Kippen Flower Show

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The annual Kippen Flower Show took place on 21 August this year.

A wonderful array of flowers, vegetables, baking and crafts filled the Village Hall. A mostly new team this year enjoyed planning and organising the show.

A few changes were made to the schedule; however, the main change was to move the day of the show to a Sunday.  It was suggested by some that little time was available to prepare their exhibits on a Friday evening.  This was particularly true for those who work throughout the week, consequently if the show was moved to the Sunday, Saturday would give them time to prepare and enable them to participate.  As the number of entries had been falling over the last few years, it was worth a try.  Entries did indeed increase this year, so the day change was clearly a success. Many thanks to those who helped.

The cafe was also very busy and looked charming with vintage tablecloths and jars of fresh flowers on the tables.  Delicious soups and baking were on offer. A big thank you to those who donated baking, there was a wonderful selection.

So…as the evenings draw in, order your seed catalogues and start planning your planting.  We very much look forward to seeing your entries in next year’s Show!

Joanne Lennon






Kippen Heritage Trail

For the second year, Kippen’s 300 – year old Blacksmith’s Smiddy has opened its doors this summer, with permission from the National Trust for Scotland.  Kippen Heritage manned the Smiddy in June on Street Fayre Day, welcoming in many visitors.  This was followed by Flower Show weekend in August when, for the first time, we had a Kippen Trail to show some aspects of Kippen’s Heritage.

Starting at the Reading Rooms, where Winnie Dunlop’s fascinating collection of Kippen photographs and related articles were on display, it continued to the Smiddy at Kippen Cross to see that little time – capsule of a bygone age.  Visitors could then pop in to see the beautiful Kippen Church and visit Kippen Flower Show in the Public Hall.  The Trail ended at the Boatyard in Fore Road, which was generously opened for the first time to the public by Jane Wilson, the owner.

The Kippen Trail was followed again in September, at “Doors Open” weekend when we had even greater numbers visiting the village to see our heritage.  Not only did our visitors remark on how fascinating and interesting these historical buildings and artefacts were, but local businesses said they also had benefitted from the greater numbers coming to Kippen.

Over the three weekends, the Smiddy had over 200 visitors enjoying the experience of going back in time.  Andra’ Rennie would have been delighted!  And the Boatyard, whose mere existence surprised many people – even locals – also had a steady stream of visitors over its two weekends, with many positive comments.

Margaret Oswald


Santa’s Grotto 2017

issue-1-xmas-marketThis year Santa’s Grotto at Linton, Fintry Road, Kippen will be taking place on the weekend of 2nd and 3rd of December from 2-00PM-6.00PM.

There will be the usual 10 minutes spent with Santa for stories, a chat and a special present.

Cost per child is £5.00 and to book contact 01786 870231. Please ‘phone as soon as possible as places went very quickly last year.

There will also be soup, mulled wine, home baking, raffle and of course- Santa’s Elves.

The charities to benefit from this event are-Start-up Stirling and Downs Syndrome.

Shirley and John Lamb


Rugtime in Kippen

The colours, textiles and furnishings of the East have always held a huge attraction and for many years I have loved entering the Aladdin’s cave which is the Nomad’s Tent premises in Edinburgh.  Full of colour and interest, it would gladden the heart of any rug lover or house furnisher who wants something a little different.  I have also found it to be a wonderful source of wedding and birthday presents as things range in value from a few pounds to a serious investment.

Five years ago, I heard that the Nomad’s Tent sometimes creates a similar visual feast out of Edinburgh and thought that our barn near Kippen might be suitable.  Fortunately, it proved to be so and so this October, we will hold our third selling exhibition.

The Nomad’s Tent was started in 1983 by Rufus Reade when he brought his first bales of kilims home from Turkey.  28 years later, now under the ownership of Andrew Haughton, The Nomads Tent continues to buy from ethical sources wherever possible. The experienced and enthusiastic team have travelled far and wide to bring you the practical, beautiful, sometimes quirky and often amazing work of dedicated craftsmen from around the world.

We love people to come and have a look at what is on display, whether they intend to buy or not.

At the same time, we shall have hot drinks, scones and soup available, with donations going to Music in Hospitals, This Scottish charity provides professional musicians to bring pleasure and entertainment to people all ages in hospitals, homes or hospices.  Many of these are in Stirlingshire.

On Tuesday 17th October, Rufus Reade himself will give an early evening talk entitled “Chasing the Donkey: Rushing round Turkey in Search of Rugs” which is an amusing account of the creation of the Nomads Tent. Further details on 01786870347 or

So, come and visit, have a browse, do some shopping or just come to support a very worthwhile charity.

Shop open 10am -5pm Friday 13th October – Sunday 22nd October

Talk at 7pm on 17th Oct, cost £10 including wine in aid of the Makhad Trust, supporting the Bedouin to maintain their traditional way of life.

Kirsty Cuthbert, The Myreton, Glinns Road, Kippen, Stirling, FK8 3JL

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