Polmont news from Thursday, December 18

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Probus

Members of Polmont Probus Club wound up activities for 2014 with a well attended Christmas Lunch at Grangemouth’s Abbotsinch Restaurant last week. President Bill Cartner welcomed members and their spouses as well as president Norman Black of Polmont Rotary Club. The next meeting at Greenpark Centre will be on Wednesday, January 14, 2015.

Parish Church

On the last two Sundays the church has held most memorable community events. Last Sunday over 400 people attended our annual Christmas concert. The programme comprised of a wide range of music and song by local musicians from all age groups in the lower Braes, but particularly the pupils of our local schools and the church choir. We were delighted to have Mark Ashmore, a resident of Polmont, as our guest soloist who had a stunning Bass voice. The whole event being accompanied by a 16-strong orchestra being conducted with Alison Hastie our choir leader and organist. We had a spectacular event which gave much pleasure to those who attended but also helped to fund our church. This Sunday, which was the third Sunday in advent, the congregation was taken by surprise by our local children who presented a colourful nativity play which lit up the church and was enjoyed by all. The singing of the traditional carols by all was a great finale for the children’s play. Sunday, December 21 - morning service 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 J Lewis and A Andrews Duty for Reading will be S Reid and Prayer will be S Wandrum. Flower Duty is Festive Flower Display; ACTs Duty is Gillian and Myra Turner. Christmas Week services at Polmont Old are as follows: Wednesday, December 24: Carol singing from 11 p.m.; Watchnight Service at 11.30 p.m. in the church. Thursday, December 25: Christmas Day Service at 11 a.m. in the church. Sunday, December 28: Morning service at 11 a.m. in the church.