Grangemouth news from Thursday, April 23

La Port Precinct. Grangemouth
La Port Precinct. Grangemouth

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Young Portonians

The YPTC are presenting ‘The Wizard Of Oz’ by L. Frank Baum adapted by Frank Gabrielson in Bowhouse Community Centre on Saturday and Sunday at 7.30 p.m. Why not come along and join Dorothy and her friends on their journey through Oz. Tickets are available from company members or Contact I. McVie on (01324) 486662.

Rotary Club

Former Scotland and British Lions rugby skipper Gavin Hastings will be among the speakers at District 1020’s conference at Dundee in October. So members were told last week by Mary Robertston, roving ambassador of the Polmont club, whose past president, Grangemouth native Andy Ireland, himself a former rugby international referee, will take over as District Governor in July. Sandy Jack reported that tickets are going well for the club’s Scots Night at the Abbotsinch on May 8. President Jim Stirling was in the chair.

Probus Club

Grangemouth Probus club met on Tuesday, April 14, in Talbot House when members were welcomed by President Adam McPhail. Before introducing the speaker he welcomed Stanley Gray from the Rotary and new member Hugh Meikle. He then asked the speaker, Marion Stannage from Buskit, to address the members on her recent trips to Belarus. Marion then gave a presentation stating that, since Chernobyl, visits have been made since 1992 to locations in Belarus delivering humanitarian aid especially to children’s centres. This has been ongoing up until the present time although more recently funding is becoming more difficult to find. Marion then answered many questions from the members before receiving a vote of thanks from Ronnie Fitzcharles. The next meeting will be on Tuesday when the speaker will be our own member Tom Robertson.

Heritage Trust

Grangemouth Heritage Trust has been busy over the last few months with some new displays in place. A new stained glass window display, depicting a scene over the refinery has been given by Trevor Griffin. The picture displays have been updated and a street organ, possibly from the Railway Mission, is on display. A display of memorabilia from an ex-Grangemouth Ice Hockey player has drawn some interest especially from a former Falkirk Bairn now living in Canada who plays for his local team. He was particularly interested in the style of skates and sticks that were so different from the modern ones he uses. Other visitors from Australia and from nearer home, including some relatives of the owners of McPherson and McLaren sawmills, were very interested in the displays. Historian Maureen has been out and about giving talks to various groups and a few visits from groups are planned. The Facebook site continues to attract support and some new pictures appear regularly. The premises are open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. until early afternoon.

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 7-8 p.m. For more information on classes e-mail Carol at

Choral Society

Grangemouth Choral Society is holding its annual concert on Friday, April 24 at 7.30 p.m. in Grangemouth High School. Tickets are priced £7 and can be obtained from any choir member or contact Moira Nicol on 07754805340.

Zetland Church

Sunday’s Service was conducted by Reverend Alison Meikle. A Car Treasure Hunt and supper has been arranged for Friday, May 8 at 6 p.m. at a charge of £5 per person. If you would like to take part, please give your name to Alex Kidd, Julia Marshall or Joan Hermse. The Guild is having a cream tea afternoon on Wednesday, May 13 from 2-4 p.m. Tickets priced £3 are available from Anne Philip, Helen Binnie and June Kemp. Material for the church magazine should be with Catherine Weir by Sunday, May 3 at the latest. Sunday’s Service is at 11.15 a.m. Sunday School and crèche meet. Tea and coffee will be served after the service. Vestry Hour will be held. Alison can be contacted by phone on (01324) 336729 or e-mail for more information.

Abbotsgrange Church

The service on Sunday commencing at 10.30 a.m. will be conducted by Reverend Aftab Gohar. Sunday School, ABC and creche will also take place at this time. Tea and coffee will be served in the large hall after the service. Project Theatre, a local young people’s drama group, is holding a Coffee Morning on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon in the Church Hall to raise funds for the group. Admission is priced £2 and can be paid at the door.

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. The KHR Women’s Association is going on a daytrip to Portobello with High Tea on Wednesday, April 29.