District News from Thursday

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The Grace Church welcomes all to the services onSunday in Carrongrange School at 10.30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Missionary partners Stu and Jen Newland will be taking part in the morning service. There is a crèche provided at both services with XStream, for children of primary school age, meeting during the morning service. Tea and coffee are served after each service: please stay for a time of fellowship. The prayer meeting will be held in the Dawson Mission on Thursday at 7.45 p.m. Christianity Explored course starting soon, for more details please speak to Andrew or Hugh. Next meeting of Generate, for teenagers, is on Saturday at 7.30 p.m. in the Dawson Mission and is a joint event with other youth groups in the area.

Stenhouse & Carron

The Stenhouse and Carron Church service on Sunday is at 11.15 a.m. led by the Rev. Bill Thomson. The Young Church (Sunday School) meets during the service. New members are welcome. Wednesday Welcome awaits you in the hall on at 10 a.m. Have a chat over a cup of tea or coffee and hear the minister’s thought for the day.

Ladies Forum

The president opened the meeting of Larbert Ladies Forum last Tuesday and welcomed the choir from Ladeside Primary School. The choir gave a most enjoyable programme of songs. The pupils were a credit to their school and will be asked back. The president gave the Vote of Thanks. The next meeting is on February 11 with a speaker from the Helix.

Community Church

Tryst Community Church meets in the Tryst Community Education Centre, Park Avenue, Stenhousemuir on Sunday, February 9 for worship and Bible teaching. There will be tea and coffee after the Service. Prayer time on Tuesday, February 11 in the centre. If you would like to explore the Christian message further or like to meet with friendly Christians, you would be made very welcome. For further information, call 07768 048446.

Metafit class

A Metafit Falkirk class is on every Monday at The Dobbie Hall Larbert 8 p.m. and every Saturday at Stenhousemuir Sports Centre 10.15 a.m. All welcome, no need to book. For more information call 07739718361.

Larbert Rotary

President Martin Nicol welcomed members to last Wednesday’s meeting at Carmuirs Golf Club. A discussion took place and agreement reached around the disbursement of funds to local charities. After dinner, President Martin introduced John Stark from the Falkirk Street Pastors as the evening’s speaker. John advised of the history of the street pastors from their origins in London back in 2003. Their numbers now exceed 9000 nationwide with the Falkirk group currently numbering 15 members who operate in teams of three. John brought Rotarians right up to date by reporting what a Saturday night on the streets of Falkirk can entail. The team provides a listening ear as well as providing help when they can to those who require it. He also demonstrated the resources that the pastors have at their disposal including the provision of Flip Flops to late night revellers. John’s informative presentation provided Rotarians with an insight in to the selfless work undertaken by this dedicated group. Bill Underhill gave the vote of thanks on behalf of the club. Anyone looking to find out more about Rotary or interested in visiting should visit www.rotarycluboflarbert.org

Zumbini class

Zumbini is a new music and movement programme developed by Zumba and is suitable for four and under. There will be a trial class in the Dobbie Hall, Larbert on February 6, 1.45-2.30 p.m. Contact carlie307@hotmail.co.uk or through facebook Zumbini with Carol for more information.

Zumba Gold

Zumba Gold with Carol continues at the Dobbie Hall from 11-11.45 a.m. This class is suitable for beginners to exercise, active older participants or those seeking a slower paced, lower impact Zumba class. Pop along 5-10 minutes prior to class starting or e mail carlie307@hotmail.co.uk for more details.

Larbert Old

Morning Service in Larbert Old Church of Scotland on Sunday, February 9 at 11 a.m. The service will be led by the Rev Gordon Mathew, who was a member at Larbert Old, before training as a minister in the late 1960s. A crèche and children’s activities will be provided. Tea and coffee in the hall afterwards. The Sunday Evening Prayer Meeting is at 6.30 p.m. in the Rennie Lounge. Further information, email minister@larbertoldchurch.org.uk

Country Dancing

Get your body and mind in shape! The local RSCDS class meets in the Age Concern Hall, Larbert from 7.30 - 9 p.m. on a Monday night. Beginners please refer to our classes in the Laurieston section. For further details ring Alison on (01324) 631363.

Braveheart Walks

There are two health walks each week – one on a Tuesday at 10.30 a.m. from FVRH where there is a choice of an hour walk, or a shorter half-hour walk. There is also one on a Friday morning from Stenhousemuir Shopping Centre at 10.30 a.m. Find out more by calling (01324) 673706.

ICT Forum

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Vale of Carron

President Jean Geddes welcomed members and visitor Sharon Macpherson to a meeting of the Rotary Club of Vale of Carron, held upstairs in the Plough Hotel, Stenhousemuir. After a meal and business items Rotarian Frances Sharp introduced Sharon of Antonine Massage Therapy in Cumbernauld. After a successful career in town planning Sharon retrained as a therapist. In July 2012 she established a clinic based at her home with clients throughout Central Scotland. Members listened with interest as Sharon described her study and techniques, with volunteers helping her demonstrate how she uses her skills to dispel aches and pains. Sharon revealed while answering questions that she has been chosen to help athletes with sports injuries at the Commonwealth Games. Rotarian David Paton gave a warm vote of thanks. If you are interested in joining Rotary or learning more contact Don on (01324) 553039 or visit the club website by typing Rotary Vale of Carron in a search engine. You can also follow them on Twitter @ValeofCarron and now on Facebook –The Rotary Club of Vale of Carron.

Car Boot

The Dobbie Hall car boot sale takes place every Wednesday from 8.30 a.m. till noon and pitches cost £6 for one and £9 for two. Tables are available and all money raised benefits the Hall Trust. For hall and pitch bookings call (01324) 570450.

Al Anon

A meeting of the above takes place every Friday in Larbert Old Church Hall at 8 p.m. The meetings allow people to share experiences and gain advice on coping with family members suffering from alcoholism. The group also meets in Grahamston United Church, Falkirk, on Monday evenings at the same time. For a local contact number call 0141 339 8884.

North Broomage

Slimming World runs every Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. Libby can be contacted on (01324) 832152. Bingo continues on Monday, Thursday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. The club is available for hire to accommodate birthday parties, weddings etc. and further information is available by calling the club after 6 p.m. on (01324) 552685.

Playgroup

Larbert East Playgroup has vacancies for new members. The playgroup is for children of two years six months and upwards and runs on Tuesday through to Friday at Larbert East Church from 9.20-11 a.m. There is also a Monday Twos club from 9.30-11 a.m. and a toddlers group on a Wednesday from 9.30-11 a.m. Anyone interested in joining any of these groups will be welcomed.

Prize bingo

The 89th Larbert Scouts are holding a fund raising Prize Bingo in Robertson Court Sheltered Housing complex on Tuesday, February 11, at 7 p.m. The event raises money to assist with the costs of providing young people with numerous activities throughout the year. Tickets are priced £1 and can be obtained by calling Lizbeth Dick on (01324) 556373.

Badminton Club

The club meets in the games hall at Larbert High School every Monday from 8.15-9 p.m. The group would be happy to welcome new members – whatever the standard – and anyone interested should go along.

Toddler group

Toddlers, Tots and Twos group at Larbert Pentecostal Church in Broomage Avenue continues every Thursday. The facility is for 0–3 year olds and has a dedicated baby corner. It runs on Thursday mornings between 9.30-11 a.m. The cost is £1 per child and includes snacks. A warm welcome awaits and for further information call Alison on 07983 534424.

Aerobics classes

Aerobics classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Larbert West Church at 6.15 p.m. for those wishing to become toned and fitter. Further information from Sheila on (01324) 634192.

Ochilview Bar

Tonight, Thursday, the quiz goes on as usual in the lounge of the former Warriors Club at 8 p.m. Entry is £1 and winning team takes all. The Play Your Cards Right game also features on the same evening.

Barbershop singing

Sweet Harmony Barbershop Chorus meets for practice every Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. in Larbert East Church Hall (Kirk Wynd) when new members will be made most welcome. To give it a go, call conductor, Ian, on (01324) 832188. If you would like the chorus to come and entertain your group or organisation, contact secretary, Bill, on (01324) 712362.

Buddhism meeting

Practitioners of Nichiren Bhuddism meet once a month in the Rotary Hall, Larbert and anyone with an interest is welcome to attend. Visit www.sgi-uk.org

Bowling Club

Members should note that balance sheets are available behind the bar prior to the AGM on February 12. Meanwhile, cash bingo goes ahead every Monday at 7.30 p.m. in the Pretoria Road premises.

Larbert East

On Sunday, the morning service is at 10.30 a.m. led by the Rev. Melville Crosthwaite and Mrs Isabelle McMillan. The Young Church meet in the halls before the service and crèche is held in the Session Room. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be available in the hall afterwards and the Traidcraft stall will also be there. On Tuesday at 7 p.m. the Women’s Group are holding an evening in the church with the Kinneil Junior Brass Band Entry is £5. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be served in the church hall. A sale of children’s clothes is held in the Upper Room on a Thursday morning from 9.15-10.45 a.m. Entry through the church hall back door. Weekday Worship is held in the church on a Thursday morning at 11.15 a.m. This is a short service, everyone welcome.

Larbert Rotary

President Martin Nicol welcomed members to last Wednesday’s meeting at Carmuirs Golf Club. Rotarians were updated on the details of the forthcoming Burns Evening to be held on February 14. After dinner, Allan French introduced club member Ronnie Laing as the evening’s speaker. Ronnie delivered a talk on Stanley Holloway, the English stage and film actor, comedian, singer poet and monologist. After providing Rotarians with a potted history of Holloway’s life and career, Ronnie recited three of his most famous monologues to the admiration and enjoyment of those present. Dennis Westfield gave the vote of thanks on behalf of the club. Anyone looking to find out more about Rotary or interested in visiting the club can contact through the website at www.rotarycluboflarbert.org where details of all our activities can also be found.

Larbert West

Larbert West Parish Church – The service on Sunday at 10.30 a.m. will be conducted by Rev. Dr Campbell Campbell-Jack. Creche and Sunday Club facilities for all children. Refreshments in the hall after the service. All welcome. Pastoral care is being provided by Rev. Aftab Gohar on (01324) 482109. On Tuesday The Guild meet in the lesser hall at 7.30 p.m. when Ms Jennifer Davidson will speak on Plean Country Park. The Prayer Group meet on Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the lesser hall.