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Family Fun Day at the Speirs Centre – Saturday 18th October 2014

Speirs

Family Fun Day celebrating the opening of the new Speirs Centre

The wait is finally over and the Speirs Centre will be proudly opening its doors to the public on Saturday 18th October 2014 with a community fun day for everyone!

The refurbishment of this iconic and important building will showcase many newand improved services, with a modern new library complete with local and family history facilities, customer service facilities for all enquiries, payments and bookings, local displays and exhibits, registration of births, deaths and marriages, wifi and computers for public use, plus a tourist information point.

This truly will be a building to meet the needs of locals and visitors alike whether for accessing services, learning, relaxation and fun!

Join us at the Speirs Centre to celebrate the official opening (10.15am).

  • Face Painting
  • Games
  • Guided Tours
  • Gift Bags
  • Competitions

Please refer to our flyers below about services available at the Speirs Centre:

Contact information: Tel. 01259 450000, email: libraries@clacks.gov.uk

Wedding Show – Alloa Town Hall – Sunday 12th October 2014

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Local businesses who can help make your wedding day complete will be exhibiting at this Wedding Show.
The bi-annual Alloa Wedding Show will be taking place in Alloa Town Hall on the 12th October 2014.
Everything is now in place for a great day. There will be a fashion show by CKS Bridal, Froz of Falkirk, McCall’s of Daiglen and JH Kilt Hire.
Wedding Venues include Broom Hall Castle, Gean House and Inglewood House – anybody who registers their interest and books their wedding at Inglewood House will receive the use of a Bentley Wedding Car for their wedding day FREE OF CHARGE.
A number of ATCBID businesses will also be in attendance with Floral Gems and Flowers by Arrangement catering for all floral needs,  D’nisi will be providing catering on the day, and Rhona McCallum will make sure that everybody’s hair is perfect for the big day.
CKS Bridal Falkirk are currently running a competition in the Alloa Advertiser with a £200 shop voucher.
You will be able to get all the help, advice, ideas and inspiration you could need to help you plan and organise your perfect day from

  • bridalwear
  • photographers
  • venues
  • florists
  • wedding cakes
  • favours & accessories
  • cars
  • beauticians
  • ……….and lots more

This event is hosted by Alloa Town Centre BID.

Location:  Alloa Town Hall, Marshill, Alloa. FK10 1AB
Time: 1.00 – 4.00 pm
Charge: Free
View more information: http://www.atcbid.com/
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McFarlane Jewellers Mill Street Gallery Exhibition

exhibition

Limited Editions, Limited Time

The latest exhibition has just opened at McFarlane Jewellers Mill Street Gallery. In a slight change for Alloa’s longest established Art Gallery this exhibition showcases signed prints by some of Scotland & Britains best know artists.

Traditional landscapes to Spanish dancers, maritime studies to equestrian art by the likes of James McIntosh Patrick RSA, Clare Eva Burton, ER Sturgeon, J. Steven Dews, Sir William Russell Flint, Vernon Ward & Sir Peter Scott.

The exhibition gives a rare opportunity to see and buy rarely available prints right here in Clackmannanshire. All are ‘Fine Art Print Quality’ and most of the exhibits are signed, with some limited editions. Many of the prints on display have been ‘sold out’ for years and this truly is a rare opportunity to not only see them but also to obtain one. The gallery also has biographies of the individual artists displayed beside their respective works, which is an interest in itself…

About some of the artists:

James McIntosh Patrick was born in Dundee (1907) and is widely celebrated for the fine observation and detail in his work. His father was an architect and amateur artist who encouraged his son to paint and draw. McIntosh Patrick studied painting at Glasgow School of Art between 1924 & 1928. His works are displayed worldwide, from Scottish venues in Dundee, Glasgow & Edinburgh to the National Gallery of South Australia, the Sydney Art Gallery, over the pond at the Carnegie Institute in America and now Alloa!

Peter Scott was born in London (1909), only child of Antarctic explorer Robert Falcon Scott and sculptor Kathleen Bruce. He was educated at Oundle School and Trinity College, Cambridge, initially reading Natural Sciences but graduating in the History of Art in 1931. In the years that followed, he led ornithological expeditions worldwide, and became a television personality, popularising the study of wildfowl and wetlands. His BBC natural history series, Look, ran from 1955 to 1981 and made him a household name. It included the first BBC natural history film to be shown in colour, The Private Life of the Kingfisher (1968), which he narrated. He was the founder President of the Society of Wildlife Artists and President of the Nature in Art Trust.

Claire Eva Burton ranks among the foremost exponents of equestrian art. Her love of horses dates from childhood; her paintings express all that is powerful, dynamic and colourful within the racing world. After sketching her way through childhood, Claire Eva Burton attended the Medway College of Art. At the same time she rode out for Tommy Gosling and Mick Haynes in Epsom. Having given up riding she now uses her art to raise money for charity.

The exhibition is open daily (exc Sundays) from 9am to 5pm daily but only runs for a short time until Sat 11th October.

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

open studios 2013

8th until 16th June 2013

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

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Wedding Show – Alloa Town Hall – Sunday 12th October 2014

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Local businesses who can help make your wedding day complete will be exhibiting at this Wedding Show.
The bi-annual Alloa Wedding Show will be taking place in Alloa Town Hall on the 12th October 2014.
Everything is now in place for a great day. There will be a fashion show by CKS Bridal, Froz of Falkirk, McCall’s of Daiglen and JH Kilt Hire.
Wedding Venues include Broom Hall Castle, Gean House and Inglewood House – anybody who registers their interest and books their wedding at Inglewood House will receive the use of a Bentley Wedding Car for their wedding day FREE OF CHARGE.
A number of ATCBID businesses will also be in attendance with Floral Gems and Flowers by Arrangement catering for all floral needs,  D’nisi will be providing catering on the day, and Rhona McCallum will make sure that everybody’s hair is perfect for the big day.
CKS Bridal Falkirk are currently running a competition in the Alloa Advertiser with a £200 shop voucher.
You will be able to get all the help, advice, ideas and inspiration you could need to help you plan and organise your perfect day from

  • bridalwear
  • photographers
  • venues
  • florists
  • wedding cakes
  • favours & accessories
  • cars
  • beauticians
  • ……….and lots more

This event is hosted by Alloa Town Centre BID.

Location:  Alloa Town Hall, Marshill, Alloa. FK10 1AB
Time: 1.00 – 4.00 pm
Charge: Free
View more information: http://www.atcbid.com/

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

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Family Fun Day at the Speirs Centre – Saturday 18th October 2014

Speirs

Family Fun Day celebrating the opening of the new Speirs Centre

The wait is finally over and the Speirs Centre will be proudly opening its doors to the public on Saturday 18th October 2014 with a community fun day for everyone!

The refurbishment of this iconic and important building will showcase many newand improved services, with a modern new library complete with local and family history facilities, customer service facilities for all enquiries, payments and bookings, local displays and exhibits, registration of births, deaths and marriages, wifi and computers for public use, plus a tourist information point.

This truly will be a building to meet the needs of locals and visitors alike whether for accessing services, learning, relaxation and fun!

Join us at the Speirs Centre to celebrate the official opening (10.15am).

  • Face Painting
  • Games
  • Guided Tours
  • Gift Bags
  • Competitions

Please refer to our flyers below about services available at the Speirs Centre:

Contact information: Tel. 01259 450000, email: libraries@clacks.gov.uk

Wedding Show – Alloa Town Hall – Sunday 12th October 2014

Wedding2Portrait

 

Local businesses who can help make your wedding day complete will be exhibiting at this Wedding Show.
The bi-annual Alloa Wedding Show will be taking place in Alloa Town Hall on the 12th October 2014.
Everything is now in place for a great day. There will be a fashion show by CKS Bridal, Froz of Falkirk, McCall’s of Daiglen and JH Kilt Hire.
Wedding Venues include Broom Hall Castle, Gean House and Inglewood House – anybody who registers their interest and books their wedding at Inglewood House will receive the use of a Bentley Wedding Car for their wedding day FREE OF CHARGE.
A number of ATCBID businesses will also be in attendance with Floral Gems and Flowers by Arrangement catering for all floral needs,  D’nisi will be providing catering on the day, and Rhona McCallum will make sure that everybody’s hair is perfect for the big day.
CKS Bridal Falkirk are currently running a competition in the Alloa Advertiser with a £200 shop voucher.
You will be able to get all the help, advice, ideas and inspiration you could need to help you plan and organise your perfect day from

  • bridalwear
  • photographers
  • venues
  • florists
  • wedding cakes
  • favours & accessories
  • cars
  • beauticians
  • ……….and lots more

This event is hosted by Alloa Town Centre BID.

Location:  Alloa Town Hall, Marshill, Alloa. FK10 1AB
Time: 1.00 – 4.00 pm
Charge: Free
View more information: http://www.atcbid.com/

Clubs & Courses at Resonate

Resonate

A ‘Resonate Club’ is defined by a bi/weekly activity that is open for everyone to join in.  No matter your age, background, ability or where you live; come and have some fun, share skills and learn new things with like minded people.  These clubs are designed to offer you flexibility to suit your schedule, so if you wish to come once a month or attend every week, the choice is yours!  Enjoy the relaxed and stimulating atmosphere at Resonate and increase your well being and connect with new people… its lovely! All clubs have a fully trained and experienced tutor to welcome and guide you through the session; please bring your own materials.  Refreshment are available, so come have a cuppa and enjoy yourself today! There are a selection of tools, easels, boards, equipment available to borrow in house and discounted product in the Resonate Art Materials Shop and recycled fabric/buttons/threads and much more in our Textile Cabin!

  • Mixed Media Monday – Bring your current art work to develop and each week there will be a focus tutorial on a selected media: print making, Sculpture, Wood Construction, Installation Art and more. Monday  from 7pm to 9pm. Every 1st and 3rd Monday of each month. Starts on Monday 6th October 2014.  Cost £ 5.00.
  • Tai Chi – Learn the art of focused movement from a fully certificated instructor; open to all levels of fitness. Tuesdays  11.30am -12.30. Cost Free.
  • The Cave – The art club for 11 to 16 year olds. Tuesdays from 7pm to 9pm. Cost £36.00 – Block of 6 weeks
  • The Jewellery Box – A get together for all jewellery making addicts!  Bring your projects, enjoy the company and exchange new tips! Tuesdays from 7pm to 9pm.    Starts on Tuesday 21st October 2014. Cost £ 2.50.
  • Painting & Drawing Club – Pastel/Inks/Mixed Media – For beginners through to professional artists, the club tutor will guide your work and move it to the next level. Wednesdays from  10am to 12noon. Cost £ 5.00.
  • Woolly Wednesday – Knitting & Crochet: sharing fun patterns, creating community projects, developing their own work and having a laugh! Wednesdays from 10am to 11.30am. Cost £ 1.00.
  • Resonate Choir – Open to everyone who enjoys singing, guided buy our extremely talented resident Choir master, Alex Knox. Wednesdays 12.30-13.30pm . Cost Free.
  • Coffee Connect – Enjoy a cuppa and have a blether, in the lovely atmosphere of Studio 23 within Resonate Arts House. Wednesdays from 1.30pm to 3pm. Cost £ 1.50.
  • Craft Club – A social crafters paradise!  Bring your current projects and enjoy sharing your ideas and learning new skills to! Thursdays from 10am to11.30am. Starts on Thursday 2nd October 2014. Cost £ 2.50.
  • Sewing Club – Open to all, from beginners through to experienced machinists.  Learn how to upcycle and save money! Thursdays from 12.30 to2.30pm. Cost £ 5.00.
  • Book Club -Bring your favourite book and discuss with likeminded Readers and share the joy of the written word. Thursdays from 7pm to 8:30pm. Starts on Thursday 2nd October 2014. Cost £ 2.50.
  • Artden - The Art Club for 5 to 10 year olds. Saturdays from 10am to 12noon. Starts on Saturday 13th September. Cost £36.00 – Block of 6 weeks
  • Riverwood Studios – Woodturning, carving, pyrography and all things wood related. Sundays from 2pm to 5pm. Every 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month. Cost £ 2.50.

A ‘Resonate Course’ is offered as an individual session or a block booking.  Suitable for all, from beginners to the more experienced, these courses will help you learn new skills, develop your abilities, improve your techniques, increase your product knowledge and help you move your practices forward.  All courses have a fully trained and experienced tutor to welcome and guide you through the session, all materials are included as well as a selection of tools, easels, boards, equipment available to borrow in house and discounted product in the Resonate Art Materials Shop and recycled fabric/buttons /threads and more in our Textile Cabin.  Refreshments are also available in the friendly, relaxed and stimulating atmosphere that is Resonate.  BOOKING IS REQUIRED PLEASE.

  • Painting with Greer Ralston (*FULLY BOOKED) – Block of 10 weeks – Thursdays from 3pm to 5pm. Starts Thursday 11th September 2014. Cost £ 80 / £ 60 con.
  • Life Drawing with Greer Ralston (*FULLY BOOKED) – Block of 10 weeks. Thursdays from 6pm to 8pm. Starts on Thursday 11th September 2014. Cost £100 / £ 80 con.
  • Introduction to Fused Glass – 2 hour course. Saturday 20th September 2014 from 1pm to 3pm. Cost £20.00.
  • Photography – Block of 4 weeks. Mondays from Mon 10.30am to12.30pm. Starts on Monday 22nd September 2014. Cost £32.00.
  • Resin Jewellery – 2 hour course. Satunday 4th October 2014 from 1pm to 3pm. Cost £20.00.
  • Creative Writing Taster Session – 6week block to follow. Starts on Monday 6th October 2014 from 7pm to 9pm. Cost £ 5.00.
  • Introduction to Glass Painting – 2 hour course. Saturday 11th October 2014 from 10am to 12noon. Cost £20.00.
  • Introduction to Fantasy Door Plaques – 2 hour course. Saturday 18th October 2014 from 10am to 12noon. Cost £20.00.
  • Stress Management Course – Block of 6 weeks. Wednesdays from 6:30pm to 8pm. Starts on Wednesday 22nd October 2014. Cost Free.
  • Creative Textiles – Block of 6 weeks. Thursdays from 10am to 12 noon. Starts on Thursday 6th November 2014. Cost £40.00.

 

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

  •  ALLOA ART EXHIBITION OPENING   – Friday 26th September  2014 7:30pm.
  •  DOORS OPEN DAYS – Saturday 27th September 2014 10am to 4pm.-16.00. And Coffee & Cake day… yum!! Raising funds for Children’s Confidence Building!
  •  DOORS OPEN DAYS – Sunday 28th September 2014 from 10am to 4pm.
  • CRAFT FAYRE – nday 28th September 2014 from 10am to 4pm. Come and buy great craft materials at discounted prices and help grow our community work!

 For bookings and any further information please contact:  Wendy McInally -  wendy@resonatetogether.co.uk – 01259 928014

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Firpark Ski Centre

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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

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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