Welcome

Welcome to edition 8 of The Wee Vine.

Our thanks go to our supporters who make
this publication possible. We welcome The
Woodhouse Coffee Shop to the list.
Our Special Feature highlights 2 important issues
for the village and needs your support- Kippen
Old Kirk and The Sports Field plus and a donation
of a Scotland Shirt.
There are several functions happening over the
next quarter so read all in the events section.
Our clubs section features Tennis, Cricket and
Golf. Community affairs covers the 117th Flower
Show, Beavers and Cubs plus the latest school
report and much more.
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Special Feature

Kippen Football star donates his Scotland shirt

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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

Special Feature

Kippen Sports Development Ltd (Sports Field) End of year update

The Sports Field Management team was supplemented by the arrival of Cameron Skinner to the committee which is responsible for the ongoing management of the sports field. The Group has a lease from the Mitchell Trust to ensure that the facilities are kept in good order for community benefit.

Sadly, with no senior Kippen Football team playing at the park this year this has had an impact on our income from rentals. The good news is that the McNicoll’s family have agreed to still collect donations for us from second hand books sold in the store.

The main users of the facilities remain Kippen Primary school and the Kippen Junior Football Club. We were delighted to have extended use by the Cubs and Brownies as well as several one-off events such as the Kippen Trail Race and several kids’ birthday parties. We are delighted to report that we will have additional support from the Windmill Fund that will allow us to enhance our usage options with some additional deep drainage works.

Our main challenge is the cost of basic maintenance and insurances is nearly £2000 per year and our income is just not generating enough money to keep the sports field in a sustainable position. Over the coming months we will be consulting with any interested parties in the village as we seek to find a solution to this conundrum.

Any suggestions can be posted on our new Kippen Sports Field Facebook page or send by email to our Chair at   paulgoodwin@bigbluestar.co.uk

Paul Goodwin

Clubs

Kippen Tennis Club

Kippen Tennis Club

Kippen Tennis Club is a friendly, relaxed  local club , which offers players of all standards the opportunity to play on two of the best  all- weather, floodlit  courts in the area.

The courts have recently been repainted and as can be seen from the picture below, look fantastic. (Picture Courtesy of Mike Loughry Drones Inc)

KTC has a modern clubhouse that includes changing facilities, toilets, showers and a social area.

We currently have over 100 members, half of whom are junior members, and we actively encourage junior players to join our Club.

New members are always welcome, with membership open to families, adults and juniors, and runs from 1st April to 31st March.

There are various incentives on offer for new members, please visit our website at https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/KippenTennisClub for details.

For those who are competitive,  we play in the Central Scotland Doubles Leagues and have 3 Men’s teams, 1 Women’s team and junior teams playing across a number of divisions.

We are always looking for new team members, so please do not hesitate to contact us.

The Club runs numerous competitions which are open to all members, and there are also various social events throughout the year, both on and off the court.

We also runs social tennis evenings, which offers new members a good opportunity to meet and get to know other Club members.

So, whether you’re aspiring to be the next Roger Federer, or are happy to have a relaxed social game with friends, make the most of the fantastic facilities on offer, and contact us at: https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/KippenTennisClub

The Callendar team ended up as winners of this local Wednesday league and well done to them.

Kippen again played in the Leven Six a Side Tournament in early September and, although winning 2 of our 3 matches, the draw meant we left the tournament without a trophy this year.

The fine weather had the unintended effect of limiting our help to The Gargunnock Sunday team, as many players were taking advantage of predictable dry weather to plan family trips and other pursuits on Sundays.

All in all, another enjoyable season for the players, and the highlight match would be the win over Stirling County where, in a close fought game, we achieved the winning runs on the second last ball of the innings.

Sean Kelly

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Clubs

Kippen Cricket Club

The cricket season for 2018 has drawn to a fhgclose and it’s time to reflect on the past season for the Kippen team.

The summer was the wished- for warm, dry summer, but that in itself did not mean we were able to avoid having to call off and rearrange matches.

As luck would have it, the annual Kippen vs Gargunnock fixture was not played for a second year running, as the few wet days that did happen this summer coincided with proposed match dates. We will try again in 2019.

In all Kippen played 7 Wednesday games andour fortunes were mixed. We won 2 matches, one against Stirling County and one against the old T of Milngavie but lost the other 5 matches.

The Callendar team end ed up as winners of this local Wednesday league and well done to them.

Kippen again played in the Leven Six a Side Tournament in early September and, although winning 2 of our 3 matches, the draw meant we left the tournament without a trophy this year.

The fine weather had the unintended effect of limiting our help to The Gargunnock Sunday team, as many players were taking advantage of predictable dry weather to plan family trips and other pursuits on Sundays.

All in all, another enjoyable season for the players, and the highlight match would be the win over Stirling County where, in a close fought game, we achieved the winning runs on the second last ball of the innings.

Sean Kelly