Grangemouth news from Thursday, November 20

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Probus Club

On Tuesday, November 11 around 50 members and friends left Talbot House in a Fitzcharles bus to visit the football museum at Hampden Park Glasgow. The members split into two groups to see round the stadium and museum with guides who gave a very interesting and entertaining tour, well appreciated by the members finishing in the self-service restaurant at lunchtime joining such as the Scotland ladies team manager and SFA Chief Executive Stewart Regan. Having enjoyed such a great day out members thanked Secretary Adam McPhail for arranging the visit and member John Wilson who was bus driver. The next meeting is on Tuesday, November 25 when the guest speaker will be Ian Mundie on the subject of ‘History of Buses’. Treasurer Charlie Clason is reminding members that he is looking for their payment for the Christmas Lunch at this meeting.

Portonian Panto

The Young Portonians’ production of ‘Richard Whittington Esquire’ starts on Wednesday, November 26, so there is still time to get your tickets which are on sale at 71 La Porte Precinct up until Saturday, November 22 from 10 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. The show is at Grangemouth Town Hall from Wednesday, November 26 to Saturday, November 29 at 7.30 p.m. each evening with a matinee on Saturday, November 29 at 2 p.m. For more information call Evelyn Baker on (01324) 870757.

Charlotte Dundas

Steamboat charity Friends of the Charlotte Dundas will hold a public meeting

at Grangemouth Heritage Trust, La Porte Precinct, on Thursday, November 27 from

from 7-9 p.m. Members of the public will have an opportunity to view potential plans to commemorate the historic Charlotte Dundas paddle steamer and her engineer William Symington and have an input as to what form these should take or to get involved with the project. The Charlotte Dundas, built in Grangemouth in 1802, was a magnificent example of Scottish engineering and known worldwide as the world’s first practical steamboat.

Zetland Church

Sunday’s service was conducted by Reverend Donald Scott. The Congregational Board will meet on Tuesday, December 2 at 7 p.m. Elders’ duties for Communion on Sunday, December 7 are posted in the usual places. The induction of Reverend Alison Meikle as the new minister will take place on the evening of Monday, December 8 at 7 p.m. The social and fundraising Committee are holding a Christmas Coffee Morning on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, with a cake and candy stall and a Christmas stall. Tickets priced £3 are available from committee members. Sincere thanks go to all who supported the Blythswood Shoebox Appeal. A total of 36 boxes were made up and a further 12 were donated fully packed. These will provide a great deal of joy and cheer to boys and girls aged three to teenagers in Eastern European countries this Christmas. The Girls’ Brigade will hold its annual Christingle on Sunday at 4 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend and there will be mince pies, tea and coffee afterwards. The Girls’ Brigade are having a brunch on Saturday, November 29 in the hall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be rolls on sausage, bacon, eggs and tea, coffee and biscuits. There will also be a number of stalls selling various goods. Morning Worship on Sunday is at 11.15 a.m. as normal and will be conducted by Reverend John Jenkinson. Sunday School meets and tea and coffee will be served after the service. No Vestry Hour consultation.

Zetland Consultations

Public consultations to give people the opportunity to comment on long term proposals for Zetland Park will be taking place this month. The draft plan will be announced on Friday at 2 p.m. in the property at 1/3 York Arcade, the premises which previously held the Titanic exhibition. The consultant will give a short presentation and there will be questionnaires available for visitors to the site to complete, allowing them to comment on the plans. The next drop-in event will take place at Kersiebank Community Project, behind the Old Dundas School, on Monday between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. A static display will be in place at Grangemouth Library from Tuesday to Friday there will be a static displays of the masterplan at Grangemouth Library, in Bo’ness Road, Falkirk Council One Stop Shop, in York Square, Grangemouth Leisure Centre and the Community Education Unit in Abbots Road with questionnaires available.

Bowhouse Dancing

A night of social dancing will take place in the Bowhouse Community Centre, Bowhouse Road on Saturday from 8 p.m.

Zumba Classes

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 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 7-8 p.m. For more information on classes contact Carol at carlie307@hotmail.co.uk

Country Dancing

Get your body and mind in shape. The 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 Thursdays. Beginners please refer to our classes in the Laurieston section. For further details ring Alison on (01324) 631363. Visit web.rscds-falkirk.org.uk for more information.

KHR Services

The service at the Kirk of the Holy Rood on Sunday will be conducted by the Minister at the usual time of 11 a.m. On November 26 the KHR Woman’s Association is holding a St. Andrews Night night with guest speaker Ian Duncan starting at 7.30 p.m. The Christmas Fayre is on Saturday, December 6 between 10 a.m. and noon. Entrance is £1.50. Any donations of home baking and the Santas £1 dipper sacks are very much appreciated. Please wrap dippers up and label them accordingly (boy and age/girl and age/male or female) and hand them in to Liz Brown before Friday, November 28.

Fun/Food/Faith

Ever wondered what to do as a whole family on a Sunday afternoon just as the shops are about to close? Well come along to Abbotsgrange Parish Church from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, November 30 for Fun Food Faith and find out more. E-mail kirsty.nic@virgin.net for more information.

Step Forth

Walks leave from the Community Education Unit, Grangemouth Sports Complex every Monday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. (please note Monday walk is a faster paced walk). There will be no Otago class on Wednesday, November 27. All walks are free and open to all abilities. Contact (01324) 504566/504568 or email stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org

Rainbow Church

Rainbow House Church invite people along to their premises in South Shore Road for services today (Thursday) at 7.30 p.m. with guest medium Daphna Mason and on Sunday at 7.15 p.m. with Jean Spears. Healing is available from 6 to 7 p.m. before each service.

Line Dancing

Classes for beginners and improvers take place in Newlands Community Centre on Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m. An intermediates class takes place in the Railway Club on Mondays from 7.30-10 p.m. Contact Ann on (01506) 825052 for more information.

Evangelical Church

On Sunday, November 23 the morning service will take place at 11 a.m. Trevor May from Denny will be the speaker. The evening service is at 6.30 p.m. with speaker Mr Stuart Hendrie from Falkirk. All welcome.

Boys’ Brigade

The 1st Grangemouth Boys’ Brigade will be holding a prize bingo on Tuesday, November 25 at 7.30 p.m. in Scott’s Bistro, Wood Street. Tickets are 50p and can be purchased on the night or from any of the officers. Donations of prizes are still being sought and can be handed in to the Anchor Boys and Junior Section on Thursday night, the Company Section on Friday or on the night of the bingo.