Dunblane golfer Sean McCormack has qualified for the final of the American Golf U.K. Long Drive Championship following a hugely impressive drive of 387 yards in the Over 45 category regional qualifier. This achievement leaves the big hitting veteran top of the Over 45 qualifying distances and hot favourite to take the title along with a place in the World Championships in the U.S.
McCormack was one of over 5000 budding long drivers who entered the event that is run by nationwide golf retailer American Golf. He won his first stage qualifying event at his local American Golf store in February, progressing to regional qualifying where he sent out a 387 yard monster to secure a spot in the final. McCormack now lines up against the best long drivers in the U.K at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire on 4th August, where he will battle it out for the national title and the only U.K. Over 45 qualifying spot for the World Championships in Oklahoma.
After securing qualification McCormack commented, “I’m really pleased to have qualified for the final and to have done so as top qualifier is a great boost. But there’s a lot of competition in the Over 45 category so I know I’ll have to perform to my best. I’ll be working hard for the next few months and know if I can take this form forward I’m in with a good chance of taking the title and qualifying to take on the world’s best in the U.S.”
After watching qualifying come to a close at the American Golf Manchester Golf Show, Daniel Gathercole, Director of Marketing and Communications at American Golf commented, “The standard of qualifying this year has been amazing. To make the final from over 5000 entrants is an incredible achievement. This Championship really has brought together every type of golfer, from professionals to big hitting club golfers, and we can’t wait to find our 3 Champions who’ll go on to represent the U.K. and American Golf at the World Championships.”
The 2017 Under 45, Over 45 and Ladies finals will be shown on Sky Sports. Spectator entry to the final will be completely free and all are welcome. The Long Drive Championship is one part of American Golf’s drive to get more people hitting more balls and for 2017 those balls have been going a very long way!
More info about the event is on the flyer here : http://dunblanesportsclub.co.uk/documents/Dunblane%20P&C%20Poster.pdf
Stirling Council has commissioned Amey to develop plans for the area around the Cathedral up to the Braeport Centre. These proposals were presented to the community on 29 April 2017. The presentation has now been posted on the Stirling Council website along with an on-line form to get feedback from the community:
The Stirling Council questionnaire/feedback form closes on Monday 21 May 2017.
The Community Council would like to hear your views on the 20mph members bill in the Scottish Parliament, submitted by Mark Ruskell (Green Party). The full consultation document can be downloaded from the Scottish Parliament Website here.
The bill proposes reducing the default speed limit on restricted roads from 30mph to 20mph, whilst giving local councils the power to retain specific streets as 30mph zones where suitable, e.g. as designated through routes. Whilst many communities have already benefited from being reclassified as 20mph zones, the approach in Scotland to date has been piecemeal, resulting in some local councils having no permanent 20mph zones in place at all.
Read the four Council Orders and see the Plans on the website page dealing with Public Notices and Information
Ward 3 - Dunblane and Bridge of Allan - 4 seats
There were seven candidates in Dunblane & Bridge of Allan for the local elections to Stirling Council held on 4 May 2017. They competed for four seats selected by proportional representation. The four elected to serve as Councillors are Alastair Majury, Douglas Dodds, Graham Houston and Alasdair Tollemache. May they serve us well.
1st pref votes
|Scottish Green||Alasdair Tollemache||706||7|
|Liberal Democrats||Stuart Auld||476|
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Dementia Friendly Dunblane
Carers and people living with dementia are invited to afternoon tea at the Dunblane Centre (next to M&S) on Monday 8th May from 2.00 to 4.00pm
Dunblane has lots of 'Listed Buildings'
Dunblane, Kinbuck & Doune have a number of buildings which are considered by the Registers of Scotland to be 'Buildings At Risk'.
Resurfacing of Dunblane’s Historic Route welcomed by cyclists and walkers
Dunblane cyclists and walkers have welcomed the resurfacing of a short section of the National Cycle Network (NCN) 765 between Doune and Dunblane.
The works, which saw an existing farm track (the historic Old Doune Road) upgraded to a tarmacked surface, were carried out over February and March by Stirling Council, in partnership with Sustrans Scotland and Transport Scotland, and the local landowner.
Sustrans Scotland volunteer and local resident Bridget Clark said the community was delighted that the track had been upgraded to accommodate all abilities. She added: “The track is now perfect for commuting cyclists, school children, families, cycle tourists, walking groups and people using disability scooters to get out into the country with spectacular views over the Trossachs.
“People can then follow the NCN 765 signs down a path to cross the A820 and reach the popular old railway line into Doune.”
Leaders of the local health and buggy walking groups welcomed the upgrade and said, “We’re really pleased to add the route to our schedule, since it was too wet and muddy before, particularly for the mums and their prams and buggies”. Map maker Chris Beacock added: “It’s a fantastic cycle to my work in Doune.”
Local teacher Sharon Milne noted, “I feel so much safer than cycling amongst the fast traffic along the road”.
School cycle trainer Cameron McMillan added, “This route will be great for novice cyclists and families to explore and gain confidence in a quiet setting. We will be launching a new cycling group called DunblanebyCycle on May 7th at the Braeport Centre.”
“Yes and our updated Green Travel Maps will help people explore our local country and heritage” added Bridget. “This ancient route brought St Blane to Dunblane, drovers to the Falkirk Tryst, and the regent Murdoch Stewart who was captured here and beheaded by James 1st at Stirling Castle! “
The Stirling Marathon starts at Blairdrummond Safari Park and after nine of the 26.2 miles will arrive in Dunblane via Doune. The 6,500 runners will come down the Doune Road, detour up along George Street, then along the dual carriageway to the Keir roundabout and then to Bridge of Allan. See the route through Dunblane.
The race starts at 9.00am, so the first runners could be in Dunblane around 9.40. Road closures are likely to be between around 5.00am and midday - hopefully nearer the time there will be more information.
Transition Stirling is a Stirling based environmental charity; in the past year we have opened a new community resource offering free tool loans to individuals and community groups accross the Stirling area.
The tool library works just like an ordinary library, except instead of borrowing books you can borrow all sorts of equipment. We have over 300 items in our tool library; from sewing machines and drills & saws to mechanical tools, gardening tools and cooking equipment. We are currently looking forward to being able to offer a delivery service for this which will also enable us to deliver tools and equipment to people accross the region. You can find out more information and view our tool library catalogue online through our website at www.transitionstirling.org.uk.
Lyndsay Sutton, Project Officer, Transition Stirling
Calling all cycling
Whether you are regular confident free-wheeling road/mountain bikers, relying on electric motors, still on your balance bike or just thinking of starting from scratch, we want to meet you.
Dunblane by Cycle is a new community group that emerged after the success of Discover Dunblane's participation in European Mobility Week in September 2016.
Our primary aim is to support cycling as a practical and safe means of everyday transport for all ages within, to and from Dunblane
Sunday 7th May from 1:30-3:30 pm
Braeport Community Centre
All committed or aspirant cyclists are welcome to drop-in and join us (preferably with wheels!) to:
- learn more about our plans for the year
- get advice on how to prepare your bike for summer
- sample some of Dunblane's cycle ways
- have some family fun
For further information: