On May 17, 32 boys from 2nd Larbert, along with other youngsters from the youth organisations associated with Larbert Old Church each paid a ‘fee’ of a can of food which was later donated to the Falkirk Food Bank for entry to a Commonwealth Day, to celebrate the Games coming to Scotland.
Everyone was given a ‘Passport’ which was stamped at each phase of the day with a ‘letter’, the number of which obtained allowed the compilation of a word, the longest determining ultimate success.
The scene was set by the Rev. Aftab Gohar, the Chaplain of 1st Grangemouth (Abbotsgrange Church), who having grown up in the Commonwealth Country of Pakistan could illustrate the lives of young people there.
Thereafter activities and games, testing individual and team skills were confined indoors until the rain went off, when further fun was possible on the lawn and with a bouncy castle. Energy levels were sustained with burgers from the BBQ.
It was a great end of session event after their Parents’ Night the day before.
Another closing evening took place for 3rd Falkirk on May 16.
Two days later their end-of-session closing service took place at the Peoples Church and Colours originally belonging to the 3rd Falkirk Company from the former Falkirk West Church, which had been laid-up, were rededicated, having been donated by their custodians, the Kirk Session at St Andrew’s West Church.
Also on May 18, to mark the centenary of the death of our founder, Sir William Alexander Smith, an evening wreath laying ceremony took place in St Paul’s Cathedral in London.