Grangemouth news from Thursday, June 25

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Abbotsgrange Church

The service next Sunday will be taken as usual by Reverend Aftab Gohar. The service commences at 10.30 a.m. and tea and coffee will be available in the large hall after the service. There will be no Sunday School but the crèche will be available for pre school children. The 1st Grangemouth Girls’ Brigade is holding a Saturday Brunch on Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon. Come along and enjoy a morning roll on bacon or sausage and a cup of tea or coffee and help raise funds for our Girls’ Brigade.

Probus Club

“Do you remember...?”. That question was on the lips of a number of members last Wednesday when a small party from the Probus Club of Polmont, headed by club president Hector McKenzie, visited the Grangemouth Heritage Trust. On duty to welcome them were several members from Grangemouth Probus Club who are volunteers there and who acted as guides for the most interesting, informative and enlightening visit.

Rotary Club

Not everybody beat the goalie but those who did at the Rotary Club’s ever-popular sideshow at last Saturday’s Children’s Day programme in Zetland Park received a prize, whether it be a lollipop or a chocolate bar. But the biggest winner by far was the Children’s Day Committee which received £205, a club record for the event, following the afternoon’s exertions. At the club assembly two days earlier President-elect Nigel Harris, who will take office today (Thursday), introduced his committee conveners for the following Rotary year - and they proceeded to outline their ambitious programmes. The club will be organising the Community Fete on July 25. Prospective stall holders should contact Jim Hunter on (01324) 472863. Representing District 1020 at last week’s meeting was Assistant District Governor Iain McLean.

Strawberry Tea

A taste of summer can be found in Abbotsgrange Church Hall on Saturday, July 4 from 10 a.m. to noon. Come and enjoy a strawberry tea, try your luck at the tombola stall and browse the range of souvenirs. Tickets are £2.50 payable at the door. All proceeds will go to the RNLI to help save lives at sea and on beaches around our shores.

KHR Service

The Kirk of the Holy Rood service on Sunday will be conducted by the Minister at the usual time of 11 a.m. The Summer Walking Group is on every Tuesday. All walks leave from KHR car park at 6.30 p.m.

Zetland Church

Sunday’s service was conducted by Reverend Alison Meikle. The Sunday School children were in good voice with their enthusiastic singing of old favourites such as Jesus loves me, Wide, wide as the ocean, before they were presented with their prizes. Thanks were extended to everyone who attended the Youth Club’s fundraiser ‘Walk the Arches Night’, which raised £539 which will help to buy craft materials, new equipment and fund Halloween and Christmas parties. Thanks also to all who helped in any way to make the night a super success. The ‘church tidy’ is on Saturday 27 June at 9 a.m. The next monthly lunch is on Wednesday, 11.30 a.m.-1.30 p.m., cost £3. Morning worship on Sunday is at the earlier time of 10.30 a.m. and this will continue up to, and including, Sunday, August 16. The service will be conducted by Rev. Meikle. Tea and coffee will be served after the service. Alison can be contacted on (01324) 336729 or e-mail for more information.

Sequence Dancing

David and Eileen invite you to a summer afternoon tea dance of sequence and some ballroom dancing on Sunday in Scotts Bistro, Wood Street from 1.30 to 4.30 p.m. Tickets are available by e-mailing or texting 07973172063. As a result of this event the normal monthly dance on the first Saturday of the month is not taking place in June and July. The next monthly dance at Kirk of the Holy Rood will be on September 5.

Heritage Trust

Members of Grangemouth Heritage Trust were kept on their toes last week answering questions from a large number of visitors from the Polmont Probus Club, many of whom had connections with the town. The local club was also represented by their president and a past president. Many recollections were shared and enjoyed and a few new stories about the town. The Trust is open from 10 a.m. Monday to Saturday and some information on Facebook is updated regularly. New photos are always welcome and can be copied and returned.

Young Portonians

Do you know someone age nine or over who lives or goes to school in Grangemouth? Do they love to sing, dance or act? If they do then the Young Portonian Theatre Company is the company to join. The YP’s will be holding auditions in August for new members ready for its annual pantomime in November. Contact Irene McVie (01324) 486662 or e-mail for more information.

Zumba Classes

Zumba with Carol takes place at Grangemouth Town Hall on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. During the first two weeks of July the class will be at an alternative hall. E-mail carol at for more information. All classes are on over the school holidays.

Hillwalking Club

See Polmont.

Walking Group

A group meet every Monday at 10 a.m. 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 10 a.m. 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 e-mail

Social Dancing

Come along to Bowhouse Community Centre for all kinds of social dancing on Saturday, June 27 from 8 p.m. Hosted by Raymond and Jean. All welcome.