Page 4 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 Now booking for Christmas lunch and party nights! Call (01786) 812256/812056 Tartan Arms Main Street Bannockburn FK7 8LX Winner of Giggle of the Year 2009 Q I bought my husband a season ticket for his favourite football team but now I really regret it. He spends all weekend at the games and often goes to midweek games also. When he isn’t there he is down the pub with his pals drinking. I know I have brought on the problem myself, but I feel like a widow. What can I do? Black Joe Bannockburn News QDaphne, I am furious! I am fed up of the kids on our street running about causing havoc with bikes and balls. They make noise late into the evening, which prevents me from being able to sleep and last week one cycled over my summer tulips. How can I stop these little troublemakers? A Er, duh! What exactly ASome would say they’re were you expecting you just young and trying fool? You’re like one of to have fun, that you those idiots you see on the telly should live and let live, whereas saying they want to sue McDonalds because Big Macs have be seen and not heard. others think that children should made them fat! You really should try playing But I suppose anyone can make the spotty adolescents at their a mistake; so why don’t you try own game and start blasting and compromise and ask him to some Sidney Devine out your only go to a few of the games? living room window every time Worst that could happen is that they come near! A few bars of he says no and leaves you, but Tiny Bubbles and they’ll be running for cover every time! at least you’ll know where you stand! Joe was the local tramp who, if my memory serves me right, lived and slept in the park. Black Joe was the nickname given to him by the town’s children because he had black hair and a very black beard, and perhaps too, because of his general dirty appearance. He would often be seen picking up a discarded cigarette butt and asking a passer-by for a light. I understood his real name was Willie McEwan, and the older townsfolk would say “Aye Willie” as they passed, to which he always responded “Aye so-and-so”. He often stood by the side entrance to the park, smoking one of the aforementioned cigarette butts. To an outsider he probably looked frightful, but we were not afraid of him, as he never bothered us except to say ‘hello’. He had two unmarried sisters who lived nearby but did not, or would not, live with them. It was as though he was rebel- Joe used to live and sleep in the park ling against society and decided to remove himself from it. I often wondered if he had been in a war and his current way of life was a consequence of his experiences in that war. It was common throughout the 1950’s, to come across someone whose experience of war had left them unable to cope with post-war life. I suspect a Black Joe could be found in many towns at that time. I do not know how ‘our’ Joe fared in his later years, but I remember him fondly and pray he found peace. Would you like to volunteer as a reporter for the Bannockburn News? Call: 07903 197863 Email: email@example.com Have you got a few hours to spare? BRDA volunteers required Bannockburn Riding for the Disabled (BRDA) requires daytime volunteers who can give an hour or more to assist them in providing riding sessions for people with a range of disabilities. No equestrian background or knowledge of disabilities is required; just come along and bring a preparedness to enjoy yourself and learn new skills. Volunteering at BRDA is incredibly rewarding and gives opportunities to obtain formal, national qualifications. So come along and be part of a growing, pro-active and exciting organisation which provides life-changing experiences for lots of people. Please contact BRDA by telephone on 01786 813338 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to volunteer. An enhanced disclosure is a necessary part of volunteering at BRDA.
Bannockburn News At present the top three Policing Priorities in Bannockburn are: 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. New Officer In September, the BannockburnCommunity Policing Team gained another Community Officer for Bannockburn, PC 243 Alison Ferry. Alison has 14 years’ Police service and has previously worked in Stirling, Bannockburn and the Eastern Villages. As such Alison has a good working knowledge of Bannockburn and the current issues affecting the community. I am delighted to be working alongside Alison and welcome her to the team. Bonfire Night As Bonfire night fast approaches I would like to take this opportunity to advise parents and children in Bannockburn to attend an organised event rather then attend a fire which has been illegally started in play parks or other areas. There have already been fires lit in Catherine Street, Bannockburn a month before Bonfire night and the persons responsible have been stealing bins and other items to set on fire. This is wholly unacceptable and anyone found lighting a fire will be charged with wilful fire-raising. Also in the run up to Bonfire night there will be a joint police and council operation in relation to education and enforcement of bonfires and fireworks. All shops who sell fireworks are being visited and staff given advice with regards to the sale of fireworks and the responsibilities of the seller, the buyer and persons setting off fireworks. Home security As the darker nights begin to close in on us this is often the time when thieves are out and about even more, as they see the darkness as cover in order to carry out their criminal activities. So let’s work together to make your home safer from being broken into and deter the opportunistic thief. Firstly consider how you are going to make your home look “lived in” when you are out. Year after year people think it won’t be their home that is targeted by an opportunistic thief, but unfortunately year after year homes are still broken into, albeit this type of crime is relatively low in Bannockburn. Stand outside your home and have a look at your home and think to yourself, “If I was to be locked out and needed to gain entry to my home, how would I do it?” This is the type of question thieves ask themselves when they are looking at property to break into. If it looks too difficult and there are signs to suggest that there is someone at home, then the chances are the thief will move onto somewhere else and leave your home well alone. For example, by simply leaving a light on when you go out or by fitting a timer switch for your lights, this could make all the difference. In addition make sure all your doors and windows are secure when leaving your property unattended; and when the time comes for buying Christmas presents keep these out of sight by storing them in a cupboard or similar. If you are looking for security advice on your property, please do not hesitate to contact myself or my colleague PC 243 Alison Ferry and we will be happy to come and speak with you in relation to home security. Murrayfield Church celebration As part of Murrayfield United Free Church’s celebration of 50 years in their current building, they are holding a “Homecoming Service” on Sunday 15th November at 11.15am and extending an invitation to anyone who was baptised in the church during that time to “come home”. If you are one of the hundreds baptised there over the years, the congregation will be delighted to see you on the 15th November. They promise not to pour water on you this time - but you will get a cuppa afterwards! The Church is celebrating 50 years in their current building Page 5 Local artist plans exhibition after recent success Syd alongside his latest painting By Stevie Hughes “T he holy grail is to spend less time making the picture than it takes people to look at it” is a quote from Banksy that certainly applies to Syd Simpson’s latest masterpiece – The Burn of Life. Syd has come a long way in a few months. Syd only started drawing and painting in February this year through his participation in Creative Workshop at the Delta 2 Gallery in Larbert. He attends one day per week under the tutelage of artist Craig McKenchnie. Syd was encouraged by friends to develop his skills and one of his first commissions was from his friend Billy Woods to paint a picture of a sunset on the Isle of Skye from a photograph. Billy loved the painting and much prefers it to the original. His work has already appeared in an exhibition called Cross Currents at the Delta 2 Gallery and he was pleasantly surprised that people bought 12 of his 18 canvases on display. The Burn of Life is the centre of conversation for all who have viewed it. Everyone who has seen it can see certain similarities, but also spot new things that no-one has mentioned previously. I am even less of an art critic than I am an ace reporter, but would have to say that the Burn of Life is simply an adventure and throughout the interview, I couldn’t help myself returning to look at this painting to see if there was anything I had missed and each time I found new adventures. Plans for the future include a new exhibition at Delta 2 called Wee Seeds which will run from the 21st – 29th November, 12 – 5 pm daily – admission free. Syd is also hopeful that next year he will create an exhibition containing his paintings, poems and music. If his music and poems are half as good as his paintings, that will be an exhibition worth seeing. Syd would like to thank friends for their support and Craig at Delta 2 for encouragement and inspiration.