Grangemouth news from Thursday, June 5

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Library Events

Grangemouth Library book sale takes place tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday. Grab yourself a bargain from our sale of books, DVDs, CDs and Talking Books. Tea and Tales with author Millie Gray on Wednesday, June 11 at 2 p.m. Millie is the author of several novels based on her life in Leith. Tickets are free. Call (01324) 504690 for more details. The library is hosting a Technology for Life event on Friday, June 13 at 11 a.m. focusing on tools for blind and partially-sighted people. An RNIB Scotland expert will be on hand showcasing reading and computer technology, including the best apps for tablets and mobile devices. There will also be the chance to learn more about the Forth Valley Sensory Centre, The Home Library Service and the Talking Newspaper service. This event is open to everyone, whether they have a visual impairment or know someone who does. No need to book.

Ballroom Dancing

David and Eileen invite people 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.

Safety Forum

The next meeting of the Central Scotland Safety Forum is on Thursday, June 19, at 9 a.m. at the Ineos Exhibition Centre, Gate 3, Powdrake Road. Pinsent Masons, the law firm, will be holding a mock trial event ‘In the Dock: How a Health and Safety Prosecution Unfolds’. The event is free but attendance must be booked in advance. Visit www.eventbrite.co.uk for more information.

KHR Service

The service on Sunday will be conducted by the Minister at the usual time of 11 a.m. There is a Congregational Board meeting tonight (Thursday) at 7.30 p.m. Grangemouth Community Care Fun Day is on Saturday from 2-5 p.m. in the Kirk of the Holy Rood Church Hall. Tickets cost £1 available from Liz Brown or Moira Gilliland. The Summer Walking Group’s is on every Tuesday. June 10 takes in the Bo’ness Foreshore. All walks leave from KHR car park at 6.30 p.m.

Zetland Church

Sunday’s Service was conducted by Reverend Lorna MacDougall. Last Friday’s silent auction raised £405 and thanks were extended to all who participated in any way. Grangemouth Community Care is holding a fun day with afternoon tea, entertainment and fun in the Kirk of the Holy Rood this Saturday, June 7 from 2-5 p.m. for all retired folk who would like to come. Tickets £1. Next Sunday’s Communion Services are at 11.15 a.m. and 2.45 p.m. There will be a presentation of elders’ long service certificates at the morning service. On Sunday evening Grangemouth Council of Churches will celebrate Pentecost with a service in Zetland Parish Church at 7 p.m. All are welcome.

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 Neil Campbell and on Sunday at 7.15 p.m. with guests Joan and Ted Beneson. Healing is available before both services from 6-7 p.m. The church has a craft and coffee morning on Saturday from 10.30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Grangemouth Rotary

‘It’s just a game!’ That dismissive attitude to the game of football was shown to be far from the truth at last week’s meeting of the Rotary Club of Grangemouth. That’s when the guest speaker, David Craig of Falkirk Football Club’s Football Community Foundation, highlighted an all-encompassing social side to the activities of the foundation which caters from children from the age of two to those of more mature years. Those activities introduce participants to sport, football among them, healthier living initiatives and the possibility of maximising employment opportunities. He was thanked for his most comprehensive address by Richard Girvan. With the club hosting a Golf Day at Linlithgow today (Thursday) with 22 teams of four competing, George Nichol received the best wishes of the club for his organisation of the event whose principal beneficiary is Cancer Research UK. Consequently the club will not meet today as members have had the opportunity during Scatter Week to visit other clubs. Tomorrow (Friday) the club will host the ever-popular ‘It’s a Knockout’ for pupils of Grangemouth High School. Those members involved may just recover in time for the club’s Partners’ Lunch on Thursday, June 12, at the usual time and place, Leapark Hotel, 12.30 for 12.45 p.m.

Abbotsgrange Church

The Sunday School and ABC Prize Giving takes place at 10.30 a.m. this Sunday, when the young people of the church will conduct the service. Crèche facilities are available and the Sunday Sundae, which costs £1.50, follows worship. The Sunday School party will be held between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Anyone in need of pastoral care can contact the minister on (01324) 482109 or e-mail abbotsgrange@aol.co.uk for more information.

Zumba Classes

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

Probus Club

Grangemouth Probus Club met at Talbot House on Tuesday, May 27. President Harry Dougall introduced the speaker local Rotarian and good friend to the club Roger Salveson who brought warm greetings from the local Rotary. Roger was speaking on a subject which has had a large influence on his later life, namely prostate cancer. Roger stated that after giving a blood test in 1995 to measure his PSA he was diagnosed with the cancer. As a result of this he attended the Beatson Oncology Department for radiation treatment successfully. In 1996 a charity was set up to raise awareness of this illness and Roger became a volunteer. He encourages anyone over the age of 50 who is having any sort of problems with their “water works” to contact their doctor to get a PSA blood test. A discussion followed regarding finance and the fact that women are encouraged to attend breast clinics but no such facility is available for men to have their prostate examined when this illness is just as rife with a figure of one in eight men liable to contract some form of this cancer. The vote of thanks to Roger was given by Dan Taylor for his thought provoking presentation. The speaker at the next meeting on June 10 will be local councillor Malcolm Nicol.

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, June 8, 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 Andy Mathieson 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.