Kippen Curling Club

The Club is always keen to welcome new members, whether they are experienced players or curious beginners.

Play is in the evening, at The Peak in Stirling between September and March with classes available at the start and throughout the season.

To begin the new season we invite anyone who is interested to come to the Reading Room on Tuesday 5th September at 7pm for a glass of wine, a chat and the chance to find out more about playing with the Club.

Learn a skill!

Keep fit!

Have fun!

Kirsty Cuthbert

Community Affairs

Soup Lunch 4th June 2017

On Sunday 4th June, local people met in the Village Hall and enjoyed a charity ‘soup lunch’ provided by an enthusiastic group of volunteers.

The funds raised were sent to the Disaster Emergency Committee to support work in relieving the famine that is currently affecting millions of people in East Africa. Donations from those attending the lunch reached a total of £1,030.


An international agency, associated with a member of the organising group, has offered a further $1,000 to support the efforts of the Kippen volunteers. Taking all funds together, and with the associated Gift Aid, this event has generated a total of £2,000.

Many thanks to all those who willingly gave their time and their cooking skills. Thanks also to those who attended and donated generously in support of people suffering extreme hardship.

June Waley

Community Affairs


Guests and volunteers of charity Contact the Elderly recently enjoyed the recent Kippen Street Fayre.

Guest Bunty, 94, joined volunteer Ali Thom who was dressed as a dog in her role as organiser of the event’s dog show. Bunty’s volunteer driver Richard Boyd had arranged wheelchairs for visitors to the fayre.


More than £100 was raised for Contact the Elderly’s free monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties by Kush the dog who is owned by volunteer Laura Gavigan and Kevan Leith.

Morna O’ May, who is Head of Scotland at Contact the Elderly and lives in Kippen said:

“It was such a super day and so nice to see so many people from our Kippen groups getting involved in this fantastic community event.”

Contact the Elderly has two groups in Kippen, as well as two groups in Stirlingshire and one in Stirling allowing around 15 older people who live alone the chance to enjoy a vital lifeline of friendship.

There are currently spaces in one of the Kippen groups for more older guests. To become a guest or volunteer of Contact the Elderly groups in the area, contact Lorna Dunbar on or 01738 730249. Contact the Elderly can email or post a leaflet if someone would like to share it with an older person who would benefit.

Contact the Elderly                                                                                                                      

For further media information, please contact Suzanne Mackie on 0774385948 or

Contact the Elderly is the winner of The Older People’s Project Award at The Herald Society Awards 2016 and The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award 2012

Having recently celebrated its Golden Jubilee, Contact the Elderly is the only national charity, which since inception, has focussed solely on relieving the acute loneliness and isolation of older people who live alone, without family, friends or other support networks nearby

The Contact the Elderly model is based on a simple yet very effective model: free, monthly tea parties for small groups of older people and volunteers within their community – which bring all ages together, develop fulfilling friendships and support networks, and give everyone something to look forward to

Contact the Elderly currently has over 750 groups throughout England, Scotland and Wales, providing a regular, consistent and vital friendship link every month to over 6,000 older people

There are currently over 10,000 volunteers supporting the groups: volunteer drivers collect the older guests from their homes and accompany them to tea parties, while volunteer hosts hold the tea parties in their homes

As part of its continuing Power of Contact campaign to recruit more volunteers, Contact the Elderly aims by 2020 to double the number of isolated older people it supports

Community Affairs

Public Transport

We are delighted to report that the following buses restarted on Monday 12th June.

10.10 Balfron to Stirling

15.55 Stirling to Balfron (previously 16.05)


08.10 Balfron to Stirling 

09.00 Stirling to Balfron 

BUT in order to keep these buses on the road and continue to improve this route we must use the service.  Concession holders play a big part in maintaining this service with two concessions equalling just over one adult fare, so the more concession holders that travel the better. If everyone with a bus pass travelled once or twice a week there would not be an issue with rural communities losing routes – in fact we would hope to get more services, so please give it a try.

Several people have raised the issue of no public transport on the B12 route on a Sunday. If this would make a difference to you or anyone you know please share your views with other passengers or bring it to the attention of the Community Council or your local Councillors.

Many people are put off travelling by bus because of the condition of our vehicles. We have been far too complacent in accepting poor quality buses and we now need to bring this to the attention of the Operator. Therefore, we urge passengers to help by reporting vehicle issues e.g. no heating, poor suspension, water coming in, anything that spoils your journey so that Balfron Depot can get better buses.

Please report directly to First Scotland East. Keep your ticket which will give the bus number and driver number at the bottom. This can then be reported online at First Scotland East using the mail icon or by ringing Larbert directly on 01324 602200. If after contacting First Bus you are unhappy with their response or failure to address your complaint then please don’t hesitate to contact Bus Users Scotland on 0300 111 0001 who will further pursue the issue. Hopefully in time these measures will gain us a decent rural public transport system.

This has been a long campaign and a particularly hard winter for B12 passengers. We owe a debt of gratitude to the many people who have been involved in this process and supported us but an extra special thanks must go to former local Councillor Ian Muirhead, Greig MacKay, Bus Users Scotland, David Brown and his team at Stirling Bus Station, Colin Cameron Balfron Community Council and finally to all the passengers who have had their lives turned upside down by the cuts to these vital services.

Thank you all.

Valerie Brand