Larbert & Stenhousemuir news from Thursday, October 9

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Lodge Carron 139

The Lodge conferred the Master Mason degree on one candidate on Wednesday, October 8. Please note the Lodge is holding an Emergency meeting on Wednesday, October 15, at 7.30 p.m. Business Entered apprentice degree.


With CAROL continues at the Dobbie Hall on Thursdays 7-8 p.m. and Sundays 6-7 p.m. Also class at Carrongrange School (next to Larbert High) on Tuesdays 7-8 p.m. Just pop along or email or Facebook ZUMBA WITH CAROL for more information. A warm welcome awaits all.

Vale of Carron

Rotary Club President Jill Dewar welcomed members to the monthly business meeting at the Plough Hotel, Stenhousemuir. After another enjoyable meal there were discussions regarding plans for the Santa Sleigh Christmas Collections and the Craft Fair Café. With updates on some social events and the start of discussions on a membership action plan it was a useful and full meeting. If you are interested in helping the community by joining Rotary, or want to learn more about us, contact Joe on 07849 197330 or visit our club website. Please also follow us on Twitter @ValeofCarron and on Facebook.

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 5-10minutes prior to class starting (main hall) or e mail or contact my Facebook pages ZUMBA WITH CAROL, ZUMBA GOLD WITH CAROL for more details.

Boot Sale

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 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.

Broomage Club

There is a chance to hear the best of Scottish and Irish Folk Music when Mak-A-Din appears at the club this Sunday between 4 and 7 p.m. Admission is free and all are welcome. 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 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 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 9 p.m. The group would be happy to welcome new members – whatever the standard.

Toddlers Group

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 every Tuesday and Thursday in Larbert West Church from 6.25 until 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.

Dog Runs

Larbert man Jim Campbell has created a facility to take the worry out of dog walking. Jim has some six runs at the premises near Larbert viaduct where dog owners can exercise their pets in safety. Jim already has owners using the runs and would be happy to supply further information on (01324) 873498.

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, contact 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,

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

Bowling Club

In Larbert Bowling Club tonight (Thursday), the club’s long standing support for the Guide Dogs For the Blind continues when a prize bingo goes ahead at 7.30 p.m. Entry is £1 and players are asked to bring along a cup. The club would be happy to accommodate new members and information is available at the bar. Meanwhile, cash bingo goes ahead every Monday at 7.30 p.m. in the club’s Pretoria Road premises.

Probus Club

On September 30, 26 members of the Larbert & Stenhousemuir Probus Club welcomed Iain Robertson who had spoken a few years ago on Renewable Energy. He was able to update the members on the current political and financial developments affecting the targets seeking to be achieved by the government as it strives to meet and exceed EU aims in the next decade. Whilst wind turbines such as those currently being constructed at Todhill Farm, Larbert would be a mainstay in ‘renewables’ for some time, under-sea tide turbines would in due course also take a place in the varied toolkit of renewables, particularly as tides are more reliable than wind. However, for many years nuclear and coal power stations would be very much be required to ensure continuity of supply. The next meeting at Larbert Bowling Club will be on Tuesday at 2 p.m. when Margaret McLeish will relate her experiences as a ‘Clydesider’ volunteer at the recent Commonwealth Games. Existing and new members will be welcome as bowling, holiday and gardening seasons come to an end! Members might try personal invitations to neighbours or friends to come along and so boost numbers and warmth of the fellowship for speakers. A larger membership also enhances the in-house interest in events and outings.

Salvation Army

The 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: 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. Major Margaret Hall 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. We also have our Craft Group each Wednesday from 1.30 - 3.30 p.m. The Church Joint Prayer Group is every Wednesday evening from 7 - 8 p.m. Coffee Morning from 10 - noon every Friday, all baking and tea and coffee donations will go back into our community program. Saturday, Otober 18 will be the Women’s Breakfast from 9.30 - 12.30 p.m. This month Jean Black will be the guest speaker. Please come join in and be part of what is happening with us.

Larbert East

On Sunday the morning service at 10.30 a.m. will be led by the Rev. Melville Crosthwaite. The Young Church meet in the halls before the service. Crèche is held in the Session Room. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be served 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. On Tuesday the Prayer Group meet in the Session Room at 6.30 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. Enter through Church hall back door. Weekday Worship is also held on a Thursday in the Church at 11.15 a.m. This is a short service and everyone is 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. Generate, for secondary school kids, meets in the Dawson Mission this Saturday at 7 p.m. Grace Kids, for children of primary school age, meet during the morning service. The Prayer Meeting will be held in the Dawson Mission on Thursday at 7.45 p.m. Thanks to all who gave so generously to the work of the Barnabas Trust.

Larbert Old

You are warmly invited to Larbert Old Church at 11 a.m. on Sunday. 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. The Kirk Session will meet in the Rennie Lounge at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Further information, email:

Larbert West

Tomorrow (Friday) there is a Dedication Service for Larbert Men’s Christian Association in Stenhouse and Carron Church at 7.30 p.m. to which Larbert West men are cordially invited. 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 Wednesday at 1 p.m. the Prayer Group meet in the lesser hall.

Toddler Group

Looking for a fun, social activity to fill up your week with your wee one(s)? Come along to Larbert West Toddlers and 2’s Group! The group is for 0-5yrs and has a dedicated baby corner. It runs on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9.30 a.m. until 11.15 a.m., during term time, at Larbert West Church, Main Street, Larbert. Your wee one(s) will have some playmates and you can have a chat and a cup of tea or coffee. Telephone Clare (playleader) on 07870 567 116 to reserve your place now.

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). Please contact Kirstie on 07904 185367 for more details or email to arrange a visit. Younger siblings also welcome.

Stenhouse & Carron

The Larbert Men’s Christian Association’s dedication service and communion will be held in the church on Friday evening at 7.30 p.m. The service on Sunday is at 11.15 a.m. and will be led by the Rev. Bill Thomson. The Young Church (Sunday School) meet during the service and new members are always welcome. The Guild meet in the hall on Monday evening at 7.30 p.m. when Brian Watters will give a presentation on the history of Stenhouse & Carron Church. 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.”

Rotary Club

President Ronnie Laing PHF welcomed members and guest Gordon Barnaby to last Wednesday’s meeting at Carmuirs Golf Club. After dinner and a full discussion, the club approved the disbursement of funds to a number of local charities. The evenings speaker was Stuart Comrie from Verifier Ltd. Verifier install and maintain fire and security systems throughout Central Scotland. Stuart talked in detail and showed video clips of a number of products including intruder alarms, CCTV systems and fire detection devices. He concluded a very enjoyable talk by explaining how SmartWater, a traceable asset marking system, is now beginning to be widely used in an effort to curb crime. After questions, Allan French PHF gave the vote of thanks. 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.

Tryst Church

Meet in Tryst Community Centre, Park Drive, Stenhousemuir on Sunday at 10 a.m. for Worship and Bible teaching. The teaching will focus on The Message of Zechariah and will be led by Brian Liddle. There will be time for tea/coffee after the service. Prayer Time in the Centre on Tuesday at 8.15 p.m. You will be made very welcome at either of these services. For more information or to talk about the Christian faith, please call 07768 048446.

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. 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 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 can meet everyone in the cafe after your walk. For more information call (01324) 673703.