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Items of news for in­clu­sion in the Shotts news sec­tion should be emailed to dins­[email protected]­ or can be phoned in to 01501 825294 on a Thurs­day evening be­fore 9pm. Calder­head High School par­ent coun­cil have their next meet­ing on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 6, at 6pm. If you are a par­ent or guardian of a pupil, you can come along and ob­serve one of their meet­ings. The par­ent coun­cil also have a Twit­ter ac­count “@Calder­headpc” and the min­utes of meet­ings can be found on the school’s web­site. Gala day If you shop on­line, you can now do­nate to next year’s gala day event by us­ing the fol­low­ing link www.easy­fundrais­ shotts­gal­a­day/. 3rd Shotts Scout Group The scout hall at 100 Ben­har Road, Shotts, is avail­able for any or­gan­i­sa­tions in the com­mu­nity to use. Re­quests to do so should be made to Mrs Mary Lees (group scout leader) on 01501 821658. EU Con­gre­ga­tional Church is open for prayers and re­flec­tion on Wed­nes­days from 11am, with a short ser­vice at 11.30am till noon. There is soup, tea and chat in the hall from noon till 1pm. The Sun­day morn­ing ser­vice is at 11.30am and the Sun­day evening ser­vice is at 6.30pm. Singing group meets on Tues­day nights at 7pm. Sal­va­tion Army Corps Tonight’s Youth Con­nec­tion meet­ing is from 6pm till 8pm. On Thurs­days, the tod­dlers’ group gath­ers at 9.30am and the prayer meet­ing is held at 7pm. Fri­day Club is at 5.45pm fol­lowed by the Jam Club at 6.45pm. The Sun­day morn­ing meet­ing is at 10.45am, and is led by Lieu­tenant Amy-jo Bat­tersby. On Tues­day, the friend­ship club meets from 1pm till 3pm. The tod­dlers’ Christ­mas party will be on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 13, at 9.30am. Any­one plan­ning to go along to this event should con­tact the group. The Christ­mas carol ser­vice will be on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 16, at 5pm with car­ols, a na­tiv­ity and mince pies. The Watch­night ser­vice will be on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 24, at 8pm with car­ols by can­dle­light. To stay up-to-date with any up­com­ing events, visit their Face­book page for more in­for­ma­tion. Bon Ac­cord Club On Satur­day Tracey Mitchell is in the lounge from 9pm. Bingo is played at 8pm on Wed­nes­day and Fri­day and 10pm on Satur­day. Odette Clark will be in the lounge on De­cem­ber 8. There will be a box­ing show in the club on De­cem­ber 14. The next night will see Sue Cas­sidy en­ter­tain­ing. Frankie B will be in the club on De­cem­ber 22 while the Christ­mas cracker with Liz Sloan will be held on De­cem­ber 29. The Hog­manay party is now sold out with en­ter­tain­ment be­ing pro­vided by Take 2. 32 So­cial Club En­ter­tain­ment for mem­bers and guests is as fol­lows: On Fri­day, De­cem­ber 9, the an­nual prize bingo event is at 7.30pm, for eyes down at 8pm. Tick­ets are now on sale for the fes­tive spe­cial with danc­ing to High Def­i­ni­tion on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 15. Lodge St John 471 have their next reg­u­lar meet­ing on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 14, at 7.30pm in the Or­ange hall. Com­mu­nity coun­cil meets on the first Mon­day of the month in the com­mu­nity cen­tre in Kirk Road at 7.30pm. Mem­bers of the pub­lic are wel­come to at­tend these meet­ings. See the group on Face­book at Shotts Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, or ask to be added to their email­ing list to be kept up-to-date on any up­com­ing events. Slimming group has classes ev­ery Wed­nes­day at 9.30am, 5.30pm and 7.30pm in Epic Stu­dios, Shottskirk Road (above Lad­brokes at Dyke­head Cross). For more in­for­ma­tion about School kids helped the coun­cil’s deputy leader open a new play area in Mother­well.

Coun­cil­lor Paul Kelly of­fi­cially opened the new fa­cil­ity at the Duchess of Hamil­ton Park helped by pupils from Cathe­dral and Glen­cairn Pri­mary School’s as well as rep­re­sen­ta­tives of lo­cal ac­tion groupthe Friends of Duchess of Hamil­ton Park.

The play area fea­tures a great range of equip­ment in­clud­ing a climbing the classes, con­tact Jac­que­line on 07492065611. Ev­ery­one wel­come. Art­skool is an ex­cit­ing project for chil­dren and adults alike. It of­fers art classes for all ages. Mon­days from 6pm to 7.30pm is for eight to 11-year-olds, Tues­days from 10.30am to 12 noon is for adults, with a class for four to seven-year-olds at 6pm till 7.30pm. On Wed­nes­days from 6pm till 7.30pm, there is a class for ages 12 and over. Ad­di­tional classes can be sched­uled based on de­mand. For more in­for­ma­tion or to join a class, call Clau­dia on 07913947778. St Pa­trick’s Fur­ni­ture Project (Shotts) Why not give the project a visit? Ev­ery­one is wel­come. The project’s thrift shop at 261 Sta­tion Road is open Mon­days, Tues­days, Thurs­days, and Fri­days, from 10am till 3pm, and the ware­house at 100 Calder­head Road is open Mon­day to Fri­day, from 9.30am till 4pm. For more in­for­ma­tion on any of the above, con­tact the project on 01501 821187. Calder­head Ersk­ine Church The kirk ses­sion has now ap­pointed Rev Iain Mur­doch as locum min­is­ter for Shotts Calder­head Ersk­ine Par­ish church of Scot­land. If any mem­ber of the con­gre­ga­tion or par­ish wishes the help of a min­is­ter or re­quires a lis­ten­ing ear, please con­tact Iain Mur­doch on 01555 773891; 07887 595498 (mo­bile) or email iainc­mur­[email protected]­ Do also let him know of any­one who is sick at home or in hos­pi­tal. Ser­vices at Calder­head Ersk­ine church are at 11am ev­ery Sun­day in Shotts, and 12.30pm in Al­lan­ton. Al­lan­ton lights switch on cer­e­mony will take place in the vil­lage at 6.30pm on De­cem­ber 2. A ser­vice of lessons and car­ols is on De­cem­ber 23, at 11am in Shotts, and in Al­lan­ton at 12.30pm. Watch­night ser­vice will be held the fol­low­ing day on De­cem­ber 24, at 11.15pm. Yoga A new yoga class has started in Shotts com­mu­nity cen­tre on Wed­nes­days at 6.30pm. Each class costs £7. All wel­come. Iron­works Bowl­ing Club Satur­day sees bingo and danc­ing to Bill Mcfar­lane, with danc­ing to Vicky Grant the fol­low­ing week on De­cem­ber 8; en­try £1.50. The New Year’s Eve party event is on De­cem­ber 31, with danc­ing to Sat­is­fac­tion and in­cludes pie and peas at a cost of £6. unit, five way swings, a rope end swing and ca­ble run­way.

A sep­a­rate equipped area al­lows the youngest chil­dren to play safely along­side ev­ery­one else.

Coun­cil­lor Kelly said: “This fa­cil­ity is a great ex­am­ple of what we can achieve work­ing in part­ner­ship with our com­mu­ni­ties to im­prove our lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment.

“A spe­cial men­tion should be made to the Friends of Duchess of Hamil­ton Park who have worked con­tin­u­ously over many years to bring the park to life for the en­joy­ment of all.” Christ­mas lights switch on cer­e­mony held in the vil­lage last week­end proved to be an­other a great suc­cess. There were a great va­ri­ety of stalls full of fes­tive goods pro­vided by mem­bers of the lo­cal groups in the com­mu­nity. Santa was also there on the day and his sack was full of gifts for the chil­dren who vis­ited his grotto. The or­gan­is­ers would like to sin­cerely thank ev­ery­one who worked so hard to make it such a mem­o­rable day, as well as those who at­tended this year’s event.

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