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Small Business Blast-off competition

We are delighted to have been selected as a runner up in Gumtree’s Small Business Blast Off competition!

The judges told us :

Ethical, sustainable, community at heart. Fresh approach to learning and education. After lockdown the opportunity for more children to learn through nature would be hugely valuable.”

New Term

We are looking forward to seeing our children back in nursery tomorrow, both our returners and new-starts.

We wish all of our leavers a happy and exciting day tomorrow as they start at school. We’d love to see you in your uniforms, pop in to say hello or send us a photo!!


The lunch menu for session 2021/2022 is now available here. We are delighted that we can again serve hot meals. Lunches are provided free of charge to eligible/funded children and can be purchased at a cost of £2.20 for fee paying children.

Lunches are made in Cambusbarron Primary School kitchens which has a silver food for life catering mark and transported down to us in the community centre every day.

Note that when we are in the woods a packed lunch is served (this is usually the “green” tray option).

Be Tick Aware

During woodland play sessions children may be exposed to ticks as they are commonly found in woodland, moorland, grassland and parks. Ticks can sometimes pass on disease such as Lyme disease to humans. Not all ticks are infected and, if they are removed quickly and safely, the chance of illness is greatly reduced.

We strongly recommend that children wear long sleeved tops and trousers as they not only reduce the risk of tick bite they also protect against nettle stings, scrapes and scratches.

We also recommend that parents check for ticks routinely and, if found, remove as soon as possible. The safest way to do this is to use a tick removal tool commonly available in most outdoor shops and chemists.

The following information and guidance may also be useful :

Forestry and Land Scotland : Checking for ticks is easy

NHS Scotland guidelines : Current NHS Scotland Guidelines on Lyme Disease

Forestry Commission: Forestry Commission Identifying Ticks

The following YouTube video by a NHS Highland GP shows how to remove ticks safely :

Gala Day Afternoon Teas

Happy Gala day everyone!! We hope all our children enjoyed their mini gala day treats from the Cambusbarron Community Events Group, the bags looked fantastic.
We also hope that our older community members enjoyed their afternoon tea bags. We received an incredible 230 nominations and want to give our community a big pat on the back for their community spirit and neighbourly-ness in looking out for one another.
A big thank you to the Community Council and Foundation Scotland for their support. Thanks too to all the wonderful volunteers who ran around delivering on our behalf – you really made this all possible. Thanks also to Shaun at Michael More for being up at the crack of dawn to make all the scones and pancakes.
We, at CVN, are proud to be part of such an amazing community 🙌🙌🙌

CVN Orchard

We are very grateful to Aldo for making a lovely new sign to go beside the fruit trees in our orchard in the walled garden. Amos helped the children find a good spot to put it up. Our apple trees are already covered in blossom and there are leaves on the pears , plums and cherries. The children are hoping to be able to harvest some fruit next week!


Reminder that our AGM will be held in the Cambusbarron Community Centre on Tuesday June 1st 2021 at 7:30pm.

Join us to hear a review of our activities, achievements and accounts over the past year.

COVID restrictions still apply so please let us know if you plan on attending (message us here or email

Damper Bread

The children had great fun (as well as a significant amount of patience) making damper bread in the woods today. The bread took a long, long time to cook but it was worth the wait. The children said it was yummy and that it smelled just like toast 😊

Gala Afternoon Teas at Home – Saturday June 12th 2021

Nominate using our online form

Do you have a neighbour, friend or relative who is elderly, lonely or in poor health? If so please let us know! We have a Gala Day treat planned for them!

On Gala Day, while the Gala Committee are arranging their Gala Day Treat Bags for Mini Garden Galas to village children, Cambusbarron Village Nursery will be out and about delivering special Gala Afternoon Tea Goody Bags around Cambusbarron. Our goody bags will consist of a fantastic afternoon tea (made by our very own Michael More) and some little treats made by CVN children. We want to deliver a bag to as many Cambusbarron residents whose lives have been made more difficult because of pandemic restrictions as we can. So, please tell us about any neighbours, friends and/or relatives who might welcome a wee treat. There are several ways to get in touch:

You can email us with information at or

you can write the information down and either pop it in one of our boxes available at the Library or in Devine Hair or in an envelope to us (please mark it CVN Afternoon Teas) at the Community Centre (it can be posted in our mail box at the left hand side of the front door if the centre is closed) or fill in the online form

CVN is very grateful for support received from Foundation Scotland and Cambusbarron Community Council which makes this project possible.