Polmont news from Thursday, March 13

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Polmont WRI

The next meeting of Polmont WRI will be in Polmont Old Parish Church Hall on Monday at 7.30 p.m. with a fun night and silent auction. Funds raised for charity. Visitors welcome. Entry £2.

Probus Club

What’s the connection between a man-made disaster hundreds of miles away and the world of piping? You don’t know? Well neither did members of Polmont Probus Club at their last meeting when the question was posed by club member Tom Taylor.The answer was the radioactive fall-out which enveloped parts of the north of Scotland following the explosion in the nuclear reactor at Chernobyl. Grass on which hundreds of thousands of sheep were grazing in the far north was contaminated and thus the skins from the sheep, used traditionally for the pipe bag inners, could not be used. Subsequently a man-made fibre, developed by the company for which Tom Taylor worked at the time, came up with a synthetic substitute, Goretex, now widely used in the production of the Highland bagpipe. During the course of his most interesting address Tom traced his piping career over 60 years including stints with Linlithgow Pipe Band, Wallacestone Pipe Band, and Torphichen and Bathgate Pipe Band. He brought his interesting yet humorous discourse to a conclusion with a short recital on the Stirling pipes which have been developed especially for indoor playing. The vote of thanks was offered by Jim Anderson, for many years a stalwart in the drum corps of Wallacestone Pipe Band. Vice-president Bill Cartner was in the chair. Next week’s gathering will be the annual general meeting.

Old Parish

At last Sunday’s service we were advised by the session clerk that the annual congregational meeting will be held on March 30 after morning service with the tabling of the accounts and to receive reports from the finance, fundraising and fabric committees. Consequently, the meeting to elect a nominating committee will be held on April 6. Good news was delivered in that it was hoped that the Story Club will recommence after Easter at St Margaret’s Primary School. The arrangements of the Holy Week services (from April 14-18) were detailed with Polmont Old holding its service on the Tuesday at 7 p.m. Polmont Rotary is inviting senior citizens from the parish to attend a concert at the Inchyra Grange Hotel on Thursday, April 24. Church members can obtain free tickets from Ian, Norman and Nancy. Predictably Rev. David Wandrum gave another thought-provoking sermon on who will comfort and assist us, especially when we are alone and need that reassurance? On Sunday, Morning Service will be conducted by our Locum Minster Rev. David Wandrum at 11 a.m. Choir practice at 9.45 a.m., Prayer Meeting in the Vestry at 10.30 a.m., No Youth Church this week, Messy Church in the Church Hall at 5 p.m., Creche in the Fellowship Room at 11 a.m. On duty are L Moore and J Park. On duty for Reading - David Park and Prayer Helen Jeffrey. The Minister’s 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.

Lenten Lunch

The Outreach Team is organising a Lenten Lunch to be held in the church hall immediately after the service on Sunday, March 23. This is to raise funds for the two overseas missions in Bangladesh and Zimbabwe which we support as a congregation. Please keep that date in your diary and come along and support this initiative. 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 our preparation. Team members are Janice Morrison, Heather Park, Roddy Taylor and Doreen Baxter.

Twinspire Publication

The Easter edition is due for distribution on Sunday, March 30, with a deadline of Sunday, March 16. The theme will be Easter and Springtime, and the Kirk Diary will be covering events coming up in April and May. This will include school holidays and the May weekend, so if you are a leader in an organisation, please remember to let us know when you are not meeting. As usual, please e-mail articles to twinspire@polmontold.org.uk or give handwritten items to Margaret Connor or Doreen Baxter for typing. Remember the new poem/prayer column. If you have a favourite, please think about sharing it. Remember also to let us know if your family is celebrating any major birthday, anniversary etc, so that we can add our congratulations through the magazine. Thanks. Polmont Old Parish Church is holding a “new to you” sale in the church hall on Saturday, April 5 at 10 a.m. A stall will cost £10 which will go to church funds and any money you make is yours. We are looking for stall holders to sell good quality children’s goods e.g. toys, games, clothes and baby equipment. So if you are looking to have a clear out this could be for you. If you would like a stall please contact Lynda McKechnie at lynda.mckechnie2@hotmail.co.uk or (01324) 873528 as soon as possible as we will only have 15 stalls. A programme for the next six months of the Friendship Group is now available in the fellowship Room or in the church vestibule. Please take one if you are interested. The Book of Remembrance at the front of the church is for the use of all members of the congregation. If you have a lost a loved one - either recently, or a long time ago - an entry can be added to the book. Please either see Alison or Doreen, or fill in one of the slips inside the front cover of the book.