Grangemouth news from Thursday, July 17

La Port Precinct. Grangemouth
La Port Precinct. Grangemouth

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Grangemouth RNLI

The committee of Grangemouth RNLI thank everyone who supported their Strawberry Cream Tea on Saturday in Abbotsgrange Church and are pleased to say it raised £475 for their funds. Many thanks also to those who gave donations and supported the Tombola stall.

KHR Service

The service on Sunday will be conducted by the minister at 11 a.m. The Summer Walking Group is on every Tuesday. All walks leave from KHR car park at 6.30 p.m. The walk on July 22 is Kinneil. Donations for the Nearly New Shop which runs from August 4 to 9 can now be accepted on Wednesday mornings between 10 a.m. and noon.

Duck Race

The annual Grangemouth Friends of Strathcarron Hospice duck race takes place in the Grange Burn, Zetland Park at 2.45 p.m. on Saturday, July 26. Anyone who wants to sponsor a duck can do so at Richards Family Butchers in Charlotte Dundas Square or Julee’s Hairdressers in La Porte Precinct.

Zumba Classes

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

Rotary Club

One quarter of the population carries the cystic fibrosis gene for which there is no known cure. So members of the Rotary Club of Grangemouth learned at its last meeting from Helen McFarlane of the Butterfly Trust, set up in 2002 to help families of those affected by the condition. Although modern medical developments have helped, the life expectancy of those who have the condition is now only 35 to 40 years. In her most interesting address, Helen explained that specialist treatment centres at Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen are available as well as daily treatment at home involving physiotherapy twice daily for 30 minutes, medication including nebulisation twice daily, again for 30 minutes each session. a total of two hours daily. And all this in addition to a special diet, high in fat and protein, pus enzyme tablets to aid digestion. Helen was thanked on the call of Jim Wilson. President Jim Stirling was in the chair. Organisations requiring a stall, price £10, at the Grangemouth Charities Day in the town centre on Saturday, July 26 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) should contact Jim Hunter on (01324) 472863.

Horticultural Society

Grangemouth Horticultural Society has announced the annual Sweet Pea and Rose Society Show has been moved out of Glasgow and will now be held at Grangemouth Town Hall on Saturday and will be open to the public between 2 and 4 p.m. Due to the popularity in vegetable growing and poultry keeping there is also an allotment and garden section for culinary produce this year. There will also be a display of artwork from local Schools. Entries for the show will be accepted on Friday between 6 and 11 p.m. and Saturday between 6 and 10 a.m. Entries to and information from Mr I.Turner (01324) 471837.

Walking Group

Walks leave from the Community Education Unit, Grangemouth Sports complex every Monday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. If you or someone you know is having problems with their balance come along to our Wednesday walk where you will be shown mobility, strength and balance exercises (Otago). 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

Evangelical Church

On Sunday the morning service will take place at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Ron Thomson from Falkirk as speaker. The evening service at 6.30 p.m. welcomes speaker Mr Dave Dickson from Niddrie Community Centre in Edinburgh. All welcome.