Falkirk news from Thursday, March 12

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

Send us your Falkirk news and pictures by noon on Tuesday.

Domino League

Fairplay Domino League week 1 results: Roman Bar A 4, Roman Bar B 8; Scotia 6, Clachan 6; Aunty Kates 6, Soohoose 6; Anchor 5, Aitkens 7; Ship Inn 7, Cheerz 5; Ellwyn 8, Railway 4; Tam Bain 8, Legion 4; Mill Inn 6, Star Inn 6.

Support Course

A seven-week course to help family and friends of those with a mental health problem has been organised by Falkirk and District Association for Mental Health. It starts on Wednesday, April 15 and designed to help them cope with what can be a confusing and stressful time. ‘Living with Mental Health Problems’ will cover topics such as managing stress, dealing with anger and how best to support and communicate with someone in mental distress. If you wish to book a place or find out more contact Neil or Linda at Falkirk and District Association for Mental Health on (01324) 671600.

3rd Falkirk BB

Anchor Boys for P1 - P3 meet on Fridays in Falkirk High School between 6 and 7.15 p.m, the Junior Section for P4 - P6, between 7 and 8.30 p.m. and Company Section, P7 - age 18, from 7.30 until 9.45 p.m. All sections have busy weekly programmes to enjoy. Please visit our website at www.3rdfalkirkbb.co.uk, find us on Facebook and Twitter or for further information email info@3rdfalkirkbb.co.uk Boys wishing to join one of our busy sessions should come along to the next relevant session to enrol.

Blind Club

This week’s club meeting was cancelled due to the inclement weather, but the club will resume on Tuesday as usual when we invite anyone who is registered blind or visually impaired to come along and join us. A warm and sincere welcome is assured.

Westfield Park

Events and activities at Westfield Park Community Centre include: Today (Thursday) - Job Club 10 a.m. - 12 noon; Community Café 12 noon - 2 p.m.; Teenagers Recycled and OAP lunch club noon – 2 p.m.; Cab every second Thursday; Senior Youth Club (P7 - S2) 8 - 9.30 p.m. Friday - Mums Group 10 a.m. - noon. Monday - Geneology Class 1.30 – 3.30 p.m. Anyone interested please telephone (01324) 508520; Tae Kwan Do 6 - 9 p.m. Tuesday - Job Club 1 – 3 p.m.; Fly – T class 6.30 - 8.30 p.m. Wednesday - Community Café 12 noon - 2 p.m.; Share a Craft Class 10 a.m. – noon. We also have an IT suite for public use for internet access, e-mail access, filling in online forms, job searches homework and printing/copying. For any further information and opening times please call the centre on (01324) 508520.

Olivet Evangelical

The Parent and Toddlers Group meet tomorrow (Friday) at 10 a.m. Sunday services begin at 10 a.m. with Communion followed at 11 a.m. by a time of refreshments and fellowship. At 11.25 a.m. our speaker at the All Age service is Eric Scott jnr of Edinburgh. His text is Matthew 26: 47 to 68 and the message is entitled ‘The King: Betrayed and accused.’ The church prayer meeting is at 6 p.m. followed at 6.30 p.m. by the Bible Teaching Hour when the speaker is Martin Jones of Falkirk. On Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. Derek Malcolm presents a report on his recent visit to Turkey. The ‘Young at Heart’ is at 2 p.m. on Wednesday when the guest speaker expected is Jack Watson from Carron who will share ‘a thought for the day’. The next adults craft evening is on Thursday, March 19 at 7 p.m. The Young at Heart annual social evening is planned for Saturday, March 21 when the guest speaker expected is Willie Hutchinson from Strathaven and the musical programme will be provided by the Sunbeam singers. The next Ladies Hour at Leishman Tower is on Monday, March 23 at 2.15 p.m. with speaker Mary Barclay. The next men’s event is on Friday, March 27 when Steven Ferrie of Ayr will speaking about the work of ‘Broken Chains’. From Tuesday, March 31 until Good Friday on April 3 at 7.30 p.m. each evening Olivet are hosting this year’s joint Easter services with Grahamston Evangelical Church, Falkirk Baptist Church and St Andrews West Church. Please note communion will be served at the end of the Friday evening service after the Easter message.

Wildlife Trust

The Scottish Wildlife Trust meets on Tuesday in The Christian Centre, Glebe Street, at 7.30 p.m. Our guest speaker is Laura Preston, Falls of Clyde Manager, and her subject will be the Peregrine Protection Programme. All welcome.

Lodge Callendar No.588

On March 2 there was an excellent turnout of members and visitors who witnessed R.W.M. Bro. William Davidson and his Degree team carry out the Third Degree on one Candidate in the usual dignified manner. The reply on behalf of the visitors was made by Bro. John Merrilees the R.W.M. of Lodge Camelon No. 1456. The next regular meeting of the Lodge will be on Monday and the business will be a First Degree. A warm welcome is extended to all visitors. William Davidson would like to thank all the Brethren who accompanied him and office bearers to Lodge St. John Falkirk No.16 on Tuesday, March 10 where we conferred a First Degree.

Lochgreen Playgroup

Ante pre-school nursery (enrolling now) meets Monday, Wednesaday, Thursday and Friday between 9 a.m. and 12.10 p.m. and on a Tuesday between 12.15 and 3.25 p.m. The 2s Group meets on Tuesday between 9 and 11 a.m. and on Thursday between 12.30 and 2.30 p.m. and Toddlers on Monday, 1.30 to 2.45 p.m. Contact Lochgreen Playgroup on (01324) 629676 for more information.

New Falkirk

The New Falkirk Spiritualist Church, Westfield Community Centre, welcomes Medium Eamon Seix from East Kilbride on Saturday. The service begins at 7 p.m. and everyone is welcome. Visit www.falkirkspiritualistchurch.com for more details.

Ghost Walk

Terror Trails presents The Ghost Walk tomorrow - Friday the 13th! Experience Falkirk like never before and walk with the Spirits through some of the oldest parts of the town on one of the darkest dates of the year. It leaves from Trinity Church in the High Street at 7.30 p.m. and costs £3, group discount available. This walk is not suitable for children under eight. Book online @terrortrails.net or call 07954173842 or 07948192143. Tickets also available on the night.

Camera Club

Falkirk Camera Club departed from the usual presentations and image competitions by holding an informal quiz night. Compiled by Geof Longstaff, it covered a wide range of subjects all photography based. This included famous photographers, history, music with a photography link and, much to the chagrin of some members, the history of FCC. This was an excellent relaxed night which may spur some members to delve deeper into their hobby. Thanks go to Geof for his time in creating this quiz. For more on FCC go to www.falkirkcameraclub.co.uk.

41 Club

Larbert and Falkirk 41 Club hold their next meeting on Monday in the Cladhan Hotel. It starts at 7 p.m. and welcomes guest speaker Ally Boyle of the Anthony Nolan Trust. If you are over 45 and an ex member of Round Table and want to attend the meeting or find out more about the 41 club, please email stevenbcbarton@btinternet.com by tomorrow (Friday).

Alzheimer Scotland

We provide a wide range of specialist support to encourage people with dementia to maintain their independence and remain active within their communities. A drop in cafe is available every Thursday between 10 a.m. and noon in Baristas Coffee House, Grahams Road, and on Sunday at The Maples, 33 Johnston Avenue, Stenhousemuir, 12.30 until 2.30 p.m. A Supper Club is also held there on the third Wednesday of each month, £7.50 per person. The Maples also hosts a gardening club every Monday and Thursday between 10 a.m. and 12 noon, ‘cricket memories’ on the last Tuesday of the month between 10.30 and 11.30 a.m. and ‘football memories’ on the first Monday between 11 a.m. and noon and last Monday 3.15 to 4.30 p.m. A similar event is also held in the Corbie Inn, Bo’ness, on the last Wednesday of the month, 2 - 3.30 p.m. St Francis Xavier Church in Hope Street hosts ‘musical memories’ on the first Monday of the month, 11 a.m. until 12 noon and depending on the weather there is 10-pin bowling in Camelon or a walk in Callendar Park every Wednesday between 2 and 3 p.m. To attend any of the activities please contact us on (01324) 559480 or email falkirkservices@alzscot.org.

Fiddle Workshop

Falkirk Fiddle Workshop holds its annual fund raising ceilidh in the Leapark Hotel, Grangemouth on Saturday, March 21 and featuring local band ‘Reel Ale’. Ticket prices are £8 for Adults, £4 for school-age children, £20 family ticket. All are welcome to join us for a great night of listening and dancing to some great Scottish music. To reserve tickets e-mail falkirkfiddleworkshop@yahoo.co.uk or phone Morag on 01786 823868.

Falkirk Aglow

Falkirk Aglow welcomed Mike Dawson as guest speaker. He spoke on Luke ch 1 v 67 - 79 that part of the job of the Holy Spirit is to make the things of God real. Penny Dawson will be speaking on Thursday, March 19, at the Hotel Cladhan, Kemper Avenue, 7 for 7.15 p.m. The cost is £8 which includes a meal. Please contact Ruth on (01324) 485744 to book a meal.

Art Club

A big ‘thank you’ to Nikki Monaghan for a great demo on Monday night. Artshare is on Monday at 7.15 p.m. in St Francis Xavier Church Hall. For more info visit our Facebook page or contact the secretary on 07730134422.

Caledonia Choir

The audience in Alloa’s St Mungo’s Parish Church were treated to two hours of our traditional mix of music from our repertoire including, in the first section, ‘Gloria’ (Vivaldi), ‘Why We Sing’, ‘The Lord’s My Shepherd’ (the Vicar of Dibley theme) and ‘Look at the World’. These were followed by ‘Homeward Bound’, ‘Viva la Vida’, ‘You Raise me Up’ and ‘Thank You for the Music’. The final section included ‘Ave Verum’, ‘Adiemus’, ‘Cantique de Jean Racine’, the Scottish favourite ‘Land of Light’ and the ever-popular medley of songs by Harry Lauder. The choir is now gearing up for our annual Spring Concert in Falkirk Town Hall on Wednesday, April 29. Tickets are now available from the Steeple Box Office or from any choir member.

Trinity Church

Sunday’s service starts at 11 a.m. and be led by Robert Allan and Kay Brown. The theme will be “Denial”. This is the fourth Sunday in Lent. Please stay for tea, coffee and fellowship in the main hall following the service. The Walking Group meet on Monday’s, leaving from Falkirk High School at 7 p.m. Copies of Life and Work can now be ordered from the Office. If you would like one, contact us on (01324) 611017. The Traidcraft stall is open every Friday from noon until 2 p.m. selling a wide variety of gifts and foods from around the world.

Support Group

A support group for people bereaved by suicide meets on the last Monday of each month at the Falkirk and District Association for Mental Health offices in Victoria Road between 6 and 8 p.m. It welcomes anyone who has experienced the loss through suicide of a person close to them, family, partner or friend and staffed by experienced counsellors. For further details contact Neil Sowerby at carers@fdamh.org.uk or call (01324) 67100. The NHS Forth Valley Spiritual Care Team has a 24/7 number 07824 460882. Counselling can also be offered within FDAMH for one to one support.

Falkirk Operatic

The Scottish premier of ‘The Slipper and the Rose’ opens in Falkirk Town Hall on Tuesday, April 21. The run, including a Saturday Matinee, finishes on Saturday, April 25. Tickets, £14, £10 concession and matinee £10, are available now from company members and Steeple Box Office, info@falkirkoperatic.com or online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/8ooo6. Curtain up at 7.30 p.m., 2 p.m. for the matinee.