Falkirk news from Thursday, February 5

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

With no entertainment arranged for this week, the club members enjoyed an afternoon of fun with Martin Jones running his floor target game. This caused quite a bit of competition within the membership. The club meets every Tuesday afternoon in the warm-up area of Falkirk Stadium, beginning at 1 p.m. and providing a centre for anyone who is registered blind or visually impaired to come along and enjoy an afternoon of fellowship and chat. New members, or visitors to see what we can offer, will always be made most welcome. Afternoon tea or coffee with home baking is provided every week.

3rd Falkirk BB

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 on Fridays in Falkirk High School between 6 and 7.15 p.m. for boys in P1-P3. Junior Section meets 7 until 8.30 p.m. for P4-P6. Company Section, P9 to age 18, 7.30-9.45 p.m. All 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 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.

Falkirk Solitaire

Would you like to dance to live music on a Sunday night? If so, please come along to the Park Hotel, Falkirk any Sunday evening from 8 p.m. and join us. If you wish to chat to someone about our club please phone Isabella on 07846 963901 or Marion on 07976 975887, they will be pleased to hear from you.

Retired Persons

The next meeting of Falkirk Association of Retired Persons will be held on Wednesday, February 11, in St Francis Xavier Hall, Hope Street, commencing at 2 p.m. (doors open from 1.30 p.m.) This month Sheila Pitcairn will be talking to us about ‘Dunfermline Seat of Kings’. Members and visitors are always welcome. If you would like to find out more about our group please contact Margaret Wright on (01324) 636799 or Sadie Davidson on (01324) 832344.

Trinity Church

Sunday’s service starts at 11 a.m. and will be led by Robert Allan and Kay Brown. The theme will be ‘Healing’ and tea, coffee and fellowship will be available in the main hall following the service. February is the month we make our contribution to the Falkirk Homeless Project with starter packs to give new tenants the basic household items that turn a house into a home. These packs really make a difference to people’s lives, showing them that other people care about them. Please bring new items, lists of required items are available in the church vestibule, to church during February. The last day is February 22. The February Organ Recital will be held on Friday, February 13 at noon and given by Robert Tait. The recital lasts for 30 minutes to which all are welcome and entry is free. Donations to the church renovation fund are welcome and a lunch deal for £6 is available in the main hall following the recital.

Braveheart Plus

Braveheart Plus meets on Monday at 1.30 p.m. in Camelon Community Education Centre. Our guest speaker is Dale Gormley from Canine Partners and he will be joined by Jody, a canine partner trainer and her pup in training. This year is a significant milestone for the organisation celebrating 25 years of transforming the lives of people with physical disabilities. We welcome individuals who wish to find out more about Canine Partners and the remarkable work they do, and especially to anyone who has heart problems and would enjoy the company and the varied monthly programme that Braveheart Plus has to offer. For further details contact Lynn Bastow 01592 872101.

Camera Club

Falkirk Camera Club held its annual Don McDougall audio-visual competition last Thursday judged by John Patton from Tillicoultry. AV presentations are created using music or a spoken “voice over” set to a series of images of a specific theme. This year five entries were submitted the results being: 1 ‘Fort George’, Geof Longstaff; 2 ‘Landforms of Charles Jenks’, Geof Longstaff; 3 ‘The Farne Islands’, Anne McEwan. Congratulations to the winners. John Patton is a member of Stirling Camera Club and been a photographer for over 50 years. He prefers portraiture as his main subject, produces his own AV presentations and is always willing to share his knowledge and expertise on producing an engaging AV creation. FCC thanked John for his time in “no frills” but humorous critique. More of John Patton’s work can be found at phototilly.eu. More on FCC can be found at www.falkirkcameraclub.co.uk.


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

Philatelic Society

The fortnightly meeting of the Falkirk and District Philatelic Society was held in Camelon Parish Church Hall. After president Frank Soutar raised the usual club business he introduced four visiting members from Dundee Philatelic Club who gave four separate displays of stamps from four different countries. The first was of Hyderabad, a State associated with India.

The collection of stamps and postal history demonstrated the difficulties in moving mail. Next came a display of Rhodesian stamps, demonstrating the problems of surcharges, “postage due” and postal history. The third consisted of 36 sheets of Columbian stamps and postal history accompanied by many interesting posted postcards. Finally, we were privileged to be shown a very fine display of ships from different shipping lines, with ships’ letters and maritime postal history. The president gave the vote of thanks and requested the members show their appreciation before each guest was presented with a certificate of thanks from the Society.

Olivet Evangelical

The Parent and Toddlers Group meet at 10.30 a.m. tomorrow (Friday). 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 when the speaker is John Ferguson of Inverness. The church prayer meeting is at 6 p.m. followed by the Bible teaching hour at 6.30 p.m. with John Ferguson. His text is 2 Cor.4: 7 to 15 and the message is ‘We are hard pressed’. At 2.15 p.m. on Monday Ladies Hour goes ahead in Leishman Tower with guest speaker Kay Brown of Falkirk. On Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. is the 17th in the Bible study series on the OT Book of Genesis, studying Chapter 30:25 to Chapter 310: 55 entitled ‘Jacob versus Laban; Rivalry and Results’. The ‘Young at Heart’ is on Wednesday at 2 p.m. with guests Jim and Matthew Todd of Airth sharing a ‘thought for the day’. The next men’s interest event is on Friday, February 13 when the talk is ‘Blessed are the peace makers’ and the guest speaker is Al Priestnall who was an RAF pilot in the Balkans and Afghanistan. The men’s leaders have also organised a choice of two trips, subject to numbers, to the new ASDA depot in Grangemouth on either February 19 or 26.

Parkinson’s UK

There will not be a Thursday meeting this month, but the AGM will be held on Tuesday at 2 p.m. in St Francis Xavier Church Hall. Please come along. Contact eddiebryce@sky.com or on (01324) 638911.

Caledonia Choir

In our current membership we have 12 first Sopranos, 20 second sopranos, 12 first altos, 11 second altos, eight tenors and 12 basses – quite a crowd as you can see. Out of the 75 members 20 are men. That’s quite a good turn-out for a mixed choir, but we could do with a bit of support for our tenors. New members can ‘hide in the crowd’ while learning the repertoire. No need for auditions – just a willingness to sing. Our next rehearsal is on Monday as usual in St Andrew’s Primary School at 7.30 p.m. However the following week, February 16, it will be in St Frances Xavier Church Hall in Hope Street. We are really making progress with Brahms’ ‘How Lovely are Your Dwellings’ which is a fairly long piece but really beautiful and are looking forward to presenting it at our spring concert on April 29. Meanwhile, we are gearing up for our second charity concert this year – this time in Alloa on March 11. Our repertoire is rich and varied, traditional Scottish songs alongside negro spirituals and popular music with a good dose of classical anthems to help stretch our voices and add challenge to our singing.

Carers Centre

The Princess Royal Trust Carers Centre, 1a Bank Street, Falkirk, is holding its monthly Men’s Group lunch on Tuesday between noon and 2 p.m. It offers an opportunity for male carers to relax and chat over a sandwich lunch for just a £1.50 donation. Our weekly Carers Cafe continues in the centre every Wednesday between 10 a.m. and noon. For further details, or if you need support in your caring role, please contact the carers centre on (01324) 611510, e-mail centre@centralcarers.co.uk or visit www.carersfalkirk.org.uk.

Floral Art

The next meeting is on Monday, February 9 in the Lesser Town Hall, Falkirk at 7.15 for 7.30 p.m. The demonstrator for the evening is Esther Knuck and her title is ‘Spring is Just Around the Corner’. Visitors welcome.

Writers Circle

On Saturday, January 31, several members of the Circle joined others in tribute to Barbara Hammond who died in her home area of Rochdale recently. Barbara was well known for her devotion to literary interests and will be sadly missed by many local people. Members were pleased to welcome Mr Colin Hume, editor of The Falkirk Herald, when he presented his adjudication of the recent Scottish article competition. The results were: 1, Isobel, 2, Steven and 3, Franz. Grateful thanks are extended to Colin, who conducted an interesting discussion following his adjudication. Submissions of poetry, maximum 40 lines, for the Allan Brownlie competition are due on February 10. Details for transport for the visit to Alloa Writers on February 16 will be discussed on February 10.

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. For further details ring Alison on (01324) 631363 or visit web.rscds-falkirk.org.uk.

Braveheart Walks

Beautiful walk 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 laders, 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.

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 e-mail stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

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 its free. For more information e-mail 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.

Leaders Needed

Anyone interested in leading other walks at the Helix and the network of paths leading to it please contact stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org or call (01324) 504556.

Nordic Walking

Tuesday, February 10, at 6.30 p.m., meet at bottom of first car park at Forth Valley Hospital. Wednesday, February 11, we are in Bo’ness meet at foreshore car park across from the post office. Monday walk will leave from Falkirk Stadium as usual at 10 a.m. Please check our Facebook page for Thursday fast walk. New Nordic walking course starts on Tuesday, March 10, at 6.30 p.m. We have a waiting list but there are a few spaces left. To book call (01324) 590940. For information contact (01324) 504556 or e-mail stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

Lodge St John

At the regular meeting of Lodge St John No. 16 on Tuesday, January 27, the RWM Ronnie Forsyth welcomed everyone into the Lodge. One candidate was admitted as an E.A. in a dignified manner. PM Walter Richardson, Lodge carron 139 replied on behalf of the visitors. The next regular meeting will be on Tuesday, February 10 and will be a FC Degree and will tyle at 7.15 p.m. This will also be the annual visit by the Provinicial Lodge of Stirlingshire. All visitors welcome.

Credit Union

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 new local branch at Westfield Park Community Centre, which is open Wednesdays fortnightly from noon-1 p.m. or High Flats collection at Leishman Tower on Thursdays at 11 a.m.-noon. If you are interested in volunteering at all please call or ask at collection.