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ALLOA

Dance Classes in Alloa For All Ages: Whether you want to learn a new skill, get fit, make new friends, pretend you are in Beyonce’s latest music video or become a professional dancer, go along on Wednesdays for only £4. Exercise and technique to the latest chart hits and then some dancing like you are in a MTV music video! Age 5-10 at 6pm to 7pm and 11+ at 7pm to 8pm at Nicolls and Dimes Dance Studio (next to Alloa Football Club). Call 07740680459 for more information. Hope to see you all there!

Alloa Spiritualist: The medium on Sunday was Jackie McGleish from Glasgow. Her talk was about how she saw spirit people when she was a child. There were 43 people present and eight messages were given. There was a cup of tea. This week’s medium is Sandy Campbell from Dundee. The meeting will be held in the OAP Hall, Erskine Street in Alloa, at 6.30pm.

Alloa Ludgate Church: Last Sunday members of Ludgate Church were delighted to elect Rev. Carol Ann Parker as their new parish minister. Members are reminded that those wishing to subscribe to the call for the new minister can do this on Sunday 23 March from 10am to 2pm at the church or on Wednesday 26 March between 10am and noon. Proxy forms can be obtained from the Session Clerk. On Sunday the church also congratulated one of their members, Kristy McQuater, on her well deserved success on being selected as Young Person Citizen of the Year for Clackmannanshire. On Sunday 16 March there will be a Songs of Praise and Worship at 10.30am when members of the congregation will talk about their favourite hymns. On Friday 21 March at 7.30pm a concert by Bruce Davies, Troubadour from Scotland, award-winning singer/songwriter will be held in Alloa Ludgate Church, Bedford Place, FK10 1LJ. A mixture of many musical genres can be expected. Tickets £5. To book tickets telephone 01259 720513. More information can be found on www.brucedavies.com.

St Mungo’s Parish Church: On Sunday, Lexie Grace McArtney, infant daughter of Claire and Stuart McArtney was baptised into the family of St Mungo’s Church. Communion will be celebrated this Sunday 16 March and the Kirk Session meets on Monday 17 March at 7.30pm. The Guild holds it’s AGM on Tuesday 18 March at 7.30pm. The seats are all taken for the Guild outing to the Macrobert Theatre. If you have not already paid, please see the a Guild Treasurer (Jean Nicolson) on or before 18 March. There will be a Congregational Meeting on Sunday 23 March when the accounts will be presented to the congregation. The annual mini market will be held in the Session House on Saturday 22 March from 10am till 1pm. Entry is free and £2 for coffee/tea and home baking. The stalls include craft, woodcraft, bric a brac, books, CDs, DVDs, jigsaws and cake and candy. Donations would be most welcome and can be handed in at any time. Baking can be handed in on Friday 21 from 7pm. They will be holding a discussion “Exploring the God Question” on Wednesday 26 March in the Session House. Through sound and vision technology they will study Part 1 which is, “The Cosmos”. The second part is on Wednesday 2 April. Cost is £5 to cover literature. Please add your name to the list in the porch or contact Brian Robinson for more information. A Quiz Night is being held in the Claremont Lodge on Friday 25 April at 7.30pm. Tickets available soon, but if interested, add your name to the list in the porch. £3 for adults and £1 for children.

Moncrieff UF Church: Sunday’s service was conducted by Mr Hector McAulay who will also conduct this week’s Service of Worship at 11.30am. The church café continues on Mondays from 10am to noon, when all will be made welcome. The Kirk Session meets today (Wednesday) 12 March at 7pm in Moncrieff and members are reminded of the Congregational Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 19 march at 7.15pm in the Session Room. The annual Daffodil Tea takes place on Saturday 22 March from 10am in the church hall. Over the period of vacancy, should any member require help of any kind, please contact your elder in the first instance. Moncrieff Church Hall is available on a number of days in the week for hire for meetings and other events. Contact Graeme Forrest on 07711370369 for further information.

Moncrieff Church Boys’ Brigade Company: All sections of the Company continue their meetings as follows: The Anchor Boys for boys aged 5-P3, in Moncrieff Church Hall from 5.30pm to 6.45pm on Tuesdays; the Junior Section for boys in P4-6 in the same place from 7pm to 8.30pm on Tuesdays; and the Company Section, for boys in P7-S6 in Alloa Academy from 7.15pm on Fridays. New members are welcome in all Sections. A group of boys and Officers of the Company Section enjoyed an excellent winter weekend camp at Killin from Friday to Sunday, including some decent weather for walking. A Company Section team will take part in the Battalion Quiz tonight (Wednesday) in Dunblane. Anyone with queries or seeking further information about any section of the Company should telephone 212023.

Alloa Bridge Club: Results from 5/3/14 - N/S 1 Christine Wallace and Moira Bain, 2 Jimmy Hamilton and Eric Howman, 3 Ross Whitehouse and Alex McKinnon. E/W 1 Judith Keys and Kate Middleton, 2 George and Tom Boyle, 3 Alex Anderson and Jutta Griffiths.

Alloa Baptist Church: At the coffee morning last Saturday in aid of New Struan School playing field the magnificent total of £674 was raised. They wish to thank all who worked so hard and who contributed so generously to this very worthy cause.

Bingo Tea: A bingo tea in aid of Cancer Support Group will be held on Friday 14 March in St Mungo’s RC Church Hall. Doors open at 6.30pm, eyes down 7pm. Take your own cup. £1 entry.

Alloa East End Bowling Club: Opening Day will take place on Saturday 5 April at 2pm for 2.30pm start. All members welcome. There will be a raffle on the day so any donations would be grateful.

Alloa Ludgate Church: On Friday 21 March at 7.30pm a concert by Bruce Davies, Troubadour from Scotland, award-winning singer/songwriter will be held in Alloa Ludgate Church, Bedford Place, FK10 1LJ. A mixture of many musical genres can be expected. Tickets £5. To book tickets telephone 01259 720513. More information can be found on www.brucedavies.com.

Spring Fayre: Claremont Primary Parent Council are holding a Spring Fayre on Wednesday 26 March at 6.30pm to 8pm in the school hall, Claremont Primary School, Carse Terrace, Alloa. There will be a raffle, bottle stall, chocolate tombola, children’s craft activities, home baking, Easter bonnet parade and refreshments. Something for all the family. Free entry.

Patons Bowling Club: Fees are now due for 2014. H Spence will be at the club from 8pm - 9pm on Fridays and 3pm to 4pm on Sundays to collect dues. New members will be made welcome.

Alloa Elim Church - Greenside Street: Every Sunday at 11am. Connect Youth Club every Friday at 7.30pm to 9pm. web: alloaelim.org.uk. email: alloaelim@yahoo.co.uk. twitter: @alloaelim.

The Gate (Alloa Food Bank): Goods will be taken after the last Sunday of each month. Also welcome are toiletries as well as pants and socks for men.

Alloa Community House: Community House continues to be a busy thriving resource for the local community. They run something for all ages - children, young people, mums and dads, grannies and granddads. All activities are provided free of charge. You can find them on Facebook or visit their website www. communityhousealloa.com. Please see the activity programme or call Elaine McDonagh, Project Manager 01259 725424 for further information. Activity Programme - Monday 10am to noon Carers Group; 3.30pm to 5pm After School Club; 7pm to 8.30pm Youth Group; Tuesday 10am to noon Coffee Drop-in; 3.30pm to 5pm. Kids Praise Time and Crafts; 7pm to 9pm Agape Group; Wednesday 10.30am to 1pm Adult Helping Hands; 3.30pm to 5pm After School Club; 5pm to 5.45pm Family Tea Time; Thursday 12.30pm to 1.30pm Over 50’s Lunch Club; 1.30pm to 2.45pm Adult Craft Group; 3.30pm to 5pm After School Club; 7pm to 8.30pm Youth Group; Friday 3.30pm to 5pm After School Club.

Wee County Walkers: Spring is in the air and there’s the chance to get fitter on the free Friday walks which meet at noon between Tesco and Kilncraigs on Parliament Walk (near the benches). See website for more information - www.weecountywalkers.wordpress.com.

Alloa Baby and Toddler Group: The group meets in the Session House in St Mungo’s Parish Church, Bedford Place, Alloa on Fridays from 10am to noon. First session is free and it’s free for babies under six months. Playtime, songs, activities and healthy snack to be enjoyed. Enclosed grass area for outdoor play, weather permitting.

Alloa Community Arts: Meet every week on the top floor of Alloa Town Hall. The craft class meets on Mondays between 1pm and 4pm and art classes meet on Mondays and Wednesdays between 1pm and 4pm. Classes run throughout the year and are informal and friendly. New members are always welcome. For more information telephone Mary on Alloa 730205 or 07759 161122.

Hawkhill Community Centre: Mondays Community Cafe 11am - 2pm. Tuesdays Community Cafe 11am - 2pm. Circuit Training 6pm - 7pm. Yoga 7pm - 8pm. Wednesdays Community Cafe 11am - 2pm. Wednesdays Nifty Fifties 1.30pm - 3.30pm. Active Start Childrens play 1.15pm - 1.45pm. Junior Youth Club 4pm - 6pm. Type II Diabeetes Group 7pm - 8.30pm. Thursdays Community Cafe 11am - 1pm. Yummie Mummies 1pm - 3pm. Street Dance 6pm - 7pm. Roller Disco 7.30pm - 8.30pm. Fridays Community Cafe 11am - 1pm. Computing for beginners 10am - noon. Senior Youth Club 6.30pm - 8.30pm. Saturday Guitar Lessons 2pm - 3pm.

Play Alloa: You can find them in their own base within Hawkhill Community Centre, 132 Hillcrest Drive, Alloa, FK10 1SB. Telephone number is still 07800 859 161 and you can still contact them at playalloa@aol.com. Their website has been updated and is a regular place for news and developments - www.playalloa.co.uk.

Pilates Class: Pilates classes will be held every Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm at Lornshill Academy, Alloa. Contact Lorna on 07533173335 to book or for further details.

Alloa Carers Centre: Alloa Carers Centre is working with Community House and has a weekly coffee morning at Community House, 23 Maree Court on Mondays between 10am and noon. All carers welcome.

Rotary Club of Alloa: In addition to its normal meetings at Gean House in Alloa on Wednesday lunchtimes, The Rotary Club of Alloa, Clackmannanshire will be meeting on Thursday evenings at the Hollytree Hotel in Menstrie. Fellowship and food will be available from 5.30pm, with the business starting at 6.30pm. Anyone interested in learning more about the club should visit their website or talk to any member.

St Mungo’s RC Parent and Toddlers Group: A waiting list is now operating and a place on the list can be booked by telephoning 07511927795.

ALVA

Darby and Joan Club: The President welcomed members to the weekly game of dominoes and whist. Domino result 1 Mr A McGrouther, 2 Mrs J Moodie, consolation Mrs M Burt. Whist result - 1 lady Mrs G Diamant, consolation Mrs E Campbell. 1 gent Mrs M Gillespie, consolation Mr G Burt. New members will be made welcome every Wednesday at 1.45pm in the Cochrane Foundation Hall, Croftshaw Road, Alva.

Lodge St Servanus No 771: A special meeting will be held on Friday 14 March at 7.30pm in the Masonic Hall, Ochil Road Alva. Visitation from Lodge St John Carluke No 187. MM Degree.

Alva Bridge Club: Latest results - N/S 1 Ken Ross and Ian Young +540, 2 Margaret McGhee and Dennis Shepherd +80, 3 Lindsay Morrison and Jim McGroarty -550. E/W 1 John McGowan and Bob Stewart +1450, 2 Dorothy Yeardley and Helen McKillop +1440, 3 Jan King and John Cable +700.

Age Concern: Whist and dominoes latest results - Domino winner Mrs I Thomson, consolaltion Mrs M Wilson. Ladies whist Mrs E Campbell, consolation Mrs I Emslie. Gents prize Mrs Couston, consolation Miss M Crichton. The next meeting will be held on Thursday 20 March in Alva Parish Church Hall at 1pm. This will also be the AGM.

Alva Pensioners: The next bingo tea will be held today 12 March at 7.30pm. The AGM will be held on Tuesday 25 March at 7pm. The monthly dance will be held on 29 March, £5, and a light supper will be served. Music by Raymond Carse at 7.30pm.

Alva Baptist Church: A craft club will be held on Thursdays at 10am to noon. Card making materials supplied or take your own work ie knitting, cross stitch, etc. and enjoy the company.

Wee County Walkers: Spring is in the air and there’s the chance to get fitter on the free Monday walks which meet at 12 noon in Cochrane Hall Carpark. See website for more information - www.weecountywalkers.wordpress.com.

Community Notice Board: The notice board is situated outside the CAP/library. Groups and individuals and ‘not for profit’ organisations can advertise activities and display posters here. Anyone wishing to use this facility please see the notice board for further details.

CLACKMANNAN

Vangel: Ian Walker and Jimmy Scott will be singing their own brand of country Gospel on Monday 24 March at Clackmannan Parish Church Sister Guild. No tickets - just a donation.

Bargains and Bites: In Clackmannan Town Hall every Friday lunchtime for a couple of hours from noon. Go along and enjoy a soup and bread lunch (tea/coffee and biscuits also available), share in a time of fellowship with others in the village, explore the different stalls, maybe find some new clothes and try one of the fruit or soup bags.

The Clackmannanshire Credit Union: The Union is pleased to be able to offer it’s services from noon on Fridays in Clackmannan Town Hall. If you are interested in joining or finding out what it can do for you, please go along and speak to someone in confidence.

The 36th Stirling (Clackmannan) Company: The Boys’ Brigade meets every Friday in Clackmannan Town Hall and still has openings for new members in all areas. Parents should contact the leaders for details of the programme for the rest of the session. Contact Kathy for Anchor Boys on 07891389542, Lucy for Junior Section on 07743085909 or Bill for the Company Section on 216763.

Clackmannan Parish Church of Scotland: Sunday worship is at 11am in the church. The Guild meets on Monday at 7.30pm in the church hall when Sharon Kane from the Downs Syndrome Association will tell members about their work. On Tuesday the coffee morning is open from 10am in the church hall. On Wednesday at 6.45pm the Church Choir meets for practice in the Bruce Memorial Hall and at 8pm they continue Lent studies focusing on the programme titled ‘Another Story Must Begin’ based on the book and film ‘Les Miserables’. For more information on these and other activities please visit the church website at http://www.clackmannankirk.org.uk. Anyone requiring the services of a minister should contact Rev. Scott Raby on 211255.

CLAXFACTOR: The Clackmannan Town Hall Trust present the popular CLAXFACTOR Talent Show for Primary 4 to Primary 7 children who live in Clackmannan and surrounding villages within the community council area. The show will take place in the Town Hall on Saturday 29 March 7pm to 10pm. Auditions take place on Sunday 16 March 1pm to 3pm. To register for an audition or for further information please contact Julie on 07944566068.

Clackmannan Town Hall Snooker Room: The Town Hall Trust will be holding an open community meeting to discuss the future running of the snooker room. The Trust are looking for volunteers to help run the facility on a membership only basis. The meeting will be held on Tuesday 18 March at 7pm to 8pm in the Craigrie Room.

The Circle of Friends: The March meeting will be held on Thursday 20 March in Clackmannan Town Hall at 7pm.

Children’s Disco: Clackmannan Gala are holding a children’s disco (P1-P7 only) on Sunday 16 March at 1.30pm to 3.30pm in Clackmannan Bowling Club. £1 per child.

The Clackmannan Society: The society will hold it’s 62nd AGM on Saturday 15 March within the Church Hall, High Street, Clackmannan at 7pm. All will be made most welcome who have an interest in the history of the Town and Shire thereof. This is their annual night of opportunity for members after the formal proceedings to contribute from their own collections of interest and share in a convivial atmosphere with conversation over tea/coffee/sandwiches most expertly provided by lady members.

Clackmannan Community Council: The council are having a Craft Fayre in Clackmannan Town Hall, Main Street, Clackmannan on Saturday 5 April from 10am till 2pm .This is in aid of the senior citizens lunch at the end of the year. There are still some tables available at £10 each. Contact Doreen 01259 729719, Barbara 01259 215059.

Lodge Clackmannan 1303: Senior members dinner will be held on Wednesday 26 March in the Masonic Hall, Clackmannan a 7pm. All senior members 65 or over with their wife/partner, also widows of senior members are invited to attend. Names to be given to any member of the lodge by Wednesday 19 March or telephone 214463 or 216905.

Wee County Walkers: Spring is in the air and there’s the chance to get fitter on the free Wednesday walks which meet at 2 pm at the Library. See the website for more information www.weecountywalkers.wordpress.com

Active 50s Exercise: On a Thursday morning in Clackmannan Town Hall from 11am to noon - £3.

Zumba Class: A new Zumba class will be held in Clackmannan Town Hall on Mondays from 8pm to 9pm. For more information telephone 01259 721886 or 07881762687.

Ian McLean’s School of Dance: The class will be held in Clackmannan Town Hall every Tuesday from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. For more information telephone 01259 721886.

COALSNAUGHTON

Coalsnaughton Burns Club: Cash bingo every Monday in the lounge. Contact 01259 750517 for details. Eyes down at 8.15pm, finished by 9.45pm.

Fruit Barra: The Coalsnaughton Fruit Barra is open in Coalsnaughton Village Hall from Monday to Friday, 10am until 5pm. Everyone is welcome to enjoy a cuppa at Coalsnaughton’s Community Cafe Society. If you have an hour or two to spare to help, please call into the hall. Telephone 01259 759099.

DOLLAR

Dollar Bridge Club: The results of the seventh round of the Hooper Cup held on Thursday 6 March are as follows: 1 Sheila Williams and Jim Paterson 61.33 per cent, 1=Kit and David Gow 61.33 per cent; 3 Jutta Grifiths and Paul Boyce 59.33 per cent; 4 Naomi McMahon and Sheila Logan 55.00 per cent; 5 Bob Stewart and Tom Sommerville 53.00 per cent, 5= Eric Howman and Martin Pringle 53.00 per cent.

Dollar Parish Church: This Sunday 16 March - There is no morning service of worship at 11am Dollar Parish Church. Instead there will be an evening service to take place in the church at 7pm. This evening service will be led by the Minister, Rev. Jerome O’Brien and other members of the Christian community in Dollar. The service will be more contemporary in style with music led by a Worship band. The service at Muckhart Parish Church at 9.30am will be led by the Minister, Rev. Jerome O’Brien. Muckhart Parish Church’s Annual Stated Meeting will take place immediately after the service. All members of the congregation are warmly invited to attend. The service at Glendevon Parish Church at 11am will be led by the Minister, Rev. Jerome O’Brien. Monday 17 March - The Monday House Group will meet at 9.30am. For more information, please contact Muriel Simpson 01259 742953. Tuesday 18 March - Dollar Parish Church Kirk Session Meeting at 7.15pm in the Old Schoolhouse. Wednesday 19 March - Wednesday Morning House Group. The group will meet at 10am for 10.30am. Further information from Christine Campbell, 01259 742463. Saturday 22 March - The fun group’s annual quiz will take place in the Coronation Hall, Muckhart at 7pm. Tea, coffee, sandwiches and tray bakes will be served at the interval but please feel free to take your own drinks and nibbles to have at your table. Tickets £2.50 each with a maximum of 6 people per team. To book a table please contact Alison Mann on 01259 781494.

Dollar Episcopal Church, St James the Great: The church in Harvieston Road has embarked on a course of study over five Thursdays in the Parish Rooms adjacent to the church at 10.45am and 7.30pm during Lent. Entitled “Built on the Rock”, each session will last for an hour or so and is open to all. Communion Services every Sunday are at 8.30am and 10.30am and also on Thursday in the Parish Rooms at 9.45am. There is Sunday School for young people during the 10.30am service. If you are new to Dollar or perhaps you have just not been to church for a while, you are assured of a warm welcome by this small friendly congregation. On Saturday 22 March between 3pm and 4.30pm there is an invitation to a tea party for the elderly in the Parish Rooms where sandwiches and home-made cakes together with some light-hearted entertainment are on the menu. Transport can be arranged. Tell your friends. Please see their website for information about all activities www.stjamesthegreatdollar.org.uk and if you urgently need to speak to someone, please contact the Rev. Andrew Frearson 01259 742494.

Dollar SWRI: On Monday 3 March after all business matters had been dealt with President Carole Milne introduced Mrs Linda Milroy. Linda spoke about her experiences and involvement in a Cambodian Orphanage that she came across while on a cycling holiday. With her pictures and stories she carried along through her highs and lows of the trip. They wish her well with her future plans. Competition results - Child’s Knitted Hat - 1 Ruet Roe, 2 Liz Noble. Jar of Marmalade - 1 Linda Brown, 2 Isobel McEacheren.

Dollar Horticultural Society and Gardening Club: The annual coffee morning takes place at the Burnside Hall on Saturday 22 March between 10am and noon. £2 for adults and £1 for children. There will be a cake and a bottle stall, donations most welcome and can be made to any committee member. The plant sale will be held on 24 and 25 May. The annual flower show will be held on Saturday 6 September.

Dollar Bowling Club: The next prize bingo tea will be held on Monday 24 March at 7.30pm. All welcome. The opening of the green will take place on Saturday 19 April at 2pm for 2.30pm. President v Vice President. On Saturday 19 April - the fantastic voice of Kirsty Docherty at 8.30pm. Tickets are on sale to members only until 19 March (two tickets per member only). After 19 March members can purchase tickets for visitors. Tickets available from J Kerr or D Dowell.

Wee County Walkers: Spring is in the air and there’s the chance to get fitter on the free Thursday walks which meet at 10am beside the Health Centre. See the website for more information www.weecountywalkers.wordpress.com

Dollar Civic Centre: Information for community and voluntary groups. Clackmannanshire Third Sector Interface is providing an information surgery for community and voluntary groups to give help and information in areas such as funding, constitutions and policies. Go along and speak to Maureen Hill CTSI Organisational Support Officer at Dollar Civic Centre. These meetings take place on the last Thursday of every month from 1pm to 2pm.

FISHCROSS

Wee County Walkers: Spring is in the air and there’s the chance to get fitter on the free Tuesday walks which meet at 2 pm beside Cat Protection in Fishcross. See website for more information - www.weecountywalkers.wordpress.com.

Charity Shop: The Cats Protection charity shop in Alloa Road, Fishcross, is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 1pm to 3pm and Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 4pm selling good second hand clothing, bric-a-brac, books and new goods.

KINCARDINE

Tulliallan and Kincardine Parish Church: The Kirk Session meet tonight (Wednesday) 12 March at 7pm in the Session House. The service this Sunday 16 March is at 10.30am and will be led by Rev. Alec Shuttleworth. Tea and coffee will be served after the service. The Young Church meet at 10.30am. The Men’s Club meet on Monday 17 March at 7.30pm in the hall for a bowling evening. The Guild meet on Tuesday 18 March at 7.30pm in the hall for the AGM and Quiz Night. The Scottish Country Dance Class is holding it’s Annual Dance on Wednesday 19 March at 7.30pm to 10.30pm in the hall. Admission £5 including supper. The Congregational Board Annual Stated Business Meeting will take place on Sunday 23 March. Sponsor sheets for the Fundraising Committee’s Sponsored Walk on Sunday afternoon 6 April are available from any member of the fundraising committee.

Kincardine History Group: The next meeting is today (Wednesday) 12 March at 2pm in the Hepburn Room of the Community Centre. Ms Elizabeth Boulton is the speaker and her subject is “The Refurbishment of Stirling Castle”. Visitors will be made welcome.

MENSTRIE

Menstrie Parish Church: “Lent Reflections” at 10am in Room 1 each Sunday throughout Lent. All welcome. Lent Bible Study “Stop and Stare” runs for five weeks from Wednesday 12 March from 7.30pm till 9pm in Room 1. Very informal, open to everyone. Alva/Menstrie Guides urgently require people to volunteer as Brownie Leaders. If interested please contact Joyce Bell 01259 762678. On the first Sunday in Lent Bible readings were from Genesis 2:15-17, Genesis 3:1-7 and Matthew 4:1-11. In the 40 days before Easter the church remembers Jesus’ time alone in the wilderness and how he dealt with the temptations of Satan. Today we are constantly being tempted to put something other than God at the centre of our lives. In her address titled “Give Up” Rev. Lynne Mack reflected on what we can give up so that we can focus on Jesus’ sacrifice for us and draw closer to God. Sunday worship at 11am. All welcome.

Menstrie Parish Church Guild: Open Evening is on Tuesday 25 March at 7.30pm in the church when they shall be entertained by “The Brightons Praise Group”. Guild members, church members, friends and family are invited to what should be a splendid evening. Names are being taken now for the Mystery Tour on Thursday 15th May. All welcome. Bus leaves church at 1.30pm and returns at approximately 6pm for high tea at No 5 in Alva. If interested please contact any Guild or committee member.

Blairlogie SWRI: The next meeting of Blairlogie and District WRI will take place in Menstrie Scout Hall today (Wednesday) 12 March at 7.30pm when Mrs Annie Philpot and family will demonstrate their crafts, etc. Competitions are (1) 3 x Spiced Easter Biscuits and (2) an Easter Card.

The Gate (Alloa Food Bank): Remember Easter is approaching so mini-eggs; cream eggs; chocolate bunnies along with appropriate cakes and biscuits could be a treat for someone. They also welcome toiletries as well as pants and socks for men. If anyone would be willing to take a turn now and then to deliver goods to the foodbank in the week following the last Sunday of the month could they have a word with Isobel Munro, Session Clerk.

Menstrie Pensioners’ Association: The next meeting will be on Wednesday 19 March in Menstrie Parish Church Hall and will be a musical evening and raffle. The meeting on 23 April will take the form of a bingo evening and raffle.

Zumba Classes: Zumba classes with Audrey Crawford will be held on a Thursday from 6.45pm to 7.45pm in Menstrie Parish Church, Menstrie. For further information telephone 07515 534902. Ditch the workout and join the party.

Wee County Walkers: Spring is in the air and there’s the chance to get fitter on the free weekly Sunday walks which have started in Menstrie. Meet just before 2pm beside Dumyat Centre. No charge, all welcome. See the website for more information www.weecountywalkers.wordpress.com

MUCKHART

Muckhart Parish Church: This Sunday 16 March - The service at Muckhart Parish Church at 9.30am will be led by the Minister, Rev. Jerome O’Brien. Muckhart Parish Church’s Annual Stated Meeting will take place immediately after the service. All members of the congregation are warmly invited to attend. The service at Glendevon Parish Church at 11am will be led by the Minister, Rev. Jerome O’Brien. There is no morning service of worship at 11am in Dollar Parish Church. Instead, there will be an evening service to take place in the church at 7pm. This evening service will be led by the Minister, Rev. Jerome O’Brien and other members of the Christian community in Dollar. The service will be more contemporary in style with music led by a Worship band. Monday 17 March: The Monday House Group will meet at 9.30am. For more information, please contact Muriel Simpson 01259 742953. Wednesday 19 March - Wednesday Morning House Group. The group will meet at 10am for 10.30am. Further information from Christine Campbell, 01259 742463.Saturday 22 March: The fun group’s annual quiz will take place in the Coronation Hall, Muckhart at 7pm. Tea, coffee, sandwiches and tray bakes will be served at the interval but please feel free to take your own drinks and nibbles to have at your table. Tickets £2.50 each with a maximum of 6 people per team. To book a table please contact Alison Mann on 01259 781494.

SAUCHIE

Sauchie & Fishcross UF Church: The Bible Study and Prayer Meeting takes place today (Wednesday) 12 March at 7pm. On Thursday the Women’s Association meets at 2.15pm. The speaker is Jonathon Baxter from Mission Aviation Fellowship. The Children’s Club meets on Friday from 6pm until 7.30pm. On Sunday, Kites Group and creche are as usual at 11am. Kirk Session meets at 10.50am. Communion Services take place at 11am and 6.30pm.

Sauchie and Coalsnaughton Parish Church: Rev. Margaret Shuttleworth conducted the service on Sunday 9 March. The Scripture lessons were Genesis Ch2, v15-17, and Matthew Ch4 v1-11. In her sermon Rev. Shuttleworth told the congregation that we should make positive choices when we are faced with our temptations by trusting and obeying God’s word. The Annual Stated Meeting will be held on Wednesday 19 March at 7.30pm in the church hall. Tickets £2 are now on sale. The entertainment will be provided by Tulliallan Boys’ Brigade.

Sauchie Pensioners: The next meeting of the Sauchie Pensioners will be held at the Lesser Hall of Sauchie Hall on Tuesday 18 March at 2pm. Artiste Peter McQuade (songs, jokes and poems). New members welcome.

Sauchie Community Group: Sauchie Tiny Tots, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9.45am -11.30am, £1 per child 50p for every second child. Carpet Bowls - Wednesdays noon to 2pm. £1 entry includes tea/coffee biscuits. Art Club - 5.30pm to 7.30pm, £1 entry. Painting, drawing, card making etc. Friday night’s movie night, every Friday night 7pm, free entry. Soup-n-sandwich lunch first Thursday of each month at 11.30am to 1.30pm. £2 entry. Monthly Community Group Public Meeting - last Thursday of each month. Present at these meetings are local police, councillors and a guest speaker. Meetings start at 7pm. All the above activities take place in Sauchie Resource Centre. For more information about any or all of the above contact Laura 725337. Follow them on facebook.

Cancer Support Group: The Cancer Support Group is held in the Health Centre Building, Clackmannanshire Community Health Care Centre, Hallpark, Sauchie (enter from the Sunnyside Brae entrance). The group is on every Friday from 6pm to 8pm. Drop in for a chat - everyone welcome.

Sauchie Active8: Sauchie Active 8 - every Monday - 10am to 12pm Gym Crackers 50p, 10am to 1pm Internet Café FREE, 6.30pm to 8.30pm Advanced Spanish Class. Every Tuesday - 1pm to 3pm Over 50s Exercise Class FREE, 6pm to 8pm Teen Nite FREE, 6.30pm to 8.30pm Sign Language Class. Every Wednesday - 10am to 1pm Internet Cafe FREE, 10am to 1pm Fruit Barra, 10am to 11am Zumba £3, 1.30pm 3.30pm Computer Class for beginners FREE, 6pm to 8pm Youth Club £1, 6pm-7pm Ladies Keep Fit, 7pm to 8pm Beauty Hour £1 for both. Thursday 7.15pm to 8.15pm Ladies Zumba £3. Friday 10am to 1pm Internet Café FREE, 10am to 12pm Toddlers Gym Crackers 50p, 1.30pm to gone Food Bank FREE, 6pm to 8pm Teen Nite FREE. Also Café open every Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9am to 1pm. Contact Sandra Gruar for more details: 01259 215972.

Wee County Walkers: Spring is in the air and there’s the chance to get fitter on the free Tuesday walks which meet at 2pm beside Cat Protection in Fishcross. See the website for more information www.weecountywalkers.wordpress.com

TILLICOULTRY

Tillicoultry Parish Church: Today (Wednesday) - Vestry hour 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Choir practice, 7.30pm. Girl’s Brigade from 6.30pm to 9pm. Thursday 12 - Boys’ Brigade - 6.15pm to 9pm. Sunday service at 9am and 10.30am. Sunday Club meets at the 10.30am service. Tuesday 18 - Country dancing in the lesser Hall at 7.30pm. Pictures of the Moderator’s visit will be appearing on the church website - www. tillicoultryparishchurch.co.uk.

Tillicoultry SWRI: At their meeting on 6 March the ladies were very appreciative of Mr Bob Lindsay stepping in at short notice and giving a very informative and entertaining talk, with slideshow, on the public clocks throughout the county. The competition winners were Jennifer Carruthers for a pressed flower picture and Elizabeth Young for a cold sweet.

Tillicoultry are hosting the group meeting in the Golf Club on Thursday 27th March when the speaker will be Sharon Morgan from the Princess Royal Trust for Carers. Doors are open at 7pm and all members are invited to attend. The competitions are for 3 fairy cakes and a spring floral arrangement in a teacup.

Tillicoultry Bridge Club: N/S 1 Jimmy Hamilton George Smith +1160, 2 Jean Stewart and Dorothy Coulter +660, 3 Sheila Williams and Joyce Scales -400. E/W 1 Alan Roberts and Andy Younger +2060, 2 Laura Knox and Jim Paterson +860, 3 Margo Webster and Kit Gow +470.

Tillycoeur: The AGM will be held on Tuesday 15 April at 7pm in The Woolpack Inn. All welcome and new members are invited.

Tillicoultry Bowling Club: The opening day will take place on 12 April. Memberships are now available at £20 for the first year for non-experienced bowlers. New social members are also very welcome. The club has first class live entertainment every Saturday night.

Wee County Walkers: Spring is in the air and there’s the chance to get fitter on the free Saturday walks which meet at 10.30am beside Nike, Sterling Mills. See the website for more information www.weecountywalkers.wordpress.com

Zumba Fitness Classes: Classes will be held in Tillicoultry Parish Church Hall on Mondays from 7pm to 8pm with Irene Kane. For further information call 0774 3785103.

2nd Tillicoultry Rainbows: Is your daughter aged 5-7? Does she like playing games, doing art and craft, making new friends? If you have answered yes then contact 211318 and leave a message for further details. Or you can email clacksguides@yahoo.co.uk.

Zumba Class: Zumba classes every week in Tillicoultry Centenary Hall on Wednesdays at 8pm to 9pm. Contact 01259 721886 or 07881762687 for more details.

TULLIBODY

Tullibody History Group: “Life of a Country Woman in the 18th Century” by Fiona Houston. This very interesting talk will take place on Thursday 27 March at 7.30pm in Tullibody Heritage Centre, Abercromby Place. Nominal charge, tea/coffee served.

Tullibody and Cambus Amateur Gardening Club: The next meeting will be held on 18 March in Tullibody Civic Centre at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Fiona Jones from Dobbies in Stirling who will give a demonstration on container planting. New members very welcome.

Tullibody and Cambus Girlguiding: To join the leadership team. Contact Ann-Margaret on 07908 252104, or Girlguiding Clackmannanshire on 01259 211318.

Slimming World: Every Wednesday in the Civic Centre, Tullibody at 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Further details from Margo - telephone 07879 477 921.

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