Falkirk news from Thursday, April 16

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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Soroptimist International

At the Falkirk meeting on April 9 members reviewed the roles of the different committees with the aim of improving efficiency. It was reported that the amount raised at the Spring into Summer event was £1045 and thanks were given to all those who had assisted. Members are looking forward to celebrating 70 years of service, on the weekend of May 30 and 31 when they will be joined by visiting Soroptimists.

Festival Chorus

The countdown has started towards our Festival Concert on May 10 at 7 p.m. in Falkirk Town Hall. Rehearsals are going well for what will prove a very exciting programme. The two pieces are Puccini’s Messa di Gloria and Lux Aeterna by Morten Lauridsen. Soloists are Alistair Digges, Tenor, and Graeme Danby, Bass. We will be accompanied by the Scottish Concert Orchestra lead by Ben Buurman. As these works are not as well know as others we have performed, taking advantage of the pre concert talk by our conductor at 6 p.m. in the auditorium should add to the enjoyment of the concert ahead. These pieces have proved to be very moving and also very exhilarating, so please do not miss this chance to join with us in this musical experience. Tickets priced £15, £12 concession and £5 student are now on sale from the Steeple Box Office (01324) 506850 or from any chorus member.

Friendship Link

The AGM of the Antonine Friendship Link heard that income had increased from £640 to £1040. £600 has already been sent to help the West Bank people of Jayyous. New contacts had come from a film at the Hippodrome and talks at Callendar House as well as the impressive presentation on non-violent resistance by Sami Awad from the Holy Land Trust hosted by St Francis Youth Group. Plans were discussed for further events, including cooperation with other civil rights groups. The meeting began with a talk from Wael Shawish on the recent Israeli elections. He felt the depressing lurch further to the right had the advantage of making plain to the World that the present regime has no intention of pursuing peace through a Two State solution. The way forward to a solution lay in an equal dual nationality system to build trust in the long term towards a permanent solution. Outside pressure, particularly from the USA, would be needed to achieve this if both Palestinians and Jews are not to continue paying the price of centuries of Western Anti-Semitism.

Philatelic Society

The fortnightly meeting of the Falkirk and District Philatelic Society (FDPS) in Camelon Parish Church Hall was well attended. After the usual business was discussed, during which very pleasing comment was made on the article and photographs contained in The Falkirk Herald’s ‘Big Read’, members were advised where copies of the photographs, taken at the previous society meeting, could be obtained. The chairman then opened discussion on members participation as hosts at the 86th Annual Scottish Stamp Congress in the Dewar Centre in Perth tomorrow and Saturday. Falkirk and District Philatelic Society has been given the honour in recognition of it celebrating its 50th year. New Members young and old are always welcome. For more information contact Alistair on 01506 822695.

Camera Club

Last Thursday FCC held its annual ‘Print of the Year’ and ‘PDI of the Year’ competition. The images were judged by Peter Paterson, FRPS EFIAP MPAGB and the winners were: Mono print of the year (William Forman Trophy), ‘Jealousy’, Nancy MacArthur. Colour print of the Year (Eric Bryson Trophy), ‘Admiration’, Eileen Sutherland. PDI of the year (Stanley Bloch Trophy), ‘Osprey with fish’, David Jones. FCC also held the final for the knock-out competition (Stanley Bloch Memorial Trophy), the winner of which was David Jones with ‘Hawfinch on sunflower’. Congratulations to all winners and those who received commendations. Our thanks also go to Peter for his time in reviewing and critique of the images. More on Peter Paterson can be found at www.peterpaterson.com. For more on FCC visit www.falkirkcameraclub.co.uk


Do you suffer from anxiety or depression? This is a group who meet in a friendly, supportive and confidential environment. There is a ladies group every Wednesday and Friday from 1-3 p.m. in Camelon Community Project, Abercrombie Street. There is also a men-only group every first and third Thursday from 2-4 p.m. in the Dawson Centre, David’s Loan, Bainsford, as well as a mixed group every Monday from 7-9 p.m., also in the Dawson Centre. For further information visit www.dashonline.org.uk or contact 07985 461187.

Lodge Callendar

On Thursday, April 9 a large deputation of members of the Lodge headed by the RWM Bro. William Davidson paid a visit to Lodge Camelon No.1456 and witnessed an excellent 3rd. degree which was worked by the Past Masters of Lodge Camelon. The RWM of Lodge Camelon then presented the Travelling Gavel to RWM Bro. William Davidson which was thankfully received on behalf of the Lodge and members. The next meeting of the Lodge will be on Monday at 7.30 p.m. and the business will be a ballot followed by a 3rd. Degree which is being worked by the Past Masters of the Lodge headed by PM Bro. Jaimie Finlay. All visitors will be made most welcome.

Probus Club

The chairman introduced Jim McKellar from the Seagull Trust started by a minister in 1978 to improve the lives of people who find it difficult to experience the joys of being in the countryside. He decided to introduce boat trips on our canals for people from nursing and care homes and children with special needs, many of whom are also disabled. The Falkirk branch now operates their two boats continuously from now to October, and the Union Canal boathouse is the starting point for a pleasant day out for thousands of local people who are physically restricted. The Trust is operated entirely by volunteers and there are about 100 active members who crew the boats and ensure the comfort of their guests. The boats go down on the Wheel or cruise eastward through the dark tunnel and onwards. Jim explained they are very grateful for the financial help received from local businesses to provide and maintain the boats. Each boat has a skipper who has a Helmsman Certificate to ensure the safety of the passengers. The Trust also operates boats at Ratho, Kirkintilloch, and Inverness on the Caledonian Canal. The trust enjoys charitable status and won a Queens Award for Voluntary Services in 2007. Bill Laurie thanked Jim for his enjoyable presentation on the fine work carried out by the Trust. The next talk will be given by Lachlin McGowan on the Maggie’s Centre.

Wildlife Trust

The Scottish Wildlife Trust AGM will be held on Tuesday, April 21, in the Christian Centre, Glebe Street, at 7.30 p.m. This will be followed by guest speaker Phil May who will give a talk entitled ‘Owls around Falkirk’. All welcome.

Pain Group

Pain Association Scotland runs professionally-led monthly groups for people with all forms of chronic pain. The focus is on building skills that help you gain control and live more effectively with your pain as well as meeting others in the same situation. You do not need to be referred by your doctor. The next meeting is tomorrow (Friday) at 1.45 p.m. in the Sensory Centre, Camelon. For more information visit www.painassociation.com or phone 0800 783 6059.

Blind Club

The club had a surprise celebration for our guest entertainer for the day, Peter McQuade MBE, when he was presented with a cake - and a bottle of whisky to wash it down! He was also ‘knighted’ and named Sir Peter of Westfield by the chairman. Peter is a great friend of the club and came along at the last moment so that the members had some entertainment. His award of the MBE is justly earned and of course his humour and music was much appreciated by the members. The club received two donations, £49 from the Olivet Hall and £20 from Esther and Colin Rae, both members of the club. Our grateful thanks goes to them for their generosity. Our weekly invitation also goes out anyone who is registered blind or visually impaired to come along to the club and meet with others to enjoy an afternoon of entertainment, fun and fellowship. We meet every Tuesday afternoon from 1 p.m. in the warm-up area of Falkirk Stadium.

Friendship Club

Would you like to dance to live music on a Sunday night? If so, please come along to the Park Hotel any Sunday from 8 p.m. 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.

Domino League

Fairplay Domino League Week 5 results: Roman Bar A 5, Cheerz 7; Scotia 5, Railway 7; Anchor 5, Star Inn 7; Aunty Kates 5, Legion 7; Ship Inn 7, Mill Inn 5; Ellwyn 6, Tam Bain 6; Clachan 4, Aitkens 8; Soohoose 5, Roman Bar B 7. Week 6 results: Railway 6, Roman Bar A 6; Legion 4, Scotia 8; Mill Inn 3, Anchor 9; Star Inn 5, Aunty Kates 7; Tam Bain 6, Ship Inn 6; Roman Bar B 5, Ellwyn 7; Cheerz 8, Clachan 4; Aitkens 7, Soohoose 5.

Carers Centre

The Princess Royal Trust Carers Centre (Falkirk and Clackmannanshire) hosts a Carers Cafe every Wednesday between 10 a.m. and midday in its offices at 1A Bank Street. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and the 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 on (01324) 611510, email centre@centralcarers.co.uk or visit www.carersfalkirk.org.uk.

Art Club

A huge thank you to Michele Mathieson for a great demonstration on Monday. She painted a winter mountain landscape in pastel and gave lots of tips for using pastel. April 20 is our annual crit night by a professional artist. Nichol Wheatley will be on hand to give constructive criticism and may make suggestions to enhance your work. Bring along one piece of art work for appraisal. Always a good night and an opportunity for an expert opinion, meet at 7.15 p.m. in St Francis Xavier Church hall. For more information contact the secretary on 07730134422 or visit the Facebook page.

Caledonia Choir

Only two more regular rehearsals and one dress rehearsal left before the annual Spring Concert on April 2. Members are asked to bring their music sorted in performance order for the last remaining rehearsals as we hone our singing skills before the big night in Falkirk Town Hall. Tickets cost £12 (£10 concession) from the Steeple Box Office or choir members. The concert starts at 7.30 p.m. Our guest this year is Mark O’Keeffe – principal trumpet player with the Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Mark is a true professional and it will be great performing alongside him again. Programmes are free and include the lyrics of various items which the audience are invited to share with us. Come along and have a great night!

Operatic Society

The Scottish Premier of ‘The Slipper and the Rose’ opens in Falkirk Town Hall on Tuesday and will run until Saturday, curtain up 7.30 p.m. each night. The Saturday Matinee starts at 2 p.m. Tickets, £14 and £10 concessions, are available from The Steeple Box Office or society members, info@falkirkoperatic.com and also online booking at www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/80006. A family ticket is available from Tuesday to Friday evening, two full price tickets and two concessions, £40. A free Fairy Wand is included with the sale of the programme. At the Saturday matinee children are invited to come dressed in character and enter our competition. ‘The Slipper and the Rose’ is a real story about two people in love. There is some enchanting music and excellent dancing involving the whole company. Our members under direction from Judy Brown director/choreographer and our new musical director Christopher Duffy have had a lot of fun learning all the music and dance moves.

Trinity Church

Our service at 11 a.m. this Sunday will be led by Rev. Robert Allan and focus on ‘Sent by the Risen Lord’. Tea, coffee and a blether are available in the hall after the service. he book group meets next Thursday at 8 p.m. in Costa when we’ll be reviewing “Elizabeth is Missing” written by Emma Healey. For any more information concerning this meeting or the Book Group in general please contact the office. During April the walking group will start all walks at 7 p.m. from Falkirk Stadium for Helix Park. All are welcome to join us. Greetings cards are now on sale in the Café.

Village Voice

The Village Voice group will hold its AGM on Tuesday, April 28, in the education room of Callendar House from 2 p.m.

Braveheart Monthly

Monthly walk on Tuesday, April 28 is heading to Dunblane! This wonderful walk takes us along the side of the Allan Water. Meet in the car park behind the Cathedral to start the walk for 1.30 p.m. This 1.5 hour long walk is open to all! Free transport is provided, leaving Camelon Education Center at 1 p.m. and Carron Co-op at 1.10 p.m, returning for 4.30 p.m. There are limited spaces so you must phone and book your seat on the bus - (01324) 673703. If you have any questions, please feel free to call. Braveheart are running a free walk leader training course. For more information please call Eva on (01324) 673703.

Braveheart Walks

Beautiful walk around Callendar Park every Monday, leaving from Callendar House at 2 p.m. There is a slow 30 minute walk or a one hour walk of more brisk pace. Come along and meet our walk leaders and friendly walkers and enjoy a cup of tea and a scone in Callendar House later. For more information call (01324) 673703. Middlefield: The Helix Park night walk has resumed! This wonderful walk takes in the various sights and wildlife of the Helix Park including the Kelpies themselves! Meet in the Falkirk Stadium car park to start for 7 p.m.

Writers Circle

Hilarity and criticism greeted the actors when practising Ian’s sketch last Tuesday. Tit for tat critque will follow when the others practice next week. Tuesday will hear topic readings and tie up some loose ends. To keep up a variety of 450 word stories, Mark is happy to receive entries, preferably by email. Information about forthcoming events can be obtained by phoning Isobel at (01324) 620048 or visiting isobel.quinn@outlook.com.

1st Falkirk Scouts

The hall refurbishment continues at pace and so far on time. This means that next week’s meetings will continue to be held elsewhere. Beavers, both Monday and Thursday colonies, will meet at Falkirk Trinity Church at the usual times. Wednesday cubs will take an extra weeks holidays and recommence on Wednesday, April 30. All other sections should be aware of their arrangements. Contact section leaders for details if unsure. It is hoped all sections will return to the hall week beginning April 27. Congratulations to Group Scout Leader Hamish Scott who received a bar to his Silver Acorn in the St George’s Day Awards, representing at least a further five years distinguished service to the Scout Movement.

Step Forth

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. Also walks at the beautiful Kinneil estate in Bo’ness every Monday and Thursday at 10.30 a.m. and Tuesday at 2 p.m. All leave from Kinneil museum. All Step Forth walks are free. For details call (01324) 504568/556 or email stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

Helix Walks

A walk leaves Falkirk Football Stadium every Monday at 7 p.m. and 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 Falkirk Football Stadium every Monday at 10 a.m., split into a faster or slower walk. Both are lead by 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.

New Walk

Due to the Monday evening walk being so well attended, another evening walk has been added to our project. Helix Connect starts on Wednesday at 7 p.m. from 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, Laurieston, 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 Barbara McConnell on (01324) 504556 or email stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

Buggy Walk

Every Monday at 1.15 p.m. from 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 it’s raining or in the colder months. It’s a good way to meet other mums. Walk is run by our fantastic volunteers and is free. All children should be in a buggy. For more information call (01324) 504556.

Nordic Walkings

On Tuesday please meet at Carriden church, Bo’ness at 6.30 p.m. to walk to Blackness. On Wednesday, April 22 meet at 1 p.m. at Bo’ness foreshore. Monday walk will leave from Falkirk Stadium as usual at 10 a.m. Please check our face book page for Thursday fast walk. Due to our last training sessions being fully booked we have added two more training dates, next Tuesday at 6.30 p.m. and Wednesday at 1 p.m. Book on (01324) 590940. For information contact (01324) 504556 or email stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.