District News for Thursday, February 27

Stenhousemuir town centre
Stenhousemuir town centre
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Larbert Old Playgroup is for children aged two or over. It runs on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 9.30-11.25 a.m, in the church hall at Larbert Old Church. Spaces are currently available on a Tuesday with a waiting list in place for Mondays and Wednesdays. Sessions are run by qualified play leaders, cost is £3.50 including snack. For further details contact Pamela on 07718 933 277 or check the Facebook page.

Lodge Carron

Lodge Carron 139 held a committee meeting on February 17 at which £1000 was agreed to be donated to several local charities. The money had been raised at Lodge events over the last few months. The presentation of the donations to the charities will take place in the Lodge on Monday, March 10 at 7 p.m.

Carron Rotary

President Jean Geddes welcomed members and visitor Christine Bell to a meeting of the Rotary Club of Vale of Carron at the Plough Hotel, Stenhousemuir. The first item of the evening was the induction of Giuseppe (Joe) Nicoletti as a Rotarian. The president recalled that Joe was already well known to the club as he had helped greatly with the Santa Sleigh collections in December. After a meal Rotarian Don Murray introduced Christine Bell, project officer with Communities Along The Carron Association (CATCA), who gave an insight into her role. The group of volunteers is committed to the regeneration of the River Carron, its 16 communities and adjacent land. Constituted in March 2010, CATCA identified 31 projects which would reflect the concerns of these communities. They covered water quality, wildlife, fly tipping, paths, heritage projects and much more. For further information visit www.catca.org.uk. If you are interested in joining Rotary or learning more contact Don on (01324) 553039 or visit the club website by typing Rotary Vale of Carron in a search engine. Also on Twitter, @ValeofCarron and Facebook – The Rotary Club of Vale of Carron.

Car Boot

The Dobbie Hall car boot sale takes place every Wednesday from 8.30 a.m. - noon and pitches cost £6 for one and £9 for two. Tables are available for anyone wishing to make some money from unwanted items and all money raised benefits the Hall Trust. For hall and pitch bookings call (01324) 570450.

Al Anon

A meeting of the above takes place every Friday in Larbert Old Church Hall at 8 p.m. The meetings allow people to share experiences and gain advice on coping with family members suffering from alcoholism. The group also meets in Grahamston United Church, Falkirk, on Monday evenings at the same time. For a local contact number call 0141 339 8884.

North Broomage

Slimming World consultant, Libby, invites ladies and gents and young adults aged 11-15 to join her very friendly group at the club every Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. She can be contacted on (01324) 832152. Bingo continues on Monday, Thursday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. The club is available for hire to accommodate birthday parties, weddings etc and further information is available by calling the club after 6 p.m. on (01324) 552685.

East Playgroup

Larbert East Playgroup has vacancies for new members. The playgroup is for children of two years six months and upwards and runs on Tuesday through to Friday at Larbert East Church from 9.20-11 a.m. There is also a Monday Twos club from 9.30-11 a.m. and a toddlers group goes ahead on a Wednesday from 9.30-11 a.m. Anyone interested in joining any of these groups will be welcomed at the church at the above times.

Badminton Club

The club meets in the games hall at Larbert High School every Monday between 8.15-9 p.m.

Toddler Group

The above group at Larbert Pentecostal Church in Broomage Avenue continues every Thursday. The facility is for 0 to 3-year-olds and has a dedicated baby corner. It runs on Thursday mornings between 9.30-11 a.m. The cost is £1 per child and includes snacks. A warm welcome awaits and for further information call Alison on 07983 534424.

Aerobic Class

Aerobics classes are on every Tuesday and Thursday in Larbert West Church at 6.15 p.m. Those wishing to become toned and fitter will be made welcome. Further information from Sheila on (01324) 634192.

Ochilview Bar

Tonight, Thursday, the quiz goes on as usual in the lounge of the former Warriors Club at 8 p.m. Entry is £1 and winning team takes all. The Play Your Cards Right game also features on the same evening.

Barbershop Singing

Sweet Harmony Barbershop Chorus meets for practice every Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. in Larbert East Church Hall (Kirk Wynd) when new members will be made most welcome. If you’d like to give it a go, phone conductor Ian on (01324) 832188. Or, if you would like the chorus to entertain your group or organisation, contact secretary Bill on (01324) 712362.

Bhuddism Meeting

Practitioners of Nichiren Bhuddism meet once a month in the Rotary Hall, Larbert – next to the Dobbie – and anyone with an interest is welcome to attend. Further information is available on website www.sgi-uk.org

Larbert Bowling

Cash bingo goes ahead every Monday at 7.30 pm. in the Pretoria Road premises of Larbert Bowling Club.

Scout Ceilidh

The 89th Larbert Scout Group is holding a fund raising ceilidh in Carronshore Social Club on Saturday, March 8 at 7.30 p.m. Tickets, priced £4, and further information is available from Elizabeth Dick on (01324) 556373. The 89th is an amalgamation of the 35th and 54th groups and organisers would be delighted to see former members of those groups at the event to renew friendships.

Stenhousemuir Bowling

Most tickets for this Saturday’s cabaret at Stenhousemuir Bowling Club have been snapped up, but the advice is to enquire at the bar for any returns. The event features top funnyman Dean Park and vocalist Karen Logan. The cabaret follows the bingo session around 9 p.m. and David Taylor will fill the gaps with appropriate music at the Church Street premises.

Community Church

Tryst Community Church will meet in the Tryst Centre, Park Avenue, Stenhousemuir on Sunday, March 2 at 10 a.m. for a Communion Service which will be led by Bill Davidson. Prayer time on Tuesday, March 4 at 8.15 p.m. All welcome at either of these services or call 07768 048446 to talk more about the Christian message.

Youth Church

Larbert Churches Youth Trust continue to hold a monthly prayer breakfast in support of its work and schools’ worker, Mike Glass, on the first Saturday of each month. The next will be on Saturday, March 1 in Falkirk Free Church at 9 a.m. All welcome.

East Church

On Sunday, the Morning Communion is at 10.30 a.m. led by Rev. Melville Crosthwaite and Mrs Isabelle McMillan, when six people will be welcomed into full membership of the church. The Young Church meet in the halls before the service and crèche is held in the Session Room. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be available in the hall after the service and the Traidcraft stall will also be there. The Afternoon Communion is at 2.30 p.m. The Retiring Offering after both services is for Crossreach, the Social Care branch of the Church of Scotland. On Wednesday, the Kirk Session meet with the Deacon’s Court in the church at 7 p.m. A sale of children’s clothes takes place in the Upper Room on a Thursday morning from 9.15-10.45 a.m. Enter through the church hall back door. Weekday Worship is held in the church on a Thursday morning at 11.15 a.m. This is a short service and everyone is made very welcome.

Prayer Day

The service for Larbert & Stenhousemuir will be held in Robertson Court at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 7 to which everyone is invited.

Larbert West

Larbert West Parish Church Bible study group meets today (Thursday) at 2 p.m. The service on Sunday at 10.30 a.m. will be conducted by Rev. Dr Campbell Campbell-Jack. Creche and Sunday Club facilities for all children. Refreshments in the hall after the service in a time of fellowship. All welcome. Pastoral care continues to be provided by Rev. Aftab Gohar (01324) 482109.On Tuesday The Guild meets at 7.30 p.m. when Mrs Carol Sergeant will address her topic ‘Grandpa’s War’. The Prayer Group meet on Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the lesser hall.

Grace Church

The Grace Church warmly welcome all to the services on Sunday in Carrongrange School at 10.30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Holy Communion will be celebrated at the evening service. XStream, for children of primary school age, meets during the morning service and there is also a crèche provided. Tea and coffee are served after each service: please stay for a time of fellowship. The prayer meeting will be held in the Dawson Mission on Thursday at 7.45 p.m. ‘Christianity Explored’ course starts on Tuesday evenings from March 11. Contact Hugh for more details. Kirk Session meets on Tuesday, March 4 at the manse at 7.30 p.m. Last day for updating of PVG Disclosures is this Sunday, March 2.

Metafit Class

Metafit Falkirk class is on every Monday at The Dobbie Hall Larbert 8 p.m. and every Saturday at Stenhousemuir Sports Centre 10.15 a.m. All welcome no need to book. For more information call 07739718361.

Probus Club

On February 18, David Grant, retired engineer for The Forth Bridge, gave 30 members of the Larbert & Stenhousemuir Probus Club a presentation on his lifelong passion with the iconic stucture. The next meeting is at 2 p.m. on March 4 at Larbert Bowling Club. Nora Fitzcharles from the Dunblane/Stirling Beekeepers Association will give a presentation. Tickets for the 40th anniversary lunch will also be on sale.

Larbert Rotary

President Martin Nicol welcomed members to last Wednesday’s meeting at Carmuirs Golf Club. After dinner, Andrew Gillespie introduced local historian Brian Watters who delivered a presentation entitled ‘Old Larbert and Stenhousemuir’. Brian started his presentation by showing a map of the original Larbert Parish dating from 1817 and then proceeded to take Rotarians on a walk through time highlighting many of the village landmarks and buildings, each of which carried their own story. Brian’s photographs illustrated his talk and highlighted the rich cultural heritage that has emanated from the local area. After what was both an informative and enjoyable evening, Martin Scott gave the vote of thanks on behalf of the club. Next week’s speaker is Ian Scott. Anyone looking to find out more about Rotary or interested in visiting our club can contact the website at www.rotarycluboflarbert.org where details of all activities can be found.


We have two Braveheart health walks each week. There is one on a Tuesday morning at 10.30 a.m. from FVRH where there is a choice of an hour walk, or a shorter half-hour walk. We also have one on a Friday morning from Stenhousemuir Shopping Centre at 10.30 a.m. Find out more by calling 01324 673703.

Country Dancing

Get your body and mind in shape! The local RSCDS class meets in the Age Concern Hall, Larbert from 7.30 - 9 p.m. on a Monday night. Beginners please refer to our classes in the Laurieston section. For further details ring Alison on 01324 631363.

Larbert Old

A warm invitation to join the morning service in Larbert Old Church of Scotland on Sunday, March 2 at 11 a.m. Profession of Faith and Holy Communion will be celebrated during the Service, which will be led by Rev. John Brown, Interim Moderator and Locum Minister. The Kirk Session will convene in the Rennie Lounge at 10.30 a.m. A crèche and children’s activities will be provided during the service. Tea and coffee in the hall afterwards. Sunday Evening Prayer Meeting is at 6.30 p.m. in the Rennie Lounge. The aervice on Sunday, March 16 is stewardship for the Church of Scotland. After the service there will be a congregational soup & sandwich lunch followed by a meeting incorporating the stated annual meeting, to which all are invited. Further information email minister@larbertoldchurch.org.uk

Zumba Class

Zumba Fitness with Carol continues at the Dobbie Hall on Thursdays from 7-8 p.m. and Sundays from 6-7 p.m. - please note March 2 class will be at Carrongrange. Also class on Tuesdays at Carrongrange School 7-8 p.m. Zumba Gold with Carol continues at the Dobbie Hall 11-11.45 a.m. This class is suitable for beginners to exercise, active older participants or those seeking a slower paced lower impact Zumba class. Pop along or e-mail carlie307@hotmail.co.uk or Facebook Zumba with Carol for more information. A warm welcome awaits all.

Yes Scotland

Yes Scotland public meeting at the Dobbie Hall on Tuesday, March 11 at 7 p.m. The meeting will feature a panel of invited pro-independence speakers who will answer questions from the audience concerning the referendum.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army Community Church welcomes all to meetings. Friday from 10 a.m. - noon is a coffee morning. Sunday 10.30 a.m. - noon Cornerstone Full Gospel Church will meet. Pastor Alex Paton will minister. Sunday Worship from 2.30 - 3.30 p.m. will be taken by Major Alma Thomas and Major Manuela Morden. Monday Home League from 1.55 - 3 p.m. with Jacqueline Robertson from Maddiston Salvation Army. Joint Prayer on Wednesdays from 7-8 p.m. Headway Falkirk holds a memory group every Tuesday from 10-11 a.m. If you or a loved one has an acquired brain injury and want help, please call Stuart on 07400 449433. Craft group every Wednesday from 1.30 - 3.30 p.m. except last Wednesday of each month.

Pilates Class

Pilates class every Thursday in Dobbie Hall 6-7 p.m. To book a space or for more info contact Liz Heeps on 07813 857486.

Pentecostal Church

On Sunday, March 2 the morning service will commence at 11.15 a.m. in Larbert High School and the speaker will be Pastor Michael Rollo. Teas and coffees will be available from 10.30 a.m. The evening service will commence at 6.15 p.m. in the church on Broomage Avenue and the speaker will be Andrew Hepburn - a missionary to Laos.

Age Concern

If you are over 60, live in Larbert or Stenhousemuir and are looking to meet new friends come to the Age Concern social hour. Every Thursday afternoon with tea and live entertainment. All welcome.Call Caroline for details on (01324) 554647.