District news round-up

Lodge Woodhall St John's 305 RWM Colin Gowrie presents Bellshill Academy pupil Aimee Gowrie with a �250 donation to Bellshill Academy's Malawi team.
Lodge Woodhall St John's 305 RWM Colin Gowrie presents Bellshill Academy pupil Aimee Gowrie with a �250 donation to Bellshill Academy's Malawi team.


The fundraising efforts of a team of Bellshill Academy pupils heading to Malawi later this year has been given a boost thanks to the generosity of Lodge Woodhall St John’s No 305.

The lodge agreed to donate £250 from its funds to the pupils who will visit the poverty-stricken African country in June.

Lodge RWM Colin Gowrie is pictured presenting the cheque to his niece Aimee Gowrie, one of the pupils making the trip. Looking on are other team members and lodge treasurer Robert Price.

During the visit the Academy pupils and others from North Lanarkshire will work with disabled children and on other community projects.

Community council

A meeting of Bellshill Community Council will be held at Bellshill Academy next Wednesday, March 19.

It will take place in the Jura Suite, starting at 7pm.

Moonlight Group

The agm of the Moonlight Woman’s Group will be held at Unit 5, Orbiston Business Centre, on Tuesday, March 25, at 7pm.

All will be welcome.

Bellshill Probus Club

President Jim Russell welcomed the Bellshill Probus Club members to their meeting last week before inviting speaker David Bryce to give his talk on the history of the Covenanters.

He gave a well delivered story of this group who, in the 17th century, fought strongly for freedom to keep their religion apart from the dictates from English crown and church.

Noted of local interest was that the Covenanters tree in Dalzell Estate which was still attended for rememberance meetings.

Many other sites were also included in his talk, namely Mary Rae’s Well, Drumclog, Louden Hill and Muirkirk - mainly where battles were fought against the Royal troops and where much slaughter was inflicted to supporters of the Covenanters. Many other supporters were killed for their taking part in protests in Scotland.

David told members that the defeat suffered at Bothwell Bridge was a severe blow and that when the reigns of the Kings Charles I and II ended, the rule of William and Mary in the 1680 years allowed freedom of worship and ended the conflict.

A vote of thanks was given by Alex Logan, and the president closed the meeting.

Next meeting will be held on March 19th. when John Williams will give his talk on “Modern Boys Brigade”.

MacDonald Memorial Guild

Jessie Macqueen welcomed members to Macdonald Memorial Church Guild to their meeting last week.

After devotions she introduced the guest Jeremy Balfour who had gone along from Scottish Churches Housing Action to talk about The Julius Project, one of the charities currently being supported by the Church of Scotland Guild.

Members were interested to hear that the project took its name from Julius, a Roman Centurion who had helped Paul during the hazardous Mediterranean voyage which ended in shipwreck on Malta.

Jeremy explained that the aim of the Julius Project was to help homeless people as they moved into their own accommodation.

Volunteers were trained to act as befrienders to offer advice and support to help the new tenants to sustain their new homes.

It was agreed that this was a very worthwhile endeavour and at the end of the afternoon, Jessie thanked Jeremy for what had been a very interesting talk.

The speaker on Monday, March 17, will be Theresa Taylor from the local Victim Support Group.

Meetings begin at 1pm and new friends are always welcome.


Dalziel St Andrew’s Parish Church

The Kirk Session of Dalziel St Andrew’s Parish Church meets tomorrow (Thursday) at 7.30pm with the Congregational Board meeting the following Thursday.

The annual general meeting of the congregation will take place on Sunday, March 23, immediately after morning worship.

That will also be the date for ‘Messy Easter’, the follow-up to the most successful Messy Christmas event.

The event will be aimed at targetting all young families with children at primary or pre-school age.

All will be welcome to join in at 3.30pm that day when there will be many activities and, for those who wish, a meal at 5pm.

There is no cost charged for the event which is open to all, whether associated with the church or not.

There are further details on the church website www.dalzielstandrews.org.uk.

Anyone who would like to attend, or who would like more information, should contact the church office on 01698 264097.

Church minister the Rev Derek Hughes has begun an enquirers’ group for all who may be interested in joining the church as a member.

The group meets in the prayer room after morning worship on Sunday morning.

There is no obligation to proceed to membership and anyone who would like to attend is welcome to do so this Sunday.

On Monday the Men’s Club have a President’s Night while on Wednesday the Sisterhood will bring their very enjoyable session to a close with a lunch.

On Saturday evening Motherwell and Wishaw Rotary Club hold a repeat of their very successful fiddler’s rally at the church.

A craft and table top sale will be held at the church on Saturday, May 10, at 10am.

There will also be teas and coffees on sale. Tables, costing £10, can be reserved by calling Alex Baird on 01698 262915.

Innerwheel Club

President Joyce Knox welcomed all members of the Innerwheel Club of Motherwell and Wishaw to the annual business meeting of the club.

At the meeting she also announced the new committee for the next session.

This year a district quiz competition has been introduced and Joyce reported on the quiz night between the Motherwell and Wishaw club and Larkhall.

She said it was an enjoyable night and that, after much laughter and a close fought competition, Motherwell and Wishaw to go on to the next round.

The club held its charity night at Crosshill Parish Church hall on Friday when entertainment was provided by The Jolly Beggars.

This year is the 90th anniversary of Innerwheel and to mark the occasion the club will be raising funds to purchase a specially adapted bike for children with a disability.

There was a special raffle on the night with special prizes donated by local businesses.

The bike will be based at Strathclyde Country Park and will be available to children throughout the region.

Next month Olivia Giles will be the speaker at the club’s international charity night.

This will take place on the evening of Wednesday, April 9 - members should note the change of date.

Club members were asked for assistance at the fiddlers’ rally being held by the Rotary Club in Dalziel St Andrew’s Church Saturday.

The district rally will take place on Wednesday, May 28, at the Norton House Hotel, Edinburgh.

Floral Art Club

Motherwell Floral Art Club will meet at Crosshill Parish Church on Monday at 7.15pm.

Demonstrator for the evening will be Gill Garrow from Elgin and anyone who enjoys flowers and flower arranging is welcome to go along.

Membership fees remain at £32 and visitors’ fee is £5 with tea/coffee costing 50p.

Motherwell Probus Club

The blitz of Clydebank was the subject of the talk delivered to members of Motherwell Probus Club at their meeting last week.

Guest speaker was David Carson, an engineer who has spent most of his life in Clydebank and is chairman of the Clydebank Local History Society.

Members heard how, out of all the towns and cities targeted by the Luftwaffe during World War II, Clydebank was the most intensively bombed.

David told how the John Brown’s shipyards, Beardmore’s and the Singer munitions factory were all in danger of being obliterated when, on the night of March 13/14, 1941, 236 German aircraft based in France, Holland and Scandinavia dropped 20,000 high explosive bombs on Clydebank with the object of destroying the town’s war potential.

But he said that owing to the inaccuracy of bomb aiming at the time none of the establishments were badly damaged, the brunt of the bombardment being borne by the town’s citizens, of whom over 1,000 were killed or seriously injured with 20,000 houses levelled to the ground, leaving the bulk of the population homeless.

David then related the experiences of some of the inhabitants who, on their own initiative or as members of rescue teams trained before the air raids, performed acts of heroism among the hail of bombs to prevent further casualties.

A vote of thanks was proposed by past president Billy Davison.

The next meeting next Wednesday, March 19, will be addressed by John Bolton on ‘Test Flying and Engineering’.

Photographic Society

There was a large number of entries for the third print competition of the season at Motherwell Photographic Society last Thursday.

This included a particularly wide range of submissions in the beginners’ section.

Judging the prints was Libby Smith from Carluke who explained how she had gone about assessing the entries before commenting in detail on each photograph and awarding points out of 20.

In the beginners’ section the winner was Barry Nelson with “On the Bend”. Barry was also in third place with “Wonders of Childhood” and John Carrigan was in second place with “Bill”.

In the advanced portrait section “Fredau” by Brian Saberton was third, “Man in Green Scarf” by Margaret Dewar was second and the winner was “Power Girl”, by Brian Saberton.

In the advanced landscape and general section the winning print was “Rockface” by Charles McGill, Margaret Dewar was second with “Swan with Outstretched Wings” and Charles McGill was third with “Beached”,

The club members expressed their appreciation to Libby for her helpful and constructive comments on all the prints and for her encouragement for the beginners.

Tomorrow (Thursday) is a practical night and members are reminded to bring their cameras. The society meets every Thursday at 7.30pm in Holytown Community Centre. New members are welcome.

Motherwell & Wishaw Rotary Club

At the start of last Thursday’s meeting of the Rotary Club of Motherwell and Wishaw, president John McDonald paid a fitting and emotional tribute to Rotarian and past president Robert Crighton following his sudden death.

Members were advised that this year’s gala dinner will be held in the Fir Park Centenary Suite on Friday, April 25.

Rotarian James Gibbons reported that the recent bucket collection at the Motherwell v Hearts match had raised £625 which, along with other funds collected, would be distributed to a number of local charities at the end of the session.

Pupils from two local schools, Braidhurst High and Our Lady’s High, provided members with an interesting insight into their respective projects.

Braidhurst High rector Derrick Hannan introduced his two pupils Anzar Khan and Fraser McCormick.

Anzar, who came from Pakistan five and half years ago, let members know of his science experiences working on genetic DNA with the Nuffield Project. Anzar said he hopes to go to University to study medicine.

Fraser is a fifth year pupil and he shared his experience of last summer when he was in Zambia.

Through his church connections he, along with four other students, helped to build a multi-purpose hall for a college 150 miles from the capital Lusaka.

Fraser said it was winter in Zambia but the temperature was in the 30s and that he was in shorts whilst the locals were in their winter gear.

He said his eyes were opened when he visited a local maternity ward where he said the equipment was old and rusty.

Fraser also said he will definitely being doing similar work this summer.

Our Lady’s headteacher Kathleen Sinclair introduced her two sixth year pupils, school captain Stephen Ross and Sam Kelly.

Sam spoke about his experiences in Our Lady’s, particularly highlighting his sixth year which included experiences in Caritas and the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

He went on to tell the assembled audience about his plans to go to Africa to assist with a building project for young people for which he is currently fundraising.

Stephen also talked about his time in Our Lady’s and the expectations which the teachers have of their pupils.

He went on to describe Caritas, Duke of Edinburgh and his experience of volunteering in Bothwellpark High which is attached to Our Lady’s.

He then spoke of his visit to the CERN research facility in Switzerland where he enjoyed a very special behind the scenes tour of the expansive campus just outside of Geneva, getting the opportunity to visit many of the on-site experiments like ALICE and ATLAS and the Large Hadron Collider.

He told members he got the chance to conduct experiments too and had the privilege of speaking to many of the PhD students and professors, including several Nobel Prize winners, who work at CERN.

Each pupil was presented with a small token from the club in appreciation of their respective talks.

Rotarian Jim Robertson gave a comprehensive vote of thanks and said that it had been a pleasure to listen to the four young men who were a credit to their families and their respective schools.

Community group

A meeting of the Muirhouse and Flemington Community group will be held on Tuesday, March 18.

It will be held in Glassford Tower common room, starting at 7pm.

World Day of Prayer

A service for the World Day of Prayer was held at Crosshill Parish Church last Friday.

The service, with a theme of Streams in the Desert, was written by the Christian women of Egypt.

A large number of people attended the event which was led by the Crosshill minister the Rev Gavin Black and his parish assistant Ian Douglas with volunteers from many of the local churches in the supporting roles.

The World Day of Prayer movement was set up in 1910 when 400 women travelled to Edinburgh for the World Mission Conference.

The World Day of Prayer began with these women and is an ecumenical prayer movement which brings millions of people in over 100 countries together in a day of prayer each year.

The collection of £347 will be used to help support Christian societies which have projects in Egypt.

Crosshill Parish Church

With last Sunday being the first Sunday in Lent the Rev Gavin Black’s sermon was about The Temptation of Christ from Matthew’s Gospel chapter 4.

After her illness Lorna Fyfe was welcomed back by the congregation in her role as student lay reader and she gave the prayers of Adoration and Confession as well as the Thanksgiving and Intercession prayer.

From tomorrow (Thursday) at 7pm Crosshill Parish Church congregational development officer Ian Douglas will lead the first session in a four week Bible study course on Lent to which everyone is invited.

On Tuesday night members of the Guild were delighted to welcome Jim Irvine from Wishaw.

He invited members to join him in singing a varied selection of karaoke hymns and many old favourites and some new hymns were sung by members to the accompaniment of beautiful tunes.

The enjoyment of the evening was added to by watching lovely slides of places, some well-known and others not so well-known in Scotland, which accompanied the presentation.

The pancakes-a-plenty coffee morning for Christian Aid raised £683.

The Friday Fellowship will have a musical afternoon with Peter Elder starting at 1.45pm.

On Sunday the Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated at the morning and afternoon services which begin at 10am and 3pm respectively.

The retiral offering at both services will be for the World Mission Council’s campaign for justice for Bangladeshi garment workers.

The Girls’ Brigade is organising a sponsored games night which will take place next Thursday, March 20.

Proceeds from the event will go to company funds and all donations will be welcome. Any potential sponsors should contact officers.

The congregational annual business meeting will be held at the church immediately after morning worship on Sunday, March 23.


Newarthill and Carfin Parish Church

Spaces are available for members and volunteers at the Semi-Housebound Group based at Newarthill and Carfin Parish Church.

Volunteers take people out on a coach trip once a month from March to June and from August to November.

The trips take place generally on the last Monday of those months if it doesn’t coincide with a bank holiday.

Pick-up is from the members’ home address where possible and there are facilities for wheelchair users provided they have a carer to push their chair or if the chair is self propelled.

Carers are also welcome to accompany individuals who require assistance with their personal care. Membership at this time is restricted to the village of Newarthill.

Anyone who is interested in joining the group, either as a volunteer or member, should contact Carole Hendry on 01698 861990.

Mission Boxes will be dedicated and counted on Sunday, March 16.

Anyone with a box should take it along on the day or give it to a district office bearer to bring for counting.

The Carfin Crafty Kids Club are holding a cupcake coffee morning on Saturday, from 10am to noon, to raise funds for Yorkhill Hospital.

Tickets are £2 each and available from any helper - Angela Cummings, Jean Ellis or Margaret Ellis - or at the door on the day.

There will also be a tombola stall and all donations will be greatly appreciated.

The guests for the Church Club’s closing social, on Thursday, March 20, at 7.30pm, will be the St John Singers.

The concert will take place in the church before all move into the large hall for tea.

Tickets are available from committee members and are priced £3. Donations of home baking will be very welcome.

Newarthill Bowling Club

Newarthill Bowling Club’s annual general meeting will take place next Wednesday, March 19.

The meeting will start at 7pm prompt.


Club agm

Uddingston Cricket and Sports Club’s agm will take place at the clubhouse next Thursday, March 20.

The meeting will begin at 6.30pm prompt.

Probus Club

At Uddingston Probus Club’s recent meeting, President Tim Rhind welcomed Professor Daniel Gorman, recently retired from Strathclyde University.

He spoke on the life and work of James Clerk Maxwell, famous Scottish mathematician and theoretical physicist .

The club’s next meeting is on Thursday, March 20 when Jenny Noble will speak on ‘Lanarkshire Cinemas’.


Supporters’ club

The Tannochside Rangers Supporters’ Club bus for Saturday’s game with Dunfermline will leave at 11am.

Members and friends should note the early kick-off time of 12.45pm.

Names are now being taken for the Ramsden’s Cup final and members and friends who have tickets should let the secretary know as soon as possible.


Philatelic Society

Guest speaker John Gavin, of the Caledonian Philatelic Society in Glasgow, gave two displays to the members last Friday.

He began with ‘Bruun’ and gave a wonderful display of stamps, postcards, covers, miniature sheets, posters, Christmas cards and bank notes designed by Finnish graphic designer Erik Bruun, who even today, at age 88, is still designing items.

Members heard that in 1985 that he designed his first stamps and thereafter designed many beautiful stamps on variable subjects.

Many of these designs were later issued on packs of playing cards. He also designed posters on differing subjects and one, showing a humorous ringed Saimaa Seal, is now the emblem of the Finnish Association for Nature conservation.

After the break there was a quite different display on ‘Norden’ - this is the Nordic name for the North European Region consisting of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and, from 1973, also Åland, Faroes and Greenland.

Member Brian Dow led members in giving thanks for such colourful and interesting displays.

The next meeting will take place at the Caledonian Bowling Club, Motherwell Road, Hamilton, on Friday, April 4, at 7.30 pm when members look forward to welcoming visitors from the Border Philatelic Society.

Anyone with an interest in stamps, postal history or postcards is very welcome to attend. For more details of the society’s programme visit www.lanarkshireps.co.uk.