Menstrie Community Council
Message from the Chair, March 2011
As we face some of the most stringent cuts we have ever seen from local government, we shall see changes taking place in the village and its environs. We are not yet sure of the full impact but we are trying to work with the Council to try and minimize any loss of amenities within Menstrie. The announced loss of Alva swimming pool is one over which we join Alva Community Council in their fight to save the pool.
Also, albeit a quieter announcement, we are to lose the plant nursery and recycling depot along at Victoria Terrace; one which will be missed by many of our community, myself included. At this moment, we are not sure of the plans for the facility but will keep you informed as we find out more.
As your Community Council we are also implementing change, introducing smaller sub-groups to look at how we can improve the work we do on your behalf. Finance, planning, woodlands, communication and social are areas where we feel we can make a difference to life in the community. Our groups will work in tandem within the Community Council remit but focus on these issues to benefit us all. We intend that they are informal and will have workloads that vary enormously. If any of these areas interest you, or you are skilled in and have a few hours a month to spare, we could certainly use your help! Our website, www.menstrie.org, has more details of what we are doing and how to get involved.
What's next? Our Easter Sunday Funday - Egg painting, egg hunt, BBQ, Duck race and hopefully this year a small craft fair - all takes place in the Nova Scotia Gardens from 2pm on Easter Sunday. We could do with a few dads to help set up in the morning, 10.00am, (too early?) And a few to help with the duck race. It's hard work running after all those ducks!
I pass on a vote of thanks to one of our Council members who managed to secure some fine furniture to kit out the meeting room in the Dumyat Centre. It really looks professional and quite luxurious. Although it is bookable through the council, we are happy to assist if we can and are able to offer light catering facilities if required. Give us a call if this would be of interest to you or your organization: 01259 763549 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please, also remember that the Dumyat Centre is available for meetings, birthdays, events and, through the Council's catering company Classic Cuisine, meals can be provided and delivered hot to the centre.
As a village we enjoy very low crime levels compared to other communities in Clackmannanshire and along the Hillfoots. In recent weeks however there has been an increase in incidents of verbal Racial Abuse in the village directed towards a fellow member of our community. In our modern society there is no place for this kind of prejudice. We should welcome members of any race or creed into our society where we can enjoy the benefits that a multi-cultural community can bring.
We are pleased to tell you that it is now about 90% certain that the H1 Forth Valley Hospital bus will start to go through the village from the summer. It will go along to the roundabout and stop on the north side at the west end and then again at the gardens in the centre of the village, the third stop being the present one on Tullibody Road.
Please be patient, it is coming ... But we must use it or we will lose it!!