Welcome to the latest edition of The Wee Vine, featuring, unsurprisingly, the impact of Covid on the village.
Here is a link to the page-turning issue of the magazine:
This issue will not be printed and delivered through each door in the village, due to the current situation with Coronavirus.
However a page-turning issue can be found by clicking on “This address”:
|Time||Group name||Contact name|
|7.15-8.30pm||Yoga||Sharmi Musgrave||Facebook Sharmi Musgrave Yoga|
or Kippen Playgroup and Toddlers on Facebook
|Ian McKinnonemail@example.com or
|7.30-8.45pm||Yoga||Sharmi Musgrave||Facebook Sharmi Musgrave|
|10.15 -12noon||Mother and Toddler Group||
or Kippen Playgroup and Toddlers on Facebook
|9.30am -12noon||Playgroup||Caroline Gormleyfirstname.lastname@example.org
or Kippen Playgroup and Toddlers on Facebook
Andy’s Fitness Class
To book the hall email email@example.com
Kippen Parish Church Guild
“One Journey, Many Roads!” – “Companions on the Road”
All men and women are welcome to attend
Guild meetings held in Kippen Church House (attached to the Church). Unless otherwise indicated, meetings are held on Tuesdays.
14th January 2.00 p.m.
“Stories along the way: walking with the other”
Rev. Ellen Larson Davidson
11th February 2.00 p.m.
“Dr Graham’s Homes”
Jim and Maida Gibson
25th February 2.00 p.m.
“Patagonia to the Atacama – a long and wonderful journey” Roderick and Mary Lawson
Friday 6th March 2.00 p.m.
“World Day of Prayer”
Kippen Parish Church
Saturday 7th March 10.30 a.m. to 12 noon
Coffee Morning/Gift Day
10th March 2.00 p.m.
“Health Care Chaplaincy and
Spiritual Care in NHS Scotland”
Guild Projects: This year Kippen Guild is supporting two
Projects:– (1) Faith in Young People – The Boys’ Brigade (2) World Mission – Teenage Mothers in Zambia
Further information is available from
Joanna M. McPhail 870681 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
For more information on how you can stay safe and secure online, visit the following websites:
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.
We continue to meet in the Reading Rooms on the third Wednesday of the month. We have 2 meetings left this session:
Helen Wilson, President
Open invitation to join the Wee Whist in the Reading Rooms on the second Wednesday of every month at 7.30 pm. All are welcome.
“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
The Guild Annual Gathering will take place in Dundee on Saturday,
This event is worth a visit.
Further information and free tickets are available from
Joanna M. McPhail 01786 870681 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Guild Week is 8th to 15th September 2019