The Great Tapestry of Scotland Exhibition

Hi there,

Just a wee email to say hello and introduce myself as the new Creative Heritage Officer for CTSI covering The Great Tapestry of Scotland exhibition this Summer.

My role will primarily involve working with schools and community groups to provide a programme of educational creative workshops which highlight the heritage of Clackmannanshire, and managing other events, workshops and talks around the exhibition itself.

I will also be encouraging and training volunteers who are interested in arts and heritage to assist in the curation of the exhibition. A key aim of this exhibition is to achieve an increase in uptake from groups who are historically less likely to engage in volunteering (such as young people, or those with barriers).

We have lots of activity going on to promote the tapestry event, and I see this as a perfect opportunity to showcase Clackmannanshire as a whole, so I would love everyone to really get behind this and shout about what we have to offer.

For more updates on The Great Scottish Tapestry exhibition in Alloa this summer please visit, like the facebook page @thegreattapestryofscotlandinclackmannanshire
and Instagram – greatscottishtapestyinclacks 
We are also encouraging any clacks related posts do adopt the hashtag #discoverclacks

We also have flyers available with details of times and a map to the exhibition. Please call Hannah or Lesley on 01259 213840 to order them free.

To enquire about volunteering, request a workshop for a group (or to host one yourself!) or If you can help in any other ways to support and promote the Tapestry visit, then please get in touch.


Hannah Ford
Creative Heritage Officer

With a background in community arts I have spent much of the past decade working with community groups, volunteers and individuals on a vast range of projects including painting, graffiti, textile and digital media. As a practising artist I mainly produce large watercolour paintings, however I have a constant urge to be working with my hands and am continually working on knitting, sewing and any other tactile project that I come across.

I’m so excited that the Great Tapestry of Scotland is coming to Alloa, and I see it as a wonderful focus of inspiration to promote the wealth of culture and heritage we have to offer here. Alloa is a town full of history and rich in the arts and I hope the exhibition will create opportunities for us to unite and celebrate what we have to offer within the community itself and to promote Alloa further afield as a truly cultural destination.

I look forward to working with community groups, schools and voluntary organisations to develop their creative skills, encourage them to engage with local arts and heritage and to have a chance to show off just what we are capable of. I am also excited to create volunteering opportunities for people to develop a real connection and  passion for our community and to get the chance to show off what we have to offer here


Last Alva Glen Work Day of 2016

From Alva Glen Heritage Trust:

11 am Sunday, 4th December sees our last workday of the year.

The usual tasks will be on offer including the following:
– All the steps could, once more, do with a brushing  to remove leaves
– Ash saplings need to be thinned out alongside the burn in the upper glen particularly on the east side between the sluice and the top waterfall
– Fallen or sawn down trees need to be dragged to the ‘chipping pile’ near the monument. Smaller logs to be arranged in wildlife friendly piles.
– Given time, we could discuss if there is any interest in in moving on to the next stage of Lade excavation for future workdays..
– Still a lot of railings to be painted…!
Look forward to seeing you

Local Retailer’s Vouchers Up For Grabs

Thank you to everyone who came along to our Christmas Fayre this weekend. If anyone has any photos they would like to share then please email them to and we’ll see about creating a new photo gallery.

We have three raffle prizes left over which we would like to offer to the local community.

A £10 voucher for Alva Fishmonger.

A £10 voucher for Golden Italy.

A £20 voucher for the Co-op.

To be in with a chance of winning one of these prizes all you have to do is one of three things. Either like and share our facebook post linking this article, like and retweet our twitter post, or visit our “Keep in Touch” page and sign up to our subscribers mailing list.

Each name will only count once even if you do more than one of the above actions. Non-Alva residents may enter but only if you are willing to travel to Alva to collect your prize. Alva Community Councillors and their immediate families are encouraged to “like and share” but will not be entered into the draw.

The winners will be picked later this week by copying all names into a text file, running a random shuffle process several times on the file, and choosing the three names from the top of the resulting list of names.

Christmas Fayre Thanks and Photos

Alva Community Council would like to thank everyone who helped make Alva Christmas Fayre and lights switch-on such a resounding success. Many thanks to special guest Stevie McCrorie who entertained the crowds with a couple of songs before flicking-the-switch for the tree lights switch-on.

More photos will be added to our gallery as we receive them.

Christmas Fayre Reminder and Update

Stevie McCrorie, 2015 winner of BBC’s ‘The Voice’ will be ‘flicking the switch’ at the Alva Christmas Tree Lights Switch On. Christmas celebrations are kicking off in Alva on Saturday 28 November with the tree lights switch-on and Christmas Fayre.

Tickets for the event are £2.50, under 5’s are free, children 6 to 16 and over 60’s are £1.50. Tickets are available at Higglety Pigglety shop in Alva town centre, price includes entry plus tea, coffee or juice and cake also a tot of mulled wine at the lights switch-on. Alternatively, pay on entry (if there is spare capacity in the hall).

Alva Community Council are hosting the event in the Cochrane Hall, Alva from 2pm. Alva Primary School Carol Singers will enchant the crowds at approx. 2.05pm finishing off with Jingle Bells in the hope that Santa will hear it and be enticed along to the Fayre with his Elves, there will be a grotto ready for him just in case so children (and adults) will be able to tell Santa what they’d like for Christmas. At approx. 2.45pm Alva Academy Dancers will perform and there will also be face painting, refreshments and tombola.

At 3.30pm approx. special guest Stevie McCrorie will entertain the crowds in the Cochrane Hall with a few songs including his brand new single My Heart Never Lies, which was released recently. Then at 4pm Stevie will ‘flick the switch’ of the Christmas lights on the tree in the park adjacent to the hall.

There will be an array of delightful stalls selling gifts and crafts from local groups and businesses, providing an ideal opportunity to pick up a few stocking fillers for all the family. Anyone who would like to have a stall at the Fayre or would like to donate tombola prizes should phone 07979 476 466 or pop into Higglety Pigglety to speak to Community Councillors, Lynn or Ian Cameron. Alternatively email

Victoria Cross Heroes Memorial Unveiling – 27/09/2015

In 1915 two Tillicoultry born heroes were awarded the Victoria Cross for their bravery at Hohenzollern Redoubt in France. See Wikipedia entries for James Lennox Dawson and James Dalgleish Pollock for details of their bravery.

To mark the centenary of these awards a memorial will be unveiled in Tillicoultry at 2pm on 27th September 2015 at the grassy area by the High Street on the corner of Bank Street. All are welcome to attend.

Community Bunting – Update

It is with sadness that we recently had to remove our community bunting. The chord in which it was tied has stretched and in some cases snapped, and so for safety reasons we have removed it. We had hoped to keep it up until after the Alva games, but this was not to be.

However we will keep the bunting and next year plan to install it using something stronger such as nylon chord that won’t stretch and snap, so all is not lost.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to the bunting and can assure you that we will be using it again.