Larbert & Stenhousemuir news from Thursday, December 25

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Salvation Army

Cornerstone Full Gospel Church’s Worship Service, led by Pastor Alex Paton from 10.30 a.m. to noon every Sunday. At 2.30-3.30 p.m, it’s Salvation Army worship led by Major John McCaffrey. The Home League will be off until Monday, January 5. Headway Falkirk’s memory group will start back Tuesday, January 6. Joint Prayer will start back Wednesday, January 7. Headway Craft Group will start back first week in February. Cornerstone Full Gospel Church Men’s Breakfast Saturday, January 10 from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Woman’s breakfast will follow the next week at the same time with Ruth Paton the speaker.

Larbert East

On Sunday, the morning service is at 10.30 a.m. led by Rev. Melville Crosthwaite. There will be a ‘Holiday’ Young Church for three to 12-year-olds, meeting in the small hall before the service. Crèche is held as usual in the Session Room. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be available in the hall after the service and the Traidcraft Stall will also be there.

Hogmanay ceilidh

Larbert East Church are holding their Hogmanay Ceilidh in the church hall on Wednesday, December 31, from 8 p.m. until 12.15 a.m. Please bring your own supper. Tickets priced £3 or family £6, are available by telephoning (01324) 556026.

Carron Rotary

As a final fling for the year President Jill Dewar welcomed members and guests to a Club Party Night at the Plough Hotel. After a delicious festive meal we were entertained by a rendition of ‘Cod Liver Oil and the Orange Juice’, a musical story of Glesga Life by President-Elect Ken Drummond PHF, whose turn was greeted by loud laughter and tears of mirth. As if this were not enough we had a riotous Christmas Quiz ably conducted by Secretary Don Murray, with the gathering rounded off by a seasonal sing-along. Words were provided by Past President Jean Geddes but no musical accompaniment was offered. Santa followed his tour of the Denny and Bonnybridge area with a visit to Larbert Station last Saturday. Despite the unfortunate curtailment due to the weather and a technical problem we believe Santa has raised a significant sum for the nominated charities. The final amount will be notified later. Members wish everyone around the world a Merry Christmas. We will be delighted to see visitors on Wednesdays after our break. If you are interested in helping the community by joining Rotary, or want to learn more about us, contact Ken on 07786 067606 or visit our club website. Please also follow us on Twitter @ValeofCarron and on Facebook.

Car Boot

The Dobbie Hall car boot sale takes place every Wednesday from 8.30 a.m. until noon and pitches cost £6 for one and £9 for two. Tables are available for anyone wishing to make some money from unwanted items and all money raised benefits the Hall Trust. For hall and pitch bookings call (01324) 570450.

Al Anon

A meeting of the above takes place every Friday in Larbert Old Church Hall at 8 p.m. The meetings allow people to share experiences and gain advice on coping with family members suffering from alcoholism. The group also meets in Grahamston United Church, Falkirk, on Mondays at the same time. For a local contact number call 0141 339 8884.

North Broomage

A Hogmanay Party has been arranged for 7.30 p.m. until late and on this occasion Wheels provides the music along with a Disco. Tickets, priced £12.50 include a light snack and further information is available at the bar. Bingo continues on Monday, Thursday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. The club is available for hire to accommodate birthday parties, weddings etc. and further information is available by calling the club after 6 p.m. on (01324) 552685.

Barbershop Singing

Sweet Harmony Barbershop Chorus meets for practice every Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. in Larbert East Church Hall (Kirk Wynd) when new members will be made most welcome. If you’d like to give it a go, ‘phone conductor, Ian, on (01324) 832188. Or, if you would like the chorus to come and entertain your group or organisation, please contact secretary, Bill, on (01324) 712362. The chorus can also be contacted via their e.mail address, info@sweet-harmony.org.uk and further information is contained within their website, www.sweet-harmony.org.uk.

Buddhism Meeting

Practitioners of Nichiren Bhuddism meet once a month in the Rotary Hall, Larbert – next to the Dobbie Hall – and anyone with an interest is welcome to attend. Further information is available on website www.sgi-uk.org.

Larbert Bowling

A Hogmanay dance will go ahead from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. The guest act is fabulous keyboard player Tony Andrews. Entry is £6 and those wishing to attend should leave their names at the bar. The club would be happy to accommodate new members and information is available at the bar. Cash bingo goes ahead every Monday at 7.30 p.m. in the club’s Pretoria Road premises.

Walking Football

Stenhousemuir FC Community Development Director, Jamie Kirk, would be delighted to hear from anyone over 50 wishing to enjoy a new initiative at the club. Walking Football goes ahead at Ochilview every Monday morning at 10 a.m. and given running with the ball is out of bounds it is ideal for those who feel they would benefit from a gentler form of the game as well as enjoying the social aspect. Tryst Dental Practice sponsors the local sessions where a cuppa can also be partaken. Jamie reckons describing the game does not do it justice and it is better to come along and witness it in practice. The game is already massive in England and Jamie is in the process of fixing up dates for matches against two Premiership clubs South of the border. Motherwell piloted the event a couple of years ago and a match against them is also in the pipeline. Why not pop in a give it a try or call the club on (01324) 562992.

Stenhouse & Carron

The End of the Year service is at 11.15 a.m. and will be led by Rev. Bill Thomson. All are welcome.

Larbert Old

A warm invitation to an all-age Service, led by Rev. John Brown, in Larbert Old Church at 11 a.m. on Sunday, December 28. Tea and coffee will be available in the hall after the service. On Christmas Eve,

open invitations are offered by the congregation of Larbert West Church to a Family Service at 6.30 p.m. (bring a torch) and by the congregation of Larbert Old Church to a Watchnight Service at 11 p.m. There will be Christmas Day Service in Larbert West at 10.30 a.m. and an All-age Service in Larbert Old at 11 a.m. Further information, email: minister@larbertoldchurch.org.uk.

Larbert West

The service on Sunday at 10.30 a.m. will be conducted by Rev. Dr Campbell Campbell-Jack. Creche and Sunday Club facilities for all children. Fellowship and refreshments in the hall after the service. All welcome. On Wednesday at 1 p.m. The Prayer Group meet in the lesser hall. On Saturday, January 3 at 7.30 p.m. Laura Sergeant and friends will be performing a concert featuring works by Schubert and Boccherini. Entry by donation.

Grace Church

The Service this coming Sunday in Carrongrange School is at 10.30 a.m. There is no evening service this week. The Prayer Meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 30 at 7.45 p.m. in the Dawson Mission. All are warmly invited to these services. Also anyone who can provide a meal for the families of one of our expectant mums, please speak to Naomi Mizon.

School Enrolement

Ladeside Primary School enrolment, Children who are five years old on or before August 19, 2015 require to commence primary education at the start of the school session in August 2015. Those who are 5 between August 20 and February 29 2016 may commence primary education in August, 2015. Ladeside will be enrolling new Primary 1 pupils week beginning January 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please bring child’s birth certificate and proof of residence (e.g. telephone bill/child benefit book) with you. Please contact the school on (01324) 503460 for any further information required.

Lodge Carron

RWM Stuart Stirling started the new term with an entered apprentice degree on Wednesday, December 17. The new office bearers aquitted themselves very well with some excellent ritual work. The Lodge was pleased to admit a deputation from Lodge Polmont 793 headed by their RWM Alan Simpson. The Christmas draw took place on Monday and was a great success. RWM. Stuart Stirling wishes that all brethren have a very merry Christmas and good health in the new year. The next meeting is Wednesday, January 14 at 7.30 p.m. This will be a fellow craft degree.

Braveheart Walks

Lively walks in Larbert are full of friendly faces, who enjoy the scenery on serveral different routes around this area. Every Tuesday, 10.30 a.m. we leave from FVRH, where there is a choice of an hour walk, or a slower walk (average 30 minutes) both finishing in the cafe afterwords. Also a Friday 10.30 a.m. walk, leaving from Stenhousemuir shopping centre, again you can join a slower 30 minute (average) walk or brisker 1hr walk, where you can meet everyone in the cafe after your walk. Our Larbert Walks remain on over Christmas and New Year for anyone who still wishes to walk! For more information call (01324) 673703.