Falkirk news from Thursday, June 4

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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Alzheimer Scotland

Our Summer Fayre will be held in the Trinity Church on Saturday, June 13 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Donations for the tombola stall would be most appreciated and we would also like to hear from anyone who can help on the day. The Falkirk Branch is hosting an open evening and AGM on Wednesday, June 24 at the Maples, 33 Johnston Avenue, Stenhousemuir. Anyone interested in finding out how it raises awareness and funds for Alzheimer Scotland in the Falkirk area are welcome from 5 p.m. with the AGM at 7.30 p.m. We are looking for new members for our walking group that meets in Callender Park every Wednesday to enjoy a leisurely stroll betwen 2 and 3 p.m. Please call (01324) 559480 or e-mail falkirkservices@alzscot.org for more information.

Spiritualist Church

The New Falkirk Spiritualist Church, Westfield Community Centre, Westfield Street welcomes Medium Steven Wright from Falkirk to our platform on Saturday at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to our services. See www.falkirkspiritualistchurch.com for details.

Parkinsons UK

The Falkirk Branch meets tonight (Thursday) between 7 and 9 p.m. in St Francis Xavier Church Hall. Come along for a chat or a game on the wii. Maybe you will be able to tell us of someone who would like to Abseil down the Falkirk Wheel on Saturday - all monies going to Parkinsons Scotland. If this is your first visit please bring a friend or relative with you, everyone is very welcome. No one has to face Parkinsons alone. Contact Eddie Bryce (secretary) on (01324) 638911 or eddiebryce@sky.com.

Braveheart Plus

The Braveheart Plus monthly meeting takes place on Monday at 1.30 p.m. in Camelon Community Education Centre, Abercrombie Street. Community pharmacist Pamela Meikle makes a welcome return to give us an annual update on our regular medications and an opportunity to ask questions about our medication that we too often forget when we visit our GP. All those affected by heart disease, or those interested in finding out more about Braveheart Plus, are welcome. Contact Lynn Bastow on 01592 872101 for more details.

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, June 10 we will be discussing the Biography of an actor. New faces are very welcome. If you would like to come along please call Alison on (01324) 631363.

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. Kenny Crawford from Glasgow is guest speaker at the All Age Service. The church prayer meeting is at 6 p.m. and the Bible teaching hour at 6.30 p.m. with Alistair McGibbon of Larbert. His text is Matthew 15:1 to 19 and the message ‘Worship: Lips or Heart?’. On Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. is the first of three Bible studies on the Old Testament Book of Habakkuk. The Parent and Toddlers Group is on holiday until August and the Holiday Club for primary school children will be during the first week in August. The planning meeting will be on Wednesday, June 17 at 7.30 p.m. and the next Fellowship Lunch on Sunday, June 28.


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, a men-only group every first and third Thursday from 2-4 p.m. in the Dawson Centre, David’s Loan, Bainsford and 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 Bohemians

Rehearsals for the October production of ‘The Wedding Singer’ have started. President Jim Allardyce is delighted with the turnout - but also regrets to announce the company is now closed to new members to take part. Your are invited however to ‘Save the Date’ - October 27 to 31 - to be part of the audience. The Summer Brunch will be held on Saturday, 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., in the Trinity Church. Freshly prepared snacks and strawberry cream teas, craft and gift stalls and tombola provide the usual attractions. Your support will be appreciated.

Domino League

Fairplay Domino League week 13 results: Roman Bar A 8, Anchor 4; Scotia 4, Aunty Katies 8; Clachan 5, Ship Inn 7; Soohoose 4, Ellwyn 8; Aitkens 8, Tam Bain 4; Cheerz 3, Mill Inn 9; Railway 4, Star Inn 8; Legion 3, Roman Bar B 9.

Blind Club

The club held its weekly meeting in the warm-up area in Falkirk Stadium amid the excitement of the preparations of the Scottish Cup Final. The entertainment was provided by a new act to visit us, Kevin Murphy from Lochgelly. He proved to be a real find by our secretary as the members really enjoyed his choice of songs and his presentation. A few of us were up dancing when Will Vaulks came in to give one lucky lady a ‘burl’. All in all a very successful meeting before the football club’s big fixture! The club meets every Tuesday afternoon from 1 p.m. and invites anyone who is registered blind or visually impaired to come along and join us.

SI Falkirk

The club marked 70 years with an event in Howgate Community Hub on May 23. President Rosemary McIntrye cut the birthday cake before inviting the public to view information and photographs charting SI Falkirk’s work over the last seven decades. As part of the celebration the club supported the Freedom from Fistula Foundation, a charity set up in 2008 by Ann Gloag which provides help to women in Africa who have suffered from obstetric fistula caused by problematic childbirth. So far SI Falkirk has knitted 1217 squares, 130 hats, 22 jumpers, one blanket and five pairs of bootees and raised £1200 - a total that will be matched by Ann. On May 29 the club was involved in a weekend of celebrations including a civic reception hosted by Provost Pat Reid and a dinner at the Falkirk Wheel. The next meeting of SI Falkirk is tonight (Thursday) at 7 p.m. in the Park Hotel.

Friendship Club

Falkirk Solitaire Friendship Club offers dancing to live music every Sunday night from 8 p.m. It is usually in the Park Hotel, but this Sunday the venue changes, for one Sunday only, to the Hotel Cladhan. To find out more about the club call Isabella on 07846 963901 or Marion on 07976975887. They will be pleased to hear from you.

St Andrew’s West

This Sunday we celebrate Communion. The Kirk Session should meet at 10.30 a.m. The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper takes place at 11 a.m. at which time the Creche, Sunday School and Bible Class also take place. Please note there will be no afternoon service on this occasion, but the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper and Thanksgiving Service takes place as usual at 7 p.m. On Tuesday the Kirk Session meets at 7.30 p.m. The Wednesday morning Fellowship takes place between 10 a.m. and noon when the church is open for prayer and quiet and tea and coffee are served in the Lower Hall. In the evening the Congregational Prayer Meeting is at 7.30 p.m. followed by the midweek Fellowship Bible Study at 8 p.m. On Thursdays the Mothers, Babies and Toddlers (age birth to three years) meet between 2 and 3.30 p.m. On Fridays the Youth Club for those in P7 – S4 meet between 7.30 and 9 p.m. We invite you to join us at our services and groups and assure you a very warm welcome.

Spiritualist Church

The Pleasance Spiritualist Church meets in the Guide Hall off the Cow Wynd. The Medium on Sunday is Genevieve Watt. Doors open at 6.15 p.m. for a 7 p.m. start. A healing circle will follow the service. Everyone welcome.

Carers Week

During Carers Week, June 8 to 14, Falkirk & Clackmannanshire Carers Centre has arranged a programme of events for local carers including a visit to Callendar House with afternoon tea on Monday, a lunch for male carers (Tuesday), a drop-in cafe at the Carers Centre (Wednesday morning), a film matinee featuring ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ with popcorn and refreshments (Friday) and individual pampering appointments throughout the week. For more information, or if you need more support with your role as a carer, please phone the office (01324) 611510 or e-mail centre@centralcarers.co.uk. All carers and those who work with carers are also invited to the AGM in Bank Street next Thursday at 11 a.m. Business will be followed by a buffet lunch and an update on the Carers Bill by Heather Noller from Carers Trust Scotland.

Trinity Church

This Sunday we celebrate Communion. Our service will commence at 11 a.m. and be led by Robert Allan and Kay Brown. All who love the Lord are welcome to share around His table. Tea coffee and fellowship will be available in the main hall following the service to which all are welcome. We will also hold a shorter Communion service at 2 p.m. for our elderly/housebound members, but anyone who wishes to attend will be most welcome. This will also be followed by tea/coffee in the hall. We are hosting a guitar recital tomorrow (Friday) at 7.30 p.m. which will be given by Nestor Beveridge and Jamie Torrance and include works by Bach, Guiliani and Mompou. Tickets are available on the door priced £6. Falkirk Bohemians hold their Summer Brunch on Saturday in the main hall, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. We are thrilled to welcome back Da Capo Alba on Saturday at 7.30 p.m. They will be joined by Bavaria’s premier mandolin and guitar orchestra German orchestra. Da Capo Alba is the adult orchestral section of the LGMA and Scotland’s largest guitar and mandolin orchestra. Tickets are available from the Church Office priced £8 and £6. Tickets are also available for David Hamilton’s talk ‘The Science of Self Love’ on Wednesday, June 24 in the Sanctuary. They are priced £12 and £10 concession. Please note the cafe is closed on Monday but reopens on Tuesday.

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 10.30 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.

Braveheart Walks

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. Middlefield - wonderful walks around the Helix Park takes in the various sights and wildlife along the way, including the Kelpies themselves! Meet in the Falkirk Stadium car park to start at 7 p.m., our committed Walk Leaders and walkers look forward to seeing you there for some evening fresh air on this one hour long walk. For more information please call (01324) 673703.

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

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 e-mail 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 led by Step Forth volunteers For more information contact me Barbara McConnell on (01324) 504556 or e-mail stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

Writers’ Circle

At last week’s meeting members had the opportunity to discuss the annual seminar hosted by the circle and held the previous Saturday. This was followed by readings by members of their submitted pieces of writing. Members are reminded that the annual general meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 9. A good turnout is requested as this is a platform to air various views concerning the future of the circle. Further details can be obtained from Isobel at (01324) 620048 orIsobel.quinn@outlook.com.

Lodge St John

It was agreed that work to be done within the Lodge Falkirk No. 16 will commence on Tuesday, June 9. This work will include paintwork. A large turnout of brethren to carry out this work would be appreciated. The lodge will be open from 6.30 p.m.

Singles Club

Meet in Carronshore Social Club, Bothkennar Road for dancing to live music every Friday between 8 p.m. and midnight. Open to over 50s. For more information please ring (01324) 872206.

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.

Nordic Walking

Tuesday, June 9, at 6.30 p.m. meet at Falkirk Stadium. Wednesday, June 10 meet at Greenrig car park. Monday walk on as usual at 10 a.m. meet at Falkirk Stadium. Please check our Facebook page for Thursday fast walk. For information contact (01324) 504556 or e-mail stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org or book directly by calling 01324 590940.