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Plean's four days of festive fun

Updated: Dec 6, 2023

Plean’s Voice kicked off a four-day festive weekend and raised over £1,000 through various activities. For the first time the village had four days of festive celebrations. It started on Thursday 30 November, when a Christmas tree adorned with 130 “memory baubles” was officially switched on by Santa.

Members of East Plean Primary School choir also sang Christmas songs.

Memory baubles were sold by members of Plean’s Voice, and built on work already done in previous years around this.

Chair Robert McWilliam said: “This gave people a chance to remember their loved ones and as the tree is right in the centre of the village, next to the Clansman, it gives

people a chance to see it every day. It is a nice way of remembering those who are not with us at this time of year.”

William Simpson’s Home also switched on their Christmas lights on Friday night and members of Plean’s Voice attended the event.

Clackmannanshire and District Brass Band

provided the music while tri-shaws, operated by Cycling Without Age, took residents for a short ride in the grounds to allow them enjoy the celebrations from a different perspective. Santa , and some of his helpers, paid a flying visit to Plean on Saturday and visited most of the streets in the village. Robert said: “We were really pleased that Santa spent about three hours visiting most of the

houses here given he has a really hectic schedule right now. The snow made it a bit more difficult for his sleigh to get into some of the streets and as it isn’t Christmas Eve, he wasn’t able to use his magic to get around a bit easier. But we know everyone in the village appreciated seeing him.”

And to wrap up a hectic weekend, East Plean Parent Council and Plean’s Voice organised and staffed a Christmas Fayre in the school – with around 30 stalls. Robert added: “This is the first time we have had an event like this and it has created a real buzz in the community. It has been really nice to see the community come out

to see the Christmas tree be switched on, support the school choir, share in William Simpson’s Home Christmas lights switch on, see Santa and take part in the Christmas fayre. This really could not have been achieved without a lot of hard work and help from members and trustees of Plean’s Voice.” All the proceeds raised from the weekened will go back into community projects run by Plean’s Voice. Background Funding for the Christmas tree at the Clansman was provided by the Clansman while the other two, at entrance to Munnoch Way and the other at Old Plean, were funded by Fairdeal Autos. The total amount raised is still being calculated and the figure will be published on the website following the January meeting of Plean's Voice Trustees.


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