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Jan1

Pre-loved shoes giving children across the world a spring in their step

Children at Dunblane Primary School are giving their shoes to charity, as they kick off their summer holidays.The school has teamed up with the organisation ‘Sal’s Shoes’ to donate any footwear that the kids have outgrown. They will be donated to young people across the globe who can’t afford shoes as part of a recycling scheme set up three years ago.By going barefoot, even for a few moments, the children can show... more…

Jan1

School inspectors award top marks to Arnprior Nursery

Arnprior Nursery has been awarded top marks in a school inspection report. The Stirling nursery was marked as excellent for its ‘quality of care and support’ and ‘quality of environment’. The Care Inspectorate report highlighted the excellent service provided at the nursery, which meets the needs of children and families. And the inspector said: “The leadership team have a solution-focused... more…

Jan1

Two year tobacco ban for Stirling newsagent

A Stirling newsagent has been banned from selling tobacco products for two years following an investigation by Stirling and Clackmannanshire’s Trading Standards Service. The Council applied for a tobacco retailing ban against Turnbulls (Stirling) Limited, Glasgow Road, Stirling after they were caught breaching the tobacco display ban on two occasions and failing to display a statutory tobacco notice. Stirling Sheriff Court granted the... more…

Jan1

Planning Permission Refused for Cowie Housing

At its meeting earlier today, Stirling Council’s Planning and Regulation Panel refused planning applications for two adjoining housing proposals in Cowie. The applications sought permission for up to 500 houses on a site at the western edge of Cowie.  Although the sites are allocated in the adopted Local Development Plan, agreement could not be reached with the proposed developers to provide education contributions in line with... more…

Jan1

Council Leader provides reassurance on fire safety

Stirling Council Leader, Councillor Scott Farmer, opened the Council meeting earlier today with a statement of reassurance on fire safety measures and the precautionary steps being taken to ensure the safety of residents, saying:“Following the horrendous events at Grenfell Tower, London, I felt it was important to convey a statement of reassurance to our communities, especially those residing in flatted accommodation, that the Council... more…

Jan1

Plans confirmed to refurbish Strathyre Primary School

Stirling Council has re-affirmed its commitment to investing in education and the provision of high-quality teaching space. At its meeting earlier today the Council confirmed plans to invest £1.864 million to refurbish and improve Strathyre Primary School over the next 12 months.  The project is due to be completed by summer 2018 and will provide additional teaching space, and a sport, dining, and community area. It will remove... more…

Jan1

Stirling: Alive with Scotland - exciting new partnership with Stirling Albion

Stirling: Alive with Scotland and Stirling: Alive with Sport kicked off an exciting new partnership with Stirling Albion at a launch event held at the Wallace Monument, Stirling on Friday 16 June 2017. The partnership is aimed at supporting the club’s fantastic, wide-ranging community activities involving primary, secondary schools, community classes and holiday camps across the Stirling area. Council Leader Scott Farmer and Provost... more…

Jan1

Jaguar Andy Murray Trophy Tour is a smash hit

Pupils at Dunblane Primary were thrilled to get the chance to have their pictures taken with the Wimbledon replica trophy when The Jaguar Andy Murray Trophy Tour team visited the school on Monday, 19 June 2017. It’s the first time the replica gilt cup has been on a UK tour which is designed to help inspire the nation to get involved in tennis. The Dunblane school was singled out for a visit because Andy is a former... more…

Jan1

Pupils given VIP treatment by top chefs

Dunblane Primary’s Great Dunblane Bake Off finalists were given the VIP treatment at Cromlix Hotel when they were invited to bake with top chefs. Winner Rachel Preston and finalists Ben Roberts, Rachel Evens, Murray Dowey, Tyler Harrison, Lucy Flannigan, Luca Flannigan, Megan Hogg and Kian Jackson were given a tour of the hotel and the garden area. Head pastry chef Balazs Gonda showed the youngsters how to properly decorate cupcakes.... more…

Jan1

Council staff step up to help veterans in charity mountain challenge

Four Stirling Council employees are set to step out in a charity mountain challenge to help veterans.  Gary Stopford, Wendy Croal, Michael Grassom and Maria Norman are taking part in the Balmoral Challenge - a 20k orienteering event in the Cairngorms on Saturday 24 June.Walking With The Wounded is a military charity that aims to support all veterans with physical, mental or social injury to gain the skills and qualifications necessary to... more…

Jan1

Riverside Primary Wins National Reading Award

Riverside Primary School has received an award from the First Minister in a nationwide competition to encourage Scottish children to foster a lifelong love of reading. The school was given the ‘School and Community Partnership Reading Journey – National Winner Award’ by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the ceremony celebrating the first year of the First Minister’s Reading Challenge. A total of 12 prizes were... more…

Jan1

Conversation Cafe raises awareness of dementia

A Conversation Café event to raise awareness of dementia was held in St Columba’s Church in Stirling.  The event – organised by Stirling Council in conjunction with Alzheimer Scotland, University of Stirling, Town Break, Stirling Carers Centre, Artlink Central and Church of Scotland – was held on Friday 2 June 2017 as part of Dementia Awareness Week. Stirling Council Provost Councillor Christine Simpson and... more…

Jan1

Stephen Kerr elected as MP

Stephen Kerr (Scottish Conservative and Unionist) has been elected as the Member of Parliament for the Stirling constituency, with a 148 majority. The result was announced following the count at the Albert Halls in Stirling. Turnout was 74.4% in an electorate of 66,415, with 72 rejected ballots. The votes for all five candidates were as... more…

Jan1

Adult learning creates new opportunities

Becoming a volunteer, applying for college courses and communicating better are just some of the ways that learning has created new opportunities for adult learners in Stirling who gave their views in a recent survey. Learners said that classes were more relaxed than previous learning experiences, more specific to their needs and interests and the groups were small and friendly with support from tutors and volunteers. Taking part in... more…

Jan1

Pupils help launch exciting new digital rewards initiative

An exciting new digital development programme rewarding young Scots for being active was launched at St Modan’s High, Stirling on Tuesday 6 June 2017. ‘Connect Your Tech’ gives young people (aged 11-26) the opportunity to gain special rewards by syncing their mobile phone or fitness device to the Young Scot Rewards programme. The free system awards points for completing either a burst of 20 minutes of physical activity or... more…

Jan1

Pupils pedal power to victory in UK's largest inter-school challenge

Pupils at Doune Primary pedal powered their way victory in the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scootering challenge. The school was placed tenth nationally and came first in Scotland in the ‘Big Pedal 2017’ during the challenge. The initiative is aimed at inspiring pupils, staff and parents to choose two wheels for their journey to school. On each day of the Big Pedal challenge, schools compete to see who can record... more…


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