Feb 162019

There will be a General Meeting to vote on proposed changes to the Articles of Association at the King Robert Hotel on Thursday 21 March at 7.30pm.


A summary of the changes is available here:


Paperwork has been sent to all VRG members. Proxy voting is available for members unable to attend the meeting.

Without the approval of our members to the updates we will be unable to access some third party sources of grants when funding projects on behalf of the Carron Valley & District community.

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

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AGM – Tuesday 6 November at 8pm

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Oct 032018

Please note that this year’s AGM will be held at 8pm on Tuesday 6 November at the Mayfield Centre, Sunnybank Rd, Stirling FK7 0DB. Please note the slightly later start time.

We would be delighted to see you there.

Notification of the meeting and an invitation to stand as a Director are being mailed to VRG members. AGM paperwork will follow in due course.

You can download the Director application form here:Valley Renewables Group Directors Application Form 2010

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Sustainable Studies Support Scheme update

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Sep 042018



Falck Renewables Support Scheme for Sustainable Energy Studies 2018 will provide financial support for individuals to allow them to take up a course and possibly gain a job in the sustainable energy industry.  We are particularly interested in supporting students working towards a qualification on wind energy.

Sustainable Studies support scheme

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Open Day attracts record numbers

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Aug 272018

Carron Valley Open Day draws the crowds














Going Forth for Local Produce and Crafts’ was the theme of this year’s annual Carron Valley and District Open Day held at Craigend Farm, Auchenbowie, last Saturday. Hosted by Willie and Evelyn Crawford and organized by the local development trust, Valley Renewables group, over 200 adults and children enjoyed willow weaving, mosaics, flower arranging and children’s crafts.













There were stalls devoted to baking and local produce, fruit wines, free range eggs and wildflowers for verges to encourage bees. There were also paintings and photography, University of Third Age, recycling and many more.
















The event saw the launch of the Carron Reservoir Community Woodland and the extension of the Demand Responsive Transport scheme to the area.

Visitors also heard talks by Murray Cook, Council archaeologist, on evidence of human activity in the Valley 9000 years ago and 15th century fortifications near de Graham castle, followed by Eleanor Young of Friends of Stirlingshire Historic Graveyards on the renovation of Logie’s historic graveyard and implications for Kirk o’Muir.


There was also a photographic display of Stirling’s historic graveyards.




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Saturday 25 August – Annual Open Day

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Aug 062018

OPEN DAY Saturday 25th August 2018

This year’s Open Day is on Saturday 25th August 12.00 noon -4.00 p.m. at Craigend farm, courtesy of Evelyn and Willie Crawford. Last year was a bumper event with well over 200 attending-a record- and more stalls.




12.30 p.m. Demand Responsive Transport Scheme for Carron Valley and District-Robert Plewes

1.00 p.m Launch of Community Woodland-David Sparkes and Isaac Tabner

2.00 p.m. De Graham Castle update and investigating Valley’s archaeology Murray

Cook, Stirling Council

2.30 p.m. Stirling’s Historic Graveyards-Eleanor Young

3.30 p.m The Future of Howietoun Heritage Site-what now for community?

Round table discussion with Nicolas Sinclair

The Demand Responsive Transport Scheme is now available for our Community. Find out what it is about and how it can help you from Robert Plewes, Stirling Council

We have now secured the go-ahead for a Community Woodland at Carron Reservoir. This is a major project for the Community and visitors alike. It will demand time, effort and enthusiasm from volunteers. Let’s make it a success-we need your ideas. Come to launch with David Sparkes and Isaac Tabner at 1.00 p.m

Murray Cook, the Stirling Council archaeologist will give an update on investigations at de Graham Castle and possible directions for further investigations in Valley. VRG hosted extensive investigations and training last year, funded by Heritage Lottery and ourselves, with Murray and associates at de Graham and Kirk o’ Muir.

A group has recently been formed to renovate and promote Stirling’s Historic Graveyards including Kirk o’ Muir. Eleanor Young will talk about her work at Logie’s ancient kirkyard and the way forward for these graveyards and the benefits for local communities

The Howietoun Fish farm has been closed and put up for sale. There is a real threat that the Community will lose this very important part of it’s heritage. Here what is happening and what can be done about it from Nicolas Sinclair and give your views.

We hope you meet old friends and make new ones at this Open Day. Surprise visitors around 2.OO p.m. will be Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

There are many stalls and activities to be explored and much for children to do. There is a free BBQ. There is a free raffle-one ticket per household.

Our thanks go to Evelyn and Willie Crawford for hosting the event and Evelyn for organising the BBQ.

We want to help build community ties so introduce yourselves to those you don’t know!


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Covenanters Service – Saturday 5 August, 12 noon

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Jul 312018

For over 100 years an annual service was held on the first Sunday of August to commemorate the Covenanters. It is known that there was Covenanter activity in the Valley in the 17th Century, and it is probable that conventicles (the name given to their services) were held in the Kirkyard or in the immediate vicinity. 

This year is is on Saturday 5th August at 12 noon and will be conducted by the Reverend Gary J. McIntyre, the Minister of St Ninian’s Old Parish Church, the parish church for the Valley.

All are welcome.

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Open Day 2018

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Apr 142018

OPEN DAY Saturday 25 August 2018

This year’s Open Day is on Saturday 25th August, 12.00 noon -4.00 p.m. at Craigend farm, courtesy of Evelyn and Willie Crawford. Last year was a bumper event with well over 200 attending-a record- and more stalls.


Following last year’s emphasis we want to increase the number of stalls selling crafts and local or near local produce. As usual there is a free BBQ, children’s activities, talks and demonstrations.


If you are interested in a stall, which is free, or know someone who might be, and haven’t exhibited before, contact ibmacfarlane@gmail.com

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