Falkirk news from Thursday, May 22

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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Braveheart Walks

You get to see some lovely sites on Braveheart’s walk around Callendar Park every Monday, leaving from Callendar House at 2 p.m. You can take a slow 30 minute walk or a one hour walk of more brisk pace. Why not come along and enjoy the beautiful sunny scenery with our current walkers and walk leaders. For more information on our new Callendar walk please contact (01324) 673703. The Middlefield walk leaves from Falkirk Community Statium at 7 p.m. every Thursday, where we enjoy a nice stroll around the lovely surroundings of the Helix. Our Walk Leaders look forward to seeing you there. For more information call (01324) 673703.

Credit Union

High Flats: Savings are safe with Falkirk District Credit Union and low cost loans are available once regular savings established. Anyone who lives or works in the area within the boundary of Falkirk Council can join, junior savers welcome. For details on how to join please phone the main office in Grangemouth on (01324) 473695, visit our website www.falkirkcreditunion.co.uk or pop into your local collection at Belmont Tower on Thursdays 9.45-10.45 a.m. or Leishman Tower Thursdays 11 a.m.-noon. No collection at Leishman Tower today (Thursday) due to elections.

Westfield: A new credit union collection at Westfield Community Centre is being planned for Wednesdays from noon-2 p.m. If you have time to spare during these times and are interested in volunteering please contact Falkirk District Credit Union on (01324) 473695. Training will be provided.

Park Street: A new credit union collection at Park Steet Community Education Centre is being planned for Tuesdays from 2-3 p.m. If you have time to spare during these times and are interested in volunteering please contact Falkirk District Credit Union on (01324) 473695. Training will be provided.

Helix Walks

An evening walk every wednesday, just turn up at Laurieston square for 7p.m. and enjoy a walk around the Helix south paths. Walks are led by experienced walk leaders and we suggest that suitable footwear and clothing be worn. for further details contact Ian Wright on (01324) 636799

Writers Circle

A most enjoyable ‘words and music’ evening was held at Town Hall Studio when local group the Daddy Naggins complemented the readings from circle members. With banjo, guitar, double bass and mandarin and excellent vocal, the group had the audience toe-tapping from start to finish. Grateful thanks are extended to this popular local group and to all who attended. The next important event of the Circle is the annual Seminar, a full-day social event with writing competitions, open to the whole of Scotland. This takes place in the Park Hotel this Saturday, May 24. Anyone interested in the Writers’ Circle will be welcome to join us for the final meeting of the session at Polmont Greenpark Coffee room every Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. Further details from Isobel on (01324) 620048. or falkirkwriter.org.uk

Falkirk Walks

Edible Food Walk, Saturday, May 24, at 11 a.m. Falkirk Wheel. Booking required e-mail steven@scottishwaterwaystrust.org.uk Allotments Open Day, Sunday, May 25 at 1 p.m., Bantaskine Allotments; Milk Barn walk, Monday, May 26 at 1 p.m., Milk Barn, Glen Farm.

New Spiritualist

The new Falkirk Spiritualist Church in Westfield Community Centre welcomes Robert Martin from Forth on Saturday, May 24. Open Circle after the service. All welcome. Service starts at 7 p.m. Entry is £3. www.falkirkspiritualistchurch.webs.com

Blind Club

The club meets every Tuesday afternoon at 1 p p.m. in the warm-up area in Falkirk Community Stadium and open to anyone who is registered blind or visually impaired. Last week the entertainment was provided by ‘The Lazy Boys of Bangkok’, four very talented lads who are also members of Falkirk Folk Club. Their style of music was much appreciated by the members. This was not the first visit from this group and by popular demand it will not be too long until their next afternoon with us. The members and committee invite anyone within the Falkirk area who have visual problems to come along for a visit and see what we can offer. Anyone taking up this invitation will be made most welcome.

Domino League

Fairplay League week 7 results: Roman Bar B 6, Mill Inn 6; Bowhouse 10, Roman Bar A 2; Legion A 6, Bluebell 6; Scotia 6, Tam Bain 6; Star Inn 3, Railway 9; Aitkens 5, Legion B 7. The Clachan v Anchor game was abandoned and a protest was lodged which will be held in the Mill Inn on May 25 at 1 p.m.

Carers Trust

The Princess Royal Trust Carers Centre (Falkirk & Clackmannanshire) welcomed Ammar Waqar, development officer for Climate Change, to discuss ways of saving energy and reducing bills. The centre in Bank Street is open to anyone caring for a family member, friend or neighbour of any age who needs extra support because of a long term illness, condition or disability. It offers the opportunity to meet regularly with other carers and staff for support and information. Our weekly Carers Café continues every Wednesday in the centre between 10 a.m. and noon. Other regular activities for carers include a free film matinee and the next one is on May 30. If you need support in your caring role please contact (01324) 611510 or e-mail centre@centralcarers.co.uk


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

Wildlife Trust

Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Wednesday evening walks for June are: June 4, Barwood; June 11, Tulliallan; June 18, Cambusmore; June 25, Oatridge. Meet at Williamson Street cark park, Falkirk, at 6.30 p.m. Contact Ron Dalziel (01324) 638942, Jim Hopwood (01324) 229187, Andrea McCabe (01324) 559700.


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. 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.

Falkirk Foodbank

The first AGM will be held on Tuesday, May 27, at 7.30 p.m. in Grahamston Evangelical Church {Miller Hall}, Gowan Avenue. The Trustees would like to sincerely thank all the Falkirk Bairn’s, supermarket staff, church members, volunteers, numerous agencies, the many community groups, Falkirk Council and others too many to name who have given their regular support and consistent generosity since the launch of the Foodbank in December 2012. So much has been achieved in such a short time to provide over 6000 people in crisis situations with emergency supplies of essential foodstuffs. Anyone who intends to attend the AGM must register with the Trustees secretary on 07801434090. If you supply an email address then the AGM agenda can be forwarded to you.

Olivet Evangelical

Tonight (Thursday) at 7 p.m. is the adult craft evening. The Friday Parents and Toddlers Group is not meeting for the next two weeks. Sunday services begin at 10 a.m. with Communion followed by the All Age service at 11.25 a.m. when the speaker is Douglas Moodie of Bridge of Allan. The church prayer meeting is at 6 p.m., and the Bible teaching hour at 6.30 p.m. with Tim Oakes of Maddiston. On Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. the Prayer and Bible study groups meet for the fifth study in 2 Thessalonians, looking at chapter 3 verses 6 to 18. Please note that the follow-on Bible study will be focused on Paul’s letter to Titus.

Friendship Club

We dance to live music every Sunday evening from 8-11.30 p.m. in the Park Hotel. If you are over 60 and enjoy dancing and socialising with people of like mind we would be very pleased to meet you. To find out more contact Isabella on 07846963901 or Marion on 07976975887.

Training Course

A training course for people interested in volunteering to staff UN.GIFT boxes at the Commonwealth Games will be held in Falkirk Trinity Church on Monday, June 2, from 2 p.m. The boxes will be used as part of the United Nation’s world wide initiative to promote the global fight on human trafficking. For more information contact Tom Moyes at Action of Churches Together in Scotland on 01259 222363.


The Scottish Waterways Trust, The Seagull Trust and the RSPB invite you to enjoy a sail along the Union Canal aboard the Wooden Spoon this Saturday. She leaves from the Falkirk Wheel at 9.45 a.m., returning at 2 p.m. Drinks will be available on board and you are welcome to bring your own lunch. Binoculars and cameras recommended! Suitable for families with older children, there is a suggested donation of £5 for this trip. To book call (01324) 677817.

Trinity Church

The 11 a.m. service on Sunday will be led by Rev. Robert Allan and focus on ‘Christ the Cornerstone’. The lunchtime organ recital on Friday, June 6, will be given by Simon Nieminsky, organist in St Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral and director of music in the Robin Chapel, Edinburgh. Da Capo Alba, Scotland’s largest mandolin and guitar orchestra, will be in concert in the church building on Saturday, June 14. Tickets, £8 and £6 concession, are available from www.mandolinscotland.org/event. Alzheimer Scotland is hosting a Coffee Day here on Saturday, May 31. All welcome!

Art Club

Our 49th Annual Exhibition is in full swing and if you haven’t been along to see us yet we’re exhibiting in the Howgate Shopping Centre from now until Saturday. There are original artworks for sale at affordable prices and art demonstrations by members each day including a demonstration by professional artist Tom Lafferty between 11 a.m. and 1.30 p.m. on Saturday. He has very kindly donated our raffle prize of a Golden Eagle which can be seen in the window of the Old Republic shop. Come and find out how to become a member and leave your details for a syllabus to be sent for the next season starting in September. Artshare is not taking place tomorrow (Friday) to the exhibition but will resume next Friday and continue each Friday until the school holidays.

Primary PTA

Comely Park Primary PTA hosts its May Day Fun Day on Sunday, noon until 4 p.m. Fun inflatables, a prize raffle, all the usual stalls and much much more will be availabe. All welcome. Entry, £2 per person, under three’s free.