Brightons news from Thursday, December 4

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Step Forth

Like to walk but not on your own? Want to get fit but don’t know where to start? Why not join our walking group and meet new friends. Walk leaves the Grange centre every Thursday at 10 a.m. We now have a new walk leader for this walk. If you would like more information call (01324) 504556/504568 or email stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

Community Council

Police Report - PC Graeme Brown reported that generally the area was reasonably quiet with no major incidents. There have been several house break-ins in the Maranatha Crescent and Sunnyside Road area. It mostly concerns theft from sheds but there have been house break-ins. It seems that the intruders are looking for car keys and if successful they make off with the owners’ cars. PC Brown asked the public to be aware of these situations and advised checking security of sheds and house back doors in particular. Keys should be stored out of sight. Inspector Chris Stewart introduced himself as Area Commander for the Braes. He said that policing has changed greatly since the change to Police Scotland. He explained that responses have improved with the available national resources such as helicopters. The big issue is dishonesty crime which is on the up. The geography of the area brings its problems due to easy access into and out by the motorway network. He emphasised the importance of Community Policing such as regular checks to off licences and pubs at the weekends. Network Rail - Kirsty McKay and Gary Murphy from Network Rail and Greg Pender from Falkirk Council attended the meeting to give members more information about Polmont Rail Bridge closure. The work will be set up during the week beginning January 5 and closure will extend from January 12 until the end of October. Gary explained that the project will take this time due mostly to cutting and restoring of all the utilities by the utility companies. June is the most intense time with closure of the station for one weekend with a replacement bus service. A pedestrian access is available from January until the reopening. There were many questions and comments made during the evening but to round up Gary and Kirsty said that Network Rail is well aware of the problems for the local community and will do everything possible to complete the project as soon as possible. The company works closely with Falkirk Council throughout and strives to keep the residents well informed. The company plan to recycle 90 per cent of the old bridge. Later in 2015 the station platform will be extended to cope with trains with five carriages. Others Matters - The flower beds at the side of Maddiston Road and the roundabout at the junction of Main Street and Newlands Road are being replanted at present. Greg Pender from Falkirk Council informed the meeting that work on a new traffic light system at the junction of Station Road and Salmon Inn Road will start in January. As there is no meeting in December the next meeting will be on Thursday, January 29 in Brightons Community Centre at 7 p.m. The members of the Community Council wish residents all good wishes for Christmas and a happy and safe 2015.

Masonic News

A full house of members and visitors attended the Annual Installation of Office Bearers at Lodge Polmont No 793 on November 26, including a large deputation from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Stirlingshire headed by the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Bro. Andrew A McKinnon. They witnessed Bro. Allan Simpson being installed as Master of the Lodge, together with the Installation of his Office Bearers. The ceremony was expertly conducted by Bro William Fulton and Bro. Alex Muir, both Past Masters of Lodge Polmont. Visitors from the many sister lodges present were warmly welcomed and the RWM-Elect of Lodge Dolphin No 911 replied on behalf of all the visiting brethren. The next Regular Meeting of the Lodge will be on Wednesday, December 10 at 7.30 p.m. when the business of the evening will be minutes accounts etc and a Third Degree. All members and visiting brethren will be most welcome. The Festival of St Andrew Dinner will be celebrated tomorrow (Friday) at 7 for 7.30 p.m.

Whist Results

Results of the Brightons Whist and Dominoes this week are, Whist – 1 Rae Stuart, 2 Nancy MacDonald. Dominoes - 1 Richard Warwick, 2 Bruce Huntley. New members welcome, contact (01324) 714616.

Parish Church

Last Sunday, Rev. Murdo Campbell led the morning service and was assisted by Doug Maden who gave the youth address. This Sunday, the minister will conduct morning worship at the usual time of 11 a.m. In the evening at 6.30 p.m. the monthly evening service will be led by Ian Baillie, Session Clerk. This will be a special service of Lessons and Carols. A warm welcome is extended to all. The monthly Church Bookstall will be available next Sunday after both the morning and evening services in the Rankine Hall. The Guild will meet this Monday (December 8) at 7.30 p.m. This is our Christmas evening when we will have a Christmas Musical Evening with John and George. All welcome. The Boys’ Brigade will again be offering a Christmas card delivery service covering Brightons, Wallacestone, Rumford, Maddiston, Shieldhill, Reddingmuirhead, Redding and Polmont areas. Stamps will be on sale from the church hall vestibule on Sundays and Friday evenings from now at a cost of 25p each. The cards will be delivered over the weekend of December 13-14 so the last date for posting will be Friday, December 12. Half the proceeds of the delivery service will go to BB funds and the other half will be used to help buy food for local families in the Braes area who are finding it difficult to make ends meet at the present time. Door duty this Sunday will be by Alan Macfarlane, Alistair McDonald, James Falconer, Charles Lees, Richard Baird and Tom Nimmo. On crèche duty will be Lorraine Campbell, Alison Cassells and Gillian Hunter.

Ladies’ Group

Brightons Ladies’ Group are reminded of the Christmas lunch on Tuesday at 12.30 p.m. in the Claremont, Polmont.