District News from Thursday, February 27

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A warm welcome awaits you at Maddiston Salvation Army. Morning Worship is every Sunday at 10.30 a.m. in the Salvation Army Centre, Main Street, Maddiston. The weekly programme is as follows: Tuesday - Lunch Club, 12.30 p.m.; Ladies’ Meeting, 2 p.m.; Kids Club (5 - 12 year olds), 5.30 p.m. Thursday - Parent & Toddlers, 9.30 a.m.; Bible Study, 6 p.m. Friday - Parent & Toddlers, 9.30 a.m. All welcome. For further information contact (01324) 711973. Volunteers needed.

Golf Club

A prize bingo goes ahead in the club rooms tonight (Thursday) at 7 p.m. Admission is £1, payable at the door. Another live entertainment night takes place on Saturday, March 1 when Fire Me Up will perform from around 8.30 p.m. Tickets, priced £3, can be booked through Tam Forsyth, Zander, or enquire at the bar. Patrons should note that a ticket is essential as there is no entry at the door on the night. Meanwhile, a domino competition goes ahead every Sunday in the Manuelrigg premises at 4 p.m. All are welcome and winners can look forward to the first prize of a Coo Pie.

Camera Club

Anyone with an interest in taking photographs, or photography generally, is invited to attend the above club when it meets every Wednesday in The Braes Children and Family Centre in Forgie Crescent from 7 - 8.30 p.m. The group, which has changed name to Braes Camera Club, has operated for some time at the site and the organisers would be happy to welcome new members.

Community Council

Maddiston Community Council is delighted that the upgrading work on the paths in Valley Park is progressing and should be completed by the end of March. Further good news was Falkirk Council’s intention to complete the footpath between Craig’s Crescent and Cleuth Place with work commencing this week. To support the golf club the community council is holding a prize bingo tonight (Thursday) at 7 p.m. Please come and give your encouragement as they need your help. The community council is in consultation with the Falkirk Trust re the state of the Muirvonside park; examining the proposal to form a development trust company and awaiting a meeting with Network Rail and the council concerning the closure of the Redding and Polmont road bridges over the next two years.

Community Centre

Events and activities on at Maddiston Community Centre for today and the next week include: Today (Thursday) - the Maddiston and Runford Local History Group Meets 1 – 3 p.m.; Friday - the Credit Union will be open 10 a.m. – noon and the Community Café is also open 8.45 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.; MSP Surgery noon -1 p.m. and the Senior Youth Club is on from 7.30 – 9.30 p.m.; Monday - the Personal Development Class is on 9.30 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. (call 01324 720960 for information); Tuesday - the Giggles Group will meet 9.30 – 11.30 a.m. and the Health visitor will hold a surgery between 10 – 11 a.m.; Wednesday - the Childminding Group meets 9.30 – 11.30 a.m. and a Fast Track IT class is being held 9.30 – 11.30 a.m. (call 501696 for information). Also on Wednesday the Childminding Group meets 9.30 – 11.30 a.m. and a Fast Track I.T class is being held 9.30 – 11.30 a.m. (call 501696 for information); the Zumba class will begin 7 – 8 p.m.; Central Equality is calling all young people aged 10+ to get involved in drama, performance and meeting new people. The project is an innovative new theatre project for young people aged 10+ that will use drama to explore and challenge sectarianism in the community on Wednesday 4.30 - 5.30 p.m., P4-P7, please call Clair on 01324 610950. We also have an IT suite for public use for internet access, email access, filling in online forms, job searches homework and printing/copying. For any further information and opening times please call the centre on (01324) 720960.

Evangelical Church

The Youth Club will be held on Friday from 7.30-9 p.m. in Maddiston Community Centre. All S1-S6 youth welcome. The family service is on Sunday at 11.30 a.m. and the speaker will be Maurice Robinson. Children and young teens can go out of the service and into their own groups - Discovery Club Extra, creche or Youth Bible Group - at noon. The evening service is at 6.30 p.m. when there will be Bible teaching on ‘Privileges and Pressures of Discipleship’ from Eric Scott. Everyone welcome to these services. The Parent and Toddler Group meets on Monday at 9.30 a.m. and the Discovery Club for P2-P7 is at 6.30 p.m. The Men’s Fellowship is on Tuesday at 2.15 p.m. and the Church Prayer Meeting on Wednesday at 7.30 p.m.

History meeting

Maddiston and Rumford Local History Group’s Thursday meeting due to be held today (February 27) has been cancelled. The next meeting will be on Monday, March 10 at 1 p.m. in Maddiston Community Centre, all welcome. Would anyone with information about those who died in the two World Wars from the parish of Muiravonside please contact David on (01324) 715634, Mary on (01324) 716009 or David on (01324) 714062. The information we have is slowly building up into the whole picture, but some work remains to be done. We’d like to thank all those who have been in touch already. This information will be preserved in a Roll of Honour for the parish of Muiravonside which will be kept on display in the Community Centre.

Muiravonside Church

Last Sunday, a warm welcome was given to Rev. Ray Thomson, the retired Minister from Slamannan Parish Church who conducted the Service. Also welcomed was Mr Ian Ritchie, who was our organist for the Service. Ian is also the accompanist to our Choral Society. This Sunday, Morning Service will be held at the usual time of 11.30 a.m. and will be conducted by the Minister, Rev. Louise McClements. The Sunday Club meets at the same time. The church is now registered with the Falkirk Food Bank. If you, as members, know anyone in the Parish who would benefit from food parcels, please give their names to the Minister. There are boxes in the church for donations to both this project, and for the Falkirk Homeless Project.