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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.

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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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Kerse Bridge update

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Mar 222018
 

KERSE BRIDGE UPDATE

We have been advised work is progressing well with the replacing of the New Rail Bridge to the extent they are bringing the full closure date forward by 1 week.  The planned full closure for Kerse Road Bridge is being brought forward by one week. This will commence at 6.00 am on the morning of Monday 16 April 2018.

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Latest reports on Archaeological Excavations now available

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Mar 022018
 

The latest reports on the excavations at Kirk o’Muir and John de Graham’s castle are now available to download.

Please see the links on the page here: http://www.valleyrenewables.co.uk/heritage-lottery-fund-grant-for-kirk-omuir-and-de-grahams-castle/

We hope to see you on the 13th March!

AN EVENING WITH JOHN DE GRAHAM’S CASTLE AND KIRK O’ MUIR

St Ninians Church Hall, Kirk Wynd, St Ninians, Stirling

Tuesday 13th March 2018 at 7.30 p.m.

Dr Murray Cook, Stirling Council Archaeologist, will report on the recent archaeological investigations at these two important historical sites in the Carron Valley. Grave robbers and Covenanters will also feature.

Hanneke Booij  will also discuss her work on the Gravestones of Kirk o’ Muir dating back to the mid 17thCentury

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Tuesday 13 March – an evening with John de Graham’s Castle and Kirk o’Muir

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Feb 242018
 

AN EVENING WITH JOHN DE GRAHAM’S CASTLE AND KIRK O’MUIR

 

St Ninians Church Hall, Kirk Wynd, St Ninians, Stirling

Tuesday 13th March 2018 at 7.30 p.m.

 

Dr Murray Cook, Stirling Council Archaeologist, will report on the recent archaeological investigations at these two important historical sites in the Carron Valley. Grave robbers and Covenanters will also feature.

Hanneke Booij  will also discuss her work on the Gravestones of Kirk o’ Muir dating back to the mid 17th Century.

Carron Valley is in the parish of St Ninians Church and the Church has for over 100 years held an annual service every August at Kirk o’ Muir to commemorate the Covenanters

Please see the archaeological page for further updates: http://www.valleyrenewables.co.uk/heritage-lottery-fund-grant-for-kirk-omuir-and-de-grahams-castle/

 

Photos courtesy of CH Heritage, Sir John de Graham’s Castle & Kirk O’ Muir Community Project  

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Community Woodland – Scottish Land Fund application update January 2018

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Jan 072018
 

Update – January 2018

We are pleased to announce that Valley Renewables Group has now submitted a formal application to purchase 21.3 hectares of woodland (nearly 53 acres) near the Carron Dam for our community. This application has been made under “CATS”, which is Forest Enterprise Scotland’s Community Asset Transfer Scheme. If successful, 95% of the purchase price would be paid by the government’s Scottish Land Fund, with the remainder coming from windfarm community benefit funds. We have also applied for funding to employ a part time woodland manager for the first two years, to start developing the site.

Our plan would be initially to develop the woodland as a community asset, as well as using the site for our annual open day and other events, as per the map below. Our long-term vision is to build a permanent “Community Base” and cafe on site, which will become a focus for our community.

The Community Council and VRG board both voted unanimously in favour of this project, and now we need your backing too!

The application has now entered a statutory consultation period and it would really help our case if you would be willing to write in and show your support for the project. Full details of the application and consultation can be found at http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/managing/get-involved/community-asset-transfer-scheme/carron-valley, and responses must be received in writing before the consultation closes on 23rd January 2018.

The reasons we are proposing this purchase, and ask for your support are:

  • Our community currently has no social infrastructure – no school, church, hall, shop, pub or meeting place. The purchase of this woodland site is a great opportunity to progressively create a community facility for all.
  • The Community Woodland will be a welcoming and accessible space for local people and visitors to meet, find information, get involved in community activities. It will be a catalyst for new groups and events giving the community the opportunity for more cohesion and resilience into the future.
  •  The size and location of the site gives us the opportunity for a phased development to meet the needs of our community, starting simply with management of the woodland, then developing a site for our community open day and other events. When we are ready we will develop the community base and drop-in cafe.

The address to write to with consultation responses is:

Rebecca Carr
Forest Enterprise Scotland
Silvan House
231 Corstorphine Road
Edinburgh

EH12 7AT.

A working group of VRG and Community Council members is in place to manage the application process and eventual site development. Even though the application has now been submitted, this is really just the beginning, so we encourage all interested community members to contribute by joining this group.

If you have any questions regarding the application, or would like to volunteer on the working group please contact our secretary, Barbara Wilson (email bwilsonscotland@yahoo.com, or 01324 822 717, evenings only) and we will reply as soon as possible.

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