Rugtime in Kippen

The colours, textiles and furnishings of the East have always held a huge attraction and for many years I have loved entering the Aladdin’s cave which is the Nomad’s Tent premises in Edinburgh.  Full of colour and interest, it would gladden the heart of any rug lover or house furnisher who wants something a little different.  I have also found it to be a wonderful source of wedding and birthday presents as things range in value from a few pounds to a serious investment.

Five years ago, I heard that the Nomad’s Tent sometimes creates a similar visual feast out of Edinburgh and thought that our barn near Kippen might be suitable.  Fortunately, it proved to be so and so this October, we will hold our third selling exhibition.

The Nomad’s Tent was started in 1983 by Rufus Reade when he brought his first bales of kilims home from Turkey.  28 years later, now under the ownership of Andrew Haughton, The Nomads Tent continues to buy from ethical sources wherever possible. The experienced and enthusiastic team have travelled far and wide to bring you the practical, beautiful, sometimes quirky and often amazing work of dedicated craftsmen from around the world.

We love people to come and have a look at what is on display, whether they intend to buy or not.

At the same time, we shall have hot drinks, scones and soup available, with donations going to Music in Hospitals, This Scottish charity provides professional musicians to bring pleasure and entertainment to people all ages in hospitals, homes or hospices.  Many of these are in Stirlingshire.

On Tuesday 17th October, Rufus Reade himself will give an early evening talk entitled “Chasing the Donkey: Rushing round Turkey in Search of Rugs” which is an amusing account of the creation of the Nomads Tent. Further details on 01786870347 or

So, come and visit, have a browse, do some shopping or just come to support a very worthwhile charity.

Shop open 10am -5pm Friday 13th October – Sunday 22nd October

Talk at 7pm on 17th Oct, cost £10 including wine in aid of the Makhad Trust, supporting the Bedouin to maintain their traditional way of life.

Kirsty Cuthbert, The Myreton, Glinns Road, Kippen, Stirling, FK8 3JL

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Fayre Weather Friends

Hundreds of people turned up to show their support for the Kippen Street Fayre despite the typical Scottish ‘summer’ weather.

Rain failed to dampen the enthusiasm for the annual event which included a street parade, fun dog show, sausage-making demonstration and live music. The stall holders turned out in force with many new faces alongside the seasoned regulars.

People came from far and wide with one French tourist winning the prize for the furthest travelled.  The dog show, sponsored by Doune based vets Struthers and Scott, was very popular, especially the best tricks category which saw some great comical moments.

As always, the children entered into the spirit of things for the fancy dress parade which was based around the theme of Scottish Historical Characters – real and mythical. Reece Crawford steamed through the competition to scoop first prize in the Primary 1-3 category for his interpretation of The Flying Scotsman, closely followed by Florence Hood who came as Flora Macdonald.   Alfie James won first prize in the Primary 4–7 group for his Oor Willie costume with the group award going to Jenny Gardner, Holly Kenn and Maddie Anderson who came as the three witches from Macbeth.

Last year’s King and Queen passed on their crowns to the new regal kids on the block – Queen – Chloe Watt and King – Ryan Hawick who were ably assisted on the day with their attendants Alice Brownley, Teagan Finlay, Joe White and Ewan Milligan.

Nine year old Lily Bell also had her moment in the spotlight when her chilli, coriander and lime sausage recipe was picked as the winner in the sausage competition. Local butcher Cameron Skinner made her ‘Thai Twist’ sausages on the day as part of a demonstration which raised more than £70 for Kippen Contact the Elderly group.

The raffle went down a storm and raised more than £500 which will help support local organisations and charities.  A big thanks to the all the local businesses who donated prizes including  the Woodhouse, The Cross Keys, Rhubarb Lime, The Inn at Kippen, Briarlands Farm, Blairdrummond Safari Park, McQueen Gin, One Allan Park Wellbeing Clinic and Old Leckie Farm.

Old Play and Alan Stewart’s Ra Band, along with the lovely singer Anna McEachern, kept the crowds entertained and were eventually rewarded with glorious late afternoon sunshine.  The Kippen Street Fayre Organising Committee would like to thank everyone who came along and helped make the day a great success (despite the rain)!

Elsbeth Campbell


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Buchlyvie Garden Open

Avril Galloway will open her beautiful garden in Buchlyvie on Saturday 6th May. All proceeds from the garden open will go to Kippen Parish Church.

Please take this opportunity to come and see this lovely garden in the Spring with the many azaleas and rhododendrons.

The address is Culbuie House, Culbowie Road, Buchlyvie, FK8 3NY. Coming from Stirling, Culbowie Road is on the left as you are just about through the village.

See you there!

Naomi Hirst


Burns Supper

Friends of Kippen Kirk Trust, FKKT, again hosted the biennial Burns Supper in the Village Hall in January, when nearly 100 people turned out on a cold night for a warm evening of Burns.

Sir Michael Hirst, the chair of FKKT, presided and the evening was rated a great success. Prior to an excellent meal provided by Skinners with tablet by Val Beaton, the Rev Ellen Larson Davidson of Kippen Kirk recited – word perfect – the Selkirk Grace. Then the Haggis was piped in by Kippen student, Douglas Graham, and expertly addressed by Paul Carey of Killearn. George Eastcroft, President of Blane Valley Burns Club, proposed the Immortal Memory. George has been a Burns enthusiast for over 30 years, and his very knowledgeable speech was well received.

Locals were very much to the fore in the subsequent speeches. Grant Coubrough gave a witty Toast to the Lassies, to which Aileen Green replied, partly in song. Grant’s wife Kath McKellar Ferguson arranged the musical part of the evening, with three outstanding young performers: Balmaha’s Eva Macfarlane (Mezzo Soprano) and Connor James Smith (Tenor) being joined by young Ossian Green on the fiddle. Douglas Graham piped again during the interval.

Everyone agreed that Paul Carey’s Tam O’Shanter set a new standard in entertainment. Complete with props, and his mock horse, Paul deserved the huge applause when he finished his outstanding recitation.

Bobby Wilson brought the evening to a close with his usual humorous Vote of Thanks, followed by the whole company singing Auld Lang Syne.

FKKT would like to thank local people for once again supporting this Burns Supper, and hope to hold the next in January 2019!

Michael Hirst


An old tradition returns

The 1st Carse Cubs Pack (Kippen) held their Fireworks & Bonfire night on the 1st of November at Kippen Football Pitch. It has been some years since we had a display in Kippen on the field.

We were in luck as the weather was fine and clear, but very cold, so we looked forward to a large and hot bonfire. A number of cubs met everyone and greeted us to the event, which was well attended.

Tea and coffee were for sale, there was a Skinners BBQ, plus a stand selling brightly coloured items that proved very popular with the youngsters. The BBQ did a roaring trade and large queues formed.

img_3540After a little while the bonfire was lit and kept us warm. This was followed by an impressive display of fireworks. The highlight was the rockets providing a glorious splash of colour, plus a posse of cubs pushing a pram with a guy shouting loudly “penny for the guy”

Special mention was made to Skinners, Rhubarb & Lime, The Cross Keys, McNicolls Country Store and Fallen Brewing for their support.

All monies raised went towards helping local Cubs and Beavers units and a donation went to Kippen Sports Development Fund and Kippen Primary School’s smart-board appeal.

Well done to everyone involved.


Kippen Christmas Market

Kippen playgroup & toddlers has been running in our village for many years now, in fact some of our present mums were brought along to the group by their own parents.

We pride ourselves on our longevity and feel that it really is down to the unique way in which we operate, as most playgroups are in local authority partnership but we are fully independent.

Our small committee of mums all have a vested interest in the group having children at playgroup, toddlers or both. We run two playgroup sessions per week. Tuesday 9.30-12pm and Friday 9.30-12pm. From age 2 to pre-school.

We employ two fantastic play leaders who run our playgroup. Both have a great passion for early years’ education and this shines through in the smiles of the children at each session.

Toddlers run on a Thursday 10.15-12pm where we welcome children from birth to pre-school. This is a very important part of our group. Being a new mum can be very tough and in a rural area like this can be socially isolating. We offer a relaxed and friendly place for mums to bring their children. A space where they can really feel a part of their community.

We receive no external funding so it is down to the committee to raise the funds that we need to operate and currently have two main fundraisers – the bottle stall at the Street Fayre and our Christmas market. Our market is our main fundraiser. With months in the planning and a team of parents working feverishly behind the scenes we have become quite skilled at hosting a wonderful festive event that draws people from all over and some of our stall holders come back year after year.

We would not be able to raise the funds without our exceptionally popular raffle and we have built up a great relationship with a host of local businesses who very kindly donate prizes year after year.

The generosity of the people of Kippen and the surrounding area really do show that community spirit is alive and well. This year we raised just over £3,500. This will go a long way towards keeping our group running for another year.

Dawn Warttig
Kippen playgroup & toddlers.