Grangemouth news from Thursday, March 13

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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. and will include the annual general meeting. On March 19, the Women’s Association is holding its own annual general meeting and a 52nd birthday tea starting at 7.30 p.m.

Zetland Guild

The Zetland Guild were entertained by the Wesley Singers recently. This was a fund raiser and the singers were very good indeed. The conductress Margaret entertained the guild with her stories and comments. Thanks go to the group for coming along to entertain members.

Project Theatre

Calling all budding artists. Project Theatre needs you to design our programme front cover for this year’s production of Aladdin Jr. For the first time, the group is opening it up to the whole of Falkirk for young people aged 8 to 18 to enter their designs as well as Project Theatre company members. All entries are need by Wednesday, April 23, at 6 p.m. at latest when they will be judged. The prize will be a gift voucher and your design gracing the front cover of the show programme. Please post designs to Project Theatre, 33 Sealock Court, Grangemouth, FK3 0HQ or email info@projecttheatre.org.uk or post on our Facebook www.facebook.com/projecttheatre for more information. The group’s Summer theatre school and residential drama camp activities are available for young people age 8 to 11 and 12 to 16 in July and August. Places are limited. Visit www.projecttheatre.org.uk/summer or www.facebook.com/summerdrama or contact 07954173842 for more information.

Lodge Zetland 391

After successfully hosting the annual general meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge, it was back to business for RWM Brother Peter Neilson who welcomed a fine turnout of some 71 members and visitors to the Lodge’s Regular First Degree on Tuesday, March 4. After the disposal of routine business, there was, not surprisingly, admitted a Deputation from Lodge Bannockburn Bruce and Thistle No. 312 headed by their RWM Bro. McCormack. The Candidate was then initiated in a fine and dignified manner. The Travelling Gavel was claimed by the Deputation from Bannockburn and returned to its’ point of origin. The next Regular Meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 18, with the Lodge visiting Dolphin 911 on Thursday, March 20, to confer a Second Degree.

Coffee Morning

Grangemouth Community Education Association is holding a fundraising coffee morning on Saturday, March 29 in the Grangemouth Unit, Abbots Road (next to sports complex) from 10 a.m. to noon amd will feature “Games Through the Ages”. Tickets cost £2. All welcome.

Zetland Church

Sunday’s Communion Services were conducted by Reverend Lorna MacDougall and one person was Admitted to Membership by Profession of Faith, with the Sacrament of Baptism administered to baby Alix Grant, infant daughter of Mark and Emma and a wee sister to Amy. The Congregational Board will meet on Thursday, March 13, at 7 p.m. Additional items which would be gratefully received by Falkirk Foodbank include toiletries and baby goods. Morning Worship next Sunday is at 11.15 a.m. Sunday School will meet. Tea and coffee will be served in the hall after the Service and there will be Vestry Hour consultation.

Coffee Morning

Tesco Grangemouth is organising a charity coffee morning in aid of DiabetesUK at Talbot Bowling Club, Talbot Street, on Thursday, April 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Home baking will also be available on the day.

Rainbow Church

Grangemouth Rainbow Spiritualist Church will be holding services in South Shore Road today (Thursday) at 7.30 p.m. with guest medium Rachel Walker and on Sunday at 7.15 p.m. when Ivy will be the guest medium. Healing is available before each service from 6 to 7 p.m.

Preschool Ballet

A new ballet/dance class for preschool children aged three to five starts on Thursday, March 13 at 10.10 a.m. at Grangemouth Town Hall. Email info@centralscotlandballetschool.co.uk or call (01324) 716425 for more details.

Zumba Classes

Zumba with Carol takes place at Grangemouth Town Hall on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. Zumbini with Carol takes place in Grangemouth on Wednesdays at Newlands Hall from 10 to 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 four years and under. Zumba Gold continues every Monday and Wednesday at Newlands/Beancross Hall (just before the TA centre) running from 11.15 a.m. to 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 informatuiojn on all classes.

Grangemouth Rotary

Prisoners in this country live in five-star luxury accommodation by comparison with those put behind bars in Kenya. That was the observation offered to members of the Rotary Club of Grangemouth last week by the guest speaker, the Reverend Sheena Orr, a Church of Scotland minister ordained by the Presbytery of Falkirk several years ago and who, while resident in Kenya where her husband is working with a United Nations organisation, is developing the prison chaplaincy service in that country. Her address in respect of Through Ministry, a charity devoted to providing help for prisoners’ families while their spouses were serving their sentences, and help for the prisoners to prepare them for their release, was much appreciated by the members whose questions were answered ably. The vote of thanks was proposed by past president Colin Mailer. President-elect Jim Stirling was in the chair. The club’s annual Fire Safety Quiz, staged at Sacred Heart Primary School, was won by Moray Primary School. Tomorrow (Friday) members will relax with their partners and guests at the club’s annual charter dinner at the Leapark Hotel. Abbotsgrange Church

Rev. Aftab Gohar will conduct the service at 10.30 a.m. on Sunday. Crèche facilities will be available and the Sunday School and ABC Team will meet at the same time. Tea and coffee will be served after worship. Neil Graham of the Vine Trust is the guest speaker at the Men’s Association on Monday, March 17, at 7.30 p.m. The Guild Coffee Morning takes place in the large hall on Saturday, March 22, between 10 a.m. and noon. The cost is £2 and everyone is welcome to attend.

Probus Club

The club met on Tuesday, March 4, in Talbot House and President Harry Dougall welcomed a large turnout of members with a special welcome to Andrew Fulton and Jim Wilson from the local Rotary. He then introduced the speaker Alan Filsell along with Allison Anderson from St James Place Wealth Management who gave a presentation on personal wealth and how to plan for a secure future. He first of all talked about investment management and gave example of various components to build up a portfolio such as investments, pensions, pension annuities, savings, mortgage, insurance and life assurance, health insurance and arrangements for long term care. Alan then gave examples over the years of the volatility of the markets and the effect it can have on investments. He then went on to the subject of income and the various controls applied regarding investment bonds, inheritance tax and other forms of income. Finally Alan talked about wills and the advantage of appointing a power of attorney. Many questions were then answered from the members with a vote of thanks given by James Orrock. The speaker at the next meeting on Tuesday, March 18, will be Tom McMorrow on the subject of Air Cadets and how the Spitfire project developed.