Alloa Fire Station celebrated its 50th anniversary earlier this year with an open day, attended by many residents of the local community.
Alloa Fire Station currently has four fire appliances including specialist vehicles for Urban Search and Rescue and Heavy Rescue. These are crewed by twenty eight wholetime personnel on a four watch rotational duty system and by twelve additional personnel on a retained duty system.
The inception of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service in April 2013 now means that these fire crews and their supporting equipment from Alloa could be called upon to mobilise to anywhere in Scotland
The role of the fire service has changed dramatically in the last fifty years. Today’s modern Fire Service attend a multitude of incidents including fires, road traffic collisions, urban search and rescue, water rescue, rope rescue and the appliances and equipment within Alloa display the vast array of equipment required for these tasks. The crews are also proactively involved in all aspects of community safety work including the delivery of home fire safety visits and engaging with the local community to give fire safety advice.
To book a free Home Fire Safety Visit text ‘fire’ to 61611, call 0800 0731 999 or visit www.firescotland.gov.uk
This large Jacobean-style house was designed by A G Sydney Mitchell & Wilson for Alexander Forrester-Paton. The south front has impressive two-storey bay windows with a verandah, rising to huge curve and triangular shaped gables, and a massive, four-storey battlemented tower. It has a stunning full-height recess with a large mullioned and transomed window containing Arts & Crafts style stained glass designed by Oscar Paterson. The main staircase leads off the hall, which also contains a fine inglenook fireplace.
The Forrester Room was originally the drawing room, with a conservatory on its west side. The house was an Eventide Home for many years after the Forrester-Patons left, but has been restored and is now a business and conference centre. Much of the fine original decorative detail, including bespoke door handles, has been preserved. The lodge and coach house (home of The Alman Dramatic Club) have also survived. Inglewood will be open courtesy of Inglewood House and Spa
The building was designed by William Kerr (1866-1940) as the offices and world headquarters of John Paton, Son & Co .Ltd. Kerr and his partner John Gray also designed the adjacent wareroom in 1936; these buildings are all that survive of the huge Kilncraigs wool-spinning mill, founded n 1814, which in its heyday employed thousands of people.
By 1900 the Paton family needed a new building which reflected the international prestige of their expanding company. They persuaded William Kerr to move to Alloa. He was interested in classical and Art & Crafts-style architecture and the office block is in an elaborate Edwardian Baroque style, with finely detailed interiors which have survived largely intact.
After the rest of the mill was demolished, the building was restored and converted for Clackmannanshire Council by LDN architects. Its striking glass elevation and atrium act as a foil to the older architecture and have given the building a new lease of life. The 1936 Wareroom has also been restored and converted recently and together they are now Clackmannanshire Council's headquarters.
Built with a bequest from Alexander Paton as a school for young employees and children of employees, wings were added in 1900 and the building converted into Kilncraigs Mill Canteen. It was latterly used as the 'Mill Shop' until 2000. Its conversion into the Council Chambers and Councillors' offices has recently been completed.
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This church was designed by Peddie & Kinnear in Early French Gothic style and replaced a plain 18th century building. In 1902 Scots late Gothic transepts and a pine and marble sanctuary with an elaborate pulpit by A G Sydney Mitchell & Wilson, who had also designed Greenfield for David Thomson, were added; David Thomson and his brother John Thomson Paton paid for this work. The north window is in memory of their parents, while the west and east transept windows were given by the Procters, another branch of the Paton family. All three windows are by C E Kempe. The 1904 pipe organ by Messrs Lewis and Co was also given by the Thomsons. The adjacent church hall was designed by the Alloa architect Adam Frame in 1891.
The interior was altered a few years ago:- the original pews were removed, the marble altar moved to the west transept and the walls and roof painted. Memorials and other fittings from the former North Church have been incorporated into the modernised church.
Visitors are welcome to attend the service on Sunday at 10.30Guided tours are avalable on request
Designed by John Melvin of Alloa, this church has an impressive gable with a four-light traceried window flanked by lancet windows.
The interior was formerly quite austere and still retains most of its box pews, but the central pews were removed in a recent refurbishment.
The large and impressive horse-shoe shaped gallery was added a few years after the building's construction, to cope with the additional space requirements of trhe congregation.
This was once the family church of the large and influential Paton family, of John Paton, Son & Co, of Kilncraigs Mill.
The 'Hidden Garden', a newly created peaceful haven adjacent to the chuch, will also be open.
The parish church of St Mungo was established in the 14th century then enlarged and the tower raised in 1680-2. The mason was Tobias Bauchop, whose house still stands in Kirkgate. Around 1700, John, 6th Earl of Mar, built a private aisle with burial vault on the north side of the church. The old kirk became overcrowded and was condemned in 1816: it was mostly demolished and many stones reused to build the new parish church in Bedford Place.
Designed by James Gillespie Graham, the Mar & Kellie Mausoleum was built on the site of the Mar Aisle. The original ceiling was painted brightly and decorated with flowers and Rococo panels. It was partly restored in 1994-6.
The old kirkyard contains a good collection of early trade gravestones and fine memorials for many of the people responsible for the development of Alloa into a busy industrial town.
Visitors should wear sturdy footwear, as the ground is quite uneven.
The kirkyard is partly accessible to visitors with mobility difficulties.
Redwell Primary School opened in August and was built to replace St John’s and Claremont Primary Schools. It was designed by Keppie , the process involving detailed consultation and an ongoing dialogue with all stakeholders, all of whom then saw and discussed the initial sketches, which were then developed to reflect feedback and refined to create the final design.
Throughout the construction period the children of both schools were fully engaged in joint projects, activities and site visits, thus ensuring that they were looking forward to moving into their new school.
The design brings the pupils together in a modern building which embraces both the latest technology and the natural environment and includes LCD smart screens for teaching; flexible learning zones accessed from classrooms and with direct access to sheltered outdoor teaching areas; classrooms with direct access to external facilities; a flexible, multi-purpose gym hall space; extensive use of external landscaping to provide a wide range of possible school activities, natural history projects and play areas; "green" energy provided by a Biomass boiler; a dining hall with direct access to sheltered external dining and seating area; and a full size grass football pitch and an all weather games arena.
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Alloa Art Exhibition, including a donation to Alzheimer Scotland with all sales; cake and sweet sales with a ‘pop-up’ cake; craft materials sale on Sunday, with ‘crafty’ favourites at discount prices.
The Sheriff Court was built as the new County and Police Buildings to replace Ochil House. It was designed by Brown and Wardrop in a late Scots-Flemish style and it also reflects the local tradition, with crowstepped gables and gablets. Above the main entrance on Mar Street is a balcony surmounted by lions and the Royal coat-of-arms. The impressive three-storey tower has pedimented clock faces and a steep roof. The first-floor court room has a hammer-beam roof and large light fittings, originally for gas lamps. The extension and police offices were designed by William Kerr, who was responsible for many public and private buildings in the county.
Portraits from the Mar & Kellie collection are on display in this multi-functional court building. There will be no access to the cells.
This fine church was designed by Sir Robert Rowand Anderson in a simple Geometric style, with a separate bell-tower and tall, broach spire. It is one of the most beautifully designed and finished Episcopal churches in Scotland. It was built for Walter Coningsby Erskine, Earl of Mar & Kellie, as a gift to the congregation.
The ornate interior includes stained glass by C A Gibbs (1869), C E Kempe (1890, 1902), Douglas Strachan (1913) and Margaret Chilton (1939) given by the Erskine family, William Bailey of Alloa Pottery and the Younger family, brewers in Alloa; a Sicilian marble altar with a reredos mosaic by Salviati of Venice; and some very fine memorials,including an impressive marble effigy of Walter Coningsby Erskine, a World War I memorial designed by Sir Robert Lorimer and a chancel screen and accompanying memorial tablet of 1902 in memory of 2nd Lieutenant E J Younger, killed in the Boer War. The tablet contains an enamel by Phoebe Anna Traquair.
Restoration of the spire and chancel has recently been completed with financial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Scotland and other funding bodies.
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