Falkirk news from Thursday, June 25

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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Probus Club

The talk was given by John Coyle, chairman of the local bee keeping association. He started by explaining the event known as swarming, which happens at this time of the year. Each hive or nest contains only one queen bee, and the worker female bees decide when she should leave because of ageing, and find a new nest. They have already selected a replacement queen, and prepared her by feeding her royal jelly, a very nutritious energy bee food. The old queen leaves the hive with about half of the workers and drones, perhaps as many as 30,000 bees, and search for a site to build a new nest. Some workers are sent out to look for a suitable place for a nest while the remainder of the bees rest on a suitable object, for example a tree branch, or occasionally an unfortunate owner’s car. The swarm flies away from the original nest but usually within a mile or two of it to start the new nest. The bees have prepared themselves for the journey by eating two or three days of food supply and are not normally aggressive during their journey. John then described the severe problem caused by the varroa mite to bee colonies all over the world. These mites attach themselves to the bees and suck their blood, and although this does not kill a bee it seriously weakens it and leaves the bee liable to other diseases. The mite arrived in this country in 1994, and is difficult to detect in a colony, and can only be controlled by chemical treatments. Varroa and farming insecticides are blamed for the reduction in bee health all over the world. Jim Kilpatrick thanked John for his educational and interesting talk. The next talk will be given by John Reid on the buildings of Falkirk.

Art Club

Our last Artshare of the season was Monday, June 22. We’re working on the new syllabus which will be sent out in due course and hope to have some new artists demonstrating next season which starts in September. Best wishes for a lovely summer to our members.

Olivet Evangelical

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 Gordon Anderson of Ayr is the guest speaker. The church prayer meeting is at 6 p.m. followed at 6.30 p.m. by the Bible Teaching Hour when the guest speaker is Alan Gamble of Glasgow. His text is John 12: 27 to 43 and the message is ‘Ambition: Our glory or GOD’S’?’ Please note the morning services during the summer will start at 10.30 a.m. and finish about 12 noon. In the evenings there will be joint alternating services of Bible Teaching with Grahamston Evangelical Church. On Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. is the third and final Bible study on the Old Testament Book of Habakkuk. During the summer period Tuesday evenings at 7.30 p.m. will be times of prayer with an epilogue. There will be a Holiday Club for primary school children from August 3 to 7 in a unit in the Howgate Shopping Centre, opening each day at 10.30 a.m. for craftwork and fun. The programme will be repeated in the afternoon between 1.30 and 3 p.m.

Age Concern

Will members please note sequence dancing breaks on June 30 and resumes on July 21, with August 4 off. Keep fit will breaks tomorrow (Friday) and resumes on August 21. Our Arnotdale Singers restart on August 24.

Spiritualist Church

The New Falkirk Spiritualist Church, Westfield Community Centre, welcomes Medium David Lamont from Stirling to our platform at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Everybody is welcome to join us at our services. See www,falkirkspiritualistchurch.com for details.

Domino League

Fairplay Domino Legaue week 16 results: Roman Bar B 7, Roman Bar A 5; Clachan 5, Scotia 7; Soohoose 8, Aunty Katies 4; Aitkens 10, Anchor 2; Cheerz 5, Ship Inn 7; Railway 5, Ellwyn 7; Legion 9, Tam Bain 3; Star Inn 7, Mill Inn 5.

Trinity Church

The service this Sunday commences at 11 a.m. and will be led by Robert Allan. Tea, coffee and fellowship will be available in the main hall following the service. The Comely Park Primary School Summer Service takes place in the church tomorrow (Friday) at 11 a.m. On Saturday the Blooming Great Tea Party in aid of Marie Curie will take place in the main hall from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Carers Centre

Falkirk & Clackmannanshire Carers Centre, 1A Bank Street, offer a cup of tea or coffee at the Carers Cafe every Wednesday between 10 a.m. and noon and a chance to meet and chat with other carers. 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

Step Forth

There is a programme of short weekly volunteer led walks across Falkirk. The aim of the led 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 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 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

Nordic Walking

Next Tuesday, meet at Greenrig car park, Canada woods. Wednesday, July 1, meet Carron Co-op. Monday walk on as usual at 10 a.m. at Falkirk Stadium. Please check our face book page for Thursday fast walk. Fo information contact (01324) 504556 or email stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org

Helix Connect

Every Wednesday, 7 p.m. from the front doors of 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, Lauriston, 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 me Barbara McConnell on (01324) 504556 or email stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org


Braveheart is holding their very own evening Big Fit Walk today (Thursday) at the Helix Park, 7-8 p.m., meeting at Falkirk Stadium Car park to start the walk. Everyone welcome. Middlefield - wonderful walks around the Helix Park which takes in the various sights and wildlife along the way, including the Kelpies themselves! Meet in the Falkirk Stadium car park to start our walk for 7pm, our committed Walk Leaders and walkers look forward to seeing you there for some evening fresh air on this 1hour long walk.There is a beautiful walk around Callendar Park every Monday, leaving from Callendar House at 2pm, will bring you back each week! You have the option of a slow 30minute walk or a 1 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 these walks, please contact (01324) 673703.

Buggy Walk

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 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.