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Foundation Scotland launch their Stirling-wide Grants Programme 

Background : Foundation Scotland is currently seeking applications from charitable groups and organisations operating in the Stirling area.

Aim : To fund local projects providing services and activities that can help to address the following themes:
* Support for older people in retirement.
* Employability skills development.
* Support for young people not in education, employment or training.
* Financial Resilience.

They are particularly keen to receive applications from projects that have the potential to meet more than one of the key themes through for example the provision of activities that encourage different generations to work together in support of common goals e.g. mentoring programmes for employability development, projects that seek to transfer skills across generations.

Priorities : Applications from organisations operating in central Stirling will be prioritised. 

Deadline : Applications must be received by 12 noon on 1st November 2017.

How to Apply : Please read the guidelines prior to completing the online application form.

Your new waste and recycling collection calendar is available online. The online calendar allows all residents to enter your postcode to check the dates of your future collections days, and features the option of printing off a handy calendar. Following customer feedback, the glass collection will move from fortnightly to every 4 weeks, providing a simpler presentation model for residents. Paper copies of your collection calendar will be delivered to households soon and can also be accessed from your local library and Customer First office. Please note that this will be the last issue of paper calendars to households. In future, these will only be available online, reducing our impact on the environment and saving precious resources by asking residents wherever possible to access their calendar online. This easy to use online calendar will help us all do our bit for a cleaner, greener Stirling.

 

Dunblane butchers' pies have been deemed worthy of national recognition at the recent Scottish Craft Butchers Awards.
John Hill won four awards in the 2017 Scottish Craft Butchers Steak Pie, Speciality Pie and Mince Round Evaluation :

Gold Award – Mince Round
Silver Award - Traditional Steak Pie
Silver Award – Chieftain Pie
Silver Award – Steak & Caramelised Onion Pie

David Bennett & Son, Dunblane won :
Gold Award – Game Pie
Silver Award – Steak & Pepper Pie
Silver Award – Mince Round

The heats were held at Forth Valley College last month with more than 250 pies from throughout the country were tested for appearance, flavour, filling and appeal.  The panel of judges included experts, food writers and interested consumers and the event is organised by the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders in conjunction with Lucas Ingredients and William Sword Ltd.

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Contact the Elderly’s Dunblane group enjoyed a trip to Loch Katrine thanks to the fundraising efforts of one of its volunteers.

Bobby Lennox completed the ‘Grasmere Gallop’ in Cumbria earlier in the year to raise funds for his group to enjoy a summer outing. The volunteers and guests enjoyed an afternoon and boat trip at the popular Perthshire destination. Lorna Dunbar, Support Officer at Contact the Elderly, said:
“Bobby did a fantastic job to raise funds for this trip and we are so pleased to see everyone had such a lovely trip to Loch Katrine.”

Contact the Elderly organises free monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for older people who live alone. Volunteer drivers collect guests and accompany them for an afternoon tea in a volunteer host’s home. To find out more about volunteering with Contact the Elderly locally, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01786 235034.                                                                                                                   

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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 800 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.
 www.contact-the-elderly.org.uk

A message from the RAGE Group re Park of Keir decision

Saturday 16th September 2017 at 10.45am. Please join us and invite any friends or family who care about saving Park of Keir

We are walking from the two communities Dunblane and Bridge of Allan, onto Park of Keir, we aim to come together at the top of Gallow Hill at about 11.30. The aims of the walk are to:-

* show our objection to the Housing and tennis centre plan
* raise awareness of what Scottish Governments decision could mean for the area
* enjoy the lovely landscape whilst it is still here.
* meet up with our fellow objectors. It will be nice to put faces to names. There are great views from the top.

Meet at Bridge of Allan station 10.45am or outside M&S car park, Dunblane 10.45am (M&S car park is private, please park elsewhere). There will be a walk leader at each end of the route if you are not sure which way to go.

Please wear appropriate clothes and footwear, paths on Park of Keir are muddy and uneven, there are stiles and fallen trees to negotiate. It should take approximately 40 mins to get there. You can return the same way or make a longer circular walk independently. No refreshments will be provided.

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Flattening Dunblane’s Hills

Dunblane is a hilly place but otherwise suitable for everyday travel by bike within the town and those hills can be ironed out by electrifying the ride. Dunblane by Cycle, a Cycling UK affiliated community group, is working in partnership with Dunblane Development Trust to run an e-bike day on Thursday 12th October. Join us at the Braeport Community Centre where 4 local ebike suppliers/hirers will be on hand to demonstrate a range of models, provide information and lead short uphill rides. Further information

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