Did You Know, Uncategorized

1st Carse Cubs – Kippen

1st Carse Cubs, based in Kippen, was established at the end of August 2016.  We have grown from strength to strength in a very short space of time and have managed to pack a great deal into the last few terms.

We enjoyed hosting our Bonfire and Fireworks night on 1st November, which was well attended and raised some funds for some very worthwhile, local causes.

The Cubs learnt First Aid and basic rescue skills from Trossachs Search and Rescue who brought their dogs along to stage a rescue of two of our young leaders, in Kippen woods which was great fun and taught the boys a lot.

Additionally, amongst other things, we had a trip to the Woodland Light Experience, have been having fun with indoor cricket, had a visit from John Coyle to learn all about bees, had a visit to Stirling Observatory and a shot at “Summer ice”, in the reading rooms and much, much more…..

On the 7th & 8th April we took 12 Cubs and a young leader on our first ever camp.  This took place at Beechwood Scout Hall, in Stirling and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who attended.  Activities included Kayaking, tent pitching, we played cricket, capture the flag and enjoyed several other activities too.  The boys had a brilliant time and everyone left happy (and exhausted)!

We are looking forward to taking a stall at Kippen Street Fayre and hope that you will stop by to visit our Cubs and leaders.

1st Carse Cubs meets during term times, on a Tuesday evening from 5:45 until 7:15pm.  During the winter months we tend to meet in Kippen Village Hall but with the days getting lighter, and hopefully with better weather on its way, we will be doing as much outdoors as possible, usually meeting up at the football pitch to enjoy the great outdoors.  We are currently at capacity and have a waiting list for those wishing to join.

We would like to thank the local community for their continued support.  If anyone has any skills or activities they’d like to share with our group please get in touch.

For more information please contact:

Derek Shanks, 1st Carse Cubs Leader


Tel: 01786 870046 or 07470 331622

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