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Make the most of your Minor Injuries Unit

Many local people with minor injuries automatically head for the Emergency Department at Forth Valley Royal Hospital. But did you know you can often be seen and treated more quickly at the Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) at Stirling Community Hospital? This also frees up staff in the Emergency Department to treat patients with more serious injuries who require immediate care.

NHS Forth Valley’s MIU is staffed by emergency nurse practitioners who can provide treatment for a wide range of minor injuries including minor burns and scalds, infected wounds, sprains, cuts and grazes. Staff can also examine and treat minor injuries to the eye, ear, head and neck areas and can arrange X-rays for suspected broken bones.

Although the unit is based in Stirling, it offers treatment to patients over the age of one from across Forth Valley. No appointment is necessary and the MIU is open 7 days a week from 9am – 9pm. Babies under 12 months old with minor injuries should be taken to Forth Valley Royal Hospital.

To find out more about the NHS Forth Valley Minor Injuries Unit visit http://www.nhsforthvalley.com/miu

In summary:

The Minor Injuries Unit can treat:-

minor burns and scalds
infected wounds
sprains and strains
cuts and grazes
minor eye injuries
minor ear injuries (not infections)
minor head and neck injuries
suspected broken bones (staff can arrange X-rays and apply plaster, if required)

It can’t treat 

minor illnesses (including coughs, colds, sore throats)
back or hip injuries
babies aged under the age of one
injuries which happened several days ago
old injuries which have recently got worse 

If you are unsure whether you should attend the Minor Injuries Unit, then call first on 01786 434036 to check with local staff.

Elsbeth Campbell


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Charities keeping loneliness at bay in Kippen

Two local charities, whose aim is to assist older people, have joined forces to highlight the services they provide, in the hope that more people will get in touch this spring.

Contact the Elderly and Meal Makers, (the latest initiative from the charity Food Train) both look to improve the lives of older people, many of whom may be living lonely, unsociable lives.

Contact the Elderly organises tea parties one Sunday afternoon a month and is looking for more guests and guest referrals in Kippen for its free service providing tea, cake, but most importantly, company. A volunteer driver collects one or two guests and joins them at the party before returning them safely home. A volunteer host welcomes a group of six to eight people into their home once a year, laying on afternoon tea and a warm atmosphere.

Meal Makers is a project that connects communities through food. The idea behind Meal Makers is really simple – they connect people who love cooking and want to be active in their community (‘Cooks’), with older (55+) neighbours (‘Diners’), who would appreciate a freshly prepared meal and a good chat to go along with it.

So how does this work in practice? Well, when a Meal Makers cook is preparing their evening meal for themselves and their family, they will prepare one extra portion of their home cooking and take it round to an older neighbour at a time which suits both parties. How often meals are shared, and when they are shared, is left entirely up to the Cook and Diner to decide between themselves.

Lorna Dunbar, Support Officer for Contact the Elderly, said:

“To any potential guests, as we refer to them, it may understandably seem a little daunting getting in touch and meeting new people but I can guarantee you won’t regret it if you do. Both our volunteers and guests get so much out of our Sunday afternoons.”

Stuart Miller, Development Officer for Meal Makers, said:

“We’re delighted to be taking Meal Makers to Kippen. So many lovely meals have been shared through Meal Makers and so many great friendships have been made, we’re really looking forward to seeing this happen in Kippen.”

To find out more about volunteering or becoming a guest of Contact the Elderly, contact Lorna Dunbar on 07391 563813 or lorna.dunbar@contact-the-elderly.org.uk.

To sign up as a Meal Makers ‘Cook’ please visit http://www.mealmakers.org.uk. To sign up as a ‘Diner’, or to find out more about more about the project, please contact the Meal Makers team on 0800 783 7770 or hello@mealmakers.org.uk.

Contact the Elderly:

For further media information, please contact Vanessa Anderson on 07944 550087 or Vanessa@hummingbird-comms.com.

Contact the Elderly is the winner of The Older People’s Project Award at The Herald Society Awards 2016 and The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award 2012.

Having celebrated its Golden Jubilee, Contact the Elderly is the only national charity, which since inception, has focussed solely on relieving the acute loneliness and isolation of older people who live alone, without family, friends or other support networks nearby

The Contact the Elderly model is based on a simple yet very effective model: free, monthly tea parties for small groups of older people and volunteers within their community – which bring all ages together, develop fulfilling friendships and support networks, and give everyone something to look forward to

Contact the Elderly currently has over 600 groups throughout England, Scotland and Wales, providing a regular, consistent and vital friendship link every month to over 4,800 older people aged 75 and above

There are currently over 7,800 volunteers supporting the groups: volunteer drivers collect the older guests from their homes and accompany them to tea parties, while volunteer hosts hold the tea parties in their homes

As part of its continuing Power of Contact campaign to recruit more volunteers, Contact the Elderly aims by 2020 to double the number of isolated older people it supports


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Kippen: 20 best villages in Britain

The following report appeared in the Times: 20 best villages in Britain

Kippen is surrounded by striking hills

20 Kippen, Stirlingshire Situated between the Gargunnock and Fintry Hills and overlooking the Carse of Forth, Kippen has beautiful scenery and is within an hour of Glasgow and Edinburgh, offering scope to commute to either.

A high street of listed properties, proximity to Loch Lomond, an excellent butcher and a great gastropub, the Cross Keys, help to add local appeal.

House prices. A six-bedroom detached family home is £1 million and a three-bedroom house less than £500,000.

Village of Kippen Ranked One of the Best in the UK

That the Parliament congratulates the village of Kippen in Stirlingshire on being ranked the second best village in Scotland and 20th best in the UK by The Times; notes that Kippen’s beautiful scenery, proximity to Loch Lomond, excellent butcher and gastropubs were cited as reasons why it is such a great place to live; acknowledges that this ranking will hopefully attract more people to Kippen and its surrounding areas; considers that Kippen is one of many great villages in the Stirlingshire area, and welcomes that the village is being recognised for what it believes are its welcoming nature, fantastic location and brilliant local amenities.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine, Stuart McMillan, Dean Lockhart, James Dornan, Richard Lyle, Colin Beattie, Rona Mackay, Clare Haughey, Bob Doris, Bill Kidd, Murdo Fraser, David Torrance, Sandra White, Ivan McKee, Gillian Martin

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Colonsay Birds

At the minute around the coast of the British Isles, seabirds are starting to gather on their cliff side breeding grounds. If you’ve ever seen a seabird colony, you’ll know that these places are an overload on the senses. You often smell them before you see them and only after you’ve really looked at them do you break the mass of noise and activity down in to individual birds, each species with their different niche on the cliff side. These seabird cities are the British equivalent of the Serengeti with over 40% of all Europe’s seabirds breeding here. 5 million of the UK’s 8 million breeding seabirds live around the coast of Scotland so we have a big responsibility to protect them.

Their nest sites are protected as Special Protection Areas (SPA) or Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and we have a framework to protect their social, grooming congregations near the colony as SPA extensions but until recently we didn’t protect their foraging grounds. A lack of knowledge about where seabirds feed was often cited as the reason for this lack of progress on creating Marine Protected Areas (MPA) which is where a project that I worked on from 2011 – 2014 came in. This project is one of the world’s largest tracking and monitoring studies, it is still ongoing and is led by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). It has involved studying 8 species of seabirds from 34 colonies around the UK.

On the ground this involved me sleeping, breathing, walking, talking seabird for 4 months each summer on the beautiful Isle of Colonsay, off the West coast of Scotland. Every dry hour of light was spent using ropes and poles to peer over the edge of cliffs to catch birds using old techniques the St Kildan’s used to catch their dinner! As we wanted to recover tracking tags and not disturb the birds breeding season we used a much more softly softly approach which involved at least 12 hours labour for every tag we retrieved. These Global Positioning System (GPS) tags have only become small enough recently to be able to carry out this work. They work like the sat-nav in your car collecting data every 100 seconds to a 15 metre accuracy to find out where the birds have gone to feed. We’ve collected over 1570 of these GPS tags creating maps that look like a jumble of spaghetti coming out from our coastline!

We’ve found out some fascinating facts such as birds are travelling much further to forage than we ever expected. Birds such as guillemots and razorbills were tracked travelling from Fair Isle, North of Shetland all the way south to Dundee to feed, a return trip taking just a couple of days. Fair Isle had a string of particularly poor breeding seasons for seabirds, it’s a poor state of affairs when birds have to travel over 300km just to get food for their chicks. This isn’t thankfully the case around the British Isles, birds on Colonsay where I was based did foraging trips of just over 30 km to an area around the Corryvreckan whirlpool just north of Jura where fish are pushed closer to the surface. There were also differences between years with good breeding seasons on Fair Isle resulting in much shorter foraging trips. This tracking work has identified feeding hotspots and has allowed us to provide recommendations and advice on placement of MPA’s.

Tessa Coledale

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1st Carse Cubs – Kippen

1st Carse Cubs, based in Kippen, was established at the end of August 2016.  We have grown from strength to strength in a very short space of time and have managed to pack a great deal into the last few terms.

We enjoyed hosting our Bonfire and Fireworks night on 1st November, which was well attended and raised some funds for some very worthwhile, local causes.

The Cubs learnt First Aid and basic rescue skills from Trossachs Search and Rescue who brought their dogs along to stage a rescue of two of our young leaders, in Kippen woods which was great fun and taught the boys a lot.

Additionally, amongst other things, we had a trip to the Woodland Light Experience, have been having fun with indoor cricket, had a visit from John Coyle to learn all about bees, had a visit to Stirling Observatory and a shot at “Summer ice”, in the reading rooms and much, much more…..

On the 7th & 8th April we took 12 Cubs and a young leader on our first ever camp.  This took place at Beechwood Scout Hall, in Stirling and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who attended.  Activities included Kayaking, tent pitching, we played cricket, capture the flag and enjoyed several other activities too.  The boys had a brilliant time and everyone left happy (and exhausted)!

We are looking forward to taking a stall at Kippen Street Fayre and hope that you will stop by to visit our Cubs and leaders.

1st Carse Cubs meets during term times, on a Tuesday evening from 5:45 until 7:15pm.  During the winter months we tend to meet in Kippen Village Hall but with the days getting lighter, and hopefully with better weather on its way, we will be doing as much outdoors as possible, usually meeting up at the football pitch to enjoy the great outdoors.  We are currently at capacity and have a waiting list for those wishing to join.

We would like to thank the local community for their continued support.  If anyone has any skills or activities they’d like to share with our group please get in touch.

For more information please contact:

Derek Shanks, 1st Carse Cubs Leader


Tel: 01786 870046 or 07470 331622

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Osteoarthritis in the Dog and Cat

Osteoarthritis is a painful, progressive disease.  Osteoarthritis involves the whole joint and results in joint inflammation, cartilage destruction and eventually bone changes.  Loss of cartilage within the joint results in bone on bone impingement which ultimately will cause irritation to the nerves and severe pain.  It is the most common cause of lameness in dogs and is thought to affect up to 1 in 5. Dogs can develop osteoarthritis due to an underlying cause e.g. developmental condition or a previous fracture and therefore it is often picked up in younger animals.  Cats tend to develop osteoarthritis due to ‘wear and tear’ on the joints.  It is estimated that 90% of cats over 12 years old have some degree of osteoarthritis.  Although the disease cannot be cured, much can be done to control the associated pain, slow the disease progression and improve your pets’ quality of life.

Clinical signs

Often owners will associate signs of osteoarthritis as just ‘getting old’ and not in discomfort.  In fact many signs of discomfort can be very subtle and include behavioural changes as well as physical changes.  Common clinical signs of osteoarthritis in dogs may be:

  1. Stiffness
  2. Struggling to rise, slow to lye down
  3. Struggling to climb up/down stairs, get onto/off furniture, into/out of cars
  4. Lameness
  5. Slower on walks or reluctant to exercise or play
  6. Changes in behaviour – more withdrawn, anxiety, fear responses, startling, aggression
  7. Seeking coolness over comfort
  8. Restless, panting, pacing
  9. Painful when touched, reluctant to be groomed
  10. Yelping/whimpering in pain

Cats often become quieter with pain.  Signs of osteoarthritis in cats may include: reluctance to jump up/down, sleeping more, going out less, overgrown claws, no longer using scratch post, not managing to use litter trays.


Osteoarthritis requires a multimodal approach to treatment.  Most pets that are suffering with osteoarthritis will also develop secondary muscle pain due to postural change and weight shift. Treatment options may include:

Weight loss – extra fatty adipose tissue secretes chemicals which contribute to joint inflammation.  Extra weight on already painful joints will also increase wear and tear as well as discomfort.

Diet – prescription diets can be prescribed which are very high in omega 3 and have a natural anti-inflammatory action.

Exercise – regular short daily walks to maintain muscle mass.  Your vet can advice you on an appropriate exercise regime.

Joint supplements e.g. glucosamine, chondroitin, green lipped muscle.

Pain relief – many pets will use combinations of different drug types to keep your pet comfortable.

Acupuncture – an excellent treatment for muscular pain and can also help with other sources of pain.

Physiotherapy/Hydrotherapy – can help maintain muscle mass and mobility

Environmental changes e.g. using a ramp into the car

If you are concerned that your pet may be suffering from osteoarthritis please seek advice from your vet.

Sarah Mingay

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Ponderings from the Minister

‘Why?’  A common question in my life. It was my children’s favourite word for a while as they are young. Now their ‘Why?’ is more elaborate and a simple ‘because mummy says so’ no longer cuts it – nor should it. Their questions grow as they do and so do my questions as a mother.

‘Why?’ It’s a basic human question that drives our progress, our learning, our growth. Asking questions, discovering, and delving deep into understanding are all fundamentally human traits. We are hardwired to trial and error. Ever watch a young child learning to use a spoon? Hilarious and messy though it is, eventually a skill and understanding is gained. Remember learning to ride a bike or how to read?

Why, you may be asking yourselves, is this minister asking the question ‘why?’ Faith is also about asking questions, seeking answers, and wrestling with understanding. Faith, a little like learning to walk, cannot be learned from a set of instructions out of a book. While watching others can help us develop in faith, it is always a personal journey that NEVER ends.

I believe one of the most profound aspects of my walk of faith is that I am always on the GO being surprised and challenged. The firm foundation remains in Jesus, God with us on earth, but my relationship grows and develops every moment of every day. What a blessing that while God is the same yesterday, today and forever – God’s interaction with me is always calling me to grow and learn, never be satisfied with where I am and what has been before.

Why do I believe? The stories of Jesus in the Bible, the lives of the saints of the Church, the Spirit of God have touched my life and my heart, challenged me follow a way that leads to a fuller life here and now, knowing that the promise of eternal life awaits where joy will not end. God’s love has reached out to me in hardships, wonderment, relationships, words, silence, music, beauty, and while there are questions and doubts stirring within me there is always faith that God is with me, loving me as I journey in faith. I may never know the answers to every question, and that drives me crazy some days, however I know that seeking and searching are a gift from God who loves me.

Kippen Parish Church would love to welcome you to worship with us on Sundays when we gather at 11.15 am (except during July and August which is at 11 am).  All ages always welcome. Look out for Messy Church events on Sunday afternoons about once a month. Next Messy Church is in Aberfoyle Church Hall on 30th April from 2-4pm (look out for posters). Messy Church is organised fun and fellowship for all ages supported by people from several Carse churches. The afternoon includes singing, crafts, food, Bible stories, and prayers. Please look out for notices in the local paper, social media and noticeboards for further details about events at Kippen Parish Church and around the area churches.

The church also has an active Guild who meet from autumn to spring time and weekly coffee gathering (Wednesday 10.30-11.30 am) that meets after the Otago exercise class (Wednesday, 9.45 am, cost £2). We are also grateful to the community support of concerts and fundraising events that have taken place in Kippen Kirk.

As your parish minister, I am grateful to have found our way to this little slice of heaven on earth.

Blessings, Ellen

Rev. Ellen Larson Davidson
Minister of Kippen linked with Norrieston
Church of Scotland
Reg Charities: SC004286 (Kip) & SC028719 (Nor)

tel: 01786 871 249