Falkirk news from Thursday, October 2

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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Domino League

Fairplay Domino League week 26 results: Tam Bain 9, Roman Bar B 3; Roman Bar A 5, Legion 7; Mill Inn 3, Anchor 9; Bowhouse 5, Clachan 7; Ellwyn 8, Aitkens 4; Scotia 5, Star Inn 7. Railway, free week. Congratulations to the Ellwyn on winning the league and the Clachan who were runners-up.

Annual Meeting

The annual general meeting of Forth Valley Advocacy will be held on Friday, October 24 at noon in Falkirk Golf Club, Stirling Road. Business will include the report of the directors and the appointment of auditors.

Blind Club

The club held it’s weekly meeting on Tuesday afternoon in the warm-up area in the Falkirk Stadium. There was no entertainment arranged so the members taxed their brains with a quiz followed by dominoes, for those who enjoy that sport, and friendly chat among the rest of the members. Next week the club will take a break from the stadium and enjoy a lunch at the Dutch Inn. We extend an invitation to anyone who is registered blind or visually impaired to come along and join us. We have a strong membership but would like to increase it as we are sure there are more of our fellow ‘Bairns’ who could enjoy an afternoon at our club. Anyone who takes up this invitation will be made most welcome. Meetings start at 1 p.m.

Olivet Evangelical

Tomorrow (Friday) at 10 a.m. the Mother and Toddlers Group meet. Sunday services begin at 10.30 a.m. (please note change of time) with the Annual Harvest Thanksgiving Service when the guest speaker is Dave Bremner, full time young people’s worker and the singer is Ellie Henderson. All gifted foodstuffs will be donated to the Falkirk Foodbank. There will also be special freewill offering for the refugee crisis in Iraq/Syria. The Communion (Breaking of Bread) is at 6.30 p.m. followed at 8 p.m. by the prayer time for the Worldwide Suffering Church. Please note there will be no Fellowship Lunch in October. On Tuesday evening at 7.30 p.m. is the fifth of the Bible studies on the OT Book of Genesis entitled ‘The Flood’. The ‘Young at Heart’ is on Wednesday at 2 p.m. when the guest speaker is Bill Benholm of Stenhousemuir who will share a thought for the day. Advanced notices: On Thursday, October 9, Falkirk Evangelical Church leaders hopst a Praise and Prayer event in Larbert Pentecosatal Church at 7.15 for 7.30 p.m. with fellowship and refreshments at 9 p.m.; the next Ladies Hour at Leishman Tower is on Monday, October 13 when guest speaker is Pat Smith of the Christian Bookshop; the next Craft evening is on Thursday, October 16 at 7 p.m.; the next Missionary Workshop is on Thursday, October 23.


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.


The series continued with a lunchtime concert by The Salon Trio in the Faw Kirk presenting specialised ‘Palm Court’ music from an age of elegance where small ensembles played in hotel atriums and tea rooms. The repertoire consisted of light classics, often arrangements of popular melodies, operetta tunes and dances such as the waltz. The programme included some familiar favourites, and Brahms’ Hungarian Dance, Dvorak’s Humoresque, Mendelssohn’s Wings of Song and Roses of Picardy by Haydn Wood among the most instantly recognisable. They also played their own arrangement of Sullivan’s Iolanthe Overture and finished with a selection Strauss’ Waltzes. The trio played with all the poise and charm this music requires and created a friendly atmosphere by introducing the individual pieces. The audience clearly enjoyed the concert and were singing the tunes as they left. Nostalgia is still alive! The next concert is an evening concert in Falkirk Town Hall Friday, October 17 at 7.30 p.m. This concert will be given by the Ismsiz Piano Trio playing music by Beethoven and Dvorak.

Camera Club

Falkirk Camera Club welcomed Paul Keene from Smethwick Photographic Society with his series of enthralling AV presentations, the collection titled ‘From Here to Eternity’. The subjects were diverse covering Portraits of Tibet, Swans, Wildlife of Australia and a slightly surreal AV using images of the universe taken by NASA and space telescopes. Paul has been a photographer for over 50 years and keen to capture images of a varied range of subjects, with no preference for a particular genre. Unfortunately time prevented any in depth discussion of his work, but it is likely a return visit will be requested. More of Paul’s work can be found at www.avico.co.uk. Information on Falkirk Camera Club can be found at www.falkirkcameraclub.co.uk.

Crossroads Caring

The AGM of Crossroads Falkirk Forum will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 9 in St Francis Xavier Church Hall. The speaker is Marion Taylor, Fundraising Manager, The Maggie’s Centre. All who are interested in respite care for family carers or support for cancer patients are most welcome to attend. For further information contact Morven Mack on (01324) 622971.

Trinity Church

Sunday’s service which commences at 11 a.m. will be led by Kay Brown and focus on Jesus on prayer. Tea coffee and fellowship are available in the main hall following the service. The Falkirk Tryst Piping recital takes place in the church sanctuary on Saturday from 9.30 a.m. until 4 p.m. The Saturday Café in the church’s main hall will be open for lunch. The lunchtime organ recital on Friday, October 10 will be given by our own Robert Tait, organist and choir master of Falkirk Trinity Church. The recital commences at 12 midday and lasts 30 minutes. A lunch deal for £6 is available in the M’eating Place café following the recital.

Parkinson’s UK

The Falkirk branch would like to thank everybody who contributed to our collection at the Falkirk/Hamilton game. We raised a total of £301.82 which will go to help people with Parkinson’s in the Falkirk area. The next meeting will be tonight (Thursday) at 7 p.m. The next Tuesday drop-in meeting will be on October 14 between 2-4 p.m. Both meetings will be in St Francis Xavier’s Church Hall in Hope Street. Bring a friend or carer, you can be sure of a warm welcome.

Friendship Club

Falkirk Solitaire Friendship Club offers over-60s dancing to live music on a Sunday night in Falkirk’s Park Hotel between 8 and 11 p.m. For more information contact Isabella on 07846 963901 or Marion on 07976 975887.

Retired Persons

The next meeting of the Association of Retired Persons will be held on Wednesday in St Francis Xavier Hall, Hope Street, from 2 p.m. Our speaker is Rolf Buwert. Members and visitors are always welcome. If you would like to find out more about our group please contact Margaret Wright on (01324) 636799 or Sadie Davidson on (01324) 832344.


Soroptimist International of Falkirk held their meeting at the Park Hotel on September 24. President Audrey Morrison welcomed Jackie Johnston, the new fundraising manager for Strathcarron Hospice as speaker. She spoke of the challenges of introducing new fundraising ideas, the existing methods of fundraising, the costs of keeping the Hospice running, the services the Hospice offer and the dedication and commitment of staff and volunteers. The vote of thanks was given by Gillian Niven. The next meeting on Thursday will be a business meeting.

Support Group

The Osteoporosis Support Group will be available to give out information and have a coffee with anyone affected by osteoporosis on Saturday between 10 a.m. and noon in the Park Hotel. If you would like to find out more about the condition and the support available in this area, come along and have a chat. For further information call Janice on 01786 463098.

3rd Falkirk BB

Anchor Boys meet at Falkirk High School on Friday nights between 6 and 7.15 p.m. for ages P1-P3. The Junior Section, P4-P6, meets between 7 and 8.30 p.m. and Company Section, P7 to age 18, between 7.30 and 9.45 p.m. Plans for all sections this session include sports events, local and national competitions, trips and much more. Visit www.3rdfalkirkbb.co.uk or e-mail info@3rdfalkirkbb.co.uk or come along to the next relevant session to enrol.

Caledonia Choir

There was a good turnout of members for Monday night’s rehearsal in St Andrew’s Primary School. We revisited a number of familiar pieces such as Rutter’s ‘Look at the World’, Coldplay’s ‘Viva la Vida’, and Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’. In addition we started working on Brahms’ “How Lovely are Thy Dwellings” and continued working on songs from ‘Jesus Christ, Superstar’. We also included a choral version of the negro spiritual ‘Were you there When they Crucified my Lord?’. It’s great to have such a variety of music to choose from! Members are reminded in advance that there will be no rehearsal on Monday, October 13 as the school will be closed for the holidays. For more information visit http://falkirkcaledoniachoir.webs.com.

Festival Chorus

After a very successful session last year when we celebrated our 40th Anniversary we have now started rehearsing in Falkirk Trinity Church on Sundays between 3-5 p.m. for our annual concert on May 10, 2015. We are performing Lux Aeterna by Lauridsen, a very powerful and atmospheric work, and Messa di Gloria by Puccini (perhaps better known for arias such as Nessun Dorma from Turandot – Pavarotti – World Cup). Puccini’s passion for drama and beautiful music is clearly reflected in this Sacred Composition. Before this however, Falkirk Caledonia Choir and Falkirk Tryst Orchestra join us on December 21 in the very popular ‘Bairns’ Christmas’, a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the Christmas season with well known music and lots of audience participation. Rehearsals for this start on November 2, 2.30-5 p.m. Would you like to join us in singing these wonderful and varied pieces of music? We would like to meet you and would certainly make you very welcome – no auditions – the only requirement is that you enjoy singing. Our aim is to sing as well as we can, but most of all to enjoy and transmit this love of music to our audience. Please come – test and try – we are sure you will not be sorry. You can contact our secretary on (01324) 625284.

Art Club

A big ‘thank you’ to Damian Callan for a fantastic demonstration on layering pastels on Monday. It was a very enjoyable and enlightening evening. Our AGM is this Monday at 7.15 p.m. in St Francis Xavier Church Hall. There will be an opportunity to pay membership fees immediately after the meeting. There is also another sketching trip organised to Callander House on Monday at 2 p.m. and everyone is welcome. Bring your own materials. New members always welcome on a Monday night in St Francis Xavier from 7.15 p.m. For more information visit our facebook page or contact the secretary on 07730 134422.

Support Group

The Bereaved By Suicide Support Group meets on an informal basis on the last Monday of each month between 6-8.30 p.m. in the Falkirk District Association for Mental Health offices at the Victoria Centre in Victoria Road. It welcomes anyone who has experienced the loss through suicide of a person close to them, family, partner or friend. Group facilitators have experience participating in and facilitating groups and are experienced counsellors. For further details contact Neil Sowerby at carers@fdamh.org.uk (01324) 67100 or NHS Forth Valley Spiritual Care Team - 24/7 - on 07824 460882. Counselling can also be offered within FDAMH for one to one support.

St Andrew’s West

Today (Thursday) the New Baby Group meets from 1.15-2.45 p.m. for parents and babies from birth – 1 year. Tomorrow (Friday) the Youth Club meets from 7.30-9 p.m. and is open to all in P7-S5. Sunday is Communion Sunday, beginning with the Elders’ Prayer Meeting at 10.30 a.m. The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated at 11 a.m., 2.15 p.m. and 7 p.m. Please note there will be no Elders’ Lunch, but tea and coffee will be served as usual after the morning service. The guest preacher at the evening service will be Rev Bill Dunlop. Creche, Sunday School and Bible Class take place during the morning service. The church is open for prayer and quiet as usual from 10 a.m.-noon on Wednesdays, with tea and coffee served in the Lower Hall. We hope you will come and join us and we assure you a friendly welcome.

ME Group

The next meeting of Falkirk ME Self Help Group will be held on Thursday, October 9 from 6.30-8.30 p.m. in St Francis Xavier’s RC Church hall (St Martha’s Hall), 1 Hope Street. The hall has its own car park with disabled spaces available. Access is easy and there are no stairs to climb. At this month’s meeting there will be a mini-pamper open evening. The hall will be set up for therapies at one end with a seating area at the other. Light refreshments will be served and we can have a get together and chat quietly while waiting. There will be two therapists from Complementary Healthcare clinic Falkirk and therapy sessions will last about 20-30 minutes. The therapies available are as follows: Reiki, Reflexology, Indian head massage, KCR. New members are always welcome. For further details please contact Richard on (01324) 871480.

Archaeological Society

The Falkirk Archaeological and Natural History Society’s 2014-2015 series of meetings begins on Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. in Falkirk Christian Centre, Glebe Street. Speaker is Calum Price and his topic is ‘The Battle of Bannockburn - 700 years later’. New and renewing members will be very welcome. For further information on the Society and on this year’s programme, please phone (01324) 562293.

Floral Art Club

The next meeting will be held on Monday in the Lesser Town Hall, 7.15 for 7.30 p.m. The demonstrator is Margaret Earl from Tyne and Wear and her title is Elegance. Visitors welcome.

New Spiritualist

The New Falkirk Spiritualist Church in Westfield Community Centre welcomes Robert Martin from Forth on Saturday. Open Circle takes place after the service. All welcome. Entry is £3. www.falkirkspiritualistchurch.webs.com

Lodge Callendar 588

An emergency meeting of Lodge Callendar 588 was held in the Masonic Temple, Lint Riggs, on Monday, September 22. RWM Stuart Hunter welcomed brethren and visitors and thereafter Past Master Jim Weir advanced six brethren to the Mark Degree. The RWM thanked Brother Weir for his evening’s work and thanked all visiting brethren for their attendance. The next regular meeting will be on Monday at 7.30 p.m. when a Third Degree will be conferred. This will be worked by the Master and brethren of Lodge Grange IOT3, Monifieth. A psychic night on Friday, November 7 at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are £5 or entry at the door.

Writers’ Circle

President’s night consisted of writing exercises and time for discussion and Iain read his international prize winning horror story. Well done, Iain. Enjoy your prize. Members are reminded of the invitation to write a ‘scary’ story of 450 words in preparation for the visit of Perth Writers on October 21. This is not a competition, simply a social evening with good friends. The topic for October 14 will be formatted by Mark, winner of last month’s short story. St Mungo’s High School short story competition will be presented on October 7. Mark and David continue to request on-going material. The date for the Christmas meal will be December 16. Details in-house. New members are always welcome. More information from Isobel at (01324) 620048 or isobel.quinn@outlook.com.

Dante Alighieri Society

The opening supper of the new session will be held on Saturday, October 11 in St Francis Xavier Church Hall at 7 for 7.30 p.m. The syllabus will be discussed at the supper. The language classes have still to be arranged. Further information will be given at the supper. The first lecture about Dante Alighieri will be given by Dr Maria Daniella Dick on Wednesday, November 19. Membership fees remain the same as last year at £10. For further information about the supper, membership or the syllabus please contact Ian Ludbrook on (01324) 714759 or e-mail mclared@btinternet.com

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. 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. Bo’ness also has a Monday evening walk which leaves from the car park across from the post office at the foreshore at 7 p.m. All Step Forth walks are FREE. For more information call (01324) 504568/556 or e-mail 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 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.

Helix Walks

Our 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.

Helix 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 I am looking to build a team of volunteers to roll out buggy walks across Falkirk and also support existing groups. If you are interested contact Barbara McConnell on (01324) 504556 or barbara.mcconnell@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

Nordic Walking

This week’s walks are Tuesday, October 7, 6.30 p.m, New Carron Co-op, meet in car park. Wednesday, October 8, 1 p.m, Falkirk Football Stadium. Monday walk will leave from Falkirk Stadium as usual at 10 a.m. Please check our Facebook page for Thursday fast walk. New Nordic walking course starts Wednesday, October 8 at 1 p.m. at Falkirk Stadium. To book call 590940 (please note you must be able to walk well and unaided).


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. If you would like to see the lovely surroundings of the Helix Park then our Middlefield walk is for you! Meeting the walk leaders and walkers in Falkirk Community Stadium Car park ready to start your walk at 7 p.m. every Thursday (stops when clocks change). Head along and be pleasantly surprised as you walk the various different paths! For more information please call (01324) 673703.

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.