1st Stirlingshire Carse Beavers

beavers at christmas carol concert

The autumn term continued with 1st Stirling Carse Beavers being very excited at “Arnprior Pumpkins”, kindly hosted by Duncan and Rebecca McEwan, and enjoyed the Bonfire Night organised by the Cubs.  Beavers then reflected on the 1st World War and painted stones to mark their respects, taking an active part in leading the Remembrance Service on the 11th November. After completing the Faith Badge, Beavers learned about global issues, such as how desertification in areas of Madagascar can affect the habitat of indigenous animals like lemurs, plastic pollution damages the food chain in the sea and the difficulty of finding clean water in some areas of the world, making water filters to understand this. Beavers celebrated with a Christmas Party and finished the year by singing Kumbaya at the Christmas Carol Concert. Many thanks to Ellen Larson Davidson, Jeeka Jarvis, Adrian Chamberlain and all Beavers’ parents for their great support each week. Please contact: for more info on Beavers.

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Kippen Playgroup

Kippen Playgroup & Toddlers’ annual Christmas Market was a resounding success again this year, managing to raise an astounding £3,000 to keep our service up and running.  Our stall holders provided a cornucopia of beautiful products and gifts, our Santa’s Grotto had a serious upgrade and the cafe was fit to burst with everyone raring to get at the cakes!  A huge thank you to the community for donating prizes, buying raffle tickets, baking delicious treats and coming down on the day to support us.  It is greatly appreciated, we couldn’t do it without the help of the fine people of Kippen, so thank you!

With the Scottish winter in full swing, the Playgroup children have been busy, splitting their time between Monkey Camp, the orchard and the Village Hall.  They’ve been using tools to cut wood, using ropes as fire hoses, lion traps and for “emergency rescues”, they’ve been climbing trees, going on treasure hunts and using our new mud kitchen.  In the Hall there’s plenty of imaginative play and crafty stuff to be getting on with, so there’s never a dull moment and the children are generally tired, muddy and happy at the end of each session.

We recently had our inspection by the Care Inspectorate.  They found that “children were developing their social and physical skills, confidence and self-esteem through a balance of organised and freely chosen extended play experiences”.  The inspector noted our major strengths were the quality of learning, the quality of the children’s experiences and the phenomenal use of our outdoor environment.  We scored “Very Good” on the two categories we were assessed on; the quality of care and support and the quality of environment.  We are so proud, especially because we have radically changed our ethos this year to be more outdoor based.  A big thank you to our Play Leaders Heidi and Pam for providing such a great learning and play environment for our little ones.

Unfortunately, we are having to say goodbye to Heidi as she is moving back to Auld Reekie for some more urban adventures!  We wish her all the best and are forever grateful for all her hard work this year.  Thankfully Heidi’s departure will not be disrupting things too much at Playgroup as we already have Morna lined up to take the reins.  Morna has plenty of experience, having worked at Gargunnock Playgroup for some time, and is keen to continue with the same outdoor focus.

If you would like to support our service and get your little one booked in for a taster session, then please contact Morna via ​​.  We run on a Tuesday and Friday (9:30-12pm), and we take little ones from 2 years old up to school age.

Toddlers is continuing to welcome the village’s youngest residents and their weary carers with open arms and lashings of cake and tea.  We are hoping to start regularly inviting various baby and toddler companies to come along and entertain the little ones in the new year, as well as investing in some new toys and equipment, so please feel free to pop in and meet everyone. We run every Thursday (10:15-12pm) in the Village Hall.

Suzanne Lorraine

Community Affairs

Kippen Parish Church Guild

“One Journey, Many Roads!”  –  “Seeking the Way”

All men and women are welcome to attend

Guild meetings held in Kippen Church House:-               

8th January                  2.00 p.m.

“Unexpected Journey: Off the Map”

Rev. Ellen Larson Davidson

12th February               2.00 p.m.

“Green Routes, Gartmore”

Gillian Forster

26th February               2.00 p.m.

“Norrieston Choir”

1st March                     2.00 p.m.

“World Day of Prayer”

Buchlyvie Parish Church

12th March                   2.00 p.m.

“Adventures of a Port Chaplain”

Pauline Robertson

Saturday 9th March     Coffee Morning/

10.30 a.m. to 12 noon    Gift Day

Guild Projects:  This year Kippen Guild is supporting two


(1) Joining up the Dots: to combat loneliness and

social isolation wherever it exists in Scotland.  (Crossreach)

(2) Seema’s Project: Rescuing and providing homes for street children

in Pune, India.

Further information is available from

Joanna M. McPhail 870681 or


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  Time Group name Contact name Tel. no./email


7.15-8.15pm Yoga Sharmi Musgrave 07769 711688

or Facebook Sharmi Musgrave


9.30am -12noon


Playgroup Suzanne


or Kippen Playgroup and Toddlers on Facebook





Derek Shanks 01786 870046 / 0747331622



Badminton Moira Turner 01786 870 705





6.00-7.30pm Brownies Fiona Hunter


7.45-9pm Yoga Sharmi Musgrave 07769 711688

or Facebook Sharmi Musgrave





10.15  -12noon Mother and Toddler Group  

Rea Gourlay


or Kippen Playgroup and Toddlers on Facebook

5.30-9.15pm Football Club  

Jeeka Sullivan






9.30am -12noon Playgroup Rea Gourlay


or Kippen Playgroup and Toddlers on Facebook


9 -10am




Andy’s Fitness Class


Andy Carlin andysfitness@

To book the hall call Claire Thomson 07796601197 or email

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Flower Tubs at the Cross

I have been very touched by offers of help to look after the flower tubs at the Cross. In October I had 5 willing helpers who manfully dug out the old plants and bulbs from last Spring and replanted with new bulbs and pansies for next Spring, all in some inclement weather! I now have a little bunch of volunteers who will help with the ongoing maintenance.

I’m delighted to report that 1st Carse Cubs are again supporting us with a generous donation, with money raised at the Firework and Bonfire night. They are also keen to play an active role in the plantings at the Cross, with some exciting ideas for more tubs. It is hoped that the Cubs will sow seeds and nurture some plants in Glentirran greenhouse, and plant them out at the Cross. I’m very happy to encourage them to take an interest, not only in the nurturing of plants, but to have an awareness of doing something lovely for the community.

Naomi Hirst