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Doors Open Days – 27th and 28th September 2014

Doors Open Days 2014

Doors Open Days in Clackmannanshire will take place on Saturday and Sunday 27th and 28th September giving you free entry to some of our fantastic places of cultural and historic interest which are not normally open to the public, or which usually charge an admission fee.

Events are held every September throughout Scotland as part of the Council of Europe European Heritage Days. People can visit free of charge places of cultural and historic interest which are not normally open to the public or which usually charge an admission fee. The event aims to encourage everyone to appreciate and help to preserve their built heritage.

Doors Open Days is promoted nationally by The Scottish Civic Trust, the Doors Open Days website and is part sponsored by Historic Scotland.

2014 programme

This year Alloa Fire Station, Redwell Primary School, Kilncraigs and Paton’s School and the Ochils Mountain Rescue Team Post are new additions to the programme, while others, like the Moncrieff United Free Church and Tillicoultry Parish Church, are participating again after a long absence.

9 churches and the old kirkyards of Alloa and Alva, with their fine mausolea for the Erskine and Johnstone families, are also included in the programme.

Highlights include

Firpark Ski Centre

firparkski

Adult Ski Session will be available at Firpark on Wednesdays from 7.30-8.30pm. You must be able to use the button tow and ski safely from the top of the slope.
Cost: £7.70 per session.

After School Club also offered on Tuesdays 3.30-4.30pm or 4.30-5.30pm during school term. Supervised practice session for school children of any standard above level 2.
Cost: £3.45 per session.

Numbers limited and booking is essential for these sessions, contact Firpark to book.

http://www.clacksweb.org.uk/culture/firparkskicentre/

Firpark Ski Centre
Firpark
Tillicoultry
FK13 6PL
Tel: 01259 751772
Fax: 01259 753021
Email: firpark@clacks.gov.uk

Directions/How To Find Firpark Ski Centre

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Sunday Art Sale

Marcelle House studio artists are pleased to announce their first Sunday Art Sale this Sunday 27th July from 10am to 6pm at Marcelle House, 6 Marshill, Alloa FK10 1AB.

Since only February this year Marcelle artists have added to the vibrant art community in Alloa with a series of events such as poetry nights, life drawing sessions and open studios .

Their latest exciting venture is a sale of their most recent art works which will be a regular feature of Marcelle studios.

This is a great opportunity for the public and art collectors alike to own original art by professional artists directly and to commission bespoke art including portraits and prints.

The Marcelle House facebook link is https://www.facebook.com/marcellehouse for further information.

Forth Valley Open Studios 2013

8th until 16th June

Forth Valley Open Studios is a nine-day art event in Central Scotland for artists, designers, makers, art clubs and galleries. Artists open their studios and work spaces inviting all members of the community to view their work. Many offer demonstrations and provide the public with an experience, taking time to engage with the audiences and explain their ideas and inspiration for their work.  To find out who is exhibiting, and how you can take part and visit go to www.forthvalleyopenstudios.com

Resonate Arts House

Resonate Arts House have published their June programme of activities and events which offers a range of activities including photography, pottery, life drawing and textiles, visit their website http://resonatetogether.co.uk/ for the full programme.

The Swarm Gallry and art supplies shop within Resonate Arts House is open every Friday and Satirday 10am – 4pm

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VisitScotland Expo 2013

Clackmannanshire will be exhibiting on stand H3 at the VisitScotland Expo taking place at the Glasgow SECC April 17th – 18th April 2013.  This is an opportunity to showcase Clackmannanshire and is open to businesses interested in making connections with a both UK and International inbound tourism companies.   For Further information about attending visit www.visitscotlandexpo.com

Showcase Your Business Event

Clackmannanshire Business will be holding a ‘Showcase Your Business’ event on Thursday 24th May 2012 at Alloa Town Hall from 3.00pm until 8.30pm giving businesses in Clackmannanshire an opportunity to promote their business for free, network with the business community and generate new business leads.   Businesses interested in participating should contact Allyson Keen at akeen@clacks.gov.uk

Discover Clackmannanshire

Discover Clackmannanshire is a not-for-profit group created specifically to look at ways to support business throughout Clackmannanshire by bringing new visitors to the area and increase awareness of what Clackmannanshire has to offer.  Membership of Discover Clackmannanshire provides a range of benefits to businesses, to find out contact discover.clackmannanshire@gmail.com

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Alva Glen Illuminations 2014

Alva Illuminations 2014

Ten years of lighting up the glen!

It’s 10 years since the tradition of Alva Illuminations was revived. The Alva Illuminations 2014 will take place on Sat. 13th September from 7 – 9pm

Entry is free but donations are welcome. There will be the usual face painting, tombola, glow in the dark merchandise and traditional musicians as well as ice cream van and hot food van.

As always Alva Community Council is looking for volunteers to help either for an hour on the night selling glow in the dark merchandise or shaking a donation bucket and or during the afternoon to set up gazebos.

If anyone is able to help please contact Sandra on sandra.cashmore@btinternet.com or Claire at claire83a@aol.com

You can also keep up to date with Alva Glen Heritage Trust by visiting their website and following them on twitter.

Photo by Patrick MacRitchie used with kind permission. Original photo available on flickr.

Sunday Art Sale

Marcelle House studio artists are pleased to announce their first Sunday Art Sale this Sunday 27th July from 10am to 6pm at Marcelle House, 6 Marshill, Alloa FK10 1AB.

Since only February this year Marcelle artists have added to the vibrant art community in Alloa with a series of events such as poetry nights, life drawing sessions and open studios .

Their latest exciting venture is a sale of their most recent art works which will be a regular feature of Marcelle studios.

This is a great opportunity for the public and art collectors alike to own original art by professional artists directly and to commission bespoke art including portraits and prints.

The Marcelle House facebook link is https://www.facebook.com/marcellehouse for further information.

Makers Gallery & Bistro Summer Events Programme

JUNE

Bringing Up the Bodies
13th June 7-9pm
£5 including tea, coffee and a tray-bake
Bringing Up the Bodies is an illustrated talk by Susan Mills, archaeologist and Clackmannanshire Council’s Museum & Heritage Officer. Susan’s talk will focus on the human excavations that took place in Marshill, Alloa in 2003 when the body of a Bronze Age woman was discovered during the building of a new housing complex. Two days later Susan and a team of archaeologists turned up the body of an Iron Age Warrior. The findings rocked the world of archaeology with some claiming that the finds were the most significant of any from the 20th century .

Fab Furniture Upcycling
14th June 10am-3pm
£45 including lunch
Learn how to turn your cherished furniture into a personal statement piece and discover the key practical techniques such as priming, decoupaging, gilding and finishing which will soon have you transforming your home! Participants can bring along one or two small pieces of furniture as well as any emulsion paints , papers and fabrics they wish, although a selection will be provided. Participants will be provided with a lunch of soup and a sandwich from a selection from our bistro menu.

Midsummer Dinner
21st June from 7pm (last orders 9pm)
£25 includes BYOB corkage
Booking Essential
Enjoy a Midsummer Night seasonal three course dinner in the relaxing summer ambience of the Makers Gallery & Bistro. With locally sourced cod, chicken and seasonal fruits and vegetables relax with a glass of chilled Prosecco served by team of professional staff and trainees .While you’re here why not explore our current art exhibition ‘New Awakenings’ and view our exciting range of willow, ceramic, glassware and jewellery products.

Public Art-Blessing or Curse?
27th June 7-9pm
£5 including tea/coffee
BYOB Corkage £2.50
A debate on Public Art policy in Scotland –what is it, where does the money come from and who should be in charge anyway?
Chaired by international artist Lys Hansen, artists and members of the public will air and share their views on the best loved and most loathed of public art.
Join the panel in its discussion of Public Art Strategy, the commissioning process and the work itself.

JULY

Artlink Central-A Retrospective Exhibition
1st—25th July
Launch event 4th July 7-9pm
We are delighted to be hosting an exhibition by Artlink Central, one of our collaborative arts organisations based in Central Scotland. Artlink Central engages professional artists to work directly with those excluded from participating in the arts by illness or disability. This exhibition will showcase the range of projects undertaken by Artlink members over the past year, from their work in Glenochil Prison and Forth Valley Royal Hospital to their visual performance at The Scottish Parliament.

A Master’s Guide to Drinking Whisky
Trail Blazing & Whisky Tasting around Scotland.
11th July 7-9pm
£15
Find out all you have never known from the world of whisky from one of the country’s top whisky connoisseurs. We will explore and taste whisky from the Highlands , Islands, Lowlands and Speyside . In an illustrated talk our Master Blender Andrew Ford will reveal what gives each of the whiskys their distinctive taste, what we should look for in a good whisky and what to avoid. Served with homemade oatcakes, Roquefort cheese and locally sourced smoked salmon it will be an evening to leave the car keys at home.

Commonwealth Dinner
12th July from 7pm (last orders 9pm)
£25 includes BYOB corkage
Booking Essential
There will be nothing common about our Commonwealth Dinner created to celebrate the fantastic Commonwealth Games taking place in Scotland this month. Enjoy a range of diverse dishes from Canadian Pecan Mousse, and Australian Pavlova to Curried Kumara Soup from New Zealand.

AUGUST

Weird and Wonderful Exhibition
29th July—10th November
Launch event 1st August BYOB Corkage £2.50
A collaborative showcase from local & international talent. This exhibition will be a unique and exciting display of the extra ordinary, unconventional and bizarre, complimented by a wide variety of crafts and handmade retail

Booking Information – To avoid disappointment booking is advised. We are open for bookings 9-5 Monday-Saturday. Telephone: 01259 214951. Visit us: The Makers Gallery and Bistro, The Makers Village, Ludgate, Alloa, FK10 2DE. Email: artistinresidence@makers-gallery.co.uk . Accessibility: We have a large car park on site, and full wheelchair access through our front entrance.

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Firpark Ski Centre

firparkski

Adult Ski Session will be available at Firpark on Wednesdays from 7.30-8.30pm. You must be able to use the button tow and ski safely from the top of the slope.
Cost: £7.70 per session.

After School Club also offered on Tuesdays 3.30-4.30pm or 4.30-5.30pm during school term. Supervised practice session for school children of any standard above level 2.
Cost: £3.45 per session.

Numbers limited and booking is essential for these sessions, contact Firpark to book.

http://www.clacksweb.org.uk/culture/firparkskicentre/

Firpark Ski Centre
Firpark
Tillicoultry
FK13 6PL
Tel: 01259 751772
Fax: 01259 753021
Email: firpark@clacks.gov.uk

Directions/How To Find Firpark Ski Centre

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Doors Open Days – 27th and 28th September 2014

Doors Open Days 2014

Doors Open Days in Clackmannanshire will take place on Saturday and Sunday 27th and 28th September giving you free entry to some of our fantastic places of cultural and historic interest which are not normally open to the public, or which usually charge an admission fee.

Events are held every September throughout Scotland as part of the Council of Europe European Heritage Days. People can visit free of charge places of cultural and historic interest which are not normally open to the public or which usually charge an admission fee. The event aims to encourage everyone to appreciate and help to preserve their built heritage.

Doors Open Days is promoted nationally by The Scottish Civic Trust, the Doors Open Days website and is part sponsored by Historic Scotland.

2014 programme

This year Alloa Fire Station, Redwell Primary School, Kilncraigs and Paton’s School and the Ochils Mountain Rescue Team Post are new additions to the programme, while others, like the Moncrieff United Free Church and Tillicoultry Parish Church, are participating again after a long absence.

9 churches and the old kirkyards of Alloa and Alva, with their fine mausolea for the Erskine and Johnstone families, are also included in the programme.

Highlights include

Gartmorn Dam 300

Gartmorn Dam will be celebrating its tercentenary in 2013, with a programmeof events, exhibitions and outdoor activity.

Gartmorn Dam is the oldest man-made resovoir in Scotland and was built to supply the growing industrialisation that took place in Clackmannanshire during the 18th century.  Today Gartmorn Dam is a Country Park, with a circular  route, ideal for walking, cycling and horesriding.  There are picinic areas, and in winter months this is an important site for migratory wildfowl.

Look out for the programme of activity, and the main celebrations taking place between the 26th and 28th July 2013.

Clackmannanshire at VisitScotland Expo 2012

The VisitScotland Expo will take place at the Royal Highland Showground, Edinburgh on the 25th & 26th April, attracting over 400 UK and International buyers to meet with Scottish tourism businesses.  Clackmannanshire will be exhibiting for the second year, alongside Stirling and Falkirk and in partnership with Caledonian Classics, Alloa Tower and The Ochil Soap Company, visit us on stands G2 and G4.

www.visitscotlandexpo.com

Doors Open Days – 27th and 28th September 2014

Doors Open Days 2014

Doors Open Days in Clackmannanshire will take place on Saturday and Sunday 27th and 28th September giving you free entry to some of our fantastic places of cultural and historic interest which are not normally open to the public, or which usually charge an admission fee.

Events are held every September throughout Scotland as part of the Council of Europe European Heritage Days. People can visit free of charge places of cultural and historic interest which are not normally open to the public or which usually charge an admission fee. The event aims to encourage everyone to appreciate and help to preserve their built heritage.

Doors Open Days is promoted nationally by The Scottish Civic Trust, the Doors Open Days website and is part sponsored by Historic Scotland.

2014 programme

This year Alloa Fire Station, Redwell Primary School, Kilncraigs and Paton’s School and the Ochils Mountain Rescue Team Post are new additions to the programme, while others, like the Moncrieff United Free Church and Tillicoultry Parish Church, are participating again after a long absence.

9 churches and the old kirkyards of Alloa and Alva, with their fine mausolea for the Erskine and Johnstone families, are also included in the programme.

Highlights include