Photographs and videos from this years Save Gillies Hill March of the Gillies including the special ceremony at Bruce's Well can be viewed here.
As well as Cambusbarron if you live in parts of St Ninians, Torbrex and King's Park this will directly affect you as well.
Please Support Save Gillies Hill and stop the reactivation of quarrying.
This year's March of the Gillies from Cambusbarron to the Borestone on Sunday 22nd of June - exactly 700 years to the day that Bruce came to Cambusbarron Chapel on the eve of the Battle, something to be celebrated there by the Bruce Memorial Church - is undoubtedly the most critical yet. But, its supporters are confident, there will be a record turn-out.
"Because of the present crisis", a spokeperson for SGH said, "With two quarriers determined to destroy even more of the Hill from which the ghillies or camp-followers of 1314 made their dramatic intervention on the second critical day of fighting, we've had unprecedented support, not only from the Stirling area, but from all over Scotland. We've had messages from people concerned, of course, about the history, especially this year. But we've also had people expressing their anxiety about the red squirrels, pine martens, peregrines and, especially, the sequoia which dominate the Hill and which are visible from miles away: all will disappear if the quarriers get their way."
It will also be the case that the 30,000+ people whose visits to Gillies Hill every year have been electronically recorded, will lessen if quarrying recommences: not only will the history and wild-life which attracts visitors, be severely damaged, but runners, walkers and climbers will find the quarry-edge - and the roadway Patersons Quarriers are proposing to build across the Hill's landscape, emerging onto Polmaise Road for their 132 20-ton lorries per day - severely inhibiting them.
"And the lorries will emerge," said the SGH spokesperson, "Just where our Community Council is about to unveil, with Stirling Council, a panel just above the Borestone, explaining the Hill's Bannockburn connection. And then - probably doubling in number if Tillicoultry Quarries also get their way, they'll join the Motorway at Craigforth via the Torbrex part of Polmaise Road, then Kings Park - where hundreds of youngsters daily cross the road on their way to Stirling High or St Ninians Primary."
More positively, this year's March of the Gillies will, as usual, be led by our superb pipers under Stewart Marshall's expert guidance, and the Strathleven Artizans who dress in the kind of costumes worn by Bruce and co in 1314 (see photos). There will also be, thanks to an initiative by Graham Nash, the minister of the Bruce Memorial Church in Cambusbarron, a unique short service at 1pm that day on the site of Cambusbarron Chapel, down the Burnside, celebrating Robert the Bruce's visit there exactly 700 years earlier. He also drank from its Holy Well and later had water sprinkled from it onto the battlefield on the second, crucial day.
Then after the service, people will be able to meet at Cambusbarron Park for a 1.45 start to this year's vital March of the Gillies to the Borestone where the marchers will be addressed by speakers.
New lighting along The Burnside between Birkhill Road and The Brae was installed at the end of April and is now operational.
The Community Council project has been ongoing for a number of years and, after funding was recently secured, this resulted in seven LED lighting columns being installed.
Members of the community council would like to thank former member Keith Henry who has led this project from the beginning. He is to be commended for his efforts in seeing this project come to fruition.
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New lighting along The Burnside between Birkhill Road and The Brae has been installed within the last week and is now operational.
The Cambusbarron Community Council led project has been ongoing for a number of years and after funding was recently secured this resulted in seven LED lighting columns being installed.
Members of the community council would like to thank former member Keith Henry who has led this project from the beginning and is to be commended for his efforts in seeing this project come to fruition.
Work is set to begin on Tuesday 22nd April to install seven new LED lighting columns along the Burnside path between Birkhill Road and The Brae.
The work is set to be completed by next weekend and the installation of the new cabling and lights will result in the path being closed at times during the week.
The Cambusbarron Community Council led project will eventually see Stirling Council maintain the new lights.
Broadcaster Kirsty Young opened the newly-restored Bruce's Well on Saturday 30 November, a doubly appropriate date.
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.
Their efforts over many years to retain the unique natural environment of Gillies Hill is so that you, your children and grandchildren can continue to enjoy the delights of this area. As a community we must do everything in our power to prevent the hill being blasted away so that a few miles of roads can be built.
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.
Burnside Lighting – update on proposed contract
Application has been submitted for the final funding of £5,732.20 to the Clacks. and Stirling Environment Trust.
Above grant application accepted so project should go ahead in spring.
Proposed work at Quarry Pond
Project would make an important right-of-way flood free and reinstate it to year-round use
Paths For All /Local People Local Paths (LPLP)
Grants are now open for applications.
Suggestion that a new path from the corner of Community Centre to park would be beneficial. Community Council is looking at this and will try to source funding.
There appears to be a bad water main burst or problem affecting The Brae area of Cambusbarron this morning (22/10/13) which is resulting in surface water in this area including Mill Road.
The problem has been reported to Scottish Water and Stirling Council.
Update: It appears that the burn at Burnside has partly become blocked by leaves and this is currently being passed onto Stirling Council Roads Department to investigate.
Vehicle activated signs: these signs which light up if you exceed 30mph are now operational.
Burnside Lighting Project: a percentage of the required funds have been collected from various garat bodies, but the elusive final part has still to be obtained.
Flooding of Quarry Pond: Continuing investigations to see if we can stop the path beside the quarry pond flooding next winter.
Community defibrillator: Francis Mackay is championing this project and hopes to give the Community Council some information at the next meeting in September.
Cut in Bus Service: There are further cuts in the bus service planned for August. Arline Brisbane has written to our MSP, Bruce Crawford asking him to intervene.
Police Report: PC Morris, your local community policeman has highlighted that recent fire-raising in Cambusbarron and the surrounding areas has become a Police priority.
If you have any information contact the police - Dial 101.
Proposed new path from Parkdyke to Kings Park: your Community Council received a request to investigate the feasibility of providing this footpath. Alan Rennie has agreed to look at it. Contact him if you have any views.
A village legend for centuries, Bruce was said to have come to Cambusbarron Chapel on the eve of the battle for spiritual encouragement - possibly after installing his sma' folk, or ghillies, on what became known thereafter as Gillies Hill. The Chapel, thought to have been a satellite of Cambuskenneth Abbey, was in the back-gardens area of the present Burnside/Birkhill Road, and the Well itself was, as is its restored site, next to the footbridge.
The Well was then known as Christis Well, because of the perceived miraculous health qualities of its water: mothers often brought their sick children there. Even as late as the 17th century, visitors to it, sometimes referred to also as Bruce's Well, were disciplined by the (reformed) church.
Bruce himself is said to have drunk from the Well, and then ordered his religious advisor, Abbot Maurice of Inchaffrey, to take some of the water, which, the following morning, is alleged to have been sprinkled onto what became a victory battlefield..