Falkirk news from Thursday, May 14

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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Pain Group

Pain Association Scotland run monthly support groups for people with all forms of chronic pain. The focus is on helping you gain control and live more effectively with your pain as well as meeting others in the same situation. You do not need to be referred by your doctor. The next meeting is tomorrow (Friday) at 1.45 p.m. in the Sensory Centre, Camelon and this months topic is ‘gentle exercise’. For more information visit www.chronicpaininfo.org or phone 0800 7836059.

Caledonia Choir

Our final meeting for session 2014-15 was the AGM in St Andrew’s Primary on Monday. Following reports from our secretary, treasurer, librarian and conductor, committee positions were confirmed as follows: Conductor, David Malloch; accompanist, Mhorag Malloch; president, Mary McCann; secretary, Liz Williamson; assistant secretary and publicist, Paul Cortopassi; treasurer, Douglas Peters; gift aid manager, Moira Fyall; concert secretary, vacant; Librarian, Angela Taylor; assistant librarian, Lesley Roscoe; 1st Soprano steward, Carolyn Lloyd; 2nd Soprano steward, Marie Cortopassi; 1st Alto steward, Fiona Conboy; 2nd Alto steward, Teresa Bryant; Tenor steward, Kenneth Grant; Bass steward, Brian Pascoe. Thanks to all who volunteer their time to help the choir run smoothly. Thanks also to Sarah McNicol who organises our weekly tea break and who provided the sumptuous buffet after the AGM and to Joy Simpson who runs our weekly raffle. Absent members are asked to consider volunteering for the vacant post of concert secretary. We start back for the new season in St Andrew’s Primary School on Monday, August 17 at 7.30 p.m. If you would like to join us you are assured of a warm welcome. Find out more at www.falkirkcaledoniachoir.org or visit our Facebook page. Have a good summer until then!

Art Club

Our 50th Annual Exhibition is being held in the Howgate Shopping Centre between Monday and Sunday next week, 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily. Come along and view original affordable art by some very talented members. There is an opportunity to vote for your favourite painting, watch demonstrations and buy raffle tickets to win an original framed artwork by the very talented John Spinelli. Proceeds from raffle tickets sales will be donated to Strathcarron Hospice. Due to the exhibition there is no club meeting on Monday.

SI Falkirk

President Rosemary McIntyre welcomed speaker Gregor Ewing whose topic was ‘The Bruce, Meg and Me’. Gregor told Soroptimists that he has always loved history and walking and decided to combine the two interests by completing a 1000 mile walk around Scotland following in the footsteps of Robert the Bruce. His companion on the journey was Meg his collie and he recalled their adventures as they travelled around the country. His talk was enhanced with some beautiful scenes of the countryside taken on the way and by the presence of Meg who charmed club members. This is not Gregor’s first walking tour as he previously followed the footsteps of Bonnie Prince Charlie. He has written several books about his adventures. The vote of thanks was proposed by Margaret Struthers. On Saturday, May 23, SI Falkirk will start its 70th anniversary celebrations with an exhibition in the Community Hub in the Howgate. It will feature the service the club has provided in Falkirk since 1945. There will be African goods to buy, a cake and candy stall and a birthday cake to share. The club’s anniversary focus has been the Freedom from Fistula Foundation, a charity set up in 2008 by Ann Gloag. This charity provides help to women in Africa who have suffered from obstetric fistula caused by problematic childbirth. The women are given knitted squares to sew into a blanket and SI Falkirk have knitted over 1000 squares to send to the charity. You can sponsor a square for 50 pence. We hope you will come and visit us at the Community Hub on May 23.

Trinity Church

Sunday’s service commences at 11 a.m. and led by Robert Allan and Kay Brown. The Walking Group outing will be this Saturday. All are welcome to join us on a walk round West Lomond in Fife. Please contact Susan Laing for more details. Also on Saturday, the Forth Valley Piano Meetup Group will be giving adult amateur pianists of all abilities the chance to gain valuable performance experience in front of a friendly and supportive audience. This will take place in the main hall commencing at 2 p.m. The May lunchtime organ recital will be given by Steven McIntyre, assistant organist at St Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow, on Friday, May 22. Tickets, priced £12 and £10 concession, are available from the church office (01324 611017) for David Hamilton’s talk ‘The Science of Self Love’ in the Sanctuary on Wednesday, June 24 at 7 p.m.

Falkirk Aglow

Falkirk Aglow had Amanda Reed as their speaker last month. She spoke from Habakkuk ch 2 v 2 -3 pursue the vision! What God has put in you He will bring to fruition. Maggie Lane will be speaking on Thursday, May 21 at the Hotel Cladhan, Kemper Avenue, 7 for 7.15 p.m. The cost is £8 which includes a meal. Please contact Ruth on (01324) 485744 to book a place.

Alzheimer Scotland

The Falkirk services of Alzheimer Scotland provide a wide range of specialist support to encourage people with dementia maintain their independence and remain active within their communities. Our annual Summer Fayre will be held in the Trinity Church Hall on Saturday, June 13 betweem 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Any donations for the tombola stall would be most appreciated and we would also like to hear from anyone who can help on the day. Everyone is welcome to our drop-in café every Thursday between 10 a.m. and noon in Baristas Coffee House, Grahams Road and join our walking group outside Callendar House every Wednesday for a leisurely walk in the park between 2 and 3 p.m. The next Supper Club is on Wednesday. Hosted by our staff, this group gives people with dementia and their spouse a chance to enjoy a two-course meal and chat with other couples affected with dementia in a relaxed setting. It costs £7.50 per person. The Sunday café at the Maples is cancelled at present, but we hope to re-launch in the summer. Please call (01324) 559480 or email falkirkservices@alzscot.org for more information.

Spiritualist Church

The New Falkirk Spiritualist Church in Westfield Community Centre welcomes Mediums Joyce Wells and Alex Banks on Saturday at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. See www.falkirkspiritualistchurch.com for details.

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.

Probus Club

The chairman introduced Fiona Bibby who runs a consultancy business for holiday and travel advice. After working for travel companies for 20 years she realised she had the knowledge and experience to offer a personal service to customers looking for a bespoke solution for their holiday or travel needs. After a discussion with her clients to establish their wishes, previous holiday patterns, and interests, she can offer a programme which will meet their individual requirements and then arrange all the bookings for travel and accommodation that are needed. Making the arrangements for special anniversaries, wedding, and birthday celebrations are a key part of the service she can provide customers who wish to hold the events abroad. She can offer the service world wide, but her favourite holiday destinations herself are in Africa and the Far East. Ian Hamilton thanked Fiona for her interesting talk on the opportunities for exciting and different holidays. The next talk will be given by Garry Laing of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

Olivet Evangelical

The Parent and Toddlers Group meets tomorrow (Friday) at 10 a.m. On Friday at 7 p.m. the annual ‘Spring Clean’ goes ahead. On Saturday at 2.30 p.m. the Torch Trust Fellowship welcomes Jim and Sadie McLean. Sunday services begin at 10 a.m. with Communion followed at 11 a.m. by a time of fellowship with refreshments. The All Age servuice is at 11.25 a.m. with guest speaker Riaz Mohammed from Edinburgh. The Fellowship Lunch follows at 12.45 p.m. when the freewill offering will be for the work of Falkirk Street Pastors. The church prayer meeting is at 6 p.m. and the Bible teaching hour at 6.30 p.m. with the Rev. Martin Allen of Kilsyth. His text is John 5: 37 to 47 and the message ‘The Bible: end or means?’. On Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. is the first church business meeting for 2015.


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.

Discussion Group

The National Women’s Register is a discussion group - and so much more - for all lively-minded women. We have weekly evening meetings to discuss pre-arranged topics in each other’s homes around Falkirk district. In addition we have monthly morning excursions to cafes and through the summer fortnightly evening walks. On Wednesday we will be discussing ‘Political Scandals Around the World’. New faces are very welcome. If you would like to come along please call Alison on (01324) 631363.

Domino League

Fairplay Domino League week 10 results: Tam Bain 9, Roman Bar A 3; Ellwyn 7, Scotia 5; Mill Inn 6, Clachan 6; Ship Inn 6, Aunty Katies 6; Roman Bar B 6, Anchor 6; Star Inn 6, Soohoose 6; Legion 6, Aitkens 6; Railway 8, Cheerz 4.

Blind Club

Last Tuesday we had old friends paying us another visit, Mary-Rose and James, who again entertained with their brand of music which is most popular with the members. We hope that they both make another visit in the not too distant future. Next week’s meeting takes the form of a day trip to Perth with the busses leaving the Stadium at 10 a.m. and returning at 4 p.m. The club is open to anyone who is registered blind or visually impaired. They are invited to join us and if a carer is required they will also be made most welcome. We meet every Tuesday in the warm-up area in the Falkirk Stadium, starting at 1 p.m. and finishing around 3 p.m.

Spiritualist Church

The Pleasance Spiritualist Church meets in the Guide Hall off Cow Wynd. The Medium on Sunday is Colin Jarrett. Doors open at 6.15 p.m., service starts at 7 p.m. and followed by a healing circle. Everyone welcome.

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. New dancers are welcome. For further details ring Su on (01324) 711576. More information about us can be found on the website web.rscds-falkirk.org.uk

Annual Concert

The Forth Bridges Accordion Band annual spring concert will take place on Friday, May 22 in Falkirk Lesser Townhall at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are now available for £6 or £5 concession. To book tickets please call Falkirk Steeple Office on (01324) 506850.

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 our 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.

Helix Connect

Every Wednesday, 7 p.m. from the front doors of Falkirk Football Stadium. Walk leaders will take walkers in and around the Helix site. Once the walk is established the group will take in all the paths which connect to Helix park. Westquarter Glen, Lionthorn, Love and kisses and the sun dial in Langlees woodlands, Beancross, Lauriston, Grangemouth links and more. Come along and discover new places to walk while meeting other people. Walks are all free and lead by Step Forth volunteers. For more information contact Barbara McConnell on (01324)- 04556 or email stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

Nordic Walking

The Tuesday evening walk will meet at Carron Co-op to do the circular path to swing bridge at Larbert. Wednesday, meet at Beancross restaurant to walk to Westquarter Glen and waterfall. Monday walk on as usual at 10 a.m. meet at Falkirk Stadium. Please check our Facebook page for Thursday fast walk. New Nordic walking training course starts Tuesday, May 26 and Wednesday, May 27 from Falkirk Stadium. For information contact (01324) 504556 or email stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org or book directly by calling (01324) 590940.

Buggy Walk

Every Monday at 1.15 p.m. from the front doors of Falkirk Football Stadium. When the weather is good we sit on the great lawn and have a chat or at the plaza cafe by the lagoon. We also use the lovely restaurant at the Stadium when it’s raining or cold. It’s a good way to meet other mums. Walk is run by our fantastic volunteers and is free. All children should be in a buggy. For more information, call (01324) 504556.

Writers Circle

Members are invited to write a newspaper article for the meeting on May 19. This can be for any genre, a news article, controversial or informative, or a crit of an existing newspaper item. Why not have a go at a subject not tackled recently? Please note the later date of the annual general meeting which is open to all members when a good attendance is requested. Further details can be obtained from Isobel on (01324) 620048 or Isobel.quinn@outlook.com.

Step Forth

All Step Forth walks are listed to encourage people to start walking regularly in their local area. All walks are listed in this section of the Falkirk herald. We also have 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.