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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Community Affairs

Primary School

Primary 1

Primary 1 have been working on developing our play area this term. Our learning context in the first term was ‘The Seaside’. We wanted our play area to be linked to our topic. First we came up with some ideas. We drew pictures of what we would like to play with. We wrote a letter to Mrs Logan to share our ideas. Mrs Logan said we could buy some new play resources. Primary 6/7 came down and helped us with our research. We looked on the internet and in catalogues. We bought some sand and water toys. We made an aquarium role-play area and got some new sea animals to look after. We even made an ice-cream parlour. We love our new play area!

“We made scuba divers for the play area with our faces behind the mask. They are funny.” (Muireann)

“I like our new ice-cream parlour because we can pretend we are at the beach.” (Sophia)

“The shells are really interesting. I found some crab shells. I used the shells to make numbers.” (Jamie)

“I like the sand pit. There are lots of things to play with. There are numbers and letters. I make castles.” (Emma)

“I like our new aquarium. We take the sea animals in there and pretend to look after them.” (Anna)


Primary 2/3

P2/3 have been learning ‘Under Sea Exploration’ this term and began the topic by reading the popular ‘Rainbow Fish’ story about kindness and friendship. They have learned about a range of under-sea creatures, and of the value of our seas and the need to look after them.

P2/3 have also been out and about learning outdoors and have been sharing storytelling in the woods. They had a lovely surprise when Snowy Owl left them a box of books to share around the village. Look out for these when you are out and about, and let Snowy Owl know how many hoots you would give the book!

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Primary 3/4

P3/4 had the opportunity to work with Mrs Smith from Creative Stars. They took their Maths learning outside for a very exciting session in the warm autumn sunshine. Using natural materials like pebbles, sticks and pine cones, they used their knowledge of place-value during a team challenge. Their next task was to create symmetrical pictures using their collected materials. Finally, the last challenge was to see how many triangles they could make using just a few sticks. The children had a fantastic time outside, and we look forwards to many more outdoor learning sessions in the future!


Primary 5/6

All classes had talks or workshops run by Alex and Catherine from the SSPCA.  P5/6 were the first class to welcome our visitors. ‘We learned that the SSPCA stands for the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.’ (McKenzie) The class learned to contact the SSPCA if they were worried about an animal and they heard about the work that the SSPCA do. ‘I learned that you can call the SSPCA if you see an animal that might need help.’ (Emma)

P5/6 played a wild animals quiz game in groups. They tested their knowledge and found out new facts. ‘I found out a lot of information when we played the wild animal quiz card game. Did you know that baby foxes have black fur when they are born?’ (Charlie) ‘Did you know that a seal is diurnal? That means it is awake during the day and asleep at night just like us.’ (Holly F)

SSPCA have recently partnered with Robo Wunderkind to include a unique new addition to their programme for Primary 4-7, using new robotic and coding tools to capture children’s imagination, encourage them to have fun and be creative, and emphasise how amazing animals really are. P5/6 really enjoyed developing their coding skills with the robots.

‘I enjoyed making and controlling the robot rabbit. We coded a lot of sounds and moves.’ (Aila)

P5/6 used a toolbar and drag and drop symbols to programme the robots. ‘I liked it that they didn’t tell us what to programme on the rabbits. We got to write our own programmes.’ (Fraser)

Catherine from the SSPCA said that we had great classes at Kippen Primary, we were very engaged, and we used excellent teamwork, listening and sharing. She thought we were very organised, and she said they were made to feel very welcome.


Primary 6/7

This term, P6/7 are investigating some magical science, linked to their Harry Potter topic. As well as trying their hand at soldering and making other electrical circuits, pupils also received a visit from SSERC to investigate how oil and water interact and used this knowledge to make mini lava lamps. The class has also been investigating how different materials react differently in the same situation, learning how to make observations and draw conclusions from these. They have created their own hypotheses about solubility and tested these, and have set each other challenges focussing on investigating the use of magnets.


Kippen Primary House Captains and Vice Captains for 2019-20

All pupils voted for the new House and Vice Captains for this school year. All P7 pupils presented speeches in front of their House and all P7s should be commended for their effort and organisation in preparing their speech.

All pupils in each House were able to listen to all the candidates from their House before voting. The successful House and Vice Captains then presented their speeches at Assembly so that the other Houses could hear their speeches too. Our House and Vice Captains lead House Meetings every month, and they value the support of the other P7 pupils during these meetings. They also lead the House Assembly event month, with responsibility for collecting and reporting on House points and announcing the winners of the House Cup. We look forward to hearing about their plans for future House events.

House and Vice Captains 2019-20

  House Captain Vice-Captain
Ledi Heather Munro Cody MacPhee
Lomond Ailie Mailer Jack Bradwell
Nevis Katie Beeley Calum Beeley


Community Affairs

Kippen SWRI

Our monthly meetings are held in the Reading Rooms commencing at 7.15pm.  The November meeting will be on the 20th with an illustrated talk given by Kevin and Linda Clark re: their Artic travels.  The December meeting will be on the 18th.  The January meeting will be held on 15th in the Reading Room as usual 7.15pm and it will be a Haggis Supper with entertainment.  New members and visitors will be made most welcome.

Helen Wilson, President.


Community Affairs

Kippen Women’s Rural Institute Centenary

Kippen Women’s Rural Institute celebrated 100 years of existence on Wednesday 18th September.  Warm autumn sunshine welcomed members as they gathered at the Reading Room in Kippen for a birthday trip to Pitlochry Theatre.  The performance of the Noel Coward comedy ‘Blythe Spirit’ was enjoyed by all.  The celebration cake, baked by Dianne Louttit, was cut by senior member Mora Adam before an informal toast was proposed by Vice President, Fiona Clark.  Congratulations were voiced by the Women’s Rural Institute National President, Linda Retson.  After a tasty meal the homeward journey (again in sunshine) held a surprise when members were presented with a commemorative mug and shopping bag as well as a shopper from Tesco, which is also celebrating 100 years.  President, Helen Wilson, senior member Winnie Dunlop and a few other members were unable to attend and their absence was keenly felt.  Kippen Women’s Rural gratefully acknowledge the financial aid from Falck Renewables Kingsburn Community Fund, administered by Kippen Community Trust with support from Foundation Scotland and from Stirling Council Community Grants Scheme, without whose assistance this very enjoyable event could not have taken place.