THE Dunblane Boys' Brigade are holding their annual big public collection for Startup Stirling’s food bank on Friday, December 22.

It will take place between 4pm and 7pm in Dunblane Cathedral Halls.

The company are looking for everyone’s support to ensure Startup’s shelves are filled as Christmas and the often-difficult month of January approach.

As well as donating all non-perishable foodstuffs, people can drop off household cleaning substances, bathroom needs, female sanitary products, toiletries and baby essentials but not clothes.

Those donating are asked to check the use-by dates on everything.

Boys and parents will be on hand next Tuesday, December 19 from 1pm-8pm at M&S Simply Food in Dunblane to pack bags.

Donations can also be made while shopping online at at by clicking through from there to the retailers, who will then give a small percentage of the purchase to the organisation. 

On Wednesday, December 13, the BB Band will be performing an informal concert of carols and Christmas music at Forth Valley Royal Hospital for patients, staff and visitors.