Falkirk news from Thursday, February 19

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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3rd Falkirk

Parents looking for fun filled activities for their sons should take a look at what 3rd Falkirk BB Company have to offer. Anchor Boys meet in Falkirk High School on Fridays from 6-7.15 p.m. for boys in primary one to three. The Junior Section, for P4-P6, between 7 and 8.30 p.m., and Company Section, P7 - age 18, from 7.30-9.45 p.m. All sections sections have busy weekly programmes and take part in sports events, local and national competitions, trips, parties, attendance at Scotland football matches, cooking, craft and much more. Please visit our website at www.3rdfalkirkbb.co.uk, find us on Facebook or Twitter, or for further information email info@3rdfalkirkbb.co.uk. Boys wishing to join one of our busy sessions should come along to the next relevant session to enrol.

Blind Club

The members had a treat on Tuesday afternoon when 35 pupils from Graeme High School music department paid a visit. Led by Mr Burk and Miss Christon, they provided a programme consisting of half the group playing guitars and the other half making up the choir. A solo was sung by Suzanne Garner, ‘Whistle Down the Wind’, and a keyboard solo by Cameron King, all this making an excellent afternoon’s entertainment and one the club thank the school’s music department for. We would also congratulate the pupils for being a credit to their school. The club meets every Tuesday afternoon in the warm-up area in the Falkirk Stadium at 1 p.m. to provide a centre for those who are registered blind or visually impaired to come along and enjoy the company of others. New members will always be made most welcome.

Olivet Evangelical

The Adult Craft group meet tonight (Thursday) at 7 p.m. The Parent and Toddlers meet 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. is the All Age service with speaker Alistair Simmons of Ayr. The church prayer meeting is at 6 p.m. followed at 6.30 p.m. by the Bible Teaching Hour when the speaker is Eric Scott Snr of Edinburgh. His text is 2nd Corinthians 4: 16 to 5: 10 and the message is entitled ‘We are always confident’. On Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. is the 18th in the Bible study series on the Book of Genesis, studying Chapters 32 and 33; Jacob meets Esau and is entitled ‘Planning, Prayer and Struggle’. The ‘Young at Heart’ is on Wednesday at 2 p.m. when the guest speaker is May Donaldson from Denny who will give ‘a thought for the day’. The men’s leaders have organised a trip, subject to numbers, to the new ASDA deport in Grangemouth either today (Thursday) or February 26. On 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 United States. The next Ladies Hour at Leishman Tower is on Monday at 2.15 p.m. when the expected speaker is Anne MacIntyre.

Philatelic Society

The fortnightly meeting of the Falkirk and District Philatelic Society (FDPS) held on February 12 in Camelon Parish Church Hall took the form of a preview of our annual stamp auction which enables members to buy and sell by auction stamps, albums, postal history items and philatelic accessories and the like to each other. Members from other philatelic clubs are invited to join us at the auction in the church hall on February 26 which starts at 7.30 p.m. There will be 400 lots on view and many bargains will be achieved. This is not a commercial event. Any profit goes to the society’s funds. Why not come along and find something to add to your collection? All welcome. Interested in joining our society? In the first instance, contact Alistair on 01506 822695.

Probus Club

After the AGM, the new chairman Ian Hamilton, introduced the speaker Len Jamieson. Len enjoys the outdoor life to the full, and his activities include mountaineering, water sports, cycling,and trekking. He has been able to enjoy all these activities during his holidays spent in National Parks in the USA and has now visited 25 of them. He has camped in parks all over the States, from Washington in the north to Florida in the south. His talk was accompanied by beautiful pictures showing the magnificent scenery and wildlife he saw while climbing and trekking through these vast areas of natural beauty. The first National Park was opened in 1872 and there are now 405, giving Len a huge choice to continue his hobbies in wonderful surroundings. John Fraser thanked Len for sharing his holiday experiences with the members. The next speaker will be Elaine Duncan and her subject is the Scottish Bible Society.

Soroptimist Falkirk

Soroptimist International of Falkirk held their meeting in the Park Hotel on February 12. President Audrey Morrison welcomed Sharon Alison, manager of The Family Hub at Cornton Vale Prison in Stirling, as speaker for the evening. In her interesting and thought provoking talk Sharon explained how she began her career as an Early Years worker in the Falkirk area, but a move to England brought a change of career for her. While in England, Sharon gained extensive experience of working with women and their families within the prison service. Since returning to Scotland in 2013, she has been the Visitor Centre manager at the Family Help Hub at Cornton Vale. Established as one of the recommendations of the report by Dame Elish Angiolini into women in prison in Scotland, it works with a range of other agencies to help support offenders and their families. It is also supported by 56 volunteers who are involved with developing a range of skills and interests, including gardening to provide fresh vegetables for the kitchens. The next meeting will be on Thursday, February 26 in the Park Hotel.

Friendship Club

Falkirk Solitaire Friendship Club presents live music in the Park Hotel on Sunday nights from 8 p.m. Please come along and join us. If you would like to know more about our club contact Isabella on 07846963901 or Marion on 07976975887, they will be pleased to hear from you.

Carers Centre

Have a cup of tea or coffee at the weekly Carers Cafe every Wednesday between 10 a.m. and midday at the Princess Royal Trust Carers Centre (Falkirk and Clackmannanshire) in Bank Street and enjoy a chat with other carers. For more information, or if you need more support with your role as a carer, please phone the office (01324) 611510, e-mail centre@centralcarers.co.uk or visit www.carersfalkirk.org.uk

Camera Club

Last weeks competition was judged by Bob Collins AFIAP, of Queens Park Camera Club, Glasgow. Bob is a committee member and convener of the Portraiture and Instruction group where members undertake practical sessions including techniques on how to improve their images. Well done to all the winning entries.

Art Club

On Monday Falkirk and District Art Club host a demonstration by the very talented local artist Catherine King titled ‘Focus on sea and sky in watercolour’ and as always it should be a good night. New members always welcome and if you’re interested pop along to St Francis Xavier Church Hall at 7.15 p.m. For more information contact our secretary on 07730134422 or find us on Facebook.


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 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 07985461187.

Inner Wheel

President Margaret Kean welcomed the members to the Inner Wheel Club of Falkirk and introduced Kirsty Smith from the Red Cross and guest speaker Ishbel Campbell. The Friendship Candle was lit by Lynn Shaw who was presented with a flower arrangement in celebration of her significant birthday. A paediatric wheel chair was presented to the Red Cross. This was our project in 2014 when we celebrated 90 years of the Association and celebrated all things ‘wheelie’. Ishbel Campbell is a practice nurse in West Lothian and volunteer with the charity Ugandan Childbirth Injury Fund which sets up working parties at Kimuli Mission Hospital in rural Uganda. The teams consist of an obstetric surgeon and a nurse and operations are performed to repair injuries caused by childbirth. The teams spend two weeks in Uganda and see patients from a wide area. This work is supported in Ethiopia by Inner Wheel and the members appreciated the opportunity to hear about another venture. Several members will attend the district meeting in March and a team is entered in the district quiz. Two members will attend the 40th anniversary of the Kirkcudbright Club. The next meeting will be in the Park Hotel on March 12 at 2.30 p.m. and is the annual business meeting.

Open Invitation

World Day of Prayer is an interdenominational, interchurch, organisation which enables us to hear the voice of women from a different part of the world each year, expressing their hopes and concerns and bringing them before the rest of the world in prayer. The service for 2015 has been written by Christian women in the Bahamas on the theme of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples. Services in Falkirk will take place on Friday, March 6 at 2 p.m. in Trinity Church and at 7 p.m. in Christ Church, Kerse Lane. All welcome. For further details call (01324) 625284.

Support Group

The Bereaved By Suicide Support Group meets on an informal basis on the last Monday of each month from 6 until 8.30 p.m. in the offices of the Falkirk & District Association for Mental Health (FDAHM) at 173 Victoria Road. It welcomes anyone who has experienced the loss through suicide of a person close to them – family, partner or friend. The group facilitators have experience participating in and facilitating groups, and are experienced counsellors. For further details about the group contact Neil Sowerby at carers@fdamh.org.uk or (01324) 67100. The NHS Forth Valley Spiritual Care Team operates 24/7 on 07824460882. One to ine counselling can also be offered within FDAMH.

Writers’ Circle

At last week’s meeting Mark finalised details of the visit to Alloa and requested more items of 450 words. Members then chose a photograph formerly unseen and wrote a story about it, while each photo was circulated the writer read his story, a fun and worthwhile exercise. On Tuesday, February 24, Linlithgow poet Andy Philip will present a poetry master class. On March 3, Kath Hardie will share her President’s Night. The topics chosen for March 17, are “It was washed up on the beach” and “Why are you being nice to me?” Despite wintry evenings attendances have been good this session and it is hoped this will continue as we work through our inspiring syllabus. For anyone interested in writing, further information can be obtained from our website, by phoning Isobel at 01324 620048 or visiting 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 or email stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

Nordic Walking

Tuesday, February 24, at 6.30 p.m., meet at Beancross restaurant Wednesday, February 25 at 1 p.m. meet at Callander Park, top car park at stables. Monday walk will leave from Falkirk Stadium as usual at 10 a.m. Please check our face book page for Thursday fast walk. For information call (01324) 504556 or email stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

New Class

New Nordic walking course starts Tuesday, March 10 at 6.30 p.m. Nordic walking is a great way to get out in the fresh air, Discover new paths and get fit. It burns off double the calories of normal walking and uses 90 per cent of the bodies muscles. For more information call (01324) 504556 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 needed 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. Any help would be appreciated. If interested call (01324) 504556 or email barbara.mcconnell@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

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 the website web.rscds-falkirk.org.uk

Monthly Walk

Braveheart’s Monthly Walk is to The Falkirk Wheel next Tuesday. Meeting outside the visitors centre to start the walk at 1.30 p.m. Enjoy a cup of tea and a chat in the cafe afterwards! Come along and join 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 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. For more information call (01324) 673703.

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.-12 p.m.. Volunteers are required for this collection, if you are interested please call (01324) 473695 or ask at collection. There us now a new local branch at Westfield Park Community Centre, which is open Wednesdays fortnightly from 12-1 p.m. (the next opening will be March 4).

Planning Matters

EIABC Ltd has applied for advertising consent from Falkirk Council for the illumination of existing advertisement at 50 Grahams Road, Falkirk.