Councillor Alasdair Tollemache has confirmed that two meetings have been arranged between Scotrail & commuters to discuss the new timetable changes. Both meetings are on Monday 3rd December with the Dunblane meeting being held at the Victoria halls in Dunblane at 7.00pm and the Bridge of Allan meeting at 8pm in the Allan Centre. Scotrail will be in attendance at both to explain the timetable and answer questions.
Whilst the Community Council is in a bit of flux at the moment due to the elections currently in progress, we have been asked to add the following item to the agenda for our January meeting.
It is proposed to discuss the formation of a new dementia-friendly and well-being cafe, open to everyone, especially elderly residents living with isolation or bereavement. The café will be called ‘CONNECTIONS’ and it will meet on a Monday afternoon from 2pm till 4pm at the Honeyman Hall in Bridge of Allan Parish Church.
The cafe will be seeking volunteers to help out on a Monday for a couple of hours. Volunteers may have to attend a small induction course on dementia which will be held locally. There will be no cost to the volunteer for the course. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and registering an interest in helping out.
The minutes from our October meeting are now online. You can access them here.
Local drama group, SABOS Musical Theatre, are taking time out from rehearsing Calamity Jane to sing some well-known Christmas tunes when BofA’s festive lights get turned on. SABOS have been producing quality amateur theatre for more than 100 years. They have a wide range of members from the age of 7 to 70+, and are always happy to welcome new members onstage and behind the scenes. They had a hugely successful production of Oliver! in 2018 and are delighted to be returning to the Macroberts stage with Calamity Jane on 26th-30th March 2019. Come along to enjoy the music and lights – and who knows – you may feel inspired to join in with the singing!
Why not pop along to Provosts Park this Sunday?
4 – 4.10pm – Arrival
4.20 – Carol Singing
4.30 – Tree Lights Switch on.
With the upcoming Armistice Centenary on November 11, Rev Dan Harper of Bridge of Allan Parish Church and Ruth Teal of Coop Funeralcare and some dedicated volunteers are planning an event in Bridge of Allan Parish Church. This is all taking part within the church, but they are encouraging the village to be involved by showing the poster attached below and decorate their windows and businesses.
The poster below has been issued to many traders in the village and they are asking that, if you need, to print off the poster below for display in your window if need be.
Following the successful completion of recent engineering works along the Stirling – Dunblane – Alloa (SDA) railway we are now moving to the next stage of making the line Live.
The initial electrification of the SDA route between Greenhill Junction, Polmont Junction, Grangemouth Junction and Larbert Junction was completed and made live in May 2018. The final section from Larbert Junction to Stirling, Dunblane and Alloa will be live for testing from Sunday 4th November. Network Rail is advising lineside communities that the overhead lines will be LIVE and DANGEROUS.
Electrification of the railway will means increased capacity on routes by improving the infrastructure to enable longer, faster and greener modern electric trains to run.
With the overhead lines carrying a deadly 25,000 volts of electricity, our primary focus is ensuring the safety of our lineside neighbours. We have an on-going programme to raise awareness about the changes to the railway, particularly among young people.
Supported by the British Transport Police (BTP), we have already initiated visits to schools across the SDA route to deliver a series of workshops to warn of the dangers of trespassing on rail lines or playing near electric power cables.
Safety notification leaflets are also being distributed to lineside neighbours and schools in your constituency.
This rolling programme of activity will continue throughout the year, where in addition to BTP’s activity, we will also deliver sport workshops to highlight the changes to the railway environment and further reinforce the safety message.
In addition to all schools receiving the safety notification leaflet, we are also encouraging teachers to deliver lesson plans from electrification and rail safety resources available via our website at www.networkrail.co.uk/communities/safety-in-the-community/safety-education
Adverts will also feature within the local press to raise awareness amongst drivers and communities who live near and travel through Level Crossings on the Stirling to Bridge of Allan line and also the Alloa line, to ensure they consider the height of their vehicle in relation to the live overhead equipment.
I hope that this gives you a flavour of the activity we have planned for your constituency. We would welcome your support in communicating our safety messages and ask that you circulate the attached leaflet via your own social media platforms and community websites and follow and Retweet information posted via @NetworkRailEGIP
Please do not hesitate to contact me via SDAelectrification@networkrail.co.uk if you wish to receive further information or have any questions.
I have included a link to a short film that talks about the wider electrification programme across central Scotland’s railway: