Grangemouth news from Thursday, January 29

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Community Centre

Beancross and Newlands Community Centre is now closed for refurbishment work and will re-open on February 9. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Zetland Church

Sunday’s Service was conducted by Rev Alison Meikle, who welcomed members of the Falkirk & District Stedfast Association to our service. The Congregational Board will meet on Monday, February 2 at 7 p.m. The Monthly Lunch will take place on Wednesday from 11.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. cost £3. The social and fundraising committee is holding a quiz night on Friday, February 6 at 7.30 p.m. Tickets priced £3 are available from committee members. Sunday’s service is at 11.15 a.m. Sunday School meets, tea and coffee will be served after the service, and Alison will be available for Vestry Hour consultation.

Zetland Guild

At the meeting of the Guild last Wednesday the speaker was Tim who came along from the Seamans Mission in Leith. His talk was most interesting and he explained how the Mission had advanced in the past few years. Their work now was more of entertaining the sailors on their time off. Helping them with language difficulties should any domestic issues arise. Helping them to buy phone cards to enable the men to keep in touch with their families at home. Advising of any issues that arise with health or in the case of an accident aboard their ship. We wish Tim all blessings in his work.

KHR Service

The service at Kirk of the Holy Rood on Sunday will be conducted by the Minister at the usual time of 11am. On Wednesday, February 4 the KHR Women’s Association welcome guest speakers Mary Rose and Jim (Found Elvis) starting at 7.30 p.m. The next Foodbank collection will be on Sunday. There is a Congregational Board meeting on Thursday, February 6 at 7.30 p.m.

Probus Club

Grangemouth Probus Club met on Tuesday, January 20 at Talbot House. President Harry Dougall welcomed members and gave a special welcome to John Deans visiting from the Rotary. He then introduced our own member Fraser Binnie and his musical party of Wilma Kidd, Ann Furmage and our own member Adam McPhail who gave renditions of Burns songs and Scottish traditional songs joined in lustily by the members. Our own member Tom Robertson then played some tunes on his lowland pipes, the morning concluding with the singing of Auld Lang Syne. The vote of thanks to Fraser and his musical party on behalf of the members was given by Jim Finlayson. The next meeting is on Tuesday 03 February when the speaker will be Robert Jardine on the subject of Bo’ness Pottery.

Project Theatre

In aid of British Heart Foundation Project Theatre is holding a special rehearsal at Abbotsgrange Parish Church on Wednesday, February 4 for its upcoming show Alice in Wonderland, which takes place in May at Falkirk Town Hall. All members will be wearing something red, fun moustaches and bow-ties and the weekly fee and tuck shop proceeds will be donated to British Heart Foundation.

Rotary Club

A trip with a difference. That was the expedition described to members of the Rotary Club of Grangemouth last week by Gillian Niven when she recalled, via a Power Point presentation, how, along with a family friend, she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak at more than 19,000 feet. Her account of that expedition, undertaken in July 2013, fascinated her listeners who were absorbed and deeply impressed by her down-to-earth description of the daily grind to reach one of Kilimanjaro’s three peaks - Kibo, Mawenzie and the one she conquered, Mount Uhuru. For her most interesting account she was thanked on the call of president-elect Nigel Harris. President Jim Stirling was in the chair.

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 to 9 p.m. on a Thursday night. 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 10am.(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

Sequence Dancing

Come along to Bowhouse Community Centre, on Saturday, January 31 with hosts Raymond and Jean for mod, easy sequence and old time dancing from 8 p.m. All welcome.

Blythswood Care

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