Alva Glen Work Day 06/03/2016

Just to remind you there’s a workday this coming Sunday.
As ever there’s still a lot of tidying and cutting back to do and we need to remove a thick layer of fallen leaves from the upper glen pathway. The wild roses next to the bridge need pruning, our ‘garden area’ needs digging over and ash needs to be thinned in the upper glen. Oh, and there are plenty of rusty railings just waiting to be painted…
We’d love to see you there!
Mike

Alva Community Fun Day – 11th June 2016

Our annual fun day will be up and running on June 11th in Cochrane Park. Come and join us for games, crafts, competitions, and all sorts of other activities. More details will follow closer to the event, but we decided we should allow folks to get started with their competition entries and stall registration. There are two adult craft competitions and two children’s competitions. See the entrance form below for details.

Anyone wishing to have a stall on the day should see the stall booking form below.

Completed forms should be left in the Community Council box in the Library, or dropped in to Higglety Pigglety.

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Paths for All

Paths for All have been in touch with us and asked if we could share some information regarding the work they do, and how they can help local communities.

They are inviting community groups to apply for a “Community Paths Grant” up to a value of £1500 to help improve local paths. More information can be found at their website.

If you are not yet at the stage of applying for a Community Paths grant, but want to discuss an idea then please get in touch with their team of experts: communitypaths@pathsforall.org.uk or 01259 218 888.

In addition, they are also offering training courses to help you to learn the essential skills to improve maintain and promote your local paths – you can find details of the courses on their events calendar. Watch out for the new programme of training courses coming soon.

Paths for All also offer technical advice for those interested in getting involved with local paths. Here’s their flyer.

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Alva Primary School 40th Anniversary Celebrations

2nd April 2016 marks the 40th anniversary since the current Alva Primary School building was erected.

The school are looking for anything which can help with the school celebrations, ie photos, newspaper cuttings, anything which would be of interest and can be used during the celebrations. If you have anything that you wish to share then please either post on the Alva Primary School 40th Anniversary Celebrations facebook group or pop into the school. All contributed items will be returned to you. Thank you.

Land for sale at Johnstone Park – Update

A major concern for some people in Alva is the land that used to be part of Johnstone Park, was used for the building of the old Alva Academy and is now part of the Ochil Leisure Centre. Since the centre is now closed the council intend to sell off the land. There is a general feeling amongst some members of our community that this land should be returned to the people of Alva for the common good, and that the council should not be selling it.

So we thought we would share with the community what has happened so far in our attempts to get clarification on this issue and ascertain if the council have the right to sell the land.

In September 2015 we write the following letter to Elaine McPherson at Clackmannanshire Council.

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On October 14th the council’s legal services team leader Andrew Wyse replied.

Letter from Council

Not satisfied with the reply, and having discussed the letter at our meetings we held an extra ordinary meeting of community counsellors on 28/01/2016. Here are the minutes.

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The letter that we decided to send back to the council is thus:

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We received a reply from Andrew Wyse on 1st February as follows.

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The issue is still unresolved and we will update you via this website and social media when there is more to tell you. Please visit our Keep in Touch page so that you can be sure of receiving updates as and when we post them.

Alva Glen Work Day – Sunday 7/2/2016

Here’s the most recent communication from Alva Glen Heritage Trust:

 

Hello volunteers – just a note to remind you that the first workday of 2016 will be taking place this coming Sunday.

Last year, with your help, we accomplished many things including building an arbour, planting a range of trees, shrubs and plants, and generally improving the appearance, safety and range of facilities in the glen.
We hope to see you all back again this year to carry on the good work!
For this Sunday we’ll be clearing fallen branches, drains and gulleys. There are railings to be painted, litter to be picked – and we may be trying out our new fog machine in preparation for this year’s Illuminations…
If you can’t make it on Sunday we would still like to hear from you. Please let us know of any ideas you may have on how the Glen could be improved for visitors.
Mike

Post Office Changes

It has come to our attention that there are proposed changes afoot to Alva post office. There are plans to refurbish the existing post office, extend the opening hours and offer more retail products. If you want more details then pick up a leaflet in the post office which provides all the essential information as well as an opportunity for you to feed into the process.