Grangemouth news from Thursday, August 21

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Adult Classes

Grangemouth Adult Learning Forum will be running classes in ten-week blocks for summer/autumn 2014. Egyptian belly dancing will take place at the Community Education Unit, Abbots Road, Grangemouth on Tuesday from 7 to 8.30 p.m. This class is for all women who love to dance, whatever age, size or ability. Come along and shimmy, shake and snake your way to flexibility and fitness and have fun at the same time. For further details, or to book a place, please call (01324) 504585. Art technique classes will be held in Kersiebank Community Project, Old Dundas School, Oxgang Road, on Wednesday from 7 to 8.30 p.m. Learning different art techniques using mixed media, students will be required to provide their own materials for this class. For further details, or to book a place, please call (01324) 508750. Visit for more.

KHR Service

The service at the Kirk of the Holy Rood on Sunday will be conducted by the minister at 11 a.m. The Summer Walking Group is on every Tuesday and leaves from KHR car park at 6.30 p.m. The walk on August 26 is the Airth Circle. On Friday, September 12, there will be a big sing in the Kirk with guests Brightons Praise Group. This will be in aid of our Jubilee Project for Nepal and tickets are £2.50 (children free). You can also become involved by suggesting a favourite hymn to be included in the programme. Tickets and suggestion list are available in the Kirk vestibule.

Heritage Trust

Interest in the commemoration of the start of World War I has encouraged people to visit Grangemouth Heritage Trust over the last few weeks. A display of material showing the important part Grangemouth and its residents played during the war is now on display. There are various photographs of the people who took part and a list of all the names of local people from all services who belonged to Grangemouth. Help is also available to trace these people from Maureen the trust historian. The list includes regiments or naval service that people were involved in and notes on their survival. There are displays of medals and some ornaments showing military vehicles and equipment. Other military memorabilia on display includes a German helmet. If you look up Grangemouth Heritage Trust on Facebook you will get a flavour of what is on show. The premises at Annfield Place, behind Tesco, is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entry is free.

Boys’ Brigade

The enrolment for the new session of the 1st Grangemouth Boys’ Brigade Company Anchor Boys’, P1 (aged four) to P3 and Junior Section P4 to P6 will take place on Thursday at 7 p.m. All previous members and any new members in the above age groups interested in joining are invited to come along to the Abbotsgrange Church Hall, Abbots Road.

Walking Groups

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 e-mail

Make It Happen

The Make It Happen Falkirk District Forum for over 50s will meet in the Muncipal Chambers, Grangemouth on Monday from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. It’s a chance to hear about issues that affect the over 50s and how to have your say. Braveheart will be delivering a taster session on how small changes in lifestyle can help prevent Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Call (01324) 712106 to book your place. All welcome.

Rainbow Church

Rainbow House Spiritualist Church invite people to its service on Sunday at 7 p.m. with guest medium Gary Robertson. Healing is available before the service from 6 p.m.

Playgroup Returns

Looking for somewhere to take your under-school age children? Why not come along on a Monday afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m. to Christ the King Church Centre, Bowhouse Square. Children can play and make new friends while adults enjoy a gossip and a cuppa. The group restarts on Monday, August 25 and all are welcome. For further information phone Pat at (01324) 483096 or Ann at (01324) 485657.

Rotary Club

Only the United States of America spends more on cancer research than the United Kingdom. So members of the Rotary Club of Grangemouth learned last week when Richard Cowie of Cancer Research UK accepted a cheque for £2565, the surplus from the club’s Golf Day at Linlithgow earlier this summer. Richard said there were more than 200 types of cancer which was why research was so vital, especially to improve treatment and trial new drugs. In Britain, for example, some £351 million was spent on research last year. The vote of thanks was offered by George Nichol, who has organised the golf day, initally as a member of the Denny club, for some 17 years, during which time more than £30,000 has been raised for Cancer Research UK. Janey Grieve, from the Blood Transfusion Service, was the guest of Jim Hunter and provided details of how club members can help at he next donor session in the town.

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.

Evangelical Church

On Sunday, August 24, the morning service will take place at 11 a.m. with speaker Mr Dave Bremner from Maddiston. The evening service is at 6.30 p.m. with speaker Mr Andy Mathieson from Niddrie Community Church in Edinburgh. All welcome.

Boys’ Brigade

The 7th Grangemouth Boys’ Brigade will be holding an enrolment night at Zetland Parish Church on Tuesday, August 26 from 6.30 p.m. for Anchor Boys (P1, P2 and P3) and Junior Section (P4, P5 and P6).

Choral Society

Grangemouth Choral Society start rehearsals for the new session on Tuesday, September 2, meeting in Talbot House, Talbot Street at 7.30 p.m. The society is always happy to welcome new members and sings a wide variety of music. Please come along and join them whether you are new to choral singing or just haven’t been part of a choir for a while. Call Moira Nicol on 07754 805 340 for more information.

Zetland Church

Last Sunday’s service was conducted by Rev. Neil Barclay. Sunday School resumes on Sunday and all children from age three are welcome to come along. The social and fundraising committee have organised a strawberry tea on Saturday, August 23 from 2-4 p.m. in the church hall. Tickets priced £3 are available from committee members. Donations of home baking would be appreciated and can be brought to the hall on the day from 12.30 p.m. onwards. The Girls’ Brigade resumes its meetings on Monday from 6.30-7.45 p.m. in the church hall. All girls from P1 upwards will be made welcome. The Boys’ Brigade Enrolment night is on Tuesday at 6.30 p.m. All boys from P1 upwards will be made welcome. Please note the September Communion Services will be held on September 14, and not as listed on the church calendar. Morning Worship next Sunday will be at 11.15 a.m. The service will be conducted by Rev. Donald Scott and will include the Sacrament of Baptism. Tea and coffee will be served after the service but there will be no Vestry Hour consultation.

Young Portonians

A reminder to all members that the Young Potonian Theatre Company starts back on Monday in the Moray School at 6.30 p.m. We will be auditioning members for principle parts in this year’s panto, ‘Richard Whittington Esquire’, held in November. Watch out for further details in the near future.