Falkirk news from Thursday, March 19

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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Domino League

Fairplay Domino League week 2 results: Clachan 7, Roman Bar A 5; SooHoose 6, Scotia 6; Aitkens 6, Aunty Kates 6; Cheerz 6, Anchor 6; Railway 8, Ship Inn 4; Legion 8, Ellwyn 4; Star Inn 2, Tam Bain 10; Roman Bar B 4, Mill Inn 8.

Blind Club

Tuesday’s meeting took the form of a party to celebrate the 90th birthday of our friend and very keen member, Bill Coltman. There was a toast to wish him a happy birthday and everyone enjoyed a piece of birthday cake provided by Bill. The entertainment was supplied by Lynn Halloran, a regular visitor to the club, and was tailored to suit the event, so much so that Bill and his friend Annie Kennedy were up dancing for most of the afternoon. We thank Lynn for again being such a good friend to the club. The club meets every Tuesday afternoon in the warm-up area in the Falkirk Stadium, starting at 1 p.m. We again invite anyone who is registered blind or visually impaired to come along and join us. Anyone taking up this invitation will be made most welcome.

3rd Falkirk BB

Anchor Boys for P1 - P3 meet every Friday in Falkirk High School between 6 and 7.15 p.m., Junior Section, P4 - P6, between 7 and 8.30 p.m. and Company Section, P7 to age 18, from 7.30 until 9.45 p.m. Because of the annual trip to Scott Lodge this weekend, Company and Junior sections will not meet tomorrow (Friday) but the Anchor Boys will meet as normal. Please visit our website at www.3rdfalkirkbb.co.uk, find us on Facebook & Twitter or for further information e-mail us at info@3rdfalkirkbb.co.uk

Philatelic Society

The fortnightly meeting of the Falkirk & District Philatelic Society was held in the Camelon Parish Church Hall on Thursday, March 12. After the usual business, President Ian Anderson introduced five visitors from Stirling and District Philatelic Society who displayed five collections of stamps of different themes. Bob Clark showed early New Zealand of 1840 onwards, Brian Thomson displayed a selection of RAF planes old and new, John Callum put on a show of commercial and military planes with many First Day Covers, John Connel displayed stamps from the Pilipinas dated from 1898 to 1953, and Don Crawford had a very clean display of Scottish First Day Covers. The President thanked the visitors for their splendid displays and members showed their appreciation in the usual manner.

Camera Club

Falkirk Camera Club’s latest monthly competition was judged by Hunter Kennedy, MPAGB, EFIAP, ARPS, from Carluke Camera Club. Hunter, a well known character in photographic circles, has been taking photographs for over 40 years and a judge for almost 15 years. He is also the SPF Senior Vice President. His preferred subjects are landscapes and people. Our thanks to Hunter for his time in judging the images and providing valuable critique. The winners were Mono print A, ‘Muted Swans Displaying’, David Jones; Mono print B, ‘No Rest Today’, Iain Jamieson. Colour print A, ‘Cheese ‘n Wine’, Nancy MacArthur; Colour print B, ‘Notre Dame’, David Dillon. PDI A, ‘Green Power’, Mick Cameron; PDI B, ‘I Said I Was Leaving You’, David Dillon. For information on FCC visit www.falkirkcameraclub.co.uk FCC also has a facebook page and flickr site.

Friendship Club

Falkirk Solitaire Friendship Club offers dancing to live music every Sunday night in the Park Hotel from 8 p.m. If you wish to chat to someone about our club please phone Isabella on 07846 963901 or Marion on 07976975887. They will be pleased to hear from you.

Spiritualist Church

The New Falkirk Spiritualist Church, Westfield Community Centre, Westfield Street welcomes Medium Robert Martin from Forth to our Platform on Saturday. Everyone is welcome to join our service at 7 p.m. For further details see www.falkirkspiritualistchurch.com

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. 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.

Olivet Evangelical

The adult craft group meets tonight (Thursday) at 7 p.m. The Parent and Toddlers Group meet tomorrow (Friday) from 10 a.m. The Young at Heart annual social evening is on Saturday at 7 p.m. when the expected guest speaker is Willie Hutchinson from Strathaven and the musical programme being provided by the Sunbeam Singers. 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. is the All Age service when the speaker is Eric Scott jnr of Edinburgh and his text is Matthew 26: 69 to 27: 1 and the message ‘The King: Disowned and deserted.’ The church prayer meeting is at 6 p.m. followed at 6.30 p.m. by the Bible Teaching Hour when the speaker is Rev Wayne Sutton of Edinburgh. Willie Hutchinson from Strathaven and the musical programme will be by the Sunbeam Singers. On Monday at 2.15 p.m. the speaker at the Ladies Hour in Leishman Tower is Mary Barclay of Denny. On Tuesday a meeting for church members only will be held at 7.15 p.m. ‘Young at Heart’ is on Wednesday at 2 p.m. with expected guest speaker Marion Denholm from Stenhousemuir who will share ‘a thought for the day’. The next men’s event is on Friday, March 27, when Steven Ferrie of Ayr will speaking about the work of ‘Broken Chains’. Olivet host this year’s joint Easter services with Grahamston Evangelical Church, Falkirk Baptist Church and St Andrews West Church from Tuesday, March 31 until Good Friday on April 3 at 7.30 p.m. each evening. Please note Communion will be served at the end of the Friday evening service after the preaching of the Easter message.

Trinity Church

Sunday is the Fifth Sunday in Lent. The service will commence at 11 a.m. and be led by Kay Brown. The theme will be “Watching and Waiting”. Please stay for tea, coffee and fellowship in the main hall following the service. This month’s organ recital takes place tomorrow (Friday) at noon and will be given by Robert Tait, organist and choirmaster at Falkirk Trinity Church. The recital lasts 30 minutes and a lunch deal priced £6 is available later in the main hall. The evening walking group meet each Monday evening in March at 7 p.m. at Falkirk High School. All are welcome to join us. 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 12 until 2 p.m. selling a wide variety of gifts and foods from around the world.

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, OAP Lunch Club, 11.45 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Citizens Advice Bureau (every 2nd Thursday), 12.30 - 2 p.m.; Junior Youth Club, 6.30 - 7.45 p.m.; Senior Youth Club, 8 - 9.30 p.m. Friday: Mums Group, 10 a.m. - 12 noon; Arts & Crafts, 1 - 3 p.m. Monday: Geneology Class, 1.30 - 3.30 p.m. If interested please call (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: Share a Craft class, 10 - 12 noon; Community Cafe, 12 - 2 p.m. We also collect for the Food Bank. If you wish to donate please drop off at the centre. We also have an IT Suite for public use for internet access, email 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.

Caledonia Choir

Following last week’s successful concert in front of over 100 members and friends of St Mungo’s Parish Church, Alloa we are now settling into the ‘home straight’ heading towards our annual Spring Concert on April 29 in Falkirk Town Hall. It starts at 7.30 p.m. and tickets, £12 and £10 concession including programme, are available now from the Steeple Box Office or choir members. Our audience will be treated to a wide ranging programme from our repertoire including songs from the musicals (Les Mis and JC Superstar), negro spirituals, Scottish favourites, some classical pieces and, with a nod to the 70th anniversary of VE Day, songs by Ivor Novello. There will be opportunities for audience participation, especially in our choice of Scottish songs, and the chance to soak up some culture with a beautiful Brahms piece. If you have ever thought of joining a choir, come along to the concert to see the variety of music we enjoy singing, and if you like it think about joining us at the start of our new session in August. You will be made very welcome. We have good bass and tenor sections, but additional male voices are particularly welcome.

Art Club

This Monday we have a change to the syllabus, a new demonstrator and an exciting new topic. We welcome Isabella Walker who is going to demonstrate Batik techniques. Isabella lectures in Art and Design at Forth Valley College. All welcome, 7.15 p.m., St Francis Xavier Church Hall. Contact the secretary for more information on 07730134422 or visit our Facebook page.

Soroptimist International

President elect Rosemary McIntosh welcomed members to the meeting of Soroptimist International of Falkirk in the Park Hotel on March 12. Information from the Scotland South meeting was discussed and members watched a short video on eradicating Fistula. Recently club members have been involved in the local community in a number of ways. On Friday, February 27 they helped with a can collection for Marie Curie at Tesco in the Retail Park where members of the public donated generously. Another collection is organised for the Howgate on Saturday. On March 11 at Forth Valley Royal Hospital the club organised a display and distributed leaflets to raise awareness and support for the Target Ovarian Cancer charity and on February 27 and March 13 visited Bantaskine Brownies to help them with badge work. Thanks go to everyone who supported those events. The next club meeting is on Thursday, March 26, at 7 p.m. in the Park Hotel and will be a business meeting.

Alzheimer Scotland

We provide a wide range of specialist support to encourage people with dementia maintain their independence and remain active within their communities. Drop in cafés are 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. Our Cricket Memories group is looking for some new members to come along to their next meeting on April 1, 3.30 to 4.45 p.m., at The Maples and join the 10-pin bowling group in Camelon every Wednesday between 2 and 3 p.m. Please call for more information on (01324) 559480 or email falkirkservices@alzscot.org

Lodge St John

At the regular meeting of Lodge St John No. 16 the RWM Ronnie Forsyth welcomed everyone into the Lodge. One candidate was advanced to the E. A. Degree iun a dignified and solemn manner by RWM William Davidson and the office bearers of Lodge Callendar No. 588. The next regular meeting will be on Tuesday, March 24 and will be a F.C. Degree. The Lodge will tyle at 7.30 p.m. All visitors welcome.

Step Forth

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

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 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 week both walks Tuesday 6.30 p.m. and Wednesday at 1 p.m., meet at Beancross Restaurant. Monday walk will leave from Falkirk Stadium as usual at 10 a.m. Please check our face book page for Thursday fast walk. Due to the last training sessions being fully booked, two more training dates have been added, they are Tuesday, April 21 at 6.30 p.m. and Wednesday, April 22, at 1 p.m. Book on (01324) 590940. For information contact (01324) 504556 or e-mail stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org

Buggy Walk

Every Monday at 1.15 p.m. from the front doors of Falkirk Football Stadium. It’s a good way to meet other mums. The walk is run by fantastic volunteers and is free. All children should be in a buggy. For more information call (01324) 504556.


Beautiful walks 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 an hour 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. Middlefield, The Helix Park night walk will be starting back on Thursday, March 26 as the clocks change forward! This wonderful walk takes in the various sights and wildlife of the Helix Park, including the Kelpies themselves! Meeting in the Falkirk Stadium car park to start our walk for 7 p.m., our committed Walk Leaders and walkers look forward to seeing you there for some evening fresh air on this 1hr long walk. For more information please call (01324) 673703

Writers Circle

Memories of childhood and later ages were heard last Thursday, ranging from nearly setting the church interior on fire to parachute jumps. “We do not remember days, we remember moments”. (Italian author Cesare Pavese). On Tuesday, March 24, members are requested to talk about a favourite book. It is hoped also to spend some time discussing mental health issues. Allan Brownlie’s poetry adjudication will take place on March 31. For further information visit isobel.quinn@outlook.com. or phone Isobel at (01324) 620048.