Keith expresses dismay over Alloa Post Office announcement

Local MSP, Keith Brown, has expressed his dismay at the announcement from Post Office Ltd that they intend to relocate Alloa Crown Post Office to a counter within a shop at Mill Road in Alloa.

The Clackmannanshire and Dunblane MSP said:  “I am extremely disappointed by the announcement from Post Office Ltd which will see the loss of a stand alone Crown Post Office in Alloa town centre.

“Over 2000 people signed my petition to retain the Alloa’s Crown Post Office which demonstrates the strength of feeling locally on the issue.

“There are a lot of unanswered questions about this move and what it will mean for local people and businesses. This is why I am meeting with representatives of Post Office Ltd on 5 December to discuss the matter in more depth.

“I would also urge local people to take part in the consultation process to make their views known and I would particularly encourage people to attend the event being held in the Alloa Town Hall on 18 December between 4pm and 8pm.

“As I said when I spoke in a debate on the future of Crown Post Offices in the Scottish Parliament last year,  Alloa Crown post office is a valuable asset and an essential part of the local economy. The UK Government claim to be making substantial investment in the Crown network – why not make some of this investment in Alloa?

“I have always been against the franchising of Alloa’s Post Office and I will continue to make the case to retain the current service in Alloa.”

Christmas Coffee Morning

Christmas Coffee Morning at St Bernadette`s RC Primary School Tullibody Saturday 6th December 12pm-2pm £2 entry accommpanied children free.

Relax with a cup of tea or coffee and some home baking (Inc in ticket price) and browse the stalls to start your Christmas Shopping. Hand crafted cards and jewellery and have fun with Tombola, Find the Snowman & Much More!

Guest appearance from Santa Claus £2 entry present for every child.

Tribute to Lady Ga Ga & Tina Turner

Tickets still available for double tribute show (Tina Turner & Lady Ga Ga) Saturday 6th December at Clackmannan Bowling Club £5 per ticket by calling 01259 722440 after 7pm or call into Bowling Club Thursday 6.30pm/Friday 3pm onwards/Sat 2pm onwards/Sunday 2pm onwards.

Alva Christmas Lights & late night Christmas Shopping Event

Alva Christmas Lights & late night Christmas Shopping Thursday 4th December 6.30pm-9pm Alva Primary`s carol singers at entrance to Cochrane Park 6.30pm

MP statement on future of Alloa Crown Post Office

Following the announcement by Post Office Ltd that they plan to relocate Alloa Crown Post Office to an in-house facility in another store at Unit 1, Mill Road, Alloa, FK10 1JY, Gordon Banks MP for Ochil and South Perthshire said,

 “This is extremely disappointing news for Alloa and means that Post Office Ltd no longer will provide a standalone facility in the town.”

 “There are many issues related to this move such as the longevity of Crown Services in Alloa, the number of available counter spaces, the impact on staff and customers and the very fact that a successful operation such as Alloa which has seen it win awards and staff reaching targets can effectively be closed down and moved to a subsidiary function inside another business.”

 “Post Office Ltd have advised that they will be holding a public consultation on their proposals in Alloa Town Hall on 18th December from 4-8pm and I have today sought from and reached agreement with Post Office Ltd that within this event the period from 6.30-8.00 will take the format of a public meeting.”

 “This public meeting will be the second such event I have facilitated on the future of Alloa Crown Post Office and I will be making more details known on this in the near future.”

 “I have been involved for a considerable period in arguing the benefits of retaining Alloa Crown Post Office in its current location but it has been obvious that Post Office Ltd have been committed to moving it for a considerable period.”

 “There has been considerable support for retaining Alloa Crown Post Office in its current location and I encourage users of the Post Office to come along to the meeting to express their views and opinions on this proposed change and what it will mean for Alloa town centre, users, staff and Post Office services for the future.”

 “I have met representatives from Post Office Ltd many times since a proposed move was first floated in addition to meeting with CWU officials and members of staff and I will be meeting further with Post Office Ltd in the near future to gather more information.”

 “Additionally, I will be making contact with the CWU to determine the best way in which I can support their commitment to help current staff.”

WISH Christmas Day Lunch

W.I.S.H. (Women in Sport & Health) are organising for the fourth year a Christmas day Lunch for people in the Community with the support of Alloa Round Table and the Alloa Baptist Church.

Do you know someone who may benefit from some company on what can be an emotional and very lonely time of year?

“Over the last three years, people have come from all walks of life to celebrate Christmas day with us, for many different reasons. We are pleased to extend this invitation once again to the people in the Community to join us” Carol Robertson: WISH (Women in Sport and Health)

Invitation
WISH are inviting people (individuals and families) who would like company to join us as our guests to celebrate Christmas day with a special Christmas Lunch on Christmas Day at Alloa Baptist Church 12nnon-2pm –  secret Santa and transport to get you to and from the church hall, is available if required.  If you would like to attend or know someone who would, then please get a form to book a place, details below.

Volunteering opportunity
I am sure you realise how important Christmas day is for our guests and to deliver this event we are looking for Volunteers who will be tasked with making the day enjoyable and for everything to run smoothly, this I am sure we will do, so that we can all celebrate together.

If you feel you would like to join us on Christmas Eve or Christmas day or support us to deliver this event please contact us, details below.
Email:   wish@wishgroup.org.uk  or face book: WISH Clackmannanshire
Phone:  01259 217213 / 07711856767 WISH Women in Sport and Health, Alloa Leisure Bowl, Parkway Alloa.

Liam McGrandles live at The Oakwood

Liam McGrandles live at The Oakwood, Sauchie Saturday 6th December from 9pm

New Homes Ashley Terrace – Open Day

ashley terrace

Hillfoot Homes are doing a second open viewing weekend on this coming Saturday and Sunday the 29th and 30th November Saturday 1000am till 2pm and Sunday 12pm till 4pm.

Properties start from £100000 based on shared equity. The last 4 bedroomed detatched house for £149995 is available for immediate entry. Call Remax on 01259729686 for more information.

Clacks Against Unconventional Gas Extraction‎

First public meeting for Clacks residents to find out the implications of Unconventional Gas Extraction. Groups from Falkirk, Stirling and Friends of the Earth will be sharing their experiences and advice.

The meeting is at 7pm on Wednesday the 26th November at the Bowmar Centre.

Christmas Crafts at The Gate

From Friday, 28th November 2014, The Gate Charity will be selling Christmas Crafts to raise funds to support The Gate’s new and existing projects.  Crafts can be purchased at our Community Cafe between 12 – 2pm on Fridays. The Gate 6 Ludgate, Alloa Tel 01259 218766