Larbert & Stenhousemuir news from Thursday, July 3

Stenhousemuir town centre
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Larbert West

The service on Sunday at 10.30 a.m. will be conducted by Rev. Campbell Campbell-Jack who continues to provide pastoral care at this time (TN 832011).Creche and Sunday Club facilities for all children.Refreshments and fellowship in the hall after the service when there will be an opportunity to have a ‘Conversation with Campbell’.On Wednesday the Prayer Group meet at 1 p.m. in the lesser hall.

Driver Appeal

Headway who were ‘Group Of The Week’, in last weeks’ edition of the Falkirk Herald has had to cancel two trips to the Headway group in Dumfries because they could not allocate a minibus driver on the designated dates. The next trip should be covered, but we would welcome a volunteer driver as more trips are planned in the coming months. Any help would be very much appreciated and the driver would be fed and watered! If anyone can help, please contact Stuart Shaw on 07400449433

East Church

On Sunday, the morning service is at 10.30 a.m. led by the Rev. Melville Crosthwaite with a special Holiday Club theme ‘fit for a king’. We will welcome children from the Holiday Club. The Summer Sunday Club for 3-12 years old will meet in the Small Hall before the service and crèche is held in the Session Room. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be served in the hall after the service and the Traidcraft Stall will also be there.

Community Church

Tryst Community Church will meet in Tryst Community Education Centre, Park Drive, Stenhousemuir on Sunday, July 6 at 10 a.m. for a Communion Service. We will have tea/coffee at the end of the Service. We will also meet for our Prayer Time on Tuesday, July 8 at 7.30 p.m. Everyone will be made very welcome at these services. Only one more week before our next More than Gold 2014 event which will be our Holiday Club for P1-P7 children planned for July 9-11 in Tryst Centre from 1-3 p.m. each day. For more information on any of these activities or to talk about the Christian message and how we understand it, please call 07768048446

Rotary Club

President Martin Nicol welcomed members, guests and visiting Rotarians to the annual Handover meeting held at Carmuirs Golf Club. The meeting opened with President Martin presenting Jackie Johnston from Strathcarron Hospice with a cheque for £2000 as the proceeds from the recent ABBA Tribute night. After dinner, President Martin gave a report on the activities that had been undertaken during the rotary year. In what had been a very successful year, the club had dispersed funds in excess of £5500 to numerous local and national charities as well as to individuals undertaking special projects. The President finished by presenting two Rotarians, Bert Ainslie and Ian Fraser with the Paul Harris Fellowship award. This is the highest honour a club can bestow on a person, either inside or outside the club. The award acknowledges “service above self” which that individual has offered to their community. President Martin then handed the chain of office to incoming President Ronnie Laing whose first duty was to introduce Assistant District Governor Agnes Ritchie who congratulated the club on its achievements during the previous year as well as delivering a message on behalf of the District Governor. President Ronnie outlined his programme for the coming year and insisted that every activity to be undertaken should result in fun for those involved. Anyone looking to find out more about Rotary or interested in visiting our club can contact us through our website at where details of all our activities can also be found.

Carron Rotary

President Jean Geddes welcomed members and guests Di Paton and Margaret Murray to the Presidential Handover meeting. After a jolly meal and a few items of business President Jean thanked the club for making her year so enjoyable. She recalled the highlights: monies raised, causes helped and social occasions before handing over the Presidency and chain of office to Jill Dewar. President Jill’s first task was to present Jean with her Past President’s jewel. President Jill told the company she was looking forward immensely to her year as President, taking Vale of Carron forward in its work in the community and further afield. Past President Jean was given the honour of closing the meeting, a task taken so seriously the head flew off the gavel, narrowly missing the newly installed President! The club will meet fortnightly in the Plough Hotel, Stenhousemuir during July and August with the next meeting on July 9 at 6.45 p.m. for 7 p.m. If you are interested in joining Rotary or learning more about us contact Don on (01324) 553039 or visit our club website. Please also follow us on Twitter @ValeofCarron and on Facebook.

Stenhouse & Carron

The service on Sunday is at 11.15 a.m. and will be led by the Rev. Bill Thomson. Light refreshments will be available in the hall after the service.

Playgroup Sessions

Larbert Old Playgroup has sessions on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9.30 - 11.25 a.m. in Larbert Old Parish Church (Larbert Cross). Check out our facebook page or contact Kirstie on 0790 4185367 for more details. Spaces after summer holidays for all days, younger siblings also welcome.

Larbert Old

An open invitation to Larbert Old Church of Scotland at 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 6, when the Service will be led by the Rev. John Brown. A Crèche and activities for children will be provided in church. Join us in the hall afterwards for tea and coffee. Donations are invited for Falkirk Foodbank – see the list of suitable items in the church vestibule. ‘Fit for a King’ Holiday Club dates: Monday, August 4 – Friday, August 8, 10 a.m. until noon daily in the church hall and grounds. To register, e mail: Further information, email:

Grace Church

Everyone is warmly welcome to the services this coming Sunday in Carrongrange School at 10 30 a.m., and at 6 p.m. The Prayer Meeting will be held in the Dawson Mission on Thursday at 7.45 p.m. The holiday club will run from August 4 to 8 in Carrongrange School for kids of primary school age.


A metafit Falkirk class is on every Monday at the Dobbie Hall at 8 p.m. and every Saturday at Stenhousemuir Sports centre 10.15 a.m. For more information call 07739718361. All classes will run as normal in the holidays.

Boot Sale

Following the festive period, 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 8pm. 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

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 (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.a.m to 11.a.m. There is also a Monday Twos club from 9.30 till 11 a.m. and a Toddlers Group goes ahead on a 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 simply

Toddlers Group

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 07983534424.

Aerobics Class

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 07859933877.

Ochilview Bar

Tonight, Thursday, the quiz goes on as usual in the lounge of the former Warriors Club at 8p.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, without the fear of being molested by barely trained creatures roaming around. 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 (01324) 832188. Or, if you would like the Chorus to come and entertain your group or organisation, please contact secretary, Bill, on (01324) 712362.

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

Cash bingo goes ahead every Monday at 7.30 p.m. in Larbert Bowling Club’s Pretoria Road premises.

Burnhead Bowling

The ladies’ section at Burnhead Bowling Club has come up with a unique fundraising event and it’s hoped the local community will respond. On Saturday week, July 12, a Cocktail/Tea Party will be held at the Queens Drive premises from 2 p.m. till late. Cocktail dresses and bow ties would lend a bit of glamour to the event, but are not compulsory. Admission is £5 and includes a buffet, raffle and disco. Tickets or further information is available at the bar and all are welcome.

Salvation Army

Stenhousemuir Salvation Army Community Church welcomes all. Meetings are as follows: Cornerstone Full Gospel Church hold their Sunday Morning Worship from 10.30 - noon. Pastor Alex Paton will be leading the service. Sunday Worship with the Salvation Army is from 2.30 - 3.30 p.m. Majors John McCaffrey our Local Officer will be taking the meeting. Monday Home League will be taking the week off until Mondaym July 14. Home League Secretary Margaret Ross will be taking it. Tuesdays 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 07400449433. We also have our Craft Group each Wednesday from 1.30 - 3.30 p.m. The Church Joint Prayer Group is every Wednesday evening from 7 - 8 p.m. There is a Coffee Morning from 10-noon every Friday. All the baking and tea and coffee donations will go back into our community program. So, please come join in and be part of what is happening with us. Saturday, July 19, there is a Woman’s Breakfast, where Anne Mackie will be the main speaker. Anne has a powerful healing testimony, so if you don’t have anything to do between 9.30 - 12.30 p.m., please come join the ladies in worship and praise.

Walking Group

Our 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.