Denny & Dunipace news from Thursday, November 27

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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 10 a.m.-noon and every 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. If you are interested in volunteering at all please call or ask at collection. AGM is on Thursday, January 29 at 6.45 p.m. within Youth & Community Wing, Abbots Road, Grangemouth.

Baptist Church

The Point youth clubs meet tomorrow (Friday) at 6 p.m. for junior the junior group and at 7.30 p.m. for secondary school ages. Face Painting will be one of the activities members are involved in this Saturday for the Christmas Extravaganza in the Town Centre. On Sunday there will be one service in the Church at 11 a.m. and at 4 p.m. we will gather in the Town Centre to prepare for the Carol singing and Nativity Story at 4.30 p.m. with members of the Community and other Churches involved. Soup will be served in the Church Hall following the Christmas celebrations. The Monday Mix ladies meet this Monday evening for a meal at the Lantern Restaurant in Denny. Members of the Rainbow Hour leave the Church at 12.30 p.m. on Tuesday to travel to Stirling for lunch, kindly paid for by the RVS Community Fund.

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 e-mail

Parish Church

The Service on Sunday in Dunipace Parish Church will be conducted by Rev.Dr Jean Gallachger, with the Childrens Church at 11 a.m. A big thank you to all who helped at the Christmas Fete. The Church Magazine is available for distribution and includes the Communion Cards and invitations for the Christmas Lunch. Rehearsals for the Nativity take place on Fridays from 6.30 to 7.30 p.m. All children from the community are invited to attend, and will be most welcome. Sunday is also the Gift Giving Service when you are invited to bring along a gift wrapped parcel. marked for a Lady, Gent or either. Church Calendars are now on sale either in the Church or at the Coffee Morning on Tuesday, December 2, price £2. The Kirk Session meets on Monday, December 1 at 7.30 p.m.

Thank You

WASP would like to thank all the volunteers and stall holders for their continued support at the WASP Christmas Market and to all who attended.

New Classes

WASP new classes starting in January 2015:- Mondays, French, Flower Arranging, Family History & Art & Design,; Tuesdays, Basic Budget Cooking (crèche available outreach Denny Com Ed Centre)) & Otago; Wednesdays, Intro to the Internet, Beginners German, Bring a Craft afternoon & Jewellery.; Thursdays, History – An Introduction to the Welfare State, Basic Sewing (Crèche available), Digi Buddies, Aquacise 1 & 2.; Fridays, Creative Writing, Heritage Group, for all our other classes, please see our web site or phone (01324) 822895 for further information and register. Some of these classes have been sponsored by Awards for All Lottery funding.

Westpark Church

The service on Sunday, November 30 will be led by Rev. Donald Scott as Rev Phyllis Wilson is on holiday. The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be held on Sunday, December 7 and this will also be the Christmas Gift Service when members can bring along a Christmas gift to be donated to the less fortunate families in our community. An invitation is also extended to everyone to attend the Big Sing for Christian Aid which also takes place on December 7 at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served after the service. 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 in the Church website. On Wednesday morning 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 from 10.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for tea, coffee and lunch. There is a choice of two soups, main course, sandwiches, sweet or fruit loaf at reasonable prices. All welcome.

Lodge St Andrew

A regular meeting of Lodge St Andrew (Denny & Loanhead) No 176 takes place tonight Thursday, when the business will include the master masons degree. Last Saturday members and friends enjoyed a visit from Buzzard Creek country and western group who had everyone toe tapping and dancing for the evening. All members should now be in receipt of lodge raffle tickets anyone still requiring them please contact secretary J Bell. Any member wishing to donate to the Christmas draw please add their name to the list on the notice board asap.

Probus Club

President Alan Hay welcomed 16 members and guest speaker John Coyle of the Dunblane and Stirling Beekeepers’ Association to this the last meeting of 2014. After club business was dealt with, the speaker, John Coyle proceeded to fascinate his audience with an insight into the wonderful world of the honey bee. He explained the function and life cycle of the bee community which makes up the complex life within a hive, from the Queen through the workers and the drones. Explaining the important function each provides in order to maintain the safety and security of the hive. Many startling facts emerged during his talk not least of which was that it is estimated that in order to produce a one pound jar or honey requires in the order of 54,000 bee flying hours. Towards the end of the talk questions from the members were flying thick and fast and were adequately fielded by John. The vote of thanks on behalf of the club was given by Ted Collington. The next event will be the club Christmas Lunch on Monday, December 15. The next club meeting is January 12, 2015, when the speaker will be Bill Hall.

Citizens Advice

The bureau is located above Clydesdale Bank at 24 Duke Street, Denny and is open today (Thursday) from 10 a.m. – noon and 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. 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.

Denny Old

The Crafty Café takes place this Saturday from 10am-noon when there will be Christmas items to make and buy, and a visit from Denny Library staff with seasonal books and popular reading material. Or just pop in for a cuppa and a chat. Cost £2 per person. The Worship on Sunday is at 11 a.m. and will be led by Sandra Mathers. The Sunday Club meets at the same time and there will be crèche facilities. The Lunch Box is open on Monday from 11 a.m.-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. in the hall, and is open to all girls of school age. The Girls’ Brigade are organising a trip to the Forefront Youth Theatre Panto in January to see Sleeping Beauty and anyone wishing to go can obtain a form in the Church which should be completed and given to Beth Young with the money as soon as possible. The Guild Christmas Shoppers’ Lunch takes place on Saturday 6 December from 11.30 a.m.-1.30 p.m. Tickets priced £2.50 and £1.00 for children are now available from Guild members, or come along and pay at the door. The Senior Citizens’ Dinner will be held on Saturday, December 13, and Elders are currently issuing forms in their districts. These should now be returned to Janet Rhodes, and if you are eligible and have not received a form, these are available in Church or let your Elder or Janet Rhodes know. All intimations for Sunday Service to be with Janet Rhodes by Thursday night at the latest.

Westpark Social

The committee would like to thank everyone especially all the churches and Denny High School for the wonderful support of the shoe box appeal which, this year was for Romania, giving a total of 1740 gift boxes to men, women and children. Denny was a sorting depot for the 1740 boxes and many, many thanks to all who helped to give a Christmas to so many who would have nothing without your kind donations.

Santa’s Sleigh

Santa and his sleigh are on the way to Denny and Bonnybridge and will be assisted by the Rotary Club of Vale of Carron from 6-8 p.m. December 1 - Ferguson Grove, Highland Dykes Drive, Wheatlands Ave, Ure Cres, Alloway Cres areas; December 2 - Demoreham Ave, Glenbo Drive, Garvald Rd, Leith Pl, Laxdale Drive areas; December 3 - Denny Rd, Glenview, Walker Drive, Belmont Ave, Woodlea Estate, Bonnyvale Pl areas; December 4 - Barnego Road, Linden Avenue, Connolly Drive, John Davidson Dr, Maple Pl areas; December 8 - Greenhill Road, Woodburn Crescent, Milnquarter Road, Atrium Way areas; December 9 - Haughs Way, Gill Park, Kilbirnie Terrace, Carronbank areas; December 10 - Milton Road, Jubilee Road, Allan Crescent areas; December 11 - Reedlands Drive, Braes View areas. These dates and times are subject to alteration due to weather conditions, road conditions or any other reason outwith the control of the Rotary Club of Vale of Carron. We are all volunteers but will try to cover as big an area as possible. Collection proceeds will go to Strathcarron Hospice, Falkirk Foodbank and Driving Force, Denny.