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Women in Business

Prepare for a magical evening of fun and help celebrate Women in Business Forth Valley’s first birthday. We want you to join us in a fantastic night of magical fun and inspiration on Wednesday, May 14 at 6 p.m. in the Terraces Hotel, Stirling. Our main speaker is Lynn Mann, of Supernature Oils, winner of the EDGE fund. Hear Lynn’s entertaining and inspirational story of how she successfully grew her business and is now an ambassador of Women’s Enterprise Scotland. We also have Mark the Magician, who is set to dazzle us with his highly entertaining routine, and poet Anita Govan. A raffle with fantastic prizes to raise funds for Scottish Waterways Trust will also be held during the event. You could win two family tickets for the Falkirk Wheel or a weekend stay in one of the Scottish Canals holiday cottages plus much more. WIB Forth Valley is delighted to announce that our event is free, thanks to the kind sponsorship by Royal Bank of Scotland and Macfarlane Gray, part of French Duncan LLP. Wendy Scott, one of the WIB Forth Valley organisers, said: “We have had a fantastic year with a superb line-up of inspirational speakers and have learned so much about a variety of different subjects. We would particularly like to thank our regular attendees who have supported us in our first year and look forward to going from strength to strength in the future. We are a non-profit-making organisation and are extremely grateful to the Royal Bank of Scotland and French Duncan Macfarlane Gray for their contribution and support throughout the year and for supporting our birthday celebrations.” She added: ”We would also like to thank Rose-Anne McGowan, of Rose Anne Cakes, for donating the beautiful cake for our celebration evening”. So come along and enjoy an evening of fun and entertainment. Please book on Eventbrite Women in Business Forth Valley for catering purposes. Note to newsdesk:- For further information contact Wendy Scott on 07977451680 or email scottmediasol@aol.com

Scottish Opera

Scottish Opera is putting on two of Puccini’s operas in the coming months: a concert performance of Turandot at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh on March 30 followed by a revival of David McVicar’s acclaimed production of Madama Butterfly in May. Appropriately, this month’s talk at Friends of Scottish Opera Forth Valley is about Puccini and these two operas in particular. The group is looking forward to a very informative afternoon with Dr Myra Soutar, academic and musician.

Astronomy Society

The Stirling Astronomical Society is proud to announce that in conjunction with National Astronomy Week (www.astronomyweek.org.uk), it is hosting an event called ‘By Jove! See Jupiter at Briarlands’. This takes place this Saturday at Briarlands Farm, Blairdrummond where around 150 people are expected. In groups of 15 people, six 10-15 minute workshops about Jupiter will run. The group will also take people outside to view Jupiter through telescopes. The time of the event is 6 for 6.30 p.m. and will run until 8 p.m. Booking can be made by emailing info@briarlandsfarm.co.uk.

Family History

The next meeting of Central Scotland Family History Society will be held on Wednesday, March 12 at 7.30 p.m. at the Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Stirling. There will be a talk by Ron Gerry McArdle from the Army Personnel Centre. Tea and biscuits will be available after the talk providing an opportunity for people to meet others who share an enthusiasm for family history. Non-members are very welcome at the meetings although there is a small charge of £2.

Engineers Association

The next meeting of the Forth Valley branch will take place on Friday, March 14 at 7.30 p.m. at Dunblane Bowling Club. All sappers and partners are most welcome.