Maddiston news from Thursday, March 13

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Community Council

Maddiston Community Council held it’s regular monthly meeting. Members of the community listened to a presentation by Network Rail about the implications of the closure of the Redding rail bridge and the future closure of the Polmont rail bridge. Concern was raised as to the traffic management in the district. It was considered that congestion was inevitable during these works and little could be done to mitigate this but warning signage will be placed on appropriate roads. Progress reports were provided on the work and all the ongoing works of the community council. The proposal to form a Maddiston Community Trust company was circulated and met with an excellent response.

Community Centre

Events and activities at Maddiston Community Centre for today (Thursday) and next week include: Today (Thursday) Giggles Toddlers Group, 12.30 – 2.30 p.m.; Friday - the Credit Union will be open 10 a.m. – noon; the Community Café is also open 8.45 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.; the Senior Youth Club is on from 7.30 – 9.30 p.m. Monday - the Personal Development Class is on 9.30 – 11.30 a.m. (call 01324 720960 for information); Tuesday - the Giggles Group will meet 9.30 – 11.30 a.m.; Wednesday - the Childminding 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); the Zumba class will begin 7 – 8 p.m.; Central Equality is calling all young people aged 10+ to get involved in drama, performance and meeting new people. The project is an innovative new theatre project for young people aged 10+ that will use drama to explore and challenge sectarianism in the community on Wednesday 4.30 - 5.30 p.m., P4-P7, please call Clair on (01324) 610950. 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.

Ladies’ Night

Maddiston Old Folks Association is holding a Ladies Night tomorrow (Friday) from 7.30 p.m. - midnight. Tickets are £3 which includes a buffet and will be available on the night. Bring your own bottle.

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

The club has arranged a cabaret/disco evening for April 5, 8.30 p.m. - 1 a.m. Sharon Ross performs and tickets, priced £3, can be obtained from Tam Forsyth or Zander or at the bar. Tickets are required as there will be no entry at the door on the night. 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.

Muiravonside Church

Last Sunday’s morning service was conducted by the Rev. Louise McClements and Mrs Amanda McQuarrie. During the Intimations a warm welcome was given to Jacqueline Dignan who was our organist for the service. This Sunday, morning service will be held at the usual time of 11.30 a.m. and will be conducted by the Minister. The Sunday Club meets at the same time. Our church is now registered with the Falkirk Foodbank. If you, as members, know anyone in the parish who would benefit from food parcels, please give their names to the Minister. There are boxes in the church for your donations to both this project, and for the Falkirk Homeless Project. Anyone interested in receiving a CD of the service, please contact Mr Jackie Napier.