Falkirk news from Thursday, May 8

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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Retired Association

The next meeting of the Falkirk Association of Retired Persons will be held on Wednesday in St Francis Xavier Hall, Hope Street, at 2 p.m. (doors open at 1.30 p.m.). Our speaker this month is Nancy Duncan who will be telling us about her journey from “milk pans to bedpans”. Members and visitors are always welcome. If you would like to join our group – or find out more about us - please contact Margaret Wright on (01324) 636799 or Sadie Davidson (01324) 832344.

Domino League

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

3rd Falkirk BB

Anchor Boys meet on Friday evenings in Falkirk High School from 6 - 7.15 p.m. and open to boys in P1 to P3. Activities include games, craft, quizzes and story telling. Boys work to achieve three badges and additional activities include parties, leisure outings and trips to theme parks and places of interest in the summer. The weekly fee is £1. Our Junior Section for P4 to P6 meets between 7 and 8.30 p.m. Activities include relay races, team games, quizzes and sports. Over three years boys work for four badges - two in year one Target and Bronze, Silver in year two and Gold in year three. They also take part in leisure outings and outdoor activities. Weekly fees are £1.50. The Company Section meets between 7.30 and 9.45 p.m. and open to boys aged from P7 to 18. They take part in battalion and national football, volleyball, table tennis, badminton and cross country competitions and learn basic first aid skills. Our popular spring weekend trip to Scott Lodge, Glen Clova, is already booked for next March and a foreign trip to Chamonix in France is planned for August 2015. We also follow the BB awards framework including Discovery, Challenge plus, Presidents and Queens badges and offer all our boys the opportunity to take part in, and hopefully achieve, Duke of Edinburgh awards. Weekly fees are £2. Visit our website at www.3rdfalkirkbb.co.uk, find us on Facebook or e-mail us at info@3rdfalkirkbb.co.uk for further information.

Blind Club

The club held it’s weekly meeting on Tuesday afternoon in the warm-up area in the Falkirk Community Stadium. Members enjoyed a few games of bingo, afternoon tea, and a quiz, with the prizes spread around the room. The committee and members would like to thank the pensioner who, after a chat with one of our ‘Dad’s Army’ in the Howgate Centre, donated £5 to the club. Her generosity and thoughtfulness is much appreciated. We have a healthy membership, but would like to attract more to our club. We offer a centre where registered blind or visually impaired persons can come along and enjoy an afternoon of friendship and fellowship with others who have the same problems. The meetings start at 1 p.m.

Caledonia Choir

Congratulations to all on a wonderful 90th anniversary concert in front of an enthusiastic and appreciative audience in Falkirk Town Hall last week. All our hard work came to a resounding climax on the night – well done everyone. Members are reminded that the choir’s AGM will be held on Monday at 7.30 p.m. in Comely Park Primary school. While the AGM serves to round up the business side of managing the choir it also serves as an opportunity to have a small social gathering – so please bring along a few nibbles and drinks to share with fellow choir members. This will be our second-last meeting in Comely Park prior to moving to St Andrew’s Primary School next session. Our last meeting will be to rehearse for our joint concert with the visiting Basmo Choir from Norway in Brighton’s Parish Church on June 22. Rehearsal date to be advised.

Braveheart Plus

Braveheart Plus meets on Monday at 1.30 p.m. in Camelon Community Education centre. Our speaker for the afternoon is Tom Sneddon from the Polmont Horticultural Society. For those who need a little motivation to get started in the garden and some helpful tips I am sure Tom will provide some of the answers. Even if gardening is not for you, come along and discover the pleasure it brings to many and perhaps even take away some fresh ideas.

Philatelic Society

The AGM of Falkirk and District Philatelic Society took place last Thursday in Camelon Parish Church Hall. In the absence of the retiring President, Walter Bruce, the vice-president took the chair. After the usual fortnightly business was attended to members elected office bearers for 2014-15. Ian Anderson was unanimously elected President as were the other existing office bearers. Informal monthly meetings will be held in the church hall in May, June, July and August on dates to be announced. Why not take this opportunity to come along and see how the society is run and meet some of the members You will always be made welcome. Stamp collecting can be an engrossing hobby and can be engaged in by the young, and the not so young! For more information, call Alistair on 01506 822695.

Falkirk Aglow

Melisa “Missy” Perry was their speaker in April. She shared a bit of her story and spoke on the resurrection power of God. Missy shared from Jn ch 11 about the resurrection of Lazarus from the dead. God is all about resurrection power even now! From fear, hurts, pain, the past, every loss, disappointment or failure and when we overcome them that is the resurrection power of God. Our future is limitless with God and there is no limit with God. Our next meeting is on Thursday, May 15, when Helen Cluett will be speaking in the Hotel Cladhan, at 7 p.m. for a 7.15 p.m. start. The cost is £7.50 which will include a meal. Please contact Ruth on (01324) 485744 to book a meal.

Evangelical Forum

At the April meeting in Falkirk Baptist Church Luke Emerton from Bethany Trust was the invited guest and gave an outline of his work as a Community Development Officer in Falkirk district two days a week linking with local churches on Community Projects. The business items discussed were: The possibility of Workplace Chaplains Scotland partnering with Falkirk Baptist Church; Forum meetings in the meantime to be held on the last Thursday of the month in Falkirk Baptist Church at 12.30 p.m, the next one on May 29; a Falkirk Street Pastors up-date including three new pastors in training and the success of the recent Friday night special investigation of procedure and practices in Falkirk Town centre; Falkirk Foodbank and the first AGM on Tuesday, May 27.

Olivet Evangelical

The Parents and Toddlers Group return tomorrow (Friday) at 10 a.m. Sunday services commence at 10 a.m. with Communion followed by the All Age Service at 11.25 a.m. when the guest speaker is Kenny McKie of Scripture Union. Thanks to all who gifted foodstuffs and money to the Falkirk Foodbank. The church prayer meeting is at 6 p.m. and at 6.30 p.m. is the Bible Teaching Hour when Iain Gibb will speak from Psalm 32 on “Blessed is the one whose Transgressions are forgiven.” On Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. the Prayer and Bible Study Groups meet for the 4th study in 2 Thessalonians looking at chapter 3 verses 1 to 5. The next fellowship lunch will be on Sunday, May 18 when the freewill offering will be for the work of SASRA. The church financial business meeting will be on Tuesday, May 27 at 7.30 p.m.


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

Trinity Church

The Sunday service commences at 11 a.m., will be led by the Rev. Robert Allan and focus on Christian Aid. All are welcome to join us. There will be a Christian Aid Hunger Lunch in the hall following the service – a reminder of the one in eight in the world who go hungry every day. The Christian Aid booksale continues within the church from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. today (Thursday) and 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Tickets for the Christian Aid Coffee Morning which takes place on Saturday are still available. Tickets for the Sasprillas dance on June 7 priced £10 including buffet are available now. All proceeds will go to the Christian Aid Malawi project. The walking group is always happy to have new members and with the better weather and longer days with us what could be better than a walk and a blether with friends? For more information please contact the Church Office on (01324) 611077.

Odenwald Association

The last meeting before the summer break will be held on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Camelon Education Centre, Abercrombie Street, with a presentation on the Helix Project. This will be followed by a short business meeting to discuss final arrangements for the stall at Bo’ness Victorian Fair and arrangements for the visit by the group from the Odenwald in July. Members are reminded fees are now due and asked to bring donations for the bottle stall. A team will take part in the Top of the Town Quiz on Monday and members wishing to ‘lend their support’ are reminded the event starts at 7.30 p.m. in Falkirk Town Hall.


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, 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.

Steam Railway

Scottish Rail Preservation Society Railtours have commissioned a 1950s train to leave Falkirk High on Saturday, June 7, to Fort William and Mallaig. The journey on a route which has been voted the most beautiful in the world costs £59 for those going to Fort William and £82 to Mallaig. For further details visit www.srps.org.uk.

Floral Art

The Falkirk club is delighted to welcome Avril Hill, an international demonstrator of flower arranging. Avril is a former national chariman of the National Association of Flower Arranging Societies, and has demonstrated all over the UK and Europe as well as being a teacher, adjudicator and successful competitor and a Chelsea Gold Winner. Avril will be appearing in Falkirk Town Hall on Monday, May 12. Doors open at 6.30 p.m. and the demonstration will start at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are £8 and include refreshments and are available from members or at the door on the night.

Annual concert

The Forth Bridges Accordion Band Annual Concerts will take place on Monday, May 19 at Falkirk Town hall and on Friday, May 23 in Bo’ness Town hall at 7.30 p.m. The evening will consist of the band playing a variety of Scottish tradtional music and old time favourites. Tickets are available for £6 or £4 if booked before Friday, May 2. To book and reserve tickets please call 07834903858 or email accordionband@Hotmail.com. Falkirk tickets are also available at the Steeple Office. To win two free tickets send your name and address to the “Forth Bridges Accordion Band Competition” by Friday, May 9. All entries will be put into a draw. For more information on the band visit www.forthbridgesaccordionband.co.uk.

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 www.falkirkcreditunion.co.uk or pop into your local collection at Belmont Tower on Thursdays 9.45-10.45 a.m. or Leishman Tower on Thursdays from 11 a.m.-noon.

Westfield: A new credit union collection at Westfield Community Centre is being planned for Wednesdays from 12-2 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.


Events taking place for Nature-Fest are: Voyage of Discovery, Saturday, May 10, at 10 a.m. at the Seagull Trust, Bantaskine. Allotments Open Day, Sunday, May 11 a.m. at 1 p.m. at the Bantaskine Allotments.

M.E. Self Help

The next meeting of the group is tonight (Thursday), May 8, in St Francis Xavier’s church hall, 1 Hope Street, Falkirk in St Martha’s Hall directly alongside the main entrance, from 6.30 till 8.30 p.m. There is plenty of parking at the premises. This month, Kate Griffen will come to speak about Lymphatic Drainage, and we look forward to seeing as many of the group as possible. New members welcome. For further details contact Richard on (01324) 871480.

Nordic walking

More than 160 people have been trained through us to Nordic walk and we have been seen all over the Falkirk area. Through this part of the Falkirk herald our walkers can find out where to meet every week and if there is anything new planned. The walks for the next few weeks are Tuesday, May 13, Forth Valley Royal Infirmary, Tuesday, May 20, Lionthorn Estate, Tuesday, May 27, Falkirk Football Stadium, Wednesday, May 14 and 21, Falkirk Football Stadium, May 28, Pineapple, Airth. Please check our face book page for Thursday advanced walk and Monday morning walk. New training course starts on Tuesday, June 3, at 6.30 p.m. at Falkirk Stadium. All places can be booked through Sports development on 01324 590940. Please note that you need to be able to walk well to Nordic walk.

Buggy groups

The group is looking for a fit granny or mum to help out in our buggy groups. If you could help please contact stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

Step Forth

Has 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. 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 sepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

Helix Walks

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 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

Step Forth at the Helix - The 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 my 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

Buggy Walk

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

Dance sessions

Ceilidh and Popular Social Dance Sessions for fun and fitness. The Spring RSCDS sessions are on Thursday nights in St Andrews Primary School 7.30 to 9 p.m. £3 per Session. The three dances especially written for the global Commonwealth Games Ceilidh on June 21 will also be taught in these sessions. For further details ring Alison on (01324) 631363.

Helix Walks

An evening walk every wednesday, just turn up at Laurieston square for 7 p.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.

Multiple Sclerosis

The next meeting of the Falkirk MS branch will be in the Masonic Lodge, Bo’ness Road, Grangemouth on Monday, May 19 from 7-9 p.m. The speaker for the evening will be Anna Williams who is on Honorary Consultant Neurologist at Edinburgh University. She will be giving an update on the latest research on MS. Anyone who has MS or is a carer or has an interest in MS is very welcome to come along. Contact secretary Veronica Campbell on 07500338211.

Blackpool trip

There is a bus trip to Blackpool in the Falkirk Fayre, Saturday, June 28 till Saturday, July 5. The bus, bed, breakfast and evening meal cost is £180 for adults and £90 for children. Pick up points from Carronshore, Stenhousemuir, Larbert, Bonnybridge, Denny and Grangemouth. If you are interested, please call Anne on 07724 253018 or home (01324) 873637 for more details.

New Spiritualist

The new Falkirk Spiritualist Church in Westfield Community Centre, Falkirk welcomes Harry Boyd from Ferniegair on Saturday, May 10. Open Circle after the service. All welcome. The service starts at 7 p.m. with entry free £3. www.falkirkspiritualistchurch.webs.com

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. Why not come along and enjoy the beautiful sunny scenery with our current walkers and Walk Leader. For more information on our new Callendar walk please contact (01324) 673703. With the sun out until later, why not stay out later too by joining us on our Middlefield walk which leaves from Falkirk Community Statium at 7 p.m. every Thursday. Walk leaders look forward to seeing you there. For more information dial (01324) 673703.

Writers’ Circle

On May 13, there will be no meeting at Greenpark Centre as the annual “Words and Music” evening will be held in the Studio, Falkirk Town Hall, at 7.30 p.m. and members of the public are welcome. Admission is £6/ £5 concessions. Words are by Circle members and we are happy to welcome well-known local group ‘Daddy’s Naggins’ who will provide Blue Grass, Scottish and Irish music. Come along and enjoy this blend of prose, poetry and music. All welcome. For further details, phone Isobel on 01324 620048 or visit falkirkwriters.ork.uk