Falkirk news from Thursday, February 26

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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Lunch Club

The February meal was followed by the AGM of Falkirk Ladies Lunch Club with the balance of the time being given over to members exchanging ideas on various subjects. On March 3 we have Bernard McSherry as guest speaker. His subject will be Al Jolson. Anyone wishing to join the members should come along to the Park Hotel, 12.30 p.m. for 1 p.m.

Blind Club

Falkirk Blind Club invites anyone who is registered blind or visually impaired to join us every Tuesday afternoon in the warm-up area in the Falkirk Stadium from 1 p.m. A warm welcome is assured. This week’s entertainment was presented by ‘Harmony’, two very talented singers - there are usually three, but one lady had flu, however, this did not detract from the songs and music provided which had the members up dancing during a very enjoyable and entertaining afternoon. The members were asked to give the committee ideas on where they would like to go for a bus outing which is at the planning stage.

3rd Falkirk

Parents looking for fun filled activities for their sons should take a look at what 3rd Falkirk BB Company has to offer. Anchor Boys meet in Falkirk High School on Friday nights between 6 and 7.15 p.m. for boys in P1 - P3. The Junior Section, P4 - P6, meets between 7 and 8.30 p.m. and Company Section for P7 to age 18 from 7.30 until 9.45 p.m. Activities for all include sports, local and national competitions, trips home and abroad and attending international football. Please visit our website at www.3rdfalkirkbb.co.uk, find us on Facebook and Twitter or for further information e-mail us at info@3rdfalkirkbb.co.uk. Boys wishing to join one of our busy sessions should come along to the next relevant session to enrol.

Camera Club

Long standing member Ian Mundie gave a pictorial account of his interest in the bus industry when Falkirk Camera Club met. Based around the growth of bus building and formation of coach businesses, his images showed the change in build design over the years and how various ideas came and went. Many images were also devoted to showing how cities and regions created their own distinct livery, thus enthusiasts could easily spot a well travelled bus visiting their area. Ian developed his interest in buses and other wheeled transport from growing up in Camelon in the shadow of the Brown Street bus depot and Alexanders Coachworks. This was an interesting talk from Ian who related his own personal stories while taking us on a ‘bus trip down memory lane’ from post war local companies to the modern world-renowned industry we see in Alexander Dennis Limited. The club thanked Ian for his presentation. Last Saturday FCC held a portraiture session at Falkirk Bowling Club. Members were invited to bring their camera and experiment with studio flash units set up for them to control. Our thanks to Clara for being a patient and willing model. For more on FCC visit www.falkirkcameraclub.co.uk.

Olivet Evangelical

The men’s planned visit to the new ASDA depot in Grangemouth is today (Thursday) at 10.30 a.m. The Parent and Toddlers Group meet tomorrow (Friday) at 10 a.m. At 7.30 p.m. the ladies are invited to join the men at a special meeting when Rev. Douglas Cranston will give an account of his visit to the famous Louisiana State Penitentiary in the USA. 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 Ernie Bayton of Kirkintilloch. The church prayer meeting is at 6 p.m. followed at 6.30 p.m. with the Bible Teaching Hour with Ernie. His text is from 2nd Corinthians 5: 11 to 6: 2 and the message is entitled ‘We are Christ’s Ambassadors’. On Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. is the 19th in the Bible study series on the Book of Genesis, studying Chapters 34 and 36, Jacob’s compromise & commitment. The ‘Young at Heart’ is on Wednesday at 2 p.m. with guest speaker Richard Gordon from Falkirk, who will give ‘a thought for the day’. At 7 p.m. on Wednesday is the adults craft evening. The next Fellowship Lunch will be on Sunday, March 8 at the usual time of 12.45 p.m. after the All Age Service. The next Ladies Hour at Leishman Tower is on Monday, March 9 at 2.15 p.m. with a speaker from the Blythswood Care Organisation. From Tuesday March 31 to Good Friday on April 3, Olivet hosts this year’s joint Easter services at 7.30 p.m. each evening with Grahamston Evangelical Church, Falkirk Baptist Church and St Andrews West Church.


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 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.

Spiritualist Church

The visiting Medium to the New Falkirk Spiritualist Church on Saturday is Lynn Robertson from Cumbernauld. The service begins at 7 p.m. and will be followed by an Open Circle. Everyone is welcome. Further details at www.falkirkspiritualistchurch.com.

Trinity Church

Sunday’s service will commence at 11 a.m. and be led by Robert Allan and Kay Brown. The theme will be “Cost of Discipleship”. This is the second Sunday in Lent and we will also celebrate the Sacrament of Communion – All who love the Lord are welcome to share around His table. It’s the first anniversary of Falkirk Trinity Church too! Stay for a tea, coffee and blether in the main hall following the service. The Walking Group gets underway again on Monday, leaving from Falkirk High School at 7 p.m. Copies of Life and Work can now be ordered from the Church Office. If you would like one, contact us on (01324) 611017. We are delighted to welcome Peter Wesley on contra bassoon and Scott Mitchell on piano to the Faw Kirk as part of the Classic Music Live! Falkirk series. This lunchtime recital will be held on Friday, March 6 at noon. Tickets are £5 (£2 concession) and can be bought at the door. It is World Day of Prayer that day and we’ll hold a service in the Archway Room at 2 p.m. The evening service at 7 p.m. will be held in Christ Church.

Lodge Callendar No.588

On Monday, February 16 there was another fine attendance of members and visitors who witnessed one candidate being raised to the 3rd degree by the R.W.M. Bro. William Davidson and his team of office bearers. The Degree was carried out in the usual dignified manner. The reply on behalf of the visitors was made by P.M. Bro. Sinclair Campbell of Lodge St. John No.16, Falkirk. The next regular meeting of the Lodge will be on Monday and the business will be a ballot followed by a 3rd degree. All visitors will be made most welcome. On Tuesday, March 10 we will be visiting our friends at Lodge St. John No. 16 to Confer the 1st Degree and a large attendance of members would be appreciated.

Falkirk Greens

Falkirk Greens, the local branch of the Scottish Green Party, have their monthly members meeting next Thursday in The Carer’s Centre, 1a Bank Street, Falkirk from 7-9 p.m. This month we will be hosting a talk from Global Justice Now on the subject of The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. All Green Party members are welcome. Refreshments, good chat and a warm welcome are available. For further details find us on Facebook or Twitter as Falkirk Greens.

St Andrew’s West

Sunday is Communion Sunday. The Elders should meet for prayer at 10.30 a.m. The Sacrament of The Lord’s Supper will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Sunday School and Bible Class will meet as usual and crèche facilities are provided for the under-3s. Please note there will be no afternoon Communion service, but we join together in worship again at 7 p.m. for The Sacrament of The Lord’s Supper & Thanksgiving Service. On Wednesday there will be a short Service of Worship at 11 a.m. The Lower Hall will also be open for tea and coffee as usual between 10 a.m. and noon. Organisations will continue to meet as normal. The New Baby Group (birth-12 months) and the Toddler Group (1-3 years) meet every Thursday from 1.15 – 2.45 p.m. and the Youth Club (for P7-S4) from between 7.30 and 9 p.m. on Friday evenings. Please come and join us. You will be made very welcome among us.

Prayer Day

The 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. On Friday, March 6 an estimated three million people in over 170 countries will gather to observe the day of prayer, using an order of service written by the Christian women from the Bahamas and translated into over 1000 different languages and dialects. In Scotland alone over 600 services will be held. The day will begin when the sun rises over the island of Vanuatu and continue until it sets in Alaska some 35 hours later. The theme of the service is taken from St John’s Gospel, chapter 13, 1-17. Jesus said: “Do you know what I have done to you?” and it challenges us to demonstrate the same radical and unconditional love for others that Jesus showed when he washed the feet of his disciples. Services in Falkirk will take place at 2 p.m. in the Archway Room at Trinity Church and in Christ Church, Kerse Lane, at 7 p.m. There are also services for residents at the Castings at 2 p.m. and at Harley Court at 7 p.m. All are welcome, men, women, people of all ages. For further details please telephone (01324) 625284.

Festival Chorus

Our Festival Concert goes agead in Falkirk Town Hall on Sunday, May 10 at 7 p.m. Our Conductor seems to be pleased with the progress we are making on the two pieces, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria and Lux Aeterna by Morten Lauridsen. Our soloists will be Alistair Digges, Tenor, and Graeme Danby, Bass, and we will be accompanied by the Scottish Concert Orchestra, leader Ben Buurman. This should prove to be an exciting programme so put this date in your diary. Singing is good for one’s well-being, but at the last rehearsal we had on offer homemade lemon curd and tablet (not good for the figure) but hopefully the energy expended singing used up the calories. Please note that from Sunday our rehearsals will start at 2.30 p.m.

Support Group

A support group for people bereaved by suicide meets in the offices of the Falkirk District Association for Mental Health at 173 Victoria Road on the last Monday of each month between 6 and 8.30 p.m. It welcomes anyone who has experienced the loss through suicide of a person close to them – family, partner or friend. Group facilitators have experience participating in and facilitating groups and are experienced counsellors. For further details contact Neil Sowerby at carers@fdamh.org.uk, (01324) 67100 or NHS Forth Valley Spiritual Care Team - 24/7 - 07824 460882. Counselling can also be offered within FDAMH for one to one support.

Caledonia Choir

A strong turn-out of members following our mid-term break last week ensured a powerful rehearsal on Monday. We are still putting together our programme for our charity concert in St Mungo’s Parish Church, Bedford Place, Alloa on Wednesday, March 11. The audience will be treated to a range of different styles from our repertoire. There will be Scottish songs, negro spirituals, classical pieces and songs from modern musicals. It should be a great night! Our conductor David surprised us by introducing a Norwegian song which he admired when we shared a venue in Bo’ness with a visiting Norwegian choir. ‘Bruremarsj fra Valsofjord’ is a Norwegian wedding song - sung in Norwegian - that should extend our language skills! Other new music includes further extracts from ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ and we are really coming to grips with Brahms’s ‘How Lovely Are Thy Dwellings Fair, O Lord.’ It looks like being a busy time for us leading up to our annual Spring Concert on Wednesday, April 29 in Falkirk Town Hall.

Art Club

A huge ‘thank you’ to Catherine King for a fab demo on Monday night covering watercolour techniques concentrating on sky. Her enthusiasm and chat made for a very enjoyable night! On Monday, Artshare is on as usual in St Francis Xavier Church Hall from 7.15 p.m. Visit our facebook page or contact the secretary for more info on 07730134422.

Step Forth

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. All Step Forth walks are free. For more information call (01324) 504568/556 or e-mail stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

Monthly Walks

Braveheart has linked with Inner Forth Landscape Initiative to have an additional three monthly walks throughout the year. These walks are designed for individuals who are unable to complete the normal 1.5 hour monthly walks, however, everyone is welcome along. On Thursday, March 12, 1.30 p.m. head to Bothkennar for a lovely 45 minute walk within nature! This walk starts from the car park at the Pine and Oak, just off the A876. A mixture of country roads and grassy paths, with plenty of wildlife to see! Free transport is available leaving from Camelon Education Centre at 1 p.m. and Carron Co-op (Ronades Road) at 1.10 p.m. Due to limited space you must phone and book a seat on (01324) 673703 or 0779 5283508. Enjoy some refreshments in the cafe afterwords.

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 on our Callendar Park walk please contact (01324) 673703.

Writers Circle

An excellent visit to Alloa Writers was enjoyed on Monday evening when readings were given with the theme “The Worst Winter”. Runners-up were Isobel from Falkirk and Daphne from Alloa group, while Jennifer, a newcomer to the Alloa group was declared the winner. This was followed by delicious hospitality for which the Falkirk visitors extend grateful thanks to their Alloa hosts. An interesting “Crit Night” was held on Tuesday when members read their own stories and were offered constructive advice from the others. This was a worthwhile exercise which hopefully will be repeated. Honorary president Kath Hardie will be the guest on Tuesday, when she is expected to discuss and give advice on our “Games Entries”. Kath is always a welcome guest to the meetings. A reminder is given that on Tuesday, March 10, there is an invitation to prepare a memoir of your childhood, maximum 300 words. Further information is available from Isobel on (01324) 620048 or isobel.quinn@outlook.com.

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.

Helix Walks

A walk leaves Falkirk Football stadium every Monday at 7 p.m. and is led 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 led by our volunteer walk leaders. This is a great way to explore the Helix with a group and it is free. For more information e-mail stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

Floral Art

The next meeting is on Monday, March 2, in the Lesser Town Hall, Falkirk at 7.15 p.m. for 7.30 p.m. The demonstrator is Julie Culton and her title is ‘Out of Town’. Visitors welcome.

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 a back leader is needed 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 any help would be appreciated. Give me a call if your interested on (01324) 504556 or e-mail barbara.mcconnel@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

Nordic Walking

Tuesday, March 3, at 6.30 p.m., meet at Newcarron Co-op, Wednesday, March 4, meet at Beancross restaurant. Monday walk will leave from Falkirk Stadium as usual at 10 a.m. Please check our facebook page for Thursday fast walk. New course starts Tuesday, March 10. For information contact (01324) 504556 or e-mail stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org. New Nordic walking course starts Tuesday, March 10 at 6.30 p.m. For more information contact on (01324) 504556 or e-mail stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

History Society

In spite of the last minute unavailability of Falkirk Archaeological and Natural History Society’s usual meeting place, the February presentation by Dr Michael Given was a success. Thanks to Behind the Wall for the accommodation at the last moment. Apologies to members who may have turned up at the usual venue. The March meeting is a presentation by Dr John Coulston on ‘Trojan’s Column; a window on the Roman World’, and takes place in the Falkirk Christian Centre, Glebe Street on Tuesday, at 7.30 p.m. For further information on the society, please phone 01786 463399 or (01324) 562293.