Falkirk news from Thursday, June 11

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

Fairplay Domino League week 14 results: Aunty Katy’s 6, Roman Bar A 6; Roman Bar B 3, Scotia 9; Anchor 6, Clachan 6; Ship Inn 8, Soohoose 4; Ellwyn 5, Aitkens 7; Tam Bain 7, Cheerz 5; Mill Inn 9, Railway 3; Star Inn 7, Legion 5.

Support Group

The Bereaved By Suicide Support Group meets on the last Monday of the month in the offices of Falkirk District Association for Mental Health in Victoria Road between 6 and 8.30 p.m. It welcomes anyone who has experienced the loss through suicide of a person close to them – family, partner or friend. Group facilitators are experienced counsellors. For further details contact Neil Sowerby at carers@fdamh.org.uk or telephone (01324) 67100. The NHS Forth Valley Spiritual Care Team has a 24/7 number - 07824 460882 - and counselling is also available within FDAMH if needed.

Alzheimer Scotland

Our Summer Fayre will be held in the Trinity Church on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. We will be serving soup, home-baking and a drink - all for only £4. There is also a tombola, raffle and bottle stalls. We hope to see you there. The Falkirk Branch is hosting an open evening and AGM on Wednesday, June 24 at The Maples, 33 Johnston Avenue, Stenhousemuir and anyone interested in finding out more about what Alzheimer Scotland does in the Falkirk area is welcome from 5 p.m. onwards with the AGM starting at 7.30 p.m. For more information please call (01324) 559480 or email falkirkservices@alzscot.org


The ‘Make It Happen’ over 50’s forum meet in St Francis Xavier Church Hall on Tuesday between 2 and 3.30 p.m. It’s a great way for over 50s to get involved, discuss ideas and concerns and have a real voice in the community. We will explain the aims of the forum, what we have achieved so far and what would make life better for older people. Tea and coffee - and a warm welcome is provided!

Friends Committee

The Friends Committee of Forth Valley Royal Hospital holds its Summer Fayre on Thursday and Friday, June 18 and 19 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. A wide selection of home baking and other goods will be on sale and all funds raised donated to the hospital for the benefit and welfare of patients, staff and relatives.

Spiritualist Church

The New Falkirk Spiritualist Church meets in Westfield Community Centre and welcomes Mediums Joyce Wells from Dunipace and Flo Black from Grangemouth to our platform on Saturday at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join us at our services. See www.falkirkspiritualistchurch.com

Scooter Club

Falkirk Steeple Scooter Club hosted a ‘Northern Soul’ night in the Ochiltree Club to raise funds for MS Stirling & Falkirk. It was a sell out and raised over £1500. We would like to thank all of the fantastic people who supported this event and also the superb line up of dj’s who gave their services free on the night. The club plans its second annual Firth to Firth rideout on Saturday, June 20 leaving The Kelpies at 9 a.m. and travelling through some of Scotlands finest scenery including the Trossachs and Loch Lommond before rolling into Helensburgh. A collection for Mary’s Meals will be taken, so please support this worthwhile cause. Full details of the event can be found on the facebook page, Firth to Firth Rideout.

Friendship Club

Falkirk Solitaire and Friendship Club offers dancing to live music in the Park Hotel on Sunday nights from 8 p.m. If you wish to chat to someone about our club please phone Isabella on 07846 963901 or Marion on 07976975887. They will be pleased to hear from you.

Probus Club

The latest talk was given by Gregor Ewing, a Falkirk man who has a passion for Scottish history and the great outdoors. Combining both once again and having previously followed the footsteps of Bonnie Prince Charlie, Gregor’s talk this time was based on his book ‘Bruce, Meg and Me’, following the journey of Robert the Bruce which saw him cover 1000 miles on foot with only his trusted Border Collie Meg for company. They set off from the hills above Loch Lomond, where Bruce took refuge after he murdered John Comyn before claiming the Scottish Throne. Bruce evaded capture from Comyn supporters in the Isles off the West coast, eventually returning to the mainland and travelling the length and breadth of Scotland to raise his army. Gregor followed his journey through and over hill and glen before finishing at Bannockburn. His talk was informative, giving historic accounts relating to Bruce’s life and adventures whilst evading capture and raising his army with a passion and determination to get Scotland recognised as an independent nation. Gregor’s talk was accompanied by photography taken along the way showing the beauty of Scotland’s varied landscape. Chairman Ian Hamilton gave the vote of thanks. The next talk will be on Tuesday when the speaker will be John Coyle and his subject Bee Keeping.

Olivet Evangelical

Sunday services begin at 10 a.m. with Communion followed at 11 a.m. by a time of fellowship with refreshments. The All Age service at 11.25 a.m. welcomes Michael Guile of Linlithgow as guest speaker. The church prayer meeting is at 6 p.m. and Bible teaching hour with David Clarkson from East Kilbride at 6.30 p.m. His text is Luke 15: 1 & 2 ‘Responsibility: Withdrawal or Involvement?’ On Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. is a report by Norman Liddle of the Scottish Bible Society on his recent visit to Rwanda. The Holiday club for primary school children runs between August 3 and 7 in the Howgate Centre. The preparation and planning meeting will be on Wednesday at 7.30 p.m.

Leaders Forum

Falkirk Evangelical Leaders Forum met in Polmont’s Inchyra Grange Hotel, Polmont on May 30. Business items included the confirmed orders for the new Falkirk tract; closure of the Falkirk Christian Centre and subsequent sale; Falkirk Street Pastors report on the responses from new recruits and request for more; the Falkirk Foodbank public AGM which had attracted encuraging numbers; the Foodbank Partnering Churches Forum meeting; Heart to Heart Charity leaflet; exploring the possible interest for a full-time worker in Falkirk Schools; Mental Health book entitled ‘Light in the darkness’ tabled and information on obtaining further copies. The next lunch time meeting will be held at 12.30 p.m. on Thursday, June 25 at the Inchyra. The time together will be devoted to sharing over lunch and a brief business session followed by praise and prayer fellowship.


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

Women’s Register

The National Women’s Register is a discussion group, and so much more, for all lively-minded women. We have weekly evening meetings to discuss pre-arranged topics in each other’s homes around Falkirk district. In addition, we have monthly morning excursions to cafes and through the summer fortnightly evening walks. On Wednesday we will be discussing the many and varied uses of herbs. New faces are very welcome. If you would like to come along please call Alison on (01324) 631363.

Trinity Church

The service this Sunday commences at 11 a.m. and will be led by Robert Allan and Kay Brown. Tea, coffee and fellowship will be available in the main hall following the service. The lunchtime organ recital takes place tomorrow (Friday) at noon and will be given by Rob Harris, organ scholar, St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh. Admission is free, however there is an opportunity to make a voluntary donation towards the visit in October from the Church in Schuren, Dortmund. A lunch deal for £6 will be available after the recital. Alzheimer Scotland will be holding their Coffee Day in the main hall this Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. David Hamilton presents his talk “The Science of Self Love” on Wednesday, June 24 at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Tickets, priced £12 and £10 concession, are available from the Church Office (01324) 611017.

SI Falkirk

Soroptimists enjoyed a social evening with a ‘Seventies’ theme last Thursday. The club will now take a short break for the summer and will resume again in early September. Orders were taken for club and executive photographs and any member who still requires to order these photographs should contact Audrey Morrison.

Falkirk Aglow

Falkirk Aglow had Maggie Lane as their speaker in May. She shared from 2 Chronicles ch 7 v 14 that we need to humble ourselves. We need to seek intimacy with Jesus but we hold back, we need to be still and identify and deal with any blocks to intimacy. Hannah Sanderson will be the speaker on Thursday, June 18 in the Hotel Cladhan, 7 for 7.15 p.m. The cost is £8, which includes a meal. Please contact Ruth on (01324) 485744 to book a place.

Spiritualist Church

The Pleasance Spiritualist Church meets in the Guide hall off the Cow Wynd. The Medium this Sunday is Simona Thomson. Doors open at 6.15 p.m. for a service at 7 p.m. which will be followed by a healing circle. Everyone welcome.

Monthly Walk

The monthly Braveheart walk on Tuesday, June 23 takes us to Banton, Kilsyth. This walk commences at the Colzium Park in Kilsyth shortly after 1.30 p.m. with parking at the pond on the left as you enter the park. The walk heads first towards Kilsyth to Takmadoon Road then follows a lade through the park towards Banton taking in Townhead reservoir. Paths are gravel or tarmacadam and only short inclines are present on the route. Free transport leaves Camelon Education Centre at 1 p.m. and Carron Co-op at 1.10 p.m. and returning around 4 p.m. It is essential you call (01324) 673703 to book your seat. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Braveheart Walks

A walk around Callendar Park every Monday leaves Callendar House at 2 p.m. 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 and enjoy a cup of tea and a scone in Callendar House later. Walks around the Helix Park take in the various sights and wildlife along the way, including the Kelpies. Meet in the Falkirk Stadium car park to start at 7 p.m. for a one hour walk. Braveheart is holding its very own evening Big Fit Walk on Thursday, June 18 at the Helix Park, 7-8 p.m. Meet in Falkirk Stadium Car park. If you have any questions regarding any of these walks, please call (01324) 673703.

Big Fit Walk

The BFW walk is now in its 12th year. Last year it became a Commonwealth Games legacy and we passed it over to Paths for All as it was getting too big for us. If you would like to do a BFW this year please register with Paths for All. All information is on their web site. We will be doing a walk at the Helix tomorrow (Friday) at 10 a.m. Meet at the great lawn near the wall. The walk will take about 30 minutes. All welcome. For more information on any of our walks contact Barbara McConnell at Stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org or (01324) 504556.

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 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 12-1pm (please check with main office or centre for details). Falkirk Credit Union is open in Leishman Tower on Thursdays between 11 a.m. and noon.

Nordic Walking

On Tuesday meet at 6.30 p.m. in the car park at the Pineapple to walk to Dunmore Village; Wednesday, meet in the Tesco car park at Redding. Monday walk on as usual at 10 a.m., meet at Falkirk Stadium. Please check our face book page for Thursday fast walk. For information contact (01324) 504556, email stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org or book directly by calling (01324) 590940.

Step Forth

There is a programme of short weekly volunteer led walks across Falkirk. The aim of the 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 email stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org

Helix Walks

A walk leaves Falkirk Football Stadium every Monday at 7 p.m. and 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 Falkirk Football Stadium every Monday at 10 a.m. They are split into a faster or slower walk and both 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

Helix Connect

Every Wednesday, 7 p.m. from Falkirk Football Stadium. Walk leaders will take walkers in and around the Helix site. Once the walk is established the group will take in all the paths which connect to Helix park. Westquarter Glen, Lionthorn, Love and kisses and the sun dial in Langlees woodlands, Beancross, Laurieston, Grangemouth links and more. Come along and discover new places to walk while meeting other people. Walks are all free and lead by Step Forth volunteers. For more information contact Barbara McConnell on (01324) 504556 or email stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org

Buggy Walk

Every Monday at 1.15 p.m. from 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 its raining or in the colder months Its a good way to meet other mums. Walk is run by our fantastic volunteers and is free. All children should be in a buggy. For more information call (01324) 504556.

Writers Circle

Normal meetings have now ended, but those interested meet up for a chat at the Cladhan on Tuesday evenings during the summer break. Come along and spend time getting to know your fellow members of the circle.