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Article by Robert Fairnie from the Stirling Observer 9 May 2018

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Article by Robert Fairnie from the Stirling Observer 18 April 2018

Two fruit trees have been stolen from a community orchard in Dunblane. Police are investigating after a Black Oliver cherry and a Sweet Prune damson were dug up and taken away by crooks last week. Those responsible would have had to cart the trees, complete with stake and protective netting, out of the park without being detected. A Clydeside apple tree was also pulled up and thrown over a nearby fence but has since been recovered and replanted. All three were introduced to the Laigh Hills by volunteers over a weekend in December as a community orchard, comprising 300 fruit trees in total, was created.

The £5000 project, which was led by the Friends of the Laigh Hills, was made possible thanks to the hard work of the community and funding from the Tesco Bags of Help grant scheme. Police visited the orchard after last week’s theft and they want anyone with information to come forward.

Alan Booth, of Dunblane Community Council, said: “That somebody would do this is disappointing for all those who gave up their time to help plant the trees. “We would urge users of the Laigh Hills to join Friends of the Laigh Hills group and notify us if they see anything unusual – be that things going wrong that need attention or new sightings of plants or animals that they want to share. “The good news is that the vast majority of the 300 trees we planted in December are now thriving.” The community orchard is thought to be one of the biggest of its kind in the area with a vast collection of trees planted to produce fruit in years to come. The trees came from a specialist fruit tree nursery near Perth and include Clydeside, Scot’s Bridget, Stirling Castle, Lemon Queen, Green Chisel, Gordon Castle and Black Oliver.

Mr Booth added: “The orchard will be a great asset, encouraging wildlife as well as producing fruit for all to enjoy. “It forms part of our plans to make the Laigh Hills a better place for people and wildlife.
“We are keen to add names to the Friends of the Laigh Hills group to take this forward, so anyone who is interested in getting involved, or just telling someone if they see something going wrong, please get in touch withy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..” Members of the group are also hoping to embark on a project to plant wildflowers in the area in coming weeks too. Anyone with information on the fruit tree theft is encouraged to contact police on 101.

 

Since September 2016 rail journeys from Dunblane to Glasgow and Edinburgh have been disrupted in the evenings and at weekends due to electrification works, with replacement buses being used. Futher electrification work will be undertaken overnight.  Services return to normal after 20 May 2018. Read more

 

In conjunction with the Dementia Friendly Dunblane Steering Group, we have created a one year project co-ordinator job. The role aims to develop a range of initiatives which provide activities for people living with dementia, raise awareness of dementia within community organisations and businesses and support local people to become more involved.

The closing Date is 23 May 2018 and interviews will be held week beginning 28 May 2018

More details here or contactThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

From the Stirling Observer 25 April 2018

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For more information on Rainbow Valley please visit the website

See more of Jeremy Wyatt’s work here.

View the Forth Valley ArtBeat Website

Follow the Blue Route through Dunblane

Here are the local artists that are taking part:-

1.  Lys Hanse
2.  Eileen Wilson
3.  Sarah Spofforth-McOuat
4.  Rachel Davies
5.  Gwen Dean
6.  Irene Aylott
7.  Maureen Mitchell
8.  Camphill @Dunblane Library
9.  Dunblane Art Club
10.  Libby Yule
11.  Laura Gill
12.  Fiona McKenzie van Baardwijk
13.  Central Scotland School of Jewellery
14.  Tom McKenzie
15.  Lorna Brown
16.  Stewart Brown
17.  Gio Martin
18.  The Hut
19.  Karen Ellis Sowerby

A further round of the Ideas Innovation Improvement Fund has opened, with a deadline of 25 May 2018.

Applications are welcomed from voluntary and community groups, charities and social enterprises delivering projects which aim for people living full and positive lives within supportive communities.

Applications for up to £2000 for an individual organisation, or £6000 for organisations applying in partnership, will be considered.

Full details, and application form, on the attached document.

There are six defibrillators in Dunblane that we are aware of. They are located

  • The Dunblane Centre on the Perth Road
  • The Westlands Hotel in the Doune Road
  • St Blane's Church Hall in the High Street
  • Northend Garage in Ramoyle
  • The Coop in the High Street
  • The Braeport Centre in Braeport

Do you know of any others? If so, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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