Tennis Festival

Primary 3 and 4 attended a Fun Tennis Festival at Balfron High at the end of May. Everybody was split into teams with S3 sports leaders. We got to try all the different activities. They had a game called Jail Break and we played rallies. The sports leaders helped to teach us new skills and we all think we have got better at tennis.

“I think everybody enjoyed the tennis festival” Reece P4

“At the tennis festival I learned a new game called fish and chips.” Edward P4

“I got much better at tennis from playing the games” Alyvia P3



Gardens Open in Kippen

Under Scotland’s Garden Scheme, 6 gardens opened in Kippen on Sunday 17th June.  They were Glentirran, Dun Eaglais, Farringford, Stone Lea, Woodstone House and Arnmoulin. We were lucky with a dry day with blinks of sunshine, and crowds of people both from the village and further afield. £2,796 was raised for two charities, Alzheimer’s Scotland and Start Up Stirling.

Teas were a huge success in the Reading Rooms, with the chance to walk round the community garden at the rear of the building.

All the hard work of the owners of the gardens was well rewarded with many comments about the different styles of planting, the structure of the gardens and of course, our spectacular views. One visitor said with real feeling, “You are very blessed” and I think we are.



Classics of Kippen

C@K LogoThe next “Classics at Kippen” event will be a “summer Serenade” to be held in Kippen Parish Church on Friday 27 July at 7.30 pm. This will be a fun evening of “light’ classical music given by “local” singing students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Please tell your friends, spread the word, come along if you can. These concerts give the students a much-needed performance platform to gain more performing experience. The proceeds of this evening will be going towards funding our own staging for these events. We have to raise £5000!

For tickets please email me at

As always, thank you so much for your continued support.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes




The Kippen Burns Supper will take place on Saturday 26 January 2019 in the Village Hall, hosted by the Friends of Kippen Kirk Trust.


Tickets, priced £20, will be available from early December onwards from any of the FKKT trustees, Micky Hirst (870283), Mary Lawson (870202), David Jenkins (870443), Barry Topping (870090) and Julie McEachern (870635).

The line-up of speakers and performers will be announced in the next edition of The Wee Vine.


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