District News from Thursday, February 20

The announcement Bank has been placed in administration is another blow for the high street
The announcement Bank has been placed in administration is another blow for the high street

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Choir members were delighted to see in last week’s Herald the superb ‘local group’ photograph of one of our weekly rehearsals at Comely Park Primary school – lots of happy, smiling faces. Rehearsals continue for our Gala Spring Concert on April 30 with guest artist Jamie MacDougall. While we’ll be singing our usual wide range of popular and classical music there will be a distinctly Scottish theme with Jamie and the choir combining to sing some popular Scottish music including a medley of Harry Lauder tunes – nostalgia for all. Tickets (£12 adults, £10 concessions) will soon be on sale from choir members and the Steeple Box Office. Watch this space for release dates.

3rd Falkirk BB

Anchor Boys for P1 - P3 meet at Falkirk High School every Friday between 6-7.15 p.m. The Junior Section for P4 - P6 meets from 7-8.30 p.m., and the Company Section for P7 to age 18, 7.30-9.45 p.m. Boys wishing to join one of our busy sessions should come along to the next relevant session, meet our leaders and enroll. Visit our website at www.3rdfalkirkbb.co.uk, find us on Facebook or for further information on our activities e-mail us at info@3rdfalkirkbb.co.uk.

Falkirk Old

This Sunday will be the final service as Falkirk Old & St Modan’s Parish Church before the union with members of Erskine Parish Church and the commencement of the new Falkirk Trinity Church of Scotland. Our final service which will commence at 11 a.m. and be led by Rev. Robert Allan. It will be a family service focusing on “Jesus and You”. There will be a snack lunch in the church hall following the service. A special service to mark and celebrate the union will be held in the church on Thursday, February 27, commencing at 7 p.m.

Carers Centre

The Princess Royal Trust Carers Centre, 1a Bank Street, is holding its monthly, free Film Matinee on Friday, February 28 at 10.30 a.m. Our film this month is Sunshine on Leith - a jubilant heartfelt musical about the power of home, family and love. Refreshments will be served. All carers welcome. Our weekly Carers Cafe continues at the centre every Wednesday between 10 a.m. and mid-day and offers the cance to meet and chat with other carers. For further etails of these events or if you need support in your caring role please contact the carers centre on (01324) 611510, email centre@centralcarers.co.uk or visit www.carersfalkirk.org.uk.

DASH

Do you suffer from anxiety or depression? This is a group of people 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 07985461187.

Tai Chi Qigong

Relax, have fun and improve your health and wellbeing. Help reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, relieve the pain caused by arthritis, improve mental health, and lessen the likelihood of falls in older people and more. Qigong is a gentle exercise system that improves flexibility, balance and feelings of wellbeing, based on the same principles as traditional Chinese medicine. Meet new people in a friendly relaxed atmosphere. All you need is comfortable clothing and flat shoes. Why not give it a try now come along and see us. Classes are held in the Church Hall, Dorrator Road, Camelon on Monday evenings between 6.30-7.30 p.m. Contact Yvonne on 07824507785.

Parkinson’s UK

The annual general meeting of the Falkirk branch will be held on Tuesday, March 11 at 2.30 p.m. in St. Francis Xavier’s Church Hall, Hope Street.

SI Falkirk

It has been a busy couple of weeks for members. Some attended the Rotary Charter Dinner on February 7 and the same night a number of us, along with friends and family, were treated to a super time at the Big Bad Wolf production of ‘Seussical the Musical’. Some of the talented young people in the cast have relatives who are members of SI Falkirk which added an extra bit of excitement for us. February 7 also saw members give of their time to help 35 Brownies with their badges. The Guide leaders are delighted with the support received from SI Falkirk and thank the four members who helped out on the night. The club continues to assist the Falkirk Food Bank with donations of food and time which helps greatly with the one tonne per week of emergency support the Food Bank delivers. Our meeting on February 13 was again very well attended. The speaker was Sarah Roberts the child and support manager for ‘Families Outside’ who are an independent charity offering support and information to families affected by imprisonment. Sarah spoke very passionately about her journey from being a teacher in Edinburgh to her current role with the charity. For members who were unable to attend more information on the charity can be found on www.familiesoutside.org.uk Notice was given at the meeting of the Club’s AGM. on Thursday, April 24. President Gillian emphasised the importance of giving service to the club through members being willing to serve on the executive. Our next meeting is on Thursday, February 27.

Rape Crisis

Central Scotland Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Centre provides a free and confidential service. The Helpline, 01786 471771, is open during office hours with an answer phone outwith office hours. All calls will be responded to promptly and discreetly.

Falkirk Orators

A new initiative by Falkirk Orators starts this month when speakers from the club start presenting a variety of talks to local social groups and business clubs. The speakers will be representing the Falkirk Orators branch of Toastmasters International who meet fortnightly in Falkirk to learn, practice and develop techniques in speech making as well as personal communication skills. Club member John Smith said: “It’s a win-win situation because the clubs benefit from entertaining and informative presentations at no cost and our members benefit from the opportunity to practice and hone their speaking skills to a live audience.” Club president Alex Roberts said: “The wonderful thing about Falkirk Orators is the friendly and enjoyable manner in which we see ordinary shy, insecure people from all walks of life developing their speaking and inter-personal communication skills.” More information is available about Falkirk Orators by contacting John Smith on (01324) 710033 about membership or Jack Marshall 01506 823402 to enquire about booking a speaker.

Support Group

The Osteoporosis Support Group will be holding its first meeting of the year on Tuesday in the Park Hotel, 7-9 p.m. Speakers will include Paul Pollock, community pharmacist who will discuss ‘Drugs and Osteoporosis’ and Janet McClelland who will give an introduction on pilates. All welcome. For further information please call Janice on 01786 463098.

Camera Club

Falkirk Camera Club welcomed Viv Cotton from Edinburgh Camera Club to judge its fourth monthly competition. Viv is the holder of three photographic distinctions (LRPS, AFIAP and EFIAP) and a keen landscape photographer. The winners were: Colour Print A, ‘Jaunty Angle’ by Alan Jones; Colour Print B, ‘NAS’ by Robert Wallace; Mono Print A’, ‘Audrey Does Culross’ by Fiona Brims; Mono Print B, ‘North Chancel Hereford Cathedral’ by Robert Wallace; Projected Digital Image A, ‘The Look’ by Alan Jones; Projected Digital Image B, ‘Zig Zag Pier’ by Ian Craig. Members are reminded that the ‘hand in’ date for competition five is February 27. For more on FCC visit www.falkirkcameraclub.co.uk

Art Club

Falkirk and District Art club look forward to welcoming Bobby Rennie tomorrow (Friday) night to present a demonstration entitled ‘Abstract/Contemporary’. New members are always welcome along to Erskine Parish Church Hall at 7.15 p.m. For more information contact the club secretary on 07730134422 or find us on Facebook – Falkirk & District Art club. Yearly membership fees are modest at £30.

Olivet Evangelical

The adult craft group meets tonight (Thursday) at 7 p.m. The parent and toddlers group meet at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Friday). Sunday services begin at 10 a.m. with communion followed by the all-age service at 11.25 a.m. when the guest speaker is John Carrick from Largs. The church prayer meeting is at 6 p.m. and at 6.30 p.m. is the bible teaching hour with John Carrick. On Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. the prayer and bible study groups meet, looking at study 23 in the new series on 1 Thessalonians. The ‘Young at Heart’ is on Wednesday at 2 p.m. when Michael Rollo of L.P.C. will bring ‘the thought for the day’. The February missionary workshop will be on Thursday, February 27, at 2 p.m.

Erskine Church

The last service in the life of Erskine Church will take place on Sunday when the Sacrament of Holy Communion will be conducted by Rev. Colin Mailer at 11.15 a.m. All past and present members of Erskine Church will be made most welcome.

Blind Club

A very good attendance of members was entertained by Bob and Jim, a duo who are no strangers to the club and who once again proved to be a big hit. They played and sang the music and the songs we could relate to and join in. Even Gladys Hill sang a solo during what was a very enjoyable and pleasant afternoon. The club meets every Tuesaday afternoon at 1 p.m. in ythe warm-up area of Falkirk Community Stadium. Although the club continues to thrive we still would welcome more new members. Anyone registered blind or visually impaired is invited along, even if it only a visit, to see what we can offer.

Lunch Club

February was devoted to the Annual General Meeting. Members were satisfied with the reports. Forthcoming meetings are being prepared and speakers will be notified to members in due course. Fred Daniels will be at the March meeting and his subject ‘Wild West China’ will no doubt be most enlightening. Anyone wishing to attend will be welcome at the Park Hotel on March 4 at 12.30 for 1 p.m.

Credit Union

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 call 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.-noon.

Westfield CU

We are looking to open a new credit union collection at Westfield Community Centre on Wednesdays from 12-2 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.

Health Walks

Health professionals agree that there are many health problems that can be alleviated by walking. So why not come along and join us on one of our Braveheart walks? Guided by experienced Walk Leaders, we have several very sociable half hour and one hour walks every week from various locations throughout the district and we normally finish with a coffee and a blether. Find out more by calling (01324) 673703.

Dance Classes

Ceilidh and popular social dance sessions are held in Comely Park School, Falkirk from 7.30 - 9 p.m. on a Thursday night. Our experienced teacher will keep you right. New dancers are welcome. For further details ring Alison on (01324) 631363.

Writers Circle

A variety of short stories and poems in the style of members’ favourite authors proved inspiring and amusing at last Tuesday’s meeting. Dates and and deadlines for the next few weeks are as follows. Entries for the Silvie Taylor Quaich and a short story entitled “If I had only listened” as a topic are due on February 25. Camera Club poems or prose should be given to the secretary by March 11 for presentation on April 3. On April 1, Tutor Brian Whittingham returns and hopefully evaluates submitted stories. Deadline for seminar entries is April 8. Mark is already collecting pieces of prose of 450 words or poetry of 40 lines in preparation for the Falkirk Herald. He will accept on-going written material weekly. Further details from Isobel at (01324) 620048.

New Spiritualist

The new Spiritualist Church in Westfield Community Centre welcomes Joyce Wells from Falkirk and Flo Black from Grangemouth. Open circle after the service. All welcome. Service starts at 7 p.m. and entry is £3.