Grangemouth news from Thursday, February 26

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Lodge Zetland 391

RWM Bro. Peter Neilson welcomed some 53 members and visitors into the Lodge on Tuesday, February 17. After disposal of routine business, he passed and raised the Lodge to the Third Degree. The Candidate for the evening was then raised to the Degree of Master Mason in a dignified and expert manner. Suitable reply was made on behalf of the visitors by the RWM of Lodge Tay Union 273, Brother Bruce Smith. The next meeting of the Lodge will take place on Tuesday 3rd March when this much anticipated Degree will be in the capable hands of the Substitute Master, Brother Andrew Goodwin.

Abbotsgrange Church

The service on Sunday commencing at 10.30 a.m. will be conducted by the Reverend Aftab Gohar when Ava Christie Connell, infant daughter of Lynne (Easton) and Richard Connell, will be baptised. The Sunday School and ABC meet during the service and a creche is also available. Coffee and tea will be served in the large hall after the service. The Ladies Circle is having a coffee morning and sale of work in the large hall on Saturday, March 14. The minister is available for pastoral care after worship or can be contacted (01324) 482109 or e-mail abbotsgrange@aol.co.uk for more information.

Rotary Club

There are 43,400 pairs, and still counting! That’s the number of disused spectacles collected and dispatched to Vision Aid Overseas by Andy Finlayson of Grangemouth Rotary Club since he took on the task eight years ago. His staggering accomplishment, highlighted at the club’s business meeting last week, included last year’s total - 5250 pairs - and in January another 150 with 570 dispatched in February. Tomorrow (Friday) evening the club will host its sell-out Sportsman’s Dinner at the Leapark Hotel and on March 13 members, with their partners, will enjoy the club’s annual charter dinner with entertainment from Grangemouth High School. George Nichol reported on arrangements for the club’s sponsored golf day at Linlithgow Golf Club on June 4 in aid of Cancer Research with 21 teams of four entered so far and space left for another four teams.

KHR Service

The service 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. The KHR Women’s Association is holding a fundraising night on Wednesday, March 4 with guests Brian’s Fashions. There will be ladies and gents clothes for sale at reasonable prices. Tickets are £3 and can be purchased at the association or after service. Please come and join us and maybe pick up a bargain. The Kirk of the Holy Rood’s 54th Annual Stated Meeting will be held during service on Sunday, March 8. The World Day of Prayer is to be held on Friday, March 6 in the Kirk of the Holy Rood at 7.30 p.m. The service and prayers have been written by the Christian women of the Bahamas. Tea and coffee will be served after the service. There are also services to be held on March 6 at Morar Court at 10.30 a.m. and McKenzie Court at 2 p.m.

Zetland Church

Sunday’s Service was conducted by Reverend Alison Meikle. Lent Bible Study began on Monday at 7 p.m. in the manse. The Monthly Lunch will take place on Wednesday, March 4 from 11.30 a.m-1.30 p.m. cost £3. The Guild fundraiser, with the Columban Singers, will take place on Wednesday, March 4 at 7.30 p.m. Tickets, priced £5, can be had from Guild committee members. Friends of Strathcarron Hospice Grangemouth Branch are holding their Quiz Night in Grangemouth Golf Club on Friday, March 6 at 7.30 p.m. Tickets, which include tea and cakes, are priced at £4 and can be had from committee members in the hall. Elders’ duties for Communion on Sunday, March 8 are posted in the usual places. Next Sunday’s Service is at 11.15 a.m. Sunday School meets and tea and coffee will be served after the service. From March 1 there will be a vestry hour on the last Sunday of the month. If you wish you can speak to Alison in the hall on (01324) 336729 or e-mail on alison-meikle@sky.com for more information.

Zetland Guild

The ladies of Zetland Guild enjoyed a lovely evening of hospitality at the Kirk of the Holy Rood last Wednesday. The entertainment came from the Young Portonians and a great night was had by all. The young people sang beautifully. Thanks to the Kirk of the Holy Rood for their hospitality and delicious supper. The Zetland Guild will be holding a fund raiser evening on Wednesday, March 4, when the entertainment will be the male voice choir, The Columban Singers from Cumbernauld. Tickets can be purchased from members of the Guild or pay at the door, all welcome.

Zumba Classes

Zumba Gold continues every Monday and Wednesday at Newlands/Beancross Hall (just before the TA centre). Both classes are 11.15 a.m. to noon and suitable for beginners to exercise, active older participants or those seeking a lower pace/ impact zumba class. Zumba with Carol takes place at Grangemouth Town Hall on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7-8 p.m. For more information on classes e-mail carlie307@hotmail.co.uk or pop along before class starts.

Walking Groups

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 10.30 a.m. after the walk. 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 stepforth@falkirkcommunitytrust.org for more information.

Blythswood Van

The Blythswood Care van will be in the Union Road car park on Wednesday, March 4, from 11.30 a.m. till noon to collect any items of clothing for distribution in Eastern Europe.

Dancing

Come along to Bowhouse Community Centre on Saturday, February 28 for mod, easy sequence and old time dancing starting at 8 p.m. with hosts Raymond and Jean. All welcome.

RSCDS Classes

Local RSCDS class now meet in the church hall beside The Kirk of the Holy Rood, Grangemouth from 7.30-9 p.m. on a Thursday. Beginners please refer to our classes in the Laurieston section. For details ring Alison on (01324) 631363. For more information visit www.rscds-falkirk.org.uk.

Probus Club

Grangemouth Probus Club met on Tuesday, February 17 where President Harry Dougall welcomed members for the last time before announcing the death of former President John McKittrick and asked the members to stand for a minutes silence. A tribute to John was then given by fellow member John Tripney. The following election of new office bearers was then arranged – new President Adam McPhail, and new secretary John Wilson. The following office bearers agreed to continue in post: Charles Clason as treasurer, Fraser Binnie as independent examiner, John Munro as press secretary and the two Jim’s, Jimmy Maxwell and Jim Finlayson, as ‘Tea Boys’. In his closing address president Harry Dougall gave thanks to all his office bearers and members for their assistance and in a successful session stated that we had 50 members and three honorary members with an average attendance of 35 members each session. The morning finished with a quiz organised by John Tripney and a vote of thanks given by Fraser Binnie. The next meeting is on Tuesday when the guest speaker is Ken Hutton on the subject of Scotland’s Energy Renewables.