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december 2004
Peter Pan

peter pan at the macrobert Peter Pan was first presented in London, exactly 100 years ago, on 27th December. The only show being performed in Britain on the centenary night, will take place at the macRobert.
The Christmas show at the macRobert has become one of the highlights of the year in Stirling and their current production of Peter Pan has to be one of the best yet.

A wonderful cast of adult actors and young people are involved in this show that takes you on a journey to Neverland and home again. Young actors from Stirling, Falkirk, Clackmannan and Perthshire have been rehearsing for months and you can see this in the quality of the performances.
Funny, exciting and sad, with atmospheric sets, amazing animated sequences and a few surprises, the timeless story of The Boy Who Never Grew Up provides fantastic entertainment for grown ups and children.

No need to travel to Glasgow or Edinburgh for a great night out. Audiences have been arriving from all over Scotland to see this show. Peter Pan runs until December 31st. Many of the performances are already sold out and there can't be many tickets left so, get them while you can.

november 2004
Stirling Christmas Lights Switch On

18-year-old Lauren Paterson, who made her TV debut as Christina Aguillera in the hit show Stars in Your Eyes, heads next week's Christmas Lights Switch On in the city centre. Lauren will be part of a line up that also includes tributes to BUSTiD and Justin Timberlake. The night kicks off at 6.30pm with Central FM DJs with the lights being switched on by Provost Colin O’Brien at 7pm.

The night also includes Santa, free presents, street acts and Bob Blewett of Strathcarron Hospice. The programme will end around 7.45pm.

Park of Keir Meeting

It is over a year since Stirling Council planners decided to grant permission for a hotel and golf course development on the land between Bridge of Allan and Dunblane. Protestors demanded a public inquiry and a decision by the Scottish Executive is expected within the next few months.

Residents Against Greenbelt Erosion (RAGE) have been busy gathering support for a community buy-out of the land to ensure it is kept green for future generations. The future for Park of Keir will be the subject of a meeting to be held in the new Dunblane Centre on Monday 29 November at 7.30pm. The meeting is open to everyone.

For more information on the buy-out proposal contact Ann Shaw on 01786 832287, Diana Davies on 01786 822193 or e-mail ann.shaw@virgin.net.

october 2004
Stirling Recycling Targets

Stirling is already recycling more than 30% of household rubbish or turning it into compost instead of dumping it in landfill sites. By this time next year it should be about 35%.
The kerbside scheme now covers more than 95% of households in Stirling with the boxes collected each week by the Council’s fleet of 11 articulated trailers.
Up to 70% of households now have a brown bin for compostable waste such as garden refuse and cardboard. The remaining 13,000 homes which don’t have a brown bin will be getting one in the next few weeks.

Edinample Bridge Storm Damage

STIRLING Council is pressing Historic Scotland for a decision over the future of Lochearnhead's historic 19th century Edinample Bridge, which was devastated during the August storm.
The bridge forms part of the walking route from Glen Ample and provides access to Loch Earn for fishermen. Royal Mail deliveries and emergency services have to come via or from St.Fillans.
At the moment there is a 16 mile detour round the loch. The remains of the bridge are still a listed structure and the cost of rebuilding has been estimated at £500,000. Placing a temporary bailey bridge near the falls of Edinample on the Loch Earn South Road would cost approximately £100,000.

september 2004
Open Doors On Heritage

Stirling’s European Heritage month celebrations, combine ‘European Heritage day’ with ‘Scottish Archaeology Month’. This year the theme is ‘Places of Worship’ when sites and churches of various ages and denominations will open to the public free of charge during the weekend of Saturday 11 and Sunday 12, September.
The programme promises to give people an insight into the history of the buildings, highlighting their importance to our culture and environment.

There is also a range of heritage walks and talks, including a guided walk of the Kinnell Standing Stones. The one and a half-hour walk will also visit the MacNab Burial Ground and Fingal’s Stone.
Leaflets outlining full details of the buildings taking part and the walks and talks can be picked up from Council offices and libraries.

Buildings are normally open from 10.00am until 4.00pm unless otherwise stated. Look out for the blue banners on all buildings and sites taking part.

Storm Damage

STIRLING'S storm damaged countryside will take more than six months and £1 million to clear up, says Stirling Council's Countryside Service. Work is already under way to repair pathways and bridges swept away by the torrential August rains that caused the Lochearnhead landslide across the A84.

For walkers and others accessing the countryside the following routes are now either impassable or only passable with care:

Callander to Comrie via Glen Artney - Bridges missing, passable if a river crossing is undertaken.
Glen Ample - Bridge and parts of the route missing, passable with care. May require a river crossing.
Bracklinn Falls to Scout Pool - Impassable as both bridges washed out.
Bridge of Allan to Dunblane via the Darn Road - Impassable due to the nature of the remains of the bank.

august 2004
Local Successes at Athens Olympics

Along with her crewmates, Sarah Webb and Sarah Ayton, Shirley Robertson won Britain's first gold medal at Athens on Thursday. Originally from Menstrie, where her parents still live, she won her first Gold at Sydney in 2000 and is now the first Scots woman to have twice won Olympic Gold.

Former Wallace High School pupil, 26 year old kayaker, Campbell Walsh from Bridge of Allan just missed out on Olympic Gold, winning Silver in the Men's K1.

Stirling Smith Birthday

Wednesday 11 August is a special day for the Smith Institute, now the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum. One hundred and thirty years ago, the shops in Stirling closed at noon and shortly after one o'clock, Provost Christie welcomed 800 guests to the new Smith Institute. Sir William Stirling Maxwell then declared the building open.

The Friends of the Smith will be celebrating that occasion next week, one hundred and thirty years to the exact hour, with Provost Colin O'Brien.

The Smith Institute was built from the bequest of the artist Thomas Stuart Smith (1815-1869). The Stirling Library was based in the Smith, 1875-1904. Fundraising took place in the Smith to build the Albert Halls in 1884. The Sons of the Rock had an important meeting here in 1887. The Guide Headquarters were opened after a march from the Smith Institute in 1925. The Smith played a vital part in two world wars and today, it is the treasure house for Stirling, containing the world's oldest football (1540), the world's oldest curling stone (1511) and a vibrant collection of art and antiquities."

From Ottawa The Sons of Scotland Pipe Band

sons of scotland pipe band in stirling The Sons of Scotland Pipe Band will make a return visit to Stirling Castle when they are back in the UK this month.
Last year's show in Stirling was a highlight for the band, who went on to perform well at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow.

They are bringing their own dancers again and will include traditional and choreographed dancing, both highland and step.

The band will be here on Thursday August 12 and will be performing again the following day at Edinburgh Castle at 3 pm, followed by a pub crawl on the Royal Mile. The band compete on Saturday at the World Championships at Glasgow Green and then on Sunday at the Perth Highland Games.

Thursday August 12
2.15 till 3pm
FREE performance included in admission price to Stirling Castle

july 2004
Reading Roller Coaster

The 6th Summer Reading Challenge will be running in Stirling Libraries over the Summer. Each child is asked to borrow and read 6 books during the summer holidays. Freebies such as bookmarks, badges, pens and activity sheets will be given out at each stage of the ride. A certificate and badge will be presented to all those who complete the challenge.

The Rainbow Slides, Stirling, McLaren Leisure Centre, Callander, Balfron High School Campus and the National Swimming Academy at the University of Stirling are offering participants a free swim for each book read. At Beechwood and King’s Parks in Stirling children can have a free session at one of the seasonal activities, while the National Tennis Centre at the University is offering a free game of tennis.

Macrobert is sponsoring two competitions for prizes of cinema tickets for children’s films. And a fun-filled final event - "Carnival Capers" - will be held in Plean Country Park on Saturday 28 August for all medal winners.

june 2004
Stirling Waste and Recycling Fair

The Stirling Community Waste Forum and Litter Sub-Group is inviting local residents to a Waste and Recycling Fair on Saturday 19 June 2004, from 10am to 1pm in the Council Chambers, Viewforth.

People can find out what actually happens to glass, cans, paper, green waste and other recyclables after they are collected from kerbside. There's also the opportunity to look at a series of tabletops and interactive displays dealing with various aspects of waste recycling.

Bus Trips to the Landfill Site at Polmaise at 10.30am and 11.30am
Interactive Displays
A series of short talks on Recycling & Waste issues
Activities for young people and children
Waste Vehicle Demonstrations

may 2004
Forthside Development
A NEW masterplan for Stirling's multi-million pound Forthside development will be drawn up this summer after weeks of public feedback.
The main elements of the new plan are:
Up to 120,000 square feet of sustainable office space, 3-4 storeys, with shops and catering on the ground floor facing on to a civic space.

150-bed, four star quality hotel, 4-5 storeys, with 500-seat conference centre and possible facilities such as a casino and swimming pool.

Up to 200 townhouses and flats at the Riverside end of the site, with car access along the current service roads.

A civic space which will eventually lead to an expanded Station Square.

Public recreation area and landscaping of the riverbank with walkways. Cycle route through the site and new pedestrian axis from the River Forth through to the planned Station Square development.

A nine-screen multiplex cinema to be sited on the main Forthside site.

april 2004
the Art of Alasdair Gray
Alasdair Gray has been working creatively in Scotland for at least the last 60 years and a new Stirling Smith exhibition features the original designs for his distinctive and striking book jackets, including Lanark, Unlikely Stories Mostly, Poor Things, The Fall of Kelvin Walker and Mavis Belfrage. Also on show are examples of his many publications, and books for which he has provided covers and illustrations.
You can visit the exhibition until 20 June - see What's On at the Smith for full details.

Stirling: Live Festival
Stirling: Live are bringing a new, five day festival of music to the Tolbooth from April 13 to 18. Eventually, it is hoped that the event will develop into something on the scale of T in the Park. Tickets are on sale now and the event kicks off with a return to the Tolbooth of the unmissable Wreckless Eric.

Tuesday April 13
Wreckless Eric £10
Wednesday April 14
Martin Stephenson plus Spokers Loan £10
Thursday April 15
The Grim Northern Social plus Tippi £10
Friday April 16
vivaMelodica plus Locosea and Rosettis £7.50
Saturday April 17 and Sunday 18
Thea Gilmore plus Kevin Harper £14

Check the in Stirling What's On guide for further details. Tickets are on sale at the Tolbooth, Stirling 01786 274000

march 2004
Stirling Springtime Advice
Stirling Council's Countryside Rangers are urging people to be careful when out walking or cycling during the Spring lambing season.
March to May, is a crucial time of the year for farmers. Disturbance to the ewes both before and after they have their lambs can have a serious effect on the farmers income and livelihood.
Dog owners, walkers and mountain bikers should be aware of this and make efforts to avoid distressing sheep. One way of achieving this is by ensuring that they avoid splitting up ewes and lambs. They should consider using alternative routes, which are away from predominantly sheep farming areas.

King's Park Bandstand Bites the Dust
The 1920's bandstand is to be demolished as part of the upgrading of facilities at the King's Park. Work to be carried out over the next 2 years will include renewing the crazy golf, relocating the putting green, creation of a picnic area, removal of shrubs and overgrown planting, replacing park furniture and signage.
In the past, the bandstand was regulary used by musicians and locals but it has become a target for vandals and a decision has been taken to remove the bandstand.
Future changes to Stirling's Kings Park will be the topic for discussion this month at a public meeting on Thursday, March 18 in the Tolbooth's Attic Room from 7.00pm.

february 2004
Forth Naturalist and Historian
Volume 26 in this annual series has just been published and it contains historical, natural historical and local articles. There are pieces on fleas in Clackmannanshire, lampreys in the river Teith, the annual bird report. There are articles about the Gowan Hill, metal mines in the Ochils and the founding of Gartmore.
The latest People of the Forth series features Annie Steedman Hunter, who lived in Bridge of Allan in the late 19th Century and whose causes included vegetarianism, spiritualism and types of complementary medicine.
There are 14 articles in this illustrated 136 page book which can be purchased for £6 from lindsay.corbett@stir.ac.uk

Work In Progress
'Work In Progress' at the Changing Room Art Gallery in Stirling's Crawford Arcade (18th February - 13th March).
Each week for four weeks, three artists will use the gallery to make and present new work or experiment with new ideas. Visitors will be encouraged to interact with the artists and talk informally with them.
Kirsteen Macdonald, Stirling Council’s Visual Arts Officer and Manager of The Changing Room says:
"As there are no artists’ studio facilities in Stirling, this project offers twelve people the chance to make bigger or more complex work than usual. It also gives the public the chance to meet and talk to the artists and find out more about what they’re doing."

For further information please contact: info@changingroom.sol.co.uk
Open to the public Wednesday to Saturday, 12 - 5pm. Admission free.

january 2004
New Plans For Forthside
New Plans for the Forthside development will be mounted at Stirling Railway Station on Friday, January 23 and in the Thistle Marches shopping centre on Saturday, January 24. While the ‘barracks’ part of the development is on hold for the time being, Stirling Council is inviting views on the housing and business elements of the plan.
It’s planned to use part of the 40-acre former Ministry of Defence site to support a 120,000 square feet sustainable office development; a civic space; a 150-bed, four-star hotel and 500-seat conference centre; riverside parkland and up to 200 townhouses and flats.
The plan also gives details of the proposed 1,000-seat multiplex cinema, on the ‘island’ site between the railway line and the Thistle Marches shopping centre, where work may start this summer.

Stirling Robert Burns Exhibition
portrait of Burns 1859
During the first three months of 2004, the life, legacy, and poetry of Robert Burns are being celebrated at the Stirling Smith. The exhibition was opened by Burns specialist Dr John Cairney on 16 January.

Included are items from the extensive private collection of Burnsiana, belonging to Colin Hunter McQueen.
The collection demonstrates the importance of the legacy of Burns to the ordinary people of Scotland, with souvenirs ranging from door knockers to log boxes, and even a large fireclay garden urn. Also on display is a cast of Burns' skull, taken for phrenological purposes when the grave was opened for the burial of his wife Jean Armour in 1834.

To read more see what's on at the Stirling Smith

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