Polmont news from Thursday, April 9

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Parish Church

On Thursday evening an enjoyable time was held with the young Boys’ Brigade at their annual service. The boys were enthusiastic, well behaved and were obviously delighted that their parents were present at this instructive event. On Easter Sunday with the help of the fine weather a happy congregation sang the traditional hymns and many of the children came with their Easter hats. It was a happy event with all participating. This Sunday, morning service will be conducted by Rev. Deborah van Welie at 11 a.m. Choir practice at 9.45 a.m. Prayer meeting in the vestry at 10.30 a.m. Creche in the Fellowship Room at 11 a.m. On duty are L Moore and J Park. Duty for Reading will be H Young and Prayer will be D Baxter. Flower Distributor is D Baxter, flower donation by D Baxter, ACTs duty will be M Campbell and M Chisholm. Lunch Bunch - we will be on holiday Thursday, April 9 and 16. Look forward to seeing you all again on April 23. Golf Outing: The Polmont Old Parish Church and Brightons Parish Church joint invitation golf outing will be held on Friday, May 22 over nine holes at Dundas Parks Golf Club. The total cost of the event will be £24 which will include green fees, prizes and a two-course lunch. All participants wishing to take part in the event should return their acceptance and remittance no later than Sunday, May 10 to David Syson at church or by post to 10 Millfield Drive, Polmont, FK2 0PH. Spring Social: a social (afternoon tea and entertainment) will be held in the church hall on Wednesday, April 22 from 2–4 p.m. for our housebound, Local Homes and all members of the Wednesday Age Concern Group. An invitation is also extended to all members over 70 years who wish to attend. Please return slip soonest to Janet Anderson, 8 Forest View. Call (01324) 711882.

Rotary Club

President Norman Black was in the chair for the weekly meeting of Polmont Rotary Club. After dinner and some business, President Norman briefly introduced the speakers for the evening, Ian and Nancy Rule. Ian and Nancy are both Rotarians, Ian from Falkirk Rotary Club and Nancy a past president of our own club. The topic for the evening was ‘Foundation Cares’. Foundation is a Rotary own charity, which does fantastic work worldwide. Nancy introduced Ian to the club and outlined the projects that Ian has been involved with over many years as a member of the professional Cadre that provide technical expertise and oversight to Foundation. Ian illustrated his talk with images from a variety of projects, such as a visit to India to inspect 20 houses, built via grants from Rotary and administered by a local Rotary Club. Foundation also provide grants help to provide clean water, via bore holes, some of these are created in partnership with mission groups and NGOs. Malawi was next and Ian showed how clean water is brought to villages with pumps running, using solar power. Kenya also has bore holes but water is also harvested of roofs and stored in large tanks to provide toilets and sanitation. Part of the deal is that each village has to plant 100 trees to get a water bore as well as dig some of the pipelines so they take ownership of the project. It is interesting that two cows provide bio gas. Finally Ian showed work being done in a Nairobi slum that holds one million people. The government has built houses but the people won’t move because of the loss of community. After a very interesting and informative talk, Ian answered some questions and the vote of thanks was given by Rotarian Alan Oliver. Information on Polmont Rotary Club can be found at www.polmontrotary.org.

RSCDS Classes

Scottish country dancing classes take place in Polmont Old Church hall (parking to rear of hall off Greenpark Drive). The summer classes continue - this is a general class and the teacher will vary each week from 7.45 - 9.15 p.m. For further details ring Su on (01324) 711576.

Braveheart Walks

The Polmont night walk on Tuesdays is back on. Meet at Polmont station by the bowling club to start the 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 call (01324) 673703.