Grangemouth news from Thursday, February 12

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Lodge Zetland 391

After thanking the IPM for deputising at the last meeting and the disposal of routing business, RWM Bro. Peter Neilson welcomed some 130 Members and Visitors into the Lodge on Tuesday, February 3. The Lodge was then passed and raised to the Third Degree. A Deputation from Lodge Tay Union 273, Wormit, headed by their RWM Bro. Bruce Smith, was then admitted and received a warm welcome from the RWM. This was then followed by a deputation from Lodge Carron No. 139,headed by their RWM Bro. Stuart Stirling who had come, at the behest of the Lodge, to confer the Master Mason Degree on one of the candidates. After being warmly received, the Office Bearers assumed their various stations and Lodge Carron raised the candidate in a very excellent manner. The evening was completed when Bro. Stirling, RWM 139 and Bro. Barclay DM 16 received honorary membership at the hands of the RWM of Lodge Zetland. Suitable comment and thanks were made.

Zetland Guild

The Guild had the pleasure of hearing about the Scottish Tapestries last Wednesday with Christine Sim who had a part in stitching one of the panels. It was very interesting and we hope at sometime all our members will be able to see them at sometime. We had a visit from the elders of the Guild, and we hope they enjoyed this. We also had the Convener of the Guild Presbytery Liz McKellar. All our members enjoyed the night and we hope so did our visitors.

Quiz Night

Grangemouth Friends of Strathcarron will be holding a quiz night to raise funds for the hospice at Grangemouth Golf Club on Friday, March 6. Tickets for the event, which kicks off at 7.30 p.m., cost £4 and are available from Sadie Mitchell on (01324) 472221 or other members of Friends of Strathcarron.

KHR Services

The service on Sunday will be conducted by the minister at the usual time of 11 a.m.There is a Trustees meeting after the service on Sunday to go over the 2014 accounts. On Wednesday, the KHR Women’s Association are holding a Hospitality Night with guests The Young Portonians, starting at 7.30 p.m.

Abbotsgrange Church

The service next Sunday at 10.30 a.m. will be conducted by the Rev. Aftab Gohar. The Sunday School and ABC are on holiday for one week but the creche will still be available. Coffee and tea will be served in the large hall after the service. The minister is available for Pastoral Care after worship or can be contacted on (01324) 482109 or e-mail:-

Walking Group

Walks leave from the Community Education Unit, Grangemouth Sports complex every Monday (faster pace) and Wednesday at 10 a.m. If you have problems with your balance come along to the Otago class on a Wednesday at 10.30 a.m. after the walk. Walks are free and open to all abilities. Contact (01324) 504556/504568 or email


Members of the Rotary Club of Grangemouth stood in respectful silence at their meeting last week following a most dignified tribute paid by past president Roger Salvesen to another past president, John Ralph, who died a few days earlier. John, who joined the club in 1971, was club president in 1981-82 and again in 2004-2005. He was elected a Paul Harris Fellow, the movement’s highest honour, in 2013. Head of the family shipbroking firm in which he had worked since leaving school, John was active also in the former Kerse Parish Church, now Abbotsgrange. The thoughts and prayers of members were with his wife Sheila, son John and daughter Louise at the funeral the following day held at Abbotsgrange Parish Church before committal at West Lothian Crematorium at Livingston.

Zetland Church

Sunday’s Service was conducted by Rev Alison Meikle. Lent Bible Study will begin on Monday, February 23 at 7 p.m. in the manse. Elders’ duties for Communion on Sunday, March 8, are posted in the usual places. Zetland Baby Group meets in the church hall on Tuesdays from 10-11.30 a.m., and is for mums/dads/carers and their babies up to one year old. A warm welcome awaits the adults for a time of chat over coffee/tea with some home baking, while the babies interact with each other and explore the toys available. For further information contact Catherine Weir (01259) 743815 or Helen Binnie (01324) 483695. Next Sunday’s service is at 11.15 a.m. and will include the Sacrament of Baptism. Sunday School meets, tea and coffee will be served after the service, and there will be Vestry Hour consultation.

RSCDS Classes

The local RSCDS class now meets in the church hall beside The Kirk of the Holy Rood, Grangemouth from 7.30-9 p.m. on a Thursday night. Beginners please refer to the classes in the Laurieston section. For details ring Alison on 01324-631363. For more, visit


Zumba with Carol at Grangemouth Town Hall on Mondays and Wednesdays 7-8 p.m. For more information on classes contact Carol via E mail or come and join us on Facebook Zumba with Carol or just pop along 5-10 minutes before class starts. All welcome.

Zumba Gold

Continues every Monday and Wednesday at Newlands/Beancross Hall Grangemouth (just before the TA centre). Both classes are 11-15-12. This is a class suitable for beginners to exercise, active older participants or those seeking a lower pace/ impact zumba class. Just pop along 5-10 minutes prior to class starting or email or through my Facebook pages.

Probus Club

Grangemouth Probus Club met on Tuesday, February 3 at Talbot House. President Harry Dougall opened the meeting and welcomed visitors from Grangemouth Rotary – John Deans, George Nicol and Gilbert Peddie – before introducing the speaker Robert Jardine who gave a presentation on the history of Bo’ness Pottery. Robert told the members how the factory was opened in 1766 and the families involved down through the decades Roebuck, Cowan, Cumming, Jamieson and Marshall till the premises were auctioned in 1899 and bought to eventually become Bo’ness Iron Foundry. Questions from the members were answered by Robert before the vote of thanks was given by Roger Baillie. The next meeting on Tuesday, February 17, will take the form of the annual general meeting and the election of new office bearers.