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2021 Games Cancelled

28th Mar 2021

The Famous Alva Games 2021 – Cancelled The Committee of the Famous Alva Games met by Zoom on Sunday 28th March to decide if the 164th Games, re-arranged from last year, could be held on Saturday 10th July. Sadly, for the second time in two years, the decision has been taken…

2021 Games - a further update

13th Mar 2021

Not entirely surprisingly, given the number of cancellations that have already been announced for the 2021 season, we have been receiving a number in inquiries about the re-arranged 164th Famous Alva Games, due to be held on Saturday 10th July. Put short, no decision has yet been made, but the Committee…

Craig Hardie - an appreciation

3rd Feb 2021

This is one task for which I have been getting all too much practice recently. We have just heard the really sad news that cyclist Craig Hardie of Dalgety Bay has died earlier today in hospital in Kirkcaldy. He first appeared on the Johnstone Park in the mid 2000s and his…

Pauline Dean

28th Jan 2021

We have just been informed, with regret, that Pauline Dean of Grassington, North Yorkshire, passed away on Wednesday. She and her husband, Peter, were our joint Guests of Honour in 2005 having been for years stalwarts of BOFRA, the body which organises the Hill Races we hold on Games Day. They…

Shaw Murray

4th Jan 2021

It is with a sense of utter shock and huge sadness that we have just learned of the sudden and unexpected passing on 29th December 2020 of Shaw Murray of Alva, son of the legendary Willie Murray who was our Guest of Honour in 2007. Shaw was an Alva man through…

Ian Anderson

24th Dec 2020

We have just been informed, with much sadness, of the passing of Ian Anderson of Alva, the Guest of Honour at the 160th Games in 2016. A hugely respected figure in the town, he will be missed not only by his widow Betty, son Ian and wider family but by…

Annual Review - a look back on 2020

6th Dec 2020

It would perhaps be all too easy to write off 2020 as a year best forgotten and, in some ways, that may well be true. Certainly there have been no prize bingo tea evenings since February, the Best Dressed Shop Window Competition was cancelled and the 164th Famous Alva Games…

Bingo Tea Update

11th Sep 2020

It has been a long and rather different summer. With yesterday's update from the Scottish Government confirming that the route map remains at Stage 3 and, in some areas of activity is being reversed, it will be clear that we will not be in a position to commence the new season…

Games Day 2020 - something a bit different

13th Jul 2020

Saturday 10th July would have been the 164th Famous Alva Games but we all know that this was not possible. Lord-Lieutenant Johnny Stewart attended along with Games Honorary Life Chairman Ken McCaffrey, Chairman James Sharp, Treasurer John Glencross and Committee members Euan MacPherson, William Richardson and Ryan Martin to perform what we have called our Non Opening Ceremony. Special thanks to…

Alva Games 2020 - A Message from the Honorary Life Chairman

5th Jul 2020

A Message from Ken McCaffrey, Honorary Life Chairman, Alva Games Committee At this time each year, I put pen to paper to welcome our Patrons and Sponsors and competitors and spectators from near and far to our annual spectacular at the foot of the Ochil Hills. This year is going to…