Welcome to issue 11 of The Wee Vine

This issue features the revival of the penpal tradition and updates from This issue features the revival of the penpal tradition and updates from Cricket, Curling and Bowling clubs. Kippen Cuppa has been very successful and is open every Thursday.

The Kippen Street Fayre was once again agreat success and we feature it throughout the magazine.

There is also an interesting story on The Two Kippens in the Did You Know feature plus just a reminder that the flower show in August is on!!

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Special Feature


For centuries they were the favoured form of communication – hand-written missives from thank you notes to love letters, or a long, newsy dispatch to friends and family.

Then the rise of the internet and mobile phones effectively killed off the art of letter-writing, with electronic messages increasingly replacing old-fashioned pen and paper.

But a 21st century initiative among Scots schoolchildren is currently reviving the penpal tradition – with a twist. The youngsters of Kippen Primary School in Stirlingshire are now letter-writing friends with a group of the older people from Contact the Elderly.

The charity, which aims to ease loneliness among the older generation through regular afternoon tea parties, has been actively encouraging young people to get involved in its work through its Future of Volunteering initiative.

And the inspiration for the Penpal Project came after the charity’s Executive Officer Morna O’May, saw a volunteer’s young daughter make and deliver Christmas cards to some guests. She realised the potential for greater inter-generational co-operation and approached Kippen Primary.

Both pupils and staff reacted enthusiastically, and the project is now in full swing in the P6/7 class, fitting deftly into the curriculum.

Class teacher Mrs Vicki Stone said:

“This is a vitally important project for all involved. It develops the children’s letter

writing skills but also links them with a person they might otherwise not have had the

pleasure of knowing. We hope that the class letters bring pleasure to our pen pals,

there is always excitement when we receive another letter.”


The pupils’ first topic of the year was World War II and their new penpals were a huge help to their research, happily sharing their personal memories of the conflict and giving the youngsters a better understanding of their community’s history.

The children say it has also given them a greater appreciation of their elders and their knowledge – as well as their funny stories.

And they were pleased the project had fostered a better connection with the older generation. They agreed: “It feels good to bring a little bit of happiness into someone else’s life, however small.”


As for the recipients, one Contact the Elderly guest summed it up:


“It’s so lovely to receive the letters from our penpals, it is interesting to hear what

they are doing at school. I didn’t think they would be very interested in anything I

had to say but they have been full of questions for me, some of them quite funny”


Currently the project only involves the P6/7 class, but other Kippen Primary staff and pupils could become involved in a School Tea Party planned for their new penpals.

Contact the Elderly is also aiming to roll out the penpal initiative to other schools in Scotland, potentially getting schools across the country on board.

The project was funded through the Stirling Soup Initiative and has already been highly commended in two categories of the Generations Working Together Awards – Innovation and Reducing Isolation and Loneliness. Morna O’May said

” It’s been such a huge success and is giving so much pleasure to both ends of the

generational spectrum. It would be fantastic to get more schools involved.


“The power of a personally-written letter just can’t be underestimated and in this

digital age it’s a real joy to see the youngsters reviving this dying art so



And for anyone considering following their lead the Kippen Primary children have some useful advice:

“Writing might not be your favourite thing, but think about how happy your penpal

Will be when they receive your letter,” says Lily Bell, 11.


“Don’t worry if you aren’t the best letter writer,” counsels Robert Weir, also 11,

“they’ll just love to hear from you.”


To find out more about becoming a volunteer or guest of Contact the Elderly in Scotland, please contact morna.o’may@contact-the-elderly.org.uk or 01786 871264 or visit www.contact-the-elderly.org.uk.


Contact the Elderly:

For further media information please contact Alison Shaw on 07760 193375 or alison@hummingbird-comms.com




Alison Shaw
PR Consultant
Hummingbird Communications (Scotland) Ltd

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Kippen Cricket Club

cricket ballCricket season has reached its halfway point and, despite the variable weather to date, Kippen have managed to play 5 evening matches in the West Stirlingshire T20 League.

We are currently sitting top of the table with 3 wins from 5, but it has to be said that other teams have not been so lucky with the weather and, as rearranged matches get played, our top position may not be a true picture.

First match In May was away to Stirling County with victory for Kippen in the gathering gloom at New Williamfield. Kippen won by 9 runs with Keir Singleton and Gavin Cross top scoring in the Kippen innings with 26 and 28 runs respectively. Top bowlers were   Gavin Cross 3 wickets for 14 in 3 overs and Jacob Kelly with 2 wkts for 7 runs in 3 overs

The following week we lost out to Callander at Meiklewood in a close match by 2 wickets. Graham Brodie top scored with the bat with 35 runs not out and Dave Bentley had a great spell with outstanding figures of 3 wkts for 8 runs after 3 overs.

Next up was the visit of Milngavie to Meiklewood with Kippen victorious, winning by 7 wickets. Willie Anderson and Chris Jewell both scored 30 runs (and retired as per WSL rules). Best Bowler was Les Watson with 2 wkts for 10 runs in 3 overs.

Kippen then played Stirling County at Meiklewood in June and were again winners against the County side. It was a difficult damp pitch to play on that evening and Kippen struggled to reach a total of 86 with Andy Sullivan top scoring with 14 runs. However, County found the conditions even more difficult and were bowled out for 71, Kippen winning by 15 runs. Best bowler was Willie Anderson with 3 wkts for 7 runs in 3 overs.

Kippen travelled to The Garscube Sports Complex for the return match with Milngavie on 26th June, a beautiful evening, but the less said about the match that evening the better. Enough to say Kippen were well beaten!

So, we have home and away fixtures with Doune and an away fixture with Callendar to look forward to. With some luck with the weather, and further good play, Kippen could be in a good position in The West Stirlingshire League this season.

As always Kippen is looking for any new players of any age (Our current oldest player is over 70! And he opens the bowling) and gender, as we play a friendly level of competition and enthusiasm is more important than experience.

Sean Kelly




Kippen Curling Club

Kippen CCAlthough we are still hoping for a wonderful summer, plans are well in hand for the winter curling season. This begins with a social event in the Reading Rooms for curlers, seasoned and new. If you are interested in hearing about the game of curling, do join us at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 3rd September.

Shortly after that the season opens with a Bonspiel followed throughout the winter by Club and inter-Club matches.

The Peak organises excellent curling taster sessions and coaching for all ages. No need to worry if your knees are a little creaky – several play with a cue which avoids going down to deliver the stone.

Please speak to our President, Les Watson, Toll House or contact our Secretary, Kirsty Cuthbert on 01786 870347 or kirstycuthbert@outlook.com for more details.


Kirsty Cuthbert


Kippen Bowling Club

bowling ballsThe bowling season is well and truly under way at the Kingdom of Kippen Bowling Club.  Our programme is made up and we have many competitions open to both members and other bowling clubs.

We have friendly games with neighbouring clubs and these are always good fun especially the ‘goodies’ afterwards.

Monday nights are informal club nights so why not come along and join us?  We are situated in Fore Road just down from the Inn at Kippen on the same side of the road.

Hope to see some new faces.

Agnes McLaren


01360 850264


Community Affairs

Christian Aid

This year’s door to door collection for Christian Aid in Kippen raised the impressive sum of just over £2,350, an increase of over 17% on the total raised in 2018.  Michael Hirst, the organiser of the Christian Aid collection, commented: “I am very grateful to the people of Kippen for once again showing their generous support for the humanitarian work done by Christian Aid in very poor countries of the world.  It is very gratifying, and a particular encouragement to the team of 30 worthy volunteers who did the house to house collection in and around the village.

Michael Hirst

Community Affairs

Kippen 20MPH Update

Hello Bruce,

I am the editor of the Wee Vine in Kippen. We featured an article in the winter edition last year on the success of the campaign. All seems to have gone quiet now.

It mentioned that works would be carried out this financial year.

Can you advise what the situation is now please?


Denis Bradley


Hello Denis,

Many thanks for getting in touch about this.

I have been in touch with the Council regarding the implementation of the 20mph zone in Kippen, which is subject to being approved by the planning panel. My understanding is that there were objections made to the Council’s planning application, which did not relate to Kippen. I have had assurances that officers are working on this matter and intend to introduce new signage to the area as soon as possible.

This is a disappointing delay, as finances have been allocated to this project. However, I will remain in close contact with Council officers and hope that this is only a minor delay to the implementation of 20mph zones.

I hope that this is helpful.

Kind regards,

Bruce Crawford MSP, pp.Lee Robb