Denny & Dunipace news from Thursday, September 11

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Worship on Sunday is at 11 a.m. and will be led by the Rev. Donald Scott. The Sunday Club meets at the same time, and crèche facilities are available. 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. in the hall, and is open to all girls of school age. The church walking group has now finished for the season. Thanks to all who took part and the group look forward to welcoming everyone back again next spring. The Guild will begin its new session a week on Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. All will be made most welcome. The Congregational Board meets a week on Wednesday at 7.30 p.m. in the hall.

Baptist Church

The Point youth clubs meet tomorrow (Friday) at 6 p.m. for junior ages and at 7.30 p.m. for senior pupils. New members welcome to enjoy an evening of fun and games. 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. Prayer and Bible study groups meet at various venues during the week.

Probus Club

President Alan Hay, welcomed 15 members to the first meeting of the new session. After a short business discussion, the president introduced club member Bob Gallagher, who gave a presentation on ‘The British Merchant Navy.’ He began his talk with a resume of the birth of the Merchant Navy which coincided with the development of the ‘Steam Engine Condenser’ by James Watt in 1781. This was basically the same power unit used to power the Waverly paddle steamer built in 1946. This new power system also saw the development of the Archimedes screw which is still used to power modern super tankers and massive cargo ships. It is interesting to note that the flag known affectionately as the red duster has been flown on such a variety of ships for over 200 years. Mr Gallagher then turned to his own experiences in the Merchant Navy which began in the 1950s. As an engineer he served with a number of shipping lines from rather exotically named ‘The Pacific Steam Navigation Company’, to ‘Shell Tankers’. An interesting facet of the growth in size of ships, like many industries, was the manpower required was reduced as the units grew. Where a medium sized ship 50 years ago might have a crew of 200, the mega ships of today would have less than 25. The trials of the seaman and conditions on the various ships he served on were outlined by the speaker. As one might expect this ‘Old Tar’ had many humorous yarns to relate to an appreciative audience. A concise and eloquent vote of thanks on behalf of the club was given by Colin Thomson, acting secretary. The next meeting will be on September 22, when the speaker will be Marion Thomson on the subject of Fire Safety.

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. 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

Tonight (Thursday) is the first meeting of the new session and the annual a visit of the provincial grand. All members are urged to attend as there is an important recommendation regarding the premises to be approved. The degree ceremony is the entered apprentice. Sponsorship is being sought by members of the lodge who are taking part in the charity cycle around all the lodges in the Province of Stirlingshire over two days in October and concluding at 176. Bookings are also being taken for the Robbie Williams tribute cabaret on Saturday, October 11. Contact Lesley at the bar or Helen via social media.

Buggy Group

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