Alva Glen Clean Up

aghtOur friends at Alva Glen Heritage Trust have informed us that they are having a clean up on Sunday 2nd February. Here’s their notice.

Hi all
I’m sure we are all refreshed and ready to tackle some work in Alva Glen.  Our first workday is Sunday 2 February, meeting as usual in Alva Glen car park at 11 am.

A variety of tasks including:


There’s a few bits of litter around but particularly in the shrubbery next to the sensory garden and down the slope to the burn beneath the notice board.


The path between the car park and the pond is muddier than ever. Perhaps we could try scraping the layer of soft chippings that have decomposed or at least dig some temporary drainage gulleys.

Broken branches

The wind brought down another tree by the Rose Bridge over the Christmas period. (Almost exactly the same position as the last one that bent the railings). The Council removed the trunk from the path but there’s plenty of broken branches around that could be moved to our ‘chipping pile’ next to the monument. Lots of other fallen braches around: pond, both banks of the burn and near the Lade.

Ash saplings

Good time to thin out?


The Lade area still needs planting. Before Spring we need to come up with some ideas on what might be possible to put in. Also – how best to replenish the sensory garden.

Hope to see lots of you on Sunday.  The ground will be mucky so old gear would be a good idea.

Late Night Shopping

Alva Community Council hosted a successful Christmas Community and Late Night Shopping Event in the town on December 5th. Alva Primary School Carol Singers started proceedings on the steps of the Cochrane Hall.  High winds on the morning of the event unfortunately damaged the tree lights so the countdown to switch-on couldn’t happen but this didn’t detract too much from the evening. Many members of the public turned out and, after listening to the carol singers, went up to Ochil Leisure Centre (OLC) to watch a display from the Katie Arthur School of Dance. Santa made an appearance and greeted people as they walked from OLC down to the main street to take advantage of the late night opening of shops including Hair Care, Nichols Opticians, Higglety Pigglety, Highland Cheesecake Shop, Belle Box and Woman4Woman. Passing motorists got into the spirit of the evening by tooting their horns at Santa and his three Elves as they went from shop to shop in the shadow of the new Christmas lights on lampposts. The carol singers concluded events by entertaining residents of Burnside Court by singing on the bridge outside their development. ACC wish to thank everyone who helped make the evening a success.  ACC’s next community event, a Family Fun Day, is scheduled for 24 May 2014. Keep up to date with ACC at  or see minutes in the public file at Alva Library.

Santa Visiting Higglety Pigglety
Santa Visiting Higglety Pigglety
Staff at Alva Co-Op tempting Santa with mince pies
Staff at Alva Co-Op tempting Santa with mince pies
Santa visiting Nicol's for a drop of Mulled Wine
Santa visiting Nicol’s for a drop of Mulled Wine


Cycle Routes Meeting

pennyfarthingAnyone interested in cycling in the local area, particularly with regards to joining up Clackmannanshire’s cycle network with Stirling are welcome to attend the “Community Links Consultation” on December 4th 2013 from 4pm to 7pm at Blairlogie Reading Rooms.

The main topic for discussion will be an upgrade of the path from Blairlogie to Stirling University. It will also be an opportunity to discuss proposals for Manor Powis roundabout.

Christmas Lights

lightsYou may have noticed that the dark evenings are a little brighter in Alva this year thanks to the Christmas Lights as organised by the Community Council. We’re not finished yet though. More lights will be appearing on Thursday December 5th, so come on out to the late night Christmas shopping and associated events to witness the new lights. Councillor Archie Drummond has asked us to link to his article regarding Christmas lights in the Hillfoots, and since he gives us a mention we’re only too happy to oblige.

Late Night Shopping 5th December

bellsCome out an enjoy late night Christmas shopping in Alva on Thursday 5th December 2013. As well as picking up bargains from local retailers there will be other Christmas activities on offer. See below for details.

alvalnshopHere are the details in case your browser is not showing the image properly. Late night shopping is from 6pm to 9pm.

Alva Primary Carol Singers will be at the entrance of Cochrane Park at 6pm.

Katie Arthur’s dancers will be performing at Ochil Leisure Centre at 6:30.

There will be carol singing at Burnside Court at 7:15.

Teas and coffees are available at Nichols Opticians.

Parking is available behind Glentana Mill (Flying Fox bikes) and toilets will be available at Ochil Leisure Centre and Higglety Pigglety.


Annual General Meeting and Celebration

birthday_partiesMonday September 9th is our Annual General Meeting. Come to Ochil Leisure Centre at 7pm to hear about what has happened over the past year and what will be happening going forward.

The Community Council also have two vacancies to fill, so if you’re interested in becoming a community councillor please come on the night. If you can’t be there but are still interested please email

Here’s the poster with full details –

Download (PDF, 689KB)

After the formal meeting there will be refreshments and live music to help get into the celebratory spirit.

Party anyone?

Holiday Club at Alva Baptist Church

Fun at Alva Baptist
Fun at Alva Baptist

Bring your children to Alva Baptist for fun filled mornings at their Holiday Club. The club is open Monday 8th to Friday 12th July 10am-Noon for Primary School aged children.

There will be drama, art, games, music, competitions for the children and a couple of hours of precious peace for the parents.

There is also a community BBQ to round off the event on Sunday 14th.

See for more details.

Alloa Community Council Coronation Ball and Summer Fun Day

Our friends at Alloa Community Council are organising a couple of events that may interest you.

Firstly there is the Summer Fun Day at Greenfield Park on Saturday 1st June from 12:00 to 16:00. See for details.

Secondlay there is the Coronation Ball at Alloa Town Hall on Saturday 8th June 19:00 to midnight. See for details.