Maddiston news from Thursday, June 12

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Community Centre

Events at Maddiston Community Centre for the following are as follows - Today (Thursday): Giggles Toddlers Group, 1-3 p.m.; Ju-Jitsu, 7-9 p.m.; Friday: Community Café, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (come along have a cuppa and something to eat, meet other members of the community); Credit Union, 10 a.m. - noon; Monday: Citizens Advice Bureau, (second and fourth Monday every month), 9.30 a.m.-12.30 p.m.; Tuesday: Giggles (toddlers group), 9.30 - 11.30 a.m., Ju-Jitsu, 7 – 9 p.m.; Wednesday: Fast Track IT class is being held 9.30 a.m.-noon (call 501696 for information). We also have an IT suite for public use for internet access, e-mail 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.

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.

Salvation Army

A warm welcome awaits you at Maddiston Salvation Army. Morning Worship is every Sunday at 10.30 a.m. in the Salvation Army Centre, Main Street, Maddiston. The weekly programme is as follows: Tuesday - Lunch Club, 12.30 p.m.; Ladies’ Meeting, 2 p.m.; Kids Club (5 - 12 year olds), 5.30 p.m. Thursday - Parent & Toddlers, 9.30 a.m.; Bible Study, 6 p.m. Friday - Parent & Toddlers, 9.30 a.m. All welcome. For further information contact (01324) 711973. The organisation is looking to develop our programme and is always looking for volunteers.

Golf Club

Polmont Golf Club continues cabaret/dance evenings when Splendid Gentlemen perform at the club on Saturday, June 28, between 8.30 p.m. and midnight. Tickets, priced £3, can be booked with Tam Forsyth and Zander, or enquire at the bar. Meanwhile, a domino competition goes ahead every Sunday in the Manuelrigg premises at 4.p.m. All are welcome and winners can look forward to the first prize of a Coo Pie.

Community Council

At the recent Maddiston Community Council meeting concern was expressed about a number of issues including the ever-increasing numbers on the primary school roll, the continuing plans to build further houses in the district, the declining local bus services, the lack of activities in the village for teenagers and speeding motor vehicles. The application to build a further 34 houses close to Parkhall Farm has been objected to by the Community Council on the grounds that the council cannot continue to approve housebuilding in the district without providing the necessary infrastructure in the village. Meanwhile, the Community Council has written to Greenbelt and Barratts the builders to seek action on resolving the trench problem beside Glendevon Drive. Jessica Paterson from Falkirk Council provided a timely and informative update on the progress being made on improving our green spaces including plans to extend the path network and the intention to improve the drainage of the football pitch in the welfare park, the work being timed for the end of the 2014/5 season. Further, we are keen to work with the Falkirk Trust and the council in seeking further funds to improve the changing rooms. To identify specifically the issues of our teenagers a forum will be organised shortly for them to voice their views. Finally, we are anxious to have as many of our villagers attending the unveiling of the war memorial on Saturday, June 21 with the service being held at 11 a.m. on the corner of Vellore Road and Main Street opposite the Salvation Army. All are welcome.

Evangelical Church

There will be a Youth Alpa Course on Friday, from 7.30-8.30 p.m. in the church annexe. All S1-6 youth welcome. The family service on Sunday at 11.30 a.m. will be taken by Eric Scott jnr., from Edinburgh. The soloist will be Lesley Scott also from Edinburgh. At the family service we will celebrate Father’s Day and join with the children as they receive their prizes for the last year. The Evening serivce at 6.30 p.m will be taken by David Campbell from Brightons. His subject will be entitled “A faith that doesn’t show favouritism”, James 2:1-13. The parent and toddler group meet on Monday at 9.30 a.m. The prayer meeting is on Wednesday at 7.30 p.m.