Rhubarb Lime

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In May 2013 Shona and Greg Sanders opened “Rhubarb Lime”

RL? Inspired by “Blue Lemon” in Luzern; a favourite of Shona’s. Switzerland remains a favourite transit point for Greg and Shona en route to product quality testing in the Italian vineyards.

Shona has an eye for lovely gifts and attention to detail. Greg is an avid wine lover and sources unusual wines. Monthly wine tastings are a sell out.

After over four years the business has gone from strength to strength thanks to (i) a rapidly expanding and diverse customer base, (ii) excellent and loyal staff, (iii) providing an excellent customer experience, and (iv) quality, as opposed to chasing a price point, being the ethos (excellent bread and bacon).

Every order is freshly made. Home made soup, Margaret’s lovely macaroni, superb home baking and the best “Italian Aroma” coffee are just part of the attraction.

Rhubarb Lime is homely and has charm. Shona and her staff try to welcome customers as if they were being invited to their own homes. Greg will not sell a wine unless he’d happily serve to his guests at home.

The future?

Rhubarb Lime is a labour of love. Consolidate, keep welcoming customers and valuing that custom.

Greg Sanders – visit our new website             


Skinner of Kippen


Skinner of Kippen is a long-standing butcher’s business located in Kippen, with a reputation that extends far beyond the village.  Within the past couple of years, they have moved their retail operation from the shop in the Main Street to premises with the Woodhouse deli and café down at the roundabout close to the station.  However, for those for whom this is not easy to access, much of their product is available in McNicoll’s shop.  Any items not directly on sale there can be ordered at the shop, and will be delivered there to be picked up.

Their Main Street premises are now the production centre for the business, where their award-winning products are produced under strict quality-controlled conditions under the watchful eye of Cameron Skinner.  The business ethos has much in common with that of Rhubarb Lime, featured elsewhere in this magazine – focus on quality.

This quality results in recognition at a national level – Gold Medal at the Meat Federation National Championship for the steak pie, with a couple of Silver Medals (mince round and steak/ black pudding/ chorizo sausage) in addition.

It is further recognised in the widespread use of Skinner to provide catering resources for an extensive variety of events:

Arnprior Pumpkins, running to the end of October

Balfron Woodland Light Experience running from 25th October to 12th November

Santa’s Woodland Experience in Balfron at weekends from the end of November onwards

“Big Feed” street food events in Glasgow

A local business with a national reputation!

Stuart Thomson



Without our supporters, there would be no Wee Vine. They offer support in a variety of ways. All essential.

Firstly, our financial supporters.  Printing and other costs are totally met through the support of a number of local businesses. Currently, these are (in alphabetical order):

Brian Reynolds Carpentry

Cameron Skinner, Skinner of Kippen

Central Auto Repairs (Glengyle)

Cliff Hewett – eMusic Tutor

Fallen Brewing Company

Fusion Flowers Magazine

GCR Financial Planning

John Coubrough & Son, Joiners &Funeral Directors

Kappa Computer

McNicolls Country Store

Raymond Alexander Electrical

Rhubarb Lime

Stephen Paul Associates

The Cross Keys

The Inn at Kippen

Each of our financial supporters is entitled to use the magazine to publicise forthcoming events, or significant awards obtained. Anyone who would like to offer support in this way, can do so by contacting us at

Secondly many thanks to those who have supported this issue by contributing articles. The Wee Vine is for Kippen, about Kippen and by Kippen. We would like to know about events as they happen, and also those which are planned. Also, organisations, clubs and their programmes and activities. Plus comments, queries, photos and anything else that takes your fancy.

“Letters to the editor” on paper or electronically are welcome from all.

Also, we would like to thank the various outlets who support us by selling copies of The Wee Vine – McNicolls, Rhubarb Lime, The Woodhouse and the Inn at Kippen.

And finally, those who support by offering help in many ways, such as the delivery of the magazine round the village by June Waley and her team.

We would like anyone able to deliver to outlying areas and farms to contact us.

Stuart Thomson


Central Auto Repairs

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Central Auto Repairs is a business owned by Kevin Weir.  After the Glengyle Garage business was closed, Kevin rented the garage space belonging to this business from the owner, Duncan Mackinnon, and now runs a car repair service from these premises.

Kevin, who had previously worked with Duncan for a number of years, started the business in January 2016.  He offers a number of services and products (with a smile!):



Routine servicing


MOTs are available

Products such as bulbs, oil and lights are stocked on site

Other parts and tyres can be procured

The fuel pumps, are not operational.



Kevin can be contacted on


Stuart Thomson


GCR Financial Planning

Issue 2 - GCR.pngAs you will see from our “Suppliers” page at the back of the magazine, GCR Financial Planning is one of our supporters.  Over the next few issues we aim to feature each of our supporters with a brief article.  This interview (and the recipe from The Inn at Kippen) mark the start of that process.

Graham Robinson is the Principal of GCR Financial Planning, and a Senior Partner of St James’s Place Wealth Management, the group of which GCR Financial Planning is a component.  He agreed to provide The Wee Vine with an interview at which he outlined the philosophy which guides his client management strategy.

Whereas Shakespeare famously proclaimed the “Seven Ages of Man”, Graham uses a somewhat curtailed version of this – the “Three Ages of Financial Planning” – to guide his client advice and management.  Graham sees these three ages as:

From 40+, when client thoughts first turn actively toward the provision of funds and security for the years of retirement.  In Graham’s experience, very few people actively make any provision for this in previous years.

Between 60 and 80 (varying according to personal circumstances and factors such as health), the enjoyment of the rewards from phase 1.  Graham actively encourages a switch of mental focus when entering this phase from “save” to “spend” (sensibly).

Thereafter, basking in the glow of pleasurable memories garnered in phase 2.

Graham’s expertise is greatly to the fore in phases 1 (advising on investment and acceptable levels of risk) and phase 2 (advising on sensible means of realising income).  Typically, phase 3 requires less active management, although Graham will still meet regularly with clients.

Graham has been involved for many years in this area, both individually and as a partner in St James.  He relocated his business to Rennie’s Loan in Kippen some 9 years ago.

Stuart Thomson, March 2017