“Following the success of “Bridgescapes”, Bruce Keith returns to the DDHS on Monday 31st October 2022 at 7pm in the Heritage Rooms, with his new book, “Are We Nearly There Yet?” - a journey through Scotland’s milestone heritage. In addition to tracing the history of these roadside, canal and railway artefacts, from Roman times to the age of the Turnpike Trusts and beyond to the Millennium, Bruce also examines the early distance measurements and the development of maps in Scotland. He treads in the footsteps of the 18th and 19th century travellers across Scotland and caps it all with his ‘Top 50 Scots’ - sportsmen and women who have gone “the extra mile” in terms of speed and endurance. So, something for everyone, packed into the evening’s illustrated presentation.”
The talk is free, however we would be very grateful for any donations on the night.

The next meeting of the Society is  on Monday 11th of July 2022 at 7.00 pm.
New members will be made most welcome.

Huge thank you to everyone that has come along to the open evening and open day, great to see so many people interested.
Massive thank you to all of the volunteers that made the open evening and day such a succes.
But we need more volunteers to keep going. We would love to do more events like these but need more help. If you are interested please get in touch for a chat!

Open days

Join us to celebrate the history of Denny and Dunipace as we mark Scotland’s Year of Stories. Stories are a vital part of Scotland’s culture and we have many tales to tell, from foundries to castles, footballers to post boxes. Shared stories, whether spoken, written, sung or filmed are what gives us a sense of place, history and belonging…..no matter how long you have lived here.
We want to share the stories we have collected about the history of Denny & Dunipace but we also want to hear your stories, what does the area mean to you, what would you like to learn more about and how can you shape our future.
Come along to the Heritage Rooms (behind the Red Hoose), join us for a cuppa and find out more of our #TalesOfScotland, we all have a story to tell – what’s yours?
Free entry but a donation is welcomed.
Wednesday 15th June 2022 - 6.30pm to 9.00pm
Saturday 18th June 2022  - 10am to 2pm
Heritage Rooms,
Milton Row,
Children Welcome.

The Society meets on the second Monday of each month at 7.15 pm in the Heritage Rooms at Milton Row, Dunipace. Meetings will continue throughout the year.

11 November 2021
Members of Denny & Dunipace Heritage Society, came together at 11am on 11th Movember 2021,
with former employees from Carrongrove Paper Mill,
and Councillor Paul Garner, to lay a wreath at the World War 1 Memorial plaque in the Carronbank Centre.
Our thank you goes to Rev Dr Jean Gallacher for holding the short service.

 Sweet Chestnut Sappling

Last week some members of the Heritage Society were present as a new sweet chestnut sapling was planted alongside the original Dunipace King Chestnut Tree.
The original tree is said to be around 300 t0 400 years old and stands in the grounds of what used to be the Herbertshire Castle estate.
The sapling was the only one left which survived of the original batch of seeds grown by our past secretary Stewart Johnston who retired in 2004.
Last year it was handed over to our current secretary Kirk Watson to look after and with a sigh of relief by him it was finally planted in front of the original tree.
The picture shows Stewart behind the new tree and the original in the background.

Wreath Carronbank 2020
On Wednesday of this week, 11th November 2020 at 11am
We were honoured to have Rev Jean Gallacher attend again to say some words, which George advises were really lovely and thoughtful.
A huge thank you to Jean who called to ask if the wreath laying was still going ahead this year and to offer her continued support and attendance.
Especially given the last minute of being given permission, having Jean there assisted with making the moment special.
Also attending was Mr Jim Donald who previously worked at Carrongrove Mill.
Thank you also to Paul Garner who arranged entry to the Carronbank Centre for the Heritage Society to lay the wreath on behalf of the community.
A further thank you to Val, who revived last year's wreath with loving attention, and in this way ensuring we are being environmentally friendly.

The next meeting of the Society is the AGM on Monday 9th of April 2020 at 7.00 pm.
After considering the advice given by the Scottish and Westminster Governments regarding the coronavirus outbreak, the Committee think it is best to postpone our AGM for a period of at least 12 weeks.

The following was received from the daughter of Ernst JebautzkeSubject


Searching for information about Denny I found your homepage.

My father Ernst Jebautzke was as a POW in Camp 64 Denny.

Here you can see some stories told of my father.

And especially in Denny he made such heart-warming experiences.

Maybe it is interesting for you.

Best regards

Christine Schmidt (Germany, Munich)

Old Stories


Ernst Jebautzke was born 1925 in Hof. Today, at the age of 94, he is certainly one of the oldest YouTube personalities of Germany. On his YouTube channel he already published more than 30 local Hofer G’schichten about times past.

Right at Christmas time he brings his Old Stories in 5 episodes, telling how he has been deported as prisoner of war to America and Scotland, and his heart-warming experience at Christmas 1946, just unimaginable at that time.

Bruce Keith at DDHS

On Monday 21st of October 2019 Bruce Keith give a talk on 'Scottish Bridges.
He is a surveyor and environmentalist, having started his professional career
working on several Perthshire and Aberdeenshire estates and in Edinburgh
with the Department of Agriculture. Bruce moved to England in 1996
as Chief Surveyor with English Nature, but kept his Scottish connections,
retiring five years ago as Head of Property at SSE.
Bruce's interest in bridges stems from his childhood. His passion for Scottish history,
geography and landscape is a recurring theme, captured in "Bridgescapes".


On Monday the 30th of September Geoff Bailey give a talk on World War 1 starting at 7.15pm in the Heritage Rooms .
The talk looks at the extensive list of men and women from the Falkirk area who served in the First World War – over 13,000 of them. 
Most locals joined the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders or the Royal Scots, but the third highest number was in a regiment that many would struggle to even name.

Having such a comprehensive list means that it would be possible to see such things as the average age of death or the death rate for individual months or events. 
One such event was the Battle of Jutland where a number of Bo’ness men died. 
We can also determine that the rate of attrition for soldiers who had previously served in the police was much greater than average. 
And rather startlingly, in the year after the war was over ten men died in industrial accidents in the Falkirk area!

On Monday 13th May 2019 Christine Bell give a talk on Cycling without Age prior to our monthly meeting at 7.15 pm in the Heritage Rooms.

Memorial Plaque


The war memorial plaque saved from the offices of  Carrongrove Paper Mill, has finally been relocated at Carronbank one-stop shop.
This was done with the help of the members of Denny and Dunipace Heritage Society, a number of whom can be seen at the unveiling.

The AGM of the Society took place on Monday 8th April 2019 at 07.00 pm in the Heritage Rooms, 13 Milton Row, Dunipace.
(Membership subscriptions were due at this meeting

On Monday 4th March, 2019 at 7pm, David Reid from the John de Graeme Society came along to the Heritage Rooms to talk about John de Graeme and show some pictures.

There will be no meetings of the Society in December 2018.
The next meeting will be held on Monday 14th January 2019 at 7.15 pm.

Local History Week Denny – WW1

WW 110518

On Friday 11th May, 2018 the Denny & Dunipace Heritage Society were invited by Falkirk Community Trust to take part in their history week in Denny Library, where they showed pictures, information, and artefacts they have, relating to World War One in the Denny & Dunipace area.
In the picture in front of one of the displays are John Jack, Val Johnston and George McArthur some of the members.

The AGM of the Society will take place on Monday 9th April 2018 at 07.00 pm in the Heritage Rooms, 13 Milton Row, Dunipace.
(Membership subscriptions are due at this meeting

It is with sadness we learn of the passing of BILL JACK on 21st February 2018.
Bill will be sadly missed by the members of Denny and Dunipace Heritage Society.
His funeral service will take place at Denny Cemetery on Thursday 8th March  2018 at 2.30 pm.

Robert Spears will give a talk on Monday 4th December 2017
about the 2004 Iraqi Invasion – Expeditionary Force.

Monday 29th February 2016 - Tom Rintoul - give a talk on Policing in the Denny Area.

On 22 November 2014 the Society held a WW1 Exhibition in the Heritage Rooms at 13 Milton Row, Dunipace
(To see EXHIBITS Click on this LINK)