Larbert & Stenhousemuir news from Thursday, May 1

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Larbert Old

There’s an open invitation to Larbert Old Church of Scotland at 11 a.m. on Sunday led by Rev. John Brown. Crèche and children’s activities will be provided. Please join in the hall afterwards for tea and coffee. The prayer meeting is at 6.30 p.m. in the Rennie Lounge. Further information, email minister@larbertoldchurch.org.uk.

Metafit Class

A Metafit Falkirk class is on every Monday at The Dobbie Hall in Larbert at8 p.m. and every Saturday at Stenhousemuir Sports Centre at 10.15 a.m. For more information call 07739 718361.

Carron Rotary

President Jean Geddes of the Rotary Club of Vale of Carron welcomed members and guest Rhona Burns to the Plough Hotel. President Elect Jill Dewar introduced Rhona Burns, who has a reputation as a successful fundraiser and generously shared some suggestions. Planning continues for the prize bingo evening in the Railway Club in Grangemouth on May 22. The rain held off for the Charities Day and a large variety of organisations entertained and gave information on their causes throughout a busy day. The Vale of Carron Rotarians demonstrated a Shelter Box and its contents, including a tent, stove, tools -in fact everything a family would need to rebuild lives after a major disaster. Copies of the CD Carron Aid, a collection of Burns’ music performed by members and friends a few years ago, raised a considerable amount in donations from generous folk. Children were entertained by a host of activities including a climbing wall and chute. If you are interested in joining Rotary or learning more about us contact Don on (01324) 553039 or visit our club website by typing Rotary Vale of Carron in a search engine. Please also follow us on Twitter @ValeofCarron.

Easter Fayre

The Friends of Forth Valley Royal Hospital held their traditional Easter Fayre over three days at the hospital and the Friends would like to extend thanks and appreciation to all who supported it. The home-baking and tombola were both very popular and there was a great response to the Scottish Place Names Quiz. The winners of the raffles were: Whisky and chocolate gift box - Gordon Ellis, large chocolate bunny - Lynn McDonald, And the winners of the quiz were: 1st - Adrienne Smith, Dunblane; 2nd - Malcolm Barnaby, Falkirk; 3rd - Ron & Jean Kirkpatrick, Dunblane.

Stenhouse & Carron

The service on Sunday is at 11.15 a.m. and will be led by Rev. Bill Thomson. The Young Church (Sunday School) meets during the service and new members are always welcome. Light refreshments will be available in the hall after the service. The popular Wednesday Welcome awaits you in the hall on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. All are welcome to have a chat over a cup of tea or coffee and listen to the minister’s thought for the day.

Community Church

Tryst Community Church meets in the Tryst Community Centre on Sunday at 10 a.m. for a Communion Service led by Brian Liddle. We will also meet in the Centre for Prayer Time on Tuesday at 8.15 p.m. All welcome at these services. Thanks to all contributors to the Charities Day on April 26 when we launched our ‘More that Gold’ Summer programme. Watch out for information on further ‘More Than Gold 2014’ events over the summer. To contact us about these events or to ask about the Christian message, call 07768 048446.

Larbert West

The Saturday Group meet on May 3 at noon in the Junction Cafe, Larbert. Need a bit company or just want out of the house for a while? Come along for coffee and a blether in a social setting. Everybody welcome. The service on Sunday at 10.30 a.m. will be conducted by Rev. Dr Campbell-Jack, who continues to provide pastoral care services (01324) 832011. Creche and Sunday Club facilities for all children. Refreshments and socialising in the hall after the service. All welcome. On Wednesday at 1 p.m. the Prayer Group meet in the lesser hall. Our joint annual coffee morning with St Bernadette’s for Christian Aid is on Saturday, May 10 in the church hall from 10 a.m. until noon, tickets £2.50. All offers of baking etc, or to assist on the day, please contact Mae on (01324) 562039.

Larbert Rotary

The Rotary Club of Larbert is holding its 16th Annual Quad - Am Golf Team Competition on Tuesday, May 13 at Falkirk Golf Club. The competition will consist of the two best net scores per team counting at each hole. There will also be a yellow ball competition where each member of the team plays the yellow ball in rotation. Full details of the event can be found on the club website www.rotary-ribi.org. Entries are invited from teams of four who, for £140, will enjoy a round of golf and a two course meal. Companies also have the opportunity to advertise their business by display boards at each tee and green.

Larbert East

On Sunday, the morning service at 10.30 a.m. will be led by Rev. Melville Crosthwaite and Mrs Isabelle McMillan, Reader in Training. The Young Church meet in the halls before the service and crèche is held in the Session Room. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be served in the hall after the service and the Traidcraft Stall will also be there. On Tuesday, the Prayer Group meets in the Session Room at 6.30 p.m. The Kirk Session meet in the Small Hall at the earlier time of 7 p.m. on Wednesday. A sale of children’s clothes is held in the Upper Room on a Thursday morning from 9.15-10.45 a.m. Enter through church hall back door. Weekday Worship in held in the church on a Thursday morning at 11.15 a.m. All welcome.

Salvation Army

Stenhousemuir Salvation Army Community Church welcome all. Meetings are as follows: Cornerstone Full Gospel Church Sunday morning worship from 10.30 a.m. to noon. Pastor Alex Paton will lead the service. Sunday Worship with the Salvation Army from 2.30-3.30 p.m. with a cup of tea before the meeting led by Major John McCaffrey. Monday Home League will not be on this week. Tuesday Headway Falkirk hold their Memory Group from 10-11 a.m. If you or a loved one seek help from a problem related to head injury, please call Stuart on 07400 449433. Wednesday from 1.30-3.30 p.m, a committee meeting will be held instead of the Headway Craft Group. Church Joint Prayer Group is every Wednesday from 7-8 p.m. Each Friday from 10 a.m. until noon is a coffee morning.

Lodge Carron

The Lodge hosted the Reigning Masters degree on April 25. The Grand Master Mason was in attendance along with the Provincial Grand Master and many other brethren from Stirlingshire lodges and some from outwith the Province. They witnessed a fine Entered Apprentice degree conferred on one candidate. This was followed by a very entertaining harmony with good food, good company and some talented singers. The Lodge is now in summer recess but will confer two degrees during the summer, details to follow.

Grace Church

Everyone is warmly welcome to the services this Sunday at Carrongrange School at 10.30 a.m. and 6 p.m. During the morning service Grace Kids, for those of primary school age, meet. After the morning service there will be an informal meeting to answer questions folk may have regarding future membership. Communion is celebrated at the evening service and the Prayer Meeting will be held in the Dawson Mission on Thursday at 7.45 p.m.

Zumba Classes

Zumba with Carol continues at the Dobbie Hall on Thursday 7-8 p.m. and Sundays 6-7 p.m. and at Carrongrange School on Tuesday 7-8 p.m. Note - Sunday, May 5 class will be at Carrongrange School. Zumba Gold with Carol at the Dobbie Hall 11-11.45 a.m. This class is suitable for beginners to exercise, active older participants or those seeking a slower paced lower impact zumba class Just pop along or email carlie307@hotmail.co.uk for more information.

Summer Fayre

St Bernadette’s Primary School, Edward Avenue, Stenhousemuir are holding a summer fayre on Saturday, May 31 from noon until 3 p.m. Last year’s fayre was a huge success so we decided to have another this year. There will be lots of fun for all the family. This event will be open to staff, pupils and the wider local community. Any local businesses who would be interested in taking a stall at the fayre please email stbernadettespcfundraising@gmail.com.

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 Monday evenings at the same time. For a local contact number call 0141 339 8884.

North Broomage

Slimming World consultant, Libby, invites ladies and gents and young adults aged 11-15 to join her very friendly group at the club every Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. She can be contacted on (01324) 832152. 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.

East Playgroup

Larbert East Playgroup has vacancies for new members. The playgroup is for children of two years six months and upwards and runs on Tuesday through to Friday at Larbert East Church from 9.20-11 a.m. There is also a Monday Twos club from 9.30-11 a.m. and a toddlers group goes ahead on a Wednesday from 9.30-11 a.m. Anyone interested in joining any of these groups will be welcomed at the church at the above times.

Badiminton Club

The club meets in the games hall at Larbert High School every Monday between 8.15-9 p.m.

Toddler Club

Toddlers, Tots and Twos at Larbert Pentecostal Church in Broomage Avenue continues every Thursday. The facility is for 0-3 year olds and has a dedicated baby corner. It runs on Thursday mornings between 9.30-11 a.m. The cost is £1 per child and includes snacks. A warm welcome awaits and for further information call Alison on 07983 534424.

Aerobics Class

Aerobics classes go ahead very Tuesday and Thursday in Larbert West Church at 6.15 p.m. Those wishing to become fitter will be made welcome. Further information from Sheila on (01324) 634192.

Ochilview Bar

Tonight, Thursday, the quiz goes on as usual in the lounge of the former Warriors Club at 8 p.m. Entry is £1 and winning team takes all. The Play Your Cards Right game also features on the same evening.

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.

Bhuddism Meeting

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

Larbert Bowling

Friday, May 16, sees the return to the club of popular vocalist Janie Kirk when a cabaret/dance goes ahead from 8.30 p.m. until midnight. Entry is £5 and places can be booked at the bar. Meanwhile, cash bingo goes ahead every Monday at 7.30 p.m. in the Pretoria Road premises.