Thornhill, Stirling, United Kingdom

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Community Development News Bulletin, May 2022

Issued by Stirling Council Community Development Team

CDNews Bulletin May – Issue 9

Welcome to our next issue. Visit our Community Development page and read this month’s CDNews Bulletin.

This issue includes

  • Covid Information
  • Ukraine Support
  • Energy Help and Support
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Funding opportunities
  • Consultations
  • New Bannockburn Enterprise Hub

·         Our Communities – Doune & Deanston Story Trail

And more.

Support for Ukraine

If your organisation is offering for support for Ukraine here is some information from Stirling Council Community Development Team.

Ukraine Support

Following the offers of support and solidarity for Ukraine by people in the Stirling area, the Community Development Team are organising a series of virtual meetings to bring together any community who are either supporting or intend to provide any Ukraine support response. The meetings are intended to help communities

  • Create connections with others across the area
  • Provide a network to support each other moving forward
  • Share information and updates

If you would like to take part in these sessions or know of any organisation within your community who are responding, please email us or pass our details on – Please note, to allow sessions to be productive we would ask that no more than two representative from an organisation join.

Community Development Bulletin April 2022

This issue of CD News Bulletin includes:

  • Mental Health Awareness Week
  • Covid Information
  • Ukraine Support
  • Funding opportunities
  • Scottish Census Extended
  • National Business Response Network
  • Our Communities – Balfron


Support Thornhill in the Community Lottery

Draws every Saturday.
Sign up & buy your tickets online to help TCT fundraising.

Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park eNewsletter

Information about walking and cycling in the national park

March eNewsletter


There is an urgent need for aid to help the many Ukraine refugees. Collection points are springing up in many communities in the UK. Richard & Mary Johnson have set one up in Callander linked to people in the Stirling area who are organising transport of aid to Eastern Europe.

A list of items which are needed most has been circulated and includes: Blankets, Pain killers, Children’s medication, First aid, Nappies, wet wipes, powder, Medical gloves, Canned food, Sealed food, Protein bars, Coloured pencils and colouring books, Torches & Batteries.

The collection point is at their MNV offices (the white bungalow next to the Esso petrol station in Callander) There is room to drive of the road and safely drop off goods. Please go to the door on the right. Open Tuesday to Friday this week from 9am to 12 noon and 5pm to 6pm. Times for weekend and next week tbc.

Please pass this message on to as many people as possible.

SMART Digital Villages Event

You may have noticed the weather and traffic monitors at the top of the Masonic Hall. This was erected as part of the Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER Smart Villages Project to provide useful data to communities.

Tuesday 8 March 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM (online)
You can join a Smart Village shared learning event which will tell us what is meant by a Smart Village, and introducing 3 pilot projects that are currently underway: Air Quality; Car Park Usage and Flood Monitoring Project; and Visitor Management.

Further information and how to register

Live feeds from Thornhill Weather Station

Regional Digital Hubs

Information from Stirling Council:

Outline plans to deliver a network of Regional Digital Hubs across Stirling and Clackmannanshire have been approved by the City Region Deal Joint Committee.

New, high quality, digitally connected business space will be set up across Stirling and Clackmannanshire under the programme, allowing growing companies to stay local and create new and exciting opportunities across the area.

Read the full report.

Backed by £2million of investment from the Scottish Government through the £90.2million Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal, the Hubs will be established in Cowie, Callander and Clackmannanshire to benefit urban, rural and disadvantaged areas of the region.

Stirling Council Leader, Cllr Scott Farmer, said: “Within 10 years, the Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region aims to be recognised as one of the UK’s leading areas for digital technology and as a centre of excellence for digital skills and education across a number of sectors. 

The project will bring businesses together and foster innovation and rapid growth through collaborative working and targeted business mentoring and support.”

Cllr Ellen Forson, Clackmannanshire Council Leader, said: “The Digital Hubs will align with the Stirling & Clackmannanshire City Region Deal’s Skills and Inclusion Programme, which will deliver training through businesses, schools, STEP, Forth Valley College, the University of Stirling and local partners.

Take Part in BBC Debate Night

Scotland’s topical discussion programme Debate Night is back and looking for people to join our studio audience (socially distanced) in Stirling on Wednesday 16th February

How do I apply for studio tickets?

Visit and click ‘Join the Audience’, then select a location near you.  Filling out our online application only takes two minutes!

Why be part of the audience?

Debate Night is the only television programme of its kind in Scotland that gives you the opportunity to put your questions to some of the country’s key decision-makers and public figures.

Perhaps you run a business or are a frontline worker? You might be a parent, a carer or a student? Are you retired, self-employed or just starting out in the workplace? 

It’s your questions, stories, experiences and opinions that lead our discussion – so we couldn’t do it without you! 

Know someone else who might be interested?

It would be great if you could share this invite with colleagues, friends and family by forwarding this email or by posting the attached image on your social media. 

Previous episodes of Debate Night are available to watch via BBC iPlayer:

Health Walks in Loch Lomond and Trossachs Park

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs Countryside Trust are running ‘Walk in the Park’- a series of health walks to get people back in to walking and regular exercise.

Find out more at

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