I hope we all know that Kippen is a special place to live. We are surrounded by breathtaking scenery and wrapped in a blanket of “community” not always found elsewhere. Kippen is however more than pretty houses and scenery, its special identity also comes from the legacy of those who lived here before us – we are temporary residents only. That legacy must be preserved and remain available to the generations who come after us and that is Kippen Heritage’s prime objective.
Kippen Heritage has developed from an original idea by Winnie Dunlop, not born and bred in Kippen but the next best thing – she married a “Kippenite”.
Over many years, from her keen interest in Kippen past and present, and her hard work, she has gathered a huge archive of materials charting the history of those who lived and those who still live in Kippen.
As Honorary President, she leads Kippen Heritage in its endeavour to preserve and disseminate that knowledge. To date, much of that archive has been successfully digitalised and in future this will be enlarged to be incorporated into a Kippen Heritage website available to all.
In addition, in the last year Kippen Heritage has worked successfully with the National Trust for Scotland to restore and reopen the unique Kippen Smiddy. The Smiddy is opening in 2017 on the following dates: Street Fayre day 10 June, Flower Show Weekend 19/ 20 August, Stirling Doors Open Weekend 16/ 17 September
We have a new Kippen postcard and a new mug designed by Margaret Oswald available for sale in local shops plus a Heritage Trail is being developed for 2017.
Margaret Diamond, Chairman Kippen Herritage