Denny & Dunipace news from Thursday, January 15

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Denny Old

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. The Kirk Session meets on Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. in the hall. Please note change of day. The new Flower Calendar is now available in the hall. There are a few ‘free Sundays’ available and if you feel you would like to donate flowers, please have a word with Janet Rhodes. Also, the Flower Guild is urgently needing some more flower arrangers to help with the weekly arranging. If you could help with this at all it would be greatly appreciated. Please have a word with Janet who will explain what is involved. All intimations for Sunday’s service to be with Janet Rhodes by this evening (Thursday) at the latest.

Westpark Church

The service on Sunday will be led by the Rev. Phyllis Wilson. 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 the Open Door is open from 10.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today (Thursday). All welcome.

Baptist Church

Parent and Toddlers groups have now restarted on Thursday and Friday morning at 9.30 a.m. The services on Sunday at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. will be led by the Rev. Norman Graham. Visitors are always welcome. The children and young people meet during the morning worship and a crèche is available during all services. Prayer groups and Bible studies take place at various venues during the week.

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 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.

Masonic News

Lodge St. Andrew (Denny & Loanhead) No. 176 will celebrate its 225th anniversary in 2015 and the special year got off to a great start at last week’s meeting with three large deputations boosting the good attendance of members and other visitors. First in were Lodge St. John Tulliallan No. 598 headed by RWM Tom Carberry and sixteen of his Brethren. Next came Lodge Polmont No. 793 with RWM Alan Simpson and fifteen of his Brethren. Finally, Lodge Dolphin No. 911 entered headed by their RWM Ross Hardie on his first official duty since taking the chair last month. His deputation was 27 in total and they had come over the hill from Bonnybridge to confer the fellowcraft degree. It was an excellent ceremony and thanks to Nick and Chris some fine hospitality followed. Although the largest dep, Dolphin 911 were unable to claim the Stirlingshire ‘travelling gavel’ under its rules and so RWM Bro. Tom Carberry of Lodge St. John Tulliallan No. 598 was presented with it by the 176 RWM Kevin McLean. The next meeting is a first degree on Thursday, January 22 at 7.30 p.m. The annual installation of office bearers is on Saturday, February 7 at 2 p.m. The annual gathering of St. Andrew lodges will be held in Denny on Saturday, March 21. It will be followed by a cabaret featuring Gaberlunzie. Tickets for the cabaret cost £10 including buffet and can be reserved at the bar on Monday, Friday and Saturday. The senior members and widows treat is on February 28 at 1 p.m. and invitations will be posted out later this month.

Probus Club

The president welcomed 16 members to the first meeting of the new session, thanking them for turning out on such a wild day. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved on the motions Ian Donaldson and Bill Hall respectively. The speaker, past-president Bill Hall, started his talk ‘Where Have all the Chimneys gone’ with some extracts from the historical statistical records, regarding the past history of the population and industry of the town of Denny. He explained that owing to its geological situation it was well suited to become a diverse industrial centre. Iron stone and clay were fairly abundant as was a good supply of water which led to the founding of what became the towns principle sources of employment, namely the manufacture of cast iron, bricks, paper and calico. The subsequent loss of all these industries answers the original question. A great deal of informal discussion followed Bill’s talk. Many members had snippets of information which they had gleaned over the years and this added to the value of the occasion. The vote of thanks was given by president Allan Hay. The next meeting will be the club Burns lunch in the Bonnybridge Golf Club on January 26, at 12.30 p.m. for a 1 p.m. start.

Credit Union

Savings are safe with Falkirk District Credit Union and low cost loans are available once regular savings established. Anyone who lives or works in the area within the boundary of Falkirk Council can join, junior savers welcome. For details on how to join please phone the main office in Grangemouth on (01324) 473695, visit www.falkirkcreditunion.co.uk or pop into your local branch at Denny Community Flat, Bridge Crescent, Denny which is open every Tuesday from 10 a.m.-noon. and every Thursday 6-7 p.m. There is also a collection at Denny Old Parish Church in Duke Street every Wednesday from 10-11.30 a.m. If you are interested in volunteering at all please call or ask at collection. The annual general meeting is on Thursday, January 29 at 6.45 p.m. within the community wing in Abbots Road, Grangemouth.

Kids Club

Toyzone parent/carer and child group meets in Broompark Centre, Denny, on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9.15-11.15 a.m. It caters for children from birth to nursery age. Come along, make new friends and let your child/children socialise with others. Call (01324) 823290 for more details or e mail MargareteMrsH@Aol.com.

Buggy Group

The Denny and DuniPacers buggy group leaves the Home-Start offices every Friday at 10.30 a.m. All welcome. For more information call the Home-start office on (01324) 829444 or email stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

Burns Supper

Westpark Church social committee has organised a Burns Supper on Saturday, January 24 at 7 p.m. Tickets cost £12. Contact A. Peattie on (01324) 823169.

Line Dancing

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