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*RSCDS Classes

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

Old Parish

On Sunday, the morning service will be conducted by 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; Messy Church at 5 p.m. in the Church Hall. Creche in the Fellowship Room at 11 a.m. on duty are L.Moore and J. Park, Duty for Reading will be Sheena Redfern and Prayer will be D. Sheehan, Flower distributor is Elspeth Wood, ACTs Duty is M. Cowie and H Young. A Sole Nominee will preach at Polmont Old on Sunday, January 25. Immediately after this service, members of the congregation will be invited to cast their vote either for or against the Sole Nominee. The result of this paper ballot will be announced to the congregation on Sunday, February, 1. Twinspire - The first issue of 2015 is due for distribution on Sunday, January 25, and the deadline this month will be Wednesday, January 14. As it is the beginning of a new year, the theme will be “Looking Forward”. Have you made any New Year Resolutions? Do you ever manage to keep them for a whole year? Will you be celebrating any big event during 2015? We would like to hear from you. Articles should be submitted by email to twinspire@polmontold.org.uk or given to Margaret Connor or Doreen for typing.

Rotary Club

President Norman Black was in the chair for the weekly meeting of Polmont Rotary Club. After dinner and some business, the speakers for the evening were introduced by Rotarian George Kerr. Carol Wilcox and Liz Comb from Braes Children and Family Centre were our first Guest Speakers for 2015. Carol, the Senior Manager, spoke first and outlined the services provided at Braes, which include family support workers, who are there to offer one to one and group support to single parents in the Upper Braes area of Falkirk. For those struggling with issues such as parenting, setting boundaries, debt, benefits advice, housing, poor mental health, support workers are there to offer advice and support. There is also support for children who may be experiencing difficulties in their lives as well as children and parents when they experience difficulties attending school. The Braes group also have a dedicated Father and Children’s worker offering help with parenting, housing issues, benefits, debt and money management advice. Supported Child Care sessions are also available for children aged 2 – 3, as well as summer play schemes. Liz then spoke about the training courses that the staff had been able to access through the grant received from the Rotary Club of Polmont. This enables workers to keep their skill set up to date and allow the group to offer continued professional care and support in the Braes Area. After a very interesting and informative talk from Carol and Liz, the vote of thanks was given by Rotarian Jim Smith. Information on Polmont Rotary Club can be found on our website at www.polmontrotary.org/

Buggy Group

The group meets every Monday, 12.30 p.m. at the car park behind the church hall in Polmont. After the walk the group go back to the hall where there is a very well run mother and toddler group. All buggy walks are free, for more information speak to your health visitor or contact Stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org, (01324) 504556.

Make It Happen

The local meeting of the Make It Happen Forum (over 50’s forum), will be held in the Grange Community Centre, Brightons on Monday, January 19 at 1.30 - 3.30 p.m. The Forum is a great way for over 50s to get involved, meet new people, discuss ideas and concerns and to have a real voice in the community. This week’s speaker will give a presentation on Power of Attorney and explain why it’s really important that we all have one. Please come along - everyone welcome and tea/coffee provided.