Falkirk news from Thursday,

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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* Art Club

The Falkirk and District Art Club demonstration on Monday, October 27 is by professional artist and art tutor Nichol Wheatley entitled ‘Creating Distance in Pictures’. Nichol has demonstrated before at the club and as always it’s likely to be a very enjoyable and informative night. There is also another sketching trip organised to Callander House on Monday, November 3 at 2 p.m. meeting at the main doors to the house and everyone is welcome. Bring your own materials and money for a cup of tea in the cafe. The plan is for these sketching trips to be fortnightly on the same day as Artshare. New members always welcome. Simply turn up on the night, Mondays at 7.15 p.m., St Francis Xavier Church Hall. For more information visit our Facebook page or contact the secretary on 07730 134422.

Winter Fayre

There is a Winter Fayre and Coffee Morning in the Salvation Army Hall, 1 Woodside Court, Falkirk on Saturday, November 8 from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. Loads of fabulous ideas for Christmas presents available including, Party Lite, Seeds of Lavender, Fiona’s handcrafted cards, Gill’s Knits, Roslyn’s Jewellery, Sprinkles of Love, Primy Beads, Bath Bombs, Ellebeau hair accessories, home baking, cafe, face painting. In fact something for everyone. All welcome.

Boys Brigade

Looking for fun filled activities for your son to take part in now that school has started back? Look no further than 3rd Falkirk BB Company and what we have to offer: Anchor Boys, Fridays 6 to 7.15 p.m. at Falkirk High School. (Boys Primary 1-3). Junior Section, Fridays 7 to 8.30 p.m. at Falkirk High School. (Boys Primary 4-6). Company Section, Fridays 7.30 to 9.45 p.m. at Falkirk High School from (Boys Primary 7 - age 18). Our Anchor boys enjoyed a recent visit to Falkirk Fire Station on Friday, October 3. They were given a guided tour of the station, sat in a fire engine, asked lots of questions and had a shot of the fire hose - the boys really enjoyed this exciting session. Junior and Company sections attended the recent Scotland v Georgia Match at Ibrox where Scotland put on a battling display to win the match - a great day was had by all. All sections have exciting plans including busy weekly programmes, sports events, local and national competitions, trips, parties, attendance at Scotland football matches, cooking, craft and much more. Please visit our website at www.3rdfalkirkbb.co.uk, find us on Facebook or for further information e-mail us at info@3rdfalkirkbb.co.uk . Boys wishing to join one of our busy sessions should come along to the next relevant session to enrol.

Friendship Club

Would you like to dance to live music on a Sunday night? If yes, and you are over 60, do come along and join the Falkirk Solitaire Friendship Club any Sunday night at the Park Hotel, Falkirk from 8-11 p.m. If you wish to chat to someone about our Club please phone Isabella on 07846 963901 or Marion on 07976975887, they will be pleased to hear from you.

New Spiritualist

The new Falkirk Spiritualist Church in Westfield Community Centre, welcomes Lynn Robertson from Cumbernauld on Saturday, November 25. Open Circle after the service. All are welcome. The service starts at 7 p.m. Entry is £3. www.falkirkspiritualistchurch.webs.com

Bohemians

Final rehearsals are now taking place for ‘Hairspray’ the fantastic Broadway musical. Don’t miss the chance of a great night’s entertainment with the Bohemians’ presentation of a night of magical music and dance - with some superb comedy performances! Tickets are still available but mainly for the opening night of Tuesday, October 28 from the Steeple Box Office 506850 or call Jim on 07926082555.

Writers’ Circle

The adjudicator of last week’s topic was Franz, who declared Colin winner of his ‘Best Man’s Speech’ short story. On Tuesday, October 28, the visiting speaker will be Laura Fyfe who will give advice on how to write a dialogue. This will be a worthwhile talk and a good turnout will be welcome. 700 word stories including many examples of dialogue will be submitted to Laura on Friday, November 7. More details of her visit. Further information can be found by email on isobel.quinn@outlook.com or tel. 01324 620048.

Leaders Forum

The next monthly lunch time meeting of Falkirk Evangelical Leaders Forum will be at 12.30 p.m. on Thursday, October 30 in the Inchyra Grange Hotel, Polmont (kindly granted) with a time of sharing, lunch, business session and time of prayer fellowship. One item of business will be using the Community Hub in the Howgate shopping centre for a series of pre-Christmas events.

Olivet Evangelical

On Friday at 10 a.m. the Parent and Toddlers Group returns after the School holidays. The Sunday Services begin at 10 a.m. with Communion followed at 11 a.m. by fellowship and refreshments. The All Age Service starts at 11.25 a.m. when the guest speaker is Gordon Crawford from Perth. The Church prayer meeting is at 6 p.m. and at 6.30 p.m. is the Bible Teaching Hour with Rev Sandy Roger from Whitburn and will be speaking on, ‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever’; continuing the series on the varied characters of Christ. The Ladies Hour at Leishman Tower is on Monday at 2.15 p.m., when the guest speaker is Ann Coulter. On Tuesday evening at 7.30 p.m. is the seventh in the Bible studies on the OT Book of Genesis, entitled, ‘the Tower of Babel’. The ‘Young at Heart’ is on Wednesday at 2 p.m. when the guest speaker is Sadie Abercrombie.

Camera Club

Last Thursday, October 16, was another popular ‘Members Night’ where FCC members bring some of their own equipment to share knowledge and ideas in its use. Also on hand were two students, Louise Brown and Colleen Best, who were willing models for the portrait and lighting practice. FCC thanks both girls for their time. Other members tested their skill and experimented with new techniques at close up photography in a mini desktop set up. An experienced member held a tuition class on basic camera techniques, ideal for the newcomers to photography. These night are a great way to learn something new and exchange fresh ideas as well as having a social chat. For more information on FCC visit www.falkirkcameraclub.co.uk

Lodge St John

At the regular meeting of Lodge St John No. 16 the RWM welcomed all brethren. One candidate was advanced to the M.M. Degree. On Monday, October 20, the Lodge carried out a F.C. Degree at Lodge IX Dunblane. the next meeting will be a E. A. Degree and will be held on October 28 and will tyle at 7.30 p.m. All brethren welcome.

Trinity Church

The service this Sunday, October 26, will commence at 11 a.m. be led by Robert Allan and focus on “Jesus on questions”. Tea, coffee and fellowship will be available in the main hall following the service. Please note that The M’eating Place Café will be closed for a week from Monday, October 27, until Friday, October 31, re-opening on Monday, November 3.

Suicide Support

A support group for people bereaved by suicide. The group meets on an informal basis once a month on the last Monday of each month from 6 – 8.30 p.m. The group welcomes everyone who has experienced the loss through suicide of a person close to them – family, partner or friend. The group facilitators have experience participating in and facilitating groups, and are experienced counsellors. For further details about the group contact: Neil Sowerby at carers@fdamh.org.uk. Number: 01324 67100; Or NHS Forth Valley Spiritual Care Team - 24/7 number: 07824 460882 . Counselling can also be offered within FDAMH for one to one support. The group meets in Falkirk District Association for Mental Health (FDAMH). The Victoria Centre, 173 Victoria Road, Falkirk, FK2 7AU.

Probus Club

60 members were present when the Chairman introduced Colin Wright, a local funeral director. He has worked in the industry for 12 years, and now runs his own business. Colin outlined the continuous changes in what families were seeking when they were paying respect to their loved ones who had passed away. The choices for the funeral service are now very wide, and the task of the funeral director is to make sure that all the family requirements are satisfied. At a difficult time it is important that the director is continuously available to answer questions, provide reassurance, sort out any problems, and give a friendly support to the family. Colin explained that the arrangements for each ceremony are unique, and need experienced personnel to provide the service that the family should expect. Jim Watson thanked Mr. Wright for giving an insight into the options available for the ceremony, and made us think about our personal circumstances. The next talk will be given by David Grant, on the Forth Railway Bridge.

Blind Club

At the meeting on Tuesday afternoon it was announced to the members that our friend and fellow member John Grieve had passed away on Saturday morning. A minutes silence was held in his memory and his times with us, our thoughts are with his wife Jetta, also a member of the club, and his family. The members were entertained by an outstanding act, all the way from Glasgow, going by the name of Vicky, this was her second visit and again she proved a “hit” with her choice of songs and her cheery presentation, our Secretary quickly booked her for another visit to the club. There was also an added pleasure when Stevie Cowan, known to the members as “Elvis”, sang one of the King’s numbers, making this a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. We invite anyone who is registered blind, or is visually impaired to come along and join us in afternoons like this. We meet every Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m. in the Warm-up Area in the Falkirk Stadium.

Country Dancing

The local Royal Scottish Country Dance Society runs Sessions in St Andrew’s Primary School, Falkirk from 7.30 to 9 p.m. on a Thursday night. Our experienced teacher will keep you right. Price £3 per session. New dancers are welcome. For further details ring Alison on (01324) 631363. More information about us can be found on the website web.rscds-falkirk.org.uk

Philatelic Society

The fortnightly meeting of the Falkirk and District Philatelic Society (FDPS) was held in Camelon Parish Church Hall on Thursday, October 16 at 7.30 p.m. The meeting took the form of a members night, where members were invited to bring along stamps associated with “STARS”. Members could interpret their own choice of “STARS” from film stars to football stars to astrological stars etc. Seven members had seven different interpretations, all were excellently displayed. A members’ bring and buy table was also available. President Ian Anderson gave the vote of thanks to those who displayed, to which the members responded appropriately. Members were reminded that the next meeting was to discus the requirements of the society in relation to 86th Scottish Congress in Perth, of which FDPS will be hosts. New members are always welcomed. If you would wish any further information, please contact Alistair on 01506 - 822695.

Step Forth

Has a programme of short weekly volunteer led walks across Falkirk. The aim of the led walk programme is to encourage people to start walking regularly in their local area. All walks are listed in this section of the Falkirk Herald. We 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 01324-504568/556 or email stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org

Helix Walks

A walk leaves Falkirk Football stadium every Monday at 7 p.m. and is lead by volunteer walk leaders. You will need a reasonable level of fitness for this walk as it can take up to two hours to explore the paths. Please wear suitable footwear. All walks are free.

Health Walks

Health walks leave the front doors of Falkirk Football Stadium every Monday at 10 a.m., the walks are split into a faster or slower walk. Both are lead by volunteer walk leaders. This is a great way to explore the Helix with a group and its free. For more information email stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org

Buggy Walk

Every Monday at 1.15 p.m. from the front doors of Falkirk Football Stadium. When the weather is good we sit on the great lawn and have a chat or at the plaza cafe by the lagoon. We also use the lovely restaurant at the Stadium when its raining. It’s a good way to meet other mums. Walk is run by our fantastic volunteers and is free. All children should be in a buggy. For more information contact stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org

Nordic Walking

Next weeks Tuesday walk, October 28, 6.30 p.m. meet at Beancross restaurant. Wednesday, October 29 at 1 p.m. meet in the car park at Tesco Redding. Monday walk will leave from Falkirk Stadium as usual at 10 a.m. Please check our Facebook page for Thursday fast walk.

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to roll out buggy walks across Falkirk and also support existing groups. If you are interested and have an hour to spare, contact Barbara McConnell on (01324) 504556 or barbara.mcconnell@falkirkcommunitytrust.org

Braveheart Walks

Beautiful walk around Callendar Park every Monday, leaving from Callendar House at 2 p.m, will bring you back each week! You have the option of a slow 30 minute walk or a one hour walk of more brisk pace. Come along and meet our walk leaders, and friendly walkers where you can enjoy tea and a scone in Callendar House after your walk. For more information on our Callendar walk please contact 01324 673703.

Braveheart Monthly

Bravehearts Monthly walk on Tuesday, October 28, ventures out to Throsk. We will be joined by Kate Fuller from Inner Forth Landscape Initiative who will speak about seasonal local wildlife & local history of the area. With this, her colleague Robert Trevis- Smith who is a keen wildlife photographer, will also be joining us; bring your cameras for some professional photography tips! Free transport will leave from Camelon Education Centre at 1 p.m., and Carron Co-op at 1.05 p.m. to start our walk for 1.30 p.m. We will be returning by 3.30 p.m. Calling to book your seat on the bus is essential due to limited spaces. Please bring your own refreshments for during/after our walk. Looking forward to seeing everyone on Tueesday, October 28, for a great day!