Falkirk news from Thursday, July 3

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

Send us your Falkirk news and pictures by noon on Tuesday.

Retired Persons

The Falkirk Association of Retired Persons meets on Wednesday, July 9, from 2 p.m. in St Francis Xavier Hall, Hope Street. This month our speaker is Trevor Lynch, Scottish Fire & Rescue Service, talking about Fire Detection Dogs. Members and visitors are always welcome. To find out more about the group contact Margaret Wright on (01324) 636799 or Sadie Davidson on (01324) 832344.

Friendship Club

Falkirk Solitaire Friendship Club for over 60s meets in the Park Hotel every Sunday from 8 p.m. for dancing to live music. For more information contact Isabella on 07846 963901 or Marion on 07976 975887. They will be pleased to hear from you.

Osteoporosis Group

The Osteoporosis Support Group will be available to share information over a coffee in the Park Hotel with anyone affected by Osteoporosis on Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon. If you would like to find out more about the condition and the support available in this area, come along and have a chat. For further information call Janice on 01786 463098.

Holiday Club

St Andrew’s West Church (Upper Newmarket Street) will be running a holiday club this summer for children in P1–P7. It will be held in Falkirk High School from Monday, July 21 until Friday, July 25 between 10 a.m. and noon each day. The theme is ‘Sports Academy’ to tie in with the Commonwealth Games. As well as sports, we will also be looking at the life of King David through drama, multi-media, songs, crafts and activities. For further information and to pre-register, please e-mail standrewswest@eml.cc or please just turn up any day. We look forward to seeing you!

Blind Club

There was no entertainment booked, but at the last meeting before our two week summer break, the members enjoyed a keenly contested quiz which went to the fourth tie-break question before a winning table could be announced and the prizes awarded. The club received a cheque for £30 from Eddie Knight, a former member who had returned for a visit to the club last week and is now resident in Wales. This is to help pay for an act that is booked for a Tuesday in the future. Eddie’s generosity is much appreciated by the club members. The club resumes it’s weekly meetings on Tuesday, July 15 and again issue an invitation to anyone who is registered blind or visually impaired to come along and join us. We offer a club where those afflicted by sight problems can enjoy an afternoon with others who have the same problems. We meet in the warm-up area in the Falkirk Stadium every Tuesday at 1 p.m. and are part of the Falkirk Football Club ‘Working in the Community’ programme.

Olivet Evangelical

Sunday services begin with Communion at 10.30 a.m. followed by the All Age service at 11.15 a.m. when our speaker is Richard Gordon of Falkirk. The church prayer meeting is at 6 p.m. and the joint Praise and Testimony service with Grahamston Evangelical Church at 6.30 p.m. with Raymond Hubbocks and the Sunbeam Singers of Larbert. Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. is a time of prayer fellowship with an epilogue by Willie Wilson. The Holiday Club for primary school children runs between Monday August 4 and Friday August 8, 10 a.m. until noon each day. It will be led by Dave Bremner of GO YOUTH TRUST. The theme this year is a follow on from the Commonwealth Games entitled ‘Who’s the Best?’ During the local holiday period joint evening services are being held on alternative Sundays with Grahamston Evangelical Church (Miller Hall) when their service starts at 6 p.m. The first of those will be on Sunday, July 13, with speaker Frank Hartley.

Domino League

Fairplay Domino League week 13 results: Roman Bar B 5, Tam Bain 7; Railway 4, Bluebell 8; Legion B 6, Roman Bar A 6; Anchor 6, Mill Inn 6; Clachan 4, Bowhouse 8; Aitkens 4, Legion A 8; Star Inn 7, Scotia 5.

DASH

Do you suffer from anxiety or depression? This is a group of people who meet in a friendly, supportive and confidential environment. There is a ladies group every Wednesday and Friday from 1-3 p.m. in Camelon Community Project, Abercrombie Street. There is also a men-only group every first and third Thursday from 2-4 p.m. in the Dawson Centre, David’s Loan, Bainsford, as well as a mixed group every Monday from 7-9 p.m., also in the Dawson Centre. For further information visit www.dashonline.org.uk or contact 07985 461187.

Metafit Falkirk

A Metafit Falkirk class is on every Tuesday in Tamfourhill Community Centre at 8 p.m. All welcome. For more information call 07739718361. Classes will run as normal over the holidays.

Summer Programme

The summer programme at Westfield starts on July 9 with a Teddy Bear Picnic from 1 - 3 p.m. Come along to enjoy story time and a healthy picnic. Further events at the centre between Wednesday, July 30 and Friday, August 1 are planned for junior and senior groups. Details are available from the Centre or on Westfield Facebook page. Westfield Park Management Committee and Thornwood Tenants & Residents Association are hosting a joint summer day trip to Blairdrummond Safari Park on Wednesday, August 13. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Prices are £5 per adult, £3.50 children and £4.50 concession. Call in to the centre to book a place. We currently have spaces in the programme timetable on various mornings and afternoons during the week. If you have an idea for a group or a class please contact a member of staff at Westfield Park. All age groups are welcome and we offer a variety of activities, groups and classes to benefit the whole community. The Community Cafe is now closed for the summer and will re-open on August 20. For further information please call Westfield Park Community Centre on (01324) 508520.

Trinity Church

Sunday’s service commences at 11 a.m. with Rev. Robert Allan. The theme for July is ‘Church Matters’ and this Sunday we are focusing on ‘The body of the Church’. Tea and coffee will be available in the main hall following the service to which all are welcome. There is a lunchtime organ recital tomorrow (Friday) by Ian Boulter, organist and director of music of the Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling. The M’eating Place night out is on Friday, July 11, in the Park Hotel. If you’d like to come along, please contact the office. The church will be open every Tuesday and Wednesday during July and August between 1.30 and 3.30 p.m. to come inside and view the building, wander around our historic grounds or sit in the Sanctuary for reflection or prayer. All are welcome.

Carers Centre

Princess Royal Trust Carers Centre (Falkirk & Clackmannanshire) at 1A Bank Street invites carers to join staff for a tea or coffee and a chat in the Carers Cafe every Wednesday between 10 a.m. and noon. Please note there will be no free film matinees in July. For more information on the centre’s activities and how it can help carers please phone the office on (01324) 611510.

Community Foundation

Our BBC Children in Need funded CAREFREE group started on Tuesday for 14 to 18-year-olds to join fun and activities and a break from everyday life at Falkirk Stadium. The Summer Camps are now getting into full swing, and there are still some places available. Please call (01324) 624121 option 3, e-mail foundation@falkirkfcf.co.uk or visit our website www.falkirkfcf.co.uk for information and to book. FFCF Girls are hosting a fundraising fun night on Saturday in Pennies Bar. It starts at 7.30 p.m. The girls are raising funds for their Manchester trip later this month for the Warrior Keele Cup. The £5 entry includes a buffet and entertainment. Come along for a guaranteed good time.

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. Bo’ness also has a Monday evening walk which leaves from the car park across from the post office at the foreshore at 7 p.m. All Step Forth walks are free. For more information call 01324 504568/556 or e-mail stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

Braveheart Walks

You get to see some lovely sites on Braveheart’s walk around Callendar Park every Monday, leaving from Callendar House at 2 p.m. You can take a slow 30 minute (average) walk or a one hour walk of more brisk pace. Why not come along and enjoy the beautiful sunny scenery with our current walkers and walk leaders. For more information on our new Callendar walk please contact (01324) 673703. Our Middlefield walk leaves from Falkirk Community Statium at 7 p.m. every Thursday, where we enjoy a nice stroll around the lovely surroundings of the Helix. Our walk leaders look forward to seeing you there. For more information dial (01324) 673703.

Loch Walk

Loch Katrine invaded by 43 Braveheart Walkers on Tuesday, June 24 looked like a promising start to the monthly walk. The weather was dull but dry and all the arrangements had been finalised. The Braveheart walkers met the bus at Camelon Education Centre at noon and arrived at Loch Katrine just after 1.15 p.m. to be met by the mist and midges. After a quick check with the restaurant to confirm numbers for our afternoon tea the walk set out along the side of Loch Katrine. This walk is great for large walking groups as its practically vehicle free and has a tarmacadam drive. The scenery was superb although the hills were shrouded with low cloud. Nevertheless everyone was up for a good walk and appeared to be enjoying themselves. There was certainly plenty chatter going on. On the route we caught glimpses of the steam boat ‘Sir Walter Scott’ on its route up the loch to Stronachlachar. It was strange that although we were deep in the country there was very little bird life apart from a few ducks on the loch. The vegetation was superb with huge pine trees clinging to the rocks, thick ferns, heathers, wild flowers and the occasional blaeberry plants. The streams were full of water gushing down the hills to fill the loch. We continued along the drive for two miles until we reached Brenachoile Point where we took a five minute rest. At this point you can see magnificent views up and down the loch. Heading back along our route the rain became heavier but didn’t dampen our spirits. The group finished the afternoon with cream teas at the Brenachoile Restaurant. Staff in the restaurant were very helpful and pleasant. Afterwards, there was plenty time to for a look about the Loch Katrine Experience and visit the shop before heading back to Camelon for 6 p.m. All in all it was a great day out made special by the great group of Braveheart Walkers.

Helix Walks

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 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

Our 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 led by our volunteer walk leaders. This is a great way to explore the Helix with a group and its free. For more information e-mail stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

Buggy Walk

Every Monday at 1.15 p.m. from the front doors of Falkirk Football Stadium. The walk is run by our volunteers and is free. All children should be in a buggy. If it rains the group have a cuppa and a chat, for more information contact stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

Nordic Walking

The Falkirk Nordic walking group started in 2012. Since then over 180 people have been trained through us to Nordic walk and we have been seen all over the Falkirk area. Through this part of the Falkirk Herald our walkers can find out where to meet every week and if there is anything new planned. Next week’s walks are Tuesday, July 8, 6.30 p.m. Forth Valley Royal Infirmary, meet at bottom of the first car park. Wednesday, July 9, Falkirk Wheel, 1 p.m, meet at top car park near stone sculptures. Monday walk will leave from Falkirk Stadium as usual at 10 a.m. Please check our Facebook page for Thursday fast walk. For more information or training dates contact Barbara on 01324 504556 or e-mail stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

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 on Thursdays 11 a.m.-noon. We are currently looking for new volunteers for both/either collection - please call 01324 473695 if you are interested. Full training will be provided. 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.

M.E. Self Help

The Falkirk ME Self-help group’s next meeting takes place in St Francis Xavier’s RC Church Hall (St Martha’s Hall), Hope Street, Falkirk next Thursday, July 10 from 6.30 till 8.30 p.m. The hall has its own car park with disabled spaces available. Access is easy and there are no stairs to climb. This month will be an open meeting with a quiz at the beginning for approximately 30 minutes and then a chance for a chat and a cuppa. New members are always welcome. Further details from Richar on 01324 871480.

Helix Walks

See Laurieston.