Falkirk news from Thursday, May 29

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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Support Group

Falkirk Distric Fibromyalgia Support Group hold a prize bingo in Scott’s Bistro, Wood Street, Grangemouth, on Tuesday, June 3. It starts at 7.30 p.m. Tickets cost 50p and include a tea or coffee. Cupcakes made by the very talented Jacqui Penman will be on sale. Please come along and support this event.

Olivet Evangelical

The Friday Parents and Toddlers Group is on holiday for another week. Sunday services begin at 10 a.m. with Communion followed by the All Age service at 11.25 a.m. when guest speaker is Robert Whyte of Dundee and his wife Liz the singer. The church prayer meeting is at 6 p.m. and the Bible teaching hour with Ewan Cathcart of Kinross at 6.30 p.m. On Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. the prayer and Bible study groups meet for the first study in Paul’s letter to Titus, looking at chapter 1. The Suffering Church prayer meeting is at 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 8. The next Fellowship Lunch will be on Sunday, June 15, when the freewill offering will be for the work of Falkirk Street Pastors. The church will again be supporting the Victoria Primary School Summer Fete on Saturday, June 14, from 10 a.m. Contributions for the stall should be brought in week beginning June 8. Thank you. On Monday, June 16, at 2.30 p.m. in the Church Rear Hall, all are welcome to a special joint Falkirk Torch and Olivet Missionary Workshop report by Janet Stafford and Lapson Mbewe of Torch Trust International on the work done amongst blind people in Malawi and beyond.

SI Falkirk

President Audrey Morrison chaired the last business meeting of this session when conveners outlined their future plans. The Charter Dinner will be held tomorrow (Friday) night with the entertainment being provided by recipients of the Miriam Gunn Music Awards. The closing meeting of the season is a social on June 5 which will have a Commonwealth Games theme. Members are invited to interpret this in a creative way!

Blind Club

The club held it’s weekly meeting in the warm-up area of Falkirk Community Stadium when the members were thoroughly entertained by Ian Duncan who was makuing his first visit. His songs and music were voted an outstanding success and much appreciated by all. He even had our over-90s up dancing! His is another act which demands a quick return. Members were looking forward to their day out to Pitlochry this week but return to our usual meeting at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3, when we again issue an invitation to anyone who is registered blind or visually impaired to come along and join in the fun and fellowship of the club. You will be made most welcome.

Probus Club

The Chairman introduced Alex Neil MSP to give his talk on the Yes vote in the Referendum and thanked him for finding time in a busy schedule to come and speak to us. Mr Neil started by stressing the importance of both sides of the argument respecting the opinions of the other, behaving with dignity and conducting debate in an honourable manner. He reminded members that the last wish of his friend Margot MacDonald was we all work together for Scotland, whatever is the outcome of the Referendum. He stressed the strong position Scotland has in Europe with the majority of the oil reserves and a large proportion of the gas and renewable energy capability. Against an unstable and expensive energy supply chain it should be obvious that Europe would welcome an independent Scotland. As well as energy, Scotland has an impressive resource base in its food, drinks, and engineering industries, and a population which has demonstrated its skills over the centuries. Scotland contributes more of the UK tax receipts than its prorata share and has a far better balance of payments position than the rest of the UK. We contribute our share of the UK defence costs, but the SNP sees no economic or ethical logic in spending £12 billion on a Trident replacement. There followed an extensive range of questions for Mr Neil to answer, with a focus on the future currency options, and the political flavour of a future independent government. Walter Falconer gave the vote of thanks. The next talk will be given by David Craig of the Falkirk Football Community Foundation on June 3.


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 07986 461187.

Domino League

Fairplay League week 8 results: Clachan 9, Roman Bar B 3; Anchor 8, Aitkens 4; Legion B 6, Star Inn 6; Railway 8, Scotia 4; Tam Bain 5, Legion A 7; Bluebell 3, Bowhouse 9; Roman Bar A 7, Mill Inn 5.

Alzheimer Scotland

The annual Summer Fayre for Dementia Awareness Week is held this Saturday in Trinity Church Hall, High Street, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Entry is £4 and includes a lunch of homemade soup with crusty bread and a cake with tea or coffee. All funds raised on the day will help people with dementia and their carers in the Falkirk area. Everyone welcome.

Art Club

We’ve had a great exhibition this year with vastly increased visitor numbers popping in who wouldn’t otherwise be interested in art. Congratulations to our prize winners. first and second prizes going to Tom Lafferty for Black Labrador and Springer Spaniel on Canal Bank and third prize to Galyna Lee for Monarch of the Glen. The public voted throughout the exhibition and almost 600 ballot papers were counted. The raffle was won by Roger Findlay, one of our members. Congratulations to you Roger! A big thank-you to all the club members who helped out (there would be no exhibition without you!) and to Margaret Foy from the Howgate Centre who was fantastic in securing the venue and ensuring the exhibition ran smoothly. Thank-you to all the visitors who expressed an interest in joining the club – a syllabus will be sent out in time for the new season which starts in September. We apologise to any visitors who travelled to the Town Hall instead of the Howgate Centre, unfortunately the Tryst Brochure was printed before we were able to secure our new venue. Art share is on as usual in Erskine Parish Church Hall this Friday and each Friday leading up to the school holidays.

Trinity Church

The Sunday service commences at 11 a.m. and will be led by Rev. Robert Allan and focus on “Taste….bread and wine”. This is a Communion service and all who love the Lord and welcome to share around His table. Tea, coffee and fellowship are available after the service in the Hall. 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, commencing at 7.30 p.m. Tickets costing £8 (£6 concession) are available from www.mandolinscotland.org/event Alzheimer Scotland are having a Coffee Day here on Saturday – all are welcome!


The next meeting of Crossroads Caring Falkirk Forum will take place on Wednesday at 7.15 p.m. in the Crossroads office at 1 Muirhall Road, Larbert. Crossroads provides those who care for an elderly or disabled relative with regular respite breaks. Anyone interested in helping to promote the work of Crossroads locally or to assist in fundraising efforts is welcome to join the Forum. Please contact Morven Mack on (01324) 622971 for further details of the work of the Crossroads Forum.


Enjoy ‘Birding by Boat’ this Saturday from 9.45 a.m. at the Falkirk Wheel. It costs £5 and booking is required via e-mail to steven@scottishwaterwaystrust.org.uk The Milk Barn Walk leaves at 1 p.m. on Monday. There will be a wildflowers workshop on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Falkirk Stadium. It costs £5, e-mail steven@scottishwaterwaystrust.org.uk to book.

West Church

Tomorrow (Friday) the church hosts a charity concert in aid of Mission Aviation Fellowship, when acclaimed singer/songwriter Clive Parnell will be performing. It begins at 7.30 p.m. and tickets, costing £5, can be bought at the door. On Sunday we celebrate Communion. The Kirk Session meets at 10.30 a.m and the Sacrament of The Lord’s Supper will take place at 11 a.m. Please note there will be no afternoon service on this occasion. The Sacrament of The Lord’s Supper and Thanksgiving service will take place at 7 p.m. On Wednesday our monthly Wednesday service will take place at 11 a.m. and tea and coffee will be served in the Lower Hall from 10 a.m until 12 noon. At 7.30 p.m. the congregational prayer meeting will take place followed by the midweek fellowship at 8 p.m. The New Baby group meets every Thursday between 1.15 and 2.45 p.m. for mothers with babies aged birth to one year an opportunity to relax together and chat over a cup of tea. If you are new to the area, or just looking to meet up with other new mums, we would encourage you to come along. Please come and join us at any or all of the above. We assure you a very warm welcome.

Floral Art

The next meeting is on Monday in the Park Hotel at 7.30 p.m. The demonstrator is Jo Goldsworthy and her title is ‘Here Comes Summer’. Visitors welcome.

Nordic Walk

The Falkirk Nordic walking group started in 2012. Since then over 160 people have been trained to Nordic walk and have been seen all over the Falkirk area. Through this part of the Falkirk Herald walkers can find out where to meet every week and if there is anything new planned. Next week’s walks are Tuesday, June 3, Pineapple Airth and Wednesday, June 4, Beancross Restaurant to Westquarter Glen. Please check Facebook page for Thursday fast walk and Monday morning walk. New training course starts on Tuesday, June 3, 6.30 p.m. at Falkirk Stadium.

Step Forth

There is a programme of short weekly volunteer led walks across Falkirk. The aim of the led walk programme is to encourage people to start walking regularly in their local area. All 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

Heart of the Helix

Do you like to walk? Would you like to know more about the network of paths in and around the Helix area? 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 wear suitable footwear. All walks are free.

Step Forth at the Helix

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 its free. For more information email stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org

Helix Buggy Walk

The buggy group at the Helix will now start on Monday, June 2, at 1.15 p.m. Meet at front of Falkirk Football Stadium. Walks are free and led my volunteer walk leaders. All children should be in a buggy. For more information contact stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org

New Spiritualist

The new Falkirk Spiritualist Church in Westfield Community Centre welcomes Joyce Wells from Dunipace on Saturday, May 31. Open Circle after the service. All welcome. Service starts at 7 p.m. Entry is £3. www.falkirkspiritualistchurch.web.com


A Metafit Falkirk class is on every Tuesday at Tamfourhill Community Centre 8 p.m. All welcome. For more information call 07739 718361.

Spiritualist Church

A Flower Service will be held at Falkirk & District Spiritualst Church at 8 Burnhead Lane on Friay, May 30, at 7.30 p.m. Tickets £3 for members and £4 non-members. Bring a flower.

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 the 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.-12 noon.
Westfield: It is hoped to open a new credit union collection at Westfield Community Centre on 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.

Braveheart Walks

Falkirk: 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 go along and enjoy the beautiful sunny scenery with current walkers and walk leaders. For more information on the new Callendar walk please contact 01324 673703.
Middlefield: Walk leaves from Falkirk Community Statium at 7 p.m. every Thursday, to enjoy a nice stroll around the lovely surroundings of the Helix. Walk leaders look forward to seeing you there. For more information dial 01324 673703.

Helix walks

See Laurieston.