Falkirk news from Thursday, October 9

The announcement Bank has been placed in administration is another blow for the high street
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3rd Falkirk BB

Looking for fun filled activities for your son to take part in? Look no further than 3rd Falkirk BB Company and what we have to offer. Anchor Boys (P1 - P3) meet in Falkirk High School between 6 and 7.15 p.m. on Fridays. The Junior Section, 7 - 8.30 p.m. for P4 - P6, and Company Section, 7.30 - 9.45 p.m. for P7 to age 18. All sections have exciting plans for this session including busy weekly programmes, sports events, local and national competitions, trips, parties, attendance at Scotland football matches, cooking, craft and much more. Please visit our website at www.3rdfalkirkbb.co.uk, find us on Facebook or for further information email 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.

Organ Recital

The popular monthly lunchtime organ recital in the ‘Faw Kirk’ will be given by Bob Tait tomorrow (Friday). It starts at 12 noon and last 30 minutes - perfect timing to allow the audience time to partake of the snack meal on offer in the M’eating Place Café adjoining the church - and contain music by Alan Rawsthorne, Buxtehude, Haydn, Bizet, Delibes and Philip Glass. Admission is free, but donations to the church renovation projects are welcome.

Choral Society

St Francis Xavier Church in Hope Street hosts Grangemouth Choral Society’s performance of Faure’s Requiem tomorrow (Friday) at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are priced £4. Contact Moira Nicol on 07754805340 or pay at the door.

Camera Club

Falkirk Camera Club were grateful to Geof Longstaff for stepping in at short notice following the late cancellation of our intended guest speaker. Geof presented the club with a selection of AV works by himself and others who enjoy creating audio visual sequences. Each sequence was chosen to progress the audience through various stages and styles of AV creation with appropriate hints and tips along the way. Some were designed to stir emotion (images depicting scenes from WW1) while others were more informative (sequence of Niagara Falls). The club members appeared quite taken with a quirky AV where only one image was used to create the whole AV sequence, a clever piece of work by Geof himself. For more information of FCC visit www.falkirkcameraclub.co.uk

DASH

Do you suffer from anxiety or depression? This is a group 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.

Dance Sessions

Ceilidh and popular social dance sessions help you keep fit the fun way! The local RSCDS-run sessions are held in St Andrew’s Primary School, Falkirk from 7.30 - 9 p.m. on a Thursday night. Our experienced teacher will keep you right. Price £3 per session. New dancers are welcome. For further details ring Alison on (01324) 631363. More information about us can be found on the website web.rscds-falkirk.org.uk

Olivet Evangelical

Tonight (Thursday) Falkirk Evangelical Church Leaders are hosting a special united Churches Praise and Prayer Event in Larbert Pentecostal Church at 7.15 for 7.30 p.m. with fellowship and refreshments at 9 p.m. Tomorrow (Friday) at 10 a.m. the Parent and Toddlers Group meet. Sunday services begin at 10 a.m. with Communion followed at 11 a.m. by fellowship and refreshments. The All Age service starts at 11.25 a.m. when the guest speaker is Andy Bathgate of Scripture Union. The Church prayer meeting is at 6 p.m. and at 6.30 p.m. is the Bible Teaching Hour with Iain Gibb of Grangemouth starting a new series on the varied characters of Christ who will be speaking on ‘Christ - The Rock of Ages’. The Ladies Hour at Leishman Tower is on Monday at 2.15 p.m. when the guest speaker is Pat Smith of Falkirk Christian Bookshop. On Tuesday evening at 7.30 p.m. is a report meeting on Christian outreach in Norway by Nat and Jennifer Rodgers. The ‘Young at Heart’ is on Wednesday at 2 p.m. when the guest speaker is John Muirhead of Bainsford. Advanced notice: The next craft evening is on Thursday, October 16 at 7 p.m.; the next men’s event on Friday, October 17 is a supper evening with Dr Riaz Mohammad speaking on ’From Pakistan to Scotland’.

Blind Club

Members enjoyed a day away from the usual programme when they had lunch at the Dutch Inn, for which we thank the management and staff for being so welcoming to those who attended. The club thanks ‘Sweet Harmony’, the Barber Shop singers, who donated £200 to our club from their charitable monies. This is gratefully received and will be used for the benefit of the members. The club returns to its usual venue, the warm-up area in Falkirk Stadium, on Tuesday, starting at 1 p.m. and we issue an invitation to anyone who is registered blind or visually impaired to come along and join us. A friendly welcome is assured.

British Heart Foundation

The annual Falkirk Fun Run in Callendar Park was very successful and raised £3189.69 for the charity. Many thanks to all our regular supporters and to new participants who have supported this event by taking part or by sponsoring entrants.

Probus Club

The chairman introduced Forth Valley College Principal Dr Ken Thomson who has lectured at the college for 20 years and been in charge for the past year. Dr Thomson outlined the difficult times which colleges faced three years ago when the number was reduced from 43 to 13, and staff numbers had to be cut. This resulted in the creation of Forth Valley, amalgamating Falkirk, Stirling, and Alloa. and the college is now thriving with 600 staff, 14000 full and part-time students and a £30 million budget. The individual colleges have their own specialist functions. Falkirk specialises in science and engineering, and Stirling does hospitality and tourism. The college has a main focus of “making learning work” and Dr Thomson gave many examples of the co-operation with industry, local authorities, and schools to ensure courses are meeting the requirements of their customers, both the students and their employers. As a result of their progressive policies, Forth Valley is now one of the most highly rated further education colleges in the UK. Plans are being developed to replace the old Middlefield site with a new £50 million building with much improved facilities. Bill Laurie thanked Ken for an excellent talk, which demonstrated how the college was putting into practice its guiding principles. The next talk will be given by Colin Wright, funeral director.

Rotary Club

At our first meeting in September we were treated to an inspired talk from Karen Duncan of Signpost Recovery. She powerfully demonstrated her commitment and dedication to a service that treats unfortunates as people and assists in bringing families back together when things like alcohol and substance abuse have destroyed the original relationship. Karen’s compassion and enthusiasm shone through her delivery. Gordon McCorckindale from Kidney Kids Scotland visited the following week. He described a local charity that spends its time looking after the needs of children afflicted with renal disorders. The charity is an independent body run by trustees and is currently seeking to raise funds to purchase a home dialysis unit. On September 18 our speaker was Kate Cunningham from Ochre. She outlined the symptoms of Oesophageal cancer, stressing that while many of the symptoms are experienced by many people for simply occurring reasons, such as continual heartburn, an early consultation to rule out more sinister reasons is recommended. Our last speaker of the month was Chief Inspector Mandy Paterson. Mandy spoke to us about the Community Safety Partnership. She ably and knowledgeably demonstrated how policing has changed over the years resulting in ‘hands on’ communication with local Communities. Next time you travel by train from Falkirk take time to look at the flower tubs and miniature trains on the platforms. The Rotary Club of Falkirk has undertaken to plant out and maintain each container throughout the year. To turn our initiative into a community project we would like to invite any member of the public to assist us in the maintenance of the displays, say once every ten weeks. If you would like to join us please telephone George Honeyman on (01324) 562921 or on the contact form on our web site www.falkirk.rotaryweb.org.

Falkirk Aglow

Abigail Duncan was guest speaker last month. She spoke from Rom ch 5 v 3 - 5 re times when we are going through the trials of life, do we look at them through the eyes of faith or the eyes of flesh? She shared some of her testimony and reminded us of the need to watch the words we use. Jean Healer will be the speaker on Thursday, October 16 at the Hotel Cladhan, Falkirk, 7 for 7.15 p.m. The cost is £7.50 which includes a meal. Please contact Ruth on (01324) 485744 to book a meal.

Philatelic Society

The fortnightly meeting of the Falkirk and District Philatelic Society (FDPS) took place on Thursday, October 2 in Camelon Parish Church Hall. The PRO reported four members had been invited by the Hamilton Society to visit and display four different selections of their choice. The Falkirk members were well received by the Hamilton Society and they enjoyed their hosts’ hospitality. After the usual business was gone through, vice president Frank Soutar introduced Maureen Mathieson from the Lanarkshire Society who put on two wonderful displays. Her first stamp display covered ‘Lepitoptera’ (moths and butterflies) and the second was ‘Nifty Needles’ which was all about stamps depicting embroidery/lace making/tapestry/needle point and so on. Maureen’s displays were beautifully set out, with adequate narratives to each sheet. It was clear she must have carried out a huge amount of research to collect all the items which she displayed. Alan Watson gave the vote of thanks and the members responded appropriately. If you fancy joining us, why not come along and give it a try? All new members, young or old, are always welcome.

Festival Chorus

Rehearsals for our May concert are well underway proving to be most interesting and enjoyable. On Sunday we are being joined by members of the Belcando Choir from Dortmund in Germany who are giving various concerts in this country. An opportunity to hear this choir is on Wednesday in Falkirk Trinity Church at 7.30 p.m. On Sunday, November 2 between 2.30 and 5 p.m. we make a start on our programme for the ‘Bairns’ Christmas’ a variety of pieces which reflect the Christmas spirit. We would love to welcome new members so please come along. You can contact our secretary on (01324) 625284 for more information.

Odenwald Association

The first meeting of the autumn session will be held on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Municipal Buildings. An invitation is extended to anyone interested in finding out more about the twinning partnership between Falkirk Council and the Odenwald area of Germany. Would your group or organisation like to be able to bring an ‘international dimension’ to its activities? If so, please come along and find out more. There will be information on recent visits between the two areas and an opportunity to view a dvd of our partner area. Come and see for yourself this delightful part of Germany, learn a bit about the friendships that have been formed and speak to our members who have firsthand experience of the twinning. Light refreshments will be served and the evening will be an informal and social meeting. Members are reminded membership fees are now due and advised that there will be a brief discussion on the 2015 visit to the Odenwald and arrangements for the 40th anniversary of the association.

Trinity Church

The Sunday service led by Robert Allan starts at 11 a.m. and focus on “Jesus on Money”. Tea, coffee and fellowship will be available in the main hall later. The lunchtime organ recital tomorrow (Friday) at noon will be given by Robert Tait, organist and choir master at Falkirk Trinity Church. A coffee morning in aid of The Friends of Restoration is being held in the main hall on Saturday. The chamber choir Belcando from Dortmund, Germany, will be performing ‘Four Centuries of Music – from Renaissance to Pop’ in the church Sanctuary on Wednesday starting at 7.30 p.m. Admission is by donation for the Malawi Christian Aid Fund and the Church Renovation Fund.

Support Group

A support group for people bereaved by suicide meets on the last Monday of each month between 6 and 8.30 p.m. in the Falkirk District Association for Mental Health (FDAMH) offices in Victoria Road. Experienced counsellors welcome anyone who has experienced the loss through suicide of a person close to them, family, partner or friend. For further details contact Neil Sowerby at carers@fdamh.org.uk (01324) 67100 or NHS Forth Valley Spiritual Care Team 24/7 on 07824 460882. Counselling can also be offered within FDAMH for one to one support.

Friendship Club

Would you like to dance to live music on a Sunday night? If yes, and you are over 60, do come along and join Falkirk Solitaire Friendship Club in the Park Hotel between 8 and 11 p.m. If you want to know more call Isabella on 07846 963901 or Marion on 07976975887.

Caledonia Choir

Just a reminder to members that there is no rehearsal on Monday in St Andrews due to the school being closed for the holiday. Tickets for ‘A Bairns’ Christmas’ are initially available through members of the Caledonia Choir, the Tryst Orchestra and Falkirk Festival Chorus – so if you want a ticket for your favourite show cuddle up to your favourite choir/orchestra member. Tickets will soon be available to the general public through the Steeple Box Office - £12 (£10 concession) including the price of a programme (which you will need to sing along with us.) Monday’s rehearsal saw us continue working on songs from Les Miserables, Brahms’ “How Lovely are thy Dwellings”, and more songs from Karl Jenkins, as well as a bit of fun with the Harry Lauder medley we sang with our guest artist Jamie MacDougall at our 90th anniversary concert this year.

Braveheart Walks

Braveheart’s 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 Plus

The monthly Braveheart Plus meeting takes place on Monday, October 13 at 1.30 p.m. Camelon Community Education centre. Be prepared for some fun and surprises as we welcome the ‘Young at Heart ‘ team led by John Wilson. Braveheart Plus is open to all who have had heart problems and to those who have a personal interest in finding out more about how Braveheart can support individuals. For more details contact Lynn Bastow 01592 872101.

Tai Chi Qigong

Relax, have fun and improve your health and wellbeing. Help reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, relieve the pain caused by arthritis, improve mental health, and lessen the likelihood of falls in older people and more. Qigong is a gentle exercise system that improves flexibility, balance and feelings of wellbeing, based on the same principles as traditional Chinese medicine. Meet new people in a friendly relaxed atmosphere. All you need is comfortable clothing and flat shoes. Why not give it a try now come along and see us. Classes held: Church Hall, Dorrator Road, Camelon - Monday evening 6.30 - 7.30 p.m. For more information contact Yvonne on 07824 507785.

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 email stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

Helix Walks

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

Health walks leave the front doors of Falkirk Football Stadium every Monday at 10am, the walks are split into a faster or slower walk. Both are lead 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. 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.

Nordic Walking

The next walks are: Tuesday, October 14 from 6.30 p.m., Bo’ness foreshore, meet in car park across from the post office. Wednesday, October 15 at 1 p.m., Falkirk Wheel. meet in the car park at the wheel house side (millennium way). Monday walk will leave from Falkirk Stadium as usual at 10 a.m. Please check our face book page for Thursday fast walk.

Buggy Walks

Volunteers are needed to roll out buggy walks across Falkirk and also support to existing groups. If you are interested and have an hour to spare, contact Barbara McConnell on (01324) 504556 or barbara.mcconnell@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

Lodge St John

At the regular meeting of Lodge St John No. 16, on September 23, the RWM welcomed all brethren. One candidate was advanced to FC Degree. Bro. John Campbell of Lodge Callander 588 received Honorary Membership of the Lodge for the work he had done when the Lodge was being renovated. The next meeting will be a M.M. degree and will be held on Tuesday, October 14 and will tyle at 7.30 p.m. All brethren welcome.

ME Self-Help

The Falkirk group’s next meeting takes place in St Francis Xavier’s R. C. Church hall (St. Martha’s Hall), Hope Street, Falkirk tonight (Thursday) from 6.30-8.30 p.m. The hall has its own car park with disabled spaces and easy access. This month’s meeting will be a mini- pamper/open meeting. The hall will be set up for therapies at one end with a seating area at the other end. Light refreshments available. The two therapists are from Complementary Healthcare Clinic, Falkirk and therapy sessions will last about 20-30 minutes. Therapies available are: Reiki, Reflexoloby, Indian head massage and KCR. New members welcome. Contact Richard on 01324 871480.

New Spiritualist

The Falkirk new Spiritualist Church in Westfield Community Centre welcomes Caroline Blair from Dreghorn on Saturday. All welcome. The service starts at 7 p.m. Entry is £3. www.falkirkspiritualistchurch.webs.com

Macmillan Coffee

The recent Macmillan Cancer Coffee Morning raised £271.85. Sincere thanks to all who supported this fundraiser. To the volunteers who made it all possible - thanks a million.

Writers’ Circle

At last week’s meeting members enjoyed a return visit of Judy Barker who assessed members’ previously prepared sketches. Iain’s entry was chosen to perform at Linlithgow on October 17 and 18. The evening continued with the other sketches being performed by members. Grateful thanks are extended to Judy for time and talent given to the circle. Topics chosen for this month are “I wasn’t really ill” and “The Best Man’s Speech”. Either or both titles should be introduced into a short story of 450 words to be read on October 14 (with a different title). A reminder that a ‘scary’ story should be prepared for the visit of Perth Writers on October 21. This 450 word story is not competitive, but purely for entertainment. Further details can be obtained by visiting isobel.quinn@outlook.com or telephoning Isobel on 01324 620048. New members welcome.