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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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Trinity Church

The service this Sunday, August 16 commences at 11am and will be led by Kay Brown. Tea, coffee and fellowship will be available in the main hall following the service. All are most welcome. If you would like to enjoy an afternoon of music and song then join in this Saturday, August 15 to listen to NYCoS National Boys Choir and NYCoS National Girls Training Choir performing Sixty Minutes of Song which commences at 4pm in the Church Sanctuary. Tickets are available online from www.ticketsource.co.uk /NYCoS or are available at the door on the day, depending on availability. The lunchtime organ recital on Friday, August 21 will be given by Ian Boulter, Organist and Director of Music, Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling. Ian is a very talented organist and his programmes are always a delight because of the variety of styles he offers his audience. As usual there is a £6 lunch deal available in the main hall adjoining the church. Admission is free but donations are welcome towards the Schuren Fund.

Falkirk Festival Chorus

The first rehearsal is on Sunday, August 23 at 3pm in Trinity Church Hall. The main work which they will be preparing for, the concert in May, is Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, an exciting and powerful piece. Closer to hand will be the very popular Bairns’ Christmas, where they will be joined by the Caledonia Choir and Falkirk Tryst Orchestra. A warm welcome is extended to anyone who would like to join the Chorus; no auditions, just a love of music and a desire to sing. It’s a great way to spend a few hours every Sunday, good music, friendship and of course the welcome cup of tea and a biscuit at the interval. So please accept this invitation, you will be made very welcome, just go along, or if you would like some further details, contact secretary Norah Summers on 01324 625284.

Falkirk Caledonia Choir

Time to start getting those vocal chords back into shape. Choir members are reminded that the first rehearsal of the new season will be on Monday, August 24 at 7.30pm in St Andrew’s Primary school, Falkirk. Look out your music folders, have a re-run of the standard repertoire pieces and look forward to reuniting with old friends. If you have been thinking about joining a choir, or have an urge to get back to choral singing again, you will be made most welcome at St Andrew’s Primary. This is 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 the mix of modern, Scottish and classical music is to their taste. No need to be able to read music and no auditions, just a quick check to see if you fit in with sopranos, altos, tenors or basses. Rehearsals run from 7.30pm to 9.30pm with a 15 minute tea break. It’s challenging but great fun. Go along and enjoy yourself. For more information contact president Mary McCann, Tel. 01506 847352, secretary Liz Williamson, Tel. 01324 714418 or assistant secretary Paul Cortopassi on 01324 811879. Tenors and basses especially welcome.

Osteorporosia Group

The next meeting of the Osteoporosis Support Group will take place on Wednesday, August 19 from 2pm to 4pm in The Park Hotel, Falkirk. All welcome. For further information contact Janice on 01786 463098.

National Choirs

Music in The Faw Kirk (Opposite M&S in Falkirk High Street), Saturday, August 15 at 4pm - Sixty minutes of song with choirs from the National Youth Choirs of Scotland conducted by Christopher Bell.

Blind Club

Falkirk Blind Club, once again the secretary came up with top class entertainment when Vicky, from Glasgow, made a return visit to the club, her choice of songs and her fantastic voice had the members completely enthralled and looking forward to another visit from her. The club functions under the umbrella of Falkirk Football Club working in the community and to provide a centre where those who are registered blind, or are visually impaired, can go along and meet with others and have an afternoon of fellowship and fun. Meetings take place every Tuesday afternoon in the warm-up area in the Falkirk Stadium starting at 1pm. New members, or visitors, will always be made most welcome.

Olivet Evangelical Church

The Sunday Services return to the usual pattern this week after the holiday season, beginning at 10am with Communion followed at 11am by a time of fellowship with refreshments. At 11.25am is the All Age Service when Peter Chirnside of Uddingston is the guest speaker. A review of the Howgate Children’s Holiday Club takes place at 12.45pm. The Church prayer meeting is at 6pm followed at 6.30pm by the Bible Teaching Hour when the guest speaker is Andrew Bathgate of Edinburgh. On Tuesday evening at 7.30pm is a missionary report meeting with Peter and Anne Glover who have been working in Peru, South America. Please note that the new weekly study programme is entitled Discipleship Explored which begins on Tuesday, August 25 and all members plus friends are encouraged to participate. The course booklets can be obtain from Richard Gordon and the study can either be done at home or on the Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm in one of the regular prayer and Bible study groups. The Parent and Toddlers Group are still on holiday and will return in September.

Round Table

The Larbert and Falkirk 41 Club will hold their next meeting on Monday, August 17 at the Cladhan Hotel Falkirk starting 7.15pm. Our guest speaker is Jim Leishman, Men’s Health and Keepwell clinical coordinator. If you are over 45 and an ex member of Round Table and want to attend the meeting or find out more about the 41 club please e-mail philip.lauder1967@googlemail.com by Friday, August 14.

Railway Tavern

Tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday, August 15 at 9pm karaoke with Lindsay.


The rapidly changing developments in news-gathering and newspaper production provided Jill Buchanan, editor of The Falkirk Herald, with much to enlighten members of the Rotary Club of Grangemouth at its last meeting. Jill, who began her newspaper career on the former Falkirk and Grangemouth Advertiser, captivated her listeners, among them past president Colin Mailer, her first editor. The vote of thanks was proposed by Andy Finlayson. Nigel Harris, refreshed from his holiday, was in the chair. From beginning his working life in a foundry to running a photo-copying business found Sandy Muir entertaining fellow members the previous week. His “My Job” talk, which is mandatory for all new Rotarians, was extremely well received. The vote of thanks on that occasion was offered by Jim Bennie. Making a most welcome appearance following a lengthy absence through ill-health was club member Alex. Robertson. President elect Allan Graham was in the chair.

Age Concern

Activities continue as follows in Falkirk Trinity Church Hall, Sequence Dancing on Tuesdays, 1.45pm and Keep Fit will recommence on Friday, August 21.

Spiritualist Church

The New Falkirk Spiritualist Church, Westfield Community Centre, Westfield Street welcomes Medium Margaret Purves from Glenrothes to our platform on Saturday, August 15 at 7pm. Everyone is welcome to join our service. A warm welcome greets everyone. For further details see www.falkirkspiritualistchurch.com ‘

Braveheart Walks

Middlefield - This wonderful walk around the Helix Park 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, our committed Walk Leaders and walkers look forward to seeing you there for some evening fresh air on this 1hour long walk. 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 30 minute walk or a one hour walk of more brisk pace. Saturday 10.30am, we have a one 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.


Stirling and Falkirk District Ramblers. Please note that the walk on Sunday, August 16, has changed from the walk in the programme. We are now doing the walk originally planned for the following Thursday which is “A Ramble Around the Lomonds”, following a circular route on the lower slopes of West and East Lomond using paths and tracks. Grade C+: 8mls/5hrs: Ascent 500ft. Meet at Linden Avenue Car Park, Stirling at 9.30am or start of walk at Craigmead Car Park at 10.30am OS: 58 GR: NO227063. Non members welcome. Further details from the walk leader Tel: 01324 632740 Mob: 07814 995319 or visit our website sfdramblers.wordpress.com. The walk on Thursday, August 20, will not now take place.

Cats Protection

Missing from Menstrie since Tuesday morning a black and white female, called poppy who is black to body white to front left paw, white underneath, black over ears like a mask, has white between eyes down over full muzzle leading to throat, neck and tum pink nose, wearing a collar Telephone 07534267981. Missing from Broad St, Stirling a six year old neutered female house cat, who is black with white front paws, white tum and white nose, Telephone 01786462375. Found at St Serfs Road Tullibody, a smoke grey and peach dialoute torte, who has a bit flea allergy has been around just over one week

Sighted around the Maltings, Falkirk on and off, for last week a black cat with white socks, white patch to face and is very friendly. 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 collection box within the shelter especially for this or ask to speak with Donna.

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 or visit our website www.falkirkcreditunion.co.uk. 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 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).

Bridge Club

Results of Round 16 of the Bridie Ross Summer Teams of 4 played on Monday, August 10 were: 1. Roy Bennett and Anne Symons/David Liggat and Liz McGowan; 2. Charles and Vi Outred/Mark Menzies and Tom Penman; 3. Betty Mackinlay and Dick Sandeman/Susan and Morison Zuill; 4. Steve Andrew and Leslie Cembler/Alex Hamilton and Moray Jeffrey.

Spiritualist Church

The Pleasance Spiritualist Church meet in the Guide Hall off Cow Wynd. The medium on Sunday, August 16 is Elaine Hoggan. Doors open at 6.15pm, Service starts at 7pm, followed by a healing circle. Everyone welcome.

Step Forth

The group 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. Allleave from Kinneil museum. We also have a walking group at Carriden, for more information contact the number below. All Step Forth walks are FREE. For more information call 01324 504568/556 or email stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org

Helix Walks

Do you like to walk? would you like to know more about the network of paths in and around the Helix area? 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 2 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


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

Nordic Walking

Through this part of the Falkirk Herald our walkers can find out where to meet every week and if there is anything new planned. Tuesday, August 18, 6.30pm, meet at Bo’ness foreshore car park. Wednesday, August 19, meet at Lionthorn car park. Monday walk on as usual at 10am at Falkirk Stadium. Please check our face book page for Thursday fast walk. For information contact 01324-504556 or email stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org

Suicide Support

This is 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 to 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. Tel. 01324 671600 or NHS Forth Valley Spiritual Care Team - 24/7 Tel. 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.

Carers Support

This is a support group for Carers. The group meet on an informal basis once a fortnight, from noon to 2pm. This is a safe and relaxing space for carers to mutually support and get to know each other over a cuppa! Staff members will be there to welcome you, and are on hand for information, updates and support. The group welcomes everyone who has caring responsibilities for family, partner or friend. For further information please contact Neil Sowerby at carers@fdamh.org.uk or Susan Burns (01324) 671600 The group meets in Falkirk District Association for Mental Health (FDAMH) The Victoria Centre, 173 Victoria Road, Falkirk.