Community Affairs

P6 Residential to Ardentinny Outdoor Centre

On March 18th our P6 pupils went on a residential field trip to Ardentinny Outdoor Centre on the shores of Loch Long. They were joined by pupils from Drymen, Fintry and Buchlyvie Primary Schools. This was part of a transition programme, allowing pupils to meet those who will join them at High School in just over a year! The teams were mixed between the school groups allowing them to form new friendships and to get to know each other better. Activities on offer included; canoeing, rock climbing and abseiling, team challenges, archery and orienteering, gorge walking and rock hopping!

The mix of activities allowed pupils to experience challenge in a supported way and all were very tired after a day of packed activities with lights out by 10pm. The chef commented on how well the group enjoyed their meals-many going for second helpings!  The pupils managed to survive the week without phones and their usual technology and so were appreciative of their home comforts when they arrived safely back on the Friday.

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Community Affairs

Kippen Drama Group

As you all know the Kippen Pantomime has now shut down in the Village and all the costumes and set were sold off and cleared away.

We were left with a fair amount of money and we decided to help various charities and causes around the village.

The main idea was to donate medical equipment to our Surgery to help in any way.

After consultation we decided to donate 3 Heart monitors and 3 blood pressure monitors and Dr Annet Schmautz was needing a new lamp to help in examinations.

This all came to a total of £944.86.

After we had paid this, we decided to divide the rest of the money to other groups in the Village.

The Old Folks Christmas Dinner Club received £600.00

The Kippen Church received £600.00

And the balance of £334.74 went to the Auld Kirk Restoration Fund.

We have received grateful thanks from the Surgery and the Auld Kirk.

We haven’t heard from the Church and Old Folks but I’m sure this will aid them well.

We have also given the stage extension to the Village Hall to use for the future.

Lastly, we wanted to thank the Village for the support over the years and hope you enjoyed it as much as we did putting the productions on.

Thank you.

Kippen Drama Group.

 

Community Affairs

Community Memorial Garden

The garden behind the Church was gifted to the Church many years ago by Sir D. Y. Cameron. Over the years it has grown and changed in structure and many people enjoy walking through it today. It is a Memorial Garden where people have gifted trees and shrubs in memory of their loved ones. There are also benches where you can sit peacefully and enjoy the tranquillity and watch the many garden birds which can be found there.  People walking in the Garden may have noticed the ‘snowdrop garden’ which was planted in co-operation with Strathcarron Hospice and is now beginning to thicken out. As with everything, the ground has to be maintained, and if anyone has any ideas as to how we might manage this please get in touch with Alyn Younie (850621) or Mary Lawson (870202).  We really need help with some ideas to raise funds with which we could employ some ‘heavy/strong’ help occasionally, we also need   someone who has a little regular spare time to keep an eye on the weeds and shrubs.

 

The Garden is an asset to the village and is much admired by many visitors who discover it. It is also a good area for the playgroup and youth organisations to have outdoor activities.

 

Please can all dog owners be very particular to clean up after their dogs when walking there, as this has become an unpleasant nuisance recently.