Burns Supper

Tickets are selling well for the Village Burns Supper in the Village Hall on Saturday 26 January, and a capacity audience is expected. The event is hosted as usual by the Friends of Kippen Kirk Trust which helps to maintain the building and fabric of the Village Kirk.

There’s a great slate of speakers and performers. The Immortal Memory will be proposed by Ian Young of Campsie Glen; the Toast to the Lassies will be proposed by Duncan McEwan of Arnprior and the reply on behalf of the Lassies will be given by Baroness Goldie, whose hilarious replies have won her a place on the international circuit of Burns Suppers. After the Selkirk Grace by Rev Ellen Larson Davidson, the Haggis will be addressed by Kippen’s Richard Patten and Neil Benny will give his own unique recitation of Tam O’Shanter. Local lad Murray O’May, who piped so impressively at the Armistice Day Service in the Village, will be piping, and Kathleen McKellar Ferguson is organising the musical programme. Award-winning singers Daniel Barrett and Karla Grant from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland will be singing. Cameron Skinner is catering the event.

Tickets, price £22.50, are still available from Micky or Naomi Hirst (870283), David Jenkins (870434) or Moira Turner (870705).


Dr Railton Scott Annual Whist Drive

The annual Whist Drive to raise money for Cancer Research will be held in the Village Hall on Friday 1st February at 7pm. This year, entrance money will be collected as you arrive (£3 per head with no charge for those hosting tables). If you would like reserve a table please contact Stuart Thomson on 01786 870529, 07736 362011, or This is a great village occasion with a long history of raising money for this very worthy cause.

There will be some practice Whist sessions in the Reading Rooms on Tuesdays 15th, 22nd and 29th January at 7.30pm. Come and learn how to play or have a brush up session. All are most welcome.

Naomi Hirst


Classics @ Kippen “Summer Serenade”

On Friday 27th July we were delighted to welcome 8 singers and a pianist from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to the beautiful Kippen Kirk for an evening of light classical music. It was indeed a ‘Summer Serenade’ with music from opera, classical song, Scots song and music theatre wafting through the Church and raising the rafters! Wine was served at the interval, and it was delightful for our audience of around 170 to mill around outside on a balmy Summer evening.


I am thrilled to announce that we raised a total of £2600 on the evening, which included a generous personal donation from a London friend of £500. (The powers of FB!) This will be fund- matched up to £2500 from The Friends of Kippen Kirk Trust, to whom we are gratefully indebted, making a grand total of £5100. This will enable us to buy most of our own staging for future concerts in the Church. To say that I am thrilled is an understatement!

A huge thank you to all the very generous people of Kippen who helped with this event in so many ways……. setting up the church, catering, ticket selling, publicity, finances, photography and, not least, the most wonderful warm hospitality which the students loved. A very special thanks also goes to Kevan Leith at SAS Computing, who has very generously constructed our new website

Our next C@K Concert will be on March 23rd and will take the form of a duet recital by two former RCS students, Hannah Sandison and Annabella Ellis, both of whom are forging successful singing careers which began at Glyndebourne. This will be a high-class concert, not to be missed. The proceeds of this will enable us to buy the last bits and pieces of staging and some simple lighting for any future events in the Church.

Please get in touch via the website for more information, and to be added to our mailing list for future events.

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A New Season of Films to Enjoy at The Callander Cinema

At 7:30pm on Sunday November 11 we open the 42nd season of community cinema in Callander with a screening of Dunkirk.  We will screen a varied selection of 15 Award Winning movies with Oscar Winners, Comedy, Drama, Western, Horror, and Foreign films, and a Christmas Movie for the family. The season will run from November 2018 to June 2019 for the bargain price of £26, which works out at less than £2 per movie.


Due to flooding, remodelling and uncertainty about the sale of St Kessogs we will be moving our screenings to 7:30pm on Sunday nights at the Callander Youth Project at 6 Bridgend, Callander FK17 8AH.

We have received sponsorship from local companies: Julie Carmichael at Deli Ecosse, Gordon Esson at Man Cave Barber Shop, Dave McAlpine Construction,                     Callander     Youth Project, Gordon Halladay at Spirit of Callander and the Texas Hold Em Poker players at The Waverley.

Visitors and locals are always welcome.  It’s £5 at the door for non-members.

We are online at: 

See you at the movies.

Eammon O’Boyle (01877-339323)

Sun. Nov. 11  Dunkirk
Sun. Nov. 25  The Post
Sun. Dec. 9     The Death of Stalin
Sun. Dec. 23  The Man Who Invented Christmas
Sun. Jan. 13    Darkest Hour
Sun. Jan. 27    The Shape of Water
Sun. Feb. 10 Hereditary
Sun. Feb. 24      Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool
Sun. Mar. 17      Shoplifters
Sun. Mar. 31      Sweet Country
Sun. Apr. 14      The Guernsey Literary Society
Sun. Apr. 28      Lady Bird
Sun.  May 12 I Tonya
Sun.  May 26 Molly’s Game
June 2019 AGM – TBC.

15 Award Winning Movies for £26

Cheques payable to Callander Film Society.

Return to Aileen Dimmer, 7 Castle Grove, Callander FK17 8AZ.

Or Pay by BACS.  Callander Film Society.  Bank of Scotland, Callander.

Sort Code 800591.  Account Number 00242863.



Preparations are well in hand for the Village Burns Supper which will take place on Saturday 26 January 2019 at 7.00 for 7.30 pm in the Village Hall, Fore Road.  The Supper will be hosted as usual by the Friends of Kippen Kirk and catered by Cameron Skinner.


Ian Young, an old hand at Burns Suppers, from Campsie Glen will propose the Immortal Memory.  The Toast to the Lassies will be proposed by Duncan McEwan of Arnprior, and Baroness Goldie, an acclaimed and hilarious Burns speaker, will reply.  Neil Benny will recite Tam O’Shanter.  Kath McKellar Ferguson will be organising the evening’s musical entertainment.

Tickets will be priced around £20, and will be available from the FKKT trustees, Michael Hirst (870283), Barry Topping (870090), Mary Lawson (870202), David Jenkins (870434) and Julie McEachern (870635) and others.

You can book your tickets now and encourage your friends to join you for a great evening.

Sir Michael Hirst, Glentirran, Kippen, Stirlingshire FK8 3DY

Tel. +44 (0)1786 870283, Fax +44 (0) 1786 870679, Mobile +44 (0) 7885 627600


Diamond Anniversary of Over 60s Christmas Dinner

This year’s celebration will be held on Monday 3rd December and will mark 60 years of a great village tradition. Many offers of support from individuals and organisations were received at a recent meeting and plans are underway to provide a special party.  Villagers of all ages will be pulling together to create a memorable afternoon. In addition to our normal fundraising, which covers food and drink, a windfarm grant has been approved to provide some added extras.  Guests old and new will be very welcome to attend.  Contact Tracy 870385 for more information.

Tracy Hepburn


Cancer Research – Dr Railton Scott Annual Appeal

Autumn is here (well it feels like it!) and the organising committee will have their first meeting on Monday 12th November at 8.10pm in the Reading Rooms to plan for the 2019 Appeal. We are delighted that Sara Prince has agreed to be Chair this year and we welcome her onto the committee.

The annual Whist Evening will take place in the Village Hall on Friday 1st February. Please put this date in your next year’s diary and come along and support this fun village event which raises in excess of £5000 for Cancer Research.

In January there will be some beginners, and brush- up, lessons in the Reading Rooms – dates will be posted in the Village. We are delighted that the younger generation have been coming along in recent years, so we plan to hold some lessons in the Primary school again in January.

Next year’s diaries will be available from McNicoll’s from November.

Naomi Hirst

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