Falkirk news from Thursday, June 19.

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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Frienship Club

Would you enjoy dancing to live music every Sunday night? If you are 60 or over you will be made welcome at the Falkirk Solitaire Friendship Club which meets in the Park Hotel between 8 and 11 p.m. Telephone Isabella on 07846 963901 or Marion on 07976975887. They will be pleased to hear from you.

Domino League

Fairplay Domino League Week 11 results: Roman Bar B 7, Bluebell 5; Tam Bain 7, Roman Bar A 5; Railway 5, Mill Inn 7; Legion B 7, Bowhouse 5; Anchor 4, Legion A 8; Clachan 8, Scotia 4; Aitkens 5, Star Inn 7.

Craft Day

Open Secret in Thornbridge Road, Falkirk, will be hosting a craft open day on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Refreshments will be available. For more details of tables available call (01324) 630100.

Blind Club

On Tuesday afternoon the club helped Jetta and John Grieve celebrate their Golden Wedding. The couple were presented with flowers, wine and a cake from members who wished them all the best for the future. This very special day was further enhanced by a return to the club of Mary Rose and Jim, an act which never fails to entertain and again did not disappoint. Once again, a further visit from them will be an afternoon to look forward to. They were an excellent act to help make this afternoon a wee bit special for Jetta and John. The club welcomes anyone who is registered blind or visually impaired to our Tuesday afternoon meetings. We meet at 1 p.m. in the warm-up area of Falkirk Community Stadium for two and a half hours of entertainment and fellowship.

Metafit Falkirk

A Metafit Falkirk class is held every Tuesday in Tamfourhill Community Centre from 8 p.m. All welcome. For more information call 07739718361.

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.

Olivet Evangelical

Tonight (Thurdsday) at 7 p.m. is the adult craft evening. The Friday Parents and Toddlers Group are not meeting for the next two weeks. Sunday services begin at 10 a.m. with Communion followed by the All Age service at 11.25 a.m. with Douglas Moodie of Bridge of Allan. The church prayer meeting is at 6 p.m. and the Bible teaching hour at 6.30 p.m. with Tim Oakes of Maddiston. On Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. the prayer and Bible study groups meet for the fifth study in 2 Thessalonians, looking at chapter 3 verses 6 to 18. Please note that the follow on Bible study will focus on Paul’s letter to Titus.

Annual Meeting

The Friends of Forth Valley Royal Hospital charity held its third annual general meeting. Formal proceedings included the chairman’s report and a summary of the year’s work from the treasurer as well as election of the committee. Highlights of the year included an almost doubling of the funding and support the Friends had been able to provide compared with the previous year. Two particular highlights included the support for a project providing slippers to patients at risk of falls as a result of inappropriate footwear, most notably those in wards caring for the elderly and with dementia, and the project to provide ‘coloured’ zimmer frames to patients with dementia. Another particular area where the Friends have been able to provide assistance is in the Out-Patient department. Often patients attending this very busy department have to bring young children with them. This can be quite confusing and upsetting for the children so Friends have provided a regular supply of ‘distraction kits’ which contain colouring and puzzle books to help provide an entertaining alternative focus. This helps staff and patients deal with the many other pressures and challenges of the situation. The funding and support provided by the Friends over the last year has often enabled resources to be provided where it is either very difficult or impossible for that funding to be provided directly by the NHS.

Inner Wheel

At the AGM Presdent Wilma Johnston reported on the club’s busy and successful year. The programme of speakers had been excellent and varied. The Overseas convenor reported that the members had sent Shelter Boxes to the Syrian and Phillipine disasters, blankets for Fistula, shoe boxes, money to Hope for Homes for Childen and Water Aid. The community convenor reported that the club had supported the Foodbank and knitted baby hats and blankets had been gifted to the neonatal units at Forth Valley and Simpsons. A child’s wheelchair had been gifted to the Red Cross. Club funds were disbursed to Maggies, CysticFibrosis, Somersets Flood Relief MacMlllan Nurses, Enable, British Legion and Alzheimers. Members had attended the District Rally at Norton House and would join members from all over Scotland at the Falkirk Wheel to celebrate 90 years of the Association. Before President Wilma handed over the chain of office to incoming President Margaret Kean she thanked the members for their support throughout her year. The club hoped to be allocated a stall at the Charities Day in the High Street on Saturday, August 16.

Art Club

The field trip organized for Tuesday has been cancelled as the Queen’s Baton Relay arrives that afternoon in Callendar Park at the same time. Sorry for any inconvenience. Our last Artshare this season is next Friday and we look forward to starting in our new venue, St Francis Xavier Church hall, from Monday, September 8. We’re busy compiling the new syllabus which will be sent out nearer the time. Happy holidays to all our members.

Abuse Centre

Central Scotland Rape Crisis & Sexual Abuse Centre provides a free and confidential service. The Helpline 01786 471771 can be called Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and an answer phone operates at all other times.

Community Foundation

The Carefree Project funded by Children in Need will run throughout the summer holidays for young carers looking to meet new friends. Call or email Eleanor Davis on (01324) 624121, eleanor.davis@falkirkfcf.co.uk to register your interest. The Silver Bairns for over 65s meets every Friday afternoon at The Falkirk Stadium for a film, an activity or just a good blether. Working in partnership with Monster Mania Softplay the foundation is offering FREE tasters of its Mini Bairns football programme on Tuesday between 11.45 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. and 12.30 p.m. and 1.15 p.m. on Thursday. Normal entrance fees apply. First team star Craig Sibbald will present the the 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001 age groups with their end of season medals in The Beancross on Sunday from 5 p.m. Awards will also be presented for Player of the Year, Player’s Player of the Year and Outstanding Achievement.

Trinity Church

The Sunday service led by the Rev. Robert Allan starts at 11 a.m. and focus on “Celebration”. It will be followed by the Summer BBQ, tickets £2. If you are feeling energetic why not take part in Treasure Hunt around the town after lunch and end up back at the church for tea and buns? The Marie Curie Coffee Day is being held in the main hall on Saturday. All are welcome to come and support this cause. The Holiday Club volunteers meet in the History Room at 7.30pm on Tuesday. The Kirk Session meet in the main hall on Wednesday at 7.30 p.m. The Faw Kirk Family Pageant which celebrates Bannockburn’s 700th anniversary takes place in the church grounds next Friday between 1 and 4 p.m. This event is open to all and entry will be free. There will be birds of prey, archery, storytelling, a bodhran workshop, crafts, jousting and refreshments to enjoy. It promises to be a great afternoon so please come along and join in the fun.

Comely Park

Pupils in P5 had a talk from Falkirk Herald chief reporter Jill Buchanan last week. She had been invited to tell them about how The Falkirk Herald is produced each week as well as her own career. The youngsters’ interest in newspapers came from their recent art exhibition when they produced their own reports on the event.

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 Stadium 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.

New Spiritualist

The new Spiritualist Church in Westfield Community Centre, welcomes Sandy Campbell from Dundee on Saturday. Open circle after the service which starts at 7 p.m. Entry fee is £3. The church will close until July 12 for holdiays. www.falkirkspiritualistchurch.webs.com

Nordic Walking

The Falkirk Nordic walking group started in 2012. Since then over 160 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 weeks Tuesday walk is off due to the Queens baton relay in Falkirk. Wednesday, June 25 at Falkirk Stadium. We also have a walk leaving from main car park, South Queensferry, on Sunday at 10 a.m. going to Crammond. Please bring your own poles. Please check our face book page for Thursday fast walk and Monday morning walk.

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. New evening walk starts Monday, June 23, at 7 p.m. from the car park across from the post office at the foreshore in Bo’ness. All Step Forth walks are free.

For more information call 01324-504568/556 or email stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org

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 lead my our 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. 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