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Dunblane Sports Club celebrated the opening of their new squash courts on Sunday 18th August by hosting the latest event in the Scottish Squash Roadshow. Scotland’s number 2 and world ranked number 79 Alison Thomson teamed up with National Coach Paul Bell to deliver coaching sessions for juniors and adults, followed by an exhibition match and a chance for club members to ‘play against the pros’.

The courts have been given a complete £30k rebuild, including new state of the art ASB walls, new Junckers sprung flooring and new lighting. The investment comes alongside increased popularity in squash, with busy club nights, team practice sessions, ladies and men’s teams in local leagues, and a popular internal box league and ladder. The new courts have been sponsored by Erskine Eyecare, who have branches in Auchterarder, Bridge of Allan and Dunblane.

Scottish star Alison said she had a “great day getting on the new courts with the juniors and adults”. Paul praised the club for investing in their facilities and promoting squash to the local community: “It was so much fun in Dunblane on our latest Scottish Squash Roadshow. It was a nice challenge delivering a session for 12 adults on 2 courts of various abilities, but that’s why we do it. When there’s a will there’s a way.”

New members are always welcome. For more more information on the club, and how to join, please see the website: www.dunblanesportsclub.co.uk. Junior coaching starts on Saturday 7th September for children P4 and above. Cost of 5 week session is £25 for members and £35 for non-members. Rackets are provided. To book a place email coach Maureen: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

High risk trees lining the public path by the War Memorial are to be felled as they pose an imminent danger of falling branches.

Read more on the council website here.

See the Stirling News article

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Work in Progress!

There has been some good progress of planting, fencing and digger work to help stabilise and repair the path and improve drainage along it. As we volunteers know it will all green up very quickly. In addition a survey above the path has highlighted the need to repair some old drainage to help reduce erosion and extend the life of the path – but this needs some extra funds, which we are trying to secure to maximise the efficiency of the ongoing works.

Funds!

We are pleased to say that the 4 grant applications in the original budget were successful - 8000 from Sustrans, 9000 from CSET, 1500 from Community Pride and 1500 from Scotways. We have also reached 3000 for the Kindlink appeal which is fantastic, but still have another 2000 to go.
For the additional drainage works we have applied to Paths for All and are approaching some other sources.

Please pass the word on and keep up the generosity to help us reach our target for the public appeal at https://www.kindlink.com/charity/dunblane-development-trust/1953/fundraising

Donors have written some lovely comments
“Love this path and thanks to all the volunteers that work so hard to keep it open"
"The Glen Road is the most tranquil and safe cycling route between Dunblane and Bridge of Allan and should be preserved”.
"I always enjoy my commute by bike into Stirling through the Glen"
"Hoping to be able to continue enjoying the Glen walk for many years to come."
"I love cycling this route. Must keep it open.”
"Happy to add my labour, if needed."
"Thanks very much to everyone for all their hard work on this - good to keep such an excellent path open!"
"Thank you for doing this! We love this walk:-)"
"I love walking this route and so do many others. Thank you for keeping it open."

Many thanks to everyone!

Bridget Clark, Duncan Lavery, Mike Watson
Volunteer coordinators and representatives from Dunblane and Bridge of Allan

See original article here : http://www.dunblane.info/component/k2/1471-glen-road-path-appeal

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Crowdfunding Opportunity : £10k sought - here is the link

Coming soon to the High Street - with your support!

Hello I'm Rosie and have dreamed about opening a shop for years. Having listened to the community I decided a zero waste, plastic free social enterprise was the way to go.

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So what is this 'Zero Waste' idea all about ??

As a new business start up for Dunblane, 'Weigh Ahead', will bring a new concept to shopping on the High Street.  A zero waste, plastic free shop enabling sustainable living. We will stock eco-friendly, sustainable products that will be sold without plastic packaging.   By setting up as a social enterprise it will also bring the opportunity for profits to be re-invested back into the community.  These profits will go back in various ways, by promoting environmental issues, recycling, Ecobricks projects, and by providing outreach programmes and sustainable living workshops for the community, with a particular emphasis on reaching people who would find practising a zero waste lifestyle most of a challenge. 

As many products as possible will be sourced from other social enterprises to support the circular economy, and from local / Scottish artisans with the odd more exotic product that will, of course, have been ethically checked out before being placed on the shelves.
If you have any small up-cycled or other suitable products you think we could stock, please get in touch.

This short film follows the survey which Rosie conducted to find out what people wanted to see and buy, with a follow up invitation to anyone who might want to be part of this exciting initiative by way of a Crowdfunder

 

Former Community Council Chair, Terence O'Byrne, has been tackling the giant hogweed problem in Dunblane in a voluntary capacity for the last 7 years but now funding for chemicals & sprayng equipment is under threat.

Read the Stirling Observer article

The latest Scottish road trip, Heart 200, will take visitors through the most scenic parts of Central Scotland from Blair Atholl to Kinross, from Aberfoyle to Blairgowrie.

AND the route comes through Dunblane - a significant opportunity for the town!

Read more about HEART 200

Monday 22 July : Dunblane's Gold Post Box tonight took a tumble as a runaway car uprooted it.

Tuesday 23rd : The Post Box is back where it should be! An amazing effort!

See     BBC News     The Herald

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BT have a proposal to remove one telephone box in Dunblane - Kippendavie Avenue used 19 times in the last 12 months.

Contact the local authority if you have any comments.

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