Diablo live at The Abercromby Arms

Diablo live at The Abercromby Arms Saturday 24th September from 9pm. Sunday 25th September Wayne`s Karaoke from 6pm

Community Council Nominations Stage Results

Residents of eight of Clackmannanshire’s communities have elected the people who will represent their interests over the next 4 years.

Members of Alloa, Alva, Clackmannan, Dollar, Menstrie, Sauchie & Fishcross, Tillicoultry, Coalsnaughton & Devonside and Tullibody Cambus & Glenochil community councils were elected unopposed and their term of office will begin on the 21st October 2016. To find out who the community councillors for these areas are, see the notice in your local CAP office or go to ClacksWeb www.clacksweb.org.uk/community/communitycouncilelections/

In the ninth area, Muckhart, residents nominated more people than places available on the community council and they will be balloted next month to elect 12 of the nominees to their community council.

Community councils are bound by a governance framework which is strictly applied to ensure they legitimately and democratically represent their respective areas. It requires people to go through an open election process in order to become community councillors.

Provost Derek Stewart said: “Congratulations to everyone who accepted the nomination and stood for election to their community council. Every area in Clackmannanshire continues to be represented by a community council. This is an excellent result for us and is a good sign that there is still a real and active interest in citizen participation.”

Alloa Town Centre BID receive gold Award

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Alloa in Bloom: Alloa Town Centre has received a Gold Award from Keep Scotland Beautiful in this year`s Beautiful Scotland Awards.

Tasmina invites local charities and community groups to ‘Meet the Funders’

Ochil and South Perthshire MP Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh MP has invited charities and community groups from across her constituency to meet a range of Scottish funding organisations at a two specially arranged events in Alloa next month.

“Meet the Funders” will be held at 2pm and 6pm on Friday 7th October at Play Alloa, will allow local groups to speak directly to organisations like the Big Lottery Fund, Lloyds TSB Foundation Scotland, LEADER and Firstport about what funding is available to support community work in Clackmannanshire, Kinross-shire and Perthshire.

Announcing the events, Tasmina said:

“From our fantastic community gardens, to vital volunteer-run foodbanks, the scale and scope of the charity and voluntary sector here in Ochil and South Perthshire has always been inspirational. I know from experience that it’s making a big difference to our community and in particular the lives of those most in need. But I also know from speaking directly to many groups that for many securing adequate funding for their work is a challenge, so this is my way to help local groups get the cash they need to carry out their valuable work.

“I’ve organised these special events to give local organisations in Clackmannanshire, Kinross-shire and South Perthshire the opportunity to speak directly to funders about what grants available to support their work. The Big Lottery Fund, Lloyds TSB Foundation Scotland, LEADER and Firstport have agreed to attend the event and will each be giving a presentation on what assistance they can give to local groups.

“There will also be the opportunity to have a one on one discussion with a range of different funders so that they can understand better what our local organisations do, and how they can help.

“My job as a local MP to to make sure that local organisations get the funding and support they deserve, and that’s just what I intend to do.”

Organisations, staff and volunteers who wish to attend the events can sign up in advance at tasmina.eventbrite.co.uk, or call Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh MP’s Constituency Office on 01259 726661.

Tasmina calls for tax credit victims to come forward

Local MP Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh has today (Friday) asked constituents from Clackmannanshire, Perthshire and Kinross-shire to get in touch with her urgently if their tax credit payments have been recently stopped. The call follows a spate of false assessments by Concentrix, who are contracted by HMRC to partly administer the scheme, which has left many low-income families in the area without their vital payments.

This week, following pressure from Tasmina and other MPs, HMRC have announced that they will not renew Concentrix’s contract next year, and have now drafted in additional staff to help those affected receive the money to which they are entitled.

Tasmina said:

“After writing to Ministers and tabling a range of parliamentary questions and motions on behalf of constituents, I’m glad that the Tory Government have reacted to pressure to intervene to resolve this urgent matter.

“I’ve already been contacted by a range of local families who have been left in distress when their vital tax credit payments have been stopped without warning, and so have taken up their case directly with HMRC.

“In these cases Concentrix had made a number of bizarre allegations which had resulted on payments being stopped, including false accusations that a victim was currently living with their neighbour’s ex-wife, that another mother co-habiting with their former partner or even someone else who was alleged to be in a relationship with a previous resident at their home address.

“My team met with HMRC officials in London yesterday to discuss a range of specific cases from this constituency and to push for a speedy resolution so that those affected can get the money they are rightly owed. I want to ensure that those families whose payments have been stopped in error are refunded as soon as possible. I’ve now been assured by HMRC that each of these existing cases will be resolved within a matter of days.

“That’s why I’m appealing for other families who may have been affected to get in touch now, so that my team can help expedite their case with the new crisis team which has been set up by HMRC.

“I’m determined that any constituent left out of pocket by the mistakes made by Concentrix is refunded as a matter of urgency.”

Constituents in Ochil and South Perthshire can contact Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh MP by phone on 01259 726661, or by email at tas.mp@parliament.uk.

Tasmina added:

“I’m always happy to make a surgery appointment with constituents at their request, but often my staff can help to resolve serious issues more quickly over the phone or by email. Please get in touch now and I’ll do all I can to help.”

Legion Scotland Clackmannanshire Fundraiser

Legion Scotland Clackmannanshire are holding a fundraising FUN QUIZ NIGHT at the Oakwood Lounge Sauchie – Thursday 22nd Sept 2016 at 7PM for 7:30 start.

All Welcome. Entry is £5.00 for a team of 4 First Team wins Cash prize Raffle on the evening.

For local ex-servicemen and women For info contact 07903629401 RBLS Clacks sc043127

Ceilidh – Devonvale Hall Tillicoultry

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Ceilidh – Hillfoots Music For Youth Traditional Band & Academy Singers – Devonvale Hall Tillicoultry Saturday 1st October 7.30-11pm Tickets £6 see poster for details

Delph Pond – Clean-Up Event

Come and join the free fun and help clean up our local Delph Pond and woodlands this Saturday from 11 am till 2pm. Fun activities and free refreshments. Bring the kids, friends and family along.

Stirling Castle from Braehead Golf Course

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Stunning picture of Stirling Castle taken from Braehead Golf Course Alloa by Gordon Murray

Clackmannanshire and Dunblane MSP supports launch of 105

Clackmannanshire and Dunblane MSP, Keith Brown, is backing the launch of a new number that aims to support members of the public if they experience a power cut.

Keith is supporting the introduction of 105 as it means a faster and more efficient way to get the service needed at times where there is loss of power.

105 is available to electricity customers across Scotland and can be accessed from most landlines and mobile phones. It doesn’t matter who you choose to buy electricity from – anyone can call 105.

It is a free, easy-to-remember number that people can call to report or get information about a power cut in their area. It puts callers through to the people who will repair their local power network and restore their power.

105 is jointly funded by electricity network operators who can also be contacted directly by phone or via their website, and most network operators can be contacted through social media too.

The public can also call 105 if they spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put them, or someone else, in danger.

Keith Brown MSP said: “I welcome the introduction of 105 and believe the service will be of great benefit to my constituents.

“Many people don’t know who to contact during a power cut and wrongly call the electricity supplier they pay their bill to. 105 has been set up to help people get through their local electricity network operator – the company responsible for the power network that delivers electricity to their door.

“This number will be particularly important when there’s bad weather, as severe storms can cause disruption to the electricity supply into homes and businesses.”