018.

Jeremy Gaywood