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


Kippen Bowling Club

bowling ballsThe bowling season is well and truly under way at the Kingdom of Kippen Bowling Club.  Our programme is made up and we have many competitions open to both members and other bowling clubs.

We have friendly games with neighbouring clubs and these are always good fun especially the ‘goodies’ afterwards.

Monday nights are informal club nights so why not come along and join us?  We are situated in Fore Road just down from the Inn at Kippen on the same side of the road.

Hope to see some new faces.

Agnes McLaren


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1st Carse Cubs

The Cubs and Leaders took part in the 100-year Remembrance Ceremony and Service to mark the end of the First World War.  The Cubs read out the names on our War Memorial and placed our ‘poppy crosses’ on the War Memorial, which the Cubs made during one of our sessions.  From there we went to the Church and one of our Cubs carried the Union flag into the Church.

Our ever-popular Firework and Bonfire night was held on Tuesday 6th November at Kippen Football Pitch. This is our big fund-raising event of the year and, despite a bit of rain at exactly the point the fireworks were set off, was a huge success.  I am delighted to announce that we raised £950 on the night.  As part of the Scouting ethos, and with our community in mind, the funds were distributed to the following groups:

Stirlingshire Scouting Association
Kippen Primary School
Kippen Sports Development Fund
The Reading Rooms
Kippen Village Hall
Reading Rooms Garden
Flower Tubs in Main Street
Outdoor Equipment for your local Cubs

We’d also like to thank all the local businesses and individuals who sponsored and supported this event as well (in no particular order – you are all awesome!):

Trossachs Search and Rescue
The Woodhouse
The Inn at Kippen
The Cross Keys
Sheree Hairdressing
McNicolls Country Store
Rhubarb Lime
Skinner’s of Kippen
Weir Forestry
Kippen Community Woodland group
Kippen Sports Development Fund
Bobby Wilson (Stephen Paul Associates)
Martin and Janet Hobson
John Lamb
Jaimie McLean
Andrew Struthers

We hope you enjoyed the night as much as we did, and thank you once again for your kind donations. This event could not run and be such a huge success without the support and generous donations from you, our community.

Also this term, the Cubs took a visit to the pumpkin patch at Arnprior Pumpkins, made chips and home-made ketchup from the produce we grew in the Reading Rooms garden, made our own guys for the bonfire, had a fabulously fun Halloween party and were able to participate in a wall climbing experience at The Peak, which was led by one of our leaders, Iain MacKinnon who has recently qualified as a wall climbing instructor.


As I write we are making plans for our end of term Christmas party.  This is always a fun event with lots of games, laughter and party food.  This event also marks the end of my time at Cubs.  My son is leaving Cubs at Christmas and moving to Scouts.  He also plays rugby at Strathendrick Rugby Club, where I am also one of the coaches for his team.  As the Rugby Team progress, so does the commitment from the coaches, so it seems like the most natural time to hang up my Cub necktie and hand over the reigns of this fantastic wee group to Iain MacKinnon and the other leaders.  I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with this fantastic bunch of amazing kids, who never cease to amaze me.  It wouldn’t be such a huge success without the commitment and dedication of the wonderful team of assistant leaders I had around me, each one bringing different skills and ideas to this fabulous group.  It’s been an honour and a privilege to have been involved, and I know it will continue to be a huge part of our community for many years to come.

Derek Shanks


Kippen Reading Rooms

2018 has been a busy year for the Reading Rooms. Our thanks go to all who have supported the rooms this year, either as users, helpers or, most of all, as committee members.

A substantial programme of restoration has been completed, involving our tower, roof repairs and all external areas needed to make the building wind and watertight.

Internally we gradually realised that we had major problems of wet and dry rot, requiring expert treatment.

Thanks to help from Windfarm funds, all this work has been carried out, and we are now quietly tidying up and restoring decoration.

None of this has prevented our users from being very active in the rooms.

Keep Fit classes under Andy Carlin continue to be very popular.

A very successful series of film shows has been introduced by Mike Flint, using our projector and screen facilities, and this series will continue, hopefully, on a permanent basis.

The main room continues to be a great attraction for children’s parties, particularly involving a children’s film on the screen.

The Summer Ice Rink has had spasmodic use, but we are hopeful that, as nearby villages have resuscitated their own rinks, Kippen may start to field a team, perhaps reviving the historic league matches between the clubs.

The under five Ballet Classes continue to be held, with the leader transferring across to the Primary School after each session, to hold classes for the older children.

Both the Quilters and ‘The Rural’ continue to use the main hall on a regular basis.

Wee Whist continues, with much fun and laughter, meeting on every second Wednesday of the month.

Callanetics and Qi Gong classes are being conducted on a trial basis.

Upstairs, we are now able to offer a warm room which is ideal for committee meetings and for councillor’s clinics.  A second room (the tower room) will be ready use in the next few weeks.

The Children’s Library, which was originally established as an ‘open air’ venture, is currently housed upstairs, in cosy quarters, but it is, as yet, little used, and requires volunteers from the village for its management.

Kippen Heritage will shortly move into their new quarters upstairs, hopefully reviving the project for digitising existing paper records.

Finally, we can report that much progress has been made with plans for our Kitchen Project. Discussions are in hand with the Community Trust, and planning work is in hand to try to reduce the cost of this project and to obtain the necessary funds before we can commence work.

Our next Jumble Sale will be held on 23rd March.

We look forward, during 2019, to developing the Reading Rooms to their full potential as a service to the village as a great venue both for clubs, institutions and for private parties.

Jeremy Gaywood


1st Stirlingshire Carse Beavers

beavers at christmas carol concert

The autumn term continued with 1st Stirling Carse Beavers being very excited at “Arnprior Pumpkins”, kindly hosted by Duncan and Rebecca McEwan, and enjoyed the Bonfire Night organised by the Cubs.  Beavers then reflected on the 1st World War and painted stones to mark their respects, taking an active part in leading the Remembrance Service on the 11th November. After completing the Faith Badge, Beavers learned about global issues, such as how desertification in areas of Madagascar can affect the habitat of indigenous animals like lemurs, plastic pollution damages the food chain in the sea and the difficulty of finding clean water in some areas of the world, making water filters to understand this. Beavers celebrated with a Christmas Party and finished the year by singing Kumbaya at the Christmas Carol Concert. Many thanks to Ellen Larson Davidson, Jeeka Jarvis, Adrian Chamberlain and all Beavers’ parents for their great support each week. Please contact: for more info on Beavers.


Kippen Tennis Club

Kippen Tennis Club

Kippen Tennis Club is a friendly, relaxed  local club , which offers players of all standards the opportunity to play on two of the best  all- weather, floodlit  courts in the area.

The courts have recently been repainted and as can be seen from the picture below, look fantastic. (Picture Courtesy of Mike Loughry Drones Inc)

KTC has a modern clubhouse that includes changing facilities, toilets, showers and a social area.

We currently have over 100 members, half of whom are junior members, and we actively encourage junior players to join our Club.

New members are always welcome, with membership open to families, adults and juniors, and runs from 1st April to 31st March.

There are various incentives on offer for new members, please visit our website at for details.

For those who are competitive,  we play in the Central Scotland Doubles Leagues and have 3 Men’s teams, 1 Women’s team and junior teams playing across a number of divisions.

We are always looking for new team members, so please do not hesitate to contact us.

The Club runs numerous competitions which are open to all members, and there are also various social events throughout the year, both on and off the court.

We also runs social tennis evenings, which offers new members a good opportunity to meet and get to know other Club members.

So, whether you’re aspiring to be the next Roger Federer, or are happy to have a relaxed social game with friends, make the most of the fantastic facilities on offer, and contact us at:

The Callendar team ended up as winners of this local Wednesday league and well done to them.

Kippen again played in the Leven Six a Side Tournament in early September and, although winning 2 of our 3 matches, the draw meant we left the tournament without a trophy this year.

The fine weather had the unintended effect of limiting our help to The Gargunnock Sunday team, as many players were taking advantage of predictable dry weather to plan family trips and other pursuits on Sundays.

All in all, another enjoyable season for the players, and the highlight match would be the win over Stirling County where, in a close fought game, we achieved the winning runs on the second last ball of the innings.

Sean Kelly