Mojo Rising live at The Johnstone Arms Alva

Live at The Johnstone Arms Hotel Saturday 8th August – MOJO RISING 9pm

Asda Alloa present cheque for £1626 to Hawkhill Community Association

Picture of Asda Alloa presenting cheque to Hawkhill CA

Hawkhill Community Association receive a cheque from Asda`s Kevin McPhee Store Manager and Joanna Scobie CLC for £1,626.00 from the Asda Carrier Bag Grants.

The money will contribute towards the summer play clubs they have been running over the summer holidays.

Grants were also awarded to Wasp Community Club and Stirling Family Support Service.

Any local groups looking for more information of the Asda Carrier Bag Grants can call into the store and ask for Joanna Scobie

Alloa FC Chairman Mike Mulraney to serve on SPFL Board

Picture of Mike MulraneyAlloa FC Chairman Mike Mulraney to serve on SPFL Board for forthcoming season 2015/16

The SPFL’s 42 member clubs have elected the six representatives who will serve alongside Neil Doncaster and Ralph Topping as directors on the SPFL Board for season 2015/16.

The SPFL Board is made up of Chief Executive Neil Doncaster, Chairman Ralph Topping, three Ladbrokes Premiership club representatives, two Ladbrokes Championship club representatives and one representative covering both Ladbrokes League 1 and Ladbrokes League 2.

The two club representatives from the Ladbrokes Championship elected to serve on the SPFL Board for season 2015/16 are Eric Drysdale (Raith Rovers) and Mike Mulraney (Alloa Athletic)

Keith highlights Modern Apprenticeship success

SNP MSP, Keith Brown, is highlighting the success of the SNP’s Modern Apprenticeship programme by welcoming figures that show that the number of people on Modern Apprenticeships has grown by almost 60 per cent since the party came to office in 2007 – and is repeating calls for powers over the minimum wage to be devolved to Scotland to allow action on fair pay for apprentices.

The figures are event better for Clackmannanshire where the number of Modern Apprenticeships has risen by 83%.

An analysis of figures from Skills Development Scotland shows the number of Modern Apprenticeships in Scotland has risen from 15,803 in 2007/08 to 25,247 in 2014/15 – an increase of 59.7 per cent. The SNP in government has exceeded its target of 25,000 Modern Apprenticeships a year every year since 2011/12 – and has increased the target to 30,000 a year by 2020.

The current minimum wage for apprentices is £2.73 per hour – while under plans put forward by the SNP at the General Election, the rate would have risen to £6.86 by 2020.

Commenting, SNP MSP Keith Brown said: “These very welcome figures highlight a key success of the SNP in government – with the number of Modern Apprenticeships rising by almost 60 per cent since 2007/08 and more young people being given an opportunity to get into work, learn a skill and secure a better future.

“In Clackmannanshire there has been an increase from 162 in 2007-8 to 297 in 2014-15, an increase of 83%. This is great news for young people in Clackmannanshire.

“Apprenticeships are a key part of the SNP in government’s successful youth employment strategy – and the Scottish Government has exceeded its target of 25,000 Modern Apprenticeships a year every year since 2011/12. This target is set to increase to 30,000 by 2020.

“However, it is simply wrong that due to the discriminatory regulations of the UK Government, many apprentices could find themselves earning less than £3 per hour.

“It’s absolutely vital that we can continue to attract more young people into the Modern Apprentice programme – and that they aren’t put off by the disincentive of low pay. That’s why it is absolutely vital that powers to tackle low pay are devolved to Scotland.

“The SNP’s record in supporting and empowering our young people is second to none – and with powers over the minimum wage in Scotland’s hands rather than in George Osborne’s we can take further action to deliver a fairer wage for apprentices and ensure that they have all the support they need to succeed.”

Wee County Superhero Fun Run

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Wee County Superhero Fun Run  organised by Wee County Cancer Research UK Fundraising Group & Clackmannanshire Council Sunday 30th August at Lornshill Academy 12 noon.

Clackmannanshire School Uniform Bank Launch

Local politicians, Keith Brown MSP, Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh MP and Councillor Ellen Forson are working in partnership with The Gate in Alloa to operate a School Uniform Bank which will offer hard pressed families the chance to pick up new and good quality, second-hand school uniforms ahead of the new school term.

To enable the success of the project, donations of both new and used school uniforms are required. Donations can be made directly to The Gate from Monday 27 July to Friday 31 July between 10am – 2pm and also at Keith Brown MSPs office in Alloa 9am – 5pm until Friday 31 July.

The School Uniform Bank will be open to the public at The Gate, from Monday 3 August to Friday 7 August, between 3pm-5pm. A small donation to The Gate would be appreciated from those who can afford it.

Tesco Alloa have also agreed to hold a collection weekend from Friday 31 July to Sunday 2 August giving customers the opportunity to make donations.

Evelyn Paterson from The Gate said: “This time of year can be quite expensive for parents who have children of school age.

“Many of us have perfectly good, wearable items of clothing ready to throw out simply because they don’t fit any more – we thought we’d create an opportunity to pool and recycle these clothes, and to help local families who may be finding it difficult to cover the cost of a new uinform.

Keith Brown MSP said: “My office is making more referrals than ever to food banks and many of these are families with school age children. If people are finding it hard to put food on the table, school uniforms will also be a challenge.

“It’s an unfortunate sign of the times that we are having to put in place initiatives like the School Uniform Bank, but if local children can benefit, I am more than willing to support it.”

Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh MP said: “This is a great project which will allow families across Clackmannanshire to access school uniforms for the new term.

“The rise of foodbanks is utterly shameful but while the Westminster Government continues to fail to face up to the damage they are causing with harsh, unfair welfare cuts, they and new schemes like the uniform bank are needed to help the families who are bearing the brunt.

Councillor Ellen Forson, Convener of Clackmannanshire’s Education Committee, added: “Children often need new uniforms, shoes, bags and gym kits after the summer holidays and the cost can soon mount up. If families are already finding it hard to make ends meet, it’s an added pressure which the uniform bank will help to ease.”

15 year-old boy dies at Dollar Glen

A 15 year-old boy has died after an incident at Dollar Glen. The boy was believed to be with friends at a gorge up the Glen when the incident occurred.

Police say there are no suspicious circumstances.

Attack in Alloa Woods

Picture of police at assault scene at doo`cot brae Alloa

Police are investigating after a 24-year-old woman was raped as she made her way home from a night out in Alloa.

The woman was attacked between 1am and 2am on Saturday morning in the woods at Doo’cot Brae area of the town.

Police cordoned off a large section of the woods while forensic officers carried out fingertip searches.

Officers are appealing for anyone who may have been in the area around that time to contact Police Scotland on 101

Weather on side of Alva Games

Picture of Alloa Bowmar Pipe Band at Alva Games

159th World Famous Alva Games proved another success today with thousands turning out for Clackmannanshire`s most popular annual event.

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Resonate Together receive £9,500 from BIG lottery Fund

Reasons to be cheerful – Resonate Together annual Happiness Festival based in Alloa has received £9.500 from Big Lottery Fund Scotland.