Maddiston news from Thursday, June 5

Send us your Maddiston news and pictures by noon on Tuesday.

Evangelical Church

There wil lbe a youth Alpha Course on Friday from 7.30 till 8.30 p.m. in the Church annexe. All S1-6 youth welcome. The Family Service is on Sunday at 11.30 a.m. and will be taken by Gary Blair from Motherwell. Children can go out of the service into their own groups at noon. The evening service is at 6.30 p.m. and will be taken by Jamie McKelvie from Glasgow. His subject will be entitled “A Faith that fixes what’s in the mirror”, James 1: 19-27. The parent and toddler group meets on Monday at 9.30 a.m. The Prayer Meeting is on Wednesday at 7.30 p.m.

Credit Union

Savings are safe with Falkirk District Credit Union and low cost loans are available once regular savings 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.-12 p.m.

Community Centre

Events at Maddiston Community Centre are: Today (Thursday), Giggles Toddlers Group, 1-3 p.m.; Local History Group (last Thursday every month), 1-3 p.m., Ju-Jitsu, 7-9 p.m.; Cllr Rosie Murray surgery, 6-6.45 p.m. (first Friday every month). 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 – 11.30 a.m. (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.

Community Council

Maddiston Community Council held a consultation exercise on Saturday in the community centre answering queries about the possible siting of the community growing area and any other issues residents wished to raise. The opinion was that it was a useful event where issues could be aired. An application for additional housing beside Vellore Road has been objected to by the community council given the absence of any investment in the village for services to the community, and in this particular instance the development is outside the recently drafted local plan. Preparations for the service of consecration of the new war memorial on Saturday, June 21 at 11 a.m. are well advanced. June’s community council meeting will be held this evening (Thursday) in the community centre at 7 p.m. - all are welcome. Tonight we will have Jessica Paterson from Falkirk Council attending who is supporting our upgrade on the villages open spaces.

Helix Walks

See Laurieston.