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Probus Club

Larbert & Stenhousemuir Probus Club starts again for the winter session in Larbert Bowling Club at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, September 30. As well as existing members, new members will be welcomed to enjoy a couple of hours fellowship and hear speakers on topical subjects as well as occasional entertainment and outings. Largely membership is from retired BUSiness & PROfessional (PROBUS) people who meet every fortnight. Why not come along on Tuesday? The first speaker will be Iain Robertson who will be addressing the subject of ‘Renewable Energy’ which, locally, will no doubt illicit questions about activities around the Dunmore Moss area and currently the wind turbines in course of construction near Todhill Farm.

Larbert Old

You are warmly invited to Larbert Old Church at 11 a.m. on Sunday, September 28. Communion will be celebrated, led by Rev. John Brown. Children’s activities and crèche will be provided in the hall, where tea and coffee will be available after the Service. On Tuesday, September 30 at 7.30 p.m. the ladies club will host a concert by Sweet Harmony Barbershop Chorus, admission £2, all proceeds to the new Maggie’s Centre at Forth Valley Royal. On Sunday, October 5 the service will include Harvest Thanksgiving and Dedication of 2nd Larbert Boys’ Brigade. Further information, email

Stenhouse & Carron

The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated during the service on Sunday at 11.15 a.m. The worship will be conducted by Rev. Bill Thomson. The Young Church (Sunday School) meet during the service and new members are always welcome. The popular Wednesday Welcome awaits you in the hall on Wednesday mornings 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.

Larbert West

The Saturday group meets this week at Torwood Garden Centre at noon. All who are looking for a blether and a bit of company are welcome to come along. 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. Refreshments and fellowship in the hall after the service. Conversations with Campbell at 11.45 a.m. in the church when there is the opportunity to discuss the sermon and raise any questions with Campbell. All welcome. On Wednesday the Prayer Group meet at 1 p.m. in the lesser hall.

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 Saturdays 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.

Badminton Club

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

Toddler Group

The above group 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 Thursdays 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 and conditioning classes go ahead very Tuesday and Thursday in Larbert West Church from 6.25-7.30 p.m. Those wishing to become toned fitter will be made welcome. Further information from Sheila on (01324) 634192, or 07859933877.

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. The chorus can also be contacted via their email address, and further information is contained within their website,

Buddhism 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

Larbert Bowling

The club would be happy to accommodate new members and information is available at the bar. Meanwhile, cash bingo goes ahead every Monday at 7.30 p.m. in the club’s Pretoria Road premises.

Bowling Cabaret

Stenhousemuir Bowling Club continues monthly cabaret this Saturday night when popular vocalist/comedian Steve Desmond makes a return trip to the Church Street premises. Steve follows the bingo around 9 p.m. and David Taylor fills in the blank spaces with his appropriate disco music. Entry is £3 and bookings can be made at the bar.

Salvation Army

Meetings are as follows: Cornerstone Full Gospel Church has its worship meeting from 10.30 a.m. to noon with Salvation Army Sunday Worship from 2.30-3.30 p.m. Major John McCaffrey will be taking the worship. Monday Home League is from 1.55-3 p.m. with Major Mary McDonald leading. Headway Falkirk’s Memory Group is every Tuesday morning from 10-11 a.m. Anyone seeking help, please call chairman Stuart Shaw on 07400 449433. The Wednesday Craft Group is from 1.30-3.30 p.m. Wednesday Joint Prayer Meeting is from 7-8 p.m. Every Friday from 10 a.m. to noon is the Coffee Morning. Cornerstone Full Gospel Church hold a Men’s Breakfast every second Saturday of the month. Women’s Breakfast is every third Saturday of the month. These are both from 9.30 a.m. to 12.20 p.m. Saturday, October 19 will be the next woman’s breakfast and Jean Black is the speaker.

Grace Church

Everyone is warmly welcome to the services this coming Sunday in Carrongrange School at 10.30 a.m. and at 6 p.m. Please note that the evening service will be in Larbert Baptist Church and will be a dedication service for 5th Larbert BB Company. Grace Kids, for children of primary school age, meet during the morning service. Generate, for secondary school kids, meets in the Dawson Mission on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Prayer Meeting will be held in the Dawson Mission on Thursday at 7.45 p.m.

Old Playgroup

Larbert Old Playgroup has vacancies for new members. The playgroup is for children from two years and upwards and runs on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9.30-11.25 a.m. in Larbert Old Parish Church (Larbert Cross). Please contact Kirstie on 07904 185367 for more details or email to arrange a visit. Younger siblings also welcome.

Larbert East

On Sunday, the morning service is at 10.30 a.m. led by Rev. Melville Crosthwaite when we will welcome members of 3rd Larbert BB for their Annual Enrolment Service. The Young Church meet in the halls before the service and crèche is held 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. On Tuesday, the Women’s Group meet in the large hall at 7.30 p.m. when the guest speaker will be from ‘Buskit’. A sale of children’s clothes is held in the upper room on a Thursday morning from 9.15-10.45 a.m. Please enter through the church hall back door. Weekday worship is held in the church at 11.15 a.m. also on Thursday. Please come along to this short service. All welcome.

Toddler Group

Looking for a fun, social activity to fill up your week with your wee ones? Come along to Larbert West Toddlers & 2s Group. The group is for 0-5 years and has a dedicated baby corner. It runs on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9.30-11.15 a.m. during term time, at Larbert West Church. Wee ones will have some playmates and you can have a chat and a cup of tea or coffee. Call playleader Clare on 07870 567116 to reserve your place now.

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 one hour walk, where you can meet everyone in the cafe after your walk. For more information call (01324) 673703.

Country Dancing

Get your body and mind in shape! The local RSCDS class meets in the Age Concern Hall, Larbert from 7.30 to 9 p.m. on a Monday night. Beginners please refer to our classes in the Laurieston section. For further details ring Alison on (01324)631363. More information about us can be found on the website

Carron Rotary

Vale of Carron Rotary Club President Jill Dewar welcomed members and guest Martin Nichol, Immediate Past President of the Rotary Club of Larbert, to the Plough Hotel, Stenhousemuir. Following a lively meal Martin introduced us to an extraordinary character, Eddie Chapman 1914 - 1997, an English criminal and wartime spy who offered his services to Nazi Germany as a traitor and spy, subsequently becoming a double agent. His British Secret Service handlers code named him ZigZag due to his erratic personal history. After a dishonourable discharge from the Coldstream Guards Chapman had turned to a life of petty crime to fund gambling debts and a taste for fine alcohol. A spell in prison taught him safe breaking and the use of gelignite, leading him towards serious crime. Incarceration in the occupied Channel Islands and France ended with training as a German spy. Martin developed the tale of Eddie Chapman as he committed acts of sabotage against the British, began to work for MI5 and went back to train German spies. It was then the title of Martin’s talk, ‘Hero or Villain?’ began to make sense. Rotarian David Paton PHF thanked Martin on behalf of the club for his rousing and astonishing true story. If you are interested in joining Rotary or learning more about us contact Joe on 07849 197330 or visit our club website. Please also follow us on Twitter @ValeofCarron and on Facebook.

Tryst Church

Tryst Community Church will meet in Tryst Community Centre, Park Drive, Stenhousemuir on Sunday,September 28 at 10 a.m. for Worship and Bible Teaching. The teaching will consider The Message of Haggia and will be led by Peter Henderson. This service will be followed by tea/coffee. We will also meet in the Centre on Tuesday, September 30 at 8.15 p.m. for Prayer Time. You will be made very welcome at any of these services. For more information or to talk about the Christian faith, please call 07768 048446.

Youth Club

Tryst Youth Clubs have started, come along and join in. Days times and ages are: Mondays, P1-P4 from 6-7.30 p.m. S1 & above from 8-9.30 p.m. Tuesdays, P5-S1 from 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays, S1 and above from 6.30-8.30 p.m.

Community Council

Larbert, Stenhousemuir & Torwood Community Council Annual General Meeting will take place on Monday, September 29 at 7.15 p.m. in the Halls of Larbert Old Church. All are welcome to attend & contribute. If you can’t attend, but have a matter you wish to raise, please e-mail us at or call us on (01324) 875492. You can also contact us via our webpage (, Facebook (/LSTCommunityCouncil) or Twitter (@LST_CC).

West Playgroup

Looking for a fun, social activity to fill up your week with your wee ones? Come along to Larbert West Toddlers & Twos Group. The group is for 0-5 years and has a dedicated baby corner. It runs on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9.30-11.15 a.m. during term time, at Larbert West Church. Wee ones will have some playmates and you can have a chat and a cup of tea or coffee. Call playleader Clare on 07870 567 116 to reserve your place now.

Churches Together

The above group looks forward to seeing regulars and welcoming new faces at the next coffee morning to be held on Saturday, October 4, in the Plough Hotel at 10 a.m. Margaret Tooth will give an account of the Christian charity, Blythswood, and there will be an opportunity to purchase items from the charity’s stall. Coffee, tea, and scones will be on offer and after expenses all proceeds will benefit the featured Blythswood. Entry is £3, payable at the door, and all are welcome.