Denny & Dunipace news from Thursday, March 27

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Masonic News

A regular meeting of Lodge St. Andrew (Denny and Loanhead) No. 176 will be held tonight (Thursday) at 7.30 p.m. and RWM Bro. Kevin McLean extends a warm welcome to members and visitors. The second degree ceremony will be worked by Lodge St. John Falkirk No. 16 under the leadership of their RWM Bro. Ross Strang. A warm welcome is also extended to the new bar person. Lesley, who has just been appointed to the role of bar steward.

Heritage Society

The Denny and Dunipace Heritage Society’s AGM is due to take place on Monday, April 14, at The Heritage Rooms, 13 Milton Row, Dunipace at 7 p.m. Members of the public are welcome.

Community Gather

There will be a community gathering in Denny Community Centre to discuss inequality issues in Denny and surrounding areas and how we can tackle them. Come along on Tuesday, April 29, from 7.30 to 9 p.m. Tea and coffee provided. Contact Claire on (01324) 610950 or

Citizens Advice

The bureau is above Clydesdale Bank at 24 Duke Street, Denny and is open today (Thursday), Friday, Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 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 the Community Education Wing at Bankier Primary School today (Thursday) from 10 a.m. to noon, at Bridge Crescent Community Flat on Tuesday from 9.30 a.m. to noon and Denny Parish Church Hall on Wednesday from 9.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. Sessions to complete online benefit applications are held at the Community Education Wing at Bankier Primary School on Thursday from 10 a.m. until noon. Telephone service (Citizens Advice Direct) is available Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. yo 8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on (01324) 823118.

Baptist Church

The Point youth clubs meet tomorrow (Friday) at 6 p.m. for five to 11-year-olds and at 7.30 p.m. for senior pupils. New members welcome for an evening of games and other activities.The guest speaker on Sunday at the 11 a.m. service will be the Rev. Stuart Murdoch from Bo’ness.The Rev. Norman Graham will conduct the 6 p.m. service. Parent and Toddlers groups meet on Thursdays and Fridays at 9.30 a.m. Prayer and Bible study groups meet each week in various locations.

Dunipace Parish

Items for the Grand Auction, taking place in the halls on Saturday, March 29, can be brought into the halls from 2.00 p.m tomorrow (Friday, 28 March) Viewing on Saturday begins at 10 a.m. with the auction starting at 11 a.m. Admission is £1. Hot filled rolls will be on sale. More details are available on the church website. Worship on Sunday, March 30, begins at 11 a.m. and will be conducted by the Rev. Dr Jean W Gallacher. Baptism will be celebrated as we welcome baby Oliver Platt and his family, many of whom are coming over from Australia to share in the celebration. The joint bible study continues on Sunday, at 6.30 p.m. in the halls. The theme “Walking the Pilgrim Way,” invites participants to journey in picture, word and song, across the Scottish landscape as we explore the Book of Psalms. The material is presented through a series of DVDs. The community café continues to meet in Dunipace Halls on a Tuesday at 10 a.m. The men’s club meets on a Tuesday at 7.15 p.m. and the Reminiscence Group on a Wednesday at 2 p.m. For details on all our other groups and organisations, please, check out the website at

Probus Club

The president welcomed 14 members and guest speakers Hamish Stevenson and Bill Shannon from the Scottish Railway Preservation Society to the second meeting in March. The speakers Hamish and Bill from the Scottish Railway Preservation Society which had its beginning in Edinburgh in 1961 proceeded to give a very effective double act presentation of the progress the society has made over the years since that date. Part of this history evolved from the era of the canals who were the first to promote an overnight sleeper service between Edinburgh and Glasgow. With the onset of rail travel it was not long before sleeper cars appeared for the convenience of long over- night train travellers. The Railway Preservation Society at Bo’ness, however, has no need of sleeper facilities but does boast an amazing set of all the paraphernalia required to create a working system. All of this has been achieved by a group of volunteers (currently about 500 strong) who have laid lines, rebuilt stations and signal boxes, rebuilt engines, painted and worked over the years on all the ancillary trackside facilities which are necessary to make the whole enterprise successful. These people have in fact virtually assembled a railway from scratch. At the conclusion of their talk many questions and comments were made by what was a very interested audience. The vote of thanks was given by the President who congratulated the ‘Boys’ on their presentation. The next meeting will be on Monday, April 14 for the members day.

Westpark Church

Service on Sunday will be at 10.30 a.m., and will be led by 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. All church groups details are available on the website. On Wednesday morning, the Wednesday welcome is open from 10 a.m. for fellowship over tea or coffee followed by a short service at 11.15 a.m.. Open door is open again from 10.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays for tea, coffee and lunch. At a meeting on Sunday, it was decided not to change the menu but continue serving lunches, as before. i.e. a choice of two soups, main course, sandwiches, sweet or fruit loaf. at reasonable prices. All welcome. The Bible study/prayer group, Appointment with God, will now begin in April when the joint Cchurch lenten Bible study finishes. The new date will be intimated later. Weekly joint churches lenten bible study - At the local Clergy Get-together it was decided to run a weekly Joint Lenten Bible Study in Dunipace Church. The Study is titled ‘Walking the Pilgrim Way’. An invitation is extended to all members of the congregation to join with other local Christians to study God’s Word.

Old Parish

The Crafty Café meets in the hall this Saturday morning from 10 a.m. until noon. Come along and learn some new crafts, including gardening tips, or just drop in for tea/coffee and home baking. Cost is £2 per person. The Worship on Sunday is at 11 a.m. and will be led by the Rev. John Murning. The Sunday club meets at the same time, and crèche facilities are available. The atated annual meeting of the congregation will take place after the Service. The joint Bible study group will meet in Dunipace Church on Sunday at 6.30 p.m. The Lunch Box is open on Monday from 11 a.m. to 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. for all girls of school age. The Home from Home group meets next Wednesday at 1.15 p.m. The annual Forth Bridge walk for Christian Aid takes place on Saturday, April 26. If you would like more information or to take part, please speak to Janet Rhodes.

Buggy Group

The Denny and DuniPACERS buggy group leaves the Home-Start offices every Friday at the new time of 10.30 a.m. All welcome. For more information contact the Home-start office on 01324-829444 or email 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 or pop into your local branch at Denny Community Flat, Bridge Crescent, Denny which is open every Tuesday from 10 a.m. until noon and every Thursday 6 to 7 p.m. There is also a collection at Denny WASP (Denny High School) every Wednesday from 10 to 11.30 a.m.

ARC Hotspot

From now on, every Thursday from 9.15 a.m. to 12.45 p.m. in the Archibald Russell Centre will be a hotspot where you can use the laptop computer or a computer tablet to find out about jobs, draw up your CV, or getan email address. If you wish to bring your own laptop you can but you do not need to have worked on a computer before as there will be people there to give assistance. Just come along and you will be made welcome.