Grangemouth news from Thursday, July 16

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Zetland Church

Sunday’s Service was conducted by Reverend Alison Meikle, who administered the Sacrament of Baptism to Abbie Kirkpatrick McPhail, infant daughter of Linda and Paul, and a wee sister to Lewis. The Summer Sunday Club for children meets during the Sunday services, up to and including Sunday, August 16. Each week we will have crafts, games, DVDs and stories, and also a FairTrade stall in the hall after the service. Morning worship next Sunday is at 10.30am. Tea and coffee will be served after the service. Alison can be contacted by phone on (01324) 336729 or e-mail for more information.

Young Portonians

The Young Portonian Theatre Company is holding auditions for new members for their next pantomime in November. Auditions are open to children age nine and over who go to school or live in Grangemouth. If you know someone who would love to be a part of our very enthusiastic company contact Irene McVie on (01324) 486662 or e-mail for a form or further info. Auditions will be held on Monday, August 10 in Bowhouse Community Centre.

Rotary Club

Having spent part of his early life in the town last week’s speaker at the Rotary Club of Grangemouth was no stranger to several of the members, not least his father-in-law. That was the happy circumstance which brought Ian Watson, Master of the Merchant Club of Edinburgh, to address the members on the long, proud history of that charitable institution founded by city businessmen as far back as 1681. Ian, whose father is past president Bill Ramage, travelled by train as a schoolboy to Edinburgh and when doing so one of his companions on the journey from Falkirk Grahamston into Edinburgh was none other than Nigel Harris, the club president. In a most interesting discourse the speaker traced the development of the Merchant Company from the granting of its Royal Charter by Charles ll to the present time when, as a result of careful investments over the centuries, the Merchant Company offers bursaries for pupils attending its three schools -Mary Erskine School for girls, Daniel Stewart’s College, as was (now Stewart’s Melville) and George Watson’s College. Its charitable givings, totalling between £3 and £4 million pounds per year range from the award of bursaries to the provision of sheltered housing in the city for the frail and elderly. The vote of thanks was offered by Alan Graham.

Zumba Classes

Zumba with Carol takes place at Grangemouth Town Hall on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7pm to 8pm. Zumba Gold continues every Monday and Wednesday at Newlands/Beancross Hall (just before the TA centre). Both classes run from 11.15am to noon and are suitable for beginners to exercise, active older participants or those seeking a lower pace/impact zumba class. All classes are on over the school holidays. Please e-mail carol at for more information.

KHR Service

The service at the Kirk of the Holy Rood on Sunday will be conducted by Matthew Gracie from Gideons International at 11am. The Summer Walking Group’s is on every Tuesday, with all walks leaving from KHR car park at 6.30pm. The walk on Tuesday is Culross and Preston Island. Donations for the Nearly New Shop running from August 3 to August 8 can now be accepted on Wednesday mornings between 10am to noon and on Sunday mornings. No clothes, shoes, food, cassettes or CD’s. We are looking for volunteers for the front/back shop, times are 10am to noon, noon to 2pm and 2 to 4pm. If interested, please see Elspeth Irvine.

Walking Group
A group meet every Monday at 10am at the community education unit to have a walk. This group has progressed from our health walk and now meet without a walk leader. The Wednesday walk is a health walk and Otago session, run by Step Forth walk leaders it starts at 10am. 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. 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:

Flower Show

Grangemouth Horticultural Society has its annual Rose, Sweet Pea and Carnation Show on Saturday, open from 2-4pm in Grangemouth Town Hall. This is the first of the three shows we run each year and again hots the Scottish National Rose, Sweet Pea and Carnation Society. Other attractions include early vegetables, pot plants, patio containers, floral art, handicrafts, a children’s section which again is a Grangemouth Primary Schools Competition and a cafe. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted at the door.