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Polmont Strollers

If you are a new mum why not come along to our 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 Greenbank centre. The walk takes about 40min. 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 stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org

Nature-Fest

Litter Pick, Saturday, April 26, at 10 a.m. in Polmont Old Hall.

Braveheart Walks

Come along and enjoy an evening walk while the sun still shines. This walk leaves from Polmont Station (by the bowling club) at 7 p.m. every Tuesday. Our walkers look forward to seeing you there for a blether along the way. For more information please call (01324) 673703.

Country Dancing

Get your body and mind in shape. The local RSCDS class meets in Polmont Old Church Hall from 7.45-9.15pm on a Wednesday night, costs £2. This is the Spring General Class, and is the only one running at the moment. Beginners please contact for details of our free lessons in the Autumn. For further details ring Alison on (01324) 631363.

Horticultural Society

The final of this season’s winter talks will be held in The Greenpark Centre on Sunday, April 27. This talk begins at 7 p.m. and ‘Gardening for Wildlife’ will be the topic. We are collecting orders for deliveries of bedding plants that will be delivered on Sunday, May 11. Order forms for plants can be obtained from members of the committee. Our annual plant sale will be held on Friday, May 16 May in Brightons Church Hall.

Woodlands AGM

Polmont Woodlands Group is holding its AGM in Greenpark Community Centre, Polmont on Thursday, May 15 at 7.30 p.m. All Welcome.

Probus Club

On consecutive Sundays when en route to play the organ for morning worship at Kincardine Parish Church many years ago, John Wilson was held up when the bridge was opened for the passage of a boat on the river. That was among the more bizarre yet interesting experiences described by club member John Wilson when he captivated members of Polmont Probus club at its meeting last week. John, better known perhaps as church organist at Brightons Parish Church for some 40-plus years before his relatively recent retirement, estimated he had provided the music at some 3000 services in his time, starting as organist for the Bible Class when in his in his teens. He was thanked on the call of Bobby Fiddes. Vice president Hector McKenzie was in the chair.

Rotary Club

President Alan Oliver was in the chair for the weekly meeting of Polmont Rotary Club. After Dinner and some business the speakers for the evening were, Past District Governor (1020) Ian Rule and his wife Nancy, who is a past President of Polmont Rotary Club. The topic for the evening was the Limb Camp in Jaipur, India, which was held in January 2014. Ian is a Trustee of Jaipur Limb Charity, which was formed in 1985 and became a registered charity in 1995. Nancy explained the background to their visit and outlined the work of the Charity. The Rotary Jaipur Limb project is a pro-active fundraising and project initiating body of Rotarians, drawn from all over RIBI (the Rotary International region covering Britain and Ireland). There are nine trustees, assisted by several co-opted managers, who raise awareness of the project, identify appropriate sites for projects, mostly in India and Africa and assisting in the preparation of programmes, budgets and financing for those projects. The bulk of their work in India revolves around Limb Camps, with as many as 3300 patients turning up for help. There are now permanent centres that provide ongoing support for them by way of technician training, materials and equipment. Ian went on to use a PowerPoint presentation to show how the camp is structured and operates. This showed how the people needing limbs are taken care of and how the limb is manufactured. It is an artificial leg, developed at the Mahaveer hospital in Jaipur, India. The unique component is the Jaipur foot, a clever combination of wood and various densities of rubber vulcanised into a realistic looking brown foot. The limb is hard-wearing and will last for three or four years, longer if worn with a shoe. The cost is £30 as opposed to a limb in the west can cost between £1000 and £2000. There is also an artificial hand which is very versatile and gives good results. Ian and Nancy answered a good number of questions during and after the presentation and the Vote of Thanks was given by Rotarian Graham Smith. Information on Polmont Rotary Club can be found on our website at www.polmontrotary.org.

Old Parish

A colourful, cheerful service was held on Sunday as we celebrated Easter Sunday. Again we had a strong attendance for the service with the sun shining and the children’s Easter hats being widely admired. The meditation over the Easter story continued as the theme of the service. Notices included the first meeting of the nomination committee to select a minister and the Polmont Litter Pick being held this Saturday - registration at 9.30 a.m. in the Church Hall. For further information please contact J Milne on (01324) 713 521 and the Board meeting on Monday, April 28 at 7.30 p.m. in the Church. On Sunday, morning service will be conducted by our Locum Minster Rev. David Wandrum 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 meet in the Church at 11 a.m., Creche in the Fellowship Room at 11 a.m. On duty are L Moore and J Park. On duty for Reading are J Lewis and Prayer will be I McLean.

Golf Outing

The Polmont Old Parish Church and Brightons Parish Church joint invitation golf outing will be held on Friday, May 16 over 12 holes at Gogarburn Golf Club. The total cost of the event will be £22 which will include Green Fees, prizes and a two course lunch. Closing date to participate in the event will be Sunday, May 4. The total number who wish to play will be restricted to a total of 12 from each Church. Entry forms can be obtained from David Syson at Church or by post at 10 Millfield Drive Polmont, FK2 0PH. No late entries please!

Helix Walks

See Laurieston.

History meeting

See Maddiston.