Larbert & Stenhousemuir news from Thursday, May 29

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Carron Rotary

President Jean Geddes of the Rotary Club of Vale of Carron welcomed members and guests District 1020 Assistant Governor Ken Robertson, Helen Tew and Miles Tew to the weekly meeting in the Plough Hotel, Stenhousemuir. After a meal and some items of business Rotarian Don Murray introduced Helen Tew from The Butterfly Trust, a charity which empowers people with Cystic Fibrosis in Scotland. Cystic Fibrosis is a genetically-inherited, life-limiting condition with one in 25 people carrying the faulty gene that causes the condition. Young people with the condition must endure an intensive daily treatment delivered at home by trained family carers. Providing this specialised care is physically and emotionally demanding as well as expensive and the impact is felt by the whole family. The Butterfly Trust was founded in 2002 to provide support to the Cystic Fibrosis community of Scotland. The aim is that people living with Cystic Fibrosis will have access to the support they need to ensure they can benefit from optimum home care and enjoy the best possible quality of life in the community. This means providing practical help and advocacy to promote their rights by giving them a voice in areas that include housing, finance, education, employment and independent living. Emotional support and counselling is offered to help relieve stress and grants are available to alleviate financial hardship. Rotarian June Kirkwood thanked Helen for her passionate, knowledgeable and well-presented explanation of a little known condition. ADG Ken Robertson congratulated the Rotary Club of Vale of Carron on another busy and successful year. With more members the achievements could be even greater. 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.

Larbert Old

Larbert Old Playgroup has sessions on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9.30-11.25 a.m. in Larbert Old Parish Church Hall. Check out the Facebook page or call Kirstie on 07904 185367 for more details. Mondays are currently full with a waiting list in operation.

Car Boot

Following the festive period, the Dobbie Hall car boot sale takes place every Wednesday from 8.30 a.m. until 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 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 at 8.15-9 p.m.

Toddler Group

Toddlers Tots and Twos 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 9.30-11 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

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 (01324) 712362. The Chorus can also be contacted via their email address and additional information is contained within their website

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 club has arranged another cabaret for Friday, June 13, when back by popular demand is keyboards/vocalist Tony Andrews. The event runs from 8.30 p.m. until midnight and tickets, priced £5, can be booked at the bar. Meanwhile, cash bingo goes ahead every Monday at 7.30 p.m. in the Pretoria Road premises.

Stenhousemuir Bowling

Stenhousemuir Bowling Club features another cabaret evening on Saturday, May 31, when the Motown Divas top the bill. The act takes the stage around 9 p.m. after the bingo and David Taylor will fill the gaps in the evening’s programme with his disco. There are still a few tickets available priced £6 and enquiries can be made at the bar.

Larbert East

On Communion Sunday the morning service at 10.30 a.m. is our Annual Family Communion, led by Rev. Melville Crosthwaite and Mrs Isabelle McMillan (Reader in Training) with the Young Church taking part. The Young Church meet as usual in the halls before the service. 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. The Afternoon Communion is at 2.30 p.m. also led by Melville and Isabelle. A retiring offering will be taken at both services for CRY, (Cardiac Risk in the Young). Sunday will be Isabelle’s last time with us so please come to say farewell to her. The Prayer Group meet on Tuesday at 6.30 p.m. in the Session Room. On Thursday morning a sale of children’s clothes is held in the Upper Room from 9.15-10.45 a.m. Please enter through the church hall back door. Weekday Worship is held in the church on Thursday morning at 11.15 a.m. This is a short service and everyone is welcome.

Community Church

Tryst Community Church will meet for a Communion Service in Tryst Community Centre, Park Drive, Stenhousemuir on Sunday, June 1 at 10 a.m. Prayer Time on Tuesday, June 3 at 8.15 p.m. All warmly welcomed at these services. For more information or a chat about the Christian faith call 07768 048446.

Church Concert

In Stenhouse and Carron Church on Saturday, May 31 at 2.30 p.m. Pink Flute, a flute ensemble from the City Music School of Mönchengladbach, will perform music from Mozart, Handel, Vivaldi and Bach. Entry is by donation.

Larbert West

The Guild outing is on Saturday with the bus leaving from the church at 11 a.m. The service on Sunday at 10.30 a.m. will be conducted by Mr Arthur Stewart. Creche and Sunday Club facilities for all children. Fellowship and refreshments in the hall after the service. All welcome. Pastoral care is being provided by Rev. Dr Campbell Campbell-Jack. On Wednesday at 1 p.m. the Prayer Group meet in the lesser hall.

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. During the morning service Grace Kids, for those of primary school age, meet. Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated at the morning service. The Prayer Meeting will be held in the Dawson Mission on Thursday at 7.45 p.m. Church outing will be on Saturday, June 7. For more details contact Fiona. Next holiday club planning meeting is on June 14.

Metafit Classes

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

Probus Club

New President, Tom Meikle, held a committee meeting of the Larbert & Stenhousemuir Probus Club on May 19 to consider arrangements for the 2014/15 syllabus. The tentative proposals previously suggested were well in hand with wide ranging topics from ‘The Steeple’ to ‘Street Pastors’ and ‘Communities on the Carron’ to ‘Clydesiders’. With the initial speaker, Iain Robertson, on ‘Renewable Energy’ on Tuesday, September 30 at 2 p.m. in the Larbert Bowling Club, existing and new members will again be welcomed for a winter session. Anyone considering membership should be assured the Probus Club is a very pleasant way of getting together with others who largely have retired from their PROfession or BUSiness (Probus); to spend a couple of hours every fortnight to share in fellowship and hear speakers on topical subjects as well as occasional entertainment and outings.

Salvation Army

Stenhousemuir Salvation Army Community Church want to give a warm welcome to anyone who wants to go to any of the church meetings as follows: Cornerstone Full Gospel Church hold their Sunday morning worship from 10.30 a.m. till noon, Pastor Alex Paton will be leading the service. Sunday worship with the Salvation Army is from 2.30-3.30 p.m. with a cup of tea before the meeting. Major John McCaffrey will be taking the meeting. Monday Home League will be from 1.55-3 p.m. Major John McCaffrey will be leading the meeting. 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. Wednesday Craft Group is from 1.30-3.30 p.m. Church joint Prayer Group is every Wednesday evening from 7-8 p.m. If you believe in the power of prayer, please join in and see God being glorified through the prayers that are answered. The Friday Coffee Morning will be from 10 a.m. till 12 noon every Friday. Saturday, June 21 will be the Women’s Breakfast where Andrea Brown will be sharing. Andrea is a local woman with a love for the Lord, so go hear her testimony. It will be from 9.30 a.m. till 12.30 p.m. So go bring a friend an enjoy the fellowship of other ladies.

Larbert Rotary

Larbert Rotary Club is organising an Abba tribute night on Saturday, June 14 in the Dobbie Hall, Larbert at 7.30 p.m. The evening features the UK’s leading Abba tribute band, Swede Dreamz, and tickets are priced at £12 each. This is a bring your own bottle event. Tickets are available from the Falkirk Steeple Box office, Sisman’s newsagents, Stenhousemuir, The Quick Stop shop in Main Street, Larbert, and from Larbert Rotarians. The monies raised will be in aid of Strathcarron Hospice. 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.

Larbert Old

A warm and open invitation to Larbert Old Church of Scotland at 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 1 when the service will be led by Rev. John Brown. Crèche and children’s activities are provided. Please join us in the hall afterwards for tea and coffee. Please also join us for the Service at Caledonian Court at 2.30 p.m. Further information, email

Braveheart Walk

Lively walks in Larbert are full of friendly faces, who enjoy the scenery on several different routes around this area. Every Tuesday, 10.30 a.m. leave from F.V.R.H. where there is a choice of an hour walk, or a shorter 30 minute walk both finishing in the cafe afterwords. Also a Friday 10.30 a.m. walk, leaving from Stenhousemuir shopping centre, again you can join everyone in the cafe after your walk. For more information call 01324 673703.