Falkirk news from Thursday, February 12

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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Lochgreen Playgroup

The pre-school nursery (enrolling now) meets on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 9 a.m. and 12.10 p.m. and on Tuesdays between 12.15 and 3.25 p.m. The 2s Group meets on Tuesdays and Thursday from 12.30 to 2.30 p.m. and the Toddlers on Mondays, 1.30 until 2.45 p.m. Contact Lochgreen Playgroup on (01324) 629676 for more information.

Blind Club

Members and friends enjoyed a very successful Burn’s Lunch in the Cladhan Hotel last Tuesday afternoon. Provost Pat Reid gave the Selkirk Grace, the entertainment was led by Ian Scott, who along with addressing the haggis gave us the Immortal Memory and a poem and the music provided by Ian Duncan who sang Burn’s songs and one of his own based on Tam-O-Shanter. Excellent entertainment. The pipes were played by Willie Turnbull who has become the club’s regular piper. Thanks to them all for making this such an enjoyable afternoon. The treasurer was pleased to accept a donation of £220 from the Olivet Gospel Church which was presented by Martin Jones. We are most grateful for this very kind and generous donation to help with club funds. We invite anyone who is registered blind or visually impaired to come along and join us in the warm-up area in the Falkirk Stadium every Tuesday afternoon from 1 p.m.

Spiritualist Church

The New Falkirk Spiritualist Church in Westfield Community Centre, Westfield Street, holds services every Saturday from 7 p.m. This Saturday our visiting Medium is David Lamont from Stirling. Everyone is welcome to join us. See www.falkirkspiritualistchurch.com for more details.

Wildlife Trust

The Scottish Wildlife Trust meeting will be held on Tuesday in the Christian Centre, Glebe Street, at 7.30 p.m. Our guest speaker is Suzanne Bairner from Buglife and her subject will be “How to attract bees, butterflies and ladybirds to our garden.”

Camera Club

Thursday saw members and guests of Falkirk Camera Club bring in some of their own photographic kit and share or discuss its use with others. On hand was one member who gave time instructing others on taking wildlife images, while another demonstrated filters and products to improve portrait images. Others took the opportunity to test their skills at close up photography at a mini desktop studio set up in the building. This was a relaxed and very social evening. For more information on FCC visit www.falkirkcameraclub.co.uk

Olivet Evangelical

The Parent and Toddlers Group is on holiday this week and will return on Friday, February 20 at 10 a.m. Tomorrow (Friday) at 7.30 p.m. the men’s interest evening entitled ‘Blessed are the peace- makers’ will welcome guest speaker Al Priestnall who was an RAF pilot in the Balkans and Afghanistan. Sunday Services begin at 10 a.m. with Communion followed at 11 a.m. by a time of fellowship with refreshments. The All Age service is at 11.25 a.m. with Raymond Hubbocks and guest singer Ruth Christie. The church prayer meeting is at 6 p.m. followed at 6.30 p.m. by the showing of the latest Billy Graham film ‘The Cross’. Friends and those interested in seeing this challenging film are warmly invited to join us. On Tuesday evening at 7.30 p.m. is a showing of the Echoes of Service DVD on Sudan followed by a time of prayer fellowship. The ‘Young at Heart’ is on Wednesday at 2 p.m. when the guest speaker is Douglas Moodie from Bridge of Allan who will give ‘a thought for the day’. Also on Wednesday at noon is a special lunch for those who attend the ‘Young at Heart’ in the Dutch Inn. The men’s leaders have organised a choice of two trips, subject to numbers, to the new ASDA deport in Grangemouth on either February 19 or 26. On Friday, February 27 at 7.30 p.m. is a special evening with Rev. Douglas Cranston who will give an account of his visit to the famous Louisiana State Penitentiary in the USA. The next Ladies Hour at Leishman Tower is on Monday, February 23 at 2.15 p.m. when the expected speaker is Anne MacIntyre.


Do you suffer from anxiety or depression? This is a group 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 firts 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.

Evangelical Forum

The January meeting of the Falkirk Evangelical Leaders Forum took place in the Inchyra Hotel. The business items discussed were: proposed date and venue for the 2015 praise and prayer event; initial review of Christmas Howgate Community Hub outreach; gift and response from Mr MacDonald; progress on updated Falkirk Tract. The next lunch time meeting will be held at 12.30 p.m. on Thursday, February 26 in the Inchyra Grange Hotel. The time together will involve fellowship and sharing during lunch followed by united prayer and a brief business session.

Caledonia Choir

Please note that next week’s rehearsal due to take place in St Frances’ Church Hall has been cancelled. Our next meeting will be on Monday, February 23 in the usual location, St Andrew’s Primary School. We are beginning to put together the programme for our next charity concert to be held in Alloa Parish Church on March 11 at 7.30 p.m. The audience will be treated to a mixed programme of negro spirituals, ‘Deep River’ and ‘Were You There?’, modern American ballads, Martha Keen’s ‘Homeward Bound’, Vivaldi’s classic ‘Gloria’, and a medley of favourite Harry Lauder songs amongst others. If you are in the area why not come along and listen to a 70-strong mixed choir in full voice - it will be a great night out and all for a good cause.

Friendship Club

Falkirk Solitaire Friendship Club offers dancing to live music in the Park Hotel every Sunday night. All are welcome to join us from 8 p.m. If you wish to chat to someone about our club please phone Isabella on 07846 963901 or Marion on 0797697588. They will be pleased to hear from you.

Trinity Church

The family service on Sunday will commence at 11 a.m. and be led by Robert Allan and Kay Brown. The theme of the service, which includes the baptism of Sophie Scott, will be on thanksgiving. Following the service there will be a snack lunch in the main hall to which all are welcome. The lunchtime organ recital at noon tomorrow (Friday) will be given by Robert Tait, organist and choirmaster of Falkirk Trinity Church. Admission is free, but donations towards the church renovation fund are most appreciated. A lunch deal for £6 is available in the main hall following the recital. Falkirk Trinity Church have a number of rooms and halls of various sizes which are available for let throughout the week. If you would like to enquire concerning availability and cost for your group or organisation, please contact Gillian at the Church Office on (01324) 611017.

Art Club

A huge ‘thank you’ to Marjory Sime for a fantastic demo on Monday night. She used a Posterization computer programme to define lights, darks and mid tones before drawing out her image in advance. She gave an excellent talk on mixing skin tones and application of colour using oils. Artshare is on as usual on Monday from 7.15 p.m. in St Francis Xavier Church Hall.

Dance Classes

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. Further details ring Alison on (01324) 631363 or on the website web.rscds-falkirk.org.uk.

Monthly Walk

Braveheart’s Monthly Walk is taking us to The Falkirk Wheel on Tuesday, February 24. Meet outside the Visitors’ Centre to start our walk at 1.30 p.m., when we will all enjoy a cup of tea and a chat in the cafe afterwards! Come along and join our friendly Walk Leaders and current Braveheart walkers for a lovely 3.5 mile walk to visit Roughcastle Roman fort. No need to book, just turn up! For more information please call Eva on 01324 673703. We looking forward to seeing you all there.

Braveheart Walks

Beautiful walks 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 30minute 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. For more information on our Callendar Park walk please contact (01324) 673703.

Writers Circle

Last week’s meeting took the form of members reading stories etc., prepared for the ‘Talking Pictures’ evening with Falkirk Camera Club. This was followed by discussion of future events. The visit to Alloa Writers is on Monday, February 16. The usual meeting will still be held the following evening. For further details, phone Isobel at (01324) 620048 or visit isobel.quinn@outlook.com.

Step Forth

Short weekly volunteer led walks across Falkirk include 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

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.

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 our volunteer walk leaders. This is a great way to explore the Helix with a group 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. The walk is run by our fantastic volunteers and is free. All children should be in a buggy. For more information contact stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

Help Needed

The Helix buggy group is getting bigger and someone is required to be a back leader for Shona (our fantastic walk leader). The group walk to the Kelpies then return to Falkirk stadium for a chat and refreshments. It is a lovely group and any help would be appreciated. Please call if your interested (01324) 504556 or email barbara.mcconnell@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

Nordic Walking

Tuesday, February 17 at 6.30 p.m., at Falkirk Football Stadium (Helix paths); Wednesday, February 18, at 1 p.m. meet at Tesco Redding. Monday walk will leave from Falkirk Stadium as usual at 10 a.m. Please check the face book page for Thursday fast walk. New Nordic walking course starts on Tuesday, March 10, at 6.30 p.m. There is a waiting list, but there are a few spaces left. Booking line open from Monday. Call (01324) 590940. For information contact (01324) 504556 or email stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.