Larbert & Stenhousemuir news from Thursday, March 13

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Probus Club

Norah Fitzcharles of the Stirling & Dunblane Beekeepers’ Association presented 30 members of the Larbert & Stenhousemuir Probus Club with an enthusiastic and detailed insight into beekeeping during her visit on March 4. Tickets are on sale for the 40th anniversary lunch on March 18 at the Park Hotel from 12.30 p.m. Interest in a day-away to Anstruther on April 29 will be further assessed at the dinner. The AGM will be on April 1 at Larbert Bowling Club.

Sport Camp

Tryst Community Sports Centre will host a multi-sport holiday camp on April 14-17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants will have the choice of four to six sports per day ranging from VX (rock-it ball) with The Falkirk Cannons to karate with Kobe Osaka, basketball with The Falkirk Fury to football with Stenhousemuir FC, water polo with The Falkirk Otters to tennis and table tennis with The Tryst Tennis/Table Tennis Club. Sessions are delivered by some of the best clubs and coaches in Scotland. To book contact Active School on 01324 590940

Rugby Camp

The Rugby Easter Camps will be delivered by School of Rugby head coach Graeme Simpson at Tryst Community Sports Centre. For children in P1-7, it runs on April 7, 8 and 11. Contact Graeme Simpson on (01324) 554233 to book.

Larbert Old

A warm invitation to join us at the Morning Service in Larbert Old Church of Scotland on Sunday at 11 a.m. which will be introduced by Rev. John Brown, Interim Moderator and Locum Minister, and led by Rev. Alan Gibson, Head of Stewardship for the Church of Scotland. After the service there will be a congregational soup and sandwich lunch followed by a congregational meeting incorporating the stated annual meeting to which all are invited. A crèche and children’s activities will be provided during the service. The Sunday evening prayer meeting is at 6.30 p.m. in the Rennie Lounge. For further information, email

Salvation Army

The Stenhousemuir Salvation Army Community Church gives a warm welcome to all. Cornerstone Full Gospel Church hold Sunday worship service from 10.30 a.m. to noon. Pastor Alex Paton will take the meeting. Officer Major John McCaffrey will lead the meeting on Sunday from 2.30-3.30 p.m. Tea or coffee before the service. Monday Home League from 1.55-3 p.m., Major John McCaffrey is the speaker. Wednesday Joint-Prayer from 7-8 p.m. Every Friday there is a coffee morning from 10-11 a.m., the money raised goes to do work in the community. Headway Falkirk’s Memory Group is every Tuesday from 10-11 a.m. If you or a loved one needs help with an acquired brain injury, please call chairman Stuart on 07400449433. Headway Craft Group from 1.30-3.30 p.m., each Wednesday, except the last Wednesday of each month.

Larbert East

During the morning service last Sunday, Arran Russell Crosthwaite, baby son of Andrew and Alison Crosthwaite and grandson of Rev. and Mrs Irene Crosthwaite was welcomed into the family of the church through the Sacrament of Baptism. On Sunday, as part of the Presbytery’s five yearly visits, the morning service at 10.30 a.m. will be led by Rev. George Macdonald from Bonnybridge St Helen’s. The Young Church meet in the halls before the service and crèche is held in the Session Room. Tea/coffee is available in the hall after the service and the Traidcraft Stall will also be there. A sale of children’s clothes is held in the Upper Room on a Thursday from 9.15-10.45 a.m. Entry is through the back door of the church hall. Weekday Worship is held in the church on Thursdays at 11.15 a.m. This is a short service, everyone welcome.

Larbert West

Today (Thursday) The Guild have their annual ‘Get Together’ service at 7.30 p.m. in Falkirk Trinity Church. On Sunday the Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated at the services at 10.30 a.m. and 6.30 p.m., both conducted by Rev. Dr Campbell-Jack, who is also providing pastoral care services, contact (01324) 832011. In the morning there will be creche and Sunday Club facilities for all children and refreshments in the hall following the service. A retiring offering will be taken for the benefit of British Heart Foundation. On Monday at 1.30 p.m. there is a tea and fellowship meeting, mainly, but not exclusively, for our older members. This is followed by a short service of Holy Communion at 2.30 p.m. in the church. If you wish to attend or help on the day please contact Marina on (01324) 760918. The Guild meet on Tuesday at 7 p.m. for 7.30 p.m. in Falkirk Tryst Golf Club for their annual business meeting. Larbert Mens’ Christian Association is holding a Primary Schools’ Choir Concert in Larbert East Church at 7 p.m. that day. Tickets from Joe on (01324) 554476. On Wednesday at 1 p.m. the Prayer Group meet in the lesser hall. On Saturday, March 22 there is a coffee morning in the halls from 10 a.m. until noon in memory of the late and well respected session member, Mrs Marjorie Simpson, with all proceeds going to Pancreatic Cancer UK. Tickets £2.50 from Gail (01324) 628687 or pay on the day.

Lodge Carron

On Wednesday, March 12 Lodge Carron 139 conferred the Entered Apprentice degree on one candidate. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of RWM William Campbell’s jubilee certificate. The next meeting is a Fellow Craft degree on Wednesday, March 26 at 7.30 p.m. Prior the Lodge has a General committee meeting on March 17 at 7.30 p.m.

Old Playgroup

Larbert Old Playgroup is for children aged two or over. It runs on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 9.30-11.25 a.m. in the church hall at Larbert Old Church (Larbert Cross). Spaces are currently available on a Tuesday with a waiting list in place for Mondays and Wednesdays. Sessions are run by qualified play leaders, cost is £3.50 including snack. For further details contact Pamela on 07718933277 or check the page on Facebook.

Larbert Rotary

President Martin Nicol welcomed members to last Wednesday’s meeting at Carmuirs Golf Club. After dealing with business matters, Grant Alexander introduced members of the Larbert Detachment of the Army Cadet Force as the evening’s speakers. Under Officer Deans provided an overview of the work undertaken and opportunities provided to those youngsters aged between 12 and 18 who join the cadets. The local detachment currently has 40 members. Major David Blair then provided an account of the battlefield tour of France undertaken by 36 boys and girls of the cadets during 2013. He highlighted the Battle of Thiepval Ridge where many men lost their lives. One of the cadets who attended, Cadet Sergeant Blair Ellis, provided Rotarians with his account of the experience and explained how he had been moved by the whole occasion. A further group of cadets from the area will be taking the tour in April. After an informative presentation and questions from the floor, Margaret Silver gave the vote of thanks. Anyone looking to find out more about Rotary or interested in visiting our club can contact through the website at where details of all our activities can also be found.

Boys Brigade

3rd Larbert Boys Brigade is having a coffee morning on Saturday, March 22 from 10 a.m. to noon in Larbert East church hall. The price is £2 and you can pay at the door on the day. Everyone is welcome. Please come along and support 3rd Larbert Boys Brigade.

Larbert Pentecostal

On Sunday, the morning service will commence at 11.15 a.m. in Larbert High School and the speaker will be Associate Pastor John Rollo. Teas and coffees will be available from 10.30 a.m. The evening service will commence at 6.15 p.m. in the church on Broomage Avenue and the speaker will be Pastor Michael Rollo. On Sunday, March 29 at 7.30 p.m. there will be a charity fashion show to raise awareness for the Falkirk Domestic Abuse Forum. Tickets £10 and a light buffet will be provided. Call Susan on 07939802660 for tickets.

Stenhouse & Carron

Stenhouse and Carron Church service on Sunday 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. The Guild will hold its annual general meeting in the hall on Monday at 7.30 p.m. It will be followed by the ‘All our Yesterdays’ feature. The Wednesday Welcome awaits you in the hall on Wednesday 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.

Community Church

Tryst Community Church will meet in the Tryst Community Education Centre, Park Avenue, Stenhousemuir on Sunday for worship and Bible teaching. Teaching series will continue with ‘The Good News about Jesus as told by his best friend’ which will be led this week by Peter Henderson, followed by tea/coffee. Meeting in the centre for prayer on Tuesday, March 18. All very welcome to join either of these services or to call 07768048448 for more information.

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

North Broomage

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 9.20-11 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 8.15-9p.m.

Toddler Group

Toddlers Tots and Twos meets at Larbert Pentecostal Church in Broomage Avenue continues every Thursday. The facility is for birth to three year olds and has a dedicated baby corner. It runs on Thursday 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 Class

These go ahead very Tuesday and Thursday in Larbert West Church at 6.15 p.m. Those wishing to become toned fitter will be made welcome. Further information from Sheila on (01324) 634192.

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. For further information, call (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, 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 (01324) 712362.

Bhuddism 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

The Larbert Bowling Club green will open for the season on Saturday, April 12, at 2 p.m. Membership fees are now due for renewal and they will be collected at the club on March 26 and 27. The next cabaret is on Friday, April 11, when 60s and 70s band Heartbeat tops the bill. The group also does a comedy take off of Mrs Brown’s Boys and tickets, priced £6, are available at the bar. Meanwhile, President John Mackie and wife Beth are congratulated by all members and friends on the occasion of their 55th wedding anniversary. Cash bingo goes ahead every Monday at 7.30 pm. in the Pretoria Road premises.

Stenhousemuir Bowling

Rockabilly jive band Uncle Red performs at the Church Street club on Saturday, March 15. Tickets, priced £4, are available at the bar. The act takes the stage around 9 p.m. following the bingo and David Taylor will do his usual sterling job of filling the gaps with his disco.

Grace Church

The Grace Church warmly welcome all to the services on Sunday in Carrongrange School at 10.30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Mike Glass, the Larbert schools youth worker, will be sharing about his work during the morning service. XStream, for children of primary school age, meets during the morning service and there is also a crèche provided. Tea and coffee are served after each service. The prayer meeting will be held in the Dawson Mission on Thursday at 7.45 p.m.

Metafit Class

A Metafit Falkirk class is on every Monday in the Dobbie Hall at 8 p.m. and every Saturday in Stenhousemuir Sports Centre at 10.15 a.m. For more information call 07739 718361.

Zumba Class

Zumba Gold with Carol continues in the Dobbie Hall from 11-11.45 a.m. This class is suitable for beginners to exercise, active older participants or those seeking a slower paced lower impact zumba class. Zumba with Carol continues at the Dobbie Hall on Thursdays 7-8 p.m. and Sundays 6-7 p.m. and on Tuesday at Carrongrange School from 7-8 p.m. Just pop along 10 minutes prior to class starting or e-mail or contact Facebook page Zumba with Carol for more details.