From Les Sharp in Menstrie Matters, May 2014
Once again we are fortunate to see a flurry of activity here in the village. The Duck Race went well on Easter Sunday; and we have been busy creating a Wild Flower Meadow at the Western entrance to Menstrie, courtesy of 'On The Verge' and thanks to the willing helpers.
Now the Fete week and Gala are upon us. Wherever I go around the County I am delighted to hear people speak very favourably of the social aspect of Menstrie, none more so than the Gala and Fete Week. It is the envy of a number of communities and some far larger than us with more resources to hand - it is a credit to the people who put in the hard work to make this happen. Please take part in all the activities available throughout the week, I can promise you it is fun, rewarding and a great way to get to know folk.
Of course, the week does not take place without months of preparation, planning and meetings on cold winter nights and the giving of time and energy for this deserves our thanks. I always use this particular issue for pleas for help. Whilst the organisation is now complete, help would really be appreciated on Gala Day to assemble the park in the morning before the event and to take it down at the end. Just turn up at around 8.30am and then at around 4.00pm to ensure all the tents, gazebos etc are put away and the park left tidy. No committees, no commitment, just an hour or so of your time.
As happened last year, the week after the Gala, we are fortunate in having another event in the Park: 'Ochilfest'. This is a celebration of the work done by the Ochils Landscape Partnership and the children from the Primary schools. Please come along and help us enjoy a terrific day out with lots to do for the children and adults alike.
We then move on to celebrate the Commonwealth Games Baton Relay. Menstrie will welcome the runners into the village and be able to spend a short time looking around and meeting folk. Please make an effort to support us - a lot of work has gone into making sure that our Primary School and Nursery are involved and it would be great to see a good crowd assembled to cheer the Baton on towards its final destination in Glasgow.
It is a very busy time and I look forward to meeting up with you over the course of these events either socially or, more importantly, working towards getting the various venues and events put together.
As always I can be contacted at my surgery each Tuesday between 6-7pm in the Dumyat Centre, by e-mail, by phone (01259 452286) or by personal contact.