Alloa Rugby Club win BT Bowl Final at Murrayfield

Alloa Rugby Club have won the BT Bowl final against Cumnock Rugby Club at Murrayfield today (Saturday 18th April) in a fiercley fought game which resulted in a final score 71-19.

Charity Quiz Night

The Clackmannanshire British Legion Branch is holding a charity Quiz Night on Friday 1st May 2015 at the Station Hotel, Alloa. Entry is for a team of 4, all welcome. Contact 0790 3629401 for more info.

Call out for Helpers – Tillicoultry Gala 2015

The Gala Committe will be holding a meeting on Wednesday 29th April 2015 at 7pm at the Ben Clench Centre to plan this years Gala which will be held on Sunday 21 June 2015. We would appreciate if as many people could come along to the meeting even if you haven’t been involved before.

The Gala Team really need some community support to make this years Gala happen. Any help from organising games, marshalling, helping with set-up of the park etc would be welcome. What ever your can manage, we’d love to hear from you and if you can make it to our meeting, we look forward to seeing you there!

Election Special: BBC`s Tom Singleton comes to Alloa

Tom Singleton from BBC Radio 4 will be visiting The Makers Village at 10am on Friday morning 17th April to hear the views of people of Alloa with regards to the forthcoming election.

This is a great opportunity to express what the forthcoming election means to you – Please come along this Friday morning if you’d like to participate

Election Special: Westminster Election Hustings – Clackmannan Town Hall

Westminster Election Hustings Sunday 19th April Clackmannan Town Hall 3-5pm Come and meet all the candidates who are contesting The Election to become the Member of Parliament for the Ochil & South Perthshire Constituency.

This is an opportunity for the public to question the candidates and may perhaps help to decide which candidate is most able to best represent the people of Clackmannan at Westminster.

Candidates are : Gordon Banks (Labour), Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh (SNP), Luke Graham (Conservative), Iliyan Stefanov (Liberal Democrats) and Martin Gray (UKIP).

Committee appeal for volunteers

The Tillicoultry Centenary Hall is a community resource for the village used by a variety of groups from Karate to zumba. The hall can also be booked privately for parties and events.

The current committee are appealing for more community volunteers to assist with the running of the hall. The hall is currently used for Karate, zumba, line dancing, Co-op Womens’ Guild, dance classes and OAP’s meetings as well as private parties and functions.

If no more volunteers come forward by November 2015 there is a real danger the hall will have to close losing a valuable community resource.

There will be a public meeting in the hall on Thursday 21st May 2015 at 19:30 so if you are concerned about the hall and would like to volunteer please come along.

Could you foster?

Clackmannanshire Council are looking for people to help provide local children with a safe and secure family experience. They  are currently recruiting for foster carers for permanent, long term, short term and respite care.

Call the Fostering Team on 01259 225 000 for a confidential chat. You can also drop in to their event at the Holiday Inn Express, Springkerse, Stirling on Saturday the 25th of April between 11am and 3pm to meet experienced foster carers and find out more.

Paolo Martini live at The Oakwood

Paolo Martini live at The Oakwood Sunday 3rd May £5 per ticket from the bar

Scottish Labour’s Gordon Banks on the doorsteps in Ochil and South Perthshire


As polling day draws near, Scottish Labour Candidate, Gordon Banks and his campaign team have already knocked over 30,000 doors the length and breadth of the Ochil and South Perthshire Constituency and look forward to campaigning as hard as ever in the coming weeks.

Gordon and his campaign team have been delighted by the positive feedback and strong support that they have received on the doorsteps, especially in relation to his hard work for constituents during the 10 years that he has been an MP in what is a truly expansive area.

Gordon Banks said,

“I am thoroughly enjoying the campaign so far and I am thankful for all of the hard work of my dedicated team of volunteers. I strongly believe talking to people on the doorstep is the backbone of any successful campaign.

I have been encouraged by the positive reaction we have received throughout the constituency. It is clear that only two parties can win this election and I will campaign diligently for a Labour Government fighting for a fairer economy for all. 

This is only reinforced by the SNP’s admission that they are standing on a platform of full fiscal autonomy for Scotland. This is despite the fact that IFS have confirmed that this would leave Scotland with a massive spending gap of £7.6 billion this year, rising to £8 billion by 2020.  This means we would be giving up the Barnett Formula which is worth £1600 for every income tax payer in Scotland

I support the belief of those including the STUC who agree that the best funding arrangement for Scotland involves the devolution of tax power as committed through the Smith Commission and the retention of the Barnett formula.

It would be of serious consequence to put this at risk whilst also preventing Labour’s Compulsory Jobs Guarantee from helping young Scots into a job and stopping the Mansion Tax from providing the revenue for 1000 new nurses for our NHS.

Labour has a clear plan to address the challenges we now face by taxing bankers’ bonuses, introducing the Mansion Tax, creating a 50p top rate of tax for people earning £150,000+ per year, whilst introducing a reduced 10p starting rate of tax. Additionally, increasing the minimum wage to over £8 per hour, ending exploitative zero hour contracts and freezing energy prices will ease the stress on many household budgets.

 Only Labour can deliver this progressive platform for Government because Labour is the only party promoting this level of fairness – your vote really will matter on 7th May!”

The Kosmic Krew – Tillicoultry

The Kosmic Krew Saturday 23rd of May at 3pm at the Devonvale Hall in Tillicoultry Only £7 a Ticket including Free Snack and Drink Fun Pantomime for the whole Family Book now by calling/texting 07426 729301 or emailing