Larbert & Stenhousemuir news from Thursday, October 30

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Craft fair

The next Dobbie Hall Craft fair will be held on Saturday, November 8 with free admission from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The very popular fair has something for everyone with a selection of good quality hand made goods from jewellery, fused glass, cards, dolls and teddy bears, wooden goods, knitted baby clothes to novelty hats, sweets and others with something to keep the youngsters busy at the childrens craft corner and the chance to take a break at the tea bar manned by the team from Vale of Carron Rotary club. Come along and support your local crafters with the chance to pick up some unusual and early Christmas gifts.

Community Church

Tryst Community Church will meet in Tryst Community Centre, Park Drive, Stenhousemuir on Sunday at 10 a.m. for a communion service. This will be led by Brian Liddle. There will be tea/coffee after the service. You will be made very welcome.. Watch out for news about the return of our ‘Christmas Explored’ event which will be held at the end of November to coincide with the local switch-on of the Christmas lights. For more information or to talk about the Christian faith, please call 07768 048446.

Ladies Forum

During the last meeting of Larbert Ladies Forum Club on October 21, the president welcomed everyone before introducing speakers for the afternoon. Linda and Jocelyn from The Camphill Trust Blair Drummond gave a very interesting and informative talk and DVD presentation on the great work they do with disabled adults at their premises at Blair Drummond. The vice president gave the vote of thanks. The next meeting is on November 4 and will be a demonstration of chair aerobics.

Zumba Gold

Zumba Gold with Carol continues at the Dobbie Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays 11-11.45 a.m. (main hall). This class is suitable for beginners to exercise, active older participants or those seeking a slower paced lower impact zumba class. Just pop along five or 10 minutes before the class starts or e mail There is also a class at Carrongrange School (next to Larbert High) on Tuesdays between 7 and 8 p.m.

Toddlers Group

Looking for a fun, social activity to fill up your week with your wee one? Come along to Larbert West Toddlers and 2s group! The group is for 0-5yrs and has a dedicated baby corner. It runs on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9.30 until 11.15 a.m. during term time, at Larbert West Church, Main Street, Larbert, FK5 3JF. Your wee one will have some playmates and you can have a chat and a cup of tea or coffee. Call Clare (playleader) on 07870 567116 to reserve your place now.

Larbert Old

You are warmly invited to Larbert Old Church at 11 a.m. on Sunday when the service will be led by the Rev. William Ferguson. Children’s activities and crèche will be provided in the hall where tea and coffee will be available after the service. For further information, email


Walks in Larbert are full of friendly faces, who enjoy the scenery on several routes around this area. Every Tuesday, 10.30 a.m. we 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 a 10.30 a.m. walk, leaviesfrom Stenhousemuir shopping centre, again you can join a slower 30minute (average) walk or brisker 1hr walk, then meet everyone in the cafe after your walk. For more information call 01324 673703.

Larbert West

The Girls’ Brigade is holding a Coffee Morning in the church hall on Saturday between 10 a.m. and noon. The morning service on Sunday is at 10.30 am. and will be conducted by Rev Campbell Campbell-Jack. Creche and Sunday Club facilities are available for all children. Refreshments are available in the hall after the service. There will be a Messy Church at 4 p.m. also on Sunday.

Larbert East

On Sunday, the morning service at 10.30 a.m. will be led by the Rev. Melville Crosthwaite when we will welcome Anne White, our new student. The Young Church meet in the halls before the service and crèche is held in the Session Room. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be available in the hall afterwards and the Traidcraft Stall will also be there. On Monday, the Banner and Craft Group meets in the Session Room at 2.30 p.m. and on Tuesday, the Women’s Group meets in the large hall at 7.30 p.m. when the subject will be the history of Larbert and Stenhousemuir, all welcome. The Kirk Session meets in the small hall on Wednesday at 7 p.m. A sale of children’s clothes is held in the Upper Room on a Thursday morning from 9.15 a.m. till 10.45 a.m. Please enter through the church hall back door. Weekday Worship is also held in the Church on Thursday morning at 11.15 a.m. This is a short service and you will be made most welcome.

Supper Dance

1st Larbert Boys Brigade will be holding a supper dance at the Plough Hotel on Saturday, November 29, at 7.30 p.m. over 18s only. Tickets are priced £10, call Margaret Carr on 01324 570238.

Grace Church

Everyone is warmly welcome to the services this coming Sunday in Carrongrange School at 10 30am, and also at 6pm. Grace Kids meet during the morning service. The Prayer Meeting will be held on Thursday at 7.45 p.m. in the Dawson Mission. There is a ‘unite’ event for secondary school pupils from all the Larbert churches in the Dawson Mission this Friday at 7 30 p.m. This is a live concert by the group ‘Royal Foundlings’. The annual dedication service for the work of LCYT will take place in Carrongrange School on Friday, November 7 at 7 30 p.m.

RSCDS Classes

Scottish 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 details ring Alison on (01324) 631363. More information about us can be found at

Winter Fayre

Stenhouse & Carron Church’s annual Winter Fayre will be held in the Dobbie Hall, Larbert, on Saturday 1st November at 2.00 p.m. The attractions include: silent auction, books and records, candles and jewellery, knock ‘em down, cards and crafts, hot dogs, bouncy castle, face painting, jazz band etc.

Stenhouse & Carron

The service on Sunday is at 11.15 a.m. and will be led by the Rev. Bill Thomson. The Young Church (Sunday School) meets during the service and new members are always welcome. Light refreshments will be available in the hall after the service. The Ladies Group meet in the hall on Monday at 7.30 p.m. when Madge Spencer will give a talk on “Tai Chi/Qigong”. 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.”

Salvation Army

Community Church gives a warm welcome to anyone who wants to come to any church meetings. Meetings are as follows: Cornerstone Full Gospel Church hold their Sunday Morning Worship from 10.30 - noon. Pastor Alex Paton will be leading the service. Sunday Worship with the Salvation Army is from 2.30 - 3.30 p.m. Major John McCaffrey will lead the worship. The Monday Home League will be from 1.55 - 3 p.m. Alma Thomas from Bo’ness Salvation will be taking 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. The Craft Group is every Wednesday, except the last, when there is a committee meeting. Wednesday from 1.30 - 3.30 p.m. Joint Prayer Group every Wednesday evening from 7 - 8 p.m. Coffee Morning from 10 - noon every Friday. All the baking and tea and coffee donations will go back into our community program. Every second Saturday of the month there is a Men’s Breakfast from 9.30 - 12.30 p.m. And every third Saturday from 9.30 - 12.30 p.m. there is a Women’s Breakfast. Please come join us as we worship the Lord Jesus Christ!

Car Boot Sale

The Dobbie Hall car boot is on 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 8pm. 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.


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.a.m to 11.a.m. There is also a Monday Twos club from 9.30 till 11.a.m. and a Toddlers Group goes ahead on a Wednesday from 9.30. till 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 and 9p.m. The group would be happy to welcome new members .

Toddlers and Twos

The group 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. 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

Aerobics and conditioning classes are every Tuesday and Thursday in Larbert West Church from 6.25 -7.30.p.m. Further information from Sheila on (01324) 634192, or 07859933877.

Quiz Night

Tonight, Thursday, the quiz goes on as usual in the lounge of the former Warriors Club at 8p.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 832188. Or, if you would like the Chorus to come and entertain your group or organisation, please contact secretary, Bill, on 712362. The Chorus can also be contacted via their e.mail address, and further information is contained within their website,

Bowling Club

Larbert Bowling Club would be happy to accommodate new members and information is available at the bar. Meanwhile, Cash bingo goes ahead every Monday at in the club’s Pretoria Road premises.

Centenary Fundraiser

Stenhousemuir Bowling Club celebrates its Centenary next year and is fund raising to give the Church Street premises a makeover before the event. To this end a bumper prize bingo goes ahead in the clubhouse on Wednesday, November 26, 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 50 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 981 949 or from the box office on 01324 715886.

Carron Rotary

There was a feeling of change in the air as Rotary Club of Vale of Carron President Jill Dewar welcomed members and guests, former Denny Rotarian Lachlan McGowan and Rotarian Alistair Neilson, to an Extraordinary Business Meeting at the Plough Hotel, Stenhousemuir. Following an enjoyable meal we finalised plans for a charity bag pack at ASDA Stenhousemuir on Saturday, November 1 when all monies raised will go to local charities. Come and say Hello! For our Christmas collections we are escorting Santa and his Sleigh to the Denny and Bonnybridge areas during the first two weeks of December. As part of the ongoing conversation for the development of the club, President-Elect Ken Drummond PHF outlined a draft proposal for the next two-three years. 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.