Falkirk news from Thursday,

The announcement Bank has been placed in administration is another blow for the high street
The announcement Bank has been placed in administration is another blow for the high street

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* Blind Club

The club’s weekly meetings resumed on Tuesday afternoon in the warm-up area in the Falkirk Stadium after our three week break and we certainly started on a very high note. The members were entertained by Kevin Murphy, making a return visit to the club, who again thrilled the members with his singing. His choice of popular songs made hits by various top artists and performed by him had the whole club, and some of the stadium staff, rocking and rolling, a fantastic afternoon and another visit from Kevin is one, the members will look forward to, so much so that he was asked to do an encore. The club meets at the above venue starting at 1pm. and invite anyone who is registered blind, or is visually impaired, to come along and join us. Anyone taking up this invitation will be made most welcome.

Railway Tavern

Today (Thursday) at 9pm open mic night Sarah em. Friday and Saturday 9pm karaoke with Lindsay.

Friendship Club

Please note, we shall be dancing in the Cladhan Hotel on August 9 - this is for one week only. We will still be meeting at 8pm and dancing to live music. If you would like to come along and join us you would be made most welcome. If you wish to chat to someone about our club please phone Isabella on 07846 963901 or Marion on 07976975887, they will be pleased to hear from you.

Retired Association

The next meeting of the above group will be held on Wednesday, August 12 in St. Francis Xavier Hall, Hope Street, Falkirk at 2pm. Please note doors open from 1.30pm. This month is the Summer Social and Ian Scott will be along to entertain us with his special blend of music and stories. All members and visitors are welcome. If you would like to find out more about our group please contact Margaret Wright on 01324 636799 or Sadie Davidson on 01324 832344

Stentmaisters

The Stentmaisters will be out and about with the ever-popular Lamplight Walk on Monday evening, August 10. We will be taking a route through the town to explore darker and more sinister aspects of Falkirk’s long history. There are tales of murder, mayhem and, of course, Burke and Hare! There may even be the opportunity to visit Falkirk’s hidden graveyard. If you would like to come on this walk meet at the Celtic Cross in Falkirk Old Parish Churchyard at 7.15pm. The walk lasts about 90 minutes. There is no charge for this walk, but a small donation is always appreciated. There is no need to pre-book. For further information contact the Stentmaisters Information Line on 07954 027980 or check the Stentmaisters Facebook page.

Summer Fete

Thorntree Mews Care Home at Arnot Hill, Falkirk are having a summer fete on Saturday, August 8 from 1 – 4pm. There will be a bouncy castle, face painting, lots of stalls, cake and candy, tombola and a raffle. Falkirk fire station will bring along a fire engine and interact with the kids. All monies raised are for the residents comfort fund which provides outings, entertainment and treats for all the residents.

Olivet Evangelical

Sunday Services begin at 10.30am with communion, followed at 11.15am by a message from the Bible with hymn singing, when the speaker is Iain Gibb of Grangemouth. At 6pm there is a joint Evening Service at Grahamston Evangelical Church (Miller Hall). On Tuesday evening at 7.30pm is the continued summer season of prayer meetings with an epilogue when the leader this week is John Kelly. Thursday (today) and Friday are the last two days of the free Holiday club for Primary School Children opening at 10.30am for registration and craft work followed by a fun packed programme from 11am - noon; beginning with a puppet show. At 1.30pm each afternoon there will be a repeat session starting again with registration of the same fun packed programme and finishing at 3pm. A follow up young peoples craft group from the Holiday Club in the Howgate Centre, is planned for later in the month of August; details will be advertised and communicated in the near future.

Cats Protection

Found at Queen Crescent Falkirk, a adult dark black/beige tabby black band down tail with left ear half folded over has been around nearly one week. Found at Ladysneuk Rd. Stirling a young black cat with white to muzzle leading to above eyes, pink nose and four white feet. Found St Laurens Crescent, Slammannan for at least two months a large unneutered black cat. Found between Bo’ness and Linlithgow a white cat. Anyone who may have any old unused coins or foreign currency coins which are unable to change due to small denominations or discontinued currency, if anyone would like to donate these to the shelter, there is a collection box within the shelter especially for this or ask to speak with Donna.

Parkinsons UK

The next branch meeting will be on today (Thursday) at 7pm in St. Francis Xaviers Church Hall. Bring a carer or friend. Try your skill on the Wii.

The next Tuesday meeting will be on August 11 at 2.00 pm. We will be entertained by the Sweet Harmony singers. You can be sure of a warm welcome, contact eddiebryce@sky.com or on 01324 638911.

Braveheart

Augusts’ Monthly Walk is taking us through to Stirlingshire! On Tuesday, August 25, Braveheart are heading to Airthrey Castle for a wonderful walk around the grounds of Stirling University. This walk has both a 45 minute walk option and a one and half hour walk option, where we will all enjoy tea and cake in the cafe after our walk. Free transport is provided leaving from Camelon Education Centre at 1pm and Carron Co-op at 1.10pm, returning around 4.30pm. Booking at seat on the bus is essential and is on a first come first serve basis, please call 01324 673703. Braveheart Walk Leaders and walkers look forward to seeing you at the end of the month. Please feel free to call the above number if you have any questions. There is a wonderful walk around the Helix Park which takes in the various sights and wildlife along the way, including the Kelpies themselves! Meeting in the Falkirk Stadium car park to start our walk for 7pm, For more information please call 01324 673703.

Falkirk: Braveheart’s beautiful walk around Callendar Park, leaving from Callendar House, will bring you back each week! Monday 2pm you have the option of a slow 30minute walk or a 1 hour walk of more brisk pace. Saturday 10.30am, we have a 1 hour walk. Come along and meet our Walk Leaders, and friendly walkers where you can enjoy a cup of tea and a scone in Callendar House after your walk. For more information on our Callendar Park walk please contact 01324 673703.

Carers Centre

Falkirk and Clackmannanshire Carers Centre, 1a Bank Street, Falkirk is holding its monthly Men’s Group Lunch on Tuesday, August 11 from noon – 2pm. It offers an opportunity for male carers to relax and chat over a sandwich lunch (just a £1.50 donation). Weekly Carers Cafe continues in the Centre every Wednesday from 10am – noon, a chance to meet and chat with other carers. For more information or if you need more support with your role as a carer please phone the office 01324 611510. Email centre@centralcarers.org Web: www.carersfalkirk.org

Ramblers

Tomorrow, (Friday) the Group are leaving the walking boots behind and heading to Glasgow for an evening excursion on the Waverley Paddle Steamer. Details from Margaret Cook Tel 01786 463631. On Sunday, August 9, the walk is on good roads, paths and tracks around the lochside at Lomond Shores, in the grounds of Balloch Castle Country Park, past Boturich Castle and in the woodlands of Whinny Hill. Grade C+: 9mls/4hrs: Ascent 754ft. Meet at Linden Avenue Car Park, Stirling at 9.30am or the start of the walk in the Blue Car Park at Lomond Shores at 10.30am. Map ref: OS: 56 GR: NS384821. Leader: Janette Seale Tel 01786 447107 Mob 07709 957317 email: janette.seale@hotmail.co.uk

Spiritualist Church

The New Falkirk Spiritualist Church, Westfield Community Centre, Westfield Street welcomes Mediums Lila and Janette from Kirkcaldy to our platform on Saturday, August 8 at 7pm. Everyone is welcome to join us at our services. For further details see www.falkirkspiritualistchurch.com.

Cat Photo Competition

The Cat Register and Rescue annual photo competition takes place during the autumn fayre on Saturday, August 29 in the Community Hub in the Howgate (at the back door of Mark and Spencer) from 10am – 3pm. This year we are asking that you only send in one photo per cat. If you have two cats, then you can send in two photos, one for each cat. A group photo may also be included. To enter, print the cat’s name along with your name and address and phone number on the back of your photos and post to The Charity Shop, 29 Main Street, Brightons, Falkirk, FK2 0JS and address them to “Cat Photo Competition”. If you want your photos returned, please include a stamped addressed envelope. The final closing date for entries is August 21. There will be two prizes, “Best in Show” and “The People’s Choice”. Please come along on the day to view the photos and browse the stalls with tombola, fancy goods, home baking etc. You can also find out more about the work of the C.R.& R. from the volunteers. We look forward to seeing you there.

Beat Club

Go along to the Tolbooth Tavern and enjoy the Falkirk Steeple Beat Club tomorrow tonight (Friday) from 7.30pm. Listen to the sounds of Northern Soul, R&B and Motown. All welcome.

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. Unfortunately the local branch at Leishman Tower has temporarily closed due to reduced use by members and a shortage of volunteers. If you are an existing member requiring assistance or are interested in volunteering please call the main office. For details on how to join please phone the main office in Grangemouth on 01324 473695, visit our website: www.falkirkcreditunion.co.uk or pop into your new local branch at Westfield Park Community Centre, which is open Wednesdays fortnightly from 12-1pm (please check with main office or centre for details).

Domino Results

TheFair-Play Domino Results for week 2: Legion 7 – Mill-Inn B 5; Star-Inn 7 – Scotia 5; Mill-Inn A 3 – Aunty Katies 9; Tam Bain 8 – Anchor 4; Ellwyn 5 – Ship-Inn 7; Railway 7 – Clachan 5; Cheerz 8 – Soohoose 4; Roman Bar B 4 – Aitkens 8.

Blind Club

The club’s weekly meetings resumed on Tuesday afternoon in the Warm-up Area in the Falkirk Stadium after our three week break and we certainly started on a very high note. The members were entertained by Kevin Murphy,making a return visit to the club, who again thrilled the members with his singing. His choice of popular songs made hits by various top artists and performed by him had the whole club, and some of the stadium staff, rocking and rolling, a fantastic afternoon and another visit from Kevin is one the members will look forward to, so much so that he was asked to do an encore. The club meets at the above venue starting at 1 pm. and invite anyone who is registered blind, or is visually impaired, to come along and join us. Anyone taking up this invitation will be made most welcome.

Caledonia Choir

Now that August has started we look forward to our first rehearsal of the new season which will be on Monday, August 24 at 7.30pm. If you have been thinking about joining a choir (or have an urge to come back to choral singing again) you will be made most welcome. We are a friendly bunch who enjoy singing (and having a blether at the tea break in the middle of rehearsal). Membership is only £20 payable in two instalments (including free concert uniform and free loan of music) – but new members can delay paying until they are sure our mix of modern, Scottish and classical music is to their taste. No need to be able to read music – just a willingness to sing. For more information contact President Mary McCann (Tel  01506 847352), Secretary Liz Williamson (Tel  01324 714418) or Assistant Secretary Paul Cortopassi (01324 811879). Tenors and basses especially welcome!

Trinity Church

The service this Sunday commences at 11am and will be led by Kay Brown. Tea, coffee and fellowship are available in the main hall following the service. The Church Walking Group meet on Mondays at 7pm. The set off point for August is the Union Inn Car Park (please note this is a change of venue from that originally advised). All are welcome. The National Boys Choir of Scotland and The National Girls Training Choir of Scotland will be performing Sixty Minutes of Song’ in Falkirk Trinity Church on Saturday, August 15 commencing at 4pm. The conductors will be Christopher Bell and Mark Evans. All are welcome at this special event and tickets priced £5 (concessions £4, under 26 £3) and are available from Falkirk Trinity Church or at www.ticketsource.co.uk/NYCoS.

Spiritualist Church

The Pleasance Spiritualist Church meets in the Guide Hall off Cow Wynd. The medium on Sunday, is Martin Gilbert. Doors open at 6.15pm, service starts at 7pm, followed by a healing circle. Everyone welcome.

Step Forth

Has a programme of short weekly volunteer led walks across Falkirk. The aim of the led walk programme is to encourage people to start walking regularly in their local area. All walks are listed in this section of the Falkirk herald. We also have walks at the beautiful Kinneil estate in Bo’ness every Monday and Thursday at 10.30am and Tuesday at 2pm. All leave from Kinneil Museum. We also have a walking group at Carriden, for more information contact me on the number below. All Step Forth walks are free. For more information call 01324-504568/556 or email stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org

Suicide Support

A support group for people bereaved by suicide. The group meet on an informal basis once a month on the last Monday of each month from 6pm – 8.30pm. The group welcomes everyone who has experienced the loss through suicide of a person close to them – family, partner or friend. The group facilitators have experience participating in and facilitating groups, and are experienced counsellors. For further details about the group contact Neil Sowerby at carers@fdamh.org.uk. Number; 01324 67100, or NHS Forth Valley Spiritual Care Team - 24/7 number: 07824 460882. Counselling is also available within FDAMH if needed. The group meets in Falkirk District Association for Mental Health (FDAMH), The Victoria Centre, 173 Victoria Road, Falkirk FK2 7AU.

Helix Walks

A walk leaves Falkirk Football stadium every Monday at 7pm and is lead by volunteer walk leaders. You will need a reasonable level of fitness for this walk as it can take up to two hours to explore the paths. Please wear suitable footwear. All walks are free.

Health Walks

Health walks leave the front doors of Falkirk Football Stadium every Monday at 10am, the walks are split into a faster or slower walk. Both are lead by our volunteer walk leaders. This is a great way to explore the Helix with a group and its free. For more information email stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org

Helix Connect

Every Wednesday, 7pm from the front doors of Falkirk Football Stadium. Walk leaders will take walkers in and around the Helix site. Once the walk is established the group will take in all the paths which connect to Helix park. Westquarter Glen, Lionthorn, Love and kisses and the sun dial in Langlees woodlands, Beancross, Lauriston ,Grangemouth links and more. Come along and discover new places to walk while meeting other people. Walks are all free and lead by Step Forth volunteers. For more information contact me Barbara McConnell on 01324-504556 or email: stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org

Nordic Walking

Tuesday at 6.30pm, meet at Carron Co-op, for dams walk. Wednesday at 1pm meet at the Pineapple in Airth. Monday walk on as usual at 10am at Falkirk Stadium. Please check our face book page for Thursday fast walk. Contact 01324-504556 or email stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org

Buggy Walk

Every Monday at 1.15pm from the front doors of Falkirk Football Stadium. When the weather is good we sit on the great lawn and have a chat or at the plaza cafe by the lagoon. We also use the lovely restaurant at the Stadium when its raining or in the colder months Its a good way to meet other mums. Walk is run by our fantastic volunteers and is free. All children should be in a buggy or sling. for more information call 01324 504556.

Women’s Register

The National Women’s Register is a discussion group, and so much more, for all lively-minded women. We have weekly evening meetings, to discuss pre-arranged topics, in each other’s homes around Falkirk District. In addition we have monthly morning excursions to cafes and, through the summer, fortnightly evening walks. On Wednesday, August 19 we will be discussing “Whistleblowers”. New faces are very welcome. If you would like to come along please call Alison on 01324-631363.

Vintage & Retro Fair

There is a Vintage and Retro Fair being held on behalf of Callendar Square Shopping Centre on Saturday, August 15. There will b e a wide selection of traders, exhibitors and performers attending. We have two ‘Special Guests’ at the event: Anne Nelson’s Jump ‘N’ Jive Dance Troupe and the Falkirk Scooter Club. Anne’s dancers will be performing twice during the afternoon and inviting members of the public to join in with them. The Scooters will be in attendance and parked alongside the centre for photograph opportunities and for enthusiasts and club members to meet up. You are welcome to dress up for the event in any decade/era you wish - this includes traders and members of the public.