Falkirk news from Thursday, March 13

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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Rape Crisis

Central Scotland Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Centre provides a free and confidential service. The Helpline 01786 471771 is open during office hours with an answer phone operating outwith office hours. All calls will be responded to promptly and discreetly.

Blind Club

The club held its weekly meeting at our usual venue, the warm-up area in Falkirk Community Stadium, last Tuesday. With no entertainment arranged, members enjoyed an afternoon of bingo. The club also welcomed a new member, Molly Stewart from Bainsford. The club would like to thank the committee of the Archibald Russell and Dennyloanhead Community Centre for their generosity in donating folding tables. They were very much needed and appreciated. Our next meeting will be our AGM and we still extend an invitation to anyone who is registered blind or visually impaired to come along and join us. An afternoon of entertainment and friendship awaits all who takes up our invitation. The meeting starts at 1 p.m.

Olivet Evangelical

The Parent and Toddlers meet at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Friday). Please note Friday, March 21, is a holiday. On Saturday is the annual ‘Young at Heart’ social event with Willie Hutchison as speaker. An interesting and varied programme is planned. Tickets can be obtained from John Wilson on (01324) 553024. Sunday services begin at 10 a.m. with Communion followed by the All Age Service at 11.25 a.m. when the guest speaker is Simon Turner from Bridge of Allan. The Fellowship Lunch follows at 12.45 p.m. when the freewill offering will be for the work of Quiet Waters. The church prayer meeting is at 6 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. is the Bible Teaching Hour when the guest speaker is Dr Alistair Noble of Eaglesham. On Monday at 2.15 p.m. the Ladies Hour is at Leishman Tower with speaker Helen Gordon. On Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. there is a missionary report by Anne Dryburgh on her work in Belgium. The ‘Young at Heart’ is on Wednesday at 2 p.m. when Richard Gordon of Falkirk is bringing the ‘thought for the day’. The next men’s event is on Friday, March 21, at 7 p.m. and is a visit by Alistair Simmons who will share his story of a sponsored cycle run from Land’s End to John O’Groats. The next adults craft evening is on Thursday, March 20, at 7 p.m.


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 07985 461187.

Wildlife Trust

The Scottish Wildlife Trust meeting will be held on Tuesday at the Christian Centre, Glebe Street, at 7.30 p.m. Our guest speaker is Gordon Riddle, South Strathclyde Raptor Society, and his subject “Kestrels for Company”. All Welcome.

Camera Club

Falkirk Camera Club had no guest speakers last Thursday but instead viewed entries to the SPF 2013 Championship. By viewing and discussing SPF images that had a 13 or greater score members had the opportunity to identify what could make a potential winning image. Aware that styles and techniques can change from year to year, there was discussion on what type of image would instantly catch your attention irrespective of what was in vogue. Viewing such a variety of images would often spark members’ imagination to be creative or simply make greater effort to seek out the shots they would like to see in the next SPF Championship. Having finished 16th from 33 last year, evenings like this may help inspire FCC members and produce impetus to get that unique image for their next competition.

Art Club

We had a great printing workshop on Friday led by Caroline Muirhead. Lots of fun was had making foam templates, sticking them to cardboard for the image and using pre-prepared boards with relief for printing the backgrounds. There were some very good and surprising results. A big thank you to Caroline. Tomorrow (Friday) is ‘Art Share’ as usual. For those on the committee there is a meeting at 7 p.m. New members are always welcome and can simply turn up on the night or contact us by phone (07730134422), e-mail falkirkartclub@gmail.com or find us on facebook ‘Falkirk & District Art Club’ for more information. Doors open at Erskine Parish Church Hall at 7.15 p.m.

Falkirk Aglow

Fiona Merriweather was our speaker last month. She shared from the story of Gideon in Judges ch 6 and 7 in that Gideon was the youngest in his family and his family was the smallest clan so Gideon felt insignificant. God does not see us as the smallest or the least. God uses our hands and our willingness and God was preparing Gideon for future battles. God started with Gideon destroying his father’s idol. We too can have idols in our lives. God wants you and your broken parts! Gideon makes himself more and more vulnerable to the point where he trusted in God when his army was reduced from 32,000 to 300 and they still won the battle. Retired pastor Sheena Mitchell will be the speaker on Thursday, March 20, in the Hotel Cladhan, 7 for 7.15 p.m. The cost is £7.50 which includes a meal. Please contact Ruth on (01324) 485744 to book a meal.

3rd Falkirk BB

Anchor Boys, P1-P3, meet at Falkirk High School every Friday between 6 and 7.15 p.m.; the Junior Section, P4-P6, 7 - 8.30 p.m.; Company Section, P7 to 18, 7.30 to 9.45 p.m. The Anchor and Junior sections’ annual trip to the Safari Park has been arranged for June. The Company Section will be making its annual trip to the Scott Lodge outdoor activities centre (Glen Doll) on March 21 when the weekend will include a variety of activities including hill walking and cycling. Company Section staff have also started to plan a spectacular summer trip to Chamonix, France, in 2015. Boys wishing to join one of our busy sessions should come along to the next relevant session, meet our leaders and enroll. Visit our website at www.3rdfalkirkbb.co.uk, find us on Facebook or for further information e-mail us at info@3rdfalkirkbb.co.uk

Trinity Church

Sunday service commences at 11 a.m. and will be led by Rev. Robert Allan. The focus of the service will be “Paul on the Damascus Road” and will be followed by tea, coffee and fellowship in the Main Hall. The Book Group meet tonight (Thursday) at 8 p.m. in Costa to review ‘The Husband’s Secret’ written by Liane Moriarty. All are welcome. The Guild continues to meet every Wednesday at 1.45 p.m. in the church lounge. The Walking Group meets on Mondays at 7 p.m. in Falkirk High School car park. Music in the Faw Kirk next Friday from noon is an organ recital by Rob Harris, organ scholar in St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh.

Metafit Falkirk

A class is held every Tuesday at Bantaskin Primary School from 8 p.m. All welcome, no need to book. For more information call 07739 718361.

Carers Centre

The Princess Royal Trust Carers Centre (Falkirk & Clackmannanshire) is holding its new Carers Support Group at the Carers Centre in Bank Street on Monday between 10 a.m. - noon. It is open to anyone caring for a family member, friend or neighbour because of a long-term illness, condition or disability. This is an opportunity to meet other carers and staff for support, information and fun. On Monday the group will be receiving some relaxation techniques from our guest speaker. Contact Anne Prinn (01324) 611510 for further information. Our weekly Carers Café continues every Wednesday between 10 a.m. - noon.