Falkirk news from Thursday, April 30

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

Blind Club

The club is open every Tuesday afternoon for those who are registered blind or visually impaired as a centre where they can come along and enjoy some time with others with the same problems. We offer entertainment, afternoon tea or coffee and friendship. This week’s entertainment was provided by Ian Duncan, no stranger to the club, who again had the members singing along to his varied programme of music - from Scots to Johnny Cash - and leaving the members demanding a quick return visit. The club meets every Tuesday from 1 p.m. in the warm-up area in Falkirk Stadium and new members will always be made most welcome. It is having a day out to Perth on Tuesday, May 12 with lunch booked in The Royal George Hotel.

Soroptimist International

The AGM of SI Falkirk in the Park Hotel last Thursday saw Audrey Morrison thanking everyone for their support during her year as president and their level of commitment and service to local and national charities. Rosemary McIntyre will be president for the coming year supported by Alison Rodgers as president elect and Hazel Sinclair as vice president. Rosemary spoke of the honour of being president of a club now 70 years ‘young’ and outlined details of the programme for the anniversary weekend on May 30 and 31. Her theme for the year is ‘Teamwork will take us far’. The club will highlight some of its work at a 70th Anniversary event in the Howgate on Saturday, May 23. The next meeting takes place on Thursday, May 7 in the Park Hotel at 7 p.m.

Festival Chorus

Excitement is growing as we draw nearer to our concert in Falkirk Town Hall on Sunday, May 10 at 7 p.m. This is an opportunity to hear Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna and Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, both wonderful works full of contrasting moods and emotions. Added to this, the use of professional soloists and orchestra will, I am sure, make this an evening to remember. There will be a Pre-Concert Talk in the Auditorium at 6 p.m by our Conductor giving an insight to these not so well known pieces. Don’t miss this concert if you can help it. Tickets are on sale and can be obtained either at the Steeple Box Office, telephone 01324 506850 or by contacting a member of the choir. Priced at £15, £12 concession, £5 child. A reminder to members that there will be a rehearsal on Thursday, April 30 and another on Tuesday, May 5 in Falkirk Trinity Church Hall at 7 p.m. until 9.30 p.m.

Trinity Church

Our service at 11 a.m. this week on Sunday, May 3 will be led by Robert Allan and Kay Brown. The worship theme for the month of May will be ‘Living with Luke’s Gospel’. Tea, coffee and fellowship will be available in the main hall following the service. The Bible reading group will meet to discuss Mark’s gospel on Sunday, May 3. Tickets are now on sale for “An Evening with Dr David Hamilton PhD” on Wednesday, June 24 at 7 p.m. The subject will be “I Heart Me, The Science of Self Love” and tickets priced £12 (£10 conc) are available from the Church Office at Manse Place, Falkirk, tel. (01324) 611017. During May the walking group will start all walks at 7 p.m. and set off from the Stables Car Park, Callendar Park. All are welcome to join us. Advance notice of this year’s Christian Aid Book Sale which will take place from Monday, May 4 to Saturday, May 9 inclusive within the church sanctuary. Opening times are Monday, May 4 6.30–8 p.m., Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and Tuesday evening, 6–8 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. A coffee morning in aid of Christian Aid will take place on Saturday, May 9 from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Greetings cards are now on sale in the Café.

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.

Lunch Club

‘Clydesider’ conjures up Govan and the shipbuilding yards, but for Margaret McLeish it commemorates her volunteer role at the 2014 Commonwealth Games as one of the ‘Clydesiders’ who helped organise transport for competitors from their hotel to and from the shooting range at Baudon Moor near Carnoustie. She also helped make sure it was left as it was found at the end of the Games - free from all shell cases. The next speaker to address Falkirk Ladies Lunch Club will be Mrs Nancy Duncan and her subject will be “From milk pans to bedpans”. Anyone wishing to join us is welcome to the Park Hotel, Camelon Road, on Tuesday, May 5 at 12.30 for 1 p.m.

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 Falkirk District Association for Mental Health (FDAMH), 173 Victoria Road. It welcomes welcomes everyone who has experienced the loss through suicide of a person close to them, family, partner or friend and provides experienced counsellors. For further details contact Neil Sowerby at carers@fdamh.org.uk or on (01324) 67100. NHS Forth Valley Spiritual Care Team operates a 24/7 number 07824 460882.

Age Concern

Will members please note there is no Keep Fit tomorrow (Friday) but it will resume on Friday, May 8. Sequence Dancing continues on Tuesday afternoons in Falkirk Trinity Church Hall. The choir resumes rehearsals on August 24.

Probus Club

Ian Hamilton introduced Lachlan McGowan to talk on the Maggie’s Centre operation. This is especially relevant locally because a new centre will open in the grounds of Forth Valley Royal Hospital in early 2016. The care system was initiated by Maggie Keswick Jencks who was twice afflicted by cancer and realised that it was necessary to give more support to patients who were suffering the stress and trauma that the disease brings to them and their friends and family. In Forth Valley there are 1900 people who have the illness and four in 10 of us will be diagnosed with some form of cancer during our life. She planned a system where people could relax in a calm, reflective atmosphere, exchange their experiences with others who had been affected, and obtain advice from health professionals in a non clinical environment. She persuaded the Western General in Edinburgh to create the first Centre in their grounds, but she died before it opened. Her legacy is the 18 centres now helping people to live their life to the full while tackling the journey of cancer treatment. The £3 million cost of the Larbert building has been met by the Walk the Walk charity, but the running cost of £2000 a day will require charitable giving by the public and businesses. Each centre is self-funded and managed and Lachlan explained how we could be involved in volunteering help. David Mould thanked Lachlan for his informative talk on this new addition to the support systems for healthcare in our area. The next talk will be on Wednesday, May 6 and will be given by Fiona Bibby on travel and holiday planning.

Olivet Evangelical

The Parent and Toddlers Group meets tomorrow (Friday) at 10 a.m. Sunday services begin at 10 a.m. with Communion followed at 11 a.m. by a time of fellowship with refreshments. At 11.25 a.m. the speaker at the All Age service will be Douglas Moodie from Bridge of Allan. The church prayer meeting is at 6 p.m. followed at 6.30 p.m. by the Bible Teaching Hour with Richard Gordon from Falkirk. On Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. is the 24th in the Bible study series on the Book of Genesis, studying Chapters 45:16 to 47: 31 titled, Jacob in Egypt: ‘GOD preserves his people’. The ‘Young at Heart’ is on Wednesday at 2 p.m. when it will be the end of the present session and will be a reflection on the goodness of GOD over the last 30 weeks. Also on Wednesday, but at 7 p.m. will be the adults craft evening. The annual spring cleaning event will be on Friday, May 15. The next Fellowship Lunch will be on Sunday, May 17 at 12.45 p.m. when the freewill offering will be for the work of Falkirk Street Pastors.

Camera Club

The AGM was held last Thursday when members heard committee reports and discussed issues raised. One new member was elected to the committee as syllabus secretary, with all other positions being retained by their current holders. The evening also brought to a close the 2014-15 session. Falkirk Camera Club will re-open in September, the exact date will be publicised on the website closer to the time. For more on FCC visit www.falkirkcameraclub.co.uk or get in touch by e-mail or through Facebook.

Lodge Callendar

On Monday, April 20 there was another fine turnout of members and visitors to see the Past Masters of the Lodge carry out the 3rd Degree including a large deputation from Lodge Dolphin 911, headed by their RWM Bro. Ross Hardie, and a large deputation from Lodge Camelon 1456, headed by their RWM Bro. John Merrilees. They were warmly welcomed into the Lodge by the RWM Bro. William Davidson. The deputation of the Past Masters of the Lodge, headed by Bro. Jaimie Finlay PM who had come to confer the 3rd Degree were also warmly welcomed into the Lodge. Another deputation from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Stirlingshire, headed by the RWPGM Bro. Andrew A. McKinnon, was also warmly welcomed. The Gavel was then passed to PM Bro. Jaimie Finlay in order to carry out the Degree at the hands of the Lodge Past Masters. They carried out the Degree in an excellent and dignified manner. The Past Masters and Bro. Finlay were thanked by the RWM and then retired. The last duty of the evening was Lodge Callendar passing the Travelling Gavel to the Lodge with the largest deputation, Lodge Dolphin 911, Bro. William Davidson RWM presenting it to Bro. Ross Hardie RWM of 911. Monday, April 27 was our last meeting of this term and it was a MMM Degree conferred by PM Bro. Alastair Crawford.

Wildlife Trust

Scottish Wildlife Trust Wednesday evening walks leave from Williamson Street car park 6.30 p.m. on May 6 to Roughcastle; May 13 Brig 0’Turk; May 20 Tillicoultry; May 27 Deanston. Contact Jim Hopwood (01324) 229187 and Ron Dalziel (01324) 638942.

Parkinsons UK

The Falkirk Branch Parkinsons UK meeting on May 7 has been cancelled because St Francis Xavier Hall is being used as a voting place for the General Election. The next Tuesday afternoon ‘drop-in’ meeting will be on May 12 between 2 and 4 p.m. We hope you will manage to join us and bring a friend.

Spiritualist Church

The New Falkirk Spiritualist Church at Westfield Community Centre welcomes medium Gil McNeish from Alloa on Saturday at 7 p.m. See www.falkirkspiritualistchurch.com for details.

Lochgreen Playgroup

The ante pre-school nursery is enrolling now. It is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 9 a.m. and 12.10 p.m. and on Tuesdays between 12.15 and 3.15 p.m. The 2’s group meets on Tuesdays 9 - 11 a.m. and Thursdays 12.30 - 2.30 p.m. Toddlers, Mondays 1.30 - 2.45 p.m. Contact Lochgreen Playgroup on (01324) 629676 for more information.

Nature Fest

Forthcoming events, Falkirk: Today (Thursday) Urban Warriors Work Day, 10 a.m. in Callendar Woods. For details call 07730 447212. Saturday, Memorial Garden Project, 11 a.m., People’s Church, Falkirk. Wednesday, 1746 Battle of Falkirk guided walk, 6.30 p.m., Greenrigg Car Park. Skinflats: Tuesday, Dawn Chorus Bird Walk, 5 - 8 a.m., Newton Road, Skinflats. To book call (01324) 831568.

Caledonia Choir

Well, that’s it for this year! Our last few rehearsals leading up to our ‘big’ show at the Spring Concert on Wednesday. It has been a lot of fun (and hard work) to reach this stage – well done everyone. If you have enjoyed the concert please go to our Facebook page and give us a few comments. We’ll post a full review of the concert next week.

Art Club

Artshare continues every Monday at 7.15 p.m. in St Francis Xavier Church Hall apart from Monday, May 18. Bring along a piece of artwork you are working on and join our friendly group. Sketching trips continue every Monday at 2 p.m. meeting outside the main doors of Callendar House. Bring your own materials and money for tea/coffee in the cafe. If you’re interested in the sketching trips and would like more information then please contact Jim Summers on (01324) 625284 or 07952472166 or e-mail jimsummers@btinternet.com. Our 50th annual exhibition is open to the public from Monday, May 18 until Sunday, May 24 in the Howgate Centre, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Find us on facebook.

Falkirk Operatic

The society would like to thank everyone involved with our recent show, ‘The Slipper and the Rose’. Members had a marvellous time performing last week and a lot of new friendships were made. Thanks goes to our producer/choreographer Judy Brown for organising the hospitality after the show. Charities across Central Scotland will benefit from donations made by our audiences on leaving the performances. We would also like to thank all the children who came dressed up in character and also the children who took part in our Colouring In competition. Our next event will be the Tryst Festival day on Saturday, May 9 when we will be performing in Falkirk High Street. We do hope you will visit our stand and take part in the fun. Rehearsals for our September Cabaret commence on Tuesday, May 19 in Camelon Parish Church Hall at 7.30 p.m. and we invite new members to come along. The show will start its two-night run in Falkirk Town Hall on Friday, September 24. We are also pleased to announce our April 2016 show will be ‘Whisky Galore’.

Spiritualist Church

The medium to the Pleasance Spiritualist Church Guide Hall (off the Cow Wynd) on Sunday is Ellen Gorman. Doors open at 6.15 p.m., service starts at 7 p.m. followed by a healing circle. Everyone welcome.

Braveheart Walks

The wonderful Helix Park night walk takes in the various sights and wildlife of the area, including the Kelpies. Meet in the Falkirk Stadium car park for 7 p.m., where our walk leaders look forward to seeing you there for this one hour walk. For more information please call 01324 673703. Braveheart’s beautiful walk around Callendar Park every Monday, leaves 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 where you can enjoy a cup of tea and a scone in Callendar House after your walk.

Women’s Register

The National Women’s Register is a discussion group, and so much more, for all lively-minded women. We have weekly evening meetings, to discuss pre-arranged topics, in each other’s homes around Falkirk District. In addition we have monthly morning excursions to cafes and through the summer fortnightly evening walks. On Wednesday, May 6 we will be discussing the Story of Chocolate. New faces are very welcome. If you would like to come along please call Alison on 01324 631363.

Dance Classes

Ceilidh and Popular Social Dance Sessions: Keep fit the fun way! The local RSCDS-run Sessions are held 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.

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.

Helix Walks

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 Walks

Health 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 led by our volunteer walk leaders. This is a great way to explore the Helix with a group and its free. For more information e-mail stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

Helix Connect

Every Wednesday at 7 p.m. there is a new walk 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 Barbara McConnell on 01324 504556 or e-mail stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org

Buggy Walk

Every Monday at 1.15 p.m. 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 it is raining or in the colder months. It is 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.

Annual Concert

The Forth Bridges Accordion Band annual spring concert will take place on Friday, May 22 in Falkirk Lesser Townhall at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are now available for £6 or £5 concession. To book tickets please call Falkirk Steeple Office on 01324 506850.

Nordic Walking

This week the Tuesday walk will meet at Falkirk Stadium at 6.30 p.m. The Wednesday walk is doing the new circular route from Carron co-op at 1 p.m. Please check our facebook page for Thursday fast walk. For information contact 01324 504556 or e-mail stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

Archaelogical Society

The Archaelogical and Natural History Society’s April meeting was a very interesting presentation on “Touch Ane, Touch A’” by Mr John Reid, who very kindly stepped in at short notice when our scheduled speaker was taken ill. The last meeting of the 2014-2015 session is a presentation by one of our members, which will be preceded by the society’s annual general meeting. The meeting will be held on May 5, in the Falkirk Christian Centre, Glebe Street, starting at 7.30 p.m. For further information on the society please phone (01786) 463399 or (01324) 562293.

Writers Circle

Due to last year’s words and music successful event by Falkirk Writers Circle, members are happy to welcome back the famous “Daddy Naggins” band whose gigs are popular throughout central region. The event takes place on Tuesday, May 12 at 7.30 p.m. in The Studio, Falkirk Town Hall and all are welcome. Come along and enjoy this blend of traditional music and individual readings. Further details from Isobel 01324 620048 or visit isobel.quinn@outlook.com.