Maddiston news from Thursday,

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Credit Union

Savings are safe with Falkirk District Credit Union and low cost loans are available once regular savings established. Anyone who lives or works in the area within the boundary of Falkirk Council can join, junior savers welcome. For details on how to join please phone the main office in Grangemouth on (01324) 473695, visit our website www.falkirkcreditunion.co.uk or pop into your local branch at Maddiston Community Education Centre, which is open every Friday from 10 a.m.-noon.

Salvation Army

A warm welcome awaits you at Maddiston Salvation Army. Morning Worship is every Sunday at 10.30 a.m. in the Salvation Army Centre, Main Street, Maddiston. The weekly programme is as follows: Tuesday - Lunch Club, 12.30 p.m.; Ladies’ Meeting, 2 p.m.; Kids Club (5 - 12 year olds), 5.30 p.m. Thursday - Parent & Toddlers, 9.30 a.m.; Bible Study, 6 p.m. Friday - Parent & Toddlers, 9.30 a.m. All welcome. For further information contact (01324) 711973. The organisation is looking to develop our programme and is always looking for volunteers.

Camera Club

Anyone with an interest in taking photographs, or photography generally, is invited to attend the above club when it meets every Wednesday in The Braes Children and Family Centre in Forgie Crescent from 7 - 8.30 p.m. The group, which has changed name to Braes Camera Club, has operated for some time at the site and the organisers would be happy to welcome new members.

Golf Club

The club has arranged another cabaret/disco evening on April 5 from 8.30 p.m.-1.a.m. Sharon Ross performs and tickets, priced £3, can be obtained from Tam Forsyth or Zander or at the bar. Tickets are required as there will be no entry at the door on the night. A domino competition goes ahead every Sunday in the Manuelrigg premises at 4 p.m. All are welcome and winners can look forward to the first prize of a Coo Pie.

History Meeting

Maddiston & Rumford History Group will be holding a slide show about the parish of Muiravonside on Friday, April 11 at 7 p.m. in Maddiston Community Centre, Parkhall Drive, Maddiston. We also will have the list of names of the war dead for those who have an interest in it, so if you have a relative who died in one of the wars, you will be able to check the list and see if the information is correct. Free entry, all welcome, refreshments and blethers available at half-time. Call (01324) 714062 for more information.

Community Council

Maddiston Community Council held the first of its roadshows last Thursday evening when 20 residents attended to hear the proposal to form a community development trust company. Traffic congestion, especially at St Margaret’s, and the cost of having to use the diversion because of the Redding Bridge closure has been raised by residents particularly, as this is only the first week of apparently a very long summer of traffic difficulties. Tonight the Community Council will hold its monthly meeting when a spokesperson from Scottish Water will address the concerns of Braes residents about the current sewage, drainage and water supply in the area particularly in view of the significant house building proposed for the area. As usual all are welcome to attend the meeting held at 7 p.m. in the community centre.

Muiravonside Church

Last Sunday, Morning Service was conducted by the Minister, Reverend Louise McClements, and by Amanda McQuarrie. During the Intimations a warm welcome was given to Jacqueline Dignan who was our organist for the Service. The ASM took place after the Service. This Sunday, Morning Service will be held at the usual time of 11.30 a.m. and will be conducted by the Minister. The Sunday Club meets at the same time. Our Church is now registered with the Falkirk Food Bank. If you, as members, know anyone in the Parish who would benefit from food parcels, please give their names to the Minister. There are boxes in the Church for your donations to both this project, and for the Falkirk Homeless Project. Anyone interested in receiving a CD of the Service, please contact Jackie Napier.

Community Centre

Events and activities on at Maddiston Community Centre for today and the next week include: Today (Thursday) Giggles Toddlers Groups will meet 12.30-2.30 p.m.; Cllr Rosie Murry will hold a surgery from 615-6.45 p.m. and the Community Council will be meeting 7-9.30 p.m.; On Friday the Credit Union will be open 10 a.m.-noon and the Community Café is also open from 8.45-12.30 p.m.; On Wednesday, Fast Track IT class is being held from 9.30-11.30 a.m. (call 501696 for information); also on Wednesday the Zumba class will begin 7-8 p.m. We also have an I.T suite for public use for internet access, email access, filling in online forms, job searches homework and printing/copying. For any further information and opening times please call the centre on (01324) 720960.

Evangelical Church

There will be no youth club until April 25 owing to the school Easter holidays. The family service is on Sunday at 11.30 a.m. and the guest speaker will be David Bremner from Grangemouth. Children and young teens can go into their own groups - Discovery Club Extra, creche and Youth Bible Group at noon. The evening service is at 6.30 p.m. when there will be Bible teaching from Harvey Stalker from Edinburgh. Everyone welcome to this service. There will be no parent and toddler group until after the Easter holidays. The payer meeting is on Wednesday at 7.30 p.m.