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Braveheart Walk

Our Polmont night walk on Tuesdays is back on with the lighter nights present. Meeting at Polmont station by the bowling club to start our walk for 7 p.m., this hour walk takes in the beautiful scenery of the Union Canal. Come along and enjoy some evening fresh air with our friendly walkers and walk leaders. For more information please call (01324) 673703.

Buggy Group

The group meets every Monday, 12.30 p.m. at the car park behind the church hall in Polmont. After the walk the group go back to the hall where there is a very well run mother and toddler group. All buggy walks are free. For more information speak to your health visitor or contact (01324) 504556 or email stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org

Rotary Club

President Norman Black was in the chair for the weekly meeting of Polmont Rotary Club. After dinner and some business, Rotarian Mary Sneddon introduced Mr Alex Glen from Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance Service – SCAA. Alex explained that the service had been launched on May 22, 2013 and that they are based at Perth Airport. This means that SCAA are well positioned, geographically, to reach 90 per cent of Scotland’s population within 25 minutes. The helicopter is also ideally placed to reach some of Scotland’s remotest areas within a 15 to 30 minute timeframe. Alex said that the service provides assistance to time critical emergencies across Scotland and rely 100 per cent on donations from our supporters to ensure we are there when needed. In time critical medical emergencies the service has four core aims - to save life, preserve life, increase survival rates and assist the speed of recovery. The group uses a Bolkow BO-105 light, twin-engine, multi-purpose utility helicopter and it is fully equipped for most medical emergencies. The twin engine helicopter provides a good safety margin and record, it can cruise at 120 mph and the average mission time is 45 minutes. This is within the golden hour and the survival rate is much better. The group also has a fast response vehicle when the helicopter is unable to fly because of bad weather. The service is fully integrated into the ambulance service and gives an extra emergency response covering Scotland. Since its inception SCAA has flown 564 emergency missions throughout Scotland. After a good number of questions, the vote of thanks was given by President Norman Black. Information on Polmont Rotary Club can be found on our website at www.polmontrotary.org/

Horticultural Society

Polmont Horticultural Society are holding their plant sale in Brightons Church Hall tomorrow (Friday, May 22), from about 12 noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 23 from 9 a.m. to lunchtime or until sold out. The plants are mainly bedding plants and we hope to have a good selection of tub and basket plants.

These plants will be of a good size and, provided that there is no frost, will be ready to go outside.

S.W.I. (Rural)

After a successful year with an influx of 11 new members, we once again came around to the annual general meeting when a new committee was formed. This was followed with a fun quiz and tea. The new committee will meet in Polmont Old Parish Church Hall, on Monday, June 1 at 7 p.m. The outing to Dalgarven Mill, Kilwinning, is on Saturday, June 13, leaving Laurieston at 10.30 a.m. and shortly after at the Claremont, Polmont. The new session of the Rural begins again on Monday, September 21, at 7.30 p.m. so please go along and give it a try. There is a varied syllabus, plus outings etc.