vDenny & Dunipace news from Thursday, November 13

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Worship on Sunday is at 11 a.m. and will be led by Sandra Mathers. The Sunday Club meets at the same time and there will be crèche facilities. The Lunch Box is open on Monday from 11 a.m.-1.30 p.m. for soup, sandwiches, tea, coffee and home baking. All welcome. The Girls’ Brigade meets on Monday at 6.30 p.m. in the hall, and is open to all girls of school age. The girls are once again supporting the Blythswood Shoe Box appeal, and if you would like to contribute items please see any of the Officers or the girls. Leaflets with further information are available in the church. All shoeboxes need to be with either Beth Young, Marion Reid or Mairi Macfarlane by Monday, November 17 so they can be given to the Blythswood team. The Girls’ Brigade is organising a trip to the Forefront Youth Theatre panto in January to see ‘Sleeping Beauty’, and anyone wishing to go can obtain a form in the church which should be completed and given to Beth Young with the money by November 23. The Guild Christmas shoppers’ lunch takes place on Saturday, December 6 from 11.30 a.m.-1.30 p.m. Tickets priced £2.50 and £1 for children are now available from Guild members. The senior citizens’ dinner will be held on Saturday, December 13 and elders are currently issuing forms in their districts. These should be returned by Sunday, November 23 at the latest and if you are eligible and do not receive a form these are available in church or let your elder or Janet Rhodes know. Elders please note there are still some magazines to be uplifted and delivered. FW Offering Envelopes are now ready for collection also. All intimations for Sunday service should be with Janet Rhodes by Thursday night at the latest.

Blythswood Appeal

The social committee of Westpark Church will have the church open for any deliveries of shoe boxes on Friday, November 21 and Saturday, November 22 from 9 a.m. onwards.

Westpark Church

The service on Sunday will take place at 10.30 a.m. and will be led by the Rev. Phyllis Wilson. Kidzone take part at the start of the service then move to the halls to enjoy their own activities. Creche facilities are also available. The Wednesday Welcome is open from 10 a.m. for fellowship over tea or coffee followed by a short service from 11.15-11.45 a.m. Open Door is open today (Thursday) from 10.30 a.m.-1 p.m. for tea, coffee and lunch. There is a choice of two soups, main course, sandwiches, sweet or fruit loaf at reasonable prices. All welcome.

Baptist Church

The Point Youth Clubs meets tomorrow (Friday) at 6 p.m. for the junior group and at 7.30 p.m. for senior pupils. The services on Sunday at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. will be led by the Rev. Norman Graham. Visitors are always welcome. Children and young people meet during the morning service. Rainbow Hour for the over-60s meets on Tuesday at 2 p.m. for the fortnightly informal meeting and afternoon tea. The church business meeting is on Wednesday at 7.30 p.m. when votes will be taken for the Deacons Court.

Citizens Advice

The bureau is located above Clydesdale Bank at 24 Duke Street and is open today (Thursday), Friday, Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. A legal clinic is held every four weeks on Wednesdays by appointment only (4-5 p.m.). An outreach clinic is held at the Community Education Wing at Bankier Primary School today (Thursday) from 10 a.m.-noon. Telephone service (Citizens Advice Direct) available Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on (01324) 823118.

Masonic News

An emergency meeting of Lodge St. Andrew (Denny & Loanhead) No. 176 will be held tomorrow (Friday) and will include the third degree. The ceremony will feature Masons from throughout the Province of Stirlingshire who took part in the recent sponsored cycle around all the Lodges to raise funds for Prostate Cancer. The regular meeting was moved one night to accommodate members from other lodges. The recent divine service was well attended and Rev. John Jenkinson gave an excellent and thought provoking sermon. Tickets for the country and western night featuring Buzzard Creek on November 22 are going fast. They can be reserved at the bar on Monday, Friday and Saturday evenings and with Helen via social media. It is with much regret that the lodge reports the death of Past Master John Hunter, who was also caretaker of the Kirkslap premises.

Probus Club

The president welcomed 15 members and the guest speaker Clair Chapman to the meeting. After club business was dealt with, Clair Chapman of Water Aid introduced her subject by explaining that the water aid programme was sponsored by Scottish Water in alliance with all the major water authorities in the U.K. Water Aid is an international, non-governmental organisation whose vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation. Roughly one in eight of the world population do not have access to safe water. Clair had personal experience of the work being done in Uganda by Water Aid which encouraged the local population to improve their own living conditions. Sanitation and clean drinking water are the basic aims of the organisation. To facilitate this aim Water Aid require that proper ‘deep drop’ toilets are dug before help is given to provide wells. In the area around Lake Victoria the ‘water table’ is high, which makes it fairly easy to dig a well but the source is often contaminated by domestic and wild animals, so after wells are dug it is imperative if they are to provide clean water that they are ‘capped ‘with concrete to prevent this contamination taking place. In the wet season flood water can be a serious problem but this is to some extent being reduced by constructing channels to direct the flood water away from the houses. At the end of her presentation Claire answered several questions from interested members. A short vote of thanks was given by club secretary Hugh Johnston and President Alan handed Clair a donation to assist with this worthwhile initiative. The next meeting is November 24 in The Royal Oak Hotel, Denny, when the topic will be beekeeping. Visitors welcome.

Wine Club

Denny Wine Club meets tomorrow evening (Friday) at the Broompark Centre, and subsequently on the second Friday of each month. Come along to find out more about this fascinating and rewarding hobby. New members are always welcome.

Buggy Group

The Denny and DuniPacers buggy group leaves from the Home-Start offices tomorrow (Friday) at 10.30 a.m. All welcome. For more information contact the Home-start office on (01324) 829444 or email stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

YMCA AGM

Denny and Dunipace YMCA will be holding its 153rd annual general meeting in the YMCA hall. This event will take place on Thursday, November 27 from 7 p.m. onwards. All local community organisations and members of the public are welcome to attend.

Beetle Drive

Takes place in Denny Old parish church halls on Monday at 6.30 p.m. Tickets cost £1, includes refreshments. First prize wins a box of goodies. All welcome.

Christmas Market

The WASP Christmas market takes place on Saturday, November 22 at Denny Old church halls from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission is £1 for adults and 50p for children. There will be lots of stalls and ideas for Christmas. Call (01324) 822895 for more information.

Line Dancing

Next class takes place tomorrow (Friday) from 1-2 p.m. at the Broompark Centre, Davies Row. Beginners and improvers welcome.