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Bus Update

7After two years, Stirling Council produced a proposal in July to address complaints regarding the Cambusbarron detour on the Aberfoyle C11 daytime and Balfron C12 evening bus routes. This proposal

returned both C11/C12 buses to their original routes and provided links to Forth Valley College and Stirling Community Hospital. The proposal was overwhelmingly accepted by commuters at a Consultation in Aberfoyle on 17th July. Despite losing no services, on 18th July Cambusbarron rejected it. As a result, it was deferred.


As this diversion was added to both routes with no prior consultation we found it incredible that this one village, so near to Stirling, could override the views of the majority. Buchlyvie Community Council wrote a letter, supported by 5 other Community Councils across wards 1and 2, asking for the immediate implementation of the new proposal to relieve pressure on our dwindling C11/C12 routes. Local Councillors, from both wards, pledged their support and met with transport officers. A formal complaint was lodged with Stirling Council. Officers have since decided it is best to separate the two communities. Initially they proposed to restore the C11 but not our C12, despite us arguing that both services be changed simultaneously. To make a change that would suit Cambusbarron would have required extra funding. Officers have now been told to develop a plan to change the C11 without incurring extra costs. They are trying to achieve this as we go to print. We have received conflicting reports on a decision re the C12. A total of 15 plus Communities are adversely affected by the Cambusbarron detour.

This situation has meant the campaign for Sunday Transport has been somewhat neglected. However, all local Councillors and Community Councils have been asked to continue to pursue this. Below are some of the issues that people without transport struggle with on a Sunday.

Connecting to and from trains/buses in Stirling and Glasgow

Hospital appointments or visiting

Accessing other villages on this route

Visiting relatives in Care Homes

Attending different Churches/Church events

Young people cannot stay overnight on a Saturday with friends unless parents ferry to and fro. They also cannot access Stirling independently to shop or socialise.

Villagers cannot go to pubs or attend events like beer festivals in different villages without having to drive.

No access to Christmas Lights celebrations in Stirling, always held on a Sunday.

With regard to the upgrade of the 8 Balfron Buses highlighted by Bruce Crawford, it appears only one has reached Balfron to date. The seats have been reupholstered with new fabric. However, like the Butchers Boy in the Stirling Observer, you do have to look out for it. We look forward to the remaining 7 arriving at Balfron …preferably water tight and with a fully working heating system going into the winter months.

Valerie Brand

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In the midst of Chaos is Cosmos

I love the title of a book on my shelves: ‘In the Midst 5of Chaos.’ Much of my life currently feels in the midst of chaos – recovering from summer holidays, finding a way into the back-to-school routine, remembering all the activities that are getting underway again, and begin to plan for Christmas. Yes, I said it – CHRISTMAS! As a minister, I’ve been thinking about Christmas for a wee while already; if I don’t I wouldn’t survive the unexpected events appearing between now and then.

I don’t know about you, but I feel that life feels chaotic at times. I remember my grandmother using the very vivid description of how NOT to approach life with ‘she’s running about like a headless chicken.’ I can picture it; I helped kill chickens at a friend’s farm.  Hand up – I have been the darting, dashing, mindless mother, wife, minister and community member, and it breaks my heart that I may have missed something in the midst of my chaos.

At times, I must force myself to stop and wake up, so I am mindful of life and all its fullness. Take a breath, refocus, remember, and BE in the moment. ‘Be still and know that I am God’ (Psalm 46: 10) is one of my favourite passages to remember when I feel life getting me. It’s hard to find peace or calm when I feel pulled into the whirlwind, but if I remember to pause I’m able to be alert and aware of things I may have missed otherwise.

I don’t always get it right. I have been known to look like a woman on a mission out walking to visits or to the shop and seem to ignore someone who tries to catch my eye. I’m sorry if my whirlwind has blasted past and I haven’t seen you. I am trying to remember to see the world and all that is in it with God’s eyes that are not hurried or frantic. God’s love is steadfast and true and even calming in the midst of the storms of life. Jesus told the wind, waves and his worried friends to ‘Be still, be at peace.’ As I do my best to follow Jesus’ way, I am reminded of God’s peace in the midst of chaos that is not only for me but that I can be for others. I don’t have to be chaotic just because life feels chaotic.

May you find space to breathe, pause, and BE in the moments of your life. May you know peace in the midst of chaos. Peace & Blessings, Ellen

Mark your calendars –
Remembrance Day (11th November) – marking the 100th anniversary of end of World War 1 at War Memorial at the Cross at 10.50 am followed by worship in Kirk from 11.15 am

Messy Church at Kippen Kirk on Sunday 18th November, 3-5pm ‘Light in the Darkness’

Messy Nativity at Morning Worship 11.15 am on 16th December at Kippen Kirk,

Carols by Candlelight 16th December 7 pm at Kippen Kirk,

Messy Christmas EVE! At Norrieston Church Hall afternoon (time to be confirmed) concluding with Family Service in Norrieston Church – Watchnight in Kippen Kirk (Christmas Eve from 11.15 pm)

Christmas Day All-Age worship at 10.00 am in

Kippen Kirk

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Stephen Kerr MP pledges support to NFU’s Rural Crime Reporting Line

Stephen Kerr MP has pledged his support to the 4“Rural Crime Reporting Line”, a new service for farmers and the public to give information anonymously about rural crime.

Launched by the National Farmers’ Union in partnership with the charity Crimestoppers, farmers, rural businesses and the public can ring 0800 783 0137 or visit http://www.ruralcrimereportingline.uk to anonymously give information about crime relating to:

• large-scale, industrial fly-tipping
• hare coursing
• machinery theft; or
• livestock theft

Rural crime is a serious issue for farmers, rural businesses and those who live in the countryside, and it can have significant impacts on a farm or another rural business.

Stephen Kerr MP said: “Rural crime can have devastating impacts and I recognise that is a very important issue for many of my constituents in Stirling. I fully support this new initiative by the NFU and commend them for their ongoing work to tackling these serious issues.
“I am committed to working with the NFU in our efforts to tackle rural crime and begin to rid this blight on our countryside.”

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2The Stirling Members’ Centre numbers about 220 people and membership is £5 per annum for individuals or £8 per annum for a complete household at one address.  When joining you will enjoy membership rates immediately but there will be no membership charge until the start of the financial year in October 2019 and you only pay for the talks.

We welcome new members who are also members of the National Trust for Scotland, but anyone who is not a member of the NTS will be welcome to any of our talks subject to places being available. The current rates for winter talks are £5pp for members or £6pp for guests. Please come along – we are a friendly bunch!!

Our programme of talks held in the St Ninians’s Church Hall from October 2018 to March 2019

Monday 29th October 2018 at 2.30 pm

AGM followed by “A Sense of Place” – illustrated talk by Iona Leishman

Tuesday 13th November 2018 at 2.30 pm

“The Gargoyles of Gargunnock”

–                      A Medieval Acapella Singing Group

Monday 10th December 2018 at 2.30 pm

” Steam Railways in Central Scotland”

–                      illustrated talk by Jim Summers & Stuart Sellar

Monday 14th January 2019 at 2.30 pm

“Stirling Royal Infirmary – The first 50 Years”

–  illustrated talk by Craig Mair

Monday 18th February 2019 at 2.30 pm

“Plant Life Scotland”

–  illustrated talk by Alistair Whyte

Monday 18th March 2019 at 2.30 pm

“Chinese Imperial Court Costume (1644-


– illustrated talk by David Rosier

Contact details: Sandy & Margaret Moreland, Joint Secretaries, Tel: – 01259 761700 E-mail: – stirlingnts@gmail.com or see website: – http://www.spanglefish.com/ntsstirling

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Are you interested in becoming a Strathcarron Hospice Befriender?

1There are few more rewarding things in life than making a difference to the lives of others, particularly at a time of greatest need.

Strathcarron Befrienders are volunteers who give their time freely to offer social and practical support to people who have an advancing illness or a condition which limits their ability to participate in things which are important to them, often making them feel isolated or lonely. They do not provide personal care,

domestic duties or administer medication.

We are looking to recruit new Befrienders.

What we require is someone with a friendly ear, a caring disposition and a few hours to spare either weekly or fortnightly to visit a person in their local community.

Training, support and expenses will be provided.

Volunteers make an enormous difference by giving up their valuable time and sharing skills to support patients and their families, both within the Hospice and in the community.

If you would like more information on becoming a Befriender please visit the website at strathcarronhospice.net or contact Mandy Ross for an informal, no obligation chat on 01324 826222 or mandy.ross2@nhs.net Ellen Larson Davidson

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Mary and I have been walking the John Muir Way in sections of 8-10 miles for the past 3 years, whenever the weather and social circumstances allowed. Unlike the famous John Muir hiking Trail in the US, which runs for 215 miles through the California wilderness, with snow and bears to contend with, the John Muir Way is a 135 mile, mostly low level route, across central Scotland from Helensburgh in the West, to Dunbar (Muir’s birthplace) in the East.


The variety of geographical, historical and industrial landscapes has engrossed and surprised us from the start. To be honest we still have 2 final sections to complete, from Gullane Bay to Dunbar via North Berwick. A challenge we look forward to before the end of 2018.

The John Muir Way is a remarkable journey as it passes through unexpected and fascinating landscapes. From Scotland’s first National Park (Loch Lomond and the Trossachs), alongside the historic canals (Forth and Clyde and the Union), the engineering wonder of the Falkirk Wheel, the Roman Antonine Wall, Linlithgow Palace, underneath (literally) all 3 of the Forth Bridges, through the Capital to the coast with its foreshore beaches and bays, before ending at Dunbar.


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With careful planning it is possible to use public transport to access much of the route, starting and finishing from Stirling bus or train station. All in all this has been a surprising and instructive walk, and one we thoroughly recommend. Among many surprises look out for the preserved ruin of James Watt’s stone workshop next to Kinneil House just past Linlithgow.

Dave Bentley