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South Wishaw Par­ish Church All Wed­nes­day ac­tiv­i­ties con­tinue today (Wed­nes­day) with prayer and life group, at 10am and 10.45am re­spec­tively. The mid-week ser­vice at 12 noon will be fol­lowed by lunch. Wed­nes­day Wel­come starts at 1.30pm and will be a film af­ter­noon this week. The Faith Mis­sion meet­ings in Wishaw Old Par­ish Church con­tinue un­til Fri­day evening, and starts at 7.30pm. Shar­ing Cir­cle meets on Thurs­days, at 1.30pm. Satur­day cafe­te­ria is held, at 11am to 2pm. Duty teams have ar­ranged the Christ­mas fayre at the church this Satur­day, Novem­ber 18, at 11am to 2pm. A large num­ber of stalls will be avail­able as well as Santa’s grotto and a home bak­ing stall. The Satur­day cafe­te­ria will also be in op­er­a­tion, be­tween 11am and 2pm, where the usual wide range of items will be on the menu. Ad­mis­sion to the fayre is £1 (payable at the door) and in­cludes a free mug of tea from the cafe­te­ria. The ser­vice on Sun­day morn­ing, at 11am, will be con­ducted by Rev Terry Mo­ran. The Once a Month club for P1 to P7 chil­dren next meets this Sun­day, Novem­ber 19, at 2pm when a full length fea­ture film will be shown on the big screen in the church hall. This club is open to all chil­dren in the ap­pro­pri­ate age group and is free of charge. The Guild meets on Mon­day, Novem­ber 20 for a cof­fee evening, start­ing at 7.30pm. En­ter­tain­ment will be pro­vided by Cam­bus­nethan North Church Choir; tick­ets, priced £3, are avail­able from the church. The next Prayer for Re­vival meet­ing will be held on Fri­day, Novem­ber 24, at 8pm in South Wishaw church. Ro­tary Club Pres­i­dent Andrew Mur­ray in­tro­duced Mah­noor Camp­bell as the club’s guest speaker. Mah­noor and her friends had par­tic­i­pated in the three C Chal­lenge, which for the last three years has been or­gan­ised by the Ro­tary club of Mother­well and Wishaw. Mah­noor’s husband orig­i­nally comes from the Isle of Lewis and the cou­ple have two boys. She grew up in Pak­istan and was not al­lowed to own or ride a bike. How­ever, once she moved to Glas­gow and saw so many women cy­cling in the city she de­cided that she wanted to learn to give her a sense of free­dom. It was then that she saw a news item on Scot­tish tele­vi­sion, where Cy­cling Scot­land had or­gan­ised a ses­sion to teach older women how to ride a bike. Mah­noor said that she was over­joyed and the year she turned 40, she met Andy Dunn from Scot­tish Cy­cling Net­work who in less than an hour had taught her how to ride a bike. From then on she prac­tised reg­u­larly un­til she was able to ride ef­fort­lessly. Now she tries to en­cour­age, en­tice and in­spire other women in her com­mu­nity to share her plea­sure for cy­cling. The Pedal for Scot­land 2015 event was par­tic­u­larly sig­nif­i­cant for Mah­noor. When she signed up for the event she thought she would be tak­ing part with her husband. But in the months af­ter reg­is­tra­tion, he was di­ag­nosed with can­cer and had to un­dergo treat­ment at the time of the ride and was un­able to com­pete. Mah­noor considered can­celling the event but had raised funds for char­ity, and en­cour­aged by her friends and col­leagues, she de­cided to go it alone. She man­aged to com­plete the ride with­out in­ci­dent and made her way back home safe which she said was the big­gest achieve­ment of her life to date. She car­ries her bike in her car for most of the way to work. On oc­ca­sions, she does a part com­mute by bike and takes groups out on rides. She said that her dream rides are spent with friends or her husband on day trips around the coun­try. Mah­noor mainly works with eth­nic mi­nor­ity women and chil­dren, par­tic­u­larly Mus­lim women, to try to break down bar­ri­ers and give them

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