Wee County Walkers

cropped-wcw-logo-1Wee County Walkers have asked us to publicise them. Please visit to see which of their walks would suit you if you think you may enjoy the health benefits and camaraderie of a led group walk. Walks are organised every day at various times and from different locations within Clackmannanshire so you should be able to find one that you can manage.

Alva Community Fun Day, Ceilidh and Pompom Fest.

birthday_partiesAlva Community council are delighted to announce Alva’s Pompom Fest at the end of May. The Community Council are organising a week of events culminating in a Fun Day in Cochrane Park, 12 – 4pm on Saturday 24th May followed by a Family Ceilidh 7.30-10.30pm in the Cochrane Hall. Local band Freereelin will provide the music and there will be a hot Scottish Fayre buffet. Ceilidh tickets are £8 for an adult, £4 for a child and a family ticket £20, which includes 2 adults and up to 3 children. Tickets will soon be available from Higglety Pigglety.

There will be free entry to the Fun Day where you can try your hand in the competition tent. There are 4 categories to take part in, adult cake competition, youth cupcakes, children’s cupcakes and children’s vegetable characters. Prizes are £20 plus winners cup for first, £10 for second and £5 for third. Also at the Fun Day there will be a climbing wall, assault course, bouncy castle, mascots, fire engine, face painting, balloon modelling, refreshment tent and various side stalls.

To apply for a competition or to have a side stall at the Fun Day you can download application forms below, pick up a copy at the library or Higglety Pigglety to where completed applications should be returned.

We want the community to be involved beforehand by making lots of Pompoms to decorate and brighten up the town. From the youngest at the nursery to the slightly more mature Alva groups – everyone can make a pompom or two that we can use to make our Pompom Fest! Make them from wool, old cloth, poly bags, anything. Have some fun.

We are meeting at the Cochrane Hall on Sunday 18th May at 2pm to hang pompoms in the town. Please drop your pompoms in to Higglety Pigglety, and come along on May 18th to help us hang them.

During the week there will be things that everyone can participate in to try something new, including t-shirt painting, flower arranging, etc.

There will be a diary of the weeks events on the Community Council website and posters in shop windows. Watch out for them.

ACC 000a - FD Pompom Fest Poster

Booking Forms

If you wish to have a stall at the fun day then please download this form, print, fill out and place it in the “Community Fun Day” box at Higglety Pigglety.

If you wish to enter any of the competitions then please download this form, print, fill out and place it in the “Community Fun Day” box at Higglety Pigglety.

Free Pathwork training at next Alva Glen clean up

aghtOur good friends at Alva Glen Heritage Trust have been in touch regarding their next clean up session. Here’s their communiqué.


Hi all
Our next workday on 2 March will be combined with some pathwork training in the glen.  This is a good opportunity to see how we can provide lasting solutions to the eternal problem of water erosion of the paths in the glen.
Spaces on this training event are limited so if you are interested please let me know by Friday 21st February if you would like to join us.
We will also be working through our list of tasks pending.  Usual time of 11 am, meeting in Alva Glen car park.
Look forward to seeing some of you there,

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.

Local Development Plan Presentation

clacksAt our January 2014 meeting Neil Urquhart from Clackmannanshire Council gave a presentation on the proposed Local Development Plan for Clackmannanshire, focusing mainly on the aspects that are local to Alva.

Those who wish to view the Local Development Plan are invited to visit where you can also comment on the plan. The deadline for comments is January 24th, and the Community Council’s planning group are meeting on Monday 20th January to formulate a response to the plan. If you have anything you wish the Community Council to pass on then please email as soon as possible, or get your comments in to the council before the 24th.

Below are the slides from the presentation given at our meeting.

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