Volunteering Support Fund 2017-18 – NOW OPEN

Grants of between £7,500 and £10,000 are now available to small to medium-sized not-for-profit organisations (with an annual income of under £250,000) working in Scotland.

The Volunteering Support Fund supports organisations to recruit additional volunteers (who will contribute towards delivering a new volunteering project, or extending/expanding an existing one) and improve how volunteers are supported in their role.

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Climate Challenge Fund - Apply Now.

Empowering communities to take local action on climate change

The Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund provides grants of up to £150,000 for community-led organisations to tackle climate change by running projects that reduce local carbon emissions. The Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) was launched in 2008 and since then 986 projects in 622 communities, across all 32 local authorities, have been awarded CCF Grants totalling £85.8 million.

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Time to submit an application to the Wind Farm Fund

Support our volunteer groups in the Tesco Bags of Help community funding scheme

Calling all Community Groups.

Need some  funding wind in your group’s sails?

The Dunblane Windfarm Committee invites funding applications from community organisations in the Dunblane, Kinbuck and Ashfield area for 2017/18.

Application forms and guidance rules available here OR from Christine Campbell on 07539 179761 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Closing date 15th September 2017

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Winners of grants from the Wind Farm Fund in 2016

Support your Development Trust volunteer groups in the Tesco Bags of Help community funding scheme:

  1. Dunblane in Bloom want to enhance their great floral display tubs around the town by procuring more sustainable containers
  2. The DunblaneEnvironment Group plan to continue to developing their marvellous renovation in the riverside Memorial Park/Haugh area including their record-breaking hosta border

Please ask for a token when you make a TESCO purchase

Vote for us at TESCO before August 31st!

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Jamie Murray won his first Queen's Club title on Sinday as he and Brazilian partner Bruno Soares beat France's Julien Beneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin at the Aegon Championships in London. 

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Last month's Christian Aid Week activities in Dunblane raised just over £12,000. The local committee thanks everyone who contributed in any way to this successful outcome.

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The 25th Stirling (Dunblane) Boys' Brigade provided an afternoon of tea, cake and entertainment for older people who live alone locally.

A group of 10 guests and six volunteers from local Contact the Elderly enjoyed an afternoon at the Cathedral Halls in Dunblane.

It is hoped this will now become an annual event.

Lorna Dunbar, Support Officer at Contact the Elderly, said:

"The boys provided a fantastic afternoon for our guests and volunteers.
The food and entertainment were great but best thing was the welcoming atmosphere we received.

"Bringing the generations together in this way is lovely to see and we look forward to enjoying an afternoon with the group again soon."

Contact the Elderly organises free monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for older people who live alone. These ordinarily take place in a volunteer host's home with guests being collected and accompanied by a volunteer driver.

The charity is currently working to launch a new group in Stirling. To become a guest or volunteer with Contact the Elderly, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01236 898613. Contact the Elderly can email or post a leaflet if someone would like to share it with an older person who would benefit.


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Article from Stirling Observer 14 June 2017

Work on the revamp of a bridge which runs through the centre of Dunblane is set to commence.  Network Rail revealed plans earlier this year to replace the Perth Road Bridge, as part of the electrification of the railway lines.   The bridge carries traffic over the railway line and a section of the structure is too low for the new electric cables that will be required   Now work is set to start on the project to partially replace the structure, which is set to cost around £4 million and will result in traffic on the main road through the town being disrupted for up to a year.   In a letter to residents, Network Rail's Dave Boyce said: "Electrification will deliver a reduction in journey times between Stirling and Edinburgh/ Glasgow, increased capacity on morning and evening peak services and faster, longer, greener modem electric trains.   "Before we can officially start work on the bridge at the beginning of July, we need to undertake some advanced enabling works on Perth Road and the surrounding road network which will allow us to maintain two-way traffic over the bridge for the majority of the project, which is due to complete in spring 2018."  The removal of street furniture has already began and restrictions will be in place on the bridge from next week until July 2, with traffic set to travel in both directions along the current southbound carriageway of the road for most of the project. Clarendon Place has been converted to accommodate two way traffic.   Network Rail will be present at a meeting of Dunblane Community Council this evening (Wednesday) to discuss the project. Drop-in sessions for the public are being held at the Dunblane Centre on June 26 and July 4 from 4pm to 7pm, with a special session for local businesses on June 29 at the Burgh Chambers on June 29 from 4pm to 7pm.

Read Network Rail's Letter to Dunblane Residents

Dunblane golfer Sean McCormack has qualified for the final of the American Golf U.K. Long Drive Championship following a hugely impressive drive of 387 yards in the Over 45 category regional qualifier. This achievement leaves the big hitting veteran top of the Over 45 qualifying distances and hot favourite to take the title along with a place in the World Championships in the U.S.

McCormack was one of over 5000 budding long drivers who entered the event that is run by nationwide golf retailer American Golf. He won his first stage qualifying event at his local American Golf store in February, progressing to regional qualifying where he sent out a 387 yard monster to secure a spot in the final. McCormack now lines up against the best long drivers in the U.K at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire on 4th August, where he will battle it out for the national title and the only U.K. Over 45 qualifying spot for the World Championships in Oklahoma.

After securing qualification McCormack commented, “I’m really pleased to have qualified for the final and to have done so as top qualifier is a great boost. But there’s a lot of competition in the Over 45 category so I know I’ll have to perform to my best. I’ll be working hard for the next few months and know if I can take this form forward I’m in with a good chance of taking the title and qualifying to take on the world’s best in the U.S.”

After watching qualifying come to a close at the American Golf Manchester Golf Show, Daniel Gathercole, Director of Marketing and Communications at American Golf commented, “The standard of qualifying this year has been amazing. To make the final from over 5000 entrants is an incredible achievement. This Championship really has brought together every type of golfer, from professionals to big hitting club golfers, and we can’t wait to find our 3 Champions who’ll go on to represent the U.K. and American Golf at the World Championships.”

The 2017 Under 45, Over 45 and Ladies finals will be shown on Sky Sports. Spectator entry to the final will be completely free and all are welcome. The Long Drive Championship is one part of American Golf’s drive to get more people hitting more balls and for 2017 those balls have been going a very long way!

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