This weekend at The Crown Inn


At the Crown Inn Alva this Saturday the human jukebox returns – JAI
The following day, its the outstanding soul singer Robert McIntosh live from 5pm

Entertainment at The Old Brewery Alloa

Entertainment at The Old Brewery Alloa
Thursday – Vocalist MARTIN MULLADY
Friday – LIVE DJ
Saturday – Band NAE DANGER (with support from VIDA)
Sunday – Vocalist ALIX
All kick off a 9pm not to be missed.

Live at Peppe`s this Festive Season

Live at Peppe`s this festive season:-
JAMES BREWSTER Friday 19th December 8pm XMAS Jumper Competition!
THE PASSENGERS Saturday 20th December 9pm
Neil Diamond tribute act featuring MIKE MUNRO Sunday 21st December 4pm

Elvis aka Johnny Lee Memphis – Johnstone Arms Hotel

Christmas Eve live at The Johnstone Arms Alva – Elvis aka Johnny Lee Memphis 9pm

Gordon Banks MP presents coffee morning cheque to MacMillan Cancer Support

Gordon Banks, MP for Ochil and South Perthshire, met with the Chair of MacMillan Cancer Support’s Stirling Committee, retired Consultant General Surgeon, Mr. Dudley Booth recently, to present a cheque for £350 following this year’s coffee morning at his Alloa Constituency Office.

The coffee morning has become an annual fixture in the MP’s calendar and one that he really looks forward to as he is able to meet with, and chat to constituents over a cup of coffee whilst he and his staff do their best to support the worthy charity.

Gordon Banks MP said; “I look forward to this event every year now and even when the weather is dire, it is very popular with constituents – I think a big reason for this is that cancer has touched the lives of us all in one way or another.”

“We depend on charities like MacMillan when we are in the greatest need and that’s why it is so important that we all do our best to support them in any way we can.”

“Thank you to Mr. Booth for coming again this year to collect the cheque on behalf of the charity.”

Picture: Gordon presenting cheque to Dudley Booth of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Keep Healthy This Winter – Local Health Information and Advice for the Festive Period

NHS Forth Valley is gearing up to cope with extra demands over the festive season and is urging the public to make use of local GP, pharmacy and minor injuries services to avoid putting extra pressure on the Emergency Department at this busy time of year.

Additional doctors, nurses and allied health professionals, such as physiotherapists, will be working across Forth Valley and GP cover has been arranged to support the out-of-hours service. Additional hospital beds will also be available, if required, throughout the winter period.

This year GP surgeries across Forth Valley will be closed for four days over Christmas (Thursday 25th December re-opening Monday 29th December 2014) and for four days over New Year (Thursday 1st January re-opening Monday 5th January 2015). Anyone experiencing health problems when their surgery is closed should contact NHS 24 for advice by dialling 111.

The Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) at Stirling Community Hospital will be open every day throughout the festive period from 9am – 9pm and no appointment is necessary. The MIU is able to treat adults and children over the age of one (children with minor injuries under the age of one should be taken to the Emergency Department at Forth Valley Royal Hospital ) for a wide range of minor injuries including suspected broken bones, sprains and strains, cuts and scratches, minor burns and infected wounds.

Pharmacies across Forth Valley will operate a rota-system over the festive period to ensure local people can access over the counter medicines, prescriptions and speak to a pharmacist for health advice. Details of the opening times can be found by contacting NHS 24 on 111 or visiting the winter zone on the NHS Forth Valley website

Festive Sundays at The Johnstone Arms Hotel

Liam live at The Johnstone Arms Sunday 21st December

Jondi Mac session musician who`s worked with Massive Attack and Portishead Sunday 28th December – not to be missed

Nominate your Citizen of the Year

Do you know somebody who has contributed to help out the local community, or has been there for others in times of need? If you do, then you’re being urged to nominate them for the prestigious Clackmannanshire Citizen of the Year award.

The winner of the award, which is sponsored by the Lord Lieutenant’s Trust, will be announced at a ceremony at the Speirs Centre in March.

The Council is also looking for a Young Citizen of the Year, a category which is being awarded for the third year.

This is the 12th year that the Provost of Clackmannanshire will host the ceremony to recognise the dedication and commitment that local people and groups have made to help improve the quality of life throughout the county.

Provost Tina Murphy said: ” “During this very busy year for Clackmannanshire, I have been privileged to see just what a valuable contribution our citizens have made to the lives of others through their dedication in volunteering their time, effort and care.

“I also know that many of these admirable people don’t seek the limelight and so I’d urge the people of Clackmannanshire to think about the people who make that vital contribution to all our lives and nominate them. This really is a chance for everyone to say a big thank you to our unsung heroes of everyday life.”

The current joint Citizens of the Year are Marion Levitt and Gary Richardson in recognition of their dedication and commitment to a life-time of voluntary service in Clackmannanshire.

Kristy McQuater was named Young Citizen of the Year in recognition of her selfless actions that have enriched the lives of others.

Nomination forms are available on ClacksWeb with the closing date for nominations 30th January. Further information is available by calling 01259 452435 or by emailing

Cairngorm Reindeer come to Alloa


Santa will be in town this Saturday for the town centre street parade starting at 2.30pm. The reindeer will be in the High Street from 11am-3pm. Town Centre BID Team are also looking for 2 children between the age of 5 and 10 to ride in the sleigh with Santa. Details on Alloa Town Centre BID Face Book page.

Liam McGrandles live at Crown Inn Alva

liam McGrandles