Out of Town news from Thursday, November 6

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Family History

The next meeting of Central Scotland Family History Society will be held on Wednesday at 7.30 p.m. at the Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Stirling. There will be a talk on using newspapers to research your family history by Ken Nisbet. Tea and biscuits will be available after the talk providing an opportunity for people to meet others who share an enthusiasm for family history. Non-members are very welcome at the meetings although there is a small charge of £2.

Fine Arts

The November lecture from Stirling Decorative and Fine Arts Society (SDFAS) is The Restoration of Barholm Castle. The lecture on Thursday, November 13 is presented by Janet Brennan who bought the ruined 16th century castle in 1999. As well as restoring Barholm, she has researched many castle restorations and wrote her doctoral thesis on this subject. She is a member of the Council of the Scottish Castles Association. The society hosts a series of monthly lectures at the Albert Hall in Stirling from September to June as well as visits, study days and tours. For enquiries, call Gordon Clark on 01786 461873. For more information about the society visit our website at http://stirlingdfas.org.uk.

National Trust

The Stirling Members’ Centre NTS is presenting an illustrated talk on Stirling Bridge by Craig Mair in the Mayfield Centre at 2.30 p.m. Cost is £5 pp (SMC members) and £6 pp (Non SMC Members). For more information, visit www.spanglefish.com/ntsstirling or contact Neil Pollock on 01786 841778.

Scottish Opera

Forth Valley Friends of Scottish Opera Life in the Pits season has heard from two singer,s but this month there is a change as there will be two instrumentalists. Stirling-born Stephen Adam, who recently retired as principal cellist with the Scottish Opera Orchestra, is going to tell us about life in the orchestra pit. Also coming is Sarah Harrington, currently in the cello section, and together they will provide us with live musical interludes. Stephen, who is also a pianist and composer/arranger, will be at the keyboard. All very welcome. The event will be on Sunday at 2,30 p.m. at the Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Stirling. The cost is £5 for members, £6 for visitors and £1 for students. Tea and coffee is included.

Support Group

A support group for people bereaved by suicide meets on an informal basis on the last Monday of each month from 6 to 8.30 p.m. The group welcomes everyone who has experienced the loss through suicide of a person close. The group meets in Falkirk District Association for Mental Health (FDAMH), Victoria Road, Falkirk. For further details, contact Neil Sowerby at carers@fdamh.org.uk or on 01324 671000.