District Chairman Mae Barr with President Anne
Community Service Presentation of Baby Clothes at Forth Valley Hospital
L To R.Anne Stenhouse, Dorothy McClements, Nurse in Charge, Evelyn Hill (Convener)
Culross Summer Outing.
Group of Members inc. Valerie Dillon Programme Convener. 4th left.
International Service Afternoon Tea. March
Group of Kitchen helpers with Convener Sandra in charge of the Coffee Pot.
About the area
All roads and rails lead to Falkirk, situated in the Forth valley some 19 miles along the M9 from Edinburgh, and 18 miles from Glasgow. A fair-sized and bustling town with the charm of narrow cobbled lanes and streets full of speciality shops. Falkirk also claims to have the shortest street in Scotland, Tolbooth Street, find it if you can behind the Steeple.
Named Rome's Northern frontier the defensive Antonine wall was built, the remains of which can be seen in the grounds of Callendar House. Callendar House, a large ornate mansion of three storeys with towers and turrets, incorporates a 15th-century castle. It is now a museum, and the focal point of 600 years of Scottish history.
Falkirk became regarded as the cradle of the industrial Revolution with the founding of the Carron Iron Works in 1759 famously known for their Carronades used by Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar. Many iron foundries fed by coal minmg have been the hallmark of the area, however, these industries have come to an end. Now replaced by heautiful parks, canal walks, restaurants; with entertainment programmes throughout the year; the ethos of Falkirk is cosmopolitan with an eye to conservation but committed to the challenge of the 21st. century.
The jewels within the Helix Park are the magnificent award winnng Kelpies, standing at an impressive 30 metres and weighing over 300 tonnes, the Kelpies are sculptures of horses heads, inspired by the area's rich equine history. Towering over the Forth & Clyde canal, they form a dramatic gateway to the canal entrance on the East Coast of Scotland.
Four miles along the canal is the world- renowned Falkirk Wheel which links the Forth and Clyde canal with the Union canal. These canals differ in height by 35m and used to be linked by a series of 11 locks over a distance exceeding a mile. They are now linked by the world's only boat lift, a stunning visual and engineering feat, and an extremely popular visitor attraction.
The Seagull Trust which provides canal cruising in Scotland (free for disabled) has a base in Falkirk. It provides canal trips for disabled people along the revitalised canals.