Callander Youth Project

Please find below some information on the return of Callander Youth Project after-school youth clubs (P6-S3), including sign-up information. 

Youth clubs will be restarting from the end of August with groups for P6, P7 and S1-3 living within the McLaren High catchment area.

Sessions will run on the following days/times (not including school holidays), starting  Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st of August.

Sign-up for these is now live, with a limited number of spaces available.

Some Covid protective measures (face coverings indoors, etc) will still be in place at least initially, but will confirm this in due course.

We’ll also be returning to our normal fee structure, after not charging for last year’s sessions. This is a one-off (annual) £5 membership fee, plus a weekly £1 charge. We don’t want this to be a barrier that prevents anyone from attending, so if it could be an issue, please just let us know.

We’re happy to waive this where required. If you have any questions, please just get in touch and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. For those who sign-up, we’ll start getting back to you all tomorrow to let you know if you’ve been allocated a space.

Paths Group Monthly Work Groups Resume

The Paths Group are restarting regular work groups on the 1st weekend of the month throughout the summer, to maintain and improve the paths around the village.

The first work groups are on 5th June at 11am and 6th June at 2pm.

Meet at the bottom of Gray’s Loan and bring stout shoes, thick gloves and maybe loppers, etc.

There will be a member of the Paths Group present.

For Health & Safety reasons, children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult please.

Online Children’s Book Festival

Popular children’s book festival goes online this year

Families across Stirling will have the opportunity to enjoy a world of magic and adventure this week with the return of a fun-filled free book festival.

Organised by Stirling Council’s Libraries Service, ‘smallprint’ is going virtual this year due to the current national Covid-19 lockdown restrictions and the temporary closure of libraries.

Pre-recorded author workshops, stories and live Bookbug sessions are amongst the jam-packed offering at this year’s three-day festival, which will celebrate children’s literature.   

The online events will run from World Book Day (Thursday, 4 March) until Saturday, 6 March.

Convener of Stirling Council’s Community Planning and Regeneration Committee, Councillor Chris Kane said: “Smallprint is a popular festival with families across Stirling and I am delighted our innovative libraries team have been able to deliver a diverse range of digital events despite the ongoing pandemic.

“We know lockdown is particularly tough on children and smallprint is a great opportunity to allow them to have fun and develop their reading skills at the same time – so check out what’s on offer and get involved.”

All of the author events will be live-streamed on the Stirling Council Libraries Facebook page on their set time and date.

Vice Convener, Cllr Scott Farmer said: “This year’s smallprint programme has a wide range of entertaining talks, performances and interactive events that will appeal to both tots and children.

“Reading can build lifelong skills and confidence, and this fun-packed festival is a wonderful way to inspire and enthuse more of our children to delve into the magical world of books.”

More information:

To see the full programme of events and how to register, please visit the Stirling Events website.

Please note that due to the ongoing pandemic there may be changes to events at short notice. Follow the Council Libraries Twitter account for key updates.

Roadworks Rossburn Lane 8th-15th March

The C40 road (Rossburn Lane), by Blairdrummond will be closed temporarily from its junction with the B8075 to its junction with Sommers Lane from 8-3-21 until 15-3-21 to facilitate Scottish Water works. 

The weight restriction on the B8075 will be suspended for the duration of the closure.

Alternative Route:via, B8075, A84, C40 and vice versa.

Access will be maintained for emergency vehicles.

Virtual Scottish Rural Parliament

The 2021 Scottish Rural Parliament which will be a free, fully virtual, interactive grassroots assembly happening over five days in March.

The aim of the event is to bring together people who live and work in rural and island Scotland with decision makers and influencers to explore current thinking and identify actions that will make a positive difference. We encourage you to bring your story and help shape the future of rural and island Scotland. Everyone is welcome, wherever you are, as you are.

This year we are working with a range of organisations to deliver a relevant and diverse programme, please see attached.  You are welcome to come along to just one, or many of the interactive sessions. You can sign up to the SRP here: https://www.srp2021.scot/

And, we’d love for you to let us know you’re coming via social media by using #vsrp21

BBC Debate Night comes to Stirlingshire

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BBC Scotland’s topical TV discussion programme is touring the country virtually, to give the people of Scotland the opportunity to have their say about the issues that matter most to you.

We are inviting people in Stirlingshire to apply now for our next episode on Wednesday 17 February.

The general public in and around Stirlingshire are invited to apply to join our live audience via Zoom and have your say in the evening’s programme. Maybe you are a student, a frontline worker, run a business, have been self-isolating or your work has been affected by Coronavirus; whatever your situation, we want you to apply and be part of the discussion. If you applied previously but were unsuccessful, we welcome your application. But if you are already active in politics, are a politician or campaign for a political party, our audience panel is unfortunately not for you.

As a Debate Night audience member, it is YOUR questions which lead the discussion and the stories, experiences and opinions you share with us that matter most. It is the only TV programme of its kind in the country to allow you the chance to put your questions to Scotland’s key decision-makers and public figures each week.

HOW TO TAKE PART: www.bbc.co.uk/debatenight click ‘Join the Audience’ and fill out a short application form.  

Previous episodes are available to watch via BBC iPlayer: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000htfx