Maddiston news from Thursday,

Send us your Maddiston news and pictures by noon on Tuesday.

Evangelical Church

The Youth Club will meet on Friday in Maddiston Community Centre at 7.30 p.m. All S1-6 youth welcome. Sunday services start at 10 a.m. with Communion. The Family Service is at 11.30 a.m. when the speaker will be Fraser Copeland from Bishopbriggs. The soloist will be Yvonne Freckleton from Cumbernauld. Groups leave the service at noon; creche for under 3’s, Discovery Club Extra for ages P3-7 and Youth Bible Group from S1-6. At the 6.30 p.m. service there will be Bible Teaching from Dennis Barnes from Polmont. The parent and toddler group meets on Monday at 9.30 a.m. The Discovery Club will start at 6.30 p.m. The Ladies Hour resumes on Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. The speaker will be Anne McIntyre who will speak on “Prayer Matters” Faith and Politics. The prayer meeting is on Wednesday at 7.30 p.m.

Community Centre

Events and activities on at Maddiston Community Centre for today and the next week include; Today (Thursday) Giggles Toddlers meet 12.30 – 2.30 p.m. the Kempo Ju-Jitsu club is on 7 – 9 p.m.; On Friday the Credit Union will be open 10 a.m. – noon and the Community Café is also open 8.45 – 1 p.m. ; On Monday the Personal Development Class is on 9.30 – 11:30 a.m. (call 01324 720960 for information); there will be an over 50’s lunch with entertainment 1-3 p.m.(please call the Centre for more info); On Tuesday the Giggles Group will meet 9.30 – 11.30 a.m. and the Work Club is on 12.30-3 p.m.; On Wednesday the Child-minding Group meets 9.30 – 11.30 a.m. and a Fast Track I.T class is being held 9.30 – 11.30 a.m. (call 501696 for information). 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.

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 or pop into your local branch at Maddiston Community Education Centre, which is open every Friday from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering at all please call or ask at collection. Annual general meeting is on Thursday, January 29 at 6:45 p.m. within Youth & Community Wing, Abbots Road, Grangemouth.

Community Council

Maddiston community council’s meeting on Thursday heard a number of villagers expressing their concerns about the recent applications and expressions of possible house building in Maddiston and the possibility of the building of a road off the A801 through to Glendevon drive and the Main Street by the primary school. These additional plans are apparently outside of the new local plan. Furthermore, the possible building of a road from the by pass through to the primary school roundabout in the main street raised concerns over traffic volumes beside the school and through a residential estate. Additional house building brings demands on local services particularly spaces at the primary school and the absence of any public infrastructure in the past thirty years apart from the replacement of the primary school. The Community Council made its position very clear that there should be no further house building unless their was a clear commitment for any planning gain on housing developments to be spent in public investment on village facilities and not to be diverted outside the district. The Community Council will be addressing these issues with the Council’s planning dept as soon as practical. In the community policing report there was positive news that more police foot patrols will be seen in the district.

Parish Church

Last Sunday, morning service in Muiravonside Parish Church was conducted by the Minister Rev Ray Thomson. During the Intimations a warm welcome was given to organist Mrs Jacqueline Dignan. Thanks for your ‘solo’, Jacqueline, it was really appreciated by all in Church and so appropriate to the Service. This Sunday, the service in Muiravonside Parish Church will commence at the usual time of 11.30 a.m. and will be conducted by the minister the Rev. Louise McClements. The ‘Sunday Club’ meets at the same time. The ‘Banner’ Group meets in Shieldhill Church hall on Fridays at 2 p.m. If anyone is interested in receiving a copy of the morning service for anyone who is housebound or unable to get to Church, then please see Jackie Napier after the Service. Boxes are available in church for all your donations to The Falkirk Homeless project and the Falkirk Food Bank.

Golf Club

The popular four piece band, the Van Ds, returned to the club last Saturday and played their part in accruing the sum of £320 to benefit the Institute of Neurological Science at Glasgow Southern General Hospital. Tam Forsyth and Zander wish to thank Maddiston Post Office, Mini Bar and Chilli Cottage takeaway for their donations to the raffle. The event proved a great success and the pair also wish to thank bar staff, patrons and all who contributed to the occasion.

Make It Happen

The local meeting of the Make It Happen Forum (over 50’s forum), will be held in the Grange Community Centre, Brightons on Monday, January 19 at 1.30 - 3.30 p.m. The Forum is a great way for over 50s to get involved, meet new people, discuss ideas and concerns and to have a real voice in the community. This week’s speaker will give a presentation on Power of Attorney and explain why it’s really important that we all have one. Please come along - everyone welcome and tea/coffee provided.