Larbert & Stenhousemuir news from Thursday, December 4

Stenhousemuir town centre
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Larbert Old

Everyone is warmly invited to Larbert Old Church at 11 a.m. on Sunday when Holy Communion will be celebrated. The Service will be led by Rev. John Brown. Children’s activities and crèche will be provided in the hall, where tea and coffee will be available after the Service. On Sunday, December 14 at 7 p.m. there will be a ‘Time for Pausing, Remembering and Giving Thanks’ for anyone who has been bereaved. Further information, email

Larbert East

On Sunday, the Morning Communion Service is at 10.30 a.m. and will be led by Rev. Melville Crosthwaite and Mrs Anne White, OLM Student in Training. The Young Church meet in the halls before the service and crèche is held in the Session Room. Afterwards, tea, coffee and biscuits will be served in the hall and the Traidcraft Stall will also be there. The Afternoon Communion is at 2.30 p.m. there will be time for tea/coffee, biscuits and a chat afterwards. The Retiring Offering is for Christine Stone our Missionary Partner in Nepal who will be retiring next Summer. The Deacon’s Court meet in the Small Hall on Wednesday at 7.15 p.m. A sale of children’s clothes is held in the Upper Room on a Thursday morning from 9.15-10.45 a.m. Enter through the back door of the Church hall. Weekday Worship is held in the Church today (Thursday) at 11.15 a.m. As this is the last Weekday Worship until after Christmas, tea/coffee and mince pies will be served after the service. All welcome.

Charity Carols

A Feast of Christmas Songs will be held in Larbert East Church on Thursday, December 11 at 7 p.m. Providing the entertainment will be the church choir, Sweet Harmony, and carol singing by the congregation. This will be followed by tea/coffee and mince pies. Entry is by donation, all proceeds to Marie Curie.

Larbert Rotary

It’s that time of year again when Santa takes to his sleigh and travels around the district. Santa will be visiting the following areas: Airth - Friday, December 5 from 6.30 p.m.; Cowie - Friday, December 12 from 6.30 p.m.; Tesco Camelon Car Park - Sunday, December 14 rom noon to 4 p.m.; Plean - Friday, December 19 from 6.30 p.m. To find out more about Rotary, please check us out at where details of all our activities can also be found.

Stenhouse & Carron

The service for the second Sunday of Advent is at 11.15 a.m. and will be led by Rev. Bill Thomson. The Young Church (Sunday School) meet during the service and new members are always welcome. Light refreshments will be available in the hall after the service. The popular Wednesday welcome awaits you in the hall on Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. All are welcome to have a chat over a cup of tea or coffee and listen to the minister’s thought for the day. Elders are reminded that the next Kirk Session Meeting will be held in the hall on Wednesday at 7.30 p.m.

Larbert West

The Saturday Group meet in the Plough Hotel this week at noon. All welcome for a blether and a bit of company. The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated on Sunday at the morning service at 10.30 a.m. and also in the evening at 6.30 p.m, both services being conducted by Rev. Dr Campbell Campbell-Jack. In the morning there are creche and Sunday Club facilities for all children. Refreshments and fellowship in the hall after the service. All welcome. On Monday there is an afternoon communion service at 2.30 p.m. This is preceded by afternoon tea at 1.30 p.m. and is primarily, but not exclusively, for our less mobile members. The Prayer Group meet on Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the lesser hall.

Grace Church

Everyone is warmly welcome to the services this coming Sunday in Carrongrange School at 10.30 a.m. for Holy Communion, and also at 6 p.m. Grace Kids meet during the morning service. The Prayer Meeting will be held on Thursday at 7.45 p.m. in the Dawson Mission. For those wishing to contribute to Project Hope, providing Christmas gifts for under privileged children, please speak to Anne Douglas. Gifts must be collected by December 7. Also anyone who can provide a meal for the families of one of our expectant mums, please speak to Naomi Mizon.

Christmas Fair

Come along and enjoy the spirit of Christmas at the annual Victorian Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday at The Dobbie Hall Larbert with free admission from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. A last chance for that unusual Christmas gift from a host of handmade quality crafts including jewellery, fused glass, cards, novelty hats, trinkets sweets and more. Let the children’s imagination take over at the childrens craft corner or take a break at the refreshment bar manned by the team from Vale of Carron Rotary club. No Christmas Fair would be complete without a visit from Santa who will visit the hall from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Carron Rotary

President Jill Dewar welcomed members and guests, Lachlan McGowan, Alistair Neilson and Jan Neilson, to the Plough Hotel, Stenhousemuir. Following dinner members had the final briefing on the Santa Sleigh Christmas Collection which will run from December 1 in the Denny/Bonnybridge areas and will be spread over two weeks for the first time. Monies raised will go to Strathcarron Hospice, The Driving Force, Denny and Falkirk Foodbank. Rotarian Nanas Jack checked on preparations for the Vale of Carron Café at the Tryst Christmas Craft Fair, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on December 6 in the Dobbie Hall. If you are interested in helping the community by joining Rotary, or want to learn more about us, contact Ken on 07786 067606 or visit the club website. Please also follow us on Twitter @ValeofCarron and on Facebook.

Car Boot

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 Mondays at the same time. For a local contact number call 0141 339 8884.

North Broomage

The festive period at the club begins with a Christmas Special on Saturday, December 13, when duo Stoatin features along with a disco. Entry is free and the night kicks off at 7.30 p.m. A Hogmanay party has also been arranged for 7.30 p.m. until 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. Bingo continues on Monday, Thursday and Saturdays 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 (01324) 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 9.20-11 a.m. There is also a Monday Twos club from 9.30-11 a.m. and a Toddlers Group goes ahead on a Wednesday from 9.30-11 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 from 8.15-9 p.m.

Toddler Group

Toddlers, Tots and Twos meets at Larbert Pentecostal Church in Broomage Avenue every Thursday. The facility is for 0-3 year olds and has a dedicated baby corner. It runs on Thursday mornings between 9.30-11 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 Class

Aerobics and conditioning classes go ahead very Tuesday and Thursday in Larbert West Church from 6.25-7.30 p.m. Those wishing to become toned fitter will be made welcome. Further information from Sheila on (01324) 634192, or 07859933877.

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.

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, phone conductor, Ian, on (01324) 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 their email address, and further information is contained within their 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

Larbert Bowling

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. 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.

Tryst Theatre

The award winning Tryst Theatre promises outrageous five-star X rated hilarity with their new play at the Dobbie Hall next week. Bouncers, by John Godber, is the high energy tale of one Friday night in a Northern nightclub, with the non-stop action focusing on the exploits of four thuggish doormen and their drunken customers. Bouncers – which has strong language – will be staged in the Dobbie Hall from December 8 -10 at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are £10 (£7) are available from the Tryst 24-hour booking line on 07597 981 949 or from the box office on (01324) 715886.

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 all for free. 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 (01324) 562992.

Lodge Carron

The Lodge was busy on Wednesday, November 24 as this was RWM William Campbell’s last degree as Master of the Lodge. Our RWM received many plaudits and the degree team were in good form. The next meeting is the installation of the new RWM, Brother Stuart Stirling on Wednesday, December 10. Please note the Lodge will tyle at the earlier time of 7.15 p.m.

Salvation Army

Stenhousemuir Salvation Army Community Church welcomes all. Meetings are as follows: Cornerstone Full Gospel Church Sunday Morning Worship from 10.30 a.m. to noon led by Pastor Alex Paton. Sunday Worship with the Salvation Army from 2.30-3.30 p.m. led by Major John McCaffrey. Monday Home League from 1.55-3 p.m. The Arnottdale Singers will be guests. Tuesday Headway Falkirk hold their Memory Group from 10-11 a.m. If you or a loved one seek help from a problem related to head injury, please call Stuart on 07400 449433. Craft Group each Wednesday from 1.30-3.30 p.m. Church Joint Prayer Group every Wednesday from 7-8 p.m. Coffee Morning from 10 a.m. to noon every Friday.

Tryst Church

A warm thanks to all who visited on November 29 at Christmas Explored. Over 800 people took the opportunity to be reminded of the story that initiated these Christmas celebrations. We will meet on Sunday, December 7 in the Tryst Community Centre, Park Drive, Stenhousemuir at 10 a.m. for a Communion Service followed by tea/coffee. Prayer Time is on Tuesday, December 9 at 8.15 p.m. For more information or to talk about the Christian faith, please call 07768 048446.

Christmas Fayre

Larbert Old Playgroup will be holding their Christmas Fayre on Saturday, December 13 between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the church hall. Stalls, refreshments and also a visit from Santa. £1 entry. All welcome.

Old Playgroup

Larbert Old Playgroup has vacancies for new members. The playgroup is for children from two years and upwards and runs on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9.30-11.25 a.m. in Larbert Old Parish Church (Larbert Cross). Please contact Kirstie on 07904 185367 for more details or email to arrange a visit. Younger siblings also welcome.

Walking Group

Lively walks in Larbert are full of friendly faces, who enjoy the scenery on serveral different routes around this area. 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 afterwords. 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. For more information call (01324) 673703.