Falkirk news from Thursday, October 16

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

At the meeting on Tuesday afternoon the 44 members were pleased to welcome a new member, Carol McDonald from Westquarter, to the club. We were also pleased to announce the club had received a donation of £100 from The Stables domino committee. This was due to Joe McMorrow being a member of our club and his son being on that committee and we thank them for this kind donation to our funds. The entertainment was superbly provided by Harmony, a trio of three ladies from Kilsyth. They have already visited the club and again they raised the bar with their selection of songs from the 60s, 70s and 80s, so much so that the members were encouraged to get up and dance. A return visit is eagerly anticipated. The club meets every Tuesdy afternoon at 1 p.m. in the warm-up area in Falkirk Stadium and provides a centre for anyone who is registered blind or visually impaired to come along and have an afternoon of friendship and companionship. You, or anyone you know who meets this criteria, is invited to come along. A warm welcome awaits.

Classic Music Live!

Piano trios by Beethoven, Schubert and Korngold are on offer from Trio Isimsiz in Falkirk Town Hall tomorrow (Friday) at 7.30 p.m. Trio Isimsiz is an award winning international ensemble which has established a reputation for ensemble playing as well as distinguishing themselves as solo performers on the world stage. Admission £11 (students £3) from the Steeple Box Office (01324) 713746 or at the door on the evening.

Wildlife Trust

The Scottish Wildlife Trust meets on Tuesday at the Christian Centre, Glebe Street, at 7.30 p.m. Guest speaker is Stephen Owen, Warden at Baron’s Haugh and Aird Moss Reserves. All welcome.

3rd Falkirk BB

All Sections are OFF this Friday (tomorrow) due to school holidays and restart on Friday, October 24. If you are looking for fun-filled activities for your son to take part in, look no further than 3rd Falkirk Boys’ Brigade Company. Please visit our website at www.3rdfalkirkbb.co.uk, find us on Facebook or for further information e-mail us at info@3rdfalkirkbb.co.uk. Boys wishing to join one of our busy sessions should come along to the next relevant session to enrol.

Camera Club

Last Thursday Falkirk Camera Club held its first internal competitions and we thank Neil Scott for judging all the entries. Neil Scott, FRPS, EFIAP, DPAGB, is a member of Edinburgh Photographic Society and has been taking photographs since an early age. Despite many years experience it was not until 2006 that he sought distinctions and is now an accredited member of many photographic groups and a winner of numerous awards and certificates. More on Neil Scott and his photographs can be found at www.neilscottphotos.co.uk. Competition winners were: Colour print A, David Jones, ‘Kingfisher Male’; Mono print A, Robert Wallace, ‘Behind The Bubble’; Colour print B, Iain Jamieson, ‘Grey on White’; Mono print B, Iain Jamieson, ‘Moonrise Over Cairnoch Hill’; PDI A, David Jones, ‘Osprey Landing’; PDI B, Ian Craig, ‘The Kelpie B&W’. Congratulations to all winners. For more on FCC visit www.falkirkcameraclub.co.uk.

Trinity Church

This Sunday’s service at 11 a.m. will be led by Robert Allan and focus on ‘Jesus on Lifestyle’. Tea, coffee and fellowship will be available in the main hall following the service. There will be a ‘Soup, Pudding and Blether’ evening next Friday in the main hall commencing at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are only £6 and available from the church office.

Art Club

A big ‘thank you’ to Jackie Anderson for a fantastic demo on Monday night - especially as she stepped in at short notice. Artshare is on this Monday. New members always welcome, simply turn up on the night. Contact the secretary on 07730 134422 or visit our facebook page ‘Falkirk and District Art club’ for more info. Monday nights at 7.15 p.m., St Francis Xavier Church Hall.

Westfield Park

Our Open day will be held at the centre on Saturday, October 25 between 1-4 p.m. There will be plenty of activities for all age groups and entry is free. Come along and support your community centre. The Christmas Fair will be on Saturday, November 22 between 1-4 p.m. with lots of Christmas goodies for sale, activities for kids, tombola and raffle. The Geneology Group starts its 10-week course on Tuesday, October 28, 1-3 p.m. Research your family tree online, visit archives at Callendar House and Edinburgh. Spaces are limited so contact the centre to book. Prize Bingo will be held on Saturday at Thornhill Community Centre in aid of Carronshore Playgroup. Eyes down 7.30 p.m. Entry £1 and BYOC. For any further information please call Westfield Park Community Centre on (01324) 508520.

Support Group

Central Scotland Rape Crisis & Sexual Abuse Centre provides a free and confidential service. The Helpline 01786 471771 operates Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and there is an answer phone outwith these times.

Olivet Evangelical

Tomorrow (Friday) there is no Parent and Toddlers Group due to the school holidays. Sunday’s service commences at 10 a.m. with Communion followed by the All Age service at 11.25 a.m. when the focus will be on Tear Fund – Created. At 6 p.m. there is prayer and 6.30 p.m. Bible teaching hour with the expected speaker Rev. Sandy Roger from Whitburn whose subject will be ‘Christ – Captain of our Salvation’. On Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. is prayer and Bible study – Genesis Study 6 The Rainbow. The ‘Young at Heart’ is on Wednesday at 2 p.m. when the expected speaker is Iain Gibb of Grangemouth.

Soroptimist International

The business meeting on October 9 in the Park Hotel was chaired by President Elect Rosemary McIntyre who welcomed members and one visitor. After discussing the usual business items, members discussed and voted on resolutions for the forthcoming conference at Harrogate. Members were given advance notice of the 70th anniversary function which will take place on Saturday, May 30, 2015. More details will be issued at a later date. Vice President Alison Rodgers encouraged members to knit squares for the ‘Big knit ‘challenge. Several members were involved in assisting at the recent Target Ovarian Cancer walk and two Soroptimists who completed the walk thanked club members for their support. Club members who volunteered to assist at the Strathcarron collection as part of Hospice week were reminded about the arrangements for the day. The next club meeting will take place on Thursday, October 23 at 7 p.m. when the speaker will be Rev. Ruth Innes.

Inner Wheel

At the meeting on October 9 the President welcomed the members and introduced the speaker Margaret Tooth from Blythswood Care. Margaret gave an interesting talk full of information on the charity and with the use of Powerpoint showed some of the recipients of the shoeboxes which are filled and packed by many volunteers in the Falkirk area. She encouraged us to continue our participation in the scheme. Margaret was thanked by Anne Watson. The next meeting will be on November 13 in the Park Hotel at 12.30 for 1 p.m. and will be a lunch to celebrate our 55th anniversary. Our guests will be the District Chairman Pam Hull of the Corstorphine Club, President Robert Speirs of the Falkirk Rotary Club and a representative from Maggies Forth Valley who will accept a cheque for money raised at our stall at the Charities Day on September 6.

Braveheart’s Walks

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. For more information on our Callendar walk please contact (01324) 673703. If you would like to see the lovely surroundings of the Helix Park then our Middlefield walk is for you! Meeting the Walk Leaders and walkers in Falkirk Community Stadium Car park ready to start your walk at 7 p.m., every Thursday (stops when clocks change). Head along and be pleasantly surprised as you walk the various different paths! For more information please call (01324) 673703.

Braveheart Monthly

Bravehearts Monthly walk on Tuesday, October 28, ventures out to Throsk. Kate Fuller from Inner Forth Landscape who will speak about seasonal local wildlife and local history of the area. With this, her colleague Robert Travis-Smith who is a keen wildlife photographer, will also be joining us; bring your cameras for some professional photography tips! Free transport will leave from Camelon Education Centre at 1 p.m., and Carron Co-op at 1.05 p.m. to start our walk for 1.30 p.m., returning by 3.30 p.m. Calling to book your seat on the bus is essential due to limited spaces. Please bring your own refreshments for during/after our walk. Looking forward to seeing for a great day!

Writers’ Circle

Readings at last week’s meeting were varied and interesting when members were invited to present their chosen pieces of writing, a very worthwhile exercise. On Tuesday, October 21, our friends from Perth Writers visit us for an evening of stories and fellowship the theme of the evening is ‘Scary Stories’ so make sure you get into the Hallowe’en spirit by writing your own story of 450 words, to be read on that evening. New members welcome at the coffee room of Polmont Greenpark Community Centre every Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. Further details from isobel.quinn@outlook.com or call Isobel on (01324) 620048.

Lodge Callendar

A regular meeting of Lodge Callendar No. 588 was held on Monday, October 6, when a large deputation from Lodge Grange Monifieth 1073 was welcomed by RWM Stuart Hunter. They conferred a third degree on one candidate. The RWM then thanked the visitors for their attendance. A suitable reply was given by IPM Les Wilson, Lodge Camelon No. 1456. The next meeting will be held on Monday, October 20, when a first degree will be conferred by Lodge Camelon 1456. The meeting will tyle at 7.30 p.m. A psychic night will be held on Friday, November 7 at 7.30 p.m.

New Spiritaulist

The new Falkirk Spiritualist Church in Westfield Community Centre welcomes Linda Buchan from Stirling on Saturday, October 18. Open circle after the service. All welcome - £3 entry fee and the service starts at 7 p.m. www.falkirkspiritualistchurch.webs.com.

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.

Nordic Walking

This week, both walks leave from Falkirk Football Stadium, Tuesday, October 21, at 6.30 p.m. and Wednesday, October 22, at 1 p.m. The Monday walk will leave from Falkirk Stadium as usual at 10 a.m. Please check our face book page for Thursday fast walk.

Volunteer Walkers

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 Barbara McConnell on (01324) 504556 or barbara.mcconnell@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

Helix Walk

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

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 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. When the weather is good we sit on the great lawn and have a chat or at the plaza cafe by the lagoon. There is a lovely restaurant at the Stadium when its raining. It’s a good way to meet other mums. The walk is run by fantastic volunteers and is free. All children should be in a buggy. For more information contact stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

ME Self HELP

Falkirk Multiple Sclerosis Society next’s meeting on Monday, October 20, at the Masonic Lodge, Bo,ness Road, Grangemouth from 7-9 p.m. the speaker will be Pat Gallagher from the Princess Royal Trust Carers Centre Falkirk. For more information contact Secretary Veronica Campbell 07500 338211.

Dante Alighieri

The new session resumed on October 11. The first lecture about Dante Alighieri will be given by Dr Maria Daniella Dick on Wednesday, November 19. Membership fees remain the same as last year at £10. For further information, please contact Ian Ludbrook on (01324) 553805 or e-mail ianludbrook@mypostoffice.co.uk or David McLaren on (01324) 714759, e-mail mclared@btinternet.com.