It all began when...
The first ever edition of the Ben Ledi View (see left) was published in May 1987. Edited by Ken Dunn and Maryanne Ure, the launch issue ran to eight pages and its cover story heralded the announcement by Stirling Council that St Kessog's Church (at that point disused) was to be converted into what became Callander's Visitors' Centre.
If you would like to download the first (or another available) edition of the Ben Ledi View please click on 'Back Issues' in the menu above.
6 issues per year
The Ben Ledi View is published bi-monthly, starting with February/March and ending with December/January. On average each publication is around 40 pages.
The Ben Ledi View team is made up entirely of volunteers. Print and running costs are funded by advertising.
Current distribution is 1,950 with a copy hand-delivered to every household and most businesses in the Callander area.
Get your copy
For those who live in Callander, a copy will automatically be delivered to your door free of charge.
If you do not live in Callander or simply want additional copies, you can purchase a copy for £1 from Callander Post Office and other outlets around the town.
Annual subscriptions are available at £15 for the UK and £40 for outside the UK. Please make cheques payable to the Ben Ledi View Community Newspaper SCIO.
A copy of this year's issues of the Ben Ledi View are also available (for reference) at Callander library.
An award winning paper
The BLV has been named Community Newspaper of the Year by the Stirling Community Newspaper Forum four times between 2008 and 2015 and runner-up in 2016.
Several of our contributors have also won awards for their contribution as individuals.
The paper is published by the Ben Ledi View Community Newspaper SCIO, 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.
Minutes of our meetings
On the first Friday of every month we hold an informal get-together at 2.00pm in the back room of the Old Bank and if anyone wants to come along and meet us over a cup of tea, then please do so.
Every 2 months we hold a formal meeting of those who help run the BLV to discuss procedural issues, content, recruitment etc.
The minutes of the latest formal meeting can be downloaded here.
The minutes of the most recent AGM can be downloaded here (Note that these remain draft minutes until they are adopted at the next AGM).