Polmont news from Thursday, November 6

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Scottish Dancing

Get your body and mind in shape! The local Royal Scottish Country Dancing Society 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 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

Buggy Group

Buggy group meets every Monday 12.30 p.m. in the car park at the back of the church hall. After the walk mums are invited back to the mother and toddler group for tea/coffee. This group is supported by your local health visitors. For more information contact your health visitor at Meadowbank or contact me Barbara McConnell on (01324) 504556 or stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org. A volunteer walk leader is needed to assist this group. A active mum or granny would be ideal.

Probus Club

Not many dogs have their own protective footwear. Fire investigation dogs, however, are so equipped when their unique detection abilities are brought to bear by the Scottish Fire Service. So members of Polmont Probus Club heard last week from Trevor Lynch, due to retire from the service any day soon with his two dogs, a Border Collie and an English Springer Spaniel. Trevor explained that the dogs, whose sense of smell is much more acute than that possessed by humans and specially designed detection apparatus, can establish the seat of a fire and the type of flammable substance used. He added that each year, on average, there were some 3500 cases of wilful fire-raising within the United Kingdom, blazes which would include 20 schools, 260 homes and 360 business premises. The fires cost damage totalling £2.2 billion which made the detection skills of the dogs all the more vital, leading often to the arrest of those responsible for the fires. The vote of thanks was offered by Colin Bryce. President Bill Cartner was in the chair.

Christmas Fayre

St Margaret’s School PTA Christmas Fayre will be held on Saturday, November 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the school (Salmon Inn Road). There will be lots to do for both adults and children. A wide variety of gift stalls from local businesses will offer the opportunity to do some Christmas shopping while the kids are entertained with games, face painting, tattoos, crafting activities, Santa’s Grotto and more. Refreshments will be available throughout the day. Entry at the door £1 per adult and 50p per child.

Boys’ Brigade

2nd Polmont Boys Brigade hold meetings on a regular basis from both the Greenpark Centre and the Church Hall in Main Street and we have active sections at all levels. Friday evenings are busy with both the Junior and Company sections gathering at the Greenpark venue. We are always on the look out for new recruits and would welcome any boys keen to get involved in the various activities. Junior Section meets between 6.30 to 8 p.m. and the older boys work on longer. A group of parents have got together to try and raise some funds for the sections so that the boys can purchase some new camping gear, including a marquee tent, to enable boys to benefit from the range of outdoor activities involved in camping. We are undertaking some fund arising activities and the boys have already taken part in a bag packing opportunity afforded by one of the big supermarkets locally. A race night is also scheduled for tomorrow. We are seeking sponsorship from some local businesses who may wish to support the aims of the Boys’ Brigade in the Polmont area and support the development of the boys and the good work promoted by the officers. Perhaps this could be passed to Anchorman or perhaps the Falkirk Herald may wish to spotlight the work of 2nd Polmont, one of the many companies who promote good citizenship in the local area.