It’s not only St Andrew's Day but exactly 34 years since the then newly-rediscovered Well was opened by Mrs Elizabeth Graham - and the Vote of Thanks to her was delivered memorably by 11 year-old Cambusbarron Primary pupil....Kirsty Young.
Appropriately also, two memorable songs, Scots Wha Hae and Auld Lang Syne, were sung superbly by Cambusbarron PS Choir, and this ceremony's VoT was delivered expertly by pupil Millie Stokoe. Hanna McMillan and Abbie Whitton, members of the local Brownie and Girl Guide groups, presented Kirsty with a bouquet of flowers.
Kirsty opened the Well by unveiling the text-tablet, donated by Scotia Granite, in a wall, the stones of which were donated by Stirling Stone. Equally memorably, she talked to the 150+ spectators about her fondness for the village, for its strong sense of community, and of her eagerness for every opportunity to come back to it - especially that memorable St Andrew's Day. Excellent contributions were also heard from Mrs McLachlan, the Lord Lieutenant for Stirling, and from the Bruce Memorial's Graham Nash
The day was introduced by Cambusbarron CC Chair Peter Paterson, who talked of the Well's past, especially Robert the Bruce's visit, thanked all involved in its restoration and in the celebrations that day, and said he looked forward to a similar day to that one, when another part of Cambusbarron history - indeed, Scottish history, not unconnected to Bruce's Well - could be equally joyfully celebrated: the saving of Gillies Hill.
He ended the ceremony by saying that if 24 June, 1314 was the most important day in the history of Scotland, then 22 June 1314, the date of Bruce's visit, was certainly the most important in Cambusbarron's. Guests and spectators were then led back up to Main Street, and then to the Community Centre for refreshments, by superb local piper Stewart Marshall - who'd also drawn the crowds to the site from 10am by playing there.
The erection of the plaque on the ancient site of Bruce’s Well is only part of your Community Council’s efforts to preserve, restore and improve the environment of the area.
Your community Council is totally opposed to further housing development on the Seven Sisters’ Field (part of Gillies Hill!) because of the devastating effect it would have on your village.
Last but not least, your community is committed to improving the the look of the village, by clearing litter, building paths and presenting floral displays in tubs and hanging baskets.
But a small group of volunteers can’t do everything - please offer to help.