Falkirk news from Thursday, November 13

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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Blind Club

The club welcomed new members Janet Millar from Bainsford and Steven Taggart from Bridge of Allan to our fellowship on Tuesday afternoon. We thank Jetta Grieve and family for the donation of £300 from the retiral collection at our friend John’s funeral. We assure them it will be used to the benefit of his friends in the club. The afternoon’s entertainment was provided by the Zetland Entertainers. They are no strangers to the club and again provided a programme of music and amusing readings which the members thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated. Our club meets every Tuesday afternoon from 1 p.m. in the warm-up area of Falkirk Stadium, Anyone who is registered blind or visually impaired is invited to come along and join us. Tea or coffee and home baking along with entertainment is provided.

SI Falkirk

The meeting of Soroptimist International of Falkirk held in the Park Hotel on November 6 was chaired by Cathie Finestone. Job talks were given by two members. Hazel Sinclair explained the career journey she had made from first joining the Scottish Development Agency to her current role as head of digital services at the Stirling office of Scottish Enterprise. Sarah Marshall, a detective with Police Scotland, spoke of her role with the Public Protection Unit. The vote of thanks was given by Margaret Struthers. The meeting on November 20 will take the form of a business meeting.

Rotary Club

On October 2 Dr Lisa McCann spoke about cancer care research. This side of cancer research is rarely heard of and seeks to ensure that the proper care is administered to patients who may suffer from many forms of the disease. College principal Dr Ken Thompson was our guest the following week. He talked about the progress that has resulted from a sustained development plan for the improvement of the services provided by Forth Valley College. “It is now somewhere that I would happily send my own children” he said. May Chamberlain addressed the club on October 16 about Relationship Scotland. May’s enthusiasm for her work shone through what was an extremely competent delivery. She ably described how, when family relationships can be treated holistically by all agencies, so much more success can be enjoyed. Harry Smith our district polio officer followed on October 23. Harry simply oozed confidence and passion for his subject when he explained in detail the amazing successes and the difficulty of the future in eradicating polio. Dr Hazel Watson was our last speaker for the month. Hazel spoke to us about human trafficking in its many forms. She outlined the global definition of trafficking and explained in detail the sort of exploitation that is rife in our world today. Hazel approached the subject through her connection with the Church.

Christmas Fayre

Christ Church (Scottish Episcopal Church) is holding its Christmas Fayre in Falkirk Trinity Church, Falkirk High Street opposite Marks&Spencer, betweem 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday. There will be various stalls and tea, coffee and lunches will be served. Please come and join us.

Camera Club

Last Thursday FCC welcomed Vladimir Donkov, a young and enthusiastic photographer. Vladimir, born in Bulgaria in 1986, now lives in Malta and specialises in landscape and outdoor photography, in particular rugged and virtually inaccessible locations. His personal preference is for arctic and mountainous terrain, locations where few would survive a few days whereas he would camp alone and live off barren land for months just to get those few once-in-a-lifetime photographs. Members were enthralled with Vladimir’s personal and photographic expedition stories to the point that he was worried about the audience silence. He was assured that his presentation was one of the most interesting in both photography and oration and that he had certainly captured their attention. His photographs covered expeditions to Lofoten Islands in Norway, Greenland, India and other distant places. The quality of his work and desire to get unique images has earned him a worldwide reputation and his expertise has been sought by such names as HASSELBLAD, Outdoor Photography mag, Berghaus, The Royal Norwegian Embassy, Black & White Photography mag and many others. For more on Vladimir’s work go to www.verticalshot.com. For more on FCC go to www.falkirkcameraclub.co.uk.

Wildlife Trust

The Scottish Wildlife Trust meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 18, at The Christian Centre in Glebe Street, starting at 7.30 p.m. Our guest speaker is Rosie Black, Head Ranger at Jupiter Wildlife Centre. All welcome.


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 Evangelical

Tomorrow (Friday) the Parent and Toddlers Group meet at 10 a.m. Sunday services begin at 10 a.m. with Communion followed at 11 a.m. by fellowship and refreshments. The All Age service is at At 11.25 a.m. with the theme of Bible Translation Sunday with guest speaker Ronnie Sim from Largs who is a missionary with Wycliffe Bible Translators. The Fellowship Lunch follows at 12.45 p.m. when the freewill offering will be for the worldwide work of the Bible Translation and Literacy. The church prayer meeting is at 6 p.m. and at 6.30pm is the Bible Teaching Hour with Ronnie Sim. On Tuesday evening at 7.30 p.m. is the ninth in the Bible study series on the OT Book of Genesis, entitled, ‘Conflict and Covenant: Tests of Faith’. The ‘Young at Heart’ is on Wednesday at 2 p.m. when the guest speaker is Rev. Alistair Horne of St Andrews West Church, Falkirk. Advance notices: Friday, November 28, the Men’s Special Event is the first Ladies Night (by special request) with invitations and the interesting programme by the men; the church business report meeting is on Tuesday, November 25, with reports to be submitted by Tuesday, November 18.

Falkirk Aglow

Falkirk Aglow had Jean Healer as their speaker in October. Jean shared from Phil ch 2 v 5-11 about the power of abiding, covering in the power of His name and that abiding means nesting, to rest wholly on Him. The names of the Lord are important as they explain His glory. We are His work of art. Hazel Carr will be the speaker at the Hotel Cladhan on Thursday, November 20, 7 for 7.15 p.m. The cost is £7.50 which includes a meal. Please contact Ruth on (01324) 485744 to book a meal. All women welcome.

Caledonia Choir

Monday’s rehearsal covered the programme for this Wednesday’s concert in Denny Parish Church on behalf of the charity Home Start. Next Monday we will re-commence rehearsing for the annual ‘A Bairn’s Christmas’ concert on Falkirk Town Hall. Tickets are now available from the Steeple Box office, £12 adults, £10 concessions, £4 for children. The price includes a programme with the words for the carols the audience will be singing.

Art Club

Thank you to Peter Murray for an enjoyable watercolour workshop on Monday. This Monday is Artshare and the weekly sketching trips to Callendar House continue on Mondays at 2 pm meeting at the main doors to the house. Bring your own materials and money for a drink in the cafe. New members always welcome to the club, simply turn up on the night, Mondays at 7.15 p.m. in St Francis Xavier Church Hall. For more information visit our facebook page or contact the secretary on 07730134422.

Carers Centre

Princess Royal Trust Carers Centre (Falkirk & Clackmannanshire) 1A Bank Street, invites carers for a cup of tea or coffee at the weekly Carers Cafe every Wednesday between 10 a.m. and midday and the chance to meet and chat with other carers. For more information, or if you need more support with your role as a carer, please phone the office on (01324) 611510.

Trinity Church

The service this Sunday will commence at 11 a.m. and be led by Kay Brown and focus on “The Light of the Body”. Tea, coffee and fellowship is available in the main hall following the service. Please note that the minister is now on annual leave and will return on Monday 24th November. Pastoral cover will be provided by Kay Brown this week and by John Jenkinson next week. Our organ recital tomorrow (Friday) will be given by Simon Nieminski, organist in St. Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Edinburgh. A lunch deal for £6.00 will be available after the recital. Christ Church will be holding their coffee morning in the main hall of Falkirk Trinity Church on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. All welcome.

3rd Falkirk BB

Looking for fun filled activities for your son to take part in? Look no further than 3rd Falkirk BB Company and what we have to offer. Anchor Boys meet in Falkirk High School every Friday between 6 and 7.15 p.m. for boys in P1 to P3. The Junior Section, for boys P4 to P6 get together from 7 p.m. until 8.30 p.m. and the Company Section for P7 to age 18, from 7.30 to 9.45 p.m. All sections have exciting plans including busy weekly programmes, sports events, local and national competitions, trips, parties, attendance at Scotland football matches, cooking, craft and much more. Please visit our website at www.3rdfalkirkbb.co.uk, find us on Facebook or for further information e-mail us at info@3rdfalkirkbb.co.uk . Boys wishing to join one of our busy sessions should come along to the next relevant session to enrol.

Miller Hall

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Prize Bingo

There is Prize Bingo next Wednesday at St Francis Xaviers Church hall. Eyes down at 7.30 p.m. Tickets £1. Please bring your own cup. All welcome.

Braveheart Walk

Braveheart’s beautiful walk around Callendar Park every Monday, leaving from Callendar House at 2 p.m., will bring you back each week! 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 tea and a scone in Callendar House after your walk. For more information on our Callendar walk please contact (01324) 673703.

Monthly Walk

Bravehearts final monthly walk of 2014 is on our doorsteps! Come and join us on a lovely circular walk (four miles) along the river Carron on Tuesday, November 25. Meeting place is the Carron Co-op, Ronades Rd, starting the walk at 1.30 p.m., and finishing around 3 p.m. were we can all head to the cafe for a cuppa and a chat! Looking forward to seeing you all there. No need to book, just turn up.

Dance Classes

Ceilidh and Popular Social Dance Sessions - Keep fit the fun way! The local RSCDS-run Sessions are held 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 Alison on 01324-631363. More information about us can be found on the website web.rscds-falkirk.org.uk.

Lodge Callendar

A regular meeting of Lodge Callendar No. 588 was held on Monday, November 3. RWM Stuart Hunter welcomed a large number of brethren. He then received deputations from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Stirlingshire and Lodge Dolphin No. 911. Thereafter, one brother received honorary memberships and two received 50-year diplomas. The RWM then invited Bro. Craig Lamont, RWM of Lodge Dolphin 911 to take the chair and confer a Second Degree on one candidate. The deputation then retired and the RWM thanked the visitors for their attendance. A suitable reply was given by Bro John Currie, RWM of Lodge Polmont No.793. The next meeting will be on Monday, November 17, at 7.15 p.m. Business will be a memorial service for Past Master Bro. John Whittit, followed by a Third Degree conferred by the RWM and officebearers of Lodge Callendar No. 588. Brethren please note the 7.15 p.m. start.

New Spiritualist

The new Falkirk Spiritualist Church in Westfield Community Centre welcomes Elaine Hoggan from Redding, Falkirk on Saturday, November 15. The service starts at 7 p.m. Open Circle after the service. All welcome. Entry is £3. www.falkirkspiritualistchurch.webs.com.

Step Forth

Step Forth has a programme of short weekly volunteer led walks across Falkirk. All walks are listed in this section of the Falkirk Herald. We also have walk is 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 e-mail 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 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 our volunteer walk leaders. This is a great way to explore the Helix with a group and its free. For more information e-mail stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

Buggy Walk

Every Monday at 1.15 p.m. from the front doors of 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. Its a good way to meet other mums. Walk is run by our fantastic volunteers and is free. All children should be in a buggy. For more information contact stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

Nordic Walking

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 the walks are Tuesday, November 18, at 6.30 p.m., at Larbert railways station, Foundry loan side. Wednesday, November 19, at 1 p.m. at Falkirk Stadium. Monday walk will leave from Falkirk Stadium as usual at 10 a.m. Please check our face book page for Thursday fast walk.

Volunteers Needed

A team of volunteers is needed to roll out buggy walks across Falkirk and also support existing groups. If you are interested and have an hour to spare, contact me Barbara McConnell on (01324) 504556 or barbara.mcconnell@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

Writers Circle

A new idea to encourage on-the-spot writing was voted a success at last week’s meeting when a selection of objects brought by members inspired instant stories. These were amazingly varied and often amusing with everyone taking part. On-going good attendances are much appreciated. A warm welcome awaits well known public speaker Mr Tony Scott, on Tuesday, November 18, who will give advice on presentation skills. This promises to be a very worthwhile evening. A reminder that the Laura Fyfe 700 word stories should be submitted on Tuesday, November 18 (see green handout), The topic offered for submission on November 25 are “Home with the door locked” and ‘You’re not good enough for my son’. Further details from Isobel at (01324) 620048 or isobel.quinn@outlook.com.