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



Railton Scott Cancer Whist

Another highly successful year for raising funds for Cancer Research UK. The annual Whist Drive was held on Friday 1st February, with a recent record of 42 tables playing. £5,678 was raised from the Whist Drive, with a further £513.79 raised from the sale of Christmas cards, sale of diaries and collecting cans. The committee are most grateful for the continued support of local businesses in donating prizes for the raffle.

Sara Prince was this year’s president who guided us through the committee meetings, sold raffle tickets, contacted local businesses and welcomed everyone on the evening. Then there was then the mammoth task of folding hundreds of raffle tickets for the draw. She was ably assisted in this task by husband Glen.

Once again Kirsty organised 3 Fridays of Whist lessons for the P7 class at the Primary School, in the weeks prior to the Whist. They were very quick learners and many of them came with parents to play on the night. It’s wonderful to see so many young carrying on the tradition of this long-established event.

The winning players were, 1st lady Roseanne Ditch and 1st Gent Carol Wells.  Young winners were Kelsie Hewines and Grant O’Donnell.

A very big thank you to all who were involved in the event for making it such a success.

Naomi Hirst



Top Glyndebourne Opera stars come to Kippen

Top Glyndebourne Opera stars come to Kippen


On Saturday 23rd March the “Classics @ Kippen” audience were treated to an utterly sublime concert given by Hannah Sandison (soprano), Annabella Ellis (mezzo soprano) and pianist Chavdar Mazgalov. Hannah and Annabella, both now based in London, studied with Kathleen McKellar Ferguson at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. They both met at Glyndebourne in 2015 and are now forging very successful singing careers.  We are so grateful to them for making the trip north and for giving freely of their time and services.


The programme included operatic arias and duets by Monteverdi, Handel, Mozart and Rossini, songs by Schumann and Mahler and ended with some classic musical theatre. It was a case of “the show must go on” when Hannah’s back “went” during the first half of the concert. As a result Hannah, 5 months pregnant, didn’t have the physical strength to sing her two Puccini arias at the beginning of the second half so, with no fuss at all, Bulgarian born pianist, Chavdar, who studied at the Guildhall School of Music in London, added an exquisite solo piano piece by Schubert and Annabella sang an extra impromptu aria! Thankfully, the paracetamol kicked in and Hannah was able to sing the lighter, last few, pieces at the end of the programme. This was a performance of the highest calibre and was received and acknowledged as such by an extremely enthusiastic audience. Many people said that this would even “convert” them to listening more to opera!


Our eighth C@K concert since 2012, this was the first concert using our own staging, which was purchased with the proceeds of the concert last Summer. The staging now lives under the stairs in the Church and is there to be used in our community at other Church- based events. After expenses, we have raised just under £700 and have decided that the priority is to use this money to buy some simple lighting for the stage and then, if possible, either an extra set of steps or an elegant backdrop/curtain for the staging. Our next concert will be for charity. Watch this space for further details!


A concert like this doesn’t just happen. “Classics@Kippen” are eternally grateful to all those who helped in so many ways to make this event the huge success that it was. A huge thank you goes to those who made time on Saturday morning to help set up the stage and move the piano (no mean feat!) and then clear up after the concert, those who gave meals and hospitality, sold tickets, distributed leaflets, took photographs of the event and helped on the night greeting people at the door and serving wine. A very special thank you goes to Kevan Leith ( who maintains our website and helps with all things IT, John Fulton and Grant Coubrough for being on hand throughout the day to help with everything in the Church and to a very generous donor who gifted all the wine for the interval.  Also, and not least, a huge thank you to all of you who came to the concert because without an audience there is no concert! We do indeed live in a very “giving” village. Thank you to everyone who supports us. We appreciate it so much.


Classics@Kippen look forward to many more successful nights like this of high-class music-making in our beautiful Parish Church. Check out our website for more information and do contact us if you would like to be involved in any way or added to our mailing list.

Kathleen McKellar Ferguson




Kippen Craft Drink Club

Gin Tasting on the Go

A Gin tasting evening, hosted by The Grail, was held in the Reading Rooms on Friday 8th March. Attendees tried a range of Scottish gins, including a gin liqueur, accompanied by garnishes, mixers and nibbles. They were talked through each gin as they sampled and experimented with various flavour combinations. It was a lively, fun-filled evening and The Grail girls would like to thank everyone that came along to support the event.

Founded by Jennifer Laird and Rachel Grant in December 2018, The Grail – Whisky, Gin and Speciality Drinks shop- is the newest addition to Doune’s collection of boutique shops. The two friends have worked in the spirits industry for a number of years and decided to go it alone and open their own shop and tasting experience. Having worked in whisky distilleries they specialise in all that surrounds Scotland’s national drink. The growing plethora of craft drinks now produced in Scotland (and further afield) has sparked their interest to say the least and they quickly realised this couldn’t just be a whisky shop. Gin, due to its recent popularity, has become another area of expertise for the two. However, Rum, Vodka, Beer and Wine are things they find themselves learning more and more about all the time. They love to learn and love to pass on their knowledge.

One of the best ways to learn and try new things is to go to a tasting. However, having grown up in Kippen and now living in Fintry, Jennifer knows the problems of getting to and from these events that are normally held in the larger towns and cities. They decided that tasting events needed to be brought to smaller venues in rural locations so that people can enjoy them without having to worry about missing the last train or bus home or having to fork out for a massive taxi fare! As such, they have set up small Craft Drinks Clubs in Kippen, Fintry and Doune. The tastings are informative and eye-opening but mostly lots of fun!

The Gin tasting was the first event in Kippen, and the next will be a Whisky tasting on Friday 12th April at 7.30pm. There will be five single malts to try from across Scotland’s regions, showing the diverse range of flavours that can be created with just three ingredients. Jen and Rachel will talk you through a bit of whisky history and culture, as well as the production methods that result in the flavours you will be tasting in the drams. Everyone is welcome whether you are a beginner or a connoisseur (as long as you are over 18!). Tickets are £20 per person or, if you sign up for membership, it is £16 (£20 yearly membership gives you discounts in the shop, discounts on Craft Drinks Club tastings and on in-shop tastings and you will be able to sign up on the night if you wish). Please contact the shop by phone, email or social media to book.

They hope to make this a regular event with a different theme every time, so people might not want to come to all of them, although they are welcome to do so, but they might prefer to pick and choose the ones they are most interested in. They have lots of plans for upcoming events so keep your eye on their Facebook page or website for updates.

@TheGrailDoune on Facebook and Twitter

@The_Grail_Doune on Instagram


Tel: 01786 542 098


The Greatest Fayre  

Calling all circus lovers – the theme for this year’s Kippen Street Fayre on Sat 8th June 2019 is ‘The Greatest Showman’ so expect great street entertainment, music, fantastic stalls, fun dog show and great food and drink. There are also fantastic raffle prizes and the chance to sample a special edition Street Fayre sausage roll made by our great local butcher.  The event opens at 10am with a Street Parade and there is live music throughout the day as well as a few surprises. So, come along, bring your friends, family and dogs to enjoy a really great day out.  For more information visit or see the Kippen Street Fayre Facebook page for updates.


Elsbeth Campbell


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Kippen Parish Church Guild

“One Journey, Many Roads”  –  “Seeking the Way”

The Stirling/Clackmannan Guilds Together Annual Summer Rally will take place in Bridge of Allan Parish Church, 12 Keir Street, Bridge of Allan, FK9 4NW on Thursday, 30th May at 7.00 p.m.

Please contact Joanna 01786 870681 regarding



The Guild Annual Gathering will take place in Dundee on Saturday,
7th September.

This event is worth a visit. 


Further information and free tickets are available from

Joanna M. McPhail 01786 870681 or


Guild Week is 8th to 15th September 2019







Burns Supper

Kippen Village Hall was packed out for the 2019 Village Burns Supper, organised as usual by the Friends of Kippen Kirk Trust, and chaired by Sir Michael Hirst.  135 guests sat down to an excellent supper prepared by Cameron Skinner.

The evening started with the Selkirk Grace from the Rev Ellen Larson Davidson.  Then the Haggis being piped in by Murray O’May, the talented young Kippen piper, and the Haggis Bearer was David Jenkins, a trustee of FKKT.  The Haggis was addressed by local toastmaster, Richard Patten.

After supper, Kelsie Hewines from Kippen Primary School gave an outstanding recitation of Burns’ poem “Willie brewed a peck o’ maut” with wonderful actions.  What a talented young lady is Kelsie.  We can be proud that Kippen Primary is so successful in teaching the children about our National Bard.

The Immortal Memory was proposed by Ian Young OBE of Clachan of Campsie who gave a thoughtful, informed and comprehensive speech.  Arnprior farmer Duncan McEwen toasted the lassies and brought the house down with some splendid remarks and jokes.  He was followed by Cllr Neil Benny of Stirling who recited Tam O’Shanter with a boxful of props.  Baroness Annabel Goldie replied to the toast to the Lassies and was hugely amusing as she demolished the men at the top table.

Kathleen McKellar Ferguson organised the musical programme and we were indeed fortunate to have two outstanding singers from the Royal conservatoire of Scotland, Karla Grant and Daniel Barrett.

The Trust is most grateful to the many helpers who set up the hall, assisted with the serving, donated raffle prizes and sold raffle tickets, and cleared up the hall at the end of a most successful and enjoyable evening.  Diane Loutitt’s tablet was enjoyed by all.