Stirling Observer



Blythswood Shoeboxes should be brought to church on November 5 and gifts for the Aberlour Children’s charity on December 3. While the central heating system in the church is replaced, services will be shorter, with an extended time for fellowship afterwards in the hall. Sunday school will meet in the hall at 10am. Could all subscriber­s to Life and Work please pay their subscripti­on of £30 to Helen Wynd, 6 Argyle Park, Dunblane. Cheques should be made payable to St Blane’s Church, Dunblane. Andy Campbell is running Worship is a Verb course over four Sunday afternoons in November. This would be an ideal starting point for anyone wishing to get more involved in the services, either in leading prayers, Bible reading, etc. For further details, speak to Dan Gunn or Rev Gary Caldwell. On the second service of the month, the evening service at 6.30pm will have more of a prayer focus. Let Mr Caldwell know if there is anyone or anything you want mentioned in prayers. Jean Proto is setting up a church book group to meet fortnightl­y in the hall at 2.30pm from today (Wednesday). The first book is “What Kind of God” by Michael Ots (first two chapters). Contact Jean on 01786 841143 or jeanproto@yahoo. The next men’s (non-)curry night has been moved to Thursday, November 9. The manse phone number on 01786 825324. Check out the St Blane’s website at www.dunblanest­ BB The Junior Section and Anchor Boys are attending the cathedral’s morning service on Sunday for a special service to mark the 100th anniversar­y of the Junior Section and the 40th anniversar­y of Anchor Boys. All family members, friends and former members are welcome at the service, which begins at 10.30am. Music at the service will be led by the BB Band. On Saturday, November 4 boys will be running a stall at the Guides’ Christmas Card sale in the Victoria Hall, selling Christmas cards for Crossreach, the church’s social care charity, which supports hundreds of Scotland’s most vulnerable people of all ages and background­s. A small percentage will support BB funds. Parents should also place their Christmas card orders by Friday evening, rememberin­g to make cheques payable to 25th Stirling (Dunblane) Boys’ Brigade. On Remembranc­e Sunday (November 12), the Company Section shall parade with the Air Cadets, departing from the railway station at 9.40am and marching up High Street towards St Blane’s Church. The band will lead the parade and shall also accompany proceeding­s at the War Memorial service, which commences at 12.30pm. Places are available for Anchor Boys (P1-P3) who meet on Wednesdays 6.15-7.15pm in the Cathedral Hall. Boys can come along with a parent to sign up on any Wednesday evening, or contact Alasdair Lunan in advance on For more informatio­n on the Boys’ Brigade in Dunblane, please visit, call 01786 821387 or e-mail Civic Society Next meeting is on Monday, November 13, at 7.30pm in the Braeport Centre when Byron Tilley will talk on Galapagos. Visitors pay £2. Christmas lunch is on December 20 at Dunblane Golf Club. For details phone Tom 01786 822400 or Carole 01786 823316. Walking group Free health walk with trained leaders every Wednesday from 10.30am. Meet in front of Dunblane Cathedral. Whist club The club will meet tomorrow (Thursday) and on November 16 and 30 in the Victoria Hall from 1.30-3.30pm before ending for the year, returning on Thursday, January 11, 2018. More details from Dolly Gemmell on 01786 822387.

Arthritis Care The AGM will be held on Monday, November 13 in the Victoria Hall from 1.30-3.30pm. This brings the 2017 meetings to a close, returning on February 12. More details from Pat Anderson on 01786 822505. Free Church Sunday’s services are at 11.30am with Kidz Club and creche plus evening service at 6.30pm. Prayer and Bible study meet on Thursdays at 7.30pm. More informatio­n from John Caldwell at 01786 821264 or email johndunbla­ Men’s breakfast at Choices Coffee Shop, Main Street, on the third Saturday of every month at 8am. Call Alasdair Lunan 07886 216593. Dunblane Christian Fellowship Men’s Breakfast on Saturday, November 4 from 9-10.30am. Great fellowship with full Scottish breakfast. Contact Ron Beaton on 07759 232623. Service every Sunday at 10.30am with Kids Church and creche available. Chatty Crafters club is Tuesdays 10am-1pm. Mothers, baby and toddlers group every Tuesday from 2-4pm. Cafe open Monday-Friday 2-5pm. Call Duncan Strathdee on 07789 912259. Senior citizens There will be a ceilidh/golden oldies disco in the Victoria Hall on Friday, November 10, from 8-11.30pm, BYOB. A bingo session has been arranged for Tuesday, November 14 in the Supper Room, Victoria Hall from 2pm. The group is running a bus to the Edinburgh Christmas markets on Tuesday, November 21, leaving Dunblane at 10am. Councillor’s surgery Councillor Alasdair Tollemache will be in the Burgh Chambers tonight (Wednesday) at 7pm. Dunblane Cathedral Arts Guild On Sunday, November 5 at 3.30pm in Dunblane Cathedral, there will be a unique concert by Rossano Sportiello on his Scottish tour. He is an awardwinni­ng, classicall­y trained jazz pianist, his improvisat­ions flowing with ease between classical and jazz styles. Tickets at the door are adult £9, child/ student/unemployed £2. Community Christmas Market The first of the markets takes place on Sunday, November 5 in the Victoria Hall. The venue will host 30 local and regional bespoke businesses offering a wide variety of excellent products. Doors open at 11am until 4pm and entry is free. There will be fundraisin­g café for the Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity Schiehalli­on Appeal. The Victoria Hall will also have a drop off point in the café for donations to the Start Up Stirling Food Bank. Dunblane Cathedral Stirling PresThe

bytery has organised a meeting in the cathedral tonight (Wednesday) when Sally Magnusson will give a talk on dementia, based on her experience­s resulting in the setting up of Playlist for Life. The meeting starts at 7.30pm. The weekly midweek service tomorrow (Thursday) is at the usual time of 11am. All welcome to attend this short service in the choir area. On Saturday, November 4 there will be a coffee morning in the hall. This has been organised by the Likhubula Partnershi­p. Doors open at 10am. In the afternoon the Royal School of Church Music will be gathering for a Singing Day, learning some new music. The day concludes with a service at 5pm to which all are invited. Sunday morning worship begins at 10.30am. All groups of Cathedral Kids meet. Following the service, tea and coffee will be available in the hall. In the afternoon there will be a concert arranged by the Arts Guild. The performer is Rossana Sportiello, an internatio­nally acclaimed, classicall­ytrained pianist, who will be sharing his love of jazz music with us. Please note that this concert begins at the slightly later time of 3.30pm. On Monday, November 6, the Guild meets at 2pm for a drop-in session. All welcome.


Fallin Informatio­n Exchange Support and advice on alternate Wednesdays 9.30am-noon in Fallin Library.


Wee County Walkers A walk takes place every Tuesday, meet 2pm at Cats Protection League premises. See www.weecountyw­alkers.wordpress.


Gaelic Parent and Child Group For children aged up to five meets Tuesdays 10am-noon in Menstrie Parish Church Hall. Cost £1.50. Wee County Walkers Meet Sundays at 2pm in Dumyat Centre car park for walk with trained leaders. See www. weecountyw­ Menstrie Parish Church Today (Wednesday) T in 2 (10.30-11.30 am). Quiz night on Friday, November 3 at 7.30pm, cost £5 per person. Tickets from elders or minister. Service on Sunday at 11am, all welcome. Menstrie Pensioners Associatio­n Outing to Falkirk tomorrow (Thursday). The coach will leave Menstrie at 6.30pm prompt. Menstrie UF Church On Sunday, the service at 10am will be taken by minister Rev Jason Lingiah. There

is an extra Sunday for donations of essential items for refugees in Greece to be handed in to the church, which is part of the work of the United Free Church Mission Partners. Prayer meeting and bible study will be in the Session Room today (Wednesday) at 10.30am. On Thursday, November 9 at 7.30pm, there will be a welcome social to informally meet with Mr Lingiah since his appointmen­t to the congregati­on of Menstrie to which all members and friends are welcome. He can be contacted at the manse on 01259 215278. SWI news The November meeting of Blairlogie SWI will be held in the Scout Hall, Menstrie on Wednesday, November 8 at 7.30pm when there will be a talk and demonstrat­ion of reflexolog­y by Jill McMichael. All welcome. Competitio­ns: An A4 calming collage: a flask of soup.


Library Bookbug sessions are every other Monday in the library, 11.1511.45am for babies and pre-school children.


Walking group Free health walks with trained leaders, Mondays from 11-11.45am, meet at the front entrance of the community campus. Contact Tricia on 07557 439111. Ochil Centre Monday 10.30am to noon, Messy Mondays toddlers playgroup. The Tuesday Club for the over60s runs noon-2pm – lunch with tea/ coffee free. Wednesday 11am-noon, Stay and Play parent toddler group. Bingo Wednesday and Sunday, eyes down 8pm. Call 01786 450011. Credit union Paypoint is open on Tuesday and Thursday, 11.30am-2pm in Raploch Campus. Requiremen­ts for the festive season should be made early. Salvation Army Worship takes place at 11am on Sunday. Community council The next meeting is on Monday, November 6 at 6.30pm in Raploch Campus. Councillor­s are reminded to have some ideas on street naming. Councillor’s surgery Councillor Jim Thomson will be in the Raploch Campus at 6pm on Monday, November 6. St Mark’s Parish Church Super Group meets tonight (Wednesday) at 6.30-8.30pm in the large hall. Thanks to all whjo came along to last week’s fundraiser. Services on Sunday begin with a short prayer gathering in the Session room at 10.40am. This is followed by reading of the intimation­s Parant is Paiste Gaelic parent and child group for children up to age five meets on Mondays from 10am-noon in Riverside Primary School. £1.50 (includes snack). Call 07805 704884.

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Walking group Free health walk with trained leaders, Thursdays from 11am, meeting at the library in the Mayfield Centre. Contact Tricia on 07557 439111. St Ninians Community Church Re:Fresh Cafe from 11am12.45pm in Mayfield Centre. Sunday servcie in the Mayfield Centre is at 10.30am. Please note change of time. Civil Defence Club Two sessions of bingo every Wednesday and Sunday, eyes down 8pm. Entertainm­ent on Saturday with Garry Collins plus bingo. Open day St Ninians Playgroup is having an open day on Friday, November 17, from 10-11am at St Ninians Old Parish Church Hall. For more informatio­n contact Gayle Reid on 07757 741073 or email stniniansp­ St Ninians Old Parish Church There will be a soup and sandwich lunch in the Parish Halls on Saturday, November 4 from noon-1.30pm. There will also be a number of craft stalls with items for sale. The service on Sunday at 10.30am will be conducted by Rev Jim Landels. There will be a creche and the Sunday Club will meet. The congregati­on is once again participat­ing in the Blythswood Care Shoebox Appeal. Individual items and filled shoeboxes should be left at the church by Sunday, November 12. Councillor’s surgery Councillor Alison Laurie will be in the Mayfield Centre tonight (Wednesday) at 6.30pm. St Ninians UF Church On Sunday the service at 11am will be conducted by Rev Martin Keane. Children’s activities will take place at the same time. Evening service at 7pm will be conducted by Mr Keane. On Tuesday, November 7 at 6.30pm XTB club for those in primary school will be held followed at 7.30pm by Source for those in P7–S2.


Community centre Cash bingo every Wednesday, eyes down 7.30pm. A fundraisin­g evening of clairvoyan­ce is being held on Friday, September 22, at 7.30pm with medium Dominic Boag. Tel 01786 812021.


Wee County Walkers Meet Saturdays, 10.30am near the Nike outlet at Sterling Mills in Cochrane Hall car park. See www.weecountyw­alkers.

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