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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.”

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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Time to submit an application to the Wind Farm Fund

Support our volunteer groups in the Tesco Bags of Help community funding scheme

Calling all Community Groups.

Need some  funding wind in your group’s sails?

The Dunblane Windfarm Committee invites funding applications from community organisations in the Dunblane, Kinbuck and Ashfield area for 2017/18.

Application forms and guidance rules available here OR from Christine Campbell on 07539 179761 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Closing date 15th September 2017

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Winners of grants from the Wind Farm Fund in 2016

Support your Development Trust volunteer groups in the Tesco Bags of Help community funding scheme:

  1. Dunblane in Bloom want to enhance their great floral display tubs around the town by procuring more sustainable containers
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Jamie Murray won his first Queen's Club title on Sinday as he and Brazilian partner Bruno Soares beat France's Julien Beneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin at the Aegon Championships in London. 

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Last month's Christian Aid Week activities in Dunblane raised just over £12,000. The local committee thanks everyone who contributed in any way to this successful outcome.

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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.

The charity is currently working to launch a new group in Stirling. To become a guest or volunteer with Contact the Elderly, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01236 898613. Contact the Elderly can email or post a leaflet if someone would like to share it with an older person who would benefit.


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