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  • What's On

    FRIDAY MACROBERT ARTS CENTRE, STIRLING Respect (12A): Following the rise of Aretha Franklin's career from a young child singing in her father's church's choir to her international superstardom, Respect is the remarkable true story of the music icon's journey to find her voice and become the Queen of Soul. 4.30pm, 8.15pm.

  • Voice of the People

    BRIDGE OF ALLAN AND DUNBLANE ROTARY Dr Murray Cook, archaeologist with Stirling Council, made a welcome return to the club to talk about evidence he has gathered related to significant changes in the sea levels on the River Forth. Murray reported that he has recently been excavating in Bridge of Allan where he discovered oyster shells in an oyster bed near Cornton Vale Prison. The oysters were unopened, indicating that this was not a shell midden from a settlement. This means, Murray explained, that the oysters had died close to the place where they were found. Subsequent investigation by carbon dating put the oysters at around 4,000BC, therefore 6,000 years old. This discovery confirms that at that time the area of lower Bridge of Allan would have been covered by the sea. The discovery of a skeleton of a whale in broadly the same area has given further confirmation of the sea level at that period. Looking back to the Ice Age, some 10,000 years ago, Murray indicated that the area would have been covered by ice about one kilometre deep. When that ice melted, the subsequent release of pressure allowed the land to rise gradually. However, in this process, a fault line in the surface along the River Forth meant that part of the land was forced down, creating a rift valley, with the Ochils rising above it. Even as late as the 15th century, a map shows what appears to be a continuous stretch of water across central Scotland, with the land north of the Forth shown, in effect, as an island! Even when the sea retreated, the land was still significantly water-logged at high tide, with evidence from names such as Falleninch ('inch' being Gallic for 'island') supporting this. Because of the prevalence of this wetland, still very evident at Flanders Moss, access from the north of Scotland to the south, or vice versa, was largely restricted to the crossing at the bridge at Stirling, with inevitable consequences for military or agricultural movement. Linked with this, the strategic importance of Stirling Castle as a controlling presence for those seeking access north or south gave rise to a well-known series of battles. Murray very generously then presented the upper

  • District News

    ABERFOYLE WALK IN THE PARK Meet behind the Scottish Wool Centre on Mondays at 10.20am. No need to book, just turn up for a one-hour walk and chat. If you are interested in joining a Health Walk on resumption, please contact walk coordinators for more details: Bev Clarke - beverley.clarkelochlomondtrossachs.org, or Fran Crumley - fran. crumleylochlomond-trossachs.org. For more information about Health Walks in Scotland, please visit the Paths For All website.

  • MEMORY LANE

    Floral funds A total of £525 was raised at a `flowers and treasures' event held at t hornhill Parish Church in August, 1984. it was organised by the ladies of the congregation, Sunday School and Bible Class, under the guidance of Mrs V Millar. Among the `treasures' on display was the silver trowel used to lay the foundation stone of the Kirk104 years earlier. It had been gifted by the Misses Bowen of Comrie.

  • Old folks home opens in West Stirlingshire

    A new old folks' home with accommodation for nine elderly men and women opened in Balfron in September 1959.

  • Employees cut ribbon at Bannockburn garage

    Dignitaries gathered in Cowie Road, Bannockburn in September 1959 for the opening of a new depot for Scottish Omnibuses' Alexander Group.

  • Provost's appeal for funds after pit disaster

    Stirling's then provost, W Macfarlane Gray, used the pages of the Observer in September 1959 to appeal for people across the area to contribute to a fund set up set up to help dependents of men who died in the Auchengeich Colliery disaster at Bridgend, North Lanarkshire.

  • SCARECROWS AND SKILLS MAKE UP HORTI SHOWCASE

    The second 'virtual' annual show of the Killearn Cottagers' Horticultural Society (KCHS) was held last month featuring photos of flowers, vegetables, baking, art, hidden gardens and craftwork.

  • Woman drove while six times over limit

    Sentence has been deferred on a Bannockburn woman who was more than six times over the drinkdriving limit.

  • Youngsters get digital health help

    A new digital mental health service is now available for all 10-18-year-olds in Clackmannanshire as part of the Mental Health ANDWELLBEING in Clacks transformation project.

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  • District News

    BANNOCKBURN COUNCILLOR'S SURGERY Councillor Alasdair MacPherson can host an online surgery at any point. To book an appointment, please email him at: macphersonastirling.gov.uk and he will email you with instructions on how to access the meeting. Alternatively, he can be contacted on 01786 233120....

  • Whats On

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  • District News

    ALVA COMMUNITY COUNCIL The community council is adhering to the current pandemic restrictions, so meetings until further notice will be held online using Zoom. Meetings will start around 7.15pm. Members of the Alva community are welcome at all meetings and can request to join a meeting by emailing...

  • District News

    ALVA COMMUNITY COUNCIL The community council is adhering to the current pandemic restrictions, so meetings until further notice will be held online using Zoom. Meetings will start around 7.15pm. Members of the Alva community are welcome at all meetings and can request to join a meeting by emailing...

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    Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do...

  • District News

    Alva Community Council The community council is adhering to the current pandemic restrictions, so meetings until further notice will be held virtually using Zoom. Meetings will start around 7.15pm. Members of the Alva community are welcome at all meetings and can request to join a meeting by...

  • District News

    ABERFOYLE WALK IN THE PARK All Walk in the Park Health Walks are currently suspended for the national lockdown. If you are interested in joining a Health Walk on resumption, please contact walk coordinators for more details:- Bev Clarke - beverley.clarkelochlomond-trossachs.org, or Fran Crumley -...

  • District News

    ABERFOYLE WALK IN THE PARK All Walk in the Park Health Walks have now resumed following the easing of the lockdown restrictions. Meet behind the Scottish Wool Centre on Mondays at 10.20am. No need to book, just turn up for a one-hour walk and chat. If you are interested in joining a Health Walk on...

  • District News

    ALVA COMMUNITY COUNCIL The community council is adhering to the current pandemic restrictions, so meetings until further notice will be held virtually using Zoom. Meetings will start around 7.15pm. Members of the Alva community are welcome at all meetings and can request to join a meeting by...

  • District News

    ALVA COMMUNITY COUNCIL The community council is adhering to the current pandemic restrictions, so meetings until further notice will be held online using Zoom. Meetings will start around 7.15pm. Members of the Alva community are welcome at all meetings and can request to join a meeting by emailing...

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