Maddiston news from Thursday, December 25

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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.-12 p.m. (closed December 26 and January 2). 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 and Community Wing, Abbots Road, Grangemouth.

Community Council

Maddiston Community Council would like to thank all who attended the carol concert in the primary school and made it a most enjoyable evening. Special thanks to the Salvation Army whose band, as always, created a splendid sound. Meanwhile MCC have objected to a further planning application for houses off Vellore road as it didn’t conform to the development plan but more importantly did not benefit the village. Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, January 8 in the community centre.

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

A Hogmanay dance has been arranged and the event kicks off at 8 p.m. Tickets, priced £8, are available from Tom Swan on 715655 or enquire at the bar. Another night of entertainment has been arranged for Saturday, January 10, when popular four-piece band, the Van Ds, returns to the club. The event runs from 8.30 p.m. until 12.45 a.m. and tickets, priced £5, are available from Tam Forsyth, Zander or at the bar. The evening is in support of the Institute of Neurological Science at Glasgow’s Southern General Hospital and all are welcome. Meanwhile, a domino competition continues every Sunday afternoon at the Manuelrigg Premises when a Coo Pie can be won.

Muiravonside Church

Last Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Advent, morning service was conducted by the Minister, Rev. Louise McClements. The candles were lit by Miss Tia Small and Miss Tya Hilton. During the Intimations, a warm welcome was given to Mrs Jacqueline Dignan who was our organist for the service. Your solo during the offering was very meaningful Jacqueline, and was greatly appreciated by the congregation. Thanks from all. The Christingle Service takes place on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in church and the Watchnight Service in Church at 11.30 p.m. There will be a Retiring Offering taken at both these Services. Monies raised will be shared between the Haining Nursing Home and St Margaret’s Care Home. This Sunday, the service in Muiravonside Parish Church will be the Service of Lessons and Carols, commencing at the usual time of 11.30 a.m. and will again be conducted by Rev. Louise McClements. The Christmas Concert by the Choral Society was a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended.

Salvation Army

A very warm welcome awaits you at Maddiston Salvation Army. Sunday Worship is at 10.30 a.m. in the Salvation Army Centre, Main Street, Maddiston, FK2 0LU. The weekly programme is relaxed over the Christmas and New Year period. Our Band and Songsters have been busy playing Christmas Carols and sharing in Services around the area. We are so thankful to the generosity of local people – your donations make a huge difference to people in need throughout the year. For further information contact (01324) 711793. We are always looking to develop our programme and are looking for volunteers. Last Sunday was our Carol Service followed by a Lunch. On Christmas Eve we have a Watchnight Service at 11.30 p.m. Before this we will be serving refreshments from 11 p.m., everyone is welcome. Next Sunday the Service will be led by our Minister, Envoy David Robertson. On Wednesday, December 31, Hogmanay, we have a Social and short Watchnight Service beginning at 11 p.m. Come along for some fellowship and fun. Maddiston Salvation Army wishes everyone a Blessed Christmas and a peaceful New Year.