Grangemouth news from Thursday, November 27

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Lodge Zetland 391

Following a successful and enjoyable visit by the Lodge to Lodge Bannockburn Bruce and Thistle 312, RWM Bro. Peter Neilson welcomed some 45 Members and Visitors into the Lodge on Tuesday 18th November. After disposal of business, which included the Annual General Meeting, he thanked the Substitute Master, his brother and Brother K. Brown for their efforts in the sponsored cycle event for Prostrate, Scotland, throughout the Province of Stirlingshire, having raised approximately £3000, where a total amount of approximately £13,000 was expected to be realised. He also thanked members and their wives who had supported him at the World War 1 Commemoration Services at both the Cenotaph and the Lodge Zetland, at the behest of Lodge St. John Slamannan 484, including Mrs Morag Scobbie and Mrs Lorna Smith for the provision of refreshments following a tasteful and dignified service. He passed and raised the Lodge to the Third Degree after which one candidate was raised in an excellent manner. Suitable reply was made on behalf of the visitors by the RWM of Polmont 793 Brother J. Curry. The next meeting of the Lodge will be the annual Installation Ceremony at 2 p.m. on Saturday when, given the quality of the Installing Masters, a sizeable turnout is expected.

Portonian Panto

The Young Portonian Theatre Company’s production of ‘Richard Whittington Esquire’ started last night (Wednesday) in Grangemouth Town Hall. It will be on until Saturday at 7.30 p.m. each evening, with a matinee on Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets for all performances are still available and will be on sale at the door at the Town Hall before the show starts. If anyone would like any further info please contact Evelyn Baker (01324) 870757.

Zetland Church

Sunday’s Service was conducted by Reverend John Jenkinson. Copies of the Church Magazine are available for uplift by elders. The Congregational Board will meet on Tuesday 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 our new minister will take place on the evening of Monday, December 8 at 7 p.m. The Social and Fundraising Committee Christmas Coffee Morning raised the sum of £567 and sincere thanks go to all who contributed to that total in any way. The Girls’ Brigade are having a Brunch on Saturday 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 Jenkinson. Sunday School meets and tea and coffee will be served after the service. No Vestry Hour consultation.

Zetland Guild

Zetland Church Guild held its annual hospitality evening last Wednesday with entertainment from Livingston’s wonderful Toccato Choir. Thanks to all the other guilds who attended and made the evening more special and to Sharina Kemp for her vote of thanks. The guild meets in Zetland Parish Church every Wednesday evening at 7.30 p.m.

KHR Service

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 December 3 the KHR Women’s Association are holding a Wow evening with guest speaker Angela Panton 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. This Saturday volunteers are needed to help with the distribution of the Kirk Christmas card. Cards can be collected from the Kirk hall from 9.30 a.m. There is a Congregational Board meeting on Thursday, December 4 at 7.30 p.m.

Abbotsgrange Church

The Reverend Aftab Gohar will conduct the Service at 10.30 a.m. on Sunday. The Sunday School and ABC meet at the same time. Tea and coffee will be served after worship. Christine Simm will give a Travel Presentation at the Men’s Association meeting on Monday at 7.30 p.m. The minister is available for pastoral sare after worship or can be contacted on (01324) 482109 or e-mail abbotsgrange@aol.co.uk for more information.

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 to 6 p.m. on Sunday for Fun Food Faith and find out more. E-mail kirsty.nic@virgin.net for more information.

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. until 2 p.m. and every Thursday between 6.30 and 8 p.m. We also have a collection in Grangemouth One Stop Shop, York Lane which is open on Mondays and Fridays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering at all please call or ask at collection. The annual general meeting is on Thursday, January 29 at 6.45 p.m. within the Youth and Community Wing, Abbots Road, Grangemouth.

Walking Group

Walks leave from the Community Education Unit, Grangemouth Sports Complex every Monday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. Please note the Monday walk is a faster paced walk. If you or someone you know is having problems with their balance come along to our Otago class on a Wednesday at 10.30 a.m. after the walk. All walks are free and open to all abilities. For more information on any of the Step Forth walks contact (01324) 504556/504568 or e-mail stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org

Rotary Club

Did you know that dairy cattle and beef cattle graze in a different manner? You didn’t? Well, join a number of members of Grangemouth Rotary Club who were enthralled earlier this month by a most enlightening address offered by a fellow Rotarian. The speaker, John Brown, a member of Monklands Club, farms with his father Jim, at Gaindykehead Farm near Airdrie, and traced the development of the family business. They switched a few years back from dairy production with a pedigree herd of Holstein cows to concentrate on beef production, finishing off some 2000 beef cattle annually, due in part to the quality of the grass and the grass silage management system in operation at the farm. The vote of thanks was proposed by past president Richard Watt. President Jim Wilson was in the chair as he was again last week at the club’s monthly business meeting when it was announced that the previous evening victory had been achieved in a first-round tie in the District 1020 Plate general knowledge quiz. Some 590 pairs of spectacles had been sent in recent weeks to Vision Aid, making 4600 for the year so far and 42,000 since Andy Finlaywon took responsibility for collecting and dispatching the unwanted spectacles for forward transmission to Third World countries, Today, club members will be joined by their partners at the Leapark Hotel and on December 18, the last meeting before the Christmas and New Year break, beneficiaries at the annual charity lunch, held at Talbot House, will be Vision Aid and the Jaipur Limb project in India.