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Menstrie Village Fete and Gala

By Sunday night even our eyelids were aching, but what a week we had! I am so pleased with all the events that were held in this the first ever Menstrie Village Fete; at all the events people took the time to come to and either see what was going on or, even better, in which they participated. It would be difficult to single out any one event as tops as they were so diverse but it was such a pleasure being a part of what this beautiful village can do. From our Art exhibition (how talented are the people of Menstrie!) to the fantastic turn-out for the children's football knockouts.

Over 60 youngsters turned up, resulting in having to go out and buy more trophies and medals, a task which was a pleasure to have to carry out. Even our village pets turned out: cats, dogs, rabbits and even a terrapin (which, I was warned, liked a nip or two of your finger); all proud to be part of the events.

Our biggest day was without doubt Gala Day. We toiled from 8.00 in the morning to prepare the park for this event and, even though the sun shone down at the start, we were taken by surprise by what appeared to be a mini tornado, lifting gazebos and tents into the air. Indeed two were so badly damaged that they were ruined and one was only taken out of the box an hour previously.

But we went on and I hope, despite the showers, that everyone enjoyed a great atmosphere with entertainment and fun. My highlights were the Clackmannanshire Band and the Quack Commandos.

The evening's Ceilidh was superb with music provided by the Kinlochard Ceilidh Band and everyone (bar me) up on the floor dancing traditional and some not so traditional dances.

We will soon be holding a meeting to digest all that went on and take comments on board. We will also be organising a separate Committee to run the Gala. It is a commitment but if you enjoyed this year's events why not come along and help.

We are desperate to involve the younger generation of the village: We need the energy and brain cells of younger people. It is your village and your future, please get involved.

And finally - to all who helped us oldies on the day - Thank You!

Les Sharp
Chairman, Community Council

July 2008

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