Grangemouth news from Thursday, April 24

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Choral Society

Grangemouth Choral Society’s Annual Concert will be in Grangemouth High School tomorrow (Friday) 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. Our 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.

Zumba Classes

Zumbini with Carol takes place in Grangemouth on Wednesdays at Newlands Hall 10-10.30 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.-noon and is suitable for beginners to exercise, active older participants or those seeking a lower pace/ impact zumba class. E-mail for more information.

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 Georgie McLaughlin and on Sunday at 7.15 p.m. with guest Angela Hodgkin. Healing is available before both services from 6-7 p.m.

Lodge Zetland 391

RWM Brother Peter Neilson welcomed a good turnout of some 61 members and visitors to the Lodge’s Regular Third Degree on Tuesday, April 15. After the disposal of routine business he passed and raised the Lodge to the Third Degree. There was then admitted an eagerly anticipated Deputation of Past Masters of the Lodge a.k.a. the Great Eight, headed by PM Brother Sandy Todd who were warmly welcomed by the RWM. The Candidates were then admitted and raised to the Degree of Master Masons by the Past Masters in an exceptional and highly competent manner. Three wellknown Past Masters, from the Province of Essex, with whom the Lodge has close connections, were then made affiliate members of Lodge Zetland. The reply on behalf of the visitors was ably delivered by Bro. Campbell, the RWM of Lodge Carron 139. The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 22 with the Mark Ceremonial in the skilled hands of Past Master Brother Iain Macdonald.

KHR Service

The service on Sunday, April 27 will be conducted by the minister at the usual time of 11 a.m. 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 are having a day-trip to Ayr with high tea on Wednesday, April 30.

Young Portonians

It’s showtime this weekend for the Young Portonian Theatre Company. The annual Spring Show ‘Smile and Sing’ is on Saturday and Sunday at the Beancross School, curtain up 7 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door. Everyone has been working very hard so come along and watch Grangemouth’s very own talented children.

Abbotsgrange Church

The Reverend Aftab Gohar will conduct the service this Sunday at 10.30 a.m. with Sunday School and ABC meeting at the same time. Crèche facilities will be available and tea and coffee will be served after worship. The Girls’ Brigade is holding a coffee morning in the large hall on Saturday between 10 a.m. and noon. There will be a baking and tombola stall. The cost is £2 and you can pay at the door. The minister is available for Pastoral Care after worship or can be contacted on (01324) 482109 or e-mail for more information.

Grangemouth Rotary

The new Fire Safety Quiz Shield, donated by club member Alex Miller, and won recently by Moray Primary School, was on show at last week’s meeting of Grangemouth Rotary Club. President Colin Bird announced that the club’s ‘Scatter Week’, when members are encouraged to visit other clubs, will be held in early June to compensate for there being no meeting on June 5, the date of the annual golf tournament for charity. Beneficiaries of the extremely successful Sportsman’s Dinner, held in February, are to be invited to the club meeting on May 8 to receive their cheques.

Probus Club

On Tuesday, April 15 Grangemouth Probus Club met at Talbot House. President Harry Dougall welcomed members and gave a special mention to guest Reverend Aftab Gohar before introducing speaker for the morning Paul Cuthell, giving a presentation on his family undertaking business. Paul explained his family, who were joiners, have been in business since 1905 when Thomas Cuthell was the local joiner in Bo’ness and as well as making the coffins they “undertook” the handling of the deceased. From this the family business developed through Thomas to sons James and Archie and then Grant and Colin, daughter-in-law Margaret and finally to grandsons Alistair and speaker Paul and granddaughter Michelle. From starting in Bo’ness, premises were opened in Denny then in Grangemouth in Bo’ness Road before taking over the old Dundas Church finally in Falkirk opening at the old Sheriff Court buildings. In general Paul then explained how the role of undertakers and the methods of funerals have changed over the years. Paul answered many and various questions before the vote of thanks was given by Willie Shanks. The next meeting will be Tuesday, April 29 when unfortunately the booked speaker will be unavailable and our own member Joe Love will address the members on his hobby of philately.

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


Basics of Growing Food and Veg this Saturday at 10 a.m. Jupiter Wildlife Centre, Booking required contact

Evangelical Church

On Sunday, April 27,the morning service will take place at 11 a.m when the Rev. Ron Thomson from Falkirk will be the speaker.The evening service at 6.30 p.m. welcomes Mr Craig Beattie from Niddrie Community Church in Edinburgh as speaker. All welcome