Falkirk news from Thursday, December 25

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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Blind Club

A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon was had by the members on Tuesday when the club held its Christmas lunch in the Cladhan Hotel. We thank Provost Pat Reid for coming along and giving his annual Christmas message. The entertainment was provided by Steve Cowan, in the guise of Elvis, and as usual he proved to be a big favourite with the club members and friends who were in attendance, so much so that he was immediately booked again for next year’s lunch. We are indebted to Provost Reid, Steve and the staff of the Cladhan Hotel for making this event such a success and so enjoyable for the members. The club now has a seasonal break and will meet again from 1 p.m. on Tuesday, January 6 in the warm-up area in the Falkirk Stadium. We once again invite anyone who is registered blind or visually impaired to come along and join us. Anyone taking up this invitation will be made most welcome.

Camera Club

Falkirk Camera Club welcomed back Kenny McLean who presented a fantastic selection of photographs titled “Rocky Mountain Gold”. The collection was from his excursion to Yellowstone National Park and surrounding areas of Colorado Springs and Madison during the late autumn and consisted of images and AVs covering all subjects you would expect from a photography focused adventure, from wildlife to hot springs and geysers, full landscapes to abstract and texture shots. Kenny is no stranger to FCC having given a similar presentation last September when we were shown images from the same region, all taken during winter and heavy snow. Those who have seen both presentations can appreciate the contrast between a snowy and almost monotone image in the winter to the vibrant autumn colours shown on this occasion. Kenny McLean, CPAGB, is a member of Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Photographic Society and has been taking photographs for over 25 years. Although experienced in photographing almost any subject, he is currently experimenting in special effects and night time photography. FCC thanked Kenny in the usual manner with a hearty applause. For more on FCC visit www.falkirkcameraclub.co.uk

Olivet Evangelical

Yesterday (Wednesday) at 7 p.m. there was a special Christmas Eve service for friends and neighbours followed by fellowship and festive food. The Friday Parent and Toddlers Group is on holiday until the new year. Sunday services begin at 10 a.m. with Communion followed at 11 a.m. by a time of fellowship with refreshments. The All Age service at 11.25 a.m. is the annual Testimony meeting lead by Willie Wilson of Larbert. The church prayer meeting is at 6 p.m. a nd at 6.30 p.m. is the final Bible Teaching hour of 2014 when the speaker is Martin Jones of Falkirk. The will be no meeting on Tuesday, December 30. On hogmanay at Grahamston Evangelical Church (Miller Hall) beginning at 9.30 p.m. is fellowship and supper followed from 10.30 p.m. with a Watchnight Service until just after midnight.

Trinity Church

Merry Christmas! Sunday’s service is our end of year service led by Robert Allan and Kay Brown. It will commence at 11 a.m. and all are welcome. Join us for a time of reflection with reflective music in the Sanctuary on Wednesday, December 31 from noon until 1 p.m. Admission is free and please feel free to drop in at any time during this hour. Please note that the M’eating Place Café is closed for the festive break and also for refurbishment. It will reopen on Monday, January 19.

St Andrew’s West

Come and join us in worship this Christmas! Tonight (Christmas Eve) we welcome you to our Family Torchlight Service at 7 p.m. during which we also look forward to the Bible Class Drama. Please remember to bring a torch! Following the Service, a light supper will be served in the Upper Hall. On Christmas Day we meet together again for worship at 11 a.m. This will also be a family service and we would encourage the children to bring along one of the gifts they have received. Our next services will be on Sunday, December 28. At 11 a.m. we again have a family service where the children can bring one of their gifts along and at 7 p.m. there will be a service of Word, Praise and Testimony. We extend a warm invitation to you to come and share with us in worship and fellowship.

Caledonia Choir

Congratulations to all who took part in a highly successful ‘A Bairn’s Christmas’ on Sunday. The two performances were virtually sold out and the audience participation was superb. Many thanks to Bob Tait for taking us through to the final stages of performance and to our own conductor and accompanist David and Mhorag Malloch who helped us prepare during our weekly rehearsals. The singing of the male part of the audience was particularly great. If you were there and enjoyed the experience, come along and join us and be a part of next year’s ‘Bairn’s’. We meet in St Andrew’s Primary School every Monday night starting on January 12 at 7.30 p.m. and you’re sure of a warm welcome and a cup of tea or coffee at the interval. If you want to know more contact our president Mary McCann on 01506847352.

Lochgreen Playgroup

Pre-school nursery (enrolling now) meets Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 9 a.m. and 12.10 p.m. and on Tuesday from 12.15 until 3.25 p.m. The 2s Group meets on Tuesday between 9 and 11 a.m. and Thursday between 12.30 and 2.30 p.m., and Toddlers every Monday, 1.30 untol 2.45 p.m. Contact Lochgreen Playgroup on (01324) 629676 for more information.

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 Leishman Tower on Thursdays at 11 a.m.-12 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering at all please call or ask at collection. Annaul general meeting is on Thursday, January 29 at 6.45 p.m. within Youth and Community Wing, Abbots Road, Grangemouth.

Braveheart

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. Our Callendar Park walk remains on over Christmas and New Year for anyone who still wishes to walk! For more information on our Callendar walk please contact 01324 673703.