Brightons news from Thursday, February 5

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Step Forth

Why not join our walking group and meet new friends? Walk leaves the Grange centre every Thursday at 10 a.m. We now have a new walk leader for this walk. If you would like more information call (01324) 504556/504568 or email

Community Council

Brightons community Council January report. The police report was given by PC Graeme Brown and PC Craig Reid. PC Brown was pleased to report there were no calls of anti-social behaviour, but police are aware of previous issues in the Quarry Park and regular patrols are taking place. There were three thefts in the area and one has been detected but enquiries remain ongoing with the others. Parking at Wallacestone Primary School continues to be a problem and PC Brown urged residents to phone 101 if there are further problems with inconsiderate parking etc. There was some discussion regarding the reporting of concerns and crimes and the officers explained that with the changes brought about since the setting up of Police Scotland all communication should be done by phoning 101 so that a report is properly filed. Calls now go to the Communication Centre in Edinburgh instead of Stirling. Ross Fenwick from Falkirk Council gave a report about the recent changes to refuse collection in Brightons. He clearly explained the need for change to decrease landfill use. The new system actually gives householders an increased bin volume while greatly reducing the deposits to landfill. He wanted to thank the residents who have made this successful change happen. It was reported that the diversions due to the closure of the bridge at Polmont Station seem to be going as well as they can and there have been few complaints at this stage. Several ongoing matters were discussed and actions planned. The next meeting will take place on Thursday, February 26 at 7 p.m. in Brightons Community Centre.

Parish Church

Last Sunday, Rev. Murdo Campbell led the worship at 11 a.m. assisted by Brent Haywood who gave the children and youth address. The monthly evening service at 6.30 p.m. last Sunday was led by the leaders and members of the Friends of Jesus Group. This Sunday, Rev. David Smith, Moderator of Falkirk Presbytery and minister at Kirk of the Holy Rood, Grangemouth, will be conducting the worship at 11 a.m. All articles for the next edition of Bright Lights should be with the editorial team (e-mail by this Sunday. Tonight (Thursday) the Congregational Prayer Time takes place in the Small Hall at 7.45 p.m. The Guild’s next evening meeting is on Monday at 7.30 pm. The speaker will be Mrs Dalyell who will give an illustrated talk on ‘The House of the Binns and the Dalyell Family’. A warm invitation is extended to all to join with us. Saturday sees the return of the Film Night at 7 p.m. The film will be ‘Heaven is for Real’. Refreshments, tea, coffee and biscuits will be served. One of our members, Fiona Macfarlane, has been allocated a charity place in this year’s London Marathon and as part of her minimum target of charity fundraising is holding a coffee morning for her allocated charity, PHABkids, on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 12.30 p.m. in the halls. Entry is by donation at the door and all are welcome. Door duty this Sunday will be by Robin Johnston, May Kennedy, Jim Stirling, Maralyn Stirling, Sandra Smillie, John Rae and Willie Tomlinson. On crèche duty will be Sandra Blair, Dorothy Harris and Shirley Jenkins.

Masonic News

Lodge Polmont 793’s next meeting will be on Wednesday at 7.30 p.m. when the business of the evening will be minutes, accounts, ‘Ballot’ and a 2nd Degree. All qualified brethren and visitors will be made most welcome. Lodge Polmont 793 Valentine’s Dance will be held on Saturday, February 14 from 7.30 p.m.

History Group

See Maddiston.

Zumba Classes

Zumba with Pauline has two classes to choose from in the area - Tuesdays at 7-8 p.m., Braes High School or Wednesdays at 8.15-9 p.m., Brightons Community Centre. No need to book, just wear suitable footwear, bring water and have some fun. For further info contact 07938 617 323 or Facebook Zumba with Pauline.

Whist Results

Results of the Brightons Whist and Dominoes this week are: Whist – 1 May McInally, 2 Rita Dawson. Dominoes - 1 Bruce Huntley, 2 Richard Warwick. New members welcome, contact (01324) 714616.