From Les Sharp in Menstrie Matters, August 2014
What a summer!
As you know, Menstrie is one of the smaller communities in Clackmannanshire but boy we can show the rest how to do it! From fete week, to gala day, onto Ochilfest and then Baton Relay, Menstrie had it all by the bucket load, and how proud of that should we feel. Don't get me wrong though, it was a huge amount of work for all involved and we should shout a massive vote of thanks to each and everyone of them, from the Community Council, Primary school, Church, staff in the Dumyat centre and of course all the volunteers who turned out to help.
I can honestly say that I think it has been the busiest year I can remember for the village, not only through the summer, but all the work that has gone on before. Just take a look at the flower displays around the place, the new wildflower beds at the western entrance, around the castle and of course the new Community garden behind the Church.
All down to volunteers who care about the place where they live, and I hope they carry on with this caring and that more you join in, it lis all about Community Pride.
I know the Primary school are doing their bit to encourage our young people to get involved, I had the pleasure of attending the schools day set up by the OLP, where primary children from along the Hillfoots came together to enjoy a day looking at the animated films they had made, making crafts and finding out about our environment, if what I saw on that day is an indicator of the future I would say that it is in safe hands.
At the Council we are preparing to move to our new premises in Kilncraigs, new chambers and offices, new ways of working, very exiting but in the short time I have been a Councillor I will miss working out of Greenfield House, a beautiful building whips is steeped in local history, hopefully it's future is safe and it can look forward to many more years of being a part of Clackmannanshire's future.
I hope you enjoy the holiday period as we start our next round of village activities, and, as always, get involved.
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.