Grangemouth news from Thursday, April 9

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Grangemouth Rotary

Fifty three years in the motor trade and still going strong! That’s the proud record of Brian Brown who delivered his ‘My Job’ talk to Grangemouth Rotary Club last week. Starting out as an apprentice auto electrician he moved through various aspects of the motor trade until now he is his own boss, and still enjoying it. The vote of thanks was proposed by past president Jim Hunter. Beneficiaries of the club’s successful Sportsman’s Dinner in February, which raised some £28,000 for local and other charities, will be presented with their cheques at the club’s partners’ lunch in May.

Choral Society

Grangemouth Choral Society will hold its annual concert on Friday, April 24 in Grangemouth High School, Tinto Drive at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are priced at £7 and are available from any choir member or telephone Moira Nicol on 07754805340.

Probus Club

Last Tuesday Grangemouth Probus Club met at Talbot House. President Adam McPhail welcomed members and gave a special welcome to Colin Mailer representing Polmont Probus Club and the Rotary before introducing the speaker Professor Donald Meek to give a presentation to the members on MacBrayne’s Steamers. Before Donald addressed the members the President told Donald how interesting the members had found the documentary Donald had made on BBC Alba about his great uncle and his company commander in World War 1 and the commander’s life afterwards in Africa which was also reported in the Falkirk Herald. Donald, an islander from the Western Isles, then gave a very informative and humorous presentation from the introduction of the steamers in the mid 1800s through to the present day, Caledonian MacBrayne’s roll-on-roll-off modern day ferries and how they have faithfully served the inner and outer islands down through the centuries. Donald also showed slides of his scale models of some of the most popular in the fleet that he sails locally. The vote of thanks on behalf of the members was given by secretary John Wilson. The next meeting will be on Tuesday when the speaker will be Marion Stannage talking on the Eastern European country Belarus.

Zetland Church

The Easter Morning Walk in Zetland Park was enjoyed by around 30 adults and children. Alison led a short service of worship and the children then enjoyed their Easter Egg Hunt. Everyone returned to the church hall for welcome rolls on bacon and sausage. Sunday’s Easter Family Service was conducted by Reverend Alison Meikle and was a great service of celebration, with many Easter bonnets on display on both children and adults - male and female. Thanks were extended to Dale Lyon, the youth organisations and the team of helpers who made Souper Sunday a great success, with over £400 raised for the Church of Scotland HIV Programme. The Kirk Session will meet on Tuesday, April 21 at 7 p.m. Alison’s Welcome Bash is being held in Bowhouse Community Centre on Friday, April 24 from 7.30-11.30 p.m. Tickets, priced £7 for adults and £4 for children, are available from social and fundraising committee members. Anyone wishing to consider becoming a church member or attending an enquirers’ group, please meet Alison after worship next Sunday. Sunday’s Service is at 11.15 a.m. No Sunday School for the next two weeks. Tea and coffee will be served after the service. Anyone wishing to speak with Alison can see her in the hall, contact by phone on (01324) 336729 or e-mail for more information.

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 welcome guests O.M. Ships International on Wednesday, starting at the usual time of 7.30 p.m. There is a congregational board meeting tonight (Thursday) at 7.30 p.m.

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 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.

Zumba Classes

Zumba Gold continues every Monday and Wednesday in 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 in Grangemouth Town Hall on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7-8 p.m. For more information on classes e-mail Carol at

RSCDS Classes

The Summer Scottish Country Dancing 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

Charity Shop

1333 Spitfire Squadron is having a charity shop from Monday, April 13 to Saturday, April 18. It will be open every day 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Donations for shop much appreciated and can be handed in to shop direct or phone Allyson on 07804657770. All proceeds will help fund cadet activities, please pop in and say hello.