Falkirk news from Thursday, January 29

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

Falkirk Ladies Lunch Club welcomed pharmacist Eileen Peebles as their first speaker of the year. She covered all aspects of her profession, from old handwritten prescriptions to today’s print outs, schools, hospitals and drugs showing how important a pharmacist is in the medical world. The next meeting on Tuesday is the annual general meeting. Anyone wishing to join the members should be at the Park Hotel, Falkirk, at 12.30 for 1 p.m.

Caledonia Choir

Almost a full turn-out of our 74 members this week – well done everyone! We focused on Ivor Novello’s ‘Waltz of My Heart’ from ‘The Dancing Years’ and the very well known ‘We’ll Gather Lilacs’ from ‘Perchance to Dream’. We also brushed up on our presentations of Brahms’ ‘How Lovely are Thy Dwellings’ and Karl Jenkins’ ‘In Paradisum’. Now we are working towards our next concert on 11th March in Alloa. If you would like to have Falkirk Caledonia Choir put on a concert on behalf of your favourite church or charity please get in touch. Our services are free – you provide the venue, we provided the music. All proceeds go to support your cause.

Lodge Callendar

On January 19 a good attendance of members and visitors at Lodge Callendar No.588 witnessed one candidate being admitted as an Entered Apprentice in due and ancient form by the Right Worshipful Master Bro. William Davidson and his Degree Team. The degree work was carried out in the usual dignified manner. A suitable reply on behalf of the visiting brethren was made by Bro. Ross Hardie,R.W.M. of Lodge Dolphin No.911. On January 22 we visited Lodge Dolphin No.911 to confer the Entered Apprentice Degree on two candidates. The Deputation from Lodge Callendar was just over 30 Brethren and Bro.Davidson thanked them all for their support. Our next meeting will be on Monday, February 2. The business will be a ballot followed by a 2nd.degree. All visitors will be made most welcome.

Blind Club

The club meets every Tuesday afternoon in the warm-up area in the Falkirk Stadium, starting at 1 p.m. and provides a centre for those who are registered blind or visually impaired. We invite anyone who has these problems to come along and join us. This week’s entertainment was provided by Bob and Jim, who are no strangers to the club, and again they provided a programme of songs which the members could sing along to and enjoy. Names were taken for our Burn’s Lunch which is being held on February 3 in the Cladhan Hotel.

3rd Falkirk BB

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 at Falkirk High School on Fridays between 6 and 7.15 p.m. for P1 to P3. The Junior Section meets 7 until 8.30 p.m. for P4 to P6. The Company Section meets 7.30 to 9.45 p.m. for P7 to age 18. 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.

Olivet Evangelical

The Parent and Toddlers meet at 10.30 a.m. on 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 with speaker Martin Jones of Falkirk. The church prayer meeting is at 6 p.m. followed by the Bible teaching hour at 6.30 p.m. with Ian Naismith of Edinburgh . His text is 2 Cor.4:1-6 and the message is entitled ‘We do not lose heart’. On Tuesday evening at 7.30 p.m. is the 16th in the Bible study series on the OT Book of Genesis, studying Chapter 27:41 to Chapter 30:24 and entitled ‘Jacob in Exile: God’s mercy and justice’. The ‘Young at Heart’ is on Wednesday at 2 p.m. with Michael Rollo of Larbert who will give ‘a thought for the day’. Also on Wednesday at 7 p.m. is the Adults Craft Evening. The next men’s interest event is on Friday, February 13 when the talk is entitled ‘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 trip, subject to numbers, to the new ASDA depot in Grangemouth on either February 19 or 26.

Metafit Falkirk

A Metafit Falkirk class is held every Tuesday at Tamfourhill Community Centre from 8 p.m. No need to bnook, all welcome. Contact 07739718361 for more information.


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 to 9 p.m., also in the Dawson Centre. For further information visit www.dashonline.org.uk or contact 07985 461187.

Festival Chorus

Rehearsals in the Trinity Church each Sunday from 3 p.m. are progressing well for our Tryst Festival Concert in May. Every Sunday we are learning the finer points of choral singing, somewhat like thw tv programme Countdown - consonants, vowels and the numbers represent timing. We are also like a popular sweetie ‘Allsorts’, but come together to enjoy singing, learning and being part of the musical family we call the Festival Chorus. If you would like any further information contact our secretary at norah.summers@btinternet.com

Camera Club

Last Thursday FCC welcomed back Lisa Greenhorn, a wildlife, nature and conservation photographer, who presented a number of images taken during her trip to the Falkland Islands last November. Lisa spend three weeks away in cold, damp and filthy conditions to get some exemplary pictures, explaining that mud could be tolerated and while the smell from bird colonies was overpowering, it was a must if you wanted the shots. In addition to penguins, Lisa showed the diversity of life on the islands, in particular seals, albatrosses and a variety of other birds, and also explained why it was necessary to get to know your subject if you wanted the best photographs. This was the second visit by Lisa to FCC over the last few years. Lisa has been a photographer for over 10 years and specialises in nature images with many being used in magazines, publications and as stock images. For more on the work of Lisa Greenhorn visit www.lisalouise.co.uk. For more on FCC visit www.falkirkcameraclub.co.uk

Spiritualist Church

The New Falkirk Spiritualist Church, Westfield Community Centre, Westfield Street would like to invite everyone to our service on a Saturday evening at 7 p.m. This weeks Medium is Scott Linton from Falkirk. After the service there will be an open circle. For further details see www.falkirkspiritualistchurch.com

Trinity Church

Sundays service will commence at 11 a.m. and be led by Robert Allan and Kay Brown. The theme will be ‘Faith and Humility’. Tea, coffee and fellowship will be available in the main hall following the service.

Support Group

A support group for people bereaved by suicide meets on an informal basis on the last Monday of each month between 6 and 8.30 p.m. in the offices of Falkirk District Association for Mental Health, 173 Victoria Road, Falkirk and welcomes everyone 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 contact Neil Sowerby at carers@fdamh.org.uk or on (01324) 67100. The NHS Forth Valley Spiritual Care Team is available 24/7 on 07824 460882. Counselling can also be offered within FDAMH for one to one support.

Nature Fest

Nature-Fest is planning its third nature festival in May and hoping local groups will help by attending a conference at 10 a.m. on Saturday in Falkirk Trinity Church Hall. Spokesman Dan Jackman said: “We want this year’s festival to help local environmental groups achieve their aims. They are more than welcome to come along to our conference and find out how participating in the nature festival could help them.”

Carers Centre

Enjoy a cuppa and meet up with other carers at the weekly Wednesday Cafe hosted by the Princess Royal Trust Carers Centre in Bank Street. It runs between 10 a.m. and midday. For more information, or if you need more support with your role as a carer please phone the office on (01324) 611510 or e-mail centre@centralcarers.co.uk

Art Club

A big ‘thank you’ to Bobby Rennie and Galyna Lee for a fantastic demo on glazing techniques and workshop on Pyrography on Monday. The club was buzzing with activity! Artshare is on as usual on Monday, simply turn up on the night, 7.15 p.m. at St Francis Xavier Church Hall or contact the secretary on 07730134422 for more info. Find us on facebook.

Dance Classes

Ceilidh and Popular Social Dance Sessions: 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 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

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 3 at 6.30 p.m. meet in car park at New Carron Co-op, Wednesday February 4 at 1 p.m., we will be walking at the wheel, could you meet at the bottom car park on the wheelhouse restaurant side of the canal. 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

Writer’s Circle

The adjudication of last week’s topic stories by Alec resulted in choosing two winners from the ‘Short arms, long pockets’ category, namely Ian and Diane. Ian will adjudicate the next topic which by popular choice was a change from the normal format. Members are invited to write a 450 word personal story on the theme ‘Memoire’ to be read on March 10 or 17. Mark has requested numbers wishing to attend the Alloa evening and also on-going 450 word stories or 40 line poems for potential publication. Alloa stories entitled “The worst winter I remember” (450 words) are due to be submitted on February 3. Allan Brownlie poetry submissions are due on February 10. Many thanks to Ian who has chaired the meeting for two weeks during John’s absence. New members are always welcome. Share our interesting syllabus. Further information is available: Isobel.quinn@outlook.com or phone Isobel on 01324 620048.

Archaeological Society

The Falkirk Archaeological and Natural History Society’s first meeting of 2015 on January 13 was a very pleasant lunch in the Park Hotel. On Tuesday, February 3, Dr Michael Given will give a presentation on “Feasting, Mourning and Memory: funerary landscapes at Kourison’s Amathous Gate Cemetery, Cyprus”. The meeting which starts at 7.30 p.m. will be held in the Falkirk Christian Centre, Glebe Street, Falkirk. For further information on the society, please phone 01786 463399 or (01324 562293).