Polmont news from Thursday, July 23

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Buggy Group

Buggy group is off over the school holidays. Please join us at Falkirk Stadium to do the Helix walk, every Monday 1.15pm from front doors of Falkirk football Stadium.

Probus Club

Five thousand years of history embracing ground just a few miles away was the subject of an engrossing address to members of the Polmont Probus Club at its last meeting. That area was Kinneil, Kinneil House in particular, and the part played in its history over seven centuries by the Hamilton family, now headed by the Duke of Hamilton. The speaker was Maria Ford of the Friends of Kinneil, whose interesting scroll through the centuries from the Bronze Age, the Romans, Robert the Bruce and steam engine pioneer Robert Watt among others kept her listeners enraptured. The vote of thanks was proposed by Tom Grieve.

Rotary Club

President Brian Glanville was in the chair for the weekly meeting of Polmont Rotary Club. After dinner and some business, Rotarian Graham Smith introduced Rotarian Tosh McIntosh and his topic for the evening was ‘Racing Motorbikes’. Tosh started running about on motorbikes at an early age when bikes were cheap to buy and run. His first bike cost £2 and when it broke it was abandoned and he bought another for a similar price. After he started work he used a motorbike and sidecar to get to work and carry workmates and tools. He later graduated to racing bikes and sidecar units throughout Scotland and England, with some success. These were happy days when everyone just raced whatever bike they had and most used during the week. Tosh regaled us with some funny stories of his time racing and he continues to enjoy motorbikes. He has a number of BSA models which he uses regularly as part of membership of Lothian and Borders Motorcycle Club. After an interesting talk and answering a number of questions, the vote of thanks on behalf of the club was given by treasurer Ian Cochrane. Information on Polmont Rotary Club can be found at www.polmontrotary.org.

Old Parish

On Sunday, morning service will be conducted by Rev. Debbie van Welie at 11am. Choir practice at 9.45am. Prayer Meeting in the Vestry at 10.30am. No Youth Church. Creche in the Fellowship Room at 11am. On duty are C Lawson & M Turner. Duty for Reading will be M Wotherspoon and Prayer will be J Wotherspoon. Flower Distributor is Alex Brown, Flower Donation vacant. ACTs duty will be G & M Turner. Polmont Old Parish Church Holiday Club - This year’s programme is called ‘Mission Rescue’. All children P1 (age five to P7) are welcome to join us for the club. It will run for a whole week from Monday, August 10 to Friday, August 14 every morning from 10am (registration 9.30am on Monday morning only) to noon. It will all take place at the Church Hall in Main Street, Polmont and, weather permitting, on the fields of the Greenpark Centre. There is no cost for the mornings. All our helpers are cleared through Disclosure Scotland or PVG scheme. To book a place at the holiday club please e-mailcontactus@polmontold.org.uk with your child’s name and age. We look forward to seeing you in August.

Woodlands Group

Polmont Woodlands Group’s AGM has been re-scheduled for Thursday, August 13 at 7 pm in Greenpark Community Centre, Polmont. All Welcome.