Brightons news from Thursday, September 18

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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

History Meeting

See Maddiston.

Parish Church

Last Sunday, the minister conducted the communion services at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. This Sunday, the minister will conduct worship at 11 a.m. Tonight (Thursday) the Congregational Prayer Time takes place in the Small Hall at 7.45 p.m. The first monthly Guild afternoon meeting of the Session is this Monday at 2 p.m. when the members of our own Church Choir will entertain us. A warm welcome is extended to all. The Deacons’ Court will meet on Tuesday at 7.45 p.m. in the Rankine Hall. A Musical Evening for The Leprosy Mission Scotland by ‘the 25th Stirling (Dunblane) Boys’ Brigade Band’ is taking place on Wednesday, September 24 at 7 p.m. in Holy Trinity Church, Dumbarton Road, Stirling, in aid of a Rehabilitation Centre in India. All are welcome. The next Film night will take place on Saturday, September 27 at 7 p.m. The film is ‘Faith like Potatoes’. There is no charge. Tea and cakes will be served. Door duty this Sunday will be by Jim Dick, Jean Cairns, Charles Maden, Bill Cairns, Liz McKellar and Craig Smith. The crèche will be manned by Lorraine Campbell, Alison Cassells and Dorothy McDonald. A MacMillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning will be held in the church halls on Saturday, September 27 between 10 a.m. and noon. There will also be a cake and candy stall. All welcome and entry is by donation.

Ladies’ Group

Brightons Ladies’ Group will meet on Tuesday at 7.45 p.m. in the Community Centre when Alistair Blackstock will give a talk on the Food Banks. All ladies welcome. Admission £2.

Over-50s Group

Make It Happen Forum - The local meeting of the Make It Happen Braes Forum for over-50s will be held in the Grange Community Centre, Brightons on Monday, September 22 from 1.30-3.30 p.m. The Forum is an exciting new way for over-50s to get involved, discuss ideas and concerns and to have a real voice in your community. We’ve arranged for Braveheart to deliver a taster session on its new Optimise programme which is very informative and interesting. Please phone (01324) 712106 or e-mail to book your place. All welcome.

Friendship Plus

On the third Wednesday of each month a new group for seniors - Friendship Plus - for both men and women is commencing, meeting in the Rankine Hall of Brightons Parish Church from 2–4 p.m. The first meeting is on Wednesday, September 17 and costs £2 which includes refreshments. Robert Callahan will give a Powerpoint presentation and talk on his involvement with this year’s successful Commonwealth Games. We have several drivers who are willing to offer transport if needed. For this or further enquiries please contact Jean Cairns on (01324) 282207. We look forward to meeting regular and new members for a time of fun and fellowship with a full programme of speakers, entertainment, lunches and day trip.

Whist Results

Results of the Brightons Whist and Dominoes this week are, Whist – 1 Duncan Stuart, 2 Jim McInally. Dominoes - 1 Bruce Huntley, 2 Janet Gillespie.

Masonic News

Almost 60 brethren and visitors were at Lodge Polmont No 793 for the first meeting of the new session on Wednesday, September 10. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, a short ceremony was held which included the reading of the relevant extract from the meeting held on September 12, 1914. The commemoration concluded with a minute’s silence. Thereafter the brethren present were treated to a fine rendering of the First Degree ceremony by the RWM, John Curry, and his team. There were visitors from a number of sister lodges present and they received a warm welcome from Lodge Polmont members and were asked to convey fraternal greetings on their next visit to their own lodges. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, September 24 at 7.30 p.m. when the business of the evening will be Minutes, Accounts and a Second Degree. All qualified brethren and visitors will be made most welcome.

Metafit Class

There will be no class on this evening (Thursday) in Brightons Community Hall. This is due to the hall being used as a polling station. For more information call 07739 718 361. Class will be on as usual next week.