Welcome to issue 12 of The Wee Vine and another packed edition.

Our special feature highlights the Kippen
Community Council and a new website! Plus, an interview at the Kippen Surgery.

There is a new bus timetable causing concern which is featured in the did you know section.

The 118th year of our Flower Show was another successful day out for the village. See the pictures in the Events section.

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Special Feature

Kippen Surgery


“Mens sana in corpore sano”

Juvenal, Roman poet and author of the collection of satirical poems known as the Satires, may well have had Kippen Surgery in mind when he wrote these words about the ideal combination of a healthy mind in a healthy body.

In addition to the long-standing medical skills of Doctors Young, Moran and Schmautz with their friendly and efficient team of receptionists, dispensary and admin staff, there is now a significant number of other medical specialists available for consultation.  These include:

  • Mental Health Nurse Caroline Robertson who is available on Monday mornings from 09:30 until 13:00, and Friday afternoon from 13:00 until 16:30.
  • Physiotherapist Robert Friel who is available on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 08:40 until 11:40.
  • Phlebotomist who will carry out blood tests (without leeches!) and monitor blood pressure and is available on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
  • Podiatrist who is available on Tuesday mornings, and can only be seen by referral from one of the practice doctors.
  • Midwife who is available on Monday afternoons between 13:00 and 15:30.
  • District Nurse who is available on Monday and Thursday morning between 09:00 and 10:00.
  • Flu jabs are also now available.
  • Occasional appearances from medical students, when interest warrants.

Appointments with any of these specialists (except the podiatrist), and with the practice doctors can be made either by telephone on 01786 870369, or via the patient access online facility at https://app.patientaccess.com/login.  This is a national site, to which access is made either by patient number (available from the surgery), or by email.  It also provides facilities to re-order repeat prescriptions. There is also a link to this site from the Kippen Surgery website – www.kippensurgery.scot.nhs.uk, which also contains details of opening times, staff members and other practice information.

From publication date until the end of 2019, there are no further training days planned.  Holidays over the Christmas and New Year period will be the standard public days.

The Surgery would also like to thank Kippen Drama Group for their generous donation, which enabled the purchase of medical equipment in the areas of monitoring blood pressure and heart activity.

Interview by Stuart Thomson with Dr Annett Schmautz


Special Feature

Kippen Community Council

KCC-Logo-1We are pleased to say, that after a short hiatus, the Community Council has been re-established.

We meet on the second Tuesday of every month (except January, July and August) at 7:30 pm in the Reading Rooms. Everyone is welcome to attend. You don’t need to tell us in advance – just turn up and we’ll find you a seat.

The following people currently make up the Community Council:

Helen Wilson (Chair)

Kevin Carty (Vice-Chair)

Scott Crawford (Secretary)

Robert Clubb (Treasurer)

Walter McDiarmid (Planning Liaison)

Derek Shanks

Sarah Hill

Fiona Clark

Margaret Beaton

One of the local councillors (Graham Lambie, Robert Davies, Alastair Berrill) will usually be in attendance too.

We have set up a new website at https://kippencc.org.uk where you will find minutes of our meetings, local news and other information you may find useful.  We plan to develop the website over the coming months so if you have any suggestions please get in touch via our new email address kippencommunitycouncil@gmail.com

You can use that email address, or the contact form on the new website to get in touch about any local matters.  We treat all communications in confidence and you can read more in our privacy notice at https://kippencc.org.uk/your-privacy-at-a-glance



Kippen Curling Club

Kippen-CCWe opened the season in the Reading Room with a welcome to members old and new.

Our Chair, Les Watson, reminded us of the large number of outdoor curling ponds which once existed all over Scotland.  Kippen village had three of which only one remains, although it is many years since a curling stone was thrown on it.  These ponds gave great winter entertainment before the days of television and online shopping.

We are delighted to welcome some new members to the Club and look forward to a busy season.

Anyone interested in trying curling – a sociable and friendly game – can take advantage of training sessions held at the Peak http://www.trycurling.com/

Young and old, super fit and not so agile are all welcome.

Kirsty Cuthbert







Records for 2019

  1. Outing to Balmore on Friday 17th May

15 members played . Par for the course was 66

1 round Stableford of full Society handicap for the Cauldhame Cup

Winner —– Pete Turner—— – 36 points

R/U ——— Robert Lindsay —- 33 points (ih 16)

3rd ———– David Campbell —33 points (ih 15) better than Denis Buchanan(13)

Nearest the pin on the 16th hole – David Campbell

Magic 2’s – The winners were Denis Buchanan and Ian Galloway

Weather – Lovely sunny afternoon but windy

Course—Excellent condition with greens some good, some not so!

  1. Outing to Balfron on Wednesday 19th June

14 members played in the afternoon for the Robert Chapman Greensomes Trophies

Winners —– Ian Leith and Rob McQuater ————45 points

Runners Up – Denis Buchanan and Ross MacNish—39 points

Nearest the pin at the 6th hole was won by Pete Turner

Weather – Windy but dry

  1. Outing to Elmwood on Saturday 20th July

14 members played morning and afternoon

Am round for the Denholm Cup

Winner —– Rob McQuater —- 38 points

R/U ———  Alistair Donaldson 35 points. (ih 18 points)

3rd ———–  Peter Baker ——–35 points. (ih 16 points)

Nearest the pin for the Jack Hay Cup on the 9thhole was won by David Campbell

Magic 2’s – winner was Rob McQuater

Pm round Greensomes for the Millar’s of Falkirk Goblets

Winners —–  Denis Buchanan and Colin Dick ——- 39 points

Runners up –  Ian Leith and Alasdair McCall ——— 34 points

Weather –  Luckily the weather forecast was wrong!  We had a warm rain free day

Course – Although obviously well used and the greens were taxing

  1. Outing to Aberdour on Sunday 1st September

11 members played in the afternoon for the Jubilee Cup.

Winner ——-  Rory Duff ———— 34 points (inward ½ 19 points)

Runner up —  Ian Leith ————- 34 points (inward ½ 18 points)

3rd ————-   Iain Allan ———— 34 points (inward ½ 15 points)

Nearest the Pin at the 12th hole for the Iain Gillies Trophy was won by Rory Duff

Weather- Forecast was for rain but there was only one small shower

Course- Although obviously a well-used course but the greens were poor

Magic 2’s – No winner so the monies will be carried forward to next year                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

  1. The Railton Scott Memorial Trophy was decided as the player with the most points over the two single rounds at Elmwood and Aberdour

Winner ——- Denis Buchanan —– 66 points

Runner up — Ian Leith —————63 points

  1. Scott Davidson Memorial Trophy—Ross MacNish beat Hamish Louttit by 32 to 30 points at Buchanan Castle
  2. Crown Hotel Cup – Les Watson beat David Campbell by 3 and 2 at Callander




Eighteen 1st Stirlingshire Carse Colony Beavers started back after the summer break with an initial emphasis on the health and fitness badge.  Local resident John Smith kindly opened his heavenly blueberry orchard for the Beavers to collect from and learn about this truly super ‘super-food’.  Brambles were gathered too and will be made into jam for some of the local community.  The Beavers have a packed term ahead of them, filled with adventuring and learning.  It is intended for them to be involved with the Remembrance Service in November and to host an afternoon tea for a ‘Contact the Elderly’ group in Kippen.  Also planned is some foraging in the woods, learning about some international dances and brushing up on personal and road safety.  Many thanks to: – Ellen Larson Davidson, Annabel Gaywood, Jeeka Jarvis and Neil Stewart who voluntarily help and support each meeting allowing the Beavers to have fun and learn.  We are always looking for more parent helpers so if you are interested, please contact: adrianjchamberlain@gmail.com for more info on Beavers.

Adrian Chamberlain

Community Affairs, Uncategorized

Kippen Playgroup’s pint-sized pioneers are back!

Whether it is scrutinising snails, probing puddles or magnifying mushrooms, our mini-adventurers can be relied upon to get their hands – and sometimes their entire bodies – dirty, searching for the truth to nature’s big questions:

How does a slug move? Why do trees lose their leaves? How long before this water infiltrates my waterproofs? Do bears really poo in these woods?

When they’re not cataloguing our countryside, the Playgroup children sometimes choose to get their creative juices flowing by painting, creating clay sculptures and mark-making with charcoal.  At other times they decide it’s all about pond dipping, concocting potions, making up stories, or having a relaxing swing in the hammock.  When outside, children tend to ask permission less and rarely rely on adults to lead the play.  This is what Kippen Playgroup strives for, child-centred and child-led learning.

Recently the little ones have also really been enjoying the myriad of different uses for rope. It’s been used for tug-of-war, abseiling, as a tightrope, as a pulley and obviously to capture those pesky monsters.  Playing with the rope is not only good physical fun; it also encourages teamwork, creative thinking and problem solving.

When they’re not up at Monkey Camp, the children have been enjoying a wander down the back lane to visit the orchard.  The Playgroup are incredibly thankful to be allowed to roam in this beautiful, hidden part of Kippen, and the children are especially grateful at this time of year for all the fruit!  The brambles, apples and blueberries have been well and truly harvested by our voracious, little locusts!  No fruit has been spared; no top lip unadorned of a purple moustache.  Autumn is truly upon us.

If you think your little one would enjoy some outdoor adventuring, please get in touch with Morna via kippenplaygroup@gmail.com to arrange a taster session.  We run on a Tuesday and Friday (9:30am – 12:00pm) and we take children from 2 years old, up to school age.

There are ‘toddlers runs’ every Thursday in the village hall, all year round, and is the place to come when CBeebies is making you want to scratch your own eyeballs out.  We always have cake and biscuits, and as much tea as your probably now-compromised bladder can handle.  There are also lots of baby and toddler toys and it’s a great place for socialising your little cherubs in a safe environment.  Pop in any Thursday, 10:15am –12:00pm and we’ll see you there.

Suzanne Currie

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