STRICTLY FOR THE BIRDS: John Early and Jim McCormick recently put up four bird boxes in the Kenningknowes woodland area. This was the last part of the grant fund project - new path, bulbs and bird boxes. Some of the bulbs are already pushing through.
Residents’ group secretary Jim was contacted by the leader of the local cub pack who have made 10 additional bird boxes. These will probably go up in the woodland in early February.
USE YOUR LIBRARY: Librarian Rosemary Rennie has started the year by asking locals to make a resolution to make full use of the library and its excellent facilities.
If you haven’t visited for a while, pop in and see new items such as FREE eBooks. All you need is a library barcode and pin and you can download up to three books for a maximum of 21 days. And there’s a brilliant mix of fiction, biographies, real life and children’s titles from which to choose. If you’ve forgotten the opening hours, phone 01786 473873 to avoid disappointment. For mums and dads of young children, don’t forget the Bookbug Sessions – free story, song and rhyme sessions for babies, toddlers, pre-school children and their families. They are held at Cambusbarron Library from 2.15 to 2.45pm on January 27, February 10 and 24, and March 10 and 24.
WINTER HELPERS: Thankfully, the CC winter weather team haven’t been required yet – will these words come back to haunt me? We cover the central area of the village and the footpaths NOT treated by Stirling Council as main routes to the primary school. The small band of helpers always needs an extra hand so, if you are prepared to help out, please get in touch with Alan Rennie (07970 191083) or any community councillor.
DANCE CLASSES: Blues, jazz and adult jazz dance classes are held in the community centre every Wednesday from 8-9pm. Adult tap classes are held every Monday – 6-7pm for beginners, 7-8pm intermediates and 8-9pm advanced level . For more information, phone Susie on 07545 019936 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
PUTTING CAMBUSBARRON ON THE MAP: A drop-in event will be held in Cambusbarron library from 9.30am to 12.30pm on Saturday, February 1, to allow residents to have their say on what should be included in a heritage trail through Cambusbarron.
Our area is one of eight areas in and around Stirling to feature in a new project supported by Stirling Council and Central Scotland Forest Trust.
The plan is to weave local and community heritage together with history of national importance in the Stirling Heritage Trails.
An initial meeting has already taken place in Cambusbarron involving a handful of community councillors. It is hoped that the various consultations will help to produce a series of trail maps and interpretative boards which, when joined together with places like Bannockburn, Cambuskenneth and St Ninians, will create a larger trail offering a new and more informative way to navigate the area.
Cambusbarron is ahead of the game as far as this project is concerned with its trio of guides to the Gillies Hill area. However, there are other sites away from Gillies Hill that the com- munity council want included, such as Dr John Grierson’s house and the Bruce’s Well.
If you are unable to attend the library on February 1 and wish to contribute suggestions to the organisers, email email@example.com