Falkirk news from Thursday, April 9

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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Floral Art

The next meeting is on Monday, April 13, in the Lesser Town Hall, Falkirk at 7.15 p.m. for 7.30 p.m. The demonstrator is Gill Garrow and her title is Touch Wood. Visitors welcome.

Lodge St John

At the regular meeting of Lodge St John Falkirk No. 16, on March 24, the RWM Ronnie Forsyth welcomed everyone into the Lodge. One candidate was advanced to the F.C. Degree in a dignified and solemn manner by RWM Ronnie Forsyth and his officebearers. I.P.M. William Campbell of Lodge Carron 139 replied on behalf of the visitors. The regular meeting will be on Tuesday, April 15 and will be a M.M. Degree carried out by the Past Masters of the Lodge. There will also be a presentation taking place that evening to a member of the lodge. The Lodge will tyle at 7.30 p.m., all visitors welcome.

New Spiritualist

The New Falkirk Spiritualist Church, Westfield Street, welcomes Medium Margaret Rattray from Perth to our platform on Saturday, April 11. Everyone welcome to our services every Saturday at 7 p.m. See www.falkirkspiritualistchurch.com.

Friends of Strathcarron

Falkirk Friends of Strathcarron Hospice lunch and fashion show by Marks and Spencers will be held in the Macdonald Inchyra Grange Hotel on Sunday, April 26, at noon for 1 p.m. Tickets priced £24 may be obtained by phoning 634803.

Braveheart Walks

Beautiful walk 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. Middlefield - 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! Meeting in the Falkirk Stadium car park to start our 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. For more information please call (01324) 673703.

Caledonia Choir

Following the Easter break, members are reminded that the next rehearsal venue has changed - we will meet at Falkirk Grahamston United Church on April 13 as the school is closed for the holidays. The church is situated on Bute Street, Falkirk and you can park on this and surrounding streets. Tickets for our annual Spring Concert on Wednesday, April 29 in Falkirk Town Hall are now on sale. Available from the Steeple Box Office or from choir members, tickets cost £12 (£10 concessions) and include the cost of a programme which will contain the lyrics for ‘audience participation’ numbers. Members please note the date of the annual general meeting this year - Monday, May 11 in St Andrew’s Primary school. Everyone is welcome to attend this to discuss concerts and other choir business and join in the social event afterwards.

Blind Club

The club held its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday and reports from the Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary were all positive and showed that the club had had a successful year. The committee were all re-elected unanimously and will continue in office for a further year. The Chairman thanked the members for their support and hoped that the club would continue to grow and prosper. The members then enjoyed afternoon tea followed by bingo, when the prizes were chocolate Easter Bunnies. The club meets every Tuesday afternoon in the warm-up area in the Falkirk Stadium, beginning at 1 p.m. We invite anyone who is registered blind, or is visually impaired, to come along and join us. Anyone taking up this invitation will be made most welcome.


Do you suffer from anxiety or depression? This group meets in a supportive and confidential environment. Monday mixed group meets 7-9 p.m. and men only group meets first and third Thursday from 2-4 p.m. in the Dawson Centre, Davids Loan. For further information visit www.dashonline.org.uk or contact 07985 461187.

Friendship Club

Would you like to dance to live music on a Sunday night? If so, please come along to the Park Hotel, Falkirk any Sunday evening from 8 p.m. and join the members of Solitaire Friendship Club. If you wish to chat to someone about our club please phone Isabella on 07846 963901 or Marion on 07976 975887, they will be pleased to hear from you.

Braveheart Plus

The monthly Braveheart Plus meeting takes place on Monday, April 13 at 1.30 p.m. Camelon Community Education Centre, Abercrombie Street. Constable Blair Rennie from Falkirk’s Community Policing Team will speak on ‘keeping your community safe through community policing’. This will include aspects of modern day policing on issues of interest and concern for us all. Come along and find out more, perhaps you have your own questions you would like to raise. We welcome all who have been affected by heart problems.

Lodge Callendar

On Monday, March 30, there was another fine turnout of members and visitors to Lodge Callendar. The R.W.M. Bro. William Davidson then welcomed a very large deputation from our good friends Lodge Carron No.139 and they were headed by their R.W.M. Bro. Stuart Stirling who had come along to confer the Second Degree on one candidate. The Degree was carried out in an excellent and dignified manner by R.W.M. Stuart Stirling and his Degree Team. R.W.M. Bro. William Davidson then thanked Bro. Stirling and his team for conferring the degree and to further continue the friendship between the two Lodges. A suitable reply on behalf of the Visitors was made by Bro. Stewart Jeffray P.M. Lodge Dolphin No.911. The next meeting of the Lodge will be on Monday, April 20 at 7.30 p.m. and the business will be Third Degree which will be carried out by the Past Masters of the Lodge and will be headed by Bro. Jaimie Finlay P.M. and all visitors will be made most welcome.

Olivet Evangelical

The Friday Parent and Toddlers Group is on holiday. The Sunday Services begin at 10 a.m. with Communion followed at 11 a.m. by a time of refreshments and fellowship. At 11.25 a.m. is the All Age Service when the speaker is Tom Lawson of Edinburgh and his text is Matthew 28: 16 to 20 and the message is entitled, ‘The authority of the risen Lord’. The Church prayer meeting is at 6 p.m. followed at 6.30 p.m. by the Bible Teaching Hour when the speaker is Iain Gibb of Grangemouth and the message is entitled, ‘What do we mean - Evangelical?’ On Tuesday evening at 7.30 p.m., Tim Rice will be giving a report on the distribution of the Hebrew Scriptures and there will follow a time of prayer and praise. The ‘Young at Heart’ is on Wednesday at 2 p.m. when the guest speaker expected is Norman Milne of Falkirk who will share ‘a thought for the day’. The next adults Craft evening will be on Thursday, April 16 at 7 p.m. The next Men’s Event will be a ‘Games night’ on Friday, April 24 at 7 p.m.

Camera Club

Last Thursday, (April 2) FCC, along with Falkirk Writers’ Circle, held their annual ‘Talking Pictures’ event. This is where members of FCC submit images to Falkirk Writers’ Circle from which they draw inspiration and imagination to create poems, prose or other written work. With some 35 images being shown and each having its own piece of creative writing there was great variety being presented that evening. The half-time tea break gave opportunity for members of each club to discuss the written work or images. FCC thanks members of FWC for participation and contribution in making this a successful night. For information on Falkirk Writers’ Circle visit www.falkirkwriters.org.uk. For more information on FCC visit www.falkirkcameraclub.co.uk.

Writers Circle

Falkirk Writers’ Circle has had an eventful week. Tuesday revealed the winners of the Allan Brownlie Trophy competition when Catherine came first, Margaret second and Ian third. Congratulations to all three worthy winners. The annual ‘Talking Pictures’ event in liaison with Falkirk Camera Club was a huge success with a more than usual number of entries. Both images and relative words were varied, adding up to a very interesting evening. Grateful thanks are extended to the Camera Club for their warm hospitality. Next Tuesday there will be a rehearsal for our words and music evening. Further details can be obtained by e-mailing Isobel.quinn@outlook.com or calling Isobel on (01324) 620048.

Falkirk Aglow

Falkirk Aglow had Penny Dawson as their speaker last month. Penny shared from Rom Ch. 12 always be ready to share hospitality and shared various stories about hospitality from the scriptures. It can be as simple as a cup of coffee to offering a meal or a place to stay. Amanda Reed will be the speaker on Thursday, April 16 at the Hotel Cladhan, Kemper Avenue, Falkirk at 7 for 7.15 p.m. The cost is £8 which includes a meal. Please contact Ruth to book a meal.

Operatic Society

This year’s show, ‘The Slipper and the Rose’ opens in Falkirk Town Hall from Tuesday, April 21 through to Saturday, April 25 with a matinee performance on the Saturday. Curtain up is 7.30 p.m. and 2 p.m. for the matinee. Tickets are available priced at £14 and £10 concessions from The Steeple Box Office, society members, info@falkirkoperatic.com and also online booking at www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/80006. ‘The Slipper and the Rose’ is a real story about two people in love. Enhanced by wonderful tunes. The story which is very much aimed at the family audience, retaining at the same time the enchantment and wonder that the Cinderella story has always held. A family ticket is available Tuesday to Friday evening consisting of two full price tickets and two concessions costing £40. At the Saturday matinee children are invited to come dressed in character and enter our competition. A free Fairy Wand is included with the sale of the programme. We are also having a colouring in competition for children aged 12 and under. Entries must be received by Friday, April 10. First prize is a Family ticket for the show and two tickets for the matinee performance for the runner-up. Full details to enter are shown on our website, www.falkirk operatic.com. Rehearsals have been fun and hard work learning all the dance moves and music which the production team, consisting of Judy Brown director/choreographer and Christopher Duffy, musical director, have taught us. Members are now looking forward to the opening night of The Scottish Premiere of ‘The Slipper and the Rose’.

S1 Success

SI Falkirk held a highly successful ‘Spring into Summer’ Afternoon Tea on Sunday, March 29 to raise funds for sponsored local and international charities. Entertainment was provided by Falkirk Floral Art Club with a demonstration of spring and summer flower arrangements. Three talented young musicians from Falkirk High School sang and played their instruments for those present; and SI Falkirk’s Kareen Cairns recited a range of humorous poems. The fantastic sum of £1002.60 was realised, very much exceeding our target. A very big thank you to all who contributed to making this event such a success.

Archaeological Society

The March meeting of the Falkirk Archaeological and Natural History Society was a very enlighening presentation by Dr Jon Coulston on Trajan’s column and its significance for students of Roman History. The speaker on Tuesday, April 14 is Mr John Reid. The talk, in the Christian Centre, Glebe Street, starts at 7.30 p.m. For further information on the society, please phone (01786) 463399.

Trinity Church

The service at 11 a.m. this week, April 12, will be led by Robert Allan and will focus on ‘Walking with the Risen Lord’. Tea, coffee and a blether are available in the hall after the service. During April, the walking group will start all walks at 7 p.m. and set off from Falkirk Stadium for Helix Park. All are welcome to join us. The lunchtime recital on April 10 will be given by Robert Tait, Organist and Choirmaster of Falkirk Trinity Church 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. Please note that the Café in the Kirk will be closed for its Spring break from Monday, April 6 until Friday, April 10, reopening on Monday, April 13. Greeting cards are now on sale in the Café. For more information visit www.falkirktrinity.org.uk or call 611017.

Braveheart’s Monthly

On Tuesday, April 28 is heading to Dunblane! This wonderful walk takes us along the side of the Allan Water, where there are great chances of seeing various wildlife in action! Meeting in the car park behind the Cathedral to start our walk for 1.30 p.m, this one and half hour long walk is welcoming everyone to join! Free transport is being provided, leaving Camelon Education Centre at 1 p.m. and Carron Co-op at 1.10 p.m, returning for 4.30 p.m. There is limited spaces therefore you must phone and book your seat on the bus - (01324) 673703. We look forward to seeing you all there. If you have any questions then please feel free to call me on the above number.