Grangemouth news from Thursday, March 27

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Zetland Guild

Last Wednesday the Guild looked at friendship and fellowship. All our members drew round their right hand and wrote a message of friendship on the palm, the hands were then placed around the hall visiting all the other groups in the church and landing back to the Guild board. We also had a small play, thanks to Sharina, Liz and Norma for taking part. The members also had a little quiz on the ABC of friendship. Thanks to all who took part.

Lodge Zetland 391

RWM Brother Peter Neilson welcomed a fine turnout of some 71 members and visitors to the Lodge’s Regular First Degree on Tuesday, March 18. After the disposal of routine business there was a communication from Grand Lodge, read out, concerning the appointment of the next RWPGM of Stirlingshire. Not surprisingly, the Lodge voted unanimously in favour of the popular and highly respected PM Bro. A.T. Marshall who made suitable reply. The Candidate was then admitted and initiated in a fine and dignified manner. The reply on behalf of the visitors was ably delivered by Bro. McLean, the RWM of Lodge Bannockburn Bruce and Thistle 176. The next Regular Meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 1 with the Second Degree in the capable hands of the Douglas Lodge 409, Bo’ness with whom Zetland have a long and valued association.

Grangemouth Rotary

“Hello, hello, hello! This place seems familiar.” That might have been the sentiment running through the mind of one or two new members inducted by President Colin Bird at last week’s meeting of the Rotary Club of Grangemouth. For the person concerned was Craig McEwan, the former manager of the Leapark Hotel where the club has met for many years. Inducted along with Craig was his new boss Gary Horne, who operates the Abbotsinch, formerly the Mahratta in Bo’ness Road. Guests included Grangemouth-raised Jennifer Kyle of the Rotary Club of Kansas City Plaza, and her husband Patrick, over from the United States of America visiting Jennifer’s father, club member Ian Wall. Another prominent visitor was Andy Ireland, who will take over as District Governor in July 2015. President Colin was offered the best wishes of members upon his recent engagement to Georgina Grant. Today (Thursday) members will visit the Falkirk club, at 12.30 for 12.45 p.m.

Coffee Morning

Grangemouth Community Education Association is holding a fundraising coffee morning on Saturday in Grangemouth Unit, Abbots Road (next to sports complex) from 10 a.m. to noon. Featuring “Games Through the Ages”. Tickets £2 or pay at the door. All welcome.

Zumba Classes

Zumbini with Carol takes place on Wednesdays at Newlands Hall from 10 to 10.30 a.m. and pre-booking is required. Zumbini is a fantastic brand new music and movement programme developed from Zumba suitable for ages four and under. Zumba Gold continues every Monday and Wednesday at Newlands/Beancross Hall (just before the TA centre) running from 11.15 a.m. to noon and is suitable for beginners to exercise, active older participants or those seeking a lower pace/impact zumba class. Zumba with Carol is held at Grangemouth Town Hall on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. E-mail for more information.

Rainbow House

Grangemouth Rainbow House Spiritualist Church invite people to their services at South Shore Road tonight (Thursday) at 7.30 p.m. with guest medium Bob Mackintosh and on Sunday at 7.15 p.m. with guest Sally Hail. Healing is available before both services from 6 to 7 p.m.

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. On April 2 the Women’s Association is holding a devotional evening with guest speaker Dennis Fitzimons, starting at 7.30 p.m. There is a congregational board meeting in the session room on Thursday, April 3 at 7.30 p.m.

Zetland Church

Sunday’s Service was conducted by Reverend Lorna MacDougall. Elders’ duties for Communion on Easter Sunday are posted in the usual places for information and action as required. The next Monthly Lunch is on Wednesday, April 2l, 11.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m., cost £3. Christian Aid Forth Road Bridge 50th Challenge takes place on Saturday, April 26 to celebrate the 50th birthday of the Forth Road Bridge. The challenge sees participants trying to cross as many times as possible and get sponsored per crossing. They are looking to raise £50,000 to support those living in poverty. Contact Anne Philip if interested in taking part. Morning Worship next Sunday is at 11.15 a.m. Sunday School will meet too. Tea and coffee will be served in the hall after the Service and there will be Vestry Hour consultation.

Abbotsgrange Church

The Very Reverend Dr Andrew McLellan will conduct the service at 10.30 a.m. this Sunday. Crèche facilities will be available and the Sunday School and ABC will take place at the same time. The service will be shorter than usual, in order to facilitate the Stated Annual Meeting. Tea and coffee will be served after the meeting. A good turnout is requested. The Men’s Association A.B.M. and Quiz takes place at 7.30 p.m. on Monday. The Ladies Circle coffee morning and sale of work, which will be held in the large hall, is on Saturday at 10 a.m. until noon. The cost is £2 and there will also be a tombola stall. Please come along and enjoy some home baking and perhaps find a bargain.

Community Care

The annual general meeting of Grangemouth Community Care will take place in the Community Education Unit, Abbots Road, on Wednesday, April 2 at 7 p.m. All interested parties will be made most welcome.

Probus Club

Grangemouth Probus club met on Tuesday, March 18. President Harry Dougall welcomed the members and gave a special welcome to Willie Johnston from Whitburn Probus club who said he was there especially to thank Charlie Greer who was guest speaker at his club when a member took ill. Charlie took control of the situation till medical help arrived. Harry then introduced the guest speaker Tom McMorrow from the local Air Cadets who based his presentation on two items - the cadets themselves and the benefits provided - to local youngsters and in particular their project of following the commemoration of “The Battle of Britain” and their visit to various sites associated with the battle in the south of England. Tom then explained the background to the idea of having a model spitfire and memorial plaques set up to the memory of the young trainee pilots from many countries who lost their lives while training at RAF Grangemouth during the war. The particular model is based on the spitfire flown by Polish pilot Sergeant Eugeniusz Lukomskion who tragically lost his life. Tom explained how the various funding was obtained for the project and the huge effort put in by the cadet members themselves. Tom then answered many questions from the members both on the spitfire project and on the cadet unit. The vote of thanks was given by John Wilson who said he had a personal interest as his grandson is a cadet member. The next meeting is on Tuesday, April 1 when the speaker will be our own member Charlie Greer on the subject of the Children’s Panel.

Walking Groups

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 e-mail

Evangelical Church

On Sunday, March 30 the morning service will take place at 11 a.m. with Mr Tom Rice from Ireland as the speaker. At 6.30 p.m. the evening service will welcome Mr Andy Mathieson from Niddrie Community Church in Edinburgh as the speaker. All welcome.

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.