Maddiston news from Thursday, November 27

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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 or pop into your local branch at Maddiston Community Education Centre, which is open every Friday from 10 a.m.-noon. If you are interested in volunteering at all please call or ask at collection. The 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 recently met Muiravonside Park management and Falkirk Council to consider how we complete the footpath network to the park. This is necessary to enable the residents of the Braes to walk safely to the estate and make it more accessible to us all. The opportunity was also taken to discuss our plans for the community growing area. Thanks are due to Falkirk Council for the attractive Christmas tree which has been erected in the primary school grounds. If you have concerns about the closure of the road bridge at Polmont planned from January for nine months then attend our meeting on Thursday, December 4 when a representative of Network Rail will be attending.

History Meeting

Maddiston and Rumford Local History Group will hold its next meeting today (Thursday) at 1 p.m. in Maddiston Community Centre, everyone welcome. The group will have a stall at the centre’s open day on Saturday, December 6 and we are holding a family ceilidh that night from 7-11 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the community centre or call Mary on 716009 or David on 715634. Prices are £5 for an adult or £10 for a family ticket, no unaccompanied children allowed.

Golf Club

Entertainment returns to the club this Saturday, November 29 when the group, cheap whisky, performs from 8 p.m. till late. The event is in aid of the Support Our Soldiers charity and tickets, priced £3, are available from Tam Forsyth or Zander. There will be no entry on the night without a ticket and further information is available at the bar. Meanwhile, a domino competition continues every Sunday afternoon at the Manuelrigg Premises 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.

Muiravonside Church

Last Sunday, morning service was conducted by the minister and Mrs Amanda McQuarrie. During the Intimations a warm welcome was given to Mrs Jacqueline Dignan who was our organist for 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 Rev. Louise McClements. The Sunday Club meets at the same time. Note: The Christmas Fayre takes place on Saturday in Whitecross school from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tea tickets priced £1.50 can be obtained from Mrs Mary Usher, or you can pay at the door that morning. The ‘Santa Drive’ takes place on Thursday, December 11 starting at 7 p.m. in Maddiston Community Centre. Tickets are £2 for adults, and £1.50 for children. Tea/coffee, shortbread, and mince pies at the interval. This Sunday will be Amanda’s last service with us. So come along to wish her farewell. Tea/coffee will be served after the service so that we can enjoy a time of fellowship with her. Amanda’s ‘Ordination’ takes place on Thursday, December 4 in Camelon Parish Church at 7 p.m.

Christmas Fayre

Start your Christmas shopping early at the Maddiston Primary School Christmas Fayre from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday (November 30). We have jewellery stalls, baby gift stalls, hair accessories, My Secret Kitchen, Enjoyaball, Impression Arts, candles, mobile accessories, handmade bags, scarves and lots lots more. Take part in our annual prize draw then relax in our cafe selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts. There will also be lots for the kids, our Christmas movie theatre and Christmas Crafts, Santa will be in his grotto and kids can make a special wish on our wish tree. Try your luck at our bottle stall or guess Santa’s holiday destination. Christmas tunes will be played throughout the fayre courtesy of Fourplay Discos. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

Evangelical Church

The Friday Youth Club is in the Maddiston Community Centre from 7.30-9 p.m. The family service is on Sunday at 11.30 a.m. and the guest speaker will be Alan Christie. Children and young teens can go out of the service and into their own groups - Discovery Club Extra, creche or Youth Bible Group - at noon. The evening service is at 6.30 p.m. when there will be Bible teaching from Sandy Roger. Everyone welcome to these services. The Parent and Toddler Group meets on Monday at 9.30 a.m. and the Discovery Club for P2-P7 at 6.30 p.m. The Ladies’ Hour is on Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. when there will be an evening of Christmas music led by the Bellshill Songsters. The Church Prayer Meeting is on Wednesday at 7.30 p.m.