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! “

xOld Doune Road NCN 765

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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.

Go to the Marathon Website    Information from Stirling Council    Marathon Map

 

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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


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Elaine Hopley, 45, from Dunblane in Scotland, arrived in Antigua on Sunday having spent nearly two months at sea competing in the 2,000 mile Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Her time of 59 days, 19 hours and 14 minutes makes her the fastest woman to cross the Atlantic solo in the 30-year history of the race, dubbed the world’s toughest row.

Read more at: http://www.scotsman.com/news/scottish-rower-makes-history-with-solo-atlantic-crossing-1-4364595

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Stirling Council has agreed to hand over ownership of the Braeport Community Centre to the Development Trust.

We have run the centre for over 10 years, ensuring the provision of a welcoming and affordable space for many community activities. Community ownership will allow us to proceed with some important planned improvements using funding sources not
previously open to us.

We have already received £93,000 from the Climate Challenge Fund to upgrade the building’s insulation, including window replacement. What next? Well, we want to offer the facilities that you need.  Current ideas include drop-in office space for people working from home and improved services for older people in Dunblane.

What other gaps in community services should
an upgraded centre provide? Give us your views:

Contact: Alison Brown at 01786 822422 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Elaine Hopley, 45, from Dunblane in Scotland, arrived in Antigua on Sunday having spent nearly two months at sea competing in the 2,000 mile Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Her time of 59 days, 19 hours and 14 minutes makes her the fastest woman to cross the Atlantic solo in the 30-year history of the race, dubbed the world’s toughest row.

Read more at: http://www.scotsman.com/news/scottish-rower-makes-history-with-solo-atlantic-crossing-1-4364595

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Working Together For Our Community

Public Note of a Community Summit about Dunblane 2017 to 2020 

Held on 20 February 2017 between 7.30 and 9.00pm at the Braeport Centre.

Dunblane Community Partnership (DCP) – formed of Discover Dunblane, Dunblane Community Council and Dunblane Development Trust representatives - invited local community organisations to respond to the draft Community Action Plan Dunblane 2020, developed from the Town Centre Charrette. A new project to enhance the historic centre of Dunblane was shared by Amey Consultants to gather feedback as part of a feasibility study.  Terence O’Byrne chaired the gathering.

Draft Community Action Plan Dunblane 2015 to 2020

Barbara Allan described the vision as ‘The Dunblane community wants the Town Centre area to be a vibrant, healthy and inclusive place for people to live, work and visit’ before outlining the 5 themes in the draft plan:

1. A Vibrant and sustainable Town Centre for people and community activity
2. An Accessible Town Centre.
3. A Town Centre that Capitalises on its Natural and Built Heritage
4. An Inclusive Town Centre that supports Community Cohesion
5. A Town Centre that meets the Future Needs of the Community

Those attendingt the Community Summit discussed success stories and possibilities for partnership working across Stirling City Region. Needs of the Dunblane population growing older was considered.   Views about Streetscape Stirling Road were shared. 

Cathedral Square Feasibility Study

Drew Millar reported Amey’s role in developing proposals which enhance the historic setting of the Cathedral whilst improving access for pedestrians and cyclists. He emphasised that design ideas are still evolving and that there would be two stages of consultation – the first with those residents, businesses, churches who are in the immediate vicinity of the study area and the second with the wider Dunblane public.  The study is due to be completed by the end of May.

Communication and Joint Working

Tim Hughes facilitated a discussion on local participation, communication and joint working.  It was agreed by individuals gathered that it is important to have a multi-channel approach to communications and engagement.   

Summit Actions

DCP listened and generated actions that the Summit believed the DCP should take:

1. To host the next gathering on Youth Volunteering in Dunblane in May 2017

2. To develop a parking strategy once enforcement operations are underway

Elaine Hopley, 45, from Dunblane in Scotland, arrived in Antigua on Sunday having spent nearly two months at sea competing in the 2,000 mile Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Her time of 59 days, 19 hours and 14 minutes makes her the fastest woman to cross the Atlantic solo in the 30-year history of the race, dubbed the world’s toughest row.

Read more at: http://www.scotsman.com/news/scottish-rower-makes-history-with-solo-atlantic-crossing-1-4364595

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Stirling Council has agreed to hand over ownership of the Braeport Community Centre to the Development Trust.

We have run the centre for over 10 years, ensuring the provision of a welcoming and affordable space for many community activities. Community ownership will allow us to proceed with some important planned improvements using funding sources not
previously open to us.

We have already received £93,000 from the Climate Challenge Fund to upgrade the building’s insulation, including window replacement. What next? Well, we want to offer the facilities that you need.  Current ideas include drop-in office space for people working from home and improved services for older people in Dunblane.

What other gaps in community services should
an upgraded centre provide? Give us your views:

Contact: Alison Brown at 01786 822422 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Elaine Hopley, 45, from Dunblane in Scotland, arrived in Antigua on Sunday having spent nearly two months at sea competing in the 2,000 mile Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Her time of 59 days, 19 hours and 14 minutes makes her the fastest woman to cross the Atlantic solo in the 30-year history of the race, dubbed the world’s toughest row.

Read more at: http://www.scotsman.com/news/scottish-rower-makes-history-with-solo-atlantic-crossing-1-4364595

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Elaine Hopley, 45, from Dunblane in Scotland, arrived in Antigua on Sunday having spent nearly two months at sea competing in the 2,000 mile Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Her time of 59 days, 19 hours and 14 minutes makes her the fastest woman to cross the Atlantic solo in the 30-year history of the race, dubbed the world’s toughest row.

Read more at: http://www.scotsman.com/news/scottish-rower-makes-history-with-solo-atlantic-crossing-1-4364595

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Four weeks of free singing and musical games will be offered in Dunblane. Wee Sing is a brand new project that aims to introduce primary 3 children to singing through fun musical games. Taking place on Tuesday evenings from March, 7 at Dunblane High School, youngsters will start to develop pitching, rhythm and sound production skills. This is a Youth Music Initiative funded project from the National Youth Choir of Scotland (NYCoS), Scotland’s national organisation dedicated to encouraging singing for young people aged 0–25. Lorna Rudden, NYCoS area choirs manager said: "As well as being fun, singing together in a choir has many benefits: gaining a musical education, socialising and making friends, and boosting confidence by performing." Wee Sing is completely free, however spaces are limited so advanced booking is required. To secure a spot visit nycos.org.uk/weesing or call 0141 287 2943.


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Elaine Hopley, 45, from Dunblane in Scotland, arrived in Antigua on Sunday having spent nearly two months at sea competing in the 2,000 mile Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Her time of 59 days, 19 hours and 14 minutes makes her the fastest woman to cross the Atlantic solo in the 30-year history of the race, dubbed the world’s toughest row.

Read more at: http://www.scotsman.com/news/scottish-rower-makes-history-with-solo-atlantic-crossing-1-4364595

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Elaine Hopley, 45, from Dunblane in Scotland, arrived in Antigua on Sunday having spent nearly two months at sea competing in the 2,000 mile Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Her time of 59 days, 19 hours and 14 minutes makes her the fastest woman to cross the Atlantic solo in the 30-year history of the race, dubbed the world’s toughest row.

Read more at: http://www.scotsman.com/news/scottish-rower-makes-history-with-solo-atlantic-crossing-1-4364595

Message from Gordon Currie, Police Constable, Dunblane Police Office

There has been a significant rise in frauds being committed throughout the Forth Valley area.  The most common frauds are detailed below along with information on how to protect yourself and a link to action fraud which has some great information, advice and can be used to report frauds. http://www.actionfraud.police.uk

HMRC and Apple Gift Card Fraud The fraudsters are using the following contact methods to defraud people:

  • Voicemails: Fraudsters are leaving victims automated voicemails stating they owe HMRC unpaid taxes. When victims call back on the number provided, they are told that there is a warrant out for their arrest, unless they make payment via iTunes Vouchers.
  • Spoofed calls: Fraudsters are cold calling victims using a spoofed 0300 200 3300 number and convincing them that they owe unpaid tax to HMRC.
  • Text messages: Fraudsters are sending text messages requesting victims to urgently call back on the number provided. When victims call back, they are told that there is a case being built against them for an outstanding debt and they must pay immediately.

Fraudsters are using iTunes gift cards to collect money from victims because they can be easily redeemed and sold on. The scammers don’t need the physical card to redeem the value and instead get victims to read out the serial code on the back over the phone to them. Action Fraud has been working with Apple and HMRC to warn people about this type of fraud.

How to protect yourself

  • HMRC will never use text message to inform about a tax rebate or penalty.
  • HMRC will never ask for any payment in the form of iTunes Vouchers.
  • HMRC will only post out a P800 tax calculations, in circumstances of under or overpayment of taxes, if you’re employed or get a pension.
  • Payments using iTunes Vouchers may not be recoverable.
  • Telephone numbers and text messages can easily be spoofed. You should not trust the number you see on your telephone display as proving the caller is genuinely calling from HMRC.
  • Be protective of divulging other personal details such as National Insurance number, passport number and bank details over the telephone.
  • If you receive an unexpected call, whereby the caller requests an advance fee in the form of iTunes gift cards, the call should immediately be terminated.

Gordon Currie, Police Constable, Dunblane and Bridge of Allan Ward Officer. Dunblane Police Office FK15 0EY
Website: www.scotland.police.uk  Twitter: @policescotland Facebook: www.facebook.com/policescotland  https://scotland.police.uk/yourviewcounts

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Elaine Hopley, 45, from Dunblane in Scotland, arrived in Antigua on Sunday having spent nearly two months at sea competing in the 2,000 mile Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Her time of 59 days, 19 hours and 14 minutes makes her the fastest woman to cross the Atlantic solo in the 30-year history of the race, dubbed the world’s toughest row.

Read more at: http://www.scotsman.com/news/scottish-rower-makes-history-with-solo-atlantic-crossing-1-4364595

Dunblane's Elaine Hopley arrived in Antigua on Sunday 12 February 2017 having spent nearly 2 months at sea competing in the 2,000 mile Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Her time of 59 days, 19 hours and 14 minutes makes her the fastest woman to cross the Atlantic solo in the 30-year history of the race, dubbed the world’s toughest row. Read the Scotsman article

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8 February 2017 : Elaine has only 300 miles to go Read the Stirling Observer Article

1 February 2017 : Elaine nears Atlantic race record bid  Read the Stirling Observer Article

4 January 2017 : Update on Dunblane rower Elaine Hopley as she rows the Atlantic Read the Stirling Observer Article

7 December 2016 : Dunblane rower Elaine Hopley all set to take on the Atlantic in tiny boat. Elaine will take on the 3000 mile journey across the ocean as she aims to become the fastest woman to solo-row the ocean - based on an article in Stirling Observer by Gareth Iwan Jones - 7 December 2016

Dunblane rower Elaine Hopley has arrived in Spain as she prepares to tackle the Atlantic. She flew to the tiny island of la Gomera at the weekend, where she has been reunited with the 22 foot boat she will undertake the daunting 3000 mile journey in. The boat was transported to the isle near Tenerife last month, and Elaine will now spend the next week working on getting the vessel ready for the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, which begins on December 14. She hopes to arrive in the Caribbean island of Antigua in under 70 days, becoming the fastest woman to solo-row across the ocean. She has now said farewell to her family, and said that she has to put the emotions of leaving them at home out of her head come race time. “I’ll have to get the boat ready when I arrive, and being a solo rower, I need to make sure I meet and speak to all the other teams so we can help each other,” said Elaine.

Competitors in the challenge must purchase all items from an inventory that contains a host of high-tech safety equipment. They must carry two radios at all times, with race organisers able to track their position to within a 400 metre radius of the 3,000 mile route and support vessels nearby to offer assistance. Elaine has spent more than three years fundraising for the challenge, and hopes during the trans-ocean row to net thousands of pounds for Alzheimers Scotland in memory of her late mother Janice, who suffered from early-onset dementia. To donate to her challenge, and to keep up to date with her progress visit www.eh-oceanrow.com

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