Polmont news from Thursday, January 22

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Probus Club

Glasgow’s iconic architecture - much of it built when it was ‘the second city of the Empire’. It was among the many features highlighted by Joyce McNae when she spoke of the origins and development of The Glasgow Club, of which she is secretary, at last week’s meeting of the Polmont Probus Club. With her husband Gavin operating the digital projector, Joyce, whose father Hector McKenzie is vice-president of the Probus club, displayed a fascinating grasp of what made Glasgow what it was, and still is today including, almost as a throwaway, the fact that in its heyday in the middle of the 20th century the city boasted no fewer than 114 picture houses. The vote of thanks, appropriately, was offered by Jack Payne, a Glaswegian of course. President Bill Cartner was in the chair.

Rotary Club

President Norman Black was in the chair for the weekly meeting of Polmont Rotary Club. After dinner and some business the speaker for the evening, Mr Iain McMillan, was introduced to the club by Ken Donald. Iain is no stranger to the club having spoken on a number of occasions. He was director of the CBI until his recent retirement. His topic for the evening was about Scotland’s future in the global economy. Iain first spoke about the UK economy and its healthy growth rate of around three per cent in 2014 and it is projected to have a slightly lower rate in 2015. Iain then spoke about Scotland’s growth rate which was around 2.7 per cent and a projected rate of 2.1 for 2015. Iain then touched on unemployment, large deficit items such as the NHS, as well as the prospect of an aging population. Iain moved on to investment in infrastructure and outlined some of the current projects in hand, such as the new Forth Crossing and the Borders railway as well as the electrification of the Glasgow-Edinburgh rail line. Turning briefly to tax he explained how the proposed devolved structure would affect Scotland. After a good number of interesting questions, ably answered, the hotel of thanks was given by Ian McLean. Information on Polmont Rotary Club can be found on the website at www.polmontrotary.org.

Parish Church

On Sunday, morning service will be conducted by Sole Nominee at 11 a.m., choir practice at 9.45 a.m., prayer meeting in the Vestry at 10.30 a.m., Youth Church meets at 11 a.m. in the church, creche in the Fellowship Room at 11 a.m. On duty are M Slater and D Dagger. Duty for Reading will be M Laing and Prayer will be I McLean. Flower Distributor is Eileen Brown, ACTs Duty is M Chisholm and S Chisholm. A Sole Nominee will preach at Polmont Old on Sunday, January 25. Immediately after this service, the congregation will be encouraged to vote FOR or AGAINST the Sole Nominee by Paper Ballot. The result will be announced to the congregation on Sunday, February 1.

Horticultural Society

The next meeting of the Polmont Horticultural Society will be on Sunday when our speaker will be Jim Williams. Jim is chairman and newsletter editor of the Scottish Branch of the National Vegetable Society. His talk will be about The Kitchen Garden and, of course, growing vegetables. All our talks are in the Greenpark Centre and begin at 7 p.m.