#GrowClacks in Tillicoultry and Alva

Join us for an event focusing on community growing hosted by Greenspace Scotland and Clackmannanshire Council

Wednesday 31 May, 3-5pm
Ben Cleuch Centre

Park St, Tillicoultry

Sign up to the event here https://growclacks_workshops.eventbrite.co.uk or join us on the day.

If you are growing already – you could be a member of a community garden, a garden volunteer with the local school or an allotment plot holder – then this event is for you.

If you are not growing anything (apart from maybe weeds in your own garden!) but you would like to give it a try – then this event is also for you!

The programme will be a mixture of presentation, discussion and a walk outside – so please come dressed for the weather. Children are welcome, but must be supervised by an adult.

The aim of this event (and others across the area) is to develop a Local Allotments and Food Growing Strategy for Clackmannanshire and we need local people to tell us why, where and how they would like to be growing their own food.

If you can’t come to the event then you can fill out a survey to let us know about how you are growing your own or if you are not – why not. The survey will be available shortly.

You can find us on Facebook @GrowClacks here: https://www.facebook.com/GrowClacks/

Sign up to the event here https://growclacks_workshops.eventbrite.co.uk

For more information contact: Andy MacPherson, Clackmannanshire Council

Ea O’Neill,  Greenspace Scotland Phone: 01259 452 639 Phone: 01786 849 757


Email: Ea.O’Neill@greenspacescotland.org.uk

This project is funded by the Central Green Scotland Greenspace Network Development Fund

Funbox Present Highland Fling

Funbox present Highland Fling at Alloa Town Hall on Wednesday 21st June. Join in the family fun with Anya, Kevin and Gary and Bonzo the dog. –

Hoots mon and help ma boab! Take the high road (or the low road) and get roamin in the gloamin for Funbox’s brand new show. Join Anya, Kevin and Gary and Bonzo the dog as they take a trip to the Highlands of Scotland to battle midgies, become monarchs of the glen and hear the skirl of the bagpipes in their latest singalong adventure. There’s silliness galore and songs to sing in this crazy new show for 2017. You’ll need to help us get the Funbox open – which contains everything you need to sing a song or have an adventure – but which of our special keys should we use? You may even be lucky enough to help the gang on stage!

Packed with family favourites like ‘Buy Me A Banana’, ‘Shove yer granny aff a bus’, and ‘The midgies are comin ‘, as well as brand new songs, Highland Fling is the perfect treat for kids of all ages – from nought to ninety

Wear something Tartan and join the hoolie

Highland Fling is at the Alloa Town Hall on Wednesday 21st June with performances at 10am and 6pm.

For tickets and information phone The Booking Office on 01259 213131 or follow us on  facebook for information. or see our website here

– See more at: https://www.familiesonline.co.uk/local/clackmannanshire/in-the-know/funbox-present-highland-fling-at-alloa-town-hall-june-2017#sthash.XOS22esx.dpuf

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 ctsi.org.uk/great-tapestry, 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


Last Alva Glen Work Day of 2016

From Alva Glen Heritage Trust:

11 am Sunday, 4th December sees our last workday of the year.

The usual tasks will be on offer including the following:
– All the steps could, once more, do with a brushing  to remove leaves
– Ash saplings need to be thinned out alongside the burn in the upper glen particularly on the east side between the sluice and the top waterfall
– Fallen or sawn down trees need to be dragged to the ‘chipping pile’ near the monument. Smaller logs to be arranged in wildlife friendly piles.
– Given time, we could discuss if there is any interest in in moving on to the next stage of Lade excavation for future workdays..
– Still a lot of railings to be painted…!
Look forward to seeing you

Local Retailer’s Vouchers Up For Grabs

Thank you to everyone who came along to our Christmas Fayre this weekend. If anyone has any photos they would like to share then please email them to webmaster@alvacommunitycouncil.org.uk and we’ll see about creating a new photo gallery.

We have three raffle prizes left over which we would like to offer to the local community.

A £10 voucher for Alva Fishmonger.

A £10 voucher for Golden Italy.

A £20 voucher for the Co-op.

To be in with a chance of winning one of these prizes all you have to do is one of three things. Either like and share our facebook post linking this article, like and retweet our twitter post, or visit our “Keep in Touch” page and sign up to our subscribers mailing list.

Each name will only count once even if you do more than one of the above actions. Non-Alva residents may enter but only if you are willing to travel to Alva to collect your prize. Alva Community Councillors and their immediate families are encouraged to “like and share” but will not be entered into the draw.

The winners will be picked later this week by copying all names into a text file, running a random shuffle process several times on the file, and choosing the three names from the top of the resulting list of names.

Christmas Fayre Thanks and Photos

Alva Community Council would like to thank everyone who helped make Alva Christmas Fayre and lights switch-on such a resounding success. Many thanks to special guest Stevie McCrorie who entertained the crowds with a couple of songs before flicking-the-switch for the tree lights switch-on.

More photos will be added to our gallery as we receive them.

Christmas Fayre Reminder and Update

Stevie McCrorie, 2015 winner of BBC’s ‘The Voice’ will be ‘flicking the switch’ at the Alva Christmas Tree Lights Switch On. Christmas celebrations are kicking off in Alva on Saturday 28 November with the tree lights switch-on and Christmas Fayre.

Tickets for the event are £2.50, under 5’s are free, children 6 to 16 and over 60’s are £1.50. Tickets are available at Higglety Pigglety shop in Alva town centre, 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).

Alva Community Council are hosting the event in the Cochrane Hall, Alva from 2pm. Alva Primary School Carol Singers will enchant the crowds at approx. 2.05pm finishing off with Jingle Bells in the hope that Santa will hear it and be enticed along to the Fayre with his Elves, 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. At approx. 2.45pm Alva Academy Dancers will perform and there will also be face painting, refreshments and tombola.

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 was released recently. Then at 4pm Stevie will ‘flick the switch’ of the Christmas lights on the tree in the park adjacent to the hall.

There will be 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. 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 info@alvacommunitycouncil.org.uk