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The community council met in Denny Baptist Church on Monday, February 9. The meeting was attended by Police Scotland who gave an update on policing priorities in January and February. Those present listened to a presentation by TLS Energy group who are designing and implementing the Carrongrove hydropower scheme. The Denny Events Group updated on the organising of the 2015 Gala day which will take place on Saturday, May 23 and community councillor and local neighbourhood watch co-ordinator Bill Gray updated the group on plans for a “big lunch”. The group heard that the 2014 Poppy Appeal raised £2662.90. The next meeting will take place on Monday where town centre regeneration, the big lunch, the Gala Day and local planning applications will be on the agenda. All members of the community are welcome to attend.
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, at Bridge Crescent Community Flat on Tuesday from 9.30 a.m.-noon and Denny Parish Church hall on Wednesday from 9.30 a.m.-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.
The Crafty Café meets on Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon, when you can share your skills or learn something new. Or just come along and enjoy the café and chat. Worship on Sunday is at 11 a.m. and will be led by Sandra Mathers. There will be crèche facilities and the Sunday Club meets at the same time. The Lunch Box will be 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. Advance notice is given for the Forth Bridge crossing in aid of Christian Aid which takes place on Saturday, April 25. If you would like a sponsor form, please see Janet Rhodes. Also for Christian Aid a paper quiz on ‘Scottish Songs’ has been produced, priced £1 and also available from Janet. All intimations for Sunday service to be with Janet by tonight (Thursday) at the latest.
On March 1 the Rev. Raymond Thomson will lead worship at 10.30 a.m. when we will celebrate the sacrament of holy communion. Kidzone take 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 open today (Thursday) from 10.30 a.m.-1 p.m. All welcome.
The Point youth clubs meet tomorrow (Friday) at 6 p.m. for juniors and at 7.30 p.m. for seniors. The services on Sunday at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. will be led by the Rev. Norman Graham. Visitors are always welcome. Communion will take place during the morning worship. The children and young people meet at 11.20 a.m. The Ladies Monday Mix meets on Monday at 7.30 p.m. Parent and Toddlers groups meet on Thursdays and Fridays at 9.30 a.m. Prayer groups meet at various venues during the week.
The communion service on Sunday at 11 a.m. will be led by the Rev. Dr Jean Gallacher. A short communium service will be held in Tygetshaugh Court at 3 p.m. All welcome. The children meet in the hall at 11 a.m. and elders at 10.45 a.m.
The next coffee morning is on Tuesday, March 3 from 10 a.m.-noon. The church magazine is now available for distribution.
The World Day of Prayer is on Friday, March 6 at 2 p.m. in Denny Baptist Church. Please note change of time.
A regular meeting of Lodge St. Andrew (Denny & Loanhead) No. 176 will be held tonight (Thursday) when the business will include the master mason degree by RWM and lodge office-bearers. Visitors from Croydon are expected and a harmony will follow the ceremony. The senior members treat is on Saturday at 1 p.m. On March 14 there is a cabaret featuring the top band Heartbeat. On March 21 the lodge will host the annual gathering of St Andrew lodges and in the evening top Scottish folk duo Gaberlunzie will provide the entertainment. Book tickets for the cabarets at the bar on Friday, Saturday or Monday or via Helen on the usual social media links.
The president welcomed 13 members to the meeting commenting on the miserable weather outside. He invited the secretary to comment on David Baxter, who had died recently. The secretary spoke of David’s long membership of the club, having joined in 1985 and of his faithful attendance over these years. David was elected an honorary member at the AGM in 2011. A short silence was observed in his memory. Some correspondence had been received from Water Aid and was available to members for their perusal. As no speaker had been arranged for this meeting the secretary introduced the topic of ‘Luck Bags’ and with some help from the members explained that in the days of his childhood these items were purchased from the local corner shop for a halfpenny and contained a small cheap toy and some sweets. He then produced 14 cloth ‘Lucky Bags’ and invited his the members to name the contents by sense of touch only. This led to great hilarity and no little concentration. At the end of the event the bags were all opened and the many and varied contents revealed. The meeting closed with the members showing their appreciation for Hugh’s entertainment. The next meeting will be on March 9 when Bert Mckenzie will talk on ‘The sky at night’.
Wider Access to Schools Project now offer Otago (mobility strength and balance exercises) classes are aimed at anyone who is beginning to have trouble with walking/balance and may have lost their confidence. For more information contact Anne Campbell on (01324) 822895 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. or email@example.com