Falkirk news from Thursday, September 4

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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Annual meeting

The annual general meeting of Falkirk and District Association for Mental Health will be held on Wednesday, September 24 at 7 p.m. in St James’ Parish Church, Thornhill Road.

Blind Club

Members enjoyed a fantastic afternoon of entertainment when Ian Duncan paid us a return visit. His choice of songs, accompanied by various instruments, and his humourous introductions to his songs were thoroughly enjoyed by all. A return visit from Ian is one to look forward to. The club again congratulates members Gordon McNeil and Willie Caulfield on another success on the bowling green by winning silver at the Blind Bowlers Scottish Rinks. The other two players in the four were G. Marshall and D. Ferguson. The club functions under the umbrella of Falkirk Football Club working in the community and the only criteria for membership is that members must be either registered blind or visually impaired. Anyone with those problems can come along and join us. We meet every Tuesday afternoon in the warm-up area of Falkirk Stadium at 1 p.m. Anyone taking up this invitation will be made most welcome.

3rd Falkirk

3rd Falkirk BB Company Anchor Boys meet in Falkirk High School on Fridays between 6 and 7.15 p.m. for boys P1 - P3. The Junior Section meets from 7 - 8.30 p.m. for boys P4 - P6. The Company Section meets between 7.30 and 9.45 p.m. for boys P7 - age 18. All sections have exciting plans for this session 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.

Domino League

Fairplay League results week 22: Roman Bar A 5, Roman Bar B 7; Tam Bain 7, Bowhouse 5; Railway 4, Ellwyn 8; Legion 5, Scotia 7; Anchor 6, Star Inn 6; Clachan 8, Aitkens 4. Mill Inn free week.

Country Dancing

The autumn warm-up classes for the Falkirk Branch RSCDS continue on Tuesday, September 9 in Laurieston Primary School, 7.30 - 9 p.m. Cost £2. For details of regular classes in Falkirk district starting in late September for beginners and experienced dancers, please contact Alison on (01324) 631363 or visit our website web.rscds-falkirk

Coffee Morning

Falkirk Baptist Church hosts a Macmillan coffee morning on Saturday, September 20, 10 a.m until 1 p.m. As well as teas and coffee there will be various stalls. Please come along and support this great cause.

Retired Persons

The Association of Retired Persons meets on Wednesday in St Francis Xavier Church Hall at 2 p.m. (doors open at 1.30 p.m.) This month our speaker is Geoff Bailey who will be talking about ‘Falkirk’s History in 10.5 Objects’. 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.


Do you suffer from anxiety or depression? This is a group of people who meet in a friendly, supportive and confidential environment. There is a Ladies group every Wednesday and Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. in Camelon Community Project, Abercrombie Street. There is also a men-only group on the 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 to 9 p.m., also in the Dawson Centre. For further information visit www.dashonline.org.uk or contact 07985461187.

Speakers Club

Falkirk Speakers Club offers a friendly and supportive environment where a person can gain the necessary skills and experience to speak in public. Members are able to go at their own pace with no pressure and everyone is given the opportunity to practise speaking. Members receive valuable and constructive feedback from experienced members of the club and are encouraged to stretch their vocabulary, their speech writing ability and hone their presentation skills. The club is informal in its outlook and encourages participation from all who attend. Members share responsibilities and are encouraged to try roles such as that of chairperson, evaluator or topics master. The club provides increased self confidence and helps people either be more able to deal with interview situations or cope with promotion. The new sessions starts on Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. in Callendar Park Community Rooms, Leishman Tower. Membership is £5 per year and £2 per meeting - but your first visit is free. For more information call Rosemary (secretary) on 01236 874373 or David (01324) 626255.

Friendship Club

Falkirk Solitaire Friendship Club for over 60s meets in the Park Hotel on Sunday nights between 8 and 11 p.m. to enjoy dancing to live music. To find out more contact Isabella on 07846963901 or Marion on 07976975887.

Trinity Church

This Sunday we celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion and our service will be led by Kay Brown and Robert Allan. It will commence at 11 a.m. and all who love the Lord are welcome to share round his table. The Bible reading group meets at 9.30 a.m. in the lounge when we will discuss Titus, Philemon, Hebrews and James. This meeting is open for anyone who would like to come along and enjoy some discussion around these books of the Bible. The Kirk Session meets on Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. in the main hall. The lunchtime organ recital next Friday will be given by our very own Robert Tait, organist and choir master. It commences at noon and lasts for 30 minutes. A lunch deal for £6 will be available in the café following the recital.

Metafit Falkirk

A Metafit Falkirk class is held every Tuesday in Tamfourhill Community Centre. It starts at 8 p.m. For more information call 07739718361.

Olivet Evangelical

Sunday services begin at 10 a.m. with Communion followed at 11 a.m. by refreshments. The All Age service starts at 11.25 a.m. when the guest speaker is Harvey Stalker from Penicuik. The weekly church prayer meeting is at 6 p.m. and at 6.30 p.m. is the Bible teaching hour, again with Harvey Stalker. Please note there will be no Fellowship Lunch in September. On Tuesday evening at 7.30 p.m. is the third of the Bible studies on the OT Book of Genesis, entitled ‘The first sin.’ Advanced notices: Ladies Hour at Leishman Tower resumes on Monday, September 15 at 2.15 p.m. when the speaker is Phylis Wilson; the monthly Craft Evenings start on Thursday, September 18 at 7 p.m.; Young at Heart begin their new session on Wednesday, September 24 at 2 p.m. when the guest speaker is Dr George Mitchell; the first Men’s Event of the new session is on Friday, September 26 at 7.30 p.m. when the guest is Harvey Stalker speaking on ‘The man with the Mic’; the Mother and Toddlers Group resume on Friday, September 26 at 10 a.m.

Caledonia Choir

Our second night at St Andrew’s Primary School went very well and we welcomed a new man into the bass section (hurrah!) – even more men for the bass and tenor sections will be more than welcome. We surprised ourselves with a well-sung reprise of Coldplay’s ‘Viva la Vida’ and practiced Karl Jenkins ‘Benedictus’ among a number of other songs. Members old and new are reminded that next week’s rehearsal takes place in St Francis Xavier’s Church Hall, Falkirk, at 7.30 p.m. as usual. Limited parking is available on site.

Braveheart Plus

The monthly meeting takes place on September 15, a week later than usual because Camelon Community Education Centre in Abercrombie Street is closed for the local holiday on September 8. Guest speaker will be local historian Ian Scott. This year is a very special year in the history of the Falkirk Steeple and Ian will give his own personal account of 200 years of the town’s remarkable landmark and the plans to commemorate this anniversary. Come along and enjoy an afternoon of local history and think about get involved with the celebrations.

For more details contact Lynn Bastow on 01592 872101.

Operatic Society

Falkirk Operatic Society members are rehearsing for their cabaret ‘Generation X’ which promises big sounds, big voices and big fun. It starts its two-night run in Falkirk Town Hall on Friday, September 26 and there will be a Saturday Matinee. Tickets, £10 (£8 Matinee) are available from members, Steeple Box office (01324 506850) or from our web site, www.falkirkoperatic.com Musical director is Crawford Moyes and choreographer, Judy Brown. Numbers have been taken from popular musicals including ‘Avenue Q’ and ‘Rent’ and there will also be songs made famous by James Bond, Billy Joel, and Queen.

Art Club

Our new season starts on Monday at 7.15 p.m. in our new venue, St Francis Xavier Church Hall, Hope Street. We will start with an Artshare night and the following Monday there will be an Acrylic demonstration by local artist and an old friend of the club, Derek Sanderson. For more information please visit our facebook page Falkirk and District Art Club or contact the club secretary on 07730134422. New members always welcome.

Carers Centre

Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee at the weekly Carers Cafe operated by the Princess Royal Trust in its centre at 1A Bank Street 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 (01324) 611510 or email centre@centralcarers.co.uk. Web: www.carersfalkirk.org.uk

Sponsored Walk

Come and join Central Scotland Regional Equality Council on our sponsored walk covering three areas and ten miles in one day! Help us to celebrate our 30th Anniversary while raising money for Strathcarron Hospice. If you would like to join us for the Falkirk section of our walk, we will be starting at the Falkirk Helix at 9.30 a.m. on Saturday, September 20. For more information contact Claire Harvey on (01324) 468766 or claire.harvey@centralscotlandrec.org.uk. The walk is part of the run up to our community event at Stirling Albert Halls on Sunday, October 5 which runs between 2 and 6.30 p.m. and include speakers, entertainment and a buffet. To register contact claire.harvey@centralscotlandrec.org.uk

St Andrew’s West

Today (Thursday) the New Baby group resumes from 1.15 yo 2.45 p.m. If you have a baby aged from birth to one year, come along and meet up with other mums and their babies and enjoy the opportunity to relax and chat together over a cup of tea or coffee. We also invite youngsters in P7 – S5 to our weekly Youth Club on Friday evenings from 7.30 – 9 p.m. There’s always a fun-packed programme of sports, games and activities on offer and it’s a great place for friends to meet as well as an opportunity to get to know others. Worship will take place at the usual times of 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday. Sunday School and Bible Class also meet during the morning service with crèche facilities for the under 3’s. We welcome you most warmly.

Strathcarron Friends

Falkirk Friends of Strathcarron Hospice have organised a “New To You” sale which will be held in Comely Park School on Tuesday, September 16, opening at 7 p.m. Tickets, include wine and shortbread and are available at the school or at the door on the night, priced £5.

Young Archaeologists

Callendar House Young Archaeology Club (YAC) resumes its monthly meetings on September 13, from 2-4 p.m. in Callendar House. there are a few vacancies available to join the club. If you are between 8-16 years old and would like to join or wish further information, please contact the YAC leader on (01324) 622071 or 07746669824.

Lodge St John

Lodge St John Falkirk No. 16 new season will open on Tuesday, September 9, and will be a E.A. Degree, tyle at 7.30 p.m. All brethren welcome.

New Spiritualist

The new Spiritualist Church in Westfield Community Centre, will be closed on Saturday, September 6. The Following Saturday, September 13, Andrew Lindsey from Falkirk will visit. Open circle after the service. All welcome. The service starts at 7 p.m. Entry is £3. www.falkirkspiritualistchurch.webs.com

Braveheart Walks

Beautiful walks 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. 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. Head along and be pleasantly surprised along the various different paths! For more information please call (01324) 673703.

Step Forth

There will be no walk on Monday, September 8, as it is a public holiday. Health walks usually leave the front doors of Falkirk Football Stadium every Monday at 10 a.m. There are 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. In Bo’ness, a Monday evening walk 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

Nordic Walking

This Tuesday the group meet at Newcarron Co-op at 6.30 p.m. and the Wednesday walk at 1 p.m. will meet at Beancross restaurant. Monday walk will leave from Falkirk Stadium as usual at 10 a.m. Please check our face book page for Thursday fast walk. For more information contact Barbara McConnell on (01324) 504556.

Buggy Walks

There will be no walk this Monday, September 8, as it is the September weekend, back to normal next week. Every Monday at 1.15 p.m. leave from the front doors of Falkirk Football Stadium. It’s a good way to meet other mums. Walk is run by our volunteers and is free. All children should be in a buggy. For more details contact stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org Volunteers are needed to build a team of volunteers to roll out buggy walks across Falkirk and also support existing groups. If you are interested contact me Barbara McConnell on (01324) 504556 or barbara.mcconnell@falkirkcommunitytrust.org

Helix Walks

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. This walk can take up to two hours. Please wear suitable footwear. All walks are free.

ME Self Help

Falkirk ME Self-Help Group meet in St Francis Xavier R.C. Church hall (St. Martha’s Hall), Hope Street, Falkirk on Thursday, September 11, from 6.30 till 8.30 p.m. There is good car park with disabled spaces and easy access (no stairs). At this month’s meeting, the guest speaker is Ian Sneddon, from Inclusion Scotland. Ian is coming to talk about Welfare Reform, not the most exciting subject, but one that is having an impact on a lot of people. The RightsNow project has been funded for a year to help prepare people for Welfare Reform by giving free training and a free telephone service. Examples of the types of training that can be offered are sanctions, mandatory reconsideration, personal independence payment and universal credit. New members always welcome. For further details, contact Richard on (01324) 871480.