Denny & Dunipace news from Thursday, February 12

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Sunday worship is at 11 a.m and will be led by Sandra Mathers. There will be creche facilities available and the Sunday Club meets at the same time. The Lunch Box is open on Monday from 11 a.m.-1.30 p.m. serving soup, sandwiches, tea/coffee and home baking. All welcome. The Girls Brigade meets on Monday at 6.30 p.m. and is open to all girls of school age. The Guild meets on Tuesday, when Janet will be leading a discussion topic on the theme ‘How To Share’. The Guild is holding a coffee morning this Saturday from 10.a.m.-noon. Tickets are £2 for adults and 70p for children and available on the door. There will be a cake and candy baking table.

Westpark Church

On Sunday, February 15 Ivar Struthers will lead worship at 10.30 a.m. Kidzone takes part at the start of the service then move to the halls to enjoy their own activities. Creche facilities are also available. The Wednesday Welcome is open from 10 a.m. for fellowship over tea or coffee followed by a short service from 11.15-11.45 a.m. Please note that the Open Door is from 10.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today (Thursday). All welcome.

Baptist Church

The services on Sunday at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. will be led by Rev. Norman Graham. Visitors are always welcome. Children and young people meet during the morning service and a crèche for babies and toddlers is available during all services. The Fellowship meal is on February 21 at 7.30 p.m. in Glenbervie Golf Club.

Citizens Advice

The bureau is located above Clydesdale Bank at 24 Duke Street, Denny and is open today (Thursday), Friday, Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. A legal clinic is held every four weeks on Wednesdays by appointment only (4-5 p.m.). Outreach clinics are held at the Community Education Wing at Bankier Primary School today (Thursday) from 10 a.m.-noon and Denny Parish Church Hall on Wednesday from 9.30-11.30 a.m. Telephone service (Citizens Advice Direct) available Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on (01324) 823118.

Residents Association

Glenwood Tenants and Residents Association is pleased to announce it will host another David Bateman evening following last year’s successful event. David is a local lad who plays music of the ‘60s and ‘70s and will return to Fankerton Hall on Saturday, February 21 from 7.30-11.30 p.m. Tickets are £5 including a light supper. For details call (01324) 822512 or 825270.

WASP Classes

Denny Wider Access to Schools Project is now offering Otago (mobility strength and balance exercises) classes aimed at anyone who is beginning to have trouble walking and may have lost their confidence. For more information contact Anne Campbell on (01324) 822895 or e-mail dennywasp@gmail.com. or barbara.mcconnell@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

Line Dancing

Next class takes place tomorrow (Friday) in Broompark Centre, Denny from 1-2 p.m. Beginners and improvers welcome.

Rotary Club

The Rotary Club of Vale of Carron met on Wednesday evening upstairs at the Plough Hotel. This historic building in the heart of Stenhousemuir is being renovated, a process we are watching with great interest. After an enjoyable meal president Jill Dewar welcomed members and guest Lachlan McGowan from Denny to the monthly business meeting where several items of business, including event planning for the next few months, were discussed. At the top of the agenda was a debrief of the Santa Sleigh Collection. We are presenting a cheque from the Santa Sleigh for £750 to Dr Bridget McAllister at Bonnybridge Health Centre in the next few days. The charity Driving Force Denny, transports patients to hospital. We are delighted to see visitors on Wednesdays. If you are interested in helping the community by joining Rotary, or want to learn more about us, contact Ken on 07786067606, visit www.ribi.org or our club website. Please also follow us on Twitter @ValeofCarron and on Facebook.

Probus Club

President Alan Hay welcomed 18 members and the guest speaker to the meeting. After club business had been dealt with the speaker Jack Bairner introduced his presentation on the Camino de Santiago de Compostelo by explaining something of the history of this long distance pilgrimage. The total length of the pilgrimage is some 550 miles long and usually takes about five weeks to complete. Since the group that Jack was with had just one week available they elected to walk the last 110 kilometres over a period of five days. The route is well marked with the emblem of the Camino namely a scallop shell which is displayed in many forms in iron work, stone and painted signs. In addition there are also yellow arrows to help keep you on the correct path. The pilgrimage takes you through rural Spain with attractive countryside and is well provided with suitable places where overnight accommodation is available and eating places, where the food prepared from local produce was of a very high order. The only slightly disappointing aspect of the journey was the unfortunate use of graffiti on many of the signs, but overall the whole experience had been enjoyed by the group and they are contemplating a return visit to finish the walk to the coast this spring. The president thanked Jack for his talk and wished him good weather for the remainder of the journey. The next meeting will be on February 23 when the speaker will be club secretary Hugh Johnston.

Wine Club

The monthly meeting of Denny Wine Club takes place tomorrow night (Friday) in Broompark Community Centre and subsequently on the second Friday of each month. Come and learn all aspects of wine making from basic to advanced levels. New members welcome.