Football in Kippen

Eagle eyed readers of the first edition of the Wee Vine will have noticed that there was an omission in the club’s section of the magazine with no mention of the beautiful game! Given the rich heritage of the game in our village we thought it only right and proper that we give a special focus on our national game and provide readers with all the information they need about our various clubs.

Kippen Football Club

The senior men’s team has been a fixture in the village since 1910 and has over many decades provided a focal point for football in the village. The side traditionally play in the summer Strathendrick League against all the other Stirlingshire village teams.  The club has had its ups and downs in recent years and indeed had a period of hibernation a few years back. The side is made up of a core of Kippenites with a few additional players providing a supporting cast when numbers are tight. The club is currently run by Craig McNicholl and will start the next season in May. Anybody wishing to play or support the club in any way should contact Craig on 07545 116792 The new season fixtures and results will now be published in the Wee Vine. Spectators are very welcome and details of fixtures can be found on the “Grapes” Facebook page.

Kippen Junior Football Club

Kippen Junior FC is a club run by a group of parents for all primary school aged children in and around the village. We currently have players from Buchlyvie and Fintry as well as from here in Kippen. Coaching is delivered by qualified coaches who are all PVG checked.

We run football once a week on Thursday evenings and occasional other events such as Summer Camp usually during the last week of summer holidays before the schools go back. The club has also taken kids on outings to see Premiership matches and to see Scotland play at Hampden Park. Football coaching is held at the football field, School multi court or in the village hall depending on the time of year. We are actively looking for committee members to keep the club going. Please contact us if you can help in any way!

Follow us on twitter@KippenJuniorFC and on Facebook

Kippen Sports Development Ltd

Kippen Sports Development  Ltd is a charity that was establish to raise funds and then to maintain the sports field that was bequeathed to the village by The Mitchell Trust. KDSL is a registered charity and works throughout the year to raise funds to help pay for the ongoing maintenance and development of this important community asset. Key contact Paul Goodwin 870910

Kippen Primary School Football Club

As part of the drive to  ensure schools football is back on the agenda at schools throughout Stirlingshire Kippen Primary school working with Active Stirling has now ensured that there is ongoing football coaching throughout the school year. Training for boys and girls is provided by a qualified pvg checked coach and occurs every Friday afternoon from 3.30-4.30pm.

During the last term before summer holidays the P5-7 boys enter the Small Schools Football and League and cup Tournament. This year they will be defending  both trophies that they won in 2016. (see picture of last year’s winning team)

Fooball club


Kippen Bowling Club

The bowling season in Kippen is well under way.  We have had some nice sunny days and evenings for playing and some not so nice!


A few new members have joined us and an invitation is extended to anyone who would like to come along and play with us on a Monday evening.  If you have never played before, tuition and help is freely offered.  We are a small but friendly club and we would love to see more new faces.

Just a reminder that the club is situated in Fore Road between the church and the village hall — on the same side as the church.

Agnes McLaren, 01360 850264



Bridge Club

Cross Keys Bridge Club meets every Thursday night – yes you’ve guessed it – in The Cross Keys.  All welcome irrespective of experience.  We find that counting and thinking improve with both age and alcohol!

Many folk think Bridge needs skill, intelligence and logic but we tend to find that wit, repartee and a sense of humour are far more important.


In September we are hosting a few novice pairs from the St Andrews club in Glasgow.  They seem very excited about coming out “to the country” and just as excited about being allowed to “bid and booze”.

Peter Singleton


Kippen Cricket Club

The Wednesday team season has, as of the end of June, reached its halfway point and so far we have only lost one match to the weather, which must be some sort of record. We did play one match against Stirling County down at the Meiklewood ground with thunderstorms all around and a fork of lightning providing illumination. The one match called off was the Kippen/ Gargunnock derby match for the Quaich trophy but this crucial match has been rearranged for the 27th August.

So far, though the team has played well in competitive matches, we always seem to come out at the wrong side of the results. The closest being when Kippen were chasing down the 150 scored by Doune and reached 149 on the final ball. The Kippen/ Gargunnock Sunday team have been struggling for players on a Sunday, so we are always interested in anyone free for friendly Sunday games. Please let me know, by text on my number 07798891729, or by email For the Quaich match we will need 22 players from Kippen and Gargunnock.

Sean Kelly, 07798891729


Kippen Curling Club

The Club is always keen to welcome new members, whether they are experienced players or curious beginners.

Play is in the evening, at The Peak in Stirling between September and March with classes available at the start and throughout the season.

To begin the new season we invite anyone who is interested to come to the Reading Room on Tuesday 5th September at 7pm for a glass of wine, a chat and the chance to find out more about playing with the Club.

Learn a skill!

Keep fit!

Have fun!

Kirsty Cuthbert


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