District news round-up

Glo Centre celebrates famous Scots missionary David Livingstone's 100th anniversary with special events
Glo Centre celebrates famous Scots missionary David Livingstone's 100th anniversary with special events


Motherwell Heritage Society

The first meeting of the new session of Motherwell Heritage Society will be held at the Heritage Centre tomorrow (Thursday) at 2pm.

A talk on Glasgow’s Grand Central Hotel will be given by Bill Hicks and Jill Scott.

The first outing of the session will be to Callendar House, Falkirk, on Thursday, November 14.

GLO Centre

Motherwell’s Glo bookshop pulled out all the stops to celebrate the birth year centenary of world-famous Scots explorer and missionary David Livingstone.

In a special themed event, speaker Colin MacPhie, pictured centre, shared the story of his grandfather, a missionary to Africa who was inspired by Livingstone, while younger visitors were treated to face-painting, “tattoos”, and African-themed refreshments.

Meanwhile the children’s section of the shop was re-dressed as a complete “jungle experience”, and local children who took part in wordsearch competition received their prizes at the event.

Photographic Society

It’s said that every picture tells a story - but it seems that in the world of press photography there is a story behind every picture.

This was evident from the excellent presentation by former Daily Record photographer Charlie Donnelly to members of Motherwell Photographic Society last Thursday.

He told how, in a long and varied career behind the lens, he had covered everything from international conflict in Bosnia to showbusiness, sport and politics, with each day offering new challenges in capturing just the right images for his paper.

His many anecdotes were always fascinating and often hilarious as he described the techniques he used to achieve his imaginative pictures.

Dalziel St Andrew’s

An enquirers class, for anyone interested in finding out about membership of the church, is under way at Dalziel St Andrew’s Parish Church.

It is held each Sunday after morning worship and all interested are welcome to go along.

Rotary Club

President John McDonald chaired last Thursday’s busy meeting of the Rotary Club of Motherwell and Wishaw.

Sports convener Charles Keeper reported on the Rotary Golf outing to Lanark to contest the David Aitken Trophy. The winner was Rotarian Malcolm Southern.

Members also heard that Bellshill Academy won the Douglas Clementson Golf trophy at Wishaw Golf Course.

The competition is organised by the Motherwell and Wishaw Rotary club and the five schools participating were Cardinal Newman High, Coltness High, Our Lady’s High, Dalziel High and the eventual winners Bellshill Academy.

The four Bellshill pupils - Jonathon Scott, Michael Loudon, Bailey Lindsay and Grant Edney - received the golf trophy and each of the golfers was presented with their own individual trophies.

Guest speaker was Caitlin Kennedy, a 14-year-old Braidhurst High School pupil from Overton who was sponsored by the club to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Award camp at Ardeonaig Outdoor Centre in Perthshire this summer.

Macmillan fundraiser

The Bon Marche store in Motherwell town centre will hold a coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support next week.

It will take place on Friday, September 27, from 10am-noon as part of the charity’s annual World’s Biggest Coffee Morning fundraiser.


Burnhead Toddlers

A fundraising ladies’ night will be held by Burnhead Toddler Group in Burnhead Bowling Club on Saturday at 7pm.

Tickets, priced £5 each, can be bought at the play group today (Wednesday) or payment can be made at the door.

There will also be a raffle with great prizes and a hot and cold buffet and all money raised will go to the winter Santa trip for the playgroup children and to help with running costs.

The group meets on Mondays from 12.30-2.30pm and Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9.30-11.30am.

The group is also holding a beauty day in the bowling club on Saturday from noon to 3pm.

There will be hairdos, nail painting, and reiki massage, and afternoon tea and cake.

There wll be no fixed price - all that is required is a donation to the playgroup.

For more details contact Sharon on 07769 644461.

Viewpark Parish

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.


Rambling club

Members of Holy Family Rambling Club had a lovely day out last Sunday, exploring part of the West Highland Way between Loch Lomond and Tyndrum.

There was beautiful scenery to enjoy while walking through hills and forests and along the side of little rivers while the sun shone down.

Next month the club will be going to Melrose for a weekend trip so there will be no Sunday walk on October 13.


Charity golf classic

The Ecosse Electrical team proved real bright sparks as their play lit up an annual charity golf classic played at Bellshill Golf Club.

But while the quartet - Harry Patterson, Chris Bradley, Richard Burns and Tom Balkoisky - lifted top prize, the day’s real winners were charities Mary’s Meals and the Maggie Centre, Wishaw, who will receive over £3,140 each.

The day was made possible by the generosity of Bellshill Golf Club, club captain James Forrester and the event organiser Tom McLaughlin. Also there to lend his support was Uddingston and Bellshill MSP Michael McMahon.

Mr McLaughlin said: “Each year this tournament grows and grows thanks to the goodwill of Bellshill Golf Club and all the groups, individuals and organisations that enter teams.”


Parish Church

A dedication service for all adult and youth organisations at Newarthill and Carfin Parish Church will be held on Sunday, October 6, at 11.15am.

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.

This takes place in the large hall at Newarthill and all are welcome. Donations of home baking will also be gratefully received.


Clean-up success

Cleland Community Council and local residents took part in a clean up of Main Street and surrounding areas on Saturday.

Around 30 people, including children, collected 25 bin bags of rubbish and also filled a recycle bin with various materials. Among the general waste recovered were an old sign, metal poles, a car radiator and lots of broken glass.

Cleland Community Council participated in the clean-up as part of the Clean Up Scotland campaign and also in response to local


Computer course

Places are available on a free computer course for unemployed people in North Lanarkshire being offered by Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire.

The 12-week course will be based at the VANL Community Hub in Wishaw and is aimed at helping people develop their computer and employability skills.

For more information email Kamil.Tomzik@vanl.co.uk, visit www.itvol.btck.co.uk/Contact%20us or phone 01698 358866.


Dreamflight fundraiser

A youth theatre group is performing a concert next weekend to raise money for a charity which specialises in taking seriously ill and disabled children on the holiday of a lifetime.

The touring company from the Shine theatre group will perform at Craigneuk and Belhaven Church, Craigneuk Street, next Thursday, September 26, at 7.30pm.

The show will feature music from the world of stage and screen, with an eclectic mix to suit all musical tastes.

Tickets are priced £7 and include refreshments and are available at the door.


Alba Photographic Society

Alba Photographic Society opened up for the new season last week, with old friends and new folk turning up to our night at Netherton Community Centre.

This was a very informal get together to meet and greet the members and to give an outline of what the club proposes to do over the coming months and allow old and new friend to share ideas.

Lorna McDonald Syllabus Secretary gave a précised version of the syllabus, but a more detailed version can be found on the club web site at www.albaps.co.uk

For a full round-up of district news see this week’s Times and Speaker.