Alva Toddlers Tuesdays and Fridays 9.30-11.30am in the Cochrane Hall. The group also runs through school holidays. Look on Facebook for Alva Toddlers. Darby and Joan Group Meetings are on Wednesdays at 1.45pm in the Cochrane Foundation Hall. Knitting group Meets at Parklands Centre, 7.30pm, on the first and third Mondays of the month for machine and hand knitters. Open doors Alva Baptist Church is open for tea/coffee and prayers on Wednesdays 10am-noon. Noticeboard Groups, individuals and not-for-profit organisations can advertise activities and display posters. See the board for details. Wee County Walkers Meet for free Monday walks at noon from Cochrane Hall car park. New walkers and walk leaders welcome. See www. weecountywalkers.wordpress.com. Alzheimer Scotland A dementia cafe is held in the Alzheimer Scotland bungalow at 22 Viewfield Drive every Saturday 2.30-4pm, £2.50. Contact Kerry MacPhee on 01786 831171 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Carpet bowls Monday and Friday sessions from 1.30-3.30pm at Alva Parklands. Call Pam on 01259215031. Age Concern Meetings are held on Thursdays from 2pm in Alva Parish Church Hall. Bridge Club Results from November 7: 1 D Coulter and A Adam; 2 S Hopkins and P Booth; 3 S Logan and H McKillop; 4 B Huntley and M Macleod. Players meet on Tuesdays at the Cochrane Foundation at 7pm. All levels of players are welcome and partners can be arranged. Call Sandra Hopkins on 01259 214963. Christmas fayre Alva Community Council is hosting a Christmas fayre in the Cochrane Hall on Saturday, November 18, at 12.30pm featuring stalls selling gifts and crafts from local groups and businesses. Entry is free. There will be festive music by The Christmas Jazz Quartet, singing by Alva Brownies, face painting, tombola, lucky dip a refreshment area serving hot and cold drinks and cakes. For more information or to donate tombola prizes phone 07979 476466 or email email@example.com.
Miners Welfare Social Club Bingo on Mondays and Wednesdays 8pm. Community council Meets in Bannockburn Community Centre on the first Thursday of each month at 7pm. Stirling Christadelphian Church Bible hour at the church at 40 Main Street is held on Sunday from 2.30pm with Sunday school at the same time. Community craft club Next meeting of the club at Allan Church Hall is today (Wednesday) from 2-4pm and every Wednesday until enough angel heads have been made for the angel festival project on December 8 and 9. Tea and coffee 50p. The club organisers are looking for demonstrators. Contact Margaret on 01786 813281. Allan Church Service on Sunday at 11.15am will be led by Rev Alan McKenzie with welcome team 3 on duty. Sunday school and creche available. Anyone interested in their children attending Sunday school can speak to Kirsty MacGowan. Tuesday coffee morning from 10-11.30am every week. Anyone interested in finding out about how to use the digital hymnary can contact Lesley 07968 329764 or Douglas. Ladywell Church Service on Sunday is at 11.15am. Sunday school is held during the service. Team two will be on duty. Tomorrow (Thursday) the coffee morning is from 10am till noon. There will be no craft club this week. Christmas fete is on Saturday, November 25, from 10.30am till noon. Murrayfield UF Church Service on Sunday at 10am will be led by Rev Gary Barclay. On Tuesdays a parent and toddler group meets in the church hall from 9.30-11.130am. Tomorrow (Thursday) there is a quiz in the church hall at 7.30pm. Tea, coffee and baking, price £3. Welcoming team are J Martin and M Scott and offering are G Robertson and M Spence. Bowling club Bingo on Friday at 9.30pm and Chase the Ace draw. On Saturday the club opens at 1.30pm with dominoes at 3.30pm.
Lunch club Meets on Wednesdays in the Crawford Hall, Colquhoun Street, 1-3pm. Scouts Beavers (ages 6-8) meet on Wednesdays, Cubs (ages 8-10) meet on Mondays and Scouts (ages 10-14) meet on Fridays. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to note interest. Rainbows The 3rd Stirling Rainbows meet in North Parish Church Hall. Details from braeheadrainbows@ gmail.com Bingo Eyes down at 7.30pm every Tuesday in the East Argyll Centre, Colquhoun Street. Hall for hire, enquire at the centre. Art classes Autumn acrylics painting class with Laura Newbury at Crawford Hall on Thursdays from 7-9pm. For more info phone 07729 050035. Christmas prize bingo Special event on Friday, November 24, in the Braehead Project Centre, Crawford Hall, Colquhoun Street. Starts 7.30pm. East Argyll Club Christmas prize bingo will be held on Friday, December 1 at 7.30pm.
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Parish Church Sunday, November 19 is Guild Sunday. The service begins at 11am and will be led by Jonny Clipston. Sunday school meets as usual and there will be a creche. Coffee in the Chalmers Hall afterwards. The Thursday Night Group meets tomorrow at 7.45pm in the session room, when Matt Brown will give a talk on teaching in Rwanda. The social team’s variety night takes place on Friday, November 17, in the Chalmers Hall at 7.30pm. Acts include Scene 2, Riverside Drama and songs and poems from local talent. The Guild meets on Tuesday, November 21, at 7.30pm in the Honeyman Hall. The theme is ‘Go in Love – let’s talk about loving when it’s difficult to love’. The next meeting of the book group is on Wednesday, November 29, at 7.30pm. The book for discussion is ‘Birdcage Walk’, a historical novel set in Bristol in 1792 against the background of the French Revolution, by Helen Dunmore. There will be a meeting of the board and session on Monday, December 4, at 7.30pm. St Saviour’s Episcopal Church Eucharist services are on Sundays at 8am and 10am sung Eucharist with choir. Young church and creche takes place in the church hall and they join the main service later. Coffee and tea are served after the 10am Eucharist. Wednesday Eucharist at 11am in the choir vestry: a quiet, peaceful service with coffee/tea afterwards. From tomorrow (Thursday) until Saturday there is an art show in the church from 10am-5.30pm by local artists. There will be a range of work in watercolours, oils and acrylics on display and items are available to purchase, including cards and gifts. Entry to the exhibition is free. On Thursday, November 21, the book group meets to discuss ‘The Outrun’ by Amy Liptrott. On December 8-9 at 7.30pm there will be a reading of ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens with festive carols and refreshments in the church. Entry £10 (£5 students) at the door, from Strathallan Pharmacy or from members of the congregation. Lecropt Kirk Sunday worship is at 11.30am. Creche and Sunday school available. Evening service in St Blane’s at 6.30pm. Walking groups With trained leaders on Wednesdays 2-3pm. Contact Frances on 01786 827190 for the meeting point. Stirling University Partnership walk group is on Saturdays 10.30am-noon, meeting at the Macrobert. Call Ian on 07768 984176. Crotchet and knitting A group meets in the library on the last Thursday of each month 2.30-4.30pm. Donations of leftover wool welcome. Allanbridge Social Club Two function rooms are available to hire. Enquiries on 01786 832198 or 07840 518896 or Facebook. Membership fees must be paid by December 23. Rock’n’Reel Fitness classes for the over-60s with routines set to Scottish/ contemporary music every Tuesday in Bridge of Allan Parish Church from 2-3pm. This is a seated or standing class and is suitable for wheelchair users. Cost is £4, including coffee. Call Tricia Chillas on 07740 676639. Councillor’s surgery Councillor Alasdair Tollemache will be in the Allan Centre on Tuesday, November 21 at 7pm.
Bruce Memorial Church Service at 11am, conducted by Rev Graham Nash. Blythswood Christmas shoeboxes will be dedicated at the service. Friendship group today (Wednesday) 10-11.30am, tea, coffee and chat and learn to make a Christmas card with Connie Desmond. Also toda, the gents’ lunch is in the church hall at noon for 12.30pm. Cambusbairns baby/toddler group on Friday 9.1510.45am in the church hall. There will be a Messy Church ceildh on Sunday, November 26, from 4-6pm and film night on Tuesday, November 28, which shows the documentary “Knox: The Life and Legacy of Scotland’s Controversial Reformer”. SWI Tonight (Wednesday) there will be a demonstration by Artisan Chocolates, Falkirk. Competitions are for a bonbon dish and a favourite confection.
Baby and toddler group Every Tuesday and Thursday at Stirling County Rugby Club from 10-11.30am. Cost £2 for the first child and 50p for additional children. Cost includes snack for children and tea/coffee. Cornerstone Community Church Service on Sundays at 10.30am in Wallace High School. Groups for children of all ages. Logie Kirk Sunday service in the kirk begins at 11am and will include a celebration of Communion. Creche available. Service will be led by the Rev Ruth Halley assisted by the Rev Anne Shearer. Every Tuesday a coffee morning is held in the hall from 10am. Lunch club is in the hall every Thursday at 12.30pm. Any seniors in the area wishing to join should contact Elizabeth Crozier on 01259 213016. The Afternoon Club for retired people meets twice monthly on a Wednesday in the hall from 2pm. For more information contact Sheila Innes. The next Guild meeting is on Tuesday, November 21, at 7.30pm in the hall, when the speaker will be Ja- mie Stevenson from Torwood Garden Centre. For more information contact Hazel Turnbull on 01786 463479. Viewfield Erskine Church Sunday worship is at 11.30am with Rev AF Miller, organist is L Wright and beadle J Millar. There are still tickets available for the cheese and wine on Monday, November 20, in the upper hall at 7.30pm. Contact any Guild committee member. After the service on November 26 the Guild is holding a soup and sweet lunch in the upper hall, tickets are £3. Queen Street Methodist Church Sunday’s service is at 10.30am, led by Rev Ian Wilkie. Creche and junior church groups will be available during the service and refreshments will be served afterwards. St Columba’s Church Sunday service will be led by Rev Alex Millar. The next meeting of the ladies group is on Monday, November 20, at 7.30pm, when the girls from Boots will treat the audience to an evening with No 7. There will also be a sale of wooden candle holders made by a member of the congregation. Each Sunday the junior church provides activities for young members from babies to teenagers. St Columba’s hosts friendship lunches on the second Monday of every month. An informal family ceilidh is planned for the church hall on Saturday, November 25, from 6-8.30pm. Details are available from the church office. Allan Park South Church The service on Sunday at 10.30am will be conducted by the Rev Alistair Cowper and Sunday Stars for younger children takes place during the worship. Tea and coffee will be served aterwards. Wellbeing Choir takes place every Tuesday at 7.30pm. The lunch club meets every Thursday from noon until 2pm. Full details of all church events are on the website at www. apschurch.com . Contact number for all enquiries is Mr Cowper on 01786 471998 or 07791 524504 or email email@example.com. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church On Friday, November 17, Communion will be celebrated at 11am and on Sunday Communion will be at 8.30am, followed by all-age Eucharist at 10.30am for the second Sunday before Advent. Today (Wednesday) the Fellowship Group will meet in the rectory at 10.30am and tomorrow it will meet in the church hall at 8.15pm. The church hall is available for hire. Contact shaws1@talktalk. net for more information. For more details, visit www.holytrinitystirling. org. Stirling Free Church Meeting in the Smith Museum and Art Gallery on Sunday at 11am with Rev Iain Macaskill and at 5.30pm in The Well at Upper Craigs featuring Alex and Donalda Stewart (testimony and song). Meetings in The Well: tonight (Wednesday) prayer meeting at 7.30pm; tomorrow (Thursday) drop-in at 2pm and Bible study at 7.30pm. Saturday coffee morning in aid of Tearfund at 10.30am. Tuesday Wee Wellies at 10.30am and Road to Recovery at 7.30pm. Church of the Holy Rude Service on Sunday at 10am will be conducted by Rev Alan Miller. There will be a short service for healing and wholeness in the St Andrew’s Chapel immediately afterwards. Prayer cards are available in the chapel. On Thursday, November 30, from 6-8pm the social committee will be holding a get-together to celebrate St Andrew’s Night and raise money for the church. Refreshments will be served and there will be a silent auction of talents. Tickets, priced £5, are available from members of the social committee. Parking will be available on the castle esplanade until 10.30pm. Offers of talents can be given to Janet Craig (tel. 01786 472319) or to any member of the social committee. A list of the talents offered will be on display after church on Sunday mornings. Walking group A free health walk with trained leaders takes place every Monday from 2-2.45pm. Meet at Stirling bus station by the ticket office. Also meet at Stirling Community Hospital from 11am. Contact Tricia on 07557 439111.