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The Kippen Song

Not exactly award-winning material … just fun …. intentionally appealing to a “happy” gathering.


I belong to Kippen … the village I call home

Once a kingdom … it’s now the place where people love to roam.

It’s lovely and quaint … as big cities ain’t … as anyone here can see

At the end of the day … I’m just happy to say … that Kippen belongs to me.


With appropriate credits to Will Fyffe.

Written and first performed (mucho con gusto) by Michael Flint at the Cross Keys Inn on Wednesday, 15th May 2019.

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Community News Sheet

Please find below a link to the June edition of the Stirling Council Community News Sheet.


This month we have information on

  • Your Stirling: You Decide – the results
  • Consultations –Stirling Council, Scottish Government
  • Dementia Friendly Stirling
  • Funding
  • Volunteer Awards

If you would like your information included in the next issue out end of July, please get in touch.

Community Engagement Team

01786 233076

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Befriending Volunteers


We are looking for volunteers who can dedicate a few hours a week to Befriending_volunteers_03provide the following:

Support people with dementia living in the community by providing informal support on a regular basis at a time that suits them.

To accompany and support people to attend regular groups and meetings.

What we can offer you;

  • Full induction training and ongoing support

  • Comprehensive training on travelling with assistance dogs

  • Out of pocket expenses

  • Registration to PVG scheme

For more information please call the Befriending Co–ordinator on 01786 476797 or 07745711460.

Town Break is a Scottish Charitable Organisation

Charity Registered in Scotland SC020526. Registered Office, 3 Whitehouse Road, Stirling, FK7 7SP


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The Two Kippens

One day in May 2019, two residents of Kippen (June Waley and Irene Chapman) had the pleasure of meeting some Canadian visitors from Kippen, Ontario.  Elaine (Bell) Ford and her three adult children, Deborah (Ford) Clarke, Karen (Ford) Tuckey and Randy Ford were visiting us because their direct ancestors emigrated to Canada from Kippen in 1836.

Robert Bell and his wife Margaret (Doig) were natives of the parish of Kippen and sailed to Canada from Fort William, with their 10 children, having had a somewhat rosy picture of their potential future painted for them by the Canada Company under the leadership of Dr Dunlop.

Arriving in the neighbourhood of Egmondville in Ontario, Robert purchased 200 acres of land (at $3.50 an acre), and the family settled down to make a living.  Times were hard at first – a 20-mile round trip twice a week to get provisions along a trail blazed by themselves, and through a forest populated by bears, wolves and the occasional Indian.

However, over time, civilization approached, including a visit by Lord Elgin (Governor General) accompanied by the Postmaster General who were searching for prospective sites for Post Offices.  Robert Bell approached them with a view to founding such an office.

“What would you like to call your office?” asked the official.

To save his life, Bell could think of no name but Stirling.

“Stirling!” exclaimed the Postmaster General – “that’s too Scottish to please the Irish settlers in the district.  How would Mullingar do?” he asked.  “That’s too Irish to please the Scots” replied Bell, greatly daring.

“Perhaps then, you could suggest a better one?” said the official.

Bell could think of no name save that of his old parish in Scotland, and he hesitated to suggest it for fear that it, too, might be deemed to be too Scottish, but the official was evidently in a hurry.

“Kippen” said Bell, because he had not expected to have the privilege of naming the office and could think of nothing better.

“Fine” said the official, and so Kippen it was, and on November 1, 1855 the post office was opened in Kippen, Ontario, Canada.

Elaine (Bell) Ford, the great great granddaughter of Robert Bell, was raised on the Bell Homestead in Kippen, Ontario, Canada.  Both Elaine and her daughter Deborah were married in the St. Andrews United Church, in Kippen, Ontario.   History tells them Robert Bell and Margaret (Doig) were married at the church in Kippen, Scotland in the early 1800’s.

Making the heritage trip to our fine Kippen, Scotland was a trip of a lifetime for Elaine and her family and they tell us, they ‘found everything they were looking for and more’.  ‘The people we met in Kippen were wonderful, so friendly and helpful.  It was a pleasure to experience Kippen first-hand. We enjoyed our visit to the kirkyard, walking the streets of the town, enjoying your views from the lookout and frequenting the pubs our ancestors would have also enjoyed. We take great memories of your fine Kippen back to Canada with us. Thank you.”

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A new offence will be introduced for littering from a car, the Scottish Government has announced this month.

The new law will be introduced through the Circular Economy Bill, and its announcement follows a consultation on the Scottish Government’s littering strategy.

The proposals will make it easier for police to issue fixed penalties, and to make use of litter control areas and street litter control notices.

Commenting, Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford said:

“Roadside litter is a mark on our beautiful countryside, and spectacular urban settings.”

 “My office has previous received complaints from people living in rural communities in particular, who are sick and tired of their local roads being used as dumping grounds by careless and selfish people in their cars.”

 “My message to those people is this: keep your litter in your car and dispose of it in a proper bin.”

 “With nearly seven tonnes of litter being collected from the roadside on the M8 and M9 every month, this is a big problem and it’s clear that a new criminal offence is required.”

 “People in towns and villages across the Stirling area will welcome a change in the law, which will hopefully also change the attitudes of the few road users who are responsible for roadside littering.”


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Kerr kicks off A811 campaign

a811 pic 1Stirling MP Stephen Kerr has started a campaign to get the A811 from Stirling to Balloch “Trunked”; taken into Transport Scotland’s control instead of the local Council’s.

This means the road will be considered an important route and will receive more funding for repairs and upkeep.

Stephen has already written to the Scottish Government’s Transport Secretary, Michael Matheson, asking if he will consider trunking the A811. The response was long but could be surmised as “No”. In order to show the local level of support for this move, the MP has now started a petition, which has already gained the support of businesses from across Stirlingshire.

Stirling MP Stephen Kerr said:

It was disappointing that the Scottish Government refused to trunk the A811, clearly, they do not believe there is significant support for it. To show them otherwise I’ve set up a petition, which you can sign here: www.stephenkerr.org/a811

Please do sign then share amongst your friends and family, let’s show the Scottish Government there IS support locally for this and get them to change their mind.

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Kippen Primary school donates football kit to Malawi

The Scottish Football Supporters Association, working with the Scottish Malawi Partnership, recently visited Lilongwe and Blantyre in Malawi. The main objectives were to explore the opportunities that might exist in the communities to establish football links between the two countries.

As part of the development visit, SFSA Ambassador Jimmy Bone and Co Founder of the SFSA Paul Goodwin, supported grassroots football through a series of coaching sessions throughout the country, as well as having meetings with The British Council, the Malawi FA and the League.

Kippen Primary School heard of the initiative and donated football kit that was no longer in use. Patricio Kulemeka, from Play Soccer Malawi, was on hand along with Jimmy and Paul to donate the kit to a very deserving school, Nachilambo Primary School in Bembeke district, which is south of the capital city of Lilongwe. Patricio said, “Scotland has a very special place in the minds of the people of Malawi and kind gestures like this are really appreciated, so thank you everyone at Kippen Primary School”.

Paul Goodwin said, “It was a very humbling experience to see how little equipment the school had and yet to see how enthused the kids were for their education and, of course, for football. It was a small gesture but one that was hugely appreciated”

The SFSA is working on plans that will hopefully see them back in the country in early 2020, and if there are any schools or clubs  that have usable kit or football boots that they would like to donate to teams or schools in Malawi, then please get in touch with Paul . He can be contacted by email at paulgoodwin@scottishfsa.org


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Update on volunteering in the Solomon Islands by Torin Price

Hello from the Solomon Islands. Here’s an update on my progress in my year teaching in a secondary school in the South Pacific.

My school is Selwyn College, it lies on the western side of Guadalcanal (the main island). The secondary school is church run and has an enrolment of roughly 700 pupils, although the campus was designed for half of that number. Last year I was teaching 150 students, meaning I’d taught over a fifth of the school. Please don’t ask me to recite all their names, I think at most I got about 50 of them pinned down. This year, since I’ll be teaching longer, I might manage 100 at a push.

The subjects I covered were a mix of Maths, Physics and Agriculture to 4 different classes. Maths was the most enjoyable by far, this may be true because it was the only subject, I had comprehensive knowledge on. I do have my advanced higher in physics; however, I was teaching it to that level, but with added topics I’d never seen before. Agriculture was my mistake. I thought it would be a good idea to teach a subject I’d never been taught myself. It probably would have been fine except the teaching notes I was given were a muddled confusion which left me spending hours trying to link up the topics. Next year the most obvious subject to teach again would be Maths, but I may be tempted into teaching Physics again.

The first month spent here is probably best described as hitting the ground running. Prior to coming here, I had only taught two 40-minute lessons. So, with this lack of knowledge, it meant trial and error was very much my style, little by little though I’ve begun to improve. I think the skill I’m becoming most proud of is my use of chalk on a board – not sure I’ll get to show this off back home mind, not very many blackboards anymore. Overall, teaching is a great experience that comes with highs and lows.

The people of this country really are what make it special. The open warm heartedness of the people is amazing. Everywhere you travel to you’ll be given a warm welcome and probably some tea and crackers. People here are very curious to find out where I’ve come from. Even asked “does your home have lions?”, a real question! Even though they speak a slightly altered version of English known as Pidgin, conversations are easy because the language is a mix of poorly pronounced words and the rest is filled in with onomatopoeic words. Sadly, BREXIT does make it into the conversations sometimes, even out here nobody is free of it!

In this country it may be Elizabeth who is Queen, but Christ is King. EVERYONE is a Christian. I myself break that trend, however this hasn’t stopped me from involving myself in the community. Nearly every Saints day is celebrated by the various religious communities. The celebrations take the form of a morning service followed by breakfast which is immediately followed by feasting and finally, once you’re stuffed, traditional dancing to top it off. The dancing is not very serious, but some do dress up in traditional gear such as tree skirts and war paint. After trying it I’ve decided it is like a work out so perhaps Zumba should send some scouts out here.

Solomon is the most chilled out place in the world. Everybody enjoys a laid-back lifestyle in which they are able to do enough to get by and then spend the rest of their time relaxing. Now this does sound nice and for a period of time it is great, but after a while you’ll start to become restless and want to do more. This brings up the idea of Solomon Time. It is unlike the time we know in Britain where we always work against the clock. Out here you’ll find the clock is often replaced with the sun meaning everything becomes a bit unreliable. You’ll make plans in advance to go somewhere, or do something, only for it to be changed about five times and cancelled minutes before it is supposed to happen. Solomon Time in small doses can be great, but too much of a good thing leads to a negative.

Living here has really opened my eyes, and not only to poor time management. The difference of being brought up in a developed country is huge. At my accommodation we don’t have: a microwave, a washing machine, a fridge, definitely no internet, and in fact electricity is only on from 7:00pm to 9:30pm. Without these, life sure is harder but you learn to live without. Comparatively so this accommodation is fancy compared to the average Solomon Islander. This experience really makes you thankful for what we have in our country.

Okay for those of you who are still scratching their head about where the Solomon Islands are, they’re a tiny set of islands that lie at the most eastern tip of Papua New Guinea. This means that they sit well within the tropics and experience the stereotypical coconut and golden sandy beach image. I’m finding it rather hot, though I’ll hold back any complaints because that’ll sound really hypocritical since I complain about the dreich Scottish weather. A bonus from my time here is that the sun has left me with a 007 tan (Sean Connery style).

The South Pacific is a hotspot for natural disasters. Thankfully all we’ve had was a cyclone which only brought down some trees. With the “Ring of Fire” nearby and as experienced it is occasionally visited by a passing cyclone, I am unsure if the Solomon’s are a very safe place to live. We’ll just have to wait and see if anything happens, though personally I hope not.

Humans though could be said to be a natural disaster of their own. In the way they are steadily altering and effecting the world out here. The problems include vast amounts of logging run by Malaysian corporations; the sea is viewed as the world’s largest waste bin, and rising sea levels cause islands to disappear. It’s sad to see but it alerts me to the need for more to be done. It is my aim to host a world environment day at Selwyn College this year to highlight the issues we all face as a result of our actions and often our laziness. Here there are a few attempts to reduce the impact of rising sea level, these are building concrete walls to protect vulnerable land from the waves and to plant mangroves to absorb the energy of the waves. Hopefully these will be successful but really, they shouldn’t be needed in the first place.

Christmas was a unique event for me this year. Very different to the traditional family, turkey and crackers I am accustomed to. I went to a Christmas service, slightly taken aback by the bells ringing out. And as usual there was a feast followed by dancing. This by itself was all very nice but it was later when we met up with two of the Selwyn teachers and were boated off to one of their villages that the most enjoyable experience took place. Christmas Games 2018. These games were held in various places in the village and were to continue up until New Year! The day’s events were blind tasting beer where both men and women took part for their respective teams guessing which beer they’d just tried, and secondly there was canoe racing which I’m sure doesn’t need any explanation. The racing was intense to stay the least, with one man passing out in the triathlon version. I think he was okay in the end – they dragged him off to a cold shower. This really was a Christmas to remember, even though I forgot it was Christmas Day.

Finally, I’d like to say thank you to my family, friends, donors, people from Kippen, you I disturbed by ringing your bell and asking for sponsorship, and everyone else who has supported me. For the record, I’m having a great time! When I return, I intend doing a presentation, but until then you can find updates on my progress through my Facebook – either my personal or fundraising page – or my Instagram account – torin. price.

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A brief update on broadband activities in the Kippen area:

  • Most of you will have noticed (and been held up by) the installation of a fourth fibre cabinet at the roundabout on the A811 just outside Rozel Cottage, and its connection to Kippen exchange. As usual, we have no details of its exact purpose from either BT or Openreach, but it is not unreasonable to assume that it will provide much greater connectivity through the telephone connection to surrounding areas – Boquhan, Station Road, Carse farms – and may now offer a reasonable alternative to wireless in these areas.
  • There are still a number of outlying areas which have no, or very poor, broadband connectivity. The government programme, R100, aims to bring superfast broadband to all properties by 2021.  Surprisingly for a government programme, there is commitment but no plan or schedule as to how this will be achieved.  This project is currently out to tender (to be awarded “sometime during 2019”) and may be accompanied by a voucher scheme once implementation commences.
  • And finally, if the cabinet to which you are connected claims that it is “full”, you are encouraged to register demand with BT and additional cards will be added.

Stuart Thomson

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FVL LEADER/Crowdfunder UK

FVL LEADER have just embarked on a new project with Crowdfunder UK to coach and mentor community groups and businesses in the rural area who are thinking of undertaking Crowdfunding campaigns.  It is called Crowdfund Scotland (it includes other LEADER areas too).

The project has just started and a first workshop was held in January in Stirling. There will be more workshops in the next 18 months. The workshops are suitable for anyone who wants to find out more about this method of fundraising and the potential uses for local projects. The workshops will explore match funding available for projects in Stirling, and beyond, via Crowdfunder and how you can access this.

Topics to be covered:

  • What is crowdfunding?
  • Introducing Crowdfund Scotland
  • What are the benefits of crowdfunding?
  • What makes a good crowdfunding project?
  • Three steps to success
  • Accessing advice and support


Keep a watch on FVL LEADER website for news of further workshops www.fvl.org.uk

The Crowdfund Scotland project is being part‐financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community LEADER 2014 – 2020 Programme.  For further information visit https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/funds.