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What's on around Stirling in July

The Battle for Polmaise 1904-1985

The Battle for Polmaise - photograph copyright Alan Rae

March 1985 saw the end of the Miners’ Strike, the longest mass strike in European history. It ended without a negotiated settlement, but it had not been about wages, better conditions or material gain. It was about a principle – the right to work.

With the help of Daniel Tetstall, owner of the Polmaise Colliery FaceBook Page and Twitter account, the Smith has put together an exhibition to commemorate the titanic struggle of the Stirlingshire Miners to keep their jobs, their colliery open and their community alive. The village of Fallin was created in 1904 to house the miners brought to work in Polmaise 3&4 Colliery, one of the most productive deep mines in Scotland.

Through social media, interesting material has been brought to light. A photograph, showing a group of Fallin people, young and old, posing with their copies of the Workers' Weekly probably dates to 1923, when the paper was first published by the Communist Party of Great Britain. Fallin built a formidable reputation for strong unionisation; no picket was ever needed at Polmaise Collieries, as the work force was always in agreement when strike action was taken. Polmaise was on strike three weeks before the rest of Britain in 1984, and returned to work a week later than everyone else in 1985.

Polmaise 3&4 was also an award winning, record breaking pit, and a National Coal Board plan with an underground link to feed coal straight into Longannet Power Station, to be built in 1991, will be in the exhibition. Polmaise was closed, flooded and capped in 1987. Television clips, mainly from STV News, solely about Polmaise in 1984 -5 is an important part of the exhibition.

The Polmaise Banner of 1984, prominent in all of the major demonstrations during the Strike, is part of the Smith collections. Smaller items include colliery checks, triangular when going down the pit and circular when coming up, given to the miners so that missing bodies could be accounted for. The total death toll of the colliery, 1904 - 1987 was 55, as a commemorative plate shows. Miners' lamps, pit towels, laundry bags, a piece box and various portraits of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher will also be in the exhibition, which will be opened by Dennis Canavan at 11am on Friday 6 March.

Find out more at Whats On at the Smith in Stirling

Until 12 July 2015
Stirling Smith
open 10.30-5
Tuesday to Saturday and 2-5 on Sundays
Admission and parking free.

Stirling Farmers Market

The Farmers’ Market gives you, the consumer, the opportunity to buy top quality fare directly from the producer. Producers from all over Scotland have worked hard over the last ten years to make Farmers’ Markets a household name. Working closely with rural crafts and other food producers, farmers have brought fresh, local produce into city, towns and villages, offering consumers an alternative shopping experience. Farmers’ Markets are now a major attraction on the High Street.

Many of the producers are delighted to have won special taste awards over the years for their delicious products. All are passionate about the quality and provenance of what they bring to the market stall, and want you the customer, to enjoy some of the very best local and regional Scottish produce. Buying local/regional produce at the market means lower food miles, and benefits the local economy in terms of employment and growth.

Up to 25 stalls offering an outstanding range of superb produce. And where else can you talk to the farmer/producer to find out how the food is grown/reared/made?

Highland beef, pork and bacon, venison and wild game, wild boar, fresh, smoked fish and shellfish, great bread in variety – continental and traditional recipes including sourdoughs, scones, cakes and puddings, gluten-free baking, jams, chutneys & preserves, Scottish cheeses and butter, free-range hen/duck eggs, organic vegetables, cold-pressed oilseed-rape products and dressings, fudge and tablet, savoury pies, country fruit wines, hand-made jewelry, wood crafts for the dining table, knitted baby clothes, garden plants.

Dates for 2015
August 8, September 12, October 10, November 14, December 12

Stirling Farmers' Market is a member of the Scottish Association of Farmers' Markets (SAFM) www.scottishfarmersmarkets.co.uk

Saturday July 11
10am – 4pm
Port Street, Stirling City Centre outside Marks and Spencer.

Stuart Townend and Band

Allan Park South Church are hosting a concert by Stuart Townend and Band on Saturday 18th July. Stuart is known and respected around the world as one of the leading worship songwriters of his generation. From "How deep the fathers love" to "Christ alone", songs are sung in churches around the world.The 2015 tour will bring together Stuart, family and friends to perform some of Stuart's classics and his new material. The concert will be a mixture of worship and performance with Stuart talking about the songs and how they came to be written. The atmosphere is relaxed and informal, and you'll have a warm welcome at Allan Park South church. All ages are very welcome.

Saturday 18th July at 7.30pm
Allan Park South Church
Tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for under 18’s, and they can be purchased online at http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stuart-townend-band-family-friends-tour-2015-stirling-tickets-16842478306?aff=es2
Or by email to jim@dataspacescotland.co.uk or
by telephone to 01786 479919

What's on around Stirling in August

Bridge of Allan Highland Games

Imagine the scene - Colourful pipe bands, elegant highland dancers, huge strongmen tossing the caber. A multitude of other events, stalls and entertainments spread out in a picturesque and historic setting.

Bridge of Allan is one of Scotland’s premier Highland Games, attracting crowds of between 8,000 and 10,000 people. The games field nestles between Stirling Castle – Scotland’s grandest historic attraction, the beautiful Ochil Hills and the National Wallace Monument, made famous by the blockbuster movie, Braveheart.

The games themselves offer a packed programme of traditional cultural and sporting events. Crowd-pleasing heavyweight competitions, almost two hundred highland dancers and more than a thousand pipers are just some of the highlights of the day.

Highland Dancing
Enjoy the spectacle as hundreds of highland dancers display their graceful art.

Marvel at amazing feats of power and skill shown by top international strongmen.

It’s the battle of the bands, as more than a thousand pipers thrill the crowds.

You can also enjoy running, cycling and wrestling, browse among trade stands and craft stalls and enjoy a wee refreshment or two as you go. For the young ones there’s more thrills to enjoy in the popular funfair, adjoining the Games field.

Whether you live in Scotland and you’re looking for a fascinating day out or you’re visiting on holiday, you can’t fail to be impressed by such a concentration of traditional Scottish events and entertainment. The climax of the day – the massed pipe bands – is one of the most inspiring and emotional sights of Scotland.

There can be few more wonderful settings for a traditional Highland Games and a great family day out. Set in the former spa town of Bridge of Allan, the field is beautifully level – a blessing for spectators and competitors alike. The field itself is overlooked by the lower slope of Dumyat, at the western end of the beautiful Ochil Hills.

Visit the website at Bridge of Allan Games

Sunday August 2nd 2015
Bridge of Allan Games Park
Telephone 07437 329827
email info@bofagames.com

photograph copyright Bridge of Allan Highland Games
© Bridge of Allan Highland Games

Stirling Highland Games

The Highland Games is one of the areas most visited annual events with 5000 locals and visitors enjoying an affordable day out in central Scotland.

Stirling Highland Games is located behind Stirling Sports Village with spectacular views over to the Wallace Monument, Cambuskenneth Abbey and Stirling Castle.

We have a full programme of traditional Highland games competitions on offer including Running, Youth Running, Cycling, Highland Dancing, Heavyweights, Light Field, and Tug o War. We will also showcase several Piping Performances throughout the day.

Stirling Highland Games looks forward to welcoming you on the 15th August 2015 and we have made sure there is plenty to do in our traders village with a delicious range of food and coffee servers, craft and whisky stalls and activities to take part in. We also have an onsite bar so you can enjoy refreshments throughout the day whilst enjoying Games Weekend with friends. Tickets can be bought at the gate on the day or at a discount in advance through our online shop.

Events at Stirling Highland Games
Scotland in the early days was ever a warlike nation. If the Scots were not fighting someone else, they were fighting amongst themselves. Indeed, some of the bloodiest parts of Caledonian history recalls the feuds between clans.

Clan chiefs had to be ever alert to the threat from others and the need to keep his men sharp and battle practised. Presumably to stop them knocking lumps out of each other, games or competitions were organised to allow these warriors to test their strength and fitness against each other.

Over time these events were gathered together, forming the first Highland Games where clans could eventually compete in marginally less warlike situations.

Today's Highland Games are much more civilised, of course, although the echoes of history remain, particularly in the heavyweight events.

Visit the website at Stirling Highland Games

Saturday August 15 2015
Stirling Highland Games is located behind Stirling Sports Village
Ticket Prices at the gates - Adults £8 / U16's, OAP and Students £5
There are good transport links to the Games with Stirling Train and Bus Station less than 2 miles away and if travelling by car you will find parking at various locations around the grounds coming from the A91 by-pass.

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