5 electric bikes of various styles are now available
The bikes are for local residents to have taster sessions and loans for up to 4 weeks.
Feel how you can flatten the hills, reverse the wind and carry the shopping!
More information: E-bike Loan Scheme – Dunblane Development Trust
Free Fruit for Families, Laighhills Community Orchard
The Laighhills community orchard contains more than 250 fruit trees with many varieties of tasty apples, pears, plums, cherries and damsons and is one of the largest community orchards in the area.
The varieties include everything from Stirling Castle and Lass O’ Gowrie apples to Crawford pears and Jubilee plums.
Planted by local volunteers nearly five years ago, the trees are now beginning to mature and produce fruit which will be free for anyone to pick and eat.
Our orchard project has now been shortlisted for a Tesco Bags of Help grant and will be one of the three projects up for voting in Tesco Dunblane and Tesco Callander from early April until 30th June.
Our application is called 'Free Fruit for Families' as we hope this is what the orchard will provide, in addition to benefits for wildlife.
The project with the highest number of votes at the end of June will receive £1,500; the second £1,000 and the third £500.
We need funds to pay for orchard management training sessions for local volunteers, tools, information panels and maybe events too.
So please consider voting for the orchard project with one of the tokens you get when you shop in Tesco.
Meantime do visit the orchard and enjoy the spring blossoms which should be coming out soon!
A Dunblane based group is organising a shipment of much needed aid to refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine.
Over 2 million refugees, mainly women and children, have made the journey to Poland, often in freezing conditions, taking with them only what they can carry. Supplies at the border are running terribly low and refugees are arriving mentally, emotionally and physically shattered. Donated aid will go by HGV next week direct to a refugee receiving centre on the Polish Ukrainian border.
We have been in regular contact with the centre and the items they desperately need are:
Tinned food, particularly tinned meat and tinned fruit
Sweets for the children
Blankets (new only)
***Although thie collection event has passed, you can still donate towards shipment costs on their gofundme page.***
If you are able to donate any of these items, you can bring them along to Dunblane Scout Hall, 2 Ochlochy Park, Dunblane FK15 0DU between 12:30 and 16:30 on Sunday, 20 March.
Thanks in advance for your support.
Facebook link : https://fb.me/e/1QR5D1cAn
Click on Cases by neighbourhood
Then choose Stirling from the drop down menu.
In a table lower down on the right you will see stats for the Neighbourhoods in Stirling.
These include Dunblane East & Dunblane West
Come and give cricket a go this Wednesday 7.30pm - 8.30pm.
We’ve got some matches organised for March and it would be great to have a few more players
ALL WELCOME - contact us for more information ????
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School feeding charity Mary's Meals is appealing for volunteers
People in Stirlingshire can help to feed hungry children living in the world's poorest countries by becoming a Mary's Meals volunteer.
The charity, which feeds more than two million children every school day, is looking for volunteers to help raise awareness of its work in the local community. This could include giving talks in schools and churches; holding screening events for Mary's Meals' inspiring films; or helping to organise fundraising events.
Emma Hutton, head of grassroots engagement at Mary's Meals, said: "We simply couldn't feed two million children every school day without our wonderful volunteers. They are at the very heart of our work.
"We would love to welcome more volunteers from Stirlingshire into our Mary's Meals family, so that we can keep reaching the little ones who rely on our life-changing meals. We have lots of exciting opportunities and provide training and support throughout."
Mary's Meals serves a daily meal to children every school day in 20 of the world's poorest countries, including Ethiopia, Haiti, Malawi, Liberia, South Sudan, Zambia and Yemen. The promise of a nutritious meal attracts hungry children into the classroom, where they can gain an education and hope for a brighter future.
The charity's work is only possible because of many dedicated volunteers across the globe – from the people in the UK who raise awareness, to those who cook Mary's Meals for the children in their community.
Bertha, 11, loves learning. The nutritious mug of porridge she receives at her school in Zambia allows her to concentrate in class and work towards her dream of becoming a teacher.
Bertha says: "I get to school at 9am and wait for the porridge. I love going to school because this is where I'm learning how to read and write.
"I admire my teachers so when I grow up and finish school, I would like to become a teacher."
For more information about volunteering with Mary's Meals, please visit marysmeals.org.uk/volunteer or freephone 0800 698 1212.
Photo also from Herald on Sunday
Stirling Council has taken the keys to the first new build council homes to be built in Dunblane for more than 45 years.
Miller Homes are building 79 new homes on the site of the former Barbush Quarry at the north end of the town and 26 of these will be offered for rent by Stirling Council.
The initial properties were handed over by the builder at the end of the summer, with the final properties completed in December 2021.
The mix of council housing includes six two-bedroom terraced homes, 12 one-bed flats and eight two-bed flats.
All of the properties have solar photovoltaic systems and battery storage systems installed and meet the new Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH2 – 2032) which all social housing has to meet by 2032.
Councillor Jim Thomson, portfolio holder for housing, said: “I am pleased that we have been able to increase the number of council homes in Dunblane which is a high demand, high pressure area for social housing.
These are the first new council homes in the town since 1972. These high quality new homes will be made available to people on our housing list and I hope they will be delighted with their new homes.”
The above article & photo were from the Stirling Observer
Postscript : The article does not mention that these 26 Council houses have been provided in Dunblane thanks to the Council's Affordable Housing Policy. This policy requires 33% of any private sector new build in Dunblane to be made available to the Council or to an Housing Association for them to buy and then to rent them out at rents which are much lower than could be achieved in the private sector. On smaller schemes the Council can instead take a financial contribution from a developer which they then invest in the provision or maintenance of social rented housing. While no new Council houses have been built for a long time in Dunblane, in more recent times Forth Housing Association has built social rented houses at Old Doune Road (15 units) and at Bogside (9 units). Steve Mason
Mo-lawn started in 1991 and from 1999 have been growing and selling plants from Stockbridge, Dunblane. The company has expanded over the past 30 years, not only selling bedding plants, shrubs and trees but also undertaking landscape contracting and garden maintenance. During Covid we were able to bring two local businesses to the Stockbridge site. James’ speciality coffee bar offers freshly made coffee, bagels and breakfast while Mangiamo provides delicious pizzas. We are thrilled and very grateful to our customers for their support which has enabled these businesses to flourish. Our home at Stockbridge is now becoming too confined. Working with the local Kippendavie Estates we are considering a new site north of Queen Victoria School at Lady’s Mount for a new Garden Centre and restaurant. We would keep our plant cultivation and landscape business at the current Stockbridge site. The Lady’s Mount site would also give the opportunity to provide other services requested by our customers including electric vehicle charging, car share space and a local parcel distribution hub to help consolidate deliveries and deal with cardboard and recycling. The opportunity could also exist for a local petrol station with suitably priced fuel.
As so many of our customers like to walk to and from the nursery (working with Kippendavie) we are keen to extend the Sheriffmuir heritage trail to include a viewpoint from Lady’s Mount. As a local business we also see Lady’s Mount as having the potential to showcase Dunblane through suitable waymarking and marketing local businesses, building events. We are very keen to engage with the local community and keep them informed as to the status of the proposal. To achieve this, we will upload the plans onto our website and run consolidation events into the new year. We welcome any views, comment or ideas and would be happy to address any concerns. The Proposal Garden Centre- Offering a wide variety of plants, trees, shrubs, bedding plants etc. The centre shop will also include a workshop for crafts and stock food from local traders. Restaurant- Predominantly serving locally sourced food & drink. Play Area- Both indoor and outdoor family play areas to keep the kids entertained no matter the weather. Local History Information Centre- Highlighting and celebrating the local history of Dunblane, Sheriffmuir and the surrounding area. Fuel Station- Providing the local community with suitably priced petrol, diesel and electric vehicle charging stations. Parcel Distribution Hub- A centralised hub accepting deliveries from the parcel companies. This allows the local community to have a one-stop-shop to have their parcels delivered or collected regardless of who the carrier is through a variety of zero carbon delivery options that could create local business opportunities. Access our website – www.molawn.com.