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november
Park and Ride

Smart shoppers heading for the City of Stirling during the festive period can beat the traffic queues in the city centre by heading for one of the weekend Park and Ride sites. The sites all open for business this weekend (26 November).

Christmas shoppers have three Park and Ride car parks to choose from. Visitors from the areas north and west of Stirling can use the Prudential site at Craigforth just off Junction 10 of the M9 or the A84. Those travelling from the east and south can use the Bannockburn Heritage Centre in Glasgow Road accessed from Junction 9 of the M9. The newly opened site at Springkerse Retail Park where there are 225 spaces alone serves those travelling from Alloa, the Hillfoots and Fife. In total there are around 750 extra car parking spaces being created.

Park and Ride only costs 50p per adult, children are free and the service operates every weekend until Christmas Eve on Saturday 24 December. Shuttle buses run every 10-12 minutes between the car parks and the city centre from 10am to 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays.


Garden Birds DIY - family event

Birds that stay in the Stirling area over winter spend their time facing the bitter cold and snow. There are no insects to eat and natural seeds may be covered with snow and the berries and other fruits have gone.

Stirling Countryside Rangers are organising a family ‘Garden Birds DIY’ event in the walled garden at Plean Country Park on Sunday, November 27, from 1pm to 3pm. Go along for a practical afternoon making lots of Christmas goodies for your garden birds such as bird feeders, bird boxes and bird cake.

There will also be a bird-related walk during the afternoon where people can join the Council’s Biodiversity Officer on a short, guided walk around the Country Park.

The event is wheelchair accessible. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Sorry no dogs except guide dogs will be allowed.
For further information please contact Stirling Council’s Countryside Rangers on Tel 01786 442875.


september
Stirling's Heritage 2005

The year 2005 represents the fifteenth anniversary of the celebration of European Heritage Days. Every year, during the month of September, millions of people visit heritage sites and monuments across Europe as part of this event.

This year, celebrations in the Stirling area involve the opening of many buildings not normally open to the public, for visitors to enjoy exploring their interiors. A leaflet including full details of all buildings opening is available from local libraries and tourist information.

Full details of Stirling's Heritage 2005 Doors Open Day and Evening Talks at:
What's On Around Stirling


Launch of Wallace Catalogue

Thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Stirling Smith has published a 54 page full colour catalogue of its holdings relating to the story of William Wallace. The collection has been built up in the last ten years through appeals, donations and judicious purchases.

When the Museum of Scotland opened to the public in 1998, William Wallace was famously absent from the displays on the grounds that there were no authentic portraits or personalia extant from his times. Much of what survives was created in the last 200 years by patriots inspired by the story of Wallace, and the Stirling Smith curators have taken every opportunity to acquire available material. Since the catalogue was printed, further acquisitions include a nineteenth century spelter figure of Robert the Bruce, a Staffordshire figure of Wallace and a 1722 edition of Blind Harry’s Wallace.

The publication, ISBN 0-9546511-2-X is now on sale at £2.99.

Stirling Smith - Read More


august
Wallace cortege arrives in Stirling

The symbolic coffin made for William Wallace and the commemorative ceremony in St Bartholomew’s Church, London on 23 August, crossed the Border last night. Today at 12 noon, it will be solemnly carried into the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum, where it will lie in state.
The coffin will be carried by David Ross and members of the Society of William Wallace.

The cortege will be received by Provost Colin O’Brien of Stirling Council, the only Scottish municipal representative to be present at the ceremony in St Bartholomew’s Church in London. Provost O’Brien said:
William Wallace is of central importance to the history of Stirling and I welcome the opportunity of extending the ceremony to Stirling. Local people and visitors to the city will have the chance to add their tokens and remembrances of Wallace to the display, and to see the tokens which were left in the coffin in London.

A special catafalque has been built in the Gothic style to support the coffin, and it is decorated with images of the saints of mediaeval Scotland. This is the centrepiece of the William Wallace exhibition. Visitors have until 10 September, the day of the Smith’s Wallace Conference, to add any tokens to the coffin which will become a time deposit for posterity.


Wallace Gathering

Join Stirling Before Pylons in opposing the planned development of an extra high voltage overhead power line from Ullapool to Denny.
Make sure you go along to the Gathering on Tuesday 23rd August - the 700th anniversary of the death of William Wallace - at 1.30 pm, beneath the Wallace Monument, at Powis Mains Farm, Blairlogie, near Stirling.

The proposal by Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) would march a line of massive pylons up to 65 metres high (the Wallace Monument is 67 metres) through some of the world’s finest landscapes. SSE’s last proposed route for this power line, unbelievably, passes almost over the top of some houses to the east of Stirling, just a field from the Wallace Monument, and within 100 metres of many families. Health experts recommend 400 metres avoidance distance.

Cameron McNeish, well-known writer, broadcaster and hill walker, will be making a speech, and leading a walk (for those that want to) up the craig to the foot of the Monument. A barrage balloon, with the slogan "No Pylons", will be flown at a height of 60 metres, to illustrate just how high and intrusive the pylons will be. And there will be plenty of information about all the developers' proposals.

The power company has now published it's proposed route and will be submitting it to the Scottish Executive within the next weeks or two. Fortunately there is much we can all do to influence the final outcome.


William Wallace 700 years

700 years ago on 23 August 1305, William Wallace was judicially and brutally murdered in London. In a commemorative exhibition, the Stirling Smith looks at how Wallace has been depicted down the centuries.

During the exhibition, there will be a conference, a series of lunchtime talks, a concert and the season ends with a new play, Oor Wallace by Gill Bastock on 29 and 30 September.

On 23 August, the funeral service which Wallace was denied 700 years ago will take place in St Bartholomew’s Church. The symbolic coffin will then come back to Stirling and have a place of honour in the centre of the exhibition, before moving to Lanark. Visitors are invited to leave tokens or messages about what Wallace means to them in the exhibition.

Stirling Smith - Read More


Sons of Scotland Pipe Band

During this years visit to compete at the World Pipe Band Championships SOSPB will be making their annual visit to Stirling. They have been invited to do a show at Balmoral Castle for the Queen and will be playing on August 18 at Blair Atholl at 12 noon and then at Stirling Castle at 4 pm.
As a special guest the band will be joined by local piper Mathew Anderson from Tillicoultry.


CENTRAL ARTS EXHIBITION

The latest exhibition by CENTRAL ARTS - an association of Central Scotland's leading artists takes place in the Education Rooms at Culross Palace, Culross, Fife from 5th till 29th August - open daily from noon until 5pm - with free entry to the exhibition.

You will find a fabulous selection of original artworks in contemporary and traditional styles - repro prints and limited editions as well as hand painted glassware and handmade cards. Many of the artists will be demonstrating their painting techniques in the gallery throughout the exhibition.

A Glass Painted Vase "Inspirations" by Michelle Duffy will be raffled in aid of Cancer Research.

Supported by Central Fm
more info at www.centralarts.co.uk


july
Artlink Central: Access to Arts and Music

Artlink Central is currently offering a number of FREE drop-in, arts and music projects in Stirling and Falkirk, and within a community setting. The drop-ins are designed for individuals experiencing mental ill health and those with learning disabilities, respectively. No experience is necessary and all the classes are fun, relaxed, and run by professional artists who can help you develop your talents. Please note that carers are very welcome to come along.

To find out if spaces are available and to inform us if you have additional needs, contact
Artlink Central 01786 450971
email: info@artlinkcentral.org
www.artlinkcentral.org.


Get wild about trees

STIRLING Council's Countryside Ranger Service is encouraging everyone to get wild about trees by joining them this Sunday July 17th, in the woods of Plean Country Park and Killearn Glen, Killearn. Activities will be held at Plean Country Park from 10am to 11.30am and then at Killearn Glen (access from Beech Drive) from 1.30pm to 3pm.

There will be a choice of various fun activities for all the family to try from a tricky tree trail to leafcrafts. People are invited to come along, enjoy themselves and learn a bit more about trees along the way.

These are free events and no booking is required. Participants should just turn up at either of the venues between the times stated, and wear suitable footwear for heading off paths. In the interests of safety all children must be accompanied by an adult and no dogs are allowed except guide dogs.
contact Stirling Council Ranger Service on (01786) 442875.


Stirlingshire Reminiscences

The Smith Art Gallery and Museum in Stirling are looking for people in the Stirling area to share their memories of the Second World War for an oral history project as part of the national commemoration to mark the end of the Second World War, Their Past Your Future Scotland. The project will gather memories of life during the war from veterans on active service, people in reserved occupations and others living on the ‘Home Front’. Interested parties should contact Emma Halford-MacLeod on 01259 216 913 or email: ehmacleod@clacks.gov.uk

Stirling Smith - Read More


june
Tipping Point

Tipping Point, a new play from 7:84 Theatre Company will be at the macRobert on Friday 1st July - a grassroots response to the G8 Summit scripted by Davey Anderson.

Scotland. Summer 2005. Forget the hype, the heightened security and glamorous Scottish hideaways. As the big boys club of the G8 lands, quite literally, on our doorstep it’s time to get to the heart of the matter.

Tipping Point takes a look at the real agenda of the Summit and how it affects real people. After every performance of Tipping Point, 7:84 will create Public Space. This is an opportunity for you to air your views on the issues surrounding G8. 7:84 will invite local guest speakers including campaigners, MSPs and Councillors to every show, giving you the chance to question those at the heart of the matter.

Read More at What's On in Stirling


Trossachs Trundler

For visitors and residents, the Trossachs Trundler is on the road again. Running between Loch Katrine, Kilmahog, Brig O’Turk, Callander, Aberfoyle, and the Port of Menteith, the Trundler is fully wheelchair accessible. Leaving Callander four times a day, six days a week, it stops on request and is timetabled to link up with sailings of the Sir Walter Scott on Loch Katrine.

The Trossachs Day Rover Ticket gives unlimited travel for one day on the Trundler and most bus services from Stirling. Tickets can be on bought on board the bus, Stirling bus station and selected Tourist Information Centres.
An environmentally friendly way for local people and visitors to get around this beautiful part of the country.


may
le Weekend 2005

Le Weekend in Stirling is Scotland’s longest running experimental music festival and this year, it promises to be as defiantly underground as ever. Dredd Foole, an inspirational figure behind America’s vital free folk scene arrives to play his first gig outside the states. The outstanding Wally Shoup Trio and the Flaherty/Corsano duo provide a foray into free improv while Thurston Moore’s free noise supergroup The Dream Aktion Unit will have you gripping your seats.

European sound shapers will be there in the form of the Flirts and Deathprod pushing the boundaries of electronica. The Japanese Underground arrive in full force spearheaded by the legendary Kousokuya performing their last ever show at LW 05. Otomo Yoshihide closes this year’s festival with his exhilirating New Jazz Ensemble playing for the first time in Scotland.

Le Weekend is co-curated by David Keenan/Volcanic Tongue.
Read More


Loch Katrine

Following the lease by Scottish Water of 9600 hectares to the Forestry Commission, a huge area of native woodland, lost to scotland since the Middle Ages will be restored across Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National park over the next few decades. The broadleaved woodland around Loch Katrine and Loch Arklet will comprise mostly birch and Scots pine with oak on the lower slopes near the loch, also hazel, willow, juniper, ash and aspen.
Many wildlife species are expected to benefit and increase in numbers as a result, including red grouse, eagles, ospreys and mountain hares.

The Forestry Commission intends to work closely with the new trust being established to operate the steamship tourism business at the Trossachs Pier by providing informal recreation sites supported by facilities such as car parks, walks and picnic sites.


april
Indian Summer in Stirling

Former Braco boy Ronald Forbes will be in Stirling on Wednesday 18 May at 12 noon to give a talk on his exhibition 'Indian Summer' currently showing at the Smith Art Gallery and Museum.

Forbes' exhibition is inspired by his visit to India in 1999 and in his talk the artist will read entertaining extracts from his Indian travel diary and talk informally about the work in the exhibition. Read More

Admission to the talk is £2 and includes refreshments. For further information and to reserve a place, please contact the Smith on 01786 471917.


march
It's a dog's life at Plean Country Park
Dog displays and demonstrations are being organised by Stirling Council’s Countryside Ranger Service and Dog wardens at the Park from 1pm to 3pm on Sunday 20th March. During the free event there’s a bumper variety of doggy themes to promote responsible dog ownership from fun challenges for the family pooch, obedience demonstration by Top Dog Training to workshops for the family to join in.

There’ll be a working dog demonstration by the Trossachs Search and Rescue Team and Council Dog Wardens will be on hand to answer any doggy questions. Wardens will give out free dog bags in the great give-away and there’s specialist advice from Pet Behaviour Scotland: 1 to 1 sessions and problem solving.

Stirling Council’s Countryside Rangers will give advice on the New Right of Access for dog walkers and Responsible Access in the Countryside.

Free entry to a novelty dog show will be available on the day, with rosettes and prises for the winners. Classes include handsomest dog, prettiest bitch, rescue dog in best condition, veteran, waggiest tail and under 12’s junior handler. All dogs must be on a lead and children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult

Please contact Anna Black Stirling Council Ranger Service for more details on (01786) 442541 or email blacka@stirling.co.uk


500 new jobs in Stirling

A US based science company wants to spend £60 million creating 500 jobs in Stirling. Inverness Medical Innovations, which is based in Massachusetts, is a leading global developer of advanced diagnostic health products, such as pregnancy tests and blood clot monitors. It has submitted a planning application for a new base at Stirling University Innovation Park.
The jobs will mainly be research and development posts


february
Billy Connolly Tickets SOLD OUT

Billy Connolly will be appearing at Stirling Albert Halls on Monday 9th May at 8pm. The show was guaranteed to be popular and tickets for the Big Yin are already sold out.


Stirling countryside access

The new Land Reform Act, which came into force on Wednesday, February 9, introduced new statutory rights of responsible access to most land and inland water in Scotland. As part of the Act, the Scottish Outdoor Access Code gives guidance on responsible behaviour for recreational users and the responsibilities of landowners and managers.

New laws on access to Stirling's countryside are now in force, ensuring that rights are protected and countryside routes kept open. Copies of the code and leaflets are being distributed to local libraries and council offices. The new code has been introduced to help people who manage the land as well as those enjoying leisure activities in the countryside.


january
Argaty Red Kites Open Day

Argaty Red Kites is hosting an open day on Sunday January 23, from noon to 3pm at lerrocks Farm, Argaty Estate near Doune. This is a chance to visit the project and learn more about this rare Raptor.
The specially built viewing hide at Lerrocks Farm lets visitors get close to the Red Kites. There will be children's activities, local food,an RSPB goods stall and more.
Contact RSPB Scotland on 0141 331 0993 or Argaty Red Kites on 01786 841373.


River Levels at a 10 Year High

River levels on the River Forth were at a 10 year high and the highest for 50 years on the River Teith. The banks of the Teith burst at Callander Meadows and the Forth overflowed it's banks, threatening properties in Dean Crescent, Riverside, at Bridgehaugh and Wester Haugh.
In Callander, one of the worst hit areas last weekend, 3,000 sandbags with 40 tons of sand were made available and temporary accommodation was organised in case it was needed. In Stirling a further 2,000 sandbags were distributed, mainly in the Riverside area.
STIRLING Council's severe weather emergency procedure has successfully passed one its most difficult tests with the recent flooding in the area.


Rainbow Slides - 30th Birthday

Officially opened on January 11, 1975 by Stirling Provost Dr. Robert McIntyre, Rainbow Slides Leisure Centre is celebrating its 30th birthday with a weekend of family entertainment on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 January.
There will be something for the whole family including clowns, balloon modelling, juggling, street theatre, children’s circus skills workshops, novelty freebies, slides and fun sessions on both afternoons. And prices will be set at 1975 rates - 50p for adults and 25p for children for the whole weekend.

There’s also a Fitness Pulseathalon Challenge, which will include rowing, cycling and running, a children’s drawing competition with 3 lucky winners picking up a bike and helmet each and for anyone born on January 11, 1975 they can claim a year’s free swimming pass.

For further information on any of the ‘Birthday Bash’ events please contact Rainbow Slides Leisure Centre on (01786) 462521.



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