Grangemouth news from Thursday, April 17

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Choral Society

Grangemouth Choral Society’s annual concert will be in Grangemouth High School on Friday, April 25 at 7.30 p.m. This is a special year for the choir as it is 60 years since the choir was founded. It will be the first year as conductor for Stephen Robbie, who was formerly our accompanist. The soloist this year is local girl Lynn Bellamy whose parents have been members of the choir for many years. As always the programme features a wide variety of music with something to suit all tastes. Tickets are £7 and available from any choir member or telephone Moira Nicol on 07754805340.

Grangemouth RNLI

The committee of the local branch of the RNLI thank everyone who attended the coffee morning on Saturday when £517 was raised. Thanks also to those who donated prizes to the tombola stall and who helped in any way to make the event a success.

Sacred Heart

St Vincent de Paul at Sacred Heart Church have delivered 35 food parcels to those in need. A big thanks to everyone for their food donations.

Charity Ceilidh

The sum of £2390 was raised at the above ceilidh held in Dobbie Hall recently. All proceeds were divided between brain tumour research UK and GI tumour research WGH Edinburgh. Many thanks to all for donations and to all who attended on the night.

Rainbow Church

Grangemouth’s Rainbow House Spiritualist Church will be holding services at their South Shore Road premises tonight (Thursday) from 7.30 p.m. with guest medium Brian McTaggert and on Sunday at 7.15 p.m. with guest J Coleman. Healing is available before both services from 6 to 7 p.m. A coffee morning and craft day will take place on Saturday.

KHR Service

Easter Sunday: All are invited to our Easter breakfast in the hall at 10.15 a.m, on Sunday. Afterwards the service will be conducted by the Minister and Holy Communion will be celebrated in the church as usual at 11 a.m. Please bring your Smartie Tube donation to Buskit to this service. There will be no tea or coffee served in the large hall after the service. The Christian Aid Forth Road Bridge walk will take place on Saturday, April 26. Celebrations start at 1 p.m. and the walk starts at 2 p.m. This is the 50th birthday of the bridge so come along and join the celebrations. See Liz Brown for sponsor forms. The Women’s Association held its closing concert on Wednesday, April 9, with the High Society Jazz Band starting at 7.30 p.m.

Zetland Church

Sunday’s Palm Sunday Service was conducted by Rev. Lorna MacDougall. The social and fundraising committee’s coffee morning raised £475, and thanks were conveyed to all who participated. There will be a children’s/family service on Good Friday morning in Zetland Parish Church at 10 a.m. to which all are invited. Easter Sunday family worship with Communion is at 11.15 a.m. Sunday School meets. Tea and coffee will be served after the service and vestry hour consultation will take place.

Prize Bingo

A prize bingo will take place in Grangemouth Railway Club, Barrie Place, on Thursday, May 1 at 7.30 p.m. Tickets cost 50p and a proceeds will go to the Orchid male cancer charity.

Young Portonians

The Young Portonian Theatre Company will be rehearsing in the Moray school on Tuesday, April 22. This will be the last rehearsal before the spring show so it is important every member attends. The show ‘Smitle and Sing’ will be held this year in Beancross Primary School on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27. Curtain up at 7 p.m. Tickets available now, please call Evelyn Baker (01324) 870757 or Irene McVie (01324) 486662. Everyone has been working very hard for this show so come along and give your support to Grangemouth’s very talented children. The group is always looking for more members, so if you have a child who lives in Grangemouth or goes to school in Grangemouth and will be at least nine years old by August 31 please contact Irene on the number above or email for more information. Auditions are being held in May.

Zumba Classes

Zumbini with Carol takes place in Grangemouth on Wednesdays at Newlands Hall 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 ages four and under. Zumba Gold continues every Monday and Wednesday at Newlands/Beancross Hall Grangemouth (just before the TA centre) from 11.15 a.m. and noon and is suitable for beginners to exercise, active older participants or those seeking a lower pace/ impact zumba class. Email for more information.

Zetland Guild

The Guild’s annual general meeting took place last Wednesday evening and the committee for the next session elected. The Guild is now finished for the summer, but will resume in September and look forward to seeing all our members back and any new members who would like to attend.

Abbotsgrange Church

The Abbotsgrange Parish Church congregation were pleased to share morning worship with the officers and cadets of the ATC 1333 (Grangemouth Spitfire Squadron) last Sunday. The Rev. Aftab Gohar will conduct the service at 10.30 a.m. this Sunday. This Easter service will take the form of a family praise service. Please bring a hard boiled egg to decorate in the Sunday School’s competition at cost of £1.50. Tea and coffee will also be served after worship. The Holy Week service at Abbotsgrange is on Friday at 7.30 p.m. Refreshments will be served afterwards. The minister is available for pastoral care after worship or can be contacted on (01324) 482109 or email for more information.

Grangemouth Rotary

“Service above self” is the motto of Rotary International’s one million-plus members across the globe. And at last week’s meeting of the Rotary Club of Grangemouth such service, to the club and not by it, was marked by a presentation to Annie McNeill, the ever-faithful waitress at the Leapark Hotel who, for nigh on half-a-century, has served club members at their weekly meetings. Annie, as she is known to all, was presented with a bouquet of flowers by club president Colin Bird, and in turn, thanked members, all of whom she has known since they joined the club. The guest speaker, David Miller of the Scottish Football Museum based at Hampden Park, offered a fascinating account of the countless thousands of artefacts on display, the oldest of which dates back to 1868, as well as a gold winners’ medal from the very first Scottish Cup final in 1874. The vote of thanks was offered by Brian Muldoon.

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 or pop into the main office at 4 Station Road, Grangemouth which is open Monday - Friday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and every Thursday 6.30-8 p.m. Please note, the credit union is closed on Good Friday (April 18) and Easter Monday (April 21).

Walking Group

Walks leave from the Community Education Unit, Grangemouth Sports complex every Monday and Wednesday at 10 a.m..If you or someone you know is having problems with their balance come along to our Wednesday walk where you will be shown mobility, strength and balance exercises (Otago). All walks are free and open to all abilities. For more information on any of the Step Forth walks contact (01324) 504556/504568 or email

Evangelical Group

On Sunday, April 20, the morning service will take place at 11 a.m. Mr Bill Black from Falkirk will be the speaker. At the evening service at 6.30 p.m. Mr Ricky Smith from Niddrie Community Church in Edinburgh will be the speaker. All welcome.