Motherwell Heritage Society
The chequered fortunes of the iconic Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow were explained to members of Motherwell Heritage Society at their first meeting of the new season last Thursday.
Guest speakers were co-authors Bill Hicks and Jill Scott, who have written a definitive history of the hotel from Victorian times to now.
They told of its glory days as a railway hotel to its decline and then sparking revival in recent years under new management.
Members heard how, in its heyday, the hotel catered for guests from the world of royalty, prime ministers, film stars and sporting heroes, including Winston Churchill, Cary Grant, Bob Hope, John L Sullivan, the bare-knuckle boxing champion, and, in one famous arrival, cowboy star Roy Rogers who led his horse Trigger up the grand staircase.
A vote of thanks was given by Bill Clark.
The next meeting will be on Thursday, October 17, when names will be taken for the outing to Callender House, Falkirk, on November 14.
Motherwell Photographic Society
At their meeting in Holytown Community Centre last Thursday members of Motherwell Photographic Society viewed an audio-visual presentation featuring the best entries from the Glasgow District Photographic Union’s projected image exhibition.
This annual competition attracted a large number of entries from photographers across the UK and the quality of the pictures was exceptionally high, especially in the nature section.
Tomorrow (Thursday) is a practical night and members are reminded to bring their cameras.
The society meets every Thursday at 7.30pm and new members are always welcome.
Motherwell and Wishaw Rotary Club
President John McDonald opened the meeting of the Rotary Club of Motherwell and Wishaw by introducing Archie Ralston.
Archie is the president of Carluke Rotary Club, which is the daughter club of Motherwell and Wishaw, and handed over a cheque for £300 which will be used for the club’s Wishwell Project.
The winner of the weekly bonus ball was Hughes Lumsden.
Community and vocational services convener Katrina Gibbons reported on the success of the recent ceilidh held in St Bride’s Hall.
The profits from the evening will be shared between the MacMillan Cancer Support and the Maggie’s Centre charities.
Crosshill Parish Church
Last Sunday’s service at Crosshill Parish Church was opened with the minister the Rev Gavin Black carrying out the sacrament of baptism and welcoming Arianna Hope Spence into the family of Christ.
All the youth organisations - the Junior Church, Crosshill Rockstars, Girls’ Brigade and Boys’ Brigade - were in attendance for the annual youth dedication service.
The sum of £329 from last Sunday’s retiring offering was for the Kieran Mess charity.
The Guild dedication service will be held on Tuesday, October 1.
A briefing meeting for the visitors for the forthcoming stewardship campaign will be held in the church on Wednesday, October 2, at 7.30pm.
The next Bible Study Group will commence on Thursday, October 3, at 7pm. The study will be of John’s Gospel and will be led by Ian Douglas, the congregational development officer.
The harvest thanksgiving service will be held on Sunday, October 6, and donations of foodstuffs will be welcome.
The Mossend Emerald Celtic Supporters’ Club bus for Tuesday’s Champions League match with Barcelona will leave the Derby Inn at 6.45pm.
Non-members are welcome and the first bus is free for new members on joining. For details phone Jim on 07917 428469.
Thorniewood Labour Party
Members of the Thorniewood Labour branch met last week for the first time since the summer break.
Yet again the Bedroom Tax dominated the proceedings as members heard its effects continue to impact upon the people of Thorniewood ward and beyond.
As part of the discussion Councillor McCabe gave some of the detail surrounding his appearance in a national newspaper.
Members said they had great sympathy for the individual at the heart of the article, expressing outrage and bemusement at the targeting of a man who had publicly castigated the tax and those who passed the associated legislation.
Viewpark Parish Church
Freedom Worship is taking at Viewpark Parish Church every Sunday from 7pm with the chance to sing uplifting songs.
Afterwards the Freedom Youth Club takes place from 8-9.30pm with a varety of activities, including badminton, table tennis, pool and table football. There will also be crafts and painting.
Looking for more information then go to www.facebook.com/FreedomatViewparkChurch.
Bible Study is on Monday evenings at 7.30 in the Thornwood Room and all will be made welcome.
‘Doing Life Together’ is on Wednesday evenings 7.15pm in the Thornwood Room. Again, all are welcome to go along share, and learn from one another.
This session is about ‘Growing to Serve Others’ and all be made very welcome.
The Messy Breakfast is held every Sunday at 9.30am in the Thornwood Room, everyone welcome.
There will be a craft fair at the church, on Saturday from 10am to 3pm.
There will be lots of handmade items available along with home baking, chocolates, nails and beauty and all are welcome to go along and pick up a treat for yourself or as a gift.
The church is holding a tribute night featuring Rikki Morgan as Johnnie Cash and Billy Joel.
It will be held in Uddingston Masonic Hall on Saturday, October 5, at 7.30pm.
Tickets are priced at just £10, which includes snacks and nibbles, and are available from the church office, telephone 01698 810478, the View Cafe, or any member of the church.
Lanarkshire Philatelic Society
Visitors from the Edinburgh Stamp Group were given a warm welcome at last Friday’s meeting of Lanarkshire Philatelic Society.
After an introduction from their chairman, Bill Black, society members were treated to excellent displays by the guests.
Lanarkshire member Terry Woods gave a vote of thanks for a wonderfully varied and most informative display.
The next meeting, in the Caledonian Bowling Club, Motherwell Road, Hamilton, will be on Friday, October 4, at 7.30pm when members look forward to welcoming guest Jean Osborne with a display ‘Philatelic Exhibitions’.
Anyone with an interest in stamps, postal history or postcards is very welcome to attend.
More details of the Society’s programme, and other information, can be obtained from group’s website at www.lanarkshireps.co.uk.
For a full district news round-up see this week’s Motherwell Times or Bellshill Speaker.