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Another full agenda and a good attendance at last Thursday’s Maddiston Community Council meeting. Two major issues took precedence. The latest news that the Polmont railway bridge will be closed for nine months commencing in January which will result in a diversion of 5.5 miles. Concerns were expressed at the inadequacy of the bus service during this period, the time it will take to get to the Meadowbank clinic, the inadequacy of the road network both south and north of the closed bridge to cope with vehicles and car parking restrictions. With the bridge closing for five days from September 12 it was an opportune time for the folks of the Braes and Polmont to consider the implications of the longer term closure in January and to make their views known to the council and Network Rail. A public meeting should be held to for the issue to be fully aired. The second major issue again of widespread concern was the practice of processing, storing and spreading sewage sludge in the Braes with the inherent health risk and stench. A petition is being organised by the local four community councils to give a clear message to Falkirk Council to stop any proposal to undertake this work at the site of the Craigend works by Standburn. A number of matters were also raised of particular interest to our local community but here again the concerns over the ‘trench’ behind Glendevon Drive took precedence and the community council and Falkirk Council are in discussion to try and resolve this ongoing problem once and for all. Finally we should record that the meeting was delighted to have a police presence at our gathering, the first for many months, with Constable Neil Chisholm updating us on the events in the Braes.
Last Sunday morning service at 11.30 a.m. in Muiravonside Parish Church was conducted by Mrs Amanda McQuarrie. With sadness it was announced that Louise’s dad had sadly passed away. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Louise, her mother, and all the rest of the family at this sad time. During the intimations a warm welcome was given to Mr Ian Ritchie was our organist for the service. The boxes are still available in the church for any donations towards the Falkirk Food bank, and the Falkirk Homeless Project. This Sunday, morning service will be held at the usual time of 11.30 a.m. The choir meets on Tuesdays in Church at 2.30 p.m. New members will be made very welcome. Harvest Thanksgiving Service takes place on Sunday, September 28. Appeal envelopes are now ready distribution to members.
Open Community Discussion – Tackling Sectarianism in your area. 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. to 2 p.m. The meeting has been organised by Central Scotland Regional Equality Council. Tea and coffee will be provided. If you would like more information or to register your interest in attending the community event, please contact Claire Harvey on (01324) 468766 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
A domino competition continues every Sunday afternoon when a ‘Coo Pie’ can be won.
Events at Maddiston Community Centre for the following are as follows - Today (Thursday): Giggles Toddlers Group, 1-3 p.m.; Ju-Jitsu, 7-8.30 p.m.; Friday: Community Café, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (come along have a cuppa and something to eat, meet other members of the community); Credit Union, 10 a.m. - noon; Monday: Citizens Advice Bureau, (second and fourth Monday every month), 9.30 a.m.-12.30 p.m.; Tuesday: Giggles (toddlers group), 9.30 - 11.30 a.m., The Family History Group meet every second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 10 a.m.-noon, Ju-Jitsu, 7 – 8.30 p.m.; Wednesday: Fast Track IT class is being held 9.30 a.m.-noon (call 501696 for information). We also have an IT suite for public use for internet access, e-mail 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.
The Haining Care Home, Vellore Road, Maddiston is holding a 1940s Tea Party on Friday, September 26 from 1.30-2.30 p.m. This fundraiser is in aid of Alzheimer’s Scotland. £2.50 entry (Includes tea, coffee, sandwiches, cakes). All residents and staff will be dressing up in 1940s costumes and music from WW2 will be enjoyed. All welcome to attend. Call Sandra (Activities) on (01324) 716755.
Sunday’s service is at 10 a.m. with communion followed by the family service at 11.30 a.m. when the speaker will be David Campbell from Brightons. Children can go into their own groups at noon - Sunday School, Youth Bible and creche. The evening service is at 6.30 p.m. when the speaker will be Tim Oakes from Whitburn. His subject will be ‘A faith that is shaped by Jesus’ - James, chapter 5, 1-12. The parent and toddler group will meet on Monday at 9.30 a.m.; the Discovery Group for children from P2-P7 will recommence on Monday at 6.30 p.m.; The prayer meeting is on Wednesday at 7.30 p.m.