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Coeliac Awareness Week takes place on May 11-17 and the Forth Valley group is happy to announce that once again Forth Valley College Bistro at the Campus, Drip Road, Stirling is serving gluten free lunches between noon and 2 p.m. Lunches are also available from West Lothian College Terrace Restaurant, Almondvale Terrace, Livingston. The group AGM takes place on Saturday, May 16 at 11.30 a.m. in Greenpark Community Centre, Greenpark Drive, Polmont. The Land and Sea Chip shop has agreed to open especially for this event and will be serving the usual menu that they provide on the dedicated gluten free days, so there’s an extra chance to enjoy your monthly treat. The planned AGM will take place after everyone has had a chance to order what they want for lunch from the chippy and while we get on with the business, as if by magic your meals will arrive at the hall where we will serve tea, coffee and some gluten free goodies for afters. We look forward to seeing as many as possible at this meeting especially newly diagnosed and if you feel able to help in any way in the group you will be made most welcome. Any questions ring Marion on (01324) 823011.
On May 7, at 8 p.m., Ochils Mountaineering Club is hosting a talk by National Library of Scotland curator Paula Williams. Paula will delve into the National Library’s collections, from manuscripts to film, to show how inspirational Scottish women have scaled high mountains, pushed frontiers and explored wild places in pursuit of adventure. The talk takes place at Stirling Rugby and Football Club, Bridgehaugh, Stirling and entry is free. For information on the OMC, see www.ochils.com.
Stirling Members Centre of the National Trust for Scotland has announced its next summer outing. The first outing was a very enjoyable and instructive visit to the Mining Museum in Midlothian which took place on April 22. The next outing will be to Glamis Castle on Thursday, May 14. There are a small number of vacancies on the coach for this trip so anyone interested in becoming a member (or guest) for this or other visits is welcome to view our web page (www.spanglefish.com/ntsstirling) or to contact Neil Pollock on 01786 841778. The coach will depart from Stirling at 9 a.m. and return in the late afternoon. There are facilities for refreshments.
The AGM of Central Scotland Family History Society will take place on Wednesday May 6 at 7.30 p.m. in the Smith Art Gallery, Dumbarton Road, Stirling. After the AGM there will be a members night – bring and share a favourite heirloom, photograph or story. 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.
The next meeting of the Osteoporosis Support Group will take place on Tuesday May 5 from 2 to 4 p.m. in The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Dumbarton Road, Stirling. The guest speakers will be Fiona Downie, physiotherapist and Patricia Cumming from Active Stirling. All welcome. For further information contact Janice on 01786 463098.
Following the success of the walk from Carriden Church to Blackness, walk leaders will be taking a walk from the church along the John Muir Way at 1.30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6. The walk is free and taken by leaders trained through Step Forth.
The next meeting of Forth Valley Bonsai Society will be on Tuesday, May 5 at 7.30 p.m. in the Mayfield Centre, St Ninian’s Stirling. This will be preparation for the National Exhibition on May 17 in Troon.