Christmas Fayre = Tullibody Civic Centre

Sauchie Juniors U17’s Football Team is having a Christmas Fayre on Saturday 5 December 1.00-4.00 pm at Tullibody Civic Centre.

Everyone welcome, Santas Grotto, Stalls, Fun & Games for everyone.
Admission – adults £1, children 50p which includes tea/coffee/juice and mince pie or scone.

Clackmannan District Brass Band Christmas Carol Concert

Clackmannan District Brass Band Christmas Carol Concert Alloa Town Hall Sunday 20th December 6pm Tickets £5/£3 includes a cuppa and mince pie Tickets from band members on the night.

also at Ludgate Church Sunday 6th December  7-9 pm. Tickets £6 and £3 concession.

Kieran Fisher live at Holly Tree Menstrie

Kieran Fisher live at Holly Tree Menstrie Saturday 28th November from 9pm

Be a wise Owl this winter – New Campaign urges people to plan ahead

Picture of FV Health pharmacist Sarah Todd

The NHS Forth Valley winter campaign to encourage people across the area to prepare ahead for the winter period got off to a flying start with the help of some wise owls at the Little Critters centre in Stirling.

Forth Valley Pharmacist Sarah Todd from Alloa, who works in a pharmacy in Cowie, and our very own Dr Wise Owl, Dr Stuart Cumming, NHS Forth Valley’s Associate Medical Director for community health services, joined forces with these wily birds to promote the plan ahead message.

The NHS Forth Valley ‘Be Health-Wise this Winter’ campaign outlines the simple steps that people can take to keep themselves well during the winter months and also highlights where people can access local health treatment and advice over the festive period.

According to Dr Cumming, who is also a GP at Killearn Health Centre, winter is a very busy time for the NHS and the Be Health-Wise campaign is a really good way of reminding us how we can do our bit to look after our own and our family’s health and in doing so preserve our front line services for those in most clinical need.

He explained: “Winter is the time for coughs, colds, flu, and tummy bugs and a lot of the symptoms can be managed at home. To do this, it’s important to stock up on over the counter medicines such as paracetamol, ibuprofen and rehydration salts. This year GP surgeries will be closed for four days over Christmas and four days over New Year but a number of pharmacies in Forth Valley will be open on a rota system during this holiday period to ensure that local people can access medicines and talk to a pharmacist for health advice. Anyone who is concerned about symptoms and doesn’t feel they can wait until their GP surgery or pharmacy re-opens, can call NHS 24 on 111.

“It’s also important to remember that the Minor Injuries Unit at Stirling Community Hospital offers treatment to patients from across Forth Valley over the age of one and will be open every day throughout the festive period from 9am – 9pm. This includes Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and 2nd January 2016.”

Pharmacist, Sarah Todd said: “This campaign is a great way of reminding people about the excellent range of services provided by our community pharmacies. We can provide advice and treatment for many common winter illnesses and highlight what’s appropriate for adults and children. We would urge anyone who takes prescription medicines to check they have enough for the holidays and order what they need in plenty of time however if people run out of their usual medicines or dressings they can speak to a pharmacist about an urgent supply rather than attending an Emergency Department.”

Raymond Blondell live at The Crown Inn Alva


Raymond Blondell live at The Crown Inn Alva Saturday 28th November 9.30pm

Johnny Hagan live at The Oakwood


Johnny Hagan live at The Oakwood Saturday 28th November 9pm

Funding Fayre – Alloa Town Hall

CTSI are hosting a FREE Funding Fayre event on Tuesday the 1st of December 2015. The event will take place in Alloa Town Hall, Mars Hill, Alloa.

The event is designed to give third sector, charity and voluntary organisations the opportunity to meet with a range of diverse funders and to learn about the various grant funding schemes that are available.

You will have the opportunity to ask questions and to obtain information on how to apply and learn about the criteria funders use when assessing applications.

Some of the exhibitors attending on the day include:

•Clackmannanshire & Stirling Environmental Trust
•Sport Scotland
•The Robertson Trust
•Paths for All
•Charity Bank
•Bank of Scotland Foundation
•LTSB Foundation for Scotland
•Children in Need
•First Port
•Clackmannanshire Development Grant

Entry is open throughout the day between 10.00am to 4.00pm.
There will be a 30 minute break between 12.30pm to 1.00pm
For further information on the event Contact or call 01259 213840

Alloa Tower Victorian Christmas Fayre

The National Trust for Scotland, welcomes you to our Annual Victorian Xmas fayre. let us welcome you with a glass of mulled wine (non alcoholic) and then take a look at the stalls selling a wide range of beautiful Xmas gifts.

Take a look and see this beautiful building decked in a xmas theme. Face painting for the children and Christmas card making. This is a truly wonderful event to get you into the festive spirit. Sunday 6th December 12-4 pm £2.50 ADULT £1.00 CHILD 01259 211701.

Local firm secures lucrative contract

Alloa Community Enterprises (ACE) has been awarded a contract worth £500,000 pounds to step up household collection services and improve resource management for North Lanarkshire Council

ACE say the contract will create at least 10 new jobs and up to 12 trainee placements.

Songs for the Season Christmas Concert

alva practice

Nurse Sue Swift, Dr Claire Russell, Dr Morag Reid and Dr Gillian Clark, Healthcare Professionals from the Hillfoots area in Clackmannanshire will be swapping their local work in Primary Care and spending their holidays in May 2016, working as volunteer medical staff on board Jubilee Hope, on Lake Victoria in Tanzania, for the Vine Trust. They will be helping to provide medical care for isolated communities who have little other access to healthcare.

Jubilee Hope, a converted Royal Navy Tender, has been equipped with a small operating theatre and dental surgery and is the third medical ship owned by the Vine Trust, a Scottish Charity founded in 1985. The medical volunteers will be helping people who live in poor and remote communities with little or no access to medical services and as a result are suffering and dying from common and treatable illnesses.

High mortality rates and the suffering caused by these ailments could easily be combated by some basic but regular medical attention.

The Christmas Concert above will raise money to help cover the costs of the trip, including the ongoing funding of local staff and medical supplies. Please support this very worthwhile Project and Concert Tickets are available now