Join in our annual gala day on Saturday June 20th 2015. Fancy dress parade, led by the Balaclava Pipes and Drums, starts at the Park (Stark Street entrance) and ends at the Community Centre. Our Laird and Queen for 2015 are Max Flett and Molly Pizey.
Maitland and Anne are our judges this year.
Tea and cakes available in our tea room, stalls throughout the afternoon. The bar opens at 5pm and BBQ starts at 5:30. Evening entertainment by the Reckless Vagabonds. Bar closes 10:30pm
Present: Alison MacLachlan : Maitland Clark : Bryan Crawford : Bob Burman : Mike McGirr : Lovat McGregor : Cllr Graham Lambie
Apologies : Edmond Mansion
Minutes: Minutes of meeting held on 2nd March were formally adopted, after noting that Maitland Clark was not present at the meeting but had registered his apologies.
Matters Arising: All matters arising would be covered later under their own headings.
Community Police Officer’s Report: PC McGill in attendance. One person issued with a fixed penalty notice for breach of the peace. Measures are now in place to address irresponsible motorcycling on the A811. Between 18 and 23rd April a silver Vauxhall van was stolen from Kirk Lane.
There had been two complaints to the CC re bad driving at and through the Square. After the resurfacing of Manse Brae the “give way” lines at the Square had been covered over and have not yet been repainted. Police and Cllr Lambie will report this and ensure action taken.
Treasurer’s Report : Balance £722.
Planning: The application for the site at Manse Brae still pending. There may be a possible development at Boquhan for a shop/café.
Broadband Update: A great deal of work has been carried out at the telephone exchange and it would seem that the village is on course to receive high speed in a few weeks.
Affordable Housing: Bryan has agreed to draw up a suitable letter to be sent to all parties involved in the ownership of the land at the Glebe. A draft will be sent to community councillors for approval before being sent. Also, a suitable article will be sent for inclusion in the next edition of the Bugle.
Road Safety/20mph Signs: Following discussions with Stirling Council, Lovat agreed to withdraw the petition on the basis of the following commitments –
Design and delivery of a new pedestrian crossing at the main school entrance at Station Road. Funding has been secured and the design will be progressed.
The unsatisfactory issue of the flashing 20mph was discussed and agreed that one long-term solution would be the introduction of a 20mph limit covering the entire village. This would include new signage and traffic calming/management features positioned at strategic locations to help reduce traffic speed. It is envisaged that the design would include priority give-way features and if possible footway widening along the narrow section of Station Road. Discussions are also on-going re the merits of introducing a 40mph buffer speed limit on all approaches to the village.
Street Cleaning: The village street cleaner has retired and we are now under a team of “mobile cleaners” along with Kippen, Thornhill, Buchlivie etc. It appears that this is the method being adopted throughout all the Stirling Region. Concern was raised that the state of the streets had deteriorated but there is little we can do about this other than keep an eye on developments and make further representations to Stirling Council if necessary.
Dog Fouling: This seems to be on the increase again. It was reported that one individual had been caught and a spot fine issued. Bryan will provide an article for the Bugle.
AOCB : (a) Stirling Low Carbon Future – Alison to make enquiries and get more details.
The Gargoyles of Gargunnock at Traquair House This Weekend
Traquair House has its annual 2 day medieval Festival this weekend and we are performing there on both days, being wandering minstrels, between singing in the House and in the Chapel. The festival ale in the beer tent, which they only brew for this festival each year and is very tasty, and goes nicely with the hog roast!
The Songsters Spring Show will take place on Saturday 16th May 2015 at 7.30pm in the Gargunnock Community Centre. Prices are £7 for adults and £3 for children. Price includes a glass of wine and nibbles at the interval.
Sadly, Gargunnock’s first lady minister, the Rev Catherine Hepburn, here from 1982 to 2000, passed away peacefully after a long battle with cancer at her home in Fettercairn on Saturday 7th March. The news was announced at the end of a Family Service here on 8th March. The funeral will be held at Fettercairn on Friday 13th March at 1.15pm .