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Match with St Andrew Bridge Club, Woodlands, Glasgow

For a couple of years, a variable group of card players have been learning to play Bridge with good-natured, knowledgeable tuition from Stuart Thomson, using the Benjamin ACOL bidding system. On Saturday 24th March, a group of 16 Kippen card players arrived at the stylish St Andrew Bridge club in Woodlands, Glasgow, to play a tournament – 24 hands of Bridge against a team of 16 Glasgow players. We were coffeed and wined well (and of course, biscuits…). After a tense couple of hours of play, the scores were totted up. Kippen had the most points overall, and the top scorers for the day were Peter Singleton and Dave Bentley of Kippen. Both teams celebrated at Mr Singh’s curry house – a very sociable way to spend a Saturday afternoon and evening. Usual Bridge sessions are on Thursdays at the Cross Keys from 8pm and are welcoming and informal (be prepared to use dusty corners of your mind!).  

The Pig Trophy can be admired behind the bar at the Cross Keys. Contact Stuart for more information stuartsthomson@aol.com. 

Di Blackmore 

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Kippen Cricket Club

Kippen Cricket Club, for the forthcoming 2018 season, will be continuing our link-up with Gargunnock Cricket Club and will be fielding a joint team on Wednesdays and Sundays throughout the season. Last year finished on a high when the Club was runner- up in the Vale of Leven Sixes Tournament   The final was a close fought affair and Kippen lost only on the last ball bowled. 

We will be playing a full set of fixtures in the West Stirlingshire T20 League on Wednesday evenings, and the Sunday Team will be playing the series of friendly matches with local, and not local, teams. We have a touring side from London on the fixture list for May. 

The Club is always looking for new members and people interested in cricket, young and old, of all genders and playing ability. We are very much a fun team and if either you played before and want to get back into the game, or never played before, you are welcome at the Club.  Contact Sean Kelly at kellykippen@btinternet.com for more details, or stop and speak with one of the people dressed in white you may see in the Cross keys on a Wednesday evening. 

Sean Kelly 

3 Kippen Cricket 6 a side team 2017

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Kippen FC

The Football Club is just about to get the new season started.  We have managed to retain all our players from last year and are expecting a good season. 

We have a new Annual Competition this year.  A cup has been donated to the Club by Jane Wilson, in memory of Bill Wilson, who was Chairman of the Club for many years.  This will be played for between Kippen FC and Thornhill FC on May 22nd at Thornhill Park. 

If anyone is interested in playing, or in becoming a member of the committee, then please contact McNicoll’s on 01786 870237 

Craig McNicoll 

Club Manager 

 

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Youth Cup Rugby

Two Kippen boys turn out for Club Champions

On Sunday 25th March Stirling County U18 Rugby Team won the Youth Cup at Murrayfield for the third year in a row.   A great honour for youngsters to play on the hallowed turf, nice day out for the families and friends too. Two Kippen boys were part of that winning team.  Lachlan Mackay, at prop, played for the team both in 2017 & 2018 and capped his second cup final appearance with a bullish performance and a try. Over the last 2 years Lachlan has been a significant part of a highly successful Stirling County U18 and played both Regional and International Rugby for Scotland.    Kippen’s second son was Keir Singleton, who played U16 Rugby for Scotland last year, but is in his first year with U18s.  Keir came off the bench onto the left wing with 5 minutes to go and much to prove, making a break up the centre of the field, resulting in Stirling’s final try, to seal a comfortable victory 29-5.

Needless to say there were some serious celebrations to follow!

Peter Singleton

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Kippen SWRI

We had some interesting meetings this term, ranging from a slide show and talk on a trip taken by a couple who enjoy cycling, to a very talented local lady who does lace-making. 

Everyone is welcome to come along to our meetings which are advertised in the local shops and the Stirling Observer.  They happen on the third Wednesday of every month. 

Helen Wilson (870672) 

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Kippen Bowling Club

Spring is almost upon us and so is the OPENING of Kippen Bowling Club which will be held in the bowling club on Sunday 22nd April at 1.30 pm for 2 pm. bowling balls

For those of you who don’t know about us we are a small friendly club who meet on a Monday night at 7pm during the bowling season.  This evening is a fun evening.  No need to have played bowls before – just come along and join in the fun. In addition, for those who are interested there are a number of team games and other competitions throughout the season.

In case you don’t know we are situated on the left hand side going down Fore Road about 50 yards down from the entrance to the church.

We are always looking for new members and anyone coming along will be made most welcome.  Any information can be obtained from Agnes McLaren whose phone number is below.

GO  ON  COME  AND  JOIN  US – YOU  HAVE  NOTHING  TO  LOSE!!

Agnes McLaren

Secretary

01360 850264

 

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The Wooden Curling Stone

This wooden stone was commissioned by Jock Armstrong as a trophy to be played as an annual competition by Kippen Curling Club. The first competition was played in 2005 and was won by Robert Armstrong’s team, with other team members being Jean Chapman, Ken Smith and Marian Watt. Originally the competition was played at an away venue, with several games being played over a weekend. Latterly, it was a day’s outing at Greenacres.

In November this year the competition was played at The Peak Ice Rink in Stirling, with two teams of curling. Skip Margaret Armstrong, and team members John Rennie, Nander Robertson and Naomi Hirst, were the proud winners of the trophy.

Roddy McLeod, who lived at Dun Eaglais, turned the stone from various types of wood. Roddy’s business, before he retired, was Charles Henshaw and Sons Ltd, Iron Founders in Edinburgh. The business creates architectural features for buildings, and when Buchanan Galleries was built in Glasgow they installed the handrails for the gallery, and part of the wooden stone is made from off cuts of the maple handrail. Roddy was always on the lookout for bits of ‘spare’ wood, and the wooden handle is a piece from another commission at the Conrad Restaurant at No 1 Poultry, in London. Another section of the stone comes from echi wood which is a hard wood from Africa, the base being made from walnut, and the stone itself is mahogany. Robert Armstrong made a wooden box to carry this trophy. Altogether, it is a beautiful piece of work. Many residents in Kippen are proud owners of some of Roddy’s pieces.