Hope Street live at The Johnstone Arms Hotel

Hope Street Live at the Johnstone Arms Hotel – Alva Games Day. Good food served all day.

Clackmannan Gala 2015 Saturday 4th July

Clackmannan Gala 2015 Saturday 4th July  – Parade leaves Clackmannan Main St at 12noon to King George V Park. Gala Queen ceremony, Stalls, Fire Engine, Bowmar Pipe Band, Pony rides, fancy dress competition and lots more!!

Liam McGrandles live at The Crown Alva

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Crown Inn – Alva Games Day – LIAM McGRANDLES live 5pm till late

Keith Welcomes New Investment in Raising Attainment for Clackmannanshire Children

SNP MSP, Keith Brown, has welcomed the Scottish Government’s commitment to raising attainment amongst children from deprived communities in local schools – as the Education Secretary announced new funding of £718,109 for Clackmannanshire through the Attainment Scotland Fund.

The fund is designed to drive forward improvements on educational outcomes in Scotland’s most disadvantaged communities – and the first allocation of funding has been awarded to the local authority areas with the highest concentration of primary school aged pupils who live in deprived areas.

Commenting, Keith said: “The SNP has a strong track record on education, but more always needs to be done to ensure that children in some of our most deprived communities are able to fulfil their full potential.

“That’s why this new Scottish Government investment is so welcome – ensuring local authorities across Scotland are equipped with additional support to close the attainment gap and ensure that no child in Scotland is left behind simply because of their economic background.

“A top-class education is one of the key tools to ensure that children in Clackmannanshire are able to meet their potential – and this new investment from the SNP in government will go some way to ensuring that we close the attainment gap and allow all local children to get the best possible start in life.”

Neil Angus Queen Tribute Artist Clackmannan

NEIL ANGUS is Freddie Mercury Queen Tribute Artist Sat 18th July Clackmannan Bowling Club Tickets £5

Attainment Funding Announcement Welcomed

The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning Angela Constance visited the Active Summer programme at Lornshill Academy today and announced the first allocations from the Scottish Government’s Attainment Scotland Fund.

Education Convener Cllr Ellen Forson commented: “I am delighted to welcome the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Angela Constance, to Clackmannanshire to hear about the work that is already underway to raise attainment in our schools.

“I am pleased that Clackmannanshire is one of the first local authorities to benefit from The Scottish Attainment Challenge funding from the Scottish Government. The £718,109 funding that the Cabinet Secretary announced will help us to build on the work already underway and enable us to deliver an ambitious improvement plan. During the first year of the programme, we will be focusing on improving literacy and numeracy learning for all children, providing high quality training for teachers, extending parenting programmes and enhancing after school activities in health, wellbeing, physical activity and sport.

“I am confident that this extra support and focus will help us to ensure that we support our young people to help them make the best of their talents, and to be ready for the challenges which face them in the future.”

Liam McGrandles live at The Oakwood

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Liam McGrandles live at The Oakwood Saturday 4th July 9pm.

Keith Welcomes Drive to Get Kids Active

Keith Brown MSP has welcomed new figures showing that 100% of school children in Clackmannanshire are now receiving the recommended amount of exercise at school.

The SNP Scottish Government is committed to the target that every primary school child gets two hours a week of physical education and secondary school pupils get two periods a week.

In 2010 55 per cent of Scottish primary schools received at least two hours of PE a week compared to just 5% in 2005 – and now that figure stands at 99% across Scotland and 100% here in Clackmannanshire.

Welcoming this Keith Brown said: “Physical education is the best possible way to promote and ensure a level of fitness for young people in Scotland. And it gives our athletes of the future a chance to excel at an early age – so these figures are a credit to our schools and teachers here in Clackmannanshire.

“The continuing rise in the number of schools meeting PE provision – with 99% of primary schools meeting the target of at least two hours for each child – shows that Scotland’s children are becoming more active and Scotland is steadily becoming a healthier nation.

“Today’s figures are a strong sign of the great progress that is being made in Scotland’s schools – only with the SNP can we continue to build on this progress and make Scotland’s education system even better.”

Costa Coffee coming to Alloa

The popular cafe chain Costa Coffee have applied for permission for a change of use of shop premises in High Street Alloa indicating their interest in setting up an outlet in the centre of the town.

Residents cheer on youth football team after sponsorship deal

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Residents from Parklands Care Home in Alloa have been cheering on their new favourite footballers – Young Pumas Academy from Cumbernauld.

The care home has signed a sponsorship deal with the team after owners Meallmore Ltd generously bought the team’s new kit.

Rebecca McLaughlin, manager of Parklands Care Home, explained: “We invest a lot of time in getting to know what our residents enjoy doing and plan activities in partnership with our Residents’ Activities Forum.

“A number of the people who live here love football, so when my son’s youth team were looking for sponsorship, we were delighted that Meallmore Ltd offered to help. It fits with the interests of many of our residents and demonstrates the support the company offers to its staff and our families.

“It was great to invite members of the Young Pumas Academy into the home to speak to the residents about training sessions and matches. It led to lots of memories, story sharing and laughs from both the youngsters and their older counterparts. It brought the generations closer together and we hope to do it again soon so our residents can keep up to date with news from the team.”

Ian Burns, who was a resident at Parklands until last month, played for Aberdeen Football Club from 1957 – 1965. He said: “Jinky Johnstone was one of the best players I’ve ever played against but I’m sure some of these youngsters could give him a run for his money.”

Daniel McLaughlin, 8, who plays for Young Pumas Academy, said: “We play in a league and, during the season, we go to matches every week so we’re really proud of our new kit. It was brilliant meeting our new supporters, especially Mr Burns who used to play at Aberdeen Football Club! He certainly knew his stuff and I learned loads.”

Parklands is a purpose-built care home in Alloa which provides nursing care for the elderly and specialist services for people with dementia.