THE stage is set for the seventh annual Tillicoultry Community Week to take place with exciting new events added to this year’s calendar.

Kicking off on Sunday, August 11 the festival will run all week before finishing up on the following Sunday, August 18.

It has become well established in the town and is a firm favourite in the Wee County calendar each year.

Among the new events added this year are a ukulele for beginners course on the opening Sunday at Murray Square Annexe, with a session for children followed by one for adults.

The popular rugby camp returns with a session at 9am from Tuesday until Friday, while there will be a Taste of Syria food tasting on Tuesday at 10am at the Ben Cleuch foyer.

Eddie Inglis, chair of the organising group, said: “The organising group, made up of just seven or eight volunteers, got together a few months ago to start making plans for this year’s calendar of events.

“We continue to be supported by many organisations, groups and businesses in the town who give their time and talents freely.

“Clackmannanshire Council have once again assisted us in both providing classes and also venues and thanks to the commitment and enthusiasm of everyone involved, this year's calendar is jam-packed with a huge mix of events.

"The whole community has come good once again and the range of activities this year is the best so far – from Syrian food tastings, bowling, OYCI drama club, tubing at the ski-slope, allotment open days, Bookbug sessions at the Ben Cleuch Centre to the Woolie Pub Quiz to name but a few.

"I'm sure everyone will find something of interest."

Claire McKay, secretary for the organising group, added: “Tilly in the Park will be on Saturday, August 17, from 2pm-7pm at the public park.

“We decided to move the event to the Saturday afternoon this year and we hope this will be the family-friendly event we want it to be.

“We have food and drink available and the band line up of Grand Slam, Tumblin Dice, Raw Sugar, The Cobalts and Atomic will keep the crowds entertained.

“There is a considerable cost to putting on this event every year and we would ask once again that if you are able to, to please dig deep and make a donation at the event entry gate.

"All contributions, however big or small, are very welcome, and will go some way in ensuring we can continue to put on this annual event."

Calendars and more information can be found on the community notice board in the High Street and on the Tillicoultry Community Week website