Larbert & Stenhousemuir news from Thursday, November 20

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Lodge Carron

The Lodge had the annual visitation of PGL on November 12. A very large deputation headed by RWPGM Andrew McKinnon attended. This will be Brother McKinnon’s last visit as RWPGM as his term is up in the new year. He has been a well respected and popular RWPGM, being a quiet and dignified man. The degree they witnessed was a fellow craft conferred on one candidate. The next meeting at Lodge Carron will be a Master mason degree on Wednesday, November 26. This will be RWM William Cochrane Campbell’s last degree as RWM. A large turn out is expected as the RWM has been a fine example and role model of a free mason over his term. He set a high standard and is well respected among all brethren in the province of Stirlingshire but no more so as in his mother lodge. Brother Campbell will continue to serve the Lodge as Almoner and we hope will have many years of health left to continue his duties.

Salvation Army

Stenhousemuir Salvation Army welcomes all to meetings, which are as follows: Cornerstone Full Gospel Church from 10.30 a.m. to noon led by Pastor Alex Paton. The Salvation Army Sunday Worship is from 1.55-3.30 p.m. led by Major John McCaffrey. Monday Home League is from 1.55-3 p.m. with guest speaker Major Alma Thomas from Bo’ness Salvation Army. Headway Falkirk’s Memory Group hold their meeting from 10-11 a.m. If you or a loved one need help through Acquired Brain Injury, please contact Stuart on 07400 449433. Headway Falkirk’s Wednesday Craft Group is from 1.30-3.30 p.m. Joint Prayer Meeting on Wednesday from 7-8 p.m. Friday Coffee and Tea Morning from 10 a.m. to noon. Men’s Breakfast is every second Saturday of the month from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Woman’s Breakfast is every third Saturday of the month from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

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

North Broomage

The festive period at the club begins with a Christmas Special on Saturday, December 13, when duo Stoatin features along with a Disco. Entry is free and the night kicks off at 7.30 p.m. A Hogmanay Party has also been arranged for 7.30 p.m. till late and on this occasion Wheels provides the music along with a Disco. Tickets, priced £12.50 include a light snack and further information is available at the bar. Meanwhile, 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.

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.

Badmninton Club

The club meets in the games hall at Larbert High School every Monday between 8.15 and 9p.m.

Toddler Group

Toddlers Tots and Twos meet 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 07859933877.

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 in the club’s Pretoria Road premises.

Centenary Celebration

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 are £10 (£7) available from the Tryst 24 hour booking line on 07597 981 949 or from the box office on (01324) 715886.

Burnhead Cabaret

Burnhead Bowling Club presents a cabaret evening this Saturday 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 are £8, available from John Beattie on (01324) 553366.

Prize Bingo

The 89th Scout Group are holding a fund raising Prize Bingo in Robertson Court on December 2, at 7.30 p.m. Entry will be by ticket only and further information is available by calling (01324) 556373.

Stenhouse & Carron

The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated during the service on Sunday at 11.15 a.m. The worship will be conducted by Rev. Bill Thomson. 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.

Larbert West

Today (Thursday) there is an open meeting by Larbert Men’s Christian Association in the hall at 7.30 p.m. when Mr Eric Appelbe, chairman of the local Community Council will address the company. All welcome. 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. The annual congregational lunch in the hall follows immediately after the service and to which all are invited. The Prayer Group meet on Wednesday in the lesser hall at 1 p.m. and there is a meeting of the Kirk Session at 7.30 p.m. On Saturday, November 29 the Boys’ Brigade are holding a supper dance in The Plough Hotel at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are priced £10 and can be obtained from Mary Morrison or any member of the company. All support would be very appreciated.

Rotary Club

Thanks to everyone who attended the internationally acclaimed Phoenix Choir Concert held in conjunction with Larbert East church last Saturday evening. At last Wednesdays meeting, President Ronnie Laing PHF introduced and inducted new Rotarian Alan Boyne in to the club. The schedule for this years Santa Sleigh was then finalised that will see Santa visiting Airth, Plean, Cowie and Tesco Camelon during December. The club then agreed to the disbursement of funds in excess of £5000 to a number of local, national and international causes. Full details will shortly be available on our website at where details of all our activities can also be found.

Larbert Old

You are warmly invited to Larbert Old Church at 11 a.m. on Sunday, November 23 led by Rev. John Brown. Children’s activities and crèche will be provided in the hall, where tea and coffee will be available after the service. The Congregational Board will meet on Tuesday, November 25 at 7 p.m. The Pastoral Group will meet on Wednesday, November 26 at 2 p.m. For further information email

Christmas Fayre

Larbert East Church is holding their Christmas Fayre in the Church hall on Saturday, from 2-4 p.m. Admission is £1 and payable at the door. All the usual stalls including home baking, bric-a-brac, jewellery, toiletries, books, dvds, jigsaws, candy, preserves, soft goods and toys. Donations welcome, and can be handed into the church hall on Friday from 5.30 p.m. and Saturday morning from 9 a.m. Refreshments will be served in the Church and entertainment will be provided by the Young Church (with help from some of the congregation’s musicians) at 3 p.m.

Larbert East

On Sunday the morning service at 10.30 a.m will be led by Rev. Melville Crosthwaite and Mrs Anne White. This is our .Gift Service and this year we are supporting the Samaritan’s Purse Shoebox Appeal. We will also confirm seven people into full membership of the Church. The Young Church meet as usual in the halls before the service and crèche is held in the Session Room. Tea/coffee will be served in the hall afterwards and the Traidcraft Stall will be available too. Weekday Worship is held in the Church on a Thursday morning at 11.15 a.m. This is a short service. Please come along, you will be made most welcome.

Tryst Church

Tryst Community Church will meet in Tryst Community Centre, Park Drive, Stenhousemuir on Sunday at 10 a.m. for worship and Bible teaching. The Bible teaching will be led by Peter Henderson and will be followed by tea/coffee. Prayer Time in the centre on Tuesday, November 25 at 8.15 p.m. Final preparations are now under way for 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 joint initiative with the Tryst Community Development Group and is scheduled to precede the local switch-on of the Christmas lights. Look out for more local publicity and plan to join us to visit the Nativity Story animals and meet the ‘Bethlehem people’. For more information or to talk about the Christian faith, please call 07768 048446.

Probus Club

Around 30 members of Larbert and Stenhousemuir Probus Club welcomed Geoff Bailey, local historian and archaeologist, November 11. His presentation entitled “Forth Front” was a carefully researched compilation of activities before and during WW2 affecting the people, industries and social structure alongside the Forth River. From Landing Craft made at Alloa and crew, trained and billeted at Bo’ness to torpedoes made at Castlelaurie and secretly moved out at night. Fascinating stories of women welders and decommissioned craft going to the Ethiopian Navy; and indeed much more. Ian Scott an appreciative listener and fellow historian gave an enthusiastic vote of thanks. The next meeting will be on November 25 when Fred Daniels will illustrate the hidden aspects of travel in China. Members should also return menu requirements for the Social on December 9.

Ladeside PALS

Ladeside Primary School Parent Council (PALS) are holding a meeting on Monday, November 24 at 7 p.m. in the school. Parents, grandparents and carers welcome. Further details available at

Country 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

Braveheart Walks

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 FVRH, where there is a choice of an hour walk, or a slower walk (average 30 minutes) 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 30 minute (average) walk or brisker one hour walk where you an meet everyone in the cafe after your walk. For more information call (01324) 673703.

Community Council

The next meeting of Larbert, Stenhousemuir and Torwood Community Council will take place on Monday, November 24 at 7.15 p.m. in Larbert Old Church. All are welcome to attend and contribute. There will be an update from Network Rail on the bridgeworks and a presentation from the Tryst Community Sports Club. If you can’t attend, but have a matter you wish to raise, please e-mail or call (01324) 875492. You can also contact us via our webpage (, Facebook (/LSTCommunityCouncil) or Twitter (@LST_CC).

Old Playgroup

Larbert Old Playgroup has vacancies for new members. The Playgroup is for children from two 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). Please contact Kirstie on 07904 185367 for more details or emaill to arrange a visit. Younger siblings also welcome.

Prize Bingo

Larbert Playgroup Charity Fundraiser Bingo Night will be held at the North Broomage Social Club on Friday, November 21 at 7.30 p.m. Fantastic prizes to be won. Tea/coffee and home baking will be available. Bring along a cup. All welcome.

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. Generate, for those of secondary school age, meets in the Dawson Mission on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Christmas Fayre

Christmas Fayre at Carronbank House Nursery in Carron on Sunday, December 7 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Funds raised will be split between the nursery and Yorkhill. Stenhousemuir F.C coaches and others will be doing a sponsored man wax. There will be stalls, face painting and coffee/tea and cakes. All welcome.