District News from Thursday, February 20

Stenhousemuir town centre
Stenhousemuir town centre

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The next meeting of Larbert, Stenhousemuir and Torwood Community Council will take place on Monday, February 24 at 7.15 p.m. in Larbert Old Parish Church hall. Falkirk Council’s acting director of education will update on education provision. Network Rail and its contractor Bam Nutall are also coming along to update us on the rail bridge replacement works. There will also be the monthly police report and youth report from Larbert High, as well as discussion on the closure of Hamilton Road and Tryst Road, Foundry Loan speed cushions, green bins plus lots more. All are welcome to attend.

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. There is a crèche provided at both services with XStream for children of primary school age, meeting during the morning service. 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 on Tuesday evenings starts on March 11. Contact Hugh for more details.

Zumba Class

Zumba Fitness with Carol continues at the Dobbie Hall on Thursdays 7-8 p.m. and Sundays 6-7 p.m. Also class at Carrongrange School on Tuesdays 7-8 p.m. Zumba Gold with Carol continues at the Dobbie Hall 11-11.45 a.m. Just pop along five minutes prior to class starting or e mail carlie307@hotmail.co.uk or contact the Facebook pages Zumba with Carol.

Salvation Army

Stenhousemuir Salvation Army Community Church invites all to meetings. The Cornerstone Full Gospel Church has Sunday worship from 10,30 a.m. to noon and from 2.30-3.30 p.m. Envoy David Robertson from Maddiston Salvation Army will be leading worship. The Monday Home League is from 1.55-3 p.m. Home League Secretary Margaret Ross will be taking the service. Wednesday joint prayer meeting will be from 7 -8 p.m. Headway Falkirk has started meeting in the Salvation Army Hall, if you or a loved one has had a head injury and need help, please phone our chairman Stuart on 07400449433. Meetings are as follows: memory group from 10-11 a.m, each Tuesday. Craft group every Wednesday from 1.30-3.30 p.m. except the last Wednesday of each month.

Larbert Old

A warm invitation to join the service in Larbert Old Church of Scotland on Sunday, February 23 at 11 a.m. The service will be led by the Rev. John Brown, interim moderator and locum minister. The Kirk Session will convene in the Rennie Lounge at 10.30 a.m. then proceed to the ordination and admission of elders. A crèche and children’s activities will be provided during the service. Please join us for tea and coffee in the hall afterwards. The Sunday evening prayer meeting is at 6.30 p.m. in the Rennie Lounge. Holy Communion will be celebrated on Sunday, March 2 at 11 a.m. This service will include Profession of Faith. The Service on Sunday, March 16 will be led by the Rev. Alan Gibson, head of stewardship for the Church of Scotland. After the service there will be a congregational soup and sandwich lunch followed by a meeting incorporating the stated annual meeting, to which all are invited. Further information, email: minister@larbertoldchurch.org.uk

Rotary Meeting

Larbert Rail Training Centre was the first stop for Vale of Carron Rotary members at their weekly meeting. Rotarian Colin Mather introduced Jim Lamont, who welcomed everyone on behalf of Network Rail. With the aid of images, Jim used his knowledge and experience to take us on a whistle stop tour from the first horse drawn trains, through the construction of railways by many different companies, to the present upgrading works at Larbert Station. Even non train spotters followed and enjoyed the relaxed and detailed presentation. The group viewed working sets of track with points, signals and all equipment necessary to ensure trainees reach the highest standard of safety. President Jean Geddes warmly thanked Jim for his explanations and demonstrations and added her thanks to Rotarian Colin, a keen railway modeller, for organising the visit. After dinner at the Plough Hotel in Stenhousemuir the members learned that the date for the Charities Fun Day is confirmed as April 26. Three members joined Larbert Rotary for their ‘Celebration of Burns’ evening on February 14. This was a splendid occasion with dinner, music, song, piping and a dramatic rendition of ‘Tam O’Shanter’. 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. Please also follow us on Twitter @ValeofCarron and now on Facebook – The Rotary Club of Vale of Carron.

Lodge Meeting

Lodge Carron 139 welcomed Lodge Zetland 391 into the Lodge on Wednesday, February 14. The purpose of the visit was to confer the fellow craft degree on one candidate. The ritual work was admired by the large attendance. Two other deputations were received from Lodge Blackridge 1145 and Lodge Bannockburn Bruce and Thistle 312. An enjoyable harmony was had after the degree work. Next meeting in Lodge Carron 139 is a Master mason degree on Wednesday, February 26 at 7.30 p.m.

Playgroup Sessions

Larbert Old Playgroup is for children aged two or over. It runs on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9.30-11.25 a.m. in the church hall at Larbert Old Church (Larbert Cross). 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 07718933277 or check our page on Facebook.

Larbert East

On Sunday, the service is at 10.30 a.m. and will be led by the Rev. Sheena Orr. The Young Church meet in the halls before the service and crèche is held in the Session Room. Tea/coffee will be available in the hall after the service and the Traidcraft Stall will also be there. On Tuesday, the Prayer Group meet in the Session Room at 6.30 p.m. and the Women’s Group meet in the large hall at 7.30 p.m. On Wednesday, the Deacon’s Court meet in the small hall at 7.15 p.m. A sale of children’s clothes is held in the Upper Room on a Thursday from 9.15 a.m. till 10.45 a.m. Enter through the back door of the hall. Weekday Worship is held in the church on a Thursday at 11.15 a.m. This is a short service and you will receive a warm welcome.

Stenhouse & Carron

The service on Sunday is at 11.15 a.m. and will be led by the Rev. Bill Thomson. The Young Church (Sunday School) meet during the service and new members are always welcome. The popular Wednesday Welcome awaits you in the hall on Wednesday at 10 a.m. All are welcome to have a chat over a cup of tea or coffee and listen to the minister’s thought for the day.

Larbert West

The service on Sunday at 10.30 a.m. will be conducted by members of the Mission and Outreach Team with Mike Glass, schools worker with Larbert Churches Youth Trust. Creche and Sunday Club facilities for all children. Pastoral care is being provided by Rev. Aftab Gohar (01324) 482109. As this is bring your Bible to brunch day, the service will be followed by a soup and roll lunch accompanied by bible-based activities for all ages. Retiral offerings will be received for the work of the Scottish Bible Society. Bible Study Groups meet this week on Tuesday, February 25 at 7.30 p.m. and Thursday, ary 27 at 2 p.m. On Wednesday at 1 p.m. the Prayer Group meet in the lesser hall.

Ladies Forum

The president welcomed everyone to the Larbert Ladies Forum meeting on February 11 and introduced Alex Meek, an ambassador for Helix, who gave a very informative and interesting talk on the Helix and the Kelpies which was enjoyed by everyone. The vice president gave the vote of thanks. Next meeting is on February 25 which will be the annual afternoon tea when the speaker will talk on the Gardens of Scotland.

Community Church

Tryst Community Church will meet in Tryst Community Centre, Park Avenue, Stenhousemuir for worship and Bible teaching on Sunday at 10 a.m. Study of John’s Gospel led by Peter Henderson continues. Prayer time on Tuesday,February 25 is at 8.15 p.m. If you would like more information or would like to speak to someone about the Christian message, please call 07768048446.

Car Boot

The Dobbie Hall car boot sale takes place every Wednesday from 8.30 a.m. till 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 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

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.

Playgroup Session

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 from 8.15-9 p.m. The group would be happy to welcome new members.

Toddler Group

Toddlers, Tots and Twos meets at Larbert Pentecostal Church in Broomage Avenue every Thursday. The facility is for birth to three year olds and has a dedicated baby corner. It runs on Thursday 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 07983534424.

Aerobics Class

Aerobics classes go ahead very Tuesday and Thursday in Larbert West Church at 6.15 p.m. Those wishing to become toned 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 Group

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 come and entertain your group 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 Hall – and anyone with an interest is welcome to attend. Further information is available on website www.sgi-uk.org

Bowling Club

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

Braveheart Walks

We have two Braveheart health walks each week. There is one on a Tuesday 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 from Stenhousemuir Shopping Centre at 10.30 a.m. Find out more by calling (01324) 673703.

Country Dancing

The local Royal Scottish Country Dance Society class meets in the Age Concern Hall, Larbert from 7.30-9 p.m. on a Monday. Beginners please refer to our classes in the Laurieston section. For further details ring Alison on (01324) 631363.