Grangemouth news from Thursday, March 26

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Lodge Zetland 391

RWM Bro. Peter Neilson welcomed some 57 Members and Visitors into the Lodge on Tuesday, March 17 to a Second Degree. After the disposal of routine business, including an appeal for names for the End of Season Function, he passed the Lodge to the Second Degree. Thereafter one Candidate was passed to the Second Degree in a competent and skilful manner. The next Degree, also being a Second, is scheduled for Tuesday, April 7. Brother Hamilton, the RWM of the Douglas Lodge 409 Bo’ness, replied on behalf of the Visitors.

Abbotsgrange Church

The service on Sunday will be taken by Reverend Aftab Gohar and will commence at 10.30 a.m. The Sunday School and ABC Group meet at this time also and, as usual, there will be a creche available for younger children. On Saturday, March 28 there will be a coffee morning in the large hall to help Zeshan Gohar raise funds for his trip with Grangemouth High School charity group Buskit. Admission is £2 so please come along and enjoy a cuppa, a blether and some home baking and help him raise funds for such a good cause.

Zetland Guild

Cat protection was the interesting talk given by Donna and Sandra last Wednesday. They advised us that no cat in their kennel was ever put to sleep - they were found new owners, returned to their original owner or kept there by the volunteers. We saw slides of old cats, young cats, kittens, cats with three legs, in fact all kinds of cats. The ladies were told if they wanted a pet then visiting the cat protection was the best place to go. Hopefully all the cats will find new homes.

Rotary Club

At a time when the nation will be digesting the result of the General Election in May, the annual partners’ lunch for members of the Rotary Club of Grangemouth, to be held one week later, will hear how a major election is organised administratively. That’s because the guest speaker that day will be Mary Pitcaithly, chief executive of Falkirk Council, who was Chief Returning Officer at last September’s Scottish Referendum. That was the news imparted to members at the club’s business meeting last week when they also heard how the team representing the club went down fighting in its District 1020 Plate general knowledge quiz tie against the Edinburgh Breakfast Club. Today (Thursday) the club will host members of the Rotary Club of Falkirk at the annual joint meeting when the speaker will be Gary Haywood, chief executive officer of Ineos Upstream who will speak on the topical issue of Fracking.

Zetland Church

Sunday’s service was conducted by Reverend Alison Meikle. The recent Daffodil Tea raised the sum of £530, and grateful thanks were extended to all who supported and helped in any way. On Sunday, Palm Sunday and ‘Souper Sunday’, there will be a retiring collection for Church of Scotland HIV Programme. Soup will be served in the hall by the youth organisations after the service, with donations also going to the programme. Also on Sunday there will be a Songs of Praise Service at 7 p.m. The Monthly Lunch will be on Wednesday, April 1 from 11.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. cost £3. Holy Week Communion Service on Thursday, April 2 will be held in Zetland Church at 7 p.m. All are welcome. Anyone interested in knowing more about their faith and/or wishing to join the family of faith in the Church of Scotland should contact Alison, who intends having an Enquirers Group after Easter. Sunday’s Service is at 11.15 a.m. Sunday School meets. Soup, tea and coffee will be served after the service. Vestry hour will be held. Alison can be contacted on (01324) 336729 or e-mail alison-meikle@sky.com for more information.

KHR Service

The service at Kirk of the Holy Rood on Sunday, March 29, will be conducted by the Minister at the usual time of 11 a.m. The churches from presbytery are holding a family event, Crack Open Easter, on Saturday, March 28 from 11 to 11.30 a.m. in the Hub, main shopping centre Falkirk. There will be bible stories, craft tables, painting with the Brightons Praise Band. All are welcome. Once again the church is supporting Buskit, please return the donations in the Smartie tubes by Easter Sunday.

Dancing

Dancing tomorrow (Friday) from 8 p.m. Hosts are Raymond and Jean. Come along and enjoy modern, easy sequence and old time dancing in Bowhouse Community Centre. All welcome.

Probus Club

Grangemouth Probus Club met on Tuesday, March 17 in Talbot House. President Adam McPhail welcomed the members and visitor Hugh Meikle before introducing speaker Jo Love, a deacon in the Church of Scotland and a member of the Iona Community. She gave an insight into the volunteer work the society has been delivering to places like children’s homes in eastern Europe. The first ‘expedition’ the volunteers made was with a Transit van completely filled with medical equipment and school equipment along with toys in 2005 to the country of Transnistria, which borders the countries of Moldova and Ukraine. There they visited a mother and children’s hospital not far from the capital Tiraspol. Further visits were made in 2009 to Vidin in Bulgaria and again in 2012 to Lithuania to a children’s home not far from Kaunas, this time the van loaded with children’s bikes. Jo stressed each of these visits was paid for by volunteer funding. After answering many questions the vote of thanks on behalf of the members was given by Joe Love. The next meeting is on Tuesday when the speaker will be Professor Donald Meek on MacBraynes ferries.

Zumba Classes

Zumba Gold continues every Monday and Wednesday at Newlands/Beancross Hall (just before the TA centre) 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. 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 Carol at carlie307@hotmail.co.uk.

RSCDS Classes

The Summer Scottish Country Dancing classes continue - please refer to the Polmont section. For further details ring Su on (01324) 711576. More information about us can be found on the website, web.rscds-falkirk.org.uk.