Community Affairs

Kippen Primary School Football Update

We are delighted to report that the Kippen Primary brought their season to an end by retaining the  Small Schools League Championship. The Trophy was retained having been undefeated against Fintry, Gargunnock, Drymen and Buchlyvie.  The school have now won the title 3 times over the past 4 years. They just failed to make it a double as they finished runners up in the end of  season  small schools tournament that was held in Buchlyvie.


The Friday Football Club has now started again on the last two Fridays of every month ( ex December) and is open to any P5-7 who would like to improve their football skills and have a chance to represent the school next summer. Training is held at the Kippen Sports Field from 3.30 to 4.30pm  on  the last two Fridays  each month (depending on the weather).

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The winning Kippen team is  as follows- Left to right  back row Grant O’Donnell, Rhuaridh  Hunter, Edward Boyd, Cole Kelly, Ryan Hawick, Calum Norris

front row Ross Claydon, Murray Robb, Thomas Reilly & Gregor Goodwin

Community Affairs

Kippen Sports Development Ltd

The  KSDL Committee  are responsible for  the sports field and pavilion  maintenance and development. This is an important  asset gifted by the Mitchell Trust that is run by the KSDL charity for the benefit of the whole of the community. The current committee are looking for new volunteers to help us continue the great work that has been done in the past. If you are interested in helping in any way them please get in touch with Paul Goodwin on 870910.  The AGM will be held late November/ early December in the Reading Rooms and all  interested parties are invited. Please check out the various Kippen Facebook pages for the exact meeting date nearer the time.


In the meantime you can check out the facilities on the new  Kippen Sports Field Facebook page – see

Community Affairs

Summer on the Buses

After a turbulent summer on our local buses, with numerous breakdowns, passengers may like to know that First Scotland East have a “Customer Promise” which states that, if your journey is delayed by 15 minutes or more by circumstances “within the control of First Bus”, they will give fare paying passengers a whole day’s free travel, and Concession holders will receive £5 of High Street shopping vouchers. Keep your ticket and claim online or by ringing customer services, and please keep reporting vehicle issues as First Bus insist they are keen to address any customer issues raised, and have now added an online feedback address to the bottom of your ticket.

Since the C12 Stirling- Balfron evening services all started going via Cambusbarron we have seen a decline in passengers making this journey. Aberfoyle C11 passengers also have to use this route for all their journeys. No-one wants to see Cambusbarron lose their service but at 1.6 miles from Stirling….it must be argued that their needs would be better served directly from Stirling. If you are struggling with this journey please contact your Community Council, local Councillor or email Stirling Council directly to express your views.

First Bus have also started the process of “Branding” 5 buses specifically to the Balfron depot for the B10/ B12 routes. I’m told this will entail a total refurbishment inside and out and suspension issues will also be addressed!! You may have noticed a few dark blue buses passing through the village, some of these will eventually be branded with a new design logo specific to the local area. This procedure will be done in stages and will take some months to complete. These buses will then be permanently allocated to the Balfron depot. If passenger numbers were to increase substantially, particularly on the B12 route …….who knows what benefits there may be further down the line?? However, that really does depend on local villages supporting this route.

A question often asked by both passengers and the public in general is, “why do we need double deckers?” Double deckers are used because Balfron depot operates the High School contract. This is extremely important, and is what safeguards jobs and makes the depot commercially viable. It may come as a surprise but the overall cost between running a single decker and a double decker is negligible.

Residents will also be aware that Stirling Council have started resurfacing sections of our local roads, and if they can resist the urge to cover them in the dreaded rumble strips, then this should also help to make journeys more comfortable for all commuters.

Valerie Brand

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Woodland Group

The Kippen Community Woodland Group has been busy keeping paths in Burnside wood clear and attempting to keep non-native species within the wood under control, stopping the spread of sycamore trees by cutting down saplings.

The Group will hold its Annual General Meeting on Thursday 16 November at 20.00 hours in the Cross Keys. If you are interested in finding out more about the work of the group or would like to influence our plans for next year, please come along. Donald Smith will be standing down after two productive years as Chair to the Group and nominations are welcomed.

Woodland work mornings are held on the first Sunday of the month, 10.00 – 13:00 meeting at the football pitch. Woodland mornings are scheduled to take place in 2017 on Sunday 1 October, 5 November and 3 December. If you are interested in joining us and would like to find out more, please email

Paula Watson, Secretary



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The Dr. Railton Scott Annual Appeal 2018

Time again to be planning next year’s Appeal for Cancer Research. This year we are delighted to have Kathleen Coubrough to take the Chair and head the Appeal. The first meeting will be held on Monday 6th November at 8pm in the Reading Rooms to which all Committee members are invited.

The annual Whist will be held on Friday evening, the 2nd February in the Village Hall. Please put this date in next year’s diary and come along and support this fun Village occasion which raises in excess of £5000 for this worthwhile charity.

In January there will be some brush-up lessons in the Reading Room. Dates will be posted in the Village.

Next year’s diaries will be available from McNicolls from November.

Naomi Hirst

Community Affairs

1st Carse Cubs – Kippen

We have just started back. Yep that’s right, where does the time go? After a very successful 1st year in existence we are now fully back into the swing of things in our 2nd year. Anyone who has been up to the old coup area (by the duck pond) in the woods will see some of what we’ve been up to. Thanks, in no small way, to one of our adult leaders (Wallis Weir, Weir Forestry) we have brought this area back into use. Having cut the very long grass, we then fashioned a camp fire next to the old totem pole, lined it with hardcore, with the sides constructed out of large stones, kindly donated by Bobby Wilson (Stephen Paul Associates). We have also put in place 3 wooden benches for camp fire gatherings and cooking. Plans will be to clear out the bases of the concrete recycling bins that are there, as we found these to be ideal locations for the cubs to practice their camp fire building and marshmallow cooking.

We are very much looking forward to our first ever outdoor camping experience, which is to be held on the 30th September at the Barrwood Scout campsite, on the road to Denny. Should be loads of fun; though I’m not sure who’s more excited, the Cubs or the Leaders? If I remember to take photos I’ll let you know how it went in the next issue.

We are very much a community based group and as such I have two items I would really like to bring to your attention.

Firstly, back by very popular demand, is our Bonfire night. This year it will be held on the Tuesday 7th November at the Football Pitch. This is our big fund-raising event and was extremely successful last year as we raised more than we dreamed we would and were able to significantly help local charities and organisations. We would really like to do so again this year so please join us for a fun, laughter and a safe night of sausages, home baking, teas & coffees, fireworks, and a large bonfire. It was a blast last year and with your support it should be a great night again.

Secondly, these activities and adventures your children are having on their own back door do not happen without parental support. I am very lucky to be helped and supported by a likeminded group of guys. Our motto is, “If we’re having fun then so are the kids”.

Morna Tinto has been a fantastic Beaver Leader for the last few years, thanks Morna! However, as her son is about to move on from Cubs to Scouts she has decided to hang up her woggle and will be moving on in December. As such, the Beaver Colony in Gargunnock is in real danger of collapse, due to lack of parental support and Leader/s. For Beavers and Cubs to survive, for your children, we need people to come forward to be Leaders, Assistant Leaders, or even just to support those in these roles by being part of a parent helper Rota group. We are in discussions to try any have both groups based in Kippen as most of the children attending are Kippen based.


Please come along and help, it really can be fun and your local pack does need you!

You can contact either myself, Derek Shanks, or Cameron Skinner via email at –