Founded in 1987, the Ben Ledi View is a free community newspaper produced and distributed by volunteers for the benefit and enjoyment of residents of and visitors to Callander in Perthshire, Scotland, UK. It is named after Ben Ledi, the 867m hill that towers over the town.
Ten editions, each consisting of approximately 36-to-40pp, are published per year - one per month, excluding August and January. Print and running costs are funded by advertising, public donations, and subscriptions from readers resident without Callander.
Current distribution of the main edition is 1900. A copy is hand-delivered to every home and business in the town. Large-print versions are also produced and distributed to visually-impaired residents.
OTHER SECTIONS (we are currently updating)
Produced in Callander by Callander for Callander...
The BLV has undergone several facelifts over the years, and Callander's incorporation into the National Park has necessitated a broadening of the editorial remit. Since the early days, Callander has grown and the community has become increasingly diverse. Nevertheless, those aims set out in the first issue remain as close to our hearts as ever. We are committed to equality and the paper exists to disseminate information about community-related news, concerns and events fairly, without discrimination on grounds of age, race, colour, creed, gender, disability or orientation.
Unlike commercial papers, we rely on the community to provide the paper's content: if we don't cover something it's usually because we haven't been informed about it. Which brings us neatly back to what Ken wrote all those years ago: 'Success or failure depends on your involvement...' If you want us to cover something that you think would be of interest to others in the town, get in touch; and if you feel the paper ignores your section of the community, again, let us know. We are all part of Callander - and this is the community's newspaper.
The BLV grew out of Stirling Council's 'Going Local' policy for delivering services locally. As part of this initiative a number of community groups were set up at a very well attended and representative meeting in the old St. Kessog's Hall. Focussing on activities for young people, the environment, local businesses, sport and the dissemination of community news, all of these groups came under the auspices of a 'Going Local Steering Committee' that eventually merged with the Community Council.
How to volunteer with the BLV community newspaper
If you have some spare time and would like to volunteer to help the BLV, do please get in touch with the Convener of the Ben Ledi View Community Newspaper either by post or by email.
It would be helpful to us if you could enclose a CV if you have one. If not, please include a list of skills that you think might be relevant and let us know what you'd be interested in doing for the BLV.
The Ben Ledi View Community Newspaper
c/o McLaren Community Leisure Centre