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


Public Warning about Giant Hogweed

It was brought to everyone’s attention at the Alva Community Council meeting on Monday 8th May, that there is Giant Hogweed near Alva Academy and Greenhead area. There could be more within the Alva area. If anyone recognises any anywhere, please contact Clacks Council on 01259 450000 and ask for Environmental Services.  Please refer to the photos below so that you can recognise it.

This is potentially a very dangerous plant to touch/come in contact with as it causes severe reactions such as a prickly heat sensation and painful blistering of the skin.

NB: Anyone having any reaction after coming in contact with it, will require to get medical help immediately. 

Revised Planning Application – Former Alva Academy Site, Queen Street, Alva

17/00044/FULL | Erection Of 42 No. Houses With Associated Access Road, Parking and Landscaping | Former Alva Academy Site Queen Street Alva Clackmannanshire.

New plans to the original planning application can be found at the link below,

A Planning Committee Report has been added to the application

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Scottish government launches public consultation on fracking

The Scottish Government is currently running a public consultation on unconventional oil and gas in Scotland. The consultation explores the evidence on the potential impacts of shale oil and gas, and coal bed methane, and the technologies involved in extraction, including hydraulic fracturing. The consultation may be of particular interest to you as the area where the shale oil and gas resources have been identified is in your Community Council area.


The consultation can be read and responded to via the Scottish Government’s consultation platform, Citizen Space, at We are inviting responses to the consultation by 31 May.


There are a number of other ways for you to engage in the consultation. In addition to publishing this consultation document, we have launched a temporary unconventional oil and gas website, which you can access here: The site has been designed to provide a user-friendly route to accessing all the materials and evidence that support this consultation. We encourage those wishing to explore the issues further to visit this site.

Views of children and young people on the proposals in Places, People and Planning

The Scottish Government is keen to hear the views of children and young people on the proposals in Places, People and Planning which may directly affect them. Working with YoungScot, the Centre for Social Informatics Edinburgh Napier University  have commissioned a short online survey to seek views of children and young people on how the place where they live, work or go to school should change in the future.

The survey can be accessed here: