Falkirk news from Thursday, March 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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Domino League

Fairplay Domino League week 3 results: Roman Bar A 7, Soohoose 5; Scotia 5, Aitkens 7; Auntie Kates 4, Cheerz 8; Anchor 4, Railway 8; Ship Inn 6, Legion 6; Ellwyn 6, Star Inn 6; Tam Bain 8, Mill Inn 4; Clachan 6, Roman Bar B 6.

3rd Falkirk BB

Anchor Boys for P1 - P3 meet in Falkirk High School on Friday nights between 6 and 7.15 p.m. Junior Section, P4 - P6, 7 until 8.30 p.m. and Company Section, P7 - age 18, 7.30 - 9.45 p.m. All sections have busy weekly programmes and take part in sports, local and national competitions, enjoy home and away trips, seasonal parties, attending international football and much more. 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 Boys wishing to join one of our busy sessions should come along to the next relevant session to enrol.

Blind Club

It has been agreed the next bus outing will be to Perth and arrangements will now be made. The collection taken to celebrate Bill Coltman’s 90th birthday raised £750 and been donated to club funds in his and Annie Kennedy’s name. Members applauded this very generous gesture and he was assured it will be put to good use. Following this the members enjoyed afternoon tea and a quiz. The club meets every Tuesday afternoon in the warm-up area in the Falkirk Stadium beginning at 1 p.m. and anyone who is registered blind or visually impaired is invited to come along and join us. They will be made very welcome.

Olivet Evangelical

Today (Thursday) the Missionary Workshop team meets at 2 p.m. The Parent and Toddlers Group meet tomorrow (Friday) at 10 a.m. and at 7.30 p.m. the Men’s Interest Evening welcome Steven Ferrie of Ayr who will be speaking about the challenging but rewarding work of ‘Broken Chains’. Sunday services begin at 10 a.m. with Communion followed at 11 a.m. by a time of fellowship and refreshments. At 11.25 a.m. is the All Age service when the speaker is David Knowles of Edinburgh and his text is Matthew 27: 11 to 50 and the message ‘The King: Mocked and Killed.’ The church prayer meeting is at 6 p.m. followed at 6.30 p.m. by the Bible Teaching Hour with Rev. Murdo Campbell of Brightons Parish Church. Tuesday evening at 7,30 p.m. is the start of the Joint Churches Easter Holy Week services when the speaker is Jack Watson of Grahamston Evangelical Church. The ‘Young at Heart’ is on Wednesday at 2 p.m. when it will be an ‘Easter Praise’. The Holy Week services continue on Wednesday at 7.30 p.m. when the speaker is Rev. Gordon MacIndoe of Falkirk Baptist Church, on Thursday the speaker is Rev. Alastair Horne of St Andrews West Church and on Good Friday at 7.30 p.m. there is an invited speaker, the Rev. Deans Buchanan of Newton Mearns. At about 8.30 p.m. as a conclusion to the Holy Week services, Communion will be celebrated, being served to the congregation by representatives from each of the four town centre churches. Please note that these joint Holy Week services are open to anyone and that after each there will be a time of fellowship with refreshments.

Lunch Club

As the local Maggie Centre is about to become a reality, it was particularly appropriate that Maggie Centres were the topic of ex IT man Lachlan McGowan at the latest meeting of Falkirk Ladies Lunch Club. Maggie Keswick Jencks lived with advanced cancer for two years during which time she drew up the blueprint for a new type of cancer care involving all the differing aspects. Maggie Centres are usually attached to hospitals and open to sufferers, relatives and friends for advice and comfort - even just a cup of tea and a chat. She believed that people should not lose the joy of living in the fear of dying. A very brave woman indeed. Our next meeting in the Park Hotel on April 7, 12.30 for 1 p.m., will welcome speaker Margaret McLeish.

Lodge Callendar

On Monday March 16 there was another fine turnout of members and visitors to Lodge Callendar No.588 who witnessed RWM Bro. William Davidson and his Degree team confer a First Degree on one candidate. This was carried out in the usual dignified manner. The reply on behalf of the visitors was made by Bro. Eoin Poole RWM of Lodge Ancient Brazen No.17 Linlithgow. The next regular meeting of the Lodge will be on Monday, March 30 at 7.30 p.m. The business will be a Second Degree and will be conferred by RWM Bro. Stuart Stirling and the office bearers of Lodge Carron No. 139. On Wednesday, March 25, we visited Lodge Kenmuir Springburn No. 570 and conferred a Third Degree. Please note there will be no meeting on Monday, April 6 as it was brought forward to March 30 due to the Easter Holiday.

Friendship Club

Falkirk Solitaire Frienship Club offers dancing to live music in the Park Hotel every Sunday evening from 8 p.m. To find out more about the club contact Isabella on 07846 963901 or Marion on 07976975887. They will be pleased to hear from you.

Spiritualist Church

The Medium at The New Falkirk Spiritualist Church, Westfield Communty Centre, on Saturday will be Hazel Blair from Glenrothes. The service starts at 7 p.m. and all will be made welcome. See www.falkirkspiritualistchurch.com for further details.

Parkinson’s UK

Would members of the Falkirk branch please note there will NOT be a meeting on Thursday, April 2 due to the hall being required for Holy Week. The Tuesday drop-in meeting will take place as usual on April 14. Drop in any time between 2 and 4 p.m. for a chat and a cuppa. You can also have a relaxing massage or a go on the Wii. The next Thursday evening meeting will be on May 7 at 7 p.m. in St Francis Xavier’s Church Hall. You can be sure of a warm welcome. Contact eddiebryce@sky.com or on (01324) 638911.

Lochgreen Playgroup

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

Festival Chorus

Tickets for our Festival Concert on Sunday, May 10 at 7 p.m. in Falkirk Town Hall will soon be on sale. Details will be given when booking opens. We will be performing Puccini’s Messa di Gloria and Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna with soloists, Tenor, Alistair Digges and Bass, Graeme Danby, accompanied by the Scottish Concert Orchestra, leader Ben Buurman. Prior to the concert there will be a Conductor’s talk in the auditorium at 6.p.m. giving an insight into these pieces. This should prove to be an exciting programme, so put the date in your diary. Members are reminded that on Sunday we have to be in the Sanctuary of the Church in concert dress for a photograph to be taken. It is imperative that we are in place at 2.30 p.m. prompt so our rehearsal time is reduced as little as possible.

Computer Club

Falkirk Seniors Computer Club meets in Falkirk Library, Hope Street each Tuesday morning between 10.15 a.m. and 12.15 p.m. We give individual support to members on using computers and tablets with Windows, Android or Apple systems. Bring along your own laptop or tablet, or if you don’t have one yet, come along for advice. Tea and coffee is provided.


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.

Art Club

A huge ‘thank you’ to Isabella Walker for her very inspiring demonstration on Batik to Falkirk and District Art Club. She introduced us to the origins and history of Batik and demonstrated the techniques using a brush and the traditional Tjanting for applying the wax. Artshare is on Monday. Visit our facebook page or contact the secretary for more info on 07730134422.

Operatic Society

The Slipper and The Rose is a charming musical version of Cinderella, a must for adults and children to enjoy. Falkirk Operatic Society is pleased to announce it is performing the Scottish Premier of the show from April 21 to April 25 in Falkirk Town Hall. Curtain up at 7.30 p.m. with a Saturday Matinee starting at 2 p.m. The production is in the capable hands of director and choreographer Judy Brown and musical director Chris Mutch. Excitement is mounting, with all the fabulous musical numbers and dance movements which Judy and Chris are teaching members to do. During the Saturday Matinee performance there will be a ‘Dressing up in Character’ competition for the children and a free fairy wand will be given out with programme purchases. We are also running a ‘Colouring In’ competition with the first prize a family ticket for the show and second prize two matinee tickets. Children must be under the age of 12, and all entries must be received by Friday, April 10. To enter, visit our website www.falkirkoperatic.com where full details are given. Tickets for the show are available from The Steeple Box Office Falkirk, company members and online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/80006

Caledonia Choir

Tickets are now on sale from the Steeple Box Office or choir members for our annual Spring Concert on April 29 in Falkirk Town Hall which starts at 7.30 p.m. The cost is £12 or £10 concession which includes a programme. Our audience in FTH 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 see the variety of music we enjoy singing. If you like it, then think about joining us at the start of our new session in August. You’ll be made very welcome. We have good bass and tenor sections, but additional male voices are particularly welcome.

Trinity Church

The Palm Sunday service and commences at 11 a.m. and will be led by Kay Brown. Tea and coffee and fellowship will be available in the main hall later. Remember that the clocks go forward by one hour because if you don’t you’ll only arrive in time for the tea and coffee! Easter week services include a Holy Week service for Maundy Thursday led by Robert Allan and Kay Brown on April 2 at 7 p.m. This service will include the Sacrament of Communion. On Friday, April 3 at 7 p.m. the Holy Week service for Good Friday will also be taken by Robert and Kay and Robert Tait, church organist and choirmaster, will hold a Music Vigil in the church from 12 noon until 1 p.m. All are welcome to come and spend a short time of reflection at any time during this hour. On Sunday, April 5 at 8.30 a.m. there will be a short Easter Day service in Princes Park followed by breakfast in the main hall of the church and an Easter Day service at 11 a.m. in the church which will include the Sacrament of Communion. During April the walking group will start at 7 p.m. from Falkirk Stadium for Helix Park. All are welcome to join us.

Dance Classes

The local RSCDS-run ceilidh and popular social dance sessions in St Andrew’s Primary School, Falkirk from 7.30 to 9pm on a Thursday night. Our experienced teacher will keep you right. Price £3 per Session. New dancers are welcome. For further details ring Su on 01324-711576. or visit the website: web.rscds-falkirk.org.uk

Braveheart Walks

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 30minute 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. Middlefield- The Helix Park night walk will be starting back tonight (Thursday) 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 one hour long walk. For more information please call 01324 673703.

Writers Circle

The winner of last week’s topic story was Morven with her description of somehting washed up on the beach. There followed a time of reading formerly unheard pieces of work by members. Allan Brownlie’s poetry and adjudication will be gvien on Tuesday, March 31. Members are reminded of the “Talking Pictures” event when there is a laison with Falkirk Camera Club. Please note the date, which is Thursday, April 2, with the promise of an interesting evening. Further details of forthcoming events are available from isobel on 01324 620048 or isobel.quinn@outlook.com