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Fusion Group joins forces with TV chef to open new Scottish Brasserie
July 25, 2017
The company behind a string of popular Scottish venues such as The Golf Inn in St Andrews and the Red Brolly Inn at Balinluig is set to open a new in-house brasserie at the Old Churches House hotel in Dunblane in partnership with well-known chef Kenny Wilson.
Owner and Managing Director of Fusion Group Alex McKie has forged a new business partnership with the TV chef who runs Juniper Bar & Restaurant in Tillicoultry with his wife, Marie Claire. The new joint venture is dubbed ‘Juniper at Old Churches House’ and will open its doors to the public on 1 August 2017 – replacing existing eatery the ‘Dunblathian’ brasserie.
McKie, who is the entrepreneur behind the rebirth of Old Churches House – formerly Scottish Churches House, a multi-faith Ecumenical centre – revamping it into a cosy hotel brasserie and events space in 2013.
He said: “We are hugely excited to announce that Juniper is coming to Old Churches House. It was very much a meeting of minds when, as two existing businesses operating a short distance away, we found one another and realised that it would be mutually beneficial to form a partnership.
“This not only breathes new life into our food offering as a busy hotel and events venue in one of the most vibrant ‘foodie’ parts of Scotland, but also enables Kenny and Marie Claire to open a second outlet of their successful Juniper concept.”
His new-found partner, Wilson, appeared in 26 episodes of STV’s Square Meals series.
He said: “It’s great news for us, with this major opportunity to expand and grow our restaurant concept coming along at just the right time. We are busy finalising the new menus for Juniper at Old Churches House and look forward to customer feedback once we start serving our new Dunblane clientele. We are also looking at potential new suppliers across Perthshire.”
Dunblane's Jamie Murray & Martina Hingis win the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon 2017
Iain Davies, Cameron McEwan and Liam McGregor, all from the 25th Stirling Company (Dunblane) of the Boys’ Brigade, have been presented with Gold Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award certificates at a special ceremony at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh
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The 25th Stirling (Dunblane) Boys' Brigade provided an afternoon of tea, cake and entertainment for older people who live alone locally.
A group of 10 guests and six volunteers from local Contact the Elderly enjoyed an afternoon at the Cathedral Halls in Dunblane.
It is hoped this will now become an annual event.
Lorna Dunbar, Support Officer at Contact the Elderly, said:
"The boys provided a fantastic afternoon for our guests and volunteers.
The food and entertainment were great but best thing was the welcoming atmosphere we received.
"Bringing the generations together in this way is lovely to see and we look forward to enjoying an afternoon with the group again soon."
Contact the Elderly organises free monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for older people who live alone. These ordinarily take place in a volunteer host's home with guests being collected and accompanied by a volunteer driver.
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Article from Stirling Observer 14 June 2017
Work on the revamp of a bridge which runs through the centre of Dunblane is set to commence. Network Rail revealed plans earlier this year to replace the Perth Road Bridge, as part of the electrification of the railway lines. The bridge carries traffic over the railway line and a section of the structure is too low for the new electric cables that will be required Now work is set to start on the project to partially replace the structure, which is set to cost around £4 million and will result in traffic on the main road through the town being disrupted for up to a year. In a letter to residents, Network Rail's Dave Boyce said: "Electrification will deliver a reduction in journey times between Stirling and Edinburgh/ Glasgow, increased capacity on morning and evening peak services and faster, longer, greener modem electric trains. "Before we can officially start work on the bridge at the beginning of July, we need to undertake some advanced enabling works on Perth Road and the surrounding road network which will allow us to maintain two-way traffic over the bridge for the majority of the project, which is due to complete in spring 2018." The removal of street furniture has already began and restrictions will be in place on the bridge from next week until July 2, with traffic set to travel in both directions along the current southbound carriageway of the road for most of the project. Clarendon Place has been converted to accommodate two way traffic. Network Rail will be present at a meeting of Dunblane Community Council this evening (Wednesday) to discuss the project. Drop-in sessions for the public are being held at the Dunblane Centre on June 26 and July 4 from 4pm to 7pm, with a special session for local businesses on June 29 at the Burgh Chambers on June 29 from 4pm to 7pm.
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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!