ROTARY CLUB OF POLMONT

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Rotary Club of Polmont Community Award 2015 / 2016

Finlay Nicholson was the recipient of the Rotary Club of Polmont's Community Award. Seen here being presented with the Cup by President Brian Glanville. Finlay was nominated by Mrs Lawson Eades and he is a worthy recipient. He has been involved with the Forth Valley Talking Newspaper Association (Newsline) for 20 years. For most of that time he has been responsible for producing, recording and copying the Monthly Audio Magazine. We are delighted to have Finlay as our recipient of our Community Award which is sponsored by Atif Bashir of the Falkirk Dental Practice.


Left to Right: Mrs Lawson Eades, who Nominated Finlay, Mr Atif Bashir, from Falkirk Dental Practice, who have sponsored the award for a number of years. Recipient Finlay Nicholson and President Brian Glanville.


Craig Arthur and Jillian Violaris from SP Energy Newtworks, with President Brian Glanville, were our speakers on the occasion of our Community award for 2105 / 2106. They gave a very interesting presentation to Rotarians, Partners and Guests.

The Rotary Club of Polmont's 42nd Charter Dinner

Some photos of the Evening

The Club decided to present DG Andy with a Paul Harris Fellowship because of all his hard work for District 1020 and for the Credit he has brought to the  Office and the Club. Congratulations Andy!

DG Andrew Ireland being presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship by President Brian Glanville on behalf of the Rotary Club of Polmont


The Club's Newest Paul Harris Fellow - DG Andrew Ireland with his wife Jacquie and President Brian Glanville


Our Two Paul Harris Fellows - Jim Smith and DG Andy Ireland


Our Entertainer for the Evening Clark Stewart


Flowers for Irene


Flowers for Jacquie


Raffle Prize winners



Some Club Members Partners and Guests







Photos from the 2016 Swimarathon Prizegiving event, hosted and sponsored by the

 Inchyra Grange Hotel and Spa.

The Rotary Club of Polmont Swimarathon 2016 took place on Saturday, the 20th February at Grangemouth Sports Centre. 30 teams took part with 150 swimmers. The teams and swimmers were entered from all over the Falkirk area and comprised of local secondary schools, local businesses and other organisations. The teams were asked to swim as many lengths as possible in 55 minutes, with one swimmer from each team in the pool at any one time (relay style).

 At the end of the event the total number of lengths completed were 3,730 = 93,250 metres (25m lengths) = 58 miles, quite an amazing distance in such a short time. The team that completed the most lengths in 55 minutes were from SP Energy (Scottish Power) and they swam an incredible 203 lengths. The runners up were Denny High School with 200 lengths and the relay was so close at the end of the session, and very exciting to watch, as both teams pushed themselves to their limits.

The Provost of Falkirk, Pat Reid, was in attendance plus Rotary District Governor (DG) Andrew Ireland (also a member of Polmont Rotary), along with President Brian Glanville. DG Andrew also took part in the Swimarathon- well done Andy!

70 attended the Swimarathon  presentation lunch at the Inchyra on 19 April  

The Rotary Club of Polmont Swimarathon 2016 raised £9,500 for Radio Forth Cash for Kids.

All the monies raised are earmarked to help sick, disabled and disadvantaged children in the Falkirk area.

The Awards handed out were as follows - see the photos below:

Highest fundraising team: KMD Associates

Highest fundraising school: Carrongrange School

Outstanding school performance: Denny High

Most lengths completed: SP Energy Networks

Outstanding contribution award: Anne Riley

Willie Hunter, Trustee Board Chairman of Cash For Kids receiving a cheque for £9500 from President Nominee Iain Morrison of Polmont Rotary Club. Also in the photo are Ken Donald, Swimarathon Organiser, Emma Kemp, CFK Charity Manager, and far right, the Inchyra Grange Hotel and Spa General manager Stuart Maxwell - our sponsor. The amount doesn't include Gift Aid to be claimed. A fantastic effort from the Club with the support of Cash for Kids, Radio Forth, the Inchyra Grange Hotel, Falkirk Community Trust and the staff of Grangemouth Swimming Pool and of course all the teams and their sponsors, not forgetting the Club members and family who help run the event.


Congratulations to our winning team, SP Energy Networks who swam an amazing 203 lengths in 55 minutes, worth winners of the award for the most lengths completed. In the picture with the team, President Nominee Iain Morrison, and Inchyra Grange Hotel and Spa General Manager Stuart Maxwell - our Sponsor.



Well done to KMD Associates for the Highest Fundraising Team. Scott Donald receiving the award from Inchyra Grange Hotel and Spa General Manager Stuart Maxwell - our Sponsor.



Carrongrange School has consistently been the school that raises the most money in sponsorship and received the award for the Highest Fundraising School - well done to them again this year.



Denny High School received an award for swimming just a few lengths short of the winners, they swam 200 to be precise, just 3 short of the winning total. They received the award for the Outstanding School Performance - Congratulations to the team.



Anne Riley receiving a Special Award for the tremendous assistance she has given the Swimarathon. Anne Received an Outstanding Contribution Award. In the picture, President Nominee Iain Morrison, Anne and Inchyra Grange Hotel and Spa General Manager Stuart Maxwell - our Sponsor.



Nancy Rule Presenting Flowers to Anne Riley with President Nominee Iain Morrison, Anne and Inchyra Grange Hotel and Spa General Manager Stuart Maxwell - our Sponsor.



Swimarathon Presentation Group Photo



Some Photos from the Melrose 7's

All photos by Peter Croan

SRU President John Crozier, John Rutherford and DG Andy


Andy and Jim Telfer


It's a corner!!


Andy and Dougie Vipond


Female Referee


The Ref laying down the law!


Team Rotary


Match Officials


Video on the Big Screen



Rotary joins Melrose Sevens to make a winning team

Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland will this year be sponsoring the Melrose Sevens rugby tournament, which will take place in the Scottish borders town later this month.

The tournament, which attracts up to 16,000 spectators, is held every year to celebrate the anniversary of the first ever Rugby Sevens tournament, which was held in Melrose in 1883. Rugby sevens is now played on a global stage and teams from across the globe, including three of the main rugby playing nations; Australia, New Zealand and South Africa have travelled to Scotland to take part in the tournament.

Melrose Sevens is the most prestigious of ten border tournaments that make up a league known as the King of Sevens, where teams compete at individual tournaments to gain points with the aim of being crowned the ultimate "Kings of the Sevens".

Rotary took on the honour of sponsoring the Melrose tournament after this year’s District Governor for District 1020 in Scotland, Andy Ireland, refereed the final ten years ago. Andy was one of the first ever professional referees in Scotland and he has been heavily involved in the sport ever since.

Andy comments, “Sponsoring the Melrose Sevens event is a great opportunity to showcase the great work that Rotary does to a new audience and we are really proud to be involved.

“Being resilient, showing perseverance and coming together to work as a team are three Rotarian qualities that are equally important in Rugby, demonstrating why the coming together of the two seemed like the perfect fit.”

Doug Hardie, Marketing Convener of the Melrose Sevens tournament, adds, “We are extremely pleased to have Rotary on board this year. The work that Rotary clubs across Scotland and the rest of the UK and Ireland carry out makes an undeniable difference, and we are delighted to help them reach 16,000 more potential pairs of hands to help them make a difference.”

For more information on Rotary and its work visit: www.rotarygbi.org





BOURNEMOUTH CONFERENCE 2016

Jacquie and Andy looking great and having a Ball at the Ball.


Nancy and Ian Presenting a cheque for A Literacy Box from Rota Kids


1020 Delegates

Our District Young Citizen Award winner Sammi Kinghorn. Sammi is a 20 year old wheelchair racer who was nominated for this award by the RC of Duns. She is currently triple European champion in the 100m, 400m, and 800m and holds numerous Scottish records and hopes to compete in the Paralympics in Rio this year.

SWIMARATHON 2016

The First Group of Swimmers at our 2106 Swimarathon. All the monies raised will go to Forth 1 Cash for Kids in our Local Area. Along with the Swimmers are Emma Kemp - Organiser for Cash for Kids, Forth DJ Mark Martin, Anne Riley from the Grangemouth Pool, Ken Donald organiser for Polmont Rotary and President Brian Glanville

The First group of Swimmers at Polmont Rotary Swimarathon

The Second Group of Swimmers with Radio Forth 1 Organiser Emma and DJ Mark.

Second Group of Swimmers

The Third group of Swimmers with Emma Kemp - Organiser for Forth 1 Cash for Kids

Third group of Swimmers

The Final Group of Swimmers with all the Members and family of Polmont Rotary.  A great day was had by everyone and a very successful event with our Sponsor The Macdonald Inchyra Grange Hotel and Spa and our partner Forth 1 Cash for Kids.

The Final Group of Swimmers and all the helpers from Polmont Rotary Club

Emma Kemp with the winners  - the Scottish Power Team who managed 203 lengths in 55 minutes, breaking the previous record by quite a margin. Congratulations to all the team.

The winners with 203 lenths of the pool - Scottish Power Team.

The Smaller Children enjoying a jump and splash into the pool.

The smaller children enjoying a jump and splash into the pool

Some of the teenagers showing their enthusiasm with a jump and splash at the end of their swim.

Some of the teenagers showing their enthusiasm with a jump and splash at the end of their swim

Provost Pat Reid, Ken Donald - organiser for Polmont Rotary Club, DG Andy Ireland, President Brian Glanville and Emma Kemp for Cash for Kids.

Provost Pat, Ken, DG andy, Pres Brian and Emma

District 1020 Primary School Quiz. The Winners in our area were Laurieston Primary School, seen here with President Brian Glanville, who presented the Salver and Individual prizes. This year we had 12 teams and the scoring was high with only 3 points between Laurieston and Wallacestone. Congratulations to all the teams and thanks to Quiz Master Bob Mackay, Polmont Rotarians and partners who helped run the Quiz and not forgetting the Schools and pupils.President Brian and Laurieston Primary School Quiz Winners 2106


DG Andy Ireland presenting a Cheque to Emma Hall of Parkinson’s UK Scotland, at Polmont Rotary Club, for £2095.75 the amount collected at the 1020 Conference in Dundee

DG Andy and Emma Hall from Parkinsons UK


A huge thank you to all who helped with the visitation, Santa and his various Elves, the drivers and most of all the lovely people of the Polmont area who gave so generously.


Santa Sleigh


Elf Graham

Santa Getting Ready

Santa Waving

Santas Happy Elves


President Brian Glanville

Brian Glanville ~ President of the Rotary Club of Polmont 2015-16

This year we are delighted that one of our Members - Andy Ireland - has been installed as District Governor for District 1020. As a Club our good wishes and support will follow Andy and Jacquie throughout their year in office. Scroll down to see what has been happning at our Club. Stop Press Photos from the District 1020 Conference in Dundee!

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DG Andy and Dundee Lord Provost Bob Duncan at the opening evening of the Conference

Lord Provost Bob Duncan and DG Andy Ireland

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DG Andy opening the Conference

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Andy and Corrine Oliver Entertainer on Friday Evening

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Corrine Oliver Entertainer on Friday Evening

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Joyce Barbour District Chairman Inner Wheel District 2

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Noel Bajat RI President's Representative

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Gavin Hastings spoke about Parkinsons

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Dr James Robson SRU Chief Medical Officer

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Theresa Douglas spoke about Dementia Friendly Rotary

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Elis Watson CEO DC Thomson

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Jacquie, Noel, Sis and Andy ready for the Dinner and Ball

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Polmont Rotary Club and Partners at the Ball

Sound Cradle Played at the Ball

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Auld Lang Syne

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Sunday Morning Iain Morrison gave the Thought for the Day


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DGN Lindsay Craig Spoke about the RI Conference In Seoul 2016


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David Scott from Nil-By-Mouth

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Total Recall Sang on Sunday Morning

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PDG Alan McLaughlan spoke about Foundation

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PDG and RIBI President Gordon McInally spoke about Hope and Homes

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Olive Geddes introduced Next years Conference in Harrogate

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Defibrillator Presentation to the Macdonald Inchyra Grange Hotel

President Brian said it was a pleasure to officially hand over a new defibrillator to Craig Davidson - operation Manager - of the Inchyra Grange Hotel. The Defibrillator was jointly funded by the Inchyra and the Rotary Club of Polmont. This is the second Defibrillator that the club has handed over, the first being a joint venture with the Clarement inn in Polmont.

President Brian Glanville with Craig Davidson Operations Manager at the Macdonald Inchyra Grange Hotel

President Brian welcomed and inducted new Member, Richard Bond - below - to the Club. Richard's classification is Education (Primary) Civil Servant. As a club we look forward to enjoying fellowship, fun and activities in Rotary.

President Brian and New Member Richard Bond

District Governor Andy visited his own club of Polmont on his 27th Wedding Anniversary - devotion above and beyond the call of duty. Congratulations to Jacquie and Andy! Andy was presented with a basket of flowers and a card, by Nancy Rule, on behalf of the Club.

DG Andy was on Official duty as he was hosting DG Will Pugh - District 7080 and member of the Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore Ontario Canada.

Will addressed the Club briefly and was presented with a banner by President Brian Glanville.

And finally a picture of all three.

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