Larbert & Stenhousemuir news from Thursday, November 13

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Zumba Classes

Zumba with Carol continues at the Dobbie Hall on Thursdays 7-8 p.m. and also class at Carrongrange School on Tuesdays 7-8 p.m. Zumba Gold with Carol continues at the Dobbie Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays 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.

Car Boot

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 Mondays 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 between 8.15-9 p.m.

Toddler Group

Toddlers, Tots and Twos meet 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 and 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 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

A prize bingo goes ahead on Thursday, November 27, at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are £1 and are available now, or at the door on the night. The event is in aid of Strathcarron Hospice and Beatson Hospital, Glasgow. A good turnout would be appreciated and all are welcome. The club, meanwhile, 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.

150th Anniversary

Stenhousemuir Bowling Club celebrates its 150th birthday next year and is currently fund raising to give the Church Street premises a complete makeover before the event. To this end a bumper prize bingo goes ahead in the clubhouse on Wednesday, November 26, at 7, for 7.30.p.m. Tickets, priced £1, are available from the bar and players should take along a cup.

Tryst Theatre

The award winning Tryst Theatre promises outrageous five-star X rated hilarity with their new play at the Dobbie Hall in early December. ‘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. In the tatty glamour, loud music and flashing lights of the seedy club we meet the smooth talking DJ, the lager swilling lads, the lipsticked, lacquered girls, the late-night kebab man and many more. In all the four actors play over fifty different characters. Fast, frantic and fantastically funny, ‘Bouncers’ – which has strong language – will be staged in the Dobbie Hall from December 8-10 at 7.30 p.m. nightly. Tickets - £10 and £7 concessions – are available from the Tryst 24-hour booking line on 07597 981949 or from the box office on (01324) 715886.

Burnhead Cabaret

Burnhead Bowling Club presents a cabaret evening on Saturday, November 22, when the much lauded Legends take the stand around 9 p.m. The group performs a wide variety of music and are extremely popular. Tickets priced £8 available from John Beattie on (01324) 553366.

Stenhouse & Carron

The service on Sunday is at 11.15 a.m. and will be led by Rev. Danny Mathers. The Young Church (Sunday School) meet during the service and new members are always welcome. 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.

Metafit Class

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.

Maggie’s Fundraiser

In 2015 a new Maggie’s Centre will open in the grounds of Forth Valley Hospital. Maggie’s Centres give emotional, financial and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends. Campbell Barrowman, a local artist, has advanced prostate cancer. His wife Fiona and son are regular users of the Maggie’s Centre, Edinburgh. In appreciation for the support they have received, he has donated a large framed print of St. Andrews to raffle for Maggie’s Forth Valley. Tickets are £1. There are now only a few tickets available and can be bought at the Clydesdale Bank, Hallam Road, Stenhousemuir where the draw will take place on December 3 at 2 p.m.

Larbert Rotary

Rotary Club of Vale of Carron President Jill Dewar welcomed members and guest, Rotarian Alistair Neilson, to a business meeting in the Plough Hotel, Stenhousemuir. Following the meal and chat members dealt with a full agenda. The recent ASDA bag pack donated £734 for local causes including Strathcarron Hospice. Rotarian Gerry Dewar ensured the event went smoothly and ASDA staff were most helpful. The Santa Sleigh Christmas Collection will run from December 1 in the Denny /Bonnybridge areas and will be spread over two weeks for the first time. Rotarian Colin Mather briefed on preparations which include brightening up the sleigh. Monies raised will go to Strathcarron Hospice, The Driving Force, Denny and Falkirk Foodbank. Look out for posters soon. As part of ongoing Club development Rotarian Ken Drummond PHF spoke of his recent activities producing promotional material.

We are delighted to see visitors on Wednesdays. 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 our club website. Please also follow us on Twitter @ValeofCarron and on Facebook.

Larbert Old

You are warmly invited to Larbert Old Church at 11 a.m. on Sunday, November 16 led by Rev. Gordon Mathew. Children’s activities and Crèche will be provided in the hall, where tea and coffee will be available after the Service. The Kirk Session will meet on Tuesday, November 18 7 p.m. Further information, email

Larbert East

On Sunday, the morning service is at 10.30 a.m. and will be led by Rev. Melville Crosthwaite and Mrs Anne White (Student). The Young Church meet as usual in the halls before the service and crèche is held in the Session Room. Tea/coffee and biscuits are available in the hall after the service and the Traidcraft Stall will also be there. The Banner and Craft Group meet in the Session Room on a Monday at 2.30 p.m. The Prayer Group meet in the Session Room on Tuesday at 6.30 p.m. and the Women’s Group meet in the large hall on Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. On Thursday, KCB hold a sale of children’s clothes in the Upper Room from 9.15-10.45 a.m. Enter through the church hall back door. Weekday Worship is at 11.15 a.m. on a Thursday morning. All welcome. Advance notice is given of our Christmas Fayre which will be held on Saturday, November 22, at 2 p.m. Admission £1, payable at the door. All the usual stalls.

Larbert Rotary

The Rotary Club of Larbert in conjunction with Larbert East Church are hosting a gala concert by the internationally acclaimed Phoenix Choir in Larbert East Church on Saturday, 15 November. Sponsored by The Co-operative Funeralcare, and with all proceeds being split between the church and the Rotary club, tickets are now on sale priced £8 and are available from the Steeple Box Office or from club members.

Lodge Carron

The lodge was well represented at the war memorial at the Dobbie hall on Sunday, November 9. It was an honor to be with the other groups which included many school children from local schools. They were a credit to their teachers and parents. Same for the Army cadets and Boys brigade. The Lodge has an enquiry and Gcm on Monday, November 17 at 7.30 p.m.

Salvation Army

Stenhousemuir Salvation Army Community Church want to give you a warm welcome to anyone who wants to come to any of our church meetings. Meetings are as follows - Cornerstone Full Gospel Church hold their Sunday morning worship from 10.30 a.m. to noon led by Pastor Alex Paton. Sunday Worship with the Salvation Army is from 2.30-3.30 p.m. with a cup of tea before. Major John McCaffrey will be taking the meeting. Monday Home League will be from 1.55-3 p.m. led by Home League Secretary Margaret Ross. 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 will be from 1.30-3.30 p.m. Church Joint Prayer Group is every Wednesday evening from 7-8 p.m. Each Friday we have our coffee and tea morning from 10 a.m. to noon. Every second Saturday of the month we hold a men’s breakfast from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. And every third Saturday of the month we have our Woman’s Breakfast from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

41 Club

Larbert and Falkirk 41 Club’s next meeting is on Monday, November 17 at the Cladhan Hotel from 7 p.m. Guest speaker is Malcolm Allan, from Malcom Allan Butchers. If you are over 45 and a former member of Round Table and want to attend the meeting, or find out more, email by Thursday, November 13.

Supper Dance

1st Larbert Boys Brigade will be holding a supper dance at the Plough Hotel on November 29 at 7.30 p.m. Over 18s only, tickets are £10, contact Margaret Carr on (01324) 570238 to book.

Larbert Rotary

President Ronnie Laing PHF welcomed members to last Wednesday’s meeting at Carmuirs Golf Club. After dinner, final preparations were discussed for the forthcoming Phoenix Choir concert that the club is staging in conjunction with Larbert East Church. Grant Alexander then introduced the evenings speaker, Zander Caven who gave a presentation that showcased his collection of photographs of Larbert through the years. Zander enthralled his audience with anecdotes that had been shared with him by those who had sent him copies of photographs to add to his collection. This now stands at over 2000 photos. After questions, Andrew Gillespie PHF gave the vote of thanks. Anyone looking to find out more about Rotary or interested in visiting the club can contact through our website at

Grace Church

Everyone is warmly welcome to the services this coming Sunday in Carrongrange School at 10.30 a.m., 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. Thanks to all who contributed to the Blythswood Shoebox Appeal.

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 a time of fellowship in the hall after the service.All welcome.On Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. The Guild meet in the lesser hall when Rev. Donald Scott will address his topic ‘Behind the Mask’. The Prayer Group meet on Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the lesser hall. Next Thursday, November 20, Larbert Mens’ Christian Association meet in the hall at 7.30 p.m. when Mr Eric Appelbe, chairman of the local community council will address the company.

Braveheart Walks

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. 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.

Scottish Dancing

Get your body and mind in shape! The local RSCDS class meets in the Age Concern Hall, Larbert from 7.30 to 9 p.m. on a Monday night. Beginners please refer to our classes in the Laurieston section. For further details ring Alison on (01324) 631363. More information about us can be found on the website

Tryst Church

Tryst Community Church will meet in Tryst Community Centre, Park Drive, Stenhousemuir on Sunday, November 16 at 10 a.m. Worship will be followed by a report from Norman Liddle, of the Scottish Bible Society, on his recent trip to Rwanda. Come and hear about the impact that the Bible has made there. There will be tea/coffee after the Service. We will also have our usual Prayer Time in the Centre on Tuesday, November 18 at 8.15 p.m. Only two weeks to go until we present the 2014 version of ‘Christmas Explored’ on Saturday, November 29 from 2-4.30 p.m. in the Plough Hotel Car Park. This is a supporting event for the local switch-on of the Christmas lights. We hope you will plan to come to see the Nativity Story presented ‘live’. For more information or to talk about the Christian faith, please call 07768 048446.

West Playgroup

Looking for a fun, social activity to fill up your week with your wee one(s)? Come along to Larbert West Toddlers and Twos Group. The group is for 0-5 years and has a dedicated baby corner. It runs on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9.30-11.15 a.m. during term time, at Larbert West Church, Main Street. Your wee one(s) will have some playmates and you can have a chat and a cup of tea or coffee. Call playleader Clare on 07870 567 116 to reserve your place now.