Kippen Football Club

The village football club has been running for over 115 years and has been a member of the Forth & Endrick Football Association since its beginning.  In recent years the club has enjoyed taking part in the Ronnie Mackie Cup.

Kippen FC are currently starting preparations for the upcoming season and would like to invite anyone wishing to play for us (16 and over only) or if anyone wishes to help with the running of the club please contact me through the village shop.

Craig McNicoll, Club Manager


Book Club

“So please, oh please, we beg, we pray
Go throw your TV set away
And in its place you can install
A lovely bookshelf on the wall”   Roald Dahl

If you think of yourself as a reader you may well be a member of one of the book clubs which have been formed in Kippen over the years.  Book groups are not a modern concept. Since the early 1600s women have been gathering to discuss literature and other topical issues.  Some of the earliest “book clubs” were simple Bible study groups such as the one Anne Hutchinson of Massachusetts formed in 1634 to talk about the local minister’s sermons.  In the elegant salons of Paris before the Revolution women gathered to debate Robespierre.  In the 19th century, as women found themselves excluded from intellectual debate and most universities, they formed clubs to deal with professional and educational discrimination.  Whatever the venue or the topic women have used book clubs as a forum for reading, learning and making their voices heard.  As long as there have been books, people have gathered to discuss them though historically these groups have been dominated by women.

In the early 19th century book clubs became havens for many American women.  Hannah Crocker praised her Boston reading group for “cultivating the mind”.  For the educationally disadvantaged black women of this time, literary societies were a great resource for them.

Freedom’s Journal, the first African-American owned newspaper in the US advertised “a society to meet once a week to read works adapted to literary improvement”.  The Female Literary Association of Philadelphia took the book club concept a stage further.  Members wrote an essay (anonymous) for each gathering and these were distributed and critiqued by the group.   Thankfully, our modern day book clubs don’t go this far!

The “book of the month” concept was created by Harry Scherman in 1926 and is a formula used by many book clubs today.  The Chicago Women’s Liberation Union of the time issued a pamphlet with guidelines on forming a group.  No more than 12 members; meeting in a woman’s home if possible; come with questions about the characters, plot, etc.; give each person a chance to speak one at a time (difficult for some of us I think when we all get going).  However, this framework closely resembles the pattern that present day book clubs use.

From the early American settlers and European society women to Oprah Winfrey, book clubs have evolved.  The longest book club was started in 1877 in Illinois and still thrives today.  We now have online reading groups, radio book clubs and bookshop discussion groups and these have all been a positive force in women’s lives.   They are an enjoyable forum for like-minded people to meet, discuss and indulge – “what’s the point of having a book club if you don’t get to eat food and drink wine?” (“The Middlesteins” by J Attenburg)

Anne Jenkins


Bridge Club

In the last issue we described Cross Keys Bridge, whereby a select, but growing, few enjoy the twin delights of fine ale and a few hands of Bridge.   The offer to come and join us is still more than open – it’s even encouraged.  However, some folk have asked about lessons.

Having considered this a few of us, guided by our resident Guru – Stuart ‘broadband’ Thomson, are happy to run classes using the Scottish Bridge Union programme.   At present the best time for us would appear to be 7-9pm on a Thursday evening, and we could fit in a block of lessons in May and June, probably re-starting in mid-August.

If you would like to learn to play bridge or can play but would wish to undertake a structured course, all ages, all skills, only humour required,  please let me know and if there is enough interest we will set something up, you never know it might involve ale and wine as well!

Peter Singleton


Kippen Golf Club

It was agreed at the A.G.M. in January that there would be four outings this year. Three will be single rounds and only one a 2 round day.

The outings are as follows:

Friday 19th May– a single round for the Cauldhame Trophy at Alloa Golf Club

Wednesday 21st June -a single round at Balfron Golf Course for the Robert Chapman Greensome Trophies played in pairs.

Saturday 22nd July – a 2 round day at Kinross. In the morning playing for the Denholm Cup on the Montgomery Course and the afternoon on the Bruce Course for the Millar’s of Falkirk Goblets in pairs.

Sunday 3rd September – a single round at Scotscraig Golf Club for the Jubilee Cup.

The usual detail for all outings will be forwarded to all members a month in advance of the due date.

The draws for the 2 Knock-out competitions have been made and are posted in McNicolls Country Store.

Alastair McCall


Kippen Cricket Club

Kippen Cricket club are gearing up for the coming season which we approach in the certain knowledge that the weather will be fine and good in the coming months.

We will be organising practice evenings with nets down at the Meiklewood ground (Near Gargunnock) once it is dry enough to play.

We have full programme of both Sunday and Wednesday games planned for the season. The first Wednesday evening game is planned for the 3rd of May. Full details for the fixtures are on the new joint Teamer list for Gargunnock and Kippen cricket clubs. Those players who are already registered on teamer should have access to this new list.

Kippen and Gargunnock will be working in the coming weeks to prepare the ground at Meiklewood for the season and work party days will be organised where players will be requested to come down for a few hours to help with the necessary work. Please watch your teamer e-mails and texts for dates and times of this.

For new players who are interested in joining the teamer please contact me on my e-mail or telephone 01786 870565 and I can arrange for an invite to join the team list on Teamer to be sent out. All new players are welcome, any age or gender, whether you have  previously played or are new to the game .

Sean Kelly, Kippen Cricket Club


Kippen Curling Club

The Club was founded in 1838 and admitted to membership of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club in 1843, making it one of the oldest curling clubs in Scotland. In those days there were thirty players, all of whom were men, and today we still have around thirty members, although nowadays the membership is split fairly evenly between the sexes.

The original curling pond was at Crawfordston Farm and over the years, amongst other locations, the Club has played on the old curling pond on Kippen Common and on Loch Laggan, when the weather was suitably cold. Fortunately the game is no longer weather dependent and we now play at the Peak in Stirling, the season running from September through until March. In addition to our own Club matches we also take part in a number of the Forth & Endrick competitions and in the Forth Valley Bonspiel, as well as some other tournaments further afield.

We are always keen to welcome new members, irrespective of age and experience and for those interested in trying the sport the Try Curling classes held at the Peak are a great way to see what it’s all about. Further tuition is then available for those who get the curling bug. Contact for more information.

With the 2016/17 season now over, the AGM (to which all interested parties are invited) will be held in the Cross Keys on 11th May at 7.30 p.m.

Jim McGhie