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The Edinburgh Gilbert and Sullivan Society Production this year is ‘Princess Ida’, performed in The Kings Theatre, Edinburgh. St Mary’s Church, Grangemouth, intends to hire a bus to attend the matinee performance at 2.30 p.m. on Saturday April 5, calling at Falkirk, Grangemouth, Bo’ness, and Linlithgow. Seats will be booked in the stalls (just behind the front stalls) areas B and C, costing £17 (less 10 per cent for a block booking ). Tickets are non-returnable.

Zetland Guild

Last Wednesday the guild held a Burns/Scottish Night. The members heard singing, poems, readings, toast tae the lassies and a reply from the lassies. The members would like to thank all who too part and members of the committee, Maggie, Liz, Wallace and Charles. It was a lovely night.

KHR Service

The service at the Kirk of the Holy Rood on Sunday will be conducted by the Minister at the usual time of 11 a.m. On February 12 the Women’s Association welcome guest speaker Leslie Menczykowski, from the Special Baby Care Unit, starting at 7.30 p.m. There is a Congregational Board meeting in the Session Room on Thursday, February 6, at 7.30 p.m. The Drop-In/Gardeners are holding a Valentine Coffee Morning on Saturday February 15 at Talbot House between 10 a.m. and noon. Donations of home baking would be very welcome and can be handed in at Talbot House on Friday February 14 from 6.30 p.m. Please go to the back door.

Grangemouth Rotary

Many years back the world was shocked by images of children suffering from starvation in Biafra. Today, alas, there’s still a chronic shortage of food – but nearer to home, in the heart of communities throughout Falkirk and district. So shocked members of the Rotary Club of Grangemuth were told at their meeting last week. The grim news, related by Alf Collingwood, project manager for the Falkirk Food Bank, was heard in stunned silence as he proceeded to tell members that the Falkirk Food Bank, now the second largest in Scotland, distributed food several times a week to 4200 desperately needy local families last year. The food, donated by supermarkets, church congregations and workforces as well as individuals, is made up into family packs by volunteers following approaches to the Falkirk Food Bank by 120 separate referral agencies. That such emergency aid is required in this community was underlined by past president Richard Girvan, whose vote of thanks embraced the grave nature of the situation. President Colin Bird was in the chair.

Zumba Classes

Zumbini with Carol takes place on Wednesdays at Newlands Hall from 10 -10.30 a.m. Pre-booking is required. Zumbini is a new music and movement programme developed from Zumba and suitable for those aged four and under. Zumba with Carol is held in Grangemouth Town Hall on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. E-mail carlie307@hotmail.co.u

Credit Union

Savings are safe with Falkirk District Credit Union and low cost loans are available once regular savings established. Anyone who lives or works in the area within the boundary of Falkirk Council can join, junior savers welcome. For details on how to join please phone (01324) 473695, visit www.falkirkcreditunion.co.uk or pop into the main office at 4 Station Road, Grangemouth which is open Monday - Friday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and every Thursday 6.30-8 p.m.

Street Dance

An adult fitness dance class will begin in Dalgrain Hall, Grangemouth on Thursday, March 6 from 6.30 till 7.30 p.m. All welcome.

R.N.L.I. Thanks

The Grangemouth branch committee of the RNLI would like to thank everyone who supported their Lifeboat SOS Day on Saturday in Abbotsgrange Church hall. They were delighted to report that ther was a good turnout of supporters who enjoyed a selection of soups and sandwiches. The excellent total of £553 was raised. Thanks to everyone who handed in prizes for the tombola.

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 next guild meeting is on Monday at 7.30 p.m. when Tom McMorrow will give a talk and slide show about the Grangemouth Air Cadet Squadron. The Kinneil Youth Brass Band and Church Choir Brass in the Kirk Concert takes place in the church on Saturday, February 15, at 7 p.m. Tickets cost £4 (including refreshments) or you can pay at the door. Anyone wishing the Pastoral Care of a minister should contact Reverend Gohar on (01324) 482109 or e-mail abbotsgrange@aol.co.uk for more information.

Rainbow House

Rainbow House has its first special of the year and a ticket will be available at Rainbow House – just ask at the front desk. Due to numbers anyone with a ticket will have a seat. Service will start as normal and the donation at the door still stands, as the tickets are free. The rally will be in two halfs, as four people have been booked. They are looking forward to having some fun. The Rally will be held on February 6, at 7.30 p.m., on Sunday, February 9, guest medium is the wonderful Mary Amos service starts at 7.15 p.m. . Refreshments are available after the service. Tickets for our Come Dine With Us on May 17 are going fast – there are not many left so please make sure you get yours soon.

Country Dancing

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

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Walking Group

Walks leave from the Community Education Unit, 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

Evangelical Church

On Sunday the morning service will take place at 11 a.m., the Rev. Ron Thomson from Falkirk will be the speaker. The evening service at 6.30 p.m. welcomes Mr Andy Mathieson from Niddrie Community Church in Edinburgh as speaker. All welcome.