Grahamston news from Thursday, June 25

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United Church

At Communion Service on Sunday, Marion Perry, interim moderator, presented long service certificates to four elders. Alistair Mochar and Anne Pennie received certificates for 30 years service while Dick Sneddon and Gus Spowart received certificates for 50 years service. On the same afternoon Rev. Hilda Warwick welcomed all to the annual seniors afternoon held in the Church Hall and organised by the Caring Group. Ian Scott along with Sophie McClements and Alison Scott provided the musical entertainment which was followed by afternoon tea. Thanks to all who helped with this event. The friendship group met on Monday in the Church Hall. This was the last meeting of the group until September.

Grahamston Toddlers meet in the Church Hall on Wednesdays from 9.30-11.30 a.m. Feel free to come along or contact Clare on 07720 205035 for more information. 1st Falkirk Boys Brigade’s annual parents evening took place last month with former member Ian Crozier as inspecting officer. The boys from all sections entertained the audience with various games – Duck Duck Goose, Band Swap, Jump the River and Relay Races, Figure Marching, Tubular Bells, Basketball and FirstAid. Mr Crozier presented the boys with their awards and trophies for their efforts throughout the session with Christopher Pender, Nathan Shanks and Marc Rutherford receiving their Gold Badge and Fraser Pennie receiving his Queens Badge along with a Bible to mark his achievement. One of the highlights of the evening was when Archie Denholm, oldest former member, and Kyle Brown, youngest Anchor Boy, cut the commerative birthday cake to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the company after which each boy was presented with a special 125th anniversary badge to mark the occasion. The following day the Junior Section’s annual trip took place visiting The Edinburgh Dungeon and Dynamic Earth. The weather was kind allowing the section to picnic in Holyrood Park. The Company Section were not quite so fortunate with the weather on their week end trip to the Scottish Outdoor Centre, Broomlee, at West Linton. There the boys had the opportunity to participate in a number of activities - flying fox, archery, nightlines (an obstacle course to be completed blindfolded) and mohawk walks. A visit to the fair was Saturday night entertainment and as the weather improved on the Sunday the group took in Portobello enjoying ice creams and a paddle in the sea before returning to Falkirk. Thanks to 7th Falkirk for the use of their minibus. All three sections have now finished for the summer but will resume after the school holidays. For more information on all church events and activities, visit

St James

Our service on Sunday will be conducted by Rev. Kay Brown. Rev. Colin Mailer returns to worship on Sunday, July 5. Tea will be served after the service.