Polmont news from Thursday, October 23

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Flu Jags (children)

See Grangemouth.

Flu Jags (adult)

See Grangemouth.

Country Dancing

The local Scottish Country Dance 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 walk leader to assist this group. A active mum or Granny would be ideal.

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 (stops when clocks change). Looking forward to seeing you there for a blether along the side of the canal. For more information please call (01324) 673703.

Rotary Club

President Norman Black was in the chair for the weekly meeting of Polmont Rotary Club and gave members and visitors a warm welcome to the club. After dinner President Norman dealt with some business and asked Rotarian Ken Donald to introduce the speakers for the evening. Stuart McCallum and Jackie Mercer from the Falkirk and District Association for Mental Health were the speakers for the evening. Stuart is the fundraising manager and he thanked the club for the donation the charity received recently, and then went on to outline the work that FDAMH does in the community. The FDAMH base is near the Retail Park and Stuart explained that anyone can drop in and get help, other important services offered are Befriending and Third Age Befriending. Link/Social Prescribing as well as Health and Wellbeing Drop-In, Counselling and Family & Carers Support coupled with Support groups and Immediate Help Service are further services offered to those in need. Stuart said that FDAMH had helped over 2000 people last year and one in four people will experience mental health issues in their lifetime. Jackie then told her story of how FDAMH had helped her and in turn she gave something back, by volunteering and helping others. She is a reception and project volunteer as well as being a trustee. She is also part of the group that utilises poetry and drama in the community and in schools to make people aware of mental health issues. After an interesting and thought-provoking evening with Stuart and Jackie, there were a good number of questions, the vote of thanks was given by George Kerr. President Norman closed the meeting with the Rotary Toast. Information on Polmont Rotary Club can be found on our website at www.polmontrotary.org.

Horticultural Society

The first of our meetings for this year will be held on Sunday, October 26. Our speaker will be John M. Marshall and the title of his talk is ‘Tatties Travel’. This should prove to be a very entertaining talk. All our talks are held in The Greenpark Centre and begin at 7 p.m.

Christmas Fayre

St Margaret’s School PTA Christmas Fayre will be held on Saturday, November 22 from 11 a.m.-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.

Probus Club

Started in 1971, Scotland’s Children’s Panel system is the envy of the world. So members of Polmont Probus Club learned last week when Don Laurie, a member of the Central and West Lothian Area Support Team, an integral part of the Children’s Panel, explained how the system had developed over the past 43 years. Last year some 19,000-plus referrals were made across Scotland with 796 originating within the area embraced by the Falkirk Panel. Most of the referrals were not for alleged criminal offences but were for care and protection concerns for children. Panel members, always three when considering cases, were volunteers whose training was extensive before they were permitted to become members of the Panel. Following a series of questions Tom Struthers proposed the vote of thanks.

Greenpark Centre

Events and activities on at Greenpark Community Centre for today and the next week include - Today: (Thursday): Floral Art meets 10.30 a.m.-noon; Line Dancing meet 10 a.m.-noon; Art Appreciation meet 11.45 a.m.–2 p.m.; Art Club meet 2-4 p.m.; Pilates 1.30-3.30 p.m.; Art Classes meet 1.30-3.30 p.m.; Brownies/Guides meet 6-9 p.m.; Friday: Child-minding Group, 9.30-11.30 a.m.; Polmont Quilters meet 9.30 a.m.-12.30 p.m. Monday: The Child-minders meet 9.30-11.30 a.m.; China Painters, 9.30-11.30 a.m.; Art Group meets 10 a.m.-noon; Bridge Group meets 1.30–3.30 p.m.; the Bowlers meet 2– 4 p.m.; Patchwork classes are on 1.30-3.30 p.m.; Yoga is on 7-8 p.m.; Dressmaking is on 7-9 p.m.; Tuesday: Tai Chi is on 10.30 a.m.-noon; Beginners Yoga is on 10-11 a.m. and there are spaces left if you would like to join; a Tea Dance will be held 1.30–3.30 p.m.; Yoga will be on 7.30–9 p.m.; the Rainbow Group is on 6-7 p.m..; Wednesday: Child-minders, 9.30-11.30 a.m.; Stretch and Tone is on 10-11 a.m. and there are places left if you would like to join; the Poetry Group meets 2-4 p.m.; Patchwork is on 1.30 -3.30 p.m.; the Craft group meets 1.30–3.30 p.m. and the Bowlers meet 2-4 p.m.; Upholstery Group meets 7-9 p.m.; Pilates is on 6-7 p.m.; Zumba is on 7.30–8.30 p.m.; Greenpark Community Centre has a Yoga Class on a Monday evening, 7-8 p.m. There are spaces left. Ochil Hills Sailing Club is running RYA navigation evening classes in the Greenpark Centre after the school holidays in October. Beginner’s class on Monday, Coastal and Ocean skipper classes on Thursday and Wednesday evenings (20 weeks). Suitable for users of motor boats, yachts or anything that floats. Also marine radio and first aid classes available over the winter, please contact the centre if you are interested.

Toddler’s Group

A new Mother’s and Toddlers group will be starting soon at Greenpark Community Centre on a Tuesday morning from 9.30–11.30 a.m. If you are interested in attending please call the centre and leave your details – (01324) 506730.