Out of Town news from Thursday, February 5

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Stirling Ceilidh

An Comunn Gaidhealach Stirling Branch will host a ceilidh in the Lesser Albert Hall on Saturday at 7.30 p.m. Guests include Rhona Morrison, Lyle Kennedy, Robert Robertson, Cluaran Highland Dancers and piper. Everyone will be made very welcome. £5 entry includes tea.

Military Concert

A concert will be held at Stirling Castle on March 13. The concert will feature performances from The Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland, The Military Wives Choir, The Pipes, Drums and Dancers of Queen Victoria School. Book now to avoid disappointment. The cost is £15 and tickets are available from 0141 812 4729, fundraising@erskine.org.uk or at www.erskine.org.uk/events. The concert is being held in aid of Erskine, supporting Veterans across Scotland and The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum Trust.

Family History

The next meeting of Central Scotland Family History Society will be held on Wednesday at 7.30 p.m. at the Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Stirling. There will be a talk on “Glasgow Necropolis” by Nigel Willis. 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.

Scottish Opera

Forth Valley Friends of Scottish Opera will host a talk from Myra Soutar this Sunday on Orfeo ed Euridice. A new production of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice opens in Glasgow this month. Dance is an integral part of this opera and Scottish Opera is fortunate to have Ashley Page, former Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet, to both direct and choreograph the work. Dr Myra Soutar, musician and academic, will talk about it. We will also be taking bookings and payments if possible (£27 a head) for the spring lunch. This is on March 29 at the Stirling Court Hotel (formerly the Management Centre). Bookings can also be made by contacting Bill Anderson, Treasurer. All very welcome. The talk will be at 2.30 p.m. at the Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Stirling. Members £5, visitors £6, students £1, including tea/coffee and biscuits.

Third Age

The Forth Valley University of the Third Age will host a talk on vitrified forts. Murray Cook will explain all on Friday at 2 p.m. in the Mayfield Centre, St Ninian’s, Stirling. Everyone is invited to come along, learn some Scottish history and discover more about U3A while enjoying a cup of tea or coffee and chatting with some of the members. For further information please contact the membership secretary on 01786 822062 or the interest groups’ co-ordinator on 01786 814681.