Kippen Tennis Club

We are a small friendly club situated in Oakwood in the heart of Kippen. Our aim is to provide a facility for all levels and ages of people interested in playing tennis. If you have high aspirations, or just fancy a hit then a beer in one of the village pubs, then KTC will be the place to be (beer for over 18’s only.)

Our tennis facilities include two all-weather floodlit courts, clubhouse with small kitchen, changing rooms, showers and toilets. We play in the Central Scotland Doubles League entering three men’s teams, one ladies team and various junior teams playing across a number of divisions. Mixed Doubles is played in the Autumn & Winter Leagues, and this year entering the Men’s Singles League and Ladies over 45 League.

We run regular practice evenings, club competitions, social tennis, social fundraising nights and have very popular coaching programmes.

Club Coaching

Chris Jewell is Head Coach, LTA Qualified. Chris is involved with Active Stirling and the Balfron Cluster of clubs (Kippen, Strathendrick and Strathblane).

Calum Warwick, LTA Qualified Coach, has been an active member of the club for many years participating in both Junior and senior levels within the club.

SPRING coaching block All Levels, Saturday 9am-4pm
(dates and prices to be confirmed)


To book & for further information/updates please check our web page

Or contact Chris Jewell – Head Coach (07837339558)

Like us on our Kippen Tennis Club Facebook Page
email the club at


Kippen Bowling Club

Just something to keep in mind for when winter leaves us and spring comes along, that the Kippen Bowling Club will be opening again during the month of April. The exact date will be announced in the Observer, as will the notice of the Annual General meeting of the club which usually takes place at the end of February.

bowls1Monday night is a club night where we have lots of fun playing for points and there are various competitions throughout the bowling season for those who are interested. All ages – young and not so young – will be made most welcome.

In case you don’t know where the bowling club is it is down Fore Road past the church and in on the left after Oxhill.

Agnes McLaren


Kippen Cricket Club

As the short days of winter draw darker it is time to look back on the high days of summer and how the Kippen Cricket Club fared on those long warm days and evenings.

The 2016 season for Kippen had not the same level of success that we achieved in 2015 but there were several highlights. In the West Stirlingshire league there was a new club batting record set in our first match against Doune when we scored 154 in our 20 overs. Just a pity Doune chased that down (it was a good batting strip!). However, we had revenge by beating Doune for the first time in the club’s history in the second match played.

There were also home and away games against Stirling County, Old Tarbolton (from Milngavie) and Gargunnock. The league match against Gargunnock also doubled up as the annual Quaich contest between the two villages. This trophy has taken place every year for over 25 years. Kippen were unsuccessful in 2016 and we had to return the trophy to our rivals and friends in Gargunnock following our win in 2015.

Kippen again competed in the Vale of Leven sixes tournament in Alexandria at the end of the season and for the second year running came away with the top prize. We certainty have the tactics sussed for that short form of the game.

Issue #1 - Kippen Cricket club with silver 2016.jpgFor 2017 we will be working even closer with our near neighbours in Gargunnock. We will be sharing the Gargunnock Cricket pitch at Meiklewood and helping to support Gargunnock team efforts for their full set of Sunday fixtures with players and ground support staff (grass cutting, pitch preparation etc.) Kippen will again be playing a full set of Wednesday evening fixtures in the West Stirlingshire league and the annual Kippen-Gargunnock Quaich match will be held on Sunday the 18th June at Meiklewood in a 30 over a side game. This is planned to be a fun get together for both clubs with their families and friends. A barbeque and other refreshments will also be available.

For anyone interested in joining us and representing Kippen (or Gargunnock) out in the middle either batting, bowling fielding, scoring etc. all are welcome. We really want to have players of all ages, sexes and experience in our club. So if you are a novice or someone who has not played for many years please get in touch and we can give guidance during our pre-season training. The oldest player with Kippen turned 71 this year and the youngest player we have had has been 10 years old.

Please e-mail me Sean Kelly on and I can invite you on to our Teamer list.

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Kippen Golfing Society

The Kippen Golfing Society currently has 36 members and we are always looking for new members.

The annual subscription is £10 plus an additional £5 if you take part in the 2 knockout competitions which run throughout the year. We have three outings a year- 1 midweek outing on a Friday in May, which is a single round, then 2 two-round days on a Saturday in July and a Sunday in early September (the morning rounds are individual rounds and the afternoons are played in pairs).

The venues for all outings are decided at the AGM which is normally held in January. There is one social event – The Annual Prize Giving – which is held in February.

Anyone interested in joining should contact:

Alasdair McCall

Community Affairs

Back to SCHOOL

issue-1-back-toschool-uniform-bankThe Back to School Uniform Bank was set up in 2015 by Sandra Douglas from East Renfrewshire, who was horrified to learn that her teacher daughter was buying Christmas gifts of school uniform items for some of her pupils. Her daughter explained that many rarely had anything new to wear and would be delighted with this.

Our Bank was the second one to set up. Now there are 20+ in Scotland, one in England, Wales and Ireland. Our aim is to provide new uniforms for children in low-income families to ensure they have the same pride and self-respect as their peers.

We take referrals from schools and health professionals and have so far provided uniforms (from underwear up to jackets, gym kits and schoolbags) all in a new bag, to children throughout Stirlingshire. We never know names, just sizes, but have heard lovely stories about excited kids (and their parents).

Community Affairs

Kippen Parish Church Guild

“Be Bold, Be Strong” – “Go in Joy”

All men and women are welcome to attend Guild meetings held in Kippen Church House:

14th February, 7.30 p.m.
“In Other Words”, Musical Evening

28th February, 2.00 p.m.
“Malawi Fruits”, Mr Russell Crawford, Visiting Guilds

3rd March, 2.00 p.m.
“World Day of Prayer”, Norrieston Church, Thornhill

14th March, 7.30 p.m.
“Caring for Mother Earth in Bolivia”
Ms Jo Dallas, Christian Aid

Saturday 18th March, 10.30 a.m. – 12 noon
Coffee Morning/Gift Day

Guild Projects:

This year Kippen Guild is supporting two Projects

  • Haiti and Let’s Stick Together
  • Care for the family. 

    Further information is available from

    Joanna M. McPhail 870681 or

Community Affairs

Kippen Community Christmas Concert

On Wednesday 14th December, the candlelit Kippen Church was packed once again for the 7th annual Kippen Community Christmas Concert. The audience enjoyed a fabulous evening of singing, music and a few carols all accompanied by mulled wine and mince pies.

A fantastic £1,107 was raised for Kippen Primary School funds and the donations from the mulled wine stall, totalling £250, were donated to the Over 60s Christmas Lunch.

A huge thanks to all who took part and to everyone who helped make the evening such a success once again.

Community Affairs

DRT Service to and from Kippen

DRT (Demand Responsive Transport (‘Taxi’ Service)) is organised in rural areas where commercial or conventional bus operators are unable to provide bus services. You can use this service at the cost of a bus fare rather than a taxi fare. National Entitlement Cards (Bus Passes) are accepted. The DRT must be booked the day before you wish to travel.

At present residents from Kippen can use it if they wish to go directly to Fintry as Fintry has no bus service. Fintry residents can use it to Kippen or Arnprior to connect to the B12 service.

However as the B12 route is a commercial route the DRT cannot be used to directly connect to other villages. E.g. in order to access villages that have no bus service e.g. Gartmore, Drymen, Croftamie, Balmaha etc. at present you need to get a B12 bus from Kippen to Balfron having previously booked the DRT from Balfron to the village you wish to visit, returning by the same system.

One exception is from January 2017-you will be able to book the DRT between 7 – 9.30 a.m. on a Saturday morning from Kippen or Buchlyvie in order to connect to one of the 3 early buses leaving Balfron for Glasgow. This will help passengers who previously used the 9.00 leaving Stirling on a Saturday morning to go to Glasgow. After 9.30 a.m. and for your return journey you would revert to using the normal B12 timetable.

Numbers are:
DRT Line: 01786 404040 (9am to 3pm)

If Booking Directly with Companies:
Crescent Cabs _ _ _ _0800 756 3069
Drymen Taxis _ _ _ _ _ 01369 660 077