Larbert & Stenhousemuir news from Thursday, December 18

Stenhousemuir town centre
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Every Tuesday, 10.30 a.m. we leave from FVRH, where there is a choice of an hour walk, or a slower walk (average 30 minutes) both finishing in the cafe afterwards. Also a Friday 10.30 a.m. walk, leaving from Stenhousemuir shopping centre, again you can join a slower 30 minute (average) walk or brisker one hour walk, where you can meet everyone in the cafe after your walk. Our Larbert walks remain on over Christmas and New Year. For more information call (01324) 673703.

Larbert Old

A warm invitation to Larbert Old Church at 11 a.m. on Sunday, December 21. The service will include the Children’s Nativity presentation. Tea and coffee will be available in the hall after the service. An open invitation is offered by the congregation of Larbert West Church to a Christmas Eve Family Service at 6.30 p.m. (bring a torch) and by the congregation of Larbert Old Church to a Watchnight Service at 11 p.m. There will be Christmas Day services in Larbert West at 10.30 a.m. and an all-age service in Larbert Old at 11 a.m. Further information, e-mail

Tryst Church

The church will meet on Sunday, December 21 in the Tryst Community Centre, Park Drive, Stenhousemuir at 10 a.m. for Worship & Bible Teaching followed by tea/coffee. The Bible Teaching will continue our Advent Series, ‘God Speaks and People Respond’ and will be led by Peter Henderson. Prayer Time is on Tuesday, December 23 at 7.30 p.m. We would love to see you at either of these services. May we take the opportunity to wish all the folks of Stenhousemuir and Larbert whom we met at Easter Explained, at our summer Holiday Club and at Christmas Explored a peaceful and happy Christmas.

Car Boot Sale

The Dobbie Hall car boot sale takes place every Wednesday from 8.30 a.m. till noon and pitches cost £6 for one and £9 for two. Tables are available for anyone wishing to make some money from unwanted items and all money raised benefits the Hall Trust. For hall and pitch bookings call (01324) 570450.

Al Anon

A meeting of the above takes place every Friday in Larbert Old Church Hall at 8 p.m. The meetings allow people to share experiences and gain advice on coping with family members suffering from alcoholism. The group also meets in Grahamston United Church, Falkirk, on Monday evenings at the same time. For a local contact number call 0141 339 8884.

North Broomage Club

A Hogmanay Party has been arranged for 7.30 p.m. till late and on this occasion Wheels provides the music along with a disco. Tickets, priced £12.50 include a light snack and further information is available at the bar. Meanwhile, Slimming World consultant, Libby, invites ladies and gents and young adults aged 11–15 to join her very friendly group at the club every Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. She can be contacted on (01324) 832152. Bingo continues on Monday, Thursday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. The club is available for hire to accommodate birthday parties, weddings etc and further information is available by calling the club after 6 p.m. on 552685.

East Playgroup

Larbert East Playgroup has vacancies for new members. The Playgroup is for children of two years, six months and upwards and runs on Tuesday through to Friday at Larbert East Church from 9.20 to 11 a.m. There is also a Monday Twos club from 9.30 till 11 a.m. and a Toddlers Group on Wednesday from 9.30 till 11 a.m. Anyone interested in joining any of these groups will be welcomed at the church at the above times.

Badminton Club

The club meets in the games hall at Larbert High School every Monday between 8.15 and 9 p.m. The group would be happy to welcome new members, whatever the standard, and anyone else.

Toddlers And Twos

The above group at Larbert Pentecostal Church in Broomage Avenue continues every Thursday. The facility is for 0 – 3 year olds and has a dedicated baby corner. It runs on Thursday mornings between 9.30 and 11 a.m. The cost is £1 per child and includes snacks. A warm welcome awaits and for further information call Alison on 07983 534424.


Aerobics and conditioning classes go ahead very Tuesday and Thursday in Larbert West Church from 6.25 until 7.30 p.m. Those wishing to become toned fitter will be made welcome. Further information from Sheila on (01324) 634192, or 07859 933877.

Ochilview Bar

Tonight, Thursday, the quiz goes on as usual in the lounge of the former Warriors Club at 8 p.m. Entry is £1 and winning team takes all. The ‘Play Your Cards Right’ game also features on the same evening.

Dog Runs

Larbert man Jim Campbell has created a facility to take the worry out of dog walking. Jim has some six runs at the premises near Larbert viaduct where dog owners can exercise their pets in safety. Jim already has owners using the runs and would be happy to supply further information on (01324) 873498.

Barbershop Singing

Sweet Harmony Barbershop Chorus meets for practice every Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. in Larbert East Church Hall (Kirk Wynd) when new members will be made most welcome. If you’d like to give it a go, call conductor, Ian, on 832188. Or, if you would like the Chorus to come and entertain your group or organisation, please contact secretary, Bill, on 712362. The Chorus can also be contacted via its e-mail address and further information is contained within the website,

Buddhism Meeting

Practitioners of Nichiren Bhuddism meet once a month in the Rotary Hall, Larbert, next to the Dobbie, and anyone with an interest is welcome to attend. Further information is available on website

Bowling Club

Festive arrangements have been put in place and a dance is planned for Christmas Eve when Sweet Sensation provides the music from 8 p.m. until midnight. A similar event goes ahead on Hogmanay from 9 p.m. till 1 a.m. The guest act is fabulous keyboard act Tony Andrews. Entry on both occasions is £6 and those wishing to attend should leave their names at the bar. The club would be happy to accommodate new members and information is available at the bar. Cash bingo goes ahead every Monday at 7.30 p.m. in the club’s Pretoria Road premises.

Walking Football

Stenhousemuir F.C. Community Development Director, Jamie Kirk, would be delighted to hear from anyone over 50 wishing to enjoy a new initiative at the club. Walking Football goes ahead at Ochilview every Monday morning at 10 a.m. and given running with the ball is out of bounds it is ideal for those who feel they would benefit from a gentler form of the game as well as enjoying the social aspect. Tryst Dental Practice sponsors the local sessions where a cuppa can also be partaken. Jamie reckons describing the game does not do it justice and it is better to come along and witness it in practice. The game is already massive in England and Jamie is in the process of fixing up dates for matches against two Premiership clubs South of the border. Motherwell piloted the event a couple of years ago and a match against them is also in the pipeline. Why not pop in a give it a try or call the Football Club on 562992.

Maggies Forth Valley

Campbell and Fiona Barrowman would like to thank everyone who purchased raffle tickets in aid of Maggie’s Forth Valley. They also wish to thank the staff at the Clydesdale Bank in Hallam Road and Torwood Garden Centre for their enthusiastic support in making the raffle such a success. The winner of Campbell’s framed print of St Andrews is Mr Reid Livingstone, Alloa Road, Stenhousemuir. A total of £1000 was raised and passed on to Maggie’s.

Bowling Club Cabaret

Stenhousemuir Bowling Club features a top cabaret this Saturday when comedienne Lorraine Summer is joined by the brilliant Mark Mulgrew who presents his Tom Jones Tribute act. The event begins around 9 p.m. following the Bingo, and David Taylor fills the gaps as usual with his disco. Tickets cost £6 and are available at the bar. Meanwhile, the recent Prize Bingo raised the fantastic sum of £1446 for the refurbishment of the club prior to next year’s 150th birthday celebrations and Anne Whitehead wishes to thank all prize donors, bar staff and everyone who supported the event in any way. The club would also be delighted to welcome new members and forms are available at the bar. The entry fee has been reduced to half price at the current time.

Grace Church

Services this coming Sunday in Carrongrange School are at 10.30 a.m. for our Nativity Service and also at 6 p.m. for our Carol Service. The Prayer meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 23 at 7.45 p.m. in the Dawson Mission. The Christmas Eve Family service will be held in the Dawson Mission at 7 p.m. and will be led by our young folk. Christmas Day Family Service will also be in the Dawson Mission at 10.30 a.m. All are warmly invited. Also anyone who can provide a meal for the families of one of our expectant mums, please speak to Naomi Mizon. Congratulations to David and Kim on the birth of Mason.

Stenhouse & Carron

The service for the 4th Sunday of Advent is at 11.15 a.m. and will be led by Rev. Bill Thomson. It will feature the Young Church Nativity Play and Carols. The Christmas Eve Watchnight Service will be led by Rev. Thomson, beginning with Carol singing at 11 p.m. and the service at 11.30 p.m. The Christmas Day family service is at 10 a.m. to which all are welcome.

East Church

On Sunday, the service at 10.30 a.m. led by Rev. Melville Crosthwaite and Mrs Anne White will be the Christmas Family Service and Nativity Presentation with the Young Church taking leading roles. The Young Church meet in the halls before the service and should be there by 10.05 a.m. There will be no crèche, but toys will be laid out in the Session Room if you need to take your wee one out of church. There will be tea/coffee in the hall afterwards and the Traidcraft Stall will also be there. The Watchnight Candlelight Service is on Wednesday, December 24 at 11.15 p.m. Forthcoming event is our Annual Hogmanay Ceilidh held in the church hall on December 31, from 8 p.m. till 12.30 a.m. Please bring your own supper. Tickets, adult £3, family £6, are available by phoning (01324) 556026.

Larbert West

The service on Sunday at 10.30 a.m. will be conducted by Rev. Dr Campbell Campbell-Jack.Creche and Sunday Club facilities for all children. Fellowship and refreshments in the hall after the service. All welcome. On Wednesday at 1 p.m. the Prayer group meet in the lesser hall. At 6.30 p.m. on Christmas Eve there is a Family Service by torchlight (bring your own torch), to which all members and friends and members of Larbert Old Church are warmly invited. Larbert Old Church extend an invitation to our members to their Watch Night Service being held at 11 p.m. On Christmas Day there is a Family Service at 10.30 a.m. at Larbert West which is open to all, with Larbert Old having their service at 11 a.m.

Salvation Army

At Stenhousemuir Salvation Army, the meetings are as follows: Cornerstone Full Gospel Church meet in the large sanctuary from 10.30 a.m.-noon. Pastor Alex Paton will lead worship. The Salvation Army Carol service will be from 2.30-3.30 p.m. Major John McCaffrey will be taking the meeting. We welcome anyone who wishes to come. There will be no Home League until Monday, January 5, 2015 and there will be no Headway Falkirk Memory group until Tuesday, January 6, 2015. The Craft Group will not go back until the first Wednesday in February. Our Prayer Group will be off Christmas and New Year week. The Coffee Morning will be Friday, but will be off Boxing Day and January 2. The Men’s Breakfast will be Saturday, January 10 from 9.30- 12.30 p.m. Stephen McGuire from Larbert East Church will be our guest speaker. The following week on January 17 Mrs Ruth Paton will be speaking at the Woman’s Breakfast from 9.30-12.30 p.m. Come join us in worshipping the Lord as we lift His Name up in worship.