Grangemouth news from Thursday, January 15

La Port Precinct. Grangemouth
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Lodge Zetland 391

RWM Bro. Peter Neilson welcomed some 81 members and visitors into the Lodge on Tuesday, January 6 to the first meeting of 2015. After wishing the company the compliments of the season and the disposal of routine business, the Lodge was passed to the Second Degree whereupon a Deputation from Lodge Tay Union 273, Wormit, Fife, headed by their RWM, Bro. Bruce Smith, was then admitted and received a warm welcome from the RWM. Two candidates, one being the RWM’s son, were then passed to the Second Degree, in a very expert manner, by a team from Tay Union consisting of father, brother and two grand fathers in a relatively unique occasion and unlikely to be seen again in the foreseeable future. The RWM of Tay Union thanked the RWM of Lodge Zetland for this opportunity and, after suitable comment, the Deputation from Wormit retired. Suitable reply was made on behalf of the visitors by the RWM of Lodge Carron 139, Bro. Stuart Stirling. The Lodge was then closed in due form.

Rotary Club

A New Year message which made history in its own way, a new Santa Sleigh record, and a new member, That was one of the hat-tricks enjoyed by members of the Rotary Club of Grangemouth at its first meeting of 2015. The New Year message was delivered, for the third time over the years as it happens, by the Reverend Colin Mailer, past president; the record-breaking Santa Sleigh collection topped £5000, and Stuart Wallace, a senior member of the management team with Forth Ports, became the club’s newest recruit. President Jim Stirling was in the chair.

KHR Service

The service at Kirk of the Holy Rood on Sunday will be conducted by the Minister at the usual time of 11 a.m. On Wednesday, January 21 the KHR Women’s Association is holding a Burns Night with guest speaker Wallace Kemp starting at 7.30 p.m. Grangemouth Community Care is holding a Fun Day on Saturday January 17 in the Kirk of the Holy Rood Hall between noon and 4 p.m. Tickets are available from Liz Brown at £1 each (lunch of sandwiches, pancakes and cakes). All are welcome.

Probus Club

On Tuesday, January 6 Grangemouth Probus club met in Talbot House. President Harry Dougall welcomed the members and wished them all a Happy New Year before introducing fellow member Joe Love who gave a presentation on Old Grangemouth. Joe who has a collection of nearly 400 black and white and coloured postcards of Grangemouth many circa 1900’s invoked quite a discussion as they were passed round the members. After also answering questions from the members the vote of thanks was given to Joe by Fraser Elliot. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, January 20 will be in the form of a Burns musical morning from fellow member Fraser Binnie and friends.

Food Faith

Ever wondered what to do as a whole family on a Sunday afternoon just as the shops are about to close? Come along to Abbotsgrange Parish Church, Abbots Road, on Sunday, January 25 from 4-6 p.m. and get creative with crafts, paper, glue, felt pens and walk away with your finished item. Get messy with paint and leave it for others to clean up. Think about your faith in a different way. Work up an appetite and have someone else make your meal and wash your dishes.

Zetland Church

Sunday’s Service was conducted by Reverend Alison Meikle. On Sunday the Week of Christian Unity Service will be held in Christ the King Church at 6.30 p.m. and will be followed by the agm of the Grangemouth Council of Churches. On Monday, January 26 from 7-9 p.m. in the church there will be a presentation on the Memorial Window Refurbishment. Tea and coffee will be served. The Congregational Board will meet on Monday, February 2 at 7 p.m. Sunday’s Service is at 11.15 a.m. and the Sacrament of Baptism will be administered. Sunday School meets and tea and coffee will be served after the service.

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 or pop along before class starts.

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. Annaul general meeting is on Thursday, January 29, at 6.45 p.m. within Youth & Community Wing, Abbots Road, Grangemouth.

RSCDS Classes

Scottish Country Dancing: get your body and mind in shape. The local RSCDS class meets in a new venue 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 further details ring Alison on (01324) 631363. More information about us can be found on the website

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 10.30 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 email