Conservative candidate Robin Kleinman won the contest for the Dunblane and Bridge of Allan ward on Thursday 16 March. He replaces Graham Houston who sadly died in December.

The NHS National Services Scotland and NHS Education for Scotland have asked us to share their survey to gather patient views of digital prescribing. This will help determine what matters to the people of Scotland in using services which involve prescription medicines.

 If you are interested in giving your thoughts on digital prescribing please visit this link.


The community centre built as a “living tribute” to the victims of the Dunblane shooting is facing an uncertain future amid rising costs.

The Dunblane Centre opened in 2004 after the town received donations from across the world following the tragedy at the primary school in 1996.

But there are now fears the facility may be forced to close without financial help.

Donations to the Dunblane Centre can be made on the facility’s website.

Read more on STV news here

During March 2023 Creative Dunblane has opened up the Makerspace in the Burgh Chambers
Over the first week, we had more than 20 people signed up to sessions with our volunteers.
For the sessions over the coming 3 weeks, we already have 17 people signed up but there are spaces available.
We are holding taster sessions at which people are able to come and see what the machines can do. Our volunteers will be on hand to help develop your projects on our 3D Printers, Laser Cutter and CNC Wood Milling Machine.
To find out more and to book into a session go to

Cycle lanes from the five ways roundabout to the Claredon roundabout are set to be erased.  This is thought to be a safety measure because of doors being opened in parked cars.  

Although some suggest that this route isn't particularly useful for cyclists given that there is no onward connection to Bridge of Allan from the Claredon roundabout, it should be noted that it includes the only bridge over the railway other than pedestrian bridges and is therefore key to cyclists travelling between the two halves of Dunblane.  Others suggest that the cycle lanes were a traffic calming measure to support the 20mph limit.  This theory certainly appears to be being given credence by the large cycles that are now painted right across the main carriageway that is presumabley still intended for use by cars.

This was discussed by Dunblane Community Council and Stirling Council at length on the 1st March.  They will publish findings in due course here :

Please let us know your views!
Calum Thomson  On 11th March, the Coop is set to become Greens of Dunblane.  The shop makes use of the NISA network (owned by the Coop) so will continue to stock Coop brand produce as well as the produce detailed on their web site.

According to the Glasgow Evening Times, Mary's Meals is set to close a number of shops including Dunblane.  The shop is much loved in Dunblane so many people will be saddened by this news if it turns out to be the case.

World record holding Dunblane theatre group take on 24-hour singing challenge

Article from Stirling Observer

Performers sing their way through the night at church hall in the town.

Local Guinness World Record Holders Rubber Chicken Theatre are excited to announce 24 Hours of Song. The non-stop sing-a-thon event will help raise funds for their widening access programme and their upcoming trip to the MTI Junior Theatre Festival in Birmingham this spring.

Singers of all ages are taking on their share of the 24-hour stint, which began at 7pm yesterday (Thursday) and ends at 7pm tonight (Friday) at Dunblane Christian Fellowship – where the performing arts group regularly rehearses and runs drama and musical theatre classes.

“This year there are no records to break, but our performing arts family are once again coming together to support a common goal,” said creative director Pamela Mackie. “Twenty-four hours is a long time to fill, but our family of resilient performers are no strangers to a challenge.”

The local record breakers gained their Guinness title in 2022 when they made a successful attempt for fastest theatrical production.

But this year’s challenge is one of endurance rather than speed – with a continuous performance, including through the night, by almost 100 singers.

Pamela said: “As we take to the stage this week, we hope the local community will get behind our ambitious fundraiser and support us with donations either in person or online.”

Rubber Chicken Theatre believes every child should have access to high quality performing arts opportunities regardless of their background or finances and have implemented a policy to ensure that cost is never a barrier.

Pamela said: “Our goal is to provide a supportive and inclusive environment where children from all walks of life can come together to learn, grow and shine. By making performing arts accessible to all, we hope to inspire a new generation of young performers and create a brighter future for everyone.”

Members of the public are welcome to support the performers as they sing their way through the night with back-to-back slots throughout - right up until 7pm tonight.

Pamela added: “Pop into the building during the challenge to watch the singers in action and show your support for your local performing arts family.”

The MTI’s Junior Theatre Festival brings together schools and youth groups from across the UK and Europe for a day of musical theatre mayhem. Rubber Chicken Theatre joins 1200 other participants at the ICC in Birmingham and has attended annually since 2019. The day encompasses performance opportunities, workshops presented by highly acclaimed teaching artists, and announcements of new work and showcases from world-renowned musical theatre performers.

Rubber Chicken Theatre have collected awards for their performances at the festival in the past.

Pamela said, “We’ve been producing shows, teaching and supporting the performing arts across Dunblane for 16 years. We love our wee performing arts family and welcome anyone interested in the arts to join.

“We’re a social enterprise and work with several local charities, organisations, and schools to provide access to the arts where there are barriers to participation.

We offer drama classes, workshops, community choir, shows, and performing opportunities (on and off stage) for small children through to retired adults. No auditions are required - it’s about being part of a performing arts family, and building confidence, friendships and skills through the magic of theatre.”

The fundraising page is at:

More information can also be found online at


 Case of Avian Influenza disease confirmed near Stirling - 15 February 2023  

"Avian Influenza has been confirmed at a premises to the west of Stirling and restrictions are in place to limit the spread of the disease.
A 3km protection zone and 10km surveillance are in effect. Maps of the affected areas, the measures in place and other key information can be found on the Scottish Government website.
Anyone who keeps poultry or other birds within the 3km zone area should remain vigilant and follow stringent biosecurity measures."
Stephen Bly, Community Council Enquiry Co-ordinator  
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