Maddiston news from Thursday, December 4

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Credit Union

Savings are safe with Falkirk District Credit Union and low cost loans are available once regular savings have been established. Anyone who lives or works in the area within the boundary of Falkirk Council can join, junior savers welcome. For details on how to join please phone the main office in Grangemouth on 01324 473695, visit our website www.falkirkcreditunion.co.uk or pop into your local branch at Maddiston Community Education Centre, which is open every Friday from 10 a.m. until noon. If you are interested in volunteering at all please call or ask at collection. The AGM is on Thursday, January 29 at 6.45 p.m. within Youth and Community Wing, Abbots Road, Grangemouth.

Community Council

Tonight’s (Thursday) meeting will be attended by a representative from Network Rail to discuss the closure of the Polmont bridge and also a representative from Orbit Communications to discuss the proposed development at Parkhall Farm. All welcome.

Community Centre

Events and activities on at Maddiston Community Centre for today and the next week include - Today (Thursday) the Citizens Advice will hold a drop in 10 a.m.-noon; the Giggles Toddles meet 12.30–2.30 p.m.; the Kempo Ju-Jitsu club is on 7–9 p.m. Friday: the Credit Union will be open from 10 a.m.-noon and the Community Café is also open 8.45 a.m.–1.30 p.m. Maddiston Community Centre Christmas Fayre will be held on Saturday (December 6) from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and a ceilidh will be held from 7-11 p.m. Monday: the Personal Development Class is on 9.30– 11.30 a.m. (call 01324 720960 for information); the Maddiston & Rumford Local History Group will meet 1-3 p.m. Tuesday: the Giggles Group will meet 9.30–11.30 a.m. Wednesday: the Child-minding Group meets 9.30–11.30 a.m. and a Fast Track IT class is being held 9.30–11.30 a.m. (call 501696 for information). There is also have an IT suite for public use for internet access, email access, filling in online forms, job searches homework and printing/copying. For any further information and opening times please call the centre on (01324) 720960.

Fayre & Ceilidh

Maddiston Community Centre will be holding a Christmas Fayre on Saturday (December 6) between 10 a.m.–4 p.m. There will be various stalls, face painting, sweet trees, home baking, arts & crafts for the children to take part in, Santa’s Grotto (tickets available at the community centre £1.50), pampered chef, trend bags, tattoo stencilling, tuck shop, balloon modelling, Starshine Cheerleading display, kids karaoke, nail art and much more. In the evening a ceilidh will be held at the community centre for the Maddiston and Rumford Local History Group from 7-11 p.m. Tickets available at the centre or pay on entry. For any further information please call the centre on (01324) 720960.

Camera Club

Anyone with an interest in taking photographs, or photography generally, is invited to attend the above club when it meets every Wednesday in The Braes Children and Family Centre in Forgie Crescent from 7 - 8.30 p.m. The group, which has changed name to Braes Camera Club, has operated for some time at the site and the organisers would be happy to welcome new members.

History Group

Maddiston & Rumford Local History Group will be holding a family ceilidh in Maddiston Community Centre on Saturday from 7-11 p.m., tickets are on sale at the community centre or by calling Mary on (01324) 716009 or David on (01324) 715634, tickets cost £5 for adults and £10 for a family. We will have a caller to assist you with the dances, so if you don’t know how to do a dance she will talk you through it. The band comes courtesy of the Blackford Fiddle Group with some songs from David Leask and Miss Rebbeca Close. A good family night out is expected but only if you come along to help make it that. Soup and stovies (not served from a Coronation Tray - Corries enthusiasts please note) will be served at half time along with tea coffee etc. The History Group will be represented at the family day at the Community Centre on Saturday so come along and give your support to the local community centre and find out what’s going on there. One thing that is going on there is the Local History Group which is meeting on Monday from 1-3 p.m. We are just about ready to set in place the publishing of a first of a series of books on the parish of Muiravonside. The first will be a book about those who died during the First World War, the second on Agriculture, the third on education. The group always welcomes new members whether long-term residents of the area or those who’d like to know a bit more about the area they’ve moved into.

Golf Club

A domino competition continues every Sunday afternoon at the Manuelrigg Premises when a Coo Pie can be won.

Muiravonside Church

Last Sunday morning service was conducted by the Minister and Mrs Amanda McQuarrie. During the Intimations a warm welcome was given to Mrs Jacqueline Dignan who was our Organist for the service. This Sunday, the service in Muiravonside Parish Church will commence at the usual time of 11.30 a.m. and will be conducted by Rev. Louise McClements. The Sunday Club meets at the same time. Note: The Christmas Fayre takes place on Saturday in Whitecross school from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tea tickets priced £1.50 and can be obtained from Mrs Mary Usher, or you can pay at the door that morning. The ‘Santa Drive’ takes place on Thursday, December 11 starting at 7 p.m. in Maddiston Community Centre. Tickets are £2 for adults and £1.50 for children. Tea/coffee, shortbread, and mince pies at the interval. This Sunday will be Amanda’s last Service with us so come along to wish her farewell. Tea/Coffee will be served after the service so that we can enjoy a time of fellowship with her. Amanda’s ‘Ordination’ takes place on Thursday, December 4 in Camelon Parish Church at 7 p.m.

Thank You

Maddiston PSA would like to say a big thank you to everyone who came along and supported the Christmas Fayre last Sunday, it was a great success. The next fundraising event is Santa’s Sleigh on Sunday between 2 and 8 p.m when volunteers will take to the streets of Maddiston and Rumford with Santa and his sleigh collecting for Strathcarron Hospice and Maddiston Primary School. See you then.

Evangelical Church

The Friday Youth Club is in the Maddiston Community Centre from 7.30-9 p.m. All S1-6 youth welcome. Sunday services start at 10 a.m. with Communion. The family service is at 11.30 a.m. and the guest speaker will be Dennis Barnes from Polmont. The singers will be Linda/Eleanor from Maddiston. Children and young teens can go out of the service and into their own groups at noon - Discovery Club Extra, Creche orYouth Bible Group. The evening service is at 6.30 p.m., when there will be Bible Teaching from Andrew Bathgate from Edinburgh. As we think about events leading up to the Incarnation, the ministry will be from Luke, chapter one “Mary’s Song”. The parent and toddler group meets on Monday at 9.30 a.m. and the Discover Club for P2-7 at 6.30 p.m. The Men’s Fellowship meet on Tuesday, December 9, at 2.15 p.m. for their Christmas Tea. The guest speaker will be Michael Guile from Linlithgow. The church prayer meeting is on Wednesday, at 7.30 p.m.