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Anchor Boys, P1 - P3, meet at Falkirk High School every Friday, from 6-7.15 p.m.; Junior Section, P4 - P6, 7 - 8.30 p.m.; Company Section, 7.30 - 9.45 p.m. Boys wishing to join one of the busy sessions should go along to the next relevant session, meet the leaders and enroll. Visit the website www.3rdfalkirkbb.co.uk, find them on Facebook or for further information on activities e-mail info@3rdfalkirkbb.co.uk

Falkirk Old

The Sunday service at 11 a.m. will be led by Rev. Robert Allan. It continues the month’s theme of “Jesus and ...” by focusing on Jesus and the woman caught in adultery. As usual tea, coffee and fellowship will be available in the church hall following the service. The Joint Kirk Sessions of Falkirk Old and St Modan’s Parish Church and Erskine Parish Church meet in the church hall on Wednesday at 7.30 p.m. The next lunchtime organ recital will be next Friday at noon and given by Robert Tait, organist and choirmaster of Falkirk Old and St Modan’s Parish Church. A lunch deal priced £6 will be available after the recital. Please note the M’eating Place Café will be closed next Monday and Tuesday, reopening on Wednesday, February 12. The Guild meet that afternoon at 1.45 p.m. in the church lounge. All are welcome for friendly chat and discussion.

Parkinson’s UK

The next meeting of the Falkirk branch of Parkinson’s UK is tonight (Thursday) at 7.30 p.m. in St. Francis Xavier’s Church Hall, Hope Street. Jean Nelson, a senior physiotherapist at Forth Valley Royal Hospital will be coming along to talk to the group and answer your questions. Please come along and bring a carer or friend. The next Tuesday drop-in meeting will be on February 11 in St. Francis Xavier’s Church Hall. Drop in any time between 2 and 4 p.m.for a cuppa, a go on the Wii or a relaxing massage.

Probus Club

At the January meeting chairman Jack Gardiner welcomed 70 members and one visitor. Jim Mackie gave an update on the visit on March 18 to Highland Spring Water and Tullibardine Distillery. The cost is £25 and payable at our meeting on February 25. The speaker for the day was Siobhan McMahon, a Central Scotland MSP who gave a presentation on why we should vote NO in this year’s Independence Referendum. She said the people of Scotland had the best of both worlds by staying part of the UK and the third largest world economy. She warned if Scotland should decide to go down the road of Independence there would be no way back. She spoke with pride of the effect many Scots had played in a number of national institutions and deplored the paucity of answers contained within the SNP White Paper. She said there were many things in the fields of equal pay and single parenting that the Scottish Parliament had the power to deal with now but they were delaying in taking action on until after the Referendum. Her presentation was followed by a very full question and answer session. Bill Laurie gave a warm vote of thanks. The meeting on Tuesday will be the AGM. It starts at 10.15 a.m. and the guest will be Charles Greer who will give a talk on the Piper Alpha disaster.

Philatelic Society

The first meeting of 2014 of Falkirk and District Philatelic Society (FDPS) on January 31 in Camelon Parish Church Hall welcomed Stewart Gardiner from the Caledonian Philatelic Society. He had a very impressive display of unusual stamps, postal history and post marks from Canada, Nova Scotia, Nicaragua, Chile and the USA. The displays referred to the 1840’s through to the early 1900’s. ‘Wells Fargo’ featured in some of the USA exhibits. Stanley Gray gave a vote of thanks on behalf of the members. The next meeting of the society is next Thursday, same time, same place. New members and visitors are always welcome.

Olivet Evangelical

The Parent and Toddlers Group meet tomorrow (Friday) at 10 a.m. On Saturday at 10 a.m. is the Kids Craft Group. Sunday services begin at 10 a.m. with Communion followed by the All Age Service at 11.25 a.m. with guest speaker Colin Dyer of Edinburgh. The church prayer meeting is at 6 p.m. and the Bible Teaching Hour at 6.30 p.m. when the guest speaker is Ian Naismith of Edinburgh for the first of two visits. On Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. the Prayer and Bible Study groups meet looking at study 2 in the new series on 1 Thessalonians. The ‘Young at Heart’ is on Wednesday at 2 p.m. when Norman Milne of Falkirk will bring the ‘thought for the day’. The next men’s event is next Friday and is a visit by Alex Bedford a former 125cc motor cycle champion. The monthly Fellowship Lunch is on Sunday, February 16, at 12.45 p.m. when the freewill offering is for Quiet Waters. The February Missionary Workshop is on Thursday, February 27, at 2 p.m.

Carers Course

The Falkirk service of Alzheimer Scotland is running a series of monthly workshops for family carers in 2014. Topics will vary but cover practical tasks such as safe moving and handling techniques and will also have information based workshops. These workshops include disability and carer benefits, welfare and legal matters, and information on how to access support from social services. Type of support includes respite, direct payments and using technological aids to enable independent living. The first workshop will cover disability and carer benefits and takes place in St Francis Xaviers Church Hall, Hope Street, on Friday, February 14, from 10 a.m. until 12.30 p.m. Booking is required. Contact Justine Davidson on (01324) 692003 or e-mail jdavidson@alzscot.org

Community Café

Alzheimer Scotland would welcome anyone who has dementia and their carers to a monthly drop-in café at Sorriso café (opposite Marks and Spencers) in the Howgate Centre every last Monday of the month, 10.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. The Dementia café is in a community setting as they want to help people with dementia and their carers remain active in their local community and raise awareness of dementia to anyone passing by who has not yet accessed any support.

Art Club

Art share last Friday was very well attended with members bringing in two pieces of art work for the next art club 18 month calendar. Members voted for their favourites and there was some outstanding work on display. The calendar will be on sale at our annual exhibition in the Studio, Falkirk Town Hall, in May. Tomorrow (Friday) the club hosts a Figurative Workshop run by professional artist Jacqueline Marr. Her work is stunning and she’ll hopefully bring some finished paintings along on the night. Remember to bring your own equipment and the medium of your choice. New members are always welcome, Erskine Parish Church hall, Friday’s at 7.15 p.m. Find them on facebook – Falkirk & District Art Club.

Erskine Church

The Seagull Trust will be holding a coffee morning in Erskine Church Hall on Saturday between 10 a.m. and noon. Tickets are £2 at the door. Morning worship will be conducted at 11.15 a.m. on Sunday by Rev. Colin Mailer. The next Friendship Group meeting is at 2 p.m. on Tuesday. The next Wanderers’ Outing will take place next Thursday. On Sunday, February 16, Rev. Colin Mailer will conduct morning worship at Erskine. His theme will be “A Trip down Memory Lane”. This will be followed by a social event in Erskine Church Hall with a buffet and entertainment on the same theme. If you have photographs or memorabilia which could be used for this event please contact Ellen Hamilton (01324) 630716.

DASH

Do you suffer from anxiety or depression? This is a group who meet in a friendly, supportive and confidential environment. There is a ladies group every Wednesday and Friday from 1-3 p.m. in Camelon Community Project, Abercrombie Street. There is also a men-only group every first and third Thursday from 2-4 p.m. in the Dawson Centre, David’s Loan, Bainsford, as well as a mixed group every Monday from 7-9 p.m., also in the Dawson Centre. For further information visit www.dashonline.org.uk or contact 07985 461187.

Step Forth

Step Forth has a programme of short weekly volunteer-led walks across Falkirk. The aim is to encourage people to start walking regularly in their local area. All walks are listed in this section of the Falkirk Herald. They also have walks at the beautiful Kinneil estate in Bo’ness every Monday and Thursday at 10.30 a.m. and Tuesday at 2 p.m. All leave from Kinneil museum. All Step Forth walks are FREE. For more information call (01324) 504568 or email stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org

Camera Club

With a slight departure from the usual invited guest speaker, this week’s presentation to FCC was given by the club’s very own Fiona Brims. Her theme was “It’s just my portraits” and depicted her personal journey from the start of her casual portraits and model shots to the more sophisticated and composed images she takes today. As a well established member of FCC, added entertainment came from the banter that came with her oratory on each image. Fiona gave all members information on how to arrange for models, make-up, locations, props, and so on, with excellent advice on ensuring you capture those unique images missed by others at the same ‘photo shoot’. This became a thoroughly enjoyable evening and thanks were given to Fiona for her excellent presentation. For information on FCC go to www.falkirkcameraclub.co.uk

Braveheart Walks

The BBC’s ‘Out Of Doors’ programme this week featured a new initiative between Paths for All and The MacMillan Cancer Charity called WalkMORE which encourages cancer patients to take exercise rather than sit around. This is another example of the perceived benefits of walking, so why not go along and join one of the Braveheart walks? Guided by experienced walk leaders, there are several very sociable half hour and one-hour walks every week from various locations throughout the district and members normally finish with a coffee and a blether. Find out more by calling (01324) 673706.

Blind Club

On Tuesday afternoon Peter McQuade made another return visit to the club and again, with his humour and music, he proved to be a winner with the members. Peter is a favourite and a very good friend of the club who never fails to entertain. The next meeting will be the annual Burn’s Lunch, held in the Cladhan Hotel. The club returns to the usual venue in the warm up area of Falkirk Community Stadium next Tuesday when it again issues an invitation to anyone within the Falkirk area who is registered blind or visually impaired, to come along and join the club. Those who have joined have enjoyed the club and now look forward to a Tuesday meeting between 1 and 3 p.m. Age is no barrier and a sincere and warm welcome awaits anyone who takes up the invitation.

Metafit Falkirk

A Metafit Falkirk class is on every Tuesday at Bantaskin Primary School at 8 p.m. All welcome, no need to book. For more information call 07739718361.

Retired Association

The next meeting of the Association of Retired Persons will be held next Wednesday in St Francis Xavier Hall, Hope Street, from 2 p.m. This month the speaker is Judith Bowers who will talk about the Glasgow Panopticon Theatre, the oldest music hall in Scotland. Members and visitors are always welcome. If you would like to join the group – or find out more about it – please contact Margaret Wright on (01324) 636799 or Sadie Davidson on (01324) 832344.

Carers Centre

The Princess Royal Trust Carers Centre, 1a Bank Street, is holding its monthly Men’s Group Lunch on Tuesday between noon and 2 p.m. It offers an opportunity for male carers to relax and chat over a sandwich lunch (just a £1.50 donation). The weekly drop-in coffee mornings continue in the Centre every Wednesday between 10 a.m. and noon. Other regular activities for carers include a film matinee on the last Friday of the month and a Carers Support Group on the third Monday of the month. For further details of these events or if you need support in your caring role please contact the carers centre on (01324) 611510.

Caledonia Choir

Members old and new are invited to join the choir for its 90th Anniversary Celebration Quiz Night at Grangemouth Rugby Club tomorrow (Friday). Tickets £5 each from choir members or at the door on the night. Rehearsals continue for the grand Gala Spring Concert at the end of April with Scottish broadcaster and tenor Jamie MacDougall.

Fiddle Workshop

The Fiddle Workshop is a group of people learning to play traditional fiddle music. They meet in the Station Hotel in Larbert on Tuesday evenings from 7 - 9.30 p.m. It is a group of mixed abilities and ages, but children need to be accompanied by an adult. There are tutors and classes for different abilities including total beginners. After classes end at 9.30 p.m. other musicians and singers have been joining them in the hotel lounge for a session of music and song. Go and join them.

SI Falkirk

The first business meeting of 2014 was well attended. It was interesting to hear so many members still talking about the visit from Olivia Giles. The next speaker on Ovarian Cancer promises to be thought- provoking and informative. The programme action report prepared for the meeting produced a great update on all the service activities the club is taking part in including supporting Women’s Aid, The Falkirk Foodbank and helping to test local Brownies on their badges.

Odenwald Association

Following a very successful social event held in January at the Hotel Cladhan and attended by 24 members, the first 2014 meeting of the Odenwald Association will take place on Tuesday, February 11, at 7 p.m. in the Municipal Buildings. There will be a short business meeting followed by a presentation by the guest speaker, Mr Alf Collington, Falkirk Foodbank. As always, an invitation to attend is extended to anyone interested in finding out more about the activities of the Association and the twinning partnership with the Odenwald area of Hessen, Germany. Members are reminded of the opportunity to make donations to the foodbank.

Credit Union

Collection in the High Flats. 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 collection at Belmont Tower on Thursdays 9.45-10.45 a.m. or Leishman Tower Thursdays 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Westfield branch

The credit union is hoping to open a new collection at Westfield Community Centre on Wednesdays from noon-2 p.m. If you have time to spare during these times and are interested in volunteering please contact Falkirk District Credit Union on (01324) 473695. Training will be provided.

Braveheart Plus

Braveheart Plus meets on Monday, February 10, at 1.30 p.m in Camelon Community Education Centre for the monthly meeting. The speaker for the afternoon is Maureen Burns from Grangemouth Heritage. Discover some fascinating aspects of Grangemouth’s diverse local history. Braveheart Plus is open to all individuals who have experienced heart problems and referral is not required. It offers a programme of monthly talks which range from health and lifestyle issues to subjects of local interest. For more details ring Lynn Bastow 01592 872101.

New Spiritualist

The new Falkirk Spiritualist Church in Westfield Community Centre, Westfield Street, Falkirk, welcomes Martin Gilbert from Grangemouth on Saturday, February 8. Open circle after the service. All welcome. The service starts at 7 p.m. Entry £3. www.falkirkspiritualistchurch.webs.com

Ceilidh sessions

Ceilidh and Popular Social Dance Sessions: Keep fit the fun way! The local RSCDS-run Sessions are held in Comely Park School, Falkirk from 7.30 - 9 p.m. on a Thursday night. An experienced teacher will keep you right. Price £3 per session. New dancers are welcome. For further details ring Alison on (01324) 631363.

Writers’ Circle

At last week’s meeting of the Writers’ Circle, members handed out copies of recent writing and invited others to evaluate, a worthwhile exercise. A deputation from the Scottish Association of Writers was present to advise the Circle of the advantage of taking membership. At the next meeting members are invited to write a short piece in the style of their favourite author/poet. The Circle meets in the Coffee Room of Polmont Greenpark Centre every Tuesday, 7.30-9.30 p.m. New members are always welcome. Further information is available from Secretary Isobel at (01324) 620048.

ME Self Help Group

The Falkirk group’s next meeting is on Thursday, February 13, 6.30-8.30 p.m. in St Francis Xavier Church Hall, 1 Hope Street, Falkirk, in St Martha’s hall. There are plenty of parking spaces at these premises. This month there is a pamper evening with therapists from The Complementary Healthcare Clinic providing sample sessions of reflexology, reiki and Indian head massage. New members welcome. For more details or to book an appointment contact Richard on (01324) 871480.

Car Boot Sale

Every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Falkirk Stadium. Pitches are £6 each. Proceeds are to benefit Falkirk Football Club. For further information call Jim Campbell on (01324) 873498.

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Helix Walks

Do you like to walk? Would you like to know more about the network of paths in and around the Helix area? A walk leaves Falkirk Football stadium every Monday at 7 p.m., led by volunteers. You will need a reasonable level of fitness as it can take up to two hours to explore the paths. Please wear suitable footwear. All walks are free.

Health Walks

A health walk leaves Falkirk Football Stadium every Monday at 10 a.m. It is led by volunteers and lasts about an hour. It is free and open to all abilities. For more information email stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org

Roll and Stroll

The Helix is a place for everyone. It can now offer a walk for all abilities, whether you are in a wheelchair, blind or have a carer, our experienced guides lead weekly fully-accessible walks at a pace to suit everyone. Join them every Friday at 11 a.m. starting from the front of Falkirk Football Stadium. Walks are free. If you need more information on this walk contact Kevin on (01324) 875926 or email kevinghutton@gmail.com

Nordic Walking

Over 120 people have been trained through the Nordic walking group and they have been seen all over the Falkirk area. Through this part of the Falkirk Herald its walkers can find out where to meet every week and if there is anything new planned. There are two walks next week, Tuesday, February 11, at 6.30 p.m. – meet at Grangemouth Stadium, Kersiebank Avenue and Wednesday, February 12, at 1 p.m. Bo’ness foreshore – meets in the car park opposite the post office and bus station. Two new training classes start this month – February 25, at 6.30 p.m. or Wednesday, February 26 at 1 p.m. To book call (01324) 590940.

Ladies Event

Bon Marche invited all ladies to come along to a VIP personal shop and pamper event on Thursday, February 13, from 4-8 p.m. There is free personal shopping service, one-to-one consultations and refreshments will be provided. Two trained beauticians will offer a relaxing pamper session (make-up and nails). For further details contact (01324) 633928. The evening will help to support Macmillan Cancer.

Floral Art

The next meeting will be on Monday, February 10, in the Lesser Town Hall at 7.15 for 7.30 p.m. The demonstrator will be Audrey Buchan from Montrose and her title is Festival Fun. Visitors welcome.