Denny & Dunipace news from Thursday, March 20

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Worship on Sunday is at 11 a.m. and will be led by Sandra Mathers. The Sunday Club meets at the same time, and crèche facilities are available. The joint Bible Study Group will meet in Dunipace Church on Sunday evening at 6.30 p.m. The Lunch Box is open on Monday from 11 a.m. – 1.30 p.m. for soup, sandwiches, tea/coffee and home baking. The Girls’ Brigade meets on Monday at 6.30 p.m. for all girls of school age. The Guild meets on Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. when they will be having their AGM. The evening café service takes place next Wednesday at 7.30 p.m., when the topic will be ‘Scotland’s Future.’ All are welcome to come along. The stated AGM of the congregation will take place after the service on Sunday, March 30.

Independence meeting

The Yes Denny group will meet in the Heritage Rooms, Milton Row, Dunipace, on Monday at 7 p.m. Members of the public are invited to come along to just listen in, have your say, or get involved and help shape Scotland for future generations. All are welcome to attend.

W.A.S.P. classes

New classes start at the Denny Wider Access to Schools Project on March 24. Visit www.dennywasp.org.uk for more details.

Line dancing

Next class takes place tomorrow (Friday) at the Broompark Centre from 1-2 p.m. Beginners and improvers welcome. Please note the change of venue.

Wine club

The next meeting takes place tomorrow (Friday) in the Broompark Centre at 7 p.m., and subsequently on the second Friday of each month. Come along to find out about winemaking, from beginners to advanced level. New members always welcome.

Probus Club

President Colin Thomson welcomed 17 members to the last meeting and extended a warm welcome to Kay Blair, the guest speaker, who gave a comprehensive address on the birth and history of the St Petersburg Forum, which was formed to promote links on a charitable, educational, medical, artistic and cultural basis between groups in Scotland and their counterparts in Russia. In 1992 a small group of road racing cyclist accepted an invitation from their contemporaries in St Petersburg, to visit them and pursue their common interest. By 1995 this group from Scotland had made many friends in this part of Russia that they decided to offer some tangible assistance to the cancer victim in that area. At this time the St Petersburg Forum was formed. Within a few years the treatment of cancer victims was taken over by the government and the forum’s original aim was superseded. The forum now turned their attention to the welfare of children and orphans who were in need of care and attention. At this time the common desire to explore the works of Robert Burns were recognised by the forum and to this day there is tremendous interaction between the forum and children in St Petersburg supported by Burns Clubs throughout Scotland. It is quite remarkable the number of students of the works of Robert Burns who travel to St Petersburg from Scotland each year to Burns Festivals and similarly from Russia to Scotland. It is quite refreshing to note the goodwill engendered in this way by a non-political group not seeking personal acclaim or exorbitant expenses. A concise and eloquent vote of thanks on behalf of the Club was given by Ted Collington. The next meeting takes place on March 24.

Psychic night

In aid of Denny High School PTA, takes place on Friday, March 21 in the Masonic Hall. Entrance is £5, private readings an additional £5. Come along and support your local school.

Baptist church

The Point youth clubs meets tomorrow (Friday) at 6 p.m. for primary school ages and at 7.30 p.m. for senior pupils. The services on Sunday at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. will be led by the Rev. Norman Graham. Visitors are always welcome. Children and young people meet during the morning worship and a crèche is available during all services. Parent and toddlers groups meet on Thursdays and Fridays at 9.30 a.m. Prayer and study groups meet 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, 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. Sessions to complete online benefit applications are held at the Community Education Wing at Bankier Primary School on Thursday from 10–12 noon and the Bridge Crescent Community Flat on Tuesday from 1-3 p.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.

Westpark Church

Service on Sunday will be at 10.30 a.m. and will be led by the Rev. Phyllis Wilson and will include the sacrament of baptism. 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. The Open Door is open again from 10.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays for tea, coffee and lunch, all welcome. The Bible Study/Prayer Group will now begin in April when the joint church lenten bible study finishes, which begins this Sunday, March 9 at 6.30 p.m. in Dunipace Church. The first study is titled ‘Walking the Pilgrim Way’. An invitation is extended to all members of the congregation to join with other local Christians. There will be a session meeting on Monday at 7.30 p.m. in Chalmers Hall to discuss the proposals made at the joint church sub-committee meeting to finalise the Presbytery plan.

Litter pick

The seventh annual Community Green Initiative litter pick around the River Carron and its paths around Denny takes place on Sunday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Volunteers should meet at the footbridge at Winchester Industrial Estate behind St Patrick’s. All ages welcome, equipment and hot drinks provided.

Puppy training

Training classes for family pet dog/puppies - aged five months and over - start in Fankerton Hall, Fankerton, (near Denny) on Monday, March 24 at 8.10-9 p.m. Teach your dog good manners and basic commands using kind effective methods. Places are limited to six dogs per class. For further information please call Eleanor on (01324) 815896 or 07752526030.