Polmont news from Thursday, November 13

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Scottish Dancing

Get your body and mind in shape! The local RSCDS class meets in Polmont Old Church Hall (parking to rear of Hall off Greenpark Drive) from 7.45 to 9.15 p.m. on a Wednesday night. This class is for more experienced dancers. Beginners please refer to our classes in the Laurieston section. For further details ring Alison on (01324) 631363. More information about us can be found on the website web.rscds-falkirk.org.uk

Buggy Group

The buggy group meets every Monday 12.30 p.m. in the car park at the back of the church hall. After the walk mums are invited back to the mother and toddler group for tea/coffee. This group is supported by your local health visitors. For more information contact your health visitor at Meadowbank or contact me Barbara McConnell on (01324) 504556 or stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org. We are also looking for a volunteer walk leader to assist this group for one hour on a Monday. An active mum or Granny would be ideal.

Polmont SWRI

In place of our usual meeting on Monday we are having a concert by the Sweet Harmony Barber’s Shop Chorus with proceeds going to the Kidney Kids charity. Tickets, £5 including tea/cakes can still be purchased from members or at the door on the evening. For helpers on the evening the hall will be open at 6.30 p.m. Names are still being taken for the Christmas lunch for any members who haven’t yet done so. We look forward to having our usual excellent evening of entertainment.

Christmas Fayre

St Margaret’s School PTA Christmas Fayre will be held on Saturday, November 22 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the school (Salmon Inn Road). There will be lots to do for both adults and children. A wide variety of gift stalls from local businesses will offer the opportunity to do some Christmas shopping while the kids are entertained with games, face painting, tattoos, crafting activities, Santa’s Grotto and more. Refreshments will be available throughout the day. Entry at the door £1 per adult and 50p per child.

Rotary Club

President Norman Black was in the chair for the weekly meeting. After dinner and some business, the speaker for the evening was Robert Callahan MBE and he was introduced to the club by Rotarian Alan Oliver. Robert has been involved in gymnastics since 1978 and has held a number of influential posts within Scottish Gymnastics. Robert and his family were volunteers at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, as well as Baton Bearers. Robert showed the video of ‘One year to go’, and then used his photos, taken at the games, to illustrate the excitement and activities of the games. The video went round the world to all the Commonwealth countries. After some explanation in relation to the activities, Robert then answered a good number of questions and afterwards the vote of thanks was given by Rotarian David Waddell. Information on Polmont Rotary Club can be found on our website at www.polmontrotary.org.

Old Parish

On Sunday Rev. David Wandrum conducted the annual remembrance service to a full church. What was so heartening was to see the different age groups all together paying acknowledgement to the sacrifices made by so many. It was encouraging to see so many young people attending there. After the church service, the Polmont and the Braes armistice service was held at the memorial in the cemetery. Rev. Wandrum led the service which culminated with the laying of wreaths by the many organisations in the district. As this was the centenary of the start of the First World War it was fitting to see such a large attendance paying their respects. Grateful thanks to all who helped and provided the hot drinks and sandwiches after this event. On Sunday, morning service conducted by Rev. 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, Messy Church in the Hall at 5 p.m., Creche in the Fellowship Room at 11 a.m. On duty are C Lawson and M Turner. Duty for Reading will be the Fellowship Flower Duty and is Eileen Brown. ACTs Duty is Betty Glen and Grace Hodge. Fellowship News: At our meeting on Monday Ann Millard gave a presentation on ‘Time for Reflection. In our busy world, this will help us make space for ourselves. All welcome. On Tuesday members of the Fellowship visited St Margaret’s Care Home in Polmont. We provided afternoon tea and led a sing-along of some favourite old songs. Diary Date: on Tuesday, November 18 the Fellowship will be hosting an afternoon meeting in the small Church Hall at 2 p.m. All “old” and new members are invited. Visitors will also be welcome. Twinspire: It’s that time again! The next edition is due for distribution on Sunday, November 30 (first Sunday in Advent). Deadline will be Sunday, November 16. No need to tell you that the theme will be Advent and Christmas, so please think of contributing a Christmas poem or short story. Or “What does Christmas mean to you?” We will also need information about holiday dates and special events from the organisations to cover December and January. Copy please by email to twinspire@polmontold.org.uk or to Doreen or Margaret C for typing.

Art Exhibition

Polmont Art Group are holding their annual exhibition and sale of paintings at the Greenpark Community Centre, Polmont over the weekend of November 22-23 - Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free and all voluntary donations this year go to Help the Heroes Scotland.