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 40-to-48pp, 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 2,050. A copy is hand-delivered to every home and business in the town. Large-print and audio versions are also produced and distributed to visually-impaired residents.
The paper is published by the Ben Ledi View Community Newspaper, a non-profit voluntary association formed to promote community spirit and provide a free means of communication for local people and community organisations. The Ben Ledi View Community Newspaper is registered as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), registration number SC043744.
The BLV has three times been named Community Newspaper of the Year (2008, 2010 and 2011) by the Stirling Community Newspaper Forum. Several of our contributors have won awards in an individual capacity for their work for the paper.
Until proper flood prevention measures are in place, the onus is on us as citizens to protect our families and property against injury and damage in the event of flooding.
In every edition of the BLV we print local contact numbers for the Callander Community Council Emergency Team. These people help with warnings of imminent flooding, moving of sandbags for those who cannot manage it themselves, rescue co-ordination, and other relevant services. Please cut out the list of numbers and keep it safe in case you should ever need it.
On this website we have compiled a list of links to online resources relating to flood preparedness, weather forecasts, flood warnings, etc.: www.benlediview.co.uk/floodlink.html. Please bookmark the link as part of your household flood preparation plan so that you can easily access information from reliable sites.