Community Affairs, Uncategorized

Kippen Playgroup’s pint-sized pioneers are back!

Whether it is scrutinising snails, probing puddles or magnifying mushrooms, our mini-adventurers can be relied upon to get their hands – and sometimes their entire bodies – dirty, searching for the truth to nature’s big questions:

How does a slug move? Why do trees lose their leaves? How long before this water infiltrates my waterproofs? Do bears really poo in these woods?

When they’re not cataloguing our countryside, the Playgroup children sometimes choose to get their creative juices flowing by painting, creating clay sculptures and mark-making with charcoal.  At other times they decide it’s all about pond dipping, concocting potions, making up stories, or having a relaxing swing in the hammock.  When outside, children tend to ask permission less and rarely rely on adults to lead the play.  This is what Kippen Playgroup strives for, child-centred and child-led learning.

Recently the little ones have also really been enjoying the myriad of different uses for rope. It’s been used for tug-of-war, abseiling, as a tightrope, as a pulley and obviously to capture those pesky monsters.  Playing with the rope is not only good physical fun; it also encourages teamwork, creative thinking and problem solving.

When they’re not up at Monkey Camp, the children have been enjoying a wander down the back lane to visit the orchard.  The Playgroup are incredibly thankful to be allowed to roam in this beautiful, hidden part of Kippen, and the children are especially grateful at this time of year for all the fruit!  The brambles, apples and blueberries have been well and truly harvested by our voracious, little locusts!  No fruit has been spared; no top lip unadorned of a purple moustache.  Autumn is truly upon us.

If you think your little one would enjoy some outdoor adventuring, please get in touch with Morna via kippenplaygroup@gmail.com to arrange a taster session.  We run on a Tuesday and Friday (9:30am – 12:00pm) and we take children from 2 years old, up to school age.

There are ‘toddlers runs’ every Thursday in the village hall, all year round, and is the place to come when CBeebies is making you want to scratch your own eyeballs out.  We always have cake and biscuits, and as much tea as your probably now-compromised bladder can handle.  There are also lots of baby and toddler toys and it’s a great place for socialising your little cherubs in a safe environment.  Pop in any Thursday, 10:15am –12:00pm and we’ll see you there.

Suzanne Currie

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Police Report

Community Engagement and Reassurance

PC Steven Graham and PC Gary Martin are based at Balfron Police Office and can be contacted on 101 or at ForthEndrickCPT@scotland.pnn.police.uk. It is recommended that this email address is used by the local community for email contact.

We cover all of the 13 villages that are contained within this large area from Gargunnock all the way beyond Strathblane and everywhere in between.  It is large but also a very beautiful and picturesque area.

There is a Community Council in almost every village, and we attempt to attend all the monthly Community Council meetings where possible so if there is any issue that requires our attention, you can speak to us there also if required.   We are also organising village surgeries in as many villages as is possible in order we can address any pressing problems.

Theft

There have been no thefts reported in the Village, however there has recently been an increase in Theft by Housebreakings reported in some of the villages in the Forth and Endrick area.  We urge residents to be ever- vigilant and contact the Police should anyone see anything suspicious.

Please remember to follow basic home security rules and help to make it make it harder for the thieves.

Please consider the following:

  • Use timer switches on lights and radios to make it look as if your home is occupied.
  • Ensure all doors and windows are secure when you leave and when you go to bed.
  • If possible, use secure lighting at the front and back of your property.
  • Make sure all garden tools and ladders are locked away when not being used. Don’t give the thieves the tools to break into your house.
  • Use a good quality lock on any garden sheds and outhouses.
  • Make a note of all makes, models and serial numbers of expensive items in your home.
  • If your house is fitted with an alarm, then please use it. This is a good deterrent should thieves manage to force entry to your house.
  • create a FREE and secure inventory of all your personal property at http://www.immobilise.com
  • If you note anything suspicious in your neighbourhood report it on 101.

We appreciate any calls in relation to suspicious persons or vehicles.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you observe anything suspicious as these types of reports are taken very seriously and your report may assist us with any ongoing enquiries.

Road Safety

In May, near to Kippen Roundabout, a female was arrested in relation to drunk driving. She was released on an undertaking to attend court at a later date.

There was also a two- vehicle Road Traffic Accident on the A811 near to the Kippen Roundabout. No injuries and both parties exchanged details.

There were a further 2 minor Road Traffic Accidents in Main St, Kippen. On both occasions there were no injuries and details were exchanged.

The Central Scotland Safety Camera Partnership have continued to operate on the A811 near to Kippen, one driver being reported directly to PF for driving at 85mph in a 60-mph limit.

We have attended Kippen Primary School in relation to a report of inconsiderate parking outside the school in the morning and in the afternoon.

 

PHISHING

The aim of this campaign is to raise awareness around Phishing attacks. Criminals and Organised Crime Groups launch Phishing attacks, targeting personal/business accounts either by email, social media, or text. They encourage users to click on malicious link/attachments which compromise their email or social media accounts, asking users to divulge banking information or access sensitive information.

The advice below describes how you can spot suspicious emails, and the steps you can take to ensure that you don’t fall victim, both at work and home:

  • Confirm details of the actual email address it came from; you can do this by hovering mouse over the senders email address.
  • Many phishing emails have poor grammar, punctuation and spelling.
  • Is the design and overall quality what would you’d expect from the organisation the email is supposed to come from?
  • Is it addressed to you by name, or does it refer to ‘valued customer’, or ‘friend’, or ‘colleague’? This can be a sign that the sender does not actually know you, and that it is part of a phishing scam.
  • Does the email contain a veiled threat that asks you to act urgently, or cause intrigue? Be suspicious of words like ‘send these details within 24 hours’ or ‘you have been a victim of crime, click here immediately’.
  • Look at the sender’s name. Does it sound legitimate, or is it trying to mimic someone you know?
  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. It’s most unlikely that someone will want to give you money, or give you access to a secret part of the Internet.
  • Your bank, or any other official source, should never ask you to supply personal information from an email.

For more information on how you can stay safe and secure online, visit the following websites:

https://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/keep-secure-online/

https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/suspicious-email-actions

https://www.cpni.gov.uk/dont-take-bait

https://takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/

 

 

 

 

Community Affairs, Uncategorized

Kippen Kids’ New Library

Kippen Kids’ New Library

On Thursday 21st March a new Children’s library was opened in Kippen Reading Rooms, offering a free service to all local children to borrow, swap and read books, as well as offering the opportunity to meet up with friends over a drink and a snack.

The Library was officially opened by Carole Logan, Headteacher of Kippen Primary School, and the event was enjoyed by many villagers who were able to chat over a cup of coffee or juice whilst perusing the books on offer.

The Library will be open to all every Thursday 2:30 – 4:30pm during term time and will also offer storytelling sessions, all free of charge.  Books are aimed at 0 to 12-year olds and children are to be accompanied by an adult.

Caroline Thompson has worked over the past few months to put together this Library with the help of Abbé Farrell of Wee Free Trossachs Libraries and the support of many members of the community, who have been very generous in donating books and other items needed to set up the Library.  Rea Gourlay has kindly offered to tend the Library each week during term time, hopefully with the help of other volunteers.

The next stage of the project will involve creating an outdoors waterproof bookshelf, to be housed in the gardens of Kippen Reading Rooms, to allow children to access books during the school holidays.

Events, Uncategorized

Kippen Parish Church Guild

“One Journey, Many Roads”  –  “Seeking the Way”

The Stirling/Clackmannan Guilds Together Annual Summer Rally will take place in Bridge of Allan Parish Church, 12 Keir Street, Bridge of Allan, FK9 4NW on Thursday, 30th May at 7.00 p.m.

Please contact Joanna 01786 870681 regarding

transport.

 

The Guild Annual Gathering will take place in Dundee on Saturday,
7th September.

This event is worth a visit. 

 

Further information and free tickets are available from

Joanna M. McPhail 01786 870681 or joanna.mcphail@btinternet.com

 

Guild Week is 8th to 15th September 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Did You Know, Uncategorized

SUMMER  2019 trips for NTS

All Day Trips start from Forthside Car Park near Gabe’s Diner

(Timingsare approximate)

Thursday 16th May 2019
Depart 10.30am Return 5.45pm
Day Trip to Arniston House
(Organiser Sandy Wilson)
Wednesday 17th July 2019
Depart 9.00am Return 6.00pm
Day Trip to Monteviot House and Gardens
(Organiser Bob McKean)
Wednesday 18th September 2019
Depart 10.15am Return 6.30pm
Day Trip to Pitlochry Theatre– “Blythe Spirit”