Primary 4 pupils at Glencairn Primary School in Motherwell literally cleaned up their act when they took part in a litter pick recently around the school recently.
The youngsters were joined by some welcome helpers in the shape of Mark Allan, general store manager at the Asda store in Motherwell, and some of his colleagues.
As well as providing some of the equipment to help the pupils in their clean up efforts they also lent a helping hand on the day.
And it proved a worthwhile exercise as no fewer than 24 bags of rubbish were collected.
The Holey Soles Rambling Club’s next walk is on Sunday, September 22 and will be a Fife Coastal Walk.
The bus will leave from outside St Bernadette’s Church Hall, Logans Road, Motherwell at 9.30am.
Please note the earlier departure time.
Enquiries to Margaret Campbell 01698 269277.
The new season at Motherwell Photographic Society started last week with an open night displaying a wide selection of members prints and digital images as well as the club’s technical facilities.
Tomorrow (Thursday) the club will welcome the first guest speaker of the season, Charlie Donnelly, who will give an illustrated talk on press photography.
Motherwell Photographic Society has an interesting and varied programme of meetings throughout the season and new members of any level of experience are always welcome.
The club meets every Thursday at 7 30pm in Holytown Community Centre.
More information can be found on the club’s website at www.motherwellphotographicsociety.co.uk.
St Margaret’s Arts and Crafts are returning on Tuesday for the autumn/winter session.
Classes are held from 10am to noon in the church hall in Barons Road.
Newcomers are always welcome and anyone interested should contact Christine Scott on 01698 350574.
Dalziel St Andrew’s
The sanctuary at Dalziel St Andrew’s Parish Church was adorned with floral colour over the weekend including the Sunday morning worship service.
Eleven floral displays featured all around the church following a highly successful flower festival and organ recital on Saturday.
Minister the Rev Derek Hughes thanked all organisations and individuals who had worked so hard to make the special weekend such a success.
Following the service Mr Hughes started an enquirers’ group for anyone interested in joining the church.
The group meets in the prayer room each Sunday following morning worship and there is room for more enquirers.
The Kirk Session hold their first meeting following the summer break tomorrow (Thursday) at 7.30pm.
The Congregational Board will meet on Thursday, September 26, at 6.45pm for a short meeting. Members should note the change of date and time.
The latest phase of the Makeover Project - Forward for Jesus, involving the upgrade of the kitchen and toilets and addition of a baby change room, has now finished.
To celebrate the completion of the work a fun quiz curry and carbonara night will be held on Thursday, September 26, at 7.30pm.
Teams of four are welcome to take part. Cost is £3 for adults and £1 for children.
In addition to the youth organisations, which are now in full swing, the Monday evening (8pm) and Wednesday afternoon (1pm) prayer groups are now active and welcome new members.
Choir practice is held each Wednesday evening at 7.30pm.
The Brownies meet on a Monday evening with a most encouraging number attending.
However new adult help is needed to cope with the numbers and anyone who thinks they can help is welcome to go along.
A meeting to consider the launch of a ‘Messy Church’ venture will be held in the large hall on Sunday, September 22, at 3pm. All interested in this exciting new get together for young families are welcome to go along.
Full details of all activities are available on the church website www.dalzielstandrews.org.uk.
Anyone unable to attend worship can join in the live streaming of the services at 11am each Sunday or catch up at another time on the YouTube link.
Last Sunday’s meeting of the Rotary club of Motherwell and Wishaw was the first meeting of the new session.
Guest speaker was Elizabeth Murphy of Mary’s Meals who gave a very informative talk on the work undertaken by the charity.
Her talk was interspersed with short video clips of the work being done by Mary’s Meals in Malawi and Haiti. Liz also replied to a number of questions put to her by rotarians.
Sports convenor Charles Keeper advised members that the senior schools gathered at Wishaw golf club for the 12th year. competing for the Douglas Clementson Memorial Trophy.
Five schools took part - Dalziel, Our Lady’s, Coltness, Cardinal Newman and Bellshill Academy and the winning team, with a score of 103 points from the three top scoring players, was Bellshill Academy with OLHS second and Dalziel third.
The winning team consisted of Greg Ebnay, Michael Loudon, Bailey Lindsay and Jonathan Scott who will be at the next meeting of the club to receive the trophy.
David McLeod gave details of the final pigeon derby race which started at Charnock Richards.
The winning rotarians were Andrew Steven, Robert Liddle, Bob Crighton, Katrina Gibbons, Bill McCallum and John Chapman.
The weekly bonus ball winner was Allan Scott.
Katrina Gibbons reminded members of the Rotary ceilidh which will take place at St Bride’s Hall on Saturday at 7.30pm.
Rotarian Peter Clelland gave a comprehensive vote of thanks.
Crosshill Parish Church
The Rev Gavin Black’s service at Crosshill last Sunday was based on Paul’s letter to Philemon.
Before his sermon Mr Black introduced Elaine Gardiner to the congregation and she spoke for a few moments on the Kieran Mess Foundation, a charity set up by the parents of Kieran Mess who died as a youngster with an inoperable brain tumour.
Elaine’s own daughter Kim suffered from a similar diagnosis and before her death she spoke of the support her family received from the Kieran Mess Foundation.
The retiring collection at next Sunday’s Communion service will be passed to the charity.
There will be a cafe church evening in St Margaret’s Church in Muirhouse tomorrow (Thursday) at 7.30pm and, as this is the minister’s linked charge, he hopes Crosshill members will attend.
The junior section of the Boys’ Brigade’s enrolment night was on Wednesday with the company section enrolling next Wednesday, September 18, at 7.30pm.
All three sections of the BBs over the course of the year will take part in parades, battalion competitions, games nights as well as parties and outings.
The new session of the Guild starts with the dedication service on Tuesday, October 1, conducted by congregational development officer Ian Douglas.
On Sunday the pre-worship study group meets at 10.30am.
This will be followed by celebrating the Sacrament of Holy Communion at both the morning and afternoon services.
Members of Session are asked to meet at 11.15am prior to the morning service.
Our Lady’s High School Parent-Teacher Association are holding a sing-along night in aid of school funds.
The event will be held on Thursday, September 26 starting at 7.30pm.
Primary 6 and 7 pupils are welcome to attend, accompanied by an adult.
Admission costs £5 and tickets are available from PTA members and from the school, telephone 01698 274925.
Those attending should take their own refreshments and snacks.
A meeting of the Muirhouse and Flemington Community Group will take place in Glassford Tower common room on Tuesday at 7pm.
All will be made welcome.
An ‘Allsorts Sale’ in aid of the Church Development Fund will take place at Motherwell South Parish Church on Saturday between 10am-1pm.
Admission will be free with 50 pence for tea/coffee and shortbread.
There will be a large variety of goods to choose from, including clothes, toys, retro, china, bric-a-brac, collectables, handbags, jewellery, gardening tools, hats, small furniture and home baking.
Board members and elders are reminded of the meetings scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday) - board at 7.15pm, joint meeting at 8pm, and session at 8.15pm.
A meeting of Ladywell Community Council wil be held within Queen Elizabeth Court, Ladywell Road, on Tuesday, September 17, at 7pm.
All members of the public, particularly Orchard Park residents, will be welcome.
The agenda will include planning applications, parking at Chestnut Grove, Airbles Road and other matters concerning Ward 16.
The Tannochside Rangers Supporters’ Club bus for Saturday’s match with Arbroath will leave at 1pm.
Members and friends wishing to attend the match at Queen of the South next Tuesday should contact the secretary as soon as possible.
Alba Photographic Society opens the season tonight (Wednesday) 7.30pm at Netherton Community Centre.
This will be Alba’s 10th season so it is still a very young club, but with some old heads among its membership.
They would like to extend a warm and friendly invitation to everyone irrespective of their level of knowledge to come along and see what it’s all about.
The invitation also covers old and recent members to return to the fold.
During the summer break several members enjoyed a weekend in Badaguish near Aviemore.
This turned out to be a really great time with plenty of opportunities to take a varied style of picture.
The Cairngorm area provided a great natural backdrop for some stunning landscapes, while there were numerous events in the nearby locale such as the Strathspey Steam Railway, water sports on Loch Morlich and the classic car event Motormania in Grantown on Spey.
There was also a few nature walks out into the ‘wilds’ of the Cairngorm National Park which allowing for some fantastic shows of colour and natural history - even the wildlife did seem to have fled.
The evenings were filled with impromptu master classes in the art of taking the rise out of each other, while a wee bit of photographic wisdom was passed on too.
Before leaving on the Monday the funicular railway was used to get to the restaurant some 3,600 feet above sea level in the Cairngorms and on the way back finally some wildlife as a small group of reindeer were spotted.
Anyone interested in photography is welcome to join the society at 7.30pm every Wednesday at Netherton Community Centre.
For more information visit www.albsps.co.uk.
The projects’ group at Newarthill and Carfin Parish Church will meet tonight (Wednesday) at 7pm.
This is for all volunteers and helpers. Everyone is asked to bring along their suggestions for fundraising ideas or speak to Eileen Murphy or Jessie Love.
The Guild opening social will be held on Tuesday, September 24.
The Thursday Coffee Morning will again be part of the World’s Largest Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Support on Thursday, September 26, from 10am-noon. All are welcome.
A ‘table talk’ coffee morning is taking place every Tuesday in the hall at Carfin from 10am until noon. A warm welcome is extended to all.
There will be a jumble sale at the hall in Carfin on Saturday from 11am-2pm.
There will be a tearoom and donations of home baking will be gladly accepted. These should be taken along on the day.
Holytown Wine Circle
Members of Holytown Wine Circle secured a number of prizes for their wines and beers when they took part in the Dundee Flower Show last weekend.
James Forsyth took first prize for his table red dry, table white dry and country red dry and also had a third place for table rosé.
Tom Watson was first for plum medium sweet and second for country white dry.
And Andrew Steele was second with his table red dry and third with gooseberry dry.
Robert Trotter senior was second with his flower medium sweet.
Club members also toasted success with a number of winning entries in the beer classes.
Andy Tinto had a first for light gravity, lager, export, pale ale and English-style bitter and second for dry stout.
And James Forsyth was first with his dry stout and had second with light gravity, lager, export, pale ale and English-style dry bitter.
4th A Brownies
New members are wanted for the 4thA Bellshill Brownie Unit which meets at MacDonald Memorial Church every Thursday from 6.15-7.30pm.
Any girls between the ages of seven and 10 who wish to join the Brownies would be made very welcome.
Anyone who thinks their daughter would be interested in joining can take them along on a Thursday to meet the Guiders and other girls.
Alternatively, Brownie Guider Aileen Skillen can be contacted for further information on 07845 497704 or by email at email@example.com.
Slimmers in the Tuesday Slimming World class at Bellshill Cultural Centre lost a total of 462 pounds last month.
Top slimmer of the month was Andrew Faulkener who received a trophy and certificate from group leader Jean Clinton. Three other members also reached their target weight.
Bellshill Community Council will hold its annual general meeting next Wednesday, September 18 at 7pm.
The meeting will be held in Bellshill Academy, all welcome to attend.
Bellshill and District Community Forum hold its annual general meeting on Thursday, September 19, at 6.30pm within Bellshill Academy, all welcome to attend.
Holy Family Rambling Club will hold its annual general meeting in the Parish Centre tomorrow (Thursday) at 7.30pm.
It is hoped that all members will attend.
There was much enthusiastic chatter at the opening meeting of the Lanarkshire Philatelic Society last Friday.
New president Alex Magowan delighted all with his display of ‘Hamilton’.
He began with a postcard depicting the town Coat of Arms and told how, in 1445, the town was granted the name of Hamilton in honour of Sir James Hamilton of Cadzow.
There followed a show of postcards of various Dukes of Hamilton and also Anne, Duchess of Hamilton and a wonderful selection of postcards showed different buildings connected with the family, including Hamilton Palace, the Mausoleum and Chatelherault.
The marble and sandstone Monument to the 11th Duke, in High Parks, was shown, as were views of Barncluith and Cadzow Castles, both ruins.
Also on display were letters written to Robert Brown, the factor at the Palace, some postmarks of Hamilton and a receipt from Auchingramont Church acknowledging payment of rent for eight seats.
After the tea break Alex continued his display with views of Dungavel and of Lennoxlove House and there were views of the town of Hamilton, many showing the town as it was before it changed out of recognition.
There were also views of the Bridge designed by Thomas Telford, the Covenanters’ Memorial and the Roman Bridge and Hamilton Accies were not forgotten with postcards of past teams.
The display ended with views of other towns of Hamilton around the world - in New Zealand, Bermuda, Canada, Australia, Korea, USA and many other countries.
Past president Mike Cleary, in his vote of thanks, praised Alex for giving such a wonderfully interesting and educational evening.
The next meeting, in the Caledonian Bowling Club, Motherwell Road, Hamilton, is on Friday, September 20, at 7.30pm when members look forward to welcoming visitors from the Edinburgh Stamp Group.
Anyone with an interest in stamps, postal history, postcards etc is very welcome to attend. More details of the society’s programme can be obtained from the website www.lanarkshireps.co.uk.
Radio Law would like to thank staff, management and shoppers at the New Stevenston branch of Lidl for allowing them to collect within their store in September.
They raised of £220 to go towards improving the patient experience.
Freedom Worship is taking place at Viewpark Parish Church every Sunday from 7-8pm.
There is the chance to sing uplifting songs after worship, while the Freedom Youth Club, 8pm-9.30pm,offers activities such as badminton, painting and the Wii.
More information on this can be found at www.facebook.com/FreedomatViewparkChurch.
Bible Study is on Monday evenings at 7.30pm in the Thornwood Room.
‘Doing Life Together’ is on Wednesday evenings 7.15pm in the Thornwood Room. This session is about ‘Growing to Serve Others’ and all will be made very welcome.
A tribute night featuring Rikki Morgan as Johnny Cash and Billy Joel will be held at Uddingston Masonic Hall on Saturday, October 5, at 7.30pm.
Tickets are £10, which includes snacks and nibbles, and are available from the Church office on 01698 810478, the View Cafe, or any member of the church.
There will also be raffles etc on the evening with money raised going to the View 21 project.
The Messy Breakfast is back and takes place every Sunday at 9.30am in the Thornwood Room.
KEIR HARDIE PS
Family fun day
A family fun Friday fundraiser will be held by Keir Hardie Memorial Primary School and Nursery Class Parent Council next week.
It will take place in The Club, Newarthill, on Friday, September 20, at 7.30pm.
There will be party games and prizes for kids, toys to buy, a fun quiz, DJ and disco, raffles and more. Tickets, priced £5, are available from parent council members or the school office on 01698 274927.