Grangemouth news from Thursday, April 2

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Medium Evening

An evening of membership in aid of 93rd Braes Scouts and Rainbow House will take place in Grangemouth Scout Hall, just off Ronaldshay Crescent, on Friday, April 10. Mediums include Rae Walker, Chris Hill, Alex Banks, Grant Kallus and Martin Gilbert. Tickets, available by calling (01324) 612665 and 489435, include a cup of tea/coffee and home baking/biscuit. Doors open at 6 p.m.

KHR Service

The Kirk of the Holy Rood invite people to its 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 for Buskit to this service. The KHR Women’s Association welcome guest speaker Morag Robertson on Wednesday, April 8. The next Foodbank collection will be on Sunday. There is a Congregational Board meeting on Thursday, April 9 at 7.30 p.m.

Charity Ceilidh

The organisers of a recent charity ceilidh in Grangemouth thank all who attended, donated or gave assistance in any way. The amazing sum of £2210 was raised and this will be divided equally between Brain Tumour Research UK and GI Research at Edinburgh’s Western General Hospital.

Abbotsgrange Church

The Easter Service on Sunday will be taken by the Reverend Aftab Gohar with some help from the Sunday School and ABC. There will also be a baptism during the service of the infant daughter of Quintin and Pamela Russell. After the service there will be an egg decorating competition in the large hall along with the usual tea, biscuits and blether. If you would like to take part in the competition remember to bring a hard boiled egg and an egg cup and entry is £2 payable on the day.

Ballroom Dance

Eileen and David will be hosting an evening of ballroom and sequence dancing on Saturday, April 11, from 7.30 to 10.30 p.m. at the Kirk of the Holy Rood, Bowhouse Road. Please bring your own refreshments. Email or text 07973172063 for more details.

Rotary Club

The facts, and not the fiction, surrounding the issue of fracking - the extraction of shale oil gas from underground - were outlined to the annual joint meeting of the Rotary Clubs of Grangemouth and Falkirk at the Leapark Hotel last week. The process, long established in the United States of America, and proposed now, not only for this country but this area, was described by Gary Haywood, chief executive officer of Ineos Upstream Ltd, which holds licences to drill. He indicated that renewables were insufficient to supply power and that a constant supply was required for energy and as feedstock for the plastic and chemical industries. Experienced staff were being brought over from the USA, with the process strictly regulated by the Department of Energy, SEPA and other agencies. The vote of thanks was proposed by Robert Speirs, President of the Falkirk club. In the chair was Nigel Harris, Grangemouth’s President-elect, who deputised for club president Jim Stirling who was attending a funeral.

Choral Society

Grangemouth Choral Society will hold its annual concert on Friday, April 24 in Grangemouth High School at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are available from any choir member or call Moira Nicol on 07754805340.

Zetland Guild

The Zetland Guild held its AGM last Wednesday along with an Easter Bonnet Competition. June Kemp stays as Convenor and Ann Philip has agreed to be the new secretary and Irene Laird the new Social Secretary. We would like to thank Sharina for all her work as Secretary and Liz as social secretary which they carried out for the last two years. We would also like to thank Margaret and Janette for all their work on the committee in the past and wish them good luck. The Guild is now over for this session and we look forward to a happy summer.

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 email Carol at

Young Portonians

The Young Portonians theatre company is getting ready for its spring production, which this year is ‘The Wizard Of Oz’ by L.Frank Baum. Come along to The Bowhouse Community Centre on Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26 at and have a fun night watching the children in this great story of Dorothy going to Oz. Tickets are now on sale from members or by contacting Irene McVie on (01324) 486662. The show starts at 7.30 p.m.

RSCDS Classes

Scottish Country Dancing summer 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

Walking Group

A group meet every Monday at 10am at the community education unit to go for a walk. This group has progressed from our health walk and there is not always a walk leader. The Wednesday walk is a health walk and Otago session, run by Step Forth walk leaders it starts at 10 a.m. 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 email