Grangemouth news from Thursday, July 3

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Ballroom Dancing

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

Fibromyalgia Group

Falkirk District Fibromyalgia Support Group’s prize bingo at Scotts Bistro last month raised £650. The group thanks everyone involved in making the event such a success.

KHR Service

The Service on Sunday at the Kirk of the Holy Rood will be conducted by the minister at 11 a.m. The Summer Walking Group is on every Tuesday, all walks leaving from KHR car park at 6.30 p.m. The July 8 walk is Westquarter Glen. Donations for the Nearly New Shop, which runs from August 4-9, can now be accepted on Wednesdays between 10 a.m. and noon. Falkirk Food Bank collections take place on the first Sunday of every month. The next one is this Sunday. There will be a trolley in the vestibule of the church for donations. Items can include UHT or powdered milk, sugar, fruit juice either in cartons or diluting, pasta sauces and any type of tinned food, jam and chocolate bars. These items are for local people in crisis and all donations are very much appreciated.

Grangemouth Probus Club.

At Tuesday morning’s meeting on June 24 President Harry Dougall welcomed fellow members and guest speaker Ian Scott, well known local historian. His talk and slide show presentation was about The Battle of Bannockburn 1314, one of the most significant dates in Scottish history. To commemorate the 700th anniversary of the famous battle there will be many events taking place, over a two-day period in Bannockburn and Stirling. There will be music, food and drink stalls, historical workshops and most importantly a dramatic re–enactment of the Battle itself. Ian set the scene of the Bannockburn encounter; Robert the Bruce faced and defeated a much larger English army under Edward II and the battle marked a significant turning point. Scotland’s armies could now invade northern England, with Robert launching devastating raids into Lancashire and Yorkshire. Despite Bannockburn and the capture of the final English stronghold at Berwick in 1318, Edward II still refused to give up his claim to the overlordship of Scotland. In 1320, the Scottish magnates and nobles submitted the Declaration of Arbroath to Pope John XXII, declaring that Robert was their rightful monarch and asserting Scotland’s status as an independent kingdom. Robert died on June 7, 1329. His body is buried in Dunfermline Abbey, while his heart was interred in Melrose Abbey. The vote of thanks for an excellent and informative talk was given by William Aitken. Next meeting will be on Tuesday, September 2 with guest speaker Woody Spears talking about fire prevention.

Grangemouth RNLI

The Grangemouth branch of the RNLI is holding a Strawberry Tea in Abbotsgrange Church Hall on Saturday, July 12, from 10 a.m. to noon. Tickets price £2.50 are now available from Harry Dougall (01324) 486019 or any committee member or you can pay at the door.

Rainbow Church

Grangemouth’s Rainbow House Spiritualist Church will be holding services at their South Shore Road premises tonight (Thursday) at from 7.30 p.m. with guest medium Nancy Paterson and on Sunday at 7.15 p.m. with guest Mary Psychic Artist. Healing is available before both services from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The church thank everyone who supported its craft and coffee morning. All proceeds raised will go to the Friends of Rannoch Park.

Grangemouth Rotary

Jim Stirling has taken over as President of the Rotary Club of Grangemouth, and following his installation at the hands of his immediate predecessor, Colin Bird, revealed that he had been so impressed by what the club was doing when he came to give a talk some seven years ago that he had no hesitation accepting an invitation to join. He subsequently installed Nigel Harris as president-elect. Colin Bird can look back on a most successful year in office, the club having raised more than £35,000 for local, national and international charities, introduced four new members, and generally remained active in the community over a wide front. Past Rotary International President John Kenny, who was club president way back in 1977-78, reported on his visits to Rotary clubs and assemblies as far afield as Hong Kong and Australia - and nearer to home, Edinburgh. During the meeting Angela Gillies presented club president Colin Bird with a diploma to mark the club’s new status as a Strathcarron Hospice Charity Partner in recognition not only of the club’s generosity over the years but its continuing programme of involvement. On a lighter note Allan Graham, convener of the Community Service Committee, intimated that the Beat the goalie competition, organised by the club, raised some £112 on Children’s Day. The incoming president’s lunch will be held on Saturday at the Leapark Hotel, Noon for 12.30 p.m..

Talbot House

Talbot House, in Talbot Street, will be holding its annual general meeting today (Thursday) at 2 p.m.

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.

Walking Groups

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 (013240 504556/504568 or email stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.