We couldn?t think of a more fun or delicious way for people to catch up with friends and colleagues whilst raising vital funds for Barnardo?s

I am sure we can all relate to this!

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Jolly Learning

This is why it is easier to do the housework when the children aren't there! Hope you're all having a good Thursday! :0)

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Forth Valley Police Division


An innovative play on cyber bullying performed by school pupils, which was a hit at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, is to be the of two seminars on ECrime to be held in Clackmannanshire later this month.

Written and developed by a pupil and staff member of Beaconhurst School in Bridge of Allan, the drama "Caught in the Net” has received plaudits across Scotland.

The two seminars will be held at Alloa Town Hall between 12:30-3pm and 6-8:30pm on Wednesday 25 September.

The seminars follow on from successful esafety seminars held in 2011 in Stirling and Falkirk and are run by the Central Esafety Partnership, which operates across the Forth Valley to enlighten, educate and empower parents and professionals about life online and the use of technology.

We will be speaking at the events, alongside education experts, an ‘O2 Guru’ from the mobile tech industry, and other organisations involved in esafety and child protection. People will be able to get on-the-spot technical and practical advice in the ever evolving online world

Chief Superintendent Davie Flynn, local police commander for Forth Valley Division, who will open the seminars, said: "Keeping everyone, but particularly young people, safe in the rapidly evolving world online is our collective responsibility. The Central Esafety Partnership across Forth Valley is led by Police Scotland, and continues to work with a number of organisations including the Scottish Government, to empower people to take control of what they do online."

Anyone who wishes to attend either seminar, or wishes more information is asked to email Places are limited and are expected to be in great demand, so early booking is advised. Free parking is available at the venue and nearby.

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Stirling Observer

See Wednesday's paper for the first of our primary one pictures from the Stirlingshire area.

Are you a fan of the Great British Bake Off?

We are excited and delighted that queen of the kitchen, Mary Berry, will be joining us at MNHQ for a live webchat.

Mary Berry, CBE is one of the UK’s best-known and most respected cookery writers and television presenters. She has over 80 books to her name and over 6 million sales worldwide. A judge on The Great British Bake Off she has been voted as Britain’s favourite baking companion.


Mary's autobiography A Recipe for Life is out this month. A touching, evocative and fascinating memoir, Mary tells the story of her remarkable rise to fame. Everyone who joins the webchat will be entered into a draw to win a signed copy of A Recipe for Life. Join us on Monday or post a question in advance to Mary on the thread below.…/1851875-Mary-Berry-webchat-Join-th…

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13 months for the price of 12. Take out a membership in September 2013 and your membership will be valid until 31st October 2014.... Ask at admissions next time you are in or call 01786841309 and pay by card over the phone and we will fill in a form for you.

Briarlands Diary for Autumn/Winter includes :-
12th – 31st October Halloween Happenings, indoor crafts and outdoor adventure.
18th Oct Archery Workshop (free to members)
26th & 27th Oct Halloween Weekend special activities this weekend including face painting.
2nd & 3rd Nov Bonfire Bash with our own special Bonfire Party on 3rd November (no Fireworks)
8th Dec Christmas Country Craft Fayre various stalls selling great gift ideas for Christmas.
22nd Dec Family Carol sing-a-long, an afternoon of joyful festive tunes
28th Dec Family Walk, a traffic free walk around country lanes leaving from the farm.
29th Dec Film day, family films screened in the Farmers Den.
5th Jan Family Walk, a traffic free walk around country lanes leaving from the farm.

As well as these fun family events we will also have craft workshops in the Farmers Den tearoom throughout the colder months.
Details of all these will be posted on facebook nearer the date of each event.

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Clackmannanshire Council

Scotfest comes to Alva on Saturday, 14th October - Scottish food, drink, crafts and music. See our events diary for details.

Dear Tech Support,
Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend to Husband and noticed a distinct slowdown in overall system performance, particularly in the flower and jewellery applications, which operated flawlessly under Boyfriend.

In addition, Husband uninstalled many other valuable programmes, such as Romance and Personal Attention and then installed undesirable programs such as Cricket, Football, Golfing and Continuous TV. Conversation no longer runs, and Housecleaning simply ...crashes the system. I've tried running Nagging to fix these problems, but to no avail.
What can I do?

Signed, Desperate

Dear Desperate,
First keep in mind, Boyfriend is an Entertainment Package, while Husband is an Operating System. Please enter the command: 'http: I Thought You Loved Me.html' and try to download Tears.
Don't forget to install the Guilt update. If that application works as designed, Husband should then automatically run the applications Jewellery and Flowers, but remember… over-use of the above application can cause Husband to default to Grumpy Silence, Garden Shed or Beer. Beer is a very bad program that will download the Snoring Loudly Better.

Whatever you do, DO NOT install Mother-in-law (it runs a virus in the background that will eventually seize control of all your system resources). Also, do not attempt to reinstall the Boyfriend program. These are unsupported applications and will crash Husband.

In summary, Husband is a great system, but it does have limited memory and cannot learn new applications quickly. It also tends to work better running one task at a time. You might consider buying additional software to improve memory and performance. We recommend Food and Hot Lingerie.

Good Luck,
Tech Support

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Funny Feet, Toffos and Trios are coming back!! What retro sweeties would you want back on the shelves?…/1843669-Funny-Feet-ice-cream-Toffo…

I used to love these as a child, and they're apparently being brought back - just seeing the packaging made me feel all nostalgic! (I'd link, but the

Afterschool Classes? | Mumsnet Discussion

Now that we are all settled back into the school routine and the new term of afterschool classes have started, what do your children do?

From dance

We have several ways in which you can promote your business on Mumsnet Local. You may choose to do one or all of these - whichever is best for your company. 

To make it easier to decide, here are the key differences between the three options

All opportunities will be included in our local mobile app platform.  Contact or visit our site at

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This week on Mumsnet Local is After School activities! Do you run any classes and want some free advertising? Does your child attend any classes and you want to spread the word about how good they are?

Visit and add your listing!

For information and advice on local preschool classes, after school activities, and classes for adults visit Mumsnet Stirling & Clackmannanshire, your local website by parents for parents

Julia Donaldson webchat, Wednesday 28 August, 9-10pm | Mumsnet Discussion

We're thrilled that acclaimed author and former Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson is our webchat guest on Wed 28 August.

A Squash and a Squeeze,
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To celebrate the publication of Bing: Get Dressed, you could win a £100 library of children's books by sharing your photos of toddler wardrobe mix ups! Head to Bing Bunny to find out more, and check out our thread to enter #ItsABingThing

Phew! what a lovely day and the end of a hectic week! How was the first week back to school for everyone?

If you're looking for a good book club read try our book of the month:

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If you're looking for a good book club read try our book of the month: