Burns Supper

Tickets are selling well for the Village Burns Supper in the Village Hall on Saturday 26 January, and a capacity audience is expected. The event is hosted as usual by the Friends of Kippen Kirk Trust which helps to maintain the building and fabric of the Village Kirk.

There’s a great slate of speakers and performers. The Immortal Memory will be proposed by Ian Young of Campsie Glen; the Toast to the Lassies will be proposed by Duncan McEwan of Arnprior and the reply on behalf of the Lassies will be given by Baroness Goldie, whose hilarious replies have won her a place on the international circuit of Burns Suppers. After the Selkirk Grace by Rev Ellen Larson Davidson, the Haggis will be addressed by Kippen’s Richard Patten and Neil Benny will give his own unique recitation of Tam O’Shanter. Local lad Murray O’May, who piped so impressively at the Armistice Day Service in the Village, will be piping, and Kathleen McKellar Ferguson is organising the musical programme. Award-winning singers Daniel Barrett and Karla Grant from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland will be singing. Cameron Skinner is catering the event.

Tickets, price £22.50, are still available from Micky or Naomi Hirst (870283), David Jenkins (870434) or Moira Turner (870705).


Dr Railton Scott Annual Whist Drive

The annual Whist Drive to raise money for Cancer Research will be held in the Village Hall on Friday 1st February at 7pm. This year, entrance money will be collected as you arrive (£3 per head with no charge for those hosting tables). If you would like reserve a table please contact Stuart Thomson on 01786 870529, 07736 362011, or This is a great village occasion with a long history of raising money for this very worthy cause.

There will be some practice Whist sessions in the Reading Rooms on Tuesdays 15th, 22nd and 29th January at 7.30pm. Come and learn how to play or have a brush up session. All are most welcome.

Naomi Hirst


Welcome to edition 8 of The Wee Vine.

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Special Feature

Kippen Football star donates his Scotland shirt


Former Kippen FC, Stirling Albion and Everton Goalkeeper Iain Turner marked his retirement from the game by donating a Scotland shirt to his local football park.

Iain wore the shirt as part of the successful Scotland team captained by David Weir who won the Kirin Cup Tournament held in Japan in 2006. The shirt will be displayed in the Pavilion at the Kippen Football Park.

Iain said, “My football career started in Kippen, so it seemed the right thing to do to donate it to the Kippen Sports Development group who manage the facilities. I hope that it might help inspire some of the local boys and girls to follow in my footsteps”.

The shirt was accepted by Paul Goodwin, Chair of Kippen Sports Development who said, “It was a real pleasure to meet Iain and to hear about the successful Kirin Cup campaign.  It is not too often that we hear about Scotland winning tournaments, so it makes it rather special. We would like to thank Iain for the kind gesture on behalf of everyone in Kippen”.

Paul Goodwin