Monday, April 07, 2014

Re-posting: Concerned Communities of Falkirk

Community Council Ceilidh 26th April
As part of the fundraising efforts towards the costs of the Public Inquiry, Concerned Communities of Falkirk (CCoF) with the help of Larbert, Stenhousemuir and Torwood Community Council have arranged a family ceilidh. 

It will be a great night and a chance for the community to get together. The details are as follows:
• Date: Saturday 26th April 2014
• Start Time: 7.30pm.
• Venue: Plough Hotel, Stenhousemuir
• Tickets: £10 per person or £25 for family tickets. Children are very welcome.
• Band: The “Houseband”: Susan Appelbe, Rory Clark, Gordon Clarke and Suzanne Bell (all music graduates and music teachers in the Falkirk area)
• Food: Buffet will be provided

If you would like to order tickets for the ceilidh, please e-mail the Community Council as soon as possible as numbers are limited on

If you can offer a raffle prize then please get in touch with us, or with the Community Council.

CCof are continuing to raise funds to fight Dart Energy's application to frack for gas in Labert and Airth and are the first group in the UK to challenge the big drilling company legally through the courts. To find out more and to keep abreast of what is happening with the trial please click here.

To donate and help why not purchase local Scottish band's LP for CCof - more info here.

To find out more about what is fracking please click here and here too

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

April's Fool!

Update - as some might of suspected this is an innocent enough April's Foll - although Rowan and the song are real and this wee trick has inspired her to think of doing something similar for real - also the Beacons book is real and available to buy and the fact that art and culture have a part to play in passing on the message of climate change and how we can adapt are all too important too! Happy April's Fool! 

Am happy to share the news of a very talented friend, Rowan Rheingans who has announced her solo album 'The Spectacle Bear' will be out this summer.

The album has the backing of the World Land Trust (WLT) who so conservation work, in particular in the rainforest of Equador and Columbia which is where the endangered spectacle bear lives. The album is a collection of songs and spoken word about what might become of these beautiful creatures should the rainforest disappear. David Attenborough who is patron of WLT has said " We have for so long needed a collection of songs which draw on world folk music traditions as well as the struggles of various endangered species of tropical bear. I'm incredibly excited that it's finally here."

You can hear the first track which is called 'Different Worlds' on Soundcloud or by clicking here. The song is actually about a brown bear who lives in the coniferous forests and wood-clad mountains of Scandinavia.

If you're wondering what a Spectacle Bear is - here's one! Why not find out more about them by clicking here.

Also in the same vein of art and conservation, if you haven't read it or heard about it yet, why not check out Stop Climate Chaos' publication Beacons: stories for our not so distant future, where 21 storytellers have come together to address the problem of climate change in a creative manner. Find out more by clicking here.