Alva Christmas Fayre and Lights Switch On – Featuring Stevie McCrorie

Stevie McCrorie, 2015 winner of BBC’s ‘The Voice’ will be ‘flicking the switch’ at the Alva Christmas Lights Switch On. Christmas celebrations are kicking off in Alva on Saturday 28 November with the Christmas Lights Switch-On and Christmas Fayre. Alva Community Council are hosting the event in the Cochrane Hall, Alva from 2pm featuring 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.

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The Christmas Fayre will bring a warm glow for the community and lots of smiling faces in anticipation of the festive season. We hope that Santa and his Elves may be able to visit, 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.

Come along and join in the festivities and 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 will be released this Friday. Then at 4pm Stevie will ‘flick the switch’ of the Christmas lights on the tree in the park adjacent to the hall.

Stevie has announced that his brand new single, ‘My Heart Never Lies’ will be released on Friday 13th November.

Alva Academy Dancers will perform and Alva Primary School Carol Singers will also enchant the crowds with several songs during the Christmas Fayre and there will be face painting, refreshments and tombola.

Tickets for the event are £2.50, under 5’s are free, children and over 60’s £1.50.

Tickets are available at Higglety Pigglety shop in Alva town centre from Friday 13

November. 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.

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

Cashback for Communities Youth Work Fund

We recently received this information via Clackmannanshire council. If you think your organisation qualifies and could do with some financial help then we wish you all the best in your application.

CashBack for Communities Youth Work Fund
Now Receiving Applications for 2016-2017

YouthLink Scotland, the national agency for youth work, is now welcoming applications for the latest round of the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities Youth Work Fund for projects to be delivered in 2016-17

The Youth Work Fund aims to build the capacity of young people and the youth work organisations who work to support them. We welcome proposals for operating costs relating to the delivery of youth work activity programmes that add to or consolidate the excellent youth work already being undertaken throughout Scotland.

A total of £600,000 is available.

In order to be eligible to access the latest round of funding, all proposed youth work activities must be delivered between the 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017

Proposals must:

  • Target young people aged 10 – 19 years
  • Offer free youth work activities for young people to increase the opportunities they have to develop their interests and skills in an enjoyable, fulfilling and supported way
  • Focus resources in areas where there is a demonstrated need, taking account of local priorities
  • Fill gaps in provision for young people or add value/build on existing provision
  • Support young people who are currently involved or at risk of becoming involved in violence, alcohol, drugs and/or anti-social behaviour
  • Promote equalities and be open and accessible to young people
  • Support and encourage the involvement of local young people in the development, management and running of the project
  • Demonstrate sustainability (whether in attracting other resources or in leaving a legacy

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 9 December 2015 at 1:00pm

More information on the latest round of the CashBack Youth Work Fund, grant criteria and details can be accessed on the YouthLink Scotland website:

Alva Community Action Plan

The Alva Community Action Plan is now available to view and download. The 20 page publication is a statement of community priorities and gives us a mandate to carry out community-based action and help us act in the best interests of the town.   It also gives us evidence of the need for action which will help us apply for funding.

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the steering group who have worked hard to make the survey possible, and to all those who completed the survey earlier this year.

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Emergency Services and Car Parking

At our October 2015 meeting the police brought to our attention an issue that had occurred in September. Emergency services were called to deal with a fire at Strude Mill. On attempting to reach Strude Mill they found it impossible to get the fire engine there due to badly parked vehicles in Braehead and Robertson Street.

The police asked us to pass on their request that parking is done considerately so that emergency vehicles can get through if they need to. On this occasion the emergency was dealt with before the fire engine got there, however in a serious emergency where lives are at risk the emergency services are entitled to force their way through with no liability for any damage they may cause.

So please, if parking your car in Alva try to do so in a manner that facilitates access.

Alva Glen Work Day – Sunday 4/10/2015

Message from mike at Alva Glen Heritage trust:

Hello volunteers,

Just to let you know our October workday will be this Sunday. Our main task this month will be to clear some of the scrub that has grown up around the zig-zag path in the upper glen.
For those who prefer to work in the lower glen there will be the usual litter picking and general tidying.
Hope to see you there!

Survey Prize Draw – We Have a Winner!

All residents of Alva recently had the opportunity to complete a Community Action Plan survey and those who participated had the option to enter a £50 prize draw. The winner was drawn and announced at Alva Games on Saturday 11 July.

The winner of the £50 prize draw is:

Doug MacGregor, Croftshaw Road, Alva.

Alva Community Council initiated the formation of Alva Steering Group who produced the survey to empower the community to shape the future environment in Alva.

The survey responses are currently being independently analysed and will go forward into a Community Action Plan that will give a mandate to carry out community-based action by providing evidence of the need for action which will assist in applications for funding and support for projects and facilities.

One of the recipients of Alva Community Action Plan will be Clackmannanshire Council who will use it to decide priorities when Alva town centre is upgraded as part of the ‘Village and Small Town Centre Initiative’ that has recently seen upgrades in Sauchie and Tullibody.

Community Action Plan Update

The consultation period for our Community Action Plan has ended and we are now looking to analyse the responses and use them to create the plan which we will then submit to Clackmannanshire Council.

A new mailing list has been set up in order to allow us to keep you up to date with what is happening with regard to the plan. If you submitted your email address on the survey and asked to be kept informed then your address is now on the mailing list.

The list is open to new subscribers if you wish to be kept informed. Please send a blank email to and follow the instructions on the reply you receive from our mailing list system.

If you decide you no longer wish to be subscribed then send a blank email to