Falkirk news from Thursday, January 8

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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Rotary Club

Our first meeting in December saw us hosting five of the six primary schools who took part in our annual Eco Awareness project. This is an extremely successful initiative which is carried out in conjunction with Falkirk Council estates management and the school curriculum itself. Mary Cromey Paul delivered her ‘job talk’ the following Thursday. Mary’s talk was inspirational and served well to illustrate in detail just what an asset to the club she is. Our Christmas Message on December 18 was delivered by Rev. David Randall. The thrust of his delivery was in what man has gained from the birth of Jesus. His honestly held faith shone throughout the short time that he had to talk to us. Our last meeting of the year saw John Struthers, Stewart Ross and Andrew Dawkins relate tales of spiritual disbelief and downright manufactured fiction. The assembled members had then to decide which, if any, was true. Well done to all three for a hugely entertaining afternoon. The club wishes to extend to your readers a peaceful and productive New Year.

Retired Persons

The Falkirk Association of Retired Persons meet on Wednesday at 2 p.m. in St Francis Xavier Hall in Hope Street. Guest speaker is Ronnie Fitzcharles and his subject will be ‘Fitzcharles – our bus company’. Members and visitors are most welcome, doors open at 1.30 p.m. If you would like to find out more about our group please contact Margaret Wright on (01324) 636799 or Sadie Davidson on (01324) 832344.

Olivet Evangelical

The Parent and Toddlers Group resumes after the holidays tomorrow (Friday) at 10.30 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. it is the All Age service when our speaker is Alistair McGibbon of Larbert. The church prayer meeting is at 6 p.m. followed by the Bible teaching hour when the speaker is Scott Kirkland of Newton Mearns. At 2.15 p.m. on Monday is the Ladies Hour at Leishman Tower with guest speaker John Muirhead of Bainsford. Tuesday evening at 7.30 p.m. is the 14th in the Bible study series on the OT Book of Genesis, studying Chapters 24 & 25 up to verse 11, entitled ‘A Wife for Isaac: God’s Guidance and Care’. The ‘Young at Heart’ is on Wednesday at 2 p.m. with guest speaker Norman Graham of Falkirk. The first Fellowship Lunch of the new year will be on Sunday, January 20 when the freewill offering will be for Falkirk Blind Club which meets on Tuesdays at the Falkirk Stadium. The next Men’s event is an interest evening next Friday when guest Derek Malcolm will give a talk entitled ‘Turkey at the crossroads’.

Probus Club

The next meeting will be held at Falkirk Stadium on Tuesday when Ian Scott will give a talk on Old Falkirk.

DASH

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 07985 461187.

3rd Falkirk

Now the schools have started back, are you looking for fun-filled activities for your son to take part in? If so, look no further than 3rd Falkirk BB Company and what we have to offer. Anchor Boys for age P1-P3 meet in Falkirk High School on Fridays between 6 and 7.15 p.m., the Junior Section, P4-P6, between 7 and 8.30 p.m. and Company Section, P7 to age 18, between 7.30 and 9.45 p.m. All sections have busy 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 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.

Parkinsons UK

The first meeting of the Parkinsons UK Falkirk Branch will be held on Tuesday between 2 and 4 p.m. in St Francis Xavier Church Hall, Hope Street. You are most welcome to join us. Bring a friend and enjoy a cuppa and a chat or have a game on the wii or a message from Sheena. The evening meetings will start in March. For more information call Jess Bryce on (01324) 638911 or e-mail jessbryce@sky.com.

Caledonia Choir

We hope everyone had a good Christmas – now we are looking forward to our 91st year. The choir starts back on Monday in St Andrew’s Primary School, Hawley Road, at 7.30 p.m. If you would like to join us, come along and introduce yourself. There’s no need to read music, just a willingness to join in and have fun while singing your heart out! Male voices would be especially welcome. Membership costs £40 per year, payable in two instalments from January 12. Free music on loan, free concert uniforms and a cup of tea at the interval.

Festival Chorus

A new year brings new challenges for Falkirk Festival Chorus. We are already preparing for the Tryst Festival Concert on May 10 when we will present Messa di Gloria by Puccini and Lux Aeterna by Lauridsen, different but most enjoyable and kind to the ear. We will, as usual, be accompanied by a professional orchestra and soloists, a wonderful experience in itself and usually one you would have to travel much further afield to experience. Rehearsals start on Sunday in the Main Hall of Falkirk Trinity Church at 3 p.m. There is still time to be one of our number and we assure you of a warm welcome. You can contact our secretary on (01324) 625284 or just come along to ‘taste and try’.

Art Club

A Happy New Year from all of us at the club. Our first demonstration of 2015 is by Iona McKellar Bruce entitled Creating Fine Art from Mixed Media (reclaimed materials) and promises to be a good night. This will be the first time Iona has demonstrated at the club and her work is stunning. Hopefully she’ll bring some examples on the night. New members always welcome, simply turn up on Mondays at 7.15 p.m. at St Francis Xavier Church Hall. For more information visit our Facebook page or contact the secretary on 07730134422.

Friends of FVRH

Happy New Year to all of the supporters of the Bauble campaign which ran in the foyer of Forth Valley Royal Hospital in the run up to Christmas. We managed to raise sufficient funds to decorate all the Christmas trees we donated to various wards. The trustees would also like to thank all those who gave so generously at our Christmas Fayre. Thanks to the generosity of the public, visitors and staff a four figure sum was raised.

Trinity Church

Our service this Sunday is led by Kay Brown. It will commence at 11 a.m. and focus on Jesus ... teaches. Tea, coffee and fellowship are available in the Hall after the service. Please note that the M’eating Place Café is closed for refurbishment and will re-open on Monday, January 19.

Writers’ Circle

Members meet every Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. in the Coffee Room of Polmont Greenpark Community Centre. A warm welcome awaits any new members of any writing ability. Everyone has a story to tell, so why not join the writers’ circle where we have an interesting syllabus for 2015. The main business of January 13 will be viewing the photographs of Falkirk Camera Club members in preparation for our joint ‘Talking Pictures’ evening in April. The format will be slightly different this year so if members wish to particiapte it is advisable to attend on January 13. For further information, phone Isobel on (01324) 620048 or e-mail at isobel.quinn@outlook.com.

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are required to roll out buggy walks across Falkirk and also support existing groups. If you are interested and have an hour to spare, contact me Barbara McConnell on (01324) 504556 or barbara.mcconnell@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

Nordic Walking

Through this part of the Falkirk Herald our walkers can find out where to meet every week and if there is anything new planned. Next week both the Tuesday (6.30 p.m.) and Wednesday (1 p.m.) walks leave from Falkirk Football Stadium. Monday walk will leave from Falkirk Stadium as usual at 10 a.m. Please check our Facebook page for Thursday fast walk.

Step Forth

Step Forth has a programme of short weekly volunteer-led walks across Falkirk. The aim of the walk programme is to encourage people to start walking regularly in their local area. All walks are listed in this section of the Falkirk Herald. We also have 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.

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

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.

Buggy Walks

Every Monday at 1.15 p.m. from the front doors of Falkirk Football Stadium. When the weather is good we sit on the great lawn and have a chat or at the plaza cafe by the lagoon. We also use the lovely restaurant at the stadium when it is raining. It’s a good way to meet other mums. 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.

Lodge St John

The next meeting of the Lodge will be on Tuesday, January 13, and will be a MMM Degree at 7.30 p.m. All brethren welcome.

Alzheimer Scotland

Falkirk Branch, Burns Supper on Monday, January 19, at 7 p.m. at Falkirk Lesser Town Hall. Tickets are £20 and available from the Alzheimer Scotland office at 35 Johnston Avenue, Stenhousemuir FK5 4JZ. Telephone Julie on (01324) 559480 for more information. All proceeds of this event will be used to help people with dementia and their carers in the Falkirk area.

Braveheart Walks

Braveheart’s 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 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.

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 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. For more information visit web.rscds-falkirk.org.uk.