Welcome to Menstrie
Village Christmas Tree
The Christmas Tree will be erected and hung with lights on
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14TH at 10 AM.
We appeal for able-bodied people to turn up and lend a hand. The tree is heavy and needs quite a few to join in.
Sing Carols with Menstrie Community this Christmas
on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19th at 7 pm.
The event will take place in the Church Hall this year to ensure a cosy, warm and dry evening as we welcome Santa.
As usual, the church has invited us to join them afterwards for some Festive Cheer.
Development proposals for Menstrie
Clacks Council has set out plans for the way communities will look, change and develop in the coming years. If you wish to see what it looks like and comment on the content please go to Clacksweb Citizens Space. The whole document is there along with how to place your comments.
[Editor's note: Proposed Local Development Plan sets out the development criteria for Menstrie: See page 140.]
Jim Stalker, our other elected representative, will contribute to the next issue.
Menstrie Community Garden
This is a project initiated by the Community Council with the aid of a grant from Clackmannanshire Council. The area leased to the Community Council is the former drying area for the residents of the castle. It is situated immediately behind the Parish Church.
The idea of the project is to involve members of the community, whether or not they have gardening experience, to assist with sowing seeds and looking after the plants, which will then be planted in tubs and hanging baskets and perhaps other areas of the village. It is a projectthat can develop as we gain in experience and increase the involvment of residents.
This project has been developing over a period. There are now a number of raised beds, with more stillto be made. We have the framework for the polytunnel erected (thanks to a few volunteers).
These structures are the basis of the project. However, the main aim of the project is to gain the cooperation of the various groups and organisations within the village so that it does indeed become Menstrie Community Garden. The deep beds will be on offer to groups to do their own planting. Sowing and growing in the polytunnelwill provide valuable experience for those interested; there will be experienced folk around to help. There will be open days and hopefully afternoon teas - there will be seats for the less able to come along to what is a lovely location with a great view of the hills. So really the opportunities are there and may be developed with the right support and goodwill.
The first gathering of volunteers will be Saturday 7th December 2013 from 10am. We will be covering the frame with polythene to complete the polytunnnel and as it is quite a big structure we would invite you to come along to Castle Road to lend a hand. Pray for a good day!
'The Ochil Hills - A special place' by Drew Jamieson
With the support of Friends of the Ochils, Drew Jamieson has written a description of the Ochil Hills including their geology, geography, biodiversity, history and agriculture. Intended as an objective educational resource, it discusses the development of the Ochils for a wide range of uses.
Illustrated with photographs and maps, the document is available at this link.
H1 bus to cease after 31 March 2014
Linda Matheson reports that the H1 bus service from Menstrie to Forth Valley Royal Hospital (FVRH) will run until 31st March 2014 after which it will be withdrawn.
On the positive side, Menstrie people can take a bus into Stirling bus station every 20 minutes where they can get a bus to FVRH every 10 minutes. While this does mean a change of bus, it doesn't take any longer than going with the H1.
Proposed forestry in the hills above Menstrie
- Public meeting on Wednesday 16th October
UPM Tilhill (the forestry company) propose to undertake commercial forestry near Jerah in the hills above Menstrie.
They hosted a public meeting on Wednesday 16th October, from 3pm to 8pm in the Dumyat Centre, intended to publicise the iterations of the woodland design and to answer any queries. Among the changes from previous designs, the latest proposal puts the upper edges of the forestry at a lower altitude to make it less obtrusive when seen from Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument.
UPM's ecologist, present at the meeting, undertook to make available an electronic copy of the Environmental Impact Assessment. UPM's District Manager, Mr. Andrew Vaughan, stated his hope that the Community Council would take part in designing the broad-leaved woodland on the south-facing slope of Myreton Hill.
In January 2013 UPM hosted a meeting with the Forestry Commission, Clacks and Stirling Councils, Friends of the Ochils, and others, to agree the list of issues to be addressed in an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).
Please help deliver Menstrie Matters
Linda is looking for two or more people to deliver 'Menstrie Matters' in the Menstrie Mains Estate. All that needs doing is to deliver to one street (about 40 houses) 4 times a year. Please contact her on O74I2.689.6O8 or at email@example.com.
Community policing report
The Community policing report to the Community Council meeting, 10th September, is now available on this site.
New telephone number for the Police
At the Community Council Meeting in May, Community Police Officer Ian Moffat noted that the public should now use telephone number 101 to log incidents.
Help prevent crime
To provide information in confidence, visit the
Crimestoppers web site
where you may fill in a special form on-line.
Crimestoppers guarantee complete anonymity:
No-one can find out who gives information about crime by this method.
Or, contact Crimestoppers Scotland on 0800 555 111.
The shape of things to come
We invite organisations in Menstrie to use this web site to advertise, to the village, the dates of their planned events and to help other organisations avoid clashes of timing.
More minutes in Menstrie
To find out what concerns Menstrie-dwellers, and what's happening about it, take a look at the minutes of the Community Council.
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