Larbert & Stenhousemuir news from Thursday, March 26

Stenhousemuir town centre
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Carron Rotary

President Jill Dewar welcomed Rotary Club of Vale of Carron members and guests Sarah Tough, Alistair Neilson, Janice Neilson and David Anderson to the weekly meeting at the Plough Hotel, Stenhousemuir. After a meal Rotarian Ken Drummond PHF introduced David, assistant manager with Grangemouth firm Drummond Laurie Chartered Accountants. We learned a little of this new business before hearing about David’s interest in Body Language, non-verbal communication where thoughts and feelings are expressed by physical behaviours such as facial expressions, body posture, gestures, eye movement, touch and the use of space. We are delighted to see visitors on Wednesdays. If you are interested in helping the community by joining Rotary, or want to learn more, contact Ken on 07786 067606, visit or the club website. Please also follow on Twitter @ValeofCarron and Facebook.

Community Council

The next meeting of Larbert, Stenhousemuir & Torwood Community Council will take place on Monday, March 30 at 7.15 p.m. in the Halls of Larbert Old Church. All are welcome to attend the meeting & to raise any matters. If you can’t attend, but have a matter you wish to raise, please e-mail or call (01324) 875492. The community council is also holding two open public meetings in the Dobbie Hall to gather local views and priorities on how to use the Todhill wind farm community benefit fund. These meetings will be held tomorrow (Friday) from 2-4 p.m. and on Tuesday, March 31 from 7-9 p.m. All are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be provided and entertainment provided by local primary school choirs.

Grace Church

Services this coming Sunday in Carrongrange School are at 10.30 a.m. and also at 6 p.m. Grace Kids also meet at 10.30 a.m. The weekly prayer meeting will be held this Thursday at 7.45 p.m. in the Dawson Mission. All are warmly invited to these services.

Larbert Old

A warm and open invitation to Larbert Old at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 29 for an all age Service for Palm Sunday, led by the Rev. John Brown. Crèche will be provided. The Ladies Club meets in the church hall on Tuesday, March 31 when Ronnie Cheape and Ronnie Laing will describe their visit to WW1 Cemeteries and Memorials. All are invited and the meeting is open to men. Reminder: Falkirk Presbytery event on Saturday, March 28 in the Howgate Centre, Easter Cracked Open. Further information, email

Tryst Church

Tryst Community Church will meet in Tryst Community Education Centre, Park Drive, Stenhousemuir, on Sunday at 10 a.m. for Worship and Bible Teaching. The Bible Teaching will be the concluding study in John’s Gospel, will be led by Peter Henderson and will be followed by tea/coffee. Prayer Time on Tuesday will be at 8.15 p.m. in the centre. If you would like to know more or to discuss the Christian faith, please call us on 07768 048446.

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 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.

Larbert East

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 Thursdays 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 07859 933877.

Ochilview Bar

Every Sunday at 3 p.m. a domino competition goes ahead when the winner takes home a steak pie and runner-up a quarter bottle of spirits. Entry is £1 and monies raised go to charity. Tonight (Thursday) the quiz goes on as usual in the lounge 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 (01324) 712362. The chorus can also be contacted via their e.mail 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

Dance/cabaret evenings continue on Friday, April 10, when Gold Retro provides the music. Tickets are £5 and can be booked at the bar. Meanwhile, the club would be happy to accommodate new members and information is available from members or at the clubrooms. 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. Why not pop in a give it a try or call the football club on (01324) 562992.

Stenhousemuir Bowling

Currently celebrating its 150th birthday, Stenhousemuir Bowling Club would be delighted to welcome new members at the Church Street green and forms are available at the bar. The entry fee has been reduced to half price at the current time. Another cabaret takes place this Saturday, March 28, when a big star of the club scene, David John, will take the stage following the bingo around 9 p.m. David Taylor fills the gaps with his disco and tickets, priced £4, can be booked at the bar.

Larbert Scouts

Although there are no places currently available in the 62nd Larbert Scout Group’s beaver colony and cub pack, the group is able to accept a few younger scouts (aged 10 years six months to 12). The troop meets every Friday evening at the Larbert Cross Scout Hall and anyone interested should contact George Clark on 07718 298100 or at

Salvation Army

Cornerstone Full Gospel Church meet on Sunday from 10.30 a.m. to noon run by Pastor Alex Paton. From 2.30-3.30 p.m. is Sunday Worship led by Major John McCaffrey. On Mondays from 1.55-3 p.m, we have the Home League led by Major Alma Thomas from Bo’ness Salvation Army. Tuesdays from 10-11 a.m. is Headway Falkirk’s Memory Group for people who have a head injury. Please contact Stuart on 07400449433 if you have a problem or a loved one has had Acquired Brain Injury and needs help. Wednesday from 1.30-3.30 p.m. is the Headway Craft Group. At 7 -8 p.m. is the Joint Prayer Meeting. Every Friday from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. is the coffee morning. Every second Saturday of the month wis a men’s breakfast from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. And each third Saturday of the month is a Woman’s Breakfast at the same times. For details call Pastor Alex Paton on 07514 246156.

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. Refreshments and fellowship in the hall after the service. All welcome. On Tuesday the Guild Annual Business Meeting is being held in Tryst Golf Club at 7 for 7.30 p.m. The Prayer Group meet on Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the lesser hall. Further volunteers are required to take part in the Forth Road Bridge Walk for Christian Aid on Saturday, April 25. Please contact Maureen on (01324) 554598 for details.

Stenhouse & Carron

The service on Palm Sunday is at 11.15 a.m. and will be led by Rev. Bill Thomson and members of the Falkirk Presbytery, marking their visit to our Parish. The Young Church (Sunday School) meet during the service and new members are always welcome. The Holy Week services all begin at 7.30 p.m. and are: Monday - Rev. James Todd of Airth Parish Church; Tuesday - Rev. Melville Crosthwaite of Larbert East Parish Church; Wednesday - Stenhouse & Carron’s Young Church; Thursday - Maundy Thursday Communion Service in the hall with Rev. Bill Thomson of Stenhouse & Carron Parish Church; Good Friday - Rev. Andrew Moore of Bothkennar and Carronshore Church. There will be no Wednesday Welcome during Holy Week.

Old Playgroup

Larbert Old Playgroup has vacancies for new members. The playgroup is for children from 2 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). Email for more information or pop in for a visit during session times. Younger siblings also welcome.

Larbert East

On Palm Sunday, the morning service is at 10.30 a.m. and will be led by Rev. Melville Crosthwaite and Ms Anne White, OLM Student in Training. The Young Church will meet in the halls before the service and crèche is held in the Session Room. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be served in the hall afterwards and the Traidcraft Stall will also be there. On Monday, the Banner and Craft Group meet in the Session Room at 2.30 p.m. The Prayer Group meet on Tuesday in the session room at 6.30 p.m. On Thursday, a sale of children’s clothes is held in the Upper Room from 9.15-10.45 a.m. and Weekday Worship is held in the church at 11.15 a.m. This is a short service and everyone is welcome.

Probus Club

At Larbert Bowling Club on St Patrick’s Day, the 30 members of the Larbert & Stenhousemuir Probus Club were welcomed by Vice President Harry Johnston in the absence of President Tom Meikle. A ‘Today in History’ feature preceded the main speaker Douglas Cooper, an amateur astronomer and photographer whose advised how best to watch the solar eclipse. The summer trip on the Union Canal was intimated for Tuesday, April 28. Names were taken and others interested should sign up at the next meeting on March 31 when the speaker will be from the RNLI.

RSCDS Classes

The Summer Scottish Country Dancing classes continue - please refer to the Polmont section. For further details ring Su on (01324) 711576. More information about us can be found on the website


Lively walks in Larbert take place every Tuesday, 10.30 a.m., leave from FVRH, where there is a choice of an hour walk, or a slower 30 minute walk 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 30minute walk or brisker. One hour walk, where you can meet everyone in the cafe after your walk. For more information call (01324) 673703.