Maddiston news from Thursday, August 14

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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 (five-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.

Golf Club

Local singing sensation Kirsty Docherty visits the club on Saturday, August 30, when the event runs from 9 p.m.-12.45 a.m. There will be no entry on the night and tickets, priced £3, can be booked through the usual sources, Tam Forsyth, Zander or at the bar. Meanwhile, a domino competition continues every Sunday afternoon when a ‘Coo Pie’ can be won.

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.

Sectarian Discussion

Come along to discuss whether or not you believe this is an issue in your community with speaker Mark Adams at Maddiston Community Centre, Saturday, September 13 at 11.30 a.m.-2 p.m. The meeting has been organised by Central Scotland Regional Equality Council. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Community Council

At the latest meeting of the Maddiston Community Council 30 people squeezed into the community centre to participate in an extremely busy meeting. It was reported that there was a spate of attempted break-ins and nearly 100 calls to police were a worrying trend which may reflect the reduced police presence in the village. History was made with four local community councils agreeing to work together in examining the proposal to process human waste at the Craigend works at Standburn. This comes after concerns were expressed at the risk to health, leakage/contamination of water courses and smell from the processing of this waste material. The ongoing problem of the trench beside Glendevon Drive has still not been resolved after three years of discussion and consequently the community council will use its best endeavours to invite all parties to meet to finally resolve this issue. A number of objections have been received in regard to the recent application for the erection of a 220ft wind turbine behind the golf course. Councillor Rosie Murray will call in the application during the planning stage. Falkirk Primary Healthcare was contacted congratulating them on the successful hygiene audit of Falkirk Community Hospital. The opportunity was also taken of detailing shortcomings in the health service to the village and stressing the need to bring care back into the community. Good news was recorded with further funding received for the footpath network to upgrade paths to Craigend and Blackbraes. Thanks to Falkirk Council and the officers involved. In addition, a very positive meeting was held with Falkirk Community Trust in regard to Muravonside Park. In principle it was agreed that we would work together in the development of a community growing area together with an orchard, wildflower meadow, improved playground equipment for younger children and possibly a sensory garden. A meeting is to be arranged shortly to form a Community Garden association with the intention of having the site available for next spring. Finally the meeting was advised that the community council had arranged to meet Fire Service management to explore our aspiration of using the fire service location if the site is vacated next year.

Muiravonside Church

Last Sunday, morning service was conducted by the minister, Rev. Louise McClements. During the intimations a warm welcome was given to Mrs Jacqueline Dignan who was our organist for 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 next Haining Nursing Home Service takes place next on Tuesday, August 19 at 2 p.m. There will be a Whitecross Family Fun Day, organised by the Power House Committee, this Saturday from noon-3 p.m. Please let the Minister know if you are able to attend.