Falkirk news from Thursday, August 21

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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Country Dancing

Falkirk Branch RSCDS start warm-up classes on Tuesday in Laurieston Primary School, 7.30 - 9 p.m. Cost £2. For details of regular classes in Falkirk district starting in September for beginners and experienced dancers please contact Alison on (01324) 631363 or visit the website: web.rscds-falkirk

Sponsored Walk

Central Scotland Regional Equality Council will celebrate its 30th anniversary and raise money for Strathcarron Hospice with a sponsored walk from The Helix on Saturday, September 20. It will be one of three walks at three different locations that day and starts at 9.30 a.m. For more information contact Claire Harvey on (01324) 468766. A community event at Stirling Albert Halls between 2 and 6.30 p.m. on Sunday, October 5 is also part of the celebrations and will include speakers, entertainment and a buffet. All welcome.

Blind Club

The club welcomed back Colin Rae after a long illness and members are pleased he is again fit enough to make the weekly trip from Slamannan with his daughter, Esther. We also thanked a lady who is a member of Polmont Parish Church who, through Janet Anderson, donated £10 to funds. This is a very kind thought and gratefully accepted. With no entertainment arranged, members enjoyed a quiz, supplied by ‘Dad’s Army’ member Moira Martin, followed by bingo. We again issue our weekly invitation to anyone who is registered blind or visually impaired to come along and enjoy the company of others who have the same problems. We meet every Tuesday afternoon in the warm-up area in Falkirk Stadium between 1 and 3.30 p.m. Tea, coffee, and home baking is also enjoyed by the members.

Falkirk Orators

Lee Stevenson was the toastmaster for the August meeting. The first prepared speech was presented by Sue Hitchin who offered some insight into the First World War with her speech entitled ‘Over the Top – a Matter of Perspective’. She was followed by Adele Redgate who used famous women from history to illustrate there is more to women than beauty with her talk ‘Behind the Make Up there is an Intellect’. The speech evaluators were Ireen Scott and Sharon Gentleman with John Smith acting as general evaluator. Martin Robertson was timekeeper, Nelson Freitas was ‘ah-counter’ and Shelley Batty set the word of the day while commenting on the use, good and otherwise, of grammar during the meeting. Max Gentleman set members challenges during the impromptu speaking session and the table topics were evaluated by Andy Price. There are only two places left on the Speechcraft course which starts on September 17. This is a four week course covering the basics of public speaking and presenting and has proven to be very successful in providing a confidence boost for those interviewing for jobs, making presentations at work or having to give a speech at a wedding. If you would like further information on the club or the Speechcraft course please call John on (01324) 710033 or0774 0987 865 or email falkirkorators@yahoo.com.

Domino League

Fairplay week 20 results: Mill Inn 4, Roman Bar B 8; Roman Bar A 4, Bowhouse 8; Bluebell 0, Ellwyn 7; Tam Bain 7, Scotia 5; Railway 7, Star Inn 5; Legion B 4, Aitkens 8; Anchor 2, Clachan 10.

Olivet Evangelical

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 Hyslop Tennant from Dunfermline. The weekly church prayer meeting is at 6 p.m. and the Bible teaching hour at 6.30 p.m. also with Hyslop Tennant. The first of the new session of Wycliffe Bible Translators Prayer meetings will be at 7.30 p.m. on Monday when the prayer leader will be Rachel Meek of Brightons. On Tuesday evening at 7.30 p.m. is the first of the Bible studies on Genesis, postponed from last week. Please note the Genesis study books are available from the Bible study group leaders. Thanks you to all who gave their freewill offering last week in support of the ongoing work of the Falkirk Foodbank. £155 was gifted. Please note that foodstuffs can be left any Sunday in the side hall.

Trinity Church

This Sunday’s service will focus on Praising God - ‘As we build His Kingdom’ - and be led by Rev. Robert Allan. It will commence at 11 a.m. and tea, coffee and fellowship are available in the main hall afterwards. On Saturday around 11 a.m. we welcome fellow Christian Aid fundraiser Martyn Sanders to the church. We are fundraising for a partnership with Christian Aid which will provide better care for mums and babies in the northern Malawi region of Karanga. Annan man Martyn Sanders is also taking part by cycling almost the length of Scotland and being sponsored for his efforts. His cycling will take him from Kirkcudbright to Aberdeen, linking churches in Annan, Glasgow, Falkirk and Edinburgh who are also raising money for this project. Members of Falkirk Trinity Church will ride alongside Martyn as he approaches Falkirk on Saturday, representing the solidarity churches across Scotland are showing in their support of the mums and babies. Kay Brown has been assigned by Falkirk Presbytery to Trinity Church as OLM (Ordained Local Minister) Assistant Minister and her Service of Ordination will be held next Thursday at 7 p.m. Please come along and offer your support and a warm welcome to Kay on this special occasion. Our book commemorating the lives of the men of Falkirk Parish Church and Erskine Church who made the ultimate sacrifice in the First World War is now available from the church office. ‘They Shall Grow Not Old’ is the result of research carried out by four members of our congregation to honour the soldiers whose names appear on the memorials in the church.

Metafit Falkirk

A Metafit Falkirk class is held every Tuesday at Tamfourhill Community Centre from 8 p.m. All welcome. For more information call 07739718361.

Crisis Centre

Central Scotland Rape Crisis & Sexual Abuse Centre provides a free and confidential service to anyone over the age of 13. The Helpline 01786 471771 is available between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and an answer phone out-with these times.

Festival Chorus

Falkirk Festival Chorus rehearsals for the new season start on Sunday at 3 p.m. in the main hall of Falkirk Trinity Church. The works to be performed in the Tryst Festival in May are the Messa di Gloria by Giacomo Puccini and Lux Aeterna by the contemporary American composer Morten Lauridsen. The chorus will also be participating as usual with Falkirk Caledonia Choir and Falkirk Tryst Orchestra in the Bairns’ Christmas Carol Concert on December 21. New members will be made very welcome. For further information please contact the secretary on (01324) 625284.

Caledonia Choir

A reminder to members old and new that the Falkirk Caledonia Choir starts its 91st session on Monday in St Andrew’s Primary School at 7.30 p.m. Existing members should bring along their music (new members will be supplied with music as needed). There will be a social gathering with a finger buffet at the end of the evening. If you would like to join us - we’re a friendly bunch - just come along on the night. There are no auditions required – just a willingness to learn and join in, and no need to be able to read music. Our repertoire is very varied – from classical to popular – and concerts are fun occasions. For more details and contact information go to falkirkcaledoniachoir.webs.com/contact-us or on Facebook – www.facebook.com/FalkirkCaledoniaChoir. Otherwise contact our President Mary McCann on 01506 847352 or our secretary Liz Williamson on (01324) 714418. Membership costs just £40 per year (payable in two instalments). Music is given out on free loan and concert uniforms are also supplied free.


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.

Gartmorn Dam

Bravehearts monthly walk on Tuesday, August 26 is around the lovely Gartmorn Dam with Clackmannanshire Rangers. This walk is about three miles long. Free transport leaves Camelon Education Centre at 12.40 p.m. and Carron Co-op at 12.50 p.m. to start our walk for 1.30 p.m.; and will return at 4 p.m. Booking is essential so call (01324) 673703 or 07795283508. Please be prepared for the Scottish climate, and please bring your own refreshments for after our walk.

Braveheart Walks

You get to see some lovely sites on Braveheart’s walk around Callendar Park every Monday, leaving from Callendar House at 2 p.m. You can take a slow 30 minute (average) walk or a one hour walk of more brisk pace. Come and enjoy the beautiful scenery with the current walkers and Walk Leaders. For more information on our new Callendar walk please contact (01324) 673703. Middlefield walk leaves from Falkirk Community Statium at 7 p.m. every Thursday when we enjoy a nice stroll around the lovely surroundings of the Helix. Walk Leaders look forward to seeing you there. For more information dial 01324 673703.

Step Forth

All walks are listed in this section of the Falkirk Herald. There are also 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. Bo’ness also has a Monday evening walk which leaves from the car park across from the post office at the foreshore at 7 p.m. All Step Forth walks are free. For more information call (01324) 504568/556 or email stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

Helix Walks

A walk leaves Falkirk Football stadium every Monday at 7 p.m. led by volunteer. It takes 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 lead by volunteer walk leaders and its free. For more information email 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’s raining. It’s a good way to meet other mums. Walk is run by our volunteers and is free. All children should be in a buggy. For more information contact stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

Nordic Walking

This Tuesday the group are walking at Culross, meet at the car park at 6.30 p.m., try to car pool. Wednesday 1 p.m., Falkirk Wheel, meet at wheel car park on the Wheelhouse restaurant side. Monday walk will leave from Falkirk Stadium as usual at 10 a.m. Please check our face book page for Thursday fast walk. for more information or training dates contact Barbara on (01324) 504556 or email stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

Buggy Walks

A team of volunteers is being formed to roll out buggy walks across Falkirk and also support existing groups. If you are interested contact Barbara McConnell on (01324) 504556 or barbara.mcconnell@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

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 www.falkirkcreditunion.co.uk or pop into your local collection at Belmont Tower on Thursdays 9.45-10.45 a.m. or Leishman Tower Thursdays 11 a.m.- noon. We are currently looking for new volunteers for both/either collection - please call (01324) 473695 if you are interested. Full training will be provided.

Westfield Centre

A new credit union collection at Westfield Community Centre is being planned for Wednesdays from noon until 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 until 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.

Falkirk Writers

Can you write? Do you write? Would you like to write more among friends? Perhaps Falkirk Writers’ circle would interest you. The new session begins on Tuesday, September 2 at Greenpark Community Centre in Polmont where we meet every week 7.30-9.30 p.m. An interesting syllabus of speakers, competitions, tutorials, performances, liaisons with like-minded groups and fun has been planned for the coming months. Come along and meet members who are always happy to welcome anyone interested in deciding if this is the inspiration you need to write. For more information call Isobel at (01324) 620048 or emali isobel.quinn@outlook.com.

New Spiritualist

The new Spiritualist Church in Westfield Community Centre welcomes Alison Reid from Livingston on Saturday. Open Circle after the service. The service starts at 7 p.m. Entry is £3. All welcome. Visit www.falkirkspiritualistchurch.webs.com for more information.

Coffee Morning

Falkirk Baptist Church are holding a Macmillan Cofee Morning on Saturday, September 20 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Other stalls are available on the day. Please come along and support this great charity.

Solitaire Club

Did you at one time dance at the Falkirk S.W.D.S. Club? If you did you will still enjoy dancing to live music on a Sunday night. If you are over 60, please come along any Sunday night to the Park Hotel, Falkirk from 8 to 11 p.m. If you wish to speak with someone regarding the club please call Isabella on 07846963901 or Marion on 07976975887.

Ramblers Association

Falkirk and District Ramblers Association will be heading from Scone to Murrayshall Hill Circular on Sunday. The Grade C+, 8 mile, 5 hour journey will take in pleasant paths, some minor road walking and good scenic views from the top of Murrayshall Hill. The ascent is 280 metres. Meeting point is Linden Avenue Car Park, Stirling at 9.30 a.m. or the car park next to Scone Old Church at 10.30 a.m. Contact Walk Leader Eric Davidson on 07757658055 or email davidson.family.es@gmail.com for more information.