Polmont news from Thursday, May 14

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Polmont SWI

The AGM of Polmont SWI (Rural) will be held on Monday, May 18, and members are reminded to bring their voting papers. The cost of the outing on Saturday, June 13 will be £17 and can be paid at the meeting. Those members attending the 90th birthday tea at Dunblane Hydro on Sunday, May 17, are reminded to confirm their transport arrangements with either Isobel Shaw or Anne Erskine.

Probus Club

The re-organisation of the police service in Scotland to become one national force had placed new demands on community policing, members of Polmont Probus Club heard at last week’s meeting. In a most interesting talk Inspector Billy Drummond described how these demands were being met with area commands situated strategically throughout the former Central Scotland Police area with area commanders and other officers able to call upon specialist support from other areas much faster than formerly. The vote of thanks was proposed by Dave McIntosh. President Hector McKenzie was in the chair.

Old Parish

On Sunday, morning service will be conducted by Rev. Deborah van Welie at 11 a.m. this will be the BB & GB Closing Parade and Service. Choir practice at 9.45 a.m. Prayer Meeting in the Vestry at 10.30 a.m. No Youth Church. Creche in the Fellowship Room at 11 a.m. On duty are N Rule and H Park Duty. For Reading it will be Boys’ Brigade and Prayer will be Girls Brigade. Flower Distributor is E Wood. Flower Donation by H Park. ACTs duty will be G Turner and M Turner. Messy Church at 5 p.m. in the church hall. Twinspire: the next issue is due for distribution on Sunday, May 31 so the deadline for articles will be on Sunday. The theme will be ‘Memories’, and the months covered by the Kirk Diary will be June and July. Articles preferably by e-mail to twinspire@polmontold.org.uk or given to Margaret Connor or Doreen for typing.

Woodlands Group

Polmont Woodlands Group will be having its AGM in the Greenpark Community Centre, Polmont on Thursday, June 11 at 7 p.m. All Welcome.

Rotary Club

President Norman Black was in the chair for the weekly meeting of Polmont Rotary Club. After dinner and some business, Rotarian David Waddell introduced retired pharmacist Eileen Peebles and her topic for the evening was, “What your pharmacy can do for you”. Eileen spoke about her extremely varied career and told the club that a community pharmacy is the bedrock of dispensing. Prior to the NHS in 1948, people would go to the chemist for advice and medicine as doctors fees were expensive. Eileen outlined the components of new contract, which she was enthusiastic about, and then explained the variety of services available, from prescriptions and dispensing, coupled with best instructions as well as a duty of care for patients. Pharmacies provide such things as memory aid charts or blister packs or dosette boxes for daily medication and repeat ordering of medication. Also available are services relating to chronic medication with agreements between doctor, patient and pharmacy. There is also a minor ailments service, public health initiatives, such as stopping smoking, alcohol intake and lifestyle management. Flu vaccines, travel clinics and injections and the shingles vaccine for elderly people. Pharmacies also administer the Methadone programme and needle exchange. After a good number of questions, the vote of thanks was given by President Norman Black. Information on Polmont Rotary Club can be found on our website at www.polmontrotary.org.

Polmont Playgroup

Polmont Playgroup will be holding an open afternoon on Thursday, May 28 from 12.30–2.30 p.m. If your child will be two-and-a-half during the following session please come along to register and meet the Play leaders. If you require any further information please phone 07919066359.