Maddiston news from Thursday, September 25

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Evangelical Church

The Youth Club is in the Maddiston Community Centre on Friday from 7.30-9 p.m. All S1-6 pupils welcome. The Communion Service is at 10 a.m. on Sunday followed by the Family Service at 11.30 a.m., when the guest speaker will be Robert White from Dundee. The soloist will be Liz White. Children and young teens can leave the service and join their own groups at noon. Discovery Club Extra, creche, and Youth Bible Group’s evening service is at 6.30 p.m. when there will be Bible teaching from David Campbell from Brightons. The Parent and Toddler Group meets on Monday at 9.30 a.m. The Discovery Club for children from P2-7 will take place at 6.30 p.m. The Men’s Fellowship re-starts on Tuesday at 2.15 p.m. and will continue on a fortnightly basis. The first speaker is Tom Stables from Bo’ness. The church prayer meeting is on Wednesday at 7.30 p.m.

History Meeting

Maddiston & Rumford Local History Group will hold its next meeting today (Thursday) 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.

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.

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 Council

Good news - with the help of Standburn and Avonbridge Community Council and Muiravonside Park management team we have secured a total of close to 1300 trees from the Woodland Trust to be planted in the park during November. We will obviously need help to plant this number of trees and volunteers will be necessary. Details of the planned planting event will be available shortly. Please support The Friends of Maddiston Primary School which is holding a fundraising quiz and disco on Friday, October 3 at 7.30 p.m. in the Golf Club. Payment can be made at the door. A grateful thanks to all involved in the entertainment provided in the community centre on Saturday afternoon which proved to be a most enjoyable event. The Community Council has suggested that Network Rail organise a public meeting with the Community Councils in the Braes, the Falkirk Council, First Bus and Falkirk Primary Health care areas to discuss and consider the steps which could be taken to mitigate the affects of the nine-month closure of the Polmont rail bridge.

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 who our organist for the Service. Thanks Jacqueline. 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. Note: The church will be open on Saturday, September 27 from 10.30a.m. to decorate the church for the harvest, and to receive your gifts for the harvest table. Volunteers will be made very welcome.

Community Centre

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.-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.