Stirling Observer

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Councillor’s surgery Councillor Jeremy McDonald will be in the Memorial Hall tomorrow (Thursday) at 7pm.


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. weecountyw­ 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 Carpet bowls Monday and Friday sessions from 1.30-3.30pm at Alva Parklands. For more informatio­n contact Pam on 0125921503­1. Age Concern Meetings are held on Thursdays from 2pm in Alva Parish Church Hall. Bridge Club Players meet on Thursdays at the Cochrane Foundation at 7pm. All levels of players are welcome and partners can be arranged. Call Sandra Hopkins on 01259 214963. Community developmen­t trust Public meeting on the work of the CDT will be held in the Alva CAP/ Library on Saturday, November 4 from 10.15-11.15am. A Powerpoint presentati­on will be shown as well as a Q&A session by Mary Dalrymple. Applicatio­n forms will be available in the CAP/Library on these mornings. Refreshmen­ts and biscuits will be available.


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/ Councillor­s’ surgeries Councillor Maureen Bennison will be in Bannockbur­n Community Centre tomorrow (Thursday) at 6pm. Councillor Bryan Flannagan will be in Hillpark Community Centre on Tuesday, November 7 at 6.30pm. Bowling club Bingo on Friday is at 9.30am plus Chase the Ace. Club open on Saturday at 1pm, dominoes 3.30pm. Ladywell Church Service on Sunday will be led by the minister Rev Liz Robertson. Sunday School is held during the service. Team Four will be on duty. Tomorrow (Thursday) the weekly coffee morning is from 10am-noon. Craft club meets at 8 Park Crescent at 7.30pm. On Tuesday, November 7 the board meeting is at 7.30pm with the session immediatel­y after. Allan Church Service on Sunday will be led by Janette Baxter and Welcome Team 1 is on duty. Sunday school and creche available. Anyone interested in their children attending Sunday school please speak to Kirsty MacGowan (Sunday school superinten­dent). Tuesday coffee morning 10-11.30am every week. All welcome. Anyone interested in finding out about Power point used for the service or how to use the digital hymnary - please contact Lesley 07968 329764. Murrayfiel­d UF Church Service on Sunday will be led by the minister Rev Gary Barclay at 10.30am. Parent/ toddler group meets in church hall every Tuesday from 9.30-11.30am. Target, fabric and charity boxes are still being used in church; thanks to all concerned. Showboxes must be in by Sunday, November 12. Thanks to all who provided coffee, tea and baking. Gift Day connection last Sunday raised more than £3200.


Councillor’s surgery Councillor Alastair Berrill will be in the Balfron Campus tomorrow (Thursday) at 7pm.


Lunch club Meets on Wednesdays in the Crawford Hall, Colquhoun Street, 1-3pm and the older members of the community are invited to go on their own or with a friend or carer. Scouts Beavers (ages 6-8) meet on Wednesdays, Cubs (ages 8-10) meet on Mondays and Scouts (ages 10-14) meet on Fridays. Contact braeheadsc­ for more informatio­n and to note interest. Rainbows The 3rd Stirling Rainbows meet in North Parish Church Hall. The group has vacancies for girls aged 5-6. Details from braeheadra­inbows@ 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. Block of five sessions starts October 19. For more info phone 07729 050035.

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Parish Church Sunday worship will be conducted by Rev Dan Harper at 11am. Sunday school meets as usual and there will be a creche. Coffee fellowship take place in the Chalmers Hall afterwards. The Thursday Night Group meets tomorrow (Thursday) at 7.45pm in the Session Room. Robert Hough will give a talk on The Cutty Sark and a lifetime of marine experience. A Potter Party will be held in the Chalmers Hall on Friday, November 3 for P5-P7s from 7pm. Entry is 50p. The next meeting of the Guild is on Tuesday, November 7 at 7.30pm in the Honeyman Hall when the theme of the evening is ‘Let Us Shine’. Tickets for the social team’s variety night on Friday, November 17 will be on sale this morning at coffee fellowship. Acts include Scene 2, Riverside Drama and songs and poems from local talent. Book Group meets 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. 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 in the church hall after the 10am Eucharist. Wednesday Eucharist at 11am in the choir vestry: a quiet, peaceful service with coffee/tea afterwards. Tonight (Wednesday) at 7.30pm Pilgrim Course (6). Tomorrow (Thursday) at 7.30pm, Sung Eucharist for All Souls’ Day. Friday, November 10 at 7.30pm: an evening of flower arranging in St Saviour’s Hall. Tea/coffee served. Admission by donation. Lecropt Kirk Sunday worship is at 11.30am. Creche and Sunday school available. Door duty - Adam McCrum, Ian McClure and Joyce Buchan. Joint evening family service commences at 5pm in St Blane’s. Both services conducted by Rev Gary Caldwell. Friendship Circle meets on Monday, November 6 at 2.30pm in hall with speaker Helen Wynd from Street Pastors. 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. The AGM will be held tonight (Wednesday) at 7.30pm. 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, which includes coffee. Contact Tricia Chillas on 07740 676639. Councillor’s surgery Councillor Douglas Dodds will be in the library on Saturday, November 4 at 10am. Bridge of Allan Bowling Club The club is holding a coffee morning in the clubhouse on Saturday, November 4 from 10am until noon. Admission is £2. Remembrane Sunday A short service of Remembranc­e will be held on Sunday, November 12 at 2pm in Pullar Memorial Park. It is hoped there will be a large turnout of all ages to pay their respects.


Bowling Club Annual presentati­on of prizes will be on Saturday, November 11. Add names to sheet on notice board as soon as possible. Bruce Memorial Church Sunday’s service at 11am will be conducted by minister Rev Graham Nash when a new series called “Everybody Welcome” begins, looking at everyone can play a part in being a friendly, welcoming Christian church. Informal communion afterwards and prayer gathering at 7pm. Friendship Group today (Wednesday) 1011.30am in the church hall, speaker Jim Davidson ‘Policing in my day!’ Knit and Natter Group tomorrow (Thursday) from 10am-noon in church hall. CambusBair­ns is on Friday 9.15 - 10.45am in the church hall. WaterAid If you are still collecting, please bring your water bottle to church any Sunday until November 19. Groups for children of all ages. Councillor’s surgery Councillor Susan McGill will be in Wallace High School on Monday, November 6 at 7pm. Logie Kirk Sunday’s service begins at 11am and a further service will be held in Hanover Court at 3pm. All welcome, creche available. Both services will be led by Rev Ruth Halley. 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 living in the area 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 7 at 7.30pm in the hall when speaker Gill Lyth will talk about one of the Guild’s projects ‘Let’s Stick Together’ about care for the family. Both men and women are welcome. For more informatio­n contact Hazel Turnbull on 01786 463479. Community council The next meeting will be on Monday, November 6 at 7.30 pm in Wallace High School. All welcome. Allan Park South Church The service on Sunday at 10.30am will be conducted by the minister, the Rev Alistair Cowper and Sunday Stars for younger children takes place during the time of worship. Tea and coffee will be served downstairs in the hall immediatel­y thereafter. Wellbeing Choir takes place every Tuesday at 7.30pm. The lunch club meets every Thursday from noon until 2pm and all are welcome. Full details of all church events are on the website: . Contact number for all enquiries is Mr Cowper: Tel: 01786 471998 or 07791 524504 or by email: acowper@churchofsc­ Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Tomorrow (Thursday) there will be a Sung Eucharist at 7.30pm for All Souls. On Friday, November 3, Holy Communion will be celebrated at 11am and on Sunday, November 5 Holy Communion will be at 8.30am followed by Sung Eucharist at 10.30am. The church hall is available for hire. Please contact shaws1@ for more informatio­n. All welcome to services and activities. For more details, visit www.holytrinit­ Church of the Holy Rude The service on Sunday at 10am will be conducted by Rev Alan Miller. The monthly short service of Holy Communion will take place in the St Andrew’s Chapel immediatel­y following morning service. The Scottish Bible Society annual evening service will take place in Cornton Baptist Church on Sunday at 6.30pm. Refreshmen­ts will be served after the service. On Thursday, November 30 from 6-8pm, the social committee will be holding a get-together in the South-East Aisle to celebrate St Andrew’s Night and raise money for the church. Light refreshmen­ts will be served and there will be a (silent) auction of “talents”, when a range of goods and services will be on offer. These will be written down for people to “bid” a suggested price, with the highest bid in each case winning. Tickets, price £5, are available from members of the social committee or on the night. Parking will be available on the castle esplanade until 10.30pm. Offers of talents, e.g. baking, garden produce, a car outing, hospitalit­y at home, can be given to Janet Craig (tel. 01796 472319) or to any member of the social committee. A list of the talents offered will be on display after church on Sunday mornings. Please come and bring your friends for a light-hearted evening. Stirling Free Church Meeting at 11am at the Smith Museum and Art Gallery, Dumbarton Road, is The Lord’s Supper with Mr Gary Cobb from the Billy Graham Evangelist­ic Associatio­n. Meeting at 5.30pm in The Well, Upper Craigs, with Rev Jon Jolly, Living Hope Church, Hull. Refreshmen­ts after both services. Awaken: Stirling churches joint meeting for a week of 24/7 prayer from October 27 and ending on Friday, November 3 with a meeting for praise and prayer in the Albert Halls at 7.30pm. Stirling Free Church has agreed to cover the 24 hours from 7.30pm tonight (Wednesday) to the following evening. There is still time to register. The Edinburgh Theologica­l Seminary lecture to commerate the Reformatio­n is in the Presbytery Hall at 2pm tomorrow (Thursday) by Dr Lee Gatiss, Director of the Church Society and lecturer in Church History at Union School of Theology, Wales. Meetings in The Well: today (Wednesday), Billy Graham Evangelist­ic Associatio­n informatio­n seminar at 10am and prayer meeting at 7.30pm; tomorrow (Thursday) men’s bible study at 10.30am; Tuesday (November 7) Wee Wellies at 10.30am and Road to Recovery at 7.30pm. 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. Councillor’s surgery Councillor Neil Benny will be in the Central Library Basement, Corn Exchange Road on Monday, November 6 at 6.45pm.

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