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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 Maddiston Community Education Centre, which is open every Friday from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. New volunteers are needed for this collection, so if you have a couple of hours to spare on a Friday morning contact the office on (01324) 473695 or call in at the collection for an application form.

Salvation Army

A warm welcome awaits you at Maddiston Salvation Army. Morning Worship is every Sunday at 10.30 a.m. in the Salvation Army Centre, Main Street, Maddiston. The weekly programme is as follows: Tuesday - Lunch Club, 12.30 p.m.; Ladies’ Meeting 2 p.m.; Kids Club (5 - 12 year olds), 5.30 p.m. Thursday - Parent & Toddlers 9.30 a.m.; Bible Study, 6 p.m. Friday - Parent & Toddlers, 9.30 a.m. All welcome. For further information contact (01324) 711973. They are looking to develop the programme and are always looking for volunteers.

Camera Club

Anyone with an interest in taking photographs, or photography generally, is invited to attend the above club when it meets every Wednesday in the Braes Children and Family Centre in Forgie Crescent from 6.30 - 8 p.m. The group, under the name of the Dads and Cameras Club has operated for some time at the site and the organisers welcome new members.

Golf club

The Golf Club cabaret evening arranged for Saturday, February 8, featuring The Van Ds is a sell-out and all tickets have been snapped up. However, another live entertainment night has been arranged for March 1, when Fire Me Up performs. Tickets priced £3 can be booked through Tam Forsyth, Zander, or enquire at the bar. Patrons should note that a ticket is essential as there is no entry at the door on the night. Meanwhile, a domino competition goes ahead every Sunday in the Manuelrigg premises at 4 p.m. All are welcome and winners can look forward to the first prize of a Coo Pie.

History meeting

Maddiston & Rumford Local History Group will meet on Monday at 1 p.m. in Maddiston Community Centre. The group is helping the Community Council in a project to gather information on those who died in the two World Wars from Muiravonside (but specifically from Maddiston and Rumford). A new cenotaph is to be built in Maddiston to commemorate those Maddiston and Rumford men who died in both conflicts but the cenotaph in Muiravonside cemetery only lists the names of the Second World War dead and not where they originated, unlike the information about the First World War. If you have a relation whose name is on the cenotaph and you can tell them a bit more about him they’d like to hear from you. Call David Leask on (01324) 715634, Mary Gibb on (01324) 716009 or David Malloch on (01324) 714062. Or e-mail dl011g3179@blueyonder.co.uk.

Community council

The Community Council would like to thank the community centre management committee and Citizens Advice Scotland for providing two new services in their efforts to support our residents. On the second and fourth Monday of each month starting on February 10, 9.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. Citizens Advice will be holding a free welfare benefits advice service in the community centre. Secondly, if in future you wish to seek guidance from Citizens Advice they will arrange an appointment in the community centre on Thursday mornings, thus avoiding you having to travel into Falkirk. Given the announcement of the closure of the Redding Road bridge shortly and then the Polmont station bridge next year, the community council is seeking a meeting with Network Rail and the Council on how disruption can be kept to a minimum given that it is anticipated that both bridges could be closed for close to nine months.The next community council meeting will be held tonight (Thursday) and as always all are welcome to attend the meeting held in the community centre at 7 p.m.

Drama group

There is a new free drama group on Wednesday evenings in Maddiston Community Education Centre. If you have any connection to Maddiston or the surrounding areas and are interested in drama, performance and meeting new people, come and be part of this new project that will use drama project. P4-P6 from 4.30 - 5.30 p.m. and P7 and above from 5.45- 7.15 p.m. For further information please contact Claire on (01324) 610950 or claire.harvey@centralscotlandrec.org.uk.

Evangelical Church

The youth club will be held on Friday, February 7, 7.30-9.30 p.m. in Maddiston Community Centre. All S1-S6 youths welcome. The family service on Sunday at 11.30 a.m. will be taken by Brian Lowrie from Motherwell. Children can go into their own groups from 11.55 a.m.-12.30 p.m. for creche for the under-threes and Discovery Club extra for children aged three to P7 youth group for S1-S6. The evening service at 6.30 p.m. will be taken by George Martin from Bishopbriggs who will speak on the ‘Signs of God’s Return’ from Luke Chapter 21, verses 5-38. The parent and toddler group will be held on Monday at 9.30 a.m.; Discovery Club at 6.30 p.m.; men’s Fellowship will take place on Tuesday at 2.15 p.m. The guest speaker will be Peter Duncan from Kilsyth and the prayer meeting is on Wednesday at 7.30 p.m.