Falkirk news from Thursday, October 30

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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Osteoporosis Group

The Osteoporosis Support Group’s monthly information and coffee morning on Saturday, November 1, at the Park Hotel, Falkirk has been cancelled. Meetings and coffee mornings for 2015 will be advertised in the local press or you can call Janice on 01786 463098. Find us on Facebook.

Soroptimist International

At the meeting on October 23, President Elect Rosemary MacIntyre welcomed the Reverend Ruth Innes, who shared her inspirational story and journey to becoming ordained in the Scottish Episcopal Church. As a single mother of two young boys and whilst managing a number of jobs, running her own business, supporting the Rock Trust charity for homeless young people in Edinburgh, and a period when she herself was homeless; her resilience, charm and humour have seen her successfully turn around many daunting situations. Her sense of humour was evident throughout her talk “it’s not over until the fat priest sings”. Anne Richards thanked Ruth on behalf of the Club. During the meeting it was agreed which representatives of the Club will lay a wreath and participate in the Remembrance Day Service at the Cenotaph in Falkirk. Club members have volunteered to support the Falkirk Food Bank collections at Tesco shopping centres in Redding, Falkirk and Camelon on November. 27, 28 and 29. Volunteers were also requested to help at the Women’s Aid Christmas Party on December 13. Emergency Fund support was pledged to Mary’s Meals to provide food for victims of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia which has been described by WHO as the most acute epidemic health emergency in modern times.The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 6 at the Park Hotel.

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 Belmont Tower on Thursdays 9.45 to 10.45 a.m. or Leishman Tower Thursdays 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. We are currently looking for new volunteers for both/either collection - please call (01324) 473695 if you are interested. Full training will be provided. Westfield: A new credit union collection at Westfield Community Centre is being planned for Wednesdays from noon to 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.

Olivet Evangelical

On Friday at 10 a.m is the meeting of the Parent and Toddlers Group. On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is a mini-craft Fair with all proceeds going the charity work in Iraq and Sudan. The Sunday Services begin at 10 a.m. with Communion followed at 11 a.m. by fellowship and refreshments. The All Age Service starts at 11.25 a.m. when the guest speaker is Gordon Anderson from Ayr. The Church prayer meeting is at 6 p.m. and at 6.30 p.m. is the Bible Teaching Hour with Reverend David Randall from Falkirk. On Tuesday evening at 7.30 p.m. is a meeting with Paul and Sue Williams reporting on their Christian work in Romania. The ‘Young at Heart’ is on Wednesday at 2 p.m. when the guest speaker is Matt Baxter of Glen village. On Wednesday at 7 p.m. is the first of the monthly Craft Evenings. Advance notices: the next Men’s Event is on Friday 7 at 7.30 p.m. when the guest is Lindsay McCracken speaking on the topic, ‘In search of Liquid Gold’ and later in the month on the 28 is a first, being a Ladies Night, when invitations and the interesting programme will be by the men; the Church Business Report meeting is on Tuesday, November 25 with reports submitted by Tuesday, November 18; the next Fellowship lunch will be on Sunday, November 16 when the freewill offering will be for the work of the Wycliffe Bible Translators.

Ladies Lunch

Geoff Bayley local archivist and Keeper of Family History was his usual inimitable self when talking at the Ladies Lunch Club about the Home Guard during the War. Volunteers were called for to form this force and men from all different walks of life applied even many in reserved occupations. This relieved younger men for the Armed Forces. Initially the Home Guard had neither uniforms nor weapons.Their aim in the event of invasion was to report any enemy movement, delay it and provide obstacles where possible. The official title was LDV but was adapted to mean. Look, Dash and Vanish possibly a very good idea as they were so ill equipped. The next speaker will be Mr. Andy Chrisp of the Falkirk Community Trust on the subject of the Helix now and in the future. Anyone wishing to attend should be a the Park Hotel Camelon Road on Tuesday, November 4, at 12.30 for 1 p.m.

Braveheart Walk

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.

Festival Chorus

Rehearsals for the Christmas Concert start on Sunday, November 2, at 2.30 p.m. the exception being on November 9 when the annual general meeting will take place at 2 p.m. Rehearsal will follow at 3 p.m. Tickets are available for this very popular concert from the Steeple Box Office on (01324) 506850 and cost £12, £10 concession and £4 for children and this is inclusive of programme. We hold events which do not always relate to singing, one of these being a Quiz Night which will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 21, in the Main Hall of Falkirk Trinity Church at a cost of £5. This event proved to be so popular last year it was worth repeating. Tickets are now available so do not miss out.For further details please phone (01324) 625284.

Writers Circle

An exceptional turnout graced the Greenpark Coffee Room when we welcomed friends from Perth Writers, an annual exchange visit. Scary stories in abundance were read from both clubs with varied themes. Tea break gave everyone a chance to enjoy fellowship with new and former friends, many of whom hope to meet up again at the May seminar. Several members visited Linlithgow Drama Group recently to enjoy short sketches written by and performed by their members, including the winning sketch written by our circle member Iain Todd. Members are reminded to bring an interesting object on Tuesday, November 4, when the new topic will be chosen. Mark and David are happy to receive suitable email work continuously. New members of any writing ability are always welcome. Phone Isobel on (01324) 620048 or visit isobel.quinn@outlook.com

Trinity Church

The service this Sunday, November 2, will commence at 11 a.m. be led by Robert Allan and focus on “True Happiness”.Tea, coffee and fellowship will be available in the main hall following the service. The Bible Reading Group meets in the Lounge at 9.30 a.m. on Sunday, November 2, to discuss Jeremiah. Please note that the M’eating Place café remains closed this week and will reopen on Monday, November 3. Early notice of the church walking group’s walk in and around Calledar Park on Saturday, November 8 commencing at 2 p.m. The group will met in the car park near the old Stables Café. Trinity Church www.falkirktrinity.org.uk Tel. (01324) 611017.


Please note the annual general meeting of ENABLE Scotland Falkirk Branch is being held in Elgin Park Centre on November 25 at 6.30 p.m. All members are welcome to attend. Tea and biscuits will be served at the end of the meeting. Forms are now available for members wishing to attend the pantomime Puss in Boots at the Dobbie Hall on November 26. There will be forms out soon for members wishing a ticket for our Christmas Disco that will be held this year in Bowhouse Community Centre, Grangemouth on 17 December.

Fashion Show

By Gloria’s Fashions on Wednesday, November 5, at 7.30 p.m. in St Francis Xavier Church Hall tickets £5 including light supper. BYOB pay at door.

Step Forth

There are 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. Also 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 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 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 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 our walkers can find out where to meet every week and if there is anything new planned. Next week the walks are Tuesday 6.30 p.m. from the first car park at Forth Valley Royal Infirmary. Wednesday 1 p.m., Carronshore loop, meet at the barn on Glensburgh/Skinflats road. 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

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 me Barbara McConnell on (01324) 504556 or e-mail barbara.mcconnell@falkirkcommunitytrust.org

Floral Art

The next meeting is on Monday, November 3, in the Lesser Town hall, Falkirk at 7.15 p.m. for 7.30 p.m. The demonstrator is Margaret Campbell and her title is ‘Who Am I’. Visitors welcome.

Art Club

A big thank you to Nichol Wheatley for a fantastic demonstration at Falkirk and District Art Club on Monday entitled ‘Creating Distance in Pictures’ which was very informative and gave us lots of tips to apply to our own work. Next Monday, November 3, is Artshare and there is also another sketching trip organised to Callander House the same day meeting at 2 p.m. at the main doors to the house and everyone is welcome. Bring your own materials and money for a cup of tea in the cafe. New members always welcome. Simply turn up on the night, Mondays at 7.15 p.m, St Francis Xavier Church Hall. For more information visit our facebook page or contact the secretary on 07730134422.

Inner Wheel

At the meeting on October 9, president welcomed the members and introduced the speaker Margaret Tooth from Blythswood Care. Margaret gave an interesting talk full of information on the charity and with use of power point showed some of the recipients of the shoe boxes which are filled and packed by many volunteers in the Falkirk area. She encouraged us to continue our participation in the scheme. Margaret was thanked by Anne Watson. The next meeting will be on November 13 in the Park Hotel at 12.30 for 1 p.m. will be a lunch to celebrate our 55th anniversary, Our guests will be the District Chairman Pam Hull of the Corstorphine Club President Robert Speirs of the Falkirk Rotary Club and a representative from Maggie,s Forth Valley who will accept a cheque for money raised at our stall at the Charities Day on September 6.

Lodge Callendar

A regular meeting of Lodge Callendar No. 588 was held on Monday, October 20, when a large number of brethren witnessed an excellent First Degree, conferred by the RWM and office- bearers of Lodge Camelon No. 1456. RWM Stuart Hunter thanked the visitors and brethren for their attendance. A suitable reply was given by RWM Kevin McLean, Lodge Denny No. 176. The next meeting is on Monday, November 3, and is a Second Degree. Meeting tyles at 7.30 p.m. The degree will be conferred by Lodge Dolphin 911. Other business will be the election of officebearers and presentation of 50-year diplomas.

New Spiritualist

The new Spiritualist Church in Westfield Community Centre welcomes Margaret Purves from Glenrothes on Saturday, November 1. Open circle after the meeting. The service starts at 7 p.m. and entry is £3. All welcome. www.falkirkspiritualistchurch.webs.com.

Archaeological and Natural History

The Society’s 2014-2015 session got off to an excellent start with Scott McMaster (replacing Calum Price) giving a very detailed account of the National Trust for Scotland’s new centre at Bannockburn and covering various aspects of the battle itself. The November talk is by Anthony McCluskey on a topic of current interest, namely the Plight of the Bumble Bee. The meeting is on Tuesday, November 4, at 7.30 p.m. in the Falkirk Christian Centre, Glebe Street. New and renewing members will be very welcome. For further information, on the society, and on this year’s programme, contact (01324) 562293 or 01786 463399.

Solitaire Club

Would you like to dance to live music on a Sunday night? If yes, and you are over 60, do come along and join our Club any Sunday night at the Park Hotel, Falkirk from 8 to 11 p.m. For more informaiton call Isabella on 07846 963901 or Marion on 07976975887.