Denny & Dunipace news from Thursday, March 12

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Community Council

The last meeting was held in Denny Baptist Church on Monday, March 3 and was attended by several members of the public, local TRA representatives, town centre regeneration officers, neighbourhood watch representatives, local councillors and by Emily Watts of the Big Lunch. Emily highlighted a community initiative called The Big Lunch which is a community event whereby neighbours can get together and share some lunch. The community council will consider the venture. Local gala day arrangements are well underway for the big event which will take place in the gala park on Saturday, May 23. Colin Frame, of the town centre regeneration project, updated the group on the latest status of the project. A building contractor will be appointed to build phase one, Falkirk Council’s part of the regeneration project, at the end March. Site clearing and preparation should start shortly afterwards with the first visible build expected in September 2015. The marketing of phase two generated interest from two parties, neither of which were willing to make a contribution to the Denny Eastern Access Road (DEAR) as part of their bid, which was a prerequisite for interested parties. Falkirk Council have now agreed to take on a portion of that DEAR investment and phase two will now be re-marketed. Falkirk Council will shortly issue a newsletter to make all residents aware of project timescales and expectations. The Denny Development Group will hold another three public meetings to float the concept of developing a trust. Keep an eye out in local library, post office for advertisements. The next meeting will take place in Denny Baptist Church at 6.30 p.m. on March 30. All welcome.

Denny Old

Worship on Sunday is at 11 a.m. and will be led by Sandra Mathers. There will be crèche facilities and the Sunday Club meets at the same time. The Lunch Box will be open on Monday from 11 a.m.-1.30 p.m. serving soup, sandwiches, tea/coffee and home baking. All welcome. The Girls’ Brigade meets on Monday at 6.30 p.m. and is open to all girls of school age. Items for the Easter edition of the church magazine should be submitted to Elinor Clunie by this Sunday at the latest. Advance notice of the Forth Bridge crossing in aid of Christian Aid which takes place on Saturday, April 25. If you would like a sponsor form, or a paper quiz on Scottish songs, please see Janet Rhodes. All intimations for Sunday service to be with Janet Rhodes by Thursday night at the latest.

Masonic News

A regular meeting of Lodge St Andrew (Denny & Loanhead) No. 176 will be held tonight (Thursday) when the business will include the first degree ceremony. There are a few places left for Saturday’s cabaret featuring Heartbeat. £10 admission including buffet snacks.

Westpark Church

On March 15 Rev. Raymond Thomson will lead worship at 10.30 a.m. 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. Please note that the Open Door is open today (Thursday) from 10.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. All welcome.

Citizens Advice

The bureau is located above Clydesdale Bank at 24 Duke Street, Denny 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.). Outreach clinics are held at Bridge Crescent Community Flat on Tuesday from 9.30 a.m.-noon and Denny Parish Church Hall on Wednesday from 9.30-11.30 a.m. 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.

Probus Club

In the absence of president Alan Hay, Colin Thomson welcomed 15 members to the meeting and introduced guest speaker Bert McKenzie. There was no correspondence to deal with. The speaker, from Stirling Astronomical Society, gave an excellent presentation ‘Out of this World’ which confirmed to the members the insignificance of our planet. He advised of the forthcoming eclipse and demonstrated how to view this event safely using a cardboard box and binoculars. After an enthusiastic question and answer session, Bert supplied the members with a ‘Stargazing Guide’. The vote of thanks on behalf of the club was given by Ted Collington. As there was no further business the meeting closed at approximately 3.30 p.m. The next meeting will be on March 23 when we have a speaker from Grapevine Talking Books.

Wine Club

The next meeting of Denny Wine Club takes place tomorrow (Friday) in Broompark Centre at 8 p.m. New members welcome. Come along to learn all aspects of winemaking, from beginners to advanced levels.

Line Dancing

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

Credit Union

Savings are safe with Falkirk District Credit Union and low cost loans are available once regular savings established. Anyone who lives or works in the area within the boundary of Falkirk Council can join, junior savers welcome. For details on how to join please phone the main office in Grangemouth on (01324) 473695, visit www.falkirkcreditunion.co.uk or pop into your local branch at Denny Community Flat, Bridge Crescent, Denny which is open every Tuesday from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursday 6-7 p.m. There is also a collection at Denny Old Parish Church in Duke Street every Wednesday from 10-11.30 a.m.

WASP Classes

Denny Wider Access to Schools Project offers Otago (mobility strength and balance exercises). Classes are aimed at anyone who is beginning to have trouble with walking/balance and may have lost their confidence. For more information contact Anne Campbell on (01324) 822895 or e-mail dennywasp@gmail.com. or barbara.mcconnell@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.