Grangemouth news from Thursday, July 2

La Port Precinct. Grangemouth
La Port Precinct. Grangemouth

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The service at Kirk of the Holy Rood on Sunday will be conducted by the minister at 11am. The Summer Walking Group’s is on every Tuesday. All walks leave from KHR car park at 6.30pm. Donations for the Nearly New Shop, which runs from August 3 to August 8 can now be accepted on Wednesday mornings between 10am and noon and on Sunday mornings. No clothes, shoes, food, cassettes or CD’s. Volunteers are also required for the front/back shop - times are 10am to noon, noon to 2pm and 2pm to 4pm. If interested, please see Elspeth Irvine. The next Foodbank collection will be on Sunday.

Zumba Classes

Zumba with Carol takes place at Grangemouth Town Hall on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7-8pm. Zumba Gold continues every Monday and Wednesday at Newlands/Beancross Hall (just before the TA centre). Both classes run from 11.15am-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. During the first two weeks of July the class will be at an alternative hall. Please e-mail carol at for more information.

Young Portonians

If you know someone age nine or over and goes to school or lives in Grangemouth? Would they like to be part of our theatre company? If so we willbe holding auditions for new members on Monday, August 10 in the Bowhouse Community Centre. Contact Irene McVie on (01324) 486662 or for more information.

Zetland Parish Church

Sunday’s Service was conducted by Rev Alison Meikle. There will be a barbecue on Saturday, August 15 from 3pm-6pm. Tickets priced £5, including food, are available from members of the social and fundraising committee. Numbers are limited, so please order your tickets as soon as possible. The Summer Sunday Club for children will meet during the Sunday services, up to and including Sunday, August 16. Each week we will have crafts, games, DVDs and stories. Morning worship next Sunday is at 10.30am, and this will continue up to, and including, Sunday, August 16. The service will be conducted by Rev Alison Meikle. Tea and coffee will be served after the service. Alison can be contacted by phone on (01324) 336729 or e-mail for more information.

Probus Club

Grangemouth Probus Club met on Tuesday, June 23 in Talbot House. President Adam McPhail welcomed the members before introducing the speaker Bill Hall from Denny Probus Club on the subject of ‘Paths Between the Seas’. This was Bill’s quirky way of giving a presentation on the Panama Canal. He explained how the early explorers had to sail round the Cape Horn on the southernmost tip of South America. The first three countries to look at creating a short cut were Colombia, France and U.S.A. by creating a corridor across Colombia, Nicaragua and Panama but soon dropped the idea. The first country to draw up architectural drawings was France but Engineering plans could not match their ambitions. It was 1904 before the USA decided to build a canal through Panama and after attempts by three separate engineers this massive project was completed in the summer of 1914. Following the presentation an interesting discussion took place with a number of ex merchant mariners among the members giving their experience going through the canal. The vote of thanks to Bill for a very informative presentation was given by Chas Greer. President Adam McPhail closed the meeting reminding the members that the next meeting will not be until Tuesday, September 1 when the speaker will be Alan Faulds from the Fire Service.

Rotary Club

‘Stirling. Change here for Harris!’ No, not a railway station announcement but the change-over at Grangemouth Rotary Club last week when Jim Stirling invested his successor, Nigel Harris, with the presidential chain of office. Nigel promptly presented Jim with his Past President’s badge, and Alan Graham, the incoming president-elect, with his badge of office. Guests included President Adam McPahil and secretary John Wilson from the Probus Club, and Grangemouth High School pupils Mirren Wilson and Callum Duff, the club’s sponsored candidates for this summer’s adventure camps on Loch Tayside for the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) scheme. The incoming president’s lunch will take place at the Leapark Hotel on Sunday at 1pm.

Blythswood Van

The Blythswood Care van will be in the Union Road car park on the afternoon of Wednesday, July 8. Any donations of clothing will be distributed among those in need in Eastern Europe.

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 10am-2pm and every Thursday 6.30-8pm. We also have a collection in Grangemouth One Stop Shop, York Lane which is open on Mondays and Fridays from10am-2pm.

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. There will be no walk on Wednesday, July 8. 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