Grangemouth news from Thursday, December 4

La Port Precinct. Grangemouth
La Port Precinct. Grangemouth

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Over 50s

The local meeting of the Make It Happen over 50s forum will be held in the Municipal Chambers, Bo’ness Road, on Monday between 1 and 3 p.m. The forum is a great way for over 50s to get involved, discuss ideas and concerns and to have a real voice in the community. This month we will have a talk on fire safety in the home and there is an opportunity to book a free fire safety visit. Please come along and you will receive a warm welcome. Refreshments provided. Please note there is no meeting in January.

Zetland Guild

The guild had one of its own members speaking on Wednesday night. Pat brought along a small collection of the numerous dolls she has collected throughout the years. We had a quiz trying to guess the countries some of the dolls represented. She had also been on ‘Flog It’ and told us stories about the people and their collections and the presenters on the programme. It was a lovely evening and she has promised to return with more of her collection and another quiz. During the hospitality evening an offering was taken and the proceeds have been sent to Combat Stress, the topic of one of the guild’s recent speakers. Thanks to all who gave so generously. A collection last Wednesday was also held for the Fellowship of the Least Coin. Thanks to members for giving so generously to this good cause.

Hogmanay Ceilidh

Alzheimer Scotland’s Hogmanay Ceilidh takes place in Grangemouth Town Hall, Bo’ness Road, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Wednesday, December 31. Tickets are £20 for adults and £7.50 for under 16’s. Bring your own bottle and buffet. Tickets are available from the Alzheimer Scotland office at 35 Johnston Avenue, Stenhousemuir FK5 4JZ. Please call Julie on (01324) 559480 for more information.

Ballroom Dancing

David and Eileen invite people to an evening of sequence and ballroom dancing on Saturday in the Kirk of the Holy Rood Church, Bowhouse Road, from 7.30 to 10.30 p.m. Please bring your own refreshments. All welcome. Any queries please e-mail or text 07973172063.

Winter Fayre

Moray Primary School is hosting a Winter Fayre tomorrow (Friday) from 1.30 to 3.30 p.m. Entry is free so come along and do some Christmas shopping, enjoy the Glee Club performance, have a cuppa as well as playing a few winter games with the laughing elves.

KHR Service

The service at the Kirk of the Holy Rood on Sunday will be conducted by the Minister with Holy Communion being celebrated at the usual times of 11 a.m. and 6.15 p.m. There is a Congregational Board meeting tonight (Thursday) at 7.30 p.m. The Christmas Fayre is on Saturday between 10 a.m. and noon. Entrance is £1.50. The next Foodbank collection will be this Communion Sunday. On December 10 the KHR Women’s Association is holding its Christmas Party at The Scott’s Bistro, starting at 7.30 p.m. with entertainment from Bob and Jim. 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 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.

Rainbow House

Rainbow House Spiritualist Church invite people to attend services at South Shore Road tonight (Thursday) at 7.30 p.m. with guest medium Brenda Walker and Sunday at 7.15 p.m. with guest Brian McTaggart. Healing is available before both services from 6 to 7 p.m.

Abbotsgrange Church

The Reverend Aftab Gohar will conduct the Communion Service at 10.30 a.m. on Sunday. Crèche facilities will be available while children of Sunday School age will be catered for in the large hall during worship. Tea and coffee will be served after the service. Geoff Bailey will talk about the First World War at the Guild Meeting on Monday at 7.30 p.m. 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 for more information.

Lodge Zetland 391

The predicted quality of the Installing Masters and large turnout was realised on Saturday, November 29, at the annual Installation when some 149 members and visitors attended the event. The entire day which culminated in an enjoyable harmony and, latterly, disco supplied by KISS Discos, was an outstanding success and appreciated by all the participants. The Lodge now looks forward to a busy festive period with a combination of meetings, the Christmas Dance and the annual prize draw.

Zetland Church

Sunday’s service was conducted by Reverend John Jenkinson. The induction of Rev Alison Meikle as our new minister will take place on Monday evening at 7 p.m. The Sunday School will be displaying your Christmas cards on its board in the hall. Please write one card to your friends and family at Zetland, pop it on the board and place your donation in the box provided. The children will choose a charity to benefit from all donations. The Grangemouth Council of Churches Carol Singing will take place in La Porte Precinct on Saturday, December 6 from 1 to 2 p.m. Come along and help with the singing. All proceeds go to CHAS. The Choir Christmas Musical ‘Here Comes the Son!’ takes place on Sunday, December 14 at 3 p.m. in the church. Come along and journey through the Christmas story in music and verse. Tea and coffee will be served in the hall afterwards. Sunday’s Communion services are at 11.15 a.m. and 2.45 p.m. and will be conducted by Reverend Jenkinson. Sunday School meets. No tea and coffee after the service and no Vestry Hour consultation.

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 our website 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. We also have a collection in Grangemouth One Stop Shop, York Lane which is open on Mondays and Fridays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering at all please call or ask at collection. The annual general meeting is on Thursday, January 29 at 6.45 p.m. within Youth and Community Wing, Abbots Road, Grangemouth.

Probus Club

Grangemouth Probus Club met on Tuesday, November 25 at Talbot House. President Harry Dougall welcomed the members and guests John Scott, Ken Hutton, Ian Alexander and Ronnie Fitzcharles before introducing the speaker Ian Mundie who gave a presentation entitled Transport of Delight. Ian explained his interest in classic transport especially buses. He explained he grew up in Camelon round the corner from the Brown Street Bus Depot and was always on hand to see the latest buses of their time coming into the depot. He created members interest in the various “Bluebird” buses photographed on routes throughout the locality inviting them to identify the exact location. The one thing members were in complete agreement was the little or no change in the Bus Station through the decades. Ian also showed photographs taken at the classic car Bo’ness Hill Climb and the Border Rally. After asking many questions and showing his knowledge of the various buses in use down through the years the vote of thanks was given by President Harry Dougall. Before announcing the next meeting he invited Ronnie Fitzcharles to become a member and reminded members of the Christmas lunch on Tuesday, December 16. The next meeting is Tuesday, December 9 when the speaker will be Morag McDonald on the subject of World War II’s D Day.

Walking Group

Walks leave from the Community Education Unit, Grangemouth Sports complex every Monday and Wednesday at 10 a.m..(Please note that Monday walk is a faster paced walk). If you or someone you know is having problems with their balance come along to our Otago class on a Wednesday at 10.30am. after the walk. This class has now finished and will resume on 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


Irene Mackay, author of “The Forgetful Elephant”, captivated members of the Rotary Club of Grangemouth and their partners when she was the speaker at the partners’ lunch last week. Dealing with an emotive issue Irene, a most accomplished speaker, spoke of raising children’s awareness of dementia in a most sensible and informative manner and well merited the appreciation accorded her on the call of Stewart Comrie. President Jim Stirling reported warmly on the visit two days earlier to the Malcolm Heritage Museum at Brookfield, Linwood. The club’s annual Santa Sleigh collection will be starting soon. Watch this space for route details.