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Buchlyvie Garden Open

Avril Galloway will open her beautiful garden in Buchlyvie on Saturday 6th May. All proceeds from the garden open will go to Kippen Parish Church.

Please take this opportunity to come and see this lovely garden in the Spring with the many azaleas and rhododendrons.

The address is Culbuie House, Culbowie Road, Buchlyvie, FK8 3NY. Coming from Stirling, Culbowie Road is on the left as you are just about through the village.

See you there!

Naomi Hirst


Burns Supper

Friends of Kippen Kirk Trust, FKKT, again hosted the biennial Burns Supper in the Village Hall in January, when nearly 100 people turned out on a cold night for a warm evening of Burns.

Sir Michael Hirst, the chair of FKKT, presided and the evening was rated a great success. Prior to an excellent meal provided by Skinners with tablet by Val Beaton, the Rev Ellen Larson Davidson of Kippen Kirk recited – word perfect – the Selkirk Grace. Then the Haggis was piped in by Kippen student, Douglas Graham, and expertly addressed by Paul Carey of Killearn. George Eastcroft, President of Blane Valley Burns Club, proposed the Immortal Memory. George has been a Burns enthusiast for over 30 years, and his very knowledgeable speech was well received.

Locals were very much to the fore in the subsequent speeches. Grant Coubrough gave a witty Toast to the Lassies, to which Aileen Green replied, partly in song. Grant’s wife Kath McKellar Ferguson arranged the musical part of the evening, with three outstanding young performers: Balmaha’s Eva Macfarlane (Mezzo Soprano) and Connor James Smith (Tenor) being joined by young Ossian Green on the fiddle. Douglas Graham piped again during the interval.

Everyone agreed that Paul Carey’s Tam O’Shanter set a new standard in entertainment. Complete with props, and his mock horse, Paul deserved the huge applause when he finished his outstanding recitation.

Bobby Wilson brought the evening to a close with his usual humorous Vote of Thanks, followed by the whole company singing Auld Lang Syne.

FKKT would like to thank local people for once again supporting this Burns Supper, and hope to hold the next in January 2019!

Michael Hirst


An old tradition returns

The 1st Carse Cubs Pack (Kippen) held their Fireworks & Bonfire night on the 1st of November at Kippen Football Pitch. It has been some years since we had a display in Kippen on the field.

We were in luck as the weather was fine and clear, but very cold, so we looked forward to a large and hot bonfire. A number of cubs met everyone and greeted us to the event, which was well attended.

Tea and coffee were for sale, there was a Skinners BBQ, plus a stand selling brightly coloured items that proved very popular with the youngsters. The BBQ did a roaring trade and large queues formed.

img_3540After a little while the bonfire was lit and kept us warm. This was followed by an impressive display of fireworks. The highlight was the rockets providing a glorious splash of colour, plus a posse of cubs pushing a pram with a guy shouting loudly “penny for the guy”

Special mention was made to Skinners, Rhubarb & Lime, The Cross Keys, McNicolls Country Store and Fallen Brewing for their support.

All monies raised went towards helping local Cubs and Beavers units and a donation went to Kippen Sports Development Fund and Kippen Primary School’s smart-board appeal.

Well done to everyone involved.


Kippen Christmas Market

Kippen playgroup & toddlers has been running in our village for many years now, in fact some of our present mums were brought along to the group by their own parents.

We pride ourselves on our longevity and feel that it really is down to the unique way in which we operate, as most playgroups are in local authority partnership but we are fully independent.

Our small committee of mums all have a vested interest in the group having children at playgroup, toddlers or both. We run two playgroup sessions per week. Tuesday 9.30-12pm and Friday 9.30-12pm. From age 2 to pre-school.

We employ two fantastic play leaders who run our playgroup. Both have a great passion for early years’ education and this shines through in the smiles of the children at each session.

Toddlers run on a Thursday 10.15-12pm where we welcome children from birth to pre-school. This is a very important part of our group. Being a new mum can be very tough and in a rural area like this can be socially isolating. We offer a relaxed and friendly place for mums to bring their children. A space where they can really feel a part of their community.

We receive no external funding so it is down to the committee to raise the funds that we need to operate and currently have two main fundraisers – the bottle stall at the Street Fayre and our Christmas market. Our market is our main fundraiser. With months in the planning and a team of parents working feverishly behind the scenes we have become quite skilled at hosting a wonderful festive event that draws people from all over and some of our stall holders come back year after year.

We would not be able to raise the funds without our exceptionally popular raffle and we have built up a great relationship with a host of local businesses who very kindly donate prizes year after year.

The generosity of the people of Kippen and the surrounding area really do show that community spirit is alive and well. This year we raised just over £3,500. This will go a long way towards keeping our group running for another year.

Dawn Warttig
Kippen playgroup & toddlers.


Kippen Drama Club – 2016 Christmas Panto

The stars were out from 15-17 December when Kippen Drama Club entertained us with their panto extravaganza Knight Fever- An Arthurian Panto by Damian Trasler, David Lovesy & Steve Clark.

We attended the Friday night performance and have put together a selection of photographs. You can view more on our website.

Everyone had a great evening and the cast kept us entertained with one liners, song and dance and the odd ad lib remark.

Well done to all cast and crew and to Fintry Drama Club for the loan of the stage turntable.

Denis Bradley


The Dr. Railton Scott Annual Cancer Appeal

Once again the annual whist drive will take place in the Village Hall on Friday 3rd February at 7pm. We are very pleased to welcome The Rev Ellen Larson Davidson as our President this year and the committee has already met to start off this year’s appeal.

We would welcome bookings for tables which can be done through Stuart Thomson at or 01786 870529.

If you would like to learn to play whist or just brush up your skills there will be lessons in the Reading Room on Tuesdays 17, 25 and 31 January at 7.30pm

Do come and help to keep this village tradition going in its 51st year!

Naomi Hirst