Grangemouth news from Thursday, December 11

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Choral Society

Grangemouth Choral Society holds its annual Christmas Carol Concert in Abbotsgrange Church on Friday, December 19 at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are priced £4. Contact Moira Nicol on 07754805340.

Abbotsgrange Church

During last Sunday’s Communion Service the Reverend Aftab Gohar admitted two New Communicants. His sons, Shahan and Zeeshan Gohar are now members of the Church and are welcomed into the Abbotsgrange family. This Sunday’s service at 10.30 a.m. is a praise service of readings and carols. The young people of the church will do all the readings. Crèche facilities will be available. Tea and coffee will be served after the service. Christmas services: December 14 Praise Service at 10.30 a.m.; December 19 Grangemouth Choral Society Carol Concert at 7.30 p.m.; December 21 Nativity Service at 10.30 a.m.; December 24 Lantern Service at 6.30 a.m. (Bring a torch). The minister is available for pastoral care after worship or can be contacted on (01324) 482109 or e-mail abbotsgrange@aol.co.uk for more information.

Hogmanay Ceilidh

Alzheimer Scotland will be holding a Hogmanay Ceilidh from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. in Grangemouth Town Hall. It is a bring your own bottle and buffet event. Tickets are available from the Alzheimer Scotland office at 35 Johnston Avenue, Stenhousemuir or call Julie on (01324) 559480 for more information.

Rotary Club

Members of the Rotary Club of Grangemouth greeted not one but three four-legged friends at their meeting last week, all in the name of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. In a fascinating presentation, puppy walkers and two trained dogs, one of them retired from active service, explained the rigorous breeding, selection and training required before a dog is entrusted to be the eyes of a partially sighted or blind person. The informed the club that with the advent of electric cars in recent years the dog handlers and dogs were unable to hear the approach of such vehicles and legislation has had to be amended to ensure sound emitters are installed in those vehicles. The guide dogs are visited for assessment purposes at six-monthly intervals and over the course of its life from puppy to stage to selection, training and working, the cost to the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association will be around £50,000. At any one time there will be around 6000 guide dogs working in the UK. The vote of thanks was proposed by Kate Connochie. President-elect Nigel Harris was in the chair.

Walking Group

This class has now finished and will resume on Wednesday, January 7. 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 stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

Blythswood Van

The Blythswood Care van will be in the Union Road Car Park on Wednesday, December 17, from 2.15 till 3 p.m. to collect any unwanted clothing etc. for distribution in Eastern Europe.

KHR Service

The service on Sunday, December 14, will be conducted by the minister at the usual time of 11 a.m. on December 17. The KHR Women’s Association are holding a carol concert, starting at 7.30 p.m. Tags for the Christmas tree are now on sale for £1 donation which this year is going to The Little Princess Trust. Gift Sunday is on Sunday, December 14 with gifts donated to Buskit for the children in Belarus. After the service all are invited to join the members of outreach in the hall for a taste of Christmas. The Service for Bereaved Families and Friends will be held on Sunday, December 14 at 7 p.m. All are welcome to this quiet time of remembrance.

Spiritualist Church

The spiritualist church would like to invite you to the service this week with guest mediums today (Thursday) at 7.30 p.m. A rally with our own mediums, the Rev. Nancy Paterson, Rev. Rachel Walker and Jean McDonald take place on Sunday, December 14 at 7.15 p.m. .

Rotary Club

Members of the Rotary Cub of Grangemouth greeted not one but three four-legged friends at their meeting last week - all in the name of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. In a fascinating two-man presentation puppy walkers Tony Thornton and Alan Kerr, accompanied by one puppy and two trained dogs, one of them retired from active service, explained the rigorous breeding, selection and training required before a dog is entrusted to be the eyes of a partially sighted or blind person. They informed the club that with the advent of electric “green” cars in recent yearss the dog handlers and the dogs were unable to hear the aproach of such vehicles and legilsation has had to be amended to ensure that sound emitters are installed in those vehicles. The guide dogs are visited for assessment purposes at six-monthly intervals and over the course of its life from puppy stage to selection, training and working the cost to the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association will be around £50,000, and at any one time there will be around 6,000 guide dogs working in the UK. The vote of thanks was proposed by Kate Connochie. President-elect Nigel Harris was in the chair. Santa and his elves begin the club’s annual Santa Sleigh collection around the town on Monday. The route for next week will be: Monday, December 15, Old Town and Thistle Avenue; Tuesday, Almond Street and Wilson Street; Wednesday, Oxgang Road and Abbotsgrange Road; Thursday, Bo’ness Road and Grangeburn Road.

Lodge Zetland

It was back to business as usual for RWM Bro. Peter Neilson, after a successful Installation and he welcomed some 75 Members and Visitors into the Lodge on Tuesday, December 2. After disposal of routine business there was admitted a Deputation from Lodge Tay Union No. 273, Wormit, headed by their RWM Bro. M. Braid who received a warm welcome from the RWM.At this juncture, one candidate was initiated into the Lodge in a dignified and expert manner with his father, brother and both grandfathers all present. There is a good possibility that the same brethren will be involved in the candidates Second Degree when Tay Union visit on January 6, to confer the Degree. Suitable reply was made on behalf of the RWM of Lodge Carron No. 139, Bro. Willie Campbell in has last visit to Zetland in this capacity. The next meeting of the Lodge will be on Tuesday, December 16 when the degree being worked will be a first.