Grangemouth news from Thursday, July 31

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Totsport Group

A baby and toddlers group from birth to three years, Totsport welcomes all mums, dads and carers and their little ones. It provides a nice relaxed atmosphere and a chance for adults to chill with a cuppa, have a chat and let the children play in a safe area. The Totsport group meets every Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon in the Grangemouth Unit, Abbots Road (next to Sports Complex). Call (01324) 504585 for further information.

Armed Forces

This year’s Grangemouth Armed Forces Day takes place on Saturday, August 16. Those taking part will muster at the Legion Scotland club rooms in Dundas Street at 12.30 p.m. and then parade to the memorial at Zetland Park for a drumhead service with a special guest to mark those who gave their lives in the First World War. The parade will then carry on through the town centre.

Rainbow Church

Grangemouth’s Rainbow House Spiritualist Church will be holding services at its South Shore Road premises tonight (Thursday) from 7.30 p.m. with guest medium Bob McIntosh and on Sunday at 7.15 p.m. with guest Gary Cook. Healing is available before both services from 6 - 7 p.m.

Rotary Club

Each month, year by year, Andy Finlayson collects, and sends on, more than 300-plus pairs of unwanted spectacles to support the vital work of Vision Aid Overseas. To date he has dispatched some 40,000 pairs which will make life much more tolerable for people with sight problems in the Third World. Grangemouth Rotary Club was impressed at its business meeting when it also heard from Sandy Jack that some 90 shoe boxes containing basic necessities were sent on to the forwarding agency for distribution where required across the globe. Last Saturday’s Charities Day in the town centre was by voted a success by the organisations staffing the various stalls, and not even a tremendous downpour towards the close of proceedings could dampen the spirit of those involved. The club staffed two stalls. One showcased the vital work undertaken to increase awareness of Prostate Cancer, and what can be done to help those with the condition, and the other allowed members of the public to see at close hand, indeed enter, a shelter box which offers basic accommodation for up to 10 people in areas across the globe devastated by natural disasters. Convener Jim Hunter thanks all who supported the event in any way. At the club’s weekly meeting two days earlier, May Chamberlain of Relationship Scotland outlined the sensitive work undertaken by her organisation which is called upon to offer counselling when relationships break down for all manner of reasons. John Ralph proposed the vote of thanks.

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.

KHR Service

The service at the Kirk of the Holy Rood on Sunday will be conducted by Monica McDonald 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 August 5 is Culross and Preston Island. Donations for the Nearly New Shop, running from August 4 to 9 can now be accepted on Wednesday mornings between 10 a.m. to noon. The Kirk of the Holy Rood is participating in the Royal British Legion ‘Lights Out’ initiative as a commemoration of the start of WW1. The Kirk will be open between 10 and 11 p.m. on Monday, August 4 for reflection and thanksgiving for those who fought and died during the First World War. All are welcome to join this act of remembrance. The next Foodbank collection will be on Sunday.