Polmont news from Thursday, March 20

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Rotary Club

President Alan Oliver was in the chair for the weekly meeting of Polmont Rotary Club. After dinner and some business, the speaker for the evening, Dean Widd, was introduced by Rotarian James Morris. Dean is the Scottish Volunteer Fundraising Manager for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign and his presentation outlined the work of the charity. The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign is the leading UK charity, focusing on muscular dystrophy and other related conditions. The charity was set up in 1959 to help families and children living with muscular dystrophy. Dean explained that M.D. and related neuromuscular conditions are regarded as rare and, in many cases, even ultra-rare conditions. Duchene is common in children and primarily affects boys and they tend to be in a wheelchair by the age of 10 and by late teens many are paralysed and suffer respiratory heart and spinal problems.There are currently no efficient treatments or cures available for most of these conditions. However, the main charities in the field have got together to fund 10 research projects in an effort to find a cure. Dean explained that the work that they do has five main focuses namely - funding world-class research to find effective treatments and cures, providing practical information, advice and emotional support, campaigning to bring about change and raise awareness of M.D., awarding grants towards the cost of specialist equipment, and providing specialist education and development for health professionals. The charity relies almost entirely on voluntary donations and legacies to fund their work. After a number of questions the vote of thanks on behalf of the club was given by Rotarian Malcolm Brebner. Information on Polmont Rotary Club can be found on our website at www.polmontrotary.org.

Old Parish

Encouragingly the congregation was advised of a full calendar of events. The Lenten charity lunch on Sunday, the church AGM on Sunday, March 30, the election of the nomination committee on April 6 and the 20th anniversary of the Wednesday Club on April 9. The children will be delighted to hear that the story club intends to reopen at St Margaret’s school on April 22. It was also stated that you can view the order of service on our recently introduced Facebook site. Our Locum Minister David Wandrum provided a thoughtful sermon on the theme that we are all often critical of our own personal circumstances and perhaps we should step back and reconsider what has been done for us. 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 meets in the church at 11 a.m., Creche in the Fellowship Room at 11 a.m. on duty are C Lawson and M Turner. On duty for Reading, Alex Brown and Prayer M Wortherspoon.

Church Sale

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 eg toys, games, clothes and baby equipment. So if you are looking to have a clearout 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.

History Meeting

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