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

Window Wonderland!

Thornhill Windows Advent Calendar

As you know there won’t be a Light Up Thornhill celebration this year (boo) ……… but the Thornhill Christmas Fairy (TCT) thought we should try to brighten up the village in another way (hurrah).

So, each day during Advent a different decorated window in the village will be revealed. We hope you will enjoy looking out for these windows as you go about the village.

If you can’t make it to the village you’ll be able to see photos of them at https://calendar.myadvent.net/?id=803cfb0418f116bd4bcf16f25ec1176f

Home Energy Scotland Webinar

Home Energy Scotland webinar: How saving water helps save money on energy bills

Around 17% of the average heating bill relates to heating water. As we are all home more due to coronavirus restrictions, our water and energy use will be affected meaning our energy bills could increase. This online workshop provides practical advice on how to save water and money, including using water wisely when taking a shower, washing your clothes, or making a cup of tea. On top of that, there’s the value of not wasting such a valuable resource and contributing to the broader good of helping to manage supply, now and into the future.

This workshop is open to all, colleagues, family and friends could benefit too.

Once you have registered, Home Energy Scotland will email you a link to join the session that is being held using Zoom.

Thurs, 26 November 11am – register for your free place now

If you aren’t able to attend the session, for new dates and more information, contact Jacqueline.mackenzie@sc.homeenergyscotland.org.

Thornhill Public Meeting

Thornhill Community Trust (TCT)

Invites you to a Public Meeting on Zoom

3 November 2020 at 7.30pm

The Trustees have arranged a special members meeting to discuss their response to Inverdunning/WS Dunsire’s pre-planning consultation.

ALL WELCOME

The agenda will include background to the meeting, a chance to hear others’ views, a TCT members’ vote and a chance to think about the future for Thornhill.

New to Zoom? – it’s easier than working a mobile phone and you won’t have to go out in the cold! It’s not an ideal way to get together but it’s the best we’ve got meantime. Why not give it a shot?

Email: thornhillstirling@gmail.com by 29 October for the Zoom link to join in.

Full details on Thornhill Community Website

Not on the internet?  You should have received a paper copy of the plans through the post – that’s your chance to let the developers know your views.

Stirling Science Festival 15 – 17th October

Are you super at Science, thrilled by Technology, excited by Engineering, animated by Art or mad about Maths? Stirling is set to host its very first Science Festival, which will explore the world of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Maths).

The festival will take place online from Thursday 15th – Saturday 17th October 2020 and will include, fun & informative STEAM workshops for families, a fantastic family science show, science Q&As, fun experiments to conduct at home and much more.   

The festival is produced by Stirling Council and D.C. McNeill Consultancy in partnership with Forth Valley College, the Engine Shed, Stirling University, Codebase, Developing the Young Work Force and Zero Waste Scotland.

For more information go to www.stirlingevents.org/festivals   

This Saturday there will be an online event organised by Froglife – please see attached details.  Froglife is keen for more people to sign up for this event.