Falkirk news from Thursday, May 21

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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Fashion Show

‘Vintage is in’ according to the models at the recent lunch and fashion show in the Macdonald Inchyra Grange Hotel held by the Falkirk Friends of Strathcarron Hospice. For the finale, having modelled outfits from M&S, they entertained everyone with outfits from the Hospice Vintage shop in Bridge Allan while the bride and bridesmaid wore gowns from the Hospice shop in the Howgate. The event was well attended and raised the excellent sum of £4000 - but we don’t think there will be a queue at the vintage shop.

Blind Club

Members enjoyed a day trip to Perth where they had lunch in The Royal George Hotel. Thanks goes to the ‘Dad’s Army’ of Betty, Cathie and Moira who had paid a visit to Perth in advance to find such a suitable venue. They made an excellent choice! We also thank the drivers of the two buses, one from Dial-a Journey and the other from Docherty’s of Auchterarder. Even the weather proved to be in our favour as time was made for those who were able to have a walk and do some shopping. Our club is open to anyone who is registered blind or visually impaired, and operates as a centre where they can come along and enjoy an afternoon in the company of others. Carers are also welcome. We meet every Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m. in the warm-up area in the Falkirk Stadium.

Domino League

Fairplay Domino League week 11: Roman Bar A 3, Ellwyn 9; Scotia 5, Ship Inn 7; Clachan 8, Tam Bain 4; Aunty Katies 7, Anchor 5; Soohoose 6, Mill Inn 6; Aitkens 6, Star Inn 6; Cheerz 6, Legion 6; Railway 6, Roman Bar B 6.

Falkirk Greens

The local branch of the Scottish Green Party hold its inaugural AGM tonight (Thursday) in Trinity Church from 7.30 p.m. Special guests will include Patrick Harvie MSP and Maggie Chapman, Scottish Green Party co-conveners. All Falkirk Green Party members are welcome. Refreshments, good chat and a warm welcome are available. For further details http://falkirk.scottishgreens.org.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.

Olivet Evanagelical

The Parent and Toddlers Group meets tomorrow (Friday) at 10 a.m. but will be on holiday on May 29. Sunday services begin at 10 a.m. with Communion followed at 11 a.m. by a time of fellowship with refreshments. At 11.25 a.m. the All Age service will incorporate a believers baptism for a new Christian and the speaker will be Jim Crawford from Tilliecoultry. The church prayer meeting is at 6 p.m., and the Bible teaching hour at 6.30 p.m. with Norman Rollo from Tilliecoultry. His text is Luke 8: 9 to 14 and the message ‘Salvation: Merit or mercy?’ On Tuesday evening at 7.30 p.m. is the 26th and final in the Bible study series on the Book of Genesis, studying Chapter 50 entitled ‘Joseph’s final years: forgiveness, love and hope.’ Thank you to all who came and worked hard at the annual spring cleaning event. Eleanor Frew of Grangemouth was welcomed as as new church member last Sunday.

Trinity Church

This Sunday we celebrate Pentecost. The service will commence at 11 a.m. and be led by Robert Allan and Kay Brown. Tea coffee and fellowship will be available in the main hall following the service to which all are welcome. Tomorrow (Friday) the lunchtime organ recital commences at noon and will be given by Grangemouth-born Steven McIntyre, the assistant organist at St Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow. Admission is free, however there is an opportunity to make a voluntary donation towards the visit in October from the Church in Schüren, Dortmund. A lunch deal is also available, priced £6 following the recital. Tickets are available for David Hamilton’s talk “The Science of Self Love” on Wednesday, June 24 at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary. They cost £12 (£10 concession) from the church office (01324) 611017. The Christ Church’s Coffee Day on Saturday, May 30 will be held in the main hall between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. For District News.

Friendship Club

Would you like to dance to live music on a Sunday night? Come along and join our Club on Sunday at the Cladhan hotel from 8 p.m. – the change of venue from the Park Hotel is for one week only. 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, welcomes Medium Lynda Buchan to our platform on Saturday at 7 p.m. All welcome. Further details at www.falkirkspiritualistchurch.com

Spiritualist Church

The Pleasance Spiritualist Church, Guide Hall off Cow Wynd, hosts a workshop with a native American and Isobel Hill on Sunday between 12 noon and 4 p.m. £20 entry. Normal Sunday service at 7 p.m. when the Mdium is Gary Gray. Everyone welcome.

Inner Wheel

President Margaret Kean welcomed a large group of members, friends and members from other clubs and organisations to an open meeting. The friendship candle was lit by Pam Hull district Chairman and member of the Corstorphine club. President Margaret introduced the guest speakers Sir Tam Dayell and his wife Kathleen of the Binns. We had a most enjoyable question and answer session which covered many subjects pertaining to living in an historic house which is owned by The National Trust but which is still very much a family home. The vote of thanks was given by immediate part president Wilma Johnston. The next meeting will be the AGM and handover.

Lochgreen Playgroup

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

St Andrew’s West

Worship continues as usual this Sunday at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. with creche, Sunday School and Bible Class meeting during the morning service. The church is open for prayer and quiet on Wednesday mornings from 10 a.m. until 12 noon while tea and coffee is served in the lower hall. On Wednesday evenings the congregational prayer meeting takes place at 7.30 p.m. followed by Bible study at 8.m. On Thursdays, the Mothers, Babies and Toddlers (up to age 3) meet from 2 until 3.30 p.m. and for those in P7-S4, the Youth Club meets on Friday evenings from 7.30 until 9 p.m. We invite you to come along and join us at any of our services and groups. The Sine Nomine Singers from Valdosta, Georgia, USA will be performing on Tuesday, June 2, at 7 p.m. as part of their Scottish Tour. Entry is free with any donations going to Strathcarron Hospice. This choir strives to produce the highest calibre of choral singing in their presentation of varied and challenging choral works and to increase awareness and appreciation of sacred and secular choral works. A warm invitation is extended to all.

SI Falkirk

On Saturday the club starts its 70th Anniversary celebrations with an exhibition in the Community Hub at the Howgate Shopping Centre. 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 anniversary focuses on the Freedom from Fistula Foundation, a charity set up in 2008 by Ann Gloag which 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 and help to raise funds. We hope you will come and visit us on Saturday. Tonight (Thursday) the club meets in the Park Hotel for a business meeting. Members are reminded to meet promptly at 6.30 p.m. for the club photograph.

Fiddle Workshop

Falkirk Fiddle Workshop holds its AGM in the Station Hotel, Larbert, at 7.30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9. All members are invited to attend. As usual the event will be followed at 9.30 p.m. with a traditional session of tunes and songs. For more information visit www.falkirkfiddleworkshop.org.uk or telephone the secretary on 01786 823868

Dance Classes

The local RSCDS-run sessions are held in St Andrew’s Primary School from 7.30 to 9 p.m. 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.

Braveheart Walk

Walk around Callendar Park every Monday, leaving from Callendar House at 2 p.m. You have the option of a slow 30 minute 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. For more information call (01324) 673703.

Braveheart Monthly

Braveheart are off to Drumpellier Country Park on Tuesday. Come and join us for a delightful walk on the flat pathways around this park where we will spot much wildlife along the way. There is both a 45 minute and one and a half hour option. Free transport is provided, however our bus is now fully booked but you can call (01324) 673703 and put your name on the reserve list. There is a coffee shop within the park with tables both inside and out, however we cannot reserve tables. Everyone and anyone welcome. If you are new to Braveheart please call Eva on the above number if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you there.

Helix Walk

The Helix Park night walk has resumed. Meeting in the Falkirk Stadium car park to start 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.

Step Forth

All Step Forth walks are listed in this section of The Falkirk Herald. There are also 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

Health Walks

Health walks leave 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 its free. For more information email stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org

Helix Connect

Every Wednesday at 7 p.m. from 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, Laurieston, Grangemouth links and more. Walks are all free and led by Step Forth volunteers. For more information contact Barbara McConnell on (01324) 504556.

Buggy Walk

Every Monday at 1.15 p.m. from 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 restaurant at the stadium when its raining or in the colder months. It’s a great way to meet other mums. Walk is run by fantastic volunteers and is free. All children should be in a buggy. For more information call (01324) 504556.

Nordic Walking

The Tuesday evening walk covers the foreshore in Bo’ness, meet at the car park across from the bus stance. On Wednesday meet at the car park at the Pineapple, Airth to walk to Dunmore. Monday walk as usual at 10 a.m. from Falkirk Stadium. Please check our Facebook page for Thursday fast walk. New Nordic walking training course starts on Tuesday from Falkirk Stadium. For information contact (01324) 504556 or email stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

Writers’ Circle

Our words and music evening held last Tuesday was voted one of the best, thanks to the wonderful performance of Daddy Naggins and, of course, our members. The band had everyone toe-tapping and circle members extend grateful thanks to Gary and friends for adding to the success of the evening. Saturday, May 23 is the highlight date of the annual seminar, featuring creative writers the length and breadth of Scotland. Competition writing is of a very high standard and lasts the whole day with all present enjoying lunch together in the venue, the Park Hotel. Entries from our circle members will be read at the weekly meeting on Tuesday, May 26. Although the session is drawing to a close there are still a few meetings available for writers of any ability to join us, in which they may decide to become members in the new session in September. Come along or visit isobel.quinn@outlook.com or telephone Isobel on (01324) 620048.

Lodge St John

As the season has ended, a meeting of Lodge St John Falkirk No. 16 will be held on Tuesday, May 26 to ascertian what work will be required to be done in the Lodge during the closed season. It will be much appreciated if as many brethren could attend this meeting, which will start at 7 p.m. and should last for no more than one hour.