Falkirk news from Thursday, June 26

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

Chairman Jim Mackie thanked all the members who had attended the Ladies Lunch and it was agreed the event should be repeated. We had two guest speakers for the meeting, very appropriate that a duo should speak on the subject of ‘Variety at its Best.’ Bob Bain outlined the history and the artists who had performed at the Glasgow Empire theatre in Sauchiehall Street. The theatre was a well loved part of Glasgow social life for 70 years before closing in 1963. The role call of artists included every famous name of the era, both comedians and musicians. Laurel and Hardy enjoyed great success there, as did Bob Hope, Danny Kaye and all the Scottish comics over the years. Sinatra, Tony Bennet, Nat King Cole, Shirley Bassey, Cliff Richards and Tommy Steele were all on the bill. The theatre had a fearsome reputation for devouring comedians that the audience disliked. The first few minutes on stage were make or break time, and Ken Dodds called it the ‘House of Terror’. Des O’Connor was reported to have fainted under stress during his first performance at the Empire, but he came back for another eight shows afterwards. Bill Green entertained the members with tales from the life of Lex McLean. Lex was born in Clydebank in 1908, and like many Scottish comedians, started work in the shipyards. However he was determined to follow a life on the stage, to the annoyance of his mother who insisted to friends he was a travelling salesman. His career led him to all the top variety theatres including long term summer seasons at the Pavillion, and on TV. Bill closed by reading one of the hilarious letters Lex claimed were written to him by his mother, detailing the misfortunes suffered by his family. There was a lively discussion between the speakers and the members on their recollections of the period, before Jim Malone gave a warm vote of thanks. The next meeting will be on September 2.

Age Concern

Activities have taken a break for the summer. Dancing resumes on July 29, keep-fit on August 15 and the choir on August 25.

Domino League

Fairplay Domino League week 12 results: Star Inn 7, Roman Bar B 5; Scotia 4, Aitkens 8; Legion A 4, Clachan 8; Bowhouse 5, Anchor 7; Mill Inn 5, Legion B 7; Roman Bar A 6, Railway 6; Bluebell 6, Tam Bain 6.

Christ Church

Christ Church (Scottish Episcopalian Church) is holding a summer fair in the Trinity Church (Falkirk Old & St Modan’s) hall on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tea, coffee and lunches will be served and various stalls including plants, books, vintage and tombola to enjoy.

Ladies Club

Gregor Ewing was guest speaker and “Charlie, Meg and Me” the subject of his talk. Gregor is an experienced walker and climber of Munros and told of his growing respect for the foppish Bonnie Prince Charlie as he followed the route taken by the prince after Culloden. This long walk with only his dog for company had many highs and lows including ending up waist deep in a bog and enduring a ‘white out’ and very high wind on the mountains. Using Ordnance Survey maps he managed to spend a night in a cave the Prince had used on his own trek. Gregor said the prince had walked from Portree to Elgol which was a major accomplishment particularly as he was well aware he could be caught and shot at any moment. The whole walk sounded frightening, but had clearly not deterred Gregor in any way as he is already looking to another project and thinks perhaps Robert the Bruce or Duke of Montrose might be suitable subjects. The speaker at the July lunch will be Elsie Riley from Camphill Residential home at Blair Drummond. Anyone wishing to attend should be at the Park Hotel on July 1, 12.30 for 1 p.m.

Metafit Falkirk

A Metafit Falkirk class is held every Tuesday at Tamfourhill Community Centre from 8 p.m. All welcome. For more information call 07739718361.

Blind Club

The club had yet another return visit from our very good friend Peter McQuade, and although he was not on the bill as supporting act for Rod Stewart on Saturday night, he lit up the stadium - at least the warm-up area - with his wit and music. Peter really entertained and his fans are looking forward to yet another visit from him. A new member joined the club and was welcomed by the members. Derek Wright from Middlefield was brought along by his friends from the Sensory Centre at Camelon and enjoyed his first day with us. We invite more who are registered blind or visually impaired to come along to the club where they will be greeted and welcomed by the members. We meet every Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m. in the warm-up area in Falkirk Community Stadium.

Wildlife Trust

The Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Wednesday evening walks in July are: July 9, Aberlady; July 16, Polkemmet; July 23, Torwood; Juky 30, Torryburn; August 6, Blackness. Meet at Williamson Street car park, Falkirk, at 6.30 p.m. Contact Ron Dalziel on (01324) 638942, Jim Hopwood on (01324) 229182 and Andrea McCabe on (01324) 559700.

Olivet Evangelical

Sunday services begin with Communion at 10 a.m. followed by refreshments at 11 a.m. before the all age service at 11.25 a.m. when the guest speaker is George Paton of St Andrews. The church prayer meeting is at 6 p.m. and at 6.30 p.m. is the bible teaching hour with Michael Guile of Linlithgow. On Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. the Prayer and Bible Study groups meet for the third and final study of Paul’s letter to Titus, looking at chapter 3. The end of session Wycliffe Bible Translators prayer meeting is on Monday at 7.30 p.m. The holiday club for primary school age children runs from Monday, August 4 to Friday, August 8, between 10 a.m. and 12 noon. It will be led by Dave Bremner of Go Youth Trust and this year’s theme is a follow on from the Commonwealth Games entitled ‘Who’s the Best.’ During the local holiday period joint evening services, all at 6.30 p.m., will be held on alternative Sundays with Grahamston Evangelical Church (Miller Hall). The first of these will be at Olivet on Sunday, July 6, when the speaker will be Iain Gibb of Grangemouth.


Do you suffer from anxiety or depression? This is a group of people 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 07985461187.

Caledonia Choir

An appreciative audience in Brightons Parish Church experienced a unique choral event when Falkirk Caledonia Choir and Basmokoret Community Choir from Norway delivered a joint concert last Sunday. Basmokoret, led by conductor/tenor Tor-Petter Aanes, performed a number of traditional and modern Norwegian songs including a set of hymns by Norwegian composer Edvard Greig. While few of the audience understood the Norwegian language, all could appreciate the unaccompanied singing of the choir whose voices powerfully evoked the beauty of the sea and fjord landscape of their home in the Rana area of north Norway. FCC, led by conductor David Malloch and skilfully accompanied on the piano by Mhorag Malloch, sang four sets of varied songs drawn from their standard repertoire and their recent spring concert in Falkirk Town Hall. Both sets of performances were greatly appreciated by the audience. As a finale both choirs (approximately 120 singers) joined together under the direction of David to perform Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’ to enthusiastic applause. Our thanks to Brightons Parish Church for agreeing to host the event and providing tea afterwards.

Carers Centre

Princess Royal Trust Carers Centre (Falkirk & Clackmannanshire) continue its weekly carers cafe in Bank Street every Wednesday between 10 a.m.-noon. Enjoy a cuppa and the chance to meet and chat with other carers. Please note there will be no film matinees in June and July. For more information or if you need more support with your role as a carer please phone the office on (01324) 611510.

Solitaire Club

The Falkirk Solitaire Frienship Club for over-60s meets every Sunday night from 8 p.m. in the Park Hotel for dancing to live music. Contact Isabella on 07846963901 or Marion on 07976975887 for more information.

Support Group

The Bereaved By Suicide Support Group meets on the last Monday of each month between 6 and 8.30 p.m. in the offices of Falkirk District Association for Mental Health (FDAMH), 173 Victoria Road. It is there to help anyone who has experienced the loss through suicide of a person close to them, family, partner or friend. For further details contact Neil Sowerby at carers@fdamh.org.uk (01324) 67100 or NHS Forth Valley Spiritual Care Team 24/7 on 07824460882. Counselling can also be offered within FDAMH for one to one support.

Trinity Church

The Sunday service commences at 11 a.m. and be by Rev. Robert Allan. The focus for June is sensing god and this Sunday we are exploring the sense of feeling. Tea and coffee will be available in the main hall following the service to which all are welcome. The Faw Kirk Family Pageant will take place in the church and church grounds tomorrow (Friday) between 1 and 4 p.m. This event is to link in with the celebration of Bannockburn’s 700 year anniversary and will feature various activities including birds of prey, archery, storytelling, a bodhran workshop, crafts, jousting and refreshments, including a spit roasted pig! Christ Church will hold their Coffee Day in our main hall on Saturday. All are welcome. The lunchtime organ recital on Friday, July 4, will be given by Ian Boulter, organist and director of music of the Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling.

Falkirk Foundation

Play together, learn together, grow together. Our Big Lottery funded together project has now finished for the summer break. Parents/guardians and their pre-school children enjoyed some physical fitness and activities. Thanks to all who came along and got involved. Details of the next block will be available in due course. Friday afternoons are for ‘Silver Bairns’ to relax and meet new friends. If you are 65 why not join us? Call (01324) 624121 or email elenor.davis@falkirkfcf.co.uk to find out more. The Carefree Project funded by Children in Need for young carers aged between 14 and 18 will run every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between July 1 and August 14 and offer the chance to meet new friends, have fun and learn new skills. Contact the above number for more information.

Westfield Park

The summer programme starts on July 9 with a Teddy Bear Picnic between 1 and 3 p.m. Come along and enjoy story time and a healthy picnic. Further events at the centre from Wednesday, July 30 to Friday, August 1 for junior and senior groups are planned and there will be a day trip to Blairdrummond Safari Park on August 13. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Prices are £5 per adult, £3.50 children and £4.50 concession. Call in to the centre to book a place. We currently have spaces in the programme timetable on various mornings and afternoons during the week. If you have an idea for a group or a class please contact a member of staff at Westfield Park to discuss this further. All age groups are welcome and we would like to offer a variety of activities, groups and classes to benefit the whole community. For any further information please call Westfield Park Community Centre on (01324) 508520.

Braveheart Walks

You get to see some lovely sites on Braveheart’s walk around Callendar Park every Monday, leaving from Callendar House at 2 p.m. You can take a slow 30 minute (on average) walk or a 1 hour walk at a more brisk pace. Why not come along and enjoy the beautiful sunny scenery with our current walkers and walk leaders? For more information on our new Callendar walk please contact (01324) 673703. Our Middlefield walk leaves from Falkirk Community Statium at 7 p.m. every Thursday to enjoy a nice stroll around the lovely surroundings of The Helix Park. For more information call (01324) 673703.

Step Forth

Has 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 10.30 a.m. and Tuesday at 2 p.m. All leave from Kinneil museum. Bo’ness also has a Monday evening walk which leaves from the car park across from the post office at the foreshore at 7 p.m. All Step Forth walks are free. For more information call 01324-504568/556 or email stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org

Helix Walks

Do you like to walk? would you like to know more about the network of paths in and around the Helix area? 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 2 hours to explore the paths. Please wear suitable footwear. All walks are free.

Health Walks

Our 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 my 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. Walk is run by our volunteers and is free. All children should be in a buggy. If it rains the group have a cuppa and a chat. For more information contact stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

Nordic Walking

More than 180 people trained to Nordic walk by our group. Next week’s walk is on Tuesday and will leave from Denny High School at 6.30 p.m. On Wednesday, the walk leaves from the car park across from the post office at Bo’ness foreshore at 1 p.m. Monday walk will leave from Falkirk Stadium as usual at 10 a.m. Please check our face book page for the Thursday fast walk.