Falkirk news from Thursday, May 1

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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Camera Club

Last Thursday was the final meeting of Falkirk Camera Club for the 2013-14 session. The annual general meeting saw the election of new committee members and the re-election of others and was followed by the prize giving which recognised members efforts over the session with trophies and certificates awarded. The main category winners were: Mono print B, Robert Wallace; Mono print A, Fiona Brims; Colour print B, Robert Wallace; Colour print A, David Jones; Projected digital image B, Robert Wallace; PDI A, David Jones; Excellence in Colour Print, David Jones; Excellence in Mono Print, 1st equal, Nancy MacArthur, Mick Cameron, Fiona Brims; Excellence in PDI, David Jones; Audio visual digital image sequence, Geof Longstaff; Donald Polson Wildlife Trophy, David Jones; Mono Print Of The Year, Fiona Brims; Colour Print of the Year, Charles Woodford; PDI Of The Year, David Jones; PDI Knockout, Geof Longstaff. Congratulations to all the winners and to those who achieved a second, third or commended position. A thanks also to all who made the competitions possible by submitting images. The club resumes in September. For more on FCC visit www.falkirkcameraclub.co.uk or look us up on Facebook.

3rd Falkirk BB

Anchor Boys meet on Friday evenings in Falkirk High School between 6 and 7.15 p.m. and open to boys in P1 to P3. Activities include games, craft, quizzes and story telling and boys work to achieve three badges. Fee is £1 a week. Our Junior Section meets between 7 and 8.30 p.m. for P4 to P6 (age 8-10). Activities include relay races, team games, word games, quizzes, football, hockey, basketball and swimming. During their three years in the Junior Section boys work for four badges - two in first year (Target and Bronze), one in second year (Silver) and one in third year (Gold). Weekly fees are £1.50. Company Section meet between 7.30 and 9.45 p.m. and open to boys aged from P7 to 18. We take part in battalion and national competitions for football, volleyball, table tennis, badminton, first aid and cross country running. Our popular spring weekend trip to Scott Lodge, Glen Clova, is already booked for next March and a foreign trip to Chamonix (France) is planned for August 2015. We run a diverse range of activities and badge work along with certified courses and practical activities in first aid and health and safety. We also follow the BB awards framework including Discovery, Challenge plus, Presidents & Queens Badges. On top of this we also offer all of our boys the opportunity to take part in, and hopefully achieve, Duke of Edinburgh awards. Weekly fees are £2. 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 on our activities e-mail us at info@3rdfalkirkbb.co.uk

Blind Club

This week’s attendance was a bit lower than usual, due mainly to members on holiday, but this did not detract from an afternoon of fantastic entertainment provided by Harmony, three ladies from the Kilsyth area, who lived up to their name with trios, duets and solos of songs all well known to the members and well received. A return visit from these ladies is a must for the club. Names were taken for the bus trip to Pitlochry. Members who require a carer were requested to arrange for one and inform the secretary so that a final number could arrived at. The club meets every Tuesday afternoon in the warm-up area in the Falkirk Community Stadium from 1 p.m. Anyone who is registered blind or visually impaired is invited to come along and join us. We have a membership of almost 50 but not short of space in the Stadium. A sincere and warm welcome awaits anyone who takes up our invitation.

Domino League

Fairplay League week four results: Legion B 5, Roman Bar B 7; Railway 5, Anchor 7; Mill Inn 5, Scotia 7; Tam Bain 5, Clachan 7; Bluebell 8, Aitkens 4; Roman Bar A 9, Star-Inn 3; Bowhouse 5, Legion A 7.

Inner Wheel

President Wilma Johnston opened the April meeting with a special welcome to new member Anne Stenhouse, a transfer from Aberdeen Inner Wheel, who lit the candle of friendship. President Wlma had enjoyed the fellowship at the Past President’s coffee morning and the very successful Overseas Charity Afternoon in aid of Hope and Homes. She introduced guest speaker Geoff Bailey from Falkirk Communty Trust who took the members on a fascinating journey round the “Circular” on a Falkirk Tram with an excellent presentation of the old Falkirk District at that time. Vote of thanks was given by Iris McGowan who had memories of travelling on one of trams. Arrangements are in place for the open meeting on May 8. The Inner Wheel Association is 90 years old this year and members from around the country are gathering at The Falkirk Wheel on Wednesday, June 18, to celebrate the occasion as part of the Wheels Project, the Associaton Presidents chosen charity.

Support Group

The Osteoporosis Support Group meets in the Park Hotel on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 12 noon for a coffee and chat with anyone affected by the condition. Come along and find out more about the support available in this area. For further information call Janice on 01786 463098.

Probus Club

The chairman reminded members of the arrangements for the Ladies Lunch to be held in the Cladhan on Wednesday, June 11, 12.30 for 1 p.m. Guest speaker was Willie McMartin, operational director of the International Rescue Corps. Willie served with the local fire service between 1968 and 2005 and been awarded an MBE for his services to the Corps which he helped launch in 1980. Since then 24 missions have been carried out overseas, but the Corps also does rescue work in the UK. They dug a tunnel to reach a woman trapped in the debris after the plastics factory explosion in Glasgow and provided aid to people hit by the heavy snowfalls of a few years ago. However the major rescue operations remain in foreign countries and Willie highlighted many examples. In 2005 a team travelled to Pakistan following the devastating earthquake. This was an extremely difficult job because roads had been destroyed and helicopters were the only means of reaching injured people. He explained the first tragic event such as an earthquake can cause a huge number of casualties, but the resulting chaos with no medical back up and limited supplies of medicine can also be devastating. People need clean water, food, and shelter to survive, and infectious illnesses soon become a problem. The Rescue Corps has also participated in major humanitarian aid missions such as Rwanda following civil war. It was clear from his talk that the Corps expertise may be in direct rescue missions, but equally vital is their contacts and ability to coordinate supplies and support from other organisations and governments. A good example was in Cuba where medical facilities were lost after Russia stopped financial support. The Corps arranged for redundant ambulances and fire engines to be sent from the UK, packed with medicines and medical equipment, which allowed hospitals to re-open. All of the members of the Corps are volunteers and there are no salaried staff. The Corps is a charity and is funded by donations from the public, with no contribution from the government. Jim Watson thanked Willie for his excellent talk which clearly demonstrated the vital work carried out by the Corps and the wide range of services their experienced staff can carry out. The next talk will be given by Gillian Niven on her visit to Kilimanjaro.

Olivet Evangelical

The Parents and Toddlers Group are on holiday this Friday and return on May 9 at 10 a.m. 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 Dennis Barnes of Polmont. Please note that today is the monthly collection of foodstuffs for the Falkirk Foodbank when tins of fish, potatoes and fruit plus long-life fruit juices are urgently required. Matthew 14:16b “You give them something to eat.” The Church prayer meeting is at 6 p.m. and at 6.30 p.m. is the Bible Teaching Hour when the guest speaker is again Dennis Barnes. On Tuesday evening at 7.30 p.m. the Prayer and Bible Study groups meet for the third study in 2 Thessalonians looking at chapter 2 verses 13 to 17. The adult craft group meet on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The next fellowship lunch will be on Sunday, May 18, when the freewill offering will be for the work of SASRA. The annual outing of the Men’s events will be announced sometime next month.

Bereaved Group

The Bereaved By Suicide Support Group meets on an informal basis on the last Monday of each month in the offices of the Falkirk District Association for Mental Health (FDAMH) at 173 Victoria Road between 6 and 8.30 p.m. It welcomes anyone who has experienced the loss through suicide of a person close to them – family, partner or friend. Group facilitators have experience participating in and facilitating groups and are experienced counsellors. For further details contact Neil Sowerby at carers@fdamh.org.uk or on (01324) 67100. The NHS Forth Valley Spiritual Care Team has a 24/7 number - 07824 460882.

Friendship Club

The Falkirk Solitaire Friendship Club for over 60s meets each Sunday at the Park Hotel to enjoy socialising and dancing to live music. For more information contact Isabella on 07846 963901 or Marion on 07976975887. They will be pleased to hear from you.

ENABLE Scotland

The ENABLE Scotland Falkirk branch is hosting a Tea Party for its Wednesday Club and invited guests in the Elgin Park Centre on May 7. Members should be there for 7 p.m. and guests for 7.30 p.m. The event celebrates the 60th anniversary of ENABLE Scotland which helps people who have a learning disability. Falkirk Branch would like to thank everyone in the district who has helped and supported us over the years.

Parkinson’s UK

The Falkirk branch meets tonight (Thursday) at 7 p.m. in St Francis Xavier Church Hall. The next afternoon drop-in meeting is on Tuesday, May 13, at the same venue between 2 and 4 p.m. Bring a friend or carer along for a cuppa and a chat.


A Metafit Falkirk class is held every Tuesday at Tamfourhill Community Centre from 8 p.m. All welcome. For more information call 07739718361.

Trinity Church

The Sunday service at 11 a.m. led by the Rev. Robert Allan will focus on Stewardship. All are welcome to join us and tea, coffee and fellowship are available in the main hall later. The Christian Aid booksale will take place within the church from next Monday to Saturday. Opening times are 7 - 9 p.m. on Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday with an evening opening of 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets for the ‘Sasparilla’ dance on Saturday, June 7, will cost £10 including buffet and are available now. All proceeds from the night will go to the Christian Aid Malawi project. The walking group is always happy to have new members and with the better weather and longer days with us what could be better than a walk and a blether with friends. For more information please contact Elizabeth Brotchie. Please note the M’eating Place Café will be closed on Monday for the public holiday.


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, a men-only group every first and third Thursday from 2-4 p.m. in the Dawson Centre, David’s Loan, Bainsford and 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.

Westfield Park

The Community Café is open Wednesday/Thursday from 12 - 2 p.m. offering meals from £2 and snacks at £1 with tea and coffee included. Cans of Juice 50p, childrens meals 50p. The Craft Group meets on Tuesday evening between 7 and 9 p.m. and Wednesday between 10 and 12 noon. The Friday Group meets from 12.30 to 3 p.m. and the Job Club on Wednesday’s 10 - 12 noon. The CAB meets every second Thursday, 12.30 - 2.30 p.m. If you require advice or help please drop in to the centre. Falkirk District Credit Union will now be in the centre every Wednesday from 12 - 2 p.m. For any further information please call Westfield Park Community Centre on (01324) 508520.

SI Falkirk

Gillian Niven ended her year as President by chairing the annual general meeting. Reports on a very successful year were given by conveners and treasurer before she handed over the Presidential chain to incoming President Audrey Morrison. President elect for the coming year is Rosemary McIntyre and vice president Alison Rogers. Marianne Pattison continues as secretary and Lesley Robertson has been elected treasurer.

Adrian BC

The club hosts an Open Day on Saturday and invites everyone to come along and have a go at playing bowls. The invitation is extended to visitors, members’ grandchildren, nieces and nephews, friends, neighbours and workmates. All will be made welcome. The club’s junior section will be in action between 10 a.m. and 12 noon.

Nature Fest

The programme continues this weekend with a compost-making workshop at Bean Row from 2 p.m. on Saturday and the John Muir ‘Bioblitz’ at the Lionthorn Woods on Sunday from 10 a.m. The Milk Barn Walk at Glen Farm leaves at 1 p.m. on Monday.

Caledonia Choir

Wednesday night saw the traditional Spring Concert which marks the finale of our season. This year it was special as it marked our 90th anniversary and was played out to an enthralled audience at Falkirk Town Hall. Popular Scottish radio broadcaster and tenor, Jamie MacDougall, was our guest artist and he entertained the audience with a variety of classical and Scottish songs delivered with his usual aplomb and humour. Monday was also our final full rehearsal at Comley Park Primary School. After using its facilities for 50 years the choir has to relocate to St Andrew’s Primary. However we are not leaving Comley Park immediately! The annual general meeting will be held there on Monday, May 12 at 7.30 p.m. and be followed by a social event. Next up is a joint concert with a visiting choir from Norway in June - more details to follow.