District News for Thursday, February 27

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Get your body and mind in shape! The local RSCDS class meets in Polmont Old Church Hall (parking to rear of Hall off Greenpark Drive) from 7.45-9.15 p.m. on a Wednesday night. This class is for more experienced dancers. Beginners please refer to classes in the Laurieston section. For further details ring Alison on 01324-631363.

Polmont Strollers

If you are a new mum why not come along to the buggy group. The feedback from the group has been very good, as well as meeting other mums, by being out in the fresh air and getting fitter, mums share information. Your local health visitor is also on hand to deal with any questions or concerns you may have. The group meet every Monday 12.30 p.m. at the car park opposite the Greenpark centre. The walk takes about 40 minutes. After the walk mums go back to the church hall where there is a very well run baby group. For more information contact Barbara McConnell on (01324) 504568/556 or stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

Probus Club

The complexities surrounding wills and testamentary writings were explained in down-to-earth fashion for members of Polmont Probus Club last week when solicitor David McClement, who lives in Polmont, offered a wide ranging assessment of situations which may occur if a person choses not to make a will or even when one is made the testaort’s intentions cannot be executed. Following several questions form members, most of whom had indicated earlier they had made wills, the vote of thanks was proposed by Colin Mailer. President-elect Bill Cartner was in the chair. The club will next meet on Wednesday, March 5 when Tom Taylor’s topic will be “Piping”.

Gingerbread Cafe

Would you like to get involved in the Gingerbread Cafe Steering group? Are you looking for a new challenge? Do you have a skill or enthusiasm and would like to be involved in a fun community project? Would you like to develop your skills or learn new ones? Would you like to meet other like-minded people over delicious cake? Then the Gingerbread Cafe in Polmont needs you! It is hoped a group of people who are prepared to meet one evening a month could help make the cafe and community better. It might be that you have experience of HR, or H&S or anything else. Or it might be that you just have a willing heart. All are welcome.

Old Parish

An uplifting service was held last Sunday at Polmont Old with over 200 in the congregation to witness the christening of young Henry James Watson. The sermon, given by locum Rev. David Wandrum, was appropriately about parental responsibility.Note the outreach team is organising a Lenten lunch in the church hall on Sunday, March 23 straight after the normal service in aid of overseas missions in Bangledesh and Zimbabwe. There are no tickets, but there will be an opportunity to leave a donation, and if you intend coming, could you please let one of the team know as this will help in preparation. Team members are Janice Morrison, Heather Park, Roddy Taylor and Doreen Baxter. Sunday’s morning service conducted by our Locum Minster Rev. David Wandrum will be at 11 a.m. in Church, Choir practice at 9.45 a.m., Prayer Meeting in the Vestry at 10.30 a.m., Youth Church meets in the church at 11 a.m., Creche in the Fellowship Room at 11 a.m. On duty are N Rule and H Park. The Ministers Open Vestry hour will take place in the Church Hall on Tuesday nights from 7-8 p.m. Anyone who needs the service of the minister please call into the Church Hall Office at this time.

Singles Group

There has been a good response to the setting up of a singles group, and everyone interested is asked to meet at the front of the church after the service today so that contact numbers can be taken and any ideas for forthcoming outings can be floated. It is hoped to have our first outing in late April.

Rotary Club

President Alan Oliver was in the chair for the weekly meeting of Polmont Rotary Club. After Dinner and some business, the speaker for the evening, Mhairi M Stephen, Sheriff Principal of Lothian and Border, was introduced by Rotarian Peter Moodie. Mhairi Stephen is based at Edinburgh Sheriff Court. Mhairi was educated at George Watson’s Ladies’ College and attended the University of Edinburgh. She was a solicitor and subsequently partner with Allan McDougall & Co from 1976-1997, engaged mainly in civil litigation. She was appointed a temporary Sheriff in 1995 and became a resident Sheriff in Edinburgh in 2000. She was a member of the Board of the Scottish Civil Courts Review from 2007-2009. On May 9, 2011 she was appointed Sheriff Principal for Lothian and Borders. Mhairi outlined the history of the ancient office of Sheriff and explained that the powers were extended in the time of King Malcolm Canmore, with revenue collection and military campaigns to organise. After a good number of questions, the vote of thanks was given by Rotarian James Smith. Information on Polmont Rotary Club can be found on the website at www.polmontrotary.org.

Horticultural Society

Last Sunday the the members of Polmont Horticultural Society enjoyed a talk presented by David Ferguson, head gardener at Greenbank Gardens. Greenbank is a National Trust garden that is situated near Clarkston. In the near future there will be order forms for bedding plants that we will deliver in the Polmont and neighbouring areas. These order forms are available from committee members and by telephoning (01324) 711882. Annual plant sale on Friday and Saturday, May 16-17. Venue and further details concerning this event will be intimated in the Falkirk Herald, Polmont News nearer the time.

History meeting

See Maddiston.

Vineyard Church

The next monthly service will be held in the Greenpark Centre, Polmont on Sunday, March 2 at 10.30 a.m. (10 a.m. for coffee). The aim is to worship god by serving the community. Our services provide a relevant message and contemporary worship. Everyone is invited. Whether you believe or are just curious about God, come along and find out more. You will be made very welcome. For details contact 07533 977 886.