Grangemouth news from Thursday, March 12

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Dance Classes

There are spaces for preschool, age 3, and priamry one children in the ballet and jazz dance classes on Thursday afternoons at Grangemouth Town Hall. All abilities welcome with future opportunities to perform, compete and sit exams, or just dance for fun. Call (01324) 716 425 for details.

Grangemouth Rotary Club

“Water, water everywhere, and all the boards did shrink; water, water everywhere nor any drop to drink!” Famous lines from a famous poem, Coleridge’s ‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner’, resonated with members of the Rotary Club of Grangemouth last week when Kenny Baird spoke in a passionate and enlightening manner on “The Water Cycle.” Now a consultant in Scotland’s water industry in which he has worked since leaving school, initially for a local authority then a water board, he described how Scotland had ample water supplies, thanks to its climate, and proceeded to detail how what most people take for granted, actually reaches their homes via reservoirs, filtration and treatment plants, then dispatched as waste and sewage, and treated once more before the cycle starts all over again. Appropriately enough his talk was delivered in the Leapark Hotel, barely half-a-mile away from the burgeoning petrochemical complex in Bo’ness Road which is Scotland largest water consumer, and paying millions of pounds annually for the privilege. Some 470 million gallons of water are consumed daily by Scotland’s 2.4 million households, figures which underline how fortunate those who live north of the border are in relation to what they pay for it. The vote of thanks was offered by president-elect Nigel Harris. The Sportsman’s Dinner, held the previous week, raised an estimated £29,000 for charity, the club’s charter dinner will be held tomorrow evening (Friday) in the Leapark Hotel, and the club’s District quiz tie will take place against the Edinburgh Breakfast Club on Tuesday evening.

Scottish Dancing

Scottish Country Dance is being held at the Kirk of the Holy Rood, Bowhouse Road, on Friday, March 20. For further information contact Elspeth Walker at (01324) 410792.

Girls’ Brigade

Last Saturday, February 28 1st Grangemouth Company, Abbotsgrange Church hosted the Junior and Brigader annual competition which was based on the television programme ‘The Cube’. A thoroughly enjoyable competition was expressed by all companies who took part. I am proud to say in the 80th year that we celebrate being a Guildry/Girls’ Brigade company in Kerse, now Abbotsgrange Church, we won both the Junior and Brigader trophies which now gives us all three as we won the Explorer trophy last year. My thanks goes to senior officers Alice Hamilton and Carol Ramsay along with other officers for arranging these events. If any young girl is interested in finding out more about Girls’ Brigade they should call in to Abbotsgrange Church on a Tuesday evening from 6 p.m. onwards.

Abbotsgrange Church

The service on Sunday at 10.30 a.m. will be taken by the Reverend Aftab Gohar. Sunday School, ABC group and creche will all be available then and tea, coffee and the chance for fellowship will take place as usual in the large hall when everyone is assured of a warm welcome. On Saturday the Ladies Circle is holding a Coffee Morning and sale of work which will take place in the large hall from 10 a.m. to noon. The Christmas Crafters are holding a Spring Coffee Morning in the large hall on Saturday, March 21. Tickets are priced £2.

Zetland Guild

The guild was entertained on Wednesday night by the Columban Singers from Kilsyth along with their pianist and musical director. The singing was lovely and brought back lots of memories. We had a lovely evening and we would like to thank the tea committee for the lovely supper.

Zetland Church

Sunday’s Communion Services were conducted by Reverend Alison Meikle. The social and fundraising committee is holding a daffodil tea in the hall on Saturday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to noon. Tickets are available from committee members. The Annual Stated Meeting of the congregation will be held after morning worship on Sunday, March 22. Anyone interested in knowing more about their faith and/or wishing to join the family of faith in the Church of Scotland should contact Alison, who intends having an Enquirers Group after Easter. Sunday’s Services is at 11.15 a.m. Sunday School meets and tea and coffee will be served after the service. Vestry hour will be held on the last Sunday of the month. If you wish you can speak to Alison in the hall or call (01324) 336729 or e-mail for more information.

Strathcarron Friends

Grangemouth branch of Friends of Strathcarron Hospice raised £787 at their recent quiz night in Grangemouth Golf Club. Thanks go to the club and to all those who helped raise such an impressive total for the hospice.

KHR Service

The service at the Kirk of the Holy Rood on Sunday will be conducted by the minister at the usual time of 11 a.m. The KHR Women’s Association on Wednesday, March 18 is holding a Christian Book Shop evening with guest Pat Smith at the usual time of 7.30 p.m. The Churches from Presbytery are holding a family event, Crack Open Easter on Saturday, March 28 from 11 to 11.30 a.m. in Hub main shopping centre Falkirk. There will be bible stories, craft tables, painting with the Brighton’s Praise Band – all are welcome. Once again the church is supporting the Easter Appeal for Buskit so please return the donations in the Smartie tubes by Easter Sunday.

Lodge Zetland 391

Fresh back from a successful visit of the Lodge to Lodge Clackmannan 1303 in mid February, it was business as usual for RWM Bro. Peter Neilson who welcomed some 89 Members and Visitors into the Lodge on Tuesday, March 3. After disposal of routine business a mixed Deputation from the Lodges in the Province of Stirlingshire, headed by RWM, Bro. S. Stirling, Lodge Carron 139, was then admitted and received a warm welcome from the RWM. He then invited the SM, Bro. Andrew Goodwin to raise one of the candidates to the 3rd Degree which he accepted with alacrity. Bro. Goodwin and his team then conferred a memorable and first class Third Degree, after which he returned the Gavel to the RWM who made suitable comment on the standard of the Degree. Bro. Goodwin thank all who were involved in the evening. Appropriate replies on behalf of the visitors were delivered by Bro. B. Smith RWM Tay Union 273 and W. Bro. P. Murray 5763 (English Constitution) The RWM then closed the Lodge after informing the membership and visitors that the next meeting on March 17 would be a second Degree.

Fun Food Faith

Ever wondered what to do as a whole family on a Sunday afternoon just as the shops are about to close? Come along to Abbotsgrange Parish Church, Abbots Road, on Sunday, March 22, from 4 to 6 p.m. Get creative with crafts - paper, glue, felt pens - and walk way with your finished item. Get messy with paint and leave it for others to clean up. Think about your faith in a different way. Work up an appetite and have someone else make your meal and wash your dishes.

Adult Learning

Grangemouth Adult Learning Forum is running an Egyptian Belly Dancing class for Spring/Summer 2015. Class begins on Tuesday, March 24 and runs from 7 to 8.30 p.m. in the Community Education Unit, Abbots Road. Come along and shake away those winter blues and have fun at the same time. For further details, or to book a place, please phone (01324) 504585 or visit for more information.

Young Portonians

Everyone is very busy in The Young Portonian Theatre Company rehearsing for their next production ‘The Wizard Of Oz’ by L.Frank Baum. This will be held in The Bowhouse Community Centre on Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26l at 7.30 p.m. Tickets will be on sale shortly. If anyone would like any further information about the show or the company please contact Evelyn Baker on (01324) 870757 or Irene McVie (01324) 486662.

Probus Club

Grangemouth Probus Club met on Tuesday, March 3 at Talbot House. President Adam McPhail welcomed members with a special welcome to visitors from Grangemouth Rotary John Deans and Stuart Comrie, before announcing that John Deans has now been accepted as a new member of the club. He then introduced the speaker Ken Hutton to address the members on Scotland’s Energy of the Future with particular regard to renewables. Before doing his presentation Ken gave the members an update on the topic he had addressed the members on previously i.e. “Friends of the Charlotte Dundas” as per his letter in Falkirk Herald the previous week and asking members for their support. Ken then gave a brief synopsis on the oil and gas industry especially offshore and what resources are still available. He then went on to talk about electricity, especially the various forms of renewables and finally finished with the controversial subject of fracking. Ken then went on to answer some of the questions from the members before being given a vote of thanks by William Grant. The next meeting will be on Tuesday when the speaker will be Jo Love on the subject of The Iona Community.

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 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. and every Thursday 6.30-8 p.m. We also have a collection in Grangemouth One Stop Shop, York Lane which is open on Mondays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Fridays 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

RSCDS Classes

Local Scottish Country Dancing class meet in a new venue in the church hall beside The Kirk of the Holy Rood, Grangemouth from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on a Thursday night. Beginners please refer to our classes in the Laurieston section. For further details ring Alison on 01324-631363. More information about us can be found on the website

Walking Groups

Walks leave from the Community Education Unit, Grangemouth Sports complex every Monday and Wednesday at 10 a.m..(Please note that Monday walk is a faster paced walk). 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 email