Polmont news from Thursday, May 22

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President Alan Oliver was in the chair for the weekly meeting of Polmont Rotary Club. After dinner and some business, the speakers for the evening were, Duggie Johnstone and Laura Torrance, from Spinal Injuries Scotland. Duggie and Laura were introduced to the Club by Rotarian Mary Sneddon. Duggie outline the history and functions of the charity. Spinal Injuries Scotland is the national voluntary organisation concerned with new and long-term spinal cord injured people, their relatives and friends, along with those involved in the management, care and rehabilitation of the injury.The Charity provides immediate support and operates a self-referral information line.They also provide a legal and welfare rights advisory service. Visiting the Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit is an important part of the Charities work, providing information on all aspects of living with a spinal cord injury.The Charity was started in1960 and covers the whole of Scotland with 5 people and volunteers. Peer support, information, advice, support, and education are the important facilities provided by the workers and volunteers as well as administering a link scheme to keep in contact and pair people up. The charity is part funded by a Scottish Government grant and substantial fundraising to keep the charity functioning. Other activities include working with medical students to give them a perspective on being wheel chair bound. There are outreach clinics in Aberdeen, Inverness, Arbroath, Dumfries, Huntley and Edinburgh and Clober Farm to provide holidays for families affected by Spinal Injuries. After the presentation Duggie and Laura answered questions and the Vote of thanks was given by Rotarian Ken Donald. Information on Polmont Rotary Club can be found on our website at www.polmontrotary.org/

Braveheart Walks

Come along and enjoy an evening walk while the sun still shines! This walk leaves from Polmont Station (by the bowling club) at 7 p.m. every Tuesday! Our walkers look forward to seeing you there for a blether along the way. For more information please call 01324 673703

Community Centre

Events and activities on at Greenpark Community Centre for today and the next week include; Today (Thursday) the Centre will be closed due to European Parliamentary Elections; Friday Child-minding Group 9:30-11:30 a.m., Parent & Toddlers 9:30-11:30 a.m., Polmont Quilters 9 a.m. - noon, a Tea Dance will be held 1:30pm-3:30pm; On Monday the Child-minders meet 9:30-11:30 a.m., the Art Group is on 10 a.m. – noon, Patchwork class in on 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., the Bridge Groups meets 1:30 – 3:30 p.m and the Bowlers meet 2- 4 p.m. and Yoga is on 7 - 8 p.m., the Community Council will be holding a meeting 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday Parent & Toddlers 9:30-11:30 a.m., beginners Yoga is on at 10-11:30 a.m., Tai Chi 10:30-noon, a Tea Dance will be held 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. and Yoga will be on 7:30 – 9 p.m., he Rainbow will met at 6-7 p.m.; on Wednesday Child minders 9:30-11:30 a.m., Stretch & Tone will be on at 10.a.m, a Probus meeting will be held at 9 a.m., Poetry meeting at 2 p.m., Art club at 1:30, p.m. hobby craft at 1:30 p.m., bowlers at 2 p.m., Pilates at 6 p.m., the Upholstery group meets at 7 p.m. and Zumba at 7:30 p.m..

Open Day

Polmont Playgroup is having an open afternoon on Thursday, May 29 from 12:30- 2:30 p.m.. If your child will be 2 ½ during the next session please come along and register, have a play and meet the staff.

Mindful Meditation

Learn to Meditate - de-stress your mind, heal your body, transform your life. Mindful Meditation 6-week Beginners Course starts June 4 at 6.30 p.m. to 8.15 p.m. Meditation is clinically proven to reduce stress, tension, anxiety and helps develop clarity, focus and emotional well-being. 07957 469 105; www.healingpaths.co.uk For any further information and opening times please call the centre on (01324) 506730.

Probus Club

Iconic! A landmark recognised from miles away! That’s the Falkirk Steeple, whose history was described in inimitable style by guest speaker Ian Scott at last week’s meeting of Polmont Probus Club. Iain, whose local history talks cover a wide range of topics, fascinated his audience with his account of the three Steeples which have stood on the town centre site since the late 17th century, beginning as a toll booth, and the town jail. The vote of thanks was expressed by Jack Gillespie. Following a brief tribute by Colin Bryce a minute’s silence was observed to mark the passing of former president Tom Hamilton whose funeral was held on Monday. President Bill Cartner was in the chair.

Old Parish

A very warm welcome was given to a very busy church this week,it was good to see all the Boys, Girls and family’s representing 2nd Polmont Brigade company’s for the Closing Service and Presentations. Well done to Callum Green and Martin Wilson who were presented their Queen’s Badge by our Minister. This is the highest award achieved in the Boys Brigade. A Banner made by the Girls of the 2nd Polmont Girls Brigade Company was also presented to the Church.Next Sunday, (May 25), morning service 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 meet in the Church at 11 a.m. Crèche in the Fellowship Room at 11 a.m. on duty are S. Higgins and J. Glen. On duty for Readings A Brown and Prayer N Black. The Ministers 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. Friendship Club The next meeting will be on Wednesday. May 28 (please note change of date) when we are going to the cinema in Falkirk in the afternoon to see Driving Miss Daisy followed by a meal at The Claremont in Polmont. The time for meeting will be in next week’s intimation sheet once we know the time of the film showing.

Family History

If you’d like to trace your family history, the next meeting of the Family History Group will be next Tuesday, May 27,in Maddiston Community Centre. Maddiston & Rumford Local History Group will hold their next meeting next Thursday, May 29 in Maddiston Community Centre. All welcome.