Did You Know, Uncategorized

Rural Watch Scotland and Wildlife Crime

I am Laura Robertson the Wildlife Officer for Forth Valley Division based at Callander Police Office. I have been a local police officer for 10 years.

My current role is to investigate Wildlife Crimes e.g. Hare Coursing, Poaching, Raptor Persecution, Badgers, Bats etc. Should you require advice please contact me on 101 but to report an ongoing incident, it’s also 101.

The rural communities of Scotland are amongst the safest places in which to live, work or spend time. Much of the crime prevention advice available through Rural Watch Scotland is equally relevant to urban or rural areas, but some issues are unique to rural communities:

Protecting Livestock

Securing Farm Machinery

Theft from fuel tanks

Securing tools and horse tack

Protecting wildlife

Rural Watch Scotland, in partnership with the National Farmers Union of Scotland give relevant and useful advice to the Police.

What does Rural Watch Scotland do?

Alert messages are sent to members informing them of any incidents in their area. It’s free to register and it will ask you how you want to be contacted (text, phone or email).

When an incident is reported to Police on 101 or 999 (for an emergency). An officer will attend the incident and it will be recorded on the Rural Watch Scotland website IMMEDIATELY alerting all members in the area.  Sharing this information allows members to be aware of what is going on and take swift appropriate action making our communities safer.

More information is at


Bunty's Thoughts, Uncategorized

Bunty’s Thoughts


After her house became overrun with book sculptures of hedgehogs and trees Bunty has now turned her creative talent towards knitting scarfs for charity.

Bunty is pictured wearing her prototype…. albeit it would wrap around 3 of Bunty.

If you would like to donate a ball of wool (unused) for Bunty’s scarf creations you can contact Ali on 07748 651564 for details of where you can drop off.

Ali Thom

Did You Know, Uncategorized

HMRC & Apple Gift Card Fraud

The fraudsters are using the following contact methods to defraud people:

Voicemails: Fraudsters are leaving victims automated voicemails stating they owe HMRC unpaid taxes. When victims call back on the number provided, they are told that there is a warrant out for their arrest, unless they make payment via iTunes Vouchers.

Spoofed calls: Fraudsters are cold calling victims using a spoofed 0300 200 3300 number and convincing them that they owe unpaid tax to HMRC.

Text messages: Fraudsters are sending text messages requesting victims to urgently call back on the number provided. When victims call back, they are told that there is a case being built against them for an outstanding debt and they must pay immediately.

Fraudsters are using iTunes gift cards to collect money from victims because they can be easily redeemed and sold on. The scammers don’t need the physical card to redeem the value and instead get victims to read out the serial code on the back over the phone to them.

Action Fraud has been working with Apple (http://www.apple.com/uk/shop/gift-cards) and HMRC to warn people about this type of fraud.

How to protect yourself

HMRC will never use text message to inform about a tax rebate or penalty.

HMRC will never ask for any payment in the form of iTunes Vouchers.

HMRC will only post out a P800 tax calculations, in circumstances of under or overpayment of taxes, if you’re employed or get a pension.

Payments using iTunes Vouchers may not be recoverable.

Telephone numbers and text messages can easily be spoofed. You should not trust the number you see on your telephone display as proving the caller is genuinely calling from HMRC.

Be protective of divulging other personal details such as National Insurance number, passport number and bank details over the telephone.

If you receive an unexpected call, whereby the caller requests an advance fee in the form of iTunes gift cards, the call should immediately be terminated.

Events, Uncategorized

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

Competition, Uncategorized

Kippen Seats Competition

Win a £20 voucher courtesy of the Inn at Kippen and a second prize is Hug-A-Hog at Arnbeg Farm.

In our first competition all you have to do is spot where each of the photographs of Kippen Seats have been taken. Your answers should be an exact location in the Kippen area.

All correct answers will be drawn by 31 May and the winners will be advised by email/phone and will also be shown on our website.

email your answers & details to: enquiries@theweevine.org

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Christmas Carols

The hardy singers even did some indoor carols after a few carols outside in the seasonal sleet. Thanks to the young people returning from university who helped make us sound rather better, and brought the average age down considerably. Thanks to Debby McGregor and Cross Keys for the mulled wine and mince pies, to Winnie Dunlop for organising the collection for Strathcarron Hospice (at least £125, well done), and thanks to everyone who turned out and contributed.

Di Blackmore