The Local History Society, in common with many other clubs and societies, has regretfully decided that we will be unable to hold any meetings for the rest of 2020.
We will review the situation after Christmas in the hope that we can resume as soon as conditions allow.
Thank you for your patience and stay safe.
Normally the children of Dunblane Cathedral would be meeting in the halls on a Sunday morning in three groups.
Pre School- Littlestars
P1 to P5- Superstars
P6 to S2- Megastars
We can’t meet up at the moment, but our website is open to all and we invite families to have a look at the Cathedral Kids area of the Dunblane Cathedral Website.
Every week you’ll find there, some thoughts and activities provided by the leaders and a short talk by our Associate Minister, Dorothy.
We love welcoming new members to Cathedral Kids so although we can’t meet in person, feel free to join us in spirit by visiting www.dunblanecathedral.org.uk and clicking on our Cathedral Kids logo, or follow this link: Cathedral Kids
Community organisations can now apply for grants of up to £10,000 to organise beginner-friendly, local cycling events in 2021.
Applications are open for Cycling Scotland’s Pedal for Scotland funding.
The fund will support community organisations to deliver local cycling events next year, subject to Covid-19 restrictions.
Events should support inclusive cycling and highlight local cycling infrastructure and opportunities.
There are two streams of funding available, each with their own criteria:
- Up to £1,000 – Local events for between 50 and 250 people, delivered by community organisations
- Up to £10,000 – Larger events for between 250 and 700 people, delivered in partnership with Cycling Scotland
- Round 1 (for events happening before 30 June 2021) – 30 November 2020
- Round 2 (for events happening before 31 October 2021) – 12 February 2021
Prior Booking Required!!
We are preparing to reopen Dunblane Cathedral to visitors on 2 September and I just wanted to give you a quick update on what our plans are.
We will be opening all internal areas except the bell tower, Clement Chapel and west window viewing area.
To manage the number of people on site at any time to ensure space for social distancing we are asking all visitors to
- book an available entry time slot through our website www.historicenvironment.scot,
- use hand sanitiser units which will be located throughout,
- follow one way systems and wear face coverings in all internal areas.
The health & safety of both our staff, and visitors, is our number one priority therefore we're following Scottish Government guidelines and taking a cautious approach to reopening with limited daily capacities, which will be reviewed when social distancing rules change.
As an organisation, Historic Environment Scotland has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in line with SG guidance, updates and the route map, and has developed a specific Covid-19 response Action Plan for 2020/21. We have carefully considered how, and where, sites can be efficiently and safely reopened to support local economic recovery, and provide spaces for personal health and wellbeing. To enable this, we have prepared a detailed Minimum Operating Standards document - this sets the benchmark for safe delivery of property reopening and operational activity.
We are looking forward to welcoming visitors back inside our beautiful Cathedral from Wednesday, but in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any further questions about our plans.
Douglas Wilson | District Visitor Operations Manager | Commercial & Tourism
Sent: 11 August 2020 12:41
Subject: Health Promotion Service Covid-19 Response Grants
I want to bring to your attention NHS Forth Valley Health Promotion Service's Covid-19 Response Grant Scheme. Applications are welcomed for grants of up to £500 to support groups and organisations to respond and adapt to the current Covid-19 situation. We particularly wish to receive applications from groups and organisations working to address mental health and wellbeing and health inequalities.
Information about the scheme can be found at our website
Please get in touch if you require further information.
Health Promotion Lead Officer
Health Promotion Service
New Cycling Maps for locals and tourists feature easy e-bike rides in the Trossachs, great gravel rides in the Aberfoyle area and Scottish long distance routes with Dayrides at Visit Scotland, including one to Dunblane.
All information has been added to our cycling information page.
Read the article about the e-bike trails in the Stirling Observer here.
The Community Council has had a request from a regular attender to join the monthly meeting, which has recently been held on Zoom and limited to Community Council members and Elected members (the police and Stirling Council staff are not permitted to attend zoom meetings).
It may be that we are able to open more to interested members of the public. I say more interested as having 100 people signed into zoom will be a nightmare. If you are interested you will need to tell us that you wish to join and provide an email address so you can get an invitation to the zoom meeting.
It is probably best to tell us if you have a burning issue that you want to have discussed. I am wary of putting a limit on numbers – so we will see how it goes to start with.
NEW Police launch wildlife crime probe at bus tycoon's estate following blaze Stirling Observer Article from 27 July 2020
Article below updated on 20 June 2020 - updates in Green
Some local residents on the Glassingall Estate sent a letter to Glassingall Estates Ltd in response to the demolition and burning of Glassingall House on the 11th and 12th of June. The full letter can be viewed here. A letter has also been sent to the Health & Safety Executive SEPA and the Council. SEPA has apparently responded and is now taking witness statements.
Glassingall Estates Limited is one of the companies in the Gloag portfolio. Dame Ann Gloag bought the estate over a year ago and a Pre Application Notification of Planning was submitted last year. This outlined a development of 135 chalets and an outdoor centre.
The local residents say that ‘the remains of Glassingall House appear to have materials looking awfully like asbestos lying around in the open in a fragile condition. Do not attempt to enter the area and please keep your children away. Asbestos is extremely hazardous and kills. People have been seen wandering around with their children within the fenced off area. This is a very bad idea. Please keep away’.
Here is a statement from Stirling Council
A Stirling Council spokesperson said: “We are aware of the demolition works at Glassinghall estate and can confirm investigations are underway.
“Demolition works of this nature are subject to statutory processes and require permission from the planning authority, in this case, Stirling Council. We can confirm no building warrant for demolition was requested from, or issued by, Stirling Council in relation to this work and we have taken immediate measures to ensure the site is safe.
“We are in discussions with the landowner regarding the submission of a building warrant to regulate the works already undertaken, and to cover the completion of the remaining unauthorised work.”
Here is a Tweet from Mark Ruskell MSP