Falkirk news from Thursday, November 27

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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3rd Falkirk

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 for boys P1 - P3 meet between 6 and 7.15 p.m. in Falkirk High School every Friday night. Junior Section, P4 - P6, 7 until 8.30 p.m. and Company Section, P7 to age 18, between 7.30 and 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.

Christmas Fayre

Comely Park Primary PTA are hosting their Christmas Fayre on Saturday, December 6 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the school. Adults £2 (includes cuppa and shortbread). Children free. Gift stalls, Santa, cake ‘n’ candy, choir, bottle stall, raffle, lucky dip, face painting and much, much more. All welcome.

Friendship Club

Falkirk Solitaire Friendship Club offers 0ver 60s dancing to live music in the Park Hotel on Sunday night’s between 8 and 11 p.m. For more information contact Isabella on 07846 963901 or Marion on 07976975887. They will be pleased to hear from you.

Railway Club

Falkirk Model Railway Club hosts its 33rd annual exhibition in Forth Valley College, Grangemouth Road, this weekend. It will be open between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. until 4.30 p.m. on Sunday. There will be 20 working layouts, 25 trade stands and cafe. Admission prices are adults £5, over 65s £4, age four to 14 £2. A Family Ticket, two adults and two children, costs £12.

Lunch Club

At the November lunch Andy Crisp of Falkirk Community Trust gave a most informative talk on the Helix Project. He covered what is in place now, continuing works and what 2015 and the future holds for the development of the area - all making Falkirk a very interesting place to visit. He said a Kelpies/Helix guide will soon be available. Guests next month will be Andrew Burnside, who will entertain with his mandolin, and Richard Lathe with his guitar. Anyone wishing to attend should come along to the Park Hotel on Tuesday, December 2 at 12.30 for 1 p.m.

SI Falkirk

Soroptimist International of Falkirk met in the Park Hotel on Thursday, November 20. This was a business meeting and President Audrey welcomed members. Throughout the meeting photographs taken at Conference in Harrogate and other Soroptimist events were run on a loop, showing President Audrey’s year since May. The next meeting is on Thursday, December 4 and will be the Christmas Social with the theme ‘Magic and Sparkle’.

Evangelical Forum

The October meeting in the Inchyra Hotel was attended by nine church leaders with four apologies. The brief business items discussed were: Review of praise and prayer event; agreeing the final date for 2014 town centre open-air preaching events would be Wednesday 17th December; an up date on the Falkirk Foodbank; running the Howgate Community Hub outreach from December 16 to 21; agreeing the last meeting for 2014 will be on Thursday, December 18. The next lunch time meeting will be held at 12.30 p.m. today (Thursday) in the Inchyra Grange Hotel. The time together will involve fellowship and sharing during lunch followed by united prayer and a brief business session.

Olivet Evangelical

Tomorrow (Friday) the Parent and Toddlers Group meet at 10 a.m. At 7.30 p.m. is a Men’s Special Event being the first Ladies Night (by special request) with invitations and an interesting programme by the men. Sunday services begin at 10 a.m. with Communion followed at 11 a.m. by fellowship and refreshments. At 11.25 a.m. the All Age service starts a new series on Advent and the first theme is HOPE when the speaker is Jim Crawford from Tillycoultry. The church prayer meeting is at 6 p.m. and at 6.30 p.m. is Bible Teaching hour when the Advent series continues with the theme ‘The Birth of the King’ and text Matthew 1 verses 1 to 17. The speaker is Rev. Dean Buchanan. The freewill offering for Wycliffe Bible Translators last Sunday was £357.50. On Tuesday evening at 7.30 p.m. is the tenth in the Bible study series on the OT Book of Genesis. The ‘Young at Heart’ is on Wednesday at 2 p.m. when the guest speaker is John Gilbert of Larbert.

Caledonia Choir

It was full-tilt rehearsal on Monday night to cover some of the carols we will be singing at “A Bairn’s Christmas” carol concert in Falkirk Town Hall on Sunday, December 21. There are two performances – 2.30 p.m. and 7 p.m. - for which tickets can be obtained from the Steeple Box Office. A little excitement was added with the invitation from the Falkirk Herald to upload a recording of us singing one of the carols to their website – let’s hope they use it! Next Monday we welcome our friends from Falkirk Festival Chorus to the first of two joint rehearsals for the concert. Later rehearsals will include Falkirk Tryst Orchestra before the main event. Look forward to seeing you there!

History Society

The Falkirk Archaeological and Natural History Society’s November meeting was a fascinating and extremely well illustrated talk by Anthony McCluskey on the Bumblebee. On Tuesday, December 2, our speaker is Beverley Ballin-Smith who will give a presentation on “5000 years of Settlement on the North Uist Machair: the Udal and its excavator, Iain Crawford”. The meeting in the Falkirk Christian Centre, Glebe Street, starts at 7.30 p.m. New and returning members will be most welcome. For further information on the society, please phone (01324) 562293 or (01786) 463399.

Festival Chorus

Following the AGM on November 9 treasurer Pat Main, who was stepping down after many years, was made an Honorary Life Member in recognition of the valuable contribution she has made to the Chorus. Pat is not leaving us however and will continue to sing in our Soprano section. Our best wishes are extended to Maureen Taylor who has agreed to take over as treasurer. Rehearsals are progressing satisfactorily for our “Bairns’ Christmas”. The programme includes some well known Carols and some not so well known, but all very enjoyable to sing, although some which appear to be simple involve some, what shall we say, ‘tricky’ bits! Tickets are still available from the Steeple Box Office (01324) 506850. They cost £12, £10 concession and £4 child. The price includes a programme to allow the audience to join in with several pieces.

Carers Centre

The Princess Royal Trust Carers Centre, (Falkirk & Clackmannanshire) at 1A Bank Street hosts a Carers Cafe every Wednesday between 10 a.m. and noon offering carers a chance to meet and chat with others over a tea or coffee. For more information, or if you need more support with your role as a carer, please phone the office on (01324) 611510 or e-mail centre@centralcarers.co.uk Web: www.carersfalkirk.org.uk If you are caring for a family member, friend or neighbour of any age who requires help or support because of illness, disability or age, you are invited to drop in to the Carers Centre anytime between 10 a.m. amd 4 p.m. tomorrow (Friday). Carers can pick up information on a range of topics that may be relevant to them including information about benefits, taking a break and services and support that may be available to help them or the person they are caring for. Carer support workers and a specialist welfare benefits adviser will be available to chat to and refreshments will be served throughout the day.

Trinity Church

The service this Sunday will be led by Robert Allan and Kay Brown and will commence at 11 a.m. This is the first Sunday in Advent and the theme for the service is “A candle of hope”. On Saturday we welcome back the CVS Annual Charity Fair to the church. Stalls will include Christmas cards, baking, books, jewellery and arts and crafts. Our Saturday café will be open with any surplus funds going to the Falkirk High School Nurture Fund and the Church Renovation Fund. The Guild are holding a Christingle Service on Wednesday, December 3 at 7.30 p.m. in the Church Sanctuary. All are welcome.

Christmas Fayre

Friends of Forth Valley Royal Hospital host their Christmas Fayre in the main foyer on December 11, 12 and 13. As well as the usual home baking and gift stalls there will be a raffle with a food hamper the big prize.

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. This Tuesday is our night out at Beancross restaurant tables booked for 7.30 p.m.. Wednesday walk, December 3, will also leave from Beancross, if its a nice day we’ll go up to Westquarter waterfall. Monday walk will leave from Falkirk Stadium as usual at 10 a.m. Please check our face book page for Thursday fast walk.

Lodge Callendar

A regular meeting of Lodge Callendar No. 588 was held in the Masonic Temple, Lint Riggs, Falkirk on Monday, November 17, when a large turnout of brethren witnessed a Third Degree conferred by the RWM and his officebearers. The RWM thanked visitors and brethren for their attendance. A suitable reply was given by Bro. John Merrilees, RWM Lodge Camelon No.1456. The next meeting will be on Monday, December 1, at 7.15 p.m. It will be the annual installation, carried out by Bro. Jamie Finlay and Bro. Alistair Crawford, both Past Masters of the lodge. Members, please note the 7.15 tyle. On Friday, December 5, there will be an evening with Falkirk Junior Gaelic Choir, in aid of the British Heart Foundation. The choir were successful in this year’s National Mod. The evening starts at 7.30 p.m.

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 Leishman Tower on Thursdays at 11 a.m. to noon If you are interested in volunteering at all please call or ask at collection. The annual general meeting is on Thursday, January 29 at 6.45 p.m. within the Youth and Community Wing, Abbots Road, Grangemouth.

Braveheart Walks

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.

Step Forth

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 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 Falkirk Football Stadium every Monday at 10 a.m. and split into a faster or slower walk. 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 information 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. 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. For more information contact stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org

Volunteers Needed

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

Writers Circle

At last week’s meeting the speaker Tony Scott gave very inspiring information on presentation skills, reaching out to all who attended. Some members took part in reading, expressing different attitudes and styles. It is hoped everyone will produce an item with a Christmas flavour on Tuesday, December 2. Tappit Heid submissions are also due on that date. Further information can be obtained from isobel.quinn@outlook.com or call (01324) 620048.

Credit Union

Westfield - Savings are safe with Falkirk District Credit Union and low cost loans are available once regular savings established. Anyone who lives or works within the boundary of Falkirk Council can join and junior savers are 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 new local branch at Westfield Park Community Centre which is open every second Wednesday between 12 and 1 p.m. December dates are Wednesday 3, and Wednesday 17. If you are interested in volunteering at all please call or ask at collection. The annual general meeting is on Thursday, January 29, at 6.45 p.m. in the Youth and Community Wing, Abbots Road, Grangemouth.