Falkirk news from Thursday, April 3

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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*Adult ICT

The Adult ICT Forum in Camelon Local Learning Centre are offering the following courses: Laptops for Beginners; Laptops for Intermediates; Digital Photography; PC Maintenance. The courses run for a period of six weeks with a duration of 2.5 hours per week and cost £35 per course. If you are interested in any of these courses or would like more information on them, please contact the Adult ICT Forum on (01324) 501696 or through our website on adultictforum.org

Art Club

Tomorrow (Friday, April 4), at Falkirk and District Art club there is a demonstration by Nichol Wheatley which is always an informative and enjoyable night. The club would like to announce that this year’s annual exhibition is moving venue from the Town Hall to a unit in the Howgate Shopping Centre and will be open to the public from Monday, May 19 until Saturday, May 24 inclusive between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. We are also moving house and the Art club will change venue from Erskine Parish Church Hall to St Francis Xavier’s Church Hall when the new season starts in September. Club nights will change to a Tuesday starting from September 2, from 7.15-9 p.m. More information available nearer the time for both these exciting changes. In the meantime, new members are always welcome and can simply turn up on the night or contact us by phone on 07730 134422, e mail (falkirkartclub@gmail.com) or find us on facebook ‘Falkirk & District Art Club’ for more information.

Odenwald Association

The annual general meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 7 p.m. in the Municipal Buildings, Falkirk. It is important that there is a full attendance as it provides members with an opportunity to influence the operation and development of the Association in the coming year. Afterwards there will be a short discussion of business at the recent Executive Committee meeting and members will have also an opportunity to view a new DVD of the Odenwald “The Land and the People”. Members are encouraged to attend and there is an open invitation to attend to anyone with an interest in twinning links with our German partners.

Carers Centre

The Princess Royal Trust Carers Centre, 1a Bank Street, Falkirk; is holding its monthly Men’s Group Lunch on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 between noon and 2 p.m. It offers an opportunity for male carers to relax and chat over a sandwich lunch (just a £1.50 donation). Weekly Drop In coffee mornings continue in the Centre every Wednesday between 10 a.m. – noon. Other regular activities for carers include a Film Matinee on the last Friday of the month and a Carers Support Group on the third Monday of the month. For further details of these events or if you need support in your caring role please contact the carers centre on (01324) 611510.

Language Class

Paskalya nedir? ¿Qué es la Pascua? Wielkanoc? - Why Easter? English not your first language? Want to practise your English conversation and learn what the Bible says about Easter? Then whatever your language - come to our group here in Falkirk. It’s free, friendly and there’s absolutely no commitment. Every Wednesday until April 23, 10.30-11.30 a.m., in St Andrew’s West Church, Upper Newmarket Street, Falkirk. Contact standrewswest@eml.cc

Caledonia Choir

Members are reminded that choir rehearsals for the next two weeks will be in Erskine Church Hall due to school holiday arrangements. After that there will be one more rehearsal at Comley Park Primary School on April 28 with our star guest Jamie MacDougall in preparation for our 90th Anniversary Concert on Wednesday, April 30. Tickets (£12/£10 concession) are going fast but some are still available from choir members and the Steeple Box Office in Falkirk. There will also be a display of archive photographs dating from the 1940s to the present day in the Town Hall on the night of the performance. Former members might like to come along and see if they can spot their (younger) selves in any of the pictures.

Parkinson’s UK

The next meeting of the Falkirk branch will be on Thursday, April 3 at 7 p.m. in St. Francis Xavier’s Church Hall. Donna Mulder, Training Co-ordinator, from the Central Carers will be coming along to talk to us and answer your questions. The next Tuesday drop-in meeting will be on Tuesday, April 8 in St. Francis Xavier’s church hall. Drop in any time between 2-4 p.m. Have a go on the Wii and a cuppa and a chat. You can be sure of a warm welcome. Contact: eddiebryce@blueyonder.co.uk or on (01324) 638911.

Blind Club

The club members enjoyed another afternoon meeting on Tuesday when Alec Anderson paid another visit, and provided a programme of popular music and song in which the members could relate to. He sang songs made famous by various artistes and memories refreshed, The club proposed to have a day away in May and the members were asked to discuss their favoured destination with their committee members and a vote would then be taken on their suggestions. Alec lead the members in song when they sang “Happy Birthday” to Jetta Grieve who celebrated her 70th. birthday on Sunday. The club functions to provide a centre for anyone who is registered blind, or is visually impaired, to come along to and enjoy an afternoon with others. Meetings are every Tuesday afternoon in the Warm-up Area in the Falkirk Stadium at 1 p.m. New members will be welcomed.

Probus Club

Jimmie Mackie reported that the outing last week to the Highland Spring plant and Tullibardine distillery had been very successful. Hospitality by the hosts had been excellent, as was the weather, and a good day out was had by all attending. 74 members were in attendance when the chairman introduced the speaker, Allan French. Allan is a local man who worked in industry as a metallurgist before joining the local technical college, attaining the post of Assistant Principal before he retired. His talk was called “Visit to the Islands” and was a travelogue of the glories of the multitude of islands which lie off the Scottish mainland. A group of his friends discussed options for holidays together, and decided they wanted to see more of their own country, rather than going abroad. So every year, usually in September, they set off for a different island, or group of islands, by ferry or plane. As expected, the weather was often wet, but it didn’t affect the enjoyment of a party of friends from seeing the best that each island had to offer. They have now visited ten of the main islands, from Arran in the south, to the Shetlands in the north, and the Outer Hebrides to the west. His pictures vividly demonstrated the variety of scenery and ancient architecture which occur in our islands and Alan was clearly impressed by the magical setting of Loch Coruisk on Skye. Walter Falconer thanked Mr. French for allowing us to see his beautiful pictures and share in the enjoyment of his holidays. The chairman reminded members that there was a bowls competition the following day at Camelon between the local Probus clubs, and he hoped members would come along to support their friends.

Olivet Evangelical

In the Olivet Evangelical Church, the Parent and Toddlers Group meet at 10 a.m. on Friday; please note that after today they will be on holiday until Friday, April 25. 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 Jurgen Schulz of Canada. 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 Prof Donald McLeod of Edinburgh. On Tuesday evening at 7.30 p.m. is a special prayer fellowship for the Children’s Holiday Club from April 14 to 18. The ‘Young at Heart’ is on Wednesday at 2 p.m. when Rev Jim Todd of Airth is bringing ‘the thought for the day’. At 7 p.m. on Wednesday is the adult craft evening. The final men’s event of the session is on Friday, April 25 when it will be a games evening at 7 p.m. Please note that there will be on Fellowship Lunch during April. The joint evening Easter Services at 7.30 p.m. from Wednesday, April 16 to Friday, April 18 will be held in St Andrews West Church.

Osteoporosis Support

The Osteoporosis Support Group will be available to give out information and have a coffee with anyone affected by Osteoporosis on Saturday, April 5 from 10 a.m. till noon, meeting in the Park Hotel, Falkirk. If you would like to find out more about the condition and the support available in this area, come along and have a chat. For further information call Janice on 01786 463098.

Soroptimist International

Soroptimists and their guests enjoyed a very successful fashion show given by Catwalk, Falkirk which raised in excess of £2,400 for Crossroads and Birthing in Gambia. Our grateful thanks goes to Catwalk, their staff and to all those who contributed in any way to its organisation and also by donating wonderful raffle prizes. During the business meeting members were brought up to date on the current activities of the Club and heard various convenors reports covering amongst others Food Bank, Brownies, Marie Curie collection and Crossroads bag packing. The next meeting is on Thursday, April 10.

Disney Production

Project Theatre presents Disney Aladdin Jr.The Project Theatre is delighted to bring this mysterious, magical Disney classic live on stage to Falkirk as our third production as part of the Falkirk Tryst Festival at Falkirk Town Hall. Join us on a magic carpet ride to a Whole New World! Friday and Saturday May 16 and 17, 2014 at 7.30 p.m. (plus Saturday matinee at 2 p.m.) Falkirk Town Hall. Tickets £8/6 and family ticket £25 from Steeple Box office: (01324) 506850. Group discount available.

Friendship Club

Do you like to dance to live music? Are you fed up watching T.V.? Do you enjoy socialising with people your own age? If “yes” then please come along to the Falkirk Solitaire Friendship Club at the Park Hotel on a Sunday night from 8-11.30 p.m. and dance the night away. If you are over 60 years and you want to know more about our Club, phone Isabella on 07846 963901 or Marion on 07976 975887, they will be pleased to hear from you.

Credit Union

High Flats - 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, visit our website www.falkirkcreditunion.co.uk or pop into your local collection at Belmont Tower on Thursdays 9.45-10.45am or Leishman Tower Thursdays 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Westfield

A new credit union collection at Westfield Community Centre is being planned for Wednesdays from 12-2 p.m. If you have time to spare during these times and are interested in volunteering please contact Falkirk District Credit Union on (01324) 473695. Training will be provided.

Park Street

A new credit union collection at Park Steet Community Education Centre is being planned for Tuesdays from 2-3 p.m. If you have time to spare during these times and are interested in volunteering please contact Falkirk District Credit Union on (01324) 473695. Training will be provided.

Retired Persons

The next meeting of the Association of Retired Person group will be on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 in St.Francis Xavier Hall Hope St. Falkirk, at 2 p.m (doors open at 1.30 p.m.).This month our speaker is Kathleen Dalyell who will talk about the “The Binns” - a National Trust Property near South Queensferry. Members and visitors are always welcome. If you would like to join our group, or find our more, please contact Margaret Wright on (01324) 636799 or Sadie Davidson on (01324) 832344.

Trinity Church

The service in Falkirk Trinity Church this Sunday, April 6 commences at 11 a.m. will focus on The Transfiguration and will be led by Rev. Robert Allan. Tea, coffee and fellowship are available in the Main Hall after the service. The Bible Reading Group also meet on Sunday, April 6 at 9.30 a.m. to discuss the books of Ezra and Nehemiah. Church choir rehearsals continue on Thursday, April 3 and 10 from 7.30 p.m. – 9.30 p.m. for Holy Week services. Guild meetings have now finished for the season, and will resume in the autumn. The Walking Group meet on Monday at 7 p.m. in Falkirk Stadium car park. Tickets for the Easter Big Sing on Thursday, April 24 are now available priced at £7.

Veterans Support

Are you an ex or current member of the Armed Services? Interested in coming along and meeting other Veterans? If so this may be for you. A new support group for current and ex veterans will take place on Thursday April 10, from 5-8 p.m. in the Victoria Centre, 173 Victoria Road, Falkirk. The group will be topical, helpful and give you the opportunity to meet new people. For further information please call Robert Bell on (01324) 671600, or admin@fdamh.org.uk

ME Self Help

The next meeting of Falkirk ME Self Help Group will take place in St Francis Xavier’s Church hall, 1 Hope Street, Falkirk in St Martha’s Hall on Thursday, April 10 from 6.30-8.30 p.m. There is plenty of parking at the premises. This month’s guest speaker is Joan Kerr, who will sepak about ‘Neurological Voices’; Training to Improve the NHS’. We look forward to seeing as many of the group as possible. New members always welcome. For more details contact Richard on (01324) 871480.

Philatelic Society

Four Members from the Bearsden Philatelic Society entertained members of the Falkirk and District Philatelic Society at the meeting in Camelon Parish Church Hall on the March 27. President Walter Bruce welcomed them and introduced their President, Bill Russell who had a display of “Paris et les environs” in post cards and related postal history, followed by Jim Crawford who put on a fine display of Post Marks related to old Dumbartonshire. Bill McKInlay shewed Belgium stamps with overprints relating to the First and Second World Wars, nicely displayed, while Graham Mill had a comprehensive display of First Day Covers associated with the British Open Golf Tournaments held in Scotland. President Bruce thanked the visitors for a very fine stamp evening.

New Spiritualist

The new spiritualist church in Westfield Community Centre, Westfield Street, welcomes Steven Wright from Falkirk on Saturday, April 5. Open circle after the service. All welcome. Service starts at 7 p.m. Entry is £3. www.falkirkspiritualistchurch.webs.com

Suicide Support

Bereaved by Suicide Support Group - the group meets 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. or (01324) 67100 or NHS Forth Valley Spiritual Care Team on 07824 460882. The group meets in Falkirk District Association for Mental health (FDAMH), the Victoria Centre, 173 Victoria Road, Falkirk. FK2 7AU.

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 three walks next week, Monday, April 7, at 10 a.m. at Falkirk Stadium, Tuesday, April 8, at 6.30 p.m., meet at Tesco Brightons (bridge is under construction so please allow extra time to get there) and Wednesday, April 9, at 1 p.m., at Falkirk Football Stadium. Please check our facebook page for Thursday advanced walk and David’s Sunday walk over both bridges at Kincardine. 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.

Buggy Groups

We are looking for a fit granny or mum to help out in our buggy groups. If you could help please contact stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org

Floral Art

The next meeting of Falkirk Floral Art Club is on Monday, April 7, in the Lesser Town Hall, Falkirk at 7.15 for 7.30 p.m. The demonstrator is Hetty Redwood from Linlithgow and her title is ‘Happines is flowers’. Visitors welcome.

Writers Circle

Congratulations to Lynne, our most recent member, for wining last month’s short story topic, ‘That sounds like a policeman’s knock’. Keep writing Lynne - well done. The deadline for entries for our national seminar is on April 8. This is a prestige competition with entries from all over Scotland and the standard is high. Time to get items edited and entered. The Seminar will be held on Saturday, April 24 in the Park Hotel. Members are reminded that the adjudication of the Silvie Taylor Quaich poetry competition will be held on April 8. The Falkirk Herald is now featuring members work, prose or poetry, each week. it is essential that Mark receives entries well in advance for publication. Further details of events or required information can be obtained by phoning Isobel on 01324 620048 or visiting our website at www.falkirkwriters.org.uk

Braveheart Walks

Now that the clocks have changed we can now be out enjoying a walk any time of day! Why not come along and join us on our Middlefield walk which leaves from Falkirk Community Statium at 7 p.m every Thursday. Our walk leaders look forward to seeing you there. For more information dial (01324) 673703.

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 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 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, due to demand this walk will continue through the winter months.

Health Walks

A health walk leaves Falkirk Football Stadium every Monday at 10 a.m. It is led by volunteer walk leaders and lasts about one hour. Free and open to all abilities. For more information email stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org

Buggy Walks

New buggy group at the Helix starts at the beginning of May. All children should be in a buggy. For more information contact stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org

Sponsored Walk

Put a Spring in your Step with our Sponsored Walk. We are encouraging all Walk Leaders, walkers, family, and friends to join us on our Sponsored Walk on Tuesday, April 22 at 1.30 p.m, leaving from the Falkirk Wheel. This three mile (approx) circular route will pass over part of the John Muir Way, where we can appreciate the life and legacy of this great naturalist, and take in some lovely sites along the way. We are hoping to raise funds to help our charity develop and improve on the great work that is already in place, and welcome anyone to join in on our big event! For a sponsored sheet or for further information please contact (01324) 673703.