Kippen Flower Show

A great spectacle of giant vegetables, beautiful flowers, artwork and photography, baking and preserves was on show. A particularly large number of entries for the industrial section and handicrafts was greatly welcomed.

Many thanks are due to all those who supported the flower show this year. With the real threat of cancellation, Gillian Cassidy stepped in to rally the team of volunteers and Angus Hepburn signed up a host of bakers and helpers for the cafe. A wonderful spread of cakes was donated, and much appreciated by visitors. Thanks, are given to the judges and Walter? Surname for their specialist input and advice so generously and graciously provided year on year. Rhubarb and Lime, the Cross keys, the Inn at Kippen, the Woodhouse, Benview Garden Centre, McNicoll’s shop and Skinner’s butcher are thanked for raffle prizes. Above all, thanks are due to the exhibitors without whom there wouldn’t be a show. It was good to see many people entering for the first time and gaining confidence to make an entry also into the garden competition. Here’s hoping this wonderful, community event will go from strength to strength. Make a note in your diary for August 2020.

We would also like to give a special thanks to Shonah Escombe for all her hard work and dedication in making this show the success that it is.

Gillian Cassidy

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MacMillan Coffee Morning

M_white_mid_RGBAs part of a nationwide fundraising event, Micky and Naomi Hirst hosted a coffee morning at a Glentirran on Friday 27th September to raise money for MacMillan. We had a wonderful response from village folk and friends from further afield and raised over £1670. All those who came enjoyed the wonderful spread of goodies laid out on the kitchen table.

Once again, Kippen answered the call and I was very touched by the offers of home baking and produce which were donated. Thank you all so much. And thank you to my band of lady helpers who made tea/coffee, served at the tables and did a mammoth clearing up job.

Naomi Hirst




Save the Date





Kathleen McKellar Ferguson presents an evening of Christmas music and carol singing with students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Tickets £15 & £12 (under 16’s free)

Wine and mince pies will be served at the interval

Proceeds to “Start Up Stirling Christmas Appeal”





Charity Christmas Grotto

Shirley Lamb (Mrs Claus,) Santa and all of her elves would like to take this opportunity to thank all who helped and donated to last year’s ‘Charity Fundraising Santa’s Grotto’ held in December 2018.

The total sum raised was £850 which was split between ‘Start-up Stirling’ and the ‘Neonatal Unit, Forth Valley Hospital’.

They would also like to announce that this year’s event will be held on the 30th November and the 1st December.

Each day will run from 2pm until 6pm. The venue will be at ‘Linton’, Fintry Road, Kippen. Telephone contact 01786 870231.

For those perhaps visiting for the first time the children will have a full 10-minute personal visit with Santa, at which you are invited to take as many photos as you wish to get that one special image, ending with a personalised gift. There will also be some photo opportunities around the tent and garden. For adults, there will be the opportunity to socialise and donate to home baking stall, mulled wine and soup and take part in a raffle. You do not have to bring a child to participate. Just come and enjoy the social occasion and view the lights and help raise funds for this year’s Charity.

Due to an increase in the labour cost of the toymaking elves the cost per child this year will be £6.

This year all proceeds will be given to Start-up Stirling.

Please telephone Shirley, as soon as possible, to book you choice of time as places fill up quickly. Some visitors from previous years have already booked up slots for this year.

Many thanks in anticipation of your support.

Shirley & John Lamb


Cancer Research – Dr Railton Scott Annual Appeal

The organising committee for this Annual Appeal will have its first meeting on Monday 11th November at 8pm in the Reading Rooms to plan for the 2020 event. We are delighted that Mary Kenyon has agreed to be Chair for the 2020 Appeal and we welcome her on to the committee.

The annual Whist evening will take place in the Village Hall on Friday 7th February. Please put this date in your next year’s diary and come along and support this fun village event which, in recent years, has been growing in numbers as the younger generation are keen to come along. We’re delighted about this as it helps to keep this important fundraiser alive and kicking!

In January there will be some beginners and ‘brush-up’ lessons in the Reading Rooms – dates will be posted in the Village, and Kirsty and I will hopefully be giving some Whist lessons in the Primary School as before for the P7 class.

Naomi Hirst


Kippen Woodland Group

As we pass the Vernal Equinox, Spring is coming to Burnside Wood. Frog and toad spawn can be seen, and buds are starting to appear. With the approach of Spring we are reverting to a 10.00 start time for our Woodland Mornings with a mid morning break and light refreshments provided. Our work mornings are scheduled for Sunday 7 April, 5 May and 2 June, meeting at the football pitch. We normally have a break in July, but this year are hoping to get a bit of work done on 7 July if there are sufficient volunteers. There is always plenty to do in Burnside Wood to maintain it for conservation, recreation and education. Tasks for 2019 include:

  • deciding whether to retain and repair the pond platform or to replace it with a smaller structure
  • strimming along the sides of the main paths to prevent encroaching vegetation
  • maintaining the main paths and associated structures
  • removing tree saplings from the fen

If you are interested in finding out more about the Kippen Community Woodland Group or getting involved, please come along to one of our work mornings, attend our next meeting on Thursday 25 April at 8pm in the Cross Keys, email or find us on Facebook.

Paula Watson

Secretary, Kippen Community Woodland Group