Maddiston news from Thursday, September 18

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History Meeting

Maddiston & Rumford Local History Group will hold its next meeting on Thursday, September 25 at 1 p.m. in Maddiston Education and Community Centre, Parkhall Drive. Simon, the new countryside ranger for Muiravonside Country Park has given us a box full of information relating to the estate, some of this information will be on display. The idea of planting a tree for each of the men who died in Word War 1 for Maddiston, Rumford & Craigs, Standburn and Muiravonside will be discussed again. The meeting is open to anyone from the area, whether new to the area or a long standing resident it makes no difference, come along and learn something about the area or come along and share your knowledge about the area, you will be made most welcome.

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 Mike Pirie. 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 Dennis Barnes. 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 Church Prayer Meeting is on Wednesday at 7.30 p.m.

Tea Party

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.

Community Centre

Events at Maddiston Community Centre for the following are as follows - Today (Thursday) the Centre is a Polling Station; 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.-noon; 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.

Over-50s Group

See Brightons.

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.

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 (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.

Golf Club

A domino competition continues every Sunday afternoon when a ‘Coo Pie’ can be won.

Muiravonside Church

Last Sunday, morning service at 11.30.a.m. in Muiravonside Parish Church was conducted by Mrs Amanda McQuarrie. During the Intimations, a warm welcome was given to Mrs Jacqueline Dignan on her return as our organist for the service. Thanks for your solo Jacqueline, very apt on the day. The boxes are still available in the church for any donations towards the Falkirk Foodbank 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. Our Harvest Thanksgiving Service takes place on Sunday, September 28. The church will be open on Saturday, September 27 from 10.30 a.m. to decorate the church for the harvest, and to receive your gifts for the harvest table.

Community Council

Maddiston Community Council is working with Falkirk Community Trust and Avonbridge and Standburn community councils to establish the Community Growing Area, a Community Orchard, a wildflower meadow and a sensory garden. Concerns continue to be expressed over the implications of the closure of the Polmont rail bridge in January for nine months. Observations over the recent closure of the road in the Loan for the cycle race included a lack of consultation and late notification. A petition is being prepared to object to any plan to process sewage sludge at Craigend works.