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CORRESPONDENT - Margaret Young has given up as our correspondent for Abington. We would like to thank her for her work on behalf of the Gazette. In future, village news can be given to Mr Robert Tweedie, 5 Colebrooke Terrace, tel. 01864 502351.

WINNERS - Winners of the rural's Christmas competition to guess the Chistmas carols were: 1 Mrs Hazel Sharpe, 2 Mrs B Walker, Auldgirth, Dumfries.

WRI - President Mrs Tweedie welcomed a good turn out of ladies to Abington WRI's opening meeting of 2006 in the village hall last Tuesday evening. As the scheduled speaker Dr Flowerdew had to cancel, the rural is indebted to Catherine White who came along and talked about her new career in making jewellery. Catherine had a lovely display of some of her work, especially her wedding jewellery and vice-president Mrs Harvie thanked Catherine for her excellent talk and demonstration in her vote of thanks. Competition winners: marmalade 1 Mrs M Currie, 2 Mrs L Cowan; pill box 1 Mrs L Cowan, 2 Mrs I Taylor. Hostess was Mrs L Cowan and helpers.


WRI - Following an article in the Lanark Gazette dated January 12 sent in by Auchengray WRI announcing that Margaret and Elizabeth Main had cancelled their commitment to demonstrate at the January meeting, Margaret and Elizabeth Main would like to make it clear that this was not a last minute cancellation. Margaret phoned and postponed this demonstration over a month previously, due to Elizabeth now studying for an HNC on Tuesday and Thursday nights plus working full-time. Margaret, who was to assist her, also had to honour work commitments. It was arranged to have the demonstration rescheduled when convenient. Margaret and Elizabeth apologise for any inconvenience this has caused and would like to reassure any other parties that bookings will be honoured as normal.


EVERGREENS - The members enjoyed a few games of beetle at the opening meeting of the new session. The competition was won by Mrs Mary McCamon and Mrs Betty Robertson. The next meeting is on January 23 when the competition will be a key ring.

MEN'S CLUB - At Biggar Kirk Men's Club meeting on January 12 'The story behind the picture' was the theme of Scottish Farmer photographer Mr Neil Robertson in his address. Neil gave members an entertaining and informative account of his experiences as photographer to the journal over the past 30 years. He regarded his job as fulfilling a lifetime ambition and went on to give a fascinating insight to his experiences and techniques involved in achieving the perfect photograph. Neil spoke of personal risk from aggressive animals - and on occasions from their owners! - low-flying crop-spraying helicopters, being perched high on cranes for a good view of a bungee jumper, and on a make-shift ladder arrangement to orchestrate three combine harvesters, all in the name of securing a good front page cover. Moreover Neil gave account of ploys used to get close to his subjects including some Royals, and techniques used to hold the attention of children and animals. All the above was evidenced through prize-winning exhibits of portraits and front page cover photographs. Neil touched on the use of digital photography and the ease by which the required photograph can be made up from two or more photographs. This gave rise to discussion during a lively question time. Mr Neil McKenzie gave a well deserved vote of thanks. Members were reminded of the next meeting on January 26, when the speaker will be Mr Sandy Gilchrist who will be recalling his visit to the South Island of New Zealand. On this evening the club will be welcoming the ladies from the Guild. President Bill Whiteside advised club members of the invitation to take part in Biggar's annual quiz on Friday evening, January 27, and asked members willing to take part to contact him as soon as possible.

CAMERA CLUB - The new season started with the usual portrait night. This year it was somewhat unusual as the lighting expert was unable to come. This meant a lot of trial and error in sorting out the various lights and reflectors. However with much hilarity they managed to get things set up, with no disasters, and a pleasant night followed; thanks to all. The next meeting is the return visit of Jessie Graham from Lesmahagow Photographic Society who will continue to share her expertise on digital photography. For new digital camera users, this is a night not to be missed.

PROBUS CLUB - President John Lindsay welcomed 60 members and their guests to lunch on January 10 at the Tinto Hotel. After a convivial reception and excellent lunch the president introduced the chief guest, Jack Webster, the distinguished journalist and author. Mr Webster gave an amusing and extremely interesting overview of his life from his birth and upbringing in Maud, Buchan, in Aberdeen. Recovering from a heart condition in his youth he was also to conquer a speech stammer in his 50s. Despite ejection from his local school at the age of 14 he joined the Turriff Advertiser and completed his career in journalism via the Aberdeen Journals, the Express Group and the Herald. As a feature writer he travelled widely, interviewing many celebrities from Charlie Chaplin, Paul Getty and Bing Crosby. Jack Webster also became a prolific writer. He wrote a number of biographies such as that of Alistair McLean, and ghosted a number of autobiographies including Mohammed Ali. He is currently working on the history of Aberdeen. A sincere vote of thanks was given by junior vice-president John Pratt.

ROTARY CLUB - President Ted Gordon introduced Ann Ipgrave from Douglas West as the speaker for the first meeting of the year. Ann's topic was the charity Remar UK, which recently set up its first base in Scotland at the old school in Douglas West. The charity originated in Spain. Its name comes from the Spanish 'Rehabitacion de Marginados', and operates in over 50 countries worldwide, many of which are in the third world. Remar's work is based on Christian principles, aiming to provide moral, cultural, material and spiritual help to those at the margins of society, such as drug addicts, alcoholics, ex offenders and their families. The rehabilitation and social help programme is free and includes accommodation in community house centres. As well as the rehabilitation process, the people learn practical skills which are not only useful while they are at Remar, but in their own lives. Another important project is to collect products like non-perishable food, clothing and furniture and send them to third world countries. They also run charity shops and it is hoped to open one soon in Hamilton. Remar has specific centres for the street children in Brazil and Guatemala, runs mobile food centres principally for children in Africa, but also in prisons where many can actually die of starvation. About 20 schools are operated in Africa with many of the pupils coming from the charity's community homes. Although Remar is a Christian based charity no distinction is made in any of its activities, and the majority of its workers are volunteers, many of whom have been helped by the charity in the past. Leonard Gray gave the vote of thanks.

SNOOKER CLUB - At the January 9 sweep night 19 members turned up, runners-up B Stewart and S Ferguson Snr. The final was between Gordon Kennedy and George Martin, Gordon coming away the winner; highest break 33 G Kennedy. Competitions are well underway: snooker 'A' A Struthers beat S Erskine 4-0, handicap competition S Ferguson Snr beat D Nelson 4-1, G Sneddon beat S Erskine 4-0, S Muir beat B Stewart 4-3, G Martin beat A Lindsay 4-3; pool competition S Ferguson Snr beat S Ferguson Jnr, A Lindsay beat G Kennedy. The bonus ball is a rollover. For snooker ring 01899 221878.

INDOOR BOWLS - Biggar Indoor Bowling Club's results of games played on January 11: Alpha 10 Crossford 'A' 8, Beta 9 Crossford 'B' 6, Alpha 1 Crossford 'B' 10, Beta 6 Crossford 'A' 13. On Monday, February 20 there will be an inter-club rinks competition at Lanark, 11am start.

PRIMARY SCHOOL - Well done to Catriona, Emma, Amy, Elaine and the school for raising 300 mugs of money and 35 phones for Blue Peter! Netball is starting on Monday after school for P5s and Tuesday lunch time for P6 and 7s. Cross country training has started this week for P5, P6 and P7. The PTA has organised a family ceilidh night on Friday, January 20, 7pm at the Municipal Hall. Tickets are on sale now from the school office, and the cost is 12 (two adults and three children). The Burns competition is in the school on Wednesday, January 18. The winners will perform at the ceilidh on Friday. By Fearn Barrie and Tony Tse.

WHIST CLUB - Winners on Saturday, January 7: ladies 1 Pam Dunn, 2 Sally Sneddon, consolation Anne Steele; gents 1 Stan Brown, 2 John Frame, consolation Matt Sneddon; raffles Sandy Jenkins, Pam Dunn, Jimmy Swan, Nan Steele.

BOWLING CLUB - Monday afternoon bowls: J Campbell & M Swan; Tuesday carpet bowls J Stewart, A Dalgleish, D Pottinger & J Todd; dominoes J Stewart. A management committee meeting will be held on Thursday, January 26 at 7.30pm.

MEAL - On Monday, January 9, 28 Biggar Bowling Club senior members enjoyed a three course meal, provided by John McFarlane Caterers, Carluke. Thanks to South Lanarkshire Council Corporate Resources who kindly gave a grant towards this.

MASONIC NEWS - The regular meeting on Thursday, January 19 will be a business one at 7.30pm. On Saturday, January 21 the annual meeting of office-bearers is at 5pm for the installation.


CHURCH - The start date of the second run of Christianity Explored has changed. It will now run from Wednesday, February 1 to Wednesday, March 29 (nine weeks) starting at 7.30pm, with a meal provided form 6.30pm. If you would like to be part of this group please put your name forward. Volunteers are needed to help in the kitchen.

REUNION - 'Christianity Explored' reunion will be held this Saturday, January 21 from 10am-3pm. This will be an opportunity for all those who took part recently in the 10 week course to come together to discuss the way forward.

BURNS SUPPER - Blackwood Victoria Bowling Club Burns Supper will take place in the clubhouse on Friday, February 3 at 7pm. The cost will be 7.50. Those wishing to attend should contact the club on 01555 893959 or Ian McRae on 01555 893682. This annual social evening is open to all interested to come along and have an enjoyable evening.

MASONIC NEWS - Lodge Nethan St John no.1290 held its regular meeting on Friday, January 13 in the Masonic Hall, Kirkmuirhill. RWM Bro Ronald Still presided and warmly welcomed the assembled brethren. After the business, the RWM and office-bearers of the Lodge proceeded to confer an emulation of the Fellowcraft Degree in a very instructive manner. The next regular meeting will be held on Friday, January 27 at 7.30pm; Fellowcraft Degree.

SUGAR ART - The Nethan Valley club's next meeting is on Friday, January 20 at 7.30pm in Brocketsbrae Hall, Lesmahagow. This is a 'hands on' evening and members are reminded to bring their toolboxes. Carol Cairns will be the demonstrator and the subject is 'Fun Night'; visitors welcome.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY - A meeting of the local Horticultural Society is being held tonight, Thursday, January 19, in Blackwood Hall. It is hoped to have a good turnout of members to discuss and plan for the 2006 flower show. Anyone interested in the work of the society is welcome.

BLOOD TRANSUFSION - The Blood Transfusion Unit will be at Kirkmuirhill Church on Wednesday, January 25 in the large hall. It is hoped that regular and new donors will come along to support this important work.

RAMBLERS - A walk is organised for the Ramblers on Saturday, January 28 leaving Kirkmuirhill Church car park at 10am.

BEREAVEMENT - The community was saddened to learn of the death of Jim Hunter's parents Jimmy and Sheena within days of each other. Jimmy died on December 25 and Sheena on January 2. There was a joint funeral service. Jim's parents died at Carluke. Jim lives at Vere Road with his wife Alice (Jackson) and was an only son. A caring and faithful son to his parents over the years, he will miss them both very much. Our thoughts and sympathy are with Jim, Alice and family.

PRIZE BINGO - There will be a prize bingo in aid of funds for the local pensioners on Monday, January 30 held in Lesmahagow Club. All prizes will be gratefully received for bingo and raffle. They can be handed in to Jessie Watson or Jenny Lyon at Swan Street. Grateful thanks to everyone who supports the fundraising events for the senior citizens, it is much appreciated.

ORGANISATIONS - Kirkmuirhill Church organisations have started up again after the Christmas holidays. Girls' and Boys' Brigade, Jucos, Covies, Guild, Wednesday afternoon Midweek Fellowship, House Bible Study groups all meet at the usual times and dates; Focus group to be arranged.

SERVICES - Kirkmuirhill Church services on Sunday are at 11am & 6.30pm with nursing home service at 10am, this week conducted by Mr Andrew Brown. Last Sunday morning Rev Ian Watson preached the first sermon in a series of sermons based on the last book of the Bible 'The Revelation of Jesus Christ', accompanied by a recommended commentary by Michael Wilcox's 'The Bible Speaks Today' series. A wonderful start to what will be a great series of sermons. The sermon at the evening service returned to the studies of the Gospel of Matthew. Prayer meeting is each Wednesday at 7.30pm, all interested are welcome to services and prayer meetings.

WRI - As the weather has been very dark and dreary over the past few weeks, why not give yourselves something to look forward to. Tuesday, February 14 is the Scotch Night. This is always an enjoyable, lively evening, so why not put it in your diary and plan to be there. Members and friends are all welcome; names to Elizabeth as soon as possible. The evening's competitions will be the best dressed potato and a chocolate sponge.


DOGS DIRT - Come on, folk of Braehead, do you realise that there is a fine for people allowing their dogs to foul the pavements? The state of Carnwath Road and the council gardens is a disgrace. Surely there are plenty of open spaces around the village, that dog fouling shouldn't be a problem. Poo bags and scrapers can be uplifted free at the Community Flat. Let's get the village tidied up now!


EVERYOUNG - The Everyoung Club held its first meeting of 2006 on Thursday, January 12 when the speaker was Loraine Swan who gave a very interesting talk on the work and care of the children at Stanmore House. The children are involved in many local activities including putting in an entry in the Lanimer procession. The next meeting will be a Burns celebration on Thursday, January 26 at 2pm.


DIARY - January 19: Out of Work, Focus Group, Town Hall, 7pm; 24: Children, Focus Group, Carnwath Primary School, 10.45am, Youth, Focus Group, Town Hall, 7pm; 26: 50+ group, Focus Group, Town Hall, 7pm; 31: Carnwath WRI bingo and raffle, Carnwath Bowling Club, 7.30pm, Local Business, Focus Group, The Robertson Arms Hotel, 7.30pm. February 2: Women, Focus Group, The Robertson Arms Hotel, 7.30pm; 7: Gala committee meeting, Town Hall, 7.30pm. June 24: Carnwath Children's Gala Day.

GALA MEETING - The next meeting of the Gala committee is on Tuesday, February 7 in the Town Hall at 7.30pm.

BLOOD - The Blood Transfusion Service has cancelled all dates for 2006 in the church hall due to the falling number of donors. They would like to thank everyone who helped them with the use of the hall.

KARATE - The Shinjutsu Karate Club has resumed after the New Year. The Carnwath group meets in the church hall on Sundays 6-8pm and in Forth recreation centre on Thursdays from 6pm. Contact Dougie on 01555 841022 for further information; new and old members welcome.

FOCUS GROUP - Carnwath Local Community Led Plan - Focus Groups - Our home, our people, our future, our pride. Can you help? I am looking to put together six different focus groups that will look from particular perspectives at our community. I need about 10 people for each focus group which will last approximately 1.5 hours in a relaxed comfortable environment with a cup of tea. If you would like to participate in one of the focus groups then please give me, Anne Knox, a ring on 07706 886830. The groups are as follows: Out of Work, 7pm, Thursday, January 19, Town Hall; Children (P1-7), 10.45am, Tuesday, January 24, Carnwath Primary School; Youth (11-18 years), 7pm, Tuesday, January 24, Town Hall; 50+ Group, 7pm, Thursday, January 26, Town Hall; Local Business, 7.30pm, Tuesday, January 31, The Robertson Arms Hotel; Women, 7.30pm, Thursday, February 2, The Robertson Arms Hotel. I would also like to hear the opinions of those who are currently working either locally or not, and of the men in the village - if you would like to help form one of these groups please contact me on 07706 886830. Anne Knox

CARNWATH WRI - At the January meeting of Carnwath Rural there was a good turnout of members in spite of the high winds and rain. The speaker was Anne Paris from Diabetes UK (Scotland). She spoke mainly about the various back-up groups that were available to help people who were having problems with their medication and day-to-day life. She also told of the various ways that funds were raised for these groups. The competition winners were: sweet suitable for a diabetic 1 Alice Cox, 2 Marion Roberts, 3 Hilda Porteous; pill box 1 Hilda Porteous, 2 Marion Roberts, 3 Frances Johnston. The next event is the annual fundraiser - a prize bingo and raffle in Carnwath Bowling Club on Tuesday, January 31 at 7.30pm for 8pm start. Donations for prizes will be very welcome. This is usually a fun night so come along and join in.

BOWLING CLUB - Ladies Monday night bowls winners F Allison & M Fulton, runners-up I Somerville & I Milne; dominoes winner F Allison, runner-up L Somerville; bonus ball January 11 number 11 winner J Dickison; Saturday night bowls winners C Howland & Senga, runners-up M Dornan & J Calder; dominoes winner J Calder, runner-up J McBratney. The ceilidh night on Friday, January 27 is sold out. The annual meeting of the lady members of the club will be held on Monday, January 30 at 7.30pm. The club's annual general meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 8 at 7.30pm. Bingo is on Friday and Saturday at 7.30pm. J Dickison won the 21 goal sweep. Two people shared the booby, Mrs F Allison and Caroline Scott.

CARNWATH 2000 - Carnwath 2000 would like to thank everyone who assisted them with new year celebrations at Sir John Mann Park. Special thanks to David Anderson and Donna Chisholm, the bonfire lighters. The committee would also like to thank everyone in the village who has supported it throughout the year and looks forward to their continued support in 2006.

CHURCH - Sunday services at Tarbrax and Carnwath Churches showed a continued improvement in the numbers of worshippers attending church on January 15. 'Komplete Kaios' has restarted at Tarbrax Church for the children who live at that end of this large parish, while at Carnwath the Sunday Club has also restarted its work with the children who live at the south end of the parish. Numbers attending Tarbrax Church increased to double the previous Sunday, and this is set to show a further increase on Sunday 22nd when there will be an adult believer's baptism. At Carnwath Church the numbers attending once again showed an increase over the previous Sunday - an encouraging start to the new year. Everyone enjoyed the children's 'Alleluia Chorus' accompaniment to the opening hymn 'Seek ye first the kingdom of God'. The Fellowship Corner reopened its doors on Sunday and will now be open each Sunday after church. It was a busy place to be last week, but we can always make room for more. A class for new communicants will start on Wednesday 25th in the manse in Carnwath at 7.30pm. Contact the minister, Rev Bev Gauld, 840259, for further details, or just come along on the night. The congregation is now using the new church hymnbook, 'CH4', and also has four copies of the large print edition available. There are many beautiful new hymns in the book of praise and we look forward to singing them in the days and weeks to come. The first meeting of the Congregational Board for 2006 will be on Thursday, January 26 at 7.30pm in Carnwath Church Hall.

FLAT - See Carstairs Junction news.


DOMINOES - Winners on January 11 were: 1 Mrs McIntosh, 2 Mrs Lauder, 3 Mrs Stokes, booby Mrs Brown.

CARSTAIRS AFC - It was a poor weekend with both clubs falling at the fourth hurdle in the Scottish Cup although only losing by the narrowest of margins. At Skinflats on Saturday against Carronshore AFC despite twice being in the lead through goals from Alki Thomson and Ian McBratney Monteith ended up losing 3-2. This weekend Monteith play a much awaited local derby away to Carluke Castlehill in the South of Scotland second round at Law Village.

Carstairs United were at home in another Scottish Cup fourth round tie, the farthest the club has ever got in this competition. A poor showing meant they lost out by 5-4 despite leading 1-0 through Jamie Mcilvaney and 2-1 through George McNab. An early second half collapse caused most of the problems and despite a second goal from McIlvaney from the penalty spot and a first of the season from the senior citizen of the club Chris Cowan these were merely consolation as it was too little too late. As yet Carstairs United do not know their fixture for this weekend.

WRI - President Mrs A Henderson welcomed a good turnout to the first meeting of the New Year on Wednesday, January 11 at 7.30pm. After a short business meeting, Alice introduced Marianne McNair from Serenity Health and Beauty in Carluke who spoke about all the different treatments on offer within her salon. Marianne then introduced nurse Eileen Thomson who gave an interesting talk on colonic hydrotherapy. Members thank South Lanarkshire Council for the grant for the Christmas dinner which this year was held in the Community Centre. The next meeting is on Wednesday, February 8 when Mr J Leonard is the speaker; competitions: holiday postcard, sun hat.

COMMUNITY CASH DRAW - Recent winners were: 30 Mrs Janice Stokes, Avenue Road, Rita Fraser, Carstairs Road; 10 Mr Campbell, Castledykes, Mary Cowan, Lime Walk.

CHURCH NEWS - The service of worship on Sunday was conducted by Rev Iain Goring. The Bible reading was taken from Joshua chapter 2. There will be a meeting for prayer on Wednesday, January 18 in the church library at 6.30pm. Next Sunday the service will be at the usual time of noon and will be conducted by Mr Goring.

GUILD - The next meeting of Carstairs Village Guild will be on Thursday, January 19 at 7.30pm. All are invited on that evening to the community centre to hear the speaker, Miss Anne Anderson from the UFM (Unevangelised Field Mission Worldwide).

FLAT - See Carstairs Junction news.

BINGO NIGHT - Carstairs Village Pre Five Group will be holding a family bingo night on January 20. Tickets, 1 for adults and 50p for children, including refreshments, are on sale now from any committee member or admission can be paid at the door on the night. Any prize or raffle gift donation would be gratefully appreciated and can be handed to any member or in to the playgroup.

PLAYGROUP - The playgroup has started its new fairytale theme this year. Children are having lots of fun acting out all their favourites in the playhouse and in the puppet theatre, as well as enjoying normal activities. Unfortunately the number of children attending has dropped over the last couple of weeks. Local children are urged to tell their parents/carers to bring them along. Anyone interested in joining the playgroup please come along to Carstairs Community Centre and see one of the play leaders on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday morning between 9.30-11.45am for more information. Mothers & Toddlers/babies is now running on a Friday.

YOUTH CLUB - The youth club has restarted in the Community Centre on a Monday night, age group: P7-S2 at 6.30-8pm and S3-18years 8-10pm. Parent helpers are needed to help out on a rota basis. Hopefully it will be just once a month. Anyone interested contact Violet Byers on 07708199453 or any other committee member.


COMMUNITY FLAT - Each Thursday from 2-3.30pm starting January 26 Routes to Work adviser Andrew Bicker will be available at the Carstairs Area Community Flat, 39 Coronation Street, Carstairs Junction. Andrew will be able to help with CVs, and interview techniques, and will be able to offer support in finding work locally. He will also have details of local job vacancies and short courses to learn employment related skills. On Friday, January 27, Karen Gillon MSP will hold a surgery at the flat from 2-3pm. Call in to speak to Karen about the NHS, education, transport and environmental issues. An Energy Advice surgery will be held at the flat on Thursday, February 2 from 1.45-3.45pm. Advice will be available on dampness, condensation, draughts, high fuel bills and energy saving.

BONUS BALL - Winner of the Community Association Bonus Ball who collected 40 was P Cardno, number 34.

CHURCH NEWS - Morning worship last Sunday, January 15 was conducted by Rev Ian Goring. Bible reading, from Joshua chapter 2, verses 1-16, was read by Mrs Barbara Kay. Hymns 40, 485 and 441 from the Church Hymnary and from Mission Praise 200 were sung. The service next Sunday will be at the usual time of 10.30am. With regard to The Way Ahead working group meetings, all meetings will take place in the Manse at 7.30pm as follows: Wednesday, January 25, Publicity; Tuesday, January 31, Pastoral Care; Thursday, February 9, All Age Service; Wednesday, February 15, Labyrinth; Wednesday, February 22, Alter Nativity.

CEILIDH - Carstairs Junction Parish Church is holding a ceilidh in the Community Hall on Friday, January 20 at 7pm, adult price 5, children 2, including a light supper. Do come along and enjoy the music of Jim Gold's Dance Band along with other entertainment. This is an important social and fundraising event. Tickets are available from any board member or pay at the door.

GUILD - Just a reminder of the meeting of the Guild tomorrow night, Thursday, January 19 at 7.30pm in the Community Centre, Carstairs Village. The speaker will be Miss Anne Anderson, UFM Worldwide (Unevangelised Field Mission). If you need transport speak to Margaret Aitken or Ina Milne.

TOTE DOUBLE - The winning numbers in Lodge Mauldslie's draw for January 10 were 13 and 15. J Greenock, Carstairs Junction was the winner with two winning tickets which collected 50.

BOWLS - The results of games played on Wednesday, January 11 were: winners W Letham, W Spence & J Duncan, runners-up F Harvie and J Machin.

AFTERNOON CLUB - Winner of the dominoes played on Tuesday was Mrs Agnes Bruce, booby Mrs Jenny Barrie. Winner of the dominoes played on Thursday was Mrs Peggy Cardno, booby Mrs Jessie Burrell.

PRIMARY SCHOOL - Christmas Events: Congratulations to Leanne McDaid who won the furry toy in the Christmas raffle and thanks to everyone who supported this event which raised 108. Congratulations also go to Michaela Stokoe who guessed the doll's birthday. The total amount raised was 47.60. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the charitable collection at the Christmas concert. A total of 64 was donated to St Andrew's Hospice. Instead of sending Christmas cards to each other, school staff decided to donate the money to a charitable cause. They raised 102 to pay for four goats through Oxfam's programme for families in the third world. Well done staff!

Bag2School: Thanks to everyone who supported our recent collection. We collected 202 bags which weighed 1.060kg and earned 212 for school funds. Thanks to the School Board for organising this successful fundraiser.

P6/7 Enterprise: Miss McGuinness's P6/7 class worked on a mini-enterprise project with Mrs K Ross to design, make and decorate Christmas gift boxes. They filled the boxes with sweets and sold them to staff, pupils and parents at the Christmas concert. They raised 70. Well done P6/7 and thanks to Mrs Ross and Miss McGuinness for helping the children with their project.

Go for Good Behaviour: Good Behaviour Certificates were presented to pupils at the whole school assembly on Friday, January 13 for good behaviour during the second term from October to December. There were 67 gold, eight silver and five bronze certificates. Well done, girls and boys.

Volleyball: Mr Stuart Farr, active schools co-ordinator, is running an after-school volleyball club for P6/7 pupils from 3-4pm on Wednesdays for six weeks from Wednesday, January 11 until Wednesday, February 22. The children had a great time at the first meeting and enjoyed keeping fit and learning about how to play volleyball. Thanks to Mr Farr for his support to develop health, fitness and sport in our school.

Bronze award: Congratulations to staff, pupils, parents and friends for helping the school to gain the Bronze Award for Health Promoting School activities in 2005. I hope we will continue to build on this excellent success to work towards gaining our Silver Award in 2006.

Infant Registration: Children who will reach the age of five years by February 28, 2007 should be registered to start school in August 2006. Registration takes place this week. Carstairs Junction Primary will be open for registration on Wednesday and Thursday, 2-4pm. Please contact the school office to arrange an appointment if the above times are unsuitable. Parents are required to bring the child's birth certificate and two items with proof of residency such as council tax and energy accounts.

Nursery admissions: Children who will reach the age of three years between January 1 and February 28 will be eligible to start Nursery in March 2006. Please contact the school office to arrange an appointment to apply for a Nursery place. It is important for children to be registered before the Early Years Admissions Panel meets in February to allocate the places for March. Please remind family and friends with young children about registering for a Nursery place.

Road Safety Calendar: Congratulations to the following pupils who received highly commended certificates for their entries to the annual South Lanarkshire Council's Road Safety Calendar Competition: P2 Jennifer Henderson; P4 Shannon Eadie, Michaela Stokoe; P5 Rebecca Steele; P6 Alison Blything, Dylan MacPhail, Shannon Moody and Gayle Tennent. Janice Clelland, head teacher.


MINERS CLUB - This Saturday, January 21 there is music from Double Impact 9pm till 12.30am. On Sunday there will be background music. Bingo is played on Sunday with 50 snowballs. Membership fees are now due please pay as soon as possible.

ONE STOP SHOP - This Monday, January 23 there is Jobs Access 10.30-11.30am; Credit Union Wednesday 1.15-1.45pm; Citizens Advice Friday 11am-1.30pm. The Registrar's service is by appointment Tuesday and Thursday 10am-noon. The cafe is closed until Thursday, January 26. On Mondays from 7-9pm there is a youth club for 12-16 years; Wednesday is the Youth Theatre Group from 7-9pm. Busy Bees Creche is on Monday and Wednesday, 9.30-11.30am, Tuesday and Thursday 11.30am-1.30pm for birth to five years, 2 per hour, there is a pick up from the local nursery available at no extra cost. To book a place call 01555 820060. Ready Steady Get Cooking for P4-P7 starts on Thursday, January 19 till March 2, 3.15- 4.30pm, 2 per session. Places are limited so call and book a place on 01555 820060 and speak to Diana or Hazel. Computing for beginners classes start on Wednesday, January 25 for six weeks at 2 per session. The classes are from 1-2.30pm and 6.30-8pm. Please call and book as places are limited. After School Art Attack has three new sessions running for P1 Monday, January 23, P2 Wednesday 25th; P3 Friday 27th. All sessions are from 3-4.30pm. Children will be escorted from school and the cost is 1.50 per session. Phone and book place. There is a free drop-in legal advice service every two weeks commencing Saturday, January 21 from 10am-noon; no appointment necessary. Cruets Cafe is holding a charity ceilidh night in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Trust in the Miners Welfare Hall on Saturday, January 28, 7.30pm till late. Dance to the Richard Smith Band and enjoy a Burns buffet; tickets 10 from the OSS or phone 01555 820060.

CHARITY BONUS BALL - The Post Office charity bonus ball winners for January 14 were: J MacLean 40, I Burnett 40, L Smith 40, L Singh 40. Total donations to date are 7819. Please note anyone owing more than three weeks will lose their number.

BOWLING CLUB - The tote numbers for Friday, January 13 were 16-19. There were four winners: M Reid, A Murray, E Mitchell and H Stewart. Winner of bowls was J McMahon; dominoes W Stewart. There will be bowls and dominoes on Friday, January 20 from 8pm. On Saturday, January 21 there will be background music from 8pm-midnight. The ladies have bowls on Tuesdays from 7pm while the senior ladies have bowls on Wednesdays from 1pm. The treasurer will be in the club on Fridays from 8-9pm to collect advance fees for season 2006. The club is holding a race night on Friday, February 24, first race 8pm.

CARPET BOWLS - Lintfieldbank Carpet Bowling Club has the January Cup on Tuesday, January 24 in Brocketsbrae Hall from 7.30pm. Points winners on January 10 were D Gibson, J Hamilton and H Gilchrist. Come along and enjoy the night and the chat; all welcome.

GUILD - The next meeting of the Guild will be a Burns Supper on Thursday, January 26 at 7pm in the church hall; all welcome.

HERITAGE GROUP - The next meeting of the Jim Hamilton Heritage Society will be Wednesday, January 18 at 7pm in the One Stop Shop when Bill Scott, headmaster of Coalburn Primary School will give a talk on the school's upcoming centenary; all welcome

DARBY AND JOAN - The Darby and Joan Club is off to a show at Carluke on Friday, January 27. The bus will leave from the usual pick-up points starting at 6pm. Have a nice time.

CHURCH NEWS - The Rev Aileen Robson will celebrate the sacrament of holy communion on Sunday, January 29 noon. A warm invitation is extended to all to join in fellowship and celebration. There will be a retiring offering for the work of Loaves and Fishes, an organisation working with the homeless in Glasgow. Mr Denis Curran, an organiser with Loaves and Fishes, will be the guest speaker. Should you wish to donate tinned goods, tinned fruit, rice and custard are especially welcome, the church will be open from 11am to receive donations.

BEREAVEMENTS - The village was saddened to learn of the death of May Struthers. May had an accident while putting out her wheelie bin three weeks ago slipping and injuring her head. Her funeral is on Friday, January 20 at 12.45pm in Coalburn Church, thereafter 2pm at Daldowie Crematorium. Deepest sympathy is extended to all her family.

Word has reached the village of the death of John (Spud) Thomson formally of Midfield Road. Deepest sympathy is extended to all his family

ACCORDION CLUB - Coalburn Accordion and Fiddle Club meets tonight, Thursday, at 7.30pm. Guesting at this meeting is the Ian Cathcart Scottish Dance Band. Admission is 2.50.

WRI - A small number of Rural members thoroughly enjoyed the January meeting with Mr George Burton giving a talk on 'Crooks and Sticks'. Competition winners: apple tart 1 Mrs D Shankley, 2 Mrs A Buchanan, 3 Mrs N Mitchell; biscuit barrel 1 Mrs N Mitchell, 2 Mrs H Gray, 3 Mrs D Shankley.


WRI - Miss Cook welcomed a good turnout of members on yet another blustery evening. Brian Lambie, who needed no introduction, came to talk on Local History. He started with memories of visiting his grandparents, who lived in Coulter when he was a little boy. Then he went back to 1745 when Bonnie Prince Charles and his army passed through Coulter. He ended with some of the characters who lived in the big houses in the surrounding area. As always, it was a very interesting talk. Winners of the competitions: traybake 1 Mrs Paul, 2 Mrs Minto, 3 Mrs N Taylor; fridge magnet 1 Mrs N Taylor, 2 Mrs Cleland, 3 Mrs Bogle. The next meeting is on Tuesday, February 7 which is a visit to Carmichael Centre at 7.30pm. Please note this is a week earlier than usual. If anyone needs transport please get in touch with any committee member.


WRI - The next meeting is on Thursday, February 2 when Crawford Primary School will be entertaining. Ladies please note that the meeting will start at 7pm. Mr Thomson does not want the younger children to be out too late. The office-bearers and Mrs M Thomson will hostess the evening. Competitions: a, one chocolate chip muffin, b, novelty eraser.


TODDLERS - The group meets in Crawfordjohn Hall every Tuesday from 1-3pm. All mothers and toddlers are welcome to attend.

SALSA. - Those wishing to learn the Latin American dance Salsa can do so at classes being held in Crawfordjohn Hall between 7.30pm and 9pm on Monday nights. Phone Wendy on 01864 504083.


WRI - The Rural meeting on January 12 began with a minute's silence for Miss Jo Chalmers, a much respected member for 82 years, who had died. Rhona Walters talked about the Kings Theatre using slides, props and costumes to illustrate her talk. Members were fascinated by a wealth of facts and anecdotes about the building and the performers who come there. Competition winners were: mask 1 Elsie Frame, 2 Edith Ryan; programme 1 equal Lorna Bryson and Edith Ryan. For the February 2 meeting the theme will be 'Herbs through the Ages' presented by Avril Mitchell. Competitions are: sketch a herb; take, joke. The Rural welcomes new members and guests at every meeting.

OAP ASSOCIATION - The winners of the games night held on Wednesday, January 11 were: whist 1 Mrs Betty Campbell, 2 Mr Jock Hamilton, consolation Mr Peter Gibson; dominoes 1 Mrs Mima Smith, 2 Mrs Maureen Tucker, consolation Mrs Margaret Miller. The next games night is on Wednesday, January 25; all welcome to come along and join in the games.

CHARITY DONATION - Gillian Wallace, staff and friends at The Riverside Coffee House at Valley International Park Crossford raised the grand sum of 305 at the recent open day. The charity benefiting was the Beatson Hospital in Glasgow. The cheque was presented to cancer specialist Dr Dodds at Wishaw General Hospital. Many thanks to everyone for their support and contributions.


GUILD - St Bride's Guild met on the afternoon of January 9 for the first meeting of the New Year. Pauline Kerr was the guest speaker. She gave an interesting view of theme, 'Daring to Care with Commitment'. The hostesses for the meeting were M Bannatyne and M Mitchell. The next meeting will be held again in the afternoon on January 23 when the speaker will be from Yorkhill Hospital. There will also be a sales table.

WRI - The first meeting of the New Year takes place in St Bride's Centre on Thursday January 26 at 7.30pm. The evening will take the form of a 'Scotch Evening' with a taste and try and members are asked to bring a sample of their favourite recipes along with a copy of the recipe. The competitions for the evening will be an individual fruit salad and a gift bag.

ONE O'CLOCK - Douglasdale One O'Clock Club winners of games played recently were: dominoes Mrs Mary Ramage, challenge dominoes Mrs M Heian; whist Mrs N Reid.

COMMUNITY GROUP - The next meeting of Glespin Community Group will be held in Glespin Community Hall on Sunday, January 22 at 6pm. These meetings are open to all members of the village so come along and have your say in what happens in your village.

BUS - Youth Route 70 and Healthy Valleys continue to run the free bus to and from Lanark Market, this and every alternate Monday for people living in the Douglas Valley area (Glespin, Douglas, Rigside and Douglas Water). Anyone who would like to make use of this service should phone Ann Sangster on 01555 851284 or Healthy Valleys on 01555 880666 to arrange pick up.

DANCE - There will be a dance in Glespin Community Hall on Saturday, January 28. Live music will be provided by 'Fresh'. Tickets costing 3 each can be obtained from Anne Reid at Douglas Co-op, Coshy at Ramage's Depot or can be booked by contacting other committee members or by phoning Ann Sangster.

DEADLINES - Due to the paper now being issued a day earlier could anyone with news items for the local column please note the following deadlines: Sunday night no later than 9pm and Monday at the very latest noon at the surgery in Ayr Road, Douglas. Your co-operation with this is much appreciated. I can also be contacted on 01555 851750 or at 2 South Lodge, Douglas.

CARPET BOWLS - Winners of games played at Coalgill Carpet Bowling Club on Saturday, January 7 were:1 D Scott & M Smith, 2 K Clark & M Mitchell. Winners of games played on Saturday, January 14 were:1 G McCamon & M Mitchell, 2 D Scott & L Wilson.

MASONIC - There will be a general committee meeting on Monday, January 23 at 7.30pm.


A miner's son he looked so well

Down the Glespin pit, so what the hell

No other work there was to hand

Unless you joined the silver band

The pit closed down in seventy two

Where will I go, what shall I do?

I had a thought, a wee bit nervous

I'm going to join the ambulance service

And so he did, he made us proud

In this valley we can shout aloud

The common five eight we will always be

You deserve it Bill Marshall MBE

Written by Jocky Chapman.

BOWLING CLUB - There will be dancing in the clubhouse on Saturday to the music of Karisma. There were no winners of the lucky numbers draw. Next week's winnings now stand at 2600.


WRI - Elsrickle WRI president Ann Leiper welcomed everyone to the January meeting then introduced Mrs Molly Wilkinson, who is the Lanarkshire Federation treasurer. In 2003 Molly travelled to China and spent four weeks touring this vast country with the help of slides, Molly gave a fascinating insight into the history of the Chinese way of life. She also spoke of the history of China from the 21st century BC. The Dynasties could be traced from then right up to the revolution. Vice president Mary Buchanan gave a well deserved vote of thanks. Competition winners: novelty soap 1 Joan Stephenson, 2 Margaret Leiper, 3 Phyllis Tweedie; bedside flower arrangement 1 Helen Orr, 2 Helen Barr, 2 Ann Barrie; flower of the month 1 Phyllis Tweedie, 2 Joan Stephenson. The next meeting on February 8 will be a talk about the National Trust Gardens.


YOUTH CLUB - Forth Junior Youth Club will resume on Friday, January 20 from 6.30-8.30pm in the school. Any child aged eight to P7 is welcome to come along, the cost per session is 1. The club is also looking for youth leaders. If you have two hours on a Friday to spare, please come along and support the local youngsters.

FLAT - The Forth Community Flat word-search competition was won by 12-year-old Graham Armstrong of The Neuk. The prize, a food hamper, has now been handed over to Graham. Thank you to everyone who entered. The answer was Abbey Place. Karen Gillon MSP will hold a surgery on Monday, January 23, noon-1pm. Speak to her about the NHS, education, transport and environmental issues. On Tuesday, January 24 Bill Haugh from the Energy Advice Centre will be at the flat from 10am-noon to advise on problems including damp, draughts, energy efficiency.

CHURCH - To welcome everyone to Forth St Paul's Church on Sunday morning, Catherine McGurk and Ian Smith were at the door, and in the absence of the Rev Sarah Ross, the worship was led by Rena Jardine. The reading, from John chapter 6, verses 1-21, was read by Mary Carruthers. Songs sung were 63, 530, 158 and 533 from the new church hymnary. During notices, it was announced that the new lists for readers and the sound system were now available. If you can help, please add your name to the appropriate sheet. The Monday coffees and teas are on sale again in the small church hall between 10am-noon. The minister can be contacted at the manse on 812832 and by email at rev-sross@btinternet.com The church flowers were delivered this week by Rena Whyte and Ruby Fowler.

WINNERS - At Bank Hall's first games day of the year, the winners were: whist ladies 1 R Fowler, 2 M Dickson; gents 1 G Fowler, 2 M Blair; dominoes 1 F Henderson & M Bell, 2 M Warwick & I Shields.

CHARITY NIGHT - The Gala Day committee is to hold a charity night in the Sports Centre on Saturday, January 28 from 7.30pm-midnight. Tickets will cost 3 for adults and 1 per child. The event is being held in aid of The Little Haven and Lanarkshire Cancer Care.

RURAL - The January meeting of Forth and Wilsontown WRI will take place on Thursday, January 19 in the Masonic Hall at 7.30pm. The demonstration will be 'Cooking' and the competitions are a hyacinth grown in water and three rock buns.

GROUP - Forth Residents Action Group will hold a committee meeting in the small church hall on Wednesday, January 25 at 7pm. The group is working with the council and police on all local issues such as roads, housing, vandalism and new youth projects. If you would like to help the group, please come along and join the committee. Please note this is not an open meeting.

TRAINING - Forth Boys Club under-9s training will resume on Wednesday, January 18 from 5-6pm in Forth Sports Centre.

SERVICE - The Happy Service, held by friends from Manse Road Gospel Hall will take place in Bank Hall on Thursday, January 19 at 1.30pm. A cup of tea along with some Good News awaits you.

TROPHIES - The Gala committee would like the people who won trophies at last year's Gala Day to return these so that they can be cleaned and polished for this year's big day.

WALK - Christmas and New Year are over so it's now time to get back on track! The Walk-a-Little, Live-a-Lot walks start on Wednesday, January 18 at 1.30pm, and leave from the Sports Centre. The walk lasts about 40 minutes over mostly flat ground and the speed is that of the slowest walker. No need for flash gear; comfortable shoes and weather friendly clothing are all that's required. Come on, you'll enjoy the patter!

FORTHCOMING EVENTS - January 18: Football training for under-9s, Sports Centre 5pm, Walk-a-Little, Sports Centre 1.30pm; 19: Happy Service, Bank Hall 1.30pm; 25: Residents Action Group committee meeting, small church hall 7pm, Walk-a-Little, Sports Centre 1.30pm; 28: Gala charity night, Sports Centre 7.30pm; 30: Guild meeting, small church hall 7pm. February 1: Start of midweek services, church, Walk-a-Little, Sports Centre 1.30pm; 2: Happy Service, Bank Hall 1.30pm; 4: 21-Goal Sweep night, RBL; 11: Brashing, Wilsontown Glen 10am; 18: Labour Party dance, Masonic Hall 8pm.

NEWS - All items of news for next week's local column in the Gazette should be at 1 Deanbrae as soon as possible and please not after 9pm on Monday night. Phone Jean on 811726.

RBL - This week, because of a private function in the clubrooms on Saturday night, bingo will be played in the Legion on Wednesday and Friday at 7pm and at 6.30pm on Monday. There will be no bingo on Saturday. The winner of the dominoes last week was Annabel Wood, runner-up Ruby Fowler. The 21 Goal Sweep night takes place on February 4. Members must uplift their tickets by January 27. There are a few tickets left for non-members, they cost 3 each, but get them soon as they are going fast. Tote double winning numbers last week were 16-23. There was one winner. A date for your diary is January 28, when Losferwords will be on stage in RBL at Forth.


WRI - President Mrs. Scott welcomed the ladies to the January meeting and introduced Mrs Crosbie and her daughter Angela who gave a very enjoyable demonstration of ribbon weaving. Competition results: 1 R. Scott, 2 L. McSporran, 3 C. Ritchie.


GOLF CLUB - The AGM will be held on Friday, January 20 at 7pm in Leadhills Miners Library. the presentation of prizes will take place immediately afterwards in the Hopetoun Arms Hotel. Prize Winners Season 2005: Opening Day Medal winner George Curley; Scratch David O'Connor, runner up Stuart Lang; Handicap Jack Arrigoni, runner up Rodger Beadle; Stableford Scott Beadle, runner up David Gibb; Cameron Cup Gary Murray, runner up Harry Shaw; Foursomes David O'Connor & Gary Murray, runners up Nigel Davies & David Gibb; Greensome Jack Arrigoni & Stair Brown, runners up John Connolly & Harry Shaw; Captain's Prize David O'Connor, runner up David Gibb; Medal final Harry Shaw, runner up David Wilson.

LIBRARY - The talk in the library due to be held on January 20 will now take place on Friday, February 3 at 7.30pm. The talk with slides showing Leadhills ''Then and Now'' will be given by Mr Ken Ledger, Leadhills. Admission is the usual 1 and includes tea.


PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY - Match-a-slide competitions normally involve two teams each with a slide projector. One team has to try to match the content of a slide put up by the opposing team. At the digital night on Friday, January 13, members successfully worked out how it would be possible to produce such a competition with digital images, a laptop and a single LCD projector. A short trial competition followed between two teams and the few remaining bugs will be sorted out for the first real competition which will take place on January 31. At the next meeting on Tuesday, January 24 the guest speaker will be Niall Robertson, staff photographer of the Scottish Farmer.

'GOW NEWS - Lesmahagow Juniors will be at home at Craighead Park to Greenock Juniors on Saturday, January 21; kick-off 1.45pm. The match sponsor is Sandy Jenkin.

SPORTSMAN'S DINNER - The Lesmahagow Juniors annual Sportsman's Dinner will be held in the Lesmahagow Miners' Welfare Club on February 25 at 7pm for 7.30pm. Tickets costing 25, which will cover the speakers, meal and raffle, can be had from David Logan on 07789 906166.

GIVE BLOOD - The Blood Transfusion Unit will be at the Miners' Welfare Hall in Kelso Avenue on Tuesday, January 24 between 4-7.30pm.

PRIZE BINGO - This will be held in Lesmahagow Miners' Welfare Club on Monday, January 23; eyes down at 7.30pm. Tickets cost 1 including tea, coffee and cakes. All proceeds will go to Coalburn Silver Band.

WATERSIDE WRI - The next meeting is on Thursday, January 19 when Jane Steele will demonstrate 'Hopi Earcandles'. The competitions are: points, edible necklace; open, brooch. The hostess will be Mrs E Norris, sales table Mrs M Haddow.

THANK YOU - Lesmahagow Homing Club would like to thank South Lanarkshire Council for the grant towards their Christmas dinner.

SUGAR ART - The next meeting of Nethan Valley Sugar Art Club is on Friday, January 20 at 7.30pm in Brocketsbrae Hall. This is a 'hands on' evening and members are reminded to bring their toolboxes. Carol Cairns will be the demonstrator and the subject is 'Fun Night'; visitors welcome.

NEW TROWS WRI - Mrs M Eaton welcomed members to the January meeting. Members and friends enjoyed the Christmas dinner at Hollandbush Golf Club in December and also the visit to Ayr on Saturday, January 7 with a visit to the Gaiety at night. Both events were subsidised by South Lanarkshire Council. After business, guest speaker Esther Muirhead talked about 'Jewellery Craft', showing items at various stages of production. She brought along a variety of examples of her work from Hair Accessories - necklaces, brooches, earrings, etc. She also had photographs of other commissions she had undertaken. Mrs Johnstone gave a well-deserved vote of thanks. A bring and buy sale was also held. Competition results: four meringues 1 M Johnstone, 2 M Muir, 3 M Meikle; scarf ring 1 M Johnstone, 2 M Handridge, 3 M Shillan. The hostesses were Mrs M Muir and Mrs M Shillan.

LESMAHAGOW WRI - Mrs M MacDonald, president, extended a warm welcome to all members for the first meeting of 2006 and wished everyone a very happy and healthy New Year. Business was dealt with and members were asked to ensure that payment be made for the theatre outing at the next meeting on February 14. Mrs MacDonald then introduced Mr Alex Baird from Motherwell who read a selection of poems written by women. He also had a fund of hilarious stories to tell. Mrs Simpson thanked him for a wonderful talk. Competition winners: sultana cake 1 Mrs J Robertson, 2 Mrs S Simpson; pretty scarf 1 Mrs A Affleck, 2 Mrs S Simpson.

FRIENDSHIP CLUB - All members enjoyed the trip to Edinburgh, with shopping and lunch before going to the Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre to see 'My Fair Lady'. Thanks go to Terry and Archie for the safe journey there and back. Club members appreciated the lovely lunch they enjoyed on Sunday at the Craignethan Hotel. A big thank you to hotel staff.

WHIST & DOMINOES - The results for Tuesday, January 10 are as follows: whist 1 Peter Gibson, 2 Bill Callan, consolation Peggy Wilson; dominoes 1 Betty Baxter, 2 Mary Shillan, consolation Margaret Mathews.

BONUS BALL - The winner of the bowling club lottery bonus ball on Saturday was M.Lang with number 34.

LINTFIELDBANK WRI - President Mrs Ann Chalmers welcomed 24 members to the meeting on Wednesday, January 11, and wished all a very happy and healthy 2006. She made a special point of thanking Cathie (in her absence) for her efficient organisation of the theatre trip to 'My Fair Lady' in Edinburgh. She then introduced the speaker, Mr Johnstone, who is a volunteer with the Citizens Advice Bureau in Lanark. He gave a brief history of CAB which was founded in Liverpool in 1939 because of the impending war. Free, confidential help is available for every problem and covers benefits, debt and money advice, work-related problems, consumer issues, relationships and housing. There are 77 CAB offices in Scotland and all are run on a small staff basis with many volunteers. This is a registered charity and like all charities is always looking for ways to fund projects. Mr Johnstone's talk was informative and humorous. Ms Agnes Ritchie extended special thanks to Mr Johnstone who had to ad lib and rely on his memory as his computer would not log on. Mr Johnstone then judged the competitions as follows: hand-crafted calendar 1 L Affleck, 2 A Blackwood, 3 M Perrie; fancy scarf 1 B Carmichael, 2 V Macintyre, 3 R Cross. Mrs A Ritchie was Hostess. The outing on May 20 will be to Aberdeen, decided by members' vote.

200 CLUB - Lesmahagow Juniors 200 club draw made on Sunday, January 15: 50 (75) D Cowan, Bankhead Road; 10 (42) J Taylor, The Crescent; 10 (138) J Barrie, Motherwell.

SOCIAL EVENING - Lesmahagow Bowling Club's annual over-60s social evening was held on Friday when an almost full house was welcomed by president Murray Smith. Following a high tea served by caterers, president Murray spoke briefly and invited Depute Provost Russell Clearie, representing South Lanarkshire Council, to speak. His usual bright self, Councillor Clearie thanked the club for the invitation to this event and, after a few other remarks, thanked everyone for the kindness and hospitality extended to himself and his wife, also a councillor. The evening continued with music from the Johnny Weir Sound. Thanks are extended to South Lanarkshire Council for the grant.

VALENTINE DANCE - Lesmahagow Bowling Club has a dance in the clubhouse on Saturday, February 11 with the music of Alan Dee. Tickets are 3. There will be a cabaret on Saturday, March 18. Tickets are 8 and a few remain. All information on events during the winter months, bookings and tickets from Moira on 895484 or Marion on 893976.


WRI - The January meeting took the form of a mini antique roadshow with Mr Leonard, from Motherwell, who gave an interesting talk and valuation, on a wide variety of china and sliver goods which were brought along. Competitions: cruet set 1 Jean Twaddle, 2 Margaret Brown, 3 Etta Anneil; chocolate muffins 1 Sandra Austin.


OVER 60s - Ravenstruther & Cleghorn over-60s club results for January 10: 1 Hu Henderson (skip) , G Leiper; 2 A Orr, W Watt (skip), 3 J Pairman W Watt, I Alexander (skip), W King; booby J Scott, B Ramage, W Thomson (skip). January 12: booby: J Scott, J Pettigrew, G Leiper (skip), 2 J Frame, J Fullarton (skip), A Lindsay, 3 J Pairman, W Storrie (skip), A Orr.

SILVERBANK CLUB - Points night, January 8: 1 A Lindsay, I Turner (skip), 2 Hu Henderson, J W Fullarton (skip), 3 M Fullarton, R Steele (skip); booby A Lightbody, A Hector, B Morris (skip).

WRI - Mrs Sterrick, president welcomed members to the January meeting. After business she introduced Mrs Ann Royal and her guide dog Pip. Mrs Royal gave an interesting account of her life. Although blind she has a very full and interesting life working with Pathfinders for the Blind and rescue dogs as well as running a business. Competition winners: three shortbread fingers 1 Jean Owen, 2 Ann Smith; coaster any craft 1 Alison Watson, 2 Katherine Dunlop, 3 Jean Owen; miniature bottle of whisky 1 Gay McCubbin, 2 Anne Smith, 3 Jean Owen. Tickets for the dance on Saturday, February 18, 6 are available, telephone 666730.


GUILD - A well attended first meeting of the new year on Tuesday, January 10 was given an insight into the daily working routine of Lady Home Hospital, Douglas, by its manager, guest speaker Rosie Lange. Invited guests to the popular 'Panel Night' meeting on Tuesday, January 24 will include a representative from Healthy Valleys, Dr S Scott (Douglas), Mr J Clarkson (Douglas) and Mrs J Ramage (Rigside). Members and visitors are requested to write down their questions to 'then panel' and bring them along on the night.

ONE O'CLOCK CLUB - Winners on Tuesday were: dominoes Lynn Black and Agnes Nellies; whist B Brockie and A McKellar; Scrabble Margaret Smith; bonus ball David Dewar. Thursday whist A Clark & JB Park; dominoes G Blair & Dick Finlayson.

ANGLING CLUB - The AGM of Douglas Water Angling Club will be held in the Viewfield Tavern on Sunday, February 5 at 1pm. 30 membership fees must be paid by January 31 to Mr Rab Cowan at 1 Mansefield Place, Rigside. UCAPA permits are available from Mr Andy Banks at Salisbury Cottage, Ayr Road, Rigside, Mr Peter Nellies at 4 Mountstuart Avenue, Rigside or Mr John Gavin at DVRAP offices, Douglas for season 2006, priced 26.

PENSIONERS ASSOCIATION - Members were remembering our great poet on January 12 as David Murray played the pipes, Sam Blair carried in the haggis and talented president Archie Galbraith toasted the 'beastie' with the words written by Rabbie Burns many years ago. Kate Cowan quoted the Selkirk Grace then the company enjoyed delicious Scotch broth, followed by mashed tatties, haggis and neeps (turnip). A smaller number of people on the night had a nice time listening and dancing to Brian Smith who entertained with a variety of songs and music. Best wishes for better health to enable ill members to be able to attend the next meeting on February 8. Please put on the thinking caps for the summer trip venue.


GARDENING CLUB - Roberton Gardening Club's first meeting of the New Year took place in the Village Hall on Thursday last when Paul Archibald from Lanark gave an interesting talk on 'The history of Castlebank'. The history of the estate over the centuries was enhanced by the development of the gardens by the various owners. This was illustrated by a series of slides which indicated that the gardens remain worthy of a visit in spring time, when the rhododendrons and other plants are in full flower. There is also a wonderful display of colour in the autumn. The next meeting is on Thursday, February 9 when Teyl de Bordes of Lilliesleaf Nursery, Melrose will speak on 'Four Seasons in Japan'.


WRI - After wishing everyone a happy New Year and discussing the business, Mrs Taylor introduced Mr Jonathan Cosens who gave a most interesting talk on the development of cameras and photography. This was interspersed with tips on photography and how professional photos are 'improved'. Members will never believe what they see in a photograph again! A thoroughly fascinating evening which was enjoyed by all. The vote of thanks was given by Mrs Agnes Laird. Competition winners: three fruit scones 1 Margaret Sommerville, 2 Jean Shearer; snapshot - holiday view 1 Jean Shearer, 2 Ellen Moss.

WHIST DRIVE - There will be a rainbow whist in Skirling Village Hall on February 1, with home baking, raffle and lots of fun.


NEW YEAR DRAW - The following were the lucky winners on the Symington Tinto New Year Draw: mountain bike Mark Graham, exercise bike Fergus Carlyle, DVD player Lauren Dunbar, other prizes David Dunbar, Mrs Ferguson, Scott Train, Amy Hornell, Colin Rowberry, Bage, B Irvine, Peter c/o Campsie, Tony Kelly, Sheila Hill, W White, Campsie, Big Kev, J Stewart, Ms McGuiness, J Stewart, R Carlyle, David Cartwright, Ailee Dunbar, Darlene Stanton, L Scott, Mark Shaw. Symington Tinto thanks all those who contributed to a successful draw and for their continued support.


WRI - Thankerton Rural met on Thursday, January 12, a week later than usual due to the festive season. The 2006 session started in very relaxed mode with a talk and demonstration on 'Indian Head Massage'. First Anne Chappell explained the history of Indian head massage and background to how it came to prominence as a means of relaxation then, her niece Lorna and she demonstrated the techniques on two ladies. Anne explained the different actions and the benefits that could be achieved. The ladies who had the head, shoulder and back massage were very impressed, and relaxed, after the demonstration. There were lots of questions after the demonstration during which Anne told the ladies how she and Lorna had gained a diploma in Indian head massage by attending Motherwell College for a 36-week course. This had been hard work but a great experience for them both. The exams were very nerve-racking with anatomy and health & safety covered as well as the practice of massage. After a vote of thanks from vice-president Helen O'Hara the ladies enjoyed a lovely tea and excellent raffle. The competition winners were as follows: favourite scarf 1 Jean Laughtland, 2 Moira Gore, 3 Helen Anderson; tortilla wrap with home-made filling 1 Helen O'Hara, 2 Barbara Livingston, 3 Diane Thorpe. The February meeting will be held on Thursday, February 2 at 7.30pm in Thankerton Hall. All ladies will be made most welcome for a travel talk and slides of China to be given by Mrs Gilbert.