Gumsy & Jim live at The Johnstone Arms

Acoustic Duo Gumsy and Jim live at The Johnstone Arms Alva Saturday 27th August from 9pm

Tasmina Convenes Benefits Sanctions Meeting in Alloa

Ochil and South Perthshire MP Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh last week (17th August) convened a meeting with Clackmannanshire Citizens Advice Bureau, Alloa’s Job Centre Plus and officials from the DWP to discuss how to reduce the number of her constituents who currently are subject to benefits sanctions.

A report last year showed that people claiming social security benefits in Clacks have faced some of the highest rates of sanctions in Scotland, leaving many local people reliant on charity and local food banks for food. In March this year Ms Ahmed-Sheikh tabled a Private Members Bill in the House of Commons to reform the system and ensure that no person would be left without any income if they received a sanction, but the Bill failed to become law after failing to win the support of the Tory Government.

Speaking after the meeting, Tasmina said:

“My constituency mailbag is often filled with evidence of the failings of the current benefits system, that’s why one of my first acts as the local MP was to propose reforms to this unfair system. This Tory Government’s punitive approach to this issue continues to have a direct impact on some of the poorest and most vulnerable in our communities.

“That’s why I’ve sought a meeting with our local Citizens Advice Bureau, Alloa’s Job Centre Plus and DWP staff to discuss our experience of this system, and to find ways to work together to reduce the number of local people who are subject to benefits sanctions in the future. I want to leave no stone unturned in providing support to those who are currently left with nothing.

“This was a really positive and constructive discussion, which I hope will be the start of us working together to take practical action locally to address this serious issue.”

Be Part of Team GB and Sign Up for the Nation’s Biggest Ever Sports Day

On Saturday 27th August there will be opportunities to get out and get active by taking part in I Am Team GB, the UK’s biggest ever sports day.

Led by The National Lottery and ITV, I Am Team GB will see thousands of local sports venues and clubs up and down the country opening their doors to the public. From hockey to handball and rowing to running, hundreds of different sporting activities will be available to try, whatever the level of fitness.

The events will also be a homecoming for our lottery-funded Olympic athletes when they return from Rio, inspiring everyone, no matter what their level of fitness, to come together with Olympic heroes and famous faces from ITV in the biggest ever UK-wide sports day.

A number of local sports clubs are taking part in I am Team GB. Events include:

Dance Attack, Alloa
Everyone is welcome to come along to either enrol (no enrolment fee) or find out more about our classes. Classes are available for Tiny Tots from 2.5 years through to S6.
Katie Arthur
07949 876 403

Muckhart Golf Club,
Come and Try Golf
10am to 11am – practise ground
Have you been inspired by golf at the Olympics?
Do you want to try golf?
We can’t promise a gold medal but we can offer you an hour’s free tuition with our club coaches. Equipment is supplied but if you want to bring your own clubs, please do so.
Tel 01259 781493 to book your place – open to everyone

Learn To Ski at Firpark Ski Centre
Our ski instructors are waiting to meet you from 1pm to 2.30pm
Come along for free, try on our equipment and get on the ski slope
(minimum height/ weight restrictions apply )
Friendly qualified staff keen to share their passion for skiing with you.
Just come along or phone 01259 751772

Muckhart and District Ski Club,
Based at Firpark Ski Centre this is a Race Training Club
Free introduction to race training from 2.30 to 4.30pm
Come and meet the coaches and other club members

Wee County Vaulters – Vaultathon
1pm to 5pm
Balhearty Farm, Coalsnaughton
We are aiming to vault continuously for four hours. There will be a 10 minute show on the hour every hour by Wee County Vaulters and Team GB vaulters followed by a chance for you to join in and try some vaulting for the remainder of the hour.Everyone is welcome, just bring some close-fitting stretchy clothes.

The I am Team GB event is being held in conjunction with the British Olympic Association (BOA), UK Sport and is supported by Join In.

Applications Open for Transformational Green Initiatives in Clackmannanshire

Green projects in Clackmannanshire and throughout Central Scotland can bid for a share of £400,000 to enhance woodlands and green infrastructure, boost active travel and encourage community growing.

Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has confirmed the latest phase of Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) funding is now open for bids.

The CSGN aims to transform the central belt into a place where the environment adds value to the economy and enriches the quality of people’s lives. Since 2010 more than 150 projects have benefitted from a share of £6.2 million.

Inviting applicants to the scheme, Ms Cunningham said:

“The CSGN is Europe’s largest greenspace project and has a vital role in improving the health, biodiversity and education opportunities of communities, right across the central belt. The next round of the CSGN Development Fund will help communities improve their local environments and engage people with the outdoors.

“The fund has a particular focus on disadvantaged communities, who can often benefit the most from improvements to their neighbourhoods. The fund is already helping people enjoy local greenspaces and I look forward to seeing the undoubted benefits of this latest phase of financial support.”

Keith Geddes, Chair of the Central Scotland Green Network Trust, said:

“As Europe’s largest greenspace initiative, the CSGN is working to improve the lives of people in the central belt and this significant extension to the Development Fund will ensure the continued transformation of the region into a better place to live, to do business in and to visit.

“Eligible projects are those that will deliver or lead to woodland creation or enhancement, local food growing initiatives which will encourage healthy eating and schemes aiming to improve or create access routes to support active travel. We’re also interested in supporting plans which will breathe new life into vacant and derelict land and improve the lives of disadvantaged communities.”

Live Music – Real Ale – Alloa

Picture of poster for live music at Resonate Alloa

Resonate Arts House presents Indie pop singer Jamie Flynn and acoustic folk singer Steven Kemp on Saturday 3rd September. Real Ales Wines and Spirits. Bar opens 7pm: music starts 8pm Tickets £5 in advance £6 on the door

Auditions for Evita

Looking for something to do on a Monday evening? Do you like singing, dancing, acting or want to be involved backstage?

Come and join us at our welcome evening on the 29th of August in the Greenfield Community Hall, Erskine street at 7.30pm. This year we will be performing the Andrew Lloyd Webber hit classic “EVITA” at the ALLOA TOWN HALL in March. A show NOT to be missed.

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Tullibody Westling Club

Tullibody Westling Club is on Tuesdays & Thursdays 7pm – 9pm in The Civic Centre. Open to boys and girls from age 6. £3 a session. Great way to keep fit, make friends and learn new skills.

Colin Davidson live at Peppe`s Alloa


Colin Davidson Live Music – Indie Classics all night long Saturday 27th August at Peppe`s Alloa 9pm

Alva Toddlers Autumn Fete

Autumn Fete Raising Funds for Alva Toddlers – Saturday 3rd September at Alva Parklands 11am-1pm. Entry Fee includes Raffle ticket per adult or a Tea/Coffe

£1 Adult 50p Child Visit from some special friends – Lots of stalls, Childrens tattoos facepainting, tombola sweeties for all and much more!

Lily’s Pedal for Scotland

lilyLily Christie is The Gate Charity’s youngest volunteer. Lily has helped to raise funds, prepared food parcels in our Foodbank and worked in our Community Café since she was 6 years of age.

At the age of 10 years, Lily is carrying out her biggest challenge to date. On Sunday, 11th September, Lily plans to cycle over 50 miles from Glasgow to Edinburgh to raise much needed funds for The Gate Charity.
Please support Lily’s cause. You can donate either through Lily’s Just Giving Page, or by signing Lily’s sponsor sheet. For further information about the “Just Giving Website” please click on the link: Alternatively, contact Marie on 01259 218766 for further information