Polmont news from Thursday, June 12

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Greenpark Centre

Events and activities on at Greenpark Community Centre for today and the next week include - Today: (Thursday) Parent & Toddlers, 9.30-11.30 a.m.; Line Dancing, 10-11.30 a.m.; Floral Art, 10.30 a.m.-noon; Art appreciation Group, 11.45 a.m.-2 p.m.; Pilates, 1.30-2.30 p.m.; Art Club, 2-4 p.m. Friday: Child-minding Group, 9.30-11.30 a.m.; Parent & Toddlers, 9.30-11.30 a.m.; MSP Angus MacDonald will hold a surgery from noon-2 p.m.; a Tea Dance will be held from 1.30-3.30 p.m.; Monday: The Child-minders meet 9.30-11.30 a.m.; the Art Group is on from 10 a.m.-noon; Patchwork class is on from 1.30-3.30 p.m.; the Bridge Groups meets from 1.30-3.30 p.m. and the Bowlers meet 2-4 p.m. and Yoga is on from 7-8 p.m.; Tuesday: Parent & Toddlers, 9.30-11.30 a.m.; beginners Yoga is on at 10-11.30 a.m.; Tai Chi, 10.30-noon; a Tea Dance will be held 1.30-3.30 p.m.; Yoga, 7.30-9 p.m.; the Rainbow will met at 6-7 p.m.; Wednesday: Child minders, 9.30-11.30 a.m.; a Probus meeting will be held at 9 a.m.; Poetry meeting at 2 p.m.; Art club, 1.30 p.m.; hobby craft at 1.30 p.m.; bowlers at 2 p.m.; Pilates, 6 p.m.; the Upholstery group meets at 7 p.m. and Zumba is at 7.30 p.m.

Woodlands AGM

Polmont Woodlands Group is having its AGM at Greenpark Community Centre, Polmont on Thursday, June 19 2014 at 7.30 p.m. – all Welcome.

Swishing Time

The Gingerbread community cafe in Polmont is hosting a ‘swishing party’ next week which will see people exchange old clothes for new in time for a fresh summer look.The not-for-profit social enterprise at the shopping centre in Greenpark Drive has organised the night next Thursday, June 19, at 7 p.m. Value has no matter at a swishing party. Just pop along with the items beforehand and we’ll give you a token corresponding to the number of items you’ve brought. Then, on the night, feel free to pick as many items as you brought from the choice of items brought by others. It’s ideal if you have a wardrobe full of clothes you promise you’ll wear one day but probably never will. Tickets are £7 and non-alcoholic cocktails will be included in the price. For more information call (01324) 578410.

Old Parish

Last Sunday we were hopeful that summer was on it’s way. The bright sunshine was a pleasant surprise and David Wardrum’s talk to the children was a delight and his sermon most appropriate. Good news in that the story club has recommenced with numbers of over 20 now attending. Mr Peter Brown of the Gideon Society gave a short presentation on the work of the society which distributes worldwide over 80 million copies of the new testament and psalms. He advised that one rewarding innovation was the presentation of the Gideon bible in khaki with the regimental crest for each of the regiments in the Armed services. On Sunday, June 15, Morning Service conducted by our Locum Minster Rev. David Wandrum at 11 a.m., Choir practice at 9.45 a.m., Prayer Meeting in the Vestry at 10.30 a.m., Youth Church meet in the Church at 11 a.m., Creche in the Fellowship Room at 11 a.m. On duty are C Lawson and M Turner. On duty for Readings, R Taylor. We are looking for a number of helpers to run the very popular Summer Holiday Club (August 11-15). If you are interested in helping in any way (Registration, Arts & Crafts, Playing Games, Making Music, Serving Refreshments and lots more) please contact the Minister or Lynda McKechnie on 01324 873528 or email Lynda.mckechnie2@hotmail.co.uk.

Rotary Club

President Alan Oliver was in the chair for the weekly meeting of Polmont Rotary Club. After Dinner and some business, the speaker for the evening, Margaret MacDonald, Wallacestone Primary School head teacher was introduced by Rotarian George Kerr. Margaret used a PowerPoint presentation to illustrate her educational visit to China. The trip was undertaken under the auspices of the Chinese Bridge to Scottish Headteachers. This is related to the Confucius Hub in Falkirk and the Chinese send a language assistant. The Visit was at no cost to the Scottish Government. Margaret had with her Angus the School Mascot and he has been all over the world with her. All delegates were part of Confucius Hub. The first few days were taken up with sightseeing. The delegates were looked after by the Hanban, which is similar to the British council. The visit was to promote Chinese language and culture in schools. There were two translators called Fan and Hondgi. The group visited Tiajin school which is the link School for Falkirk Council Confucius Classroom. They later flew to Xiamen where they visited an experimental primary school. Many of the schools have as many as 7000 pupils. English is very important and the children were very good at speaking English. This visit is to promote the partnership to create Global Citizens. As a result of the visit one of the teachers is learning Mandarin and bringing her class along with her. The Wallacestone pupils have been involved in cultural developments such as making masks, dragons, lanterns and costumes and leaning Mandarin with the language assistant. There are also projected links with Edinburgh Zoo with the conservation group linked to the Pandas. Margaret

took a good number of questions and the vote of thanks was given by Rotarian Ian Cochrane. Information on Polmont Rotary Club can be found on our website atwww.polmontrotary.org.


If you are a new mum why not come along to our buggy group. The feedback from the group has been very good, as well as meeting other mums, by being out in the fresh air and getting fitter, mums share information. Your local health visitor is also on hand to deal with any questions or concerns you may have. The group meet every Monday 12.30 p.m. at the car park opposite the Greenbank centre. The walk takes about 40min. After the walk mums go back to the church hall where there is a very well run baby group. For more information contact Barbara McConnell on 01324-504568/556 stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org

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! Our walkers look forward to seeing you there for a blether along the way. For more information please call 01324 673703.