Falkirk news from Thursday, April 24

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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Domino League

Fairplay League week 3 results: Roman Bar B 9, Legion A 3; Scotia 5, Bowhouse 7; Star Inn 6, Mill Inn 6; Aitkens 8, Roman Bar A 4; Clachan 6, Bluebell 6; Anchor 4, Tam Bain 8; Legion B 5, Railway 7.

Tai Chi

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Ladies Club

The Ladies Lunch Club welcome speaker Col. Andrew Ward’s who’s subject was the Gurkhas. He spent twenty years in world travel with his regiment including terms in Bazra and Iraq and has now returned to Edinburgh. He found the Gurkhas to be a bright, very intelligent people who often did not get credit or rewards for their services and many returned to their home villages to extremely different poorer living conditions. The Gurkha Welfare Trust was set up to aid their welfare with practical things like fresh water pumps and 175 new schools. These now display the Gurkha Welfare Trust badge. Like many trusts there is never sufficient money and a donation taken at the end of the meeting was handed directly to Col. Ward. He said it was a magnificent sum and greatly appreciated. The May speaker is Janet Paterson who will talk on osteoporosis. Anyone who would like to attend this meeting should be at the Park Hotel, Camelon Road, Falkirk on Tuesday, May 6, 12.30 p.m. for 1.p.m.

Blind Club

This week’s programme at the club was an afternoon of pure music when Bob and Jim paid us another visit. Jim’s choice of songs accompanied by Bob on the keyboard proved to be a winner with the members, so much so, that another visit from them was requested for the not too distant future. The club had a collection in the Howgate Centre on Saturday, April 12 and again the “Bairns” of Falkirk came up trumps in the generosity stakes when we collected £465.75 for the club funds. We thank all those who donated and also the management and staff of the Howgate Centre for allowing us this privilage, particularly Gary for his help in counting our collection. We meet every Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m. in the warm-up area in the Falkirk Stadium where those who are registered blind, or are visually impaired, gather to enjoy an afternoon together. We invite anyone who has these problems to come along and join us, a very warm welcome is assured. A cheque for £200 was recently received from Margaret Kilpatrick of Stenhousemuir Football Club who had had a Disability Access Audit done by Councillor Cecil Meiklejohn who did not want a payment for this service and nominated our club to receive her fee. The committee and members of Falkirk Blind Club thank both Stenhousemuir Football Club and Councillor Meiklejohn for this very kind and thoughtful donation. Although we work under the umbrella of Falkirk Football Club we are a self funding club and this sum of money is very gratefully received.

Inner Wheel

President Wilma Johnston opened the April meeting with a special welcome to new member Anne Stenhouse a transfer from Aberdeen Inner Wheel who lit the candle of friendship.President Wilma had enjoyed the fellowship at the Past Presidents Coffee morning and the very successful Overseas Charity Afternoon in aid of Hope and Homes. She introduced the speaker Geoff Bailey from the Falkirk CommuntyTrust who took the members on a fascinating journey round the “Circular” on a Falkirk Tram with an excellent presentation of the old Falkirk District at that time. He was thanked by Iris McGowan who had memories of travelling on one of trams. Arrangements are in place for the May Open Meeting on Thursday, May 8, and the next coffee morning to be held at the Cladhan on Thursday, April 24 at 10.30 a.m. Anne Watson was representing the National Conference at Telford. The Inner Wheel Association is 90 years old this year and members from around the country are gathering at The Falkirk Wheel on Wednesday, June 18 to celebtate the occasion as part of the Wheels Project the Associaton Presidents chosen charity.

Olivet Church

The Olivet Evangelical Church Missionary Workshop is today (Thursday) at 2 p.m. The Parents and Toddlers Group return from holidays on Friday at 10 a.m. The final men’s event of the session is tomorrow (Friday) which will be a games evening starting at 7 p.m. The Sunday Services begin at 10 a.m. with Communion followed by the All Age Service at 11.25 a.m. when the guest speaker is Reverend Tom Lawson of Edinburgh. The Church prayer meeting is at 6 p.m. and at 6.30 p.m. is the Bible Teaching Hour when the guest speaker is Dr Andrew Bathgate of Edinburgh. A grateful thanks to all who participated in and supported the recent successful Primary School Children’s Easter Holiday Club; the theme of ‘Superzeroes’ was enthusiastically received by the children. On Tuesday evening at 7.30 p.m. is a special prayer time for the work of Falkirk Foodbank lead by Martin Jones.

Camera Club

Last Thursday FCC held its annual Mono, Colour, and PDI “of the Year” competition where members would submit prints or PDI’s for judging. There are no second or third places in this competition. Simply a winner, the best in that category. Judging was conducted by John Simpson, a member of the Royal Photographic Society, who has been taking photographs for over 60 years with 30 of those as a qualified judge. His passion in photography is mono, travel and people. FCC would like to thank John for his judging and for the positive feedback on each image. The winners were as follows: Mono print of the Year- “It’s all in the Angles” by Fiona Brims; Colour print of the Year-”Pink Perfection” by Charlie Woodford; PDI of the Year-”Osprey Landing” by David Jones. Congratulations to the category winners. Today (Thursday) FCC will be hold its final night and AGM for the 2013-14 session. For more on FCC visit www.falkirkcameraclub.co.uk

Country Dancing

RSCDS Spring Ceilidh and Popular Social Dance Sessions: Fun and fitness! On Thursday nights in St Andrews Primary School 7.30 to 9 p.m. £3 per Session. The four dances especially written for the global Commonwealth Games Ceilidh on Saturday, June 21 will also be taught in these sessions. For further details ring Alison on (01324) 631363.

Philatelic Society

The fortnightly meeting of Falkirk and District Philatelic Society took the form of a second ”Early Day” preparation for Congress 2015. Eight contributions from members were viewed and helpful hints given to improve their displays. It should be noted that, at the 2014 stamp Congress held at Perth last week, Jean Osborne had a Gold award and Keith Robinson had a Silver Gilt and the Cowell Salver for his two entries. They are to be complimented on their efforts. When the Society hosts the 2015 Congress in Perth next year, the Society’s 50th Anniversary, help will be required to assist in the preparations for this event.

Wildlife Trust

The Scottish Wildlife Trust, Wednesday evening walks are April 30 Kennet Pans; May 7, Stirling University; May 14, Brig o`Turk (morning), May 21 Darnrigg; and May 28, Hopetoun House. Meeting at Williamson Street car park, Falkirk at 6.30 p.m. Contact Ron Dalziel on 638942, Jim Hopwood on 229187 and Andrea McCabe on 559700.

Art Club

A big thank you to Greer Ralston for a fantastic crit night with her welcome advice helping to make good artworks into great ones at Falkirk and District Art club. There are no further demo nights this season but Art Share is on every Friday up until the school holidays (apart from Friday, May 16 and May 23 due to the exhibition). Our annual exhibition has changed venue to the Howgate Shopping Centre (old Republic shop) and is open to the public from Monday, May 19 to Saturday, May 24 inclusive 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Come and view original and affordable artworks by some very talented club members. Opportunity to vote for your favourite painting and buy raffle tickets to win an original framed artwork by Tom Lafferty. Donations for catalogues to Strathcarron Hospice. New members are always welcome and can simply turn up on the night or contact us by phone on 07730134422, e-mail falkirkartclub@gmail.com or find us on facebook ‘Falkirk & District Art Club’ for more information. 7.15 – 9 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) Erskine Parish church hall, Falkirk.

Probus Club

60 members were present when it was announced that one of the club rinks had won the local Probus competition, and all the players had enjoyed the day.The chairman introduced Olivia Giles, the founder and Chief Executive of the 500 Miles charity. During 2002 Olivia was enjoying her life to the full, and was a very successful lawyer in an Edinburgh practice. One afternoon she felt ill and the next day she saw purple spots appearing on hands and feet. She had contracted the septicaemia form of meningitis. She went to hospital by ambulance, and within the hour she passed into a coma which lasted four weeks. While she was unconscious her limbs became gangrenous, and the surgeons had to remove her legs below the knees, and arms below the elbows to save her life. When she regained consciousness Olivia was shocked to realise what had happened, but she received excellent care from the NHS, and she described the joy of realising she could walk again on her prosthetic legs. On a visit to Malawi she saw how Africans who were disabled were often experiencing a poor quality of life. Those who had lost limbs had extreme mobility problems, often couldn’t work and feed themselves, and were treated poorly by their fellows. She realised she could contribute greatly based on her personal experience,and she started the 500 Mile charity in 2007. The objectives are to supply prosthetic limbs to the needy in Malawi, Zambia, and Zanzibar. The charity has provided workshops where the limbs are made and fitted to patients, and sends African technicians to college to train in the skills of fabrication and fitting the limbs. The training programme costs about £20,000 per person, and the policy is that the workshops are staffed only by local Africans to ensure the long term viability of the project. Several case histories were shown where patients had their lives transformed, and been given hope, dignity, and a future, at a cost of as little as £60 per limb. The charity co-operates with the Malawi government to maximise the availability of the service to all citizens of the country. The vote of thanks was given by Jack Bain who praised Olivia for her compassionate and caring work, and for giving an inspirational talk to the members. Olivia Giles was awarded an OBE in 2010 for service to disabled people. The next talk will be given by Willie McMartin from the International Rescue Corp.

Carers Centre

The Princess Royal Trust Carers Centre, 1a Bank Street, Falkirk is holding its monthly, free Film Matinee, tomorrow (Friday) at 10.30 a.m. Our film this month is ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’, starring and directed by Ben Stiller. Refreshments will be served. All carers welcome. Our weekly Carers Cafe continues at the centre every Wednesday between 10 a.m. and mid-day, a chance to meet and chat with other carers.

For further details of these events or if you need support in your caring role please contact the carers centre on 01324 611510. Email: centre@centralcarers.co.uk. Web: www.carersfalkirk.org.uk.

Age Concern

At the recent annual general meeting, the officebearers and committee were re-elected on bloc. Thanks are due to this small dedicated group but new members are urgently needed. The activities continue:- in Falkirk Trinity Church in the afternoon: Tuesday is Sequence Dancing, contact Carolanne (01324) 870243 and Friday is Keep Fit, contact Jeanette (01324) 625405 and in Christ Church on Monday in the afternoon the choir Arnotdale Singers, contact Betsy (01324) 620504. On April 1, the Healthy Toe Nail Pilot Scheme was handed over by Age Concern Falkirk to CVS and the new contact telephone number of (01324) 692001.


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.

Braveheart Walks

We now have a lovely afternoon walk around Callendar Park every Monday, leaving from Callendar House at 2 p.m. Why not come along and enjoy the beautiful sunny scenery with our current walkers and Walk Leader. For more information on our new Callendar walk please contact (01324) 673703. With the sun out until later, why not stay out later too by joining us on our Middlefield walk which leaves from Falkirk Community Statium at 7pm every Thursday. Our Walk Leaders look forward to seeing you there. For more information dial (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. We also have 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 more information call (01324) 504568/556 or e-mail stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org

Nordic Walking

The Falkirk Nordic walking group started in 2012. Since then over 160 people have been trained through us to Nordic walk and we have been seen all over the Falkirk area. Through this part of the Falkirk Herald our walkers can find out where to meet every week and if there is anything new planned. There are two walks next week, Tuesday, April 29, at 6.30 p.m. meet at Falkirk Football Stadium, walking through Helix park, Kelpies, new canal path to Grangemouth and River Carron path. Wednesday, April 30 at 1 p.m, in Bonnybridge, meet at community education building next to Tesco. Good walk through nature reserve, woods and canal. Please check our facebook page for Thursday advanced walk and Monday morning walk. We have just finished training our new walkers, and need time to work with them. We will be offering other training days at the end of May. Please note that you need a reasonable level of fitness to Nordic walk.

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 7 p.m. 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

Step Forth at the Helix walks leave the front doors of Falkirk Football Stadium every Monday at 10 a.m., the walks are split into a faster or slower walk. Both are lead my 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

Buggy Group

The buggy group at the Helix will now start at the beginning of June as we are in the process of training walk leaders. All children should be in a buggy. For more information contact stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org


Geocaching, Sunday, April 27, at 11a.m., in Lionthorn Woods, booking required contact andy@gwcms.co.uk Milk Barn Walk, Monday, April 28 at 1 p.m., in Milk Barn, Glen Farm.

Suicide Bereavement

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 6 – 8.30 p.m. 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: 07824460882. The group meets in Falkirk District Association for Mental Health (FDAMH), The Victoria Centre, 173 Victoria Road, Falkirk FK2 7AU.

New Spiritualist

The new Falkirk Spiritualist Church in Westfield Community Centre, Falkirk welcomes Lynn Robertson from Cumbernauld on Saturday, April 26. Open Circle after the service. All welcome. The service starts at 7 p.m. with entry free £3. www.falkirkspiritualistchurch.webs.com

Friendship Club

Each Sunday, the Falkirk Solitaire Friendship Club meet at the Park Hotel Falkirk, where you can dance to live music and enjoy socialising with people of like mind. We dance from 8 p.m. until 11.30 p.m. and, if you are over 60 and would like to come along and enjoy yourself please do. If you want to speak with someone regarding our Club please phone Isabella on 07846963901 or Marion on 07976975887, they will be pleased to hear from you.

Blackpool Trip

There is a bus trip to Blackpool in the Falkirk Fayre, Saturday, June 28 till Saturday, July 5. The bus, bed, breakfast and evening meal cost is £180 for adults and £90 for children. Pick up points from Carronshore, Stenhousemuir, Larbert, Bonnybridge, Denny and Grangemouth. If you are interested, please call Anne on 07724 253018 or home (01324) 873637 for more details.

Archaeological Society

The Falkirk Archaeological and Natural History Society April meeting was extremely interesting - Dr Woodiscroft’s topic was Roman Gask, showing imperial Rome’s occupation of Central Scotland in a new light. The annual general meeting on Tuesday, May 6, will be followed by a presentation by one of our members, Dr. L. Forrester, on his time spent working in Libya. The meeting, which starts at 7.30 p.m. is in the Falkirk Christian Centre in Glebe Street.

Writers Circle

At last week’s meeting, after discussing relevant business, entries from the recent Silvie Taylor competition were read. Focus is now on the annual forthcoming events. On April 29 rehearsals will feature readings for “Words and Music” on May 13 when music will be provided by “Daddy Naggins”, an opportunity to hear this popular local group. Preparations are in hand for our national annual seminar in the Park Hotel on Saturday, May 24. On May 6, there will be no normal meeting as members are invited to visit the home of author Margaret Gillies Brown for “Readings and Stovies”, a popular event. Next month’s topic will be forwarded to April 29 instead of May 6. Further details from Isobel at (01324) 620048 or www.falkirkwriters.org.uk

Spring Fayre

A spring fayre is being held on Saturday (April 26) in the Salvation Army hall, 1 Woodside Court, Falkirk from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. with various stalls and free entry.

Helix Walks

See Laurieston.

Metafit Class

A metafit falkirk class is on every Tuesday at Tamfourhill Community Centre 8 p.m. All welcome. For more information call 07739718361.

Yes Falkirk

There will be a public meeting in Tamfourhill Community Centre on Thursday, May 1, at 7.30 p.m. Speakers are local author Alan Bissett, Zara Kitson from the Green Party and Michael Matheson MSP, Minister for Public Health. If you have not decide how to vote yet, come along, hear what the panel have to say and ask any questions you need answered. All welcome.

Caledonia Choir

Next week brings a number of ‘endings’ for the choir. Monday will be the last ever rehearsal night at Comley Park primary school before moving to St Andrew’s primary next August. Monday will also see our last rehearsal before the 90th anniversary concert on Wednesday in Falkirk Town Hall and, of course, the concert itself is our last major event before the end of this session – although we still have a concert with a visiting Norwegian choir to come in June as a wee extra! Male members of the choir are reminded to obtain a colourful bow tie for the second half of Wednesday’s concert.