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The National Trust Scotland Stirling members centre visited Glamis Castle on April 13. Over 45 people travelled by bus from Stirling, enjoying a stop at Glendoig Garden Centre for coffee, delicious scones with butter, strawberry jam, cream and cakes. At Glamis we first had a most excellent lunch, cheerfully and efficiently served, at the Strathmore Hotel. Thereafter we were guided round Glamis Castle by friendly and informative guides. The sun came out and those with cameras were able to snap the iconic building against blue sky and white clouds. Then, after an hour or so to enjoy the grounds or just rest our legs from climbing up and down many steps, we were off again back to Stirling arriving shortly after 6 p.m. It was a great day which was nicely organised by joint secretaries, Margaret and Sandy. The next of the summer trips to Dunstaffnage Castle and Priory is on June 17. As there may be a few vacancies, any member (or guest) interested in joining for this or other visits is welcome to view www.spanglefish.com/ntsstirling or to contact Neil Pollock on 01786 841778.
A support group for people bereaved by suicide runs on an informal basis once a month on the last Monday of each month from 6 to 8.30 p.m. at FDAMH in Victoria Road. The group welcomes everyone who has experienced the loss through suicide of a person close to them – family, partner or friend. The group facilitators have experience participating in and facilitating groups, and are experienced counsellors. For further details about the group contact, Neil Sowerby at firstname.lastname@example.org or (01324) 671000.
The effervescence and boundless energy of director of music, Matthew Brown, carried Strathcarron Singers through an ambitious and delightful programme of Scots, English, Irish, Welsh, Gaelic, Latin and South African songs during its recent concert. At this year’s annual concert in Stirling’s Albert Halls, the choir was supported by the multi-talented Jack Delaney Concert Party, the Clifton Hall singers and two very talented young trumpeters from the junior Deptartment of the Royal Scottish Conservatoire. The final ensemble was an opportunity to bring all the performers together for a very moving “Where have all the flowers gone?” and a rousing “Highland Cathedral”. Altogether, an excellent evening in aid of a very worthy cause, our own Strathcarron Hospice.