District News for Thursday, February 27

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Grangemouth Rainbow Spiritualist Church will be holding services at their South Shore Road premises at 7.30 p.m. tonight with guest medium Sadie McKnight. Sunday’s service starts at 7.15 p.m. and features guest medium Liz Anderson. Healing will be available between 6 and 7 p.m. before both services.

Ballroom Dancing

David and Eileen invite you to join them for an evening of sequence and ballroom dancing this Saturday from 7.30-10.30 p.m. in the Kirk of the Holy Rood Church, Bowhouse Road. Please bring your own refreshments.

Lodge Zetland

RWM Brother Peter Neilson welcomed a fine turnout of some 84 members and visitors to the Lodge’s Regular Third Degree on Tuesday, February 18. After the disposal of routine business, a Deputation from Lodge Tay Union 273, Wormit was admitted. The Candidate then received his Master Mason’s Degree in an excellent manner with his father, brother and brother-in-law also attending and involved. Surprisingly, the Travelling Gavel still remains unclaimed. The next regular meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 4.

Choral Society

Grangemouth Choral Society is holding a coffee evening in Zetland Masonic Lodge, Bo’ness Road, on Friday March 7, at 7.30 p.m. There will be entertainment as well as a light supper. For tickets contact any choir member or telephone Moira Nicol on 07754805340.

KHR Service

The service at the Kirk of the Holy Rood this Sunday will be conducted by the Minister with Holy Communion being celebrated at the usual times of 11 a.m. and 6.15 p.m. On March 5 the Women’s Association welcome guest speaker Margaret Brodie, starting at 7.30 p.m. The next Foodbank collection will be on Communion Sunday, March 2. The Kirk Session will meet on Thursday, March 6, at 7.30 p.m. in the session room. World Day of Prayer is on Friday, March 7 and will be celebrated at Morar Court at 11 a.m., Hanover Grange at 2 p.m. and the main service will be held in Abbotsgrange Church at 7.30 p.m.

Zetland Church

Sunday’s service was conducted by Reverend Lorna MacDougall. Elders’ duties for Communion on Sunday, March 9 are posted in the usual places for information and action as required. Church magazines are now available for uplift by Elders. The next monthly lunch is on Wednesday, March 5, 11.30 a.m. to 1.20 p.m., cost £3. A prayer meeting, under the auspices of the Grangemouth Council of Churches, is held in Zetland Parish Church on the first Saturday of the month and is an opportunity to come together with Christians from both within and outside the town, to pray for our Churches, their witness in the town, for the schools and the activities where Christ and His church serve the community. We earnestly invite you to join us, where a very warm welcome awaits. Morning worship next Sunday is at 11.15 a.m. and will include the admission of new Communicants. The Sunday School also meets, while tea and coffee will be served after the service and there will be Vestry Hour consultation.

Pilates Class

A pilates class takes place in Grangemouth Town Hall every Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. To book or for more info contact Liz Heeps on 07813857486.

Zumba Classes

Zumba with Carol is held at Grangemouth Town Hall on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. Zumbini takes place on Wednesdays in Newlands Hall, 10-10.30 a.m. Pre-booking is required for Zumbini, which is a fantastic brand new music and movement programme developed by Zumba and suitable for four years and under. Zumba Gold continues every Monday and Wednesday at Newlands/Beancross Hall (just before the TA centre) running from 11.15 a.m. to noon and suitable for beginners to exercise, active older participants or those seeking a lower pace/impact zumba class. E-mail carlie307@hotmail.co.uk for more information.

Abbotsgrange Church

The Reverend Aftab Gohar will conduct the service at 10.30 a.m. this Sunday, with the Sunday School and ABC meeting at the same time. There will be crèche facilities as usual and tea and coffee will be served after worship. The Men’s Association meeting is this Monday at 7.30 p.m. when Ian Mundie’s topic is ‘Transport of Delight’. The World Day of Prayer Service, which has been written by the women of Egypt, takes place in Abbotsgrange Church on Friday, March 7 at 7.30 p.m. Everyone welcome. The minister is available for pastoral care after worship. Call (01324) 482109 or e-mail abbotsgrange@aol.co.uk for more information.

Probus Club

On Tuesday, February 18, Grangemouth Probus Club met for their annual general meeting prior to the business taking place. President Ian Borwick welcomed guest speaker Ken Hutton who gave a presentation on the ‘Charlotte Dundas’. Ken started by giving a brief history on this vessel synonymous with Grangemouth leading up to its sorry plight where it now lies rotting in Arbroath harbour. Now a group are trying to bring it back to this area or a replica set up to record the fantastic history of this vessel. The members, most resident within Grangemouth, were aghast at this situation and are sure that Falkirk Community Trust will be looking kindly at this and some location surely within the Helix will be found to house this important memorial to Grangemouth. The members told Ken they will be watching this situation closely that some action will be taken before the hull sinks aka ‘Mary Rose’. The vote of thanks for his talk was given to Ken by the President who then gave his summary of the year and thanks before handing over to new president Harry Dougall. The new secretary will be Adam McPhail who advised members he has already provisionally booked some interesting speakers. The treasurer Wallace Nicol produced his final financial report before standing down after many successful years and will be succeeded by Charlie Clason. Wallace was thanked for all his work by the members. Thanks were also given to financial independent adviser Fraser Binnie, ‘Tea Boys’ Jim Maxwell and Jim Finlayson and press secretary John Munro. Finally before closing the meeting the president wished member Andrew Goodfellow’s grandson Michael and his team all the best in reaching the Curling Final in the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Evangelical Church

This Sunday, the service will take place at 11 a.m. with Mr Trevor May from Denny as speaker. Mr Marc Surtees from Niddrie Community Church in Edinburgh will conduct this service. All welcome.

Country Dancing

Get your body and mind in shape. The local RSCDS class meets in Moray Primary School, Grangemouth from 7.30-9 p.m. on a Thursday night. Beginners please refer to our classes in the Laurieston section. For further details ring Alison on (01324) 631363.

Walking Group

Walks leave from the Community Education Unit, next to Grangemouth Sports complex every Monday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. If you or someone you know is having problems with their balance come along to our Wednesday walk where you will be shown mobility, strength and balance exercises (Otago). All walks are free and open to all abilities. For more information on any of the Step Forth walks contact (01324) 504556/504568 or email stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org

Rotary Club

There will be no Olympic medals, only more modest prizes on offer tomorrow (Friday) at Sacred Heart Primary School when the Rotary Club of Grangemouth will stage its annual Fire Safety quiz. In April some members will take a trip ‘doon the watter’ when they visit the Rotary Club of Dunoon, a visit which will involve an overnight stay in the Firth of Clyde resort – so the club learned at its monthly business meeting last week. The ever popular P7 challenge will be staged on May 23 and the club assembly in a break with tradition will take place that weekly meeting on June 19. Friday night’s Sportsman’s Dinner was a resounding success. The principal beneficiaries of this fundraiser were Strathcarron Hospice, CHAS and the Scottish Cot Death Foundation. The speaker at the club on March 6 will be the Rev. Sheena Orr, who was ordained by the Presbytery of Falkirk several years ago and is home on furlough from Kenya where she has been working with the Presbyterian Church of East Africa, developing prison ministry and assisting ex-offenders returning to their home communities.