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Statements and Updates

09 April 2021

Reopening Statement – April 2021

The majority of Falkirk Community Trust’s facilities have been closed since Christmas due to the ongoing pandemic. With the Scottish Government’s easing of lockdown restrictions from April onwards, we are delighted to share our reopening plans with you. The following information aims to provide a guide, as far as we are able at the current time, to the reopening of our facilities.

Health & Fitness and Sport
All four of our major sports centres, including the Health and Fitness clubs listed below will reopen on Monday 26 April, allowing access to swimming pools, gyms and for adult non-contact sport activities (non-group activity only). Indoor fitness classes and outdoor adult contact sport activities are due to re-start on 17 May, following Government guidance.

  • The Mariner Centre
  • Stenhousemuir Gym
  • Bo’ness Recreation Centre
  • Grangemouth Sports Complex

To ensure we continue to minimise the risk of spreading the COVID virus, we have put in place the following guidance that we would ask all our customers to follow:

Pre-booking is essential for all activities with online and telephone bookings available from Friday 23 April.

Direct Debits for Health and Fitness members will resume on 1 May and the usual monthly payment will apply from that date. If, however, you are not able to return to our facilities just yet, you can freeze your membership for up to 12 months. If you wish to do this, please email fitness@falkirkcommunitytrust.org by 20 April. Please be aware that to freeze your membership we require a return date at the time of placing your account on hold.

The gym at Bo’ness will reopen on 26 April, however we recommend booking early as we have had to reduce the capacity to allow customers to exercise safely.

Whilst indoor fitness classes will not restart in April, we continue to offer our outdoor and online fitness classes. Our outdoor fitness classes are held Monday to Thursday at Grangemouth Stadium, are suitable for all levels and can be booked online. Our online fitness class programme provides 26 live streamed weekly classes, with a selection of pre-recorded workouts so you can choose when and how you exercise to fit your schedule. Our fitness app is available to download here with a variety of taster sessions to try before signing up to gain full access. Please email bookings@falkirkcommunitytrust.org for more information or to sign up for our outdoor or online classes - A 60 day pass for either outdoor or online fitness is only £10 (member rate) and £15 (non-member).

The Grangemouth Stadium gym will also reopen on Monday 26 April from 5pm - 9pm and will operate on Monday – Thursday evenings on a pre-booked basis. Our team have been working hard behind the scenes to reconfigure equipment to allow customers to exercise safely. Access to this strength training facility is also included in our membership for Health & Fitness customers.

Carron Gymnastics Centre will also reopen on 26 April. 

Swimming lessons will recommence from 26 April and parents will be contacted directly by our Bookings Team regarding this.

Libraries
A ‘Click & Collect’ service is now available at all libraries, and all will reopen for browsing and PC use from Monday 26 April.

  • Click & Collect information can be found here
  • Pre-booking of visits from 26 April onwards is essential and can be made online and by phone

Callendar House
Callendar House and Tearoom will reopen on Wednesday 28 April. The house will be fully open to explore the museum displays and our exhibition galleries. The tearoom will be serving a slightly reduced but equally delicious menu, Afternoon Teas will be available for both sit in and take away services.

Pre-booking is essential for all visits including The Tearoom, Afternoon Tea and general entry to Callendar House, entry is still free.

Online and phone bookings for Afternoon Teas will be available from 14 April.

Online and phone bookings for The Tearoom and general entry will be available from 14 April.

Kinneil Museum

We are delighted to announce the re-opening of Kinneil Museum on Wednesday 28 April.  Our opening hours remain the same: 12.30pm - 4pm, Wednesday - Monday.

The Helix and Kelpies
We have reopened the Plaza Café at the Helix, Home of the Kelpies, for takeaway from 10am to 4pm with the toilets open from 9am to 8pm. As of Monday 26 April, the Visitor Centre will reopen including toilets, gift shop and the café with a limited menu for takeaway, information on sit in service will be released soon.

The Hippodrome
The Hippodrome will reopen on 17 May with snacks and drinks also available, government guidance permitting.

  • Pre-booking is essential and will be available online and by phone
  • More information and the full programme will follow closer to the opening date

We care about your health and wellbeing and we are here to help as much as we can. All our sites have achieved “Good to Go” accreditation to further assure the local community that our facilities are safe to visit.

Over the coming weeks we will provide more information including Frequently Asked Questions, safety precautions and guidance, booking processes and more, so please keep an eye on our social media channels and website. In the meantime, if you have any reason to get in touch, please don’t hesitate to drop us an email: hello@falkirkcommunitytrust.org

We thank you again for your support and patience during this time and we look forward to welcoming you back to our facilities soon.

 

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