Falkirk news from Thursday, July 10

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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There will be a Lamplight Walk on Monday leaving from the Celtic Cross in Falkirk Old Parish Churchyard at 7.30 p.m. There is no need to book to join in and explore the darker side of Falkirk’s long history, with tales of murder, mayhem and, of course, Burke, Hare and Helen! There may even be the opportunity to visit Falkirk’s hidden graveyard. The walk lasts about 90 minutes and there is no charge, although a small donation to help with costs is always appreciated. For further information contact the Stentmaisters information line on 07954 027980 or leave a message on the Stentmaisters’ Facebook page.

Falkirk Aglow

Guest speaker was Graham Bell. He shared from Luke ch 7 v 31 - 50 and Graham reminded us that Jesus is a friend of sinners. Jesus loves sinners and we are all sinners. He reminded us of the restorative justice with Zacchaeus and that each person has value in the eyes of God. Jesus died for all. He challenged us - are you self righteous? Are you a friend to sinners? Our next speaker is Moira Beggan on Thursday, July 17 in the Hotel Claddan, Kemper Avenue, 7 for 7.15 p.m. The cost is £7.50 which includes a meal. Please contact Ruth on (01324) 485744 to book a meal.

DASH Group

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.

Falkirk Foodbank

The Trustees and our many faithful volunteers would like to thank all the shoppers who gave so generously at the three days of collection at our local Tesco superstores. In the months ahead many adults and children across Falkirk district in crisis situations will be fed from our replenished stocks and receive a balanced and nutritious supply of foodstuffs for about three days which can be repeated normally up to three times. We also deliver to needy individuals and families after receiving a request to do so from agencies including social work and CAB.

Olivet Evangelical

Sunday services begin with Communion at 10.30 a.m. followed by the All Age service when the speaker this week is Jim Crawford of Tillicoultry. At 6 p.m. a joint evening service will be held at Grahamston Evangelical Church with guest speaker Frank Hartley. Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. is a time of Prayer Fellowship with an epilogue by Jim Crawford. The Holiday Club for primary school age children runs between August 4 and 8, 10 a.m. to noon each day led by Dave Bremner of Go Youth Trust. The theme this year is linked with the end of the Commonwealth Games and entitled ‘Who’s the Best?’. On Sunday, July 20, the joint evening service will again be at 6.30 p.m. in Olivet where the speaker will be Douglas Moodie of Bridge of Allan.

Metafit Falkirk

A metafit Falkirk class is held every Tuesday in Tamfourhill Community Centre at 8 p.m. All welcome. For more information call 07739718361. All classes will continue as normal during the holidays.

Dominos League

Fairplay Domino League week 14 results: Scotia 3, Roman Bar B 9; Legion A 10, Star Inn 2; Bowhouse 7, Aitkens 5; Mill Inn 4, Clachan 8; Roman Bar A 6, Anchor 6; Bluebell 6, Legion B 6; Tam Bain 5, Railway 7.

Rotary Club

June began with the annual Community Achievement award presentation. Sponsors Phoenix Honda and The Falkirk Herald were represented by Colin McGeoch and Jill Buchanan. The award was presented to Mrs Margaret Coutts for her sterling selfless services to the Samaritans over the last 45 years. Anne Youngman from the Bat Trust spoke to us the following week about how misunderstood bats are and how, when and where it is possible to see them. The talk was not only instructive and interesting but had lots of humour as well. Prostate Cancer awareness was the subject on June 19 and it was delivered most convincingly by Alister Walker who was able to address the subject matter with a huge amount of authority having suffered from the illness himself. The last meeting of the month took the form of the club assembly where conveners lay out programmes for the coming year. Every week throughout the year members look after the flower tubs on the platforms of the High and Grahamston Stations. In an effort to involve the community, if you have green fingers and would like to help please visit our web site www.falkirk.rotaryweb.org and fill in a contact form.

Braveheart Plus

The monthly Braveheart Plus meeting takes place on Monday at 1.30 p.m. in Camelon Community Education Centre, Abercrombie Street. Guest speaker is Joe Love. His interest in local postal history and postcard collecting has kept him busy. Come along and enjoy a trip down memory lane. Braveheart Plus meetings are open to anyone who has experienced heart problems or has a personal interest in supporting those with coronary heart disease. For more details contact Lynn Bastow on 01592 872101.

Trinity Church

The Sunday service starts at 11 a.m. and will be led by Rev. Robert Allan. The theme for this month is ‘Church Matters’ and this Sunday will focus on The Mission of the Church. The service will also include a baptism. Tea, coffee and fellowship are available in the main hall following the service. The children’s holiday club for primary-age youngsters will run from August 13 to 15 from 6.30 until 8.30 p.m. in the Hallglen Centre. There will be a special event in the centre on Saturday, August 16, with games, puppets, a challenge and a picnic with treasure hunt. That same day the church will welcome the National Youth Choir of Scotland to perform. The ‘60 minutes of Song’ programme starts at 4 p.m. and tickets priced £5 (£3 children/school pupils) are available now from the church office or at the door on the day. During July and August the church will be open every Tuesday and Wednesday between 1.30 and 3.30 p.m. when visitors will be welcome to come inside to view the building, wander around our historical grounds or just to sit in the Sanctuary for reflection or prayer. All are welcome.

Carers Centre

Princess Royal Trust Carers Centre (Falkirk & Clackmannanshire) offers the chance of a tea and a chat at the weekly Carers Cafe every Wednesday between 10 a.m. and noon. For more information or if you need more support with your role as a carer please phone the office on (01324) 611510.

Falkirk Ramblers

Sunday’s walk will take place around and about Lennoxtown, exploring routes from the old Lennoxtown Estate and along the foot of the Campsie escarpment, ascending 100 metres and taking around three hours. Walkers should meet at Linden Avenue Car Park, Stirling, at 9.30 a.m. or Clachan of Campsie at 10.15 a.m. Map Ref:64/NS:611796. Call walk leader Mike Gray on 01360 550962 or 07979 993614 or e-mail mike@mgray3.freeserve.co.uk for more information.

Braveheart Walks

The July 22 walk will leave from The Milk Barn in Glen Village and Falkirk Rangers will provide some interesting facts about the area and wildlife. Meet in the Milk Barn car park at 1.15 p.m. For further information call (01324) 673703. The Braveheart walk around Callendar Park every Monday leaves from Callendar House at 2 p.m. and can last between 30 minutes and an hour. The Middlefield walk leaves from Falkirk Community Stadium at 7 p.m. every Thursday for a stroll around the Helix.

Helix Walks

A walk leaves Falkirk Community Stadium every Monday at 7 p.m. You will need a reasonable level of fitness as it can take up to two hours to explore the paths. Please wear suitable footwear. All walks are free.

Health Walks

Our health walks leave Falkirk Community Stadium every Monday at 10 a.m. and split into a faster or slower walk, both led by volunteer walk leaders. This is a great way to explore the Helix with a group and it’s free. Buggy Walks leave every Monday at 1.15 p.m. and a lovely way to meet other mums. All children should be in a buggy. For more information contact stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

Nordic Walking

Next week’s walks are Tuesday, 6.30 p.m., Beancross restaurant; Wednesday, 1 p.m., Lionthorn Woods, meet at car park. The Monday walk will leave from Falkirk Community Stadium as usual at 10 a.m. Please check our face book page for Thursday fast walk. For more information or training dates contact Barbara on (01324) 504556 or email stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

ME Meeting

The next meeting of Falkirk ME self help group is tonight (Thursday) in St Francis Xavier RC Church hall between 6.30 and 8.30 p.m. The hall has its own car park with disabled spaces available. Access is easy and there is no stairs to climb. This month will be an open meeting with a quiz and a chance to have a cuppa and a chat afterwards. New members are always welcome. Call Richard on (01324) 871480 for further details.

New Spiritualist

The service in the new Falkirk Spiritualist Church, Westfield Community Centre, on Saturday at 7 p.m. welcomes Gill McNeish from Alloa. Open circle after the service. All are welcome. Entry is £3.

Prize Bingo

The McDonalds Restuarant in the Retail Park is holding a prize bingo in aid of Ronald McDonald in the Ochiltree Club, Camelon on Wednesday at 7.30 p.m. Tickets, priced £5, are available at the door on the night. All welcome.

Macmillan Event

Bon Marche in Falkirk High Street is holding a fundraising event in aid of Macmillan Nurses from tomorrow (Friday) and invites everyone to ‘Go Mad, Go Green’. Over the weekend there will be a Balloon Pop prize raffle, a bake sale and handmade bracelets available to buy. All welcome.

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