From Les Sharp, in Menstrie Matters, November 2015
Here at the Council, one of the biggest shocks for some time was the announcement from Stirling Council of their intention to withdraw from our shared service agreement where Education and Social Work services shared management teams, some committees, and many services available to our residents.
This decision has caused us to look carefully at the two services and how we are able to maintain their provision in future. Whilst it may seem a cause for concern, we are looking at the position in a positive light and as an opportunity to review our services for the benefit of our residents in Clacks and it's turning out to be a very exciting prospect.
There may be financial implications that we have to look at but essentially we have an opportunity to have a refreshed view of how we take Education and Social Care forward. I will keep you informed how this evolves through the Menstrie website, www.menstrie.org
As we are now heading towards winter, cold, dark nights and Christmas on the horizon, so we look forward to the traditional events organised by your Community Council. Of these, erecting the tree is one of my favourite mornings - cold and often wet but entirely pleasurable. Please come along and give a hand, especially if it's with a hot coffee or bacon roll. You will be most welcome.
Looking forward a little, I have managed to get more wildflower seed to extend the beautiful meadow sward that we have at the western end of the village. I will post a date and time on line but anyone that is able to help in clearing this year's flowers and seeds and re-sowing would be a bonus.
May I take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy Christmas and joyous New Year for 2016, and ask you to look out for elderly neighbours who may have difficulty getting out as the weather draws in.
As always I am available at my surgery each Tuesday between 6-7pm in the Dumyat Centre, by e-mail, by phone (07854 370 904) or by personal contact.