Falkirk news from Thursday, March 5

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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3rd Falkirk BB

Parents looking for fun filled activities for their sons should take a look at what 3rd Falkirk BB Company have to offer. Anchor Boys, P1 - P3, meet on Fridays 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 - age 18, between 7.30 and 9.45 p.m. All sections take part in sports, local and national competitions and trips including supporting the Scottish football team. Visit our website at www.3rdfalkirkbb.co.uk, find us on Facebook & Twitter or e-mail us at info@3rdfalkirkbb.co.uk for further information. Boys wishing to join one of our busy sessions should come along to the next relevant session to enrol.

Blind Club

The club enjoyed an afternoon of conversation and dominoes after Vicky who comes from Glasgow, had a mishap with her car and was unable to appear. She is booked again to visit the club later in the year. A minutes silence was held to remember former member June McLeod a regular attender until ill health made it impossible. A committee meeting will be held on March 17 to decide the destination for our next bus outing. The club meets every Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m. in the warm-up area in Falkirk Stadium and we invite anyone who is registered blind or visually impaired to come along and join us. We have a thriving membership, but would like to include more who would enjoy an afternoon of fellowship and entertainment.

Probus Club

The chairman introduced Elaine Duncan from the Scottish Bible Society. Elaine was raised in Cumbria and trained as a psychologist, but for the last nine years has been in charge of the work of the Bible Society. The Bible remains the most influential book in the world, and has had a dominant influence on Scottish culture and character, for example on education and the law. Part of Elaine’s job is to consult with societies all over the world and she had fascinating tales around her visits to China, South America, and Africa. The government in China tried to eradicate Christianity, but in reality there is a growth in the numbers of believers and the churches are full. Elaine has used a Chinese printing company which has provided 60 million bibles to China in the last 20 years. Similarly there is expansion of the Church in South America and Africa, with Europe now the laggard. The Society also spreads the word in the UK, and produced copies of Luke’s gospel for the Commonwealth Games. An initial run of 25000 was predicted but eventually a total of three quarters of a million were needed. The Society is also investigating how it can provide an up to date package of religious education for teachers. Jim Gilfillan thanked Elaine for her enthusiastic and excellent description of the work of the Society. Ben Williams will talk on the Helix Project at the next meeting.

Parkinson’s UK

The next meeting of the Falkirk Branch of Parkinson’s UK will be held tonight (Thursday) at 7 p.m. in St Francis Xavier’s Church Hall. The Tuesday meeting on March 10 between 2 and 4 p.m.in St Francis Xavier Church Hall will incorporate the branch AGM. Contact eddiebryce@sky.com or (01324) 638911.

Philatelic Society

The fortnightly meeting of Falkirk and District Philatelic Society in Camelon Parish Church Hall on February 26 took the form of the annual auction where members could buy and sell stamps and philatelic memorabilia. Several members from other societies attended. Some items were sold to benefit Strathcarron Hospice and the rest of the money raised will go towards the society’s funds. Of the 400 lots some 56 per cent were sold. Members are reminded a dinner to celebrate the society’s 50th anniversary will be held in the Cladhan Hotel on Thursday April 30, 7 for 7.30 p.m. and be attended by Provost Pat Reid and his wife. To enable the secretary to confirm numbers with the hotel, members are asked to contact him as soon as possible to book.

Camera Club

Dianne Owen, FRPS, delighted club members with her own creative prints. Dianne is renowned for her very unique prints, created from a number of photographs and formed into some truly imaginative works ranging from created soft landscapes to portraits worthy of SciFi and horror galleries. One may venture to say that Dianne is a creative digital artist who uses her photographs as a base for her original and different style of image. Dianne takes pride in the fact that each and every part of her composite images are photographed or created through her own work, right down to creating her own Photoshop brushes and using images taken on a smartphone. Her work has been shown in exhibitions all over the world in BPE, FIAP and other salons. Members thanked Dianne for sharing her unique work and for travelling from her home town of Southport to join us. More of her work can be found at http://dianneowen.info. More on FCC can be found at www.falkirkcameraclub.co.uk.


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.

Evangelical Forum

The February meeting of Falkirk Evangelical Leaders Forum took place in the Inchyra Hotel, Polmont on February 26 and attended by six church leaders. The business items discussed were: progress on Christmas Howgate Community Hub outreach; progress on the new Falkirk Tract; forthcoming UK elections; Town centre Open airs and House of Prayer Initiative. he next lunch time meeting will be held at 12.30 p.m. on Thursday, March 26 in the Inchyra Grange Hotel. The time together will involve fellowship and sharing during lunch followed by united prayer and a brief business session.

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. The All Age service begins at 11.25 a.m. with speaker Colin Fischbacher of Linlithgow. His text is Matthew 26: 36 to 46 and the message is entitled ‘The King: rejected, killed and vindicated.’ The Fellowship Lunch follows at 12.45 p.m. when the freewill offering will be for the International work of Brass Tacks. The church prayer meeting is at 6 p.m. followed at 6.30 p.m. by the Bible Teaching Hour with Rev Norman McKay. The Ladies Hour at Leishman Tower is on Monday at 2.15 p.m. when the speaker is a representative from Blythswood Care Organisation. On Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. is the 20th in the Bible study series on the Book of Genesis, studying Chapters 37 and 38; Joseph and his brothers: ‘Pride and Prejudice.’ The ‘Young at Heart’ is on Wednesday at 2 p.m. when the guest speaker expected is Ian Cranston from Larbert who will share ‘a thought for the day’. 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 by the Sunbeam Singers. 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 that communion will be served at the end of the Friday evening after the preaching of the Easter message.

Soroptimists International

Soroptimists International of Falkirk held their meeting in the Park Hotel on Thursday, February 26. President Audrey welcomed everyone and the usual meal was changed to a ‘Paupers Supper’ of soup and sandwiches and the saving given as a donation to Falkirk Foodbank who were the speakers for the evening. James Couper, manager of Falkirk Foodbank, and Alastair Blackstock, Chairman of Trustees and volunteer driver, spoke about the Foodbank, its work, the people it helps, its volunteers and the generosity of the people of Falkirk district. As well as leaving with a donation, they took away bags of food donated by Soroptimists. The next meeting will be on March 12 in the Park Hotel at 7 p.m.

Odenwald Association

The Association will meet on Tuesday, March 10 at 7 p.m. in the Municipal Buildings. Guest speaker is Michael Price from the German Embassy in Glasgow who will explain the work and role of the Embassy in Scotland. This will be followed by a short business meeting to inform members of the work being taken forward by the executive committee, particularly the arrangements for our visit to the Odenwald in September, and also ideas to mark our 40th Anniversary. A full attendance is requested.

Day of Prayer

World Day of Prayer is an interdenominational, interchurch, organisation which enables us to hear the voice of women from a different part of the world each year, expressing their hopes and concerns and bringing them before the rest of the world in prayer. Tomorrow (Friday) an estimated three million people in over 170 countries will gather to observe the day of prayer, using an order of service written by the Christian women from the Bahamas, and translated into over 1000 different languages and dialects. In Scotland alone over 600 services will be held. The day will begin when the sun rises over the island of Vanuatu and continue until it sets in Alaska some 35 hours later. The theme of the service is taken from St John’s Gospel, chapter 13, 1-17. Jesus said: “Do you know what I have done to you?” and it challenges us to demonstrate the same radical and unconditional love for others that Jesus showed when he washed the feet of his disciples. Services in Falkirk will take place in the Archway Room at Trinity Church at 2 p.m. and in Christ Church, Kerse Lane at 7 p.m. There are also services for residents at Castings House at 2 p.m. and Harley Court at 7 p.m. All are welcome. For further details please telephone (01324) 625284.

Retired Persons

The Falkirk Association of Retired Persons hold its AGM at 2 p.m. on March 11 in St Francis Xavier Hall, Hope Street. Doors open at 1.30 p.m. A talk on ‘how to use the library’ will follow. All members and visitors will be made welcome. If you would like to find out more about our group please contact Margaret Wright on (01324) 636799 or Sadie Davidson on (01324) 832344.

Braveheart Plus

The Braveheart Plus monthly meeting takes place Monday in Camelon Community Education Centre, Abercrombie St, at 1.30 p.m. when we welcome back Angus McIver who will be speaking of his experiences in mountain leadership and will be sure to entertain and inspire. It will also be an opportunity to catch up on the progress of the ‘Bean Goose project.’ This engaging activity that Angus brought to our attention a year ago. Braveheart Plus is open to anyone who has had heart problems and to friends and family who have been affected by heart disease.

Lochgreen Playgroup

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

Caledonia Choir

Monday night’s rehearsal was curtailed slightly as there were fears about the weather closing in and causing potential problems for some of our farther-flung members. Nevertheless we managed to get through a fair amount of music including ‘Jesus Christ, Superstar’, ‘Viva la Vida’, ‘Cantique de Jean Racine’, ‘Rhythm of Life’ and something called ‘500 Miles’ which the audience will be invited to join in with at our annual concert on April 29. We also ran through our new Norwegian Wedding March ‘Bruremarsj fra Valsoyfjord’. Next up is our charity concert next week in St Mungo’s Parish Church, Alloa.

Falkirk Bohemians

The annual general meeting will be held in the Carers Centre, Bank Street, at 1.30 p.m. on Sunday. All members are invited to attend and reminded that this is their opportunity to be brought up to date with society business affairs and have relevant business questions answered. The president and committee look forward to a welcoming a large turnout.

Art Club

There is a demonstration on Seascapes by professional artist Nikki Monaghan on Monday. Nikki produces beautiful contemporary paintings and has a very distinctive style. Pop along if you can to St Francis Xavier Church Hall at 7.15 p.m. Visit our Facebook page or contact the secretary for more information on 07730134422.

Trinity Church

The Sunday service commences at 11 a.m. and be led by Robert Allan and Kay Brown. Stay for a tea, coffee and blether in the main hall following the service. The Walking Group is underway again, meeting on Mondays and leaving from Falkirk High School at 7 p.m. during March. Copies of Life and Work can now be ordered from the office. If you would like one, contact us on (01324) 611017. We are delighted to welcome Peter Wesley on contra bassoon and Scott Mitchell on piano to the ‘Faw Kirk’ as part of the Classic Music Live! Falkirk series. This lunchtime recital tomorrow (Friday) starts at 12 noon. Tickets, £5 and £2 concession, can be bought at the door. It’s World Day of Prayer on Friday and we’ll hold a service in the Archway Room at 2 p.m. The evening service at 7 p.m. will be held in Christ Church.

Dance Classes

Ceilidh and Popular Social Dance Sessions: Keep fit the fun way. The local RSCDS-run sessions are held in St Andrew’s Primary School, Falkirk from 7.30 to 9 p.m. on a Thursday. Our experienced teacher will keep you right. Price £3 per session. New dancers are welcome. For further details ring Alison on 01324 631363. More information about us can be found on 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 30 minute walk or an 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.

Monthly Walk

Braveheart has linked with Inner Forth Landscape Initiative to have an additional three monthly walks throughout the year. These walks are designed for individuals who are unable to complete our normal 1.5 hour monthly walks, however everyone is welcome along. On Thursday, March 12, 1.30 p.m. we are heading to Bothkennar for a lovely 45 minute/1 hour walk within nature! This walk starts from the car park at the Pine and Oak, just off the A876. It is a mixture of country roads and grassy paths, with plenty of wildlife to see! Free transport is available leaving from Camelon Education Centre at 1 p.m. and Carron Co-op (Ronades Road) at 1.10 p.m. Due to limited space you must phone and book a seat on (01324) 673703 or 07795 283508. We look forward to seeing you on our walk where we can enjoy some refreshments in the cafe afterwards.

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 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 make sure you are wearing 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 led by volunteer walk leaders. This is a great way to explore the Helix with a group and it is free. For more information email stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

Buggy Walk

Every Monday at 1.15 p.m. from the front doors of Falkirk Football Stadium. The walk is run by our fantastic volunteers and is free. All children should be in a buggy. For more information contact stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

Nordic Walking

New Nordic walking course starts Tuesday, March 10 at 6.30 p.m. Nordic walking is a great way to get out in the fresh air, discover new paths and get fit. Nordic walking burns off double the calories of normal walking, uses 90 per cent of the body’s muscles. For more information contact Barbara McConnell on 01324 504556 or email stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org. On Tuesday at 6.30 p.m., it’s one of your favourite walks, meet at the Foreshore car park opposite the bus stance in Bo’ness. Wednesday, March 11, meet at Falkirk Stadium. Monday walk will leave from Falkirk Stadium as usual at 10 a.m. Please check our face book page for Thursday fast walk. For information contact (01324) 504556 or email stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

Adult ICT

The Adult ICT Forum in Camelon Local Learning Centre is offering the following courses - Laptops for Beginners and Digital Photography. If you are interested, please call one of the contact numbers and leave your name and contact details and we will get back to you as soon as possible. These courses cost £35 for six weeks at 2.5 hours per week. If you are interested in this course or would like more information on it, please contact a member of the Adult ICT Forum on (01324) 501696.

Lodge St John

At the regular meeting on February 24, the RWM Ronnie Forsyth welcomed everyone into the Lodge. One candidate was advanced to the MM Degree in a dignified and solemn manner. RWM Bob Hardie of Lodge Dolphin 911 replied on behalf of the visitors. The next regular meeting will be on Tuesday, March 10 and will be an EA Degree and will be conferred by RWM William Davidson and Office Bearers of Lodge Callander 588. The Lodge will Tyle at 7.30 p.m. All visitors welcome.

Writers’ Circle

Our guest speaker, poet Andy Philip, inspired us to study poetry at a different level at last Tuesday’s meeting. Each member had a personal approach to the poems we read which produced further interesting discussion and ended with our own attempts at instant poetry writing. Thanks are extended to Andy for a stimulating and interesting evening. On Tuesday, March 10 members are invited to read a 300 word memoir of their childhood. There is a reminder that the topic reading choices for March 17 are “It was washed up on the beach” and “Why are you being nice to me?” The deadline for the Allan Bisset anthology is now closed. Seminar entry forms are available from Morven. Further information can be obtained from Isobel at (01324) 620048 or isobel.quinn@outlook.com.