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Jan1

Vote with an 'X'

The Chief Counting Officer for the Scottish Independence Referendum is urging voters to make sure their vote counts by only marking their ballot paper with one ‘X’. Postal voting packs will begin arriving in homes across Scotland from Wednesday 27th August, and over the following days, to people who are already on the existing list of postal voters, meaning that some people can start voting this week. Anyone who has applied for... more…

Jan1

Early bird tickets released for Hogmanay

The first tickets for this year’s Hogmanay celebrations at Stirling Castle go on sale on Monday. A total of 500 tickets will be made available for partygoers at a specially discounted price of £15 for adults, with tickets priced £10 for accompanied children aged 15 and under. The discounted tickets will be available from 10am on Monday until midnight on 30th September. Children’s tickets will remain at the same... more…

Jan1

Clackmannanshire and Stirling Environment Trust

Local groups looking to implement projects that improve the environment or otherwise benefit the community may be able to get help from the Clackmannanshire and Stirling Environment Trust. The Trust manages landfill community fund credits raised through the land-filling of municipal waste from both Stirling and Clackmannanshire Councils and in the past supported projects have included improvements to play areas, community halls, historic and... more…

Jan1

Nominations close soon for Stirling Provost Awards

Nominations for the 2014 Stirling Provost Awards will close soon, and residents are encouraged to submit their entries before it's too late. The awards are presented to individuals or organisations who have made significant contributions to local communities, or who have achieved national recognition in their field, over the last 24 months. The Stirling Provost Awards will be hosted by Provost Mike Robbins at the Great Hall at Stirling... more…

Jan1

Costs reduced through road waste recycling

Stirling Council is set to make significant savings thanks to an innovative system for recycling swept up road waste.  Around 2000 tonnes of grit and refuse are currently lifted by Land Services’ mechanical sweepers annually and sent to landfill. But thanks to the ingenuity of the Council’s Environment Services team, this waste can now be reduced through treatment in a special dewatering facility where it is sorted and... more…

Jan1

Nominations sought for Stirling Provost Awards

Nominations are now being sought for the 2014 Stirling Provost Awards. The awards are presented to individuals or organisations who have made significant contributions to local communities, or who have achieved national recognition in their field, over the last 24 months. The Stirling Provost Awards will be hosted by Provost Mike Robbins at the Great Hall at Stirling Castle on Friday 7th November. Provost Robbins said: “There are so... more…

Jan1

Consumers warned over bogus telephone callers

Stirling and Clackmannanshire Trading Standards Service are warning consumers about bogus telephone callers. Several consumers have contacted the Trading Standards Service concerned that they or an elderly parent has been targeted by telephone scammers. The bogus callers are claiming that they work for the Telephone Preference Service and that for a “one off” fee the consumers could stop receiving the majority of nuisance... more…

Jan1

Bailie Violet Weir opens new garden at Bridge project

Green-fingered young homeless people have built a new garden with a little help from their local garden centre. “Our garden” has been specially designed to weather the Scottish climate and provide a quiet sanctuary for residents of the Bridge – an assisted living complex run by Loretto Care in Stirling city centre.  All the plants, shrubs and trees in the new garden - along with the gardening expertise needed to... more…

Jan1

Stirling Local Development Plan updated

Stirling Council agreed the Stirling Local Development Plan – Modified Plan and supporting Supplementary Guidance at a special meeting tonight (Monday 18th August). The plan takes into account the Reporters’ Recommendations following an examination by the Scottish Government’s Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals earlier this year. The Reporter’s Recommendations can be viewed online. Council Leader... more…

Jan1

Wha's Like Us Festival

Stirling’s scandalous past will be revealed next month at a unique history event with a special celebrity guest.From the interesting to the downright shocking, secrets will be shared at Wha’s Like Us?, which has been organised by Stirling Council’s Libraries and Archives Service.Stirling Council Archivist Pam McNicol said: “The programme we have lined up should provide a lot of fun for everyone and a really fascinating... more…

Jan1

Environmental improvements put Stirling in bloom

Increased investment to get the city looking its best over the summer has brought high levels of praise from Stirling residents and visitors alike and resulted in a sharp increase in positive comments about the improved appearance of the gardens and public open spaces.    Main roundabouts into Stirling at Fallin, Raploch and Pirnhall have all been replanted and redesigned. Baker Street Gardens has also been completely... more…

Jan1

Scottish Independence Referendum

Over four million poll cards are being issued to the Scottish electorate this week as Counting Officers across Scotland publish formal notice of the Scottish Independence Referendum.Poll cards are being dispatched between Thursday 14th August and Friday 15th August, 2014, to every registered voter to provide them with details of their local polling place and how to vote in the referendum.  Counting Officers are required to publish a... more…

Jan1

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Campaign

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park has unveiled its latest campaign - Wild Park 2020 - to promote its nature conservation action plan at a special event at Glasgow Queen Street Station. Wild Park 2020, the National Park’s Biodiversity Action Plan, sets out more than 90 projects, spearheaded by five key Wild Challenges with the potential to bring the biggest benefits to biodiversity. These are concerned with red squirrels,... more…

Jan1

Edinburgh Tattoo in Stirling

With its imposing castle, a spectacular crag and superb steeped cobbled streets, Stirling will stage the second of this summer’s complimentary lunchtime ‘Taste of the Tattoo’ presentations at 12.30pm on Tuesday 12th August.     After a short parade from Stirling’s Albert Halls, 600 top-flight performers from this month’s sold-out showpiece military event will assemble in Port... more…

Jan1

Crit under the Castle

Thousands of cyclists and spectators visited Stirling on Sunday 10th August for Crit under the Castle. Former World Cycling Champion Graeme Obree attended the event, along with James McCallum from the Commonwealth Games. Crit under the Castle is a series of nine races on closed roads around Stirling city centre, and one of the biggest cycling events this year. It is organised by Stirling Bike Club and supported by Stirling Council and... more…

Jan1

WWI centenary

Stirling residents will take part in a special event to mark the centenary of the First World War on Sunday (10th August). The event at Edinburgh Castle includes a drumhead service, which is being organised by the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and marks the beginning of Scotland’s official programme to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the conflict. Local residents will join people from across the country for the service, which... more…

Jan1

Provost Awards

Nominations are now being sought for the 2014 Stirling Provost Awards. The awards are presented to individuals or organisations who have made significant contributions to local communities, or who have achieved national recognition in their field, over the last 24 months. The Stirling Provost Awards will be hosted by Provost Mike Robbins at the Great Hall at Stirling Castle on Friday 7th November. Provost Robbins said: "There are so... more…

Jan1

Crit under the Castle

One of this year’s biggest cycling events will take place in Stirling this weekend.   "Crit under the Castle" takes place in Stirling on Sunday 10th August and incorporates the Scottish Youth Road Race Championships and Senior Scottish Criterium Championships.   The nine-race event takes place on a closed road circuit around the city centre from 12pm (noon) until 7.30pm, with the highlight race finishing on... more…

Jan1

Hop-on, hop-off bus service

Destination Stirling has launched a trial hop-on, hop-off bus service linking Stirling’s key attractions including the Wallace Monument, Stirling Castle, Smith Art Gallery and Museum and the Battle of Bannockburn Experience. Running from Stirling train station the service is available to visitors seven days a week until Friday 22nd August. Funded by Scottish Enterprise, Destination Stirling is a newly established industry-led... more…

Jan1

Wha's Like Us?

History lovers could unlock the secrets of their family history, and Stirling’s past, in September.Wha’s Like Us? is a day-long family history event for beginners and more experienced researchers that takes place at the Tolbooth on Saturday 13th September.Stirling Council Libraries, Archives and Customer Services Manager Richard Aird said: “For anyone who’s ever wondered about their family history Wha’s Like Us?... more…

Jan1

Off the Page - Stirling's Book Festival

Some of the biggest names in Scottish fiction will feature at this year’s Off the Page book festival, which takes place from Friday 12th to Saturday 20th September.Best known for the million-selling Lewis Trilogy of crime novels, Peter May is bound to be a big draw when he appears at Bridge of Allan Library on Friday 19th September. The former television scriptwriter has also penned two other series – the Enzo Files and China... more…

Jan1

Remains uncovered during excavation work

Excavation works at a major development site in Stirling city centre have uncovered human remains.At least one skeleton was uncovered at the site opposite Stirling railway station last Friday (1st August) during an archaeological excavation that is taking place prior to the building of a development that will provide new affordable housing for the city centre, along with new commercial and retail space.Other remains were also discovered by... more…

Jan1

SQA - Positive Exam Results

Stirling secondary school pupils are enjoying another year of positive exam results.More than 2500 National 4 awards were undertaken with 96% achieved, and over 5000 National 5 examinations sat with over 80% passed. Across Stirling there was an increased numbers of pupils sitting Highers with a pass rate of 76% achieved. The number of Advanced Highers remained the same, with a pass rate of 80%. Head of Education David Leng said: “The... more…

Jan1

Stirling International Angling Festival

Excitement is building for the inaugural Stirling International Angling Festival, and organisers are ready to welcome angling fans and newcomers alike. Current world champion Andrew Toft will deliver spey casting sessions, while Advanced Professional Game Angling Instructor Sue Macniven will also deliver demonstrations. Also in attendance at the event is Ian Gordon from Hardy Grey’s tackle supplies. With more Scots enjoying fishing... more…

Jan1

Stirling celebrates achievements in learning

Stirling learners celebrated their achievements at an awards ceremony with a Commonwealth theme recently. Organised by Stirling Council’s Adult Learning Team and funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Celebrate grants programme the Commonwealth Celebration Evening at the Golden Lion Hotel saw more than 200 learners and their friends and family enjoy a prize-giving evening recognising their achievements throughout the year. Those... more…

Jan1

Commonwealth Gala in Raploch

Stirling's Provost Mike Robbins will attend a Commonwealth Games themed community fun day in Raploch on Saturday 2nd August. The Raploch Commonwealth Gala Celebration, which takes place at the Ochil Centre and Ochil Park from 12pm (noon) until 4pm, includes a multi-cultural carnival parade, an African drumming band and a Samba band. Other activities include a mini Commonwealth Games, entertainment from the Stirling Council Playbus,... more…