Falkirk news from Thursday, December 18

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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Blind Club

The club is indebted to Vicky who at very short notice came all the way from Glasgow to entertain us. Her bright bubbly style of presenting her music is particularly popular with the members and she made the afternoon very seasonal by dressing up as a Christmas tree! Another visit is eagerly anticipated. The club is part of the Falkirk Football Club ‘working in the community’ initiative and provides a centre for anyone who is registered blind or visually impaired to come along and enjoy an afternoon in the comapny of others who face the same problems. The club meets every Tuesday afternoon in the warm-up area in the Falkirk Stadium between 1 and 3.15 p.m.

Camera Club

Falkirk Camera Club welcomed Viv Cottion to judge its third monthly competition. Viv, a member of Edinburgh Photographic Society, is accredited with LRPS, EFIAP membership and currently working to gain her ARPS. Although a photographer for many years she has been a judge for over three years has a preference towards landscape and macro photography. Some of Viv’s photographic work can be found at www.blipfoto.com/vivc The club winners were: Mono print A, ‘Trust’, Paul Kearney; mono print B, ‘A Boy and His Doves’, Iain Jamieson. Colour print A, ‘Paul at Work’, Robert Wallace; colour print B, ‘Heading Home’, Iain Jamieson. PDI A, ‘News Reporter’, Nancy MacArthur; PDI B, ‘Playing on the Pier’, Heather Christie. Congratulations to all our category winners and those who finished second and third. For information on FCC visit www.falkirkcameraclub.co.uk. FCC also has a facebook page and flickr site.

DASH

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 to 3 p.m. in Camelon Community Project, Abercrombie Street. There is also a men-only group every first and third Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Dawson Centre, David’s Loan, Bainsford, as well as a mixed group every Monday from 7 to 9 p.m., also in the Dawson Centre. For further information visit www.dashonline.org.uk or contact 07985461187.

Philatelic Society

The fortnightly meeting of Falkirk and District Philatelic Society was held in the Camelon Parish Church Hall. Six Members exhibited displays of stamps which they may wish to enter at the 86th Scottish Stamp Congress at Perth next April. The quality of the displays was excellent and augurs well for the representation from the Falkirk Society. It so happens that 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the formation of our society and we have been asked to Host the Congress. Falkirk members are encouraged to enter at least one display per member to show our support for the event. The society is holding a formal dinner in April to celebrate our anniversary. Details to follow.

Olivet Evangelical

The monthly craft evenings begin tonight (Thursday) at 7 p.m. On Saturday at 2.30 p.m. the Falkirk Torch Trust meets at Olivet for the start of their new season with a talk from Jim Todd of Airth. Sunday services begin at 10 a.m. with Communion followed at 11 a.m. with fellowship and refreshments. The All Age service starts at 11.25 a.m. when the guest speaker is Gordon Roy of Scripture Union. The church prayer meeting is at 6 p.m. and at 6.30 p.m. is a special evening with Nigel Kenny of the Christian Institute. Please note that there will be no Fellowship Lunch in December. On Tuesday evening at 7.30 p.m. there will be a missionary report by Tim and Elena Glasscock of Spain. The ‘Young at Heart’ begin their new session on Wednesday at 2 p.m. when the guest speaker is Dr George Mitchell. Friday, December 26 at 10 a.m. is the start of the Mother and Toddlers Group. Also on that Friday at 7.30 p.m. is the start of the Men’s Events when the guest is Harvey Stalker speaking on the subject ‘The man with the Mic’.

Lochgreen Playgroup

Pre-school nursery (enrolling now) Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9 a.m. to 12.10 p.m.; Tuesday, 12.15 to 3.25 p.m. 2’s Group Tuesday 9 to 11 a.m., Thursday 12.30 to 2.30 p.m. Toddlers, Monday 1.30 to 2.45 p.m. Contact Lochgreen Playgroup on (01324) 629676 for more information.

Caledonia Choir

Monday night’s rehearsal for ‘A Bairn’s Christmas’ which will be presented in Falkirk Town Hall on Sunday went very well. The combined talents of Falkirk Caledonia Choir, Falkirk Festival Chorus and Falkirk Tryst Orchestra came together to produce magnificent music which will be much appreciated by the audiences attending the shows at 2.30 and 7 p.m. It’s a great way to start Christmas Week so come along and join in. Tickets cost £12, £10 and £4. For choir members this will be last time we get together before the holidays – so to all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and we’ll see you all at the start of our new session on January 12. If you would like to join the choir, that will be a good time to start. Come along to St Andrew’s Primary School at 7.30 p.m. and say ‘hello!’

Festival Chorus

The curtain goes up on ‘A Bairns Christmas’ on Sunday featuring soloist Seonaid Aitken, a talented and virtuoso violinist who is equally at home with the classics, folk and jazz. Tickets for this once-a-year concert are still available from The Steeple Box Office and the cost includes a programme. If you would like to join the chorus, we resume on Sunday, January 11 at 3.30 p.m. in Trinity Church. Puccini’s Messa di Gloria and Lux Aeterna by Lauridsen are the pieces we will be performing in May together with a professional orchestra – a great experience! Falkirk Festival Chorus would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.

Trinity Church

Sunday is the Family Nativity service led by the children and young people of the church and will commence at 11 a.m. It will be followed by a Christmas snack lunch in the main hall. The Christmas Eve service starts at 7 p.m. and will be followed by tea, coffee and mince pies in the main hall. Our Watchnight service starts at 11.30pm and is proceeded by Carol Singing at 11.15 p.m. On Christmas Day there will be a half hour Family service at 11 a.m. All three services will be led by Robert Allan and Kay Brown. Join us for a time of reflection and music in the Sanctuary on Wednesday and Wednesday, December 31 from noon until 1 p.m. Admission is free and please feel free to drop in at any time. Please note the M’eating Place Café is closed from Monday until January 19 for the festive break and refurbishment.

St Andrew’s West

The Christmas Family service and Sunday School Nativity Play starts at 11 a.m. with a carols and reading service at 7 p.m. that evening. Don’t forget your torch for our Family Torchlight service at 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve which will include a drama from the Bible Class. This will be followed by a light supper in the upper hall. The Christmas Day service starts at 11 a.m. Please come and join us in worship as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, and share together the Good News of Christmas. We will be very glad to see you at any of our services and you will find a warm and friendly welcome among us. If you’ve not been to church before, or in a while, why not come this Christmas?

Lunch Club

The Christmas meeting of Falkirk Ladies Lunch Club welcomed Andrew Burnside on mandolin and Richard Lathe on guitar who presented songs well known to their audience. Next month the speaker will be EIleen Peebles and her subject ‘What your local pharmacy can do for you’. Anyone wishing to attend should join members on Tuesday, January 6 in the Park Hotel, 12.30 for 1 p.m.

Step Forth

All walks are now finished for the year. They resume on Monday, January 5. I would like to thank all our wonderful walk leaders for turning up every week and making the walks so enjoyable. Wishing walk leaders and walkers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. barbara.mcconnell@falkirkcommunitytrust.org Tel: (01324) 504556.

Helix Walks

These walks are now finished and will resume on Monday, January 5. Thank you Roy, Alma, Janice, Alan, Helen and Lisa, for being such good walk leaders. Well done to the evening group for walking nearly 4000 miles between you this year. Wishing walk leaders and our walkers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Happy walking. barbara.mcconnell@falkirkcommunitytrust.org Tel: (0132) 504556.

Writers’ Circle

The results of the recent ‘secret’ short stories adjudicated by Laura Fyfe were as follows: 1. Margaret Smith; 2. Morven Mack; 3. Colin McNeil. Highly commended, Martin Cowie; Commended, Marjory Halton. Congratulations to all winners in a high standard competition. The next meeting of the Circle will be Tuesday, January 6 when the topic stories will be read. Seasonal greetings are extended to all.

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 Leishman Tower on Thursdays at 11 a.m. to noon. If you are interested in volunteering at all please call or ask at collection. AGM is on Thursday, January 29 at 6.45 p.m. within Youth & Community Wing, Abbots Road, Grangemouth.

Braveheart

Braveheart’s beautiful walk around Callendar Park every Monday, leaves from Callendar House at 2 p.m. either a slow 30 minute walk or a one hour walk of more brisk pace. The walk remains on over Christmas and New Year. For more information on our Callendar walk please contact (01324) 673703.

Lodge St John 16

On Tuesday, December 9, the annual installation of Office Bearers took place and Bro Ronnie Forsyth was installed as RWM in a dignified manner by the Installing Masters Jamie Findlay PM 588, Sinclair Campbell PM 16 and Allan Leishman PM 16. The other Office Bearers present were installed by PM Allan Leishman. The next meeting of the Lodge will be on Tuesday, January 13 and will be a MMM Degree. On behalf of the RWM Ronnie Forsyth, Past Mastes, Office Bearers and Brethren we wish everyone the compliments of the season.

Coffee Morning

Kirstin’s Christmas Coffee and Cake takes place in Trinity Church this Saturday from 10 a.m. till 3 p.m. Run by the charity Project Trust which provides to underprivileged children around the world, there will be a range of refreshments and stalls.