Dunblane High School has been named Scottish State Secondary School of the Year by the Sunday Times.

Congratulations to all the staff & young people at the school and the wider learning community in Dunblane.

Read Stirling Council's news release here.

Dunblane Sports Club celebrated the opening of their new squash courts on Sunday 18th August by hosting the latest event in the Scottish Squash Roadshow. Scotland’s number 2 and world ranked number 79 Alison Thomson teamed up with National Coach Paul Bell to deliver coaching sessions for juniors and adults, followed by an exhibition match and a chance for club members to ‘play against the pros’.

The courts have been given a complete £30k rebuild, including new state of the art ASB walls, new Junckers sprung flooring and new lighting. The investment comes alongside increased popularity in squash, with busy club nights, team practice sessions, ladies and men’s teams in local leagues, and a popular internal box league and ladder. The new courts have been sponsored by Erskine Eyecare, who have branches in Auchterarder, Bridge of Allan and Dunblane.

Scottish star Alison said she had a “great day getting on the new courts with the juniors and adults”. Paul praised the club for investing in their facilities and promoting squash to the local community: “It was so much fun in Dunblane on our latest Scottish Squash Roadshow. It was a nice challenge delivering a session for 12 adults on 2 courts of various abilities, but that’s why we do it. When there’s a will there’s a way.”

New members are always welcome. For more more information on the club, and how to join, please see the website: www.dunblanesportsclub.co.uk. Junior coaching starts on Saturday 7th September for children P4 and above. Cost of 5 week session is £25 for members and £35 for non-members. Rackets are provided. To book a place email coach Maureen: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

High risk trees lining the public path by the War Memorial are to be felled as they pose an imminent danger of falling branches.

Read more on the council website here.

See the Stirling News article

Work in Progress!

There has been some good progress of planting, fencing and digger work to help stabilise and repair the path and improve drainage along it. As we volunteers know it will all green up very quickly. In addition a survey above the path has highlighted the need to repair some old drainage to help reduce erosion and extend the life of the path – but this needs some extra funds, which we are trying to secure to maximise the efficiency of the ongoing works.

Funds!

We are pleased to say that the 4 grant applications in the original budget were successful - 8000 from Sustrans, 9000 from CSET, 1500 from Community Pride and 1500 from Scotways. We have also reached 3000 for the Kindlink appeal which is fantastic, but still have another 2000 to go.
For the additional drainage works we have applied to Paths for All and are approaching some other sources.

Please pass the word on and keep up the generosity to help us reach our target for the public appeal at https://www.kindlink.com/charity/dunblane-development-trust/1953/fundraising

Donors have written some lovely comments
“Love this path and thanks to all the volunteers that work so hard to keep it open"
"The Glen Road is the most tranquil and safe cycling route between Dunblane and Bridge of Allan and should be preserved”.
"I always enjoy my commute by bike into Stirling through the Glen"
"Hoping to be able to continue enjoying the Glen walk for many years to come."
"I love cycling this route. Must keep it open.”
"Happy to add my labour, if needed."
"Thanks very much to everyone for all their hard work on this - good to keep such an excellent path open!"
"Thank you for doing this! We love this walk:-)"
"I love walking this route and so do many others. Thank you for keeping it open."

Many thanks to everyone!

Bridget Clark, Duncan Lavery, Mike Watson
Volunteer coordinators and representatives from Dunblane and Bridge of Allan

See original article here : http://www.dunblane.info/component/k2/1471-glen-road-path-appeal

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BT have a proposal to remove one telephone box in Dunblane - Kippendavie Avenue used 19 times in the last 12 months.

Contact the local authority if you have any comments.

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Since closing as a road for vehicles in 1987 due to landslips between Dunblane and Bridge of Allan, both communities have fought hard to retain this popular walking, running and cycling path.

In 2011 the communities came together (via Dunblane Development Trust & Bridge of Allan Community Council) with engineering advice from IKM. We matched funds with Sustrans to rescue this core path and link the national cycle route 765 between our communities, in cooperation with SNH, Stirling Council and 3 landowners.

Since then volunteers have managed the drains and vegetation, with support from Stirling Council for larger fallen trees, but now the concern is that some areas of the path will be lost to erosion without urgent attention this year.

So our volunteer engineer, Ian from IKM Consulting, has provided advice and proposals which have been approved by SNH, Stirling Council and landowners, and we are sourcing funds from Sustrans, Clackmannanshire and Stirling Environment Trust, Scotways and Community Pride. However we have a shortfall of around £5000 – hence this public appeal.

We have set up an Old Glen Road Path appeal page with Kindlink – a free fundraising platform for charities, via Dunblane Development Trust who are managing the funds for the project. Donate at;
https://www.kindlink.com/charity/dunblane-development-trust/1953/fundraising 

If you use the route and want it to be retained please donate so we can complete the work this year and minimise costs.

Thank you very much!

Bridget Clark, Duncan Lavery, Mike Watson
Volunteer coordinators and representatives from Dunblane and Bridge of Allan

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First Responders Meeting : Six potential volunteers come forward

Download the Poster                Read the Stirling Observer article on 120419                   Read the Stirling Observer article on 170419

A new team of First Responders is being established in Dunblane under the auspices of Trossachs Search & Rescue. If you are interested in hearing about the First Responder service and finding out what is involved in becoming a volunteer First Responder, then contact Trossachs Search & Rescue

A public meeting was held on Wednesday 24 April in the Braeport Centre. The meeting was jointly sponsored by Scottish Ambulance Service, Trossachs Search & Rescue and Dunblane Community Council.

What are First Responders?
First responders attend emergency calls prior to the arrival of an emergency ambulance in order to provide lifesaving treatment, stabilise patients and promote recovery.

They receive training from the Scottish Ambulance Service that qualifies them to respond to a variety of life threatening conditions.

On duty personnel are dispatched by the Ambulance Control Centres after an emergency ambulance has first been directed to attend.

 

What happened to Dunblane First Responders (DFR)
DFR provided a valuable service in Dunblane for nearly a decade. The group is no longer in a position to provide a First Responder service in the town.

 

Who are Trossachs Search & Rescue (TSAR)
TSAR already provides a First Responder service in Stirling’s rural areas including Doune and Callander. Read more at https://www.trossachs-sar.com/. The group was invited by Dunblane Community Council to expand their area of operation to include Dunblane

 

 

 

Stirling Council's cross party School Holiday Meals Provision Task Group has been working to develop a Stirling model of school holiday meal provision and activities, with a particular focus on tackling poverty and disadvantage. The group has asked that we send out a survey to local community groups and organisations to find out what holiday clubs are operating across the area. This will help us to map out existing provision and to see where there may be scope to support existing holiday clubs or to encourage the establishment of holiday clubs in areas of unmet need.

The survey will close on June 2nd 2019.

The link to the survey can be found here: http://bit.ly/HolidayFoodStirlingCouncil2019

This will help the task group to map out existing provision and to see where there may be scope to support existing holiday clubs or to encourage the establishment of holiday clubs in areas of unmet need.

Download the Poster                Read the Stirling Observer article on 120419                   Read the Stirling Observer article on 170419

A new team of First Responders is being established in Dunblane under the auspices of Trossachs Search & Rescue. If you are interested in hearing about the First Responder service and finding out what is involved in becoming a volunteer First Responder, then contact Trossachs Search & Rescue

A public meeting was held on Wednesday 24 April in the Braeport Centre. The meeting was jointly sponsored by Scottish Ambulance Service, Trossachs Search & Rescue and Dunblane Community Council.

What are First Responders?
First responders attend emergency calls prior to the arrival of an emergency ambulance in order to provide lifesaving treatment, stabilise patients and promote recovery.

They receive training from the Scottish Ambulance Service that qualifies them to respond to a variety of life threatening conditions.

On duty personnel are dispatched by the Ambulance Control Centres after an emergency ambulance has first been directed to attend.

 

What happened to Dunblane First Responders (DFR)
DFR provided a valuable service in Dunblane for nearly a decade. The group is no longer in a position to provide a First Responder service in the town.

 

Who are Trossachs Search & Rescue (TSAR)
TSAR already provides a First Responder service in Stirling’s rural areas including Doune and Callander. Read more at https://www.trossachs-sar.com/. The group was invited by Dunblane Community Council to expand their area of operation to include Dunblane

 

 

 

                               

Adam wows judges with Rubik’s trick

 

A Dunblane youngster is off to Las Vegas after winning top honours at a magic competition in London.  Eighteen-year-old Adam Black was awarded the Magic Circle’s young magician of the year title at their London headquarters. Adam beat five other young magicians, performing his signature Rubik’s cube routine, to take home the prize. Former Dunblane High School pupil Adam “still can’t quite believe it” and hopes he will be able to make a career out of his success. Taking to social media after winning the prize, he said: “Over the moon to announce that I have won Young Magician of the Year.“Thank you to everyone who has helped with the act and huge congratulations to all the other competitors, you all did great!”
Along with a trophy, Adam will also receive free membership of the Magic Circle and a trip to Las Vegas to visit McBride Magic and Mystery School. As a member of the group, he will be able to attend their events as well as learn tricks from the group’s seasoned professionals. Adam discovered his love of magic at the age of 10, after watching a live performance at Stirling Castle. He said: “I saw the magicians and was amazed, I said to myself ‘I want to do that.’”
Before taking to stage magic, Adam practised a few tricks he found online and showed them to his friends. From there, he joined a Young Magicians Club and has performed at a number of Dunblane Boys’ Brigade concerts and pantomimes over the years.

 

Along with card tricks, Adam’s specialist trick involves solving a Rubik’s cube in 15 seconds, before placing an unsolved cube in a paper bag. He then hands the bag to a volunteer, who opens the bag to find that the cube has been solved.
In 2017, Adam went on a work experience placement with the Edinburgh International Magic Festival, which saw him meet his magic heroes Penn and Teller. He said: “It was a great feeling, I’ve been watching their performances for years.” Adam will be performing on the Forth Valley Magic Circle’s annual Tricks at the Tryst which takes place on May 11 at Falkirk Town Hall. On the night, he’ll be performing the routine which won him his Young Magician of the Year award. Magic Circle club president Scott Penrose congratulated Adam on his success. He said: “It’s great to see so much fresh magic and the magicians of the future compete for this wonderful trophy. “Adam will no doubt have a great future following in the footsteps of some many others who have gone on to establish a great career.”

 

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