Falkirk news from Thursday, January 22

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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Domino League

The Fairplay League winners were: Roman Bar Cup, Roman Bar; Tam Bain Cup, Aitkens; Star Inn Cup, Scotia; Bowhouse Cup, Bowhouse. Any team wishing to join the Fair-Play domino league should attend the AGM in the Star Inn on Sunday, February 8 at 1 p.m. to register.

Friendship Club

The Falkirk Solitaire Friendship Club offers dancing to live music every Sunday night in the Park Hotel, 8 until 11 p.m. Come along and meet friends old and new. For more information, contact Isabella on 07846 963901 or Marion on 07976975887. They will be pleased to hear from you.

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 12-1 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. The AGM is on Thursday, January 29 at 6.45 p.m. within Youth & Community Wing, Abbots Road,

Blind Club

The club held its weekly meeting in the Warm-up Area in the Falkirk Stadium on Tuesday when the entertainment was provided by Tommy Donegan who was paying his first visit to the club, and, on this performance, it will certainly not be his last. Tommy, who comes from Glasgow, put a modern twist on hit songs and with his very pleasant voice and manner, he proved to be a winner with the members. The club received a donation of £60 from Hilda Roy, whose daughter had a collection at her festive lunch in England and sent it up with her parents for the club funds, for this we are very grateful. The club meets every Tuesday at the above venue for anyone who is registered blind, or is visually impaired. New members, or anyone who is interested in our activities, will be made most welcome, we start at 1 p.m.

Boys Brigade

Are you looking for fun filled activities for your son to take part in, see what 3rd Falkirk BB Company offers. Anchor Boys, Fridays 6pm to 7.15pm at Falkirk High School.(Boys Primary 1-3).Junior Section, Fridays 7 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. at Falkirk High School. (Boys Primary 4-6). Company Section, Fridays 7.30 p.m. to 9.45 p.m. at Falkirk High School from (Boys Primary 7 - age 18). Visit www.3rdfalkirkbb.co.uk, find us on Facebook and Twitter or e-mail us at info@3rdfalkirkbb.co.uk. Come along to the next relevant session to enrol.

Probus Club

The chairman introduced Ian Scott, who has often entertained the members in the past, to give a talk on Old Falkirk. Ian reminded us of the original shape of the town, with the five gates through the wall that surrounded the burgh before the industrial era. The big changes occurred in the 19th century with the development of the iron foundries, and Falkirk thrived, grew, and needed new buildings to support the population increase. Ian demonstrated this by giving a guided tour along Newmarket Street, Princes Street, and back along the High Street. He had a summer job in Aitkin’s Brewery, which started to make beer in 1740, and had amusing tales of the escapades of the workers. All now gone, but fondly remembered by most of the members. As was the Pavillion Cinema, where we all queued on a Saturday night. He then told us the history of the Lint Riggs and Princes Street , which made big changes to the shape of the town. Ian then went over the development of the Silver Row area, removing the original slum dwellings, followed by two successive shopping complexes over a very short timescale. Jim Watson thanked Ian for his interesting talk, told with his customary amusing tales of his own early years as a Falkirk Bairn. The next meeting on Tuesday, February 10, will start with the AGM at 10 a.m., followed by Len Jamieson talking on American National Parks.

Soroptimist International

President Audrey Morrison welcomed members and several visitors to the Falkirk Branch’s first meeting of 2015 in the Park hotel on Thursday, January 15. President Audrey then inducted new member Sarah McNicol and introduced her to the club. The guest speaker for the evening was Dr Forbes Howie, a Bio Medical Scientist with the Centre of Reproduction at Edinburgh University. His talk ‘My Life with Pandas’ gave a fascinating and sometimes amusing account of his work with the pandas at Edinburgh Zoo. Forbes monitors the fertility levels of the female panda using biological markers obtained from urine, this allows the zoo to assess the optimum time for the pandas to breed. After questions from members, the vote of thanks was proposed by Alison Finlay. The next meeting of the club takes place in the Park Hotel on Thursday, january 29 at 7 p.m. and will be a business meeting.

Age Concern

Keep Fit group re-starts tomorrow (Friday) from 2-3 p.m. in Falkirk Trinity Church hall, also, the sequence dancing group continues to meet on Tuesdays, at 1.45 p.m. The Arnotdale Singers rehearse on Mondays, from 1.30 p.m. in Christ Church Hall. The annual lunch is arranged for Thursday, February 26. Tickets can be purchased from group leaders and Wilma.

Philatelic Society

The first meeting of the Philatelic Society, of 2015, was held in the Camelon Parish Church Hall on Thursday, January 15. After the usual business was attended to, the President introduced Mr William King who put on two very different displays. The first display was relative to the Post Cards and Postal History of the Spey River Valley, which was well presented and interesting. His second display was very different, in that it dealt, in Post Cards and Postal History, with the life and times of Kim Philby, that audacious and bold traitor who eventually landed up in Moscow. The President called on Mrs Jean Osborne to give the vote of thanks, and the members responded appropriately. The next meeting is on Thursday, January 29 when Dundee Philatelic Society will be the guests.

Olivet Evangelical

The monthly Missionary Workshop starts their 2015 session this afternoon (Thursday) at 2 p.m. and at 7 p.m. is the Adults Craft Evening. The Parent and Toddlers Group meet at 10.30 a.m. on Friday. The 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 Mike Glass who is an SU full time worker in Larbert Schools. Thank you to all who gave a freewill offering for Falkirk Blind Club at last weeks Fellowship lunch, which came to £220. The Church prayer meeting is at 6 p.m. followed by the Bible Teaching Hour at 6.30 p.m. when the speaker is Douglas Moodie of Bridge of Allan. On Tuesday evening at 7.30 p.m. is the fifteenth in the Bible study series on the OT Book of Genesis, studying Chapters 25 verse 12 to Chapter 27 verse 40, entitled ‘Jacob and Esau: A family Feud.’ The ‘Young at Heart’ is on Wednesday at 2 p.m. when the guest speaker is Melville Crosthwaite of Larbert.

Carers Centre

Princess Royal Trust Carers Centre, (Falkirk & Clackmannanshire) hosts a Carers Cafe in its offices in Banks Street,every Wednesday 10 a.m.-noon. Have a cup pf tea and chat with other carers. For more information or if you need more support with your role as a carer call the office on (01324) 611510. Email: centre@centralcarers.co.uk or visit www.carersfalkirk.org.uk.

Trinity Church

Sunday’s service commences at 11 a.m. and will be led by Robert Allan and Kay Brown. The theme is “Jesus….warns”. Tea coffee and fellowship will be available following the service in the main hall. The lunchtime organ recital on Friday, January 23 will be given by Robert Tait, organist and Choirmaster of Falkirk Trinity Church. The recital commences at noon and will last for 30 minutes. Entry is free but any donations go towards the church renovation funds. A lunch deal, priced £6, is available following the recital at the M’eating Place café in the main hall. Following its refurbishment, the M’eating Place Café will now reopen on Monday, January 26 at noon.

Camera Club

FCC held its annual SPF Spoof night where members submit their “oddball” photographs to be scored, heckled and poked fun at. The evening was designed as a fun night with a relaxed atmosphere and no real boundaries on what people thought of those images. Following a short break members were shown a few short tips and tricks on using Photoshop to make adjustments to digital images. For more on FCC visit www.falkirkcameraclub.co.uk.

Caledonia Choir

Another addition to the bass section and amazingly he’s another rugby player from Grangemouth! There are nowe enough rugby fanatics in the bass section to field our own team. Just let’s hope they don’t start introducing any renowned rugby songs into our repertoire – the ladies might not like it (or, more worryingly, might join in!) Items from ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, Brahms’s ‘How Lovely Are Thy Dwellings’ and two Ivor Novello favourites featured in our last rehearsal as well as ‘Cantique De Jean Racine’ – sung in French. Our repertoire is wide and varied and we are looking forward to delivering two concerts this session – including our annual spring concert in Falkirk Town Hall. We’re still looking for more tenors – so ‘Come All ye’. If you want to know more please contact our president Mary McCann on 01506 847352 or our secretary Liz Williamson on 01324 714418.

Art Club

Falkirk and District Art Club has a workshop on Pyrography by one of our talented members, Galyna Lee and also a demonstration on glazing techniques in Acrylic by artist Bobby Rennie on Monday, January 26. No materials need to be brought. New members always welcome. Simply turn up on the night, 7.15 p.m., St Francis Xavier Church Hall or contact the secretary on 0773 013 4422 for more info. Find us on facebook.

Lodge St John

At the regular meeting on January 13, two brethren received their Mark Degree. IPM William Campbell Lodge Carron 139 replied on behalf of the visitors. The next regular meeting will be on Thursday, January 27 and will be a E.A. Degree and will tyle at 7.30 p.m. All brethren welcome. The football board was completed and the winner was Bill Jackson who chose Barcelona and he received £100.

Dance Classes

Ceilidh and Popular Social Dance Sessions: Keep fit the fun way! The local RSCDS-run Sessions are held in St Andrew’s Primary School, Falkirk from 7:30 to 9pm 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. More information about us can be found on the website web.rscds-falkirk.org.uk.

Braveheart Monthly

The first monthly walk of 2015 takes us to the wonderful Helix Park/ Abbotshaugh on Tuesday, January 27. Meeting in Falkirk Stadium Car park to start our walk at 1.30 p.m., and finishing around 3 p.m. There is also a 45 minute walk option for this monthly walk, for individuals who are unable to complete the 1.5hr walk. We will then all meet back in the cafe for refreshments afterwords. Everyone is welcome, no sign up, just turn up! We look forward to seeing you there. For more information please contact Eva on (01324) 673703.

Braveheart walk

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 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

Most of last Tuesday night was taken with the distrbution of Camera Club photos for the forthcoming “Talking Pictures” event. The new format should result in better sharing of the works of both groups. On Tuesday, January 27, we welcome Colin Hume with his adjudication of the Tappit Heid trophy. A reminder that submissions of our “worst winter” 250 word stories for the visit to Alloa Writers are due on April 2. If poetry is your choice a maximum of 40 lines is requested. On-going entries for potential Falkirk Herald publication should be forwarded by email to Mark. Details of Allan Brownlie competition will be given at our next meeting as submissions are due on April 10. Further information is available on our website or visit isobel.quinn@outlook.com or telephone Isobel on (01324) 620048.

Step Forth

There is a a programme of short weekly volunteer led walks across Falkirk. All walks are listed in this section of the Falkirk Herald. Also 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 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 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. Walk is run by our volunteers and is free. All children should be in a buggy. For more information contact stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org

Volunteers 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, January 27 at 6.30 p.m., meet at Larbert railway station (Foundry Loan) on Wednesday at 1 p.m. Meet in car park at Lionthorn Woods. 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 contact (01324) 504556 or stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.