Kippen_CCOur Club curls from late September until late March, so we are now halfway through the season. It has been very busy with our regular club matches, tournaments against local teams and two of our players travelled to Kent to take part in a National competition.

We have missed seeing some of our members on the ice because of illness or mishap but some new members have quickly taken up the brush and are most welcome.

A team of Fiona Robertson, Naomi Hirst, Grant Coubrough and Nander Robertson brought glory by winning the Stirling Area Christmas Bonspiel, a match which has been widely enjoyed for many years.  Naomi also won 1st prize for her elfin outfit.


Curling is an excellent way to keep fit when it is too wet for golf and the dog does not want yet another walk, so why not try this sociable and friendly game.

There are training sessions held at the Peak

Kirsty Cuthbert






bowling ballsThe outdoor season at the Kingdom of Kippen Bowling Club is now well and truly finished. Some of our members are however playing indoor bowling at Fintry Sports Club where there are 4 super indoor rinks.

Our closing date this year was Sunday 15th September and, although the numbers attending were fairly small, good fun was had by all.

The annual Prize Giving was held at Fintry Sports Club on Sunday 17th November when all the trophies were handed out – some bowlers even winning more than one!  A lovely meal was provided by Brenda and her staff and a great time was had by all.

Our AGM will be held late February or early March. The exact date will be publicised in due course.

A reminder to all readers – there is a Bowling Club in Kippen, and a warm welcome is extended to anyone.

The Committee



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

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: for more info on Beavers.

Adrian Chamberlain


Kippen Cricket Club

cricket ballCricket season has reached its halfway point and, despite the variable weather to date, Kippen have managed to play 5 evening matches in the West Stirlingshire T20 League.

We are currently sitting top of the table with 3 wins from 5, but it has to be said that other teams have not been so lucky with the weather and, as rearranged matches get played, our top position may not be a true picture.

First match In May was away to Stirling County with victory for Kippen in the gathering gloom at New Williamfield. Kippen won by 9 runs with Keir Singleton and Gavin Cross top scoring in the Kippen innings with 26 and 28 runs respectively. Top bowlers were   Gavin Cross 3 wickets for 14 in 3 overs and Jacob Kelly with 2 wkts for 7 runs in 3 overs

The following week we lost out to Callander at Meiklewood in a close match by 2 wickets. Graham Brodie top scored with the bat with 35 runs not out and Dave Bentley had a great spell with outstanding figures of 3 wkts for 8 runs after 3 overs.

Next up was the visit of Milngavie to Meiklewood with Kippen victorious, winning by 7 wickets. Willie Anderson and Chris Jewell both scored 30 runs (and retired as per WSL rules). Best Bowler was Les Watson with 2 wkts for 10 runs in 3 overs.

Kippen then played Stirling County at Meiklewood in June and were again winners against the County side. It was a difficult damp pitch to play on that evening and Kippen struggled to reach a total of 86 with Andy Sullivan top scoring with 14 runs. However, County found the conditions even more difficult and were bowled out for 71, Kippen winning by 15 runs. Best bowler was Willie Anderson with 3 wkts for 7 runs in 3 overs.

Kippen travelled to The Garscube Sports Complex for the return match with Milngavie on 26th June, a beautiful evening, but the less said about the match that evening the better. Enough to say Kippen were well beaten!

So, we have home and away fixtures with Doune and an away fixture with Callendar to look forward to. With some luck with the weather, and further good play, Kippen could be in a good position in The West Stirlingshire League this season.

As always Kippen is looking for any new players of any age (Our current oldest player is over 70! And he opens the bowling) and gender, as we play a friendly level of competition and enthusiasm is more important than experience.

Sean Kelly




Kippen Curling Club

Kippen CCAlthough we are still hoping for a wonderful summer, plans are well in hand for the winter curling season. This begins with a social event in the Reading Rooms for curlers, seasoned and new. If you are interested in hearing about the game of curling, do join us at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 3rd September.

Shortly after that the season opens with a Bonspiel followed throughout the winter by Club and inter-Club matches.

The Peak organises excellent curling taster sessions and coaching for all ages. No need to worry if your knees are a little creaky – several play with a cue which avoids going down to deliver the stone.

Please speak to our President, Les Watson, Toll House or contact our Secretary, Kirsty Cuthbert on 01786 870347 or for more details.


Kirsty Cuthbert