Hope Street live at The Johnstone Arms Alva

Hope Street live at The Johnstone Arms Alva Saturday 10th October from 9pm

Book Group at The Gate Centre

The Gate Charity plan to introduce a Book Group called “Books n Blether” in their Centre. 

The purpose of the group is to encourage people to read whilst building friendships and having fun.

The group will meet on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 10am – 12noon.

There will be an introductory meeting on the 4th November 2015 at 10am.
If you are interested in joining this group, please come along to the first meeting to find out more. Venue: The Gate Centre, 2 Ludgate Alloa Tel 01259 218766

Costa Coffee coming to Alloa

Costa Coffee are opening a branch in Alloa`s High Street (Former Celebrations Shop). The cafe will all be laid out at ground level and will have provision for up to 63 covers.

Free Guinness live in Peppe`s Bar

Free Guinness live in Peppe`s Bar Saturday 31st October – Halloween Party! Prize for best fancy dress

Greenfield House – Proposed homes for the senior housing market

Picture of Homes plan for Greenfield House Alloa

Proposals are at an advanced stage for the redevelopment of Greenfields, the former council offices. Kinross based Kapital Residential Ltd presented their initial sketches to Alloa Community Council on Wednesday in preparedness for submitting a planning application in the coming weeks.

Plans would see the creation of around forty five homes aimed at the seniors housing market, and would include the removal and replacement of the modern extension with a design more in keeping with the heritage and setting of the original mansion house. The layouts also respect the importance of the internal layout of the main house, where the important rooms will remain accessible as meeting rooms.

The plans would also see the creation of a café facility, open to the public and which would be located in a new glazed atrium linking the old and the new buildings. The finalised plans will be presented for viewing soon at an information evening which will be held to coincide with the lodging of the planning application

Strictly Class – Alloa

Picture of Strictly Dancing Class Alloa
Strictly Class Alloa – Wednesday 21st October 2015 to Saturday 19th December 2015

Learn all the kicks, flicks, shimmies and shakes at this Strictly class. Alloa Academy – Just turn up and pay on the night 6-7pm £3 (free for Young Scot card holders 16+)

More Children Offered Flu Vaccine

Picture of Forth Valley NHS flu vaccine

A newly created immunisation team will this week (beginning Monday September 28th) start vaccinating primary school pupils against flu. Over the next three months, the vaccine will be offered to around 24,000 Forth Valley youngsters..

The vaccinations will be carried out during school hours with children in P1 – P7 being offered the nasal spray, Fluenz Tetra®. The programme is being delivered in collaboration with local authority education departments.

Fluenz Tetra® will also be offered to around 8,700 pre- school children from the age of two to 5 years of age in primary care who will receive the vaccine from their GPs.

NHS Forth Valley Consultant in Public Health Medicine and Immunisation Co-ordinator, Dr Henry Prempeh said: “This vaccine offers excellent protection against the types of flu virus which are most likely to be circulating this winter, protecting children against a nasty disease which could end up with them having to be treated in hospital.”

The childhood flu immunisation programme is an extension to the existing annual flu vaccination which targets people aged over 65 or those under 65 with chronic illnesses which can make flu much more dangerous. These include people with heart disease, chest complaints such as bronchitis, emphysema or asthma, chronic kidney failure, cystic fibrosis, lowered immunity due to disease or treatment, diabetes or liver problems. Pregnant women and unpaid carers are also eligible for vaccination.

During the 2014/15 campaign NHS Forth Valley again achieved the highest uptake of the flu vaccine by over 65s (79.2%) and unpaid carers (63.2%) compared with Scotland as a whole where the average uptake was 51.5%.

MSP urges local football fans to make their voices heard

Keith Brown MSP is urging football fans in Clackmannanshire to make their voices heard in how the game is run by responding to the Scottish Government’s new consultation.

The Scottish Government has launched the consultation to inform potential future legislation to protect the rights of football fans. The consultation, which will run until 15 January 2016, is to look in to the best ways of increasing the involvement of supporters in football clubs.

Commenting, Keith Brown MSP said: “Football clubs play an important role in our community and it’s right that fans should have the chance to be involved in the way their clubs are run wherever possible – which is good for supporters, clubs and the game as a whole.

“There are a range of views on how fans can most effectively play a role in the running of their clubs – and this will be a valuable exercise in making sure that supporters’ voices are heard throughout the process.

“This new Scottish Government consultation is an important step in ensuring that local football fans have their say in how their clubs operate – and I’d urge as many local supporters as possible to get in touch and give their views on the future of our national game.”

Paving Stones Unveiled to Commemorate WW1 Victoria Cross Holders

Picture of Victoria Cross memorial stones in Tillicoultry

Two commemorative paving stones were unveiled on Sunday (27 September) in a ceremony to honour two men from Tillicoultry who were awarded the Victoria Cross in 1915.

The special event honoured James Pollock VC and James Dawson VC who were both born in Tillicoultry. They were awarded the VC in 1915, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces, for their actions during the Artois-Loos Offensive.

James Pollock VC was 25 years old and a corporal in the 5th Battalion The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, when he was awarded the VC for his outstanding bravery on 27th September, when he threw hand grenades into a British trench which had been infiltrated by German soldiers, while subjected to heavy machine-gun fire. He held up the German advance until he was wounded.

Two weeks later his second cousin, 23 year old James Dawson VC, who was serving in 187th Company Royal Engineers (Special Brigade), also won the VC during the same battle, near the Hohenzollern Redoubt when he saved many men, by patrolling back and forth above the trenches, directing his sappers and clearing infantry from the trenches which were full of gas, all the while under very heavy fire. He then ensured that three leaking gas canisters did not get near the trenches.

Picture of Provost Tina MurphyProvost Tina Murphy, the Council’s Veterans Champion commented: “It is a matter of great pride to be involved in this event which honours two local men who came from Clackmannanshire and showed incredible bravery in such a frightening war so far from home. As we mark 100 years since these men were awarded the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy, we remember and pay tribute to all those who lost their lives in WW1 and subsequent conflicts.”

Veteran’s Secretary Keith Brown said: “It is a real honour to be involved in this Victoria Cross commemorative ceremony today. As we continue to remember and pay tribute to those who lost their lives on the centenary of the Battle of Loos, and WW1 more widely, the stories behind these two local men, James Pollock VC and James Dawson VC, are truly inspiring. To have two VCs awarded to one family is remarkable and Scotland is rightly proud of them as we are of all recipients of the highest award for valour.”

A new exhibition commemorating the Great War and its impact in Clackmannanshire is currently taking place at the Speirs Centre in Alloa. The exhibition looks at the events leading up to the outbreak of war on 4th August 1914 and the first seventeen months of the war. It also focuses on James Pollock VC and James Dawson VC.

Kieran Fisher live at The Crown Inn Alva

Kieran Fisher live at The Crown Inn Alva Saturday 3rd October 9pm