Falkirk news from Thursday, April 2

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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Probus Club

The chairman introduced Goeff Bailey, Archaeologist and keeper of Local History at the Community Trust. Goeff has written several books on the history of the area, and the subject of his talk was Callendar House. The original building on the site was a large wooden hall and the seat of the Callendar family who were the lords of the area. The 5th Thane of Callendar backed the wrong candidate to be King and lost his lands as a result to the Livingston family in 1345. They decided to invest in a stone tower house, which would be a dwelling and a fortress, and over the centuries the building was extended and improved. The Livingstons were a very important part of Scottish society and often raised the daughters of the Scottish kings, including Mary Queen of Scots. They owned large areas of land around Falkirk, but again lost the property when James Livingston aided the Jacobite cause in the 18th century and was forced into exile. The estate was bought at auction in 1783 by Aberdeen businessman William Forbes. He was a very successful entrepreneur who ran the estate profitably and with his son altered the house greatly. It was converted into the French chateau style building we see today around 1800. Goeff showed pictures demonstrating the construction of the original building contained within the present structure. Jack Bain thanked Geoff for his talk which outlined 1000 years of Falkirk history, supported by stories of the people and events during the period. The next talk will be given by Jim McKellar on the work of the Seagull Trust.

Domino League

Fairplay Domino League week 4 results: Aitkens 8, Roman Bar A 4; Cheerz 5, Scotia 7; Legion 6, Anchor 6; Railway 7, Aunty Kates 5; Star Inn 6, Ship Inn 6; Mill Inn 2, Ellwyn 10; Roman Bar B 7, Tam Bain 5; Soohoose 5, Clachan 7.

Friendship Club

Falkirk Solitaire Friendship Club hosts dancing to live music in the Park Hotel every Sunday night from 8 p.m. For more information about the club telephone Isabella on 07846 963901 or Marion on 07976975887. They will be pleased to hear from you.


Do you suffer from anxiety or depression? This is a group of people 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.

Olivet Evangelical

Tonight (Thursday) the Joint Churches Easter Holy Week services continue at 7.30 p.m. when the speaker is Rev. Alastair Horne of St Andrews West Church. On Good Friday, and again at 7.30 p.m., we welcome Rev. Deans Buchanan of Newton Mearns followed at about 8.30 p.m. by communion served to the congregation by representatives from each of the four town centre churches. Please note that these joint Holy Week services are open to anyone wishing to join with us and will be followed by a time of fellowship with refreshments. The Friday Parent and Toddlers Group is on holiday for three weeks. Sunday services begin at 10 a.m. with Communion followed at 11 a.m. by a time of fellowship with refreshments. The All Age service is at 11.25 a.m. with Tom Lawson of Edinburgh. His text is Matthew 28: 15 and the message is entitled ‘Afraid yet filled with joy’. A joint Churches Easter Praise will be celebrated at 6 p.m. on Sunday in Grahamston Evangelical Church. On Tuesday evening at 7.30 p.m. is the latest in the Bible study series on the Book of Genesis, studying Chapters 39 and 40 ‘Joseph a Slave and Prisoner’. The ‘Young at Heart’ is on Wednesday at 2 p.m. with guest speaker Rev. Andrew Randall from Larbert who will share ‘a thought for the day’.

Philatelic Society

The fortnightly meeting of the Falkirk and District Philatelic Society in Camelon Parish Church Hall welcomed Ken Norris from Lanarkshire Stamp Club. He showed four displays, stamps and postal history from Norway; various issues from the Keeling Islands in the Indian ocean; Airgraphs, which were the fore-runners of present day Airmails, to and from Great Britain; and stamps and covers from the Christmas Islands. All the displays were immaculately presented. President Ian Anderson invited Jean Osbourne to propose the vote of thanks and the members responded appropriately. To mark its 50th anniversary, the society has been asked to host the 86th Annual Scottish Stamp Congress in Perth on April 17 and 18. It is also holding an Anniversary Dinner on April 30 as a final celebration of the event.

Community Hub

A new information point staffed by representitives of local and national health and welfare organisations is now available to provide support and advice at Falkirk Community Hospital on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Dementia Friends

Alzheimer Scotland has launched a recruitment drive to find ‘dementia friends’. Information sessions are planned and there are more details at www.dementiafriendsscotland.org. You can also contact Alzheimer Scotland dementia advisor Justine Davidson on (01324) 564278, e-mail jdavidson@Alzscot.org to find out more.

Carers Centre

Princess Royal Trust Carers Centre, (Falkirk & Clackmannanshire), host a Wednesday Cafe at 1A Bank Street between 10 a.m. and midday to offer carers the chance to get together for a chat over a tea or coffee. Our office will be closed tomorrow (Friday) and Monday for the Easter break, but from Tuesday for more information or if you need more support with your role as a carer please phone (01324) 611510, e-mail centre@centralcarers.co.uk or visit www.carersfalkirk.org.uk

Soroptimists International

The key topic for discussion at the business meeting on March 26 was the finalisation of the arrangements for the Charter Dinner and celebration for the 70th Anniversary of the club. The dinner will be held at the Falkirk Wheel on Saturday, May 30 for club members and invited guests. The speaker will be Ann Gloag. A programme of activities to welcome our international guests and to showcase the Falkirk area is also planned. On Saturday, May 23, activities are planned in support of the Fistula Foundation. A ‘Spring into Summer’ afternoon tea to raise funds for our sponsored charities with entertainment provided by Falkirk Floral Art Club, musicians from Falkirk High School and Kareen Cairns was held on Sunday, March 29. Other activities in March included the Targeting Ovarian Cancer awareness event at Forth Valley Royal Hospital, a collection at the Howgate Centre in aid of the Marie Curie Cancer Care Great Daffodil Appeal which raised almost £600 and activities in support of Bantaskine Brownies. If you are interested in finding out more about membership or would like more information about the events and other activities undertaken by the club details can be found on the website http://sigbi.org/falkirk.

St Andrew’s West

Our Easter Week services are being held this year at Olivet Evangelical Church with our friends from there, Falkirk Baptist and Grahamston Evangelical Churches. The services will be at 7.30 p.m. tonight (Thursday) and tomorrow, Good Friday. Communion will also be celebrated on Friday evening. Easter Day worship at St Andrew’s West will be our Family Service at 11 a.m. with contributions from the Sunday School and Choir, and our Easter Evening Service at 7 p.m. We invite you to come and join with us as we celebrate the risen Lord this Easter and assure you a warm welcome among us. The Mother & Toddler Group will continue as usual throughout the Easter holiday period on Thursdays from 2 – 3.30 p.m. for those with toddlers aged 1 – 3 years and we do hope you will come along.

Caledonia Choir

Excitement mounts as we head towards our annual spring concert on Wednesday, April 29, in Falkirk Town Hall, 7.30 p.m. There is no rehearsal on Monday and the rehearsal on April 13 will be in a different location as the school will still be closed. There are only a few rehearsal opportunities left, so members are urged to ensure they attend every one of them to be best prepared on the night. Tickets (£12 adults, £10 concessions) are available from choir members and the Steeple Box Office and include a free programme. You’ll appreciate this gift as you take part in the various ‘audience participation’ numbers. Our guest artist is Mark O’Keefe, principal trumpet player with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, who joins us again to entertain with his virtuoso playing. Come along and join the fun with our wide range of songs from modern musicals, well-loved Scottish songs, negro spirituals, classical works and a couple of surprise items. If you like what we sing why not consider joining us when we start back in the Autumn. Find out more on our website at http://goo.gl/qjNw6Z.

Falkirk Operatic

The Scottish Premier performance of ‘The Slipper and The Rose’ opens in Falkirk Town Hall on Tuesday, April 21 and run until Saturday, April 25 with a matinee performance on the Saturday. Curtain up at 7.30 p.m. and 2 p.m. for the matinee. Come and see our pretty Cinderella (Suzanne Garner) outwitting her Stepmother (Lorna Wallace) helped by the Fairy Godmother (Shirley McNulty). Charming Prince Edward (Darren Tasker) with his pal John (Andrew Gibson) together with all the other principals and chorus members are looking forward to performing in this fabulous show. Suzanne and Andrew will be playing their first principal parts with the society under the direction of Judy Brown director/choreographer and Christopher Duffy, musical director. Tickets are available from The Steeple Box Office, society members, info@falkirkoperatic.com and online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/80006. They are priced £14 and £10 concessions. No concessions on Saturday evening and Tuesday to Friday a Family ticket is available, two full price and two concessions, £40. We are having a colouring in competition for children 12 and under. Entries must be received by Friday, April 10 and the first prize is a Family ticket for the show with two tickets for the matinee going to the runner up. To enter go to www.falkirkoperatic.com for details. At the Saturday matinee children are invited to dress up in character for another competition and the cost of the programme includes a free Fairy Wand.

Alzheimer Scotland

The Falkirk services of Alzheimer Scotland provide a wide range of specialist support to encourage people with dementia, maintain their independence and remain active within their communities. Drop in cafés are available every Thursday between 10 a.m. and noon in Baristas Coffee House, Grahams Road, and on Sunday between 12.30 and 2.30 p.m. at The Maples, 33 Johnston Avenue, Stenhousemuir. The 10-pin bowling group in Camelon every Wednesday from 2 - 3 p.m. still has spaces. Please call (01324) 559480 or e-mail falkirkservices@alzscot.org for more information.

Support Group

A support group for people bereaved by suicide meets on an informal basis on the last Monday of each month between 6 and 8.30 p.m. in the offices of the Falkirk District Association for Mental Health (FDAMH) at 173 Victoria Road. Experienced counsellors welcome anyone who has experienced the loss through suicide of a person close to them, family, partner or friend. For further details contact Neil Sowerby at carers@fdamh.org.uk or call (01324) 67100. The NHS Forth Valley Spiritual Care Team can be contacted 24/7 on 07824 460882.

Art Club

Easter Monday means no meeting for Falkirk and District Art club. On Monday, April 13, we have our final demonstration of the season - Pastel techniques by the very talented artist Michele Mathieson. All welcome, 7.15 p.m. in St Francis Xavier Church Hall. Visit our facebook page or contact the secretary for more information on 07730134422.

Trinity Church

Our services for Holy Week in the lead up to Easter Sunday are as follows and all are welcome to join with us. Tonight (Thursday) at 7 p.m., Holy Week service for Maundy Thursday which will be led by Robert Allan and Kay Brown. This service will include the Sacrament of Communion. Tomorrow (Friday) at 7 p.m., Holy Week service for Good Friday which will be led by Robert Allan and Kay Brown. Also on Friday Robert Tait, church organist and choirmaster, will hold a Music Vigil in the church from noon until 1 p.m. All are welcome to come and spend a short time of reflection at any time during this hour. On Sunday at 8.30 a.m. there will be a short Easter Day service in Princes Park followed by breakfast in the main hall of the church. This will be followed by the Easter Day service at 11 a.m. in the church which will be led by Robert Allan and Kay Brown and will include the Sacrament of Communion. During April the walking group will start all walks at 7 p.m. from Falkirk Stadium to the Helix Park. All are welcome to join us. The lunchtime recital on April 10 will be given by Robert Tait with Mia Gardner, voice, and Gillian Gardner, recorder. Please note that unfortunately there will be no lunch deal following this recital as the café is closed for a Spring break from Monday until April 13.

Nordic Walking

On Tuesday, April 7 met Falkirk Wheel, meet at bottom of car park on Wheel House Restaurant side. Wednesday, April 8, at 1 p.m. meet at church hall car park across from Greenpark centre in Polmont. Please check our facebook page for Thursday fast walk. Monday walk is off on Easter Monday. Due to our last training sessions being fully booked we have added two more training dates. They are Tuesday, April 21 at 6.30 p.m. and Wednesday, April 22, at 1 p.m. Book on (01324) 590940. For information contact (01324) 504556 or e-mail stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

Dance Classes

The local RSCDS run ceilidh and popular dance sessions in St Andrew’s Primary School, Falkirk from 7.30 to 9 p.m. on a Thursday night. Our experienced Teacher will keep you right. Price £3 per Session. New dancers are welcome. For further details ring Su on (01324) 711576. More information about us can be found on the website web.rscds-falkirk.org.uk.

Braveheart Walks

The Helix Park night walk has started back! 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 walk for 7 p.m., our committed Walk Leaders and walkers look forward to seeing you there for some evening fresh air on this one hour long walk. Beautiful walks around Callendar Park every Monday, leaving from Callendar House at 2 p.m., will bring you back each week! You have the option of a slow 30 minute walk or a one hour walk of more brisk pace. 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. Braveheart is running a free Walk Leader training course for anyone interested in becoming a Walk Leader with Braveheart. For more information please call Eva on (01324) 673703.

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

Writers Circle

It was interesting last Tuesday to hear the members’ choices of excerpts from their favourite authors, many of whom had been popular since childhood. A busy period of special events in the Circle takes place in the next two months. The first of these annual events is ‘Talking Pictures’ when we read poetry or short prose relative to Falkirk Camera Club’s images projected on the big screen. This event takes place on April 2 and is always interesting and enjoyable. Keep checking the syllabus for details or visit Isobel at Isobel.quinn@outlook.com or call (01324) 620048.

Helix Walks

Walk will be on Easter Monday. 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 7 p.m. and is led 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 Walk

There will be no walk on Easter Monday.

Buggy Walk

Helix Buggy Walk

This walk is off on Easter Monday but will continue the following week. Every Monday at 1.15 p.m. from the front doors of Falkirk Football Stadium.