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Kippen Community Quilters

We are delighted to announce that we are nearing the completion of our next charity quilt.  We raised a lot of money last time at our quilt coffee morning when we raffled the quilt.  It was such a success that we are now planning another event, hopefully, in May but tickets for the new quilt raffle will be sale before that!

All our members have taken part in making this new quilt and we are holding a massive quilting session in the Reading Rooms where we meet to try to finish it so that we can post photos on our Facebook page.  Once the dates are confirmed for our next show, we will also share that on Facebook too.  We meet every 2 weeks depending on the availability of the Read Rooms but if you are interested, we would be delighted to chat with you are our next show.


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Historical Enquiries

The Wee Vine is the recipient of some queries, unrelated to the magazine, but interested in aspects of Kippen’s history. A couple of these are included here – if anyone has any knowledge in these areas or can help the original sender, then please reply to the Wee Vine at enquiries@theweevine.org.

Firstly, Cleckhimin (or Cleckhnin). This was apparently a house towards the north-west of the village, close to the Dovecot at Laraben, where William Leckie Buchanan was born on 17/2/1793. His parents were James Buchanan and Helen McFarlane. This enquiry was accompanied by a photo of an old map, as shown here.

Secondly, the Boquhan Brickworks. We received a query from a gentleman who collects samples from all historical brick and tile-works in Scotland, but whose collection is singularly deficient in anything from here. A photo of the Works is shown, they were located behind the railway station (now the Brewery), as well as an outline of the plot occupied.

Stuart Thomson

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Behind the locked gates of the Old Kirkyard work is proceeding!

Starting at the west side (against the Smiddy wall), flat grave slabs, long since buried beneath the overgrowing turf, have been exposed to reveal inscriptions, with names long since forgotten. In many cases the turf can be rolled back easily to reveal a fascinating ‘mirror image’ of the inscription, as can be seen from the accompanying photograph. Many older memorials have simply initials or no inscription at all, but thanks to archive material, the name of the deceased can usually be traced.

However, the archive material, having come from various sources, can be confusing. For example, the lair plan, dating from 1873, appears to have been prepared in conjunction with a handwritten record of the purchaser of each lair, begun in 1873 also, but with no information as to when that purchase was made; subsequent burials have then been added up to the 1960’s. However, clearly burials in the kirkyard took place from the late 17th century when the kirk was built, and indeed many pre 18th century stones exist, but are not necessarily recorded in the 1873 archive. It is hoped that with further onsite research, some of these gaps can be filled.

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In view of the apparent escalating costs for the work which is required before the gates can be reopened, it has been decided to apply in the first instance for Heritage Lottery funding. Having submitted an initial enquiry which generated some sound advice as to how best to proceed, the application itself has become quite a protracted exercise and is still ongoing.

However, as a result of the many letters of support which have been sent to Kippen Heritage, for inclusion in the forthcoming submission, hopefully the next issue of the Wee Vine will have something positive to report in this respect. Thanks therefore to Friends of Kippen Kirk, Kippen Community Council, Kippen Primary School, Scottish Wildlife Trust and the various departments of Stirling Council; Cemeteries, Archaeology and Ranger Services, for their support.

Irene Chapman

Kippen Heritage


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“Great Pics!” a Facebook friend commented “you should make a calendar!” …. and so, it began.

I wanted to create a calendar that would give everyone a smile, and what better way to do that than with animals… luckily, I have a few.

Next on my agenda was to use the calendar to raise funds for my 2 favourite charities: Contact the Elderly and Strathcarron Hospice… both charities very personal to my own heart.

Strathcarron Hospice very kindly put me in touch with their local publisher, Eddie Shotliff, who enabled me to create the calendar and sell at a low price (£5), but with maximum profits for both charities.

Once the calendar was created I had great support with selling it from the local community: McNicoll’s Country Store, Rhubarb Lime, Judyjamjar, Feeds & Stoves (Callander) and the Inn at Kippen. I also sold it via Facebook, Friends and Family.

Fusion Flowers magazine assisted with reduced postage costs for overseas customers. So now my calendar is all over the UK, USA, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and Europe!

Thank you to everyone who bought a calendar as I have reached my target and raised £400 for each charity!

Ali Thom


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Rural South West

Your Place, Your Priorities

Stirling Council is developing a place-based approach that will help us to plan, design, and deliver services differently around people, families and communities. Within the Rural South West area, the aim is to test a place-based approach. The learning will inform its introduction in other areas.

The first event was held in Balfron High school on 24th October. Individuals, community

organisations, local business, the Council, the Voluntary Sector and Partners (49 people) came together to discuss a place-based approach.

The purpose of the event was to:

  • Explore a definition of place-based approach for the Rural South West area.
  • Gain greater insight from participants about – Your Place – what groups, assets, facilities, and activities there are in each community.
  • Use information and knowledge available to discuss Your Priorities.

Need to Consider

  • Subcontracting integration
  • Infrastructure not growing with community
  • Commercial property being lost to housing

Rural South West Communities

Arnprior, Balfron, Buchanan, Buchlyvie, Carron Valley, Croftamie, Drymen, Fintry, Gargunnock, Kippen, Killearn, Strathblane

General Points

  • Needs to be simple
  • define community – Rural South West not descriptive enough
  • Communities are proactive with strong Community Spirit
  • Share best practice

Thoughts on Place Based

  • Place is where we derive meaning. It’s emotive, personal and connects with wellbeing and spirituality.
  • Partnership working to resolve community issues
  • Delivers on issues raised
  • Relationship between Council, groups, and Community Councils
  • Services being provided locally – local services for local people – services Village to Village

Communication is key

  • Addressing this would be a quick win
  • Communication needs to be clearer with 2 way feedback,
  • Use range of tools and connect to communities web pages, Facebook and local community newspapers,
  • Communication between communities
  • Communication from Community to Council
  • Consultation

Thoughts on Priorities

  • Stirling focussed priorities
  • Priorities are not local priorities, they are themes
  • Local priorities cannot be generalised, they have to be local
  • The next stage is to collate individual community issues

Your Place

You gave an insight into the groups, activities, facilities and assets in each village. We have now added this information which will be shared at the next session.

Your Priority

Older People

  • Transport to hospital
  • Information Communication
  • Activities, Clubs
  • Access to Hospitals/ Outpatients
  • Neighbourhood Model of Care

Transport & Environment

  • Public Transport
  • Bus Shelters
  • Timetable/Accessing
  • Connectivity – Types, Demand responsive transport (DRT)
  • Hospital – Patient & Visitor Transport
  • Roads, Pavements & Parking
  • Roads Maintenance
  • Paths – Cycle/Walking
  • Electric Travel Funding

Access to Services

  • Communication
  • Health
  • Broadband & Telecommunication Connectivity
  • Housing
  • Education
  • Library / Local Office
  • Public Toilets
  • Economic Development


Staying connected

To make sure everyone is kept informed please ensure we have your preferred contact details.

For further information contact:

Ian Denvir, Community Link Officer                         (01786) 233947


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Each of us has lots of memories, some are stronger and more vibrant than others. At times we can be caught off guard by our memories that come flooding back. Sights, sounds, smells, tastes and touch can all bring memories and history right into the present.

Some of my memories are cherished ones like my grandmothers baking with me when I was a child, running in the prairie summer breezes, the stars in Black Hills night sky at church camp, songs of my youth, the first time I met my now husband, the smell of our new-born babies, and so many more. Some memories hold pain, hurt, shame and heartache – I know each of us have memories that some of us would rather not have.

The memories, the stories, my history, have formed and shaped who I have become. I know there is a part of me that has been there all along – my spirit, my essence, my spark. However, the intricacies of life, the people, the places, the experiences, become the beautiful patchwork that becomes our life. I am grateful for all that has shaped me up to this point in time. All the joys, sorrows, and even challenges, are part of my story.

In the midst of life and especially the hard times, it is hard to see where the journey of our days will take us, but I also know from speaking to many people that even in the hardest times glimmers of hope can be seen. These glimmers are often the kindness of others, the caring touch or word, help given, or even a simple smile, and help us to remember we are not utterly alone.

As a Christian, I believe that through it all God is with us. We even have a favourite story to tell of God being with us. It is a story we tell over and over again in Church. We remember it especially in December. The Bible is filled with memories of God’s relationship with the whole world and our story is being written within that ancient story. Our bit of the story is being lived in its own unique way. The songs we sing, stories we tell, caring ways we reach out, are becoming part of the beautiful patchwork of humanity’s history. And I believe that it is also weaving into the great God-story too, of how God so loved the world. As you remember, and journey forward in your life, may you know love and joy even in the midst of heartache and sadness.  Peace, Ellen.

Kippen Parish Church invites you to join us for worship on Sunday mornings at 11.15 a.m.

We also have a few special celebrations and occasions coming up:

Messy Harvest on Sunday 22nd October at 3pm to 5 pm in Church House

Remembrance Sunday 12th November 10.50 am at the War Memorial then to Church for 11.15 am.

Messy Family Tree on Sunday 19th November, 3pm to 5 pm at Buchlyvie Church

No-Rehearsal Nativity (for young and young at heart) Sunday 17th December 11.15 am

Carols by Candlelight on Sunday 17th December at 7.00 pm

Messy Christmas at Gartmore Village Hall on Saturday 23rd December, 3pm to 5 pm followed by carols at Gartmore Church

Christmas Eve (Sunday 24th December) Morning worship at 11.15 am and Watchnight at 11.15 pm

Christmas Day Celebration of Song and Story at 10.00 am.

Rev. Ellen Larson Davidson
Kippen linked with Norrieston
Parishes – Church of Scotland
Registered Charities: (Kippen) SC004286 & (Norrieston) SC028719

The Manse, Main Street
Kippen, Stirling FK8 3DN
01786871249 / 07412578997


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Helping you

McLaren Leisure have recently received funding for a community home energy-saving programme called the Trossachs Energy Saving Team (TEST) project. It is based in Rural Stirling Housing Association office, Doune, with whom the project is partnered, to deliver this free service.

The project is an environmental one designed at reducing carbon-related emissions, and therefore associated bills, brought about by home energy usage and funded by the Scottish Government’s Carbon Challenge Fund for the Trossachs & Teith region and peripheral boundaries.

TEST will be linking trained volunteers with residents by offering practical advice for reducing energy usage, tackling problems regarding condensation and help on using heating controls. We shall also be undertaking Home Energy Checks which will be referred to Home Energy Scotland for possible reductions through government grants such as for insulation.

Are you, or anyone you know of, interested in this project either as a resident needing advice or a volunteer willing to help.

What McLaren Leisure Can Offer Volunteers

Energy Awareness (6281-01) City & Guilds Level 3

First chance for home energy improvements

Training on Home Energy Checks

Training on climate change issues

Volunteering with TEST will not only improve your knowledge of home energy issues for yourself but further improve your CV for greater employability choices. It will help your community too.

If you would like to volunteer, receive energy-saving advice or would like more information please contact me.

David Payne

M: 0778 759 7012     T: 01786 841101

E: davidp@mclarenleisure.co.uk