Falkirk news from Thursday, December 11

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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Rotary Club

November began with a business meeting at which there was the usual lively debate about the running of the club. This was followed on November 13 by a superb presentation by Bill Mitchell who had, along with Winnie McPherson and Bill Laurie, researched the genealogy of those listed on the war memorial of the Old Parish Church. Club member Ian Johnston displayed a huge level of courage on November 20 when he spoke about his recent journey through surgery and subsequent chemotherapy for bowel cancer. Ian’s droll humour demonstrated a pragmatism that allowed the listener to understand the seriousness of the subject while also the sincerity of the delivery. On November 27 the Christmas Lunch was addressed by Maria Ford who spoke to us about The Friends of Kinneil. The delivery covered not only Kinneil House but the lands of Kinneil and their extensive history.

Blind Club

Polmont Old Parish Church Choir continued the tradition of paying the club a pre-Christmas visit and entertained members with a selection of carols last Tuesday afternoon. Alongwith the carols the programme contained a comedy song and a classical violin performance which all went to make an excellent start to the Festive Season and much appreciated by the members. The club meets every Tuesday afternoon in the warm-up area in Falkirk Stadium at 1 p.m. to provide a centre where registered blind or visually impaired can enjoy company and be entertained. Anyone with these problems is welcome to join us.

Camera Club

Following a late cancellation by our intended guest speaker, FCC had an evening of viewing and discussion of images from SPF 2014 portfolio. This generated some honest and diverse opinions on what makes an image interesting or whether it leaves the realm of photography and enters a category of creative art. On November 29 a group took part in an “off camera” flash workshop headed by professional photographer David Stanton. This involved discussion of theory and techniques in the morning followed by a practical outdoor “model shoot” exercise in the afternoon. More of David Stanton’s work can be found at www.stantonimaging.co.uk. For information on FCC visit www.falkirkcameraclub.co.uk.

Lochgreen Playgroup

Pre-school nursery (enrolling now) Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9 a.m. until 12.10 p.m., Tuesday, 12.15 - 3.25 p.m. 2’s group, Tuesday 9 - 11 a.m.; Thursday, 12.30 - 2.30 p.m. Toddlers, Monday 1.30 - 2.45 p.m. Contact Lochgreen Playgroup on (01324) 629676 for more information.

Trinity Church

The Sunday service, the third Sunday in Advent, starts at 11 a.m. and will be led by Robert Allan and Kay Brown. The theme for this service is “A candle of joy”. Tea coffee and fellowship are available in the main hall later. The Christmas Tree Festival and Christmas Market take place this weekend and all are welcome to come and join in the true spirit of Christmas. The Christmas Tree Festival in the Sanctuary and Church tomorrow runs between noon and 3 p.m., on Saturday between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. and at the Sunday service commencing at 11 a.m. The Christmas Market on Saturday starts at 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. with a wide range of gifts available at a variety of stalls including jewellery, handbags, crafts, cakes and gifts. The ‘Blue Christmas’ service this year will be held at 7.30 p.m. on Tuesday and will be led by Robert Allan, Kay Brown and John Jenkinson. Tea, coffee and mince pies will be available in the main hall following the service.

Olivet Evangelical

The Parent and Toddlers Group is having its Christmas Party tomorrow (Friday) before taking a holiday until the New Year. Tomorrow (Friday) night at 7 p.m. is the men’s Games Night. Sunday services begin at 10 a.m. with Communion followed at 11 a.m. by fellowship and redfreshments. At 11.25 a.m. it is the All Age service when it’s the third Sunday of Advent and the theme is ‘Joy’. Speaker is Matty Blakeman of Dundee. The church prayer meeting is at 6 p.m. and at 6.30 p.m. is the Bible Teaching hour when the Advent series continues with the themse ‘A tale of two King’s’. Speaker is Ken Cunningham of East Kilbride. As in previous years a post box for Christmas cards will be available in the church side hall. On Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. is the 12th in the Bible study series on the OT Book of Genesis, entitled Political and Family crises: ‘Consequences of Unbelief’. The ‘Young at Heart’ is on Wednesday at 2 p.m. when the guest speaker is Helen Gordon of Falkirk. Next Thursday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Olivet members are responsible for manning the Howgate Centre and community HUB at the United Churches outreach. Table displays plus information from various local Christian organisations and churches are being set up and as well as an area at the rear of the HUB for kid’s crafts plus Try Praying.

Carers Centre

Have a cuppa and enjoy the chance to meet other carers at the weekly cafe run by the Princess Royal Trust Carers Centre (Falkirk & Clackmannanshire) in 1A Bank Street every Wednesday between 10 a.m. and noon. For more information, or if you need more support with your role as a carer, please phone the office (01324) 611510.

Bairns Christmas

There are still a few days left to buy your tickets for “A Bairns’ Christmas” being presented by the Caledonia Choir, Falkirk Festival Chorus and Falkirk Tryst Orchestra in Falkirk Town Hall at 2.30 and 7 p.m. Tickets are £12 adults, £10 concession and £4 children and the price includes a free programme. Come along and enjoy a stunning Christmas Programme and the chance to sing along to classic old favourites such as ‘Jingle Bells’, ‘White Christmas’ and ‘O, Come All Ye Faithful’ and shed a quiet tear as the children are invited to come forward to sing ‘Away in a Manger’ accompanied by a full orchestra – there’s never a dry eye in the house! Tickets are available from the Steeple Box Office in Falkirk town centre. There are over 18 musical pieces being performed – many of which you can join in with – plus some fabulous solo pieces from invited guest stars. A fabulous way to start Christmas week – don’t miss it!

Age Concern

The annual Carol Concert by Arnotdale Singers was again a success. The choir will resume rehearsals on Monday, January 12. Keep Fit will break on December 12, restarting on January 16. Sequence Dancing resumes on January 6.

Writers Circle

Christmas stories with varied themes were in abundance at last week’s meeting, followed by discussion of Circle business. Since Tuesday, December 16 is the evening of our Christmas dinner, there will be no meeting in the Greenpark Centre. The chosen topics for January 6, are: “I’ll tell your mum” and “The Anonymous Note”. Mark will be happy to receive by e-mail, short stories of 450 words during the Christmas break. There is also a reminder that the theme for our visit to Alloa Writers on February 17 is “The Worst Winter I Experienced”, due on February 3. A warm thank you and festive wishes to the staff of Greenpark Community Centre from the Writers’ Circle and Poetry Group.

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 me Barbara McConnell on 01324-504556 or barbara.mcconnell@falkirkcommunitytrust.org

Step Forth

There is 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.

Nordic Walking

This Tuesday meet at Forth Valley Royal Infirmary at 6.30 p.m. The Wednesday walk will leave from Falkirk Football Stadium at 1 p.m. Monday walk will leave from Falkirk Stadium as usual at 10 a.m. Please check our face book page for Thursday fast walk.

Helix Walks

A walk leaves Falkirk Football stadium every Monday at 7 p.m. and is led by volunteers. Wear suitable footwear. Free.

Health Walks

Free health walks Falkirk Football Stadium every Monday at 10 a.m., and split into a faster or slower walk. Free. For more details e-mail 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. Its 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.

Braveheart

Braveheart’s beautiful walk around Callendar Park every Monday, leaves Callendar House at 2 p.m., either a slow 30 minute walk or a one hour walk of more brisk pace. For more information on our Callendar walk please contact (01324) 673703.

New Spiritualist

The new Falkirk Spiritualist Church in Westfield Community Centre, welcomes Harry Boyd from Fernagair on Saturday, December 13. This will be the last service of the year. Open Circle after the meeting. All welcome. The service starts at 7 p.m. and entry is £3. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all who supported the church.

Lodge Callendar

A regular meeting of Lodge Callendar No. 588 was held on Monday, December 1, when William Davidson was installed as Master of the Lodge along with his office bearers. The next regular meeting will be on Monday, December 15 at 7.30 p.m. in the Masonic Hall, Lint Riggs when a first degree will be conferred.