Cancer Whist

We did it!  We reached the target of over £200,000. Well done Kippen residents, we raised net £5,991 at the annual Whist Drive for Cancer Research UK bringing the total to £204,321 raised for this worthy cause since the appeal started in 1966.  Thank you all:  volunteers, players, contributors, business donors, and helpers for supporting the annual appeal and helping to raise such a magnificent sum.   

The Whist was a great night enjoyed by all, with the usual friendly buzz of chat, catching up with gossip and importantly, finding where you should be at the next move!  

There were 39 tables playing Whist, which is pretty much capacity.  The winning lady was Doreen Snadden, winning gent was David Dewer and the young winning players were Charlotte Schmautz and Ruairidh Hunter.    

Kirsty organised tuition at the school on three Friday afternoons for the P7 year in the weeks prior to the Whist, and all twenty of them joined in enthusiastically to learn the skills of the game.  It was wonderful to see so many of them on the night putting their skills to the test in the Village Hall. We need this younger generation to keep on coming!!! 

Kath Coubrough was our President this year, and she gave a very heartfelt and thought-provoking speech at the start of the evening, reminding us that all of us are touched in some way by this disease, whether through personal experience or from watching a relative or friend suffer.  Her duties then ranged from folding raffle tickets, supplying her guests with fine fayre and drawing the raffle, which I think we all agreed was done in record swift time.  So, well done Kath.  

It was great to have Ellen back this year to do the vote of thanks in the absence of husband Mark, who was still deep under the ocean. 

The committee are so delighted that this village tradition is going from strength to strength with more people wanting to join in the fun of the evening – so let’s make 2019 equally successful.    

Naomi Hirst 

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This year six gardens will open in the village allowing a chance to see some of the larger gardens, ranging from well- established to more recent, all with something different to offer, but mostly encompassing wonderful views.

They are:

Dun Eaglais, Station Brae

Glentirran, Station Brae

Arnmoulin, Cauldhame

Woodstone House, Cauldhame

Farringford, Fore Road

Kippen Community Garden and the garden at Stonelea behind.

Teas will be served in the Reading Rooms.

Admission is £5, which will take you round the six gardens.  Two charities will be supported, Alzheimer Scotland and Start-up Stirling.

garden poster

Naomi Hirst


Get ready for a ‘Simulating’ Street Fayre!

This year’s Kippen Street Fayre, which takes place on Sat 9th June 2018, is set to reach new heights with the addition of a new simulator ride. The simulator is just one of a number of new attractions at the Fayre, and you can also look forward to a pop- up beer tent outside the Cross Keys and a vintage gin trailer. The Inn at Kippen is also organising some special events, so check our website for updates.  


Many new stall holders and local businesses will be joining some of your old favourites, and you can also look forward to musical entertainment, a fun dog show and sausage- making demonstrations.  

The theme for this year’s Street Fayre will be Disney characters so get planning – there are hundreds of films to choose from and lots of fantastic characters, old and new, to inspire you.  

You can look forward to great raffle prizes and lots of great food and drink, including pop- up cafes in the Reading Rooms and local Church.  We already have some great shopping lined up, with everything from bespoke jewellery and gorgeous designer cards and prints, to fabulous textile sculptures and gifts. So, if you are looking for something special, individual and local, then this is the place to come.  

The Street Fayre opens at 10am and there will be events throughout the day until 4pm. While this is definitely one of the main events in the Kippen calendar we would love to welcome visitors from the surrounding villages and further afield. So please, save the date in your diary and tell your friends, family and work colleagues to help spread the word. 

For more information visit or follow us on Facebook for regular updates  at The Kippen Street Fayre. 


Classics at Kippen “Summer Serenade”

Friday July 27 at 7.30pm in Kippen Parish Church 

Just a wee update on what we are up to next!

C@K Logo

“Classics at Kippen’ now has its own logo, thanks to our very own Kevan Leith (, and has formalised itself with a very simple constitution. Not only will this keep things “tidy” and more professional, it will enable us to apply for funding to buy some portable staging for our events. To date we have been very kindly given the loan of staging from the Church of the Holy Rude in Stirling, but this does involve quite a bit of hassle. It would be great to have our own.  

This Concert will be an evening of “light” arias, songs and ensembles from the classical and music theatre repertoire, performed by some of our “local” RCS singers from Stirling, Dunblane and Perth. All profits will go towards buying staging for future performances,  which would also be a community asset – for example the school could use it for their Christmas Concert. 

It goes without saying that we are extremely grateful for your continued support and encouragement, and we look forward to seeing you on July 27. If you would like to join our mailing list for information about future events, or simply buy tickets in advance, please contact Kathleen Coubrough (McKellar Ferguson) via Tickets can also be purchased at the door. Adults £15. Concession £12. Children under 16 admission free. 

Please tell your friends and come along. This will be a lovely evening, not to be missed. 



Traditional/ various, all welcome. First, third and any fifth Sunday in the month, Cross Keys, 7pm to 10pm. Contact Joan Thompson by text on 07739 473037 before coming, just in case it’s a rare cancellation.  

Also, we play round each other’s houses on Thursday evenings 8pm to 10.30pm most weeks. Again, for locations and other information, please contact Joan.  

Di Blackmore  



Quilt Show and Cream Tea


Kippen Community Quilters are holding their second quilt show but this time there are some new additions. Make a date on Sunday 27 May(1 – 4 pm) in Kippen Village Hall where you can see our quilts, craft stalls, children’s competition, gorgeous quilt raffle and polish off a yummy cream tea too.

Entrance costs £3 (Adult) including cream tea and £1 (Children) including juice Raffle tickets priced at £1 are now available from Elma Leith, Linda Wilson, Margaret Oswald Alison Bradley and on the day at the hall.

Alison Bradley


Classics at Kippen

Five years ago, I had an idea, and, like all ideas, it can be a bit scary wondering if it will work. Then, like all ideas which do work, it becomes scary when they grow arms and legs! Such is the story of “Classics at Kippen.” I’m not sure where all my ideas come from, but I think this idea has worked and it certainly has grown arms and legs!

The ethos of “Classics at Kippen” is threefold; to provide a lovely community event of high class music making in our beautiful Parish Church, to raise money for charity and to provide a much-needed performing platform for my young students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. At this early stage in their careers, as they start out in this tough profession, these very talented young musicians really need to try out their repertoire, to practise their developing technique, and to discover and refine their own performing and musical identities in a real live performance situation. These opportunities are few and far between, so a chance like this is grabbed with both hands by them all, and you, our audience, in return reap the benefit of hearing fresh young talent. Many of the singers and pianists you have already heard are now forging successful careers at Glyndebourne, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Scottish Opera, Opera North, Opera de Lyons, Frankfurt Opera and Chatelet Opera in Paris to name but a few. You heard them in Kippen first!!

These concerts are very dear to my heart because “back in the day” in the 80’s and 90’s, as a singer myself, I gave several recitals in the Church, which also raised money for the Kippen Parish Church and Erskine and, way back in the days of the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s my grandmother, Helen McCowan of Brig o’ Frew Farm, was greatly involved in all things musical in Kippen!

Since 2012 we have had five concerts; an opera gala, an evening of song, a presentation of “Words and Music from the Somme” (to commemorate the centenaries of the Battle of the Somme, and Erskine) and two “Raucous Rossini” operas. We have raised around £20,000 for charity – Crossroads, Kippen Parish Church and Erskine being our beneficiaries to date. I’m amazed. I think we may have had our last “Raucous Rossini” performance but I hope to put on another concert in the not too distant future with some of my newest and exciting young singers who, I think, have a great future ahead of them. Please contact me if you would like to be on our mailing list for information of future events

These events don’t just happen and I’m incredibly grateful and hugely indebted to all who help behind the scenes. Thank you so much to all our various sponsors whose generous donations pay for some expenses, to all who help with the publicity, who leaflet the village, set up the “stage” and clear up afterwards, hand out programmes and wine on the night, collect students from the train, offer overnight hospitality and, last but certainly not least, my wonderful cooks who turn up with the most delicious hot meals which the students devour as if they hadn’t eaten for days! Students will do most things for food! Everyone gives freely, as do the students, and they all love coming out to Kippen for some TLC in the country.

My next task, I think, may be to try and find some funding to buy staging which could be generally used for any performances in the village. At the moment we borrow from the church of the Holyrude in Stirling at no charge! It is a bit of a hassle so it would be great to have our own. Also, if anyone knows anything about lighting that could also be really helpful! Not my field of expertise!

Thanks to your generosity and support, “Classics at Kippen” is alive and well in this tough economic climate for the arts. Kippen truly is a “giving village”. Thank you all for digging deep to support us and for turning up “on the night” which is always a huge relief to me! Your support and encouragement is greatly appreciated. Watch this space for our next event! “If music is the food of love play on, give me excess of it”.

Kath Ferguson