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Abbotsgrange Church

The service on Sunday commencing at 10.30 a.m. will be conducted by the Reverend Aftab Gohar. The Sunday School and ABC meet during the service and a creche is also available. Coffee and tea will be served in the large hall after the service. The minister is available for pastoral care after worship or can be contacted (01324) 482109 or e-mail abbotsgrange@aol.co.uk for more information.

Grangemouth Rotary

Cheques totalling more than £5200, proceeds from Grangemouth Rotary Club’s Santa Sleigh collection in December, were presented to representatives of no fewer than 20 local organisations on Monday evening. After acknowledging the club’s gratitude to the generosity of townspeople and others in raising such a sum, President Jim Stirling, at the close of the club’s monthly club council meeting, handed over the cheques to Grangemouth Old People’s Welfare Committee, Darby and Joan Club, Young Portonian Theatre Company, Grangemouth Heritage Trust, 1333 (Grangemouth Spitfire) Squadron ATC, Grangemouth Children’s Day, Newsline, Relationships Scotland, Walkie Talkie Group, Grangemouth Community Care, Forth Valley Disability Sport, The Forgetful Elephant, Young Enterprise Falkirk Area Board, Alzheimers Scotland, 15th Forth Valley Scouts, Falkirk and Central Scotland Samaritans, Abbotsgrange Girls’ Brigade, 3rd Grangemouth Girls’ Brigade, Sea Cadets, and the Dolphin Club. At the club’s weekly meeting last Thursday a most moving acount of a visit she paid to Normandy last year on the 60th anniversary of D-Day was offered by Miss Morag Macdonald, a former primary school headteacher and former colleague of several members. Based in Caen during her two-week stay Morag got to appreciate the handsome cream and golden architecture of the town hall, the cathedral, two abbeys and other buildings amd described them in such a manner members could visualise them. As an aside she addedthat William the Conqueror had been married in the cathedral. The vote of thanks was proposed by Stanley Gray.

KHR Service

The service on Sunday at Kirk of the Holy Rood will be conducted by the minister at the usual time of 11 a.m. On Wednesday, February 25 the KHR Women’s Association welcome guests The Peoples Church, at 7.30 p.m. They are also holding a fundraising night on Wednesday, March 4 with guests Brian’s Fashions. There will be ladies and gents clothes for sale at reasonable prices. Tickets are £3 and can be purchased at the association or after service. Please come and join us and maybe pick up a bargain. The Kirk of the Holy Rood’s 54th Annual Stated Meeting will be held during service on Sunday, March 8. The World Day of Prayer is to be held on Friday, March 6 in the Kirk of the Holy Rood at 7.30 p.m. The service and prayers have been written by the Christian women of the Bahamas. Tea and coffee will be served after the service when we can share in fellowship. There are also services to be held on March 6 at Morar Court at 11 a.m. and McKenzie Court at 2 p.m.

Zetland Church

Sunday’s Service was conducted by Reverend Alison Meikle and the Sacrament of Baptism was administered to Olivia Lorraine Gray, infant daughter of Sarah and Gary and a wee sister to Emily. Lent Bible Study will begin on Monday at 7 p.m. in the manse. Elders’ duties for Communion on Sunday, March 8 are posted in the usual places. Donations to the Memorial Window refurbishment and/or the roof work can be placed in either the offering bag or the box at the back of the church, in an envelope stating which projects you wish to give to. If you are a tax payer, please put your name and address on the envelope to allow the congregation to reclaim Gift Aid. The Guild fundraiser, with the Columban Singers, will take place on Wednesday, March 4 at 7.30 p.m. Tickets, priced £5, can be had from Guild committee members. Zetland Baby Group meets in the church hall on Tuesdays from 10-11.30 a.m. and is for mums/dads/carers and their babies up to one year old. A warm welcome awaits the adults for a time of chat over coffee/tea with some home baking, while the babies interact with each other and explore the toys available. For further information contact Catherine Weir on 01259 743815 or Helen Binnie (01324) 483695. Friends of Strathcarron Hospice Grangemouth Branch is holding a Quiz Night in Grangemouth Golf Club on Friday, March 6 at 7.30 p.m. Tickets, which include tea and cakes, are priced at £4 and can be had from committee members in the hall. Sunday’s Service is at 11.15 a.m. Sunday School meets, tea and coffee will be served after the service and there will be Vestry Hour consultation.

Zetland Guild

The guild had the pleasure of Mary Welsh from the Abbey Church Dunfermline describing her duties as Beadle of this very famous and historic Church. We had lots of laughs and learned so much about Scottish history, including the fact Robert Bruce is buried there but his heart is in Melrose Abbey. A very pleasant and informative evening was had by all. Next week the guild will be visiting The Kirk of the Holy Rood.

Zumba Classes

Zumba Gold continues every Monday and Wednesday at Newlands/Beancross Hall (just before the TA centre). Both classes are 11.15 a.m. to noon and suitable for beginners to exercise, active older participants or those seeking a lower pace/impact zumba class. Zumba with Carol takes place at Grangemouth Town Hall on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. For more information on classes e-mail carlie307@hotmail.co.uk or pop along before class starts.

RSCDS Classes

Local RSCDS class meets in a new venue in the church hall beside The Kirk of the Holy Rood, Grangemouth from 7.30-9 p.m. on a Thursday. Beginners please refer to our classes in the Laurieston section. For further details ring Alison on (01324) 631363. More information about us can be found on the website web.rscds-falkirk.org.uk

Walking Group

Walks leave from the Community Education Unit, Grangemouth Sports complex every Monday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. Please note that Monday walk is a faster paced walk. If you or someone you know is having problems with their balance come along to our Otago class on a Wednesday at 10.30 a.m. after the walk. 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. We also have a collection in Grangemouth One Stop Shop, York Lane which is open on Mondays and Fridays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering at all please call or ask at collection.

Planning Applications

Calachem Ltd has applied to Falkirk Council for hazardous substances planning consent to relocate goods within its north site in Earls Road, Grangemouth.