Community Affairs


On Sunday 4th August at Kippen Sports Field the new team representing the village, GSR Central Academy, hosted Bearsden YFC to compete for The Ronnie Mackie Memorial Cup Challenge.  GSR Central Academy will play in the Central League B Division this year and Bearsden YFC play in the Glasgow and Paisley B Division at Under 15 level.

Many spectators from the village were delighted to see football back in Kippen for the first time in over 2 years.  Over 100 spectators witnessed a very close opening 15 minutes before the Kippen based GSR Central Academy eventually ran our comfortable winners against a tiring Bearsden YFC. The game eventually finished with a convincing win 11-1 to the home side.  Ronnie’s Mum, Jean Struthers was on hand to present the Cup to the winning team who celebrated their first ever game in style.

GSR Central Academy is chaired by former Rangers, Hearts and Scotland internationalist Dave McPherson and is offering a pathway to players interested in combining an education with playing football full-time.  They are currently recruiting for players in a few positions and can be contacted on Facebook or by calling 07702 252519.

Paul Goodwin


Community Affairs

Reading Rooms

At last, we have a new coat of white stone paint on the front of our building!

This latest feature is but a symbol of a long and sometimes frustrating series of works which have spanned some 3 years or more.

Earlier this year, we were able to report the successful award of a grant from Windmill Funds which has provided the basis for a campaign to seek funding for our Kitchen Project. Funds will also be required to meet an extensive programme of expenditure necessary to ensure that the fabric of the Reading Rooms never again deteriorates to the extent to which the present committee has had to face.

Our extant research on further grant sources quickly revealed that the grant scene has changed in recent years. Some traditionally important Trusts have changed their policies. In particular, Brexit appears to have impacted upon the availability of the European Structured Funds which had been a primary fund source for Leader Funds.

One factor stands out – Charitable Status has become an important requirement from many grant sources. The Reading Room, together with the Mitchell Trust is currently studying the complications which we face on this subject. We are being helped by George Craig, a practising solicitor who lives in the village, to whom we are very grateful.

In a lighter vein, we are very pleased that the’ Kippen Cuppa’ has been launched, providing an opportunity for people to gather on a Thursday afternoon for a cup of tea and a social chat.

The Children’s Library also operates on the same day of the week, enabling children and mothers to meet in the cosy atmosphere of the upper rooms.

Both of these functions fit well into a general policy of social recreation and education, set out in our Trust Deed created in 1934 – not quite as outmoded as one might have expected!

Kippen Heritage has successfully moved into their new quarters upstairs and has taken charge of the superb collection of archives compiled over many years by Winnie Dunlop. The village owes a huge debt to Winnie for this monumental work, and the Heritage Committee, under the steady hand of Margaret Diamond, has expressed it satisfaction in being able to take on its custody in a pleasant environment.

As reported elsewhere in this edition of The Wee Vine, the County Archaeologist, Murray Cook has completed a draft of his formal report on a successful first dig at Keir Hill of Dasher. Displays of the dig and its results are to be seen on the walls in the Reading Room, presented by Irene Chapman.

The committee continues its work in preparing the Reading Rooms for service in connection with the Risk and Resilience plan for the village of Kippen and outlying areas.

Kippen Reading Rooms have long been a facility for the village. We have a great variety of users but we remain keen to encourage new initiatives and to listen to new ideas.

Finally, our all important Jumble Sale takes place on Saturday, 26th October – all contributions are welcome.

Jeremy Gaywood

Kippen Reading Room

Community Affairs

Woodland Group

Kippen Woodland Group

Thanks to those who stopped at our Street Fayre stall to find out more about what we do and to guess the number of tadpoles put into the tub.  It became apparent over the course of the day that there was an ever-decreasing number of tadpoles due to cannibalistic behaviour. Well done to the Fore Road resident whose guess of 63 tadpoles was closest to the number of 64 put into the tub.

A small number of trusty volunteers have been keeping the paths clear and boardwalks maintained over the past months.  It has been encouraging to see that limited litter is accumulating up at the “Fort” so thanks to those who headed our plea last year and continue to take their empties away with them.  Many thanks also go to those who have carried out additional tasks in between work days.  In particular, Gavin Cross for clearing a tree overhanging the Black Brae path, Wallis Weir for clearing a tree over the pond boardwalk, Donald Smith for treating Japanese Knotweed and Les Watson for cutting back vegetation along the sides of the paths.

We continue to work in Burnside Wood on the first Sunday morning of each month, with the remaining dates for 2019 being Sunday 6th October, 3rd November and 1st December.  Everyone is welcome to join us; just wear something that you don’t mind getting muddy and head down to the football pitch for 10.00 am.  Gloves and tools are provided as well as tea/coffee and biscuits during our late-morning break.

The Annual General Meeting of the Group will be held on Thursday 7th November at 8:00 pm in the Cross Keys.  All are welcome to attend, to contribute ideas or just to find out more about what we do.  Donald Smith is definitely standing down as Chair and we need to attract another office bearer.  The duties are not onerous as we only meet for a couple of hours every quarter, no particular skills are required and there is little to do in between times apart from participating in the occasional work morning.  We have plans, money in the bank and lots of tools to make use of.  With a new office bearer we can build on what we have and secure the future of the Group.

If anyone is interested in finding out more, please speak to Karen Dekker or myself or contact us via email ( or Facebook.

Paula Watson

Secretary, Kippen Community Woodland Group

Community Affairs

Christian Aid

This year’s door to door collection for Christian Aid in Kippen raised the impressive sum of just over £2,350, an increase of over 17% on the total raised in 2018.  Michael Hirst, the organiser of the Christian Aid collection, commented: “I am very grateful to the people of Kippen for once again showing their generous support for the humanitarian work done by Christian Aid in very poor countries of the world.  It is very gratifying, and a particular encouragement to the team of 30 worthy volunteers who did the house to house collection in and around the village.

Michael Hirst

Community Affairs

Kippen 20MPH Update

Hello Bruce,

I am the editor of the Wee Vine in Kippen. We featured an article in the winter edition last year on the success of the campaign. All seems to have gone quiet now.

It mentioned that works would be carried out this financial year.

Can you advise what the situation is now please?


Denis Bradley


Hello Denis,

Many thanks for getting in touch about this.

I have been in touch with the Council regarding the implementation of the 20mph zone in Kippen, which is subject to being approved by the planning panel. My understanding is that there were objections made to the Council’s planning application, which did not relate to Kippen. I have had assurances that officers are working on this matter and intend to introduce new signage to the area as soon as possible.

This is a disappointing delay, as finances have been allocated to this project. However, I will remain in close contact with Council officers and hope that this is only a minor delay to the implementation of 20mph zones.

I hope that this is helpful.

Kind regards,

Bruce Crawford MSP, pp.Lee Robb

Community Affairs

Kippen Community Quilters


Would you like to join our friendly little quilting group?  We meet autumn through to early summer ever 2 weeks in Kippen Reading Room on Saturday mornings.  We have some space available if you would like to join us and the membership fee is nominal.  The group re-starts in September but if you want any information please ask Kristine Kilgour, Elma Leith, Betty McAllister,  Linda Wilson or Alison Bradley.  Or contact us through our Facebook page

Community Affairs

Reading Rooms

Since our last article in the Spring Edition we have been quietly carrying out some essential preliminary work with the Mitchell Trust, prior to the procedure of preparing the organisation for formal charitable status. We have found that such status has become almost a pre-requisite in qualifying for the substantial grants needed for us to complete plans for refurbishment and modification projects.

We would like to thank all our various users of the Reading Rooms for their continuing support. In the Spring, we announced the opening of the Children’s Library, which involves parents as much as the children.

Another initiative which brings people together is the Kippen Cuppa, which takes place on a Thursday afternoon from 2 to 3.30, managed by Ali Thom.

Mike Flint has continued with his film series, and we are very pleased that all of these activities, together with Keep Fit and ‘The Rural’, utilise the Rooms for the very purpose for which they were built – bringing people together.

Earlier in the year, the defibrillator was successfully applied, and it is hoped to have another instruction session run by the Loch Lomond and Trossachs Mountain Rescue Group. Following the incident mentioned in the Spring edition, some lessons were learned, as a result of which it has been planned that an external light will be installed shortly, which should enable easy access to the equipment at night-time.

Over the last 14 months just over £22,000 has been spent on major repairs and maintenance. That work is now very largely complete, and it is hoped to start the second phase of upgrading the kitchen and other facilities as soon as funds become available from grant sources.

At the recent Annual General Meeting of the Management Committee, it became clear that material increases in electricity, and other maintenance charges, make it necessary to increase the hourly charge for using the Reading Rooms – the first increase for four years.

These increases are modest in size, and still make the Reading Rooms good value for meetings, functions and parties.

Jeremy Gaywood



Community Affairs


One Journey, Many Roads

“Companions on the Road”

The Annual Gathering of the Guild will take place in Dundee on Saturday, 7th September.  This event is worth a visit.  If interested, please contact Joanna by Monday 19th August for a ticket (free).

Tuesday 10th September at 2.00 p.m.  “Sweet Harmony”

                                                                  Barber Shop Chorus from Falkirk

In Kippen Church, Fore Road, Kippen, for everyone interested, bring your friends.
Admission by donation.

All men and women are welcome to attend Guild meetings held at 2.00 p.m. on the following dates in Kippen Church House (attached to the Church in Fore Road):

Tuesday 8th October  – “Cambodia and Vietnam Sojourn” – John Anderson

Tuesday 12th November

Tuesday 26th November

Tuesday 10th December – Christmas Lunch – time and venue to be confirmed

Further information is available from Joanna M. McPhail 01786 870681 or

Joanna McPhail