Brightons news from Thursday, March 5

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Community Council

Brightons Community Council Report, February 2015 – Police report: PC Graeme McDougall and PC Craig Towler reported that there were 32 calls made and 15 Crime Files raised during the previous month. These included assault and vandalism, road traffic offences and vehicle theft. Most have been detected. The officers are aware of further incidents of speeding and inconsiderate parking around Wallacestone Primary School and police presence has been increased to try to alleviate the problems. There has also been complaints regarding drivers parking cars for the whole day outside the shops across from the bank in Station Road. The officers asked for the public to be reminded that parking is only allowed for 20 minutes. Other Matters: Bin Collection changes were discussed and Councillor McLuckie explained that job cuts will go ahead but this is done through voluntary redundancy in this department. There will be further cuts made throughout Falkirk Council in the near future. He stated that the Budget Planning had caused him and others grave worries when the need for serious cuts was highlighted. Kirsty McKay, Community Liaison Manager sent a report/update regarding the work on the railway bridge. Work seems to be progressing as planned.

Whist Results

Results of the Brightons Whist and Dominoes this week are, Whist – 1 Nancy MacDonald, 2= Mary Spink, May McInally. Dominoes - 1 Cora Buchanan, 2 Bruce Huntley. New members welcome, contact (01324) 714616.

Afternoon Tea

See Reddingmuirhead.

Masonic News

On Wednesday, February 25 some 65 visitors and members attended lodge Polmont and witnessed a fine rendering of the 1st degree by the Right Worshipful Master Bro Allan Simpson and his team of office bearers. RWM Kevin McLean, Lodge St Andrews Denny and Loanhead thanked the RWM for the welcome given to all the visitors. The next meeting will be held within Lodge Polmont on Wednesday, March 11 which will be conferred by Lodge Kirknewton and Ratho No 85, headed by their RWM Bro Alan Banks making a welcome return to his mother lodge. The business of the evening will be Accounts, Correspondence, and a first degree. All brethren in good standing will be made very welcome.

Parish Church

Last Sunday, Rev. Murdo Campbell conducted the 11 a.m. service. Rachel Gilmour on behalf of the Science and Faith Team led the monthly evening service on ‘Creation’. The readings were by Darren Jalland, Willie Tomlinson, Donald Meek, Megan Kerr, Natasha Emslie, Judith Norton and Charles Lees. Craig Smith and Douglas Gilmour led the prayers of Repentance and Thanks. There were testimonies from the scientists - Charles Lees, Ewan Norton and James Falconer. This Sunday, the minister will conduct the Communion Services at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The retiring collection at both these services will be for our Missionary Partners, the Duncans in South Africa. The Deacons’ Court will meet this Sunday at 10.15 a.m. followed by the Kirk Session at 10.30 a.m. and later at 2.45 p.m. The meetings will all take place in the Small Hall. Tonight (Thursday) the Congregational Prayer Time takes place in the Small Hall at 7.45 p.m. The Guild ABM is this Monday (March 9) at 7 p.m. This is followed at 7.30 p.m. by our usual fortnightly meeting. The speaker is Christine Falconer who will tell us about the second project we are supporting which is Comfort Rhwanda. A warm invitation is given to everyone to join with us for these meetings. The World Day of Prayer service will take place tomorrow (Friday) in Blackbraes and Shieldhill Parish Church at 7 p.m. All are welcome. Congratulations and well done to the Boys’ Brigade Company Section swimming team who won the Battalion Swimming Gala for the very first time last Saturday. Door duty this Sunday will be by Karen Fulton, Irene Cameron, Heather O’Neill, Robert Wilson, Norma Thompson and Keith Wansbrough. Oncrèche duty will be Gillian Beaton, Annette Filby and Mary Munro.

Metafit Falkirk

A class is on Thursdays at 8.15 p.m. in Brightons Community Hall. Tone muscle, boost metabolism and burn fat. For more information call 07739718361.

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. Suitable for all fitness levels.

Step Forth

Like to walk but not on your own? Want to get fit but don’t know where to start? 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 e-mail