Denny & Dunipace news from Thursday, May 22

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Community Council

A very busy meeting took place on Monday, May 12. Police Scotland who updated on local priorities and Vaughn Sharp, representing Denny High School, gave an update on the work of the School. Local planning applications, including the controversial DEAR were discussed. The group voted by a majority to delay the organising of a public meeting, pending feedback from the planning committee, who have been tasked with providing alternative delivery strategies on May 28. Several community councillors have been very busy organising the gala gay which takes place on Saturday. The parade leaves from Dunipace Juniors at 11 a.m. All are welcome. Festivities start in the Gala Park from noon. Denny District Tennis Club continues to grow after a very successful Easter multi-sport camp which attracted nearly 80 local children. Limited spaces are available for tennis coaching of all ages on Monday evenings. Contact the group through their Facebook page. Town centre regeneration is on track with more demolition expected in July. The next community council meeting will be held in Denny Baptist Church on Monday, June 2 at 6.30 p.m. All members of the public are welcome. bring your issues, concerns and suggestions for improving your local area.

Denny Old

The Time-out Group meets tomorrow evening (Friday) at 7.30 p.m. in the Wheelhouse. Worship on Sunday is at 11 a.m. Creche facilities are available, and the Sunday Club meets at the same time. The Lunch Box is open on Monday from 11 a.m. – 1.30 p.m., serving soup, sandwiches, tea/coffee and home baking. All welcome. Please note that the Lunch Box will then be taking a break for the summer and will open again in August. The church walking group meets on Tuesday evening and leaves the church at 7 p.m. You are welcome to come along and enjoy a gentle walk for about an hour. The Kirk Session will meet on Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. in the hall. There will be a Songs of Praise celebration on Wednesday, May 28 at 7.30 p.m. This will be a farewell event for Mr and Mrs Murning. The annual garden fete last Saturday was again very successful in spite of the rain. The magnificent sum of £5400 was raised, and sincere thanks go to all who came along and helped to make this possible.

Westpark Church

The Open Door is closed today (Thursday). Worship on Sunday begins at 10.30 a.m., 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.

Dunipace Church

What looks like being a fabulous weekend of fairs, fun, and great activities begins tomorrow (Friday) with the setting up of the hall at 6.30 p.m. for the summer fete and gala events. The Commemorative Gala and Mayfair are running alongside each other, on Saturday ensuring there’s something for everyone to enjoy. If the weather is inclement the Gala Queen will be crowned in the church hall on Saturday at noon. There will be stalls galore and lots more going on in both the church halls and Gala Park. So come along and enjoy a great celebratory day out. Worship on Sunday begins at 11 a.m. and will be led by the Rev. Dr Jean W Gallacher. All welcome. A visiting team from the Presbytery is meeting with the office bearers and members of the congregation in the large hall on Monday at 7.30 p.m. The community café will be closed on Tuesday and will resume the following week. The Men’s Club meet on Tuesday at 7.15 p.m. and the Reminiscence Group on a Wednesday at 2 p.m.

Baptist Church

The Point Youth clubs meet tomorrow (Friday) at 6 p.m. for junior school ages and at 7.30 p.m. for senior pupils for an evening of table games, bouncy castle, films and crafts etc. Gala day ‘Going for Gold’ events have been organised for children at the Park and a Teddy Bear picnic for toddlers and young children at Milton Row from 12.30 - 3 p.m. Everyone is invited to join in the fun and receive snacks and sweets. The guest speakers on Sunday are the Rev. Stuart Murdoch at the 11 a.m. service and Mr Jim McIntyre at the 6 p.m. service. Bible study house-groups restart this Monday at 7.30 p.m. Parent and Toddlers groups meet on Thursdays and Fridays at 9.30 a.m.

Citizens Advice

The bureau is located above Clydesdale Bank at 24 Duke Street, Denny and is open today (Thursday) noon – 2 pm. and on 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 the Community Education Wing at Bankier Primary School today (Thursday) from 10 a.m. - noon, at Bridge Crescent Community Flat on Tuesday from 9.30 a.m. - noon and Denny Parish Church Hall on Wednesday from 9.30 a.m. - 11.30 a.m. Sessions to complete online benefit applications are held at the Community Education Wing at Bankier Primary School on Thursday from 10–12 noon and the Bridge Crescent Community Flat on Tuesday from 1-3 p.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.

Masonic news

An emergency meeting of Lodge St. Andrew (Denny & Loanhead) No. 176 was held last Friday when Lodge Carron No. 139 visited with a large deputation headed by RWM William Campbell. On receiving the gavel from RWM Kevin McLean, he quickly passed it on to PM Stuart Stirling who was Mark Master for the degree. Two candidates were advanced in a fine ceremony. The next cabaret featuring a tribute to Lionel Ritchie and Motown is on Saturday, June 28. Tickets are going fast. Book through Lesley at the bar on Monday, Friday or Saturday or Helen on social media.

Spring fayre

Dunipace Primary School will host its annual Spring Fayre on Thursday, May 29 from 6-8 p.m. There will be lots of stalls, a bouncy castle, a beat-the-goalie event, raffles and lots more. The PTA is looking for donations for prizes and if anyone in the local area has anything that they would like to donate they can email for items to be collected.

Line dancing

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

Drop-in Open

Although there were a few teething problems the Drop-in opened in the YMCA Hall last week and will open every Friday, at 9.30 a.m. This week there will be a selection of donations to give out to those who need help. Feel free to drop in for a cuppa, read the papers, watch a film, meet and make new friends. For further details, or to volunteer, or make a donation call 07581 789288, from 9a.m. until 4 p.m. Thanks to everyone who helped make the opening day a success.

Drop-In Appeal

Are there any local businesses or local people who can help with donations for the Denny Drop-In centre which opened last week? The group is in need of a bookcase (free standing), a noticeboard and two sets of pool balls. Any of these items in reasonable condition, would be very much appreciated. If you can help, please contact the Denny Drop In,YMCA Hall, Westboreland Road, Denny or call 0774 520 5007.

Fish Migration

World Fish Migration Day, Saturday, May 24 at 10 a.m., Herbertshire Park, Dunipace.

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 our website or pop into your local branch at Denny Community Flat, Bridge Crescent, Denny which is open every Tuesday from 10am-12pm and every Thursday 6pm-7pm. There is also a collection at Denny WASP (Denny High School) every Wednesday from 10-11.30 a.m.