Supporters

The Inn at Kippen

Kevin Laing and Lisa Saker are the new management team at The Inn at Kippen. They are keen to bring their wealth of experience, knowledge and passion for hospitality and customer service to the Inn. They are strongly supported by their fantastic established team including Gillian, the Inn’s Assistant Manager, as well as bringing some new faces to the team. They are also super excited to be bringing back an old face in the form of Kristoff. A dynamic young chef who has a clear vision for the menu and food that he wants to serve, Kristoff gained a wealth of experience working under the talented Mark at the Inn previously. He has since left and developed his skills working in Edinburgh and now feels ready to take on the role as Head Chef.

Kevin has been in the hospitality sector for over twenty years, working in various departments, both front of house and in the kitchen, within numerous restaurants, cafes and hotels. Most recently he has set up and run The Bistro at one of Edinburgh’s most glamorous hotels, Carberry Towers. Kevin has also organised and run some of the best functions, and he is keen to make The Inn the place people want to come to celebrate their life events – Birthdays, Christenings, Weddings etc. So, if you have any forthcoming events, why not pop in & see what we can do for you with our tailor-made event packages.

Lisa has a background in the banking sector, but also has years of experience working front of house in various establishments in Edinburgh, and most recently has been running her own café serving a local community with home made food, afternoon teas & delicious home baking. These are all things that we will be looking to introduce to the Inn.

They have been overwhelmed by the support they have had, both professionally & personally, since moving to Kippen, and are looking forward to building the business back up to the successful community- orientated business that Kippen deserves, as well as an eatery for tourists visiting Kippen & the surrounding areas.

Lisa Saker

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Bobby Wilson

We are a small Landscape Company which has been based in Kippen for over 40 years.

Stephen Paul started out in 1974, taking on large and small private contracts in the Central belt of Scotland. Sadly Stephen passed away in 1994 after a car accident.

I was a good friend and had worked with him, and was able to buy the business and goodwill  to carry it on in the same way.

Having worked with Stephen when I left  school in 1987, I then spent 2 years at college doing a  Diploma in Horticulture, and went on to be a foreman with a few large landscape companies before taking on Stephen’s business.

I have taken on some very good projects over the years and can carry out bespoke works, from large scale projects to small gardens. We carry out works all over Scotland now, from Crail in the East, to regularly working on the Isle of Mull.

Most people know we maintain hedges and grass cutting round the village, and usually see me zipping around in the tractor or Land Rover with a digger.

We are able to carry out most ground- based works and also tree pruning and removal. I have some pics which also show my speciality, Drystone Dyking works, which I carry out on my own. These give a natural look and a unique feature in a garden.

John has worked with me for 15 years now and carries out all the maintenance works such as grass cutting, weeding and hedge cutting. We can organise regular visits  to ensure your garden always looks well.

Contact me on my Mobile 07775 775 268 Landline 01786 870 906 Email: robertbbt9@aol.com or even follow us on Facebook. (Stephen Paul Associates).

Please visit our website for more information and pictures of our work.  http://www.s-paul.co.uk

Supporters

Supporters

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 organisations. Currently, these are (in alphabetical order):

 

Auchenburn Bed and Breakfast

Brian Reynolds Carpentry

Cameron Skinner, Skinner of Kippen

Central Auto Repairs (Glengyle)

Classics@Kippen

Cliff Hewett – eMusic Tutor

Fallen Brewing Company

Fusion Flowers Magazine

GCR Financial Planning

John Coubrough & Son, Joiners &Funeral Directors

McNicolls Country Store

Raymond Alexander Electrical

Rhubarb Lime

Stephen Paul Associates

The Cross Keys

The Inn at Kippen (under new management, but continuing its community support role)

 

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 enquiries@theweevine.org.

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.

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.

Stuart Thomson

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Cliff Hewett – piano teacher and “eMusicTutor”

 

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Cliff lives in Kippen and is the “local” piano teacher, teaching all ages locally, and over the internet for more remote students.

He takes an unusual approach, stemming from his own experience when learning…

My Mum thought that piano lessons would be good for the young me. I disagreed as I would rather have played football, rugby or just about anything else.  I grudgingly continued for a few years until I went to University (or Mum lost her bayonet, I forget which.)

One day at University I headed to the student bar, which was on my right.  But then I heard great ragtime piano music coming from my left.  A dilemma ensued but eventually I chose to turn left and seek out the music, which turned out to be a friend of mine playing the student union piano.  I listened in amazement – it had simply never occurred to me that playing the piano could be fun.  In my head, a light bulb had been switched on and I quickly learnt ragtime, boogie woogie styles and, somehow, the variety made the classical pieces I already knew more enjoyable as well. 

Subsequently the piano ended up being a very important part of my life, from duetting with a very young Jools Holland to playing in (small) interesting venues around the world…with many a story to be told!

 Now that I teach piano, I try to give people short cuts to what took me a long time to work out: learn an interesting variety of styles early on, learn how to play “by ear” as well as by reading music – and I have found the simple fact that students are much more likely to practice and improve their piano technique if they are enjoying themselves at the same time!  (And it’s fun for the piano teacher too…)”

Cliff is also the founding member of the popular local band “The Dodgy Characters” and runs Beech Cottage B&B with his family.

Cliff can be contacted at:

T: 07714 212575

e: hicliff@outlook.com

w: http://www.facebook.com/eMusicTutor

 

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Brian Reynolds

Brian ReynoldsBorn in 1971, Brian Reynolds grew up in Kilsyth, and started his career as an apprentice carpenter in Kirkintilloch in the late 80’s.  He went on to become an all-round carpenter, and in 1991 spent three years working on the Channel Tunnel project.  Ten years later Brian and his brother-in-law, Brendan Murphy, established Preservation Windows.  This has developed into one of Scotland’s leading manufacturing companies producing sash and case windows, for residential, and commercial projects.  In 2014 Brian set down his roots in Kippen with his new young family seeking the healthier lifestyle that the village has to offer. Keen to continue with his passion for traditional carpentry, Brian set up his own company Brian Reynolds Carpentry in 2017 and offers a comprehensive range of bespoke services to those who share his enthusiasm. Clients can commission Brian in a project management capacity, as well as calling upon his outstanding craftsmanship and design skills to produce such items as timber doors, windows, kitchens and floors. Brian looks forward to discussing with you, any projects you may have.

Duncan Clark

Supporters

We have now reached our first anniversary, and would like to give a special word of thanks to our supporters, without whom 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 several 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 for publicity, and space is offered to a couple of our supporters in each issue. Anyone who would like to offer support in this way can do so by contacting us at enquiries@theweevine.org.

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 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.

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

Stuart Thomson

Supporters

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                       www.rhubarblime.co.uk