Polmont news from Thursday, October 9

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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 (stops when clocks change). Our walkers look forward to seeing you there for a blether along the side of the canal. For more information please call (01324) 673703.

Old Parish

On Sunday, Morning Service will be 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. Youth Church meets in church at 11 a.m. Creche in the Fellowship Room at 11 a.m. on duty are N Rule and H Park. Duty for Reading is Lorna Young and Prayer is Doug Sheehan. Circle of Care Calendars: Orders for the 2015 Calendars (cost £4.50) are now been taken. A sample and order sheets is in the vestibule or please speak to Janet Anderson. The Harvest Thanksgiving Service is to take place on Sunday, October 19. This year, in considering the Falkirk Foodbank and the needs it is meeting within our community, we would like an offering to be taken up on that day of Food Stuffs only. All of the food offered on the day will be collected by the Falkirk Foodbank after the service. In the nicest possible way, please may we ask that the food stuffs offered be within their Use By date, or else the Foodbank will not be able to distribute them. There will be a Soup and Pudding Harvest Lunch in the Church Hall after the service. All Welcome. We are looking for donations of lentil, leek & potato soup and any kind of pudding. If you can help please speak to Janet Andreson as soon as possible on (01324) 711882 or bill.janet@virgin.net. Blythswood Care’s 2014 Shoebox Appeal: Filled boxes should be brought to church no later than Sunday, November 9. There are some rules for filling the boxes so please pick up a leaflet beforehand from the church foyer or for more information speak to Betty Glen.

Flu Vaccinations

See Grangemouth.

Child Vaccinations

See Grangemouth.

History meeting

See Maddiston.

Rotary Club

President Norman Black was in the chair for the weekly meeting of Polmont Rotary Club and gave members and visitors a warm welcome to the club. After dinner President Norman dealt with some business and asked President Elect Brian Glanville to introduce the speaker for the evening, Jason Glass, director of operations at Camphill Blair Drummond. Camphill is home to 40 residents, in seven houses, who live alongside co-workers and support staff, providing a warm, friendly and safe living environment for adults with learning disabilities. In addition there are 45 day students. The students are supported by a high ration of staff and volunteers from all around the world. Each student is valued as unique individuals and through creative workshops, each person is able to explore their creativity and develop their skills. Everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their true potential and celebrate their achievements at every step of the way. Jason outlined Camphill’s values which are based on the Individual being at the centre of all that they do. The staff and volunteers are all about enabling the individual to grow and reach their potential. Creativity is important and Camphill provides activities that allow the individual to use their skills and abilities, enabling them to experience new possibilities. Students have many opportunities to participate in purposeful activities to enrich both the individual and the community. The community living environment allows the individual student to be treated with respect and dignity at all times, as well as having their rights to privacy respected and where they are supported to make suitable choices to achieve their potential. Jason used a PowerPoint presentation to show some of the students, activities and celebrations followed by a short film made by one of the volunteers. After a number of questions, the vote of thanks was given by Jim Dyer. President Norman closed the meeting with the Rotary Toast. Information on Polmont Rotary Club can be found on our website at www.polmontrotary.org.

Probus Club

High-speed InterCity trains flash past nearby several times an hour now but images of another, slower age, were evoked for members of Polmont Probus Club last week by Laurie Alexander when he painted a picture of what Manuel Nunnery, just a short distance away from Linlithgow Bridge on the road to Whitecross, looked like more than 800 years ago. His presentation, enhanced by slides of artists’ representations, themselves several hundred years old - and proved now to be inaccurate - will give members food for thought the next time they drive past the ruins of the nunnery. For near hand, said the speaker, a retired architect, even the course of the River Avon had changed over the centuries, almost certainly following an extremely heavy spate in the 1780s. Tom Mabbott offered the vote of thanks. 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.

Greenpark Centre

Greenpark Centre Events and activities on at Greenpark Community Centre for today and the next week include - Today (Thursday): Floral Art meets 10.30 a.m.-noon; Line Dancing meet 10 a.m.to noon; Art Appreciation meet 11.45 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Art Club meet 2 to 4 p.m.; Pilates 1.30 to 3.30 p.m.; Art Classes meet 1.30 to 3.30 p.m.; Brownies/Guides meet 6 to 9 p.m.. Friday: Child-minding Group, 9.30 to 11.30 a.m.; Polmont Quilters meet 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.; MSP Angus MacDonald will hold a surgery, noon to 2 p.m.. Monday: The Child-minders meet 9.30 to 11.30 a.m.; China Painters, 9.30 to 11.30 a.m.; Art Group meets 10 a.m. to noon; Bridge Group meets 1.30 to 3.30 p.m.; the Bowlers meet 2 to 4 p.m.; Patchwork classes, not on; Yoga, not on; Dressmaking, not on. Tuesday: Tai Chi, not on; Beginners Yoga not on this week, but there are spaces left if you would like to join; a Tea Dance will be held 1.30 to 3.30 p.m.; Yoga will be on 7.30 to 9 p.m.; the Rainbow, not on.. Wednesday: Child-minders, 9.30 to 11.30 a.m.; Stretch and Tone not on, but there are places left if you would like to join.; the Poetry Group meets 2 to 4 p.m.; Patchwork is not on.; the Craft group meets 1.30 to 3.30 p.m. and the Bowlers meet 2 to 4 p.m.; Upholstery Group meets 7 to 9 p.m.; Pilates is on 6 to 7 p.m.; Zumba is on 7.30 to 8.30 p.m.; Greenpark Community Centre has a Yoga Class on a Monday evening, 7 to 8 p.m., there are spaces left. Ochil Hills Sailing Club is running RYA navigation evening classes in the Greenpark Centre after the school holidays in October. Beginner’s class on Monday, Coastal and Ocean skipper classes on Thursday and Wednesday evenings (20 weeks). Suitable for users of motor boats, yachts or anything that floats. Also marine radio and first aid classes available over the winter. A new Mother’s and Toddlers group will be starting soon at Greenpark Community Centre on a Tuesday morning, 9.30 to 11.30 a.m. If you are interested please call the centre and leave your details – Greenpark Community Centre (01324) 506730.

Cabaret Night

Polmont Golf Club is holding a cabaret night on Saturday, October 11. Sounds of the 60s and comedy with Heartbeat. Doors open 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. £10 per ticket, please contact Polmont Golf Club on (01324) 711277.