Falkirk news from Thursday, April 17

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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Country Dancing

RSCDS Spring Ceilidh and Popular Social Dance Sessions will start on Thursday, April 24 in St Andrews Primary School from 7.30 to 9 p.m. £3 per Session. The four dances specially written for the global Commonwealth Games Ceilidh on June 21 will also be taught in these sessions. For further details ring Alison on 01324 631363.

Buggy Groups

We are looking for a fit granny or mum to help out in our buggy groups. If you could help please contact stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

Caledonia Choir

Members are reminded there is no rehearsal next Monday (April 21) due to the Easter Holiday. It has also been agreed that the rehearsal proposed for Wednesday, April 23 is no longer required. Our next rehearsal will be on Monday, April 28, back in Comely Park School. We will be joined at this time by our guest singer Jamie MacDougall to rehearse the Harry Lauder medley and other songs we are singing with him. Tickets for the 90th anniversary celebration concert on April 30 in Falkirk Town Hall are going fast but some still remain for the balcony area and can be purchased from the Steeple box office (adults £12, £10 concessions).

Nature-Fest

Milk Barn walk - Monday, April 21 at 1 p.m. guided walk from the Milk Barn, Glen Farm. Braveheart walk - Tuesday, April 22, at 1.30 p.m., Falkirk Wheel. Booking advisable, contact eva.finlayson@nhs.net.

Braveheart Walks

We now have a lovely afternoon walk around Callendar Park leaving from Callendar House at 2 p.m. Why not come along and enjoy the beautiful sunny scenery with our current walkers and Walk Leader. For more information on our new Callendar walk please contact 01324 673703. With the lighter nights, why not join us on our Middlefield walk which leaves from Falkirk Community Stadium at 7 p.m. every Thursday (excluding April 17, due to Kelpie Celebrations). For more information dial 01324 673703.

Sponsored Walk

Put a Spring in your Step with our Sponsored Walk. Braveheart is encouraging all Walk Leaders, walkers, family and friends to join us on the Sponsored Walk on Tuesday, April 22 at 1.30 p.m., leaving from the Falkirk Wheel. This three mile (approx.) circular route will pass over part of the John Muir Way, where we can appreciate the life and legacy of this great naturalist, and take in some lovely sites along the way. As part of the Nature-Fest (Falkirk Area’s Wildlife Festival) we hope to raise funds to help our charity develop and improve on the great work that is already in place and welcome anyone to join in on our big event. For a sponsored sheet or for further information please contact 01324 673703. For this walk transport will be provided to take people to and from the Falkirk Wheel. The mini bus will pick up from Stenhousemuir Shopping Centre at 12.50 p.m., Carron Co-op at 1 p.m., and Camelon Education Centre at 1.10 p.m. Booking a place on the bus is essential as there are limited seats; to secure a seat call Ian Parker on 01324 554897.

Nordic Walking

Through this part of The Falkirk Herald our walkers can find out where to meet every week and if there is anything new planned. There are two walks next week, Tuesday, April 22 at 6.30 p.m., meet at car park opposite Greenpark Community Centre, Polmont. Planned walk to Polmont woods and Parkhill. Then on Wednesday, at 1 p.m., meet at the Bungalows, Stirling Road, Larbert to do the hospital walk. Please check our facebook page for Thursday advanced walk and Monday morning walk. We have just finished training our new walkers, and need time to work with them. We will be offering other training days at the end of May. Please note that you need a reasonable level of fitness to Nordic walk.

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 please phone the main office in Grangemouth on 01324 473695, visit our website 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

A new Credit Union collection at Westfield Community Centre is being planned for Wednesdays from noon-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.

Park Street

A new Credit Union collection at Park Steet Community Education Centre is being planned for Tuesdays from 2-3 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.

Friendship Club

Do you like to dance to live music? Are you fed up watching TV? Do you enjoy socialising with people your own age? If “yes” then please come along to the Park Hotel on a Sunday night from 8-11.30 p.m. and dance the night away. If you are over 60 years and you want to know more about the Falkirk Solitaire Friendship Club, phone Isabella on 07846 963901 or Marion on 07976 975887, they will be pleased to hear from you.

Olivet Church

The Easter Holiday Club continues on Thursday and Friday at 10 a.m. and the prize-giving will take place on Friday from noon-12.30 p.m. The Joint Easter services continue on Thursday and Friday evenings in St Andrews West Church at 7.30 p.m. On Easter Sunday the speaker at the All-age will be Willie Hutchinson from Strathaven and Ellie Henderson will be singing. The evening service at 6.30 p.m. will take the form of Easter Praise led by Jim Crawford. The Prayer and Bible Study Groups meet on Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. when it will be study 2 in 2 Thessalonians. On Wednesday at 2 p.m. the topic for the Young at Heart Group will be ‘Reflections’ and the Missionary Workshop meets on Thursday at 2 p.m.

Step Forth

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 e-mail stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

Helix Walks

Heart of the Helix. Do you like to walk? Would you like to know more about the network of paths in and around the Helix area? A walk leaves Falkirk football stadium every Monday at 7 p.m. and is led 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

Step Forth at the Helix. There will be no health walk on Monday, April 21, due to the bank holiday. The walk will resume on Monday, April 28 at the usual time of 10 a.m., meet at the front door of Falkirk football stadium. All walks are led by volunteer walk leaders and last about one hour. Free and open to all abilities. For more information e-mail stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

Buggy Group

A new buggy group at the Helix starts at the beginning of May. All children should be in a buggy. For more information contact stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

Writers’ Circle

Congratulations to Ian Todd, winner of the Silvie Taylor Trophy for the recent poetry competition. Jean Currie was second, Allan Brownlie third, while Val Pohler was highly commended. Silvie entertained the members with poetry readings, most amusing and in the Doric. Publicity is now available for our Words and Music evening in Falkirk Town Hall Studio on Tuesday, May 13 at 7.30 p.m. Music is by the well-known Daddy Naggins group, famous for Irish, Scottish and Blue Grass entertainment, while readings are presented by Falkirk Writers. Admission at the door £6 or £5 concession. All welcome. This month’s topic for members is “A Sinister Stranger”, entry due April 22. Further details from www.falkirkwriters.org.uk or by telephoning Isobel on (01324) 620048.

Lodge St John

At the regular meeting of Falkirk Lodge St John No.16, on April 8, a very interesting lecture on the life of the Earl of Kilmarnock was given by PM Terry Stoddart. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 22, when the MMM degree will be carried out by the brethren of Lodge Carron No.139. Visitors will be made most welcome.

New Spiritualist

The New Falkirk Spiritualist Church in Westfield Street, Falkirk welcomes Jim Stevenson from Falkirk on Saturday, April 19. Open Circle takes place after the service. All welcome. The service starts at 7 p.m. Entry is £3. www.falkirkspiritualistchurch.webs.com.

Masonic Meeting

A regular meeting of Lodge Callendar No. 588 was held on Monday, April 7, when one candidate was passed to the second degree by the RWM and his degree team. The RWM thanked all the visiting brethren. Suitable reply was received from Bro. Alex Muir IPM Lodge Polmont No. 793. Would brethren please note that no meeting will take place on Monday, April 21. The next meeting will be on Monday, April 28 at 7.30 p.m. and will be a third degree conferred by the Past Masters of the Lodge.

St Andrew’s Church

The joint Easter services with Olivet Evangelical and Falkirk Baptist Churches continue this evening (Thursday) when we also celebrate Communion and tomorrow evening, Good Friday, both at 7.30 p.m. The preachers each evening will be Rev. Gordon McIndoe, Falkirk Baptist Church and Rev. Alistair Horne, St Andrew’s West Church, respectively. On Easter Sunday, we gather for the annual early morning service at 8.30 a.m. in Princes Park. We then have a family service in church at 11 a.m and our Easter evening service starts at 7 p.m. Our theme this year is “The Glory of the Cross” and we invite you to come along and discover for yourself the glory of the Gospel this Easter, as we celebrate the risen Lord together. We assure you of a very warm welcome at any of these services.

Carers Centre

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers Centre, 1a Bank Street, Falkirk is holding its free monthly matinee on April 25, all carers welcome. Our regular Carers Café continues to be held every Wednesday between 10 a.m. - noon in the centre. Our office will be closed Good Friday, April 18, and Easter Monday, April 21.