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Wishaw Ex-ser­vice­men’s Club En­ter­tain­ment for mem­bers and friends be­gins in the club with cash bingo in the Tar­tan lounge on Fri­day and Sun­day nights. Satur­day sees a pri­vate func­tion be­ing held in the lounge. How­ever, ev­ery­one can en­joy a game of cash bingo in the Tar­tan lounge. The main hall and up­stairs lounge are avail­able to hire for a va­ri­ety of func­tions, in­clud­ing 18th and 21st birth­day par­ties. A hall dress­ing ser­vice is also avail­able to book, in­clud­ing cake and bal­loon pack­ages. For more in­for­ma­tion on any of the above, tele­phone 01698 373371 or join the club’s Face­book page. Houldsworth Bowl­ing Club The func­tion room will be closed this Satur­day, Septem­ber 2, but the lounge will open as nor­mal. There will also be some fi­nals be­ing played at the club on Satur­day, from 2pm. South Wishaw Parish Church Wed­nes­days mid-week ser­vice con­tin­ues today at 12 noon. The wor­ship ser­vice on Sun­day at 11am will be con­ducted by Rev Terry Mo­ran, with communion ser­vices held in the church on Sun­day at 11am and 3.30pm. Please note the change of time for the af­ter­noon ser­vice. Cof­fee morn­ing is be­ing held for Macmil­lan Nurses this Satur­day, Septem­ber 2, be­tween 10am and 12 noon. All are wel­come to come along and sup­port this great cause. Now Church ser­vice will be held this Sun­day, Septem­ber 3, at 2pm with lunch for at­ten­dees at 1pm. Au­di­tions for the joint St Mark’s and South Wishaw churches pan­tomime will take place in South Wishaw Church on Sun­day at 5pm. A Ses­sion meet­ing is be­ing held on Mon­day, Septem­ber 2, at 8.15pm. Wed­nes­day Wel­come re­sumes next Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 6, at 1.30pm. The God ques­tion: sci­ence or God or both is be­ing de­bated in the church, start­ing next Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 6, and will con­tinue for the fol­low­ing six weeks at 7.15pm. Tea and cof­fee will be served at 7.30pm. All are wel­come to come along. La­nark­shire Fam­ily His­tory So­ci­ety will hold their show in Mother­well Con­cert Hall this Satur­day, Septem­ber 2, from 9.30am to 4.30pm. The show is be­ing or­gan­ised by vol­un­teers from the So­ci­ety and has be­come a reg­u­lar event in the ge­neal­ogy cal­en­dar, and ap­peals to ev­ery­one with an in­ter­est in fam­ily his­tory and local her­itage. T here will be four key­note speak­ers, in­clud­ing ge­neal­o­gist Chris Pa­ton, Dr Irene O’Brien of Glas­gow’s City Archives, Ruth Wash­brook of the Na­tional Li­brary of Scot­land’s Mov­ing Im­age Ar­chive, and Sharon Pa­ton, whose talk will be on the life of the Duke of Hamil­ton’s es­tate dur­ing the 18th cen­tury. Fam­ily his­tory so­ci­eties through­out Scot­land will also be at­tend­ing, as well as local mu­se­ums in­clud­ing Coat­bridge’s Sum­mer­lee Mu­seum of Scot­tish In­dus­trial Life, New La­nark Mill, and Friends of Low Parks Mu­seum. Or­gan­i­sa­tions tak­ing part will in­clude North La­nark­shire Archives, Mother­well Her­itage Cen­tre, La­nark­shire Yeo­manry Group, Friends of Cam­bus­nethan Pri­ory, and Shotts His­tory Group. Pro­fes­sional ge­neal­o­gists from the Scot­tish Ge­neal­ogy Net­work will join mem­bers of La­nark­shire FHS and Fam­i­lySearch in the ‘Ask the Ex­perts’ area to of­fer free oneto-one ad­vice. Spe­cial­ist help will also be avail­able on Ir­ish and mil­i­tary re­search. En­try costs £2 per per­son, with talks cost­ing £4 each. Chil­dren un­der 12 will be ad­mit­ted with a pay­ing adult. In­for­ma­tion about tick­ets and lists of ex­hibitors can be found on the show’s web­site at http://lfhsshow.wee­bly.com/. La­nark­shire FHS will hold their first meet­ing of the new sea­son in the GLO Cen­tre, Mother­well on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 14, at 7pm. The speaker will be Harry Doyle, who will talk about Ad­mi­ral Thomas Cochrane, the 10th Earl of Dun­don­ald and his con­nec­tions to Hamil­ton. The So­ci­ety will be hold­ing its sec­ond monthly drop-in ses­sions in the Com­mu­nity Room at Tesco’s Air­drie Re­tail Park on Mon­day, Septem­ber 11, from 7pm to 9pm. Mem­bers and non-mem­bers are invited to call in for as­sis­tance and ad­vice on re­search­ing their fam­ily his­tory. Breath Easy Clyde Val­ley group of­fers sup­port for peo­ple who suf­fer from any form of chronic ob­struc­tive pul­monary dis­ease (COPD) and their car­ers. This group is af­fil­i­ated with the Bri­tish Lung Foun­da­tion and pro­vides ad­vice and in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to living with a lung dis­ease. Their next meet­ing will be held in the Wishawhill Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on Low Main Street (next to Wishaw Golf Club) on Septem­ber 7, at 12pm. It is a friendly and in­for­mal group and meets over tea, cof­fee and bis­cuits. Meet­ings are free and all are wel­come. Ro­tary Club Past pres­i­dent Bill McCal­lum was the fi­nal speaker for the Ro­tary Club of Mother­well and Wishaw’s sum­mer ses­sion and chose the Clyde pad­dle steam­ers used dur­ing World War Two as his sub­ject. Twelve Clyde-based pad­dle steam­ers were req­ui­si­tioned in 1939 and orig­i­nally formed into six mine sweep­ing flotil­las, the sev­enth to the 12th. The sev­enth con­tain­ing seven ves­sels was based on Rosyth and the 11th with five ves­sels was based in Greenock. By 1943, this had been re­duced to one flotilla of three ves­sels based on Gran­ton, near Ed­in­burgh, and a fur­ther two em­ployed on train­ing du­ties. The re­main­ing pad­dler steamer had been con­verted to aux­il­iary AA ves­sels, known as ‘Ea­gle’ ships or were used as ac­com­mo­da­tion ships. Pad­dle mine sweep­ers were orig­i­nally armed with a 12 AA gun for­ward and sev­eral light AA pieces else­where, used for their own de­fence. HMS Mer­cury with her fel­low four ves­sels was based at Ar­drossan, on the Clyde in the 11th flotilla. In the mid 1940s it con­sisted of HMS Goat­fell, HMS Helvel­lyn, HMS Jeanie Deans, HMS Mer­cury, and HMS Scawfell. Ar­drossan was also the home port for other units and the base sup­port ship was HMS For­ti­tude. The flotilla moved around the coun­try and sup­ported other flotil­las to clear mine fields as nec­es­sary. In 1940, the flotilla moved south to sweep the Chan­nel and sup­port the Dunkirk evac­u­a­tions, af­ter which they tran­sited west, op­er­at­ing for a pe­riod at Port­land. Ka­t­rina Gibbons thanked Bill for his in­ter­est­ing pre­sen­ta­tion and talk. The pi­geon derby win­ners were Jim Robertson, An­drew Mur­ray and Peter Cle­land with Gor­don Me­gahy pick­ing up the weekly bonus ball. Dalziel St An­drew’s Parish Church There will be two ser­vices of wor­ship held in the church this Sun­day, at 11am and 6.30pm. All sec­tions of the Sun­day school, Fu­sion group, and crèche wel­come chil­dren at the morn­ing ser­vice, which is also avail­able live via the web­site (dalziel­stan­drews.org. uk) and for catch-up on later on You Tube. The ser­vice in­cludes Bri­tish Sign Lan­guage (BSL) sign­ing and elec­tronic note tak­ing to as­sist those who are deaf or hard of hear­ing. In ad­di­tion, all are wel­come to come along and wel­come baby Amelia into the church fam­ily when she is bap­tised dur­ing the morn­ing ser­vice. The evening ser­vice will be a spe­cial songs of praise event with hymns be­ing signed by the church’s reg­u­lar sign­ers, as well as some of its own mem­bers who have been learn­ing BSL. Re­fresh­ments will be avail­able in the hall af­ter this ser­vice. The first messy church event of the au­tumn will be held in the church next Sun­day, Septem­ber 10. The event will start at 3.30pm, with re­fresh­ments served and ac­tiv­i­ties for the kids in­clud­ing games, crafts con­clud­ing with a meal at 5pm. There will be no charge made for at­ten­dance. Those in­tend­ing on com­ing along are asked to regis­ter on the church’s web­site. Youth or­gan­i­sa­tions are now ac­tive again fol­low­ing their sum­mer break. The Mon­day and Wed­nes­day prayer groups re­sume at 7.30pm and 1pm re­spec­tively and ex­ist­ing and new mem­bers are wel­come. This year’s harvest thanks­giv­ing will be an all age ser­vice on Sun­day, Septem­ber 17. Do­na­tions will go to help the work of the Tear Fund char­ity, who has, for many years, as­sisted the world’s poor­est peo­ple. All are wel­come.


Cam­bus­nethan Club En­ter­tain­ment be­gins with so­cial danc­ing in the con­cert hall plus cash bingo on Thurs­days and cabaret and danc­ing plus bingo on Fri­days. Satur­day sees cabaret and danc­ing in

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