Falkirk news from Thursday, May 7

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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Odenwald Association

The final meeting for this session will be on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Committee Rooms at Municipal Buildings, Falkirk. We will be discussing our participation in the Bo’ness Victorian Street Fair, Airth Highland Games, the September trip to Germany, and our 40th Anniversary celebrations. Refreshments (German-style snacks) will be served. Contributions for the Bottle Stall at the Victorian Street Fair would be gratefully received and annual subscriptions are now due. New members always welcome.

Philatelic Society

President Ian Anderson welcomed Provost Pat Reid to Falkirk and District Philatelic Society’s 50th anniversary dinner in the Cladhan Hotel which was also supported by 40 members with their wives and partners. Ian gave a brief resume of the history of the society and thanked Falkirk Council for their contribution to its efforts at the recent Scottish Stamp Congress in Perth. Provost Reid thanked the society for the invitation and commented on the work it has made to promote the hobby of stamp collecting in Falkirk district. Rab Yardley was presented with a trophy for the best display by a member of the host society at the congress. Everyone enjoyed a very good meal, well presented and served, which was followed by tea and coffee - and a slice of the Anniversary Cake!

Caledonia Choir

We entertained over 400 people in Falkirk Town Hall at our annual Spring Concert last Wednesday. Despite some nervousness during the dress rehearsal the night before, we rose to the occasion and delivered a skilled performance with numbers by composers ranging from Brahms to Novello, with a wee bit of the Proclaimers thrown in for good measure. The audience enjoyed all our offerings, but reserved the greatest applause for the medley of Harry Lauder favourites, the ‘community singing’ of “500 Miles” and the rousing compilation of songs from “Les Miserables” and “Jesus Christ, Superstar”. Congratulations to all choir members who took part and many thanks to FTH staff who provided support for sound, lighting and stewarding. Particular thanks, of course, go to our choirmaster David Malloch who trained, cajoled (and occasionally threatened!) us throughout the year leading to last Wednesday’s success. Grateful thanks also to his wife, Mhorag, whose indefatigable piano playing carried us through the weeks of rehearsal and the actual concert itself. The choir AGM is in St Andrew’s School on Monday at 7.30 p.m. with a social event to follow and members are asked to make a special effort to attend.

Olivet Evangelical

The Parent and Toddlers Group meets tomorrow (Friday) at 10 a.m. 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 welcomes David Campbell from Maddiston as guest speaker. The church prayer meeting is at 6 p.m. and Bible teaching hour at 6.30 p.m. with David Campbell. His text is Mark 7: 1 to 13 and the message ‘Authority: Tradition or the Bible’. On Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. is the 25th in the Bible study series on the Book of Genesis, studying Chapters 48 and 49 ‘Jacob’s blessing: the life of Faith’. The annual spring cleaning event will be on Friday, May 15. The next Fellowship Lunch will be on Sunday, May 17 at 12.45 p.m. when the freewill offering will be for the work of Falkirk Street Pastors. The first church business meeting for 2015 will be on Tuesday, May 19 at 7.30 p.m.

Spiritualist Church

The New Falkirk Spiritualist Church, Westfield Community Centre, Westfield Street, welcomes Medium Anna Duncan from Gourock to our platform on Saturday at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to our services. See www.falkirkspiritualistchurch.com

Blind Club

A new sound system was presented to the club by Falkirk Football Club director Lex Miller in celebration of his 25th wedding anniversary and the committee and members thank him for this very kind thought. We also received a £50 donation from Isabel Jockel who is a club member and to whom we also give our grateful thanks. Brian Sharp of Newsline gave a talk, and for those members who do not use Newsline he explained the workings of this charity and signed up a few more during the tea break. We thank him for giving us his time to visit and for the work that Newsline does for the blind and the visually impaired. We meet every Tuesday in the warm-up area of Falkirk Stadium from 1 p.m. and new members will be made most welcome.

Domino League

Fairplay Domino League week 9 results: Roman Bar A 6, Mill Inn 6; Scotia 7, Tam Bain 5; Anchor 9, Ship Inn 3; Aunty Katies 6, Ellwyn 6; Clachan 5, Star Inn 7; Soohoose 10, Legion 2; Aitkens 6, Railway 6; Cheerz 6, Roman Bar B 6.

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 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Donations for the tombola stall would be most appreciated. We would also like to hear from anyone who can help on the day. The following groups are looking for new members: Drop in café every Thursday between 10 a.m. and noon in Baristas Coffee House, Grahams Road; our Walking Group meets outside Callendar House every Wednesday and enjoys a leisurely walk in the park from 2 - 3 p.m.; the Supper Club is hosted by our staff, giving 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. This is held on the third Wednesday of each month and 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.

Retired Persons

The Falkirk Association of Retired Persons meets on Wednesday in St Francis Xavier Hall at 2 p.m. - doors open 1.30 p.m. Nancy Duncan will be visiting and continuing her ‘District to Iraq’ story. Members and visitors always welcome. To find out more about our group please contact Margaret Wright on (01324) 636799 or Sadie Davidson on (01324) 832344.

Trinity Church

Our service at 11 a.m. on Sunday will be led by Robert Allan and Kay Brown. This will be followed by a Christian Aid Hunger Lunch – soup, bread and water only will be available with donations going to Christian Aid. The Christian Aid Book Sale continues in the Sanctuary until Saturday. Opening times are Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. A coffee morning in aid of Christian Aid will be held on Saturday, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Tickets are now on sale for ‘An Evening with Dr David Hamilton PhD’ on Wednesday, June 24. Tickets £12 (£10 concession) are available from the Church Office at Manse Place. Telephone (01324) 611017. During May the walking group will start all walks at 7 p.m. from The Stables car park in Callendar Park. All welcome. Greetings cards are now on sale in the Café.

Spiritualist Church

The Pleasance Spiritualist church which meets in the Guide Hall off Cow Wynd welcomes Medium Georgie McLaughlan on Sunday. Doors open at 6.15 p.m. for 7 p.m. service which will be followed by a healing circle. Everyone welcome.

Nature Fest

Events include LEAF Group conservation work at the Helix today (Thursday). Meet at Falkirk Community Stadium, 10.30 a.m. and bring a packed lunch; Spring clean litter pick, Sunday, top car park at Falkirk Wheel, 2 p.m. To book contact sandramarycraw@yahoo.co.uk Westquarter, Urban Warriors work day (today) Thursday at Westquarter Glen, 10 a.m. For more details contact 07730 447212; Westquarter Bioblitz, Saturday, Westquarter Glen, 10.30 a.m. Carron Glen SWT Guided Walk tomorrow (Friday), 10 a.m. For more details contact thedalziels@hotmail.co.uk

Braveheart Plus

The monthly Braveheart Plus meeting takes place on Monday at 1.30 p.m. in Camelon Community Education Centre, Abercrombie Street. Join us for a lighthearted afternoon of quizzes and brainteasers. The meeting will also provide an opportunity to discuss new ideas for the Braveheart Programme. For more information contact Lynn Bastow on 01592 872101.

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.

Dance Classes

The local RSCDS run sessions in St Andrew’s Primary School, Falkirk 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. More information about us can be found on the website web.rscds-falkirk.org.uk

Step Forth

All Step Forth 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

Nordic Walking

This week the Tuesday and Wednesday walks will be at Culross. Please meet at the first car park, Tuesday at 6.30 p.m. and Wednesday at 1 p.m. Please check our face book page for Thursday fast walk. New Nordic walking training course starts Tuesday. May 26 and Wednesday May 27 from Falkirk Stadium. Contact (01324) 504556 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.

Health Walks

Health walks leave Falkirk Football Stadium every Monday at 10 a.m. The walks are split into a faster or slower walk and 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 details email: stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org

Helix Connect

Every Wednesday, 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, 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 me Barbara McConnell on 01324-504556 or email stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org

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 lovely restaurant at the stadium when its raining or in the colder months. 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. Call (01324) 504556.

Tenants Association

Callendar Park Tenants/Residents Association and Social Club will hold its annual general meeting on Wednesday, May 27 in the Community Hall Leishman Tower. Doors open 6.30 p.m., meeting to commence 7 p.m.


There will be a fundraiser in aid of Multiple Sclerosis in the Community Hall, Leishman Tower, Callender Estate on Saturday, May 23 from 2 p.m. Tea/coffee, home baking, hand knits and raffle tickets will be on sale.

Writers’ Circle

Excitement is growing as our annual words and music event approaches on Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. in ‘The Studio;, Falkirk Town Hall. Special guests providing the music are once more by popular request “Daddy Naggins” traditional band. Come along and enjoy an evening of toe-tapping entertainment interspersed with readings by circle members. All welcome. Further details can be obtained by calling Isobel on (01324) 620048 or visiting isobel.quinn@outlook.com

Lodge St John

At the regular meeting of Lodge St John Falkirk No. 16 on April 28 RWM Ronnie Forsyth welcomed everyone into the Lodge. A deputation from Lodge Loch Lomond 1483 headed by RWM Mark Smith were welcomed into the Lodge. Two candidates were then passed to the honourable degree of MMM by RWM Mark Smith and RWMM Dougie Bain and Office Bearers of Loch Lomond in a dignified manner. This was the last meeting of the season and during this close season work will be carried out within the Lodge and any broker who is free on Tuesday nights will be most welcomed to assist with this work.

Braveheart Monthly

Braveheart visit Drumpellier Country Park on Tuesday, May 26. Come and join us for a delightful walk around this flat pathed park and spot the wildlife along the way! Walks of 30, 45 and 90 minutes duration are available. Free transport leaves Camelon Education Centre at 1 p.m. and Carron Co-op at 1.10 p.m., returning around 4.30 p.m. Booking a seat is essentail due to limited spaces. Please call (01324) 673703. Everyone and anyone welcome. If you are new to Braveheart please call Eva on the above number if you have any questions. The Helix Park night walk has resumed! This wonderful walk takes in the various sights and wildlife of the Helix Park, including the Kelpies themselves! Meeting in the Falkirk Stadium car park to start at 7 p.m., our committed walk leaders look forward to seeing you there for some evening fresh air on this one-hour long walk. Braveheart’s beautiful walk around Callendar Park every Monday leaves from Callendar House at 2 p.m. There is a 30 minute slow 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.

Floral Art

Open night is in the Main Town Hall on Monday. The demonstrator is Diane Fair and her title is ‘Tis a Gift’. Doors open at 6.30 p.m. for 7.30 p.m. There are craft stalls and a tombola. Tickets are £8 for visitors and £4 for members which includes light refreshments. All welcome.