Page 4 Bannockburn News then she would leave me. Problem is, I have just had a big win. Should I tell her and let us live a life of luxury or should I keep it quiet? A family business here in Bannockburn since 1887 Isa, John, Joe and David and all of our friendly staff, who have been with us for many years, are here to make sure that your visit to McQ’s is special every time!! Quality food served on time and with a smile - every day! A wide choice of starters, more than 20 main courses all freshly prepared on the premises plus sweets to make your mouth water!! And a separate kids’ menu is always on offer no matter when you choose to visit McQ’s. Lunch served 12 -2.30pm daily Plus all day Sunday 12.30 to 7.30pm Evening meals Friday & Saturday 5pm - 8:30pm (last orders) Fun Quiz on first Friday of every month in the lounge. 9.30pm start Saturday Cabaret with the best shows the UK has to offer EVERY SATURDAY! Free Karaoke every Thursday and Live DJ every Saturday in the Lounge McQ’s Has Talent Night! Friday 18th September Book now! Call (01786) 812256/812056 Tartan Arms Main Street Bannockburn FK7 8LX QMy neighbour has some overgrown plants that are now causing havoc in my driveway. I have taken it upon myself to keep them in check but am now fed up doing it. Should I continue to trim her bushes or should I say something? AYou see the problem is you’ve been so helpful that your neighbour is now taking you for granted. Some would say that you’re clearly a very nice person and that you’ll get your reward in The Bluebell Wood F ormer Bannockburn Situated near St. Mary’s primary school on Park Drive, the Bluebell Wood was a great place to build dens or hides. Loose branches and hedges, along with mossy bracken, made an impregnable castle or fort that Robert the Bruce himself would have had trouble capturing. The hedgerows grew an abundance of brambles or blackberries, so we never ran out of food supplies. Besides these food supplies, there was a shallow fresh water spring nearby which combined to sustain us throughout our hard fought battles. Although the wood displayed a glorious carpet of bluebells in the spring, they hid a dangerous boggy marsh, which we had to negotiate very carefully if we were to avoid getting stuck ankle deep, or even sinking, in the mud. Many a child had gone home minus a shoe or sometimes a pair of shoes because of a misplaced step. Some of the trees in the wood were on a very steep slope that provided an ideal place for a homemade swing. A good length of strong rope, tied around the centre of a thick length of wood, heaven. I disagree - I just think you’re a complete mug. Your neighbour isn’t daft and has realised that she can put her feet up while you go chopping at her bushes. I suggest you just rip the plants out and leave them on her doorstep. If you can’t bring yourself to do that, why not move in next door to me - I’ve got plenty of odd jobs for a sap like you ! QThe wife hates me going to the bookies. She recently told me if she found out I was betting again The Bluebell Wood and we were easily transported from our medieval castle to the jungles of Africa. The track that cut through the middle of the wood was a short – cut to the Thunder Bridge, and the railway line that carried the trains from the Southern parts of the UK, to nearby Stirling and the North of Scotland. I never knew who owned the Bluebell Wood. Was it Stirling Council, Bannockburn townsfolk, or Gavin Miller, the farmer who owned and worked the land around it? Maybe one of Bannockburn News readers can tell me. If you are interested in joining the Bannockburn News committee, please do not hesitate to contact the Editor. AShe is just scared you’ll both end up penniless and living out on the street. What she doesn’t realise is that gambling can often be fun and not everyone that has the odd bet ends up living in a cardboard box! The way I see it you have three options: 1. Tell her about the winnings, buy her something nice and promise you’ll never bet again. 2. Don’t tell her about the winnings, keep them in a secret stash and have a few more bets since you’re on a roll. 3. Sling the greetin’ faced old midden out and spend the money on beer, fags and women that know how to enjoy themselves ! Calling all brides-to-be resident and motherof-two Marie Kerr is calling all Bannockburn bridesto-be to put Sunday 13th September in their diaries now and head for the Albert Halls from 12 midday to 4pm for the Stirling Wedding Show. “It’s going to be a great Show” said Marie, owner of Kingdom Photos of Kippen. She continued: “It’s completely sold out to exhibitors; both the upper and lower hall will be packed to capacity. “The whole event is also being broadcast on TV!” she added. The Bridal catwalk show is at 2pm so be sure to get advance tickets from the Albert Halls and save 20% on the on-the-door prices. We’ve got everything from dresses, cars, jewellery, make-up, hats, shoes, stationery, venues, flowers and even a complete wedding day layout - and of course - photographers. It should be a fun day out so we’ll hope to see you there!”
Bannockburn News Page 5 Co-op response The top three Policing Priorities in Bannockburn are still the same as the previous few months, which are as follows: 1. Youths causing annoyance and damage to property in Stein Square. 2. Parking in and around the school at the start and end of the school day. 3. Cars parking on double yellow lines at Main Street. At the Community Council meeting in June it was raised that the parking in Main Street Bannockburn has not improved and drivers are still continuing to park on the double yellow lines. By choosing to park on the double yellow lines this causes obstructions for other drivers and road users, which could ultimately lead to an accident. Can I therefore ask members of the community to use the designated parking bays on the opposite side of the road or alternatively use the car parks which are situated nearby. Any driver found parking on the double yellow lines will be faced with a £30 fine as both Police and Community Traffic Wardens are monitoring this problem. Preventing knife crime Central Scotland Police are undertaking an initiative aimed at catching those who carry knives and deterring those who might be thinking of carrying a knife. Carrying a knife is not acceptable and police will be adopting a robust approach in an effort to ensure the communities within Bannockburn and the Eastern Villages are safe. Local officers will be targeting specific areas and offenders suspected to have been involved in the carrying of knives. This will involve an increase in the number of stop / searches being carried out. If anyone has information with regards any person who carries a knife, please contact the Police on 01786 456000 - this information can be given anonymously and strictest confidence will be upheld. Knife crime in Bannockburn is low so let’s work together as a community to ensure this trend continues. ASBIT Within Bannockburn the Anti-Social Behaviour Impact Team (ASBIT) still continues to patrol Bannockburn on Friday and Saturday evenings to prevent and disrupt youth disorder within the community. Officers who form part of the team work in plain clothes in unmarked Police cars and also in uniform whether it is in a marked Police car, on foot or on a bike. Over the course of one weekend in June over 31 litres of alcohol were seized by Police in Bannockburn, which prevented calls of disorder being received by Police later in the evening. Police will continue to monitor areas within Bannockburn where youth disorder is known to occur. If you are experiencing youth disorder please contact myself or the Police on (01786) 456000. In response to last issue’s “Historian” piece on the Bannockburn Co-operative Society, reader Frances Cochrane has sent in a couple of related pictures. The first picture shows Willie Cochrane and John Todd with the Co-op milk horse and cart. As the News understands, the horse was extremely firey and flighty. Willie had to take it out in the morning to calm it down before the butcher used it in the afternoon to deliver his goods. The second picture is a commemorative tin celebrating 100 years of the Bannockburn Co-operative Society. If anyone collects memorabilia of this sort, the reader is prepared to give them the tin. If you are interested please phone the Editor. The Co-op’s milk horse and cart Commemorative tin marking 100 years of Bannockburn Co-op Last edition’s “Reminisce” section prompted reader Mrs Elise Smith, who lives in Bramhall, Cheshire, to send in this postcard of Bottom Park in 1958. Interestingly, Mrs Smith’s brother was sent the postcard by their mother, whilst he was serving in the Royal Air Force in Singapore. New plaque unveiled on Telford bridge Information provided by Danny McPhail Representatives of Hillpark and Milton Community Council, BannockburnCommunity Council, BannockburnCommunity Trust, along with local Councillors attended the unveiling of a new plaque at the village’s Telford Bridge on Monday 27 th July. The plaque, created and installed by Art is an Option, commemorates 250 years since the birth of Thomas Telford; who designed and built the bridge. Bannockburn’s Telford Bridge has a new plaque Mrs Isabel Farquharson and Mr Bobby Simpson unveiled the plaque after the ceremony opened with a speech by Mr Colin Blair, Secretary of Hillpark and Milton Community Council.