Grangemouth news from Thursday, April 10

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Young Portonians

Everyone is very busy getting ready for the group’s Spring production. This year’s performance will be ‘Smile and Sing’ in Beancross Primary School on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, curtain up at 7 p.m. Tickets £5 and £3 concession are available now, please ask any member or contact Evelyn Baker on (01324) 870757 for any further info. The children have been working very hard learning new songs and dances for the show, so come along and support local talented children. If there are any children wishing to join the company there will be auditions on Tuesday, May 13 in Moray Primary School. If you are nine-years-old by August 31, 2014 and would like to be a part of the company please contact Irene McVie on (01324) 486662 or secretary@young portonians.co.uk for more information.

Choral Society

Grangemouth Choral Society’s 60th Annual Concert will be in Grangemouth High School on Friday, April 25 at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are £7 and available from any choir member or telephone Moira Nicol on 07754805340.

Strathcarron Friends

Friends of Strathcarron Hospice Grangemouth Branch thank Grangemouth Golf Club for the use of their premise and all who attended and helped make the recent quiz night a huge success. The sum of £562.30 was raised.

Rainbow House

Grangemouth Rainbow House Spiritualist Church invite people to their services at South Shore Road tonight (Thursday) at 7.30 p.m. with guest medium Bernadette and on Sunday at 7.15 p.m. with guest Reverend Rachel Walker. Healing is available before both services from 6-7 p.m.

Grangemouth RNLI

The Grangemouth Branch of the RNLI is holding its annual coffee morning on Saturday, April 12 in Abbotsgrange Church Hall between 10 a.m. and noon. Tickets cost £2. Harry and Isobel Dougall, (013424) 486019, and all committee members have tickets for sale or you may pay at the door. Come along for a coffee and some home baking. Souvenirs will also be on sale and you can try your luck at the tombola stall.

Zumba Classes

Zumbini with Carol takes place in Grangemouth on Wednesdays at Newlands Hall 10-10.30 a.m. and pre-booking is required. Zumbini is a fantastic brand new music and movement programme developed by Zumba and is suitable for ages four and under. Zumba Gold continues every Monday and Wednesday at Newlands/Beancross Hall Grangemouth (just before the TA centre) from 11.15 a.m.-noon and is 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.

KHR Service

The Kirk of the Holy Rood service on Sunday will be conducted by the minister at the usual time of 11 a.m. Easter Appeal for Buskit: This year as usual the church is supporting Buskit through the Smartie Appeal. Thanks for your support and could you please return the donations on Easter Sunday. Grangemouth Council of Churches Holy Week services are as follows: Monday, April 14 at St. Mary’s; Tuesday, April 15 at Zetland Parish; Wednesday, April 16 at Christ The King; Thursday, April 17 at the Kirk of the Holy Rood; Friday, April 18 at Abbotsgrange Parish. All services start at 7.30 p.m.

Abbotsgrange Church

The Reverend Aftab Gohar will conduct the service at 10.30 a.m. this Sunday. There will be no Sunday School or ABC this week. Crèche facilities are available as usual and tea and coffee will be served after worship. The Holy Week service at Abbotsgrange is on Friday, April 18 at 7.30 p.m. Refreshments will be served afterwards. The minister is available for pastoral care after worship or can be contacted on (01324) 482109 or e-mail abbotsgrange@aol.co.uk for more information.

Zetland Guild

The ladies of the guild had a very successful and happy evening making some Easter crafts, Easter cards, Bible crosses, patchword eggs and an Easter tree. Good wishes from all the ladies for the Easter period. Next week is the annual general meeting and the guild wish a good summer to all members.

Lodge Zetland 391

RWM Brother Peter Neilson welcomed a large turnout of some 96 members and visitors to the Lodge’s Regular Second Degree on Tuesday, April 1. After the disposal of routine business the secretary reported on his recent, successful visit to the Grand Lodge of Japan. He presented the RWM with a suitable memento of the occasion who, in turn, thanked him. There was then admitted a Deputation from the Douglas Lodge No. 409, Bo’ness who were warmly welcomed. The Candidates were then admitted and received their Second Degree in a fine and dignified manner. Two well-known Past Masters, from Bo’ness, were then made honorary members of Lodge Zetland. The reply on behalf of the visitors was ably delivered by Bro. Campbell, the RWM of Lodge Carron 139. The next Regular Meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 15, with the Third Degree in the very capable hands of the Past Masters of the Lodge.

Zetland Church

Sunday’s service was conducted by Reverend Lorna MacDougall. The social and fundraising committee are holding a Spring Coffee Morning in the hall on Saturday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to noon. Tickets £3. Donations of home baking would be gratefully received at the church hall on Friday evening at 6 p.m. or on Saturday morning. (For Holy Week Services between April 14 and April 18 see Kirk of the Holy Rood entry). There will also be a children’s/family service on Good Friday morning in Zetland Parish Church at 10 a.m. to which all are invited. The Palm Sunday service takes place at 11.15 a.m. when the Sunday School also meets. Tea and coffee will be served after the service and Vestry Hour consultation will take place.

Grangemouth Rotary

“Get on your bike!” That rather emotive exhortation coined some years back by former Cabinet Minister Norman Tebbitt formed the theme of a most interesting address to the Rotary Club of Grangemouth last week. It was offered by Sandy Mahamet, project manager for the Recyke-a-Bike scheme begun in 2006 at Fallin and since extended to the Bankside Industrial Estate, Bainsford. This social engineering project - refurbishing unwanted bicycles for sale - offers skills training to out-of-work youngsters, provides them with some measure of work experience when they go job-hunting, and in time offers the basis of a healthier life-style for the wider community. Sandy demonstrated how succesful this project had become and by the nature of the questions posed by members his message was well made. The vote of thanks was proposed by Kate Connochie. President Colin Bird was in the chair.

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

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 our website 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.

Grangemouth Probus Club

The club met on Tuesday, April 1 in Talbot House where President Harry Dougall welcomed the members and introduced guests from the Rotary Stanley Gray and Sandy Jack. He then introduced the speaker for the morning club member Charlie Greer giving a presentation on the Children’s Panel. Charlie explained that he applied to be a panel member nearly three years ago on retiring from full time employment. He gave an insight into the training involved prior to be coming a panel member. Charlie explained that the panel is fairly unique to Scotland as not many countries operate this system. He also explained that back in the 1960’s/70’s about 80 per cent of the young people came before the panel for misbehaving and 20 per cent for their protection from cruelty. This has now reversed completely and the 80 per cent is now for the young persons protection and 20 per cent for misbehaving. Charlie explained the procedure undertaken before a young person comes before the panel and the various authorities involved before this such as the police, social work, school or any member of the public who are worried about a situation. Many questions were then put to the member with the vote of thanks given by Tom Robertson. The next meeting is on Tuesday, April 15 when the guest speaker will be Paul Cuthell talking on the history of the Cuthell family.

Natural Art

A Natural Art Extravaganza will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 16 at the RSPB Skinflats Reserve. To book contact joanne.dempster@rspb.org.uk for more information.

Evangelical Church

On Sunday, April 13, the morning service takes place at 11 a.m. with Mr Iain Gibb from Grangemouth as speaker. The evening service at 6.30 p.m. welcomes Mr Alistair Dickson from Niddrie Community Church in Edinburgh. All welcome.

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 our website 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.